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Obama is not Muslim and has never been a Muslim

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Submitted by Zerina (United Kingdom), Sep 3, 2008 at 18:16

Hello,

I'd just like to say that the comments about Obama being Muslim because his father was is not in accordance with Islamic tradition.

To be a Muslim you must state what is know as the "Shahada", that is to testify that you believe there is no God but Allah and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his messenger. You must make this solemn declaration with sincerity, in front of two Muslim witnesses, to be able to call yourself a Muslim.

As Mr Obama has never taken this step he is not regarded as a Muslim regardless of his very limited exposure to Islamic culture as a young child. You are not Muslim until you have testified from your heart.

Love to all my American friends. I am a Bosnian Muslim who is grateful to the actions of the Americans who proved they are not biased against the Muslims through helping my country out of war in the mid 1990s.

Zerina

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