Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), extended his warmest congratulations and wishes for a blessed Ramadan to the entire Muslim Ummah.
He also expressed wholehearted congratulations to the host country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and the honorable Saudi people as a whole.
In a congratulatory message to all the OIC Member States, Al-Othaimeenprayed to Allah, the Most High, to make this very special event, so dear to the hearts of all Muslims, and a window of opportunity to defuse and end wars and conflicts in the Muslim world.
Ramadan is a great opportunity to celebrate the values of moderation, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, a time of brotherly love, and a chance to spread peace, security and stability in the Muslim world and beyond, added Al-Othaimeen.
Further, he called on all Muslims to show empathy for those less fortunate, who will be observing the fasting month in refugee camps and migrant shelters, support them and keep them in their thoughts and prayers.
Also significant, the Secretary General invited Muslim communities living in non-member states to practice the moral teachings of Ramadan in their daily lives, thereby contributing to correct the distorted image of Islam projected by extremists and propagated by biased and hostile media.
He went on to stress that Ramadan is a unique model of solidarity and mutual support – not only for Muslims, but also for all humankind.