And then says they wouldn’t have gone anyway. Pathetic losers. Why would the Prez host terror groups?
Trump Hosts Iftar Dinner Without US Muslim Groups
By Patsy Widakuswara, VOA, May 14, 2019 1:07 AM
THE WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump called it his “great privilege” to welcome ambassadors and diplomats from Muslim-majority nations to the White House for an iftar dinner Monday marking the end of fasting observed by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.
He highlighted Ramadan as “a time of charity, of giving and service to our fellow citizens,” and one in which to become closer as families and communities.
“Ramadan is a time when people joined forces in pursuit of hope, tolerance, and peace. It is in this spirit that we come together tonight,” Trump said.
Editor’s Note: Here I beg to differ with the President. Islam’s core beliefs make it clear that the latter statement is closer to the truth. During Ramadan, Muslims are exhorted to renew and deepen their devotion to Allah. Hence it is a time when they’re supposed to grow more generous and kind toward their fellow Muslims. However, the Qur’an says: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves” (48:29). If the Ramadan imperative is to become more devout, the Muslim who applies himself diligently to the Ramadan observance will simultaneously become more both merciful to his fellow Muslims and more severe against the unbelievers.
Murdering infidels thus doesn’t contradict the spirit of Ramadan; it embodies it. The Kavkaz Center, a website operated by Chechen jihadists, explained in a 2010 article that the idea of Ramadan as a time for warfare against infidels went back to Muhammad’s time: “The month of Ramadan in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and the righteous ancestors was a month of forthcoming. The greatest battles during the lifetime of the Prophet (pbuh) occurred in this blessed month, the month of jihad, zeal and enthusiasm.”
Trump was, unfortunately, following the example of his two immediate predecessors when he claimed that “Ramadan is a time when people joined forces in pursuit of hope, tolerance, and peace,” and was severely misleading the American people. Ironically, even in doing this he is likely to fail to satisfy Muslims, or anyone.
This is the president’s second iftar. In 2017 Trump broke the tradition that President Bill Clinton started in 1996 and did not host a reception.
Like last year, American Muslim organizations and lawmakers were not part of the guest list.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called for a complete ban on all Muslims entering the United States and has signed multiple executive orders restricting immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
American Muslim groups claim they feel targeted by the president’s rhetoric and policies, and say they would have declined had they been invited.
“It would be very, very awkward for us to be there, in the presence of a president who is anti-Muslim, anti-immigrants, who supports white supremacy, and racist policies against communities of color and minorities,” said Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization.
American Muslim organizations have attended past iftars under Clinton, Bush and Obama, although many of them boycotted during the start of the Iraq war.
Members of Congress of the Islamic faith have been present in past iftars, but lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were absent Monday night. In the past month, Trump has tweeted attacks on Omar and Tlaib, the first two American Muslim women to win Congressional seats.
Engie Mohsen, Policy Program Manager of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a national American Muslim advocacy and public policy organization said the absence of American Muslim groups and lawmakers demonstrates “how the president does not see American Muslims as part of America.”
Mohsen accused the administration of purposefully portraying American Muslims “as an other” and the administration’s statements and actions “repeatedly spread falsehoods about Muslims and Islam.”
Mohsen and Awad pointed to the rise in hate crimes since Trump took office.
Awad said CAIR has tracked “unprecedented hate against Muslims,” claiming Islamophobia has been legitimized and normalized through this president and his administration’s policies.”
Despite tense relations with the nation’s Muslim community, Trump closed his remarks by saying America is a nation founded on the belief that citizens of all faiths can live together.
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