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Congressman Carson Statement on Beginning of Ramadan

Apr 23, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Congressman André Carson, one of three Muslims serving in the United States Congress, released the following statement marking the beginning of Ramadan:

"I am pleased to wish a ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ to Muslim-Americans observing Ramadan in Indiana, across America, and around the world. While we take joy in beginning this sacred period, we are also solemnly aware that the spread of COVID-19 has made this year’s observance like no other in recent memory. We are resigned to celebrate Ramadan without the physical gatherings of family, friends and other loved ones that make this time of the year so meaningful. As difficult as this may be, we know it’s necessary to protect ourselves and those around us from this deadly virus. 

"Though many of us may be physically apart during Ramadan, I have no doubt that the spirit of unity among our community will grow stronger. Additionally, these measures we are taking can give us an even greater appreciation for the value of sacrifice that defines this holy month. As we gather virtually to hold Iftars, to encourage one on other in our fasting, and more, we will be reminded of the beauty of our faith and its ability to hold us together. Through times of uncertainty, this will remain constant."