JEDDAH: Abdul Malik Obama, the brother of US President Barack Obama, has described their family as a symbol of religious coexistence and tolerance.
Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Abdul Malik Obama said the family is a perfect example of this mindset because the US president has embraced Christianity while the rest of the family are Muslims and are leading Da’wa work, the religious call, in Africa.
Abdul Malik Obama said that coexistence between religions, preventing sedition, conflicts and wars, is important for the well-being of humanity. He confirmed that he has observed up close that President Obama loves and respects Islam and Muslims.
He said his brother has always remained in contact with the family and his roots in Africa, especially after his 2006 visit to Kenya and the birthplace of his father, Hussein Obama, in Kogelo village.
During the visit, he met his grandmother, Sara Obama; his sister, Obama Obama; his uncle, Sa’iy Obama; and his cousin, Omran Obama. He said his brother donated money to build a school bearing the name “Senator Obama.”
Abdul Malik Hussein Obama is spending most of his time in serving about 10 million Kenyan Muslims, who represent 35 percent of the country’s population, through Islamic centers and charitable societies he supervises.
He is also working as the executive secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization in Kenya.
Despite the circumstances of his work, he has been in contact with his brother, President Obama, and maintains a private office in the USA, where he manages his private business, along with three offices in Kenya.
Dr. Ali Al-Malki, adviser, religious caller and member of the Reconciliation Committee, said he met Abdul Malik Obama earlier this year in Sana’a, Yemen, during the deliberations of a forum to help orphans.
Al-Malki said he has coordinated with Abdul Malik Obama to visit Kenya and learn about the work of the charitable and Islamic societies there and the cooperation among them.
– Okaz/Saudi Gazette