Islamabad, June 30, 2014 (PPI-OT):
I wish Ramadhan Kareem to the people of Pakistan – from Gilgit to Balochistan, from Sindh to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The teachings of Islam place the utmost importance on religious freedom, harmony, and universal human values, and Ramadhan is a period for demonstrating the virtues of tolerance and respect.
In addition to prayer and spiritual reflection, the Holy Month offers an opportunity to celebrate the principles that bind together people of all religious faiths – a commitment to peace, justice, equality, and compassion towards one another.
In the United States, the nearly three million Muslims who call America their home enrich our country by sharing Islam’s teachings of self-discipline, tolerance, and dignity of all human beings. For American Muslims Ramadhan is a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared, as it is here in Pakistan.
Ramadhan is also a time for intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and perform tarawih prayers at night, reciting and listening to the entire Quran over the course of the month.
Today, we join with the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – in welcoming the beginning of Ramadhan, and wishing you a blessed month.
May peace be upon you.
For more information, contact:
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Cell: +92300 501 2640
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
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