Peace and dignity was the theme of President Obama's inaugural speech.
He didn't mince his words when he said that principles and not expediency would determine and define his presidency. He talked of the rule of law and he assured the world that America is not their enemy but a friend. He also warned those who want to harm America, economically, politically and socially not to take America's resolve to live in peace lightly.
Although he did not mention the recent carnage inflicted on Gaza but the Palestinians can have hope in his words that the United States would stand for peace and dignity for every man, woman and child would apply to them also.
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Everyone has a right to live in peace and dignity, he declared, obviously referring to millions of those who live under subjugation.
Old guard politicians, media pundits and lobbyists should take heed to his reference to "the time has come to set aside childish things". The time has come for America's law makers to work on issues that will reclaim the spirit of the founding principals of our country.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer tried to give his own spin when he said that the President Obama sent two messages to the Muslim world. According to Mr. Blitzer, one message was that we will not tolerate their violent behavior, and second was that we will work with the Muslim world with respect and peace.
Mr. Blitzer in putting his spin on President Obama's speech did not take note of the Presidents message "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers." Unlike the politics of the past President Obama's words never made any veiled or unveiled threat to the Muslim world. President Obama talked about the enemies of the United States in general without any reference to any nation or religion. Obviously, enemies of the United States include those also who seek to bring harm to our country physically, economically, socially and spiritually.
President Obama's speech was a sharp departure from most of the mundane inaugural speeches of past presidents. He made it known to everyone that he is in control of the United States and he intends to make a difference.
He challenged the nation to achieve new heights of service and he reiterated his commitment to the supremacy of the constitution. That means that Guantanamo Bay prison facility will be closed down soon. That means that the US army will withdraw from Iraq. That means torture will not be repeated. That means that people who manipulated the law for their personal gain and agendas will not be able to do that in his administration.
President Obama's speech was unique as he reminded the people that a nation is built on sacrifices and taking care of its poor and the needy. He asked every American to stand for those who are unable to take care of themselves.
President Obama was echoing every thing that Islam stands for in terms of social justice, peace, fiscal responsibility and political stability. It would not be uncommon to find Mosques around the United States spreading a similar message of social justice, equality, peace, freedom and social justice on a weekly basis in their Friday sermons.
In his reference to the United States as a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and he invited each to participate in the rebuilding of a new nation. Obama is giving a new vision of America, an America that is humble and more tuned to the welfare of its own people rather than imposing its will upon others.
President Obama, your words remind this nation what it had forgotten during the most turbulent times of the last president who was playing with the lives of people on a whim and destroyed their hopes and future.
President Obama, you have restored our confidence in government once again and you have reminded us that if we are vigilant our democracy and constitution would not be exploited by those who act fanatically.
President Obama, we hope that your words would be taken seriously by law enforcement officials in their relations with Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims and other minorities in this country and those who have been subject to all kinds of slurs and humiliations for centuries because of their color or religion would not be targeted.
We have reason to believe that we are in a new era. However, we must be clear that new era would have meaning for us only when we join others in building this nation for a prosperous world.
Dr. Aslam Abdullah is editor of the Detroit based English weekly, Muslim Observer, director of the Islamic Society of Nevada, Las Vegas and the recently elected General Secretary of the World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relation.
whilst its good to be positive & hopeful, & sure enough Muslims have renewed hope that Obama's election will mean an end to Guantanomo & the war on Iraq, it remains to be seen if the US govt. will offer a real change from the mindset of the previous administration. Unfortunately, Obama's inaugaration speech lacked the very qualities he preaches in being Bold, Honest & truthful etc.. please read this excellent article by Robert Fisk http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-so-far-obamas-missed-the-point-on-gaza-1488632.html & you will know exactly what I mean.
hope and joy as I watch and listen to our new president. We are
truely blessed to have him at this critical point in history. I shell
pray for his success.
My Dearest Brother Babandi, I apologise if my manner of expression in my post are offending. Let it be known that ALLAH knows my intentions, it was just to highlights what I and most Muslims were outrage and furious with what had happened the past one month, the slaughter of our Gazan brothers and sisters. Can any true Muslims eat properly at night while knowing his Gazan brothers were hungry, straving ? Can any Muslim sit tight with comfort while knowing that thousands Gazans had been massacred, brutally and wounded by yahweh's murderous children ? Can any Muslims who embraced his child feel not guilty when one see a picture of a Gazan child embracing his dead mother ? What can we tell the Gazans who were digging the rubbles, only to find the dead bodies of their loved ones, what can we say to them ? That we let yahweh's murderous children destroy them while we sit and watch ?
Brother, I believe on matters of Islam, you stand more learned than myself. If I publish my views with no sense of wisdom then I'm sorry. ALLAH is the ever knower of the pain and anguish that I felt and I'm sure that many more millions ( 1.4 billion of Muslims ) worldwide felt. In Malaysia we had sent already 7 peace corps comprising of doctors and volunteer workers to Gaza. And from there we knew what was it like, to see a land which the Zionist had destroyed. There we see children made orphans by the Zionist F-16s and tanks.
Damn the Zionist. I'll pray for their destruction towards the end of my prayers. And every Muslim should.
interpretation of Obama's speech. All he said in
his campaign that I watched in full admiration,
turn out to be just all about a politician who is
so good at phrasing his words. Now, under your
administration Mr. Obama: we suppose to respect
the occupation? Guess what, you are only drawing
more hatred toward your country and the one you
supported. Poor good citizen of America... They
have freedom but they live in fear wherever they
CNN and Wolf Blitzer; are pro Bush, and pro Israeli and they still want to stereotype Islam and Muslims that's what they do. I am certain that Wolf Blitzer was hopping that Mr. McCain would be the American President not Mr. Oboma. While I watched the voting count down I was very interested in Mr. Blitzer disposition you could hear it in his voice and see it on his face he was not cheering for Mr. Oboma. It looked like he had no choice but to professionally cover the election. I am sure he was burning inside with furry. People like him do not care for peace in the Middle East for the world. They just want Israel to stay in control of the Palestine. The world is better off now that Bush and his cancerous broad are not in charge any more. We should all pray to Allah to guide and help Mr. Oboma, his administration and the world to work together for peace.
Is it because I'm too critical of the author and his misguided analysis ? Am I not voicing the truth here ? This obsession with Obama, just be listening to his inaguration speech is mind boggling. Why and what on earth for ? Do you think he'll make a difference ? It was just yesterday at CNN that he reiterated US commitment to Israel's existence and security without any reservations. And US will protect Israel at all cost. And he too blamed Hamas for the Gazan conflict.
Please forget that he had a Muslim father. That has no bearing in his actions and policies.
So was I not right, in my post which was unpublished by the Editorial of IslamiCity. I say this and I say this again, those who heaped praises on Obama will soon be joining ranks in condemnations of him. Please get real and take the reality as what they are, and not what you hope it will be.
first of all let me say that we as muslims should allways abide by the concepts and laws of islam in all af lifes affairs. islam is a complete way of life and therefore in it consist og thougts and laws regarding all issues. with regards to president Obama it is of outmost importance that we as muslims apply the islamic conpets regarding political issues and solely base our attitude towards him upon those conpets. there are a number of critical issues regarding Obama that must be recognized and thus we should not have any optimism regarding his presidency.
1 he is a non muslim and therefor he is not intitled the our support- quran(4:141)(4:59)
futhermore based on greater reason(min bab awla) which is a well know rule in fiqh the leader of the muslims should be just(adl) based on the fact that witnesses should be just- quran, surah talaq vers 2 "and seek the witness of two just men amongst you" so if the witness shold be just then from greater reason its haram that the leader og the people should be unjust or rebellious in terms af not adhering to islam. and in the the case of Obama he is neither just nor a beliver.
2 he is not implementing the laws of islam quran 5,(48-49) 4,(59) (5,44) (5,45) (5,47)
3: he acknowlegdes israels right to exist.
4: he is engaged in to wars against muslims.
really means in his speech. I was afraid if I
might have misunderstood it or perhaps it sounded
to good to be coming from an American President
after 8 years of war after war. But, you have
helped me translating his speech and now I have
it again in my heart "hope over fear.". Thank
OBAMA PLEASE DON'T DISAPPOINT THE WORLD.
DON'T BE IN FOOTSTEPS OF THAT SUPER-TERRORIST, BUSH.TRY TO BUILD YOUR NATION AND DON'T BE BLOOD-SUCKER BY DEPLOYING TROOPS TO KILL INNOCENTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES ESPECIALLY MUSLIM STATE.
similar message of social justice, equality, peace, freedom and
social justice on a weekly basis in their Friday sermons"! And let
them open their doors and invite a new generation of women and
men from all faiths to hear this message.