Friday, June 5, 2009

Obama - A New Beginning

President Barrack Hussein Obama gave an excellent speech in Cairo, Egypt. It is entitled, "A New Beginning". I read it here. (The picture above was copied from the same source as well.)

Apparently, he did not forget to say “peace be upon him” every time he mentioned Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) name. I think this is a small gesture of respect which if it is left unsaid by a non-Muslim is a non-issue but if it is mentioned, would make Muslims go like, “Cayalah lu bro!” (in the Malaysian context that is.)

He even said Assalamualaikum in the beginning of his speech. How cool is that?
I’m impressed how he applied the story of Isra’ Mi’raj as an example of peace and harmony. I can do no better than to quote:

"Too many tears have flowed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer."
Very cool conclusion Mr. President!

Now let’s just hope that the follow up to his speech is as impressive as the speech itself. Follow up is important. We do not need the typical “ceramah-membakar-semangat-untuk-undi-saya” and after the election, habuk pun takde.
May the All Mighty grant us guidance…
Blog adjourned.

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