US Congressional resolution introduced to recognise Ramadan and Eid
A US congressional resolution has been introduced recognising the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the Eid holiday.
The resolution was introduced this week by Representative Debbie Dingell in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and backed by several other progressive House members.
The initiative focuses on "Recognizing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, commending a month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and extending best wishes to Muslims in the United States and across the globe for a joyous and meaningful observance of Eid al-Fitr."
It notes that in the US there are around 1.2 million Muslim voters, around 200 Muslim elected officials and around 4,500 Muslims on active military duty.
It concludes that it is resolved "to demonstrate solidarity with and support for members of the community of Islam in the United States and throughout the world, the House of Representatives recognizes the importance of the Islamic faith."
It also resolves "in observance of and out of respect for Ramadan tradition, the Muslim holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, the House of Representatives offers its best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of Ramadan, while also expressing its deepest respect to Muslims in the United States and worldwide on this important occasion."