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Trump skips out on hosting Ramadan dinner, breaking White House tradition

26 Juin 2017

The holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Time-zones also impact when Eid begins.

"On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr", he said in a statement on Saturday.

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Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk. He greeted the people of the Muslim community and said he joins them in the celebration of the three-day festival of feast and festivity.

Eid ul-Fitr, is celebrated by Muslims all over the world when the fasting month of Ramadan is completed. The statement further stated the holiday is a reminder of the significance of "mercy, compassion, and goodwill" and the USA renews its commitment to honour these values.

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President Donald Trump has now officially become the first president in almost two decades to not host an iftar dinner marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

White House officials reportedly spend months planning the event, which has been held every year under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, but 2017 took a different path. All top leaders of the country, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee have extended their greetings and wishes to everyone celebrating the festival. Shareef added he thought the choice not to host the dinner was "disappointing".

Turkish Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the city's landmark Sultan Ahmed Mosque, or Blue Mosque, in Istanbul.

Dr Rowley also praised the muslim community in TT for their longstanding commitment to social upliftment and encouraged muslims to continue their mission of peace and goodwill to their fellow men.

Trump skips out on hosting Ramadan dinner, breaking White House tradition