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Shawwal 19, 1428. October 31, 2007. #84
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to our tribute to the sisters of Jamia Hafsa [Pakistan] in the
form of a Hadith of Muhammad, pbuh, about the role of women.
Lest we forget KFAR QASSEM: On October 29, 1956, at the
start of the aggression launched against Egypt, Israeli Jews
killed 49 Palestinian villagers, including old men and
women, in the Sinai village of Kfar Qassim. The Jews
claimed that a curfew had been imposed on the village. The
villagers did not know of the curfew. When they returned from
working in their field, they were lined up and murdered in
cold blood by the Jews.
[New Trend endorses vigil to highlight Racist Crime.]
Megan Williams Case and National Hate Crimes March
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Thrust to Load as many Buses as
possible Nationwide to Charleston, West Virginia on
Saturday, November 3rd, 2007. Of course auto clubs,
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a Vigil at the Crime Scene on Friday, November 2nd, 2007
in Logan County, West Virginia. Please forward this E-Mail
throughout your network, ASAP. Thank You!
Imam Akbar Bilal
Glenn Beck show
Re: Inaccuracy and lack of journalistic ethics in Mr.
Beck's comments on the Blind Sheikh, Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman
During Glen Beck's program on October 17, which was repeated
on October 20 and 21, Mr. Beck made the following incorrect
and abusive statements. I have corrected three of them in the
parenthesis after each statement:
Glenn Beck should acquire at least elementary knowledge of
his subjects before embarking on inflammatory diatribes.
Sheikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman, the Blind Shaikh, was involved in
the first attack on the World Trade Center. [Not true. The
trial and conviction of the alleged assailants was carried out
before the case of Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman was initiated. He
was never tried for that attack.]
The Blind Shaikh was involved in the killing of Egyptian
dictator Sadat. [Not true. He was not tried or convicted in
that case even by the Egyptian regime.]
The Shaikh called for the worldwide killing of Americans
and/or Jews. [Not true. The Shaikh was involved in opposition
to the regime of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. He is a
scholar and teacher and does not involve himself in issuing
such statements. He took refuge in America because he thought
the U.S. gives refuge to political dissidents.]
The Shaikh was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for
an alleged conspiracy to blow up New York landmarks [which,
being blind, he has never seen].
Conspiracy charges mean that nothing really happened but the
government claimed that it was going to happen. Look at the
elements which put together this conviction.
Glenn Beck's drama against the Blind Shaikh reeks of hatred
and sensationalism against one of the most learned scholars
of Islam in our times. It's a shame that under Zionist
influence, a powerful nation like America holds a blind man,
who does not know English and suffers from a variety of
ailments, in a little cell cut off from all human contact.
The Judge in the case, Michael Mukasey, is a Zionist
Jew. His wife actually works for Israel. The defendant, Shaikh
Omar, is a strong opponent of Israel. There was no chance of
justice here. The Judge right from the beginning of the trial
took the attitude that he himself and the entire court
building was under threat of attack by Shaikh Omar's "Jihad
army," [which of course did not exist] and thus influenced
The jury was not a jury of the Shaikh's peers. In addition,
they were allowed to read inflammatory and abusive articles
against the Shaikh which were coming out every day in the
media during the trial. Judge Mukasey claimed that
the jury would not be influenced by the media attacks on
The witnesses were as follows:
An Egyptian secret service agent who confessed in
court that he had been paid $1,000,000 by the FBI to wear a
wire and to trap the Shaikh.
Another Egyptian who was given $100,000 by the U.S.,
plus benefits for his family, to claim, without any
verifiability or witnesses, that the Shaikh wanted the
Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak killed.
An Imam, Siraj Wahhaj, with years of leadership in a
Muslim group known as ISNA which is notorious for its close
ties to the White House, the FBI and the Pentagon. Wahhaj
claimed Shaikh Omar taught that Muslims can rob banks in
America without moral scruples. It was a bizarre claim
because Wahhaj does not know Arabic and the Shaikh only
speaks Arabic. No witnesses were produced in support of
Siraj Wahhaj's claim but Judge Mukasey referred to
Wahhaj's accusation in support of his statement of conviction
of the Shaikh.
The defense wanted to bring expert witnesses to show that the
Shaikh has his Ph.D in the study of Jihad and Jihad is not
the same as terrorism. Judge Mukasey refused
A government agent, Abdur Rahman al-Amoudi, working
under cover of a Muslim organization nown as AMC, jointly
filed an Amicus Curae statement with a Jewish group, claiming
that Mukasey although a Zionist Jew did not hurt the cause of
justice in the case of an opponent of Israel which is Shaikh
Omar 'Abdel Rahman!
Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D, Associate Professor of English
Latest war news
Fighting Erupts in Mogadishu, Somalia
Islamic fighters are challenging the Ethiopian occupation
forces in Somalia. The Islamists have regrouped and are
taking on the heavily armed Ethiopians in night attacks. The
Ethiopians [armed and funded by the U.S.] retaliate by
shooting at Somali civilians. On October 29, Somali civilians
rallied in the streets to condemn the Ethiopian occupation.
The Ethiopian brutally broke up the demonstration.
Lull in Iraq Fighting Ends: U.S. General Hit
On October 29, a martyrdom operator entered a police
headquarter in Baqubah. He killed 29 police working for the
U.S. and wounded scores of others. The attack belies the
claim of sectarian conflict in Iraq. The policemen killed
were both Shi'as and Sunnis working for the U.S. According to
the Los Angeles Times. There are fears that Al-Qaidah-in-Iraq
has infiltrated the regime's police. The attacker, on a
bicycle, was able to enter the high security area allegedly
owing to inside support.
In another attack, in northern Baghdad, a roadside explosion
seriously injured an American Brigadier General, Dorko, and
WAR RAGES in NORTHWESTERN PAKISTAN
On October 24, 2007 more than 2500 Pakistani paramilitary
troops supported by helicopters gun ships rolled into the
beautiful, touristy region known as Swat. The people
were surprised by the move as the heavily armed troops
occupied key positions. Maulvi Fazlullah is extremely popular
here and since the regime's assault on the Red Mosque and
Jamia Hafsa has been mobilizing the masses. He called on the
people to resist [on his FM radio.]
On October 25 a martyrdom operator struck one of the Pakistani
military units killing 19 troopers and wounding a score of
others. Clashes between the security forces and volunteer
Islamic fighters broke out and continued from October 26 thru
October 30. The army used heavy artillery to hit Islamic
fighters hidden in the hills. It also shelled Maulvi
Fazlullah's house. [He was not there.]
The outgunned Islamic fighters launched hit and run attacks
and [literally] slaughtered 5 Pakistani troopers in hand to
hand fighting. Pakistani helicopter gun ships swung into
action. The army says it has killed 60 militants but it's a
number which is difficult to verify. Villagers say at least
14 civilians were killed in the Pakistani attack.
Mujahideen counterattacks followed and the Islamic fighters
now control the districts of Matta and Kabl in the Swat
area. The army accepted a cease fire on October 30 so that
both sides can pick up their dead. At least 17 Pakistani
troopers and 9 Islamic fighters are lying dead in the
battlefield. Maulvi Fazlullah announced on his FM radio that
the mujahideen will not fire until fired upon but if attacked
will hit back hard.
In North Waziristan, a cease fire is in effect after
the pre-Eid blood letting. The army periodically fires
volleys of heavy artillery into the mountains and the Islamic
fighters respond every now and then with automatic rifle fire.
The army has unblocked the roads and withdrawn. Looks like a
victory for the Islamic side.
In South Waziristan, the mujahideen are still holding
on to 300 Pakistani troopers and threatening to kill them if
the Pakistani army advances. [Earlier, one trooper, from the
intelligence branch of Musharraf, was slaughtered by a
teenager and the killing videotaped to terrorize the Pakistani
army. The Waziri people want revenge for the mass murder of
Islamic girls and women in Jamia Hafsa where Musharraf and
General Kiani, new military boss, used phosphorous.]
Just outside South Waziristan, in the town with the name of
Tunk, a tussle is going on between Pak security and
Islamists. If the Islamic side wins, the way will be open
for Islamic entry into the Punjab through the city of Dera
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Timbuktu: From the Leader of Civilization to a Dusty
What happens when people give up books and Scholars
October 22, 2007: Not too many Americans have visited the
city of Timbuktu in West Africa. Sis. Karen English, an
African-American Muslimah from Los Angeles, California, is
one of these rare visitors.
She spoke to non-Muslim, African-American students at Lincoln
University, Pennsylvania. Wearing full hijab, with only her
face uncovered, Sis. English, Special Education teacher and
author of numerous books, indirectly gave a message: A TV
generation which does not read books is looking to a bleak
With power point slides, Sis. English showed the stark
contrasts of Timbuktu: It is a sleepy town in the desert with
poor or no roads, low percentages of literacy, little
education for girls and almost no connection to the outside
Hidden in the libraries and mosques are the treasures of the
past: invaluable collections of the Qur'an, Hadith and
Tafsir, amazing works on astronomy, mathematics and medicine.
They are in Arabic. The people of Timbuktu, largely
illiterate, cannot benefit from these treasures. Gradually,
through occasional theft by sophisticated smugglers, the
priceless books and manuscripts are ending up in the museums
of New York, London and Paris.
How did this happen to the people of Islamic West Africa who
at one time had among the most advanced, the most highly
educated, the wealthiest civilization in the world? Ms.
English gave instances in which ordinary officials in
Timbuktu had personal libraries of 1500 or more books. One
Islamic ruler gave gifts of pure gold to thousands of people
as he traveled in style from Africa all the way to Makkah
for the pilgrimage.
The tragedy began when a dictator drove out the scholars of
Islam from Timbuktu and neglected the emphasis on learning
and books. The decline continued till the colonial takeover.
Europeans had no interest in reviving learning
Today, the descendants of Africans in America are being
disconnected from the culture of books and being hooked to
the world of TV and corruptive videos. Did the young people
understand Ms. English' message? We'll have to wait and see.
Sis. Karen English is Secretary General of Jamaat
al-Muslimeen and Director of the Campaign to
Businesses which Support Israel.
Sis. Amatullah, Young Convert to Islam, strongly Brings
up Case of Imam Abdullah Hasan [Ohio]
October 20: During the National Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen
at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, Sis. Saadiqah Amatallah
Hasan spoke about the case of Imam Hasan and the tragic
situation which emerged from the prison uprising in
She outlined the prison conditions before the uprising. The
prisoners were being horribly mistreated. The breaking point
came when the prison administration decided to force
prisoners to take shots which had an alcohol component. The
prisoners saw it as a violation of their rights: Islam
forbids the use of alcohol.
Sis. Amatullah, who recently embraced Islam,
represents the new wave of Muslim activists in America.
She was articulate, well-organized, very focused and in
hijab -the symbol of the Islamic struggle.
She explained in detail and with documents the causes of the
Lucasville uprising and the role of Imam Abdullah Hasan. She
traced step by step the government's railroading of Imam
Hasan. He had helped to keep the inmates as peaceful as
possible. His "fault" seems to have been, in the eyes of the
authorities, that he helped unite the White and Black
inmates, a very rare occurrence in the prison system.
Sis. Amatullah illustrated how a snitch [collaborator] was
used by the government to convict Imam Hasan. Thus an
innocent man is now on death row. Imam Hasan follows the
Sunnah wal Jamaah concept of pure Islam. All Muslims
and peiple of conscience should support his release.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen supports this just cause highlighted so
ably by Sis. Amatullah. Inshallah readers will read
more on this issue in New Trend as the sister is actively
fighting for justice for Imam Hasan.
Sis. Amatullah has decided to join Jamaat al-Muslimeen and
is now Representative of the Jamaat in Ohio.
Da'wa in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Program for New Muslims: Understanding Racism
6:00 - 7:00 PM. Know your religion. For new Muslims
7:00 - 7:30 Tafsir from Risale Nur in English
(Presenters: Fethullah Canpolat and Selahattin Kurter)
7:30 - 8:00 Racism in legal terms in USA (Presenter:
Attorney Narciso Aleman)
8:00 - 8:30 Racism among Muslims which creates barriers
for da'wa work in USA. (Presenter Suleyman Kurter)
8:30 - 9:00 Questions and discussion
9:00 - 9:30 Refreshments and Tea
Place: 611 West National Ave. Esperanza Unida International
Building Community Room.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 3.
A Tribute to the Sisters of Jamia Hafsa from the Hadith
of Muhammad, peace be on him. They are the hope for
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
The light from the Red Mosque and Jamia Hafsa is shining
bright in spite of General Musharraf and his commandos. On
October 29, 2007 hundreds of young burqa clad women seized
control of Jamia Faridia in Islamabad which had been closed
down by General Musharraf. This Medressa is the Islamic
school through which the Red Mosque got its support. All day
the young women were in control but police pleaded with their
dynamic leader Umm Hasan and she urged them to withdraw. The
struggle will continue peacefully but not through direct
confrontation with Musharraf's commandos who don't mind
killing unarmed Muslim women.
Jamia Hafsa's young women in Islamabad, led by Umm Hasan, are
following the genuine message of Muhammad, pbuh: In tribute
to Jamia Hafsa, we are publishing the following item from
WOMEN, INCLUDING YOUNG SINGLE WOMEN, ARE URGED by PROPHET
MUHAMMAD (peace be on him) to TAKE PART IN ALL GOOD WORKS of
the MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Question: I am studying Islam but can't find anything in the
Koran or the Traditions to support the place of women outside
the home. Is it not true that Islam wants to restrict women
to having children and cooking food? [Usha, London, England]
ANSWER BY Kaukab Siddique: Dear Usha, I have no idea why you
can't find the relevant texts. There is no need for any
argument or interpretation on this issue. Here is a clear
text from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I
have put the Prophet's words in capitals:
"Ismail narrates from Ayyub who narrates from Hafsa: She said:
We used to forbid our never married maidens from going out. A
woman came and stayed at the mansion of the Bani Khalaf. She
narrated that her sister was married to a companion of the
messenger of Allah (peace be on him) who was with the
messenger of Allah (pbuh) in 12 armed expeditions. Her sister
was with him in six of these expeditions. She (the sister)
said: We used to bandage the wounded and take care of the
sick. She (the sister) asked the messenger of Allah (pbuh):
Is there any harm if one of us does not go forth if she does
not have an outer covering (jilbab)? He (the Prophet) said:
"LET HER FEMALE FRIEND GIVE HER OF HER OUTER COVERINGS and
SHE SHOULD TAKE PART IN THE GOOD WORKS and CALLS TO ALLAH
(supplications) OF THE BELIEVERS." When Umm Atiyya (Allah be
pleased with her) came, I (Hafsa) questioned her about it.
Umm Attiya said: Let my father be sacrificed for him.
(Whenever the Prophet's name was mentioned, she used to say
so.) I asked: Have you heard the messenger of Allah (peace be
on him) say so? She replied, Yes. By my father, he (the
Prophet) told us: LET THE UNMARRIED MAIDENS AND THE YOUNG
VIRGINS WHO STAY HIDDEN AND THE MENSTRUATING ONES GO FORTH
TO TAKE PART IN THE GOOD DEEDS AND CALLS TO ALLAH
(supplications) OF THE MUSLIMS. ONLY, THE MENSTRUATING ONES
SHOULD NOT BE ON THE ACTUAL PRAYER AREA. I (Hafsa) asked (Umm
Attiya): Even the menstruating women? She replied: Don't they
(the menstruating women) go to Arafat and such and such
places? [Hadith in Bukhari's Sahih, kitab al-Manasik.]
ANALYSIS by Kaukab Siddique: Muslims, by definition, are one
nation and one community. However, for this community to
become real, Muslims must learn to respect each other and to
work together for good causes, starting at the basic level of
man and woman. Decency and modesty are important in Islam but
this virtue must not be a cloistered virtue. To achieve real
virtue, one must practice virtue within the community.
The hadith (above) begins by mentioning Hafsa's mistaken
notion that single women must not go out into community
activities. Then along came a woman who talked about her
sister who had participated in six armed expeditions
(ghazwat). Although she was part of the ambulance brigade,
she did go forth to the battlefield. Hafsa got this narration
confirmed by Umm Attiya (Allah be pleased with her) one of
the greatest female companions of the Prophet (pbuh).
Note that the Prophet did not accept the excuse of lack of
adequate clothing. Friends can always share dresses. The
essential thing is to be part of the struggle. There is no
indication whatever that the Prophet (pbuh) would want women
to be secluded or separated from the men. Decent dress and
modest attitude is all that is needed. TAQWA (God-conscious
behavior) is the key.
The biggest surprise for Hafsa was the Prophet's urging that
even menstruating women go forth. No mosque or gathering
place is holier than the ground of Arafat, and menstruating
women can and do go there. They should stay away from actual
formal prayer. (Another aspect often forgotten is that in
those days it was difficult to stop the blood flow and the
place of prayer would be bloodied.)
Note also that this hadith in a number of ways contradicts
the idea that reporting or witnessing by ONE MUSLIM WOMAN is
not valid. Ismail accepted from Ayyub (both males) a
narration from ONE WOMAN Hafsa and Imam Bukhari unhesitatingly
placed it in his Sahih. The second part of the narration is
again from one woman Umm Attiya (Allah be pleased with her).
CRITIQUE of DR. MUSHSIN KHAN'S TRANSLATION: Dr. Khan's
translation of Bukhari in 9 volumes has this hadith in volume
2 on page 418 and it is numbered 714. The translator has made
a number of errors. Firstly he adds the words "On Ids" and
"for Id prayer" at the beginning and end of the first sentence
narrated by Hafsa. If any expert in Arabic can point out where
these additions of Dr. Khan are available in the text, please
let me know. Secondly, he mentions the "menstruating ones"
only once, leaving out the first reference as given in my
translation. Again see the Arabic. Thirdly, he does not know
that Hafsa here is not the daughter of Umar Ibn al-Khattab
(r.a.) and the wife of the Prophet (pbuh). Dr. Khan mistakenly
puts (radi Allahu unha) in front of her name. He should
study the Tabqat of Ibn Saad to find out who was this
narrator. If she had been the illustrious wife of the Prophet
and custodian of the Qur'an, she would not have had to ask
Umm Attiya (r.a.). Fourthly, Dr. Khan blunders by translating
jilbab as "veil" and his translation comes out as "She
should cover herself with the veil of her companion." (Is
that physically possible?) Most early scholars of Islam agree
that jilbab is the outer garment or covering.
Some close Saudi associates of Dr. Khan have issued a
from which this hadith has been omitted.
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