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 .