What Eid al-Adha means for Muslims and America (Rep. Mike Honda)

Observed for more than fourteen centuries, Eid al-Adha is a holiday of great importance to millions of Muslim Americans and approximately 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of the Sacrifice, honors Abraham’s symbolic sacrifice of his son to God, as referenced in the Quran, Old Testament and New Testament, and is commemorated around the world by prayers, charity events and festivals.

"I am honored to join with Members from across the country to recognize the holidays of all of the great religions, and to promote interfaith dialogue within the Congress,” Congressman Ellison stated.  "I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution in honor of the Muslim celebration of Eid-Al Adha, a major holiday which emphasizes the importance of humility, kindness, and service," Ellison concluded.

“Eid al-Adha is a special occasion to recognize our continued commitment to God,” said Congressman André Carson. “My prayers and blessings are with all the hajjis that have made the pilgrimage to Mecca this year. Eid Mubarak and may God bless you during this important time.”

Specifically, the resolution does the following:  (1) recognizes the cultural and religious significance of Eid al-Adha, (2) expresses its appreciation and respect for the contributions of Muslim Americans to our country and (3) wishes Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world observing Eid al-Adha a prosperous holiday.

Rep. Honda is the chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.