Iran's Culture Ministry sent a text message to reporters Thursday telling them to come to a Tehran hotel Saturday to witness the release. "Offering congratulations on Eid al-Fitr," the ministry text message said, according to the Associated Press. Ms. Shourd, 31, Shane Michael Bauer, 27, and Joshua Felix Fattal, 27, were arrested in July 2009
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Press TV Thursday that, "given that Eid al-Fitr is upon us, it was decided that this lady [Sarah Emily Shourd] be released soon to rejoin with her family."
Iran's population is 98 percent Muslim, and predominately Shiite, according to the CIA World Factbook.