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Jamada al-Awwal 14,1429/ May 20, 2008, #30
Is Peace with Honor Possible? Watch for the International
Islamic Conference for Peace and Awareness
Muslims of America are taking the initiative. Authentic
Scholars, teachers, grassroots activists invited on
August 16, 2008
This is not a money based movement. Committees are being set
up in various cities to make Peace a broad based movement.
Your help will make this groundbreaking event possible.
The Conference has its own web site.
Please go to:
Donate to help this FIRST STEP towards peace. Talk to
Br. Aziz if you want to make suggestions for the success
of the conference.
WAR NEWS: 
U.S. General Apologizes: Qur'an used for Target Practice:
Outrage in Iraq
May 17, 2008: An association of Islamic scholars in Iraq
distributed photos of a Qur'an used by U.S. troops for target
press in the Radhwaniya area west of Baghdad. In the photos
New Trend received, the pictures show bullet holes in the
Qur'an. The sources, checked by CNN, say that a four letter
obscenity had been scrawled by U.S. soldiers on the Qur'an.
The desecration took place on May 9 and the desecrated Qur'an
was found by Iraqis on May 11. The story was kept hidden for
a whole week after which the U.S. military came forth with an
elaborate public relations exercise to defuse the tension.
An American general gathered Iraqis working for the U.S,
brought forth a new copy of the Qur'an, kissed it and asked
forgiveness of the Iraqis.
Documented instances show that the U.S. military in Iraq as a
matter of course attacks all that is sacred to Islam. During
the U.S. attacks on Fallujah and other western cities where
the Islamic resistance known as al-Qaida-in-Iraq had taken
root, the U.S. military destroyed almost all mosques and
Islamic schools and tried to justify its actions by saying
that 'extremists' had taken over. New Trend published a photo
of U.S. troops camping in a mosque.
In a similar public relations exercise, the U.S. built a new
mosque to replace the destroyed ones. [A photo of the "new
mosque" was published in ISNA's magazine
[Editorial comment: Chaplain Yee, who tried to be
compassionate to Muslim prisoners in Guantanamo Bay cages,
has documented in great detail that the U.S. uses desecration
of the Qur'an on an ONGOING BASIS to demoralize and break
Muslims. See Yee's book For God and Country. It's a
brilliant book by a Muslim who sees America as a land of
goodness and decency and could not accept the desecration of
the Qur'an. He gradually realized that the policy of
desecration of the Qur'an was coming from the top. I would
say that the U.S. power structure is making a serious
mistake. Such abuse far from demoralizing the Muslims is
broadening the base of resistance. Gradually the
Muslims are realizing that the American power structure is
waging a war on Islam with all its power and resources.
War News 
Story About Iranian Weapons Collapses
CASMII Press Release
10 May 2008
"US confession: Weapons were not made in Iran
In a sharp reversal of its longstanding accusations against
Iran arming militants in Iraq , the US military has made an
unprecedented albeit quiet confession: the weapons they had
recently found in Iraq were not made in Iran at all.
According to a report by the LA Times correspondent Tina
Susman in Baghdad: "A plan to show some alleged
Iranian-supplied explosives to journalists last week in
Karbala and then destroy them was canceled after the United
States realized none of them was from Iran. A U.S. military
spokesman attributed the confusion to a misunderstanding that
emerged after an Iraqi Army general in Karbala erroneously
reported the items were of Iranian origin. When U.S.
explosives experts went to investigate, they discovered they
were not Iranian after all."
The US , which until two weeks ago had never provided any
proof for its allegations, finally handed over its "evidence"
of the Iranian origin of these weapons to the Iraqi
government. Last week, an Iraqi delegation to Iran presented
the US "evidence" to Iranian officials. According to
Al-Abadi, a parliament member from the ruling United Iraqi
Alliance who was on the delegation, the Iranian officials
totally refuted "training, financing and arming" militant
groups in Iraq. Consequently the Iraqi government announced
that there is no hard evidence against Iran.
In another extraordinary event this week, the US spokesman in
Iraq, Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner, for the first time did not
blame Iran for the violence in Iraq and in fact did not make
any reference to Iran at all in his introductory remarks
to the world media on Wednesday when he described the large
arsenal of weapons found by Iraqi forces in Karbala.
In contrast, the Pentagon in August 2007 admitted that it had
lost track of a third of the weapons distributed to the Iraqi
security forces in 2004/2005. The 190,000 assault rifles and
pistols roam free in Iraqi streets today.
In the past year, the US leaders have been relentless in
propagating their charges of Iranian meddling and fomenting
violence in Iraq and since the release of the key judgments
of the US National Intelligence Estimate in December that
Iran does not have a nuclear weaponisation programme, these
accusations have sharply intensified.
The US charges of Iranian interference in Iraq too have now
collapsed. Any threat of military strike against Iran is in
violation of the UN charter and the IAEA's continued
supervision on Iran's uranium enrichment facilities means
there is no justification for sanctions.
CASMII calls on the US to change course and enter into
comprehensive and unconditional negotiations with Iran.
For more information or to contact CASMII please visit
Letter: Re. Siraj Wahhaj and Abdul Malik "Mujahid.":
Supporters of Tyrants
I think Br Haider Bhuiyan's criticism of Dr Siddique is
Remember any one who is in public life is prone to criticism.
The person attacked should respond and set the record
straight. What we find is that those who are criticized by
New Trend do not respond and the readers get the impression
rightly that the charges levelled against such people
Most of the so-called leaders of Muslim community in the West
do not come out in support of Muslim and non-Muslim causes.
It is left to, sadly, non-Muslims to condemn the policies of
the West and speak out. One such person is Danny Glover
["Lethal Weapon" fame] who is not jumping on the bandwagon to
support Obama just because he is black. He says quiet rightly
that "A campaign is built on certain principles that get you
elected. A movement is based on how we really envision the
nuts and bolts of change. So far Obama has built a campaign,
he says. "We need a movement". Mr Danny Glover puts succintly
the power we each have and says " I really believe we can be
architects of our own rescue. We will all face judgement," he
says, speaking in the authoritative drawl used for his most
portentious lines, "At the end of my time, I want somebody to
say: "He tried to do the right thing.". [ Indepdendent on
Sunday, London 4 May 2008
The litmus test of right and wrong is surely one's attitude
to illegal wars and detention without trials, and support of
tyrants by American Government.
How many of our leaders come out openly against the policies
of American Government? Sadly very few.
Critical Letter: Quotes from New Trend: Why is New Trend
Saying that "Slavery is Shirk" or that Nouri al-Maliki is an
Apostate or that USA is Racist?
[Recently this reader conveyed his unhappiness with New
Trend. We asked him to provide specific references for his
unhappiness. This is his response]
As Salaamu Alaykum
What follows are some extracts from New Trend which
demonstrate what exactly I am referring to in my previous
letter. In a recent article New Trend is quoted metaphorly
depicting some muslims as "...prostrating in front of the
power of the White House..." and in that same article
refers to a muslim Congressman as "...such a
New Trend May 11th edition
The problem in this quote is its alusion to shirk and
reference to a fellow muslim who is Afro-American by a
derogatory term used almost exclusively
for Afro-Americans (uncletom)!
In the April 30th edition we find such quotes as "Slavery
is shirk, the greatest sin in Islam...Monarchy is HARAM...It
is shirk because only Allah is the RULER." This is utter
by the same mouth that praises Umar Khattab radiallahu
anhu, who own slaves even after the death of the Messenger
salallahu alayhi wa sallam, or did the second greatest muslim
of all time not know he was committing shirk. The article
goes on to infer that Muslim kings cooked-up scholars who
would later claim "...Islam permits slavery but slave
should be treated well...", this view of Islamic history
comes from pure opinion.
June 18th '07 New Trend
refers to Nouri al-Maliki as an "apostate", though
again this is a huge claim that Maliki is
a non-believer of which the Prophet salallahu alayhi
wa sallam informs us that if such claims are not true
unbelief or kufr will be for the one making the claim.
This has been an affair which many scholars have been shy to
lay direction claims of kufr fearing Allah would inflict
them with the sin.
Victimized by Racism in Corporate America
(April 30th 2008 the triple k in America is assumed not to be
a typo) a security guard doing his job (whether
diplomatically or not) is immediately labeled as a
"racist" looking for the first opportunity to ruin
someone's life because he is a "fool [who]...thinks his race
makes him superior..." all because he question a man in a
grocery store for not having a receipt upon exiting and
escorted him to his manager who later apologized. The
Conclusion of the article "The spirit of Zionism permeates
this corrupt and backwards nation..." is blatantly racist
Their is are many examples Zaid Shakir and Hamzah Yusuf are
called opportunist and are condemned by the Qur'an in
June 18th '06 edition.
May 31st 2007
Zaid "loves his masters [and is] against the
ummah of Islam" (June 20th '06). What is the proof of this
and how could anyone say this so easily as if these claims
don't justify necessity and explict proof and relevance.
Simply put what is the bennifit of such statements.
I could go on...and on...and on, but the point is that to
make a claim, it first must be justified and secondly it must
be true. If it were true and not justified it is still
backbitting which is most certainly HARAM. If it is not true
then it is a LIE and is also HARAM. Having taqwa necessitates
knowing these things.
Joseph Robinson [Baltimore, Maryland]
Editorial Response by Kaukab Siddique:
Dear reader: Walaikum asalam
Much of what is referred to as Islam nowadays is in violation
of the original teachings of Islam. U.S. Muslims are often
not taught what Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him considered
Islam. They are given some formulas to go by, which though
enough to start off as Muslims do not suffice to give an
authentic understanding of Islam.
Islam is not a religion in the conventional sense. It does
not restrict itself to forms and rituals of worship but looks
at life in its totality. One of the key teachings of Islam,
which is connected to TAWHEED and RISALAT is that AUTHORITY
BELONGS TO ALLAH ALONE. Slavery, which creates a
master-servant relationship, is not allowed in Islam. In fact
the fundamental objective of Islam is to FREE the SLAVE
[Surah al-Balad]. Part of the Islamic treasury has to be
spent to free slaves. All the great Companions of the
Prophet, p, freed slaves. The Prophet, p, has given a flat
out command, recorded in Sahih Hadith: ".... Free the
captives." The Prophet, p, has also taught that the prayer of
one who enslaves a free person will not be accepted by Allah
Did Umar ibn al-Khattab, r.a., himself own slaves, thus
violating the teachings of Islam? That's not true. Many times
slaves who were freed joined the families of those who freed
them, because they did not have tribes of their own, and are
referred to as "slaves" rather than as "freed slaves" in our
books. Salim, may Allah be pleased with him, was one of the
freed slaves of Umar, r.a., and is one of the greatest
narrators of Hadith. He was certainly not a slave.
Reading books of Hadith requires scholarship and close
scrutiny. The Muwatta of Imam Malik, for instance, contains
narrations about slaves which are not from the Prophet, pbuh,
but are the views of people who lived in the era of kingship
when the Muwatta was transmitted. Hadith of the Prophet,
pbuh, is part of Islam: the views of others are not.
You must start studying the Qur'an on an ongoing basis. You
will find that Allah does not accept any COOPERATION with
oppressors. The Qur'an calls people who judge by other than
the commands of Allah, unbelievers. Even slight
cooperation is not permitted with oppressors. Nouri al-Maliki
is a CIA agent who not only is cooperating with the
oppressors but is fighting Muslims on behalf of
When you criticize New Trend, you must look at the context of
the criticism. We don't indulge in criticism in a random way
just to put people down. Very serious developments have taken
place in America to infiltrate Muslim communities. Hamza
Yusuf, for instance, claimed that the authenticity of the
Qur'an itself will be in question if Muslims question the
Jewish story of the Holocaust. Did you check out this report
in New Trend? For the activities of Zaid Shakir see below.
New Trend has been illustrating for years that racism is
institutionalized in this country. The webmaster's article
about racism in America is merely an illustration of this
truth. I would suggest that you continue reading New Trend.
If you think racism is not a major issue, read some of the
books which have been recommended in these columns. "Uncle
Tom" is used to refer to African-Americans who
unquestioningly follow white people, as the character "Uncle
Tom" did in the famous story.
As for backbiting, Muslims often confuse it with criticism of
public issues and policies. Actions done in public must not
only be criticized in public but Muslims are duty bound to do
so. Good wishes to you!
To help Br. Joseph and new readers, we provide here the
context of some of the criticism New Trend has published. See
the next three items
From our archive:
Qadianism in a New Guise: ISNA Desecrating Islam Under
[In India, the British supported Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiani
in their efforts to nationalize Islam. The Qadianis taught
the irrelevance of Jihad and spoke of the British imperial
power as the paragon of excellence. The Qadianis (also called
"ahmeddis" or "mirzais") were difficult to detect because
they prayed like Hanafis and wore beards and hijabs.
They fooled Muslims for quite a while. -Ed. note]
ISNA Proud of its Pentagon Connection: Still Claims to
In its May/June 2006 issue, Islamic Horizons, a
publication of ISNA [Islamic Society of North America]
proudly presents its connection to the Pentagon and support
for aggression against the Muslims of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The report titled "ISNA at Pentagon Meeting" is on page 8 of
Islamic Horizons with a large multicolored photo of
Ahmed Elhattab, Acting Secretary General of ISNA, standing
under a large logo of the Pentagon. Elhattab is smiling
broadly, his face lit up, as if he has reached his paradise.
The ISNA report is very matter of fact, as if this kind of
activity is normal in Islamic life. It states: "Ahmed
Elhattab, acting ISNA secretary general and executive
director of the ISNA Development Foundation (IDF), attended
the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference [JCOC] Alumni Event
at the Pentagon, Jan.26-27. Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld addressed the event."
Rumsfeld addressed the event? Would any decent Muslim be
proud of such an association with the mass murderer of Iraq?
Some Jews would not be proud of it.[Note the irony of "IDF"
which escaped ISNA.]
As if that is not sufficient to establish ISNA as a puppet
organization, the report indicates that America's war
activity against Muslims was updated to the participants,
along with concerns about the "challenges" the military is
facing. Here is the ISNA report again:
"Event participants met with Department of Defense officials
and attended a brief discussion on the challenges faced by
military services in recruiting the future force of 2020.
They received updates from senior DOD officials on combat
operations, troop strength, and troop morale in Iraq and
Afghanistan. They also participated in a working lunch and
engaged in discussion on the latest national strategy for
FBI's MEN AMONG MUSLIMS
ISNA's Vice President, "imam" Magid, runs ADAMS center, a
place of pro-government religious activity. Magid is quite
impressive at a distance: he speaks Arabic, wears a turban,
has a prayer mark.Many naive Muslims are misled by his
religious looks. Look at his behavior and it soon becomes
clear that he is an outright MUNAFIQ. His nifaq is blatant
and carried out under the protection of the regime. Check out
the ADAMS Center web site and the list of activities of
"Imam" Magid. He is a frequent bootlicker of Jewish Rabbis.
In fact, he could get a medal from the regime for being the
most frequent visitor to Synagogues and Rabbis from among the
Muslim community. [Only Syed Sayeed, the former Secretary
General of ISNA, can come anywhere near Magid in this
But visiting the leaders of the friends of Israel was not
enough to get Magid his full approval from the Bush
administration. He is one of the key people involved in
bringing the FBI into the Muslim communities. The ADAMS
center web site proudly announces as follows:
"The ADAMS Center serves on an advisory council to the FBI
Washington Field Office.
We have hosted FBI Town Hall meetings at the ADAMS Center."
If that is not enough for you, call ADAMS center and you will
find that Native Dean [Deal] man Joshua Salam has found a
place of "leadership" to guide youth in ADAMS center. Check
New Trend's web site to read about Native Dean man Joshua's
trips to various parts of the Muslim world organized by the
STATE DEPARTMENT of the U.S. government and often hosted by
American embassies in various countries.
"American Islam:" The New Qadianism
Zaid Shakir: Beloved of the Zionist Media and ISNA Claimed
Worldwide Muslim Protests against Cartoons of the Prophet,
pbuh, were terroristic!
By Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Sis. Balquis [Alabama], an African-American sister who has
spent her life serving the cause of Allah, has brought to my
attention that Zaid Shakir's abusive and cheap shot attack on
President Saddam Hussein [shaheed] was only the tip of the
iceberg. No Muslim worth the name would approve of the murder
of even an ordinary Muslim on his religious holiday,
Eid al-Adha. Here we had Zaid Shakir, of Zaytuna Institute,
sidekick of Hamza Yusuf, attacking the martyred President of
a Muslim nation and leader of the resistance. Shakir showed
that he is merciless against Muslims and loves his masters.
Now our sister Balquis has sent information which indicates
that Zaid Shakir is in much deeper: even in the case of the
cartoons of the Prophet, pbuh, distributed worldwide by the
enemies of Islam, Shakir blamed not the oppressors and
worldwide Zionism but the Muslims who protested against
What happened to such a seemingly nice young man as Zaid
Shakir used to be, many years back pretending to be "Malcolm
X!" How low Allah has brought him in his drive to be popular
in Bush's America. Looks like he believes the Zionist media's
accounts of Muslim protests. These are Shakir's words about
"I do not mean to imply that Muslims are not justifiably
angry over the caricatures. However, I would agree with those
who argue that responses that involve wild outbreaks of
frenzied violence are inappropriate, and they only affirm
what the cartoonist is trying to imply. Namely, that Islam is
a religion that encourages obscurantist violence
"Outbreaks of frenzied violence!," "obscurantist violence and
terrorism!" These are the words Shakir has taken from the
vocabulary of George Bush and the Zionists about Muslims. All
over the world, millions of Muslims protested peacefully and
in a very disciplined manner. The nearest they came to
"violence" was the burning of the flags of countries which
published the cartoons. The real violence occurred when
despotic regimes, as in Libya, gunned down Muslims protesting
against the cartoons.
So influenced is Shakir by enemy propaganda that he takes a
high and mighty stance. His words again:
"...it is all too easy to get swept up into the mob hysteria
generated by the crowd, and then engage in outrageous actions
that only affirm the offensive claims of the
Shakir is a true flag waver and loves his masters as against
the entire ummah of Islam. This is how he describes the
motivation [niyya] of the protestors against
"superficial shows of piety, and counterproductive
Thus for Shakir, the Islam of the Muslim masses is
"superficial" and those who put their lives on the line are
involved in "one-upmanship miltancy." Does Zaid Shakir give
any evidence for his condemnation of the Muslim ummah? No.
Of course not. His behavior is not very very different from
that of the Qadianis who used to claim that uprising against
the British is futile.
Shakir gives a weak argument from the suffering of the
Prophet, pbuh, at Taif. The Prophet, pbuh, forgave those who
tormented him at Taif, so we should forgive those who are
making cartoons of the Prophet, pbuh. What a twisted and weak
argument. If Zaid Shakir is under attack by a non-Muslim or
someone is making cartoons of Shakir, perhaps Shakir should
forgive him. [Shakir is living comfortably in Zaytuna
Institute in California. The unbelievers love hm because he
opposes the Ummah.]
From a false premise, Shakir argues against the Muslims
protesting the cartoons. He does not realize that the attack
on the Prophet, pbuh, is an attack on Islam, on the entire
Islamic world. It is an act of war. It's not a personal
matter. Shakir is misusing Islam. The Prophet, pbuh, forgave
when he was under personal abuse by misled people but surely
Shakir knows that when the oppressors attacked Islam, the
Prophet, pbuh, fought back.
Acting as a true representative of "American Islam," Shakir
refers to a strategy he has [or perhaps Zaytuna has?] which
the Muslim world is ignoring. What strategy? Come on, Zaid
Shakir, we too live in the US of A! You can't fool us. What
strategy? Shakir and Hamza Yusuf have no strategy, other than
assimilation, kow-towing to the people in power, trying to
please the slave masters. [Hamza Yusuf et al do not teach the
authentic Islam of the Qur'an and the Hadith. Instead, their
emphasis is on Maliki Fiqh, thus adding to the fragmentation
in the Muslim community.]
Shakir's punch line comes out after his moralizing about Taif
and forgiving the enemies. His real purpose is to provide
support for "American Islam." He says it straight out:
"Whatever we do, as Muslims in the West, we may be
approaching the day when we will have to go it alone. If our
coreligionists in the East cannot respect the fact that we
are trying to accomplish things here in the West, and that
their oftentimes ill-considered actions undermines that work
in many instances, then it will be hard for us to consider
them allies. How can one be an ally when he fails to consult
you concerning actions whose negative consequences you will
suffer? No one from the Muslim east consults us before
launching these campaigns."
The Muslim world should consult with the champion of
"American Islam?" Not with Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, not
with Imam Musa, not with Imam Badi Ali, not with Imam Warith
Deen Umar, not with Imam Muhammad al-'Asi, not with Dr.
Omar 'Abdel Rahman, not with Prof. Sami al-Arian, not with
Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar
not with Br. Hodari Ali, not with Imam Khalil Abdur-Rahman,
not with Dr. Waheeduddin Ahmed, not with Sis. Karen English,
not with Sis. Ashira Na'im, not with Sis. Aisha Shaheed, not
even with Imam Ali Siddiqui or Br. Sulayman Kurter but with
"Imam" Zaid Shakir!
There is a funny side to Shakir. At the conclusion of the
article, we read the following, probably from his own pen.
Note the biblical "amongst":
"Imam Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and
influential Muslim scholars in the West."
Community News [3 items]
Helping Homeless Women in Baltimore: Sis. Nadia
[New Trend earlier exposed the propaganda by the "Makkah
Learning Center" against Sis. Nadia, a hijabi, niqabi,
Muslimah. Here we give her answer in question-answer form
to put a final end to the rumor mongering which went on.]
1). Who was the founding members and/or Director (s) of
Al- Mumtahinah Home?
The founding members of Al-Mumtahinah Home is Nadia A.
McIntosh See muslim Link newspaper April 20th, 2007
Edition. or type in Muslim women have limited option
on the washington post At that time I was involved with
Masjid Ul-Haqq by me being very active in the community I
also asked the women of the community to assist me as well .
The Idea came to me when sisters where sleeping in the masjid
and the Imam supported me after going to several board
meetings he gave me the keys to the first home on
2). Who/how was the name chosen? The name was chosen by Allah
Subhaana Wa ta Allah. I say this because I prayed about it
and Allah gave me THE SURAH AYAT 10.
3). When was the original date of organization, (not
incorporation) ? MARCH 2007
4). When was the original Board established? The original
board was established On July 2007
5). Who were the original Board members and their positions?
NADIA A.MCINTOSH PRESIDENT, Sylvester Mcintosh V-PRESIDENT,
AIZAT OLADAPO TREASURER, EDONNA HARRIS SECRETARY, IMAM ABDEL
RAGGAD AL RAGGAD, Spiritual advisor , Shayk Khalid Yasin,
6). When did the re-organization occur and why? Well there is
no reorganization, this happen because a couple of sisters
that I didnot trust to work with me decided that they wanted
to take over the business and they went downtown and
incorporate the name Almumtahinah without my knowledge.
sister nasrin rahman and sister baqiyah adams I found out
that information on december 6th, 2007 they did this on
November 27th, after my first annual fundraising event on
November 24th, therefore I was forced to have the name of the
home as Women Affairs of Al-Mumtahinah Home Inc. registered
by the state of Maryland I have all documents needed to show
when the legal processes began on August 3rd, 2007 EIN number
Registered with the Labor Licensing Department Incorporation
7). When did Sister Nasrin join the organization, what was
her position, and current status? I met sister nasrin at
masjid ul haqq; she came there to drop off some clothes for
the store the sisters run at the masjid and she heard about
that we where planning to open a shelter so her and I
connected off an on. after a while the masjid changed Imam
and everything went balistic and the new board members did
not want to assist me because i didnot support them. so I met
with brother preston caison and he can go into it more with
you and the final was that the masjid is no longer supporting
the almumtahinah home.
8). Current Al- Mumtahinah Board. NADIA A.MCINTOSH PRESIDENT,
Sylvester Mcintosh V-PRESIDENT, AIZAT OLADAPO TREASURER,
EDONNA HARRIS SECRETARY, IMAM ABDEL RAGGAD AL RAGGAD,
Spiritual advisor , Shayk Khalid Yasin, Trustee advisor.
9). Current organizational status,i.e., services, programs,
incorporation, 501(c)3. go to my website almumtahinahhome.com
We offer temporary shelter for women and their children we
provide assistance with current resource information within
the baltimore area such as job search, training we assist
with emergency food and have islamic classes once a week.
We are Incorporated and our 501c3 status is in process
application is filled and now we have to raise $750 to submit
to the state insha'Allah
Insha'Allah that answers your questions This is just a touch
of everything if need be i can meet with you and show you all
the legal documents and letters that where sent to the
attorney general , and FBI and so on about this.
I prayed about it and decided that I will let Allah fight my
battle because i need to focus on those that need assistance.
make duaa that Allahsubhaana wa ta Allah forgive us all our
peace and light
Helping Needy/Homeless Women in Atlanta: How it is done.
What are the Financial Requirements
[A Muslim success story which we have been following for more
than a decade is facing a subtle, word of mouth, abusive
propaganda campaign. To put a final stop to rumor mongering,
here is the detailed description of how it is done by the
sister who sacrificed the most to help others.- Editor]
As Salaamu Alaikum Islamic Community,
This is Hadayai Majeed, Administrator of the Baitul Salaam
Network, Inc. I am sending out this letter to hopefully clear
up some serious misunderstanding (primarily in the metro
Atlanta area) about the Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. this
misunderstanding is unnecessary and I pray after this letter
is circulated it stops. Anyone who may receive this post and
you are not Muslim this message is not intended for you.
The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. (visit:
has changed a few of our protocols for delivery of service to
our community. We have put out numerous emails about these
changes and explained why we had to make the changes. We had
to do this due to the rising cost of managing a shelter
program, lack of adequate funding and lack of staffing
(mostly due to lack of adequate funding). It takes a
minimum of $250,000 per year to manage a shelter program in
the way we want to manage a shelter program (the
best way). This amount is after you factor in huge
in-kind donations from organizations like Hands on Atlanta,
businesses like Best Brands (holding company for Victoria
Secrets, GAP, and some other huge retailers), etc.
Below is what we do and how we do it.
Emergency phone calls now are answered by the National
Islamic Domestic Violence Hotline 800-732-9601 24/7. This
wonderful service is hosted by Sista2Sista.org headquartered
in Philadelphia, PA. Please do not call any other numbers you
may be given for Hadayai Majeed for emergency situations.
If the hotline is not answered then call 404-873-1766 the
local number for the Partnership Against
Domestic Violence. Do not call any hotline if you need
the police. Hotline operators can not help you if you need
the police. Call 911 to get help you need from someone who is
attempting to or actually attacking you or has threatened to
attack you and/or your children, parents, grandparents, pets,
etc. If you can separate yourself from the attacker or
potential attacker that is always best.
We house people using other agencies shelters/transitional
programs, motels and property made available through a
property manager. This property manager has wonderful new
homes available for $300 to $500 every two weeks (three to
five bedrooms). We must pay in advance and must be able to
pay for a month. We assign Case Managers to families to
monitor their progress for up to six months, insh'Allah.
During this time the Case Manager will access the family
needs, make referrals for medical assistance, permanent
housing, career/job and legal. It is up the client to follow
through on the referral. Failure to follow through on a
referral or the client does not keep in touch with the Case
Manager more than twice and this will be cause for us to
close a clients file. If you do not want our help we are not
going to force it on you.
We give out sadaaqah (when we have enough in our treasury).
We give out sadaaqah for having locks changed (with court
order or other proof that you need your locks changed such as
a police report), bus fare, gas money, supplies for children,
etc. Please do not ask us for sadaaqah for uses that are not
of an emergency nature. We give sadaaqah for people who are
trying to find work and do other things to improve their
lives. We do not give sadaaqah for people to buy tickets to
events, buy a scarf (they don't need), buy a dinner at a
restaurant (unless they have absolutely no food and no way to
buy food), etc.
We work with the Food Pantry now located at Masjid Al
Bayyinah in East Point. The telephone number to get on the
list is 404-684-0016 available Tuesday-Saturday, 1 pm- 6 pm.
The phone has a message machine on it so please if no one
answers just leave a message and you will receive a return
call in a few hours at most. The Food Pantry is open on
Thursdays only from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. You must have some form
of ID (state, federal, social security card, recent utility
bill recent school ID or work ID). No personal information is
given to any agencies or anyone else. A statistical report is
filed monthly with the Atlanta Food Bank.
The core of the misunderstanding is about us collecting money
and me (Hadayai Majeed) receiving a small stipend
We collect money, we need to collect money this seems to
be the issue with some. It cost to put gas in cars of
people who are going to drive someone around to get the
services they need. It cost to ride the bus/train, it cost
for a head of household that we work with (usually a woman)
to go to work, make sure her child or children get to school,
daycare, etc. The responsibility of a parent does not end due
to being temporarily homeless. You are still a parent. Your
task becomes more difficult however it does not change.
At this time we do not get support from most masjid/Islamic
centers as a rumor that has been circulated states. At this
time in metro Atlanta two communities give on a consistent
basis: One small community gives monthly and has for over
five years may Allah continue to bless them. We get a small
amount of money weekly through a collection at another masjid
directly from believers not the masjid treasury (and some
people in that community do not like it being collected). So
at any time that small source of money could be withheld. We
have about 12-15 wonderful people in the immediate area who
support regularly and others around the state and country.
Most of our donations come in the form of $2-$5 from
survivors of abuse who are in some cases still struggling
however out of crisis. We average about $2,000 per month in
funds through donations, fund raising and
At Eid Al Fitra time is when three to four larger communities
give nice size donations. We appreciate it all and are not
ungrateful or complaining. However we are not swimming in
money. I am not being supported by money collected by the
community. I have a husband who works six days a week (well
or sick). I manage a business from my home (that pays me) and
assist my husband with his business. I receive a small
stipend (if it is available) to put gas in my car to run
errands for the organization. I get my stipend last if there
is one to be had. I drive a 10 year old van. I live in a
decent however modest home. I am not getting rich or stealing
from the community. I have been accused of this and it is not
true or fair for anyone to do this to me or anyone else who
is working to help others in our community.
I am going to ask those who are spreading these negative
and untruths to remember what Allah says about rumors, back
biting and gossip. I am asking all who are doing things
like hiding or throwing in the trash information we
distribute in the community, the person or persons who took
down and hid the information board we put up over seven years
ago at Masjid Al Mu minun to remember we all will face Allah
on the day of judgement.
The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. visit www.baitulsalaam.net
has an Advisory Board and has since its beginning in 1997. We
do not have an active board at this time and that is not our
fault. To be on an active board you have to be willing to
sacrifice some time, be active, stand strong and put in some
money. This is not the easy work to do. It is not
glamorous nor it is not a party. It is work! We have had two
people try to put a board together without any success. One a
very well known and popular MSW and the other a somewhat well
known businessperson. Although we do not have an active
board we have people we can go to (leaders in the community,
counselors and other professionals) to consult
on matters. We do not worry about it due to Allah is
Akbar and no matter what has been thrown at us we manage to
stand. Why? Allah is on our side.
Yes, we work with men who are ready to admit guilt and get
help. We work with men who are abused. Some of our sisters
can be just as nasty and hurtful as male perpetrators. We
know due to some of you have and still attack
At this moment we have two families who desperately need our
help. One is Muslim and one is non-Muslim. The total needed
to help them get into semi-permanent housing is $2,000. Both
work. Both have taken care of their children during their
crisis. Both have done things like slept in a car, gone from
house to house and stayed for two or three days, slept in run
down motels for one or two days at a time. Can they look to
an entire community for assistance? Will 100 of you out of
50,000+ step up and help? If so, call me at 678-705-1241 or
404-684-0016 today, insh'Allah.
Well this is it. Spin this letter as you wish. This is our
way of doing all we can to be as transparent as we know to be
in managing our affairs.
Please circulate this post. Let this get around as fast as
the nasty rumors being told about this organization. Our
prayer for the perpetrators of these rumors is that you
understand you are attempting to hurt us and the families we
serve. However you are actually hurting yourself. May Allah
forgive you for your meanspiritness.
May Allah raise our level of Iman and Taqwa and continue to
bless us all.
Baitul Salaam Network, Inc.
Most Recent Move
Blocked by Turkish Muslims, "Moderate Islam" Leader
Abu-Rabi Moving to Canada [Close Associate of ISNA President
From a Turkish reader
Ibrahim Abu-Rabi is moving to Canada. He was going to receive
$2 million from the Gulen Movement of Turkey to create a
watered down "Islamic Study" at the Missionary School (
Hartford Seminary). We were able to stop this by publicizing
it in the Turkish Newspapers. Now, he has found another group
to help him to develop his zionist mission in Canada. Do you
know the Edmonton Muslim Community? If you know any
individual from this community, is it possible to alert
him/her about this fake scholar.
"Members of the Edmonton Muslim community are raising $1
million to create the chair position, which the province has
pledged to match. Another $1 million is being contributed by
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