'Warm Greetings to Muslims': Donald Trump and Other Surprising Eid Well-wishers

Published June 26th, 2017 - 12:07 GMT
Indian Muslims take part in Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Khairuddin Mosque in Amritsar on June 26, 2017. Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid festival, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (Narinder Nanu/AFP)
Indian Muslims take part in Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Khairuddin Mosque in Amritsar on June 26, 2017. Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid festival, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (Narinder Nanu/AFP)

He has said that “Islam hates us”, tried to implement a so-called “Muslim ban” and been slow to condemn Islamophobic attacks.

Still, US President Donald Trump has managed to send out a message to Muslims on the occasion of Eid el-Fitr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan. This, despite breaking the long-standing White House tradition of hosting an Iftar 'fast-breaking' meal, which reportedly dates from the presidency of Thomas Jefferson in 1805.

Trump said in a statement on Saturday, "On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.”

“During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill,” he added. “With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values. Eid Mubarak."

But his was not the only Eid message to come from a somewhat surprising source. Here is a round-up of some of the less expected well-wishers for the Muslim festival.

Lindsay Lohan 

Anyone who has followed her recent activities will not be taken aback by Lindsay Lohan’s Eid message on Instagram. The American actress has been pictured holding a Quran, said she fasts and faced accusations that she is speaking Engish with an Arabic accent.

However, those who remember her as a former child star whose dramatic fall from grace through drink and drugs was widely publicized, might be a little more bemused.

 

The Beautiful Game

British football: not the first thing you think of when someone mentions tolerance and the celebration of diversity.

Yet, Liverpool Football Club tweeted 'Eid Mubarak' on Sunday. Perhaps it was out of respect for Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah, who joined the club from Roma last week for £34.3m?

And, not to be outdone, their English Premier League rivals Manchester City shared this on their official Facebook page.

 

Well, their ground does have an Arab name, after all. Although, sadly, it has to be pointed out that the Etihad stadium is named after the Abu Dhabi-based airline that sponsored it, rather than being an expression of “union”!

The Police

One British police officer’s Eid message, delivered in (surprisingly good) standard Arabic, has been shared on Facebook. The policeman, from Birmingham's Sparkhill Police Station, said in the video that he and his colleagues would be out on the beat that evening, and told viewers not to “forget to say marhaba if you see us, Eid Mubarak!”

 

The English city played host to Europe’s largest Eid celebration on Sunday, as a reported 100,000 Muslims descended on a local park.

Meanwhile, Australia's New South Wales Police shared a festive message on their Facebook page.

 

Islamophobia is a big problem in Australia: a 2015 study found that Australian Muslims experience three times more discrimination than other groups. Not suprisingly, then, this post received 183 "angry" reactions.

Ambassadors

The Japanese ambassador to Iraq has thrilled Iraqis by sending out an Eid message in impeccable Iraqi Arabic.

The ambassador has also won Iraqi hearts in the past with good luck messages for the Iraqi national team.

Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating!

RA 


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