Washington: US President Joe Biden used his Eid message on Monday to rekindle a commitment to respect all beliefs and superstitions.
The US leader reiterated the need to help those “millions of displaced people and refugees around the world who spend this sacred holiday separated from their families and uncertain about their future”.
Mr Biden pledged to re-launch the Eid celebration at the White House this year “in recognition of inspiring American Muslims who lead efforts to build greater understanding and unity across our nation”.
The practice was abolished by the Trump administration, apparently due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
Pakistani US ambassador Masood Khan also noted in his Eid message that President Biden would host a special Eid ceremony at the White House during the Eid holidays.
Mr Biden’s first two articles – respecting all religions and helping refugees and displaced persons – are key elements of his foreign policy policy. In March, the United States ratified the UN resolution declaring March 15 a Day against Islamophobia. It was on this day in 2019 that a right-wing man killed more than 50 Muslims in a terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand.
Pakistan lifted the decision backed by 55 – mostly Muslim – countries.
Mr Biden noted in his message that Eid marks the culmination of a sacred month dedicated to devotion and meditation, as families and communities come together to celebrate their blessings.
“And Eid is also an opportunity for Muslims to remember all those who suffer or are affected by poverty, hunger, conflict and disease, and to commit themselves to building a better future for all,” he said.
As Muslims throughout the United States celebrate Eid, “let us renew our commitment to respect all religions and superstitions”.
President Biden noted that the Holy Qur’an urges people to stand for justice and “reminds us that we were created as a nation to know each other”.
Published Parhlo, May 3, 2022