The White House issued a joint statement on behalf of the Biden presidential couple on the occasion of the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“Jill and I extend our best wishes to the Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the occasion of the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan,” the message reads. “For so many people around the world, including [our] compatriots across the country, this holy month is a time for reflection and spiritual growth.”

The U.S. President Joe Biden stressed that during Ramadan, Muslim communities across the country come together to “show compassion and generosity to those in need, share, and celebrate the many blessings of life with loved ones.”

“As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we must also continue all our efforts to support all those who suffer and are vulnerable around the world, those who face persecution or deprivation,” Biden said. – As the holy Quran teaches, “whoever does good even by the weight of a speck of dust will see its fruits.”

“Every day we see heartbreaking reports of lost lives and photos of families and children struggling to survive. These tragedies remind us of humanity and the common teaching of all great religions, including Islam that we should always do to others as we would like them to do to us” the White House said in a statement. – During this holy month, when Muslims everywhere honor the great mercy of God, let’s also return to our promise to show kindness, mercy and understanding to each other. Let’s honor the simple but profound truth that all people are equal in dignity and rights.”

The President stressed that the United States will continue to advocate for human rights around the world, including in relation to Uighur Muslims in China, the Rohingya people of Islam in Burma, and other Muslim communities around the world.

The holy month of fasting for Muslims – Ramadan begins this year with sunset on April 1 and will last until the evening of May 1.