CAPAC Members Commemorate Start of Ramadan

Jun 3, 2016

Washington, DC – Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements to commemorate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins at sundown on Sunday.

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“As the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I wish a blessed Ramadan to all who observe this holy month. Ramadan is a time for family and fasting, reflection and devotion, sacrifice and generosity – values that greatly strengthen our nation. It is my honor to join Muslims in the United States and around the world in marking the start of Ramadan and wish everyone a month of peace, wisdom, and joy. Ramadan Mubarak.”

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus:

“In the coming week, Muslim communities around the world will celebrate Ramadan, a holy month of fasting where Muslims undergo a spiritual cleansing and connect with those who are in need. This month joins families and communities in a reaffirmation of faith and generosity. I hope we all take this opportunity to be grateful for what we have and embrace empathy and compassion. Our nation is strengthened by its diverse communities and I wish all of our Muslim American communities Ramadan Mubarak.”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33):

“Ramadan Mubarak to all those observing the blessed month of Ramadan! Ramadan is a time dedicated to reflection, devotion, sacrifice, and fasting and is observed by Muslims all around the world. I join my colleagues in sending the warmest greetings to all those observing this spiritual time.”

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52):

“I want to wish a blessed and peaceful Ramadan to San Diego’s Muslim community and Muslims around the world. Tonight’s crescent moon marks the beginning of a time for self-reflection and renewal.  Throughout the month of Ramadan, we are reminded it is important to reach out to those in need with charity and compassion.  Recognizing our diverse religious communities is one of our inherent values as Americans as is our commitment to equality and peace among all our cultures. Ramadan Mubarak.”

Congressman Charles B. Rangel (NY-13):

“I would like to extend my wishes for a safe, healthy, and happy holiday to my Muslim friends in our congressional district and across the country as they observe Ramadan this month. Ramadan is a chance for the American public to stand fast with Muslim Americans across the country. As this period of solemn reflection proceeds, let us proudly remember that this country was built on the pillars of personal liberty and religious freedom. We must end the use of religion as a force of division. It is with a spirit of mutual respect and unity that our nation will continue to thrive. To my friends in the Muslim community: Ramadan Kareem.”

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46):

“Ramadan Kareem, I wish all Muslims observing fast around the world a spiritual annual moment of reflection. During these trying times, I am inspired by your devotion to reevaluate your lives and improve yourself as a principle of your faith during this month. In light of these long summer days, I pray that you have a fruitful month of Ramadan.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.