RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah received a congratulatory cable from US President Barack Obama Monday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The U.S President offered congratulations from himself and his wife Michelle to Muslims in the rest of the world and the U.S on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha and especially to the pilgrims who all carried out one of the basic rites of Islam. He said they were proud of the thousands of U.S. pilgrims that united with 3 million Muslims in Haj this year.

This festival of sacrifice is to commemorate Abraham who was going to sacrifice his son in an act of obedience to God, until God intervened and gave him a sheep instead. The President said that he admired the pilgrims offering sacrifices themselves by giving meat to the needy, including the people suffering from droughts in the Horn of Africa.

“While such a huge number of people from various racial and economic backgrounds overcome their differences for a greater cause, in it there is a lesson for the entire mankind that differences of people are a source of strength and is a blessing of God that should be celebrated,” Obama said.

He finished by saying that these days were blessed, and that he spoke for the American people when offering his sincerest greetings to the Muslim people on Eid Al-Adha and all who took part in the Haj.

This year Eid Al-Adha started on the 6th of November and ends on the 9th, many families get together and have long lunches or late breakfasts, treating themselves to sweets, and wearing brand new clothes while children are given gifts or money. The prayer is about sacrificing something to the poor like a sheep, camel or lamb.