President Donald Trumpdid not host an iftar dinner, the dinner that violates Muslims’ daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan. This is the first time in 20 years a chairperson hasnt done so.
As Imam Talib Shareef, the president of the Nations Mosque in Washington , D.C ., told Newsweek , To stop doesnt send a good message. You get the chance to go golfing and all this other kind of stuff. How come you dont have hour for its own population of your society that needs providing assistance?
Eid al-Fitr, which began Saturday and ends Tuesday, marks the end of Ramadan, and for the past two decades, the White House has continuously hosted a reception to commemorate the event. This year, though, Trump simply put out a White House statementon Saturday night( though he didnt post it to Twitter or Facebook ).
Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the course of its holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. Now, as they celebrate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbours and breaking bread with people from all strolls of life.
During this vacation, we are reminded of the importance of compassion, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our is committed to honor these values. Eid Mubarak.
As the Guardian notes, the first White House iftar dinner was hosted by Thomas Jefferson in 1805. In 1996, Hillary Clinton restarted the tradition, and Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all participated on a yearly basis during their terms.
Trump has clashed with the Muslim community throughout his presidencyfrom the Muslim travel banningto his slow response to the alleged murder oftwo people who were defending a Muslim girl from a white supremacist. Many civil right organisations believe thatthe 20 percent increase in hate crimesfor 2016 was due to Trumps vitriolic positions on Islam and immigration.
In May, it was reported that although he had been given a recommendation by the State Department to host a Ramadan event, Secretary of State Rex Tillersondeclined the idea.
At the beginning of Ramadan, Trump released a statement that referenced Islamic terrorist attacks. In proportion, the statement told, This year, the vacation begins as the world mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt, acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan. Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology During this month of Ramadan, let us be resolved to spare no measure in order to be allowed to ensure that future generations will be free of this scourge and able to adore and commune in peace.
That resulted Shadi Hamid, a Brookings Institution fellow, to tell the Washington Post , Trump has so rarely recognized that American Muslims even exist, but this offers apparent proof that he is aware of our existence. Great! Putting all that context aside, its offensive and pretty much terrible.
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