US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
Biden issued a lengthy holiday message for Muslims living both in the United States and around the world.
Extending good wishes to everyone celebrating Eid al-Adha, Biden, along with his wife Jill Biden, highlighted that during this holiday, the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim and his family to Allah is commemorated, and the importance of sacrifice and charity is remembered.
A first in the White House
Biden noted that this year, for the first time, Vice President Kamala Harris and her spouse will host Muslim community leaders at the White House to celebrate Eid al-Adha, expressing pride in hosting millions of Muslims who enrich the cultural fabric of the United States and contribute to society.
Acknowledging the contributions of American Muslims in various fields, Biden stated, “Their presence strengthens our commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and religious freedom.”
In his message emphasizing compassion, empathy, and mutual respect, Biden also addressed the performance of the Hajj pilgrimage during Eid al-Adha.
Biden highlighted that during this holiday, numerous Muslims from around the world fulfilled their Hajj duty in Saudi Arabia, pointing out that Muslims gathering from different regions for Hajj, wearing the white Ihram attire, symbolizes a form of equality.
Biden remarked, “This idea is similar to the ideas upon which our nation was built: that we are all created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
He continued, “May the spirit of Eid al-Adha bring joy, peace, and unity to your hearts and homes. We eagerly await welcoming our American Muslim pilgrims who have earned the title of ‘Hajji’ to our country. We wish them and Muslims around the world a joyous and peaceful holiday. Eid Mubarak!”
Eid message from Secretary of State BlinkenUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken also extended his greetings to the Muslim world on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, and conveyed good wishes to Muslims who performed the Hajj pilgrimage in a tweet.