According to the normal custom in the U.S., President Trump has posted a statement on the White House website of well wishes to the Muslim people during their observation of Ramadan. But in his message, he has issued a challenge for the terror attacks to stop.
The Muslim holy month, Ramadan, began Friday, May 26 and ends Saturday, June 24. It is considered to be the holiest month of the Islamic faith, where all adult Muslims are required to fast, abstaining from food, liquids and sex from dawn until dusk. Muslims are also encouraged to abstain from immoral acts, anger and fighting during Ramadan, and spend more time in worship and charitable acts.
However, terror acts often increase during Ramadan, as jihad is regarded as a holy act. Last year, ISIS leaders released a video calling on jihadists to make it a “month of calamity everywhere for non-believers.”
During his speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia, President Trump put pressure on the Muslim people to take a strong stand against Islamic terror. He has done so again in his Ramadan message, highlighting the recent “barbaric terrorist attacks” in the U.K. and Egypt, and challenging Muslims to “reject violence and pursue peace.”
Below is President Trump’s full statement published on the White House website:
Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan
On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan.
During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities. At its core, the spirit of Ramadan strengthens awareness of our shared obligation to reject violence, to pursue peace, and to give to those in need who are suffering from poverty or conflict.
This year, the holiday 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.
On my recent visit to Saudi Arabia, I had the honor of meeting with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations. There, in the land of the two holiest sites in the Muslim world, we gathered to deliver together an emphatic message of partnership for the sake of peace, security, and prosperity for our countries and for the world.
I reiterate my message delivered in Riyadh: America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it. During this month of Ramadan, let us be resolved to spare no measure so that we may ensure that future generations will be free of this scourge and able to worship and commune in peace.
I extend my best wishes to Muslims everywhere for a blessed month as you observe the Ramadan traditions of charity, fasting, and prayer. May God bless you and your families.
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