Commissioners over one county in North Carolina have approved a resolution recognizing June as the “Month of Ramadan.” The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners adopted the resolution on Tuesday, with six in favor and three against.  “Ramadan is a sacred time that commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Mohammad, and encourages fasting, prayer, reflection, God consciousness and gratitude,” the resolution reads. “[E]ach day of fasting

teaches the soul to struggle with the self, persevere, be patient and to forgive and love.” It asserts that Islam is a part of America’s history and that Muslims should be recognized for their contributions. “Ramadan reminds us that Islam has always been a part of America and Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country, including those made by the famous Muslim scholar Omar Ibn Said, who was enslaved and brought to the Carolinas in 1807,” the resolution states. READ MORE