US Muslims Praise Obama Despite Setbacks

January 24, 2010

Author: Dina Rabie

Source: Islam Online

A year after Barack Obama came to office, American Muslims believe the winds of change are blowing, but are still waiting to see that reflected in their daily lives and want Obama avoid the mistakes of his predecessor.

"I would like to give Obama credit for reaching out to the Muslim community," Mohamed Majid, vice president of the Islamic Society of North America, told

In his historic inauguration speech, Obama raised hopes of change for all Americans and particularly for American Muslims, who longed for a new era in which their civil liberties would not be compromised on security grounds.

He followed that with two trips to Muslim-majority Turkey and later to Egyp t, from where he delivered his long-awaited key speech to the Muslim world.

"What he said about Muslim charities among others, he spoke very well. I think he did a very good job," says Imam Shaker El-Sayyed, of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia.