Commemorative Eid Stamp Faces Difficulties in Aftermath

November 30, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 30, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on a US Postal stamp issued to commemorate the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. "Several Muslim organizations are worried that bewilderment about the stamp's meaning and design might limit its popularity and future availability. 'After Sept. 11, some people were confused about what it represented and shied away from it, but essentially, what it says is that "We wish you the best in your festivities," and it could be a universal message for anyone celebrating a religious holiday,' said Ray Busch, director of government affairs for the American Muslim Council in Washington, D.C... Many Muslims were further upset after the U.S. Postal Service didn't include the Eid stamp on a poster promoting holiday stamps, but it has apologized and will republish the poster."