“Jill and I send our warmest greetings to those celebrating Eid al-Adha around the world,” Biden said. “The traditions of Eid and Hajj rituals of providing for the less fortunate in commemoration of Abraham and his son’s devotion to God have special significance this year as we continue to address the challenges of COVID -19 and to work to respond and recover from the global crisis. pandemic. “
Eid al-Adha translates to “Feast of the Sacrifice” in Arabic and celebrates the culmination of the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Some families who can afford it will sacrifice an animal like a sheep, goat or cow and share the meat among themselves, their friends, neighbors and those in need.
Biden underscored the United States’ own sense of charity with the donation of approximately 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
“The American people are proud to help lead the fight to end COVID-19 globally by donating over half a billion vaccines to countries around the world, including Muslim-majority countries . We must all work together to save lives and end this pandemic. everywhere, ”he said.
He also took note of the hajj and how it serves as a symbol of the “common roots of the Abrahamic religions of the world”.
“The United States is committed to working with the international community to emerge stronger from the pandemic, and thousands of Muslim Americans are among those eager to make the pilgrimage next year, God willing,” Biden said. “On behalf of the American people, we wish everyone who celebrates a safe and wonderful vacation. Eid Mubarak. “