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News: 2011 Press Release

For Release: August 2, 2011
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Insurance Commissioner Jones Sends Ramadan Greetings to Muslim Community
Praises Muslims for Sharing their Religion, Culture and Heritage with Californians

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today sent warm wishes to Muslims across California as they begin their month-long celebration of Ramadan.

"Since the early 20th century, Muslim Americans have enriched the fabric of California and have made tremendous contributions across the nation," said Commissioner Jones. "It's important to recognize those contributions during this special religious celebration."

During Ramadan, Muslims fast, pray, and donate to charities in order to strengthen their relationship with God. It is intended to teach spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.

"For years I have proudly hosted my own annual Ramadan Iftar dinners and Eid celebrations in various regions of California," said Commissioner Jones. "It's been my privilege and honor to learn more about the many Muslim American communities in our great state.

Commissioner Jones thanked the Muslim American community for leading efforts to share their culture and heritage, as well as strengthening relationships with other faiths and communities.

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