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Obama to Ummah: message to the muslim world

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I posted President Obama’s inauguration speech video and transcript earlier, but I just want to highlight the part where he directly addressed the muslim world:

We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and
nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from
every end of this Earth.

And because we have tasted the bitter
swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter
stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old
hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon
dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall
reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new
era of peace.

 To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

To
those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their
society’s ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on
what you can build, not what you destroy.

To those who cling to
power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know
that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a
hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.



  • Susan

    The weekend before the first Black president was inaugurated, my synagogue had to have a police officer standing in front of it.
    This is at least partly because some Muslims and Arabs are asking for tolerance while preaching classic Western antisemitism. Antisemitism did not begin with the Gaza invasion or with the creation of Israel. It is a vestige of European colonialism that began in the 1800s.
    Perhaps, Obama’s message to the Muslim world should be to tell Muslims that they have have to blaming their problems on Jewish power and influence.

  • Mike

    Well sister when the jews of Europe invaded Plestinian lands, slaughter their people who do you want them to blame besides jewish power. Tom and Jerry?
    I like your fallacy, but try something else. i think the world is different today and people around the world are begining to regognize what Israel is all about. Patience is just a matter of time.

  • amina

    what about just leave us alone mr obama

  • Your Name

    islam is an intolerant cult….PERIOD!!!

  • Jean

    When it really comes down to it, isn’t it better to agree to disagree then to fight? Wars have been since the beginning of time, continueing with retaliation has never proven anything.

  • steve

    It is real sad that half this country voted for a practicing socialist, and possibly a Marxist and fascist and that is where this country is headed.
    Don’t believe me ….then you need to study the founding documents and discussions of the early founding fathers thots and what they went thru to write the documents that were made for the benefit of americans.
    It was based on Judah-Christian principle in complete form not Hindu, agnostic, atheistic, Muslim, Buddist and etc. This country is headed and has been for some 40 years to overthrow these biblical concepts. There is NOTHING in those scriptures that is NOT beneficial for any living person to accept. There is NO other writings that can do that. One can find some things good in all writings but the HOLY BIBLE is the only one that meets the criteria of the Almighty.
    The founding fathers were very concerned that foreign ideas and political concepts from other countries and governments would infuse themselves into the laws of America disrupting the freedom and liberty we originally came here for
    Now as far as this country goes , it is headed and being led by PC to accept islam, which is the only group of people that requires all to be subservient to it, not GOD in the Holy BIBLE, who are not tolerant, of others but only requiring servitude. Allah is a pagan god selected by mohammad, which not the God, Creator of us and the universe.
    We, christians are taught to LOVE OUR ENENMIES, not like the writings and teachings of the koran which to force us/all to 1) accept this cultish philosophy 2) pay tribute and be under subjection to muslim law, or 3) be killed, which the Koran and writings allow muslims to do, for not accepting either of the other two options.
    Is this what muslim want out of your life??? God certainly does not. He has more for you. Read the bible and compare it to other writings and prove to yourself that it is so or not so, but do it honestly and thoroughly. Then ask yourself are you going to accept all or just the parts of the Koran that support your life.
    One must accept it all or reject it all.
    I know that a lot of you out there don’t feel this is true or accurate, but you have a spiritual side of your life that I cannot deny or change, only GOD can, so please study carefully and prayerfully that GOD will lead you to understand what Gods plan for your life is …..and he has one for you.
    The exciting part of our life is finding and knowing God and his part in directing and leading us in our life long journey, and be sought with personal effort. So again I empore you to please research and pray about what you are accepting
    I love you.

  • tg

    “It is real sad that half this country voted for a practicing socialist, and possibly a Marxist and fascist and that is where this country is headed.”
    Actually, more than half to be precise :)

  • Hena

    @your name…read ur comment and i feel that its you who is intolerant!! not islam or any other relegion infact.
    @Steve..I just want to say that you have written what you believe in and every one has a right to believe and cherish their relegion.If only we can understand this ,this world will be a better place.All the relegions beleive in God and we have absolutely no right to call anyone’s beliefs’ WRONG!Do not generalize the term muslims think with ur head not ur heart,do u think the muslims of GAZA or any human being deserves this,Are the women children and men dying are effecting HAMMAS..NO!!!!…..they coudn’t care less cuz they are not connected with them.Pls for the love of GOD..not yours mine or someone elses but just GOD think and dont be judgemental!!!!!!
    We need to be together to stop what is happening around the world ..when a soldier dies in Iraq or afghanistan my heart bleeds cuz he is somebody’s son or father or brother! he is human firest and he doesn’t have to die for anyone elses agenda!!!!
    The same is for muslims hindus christians jews or buddhist any where…why is hitler a derogatory term..a name to condemn for his inhuman behaviour….well i think inhuman attitudes are equally condemnable..
    Pls think without being judgmental….
    Have wonderful life!

  • World Peace

    As President Obama has said and very emphatically, the ground has already shifted. Meaning, there has already been a paradigm shift, a great change in the world, with or without permission from anybody (period)! God did this, not the democracy process! God’s will to be done. We have to change, grow, and comply willingly or unwillingly. We will comply to God’s will or perish. I am ready to change and grow to seek my highest good. Let’s all work together to seek our highest good.

  • TJJ

    @World Peace :….The day Mr. Obama was declared to be the 44th President of United States was a historic day. It is shameful that we are only hearing his words, but not thinking about them.
    @Steve:…. You say that Bible teaches to love your enemies, I find you not following that. Your words lead me to believe that you do not like Muslims or Islam very much.
    You ask the readers to read the Bible, have you read the Quran entirely, not just the passages a biased media has set forth?
    You, sir, are stereotyping muslims and Islam.

  • Your Name

    I will follow-up with more complete comments my in a few days or so. Please read the Facts, not my beliefs, that I have presented about islam and the man mohammad. They were not as comprehensive enough for this column. Again, I do love them, not the directives at which they will do and will, when given the opportunity to control your life and mine. The buddist, hindis, christians, jews and etc do not do that. Again YOU MUST study to find out what they are about and it is not good. Yes I know several muslims myself but they are unaware of what they are following and do so blindly.

  • Khadijah

    We all have a chance to make this a good change and learn from one another. This is all up to us one by one to welcome all cultures, religions, races; to open our eyes, close our mouths, and love thy enemy and neighbor! Let us all one by one hold hands across this great planet we are on and show what true love and find peace with each other. Stop the blame or pointing the fingers at others when we just might do the same action to others; for we are all humans! I for one welcome our new President Obama and hope that many great things will happen inshallah!

  • Your Name

    MY BROTHER&SISTERS i am gravely disturb, all i hear is a bunch of blame .not saying anyone in particular just overall,me,myself and i take the blame for my mistake,and i am not going to blame man for any short coming he or she may have ,all i know is,it is all in ALLAH(SWT) GOD ,JEVOVAH,YAWEH DESIGN SOME THINGS MUST HAPPEN IN THE WAY THAT OUR LORD DESIGNS IT ……..i know that at one time in my life i didnt want to accept this way of thinking but share one thing with me and i challegne any of your great minds ,? TELL ME ONE THING THAT IS HAPPENING NOW THAT WASN’T HAPPENING THEN HISTORY ALL WAYS REPEAT IT SELF AND FOR THE ONES WHO THINKS THAT THEY CAN CHANGE IT MAYBE THEY SHOULD BECOME THE GOD HEAD OF OUR TIMES,I FOCUS ON WHAT I CAN MAKE BETTER AROUND ME,IN SHA ALLAH(GOD WILLING)

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