Skip to comments.CAIR Thanks President Obama for Ramadan Message
Posted on 08/21/2009 2:40:21 PM PDT by mdittmar
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered Ramadan greetings to American Muslims and thanked President Obama for a videotaped message marking the month-long fast and acknowledging Muslim community service efforts.
VIDEO: President Obama's Ramadan Message
SEE ALSO: Transcript of President Obama's Ramadan Message
In his message, released today, the president said: "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."
President Obama was referring to Muslim participation in his recently announced "United We Serve" initiative, which is designed to "make service a way of life for all Americans."
"We wish everyone a blessed Ramadan and join President Obama in encouraging a spirit of community service for Americans of all faiths," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad said CAIR is asking Muslim communities to plan new volunteer community service initiatives, to expand existing activities and to report all such efforts through its "Muslims Care" online form. Muslims Care, an ongoing CAIR program, is designed to encourage volunteerism in the American Muslim community.
SEE ALSO: Show Muslim Support for President Obama's Community Service Appeal
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Indeed. Was it a message or a massage?
I’ve got a message for CAIR, “Bite my Obama.”
“President Obama was referring to Muslim participation in his recently announced “United We Serve” initiative, which is designed to “make service a way of life for all Americans.”
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That creep wants the citizens to serve the government, and that AIN”T GONNA HAPPEN, OBOZO!
Shove your message up your skinny usurping butt.
Little creep has been surrendering ever since he got in office. Our pants are down around our ankles more every day.
Note: Includes Video and Photo. Note: To read the message in your language, click on the link below.
Note: The following text is a quote:
THE BRIEFING ROOM THE BLOG
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21ST, 2009 AT 9:15 AM
Posted by Rashad Hussain
As the new crescent moon ushers in Ramadan, the President extends his best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.
Each Ramadan, the ninth month on the lunar calendar, Muslims fast daily from dawn to sunset for 29 or 30 days. Fasting is a tradition in many religious faiths and is meant to increase spirituality, discipline, thankfulness, and consciousness of God’s mercy. Ramadan is also a time of giving and reaching out to those less fortunate, and this summer, American Muslims have joined their fellow citizens in serving communities across the country. Over the course of the month, we will highlight the perspectives of various faiths on fasting and profile faith-based organizations making real impacts in American cities and towns.
This month is also a time of renewal and this marks the first Ramadan since the President outlined his vision for a new beginning between America and the Muslim world. As a part of that new beginning, the President emphasizes that our relationship with Muslim communities cannot be based on political and security concerns alone. True partnerships also require cooperation in all areas particularly those that can make a positive difference in peoples daily lives, including education, science and technology, health, and entrepreneurship - fields in which Muslim communities have helped play a pioneering role throughout history.
The President’s message is part of an on-going dialogue with Muslim communities that began on inauguration day and has continued with his statement on Nowruz, during trips to Ankara and Cairo, and with interviews with media outlets such as Al Arabiya and Dawn TV.
As this dialogue continues and leads to concrete actions, the President extends his greetings on behalf of the American people. Ramadan Kareem.
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Translations of the President Obama’s message:
Rashad Hussain is Deputy Associate White House Counsel.
Does anyone remember if they ever thanked Bush when he remembered rama-a-lam-a-ding dong?
“President Obama Gives Ramadan Message”
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August 20, 2009
President Obama extends his best wishes to Muslims around the world during Ramadan. (public domain)
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sorry we're not a christian country according to him.
to think Christians voted for this idiot too
Note: The following text is a quote:
THE BRIEFING ROOM
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2009
Below is the text of a web video from President Obama marking the beginning of Ramadan. Video of the Presidents message is available HERE.
Remarks of President Barack Obama
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 Islams 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 Americas 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 Americas 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 Gods peace be upon you.
from what happened to today in the super market, to the link I saw of MO wearing those ragged clothes, to hearing about this and how the AG refuses to give answers to why he let go the black racist in Philly, to paying for a first lady who does NOTHING, I mean NOTHING but vacation on our dime along with the freeloaders , to this,
I really do not think I can read anymore of this site.
it’s driving me nuts
I see comments are blocked
FUBO and islam too!
“Our” ACORN has to be storing these things not for 2012, but for 2010 when the Kenyan pirate becomes the focus of the Congressional races because we (as unaffiliated as the real “ACORN” alleges to be) make him so...
Oh goodie! I can’t wait until our dear leader sends his warm and meaningful message to all Christians at Christmas, the good Christian boy that he is!/sarc
"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."
is there a muslim in the us who didn’t vote for obama? how about abroad?
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