LANSING — State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) has introduced House Resolution 111 to extend best wishes to Muslims in Michigan, the United States and worldwide, for a joyous and meaningful observance of Ramadan, a holy month of prayer, fasting, charity and reflection. The Michigan House of Representatives adopted the resolution after Hammoud gave a speech on the House floor on Thursday, May 25.

          This month of sacrifice and contemplation begins this year on or around the evening of Friday, May 26, based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon. This year, Ramadan continues until on or around the evening of Sunday, June 25, with Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the completion of the month.

          "During Ramadan, Muslims spend this period in reflection and prayer while strengthening the bonds of family, friendship and community," said Hammoud. "Today's Muslim American population is a tapestry of ethnic, racial, linguistic, social and economic groups. I am proud that this resolution was adopted, and that we were able to recognize a few of the many contributions Muslims make to society."

          Muslims in Michigan, the United States and around the world will observe Ramadan by fasting, emphasizing self-discipline, worship and charity, and reading the Holy Quran to improve patience, humility and spirituality. Additionally, they will put their faith into action by organizing the Ramadan Fight Against Hunger to collect and distribute more than 60 tons of food to the area's hungry and disadvantaged.