A tradition of celebrating the Muslim month of fasting, known as Ramadan, began with President Bill Clinton nearly twenty years ago. However, President Trump has put an end to iftar dinners at the White House, and instead issued the following statement on Saturday to Muslims as they celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan:
“On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr.”
“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values.”
He concluded with the traditional Muslim greeting, “Eid Mubarak,” which means “blessed celebration”.
People on social media noticed that this statement, released by the Office of the Press Secretary on Saturday, was noticeably different than the statement Trump made back on May 26, when Ramadan began.
The last statement referenced terrorism and practically begged Muslims to “reject violence, to pursue peace, and to give to those in need who are suffering from poverty or conflict.”
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) June 24, 2017
“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,” he wrote, further describing his trip to the Middle East.
He went on to state, “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.”
Just in: Trump statement on Eid al-Fitr. Noticeably different from Ramadan statement, in which nearly every paragraph alluded to terrorism. pic.twitter.com/XOKXtUBBsD
— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 24, 2017
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