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Mr. Pipes: Obama is now using Hadith of the Prophet Muhammed? see CAIR's statement below released today

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Submitted by Rick Shaw (United States), Feb 6, 2009 at 00:25

I was amazed to read the President's statement today. I can't believe I am living in USA. Is he coming out of the closet??

CAIR WELCOMES PRESIDENT'S ISLAMIC REFERENCE AT PRAYER BREAKFAST - (WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/5/2009) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed President Barack Obama's use of a quote from Islam's Prophet Muhammad in his remarks at Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast.

In his prepared remarks, President Obama quoted the prophetic tradition, or "hadith," which states: "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." That hadith may be found in Sahih Al-Bukhari, one of the most respected collections of the Prophet Muhammad's statements and actions.

"We welcome President Obama's use of one of the most beloved sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and appreciate the desire for religious inclusion and tolerance that apparently motivated his choice of references," said CAIR Legislative Director Corey Saylor. "This reference, along with the president's ground-breaking statement to the Muslim world in his inaugural address, can only serve to increase respect for religious diversity in America and help repair our nation's damaged image worldwide."

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Obama's 'Encouraging' Statement to Muslim World in Inaugural Address

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Rick Shaw

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I cannot get excited about this incident, given the long history of apologetics that I documented at "The United States Government: Patron of Islam?" and a follow-up blog.

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