President Biden quoted the Qur'an in a statement issued Monday honoring Ramadan, a Muslim holiday that involves fasting for a month.
"Jill and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world," Biden said. "Ramadan Kareem."
Biden said that the month of fasting echoes "how difficult this year has been."
"In this pandemic, friends and loved ones cannot yet gather together in celebration and congregation, and far too many families will sit down for iftar with loved ones missing. Yet, our Muslim communities begin the month of revelation with renewed hope," Biden said. "Many will focus on increasing their consciousness of the presence of God in their lives, reaffirming their commitment to the service of others that their faith compels, and expressing gratitude for the blessings they enjoy — health, well-being, and life itself."
Biden, who has previously said he is Catholic, also quoted the Qur'an in his statement.
"The Holy Qur'an reminds us that ‘God is the light of the heavens and earth,' who leads us out of darkness to the light," Biden said. "Although our White House festivities will be held virtually this Ramadan, Jill and I look forward to resuming the traditional White House Eid celebration in person next year, inshallah."