The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) extends its best wishes to Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world who will observe and celebrate Eid Al-Adha, Feast of the Sacrifice on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Eid Al-Adha  (Feast of the Sacrifice) is one of the major holidays in the Muslim calendar that marks the end of the annual Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) to the holy sites in Mecca and Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith.   AHRC-USA wishes all the Muslim pilgrims a safe and rewarding completion of the pilgrimage.

Eid Al Adha this year falls only one day after the 15th Anniversary of the national tragedy of September 11 and the memory of the horrific terrorist attacks and amidst a steep rise in Islamophobia and anti- Muslim rhetoric.  Given the proximity of the two dates, AHRC urges vigilance and the reporting of suspicious activity to law enforcement.

AHRC-USA hopes for peace, justice and happiness to everyone on this very special occasion. During these holidays we should not forget the plight of millions of people across the world who are facing extraordinary hardships and who are in dire need for our humanitarian aid. Their human rights are our human rights.

“We wish Muslim Americans and all Muslims around the world a blessed and safe Eid,” said Dr. Opada Alzohaili, AHRC Board’s President.

“Religious holidays are causes for celebration as well as for generosity. On this Eid, we remember our religious and human obligations to help those in need around the world,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director.

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