Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pres. Obama, apostasy/repentance: Bowing AND SCRAPING to King Abdullah


I am offering a possible explanation for the BOWING and SCRAPING of Pres. Obama before Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Carefully examining the video recording and photo of the G20 meeting of Pres. Obama with King Abdullah, I can see that not only did Pres. Obama make a deep bow of about 90 degrees but also he scraped the floor with his right foot.

The explanation that Pres. Obama bent over at such an angle to shake King Abdullah's hand because King Abdullah is much shorter is nonsense because Queen Elizabeth is much shorter than King Abdullah and as can be seen in the video above which compares the two meetings, Pres. Obama only nods to Queen Elizabeth by comparison.

In Islam, there are two types of ritual bowing, Sujud and Ruk'u. Sajdah is to prostrate oneself to God in the direction of the Kaaba at Makkah which is usually done during daily prayers (salah). While in sujud, a Muslim is to praise Allah and glorify him. The position involves having the forehead, nose, both hands, knees and all toes touching the ground together.

Ruk'u is bowing down following the recitation of the Quran in the standing position while praying according to Islamic ritual (salat). The position of ruk'u is established by bending over, putting one's hands on one's knees, and remaining in that position until the individual attains "calmness".

HOWEVER, both sujud and ruk'u are for PRAYER. It is NOT customary for a Muslim to bow to another as all are supposed to be equal in Islam. Bowing to other human beings is frowned upon in Muslim cultures as all human beings are considered equal and bowing is only supposed to be done to God in Islam. This can be seen in the video below as King Abdullah meets the Imams of Haramim in 2008.

According to sharia there are four basically offenses punishable by death:
o-- Irtidad (apostasy)
o-- Zināa (sexual impropriety)
o-- Qatala (murder)
o-- Defamation of the prophet Muhammad or desecration of Qur'an
+++ Muhammad cartoons:
+++ Fitna movie:
+++Desecration of Qur'an:

Of course it is purely conjecture, but since Pres. Obama's father was a Muslim, according to sharia, Obama would be considered a Muslim. Furthermore, since Pres. Obama studied Islam and even recalls "the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent..., Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset" It is reasonable that Muslims might consider that at one time Obama was a Muslim who had rejected Islam and became a Christian.

Adhan in Jakarta “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset"

Pres. Obama said in his interview with Al Arabiya, "I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.

Knowing that other Muslims would think that he used to be a Muslim and having publicly stated that he had converted to Christianity and knowing the punishment for irtidaad (apostasy) is death, Pres. Obama may have been concerned that the very conservative Salafis (fundamentalists) in Saudi Arabia would clamor for his punishment because he turned away from Islam. Obama knows that according to Islam, it is shirk (blasphemy) to accept that Jesus Christ is being the son of Allah (Qur'an 4:116; 5:72; 6:14; 17:43; 23:59; 31:13; 112:3) or that Jesus died on the cross (Qru'an 4:157) because the Qur'an vehemently denies this.

So perhaps, Pres. Obama decided to tawba (repent). Muslims know that Allah is Most Forgiving and Most Merciful. Allah wants people to repent from their sins and turn to Him for forgiveness. This theme is repeated throughout the Holy Qur'an (5:74; 25:70; 11:3)

Tawbah nasuh (sincere or genuine repentance) is distinguished by a Muslim's:
•remorse over committing the sin
•removal of himself from the sin
•resolve not to commit the sin again
•asking Allah for forgiveness every time he remembers the sin

Therefore, Pres. Obama's extreme submission of bowing and scraping before King Abdullah may have been an indication of his sincere remorse over committing the sin of shirk (blasphemy) and an appeal for mercy from the punishment of his irtidad (apostasy). King Abdullah, in 2007, showed extreme mercy and compassion to pardon the girl from Qatif who had been gang raped by 7 men and who had been sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison. Ordinarily, in such a case she would have been sentenced to death but there was a lack of witnesses.,2933,317066,00.

Then, Pres. Obama travelled to Turkey where he vowed, ""The United States is not and never will be at war with Islam...."America's relationship with the Muslim world cannot and will not be based on opposition to al Qaida...We seek broad engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect..."We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over so many centuries to shape the world for the better, including my own country."


Several people have suggested the reason for Obama bowing to the King was a way to thank him for paying for his Harvard education and monetary help on the road to the White House. What do you think?

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