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Published:February 5th, 2009 16:25 EST
President Obama Bringing Religions of the World Closer Together

President Obama Bringing Religions of the World Closer Together

By SOP newswire2

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.

SEE: Obama: Faith Should Unite, Not Divide

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.