Monday, December 9

President Obama extends Aidilfitri greetings to Muslims

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KUALA LUMPUR: United States President Barack Obama and wife Michelle yesterday extended Aidilfitri greetings to Muslims around the world.

In a press statement issued by the Office of the Press Secretary of the White House, Obama said that during the past month, Muslims had honoured their faith though prayer and service, fasting and time spent with loved ones.

“Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid-al-Fitr (Aidilfitri) in the United States and around the world.

“For millions of Americans, Eid is part of a great tapestry of America’s many traditions, and I wish all Muslims a blessed and joyful celebration. Eid Mubarak,” said Obama.

He said that at this year’s White House Iftar (breaking-of-fast), he was proud to spend time with some of the many American Muslims whose contributions had enriched America’s democracy and strengthened its economy.

“Many of us have had the opportunity to break fast with our Muslim friends and colleagues – a tradition that reminds us to be grateful for our blessings and to show compassion to the less fortunate among us, including millions of Syrians who spent Ramadan displaced from their homes, their families, and their loved ones,” he said. — Bernama