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EghtesadOnline: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has written to the leaders of Muslim countries on the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan, calling on them to follow the path of peace and moderation to counter Islamophobia.

In separate congratulatory messages on Saturday, Rouhani urged the Muslim leaders to present the face of moderate Islam to the world and to bring about a world free of violence and extremism, PressTV reported.

“Undoubtedly, it is upon all leaders, intellectuals, and religious scholars in Muslim countries in this month of divine mercy and forgiveness to counter the false crises being created and the Islamophobia [being propagated] by enemies,” he wrote.

That, he said, should be carried out “by explaining and promoting the lofty goals of Islam, employing moderation in behavior and action, and providing a vivid image of this holy religion.”

The Iranian chief executive also expressed hope that Muslim leaders would collaborate toward the establishment of peace, calm, and security.

He further wished the people and leaders of Muslim states success and happiness.

Ramadan, a holy month on the Islamic lunar calendar, began in several Muslim countries, including Iran, on Saturday.

During the holy month, adult Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sundown as an effective way of practicing self-discipline. They are also expected to avoid sinning and to strengthen their souls through praying, charitable deeds, and introspection.

Muslim people mark the Eid al-Fitr festival at the end of Ramadan.

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