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14 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I May 2009
US Muslim woman
to advise Obama
Dalia Mogahed, an Egyptian-born the Congressional Muslims Staffers
American who heads the Gallup Association.
American Centre for Muslim Studies, “I am very honoured to be given
a non-governmental research centre, this opportunity to serve my country of 25 representatives from different
became the first Muslim woman to be in this way,” Mogahed, who will be religions, is to report to the president
appointed in the White House. Obama’s window into the Muslim on the role of religion in resolving social
The US administration has American community, said. problems and civil rights issues.
appointed a Muslim woman as Last month, Obama signed an “The key idea of the office is to tap
adviser to its interfaith advisory board, executive order for setting up a new the energy and wisdom of religious
a media report said. body at the White House called the organisations and leaders who focus
Dalia Mogahed, an Egyptian-born Office of Religious Partnerships on faith groups to solve common
American, addressed the senate staff to support religious institutions, problems,” explained Mogahed.
and think tanks in her first meeting strengthen inter-faith dialogue and Mogahed will brief Obama on
after her appointment. government ties. what Muslims want from the US
The meeting was organised by The advisory group, consisting administration.
‘Nobody could ever dare threaten
Iranian nation’ - President
Iran’s President Mahmoud oppression, discrimination and “These governments are not able
Ahmadinejad said no one in the world hegemony and now were prohibiting yet to address nations in a proper
could ever dare threaten Iranian people from offering any criticism of manner,” President Ahmadinejad
nation. Zionism and its crimes. said.
The President who was addressing The President added: “They “They should realize that the time
the 20th National Gathering of attack Gaza, kill ordinary and of conceit and selfishness is long
Exemplary Workers and Workshops defenseless people in the name of over in the world because the world
said that the political structure of fighting terrorism and when meet nations now are fully aware of few
world’s powerful countries has already objections from other members of the governments hollow mottos.”
collapsed. international community, they say let He expressed shock that while the
He said certain powerful us kill the people who are defending US has opted for a new strategy with
governments for a long period had themselves.” It was a reference to the Iran, it still considers all other options
been using the motto of freedom and US and UK governments which were against Iran.
freedom of speech as a tool to justify delaying a resolution from the United He said Iran was not afraid of any
their offensive views and actions Nations Security Council to stop kind of actions by these countries
against the values, sanctities and aggression on Gaza in December because, just like the former US
dignity of nations pretending they were 2008. president who considered all options
supporting freedom of expression and They were lobbying the barbaric but failed to accomplish anything
the free flow of information. notion “Let Israel finish the job of against Iran, God willing no one in the
However, he said, by behaving killing Hamas supporters in a matter globe dared to threaten the Iranian
in this manner, they just managed of week and then issue a resolution to nation.
to create a dirty system based on stop the war.”
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