Notice Anything Different About Your Stamps? Muslims Are LOVING It!
Translated: “May your Eid be bountiful (or blessed).”
With the new year upon us, it seems that changes are coming for everyone – whether you like it or not. Proving this to be the case could actually be the mail headed your way right now. There could be something very different on one of your envelopes, and Muslims are absolutely loving it.
With the new year, the post office has just released a new set of stamps. One particular design isn’t like anything you’ve probably ever seen. It actually bears Islamic calligraphy in honor of the two most significant Muslim festivals – Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
As it turns out, the calligraphy, by Mohamed Zakaria of Arlington, Virginia, actually says Eidukum mumbarak, or “May your Eid be bountiful (or blessed).” The Daily Caller further explains:
Eid al-Adha occurs in the autumn and honors Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. As part of the holiday, Muslims who can afford it are expected to sacrifice their best domestic animal (cow, goat, camel, sheep, etc., depending on the region).
Furthermore, Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan – the month long fast where Muslims are forbidden to eat during daylight hours. In order to mark the end of Ramadan, Islamists celebrate with a feast.
Now, it should be noted here that Islam isn’t the only religion to make an appearance on the new stamps. Others include two Christmas stamps – one featuring a nativity scene – and even a Hanukkah menorah stamp as well.
Of course, those in charge are all too willing to come to the defense of the new selection, despite a bit of outrage over the matter.
“Our stamps articulate the American experience through miniature works of art,” acting stamp services director Mary-Anne Penner said in a press release. “Our diverse stamp topics for 2016 are sure to appeal to everyone.”
What do you think – do we as Americans have equal rights to express ourselves as we see fit, or is this just in bad taste, especially considering the times we live in?