The sixth day of Ramadhan is special because it is also America’s birthday. During Ramadhan, every Muslim around the world increase their spirituality by praying more intensely, reciting the Qur’an more abundantly, giving more charity, and being more grateful for every privilege that God has provided such as good health, wealth, family, and good education. As an immigrant from Indonesia and a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I want to express my gratitude to God for enabling me to live in the United States so I could exercise my religion freely because in Indonesia, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is persecuted.
While my fellow Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, we the Ahmadi Muslims celebrate America’s 238th birthday by promoting a nationwide campaign, Muslims for Loyalty. The purpose of this campaign is to educate fellow Americans that Islam stresses the importance of loyalty to one’s country and Ahmadi Muslims are ready to make every sacrifice for the sake of their nation. In this blessed month, I celebrate America’s birthday by praying for every privilege and freedom that America has given to me. So happy birthday America and may God bless you!
Khalida Jamilah is a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Writers’ Association and a student at UC Berkeley.