President Muhammadu Buhari's EID-Fitr 2017 Greetings To Nigerians

Cameron Gross
June 26, 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.

Eid al-Fitr, also known as the "small holiday", marks the start of a three-day holiday as Muslims exchange gifts, visit family and friends at home, and throw elaborate feasts.

A State Department spokesperson told CBN News, "U.S. ambassadors are encouraged to celebrate Ramadan through a variety of activities, which are held annually at missions around the world".

President George W Bush hosted the dinner every year for his two terms, including just after the 9/11 attacks.

John Quincy Adams noted in his diaries that the dinner was served late in the evening as it was "in the midst of Ramadan". "Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology".

Punch reports that Mrs Buhari said this in a goodwill message read by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Dr Hajo Sani on Sunday June 25 in Abuja.

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It is characterised by merrymaking, alms-giving and the observance of Eid Prayers to thank almighty Allah for seeing Muslims through the holy month of Ramadan, during which time, they intensified their supplications and good deeds.

"I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of this year's Eid-el-Fitri celebrations".

On the occasion, Mehbooba Mufti also prayed for communal harmony, brotherhood and upholding human values in the State.

Trump has come under fire for his history of anti-Muslim rhetoric on the campaign trail, that included calls for surveillance of US mosques and an outright ban on Muslims entering the country in the name of national security.

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

Referring to one of Trump's main pastimes, he added: "You get the chance to go golfing and all this other kind of stuff".

Other reports by BadHub

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