First Minister Alex Salmond said:
"It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of the Scottish Government and the people of Scotland, wish all Muslim communities in Scotland and beyond, Ramadan Mubarak.
"The ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar and this great religious observance in Islam teaches patience, humility, and spirituality. This month of fasting - from sunrise to sunset each day - and spiritual reflection, also places a particular focus on family and charity, reminding Muslims to consider those less fortunate, those who may not know what or when their next meal will be.
"That selflessness is an example we can all follow. This Government values the positive influence Islam has on our communities, and the rich tartan tapestry of faiths add to our strength as One Scotland with many cultures.
"May your Ramadan bring peace and blessings."