June 20, 2024

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr: ‘The Holy Qur’an urges people to stand firmly for justice’

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden greet virtually Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander at NORAD, and Mrs. Marilyn VanHerck, and take phone calls from children tracking Santa, Friday, December 24, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden greet virtually Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander at NORAD, and Mrs. Marilyn VanHerck, and take phone calls from children tracking Santa, Friday, December 24, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)

As Muslims in the United States and around the world conclude the month of Ramadan and celebrate Eid al-Fitr, Jill and I extend our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating this joyous occasion.

Eid marks the completion of a holy month dedicated to devotion and reflection, when families and communities come together to celebrate their blessings. And Eid is also an occasion for Muslims to remember all those who are struggling or impacted by poverty, hunger, conflict, and disease, and to recommit to building a better future for all.   

This year, as we mark Eid al-Fitr, we hold in our hearts the millions of displaced persons and refugees around the globe who are spending this sacred holiday separated from their families and unsure of their future, but still hoping for a brighter tomorrow. As a nation we must always keep faith with those seeking a better life, and uphold our commitment to serving as a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the world. And, Muslims across the United States celebrate Eid, let us renew our dedication to our foundational commitment to respecting all faiths and beliefs.

The Holy Qur’an urges people to stand firmly for justice and reminds us that we were created as nations and tribes so that we may get to know one another. The tradition of religious freedom for all strengthens our country, and we will continue to work with Americans of all beliefs and backgrounds to safeguard and deepen our collective commitment to this fundamental principle. This year, we will resume the tradition of celebrating Eid at the White House, and of honoring the inspiring Muslim Americans who are leading efforts to build greater understanding and unity across our nation. 

To all those celebrating, Jill and I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Eid.  May the spirit of community, compassion, and service we have witnessed over the last month continue throughout the year. Eid Mubarak!

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