|Asalaamu alaykom wa rahamatAllahu wa barakatu.
|Home of the
International Union of Muslim Women
|First Day of Issue:
August 12, 2011
Columbus, OH 43216
Stamp is now
|Asalaamu alaykom wa rahamatAllahu
The Eid stamp has been a part of the
American Postal Service Postage offerings
for almost 10 years now. First issued on
September 1st, 2001 at the ISNA
Convention, it has survived many
detractors, much confusion (Oh, isn't that
for the Moslim Christmas? It kind of looks
like a Christmas tree...) and attempts by
more than a few people to equate it with
terrorism. (Look, it says "Die" Backward!)
In spite of the nonsense, the Eid Stamp
has now become a "FOREVER" Stamp.
What this means is that it will be valid for
first class postage for a one ounce (or
less) standard sized letter, regardless of
future price increases.
The original Eid Stamp was first promoted
by the International Union of Muslim
Women, led by Sister Aminah Assilmi, (late
Director of the IUMW), and supported by
THOUSANDS of Muslim Women and
Children who helped by writing letters and
creating pictures of what an Eid stamp
should look like and sending them to the
U.S. Postmaster General.
|This new Eid stamp features the Arabic phrase Eid mubarak in gold calligraphy on a reddish background. Eid mubarak
translates literally as “blessed festival,” and can be paraphrased “May your religious holiday be blessed.” English text on
the stamp reads “EID GREETINGS.”
This new Eid stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-
Class Mail one-ounce rate. The new background color and calligraphy on this stamp will help customers and postal clerks
distinguish the Forever stamp from the original Eid stamp, which was first issued in 2001 with gold calligraphy on a blue
Employing traditional methods and instruments to create this design, calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya chose a script known
in Arabic as thuluth and in Turkish as sulus, describing it as “the choice script for a complex composition due to its open
proportions and sense of balance.” He used homemade black ink, and his pens were crafted from seasoned reeds from
the Near East and Japanese bamboo from Hawaii. The paper was specially prepared with a coating of starch and three
coats of alum and egg-white varnish, then burnished with an agate stone and aged for more than a year. His black-and-
white calligraphic design was then colorized by computer.
|Text from the Press Release for
the new "Forever" Eid Stamp.