Jill and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world as the blessed month of Ramadan begins.

For so many around the world, including fellow Americans across the country, this holy month is a time for reflection and spiritual growth. Communities come together to practice forgiveness and resilience, to show compassion and generosity of spirit to those in need, to give and to celebrate life’s many blessings with loved ones.

This year, the simple act of breaking the fast will be an even more poignant reminder of the joys of health, family and community. And we will continue to carry in our hearts all those families grieving a lost loved one who face an empty chair at the table.

As we continue to rebuild after the pandemic, we must also continue our best efforts to support all who are suffering and vulnerable around the world, those facing persecution or hardship. As the Holy Quran teaches, “Anyone who does even an atom’s weight of good will see the results.”

Every day we see heartbreaking stories of lost lives and images of families and children struggling to survive. These tragedies remind us of our common humanity – and the common teaching of all major religions, including Islam – that we should always do to others as we would do to ourselves. During this holy month, as Muslims around the world honor God’s great mercy, let us also renew our common commitment to show kindness, mercy and understanding to one another. Honor the simple yet profound truth that all people are equal in dignity and rights. That is why the United States will continue to stand up for human rights everywhere, including for Uyghurs in China, Rohingyas in Burma, and other Muslim communities around the world.

From the Biden family to yours, and from the People’s House to your own homes, Jill and I wish you and your loved ones a blessed and prosperous month. Kareem Ramadan!