[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: GEORGE W. BUSH (2001, Book I)]
[March 6, 2001]
[Page 200]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

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Message on the Observance of Eid al-Adha
March 6, 2001

     Warm greetings to Muslims across the United States as you celebrate 
the Eid al-Adha holiday and join in spirit with the millions gathered in 
Mecca to uphold the traditions of one of your most sacred feasts.
    America was built on a strong spiritual foundation, and the 
celebration of faith is central to our lives. As you celebrate the 
annual Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, you honor the great sacrifice 
and devotion of Abraham as recognized by Judaism, Christianity, and 
Islam. By educating others about your religious traditions, you enrich 
the lives of others in your local communities.
    The variety of nations and cultures represented by those who travel 
to Mecca each year, and the varied ways in which Muslims contribute to 
American life across the United States, are powerful reminders that 
ethnic and racial differences need not divide us when we share common 
values and purposes. By building strong foundations of mutual respect, 
we can achieve peace and reconciliation in our world.
    Laura joins me in sending best wishes for a joyous holiday 

                                                          George W. Bush