What about jihad violence is contrary to the spirit of Ramadan? The many Islamic authorities quoted in this piece would disagree with President Trump. But Muslims are enraged anyway, because Trump had the temerity in his Ramadan message, alongside these soothing falsehoods, to mention jihad terrorism. He is supposed to toe the establishment line that Muslims who commit violence in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings have nothing to do with Islam.
“Trump’s statement on Ramadan is almost entirely about terrorism,” by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, May 26, 2017:
President Trump issued a statement on Ramadan — a holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims around the world — that focused primarily on violence and terrorism. His statement was a stark contrast from the Ramadan message President George W. Bush issued in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, in which he emphasized how millions of Americans are Muslim and explained Islamic belief.
“At its core, the spirit of Ramadan strengthens awareness of our shared obligation to reject violence, to pursue peace, and to give to those in need who are suffering from poverty or conflict,” Trump wrote.