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Email this brief Message to the Prime Minister of Canada:
Momin Khawaja must be Freed [Sample Text Follows]
Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada:
"Canada: Let my people go: Free Momin Khawaja NOW:
Four years in prison without trial has exposed
100 Books Campaign: Second Book Recommended for
Jamaat al-Muslimeen's Secretary General, Sis. Karen English,
has sent a list of books for the Book Campaign.
In January, the choice was
The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
For February, the recommendation is:
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.
[Strongly recommended for immigrants.]
Also, we need to get feedback on The Black Swan
recommended by Sis. Ashira. What do readers think of it?
We hope readers are studying the
This should be ongoing study, a little every day.
Get the Power!
U.S. Muslims Condemn re-Printing of Blasphemous Cartoons
In a press release, Jamaat al-Muslimeen points out that U.S.
Muslims, along with Muslims around the world, condemn the
brazen re-publication of insulting cartoons about Prophet
Muhammad [pbuh] in Denmark on February 13. The Danish media,
Jyllands-Posten other major newspapers, including
Politiken and Berlingske Tidende claim that
they are indulging in "freedom of expression" by publishing
the cartoons. If Denmark believed in freedom of the
expression, it would have opposed the imprisonment of David
Irving, Germar Rudolf and Zundel for their critical studies
of the Jewish Holocaust story.
We see the Zionist hand coming out of the Danish sleeve to
blaspheme the sacred messenger of Allah, pbuh. There is no
excuse for such activity.
We hail he new generation of Muslims in Denmark itself who
took to the streets to protest the Zionist publication
activity for 6 straight nights. We hail the rallies against
the cartoons in Gaza, Islamabad, Karachi, Tehran. No Muslim
worth the name will condone the sacrilege being committed by
On top of the Danish media frenzy, Denmark arrested and plans
to deport two young men from Tunisia on charges of plotting
to hurt the notorious cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. There was
no trial and no proof. The two youths will probably be
tortured in Tunisia which is one of the ugliest and most
brutal regimes set up by the western powers in the Muslim
world. [A third youth, of Moroccan origin, was arrested
The blasphemous cartoons are part of the international
Zionist hate campaign against Islam. Note these:
1. Irshad Manji, Canadian lesbian and Israel-supporter
presented as Islamic expert on CNN.
2. Ayan Hirsi Ali, exported from Holland to right wing groups
in the U.S., openly abused Islam and the Prophet, pbuh,
3. Khaled Hosseini's Kite Runner book, showing Afghan
Islamic opponents of the U.S. as sodomites, child molesters
and rapists, presented as best seller by the New York Times
and made into a movie with serious racial overtones against
Germans and Pashtun Afghans.
4. Rushdie being honored at the iconic center of Jewish
culture in Baltimore, Maryland. [see next item.]
February 26: Rally to Protest Rushdie being Honored by
Zionists at the Meyerhoff: He Arrival is part of the
Coordinated attack on Islam
7:30 to 8:30 at the the Meyerhoff, downtown Baltimore, 1212
Stand up for the honor of the Prophet, pbuh, for the honor of
the sublime 'Ayesha, r.a., mother of the believers, for the
Be disciplined and peaceful and stick to the format of the
rally. [All are invited.]
In case you think that Rushdie, the beloved of International
Jewry, toned down after he wrote his satanic book
Satanic Verses, here is a news report New Trend
published on his ongoing abuses and lies against Islam.
"RUSHDIE Unchained: 90 Minute Rant Full of Hate &
Abuse Against Islam:
October 28, 2006: C-Span Book-TV lent free rein to its
campaign against Islam by giving 90 minutes to Salman Rushdie
to attack Islam. Actually Rushdie had spoken to a New York
audience [guess who those would be?] on October 11 and there
was no pressing reason for C-Span to air it now.
Rushdie had a field day. He abused and insulted Islam in
detail and in retail. He condemned the Qur'an, insulted the
Prophet, pbuh, made fun of Islamic prayers, attacked the
dress of Muslim women [the "veil"], ridiculed Islamic
protests against the cartoons and against the Pope. You name
it, he said it. It was shallow, cheap and frivolous."
A Perceptive View of the Election Process
Obama: The New "messiah:" The chance that big money will
allow for any real reform is nil.
by Dr. Hoorie
Where I stand currently, which may change with the tides of
desperation: I am not at all crazy about either Dem
candidate- if you go to their websites and break down their
specific plans/ policies on the various domestic "issues",
they are actually very similar (with small subtleties, often
just wording, which can, but rarely do make a difference in
politics). It comes down to charisma and likability very
often, which is human nature I suppose.
What scares me silly is the can-do-no wrong near-zealotry I
have heard ad nauseum about Obama from people I know
everywhere. I know that (thinking) people are desperate for
change, but the lack of skepticism and downright adulation
about the great Obama go against the grain for my personal
belief system. He is a man (about as white as a black guy
gets) and a politician, not the rescue-fantasy he is made out
to be. That said, when he is running against McCain, I will
vote for him because the client base I work with primarily,
and care for a great deal, need at least continued (doubtful
it will be increased) funding for social programs to ensure
basic survival needs, and that does not come from
Republicans, ever. Money runs this country, and the chance
that big money invested in the war(s), in oil/energy, and in
insurance companies will allow for any real reform, even as
seductively presented as by Obama, is nil.
The big issues that need changing in my opinion, historically
do not have a precedent in this country. We do not have any
(viable) candidates that are genuinely anti-war, peacemakers,
or interested in seeing the US as only a very small
percentage of the 6 billion plus members of club earth (not
counting the animals/flora/fauna/environment which no
"presidential" candidate has ever given a fig about). The
bigger problem is that the majority of people do not care
about that deficit. We are always "settling," and I guess the
cynical part of me is more and more a fan of P.T. Barnum (who
perhaps understood the American psyche much better than
most). Lastly, most of this is an intellectual exercise.
I strongly predict (will take all of you out to dinner
actually) that McCain will win, after Obama is swift-boated
in some fashion. In 2004, Bush's overall popularity was way
down according to "polls", and a very large contingent of
evangelicals went door to door busily scaring all the
Christians witless that someone pro-abortion,
pro-homosexuality, Darwin-loving, anti-war, and pro-immigrant
was going to be running the country, who also had a
billionaire wife with a big mouth. We were all "shocked"
that Bush won... this time for "real..." People who will
make McCain "win" do not participate in NY Times or Newsweek
polls, and are told what to do by ministers and Limbaugh.
As for me, I will focus my energies on my clients/patients
whom I work very hard for, the inner life which has no
current reflection in politics, and on animal rights, my
thanks for reading!
Killings and Violence Aimed at Women: America's Internal
Collapse linked to Erosion of Values
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
At Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois a former
student opened fire in a classroom killing 5 people, injuring
18, before he killed himself. Before that, a gunman opened
fire in a shopping mall, killing 5 women. [Tinley Park,
Illinois, February 2.] In between those two atrocities, a
police officer murdered his girlfriend, heavily pregnant with
his baby, rolled up her body in a carpet, in front of her
son, put it in his car trunk along with a sack of trash and
dumped it at the other end of town. Not to be outdone, New
York reports the murder of a female therapist who was hacked
to death with a meat cleaver.
Murder and mayhem in America runs across race lines and
affect highly educated people. These incidents are usually
dismissed as acts of mentally deranged individuals or become
politicized into debates about gun ownership. However, over
the years a pattern of violence has emerged across the
country, from coast to coast. What "we" are doing to Iraqis
and Afghans, we are also doing to our own people. The
patterns I have noticed coalesce into this analysis:
"I am number one." The seemingly deranged individuals play
out the most American of all ideas that "I" am the center of
the universe. At its most ordinary level it can be seen in
the culture of birthday parties and the need for high praise
at conventions and ceremonies. [USA has pre-school
"graduation" ceremonies.] Standing up for dignitaries, the
"cheer leading" system, all these make for highly
Most Americans don't understand that they are the victims of
"Mass Culture." Every fashion wave here is "coast-to-coast."
Cliques in New York's Madison Avenue and Wall street are
quite effective in tandem with Hollywood and the
entertainment industry. Thus violence, like all else, is
publicized coast-to-coast. People do what the mass culture
tells them to do.
Consumerism is rampant owing to mass culture. Everyone has to
"have" what everyone else has. Of course one can't have
things without money. As a result the whole country is
The drug culture, connected to crime, relates to the desire
to "have" things and to have them NOW.
Women have become little more than sexual objects. Just about
every woman is seen as "available," at least theoretically,
to every male. Marriage has become a relic of the past.
Denigration of women in music, videos, movies, comedy shows
Most men see women as their "property" and if they can't have
them, will kill them. Countless innocent young women are
destroyed by men's ruthless lust. The dating system is out of
control. Younger and younger women [girls] are being
impregnated by older men. Many men do not tell women of their
sexual exploits and end up transmitting sexual diseases and
AIDS in a growing arc of destruction and misery.
Women have reciprocated by using the laws about child support
to trap men. A woman will have sex with a male, become
pregnant and then have the "right" to a part of his income
for many, many years. If he does not, or cannot, pay, he ends
up, quickly, in prison. Thus intense hatred and manipulation
mars male-female relations.
The most dangerous aspect of American culture is that
seemingly 'normal' people suffer from deeply imbedded
perversions. Family-oriented males will experiment with child
molestation. Trust is thus rare and becoming hazardous. [This
also works out in the economic sphere. Try opening a new bank
account. The customer is treated like a crook until
Zionist Program Behind Emergence of Obama and Hillary:
China, India 'Useful'?
by Badi Ali [Imam and Analyst, National Shoora of
Jamaat al-Muslimeen, North Carolina.]
The emergence of Barack Obama nd Hillary Clinton should be
seen as ploys of international Zionism for the benefit of
Israel. The way the election process is going, it could
unloose a huge reaction from pro-war forces and bring about
the election of McCain.
Notice the high praise being lavished on Obama by the Zionist
media. Not a word of criticism anywhere on TV. Funniest of
all is the great praise he is getting on Fox TV! Fox is
taking revenge on Hillary Clinton. A highly articulate,
intellectual woman is too much for the Right whose poster
child is the mindless Ann Coulter.
Look at how successfully the Zionists have divided the main
forces opposed to the power structure. Hispanics are
supporting Hillary: Blacks are supporting Obama. The division
has been very cleverly done.
We should not forget that racism is the foundation of
America, followed closely by contempt for women. Will America
tolerate the election of a Black man [however mentally White
he may be], or a woman who will stand for no nonsense. Try to
understand what is going on here. The Zionist objective seems
to be to arouse all of America's demons. The reaction will be
strong, once the actual election campaign begins.
If Obama does get elected, he will be so beholden to the
Zionist-corporate power structure, he will make Bush's
support for war look like a picnic. He is talking not only of
expanding the war in Afghanistan but specifically of GOING
INTO PAKISTAN. His war plans [with Zionist backing] are on a
bigger scale than those of Bush.
We should realize that international Zionism has sucked
America dry through the monthly billions spent in Iraq every
week and the billions on the "war on terror" which gave us
Guantanamo Bay and torture and hurt America's image all over
The Zionists-multinationals will let America collapse. They
are already moving [or have moved] their programs to China
and India. They can see where the big pickings are and
will be in the future.
Don't let Hillary forget: She said on February 17 in Wisconsin:
"There is no military solution [to Iraq.]"
"I'll bring them [the troops] home sixty days after I
Islamic Shelter Program in Atlanta has Helped nearly 600
Women and Children
by Sis. Hadayai Majeed, Atlanta, Georgia
As Salaamu Alaikum Community,
We have been able to serve through the shelter program with
your help and that of our non-Muslim neighbors 598 women
and children. We have our struggles and our challenges
however we with the help and mercy of Allah have made it
through. Now it is time to grow and expand. So many need
One of our brillant college students who is into statistics
helped me with this one. She did all the number crunching.
She reviewed past financial reports, considered the politics,
etc. and gave me this simple yet brillant idea. Don't fight
with anyone about anything. Just appeal to reason and logic.
Be consistent and broaden your base.
Now is is time to stablize this program and expand. You can
help do this by giving at least $3.00 per month and
then ask two of your friends, family members to do the same,
Okay everyone. Dig into the purses and your pockets and
bring up the spare change count it and send it to us today!
This is what we are asking for your spare change! Numbers
are the key. We have the numbers. We just need to get to
them, insh'Allah. We have the base to get to the numbers.
So let's get moving team!
Only $3.00 per month from 1,333 will keep us going at our
present level. Just think this email will go to
approximately 10,000 clean email addresses. So don't think
someone else will do it. You must do it! What can you do
with $3.00 not a lot but we can do a lot with it. $3.00 to us
is like $10.00 to everyone else. We combine cash with
in-kind donations and come up a lot.
Help us out. Help homeless Muslim women and children and
others of faith out. We all are our brothers and sisters
keepers. No more people in our community being insulted by
others when they ask for help. No more pork being feed to
Muslim children, no more of our sisters being told you can't
go to the Masjid, you can't cover your hair. Take off that
silly long skirt and put on some tight jeans and people will
like your more or be willing to help more. Stop being so
strange and different. This is what many of our clients tell
us they have heard from others when they ask for the least
bit of help. We can change this reality.
Send this to every Imam/Amir, President of a group, etc.
This is less than $1.00 per week. You can pick up change off
the street and donate to help, insh'Allah.
to get updates, see who we are and review our financial
reports. Then send us $3.00 per month. Ask all of your
friends once a month to give you $3.00 to send to help
homeless women and children. We guess most will say yes (at
least once or twice). Go for it you will be surprised.
Send all donations made payable to:
Baitul Salaam Network, Inc.
PO Box 11041
Atlanta, GA 30310
Algerian 9/11 suspect eligible for compensation.
Courtesy the Telegraph, UK.
By Matthew Moore and agencies
Last Updated: 1:32pm GMT 14/02/2008
A pilot accused of training the September 11 hijackers has
been given the right to claim compensation for wrongful
imprisonment by the Court of Appeal.
Lotfi Raissi, an Algerian, was arrested at his home in west
London 10 days after the attacks, accused of being the main
instructor for the four pilots.
He was released after seven days but re-arrested and held for
four-and-a-half months on an extradition warrant issued at
the request of the United States government.
Mr Raissi, 33, trained at the same flight school as Hani
Hanjour, the man suspected of crashing Flight 77 into
But he has since been cleared of any involvement in the
attacks after the US failed to produce any evidence
His application for compensation had been rejected by the
Home Secretary and the High Court, but the Court of Appeal
today ruled he had valid grounds for a claim.
"The public labelling of the appellant as a terrorist by the
authorities in this country, and particularly by the CPS,
over a period of many months has had and continues to have,
so it is said, a devastating effect on his life and on his
health," Lord Justice Hooper ruled.
"He considers that, unless he receives a public
acknowledgement that he is not a terrorist, he will be unable
to get his life back together again."
Legal experts have said that Mr Raissi could receive up to
£1 million for his ordeal.
Lord Justice Hooper added: "We have allowed his appeal
ordering that the appellant's application for compensation be
referred back to the Home Secretary for reconsideration in
the light of this judgment."
Mr Raissi said he "wept with relief" when he heard the
judgement. "I have always said that I believed in British
justice and I finally got it today," he said
"Surely I can expect to hear from the Home Secretary with the
long-awaited apology very soon."
He said his wrongful arrest had ruined his life and left him
blacklisted as a pilot and unable to work. "They destroyed my
life, they destroyed my career. "For this I will never, ever
Commenting on the ruling, the Ministry of Justice said: "We
are considering the implications and whether or not
Mr Raissi was the only man to be arrested in this country
accused of playing a part in the mass murders of
When it Comes to Islam and Muslims, Black Upper Class
Sides with Bush: Muslims of African Descent Should
From New Trend's Think Tank
Leaders of the African-Islamic community such as Imam Jamil,
Imam Musa, Imam Warith Deen Umar have taught that Islam is
ONE UMMAH, global and faith-oriented. Allah Almighty is not
going to ask about race on the Day of Judgment but about
DEEN, as Imam Jamil put it. The Imam could see clearly that
the power structure in Atlanta turned against him on racial
grounds because it alleged that he had killed a Black
The Black upper class is no different from any other segment
of the power structure. A case in point is the union between
the Congressional Black Caucus [CBC] and George Bush. Can it
get lower than that. The CBC is working with Bush to destroy
the economy of Sudan. [Don't forget that the major shakers
and movers behind the Darfur 'genocide' story are American
Jews coming right out of the so-called Holocaust Museum in
Notice how they ignore Minister Farrakhan and the Nation of
Islam reporting on Sudan. No kind of anti-Zionist Sudan
viewpoint is acceptable to the CBC.
Sudan, Africa's giant, is about to achieve economic power.
These CBC-Zionist-Bush forces want to stop Sudan from sales
of oil, gas, timber and rubber.
Here are excerpts from an anti-Muslim Black paper, the AFRO,
coming out of Baltimore. Notice how they are not ashamed of
being so close to Bush:
Sudan bill signing pleases CBC
By James Wright
AFRO Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- Members of the Congressional Black Caucus
praised President George W. Bush for signing into law a Sudan
divestment bill they hope will help stem the
government-sponsored violence that has claimed hundreds of
thousands of lives so far.
But they say much more needs to be done to stop the genocide
Bush signed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of
2007 into law New Year's Eve.
In a statement released after he signed the bill, Bush said
that the ongoing genocide in Darfur was unacceptable.
"I share the deep concern of the Congress over the continued
violence in Darfur perpetuated by the government of Sudan and
rebel groups," he said. "My administration will continue its
efforts to bring about significant improvements in the
conditions in Sudan through sanctions against the government
of Sudan and high-level diplomatic engagement and by
supporting the deployment of peacekeepers in Darfur."
The law allows states, local governments and universities to
divest from companies doing business in the oil, gas, timber
and rubber industries in partnership with the Sudan
government; prohibits new contracts with such companies and
prohibits the federal government from entering into new
contracts with these offending companies.
The law protects those who choose to divest from lawsuits
from the companies from which they pull their money.
The bill was passed unanimous approval by both houses
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a fierce critic of the Bush
administration and the author of the bill, praised
The four industries were selected because of their military
and economic importance to the country, said Lee spokesperson
"Everyone knows about the oil and gas, but people should
understand that the timber and rubber are used by the
government to sell to other countries and companies as well
as to build its own military," Mesidor said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) praised Lee for her work on this
issue."This crucial legislation sends a loud and powerful
message to the Sudanese that Americans will not tolerate the
mass killings of innocent people," Cummings said.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) ... said that the
administration must enforce the law in order to
Because the disinvestment will be locally controlled, there
may be fewer opportunities for federal interference, but
federal mechanisms are necessary to make the disinvestment
effective and rapid, she said.
Rep. Al Wynn (D-Md.) said that the signing of the bill "is a
step in the right direction but more needs to be done."
He pointed out that state of Maryland and the University of
Maryland Foundation already have divested their funds.
Compare this nonsense of CBC and Bush with the stance of
Imam Musa who personally rallied Muslims at the Sudanese
embassy to oppose sanctions against Sudan. Muslims of
African-American descent need to wake up and question their
leaders: Why are the leaders not speaking out against CBC and
the Zionist lobby.
THE FORGOTTEN TERRORIST ATTACK: 500 civilians killed by
the U.S. in One Blow
by Jeff Archer [San Diego, California]
On the morning of February 14, 1991, when I turned the TV on
to see the latest lies being told to the public about the
U.S. bombing of Iraq, I saw a chaotic situation in Baghdad.
The Amiryah bomb shelter had just been struck by two
2,000-pound super bombs. Information was sketchy, but it was
evident that many people lost their lives.
The first statement from the U.S. administration was that the
U.S. hit an Iraqi command and control post and the dead were
military. Shortly after, the cameras showed charred bodies of
women and children, so the U.S. story had to be revised. The
administration then said that the building was a military
target in which Saddam Hussein placed civilians to protect
the military personnel.
Remember that the current vice-president of the U.S., Dick
Cheney, was the U.S. Secretary of War in 1991. He said, "We
blame the Iraqi leadership for putting civilians in harm's
way." That statement was not only a lie, but one of the
most absurd allegations one could make because it denigrated
the hundreds of humans who lost their lives. Cheney, an avid
hunter of caged quail, once shot a hunting partner. He can't
tell the difference between a small bird and a person, so
nothing is new about his lack of brainpower or eyesight.
For a couple of hours, the world was told that the Iraqis led
civilians to their deaths by putting them into a military
target. Then, the truth began to emerge.
The Amiryah bomb shelter was built as a civilian bomb shelter
during the Iran-Iraq War. Even the engineer who designed it
came on television and told the world that there was no way
it could be a military asset.
After the lies were put to rest, it became evident that the
U.S. had mistaken the target as a military venue, or it had
deliberately bombed it knowing it was a bomb shelter. To this
day, not one U.S. government spokesperson has ever mentioned
the truth. In fact, after February 14, 1991, the subject has
been left unspoken: even the lies.
Those inside the bomb shelter died horrific deaths. First, a
2,000-pound bomb crashed through the shelter creating a
massive tunnel in which the second 2,000-pound bomb then
came. Both blew up leaving a huge hole and killing more than
500 people. Only seven humans survived the attack. Those who
died actually saw the first bomb and had a few seconds of
life left before the second burrowed its way into the
shelter. Such an attack transcends the barbarity of a bombing
in which the people die immediately.
The lines of burnt dead bodies lining the street presented a
horrific scene reminiscent of Hiroshima after it was nuked by
This is the 17th anniversary of the bombing of the
shelter, yet few words have been written as a reminder of the
horrific act. Before March 2003, at least Iraq
commemorated the event and remembered the dead. The stooges
in power today don't want to remind the world of the lack of
caring for human life the U.S. displayed in 1991 in the
bombing of Iraq. Most weren't even in the country then. No
matter how much they stick their heads in the sand, nothing
will never ease the pain of one of the most barbaric
terrorist attacks in history. The silence from the U.S. and
the Iraqi quislings is deafening.
Q & A: Does Islam Allow Muslim men to Marry non-Muslim
women in America?
[From Sis. N a very young woman, perhaps we should call her
daughter-in-Islam, in Atlanta, Georgia.]
Q. I have been told that Muslim women are not allowed to
marry non-Muslim men but Muslim men are permitted to marry
non-Muslim women. What does Islam say?
Answer by Kaukab Siddique: Islam teaches that marriage is
half the faith. Marriage is one of the most powerful means
for the spread of Islam. It turns hostile communities into
friends. The Qur'an used it to break up the well-established
system of slavery in pre-Islamic Arabia and then in the rest
of the Islamic commonwealth.
Islam does not permit a Muslim, male or female, to marry a
non-Muslim, especially in countries like the U.S., China and
India where Muslims are minorities.
In a fully developed Islamic state, where Islam is dominant,
Muslim men are sometimes allowed to marry non-Muslim women
who are chaste and follow the original teachings of Moses and
In America, people coming in from Arab countries have
propagated the view that Muslim men are allowed to marry
non-Muslim women. Not only is this an incorrect view it has
seriously damaged the Islamic cause in America. This country
has become more pagan than Christian and a non-Muslim woman
who comes into a Muslim home is backed by the entire power of
the secular State system and the children of such a marriage
are educated by a secular education system. Other than in
very exceptional cases, such a marriage is very damaging.
Tens of thousands of American and African-American women have
embraced Islam during the last two decades. These men who are
marrying non-Muslim women are denying marriage to those women
who have embraced Islam. Racism and nationalism are often
involved in the Muslim male's decision to marry non-Muslim
[usually White] women.
Why have U.S. Muslims been so misled? It has to do with
inability to study the Qur'an in CONTEXT and the desire to
study the Qur'an WITHOUT the help of the Hadith of the
Prophet, pbuh. If we were to know HOW to study Islam, such
questions would not arise.
The Qur'an makes it very clear that marriage is to be based
only on FAITH in ALLAH and that one of its purposes is to
UNDERMINE SLAVERY. Marriage based on CLASS STRUCTURE and
NATIONALISM is a clear violation of Islam. Here is what the
"Do not marry women who associate others with Allah
[mushrikat] until they believe. A slave woman who
believes is better than one who associates others with Allah
[mushrika] even though she allure you. Nor marry men
who associate others with Allah [mushrikeen] until
they believe: A male slave who believes is better than one
who associates others with Allah [mushrik] even though
he allure you. They [associaters] beckon you to the Fire but
Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden [of Bliss] and
forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind that they
may receive admonition." [2:221]
Notice that I have written the Arabic word in brackets. It is
often incorrectly translated as "disbelievers" and
"idolaters" although mushrik is one who associates
others with Allah.
All interpretations must end when there is a clear Hadith of
the Prophet, pbuh, on the issue. He never recommended
marriage with non-Muslim women. Addressing men, he makes it
quite clear that Islamic integrity and faith is the
requirement for marriage:
"The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on
him, said: Women are married for 4 reasons: for wealth, for
family nobility, for beauty and for Deen: You should
marry for Deen, otherwise may your hands be rubbed in the
dirt." [Narrated by Abu Huraira, r.a., in the Sahih of
Bukhari and the Sahih of Muslim.]
Deen is a comprehensive term for piety, knowledge and
practise of Islam, and Fear of Allah.
Our Arab brothers try to take advantage of a permission
granted in chapter 5 of the Qur'an to marry women from the
People of the Book: These brothers [conveniently?] ignore the
fact that the verse they are using was revealed after the
victory of Islam when Islam had become the dominant force in
Madinah: " ... [lawful unto you in marriage] are not only
chaste women who are believers but chaste women among the
People of the Book revealed before your time ...." [5:5]
This is a legal "permission" within a context of Islamic
dominance. The Prophet, pbuh, does not recommend it. What is
legal is not necessarily the best course.
And Allah knows best.
2008-02-18 Mon 21:51:45 cst