WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama released a statement Sunday marking the celebration of the Islamic holiday, Eid al-Fitr.

The Obamas expressed positive wishes to Muslim Americans and thanked them for their observance of community service for the less fortunate and a call for more unity among people of all faiths. Obama and the first lady said that Muslim Americans are a core part of the country’s democracy.

“In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy,” reads the statement on Eid-al-Fitr posted to The White House’s official website. “That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.”

Eid al-Fitr is a celebration that marks the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and is celebrated with special prayers, presents, family gatherings, and feasts. Forgiveness is stressed among family and friends in addition to charitable donations and the exchange of “Eid Mubarak” greetings.

The Obamas noted in the message of interfaith peace that poverty, conflict and disease affect all of humanity, and not of just any one faith.

The statement concludes: “On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration. Eid Mubarak.”


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