Archive for September 10th, 2010

White House Releases Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

Friday, September 10th, 2010

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The White House has released the following statement from President Barack Obama to mark the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr:

As Ramadan comes to an end, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. For Muslims all over the world, Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of a holy month of fasting and prayer. It is a time of self-reflection focusing on the values that Muslims and people of all faiths share – charity, community, cooperation and compassion. This year’s Eid is also an occasion to reflect on the importance of religious tolerance and to recognize the positive role that religious communities of all faiths, including Muslims, have played in American life.

On this Eid, those devastated by the recent floods in Pakistan will be on the minds of many around the world. To help in the tremendous relief, recovery, and reconstruction effort for the floods, all Americans can participate by donating to the Pakistan Relief Fund at www.state.gov.

On behalf of the American people, we congratulate Muslims in the United States and around the world on this blessed day. Eid Mubarak.

Also: US State Department Releases Video Statement by the Secy of State Hillary Clinton on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

Eid-ul-Fitr Remarks & Video by Secretary Clinton

Friday, September 10th, 2010

The US State Dept. has released an Eid-ul-Fitr video greeting from Secy of State Hillary Clinton.

Eid Mubarak! Since my husband, Bill Clinton, and I held the first Eid celebration at the White House in 1996, I have enjoyed marking Eid every year. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

And yet, in the 14 years since that first White House celebration, our world has seen unexpected changes and unprecedented challenges. Under President Obama’s leadership, the United States is working to create new partnerships with Muslim communities. We want to build bridges, not only bridges toward peace in the Middle East, but bridges of understanding. We believe we all can work toward a more peaceful and prosperous future, one based on mutual respect and cooperation.

I hosted an Iftar at the State Department, and I invited many young American leaders – young American Muslims. They’re bringing their energy and spirit to solving problems and overcoming traditional boundaries. They are engaging with change-makers around the world. Their energy and enthusiasm gives me great hope for a future filled with greater understanding.

At this time of peace and celebration, I wish you and your family a joyful Eid, and a very happy year ahead.

Also: White House Releases Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

Did You Know? Eid ul-Fitr (EID – 09/10)

Friday, September 10th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Ramadan &
the Islamic Faith

September 10

Did you know that the end of the month of Ramadan is marked with a joyous festival called Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr (EID) literally means the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” during which many Muslims partake in elaborate feasts. They also wear their finest clothes, exchange gifts, while simultaneously increasing their almsgiving.

EID begins tonight, Sept. 10, at sunset. EID MUBARAK!


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(September 10) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Eid-Al-Fitr

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Eid-Al-Fitr / Eid ul-Fitr / EID (Celebrating the Fast – Islamic)
Almost two billion Muslims around the world celebrate Eid ul-Fitr (eed al-fitter), the three-day festival commonly known as “Eid.” “Eid ul-Fitr” literally means the feast of the breaking/to break the fast. The holiday marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and is a culmination of the month-long struggle towards a higher spiritual state.

Eid-Al-Fitr began last night at sunset

source: Ramadan on the Net - Eid ul-Fitr

photo credit: EID Prayers – Ashish T via flikr

(September 10) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Swap Ideas Day

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Swap Ideas Day
Do your part to encourage creative synergy by sharing and swapping ideas with your friends, colleagues and family members.

photo credit: via flickr

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