theantijock%20engage%20stalker%20reducti Obama issued a statement Sunday evening extending best wishes to Muslims in the U.S. and around the world at the start of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

"For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity across communities," he said in the written statement.

"Here in the United States, we are blessed with Muslim communities as diverse as our nation itself. There are those whose heritage can be traced back to the very beginning of our nation, as well as those who have only just arrived," he said, noting that their numbers include "doctors, lawyers, artists, teachers, scientists, community organizers, public servants, and military members."

Then, in pointed contrast to Donald Trump's call to temporarily bar Muslims entering the United States, the president stated: "I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights."

"We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are Muslim," he added.