Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson was joined by Representatives Andre Carson (IN-7), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) in introducing a resolution commemorating the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. This significant month in the Muslim Lunar Calendar is a time of heightened spiritual awareness, family bonding, communal service and worship, and self-renewal for Muslims everywhere. Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world take time during the month of Ramadan to reflect upon their faith and to strive for deeper compassion and charity. This year’s resolution also brings attention to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on Muslims as they observe Ramadan.
“During these challenging times, people turn to their faith to help them navigate through this period of great uncertainty around the world,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “This year, Muslims around the world will be making adjustments as they observe Ramadan and practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. While this pandemic prevents Muslims and other religious faiths from physically gathering together, it presents an opportunity to create innovative ways to congregate, worship, and celebrate.”