The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will visit a mosque in Baltimore on Wednesday. According to the Baltimore Sun, the President will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore Mosque to discuss religious freedom.
Mr. Obama has visited a mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Mr. Obama has visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mr. Obama has visited a mosque in Egypt.
But, Barack Hussein Obama has never visited a mosque within the United States of America before. Since many Americans, particularly American Muslims, think Obama is a Muslim, he probably didn’t want to add to the perception. Writing for Forbes.com shortly after Mr. Obama was inaugurated, Asma Gull Hasan posited:
Perhaps it is my–and most Muslims’– loyalty to the umma that is behind our insistence on seeing Obama as Muslim. Islam survived and continues to survive because Muslims believe we have to respect and take care of each other, as members of the umma. If we were to start excluding members, or revising our broad guidelines for admittance, the very essence of the community feeling that is important in Islam, that gives me and other Muslims comfort everyday, would be undercut. So when Obama says he’s not Muslim, my umma mentality says I know better. Once you have a Muslim parent, especially a dad, you’re in. Whether you like it or not, Muslims all over the world see you as one of them.