‘He’s With Us’

Reading an article in Farsi I was struck: In Farsi, phonetically Barack Obama’s last name, O-Baa-Maa is spelled like so:



او + با + ما

ٌWhich in Fari would mean: ‘He’ (او, ow), plus ‘with’ (با, baa), plus ‘us’ (ما, maa), or ‘He’s With Us’. So I looked this up, and of course, native speakers had picked up on this WAY before I did. Not to mention his middle name is Hussein (as we are all too familiar with), the same name as Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet, second son of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the fourth of the rightly-guided caliphs (al-kulafa al-rashidun), and most significantly for Shi’i Islam, arguably the most important figure for the Shi’i identity narrative. Considering the possible direction Obama may go with his Iran policy it helps appeal to the younger generations. Cool…


~ by The Common Man on December 2, 2008.

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