August 21st, 2009 18:17 EST
The President's Ramadan Message
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered Ramadan greetings to American Muslims and thanked President Obama for a videotaped message marking the month-long fast and acknowledging Muslim community service efforts.
VIDEO: President Obama`s Ramadan Message
SEE ALSO: Transcript of President Obama`s Ramadan Message
In his message, released today, the president said: This summer, people across America have served in their communities " educating children, caring for the sick, and extending a hand to those who have fallen on hard times. Faith-based organizations, including many Islamic organizations, have been at the forefront in participating in this summer of service. "
President Obama was referring to Muslim participation in his recently-announced United We Serve " initiative, which is designed to make service a way of life for all Americans. "
We wish everyone a blessed Ramadan and join President Obama in encouraging a spirit of community service for Americans of all faiths, " said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad said CAIR is asking Muslim communities to plan new volunteer community service initiatives, to expand existing activities and to report all such efforts through its Muslims Care " online form. Muslims Care, an ongoing CAIR program, is designed to encourage volunteerism in the American Muslim community.
SEE ALSO: Show Muslim Support for President Obama`s Community Service Appeal
CAIR is America`s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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