“None of you truly believe,” the Prophet Mohammad told his followers, “Until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”
President Obama recently quoted that statement at the National Prayer Breakfast. The president said in his Inaugural Address that the United States is reaching out to the Muslim world in a “spirit of mutual respect and mutual interest.”
In that address the president paid tribute to Muslims, Christians, Jews and Hindus, peoples who comprise part of what he described as our national “patchwork heritage.”
The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), has an Oklahoma chapter headed by Edmond resident Razi Hashmi, who attended the inauguration. An Oklahoma CAIR board member, Sheryl Siddique, also attended.
Hashmi recently said the president’s words are indicative of the increasing role Muslims are playing in American society. He recalled the excitement and sense of history he felt as more than 2 million people gathered in our nation’s capital to hear the president’s words, and the chill they felt in the crisp January air.
CAIR’s national office is located close to the inaugural site, and during and after the ceremony it held an open house that provided hospitality and refreshments to those attending the event. (MORE)