We hold Ramadan festivities at the White House ever since Bill Clinton was the President of the United States. Both the Democratic and Republican party have been hosts for these celebrations as Ramadan festivities were some of our main cultural calendar events. But this is not the case anymore. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson disbanded the tradition as Ramadan festivities had been canceled from the White House.
Tillerson has turned down the Request from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host the reception at the State Department for Eid-al-Fitr.
My Muslim friends tell me that Ramadan is a holy month. They say it is a month dedicated to introspection, facilitated by daily fasting. Fasting lets you know in the most intimate way that you are but a fragile creature, dependent on God for your very existence. Fasting is also meant to facilitate empathy with the poor and needy. Ramadan is a month for appreciating one’s relationship with family, friends, and most of all, with God. The combination of worship, introspection, and social activity is designed to create an opportunity to grow spiritually, and to become more generous and kind.
So it is sad to see that very word ”Ramadan” has come to mean the opposite of its original intention. Ramadan today is a time of chaos and mayhem, murder and destruction. Islamist terror attacks that take place in the month of Ramadan, and in the name of Ramadan, have sullied not only Islamism but, by association, the Ramadan attacks have tarnished the reputation of Islam itself. To the pain of religious people everywhere, Ramadan violence has dishonored religion in general. Murder in the name of God is a disgrace to God.
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