Published : Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 6:17 PM
Pasadena area Congresswoman Judy Chu wished the Muslim community a joyous and blessed start of the holy month of Ramadan, which marks a time of reflection, spirituality, and rejuvenation for millions of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The month-long observance, which began Tuesday evening with the sighting of the new moon, will unfold with Muslims fasting from sunrise to sunset, reciting verses from the Quran and attending prayer sessions.
For Muslims, Ramadan is a time to become closer to God. It is also a time of joy and for spending time with family, and giving to charity and those in need.
“As we commemorate Ramadan and reflect on the indelible contributions that American Muslims have made to our great nation, we are also reminded of the challenges that still lie ahead,” Chu said in a statement. “I feel it is incumbent to remind ourselves of the important role Muslims have always played here in the United States. That is why earlier this month, I introduced a resolution to officially recognize the rich history and contributions of the American Muslim community.”
Chu said America has always been strengthened by its diversity, adding CAPAC “will continue to stand with the American Muslim community to safeguard the religious freedoms and civil rights of all Americans.”
Ramadan ends June 14.