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President Obama issues statement for Eid al-Adha

Catholic World News - October 17, 2013

President Barack Obama has issued a statement on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the Muslim belief that Abraham was willing to sacrifice to God his son Ishmael (rather than Isaac, as related in the Old Testament).

“Michelle and I extend our best wishes for a joyous Eid al-Adha to Muslims around the world and congratulate those performing the Hajj [pilgrimage to Mecca] this year,” said the president. “As our Muslim neighbors and friends gather for Eid celebrations, Muslim Americans are among the more than three million pilgrims joining one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings, which serves as a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths.”

“To commemorate Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world are joining other faith communities in offering their assistance to those suffering from hunger, disease, and conflict,” he added. “Their service is a powerful example of the positive role that faith can play in motivating communities to work together to address shared challenges.”

“On behalf of the American people, we extend our warmest greetings during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak [blessed Eid] and Hajj Mabrour [accepted Hajj].”

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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 22, 2013 8:34 PM ET USA

    Doesn't anyone find it odd that this President celebrates every muslim holiday and special day but not the Christian holidays or holy days.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Oct. 18, 2013 3:07 AM ET USA

    Obama speaks of all this charitable work being done, but many of the Muslim charitable foundations in the US have turned out to be funneling funds to terrorist groups, not the needy. BTW, did he make a statement for Columbus Day? Somehow, I doubt it.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 17, 2013 9:08 AM ET USA

    What's left out of Obama's statement, e.g. mention of the constant violence associated with Islam around the globe, is more interesting than what he has to say. Of course, his seeming endorsement of this bit of Muslim heresy probably indicates more about his seemingly inexhaustible hypocrisy than any authentic religious beliefs on his part. The core of his 'faith', in fact, would seem to be the current platform of the Democrat Party.

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