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Poem: Inauguration of Martyrs by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 10:39 am
Filed under: February Volume I- 2009, Magazine/ Culture, Poetry | Tags: ,

By Afifa Begum

Islamic Post Staff Writer

For the bodies like  apple orchards,  on trees did they sway some even remaining until they rotted  away
May they be allowed to attend this inaugural day.

For the bodies tossed into the Atlantic Ocean
To life under the sea as human feed

On this day in the parades and in front  may they lead.

Separated from their country, their culture, their names unknown they had to become John, Jones, June and James

This day they are seated on the inaugural throne.

Men, women and children by the millions they were transported and journeyed only to  be harnessed like animals –their skins branded with masters’ initials burning
Clerics, architects, scholars and nobles from all walks of life on a voyage to unknown shores; years of appealing on vaulted doors.

On this day their presence carpets the white house floors.

Their blood flowing bodies have fertilized our  American soils; for centuries our fields they did  till and toil; may they be recompensed this day for their unforgettable turmoil….

President Barack Hussein Obama
All races, religions and continents lie within you
As do the martyrs looking on from their “sacred view”

This day they arrive to commemorate with you.

On January twentieth, two thousand and nine
The Constitution and Declaration of Independence
Was finally for all fulfilled on Capitol Hill

For millions to see you had fulfilled God’s will.

Like the Seal of the Prophets and ancestors –an orphan you became
By the removal of parents –the universe did you gain
Are your legacies one and the same: to return the lost
Flock back to one God again?

‘Tis a well known fact the martyrs never die or retire
At “high noon” descend in their traditional martyrs attire

As president Barack Hussein Obama raised one hand towards the heavens and the other facing the earth, all and everything bore witness to this oath throughout the universe.

Appendix:
President Obama galvanized different races, religions and creeds within 24 hours. On that day four million attendees converged on the mall and 1 1/2 million framed the outside of the mall. At the final event, all faiths were represented and allowed to offer a prayer at the national prayer service.



Shape of Things to Come by Khalida
January 2, 2009, 6:30 am
Filed under: Front Page News, Interfaith, January Volume I- 2009 | Tags:

Presidential Appointments: Turning  the Corner in American Politics

The appointment of former First Lady
Senator  Hillary  Clinton  as  the  incoming
U.S. Secretary of State gave a signal  that
former rivalries will not be an issue for the
upcoming administration.
There  are  further  indications  that
the unity and change promised during the
campaign may  be  fulflled. The frst  sign
in evidence is mass popular support by the
American people. Three hundred thousand
people have applied for the 8,000 job open-
ings under the Obama administration, and
it seems the president-elect will appreciate
the fresh faces. Unlike the outgoing admin-
istration, which saw no shortage of resigna-
tions due  to scandal and court cases with
missing  documentation,  President-Elect
Barack Obama  has  expressed  determina-
tion  that  if whistle-blowers  decide  some-
thing is not right under the new president’s
watch,  they  will  be  welcomed  to  come
forward:
“Often the best source of information
about waste,  fraud,  and  abuse  in  govern-
ment  is an existing government employee
committed  to public  integrity and willing
to  speak  out,”  says  the  offcial  transition
website  Change.gov.  “Such  acts  of  cour-
age  and patriotism, which  can  sometimes
save lives and often save taxpayer dollars,
should  be  encouraged  rather  than  stifed.
We  need  to  empower  federal  employees
as  watchdogs  of  wrongdoing  and  part-
ners  in  performance. Barack Obama will
strengthen  whistleblower  laws  to  protect
federal workers who expose waste,  fraud,
and  abuse  of  authority  in  government.
Obama  will  ensure  that  federal  agencies
expedite the process for reviewing whistle-
blower claims and whistleblowers have full
access to cour ts and due process.”
The positive  resolve of  the  incoming
administration has injected new confdence
into the legislative bodies. The majority of
appointees  are  already  active  administra-
tors,  and  the  former  senator  presumably
has a desire to turn around the low approval
ratings  accumulated  by  the  Democratic
Congress.
“As  president,  Barack  Obama  will
restore the American people’s trust in their
government by making government more
open  and  transparent,”  reports  Change.
gov. “Obama will work to reform congres-
sional  rules  to  require  all  legislative  ses-
sions,  including  committee mark-ups  and
conference committees, to be conducted in
public. By making  these practices public,
the American people will be able  to hold
their  leaders  accountable  for  wasteful
spending, and lawmakers won’t be able to
slip favors for lobbyists into bills at the last
minute.
“Too  often  bills  are  rushed  through
Congress  and  to  the  president  before  the
public has the opportunity to review them.
As  president,  Obama  will  not  sign  any
non-emergency  bill  without  giving  the
American public an opportunity to review
and comment on the White House website
for fve days,” Change.gov informs.



Editorial: ‘The True Leader Presides,’ The Heritage of a New President, Syed Barack Hussein Obama by Khalida
December 1, 2008, 12:51 am
Filed under: December Volume 1 - 2008, Front Page News, National | Tags: , ,

The Pakistani newspaper Nawai-e Waqt recently reported, as a result of extensive research, that President-elect Barack Hussein Obama, though a Christian, enjoys the highest rank in Islam, one not attainable even through his extensive community activism and multiculturalism. The daily publication established Kenyan Syed Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., the now deceased father of the President-elect of the United States, to be, by birthright, in the ranks of the descendants of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad –may Allah’s peace be upon him and his family for eternal times.
The title Syed, also spelled Sayyid, is generally used before the name of a descendant of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) and denotes the honor in which the family of the Holy Last Messenger, is held.
Being the son of a Syed, the President-elect himself is Syed. Syed Barack Hussein Obama, will do well to remember this, as his greatest honor in order to continue to make his mark in the tradition of those who, whether they are following Islam as good Muslims, or even adhering to the Ten Commandments as good Christians, are known by the characteristics of generosity, chivalry, and patience.
To illustrate the high regard for Syeds and Syedas (f.) amongst all true Muslims, a famous tradition of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad, follows, in which the Beloved of the Most High (peace and blessings be upon him and his family) said: “I am leaving for you two precious and weighty symbols that if you adhere to both of them you shall not go astray after me. They are, the Book of Allah (Holy Qur’an), and my progeny. The Rahman (All Merciful Creator) has informed me that these two shall not separate from each other till they come to me by the Pool (of Paradise).”*
The fact that President-elect Syed Obama is Christian does not, however, remove the spirit of mercy which descends from the Most High Almighty Creator to the lineage of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), due to the love of the Almighty for His Messenger. Nor does it stop the spiritual inheritance from spreading through the family of a Syed, be they Muslims or non-Muslims. Even the mother of the President-elect, Syeda Stanley Ann Dunham, attained to this honor upon marriage with a Syed, regardless of either of their religious, or non-religious, affiliations; after her divorce, she lived for some years in Lahore, Pakistan, called the City of the Saints, and passed away in the United States shortly thereafter.
About his own faith, President-elect Syed Obama says: “When I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth and carrying out His works, with that newfound faith, that [it] fortified my commitment to the work I was doing in the community, because it taught me that [although] I can sit in church and pray all I want, I won’t be fulfilling the Lord’s will unless I am doing the Lord’s work.”
As a correlation, it is an Islamic principle that imaan is something to be found within a person’s good actions and deeds, and that what lies at the core of a person’s belief system cannot be translated into English as mere “faith.”
According to the Islamic belief system, there is a tree of generosity in Paradise, the branches of which hang down into this world. Those who grab hold of that tree, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, will eventually be pulled up into that mercy.
It is therefore hoped that the President-elect, Syed Barack Obama, will utilize the mercy that has been extended to him. The recollection of how much he himself has been discriminated against by various elements throughout his honorable lifetime, should facilitate the continued use of his worldwide popular support in a way befitting the character of his birthright, and his own character, by administering justice to his fellow American citizens, without allowing racial or religious tensions to overshadow the essence of a Syed, for whom tolerance and mercy prevails.
*This famous and sound tradition was recorded in the Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Tafsir ibn Kathir, and many other sources. A similar tradition regarding the descendants of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), has appeared in Sahih Muslim.



Tipping The Scales: Pleasing the Powerful Pro-Israel Lobby by Khalida
June 22, 2008, 4:58 am
Filed under: International, July Volume I- 2008, Politics | Tags: , , , , , ,

By Farhana Jamal, Islamic Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In a country often referred to as the “Land of opportunity,” the most recent race for the U.S. Presidency has turned into the prime chance for Israel to stake their claim on this great land by backing the presidential candidate who surrenders to their demands in order to be named the next president of the United States.
America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), “…works with both Democratic and Republican political leaders to enact public policy that strengthens the vital U.S.-Israel relationship,” the organization’s website states.
Any U.S. relationship with Israel, the Zionist capitol of the world, reaps no benefit for the American people. Americans want change and the slogans for Democratic and Republican presidential nominees promise this change, but what changes can be made if promises are made to the government of a country which seeks only to annihilate all other countries who refuse to surrender their lands?
Senator John McCain, a former POW, and Senator Barack Obama, the first African American presidential nominee, are working diligently in their respective campaigns to become leader of the “free world.”
McCain openly accepts donations from lobbyists such as AIPAC to fund his campaign and in return agrees to terms and stipulations that contradict his promise of “Leadership you can believe in!” At the 2008 AIPAC Policy Conference, McCain said, “…I welcome you to Washington and your money and it’s–it’s a pleasure as always to be in the company of the men and women of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.”
McCain talks to his fellow Americans of his desire to serve them, if elected president while making the policies of AIPAC American policies. “The threats to Israel’s security are large and growing and America’s commitment must grow as well. I strongly support the increase in military aid to Israel scheduled to begin in October. I am committed to making certain, Israel maintains its qualitative military edge.
“Israel’s enemies are too numerous, its margin of error too small, and our shared interests and values too great for us to follow any other policy,” he said in his speech at the conference.
In earlier speeches McCain said that the U.S. must remain in Iraq and Afghanistan until victory has been declared. As of today, no such victory has occurred. Is this the start of another war?
The U.S. military is stretched beyond capacity in the current wars, but due to Israel’s demands military support, McCain is willing to risk more lives – the lives of those in the military as well as those civilians who expect their military to be available to protect their own homeland.
For those who find his alliance with Israel deplorable, McCain says, ‘too bad.’
“If there are ties between America and Israel that critics of our alliance have never understood, perhaps that’s because they do not fully understand the love of liberty and the pursuit of justice. But they should know –they should know those ties cannot be broken.
“We were brought together by shared ideals and by shared adversity; we have been comrades in struggle and trusted partners in the quest for peace. We are the most natural of allies and like Israel itself–that alliance is forever,” he said.
McCain is not alone in making contradictory statements to the masses.
Barack Obama, who is known for statements about denying donations from lobbyists because they do not care about the American people, is also making promises to Israel.
While there does not appear to be any record of him accepting donations from AIPAC, he has allied the organization friends to his presidential campaign. “Our alliance is based on shared interests and shared values,” Obama said at the 2008 AIPAC Conference.
Obama, while admired by many around the world, is still a politician who will make necessary deals to secure his election.
Meeting behind closed doors with Senator Hillary Clinton, a known Zionist supporter, shortly after his nomination, assuredly benefited himself, as well as Clinton and Israel. Then there was the pressure from the media and Clinton supporters to take Hillary Clinton as his running mate or risk losing her supporters. Perhaps he really does want to change Washington, but in a political world governed by the Zionists, change comes at a hefty price.
“As President I will implement a memorandum of understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade, investments to Israel’s security that will not be tied to any other nation,” he said.
With the economy in such a disastrous state, education and its funding below average, and the military being stretched thin, how can such an expensive promise be made?
Like McCain, he is also making similar statements and promises to the Zionists. How can he make changes in politics, but make promises to Israel?
Israel’s list of demands involves the death and destruction of all Muslim countries, including Indonesia where Obama lived for some time, and Kenya, the home of his father.
Unfortunately, Muslim countries are listed as terrorist strong-holds making them targets of the Zionists. Islam is their greatest enemy.
Because they have presented Muslim countries as a threat, Obama has stated that, “Those who threaten Israel threaten us; Israel has always faced these threats on the front lines and I will bring to the White House an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.”
One would think that Senator Barack Hussein Obama, son of a Kenyan Muslim, would refrain from making alliances with AIPAC especially when those who are targeted by them are his Muslim family.
While he has tried to discourage making his campaign an issue of race, he has definitely avoided the Muslim aspect of it as well.
Although he is not a Muslim, he is familiar with Islam and those who practice its way of life and for that reason alone making any pacts with the Zionists is an insult to his Muslim family.
Working with Israel is the same as signing their death warrants.
Barack Obama sealed the deal by reaffirming his commitment to Israel’s security and its New World Order saying, “Now is the time to stand by Israel as it writes the next chapter in its extraordinary journey. Now is the time to join together in the work of repairing this world and I’m looking forward to being a partner with AIPAC in making that happen.”
Regardless of which person is voted into office, the Zionists will see to it that their plan is implemented. The Democrats and Republicans will continue to argue over which candidate is most worthy of the job and will vote accordingly, but they fail to realize that there is a third party voting in this election-the Zionist Party. Their candidate wins every election.

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