Thursday, November 20, 2008

Obama and the Mahdi

This falls under the category of "the truth is stranger than fiction."

In an article published in Forbes Magazine, a man named Amir Taheri refers to a facinating prophecy made by Ali Ibn Abi-Talib, a cousin of Muhammad. The "prophecy" was recorded in a 17th century Islamic text.

Many Shiite Muslims believe in the second coming of the "Mahdi" or Ultimate Savior." According to Amir Taheri,

According to the prophecy, "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.

Apparently, some Iranians think Obama may be the fulfillment of this prophecy. You can read the whole article at Forbes (via David Wheaton's Christian Worldview blog).


Kevin said...

Cool... maybe President-elect Obama can convince them to dismantle their nuclear weapons, oust Ahmadinejad, and fire all of their long range missiles into the sea.

Jason said...

I am so liking Kevin's idea. We should totally use this to our advantage. ;P

At the same time, did this prophecy have words like "Change" and "Yes, we can"?