U.S. President Barack Obama greets Muslims across the world on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, describing it as the time for self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting.
“On behalf of the American people … I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem,” the president said in a statement.
“Ramadan is a time for self-reflection and devotion. A time when Muslims fast during the day and perform tarawih prayers during the night,” he said.
“These rituals remind us of the principals that we hold in common and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings,” Obama said.
In the video, Obama also talked about Pakistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the crisis in Iraq.
Saudi Arabia announced the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on Sunday June 29.