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    UNIS/SGSM/1012
    23 April 2020

    The Secretary-General

    Message on the Beginning of Ramadan

    I extend my warmest wishes as millions of Muslims around the world begin observing the holy month of Ramadan.

    This will, of course, be a very different Ramadan.  Many community activities will naturally be affected by measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  Meanwhile, many people in conflict zones will once again be tragically marking this month with war and insecurity all around.

    I recently called for an immediate global ceasefire to focus on our common enemy - the virus.  I repeat that appeal today, recalling the words of the Holy Quran "and if they incline to peace, then incline to it".

    Ramadan is also about supporting the most vulnerable.  I thank governments and people throughout the Muslim world who live by their faith, supporting those fleeing conflict in the best Islamic tradition of hospitality and generosity - a remarkable lesson in this world where so many doors have been closed to those in need of protection, even before COVID-19.

    Once again, my best wishes to all for mercy, solidarity and compassion in these trying times.

    Ramadan Kareem.

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