Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Pres Hussein Obama hosts annual Ramadan dinner at White House.
Pres Hussein Obama hosts annual Ramadan dinner at White House.(CNS).
President Barack Obama said Monday that Americans stand united in rejecting the targeting of any religious or ethnic group as he marked Islam's holy month of Ramadan.
Obama opened the White House to Muslim Americans for a traditional iftar dinner, which follows daily fasting from dawn to sunset. Ramadan ends with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
"We affirm that whatever our faith, we're all one family," Obama said at the East Room dinner attended by about 40 members of the diplomatic community and a few members of Congress.
During his remarks, the President thanked the Muslim community for the contributions they’ve made to create opportunities for those who lack access. No matter our faith, race or gender, we are equals in humanity.
Tonight we reaffirm a simple truth. Fundamental to the character of our country is our freedom of religion -- the right to practice our faith as we choose, to change our faith if we choose, or to practice no faith at all and to do all this free from fear of. All of us are deserving of an equal opportunity to thrive -- no matter who we are, what we look like, what we believe, or how we pray. And all of us have an obligation to do our part -- to help others overcome barriers, to reverse the injustice of inequality and to help more of our fellow citizens share in the promise of America.
In Islam, there is a hadith that says God helps the servant as long as the servant helps his brother*. In other words, we’re summoned to serve and lift up one another, and that’s the lesson of several of our guests here tonight.
Actually the Hadith says:
The Rewards of Good Deeds
Hadrat 'AbdAllah ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) related this Saying from his Lord:
Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) has written down the good deeds and the bad ones. Then He explained it (by saying that) he who has intended a good deed and has not done it, Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) writes it down with Himself as a full good deed; but if he has intended it and has done it, Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) writes it down with Himself as from ten good deeds to seven hundred times, or many times over. But if he has intended a bad deed and has not done it, Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) writes it down with Himself as a full good deed, but if he has intended it and has done it, Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) writes it down as one bad deed. (Bukhari and Muslim)
On the authority of Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) who reported that Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said: Whosoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgement. Whosoever alleviates (the lot of) a needy person, Allah will alleviate (his lot) in this world and the next. *Whosoever shields a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the next. Allah will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, without tranquility descending upon them, mercy enveloping them, the angles surrounding them, and Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) making mention of them amongst those who are with Him. Whosoever is slowed down by his actions will not be hastened forward by his lineage. (Muslim).
Hmmmm.......I'm sure all present knew the Hadith in it's full sense.Read the full story here.