Sha'ban 4,1427/August 29, 2006 #58
ARE YOU GOING to the annual ISNA CONVENTION near CHICAGO?
Ask ISNA's leaders these key questions.
Please scroll down to the end.
Heavy fighting erupted in Iraq between the Islamic resistance and
U.S. forces from August 26-29. Fifteen U.S. troops were killed.
Iraqi losses are not known but were probably steep.
August 29 is the first anniversary of the Katrina disaster.
Independent observers agree that it was a bigger disaster than
9.11 in that almost an entire city was wiped out. African-American
leaders like Minister Farrakhan say that the Bush administration
and the power structure revealed its institutional racism in the
way the people and the city of New Orleans were treated. A year
later, the Zionist media are keeping out African-American leaders
from the TV screens and are busy trying to rationalize the massive
tragedy through "White" eyes.
Here we present the Islamic viewpoint of the situation as it is today.
KATRINA-IN THE MEAN TIME: An Islamic Perspective
by Ashira Na'im
[The sister-writer is one of the Islamic leaders of
Jamaat al-Muslimeen and is from New Orleans.]
The flood that followed the wind-damaged city was the final blow to
"The Big Easy" as we had come to know it. New Orleans, the town that
once boasted USA's best food, best hospitality, best weather, best
jazz, etc., is one year later still gloomy and desolate and full
of trash. And my friends and many relatives have been forced by
circmstances to evacuate and never return to this city. One look
at one of the largest housing projects "The Mighty St. Bernard"
now all wrapped in chains as if it was a criminal finally
apprehended, makes you realize that the residents here were
poor people who owned nothing and will not be returning. This
scenario is true for several more government housing projects
and other rental properties. No one lives there anymore.
You can only wonder and hope that their lives will be better.
Now a ride into some of the more affluent areas, like the
Pontchartrain Lake area, reveals a sad but not
hopeless situation. Though interior walls and floors were
destroyed; furniture soaked and rotted, those owners
continue to seek the help from FEMA and all insurace, grants,
loans, etc. they can get. In the meantime, they live in
mobile units parked either on their land or on some relative's
land--trying to get their dream back.
In the meantime, I have lost my hometown landmarks. I don't know how
to find my friends. I can't go to the house around the corner and
find someone's relative who might tell me where they are. In the
meantime, my heart will continue to hold a void as I have to lift
my feet over the void and continue to live day by day.
Still, know too that my hometown had some terrible stats--a
few years ago, 2 times in a row New Orleans was #1 for crime (mostly
black on black murders related to drugs) and Baltimore was #2. One
year Baltimore held first place and New Orleans second. Some
secrets of my hometown were high rates of homosexuality and it
was a town for "fun" in promiscuous behavior, gambling, drinking,
and drugs. Tourists flocked to this town every year at all times
of the year. The world famous Mardi Gras was known for
In the meantime, people talk about whether the disaster is God-sent
or man made. We thank Allah that so many lives were spared. Allah
knows best. And we must reflect. Allah says travel through the
earth and see what was the end of those before you.
We thank all of the contibutors who sent funds to help the victims
of Hurrican Katrina. With the uncertainty of what assistance the
victims will continue to need and receive, we ask you to continue
to make donations so that we can continue to help in your names.
Send contributions payable to Family Extended Educational Tide
(FEET), Post Office Box 39732, Baltimore, Maryland 21212 You
will receive receipt by return mail. Thank you.
Report and Analysis by New Trend Media Monitor from Urdu
General Musharraf's Forces Slaughter Baluchis, Including 80
year tribal hero Akbar Bugti.
Helicopter Borne Troops Kill 80 Baluch:
Stiff Resistance Left 21 Pakistanis Dead [6 officers].
Riots, Widespread Arson, Curfews, 600 Arrests across Baluchistan and Sind.
Late on Saturday, August 26, 2006 General Musharraf's troops carried
out a well-coordinated assault on the hideout of top Baluch leader
Nawab Akbar Bugti in remote northeastern Baluchistan. The Pakistani
generals appear to have tracked Bugti by his phone calls. Musharraf
is helped by American surveillance which spies on all of Pakistan.
After a spate of covering fire provided by missile attacks from
helicopter gunships, a large Pakistani force landed by helicopter
and attacked the Bugti compound. The Bugtis, along with elements
of the Mengal tribe, fought back for several hours but were
overwhelmed. As more and more bodies are dug out, it appears that
at least 80 Baluch were killed. The Pakistanis too suffered, 21
dead, including some elite officers of the Pakistani army. At last
reports,August 28, sporadic fighting continued in the area.
Nawab Akbar Bugti [80 year old] and a Mengal chief were among those
killed, according to Shaukat Aziz, the American Prime Minister of
Pakistan appointed by Musharraf. First reports said Bugti's two
grandsons were killed too but the Pak government is creating
some confusion about this or they might have survived. The Baluch
in particular and Pakistani opposition leaders want to give
honorable burial to the Baluch leader but Musharraf is delaying
and saying that the body is buried in the debris.
As the news came out, Pakistanis across the political spectrum were
shocked and horrified. On August 27 RIOTS broke out across
Baluchistan and Sind. Crowds of people came out on the steets
from Quetta to Gwadar attacking government properties and
ransacking police stations. On August 28, it got worse as masses
of people started setting fire to ALL public properties. The
highway to Karachi was cut. The police opened fire several times,
killing 3 At times people fired back, killing one police. The
police arrested more than 600 people.
Demonstrations against the murder of Bugti, some violent, were also
held in most cities in Sind, the biggest being MMA [Islamic
Coalition] rallies in Karachi. [Syed Munawar Hasan, Jamaate
Islami leader, told New Trend that he is deeply disgusted with
Musharraf's action and its implications of blatant fascism.]
Strong condemnation of Muisharraf's action has come not only from
the Islamic Coalition but most vehemently from Muslim League led
by Nawaz Sharif, the elected leader ousted by Musharraf's coup.
WHAT IS BEHIND THIS BLOODY EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING? Pakistani observers
think that the U.S. gave Musharraf the go-ahead to eliminate the Bugti
chief. The slaughter of the Baluchis has brought no notice from the
U.S., major media or government, as if it never happened.
Baluchis have often had problems with the Pakistani government. The
major complaint has been that Baluchis do not benefit from the
resources in the province, most particularly the gas fuel coming
out of Sui. The Baluchis have often rebelled and been suppressed.
However, Islamic leaders have always taught reconciliation through
dialogue and political processes and hence the point of no return
was not reached.
Under Musharraf, Pakistan is not only in the hands of a mercenary
army but a military which is entirely at the disposal of the
United States. Observers who study background say that Musharraf
is planning to give permanent military bases to the U.S. in
Baluchistan. The offensive against the Islamic Taliban government
was launched from Jacobabad, just across the Baluch frontier in
Sind. Gwadar is already a preliminary naval base for the U.S.
As Iran becomes a regional power, bases in Baluchistan will
facilitate U.S. pressure on Iran.
Musharraf's regime is expressing the murder of Bugti as a victory
against a rebel. However, Pakistani political circles, both
Islamic, Peoples Party and Muslim League, see the killing as a
blow at Pakistani national unity and cohesion. Heavy handed use
of force failed in East Pakistan, is failing in Waziristan. With
the proud Baluchis, it is a disaster to take away from them their
pride and self-respect.
Pakistan is in serious trouble. Like Yahya Khan, General Musharraf
seems to be totally blind to the disasters he is imposing on this
nation created in the name of Islam. The people seem to be
helpless before a bloodstained military which betrayed the Taliban
and slaughtered the Waziristanis.
Exclusive Letter to New Trend
African-American Imam Facing State Terrorism:
Warith Deen Umar Fights for his [OUR] Rights
As salaam alaikum
The U.S. government has changed my day of sentencing from September
7, 2006 to September 21, 2006 at 4PM in the Federal Court in downtown
Manhattan. The government is threatening me with up to ten years in
prison. They have not only taken my passport and imprisoned me in
the Southern and Northern districts of New York but they never
returned my family's 8 computers, my legal papers, my photos,
cameras, intellectual products, 34 published and unpublished
books and manuscripts and other notebooks, khutbahs and
miscellaneous items in my home library. They took twenty-five
years of my papers and writings.
The government literally robbed my apartment and my home with
impunity. They stole from my family and found nothing illegal
in all they took. They wrote to my lawyers and agreed to return
my property if I would give them a plea. I refused to sign off
on their attempts to clear themselves by offering me some
facsimile of leniency in the court decision of whether to jail
me and for how long. This thieving government will never get me
to join them in their persecution of me. Whatever they do to me
will only hasten their demise. Ma sha'llah. Allah promises to
destroy all injustice. So they're through.
Israel To Acquire Two German-Made Submarines
[How Israel uses the "holocaust" to Blackmail Germany.
Other than "H" there is no reason for this German act.]
ISRAEL has purchased two more German-made Dolphin submarines capable
of carrying nuclear warheads. The new submarines, built at a cost of
$1.3 billion with Germany footing one-third of the bill, have
diesel-electric propulsion systems that allow them to remain
submerged for longer periods of time than the three nuclear
arms-capable submarines already in Israel's fleet, the
Jerusalem Post reported.
Sudanese Protest U.S. Officials Visit and Plan to Intervene in Darfur
KHARTOUM: Angry demonstrators mobbed the car of US Assistant
Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer yesterday
after she arrived in Sudan, and demanded that she return home.
Frazer was officially greeted by senior officials from the
ministries of foreign affairs and international co-operation.
But dozens of protesters, chanting slogans and raising banners
reading "Go Back Home", "You Want War" and "We Want Peace"
showed up at the airport, covered her car with banners and
blocked her way before police intervened.
Frazer had flown to Khartoum with a message from President George
W Bush for his Sudanese counterpart, Omar al-Bashir, reportedly
to urge him to accept deployment of UN forces in west Sudan's
war-torn Darfur region. [Source: wire services]
ISNA Leadership: Agents of the Power Structure:
Ask them these Questions
by Kaukab Siddique
Innocent Muslims in large numbers participate in the annual
Convention of ISNA ["Islamic Society of North America"]. They
go for three important reasons:
1. To socialize with other Muslims from far away cities.
2. To find spouses for their sons and daughters.
3. To buy goods from the bazar.
However, this activity permits the organizers of ISNA to say that
all these people come to the Convention to support ISNA and its
mediocre leaders. The crowds are used to publicize ISNA, to lure
other innocent Muslims and to obtain funds.
I urge Muslims to question ISNA's leaders and find out for
themselves that ISNA is not only hostile to Islam but is
cooperating with the worst enemies of Islam. Here are a few
1. Why does ISNA recognize Israel as a legitimate state?
Isn't Israel hostile to Islam?
2. Why is ISNA silent about the U.S. bombing and occupation of
Afghanistan and Iraq?
3. What kind of security clearance do ISNA leaders have that they
can attend Pentagon and White House meetings? Why does the Bush
administration trust them so much while it is criminalizing all
the leading Islamic activists in this country?
4. Is it Islamic for Syed Syeed, previous Secretary General of ISNA,
to work closely with the FBI?
5. Is it not true that the new ISNA President, Ingrid Mattson,
worked with an Israeli citizen, Dr. Abu Rabi, for a long time
and the institute she worked for is a masked missionary
enterprise? Was she brought in under pressure from the U.S.,
re: Asra Nomani, etc.
6. If ISNA is Islamic, why has it dumped the Islamic methodology
for crescent-sighting related to Ramadan and Eidain? Is it not
time to stop trying to divide the Muslims on this issue?
8. Why is ISNA silent about the suffering of ALL Islamic
political prisoners, from Imam Jamil al-Amin and
Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman to Masaud Khan and
'Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar?
7. Why does ISNA consider itself Islamic?
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