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The Trump White House Is Ending a Centuries-Old Tradition: Won’t Celebrate Ramadan This Year
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While traditional Ramadan dinners at the White House may seem like a relatively recent addition to the schedule, the first was actually held in 1805 by President Thomas Jefferson.
The Washington Post reported:
The occasion was the presence of a Tunisian envoy to the United States, Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, who had arrived in the country just the week before, in the midst of America’s ongoing conflict with what were then known as the Barbary States.
And the reason for the dinner’s later-than-usual start was Mellimelli’s observance of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims in which observers fast between dawn and dusk. Only after sunset do Muslims break their fast with a meal, referred to as an iftar.
Since then, other American presidents have observed the tradition — but in more recent years, it has become an annual occurrence. Former Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama held dinners in observance of Ramadan nearly every year.
George W. Bush even hosted such a dinner in the weeks that followed the 9/11 attacks, at the height of American anti-Muslim sentiment, saying:
“All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements. Ramadan and the upcoming holiday season are a good time for people of different faiths to learn more about each other. And the more we learn, the more we find that many commitments are broadly shared.”
But despite the fact that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised eyebrows when the State Department failed to host a Ramadan dinner, the White House Appears to have followed suit.
Instead, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania released a statement on Saturday wishing “warm greetings” to those celebrating Eid al-Fitr, an important holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,” they said. “Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbors and breaking bread with people from all walks of life.”
President Trump instead marked Ramadan with an official statement, delivered May 26, the day before the Islamic holy month began. It read in part:
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.