A strange story at Forbes magazine sheds light on some uncomfortable correlations between ancient Islamic end-times prophecy and our current President-elect. It is well known that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Shiites are awaiting the appearance of the twelfth Imam (the Mahdi) who will arrive at the end of the world amid catastrophic war. Apparently a 17th century Shiite Hadith proclaims the following:
According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the prophet’s cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that 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.”
That is disturbing enough, but what follows, is uncanny and unsettling:
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.
The Iranian regime is delighted to see an Obama administration, and the world should be ready for anything to happen between now and 2012.