Humor Urban Legends Is This Barack Obama Praying in a Mosque? Share PINTEREST Email Print The White House/Handout/Getty Images Urban Legends Rumors & Hoaxes Urban Legends in the News Classic & Historic Legends Animal Folklore Scary Stories By David Emery David Emery is an internet folklore expert, and debunker of urban legends, hoaxes, and popular misconceptions. He currently writes for Snopes.com. our editorial process David Emery Updated April 03, 2019 A viral message claims that former President Barack Obama prayed with Muslims in the White House after canceling The Christian National Day of Prayer. Description: Viral image, text Circulating since: Jan. 2010 Status: False (details below) Obama at a Mosque Email contributed by Cindy J., March 11, 2010: Subject: Fw: LOOK WHO'S PRAYING!And what was it he said to all of you that were in Washington, DC last week..... don't question my religion?HE PRAYS WITH THE MUSLIMS!!This is OUR President at a MOSQUE prayer session LAST WEEK AT THE WHITE HOUSE, on the site where the INAUGURATION is held every 4 years!He canceled OUR CHRISTIAN "NATIONAL!!!! DAY OF PRAYER"... NOW... THIS.For Obama to continue as our president is an INSULT TO OUR FOUNDING FATHERS! AND DISGUSTING TO EVERY RED BLOODED AMERICAN***Forward this to every American Citizen as the media won't! Analysis Ridiculous on the face of it. How could there have been "a mosque prayer session at the White House" when there's no mosque on or near the White House grounds? Moreover, the image clearly does not show Obama praying; it shows him taking off his shoes. Finally, Obama doesn't pray in mosques; he's a Christian. What the photograph does, in fact, show is President Obama removing his shoes, per custom, before entering the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque ("Blue Mosque") in Istanbul during his April 2009 state visit to Turkey. Obama toured the mosque. He didn't pray in it. As to the claim that Obama "canceled our Christian National Day of Prayer," that's false on two counts: one, Obama did not cancel the National Day of Prayer; two, the National Day of Prayer isn't a Christian observance, it's an interfaith observance, and has been ever since it was designated so by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Sources Bailey, Holly. Obama at the Blue Mosque. Newsweek.com, 7 Apr. 2009.Image: U.S. President Obama Visits the Blue Mosque. MSNBC, 8 April 2009.Obama Signs Day of Prayer Proclamation, Associated Press, 7 May 2009.With President Obama at the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul. U.S. State Department blog, 7 April 2009.