H. RES. 728
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 12, 2012
Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas (for herself, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Holt, Mr. Connolly of Virginia, Mr. Rush, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Carnahan, Ms. Fudge, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Visclosky, Ms. Moore, Mr. Stark, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Honda, Mr. Towns, Mr. Sherman, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas, Ms. Chu, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Cleaver, and Mr. Filner) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and commending Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith.
Whereas since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, 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;
Whereas it is estimated that there are approximately 1,500,000,000 Muslims worldwide;
Whereas nearly 6,000 Muslims serve as members of our Armed Forces;
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 commences at dusk on July 20, 2012, and continues for one lunar month: Now, therefore, be it
during this time of conflict, in order to demonstrate solidarity with and support for members of the community of Islam in the United States and throughout the world, the House of Representatives recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world; and
in observance of and out of respect for the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, the House of Representatives acknowledges the onset of Ramadan and expresses its deepest respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world on this significant occasion.