Ramadan 28,1427/October 22, 2006 #71
Final Ramadan Message: Dear readers: Asalamu alaikum. Eid is expected
to be on October 24 or 25, depending on the visual sighting of the
crescent as ordained in Hadith. Remember that Hadith is essential
to Islam. Hence ISNA's fitnah of anti-Sunnah Eid is misleading and
an attempt to foist "American Islam" of Bush on the Muslims of
America. Inshallah the Fitnah of ISNA will fail. ISNA's satanic
clique has been misleading Muslims for much too long.
As Imam Ali Siddiqui's factual and fundamental article notes below,
all of the Eid al-Fitr activities are based on HADITH. New Trend
has noted before, with help from Prof. Suleyman Kurter, that the
campaign against Hadith, coming from the Intelligence Branch of
Rand Corporation, is meant to strike at the roots of Islam.
Our struggle in America is to be true to the authentic Islam of
Muhammad, pbuh, as enshrined in the Qur'an and as interpreted by
Muhammad, pbuh, in the Hadith. I urge Muslims to follow Muhammad,
pbuh, as understood by his Sahabah [Companions], and I urge
Muslim women to follow the example of the greatest woman in the
life of Muhammad, pbuh, his blessed wife 'Ayesha, r.a., and all
the great women who struggled and sacrificed for Islam. Again,
all this is in Hadith.
On Eid our political prisoners should be our first concern. We give
below two important messages, one from Dr. Ali al-Timimi's Support
group and the other from Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan on death row
Finally, we have this special gift, an Eid message from Imam Jamil
Abdullah al-Amin, who is also known as the Imam of America, writing
from prison. Read it carefully and feel that surge of Qur'anic
power in your soul.
Islam in America is very much alive although our best people are in
Sis. Teresa's Case is genuine
[With thanks to Br. Aqeel.]
On October 20, Jamaat al-Muslimeen reps met Sis. Teresa Anne Latif in
the town of Willow Grove, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. From the
information and documents she gave us, it appears that her case is
genuine. After she embraced Islam, she had the misfortune of marrying
a "Muslim" who turned out to be a Qadiani ['Ahmedi']. Her documents
indicate that he used her to obtain his Green Card and then dumped
her in such miserable conditions that she has not had the resources
to file for divorce.
Muslim-style clothing, like new, was donated to Sis. Teresa. She is
a college-educated woman and is looking for a job. She has undergone
tremendous pressure from her family [who are Christians] to give up Islam.
If you would like to help, send your donation in her name to Jamaat
al-Muslimeen, P.O. Box10881, Baltimore, MD 21234..
Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan, on Death Row, to be Heard at
Seminar in Ohio
"WITNESS TO AN EXECUTION" - national CEDP speaking tour in Toledo, Ohio.
Sunday October 29th @ 6:30pm - Student Union - Ingman Room, Univ. of Toledo.
"Witnessing the state-sponsored murder of Stanley Tookie Williams was
the most horrific experience of my life. Though I could not stop his
execution, I intend to recount the horror I saw to every audience I
face for the rest of my life."
Those who have witnessed executions or faced executions themselves
are featured speakers at this forum, including:
*Barbara Becnel - witnessed execution of Stan Tookie Williams
*Siddique Abdullah Hasan - one of the Lucasville 5, calling from
his cell on Ohio's death row.
*Rick Kerger, Esq. - local Toledo attorney who witnessed the execution
of his client in Alabama's electric chair.
Campaign to End the Death Penalty; Africana Studies Program -UT;
International Socialist Organization; Millions More Movement
Local Organizing Committee of Toledo, OH; Muhammad's Mosque #
91 of Toledo, OH; CURE -Ohio; Toledo Coalition Against the Death
Penalty; Green Party of Ohio; St. Rose Peace & Justice; Northwest
Ohio Green Party; and the NAACP -UT.
Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Five Reasons to Oppose the Death Penalty:
1. It's racist.
2. It targets the poor.
3. It kills the innocent.
4. It doesn't deter crime.
5. It's barbaric.
Dr. Ali al-Timimi's Support Committee Urges Ummah help to renew case
"A few of you have asked if it is acceptable to donate with Zakat money as
opposed to Sadaqa money. A few have also quoted some scholars or students
of knowledge that have opined its permissibility.
As I continued to talk about Ali's case with the lawyers, I started to
define the financial strategy that would provide consistent funding to
save Ali. It was evident that a multi-year strategy was needed.
Just to recap, over the last 4 years Ali has engaged the services of
about 6 law firms with abysmal outcomes… until recently that is, due
to Allah's mercy.
I continue to meet with resistance from different individuals in
implementing such long-term plans because it is far easier to just
say "inshallah everything will work itself out" or "let's take small
steps". These misconceptions are based on 2 issues:
1. Lack of understanding the essence of "trust and reliance" upon Allah.
So this group does "tawaaakel" and not "tawwakel". Our strategy is
based on prayer for the ideas + planning + advice + action + prayer
for the successful outcomes.
There are too many examples to quote but the camel "tie and trust"
story or Mariam's "tree shaking" story come to mind.
2. Being intimidated by large sums of money and as a consequence doing
"things in the small". We should continue to remind ourselves that
Ali's case is "United States v. Ali Al-Timimi" in US federal court
and not "Zaid v Amr" / "Jack v Jill" in traffic court.
This "thinking in the small" has caused all fundraising to focus on
the "current lawyer's bill". So the fundraisers actually rarely spend
time to raise money.
And when they do, they always do it in a panic. The consequence is
that we continue to engage the services of less than qualified resources.
These resources might be satisfactory for typical criminal proceedings
but are insufficient for Ali's needs. Don't forget, Ali's case will
probably be the defining case for the next few generations as related
to Muslims scholars' free speech as well as American free speech. And
that's why some of the best lawyers are working on Ali's case.
So, when we need to transition to a new team we don't have any money
to pay for the demands for "transition services". That's what's
happened with all the legal documents that we need.
Just like last time, if Ali was granted a retrial tomorrow we don't
have a penny to spend on bail. So he would be transferred to prisons
all over the U.S. just like when he first went to prison. He would
not be able to prepare with his lawyers and might lose again.
So our financial approach is to ensure 3 items:
Continuity (of fund raising) + Durability (of the fund raising process) +
Transparency (in the fundraising process)
But we couldn't think these "big" thoughts from Day 1. So let's first
deeply thank our predecessors for doing the best that they knew how.
And let's now empower each person to work on rescuing Ali. Let's go
to each scholar, teacher, or individual and explain to them what's
at stake: "freedom to talk about Islam without the fear of prosecution".
It's not just about American scholars since the US government has
enacted judicial treaties enabling the forced extradition
of citizens of many nations.
So, when we say "rescue Ali, rescues yourselves" we mean that
defending Ali now means that you are defending your local scholars.
So with this sense of urgency, I asked about the requirement of paying
Zakat from Dr. Bilal Philips—Ali's high school teacher. He graciously
asked one of Sh. Al-Albani's earlier students, Sh. Ali Khashshan who
visited us here in DC in the 80's. Sh. Khashshan ruled that only
Sadaqah and not Zakat was allowed to be contributed.
I talked about this with my parents and though we feel that defending
Ali will soon become an issue of defending all scholars from malicious
prosecution, we will abide by the advice of Dr. Bilal and Sh. Khashshan
and will only ask you to contribute your Sadaqah wealth.
Each and everyone of you will make your own decisions. Dr. Bilal's
web site is located at http://bilalphilips.com and we are thankful
for his encouragement to restart the effort to rescue Ali. Once more
he calls the people to Sunnah and its people. Actions that are
appropriate for the prototypical Da'ee to the Sunnah in the West
from whom we all learned the basics, directly from Dr. Bilal
himself or indirectly via Ali.
And of course Allah knows what's in the heart.
The Significance of Eid
© Imam Ali Siddiqui
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EID:
Unas (ra) reported that when the Prophet Muhammad (saw) migrated
from Makkah to Madinah, the people of Madinah used to have two
festivals. On those two days they had carnivals and festivity. The
Prophet Muhammad (saw) asked the Ansaar (the Muslims of Madinah)
about it. They replied that before Islam they used to have carnivals
on those two joyous days. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) told them:
'Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days
which are better, the days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.'
EID-AL-FITR is celebrated on the first day of Shaw'waal, at
the completion of Ramadan. Shaw'waal is the 10th month of the
Islamic calendar. The Eid-al-Fitr is a very joyous day; it is a
true Thanksgiving Day for the believing men and women. On this day
Muslims show their real joy for the health, strength and the
opportunities of life, which Allah has given to them to fulfill
their obligation of fasting and other good deeds during the blessed
month of Ramadan.
THE SUNNAH OF EID:
1. Wake up early.
2. Offer Salat-al Fajr.
3. Prepare for personal cleanliness take care of details of clothing, etc.
4. Take a Ghusl (bath) after Fajr.
5. Brush your teeth.
6. Dress up, putting on your best clothes, whether new or clean old ones.
7. Use perfume (men only).
8. Have breakfast on Eid-al-Fitr before leaving for prayer ground.
On Eid-al-Adha, eat breakfast after Salat or after sacrifice if you
are doing a sacrifice.
9. Pay Zakat-al-Fitr before Salat-al-Eid (on Eid-al-Fitr).
10. Go to prayer ground early.
11. Offer Salat-al-Eid in congregation in an open place except when
whether is not permitting like rain, snow, etc.
12. Use two separate routes to and from the prayer ground.
13. Recite the following Takbir on the way to Salat and until the
beginning of Salat-al-Eid.
Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. La ila-ha ill-lal-lah.
Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd.
(Allah is greatest. Allah is greatest. There is no god but Allah.
Allah is greatest. Allah is greatest. And all praises are for Allah).
HOW TO OFFER SALAAT-AL-EID:
Ibn Abbas (ra) reported: 'I participated in the Salat-al-Eid-al-Fitr
with the Messenger of Allah (saw), Abu Bakr (ra), Umar (ra) and Uthman
(ra), and all of them held Salat-al-Eid before Khutbah, and then the
Prophet Muhammad (saw) delivered the Khutbah (sermon)'.
WHO SHOULD GO TO THE PRAYER GROUND AND OFFER SALAAM-AL-EID:
Umm Atria (ra) reported: 'The Messenger of Allah (saw) commanded
us to bring out on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, young women,
Hijab-observing adult women and the menstruating women. The
menstruating women stayed out of actual salaat, but participated
in good deeds and Dual (supplication)'. I (Umm Atria) said to
the Holy Prophet (saw): 'O! Messenger of Allah, one of us does
not have an outer garment.' He replied: "Let her sister cover
her with her garment." Hadith Muslim.
On the Eid day, every believing man, woman and child must go to the
prayer ground and participate in this joyous occasion.
STRUCTURE OF EID PRAYERS:
Eid prayer is wajib (strongly recommended, just short of
obligatory). It consists of two Rakat (units) with six or
thirteen additional Takhbirs. It must be offered in congregation.
The Eid is followed by the Khutbah. The Khutbah is part of the
worship and listening to it is Sunnah. During the Khutbah, the Imam
must remind the community about its responsibilities and obligations
towards Allah, fellow Muslims and the fellow human beings. The Imam
must encourage the Muslims to do good and ward off evil. The Muslim
community must also be directed to the state of the community and
the Ummah at large and the feelings of sacrifice and struggle
for Allah should be aroused in the community.
At the conclusion of the salaat, the Muslims should convey greetings
to each other; give reasonable gifts to the youngsters; and visit
each other at their homes. Muslims should also take this opportunity
to invite their non-Muslims neighbors, co-workers, classmates and
business acquaintances to Eid festivities to expose them to Islam
and Muslim culture.
(©Imam Ali Siddiqui, 1982)
This article is also available on the internet on various sites.
Just Google: "Imam Ali Siddiqui"
It is also available in French, Indonesian, Malay, German and Tamil.
You can find additional information from web sites including
Islamicity and books of Hadith including Bukhari, Muslim,
Riadus-Salahin, and Mishkat-al- Masabih.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Imam Ali Siddiqui, with 34 years of service, is a Friday Khatib,
Islamic teacher, Muslim Chaplain, organizer, worker, youth advisor,
family/marriage Counselor, curriculum advisor, poet and writer with
a vision who has been involved in the teaching Islam, comparative
religion, history, contemporary issues to Muslims and non-Muslims
and the community service, including spiritual/educational
development, and service to the sick and the incarcerated. He
has been on speaking tours to Belgium , Great Britain , Canada ,
Germany , Switzerland , India , Iran , Pakistan and across the USA .
He frequently presents the 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 interfaith understanding.
He has received many commendations for his work, service and
scholarship including the title of Imam in 1994 and Community
Leadership Award in 1997. 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. For additional information about author's involvement,
please Google: "Imam Ali Siddiqui"
(Permission is given to any individual/organization to use this
material for teaching,Dawa and publication with proper credit to
[With thanks to Br. Nadim Ali, Atlanta, and Imam Khalil Abdur Rahman, Greensboro, NC.]
Imam Jamil Al-Amin: Liberating the Soul
Wisdom from within prison walls
From: Allah's Slave
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin
I begin in the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. I bear
witness that there is only One God, Worthy of All Praise and Worship,
and He is Allah. I pray that Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon the
Prophet of Allah, Muhammad son of Abdullah, and peace be unto his
family and those who follow him. I seek Allah's Protection from Satan
the Rejected. I ask Allah to guide my heart and my tongue. I seek
Allah's Protection from misleading and from being mislead, from
betraying and being betrayed into ignorance by others.
O You who Believe:
Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala (the Exalted and Glorified), has
revealed: "If there were, in the Heavens and the Earth, other gods
besides Allah, there would have been confusion in both! But glory
to Allah, The Lord of The Throne; (High is He) above what they
attribute to Him! He cannot be questioned for His doings, but they
will be questioned (for theirs). Or have they taken for worship
(other) gods besides Him? Say, ˜Bring your convincing proof: this
is the Message of those with me and the Message of those before me.
But most of them know not the Truth, and they turn away
Belief (faith) is as much an integral part of the human makeup as
the intellect (mind) and physique (body); it is the bridge between
action and non-action, resistance and passivity, struggle and
acquiescence: the difference among mankind is the quality of belief
as it is assessed by his Creator. Belief, in any lesser or more
quantity may assume any given value or set of values. Values based
upon the incorrect belief (disbelief) are incapable of producing
the moral incentives to bring about human ascension, which is
necessary for a true revolutionary progression. Yet, every offspring
of Adam, alaihi salaam, is coded before being brought into
this life with belief DNA:
"And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam" from
their loins"their descendants and made them testify of themselves,
[saying to them], ˜Am I not your Lord?" They said, ˜Yes, we have
testified. [This]"lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection,
'Indeed, we were of this unaware.' [lest] you say, ˜It was only
that our fathers associated [others in worship] with Allah before
, and we were but descendants after them. Then would You destroy
us for what the falsifiers havedone? "And thus do We [explain in]
detail the verses, and perhaps they will return" (7:172-174).
The Atheist belief is that he does not believe: disbelief is still
belief. Western Philosophical Materialism by definition is Atheistic.
A philosopher is one who kicks up dust and then complains that he
cannot see. Greco-Roman philosophy and sciences evolve from a math
that is predicated without the concept of zero. Any science of
discipline (be it philosophy or math) without the concept of zero
as a fundamental building block in its inception is consigned to error.
Without the understanding of zero, there can be no concept of
ad-infinitum (infinity). It can only deal with beginning
and ending, Alpha to Omega, no insight (belief) in that without
beginning and without end (True Divinity).
This is why manmade -isms are unmindful of the "fear" of the day,
"When the female (infant) buried alive shall be asked, for what sin
was she killed?" (81: 8-9). Their religion (belief system) may make
dollars, but it doesn't make sense. These isms (ideas) will be
unsuccessful, in bringing about the true evolution of man (revolution),
as disbelief has always been. O you who Believe: You are the best of
people, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding
what is wrong, and believing in Allah" (3:110).
Islam is a consciousness of the Will and Plan of Allah (swt) and a
joyful submission to that Will and Plan. True commitment demands
consistency. This is firmness of purpose. Allah (swt) says, "We
have created man in the embrace of hardship (90:4). He (swt) has
created man for toil and struggle," and conscious struggle is an
inescapable part of reality.
Truth and falsehood will always be in conflict, and truth must always
win in the end, for it is as Allah (swt) Wills. Allah (swt) has willed
His Truth to triumph through those who believe in Him.
Truth is a trust, falsehood is a treason. Every claim must and will
be tested; faith is a claim. Our faith is a bedrock of conscious
struggle and must be tested. Reality cannot be learned by the
intellect alone; it must be comprehended by the total personality,
by the imagination as well as the mind, a human revolution. To be
healthy, our life must be molded and shaped by a High Moral System,
which can have no basis except that which is Favored by our Creator.
The Prophet, salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings
be upon him) said, of the things that will make you successful there
are two, taqwallah wa husnul khuluq (God-Consciousness and
Good Behavior). Likewise, Allah (swt) says, He "will not change the
condition of people until they change what is in themselves" (13:11).
Only Allah (swt) rekindles the spirits so that they burst forth like
springs, so that nations may be built around them. Islam is the way
through which those who are spiritual exiles define themselves in
terms of themselves and not of someone else.
The Prophet (saws) said, "Whoever imitates a people is but one of
them" (Recorded by Abu Dawud, and judged to be authentic by al-Albani).
Without the ability to define, language itself enslaves; the principles
upon which man's oppression of man have been constructed form part of
the architecture of the oppressed prison. There is a sedition by
syntax where the language structure and meanings of the words are
changed for deceptive and treasonous purposes"designed to keep you
self-hating/celebrating with Satan.
There is no such thing as a Neutral Educational Process; being
oppressed is a conscious experience and Allah (swt) says,
"Tyranny and oppression [are] worse than slaughter"? (2:191,217).
Cultural dependence brings with it economic and political dependence
(slavery). Racism systematically verifies itself anytime a slave can
only become free by imitating his master - double vision seen only
through one eye. Defeat goes deeper into the human soul than victory;
the highest joy teaches us less than the smallest sorrow.
Slaves are trained and freedom for the slave is never "free."? The
state cannot give freedom, and the state cannot take it away. Freedom
from man's oppression is a gift from Allah (swt); you are born with
this and then one day someone tries to deny it. Yet, the extent to
which you Resist is the extent to which you are Free. Mis-education
is a strong link on Slavery's chain. When amendment repair, Your
constitution means despair, Impact, Impale, Impaired.
Despite admonishments sharper than swords and arrows, slaves perish
in an ocean of ignorance, heedlessness, deeply ingrained passions and
desires. Allah (swt) warns, "Have you seen the one who takes as his
own god his own desires?" (25:43, 45:23). And for the wounds of the
dead, treatment is of no use.
They are slaughtered by ideologies (the science of ideas, isms). The
ignorant listen and in their deafness accuse Allah (swt) of being
silent; they look and in their blindness they think that Allah (swt)
does not see. Theirs is the sleep that only chases dreams.
In the heart there is an emptiness and a need which nothing can
satisfy except for the remembrance of Allah (swt). The only proof
of faith is in struggle, struggling in word and deed, in body and
soul. The lack of faith will crush you far more than defeat ever
could. "And what will explain to you the path that is steep?" (90:12).
Conscious struggle is the path that is steep. Struggle where bitter
hardship and misfortune and difficulty becomes sweet tasting to the
soul. "It is He who sent His Messenger with the guidance and the
religion of Truth, that it may prevail over all other religions,
even if the Disbelievers may hate it." (9:33).
And Allah (swt) said: "Allah has promised to those among you who
truly have true Faith and Belief and act in obedience to Allah and
His Messenger, that He will grant them authority upon the earth,
just as He granted it to those before them, and that He will
establish their religion for them and grant them the authority
to practice their religion which He chose and ordered them with.
And He will certainly change their condition to one of security,
after their fear. Providing that they worship and obey Allah, not
associating anything else in worship with Allah. Then, whoever
rejects this Favor by disobedience to their Lord - then they are
the rebellious transgressors"? (24:55).
The religion of Islam is a complete religion (way of life) comprised
of both belief and laws. It commands worship of Allah (swt) alone and
prohibits associating partners with Allah (swt) in that which is
particular to Him. It commands truthfulness and prohibits falsehood.
It commands justice and forbids injustice and oppression. It commands
fulfilling trust and prohibits acting treacherously. It commands
keeping promises and forbids breaking them. It commands kindness
and good treatment of parents and prohibits disobedience to them
in lawful matters. It commands the joining of ties in relations
and prohibits the breaking of family ties. It commands the good
treatment of neighbors and prohibits causing harm to them. Islam
orders all that is good, in manners and morals, and prohibits all
that is evil from it. It orders all actions which are righteous
and good as determined by Allah (swt) and forbids all actions that
are evil and harmful as determined by Allah (swt), The Most High.
O Allah, we seek refuge with You from opposing Your Command and being
a party to Your Prohibitions. O Allah, give us the wisdom to see that
we must accept to work with all who say, La ilaha il Allah,
Muhammad ar-Rasulallah (There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad
is His Last Messenger). O Allah, give us the desire for community
life, that we define ourselves as you have defined us (Allah has
not authorized the Muslim to put anything before the word Muslim
in defining himself: not Sunni, not Shi'ah, not American, not Black;
no divisive pre-fixes; just Muslim):
"And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen
you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty.
[It is] the religion of your father, Abraham. He [i.e. Allah] named
you ˜Muslims" before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation]
that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses
over the people. So establish prayer and give charity and hold fast
to Allah. He is your protector; and excellent is the protector, and
excellent is the helper" (22:78).
O Allah, give us the wisdom to make Islam relevant to all those we
come in contact with it. O Allah, increase our love for what has come
to us from our Prophet (saws) by way of the Qur'an and his
sunnah (sayings and actions), and put love and confidence,
trust and faith into our hearts, faith and hope into our worship
and never let us despair of Your Mercy. O Allah, grant victory to
Islam and the Muslims.
And know, O Muslim, if I have said anything that was wrong, this
was from myself, and anything that I may have said that will be
of benefit to you, it is All Praise that is due to Allah (swt)!
In Peace Strong!
In Battle Strongest!!!
Please write Imam Jamil at:
Imam Jamil Al Amin
2164 GA HWY 147, Reidsville, GA 30499
2006-10-22 Sun 19:13:41 cdt