Pelosi Statement on the Beginning of Ramadan

April 12, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in recognition of the Holy Month of Ramadan:

“During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Muslim families around the world celebrate their faith by engaging in the sacred process of self-reflection and spiritual renewal.  After the darkness and difficulty of the past year, this special season offers the promise of hope that better times are within reach.

“Our vibrant, diverse Muslim communities are essential to the American fabric.  For generations, American Muslims have started successful businesses, fought for our country in uniform, created beautiful works of art, pioneered scientific breakthroughs and served as leaders in our communities.  Over the last year, Muslim doctors, researchers, first responders and frontline workers have put their lives on the line to help us stay safe from the virus.  Their courage and generosity of spirit makes our country stronger every single day – yet, tragically, as Muslim Americans make these heroic contributions to our nation, many face discrimination on a daily basis.  That is why, this month, House Democrats will pass the NO BAN Act, which would reverse immigration bans based on religion, and the Access to Counsel Act, which would provide visa holders and permanent residents access to counsel at ports of entry.  We are also proud to be marking up and soon passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which would strengthen our government’s defenses against bigotry and violence.

“As Congress and the country work to combat xenophobia and restore America’s role as a beacon of freedom around the world, we join with our Muslim friends and neighbors in giving thanks for our blessings and praying for health and happiness in the year ahead.  Ramadan Mubarak.”