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Ramadan Message by U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Robert E. Patterson

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Uploaded on Aug 5, 2011

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"ORAZA BAYRAMYŇYZ KABUL BOLSUN!"

My name is Robert Patterson and I am the United States Ambassador to Turkmenistan. In my position, I have the honor of representing the American people -- a people of many nationalities and many faiths.

The United States is the home of many thriving and vibrant Muslim communities -- communities that can be found in all fifty states. People in these communities, much like yourselves, are now enjoying the season of Ramadan -- a very special time of year. On their behalf, and on the behalf of every American, I want to extend my best wishes to you, the people of Turkmenistan, for a happy and blessed Ramadan.

Ramadan is a time when Muslims reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God.

Like many people of different faiths who have known Ramadan through our communities and families, I know this to be a festive time -- a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared. But I also know that Ramadan is a time of intense devotion and reflection -- a time when many Turkmen fast during the day and perform prayers at night, reciting and listening to the entire Koran over the course of the month.

These rituals remind us all of the principles that we hold in common, and of Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.

This year, in his Ramadan message to the world, President Barack Obama reflected on such shared values, and the role that religion plays in our societies. He said that "times like this remind us of the lesson of all great faiths, including Islam -- that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us."

I come from a country where, although Muslims are not the majority, they are a key component of our nation's identity and our nation's success. The United States is a land of nearly 2,000 mosques and almost two million Muslims. Today I want to join with those millions, and with you, the people of Turkmenistan, and with the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world -- and of course your families and friends -- in wishing you a wonderful Ramadan, and a blessed month.

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