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US Postal Service Islamic Holiday Stamp

"Muslim Stamp" Honors Islamic Holidays Amidst Protests

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The original 32-cent Eid Stamp was issued in the summer of 2001.

The original 32-cent Eid Stamp was issued in the summer of 2001.

In the summer of 2001, the U.S. Postal Service began sales of the first postage stamp honoring the country's Muslims. There are nearly 7 million Muslims living in the United States, and this stamp was issued to commemorate the two main Islamic holidays. Thus, it is properly known as the "Eid Stamp."

Eid is a generic Arabic term that means "holiday" or "festival." Islam recognizes two holidays, specifically known as Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Fast-Breaking) and Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). The Arabic script on the stamp says Eid Mubarak, or "Blessed Festival." This greeting can apply to either of the two celebrations.

The artwork for the stamp was done by renowned Muslim American calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya of Arlington, Virginia.

The stamps were originally issued in 34-cent domestic rate, and have since been re-issued several times, most recently as a 44-cent stamp in September 2009. Despite email rumors, the stamps pre-dated the 9/11 attacks, do not "honor" terrorism, and were not issued at the behest of President Obama. Rather, the stamp is part of the Postal Services' "Holiday" stamp series, and has been issued for the past eight years.

These self-adhesive Eid stamps can be purchased a number of ways:

  • Inquire at your local post office (if they are not in stock, ask them to place an order)
  • Purchase online from the U.S. Postal Service
  • Call 1-800-STAMP-24, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
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