President Bush has extended his greetings to Muslims observing Ramadan in America and around the world.

In a White House statement released Friday, Mr. Bush said Ramadan is the holiest time of the Muslim year and an important holiday.

He said Ramadan observes the delivery of God's word, in the form of the Qur'an, to the prophet Muhammad.

The president also said the holiday is an opportunity to gather with friends and family and to show thanks for God's blessings through works of charity.

Mr. Bush said Ramadan and the upcoming holiday seasons are good times to remember common values that bind all people together. He added that Muslim Americans enrich U.S. society.