Obama sends greetings to Muslims on eve of holiday
Eid is "a powerful example of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths," said Obama

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama extended greetings to Muslims and congratulated them on the annual pilgrimage, a day before the celebration of eid.

"Muslim Americans are among the millions of pilgrims joining one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings,” Obama said in a statement. "Hajj brings together Muslims from around the world – Sunni and Shiite – to share in reverent prayer, side by side."

Beginning Saturday, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Adha, also known as the "Feast of the Sacrifice,” which celebrates the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. It is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims and marks the last day of the Hajj for the faithful where millions of pilgrims pour to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Obama called the Eid services "a powerful example of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths."

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