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Trump Marks 'Renewed Sense of Joy and Love for Our Fellow Man' at End of Ramadan

Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr in Garibaldi square in Naples, Italy, on June 15, 2018. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP)

WASHINGTON — President Trump marked the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with a a reflection “on the important place religion has in the story of America and in the lives of those who are faithful.”

“Melania and I wish Muslims across the United States and around the world a blessed Eid al-Fitr,” he said in a statement released by the White House early this morning.

“Eid marks the end of a month of reflection and a return to daily life with a renewed sense of joy and love for our fellow man. It is a time to practice forgiveness and an opportunity to strengthen relationships within and among communities,” Trump added. “…We hope that the spirit of peace and goodwill that surrounds and infuses this Eid celebration continues throughout the year and around the world. We wish all Muslims a very happy Eid al-Fitr.

Eid, which began Thursday evening, is celebrated with mass prayer, the exchange of gifts and feasting to end the Ramadan fasting.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Thursday that the Ramadan “month of fasting, charity, compassion, and reflection” had drawn to a close.

“Eid al-Fitr reminds all of us in the United States and abroad, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to maintain the spirit and lessons of Ramadan throughout the year: to promote peace, to be of service to those who are suffering and displaced, to respect diversity, and to empathize with everyone around us,” Pompeo said.

“The United States is proud of the strong relationships we have built with Muslim nations and communities around the world. We are also proud of the contributions of the 3.4 million American Muslims who deeply enrich our social fabric on a daily basis. These contributions reflect the United States’ bedrock principles of religious pluralism and public service,” he added. “As you mark this special holiday with loved ones, I wish you peace and prosperity in the coming year. Eid Mubarak.”