Obama asks imam‘s prayers, seeks to end oppression of Muslims

Obama visits triumphal mosque built on site of church, asks imam to pray for him

This Thursday May 1, ushers in the 2014 observance of the National Day of Prayer.

In his first Inaugural Address, President George Washington prayed that the Almighty would preserve freedom of all Americans. On this 63rd annual National Day of Prayer— an observance initiated by President Harry Truman —- we celebrate that freedom and America’s great tradition of prayer. We are encouraged to give thanks for God’s many blessings and to pray for each other and our Nation.

CNSNews reports on a prayerful moment Barack Obama had while visiting Malaysia’s National Mosque on Sunday. While there, and after removing his shoes as a sign of respect, Obama was asked by the Grand Imam Ismail Muhammad to end oppression against Muslims worldwide.

“Pray for me,” Obama replied, according to the imam who took him on a 25-minute tour of the mosque.

Obama’s a busy man.  He travels and golfs a lot.  No wonder he’s missed the news detailing Muslim violence against Christians and the fact that Muslims have long vowed to annihilate the Jewish people.

The 70-year-old cleric said Obama frequently replied with “Insy Allah” (Malay for “Allah willing”) and “terima kasih” (“thank you”) during the tour. The Straits Times reports that Obama was a hit during his trip due to his familiarity with the Malay language.

“This is out of the ordinary as I cannot recall any non-Muslim world leader visiting the National Mosque and this is a good start for Muslims here,” said Ustaz Wan Akashah Wan Abdul Hamid, a Muslim scholar.

The National Mosque was built in 1965 — after Malaysia won independence from Britain in 1957. It was constructed on the site of a Brethren Church built in 1922 that had been appropriated by the Malaysian government for the specific purpose of replacing the church with a mosque.

Although Malaysia is a multi-religious society, and the Malaysian constitution theoretically guarantees freedom of religion, Islam is the official religion of the nation, as well as the legally presumed faith of all ethnic Malays. Ethnic Malays are forbidden to leave Islam. Non-Malay Muslims seeking to renounce Islam require permission from a Sharia court, which is rarely granted.

The Live broadcast of the National Day of Prayer, which includes Americans of all faiths, can be seen here — 6:00 a.m. AZ Time/ 9:00 a.m. EST. Local events can be found here.

5 Responses to Obama asks imam‘s prayers, seeks to end oppression of Muslims

  1. Braveheart says:

    No surprise he speaks some Maylay. Obama was educated in his formative years in Indonesia, where he was registered in school as a Muslim. His father was Muslim, many in his family are Muslim and his step-father Lolo Soetoro, who registered him in the Indonesian school as Barry Soetoro, (as an Indonesian citizen) was Muslim. Obama has said the most beautiful sound he’s ever heard is the Muslim call to prayer..

    • Maggie says:

      You are indeed brave, Braveheart.
      These days, political correctness reigns supreme over speaking the truth.

  2. Vince says:

    What a load of horse pucky! In instant after instance, worldwide, Muslim fundamentalists are the oppressors, not the oppressed. Who are they trying to kid?

  3. American Dad says:

    The fact that Americans twice elected this man as president speaks clearly to the fact that our government schools (once known as ‘public schools’) and the liberal unionist teachers they employ are doing a bang up job of dumbing down our nation’s youth. Maggie is right. Political correctness does reign supreme, even trumping the Constitution.