Safar 14, 1428/ March 4, 2007 #20
Thought of the day: NO DOUBLE STANDARDS IN AUTHENTIC ISLAM:
Men are commanded to be chaste and modest before women [but our scholars
often omit this fact]:
"Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard
their private parts: That will make for greater purity for them: and
Allah is well acquainted with all that they do..." [The Qur'an 24:30]
"The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, was more
modest and shy than a virgin who has never gone outside her home, and if
something displeased him, we could see it on his face [though he would
say nothing from being shy]"
[Hadith narrated by Abu Saeed al-Khudri, r.a., in the Sunan of
WAR NEWS: Compiled by our media monitor
Occupied Jerusalem: Yasra al-Rajbi, a 60 year old Palestinian woman
was killed by Israeli Jewish troops when she stepped forward to free
a young man who had been arrested by the Israelis and they were beating
[Her murder was omitted by the entire U.S. media but was reported by
Pakistani Urdu newspapers.] [Feb. 27]
Israeli armored columns entered Nablus and Jewish troops broke
into Palestinian homes for three straight days on claims of looking
for "suicide bombers." [Feb. 28-March 2]
"SAUDI" ARABIA: AP: 17 km north of Madina, gunmen opened fire on
European tourists killing three French men. The deaths were confirmed
by Major General Manam al-Turki, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman.
MUSHARRAF to Fight Taliban: The U.S. has given EIGHT Cobra AH1-F
helicopters, worth $50 million, to the Pakistan army to fight the
Taliban. [Fox TV News, Feb. 2, 2007] The U.S. announced that its troops
and artillery attack inside Pakistan in pursuit of Taliban whenever
necessary. Pakistan is denying it. [Feb. 28] MUSHARRAF opened a money
based "re-Elect Musharraf" campaign starting from Faisalabad, under
strict security and released huge amounts of money to mollify the
people. On March 4, he continued his campaign in the town of Attock
where he ordered the release of Rs. 50,000,000 to local supporters.
[$1 is about 60 Rs.] Here he gave a FATWA that "suicide bombing is
forbidden in Islam" and that he will take action against medressas
which harbor would-be-martyrs. He ordered "foreigners" [Muslims from
other countries] to leave or be persecuted. [Large scale arrests of
Afghan refugees are underway.]
Musharraf's anti-terrorist Judge attacked: March 2: Multan city:
Bashir Ahmed Bhatti, a judge who tries "terrorists" was seriously
wounded along with 7 members of his elite security unit when a remote
controlled explosion hit him. One member of his elite force and two
other police were killed in the blast.
Quetta: March 4: Pakistani police arrested three Afghans for money
laundering and fake passports. U.S. media were told by the Pakistanis
that one of those arrested was Ubaidullah Akhund, number three in the
Taliban hierarchy after Mullah Umar. Reports say that that he was
taken by helicopter to Islamabad and is being interrogated by the FBI.
However, the police who arrested the three say that the report is not
correct and those arrested were not Taliban. A Taliban spokesman too
has denied the report of his capture.
TUNK town: Gunmen opened fire on an armored personnel carrier of the
Pakistani army wounding several crew.
Miranshah, North Waziristan: Baloch Khan Mehsood who was known locally
as a U.S. agent was reportedly abducted, taken to Afghanistan and
executed in the province of Khost.
Baghram Air Base, February 27: In a spectacular martyrdom operation, an
Afghan struck the main U.S. army base when U.S. Vice President Cheney
was inside. A U.S. trooper, a U.S. contractor, a Korean soldier and
20 Afghan mercenary troops were killed and 23 wounded. The attack sent
shock waves through the U.S. and AFFECTED THE STOCK MARKET [according
to Hillary Clinton]. The V.P was terrified and made the 18 mile trip
from the base to Kabul by PLANE.
March 4. As New Trend goes to the press, heavy fighting is going on in
the three districts captured by the Taliban. The latest fighting began
when the Taliban blew up a British tank. The British attacked to break
out of Taliban encirclement and were counterattacked by the Taliban.
In a totally new development, Taliban captured the district of Buckwa.
The Karzai troops in the area fled. The Kabul government arrested two
officers for cooperating with the Taliban.
Jalalabad, NANGARHAR Province: A martyrdom operator in a car hit a
column of NATO troops. NATO losses have not been disclosed. In a state
of shock, NATO troops opened fire in all directions, hitting numerous
homes and killing at least 8 civilians.
March 2, 2007: The military operations commander of the Taliban, Mullah
DadAllah, whom many Muslims see as the Khalid ibn al-Waleed, r.a., of
our times, gave an interview to the BBC which was only partly reported.
It has now appeared in greater detail in al-Jazeerah and Pakistani Urdu
papers. DadAllah said that Taliban can now make many of their own
weapons. He said he is in CONSTANT CONTACT with Osama bin Laden,
leader of the global Islamic resistance, though he has not met him.
DadAllah said that more young people are signing up for martyrdom
operations against NATO than the Taliban can handle. Already 600
would-be-martyrs are ready to go while another 6,000 want to sign up.
March 2: The U.S. and Britain will meet with Iranian and Syrian officials
at the invitation of the Iraqi "Prime Minister" Nuri al-Maliki IN IRAQ.
March 4: Mowaffak al-Rubaie, top official of the U.S. installed
"government" in Baghdad said that "Iran has stopped supplying militias"
although President Bush had alleged otherwise.
March 1: Prof. Burnett Rubin of the New York University Center on
International Cooperation told a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing
that Iran wants to "SHARE INTELLIGENCE" with the U.S. because "Al-Qaeda
is a major threat to Iran." He was given the info by Iranian officials:
he speaks to U.S. officials but they are not paying full attention.
Iran is also very worried about the Taliban resurgence, he said.
In the same hearing [broadcast on C-Span] Senator Jack Reed [D-Rhode
Island] said that "INDIA is providing significant help to KARZAI
through IRAN." Reed, who just returned from the region, said that
Pakistan is hurt by this infusion of Indian influence in Kabul.
Detroit: Farrakhan's Historic Conference [Part II]
Important Workshops on Africa, Reparations and the Oppressive Situation in America
Imam Warith Deen Umar's Case Brought up: Why was Siraj Wahhaj Invited?
By Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Readers might have read the main points of Minister Louis Farrakhan's
historic February 25 speech which I published earlier in New Trend. I
notice that most of them were missed by the corporate media in their
reporting on Farrakhan's speech.
A day earlier, on February 24, important workshops were held. I was
able to attend three of them, the ones with the biggest attendance, in
the morning, afternoon and at night. In addition I attended a large
gathering in which the Nation of Islam and its supporters hailed the
special guests [including yours truly] and repeatedly chanted Allahu
Akbar led by Shaikh Tijani, Minister Farrakhan's ahl-al-Sunnah
adviser from Ghana. The organizational skills of Minister Akbar
Muhammad made all these activities possible and disciplined.
I made the following points about reparations: The Nation of Islam,
N'Cobra and other groups are researching and taking on specific
businesses which might have been connected in their early history
to slavery. This process is good for research but ultimately the U.S.
power structure and government, not individual companies, should pay
reparations to people of African descent or their representatives.
Reparations should be paid to the entire African Diaspora, including
the Black population of Brazil and the people of the West Indies. The
claim for reparations should rise from Africa itself otherwise U.S.
law could circumvent attempts by Americans to sue the government for
I added: Notice what the Jews did to Germany. They suffered only from
1941 to 1945. The new generation of Germans had nothing to do with the
suffering of Jews during the war, yet Germany paid billions to Israel
and International Jewry and is continuing to do so. The entire post-
1945 German nation was deemed guilty of what allegedly happened during
In addition, during the last years of the war and immediately after,
the allies of the Jews killed more German civilians than the numbers
of Jews claimed to have been killed. German women were raped
By sharp contrast, Black people did not kill their oppressors after
slavery ended, nor did they rape their women. Hence the Black claim
for reparations is far more justified.
During the session on the political situation in America, 7-10 PM,
which had a large audience, I brought up the case of Imam Warith
Deen Umar. Incredibly, they had never heard of the case in which
the power of U.S. government and Zionist media was brought to bear on
this outstanding and distinguished Imam and as a result his livelihood
was destroyed, his home was raided and he was subjected to bogus
The response to my question about Imam Umar was very positive both
from the Nation of Islam officials and the leadership of the
New Black Panther Party. Hopefully we will get support on this case.
They are also very supportive of Imam Jamil al-Amin. Earlier in the day
I met and supported Br. Khalid Samad, from Cleveland, who was
actively canvassing for Imam Jamil's case.
This situation [about lack of info on Imam Umar] also helped me to
understand why the NOI invited Siraj Wahhaj to give the
Juma' khutba on February 23. Looks like the NOI has been so
involved in solving serious issues facing the Black community that it
has not kept up with developments in the larger Islamic community.
They don't realize that Siraj Wahhaj has been part of the Central
Committee of ISNA [the so-called Islamic Society of North America]
strongly linked to the FBI and other governmental organizations which
have been oppressing the Muslims of America after 9.11. The NOI also
does not seem to know that Siraj Wahhaj helped a Zionist judge to put
the great scholar of Islam Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman [the blind Shaikh]
in prison for life. Afterwards Siraj in a friendly interview with the
Zionist flagship publication, the Wall Street Journal, boasted and
joked about how he had defamed the Shaikh. [All this is available in
It should be noticed that other than Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Minister
Farrakhan was the only one who had the courage in all of America to
speak against the mistreatment of Shaikh Omar by the government.
Perhaps the NOI wanted to show, by inviting Siraj Wahhaj, that it is
building bridges with those who opposed it. However, Siraj did not
reciprocate this goodwill. After giving his khutba, he disappeared.
He could have stayed for the workshops on Feb. 24, mixed and mingled
with the distinguished guests and shown that he really cares for the
Muslims who invited him. His arrogance showed through.
He was not there even for Minister Farrakhan's powerful speech
of Feb. 25. This is typical ISNA-Siraj-Wahhaj arrogance. It's possible
that he came up with some plausible excuse [I don't know] but he could
have sent someone to represent him. Good manners are part of Islam.
News of Siraj Wahhaj's khutba was publicized by ISNA's offshoot
CAIR which is working VERY CLOSELY with the FBI. CAIR which has not
bothered about the NOI or Farrakhan for years seems to have tried to
give the impression that Siraj was doing a favor to the NOI.
Siraj's own publicity tried to give the same impression but when
the arrogant one gave the khutba, he gave the impression that he
is a great friend of Farrakhan!
One of the best sessions in the conference was the one about
Africa presided over by Minister Akbar Muhammad. Kwame Ture's son
Bokar Ture was introduced to the audience.. One of the famous people
of the African struggle, Dudley Thompson, now 90, who defended
the leader of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta against the British was a delight
to hear. I cannot resist mentioning these. There was a host of other
remarkable people but I don't want to preempt the NOI's own paper
The Final Call in their coverage of this amazing conference.
In conclusion, one must note the marvelous use of technology by the NOI.
The President of Sudan was televised to the conference and answered
questions from the audience. During Minister Farrakhan's speech, the
statistics he provided, the comparisons he made, the quotations he
used, the books he recommended were televised on huge screens for
the stadium full of people. The speaker himself was visible on a large
TV screen to the whole crowd with the camera moving to various segments
of the crowd and sometimes to the special guests on the dais.
In Farrakhan, Black America in general and the people of faith, both
Christians and Muslims, have found a truly great leader. Most amazingly,
in spite of the power of his words, he remains humble, loving and
compassionate to his people. During the speech, and later at a reception
for the VIP guests, he expressed his thanks innumerable times to the
people who prayed for his recovery. May Allah give him many more years.
Letter Re: Nadrat Siddique's Report: Rashidi on Blacks in Asia
salaam alaikum, thank you so very much for the fascinating summary of
the lecture on the presence of black Africans in all continents and
cultures. It would make a wonderful book with pictures. I read the two
books I could find on Muslims in pre-Columbian America and the Muslim
slaves. perhaps you can help me find another source for info a Muslim
sister gave me that when William Penn came to Pennsylvania he found
people with muslim dress and Muslim names who signed the treaty with
those names. I have not been able to find this in print. Can you help?
Eileen [New Jersey]
Letter Re: Sunnis and Shias
Salaam, The US helps Sunnis in Lebanon and helps Shiites in Iraq.
And finally, the US would lose the both.....or would face both (soon or
later). As Such the foreign policy of the US would unite Sunnis & Shiites.
Harisuryyemen [AmericanMuslimBrotherhood yahoogroup]
Statement by Hana Al Bayaty, Ian Douglas, Abdul Ilah Albayaty,
Iman Saadoon, Dirk Adriaensens and Ayse Berktay [Received by New
Trend March 3]
Three Iraqi Women: Turkey Calls for Stop.
Wassan, Zainab & Liqa Get Worldwide Support
Second update on efforts to stop the Summary execution of three Iraqi women
Twenty-four hours ago we issued an urgent alert, stating that the
defense of human rights in Iraq, as a result of US occupation and its
sectarian puppet forces, is practically impossible. But the awareness
by thousands of this fact explains the overwhelming mobilization we
are witnessing in defence of three Iraqi women facing the gallows.
Individuals, intellectuals, women's organizations, lawyers' associations,
human rights groups, trade unions and political movements effectively
networked and took initiative worldwide. The popular pressure that has
been built from everywhere, via numerous routes, impelled, among others:
Today we received information via the UN Working Group on Arbitrary
Detention that the three Iraqi women will not be executed until an
appeals court has ruled on their cases. This assurance came from
Iraqi authorities. It is not enough. We demand to know the charges
on which these three Iraqi women stand convicted. We demand to know
the date of their appeal hearings. We demand that a public statement
is made. We demand that they be afforded all due protections under
international human rights and humanitarian law. If charged with
resisting foreign occupation and aggression, we declare this charge
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Friday 2 March, to place a
direct call to Nouri El-Maliki, expressing Turkey's alarm at the
proposed execution of Wassan Talib, Zainab Fadhil and
Liqa Omar Muhammad
Ann Clwyd MP, special envoy to war criminal Tony Blair on human rights
in Iraq, to write to Iraqi authorities outlining her opposition to the
death penalty in all cases and calling for investigations into the
circumstances of the trials of the three Iraqi women
Abdullah Gul, foreign minister of Turkey, to announce that he would
raise the issue of executions in Iraq in his 3 March meetings with
foreign ministers of the Arab League
Luisa Morgantini, vice-president of the European Parliament, to remind
the Iraqi government that no state has the right to kill and that Wassan,
Zainab and Liqa are prisoners of war with protected status under the
Martin Shultz, president of the Socialist Group in the European
Parliament, to remind Jalal Talabani that the European Union opposes
the death penalty
While Wassan, Zainab and Liqa are no longer anonymous, 20 million other
Iraqis face imminent threats in towns and cities where
occupation-sponsored death squads continue to operate with impunity
and where rape and torture by US and Iraqi puppet forces is endemic.
Over one million have been arbitrarily deprived of the right to life
and tens of thousands more arbitrarily detained. Backward and sectarian
forces have been installed in power and the achievements of the Iraqi
people over the past 100 years have been reduced to ashes.
The end of oppression, of summary executions and assassinations, of
arbitrary detentions, rape and torture, of mass murder, civil strife
and genocide, and the destruction of civilization, culture and history,
comes with the end of the occupation.
The occupation of Iraq is no less than the concrete implementation of
the ideology driving the so-called war on terror; permanent war, the
denial of civil liberties and the exclusion of international law from
international relations that prevents the peaceful coexistence and
reciprocal advancement of peoples and cultures. The depth of
solidarity and defense of human dignity, justice and most basic
human rights expressed in the case of these three Iraqi women is
proof that humanity refuses this regression.
From Berlin to Baghdad, we salute all those that through public
demonstrations, personal moral conviction, or resistance in their
given situation, have linked the lives of three Iraqi women indeed,
all Iraqi women, to the dignity and resilience of the nation of Iraq
under the hammer of a defeated occupation.
As 20 March 2007 the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq
approaches, we hope all stay mobilized to secure the wellbeing of
Wassan, Zeinab and Liqa. We demand the liberation of all political
prisoners in Iraq.
We also call for worldwide, intensifying mobilization to stop this
illegal blood-soaked occupation, struggle to uphold international law
by retrieving recognition from the criminal sectarian puppet Iraqi
government, recognizing the Iraqi Resistance as the sole representative
of the will of the Iraqi people, and demanding the unconditional and
immediate withdrawal of all occupation forces.
The only solution in Iraq is the sovereignty of the Iraqi people.
We stand with millions in defense of justice. We stand with millions in
defense of Iraq. Our hearts are Iraqi.
Selected statements and actions against the imminent execution of 3
Iraqi women can be found on:
List of endorsers: http://www.brusselstribunal.org/hangingSignatories.htm
Original statement Hanging the Womb of Iraq ? and action alert can be
found on: http://www.brusselstribunal.org/hanging.htm
ISLAM in America: What are our Tasks and duties?
From a lifetime veteran of Islamic Da'wah in the U.S.
[Shamim A Siddiqi, New York]
In the context of modern world and considering the various crises which
Muslim world is encountered with due to highly publicized ""Crusade""
of President Bush against Islam in the name of ""War against Terrorism"",
it appears that America is the most suitable place where Islam can shower
its infinite blessings on its people in due course; where American
leadership is very much scared of Islam''s inherent magnetic power that
is attracting people who are in search of "Truth" and a system of life
that can resolve the problems of both the worlds. The causes of this
"hopeful" situation, the reasons for this upbeat approach and the
possibilities of its occurrence are various and very convincing. I
will discuss each in brief to remove the clouds of despondency that
are hovering over the minds of American Muslims, especially after the
tragic event of September 11, 2001. It is in the nature of Islam that
the more attempts are made to "crush" it through opposition,
suppression and oppression, the more it rebounds and resurrects
with great thud. The history of revival of Islam in modern Russia
after the collapse of communism and that of recent Turkey are the
glaring examples of this reality. Thus, America due to its predominant
anti-Islam policies both at home and abroad has become the most natural
place for its revival as a geopolitical entity.
1. The Planning of Allah: In fact, Allah (SWT) has perhaps "selected"
this land out of His infinite mercy to be the future "home" of Islam.
It may look strange to many but the emergence of Islam from Arabian
Peninsula in seventh century AC in the most primitive human society
whose people were brave, dauntless, honest, trustworthy and full of
valor far excellence of that age was the miracle of the time. Islam
polished their character and transformed them to be the hope of the
oppressed mankind. Muslims dominated the world scenarios for about a
thousand years but they lost its leadership when they deserted Islam
as a "System of life" for the worldly gains and now holding it only as
In today's world, Americans excel in the art of science and technology,
Research and development, in undertaking strenuous jobs of exploration
on land, under the sea and above the sky in the space and striving hard
to be the leaders of mankind. The only thing that they lack is the
ideology that could attract the imagination of the world in this
materialistic age and that could transform them to be the honest and
the trustworthy torch bearers only of truth, care and service to the
suffering humanity. The oppressive ideology of capitalism in the "garb"
of democracy has failed to attract the poor people of Asia, Africa and
Latin America. Islam provides that unique opportunity to American
people who are "destined" to rush for it and grab it as their future
ideology. Only then mankind may trust their actions, deeds and
"promises," otherwise not. Islam is now their future need. It appears
that in the fitness of the situation, Allah (SWT) has perhaps "selected"
the people of the USA as the future leaders of mankind as He selected
Arabs 1400 years ago. It is the honesty in character that matters to
the suffering and oppressed humanity not wealth, technical know-how
or military might howsoever great it might be. Allah is preparing the
ground for the emergence of this "miracle" in the current millennium.
Keeping the aforesaid "Divine Strategy" in mind, it appears as the
planning of Allah that the most developed and the most scientifically
advanced country of the USA gives a free and fair trial to Islamic
system of life as its future ideology in order to stop its ever-growing
moral decadence; provides ideological moral foundation to its domestic
and foreign policies to stabilize its dwindling foreign influence in
the community of nations in the wake of its decade old hegemonies for
the New World Order; eradicates the prevailing corruption from its
corporate economic system; remodels its social and cultural system of
life by removing various imbalances at personal, family and national
levels; gives redress to its unbalanced growth and uneven concentration
of wealth in the hands of a few while depriving teaming millions form
the fruits of its free economy at equal footings by introducing the
self-sustained welfare system of Islam for its poor, the needy, the
deprived and the incapacitated people at ease with willing and active
support of the affluent with no burden on the treasury or public
exchequer at all. Without these corrective measures, Americans should
not even dream to be accepted as the leaders of mankind. Only Islam
and its concept of life –– obedience to Allah, the Creator and the
Sustainer and feeling always accountable to Him for every action and
deed on earth, can come to their rescue.
2. Influx of Muslim Immigrants: As no Prophet was to come to fulfill
this paramount need of America towards reforming its affairs in depth,
Allah (SWT) in His infinite mercy and through His Divine planning,
arranged to send millions of highly educated "messengers" of His last
Messenger (S), in different fields from different parts of the Muslim
world through the process of immigration to meet the growing needs of
skilled labor of this country. It must be clear in our heads that none
of us has come over here on his/her own accord but as per His aforesaid
grand planning. He paved our way to migrate to this country and live
here as its most productive citizens and the recognized ambassadors of
Islam. That process is still on in spite of some set backs that it had
sustained in the post-9/11 era.
In fact, right from the very outset, the immigrant Muslims in close
cooperation with our indigenous brothers/sisters should have been
conscious of their position on earth as the savior of mankind and
demonstrated their characters as a boon and benediction for the people
of this land and the society at large. Unfortunately, Muslims as a
community lost that opportunity, forgot the mission of their life,
involved themselves enjoying the free-for-all "bounties" of this
prosperous land, are gradually increasing their strength numerically
but not qualitatively as Da'ee Ilallah, the only special title that
Allah preferred and conferred on them when they are actively involved
in calling the people to the fold of their Creator and Sustainer.
[Ref: Verse 33 of Surah 41 of the Qur''an]. However, this chapter
is still wide open and Muslims can rush through that process any time
and get themselves re-established on correct footings in this country.
3. What the USA Constitutes: The USA is a vast country of 350 millions
with enormous material and highly technical resources of its own,
holding a strategic position of utmost importance in between two
Oceans –– the Pacific and the Atlantic, with vast hinterland both in
the North and in the South up to the Coast of Chile. Its population
is heterogeneous, representing different faiths, languages and
ethnicities all living together in the melting pot of America. Most
of the human and family values that they believe, protect and promote
in their socio-economic-political life are the remnants of Abrahamic
faith, irrespective of the fact whether he/she is a Jew, a Christians
or a Muslim, the predominant population of this land. Believers in
paganism are quite limited in number and so is the case of atheism.
They are in microscopic minority. These fundamental values are the
resonant of "Islam" as a way of life and the legacies of Judaism,
Christianity and Islam.
4. The Inevitable Role of Muslims: Thus, howsoever distorted it may
look, the paramount "religion" of this country is monotheism [Trust
in God] and believing in the accountability on the last Day of Judgment.
Here the followers of Islam stand at par with their Christian and Jews
brothers, agreeing basically on concepts but variably different in
practice and approach towards life. Here now the role of the immigrant
Muslims comes in its true picture. They are to live, act and behave
as the motivating force in presenting the concept of Monotheism in
its most puritan form and the accountability in Akhirah as the guiding
force of their life in their day to day activities, serving as model
to the people of the land. They are to walk on the streets of the USA
as living models of the Qur'an and what it envisages. It was their
well articulated assignment from their Lord and they should have
carried it out form the day they landed on this land. If they don't
do it now, their stay in the USA, enjoying its bounties but rendering
no service to its people as ordained by Allah will become extremely
troublesome for them on the Day of Judgment.
This is the flash point of Muslim''s character and that is the objective
for which Allah (SWT) has arranged their way to this land of
opportunities, not for dollars, comfort and easy going life. That
is the secondary object as it would come automatically to them. When
they are living in this country, Allah will shower upon them "bread
and butter" in abundance as He is the best Provider. [Ref: Verse 58
of Surah 51] Allah never neglects His "slaves" that fall in the category
of "Muhseneen." His appointed angels accompany them when they are in
the field of Dawah Ilallah. [Ref: Verse 31 of Surah 41]. Can any
assignment be more dignified than calling the people to the fold
5. Now What to Do?
* Let us see first where we stand: Currently, about eight millions
Muslims are living in America and Canada, mostly on permanent basis.
Most of them, Alhamdulillah, are well placed in life, technically
advanced and leading a well established professional life in different
sectors of the society. Most of them have made or in the process of
making their "Dunya" [worldly life] fine and their children are getting
education for most lucrative jobs in the best campuses. But for the
life of "Akhirah," unfortunately, they take it as sufficient if they
perform five times prayers a day at some Muslim center or mosque or
at home, are able to fast during the month of Ramadan, attend some
lectures here and there and participate in Annual Conventions of ISNA,
ICNA and some Afro-American Muslim's caucuses at national and regional
levels with great fanfare, thinking that their obligation to their
"religion" Islam is fulfilled. Our Imams and the Muslim leadership
also feel contented, if the community is doing so much and contributes
"generously" for the Masajid. It must be noted at this juncture that
hardly 15 % Muslims are practicing this so much of Islam or attached
to mosques. The rest are lost in the melting pot of the American way
of life that is free for all. This is our account at individual level.
*To abridge the vast gap of basic Dawah needs, it demands a lot of
funds, many prolific writers in English and Spanish, a well organized
system of distribution through enormous Dawah activities and a dynamic
effective force of hundreds and thousands of Da'ee Ilallah. Muslim
national organizations will have to make a joint and concerted effort
to abridge this gap and the Muslim community must come forward with
abundance of funds that, Alhamdulillah, they do have, to meet
these needs and earn the magnificent harvest of AJR for Akhirah with
no delay at all. Time left for us is very small and very tight.
Our sisters and our youth must be eager to play a dominant role in the
field of Dawah Ilallah as they are equally responsible as men are.
Rather, they will be more effective in communicating with the masses of
the land both at individual and group levels. Muslim Sisters must come
forward and reorganize to penetrate deep into this society, meet the
American sisters and acquaint them with the blessings of Islam that
they are enjoying immensely in their hearths and homes like the
proverbial queens of time.
* The Culminating Point: The planning of Allah is absolutely
clear as envisioned above. The disorganized condition of Muslim Ummah
in America is extremely deplorable as we see around us. The state of
our Dawah activities in this country, how meager and insufficient it
is, is no longer a secret. The attitude of individual Muslims and that
of Imams, organizations and national institutions towards Dawah Ilallah
is that of neglect. However, the total prevailing condition is not
of hopelessness but of hope. Allamah Iqbal rightly said: "Zarah num
hu tu yeh mitti bahut zarkhez hai saqi" [Translation: The ground of
this Ummah is very fertile even when it is wet a little]. The Muslim
leadership, our respected Imams, our Masajid, Muslim communities, and
our National Organizations all together have to resolve to undertake
Dawah Ilallah as the basic need of this country on emergent footings,
muster and mobilize the available resources of the community in men and
material and build the requisite team of Da'ees in American perspective.
The day the Muslim community of America resolves to undertake this
onerous task to fulfill as the only objective of its existence in
America, Allah''s help and Nusrah will grace its efforts with success
in due course of time as He ordains in the Qur''an in Verse # 69 of
Surah # 29, Al-Ankabut:
"As for those who strive in Us [in His way], We surely guide them to
our paths, and Lo! Allah is with the good [Muhseneen]"
May Allah bless the Muslim community of the USA with Tawfeeq and Azimah
to rise to the occasion and fill the vacuum of Dawah Ilallah with an
effective team of Da''ees in American perspective! Amen!
2007-03-05 Mon 05:06:46 cst