Jill and I send our warmest greetings to those celebrating Eid al-Adha around the world. The Eid traditions and Hajj rituals, which in memory of Abraham and his son’s devotion to God provide for those who are less fortunate, have special meaning this year as we continue to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and it work to respond to and recover from the global pandemic. The American people pride themselves on leading the fight against COVID-19 worldwide by donating more than half a billion vaccines to countries around the world, including Muslim-majority nations. We must all work together to save lives and end this pandemic everywhere.
The Hajj, which brings together people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world, is also a reminder of Islam’s commitment to equality and the common roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths. The United States has pledged to work with the international community to emerge stronger from the pandemic, and thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who, God willing, will be eager to make the pilgrimage next year.
On behalf of the American people, we wish everyone who has a happy and safe holiday. Eid Mubarak.