The Muslim holy month of Ramadan ended on Saturday with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. For nearly two decades, the White House has marked the occasion with an iftar meal, attended by prominent members of the Muslim community, congressmen, and diplomats, to break the fast. But this year the Trump administration chose not to partake in the annual tradition dating back to President Bill Clinton, instead issuing a statement from the first family.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania wished “warm greetings” to those celebrating Eid al-Fitr, before adding, “During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values.”
ABC News reported that the observance of Eid at the White House can be traced back to a 1996 event hosted by then first lady Hillary Clinton. According to CNN, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also broke “decades of tradition” over the weekend by “rejecting a request by the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host a reception marking Eid al-Fitr.”
Despite not participating in the festivities, President Trump’s statement did contain a message unity.
“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,” it read. “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.”
H/T: Christian Post