PRESIDENT BUSH SENDS EID AL-ADHA GREETING TO MUSLIMS  

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005, 3:46pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - U.S. President George W. Bush saluted the "kindness and charity" of Muslims, praising the contributions of Muslim Americans to US culture in a special message to coincide with the Islamic holy day of Eid al-Adha.

"Abraham's sacrifice and service to God teach us the importance of devotion, and God's mercy encourages us to share his blessings with others," Bush said in his message.

"The kindness and charity practiced by Muslims during this holiday strengthen friendships, help those in need, and exemplify the compassionate spirit that makes America and the world a better place," he said.

"As Americans of Muslim faith celebrate Eid al-Adha, our nation is reminded of the contributions that Muslim Americans have made to our religious and cultural heritage. Your values of family, service, and community enrich our society and reflect the ideals on which our country was founded."