I send greetings to Muslims in the United States and around the world as you
celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast.
At the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, worship, and reflection,
Eid celebrates the renewal of faith, hope, and compassion. During this time
of great rejoicing, Muslims give thanks for the blessings they have been granted,
and demonstrate their commitment to the Qur'an's teachings by helping those
in need. These acts of kindness and generosity strengthen communities worldwide,
and as we observe this holiday season, I encourage Americans of all faiths to
join in building a culture of service that demonstrates the true character of
America treasures the relationship we have with our many Muslim friends, and
we respect the vibrant faith of Islam which inspires countless individuals to
lead lives of honesty, integrity, and morality. This year, may Eid also be a
time in which we recognize the values of progress, pluralism, and acceptance
that bind us together as a Nation and a global community. By working together
to advance mutual understanding, we point the way to a brighter future for all.
Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a joyous Eid, and for health,
happiness, and prosperity in the coming year.