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Rajab 19, 1428/ August 3, 2007 #60
Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan's Headquarters in Pakistan
have objected to the following item New Trend published in
Rajab 7 issue:
"In Swat, the JI went to the extent of condemning
martyrdom operations as HARAM [forbidden] in Islam.
It is trying to stop local Jihad leader Maulana Fazlullah
from using radio to call for Jihad."
Jamaat-e-Islami's message to New Trend says that JI does not
issue fatwas and JI is concerned about the source of our
information. [New Trend welcomes corrections.- Editor]
Second correction: Jamaat al-Muslimeen's representative in
Brooklyn says that the RESPONSE to the government conspiracy
story about JFK airport was published by Shia Muslims in
TRINIDAD, not in Guyana. Also, the correct position about
Siraj Wahhaj's masjid is that the government informant
frequently visited it.
Letter: Re: Fund Raising by Native Deen and Fake Letters sent
to New Trend. Conflict of Interest & Deception Charged.
Asma Hanif and Native Deen Ties to Joshua Salaam
Dear New Trend : I'm writing to you in ref to your last
article about native Deen performing at a abused/ homeless
women Fundraising event in Va. From recent sources (please
feel free to verify) Joshua Salaam's (who by the way changed
his name; real name Joshua Burt) mother Jeanette Hablullah
works with/and for Asma Hanif in Asma's clinic in Baltimore.
Asma hired Joshua's mother to work for her.
Also in response to reader feedback from New Trend' s first
article on Native Deen those who wrote back were all the
wives of the group. Example: letter written by Sahra Nadir,
wife of Native Deen singer, Naeem Mohamed. Next letter by a
Dina Hawa wife of Dawud Hawa, manager of native Deen. Some
sources say this Dawud Hawa also manages other singing groups
such as Sami Yusuf (unconfirmed). Dawud Hawa has a website
which he lists on native Deen's site. Sources say he may have
applied for a paid position at Adams masjid.(whether he got
the job or not is unknown), the very masjid where his wife
Dina Hawa teaches on weekend school. Dawud Hawa, a native of
Palestine, also holds a VA realtor's license along with his
Looks like "Much ado about something".
A Letter from the Wife of Imam Jamil, Herself an Activist
for Peoples' Causes
As-salaamu'alaikum Brother Kaukab Siddique,
Imam Jamil wanted me to share a Prison Program with you that
was devised to organize Muslims throughout the Georgia Prison
system and beyond. Insha'Allah, I am forwarding this to the
correct e-mail address. Please let me know if I should forward
it to another.
Again, Imam Jamil and the family extend salaams to you and
thank you, as always, for your continuing efforts to educate
people on our case and others.
Sister Karima Al-Amin
See Text of Imam Jamil's Message to Imams below.
Jamil Al-Amin has been moved to federal custody!
Correspondence with the commissioner should be put on hold
for now, updates will be announced as they occur
Please keep the Imam and his family in your thoughts
Read the details on his transfer:
Jazaka' Allah Khairun
Hamza Yusuf Claims: Holocaust Denial Undermines Islam!
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D, Associate Professor of English
Readers of New Trend have our analysis of the new "Islam" the
Bush administration is fabricating in America and exporting
to the Muslim world. We have seen the activities of Ingrid
Mattson and Hartford Seminary, the false witnessing by Siraj
Wahhaj, the abuse of Zaid Shakir aimed at those who objected
to the "cartoons" of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, and more
recently the global coordination of Native Deen's travels by
the State Department. Before that we looked at the
machinations of Asra Nomani, Irshad Manji and Salman Rushdie.
However, in this entire process of fabrication of a new
"Islam," Hamza Yusuf's "achievement" is unique. He has come
out with the claim that the authenticity of the Qur'an and
the "authenticity" of the Jewish "Holocaust" story are
co-equal. If Muslims deny the "Holocaust," they will thereby
be denying the Qur'an and Islam itself.
We should be thankful to Hamza Yusuf for coming out with his
true face. Till now he had concealed himself quite well among
Muslims. He is presented at almost every annual convention of
ISNA [the so-called Islamic Society of North America] as a
celebrity. Hundreds of ISNA supporters listen to him
spellbound when he speaks. He has that unique lure which
immigrant Muslims cannot resist: He is a White convert to
Islam who knows Arabic and who is presented as [and presents
himself as] a scholar.
He may well have continued to mislead many Muslims for a long
time. After all he has an Islamic institute of his own [known
as Zaytuna] [funding not clear] in northern California.
Alhamdulillah, his article on the Qur'an and Holocaust Denial
has brought out the facts of his ignorance of the Qur'an, the
Hadith and the "Holocaust" story.
HAMZA YUSUF'S HOLOCAUST CLAIMS are as follows:
"HOLOCAUST DENIAL UNDERMINES ISLAM "
Hamza Yusuf, Tikkun
Holocaust survivors have "lived to tell of it."
"Nazis were brought to trial for it" and "convicted."
"Mass graves were found" and "gas chambers were discovered."
"The ovens exist."
"I have personally met many Holocaust survivors and
"I have seen tattoos. I have also heard firsthand accounts
of the horrific events."
Hamza Yusuf claims that holocaust denial is a form of lunacy
which is tantamount to the idea that "Australia
These claims are being made about the Second World War in
which the White races not only hit each other as hard as
they could but also carried out systematic propaganda against
each other. The Russians and their West European and U.S.
allies won. The Germans lost the war. Our task is to make
sure we jettison wartime propaganda and arrive at the facts
as far as they can be found. Much of wartime information
remained classified till 50 years after the war. Recent
research by David Irving has shown that the area bombing of
German cities and the mass murder of German civilians by
British and American air fleets was part of the
YUSUF MAKES FALSE COMPARISONS with the Qur'an and the Hadith
because he does not know two important facts:
The Qur'an was written down during the process of
The Hadith was written down by Sahabah [such as Ali, r.a.,
Abu Huraira, r.a., Abdullah ibn Amru bin al-'As, r.a., and
others as the Prophet, pbuh, spoke, though the Prophet,
pbuh, took measures to ensure that his words would not be
written with the Qur'an.
There is no documentary or WRITTEN evidence of the
"Holocaust." As revisionist scholars have shown:
There is no order from Hitler to exterminate the
No gas chambers have been found.
No mass graves related to the alleged scope of the
"holocaust" have been found. Minor grave sites have been
found but such are available for every nation in a major war.
No ashes related to the burning of millions of bodies
have been found.
Again the comparison with the Qur'an and Hadith is absurd.
The testimony of German war criminals was forced by the
allies under horrendous conditions of torture, beatings and
an atmosphere of hopelessness. For instance, Hoss, the
commandant of Auschwitz, was starved, beaten and tortured
almost to death. He was then ordered to write his
"confessions" which were doctored and presented as evidence.
There is no testimony worth the name which could stand up in
any court which had an element of impartiality in it. Hilberg,
the main "historian" of the holocaust story admits in his
extremely one sided The Destruction of the European
Jews  that ALL of the top German leaders brought
to trial at Nuremburg insisted that they had not known of
the mass murder of Jews. Goering insisted, in grueling
prison conditions, that the allegations of mass murder
Now how does this COMPARE WITH THE QUR'AN? Were the Qur'an
and Hadith being written in response to the leaders of
Islam being brought to trial? Hamza Yusuf has gone beyond
all limits of decency in this matter.
In his brilliant research work, Dissecting the Holocaust,
Germar Rudolf has a chapter on the "growing critique of
'Truth' and 'Memory'" related to the stories told by
survivors. There are no real eyewitness accounts of gassings
or burnings. Instead there is hearsay, rumor and
fear-motivation. The basic stories of the holocaust, says
Rudolf, were started by a group of Communist inmates inside
Auschwitz who later let it known that
"The whole propaganda which started about Auschwitz abroad
was initiated by us with the help of our Polish comrades."
[Widerstand in Auschwitz by Bruno Baum, 1957, p. 97.]
Of course Jews were tormented and oppressed by Hitler, as
were Germans hunted, oppressed and slaughtered by the friends
of the Jews. No holocaust denier says that the Jews did not
suffer under Hitler. The Jews first declared war on Germany.
Only then did Germany declare war on them. Today, the German
witnesses are not allowed to speak while the Jewish witnesses
continue to hog the media and to repeat wartime fears
By contrast, the Qur'an and Hadith were recorded by people
who wanted success in the Hereafter. They wrote and they
memorized. They were not being used, nor were they fearful
of anyone other than Allah.
CENSORSHIP speaks against the Holocaust story. Germar Rudolf
is in prison, Ernst Zundel is in prison, David Irving spent
months in prison, thousands of Germans are or have been in
prison for bearing witness to the German side of the story.
By contrast, Muslims have studied and answered vicious attacks
on the Qur'an and the Hadith in the most scholarly fashion.
Only when it came to abuse of the Prophet, pbuh, by Salman
Rushdie, and the insulting cartoons, did the Muslims 'lose
Finally Hamza Yusuf complains that Muslims do not allow
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl to be taught to
Muslim students. Perhaps Yusuf does not know that this
Diary's authenticity is seriously in doubt. By comparison,
the writings of David Irving are not taught in American
universities and not allowed into American bookstores and
libraries. The recently published book FIRE [by an
avowed anti-Nazi] which details the destruction of German
cities, libraries, churches, schools, museums and gardens
by the British and U.S. air forces has been strictly censored
and kept out of book reviews by the U.S. media.
NOW A LITTLE ABOUT HAMZA YUSUF and ISLAM:
As noted above, he does not know that the Qur'an was written
down DURING the process of revelation, not after the Prophet,
pbuh, passed away. So there is absolutely no comparison with
Jewish stories which have developed AFTER the war.
Hamza Yusuf's knowledge of Hadith too is negligible.
"One of the greatest achievements of the Islamic scholastic
tradition is 'ilm ar-rijaal, the science of narrators. It is
the study of reports of events in the life of the Prophet,
especially of his sayings and deeds. Its formulators
established a rigid set of criteria to validate the truth
claims of those who asserted they saw or heard the Prophet
do or say such-and-such."
Yusuf must be the first to make the baseless claim that 'ilm
ar-rijal is "the study of events in the life of the Prophet."
[pbuh] He has confused Hadith and the criticism of Hadith
narrations. Plenty of evidence is available to show that
Hadith were memorized and written down before the books
about the narrators were written.
The books about the narrators became necessary owing to the
efforts of "scholars" linked to the kings to fabricate
Hadith. Yusuf confuses them with Hadith itself. In addition,
Yusuf does not know that Islamic Law is based on Hadith which
are Mashhur and not always on those which are
Yusuf also claims that "Islamic jurisprudence is largely
based upon solitary evidence." I would like to know how he
got this idea. It could be that he read Imam Shafi'is defense
of solitary narrations and thought that his entire school of
thought was based on such narrations.
TEXT of Imam Jamil's Message
From: Allah's Slave, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin
To: The Imams of Allah's Ummah
Labbaik wa sa'daik (I respond to your call and I am obedient
to your orders).
Ya Imam; Istaqaamu (Stand firm);
"When comes the help of Allah, and Victory, and you do see
the people (masses) enter Allah's religion in crowds,
celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and pray, for His
forgiveness: For He is oft-returning (in Grace and Mercy)."
"How often, by Allah's Will, has a small force vanquished a
large one." (Qur'an: 2:249)
The Prophet (pbuh) said, "A good Muslim is like a good riding
camel, you find one in every hundred." Ya Imam, be not
dismayed, for men won't believe you…but it's never the many,
but often the few.
Allah has structured His deen to develop believers with
strong character; our concern is fisa-bilil-lah, not
numbers, for He is Al-Jaami. Islam is consciousness of
the Will and plan of Allah and joyful submission to that
Will and plan—conscious struggle.
Umar bin Khattab (R.A.A.) reported: The Prophet (pbuh) said,
"That intention (Niyaat) determines the worth of a person's
actions and he will attain what he intends. If by immigration
his aim is to please Allah and His Messenger (SAW), then his
migration is for this purpose; and if he migrates seeking the
attainment of some worldly object, or for the sake of
marrying a woman and as such his migration will be reckoned
for that particular object." (Bukhari and Muslim)
(1) Niyaat expresses consciousness; every thought and
action by a Muslim should be framed by intention. In teaching
the basic, as Imams, this is fundamental. This is the
difference between struggle (kabad) and conscious struggle
(2) Salah (prayer): Every instruction must proceed
from and return to this pillar. It always should be
emphasized and encouraged. Fard and sunnah are the Imam's
discipline, and his advice to those who would like to
increase their remembrance of Allah. In every khutbah, and
every dawah effort, this is the point of your remembrance,
never relax this. It is based upon this that Allah allows us
to give naseeha. Abu Ruqaiya Tamim bin Aus-ad-Dari reported
that the Prophet (pbuh) said: "The basis of Imam (faith)
is sincerity. We ask: "O Prophet of Allah! For whom? He
said: To Allah, the Qur'an, His Prophet and the Muslims—both
leaders and masses." (Muslim)
(3) Fasting: In addition to the fast of Ramadan, the
Prophet would do voluntary fasting. He fasted on Mondays and
Thursdays; for the Imam, this should be a discipline, and a
good advice to those who would like to increase
(4) Charity: "If you choose to spread love among the
Brotherhood, train men to give little things, if no more
than the greeting." (Qur'an 3:92) Therefore, compete
with each other in doing good. Anas (R.A.A.) said that the
Prophet said, "A person cannot be a good Muslim unless he
desires for his brother (in faith) that which he desired for
himself." (Bukhari and Muslim).
The Imam's mandate for leadership is based upon his practice.
The role of the leader is to lead, but you can't lead
something that will not move. To develop movement, the leader
must be active, and he must teach by example. His strength
is his kindness. He understands that Ibaadah (worship) is
just for Allah alone, not himself. So, he is patient and
understanding with his brothers as he teaches. His teaching
never strays from the basics, no matter how much he knows or
thinks he knows, i.e., shahadah, prayers, fasting, zakat,
hajj. Everyone will not and cannot learn or practice it to
the same degree. All worship is for Allah…Qur'an and Hadith
are the source of ilm (knowledge) for the Ummah. Fard Allah
bi-li ibaadah (worshipping Allah alone), ijmaa and ijtihaad
(consensus and informed reasoning) must be rooted in Shariah
Based upon our collective niyaat, we are the Ummah (community)
of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He never named the community,
so we don't name it. We are the Ummah, and this is sufficient.
Imams and jamaats may name masajids and jamaats, but Allah
and His Messenger has named the community, Ummah.
The Imam must be prepared to do most of the work without
thanks from those who benefit, and without compensation. Your
reward is with Allah. Stay away from making up and giving out
offices of authority…amir of this and minister of that, etc.
The Prophet only appointed authority, as he needed it. Men
were tested in their practice before being given
authority. Allah will raise from the ranks those who are
fit to lead. If you doubt me, then name the positions of
authority before the year of deputation.
Suggestions for the Imams
(1) Review with every Muslim in the Jamaat, prayer in
English and Arabic. Take your time and be kind, and
according to each Muslim's ability go over this until they
learn it. Do not set time limits because this is an ongoing
program. Sabr. Teach and review the rules of
purification (wuduu, ghusl, istinjaa). Stress the importance
of praying in congregation.
(2) Hold yourself and your teachings to Qur'an and Hadith.
Any other information must be verifiable and based on Qur'an
(3) Bayt al Maal: Encourage Muslims to give sadaqa
for this purpose. Those who meet the criterion for zakat
should be encouraged to pay it. This sadaqa should be given
to those who ask and those who ask not. Make sure that those
who have no means are provided for. Those on lockdown,
hospital, and any who ask should not be turned away or
forgotten. Encourage all who go to commissary to purchase
an item for this purpose every week.
(4) Establish a Suk: (Islamic business, Qur'an 4:29).
This should be a private enterprise; a business for the Imam
or some Muslim who is able to purchase items (commissary
items as well as Islamic arts and crafts, and anything
lawful) to be resold at a profit. Arts and crafts items
include Islamic cards, Eid cards, calligraphy, dhikr beads.
Learn to make kufis and train Muslims and non-Muslims to
make these items for you. We may be able to develop a market
outside of prison or in other prisons.
(5) Islamic Theater: Train Muslims to write and act
to make this effort a learning and dawah tool.
(6) Islamic Athletic Teams: Encourage Muslims to come
together to compete in athletics as Muslim teams; a means to
put your way of life on exhibit—win or lose, good behavior,
teamwork, remembrance of Allah in action.
(7) Community Meals: Time set aside when the community
comes together to eat and relax with each other. Guests can
and should be invited.
(8) Sahaabah System: The Prophet paired the Ansaar and
the Muhajaruun with each other. The Imam may want to
establish brothers in pairs, based upon strong and weak,
ilm, age, or by the Imam's discretion.
And know O Muslims, anything that I have said that was wrong,
this was from myself and the shaytan! And anything that I may
have said that will be of benefit to you, it was from Allah
(Ta'Ala). I ask Allah to give us the guidance to see that we
must accept to work with all who say Kalima La ilaha
illa-llah, Muhammadan Rasulullah (SAW). Ya Allah, give
us the desire for community life; give us the wisdom to make
Islam relevant to all that we come into contact with. O
Allah, remove the poison of malice and hatred for other
Muslims that consumes the good that we do. O Allah, give us
the vision to see what we need for community life; put love
and confidence, trust and faith into our hearts; Ya Allah,
increase our love for what has come to us from our Prophet
(SAW), the Qur'an and his Sunnah. Ya Allah, grant victory to
Islam and the Muslims.
Allah's Slave: In Peace Strong!
In Battle Strongest!!!
Peace groups host Interfaith Hiroshima-Nagasaki
Day Prayer Vigil
The Peace with Justice Center of the Pomona Valley will be
organizing its Eighth Annual Hiroshima - Nagasaki Memorial
on Friday, Aug. 3. This event will be hosted at Our Lady of
the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont, in
conjunction with Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques.
The event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will include speakers, music
and the lighting of candles. The public is invited to join
members of other local religious and community organizations
to commemorate the victims of the first atomic bomb attack on
Aug. 6, 1945.
Participants will renew their commitment to help end the
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and find
non-violent ways to resolve conflict among nations, says
Doreena Wright of Peace with Justice. She is available to
answer questions at 593-4966.
Please contact Event Coordinator, Imam Ali Siddiqui at
951-734-4599 for any further information.
PEACE WITH JUSTICE CENTER OF THE POMONA VALLEY
2425 E. Street, La Verne, CA91750, 909-621-9143;
Chairperson: Prof. Doreena Wright; Vice Chair:
Imam Ali Siddiqui; Secretary: Connie Weir
2007-08-04 Sat 19:46:27 cdt