Bloomberg mistakenly greets Muslims with 'Shalom'
July 30, 2011 11:30
At Ramadan gathering, NYC mayor tells Muslim leaders "Shalom alaikum" instead of "Salaam alaikum"; NY imam: It's the same idea.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accidentally addressed Muslim leaders at a Ramadan gathering with a "Shalom."
Bloomberg apparently had intended to say “Salaam aleikum,” a traditional Arabic greeting, to those gathered at the Wednesday event at New York's police headquarters. But instead the mayor said, "Shalom alaikum."
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“Well, it's common to both religions," Imam Omar Abunamous of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York told the New York Daily News
. "They are the same thing. The same idea."
Like its Arabic counterpart, the Hebrew phrase "Shalom aleichem" is a greeting that means "peace be upon you."
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