Obama’s Speech Must Change America, Too

By Moez MasoudEgyptian televangelist America, a nation that understandably prides itself on the ideals upon which it was founded, failed … Continued

By Moez Masoud
Egyptian televangelist

America, a nation that understandably prides itself on the ideals upon which it was founded, failed to demonstrate self-control in the past decade or so. The primary victim of this temporary insanity: the Muslim world. Now comes President Barack Hussein Obama, a multicultural living symbol of America’s ability to live up to its ideals. So far, Obama seems keen to reconcile.

While Obama’s speech in Cairo is an opportunity to start the overdue and much-needed dialogue that must take place between the U.S. and the Muslim world, it’s also a chance for Obama to teach his fellow countrymen. Obama needs to figure out how to explain to ordinary Americans, many of whom currently harbor anti-Muslim sentiments, how to clearly differentiate between the mainstream Muslim majority and the zealot extremist minority.

It is highly detrimental for Americans to unjustifiably hold a strongly negative view of a quarter of the planet’s inhabitants. It needs to become common knowledge in America that, as a scholar once put it, “terrorism is to Jihad what adultery is to marriage”, and that classical Islam – and not ‘no Islam’ – is the antidote to intolerance and extremism.

According to Gallup statistics, the majority of Muslims and half of the American public itself feels that the West does not respect the Muslim world, and Muslims feel that their faith has been singled out for disrespect under the guise of freedom of speech. When treated with justice and respect, the greater majority of the Muslim world is more than happy to peacefully co-exist in and develop a globalized world that recognizes and respects the religious and cultural particulars that exist in the world population.

In the Koran, a verse reads: “O Mankind, We have created you from a male and a female and We have made you into peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Surely the most noble of you in the sight of God is the most pious and God-conscious.” In other words, the Qur’an teaches that the diversity of mankind is a Divinely ordained blessing.

In the verse immediately before that, believers are commanded to avoid suspicion when dealing with others. If America has extended the hand of friendship, then we too are to extend our hand, and, instead of wasting our energy analyzing invisible intentions, it would be more fruitful to see Muslims in the days to come articulating various ways in which we can cooperate with the U.S. on key universal issues like lowering unemployment and poverty rates worldwide, protecting human rights and the environment, and eradicating terrorism.

The Muslim world will wait and see how Obama will handle Palestine, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the withdrawal from Iraq. If he fails to get these issues right, Muslims will pay no attention to anything else he says or does. A prerequisite for peace is justice, and with regard to the Muslim world it is time that America sheds behind it what Noam Chomsky wittily called its ‘distorted morality’. No more occupation of any Muslim land can be justified under any name and for any reason. It needs to be made clear that the ‘theocon’ agenda of the past administration no longer represents the US: hopefully, unlike his predecessor, Obama does not think God talks directly to him. The hands-off policy with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to become a bad memory, and it would be nice if some memories of the Carter years were to be revived. Obama will give the talk. Then the Muslim world will wait to see America walk it.

If Americans truly adhere to core American values, and Muslims to core Muslim values, the world may very well travel a long way forward in a relatively short period of time.

Moez Masoud‘s popular show “Al-Tareeq Al-Sah” (The Right Way) is watched by millions of people across the Arab world. His institute’s documentary and musical productions air regularly and top the charts. He was recently named the most influential religious figure in Egypt for 2008.

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  • abhab

    Masoud pontificates thus:Let us see now how can we reconcile liberty with autocracy, pluralism with intolerance, one man one woman to one man 4 women mentalities? One ideology has got to give way and it would not be the one that proved its efficacy in dealing with today’s challenges.

  • InterfaithNation

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  • InterfaithNation

    NO!All All besides “… a Mosque in every State …” are All “NOT-{MADE}-IN-AMERICA! So, Preacher, Imam, Priest, Rabbi ‘Word {Merchant}’ Professor… Mr. Obama & CO., said something that Every HU{e}MATE, not HUMAN(s) know innately!i.e., “Not To Kill/Maim..” “Love Each Other not hate each other…” so,Do YE (not Us) realy need Pre-Apocalyptic Religion/Books to tell Us Apocalyptarians otherwise???So, telling one a “T{AUTOLOGY}” in Religion expression, is the same as telling a “BIG LIE” in Political expression. Forget Correctness therein & therefrom!Behold the IT is TiME to re-Export All ‘Imported” Religions in Sweet Sweet U.S. of A. back to Mid East, Asia, Europe, Africa etc..!!

  • InterfaithNation

    Something on Religio Disease’s/Plagues:There is nothing (Zero) AB-ORiGiNAL about imported Abrahamic Judeo-Jews here, nor Judeo-Christians & Islamics. Includes imported Vedic Judeo-Hindu’s Buddhas, Taoists, Confucions etc..!!! A CORRECTION OF (Man-Made) ALL, Every & Any Pre-Apocalyptic competing Faith/Belief/Religio SYSTEM(s) is prophetically/inevitably overdue on this BLESSETH (not Curseth/Sineth) S.S. HOLY-EARTH: Soo, “IT is time to DEPORT/Re-Export/kick-out (not Mexicans AbOriginals & CO.) of Amerika All Non-genuine, not made in Amerik [imported] All YE (not OUR) Pre-Apocalyptic Superstupidstitious Religion man-made SYSTEMS (zero made by “IT”) back from whence they was imported from in the 1st place.” i.e.: Back to Aegypt (Afrik), back to Euro, back to Mid-East, Back to Major/Minor Asia, islands, caves etc abroad.This includes All Ye (not OUR) ABRAHAMiC: Chumash/Bibles, Copy-Cat Quran/Korans, & VEDiC: Geeta/Sruti, Copy-cat Kangyurs/Tripitaka… So, There’s Nothing Genuinely American (un-American) about All YE (not OUR) Imported-Religion(s) System in sweet sweet U.S. of A’s! Remember: G-D (not god) by 1,000+ names now and no more by 99 Names, is not/never a HE/HiM/HiS nor is GoD (not god) a SHE/HER, but rather the ALMiGHTY/LORD/ALLAH/iSHVARA… by 1,000+ names is an “IT” being “iTSELF” in and out of US-ALL!Yes! A NEW-Religion() Borneth in sweet sweet U.S.A. Revealed (opposite Secret) from All YE (not OUR) Old-time-Religion(s). A Prophecy Whose time (clocks) via TiME (Holy TEMPerature) is NOW!Behold the True “SiNGULARiTY” & nomore the false “PLURALiTY” of Ye (not OUR) Man Made Killing/Jealous (man-made) Religion(s) institutions!Therefore Al Islam & CO., Ye must INSTEAD worship The Goodbye Muhammad! Goodbye Moses! Goodbye JESUS! Goodbye VYASA! Goodbye GAUTAMA et al! [Note: All Ye (not OUR) Novel-Stars are human’s unkinds; unlike US HU{e}MATES kinds].Remember: OUR “IT” aka G-D (not god(s)) can never-Break “IT”s own LAWS! WHEREFORE: “IT” & by many names (not a HE or a SHE) is impossible for “iTSELF” (Lord..) to be jealous of Anything or any body!

  • InterfaithNation

    Over & Over & Over & Over & Over & Over & Over & Over & Over & Over & Over & Over & Over & Over…………………………Hear YE Hear Ye, O’ Sweet Sweet Holty-i NEBULA-BUiLT Space-Ship Earth (of many):AL Islam’s Explanation/Commentary: Besides by Constantly Blasting [via electric?] Ssuch loud-peakers from their (not OUR) Minarets, along with them Roosters et al, is is tantamount to pleazzza, forget ‘Water Bording!’ Hence One of the ‘Culprits’ or real Reasons for Psyching unsuspecting Homegrown Pre-Apocalyptic “Religious Finatics”!Interesting: When it comes to Organized (or Private) Religion that All Parochial Schools & or Yashiva’s & or Madrassa’s & or ishrams etc.. Also Practice/indulge in [Pre-Apocalyptic] repetative Hence the dangers of breeding (like a pandemic) those seemingly inflicted with Reality Check: This Holy+i Cosmic (OUR Miracle in Motion) Planet via S.S. Earth’s, aka S.S. GAiA, S.S. GEOID, S.S.TELLUSng something, needs not only LESS-RELiGiON(s) [Eventually becoming 1, nomore 2, 3, 4, 5…], BUTLess NATION/STATE BUILDING w/Less Currency’s! In a Prophetic way Prez OMAMA is right to tell Israel “… Not to build more Settlements …” Explanation/Commentary: There is +/- 192 Nation States on S.S. Earth. But Today We Need only 13-Nations! Not 192! ANDthis means Earth also needs Less Currency’s. Thus there shall be only 3 (not 1) or 4 Currencies only! Imagine a U.S of S. AMERICA, U.S. of N. Africa & U.S. S. Africa a U.S. Of Sharia Gulf/Saudi States, a U.S. of the LEVANT (Israel, Palistine, Leban) United as One!? And United Baluchistan (Iran + Afghan + Pakis) etc…Note: This is not a Dream; but a Prophecy whose time in TiME will (inevitably) be. A SECULAR, not Religious, Reality! So,Peace, Paz, Salaam, Shalom, Mir, Zhingyu, Ahimsa…

  • walter-in-fallschurch

    jesus,