President sends greetings to Muslims around the globe...
President Obama today issued greetings on behalf of himself, First Lady Michelle Obama, and the American people to Muslims around the globe who are celebrating Eid, and he offered congratulations for those performing Hajj, saying that thousands of American Muslims are making the pilgrimage to Mecca.
He also noted US relief efforts for the devastating Oct. 23 earthquake in Turkey and the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa, and said that Muslims celebrating Eid will "commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son by distributing food to those less fortunate around the world." (Above: The President removes his shoes before entering the Blue Mosque during a visit to Istanbul, Turkey)
"The Eid and Hajj rituals are a reminder of...the powerful role that faith plays in motivating communities to serve and stand with those in need," President Obama said.
The President's full message:
"Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulate those performing Hajj. Thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who have joined one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Mecca and nearby sites.
As Muslims celebrate this Eid, they will also commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son by distributing food to those less fortunate around the world. They join the United States and the international community in relief efforts to assist those struggling to survive in the Horn of Africa and those recovering from the devastating earthquake in Turkey.
The Eid and Hajj rituals are a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths and the powerful role that faith plays in motivating communities to serve and stand with those in need. On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour."
*Photo: The President visited the Blue Mosque on April 7, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza