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Obama issues special Hajj message to world's Muslims


(UPDATE: A news video update on the Hajj has been added below.)

Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, as provided by the White House

Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.

During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God.

This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration's commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest.

On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season – Eid Mubarak.   ###

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I just wish the president would care for and fight for the people of the United States and not everyone else around the world. Regular every day Americans who work, pay their bills and raise their children with respect to others, regardless of their beliefs, seem to not matter to him, since he is always apoligizing to the world for us even existing.

I hardly know what to make of this. Mr. Obama presents the people who live in America with some new and unprecedented action almost every day...and now this love-gram to Muslims the world over. I just can't figure this guy out, he's either an idiot or a tyrant-in-waiting -- or both. Mr. Obama, actions such as this do not endear you to the vast majority of Americans and will long be remembered as the election days of 2010 and 2012 approach.

If you thought a proclamation such as this would dazzle the folks with brilliance you were wrong...and if you thought it would baffle them with BS, you were wrong again. What the document does is offends.

I hope Harry & Nancy enjoy their last year in office, and that you have a terrific time during the 1,000-odd days you have left in office before being forced to return to private citizen status...the days in power of the bizarre Left are numbered -- about 350 in all.

I agree with Herman. We as a multicultural nation, should be proud that our President is savvy and respectful. As an answer to Davegood57 check this out The President did send a message to Jews on the High Holidays. The Press did not pick it up as it was not a hot story. do your research! We need to remember that most Muslims peace loving. Just like most Christians and Jews. Peace and Love on this day of Thanks.

"His message is a wise move. It reinforces his earlier message to the Muslim world that we all share a desire for peace. "

It is pandering to exclusively a few politically correct (or Democrat) of the hundreds of minorities in the US - for political reasons and based on ideology.

Nothing in his demeanor looks sincere or heartfelt, just cold calculation & expediency. He makes a few feel good, but he is going to alienate the American people as a whole with his selective approach.

That is not what he was trusted and elected to do.

I still cannot fathom the idiotic PC left wingers that don't understand what Hussein O. is doing. Has the gay population seen what the Muslims do to them? Have the liberated females seen how women are treated by the Muslims? Soon to be coming to a neighborhood near you. Eid-ul-Adha my a**.

God help this nation! Can we possibly recover from the next 3 years. Only with the One True God's help. The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob (Jesus Christ).

Obama is a muslim! He fills the White House with them on their holidays; he doesn't participate in Natl Day of Prayer; He doesn't mention Christians; He is muslim. If it quacks like a muslim; walks like a muslim and looks like a muslim then......
We can't get enough vaccine for our citizens in the US but be made damn sure we helped those who plan to blow themslves up by helping them not get N1H1. Get real!

Wrong priorities; wrong direction for America; wrong presidnet.

This is an American President? Seriously? WTH?

This is great, did not visit the troops who are responsible for policing these animals but happy Hajj to the Haji's

He's not saying it on behalf of me. I'm not thrilled that we seem to have a Muslim usurper.

President Obama is the president of all Americans, ... Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, ... ALL Americans.

And, YES, he HAS and DOES recognize and respect the religious holiday celebrations of all religions, ... as well as recognizing the sacrifices of all Americans in the interest of Peace and security.

Those of you who choose to deny this fact in the interest of advancing your own political agendas or bigotry, ... it is time to WAKE UP!

We are in the 21st century! And, it is time for us all to live in Peace and mutual respect for each other!

He is not a true American, he's the one the America-hating side of the world was wishing we had as president, now they got their wish and America can only pray God does not turn a blind eye.

This year I am thankful for a smart American President. Yes he remembered Americans all Americans. All you need to do is look at “yes there are other sources of information other than fox news”

To gypsy rose,

No proof of relation between 9/11 and Muslims.

if you have one, show me !

While I think he is entitled to personally wish any religious group well on their holidays it seems odd to me how a man who proclaims to not be Muslim is so well wishing towards them and so knowledgeable of their holidays. It is so wonderful how we as a country now embrace a religion filled with hate that drives people to blow themselves up. Sept 11th will never be forgotten nor will a President who disrespect the very fabric of this country by pushing separation of church and state into the gutter, and violating the very honor and memory of those killed during Sept 11th along with their loved ones and families. When I read this kind of thing I know the terrorists have instilled enough fear in us that we have indeed become what they want. Willing followers of their insane beliefs, pawns to their new world order and slaves to Sharia Law. It may not be in full effect but it is a slippery slope we head down. I have no more respect for this man and would see him arrested and imprisoned should the crime of bad taste ever become a punishable one. Until then I will just glare at him with disgust and disdain for he has become a great pawn of our enemies.

You people need to CHILL. OUT. All Presidents make statements to the world during their various religious holidays, including George W. Bush. Five seconds with Google can show you plenty of them. Examples:

And to satisfy our offended Jewish citizen, here's one of Barack Obama's statements about Rosh Hashanah:

Blame the news agencies for not broadcasting the messages. Just because it's not on the front page, doesn't mean it never happened. USE YOUR HEAD!

Our leader spreading love to those that hate us .

I don't see what Jews and Christians are whining about -- he has this sort of speech for every religious holiday.

well this is not surprise, after all Obama stated before the elections that he would stand with his muslim brotheres, so now you dummies should begin to get the picture.
and if you still believe that carp about the muslims being a religon of peace you need to get yourself a copy of the Quran or Koran and sit down and read the dam thing, any body with the least bit of inteligence will find that the only peace at a muslim gives a non-muslim is a hole in the ground to bury your dead ass in.

HE's sickening

When is president Obama to utter the words 'Rifqa Bary?'

14,438 Muslim terrorists attacks since 9/11 including 26 this week of Thanksgiving in America...These "might" be reasons why some folks have some concern regarding a president with Muslim roots (clearly he at least WAS a practitioner of the black art at one point in his life if not now)...It may be P.C. to support Obama and his deferential posture towards the world's Muslims, but it is foolish to buy into the common roots of the "three" Abrahamic faiths nonsense. Christianity and Judaism are not without their sins but neither undertakes actions daily in the form of the mass murder and maiming of innocents; all while claiming God commands them to do so. Muslims do. Not all Muslims may be terrorists, but damn near all terrorists are Muslims. We live in a dangerous world folks.

Nolan, you wrote:
Muslims did not attack america, al-qaeda terrorists using islam in the wrong way to justify their attacks were.

Islam used in the wrong way to justify their attacks? -- Do muslims practice islam? yes. Does islam teach, anyone who is not a true believer (a muslim) is to be considered an infidel? yes. Is it not true that in muslim controlled nations in the Middle East, infidels are taxed so that they can live in these countries and remain alive, but not guaranteed that someone will not make an attempt on their lives? yes. In other words, if they did not pay this tax, true believers have the religious right to kill them, with no repercussions from the law? yes.
Now, based on your statement, my questions, and answers was islam really used in the wrong way to justify their attacks or were their attacks brought on by their belief in islam?

Jihad is not about war, its about self-struggle, struggling to be obediant to God against the temptations to sin. Go read a damn book instead of listening to fox news...
Jihad translated means "holy war." I have researched your definition for Jihad and have not been able to find it in any reference on the web. What I have found is that Jihad is a holy war against infidels. It is not a self-struggle to be obedient to God against the temptations to sin, unless that means that those who are tempting the muslim to sin, must be killed so that the muslim can be obedient to God. As far as my limited knowledge goes, it is considered a religious war to purge the world of those who do not believe in islam and refuse to convert.

Go read a book: Perhaps you should follow your own advise as it seems you have no idea what you're talking about.

Obama is playing the political part of his job, he is trying to strengthen the already fragile ties between the middle east and the united states.
My answer to this one is, who cares? Obama is a muslim, they are muslims, good brothers, one and all.

what i don't understand is why people sit here and blame the choices of a few on the whole religious group. Islam is the second largest and fastest growing religion in the world. They as a whole are not responsible for the attacks on this country. Get a life...
Again, I'd go to the library on this one, Nolan. It is not just the choices of a few, it is a war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and God forbid, coming to Iran, waged by muslims trained in Saudi Arabia and a few other terrorist strongholds, from all Middle Eastern countries as well as African countries, such as Somalia. So, I don't agree with you. If they all teach from the koran, and the koran teaches Jihad, then yes, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, then darn, it must be a duck. Every muslim, as far as I am concerned has been indoctrinated into the basic core beliefs of the koran and therefore, is suspect.

All Christians are not blamed for the one wacko that shot a doctor performing a LEGALLY SANCTIONED operation in the middle of CHURCH. Really and where did you read this little bit of news, that a doctor was operating on someone in a church and was shot and killed -- news to me --

Stop being hypocrites and get informed. although i guess as the saying goes, ignorance is bliss. if that's the case you can continue to blame your problems on the world instead of taking responsibility and becoming an informed and involved citizen...

Gee, Nolan, maybe you should stop being a hypocrite and get informed. Taking words of wisdom, a little bit of knowledge is dangerous, a whole lot of knowledge is even more dangerous. I'd rather admit to ignorance than pretend I am an authority on nothing. I am not blaming the world for my problems, I am asking why would my president do these stupid ass things and have moronic imbeciles defend them for doing them?

Posted by: Nolan | November 26, 2009 at 07:38 AM

i love this thing because i am muslim.

that's what you call change people ,,,thinking about 9-11 war in Iraq ,,,and the past

Obama: “The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions… Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering…”

Shared roots? Most diverse gathering? In a place where no Jews or Christians are allowed? And the President of the United States issues a greeting to such an event!

“…But if I wanted to join my Muslim friends next week on the Hajj, I would have to bear in mind that my reception would not be as friendly. I would be forbidden to bring my Bible or any Christian literature with me on my trip to Saudi Arabia, and be required to remove anything identifiably Christian from my person (crosses, etc.). There are no Christian churches allowed in the “Land of the Two Mosques”, so there would be no opportunity for me to join with fellow Christians there in our weekly celebration of the Lord’s Day, and I would constantly be under watch by the Wahhabi Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice police to ensure that I didn’t share my Christian faith with anyone else.

Even having arrived in Saudi Arabia and complying with the absolute ban of any expression of my faith, as I approached the holy city of Mecca, I would be denied entry. Despite all of the supposed Quranic endorsements of the “People of the Book” (i.e. Jews and Christians), as a kafir, my presence is not welcome at the Hajj.” (From “Happy Hajj! You’re Not Invited!” By: , | Monday, December 25, 2006)

"I don't recall other presidents doing this. Enlighten me, what is going on?"

Um, this?

President George Bush greets all Muslims in their celebration of Eid al-Fitr (September 30, 2008)

"I send greetings to Muslims everywhere celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast.

During the three-day festival of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims celebrate the completion of their fast and the blessings of a renewed faith. On this special occasion, families and friends around the globe gather to share traditional foods and congratulate each other on meeting the test of Ramadan.

Our Nation has millions of citizens who practice Islam, and our country benefits from their many contributions. This holiday is also an opportunity for Muslims to reflect on Islam's vibrant culture, which has enriched civilization for centuries.

Laura and I send our best wishes. Eid Mubarak."

Link ->

Now, will the wingers quit yammering about every single thing this president does? Probably not.


How dare he extend a message of goodwill to any group if he won't offer the same to every single other group. Why does Obama keep reaching out to people different than us? If he REALLY loved America, he would hate every other country, like a good patriot. It's been a year and he's taken no steps towards starting any new wars. Definitely not American born.

to TRUTH:Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and the other 4 pieces of garbage all the proof I need. Oh and not to mention the communities that are heavily populated with Muslims that were cheering the attack the day after, right in Joisey City.

How many friends or people did you lose in 9-11?
I lost many from my home town.

Truth my A**.

So much hate. Dude he's trying to send a message that USA isn't Middle East's enemy. Plus Muslim American are going there too so he wishes them safe since America's image aren't exactly peachy over there in Middle East.

"So, is Obama going to give Americans an address about Thanksgiving? Does he even know the true history of this holiday, or for that matter, of America?"

Err he pardon a turkey what do you want more?

Are Christians so whiny and butt hurt cause the Muslim got a warm greeting and they don't? All you haters should get a life man. Relax, chill, enjoy your damn life. Sheesh, religious fanatics are so un-rational that its dangerous.

True history? Here's a blanket of H1N1 flu just give us your lands.

President Obama seems to respect and celebrate all of the Abrahamic religious holidays and American holidays. So everyone hating today, give it a rest. Enjoy your family and friends.

Please follow readers:

A)- Remember every story has three sides (Yours, Theirs and the Truth)

B) - There are good and bad, Christian, Muslim, Jew and so on

C) - The Muslim worlds bring more money to America then Christian and Jew combined (as foreign investment)

D) - Be respectful and speak of a person not a group, religion or a country that you may know a little about...via selective media (beside it's illegal).

Happy Thanks giving and be glad of having the best President this country ever had!

Fer cryin' out loud....!!!!!!!!!! Why doesn't he just build a minaret on the south lawn and have prayers brayed out five times a day or what ever they do.
Have the POSFLOTUS show up in a burka burger gown at the daycare center, and the POSPOTUS stop in the middle of one of his twenty speeches a day, throw down a rug and chant. JHFC!

Obama will not let our government call the Ft. Hood killings terrorism. That killer played to his God 5 times a day, every day, emailed terrorist, killed in the name of his God. That is TERRORIST when he kills American soldiers who are being readied for deployment to Afgam. And we cannot have the ten commandments in government offices/properties. This Obama is a enemy of our country. He is bankrupting the U.S. and making us a 3rd world country. Americans, wake up!!!!! The Germans failed to walk up and look what happened to them. The Muslims will not have to wage war on the U.S., they just need people like Obama in office and they just need to keep multiplying while the other U.S. citizens decline in population.

Well, I have always known he was a muslim, who actually believed he was a christian must have drank the Obama-aid fruity drink. I can put my name on a Jewish synagogue list but that doesn't make me a jew does it. He's a nut job, has no idea about the meaning of his office or what it means to be an american. When he shouts jihad then will you believe?

It's nice that he remembers but he seems to be forgetting his country in the process. What a shame.

(got this in an e_mail) seem's appropriate

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
" We're no longer a Christian nation"
" America is arrogant" - (Your wife even
announced to the world,"America is mean-
spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching
that nonsense to 23 generations of our
war dead buried all over the globe who
died for no other reason than to free a
whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her ideals."

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president. You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

Harold B. Estes

It's clear that we are evenly divided on this issue here. Let's just wait and see what will transpire with our Muslim prez. I don't have a warm and fuzzy feeling about it at all. After the Ft. Hood shootings this "greeting" is in very poor taste. Nobody would have thought a thing had he not mentioned this even if he didn't wish all of America a happy Thanksgiving which he didn't to my knowledge. He needs to stop trying to shove his Muslim heritage down our throats.....Too bad if some people think that this is hateful, but people who share my viewpoint feel deeply offended and somewhat betrayed by his constant references to Muslims and Islam. He is the ONLY president to bow to a Saudi King.

In my opinion he is an idiot and I really liked him (though did not vote for him) after he got elected. No wonder his popularity is slipping badly.

The reason he is reaching out to Muslims is--hmm...--maybe because we are engaged in a war with radical Islam and we want to hope that other Muslims won't become radical terrorists, so reaching out to them might help improve the image of America?

No, there's nothing wrong with him reaching out to Muslims (in fact those who think so might have something against Muslims--otherwise why would they be concerned about him reaching out to Muslims?), the problem might be his (alleged) inability to reach out to Christians.

Either way, it's a non-issue.

And as to that person who said they were thankful for BO getting elected last year, do you want to have the government dictate what healthcare options are available to you? No, you probably don't pay taxes if you support Obama, so I guess it's not a problem for you.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, it makes the world go round.
Enough of the predatory arrogance and mind numbing hulkish ignominy of the past.
Godspeed to all men and women of goodwill.

Not on behalf of the American people. Leave us out of your proclamations to the Islam part of the world.

Viva Christo Rey!

He says this on Thanksgiving!? What a loser..

It's really sad to see all the hate-drenched (and clueless) commentary, vitriol and vituperation directed at a message of tolerance and peace.

Kind of makes you wonder who the "barbarians" are here, doesn't it?

I don't know of ANY civilized persons on the Earth - at any time, in any place - who preferred insensate, mindless rage and religious and racial hatred to tolerance and peace.

Then again, I don't know any living persons who would wave a red flag at a dangerous bull and then turn their backs.

But I guess Andrew Malcolm posted this because he KNEW so many of his readers would react this way. If he DIDN'T know he'd get this kind of response, he'd be such a poor observer that the LA Times would have no excuse for retaining him as a "reporter."

Birds of a feather, Mr. Malcolm.

Eid Mubarak (Arabic: عيد مبارك‎, Persian/Urdu: عید مُبارک) is a traditional Muslim greeting reserved for use on the festivals of Eid ul-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr. The phrase translates into English as "blessed festival", and can be paraphrased as "may you enjoy a blessed festival". Muslims wish each other Eid Mubarak after performing the Eid prayer.

It certainly would appear to me that our President, who says he is a "christian", but to the best of my knowledge, has yet to step into a church on sunday is now showing his true religious colors. Only a muslim would wish another muslim "Eid Mubarak"...he is not speaking "on behald of Americans".....tell that to the people killed on 9-11 and to the almost 4,000 dead from Iraq and Mr. President....your 15 minutes is almost up!!!

What the heck? Obama, as a world leader, is using his position to reach out TO the world outside of America? America IS the world, as far as I'm concerned. I will be ignoring this so-called holiday, to remember our PROUD history.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about eating food and celebrating the fact we used the Native Americans for our own gain and then embarked on a manifest destiny of genocide and terrorism against them, after we feigned friendship long enough for them to teach us new ways of hunting and farming.

Praise the lord and pass the ammunition!

To those of you saying Obama cannot take a moment to remember Christians, or that we won't forget 9/11, or that Obama's message to Muslims is "wrong," I cannot believe you call yourselves American. Just because one president, after years of politics that favor one Christian religion and leave all others aside (not just Islam, but Judaism and more), starts giving other faiths his good wishes on their holidays does not justify you calling him a "creep" or belittling other faiths. I can't believe we're still talking about Obama's religion this far into his presidency. HE IS NOT MUSLIM. Even if he were, why would that be a problem? The ignorance espoused by many of you on this forum is the reason why so many in the world view Americans as ignorant fools who cannot think logically when it comes to simple matters such as wishing people happy holidays WITHOUT ATTACHING their unenlightened political views. For those of you worried that Obama didn't wish you a merry Christmas, rest assured, when it finally IS Christmas, he will most definitely give you his blessings. Until then, stop being so selfish and ignorant and let him recognize other cultures and religions to show that this country has so much more to offer than selfish, ignorant morons.

Hello to all the Americans and particularly Christians and Jews who are worried about Obama's message to Muslims on Eid.

look m8s don't worry about your thanks giving is just a coincidence that our Eidul azha is around the same day as your thanks giving day but as our Eid is fixed by the "moon month".it will be rather a long time before(hopefully D)our Eid comes again on the same day/around your thanks giving day .

so don't be so insecure guys.:)

it's just a our country our prime minister also greets Christians on Christmas day though they are a minority of the whole population in and around the world.we don't cry foul.


Wow, America has such a great LEADER. Shame about the american people these days - still determined to be disliked by the majority of the world.
A Christian Brit.

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