Islam: Bush sends Muslims Eid al-Adha greetingsFrom Adnkronos International
"During Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world reflect on Abraham's unwavering faith and his trust in God when asked to sacrifice his son," Bush said in the message.
"These four days are a time for Muslims to honour Abraham's obedience by celebrating with family and friends and showing gratitude for the many blessings bestowed by God.
"This holiday also helps ensure the important values of compassion and devotion are passed on to future generations," the message continued.
Bush also paid tribute to the role played by Muslims in America, saying they "enriched" multicultural US society.
"The kindness, generosity, and goodwill displayed by American Muslims during this special occasion and throughout the year have contributed to the strength and vitality of our Nation," the message stated.
"May all those observing Eid al-Adha find love and warmth during this joyous holiday. Laura and I send our best wishes for a memorable celebration," the message ended.
Eid al-Adha, which lasts through Saturday, is one of the most important Muslim holidays. It commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael to Allah.
The festival begins the day after the millions of foreign pilgrims making the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia descend from Mount Arafat