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American Muslims Thank US Postal Service For The Eid Stamp
Courtesy of the
American Muslim Alliance
Long Island, New York, 11/13/2000
A letter of thanks and appreciation signed by more than 400 Muslim Americans was recently sent to the US Postal Service for the issuance of the Eid Stamp. This ‘thank-you’ petition was initiated by Mr. Ghazi Khankan, Dr. Farooque Khan and other leaders of the New York chapter of the American Muslim Alliance.
“A true multicultural society acknowledges the symbols and values of all its citizens,” said Dr. Agha Saeed, the national chair of the American Muslim Alliance. “We really appreciate Postmaster General William Henderson’s view that stamps like the Eid Stamp ‘continue to bring history to life’.” Saeed said.
The introduction of the Eid stamp on November 13, 2000 and the Malcolm X stamp a few years earlier shows ever-increasing aware-ness about Islam and Muslims in America. These stamps symbolize and signify the history of Muslims and Islam in America.
The US Postal Service Web Site provides the following information about the Eid Stamp:Two individuals, Al-Haaj Ghazi Y. Khankan, and late Dr. M. T. Medhi, deserve special mention here. Al-Hajj Khankan had worked with the legendary Dr. M. T. Mehdi for thirty years. Next to Al-Hajj Malekul Shabazz, Malcolm X, Dr. Mehdi was the fi nest cultural strategist the American Muslims have ever known. His genius lied in his under-standing of the power of symbols and cultural practices.
Dr. Mehdi and Al-Hajj Khankan deserve all the credit for the display of ‘Crescent and Star’ in the White House on December 18, 1997. “It was the first time in the history that the Muslim symbol was exhibited in Washington’, next to the National Christmas Tree.
Late Dr. Medhi was fi rst to ask the US Postal Service to issue a stamp about Muslims and Islam in America. Muslims and Friends of Muslim are encouraged to write letters of thanks to the Post-master General William Henderson. www.usps.gov
“This stamp in the Holiday Celebrations series commemorates the two most important festivals or eids in the Islamic calendar.
Eid al-Adha (celebrated on March 6 in 2001) marks the end of the hajj, the annual period designated for Muslims to make their pilgrimage to Mecca.
Eid al Fitr (celebrated on Dec. 16 in 2001) celebrates the end of the Ramadan fast. Designed by calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya, the Eid stamp features the Arabic phrase “Eid mubarak” in gold against a blue background, which is reminiscent of many great works of Islamic calligraphy.
Eid mubarak translates as blessed festival,” and can be paraphrased, “May your religious holiday be blessed.”
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