Many international celebrities and well-known organizations took to Twitter to wish all Muslims around the world a Ramadan kareem—a brave move in the face of islamophobia. Here’s a quick overview of who tweeted what, painting a beautiful image of what Ramadan is all about.
Gigi Hadid & Priyanka Chopra
Model Gigi Hadid and actress and artist Priyanka Chopra also took to Twitter. Gigi kept it simple and to the point, while Priyanka tweeted, “Ramadan Mubarak to everyone celebrating. May we all be blessed with love peace and prosperity.”
The world’s favorite TV show for kids, Sesame Street, posted a cute picture portraying Ramadan, with the caption, “#Ramadan Mubarak to all of our friends!”
Manchester United & Manchester City FC
Yes, these two football teams are fierce rivals on the field, but off the field, they share the same kind message. Manchester United tweeted, “Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim fans around the world. #Ramadan #mufc,” while Manchester City FC tweeted, “Ramadan Mubarak from all at #mcfc”.
Juventus FC & AC Milan
While we’re on the topic of sports, these Italian giants shared a loving message. Juventus FC said, “Happy #Ramadan! Wishing a blessed and prosperous month to our Muslim fans everywhere! @Juventusfcar @juventusfcid,” and AC Milan said, “#Ramadan has started, #ACMilan wishes happy Ramadan to all of you. #weareacmilan”.
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid’s number one striker, is fasting this year. He’s a Frenchman with Algerian roots. He tweeted, “Ramadan Mubarak! Bon Ramadan à tous! Good Ramadan! #RamadanKareem.” Barcelona’s Turkish player, Arda Turan, tweeted (in Turkish and English), “Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims around the word #Ramazan #Ramadan.”
The Football Association
In fact, the Football Association itself tweeted, “Ramadan Mubarak to all of our Muslim friends. Best wishes to you all for this the holy month of #Ramadan.”
University of Oxford
Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford, Tariq Ramadan, tweeted a beautiful passage—in French, Arabic and English. He said, “I wish you a fruitful blessed month of Ramadan. May God make it for us a month of protection, faith and peace. Be it a month of victory for the oppressed and of defeat for the oppressors.”
The United Kingdom
The UK showed us some love, as well. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, shared his annual video. Sadiq Khan, London’s first ethnic minority and first Muslim mayor, also wished Muslims a “peaceful and blessed” Ramadan with a video.
The United States
Democratic Candidate and former First Lady, Hillary Clinton, was the first of the American presidential candidates who tweeted. She wrote, “As we begin Ramadan, I wish all Muslims a blessed time of reflection, family, and good health. Ramadan Mubarak.”
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, tweeted, “My best wishes for a blessed and peaceful holy month of #Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!”
He supplemented his tweet with the following official statement:
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Ramadan:
“Muslims in Canada and around the world will embark upon a month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer, and reflection to commemorate the revealing of the Qu’ran to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours to increase their patience, closeness to God, and generosity towards those less fortunate. It is a time of community, when Muslims invite neighbors and friends to share their evening meal – iftar – recite prayers together, and encourage each other to give to charity. Ramadan reminds all of us to show appreciation for the countless blessings we enjoy and to put the needs of others before our own. Let us take the time to recognize, and show gratitude for, the invaluable contributions of our Muslim communities that enrich our national fabric each and every day. Canada’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of pride. On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those observing this holy month a blessed and peaceful Ramadan.”