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Sha'ban 21, 1428. September 3, 2007. #68.
From the editor: Ramadan is coming. It is the month of Taqwa
[fear of Allah alone]:
Reminder: Dear Muslims: Speak out about Imam Jamil. He is the
Imam of those who follow the Sunnah in USA.
Egyptian-Americans: Why are you silent about the Blind Shaikh
Ahmad Abdel Sattar
They are not criminals! Pakistani-Americans: Why the silence
about Masaud Khan? 90 years for allegedly visiting an Islamic
camp? Who will cry for Dr. Ali Timimi? Do living communities
forget their best people so easily? What will we say to our
children? That we were cowards?
Houston Imam Wazir Ali is refusing to let
Br. Curtis Sharif enter the masjid
after he questioned Wazir Ali's business dealings which are
said to have cost the community heavily. Br.Sharif is the
spirit of gentleness and politeness but Wazir Ali refuses to
answer even after numerous efforts by Br. Sharif.
The lure of easy money, particularly other people's money, can
mislead the best people. We have seen Siraj Wahhaj, Native
Deen [or deal], Mauri Saalakhan, "Imam" Magid, Mahdi Bray
hovering around situations which are, at best, questionable.
How a man of religion can become a hustler is being revealed
only by New Trend investigators. We give right of reply but
these people don't reply even to serious charges, although
they know we have nothing personal against them.
Please scroll al the way down
to Br. Sharif's letter from Houston
SMILE: Saalakhan has been writing abuse about us secretly!
Mauri Saalakhan, whom some describe as a hustler in Muslim
garb, has sent an abusive letter about the editor of New Trend
to his own circle. Some of them sent it to us. Why can't he
write to us when we give all who are criticized here a right
of reply? He is telling his friends not to worry because New
Trend has a small circulation!
We have news for Saalakhan: New Trend is one of the most
broadly read Islamic newsmagazines, and will not be silenced
inshallah. Our web site, too, receives more than a million
hits. So, stand and fight Saalakhan! Your game is up!
No Strings Attached to New US Defense Package for Israel
The new $30 billion American defense package for Israel is not
conditioned on diplomatic progress or concessions to the
Palestinians, a top U.S. aide said Thursday as
representatives from both countries signed the memorandum of
understanding in Jerusalem. U.S. Under Secretary of State
Nicholas Burns said the aid to Israel was meant to counter
"an axis of cooperation between Iran, Syria, Hezbollah,
Islamic Jihad and Hamas that is responsible for the violence
in the region."
"On With Leon" Radio Show
General Musharraf & Benazir Bhutto: American "Democracy"
in Action: Iran facing Zionism
September 1,2007: Dr. Wilmer Leon, America's leading radio
voice on American-Islamic issues interviewed Dr. Kaukab
Siddique about a New York Times report on the
rapprochement between Pakistan's General Musharraf and
Benazir Bhutto as well as about attacks on Iran's President
Ahmedinejad. Dr. K and Dr. L had predicted months before the
NY Times that this deal was coming. Here are Dr.
Siddique's main points which were broadcast LIVE on XM Radio:
Pakistan's power structure is controlled by America. General
Musharraf's army is funded, armed and directed by the U.S.
Ms. Bhutto is from the feudal system of Pakistan and lives in
Democracy in Pakistan has little meaning because most people
will vote according to the orders of the military and the
The spoiler in this situation is Nawaz Sharif, the
last elected Prime Minister who was toppled by Musharraf's
coup. Sharif represents the landlord class and has middle
class urban support. He is returning to Pakistan [Sept.10]
Pakistani masses manage to get heard through the Islamic
parties. This is the only genuine democratic force in Pakistan
but cannot win in the way the democratic process is structured.
The women of Jamia Hafsa and the men of the Red Mosque openly
challenged the power of the military. This was a red signal
for both Bush and Pak army and they have set about bringing
Ms. Bhutto into the "democracy" game to divert Pakistanis.
Nawaz Sharif will create a double diversion.
The military is committing serious crimes. The Baluch leader
Bugti was murdered; the South Waziristan leader Abdullah
Mehsud was murdered. Baluch women have been
demonstrating in the streets of Quetta for return of their
men whom Musharraf has "disappeared" somewhat like what used
to happen in El Salvador and Argentina.
About IRAN: Ahmedinejad is a popular, elected leader. He has
more support than Bush ever had.It's a farce for Glen Beck of
CNN to be constantly attacking him. Israel might get Bush to
bomb Iran although Iran wants to be a friend and helps the
U.S. in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Outreach in Virginia: The Struggle and Sacrifice of Islamic
Women in Jamia Hafsa [Pakistan] brought to U.S. Muslims:
Breaking the Censorship Imposed by Scared Imams
August 31,2007: An unusual effort was made by Jamaat
al-Muslimeen to educate U.S. Muslims about the historic stand
of Islamic women in Pakistan. Literature about the struggle
in Islamabad, where young women and young men led by Umm Hasan
and Abdul Rashid Ghazi [the martyr of Islamabad] stood up to
the bloodthirsty tyrant of Pakistan General Musharraf, was
given to 185 people after Juma' salat at Dar al-Hijra in
Falls Church, Virginia.
This Islamic Center, located in the Virginia suburbs just
south of Washington, DC, attracts Muslims from a great variety
of national origins. Those who got the literature about Jamia
Hafsa were from Sudan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, various
Arab countries and a few African-Americans. Most were pleased
to receive Jamaat's literature because nothing like it is
available in the area.
Outreach 2: August 31,2007: Juma' Khutba: How to Save our
Children from Assimilation.
Islam is an Uphill Path: Struggle all the Way Till
Jannah. USA is not a role model
[Dr. Kaukab Siddique gave his 5th Juma' khutba since July 20.
The locations were Greensboro [North Carolina], Central
Baltimore, Silver Spring, [Maryland] and western Baltimore
(twice). For earlier revolutionary khutbas go to
click on News
and find "Revolutionary Khutbas 7 articles."]
These are the main points of the August 31 khutba:
Text:" ... Did We not give him eyes, a tongue, lips, and
point out to him the two clear ways [of good and evil]? Yet
he has not attempted the steep path. What will explain to you
what the steep path is. It is to free the slave....." [The
Qur'an 90:8-13] [Translation by Egyptian scholar Abdel Haleem]
&Hadith and Tafseer books agree that the "steep" or "uphill"
path is a metaphor for Islam.
&There is no easy way. Islam is a struggle all the way to
al-Jannah. Our children face a constant barrage of "do this"
"don't do that." Five prayers, fasting, separation of the
sexes and see "rules only" Islam.
&By contrast, larger society is saying: Just do what you want
to: have fun. The downward slide is easy. Assimilation into
the mass culture is steady and automatic for the second
generation of immigrants.
&America's standards are very low. When a Senator is caught
soliciting homosexual sex in a public bathroom, the very talk
of "standards" is absurd.
&We are losing our children fast. Fake Muslim "leaders" bring
non-Muslim big shots right into the masjid. They ignore the
rules of da'awah and tableegh.
&We must attempt the steep path, otherwise prayers and fasting
will not work. These are the means to salvation, not ends
&Become part of a movement. Stand against oppression. Travel
to Muslim countries with your children. Going to Pakistan?
Stop in Africa. Going to Egypt? Go on to Bangladesh and back.
A little extra cost doesn't matter. Immigrants are rich.
&Study Malcolm X. Go forth to give the message. Don't bring
the oppressors into our ranks.
Fort Dix Case:
Another Abu Ghraib, not in Iraq but in Philadephia !
Helpless U.S. Muslims. Mother Not Allowed to see Son,
not even brought to trial
[From our investigators.]
The mother of the one Fort Dix accused states that he and
maybe all of the six are being held in a Federal jail that we
didn't even know existed, at seventh and Race streets in
Philadelphia. She said that conditions are horrible; the
people in there both prisoners and staff are horrible. She
states that she can't see him, that he is allowed out of
his small cell only once a week and then only can walk
His muscles are weakening. The female staff watch the men go
to the toilet and look at them and laugh at them. Sounds like
a bit of Abu Ghraib. There is some kind of hearing this month.
She also saw the infamous video and she said it was just like
young people doing the usual paintball war but being Muslims
they shouted Allahu Akbar which people do when excited.
[The arrests, believe it or not, are based on a homemade
video. This is America under Israel.]
Letter: A Really Good Job !!
You and the New Trend staff are doing an excellent job keeping
us informed and fighting the evils of dunya. May Allah
I urge you and those Muslims with you to fight the build up to
a war on Iran. Not another drop of Muslim blood. Not another
drop of innocent blood.
No more savagery as our daughter Abeer and her
Balquis Muhammad [Alabama]
Letter: New Reader Responds to NT and Nadrat Siddique's
Intro to Abeer & the Assata Poem
First impression - a promising site the poem is from this
site. – the reason I clicked the link _Our bravest sister a
14 year old sister which the Ummah has not even bothered to
do ANYTHING ABOUT
Anyone criticized in New Trend has the right of reply up
to 300 words – this kind of Islamic democracy is nowhere
to be seen! And we have idiots running in circles telling us
we need the other "gunboat democracy"
I always wondered what happened to that thing called grey
matter but then I have extremely high standards and knowledge!
HVM [From Al-Awda Yahoo! group]
Letter: Correction: Hadith on Sha'ban is not Authentic
I really appreciate all the work you do; however I wanted to
bring your attention to the disclaimer of the 15th of shaban
and I wanted to bring to your attention the ruling according
to some of the scholars who follow the truth.
Jazak Allah kheir, Assalam Alaikum,
Eyad [Defender of the Sunna]
[The writer has attached scholarly criticism of the Hadith
from Ibn Majah which we published about Sha'ban indicating
that it is not authentic.]
Important Pakistani News:
[Jamia Hafsa and Rallies against Swedish Abuse]
On August 31,2007 large numbers of worshippers, including
burqa clad women, tried to enter the Red Mosque for
Juma prayers. They were barred by heavily armed security
forces. Later they prayed on the sidewalk led by a young
student of the mosque named Bilal.
Addressing the crowd later, MMA leader Shah Abdul Aziz,
pledged that the struggle to re-open the mosque will continue
and ONLY MAULANA ABDUL AZIZ [the radical khateeb before
Musharraf's attack, not related to Shah] would be accepted
Islamic Woman Leader Speaks
Umm Hasan's Views on Her Son's Martyrdom and the
A Pakistani court, trying to assert the rule of Law, ordered
the release on bail of Umm Hasan, the firebrand leader of
Jamia Hafsa women's university which was demolished by
General Musharraf's commandos. In an interview [September 1,
Daily Ummat] Umm Hasan spoke about the martyrdom of
her son. She said all the children killed in Musharraf's
attack were her children and we should never cry over martyrs
although it is natural to feel hurt and to mourn.
About the government's refusal to give her son's body to her,
she said: It doesn't matter because we will meet again in the
Hereafter. Even if they had returned the body, she said, we
would have after all returned the body to the ground.
About the arrest of her husband, Maulana Abdul Aziz, she said,
he came out of the Red Mosque because the regime had put out
the feeler that it was only interested in arresting the
leaders. Subsequent events showed, she said, that the
regime's objective was to demolish Jamia Hafsa [the women's
Pakistan: Countrywide Protests Against Sweden's Abuse of
Prophet Muhammad [pbuh]
[300 Swedish Muslims protested in front of Nerikes
Allehandi newspaper offices in Orebro, Sweden on August
31. They demanded an apology for the abusive cartoon but were
August 31, 2007: At a call from Jamaat-e-Islami and numerous
Islamic groups, every Pakistani city held protests and
rallies to condemn an abusive cartoon of Prophet Muhammad
[peace be on him] published in Sweden's
Nerikes Allehanda newspaper.
In Karachi, protests were held in 20 townships of the
city. Student group Shabab-e-Milli led the protests,
burnt the flag of Sweden and said Swedish goods would not be
allowed to be sold. At a large Juma' prayer gathering in
Jamia Masjid Muhammadi, a preacher named Abdur Rahman Salafi
said that the abusive cartoon was an act of war against
Islam. A leader of Ahle Sunnat, Abdul Aleem Qadri, told a
big gathering that the Europeans are becoming bold against
Islam because our rulers do not show any concern.
Similar rallies were held in Lahore and other cities.
A preacher of the Jamiate Ahle Hadith said that the Jewish
conspiracy was behind the acts of desecration.
[This time the Pakistani government showed some concern. The
Foreign Ministry called in the Swedish Deputy Ambassador and
lodged a protest.
Simmering Internal Tensions in Pakistan: [2 items]
Baluchistan: Women Take to the Streets to protest Musharraf
August 24-28,2007: Hundreds of Baluch women in purdah blocked
the streets for 5 straight days. They were protesting the
disappearance of innumerable Baluch youths who have
disappeared after General Musharraf's heavy handed military
crackdown on Baluchis. [The emergence of Baluchi women in
such numbers is very rare in Baluch history and indicates
that the Baluch have reached the limits of their suffering
under General Musharraf's rule.]
The names of hundreds of "disappeared" young Baluchis were
read out during the vigils.
August 25: On the anniversary of the murder of Baluch
leader Akbat Khan Bugti, there was a general strike in
all of Baluchistan's towns and a dozen protest rallies
KARACHI: Regime Brings in Thugs to Attack Islamic
August 25: A gang of thugs with a student label brought in by
the regime from Punjab attacked the Jinnah Post Graduate
Medical Center. The JPGMC is a stronghold of Islamic students
known as Islami Jamiate Talaba. The attackers, arriving in
police vehicles, opened fire to terrorize the students. A
freshman named Farhan Ahmed was killed and 5 other students
Earlier on August 15, another Islamic student, Hafiz Abdur
Rahman, was killed in a similar attack. The Medical Center
and related institutions are now closed. Islamic leaders have
urged the students not to retaliate.
War News: From Urdu Language Media
PAKISTAN: Fighting Spreading in Northwestern Pakistan:
Revenge for Red Mosque
September 1,2007: For the first time in the Bajaur
tribal area [tehsil Mamund] a martyrdom operator hit a
Pakistani army unit. Heavy casualties resulted but Pakistan
admitted only 3 troops killed and 8 wounded. The Pakistani
troops panicked and fired in all directions killing 2
civilians and wounding 8. [The Taliban of Bajaur issued a
statement saying that the martyr gave his life to avenge the
army's assault on the Red Mosque and Jamia Hafsa.]
August 30,2007: In South Waziristan, Islamic fighters
of the Mehsud surrounded and captured an entire military
force of the Pakistan army, total of 208 troops including 9
senior officers. The force, in 16 trucks, was going from
Wana to Ladha when it was ambushed. Rather than die, the
troops surrendered. The local Taliban say, that they had let
an earlier troop of Pakistan army [19men go] after the
Pakistani pledge that its army will not try to enter South
Waziristan. The Taliban say, they saw big army movement
trying to do exactly what Pakistan had pledged not to do.
August 30-31 night: In Swat, Gul Bagh area, there was
an hour long exchange of fire between Islamic fighters and a
unit of the elite Pakistani Frontier Corp. The battle ended
with Islamic forces in charge. The Pak army camp caught fire,
8 troops were killed and 7 wounded. A Police unit rushing
from Huwara Khela to help the troops had its lead car
blown up by the local fighters, killing one police officer,
August 29-30: In Swat town, six shops carrying
pornographic CDs were blown up at night. No one was hurt.
August 26: In the Shangla area of Swat, Islamists hit a
police van with a mortar round killing 4 policemen, including
a senior officer.
August 26: In north Waziristan, Dutta Khel area,
Pakistani troops drove back persistent Islamic attackers
killing two for a loss of one of their own. In the Mir Ali
area, a day before, Pakistani helicopters hit a car
approaching a military convoy, killing one person. The
helicopters then fired missiles at three cars parked at a
hotel in Mir Ali thinking they belonged to "extremists."
Scores of civilians were wounded and 3 pedestrians killed in
U.S. Muslims Ignoring Islam
Houston Imam Wazir Ali Questioned about Loss of Masjid
Funds Barred Questioner from Masjid
This post addresses the root of the problem, which began when
ummah members discovered, from sources outside the masjid that
a year old lawsuit had been filed against the masjid over a
three year old debt.
The debt was for the lease of a container that was used to
store assets from the Imam's private business. The Imam put
the container in the masjid's name, although he and his
business partner had the responsibility for paying for it.
They never paid one cent of the lease over a three year period
and the container company sued the masjid.
The original debt for the three years was $3000. In the period
of a year the cost escalated to over $20,000 because the Imam
and his business partner repeatedly committed to ever
escalating settlement offers , but never paid anything on any
The case went to trial and was lost. In addition to the
original $3000, we had to pay $15,000 in their attorney fees,
plus the cost of defending the lawsuit.
To keep the container company from seizing the masjid and all
of its assets, the $20,000 was paid out of a building fund,
into which I had pledged and paid $1000 the standard family
After the funds were dispersed from the building fund, I asked
for financial reports on the fund and for regular monthly
the Imam and masjid officials never provided any financial
reports on the money spent out of the fund......AND stopped
giving masjid financial reports for a year.
I was put out of the masjid for asking for these reports.
I was never charged . tried or proven guilty of any
punishable offense. I was put out and have been refused
access to prayer and worship at the masjid ever since. This
began in 2002.
This putting people out of the masjid when they fall in
disfavor with the Imam is a continuing practice in our
community that is rooted in the Nation of Islam days. I am
working to eradicate the practice in our community.
That is the gist of the situation, although it is much more
detailed than that.
Curtis Sharif [ Houston,Texas]
2007-09-03 Mon 20:06:32 cdt