As the Muslim community throughout Northeast Ohio begins the Eid al-Fitr celebrations, I wish to offer a greeting of peace and my congratulations on the conclusion of your month-long vigil of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.
In a spirit of deep respect and friendship, I recall and offer the words of St. John Paul II who addressed Muslim religious leaders years ago saying, “In today's world where God is tragically forgotten, Christians and Muslims are called in one spirit of love to defend and always promote human dignity, moral values and freedom.’
Pope Francis once remarked that when we show respect for the religion of our neighbors or when we offer them our good wishes on the occasion of a religious celebration, we seek to share their joy, without making reference to the content of their religious convictions. On this joyous occasion, I offer my personal and prayerful best wishes during this time of celebration. May your lives give glory to the Almighty and bring joy to all those around you.
Happy Feast to you all.