Jamada al-Thani 18, 1428/ July 3, 2007 #50
Musharraf Launches Attack on Jamia Hafsa-Lal Masjid:
First Wave Beaten Back by Students:
25 youths Killed, 68 wounded
July 3, 2007: At about mid-day, General Musharraf's elite military force
known as the Rangers attacked the Islamic women's university, Jamia Hafsa,
and the mosque known as Lal Masjid which is defending the school. By 7 PM
[Pakistan time] Muharraf's initial assault on the mosque had failed to
break the defense force consisting of feisty Islamic students chanting
"jihad." However, a new assault is expected at night.
Umm Hasan, the Principal of Jamia Hafsa, told New Trend that the young
women were in class when the assault began. The defenders, who are poorly
armed, have suffered heavily. Ten young Islamic men and two young Islamic
women were martyred in the first wave of attacks by Musharraf's military.
At least 10 young women and 30 young men have been wounded. The Rangers
suffered their first casualties, one killed and three wounded. Another
military unit's officer was killed. The Rangers were thinking it would be
a cake walk involving the slaughter of defenseless students but were
surprised by the defense. The Rangers drew back when the Islamic youths
set fire to a car parked at the environmental office in front of the
school, fearful that it was a martyrdom attack. The car blew up.
As we went to the "press," the battle was being shown on private Pakistani
TV channels, Geo and others. It appears that the supporters of Lal Masjid
are fighting Musharraf's forces in the streets and bazaars of Islamabad.
Violent responses by the surprised Rangers have led to deaths and injuries
in the general population, as many as 12 dead and dozens injured.
It appears that the young Islamic men and women defending the Women's
University raided a government office and seized weapons and thus were
able to repel Musharraf's men. The youths also arrested four officials
of the Musharraf regime
It's now 10.30 PM in Pakistan and the Rangers have regrouped and
surrounded the mosque. First reports of negotiations with the resistance
are coming in.
Comment: As usual, the Islamic forces in Pakistan stand disunited and are
silent even as they watch, on TV, the Islamic resistance at Lal Masjid
facing Musharraf's assault on a place of worship and a university/school
for women. Neutrality between Mush and Lal Masjid means many of the
Islamic groups still don't want to fight Mush.
Comedy of Errors or Much Ado About Nothing?
Britain Spreading a Large Net for Muslims:
Something Very Fishy about Terrorism Plot
New Trend Special
June 29, 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, 2007. The new British government
outdid Tony Blair in turning a non-event into the impression of a major
terrorist attack [which was thwarted]. Britons are supposedly reticent
people who use understatements. That was certainly not true of the British
House of Commons on July 2 during which British parliamentarians referred
to a minor incident as the "terrorist attack on Glasgow airport" and
expressed determination not to allow Britain from being "undermined"
by terrorists. One wonders how the people of Afghanistan, Palestine and
Iraq continue to live their lives despite almost daily bombardments by
NATO, Israel and USA/UK.
It's still not clear how far the British government will go in unraveling
the terrorist networks allegedly planning to destroy the British way of
life. TEN Muslims have been arrested so far, of who at least 6 are
physicians and one is a woman. A bizarre touch was added when the eighth
person, an Indian Muslim doctor, Muhammad Haneef, was arrested at Brisbane
airport in Australia. Looks like the British are going after people whom
the "Glasgow terrorists" talked to on the phone. They are guilty until
proved innocent according to the British concept of law.
The series of events as presented by the British raises serious questions
about the credibility of the story. If there was a terrorist plot, the
way it has been used by the British raises serious doubts about he
underlying agenda of the British power structure. Here is how it went:
Is Britain in great danger from terrorists? That's very doubtful. Either
these terrorists were totally inept or [more probably] this is a
government plot. Quite possibly the government wants to strike at the
Muslim elites living in Britain. The government may have realized that
the ideological Muslim leadership is located among the Islamic elites.
Previous British acts of oppression have targeted young Muslim males
and have backfired and in fact led to greater dissent among
Late at night on Friday night, a Mercedes was noticed in front of a night
club in a popular London district. An ambulance was called to the night
club and that's how the car was noticed. Great luck or was it planted?
The British intelligence service is quite clever. The night club seems
to have been chosen because it is known that Muslims don't like
Next morning, lo and behold, another, similar car, was found in a central
London park. Why in a park? Have trees become part of the targets
terrorists want to hit? Our analysts say the car was seemingly safely
placed to be found intact and touted as another great piece of luck.
Hardly had the excitement died down, when came the crowning moment: A Jeep
tried to ram the entrance into one of the halls of Glasgow airport in
Scotland. The caught fire. One of the occupants was burned quite
seriously. The other tried to "escape" but was wrestled down by the
brave British police. [No weapons, no injuries except to a civilian at
the entrance whose leg was hurt.]
This episode at Glasgow airport is being described by the British
government as a terrorist attack. However, some late news, played down
by the media, indicate that the Jeep was pursued by police, the driver
lost control and the Jeep crashed into the entrance. That may well be
true, unless the two persons in the Jeep were complete idiots.
Then the DRAMA unfolded. The police arrested 6 more people and announced
that two of them were doctors. The police also disclosed that the man
wrestled down at Glasgow airport is also a doctor [from Iraq]. Finally
two more arrests on July 3.
The arrests of Muslim doctors could well be aimed at creating fear and
terror among well-to-do British Muslims who see a secure future. Under
this new threat they would be expected to make extra efforts to join
hands with the police to hunt Muslim opponents of the regime.
Britain has much to answer for. Labour MPs in particular and the British
House of Commons overall does not want to consider Islamic grievances
of any kind. Thus the British creation of "Israel," [Balfour], the
delinking of Kashmir from Pakistan [Radcliffe], the occupation of Iraq
[along with the U.S.], the occupation of Afghanistan [with NATO], the
British enslavement and plunder of Africa [mostly Muslim Africa], does
not bother the British power structure, the prime White racists of
In addition, Britain harbors and honors Salman Rushdie, seen as scum by
the majority of Muslims, and allows Altaf Hussain to organize murder
and mayhem in Karachi. The white racists who rule Britain are
impervious to Islamic aspirations. Britain is unaware that Islam's
ascendance is too powerful for Britain, the U.S., or Israel to defeat.
For the time being, British Muslims are scared to death. Thousands of
Muslims gathered in Birmingham to pledge allegiance to the White masters
and to apologize for the "terrorist attack on Glasgow."
RE: Letter on Samarra:
Are two Shi'ite Imams buried there? Analysis is unislamic?
I have read with great interest the letter from the Iranian brother
and your response regarding the tomb of Samarra in Iraq and its
You have argued that the Shi'a narrations as to who exactly is buried
there are unreliable and their ideology mythical. However, it seems
that you are providing a justification for its destruction by these words.
I caution you to be careful as to the sensitive issues of the Muslims.
We may not be Shi'a, but that does not mean that we have to "prove them
wrong" in order to seemingly justify an attack upon a place very dear
and sacred to them.
The Qur'an [ 6: 108 ] teaches us to not insult the idols of the
Mushrikeen, as it may cause them to in turn insult Allah and Islam,
so how about hurting the feelings of other Muslims with whom we disagree?
The attacks on Samarra, which is dear to the Shi'ites, regardless of
whether their Imam is buried there or not, as well as the subsequent
attack on the tomb of Talha, a companion of the Prophet [S.A.W.], are
both events which are regrettable and should be condemned.
The same applies to other Mosques, temples, and Churches anywhere in
the world, no matter who the culprits are.
WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ABOUT SHRINES and DEAD SAINTS?
Response by Kaukab Siddique: The reader has misunderstood 6:108. It deals
with abuse and cursing [subbu in Arabic]. It's not about criticism
or analysis. As I will show below, criticism of such shrines is central
to the Qur'an and the Hadith and we are well within our rights as Muslims
to do so.
We are dealing with analysis so that readers can understand the underlying
issues. The destruction of the shrine has already happened. So the issue
is not "justification" but "understanding." What does concern us is that
after the first attack, the Shi'ite leadership, instead of carrying out
an investigation, kept silent as the Shi'ites went on the rampage and
destroyed nearly one HUNDRED mainstream Islamic places of worship.
Then the second attack took place, and the Shi'ites destroyed 29 masajid.
Thus neither the attacks nor the content of the shrine have been
investigated. The Shi'ite leaders, Sistani, etc., speak only AFTER the
destruction of Islamic places of worship.
Many Shi'ites do not know that the Samarra shrine may historically not
have anyone holy buried in them. They also do not know that in Islam,
as ordained in the Qur'an, the Sahaba [Companions], r.a., of the Prophet,
pbuh, are far superior to any Shi'ite or other Imams. Talha, r.a, like
Ali, r.a., was extremely brave, extremely spiritual, extremely generous.
He was not inferior to Ali, r.a., in any way and was certainly much
greater than any of the other Shi'ite Imams as can be seen in authentic
Hadith. His blood mixed with that of the Prophet, pbuh, at the battle
The reader's other point seems to be that such shrines should not be
criticized at all. This is where the Islamic texts teach quite otherwise.
The Qur'an specifically criticizes veneration of the dead and of shrines,
because such activities take away from the central focus of Islam, which
is Allah Almighty alone.
Invoking the dead is specifically condemned by the Qur'an:
"Those whom they invoke besides Allah create nothing and are themselves
created: DEAD, LIFELESS: nor do they know when they will be raised up."
[The Qur'an 16:20-21]
"And who is more astray than one who invokes, besides Allah, such as will
not answer him to the Day of Judgment, and who are (in fact) UNCONSCIOUS
of their call (to them)? [46:5]
Seeking guidance from holy men is specifically condemned:
"They take their priests and their clergy to be lords besides Allah. And
they take as their lord Christ the son of Mary: Yet they were commanded
to worship but One God: There is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him:
Far is He from having the partners they associate [with Him]. [9:3]
The Shi'ites are behaving in a way which is unacceptable in Islam. It is
a deviation which the Qur'an condemned right from the times of Noah.
SPECIFIC NAMES are mentioned in this condemnation. By studying Hadith
we can know who were these people in Noah's time:
"Noah said: O my Lord, they have disobeyed me, but they follow those whose
wealth and children give them no increase but only loss. And they have
devised a tremendous Plot. And they have said to each other: 'Abandon not
your gods: abandon neither Wadd nor Suwa, neither Yaguth nor Ya'uq, nor
Nasr.' They have already misled many ..." [71:21-24]
What are these names? What is meant by these "gods?" A Companion of the
Prophet, pbuh, Abdullah ibn Abbas, r.a., known for his understanding of
the Qur'an derived from the Prophet, pbuh, explains:
"These names belonged to pious men from the people of Noah. When they died,
Satan inspired their people to manufacture idols in their images and to
erect them at places where they used to sit, and to call those idols by
their names. But the idols were not worshipped until the people who
initiated them died and the ORIGIN of the idols had become obscure,
whereupon people began worshipping them." [Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith #4539]
That's almost a description of the Askariya shrine. The Shi'ites have no
idea who, if anyone, is buried there, but they are willing to go to war
The Shi'ites of Iraq are not following their real Imams, Ali, r.a., Hasan,
r.a., Husain, r.a., or even Baqir or Jafar [may Allah bless them]. It can
be said with certainty that these 5 Imams taught their followers to
follow Allah and His messenger, pbuh: Never did they teach visits to
shrines and graves, and certainly not to their own graves. Baqir and
Jafar did not teach anyone to go visit the graves of Ali, Hasan and
Husain [Allah be pleased with them].
On top of all that Sistani, etc, are supporting the American occupation
of Iraq and did not say a word against the destruction of Fallujah and
five other Islamic cities [with their mosques and Islamic schools].
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