White House skips Ramadan dinner for 1st time in 20-plus years

Muslims celebrate Hariraya as Ramadan ends | Bangkok Post: news

Muslims celebrate Hariraya as Ramadan ends | Bangkok Post: news

A group of women pose for a picture, before the start of Eid Al-Fitr prayers, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Luneta Park in Metro Manila, Philippines June 25, 2017. The rituals of Ramalan remind us that the humanity can be improved by being sensitive to the others' sentiments, while being honest to ourselves.

The brief statements provide a stark contrast to the holiday message issued by former President Barack Obama, who warned against the "rise in attacks against Muslim Americans".

Eid al-Fitr means the "festival of breaking the fast" and is being celebrated in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran and several other countries today (Monday June 26).

However, for the first time in the past two decades, White House, as well as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, did not host an Iftar dinner. With Muslims around the world, the U.S. renews our commitment to honour these values.

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Iftars have become a yearly occurrence at the White House since the Bill Clinton administration.

Trump's decision to skip hosting the dinner comes after he released a controversial statement meant to mark the beginning of Ramadan.

Trump's remarks starkly contrast with those by then-President Barack Obama during Ramadan previous year.

Now, not every Muslim opened the Eid al-Fitr holiday Sunday.

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The Eid al-Fitr feast ends Ramadan, a period when Muslims fast and focus on charitable giving.

"We wish all our Muslim brethren a very happy Eid-el-Fitri and we pray that the Almighty Allah will grant their prayers for peace and progress of Nigeria", Globacom said.

Mr Trump has previously been criticised for his use of anti-Muslim rhetoric, including on the campaign trail when he called for surveillance of U.S. mosques.

Imam Talib Shareef, president of the Nation's Mosque in Washington, D.C., called Trump's decision "disappointing".

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And in Jordan, thousands performed Eid prayers in the main prayer hall of the Hussein Sports City in central Amman.

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