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Jamada al-Awwal 21,1429/ May 27, 2008, #31
New Trend ahead of the curve:
May 22, 2008: The cases brought by the so-called "Child
Protection Services" against the polygamist sect in
Eldorado, Texas, turned out to be fake and have been
dropped. The stories about child molestation were a tissue of
lies. In the process, the Texas police and government
snatched more than 400 children from their mothers and held
them outside their homes for more than a month. The children
have probably been traumatized for the rest of their lives by
this experience of state terrorism. Many of the children have
still not been returned to their mothers. DNA tests were
carried out as if the entire community was a bunch of
criminals. This is the Soviet Union all over again.
In a country where teenage pregnancy is widespread, millions
of youths have sexually transmitted diseases [STDs],
fornication, adultery and homosexuality are glorified,
oppression reached its height when people following a
non-conformist sect lost their children on claims of
How much thought control is enforced by the mass culture can
be judged from the fact that New Trend was the only
publication which condemned the violation of the rights of
the polygamist sect. No one has the right to take children
away from mothers simply because someone claims they are
Organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center are
playing a dirty role not unlike that of the ADL.
International Islamic Conference for Peace and Awareness:
First Four Endorsers: www.JAM4PEACE.org
August 16, 2008. Baltimore, Maryland.
1. Ramsey Clark, leader of the anti-war movement in America.
New York City
2. Syed Munawar Hasan, Secretary General, Jamaate Islami
Pakistan. A top Islamic leader and peace activist.
3. Dr. Mohamed Khazaly Jabbie, Conakry, Guinea, West Africa.
[Imam of mosque near the Haram in the holy city of
Makka for many years.] Ph.D in Islamic Jurisprudence from
Ummul Qura University, Arabia.
4. Sis. Hadayai Majeed, 1000 Peace Women Across the Globe,
To register and for more information, contact Br. Aziz at:
Seating is limited. There won't be any registration at
Donations are needed urgently. This is a people's movement,
not a money based group.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News] [Next 6 items]
PO. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Best Shoora yet: Thanks to the Greensboro team
The actual meeting of the National Islamic Shoora of Jamaat
al-Muslimeen was held on May 24, for 9 hours, but it began
indirectly on May 23 with the khutba of the Ameer of Jamaat
al-Muslimeen, Br. Kaukab Siddique, at the Islamic center in
Greensboro known as the ICT. [
for main points of revolutionary khutba.]
Thanks go to the host, Imam Badi Ali and his team, Br. Hamed
and others, in solving the transportation issues of delegates
arriving from across the country. Then on the day of the
Shoora itself, Halal food was provided to the
delegates and good arrangements were made for Salat [which
was led by Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz].
The Shoora meeting was presided over by Br. Kaukab Siddique.
The program ended with a brief but comprehensive du'a from
the Qur'an by Dr. Shabazz.
A medallion with green and yellow ribbons [symbolic of
Palestinian resistance] was given to Shoora participants: It
shows a map of Palestine with the words in Arabic: "From
beneath the misery and suffering emerges the new victorious
generation." On the back it says in English: "Palestine! We
for the RESOLUTIONS passed by the Shoora central
committee based on the day long discussion.
Recognition of the Extraordinary Achievements of Women
Leaders: Sis. Ashira Na'im and Nadrat Siddique
The following awards were made given by Imam Badi Ali during
the Shoora meeting:
Special Service Award for Community Work
To: Ashira Na'im
From: Jamaat al-Muslimeen International
For Outstanding community service for masjid, school and
Award to Honor an Outstanding Muslim Woman.
To: Nadrat Siddique
From: Muslims for a Better North Carolina
For: Her lifetime of struggle for the human rights of the
downtrodden and the oppressed.
Outstanding Formal Presentations Video Taped for
Sis. Karen English, Secretary General of Jamaat
al-Muslimeen presented a paper on the Campaign to Boycott
Businesses which Support Israel. She documented the support
for Israel coming from Coca Cola, Starbucks, McDonalds,
Nestle, Home Depot and others. She has prepared an exhaustive
list of companies doing business with Israel. She also
documented the passive attitude and zero opposition of CAIR,
ISNA, MAS, MANA etc towards Israel, from their own web sites.
Imam Warith Deen Umar, one of the most distinguished
Imams in America, the guest speaker for the occasion,
introduced his brilliant new book, Jews for Salaam,
and outlined his struggle against the Zionist establishment.
His book breaks new ground on how to make peace with the Jews
without recognition of Zionism. His powerful presentation
enthused the shoora members and his books sold like
Dr. AbdulAlim Shabazz
, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, with an Endowed
Chair in his name at Grambling University in Louisiana,
presented an unforgettable paper on the Education of the
Oppressed. He documented the issue of "Race" and explained
how the concept of race was originated and used to divide,
exploit and destroy human beings. Dr. Shabazz is the
philosopher of Jamaat al-Muslimeen and an intellectual giant
of the Muslim world. He challenges the established wisdom
about race and demolishes long held views on White Supremacy.
All three presentations will be made available countrywide
and internationally by Jamaat's new but highly advanced
technological team led by Br. Aziz.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen's Organizational Developments:
Hispanic Activist Takes Oath of Islamic Allegiance
The Shoora discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the new
Jamaat al-Muslimeen city organizations.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Philadelphia led by Br. Aquil is
progressing rapidly, gathering support and setting up an
To join the Philadelphia Jamaat, write or call:
Jama'at al-Muslimeen in Philadelphia:
PO Box 5396
Philadelphia, PA 19142-0396
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Brooklyn, led by Br. Abu Talib, is
in its formative stages and needs financial and other help to
be able to move forward.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Baltimore, led by Sis. Ashira, is
doing well and runs a masjid with two Imams. Juma salat is
held regularly at 1.30.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Brownsville, Texas, is being
discussed and inshallah will be energized by the next item in
Hispanic Activist Takes Islamic Oath of Allegiance:
During the Shoora meeting, the Jamaat's oath of allegiance
was administered to Br. Sulayman Solano, a famous Islamic
activist and Da'wa communicator, by Br. Kaukab. The
importance of the rapidly increasing Latino/Latina population
is no secret. We must support this burgeoning new power. Br.
Solano's role is very important.
The oath indicated that Jamaat al-Muslimeen teaches
allegiance to the highest principles of Islam and not to a
leadership cult or towards feeding any individual ego. The
oath includes acceptance of the following:
*The Qur'an and the authentic Hadith are the foundation of
our decision making process.
Women are equals with men in Islam. Superiority is based on
TAQWA, not on gender. If a woman knows more Qur'an than a
man, he must listen to her leadership [as many men followed
Ayesha Siddiqa, r.a.].
Trust, brotherhood-sisterhood, honesty, truthfulness
Muslims are stern and strong against oppressors but
compassionate, sensitive, gentle and respectful towards those
who stand against oppression.
No cooperation, direct or indirect, with governmental
organizations or groups being used by governments.
Our movement is peaceful. We do not want to physically hurt
anyone, not even the munafiqs. Our pressure is moral.
We are part of the global Ummah. Thus we represent the
aspirations of the 1.8 BILLION Muslims of the world.
PALESTINE must be freed.
We are not racist against Jews or anyone else. International
Jewry's behavior, control, censorship, crimes, wars,
occupation are the issue.
We are non-sectarian. We do not oppose anyone's religious
School of Thought but our decisions are based on the Qur'an
and authentic Hadith
Please copy and distribute
Jamaat al-Muslimeen's Resolutions: All Occupation Must
End: No Dialogue with Israel: Peaceful Resistance to Zionist
Control of USA
EDUCATION, UNDERSTANDING and ORGANIZATION Will Make Change
Based on the Jamaat's Shoora meeting, the central committee
passed the following resolutions:
Basic Principle: ALL OCCUPATION must end, be it the
occupation of Palestine by Israel, of Iraq by the U.S., of
Afghanistan by NATO, of Kashmir by India, of Somalia by
Ethiopia, of Chechnia by Russia.
1. The collective imprisonment of the people of Gaza
is a crime against humanity. We urge that the clamp down be
2. Israel is an illegal and illegitimate
entity. We call for global unity to defeat Israel. Groups
engaged in trying to gain authority under Israeli occupation
are violating the rights of the people. There cannot be ANY
NEGOTIATIONS with Israel, either DIRECT or INDIRECT, because
Israel is an occupier.
3. In Iraq, the use of the Qur'an for target practice
by U.S. troops is a challenge to the entire Muslim world.
This war against Islam is a violation of freedom of religion.
We urge the Muslim world to stand up in defense of the
Qur'an. The shooting of the Qur'an is a part of the overall
hate campaign against Islam as seen in the cartoons from
Denmark, the desecration of the Qur'an in Guantanamo Bay and
the ongoing abuse of Islam in the U.S. media under
4. U.S. Muslims and all politically aware people
should join the boycott of businesses which support
Israel, such as Coca Cola, Starbucks, Nestle's and
McDonald's. Owing to U.S. ECONOMIC subservience to Zionism,
China is threatening to move ahead of the U.S. We need to
improve America's economy by disengaging it from wasteful and
5. The rising prices of essential goods all over the
world, particularly in Africa, Haiti, Pakistan, Indonesia
and Bangladesh are connected to the global exploitation
of the poor and the downtrodden and are related to the
tremendous expense of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and
the constant flow of resources to Israel.
6. The repeated bombing of Pakistani villages by the
U.S. is a violation of international law. Pakistan's Islamic
potential is attracting this aggression.
7. U.S. Muslims, with the exception of a tiny minority, are
one with the Muslim world. The idea that U.S. Muslims
are supporters of the White House and the Pentagon must
8. The Qur'an and the authentic Hadith are the only genuine
and effective basis for the unity of America's
Muslims. Our problems will not be solved by either the
Democrats or the Republicans.
9. Racism, the exploitation of women and the
corporate-Zionist control of the media are three basic
problems in America which the Islamic movement must tackle.
10. We condemn police atrocities in New York,
Washington, DC and other cities and we urge Muslims to stand
with the victims of the police.
Outreach to Arab-Americans
Self-Criticism is Essential for Victory of Islam.
Cooperation with Oppressors is Forbidden
[Dr. Siddique's Khutba in Greensboro, NC]
On May 23, 2008 at the invitation of Imam Badi Ali, in
Greensboro, North Carolina, the Juma' Khutba was given by
Dr. Kaukab Siddique. About 500 people were in attendance,
mostly Arab- Americans and Sudanese with a sprinkling of
Indians and Pakistanis. Here are the main points of
Texts: "O my people! This life of the present is nothing but
temporary enjoyment. It is the Hereafter that is the Home
that will last. One that works evil will be repaid the same
way, and one that works a righteous deed, be one male or
female, and is a believer, will enter the Gareden of
Bliss: Therein will they have abundance without measure."
[The Qur'an 40:39-40]
"... No Arab is superior to a non-Arab, nor is a non-Arab
superior to an Arab - A white is not superior to a black nor
a black superior to a white, except in Allah-conscious
behavior..." Prophet Muhamad, pbuh, Hadith in Musnad
of Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
* We live in a society which lacks haya [sexual
modesty]. Exploitation of women has become the norm here. As
Muslims we must honor women and reject the objectification of
women by the media as if they are bodies and vehicles of
Muslim self-criticism is essential for us to survive the
negative influences of American society. Unless we fight back
with the teachings of the glorious Qur'an and the sublime
Hadith, we too will be affected by the latent racism, sexism
and materialism of this society.
Muslim men should have haya and not look at women, Muslim or
non-Muslim, the way non-Muslims look at women.
We have sinned greatly against the Law of Allah by ignoring
the shares of inheritance fixed by Shar'ia for women. The
Qur'an condemns those who do not give the shares fixed by
We must become more spiritual, pray regularly and enhance our
taqwa [fear of Allah]. The Islamic concept of taqwa
extends all the way from wudu [ablution for prayer] to the
correct form of prayer, to rejection of the oppressive
Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES does Allah permit us to cooperate with
oppressors and wrong doers. The Prophet, pbuh, never
cooperated with Abu Jahl, Abu Lahab, Abu Sufian and Hind. The
Qur'an promises hellfire to those who cooperate with
A Muslim who understands Islam will never vote for anybody in
a kafir power structure. Obama, Hillary, McCain etc
mean nothing to the people of Allah. They are representatives
of Democratic and Republican parties which are complicit in
crimes against humanity.
We Muslims are pumping all kinds of poison into our own
bodies by using foods which are harmful to our God-given
bodies. Millions in Muslim countries smoke cigarettes.
We are even wasting our money on products which indirectly
help Israel. On this occasion of al-Nakba [the
catastrophe], the establishment of the terrorist entity known
as Israel, we must pledge to boycott businesses which
We must not drink Coca Cola or Starbucks Coffee, or Nestle's
water or use any Nestle's products. These companies are
supporters of Israel.
Gaza's every man, woman, child is in a vast prison under
Jewish military control. Why is the Muslim world silent?
More than 400,000 Somalis have become refugees owing to
U.S.-backed invasion of Somalia by Ethiopian military forces.
Why are the Muslims of America silent?
Under the guise of helping Darfur, Africa's biggest country,
Sudan, is being undermined by the YAHOOD.
Ayesha, r.a., Abu Bakr, r.a, Umar, r.a. and all the sahaba
freed slaves. Are we freeing the slaves or are we mentally
200 Civilians Murdered by NATO in first 4 months
Statement by Professor Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur
of the United Nations Human Rights Council on extrajudicial,
summary or arbitrary executions
Kabul, May 15
[In his report, Prof. Alston, after visiting various areas of
Afghanistan, commented on the ongoing killing of Afghan
civilians by NATO forces [called "international forces" in
the report]. He also has a segment blaming the Taliban but it
is unreliable because he did not meet the Taliban and
listened only to their enemies. The comments on NATO are very
much to the point because he got the facts from them about
their activities. NATO has angrily rebuked Alston and the
U.S. media simply CENSORED his report although he tried to
excuse NATO by saying that the killings are NOT
"intentional." How he knows that is not clear. --Editor,
"The international forces in Afghanistan should take
seriously the principles of accountability and transparency,
the importance of which they so frequently proclaim in other
contexts. They should have no particular reluctance to adhere
to these principles. I have seen no evidence that the
international forces present in Afghanistan commit widespread
intentional killings in violation of human rights or
But the international military forces have reportedly killed
as many as 200 civilians, often in joint operations with
Afghan security forces, in the first four months of this
year. The majority of these were the result of air strikes or
close air support. In many cases, these attacks appear to
have been lawful, though tragic. The killings by the
international forces that most frequently raise issues under
international human rights and humanitarian law are those
that occur during surprise night-time raids and those that
occur when soldiers fire at vehicles or passers-by that they
(wrongly) suspect of being attackers. But the response of the
international forces combines great seriousness of intent and
adherence to the applicable law with a surprisingly opaque
and unsatisfactory outcome.
In a few instances, this opacity may be intentional. For
example, there have been a number of raids for which no state
or military command appears ready to acknowledge
responsibility. I inquired into one such raid while I was in
Kandahar. In January 2008, two brothers were killed in a raid
in Kandahar City which was led by international personnel.
The victims are widely acknowledged, even by well-informed
Government officials, to have had no connection to the
Taliban, and the circumstances of their deaths are
suspicious. However, not only was I unable to get any
international military commander to provide their version of
what took place, but I was unable to get any international
military commander to even admit that their soldiers were
involved. I also looked at raids in both Kandahar and
Nangarhar provinces that involved international forces
accompanied by Afghan forces. The identity of the
international forces has yet to be fully clarified. While I
received credible information that the Afghan forces were, in
the case of Nangarhar, the Shaheen Unit working with armed
international personnel and, in the case of Kandahar, Afghans
working with international forces out of the Ghecko military
base, I never received a definitive answer as to how they fit
into anyone's chain of command. Based on my discussions,
there is no reason to doubt that at least some of these units
are led by personnel belonging to international intelligence
services. The Minister of Defense, the head of NDS and ANA
commanders confirmed that they do not fall under their
command. I will explore this issue in greater depth in my
report, but let me say for now that it is absolutely
unacceptable for heavily-armed internationals accompanied by
heavily-armed Afghan forces to be wandering around conducting
dangerous raids that too often result in killings without
anyone taking responsibility for them. Most failures of
accountability and transparency are more prosaic, but these
ordinary failures are also troubling. In speaking with
relatives or witnesses, I would ask which of the
international forces carried out the killing. Even those who
had tried to follow up their cases at PRTs and other military
bases often did not know the answer to this question. Getting
clarification from the international forces is like entering
a maze. I experienced this maze myself. One ISAF commander
explained that while he could confirm whether a particular
operation was conducted by conventional ISAF troops and then
clarify which national contingent they belonged to, he would
have to pass the case up the chain of command to clarify
whether it had been conducted by ISAF special forces, and
that I would have to ask the commander in charge of Operation
Enduring Freedom (OEF) to determine whether and which
coalition forces were responsible.
The situation is even worse when it comes to the
accountability of individual soldiers. As is well known, the
responsibility for prosecuting crimes committed by members of
the international forces in Afghanistan belongs to their
sending country. If an Australian commits an unlawful
killing, responsibility for investigating and prosecuting
that incident lies with the Australian Government; if a
Norwegian commits an unlawful killing, responsibility for
investigation and prosecution lies with the Norwegian
Government. What is less well known is that no one in
Afghanistan tracks the outcome of investigations and
prosecutions. I met a witness in Jalalabad who lost family
members in the well-known 4 March 2007 incident in which
soldiers responded to a suicide attack on their convoy by
shooting at a number of people over the next 20 kilometers of
road. He was surprisingly open-minded about the responsible
soldiers being tried by their sending country, but he was
angry that he had not been provided with any information as
to whether the soldiers involved had come before a court
martial, whether they had been convicted or acquitted, and
whether there were ongoing proceedings. Then I visited the
regional commander, and he didn't know either. He explained
that his unit had arrived in Afghanistan and that
accountability for incidents involving the previous unit was
its responsibility and that it had taken all the relevant
files when it left the country. To his credit, he recognized
that this was a problem. Another regional commander with whom
I spoke suggested that it was not such a problem whether the
status of investigations and prosecutions could be tracked
because compensation was the main concern. As he correctly
noted, the bottom line is that those wishing to know the
final outcomes of any prosecutions should read the local
newspapers in all of the troop-sending countries. This is a
wholly unsatisfactory situation.
The international forces operating in Afghanistan have a
responsibility to make sure that there is a coherent, unified
system of accountability which Afghans and others can follow.
However messy this system may be on the inside, composed as
it must be of multiple mandates and of disparate national
military justice systems, it is essential that those pieces
add up to a coherent whole. Affected individuals should be
able to go to a military base operating under any mandate,
and receive prompt straightforward answers to questions such
as: who were the international forces who raided my house
last night? Or, I believe my brother was unlawfully killed by
a soldier from the international forces; has he been put
before a court martial?
Barack Obama's Shameful and Blatant Support for Zionism
and Israel: Admits that American Jews Saved him from the
Rev. Wright Problem
[Jeffrey Goldberg's interview with Obama appeared in the May
12 issue of The Atlantic magazine. Obama revealed his
deep, "spiritual," support for Israel and all that it stands
for. He admits that relations between Jews and African
Americans have frayed but he is personally devoted to
Zionism. NT does not have permission to publish the entire
interview but here are excerpts allowed under the law for
"Obama: I think the idea of Israel and the reality of Israel
is one that I find important to me personally. Because it
speaks to my history of being uprooted, it speaks to the
African-American story of exodus, it describes the history of
overcoming great odds and a courage and a commitment to
carving out a democracy and prosperity in the midst of
hardscrabble land. One of the things I loved about Israel
when I went there is that the land itself is a metaphor for
rebirth, for what's been accomplished. What I also love about
Israel is the fact that people argue about these issues, and
that they're asking themselves moral questions.
Sometimes I'm attacked in the press for maybe being too
deliberative. My staff teases me sometimes about anguishing
over moral questions. I think I learned that partly from
Jewish thought, that your actions have consequences and that
they matter and that we have moral imperatives. The point is,
if you look at my writings and my history, my commitment to
Israel and the Jewish people is more than skin-deep and it's
more than political expediency. When it comes to the gut
issue, I have such ardent defenders among my Jewish friends
in Chicago. I don't think people have noticed how fiercely
they defend me, and how central they are to my success,
because they've interacted with me long enough to know that
I've got it in my gut. During the Wright episode, they didn't
flinch for a minute, because they know me and trust me, and
they've seen me operate in difficult political situations.
The other irony in this whole process is that in my early
political life in Chicago, one of the raps against me in the
black community is that I was too close to the Jews. When I
ran against Bobby Rush [for Congress], the perception was
that I was Hyde Park, I'm University of Chicago, I've got all
these Jewish friends. When I started organizing, the two
fellow organizers in Chicago were Jews, and I was attacked
for associating with them. So I've been in the foxhole with
my Jewish friends, so when I find on the national level my
commitment being questioned, it's curious.
Goldberg: Why do you think Ahmed Yousef of Hamas said what he
said about you?
BO: My position on Hamas is indistinguishable from the
position of Hillary Clinton or John McCain. I said they are a
terrorist organization and I've repeatedly condemned them.
I've repeatedly said, and I mean what I say: since they are a
terrorist organization, we should not be dealing with them
until they recognize Israel, renounce terrorism, and abide by
Goldberg: Were you flummoxed by it?
BO: I wasn't flummoxed. I think what is going on there is the
same reason why there are some suspicions of me in the Jewish
community. Look, we don't do nuance well in politics and
especially don't do it well on Middle East policy. We look at
things as black and white, and not gray. It's conceivable
that there are those in the Arab world who say to themselves,
"This is a guy who spent some time in the Muslim world, has a
middle name of Hussein, and appears more worldly and has
called for talks with people, and so he's not going to be
engaging in the same sort of cowboy diplomacy as George
Bush," and that's something they're hopeful about. I think
that's a perfectly legitimate perception as long as they're
not confused about my unyielding support for
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