Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ayatollah Durrani's call for Obama to be Caliph has enormous end time implications in Christianity AND Islam

Yesterday I published a piece that was pretty curious. Out of the blue, an Ayatollah from Pakistan called for Barack Hussein Obama, our President, to be installed as Caliph, leader of Muslims. Further, he called for Obama to lead Muslim Eid holiday prayers from Ground Zero on Sept. 11. The Ayatollah had called the Pakistani newspaper "The Nation" and made this claim, and it was published in both their print version and online. I thought the call for Obama to become caliph was odd, and anything odd these days bears intense research, because as we draw so close to the end, nothing is to be taken for granted. Thus, I began really looking at the language in the Pakistani news article. This is what I found, thanks to the Holy Spirit's guidance in research.

First, a republishing of the short, odd article:

Minister wants Obama to become Ameer-ul-Momineen
ISLAMABAD – In a development that could be duly termed as one and only of its kind, an incumbent Government’s Minister has urged US President Barrack Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero Mosque and become “Ameer-ul-Momineen” of Muslim Ummah [the collective Muslim world]. Minister of State for Industries and former member Pakistan Ideological Council Ayatullah Durrani called TheNation on Wednesday to register his demand made to President Obama. “The coming Eid would expectedly be observed on 9/11, this a golden opportunity for President Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero and become Amir-ul-Momineen or Caliph of Muslims. In this way, all the problems of Muslim World would be solved,” he thought. Durrani argued that Muslim World was in “dire need” of a Caliph and the distinguished slot of Caliphate would earn President Obama the exemplary titles of what he termed, “Mullah Barrack Hussain Obama” or “Allama Obama.” “The time is approaching fast. Barrack Hussain Obama must act now. This is a golden opportunity, Muslims badly need it,” he added, saying that the elevation of President Obama to Muslim’s Caliphate would be the “key to success.” This news was published in print paper.

The term caliph came into use as a title of the civil and religious head of the Muslim state. But because the Muslim state is so fractured, having one head as Caliph became untenable and fell out of use by 1924.

Let's take a close look at two of the sentences. First, Durrani said: "all the problems of Muslim World would be solved."

I can't speak for the Pakistani Ayatollah on exactly how this may solve the Muslim world's problems, but I do know that the Muslim world is not a united world. Sunni and Shia diverge greatly, and once the office of Caliph was abandoned in 1924, the division became seemingly permanent. "Disagreement over the status and legitimate line of caliphs lies at the root of the division between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. The caliphate has throughout history been an important symbolic focus of unity for Muslims, and since its abolition several pan-Islamic congresses have attempted to establish a rightful caliph. (Cambridge Encyclopedia).

Instituting the office of Caliph with an acceptable candidate would indeed go a long way to solving the Muslim world's problems. 

In Shia end time doctrines, the final Mahdi (12th Mahdi, and they have already had 11) will be a world leader, emerging out of the chaos and violence to institute a one world religion and economic system. The world will worship this Mahdi, (Muslim Messiah)in advance of the coming of Jesus prior to Jesus instituting HIS kingdom. Sound familiar? The final Mahdi is central to their doctrines, CENTRAL. The entire focus of much of Islam (with exception of certain Sunni sects) focuses on this final Imam.

With that in mind, on the Jihadica blog, a conversation took place in 2008 that bears on today's conversation about Obama as Caliph. The title of the entry is "Mahdi Will Appear After Return and Death of Caliph" and the excerpt is "Discussion of the appearance of the Mahdi, a messianic figure who will appear to restore justice to the world, is not a hot topic on Sunni Jihadi forums (in contrast with Shia miliants, who talk about it a lot). So a post today on Eklaas by al-Fata al-Jurani caught my eye. In it, he argues that the Mahdi will not appear until a caliph once again rules Muslims. After the caliph dies, the black banners will be unfurled and the Mahdi will appear. So if the caliphate were to be declared and acknowledged, would hitherto non-messianic Jihadi groups like al-Qaeda become messianic?"

Are you starting to get the import of this little-reported, curious call for Obama to be a Caliph?

In a second curious sentence from the article, I thought that the Ayatollah's specificity in delivering the titles for Obama in this yet-to-be-named Caliphate were odd. But they are not odd, in fact, these titles have great meaning for Muslims.

From the article: "Durrani, a former member of the Pakistan Ideological Council, contended that the Muslim world is in "dire need" of a Caliph and occupying this distinguished slot would provide Obama "exemplary titles" like "Mullah Barack Hussain Obama" or "Allama Obama".

Mullah is generally used to refer to a Muslim man, educated in Islamic theology and sacred law. The title, given to some Islamic clergy, is derived from the Arabic word mawl√† , meaning "vicar", "master" and "guardian". In large parts of the Muslim world, particularly Iran, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, it is the name commonly given to local Islamic clerics or mosque leaders.”

Allamah also spelled Allameh and Allama, is an honorary title carried by only the very highest scholars of Islamic thought, jurisprudence, and philosophy. It is used as an honorific in Sunni Islam as well as in Twelver Shia Islam. The caliphate has throughout history been an important symbolic focus of unity for Muslims, and since its abolition several pan-Islamic congresses have attempted to establish a rightful caliph.

Obama is seen as a uniter, a bridge from the past to the future, a scholar, and a person of diverse origins, able to understand all peoples. From what I have read of Obama's life, he seems to be able to fulfill the titles the Pakistani Ayatollah has readily prepared for him. Qualifications aside, that Obama has been deemed acceptable by a respected former member of the Muslim Ideological Council is tremendously significant theologically.

And now, the point, if you haven't figured it out already: from Watchmanbiblestudy.com
"Throughout the Islamic world today there is a call for the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate.  The Caliph (Khalifa) in Islam may be viewed somewhat as the Pope of the Muslims. The Caliph is viewed as the Vice-regent for Allah on the earth."

We know that the False Prophet paves the way for the Antichrist to be worshiped, and the vehicle for that worship is the Mark. (Rev 13:11-17). Is the call by Ayatollah Durrani for Obama to become Caliph really the first call from satan to his false prophet?

7 comments :

  1. Any Muslim who prays at ground zero should have a boot placed at the back of his head and his head should never be allowed to arise again.

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  2. I am not a fan of false religions because they disrespect God in the highest and worst way. But equally, I am not a fan of advocating violence as in your statement. If I saw a Muslim man praying, I would pray that he has a long life so as to have a better chance of coming to Jesus. I would not say that he should die on the spot, because he would go to hell.

    Muslims are not our enemy. Satan is.

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  3. I agree Elizabeth,
    I admire the fact that Muslims have a zeal and reverence for their god. If we can just show them the love of Jesus, they will find the true living God. I read that as many as 6 million Muslims come to Christ every year. We battle principalities and powers, not flesh and blood.
    Pray for the Muslims. Even those who are our enemies. Any of them could be the next Saul/Paul.
    As for this story, thanks Elizabeth for sheding light into the beliefs of Muslims.

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  4. Hey Anonymous,
    A boot to the back of the head?!? Dude, you sound like a skinhead. Facisism is not the answer. Jesus Christ is the only way to a lasting peace. We should pray for the Moslems, and while we are at it we should pray for people who want to put jackboots on the back of peoples head.

    These boots aint made for walking. Wise up.

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  5. Very good post. I've been studying Islam and their Hadith writings for 10 years. If you didn't already know, it teaches that Issa (Jesus) will return with the Mahdi and tell the world he is not the son of God and did not die at calvary.

    The book of revelation states there is will be a false prophet who blasphemes heaven. What greater way to blaspheme God and heaven by stating the above as Jesus? Issa will be the "religious" leader while the Mahdi will be more the politician.

    It's also amazing to note that until now, most of us have believed it would be a risen ROMAN empire that would be the final ruling kingdom. Partially true but the majority of the EU countries are Islamic and will have no problem handing over their power to the Pseudo Christ since he will be the Muslim Mahdi.

    You also mention that the Mahdi will not appear until the return and death of the Caliph. If Obama does take this role, does that mean he will die? Wonder if it will be a head wound and be healed causing the world to wonder and claim him to be the Mahdi?

    Food for thought :)

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  6. Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

    I think it is a long-shot for Obama to claim this position as the Ayatollah urged. But the Lord knows. Though some sects think the Caliph must be in place prior to the Madhi's coming, not all think this way. I am not familiar enough with the nuances of Islam to say one way or the other if those who want a Caliph in place are right or not. I do not think Obama will die, I think he is too integral to satan's plans. But the Lord knows.

    We DO know that there will be a false prophet to point the way to the Antichrist (Muslim Mahdi??) but we will fortunately not be on earth to see who fulfills that role.

    I believe time is short...

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  7. Well, now children, let's look at the fact's Obama, did come in on a platform of peace, after he was elected president but before taking the oath, he won the Nobel Peace Prize, for what???? And, he is tring his darnest, to divid Jerusalem and, I will just stop with those twoo, Oh, you know, no one knows his real name, Barack Huesain Obama was his fathers name and he adopted it, and Barry Otero or whatever it was, was his step fathers name, what was his birth name? And, well, the list is too long... okay children do your homework....

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