The hajj in Mecca – where intolerance of non-Muslims and anti-American sentiment runs rampant. And where Obama’s “Christian” grandma (from Kenya) will be a guest of Saudi king Abdullah. Headline courtesy of the LA Times Top of the Ticket blog, hat tip to exposeliberals.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 25, 2009
Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.
During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God.
This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration’s commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest.
On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season – Eid Mubarak.
Note: Translations available at whitehouse.gov in Arabic, Persian, Dari, Urdu, Pashto, Russian and French.
Of course, Michelle could never go to hajj, unless she is a “Christian” like Obama’s grandma. And from the sources we checked, Eid al Adha isn’t until after Thanksgiving, but hey this president has priorities.
Last year’s message, heard by attendee Minnesota Muslim congressman Keith Ellison, urged Muslims to reject capitalism in favor of sharia:
Saudi Arabia’s top cleric has used his annual sermon to Muslim pilgrims assembling for hajj to urge Muslim countries to renounce capitalism and form an Islamic economic bloc that adopts interest-free finance.
Ellison (D-MN), who stated he forgot he was American while becoming a haji, shared a similar message via Twitter months later, where he recommend an anti-capitalism movie in two separate messages, indicating he had already seen the film twice.
Ayatullah Khamenei also gave a message to the Hajj pilgrims which we reported in a December 15, 2008 post:
…the defeat of warmongers in America in the political and economic arenas and Muslim minorities’ regaining their true identity and dignity in most of the Western countries. These are all clear indications of the triumph and advancements of Islam in its struggle against its enemies in this century that is the 15th century of Lunar Hegira.
Brothers and sisters! These victories are all the fruits of jihad and sincerity…The wounded enemy is now resorting to anything and will spare no effort to strike back. We need to be resourceful, wise and to take advantage of opportunities. This way all the efforts of the enemy will fail. In the last thirty years, the enemies, mostly the US and Zionism, have been utilizing all their capacities but have failed miserably. The same thing will happen in the future, too, inshallah.
But yeah, happy hajj to the millions of anti-American, anti-capitalism Muslims who believe America is the enemy.
Update: As suspected, Jihad Watch reports, Iranian pilgrims shout “Death to America, death to Israel” at Hajj and via el bodega: