A decade old tradition was brought to an end, as the White House did not recognize the Eid-al-Fitr with the customary celebrations. Eid-al-Fitr, which follows the end of the month of Ramadan, is one of the most celebrated events in Islam. The White House has for these past many years recognized this day as a step towards bringing religious prosperity. The month of Ramadan starts during the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, which this year was the 27th of May. The end of the Ramadan month is celebrated as the holiday Eid-al-Fitr. The White House on this day, prior to this year, held an Iftar or Eid celebration in recognition of the day. A gathering at the white house at sunset followed by dinner was a representation of religious freedom. First having started in the year 1805 by the President Thomas Jefferson, the dinner hosting had become a celebrated occasion for which preparations are started weeks prior to the event. An end to this tradition has thus surely come as a shock to the entire Muslim community in the US. On extensive requests for comments on the affair, the White House responded with a short statement from Trump and the recognition of the holiday on behalf of the first lady.
The act of ending the tradition reflects an indifference towards the Muslim community, which has been spiking in the United States. Trump’s view of Muslims is not very good as was evident during the travel ban. Relating terrorism with Islam is what Trump has promoted and this seems to be the very cause for not holding an Iftar. This single step can take the Muslim community miles away from the feeling of equality and disturb the long-established relations. The Eid celebrations were an act of religious binding. Even during and after 2001, following the attacks of 26/11, the then President George Bush did not back away from hosting the celebration. He claimed that the fight was against terrorism, not Islam, and the US was a nation of many faiths.
The White House Eid celebrations were not only a gesture of equality amongst the American Muslims but also respected by the entire Islamic community. Under the Presidency of Barack Obama, the dinner party gained even greater popularity as he revived the celebrations and memories from the time of Thomas Jefferson. With Trump ending the White House hosting of the dinner, it will certainly hinder the communities from coming together and moreover make the Muslims feel left out.
Under the leadership of Trump, hate for Muslims has again spiked. Though the acts of Trump, which led to this situation, might be unintentional, he has missed an opportunity towards suppressing them. Furthermore, failing to recognize the event fittingly and only giving a brief, symbolic congratulatory note has produced his coldness towards Islam. Putting aside his personal beliefs, as a President, Trump was looked upon to establish religious prosperity. Yet, the US president has added one more controversy to his collection of debatable and even more, deplorable actions.
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