By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury*
US President Barack Obama is much more popular in the Muslim world, in compared to his predecessors. Muslim leaders and the press will always avoid criticizing Obama: many Muslims strongly believes that Obama is still in fact a Muslim.
Obama was preparing to meet Iranian President Ahmadinejad; it was already reported in the international media that Obama sent a secret message to the notorious Islamist terror outfit, Hamas.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told Nile TV, “The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim.”
The minister said during a round-table show that he’d had a One-on-one meeting with Obama, who swore to him that he was a Moslem, the son of a Moslem father and step-son of Moslem step-father; that his half-brothers in Kenya were Moslems, and that he was loyal to the Moslem agenda. He asked that the Moslem world show patience. Obama promised that once he overcame some domestic American problems (at that time, Healthcare), he would show the Moslem world what he would do with Israel.
The Saudis and Libyans had both been saying for years, in many broadcasts prior to 2004, that in 2008, there would be a Moslem president in the White House. There is no debate about the fact that his biological father and step-father were Sunni Moslems. But there are controversies as to whether Obama attended Islamic schools and mosques in Islamic Indonesia. Obama’s white mother belonged to the anti-Christian left.
The Saudi media repeat over and over again that “Either America is our ally or it is not. If it is, it must deal first with Iran and the Shiites and then afterward with Israel and the Jews. If it is not our ally, we will withdraw our support from the US economy and deny them our money and oil.”
Can anyone explain why Obama has instructed that the term “Islamic extremism” no longer be used in official government documents and statements? Further, the US is now accusing Israel of harming American interests in the Middle East. General David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, has said that Israel’s intransigence in resolving the conflict with the Palestinians is endangering US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even the US Congress considers Obama’s behavior toward Netanyahu humiliating.
“Obama is a real problem for Israel,” a senior official told told the Israeli daily,Yediot Ahronot. “He is Israel’s biggest strategic catastrophe.” The newspaper also quoted another official who believes that for the first time Washington has switched sides. “The Obama White House is putting pressure only on Israel but does not expect anything from the Palestinians,” he said. “These American demands are unacceptable.”
Many may still be asking, “Is Obama a Muslim?” It became all too clear after Obama’s election how proud he was of his Muslim name, background and family. He made this plain when he gave his very first interview to Muslim media and boasted of these things. But bear in mind, it was to speak of such things during the presidential campaign. That was the level of deceit and obfuscation and Taqiya – deception or lies to advance Islam.
Now, here are some of the actions taken by Obama right after he was elected as the President of United States:
 March 2009, Obama declares the “war on terror” is over despite a dramatic increase in jihad war ops.
 March 2009, he floats the idea that he will talk to violent, genocidal Hamas.
 March 2009, he demands, recruits and insists that more Muslim Americans work in the Obama administration.
 April 2009, Obama tells Europe to admit Islamic Turkey into EU, much to the consternation of the Europeans.
 April 2009, Obama demands non-Muslims respect Islam in a speech in Turkey.
 April 2009, Obama in a speech from Turkey: “We are not a Christian nation.“
 April 2009, Dalia Mogahed, the first hijab-clad senior adviser to Obama on Muslim affairs says in an interview with terrorist- and jihad-supporting Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi’s website, “Many have claimed that terrorists have ‘hijacked Islam’. I disagree. I think Islam is safe and thriving in the lives of Muslims around the world. What the terrorists have been allowed to take over are Muslim grievances.”
 In April 2009, Obama lays groundwork for a partnership with Hamas.
 May 2009, Obama promises to offer his “personal commitment” to Muslims.
 June 2009, Obama invites the Muslim Brotherhood, violent global jihadist group whose sole objective is a universal caliphate, to his speech to the Ummah [Muslim community] in Cairo.
 June 2009, Obama makes a stunning speech to the Muslim world from Al Azhar University in Cairo. It defies explanation.
 July 2009, Obama creates a new office at the State department, Outreach to the Worldwide Muslim community, reporting directly to Hillary Clinton.
 October 2009, Obama offers millions in Muslim technology fund.
 May 2010, Obama’s Counterterrorism Advisor calls Jihad “Legitimate Tenet of Islam”.
Internationally acclaimed scholar and esteemed writer Dr. Daniel Pipes did extensive investigation into the matter to find the plain fact as to whether Barack Obama was a Muslim and found “Obama was born a Muslim to a non-practicing Muslim father and for some years had a reasonably Muslim upbringing under the auspices of his Indonesian step-father.”
In one of his articles, Dr. Pipes wrote, “Interviews with dozens of former classmates, teachers, neighbors and friends show that Obama was not a regular practicing Muslim when he was in Indonesia, despite being listed as a Muslim on the registration form for the Catholic school, Strada Asisia, where he attended 1st through 3rd grades. At the time, the school most likely registered children based on the religion of their fathers, said [Israella Pareira] Darmawan, Obama’s former [1st-grade] teacher. Because Soetoro was a Muslim, Obama was listed as a Muslim, she said.
“… Obama was an irregularly practicing Muslim who rarely or occasionally prayed with his step-father in a mosque. This precisely substantiates my statement that he “for some years had a reasonably Muslim upbringing under the auspices of his Indonesian step-father.”
In January 2008 Jon Christian Ryter, which is the pseudonym of a former newspaper reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel, commenting on Obama wrote: “On Dec. 22 at the Smoky Row Coffee Shop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the locals asked Obama about his Muslim roots. He said: “My father was from Kenya. A lot of people in his village were Muslim. He didn’t practice Islam. Truth is, he wasn’t very religious.” That was a lie. Obama’s father and stepfather were devout Islamics. Both faithfully practiced their religion. His stepfather, who had a much greater impact on Obama’s upbringing, was a radical Wahabbi Muslim. “My mother was a Christian from Kansas.” That was also a lie. Obama’s mother, his maternal grandmother and grandfather were all atheists.
“They married and then divorced. I was raised by my mother. So, I’ve always been a Christian. The only connection I’ve had to Islam is that my grandfather on my father’s side came from that country. But I’ve never practiced Islam…For a while I lived in Indonesia because my mother was teaching there. And that’s a Muslim country. And I went to school—but I didn’t practice Islam.” Another lie. Obama’s mother married Lolo Soetoro, a Wahabbi extremist who lived in Indonesia. When Obama’s mother moved to Indonesia—before she married her second Muslim husband—she enrolled her son in Francis Assisis Catholic School. He was enrolled as a Muslim because he was a Muslim. The enrolment form required each student to choose one of five state-sanctioned religions when enrolling: Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, or Protestant. Had he been a lifelong Christian, or even a recent convert, he—or his mother—would have circled Protestant.”
“When confronted with this information, Obama said he couldn’t understand how such an error could have happened. Los Angeles Times reporter Paul Watson, who dug into Obama’s allegation of error, said “…his former Roman Catholic and Muslim teachers, along with two people who were identified by Obama’s grade school teacher as childhood friends, says Obama was registered by his family as a Muslim at both schools he attended. The registration meant that during the third and fourth grades, Obama learned about Islam for two hours each week in religion classes. The childhood friends say Obama sometimes went to Friday prayers at the local mosque.”
Scores of controversies and arguments are available on the net about religious identity of the American president. But, to my personal opinion, the best way to find the truth is to carefully scrutinize his activities being the most powerful President in today’s world. Just lately, he gave support towards construction of the devil mosque project within Ground Zero area. Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf of Cordova Center in New York City should be extremely delighted at such support of the US President. But, we, those who oppose militant Islam and Jihad and those who are battling Jihadists and Islamists should feel extremely worried.
*Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, Journalist and writer (written in Bangla and English) , former Soviet TASS correspondent, creator and former director of TV-21, won numerous international awards and current editor of Weekly Blitz www.weeklyblitz.net, the most influential anti-Jihadist newspaper in Bangladesh, and editor-in-chief of vernacular weekly Jamjamat.
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