President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday extended their "warmest wishes" to Muslims around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha, calling the holiday a time for people to come together.

In a statement released by the president, Obama said the holiday is a time to "honor the sacrifice, resolve, and commitment to God demonstrated by Abraham."

"It marks the end of the pilgrimage of Hajj performed each year by millions of Muslims who journey from all corners of the world to Mecca as a testament to their faith," Obama said in the statement.

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