USAID Celebrates Eid

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Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Office of Press Relations
press@usaid.gov

Greetings and Eid Mubarak.

As this season of Ramadan comes to a close and our Muslim brothers and sisters prepare to celebrate the Eid, I want to extend my warmest wishes to all those observing this sacred occasion around the world.

At a time when the world continues to grapple with the effects of a global pandemic, deepening economic struggles for so many, and the persistence of hatred and violence toward others based on what they look like or how they pray, I am heartened by communities of faith who recommit to the universal values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity, honoring the dignity of every human being.

It is during Ramadan that Muslims around the world contemplate love of God, family, and community. From sunrise to sunset, you draw strength from one another, connecting deeply with your faith through prayer and tradition. Now, on the joyous occasion of Eid al-Fitr, it is time to feast, rejoice, and give thanks.

And while traditional Eid celebrations may be disrupted by the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, your strength of purpose remains a source of inspiration for all those in need.

In a year marked by great loss and suffering, let us remember that Muslim Americans are among those on the front lines every day, sacrificing for our communities as doctors, nurses, first responders, scientists, small business owners, retail workers, and more.

As the struggle to secure religious freedom and tolerance around the globe continues, my prayers on this day are with all families experiencing violence, repression, or persecution––be they in the U.S., China, South Asia, the Middle East, or elsewhere.

I am proud to be leading an agency that shares such fundamental values as those our Muslim brothers and sisters are celebrating today. As we at USAID continue the hard but necessary work of advancing religious freedom, tolerance, and peace around the world, I stand with the Muslim community and ask that we recommit ourselves to recognizing the dignity of every individual.

For the Holy Quran reminds us, “The servants of the Compassionate are those who walk humbly upon the earth, and when the ignorant address them, say ‘Peace’.''

Again, Eid Mubarak, and best wishes.

Last updated: October 21, 2021

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