Bloomberg mistakenly greets Muslims with 'Shalom'

By JTA
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.




NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg at Mega 311. (photo credit:Joseph Pessar Photographers)

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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