IMO News Service
Washington, DC: The American Muslim community has been praised by U.S. President Donald Trump in his Ramadan message. A press release issued by White House marking the start of Ramadan said that the U.S. President has applauded the American Muslims and thanked for “the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life”.
Trump in a statement said: “With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer. Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Quran.”
The statement quoting Trump further said: “Muslims observing Ramadan strengthen communities, help the needy, and serve as examples of how to live a religious life. Ramadan reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life. In the United States, we are all blessed to live under a Constitution that fosters religious liberty and respects religious practice.”
President Donald Trump’s Ramadan Message is being seen as a marked departure from his pet “Hate Muslims” policy. The statement has been welcomed by American Muslims who consider it as a conciliatory move by the president.
It may be noted that during his December 2015 presidential campaign speech Trump had alleged that “Most Muslims Hate America”. Trump had then said: “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
After winning elections and ascending the presidential office Donald Trump had also banned immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims across the world dedicate their time praying, reciting Qur”an, do philanthropy, perform good deeds by helping the sick and needy, and showing self-retraint by abstaining from food, smoking, drink, sex and lies throughout the holy month, particularly between dawn and sunset. This blessed holy month also provides opportunity to Muslim male to perform i`tikaf (spiritual retreat), spending the last 10 days of the month exclusively in the mosque.