Eid Greetings from David Bonior, Member of Congress

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Dear Friend:

As we approach the end of Ramadan, I want to extend my heartfelt greetings to you and your family. Ramadan is a time for reflection. It is a time for fasting and for cherishing our blessings. It is a time to remember lost loved ones and those less fortunate. Ramadan reminds us of what is truly important - our family, our traditions, our deepest values and our faith. 

We all share grief and sorrow over the attacks of September 11. Such attacks do not represent Islam. By the same token, the bigotry and intolerance against Muslims which has followed does not represent the ideals on which this great country was founded.

Throughout my career, I have tried to show that bigotry and intolerance have no place in America's future. I led the effort to repeal secret evidence and spoke out against profiling at U.S. airports, in shopping malls and on highways. After the September 11 attacks, I introduced the resolution condemning bigotry against Muslims, Arab-Americans and Americans of South Asian descent. I have also continued to reach out to the Muslim community.

Whenever I attend religious services reflecting the rich diversity of religious traditions in Michigan, I speak about the need for tolerance and understanding. This is a time for Americans of all faiths to pull together. The magnitude of this moment calls upon us to focus on what unites - not what divides us. 

As a Catholic, I will be heeding Pope John Paul II's call to fast on December 14 as a sign of unity with the Islamic faith and a gesture of tolerance and peace. The great religions of the world need to draw closer together at this time of crisis, not further apart.

Again, I want to wish you and your family a happy Eid and best wishes for the new year.

Sincerely,

David E. Bonior
Member of Congress


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REZZAQUL HASSAN FROM U.S.A. said:
Dear Congressman David Bonior,
Thanks for your support to the Muslim community of America. May Allah bless you and guide you to His light. Indeed, as muslims we share a lot with the people of the book and it is more evident in the Holy Qur'an. At this moment of crisis it is very much important to know each other which eventualy will lead us towards peace between people of different ethnic, cultural and relegious background. Thanks again for your kind support.
2001-12-23

ADIL AL-ASEER FROM USA said:
Dear Congressman Bonior,

I really appreciate your support for the Muslims in America. It is very nice to see such a warm greeting from a member of Congress. Thank You again. Happy Hollidays.
2001-12-19

AHMED ASGHER FROM NEW ZEALAND said:
Dear Mr. David Bonior, Congressman

My faith in fellow human beings strengthens when I read your views. Truly we all come from one God and to him we shall all return. Our time on this planet is only temporary, that much we all know for sure. The least we can do is to live and let live, in peace.
In the garden of the Lord we are all flowers, the most beautiful & frangrant of us are those who take care of the rest of the Lords flowers. And you sir are one of His fragrant flowers. God bless you and give you strength to serve his servants.
Ahmed Asgher, New Zealand.
2001-12-19

ABDELAZIZ DHRIF FROM USA said:
I am touched by your gesture. You represent the best of America. God bless you and happy holidays.

Dhrif's family.
2001-12-18

DAVID R. HAJIAN FROM UNITED STATES said:
Eid Al-Fitr Mobarak to you and all well behaved Human in the world. May Allah help all Human in the world to behave as Human.
2001-12-17

IMAN FROM USA said:
Congressman Bonnior,

You are oneo f the few bright spots that American Muslims see at this time. We thank you for your efforts on our behalf. You have never turned your back on us. What can we do to assist you?

Iman
2001-12-17

NA'EEMA FROM U.S.A. said:
Re: Esther
I feel as though you have a lot of learning to do. Your comments showed your ignorance toward Islam and Muslims, but that is to be expected from a non-muslim american like you, who probably wouldn't know a muslim if she was not in hijab or just assuming by someones appearance. Insha Allah, you will learn more about how we live, and understand the pain that we go through living in a world with people like you. May Allah help you.
2001-12-17

NA'EEMA FROM USA said:
Dear Mr. Bonior
Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Thank you so much for the kind Eid greeting. Insha Allah, others in America of diferent faiths will see that Islam is peace and the way of life for ALL Muslims. Alhamdulillah that someone like you can see that we are no different than any other group of people. May you and your family recieve many blessings from Allah.
2001-12-17

ANGULLIA FROM SINGAPORE said:
very touching and we are full of hope that everything would be well for all of us in today's world.
2001-12-17

RAFATH WAHEED FROM SAUDI ARABIA said:
Assalaamalaykum Congressman Bonoir,

Thank you for a very warm and generous Eid greetings to all the Muslims of US. Islam stands for justice and peace and it is important that we stay united in these troubled times.

Thank you once again for your kind and thoughful gesture.

With Best Regards,
Rafath
2001-12-16

AIJAZ MOHAMED FROM KUWAIT said:
Dear Sir, Thanks for your Eid Greetings, to the American Muslims and Muslims all around planet earth., but, regret what USA is doing in many parts of the world particularly Afghanistan, Palestine, Chechen & KASHMIR. As a human being explain your point of view & their pain and agony on what is going on in respective countries, they are not criminals to punish unarmed civilians this way, the innocent families, children, women & elderly men are suffering from bombardment. America can fight a long war like vietnam but cannot defeat Islamic forces everywhere. Its better BUSH understands the feeling of all and reconciles all parties as a great powerful leader. Killing innocent Muslims is not the answer, you know sir very well who are behind the WTC & Pentagon attack. AMERICA wants to occupy Afghanistan to control Asia as they have done a great movie like operation in KUWAIT in 1990, everyone knows here in kuwait, who is the criminal, SADDAM OR BUSH SR., US wanted to control Mideast oilwells, now you have controlled Kuwait, Saudi Arabia & Qatar. Now after 1990 you
want to have your forces in Afghanistan to control the Rich mineral resources in CIS states by basing your trooops in Afghanistan. Its shameful of US to turn a blind eye towards Israel for what Ariel Sharon is commiting openly against unarmed civilians. Where is your democracy, where is your public opinion, US is behaving like a big criminal supporting the murderous government of Israel. US Democrats and Republicans be fair in giving your support.
2001-12-16

ABDOUL AZIZ FAYE FROM USA said:
I WILL LIKE TO THANK YOU PERSONALLY FOR YOUR WONDERFUL TOUGHTS.
MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILLY.
EID MUBARAK.AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.
2001-12-15

FATAI BAMIDELE FROM USA said:
Islam is a religion of peace. Although turmoil perverts the United States, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Iraq etc., we need to remember that the voice of peace unites while violence divides. Violence should not beget violence but the voice of reason should beget peace. Let's rejoice in the true meaning of Ramadan and pray for the world to be an even peace place to live.
2001-12-15

NANCY TAHA FROM AMEICA said:
I WANT TO THANK U FOR KIND WORDS. ALL AMERICANS ESPECIALLY ARAB-AMERICANS REALLY APPERICATED YOUR STRUGGLE EQUALITY AND TO STOP RACISM IN AMERICA. I HOPE THERE IS MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN CONGRESS BECAUSE IF THERE WAS I BELIEVE THI PLACE WOULD A LOT BETTER.
2001-12-15

MAYSA A. FROM USA said:
What a fine gesture from a true American, I commend you congressmen for your fine words and hope your goals are achieved. Thank you and Peace.
2001-12-15

ABDUL KARIM FROM USA said:
Congressman Bonior: Happy Eid greetings to you too. It is always a pleasure to know a congressman who is willing to stand up for justice and fight against injustice. One of the highly empahsized commandment of Allah (all glory to him) in the Holy Quran.
2001-12-15

YASIR HAMMED RUSHDAN FROM THE UNITED STATES said:
Congressman Bonior, let me first say that you are one who always seems to have something fine to say about the American Muslim community! I was in Chicago, Illinois over the Labor Day weekend, when you were there for the unvailing of the USPS Islamic Eid Holiday Season stamp. On the dais with you were other dignitaries, one in particular was Imam W. Deen Mohammed, leader of the Muslim American Society, a very "special" human being! It might sound "prejudicial":):), but if possible Mr. Bonior, contact with Imam Mohammed just may prove to be very positive in regards to better Muslim/Non-Muslim relations, both here as well as in the Palestinian/Israeli situation! Once again, thank you for your unswerving support as I greet you...Eid Mubarak!!! That means Blessed Eid.:) Y.H.Rushdan
2001-12-14

HASSAN BILAL FROM USA said:
Thank you congressman for your kind words during our blessed month of Ramadan.As an American, Muslim and member of the United States ARMY your words are heartfelt. May Allah continue to bless you and your family.Salaam Alaikum(Peace be unto you).
2001-12-14

YADUDU MUHAMMAD FROM NIGERIA?US said:
Thanks be to Allah that some American congress men are listening to the complains of Muslims. Thanks also be to Allah who has enabled the American congress man to understand and distinguish between the 2 extreme opposed and sometimes clashing Islamic Blocks. We hope more congress men will follow suit by ultimately helping to find a final, just and fair solutions to the agression aginst our Muslim brothers in Palestine, Kashmir Southern Russia and every where else.
Once again glory be to Allah for the wonderful warm and caring words uttered by the congress man regarding Muslims.
Jazakhallah Khairan
2001-12-14

ALI MALIK FROM USA said:
Thank you Mr. Congressman.
Happy Eid, happy Holidays and new year to all Americans and Muslim Americans.

May the new year bring peace in the world, enough of this trouble time, we can all use some quiet time now.

Thank You
Ali Malik
2001-12-14

ZAINAB JAVAID FROM U.S.A. (TEXAS) said:
Hello
I am a muslim british I have lived in America for 10 years and America is a GREAT country to live in :)
I just want to say that May God Bless you !!! Have a GREAT christmas ...
2001-12-14

MUMINA KOWALSKI FROM USA said:
Thankyou Congressman Boniour for your letter to
the Muslim community in the United States. It
means alot to us and there are special individuals
from all faiths who speak out for truth and
justice because they are true to their values and
not just looking for votes or public appeal. Your
integrity in Michigan has always been notable and
may God bless you for the good work that you do.
Chaplain Mumina Kowalski, SCI Mun
2001-12-14

RAMLAN MOHAMAD FROM SINGAPORE said:
Thanks. Can we start from here ? Too many times we encounter differences because we consider ourselves superior to others. Can we now concentrate on our similarities and our short-comings ?
2001-12-13

MOHAMED KHAN FROM USA said:
Thank you for your Eid greeting. I am very much impressed with your gesture and I really do believe that you say it with sincerety and from your heart. I wish many of the of the politicians can follow your footstep and stop being bias and bigot.There are person in high offices giving lip sevices of wishing the Muslims happy Ramadhan and the next second sending the army to kill the Muslims all in the name of freedom and justice.How hypocritial is these people to call foreignArabs diplomats who does not represent community to have dinner at his residence to show the world of solidarity with Muslims. What a shameful and disgusted scene tolook at. This is my personal view.
Once again thanks very much for your greetings and I hope that God will guide you in performing your duties to your constituent and the country
2001-12-13

HYAT GHADBAN FROM CANADA said:
Thank you for a very nice letter. It is wonderful that we all should live together and fast together but what about those bombs in Afghanistan and we understand that Bush is running down a list which puts Iraqi next in line. And what about all the people that are jailed because of their background. What do we say about them? And what about Bush's list, which I understand, puts Iraq next in line how do we deal with that. I keep hearing all this stuff that the war is not against Muslims or Islam yet Muslims are being killed 24-7, I would like to know what kind people like yourself are telling Bush. It is hard for us Muslims to be celebrating when US bombs are dropping like hot cakes and killing innocent people I might add. You might sir have heard that the US put those Taliban in power few years ago. I guess they didn't work out as well as expected or maybe Afghanistan needs thinning out it is heavily populated.
2001-12-13

MOHAMED FROM USA said:
Essalam Alikum
As an American Muslim I thank you for the greetings and I would like to extend my warmest
greetings to you and your family.
This country needs more people like yourrself to counter evil and ignorance.

May GOD bless this country ,where people from all over the world feel welcomed and at home

May Allah grant peace on earth.
2001-12-13

NUR MOHAMED FROM USA said:
It is my great pleasure to reciprocate David Bonior Eid Greetings to the Muslims.

As Muslims, we are taught by God almighty and prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him)to love whole-heartedly and revere all prophets of God more specially Jessus Christ. Moreover, we are required by our religion tolenrance towards other beliefs and Qur'an is testimony to that in having placed the people of the book in special place in their relationship with the Muslim community.

It is our greatest hope that messages from the likes of David Bonior will be given their due place not in the American society but in the policy makers of this country so that we can live in peace and harmony between people of all faiths contributing to the well-being of all humanity reminding us of the days when Muslims, Christians and Jews lived so peacefully under the Islamic rule known as the Golden Age among the Jews.
2001-12-13

MUSTAFA A. SYAMMACH FROM USA said:
May God bless you and your family in this bless month. You are one rare example in The US Congress. I pray that God will help you on your next endevour for Governership.

Thank you.
2001-12-13

AMENA FROM PAKISTAN said:
I am overjoyed to hear that we Muslims and people of all races, have amongst us such an extraordianry figure of humanity and good will -especially during these desperate times where one nod of total and unconditional acceptance can mean all the world ....
Throughout my life spent here in America, I have never truly appreciated the freedom of living, breathing what I am and what I represent as a whole - a Pakistani Muslimah. This title for me has now become a kind of anchorage for survival in this country where many are choosing to throw away and leave behind every remnant of their cultures an religion. What I want to ask is why? Why would anyone even think of playing into what the manipulative media is indirectly brainwashing us to do? Instead we should get together and stand up for what we believe in, proudly strut our cultural backgrounds and nationality, and most of all - never give in to outside pressure, no matter how tempting. If there are like the congressman , many more good Americans out there who understand our situations and all support us in this internal struggle , than we should go ahead and live our lives as we did before without fear or undue compulsion. My duah in this month Ramadan will be for us Muslims to stand proud and represent Islam in its TRUE form, for those innocents who died and are still dying in Afghanistan and Palestine and Kashmir and all over who are being oppressed, and for Allah to guard our hearts against the evil that is fast spreading in this world - IGNORANCE.
2001-12-13

JOEY ELATY FROM USA said:
If everyone was like you in this country, this would be one great country. You set a great example of humanity.
2001-12-13

RIFAATH ANVER FROM AUSTRALIA said:
I express my gratitude to MR David E Bonior for his undestanding towards Islam. Sadly not all the Amiricans will share his views. At this moment of nearing fesitival time we feel the pain when our fellow muslims are being killed in Afganistan. Many more will be killed in the long run thanks to the extensive use of power by the american to achive their objectives. We all feel that the American adminstrtion does not and can not be bothered about the human losses in Afganistan. They would not leave Afganistan untill their objectives are achieved at any price.
2001-12-12

ABDERRAHIM FROM U.S.A said:

Thank you Rep David Bonior. We need more people like you in this contry, cause people like you make the world a better place.
2001-12-12

AHMED MALTI FROM USA said:
We salute you and thank you for your sincere greetings, May god bless all of us and guide us to peace and unity.

Ameen.
2001-12-12

BERNARD FROM MALAWI said:
I pray to Allah to give more power to such well-meaning, honest and just people so that the world could see more light in unity-in-diversity that Allah has made of the human race. I wonder how many of such great people are extant or indeed are able to remain steadfst in objectivity in Western communities today. I will continue to pray to Allah to protect such people and bring to this world more of these people of fairness and justice.
May Allah bless the good work of Islamicity and other people of well-meaning.
2001-12-12

ZAMEER FROM USA said:
Thank you for your Eid Greetings and New Year Wishes. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.

Thank you,
Zameer
2001-12-12

RE: ESTHER FROM U.S.A said:
Re: Esther
Esther, I think your understanding of islam and muslims is incorrect. Muslims, or you should say Palestinians(because they are not all muslims) do not stone "white" people to "vent their anger". They are fighting an oppressing hell-bound enemy that is killing them every day...and they will succeed, if god is willing. Muslims were not responsible to September 11th. A handfull of lunatics were. If you spend some time not listening to Jewish-filtered media, and pick-up a book and read about islam, you'll find out that it is a religion of love, peace, and right-doing. Hey, you might even consider converting!! So my friend, before you start bashing muslims and sounds very ignorant, get your facts straight. May god bless you.
-Houssam
2001-12-12

HWYDA FROM USA said:
Assalamu Alykum Warahmatu Allah Wa Barakatu (Peace be upon you, and Allah's Mercy and His Blessings)
Thanks for the nice and sincere comments. As Allah said in the Qur'an, He had created us of different nations and different tribes to get to know each other and to learn from each other. He made us into different races, different colors, and different cultures and taught us different languages. The most honorable of us is the most fearful of Allah and the most watching Allah in all his or her deeds. Allah is most forgiving and His message is the truth and the light to all humanity. As Allah said in the Qur'an telling us what to say (to the believers from other religions), say I believe in what you believe and our God and your God is the same.
2001-12-12

A ABADA FROM UNITED KINGDOOM said:
thanks for your letter, in my turn iwish you a nice chrisrmas and to all your familly
2001-12-12

ANEESAH ABDULLAH FROM USA said:
May the Peace and Blessing be with all Allah's creations.

This is addressed to Esther, Now i'm not here to debate with anyone on there feeling's regarding 9/11 but when people post there option in regards's to Muslim's as a whole and point the use word'd like Esther did saying Muslims attacking white people,and Muslims being responsible for 9/11. No Muslim will kill if it not in defense of themselves.

Esther is sounding like a Bigot and a racist who only care is for the White skin people this is pure ignorance. What you saw was a hand full of Muslim who might not understand the pain and suffering of innocent American's who died along with innpcent Muslim's who died on 9/11 becasue the are so oppressed that they can't see past there own pain.

Esther try to be understanding and a little less ignorant.

Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslims Sisters and Brothers.
2001-12-12

AHMED JAKDA FROM USA said:
I would like to thank Mr. Bonior for his wishes for a Happy Eid, and also express gratitude for his fast on December 14, as a sign of solidarity and unity among Catholics and Muslims.
It is only through dialogue and sacrifice that we can exist peacefully, and a Congressman who echoes such principles is a Congressman indeed.

As-salamualaykum.
2001-12-12

TOM THORNE FROM USA said:
I, too, am a Catholic who will be fasting on
12/14 and praying for peace and
understanding between our two faiths that
worship the same God of Abraham. I am glad
to see a member of Congress who is brave
enough to address anti-Muslim bigotry in this
country. I beg my Muslim brothers and sisters
to forgive real and imagined insults and
injustices and to pray with us on Dec 14 for
peace and justice in the middle east and
southwest Asia.
2001-12-12

SHO'AIB FROM UNITED KINGDOM said:
Asalam lai kum(Peace be upon you) to all.

I like to show my appreciation for David Boniors Eid greetings and hope he has a great fast on the Dec 14th.

David Bonior has worked for civil rights for all people and understands the Islamic community with in America as he has been in contact with Muslims on a regurlar basis. I hope Muslims will continue to grow their unity. In so doing the Muslims may participate & engage with humanity as they did at their highest peak in Islamic civilisation which modern world has modelled itself upon.

There is so much misconception & ignorance of Islam even among Muslims by birth. Esther has labelled terrorism with colour of ones skin all i can say about that is Terrorism has no colour or religious meaning. Terrorism can be perpetrated by white,black or brown peoples. Red Indians natives were almost driven to extinction, Aborignies in Australia and blacks in aparthied Africa all committed by whites but should we label all whites this way the answer is NO.
The situation in the world today is a complex one for many even in the western world to understand we have become a people consumed by consumerism and a very agenda driven media with Gobalisation on the verge pushed strongly by the West i but have to wonder what is in store.
2001-12-12

AFRAX FROM U.S. said:
It is refreshing to know that Representative David E. Bonior of Michigan is a respectable man. At a time of crisis, Rep. David Bonior remembers what it is to be an American. Out of Many, ONE Nation under GOD. Thank you Sir for your Heart felt gesture of Goodwill. Happy Holidays to you, your family and other civilized Americans.
God Bless US All.
2001-12-12

JAMAL BERKAT FROM CANADA said:
Thank you ! May Allah reward you for your kind gestures and support in these hard times.
Truly yours.
Jamal Berkat.
2001-12-12

ADAM ABDUL HAKIM FROM USA said:
Congressman Bonior is a man of unwavering principals. I look forward to the day he will run for President.

I thank him for the Eid Greeting and may God bless Mr. Bonior for his fast on the 14th.
2001-12-12

ESTHER FROM USA said:
There is a double standard here. For one it seems like it is okay for Muslims to stone white people to vent their anger, but if a white person stoned a Muslim because they are sad and angry over the thousands of people that Muslims killed on September 11, they would go to jail. Or it is unacceptable for a innocent Muslim to die, but if thousands of innocent white people die it is acceptable. Or Muslims can defend themselves, but not white people. I am sad and angy over all those people dieing. Muslims seem not to care about the thousands of people who died, and they jumped up for joy when they say those people being killed.
2001-12-12