US Postal Service Islamic Holiday Stamp

"Muslim Stamp" Honors Islamic Holidays

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 (USPS) 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 stamps was done by renowned Muslim American calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya of Arlington, Virginia.

The stamps were originally issued in 34-cent domestic rate, with gold calligraphy, blue background, and the words "Eid Greetings" as shown. In 2011, the calligraphy was changed to a teardrop design, and the stamp was re-issued with a red background. The most recent release was as a Forever stamp in 2013, with the same calligraphy but changed to a green background.

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, which recognizes the holidays of various faith and cultural traditions (including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, etc.).

In 2013, the USPS also issued a beautiful series of stamps called "Kaleidoscope Flowers" which have been falsely connected to Islam and Islamic holidays. While they in some ways resemble Islamic art, they were designed by graphic designers Petra and Nicole Kapitza as part of the USPS floral stamp tradition.

For those who are interested, the 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