Obama Urged to Address World's Muslims From US Mosque
By Abdul Malik Mujahid
Abdul Malik Mujahid is President of Sound Vision Foundation, the leading producer of educational content on Islam and Muslims. He is also executive producer of ... ...
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President Barack Obama pledged to address Muslims from a
Muslim country within 100 days of taking office. But delivering the speech in a
He could begin by making his address to Muslims worldwide
from a mosque on American soil. Why not Masjid Al-Fatir, the mosque in the
president's Hyde Park neighborhood in
Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight boxing champion, built that mosque. He's an American Muslim respected throughout the Muslim world. The president never visited an American mosque during his campaign. Because of anti-Muslim bigotry, he felt it necessary to keep a public distance from American Muslims. Terrorists and extremists who "defend" violence against the United States in the name of Islam fuel fear, bigotry and negative Muslim stereotypes. Their killings and disregard for human life is an affront to all, most especially to American Muslims.
Muslims are grateful for the steps President Obama has taken
to lessen the hostilities abroad. He banned torture, ordered the closing of
The last presidential administration treated American
Muslims as virtual enemies of the state, discouraged our civic involved and
suppressed our voices. We were isolated and rendered invisible. Isolating the
terrorists and extremists is an urgent task with which no one disagrees. But
it's vital to
American Muslims are a global village made up of diverse communities of African Americans and immigrants from many nations. Among Muslims, they are one of the largest groups of highly educated professionals in the world.
Tens of thousands are physicians and surgeons. Others serve
in higher education. Many proudly serve in the
Part of the change that American Muslims hope for is to be
valued as an asset by their country rather than viewed as a liability. We long
for a president who will welcome our voices and our public service. Nearly
3,000 prayer locations, mosques and Islamic centers serve an estimated six
million Muslims in the
The choice of a
© 2009 Abdul Malik Mujahid
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid just concluded a four-year term as
chair of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. Imam Mujahid
is president of Sound Vision Foundation (http://www.SoundVision.com) and the
executive producer of nation's only daily Muslim talk show
(http://www.RadioIslam.com) on WCEV 1450 AM in
Imam Mujahid serves as Vice Chair of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions. He also serves at the steering committee of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.
He serves at the Faith Advisory Council of the Democratic National Committee. He was an elected member of the Credentials Committee for the 2008 DNC.
As the national coordinator of Bosnia Task Force,
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