Jamada al-Thani 3, 1428/ June 18, 2007 #46
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Press Release
U.S. Muslims Condemn Queen Elizabeth's knighthood for Salman Rushdie
On June 16, 2007 the British Queen, Elizabeth II, decided to honor a
hatemonger, Salman Rushdie. The author of Satanic Verses denigrated
the Qur'an, insulted the best of men, Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him,
and ridiculed 'Ayesha Siddiqa, r.a., and other blessed women of Islam.
Surely the queen of England knows this. Rushdie is a mediocre author. If
he had not abused Islam, he would have been of little interest to the
The honor given to Rushdie is a calculated insult aimed at the one billion
plus Muslims of the world. Was this the queen's idea [who is quite senile
at 80] or has this come from International Jewry? Considering the fact
that Rushdie has been invited to teach at the Jewish stronghold of Emory
University in Atlanta, and to speak at the Jewish cultural institution,
the Meyerhoff, through Villa Julie College, [Baltimore], the British
action too may well be from the "enemies of truth" as David Irving
I urge Muslims to protest to Britain against this shameful act against
Islam. I urge American Muslims to, peacefully, make it very clear that
Rushdie is not to be honored if there is ever to be mutual respect and
dialogue between the British and American power structures on the one
hand and the world of Islam on the other.
Does the Queen realize that this is the era of Islam? Islam is victorious
and Rushdie's insults only create hate but cannot defeat Islam. Britain
did serious damage to the world of Islam by creating "Israel" and the
occupation of Kashmir. British military forces are in Iraq and
Afghanistan. These are the final spasms of a dying, hypocritical and
racist empire. By honoring a scoundrel like Rushdie, the queen has
shown that she thinks the earth is flat and the sun still shines on
the British Empire!
Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Associate Professor of English
Letters of protest can simply be sent to: Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London, England
Exclusive New Trend Report
Otis Jackson's Confession [April 2007] Matches the Police Report on
him Dated June 3, 2000.
Imam Jamil al-Amin NOT Responsible for Shooting of two Policemen in
New Trend magazine now has the FBI transcript and hand written statement
of Otis Jackson dated June 3, 2000. It matches the confession by Otis
Jackson, now known as Farrakhan Bey, which New Trend published in its
April 27, 2007 issue. The question arises why the government has been
sitting on the statement of Otis Jackson while it went on to prosecute
and sentence Imam Jamil al-Amin, also known as America's Imam [H. Rap
Brown before he embraced Islam]?
According to the FBI transcript [file #62D-LV-33941] "Jackson was
interviewed in the presence of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
officers Dante Tromba and Greg Neglich."
On the day of the murder, Jackson drove to Imam Jamil's residence and
waited for him along with another "black male." The transcript
continues: "Approximately 10 minutes after Jackson arrived at Alamin's
residence, Alamin arrivd in a car at the residence. As the three men
were talking, a police car arrived and two police officers attempted
to serve Alamin with a warrant. Jackson believed the warrant charged
Alamin with impersonating an officer and something about stolen
property. Jackson stated that he did not think the warrant was valid,
so he spoke out and a verbal disagreement with officer Kitchen
proceeded. The argument got heated and Kitchen's partner attempted
to handcuff Jackson."
The transcript goes on to describe the fight and the shooting of the
officers in detail. Jackson also describes the guns he used and the
process he followed to get rid of the guns after the shooting.
According to Jackson, not only was Imam Jamil NOT involved in the shooting
but "Alamin tried to stop Jackson from shooting at the offcers by getting
in Jackson's way." The transcript adds: "Alamin asked Jackson why he had
shot the officers, but Jackson did not answer except to say that he was
Jackson's hand written statement affirming the content of the transcript
is appended to the transcript.
That was in June 2000. The government hushed up the confession of the
shooter. In 2007, Jackson wrote his confession again, in his own
handwriting, and sent it to New Trend.
Thus the leading Imam of America is being held in prison and mistreated
for something which he never did. It is time for all Muslims, for all
people of African descent, and African-American Muslims in particular
to demand justice and cry out:
"Pharaoh, LET MY PEOPLE GO ----- FREE IMAM JAMIL NOW!"
GAZA: Huge Islamic Victory: Israel, Bush Rush to save Mahmoud Abbas
by Imam Badi Ali, North Carolina [Jamaat al-Muslimeen Shoora]
The Islamic Resistance [Hamas] trounced the Fatah forces of treachery
and corruption although the Islamists were outnumbered 5 to 1, in places
7 to 1. Alhamdulillah, the criminal elements funded, armed and
supported by Israel have turned out to be a sorry bunch of cowards.
Islamic Gaza has uncovered the open support for Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah
by Israel and the U.S. The U.S. immediately took steps, in coordination
with Israel, to make sure that Fatah would be entrenched in the West Bank
to try to divide the Palestinian people. Here are the immediate steps
taken by the U.S. and Israel.
Millions of dollars sent to Mahmoud Abbas. Millions more in the pipeline.
Attempts to cut off Gaza from the world.
Attempts to strangle Palestinian democracy by setting up a puppet regime
in the West Bank with men appointed by Mahmoud Abbas.
The Zionist media have unleashed a spate of propaganda to demonize
The regimes of Hosni Mubarak [Egypt], King Abdullah [Jordan], King
Abdullah ["Saudi" Arabia] have come out in support of the U.S.-Israeli
program and against Hamas.
Hosni Mubarak, the biggest terrorist of Egypt, has gone to the extent
of declaring Hamas a terrorist organization.
This is the time for the Islamic world to support Gaza. It's a test for
Hezbollah and Iran. If their pro-Palestinian rhetoric meant anything,
here is the time for them to come out with concrete material help
Israel is planning to attack Gaza. It has fire power from the most modern
weapons supplied by the U.S., but an attack could backfire because it
will, inshallah, energize the Muslim world in support of
Samarra Conspiracy was an Excuse for attack on Islam:
Shi'ites Blow Up Tomb of Leading Companion of Prophet Muhammad,
pbuh, Talha bin Ubaidullah, r.a.
by New Trend's Iraq observer
June 15, 2007. The tomb of Talha, r.a., in the town of Zubair, near
Basra, was blown up in broad daylight by assailants posing as
photographers. The security guards were Shi'ites. None of them were
killed in the explosion which was so powerful that it leveled the
June 16, 2007. Another landmark, sacred to the Muslim mainstream, the
mosque named after the 10 leading Companions of the Prophet, pbuh,
Ushra Mubashira, was blown up by Shi'ite explosives experts in
the same area.
In each case, the apostate al-Maliki, expressed sorrow and the Shi'ite
leader Sistani issued a condemnation. However, neither of them demanded
the death penalty for the culprits. Shi'ite actions are carried out
only after endorsement by top Shi'ite leaders.
[Editorial note: New Trend condemns these actions being carried out by
occupation forces allied to the U.S. Talha [r.a.] was a great companion
of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh. He was with the messenger of Allah, pbuh,
during the great battles of Islam. In the battle of Uhud, he took an
arrow for the Prophet, pbuh, and bled profusely, mixing his blood
with that of the Prophet, pbuh, who was also badly injured.
Talha, r.a., was known for his generosity. He was a good businessman and,
later, landowner, and gave away huge sums from whatever he got to help
the poor and the needy and to support Jihad. His piety and spirituality
won praise for him from the Prophet, pbuh, and he was promised paradise
even when he was alive.
In the strife following the murder of the third Rightly Guided Caliph,
Usman, r.a., by the miscreants who claimed to be supporting Ali, r.a.,
Talha, r.a., supported 'Ayesha, r.a., in her efforts to catch and punish
the murderers of Usman, r.a. He was assassinated during the battle of
the Camel, in the month of Jamada al-Thani year 36 of the Hijra, by a
miscreant supporting Ali, r.a. [For details of the life and death of
Talha, r.a., see Ibn Sa'ad's Tabaqat, the classical Hadith
collection on the lives of the Companions of the Prophet, pbuh.]
Our observers say that apparently the apostate al-Maliki regime engineered
the destruction of the Shi'ite shrine in Samarra and then in "retaliation"
started attacking Sunni mosques and mausoleums across the country.
Scholars say that the Shi'ite imams allegedly buried in the Askaria
shrine in Samarra have no historic authenticity. They certainly do not
compare with Talha, r.a., one of the greatest companions of the Prophet,
pbuh. In fact, the text books show, none of the Shi'ite imams, except
Ali, r.a., come anywhere near Talha, r.a., Ayesha, r.a., or any of the
other great Sahaba.
Shrine worship which is common among Shi'ites is seen in Islam as "shirk"
[associating others with Allah], the greatest sin which puts one outside
the fold of Islam. Increasingly Muslims see the Iraqi Shias as apostates.
The Muslim world should question the Shi'ite authorities and stop their
collusion with the U.S. and Israel before there is a global Islamic
backlash against Shi'ism. The situation is grim as the Shias, be it
Allawi, or al-Hakeem or Sistani, have supported the U.S. occupation of
Iraq, and they, as well as Sadr and the Iranians, kept quiet when
Fallujah was being bombed during Ramadan and even on Lailatul Qadr.
Opposition to the occupation of Iraq should include a united front to
end U.S.-Shi'ite attacks on mosques and mausoleums. One way, observers
say, would be the withdrawal of Shi'ite troops who are working as
occupation forces along with the U.S. in the cities of western Iraq.
American Muslimah re-Arranges her Life.
Why Follow Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, in everything?
[Continued from previous issue]
by Sis. Rahgeer-e-Saleha
HOW HAS Salat MADE A PRACTICAL DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE?
Having to plan around my salah times has forced me to:
Be punctual in my appointments, as I have to be punctual in my
appointment with Allah.
Be punctual in ending appointments as I have go do salah on time
Forgo those activities especially late night ones (which are physically
tiring and have no spiritual value and in no way enhance my closeness
to Allah), as I know that if I partake of them, I will miss my
Be punctual in my social appointments, both in arrival and in departure
as I have a priority, which has to be met after I leave.
To simplify my self, as I cannot put on makeup four times a day after
each prayer, thus I have resorted to less, allowing my skin to breathe
and making me relax as I am who I am without a lot of fakeness put on
for the benefit of others
I am more comfortable in my skin. There is no confusion in my decision
making as to whom do I have to please. I know that I only have to
behave in a manner so as to please Allah and as a fallout my behavior
pleases others also, as I attempt to follow the Prophet's etiquette
Spiritually beautiful people and people with taqwa have come into my
life, and I have recognized the goodness in my existing friends, giving
me peace and beauty in my daily living. These wonderful people, old
and new, are not judging me in my material goods, where I live what I
wear but are supporting me and helping me for the sake of Allah and
I thought there would be major fallout. People around me would get upset
and would think I have gone crazy. None of this has happened.
My night time wasting activities have fallen by the wayside, so I am not
exhausted in the a.m.
My nightmares and night awakenings have disappeared since I started doing
Isha and Witr and the night adkaars as the Prophet
I don't enjoy obscene or violent movies, never did but watched them out
of politeness to my company. I don't now and no one is at a loss, and
the gut wrenching feelings have passed.
I don't agonize over what people think of me, I try to do what would
please Allah and leave it at that.
I don't try to please people and don't get upset if they don't like me.
I try to do my best as to what would please Allah the most, in my
behavior, and Alhamdolillah it works well with most people as
the basic fitra of people in general is good, and appreciates a
I don't envy other people's accomplishments and their children and am at
peace with what Allah gave me or took away, even though I don't know
My anxieties about my family still surface from time to time, I try to
sort them out by separating the ones that have to do with the finality
of Qadr and those that are behavioral. I try to pray for change
in the ones that have to do with the spirituality of the inner self
by educating my self and them. The hardest part is to accept whatever
they do after that and to accept that as their Qadr and to pray for
guidance for them and me.
All this sounds kind of soppy and "Yahweh." I don't have any new words
to use to express the inner cleanliness and simplification of my life
that I feel in my continuing attempts to follow Rasool Allah (saw)
All of the challenges come from within. My desire to sleep through the
dawn prayer, my desire to overeat, my desire to not have the
regimentation of the five phone calls to Allah. My depression of
losing my son, my regret of all the things I did not do with him,
my regret of things I could have done in the past, and my regrets of
My desire to change others without first practicing the change in my
self until it is permanent.
Whenever I feel I have reached a stable state of Salah, Shaitan
makes me slip or perhaps my Bahemi Nafs does and I slide. I have
noted that the slide is similar to the slide of the mountain climber;
if you lose a footing a few rocks loosen and if you are paying attention
you can regain your foothold. However if you are climbing in a cocky
manner and are "full of yourself" that nothing can falter you, then the
loss of the foot hold is hard to regain.
Paying attention or focus has been the key for me: What do you pay
attention to? What is my focus?
If I pay attention to the distractions here and there and forget that
my goal is to get to the peak of what I am climbing and be engulfed by
His (swt) love eternally, then the slide is bad and I may find myself
at the bottom of the abyss, which is where I was when my son died.
I previously thought that I could see, hear and participate in everything
with the non-believers in the name of "tolerance" and still be a
functioning pure Muslim. I have found that I am weak.
I realized that there are eight doors to my heart: i.e. my five senses,
my arms, my legs and my tongue. If I leave all these door open to
unchannelled distractions, by the end of the day I am overwhelmed by
what has entered them and has affected my heart. I find that I have
not accomplished any thing and have lost my focus in salah.
Whatever enters through those doors is either a potent distracter or
is a potent support for helping me focus my efforts in my Salah
and my climb towards Allah's love.
I now know and admit that I am weak. I cannot pour distractions in the
form of TV news, violent movies, mindless novels, non-energizing music
and disaster announcing newspapers and politics through the doors into
my heart and be unaffected by them. I know that these distractions
deter my focus, in my search to find happiness, peace and tranquility
for my soul through Salah and are an impediment in obtaining
the connection that I seek with Allah (swt)
No one ever told me till recently that the human beings were designed
in a manner that the closer they came to their Creator (Allah) the
happier they became. It was a foreign concept for me. My western
education had separated all avenues of happiness from religion,
Religion was the bitter pill you took to land in Paradise, but
everyday happiness lay in the mundane distracters of "entertainment."
Thus I undertook an experiment, with me as the guinea pig.
I have always been told that in order to be "educated" you must know
current events, and be able to discuss them intelligently; thus the
excuse of sensory overload with the TV, news and internet. I have also
always been told that entertainment by definition is doing non-religious
stuff. I was at the bottom of the barrel of unhappiness as anyone
could be, with my mother's conflict-ridden prolonged illness, her
death followed shortly thereafter by my son's sudden death, the
swirling paranoia of anti Muslim hatred, the continuous barrage
of disrespectful tirades against the Prophet (pbuh) and the progressive
verbal diarrhea against Islam had engulfed me and my surroundings. My
own state of no longer knowing what happiness meant added to it. I had
tried every western method except alcohol to elevate my spirits and
all methods failed. Every morning I saw the abyss of unending
depression staring at me and getting out of bed seemed
At a retreat I learnt that the closer you came to Allah the happier
you became and the start of that road began with Salah and
Dhikr, and exclusion of all the garbage and verbal and visual
diarrhea of the media.
Thus as an experiment I took six months off from all input that
was distracting to me from my Salah, i.e. radio, movies,
newspapers, and most of the internet news, glossy women magazines and
self help books, books about grief and how to handle it, dinner parties
with people or conferences where Salah was not conducive. I used
to be browsing books that had nothing to do with Salah or the
Prophet (Peace be upon him).
This sounds grim and self-denying but the outcome was surprising.
I replaced the radio with CDs of the Seerah or qirat with
meaning, or stories of the prophet or reviews of how to make salah
as the Prophet did. I replaced the music with Nasheeds and I
replaced the movies with nasheed videos and videos of the Qur'anic
verses recited with meaning on YouTube.
I replaced my Internet surfing to different sunnahs of the Prophet
regarding Salah, and I continue to come up with priceless treasures from
all over the world. I replaced my self-help books with books on
Salah and about the Qur'an, and some Tajweed and
tafseer of the Qur'an on the Internet
I connected with my saleh friends who send me resources and share
their practical and spiritual attempts at refining the Sunnah of
salah: The purification of mind and body before the salah
and keeping the connection with Allah open after it.
I am at peace with myself in my skin for the first time in my life. I
have not impacted or changed any happening in the world, by my not
reading the news or listening to it on TV. I have lost no friends by
not watching violent movies or listening to obscene jokes or music.
The only change was within me:
I have lost some weight and gained energy without dieting or exercising,
People ask me and I feel funny saying that all I have done is attempted
to follow how the Prophet (saw) lived.
I was neither despondent nor angry when I went to the bookstore and saw
all the violently anti-Muslim and aggressively evangelical material
displayed. It disgusted me like the attempts of a spoilt child wanting
to mess up a beautiful picture with his or her crayons. I prayed to
Allah to guide them, and me.
I went to a Muslim home and saw an artsy painting of a naked women hung
very proudly and I felt surprise and sadness and prayed that Allah may
lift the veil from their eyes and refocus their life away from material
goals and their race towards being accepted in the eyes of the
I neither approve nor disapprove when I see or hear something that a
fellow Muslim is doing, as I know I have walked that path, though I
do wish that I had been granted more guidance earlier.
I know how fragile my own attempt is at focusing on Salah; I have
to continue to struggle and cannot criticize others of their
Actually I am actually quite stumped here, should I say something, should
I provide some resources, should I make du'a for them or like the
American way: " leave them alone"? I don't know!
I also don't know if I am strong enough to be an example as I slide
often in my attempts to keep my Salah and am struggling to
decrease my distractions and increase my ilm about my deen. I
thus struggle with my selfish desire to perfect my deen first and
ignore others and leave them on whatever path they are, and then I
feel guilty at not sharing this wonderful way of life, a peace that
everyone is searching for, that is not elusive, but is ignored because
of all the other distractions made by us that keep it at bay.
My thirst for knowledge is for what is there actually in the Qur'an.
Being a story buff, I am amazed at the stories of the Prophet (pbuh)
and how much is out there internationally in the form of CDs, videos
programs and on the Internet. My biggest stumbling block is that I am
restricted because of language as most of the authentic information
is expressed in the richness of the Arabic language.
To become less judgmental
To become less selfish, and be able to gracefully share my focus in my
search for the Prophets (PBUH) path, without being preachy.
To do those things that would bring me closer to Allah's love and move
away from those that are disliked by Allah. Ameen
Please send me your advice on any of the aspects. and Please keep me
in your prayers,
I have to remind myself to fulfill my Haqooq al Ebad to the best
of my ability.
Jazaak Allah Khairun
Letter from Atlanta, Georgia:
Islamic Woman Leader Condemns Whispering Campaign against
Dr. Kaukab Siddique
I do not agree with the manner sometimes of what is printed in New Trend.
However even in disagreeing with Dr. Kaukab at times I have always found
him to be very fair and open. He will listen to those who disagree with
him. More fair than most other leaders in our communities who use very
nasty underhanded techniques to attempt to undermined the work of
people they do not like for one reason or another. I find the
underhanded techniques more infuriating and damaging than anything
ever printed in New Trend about anyone. See New Trend has spoken what
they think is a word to the right as stated in the Qur'an. You can
face your accuser if you are criticized in the New Trend Magazine.
Anyone who feels they have been unjustly criticized in New Trend can
at least respond. They can also use their resources to counter any
statements by New Trend.
There is always two sides to all situations. I know for a fact that
Dr. Siddique as been maligned. He was indirectly called an Agent
Provocateur by a leader of an organization. The email post was sent
far and wide. The leader did not come out and say his name. However
it was done in a way that if you knew what had happened before the
post was sent out you could fill in the blanks. He also has been
accused of various other things not worth commenting on at this time.
It was all done in a manner that was totally unislamic. It was all
done by whispers and indirect speaking from various rostrums and
email post. This is cowardly and not becoming of anyone especially
Muslims. This same tactic is often used against women who work in
areas that are not understood or feared by some of our leaders. Just
drop a negative word or two here and there. Indirectly accuse a sister
of not respecting leadership and then the pawns and puppets will do
the rest, leaving the leaders hands unsoiled. The task of hurting an
individual or the work of that person for Allah has been accomplished.
Unfortunately we have people among us whose behavior at times is
questionable. We have leaders who by their very own actions and in
some cases lack of action do more harm than good to our community.
In these cases anyone of us who has the information should speak up
and if necessary act up! To be correct before Allah all we need to do
is present the facts that you have and be prepared to face the person
you are accusing of wrongdoing. Anything that falls short of that is
not of Allah and is not Islam.
I pray that as we all grow in this way of life that we call Islam that
we can obey Allah and speak a word to the right with compassion. However
when the time comes that the truth (as much as it can hurt) must be told
that all of us can be brave as Dr. Kaukab and tell it straight and be
able to prove what we are saying. I also pray that we can all be man
and woman enough to look at ourselves, accept the criticism given and
make the corrections we need to make. If we can do this we will be much
better people. Isn't this what we all are working for in this life? Don't
we want to become better people who can earn some mercy from Allah to
make it to the Jannah?
Hadayai Majeed, Humble Servant of Allah, Representing Me
2007-06-19 Tue 19:09:09 cdt