President Barack Obama issued a statement today marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. “For Muslims, Eid al-Adha commemorates the day when prophet Abraham was going to sacrifice his son but was instructed by God to offer an animal instead,” reports Al Jazeera. “Eid al-Adha in Arabic literally means ‘festival of the sacrifice.’

Traditionally, the festival lasts for four days but public holidays vary from country to country.” “Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims across our country and around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha,” Obama said in his statement. “This special holiday is a time to honor the sacrifice, resolve, and commitment to God demonstrated by Abraham.” READ MORE