Muslims continued on with their civilization as they took over the street in front of Trump Tower during ‘Iftar’ or ‘breaking their Ramadan fast’ on Thursday.
More than 100 Muslims gathered outside the president’s Manhattan home and business headquarters in a peaceful protest against Trump’s immigration policies, divisive rhetoric and negative bias against Islam.
‘Everyday American Muslims are confronted with bigotry and hate while commuting to work and school, applying for jobs, practicing their faith and simply living their lives,’ Anu Joshi, deputy director of the New York State Immigrant Action Fund, Press TV reports.
The activists joined together outside Trump tower on Thursday to sit down together and enjoyed their first meal after sunset, known as iftar, during the sixth day of Ramadan.
Fatoumata Waggeh, 26, said she decided to take part in the protest to denounce ‘rhetoric they are spreading around Muslims.’
While Muslims ate together and prayed, a group of Jewish activists showed solidarity by surrounding them as they prayed.
‘Jews are forming a protective perimeter around our Muslim siblings as they prepare to pray. We keep each other safe,’ wrote the group Jews for Racial and Economic Justice on Twitter.
‘I just thought it was an opportunity for us to come together as a community, to show that we are united,’ Maggie Glass, a 31 year-old New Yorker with a Jewish refugee association.
Police officers on Fifth Avenue monitored the peaceful protest closely.
The event came days after Trump also issued a statement, wishing ‘all Muslims a joyful Ramadan.’
However, the message was marred by the fact that the White House broke with 20 years of tradition to hold a Ramadan event.
Trump’s campaign was marked by his anti-Islamic rhetoric and his administration has twice tried to impose a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries. ‘I think Islam hates us,’ he said at one point.
Only a week after taking office, he signed an executive order to ban immigrants from seven majoritively Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen — from entering the United States, a decision that sparked widespread protests at the nation’s airports and demonstrations outside the White House.
That ban was blocked in federal court, prompting the administration to sign a second one.
The second version, which dropped Iraq from the list, was also blocked in court.
During his campaign, he called for a ‘total and complete shutdown’ of the entry of Muslims to the United
States ‘until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,’ insisting that a sizable segment of the Muslim population has ‘great hatred toward Americans.’
During his recent visit to the Middle East he called on the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a ‘battle between good and evil’ and urging Arab leaders to ‘drive out the terrorists from your places of worship.’