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Eid Stamp
The Eid stamp, commemorating the two most important festivals or Eids in the Islamic calendar has been released. Eid Al-Adha marks the end of the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims who are physically or financially able are obligated to perform at some point in their life. Eid Al-Fitr, or Feast of the fast-breaking, celebrates the end of the month long Ramadan.

The stamp was designed by internationally renowned American-born Islamic calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya. Zakariya, 57, studied calligraphy after he converted to Islam and has since become one of the most accomplished Islamic calligraphers in the United States.

If the Eid Stamp is re-issued 3 times, it then becomes a permanent part of the United States Holiday Collection. The stamp has been bad-mouthed in a few of the talk shows that seem to have a problem with the existence of Islam and Muslims in the U.S. This is very offending and only you can reverse this by proving that Islam and Muslims are an integral part of the U.S. one such way is to make this stamp permanent.

Tell about this stamp to your friend, neighbor, co-worker and classmates. Take this page to the Post office and tell them this is the stamp you would like to buy.

You can purchase it at the Islamic Center Office or at the Friday information table.

If you have a question or difficulty in obtaining it, please email

The U.S. Postal Service is pleased to announce that the 37 cents, First-Class rate, Eid postage stamp was re-issued on Oct. 10, 2002. The Eid stamp, designed by Mohammed Zakariya of Arlington, Va., features the Arabic phrase "Eid mubarak" in gold calligraphy on a blue background. English text on the stamps reads "EID GREETINGS..."

As reported by the Virtual Stamp Club
The Eid Muslim holiday stamp has proven popular enough to warrant its reissue at the new first-class rate, USPS stamp development chief Terry McCaffrey told philatelic reporters Friday. The Muslim-American community had been concerned the stamp would not make the cut, and has been encouraging its members to buy it.

"It has become part of our holiday celebrations series," chief stamp developer Terry McCaffrey told The Virtual Stamp Club, "and like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, it will be issued for the new rate change..."

The Eid stamp, celebrating Muslim holidays and part of the overall U.S. Postal Service Holidays series, was issued September 1, just 10 days before the terrorism attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. There was backlash against the stamp. Some clerks tried not to sell the stamp, some customers refused to buy it, and one conservative think tank even called for its recall.

Muslim-American interest groups fought back by encouraging their members to buy more of the stamp. It worked. After the next rate increase, expect to see a new version of the blue-and-gold Eid stamp, at the new first-class rate.

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this site are those of individuals and not necessarily the express opinion of the Islamic Soc. of Gr Lansing.
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