Skip to content

H. Res. 635: Recognizing Ramadan

2007 October 8
by taiyyaba

A nice/interesting resolution passed by the 110th Congress last week. This isn’t the first time they’ve passed a resolution recognizing Ramadan; I think they do it every year. I guess i’m not gonna knock it for being superficial….at least the issues are resonating on some level. Thoughts?

H. Res. 635
In the House of Representatives, U. S., October 2, 2007.

Whereas it is estimated that there are approximately 1,500,000,000 Muslims worldwide;

Whereas since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, some threats and incidents of violence have been directed at law-abiding, patriotic Americans of African, Arab, and South Asian descent, particularly members of the Islamic faith;

Whereas, on September 14, 2001, the House of Representatives passed a concurrent resolution condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, American Muslims, and Americans from South Asia in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the United States;

Whereas some extremists have attempted to use selective interpretations of Islam to justify and encourage hatred, persecution, oppression, violence and terrorism against the United States, the West, Israel, other Muslims, and non-Muslims;

Whereas some Muslims in the United States and abroad have courageously spoken out in rejection of interpretations of Islam that justify and encourage hatred, violence, and terror, and in support of interpretations of and movements within Islam that justify and encourage democracy, tolerance and full civil and political rights for Muslims and those of all faiths;

Whereas Ramadan is the holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal for Muslims worldwide, and is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar year; and

Whereas the observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan commenced at dusk on September 13, 2007, and continues for one lunar month: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world;
(2) expresses friendship and support for Muslims in the United States and worldwide;
(3) acknowledges the onset of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and conveys its respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world on this occasion;
(4) rejects hatred, bigotry, and violence directed against Muslims, both in the United States and worldwide; and
(5) commends Muslims in the United States and across the globe who have privately and publicly rejected interpretations and movements of Islam that justify and encourage hatred, violence, and terror.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. October 9, 2007

    hmm… my first impression is that all the “whereases” lead up to a very definite statement: that we support only muslims who have “spoken out in rejection of interpretations of Islam that justify and encourage hatred, violence, and terror” and who “justify and encourage democracy, tolerance and full civil and political rights for Muslims and those of all faiths”… now these are certainly not bad things to do, but we all know how easy it is to selectively define and interpret (funnily enough, exactly what this resolution is talking about) and if you are the US govt how easy it is to get away with particukarly farfetched and egregious interpretations… so who’s going to define what interpretations of islam encourage hatred, violence and terror? some obviously do… but if you believe in the truth of islam above other faiths, does that make you a hater? and do you have to believe that “encouraging democracy” is what we are doing in iraq? and if you believe in the ultimate true justice of an ideal islamic state can you convince anyone that it can be democratic without looking just like america? and anyway, do we all agree on absolutley every interpretation of what constitutes terrorism (if someone believes the “virginia jihad” bros should not have been convicted, e.g., or that sami al-arian has been “treated in an infamous manner” (that’s for you tibs!), but they are obviously generally thought to have been wannabe terrorists?) and the hairsplitting goes on… so in a nutshell, sure it’s a nice thing, but it really doesn’t mean anything to me in light of reality on the ground and actually makes me sort of uncomfortable for these reasons above… still, considering the sort of PC level on which we operate in our formal or official lives, better this than, say, an internment camp or something 🙂 the impulse is one i really do appreciate…

  2. bsc permalink
    October 23, 2007

    yes, what has 9/11 got to do with this recognition of Ramadan.
    But as it is we feel happy just for anything positive no matter how many ‘whereases’ are attached to the statements Is it a ‘band-aid’ kind of statement?
    I read a very powerful statement in some book
    “Haq jhukta nahin jukata hay” (Truth does not bow, it makes you bow to it)

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS