Obama asks Americans to fight ‘Islamophobia’

Baltimore: President Barack Obama on Wednesday made his first visit to a US mosque and called for all Americans to fight Islamophobia and embrace Muslims in the United States as a part of “one American family”.

“We have to understand that an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,” President Obama said at a mosque outside of Baltimore, adding that, “none of us can be bystanders to bigotry,” NBC reported.

While urging American Muslims not to grow cynical, Obama thanked the Islamic Society of Baltimore for standing up against extremists acts by various terror groups.

“You're not Muslim or American — you're Muslim and American. Don't grow cynical. Don't respond to ignorance by a world-view saying you must choose between your faith and your patriotism. Don't believe you must choose between your best impulses,” NBC wrote.

Following Islamic customs President Obama took off his shoes before entering the mosque and even recited phrases from Quran.

While asserting that “Muslims are some of the most resilient and patriotic Americans you’ll ever meet”, he urged people to think of mosque as their church, synagogue or temple.

“We are one American family,” he said while concluding his speech, The New York Times wrote.

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