Sha'ban 28,1427/September 22, 2006 #63
DO PAKISTANIS KNOW THIS?
General Musharraf, Pakistan's Military Coup Leader during his
press conference with President Bush:
"I trust President Bush. I have full confidence in him."
" We have total cooperation at the intelligence level."
Jamaat al-Muslimeen News [only 2 items]
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Baltimore, MD 21234
Imam 'Umar's Hearing Put off to September 28
by Abu Talib, Jamaat rep. in Brooklyn, NY
On September 21, a hearing was held in the Federal Court in
downtown Manhattan for Imam Warith Deen Umar. The Judge seemed
to sense that there is nothing in the government's hands to go
against the Imam. He put it off to next week, September 28.
The Imam's wife and son were with him.
ISNA leader Siraj Wahhaj who is linked to some of the trouble the
Imam is facing did not turn up. Siraj has been very quiet about
Imam Umar's case although it is a clear case of state terrorism
against a distinguished Muslim African-American leader.
Most Muslims and people of conscience can see that the case against
Imam Umar is bogus. All Muslims are urged to rally to the support of
the Imam. I could see that he is very spirited and unafraid of the
power of the government.
[Jamaat al-Muslimeen has prepared an information card about Imam Umar
for distribution to Muslim populations across the country. Please let
us know if you would like to distribute it.]
The Role of the INFORMER in the Oppression of U.S. Muslims
From Sis. Aisha, Jamaat representative in Manhattan
I was watching the 6pm CBS Evening News yesterday when this
interesting bit came up.
It was an interview with an Egyptian informer named Osama
El-Darwoodi. After the events of 9/11/2001 took place, he
claimed to have voluntarily walked into a NYC police precinct
to offer his services as an informer on the Muslim community.
He was told to go into Masjids and pray with others and listen
out for any "radical" talk.
He is the informant who had Matin Siraj and another
Muslim brother arrested for "plotting" to blow up the subways.
El-Darwoodi was asked if it was possible that they might have
been spewing rhetoric and he stated that he believed they had
a viable plan. He was paid heftily for his services.
Now, after all of this informing, El-Darwoordi feels he's been left
like a sitting duck. He was nearly brought to tears as he described
how he put his life on the line for America and how America betrayed
him. He says his identity was never to be revealed but it was. When
he was asked if he expected any help from the muslim community, he
stated that the government should help him. NYC Police Commissioner
Ray Kelly stated that Osama El-Darwoodi would remain on the
Well, doesn't the Qur-an mention that when one does any deal with
the devil that only the devil comes out ahead?
I am writing this article to hopefully inform Muslims that there
are "agents" working among us. Most Imams have indicated that
these informants are not regular Jummah attendees but, that just
leads others to be suspicious. I think it's safer to just watch
what one says around strangers.
NEW TREND FUNNIES: General Musharraf, facing rejection and
ridicule by the Pakistani people, came up with a totally new
story on September 21, 2006, almost 5 years after he betrayed
the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He claims now that a deputy
secretary in the U.S. administration, Armitage, told him that
Pakistan would be bombed to the stone age if he did not cooperate fully.
Musharraf, the brazen faced liar that he is, made this claim WHILE
HE IS VISITING THE U.S. and wants his reward from his master George
Bush! The arrogance of this man is such that he thinks he can fool
the Pakistani people any time. One may ask, if the U.S. was
threatening military action, why didn't Mush take the issue to
the Pakistani people? Did he have to bring the FBI and the CIA
into Pakistani homes?
IMMEDIATELY after his military coup, Musharraf visited EGYPT and had
an in depth meeting with the Egyptian internal security chief
who specializes in controlling, subverting and suppressing the
SECOND FUNNY: Bush's second puppet in the region, Karzai, the ruler
of Kabul, inaugurated a Coca Cola plant in Kabul.
[Source: Fox TV, September 10] Let them drink Coca Cola!
THIRD FUNNY: Musharraf and Karzai are blaming EACH OTHER for their
iinability to catch Osama bin Laden. Karzai says, he is sure Osama
is in Pakistan. Musharraf says, if you know, why don't you point him
out so we can arrest him! Our observers see Karzai and Mush as
loyal servants of Bush who have to explain to their master why
they have failed.
NO CHANCE OF CRESCENT SIGHTING ON SEPTEMBER 22.
Ramadan can begin on September 24
Dr. Omar Afzal, [Ithaca, New York] America's foremost Muslim expert
on crescent sighting, told New Trend that sighting of the crescent
is not possible on September 22. Anyone starting Ramadan on
September 23 will be starting on the wrong date.
There is a slim chance on Sept. 23 of sighting in the southern
areas of the U.S. from Florida to San Diego, California, Dr. Afzal
says Thus the earliest day on which Ramadan can start will be
September 24, inshallah; otherwise it will be September 25.
New Trend asked Dr. Afzal about ISNA's Fiqh Committee on whose
behalf Dr. Muzzammil Siddiqui of Orange County [Los Angeles]
has already announced dates for Ramadan and Eid. Dr. Afzal said
that Muzzammil sold out many years back and knows on which side
his bread is buttered.
Dr. Afzal said that Islam has ordained the sighting of the crescent
for both the startiing and the ending of Ramadan. We can use science,
he said, to know where and when sighting is possible but science
cannot replace Sunnah.
Readers can obtain the charting and sightability of the crescent all
over the world from Dr. Omar Afzal.
ISSUES of UNITY and SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT related to MOON SIGHTING
Muslim Women and Families Should be in the Masjid: No Male "Hislam"
On September 15, Dr. Kaukab Siddique devoted a part of his khutba to
the issue of moon sighting related to the starting and ending of
Ramadan. The khutba was given at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in
Baltimore. Here are the main points of the Khutba:
Why do we want to sight the crescent for Ramadan and Eid? The Qur'an
has ordained that our Eids should be based on the crescents. We
follow the lunar calendar of the Hijra connected to the stuggle
of Muhammad, pbuh. The Prophet, pbuh, has commanded in clear,
unambiguous words that Ramadan must begin and end with the
sighting of the crescent.
The entire Islamic civilization is connected to the Sunnah of
Muhammad, pbuh. Sighting the crescent brings the entire community
into the process of Islamic decision making. We can't leave Islam
to a group of elites sitting in a room deciding things for us.
EVERY MUSLIM who is sincere about Islam is an essential part
of the Ummah.
Does sighting mean we ignore scientific developments in astronomy?
Not at all. Science can help us to know WHERE and WHEN sighting
is possible. So we put science in the service of religion.
Won't the sighting process break up UNITY of the Muslims because of
time zones and the curvature of the earth? NO! Unity does not mean
UNIFORMITY. Any unity NOT BASED on the Sunnah of Muhammad, pbuh,
cannot be called Islamic unity.
UNITY is first and foremost required in compassion and caring for
humanity. WHO ARE THE PEOPLE CALLING for an END to moon sighting?
These re the ones who care the least about Muslim unity. When it
comes to Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnya, Sudan,
these people are UNITED with the U.S. government, not with
the Muslim Ummah.
The persons calling for an end to moon sighting are working for
the agenda of the Rand Corporation's Intelligence Division, in
support of the Bush administration to create an "American Islam"
or what they call 'Moderate Islam.' They want to accelerate the
process of assimilation of Muslims into the non-Muslim system.
We as Muslims must be outgoing with the Da'wa of Islam to
help the oppressed people of America. Defensive and assimilative
programs are recipes for disaster.
To strengthen our masjids, we must bring our families into the
masjid. The family system is under tremendous strain in America
with a 50% divorce rate. If our spouses go everywhere with us but
do not come with us to the masjid [mosque] we will be joining the
process of disintegration of the family which is going on.
AFRICA: From New Trend's Media Monitor
SOMALIA: The central masjid [mosque] in Mogadishu
re-opened last month and more than 20,000 people came to the first
Friday prayers. The masjid was closed for 16 years owing to ongoing
conflict fomented in Somali society by foreign influences which
fragmented civil society.
The central masjid [mosque] in Mogadishu is the biggest in Africa.
The Islamic power in Somalia is rapidly consolidating itself and
basic amenities along with peace and security have been established.
Meanwhile the U.N. supported "government" in the northern city of
Boadoa is isolated and has become extremely unpopular after accepting
the support of Ethiopian toops [backed by the U.S.]. Most of the
ministers in this "government" have resigned. Last week, the leader
of this "government" narrowly escaped being killed in a bomb attack
which killed his security unit.
SUDAN: Zionists in USA Preparing Military Intervention:
First step: U.N. Forces
An in-depth propaganda campaign is on in the U.S. to prepare public
opinion for military intevention in Sudan to "to save the people
of Darfur." The Zionist media are pouring out atrocity propaganda
against Sudan. All Islamic responses to the propaganda are being
blocked. Some flavor of the level of this campaign can be gauged
from the story told by Nicholas Kristoff of the New York Times
and aired on CNN by Anderson Cooper on September 14. This story
was about "Arabs" raping a Darfur girl "simply because she is Black."
Imagine the impact this poisonous propaganda would have on people who
do not know that ALL the people of Sudan [including President Bashir]
are Black. One does not become an 'Arab" by being able tro speak Arabic.
Clooney the film star and his charity man father are putting in all
their efforts to condemn Sudan. The word "genocide" is being
repeated without a shred of evidence. The grounds for military
intervention have already been prepared. Mr. Bush's Assistant
Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Jendayi Frazer, spoke
at length about Sudan on August 24. She pointed out that
MULTIPLE SANCTIONS against Sudan are already in place and the
U.S. is spending $700 million on Darfur. Where is this money going?
The fragile economy of Darfur is undergoing severe strain owing to
actions by rebel groups, said to be armed by the U.S. and Israel.
The rebel groups see an opportunity to break Darfur away from Sudan.
THE HOLY MONTH of RAMADAN :
An Overview: Good Points for non-Muslims Neighbors.
(Press release to announce Ramadan by Imam Ali Siddiqui, 7153
Twinspur Ct., Corona Valley, CA 92880, Phone: 951-734-4599,
1.6 billion Muslims of the world will celebrate their holiest month
of Ramadan starting Sept. 24, 2006. During this month, healthy
Muslim adults will observe Fasting during the daylight hours.
Muslim Fasting is a total abstention from eating and drinking
from dawn to dusk for 29 or 30 days of the month of Ramadan.
In addition, avoiding immoral behavior and anger and showing
compassion is part of the requirements of the fasting. The
purpose of fasting is manifold. Al'lah (the God Almighty) mentioned
it in the Holy Book of the Muslims, Quran, that the fasting is
prescribed for the believers as it was prescribed for the people
before them, so that they may acquire self control and
God-consciousness (Quran 2:183).
Therefore, the purpose of fasting is to develop self-control,
God-consciousness, improvement of health by reducing or eliminating
impurities from the body, and to become aware of the plight of the
poor, hungry, and the sick. Ramadan is a month of spiritual
consciousness and high sense of social responsibility. The
fulfillment of one's obligations during this month is rewarded
by Allah 70 times.
Fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam including Announcement of
Faith, Salaat (praying 5 times a day), Zakaat (the right of the
poor on the wealth of the financially able), Fasting during the
month of Ramadan, and Hajj (once a life time pilgrimage to Kaaba).
It is an obligation on every adult and healthy Muslim to fast
during the month of Ramadan.
The month of Ramadan is also the month in which the Holy Quran
was sent down from 7th level of heaven to the 1st level, from where
it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in a
piece meal basis over a period of 23 years. It is a very joyous
occasion for the Muslims of the world. They fast during the day,
pray, and read Quran during the part of the night. There is a
special night called the Night of Power, which is mentioned
in the Quran (Chapter 97), as a night of mercy and light.
Worshiping during this night is better than the worship of
1,000 months. During this night, Muhammad was chosen by Allah
as the Messenger of Allah and Quran was sent to the 1st level
of heaven. During this night, Al'lah (the God Almighty) sends
down an army of special angels, under the leadership of Archangel
Gabriel, who go to every nook and cranny of the earth to pray for
the mercy of Al'lah (the God Almighty) and salvation of the believers.
Unlike common calendar, which is Solar based, Islamic calendar
is Lunar based. It does not mean that Muslims worship moon. It
is another way to count days of the month and the year. Like all
Islamic months, Ramadan, 9th lunar month, begins after sighting
the Crescent, but not the new moon. The probability to see the
Crescent for Ramadan is on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, just after
sunset on the western horizon.
The population of Muslims in the US is estimated at 7 million, of
which about 1 million live in the Southern California. All healthy
Muslim adults including homemakers, school-going kids around the
age of 13, factory workers, businessmen, and others among them
will be fasting.
Your Muslim neighbors will be getting up very early to take their
sahoor, a pre-dawn meal before starting their fast. So, don't
get alarmed if you hear lot of noise next door. School staff has to
show understanding and consideration towards Muslim students fasting
during the month of Ramadan from Sept. 24, 2006 to Oct. 23, 2006.
They should be assigned alternate activities instead of strenuous
gym activities. Physicians should also understand that their
patients might be fasting. They should prescribe the medicine
in a way that they could take it with their pre-dawn or after
sunset meals. However, if the patients' life may be in jeopardy,
explain it to the patients or seek help from a Muslim Chaplain at
the hospital, (like Imam Ali Siddiqui, 951-734-4599,
Siddiqui@aol.com, a Hospital Chaplain in Southern California)
or an Imam/director of a local Musjid/Islamic Center. According
to Muslim physicians, there are some physiological benefits from
Muslim Fasting (total abstention from food and liquids) including
lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of
systolic blood pressure.
At the completion of month of Fasting, Muslims all over the world
celebrate their holiday of Eid al-Fitr. It is the biggest Muslim
holiday. It is a true thanksgiving for a Muslim believer for having
the opportunity to obey Al'lah (the God Almighty) by observing
Fasting. It is celebrated on the 1st day of 10th lunar month,
Shaw'waal. This year, it will be on Oct. 24, 2006. The holiday
begins with Muslims putting on their best preferably new clothes
and going to the Eid congregation. Eid congregations are very
large gatherings of Muslim men, women, and children across the
country. You can witness these gathering at local Convention
Centers, Fair grounds, and/or Community Parks. Afterwards, people
greet each other with hugs and handshakes. The children receive
gifts of money and toys. After the congregation, Muslims visit
each other at their homes and hold lunches or dinners for family
and friends. Don't be surprised if you are invited to an Eid
dinner or Eid celebration by your Muslim neighbor or friend.
Please do accept such an invitation. The hospitality, friendliness,
and variety of international Muslim cuisine will pleasantly
surprise you. Greetings of Ramadan, Ramadan Karim!
The local police and other law enforcement agencies should take
extra precautions, during this month around the local Musjid/
mosque/Islamic Center and where the Eid Congregation will be held,
for the safety of Muslims and their facilities. The Muslim
Communities across the nation appreciate the local police
officers and the law enforcement agencies for doing such a
great job for their safety. Muslim Communities are also thankful
of volunteers from many faiths who have provided support and
vigilance. Thank you! May Allah, the Creator, look after you in
your hour of need. Amen!
P.S. Muslims should call the local Musjid for the beginning and
end of Ramadan.
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About the author
Imam Ali Siddiqui with 34 years of service, is a Friday Khatib,
Islamic teacher, Muslim Chaplain, youth advisor, family counselor,
educator, poet and writer with a vision who has been involved in
the teaching of Islam, history, comparative religion, contemporary
issues to Muslims and non-Muslims. He is actively involved in the
community service including spiritual/educational development,
service to the sick and the incarcerated. He has been on speaking
tours to Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland,
India, Iran, Pakistan, and across the USA. He frequently presents
Islamic Perspective and Muslim Point of View on current affairs to
Non-Muslims and Muslims. He has been very active in organizing
seminars, workshops, conferences, and teach-ins to promote Islamic
awareness and inter-faith understanding. He has received numerous
commendations for his work, service, and scholarship. Presently,
Imam Siddiqui is the Vice President of Corona-Norco Interfaith
Association and Member of the Board of Directors of Clergy and
Laity United for Economic Justice.
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