October to Be Declared Month of Ramadan in Illinois

Springfield, IL: In deference to the many adherents to the Muslim faith in Illinois, Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) has introduced a measure to recognize October as the holy month of Ramadan.
“America is a diverse country with many different people from many different cultures and backgrounds,” Roskam said. “We have, as a country, made it a point to set aside various months and weeks throughout the course of the year to celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage. I see no reason why we cannot focus a little attention on Muslims and their culture. After all, this country has and always will be a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities.”
Senate Resolution 493 states that “the citizens of Illinois should respect and honor the faith and tradition of Muslims; therefore by it resolved by the Senate of the Ninety-Fourth General Assembly of the State of Illinois, that we recognize October as the holy month of Ramadan.”
Roskam, a Republican candidate for Congressional 6th District, which is currently represented by Congressman Henry Hyde, said the impetus for the legislation came from a local community activist and York Township Trustee, Moon Khan.
The Month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and Muslims are required to fast the entire month. The fast of Ramadan has strict regiments that forbid eating or drinking during the daylight hours. In addition smoking and sexual activity are also not allowed. The fast is broken at the end of each day with prayer and a meal called the Iftar. The end of Ramadan is celebrated as Eidul Fitr, which was observed on November 3rd.
The Illinois Senate session began in the final weeks of October, and Roskam immediately introduced the resolution, which, however, takes time to go through several procedures. Senate Resolution 493 has been filed and awaits assignment to a Senate committee.
“This is an historic moment for Muslims in Illinois because for the first time the state legislature has undertaken such a broad measure to recognize an important Islamic tradition,” said Khan. “Working together is the key to understanding.”
For more information about the measure, please contact Ryan McLau ghlin, Campaign Manager Peter Roskam for Congress (IL-6) at 630- 221-0006 or Moon Khan at 630-889-0588.

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