A popular photograph on social media shows former U.S. President Barack Obama alongside former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. The other presidents are pictured in front of U.S. flags, while Obama is in front of yellow drapery labelled a “Muslim prayer curtain”. There is no such thing as a “Muslim prayer curtain”, and the implication that Obama did not want to stand in front of U.S. flags during his presidency, or that he may have replaced U.S. flags with a “Muslim prayer curtain”, is untrue.
Many observant Muslims enjoin five times daily in salat, a ritual prayer ( www.britannica.com/topic/salat ). To cover the bare ground or floor while they pray, many Muslims use a prayer rug, or sajjada, which is often decorated with religious symbols ( here ). There is no such thing as a “Muslim prayer curtain”. In the post, the gold-colored curtain behind Obama shows no markings, Arabic text or religious symbols.
Obama has also been pictured standing in front of U.S. flags and the gold-colored curtains in the East Room of the White House ( here ). Other examples of the former President standing in front of U.S. flags are visible reut.rs/2Nq63Ns and reut.rs/3eBHskW .
The gold curtains have been in the White House for decades ( here ).
False. Obama did not replace American flags in the White House with a “Muslim prayer curtain”. The golden drapery has been in the White House for decades.
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