Message from the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Frank‑Walter Steinmeier, on the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast (Id al-Fitr) at the end of Ramadan on 16 July 2015
All Muslim men and women around the world have my heartfelt good wishes for a blessed festival at the end of Ramadan.
Ramadan is a special time of contemplation in every Muslim’s life. It is an opportunity to reflect on mutual respect and tolerance and sends out a message of compassion towards one’s fellow human beings – reaching far beyond one’s own family circle.
This year again, however, Muslims in many countries around the world will be unable to celebrate the end of their holy month in peace. I therefore wish great strength particularly to those having to deal with wars and conflicts. My thoughts are with you and your families.
Peace, freedom and positive development that benefits the many cannot flourish where bigotry, fanaticism and hatred hold sway. That is demonstrated by the dramatic upheaval we have been seeing in many parts of the world this year. We should therefore all take the end of Ramadan as an opportunity to pull together for a harmonious coexistence in peace and tolerance. Let’s take responsibility together, regardless of origins, language or religion, for making this a world worth living in.
I sincerely wish you all a blessed Id al-Fitr!