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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Zulhijja 4, 1428, December 15, 2007. #95

Famous Pakistani scholar of Islam, Maulana Taqi Usmani, shreds ISNA's claim that Eid al-Adha should be linked to Hajj. Devastating though polite! Scroll all the way down.

LATEST NEWS: Somalia going back to Islam: December 12: The clique installed in Mogadishu by the U.S./Ethiopian occupation forces admitted that it has lost control of 80% of Somalia and the Islamic "insurgency" could deliver an attack on Mogadishu itself. On December 13, the Ethiopian occupation forces launched another massacre by firing mortar shells into a defenseless market place in the city. Scores were killed and wounded. [Note that the "holocaust in Darfur" people are very quiet about the mass suffering of the Somali people.]

For other war news scroll down.

TOP TEN IDIOTS of the MUSLIM WORLD for the year 2007

As the year draws to a close, New Trend's Think Tank has projected a list of the top ten idiots of the Muslim world. For inclusion in this list, one had to be a prominent leader of a country who is entirely at the service of the enemies of Islam and does not even pretend to be a well wisher of his own people or is involved in activities detrimental to Islam and is oblivious of the rights of the Muslim ummah. Most of the choices were easy but when it came to the USA, the choice was difficult because there are simply too many idiots serving the oppressors here. One American choice was easy but number ten was selected because he is the only Muslim who thinks that the authenticity of the Qur'an itself will be in doubt if Muslims don't accept the Holocaust [Holohoax] story. This goes beyond those who have been honoring Rabbis and visiting the Synagogues supporting the terrorist entity known as Israel.

1. Mahmoud Abbas [Palestinian slow thinker working with/for Israeli terrorist Ehud Olmert].
2. General Musharraf. [Pakistanis detest him but the White House and Tel Aviv love him].
3. Saad al-Hariri [Lebanese idiot, serving his bosses in a variety of ways.]
4. The "government" of Iraq installed by the U.S. [Talabani, al-Maliki, etc.]
5. Zine el Abidine Ben Ali [Tunisia's lack luster tyrant] claims 94% support for his hellish regime which has made the practice of Islam itself a crime.
6. Hosni Mubarak, the Pharaoh of Egypt, based on billions of U.S. dollars, protected by Mossad and CIA.
7. Abdullah of Jordan, a playboy whose mercenaries defend Israel's eastern frontier. His father and grandfather too supported Israel. His father gave up Jerusalem to the Israelis almost without the semblance of a fight.
8. Karzai of Kabul, a comical figure who doesn't trust any Afghan. As the Taliban advance, slowly but surely, he is considering refuge in Baltimore [Maryland] where his family owns a restaurant with a liquor store in it.
9. Bush, though reviled by most Americans, still does not realize that he has failed most miserably and has made America the laughingstock of the world.
10. Hamza Yusuf. This was a difficult choice because there are countless idiots like him. He told a Jewish publication that the story of the "Holocaust" is so well authenticated that if one were to deny the H, one would have to deny the Qur'an itself! Even CAIR, "Imam" Magid, Zaid Shakir, Qazwini and Muzammil can't top that! Yusuf is very upset that Muslims protested the cartoons of the Prophet, pbuh, coming out of Denmark and Germany

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Major Terrorism Trial Case in Miami Flops: The 7 were poor and black: Hence easy targets

December 13, 2007. A Haitian prisoner, Lemorin, whom the Bush administration claimed was planning to blow up the Sears building Chicago was acquitted. A mistrial was declared in the case of the remaining six. How important was this case can be gathered from this comment in the Miami Herald of December 14:
"The group was arrested in June 2006 amid much fanfare by the Bush administration, which described the defendants as being as ''dangerous'' as al Qaeda -- despite evidence showing they had no terrorism blueprints or weapons of mass destruction.
The FBI had declared the original indictment "yet another important victory in the war on terrorism.' "

The 7 were infiltrated by a "Muslim" FBI agent who steered them towards statements which could be used to accuse them of terrorism. The fake case against the 7 is a good example of the fraudulent use of state power in America to stir up fears of "terrorism."

Readers might remember that CAIR took a very racist attitude towards the 7, trying to prove that they are not Muslims, rather than focusing on the injustice being done to them. [Readers can now search the New Trend web site: Go to the site, then go to LINKS, click on webmaster, then use the search engine to look up this case in June 2006. You'll be amazed at the accuracy of our analysis.]
Note: The corrupt U.S. regime does not give up easily. It is holding on to the 7 and will probably retry them.

. Haila Gabr: Why is she in a Men's Prison

Reader Br. Sayf [from New Jersey] wants to know why Sis. Haila Gabr, the Yemeni teenager who killed her rapist, is in a men's prison. Here is the answer we got from our contact person.

salaam alaikum, It is a men's prison but they use it temporarily for women when they get in trouble or are attacked etc and they are now using it regularly and it is my understanding from a friend who was there that Haila prefers it because the men's prison has better services. Eileen

Eid on December 21: What Muslims don't know Can Hurt Them

December 14: During his juma' khutba at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Dr. Kaukab Siddique urged Muslims to study the Qur'an and Hadith so that they are not fooled by "misleaders." A masjid with a large crowd does not mean that they are on the right path. Check this out at the expensive masjids which have misleaders collaborating with regimes:

Attacking Islam in the Guise of Attacking Osama bin Laden: What are Maryati & Hathout Up to: Inviting Islam-Hater Fawaz Gerges
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Associate Professor of English and Mass Communication

MPAC announced that it has invited a professor named Fawaz Gerges as honored guest speaker to its December 15 conference. MPAC is the west coast equivalent of CAIR in its attitude towards the American power structure. CAIR prides itself on inviting the friends of Israel, Rabbis and such, to its "Islamic" "meet me in the Hilton" confabalutions. Looks like MPAC decided to outdo CAIR by inviting Fawaz Gerges, an anti-Islam secularist mediocrity who is often trotted out by the Zionist media to buttress their absurd attempts to understand the upsurge of Islam in the Middle East. Gerges, a "featherhead" in Islamic learning claims that "jihadists" are "fringe elements" in the Muslim world.

As proof of Gerges' "wisdom," MPAC attached his article on Osama bin Laden for our edification. [See text below.] It's mere fluff, the attempt of a shallow mind to "analyze" a message from Osama bin Laden. Gerges barely attempts to conceal the fact that this is an attack on Islam, not on Osama.

Osama bin Laden's growing anxiety
He's struggling to direct fewer and fewer followers.
By Fawaz A. Gerges

from the October 26, 2007 edition [Christian Science Monitor]

Bronxville, N.Y. - In yet another sign of trouble for Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden publicly conceded that his like-minded militants in Iraq "made mistakes." In an audiotape broadcast by Al Jazeera this week, he sounds deeply anxious about the survival of Al Qaeda in Iraq – a group that is largely independent of his own organization but adheres to a similar ideology. Al Qaeda's top leader appealed to Sunni Arab tribes and other armed Iraqi Sunni groups to stop fighting Al Qaeda members and unite against the real enemy – the US-led coalition.

Al Qaeda in Iraq faces growing indignation from fellow Sunni Iraqis fed up with its indiscriminate killing of civilians and its Taliban-like religious laws. In the past year, Sunni tribes and fighters have risen against Al Qaeda's branch in Iraq and, working jointly with US troops, killed and expelled scores of its militants from their neighborhoods, particularly from Anbar Province. Besieged both internally and externally, Al Qaeda in Iraq struggles to survive and absorb these catastrophic military setbacks.

Coming to the rescue of his followers in Iraq, Mr. bin Laden lays his personal authority and credibility on the line. In a rare moment of self-criticism, he advises "himself, Muslims in general, and brothers in Al Qaeda everywhere to avoid extremism" and put the interests of the ummah (universal Muslim community) above those of tribe, party, and nation.

True to form, bin Laden stops short of saying exactly who speaks for the ummah and how the interests of this imagined ummah can override those of separate nation states and special groups.

Never before had bin Laden, ambitious and media-savvy, gone so far in airing Al Qaeda's dirty linen in public. In the past, he and his second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, had privately advised chiefs of Al Qaeda's wing in Iraq against fueling sectarian war between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and imposing their extremist ways on Iraqis. But their pleas didn't fly.

In his latest "message to the people of Iraq," bin Laden's misgivings reflect the gravity of Al Qaeda's crisis in Iraq and a belated effort to win over Sunni Arabs opposed to the militant organization. Stressing unity over the current division and disarray, he urged Sunni tribes to uphold their "tradition of resisting" foreign occupation like that of British colonialists in the last century.

Bin Laden even invoked the prophet Muhammad to drive home his message of unity and forgiveness: "The prophet peace be upon him said once: no one is perfect. We all make mistakes and we should seek forgiveness of these mistakes. Human beings commit wrongs, and wrongs always lead to conflict and dispute. Having acknowledged that we have made mistakes ... [w]e can now seek to rectify these mistakes."

Letter: Re: "Iran Rug Pulled....." Bush Always Knew Iran was not a threat. [Excerpted from a long letter.]

He claimed WW III was a day away, yet he knew better from his own intelligence agencies, but sent hot air to scare the already fearful American people, as he has done repeatedly since 9/11, when he tricked the US scary cats into believing the Bogey man is here to eat them up. Gorgeous George Bush is truly a tricknologist who deserves the Noble Peace Prize for deception under the constitution.

Dr. Marvin X [California]

Letter: Re: Eid on December 21... In search of unity.

As salaam alaikum Br Kaukab,

We should all have Eid the day when the Hajjis return from Arafa and Muzdulifah, that is global unity. I agree Saudi messed it up this year, but to have Eid on three separate days is going too far.

Taqiuddin Abu Yasmeen

Letter: Re: U.S. Can't Defeat Islam
May it please Him to strengthen your hands.

God bless you.
Salim Mir

Letter: Re: Code Pink Woman arrested, Mistreated in Pakistan: A Pakistani Reader Objects to our report

Code Pink Woman - sounds like something mysterious. Code Pink Woman if exists anywhere, must come out and let the world know, what, if at all happened. The story seems to be incomplete aimed at trying to create stir. One can say with degree of confidence that there is law in Pakistan and whenever evoked , it responds. Going media means , sometimes, not looking for justice, but for something else. Truth, my dear BUTSHIKAN always comes out of hard work.


Letter: Translator needed for New Trend's Reports on Pakistan

Am sorry that i can not translate your massage. please send in Urdu. thank you.

Qurban Chaudhary

Q & A on Teddy Bear in Sudan Story

In the pursuit of trying to bring myself to some level of enlightenment regarding 'Muslim Issues' I chose to read the following web page: .

From this page I present the following quote:

"Ibish does not seem to know that Islam does not permit the imaging of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, or any Prophet of Allah, even if it be as a glorious human being. [emphasis added] There is absolutely no place for any such imaging in Islam."
If this is truly the case, why are there so many Muslim men with that name?
Is it not true, in fact, that "Muhammad" (in all it's variations in spelling) is one of the most popular names for males

"Spam1" [Writer did not reveal name.]

Editorial Reply: Muslims name their male children Muhammad because the Prophet, pbuh, allowed them to do so. By so doing, they hope that the child will walk in the Path of the Prophet, pbuh, and will reflect the Islamic qualities of honesty, decency and truthfulness in his behavior. The naming is not meant to convey that the child is in some sense the Prophet, pbuh, or an image of the Prophet, pbuh, or an incarnation of the Prophet, pbuh. That would be blasphemy. The British teacher in Sudan was either ignorant of Islamic culture or was trying to make a game out of religion in the style which is common in the West when she got the children to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."

War News
PAKISTAN: New Bursts of Fighting as Pakistani forces Come Under Attack: Taliban Give Rough Justice to 3 Rapists

December 15: A martyrdom operator hit the guard post at the entrance of the military base in Nowshera. The explosion was powerful enough to rattle windows for several miles. The casualty toll is rising as we go to the press. At least 7 Pakistani troops were killed and 12 wounded so seriously that they might not survive. The attack is a worry for Musharraf because Nowshera is located outside the Frontier areas and is the citadel of the military.

December 13-14: For the first time a martyrdom operator hit a Pakistani security position in Quetta. The government is not revealing details of losses. Pak media are reporting a number of policemen killed and wounded along with civilians.

December 13: North Waziristan: Islamic militants attacked a Pakistani military convoy moving from Miranshah to Razmak. The militants used rocket launchers and automatic rifles. The Pak military suffered heavy casualties which could not be verified. The Musharraf regime admitted that 6 troops were killed and 20 wounded in the attack. The Pakistanis responded with heavy artillery, mortars and helicopter gunships driving the mujahideen back. The Pak government says at least 15 of the Islamic fighters were killed. The military is facing difficulty in evacuating its wounded to Bannu by helicopter owing to bad weather.
[The action began after the militants hit a military truck with a remote mine, injuring 4 troops, thus blocking the road. The people see the troops as occupation forces.]
The entire area was sealed off by Pak troops after the militants withdrew into the mountains.

December 12: Swat: Pak helicopter gunships carried out attacks on Pak Taliban still in Swat [after Maulvi Fazlullah withdrew into the rugged terrain]. Nawa-e-Waqt reports that 4 Taliban were killed in the attacks, including Aman Ameen who at one time was accused of an attack on General Musharraf but was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

December 9: Following a lull in the fighting in Swat, a martyrdom operator hit a Pakistani check post near a village in the Kabl area. In the massive explosion, 3 policemen, two paramilitary men, 5 members of a pro-government political party and two innocent civilians were killed. A number of policemen were seriously wounded. [The military administration is very concerned because it has been claiming that the people of Swat are supporting the occupation. No one told them of the attacker.] The entire area has been sealed off by the military.

The military has demolished the home of an Islamist known as Mullah Nadar ['fearless'] who organized the FM radio used by Maulvi Fazlullah to rally the people against the military.

Meanwhile a ferocious example of Taliban justice has been reported by the Urdu newspapers: In September three bandits killed a man named Qumbar Khan and abducted his daughter and sister who were subjected to serious crimes. Maulvi Fazlullah ordered the perpetrators to be tracked down. Finally they were captured and "tried" by the Taliban. As the Pakistani forces advances, the Taliban executed the three rapists [father and two sons]. Their bodies were found in a wasteland on December 9.

Pakistani military commander Major General Nasir Janjua, in charge of the occupation of Swat announced that the drive to crush "extremism" and "militancy" will continue till its last vestiges are wiped out.

AFGHANISTAN: Musa Qala: Taliban withdraw: B-52s Used

December 15: Taliban carried out a coordinated attack in Kabul aimed at police headquarters. Pakistani reports that it was a "suicide" attack turned out to be wrong. The Karzai regime noticed that this was conventional and well organized. The Karzai ministry of "information" is trying to hide the heavy casualties inflicted and claiming that only a handful of civilians were killed.

December 14: Western sources say that the Taliban have "overrun" a Karzai police post in rugged southern Afghanistan killing the seven Karzais defending it. An Australian soldier fighting for NATO was also reported killed. No details given.

December 10, 2007. Taliban forces which have ruled Musa Qala since February, withdrew and melted away into the countryside as British troops guided by Karzai's men advanced. Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmad told media that they decided to leave to avoid civilian casualties. Five Taliban and two British troops were killed in the fighting. The media, all over the U.S. and Britain, claimed victory but New Trend analysts are skeptical. The British have not been able to show any dead Taliban or weapons captured which are quite usual in case one side wins.

Both the Taliban and Karzai and pointed to mounting civilian casualties owing to high level bombing by the U.S. air force. The Taliban seem to have been correct about the danger of high civilian casualties because the U.S. B-52 bombers started high level bombing on December 7 as the push towards Musa Qala began. The use of such heavy weapons against a lightly armed militia is bound to cause serious civilian losses [as has happened frequently in the last one year]. Pakistani newspapers indicate that at least 44 civilians [or "suspected Taliban" in NATO language] have been killed in the bombing of Musa Qala.
The Taliban withdrew with their weapons and in good order. The tactical battle situation in Helmand province has not changed.
Only one English language Pakistani newspaper admitted that B-52s were used on Musa Qala and that too from a British writer critical of the Gordon Brown government. Here is a quote from the News International of Karachi:

"From News International, December 13
by Roy Jenkins
The whole Helmand expedition has from the start been a suicide mission. Since last year, 81 British troops have died and untold numbers been maimed for life. The United Nations calculates that violent incidents have risen by 20-30per cent since the British took over Nato command, with as many as 5,000 local deaths. The policy of using high-altitude bombers did not cease, despite the pleadings of Afghanistan’s elected ruler, Hamid Karzai, who knows that every bomb recruits 10 Taliban.
This week Musa Qala was attacked with B52s before the Americans and British entered what was left of the town. Who knows how many civilians have died?"

British PM Gordon Brown visited Helmand at the time of the "victory." It appears to have been a show enacted for him.

Strangling Free Speech in Germany and Austria
David Irving

... The German government has quietly admitted that over the last twelve months it prosecuted over 18,000 Germans for offences of "right-wing extremism," of which only a few hundred involved actual violence: i.e. they prosecuted over seventeen thousand thought- crimes -- people unwitting displaying the old swastika emblem, or even worse, National Socialist ideas, and perhaps even "denying the H."

ISNA'S Eid Al-Adha Evaluated by a Renowned Islamic Scholar
Maulana Mufti M. Taqi Usmani

Responding to the ISNA Fiqh Council's claim, "Element of place is dominant in Eid al-Adha," Maulana Mufti M. Taqi Usmani, a renowned scholar of Darul Uloom in Karachi wrote the following:

I have gone through the article of ISNA and with the utmost respect for their sentiment for Muslim unity, I am forced to say that the view expressed in the article (Eid al-Adha on next day of Arafat) is in total disagreement with the teachings of Qur'an and Sunnah, and with the Shari'ah position recognized throughout the centuries. This is an unprecedented view which has never been adopted by any of the Muslim jurists during the past 1400 years, and it has a number of intrinsic defects and anomalies, some of which are summarized here.

The article admits that the celebration of Eid al-Fitr should be tied to the sighting of the moon in each country and should not be linked with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Saudi Arabia. At the same time, however, the article calls for celebration of Eid al-Adha according to the Saudi Calendar regardless of the local dates, which means Eid al-Adha will be celebrated in North America on 8th or 9th of Zul-Hajjah. It is thus clear that the theory proposed in ISNA's article is impractical.

The article has laid much emphasis on the concept of unity of the Muslim Ummah, which no one can deny. At the same time, however, one must appreciate that unity does not mean that the entire Muslim Ummah throughout the world should perform their acts of worship at one and the same time, because it is physically not possible. It is evident that when people in Saudi Arabia are performing their Fajr prayers, those in North America may still have not completed their Isha prayers of the previous day. Similarly, when Muslims in Los Angeles offer their Fajr prayers, those in India and Pakistan are offering their Maghrib or Isha prayer of the same day.

If it is made obligatory on all the Muslims in the world to offer their acts of worship at one and the same time for the sake of unity, such unity can never materialize (because of the time differences). It is, therefore, obvious that offering one's acts of worship at different times do not affect the concept of Muslim Unity.

What does Muslim unity mean?

It means that all Muslims should treat each other with brotherly sympathy and affection and should not spread disorder and dissension among them. Nor should they invent new ideas foreign to the teachings of Quran and the Sunnah which may lead to division and conflict among Muslims.

It is also astonishing that the article views the celebration of Eid al-Adha on different days as being against the concept of Ummah while in the matter of celebration of Eid al-Fitr, this concept is dispensed with. If the celebration of Eid al-Fitr on different days does not affect the concept of unity, how can it be said to harm unity in the case of Eid al-Adha?

It is true that Eid al-Adha falls immediately after the day of Arafat in Saudi Arabia, but it is not necessary that the Muslims in every country should follow the same dates in their respective areas. Hajj, no doubt, is tied with a particular place but the celebration of Eid al-Adha is not confined to that place alone. It is celebrated everywhere in the world and cannot be tied to the Saudi calendar.

The article admits that the celebration of Eid al-Adha in other countries was never linked with its celebration in Saudi Arabia throughout the past 14 centuries. This, the author's claim was because of a lack of communication facilities. With vastly improved communication today, they argued that everyone almost anywhere can find out the day of Hajj, and should celebrate Eid al-Adha based on Saudi calendar.

There is a clear admission in this argument that it is not obligatory according to Quran or the Sunnah to celebrate Eid al-Adha according to Saudi calendar. Had this been so, Muslims would have tried their best to find the exact date of Hajj in Saudi Arabia. It is not correct to say that it was not possible in those days for people living outside Saudi Arabia to know the exact date of Hajj, because this date is normally determined on the first night of Zul-Hijjah. There is a nine day period until which is more than sufficient to acquire this information. However, no jurists has ever stressed that such information be collected in order to celebrate Eid al-Adha according to Saudi dates.

Further, if the argument of the article is accepted and it is held that the real intention of Qur'an and Sunnah was to link the celebration of Eid al-Adha with the Saudi dates, as a mandatory provision for all Muslims in the world, it means that the Shari'ah has stressed a principle which was not acceptable for 1300 years. Is it not against the Qur'anic declaration that Allah does not make a thing mandatory unless it is practical for the human beings.

If the authors argue that the celebration of Eid al-Adha was not linked with the dates in Makkah in the past but it has become a mandatory requirement of the Shari'ah now, then the question arises, who has abrogated the previous principle and on what basis? There is no provision in Quran or the Sunnah which orders the Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Adha according to their local dates up to a particular time and to link it with the dates in Makkah thereafter. Whoever considers this and similar questions arising out of this unprecedented theory advanced in the article can appreciate its fallacy.

Finally, I would like to inform you that the question of sighting the moon for each lunar month including Zul-Hijjah was thoroughly discussed at the annual sessions of the Islamic Fiqh Academy (held in Jordan, October 11-16, 1986) attended by more than a hundred outstanding scholars of Shari'ah. The academy adopted the resolution recommended that all Muslim countries should determine all the lunar months including Zul-Hijjah on the same basis for both Eid al-Fitr as well as Eid al-Adha.

This resolution represents the consensus of Muslim jurists throughout the world. The proposal contained in the ISNA article, however, goes totally against this consensus - (see note below).

Before parting with the subject, I would like to emphasize that such unprecedented proposals can never advance the cause of Muslim unity. Rather, they may create a new point of disunity and dissention among Muslims. Before venturing such opinions as definite "Fatwa", these should be discussed at some responsible international forum of contemporary Muslim jurists like the International Islamic Fiqh Academy in Jeddah.

2007-12-16 Sun 06:31:27 cst