THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 22, 2000
EID AL-FITR 2000
On behalf of the American people, it is my honor to congratulate Muslims
around the world on the occasion of the Eid Al-Fitr.
Whether native-born or immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, Asia,
or Europe, Muslims now represent an increasingly important element in the
tapestry of American society. Because of the growth of Islam in our
country, American citizens of all faiths are coming to appreciate the
significance of Ramadan as Muslims fast, pray, and rededicate themselves to
the teachings of the Qur'an.
United in faith, America's Muslims are also united in their commitment
to building a society rich in diversity and grounded in mutual respect. I
believe America is made stronger by the core values of Islam -- commitment
to family, compassion for the dis-advantaged, and respect for difference.
There is special significance this year as the three Abrahamic faiths
all celebrate holidays in the span of the same week. As Jews celebrate
Hanukkah, Christians celebrate Christmas, and now Muslims celebrate Eid
Al-Fitr. The Qur'an, the Bible, and the Torah all call on believers to
love one?s neighbors and to welcome strangers. The Qur'an tells us that we
are all People of the Book and that we share a common humanity and dignity.
As the appearance of the new moon brings to a close this holy month, we
all pray that it will usher in a year of reconciliation and peace. The
First Lady and I wish all Muslims a blessed celebration of the Eid Al-Fitr
and peace, health, and prosperity in the years ahead.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
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