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Sha'ban 30, 1428. September 13, 2007. #70.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Press Release
RAMADAN BEGINS September 14, 2007 according to the
Sunnah of Muhammad, pbuh.
The crescent was not sighted anywhere on September 12. It
will be sighted, inshallah, on September 13, and will be
bigger than usual on the eve of Ramadan, and Ramadan will
begin on September 14.
According to the Saudi authorities Ramadan began on September
13. They claimed that because the crescent was not seen on
September 12, therefore Ramadan should begin on September 13,
the 30 days of Shaban having been completed. ISNA and others
who follow the Saudis began fasting on September 13.
Dr. Omar Afzal, distinguished Islamic expert on moonsighting
who has been keeping track of the crescent for many years on
an ongoing basis, says that the Saudis are dead wrong. The
Saudis could not see the crescent because they have NOT
looked for it for decades. Now they want to claim that they
are following the Sunnah and are completing 30 days and
starting Ramadan. In fact, he said, they are off by MORE THAN
ONE DAY; hence they cannot see the crescent.
Our America: Code Pink: Vox Populi, Vox Dei
September 10: As the farcical presentation by General
Petraeus began in Washington, women from the CODE PINK group
suddenly got up from the visitors gallery to shout "Stop the
War." The protestors were well dispersed in the gallery. As
security bundled out one of them, another got up to protest.
This went on for quite a while. The General, hopefully, got
some idea of the sentiments of the American people. TV tried
to ignore the women but after a while had to show what was
going on because the voices were quite loud.
MOVE-ON.COM CONDEMNS GENERAL PETRAEUS
Most Americans have refrained from criticizing the U.S.
military although they oppose the war. U.S. Muslims were the
first to point to the rape of 14-year old Abeer al-Janabi as
a symbol of America's military presence in Iraq.
Now the liberal left organization Move.On has come out with
an advertisement calling Petraeus "Betray Us." After that the
"Daily Show" lampooned Petraeus. It was well received. People
are sick and tired of the ongoing pro-war propaganda coming
out of the Pentagon and the White House.
OUR AMERICA: New Trend Analysis
General Petraeus Creates Furor by Supporting Bush:
Military "Surge" Failed: War without End: Anbar Myth
Both Democrats and Republicans were shocked by the extent of
General Petraeus' support for Bush's perspective on the war
in Iraq. The General was as self-contradictory as the
President. The military is winning, he would have Americans
believe, but the army can't withdraw.
Bush will have to play with the dateline Petraeus provided.
If things work out, the General said, the U.S. could withdraw
30,000 troops in July 2008. Some Americans will be fooled but
basically the General was saying that we will keep the
130,000 troops we had before the "surge" and withdraw the
extra 30,000 sent in January 2007. Will the war end? No! When
will it end? Neither Petraeus nor Bush know.
In simple language, the U.S. is stuck in Iraq and cannot and
will not withdraw. Authentic experts like Anthony Cordesman
say that if the U.S. were to start withdrawing tomorrow, it
would take 6 months just to take out the huge assembly of
armored and other vehicles.
THE ANBAR STORY: The General and the President have made much
of "reconciliation" in Anbar province. However, there is very
little evidence that the people of Anbar, Sunnis, are
supporting the U.S. against al-Qaida. There are always some
collaborators in a conflict in which the U.S. spends one to
two BILLION dollars a week.
The only extended reporting on Anbar appeared on C-Span, very
different from the photo-op type propaganda on CNN. The
C-Span report showed very dubious Sunni supporters. It mainly
indicated two points:
All this military activity is against Sunnis, the backbone of
the Islamic resistance. Tens of thousands of supporters of
the resistance are in U.S. concentration camps. On September
12, 2007 CNN reported that there are 24,000 detainees in ONE
CAMP and the U.S. is carrying out psychological warfare
against them to turn them into "moderate" Muslims.
The U.S. is no longer trying to militarily occupy Sunni
strongholds. U.S troops are in their bases, like Asad air
base which Bush quietly visited to give the impression
Al-Qaidah still holds entire areas in Anbar and no one is
attacking them there.
U.S. Military Operations get very little coverage in U.S. TV.
Whatever little has come out indicates the following about the
"surge:" There have been two huge U.S. military offensives in
Diyala province. Al-Qaida melted away and the offensives had
nothing to show.
Last month, a new offensive was launched in the north, towards
Mosul. Again no success. All indications are that LARGE
NUMBERS of CIVILIANS are being killed in U.S. attacks,
probably because they are the support base of
Al-Qaidah-in-Iraq. [Some U.S. reports indicate that the U.S.
is killing more than 1,000 people every month as
In Anbar itself, fighting has re-started. Two U.S. marines and
12 al-Qaidah were killed on August 31. In the first week of
September, 4 U.S. marines were killed in Anbar.
SHIAS in TURMOIL: America's occupation of Iraq is supported by
the Shia parties. Al-Sadr's hit squads have cleared large
areas of Baghdad by killing thousands of Sunnis. Sistani
thinks the elections held under U.S. military occupation were
legitimate. General Petraeus says, Baghdad violence has gone
down. However, America's Shia support base is crumbling.
In Kerbala itself, there was heavy inter-Shia fighting leaving
scores dead and hundreds wounded. Some Shia groups, breaking
away from Sadr's Mahdi Army, have been trying to get weapons
directly from Iran. This resulted in several U.S. air attacks
in Sadr City, causing dozens of civilian casualties. The U.S.
is building a major base near the Iranian border, again giving
the idea that the occupation is permanent.
Indian Muslims Oppose India's Drift into U.S. Fold.
No Support for Bombing Raids on Afghanistan and Iraq
by Hamza K, Calicut, Kerala, India
The Left parties and Muslims in India have expressed their
disapproval of the "Indo-US Nuclear Deal" and strongly
protested against the joint military and naval exercises
conducted recently with the American fleets at the Bay of
Bengal in the Indian Ocean. They perceive that the Defense
Framework Agreement India recently signed with the U.S. has
been designed to integrate India with the global strategy of
the President George Bush. Under this agreement India will
have to provide facilities such as bases and ports to the
American war ships and fighter planes when they are deployed
for offensive operation. The inhuman dreadful attack on
Afghanistan and Iraq and the atrocities carried out on
civilians is still haunting their memory. The world is
horrified at the carnage and brutality of the allied bombing
on civilian population in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Under the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's United Progressive
Alliance government, India has become a major regional power
in South Asia and its strategic importance has been increased
in many folds. Muslims do appreciate this progress. But the
Muslim world perceives this unholy honeymoon as a compulsive
development born of the changed world-set up brought about by
the 911 terrorist attack and Bush's question, "Are you with US
or against US ?".
Ever since India's independence, Indian foreign policy has
been neither too East nor too West in its diplomatic approach,
but neutral and non-alignment, albeit it seldom drifted to the
Soviet Block during cold war. Muslims believe that the U.S.
policies, after collapse of the Soviet Union, are directly
responsible for the origin of Islamic terror groups that
wreak havoc in the West. First time, the US waged war under
the pretext of WMD, and when it became hollow, he advocated
as "the regime change" and "establishment of democracy" in
Iraq and Afghanistan. Muslims ask why such a policy of regime
change and creation of democratic set up is not promoting in
its stooge Arab States, where monarchical dictatorship
prevails. This step-motherly attitude irritates the
Further, the Muslim concern is that the Jewish lobby, the
Christian evangelists, the Southern Baptist (the most
fundamentalist Christian outfit in the US), and the
Samaritans' Purse run by Frank Graham have been partners of
the American crusade against Islam. It was the Southern
Baptists, who publicly describe Islam as "Evil", were
distributing food packets inscribed in Arabic, "The Truth was
realized through Jesus Christ" throughout Afghanistan during
the US attack. Such Christian groups have been taking
advantage of distress and mayhem of civilian population in the
war torn Africa and developing countries. The powerful Jewish
lobby in Washington is behind the wars against Israel's
hostile countries and after Iraq, now it turns to Syria and
Iran. So an independent Palestinian State is a far-fetched
dream. In the modern era of globalization, the anti-Muslim
sentiment is more palpable in almost all countries and it has
become an instinct to portray Muslims as extremists and
terrorists. But ideologically, Muslims follow neither the
East nor the West, but Islam is the best. And the war is not
on terror, but on error.
Congratulations to U.S. Muslims who brought up the issue.
Tragic suffering of Iraqi girl, 14-year old
Now an independent and bold film maker has taken up the cause.
Redacted" stuns Venice
Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:03 AM ET
By Silvia Aloisi
VENICE (Reuters) - A new film about the real-life rape and
killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also
murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking
images that left some viewers in tears.
"Redacted", by U.S. director Brian De Palma, is one of at
least eight American films on the war in Iraq due for release
in the next few months and the first of two movies on the
conflict screening in Venice's main competition.
Inspired by one of the most serious crimes committed by
American soldiers in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, it is a
harrowing indictment of the conflict and spares the audience
no brutality to get its message across.
De Palma, 66, whose "Casualties of War" in 1989 told a similar
tale of abuse by American soldiers in Vietnam, makes no secret
of the goal he is hoping to achieve with the film's images,
all based on real material he found on the Internet.
"The movie is an attempt to bring the reality of what is
happening in Iraq to the American people," he told reporters
after a press screening.
"The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that
these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate
their Congressmen to vote against this war," he said.
Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi was gang raped, killed and burnt
by American soldiers in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, in March
2006. Her parents and younger daughter were also killed.
Five soldiers have since been charged with the attack. Four of
them have been given sentences of between 5 and 110 years.
"IT'S ALL ON THE INTERNET"
Halfway between documentary and fiction, "Redacted" draws on
soldiers' home-made war videos, blogs and journals and footage
posted on YouTube, reflecting changes in the way the media
cover the war.
"In Vietnam, when we saw the images and the sorrow of the
people we were traumatizing and killing, we saw the soldiers
wounded and brought back in body bags. We see none of that in
this war," De Palma said.
"It's all out there on the Internet, you can find it if you
look for it, but it's not in the major media. The media is
now really part of the corporate establishment," he said.
The film's title refers to how, according to De Palma,
mainstream American newspapers and television channels are
failing to tell the true story of the war by keeping the most
graphic images of the conflict away from public opinion.
"When I went out to find the pictures, I said (to the media)
give me the pictures you can't publish," he said, adding that
because of legal dangers he too had to "edit" the material.
"Everything that is in the movie is based on something I found
that actually happened. But once I had put it in the script I
would get a note from a lawyer saying you can't use that
because it's real and we may get sued," De Palma said.
"So I was forced to fictionalize things that were
The film, shot in Jordan with a little known cast, ends with
a series of photographs of Iraqi civilians killed and their
faces blacked out for legal reasons.
"I think that's terrible because now we have not even given
the dignity of faces to this suffering people," De Palma said.
"The great irony about Redacted is that it was redacted."
Distributor Magnolia has planned a limited U.S. release for
later this year, and the film may be easier to sell to
European audiences rather than to the American public.
"This is a harrowing experience you put the audience through.
It is not something you want to go to on a delightful Saturday
evening but this message must be put forward and hopefully the
public will respond," De Palma said.
Hizbullah's Failure to Help Fatah al-Islam and Gaza
As Salaam u Alaikum,
Could you please mention what Fath al-Islam was doing when
Hizbullah and most of Southern Lebanon was under attack last
year by Israel? How many fighters did they send to the
frontlines? or provide support to even to the refugees?
Also, in what way has Fatah al-Islam contributed to the
Ed. Note: Fatah al-Islam emerged in 2007. It seems to be an
extension of the jihad in Iraq. Hizbullah is a much bigger
movement and supported by two states. Its inability to help
Fatah al-Islam and Gaza/West Bank does not speak well for it.
During the war, it failed to hit Israel hard. It was a
Just before 9.11.2007, German authorities charged some devout
German Muslims with "terrorism." It seems to be a fake story
meant to help Bush. The real problem German rulers, puppets of
Israel, see is the steady conversion of Germans to Islam. This
great nation will rise again, inshallah. Please remember that
the following article was written from a hostile perspective.
German authorities watch increasing conversions to Islam
05 September 2007 [Excerpts]
Berlin (dpa) - The German authorities are watching the rising
tide of conversion to Islam with some concern, the daily
Berliner Zeitung reported Thursday.
The newspaper cited figures compiled by a Muslim group that
showed that 4,000 Germans had converted last year, compared
with just 1,000 in 2005.
It was common knowledge that the German authorities were
monitoring converts to Islam closely, it said.
Guido Steinberg, who researches Islamic issues, said
extremists were targeting new converts, and terrorist expert
Rolf Tophoven said converts tended to be fanatical.
According to Salim Abdullah, who runs the Islam Archive, there
are currently 3.3 million Muslims in Germany, 18,000 of them
of German origin.
The Interior Ministry estimates the number of converts at
15,000 but notes that woman converts tend to bring up their
children as Muslims and estimates that 40,000 native Germans
are living according to Muslim custom.
Abdullah attributed the increase in conversions to rising
Islamophobia. "Whenever Islam falls under suspicion, many
people start to feel solidarity with the religion," he told
the Berliner Zeitung.
This had been visible immediately after the September 11
attacks in 2001.
Abdullah noted that more women than men were converts, in a
ratio of 60 to 40, but added that conviction rather than
marriage to a Muslim was usually the reason.
2007-09-13 Thu 17:39:20 cdt