The Jakarta Post
As a new moon marks the start of the holy month of Ramadhan, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conveyed a message to Muslims in the US and around the world.
“On behalf of the US Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadhan,” Pompeo said in a statement released by the US Embassy in Jakarta on Wednesday.
For those observing this month, Pompeo said, Ramadhan was a time of reverence, generosity and spiritual introspection.
“Ramadhan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends. It calls Muslims to come together to give charitably to the less fortunate,” he said.
Muslims in the US and around the world made valuable contributions to their societies every day, and millions would honor this month in a special way with acts of service and giving back to their neighbors, Pompeo said.
In recognition of this, every year, US embassies and consulates around the world hosted Ramadhan activities that brought together Muslims and people of other faiths who were committed to the shared goal of fostering peace, stability and prosperity, he said.
These conversations and collaborations were the core strengths of US diplomacy, paving the way for stronger communities through partnerships and respect for diversity, said Pompeo.
“As the holy month begins, I wish all those celebrating a very happy and prosperous Ramadhan Kareem.” (ebf)