United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2132-2133

Author: George W. Bush  | Date: December 5, 2002

Message on the Observance of Eid al-Fitr, 2002,
December 5, 2002

I send greetings to Muslims in the United States and around the world as you celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast.

At the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, worship, and reflection, Eid celebrates the renewal of faith, hope, and compassion. During this time of great rejoicing, Muslims give thanks for the blessings they have been granted, and demonstrate their commitment to the Qur’an’s teachings by helping those in need. These acts of kindness and generosity strengthen communities worldwide, and as we observe this holiday season, I encourage Americans of all faiths to join in building a culture of service that demonstrates the true character of our Nation.

America treasures the relationship we have with our many Muslim friends, and we respect the vibrant faith of Islam which inspires countless individuals to lead lives of honesty, integrity, and morality. This year, may Eid also be a time in which we recognize the values of progress, pluralism, and acceptance that bind us together as a Nation and a global community. By working together to advance mutual understanding, we point the way to a brighter future for all.

Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a joyous Eid, and for health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2132-2133 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2132-2133 Original Sources, accessed November 30, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=S5TYPCHRUZY99X6.

MLA: Bush, George W. United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2132-2133, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2132-2133, Original Sources. 30 Nov. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=S5TYPCHRUZY99X6.

Harvard: Bush, GW, United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2132-2133. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 6, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2132-2133. Original Sources, retrieved 30 November 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=S5TYPCHRUZY99X6.