Statement on Eid-Al-Adha

February 1, 2004

DETROIT-Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D., today offered the following greeting to Muslims as they observe Eid al-Adha:

“The commemoration of Eid Al-Adha is an important reminder that many faiths share the same values. Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the most important celebrations of the Muslim calendar. It marks the end of the Hajj, the great pilgrimage in which Muslims from around the world travel to Abraham's shrine in the holy city of Mekkah.

“Eid al-Adha is rooted in a story shared by three of the world's great faiths - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This holy day commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to obey God's command to sacrifice his son. Satisfied with Abraham's devotion, God replaced his son with a sheep at the last second and the sheep was sacrificed instead.

“This Eid presents an opportunity for Americans of all faiths to come together and recognize our common humanity. Eid Mubarak!”

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