I am pleased to send greetings and best wishes to those across the globe who
are celebrating Eid al-Fitr.
For Muslims, the Eid is a festive occasion, celebrating service rendered to
God during the holy month of Ramadan. During this special time, it is also a
tradition to help those in need. Performing acts of charity remains a tradition
common across many faiths, challenging each of us to make a positive difference
in the lives of others through generosity, kindness, and compassion.
Today, due to drought and dictatorship, millions of people in Afghanistan are
hungry and face the prospect of a harsh winter. Americans are working with many
nations to provide food, medicine, and clothing to the people of Afghanistan.
We resolve to work in partnership with other nations to assist with rebuilding
The teachings of many faiths share much in common. And people of many faiths
are united in our commitments to love our families, to protect our children,
and to build a more peaceful world. In the coming year, let us resolve to seize
opportunities to work together in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. Through
our combined efforts, we can end terrorism and rid our civilization of the damaging
effects of hatred and intolerance, ultimately achieving a brighter future for
Laura and I wish Muslims around the world a joyous Eid, and peace, health, and
prosperity in the year ahead.