Obama greets Muslims on Eid

US President urges Americans to donate more for flood relief work in Pak.

Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 10:13 AM IST

Washington: Greeting Muslims across the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, US President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Americans to donate generously for flood relief work in Pakistan, where more than 20 million people have been hit by the disaster.

"On this Eid, those devastated by the recent floods in Pakistan will be on the minds of many around the world. To help in the tremendous relief, recovery, and reconstruction effort for the floods, all Americans can participate by donating to the Pakistan Relief Fund at www.state.gov," Obama said in a statement issued on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

"As Ramadan comes to an end, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. For Muslims all over the world, Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of a holy month of fasting and prayer," Obama said.
It is time for self-reflection, focusing on the values that Muslims and people of all faiths share - charity, community, cooperation and compassion, he said.

"This year`s Eid is also an occasion to reflect on the importance of religious tolerance and to recognise the positive role that religious communities of all faiths, including Muslims, have played in American life," Obama said.