New Delhi: US President Barack Obama extended his "warmest wishes" to Muslims around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha, calling the holiday a time for people to come together.
In a statement released by the president, Obama said the holiday is a time to "honor the sacrifice, resolve, and commitment to God demonstrated by Abraham."
"It marks the end of the pilgrimage of Hajj performed each year by millions of Muslims who journey from all corners of the world to Mecca as a testament to their faith," Obama said in the statement.
"It is also a celebration of the ways faith can transcend any differences or boundaries and unite us under the banners of fellowship and love."
The president then pivoted to addressing refugees forced to spend the holiday without their loved ones.
"As we mark Eid al-Adha this year, we are reminded of the millions of refugees around the globe who are spending this sacred holiday separated from their families, unsure of their future, but still hoping for a brighter tomorrow," Obama said in the statement.
"And as a Nation, we remain committed to welcoming the stranger with empathy and an open heart—from the refugee who flees war-torn lands to the immigrant who leaves home in search of a better life," he added.