NEW YORK – President Obama's half-brother from Kenya, Abongo Malik Obama, will return Friday to the U.S., not to visit the White House as he has done before, but to begin a partnership with a cult leader in Texas who has been compared to David Koresh and Jim Jones.
Malik will be in Abilene, Texas, to attend the Peaceful Solution Character Education Convention hosted by known polygamist Yisrayl Hawkins, head of a group called the House of Yahweh, reports Arabic-speaking Islam researcher Walid Shoebat.
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Among his various predictions as a self-proclaimed prophet, Hawkins has proclaimed that a “nuclear baby” born in 2007 will grow up to cause a nuclear holocaust in which one-third of the earth’s population will be annihilated.
In 2008, Hawkins was prosecuted in Baird, Texas, after being charged with performing polygamous weddings and forcing children as young as 11 to work at his 44-acre compound, the the Associated Press reported at the time.
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“But this isn't the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' ranch, which authorities raided last month in Eldorado after receiving reports that underage girls were being forced to marry much older men,” the AP noted.
“This is the House of Yahweh: a different, even darker sect that the state has been investigating for years.”
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In 2009, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the bigamy charges against Hawkins were dropped in his Callahan County court case, because a Class A misdemeanor bigamy charge had a two-year limitation and the charges dated back to 2005. There also was a resource limitation when the trial judge granted a change in venue from Callahan County to Parker County, Texas.
Hawkins, however, pleaded “no contest” to four counts of child labor violations for which he was assessed a $2,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and 15 months probation for each count.
The Abilene Reporter-News reported the sect was founded in 1980 by “Buffalo Bill Hawkins,” a former Abilene policeman fired for having beer in his patrol car.
After founding the sect, Hawkins changed his name to Yisrayl Hawkins, setting a standard in the group for members to change their last name to Hawkins, with the convention of adopting a new first name with an unusual spelling that typically incorporates at least one letter Y.
Malik Obama partners with House of Yahweh
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Shoebat pointed out in a report that Malik has described Hawkins' group as a “partner organization” in a posting titled “Impacting people everywhere for meaningful change” on his Barack H. Obama Foundation website.
Barack H. Obama Foundation website announcement of Hawkins “Peaceful Solution Character Education Incorporated” meeting in Abilene, Texas
A press release issued this week by Peaceful Solution Character Education promoted the upcoming meeting.
“Various speakers from around the globe, including Malik Obama, yes, the brother of President Obama, will address a variety of issues. The group says each speaker will provide answers that will solve many of the problems being faced in the home, school, workplace, and society as a whole."
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The press release also quoted Yisrayl Hawkins, as founder of the program, saying: “We will give you answers to solve any problem you can think of. Just show up, and be ready to get your solution.”
The website of Peaceful Solution Character Education Inc. lists the organization as a 501(c)3 founded by Yisrayl Hawkins in 1994 “for the purpose of maintaining a facility for authoring, manufacturing, distributing literature and multi-media presentations, conducting workshops, seminars, lecturing and conferences on a global basis, with the focus on secular character educational programming and curricula in service to the world.”
Sadik Rauf Ebeid, an Egyptian physician residing in the United States and an officer in the Egyptian Air Force, forwarded to WND a photograph from a 2013 press release showing Malik Obama with Yisrayl Hawkins.
WND reported Ebeid has filed a criminal complaint against Malik Obama with Egyptian Attorney General Hisham Barakat, charging that Obama should be placed on Egypt’s terror watch list. Ebeid charges Malik was responsible for managing money for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which is designated by the Egyptian government as a terrorist organization. Also cited is Malik’s involvement as an owner and investment adviser for the Sudan-based Islamic Dawa Organization, or IDO, a group Ebeid has linked with terrorist activities associated with Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir.
Shoebat, noting Hawkins considers himself a prophet, said Malik is on dangerous ground, because Muslims regard it as blasphemous for anyone to declare himself a prophet after the "last prophet," Muhammad.
Shoebat, in his extensive research documenting Malik Obama’s polygamy, also published links to a video Shoebat claims shows Malik admitting to having convinced the mother and brother of an under-aged girl to sign away the girl to him in marriage.
The 'nuclear baby' apocalypse
Shoebat said that while it’s not clear if Hawkins violated the terms of his probation by associating with a known polygamist in Malik Obama, his decision to do so certainly raises issues of judgment.
"Why would a man on probation and who’d been charged with bigamy and whose compound remained a source of concern during that probationary period, choose to welcome a polygamist?” Shoebat asked.
In 2007, Hawkins authored a book titled “The Birth of the Nuclear Baby” in which he alleged a “nuclear baby” was conceived on Sept. 12, 2006, and born on June 12, 2007, who will mature to kill one-third of all human beings over a fourth-part of the earth in and around the River Euphrates.
Shoebat pointed out that similar to notorious cult leader Jim Jones' move with his followers in the 1960s to Ukiah, Calif., to avoid a nuclear holocaust, Hawkins predicted a nuclear war would take place in 2006 and that Abilene would be spared.
The BBC reported in 2006 that the Texas-based House of Yahweh sect had believers in the village of Kyandaura, Kenya, 300 kilometers west of Nairobi.
The tie could explain how Malik Obama became linked to Yisrayl Hawkins, Shoebat said.
Noel Mwakugu, a reporter the BBC sent to Kyandaura after the failure of Hawkins’ apocalyptic prediction, noted the House of Yahweh leaders were out on bail after being arrested and restricted from inciting fear in the local population.
Mwakugu reported he was able to speak only by telephone to Eliasu Kamotho, a cult leader in Kyandaura who insisted the end of the world was still imminent, although he refused to give a deadline.
A 2006 YouTube video shows Hawkins making his apocalyptic nuclear war prediction.
See the video of Hawkins:
The cult compound
The 2008 AP story reported the House of Yahweh compound was on a ranch outside Abilene, fully equipped with wind generators, a food-processing plant, dozens of tractor-trailers holding canned goods, and a few stores carrying homemade toiletries and clothing.
While most of the sect members live in mobile homes surrounding the sect’s compound, the AP reported other member own homes nearby or live in trailer parks owned by Hawkins in Abilene.
Former members describe Hawkins as a "zealot whose teachings are a blend of Old Testament directives on diet and cleanliness, New Testament beliefs in Jesus, and Hawkins' own prophecies rooted in the Book of Revelation,” the AP reported.
“Some former members also say Hawkins' followers tithe nearly a third of their incomes to the church. Many purchase the church's organically grown food, herbal drinks and dairy products, believing similar items available elsewhere are ‘unclean.’”
The AP further reported public records show Yisrayl Hawkins owned at least $2.1 million in land, housing and mobile homes.
“Nowhere is [Hawkins’] influence more apparent than in the sect's 1,200-seat warehouse-like sanctuary, where a dozen poster-size pictures of Hawkins adorn the front wall,” the AP noted.
“Worshippers must first remove their shoes, and feet and hands are then sprayed with disinfectant before they come in. Men and women are seated on separate sides of an 8-foot wall dividing the sanctuary. Women wear long clothing and veils for modesty, and everyone wears gloves for cleanliness.”
A YouTube video posted in 2012 shows House of Yahweh members giving testimony regarding their involvement with the cult.
TThe House of Yahweh displays the group’s 2014 calendar, featuring the photograph seen above of Malik Obama embracing Yisrayl Hawkins.
The 2010 Form 990 tax return for the House of Yahweh lists the 501(c)3 organization as headquartered in Lawndale, Calif., with total revenue of $1,962,470, and assets of just less than $1 million.
Malik’s tax-exempt problems
WND reported in May that funds contributed in the United States to the Barack H. Obama Foundation may have been diverted to support his multiple wives in Kenya.
Questioned about the distribution of funds, Malik positioned himself as a philanthropist.
“I am a peace activist and my organization is registered as a peace-making philanthropy in Kenya,” Malik said. “As head of the Obama clan, I do my part in spreading world peace and human development through the Barack H. Obama Foundation that we established in Kenya.”
WND reported in 2011 that Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division who is under congressional investigation for discriminating against tea party and other conservative groups, signed the letter approving tax-exempt status for Malik’s foundation.
The foundation received the highly irregular IRS retroactive tax-exempt approval only after the group came under fire for operating as a 501(c)3 foundation since 2008 without ever having applied to the IRS for a tax determination.
In September 2011, the IRS confirmed to WND that the Barack H. Obama Foundation had received a determination letter in June 2011, awarding the group tax-exempt 501(c)3 status retroactively to 2008.
Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee voted along party lines to refer Lerner to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution. On April 10, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines to recommend to the House that Lerner be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions.
In 2012, WND reported a separate foundation, the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, created on behalf of Obama’s step-grandmother in Kenya, has operated as a 501(c)3 based in Los Angeles. The group transferred funds, 90 percent of which are raised from U.S. individuals and corporations, to Kenya to send Kenyan students to the top three most radical Wahhabist madrassas in Saudi Arabia.
After its founding in 2008, the Barack H. Obama Foundation, operating out of a commercial mail drop in Arlington, Va., solicited tax-deductible contributions on the Internet, listing addresses and telephone numbers both in the United States and Kenya without disclosing the group lacked tax-exempt status.
Malik’s history with Barack
Abongo Malik “Roy” Obama surfaced during the 2008 presidential campaign dressed in African garb and holding a photograph of Barack Obama, also wearing African garb.
Malik Obama was the best man at Barack Obama’s wedding to Michelle Robinson in 1992.
He has been photographed at the White House, showing that as president, Barack Obama has openly welcomed his brother.
Born in Kenya on March 15, 1958, Malik Obama was the first child born to Barack Obama Sr.
The son of Kezia, Obama Sr.’s first wife, Malik Obama was only 18 months old when Barack Obama Sr. began undergraduate studies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.
Having abandoned Kezia in Kenya, Obama Sr. subsequently married Stanley Ann Dunham, Barack Obama Jr.’s mother, while in Honolulu, according to Barack Obama's account in his autobiography “Dreams from My Father.”