This weekend, Muslims in the United States and around the world will celebrate the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, a holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, charity, and reflection.
When Ramadan began this year, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conveyed his good wishes to Muslims around the world. Secretary Tillerson said, “Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate. This time reminds us all of the common values of harmony and empathy we hold dear.”
Around the world, many U.S. embassies and consulates staff members came together with their Muslim friends and neighbors to celebrate Ramadan. For example, this year, the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh hosted an iftar dinner with the children and staff of the Solmaid Imdadul Uloom Madrasa and Orphanage in Dhaka, reinforcing the importance of helping others during Ramadan. The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan started a social media discussion among its followers that featured unique photos of iftar dinners and events that underscore the diversity of Ramadan traditions.
As Ramadan comes to a close, Secretary Tillerson said, “On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous communities.”
From the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, we wish all who are celebrating, Eid Mubarak!
About the Author: Anyu Silverman serves in the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs.
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