Donald Trump marks start of the ‘blessed month’ Ramadan by praising Muslims

WASHINHGTON: US President Donald Trump who called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” wished Muslims a happy Ramadan on Tuesday in the wake of the ‘blessed month’ starting this week.

“With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world,” Trump’s statement on Ramadan read.

“During the holy month of Ramadan,” the statement continued, “Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through fellowship and prayer. Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Quran,” he continued.

The president praised the holiday as a reminder of “the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life.”

“Ramadan reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life. In the United States, we are all blessed to live under a Constitution that fosters religious liberty and respects religious practice. Our Constitution ensures Muslims can observe Ramadan in accordance with the dictates of conscience and unimpeded by government,” Trump said.

“In this spirit of thanksgiving and reflection, those observing Ramadan can strengthen our communities, help those in need, and serve as good examples for how to live a holy life.”

“Melania and I wish you a blessed month. Ramadan Karim,” Trump added.

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn to dusk. The month is sacred to Muslims because tradition says it marks the period when the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).