AMT Congratulates President-Elect Obama At His Historic Victory

By  American Muslim Taskforce, Engage Minnesota

President-Elect Barack ObamaWashington, D.C.  11/04/08: The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Election (AMT***), an umbrella group representing major Muslim organization, has congratulated president-elected Barak Obama at his world-historic victory and pledged their full support for his efforts to build a better world.

The AMT statement in part reads:
“Today, as a nation we have given substance to the Declaration of Independence, especially its foundational principle that all men are created equal. Our nation has thus risen to new majestic heights.
“Today, America has redeemed itself and the nation has undergone a cultural transformation that has the potential of impacting the whole world.
“We applaud the graciousness shown by Sen. John McCain in his concession speech, and we offer our full support and cooperation to president-elect Barak Obama in his efforts to build a better America and a better world.”
“Today, the whole word can hear America sing. In the timeless words of Whitman:
I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics-each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat-the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;

The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench-the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter’ s song-the ploughboy’s, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother-or of the young wife at work-or of the girl sewing or washing-Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day-At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs
(***The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Election is an umbrella organization representing American Muslim Alliance (AMA), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society-Freedom Foundation (MAS-FF), Muslim Student Association – National (MSA-N), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and United Muslims of America (UMA). Islamic Educational center of Orange County (IEC), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) are affiliated with AMT as observers.)

2 thoughts on “AMT Congratulates President-Elect Obama At His Historic Victory”

  1. I would like to share my personal reflections on the election of Barack Hussein Obama to the US Presidency.

    After 9-11 I felt like hiding, hide in plain site. But I could not hide. My skin, my hair, my beard shone through identifying me. And after 9-11 it identified me as a terrorist sympathizer or as from the same tribe as the terrorists.

    I did not hide though. I spoke out, I discussed, I lectured, I traveled the world over, I studied, and I wrote. Not as much as I should have or could have but I did not hide. I did not shave my beard though I could have. I still wore the clothes from my homeland in public on occasion, but I always felt like hiding.

    Now history has turned once again. Not as suddenly as before but suddenly none the more. A man with brown skin, black hair, a Muslim father, and ‘Hussein’ as his middle name has been elected as the leader of the nation by a wide majority of its population.

    Now I do not want to hide anymore. I want to run out and scream, scream loudly and say who I am.

    By the way, my kids 4-5 year old kids think I look like Barack Obama, the president of the US.

    Adeel Ahmed

  2. Assalamu Alaikum,
    > For months, many of our brothers and sisters have been working around the clock
    > for last night’s historical presidential election. The stakes were high and the
    > odds of an African-American senator with Muslim roots to win this election were
    > a long shot at best. But it is this struggle….this determination to do what is
    > right, this hope that things can change for the better, this belief that people
    > can rise to meet a challenge… was all this……that made last night’s
    > victory so much sweeter.
    > We helped win this victory. We all did it together. For those of you who worked
    > to bring people to the voting booths….thank you. For those of you who worked
    > to teach others about the election process….thank you. And for those of you
    > who did the most important action of all by placing your vote…..thank you.
    > We are living in a moment that will be written down in the history books. Every
    > generation has a few defining moments that forever change them. We have so far
    > had two…..9/11….. and last night.
    > This is a proud moment for America…..this is a nation that came together last
    > night……
    > and for all of us living in this moment……this is our history……….this
    > is our legacy……
    > Enjoy the next few weeks….and enjoy this hard won victory…….but also
    > remember…..our work isn’t over… has only just begun………

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