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Hamad bin Ahmad Al Meskin

Hamad bin Ahmad Al Meskin


Al Meskin in 2022

Incumbent

Assumed office:
January 9, 2022

Supreme Leader:
Waldemar Rochester

Vice President:
Tariq Al Akhtar

Preceded by: Kipper Woofler

Member of the Crossoverian
Law House Representative Sect

In office:
February 29, 2006 - January 2, 2022

Personal Details

Born:

October 24, 1956 (age 65)
Sonuda, Veeneidie, Crossoveria

Nationality:

Crossoverian

Political Party:

Theocratic Party

Spouse(s):

Maryam Ebidyn Al Meskin

Children:

4

Religion:

Shia Islam

Alma Mater:

Islamic Seminary of Crossoveripolis

Hamad bin Ahmad Al Meskin (born October 24, 1956) is a Crossoverian Twelver Shia Muslim cleric, scholar, and conservative politician who is currently serving as the 11th President of Crossoveria, serving since January 9, 2022 after winning Crossoveria's first democratic Presidential Election the previous year.

Al Meskin was a prominent religious figure prior to entering politics, being a member of the Shia Clergy in Crossoveria and a scholar at the madrasa Al Haludja. Al Meskin was also the author of a poem book entitled Poems of Life. He rose to politics after becoming a government Representative to Veeneidie, the province where he was born and raised in, and remained a Representative for 15 years. Despite Al Meskin's small amount of political experience, because of his membership in the Shia Ulama, he became a member of the new Theocratic Party, one of eight political parties established in Crossoveria.

In July 2021, he was nominated to be the Presidential Candidate of Crossoveria when democratic elections were announced. Al Meskin was chosen to be the Theocratic candidate because besides his tenure in the Ulama, he advocated for conservative and Islamist leadership in Crossoveria and was considered a populist inherently opposed to imperialism. Due to his proposed policies and opposition to imperialism, Al Meskin won popular support among Muslim voters in Crossoveria, as well as endorsements from several countries. Al Meskin won the Crossoverian Presidential Election on November 9, 2021.

A controversial figure like the Supreme Leader, Al Meskin is seen by many as a vivid anti-imperialist and Islamist and has been the first Crossoverian President to receive a foreign honor. On 6 April 2022, he declared Islam to be the sole official religion of Crossoveria, which was part of the process of Islamizing the Crossoverian government.

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Early Life and Political Career



Al Meskin as a young man, 1988

Hamad bin Ahmad Al Meskin was born to a Shia Muslim family on October 24, 1956, in a Veeneidie rural village called Sonuda. His father, Ahmad Al Meskin (1924 - 2008), was an Islamic Scholar who taught at the Al Haludja, the madrasa that Hamad would later teach in. His mother, Amira Al Meskin (1926 - 2021), was a stay-at-home mother who took care of him and his brother Isaias at home. Al Meskin started reading the Quran in elementary school with the guidance of teachers and family members.

In his youth and early life, Al Meskin was interested in poetry. He especially loved Ferdowsi's epic poem Shahnameh, and in his later life, called it "one of the greatest pieces of literature in history". Al Meskin also wrote poems of his own, most of which he had published collectively in a book entitled "Poems of Life", which explored themes of love, religion, and friendship. Being published in 1996, it was praised by Crossoverian President Mohsen Al Baraqa, saying that it was a "beautiful collection of poems written by a very talented man [Al Meskin]".

Al Meskin was chosen to be a representative of Veeneidie in 2006, a position he held until a week to his inaguration.

2021 Presidential Election



Al Meskin's campaign photo, 2021

In June 2021, Al Meskin decided to join the Theocratic Party, which is a Muslim political party that wishes to Islamize Crossoveria. In July, Supreme Leader Waldemar Rochester announced that the country will be holding democratic elections. The Theocratic Party, deciding to get involved, had sent Al Meskin to be their candidate for President, which he accepted. He chose Tariq Al Akhtar, a younger Muslim Cleric, to be his Vice President.

In the early days of the election, Al Meskin hadn't had much public support. However, following his remarks on American imperialism, he began to attract several voters. By the end of the Primaries, he had come in 2nd for the most votes, behind the Anthro Party. Al Meskin would receive the most votes in the Secondaries and in the Finals.

Throughout his campaign, he criticized the Treaty of Elmore, a treaty that was created by Cartoonia following an end to a war with Crossoveria. Al Meskin claimed that the terms of the Treaty of Elmore would give rise to imperialism in Crossoveria, to the point where Crossoveria would turn into a protectorate. As a result of his advocacy against imperialism, he won a ton of political support, which began with the Secondary Elections, and carried into the Finals. A total of 30 countries gave their support for Al Meskin.

Al Meskin won the elections on November 9, beating Equal Rights Secretary Porkchop Funnie of the Anthro Party, the latter received a lot of criticism from most of the countries that had endorsed Al Meskin. His victory was announced on social media, and President Kipper Woofler congratulated him on his victory in the elections.

Leadership


Al Meskin was inagurated as President on January 9, 2022. That same day, he held an inaugural ceremony - the first official one Crossoveria saw in fifteen years.

On 22 January 2022, Al Meskin announced on social media that he is uncovering a conspiracy involving Supreme Leader Waldemar Rochester. No major details as of January 2022 were confirmed by Al Meskin. A month later, in late-February, after hearing of news of a recent invasion of one of Crossoveria's allies, Al Meskin addressed the Crossoverian Law House in an attempt to persuade them to have Rochester sever ties with the country. However, Rochester refused to sever ties, and said that Crossoveria shall still continue to support the country. This sparked outrage from Crossoverian citizens.

On 5 April 2022 Al Meskin declared Islam to be the official religion of Crossoveria.

Policies

  • Islamization of Crossoveria
    Hamad bin Ahmad Al Meskin campaigned for Islamizing the Crossoverian government, and implementing Sharia Law as President. 55% of Crossoverians are Muslims, larger than those of Hefflist faith. Al Meskin wants to convert more Crossoverians to Islam and make the country more openly religious. He made Islam the official religion on 5 April 2022.

  • Anti-Imperialism
    Al Meskin is highly critical of the Treaty of Elmore proposed by Cartoonia, claiming it was a license for foreign interests to turn Crossoveria into a protectorate. His opposition to the treaty was what, to a degree, defined his infamous Presidential campaign, which some believe may have won him the Presidency. He has also criticized acts which he deemed imperialism, even from allied countries of Crossoveria.

    For & Against

    • For: Theocracy, Islamism, Conservatism

    • Against: Imperialism, Anti-Theism, Liberalism

    Personal Information


    Al Meskin is a Shiite Muslim. He has a brother named Isaias, who, along with the rest of his family, supported him in his Presidential campaign. In 1983, he married Maryam Ebidyn, who was another religious scholar at Al Haludja.

    Personal Trivia

    • Al Meskin is fluent in other languages, specifically Arabic and Farsi.

    • Al Meskin's ancestors were of Persian descent, of which they immigrated to Crossoveria some time in the 1460's.

    Foreign Honors



    Bagong Luzon: Order of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, Grand Cross

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