Obama Effortlessly Leads Prayers During Mosque Visit “It’s almost as if he’s visited a mosque every day of his life.”
“It’s almost as if he’s visited a mosque every day of his life.”
Baltimore, MD – On a brisk February day, President Barack Obama walks into a Baltimore area mosque, swiftly removes his shoes and heads for the ablution stations in a suspiciously routine fashion. This is Obama’s first visit to an American mosque during his presidency, and is part of the administration’s push to promote religious tolerance.
Imam Abdul Ali of the Baltimore Islamic Community watched the President as he shuffled right past the mosque reception committee, and straight to the men’s restroom.
“As soon as he entered the mosque, he lowered his gaze, mumbled salam and headed for the restroom,” said Ali as he recalled his first encounter with the President earlier today. “I could hear him fill up a green plastic vessel with water and shut the bathroom stall door… you know, to wash his… presidential… butt.”
“It’s like he’s done this every day of his life.”
Prior to prayer, Muslims are required to ‘purify’ themselves through a series of steps that involve rinsing parts of their bodies.
After the evening Athan (call to prayer), Obama assumed the role of leading the congregation.
Thirty-four-year-old mosque attendee Tariq Ahmed
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