Obama, Saudi King wish Muslims as Ramadan begins, Israel witnesses anti-Muslim parade

uni1465192274{BNN / WASHINGTON, U.S.} – As the Saudi Arabian Supreme Court declared June 6 as the first day of Ramadan, U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly extended his wishes to Muslims in the U.S. and all over the world.

According to reports, the U.A.E., Jordan, Palestinian territories and Malaysia have sighted the moon crescent that heralds the start of the holy month, during which Muslims are required to abstain from food, drink and marital sex.

It was added that President Obama said on the evening on June 5 that, “For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity across communities.”

He further reportedly said that the U.S. was “blessed with Muslim communities as diverse as our nation itself. There are those whose heritage can be traced back to the very beginning of our nation, as well as those who have only just arrived.”

Reports state that Obama allowed himself a veiled dig at Republican party presumptive nominee Donald Trump when he said that, “I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights.”

This statement was in contrast to Trump’s vow to temporarily ban Muslims from the U.S., which was reiterated by the nominee on June 5.

Trump reportedly said he was “not backing down. We have to do something. We have a problem in this country. We have a radical Islamic terrorism problem in this country, and, by the way, throughout the world, throughout the world.”

As more than 1.5 billion Muslims are reportedly set to begin their month-long dawn to dusk fast, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman emphasised the need to accomplish Islamic unity.

He further reinforced the kingdom’s insistence on bettering ties with countries and to close Muslim ranks.

Reports added that on the eve of Ramadan, thousands of Israeli Jews took to the streets of the Muslim Quarter to mark the ancient walled city in the 1967 war against Arab armies.

The controversial flag parade reportedly saw racist chants flung at Palestinians and Arabs alike, and few Arab shopkeepers were warned against keeping their shops open along the route.

Police reportedly forbade wearing of clothes that promoted incitement, but few agitators were seen in t-shirts depicting the destruction of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to have vowed not to divide Jerusalem in the efforts to establish a two-state solution with the Palestinians, in the face of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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