Mohurram 15,1428/February 4, 2007 #11
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for important war news plus Imam Badi Ali on Israeli-Abbas entente.
TWO top of the line conferences coming up:
1. Shaikh Tijani, the world famous preacher from Ghana and
ahl-al-Sunnah adviser to Minister Farrakhan, told New Trend that
a massive conference will be addressed by Minister Farrakhan in
Detroit, Michigan at the end of February on Founders' Day.
Alhamdulillah, the Minister is recovering from his surgery.
2. In California, top level teacher and preacher of Islam, Imam Ali
Siddiqui, is holding a conference on the Legacy of Malcolm X on
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From New Trend's Research Unit
Drugs in U.S. Cities: King Pin is an Israeli Jew:
Quietly sent back to Israel after Conviction.
Distribution of drugs in American cities has destroyed the lives of
millions. People have wondered why the U.S. which can send an armada
of 150,000 to Iraq cannot :stop the invasion of its own cities.
Black Americans have been targets of the drug war and have been
subjected to a form of genocide in which they are made to kill
Most shockingly, the biggest drug dealer of them all was arrested and
given only a mild sentence and then shipped back to his homeland, the
terrorist entity known as Israel. This is Zeev Rosenstein, an
Israeli Jew, who distributed 900,000 Ecstasy pills in the U.S.
and was caught with a huge stash of drugs. in New York. He was given
a shorter sentence than is given in drug cases for only a few kilos.
Most amazingly, the corporate media refused to discuss his case even
when he was sent back to Israel in mid-January 2007. NOT A WORD! And
all these major media outlets keep Americans engaged with minor cases
A blog named "gather.com" has written that Rosenstein will live in
Israel in a prison which is like a club and from where he can continue
to direct the drug trade.
Now do you understand why the media put out a steady stream of
misinformation to blame Afghanistan for the drug traffic? The
propaganda is a cover for the Israeli drug traffic.
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for an excerpt from "gather.com."
Human Rights Activists Protest International Diamond Convention
in New York
"All Diamonds Are Blood Diamonds!" - Day of Action
What: Press Conference and Demonstration
Where: New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Arts at W. 54th
(Plaza at 1301 6th Ave.), New York
When: Monday, February 5, 2007, noon
Where: Church of the Village, 201 W. 13th Street (at 7th Avenue)
When: Monday February 5, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Contact: African People's Solidarity Committee, Rob Notowitz, 857-233-7504
On February 5th, human rights activists will hold a demonstration at
the New York City Hilton Hotel where the 4th Annual Rapaport
International Diamond Conference will take place. The diamond is
on the defensive.
Organizers of the planned protest reject the diamond industry's recent
publicity campaign promoting the extraction and sale of "non-conflict"
diamonds as beneficial to indigenous and African communities.
Critics of the industry point to Botswana, the largest supplier of uncut
diamonds in the world, where a fourth of the population lives on less
than a dollar a day. A third of the people of are undernourished and
the life expectancy is 36 years. Botswana has the second largest per
capita AIDS rate on the planet, with nearly a quarter of the people
infected. Similar conditions persist throughout the diamond-producing
regions of the world.
The World Diamond Council admits that $8.4 billion in rough diamonds
are extracted from Africa each year. This amount multiplies as the
diamonds are refined and sold, traveling from Africa to Antwerp to
Israel and the U.S., enriching white communities along the way.
Protest organizer Robert Notowitz of the African People's Solidarity
Committee declares, "We have the responsibility to shut down an
industry that ravages the land and labor of Africa to benefit the
white world. For white society, the diamond is promoted to represent
the ultimate expression of love. For Africa, the diamond trade has
its origins in colonialism, with African people forced to labor on
their own land under slave-like conditions for pennies a day. All
diamonds are blood diamonds!"
Later in the evening of February 5th, a forum will be held at the
Church of the Village, with speakers from the Uhuru (African Freedom)
Movement, including Diop Olugbala, organizer of the Sean Bell Justice
Tribunal, and Penny Hess, author of Overturning the Culture of Violence.
Physicist Aisha Fields will discuss the Uhuru Movement's clean water
and sustainable electricity projects in Africa. The Church of the
Village is located at 201 W. 13th Street in the West Village.
For more information and the truth about diamonds, visit
www.boycottdiamonds.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
From Imam Badi Ali, North Carolina
Israel Involved in Destruction of Elected Government of Palestine
Israel is finally getting Mahmoud Abbas' faction to physically attack
the elected representatives of Palestine, the Hamas government. The
millions of dollars of taxes collected from Palestinians have been
handed over to Abbas. In addition, western media report the transfer
of sophisticated weapons to the anti-Hamas faction linked to Israel.
By contrast, Hamas is being denied any help from outside. Israel is
determined that the Palestinian vote should not be accepted unless
it is cast in favor of Israel's collaborators.
As the fatalities increase in Palestine, the Israeli logic becomes
clear. In the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland,
January 26, 2007 Israeli Foreign and Justice Minister Tzipani Livni
made it clear that the Jewish terrorist entity is determined to
"disempower Hamas." She said Israel would make sure that Palestinian
voters know "who can deliver." For her the people elected by the
people are "extremists" who must not be allowed to succeed.
The Israeli Vice President Shimon Peres, speaking at Davos, appealed
to the capitalists assembled there to ensure the victory of Mahmoud
Abbas and the defeat of the forces of Islam.
The Israelis belong to the colonial era. They have no realization that
Islam is the new reality and Israel's military might is no more than
the old colonial idea that Might is Right.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION on HOW to REACH and HELP
Arrested Black Panther Leaders
[Sent to New Trend by Sis. Soffiyah Elijah.]
for case information regarding the BPP members arrested last month.
Issues Related to Shi'ism and Islam
Dr. Siddique wrote: [Essential to any understanding of the tragedy of
Kerbala, where Husain, r.a., was killed along with male members of
his family, is the fact that during the time of Prophet Muhammad,
pbuh, and the Rightly Guided Caliphs, Abu Bakr, Umar, Usman and Ali,
may Allah exalt them, there were NO Shias or Sunnis. Islam does not
recognize or legitimize sects. There is only ONE Islam.]
There were no Shias or Sunnis in the time of Muhammad and the rightly
guided Caliphs, but there were sects, for the Quran says:
"As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou
hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will
in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.]" (6:159).
Which sects had Allah spoken of? Did the Muslims start breaking into
sects in the time of Muhammad?
Why the Quran is not clear on this matter?
Mohammad Asghar [MSA Atlanta, Georgia]
I read your reflections upon Sectarianism. The spirit is refreshing
but I think it needs more factual analysis. I think here you can get
in touch with the author of Imam Hussain's Encyclopedia (600 Volumes)
where you may be able to read more about the idea of Kerbala and its
paradigmatic role within Islam which would make it impossible to put
Muawiya (or what he stood for: the inauguration of hereditary kingship)
and Ali on the same balance as the latter stood for Just Society based
on the ideals of Islam. You are right in the time of Rasul (pbuh) there
was no shia or sunni as we all followed the path of Rasul but to study
the 'plot of saghifa' would make the question clear why some people
(such as Abu Zar, Salman Farsi, Ammar ibn Yaser, Bilal Habashi, Fatima
the daughter of Rasul, Mitham Tammar, ....) called themselves
Supporters of Ali. I think the question is not one of 'person' but
ideas and ideals which we, the children of Adam, have always been
aspiring towards or shying away from.
"Leo Tolstoy" [Russia]
Response to both letters by Dr. Kaukab Siddique:
The context of 6:159 indicates that Allah Almighty is referring to
the fragmentation of the basic Message sent to all nations. According
to Islam, the religion of ALLAH is one. The Jews and the Christians
narrowed down the message of Allah to create their own sects which
we now think are religions. They went so far away from the original
message that they became "religions."
The best comment on 6:159 was written by Abul Ala Maudoodi. See his
Tafheem ul-Qur'an, volume 1, page 604, note 141. It's in the Urdu
language but I think there is an English translation of his tafsir
Maudoodi's comment is general, but classical commentary by the
generation after the sahaba was very specific on this. For instance
Mujahid, Zahhak, Qatada and Suddi say that this verse is about the
Jews and the Christians. A young Sahabi, ibn Abbas, r.a., says the same.
The Hadith also shows us that this verse refers to future situations
in which Muslims would start breaking up Islam into sects so at
variance with the original that this verse would apply. For instance,
the Sahi'ain have this very revealing Hadith narrated by 'Urbad bin
"The messenger of Allah, peace be on him, led us in fajr prayers
and then gave us such purifying advice that our tears flowed and our
hearts shook. One of us said: O messenger of Allah, this seems to be
farewell advice; hence let us have your will. He, the messenger, pbuh,
replied: My will to you is: Fear Allah and hear and obey your rightly
guided leader even if it be an Ethiopian slave, because if you live on,
you will see much dissension. Hence it will be essential for you to
follow my way [Sunnah] and the way of your rightly guided leaders
[Caliphs]; be strong in this adherence! Be aware of INNOVATIONS in
religion [bid'ah]. Every fabricated practice of religion is
bid'ah and every bid'ah is deviation from the path."
Hence Abu Huraira, r.a., believed that this verse is about the sects
which will emerge in Muslim communities in addition to previous
Thus the answer to your question is: NO! There were no sects in the
community led by Muhammad, pbuh, and by his Caliphs, Abu Bakr, Umar,
Usman and Ali [may Allah exalt them].
Reader "Leo Tolstoy's" comment needs much more discussion which I will
pick up some other time. I want to assure him that I have a library in
my home which provides me the viewpoints of the scholars of both Sunnis
His reference to the "plot of Saghifa" implies that he has been
reading Shi'a propaganda. The Shi'as have made up the story that
the Companions of the Prophet, pbuh, gathered in the Saqifa of Banu
Sa'ada and plotted against Ali, r.a., to deprive him f the Caliphate.
This "plot" story is a conspiracy theory which has no basis in any
literature from that time. It was fabricated by the Shi'as much later
and its purpose is to imply that the mission of Muhammad, pbuh, failed
and as soon as he passed away, his Companions conspired against his
family's rights. It's an attack on the very foundations of Islam
because the Qur'an says that Muhammad, pbuh, was successful and
his Companions were the greatest Muslims.
There was no such thing as Bilal, r.a., Abu Zar, r.a., or anyone else
declaring themselves "Supporters of Ali, r.a." These were great men
in their own right and were no one's supporters other than of
Here's a common sense test to check whether there is any truth in the
Sh'ia myths. Ali, r.a., took the oath of allegiance, with Allah as
his witness, to Abu Bakr, r.a., then to Umar, r.a., and then to
'Usman, r.a. He was a brave and honorable man and for him to take
a fake oath would mean that he was not even as good as an ordinary Muslim.
Remember that Ali, r.a., himself became Caliph and never during his
Caliphate, when he was totally free to do so, if he had been scared
before [!], did he claim that his right had been usurped by the
three greatest men in Islam after the Prophet, pbuh.
Much later, the Shias fabricated stories attributing such claims to
Ali, r.a., and inserted them into Nahjul Balagha and other books.
I agree that spiritually Ali, r.a,, was much greater than Muawiyya,
r.a. and he was more courageous and physically stronger too. However,
he was not a sagacious leader and one sure fire proof is that the
Prophet, pbuh, never appointed him as a leader of the community. He
was no match for Muawiyya, r.a., in his ability to lead. Hence,
during the long tribal conflict between them, his camp kept breaking
into dissension while that of Muawiyya, r.a. remained united.
[Note that Muawiyya, r.a., was no ordinary Muslim. He was a Sahabi of
the Prophet, pbuh, and the Prophet, pbuh, trusted him enough to let him
be the khatib [writer] of Wahi [revelation] of the Qur'an.
The insults the Shias hurl at Muawiyya, r.a., are baseless. He loved
the family of Ali, r.a., and treated them with the greatest respect
and gave sumptuous funds to both Hasan and Husain, Allah be pleased
with them, and took care that they should never be deprived of anything.]
Ali, r.a., eldest son, Hasan, r.a., strongly opposed the conflict with
Muawiyya, r.a, and cried out against it repeatedly only to be ridiculed
by his father. Ali, r.a., went on to destroy an entire group of his own
supporters; one of the survivors later assassinated him.
As for ideas of equality, rights of women, distribution of wealth,
justice, no one can be compared among the Sahaba to Abu Bakr, Ayesha
and Umar [may Allah exalt them]. In piety and worship and spirituality,
Ali, r.a., and Usman, r.a., are their equals but certainly not superior.
WAR News Compiled by New Trend's Media Monitor
PAKISTAN: Musharraf's Forces Hit by Islamic Forces
1. Government circles in Peshawar are in extended mourning. On
January 28, 2007 an attack killed the Peshawar Chief of Police
and the DSP of Police, plus 2 officials and 6 policemen. Twenty
police were wounded.
2. February 4. A martyrdom operator in a Pejaro car hit a Pakistani
military truck column going from Tunk to Dera Ismail Khan
killing 3 troops wounding 10.
Observers say that Musharraf is working against national unity by
using Shi'ites to attack Islamic enemies ["terrorists"]. Early in
February, Syed Mashahid Hussain, a Shi'ite minister in
Musharraf's regime came on American TV [C-Span] to boast about how
many Islamic fighters [al-Qaidah] his regime has killed and captured.
On February 3, 2007 Taliban fighters captured the town of Musa Qala
in Helmand province. A look at the map of Afghanistan shows thats
Musa Qala is about 150 miles north west of the Pakistani frontier.
Thus the Taliban have an indigenous power base deep inside Afghanistan
which gives the lie to Karzai's stories that Taliban are supported by
On February 4, the U.S. carried out an air strike which is said to have
killed a Taliban commander but no evidence is given, not even the name
of the commander.
After much propaganda against the Taliban, on February 1, Karzai of
Kabul announced a willingness to forgive Mullah Umar and
Gulbuddin Hikmatyar and to hold talks with them. The Taliban
ridiculed the announcement and said that Karzai has been installed
by the U.S. and his announcements have no legitimacy. Hikmatyar
responded that talks can be held only after U.S. and NATO withdrawal.
Heavy fighting continues in Iraq. The statistics issued by the U.S.
show that 3093 U.S. troops have been killed by now, 84 of them in
January. Four U.S. helicopters have been shot down during
10 days. Al-Qaidah is taking responsibility. The U.S. has reportedly
carried out a massacre in Ramadi but U.S. media have ignored it
and the info is only coming out of "insurgent" sources.
Ali Sistani, top Sh'ia leader ,has issued a call for end to
Shi'a-Sunni conflict. Looks like his own followers are ignoring his
calls. Shias and pro-Israeli Kurds constitute the majority of "Iraqi"
forces working under U.S. command.
Following the massacre in Ramadi, deadly retaliation against
Shi'ites is under way with hundreds killed. Shi'ite death squad
activity also continues.
Competition to Kill Sunnis Between al-Hakim's and al-Sadr's Militia,
one Backed Openly by the U.S., the other Indirectly.
[The U.S. Claims, it doesn't know what Militias Do.]
Sadr's army feeding off U.S. help A radical Shiite cleric's militia,
all but destroyed in 2004, has rebuilt and become the most dangerous
militia in Iraq -- with the unwitting help of the United States.
BY TOM LASSETER McClatchy News Service BAGHDAD - The U.S.
military's drive to train and equip Iraq's security forces has
unwittingly strengthened anti-American Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada
al Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, which has been battling to take over
much of the capital as U.S. forces are trying to secure it.
After U.S. units pounded Sadr's men in August 2004, the cleric
apparently decided that instead of facing American tanks, he would
use the Americans' plans to build Iraqi security forces to rebuild
his own militia.
So while Iraq's other main Shiite militia, the Badr Brigade,
concentrated in 2005 on packing Iraqi intelligence bureaus with
high-level officers who could coordinate sectarian assassinations,
Sadr went after the rank and file.
His recruits began flooding the Iraqi army and police, receiving
training, uniforms and equipment either directly from the U.S.
military or from the American-backed Iraqi Defense Ministry.
The infiltration by Sadr's men, coupled with his strength in Iraq's
parliament after U.S.-backed elections, gave him leeway to operate
death squads throughout the capital, according to more than a week
of interviews with American soldiers patrolling Baghdad.
Some U.S.-trained units carried out sectarian killings themselves,
while others, at checkpoints, allowed militiamen to pass.
Sadr's gunmen got another boost in 2005 and 2006 when U.S. commanders
handed over many Baghdad neighborhoods east of the Tigris River to
Iraqi units, transitions that often were accompanied by news releases
that contained variations of the phrase "Iraqis in the lead."
THE VOICE OF A MUSLIM WOMAN
(An Interview With Self)
Self: Muslim woman where are you?
Muslim woman: Hidden behind cold bricks, steel and barbed wire...
Self: Muslim woman they say you're oppressed because you chose to cover
your hair. Is that true?
Muslim woman: No, I am not oppressed, Allah gave me the right.
Therefore, no man can take what he did not give...
Self: Muslim woman why are you crying?
Muslim woman: Because my first born son has been tragically killed...
Self: Muslim woman why do you sigh?
Muslim woman: Because it's time to thank Allah for allowing me to
enjoy him for 30 years.
Self: Muslim woman how long will you stand for the cause of Allah?
Muslim woman: Simple, until the clouds fall from the sky...
Self: Muslim woman you asked, "where are my brothers???" Did you
Muslim woman: Yes, I found them everywhere, near and far...
Self: Muslim woman is it true you are in prison for
Obstruction of Justice?
Muslim woman: Yes!!!
Self: Muslim woman is it true your sentence is 25 years?
Muslim woman: Yes!!!
Self: Muslim woman how do you feel about all of this?
Muslim woman: I feel that Allah is the Best of Planners. I feel that
no hardship can cause me to doubt Allah...
Self: Muslim woman why are you so strong?
Muslim woman: Because Allah guides my footsteps, therefore my faith
Self: Muslim woman why do you fight for so long?
Muslim woman: Because I want every Muslimah to have the right of
wearing her hijab before any oppressor...
Self: Muslim woman how is it that so many have heard your cry from prison?
Muslim woman: Because I have a voice. Therefore at the peak of my
oppressor's punishment I asked, "where are my brothers?" They
responded. "Here am I."
Self: Muslim woman what has been your experience in prison?
Muslim woman: I've been punished, beaten, cursed, abused, harassed,
misused, mocked, lied on and made to cry...
Self: Muslim woman Why? Oh! Why?
Muslim woman: Because I refuse to remove my hijab...
Self: Muslim woman is it true they say you'll die in prison?
Muslim woman: Maybe, but how many of my oppressors will die and go
Self: Muslim woman do you fear death in prison?
Muslim woman: No, did you fear birth? Because just as sure as we're
born is just as sure as we'll die... No matter where we are...
Self: Muslim woman why don't you just give in?
Muslim woman: Because the Qur'an says to hold on to the rope of faith...
Self: Muslim woman what will happen to you?
Muslim woman: I'll go down in history as the muslim woman who had a voice...
Self: Muslim woman is that enough?
Muslim woman: Yes, because I am "The Voice of a Muslim Woman."
by Maryam Uloho 464534
PO Box 26, St. Gabriel, LA 70776
Ze'ev Rosenstein, the Biggest Drug Trafficker of our Times
Excerpts from "gather.com."
"While most major US drug dealers get prison terms of at least
15 years to life for selling a few kilos of coke or a few hundred
pills of the Class A illegal drug Ecstasy (MDMA), the world's ecstasy
king-pin, Israel-based Russian mobster Ze'ev Rosenstein, has
apparently just learned to skate.
Rosenstein is reportedly one of the "godfathers" in Israel's
burgeoning criminal underworld -- one of "the worst of the
worst" among global drug dealers, according to a former US
Long sought by Israeli police and the US DEA, Rosenstein was finally
arrested in Tel Aviv in November 2004. At the time, the arrest was
hailed as a major victory over transnational crime by former US
Attorney General John Ashcroft:
"The arrest of Ze'ev Rosenstein is the result of extraordinary close
and creative cooperation between U.S. and Israeli law enforcement.
It is a significant step forward in our common struggle against
trans-border organized crime and international narcotics trafficking
that will make both of our countries safer."
After two years in a maximum security cell, in March 2006
Rosenstein was finally extradited to Miami, charged with
having organized an international drug gang that reportedly
exported millions of tabs of MDMA from Netherlands-based labs
to the US -- including the 800,000 pills that were seized
in a New York apartment in July 2001.
Rosenstein, who was also accused of importing Colombian hit men
to conduct a hit on a rival crime family, faced up to life in imprison.
In 2004, one of his top lieutenants, Shem Tov Michtavi,
had received a 20-year sentence for lesser misconduct -- although in
November 2005, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th circuit reduced
his sentence to a maximum of 16 years. Still, with Rosenstein
finally in US hands, many thought that he'd probably spend the rest
of his days in a Miami prison cell, not far from Panama's former
dictator Manual Noriega, who has been 35 years for drug trafficking.
The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X
Monday February 19th 4pm
New College of California, North Bay Campus
99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa CA
4pm: "Malcolm X: Make It Plain"
6pm: "What We Want, What We Believe: The Black Panther Party Library"
6:30pm "Legacy of Torture: The War against The Black Liberation Movement"
7pm: Elbert "Big Man" Howard (Founding member of the Black Panther Party,
First Editor of the Panther newspaper).
7:30pm: Imam Ali Siddiqui (Founding member of the Islamic Peoples Movement,
Co-originator of "New Trend" an Islamic magazine)
Discussion to follow
Alhamdulillah! New Trend is here, carrying the banner of Islam.
Forward it to your friends. We thank the Libyan and Turkish sites
along with numerous Pakistanis who posted it. Special thanks go to
the Indian [Dalit] list known as Bahujanyahoogroups.
2007-02-04 Sun 22:42:20 cst