Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Statement By President Obama On The Occasion Of Eid ul-Fitr

"Eid Mubarak..."

President Obama hosted an Iftar Dinner for Ramadan in the State Dining Room at the White House on August 10th. Today he issued a statement for Eid ul-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar. The President's Iftar Dinner was the third he has hosted since taking office. The guest list is here, but no menu was released for the dinner.

The President's statement:

Michelle and I would like to send Eid greetings to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world. Ramadan has been a time for families and communities to share the happiness of coming together in intense devotion, reflection, and service. Millions all over the world have been inspired to honor their faith by reaching out to those less fortunate. This year, many have observed the month while courageously persevering in their efforts to secure basic necessities and fundamental freedoms. The United States will continue to stand with them and for the dignity and rights of all people, whether a hungry child in the Horn of Africa or a young person demanding freedom in the Middle East and North Africa.

As Ramadan comes to an end, we send our best wishes for a blessed holiday to Muslim communities around the world. Eid Mubarak.


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