I’ve been instructed that I cannot say that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim, so I won’t say it straight out. A week ago, I presented a case to question whether he is a Christian as he claims or a Muslim as he says and does.
Allow me to add another question to the debate of Obama’s faith. Would a true Christian tour and pray in a Muslim mosque?
On one of his many world tours, Obama stopped in the Muslim nation of Malaysia. While there, he visited the National Mosque in Kuala Lampur and was given a tour by Grand Imam Ismail Muhammad. The tour lasted 25 minutes and included visiting the National Mausoleum where the country’s former prime ministers and deputy prime ministers are buried.
In the video of his tour, you can see that Obama and the imam stopped, bowed their heads and prayed. I can’t help but wonder to whom Obama was praying.
At one point in the tour, the imam asked Obama to end the worldwide oppression against Muslims. Obama responded by asking the imam to pray for him. A true Christian would know that the prayers of a Muslim are much different than the prayers of a Christian and are lifted to a different god. In reality, only a Muslim would ask an imam to pray for him.
Abdullah Muhammad Zin, Religious Advisor for Prime Minister Najib Razak told the Malaysia’s Star newspaper:
“There can be no better way for Obama to honor Islam than by visiting Masjid Negara.”
Bernama, Malaysia’s national press agency reported that religious scholar Ustaz Wan Akashah Wan Abdul Hamid stated:
“This is out of the ordinary as I cannot recall any non-Muslim world leader visiting the National Mosque and this is a good start for Muslims here.”
Hassan Mahmoud Al-Hafiz, former Imam of the National Mosque commented:
“The willingness of the world leader to set foot on the Islamic landmark was a good omen, more so when Muslims were being wrongly linked to violence.”
Speaking of the Islamic landmark, it was built on the grounds of a Brethren Church that the Malaysian government forced to move. The Brethren Church was built in 1922 when Malaysia was under British rule. Malaysia won their independence from Great Britain in 1957. In 1965, they selected the site of the Brethren Church on which to build the national mosque and offered an alternative site to the Brethren Church.
Malaysia is predominantly Muslim (61%) with Buddhists (20%), Christians (9%) and Hindus (6%). Lately, Christians in Malaysia have been attacked by Muslims much like what has been happening in Egypt, Nigeria and the Sudan.
During Obama’s visit, he never mentioned the treatment of the country’s Christian minority. Instead he opted to honor and pray at the country’s National Mosque.
Does that sound like the actions of a true Christian to you? Is Obama really the first non-Christian world leader to visit Malaysia’s National Mosque? I know how I feel, but you judge for yourself.