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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Shawwal 4, 1428. October 16, 2007. #80

Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called on the Muslim world to support Iran in case the U.S. and Israel attack. Please scroll all the way down.

Cross and Crescent Conference on "No More Wars for Israel"
Last Minute Israeli Attempt to Sabotage Major Conference Fails: First Time Christian-Muslim Unity Against Z-Jews
Preliminary report by New Trend

October 13, 2007: Irvine, California: It was an impressive gathering of scholars, teachers, independent broadcasters and anti-war activists from across the country as well as from overseas including one from Australia. Mark Glenn, Charles Carlson and others are devout Christians who believe that America's Evangelical and Jewish Zionists have hijacked the nation and harnessed it to the war machine which serves Israel.

The program was of historic proportions bringing the followers of Jesus, pbuh, in full support of Muslims in general and Palestinians in particular.

At the last minute before the program was to begin, the Marriott hotel [the venue] management cancelled the conference in blatant violation of the contract which it had signed. They would not budge to any plea. To create a technical excuse, Marriott demanded a cash payment of $20,000 on the spot!

The organizers and participants were outraged at this violation of their rights. They decided to make a success out of the setback. They carried out the following measures to turn defeat into victory.

A Small Book with a Super Punch

ZIONISM: The Myth and the Reality by Ismail Zayid, 67 pp.

Dr. Ismail Zayid lives in Canada and has dedicated his life to educate Canadians to the reality of Zionism. His famous book on Zionism had been remaindered [for obvious political reasons]. Now New Trend has re-discovered it and the author has permitted us to distribute it.
You won't find any other book like this one. In a small space it documents, with high standards of documentation, what Zionism is all about. This could become the handbook of the anti-Zionist movement. The author is known for his high standards and it's an honor for us to get his support.

Order Zionism: The Myth and the Reality for $6 from : New Trend, P.O. Box 356, Kingsville, MD 21087

Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234

National Islamic Shoora Coming Up. Final Reminder

On October 20, inshallah, Jamaat al-Muslimeen will hold its national Shoora meeting at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. The purpose is to evaluate policies and to discuss tactics and policies. By invitation only.

Preservation of Historic West African Islamic Manuscripts

On October 22, Sis. Karen English, Secretary General of Jamaat al-Muslimeen and author of numerous books for African-American children, will speak at Lincoln University, at 10 AM, about her visit to the fabled Islamic city of Timbuktu.

Unusual Khutba in California
Focus on the Prophet's [pbuh] Example & Rejection of Western labeling of Muslims

October 12, 2007: Dr. Kaukab Siddique gave the Juma' khutba and led the prayers at an Islamic Center in Whittier, California, on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Here are some of the main points he made.

Texts: [How the Prophet, pbuh, cleaned himself]: "From Humran, who was freed from slavery by Usman, r.a.: I saw Usman ibn Affan asking for water [vessel] to do wudu and he poured water from it over his hands and washed them three times...." [ Sahih Bukhari , Hadith.]
"From 'Umru bin Abasa: The Messenger of Allah, pbuh, said: When Allah's servant does wudu and washes both his hands, all the sins of his hands are removed ..." [Hadith, Sunan of Ibn Maja.]

Who is behind the Anti-Hadith Fitna?
A Refutation of Westernized Muslims who Attack Hadith
by Kaukab Siddique

In 1861 a Christian missionary writer named William Muir wrote a book titled THE LIFE of MAHOMET in which he attacked Hadith. A famous Muslim scholar of the time, Sir Sayyid Ahmed Khan answered Muir in detail. Unfortunately Sir Sayyid was himself a great admirer of British power and was deeply overawed by the majesty of the British Empire. He gradually succumbed to Muir's attack and start casting doubts on some segments Hadith. Gradually he narrowed down the efficacy of Hadith to a very few aspects of life.
Through Sir Sayyid's influence on westernized Indian Muslims, the attack on Hadith gradually entered the mentally defeated segment of what we today call the Pakistani elites or the Pakistani ruling class.
In 1896 a Jewish scholar named Goldziher launched a massive attack on Hadith in his publication Muhammedanische Studien. It was not translated into English until 1967 but in 1950, its major thesis was taken up and built on by another Jewish scholar Joseph Schacht in his book ORIGINS OF MUHAMMADAN JURISPRUDENCE.
Under the influence of Sir Sayyid, a number of writers under severe inferiority complex to the west emerged. The most important of these was Ghulam Ahmed Pervez who carried out systematic and scurrilous attacks on Hadith. His magazine Tolu-e-Islam, started in 1938, became a rallying point for anti-Hadith writings with a clear pro-government bias.
In the 1960s came Dr. Fazlur Rahman who carried out a more sophisticated attack on Hadith.
All these anti-Hadith efforts were tackled by scholars of various schools of Islamic thought in Pakistan. Abul Ala Maudoodi was the most famous of these but there were others whose rebuttal of the anti-Hadith people was more far reaching than his. [Maudoodi was too polite towards the attackers.]


The QUR'AN DOES NOT MENTION RAPE. I asked the anti-Hadith people to give me chapter and verse from the Qur'an on rape. What is rape, what is its punishment and how is this punishment to be implemented? Give chapter and verse. I sent my question to the Pervaizi followers and other anti-Hadith people. They are unable to give chapter and verse.
So the Qur'an does not mention the punishment for rape. It's given in Hadith. [My book LIBERATION of WOMEN THRU ISLAM is the only book in English which gives the Hadith on rape.] Qur'an and Hadith have always been together.
So let's look at the verses of the Qur'an which are misused by the Pervaizi cult and other anti-Hadith people.


This is one of the verses which the "Qur'an Only" cult [Pervaizis] keep repeating. They quote it as follows:
"We have sent down to thee the Book explaining all things." [16:89]

Actually the whole verse is as follows:
"On the Day we shall raise from all Peoples a witness against them, from amongst themselves: And we shall bring thee [O Muhammad] as a witness against these: And WE have sent down to thee the Book explaining all things, a Guide, a Mercy, and Glad Tidings to Muslims."

[Note the extra-Qur'anic role of the Prophet, pbuh, as witness against his people. If Muslims are Muhammad's, pbuh, people, then he, as leader through his teachings, is a witness against them till the Day of Judgment.]

NOW FOCUS ON THE WORDS "explaining all things" ["tibyaanal-li-kulli shay'in" in Arabic.] Does this mean that the Qur'an covers every possible issue and leaves nothing out, with emphasis on ALL? Other verses of the Qur'an indicate that this is an idiom which indicates that fundamental or generic issues of a great variety are covered. Seminal issues are covered. For instance, harshness towards women is forbidden, as in Sura Nisa. But it does not mean that EVERYTHING is in the Qur'an. Let's understand this terminology from the Qur'an itself. For instance, about the Tablets or Commandments given to Moses, the Qur'an uses just about the same words:

"And we ordained for him in the Tablets in ALL MATTERS, admonition and EXPLANATION of ALL THINGS, (and said): "Take and hold these with firmness, and enjoin thy people to hold fast by the best in the precepts: Soon shall I show you the homes of the wicked.' " [7:145]
[The Arabic for the words I have put in capitals is "min kulli shay'in' and "tafsillal-li-kulli shay."]

Evidently ALL things could not possibly be written on explained on the Tablets. It is simply idiomatic expression for essentials and fundamentals.

Now focus on the word ALL [kull in Arabic]. Does it mean LITERALLY ALL and EVERYTHING in Arabic? Let's see what the Qur'an says:

"And thy Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in habitations: Then to eat of ALL ["kull'] of the fruits (of the earth) and follow the ways of thy Lord made smooth... [to the end of the verse]" [16:68-69]

Obviously the ALL here is idiomatic and not to be taken literally. No Bee can possibly eat of ALL the fruits, literally.

"And proclaim the Pilgrimage among men: they will come to thee on foot and on EVERY {"kull} camel lean, through deep and distant highways." [22:27]

Again the word EVERY camel has to be idiomatic. It cannot be taken literally to mean that every possible camel will be ridden by the pilgrims!

In the story of the Queen of Sheba (known as Bilqis), the Hoopoe says:

"I found a woman ruling over them and provided with EVERY THING {"kull sha'yi"}, and she has a magnificent throne." [27:23]

Evidently Bilqis did not LITERALLY have every thing. It is an idiom to indicate that she has all the fundamental riches of the world.

To conclude this section, the Qur'an includes ALL the fundamental and seminal issues which humanity needs but there are many important things not in it which were taught by the Prophet (pbuh.) [Also, once Qur'an and Hadith are understood they can be used as basis for Islamic understanding, BUT BOTH do not cover many things for which ijtihad, qiyas, and many other forms of reasoning are needed.]
The Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) explain how Muhammad (pbuh) understood and implemented the verses of the Qur'an. Everything he taught is as much a part of Islam as is anything in the Qur'an.
Rape was defined and punished by the Prophet (pbuh) and he also indicated that the woman's word be accepted and the man be punished after proper investigation for rape. It's in the Hadith, NOT in the Qur'an. The Prophet's pbuh word, in authentic Hadith, is LAW in Islam as much as the Qur'an is.

With New Trend thanks to ArabJournal.

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Qaradawi urges Muslims to defend Iran
Sun, 14 Oct 2007 17:34:40

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a prominent cleric, has urged Muslims to defend Iran, should Washington launch an attack on the country.

In an interview with Islam-Online, Sheikh Qaradawi stressed Muslims' duty to fight against the enemies of Islam, adding that Muslims should defend Iran if it is attacked by the US.

The Egyptian cleric added that as Iran is a Muslim country, it is "obligatory for all Muslims" to resist any possible attack the US might launch against the country.

"The US is an enemy of Islam that has already declared war on Islam under the guise of war on terrorism," said the president of the International Association of Muslim Scholars.

Qaradawi also voiced his support for Tehran's right to peaceful nuclear technology, urging the regional countries to follow diplomacy to resolve their disputes.

2007-10-16 Tue 18:55:16 cdt