"We know too that whatever our differences, there is one law that binds all great religions together... In Islam, there is a hadith that reads “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”
from Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast
Here is the Hadith in full and uncensored.
"Abu Hamzah Anas bin Maalik who was the servant of the Messenger of Allaah reported that the Prophet said: "None of you truly believes (in Allah and in His religion) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself."
While Obama might try to pass this off as the Golden Rule, the Hadith mentions "Brother", which means fellow Muslim. Infidels not included.
This alternative phrasing of the quote makes that quite clear.
Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said “In order to be a Muslim, wish for your fellow Muslims that which you wish for yourself.”
That's nice for the Muslims, but not so nice for everyone else. But then Muslims have a habit of robbing, raping and killing "everyone else", which is what Obama's National Prayer Breakfast taqia was meant to cover up.
Mohammed's remarks as contained in this Hadith is limited strictly to Muslims.
Shaykh Abu 'Amr ibn as-Salaah said : And this appears to be something which is difficult/unobtainable, but this is not the case, because its meaning is that the eemaan of one of you is not completed/perfected until he loves for his brother in Islam that which he loves for himself.
Key phrase, "his brother in Islam", what Obama is quoting only applies to Muslims. Obama's attempt to pass of an Islamic doctrine commanding loyalty to other Muslims... as some sort of statement of universal brotherhood is disingenuous at best.
Or alternatively this interpretation of the Hadith which emphasizes the supremacy of Islamic unity, a lead in to the Caliphate.
And some of the 'Ulamaa have said based upon this Hadith that the believer with another believer is like a single soul,
That however only scratches the very tip of the iceberg over what the Hadith that Obama used really means.
And the intended meaning of "loves for his brother" is those things which are from obedience to Allah, and the permissible matters, as opposed to the evil or Haram matters,
The phrasing is naturally clumsy, but the meaning is clear. The Hadith that Obama is citing as the Islamic Golden Rule actually means that showing love for "your brother" means that he should be a good Muslim and follow the Koran. And the Koran has a great deal to say about what should be done to non-Muslims or anyone who defies Islam.
It does not mean wishing for his general welfare. It certainly does not mean wishing for the general welfare of non-Muslims, except perhaps that they become Muslims.
Consider the following,
None of you truly believes unless he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.Do not envy one another; do not inflate prices one to another; do not hate one another; do not turn away from one another; do not undercut one another, but be you, oh servants of Allah, brothers.
A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he neither oppresses him nor does he fail, he neither lies to him nor does he hold him in contempt. Piety is right here -- and he pointed to his breast three times. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim for another Muslim is inviolable: his blood, his property, and his honor.
This all sounds noble and good, except when you consider that the inverse implication of the final sentence, is that the blood, property and honor of non-Muslims is entirely open for the taking to Muslims.
And indeed that has been Islamic law and practice. Which makes Obama's misrepresentation of Islamic doctrine that applies only to Muslims, as applying to Muslims, all the more pernicious.
This sort of deceptive Islamic promotion looks good on billboards, so long as no one pulls back the veil to see what it all really means. Islam is not about peace for all mankind. When Obama insists, "let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate", he naturally forgets the religion he learned back when his last name was Soetoro. It is a religion built and cemented not only on hate and intolerance for non-Muslims, but on a drive to kill or convert them all across the world.
More ominously with his inauguration Obama has been slowly bringing his Muslim background into the open. The National Prayer Breakfast remarks include a description of his father as a Muslim. This parallels Obama's references to his Muslim background in his Al Arabiya outing. The common denominator is that Obama is slowly bringing his Muslim background "out of the closet", and getting people used to it step by step.