Pelosi: ‘America’s Large and Diverse Muslim Communities Have Been Essential to Our Nation’s Success’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 4, 2022 | 4:15pm EDT
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Friday welcoming the start of the month of Ramadan and paying tribute to America’s Muslim community.

“For generations, America’s large and diverse Muslim communities have been essential to our nation’s success: whether serving on the frontlines of the pandemic, advancing the fight against injustice in our communities or enriching our cultural tapestry,” Pelosi said

“Despite the invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans, Islamophobia continues to threaten our Muslim communities and undermine Americans’ most cherished national values, with hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in recent years,” she said. “That is why the House has taken action to combat religious and racial discrimination, proudly passing the NO BAN Act and Access to Counsel Act last year to protect civil rights and prevent executive abuses of authority.  

“As our nation and the world continue to grapple with ongoing challenges, Ramadan serves as a powerful reminder to embrace the values of charity, selflessness and compassion for others,” said Pelosi.

Ramadan commemorates the time when God revealed the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

Ramadan, explains Britannica.com, is “the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon. Because the Muslim calendar year is shorter than the Gregorian calendar year, Ramadan begins 10–12 days earlier each year, allowing it to fall in every season throughout a 33-year cycle. Ramadan lasts from Saturday, April 2 to Sunday, May 1 in 2022. (Dates are dependent on the appearance of the crescent moon and may vary across countries.)”

“Islamic tradition states that it was during Ramadan, on the ‘Night of Power’ (Laylat al-Qadr)—commemorated on one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, usually the 27th night—that God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad the Qurʾān, Islam’s holy book, ‘as a guidance for the people,’” says Britannica.com.

Here is the full text of the statement Speaker Pelosi put out to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Today at sundown, Muslim communities in America and around the world joyfully welcome the Holy Month of Ramadan.  Each year, the emergence of the new moon brings a season of self-reflection, spiritual renewal and gratitude for life’s blessings.  

“For generations, America’s large and diverse Muslim communities have been essential to our nation’s success: whether serving on the frontlines of the pandemic, advancing the fight against injustice in our communities or enriching our cultural tapestry.  Despite the invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans, Islamophobia continues to threaten our Muslim communities and undermine Americans’ most cherished national values, with hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in recent years.  That is why the House has taken action to combat religious and racial discrimination, proudly passing the NO BAN Act and Access to Counsel Act last year to protect civil rights and prevent executive abuses of authority.  We must honor our nation’s promise, as President George Washington famously declared: ‘To bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.’  House Democrats will not relent until we send religious bigotry into the dustbin of history and build a safer future for Muslim Americans and for every American.

“As our nation and the world continue to grapple with ongoing challenges, Ramadan serves as a powerful reminder to embrace the values of charity, selflessness and compassion for others.  Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate, and may this month bring peace and blessings to all.”

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