Rajab 21,1427/August 16 2006 #55
CONGRATULATIONS to the Muslim Ummah: Hizbullah clearly defeated
Israel's attempts to advance into Lebanon. New Trend's analysis,
that Israel was acting as America's attack dog has been verified
by Seymour Hersch. He writes that the Bush administration was
complicit in this vast crime against the Lebanese people.
In the last days of the 33-day war, Israeli terror group IDF tried
desperately to seize territory and to do damage to the Soldiers of
Allah [Hizbullah] but failed miserably and an entitre column of
its tanks was destroyed.
The attack dog has been wounded and is thus doubly dangerous. The
Muslim world should bring Ehud Olmert to trial for war crimes and
crimes against humanity. Efforts should be start the withdrawal of
Jews from the terrorist entity to their original homelands so that
Israel may be dismantled without further bloodshed. Once the U.S.
realizes that its attack dog is scared of the Soldiers of Allah,
Bush will rein it in.
CONGRATULATIONS to PRESIDENT AHMEDINEJAD: His interview with Mike
Wallace on 60 Minutes [August 13] was quite refreshing. He came up
against America's most famous Jewish TV journalist, Mike Wallace
[what a camouflaged name for a Jew} and made him look like a fool.
Wallace was extremely rude and racist in his attitude, at one point
calling the President an "interesting fellow" in the British mode
of racial superiority, yet the President remained smiling and in
control of the interview throughout.
CBS had mutilated the interview so badly that it had to be seen
uncut on C-Span [August 14] to help viewers realize the crude
censorship CBS had carried out.
Mike Wallace was behaving more like a Zionist and a Jew than an
American journalist. President Ahmedinejat helped the audience to
realize that Wallace was more interested in Jewish concerns
["holocaust," "suicide bombers," etc] rather than American-Iranian
Viewpoint: Jihad or Peaceful Change?
Pakistan: August 14, 2006: Issues of Women's Rights, Poverty,
Military-U.S. Entente, Islam
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Associate Professor of English
Let's begin with the facts on the ground which no one can deny
regardless of one's political slant.
Now let's look at the positive aspects:
The military establishment's exploitation of Pakistan has been a
constant, unchanging factor throughout the country's 59 year old
history. The military began with a British commander-in-chief
who ignored Mohamed Ali Jinnah's [Quaide Azam'] orders to advance
into Kashmir. Under Yahya Khan the military reached its nadir
and Pakistan broke up under Indian attack on East Pakistan. The
army's behavior towards Bengalis and then its abject surrender was
the sign of its moral demise. Under General Musharraf, the
military has become a tool of immense service to the
U.S.-U.K.-Israel and has opened the floodgates of terrorism
against those fighting for Islam. The country has been handed
over to the U.S. by General Musharraf to such an extent that the
CIA and the FBI are running rampant all over Pakistan and have
their headquarters right in Islamabad. Under Yahya, the army
lost its soul. Under Musharraf both body and soul have been placed
in the hands of the triple axis of evil.
Tremendous economic disparities have torn the country into a land
of "haves" [15%-20%] and "have nots' [80% or more]
Women are denied their rights at every level of society. Among the
well-to-do, this denial is often sophisticated and sugar-coated.
Among the masses, it is blatant and sometimes downright evil.
Change will come about but HOW?
Islam is stronger than ever before. Movements like Jamaate Islami,
Jamaat ad-Da'wa, Tablighi Jamaat have huge support groups. The
masjids [mosques] are packed with people looking for salvation
There is much greater political awareness than ever before. People
are skeptical of politicians and leaders.
People are upwardly mobile and want to succeed both in this world
and the Herafter. The sense that things will not change has been
largely replaced by a great awareness of the possibilities of life
and a desire for change.
Tens of thousands of women have achieved university education and
are no longer willing to accept male oppression. Both Jamaate Islami
and Jamaat ad-Da'wa have significant following among women.
Possibilities for Change through Reform rather than Jihad:
The power of the military has to be broken. But who will bell the
cat? The Islamic groups are unable to confront the military. Jamaate
Islami can't do it because it has inculcated for too long the cult
of "pariamentary democracy" and change through elections.
Jamaat ad-Da'wa can't do it because it fears [a very legitimate
concern] that weakening the military will embolden Indian aggression.
Tablighi Jamaat is too limited in its view of Islam to be a factor.
In fact it preaches a pacifism which helps the military's position.
New forces may well emerge owing to the limitations of these three
groups, just as the failure of the Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] did
Probably a movement like that of the Taliban will be needed to take
on the military and break its grip on Pakistan. Confrontations in
Waziristan show that Pakistani-style Taliban do have the ability to
beat the military at its own game
WAR MAY NOT BE FAR FROM PAKISTAN:
If Jamaat-e-Islami and/or Jamaat ad-Da'wa decide to fight for the
Islamic rights of women, strictly on the basis of the Qur'an and
the authentic Hadith, the influence of these movements could
increase rapidly. At this time, victimized and suffering women
are entirely in the clutches of General Musharraf,
Americanized-secularized women's groups and even women's rights
groups operating directly out of the U.S. and Europe.
Women's rights cannot change until women's right to INHERITANCE
as in the Qur'an is implemented. Secondly MARRIAGE outside the
immediate family and clan needs to be emphasized. At this time,
we have a marriage system which DIRECTLY violates Islamic teachings.
An Islamic movement is needed which would be based on the MOST
DOWNTRODDEN segments of society and which would take on "end to
poverty" as its basic issue. Pakistan cannot become a just
society based on Islam as long as huge disparities exist. There
have to be the VERY POOR leading Islamic movements, otherwise
its all talk.
America sees Pakistan as a bastion of Islamic resurgence ["terrorism"
in Zionist terminology]. Musharraf as America's tool is not
sufficient to stop this "terrorism." In fact Jamaate Islami [and
the MMA coalition in general] has successfully isolated Musharraf
even though they can't remove him. The U.S. will need to remove
Musharraf to strike directly at Pakistan's Islamic foundations.
In case Osama bin Laden is caught or killed, the Americans will
want bring an even more virulent general to strike major
blows at Islam.
India may well be tempted to intervene with the promise of
U.S.-Israeli backing. This however won't happen while the
Islamic movements are going strong. Musharraf needs the "Indian
threat" to keep himself in power and to neutralize armed
opposition to the military.
Pakistan's internal conflicts are simmering steadily in
Baluchistan and Waziristan. Social disintegration is also
continuing apace. Thus the potential for internal disruption
If the Pakistani Islamic movements of the coming times decide to
take over Pakistan through internal Jihad, that could resolve many
of Pakistan's internal contradictions.
COINCLUSION: Pakistan is passing through critical times. Anything
could happen there, both for good or for evil.
Islam and Africa:
Islam's Ancient Glory: An African-American Muslimah's Visit
to Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa
by Karen English
[The writer is an educationist, author of several books for
African-American children and Secretary General of
Jamaat al-Muslimeen. She lives in California.]
Many have heard the saying, "All the way to Timbuktu and never
thought anything about it. Seven hundred years after its height
of commercial and intellectual development, most people have a
vague notion that it was a special place, very far away. To go
all the way to Timbuktu signified having gone a great distance.
During the early part of July, I was able to travel to the ancient
city of Timbuktu. I went as part of a delegation under the
auspices of the Timbuktu Educational Foundation. Timbuktu is
located in the West African country of Mali at the point where
the Niger flows northward into the southern edge of the Sahara
desert. At the time of my visit the days were extremely hot (I
think there is a cooler time to go) and there was always the
grit of the Sahara in my food. Still such minor discomfort
was worth it.
I was in a place of great historical significance, not only to
Africa, but to the Muslim world. For nearly a century Timbuktu
reigned as a center of learning and scholarship, as well as
trade This intellectual and spiritual capital was home to
three universities that attracted scholars from all over the
Muslim world. At one time in a city of two hundred thousand,
there were twenty-five thousand university students studying
the Qur'an, mathematics, astronomy, Islamic jurisprudence,
medicine, optics and on and on.
Books were not only written in Timbuktu, they were brought in
and copied there. They were a part of the city's wealth. The
city's universities and the libraries of private citizens
contained numerous scholarly works, as well. Books contributed
to Timbuktu's reputation. It was a golden age.
I wanted to see those books. . I wanted to see what remains of the
physical manifestation of Timbuktu's glorious history. I needed to
see them. . I grew up in an age in which I was taught of only two
individuals who were accomplished enough to warrant recognition:
Booker T. Washington for his establishment of Tuskeegee Institute
and George Washington Carver for his scientific discoveries
pertaining to the peanut. Slavery garnered two paragraphs in my
history book. Even though college rectified that situation, I
still had the hunger for validation---as an African American and,
in my adult life, as a Muslim. I wanted to see this legacy that
is now endangered by time and harsh conditions and has been
relegated to near obscurity by much of the world.
Though much of the legacy remains in Timbuktu, so many of the
estimated 700,000 manuscripts are now in the possession of
foreign governments and, in some cases, in the possession of
tourists who have been able to purchase them from private
citizens. Happily the Timbuktu Educational Foundation, in
existence since 2000, was established for the purpose of
restoring, preserving, translating and publishing the
manuscripts of Timbuktu. They have been granted sole
guardianship by the Malian government and Timbuktu city
officials in pursuance of these objectives.
Still, I left Timbuktu with a deep sense of concern. I remember
at some point during my visit deciding to stop taking pictures
of the manuscripts. Visitors to museums aren't allowed to take
pictures of works of art because of the harmful effects of the
flash. What was my camera's flash doing to the fragile and in
many cases brittle manuscript pages?
The Timbuktu Educational Foundation has taken on a task so
daunting, that if it is unable to inspire the Muslim community
to share in this task, the responsibility could be underwritten
and soon controlled by one of the wealthy western charitable
foundations---with strings attached. That would be tragic
for the Muslim community to have to have an entity from
outside their community take care of their own legacy. The
manuscripts are tangible testimony to the rich, glorious
history of Islam in Africa and though this treasure belongs
to Mali, and should have special significance to the Muslim
world, their existence benefits every person who travels all
the way to Timbuktu to visit this important place in
LETTER: Prof. Sami al-Arian's Letter from Prison
Please publicly post Prof Sami al-Arian's prison contact address
so that it is possible to arrange to send him publications
directly from publishers.
If he has a "wish list" of any publications, insha'Allah please
post that too; insha'Allah we'll repost at Islamic Community Net.
JazakAllahair for your time in considering this request.
Ed. Note: As his situation is still sensitive, New Trend will
need personal names and phone numbers of letters who wish to
help the long suffering prisoner.
Letter to the Editor of New Trend: From an activist sister in Atlanta
AMERICA's MUSLIMS: Who are our Enemies?
It is a shame that some of our leaders and leader wannabe's are
begging for 15 seconds of fame in the mainstream media instead of
building strong communities with people who have the facts to make
logical decisions about how to run their lives in general. This
will be a good time for all of our Islamic leaders to drop their
differences meet (using conference call or email) and come to an
agreement to work in one or two key areas and move us
No Muslim now can be an island or afford to be a "one man or woman
band." We also can not be silent about what is happening to us in
the US or aboard. The collective is more important now than ever.
Islam is under attack. If you listen to the media for one
hour you will hear something evil said about Islam at least
three times. This is not done randomly. In advertising
and marketing people are taught to produce commercials that
the message is repeated over and over and over again. This is
done to get attention and plant the message into the
subconscious of people.
Once the message is planted a person will respond and do exactly
what the advertiser wants them to do...shop...eat.....change a
car when they don't really need to do so...spend! The
marketing strategy of those who are selling and marketing
war, destruction and hate is to make the word Islam synonymous
with evil. Once that is accomplished you can get people to be
very nasty to their neighbors, hurt people, etc. Plus, people are
so busy hating each other and watching each other they do not
watch the true enemy the Shayton and all of the Shayton's workers.
Let's look at and list of few of our true enemies:
1. Most Politicians
2. Politically motivated Imams/Amirs. Their personal agenda has
the priority. Imams/Amirs who sell out their communities for
3. Women haters in general (also children haters)
4. Misguided women folk who work against any and all women or
men if their master the politically motivated Imam/Amirs give
the command to destroy.
5. Cowards in general.
6. The truly arrogant.
Muslims must unite in at least one or two key areas if we are going
to see some true change in our present situation. One of these areas
is to recognize that we are an ummah brought together by Allah. We
have no choice in the matter. We are unique and diverse. We must
find ways to build tolerance for each other and true love. If we
don't begin to love each other and find the tolerance we need to
be able to work together we need to get ready for some serious
test and trails to befall us collectively. We may see Muslims by
the thousands marched away like the Cherokee Nation was from Georgia
(the famous Trail of Tears), snatched from our homes like people in
so-called under-developed nations when they stand firm for right
and let us not forget 400+ years of slavery imposed on Africans
brought to America and whatever you want to call what has happened
to these Africans since slavery was finally outlawed for all slaves
of African decent in 1865. These are just a few of the examples of
how racism, sexism, socio-economic bias and other forms of
oppression take root in a society.
Muslim leaders what are you going to do now? Will you try to
work together? Or will you continue propagate and secure the status
quo? Make your personal agenda the priority, continue to sell out
your brothers and sisters in Islam? Suck up to your true master
the Shayton controlled mentalities of the Bush's and Blair's of
Muslims what will we do if they don't get it? Will we continue to
blindly support them (Muslim leaders who sell us out) if they
don't get it? If they do attempt to work together nationally and
internationally will we support their efforts? Allah is our
guide and protector however Allah can not help us if we do not
change want we do that is harming us! Allah can not help us if
we do not ask for or truly want Allah's guidance and help.
Give it a thought!
1000 Peace Women Around the Globe
2006-08-16 Wed 21:46:30 cdt