Rabi' al-Awwal 8,1429/ March 16, 2008, #17
Dr. Anwarul Haque [Islamabad, Pakistan] deserves our thanks
for timely reminders of the anniversary of the murder of
Rachel Corrie by the Israelis. In memory of this great
American woman, we have an unusual presentation.
[Please scroll all the way down.]
Just Published Groundbreaking Book Offers a way to Peace between Jews
Jews for Salaam: The Straight Path to
by Imam Warith Deen Umar
You can order a copy of Jews for Salaam
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Jamaat al-Muslimeen News [4 items], P.O. Box 10881,
Baltimore, MD 21234
Prof. Sami' al-Arian's Health Deteriorating: U.S. Refuses
to Release him although Charges did not Stick
Butner, North Carolina: March 15: Prof. al-Arian is
protesting the U.S. government's ongoing attempts to force
him into a grand jury hearing. He is on a hunger strike which
has led to dehydration and serious deterioration of his
health. He had accepted deportation but the regime continues
to hold him. [Several protests are projected for today to
highlight his condition.] Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman [blind Shaikh] Wins Access to Short
wave Radio After Hunger Strike
Butner, North Carolina: March 15: Egypt's top Islamic
scholar, Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman, is also a prisoner in
Butner's hospital prison. The authorities have failed to
destroy his Islamic faith and fervor although his suffering
has been beyond reason. The month before last month he went
on hunger strike to demand access to his shortwave Arabic
channels radio which had been confiscated a year back.
Fearful that the great scholar's death could create upheaval
in Egypt, the authorities gave him the radio back.
We delayed this news for a month so that the long suffering
Shaikh who is an authority on the Qur'an should be able to
enjoy Arabic radio programming at least for some time. Muslim Youth Launch Lively Rally, Wave Banners for Gaza in
March 14, 2008: Scores of Muslim children and youths rallied
in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, to highlight the
Israeli atrocities in Gaza [Palestine]. The young people have
become the pride of the local community and managed the
entire rally almost without adult help. The youths chanted
slogans against the Israeli murders of the people of Gaza
[including children and babies].
The flags of Palestine, with masjid al-Aqsa embossed on them,
made for an impressive sight, especially after the children
started marching up and down the street and chanting slogans.
A few non-Muslim friends and anti-war activists joined
Imam Badi Ali and Dr. Kaukab Siddique [National Shoora member
and Ameer respectively of the Jamaat] were present at the
rally to encourage the youth.
Some very nice
of the rally taken by Br. Aziz will be on New Trend's web
site in a couple of days, inshallah.
Outreach in North Carolina: Khutba Condemns Israeli
Atrocities in Gaza: Calls on Muslims to Honor Women: Islam
Demands Modesty in Males
The Islamic Center of the Triad [ITC] in Greensboro has been
steadily developing under the leadership of Imam Badi Ali and
his team. Owing to the growing population of Muslims,
particularly from Sudan, Palestine, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and
India, two juma' gatherings are held.
On March 14, the two juma' gatherings, about 500 people, had
Dr. Kaukab Siddique as Khateeb. He had come down from
Maryland on special invitation. Here are the main points of
Text : "And obey Allah and the messenger that you may obtain
mercy." [The Qur'an 3:132.]
Text 2: "Modesty [al-Haya] is part of Faith
[Iman] [Hadith, Sahih Bukhari,
The Qur'an is a book of Guidance for those who fear Allah,
who are conscious of Allah and who are
We must be aware of the world we live in. Religion is not
separate from the issues facing the world we live in.
Whatever happens to one Muslim happens to all of us. This is
ONE UMMAH. The 56 Muslim nationalities are good for identity
and autonomy but must be subservient to the overall good of
Our community is standing up for Gaza. What the yahood are
doing to Gaza violates humanity. Similarly the bombing of
Somalia is against all of us.
We must HONOR women. We are obliged to do so by Islam. Islam
puts the mother second only to Allah. The Prophet, pbuh, said
that the best among you is the one who is best to his wife.
We must honor our daughters as the Prophet, pbuh, honored
Fatimat-uz-Zahra, r.a. We must honor sisters, aunts,
grandmothers, ALL women.
It is wrong of Muslim men to be talking freely to non-Muslim
women, to be chatting, flirting with them, disrespecting them.
The Hadith about Haya [modesty] is narrated by men. In
all three narrations, the primary narrator is a male,
Abdullah ibn Umar, Salim, r.a., and Abu Huraira, r.a., and
all three are narrating to men.
Thus modesty is the primary necessity, first, of Muslim men.
The most modest of the Prophet's companions was a male, Usman
ibn Affan, r.a. The Prophet [pbuh] himself was as brave as a
lion on the battlefield but as shy as a virgin maiden at
home. The Qur'an begins by commanding MEN to lower their
gazes before commanding women to do so.
Among those embracing Islam in America, women are the
greatest in numbers. If we men become more modest in
behavior, more women will embrace Islam.
Look at Afghanistan: The Islamic forces there are resisting
NATO because Afghan women tell their sons to go and fight
Muslim unity must begin with the unity of Islamic men and
women worshipping Allah and standing up to taghoot.
Dr. Siddique's khutba is available on CD for $10 donation
from: New Trend, P.O. Box 356, Kingsville, MD 21087
Our America: Is this a great Country or What?
[From our Media Monitor] Eliot Spitzer: Seeming Reformer Turned out to be the
Biggest Hypocrite and Exploiter of Women
March 10-13, 2008: From Albany, the smug capital of New York
state, comes the biggest scandal of them all. The governor of
New York state, Eliot Spitzer, made a reputation for himself
as a fighter against corruption. Interestingly, he went after
prostitution rings and related crime with an intensity which
have made the mutawas of Saudi Arabia proud. On the
quiet, he was himself sexually using prostitutes, probably
the most expensive call girls in America. He was "client
number 9" in the business books of a prostitution den known
as "Emperors' Club."
Spitzer, now it turns out, "used" a 22-year old prostitute
named Alexandra Dupree at the rate of $4500 per hour. The
media estimate that he spent $80,000 on his sexual exploits
in the last 6 months.
THE WORST PART of IT: According to news reports, the
story came out because the authorities traced the flow of
money from the official governmental account to that of the
prostution den's front. In other words, Spitzer would have
never confessed if he had not been caught in illegal
activity. He confessed [in a very clever, vague way]
apparently to avoid being caught flat out. He wanted grounds
to be able to "plea bargain." Thus his "I apologize" speech
rings hollow and sounded fake. Look at the face of that poor
degraded wife of Spitzer forced to stand by him, her face
lined and haggard, while he proclaimed his disgraceful
behavior in a bold tone full of arrogance.
The dirty drama indicates what the Governor thinks of
women: The expensive prostitute was a "toy" which he had
to "possess." He thus treated four other women, his wife and
three teenage daughters like dirt. What the media did not tell you: Spitzer is a Very Rich,
Highly Educated, Ruthless Jew
The most obvious fact about Spitzer is that he is Jewish.
Every news channel in America talked about the scandal but
not one had the courage to say that he is Jewish. One can be
Jewish without being religious. It is a morally bankrupt
ideology. Other rich, highly placed Zionist Jews, like
Senator Schumer, claim Spitzer as a close, long time friend.
[CNN 3.11.] The entire Zionist machine in New York was
supporting Spitzer. It is impossible that none of these "big
shots" who run America's power structure do not know of the
"Emperor's Club" and the expensive call girls.
Here is the basic info about Spitzer from Wikipedia:
[Note the HIGH levels of education.]
"Spitzer was born in the Bronx to Austrian Jewish parents,
and raised in the affluent Riverdale section of The Bronx
in New York City. His family was not particularly religious
and Spitzer did not have a bar mitzvah. He is a graduate of
Horace Mann School. With a score of 1590 on the SAT exam,
Spitzer attended Princeton University and majored in the
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At
Princeton, he was elected chairman of the undergraduate
student government, and graduated in 1981. He scored a
perfect score on the LSAT, and went on to Harvard Law School,
where he met and married Silda Wall. They married on October
17, 1987 and together they have three daughters: Elyssa (b.
December 12, 1989), Sarabeth (b. July 23, 1992), and Jenna
(b. May 23, 1994). Spitzer was an editor of the Harvard Law
Review. One of Spitzer's classmates at Harvard Law School was
Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's Mad Money, on which Spitzer has
appeared or called in on three occasions.
Upon receiving his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, Spitzer
clerked for Judge Robert W. Sweet in Manhattan, then joined
the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He
stayed there for less than two years before leaving to join
the Manhattan district attorney's office."
[In plain words, the best education does not increase a
person's piety and goodness.] MEDRESSAS and AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES
America has been complaining to Muslim countries that Islamic
schools, known as medressas, should either be closed down or
their curriculum should be revised. Why? because some
students are seen as terrorists by the U.S. [though no
evidence of such allegations has come forth.]
Now let us look at American universities. The year before
last University of Pennsylvania saw a terrible murder
of a woman by her husband who was a professor at the
university. He is an Israeli Jew. It was a murder cynical
beyond measure, committed while the wife was writing
Now we have a Princeton University graduate connected
to Harvard Law School committing these anti-woman
crimes and using his power and position to do so. It is time
that at least some American universities should be closed
down. At the very least, their curricula and culture should
be examined and revised. Exploitation and destruction of the
lives of women are no ordinary crimes but affect entire
families and communities. List Released of Germans who Died in Postwar
The Associated Press
Researchers at the former Nazi Sachsenhausen concentration
camp have finished compiling a list of nearly 12,000 Germans
who died there during its use as an internment camp by the
Soviets after World War II ... Soviet secret police used the
camp just north of Berlin to imprison many Nazis as well as
critics of the Soviet occupation of eastern Germany after the
defeat of Adolf Hitler's regime. In all, an estimated 60,000
people were sent to "Special Camp No. 1" in 1945-50.
Pakistan Attacks on Pakistani Special Forces in Lahore
[Analysis by our Pakistan Monitor]
March 11, 2008: Martyrdom operators struck General
Musharraf's security units in the historic city of Lahore.
The first attack struck the 7-storey building of the FIA and
demolished almost all of it. FIA police mostly deals with
immigration and internal country matters but the mujahideen
who attacked seemed to know that a Pakistani cell of special
security forces trained by the U.S. was located in the
building. It was apparently wiped out.
Almost the entire building, quite a large structure was
demolished. The explosion was powerful and was heard for
miles. People panicked and ran for their lives. By March 13,
Pakistan reported 31 killed and 164 wounded in the
The second attack was in an advertising company. It didn't
seem to make sense but late reports indicate that it was the
cell of another special forces unit. At least 4 were
Pakistani intelligence units went into action all over Punjab
and arrested at least 75 people, most of them devout Muslims,
including an imam and a qari. Thus the regimes own
disinformation that India is behind the martyrdom operations
has come to nothing. Observers say that fighters from Islamic
populations in Waziristan which have suffered heavily at the
hands of the Pakistani military led first by Musharraf and
now by General Kayani are taking the war to major Pakistani
cities where Pakistani security forces have their bases.
Islamic political parties are in a difficult position because
they have been advocating democracy and peaceful change and
failed miserably to stop the war against the Islamic
populations of the Frontier province. Killing of civilians condemned
[Courtesy Daily Dawn, Karachi]
KHAR, March 13: Thousands of people demonstrated here on
Thursday in protest against the killing of civilians in a
clash between Bajaur Scouts and militants.
On a call given by the Jamaat-i-Islami, tribesmen from
different villages in the Bajaur agency took out
They were carrying black flags, banners and placards and
raising slogans against the United States and President
About eight people, three of them from the same family, were
killed when Nawagai Bazaar and adjoining localities were
shelled on March 11.
Former MNA Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid, JI Bajaur Amir Sardar
Khan, Malak Mohammad Aziz Khan and Maulana Wahid Gul
addressed the protesters.
They condemned the killing and attack on civilians and
accused the government of targeting religious-minded people
in Fata. They warned that it would further aggravate the
already volatile situation.
In Memoriam: A Great American Woman
: Killed in Cold Blood by Israeli Military
Bulldozer: Eyewitness Accounts vs Israeli Story
On 16 March 2003 in Rafah, occupied Gaza, 23-year-old
American peace activist Rachel Corrie from Olympia,
Washington, was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver.
Rachel was in Gaza opposing the bulldozing of a Palestinian
home as a volunteer with the International
Rachel and seven other ISM activists were in the Hi Es Salam
area of Rafah, Gaza, trying to prevent the razing of
Palestinian land and property. Present were two Israeli
occupation army bulldozers and a tank. For a period of two
hours, the activists played 'cat and mouse', attempting
to prevent the illegal demolitions by physically blocking the
passage of the two bulldozers.
An e-mailed report from the Palestine Monitor stated:
Rachel Corrie (ISM handout)
"Rachel Corey [sic], 23 years old from the state of
Washington, was killed while she was trying to prevent
Israeli army bulldozers from destroying a Palestinian home.
Other foreigners who were with her said the driver of the
bulldozer was aware that Rachel was there, and continued to
destroy the house. Initially he dropped sand and other heavy
debris on her, then the bulldozer pushed her to the ground
where it proceeded to drive over her, fracturing both of her
arms, legs and skull. She was transferred to hospital, where
she later died. Another foreigner was also injured in the
attack and has been hospitalized - at this stage his
nationality is unknown." (15 March 2003)
A press release from the International Solidarity Movement
"Rachel had been staying in Palestinian homes threatened with
illegal demolition, and today Rachel was standing with other
non-violent international activists in front of a home
scheduled for illegal demolition. According to witnesses,
Rachel was run over twice by the Israeli military bulldozer
in its process of demolishing the Palestinian home. Witnesses
say that Rachel was clearly visible to the bulldozer driver,
and was doing nothing to provoke an attack." (15 March 2003)
The photos below clearly show that Rachel was well marked,
had a megaphone which removes any doubt that the activists'
presence was somehow invisible to the driver, and she clearly
posed no threat to the bulldozer driver.
Picture taken between 3:00-4:00PM, 16 March 2003, Rafah,
Occupied Gaza. Rachel Corrie (L) and Nick (R) oppose the
potential destruction of this home (to the west of the
Doctor's home where Rachel was killed). In the instance
pictured, the bulldozer did not stop and Rachel was pinned
between the scooped earth and the fence behind her. On this
occasion, the driver stopped before seriously injuring her.
Photo by Joseph Smith (ISM Handout).
Picture taken between 3:00-4:00PM on 16 March 2003, Rafah,
Occupied Gaza. A clearly marked Rachel Corrie, holding a
megaphone, confronts the driver of one of two Israeli
bulldozers in the area that were attempting to demolish a
Palestinian homes. She was confronting the bulldozer in order
to disrupt its work, and prevent it from threatening any
homes. Photo by Joseph Smith. (ISM Handout)
Picture taken at 4:45PM on 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied
Gaza. Other peace activists tend to Rachel after she was
fatally injured by the driver of the Israeli bulldozer (in
background). This photo was taken seconds after the bulldozer
driver dragged his blade over her for the second time while
reversingback over her body. He lifted the blade as seen in
the photo only after he had dragged it back over Rachel's
body. This image clearly shows that had he lifted his blade
at any time he may have avoided killing her, as the bottom
section of the bulldozer is raised off the ground. Photo by
Richard Purssell. (ISM Handout)
Picture taken at 4:47PM on 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied
Gaza. Rachel Corrie lies on the ground fatally injured by the
Israeli bulldozer driver. Rachel's fellow activists have dug
her a little out of the sand and are trying to keep her neck
straight due to spinal injury. Photo by Joseph Smith. (ISM
Rachel in Najjar hostpital, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Rachel
arrived in the emergency room at 5:05PM and doctors scrambled
to save her. By 5:20PM, she was gone. Ha'aretz
newspaper reported that Dr. Ali Musa, a doctor at Al-Najjar,
stated that the cause of death was "skull and chest
fractures". (Mohammad Al-Moghair)
A later report from ISM Media Coordinator Michael Shaik in
Beit Sahour offered more details about the events:
"The confrontation between the ISM and the Israeli Army had
been under way for two hours when Rachel was run over. Rachel
and the other activists had clearly identified themselves as
unarmed international peace activists throughout
The Israeli Army are attempting to dishonour her memory by
claiming that Rachel was killed accidentally when she ran in
front of the bulldozer. Eye-witnesses to the murder insist
that this is totally untrue. Rachel was sitting in the path
of the bulldozer as it advanced towards her. When the
bulldozer refused to stop or turn aside she climbed up onto
the mound of dirt and rubble being gathered in front of it
wearing a fluorescent jacket to look directly at the driver
who kept on advancing. The bulldozer continued to advance so
that she was pulled under the pile of dirt and rubble. After
she had disappeared from view the driver kept advancing until
the bulldozer was completely on top of her. The driver did
not lift the bulldozer blade and so she was crushed beneath
it. Then the driver backed off and the seven other ISM
activists taking part in the action rushed to dig out her
body. An ambulance rushed her to A-Najar hospital where
Colleagues of Rachel comfort each other in Najjar hostpital,
Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Ha'aretz newspaper reported that
a second activist was also injured at the same location.