Saturday, 6 June 2009

Shaykh Jihad Brown on President Obama’s Speech

Shaykh Jihad Brown on President Obama’s Speech - A turn of good faith deserves another in kind - The National Newspaper

One Arab observer said this must be the most historic speech ever given by an American president to the Muslim world. In his address on Thursday, Barack Obama extended himself to Muslims in an unprecedented sign of good faith. He laid the reputation of his administration and the veracity of his foreign policy on the line when he proffered the Biblical claim: “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
An Arab proverb says: “If you honour a noble person you will possess his allegiance.” Meaning that he will feel himself beholden to respond honourably in kind. Granted, these are only words. We anticipate the practical steps that will prove their sincerity. But they are significant words all the same, the like of which the Muslim world has never seen. Whatever the case, the ball is now squarely in the Muslim court. Can we be magnanimous in return?

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