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Obama's special message to Muslims on the Hajj

November 15, 2010 |  2:48 pm

Hajj Pilgrims at Namirah Mosque


Statement by President Obama on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, as provided by the White House

Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid-ul-Adha to Muslims worldwide and wish safe travels to those Barack and Michelle Obama visit Indonesia's Istiqlal Mosque 11-10-10performing 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 Abraham’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 world's major religions.

On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season – Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.   ####

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Photos: Yahya Arhab / EPA (Hajj pilgrims at Namirah Mosque); Achmad Ibrahim / AFP / Getty Images (the Obamas visit Indonesia's Istiqlal Mosque 11-10-10).