Reps. Green, Carson, Omar, and Tlaib Commemorate Islamic New Year by Filing a Congressional Resolution Recognizing Islam as One of the Great Religions of the World

Aug 30, 2019

(Houston, TX) – On Friday, August 30, 2019, Congressman Al Green released the following statement in observation of the Islamic New Year as well as the special resolution honoring Islam cosponsored by Congressman Andre Carson (IN-07), Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN-05), and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13):

“I am proud to join more than 1.8 billion Muslims across the globe in commemorating the Islamic New Year,” said Congressman Green. “Islam is the second largest and fastest growing religion in the world. It is my privilege to celebrate this special day by filing a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize Islam as a way of life and one of the great religions of the world."

Congressman Green added, “For the past 14 years, I have been honored to represent the extremely diverse Ninth Congressional District of Texas. Significant cultural holidays, such as the Islamic New Year, provide several opportunities throughout the year to pay homage to my constituents and the diversity they bring to our district. To all who celebrate this special day, Happy Islamic New Year!”

Congressman Carson stated, “It is my honor to join Congressman Green and my Muslim congressional colleagues in this important effort to recognize Islam. For the diverse and growing global community of Muslims, the Islamic New Year represents an opportunity for Muslims around the world to recommit ourselves to our faith and its values of love, peace, and service to others. As we come together to celebrate this occasion, let us continue working to embrace those ideals in order to heal the divides that exist in our nation and our world.”

“I couldn’t be prouder to co-sponsor this resolution, especially as we kick off the celebration of the Islamic New Year,” Tlaib said. “For too long, Islamophobia has run rampant in this country and around the world, costing lives and creating a sense of perpetual fear among Muslims. I sincerely hope the House will pass this resolution and send a resounding message to the world that Islam is a faith rooted in values of peace, love, and justice to be celebrated, not feared.”