Trend Commentator Polad Hamidov
On June 4, U.S. President Barack Obama during his speech at the Cairo University with a historic appeal to Muslims of all countries had sought to divide the concept of "religion" and "politics", pointing out that in the United States, religious affiliation did not prevent a person to hold a significant position in the society.
In doing so, Obama has shown that it is impossible, armed with only the religious beliefs, to fight against the United States. Thus, he cited himself and his family as an example, noting the fact that, as a son of the person belonging to the Muslim community, he takes a high position in the country.
This statement demonstrated Obama's independence from stereotypes in the religion, as he was able to succeed in his speech to reunite the principles of Christianity and Islam. He, as Sufi, could break the boundaries and find a common language with people of different religions, becoming one of them.
The audience applauded him, not because he was the first black U.S. president, or his father is a Muslim by religion, but because he spoke about Islam with respect, and cited the holy Quran.
He radically changed the attitude toward this religion, which has been openly agitated in the West in recent years. We remember how some Western politicians wrote the book, published caricatures and shot the film insulting Islam for gaining quick fame.
Palestine - is not only the problem of the United States
Making speech at the Cairo University, Obama did not ignore the Palestinian problem.
Expressing an equal attitude toward all parties of the conflict, Obama wanted to explain that the U.S. should not look like an enemy of Islam on the backdrop of a decades-long enmity among Israel, Palestinians and the Arab world. This is not only the problem of the United States, the parties must solve the problem themselves.
The United States' relations with Israel are inviolable, and Israel's aspiration to become a home for all Jews is quite understandable, he said. But at the same time, Americans cannot ignore the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians to establish their own state, the president said. There must be two states: Israeli and Palestinian, he said under the applause of the audience.
The words sounded by the independent state's president, who was elected by free people through free elections acquire a divine meaning. Philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev wrote: "The divine meaning of words can be revealed only in an atmosphere of freedom and empty words cannot flourish in an atmosphere."
The word which acquired a divine meaning can reach the hearts of listeners and live up to "illumination". That is why Barack Obama's statement was historical, arousing many people's interests. This statement of historical significance can be compared with the words of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy: "I - Berliner." They were delivered in the Municipality of West Berlin on June 26, 1963. If then Kennedy expressed his support for free speech in the West against communism, now in the speech in Cairo, Obama supported Islam in the fight against terrorism.
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