Millions of Muslims around the world on Monday marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.
Others began fasting a day later, Tuesday, due to a slight difference in moon-sighting methodology in which some countries declare the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.
World leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United Kingdom PM David Cameron, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Saudi King Salman were among the leaders who expressed their warm wishes on Ramadan.
As we begin Ramadan, I wish all Muslims a blessed time of reflection, family, and good health. Ramadan Mubarak. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 5, 2016
Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, also issued a statement on Ramadan. He said: "Muslims in Canada and around the world will embark upon a month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and reflection to commemorate the revealing of the Qu'ran to the Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan reminds all of us to show appreciation for the countless blessings we enjoy and to put the needs of others before our own."
Saudi King Salman on Sunday addressed Muslims around the world, emphasizing the urgent need to realize Islamic unity, in a speech read out by Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Turaifi. "My brothers, Islam is the religion of mercy, compassion, love and moderation, which calls for peace, justice and the renunciation of violence and extremism. We ask God in this blessed month to help the Islamic nation and the whole world to root out this scourge and eliminate it once and for all. I beseech Him to give us help and success and to accept our fasting, prayers and good deeds," he said.
London's new Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, wrote in the Guardian that he plans to use Ramadan to "build bridges" and break bread with Muslims and non-Muslims at synagogues, churches and mosques, though he acknowledged that 19-hour fasts during the longer summer days in Europe and forgoing coffee will be challenging.
Famous personalities from all over the world have also sent their Ramadan greetings to all the Muslim communities worldwide.
T 2278 - Ramadan starts and we wish all a peace and prosperity ..— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 5, 2016
Ramadan Mubarak to everyone celebrating.. May we all be blessed with love peace and prosperity....— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 6, 2016
Happy Ramadan to all 1.6 Billion of my Muslim brothers and sisters! Stay hydrated!— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) June 6, 2016