At the start of Ramadan, President Joe Biden issued a press release wishing Muslims worldwide a “Ramadan Kareem.”
In addition to wishing them a warm Ramadan, Biden acknowledged the difficult year it has been for Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how hard it has been to not be able to observe Ramadan with their loved ones.
His statement differs greatly from that of former President Donald Trump who instead of focusing on Ramadan and the Muslim community consistently focused on terrorism in his statement last year.
“Muslim Americans have enriched our country since our founding. They are as diverse and vibrant as the America they have helped build. Today, Muslims are leading in our efforts to fight COVID-19, playing a pioneering role in vaccine development and serving as frontline health care workers. They are creating jobs as entrepreneurs and business owners, risking their lives as first responders, teaching in our schools, serving as dedicated public servants across the nation, and playing a leading role in our ongoing struggle for racial equity and social justice,” Biden’s statement read.
He continued on to address the rise of hate crimes against the Muslim community and condemned the attacks as unacceptable. “No one in America should ever live in fear of expressing his or her faith. And my administration will work tirelessly to protect the rights and safety of all people.”
Biden even addressed the issues he focused on upon taking office and vowed to fight up against human rights violations of Muslims everywhere including Uyghurs in China and Rohingya in Burma.
“As we remember those who we have lost since last Ramadan, we are hopeful for brighter days ahead. The Holy Qur’an reminds us that “God is the light of the heavens and earth,” who leads us out of darkness to the light. Although our White House festivities will be held virtually this Ramadan, Jill and I look forward to resuming the traditional White House Eid celebration in person next year, inshallah. We wish your families an inspiring and rewarding month,” his statement ended.