CAPAC Members Commemorate the Start of Ramadan

Apr 12, 2021

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 tonight.

CAPAC Leadership

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

“As the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am honored to join my colleagues in wishing the millions of Muslims in the United States and around the world a happy Ramadan! The holy month is a time for family and fasting, reflection and devotion, sacrifice and generosity – values that serve to emphasize our connections to each other. These values are also shared across many other faiths and serve to remind us that while we are a proudly diverse country, we also have so much in common.

“Typically, I know that we would be celebrating Ramadan together at community iftars where family, friends, and neighbors can come together for a shared meal. But while the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still prevents communities from large in person gatherings, I hope we continue to uphold this love for community and use it as an opportunity to reach out to those in need with compassion. I wish everyone observing this holy month a Ramadan filled with peace, health, and spiritual rejuvenation. Ramadan Mubarak!”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), CAPAC First Vice Chair:

“I want to wish a blessed Ramadan to all those observing this holy month. Ramadan is a time of reflection, spiritual growth, and deepening connection between family and friends. Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, I hope that you all experience peace and renewal in your homes, mosques, and communities. To the Muslim community in Queens, the United States, and around the world, Ramadan Mubarak!”

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), CAPAC Second Vice Chair:

“This season, I wish all celebrating in the U.S. and across the world a blessed Ramadan! While celebrating with friends and family may be from a distance, I hope that this holy time is an opportunity for prayer, charity, and spiritual renewal. May the holiday fill your heart and home with joy, peace, and a bountiful of blessings! Ramadan Mubarak!”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip

“I am sending warm wishes, peace, and good health to Muslim communities across CA-33 and the world who celebrate Ramadan. While Ramadan traditions of prayer and gathering may look different this year as communities’ social distance, Ramadan’s values of generosity, inner-growth, and selflessness remain steadfast. Ramadan Mubarak!”

CAPAC Executive Board Members

Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34):

“I want to send my warmest wishes to the Muslim community of California’s 34th Congressional District and worldwide as we begin the holy month of Ramadan. As you fast and pray over the coming weeks, I hope this period of spiritual reflection comes with added strength and hope for the future as we continue to tackle this COVID-19 crisis. While many families are still apart, I wish peace among you and your loved ones. To all who are celebrating, Ramadan Mubarak!”

Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“Ramadan Mubarak to all those celebrating this year! While our circumstances don’t allow the holy month to proceed quite like normal yet, I hope everyone can find the joy, peace, & wisdom this happy time brings. My warmest wishes to the Muslim community across CA-17.”

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)

“I want to send warm wishes for a happy Ramadan to the Muslim community. The month of Ramadan is a time of reflection – something all the more important during this challenging time for our country and the world. I hope that this holy month brings all who celebrate it time with family, peace, and happiness. Ramadan Mubarak.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13):

“Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim friends in the East Bay and around the world! Though we may still be limited in the size of our gatherings, we are reminded now more than ever of the importance of charity and community. During Ramadan, our Muslim brothers and sisters join in fasting and prayer to celebrate their faith. Throughout this sacred month, we witness the generosity in others through the spirit of giving. I wish all who celebrate a blessed Ramadan.”

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10):

“As we begin the celebration of Ramadan, I am so grateful for the contributions of our Muslim community in Washington state, and across our nation. Ramadan represents a time of spiritual renewal, family gatherings, charitable activities, community, and giving thanks to God. With the ongoing pandemic, I know that Ramadan may look a little different this year, but I have no doubt that the meaning will not change for the many who celebrate across our nation. May this holy month bring reflection, gratitude, and unity to all who celebrate. Ramadan Mubarak!”

CAPAC Associate Members

Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31):

“I‘m proud to join my CAPAC colleagues in wishing a peaceful Ramadan to our Muslim community in California’s 31st District and across the country. Our Muslim friends and neighbors are so important to the fabric of our communities, and I continue to be inspired by the commitment to self-reflection that Ramadan represents. Ramadan Mubarak!”

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-05):

“Ramadan Mubarak to all who observe! For Muslims in Massachusetts and around the world, Ramadan is a time of joy and celebration with family. As we begin to reopen our homes safely and honor the holiday together, may this month be filled with reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal. And let this Ramadan be a reminder for us all of the values that faith teaches so many: hope, compassion, and community.”

Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04):

“Ramadan Mubarak! As we begin the second Ramadan impacted by COVID-19, I’m grateful to Nevada’s Muslim community for your strength, resilience, and compassion during this pandemic. While the unique challenges of our time may prevent us from gathering in person, I hope that you can still find comfort and happiness in each other. May you have a healthy and safe month, full of blessings, contemplation, and acceptance.”

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12):

“Today I wish the Muslim community in NY-12 and around the country a blessed start of Ramadan. Our ties to one another have become more invaluable than ever over the last year, and I am proud to celebrate the diverse and beautiful community that is American Muslims. May this holy month of prayer and fasting be filled with peace, reflection, and spiritual rejuvenation. To all those who celebrate, Ramadan Mubarak!”

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45):

“Every year, the holy month of Ramadan provides an opportunity to reflect. Muslims around the world pause to remember past struggles in hopes of charting a better future. This year, I’m hopeful we can all draw strength from the fact that we are on a path to recovery from this pandemic. I’m grateful to represent a vibrant Muslim community, which has enriched Orange County with compassion, generosity, and strong spirit. To all those observing Ramadan, I hope you find peace, comfort, and renewal over these next few weeks. Ramadan Mubarak!”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“While this Ramadan will be uniquely challenging again as the pandemic continues to prevent many from joining together in celebration and contemplation, I wish my Muslim friends in the Ninth District and around the world a peaceful and reflective Ramadan. During the holiest time of the year for Muslims, I renew my commitment to fostering inclusivity and celebrating religious diversity. Ramadan Mubarak!”