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Sydney Hostage Taker Told Obama to Stop Hiding his Religion
Sheikh Haron, the Sydney hostage taker, had an extensive website which is currently down where he posted open letters to assorted politicians. These included a letter to Obama written during his original campaign.
12 June 2008
Senator Barack Obama
713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510 USA
Dear Brother Barack Obama
I got your message. Hiding the religion for political purposes is not permitted. When a Muslim is asked about her/his religion, she/he must tell the truth. You think it is permissible by Shariah law to hide your religion to achieve some positions to be able to help Islam and to give a better service to Muslims. You are wrong, Shariah law doesn’t allow you to do so, your reason for hiding your religion Islamically is not a legitimate reason. You must rely on Allah (SWT) and avoid the satanic style of politics. If Allah wants you to be the President of the United States of America, you will definitely be the president, no matter you hide your religion or not, no matter you lie to American people or you tell the truth, so it is not worth to commit a big sin just for political purposes. You will be apostate by denying your religion, I advise you to avoid such a big sin. You must have trust in Allah, you must always remember that Allah has the absolute power to help you to become the President even if you tell the truth that you are a Muslim. Our rely must be only on Allah. You will be the President but it doesn’t worth to be a President by selling out your religion, it is not worth to lose hereafter which is permanent life for this short term life. You will be the President but this is a test from Allah to show to people that Senator Barack Obama chooses the right path or the satanic tactic. I advise you to be careful to pass this test of Allah successfully. May Allah guide all of us. Ameen.
– Obama for America (Campaign), P.O.Box 8102 Chicago, IL 60680 USA
The interesting thing here is that Sheikh Haron viewed Obama as a Muslim who was hiding his religion based on his background. There hasn’t been much talk about this, but considering that Obama had a Muslim father and stepfather, many Muslims would view him as a Muslim and have varying views of his motives.