By Amir Taheri
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Is Barack Obama the "promised warrior" coming to help the
Hidden Imam of Shiite Muslims conquer the world?
The question has made the rounds in Iran since last month,
when a pro-government Web site published a Hadith (or
tradition) from a Shiite text of the 17th century. The
tradition comes from Bahar al-Anvar (meaning Oceans of
Light) by Mullah Majlisi, a magnum opus in 132 volumes and
the basis of modern Shiite Islam.
According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the
prophet's cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End
of Times and just before the return of the Mahdi, the
Ultimate Saviour, a "tall black man will assume the reins
of government in the West." Commanding "the strongest army
on earth," the new ruler in the West will carry "a clear
sign" from the third imam, whose name was Hussein Ibn Ali.
The tradition concludes: "Shiites should have no doubt that
he is with us."
In a curious coincidence Obama's first and second names--
Barack Hussein--mean "the blessing of Hussein" in Arabic
and Persian. His family name, Obama, written in the Persian
alphabet, reads O Ba Ma, which means "he is with us," the
magic formula in Majlisi's tradition.http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/_np/4158/6714158.jpg
So what does everyone in here think about that...