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Ramadan at the White House

For over one billion Muslims throughout the world, Ramadan is month of fasting, prayer, worship, and contemplation. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day. It is a time to strengthen family and community ties.

As President Bush stated in his Ramadan message, "Muslims observe this month [Ramadan] by renewing their dedication to caring for those in need, doing good deeds, and strengthening family and community ties. These actions reflect many of the values that Muslims share with people of other faiths."

Backgrounder: The President's Quotes on Islam

Event Timeline
(all events subject to change)

Following the President's lead, many Administration officials and government agencies are participating in Ramadan events.

In keeping with its Charter, Voice of America will cover presidential speeches in multiple languages, as well as information on all Ramadan events with the President or cabinet officers; broadcast a series of programs looking at how Ramadan is observed in the U.S.; and devote VOA’s popular call-in show (radio, TV and Internet) to Muslim scholars discussing Islam and Ramadan.

November 6
Assistant Secretary Burns hosts Iftaar dinner for 50 female political leaders from the Middle East and North Africa.

November 7
President Bush hosts Iftaar Dinner for Organization of the Islamic Conference Diplomatic Corps and Muslim-Americans.

November 11
Secretary Evans hosts Iftaar Dinner in Morocco.

November 14
Senior DOD official attends Iftaar event at Pentagon organized by American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council.

November 18
Secretary Powell hosts Iftaar Dinner at State Department.

December 6
President Bush issues Eid al-Fitr Message to Muslim-Americans.

President's Message for Ramadan

Voice of America has translated the President's Ramadan message into the following languages:
Looking Back: Ramadan 2001