President Obama's Muslim tendencies

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2012 — It’s no secret that President Barack Obama has a problem accepting responsibility for anything negative that happens in his administration.

This is one of the traits that make many people suspicious about his ties to Islam.  While the president may not be a practicing Muslim, it is clear that his past and his background provide him with strong Islamic tendencies which are easily supported through his own words as well as many of his actions.

Among the more obvious examples is bowing to the Saudi royal family, the yellow drape at his press conferences which contains Islamic symbols and citing passages from the Koran in some of his speeches.

What is less obvious is a subtle, little known aspect of the faith, which the mainstream media will never mention and which is sure to be strongly refuted by Islamic apologists.  The word in Arabic is taqiyya which literally mean “to prevent.”  In English, we know it as lying.

The principle of Al-Taqiyya comes from the Koran, noting Muslims are permitted to lie if they are taking preventive measures against harm to themselves or to fellow Muslims.  Taqiyya even allows Muslims to deny their faith, so long as they do not mean it in their hearts.  It also means that Muslims may use the tactic to gain the upper hand over an opponent for personal gain whenever it may be advantageous to do so.

Surah (Chapter) 3:28 of the Koran states, “Let not believers make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful – he that does this has nothing to hope for from God – except in self-defense.  God admonishes you to fear Him; for to God you shall return.”

The Prophet Mohammed refined the concept of taqiyya to a fine art with his “revelations of convenience” which became more frequent after he and his followers migrated to Medina.  Chronologically, chapters 9 and 5 of the Koran were the last two suras that were written.

According to the Islamic doctrine of naksh, or “abrogation,” when there is a contradiction between verses in the Koran, the earlier verse is superseded by the later verse.  Sura 2:106 states, “If We abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten, We will replace it by a better one or one similar.”

In the next to last chapter of the Koran, Sura 9:5 states, “When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them.  Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” 

And in the final chronological chapter, Sura 5:33 says, “Those that make war against God and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land.  They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter: except those that repent before you reduce them.”

Some Islamic scholars believe that verses 9:5 and 5:33, all by themselves, cancel at least 124 earlier verses in which Muhammad preached patience and tolerance. 

But why does this have anything to do with Barack Obama and the perceptions of his Muslim tendencies?  The reason is simple, though it may not be obvious.  The president comes from a legacy where taqiyya is a way of life.  His narcissism is such that he believes his followers will trust him regardless of any falsehoods he expounds.

It is a documented fact that Obama’s step-father, Lolo Soetoro, was a practicing Muslim who took young Barack to the mosque to pray. Soetoro also enrolled his step-son in school as a Muslim. As a child, Obama grew up in Indonesia, a primarily Muslim country, which would certainly be a powerful influence on someone who is also living in a Muslim household.

In his book, Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama questions the divinity of Christ, which is hardly a Christian trait, but certainly a Muslim point of view.

Further evidence can be found in the May, 2010 issue of Israel Today in an article by Aviel Schneider titled “Obama, a ‘Strategic Catastrophe’” where Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit stated on Nile TV, “The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim.”

As Pamela Geller puts it in her blog Atlas Shrugs, “This is devastating news, and yet no media is covering it. A stealth jihad on the White House. Remember, during his campaign, I and others were excoriated for using Obama’s middle name. We were accused of implying he was a crypto-Muslim. We could not discuss his background, his Islamic schooling, his ties to Islam. However, I have meticulously documented his Muslim background in my book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America

The president’s inability to accept responsibility for anything negative in his administration combined with the principle of taqiyya, which most certainly influenced him during his lifelong associations with Islam, certainly have had a cumulative affect on his world view.

Whether or not Obama’s comments to Ahmed Aboul Gheit were true or not, someone isn’t telling the truth. On the one hand, Gheit may have been lying. On the other, if he was telling the truth, then Obama was either lying to him or to the American people.  

The conclusion? It’s taqiyya in its purest form.

A review of candidate Obama’s words in the 2008 campaign compared with statements of President Obama in 2012 is filled with discrepancies. Politics as usual? Possibly. But it may also be deeper than that. And more sinister. There have been so many lies and deceptions, it is impossible to deny that the President not only fails to accept responsibility for his failures, but he cannot tell the truth about them either.

The seed of Islam blossomed in 7th century Arabia. Even now, some fourteen hundred years later, it remains an Arabic trait to pass blame to someone else.  If the concepts of naksh and taqiyya were good enough for the Prophet Mohammed, then they would certainly be acceptable to someone in the 21st century who has similar leanings. 

On several occasions, even Osama bin Laden initially denied responsibility for 9/11. 

Some voters may not know precisely why they mistrust the president, but a closer look at his background provides strong indications about the way he views the world. If that message seems subliminal it’s because it is intended to be subliminal.

While it could all be a matter of misperception, Pamela Geller offers plenty of food for thought when she writes, “bear in mind, it was verboten to speak of such things during the presidential campaign. That was the level of deceit and obfuscation and taqiyya”

Call it intuition, perception or just a gut feelings, there’s enough evidence to arouse curiosity about the President’s inclinations even if people aren’t exactly sure why.


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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 

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