President Obama tours the grounds of Sultan Hassan Mosque

June 5th, 2009 - 8:09 pm ICT by GD  

President, Barack Obama did a bit of sight seeing along with President Hosni Mubarak and the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at his side wile touring the grounds of the famous Sultan Hassan Mosque before delivering his first speech to the Muslim world.

While touring the Mosque, Obama made it clear to his peer that United States is committed to working in peaceful partnership with the countries in the Middle East.

Apart from the peaceful partnership talks with President Mubarak, Obama discussed topics referring to the longtime between Israel and Palestinians and the necessary steps that needs to be taken to bring peace to the Middle East.

Earlier in the week, rumors were flying all over Cairo that Muslims would no longer be able to pray at Sultan Hassan mosque due to security concerns. The security forces had cordoned off the mosque in preparation for U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Cairo an this had sparked off an outrage from the opposition Muslim Brotherhood. The outrage continued even as the authorities of the mosque denied the outraging party.

The members of the Muslim Brotherhood took their complaint to the parliament about the Grand Imam, minister of interior and prime minister for not allowing the faithful and the religious from praying.

Muhsen Radi, a member of the brotherhood told the Al Arabiya, “This (restricting faithful from praying at mosque) is impermissible in Shariah. Egypt’s security service has cordoned the whole area around the mosque and has told businesses nearby to close on Wednesday and Thursday.”

However, the officials of the mosque denying the accusation said that the mosque was under renovation and that the faithfuls could still pray in the mosque.

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