President Bush Wishes Muslims eid Mubarak
"The great faith of Islam has enhanced our society and brought comfort and strength to generations in America and around the world," he said in a statement issued from the White House Thursday.
The three-day festival of Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of a month-long fast of Ramadan and "is a time to look forward with spirit of renewal and hope, and celebrate the rich Islamic tradition of charity and giving," he said.
During this holiday, Muslims gather with family and friends to share in traditional food, thank God for His blessings, and reach out to the less fortunate.
"Our nation is proud to be a land of many beliefs, and our society is enriched by our Muslim citizens.
"On the first day of Shawal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, many people of all faiths reflect on the values we hold in common, including love of family, the importance of community, and gratitude to God," the president said in his annual message