The U.S. President Joe Biden and first woman Jill Biden congratulated Muslims worldwide on the event of Ramadan Bayram, often known as Eid al-Fitr, which marks the tip of the fasting month of Ramadan, whereas the leaders of Germany and the UK additionally shared related messages.
“Jill and I prolong our greatest needs to Muslim communities throughout the nation and around the globe as you have fun Eid al-Fitr and conclude the holy month of Ramadan,” mentioned Biden in a written assertion.
Historically, Eid al-Fitr is a three-day celebration marked by giant household festivities and prayers.
“With the sighting of the crescent moon, Eid al-Fitr is a festive celebration the place Muslims feast after the holy month of fasting, enhance their houses, give presents to family members, put on new garments, and go to household and associates. I’m moved by the generosity that’s proven from households that may present meals and provides charity to these in want by way of Zakat-al-Fitr,” Biden mentioned.
“As we have fun our blessings this Eid, allow us to additionally recommit ourselves to the timeless work of constructing peace and standing up for the rights and dignity of all individuals,” he mentioned.
“My Administration can also be dedicated to addressing all types of hate, together with Islamophobia. For this reason I established an interagency process pressure with senior authorities officers to sort out this and associated challenges and encourage each American to construct a extra inclusive nation,” he added.
He mentioned that they are going to have fun Eid al-Fitr on the White Home once more this 12 months to “honor inspiring Muslim Individuals who’re making contributions throughout our nation.”
“To all celebrating, Jill and I want you and your family members a contented and blessed Eid al-Fitr. Eid Mubarak!” he added.
“The competition on the finish of Ramadan is without doubt one of the nice spiritual festivals in our nation,” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier mentioned in a press release, including that after a month of reflection and renunciation, Muslim households, associates and neighbors will now come collectively to have fun.
Steinmeier mentioned the Eid al-Fitr competition can also be a possibility to strengthen dialogue and understanding between totally different cultures and religions in Germany.
“I hope that individuals of different faiths and non-believers will take this chance to interact in dialog with Muslims and know extra about one of many two essential festivals in Islam,” he mentioned.
“In our culturally various society, the extra we method one another with curiosity, openness and respect, the extra profitable could be the harmonious coexistence of variations,” he added.
Steinmeier additionally thanked Muslims who organized campaigns in current weeks and months to mobilize assist for the victims of the devastating Feb. 6 earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.
“Muslims, Islamic communities and organizations from Germany have supported the individuals within the catastrophe space with donations and assist campaigns, and so they proceed to take action. My heartfelt thanks goes to all of the helpers at this time,” he mentioned.
A rustic of over 84 million individuals, Germany has the second-largest Muslim inhabitants in Western Europe after France. It’s dwelling to almost 5 million Muslims, in accordance with official figures.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak additionally despatched his warmest needs to Muslims within the U.Ok. as they marked Eid.
“Eid is a well timed alternative to acknowledge the shared values which bind us collectively, notably your compassion and dedication to contribute to charity and philanthropy,” he mentioned in a press release.
“This was evident earlier this 12 months, by way of the neighborhood’s excellent response to assist the victims of the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.”
Paying tribute to the “unimaginable” contribution the Muslim neighborhood makes to the nation, he mentioned: “Whether or not or not it’s in enterprise, sports activities, media, our public companies, or after all our NHS (Nationwide Well being Service) and armed forces, British Muslims are serving to to make the nation the success it’s.”
“Eid Mubarak to everybody observing it at this time,” he mentioned, including that he seems ahead to welcoming representatives from the British Muslim neighborhood to Downing Road to have fun.