Washington: On Monday, US President Joe Biden asserted that Muslims make America stronger every single day. He said that they make America stronger despite of facing real challenges and threats in the society that they live in. He said that Muslims are being targeted with violence around the world.
Biden announced the appointment of the first Muslim as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom during a White House reception to commemorate Eid al-Fitr.
“It’s especially important because today, around the world, we’re seeing so many Muslims being targeted with violence. No one, no one should discriminate against oppressed or be oppressed for their religious beliefs,” he said.
At the event, Arooj Aftab, a Pakistani vocalist and composer, was one of the speakers. Among other speakers there were First Lady Jill Biden and Dr. Talib M. Shareef.
Speaking of EID celebrations, Biden said, “Today, we also remember all those who are not able to celebrate this holy day, including Uyghurs and Rohingyas and all those who are facing famine, violence, conflict, and disease.”
“And honour the signs of hope and progress toward the world we want to see, including the ceasefire, which allowed the people in Yemen to honour Ramadan and celebrate Eid in peace for the first time in six years,” he added.
Giving importance to Muslims he said, “But at the same time, we have to acknowledge that an awful lot of work remains to be done abroad and here at home. Muslims make our nation stronger every single day, even as they still face real challenges and threats in our society, including targeted violence and Islamophobia that exists.”
Making the United States more equal and inclusive for Muslim Americans, according to Biden, is an important component of the ongoing endeavour to create a more perfect union.
In a tweet after the event, Biden said, “Jill and I were honoured to host an Eid al-Fitr reception at the White House tonight, and we send our warmest greetings to everyone celebrating across the world. Eid Mubarak!”
Vice President Kamala Harris wished people on Eid. “Doug and I send our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Muslims in the US and around the world celebrate after a month of deep reflection, helping those in need, and connecting with community. From our family to yours, Eid Mubarak!” she said in a tweet.
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