Sunday, 01 September 2013
CAIRO – Sharing celebrations of the golden jubilee of a leading US Islamic organization, President Barack Obama has released a video message, congratulating American Muslims on the many achievements and contributions they have made to American society.
“Muslim Americans are integral part of our character and history and we rely on your innovation and entrepreneurship to help keep moving this country forward,” Obama said in the message aired at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention, a copy of which was obtained by OnIslam.net.
Aired on Saturday, August 31, the message highlighted the contributions made by the American Muslim community from its early history to present day.
“Some of you here lead companies, laboratories and class rooms. Some of you serve honorably, government and in our armed forces, and most importantly is devoted parents, good neighbors and active citizens who help build stronger families and communities, supporting our youth and aiding the less fortunate.”“Over the last half century, you have upheld the proud legacy of American Muslims’ contributions to our national fabric and this gathering is a testament of that tradition,” Obama said.
Obama also focused on efforts by ISNA leadership to serve as an effective partner in promoting inter-religious initiatives in the US and religious freedom for minorities around the world.
“I am especially grateful for the work that ISNA has done to advance interfaith understanding and cooperation here in home and around the world,” he said.
“My administration is proud to be your partner in our shared efforts to promote economic opportunity, accessible healthcare and affordable education in Muslim communities throughout our country.
“So thank you ISNA for your tireless advocacy and commitment to America that realizes the full potential of all its people,” the US President added.
ISNA opened its annual convention in Washington on Friday, August 30, hosting the largest gathering for Muslims in North America.
Themed “Envisioning a More Perfect Union: Building the Beloved Community”, the annual convention is expected to lure thousands of Muslims from North America and around the world.
The event will run from Friday, August 30, to Monday, September 2.