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PRINTER'S NO. 1702
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
308
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY DAWKINS, JOHNSON-HARRELL, HENNESSEY, SCHLOSSBERG,
T. DAVIS, HARRIS, MILLARD, WILLIAMS, KORTZ, ROTHMAN, BURNS,
KINSEY, WARREN, CALTAGIRONE, HOHENSTEIN, MURT, HILL-EVANS,
FREEMAN, READSHAW, DALEY AND KIRKLAND, MAY 6, 2019
INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
MAY 6, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Recognizing the observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan, a month
of reflection and prayer for the Muslim community, which runs
from May 5 through June 4, 2019, and the festival of Eid al-
Fitr.
WHEREAS, Millions of Americans practice Islam; and
WHEREAS, The Muslim-American population is an extraordinary
mosaic of ethnic, linguistic, ideological, social, economic and
religious groups; and
WHEREAS, In representation of the ninth month of the Islamic
calendar, Ramadan was established as a holy month for the people
of the Muslim faith; and
WHEREAS, The Holy Month of Ramadan is celebrated each year
based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon as the time
the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad on the occasion
known as Laylat al-Qadr, the Night of Power; and
WHEREAS, Observers celebrate the ritual fast known as Sawm,
one of the five pillars of Islam, by fasting from dusk until
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dawn, experiencing hunger and thirst as a means of becoming more
sympathetic, pious and charitable; and
WHEREAS, Participants during Ramadan devote themselves to
reflection and the reading of the Quran, the purification of the
soul and the practice of self-sacrifice; and
WHEREAS, During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Muslims focus
fully on devotion and service to God, purging themselves of
impure thoughts and motivations which are counter to Islam; and
WHEREAS, The faithful gather in celebration of Eid al-Fitr,
the Festival of Fast Breaking, at the end of the Holy Month of
Ramadan, one of the most important holidays in the Muslim world,
marked with prayer, family reunions and the sharing of generous
evening meals; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives recognize the
observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan, a month of reflection
and prayer for the Muslim community, which runs from May 5
through June 4, 2019, and the festival of Eid al-Fitr.
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