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Saudi Arabia: Obama’s grandmother in Mecca for ‘Hajj’ ceremony

Mecca, 25 Nov. (AKI) – The grandmother of US president Barack Obama has arrived in Saudi Arabia for the ‘Hajj’ or Islamic pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, a Saudi daily said on Wednesday. Sarah Obama, 87, is being accompanied by a nephew and Obama’s cousin, Omran.

Obama, the mother of the American president’s father, lives in a village in Kenya and is one of the many guests of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.

About two million Muslims converge on Mecca each year for the Hajj pilgrimage but Saudi officials were expecting fewer pilgrims this year due to the threat of the H1N1 virus known as swine flu.

USA's muhamedanske præsident

USA' s muhamedanske præsident?

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  1. Hej Anna:o)

    Jeg er lidt forvirret, hvordan når du frem til at Obama skulle være muslim? Dit link fortæller om hans bedstemor, som er muslim, ikke at Obama er det?

    Mvh

  2. Prøv linket under billedet af Obama. Det er iøvrigt ved at være en ældgammel nyhed at Obama har islamisk baggrund:

    In a recent analysis, “Was Barack Obama a Muslim?” I surveyed available evidence and found it suggests “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 response, David Brock’s organization, Media Matters for America (MMfA), which calls itself a “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” has criticized one of my sources of information.

    MMfA contends in “Daniel Pipes relied on disputed LA Times article to revive Obama-Muslim falsehood,” that “key aspects” of a March 16, 2007, Los Angeles Times article I quoted were later challenged by another newspaper account, “History of schooling distorted,” by Kim Barker in the Chicago Tribune on March 25.

    Falsehood? That’s a strong word.

    To assess MMfA’s claim, let’s review its preferred article and examine what Barker has to say on four topics related to Obama’s Indonesian years, 1967-71:

    1. His attendance at a Catholic school;
    2. His attendance at a public school;
    3. His step-father, Lolo Soetoro; and
    4. His friend, Zulfan Adi.

    To start with, about the Catholic school, Fransiskus Strada Asisia, which Obama attended 1967-70 (words in square brackets are added by me):

    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.

    The enrollment form from the Catholic school, which has been cited as evidence that Obama was a Muslim in Indonesia [including by the Los Angeles Times], also was rife with errors. It listed Obama as an Indonesian, listed his previous school incorrectly and failed to list his mother, Ann, at all.

    About Obama’s time at a public elementary school, 1970-71, variously known as the Sekolah Dasar Nasional Menteng No. 1 or the Basuki school, Barker writes:

    When Obama attended 4th grade in 1971, Muslim children spent two hours a week studying Islam, and Christian children spent those two hours learning about the Christian religion.

    During a recent visit to this public school, Barker found that:

    Weekly religious classes are required for all students, whether Muslims, Christians, or Hindus, under the government curriculum. A new shiny mosque is in the corner of the courtyard. “The Muslims learn about Islam, prayer and religious activity,” said Hardi Priyono, the vice principal for curriculum. “And for the Christians, during the religious class, they also have a special room teaching Christianity. It’s always been like that.”

    About Obama’s step-father, Lolo Soetoro and his religiosity, Barker writes:

    In their first neighborhood, Obama occasionally followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers, a few neighbors said. But Soetoro usually was too busy working, first for the Indonesian army and later for a Western oil company. “Sometimes Lolo went to the mosque to pray, but he rarely socialized with people,” said Fermina Katarina Sinaga, Obama’s 3rd-grade teacher at the Catholic school, who lived near the family. “Rarely, Barry [a nickname for Barack] went to the mosque with Lolo.”

    Barker learned from his friends and family that Lolo Soetoro, who died in 1987, was “much more of a free spirit than a devout Muslim” and “hardly the image of a pious Muslim.”

    His nephew, Sonny Trisulo, 49, said Soetoro always liked women and alcohol. One of his health problems was a failing liver. “He loved drinking, was a smart and warm person, the naughtiest one in the family,” Trisulo recalled.

    As for Zulfan Adi, cited in the Los Angeles Times piece:

    Zulfan Adi, a former neighborhood playmate of Obama’s who has been cited in news reports as saying Obama regularly attended Friday prayers with Soetoro, told the Tribune he was not certain about that when pressed about his recollections. He only knew Obama for a few months, during 1970, when his family moved to the neighborhood.

    Does any of the above information from the Chicago Tribune article refute my analysis, as MMfA contends? It raises questions about two details in the Los Angeles Times account (the accuracy of the Catholic school’s registration form and the reliability of Zulfan Adi as a source on Obama). But on the larger issue of Obama’s religious practices during his Jakarta years, it confirms the Times account. Note in particular three excerpts from Barker’s article:

    · “Interviews with dozens of former classmates, teachers, neighbors and friends show that Obama was not a regular practicing Muslim when he was in Indonesia” – implying he was an irregularly practicing Muslim.

    · “Obama occasionally followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers, a few neighbors said” – confirming that he did pray in the mosque.

    · “Obama’s 3rd-grade teacher at the Catholic school, who lived near the family [said that] ‘Rarely, Barry went to the mosque with Lolo’” – confirming that Obama attended mosque services.

    All this matters, for if Obama once was a Muslim, he is now what Islamic law calls a murtadd (apostate), an ex-Muslim converted to another religion who must be executed. Were he elected president of the United States, this status, clearly, would have large potential implications for his relationship with the Muslim world.

    In sum: 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.”
    Therefore, what MMfA calls the “Obama-Muslim falsehood” is in fact confirmed by both articles as truthful and accurate.

    Calling this a falsehood is in itself a falsehood.
    Mr. Pipes (www.DanielPipes.org) is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.

    • Nu skrev du i det oprindelige oplæg, at Obama var muslim, ikke at det var hans baggrund der var muslimsk..

      Jeg er udemærket bekendt med hans barndom og (forholdsvise) muslimske opvækst, men så vidt jeg mindes, så har han vidst brugt de fleste af sine voksne år i en kristen kontekst, ikke sandt? Han har oven i købet været fast kirkegænger og betragter oven i købet sig selv som kristen..

      Hans muslimske baggrund har han aldrig lagt skjul på, tværtimod, så var det noget han fremhævede som en styrke.. Men, noget som ikke rigtigt bliver fremhævet her, han har altså også en kristen baggrund..

      Jeg har selv en kristen baggrund, min far var kristen, men jeg er jøde, ikke kristen..

      Udover det, så ser jeg det ikke som nogen speciel mere positiv hvis man er kristen, ligesom jeg heller ikke ser det som noget mere negativt hvis en person er muslim.. Jeg forholder mig til personen selv.. Dermed ikke sagt at jeg er specielt enig eller begejstret for Obama, kan bare ikke forstå at man absolut vil gøre ham til muslim eller hvorfor det skulle være noget dårligt i sig selv..

      Mvh

  3. “Nu skrev du i det oprindelige oplæg, at Obama var muslim, ikke at det var hans baggrund der var muslimsk.”

    Hvor skriver jeg det? Du har vist en livlig fantasi.

    Desuden mener jeg at al religion – specielt de monoteistiske varianter – er overtro; det eneste brugbare er de etiske regelsæt, som følger med de fleste religioner.

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