Fiji Muslim Women’s League national president Nisha Buksh says the league prays that those virtues mould their lives and character and make them good Muslims during this special occasion.
Akbar Ahamed, a participant in prayer, said, “Eid is the culmination of month long fasting and as per ours the Islamic traditions celebrated this day with happiness and with everyone forgetting religion and cast”.
He urged, “May this day, strengthen in each one of us, an unflinching faith in our unity and common destiny that has characterised our composite culture over the ages”.
However, for the first time in the past two decades, White House, as well as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, did not host an Iftar dinner.
The dinner became an annual tradition from 1999 and was attended by prominent US Muslim leaders, diplomats and legislators.
It’s also traditional to visit friends and families and greet each other with the phrase “Eid Mubarak”, which means “blessed holiday”. The statement further stated the holiday is a reminder of the significance of “mercy, compassion, and goodwill” and the United States renews its commitment to honour these values.
Former President Thomas Jefferson is believed to have hosted the first White House Iftar dinner in 1805 for a Tunisian envoy.
Not celebrating Eid al-Fitr with a dinner at the White House is just that.
“Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the globe”. In the White House, Trump has attempted to ban travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries. “For the first time in almost two decades, Ramazan has come and gone without the White House recognising it with an iftar or Eid celebration, as had taken place each year under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations”, the report said.
Tillerson also released a brief statement on Saturday morning sending “best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr”.