Five months of Trump: Muslims’ fears were high but neighbors stood by them

Racial and religious tensions have been high in Northampton County following the US election. But Muslim leaders have also seen a surge in support

In the third week of the first Ramadan of the Donald Trump presidency, seven Muslim families gathered for an iftar dinner to conclude the day’s fast at a spacious home in a recently developed suburb of Easton, Pennsylvania.

Men and women congregated in separate rooms. Children with iPhones and fidget spinners ran down a hallway and through the kitchen, where sweet dates were piled on a plate and metal tubs of haleem, chicken biryani, crispy south Indian chicken 65, curry and rice sat warming. To drink, there was mango lassi and milk with rooh afsah and ice water and Coca-Cola.

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