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Shia Muslim Foundation Applauds President Biden's Recognition of Ashura

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 27, 2023 — The Shia Muslim Foundation (SMF) today extended its heartfelt gratitude to President Joe Biden for his thoughtful acknowledgement of Ashura and the profound sacrifice of Imam Husain (as).

In a tweet that touched the hearts of Shia Muslims across the nation, President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden recognized the observance of Ashura, expressing solidarity with the Muslim community and honouring the profound values of sacrifice, justice, and equality. This important acknowledgement is not just a tribute to Imam Husain, but also a testament to the inclusive and diverse nature of the United States.

"We are sincerely grateful to President Biden for his recognition and understanding of our faith and its significant observances," said Rahat Husain, Executive Director of the Shia Muslim Foundation. "Imam Husain (as) is a beacon of resilience and integrity for Shia Muslims, and his sacrifice in the Battle of Karbala underscores the ultimate stand against oppression and injustice. President Biden's tweet reflects a deep respect for these shared human values."

The SMF, with its ongoing commitment to promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding, helped in facilitating the President's message. By continuously educating and engaging with local and national leaders, the SMF aims to strengthen the representation of Shia Muslims and foster an environment of mutual respect and understanding.

Imam Husain’s sacrifice is a cornerstone of Shia Muslim faith, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to justice, integrity, and the dignity of all people, regardless of their background or faith. President Biden's recognition of Ashura is therefore not only an honour to Imam Husain but also a clear message of unity and respect for diversity.

"Through our ongoing efforts, we hope to foster a better understanding of Shia Islam and its valuable contributions to our diverse society," Husain added. "We look forward to more instances of interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue like this, which contribute significantly to the strength and vibrancy of our nation."

The Shia Muslim Foundation is deeply committed to promoting social justice, mutual respect, and understanding, values that align with the teachings of Imam Husain. We are heartened by President Biden's message and remain steadfast in our mission to serve the Shia Muslim community and promote understanding and harmony among all people.

**About Shia Muslim Foundation**

The Shia Muslim Foundation (SMF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding, co-operation, and respect among all faiths. Through interfaith dialogue, education, and community service, the SMF serves as a beacon of peace and understanding in an increasingly complex world.


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