Israeli President Shimon Peres has released a video message wishing the Muslim world “Ramadan Kareem”, meaning “have a blessed Ramadan.”

During the month of Ramadan, which begins this year on Thursday, July 19, Muslims around the world refrain from eating, drinking, and sexual activity from sunrise to sunset, in order to demonstrate their submission to God.

The greetings begin with President Peres’ saying “Salam Alekum,” or, in Hebrew, “Shalom Aleichem,” the greetings for peace.

“On behalf of all of the Israeli people, I want to extend to all Muslims around the world my very best wishes for a Ramadan Kareem,” Peres says.

To watch Peres’ full video message to the Muslim world, click below.