LONDON: Will he or will not he? His predecessors did it. The first was in 1805. But as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump is nothing but a way out. That's why in 2017 he became the first president for more than 20 years to host an Iftar during Ramadan or for Eid Al-Fitr.
However, this year there will be an "Iftar meeting" in the White House in early June, although official confirmation has proved difficult
Relations between the new US government and Muslims were during Ramadan barely friendly in the past year. In the election campaign in 2015, which preceded the election in November 201
One of the first acts of the new government was an attempt to restrict entry into the US for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, a policy that is still challenged and challenged in court.
CNN reported in 2016 that the new government has demanded monitoring mosques and said, "We may be respectful of checking the mosques, and we need to check other places, because that's a problem, if we do not it will eat our land alive, OK? "
Last year, Ramadan came out of the White House with hardly a mention, except for a statement, signed by Donald and Melania Trump and dismissed at the end of the holy month that said : "Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity, and now that they commemorate the oath of family and friends, they continue the tradition of To help neighbors and break bread with people from all walks of life.
"During these holidays, we will acknowledge the importance of mercy, compassion, and achievement beauty reminds goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the US affirms our commitment to respecting these values. Eid Mubarak.
The statement did not appear on Trump's social media feeds.
Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, was the first to hold an iftar when he started a dinner at the White House on December 9th delayed, 1805, until after sunset to house his guest, Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, the ambassador of Tunis
Hillary Clinton revived the practice in 1996 when she was First Lady, a reception in memory of Eid Al-Fitr, at which About 150 diplomats, lawmakers, and leaders of the Muslim community participated, and from 1999, the Iftar became a fixture in the White House calendar, which was continued by George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
President Bush even endorsed the attacks of September 11, 2001, insisting that this was more important than ever to show that the White House and the US were inclusive
"We were at war with terrorist organizations, not with Islam itself, "said James Norton, Bush's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Internal Security. "President Bush made every effort to put his arms around the Muslim community."
Even the Israelis celebrated Iftar. In 2011, the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, held an iftar dinner for the first time at his official residence in Washington. The guests burned the dates with dates, apricot juice and soup and then received a full halal meal after the prayer.
It is therefore not surprising that Trump was widely condemned not to open his White House during Ramadan last year. Haroon Moghul, a scholar of Jewish-Muslim relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, described the decision as "the beginning of his hatred for us, and the rhetoric unfolds into politics."
Reuters reported that the blame was on Rex Tillerson, then secretary of Englisch: www.moviesfilmonline.com / en / movies / oliver – twist The state refused to host a reception, declined a recommendation from the ministry. Englisch: www.moviesfilmonline.com / en / movies / oliver – twist Religion and world politics in his own state department. When asked why there was no Iftar in the White House, press spokesman Sean Spicer replied – seldom rarely an answer – simply, "I do not know."
Others, however, had an answer. "The White House has given up Iftar because the Trump government is not interested in it," said Jalil Khan, president of PAKPAC, a Pakistani-American organization that hosted an Iftar on Capitol Hill for members of Congress on May 23.
The Action Committee took the lead and organized the Iftar for the second year in a row, and we emphasized the importance of political activism of Pakistani Muslims living in the US. "
This year, however, there seems to be a change from the heart: the first signs were the unmistakably warm – some say conciliatory – greetings from the President at the beginning of Ramadan, and it began rather poetically:" I am sending with the rising of the Moon today my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims "and referred to" the wealth that Muslims add to the religious carpet of American life. "
On Saturday, Trump wished" All Muslims a Happy Ramadan "on Twitter, reminding him of his visit to Saudi Arabia, promising that "America will always stand with our partners against the terrorism and ideology that drives it. Let us be determined in this month of Ramadan to spare no effort, so that we can ensure that future generations are freed from this scourge and able to worship and live in peace.
Although the official word is from the White House is "no update," said Ray Mahmood, a prominent developer with longstanding involvement in interfaith diplomacy in Washington, said he heard there would be an iftar.
"I think they are very much for the Muslim community are important. At least, they feel that the President is doing this in the White House, "he said," The favored date seems to be June 6.
Meanwhile, semi-official events have come and gone. "Islamic Relief USA held a" Big One "on May 19 Iftar "and the United Nations Relief and Works Organization hosted an Iftar for Gaza on May 25. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is organizing an" Iftar Banquet "in Alexandria, outside Washington DC on May 31. There are fundraising Iftare, Corporate -Iftars and even an open-mic steward of the DC Muslim Writers Collective.
The UAE Embassy also hosted an interfaith Iftar last Thursday
But an after-sunset event at The White House becomes them all surpass.