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President Obama quotes Hadith

At the White House National Prayer Breakfast this morning, President Obama quoted (among other things) a Hadith of the Holy Prophet Mohammed SAW:

We know too that whatever our differences, there is one law that binds all
great religions together. Jesus told us to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
The Torah commands, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your
fellow.” In Islam, there is a hadith that reads “None of you truly believes
until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”
And the same
is true for Buddhists and Hindus; for followers of Confucius and for
humanists. It is, of course, the Golden Rule – the call to love one
another; to understand one another; to treat with dignity and respect those
with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth.

It is an ancient rule; a simple rule; but also one of the most challenging.
For it asks each of us to take some measure of responsibility for the
well-being of people we may not know or worship with or agree with on every
issue. Sometimes, it asks us to reconcile with bitter enemies or resolve
ancient hatreds. And that requires a living, breathing, active faith. It
requires us not only to believe, but to do – to give something of ourselves
for the benefit of others and the betterment of our world.

In this way, the particular faith that motivates each of us can promote a
greater good for all of us. Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs
can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make
peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those
who have fallen on hard times. This is not only our call as people of
faith, but our duty as citizens of America, and it will be the purpose of
the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships that I’m
announcing later today.

What is beautiful about this is that Obama explicitly ties together and emphasizes the common heritage of faith, and the sense of civic purpose that churches and mosques alike engage in as essential components in our social fabric. It’s also worth noting that Obama alludes to those who have no faith at all – after all, it makes no sense to exclude atheists from that sense of shared purpose.

The National Prayer Breakfast is quite a major event – also in attendance were former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (delivering the keynote address) and various lawmakers from the House and Senate (Democrats and Republicans alike). Christianity Today Magazine was in attendance and live-twittered the event (@CTmagazine).

The intriguing thing about the National Prayer Breakfast is that it isn’t an official government event but rather a private one put together by the somewhat secretive Fellowship Foundation, a Christian evangelical group headed by Douglas Coe, named one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People:

Coe, 76, has been called the
“stealth Billy Graham.” He specializes in the spiritual struggles of
the powerful. … Coe and his
associates sometimes travel (on their own dime) with congressional
members abroad and–according to investigations by the Los Angeles
Times and Harper’s–have played backstage roles in such diplomatic
coups as the 1976 Camp David accords. Yet Coe also befriends
dictators. “He would still hold out hope that these people could be
redeemed and try to work through them to help the people over whom
they have authority,” says Richard Carver, president of the
Fellowship’s board of directors. Some skeptical Evangelicals
criticize Coe’s indiscriminate alliances and his downplaying of
Jesus’ divinity in favor of his earthly teachings–which allows Coe
to pray with Muslim and Buddhist leaders.

I’ve posted the full transcript of President Obama’s remarks here.

  • arif

    Mark Siljander’s A Deadly Misunderstanding has a lot on National Prayer Breakfast and his association with it. This book IMHO is a great bridge builder.

  • Bro. David Brown

    Yes, I believe that we should try to incourage our Brother’s & Sister’s with the truth. At the same time, we need to try to save who we can (the one’s that will listen), because Jesus is coming faster than people think or believe!!! I believe in Christianity because it show’s you how to live in peace, to stand with dignity, and to Love one another. There from that Jesus is the truth, correction to the right way of living, there is no violence in him at all, but Love, respect, honor. So God lift’s us up, then he give’s us the courage to find and strengthen our Brother’s & Sister’s. So I hope and pray for President Obama & Family, and that they can strengthen the weak!!! And I pray that the weak in spirit will listen, I know I will!!!! Everything that God says going to happen is happening right now, I just hope & pray that someone can wake up the unbeliever’s before it’s too late!!! Let’s pray! Father God in the precious nae of Jesus By the power of the holy spirit: we ask you to give us the wisdom, knowledge, & understanding, courage & the power to save lives through you!! We also pray that the world will wake up, listen and soften thier heart’s to your word and start helping one another in these rough time’s instead of making matter’s worst!!! Your inspiring word’s Father God tell’s us not to fear, not to fear men nor any beast of the field, but to stand firm in the faith that our God give’s us!!! The God of the World!!!!!!! I pray that we can all escape your wrath, that you are bring to the world to kill the sin, evilness, and fale prophet’s that’s misleading your people!!!! With all the Love you give us we will praise & worship your name In The Wonderful Name Of JesusWe Pray, Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Straight Path

    Worship the Creator, not the Creation. May Allah guide you to the truth.

  • ZARA

    Indeed, Bro, David Brown The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a religious organization, international in its scope, with branches in over 189 countries in Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. This is the most dynamic denomination of Islam in modern history, with worldwide membership exceeding tens of millions.
    The Ahmadiyya Community was established in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in a small and remote village, Qadian, in the Punjab, India. He claimed to be the expected reformer of the latter days, the Awaited One of the world community of religions (The Mahdi and Messiah). The Community he started is an embodiment of the benevolent message of Islam — peace, universal brotherhood, and submission to the Will of God — in its pristine purity. Hadhrat Ahmad proclaimed Islam as the religion of man: “The religion of the people of the right path” (98:6)
    With this conviction, the Ahmadiyya Community, within a century, has reached the corners of the Earth. Wherever the Community is established, it endeavors to exert a constructive influence of Islam through social projects, educational institutes, health services, Islamic publications and construction of mosques, despite being bitterly persecuted in some countries. Ahmadi Muslims have earned the distinction of being a law-abiding, peaceful, persevering and benevolent community.
    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam was created under divine guidance with the objective to rejuvenate Islamic moral and spiritual values. It encourages interfaith dialogue, and diligently defends Islam and tries to correct misunderstandings about Islam in the West. It advocates peace, tolerance, love and understanding among followers of different faiths. It firmly believes in and acts upon the Qur’anic teaching: “There is no compulsion in religion.” (2:257) It strongly rejects violence and terrorism in any form and for any reason.

  • Said

    There is much in common in all religions. We should focus on the positive commonalities. In Islam, in the Quran Allah (Arabic word for God, Christian arabs also use this word to mean God in their arabic Bible) constantly reminds us to do good, forbid evil, period. In every verse, we are told to do just this. All will be secure and safe and we will protect ourselves and others if we stick strictly to doing good and rejecting evil, wnatever religion. In Islam, Allah says he prefers worshippers who are thinkers and not “cattle”. He reminds us not to be like cattle, following blindly wihtout thinking things through in accordance to the principle of “promoting good, avoiding evil” in everything we do, and think and feel. That is the pure straight way to preserve God’s gift, His miraculous Creation which includes every living being, whatever colour or creed, and including His animals and plants; His Creation should be always taken as a sacred trust, and a test on all of us. Life in Islam is great test, that’s mainly it. Do we make it through this life preserving our trust with God or do we squander it and take His promises lightly, and think nothing of Him, deny His Creation and think, feel and behave as though we are the creators, the so-called little gods of the universe, never to grow old, never to die an eartly death. This earth, this life is just a blink of an eye. In that blink, we are tested big time! There’s a Muslim tradition that prophet Jesus said, this world is a bridge, do not build on it! Its a path. In Islam, it MUST be a path that is STRAIGHT. Say things that is not crooked, do things that is not crooked, do not be led by the crooked. be on the straight path and time will not be wasted and we will be on a deeper understanding of why we are alive today, why we were created.

  • Marvin Thomas

    All religions are not in common faith. Allah is not Jehovah. There will never be a unifying of religions because only christianity teaches that a man must be born again and then he will become a child of God. His works will never make him holy. Christianity is not a religion burt a relationship.

  • aussie girl

    Allah is not Jehovah, there is no commonality with islam and christianity, and no amount of words of president Obama will change the fact that they are diametrically opposed!! Jesus Christ is not a prophet, He was GOD made flesh!! I am very tired of Obama quoting Hadiths and Quran, then saying he is christian, when its obvious he is not!! he should just stop with the pretence, no-one believes he is, in fact he’s a muslim and a very boring one when you listen to his monotonous droning speeches..

  • khalid

    May Allah bless the Umah of The last prophet Hazrat Mohammad (S.A.W) and destroy those who claim to be the prophet and his followers after the Hazrat Mohammad (s.A.W). May Allah Destroy the Mirza Qadyani and his group. May Allah send laanat on that lier.

  • khalid

    There is no God except Allah and Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him is the messenger of Allah. Both Jews abnd Christains knew it very well from there testimons and through there litrature that Allah had already informed these communities through Mosses and Christ that the last Prophet on earth will be Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him. But the then so called religious scholars of these two communities manipulated the scripts of Allah after there Prophets Left teh world. Allah will rise the Islam and it is rising. Those who have got vision and are right thinking personalities they research and they accept that Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him is the last prophet of Allah and Islam is the right and true religion.
    Let you not be biased on teh reliog and criptures what you have read or you are being taugt. Let you have your own vision for researching and finding the truth. Let you not waste your life on the commands of people who mislead you. Let you yourself do the research and use your own brain rather be brain washed.
    May Allah bless the mankind and peace be upon the greatest saver of the humanity Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W). Aamin.

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