US President Joe Biden and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have joined the chorus of world leaders congratulating the world’s Muslims for Eid Al Adha celebrations.
Stressing the significance of `Eid as a “great holiday” of Islam, Biden conveyed his and Jill Biden’s best wishes to all Muslims celebrating the feast – particularly in the US.
“In the United States, we are proud to be home to millions of Muslims who enrich our nation’s cultural fabric and contribute to our shared prosperity,” Biden said.
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“We value the countless contributions American Muslims make to our society, from education and healthcare to business and public service.”
Biden added that the presence of Muslim communities strengthens America’s commitment to cultural diversity and religious freedom.
“We value the countless contributions American Muslims make to our society, from education and healthcare to business and public service. Their presence strengthens our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and religious freedom,” he added.
For his part, Canada’s PM Trudeau emphasized that the feast is a source of inspiration as it spreads different values.
“The values at the heart of Eid al-Adha – like sacrifice and giving – are also values at the heart of Islam,” he said.
Trudeau added that the Muslim holiday reflects on shared values of compassion, charity, and community service, recognizing the invaluable contributions Canadian Muslims have made to the country.
“Across the country, Muslim Canadians are stepping up for their communities. Whether it’s volunteering at organizations that support people in need, extending a hand to help your neighbours, or standing up for causes you believe in, Canada is stronger because of you and the contributions you make.”
British PM Rishi Sunak has also sent a message to Muslims on `Eid occasion.
“As you come together to celebrate, `Eid Al-Adha reminds us of the importance of family, friends and community – as well as the vital role of faith in going above and beyond to make the world a better place for those around us,” he said.
“I want to pay tribute to the incredible contribution the Muslim community makes to the UK. And wish you and your loved ones health and happiness.”
Scotland’s First Minister Hamza Yousuf also wished the Muslims in the country and around the world a happy `Eid.
“For Muslims all over the globe, it is an important time to reiterate the values of devotion, thanksgiving and charity. `Eid Mubarak,” the Pakistani-origin Scottish leader wrote.
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave his best wishes to the Muslims on the occasion.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shared a post on social media on the occasion of `Eid Al-Adha.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also sent wishes to Muslims on occasion of the Muslims feast and emphasized the holiday’s “deep moral and spiritual significance.”
“Since the dawn of time, this day has been commemorated by practicing good deeds and caring about one’s neighbors. It serves to reinforce the ideals of kindness, charity and justice in society,” Putin said in a statement.
`Eid Al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice”, is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations, together with `Eid Al-Fitr.
`Eid begins with special prayers to mark the day. Muslims then offer udhiyah, a ritual that commemorates the great act of sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim and his son Isma`eel.