Mr Obama also noted that groups like Al Qaeda were as cruel to the Muslims as they were to those belonging to other faiths.
“We see that in bombs that go off in Kabul and Karachi. We see it in attempts to blow up an airliner over Detroit or an SUV in Times Square,” he said.
Mr Obama also made it clear that Al Qaeda was doing “gross distortions of Islam”, which reflected in “their disrespect for human life, and their attempt to prey upon fear and hatred and prejudice”.
“Al Qaeda and its affiliates are small men on the wrong side of history. They lead no nation. They lead no religion,” he added.