White House forgoes Ramadan dinner for first time in two decades

White House forgoes Ramadan dinner for first time in two decades

White House forgoes Ramadan dinner for first time in two decades

Clinton started the tradition in the latter years of his second term, while former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama continued to host the celebration dinners each year during their presidencies.

Despite events held by previous administrations, this year's Ramadan passed almost unobserved by the White House.

Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the day's fast during Ramzan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month, at the State Department.

Also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values.

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Rumana Ahmed, who had organised White House Iftar dinners during the Obama administration, told the Washington Post that the break from tradition was unfortunate. Many members of the Muslim community condemned the message, which largely focused on terrorism.

President Hassan Rouhani issued a message, congratulating Muslims on the occasion of the Eid.

"I convey my heartiest greetings to the people of Kerala and Malayalies the world over on the solemn occasion of Eid-ul-fitr, which marks the culmination of the holy month Ramazan", he said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also broke with tradition by not hosting an Iftar dinner at the State Department.

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This is the first time since 1996 that the White House did not host an Iftar dinner. Prominent members of the American Muslim community have so far been invited to the dinner. "Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology".

Trump garnered controversy during his presidential campaign for his remarks regarding Islam, including a promise to initiate a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.

Addressing an Eid prayer and celebrations in Lenasia in Gauteng, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged leaders to approach political office as a long period of fasting, self-sacrifice, and service to the poor. People all around the world are celebrating the festival with zeal and enthusiasm.

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