In his first visit to a mosque inside the US, Obama referred to the recent political rhetoric against Muslims in the country, where Christians are in majority, and said that the Americans cannot be silent bystanders to bigotry against any faith.

"An attack on one's faith is an attack on all our faiths," Obama said as he mentioned recent attacks against Muslim community and also cited those of Sikh-Americans who looks like them. Americans must speak up when any group is targeted, he added.

At the same time, the US President asked the Muslim community to reject extremism and terrorism.

Pushing back at critics who say he should talk about "Islamic terrorists", he said that, "We shouldn't play into terrorist propaganda."

Muslim political leaders "have to push back on the lie" that the West represses Muslims, Obama told the Muslim community leaders.

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