Sha'ban 22,1427/September 16, 2006 #61
Next issue: See Dr. Wilmer Leon's thought provoking comparison of
9.11 and Katrina.
Also next issue: Islamic woman activist writes of ISNA's shameful
Veteran journalist and human rights activist Edward Miller's
blockbuster article on Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman [the blind Shaikh].
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See below Q & A on 9.11 Conspiracy Theories.
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LATEST IMPORTANT NEWS:
The POPE, Benedict X1V, carried out an unprovoked attack on Islam.
[September 14]. Quoting a 14th century source, he claimed that Islam
is an EVIL religion because it teaches JIHAD. New Trend has been
tracing the Pope's descent into the tentacles of International Jewry
and Zionism. The Zionists were so pleased with the previous Pope
because he quietly RECOGNIZED the terrorist entity known as Israel,
thus reversing decades of Catholic condemnation of Israel as
illegitimate. This POPE, a German, despises his own people and has
been visiting synagogues and did the "pilgrimage" to Auschwitz thus
discouraging the debate required to find out what really happened
in World War II.
On September 15 the Islamic world condemned Pope Benedict's absurd
outburst against Islam and Jihad. Turkey led the way, calling
it a continuation of the crusades. Then came, Lebanon,
Egypt, Iran and Pakistan. Thousands protested in
INDIA [including many Islamic women]. The best were the
Pakistanis. The Islamic coalition, MMA, proposed a resolution in
condemnation of the Pope in the Pakistani Parliament. It was passed
UNANIMOUSLY. Musharraf's men could not oppose the resolution because
it would have isolated them from the nation.
[In USA, Jamaat al-Muslimeen condemns the Pope's outburst and
urges him to apologize to the ONE BILLION plus Muslims of the world.]
In connection with the Pope's message of hate, note the activities of
FETHULLAH GULEN, a Turkish 'moderate Muslim' who felt honored
to meet the Pope. Gulen is part of the American program to create a
new "Islam" to be called "American Islam" or "Moderate Islam."
Prof. Suleyman Kurter, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has sent us
a magazine, The Muslim World, a missionary venture, with its
ENTIRE issue of July 2005 dedicated to Fethullah Gulen, supporting
his exploits with the Pope and rejecting those who opposed the visit
to the Pope. The magazine is edited by an Arab of Israeli citizenship,
Dr. Ibrahim Abu Rabi, and by INGRID MATTSON, the President of
the so called ISNA [Islamic Society of North America] closely allied to the Bush Administration.
IMPORTANT Pakistani News:
On September 12, the Islamic movement defeated General Musharraf's
move against Sharia and the Hudood Ordinance. The clincher came
from women themselves. Thousands of Islamic women gathered
in Islamabad to condemn Musharraf's moves which would have removed
rape from the purview of Islamic Law [Sharia]. The women were led
by Islamic women elected to Parliament, including Dr. Kausar Firdaus,
Samiha Raheel Qazi, Ayesha Munawar, Razia Aziz, Bilquis Saif and
Jamila Ahmed. Among the speakers was a male leader of Jamaate Islami,
Liaqat Baluch, who said Musharraf's moves against Sharia were
signalled by his masters in the United States.
The government party has now [Sept. 13] agreed to sit with Islamic
scholars and come up with Sharia Law which would safeguard the
rights of women. Jamaate Islami and other Islamic leaders are
demanding that the following be included in the new bill
of Sharia Law:
Death penalty for "honor killings"
[where an angry husband kills a wife whom he suspects of infidelity].
Distribution of inheritance to women relatives.
End to "reciprocal" marriages.
End to marriages where proper and adequate marriage gift is not
given to the woman.
[New Trend's clarification about the Islamic punishment for rape:
Anti-Islam propaganda is trying to mislead Muslims. In rape, the
punishment for the rapist is death, after evidence, and the woman
does not have to bring four witnesses as in adultery. This can be seen
in "Saudi" Arabia, where this aspect of Sharia is implemented. On
September 10, a Yemeni man was executed in "Saudi" Arabia for rape.
There was no demand for 4 witnesses.]
INDIA: TERRORISM AGAINST MUSLIMS IS EXCUSED
On September 8, suspected Hindu zealots exploded bombs in the city of
Malegaon as Muslims were returning from Friday prayers. At
least 56 Muslims were killed and 150 wounded. After the massacre,
the Indian government imposed curfew to stop the Muslim response.
Neither the United States nor even the Musharraf government
expressed sorrow or outrage. However, earlier, the bombing of
trains in Mumbai had led to worldwide publicity and condemnation
of "Islamic" terrorists, though no one took responsibility.
WAR NEWS: Compiled by New Trend's Media Monitor
AFGHANISTAN: Canada's Dilemma+Attacks in Kabul+NATO calls for help
NATO launched a major offensive, lead by Canadian forces, called
"Medusa" in the small mountain area of Panjwai near Kandahar. After
nearly two weeks, by September 13 the operation had fizzled out. The
Taliban had disappeared leaving behind a few used tea cups, a few
rusty weapons and a trench used to store weapons. The Canadians have
been issung daily communiques claiming large numbers of Taliban
killed each day, ending up with a total claim of 510. The Canadians
lost 5 killed and 13 wounded.
Observers wonder at the Canadian claims. If 500 Taliban fighters
have been killed in 13 days, the backbone of the Islamic uprising
would have been broken. After the Canadian claims were published,
they were ridiculed by Mullah Dadallah, the legendary Taliban
field commander, who said that not even 10 Taliban have been killed.
Neutral Pakistani sources say that probably the Canasians estimate
the Taliban killed by the numbers of artillery shells they fire and
the air strikes they call in. Perhaps they think if 1000 shells
were fired 100 Taliban must have been killed!
Canada will learn soon that the Taliban know their land well and
mere display of fire power is not going to kill these wily fighters.
As the Canadian paper, Globe and Mail wrote [September 13] none
of the bodies of the supposedly dead Taliban had "turned up."
On September 7, 2006 the NATO commander in Afgfhanistan admitted that
the 18,000 man NATO forces cannot win and asked for
reinforcements. Unfortunately for him, NATO's meeting in Brussels
[Sept.14] failed to promise any more troops. NATO is stuck.
In KABUL, the Taliban have started launching martyrdom
operations. On September 8, a young Afghan martyr attacked the
perimeter of the U.S. embassy killing 2 U.S. troops and 16 Karzai
men and wounding 29 Karzai and one U.S.
On September 10, a "suicider" [martyrdom operator] killed the
Karzai-U.S. appointed "governor" of Paktika province, Abdul Hakim
Taniwal, along with 3 of his troops.
In a disturbing development, a Taliban attack killed 4 Karzai police
in Mazar-e-Sharif, in the extreme north which is the stronghold of
Looks like the Abu Sayyaf Islamists are back in action. In a clash
with them on September 4, five of Phillipppines best marines were
killed and 10 wounded.
September 4: A Jordanian terrorist citizen opened fire on
British tourists killing one British and wounding 5.
SEPTEMBER 8: Hosni Mubarak's government sentenced 3 Egyptians to
death for attacking Israelis in the Red Sea resorts last year.
IRAQ: Chances of U.S. victory are dim. It appears that
Islamic forces led by Al-Qaida have fought U.S. forces to a stand
still in Anbar province, Iraq's biggest province. A secret U.S.
military assessment of the situation prepared by the U.S.
command in Fallujah admitted that there is "NO CHANCE" of a
U.S. victory with the forces now available.
Meanwhile the fighting continues. On September 14, a "suicider"
[martyrdom operator] hit U.S. troops in West Baghdad killing 2 and
wounding 25. At least 11 U.S. troops have been killed in the last
week raising U.S. troop deaths to 2680 on September 15 with more
than 25,000 wounded.
Meanwhile Shia death squads are busy in Baghdad killing Sunnis
to remove all Sunnis from Baghdad. Observers say this is happening
under U.S. auspices, mainly being carried out by Iranian-trained
"Badr" brigades and Al-Sadr's Mahdi army. SIXTY bodies were
discovered on September 14 and 49 on Sept. 14.
On 9.11, the Islamic resistance sent a "suicider" who killed 12
Shia troops armed by the U.S. who were in a minibus in Baghdad.
[BRIEF ANALYSIS: Iran is cooperating closely with the U.S.
to create a Shia state in south-central Iraq. The U.S.-Iran
dialectic about the nuclear program is being used to camouflage
the Shia-U.S. cooperation in Iraq. The U.S. installed "Prime Minister"
of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki, is visiting Iran without U.S.
complaint while Iran's former President Khatami has been
visiting the U.S. The Islamic world would have to be blind not
to note these subversive moves meant to undermine the
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Supports the case of Siddique Abdullah Hasan
on death row in Youngstown, Ohio. Here is a significant development.
Please read and support this cause. Jamaat al-Muslimeen opposes the
death penalty in secular countries like USA.
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Islamic Expert Looks at ISNA's attempt to Reject the
Sunnah of the Prophet, pbuh
Dr. Omar Afzal, Ithaca, NY, on ISNA/ICNA's Zulfiqar Ali Shah
Who does not want that the dates of Ramadan, Eids and the Hajj be
known so that the Muslims can plan their rituals ahead of time?
The present chaos and waiting till midnight to know when to start
fasting or pray Eid is not only unbearable but makes the Muslims a
butt of ridicule. The attempt started long ago. Abdali "On the
Crescent's Visibility," Al-Ittihad, v.16, 1979) suggested computing
broad visibility of the crescent moon, and Kahf (Determination of
Islamic Occasions and Islamic Calendar, Al-Ittihad, v. 18 (1980)
proposed taking the "News of sighting from any Muslim country" to
eliminate the uncertainty. ISNA Fiqh Council (10 June, 2006)
proposed purely calculable fixed Islamic dates.
Zulfiqar Ali Shah (Islamic Horizon, Sep./Oct. 2006) is an attempt
to provide Fiqhi justification for 1) eliminating the need for
visual sighting of the moon. Unfortunately, Shah's ignorance of
calendar computation and geographical facts led him to interpret
both crucial terms: Hilal and Matla against the consensus and
practice of the Muslims for the last fifteen centuries
The Qur'an (2:189) makes "Ahilla" “the visible crescent moons
the "Mawaqeet" determinant of the beginning of the Islamic month.
The Messenger (SAW) put Allah's command into practice. He carefully
looked for the Sh'abaan moon to begin Ramadan 29 or 30 days later.
He asked the Muslims to begin Ramadan after sighting a Hilal and
celebrate Eid after sighting it again at the end of the fasting
period. In case the horizon is clouded or haze obstructs the moon's
visibility on the 29th day. then complete the month to thirty days,
as a moon is always visible on the 30th evening.
1. Ahillah in English are the "visible crescent moons."
2. "Ru'yah" is "seeing." Ru'yah followed by an object is used
primarily for "perceive with the eye" after looking at an object.
3. "Ghamma" primarily means "overcast." In the Hadith, the only
meaning of "Ghumma alaikum¦" that fits is "overcast, cloudy, hidden
from visibility because of haze." Similarly, Ghubbiya means
"To be hidden".
Shah's interpretation that the Prophet (PBUH) was asking the Muslims
to go by the conjunction is not only odd but also absurd, especially
when a "sighted-moon" based Hijri calendars for a large area like the
United States can now easily be calculated (and verifiable by
subsequent confirmed sightings).
ISNA Fiqh Council and Shah also did not take into account the fact
that at "12:00 Noon GMT" the solar date at 180W changes. Take a globe
and look to the shape of the Earth. There is only one Matla for the
sun as the earth rotates around the sun and it takes 24 hours for
the sun to be visible over the globe. Similarly, the moon rotates
around the earth, but it takes 24 to72 hours for its.
There is no "Authentic" calculation of the Hilal" even today after
1427 years. The calculations of the Hilal are only for a broader
region and not for every town and every street.
ISNA's whole attempt is to somehow synchronize the dates in the US
with those of Saudi Arabia. CFCO have been advocating "fixed" dates
for the USA (Local) and fixed global dates based on "COMPUTABLE
almost CERTAINLY VISIBLE crescent moon." The problem was that it
did not suite the Fiqh Council. It tried every excuse to follow
Saudi dates in the US because their congregations forced them to
go by Saudi or Egyptian dates.
Now Shah has twisted the basic meaning of Hilal, and Matla and has
created a BIG MESS. May Allah help us.
Re: CNN's Scandalous Lie About Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman [the blind Shaikh]
Assalamu alaikum Dr. Siddique,
I watched the same CNN special as you did, and the question you raise
to Ms. Amanpour is very valid...it will be very interesting to see if
she has anything to say at all about this 'fatwa' supposedly made
from solitary confinement by Dr. Abdel-Rahman (and conveyed to the
media by carrier pigeon?! Come on!)!
With regards to New Trend Magazine's mission statement, at least in
my opinion it is redundant to say you are opposed to both racism
and Zionism, but then again since any criticism of Zionism in this
country (I live in York, PA) will earn you an instant label of
"anti-Semite" (in spite of the fact that the overwhelming majority
of Semites in the world today are Arabs, followed by Ethiopians
and Eritreans) this is still something worth pointing out explicitly.
I fervently pray that the Almighty will help you in revealing the
truth to those who are still blinded by all the lies and half-truths
that regularly billow forth from the so-called "free" media.
Go in peace,
Jameel Forsyth Rahman
Ed. Note: CNN is unable to provide any reference.
CNN's lie has been nailed.
RE: Interview with Syed Munawar Hasan on Women in Sharia, Taliban, etc.
AGAINST: [The writer has highlighted, below,
the question which she says was not answered.]
Dear Dr Siddique, where is the answer to your following question?, see below.
And please do not let SMH tell you that the present sharia system
is defender of women's right. They can't even have one law straight
and women are suffering in prison; mind you these are poor women who
do not have means to fight the cruel system. I have not seen defenders
of deen coming in the street for women's rights when they
are killed in the name of ghairet and when they are not even
given the property share of 1/4 or 1/8 whatever sharia recommends.
They do not raise their voice when women who dare to participate
in election in Dir and Sawat get killed. But they get angry when
women ask for their right and question their discriminatory laws.
They are branded pro-western and playing in the hands of jews and
then discredit them. Thanks for your time.
Ghazala Kazi [West Virginia]
NT: But this situation still doesn't make sense to me.
Maulana Fazlur Rahman is quoted as saying that women should be
subjected to the punishment for adultery if they do not bring
witnesses to their being raped. How can you support Fazlur Rahman?
mohtaram kaukab sahib
in fact new trend is trend setter,
its prompt resonse regarding ummah related issues r full of vision.
In recent issue SMH interview is good but i want to note that that u
have introduced him as ISLAMIST.
No , sir i think this is a term with its bag and baggage , so if u
agree, then pls avoid this term otherwise u have right to veto my
opinion. I shall accept it.
Salim Mansur Khalid
Q & A on 9.11:
In response to two letters from a young reader in England
As the editor of New Trend, I receive a vast amount of emails on 9.11
conspiracies. I have read them very carefully. I have also listened
to experts who say that 9.11 was an inside job. I am sorry to say
that as a critical journalist, I am not convinced by any of these
Of course, tapes can be faked, altered and digitally re-done. If
something can be done, that does not prove that it was actually done.
Have you heard of ANY tape coming out which says Al-Qaidah did not
do it? In the beginning Osama did issue a tape which suggested he
did not do it. It is possible that he was trying to mislead the
Americans but since then he has admitted it in detail.
Osama has repeatedly taken credit for the attacks on several videos.
None of the people working with him have denied it. They could
easily issue a statement EVEN NOW saying that they DID NOT do it.
No one has said so.
The story that Jews did it or that 4,000 Jews did not turn up on
9.11 was started about one or two days [I forget how many days
exactly] after 9.11 by Al-Manar TV which is Iranian TV coming out
of Lebanon. Iranians are concerned that Osama is taking over
global Muslim leadership.
Why would America or Israel kill 3,000 Americans and inflict
TRILLIONS of dollars in damages? Bush was in a state of total
unbelief when it happened. Vice President Cheyney went into hiding.
Probably you have never been to Ground Zero otherwise you would not
think America did it to itself. The fires were burning in the
Twin Towers for SIX MONTHS after 9.11.
If you want me to discuss a specific conspiract theory, do let me
know. I am happy to write to you because you think of serious issues.
Assalam - u Alaikuim Wa RAhmatullah uncle
sorry that i didnt pose the question clearly. Basically you may not
be a conspiracy theorist so may not wish to answer this question.
i had finished watching "loose change" a documentary which
evidences that the 9 11 could only have been an inside job by
the government. The documentary included showing ways of
falsifying the video which was aired claimed to be by osama bin laden.
do you think that it was an inside job or that it was osama bin laden
or do you wish not to get yourself involved in thinking about these
things as you think that you will never get to the bottom of it in
The time spent on emailing me is much appreciated
Amina- your daughter in Islam
Perhaps I don't understand your question.
Why would anyone make a fake video of Osama? Is that a gold ring he
is wearing? There is no way of checking that.
I don't see what America has to gain by producing fake videos of
Osama. That would give him free publicity. When the videos do
appear, American media show very little of them.
Please clarify your question.
I hope that these few lines reach to you in the best of health and
Eeman. I had read your recent edition with great interest. I had
just been watching "loose change" about a conspiracy theory about
9 11. Now I can appreciate that there are so many things that
are concerning the Ummah. HOwever for clarificaiton I was
wondering if you could address these issues
1. the tape of Osama Bin Laden that was broadcasted when the attacks
took place was criticised by this video on the basis that the
footage was of poor quality and he was wearing a gold ring which
is not allowed in Islam so it couldnt have been him.
the latest video is purported to be by Osama bin laden where he
says that he had entrusted the highjackers. Is it him on the video;
is he truthful.
Please CLICK ON REPLY ALL when replying so that my hubby is aware
of the response.
Hope the family is well.
A Political Prisoner In the U.S.: Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman
BY EDWARD W. MILLER [Dr. Miller wrote this in 1997 but has asked
that we reprint it for the large number of new readers we have
now. At that time, New Trend was only in hard copy.]
In early 1980 in Cairo, an Egyptian imam, or holy man, quietly moved
from mosque to crowded mosque, preaching the tenents of Islam while
also condemning the on-going corruption of his government. Sheik
Omar Abdel Rahman, a Ph.D. from Al-Azher University, was
denouncing the plundering of Muslim lands in Palestine, as
well as President Mubarak's treachery in cooperating with Israel and
the U.S. to support repression of both the Palestinian and his own
people. The Sheik commanded his followers to stand up against "a
military dictator whose prison brimmed with 70,000 of the nation's
best sons and daughters" in a regime where ideas were being censored
by Egyptian thought police. The sheik also beseeched his people to
stop the looting of their country by Western banks and corporations
whose profits and way of life both drained the natural resources
and morally corrupted the culture of Egyptians.
Sheik Rahman had been jailed by Mubarak for his preachings in the
early 1980s, released in 1984 only to be imprisoned again in 1985,
1986 and 1989. At each trial he was acquitted of wrong-doing, and
he continued preaching to advocate the values of Islam and protest
against government corruption.
When Sheik Rahman decided to travel to this country, Egyptian
foreign minister Amar Moussa and U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Robert
Pelletreau, connived together to have him arrested under the
pretext of "violating immigration laws." The Zionists, including
Senator Alphonse D'Amato (D-NY) and Assemblyman Dov Hikind (NY),
made it their personal business to reinforce the indictment.
Egyptian secret police spy Emad Salem was sent to the U.S. with
specific instructions to keep close tabs on his activities. After
some months of imprisonment in solitary, this blind and diabetic
cleric was finally brought to trial in what was to become one of
the most corrupt legal procedures in U.S history.
The sheik's trial was intentionally corrupted at every turn
by America's Jewish organizations. Jury selection began on
January 9, 1995, at which time the Zionist media began an assault
on that learned scholar and his associates. The day before the jury
date, The New York Times led the attack with a defaming article
by a man named Bernstein. Prior to this, the prosecution had
published excerpts from the scholar's 22-year-old Ph.D. dissertation,
taking bits and pieces out of context to bias any potential jurors.
Even NPR (National Public Radio) joined in the chorus on January 9
with a lengthy news report by columnist and author Judith Miller
who claimed the case against the Sheik "was strong."Most Americans
were unaware that Judith Miller is a militant anti-Muslim writer
whose biased reporting on the Mideast for The New York Times
and inflammatory book on Muslim countries has received condemnation
from scholars and writers the world over.
At the beginning of the trial, the sheik's lawyers had demanded
the strongly-biased Zionist Judge, Michael B. Mukasey, recuse
himself from the trial. Mukasey refused. (Federal Law, Title 28,
Section 455(a) requires a sitting judge to recuse himself from any
trial where his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.) Mukasey
was a committed Zionist, a long-time supporter of Israel. His wife
is also a Zionist.
Sheik Rahman was then denied the lawyer of his choice by Judge Mukasey,
and when he then asked the court to permit an expert to explain the
practices of Islam to an ignorant American jury, he was refused this
due process. Eventually, on January 17, 1996, Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman
was sentenced by a Jewish judge of strong Zionist leanings to
imprisonment for life "plus 65 years." The extra 65 years were
added under the court's Count #3: Conspiracy to murder Hosni Mubarak
Those 65 years added to the sentence were related to the "conspiracy
theory," and the judge's interpretation of conversations Sheik
Rahman had had with supposed international terrorists and were largely
based on the inflammatory and largely fictitious documentary,
Jihad in America, produced by a Zionist Jew, Stephen Emerson,
and shown nationwide on PBS. Both the prosecution and the judge employed
guilt by association in their judgment. The Sheik was NOT sentenced for
implication in the World Trade Center bombing; however, phone calls to
the Sheik by Muslim defendants in that case had been presented and
even accepted as evidence without the court ever providing to the
jury translations of those conversations.
The conspiracy theory was supposedly supported by the testimony of
Abdo Haggag, an Egyptian, who quoted an unrecorded conversation he
allegedly had with the Sheik. He delayed more than a year before
reporting it to the police. At the trial, Haggag admitted under
oath to having received $100,000 for his testimony, plus another
$60,000 for his children.
After receiving his lifetime sentence, this elderly, sick and blind
sheik, standing before the Jewish judge, spoke quietly and at length
in Arabic. He pointed out the on-going "historical junction" at which
"the spiritual power of Islam was confronting the military/material
juggernaut of a Zionist White House." Sheik Rahman continued,
debunking the prosecution's theory that he heads an international
terrorist organization. He emphasized that he was sequestered in a
jail in Cairo in the early 1980s at the time the so-called
"international terrorist group" was allegedly being formed. Judge
Michael Mukasey was visibly irritated by the Sheik's remarks, and
interrupted the scholarly cleric repeatedly and rudely, finally
remarking that "religion has nothing to do with the case."
Columnist and author Edward C. Coughlin, Jr., noted in an article in
New Trend (January/February '96): "Since the days of the
'Star Chamber' proceedings in England, governments have used the
conspiracy laws to destroy their political enemies. In an America
controlled by the Zionist Gang, a decision was made at the highest
level to "get Sheik Rahman... The evidence against the sheik which
took nine months to prosecute was purely circumstantial and built
on the most dubious kind of foundation. His trial in Zionist-dominated
New York City in front of a card-carrying Zionist jurist and in a
society swarming with an Islamic-bashing media and pro-Zionist
tabloids and news readers, guaranteed his ultimate conviction."
Coughlin continued: "One of the counts in the indictment against the
blind sheik...was a rarely-used Civil War seditious conspiracy charge.
A key witness against the cleric...was a government informer...a
known liar who had demanded one million from the FBI to entrap the
sheik and his co-defendants."
Even the highly-prejudiced Washington Post, an establishment
mouthpiece, was forced to state in an editorial after the guilty
verdict was announced that aspects of the trial worried it." The
Post said: "conspiracy trials are troublesome because they enable
prosecutors to link a number of people, some of whom are only
tangentially connected, to one of the events cited in the
indictment, and put everybody on trial together. There are
special reasons when the defendants, like Sheik Rahman, already
foreign-born, are more likely to be linked in the jurors' minds
to the stereotype of an international terrorist." Coughlin adds:
"The sheik was unpopular because the Zionist press had already
done a hatchet job on him... It is clear that the U.S. government
was used by an alien element, the Zionists, to wrongly target him
for persecution. Justice demands that his conviction be overturned
Not only was the trial of Sheik Abdul Oman Rahman a long and terrible
ordeal for this blind, aged cleric, but his imprisonment continues to
be deliberately cruel and physically threatening. In the U.S. Federal
Prison Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, since October, 1995, he is
totally isolated from fellow prisoners. Amnesty International
reported that Dr. Rahman, a diabetic, had been subject to deliberate
neglect by his guards, who "routinely fail to respond to his
legitimate requests for assistance... He has not had his hair or
nail cuts, nor has he been provided with a change of clothing for
several months." He is not allowed to join in Muslim prayers with
other Muslim prisoners, he is deprived of his prayer rug and a
clock to determine his praying schedule, has no short-wave radio
to hear Arabic news (his only language), and is subject to frequent
strip searches combining gratuitous humiliations. Amnesty
International points out the U.S. is not meeting its obligation
under Articles 7 and 10 of the International Convenant on Civil
and Political Rights: "All persons deprived of their liberty shall
be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of
the human person."
Many Muslims and non-Muslims plus Muslim organizations both in
this country and abroad have joined forces to form the Committee
to Free Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. The legal aspects of this group
are being handled by Ex-Attorney General Ramsey Clark's office.
Hopefully, the sheik can be re-tried on appeal, cleared of
conspiracy charges and allowed his freedom. The dark stain on
our federal judicial system, however, will never fade completely.
(Israel's plan to weaken the power of Islam began at Camp David when
Egypt was seduced to split the Arab league. Sadat was murdered for
his betrayal after which Israel with U.S. help placed a secular,
anti-Muslim Mubarak in the presidency. The shiek's imprisonment
here is intended to further weaken Islam in Egypt, which explains
Zionist interest in his trial.)
2006-09-16 Sat 15:08:30 cdt