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Thursday, 26 November 2009
On Thanksgiving eve, Obama issues special Hajj message to world's Muslims

From The LA Times  I much prefer George, below, and I'm an Englishwoman!

Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, as provided by the White House

Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.
During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God.
This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration's commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest.
On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season – Eid Mubarak.

Posted on 11/26/2009 8:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
27 Nov 2009
Send an emailGeorge McCallum

Perhaps our esteemed President, in his concern for the Saudis getting their flu shots, could also have meetings with the Saudis to discuss women's rights, rights of non-Muslim minorities, the building of churches and temples in the kingdom, the spread of fundamentalist Wahabi ideology, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech, and...

Ah, well... you get the idea.