For millions of Nigeriens, the month of Ramadan is a holy period for believers to renew their faith through strict fasting, fervent prayer, reading of the Quran, spiritual meditation, and charitable deeds. All of these actions reflect the core values of Islam – peace, mercy, compassion, and respect for others.
It is also a time to deepen one’s spiritual growth, strengthen one’s faith, and gain a renewed sense of appreciation for life. In this spirit of reflection, those observing Ramadan can strengthen Niger’s communities, help those in need, and serve as good examples for how to live holy lives. I am hopeful that those who observe this sacred time find comfort and reassurance in their faith.
I also note that millions of Muslims in the United States share in celebrating this sacred occasion, underscoring the American dedication to freedom of religious practice and belief.
I wish all of our Muslim brothers and sisters a peaceful and blessed Ramadan.
Eric P. Whitaker
U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger