Rendell Issues Proclamation for Muslim Holiday

Governor Rendell Issues Proclamation Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr

Letter from Governor Ed Rendell

Harrisburg – Governor Edward G. Rendell today issued the following proclamation on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan:

“As Governor of Pennsylvania, I join with the Muslim community in Pennsylvania, throughout the United States and throughout the world in celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr.

“Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting and prayer. It is a time of self reflection focusing on the values that Muslims and people of all faiths share — charity, community, cooperation and compassion. This year’s Eid is also an occasion to reflect on the importance of religious tolerance, which unfortunately seems to be lacking.

“I can personally attest to the important role of Muslims in our Commonwealth. Muslims have served with distinction in all aspects of our communal and civic life and I am proud to have shared numerous Iftar meals (Breaking the Fast) at homes and Mosques.

“As we celebrate this Holiday, let us remember that Islam is just as American as Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity, and that William Penn founded our Commonwealth as bastion of tolerance.

Please accept my best and heartfelt wishes for a joyous Eid.

Eid Moubarek,
Edward G. Rendell
Governor of Pennsylvania

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