Statement by President Obama
Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid-ul-Adha to Muslims worldwide and wish safe travels to those performing Hajj. This year, nearly three million pilgrims from more than 160 countries – including the United States – have gathered in Mecca and neighboring sites to perform the Hajj rituals and stand together in prayer.
On Eid, Muslims around the world will commemorate Abrahamâ€™s willingness to sacrifice his son, and distribute food to those less fortunate – a reminder of the shared values and the common roots of three of the worldâ€™s major religions.
On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season â€“ Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.