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Obama Wishes 'Ramadan Kareem' to Muslims (No English Translation Provided)
Washington Post ^ | 8/21/09 | Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on 08/21/2009 1:07:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway

President Obama released videotaped Ramadan wishes Friday, sending "best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world" and wishing them "Ramadan Kareem" on "behalf of the American people, including Muslim communities in all 50 states."

SNIP

The president makes sure to mention "my own Christian faith" and the values shared by Islam and Christianity when it comes to service, even as he speaks of Muslim ceremonies he knows well.

He also recapitulates his basic foreign policy positions involving Muslim nations. "We're also committed to keeping our responsibility to build a world that is more peaceful and secure. That's why we're responsibly ending the war in Iraq," he says, adding, "That is why we strongly and actively support a two-state solution that recognizes the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security. That is also why America will always stand for the universal rights of all people."

"I want to reiterate my commitment to a new beginning between America and Muslims around the world," he continues, emphasizing his Cairo message of seeking common ground and that "an important part of this is listening."

SNIP

The president lays out collaborations with international health authorities to eradicate polio in Muslim-majority nations, and to mitigate H1N1 flu transmission risks during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca by devout Muslims which this year will fall at the end of November.

"May God's peace be upon you," he concludes.

Translations of his Ramadan message are provided on the White House Web site in Arabic, Bengali, Dari, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.

No English transcript is provided.

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; husseinobama; muslim; muslimworld; obama; ramadan; translation
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1 posted on 08/21/2009 1:07:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Communicating with Terrorists?? sounds like it to me!!


2 posted on 08/21/2009 1:08:45 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: nickcarraway

I refuse to give the SS a reason to visit me.


3 posted on 08/21/2009 1:09:26 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support Sarah. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/sarahpalin?ref=nf)
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To: gwilhelm56

Or to former basketball players?


4 posted on 08/21/2009 1:09:33 PM PDT by scottinoc (Government run health care...not just no but HELL NO! - Sarah Palin)
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To: nickcarraway

There are NO values shared by Islam and Christianity.


5 posted on 08/21/2009 1:10:06 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: nickcarraway

In english it means ‘Have Fun Killing American Men and Raping their Women’. (I think)


6 posted on 08/21/2009 1:10:34 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: nickcarraway
Try a Ramadan Kareem Filled Donut now at a Krispy Kreme near you!
7 posted on 08/21/2009 1:11:43 PM PDT by apillar
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To: nickcarraway; Sparko

Another freeper posted the translation

Save a hit on the White House web.

Here is the text:

Ramadan Message
Washington, DC

On behalf of the American people – including Muslim communities in all fifty states – I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.

Ramadan is the month in which Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with a simple word – iqra. It is therefore a time when Muslims reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God.
Like many people of different faiths who have known Ramadan through our communities and families, I know this to be a festive time – a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared. But I also know that Ramadan is a time of intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and perform tarawih prayers at night, reciting and listening to the entire Koran over the course of the month.

These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.

For instance, fasting is a concept shared by many faiths – including my own Christian faith – as a way to bring people closer to God, and to those among us who cannot take their next meal for granted. And the support that Muslims provide to others recalls our responsibility to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere. For all of us must remember that the world we want to build – and the changes that we want to make – must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities.

This summer, people across America have served in their communities – educating children, caring for the sick, and extending a hand to those who have fallen on hard times. Faith-based organizations, including many Islamic organizations, have been at the forefront in participating in this summer of service. And in these challenging times, this is a spirit of responsibility that we must sustain in the months and years to come.

Beyond America’s borders, we are also committed to keeping our responsibility to build a world that is more peaceful and secure. That is why we are responsibly ending the war in Iraq. That is why we are isolating violent extremists while empowering the people in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is why we are unyielding in our support for a two-state solution that recognizes the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security. And that is why America will always stand for the universal rights of all people to speak their mind, practice their religion, contribute fully to society and have confidence in the rule of law.

All of these efforts are a part of America’s commitment to engage Muslims and Muslim-majority nations on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect. And at this time of renewal, I want to reiterate my commitment to a new beginning between America and Muslims around the world.

As I said in Cairo, this new beginning must be borne out in a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground. I believe an important part of this is listening, and in the last two months, American embassies around the world have reached out not just to governments, but directly to people in Muslim-majority countries. From around the world, we have received an outpouring of feedback about how America can be a partner on behalf of peoples’ aspirations.

We have listened. We have heard you. And like you, we are focused on pursuing concrete actions that will make a difference over time – both in terms of the political and security issues that I have discussed, and in the areas that you have told us will make the most difference in peoples’ lives.

These consultations are helping us implement the partnerships that I called for in Cairo – to expand education exchange programs; to foster entrepreneurship and create jobs; and to increase collaboration on science and technology, while supporting literacy and vocational learning. We are also moving forward in partnering with the OIC and OIC member states to eradicate polio, while working closely with the international community to confront common health challenges like H1N1 – which I know is of particular to concern to many Muslims preparing for the upcoming hajj.

All of these efforts are aimed at advancing our common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. It will take time and patient effort. We cannot change things over night, but we can honestly resolve to do what must be done, while setting off in a new direction – toward the destination that we seek for ourselves, and for our children. That is the journey that we must travel together.

I look forward to continuing this critically important dialogue and turning it into action. And today, I want to join with the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – in welcoming the beginning of Ramadan, and wishing you a blessed month.

May God’s peace be upon you.

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5 posted on Friday, August 21, 2009 2:33:23 PM by Sparko (Obama: The only man who can make COMMUNITY a dirty word.)
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8 posted on 08/21/2009 1:13:34 PM PDT by boxerblues
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To: nickcarraway

George Bush did the same...all these dopes trip over themselves kissing up to Muhammadans and their fake prophet


9 posted on 08/21/2009 1:13:57 PM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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10 posted on 08/21/2009 1:15:09 PM PDT by maggief
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To: nickcarraway

what’s this “ muslim communities in all 50 states” jazz? I thought we had 57......


11 posted on 08/21/2009 1:15:59 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: nickcarraway

“best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world” and wishing them “Ramadan Kareem” on “behalf of the American people,

I ran it through Babel Fish and it came up with something about wee weed. Not sure that’s accurate though.


12 posted on 08/21/2009 1:17:15 PM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: nickcarraway

I want this man - or whatever he is - to go away. Just go away.


13 posted on 08/21/2009 1:17:25 PM PDT by livius
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To: nickcarraway
"That is also why America will always stand for the universal rights of all people."

Except babies that survive abortion and are born alive.

14 posted on 08/21/2009 1:17:31 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barry Falsewitness is proud of his "healthy skepticism" of organized religion. He's a deceiver.)
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To: nickcarraway

President Obama released a videotape...

15 posted on 08/21/2009 1:18:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barry Falsewitness is proud of his "healthy skepticism" of organized religion. He's a deceiver.)
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16 posted on 08/21/2009 1:19:39 PM PDT by maggief
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17 posted on 08/21/2009 1:20:24 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: nickcarraway
The nice thing about George W. Bush was that I could believe he was lying when he issued these sorts of messages.

ML/NJ

18 posted on 08/21/2009 1:20:25 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: boxerblues
All of these efforts are a part of America’s commitment to engage Muslims and Muslim-majority nations

How many "muslim-majority" nations even offer freedom of religion? Can't really tally them as muslims because they have no choice in the matter. Just as not every Russian in the Soviet Union was a Communist. They just didn't have an option to express any other view.

19 posted on 08/21/2009 1:20:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barry Falsewitness is proud of his "healthy skepticism" of organized religion. He's a deceiver.)
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To: maggief

If the gates of Hell can be closed and the devils chained, why not just keep them locked up?


20 posted on 08/21/2009 1:21:46 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barry Falsewitness is proud of his "healthy skepticism" of organized religion. He's a deceiver.)
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To: nickcarraway

Happy Rama-lama-ding-dong to ya’ll muzzies!......................


21 posted on 08/21/2009 1:22:17 PM PDT by Red Badger (The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples' money...M. Thatcher)
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To: nickcarraway
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22 posted on 08/21/2009 1:22:32 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (FLAGGED)
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To: a fool in paradise

Beats the devil out of me. :)


23 posted on 08/21/2009 1:23:27 PM PDT by maggief
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To: nickcarraway

kareem means generous or bountiful hence a bountiful ramadan

a traditional MUSLIM greeting

be happy that the One didn’t greet Christians with ‘Ego Eimi’


24 posted on 08/21/2009 1:24:34 PM PDT by the long march
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To: nickcarraway

I’m guessing he just forgot to mention the part
about Polio vaccine being made from Pig testicles eh?

Hey Mohammed, it’s not called SWINE flu for nothing,
that will probably have to be made from PIGS too!


25 posted on 08/21/2009 1:26:12 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: nickcarraway

There is a Three Stooges joke in that line somewhere!


26 posted on 08/21/2009 1:26:28 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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To: nickcarraway

So that’s why he took his vacation now...


27 posted on 08/21/2009 1:28:04 PM PDT by SpinyNorman (The ACLU empowers terrorists and criminals, weakens America, and degrades our society.)
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To: nickcarraway

Did he record it in his perfect arabic?


28 posted on 08/21/2009 1:28:18 PM PDT by Texas resident ( Boys and Girls, it's us against them.)
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To: SpinyNorman

Vacationing in a secluded place so that his press doesn’t see him on his prayer rug.


29 posted on 08/21/2009 1:29:17 PM PDT by Texas resident ( Boys and Girls, it's us against them.)
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To: beethovenfan

**There are NO values shared by Islam and Christianity.**

Christianity is a RELIGION...

ISLAM is a CULT!!!! as it has more in common with the WESTBORO BAPTIST CULT than any religion that I know of.


30 posted on 08/21/2009 1:29:41 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: nickcarraway
It means "Come and get us while we're wee-weeing."

-PJ

31 posted on 08/21/2009 1:29:52 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: tet68

One of the mullahs has forbidden (fatwah) moslems to fall ill with the swine flu. I read it at one of the ask an imam sites, lol.


32 posted on 08/21/2009 1:31:45 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: boxerblues

“Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.”

Puhhhhhleeeeese. Spare me.


33 posted on 08/21/2009 1:32:01 PM PDT by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Texas resident

**so that his press doesn’t see him on his prayer rug.**

Press HIDES NOBAMMY’s Smoking, absolutely they’d HIDE his Prayer Rug.

Remember the same Press Hid FDR’s Wheelchair and hid JFK’s severe back problems.

and of course the same press screamed Recession/Depression coming when GWB’s economy kept going UP.. which of course did pretty good, until the DEMS took over in 2006.. that’s when gas went to $4.00/gal, etc


35 posted on 08/21/2009 1:33:34 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: the long march
kareem means generous or bountiful hence a bountiful ramadan

To be politically correct, shouldn't he just have said "Happy Holidays"?

36 posted on 08/21/2009 1:33:56 PM PDT by JEH_Boston (Never give up.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

**“Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance,**

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL HEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Tolerance = 9/11


37 posted on 08/21/2009 1:35:04 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: boxerblues
This summer, people across America have served in their communities – educating children, caring for the sick, and extending a hand to those who have fallen on hard times. Faith-based organizations, including many Islamic organizations, have been at the forefront in participating in this summer of service. And in these challenging times, this is a spirit of responsibility that we must sustain in the months and years to come.

I am openly asking if there are any Muslim charities that help other than Muslims. Does anyone know? I know of Christian and Jewish charities that help all of any faith. I know specifically of some Israeli Jewish charities that help only Muslims.

Does anyone know of a Muslim charity that offers any assistance to a nonbeliever? There could be and I'd like to know.

38 posted on 08/21/2009 1:35:48 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: JEH_Boston

**shouldn’t he just have said “Happy Holidays”?**

No.. he should have said “SEASON’S GREETINGS”


39 posted on 08/21/2009 1:36:50 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: JEH_Boston

but of course I should have known ....sorry for being so PC ignorant


40 posted on 08/21/2009 1:44:22 PM PDT by the long march
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To: boxerblues; snippy_about_it
These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.

He's kidding, right? On what planet is his version of islam practiced? What an a$$hole!!

41 posted on 08/21/2009 1:45:56 PM PDT by SAMWolf (The difference between God and Barack Obama is that God doesn't think he's Barack Obama)
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To: boxerblues
fasting is a concept shared by many faiths – including my own Christian faith

Except that I fast on 200 dollar a pound Kobe beef and lobsters flown in from Olympia Snowe's Maine.....!

42 posted on 08/21/2009 1:47:17 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: boxerblues
let's remember this lengthy tomb and see, at Christmas, what his greetings are to us and Christians around the world...

It will be interesting to see how the obaminations choke over having to decorate the WH this year and light the tree...

43 posted on 08/21/2009 1:47:44 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: nickcarraway

I recall that Larry Bird used to Ramadan Kareem on a regular basis. Sometimes he’d Ramadan Bob McAdoo too.....


44 posted on 08/21/2009 1:51:25 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks to Islam for all the great Muslim hospitals, universities, medical schools, and scientists that they have built and supported here in the United States.

/s


45 posted on 08/21/2009 1:51:43 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Texas resident
Vacationing in a secluded place so that his press doesn’t see him on his prayer rug.

hmmm - it IS reported that they intend to stay pretty much to themselves - hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

the muslim call to prayer, says he who can recite it in perfect accent - is the most beautiful sound on earth -

I repeat, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

You may be on to something

46 posted on 08/21/2009 1:53:03 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: Don Corleone

I’d like to see some evidence that Obama ever fasted as a Christian.


47 posted on 08/21/2009 1:54:20 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: boxerblues; nickcarraway

Here is the source

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-of-President-Barack-Obama-in-Ramadan-Message/

Found via

Remarks by the President
http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/Remarks/

Other things to bookmark

Press Briefings
http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/PressBriefings/

Statements and Releases
http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/PressReleases/

Presidential Actions
http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/PresidentialActions/

Nominations and appointments
http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/nominations_and_appointments/

WhiteHouse Blog
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/

Today, remarks by Rashad Hussain is Deputy Associate White House Counsel.
Translations of the President Obama’s message:

* Arabic
* Bengali
* Dari
* English
* French
* Hindi
* Indonesian
* Pashto
* Persian
* Punjabi
* Russian
* Turkish
* Urdu


48 posted on 08/21/2009 1:59:39 PM PDT by Sparko (Obama: Wow! The one man who can make COMMUNITY seem like a dirty word.)
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To: boxerblues
... Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.

Justice - as in whipping and stoning women? Honor killings?
Progress - as in trying to remain in the 8th Century?
Tolerance - as in their tolerance for Christianity and Judaism?
Dignity?

The heck with it. Our President is an idiot.

49 posted on 08/21/2009 2:00:50 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: nickcarraway
It's not as if Obama didn't tip his hand.


50 posted on 08/21/2009 2:21:45 PM PDT by Iron Munro (America's awkward stage: too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards)
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