Washington DC (BBN)– U.S. President Barack Obama has greeted the Muslims worldwide on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha and congratulated those performing holy Hajj.

“Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulate those performing Hajj,” the president said in an Eid message on Sunday.

Obama said thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who have joined one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Mecca and nearby sites.

He said: “As Muslims celebrate this Eid, they will also commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son by distributing food to those less fortunate around the world.”

The president said they join the United States and the international community in relief efforts to assist those struggling to survive in the Horn of Africa and those recovering from the devastating earthquake in Turkey.

“The Eid and Hajj rituals are a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths and the powerful role that faith plays in motivating communities to serve and stand with those in need.”

Obama said “on behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.”

BBN/SSR/AD-07Nov11-11:18 am (BST)