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Obama issues special Hajj message to world's Muslims

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(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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Photo: Associated Press (Mecca)
 
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Obama you're toast!!!!

In President Obama a greater than Lincoln he is not!!!!

Why didn't Obama attend the Hajj?

I don't know who gave him permission to state this on behalf of the AMERICAN people, but he is not speaking on MY behalf. I wish he would just go on over there and live in the Muslim world and we could get an AMERICAN President. Impeach him!!!

People of Earth, you all must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets....

I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is, we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more... profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.

Betty

The answer to your question is because he is a Christian. Only Muslims are permitted to go to Mecca.

Linda Davis

The answer to your question is, we the people. We elected President Obama to be our president and that is why he has the right to speak on behalf of the US People.

We have in the US over 4,000,000 of our fellow Americans that are US citizens and are Muslim. As a Christian I have to also accept that these are people that pray to god. They might not see religion as I do but they still pray to the same god, believe in Moses and Abraham, the 10 commandments etc.

As they are US citizens, the President of the US also represents them and not acknowledging that they exist would be even for me as a Christian immoral. We are tough in church to be tolerant. So go to church and pray that god will forgive you that you are violating his wishes. Love each other!

Just because resident Obama is apparently the first president that is showing a common sense and not bending over to radical christian demands and ideas is a positive for the US. It is not our way or the highway.

As he might not be representing your ideas at this moment, he is still our president and deserves our respect. HE is doing what was long overdue and showing that he is a true president of all US Citizen's and all people that legally live in the US. The presidents has the right and the obligation to also address the Muslims as well as he will address the Jewish and Christian population for Hanukkah and Christmas.

 
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