US President Barack Obama today sent best wishes to Muslims around the world, who are celebrating Eid al-Adha and those performing the Hajj pilgrimage this year.
“As our Muslim neighbours and friends gather for Eid celebrations, Muslim Americans are among the millions of pilgrims joining one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings,” Obama said.
Hajj brings together Muslims from around the world – Sunni and Shiite – to share in reverent prayer, side by side.
“It serves as a reminder that no matter one’s tribe or sect, race or religion, gender or age, we are equals in humanity,” he said.
On Eid, Muslims continue the tradition of donating to the poor and joining efforts with other faith communities in providing assistance to those suffering from hunger, sickness, oppression, and conflict, he said.
“Their service is a powerful example of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together in shared peace, with dignity and a sense of justice,” he said.
“On behalf of the American people, we extend our warmest greetings during this holiday. May the prayers of peace made by the Hajj pilgrims and those of all faiths around the world be heard and granted. Eid Mubarak,” Obama said.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims across the US, the Arab World, Canada and the European countries are celebrating Eid al-Adha today.
In India and the sub continent, Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on Monday.