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President Buhari wishes Nigerians a happy Eid El Fitr celebration

President Buhari wishes Nigerians a happy Eid El Fitr celebration”

"On the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I extend greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens, particularly my Muslim brothers and sisters, in India and overseas", said President Mukherjee.

A week after becoming president he issued a ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries, which has been frozen by the US courts after sparking global chaos and outrage.

It is one of the five pillars of Islam, the others being the profession of faith, the obligation to pray five times a day; charity; and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The White House marked this year's Ramadan with a single statement which was published late Saturday. The rituals of Ramalan remind us that the humanity can be improved by being sensitive to the others' sentiments, while being honest to ourselves.

"Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding", he added.

The first White House Iftar dinner was hosted by President Thomas Jefferson in 1805.

Trump's decision to skip hosting the dinner comes after he released a controversial statement meant to mark the beginning of Ramadan.

Regardless of what is served at the meal, anyone present at the dinner who is breaking their fast means an iftar is being held. It has been the most traditional ritual that people have been doing since ages.

Despite events held by previous administrations, this year's Ramadan passed almost unobserved by the White House.

The White House event had been held every year since President Clinton's tenure.

In May, Reuters said Mr Tillerson had refused a recommendation from the State Department's office of religion and global affairs to organise a celebration.

The order, later revised, was knocked down by federal courts.



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