Washington: US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle today sent their warmest greetings to Muslims across the globe on the auspicious occasion of Eid-al-Fitr.
” Eid Mubarak. Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid-al-Fitr in the United States and around the world,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House.
The Gulf countries and most of the Asian nations are celebrating Eid today with people ending the fasting month of Ramadan with sumptuous feasts and offering namaz at mosques.
“During the past month, Muslims have honored their faith through prayer and service, fasting and time spent with loved ones,” Obama said.
Recalling the iftar party at White House, Obama said that at this year’s Iftar he felt proud to spend time with some of the American Muslims who gave their immense contribution to enrich the US democracy and boost its economy.
To help the Syrians in need this Eid, the Obama administration has decided to provide an additional USD 195 million humanitarian aid. The United States has made over USD one billion in humanitarian contribution to the Syrian people since the crisis began in 2011.
Arab world to celebrate Eid today
In the UAE, the Moon Sighting Committee has announced that Thursday i.e. August 8, is the first day of Shawwal and is also the first day of Eid Al-Fitr.
In Qatar, the Crescent Moon Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments) and Islamic Affairs made a similar announcement on Wednesday evening.
Rulers across the Gulf region exchanged greetings following the announcement.