Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on the international community During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims should refrain from making 'scapegoats' due to the spread of the coronavirus.
"In this holy month, which has already taken on a different shape due to the global epidemic, there may be an increase in the targeting of some religious groups, including Muslims," he said in his Ramadan message.
On this blessed occasion for Muslims around the world, may the holy month of Ramadan remind us all of the importance of shared compassion, service, and support for one another. I wish all who celebrate a #RamadanKareem. pic.twitter.com/12uAaEiGjo— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 23, 2020
As Ramadan begins in the United States on Friday, Pompeo said, "We urge all governments and communities to use this time to focus on service and unity, and to fight the Coronavirus crisis." Use it for the health and safety of the underprivileged.
Mike Pompeo said: "Ramadan is a reminder to seek empathy for people of all faiths, to reflect on one's actions and to ensure that everyone is safe in difficult times."
On the other hand, US President Donald Trump issued a similar statement saying, "As the month of Ramadan begins today, I pray that those who are experiencing this holy time will find comfort and strength in their faith."
"Over the past few months, we have seen how important the power of prayer can be in this difficult time. I wish all Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and peaceful Ramadan," he said.
The US president added that Ramadan is an opportunity for millions of people around the world to fast, pray, purify themselves, recite the Qur'an, and do good deeds to renew and strengthen their faith.
He added that these actions are linked to the universal values that Islam promotes, such as peace, compassion, love, and respect for others.
Mike Pompeo added in a statement that the spread of the coronavirus this year has affected Ramadan traditions.
"Under normal circumstances, many mosques, homes, and community centers welcome people of different faiths to come together under one roof, which is a reflection of our shared American values of well-being and inclusion," he said.