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Great News: America's Top Activist Attorney Endorses
Jamaat's International Conference
Lynne Stewart, America's great fighter for justice and peace
has endorsed [June 14] Jamaat al-Muslimeen's International
Islamic Conference for Peace and Awareness [August 16].
Ms. Stewart [or Sis. Lynne as we call her] sacrificed her
career and her resources to fight for the rights of the Blind
Shaikh, Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman.
To donate and register for the Conference, see
and talk to Br. Aziz.
DVDs of three of America's Greatest Muslims now
Available: First ten requests will be sent Free of Charge
[Taped at our Shoora on May 24]
Sis. Karen English documents the businesses
which support Zionism. A powerful but calm presentation. This
is the most peaceful way of defeating Israel.
Imam Warith Deen Umar introduces his
groundbreaking book, JEWS for SALAAM. Peace track for Jews
and Muslims to stop fighting.
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz, educationist and
philosopher of Jamaat al-Muslimeen and of the oppressed
people of the world. An unforgettable explanation of RACE.
Education of the poor and the deprived without taking away
their dignity and identity is possible, he says.
$20 each from: Jamaat al-Muslimeen, P.O. Box 10881,
Baltimore, MD 21234.
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz
in Arusha, Tanzania for African Summit
The five-day summit June 2-6 brought together over 3,000
participants from Africa and African renaissance activists
in the Diaspora.
The Leon H. Sullivan Summit is held every other year in an
African country, principally to nurture the African
renaissance philosophy and initiatives seeking to build
bridges through partnerships in trade and investments.
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz has attended several of these summits
and is much sought after owing to his fame as Distinguished
Professor of Mathematics and an extraordinary teacher of the
pedagogy of the oppressed.
Outreach: Islamic Society of Washington Area [ISWA]
June 13, 2008: A Jamaat al-Muslimeen document, 8 pages long,
was given to 59 Muslims after Juma' salat along with an
invitation letter to support the historic International
Islamic Conference for Peace and awareness coming up on
August 16, inshallah.
The document included reports on the war going on in
Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Denmark's military alliance
with Bush. The major items were Dr.Siddique's article on
Maulana Maudoodi, Jeff Archer's report on Obama and "Muslim
Brotherhood's" misuse of khutbas for fund raising.
We thank a sister who talked to the Imam of ISWA to let us
distribute the publicity material about the Conference and
Profiles of 2 Distinguished Christian Presenters at
International Islamic Peace and Awareness Conference;
August 16, inshallah
Charles E. Carlson, is a former businessman and a Baptist
Deacon, who served twice in the US military, and who with
five friends co-founded We Hold These Truths in April 1996.
Its purpose was to defend our rights claimed in the
Declaration of Independence, noting that these rights are God
given and apply to all men. Mr. Carlson observed that we now
live in a War Based Economy which is anathema to these
rights, and that Christian Zionists are the largest voting
block of war enablers. Knowingly or ignorantly, they help
target Islam for serial wars, first in Palestine, then Iraq
in 1991, and are an obstacle to peace.
Strait Gate Ministries was started shortly after Day 911 to
identity and intervene between Christian Zionist leaders and
their misguided congregations. To do this Carlson made a
study of how followers of Christ are misled by Christian
Zionists. He and associated have led Vigils for Peace with
Justice at some 65 churches, including those of Billy Graham,
the late Jerry Falwell, John McArthur, Promise Keepers, and
the Southern Baptist Convention John Hagee's Night To Honor
Israel (5 times). The next Vigil will be in Columbus Ohio
Carlson's presentation covers observations from his lone
fact-finding visit to Gaza in 2002, the source of Christian
Zionists' error, how we can best influence them for peace.
Director: Mark Glenn's words follow
The forces of evil in the world, always intent upon
destroying the order as set for by the creator, have pitted
the Christian and Muslim peoples against each other under the
age-old guise of divide and conquer. According to this
agenda, once the two peoples have exhausted each other (or
completely wiped each other out) no measurable resistence to
this evil agenda, whether it be called Zionism or Jewish
supremacism--will exist. It is imperative, for the sake of
all humanity that the Christian and Muslim people recognize
that a powerful, fanatical third party devoted solely to
Jewish interests have created this 'clash of civilizations'
when indeed none should exist. Christians and Muslims have
every reason to live peaceably amongst each other, not the
least of which is due to the fact that they share a common
enemy, namely Israel. It s the goal of the Crescent and Cross
Solidarity Movement to make these truths known and in the
process to defang the beast and hurl him back into
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Supreme Court Decision
a Mockery of Human Values: After 7 Years of Torture and
Desecration, a cruel joke
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
June 12, 2008: The U.S. Supreme Court decreed that
"detainees" in Guantanamo Bay can now be allowed to challenge
their detention in U.S. civil courts. How the detainees will
be able to do this is anyone's guess; probably attorneys will
take it on themselves to fight the cases of specific
detainees. During these 7 years of shame, gradually it became
clear that almost all the detainees in Guantanamo have
nothing to do with armed resistance [terrorism] to the U.S.
Most of them were sold to the U.S. by the Musharraf regime in
exchange for bounty.
The detainees have, by and large, been subjected to
sophisticated forms of torture which left them hopeless and
broken. Many of them them attempted suicide; some actually
died in these attempts. Others went on hunger strike in the
hope of getting their dire condition known to the outside
world. In a slow, destructive, process which undermined all
the decencies of humanity, American bureaucracies decided to
let go scores of prisoners after it became clear that they
had nothing to reveal. Thus the news came out about the
situation in the camps and the innocence of most prisoners.
The prisoners are devout Muslims; hence Islam in general and
the Qur'an in particular became the target of the U.S.
government in its attempts to demoralize, break and
de-lsamize the prisoners. Chaplain Yee, an American Muslim,
in his book For God and Country, has painstakingly documented
the vicious efforts to desecrate the Qur'an to break the
prisoners. [Alhamdulillah, it had the opposite effect. The
prisoners were willing to sacrifice everything to keep the
Qur'an sacred. Their faith, in dire circumstances and in
conditions of utter helplessness, bears witness to the
victory of Islam in our times.
In all these years, the Supreme Court did nothing. Tragedy
after tragedy gave a bad name to America all over the world,
yet the court did not budge. No nation in the world has
subjected prisoners to such inhumanity. Chaplain Yee explains
one procedure: if a detainee protested, an entire team of
well trained American thugs would descend on him, reduce him
to helplessness and leave him trussed up for days like a
chicken. Yee wanted to stop the desecration of the Qur'an but
he then was himself targeted by the general in command of
the camp and his entire career was ruined.
After 7 years comes this Supreme Court decision to let
Islamic prisoners be tried in civil courts [for what?].
Whether that will happen before Bush leaves or even in the
next couple of eyars is not clear.
American justice is a joke and a fraud.
Even this "victory" for justice was by a margin of 5 to 4.
Thus 4 of the judges claimed that the Bush administration is
doing fine and there is no need for trials in court. Bush
said of the verdict that he does not agree with it [but will
reluctantly accept it]. Thus the U.S. almost lost the right
of Habeas Corpus on which the Rule of Law is based.
Khalid Shaikh Muhammad and 3 others with him have been
tortured over SIX YEARS again and again and made to confess
to all kinds of things. It's the kind of situation in which
the victim says more or less: Tell me what you want me to
sign. Yes, I did it. The nineteen who hit the symbols of
America's power on 9.11 went to their Creator. Now to blame
Khalid Shaikh Muhammad and to promote him to the "Mastermind
of 9.11" makes a travesty of the ongoing war.
Should enemy combatants be tried as criminals? Even the much
maligned Hitler did not do it. At one time, he wanted to
execute American airmen for machine gunning German civilians
on the ground but then decided that Germany must stick to
international law. Here we are bombing Iraqi and Afghan
cities and villages, killing tens of thousands of civilians,
and then trying fighters from the other side as "terrorists."
Whom are we trying to fool?
The Supreme Court forgot that it's too late for these
enactments. The cup of human misery has overflowed. The
Qur'an was thrown into the toilet in Guantanamo Bay by
well-trained American troops. Will they ever be punished.
Instead Muslim prisoners, instead of being released, will now
have the luxury of being tried in civilian courts, the same
civilian courts which have sentenced decent American citizens
who never hurt anyone, like
Ahmed Abdel Sattar
to ridiculously long prison sentences.
Eyewitness Accounts of Routine Police Terrorism
Daily Racism on Baltimore's MTA: People's
By Nadrat Siddique
Ask virtually any Black person in the U.S., and he or she
will tell you the police abuse Black people with impunity.
Acts of police brutality are largely unreported for a variety
of reasons, ranging from fear of reprisal and lack of faith
in the System, to illiteracy and lack of awareness of legal
options. Except within the Black community, the issue is
rarely acknowledged or discussed. The notion that 9/11 was
the first act of terrorism on U.S. soil is indicative of such
tunnel vision. Centuries of lynchings, executions, rapes, and
pseudo-scientific experimentation on Black people are somehow
excluded from the rubric of terrorist acts on American soil.
I've discussed the issue of police brutality with a broad
spectrum of Blacks and Whites. The difference in reaction is
stark, and strictly divided along racial lines.
The reaction of Black people is formulated through first hand
experience. Nothing brings home reality quicker than being at
the end of a police baton or stun gun. And judging from the
number of Black men spreadeagled outside Jaguars and Lexuses
in police stops, class offers little protection.
The reaction of Whites generally falls in one of
1. Don't you realize the predicament the poor cop is in? He
doesn't know which suspect has a gun, and which one doesn't.
If you were in that situation, you'd probably shoot first and
ask questions later, too.
2. You deride them now, but I'll bet you'd call them in an
instant if someone breaks into your house.
3. Oh, they pulled him over, searched his car, and held him
for three hours? It happened to me too.
4. He's in jail/dead/etc.? He must have done it.
I'm not evidently Black, and am generally exempt from police
harassment. As a Muslim, however, I feel strongly that I must
speak out on this issue for three reasons:
1. Everyone living in the U.S. has profited from forced Black
labor. We owe a debt to Black people. At the very least, we
must oppose police brutality against the very people without
whom this country's very infrastructure would not exist.
2. To remain silent against the racist power structure is to
acquiesce--indeed profit from--that power structure.
3. The Qur'an commands opposition to injustice. And racism
(with all its economic implications) is the leading form of
injustice in the U.S.
Only the most blatant acts of police terror--such as those
involving Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, or Sean Bell--garner
corporate media attention, and that too, usually after
massive public outcry. But terrorism of the U.S. Black
population occurs daily, and at many levels. Some are
immediately life-threatening, such as the dragging of James
Byrd, Jr., behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas, or the
deliberate ramming of Black suspects with police cruisers in
South Carolina. Others are not immediately life-threatening,
but rather confer long-range mental and physical health
problems on the victims.
Take for example, the case of a close friend, who is Black.
He was accosted by MTA police on the Baltimore light rail
enroute to work. The events as he related them:
Between commuting by public transportation and time spent at
work, he is away from home at least 14 hours a day. Since he
is very strapped for time, he occasionally pays bills via
cell phone during his long commute. Recently, he boarded the
train, sat down, and was paying a utility bill, when three
hulking MTA cops approached him. My friend is 5'4," slender
and slight, with a very quiet manner. He does not engage in
illegal or threatening behaviors in public. The approach by
three cops seemed grossly misplaced.
They demanded to see my friend's boarding pass (checking of
boarding passes is standard procedure on light rail, but
generally conducted by a regular MTA employee). He took a few
seconds too long to hang up the cell and produce it, so they
verbally assaulted him.
He challenged their rudeness. They removed him from the train
without warning. Then, they wrote him a citation for
"disorderly conduct". Since he was forced to miss his train
and had to wait for a later one, he was late for work--a very
serious matter, since he is the only breadwinner for his
family, and could be suspended or fired for tardiness. And he
was saddled with the added burden of going to court to
contest the bogus citation.
My friend said what he'd experienced was not at all unusual.
Poor and working class Black people riding Baltimore's light
rail are routinely accosted by cops. He'd witnessed an
incident involving an elderly Black woman with dreadlocks.
Probably hungry after a hard day's work and facing a long
commute on the slow moving train, she committed the mortal
sin of eating a piece of bread on the light rail (eating on
the train is technically prohibited by MTA rules). "MTA
police jacked her up," said my friend. "They put her in a
choke hold, and put her off the train."
He relayed another such incident involving a young Black
woman with her child. She was quietly sitting on the train,
talking to her mate on her cell, when she was accosted by two
MTA cops. It was not clear what "crime" she'd committed. MTA
police demanded her ID, frisked and verbally assaulted
her--all in front of her child. Then, the cops forcefully
removed her and the child from the train. When her mate
arrived at the scene, the cops threatened to arrest him, too.
By contrast, the Whites who board the same light rail in Hunt
Valley, Falls Road, or other affluent Baltimore suburbs
enroute to their plush offices in downtown Baltimore, or to
BWI Airport encounter no such police harassment. White and
Asian tourists traveling by light rail for an afternoon of
frolicking around Baltimore's sordidly gentrified Inner
Harbor are untouched by racist cops. The rich, White drunks
overflowing light rail trains leaving Camden Yards (stadium
site) following a baseball game (whose tickets are so
expensive as to be unaffordable to most of Baltimore's Black
majority) are not harassed. Frequently, their fares are not
even checked, nor is their public drunkenness.
Indeed police harassment appears reserved for Baltimore's
poor Blacks, who often spend hours trying to get to work on
the city's highly inefficient mass transit, to earn slave
wages which they dutifully turn over to bloodsucking
slumlords. All of this occurs in a majority Black city. I
watch both sides of it from where I sit at work, and it makes
me sick to the stomach. A People's Tribunal--to record and
eventually try everyday acts of police terror against the
U.S. Black population--is needed.
War News: Compiled by New Trend's Media Monitor
Afghanistan: Audacious Taliban Attack Breaks Open Prison,
Releasing 1200 Inmates
June 14, 2008: Three Taliban fighters attacked the main gate
of the biggest prison run by Karzai's men in Kandahar. During
the fighting, a martyrdom operator drove his vehicle packed
with dynamite into the back of the prison, smashing a large
hole into it through which the prisoners escaped. According
to the BBC, the explosion was so powerful that it was heard
three kilometers away.
Karzai's relative, Wali Karzai, in charge of the prison,
confirmed that more than 1200 prisoners escaped. Of these 390
were Taliban fighters.
Fifteen of Karzai's security guards in the front of the
prison were killed in the fighting. The mujahideen retreated
British troops under Taliban Attack
June 9, 2008: In southwestern Afghanistan a martyrdom
operator hit a British armored column killing 3
June 12: In a conventional Taliban attack [automatic rifles
only] 2 British soldiers, the elite of the Brit army, were
killed and one wounded. Reports say that the Brits broke and
ran. However, MSNBC reported only the casualties in
Heavy U.S. and Taliban Losses in Latest Battles
June 14: A Taliban attack, very unusual so far north, killed
4 U.S. troops in Farah province. [U.S. media admitted this
one but not the earlier one: see below]
June 13: A martyrdom operator hit a NATO convoy in Nangarhar
province 35 km from the Pakistani border post at Torkhum. Two
military vehicles of NATO blew up in the attack killing 13
U.S. and 3 Karzai troops. Another 20 Karzais were wounded.
Taliban spokesman identified the martyr as Ibrahim and noted
that he was from Kunar province.
U.S. forces caught Taliban out in the open in successful air
attacks. In the first U.S. air attack 19 Taliban were killed
in the Tarinkot area of Kandahar province. In the second
successful air attack, 12 Taliban and 2 women were killed in
bombing raids in the Zurmat district of Paktika province.
Rally against U.S. desecration of the Qur'an:
In Kunar province, more than 200 Afghan villagers protested
all day against the alleged desecration of the Qur'an by U.S.
troops in the nearby U.S. military post. The U.S.
Reporting and analysis by our Pakistani observers
Pakistan: U.S. Attack, killing Pak troops, was Meant to
Divert Attention from Long March on Islamabad
New Trend has received three versions of the U.S. attack on
Pakistan in which 11 Pakistani troops, including a major,
were killed, along with 8 Pakistani Taliban. These versions
are from the U.S. media picking up from the Pentagon,
Pakistani government and military, and Pakistani Taliban
speaking to Pak media. New Trend is thus able to put together
this report which is short but comprehensive:
On the night of June 10-11, Karzai regime troops [known as
the Afghan National Army or ANA] backed by U.S. Special
Forces, entered Pakistan in the Mohmand Agency's Chopara and
Gorapanza areas. They were met by a ferocious Taliban
counterattack which drove them back. One of the ANA's
helicopters was shot down by the Taliban and 7 ANA troops
captured. At least 20 ANA were killed. The ANA wanted t set
up a post WITHIN Pakistani territory and this attempt
At this setback, American air forces backing the ANA let
loose the most modern weaponry. It was aimed at Pakistani
paramilitary positions and blew them apart. At least 11
Pakistani troops were killed. The Pentagon issued footage of
the bombing which was shown by the BBC. New Trend saw the
video. It shows a HUGE explosion, at least several football
fields wide. The 40 Pakistani paramilitary troops in the
second post are reported as missing and were probably killed
but the Pakistani military is ignoring this aspect of
CNN reported that two F-15s and a B1 bomber were used in the
attack on Pakistan. Five thousand pounds of bombs [in the
form of a stream of 500 pound bombs were dropped.
New Trend's analysis shows that Pakistan seems to have
deliberately sacrificed its paramilitary troops to divert
attention from the countrywide march on Islamabad by the
people of Pakistan. This analysis is supported by the fact
that for the first time, the Pakistani military directly
issued a condemnation of the U.S. attack. The language used
was stark and has never been used against the U.S. The Pak
military said that the attack was not only "totally
unprovoked" but also "cowardly." The Pakistani government
took the stance that it might have to re-think its
cooperation with the U.S. [thus creating the false impression
that Pak now has an INDEPENDENT democratic government].
However, this impression was fake. The Pakistani ambassador
in Washington, Hussain Haqqani, told the U.S. that the attack
would not change Pak-U.S. strategic relationship of military
cooperation against "terrorism." Haqqani said that mutual
recrimination can only harm the unified vision of the two
regimes: to fight "terrorism." [Read Islam for "terrorism."]
The two regimes, having successfully conveyed to the
Pakistani people rallying against the U.S.-installed regime
in Islamabad that Pakistan is under U.S. attack, then took
the easy way out: There will be a joint investigation to find
out who was at fault.
[This may be a case of poetic justice. The initial U.S.
report said that Pakistani troops were helping U.S. troops
track the Taliban. When the Taliban entered the poorly marked
Pakistani border, the U.S. carried out air attack which
killed the Pakistani allies of the U.S.]
Long March changing Pakistan's Direction
Pakistan re-Making Itself: 100,000 Gather in Islamabad,
call for Rule of law, Removal of Musharraf
June 14: More than one hundred thousand people have gathered
in Islamabad from all over the country. They are led by
lawyers who had been holding daily protests in their local
areas. The participants in the long march received ovations
from large crowds in every city they passed through. The
biggest caravans came from Lahore, led by lawyer Aitzaz
Ahsan, a folk hero now, and JI leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed from
Peshawar. The most arduous journeys were of those who
traveled from Karachi through Multan to Islamabad.
The long march has the support of Jamaate Islami, Justice
Party of Imran Khan and Muslim League of Nawaz Sharif as well
as trade unions and professional groups of a great variety.
Their star and hope for the future is Iftikhar
Choudhury, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court whose
dismissal by General Musharraf led to a national outcry.
On June 13, as the first 50,000 people arrived in Islamabad
in caravans, they were joined by thousands of supporters of
Lal Masjid, men and women, who were chanting Teri Masjid,
Meri Masjid, Lal Masjid, Lal Masjid. Also active
participants, led by Sis. Amina Masood, are the groups of
relatives of Islamic people "disappeared" by General
Musharraf's forces during years of oppression when he tried
to help the U.S. take over Pakistan.
Once more, our observers say, Pakistan has shown that it has
the will to live as an Islamic country and to renew itself
even after the greatest tragedies.
Prostrating to the Jewish Power Elite: Three Puppets
Assure Israel of their Unconditional Loyalty: McCain,
Hillary, Obama at AIPAC.
I do not think that McCain, Hillary, Obama wanted to
be the puppets or obedient servants of the Zionists. But they
had no choice because they found themselves fully controlled
by the Zionist lobby. Things may change in favor of the
victims. Americans are now learning about the truth, thanks
to the internet and the increasing sympathy of Westerners for
the Palestinian victims. I believe, American politicians know
the truth but they are not strong enough and know how to take
stand for the truth and justice. As President Carter rightly
said, without being the puppets of the Zionists, the AIPAC,
none of the candidates will be able to accomplish their
political goal, even if they win, will soon loose. Zionism is
their god of power.
Muslims on the other hand are the people of no plan and no
commitment, with some exception; even the millions who are
living a lavish life in America are doing very little, at
least for now. They are good in pretending being righteous,
but on false premises. They also are good in fighting against
and condemning each other for reasons and no reasons. They
need to change and take the issue of Zionist occupation
seriously and pursue it scientifically: collectively and
pragmatically with a proactive attitude towards the Americans
following the Islamic principle of ‘dispelling evil with
virtue and by using a best/better means/method. Then, Muslims
will be able to influence the American politics and help
America rise up from the position of moral degradation to the
status of dignity and honor. They need to be rescued from
being under the mercy of the Zionist lobby because, as it is
now, the Americans themselves are not capable of earning that
freedom. They need an Islamic alternative of Zionist lobby.
There are other factors as well.
They are the believers in social Darwinism. Moreover, they
are coming out of a tradition of colonialism that inspired
them with exploitation, expropriation, and extermination of
the weak. They have no remorse in that, at least I don't see
that in most of them, if not all. They need moral help, help
from Islam and Muslims. If it was not for the Zionists lobby
today, probably, America would be a good ally of Muslim
world, because their forefathers had been, Jefferson,
Washington and others. It was America of the past who put the
image of Prophet Muhammad,s, along with others, on the
chamber of US Supreme Court, a symbol of respect and honor.
Why not the cause of his ummah? Now the hands of American
politicians are tight, unfortunately, by the Zionist power.
They need to be rescued and must be by Muslims and Islam.
Muslims need to be organized, sophisticated and objective
oriented in their thinking and attitudes towards the target
people: the Americans. I believe, the American people,
especially the politicians, will start thinking rationally,
fairly, and justly when Muslims will be able to influence
them. Look at President Carter. He had known the truth before
as he knows it now, but he could not speak the truth when he
was dependent on the mercy of Zionism, although he was
different from other US president when he was in office. He
speaks now. Muslims needs to work to create few more
President Carter in America, at least to begin with, in
support of the madhlumeen.
4,000 killed in Lal Masjid Op'
[Courtesy the Post, Peshawar]
Ex-MNA says 2,500 missing people in agencies' custody |
US persuading Taliban to make truce
KOHAT: About 4,000 people, mostly students, were killed in
the Lal Masjid operation, Javed Ibrahim Paracha, a former MNA
from Kohat, claimed Sunday.
He also said the United States, perturbed by huge monetary
and human losses, has made several attempts to convince
Taliban leaders to cease fire in Afghanistan. In an exclusive
interview with The Post, Paracha claimed that Americans had
asked him in 2005 to mediate a truce in Afghanistan. However,
the Taliban vowed to continue fighting US-led
Revealing shocking details about his meeting with a US
delegation led by then US ambassador to Pakistan, Paracha
said an FBI team intercepted him on the Peshawar High Courts
premises in mid October 2005 and forcibly took him to a
five-start hotel in Islamabad. Paracha said the US ambassador
asked him to persuade the Taliban leaders in Afghanistan to
ceasefire. "The US delegation which included senior FBI
officials gave me lucrative offers for mediating peace,"
After a meeting of about three hours, FBI officials dropped
me home, Paracha said.
Talking about Osama Bin Laden, he denied his presence in
Pakistan, saying that he might be anywhere in mountains of
Afghanistan. He said that the US overturned the Taliban
regime in Afghanistan in 2001 but had failed to defeat them.
"The US is still looking for ceasefire in Afghanistan,"
Paracha said Sufi Muhammad of Swat was not released as a
result of a deal between the government and militants, rather
he was released from central jail DI Khan in January 2008.
However, his release was kept secret from the media, Paracha
said. Talking about Operation Silence, Paracha said there
were twelve witnesses to the Lal Masjid tragedy who would
appear in the Supreme Court of Pakistan if need be.
The victims of the Lal Masjid Operation were buried in large
numbers in the shrubs of federal capital. He alleged that
twelve students were buried alive by mistake. "These twelve
students somehow managed to come out of the graves and were
secretly administered medical aid at a private hospital in
Rawalpindi, Paracha said. Ten out of the twelve studetns are
completing their education in different religious schools,
Paracha said. However, he avoided talking about the other
He said about 4,000 people were killed in Operation Silence.
"We will pursue the case in the apex court," he added.
Talking about the death of Colonel Haroon in the operation,
Paracha alleged that the colonel was shot dead by his
colleague. "We have solid proof in this regard. "The suicide
attacks after July 12, 2007 were a backlash of the Lal Masjid
tragedy," the former MNA said.
Look! Gentleman, Javed Paracha said, there would be no end to
such attacks till the parents of those students took their
revenge on those who were responsible for this tragedy, he
added. Paracha said about 2,500 missing persons were in the
custody of "agencies". He said even elderly people who had
taken part in Jihad in Afghanistan were in prisons. Thousands
of innocent people have been handed over to the United
States, often for sizeable bounties; many have ended up at
Guantanamo. He alleged that the intelligence agencies have
been actively participating in kidnapping the people in
By Jalaluddin S. Hussain
An Important Development in Canada: Linked to the Future
The Bouchard-Taylor report, on the subject of Reasonable
Accommodation, was finally released on May 22nd, 2008, in
Montreal. The two Commissioners, sociologist Gerard Bouchard
and philosopher Charles Taylor, with the help of a team of
more than a dozen advisers and researchers, produced a
As a background information, it may be mentioned that on
February 8, 2007, Quebec Premier Jean Charest announced the
establishment of the Consultation Commission on Accomodation
Practices Related to Cultural Differences, in response to to
public discontent concerning the subject of reasonable
accommodation. The specific mandate of this Commission was:
- to take stock of accomodation practices in Quebec;
- to analyse the attendant issues, bearing in mind the
experience of other societies;
- to conduct an extensive consultation on this topic;
- to formulate recommendations to the Quebec Government, to
ensure that accommodation practices conform to Quebec's
values, as a pluralistic, democratic and egalitarian society.
After eighteen months of wide-ranging public consultations
and intensive deliberations, by the two Commissioners, 37
recommendations, were formulated. Some of them are:
- Students who wish to wear in class, such religious symbols
as the Hijab, Kippah or Turban, should be able to do so;
- Educational institutions are not required to offer
permanent prayer rooms. However, it is in keeping with the
spirit of "adjustment" to authorize, for the purpose of
prayer, the use of temporarily unoccupied rooms in the
- Funding should be increased for organizations that support
immigrant women. Also, the province should launch a vigorous
campaign to promote iinteractions between French and other
- The government should try to better understand and also
combat, different forms of racism, with emphasis on fighting
hate crimes and and the protection of individuals, subject to
- Additional funds should be devoted for the study of
interculturalism (as distinct from multiculturalism) and the
dual relationship among immigrants to their culture and
It is surprising, however, that even after the expenditure of
more than 5 million dollars, on 17 cities live-to-TV
broadcast public hearings and getting input of more than
3,500 Quebecers, the two Commissioners still concluded:
" The accommodation practices that we have seen in public
institutions (in Quebec) do not represent any threat to the
It is significant to note that the Commissioners espoused, in
their Report, the concept of "interculturalism" instead of
"multiculturalism", in the context of Quebec and also did not
mention the interactions with the aboriginal peoples of
Quebec. The First Nation subject was kept out of purview of
the "Reasonable Accomodation" Report although one may argue,
that the Aboriginals are the first settlers of this Province.
In conclusion, it must be said that in spite of some
shortcomings and criticisms specially from the French
separatists and religious extremists, the Bouchard-Taylor
report, is an excellent blueprint for future such
Maulana Maudoodi taught Political Activism and Organized
Effort: Is that a Sign of Lack of Spirituality
by Kaukab Siddique
Bangladeshi intellectual Shah Abdul Hannan has asked me to
comment on a critical article written by Indian journalist
Yogindar Sikand on the views of Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
about Maulana Maudoodi.
Maulana Nadwi, who passed away in 1999, was one of the top
Muslim scholars of India. No disrespect is meant to him in
answering his critique of Maudoodi. The views he expressed,
now being circulated on Indian lists by Sikand, are important
and relevant to the times in which we live.
Maulana Nadwi was of the view that by emphasizing political
activities aimed at the creation of the Islamic state,
Maulana Maudoodi distracted attention from the love and
spirituality essential to Islam. Political activism became an
end in itself, a sterile activity which evaded the compassion
and nurturing inherent in the way of life of the
At first glance, it appears that Maulana Nadwi had a point.
After all "Islamic State" is not even clearly delineated in
the Qur'an and Hadith. Why should we always we protesting and
rallying and mobilizing public opinion and organizing for
political activity? Where does Islam say that such activity
is required? Should we not focus on prayers and the
Hereafter? Is it not sinful to make prayers only a means to
political ends and, worst of all, the acquisition of
I must disagree strongly with Maulana Nadwi. He simply did
not understand Maulana Maudoodi and the mission of the
Islamic movement. I can write about this issue because
Maudoodi's work helped me to focus on the Qur'an and the
Hadith and not to consider conventional religion as Islam.
The Qur'an is about struggle and the victory of the people
of Allah, the downtrodden, the oppressed, over the
oppressors, the worshippers of the false gods of wealth,
power, military might and state power. Here are a few
1. One of the most significant negative figures in the Qur'an
is that of the Pharoah who symbolizes state authority and the
secularist idea that life and death can be meted out
2. The kalima of Islam begins with LA, the rejection of all
man-made gods. Unless we go through the rejection, the
affirmation will not be complete.
3. The Qur'an categorically states that ALL prophets and
people calling to Allah were opposed by the rulers and
chiefs. Unless these forces are challenged and defeated, the
Islamic way of life cannot emerge in its entirety.
People like Abraham, Hajira, Moses, Asiya, Jesus, Mary,
Muhammad, Ayesha [Allah bless them all] opposed, challenged
and defeated established forces and conformist religions.
Spirituality and prayer are linked to the moral courage
people have to oppose forces based on material power. Muslims
are able to stand up to state power and accept shahada
because of deep spirituality. The prayers are essential, five
times a day, because at every step, every minute of our
waking lives, we must face the devils of material power and
the seductions of conformity, assimilation and compromise
Anyone who says Maudoodi was not spiritual does not know
anything about him. For decades he suffered excruciating pain
in his joints but he would not give up the regular prayers in
their proper form as long as he could physically move. He
made no excuses.
He was a soft spoken man but his spirit spoke with the
thunder of truth. Hence all the enemies of Islam, from
generals to sell out maulvies saw him as the enemy. His
spirituality cannot be understood easily. He refused to ask
for mercy when he was sentenced to death and was handed the
clothes worn by those about to be hanged.
Dear brother, the Islamic state is inherent in the Qur'an and
the authentic Hadith. In plain language it means:
If Muslims are minorities in USA and India, that does not
mean that we should start cooperating with the oppressors,
define Islam like other "spiritual" and individualistic
religions and forget about Shoora and Jam'aa.
Muslims must organize themselves [as symbolized in prayer.]
Muslims must be economically independent, as seen in the
Muslims are ONE UMMAH, as seen in the Hajj.
The Qur'an is replete with Jihad verses. This is armed
resistance, financial resistance, moral resistance. As a
great Islamic leader of America, Imam Jamil al-Amin put it,
"you are free to the extent to which you resist."
Muslim men and women must learn to work together against kufr
and tughyan and nifaq.
The Prophet, pbuh, sacrificed all that he had, did the Hijra,
set up the model Islamic community in Madina. After him, the
Khulafa-e-Rahidoon set up the ideal society. All this
naturally points to the emergence of the Islamic state in any
time and age in which Muslims decide to follow the Sunnah.
The people of America have powerful impulses towards good.
They are our natural allies. However, if we focus on the
elites in power and forget the people, we will have betrayed
Islam. The same holds true of India. Think about it.
My love is with the people of Bangladesh. The conflict was
between the power elites of East and West Pakistan. We were
fooled and used by them to treat each other as strangers.
Inshallah we will meet again with the Qur'an in our hands.
2008-06-15 Sun 18:28:43 cdt