Makkah: Sara Omer, the 90-year-old grandmother of US President Barack Obama, appealed him to revert to Islam saying she had prayed while on Umrah so that he embraced Islam.
Talking to the press reporter of Saudi Arab’s Arabic Daily “Al Watan”, she said that she has prayed to Allah (SWT) for his grandson, Barack Obama for embracing Islam.
Sara Omar arrived in Makkah with her son Saeed Obama, uncle of President Obama, and her grandson Mousa Obama to perform Umrah.
Sara Omer had made similar prayers in 2010 when she visited Makkah for Haj.
After finishing Umrah, she visited an exhibition about the life of the Prophet, commenting that it was a “good example” of what she called the moderate teachings of Islam.
She commended the Saudi government’s efforts to expand the two holy mosques. Sara and her family members visited the Prophet’s show, which is located in the Naseem district of Makkah, for two hours.
“I am very happy to visit this exhibition, which is a good example for the propagation of Islam in a modern way, supported by scientific and authentic documents", she said.
She also expressed hope that the exhibition would visit other countries with the support of the Saudi government in order to remove the misunderstandings about the divine religion.
The Arabic-language Akhbar meanwhile said Obama’s grandmother cried during her visit to the exhibition.
Obama is a Christian whose religious views developed in his adult life but his father is of Muslim heritage from Kenya. Obama said both his American mother and Kenyan father were not devout.
Sara Omerr's prayers has once again stirred a debate over Obama's religious faith.
US opinion polls in August found that as many as one in four Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim, a claim categorically denied by the White House which has maintained that he is a "committed Christian."