US President Joe Biden extended his warm wishes to Muslims globally, on the occasion of the auspicious festival of Eid Al-Adha.
In a statement released on the official White House website on Wednesday, Biden stated, “My wife Jill and I send our heartfelt greetings to everyone celebrating Eid al-Adha.”
The President underscored that the rituals and traditions of Eid al-Adha, including the act of Hajj, present an opportunity for Muslims to rejuvenate their faith and reflect on the significance of altruism, charity, and serving the poor.
The White House is set to commemorate Eid al-Adha for the first time this year with a gathering of leaders from the Muslim community. The event will be hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff.
Biden expressed his appreciation for the countless contributions of American Muslims to US society. These range from education and healthcare to business and public service, affirming that their presence enhances Washington’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and religious freedom.
“When we come together with our loved ones, engage in worship, charitable works, and community service during this holy occasion, let us renew our commitment to the values that bind us together: empathy and mutual respect. These principles are at the heart of Islam and the American spirit,” Biden continued.
As Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Adha, Biden noted that over a million pilgrims are peacefully conducting Hajj rituals in Mount Arafat and Mecca, Saudi Arabia, including thousands of American Muslims. “Here in America, we join in this act by recommitting to our pursuit of peace and a better world for all.”
Biden emphasized that Hajj unites people from all continents and corners of the world, leaving behind worldly possessions and donning simple white Ihram clothing in a spirit of equality. He expressed his hope that Eid al-Adha brings joy, peace, and unity to hearts and homes.
The American president concluded his statement by saying, “We look forward to welcoming our American Muslim pilgrims after the completion of their Hajj rituals and wish them, and Muslims around the world, a happy and peaceful holiday. Eid Mubarak.”