Obama’s message to Muslims in his inaugural speech

He said:

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

The bold text is what I liked.

Funny side note: Notice how he said Christians, then Muslims and then Jews.  Yeah we came second!  Haha!  Usually the Jews do.

Obama haters/lovers please commence with your commets!

26 Replies to “Obama’s message to Muslims in his inaugural speech”

  1. Notice how he said Christians, then Muslims and then Jews. Yeah we came second! Haha! Usually the Jews do.

    in my opinion, that could be some kind of conspiracy, because it can make the listeners feel like that , the people who are irreconcilable to muslims are the christians , not Jews

    haha, for joke.

    Obama’s victory speech was so sensational , more than hollywood films.

  2. I dont like the way he singled out the ‘Muslim world’ even though conflicts lie there, it is primarily the cause of western intervention and Israel.

    I still do not trust Obama, he is pro-Israeli (I guess he has to be), didn’t flinch when they massacred Gaza and people will follow him blindly, the master does not change people just the puppet itself.

  3. my heart dropped to the floor when he was taking the oath and he said his name, “I, Barack HUSSEIN Obama…”. Definitely weird feeling but hopefully not the last time we hear a muslim name in the White House!

  4. So people judge their rulers based on what they build instead of what they destroy? So destroying people, destroying countries, destroying the constitution will not be the legacy of America’s 43rd president?

    My other thought on the same statement is that if the rulers of the Muslim world are supposed to be building instead of destroying, what exactly are they supposed to be building? Are they supposed to become more like the west, instead of less like it? Is that success?

    The whole section makes me rather want to read between the lines of Obama’s speech, supposing I am still skeptically hopeful. Yet it seems possible to hear, in the speech, whatever one wants to hear.

    It’s time now to move past twisted spinning rhetoric and onto action–what is coming? What is coming… that’s what I want to know.

  5. Assalamu alaikum,

    Let’s really have a serious conversation about this in a brotherly fashion. May Allah bless us in this effort.

    Based upon what I have read and seen, this mantra has been repeated by countless other politicians before.

    Secondly, about the part where he said:

    “Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.”

    This is an interesting thing for him to say. Especially in when understodd that he is perpetuating the white lie that 9/11 was a result of ‘hatred.’ Wasn’t 9/11 simply a result of Muslims judging the US by what it has destroyed? Why do we need to be told by Mr. Obama what to think of our fellow Muslims?

    As far as this comment:

    “…we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” Well peace has been offered by those who are fighting America and it was met with more violence and oppression.

    The fact that Mr. Obama is continuing the lies of the last 8 years are very concerning, and I hope we Muslims will be aware of this subtle propoganda.

    My beloved brothers and sisters do not be decieved again by another politician, and let us read and listen to what our brothers are saying, and not be told by our mutual enemies what they are saying!

    I hope that we can talk about this seeking only the pleasure of our Lord, and I mean no harm to my brothers and sisters by what I have written.

    BarakAllahu feekum

  6. @MR

    You are right as far as when it comes to ‘extending’ a hand. However, this has been repeated before, and, most surprisingly, most strongly by the last president.

    What do you think of his comments then? Do you think he really will stick to these words and stop propping up the despots in our lands? Will he really acknowledge the legitmacy of our grievances and resistance?

    Think of Gaza and what they were told by the world when Israel massacared them. While there were protests and condemnations, they were at the same time told to be told not to fall into ‘extremism.’ This extremism is what Israel setout to destory, and what is but standing for one’s religion?

    I know it is too early to tell, but we must realize that our legitmate grievances are going to be buried once again with such rhetoric, and his proclomation that:

    “Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.” This is simply not true, anyone who has read what our scholars and defenders of our faith have said know this.

    Aren’t his comments merely a continuation of the past?

    What does his ascending the presidency mean? I hate to be so blunt, but it seems that the Crusade against Islam will continue, even if the president is black. The American people are more concerned with other issues, and rightly so as there are many. However, as Muslims we cannot overlook these facts and not talk about these issues as it is inconvient to our rulers.

    I am afraid that we are in the midst of a generational war that will not end until US interference is forcefully removed from our lands, and Allah knows best. I hope for other, and I know that many non-Muslim Americans disagree with this Crusade, but it seems that no matter who they choose the ‘system’ is setup that there will be no other way.

  7. @Abdur Rahman – I agree but the real power lies in the Muslim people who are in these countries. They need to raise their voices against the governments. America will not look down upon this because they support what the people want and not what the dictators and kings want.

    The Muslims population need to stand up to their corrupt rulers. They should have protested until Egypt opened it’s borders for Gaza. They should have protested for KSA to stop all exports of Oil until the people of Gaza are safe. They should have done a lot of things, but the Muslim ummah only protests against America and Israel, which doesn’t bring any real change.

    You can burn as much American flags as you want but that won’t make a difference. The only way to remove America from the Muslim world is to have those in power in the Muslim world to remove them, but unfortunately they are loved by many Muslims.

  8. “Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. ”

    Although this was aimed at the Muslim rulers, it could have been just as easily been aimed at Black American Muslim communities. What a call out!! Do something! Build something!

  9. “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

    America is the one with clenched fists…we are the ones struggling to grip onto something.

    Obama’s pledged 30 bn to Israel already…how much to Palestine?
    Dude thinks he’s Martin Luther King, or Malcolm X, but he has sacrificed NOTHING in comparison to them, to get where he is.

    He’s going to be corrupted very quickly. He’s young impressionable and will democratically, fail the entire nation.

  10. Salam alaykum,

    No MR – if you read the actual text, he is speaking to the Muslim WORLD, not the leaders.

    I’m not sure why you are hairsplitting with ‘leaders, not people’ arguments.

    Don’t be fooled by the hype surrounding Obama. Don’t be fooled, period.

  11. I think it’s one thing to not buy the hype, which I think is fine. But I think it’s another to give up hope. HOPE for the best but be prepared for the worst insha Allah. And keep making du’a!
    @bro. abdur rahman- i’m a muslim and i don’t believe America to be my enemy. America is my home. There are definite problems with the government but we must all work together and bring about change insha Allah. There are many non-muslim Americans fighting for Palestinian rights right now. We all have to work together as a family.

  12. Im South African, looking in, was at the beginning of the race to the white house, quite excited for Obama but the realisation set in that he is more of the same and will most likely be the same as the 40 odd or so US presidents before him.

    I was reading Al-Talibs Blog ( http://attalib.blogspot.com/2009/01/warnings-against-disregarding-ulama_233.html ) earlier and on a recent post, this Hadith was mentioned. Imagine then, this is referring to Muslims, imagine then the words of the disbelievers and among them is Obama. Does this Hadith refer to our time? Perhaps something to ponder over.

    Rasulullah (S) prayed:
    “O Allah! let me not be alive and may you (O Sahabah!) also not be alive at such a time when the Aalim [scholar] will not be followed, and when no respect will be shown to the wise-learned ones. The people of that time will have hearts like kuffaar and their tongues will be eloquently sweet like the tongue of the Arabs.” – Targheeb (al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)

  13. “The Muslims population need to stand up to their corrupt rulers. They should have protested until Egypt opened it’s borders for Gaza. They should have protested for KSA to stop all exports of Oil until the people of Gaza are safe. They should have done a lot of things, but the Muslim ummah only protests against America and Israel, which doesn’t bring any real change.”

    that is b/c we are not *allowed* to protest against the govt. didnt u hear abt the egyptian blogger who got jailed b/c his posts were very anti-govt? believe me when i say, a lot of people in the muslim world are against the so called muslim leaders. i agree w/ u though that its high time we stop blaming the kuffars for our problems. we muslims have strayed from the path and this is Allah’s punishment for us.

    I would like to remind everyone that we muslims should accept the fact that our ummah is moving in this direction b/c of the the qadr of Allah. just accept it. these are the signs of the Last Day. remember that hadith where rasul Allah (sal Allahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said a time will come when my ummah will become ignorant and they will be ruled by similar leaders? well, maybe we should try and improve ourselves before pointing out a finger at others? start w/ yourself, your family, neighbors, friends etc. for verily, Allah doesnt change the state of a nation until they do not change what ius in themselves.
    and im not implying we shouldnt stand up to injustice. the muslim governments suck for sure. may Allah guide them. do your part. they are responsible for their own actions. like they say with great power comes great responsibility, if our leaders didnt act responsibly, they will have to account for themselves. wallahu alam

  14. When will this nonsensical obsession with obama end? I cannot believe that intelligent Muslims would fall for this propaganda about “change”. NOTHING is going to change. You think that the people who are in power really care about Muslims?? heck, they don’t even care about their “fellow christians” as witnessed from the current social and economic crisis. I was hoping the Ummah would have learned about Mr.44th after his support to israhell w.r.t Gaza.

    New Face — Same Tyranny

  15. I found it interesting that Israel pulled out its troops right before the inaguartion, could Obama have told them to?

  16. @MR..who told you they were beong released. obama’s closing GB b/c he wants to put forth a good image of America. All the prisoners will be secretly moved to Afghanistan or some eastern european country with no anti-torture laws.

    I believe all you Muslim folks need to stop drinking this “obama is a Muslims sympathizer” KoolAid. He could care less about anyone. The masters he is workifg for have alltogether different plans for the next 4 years.


  17. @Max McCoy – The fact they are going back to Afghanistan, means they will be free, inshaAllah. The people of Afghanistan know who is innocent and who is not. Wallahi the captives will love to go back to Afghanistan and leave Gitmo.


    In his remarks to the U.S. State Department on Thursday, President Obama made it clear that our policy of relentless military aggression in the region, far from being over, has barely begun:

    “Another urgent threat to global security is the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the central front in our enduring struggle against terrorism and extremism. There, as in the Middle East, we must understand that we cannot deal with our problems in isolation.

    “There is no answer in Afghanistan that does not confront the Al Qaida and Taliban bases along the border, and there will be no lasting peace unless we expand spheres of opportunity for the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is truly an international challenge of the highest order.”



  19. Assalamu alaikum,
    @quick comments

    BarakAllahu feek! May Allah guide us to the truth and guide us to follow it! May He show us falsehood and keep us from it!

    Brother/Sister, I recommend several things. First read history, study wala’ wa bara’ and what our scholars have said about working with non-Muslims.

    As a preface we need to be willing to be daring, and ask Allah for guidance.

    As for the latter from what was written previously, the scholars have laid down a framework for working with non-Muslims, and I suggest you read up on that. Look up Shaykh Salah AsSawy in particular along with Imam Hytham Haddad.

    As for wala’ wa bara’ you can find plent of that, and those who truly seek the truth will find it, insh’Allah. Just be honest with oneself. We ask Allah to make us all amongst those who are truthful with him.

    As for history, read for instance David Fromkin’s book called, “A Peace to End All Peace,” and you will see that these nations throughout the Arab world were created to weaken us by Europe. (The same, by-and-large can be said elsewhere.) In fact when General Allenby, a British general, arrived in Jerusalem he said,” today the crusades have ended.’ This was in 1917.

    There are plenty of books and I would recommend reading all books by Michael Scheuer. It is not history per se, but very great reading. Also, Chalmers Johnson, and Noam Chomsky.

    Do not confine yourself to reading just books on the Left but also on the Right, and you will get an idea of what is really afoot in the world. Also read what the RAND Corporation has to say, and we should not underestimate it’s incredible influence in the world.

    Lastly, I tell you that we should be careful to say that America is our home. I have an ancestor that signed the Declaration of Indepence, another fought in the War of Independence, two others fought in the Civil War (they did not even know English!), and another was active in the Army during the Vietnam War. This is nothing to be proud of. My home is with my brothers in sisters, as those are the Lands of Emaan. I am proud of all those who serve Islam, especially those who have given everything for the Cause of Allah. Our countires were once were Islamic countries (meaning ruling by Islam) and united. However, unfortunately, they are not anymore as they are not ruling by Islam, and so we have Allenby saying what he said in 1917. We can find comments like that after him as well.

    There is a lot to be hopeful of and we should realize that as soon as there is a country that does rule by what Allah has revealed and some other requirements are met, this will become our country!

    I pray that our Ummah will restore to it’s glory of old, and exceed it.

    May Allah makes those who bring victory to his Deen, and make His Word Superior!

    In order to do this we need to move past just simply going to a lecture or conference here and there. We need to completely transform ourselves and our outlook.

    May Allah help us.

    Your brother,
    Abdur Rahman

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