After canceling White House iftar, Trump wishes Muslims 'warm greetings' for Eid

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

President Duterte yesterday encouraged Muslim Filipinos to channel their energies to foster national unity as he greeted them on the celebration of Eid'l Fitr which marks the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan today.

By not hosting a dinner, Trump breaks with an annual tradition upheld by the past three administrations.

The prime minister said Eid teaches peace, sense of fellow feeling and fraternity and brings message of joy to the people of all walks of life.

The greetings of Eid Mubarak or Eid Sa'id were exchanged by the celebrants.

The statement further said: "During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill".

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The custom initially dates back to 1805, when President Thomas Jefferson hosted a dinner for a Tunisian ambassador during the Islamic month of fasting.

The dinners were traditionally attended by prominent members of the Muslim community, members of Congress and diplomats from Muslim countries. He also issued a statement on Saturday, which read, "This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity".

When CBN asked if the White House would follow suit, we were directed to an earlier statement the president released about Ramadan.

This year, most of the money raised by the Muslim community in western MA will be distributed to refugee families. Even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson rejected the Office of Religion and Global Affairs' request to host an Eid al-Fitr party, according to CNN.

"We're all overwhelmed that so many people from different faiths and from across the world have travelled to Birmingham for this year's Celebrate Eid". Mr Trump has come under fire for his history of anti-Muslim rhetoric on the campaign trail.

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