WASHINGTON, DC â€“ On the advice of Moon Khan, a resident of Lombard, Illinois and York Township Trustee, Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today delivered the following statement into the Congressional Record to commemorate this first day of Ramadan.
â€œMadam Speaker: I rise today to recognize the commencement of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of introspection, fasting, and spiritual renewal.
â€œThroughout the entire ninth month of the Islamic calendar year, Muslims demonstrate their devotion to God by fasting from dawn until sunset. The holy month of Ramadan is also an important time for Muslim families and communities as they join together in expression of their devotion.
â€œMany Muslims take the month of September to seek physical and spiritual renewal. In fact, more than twenty-five thousand Muslims in my Congressional District observe this celebration to mark their steadfast commitments to faith, peace, family, and heritage.
â€œMadam Speaker and Distinguished Colleagues, please join me in honoring the celebration of the month of Ramadan and wishing Muslims a peaceful and blessed holiday.â€