There are U.S. Postal
Service (USPS) stamps commemorating the EID season during the
Muslim period of fasting and prayer known as Ramadan. There are
also customized stamps from other vendors that contain a USPS barcode for mail.
This eRumor has a habit of going viral every time the U.S. Postal
Service raise the price of a first class stamp or during the Ramadan
In late January 2010 rumors began to circulate that the U.S. Postal
a new version of a postage stamp commemorating the EID Muslim Holiday.
In 2011 the USPS issued a new version of the stamp, which sparked another
fury of emails to circulate the Internet.
Each of the terrorist events has either been connected to or believed to
be connected to Muslim terrorists, but the most common question we get
is whether the postage stamp story is true.
2011 USPS EID Postage Stamp
Non Government Issue
According to the United States Post Office website the stamp has had
several issues in various denominations spanning from 34 cents in 2001
to 41 cents in 2007. The latest release was announced August 12, 2011
with a "Forever" denomination, which means that its value will remain
constant with any increases in first class postage.
The postage stamp illustrated below was not issued by the USPS but by the Zazzle.com
web site that sells custom made products, including postage stamps.
The web site has a variety of EID stamps and also permits customers to upload personal
photographs for custom apparel, mugs, postage stamps and gifts.
Non-USPS Stamp custom made by
Earlier Official US Postal
2009 USPS EID Postage Stamp
According to the U.S.
Postal Service, a 34-cent stamp was issued in September of 2001 and
October of 2002 commemorating two important Islamic celebrations or eids.
They are Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On those days, Muslims greet
one another with "Eid mubarak," which translates literally as "blessed
festival." The phrase is written in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp.
42 cent version of the stamp
Muslim Christmas Stamps:
A later version of the
eRumor circulated saying it was a "Muslim Christmas Stamp."
That is a fabrication someone added along the way.
Although Muslims regard Jesus as a prophet, they reject Christian belief
that Jesus is the Son of God and God incarnate and do not celebrate
Christmas. The Islamic celebrations the postage stamp
commemorates are roughly in November and January and are celebrations
that many Muslims focus on during the Christian holidays.