I would like to wish all those honoring the Holy Month of Ramadan in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu a hearty ‘Ramadan Kareem.’ This is a month introspection to focus on sharing, charity work, worship and reading holy texts.
I know this month of fasting is normally filled with happy gatherings with friends and family joining to break the fast and share food. With the current COVID-19 crisis these traditional gatherings will only be among family or through virtual meetings. However, it can still be a time to focus on sharing with the community. I am proud to support the Veilomani Food Bank in Fiji and encourage others to share what they can to help all Fijians in need.
President Trump said in his Ramadan greeting, “Over the past months, we have seen how important the power of prayer can be during challenging times. Today, as the holy month of Ramadan commences, I pray that those who are observing this sacred time find comfort and reassurance in their faith.” I personally know the power of prayer and reflection to ease burdens and find joy.
As we embark on this hold month I would like to echo the words of Secretary Pompeo who said, “Ramadan is a reminder for people of all faiths to strive for compassion, reflect on our own actions, and ensure all individuals are safe in times of hardship.”
On behalf of the U.S. Embassy family and my family – Kristin, Francesca, John Paul, Dominic, Rita Rose, Mariana, Anthony, and Joseph – I wish all those celebrating Ramadan, a peaceful, healthy, and blessed Ramadan.