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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Zulq'idah 13, 1428. November 23, 2007. #90

Historic Muslim march in Calcutta, India [See below at end.]

Editor's note: My appeal titled OUR BANGLADESH elicited a number of good responses from Muslim relief agencies. We have selected one from South Africa and one from Pakistan. Please scroll down. Readers who asked for individual contacts in Bangladesh will be notified in a few days.

The 11 year sentence handed down in a Chicago court to a devout Muslim, Prof. Abdelhaleem Ashqar, whose only "crime" is non-cooperation in oppression, should make U.S. Muslims wake up. The Zionists are out to destroy us. We must respond with unity and courage.
U.S. Muslims must change their behavior or their future is in danger. CAIR-ISNA-MAS with their shameful integrationist policies are leading the ummah into disaster. Please scroll down for this MUST READ report.

We are way ahead of the curve!
Important Web Site: go to : Click on "Listen." Hear and/or download Bashir Syed and Kaukab Siddique speak against propaganda about Pakistan nukes [before Stratfor thought of it] as well as the Islamic uprising. November 10. Then listen to Dr. Siddique speak on Benazir Bhutto. October 20.
The site has numerous other items valuable for those who want to understand America.

{Excerpt from a report sent by Sis. Labeebah in Bahrain.]

A Hidden Treasure
Written by Jocelyn M. Ajami
Photographed by Dick Doughty
In the heart of Jerusalem's Old City, a stone's throw from the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, stands the Khalidi Library. Located on Tariq Bab al-Silsilah, or Chain Gate Street, the library might go totally unnoticed by a passerby, but it is the largest and finest private Palestinian library, and one of the largest private collections of Islamic manuscripts in the Arab world.
Housed in a 13th-century Mamluk building that recalls Jerusalem's medieval grandeur, the Khalidi family collections were officially organized into a library in 1900 under the terms of a private family trust, or waqf thurri, established by Hajj Raghib al-Khalidi, a Palestinian judge who lived from 1866 to 1952. The library contains some 1200 precious manuscripts: 18 in Persian, 36 in Turkish, the rest in Arabic; a catalogue, due to appear next year, is being prepared by Dr. Lawrence I. Conrad of the Wellcome Institute in London. The library also contains well over 5000 printed volumes not yet catalogued, and countless documents and letters. In all, its holdings reveal the concerns and interests of educated Palestinians during the Mamluk and Ottoman periods, and shed light on the intellectual heritage of Palestinians in Jerusalem from medieval times to the present.

American Jew Leader Meets General Musharraf, General Kayani and Pak Intelligence Services
[The following are excerpts from the American Jewish publication known as "Forward." Excerpts are permitted for fair use without profit.]

An Unlikely Visitor Gives Musharraf Support

by Marc Perelman | Wed. Nov 21, 2007

A few days before Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte traveled to Islamabad last week to impress upon General Pervez Musharraf the need to restore democratic rule in Pakistan, another American envoy quietly landed in the capital to chat with the Pakistani president and army chief.
With the blessing of Washington, Jack Rosen, chairman of the American Jewish Congress's Council for World Jewry, traveled halfway across the globe for a face-to-face meeting with Musharraf, who he had hailed two years ago as a courageous leader and driving force in Jewish-Muslim dialogue.
While nearly all major Jewish groups have altogether avoided the issue of Pakistan, Rosen has offered outspoken support for the country's embattled president.
"The real choice we face is not between Musharraf and a return to an effective democratic system, but between Musharraf and the possible collapse of Pakistan," Rosen wrote in a letter to the editor appearing in this week's Forward.
Rosen made the trip to Islamabad after consulting with the State Department and key members of Congress. In addition to Musharraf, he met with General Ashfaq Kiyani, the deputy chief of staff who is expected to take over for Musharraf as head of the army, as well as ministers and intelligence officials. In his letter to the Forward, he said he also met with opposition leaders. Rosen declined further comment.

Latest Police Brutality linked to Racism and Violation of the Rights of the Poor in Miami
[With thanks to Max Rameau.]

In just 19 days, 4 unarmed Black men died at the hands of one department: Miami-Dade Police. And they want the right to carry shotguns.

On Saturday, November 24, 2007, beginning at 4:00PM, the community will rally for justice and against police abuse at the Miami-Dade Police Intracoastal Station, located on Biscayne Blvd. and 156th St. in North Miami. The rally will follow the funerals of Michael Knight and Frisco Blackwood, two men shot dead by Miami-Dade Police on November 12.

Virtually anywhere else, the violent deaths of four unarmed people by one police department would trigger headline news and federal investigations. However, in 2007's Miami-Dade County, the deaths have not been tied together by the media or even elicited any public statements by elected officials, not even the Black ones. The shocking silence of the elected officials and the unwillingness of the media to ask questions, speaks volumes about the state of Black people in this part of the United States.

However, in a real demonstration of people power, the Haitian-American and African-American communities, along with people of good will of every race and nationality, are joining for a single rally for justice for all victims of police brutality. This rally might usher in a new day in communities fighting injustice together, rather than separately.

Islamic Law and Women

Saudi Arabia Violating Islamic Law: Punishment for Raped Woman, Welcome for Gen. Musharraf, killer of Jamia Hafsa Women.

Saudi Arabia's regime is openly flouting the Law [Shar'ia] of Islam. According to al-Jazeerah, on November 19, 2007, a Saudi court raised the punishment it had meted out to a woman who had been raped, from 90 lashes to 200 lashes plus six months in prison. The prison had complained in public that she had been unjustly punished while her rapists got light sentences. Her "crime" was that she was "alone" with a male who was not related to her.

The Saudis are ignoring Islamic Law [Shar'ia] which is supposed to be the law of the land. Here it is in plain language: Now let's go to the second issue:

On November 20, 2007 General Musharraf arrived in Saudi Arabia. He was given a warm and personal welcome by King Abdullah himself. (See photo in the Philadelphia Inquirer of November 21, p. A3. The two have their arms around each other.) Before meeting King Abdullah, Musharraf met for SEVERAL HOURS with Saudi "security officials." The meeting was secret and details were not revealed but our analysis is that the General is alerting Saudi security to cut off the support between the Islamic people of Arabia and the Islamic people of Pakistan. The Saudi rulers claim to be "custodians of the Two Holiest Cities of Islam" but consider these facts: Islamic Law [Shar'ia] does not permit Muslims to show the slightest respect to or cooperation with a person like General Musharraf. Before arriving in Riyadh, he suspended Pakistan's Constitution and cracked down on the Rule of Law, dismissed the Chief Justice and the entire Supreme Court, and beat up and arrested several thousand lawyers and journalists who protested.

When such a misguided person is welcomed and honored by the Saudi King, there can be little doubt that the Saudis are openly and brazenly violating Islamic Law, just as they violated the Shar'ia about rape. [The name of the woman who is being punished is censored by the Saudis.]

Muslims in America

Prof. Abdelhaleem Ashqar Sentenced to 11 plus Years in Prison for not Collaborating with Israel-USA Against Innocent Palestinians

Read this official reporting of the fate of a decent, non-violent Muslim in a court of American injustice. Then read New Trend's analysis.

CHICAGO (AP) November 21, 2007: A former professor accused of providing money to Hamas terrorists was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison and fined $5,000 for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.
Abdelhaleem Ashqar, a former associate professor of business at Washington's Howard University, showed no emotion as U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve imposed the sentence. But several relatives wept openly in the courtroom.
Ashqar was convicted earlier this year of criminal contempt and obstruction of justice for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the Palestinian militant movement Hamas on June 25, 2003. But he was acquitted of taking part in a racketeering conspiracy aimed at bankrolling the terrorist group Hamas.
Before being sentenced, Ashqar delivered a nearly two-hour passionate statement describing the suffering of Palestinian people under the Israeli occupation and saying he would rather go to prison than divulge the secrets of Palestinian militants.
"The only option was to become a traitor or collaborator and that is something that I can't do and will never do as long as I live," he told the court.
After sentencing him to 135 months in prison, St. Eve ordered marshals to take Ashqar into custody immediately, saying that it wasn't clear that he would not flee to avoid serving time.
A co-defendant of Ashqar, Muhammad Salah, was sentenced to 22 months in the same case after being convicted of lying under oath in a legal document. He also was acquitted of racketeering.

ANALYSIS by New Trend: Abdelhaleem Ashqar is Innocent but Refused to become a tool of Zionism.


OUR BANGLADESH: New Trend Recommends these Groups

From South Africa: Al Imdaad has sent this Info

Cyclone Sidr, a Category 4 cyclone, hit Bangladesh's south-western coast on Thursday 15 November. Heavy rains were experienced throughout the country, including the capital Dhaka. The cyclone hit offshore islands in the Bay of Bengal at approximately 6:30pm local time and made landfall across the southern coast from Cox's Bazaar to Satkhira. The cyclone has affected 3.2 million people and latest reports from the Government of Bangladesh indicate that more than 3000 people have died. Thousands are missing and injured, a number likely to increase substantially to exceed 10,000.

The greatest need is for food and supplies due to the destruction of much of the rice crop from the devastating winds. Shelter is also a great need due to the destruction of thousands of homes and shelters from high winds, debris and trees which have fallen on homes. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced and are in need food, shelter and fresh water. Cyclone Sidr comes after months of repeated floods resulting from one of the worst monsoon seasons that Bangladesh has experienced in years.

Al Imdaad aid consisting of canvas family tents, plastics tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen sets (UNHCR Approved), collapsible water jerry cans, etc leaves Dubai today (20-11-2007) for Bangladesh.

Further medium to long term requirements are as follows:

1. Rebuilding of homes
2. Medicine
3. Sanitation
4. Supply of seeds
5. Rehabilitation

Help us rebuild the shattered lives of the victims of this disaster by forwarding your contributions to the Al Imdaad Foundation.

Questions or comments? Email us at or call +27(0)36 3521557

From Pakistan: Jama't-ud-Da'wah has sent this Info

Jama't-ud-Da'wah Launches Bangladesh Relief Campaign

Jama't-ud-Da'wah has expressed deep sorrow regarding the terrible loss of life and property after the devastating cyclone that had hit Bangladesh a few days ago. Jama't-ud-Da'wah, while announcing solidarity with the cyclone affected suffering people of Bangladesh, has said that it will not leave its Bangladeshi brothers alone in this time of need and distress and has urgently initiated a concerted relief and rehabilitation effort for them.

Jama't-ud-Da'wah's workers have begun collecting relief materials, medicines, and cash donations for the Bangladesh Relief Campaign, while a Central Relief Office has been established at Karachi to coordinate, store, and ship relief material to Bangladesh for the affected people. Jama't-ud-Da'wah has already begun dispatching medical teams accompanied by volunteers to the affected areas to speed up the aid effort.

Jama't-ud-Da'wah has contacted generous and philanthropic individuals and organization to raise as much cash as possible for an effective aid and relief campaign in Bangladesh, so that the affected people can return to a normal life as soon as possible. Jama't-ud-Da'wah has vowed that it will carry out and complete this relief and rehabilitation campaign with its customary dedication and fervor.

Abdullah Muntazer (Spokesman)

Jama't-ud-Da'wah Pakistan
Cell#: 0334-4051132


India's Muslims Speak: 125,000 Strong

Historic March by Muslims in Calcutta Condemns Oppression in Nandigram and Calls for Expulsion of Islam Hater Taslima Nasrin

[Thanks to Urdu Times, Mumbai: Excerpt.] [Several other reports confirm this report.]
Mujtaba Farooq of Jamat-e-Islami, Mumbai, who is stationed at Kolkata after a visit to Nandigram, told Urdu Times that CMP workers have been armed with weapons and they are committing atrocities and violence in the area which compelled 25000 locals to migrate from Nandigram and there is an acute problem now for their rehabilitation. Mujtaba Farooq declared that National Organizations like Jamiat-Ulama-e-Hind, Jamat-e- Islami, Jamaate Ahle Hadith, Milli Council and Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat have formed a joint platform known as Milli Unity Parishad to start a movement under its banner to protest against Nandigram violence. He further told that for the first time in the history of Kolkata on November 15 more than 1.25 lakh Muslims gathered on the roads to protest against this barbaric violence which shocked the citizens of Kolkata.

This gathering discussed about taking action against arrogant Taslima Nasreen and Rizwanur Rahman's murderers. This was an obvious warning to the state government to change its tyrannical attitude otherwise the Milli Unity Parishad will start road blocks and mass arrest movement and will march towards Nandigram on November 24. Milli Unity Parishad condemns the West Bengal government and warns it not to spread violence for its Vote Bank otherwise there will be no difference in CPM and communalist Parties.

2007-11-23 Fri 08:11:15 cst