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Congressman Kildee to Observe Ramadan Wednesday by Fasting in Solidarity with Muslim Americans

June 5, 2018
Press Release

For Seventh Year in a Row, Kildee and Staff Give up Food and Water for a Day to Gain Deeper Understanding of the Meaning of Ramadan

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), along with his congressional staff in Washington, D.C., will fast in solidarity Wednesday with Muslims in Michigan and around the world in observance of Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month of fasting during which Muslims may not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.

This will be the seventh year in a row that Congressman Kildee and his staff have observed Ramadan with a day of fasting. The Ramadan fast has become a tradition for Congressman Kildee and his office since 2012, beginning on his congressional campaign as a show of support for a Muslim staffer observing the holy month.

“Ramadan is a time for happiness and celebration for millions of Muslim Americans. This month of prayer, reflection and giving teaches us to love one another and reflect on ways we can do the most good in the communities we live in. Fasting for Ramadan with my staff has helped me to understand how meaningful Ramadan is for my Muslim friends and American Muslims across the country,” Congressman Kildee said.

“Now more than ever, we are seeing prejudice and ignorance toward some religions, including Islam. President Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim Ban has only intensified the hateful rhetoric and prejudice against the Muslim community. This ignorance does not reflect our American values. When you better understand a different religion or get to know somebody, you realize just how similar we all are. It’s hard to hate up close,” Congressman Kildee continued.

Congressman Kildee and staff today will wake up Wednesday to individually eat before 4:10 a.m. ET. Like years past, the Congressman and staff will have a text chain throughout the day to share inspirational messages of support. At sunset, at 8:31 p.m. ET, Congressman Kildee and his staff will share an Iftar dinner together—a meal shared by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan—in Washington, D.C.