White House forgoes Ramadan dinner for first time in two decades

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"Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity", the statement read.

"The idea of Eid is to celebrate as a community and count our blessings and we have lots of blessing to count here in Canada we live in a handsome, inclusive, diverse society", said Dr. Maher El-Masri, chairperson for the Windsor Islamic Council.

One of the most important days for Muslims, this is the "festival of breaking the fast".

While traditional Ramadan dinners at the White House may seem like a relatively recent addition to the schedule, the first was actually held in 1805 by President Thomas Jefferson.

Trump, nevertheless, issued a formal statement to offer warm greetings to the Muslim community on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which is celebrated at the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. "The community spirit I felt at Ramadan food banks in Montreal and Toronto reminds us all - no matter our backgrounds, we're in this together", Trudeau wrote, while sharing the video.

Earlier this year Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly said the government would not host the dinner.

Worshippers wear new clothes on Eid, visit their relatives and friends, and greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak.

This year, most of the money raised by the Muslim community in western MA will be distributed to refugee families. In the White House, Trump has attempted to ban travel to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries.

"To stop it doesn't send a good message" Shareef told Newsweek.

Celebrations traditionally begin with Chand Raat, the evening before the day of Eid, when people go for Eid shopping. How come you don't have time for a population of your society that needs some assistance?

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