WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday assured the Muslim Americans on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr that they should never feel afraid or unsafe in their place of worship, saying they were part of the American family since the birth of the country.

Greeting Muslim Americans and those around the world on the auspicious occasion, President Obama said that there had been rise in attacks against Muslim Americans but said they should never feel afraid.

“In the face of hate, it’s our American values and strength that bring us together to stand in solidarity and protect one another thereby, making our Nation stronger and safer,” he said in his Eid message.

He said the celebrations on Eid remind us of our proud history as a nation built by people of all backgrounds; our history of religious freedom and civil liberties, and our history of innovation and strength. “These legacies would not be possible without the contributions of Muslim Americans that make our country even stronger.”

Referring to the recent terrorist attacks in several countries during the holy month of Ramzan, including Madina Munawara, he expressed his grief over the senseless violence that claimed lives of innocent people.

He reminded that Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding. “This Eid, we recommit to protecting Muslim Americans against bigotry and xenophobia, while celebrating the contributions of Muslim Americans around the country, including one of our finest, the People’s Champion Muhammad Ali, to whom we bade farewell this Ramadan.”

He said, later this month, he and the First Lay will host an Eid celebration at the White House and they looked forward to welcoming Americans from around the country to celebrate the holiday.