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Rabi' al-Thani 30,1429/ May 6, 2008, #27
Thinking outside the box: "The Qur'an is either an
argument for you or against you. Islam is a cutting force; it
is a vanguard movement that sets a standard for people. When
you talk about struggle, change, revolution, this is the
guidance. It sets the standard. It does not follow the
lead of other people; it sets the example. You have to
become comfortable with that. How do you become comfortable
with that? You practice."
[Revolution by the Book by Imam Jamil
Abdullah al-Amin, p.144]
Peace is Possible through Awareness
First International Islamic Conference in the U.S. after
9.11: Heavy First Endorser Begins the Movement to
August 16, inshallah
May 5, 2008: Ramsey Clark is the first endorser of the
international peace conference coming up on August 16. Mr.
Clark, former attorney general of the U.S. is the leader of
the anti-war movement in America. He has fought for the civil
rights of Muslims and other oppressed people as no one else
has. Other than our dear departed Iraqi brother Abdul Sattar,
Ramsey Clark was the first American to visit Iraq to oppose
the Gulf War and show support for the independence of Iraq.
He also had the courage to provide legal defense to Saddam
Hussain, the martyred President of Iraq who fought to the
last, physically, in defense of his people.
Mr. Clark has also been unique in defense of the Blind Shaikh
[Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman] and is still taking care of his
legal rights in prison. The causes of humanity and peace
which Mr. Clark stands for are too many to list here. His
books against war are inspiring, scholarly and courageous.
One of his most brilliant productions is about the people
Peace with honor, based on law, with self determination for
all peoples, is possible if we give up the idea that Islam
can be defeated by dropping bombs.
We thank Ramsey Clark for the generous spirit with which he
accepted, considering that most of the time it is difficult
to reach him, let alone talk to him.
A number of Islamic leaders are being invited, outstanding,
independent and honest. Their names will be published as soon
as they can confirm, inshallah.
We urge the Muslims of America to support this unusual effort
to bring about Peace and Awareness.
Go to the conference web site:
and talk to Br. Aziz.
CANADA! Let my people go!
Dear readers of New Trend: Asalamu alaikum
There are 382 names on the petition to free Momin Khawaja.
Please add your name. Let's try to raise the number to at
least 1000. It takes 5 minutes:
below. A major Canadian Muslim group is speaking out on
the Momin case.
Israel's Anniversary: Day of Mourning for the Muslim World
and all Humanity: Let's Focus on Dismantling this
by Badi Ali, Jamaat al-Muslimeen National Shoora,
Sixty years back Israel was imposed on Palestine by the
western powers who were victorious in World War II. The
Palestinian people to whom Palestine belongs were not
consulted. Military force was used to impose this
illegitimate entity on us. We did not invite the occupiers.
We resisted but the military forces supporting Israel
overwhelmed us through the open ended support they gave the
Israelis. Terrorism was systematically used by the Jews to
force the Palestinian people to leave their homes. Blatant
genocide has been used against us to create a military
enclave in the heartland of Islam.
After the rape, the rape victim is being asked to recognize
the rapist as a legitimate person who has the right to
continue to occupy the victim's home and to keep the
Recognition of a terrorist occupation force as a legitimate
state has absolutely no place in the Islamic way of thinking.
The Muslims must not only resist but must come up with a
viable program to dismantle Israel. In the Islamic belief
system, there is no place for Israel. Prophet Muhammad, peace
be on him, according to authentic hadith, led all the
prophets, pbut, in prayers in masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem.
This is the home of Muhammad, pbuh. He prayed here, and we
Muslims cannot by any twist of any argument give it away to
I urge the Ummah of Islam to remember the Israeli anniversary
as a DAY of MOURNING but the mourning must be Islamic in
content: it should generate positive energy to DISMANTLE the
terrorist entity. If the Muslim world recognizes that Israel
is the enemy of the entire world of Islam, we could UNITEDLY
put an end to Israel even by PEACEFUL MEANS.
Note who is going to Israel to celebrate this terrorist
entity. It is George Bush: the man who is among the most
corrupted and conflicted of human beings. His hands are red
with the blood of Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia and he
is Israel's best friend. India and Israel are working
together to crush the Muslims of Kashmir. Israel's lobby is
trying to undermine Sudan through the suffering
How long has this horror called Israel continued? Sixty
years! 21900 days! How much we have suffered! How much we
have endured! Our children should release 21900 balloons on
this day of mourning to remember the children Israel has
killed. Generations of our people have been destroyed by
this monster. Alhamdulillah! the dawn of Islamic resurgence
is emerging and the night of Israel is moving towards
"By the Dawn, by the ten nights, by the Even and the Odd, and
by the Night when it passes away, is there not in these
evidence for those who understand?" [The Qur'an 89:1-5]
Latest War News: Snippets
[2 items from our Media Monitor]
SOMALIA: May 4, 2008. More than 1,500 people in the
central Somalian village of Dusa Morreb rallied to protest a
U.S. air attack on the village which killed 25 people. The
attack by the U.S. air force on May 1 was aimed at an Islamic
leader named Aden Hashi Ayro who was among those killed. The
protestors were women and children who condemned the U.S.
policy of mass murder from the air killing all to kill one.
African deaths mean nothing to the U.S., they said.
Meanwhile heavy fighting in the capital city Mogadishu
continued as U.S.-backed Ethiopian armored columns attacked
civilian populations which are resisting the occupation of
Somalia by the hated Ethiopians. At least 80 civilians have
been killed in the Ethiopian attacks.
IRAQ: Chaos and Breakdown: Air Attacks in Sadr City:
Marines killed in Anbar Province
The statistics tell a grim story. Another 52 U.S. troops were
killed in April and 6 have been killed in the first 4 days of
May. Another 260 U.S. troops were wounded lightly and another
158 badly wounded in April. Of the dead, 12 U.S. troops were
killed and 50 wounded in the fighting in Sadr city area of
Baghdad and the rest against Al-Qaidah in Iraq. Most
disturbing for the U.S. is the re-emergence of
Al-Qaidah-in-Iraq in Anbar province. As New Trend had
postulated, apparently the Islamic forces were regrouping and
now are back on the offensive.
The U.S. government admitted that 4 marines, America's best,
were killed in fighting in the Fallujah area on May 2. [Fox
TV.] According to an earlier report [CNN April 16] 2 marines
were killed in Anbar province and still another 2 in the same
Women fighters linked to al-Qaidah are carrying out revenge
attacks on Shi'ites who helped U.S. forces. On April 27, a
woman martyrdom operator blew apart a wedding ceremony of
Iraqis supporting the U.S. killing 35 and wounding 14 [in
Balad Ruz, Diyala province.]. U.S. backed Shi'ite forces are
still trying to subdue the Islamic city of Mosul but with
little success. Most people in this major northern city
In SADR CITY area of Baghdad, U.S. air strikes in populated
areas have caused heavy civilian casualties. The death toll
from U.S. air and tank bombardments has crossed the 700 mark,
mostly civilians, including women and children. Of these 34
were killed in ONE air strike on April 28. Scores of Shi'ite
fighters loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr have also been killed as
the heavily armed U.S. forces backed by al-Maliki's Shi'ites
advance into the Sadr city slums.
The slaughter is so bad that Tehran has announced that Iran
will not cooperate with the U.S. any further if the attacks
do not stop.
PAKISTAN's SHAME; General Miller Appointed to U.S. Embassy
in Islamabad [From our Pakistan observer.]
General Miller was the commander of Guantanamo Bay [Gtmo]
cages where hundreds of Islamic innocents were kept for years
without charge. Chaplain Yee, a Muslim who tried to help the
prisoners, has documented in detail the horrific crimes
against Islam and Muslims carried out under the command of
General Miller in Guantanamo. Desecration of the Qur'an was
an ongoing process meant to humiliate and break
This General is now in Pakistan. Something is seriously wrong
with Pakistan that it can accept such a man on its soil.
[See below the latest inside report from Gtmo related by a
James Yee's book For God and Country should be
required reading for anyone who doubts that America is waging
a war against Islam and specifically against the Qur'an. It's
a heartbreaking story but it is also extremely inspiring.
This American Muslim showed that Islam is stronger than
America's military might although he fought
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
[Note: Jamaat al-Muslimeen is an independent Islamic
organization. It is not connected in any way to organizations
with similar names in Trinidad and Karachi.]
Outreach: 128 Muslims in Silver Spring Maryland:
A rich but Very Sleepy Community
May 2, 2008: Muslim Community Center [MCC] is a super rich
community north of the Washington, DC beltway, about 33 miles
south of Baltimore. After Juma' salat, Jamaat al-Muslimeen
literature was give to 128 people from a great variety of
nationalities. The literature announced the International
Islamic Conference for Peace and Awareness coming up on
August 16. It also documented the mass rally by Islamic women
in Karachi, Pakistan against the blasphemous cartoons
published in Denmark and the abusive anti-Islam video
produced in Holland.
An analysis of Senator Obama's response to Rev. Wright and
Min. Farrakhan was included in the documents.
The khutba was a rambling, sleepy one. It was not clear what
the khateeb wanted to say. A janaza prayer was held but the
crowd was not told the name of the deceased. The highlight of
the day was when a brother brought a truckload of fruits and
vegetables and sold them at discount rates. [This is a
leaderless community, very rich but diffuse.]
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz at Lincoln University for
Commencement Ceremonies on May 4
One of Lincoln's greatest,
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, is visiting Lincoln
U. He was welcomed by both faculty and students. On May 1, he
performed the wedding ceremony for a Muslim student. Last
year he was offered an Endowed Chair by Grambling University
and decided to resign from Lincoln University owing to
constant harassment and nit picking by the extreme right wing
administration. It was a terrible loss for Lincoln.
One of America's Most Distinguished Imams to address
National Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen: Way to
On May 24 inshallah: Imam Warith Deen Umar, from
Albany, New York, will address, inshallah, the National
Islamic Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen to be held in
Greensboro, North Carolina. He will introduce his brilliant
new book JEWS for SALAAM which is a groundbreaking work for
the possibilities of peace between Muslims and Jews.
Imam Umar is honored by the Muslims of America owing to his
refusal to sell out after 9.11 as most Muslim "leaders" did.
He was steadfast although the American power structure, from
the Wall Street Journal, to the FBI, the Police and Jewish
senators like "Chuck" Schumer threw their united fitna
His large, interracial, family has shown the power of the
united Islamic family in times of stress.
Masaud Khan's Case: Innocent Victim in USA of India's
Occupation of Kashmir
by Kaukab Siddique
It's a land of great beauty with a peaceful, gentle
population not at home at all with weapons and explosives.
Most Muslims in America have forgotten Kashmir although human
rights organizations provide stark facts about the ongoing
agony of the people of Kashmir. Here are just three facts
which should make us think:
i. 700,000 Indian troops are in Kashmir. This is the biggest
occupation army in the world.
ii. Rape has been used by India to subjugate the
iii. Hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris are refugees. To
escape Indian oppression, they fled to Pakistan and
Sympathy for the Kashmiri people is a natural phenomenon in
Pakistan. Islamic organizations have tried to help the
Kashmiri people. Some have linked up with the Kashmiri
resistance. Pakistani governments of all shades have spoken
in support of freedom for Kashmir. The K in Pakistan stands
for Kashmir; thus Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir.
Where does Masaud Khan come into the story? He is a middle
class Pakistani from a well-to-do family. His father married
an American woman who embraced Islam. They lived comfortably
in Maryland, in one of the suburbs just outside Washington.
The father passed away leaving behind substantial property in
Karachi, Pakistan. Masaud Khan visited Pakistan for property
reasons. As the stay became extended, his religious
inclinations got him interested in KASHMIR. He is said to
have visited an encampment set up by a pro-Kashmir Islamic
group and to show his support, he fired three shots
symbolically at India. That was the extent of his activism.
When the U.S. government decided to "prove" that it had
broken a "jihad cell" in Virginia, Masaud was among those
arrested. The prosecution [under the auspices of Ashcroft at
that time] was determined to convict. It arrested a Korean
convert to Islam who had been befriended by Masaud's family.
The young Korean man had once lived in the basement of
Masaud's home in Maryland. The U.S. brought him all the way
from Korea to testify against Masaud. The man was convinced
that his life would end if he did not testify against Masaud.
He himself was to be tried as a terrorist! The Virginia
"jihad" defendants were pressured to speak against each other
to get shorter terms in prison. The government broke some of
the defendants for this nefarious "witnessing."
Masaud was sentenced to 90 years! The court said it was 30
years for each of his three symbolic shots at India! His
appeal has been turned down. During the trial, the government
brought up the Neutrality Act against him. This law has
seldom, if ever, been used. It says that any act against an
ally of the U.S. is to be seen as an act against the U.S.
Thus the new friendship between the U.S. and India has turned
the Kashmiri freedom struggle into "terrorism."
Masaud's case is basically a political case. He is a staunch
citizen of the U.S. and never broke U.S. law; never did
anything against the U.S. The SILENCE of the Pakistani and
Kashmiri citizens of the U.S. helped the government to get
away with this shameful sentence: NINETY YEARS for a
victimless crime! It boggles the mind. This is America under
I urge Kashmiri-Americans and Pakistani-Americans to take
up the case of Masaud. He is innocent; a victim of the Bush
administration's determination to prove that it broke a
Please join me in urging the regime to free Masaud Khan!
By Jalaluddin S. Hussain [Exclusive to New Trend]
Momin Khawaja's Case: Canadian Muslims Call for Fair
Trial: More than Four Years in Solitary Confinement
Observe principle of transparency
Recently, an open letter was sent by the Canadian Islamic
Congress (CIC), to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
(and also to all the members of the Canadian House of
Commons), regarding, Mohammed Momin Khawaja, the
terrorist-suspect. In this letter the CIC has re-stated its
principled stand of preserving the security of all Canadians,
through the prosecution of individuals, who are believed to
have genuinely participated in terrorist activities. However,
this grassroots Muslim organization still believes, (as is
evident from some of its recent electronic bulletins) that
the prosecution process should be implemented only in
accordance "with the rule of law and the principle
It is unfortunate that in the case of Muhammad Momin Khawaja
this "principle of transparency" has not apparently been
followed. The CIC has therefore requested the Prime Minister
of Canada to ensure that Muhammed Momin Khawaja gets a fair
and prompt trial and his defence team is given free access to
all the available evidences against him. It is worth
mentioning that Mohammed Momin Khawaja has already suffered
solitary confinement for more than four years, since March
2004. Now, his case needs to be proceeded against
expeditiously. If the serious case of alleged terrorism is
proved against him he should be punished severely..
The Bill C-50, (Budget Implementation Bill), which also
incorporates sweeping immigration changes to the existing
immigration laws, is being reviewed presenntly by the Senate
Standing Committees on Immigration and Finance. While the
Conservative Party of Canada, may have its own conservative
and anti-immigration agenda to push, it is important to
realize that Canada desparately needs a generous and flexible
set of immigration laws, for immediate implementation.
The opposition political parties of Canada - the Liberal, the
Bloc-Quebecois and the New Democratic Party - are right in
- more dollar investment be made in the Canadian
- more application of skilled immigrants from all over the
world be approved;
- more "family category" immigration, relating to skilled
immigrants, be accepted.
Briefly, the second largest country of the world, Canada,
with its meagre 33 million population and vast natural
resources, need to radically overhaul its immigration
policies and make it easier for the skilled and multicultural
would-be immigrants to apply.
A recent letter to the editor, in the daily "Dawn" of
Karachi, Pakistan, by one Dr. Irfan Zafar, of Islamabad, was
an eye-opener for me. This letter entitled; "Books not
Bombs", mentioned the following interesting statistics:
- While India's current defence budget was 2.29 per cent of
its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), that of Pakistan was (a
much smaller country), 3.13 per cent of its GDP;
- compared to India's literacy rate of 61 per cent (with a
total population of around 1 billion), Pakistan's leteracy
rate was 50 per cent (with a much smaller population of
Pakistan and India are passing through critical times of
their political history and it is therefore incumbent upon
both of them to allocate more and more funds to their social,
economic and educational budgets, instead of to defence.
I wish I could have known the author of the following quote:
" War is terrorism and if war is terrorism then the biggest
terrorists are militaries. The armed forces of the United
States have killed more peoples than Noriega. Saddam Hussein,
Bin Laden and McVeigh, combined".
Letter: Unbelievers, good or bad, do not have the same
goals as Muslims do
Each of us should understand what unbelievers, such as
Clinton, McCain, Obama, Nader and McKinney are saying when
they discuss Foreign Policy. One candidate may be more humane
than another, but the safety and sovereignty of Islam and
Muslim peoples, and the rights of Muslims to enjoy the
resources that Allah has put in our lands, is not the goal
of their foreign policy.
Maryam Sharron Muhammad [Washington, DC]
[The writer has sent a bibliographic listing of books about
water resources for which we thank her. --Editor]
DEAD CHILDREN, that is....
Gaza - "A shocking and shameful situation"
reliefweb.int — When it comes to violence and the pervasive
sense of fear that it has created in every household, the
statistics speak for themselves. The casualty figures for
2008 in Gaza are a total of 344 Palestinians killed and 756
injured. In those figures are the deaths of 60 undisputedly
innocent children with a further 175 injured children.
But in reality, it's more than 60, that's just bombs,
bullets and shrapnel, there are subtler methods:
Above & More:
Gitmo Sudanese released after six years 6 months: Saga of
U.S. Tyranny and Racism: Pakistan's Shameful Role: Sami
helped Bosnia and Chechnya 10 years before 9.11. U.S. Claims
that was "terrorism."
Sami al-Hajj Hits Out At US Captors
May 2, 2008
Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj has hit out at the US
treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison
where he was held for nearly six and a half years.
Saying that "rats are treated with more humanity", al-Hajj
said inmates' "human dignity was violated".
Al-Hajj, who arrived in Sudan early on Friday, was carried
off the US air force jet on a stretcher and immediately taken
Later, he had an emotional reunion with his wife and son.
His brother, Asim al-Hajj, said he did not recognise the
cameraman because he looked like a man in his 80s.
Still, al-Hajj said: "I was lucky because God allowed that I
But his attention soon turned to the 275 inmates he left
behind in the US military prison.
"I'm very happy to be in Sudan, but I'm very sad because of
the situation of our brothers who remain in Guantanamo.
Conditions in Guantanamo are very, very bad and they get
worse by the day," he said from his hospital bed.
"Our human condition, our human dignity was violated, and the
American administration went beyond all human values, all
moral values, all religious values.
"In Guantanamo ... rats are treated with more humanity. But
we have people from more than 50 countries that are
completely deprived of all rights and privileges.
"And they will not give them the rights that they give
animals," he said.
Al-Hajj complained that "for more than seven years, [inmates]
did not get a chance to be brought before a civil court to
defend their just case".
The US embassy in Khartoum issued a brief statement
confirming that a "detainee transfer" to tlineSudan had taken
place and saying it appreciated Sudan's co-operation.
Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, visited al-Hajj
A senior US defence official in Washington speaking on
condition of anonymity, told Reuters that al-Hajj was "not
being released [but] being transferred to the
But Sudan's justice minister told Al Jazeera that al-Hajj was
a free man and would not be arrested or face any charges.
Two other Sudanese inmates at Guantanamo, Amir Yacoub al-Amir
and Walid Ali, were freed along with al-Hajj.
The two said they were blindfolded, handcuffed and chained to
their seats during the flight home.
The Reprieve organisation that represents some Guantanamo
inmates said Moroccan detainee Said Boujaadia was also
released and flown home on the same aircraft as the
According to a US defence department statement, five
detainees were "transferred" to Afghanistan as well. It said
that all those detainees, nine in total, had been "determined
to be eligible for transfer following a comprehensive series
of review proccesses".
Al-Hajj was the only journalist from a major international
news organisation held at Guantanamo and many of his
supporters saw his detention as punishment for the
Seized in 2001
He was seized by Pakistani intelligence officers while
travelling near the Afghan border in December 2001.
Despite holding a legitimate visa to work for Al Jazeera's
Arabic channel in Afghanistan, he was handed to the US
military in January 2002 and sent to Guantanamo Bay.
Al-Hajj, who is originally from Sudan, was held as an "enemy
combatant" without ever facing trial or charges.
Al-Hajj was never prosecuted at Guantanamo so the US did not
make public its full allegations against him.
But in a hearing that determined that he was an enemy
combatant, US officials alleged that in the 1990s, al-Hajj
was an executive assistant at a Qatar-based beverage company
that provided support to Muslim fighters in Bosnia
The US claimed he also travelled to Azerbaijan at least eight
times to carry money on behalf of his employer to the
al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a now defunct charity that US
authorities say funded armed groups.
The US also clamed he met Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, allegedly a
senior lieutenant to Osama bin Laden who was arrested in
Germany in 1998 and extradited to the United States.
His lawyers have always denied the allegations.
'Element of racism'
Al-Hajj had been on hunger strike since January 7, 2007.
David Remes, a lawyer for 17 detainees at Guantanamo Bay,
told Al Jazeera that the treatment al-Hajj received "was more
horrific than most" and that there was "an element of racism"
in the way he was treated.
He said he had been in contact with the lawyer representing
al-Hajj and it appeared the cameraman had been
"The Europeans would never receive this treatment,"
About 275 detainees remain at Guantanamo and the lawyer said
European detainees had all been returned to their country,
leaving nationalities such as Yemenis - who now constitute
one third of the inmate population.
Remes said al-Hajj had been released because the Bush
administration "wants to flush as many men out of Guantanamo
as quickly as possible ... as Guantanamo has become such an
international badge of shame".
"Once the Supreme Court said the men could have lawyers the
pressure increased [on the US] and condemnation isolated the
US administration. Guantanamo was a PR disaster," he said.
"Unfortunately Americans appreciate violations of rights but
they have no sympathy for men held at Guantanamo as the
[Bush] administration has done such a good job in portraying
them as the worst of the worst and as evil doers.
"I've met many prisoners, gotten to appreciate their
suffering ... we know them as humans not as worst of worst,
we've met their families.
"I've been to Guantanamo and the human dimension of
Guantanamo is a story yet to be told," Remes said.
Al Jazeera concerns
Al Jazeera had been campaigning for al-Hajj's release since
his capture nearly six and a half years ago.
Wadah Khanfar, the network's director-general who was in
Khartoum to welcome al-Hajj, said "we are overwhelmed
But he criticised the US military for urging al-Hajj to
spy on his employers.
"We are concerned about the way the Americans dealt with
Sami, and we are concerned about the way they could deal with
others as well," he said.
"Sami will continue with Al Jazeera, he will continue as a
professional person who has done great jobs during his work
with Al Jazeera.
"We congratulate his family and all those who knew Sami and
loved Sami and worked for this moment."
Polygamy and Societal norms: A Muslim Response to the
Tragedy in Texas: Children separated from Mothers
by Shamsuddin Waheed [By special permission to New Trend.]
The nation and perhaps the entire world have been paying
attention to the recent raid on a compound belonging to the
Fundamentalist Church of Latter day Saints [FLDS] in El
Dolado, Texas. It has been said that sexual abuse of
children, forced marriages and assault was taking place on
As the days continue to unfold, so do the details of the
circumstances surrounding the initial investigation, the raid
on FLDS property and the subsequent action of taking hundreds
of children into state custody, the accusations continue to
fly. One which sticks out in my mind is that children were
"indoctrinated" to accept marriage. For more, see the
Do not all parents "indoctrinate" their children? I found the
wording of that very arrogant and condescending. In any case,
it has now been said that the initial investigation was the
result of a prank, a bad joke, on the part of a FLDS
detractor [ see
Nonetheless, the beliefs, dress, and moral code of the
followers of this Mormon breakaway faction are very odd to
mainstream American culture, the most striking is their
practice of polygamous marriage. Those who enter into
polygamy have traditionally been seen as sexual deviants,
acting contrary to Biblical norms. In the days of early
Mormonism, polygamy, better described as Polygany, was seen
as a command from God. Persecution from both society as well
as the government forced the movement to abandon it in 1890
]. This was not universally accepted among Mormons, leading
to schisms, the FDLS being just one of many such examples.
In any case, I find it very strange that while Homosexuality
is acceptable and legal, persons with multiple sexual
partners [married or otherwise] cannot face any legal
consequences for their actions or lifestyle choice,
individuals seeking marriage, of their own free will, are
roundly condemned and prosecuted to the fullest extent of
We venture to call this Evident Hypocrisy! We are asking
here, why the hypocrisy? Please explain why polygamy is
wrong, and yet homosexuality is not? Why is polygamy immoral
and contrary to state law, when plural relationships, usually
without marriage, or simply "playing the field" are
acceptable, without fear of government interference?
Sometimes it is asserted that Polygamous relationships place
an unfair burden on state and national resources .However,
would not any other relationship, with its consequent
children, also place the same burdens? It seems to me that
such reasoning is untenable, an excuse to simply attack what
is different, something which presents a totally different
set of values and morals, in many cases exposing our own
inadequacies as a nation and society.
Polygamy in Islam
In Pre-Islamic Arabia, a variety of marriages and
relationships were seen as acceptable, including polygamy.
However, an unlimited polygamy was practiced. The Qur'an
limits the number of wives a man is allowed to take to four,
and what is most interesting about this is that the Qur'an
itself links polygamy to social welfare.
"And if you are fearful that you cannot be just with orphans,
then marry women of your choice, two, three or four. And if
you fear the inability to be just [again], then one woman
..that is the most suitable in preventing you from
being unjust." [Qur'an 4:3]
The Muslim community, under the leadership of Muhammad, pbuh,
were under much pressure, as men had been falling in battle,
leaving behind widows and children with no means of support.
This was a solution to several problems,but the main one
addressed is that of social welfare. Any religion that does
not give guidance for practical situations of like nature
does not deserve much attention. In the above cited Qura'nic
text, it appears that it is suggested that instead of
guardians being appointed to manage the inheritance [if any]
of the family, the guardian himself, or someone willing to
take on this role, should unite with that family, take on the
responsibilities and struggles together, as a means of
overcoming pressure, but also to build a cohesive family, a
large body that will be there for mutual support financially,
spiritually, and so forth.
This has little to do with sexual adventure. The Qur'an is
presenting an alternative family system, with limitations of
course. It should also be noted that rulers and leaders often
took on wives from other nations/tribes/families etc.. as a
means to build traditional relationships and solidify
alliances. This is apparent in the figure of Solomon, whom
the Bible says had as many as 700 wives[ 1 Kings 11:3]. The
Prophet Muhammad himself had similar reasons in mind, as we
see that he also married several widows.
Polygamy is not for everyone, indeed it is not recommended
for those financially or emotionally incapable of handling
such responsibilities. In any case, as an institution it does
not deserve the sort of bad press it has received and
continues to receive.
If it is to be practiced, it should be for the correct
motivations, and not simply for "adventure". Marriage,
whether in polygamy or not, should never be rushed into. We
suggest following the advice of Muhammad himself, which is to
pray [salaat al -Istikhaarah] and then seek advice from
This was by no means a comprehensive look at Polygamy, but
nonetheless we pray that this has caused you to at least
consider the choice of others and not look at it with
contempt. I am also interested in the views of those who have
experience in polygamy, from any religion, in order to have a
productive and meaningful discussion.
[#1] Al Qahtaani, Sa'eed, Fortification of the Muslim through
remembrance and supplication from the Qur'aan and Sunnah,
pp. 105-108 [Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Dar al Khair,
The writer lives in Cleveland,Ohio, and lectures at various
mosques. He teaches the Qur'an and Quranic Arabic and has a
forum called islaminviewforum.com, and contributed to the
recentlyy published book The language of revelation, designed
to teach Arabic from a Qur'anic base. His appendices deal
with a variety of topics, mostly related to Qur'anic terms,
such as the usage of Imtihaan, Fitnah and Bala' in
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