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Charleston C. K. Wang, Esq.
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WANGLAW
Attorneys & Counselors-at-Law
Charleston C. K. Wang, Esq.
Of Counsel:  Mary Joan Reutter, Esq.

The Wanglaw Building
6924 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
United States of America



Phone: 513/793-7776
Fax: 513/793-7779

email: charlestonwang@wanglaw.net

Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved to Charleston C. K. Wang, Publisher
WANGLAW is a registered tradename

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                                                         Abraham was an Immigrant

Abraham is widely accepted as a patriarch of the three great monotheistic faiths of the World.  Abraham was an immigrant.  His father,
Terah was from the land of Ur of the Chaldeans (somewhere in present day Iraq) and while the tribe was resting at Haran, Terah died.  
Abraham, then known as Abram, heard God tell him to get out of his country and from his father's house to a land that God will reveal.  
Abram, whose obedience is renowned, complied.

Many know this immigration saga of Abram, but there is more.  For all was not well in the early Promised Land - there was a severe famine
and Abram and his family were forced to move again, this time further south into the land of Egypt.  As refugees fleeing starvation, the tribe
was at the mercy of the Egyptians.  Abram devised a plan – he ordered his wife, Sarai (later called Sarah) to tell the Egyptians that she was
his sister, for otherwise said Abram, the Egyptians would kill him to take her. When the Pharaoh inquired of this irresistibly beautiful Sarai,
Abram promptly sent her into Pharaoh’s house.  By this disingenuous bargain, the tribe of Abram sojourned in Egypt and survived.

From the days of that unwitting, unnamed Pharaoh, we can take a giant leap in unspecified time to the days of the Roman Caesar
Augustus.  Joseph, the father of a tiny household, decided to obey the voice of an angel - he fled from Bethlehem with his wife
Mary and new-born to Egypt. This family obtained political asylum in Egypt and lived safely with the Egyptians until the death of King Herod
who had cruelly ordered the killing of all male infants under the age of two in and around Bethlehem because Herod had
heard that a future king had been born. The Scriptures are silent respecting Joseph's dealings in Egypt.

Last, we can take another six century leap towards the present.  Another great prophet, after an assassination attempt, fled with a small
group of friends from the great commercial, then polytheistic city of Mecca to a remote village to the north then known as
Yathrib (only later renamed Medina or City of the Prophet).  The reason for the Hijra of September 9, 622 was religious persecution against
the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by his own Quraysh tribe for his preaching of the one God and the Day of Judgment.  This rag-tag band of
asylum seekers who trekked across the perilous desert in fear and hope, is called the muhajirun (Arabic for emigrants). Upon arriving
exhausted in Medina, the muhajirun prayed towards Bait-ul-Maqdis (and only later was the qibla changed to the Kaaba, a tradition that
continues to the present).

Immigration plays an important role in all three traditions, and it is true that the outcome of each version of emigration is different.  
Notwithstanding sublime religious ramifications,what is the common human link in all three stories?  If we were to set aside for the
moment all the theological subtleties, religious differences, and political conflicts that may derive from these instances of immigration, and
focus on the humanity of Abraham, Joseph and Muhammad, what can we, as temporal traveling companions who share for a limited time
this small space on earth, discern?  

Can we not see that each patriarch or prophet as is the case, was  obliged, albeit for various reasons, to leave their ancestral home?  
Abram was faced with the choice of emigrating or starving to death.  Joseph fled to save his baby Jesus from execution by a
paranoid satrap.  Muhammad sought safety for himself and the community of believers for his insistence on the one God.  All
suffered personal loss, fear of annihilation, and humiliation. Each placed the hope for survival and dream for a better future in a new place.  
All approached from a position of weakness.  Each began as a vulnerable   human prone to suffering and deprivation.  Perhaps, most
poignant is the  willingness to deliver and entrust their lives into the hands of another better placed   than they were.  They all were
immigrants.

Charleston C. K. Wang 07/04/06.