CAPAC Members Commemorate the Start of Ramadan

May 26, 2017 Issues: Other Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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:

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

“As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I want to extend my warm wishes to all who are celebrating Ramadan. For millions in the United States and around the world, this holy month is a time for reflection, devotion, spiritual growth and renewal. As we celebrate Ramadan, let us also reflect on the indelible contributions that American Muslims have made to our great nation and renew our commitment to denouncing hateful rhetoric, policies, and actions that seek to divide us. Our nation has always been strengthened by its diversity, and we will continue to stand with the American Muslim community to safeguard the religious freedoms and civil rights of all Americans. Ramadan Mubarak.”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“Warmest wishes to all those observing the month of Ramadan at home and abroad. During this spiritual time, we recognize our nation’s rich and diverse religious communities and renew our commitment to defending religious freedoms for all. To our Muslim friends and family: Ramadan Mubarak.”

Congressman Joe Crowley (NY-14), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus:

“I want to extend my warm wishes to Muslim-American families in New York, and across the country, as the holy month of Ramadan begins. Ramadan marks a period of reflection, spirituality, and rejoicing for those observing both here in the United States and around the world. As Muslim Americans join together to celebrate this month of reflection, we are reminded of our shared American values of tolerance, inclusion, and religious freedom. During this holy month, let’s embrace the spirit of Ramadan by celebrating the contributions of Muslim Americans, and rejecting violence and hateful rhetoric toward them in our country.”

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07):

“As people of Muslim faith across America and around the world observe the month of Ramadan, I want to wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and reflective holy month of Ramadan.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13):

“Today, our Muslim community in the East Bay and across the country will begin the celebration of Ramadan, a holy month of reflection and charity. Ramadan brings families and communities together through fasting to reaffirm their faith and spiritual discipline. To my Muslim brothers and sisters, Ramadan Mubarak!”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06):

“It is an honor to wish the Muslim community in New York and throughout the world a very happy and joyous Ramadan. Ramadan is the most sacred time of the year for Muslims. It is a time for fasting, self-reflection, prayer, sacrifice, and generosity. May all who observe this holy month have and blessed and peaceful holiday. Ramadan Mubarak.”

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-07):

“Ramadan is a time for reflection and spiritual discipline for Muslims around the world, when they express their devotion to faith, family, and service to the less fortunate. I wish all my Muslim friends a spiritually rejuvenating fast and a blessed Ramadan.”

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52): 

"I want to wish a blessed Ramadan to Muslim communities across the country and around the world. During this time of reflection and renewal, we are reminded of the importance of love, sympathy, and forgiveness. America’s diverse religious communities embody our inherent values as a country, as does our commitment to respect, equality, and peace among all cultures. Ramadan Mubarak."

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40):

“Ramadan Mubarak!  As Ramadan begins, I hope it will be a time of health, peace, reflection, and generosity for Muslims around the world.  May it also be a time for Americans of all faiths to reaffirm the value of our country’s rich religious diversity.  The freedom to worship has always been central to America’s national identity, and by welcoming and celebrating all faiths, we make our nation a stronger and wiser place for every man, woman, and child.  I send my best wishes for a blessed Ramadan to all those observing this holy month.”

Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28):

“Ramadan Mubarak. I send well wishes for a joyous and peaceful Ramadan to people of the Muslim faith around the world. Ramadan, a holy month of prayer and fasting, is a time for reflection, spiritual purity, generosity and an opportunity to become closer to God. I hope this month is fulfilling and peaceful for Muslim American communities across the nation.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“I would like to wish a blessed Ramadan to Washington state’s Muslim community and to our Muslim friends across the nation. Ramadan is a time for peace, gratitude, and self-reflection. In a period of uncertainty in our country, I want to reiterate our commitment to all religious communities and the vitality they bring to our country. We recognize that the incredible diversity of our community makes us stronger. To all those celebrating, Ramadan Mubarak!”

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07):

“My best wishes for blessed Ramadan to New York’s Muslim community and to all those who observe around the world. May this holiday, marked by a month of spiritual cleansing, bring peace and renewal. During this period of deep reflection, let us all commit to ensuring that our country remain a place of religious freedom, tolerance and inclusion. Ramadan Mubarak.”


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.