Eid a reminder we should respect 'all faiths and beliefs', says Obama

'Americans of all faiths and beliefs must stand together to protect our democracy and strengthen our country as a whole,' president also said

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US President Barack Obama has used his annual Eid greeting to remind his countrymen of the importance of respecting all faiths and beliefs.

The US leader’s message preceded that of David Cameron’s similar greeting to British Muslims, with both leaders commenting on recent violent attacks and urging individuals to celebrate peacefully.

Mr Obama wrote that the end of Ramadan is not only a celebration but also a reminder of the time to “reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need” – as well as a chance of “new beginning for each individual”.

"As Muslim Americans celebrate Eid across America, the holiday is a reminder to every American of the importance of respecting those of all faiths and beliefs," the President's statement reads.

It goes on to referencing the recent Charleston shooting, discussing the actions of a young Muslim activist who led a campaign that raised almost £50,000 for the churches burnt in the wake of the atrocity.

“Americans of all faiths and beliefs must stand together to protect our democracy and strengthen our country as a whole,” US leader commented.

The address ended with Mr Obama and his wife Michelle extending their “warmest wishes” to the estimated five to eight million Muslims across the US.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Prime Minister wished British Muslims a “happy and peaceful Eid,” and asked families and friends coming together to celebrate to consider “the better Britain and world we must build together.”

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