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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Sh'aban 26,1429/ August 28, 2008, 2008, #46

Ramadan is expected to start on September 2 as crescent sighting is expected on September 1. See Dr. Omar Afzal's site: . Call Jamaat al-Muslimeen to confirm at: 443-869-5233

A Muslim woman from Bahrain, in full hijab, won a gold medal at the olympics. Scroll down to her photo.

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Supporters of Israel try to smear Jamaat al-Muslmeen
Jewish American Attacks on Jamaat al-Muslimeen's International Islamic Conference
New Trend Report

On August 19, three days after the historic conference in Baltimore, the most heavily funded Jewish American organization known as the ADL [Anti-Defamation League] unleashed three abusive attacks on the conference. The ADL tried its old technique of telling outright lies by simply ignoring what the scholars at the conference said. The ADL tried its worn out technique of labeling. The problem the ADL faced was that the conference brought together Christians and Muslims as well as non-Muslims who are not Christians. So the ADL simply decided to lump everyone [just about] under the label of "anti-semitic."

American Jews as represented by ADL have invented THOUGHT CRIMES such as "Holocaust Denial" and here we have one of the dirtiest Jewish propagandists, Abraham Foxman himself, accusing Jamaat al-Muslimeen of "Holocaust denial." Stalin would have been proud of ADL's attempts to stop people from thinking and asking questions. The ADL is deeply concerned about Ramsey Clark's speech at the conference and claimed that Mr. Clark had done the ultimate wrong: He had described Muslims fighting Israel and the U.S. as "resistance."

ADL's claim that Dr. Kaukab Siddique is "anti-Semitic" is the most absurd of ADL's labels because Siddique is himself Semitic. As a radio programmer joked, this means Siddique is anti-himself.

The ADL also published a list of the distinguished speakers at the conference and attacked and abused each one but failed to bring any evidence from the presentations made at the conference. It appears that apart from Dr. Siddique, ADL has been spying on Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz since 2003 and earlier, as the ADL report indicated.

Some of the worst abuse was aimed at the two Jesus scholars, Charles Carlson and Mark Glenn, along with Palestinian broadcaster Dr. Hesham Tillawi. As for Mark Weber, the Jewish hate mongers would not have allowed him to speak except that the Jamaat had a very efficient security team which made it impossible for anyone to create a disruption.

Our observers say that two White men who were probably Jewish hate mongers wrote some of the material which indicates they were inside the conference. They would have disrupted Mark Weber, who presented an hour long paper of extremely high quality, but that Jamaat security looked very lithe, tough and ready to pounce on disrupters.

The attack by the ADL on Maulana Ehsanullah seems to have been fabricated out of whole cloth. The man who spoke of the Oneness of God, the Oneness of the origin of all religions and the brotherhood of all the messengers of God, got the worst attack from the fabricating Jewish American group.

Even before the conference, Jewish hate groups, who claim to "monitor" "militant" Muslims, were attacking Imam Badi Ali, the Convener of the conference, IPPA [Islamic Political Party of America] was first attacked by the Militant Monitor for endorsing the conference, and then abused by ADL for participation in the conference. Congratulations to IPPA. When Jewish hate mongers attack, it means you are on the right path laid down by Allah.

Along with its concern for the importance of the conference, ADL contradicts itself by claiming that it was a small conference with only 30 people there! If it was that small, then why is Foxman concerned?

Maulana Ehsanullah Speaks to Audiences in Maryland In the days after the International Conference, the distinguished Pakistani Imam, Hafiz and Qari, Muhammad Ehsanullah spoke to Muslim gatherings to remind them of the central message of Islam. He returned to Islamabad on August 26.

On August 22, 2008 at Masjid Rahma in Baltimore, a former President of ISB had the moral courage to announce after Juma' salat that Maulana Ehsanullah who had come to Jamaat al-Muslimeen's International Islamic conference would lead Maghrib prayers and speak after the prayers. More than 100 people turned up for Maghrib prayers and enjoyed Maulana Ehsanullah's powerful recitation of the Qur'an.

After prayers, he spoke for half an hour, quoting from the Qur'an and Hadith. He urged the community to revise their attitudes to life and change their goals and objectives. The key points he made were: One of the elders of the community translated the Maulana's words into English for the few who did not know Urdu.

Earlier on the same day August 22, Maulana Ehsanullah gave the Juma' khutba and led the prayers at a new masjid in Harford county. He spoke of the importance of Masjid al-Aqsa in occupied Jerusalem. He taught of the significance and power of the Hadith narrations about the visit of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, to Masjid al-Aqsa and his Ascension from there through the heavens to the Seventh Heaven,

Maulana sahib taught about the tremendous suffering of the Prophet, pbuh, before Allah Almighty took him from Makka to Jerusalem on the creature of light known as Buraq. He explained the wealth of religious meaning in this miraculous journey during which the 5 daily prayers were ordained for the Muslims.

Maulana sahib quoted from the Qur'an to show that Allah Almighty puts the forces of nature at the service of his servants whom he wants to exalt.

Br. Kaukab siddique summarized the Maulana's presentation into English.

Ruqaya Al Ghasra [Bahrain] [With thanks to Sis. J.]
Bahrain's Ruqaya Al Ghasra, 26.
Sis Ruqaya won top Olympic place, earning a Gold medal.
She came from behind in 4th place and moved into 1st place, Allahu akbar

Letter: High Praise for Montreal Perspectives in New Trend

Thank you for all your posts, I am glad you joined URC Discuss. You add the only Muslim content we see with any consisently on this board, and your position is great.
Not only that, but the news is terrific. For instance the piece on the Montreal police shooting is something which I haven't come across anywhere else. That is important, it gives the scoop on so many happenings. I take excerpts from New Trend and post them around a few boards to attract attention to URC Discuss. Hope you dont mind.
Keep up the good work and keep getting your message out.

Iskander [Unite and Resist Campaign]

Letter: After Sulayman Lindh and Daniel Maldonado....

Assalaamu Alaikum brother Kaukab,

We have an article on our site about sister Aafia Siddiqui.

I hope you will publish it insha'Allah, just as you publicised our exclusive letter from Daniel Joseph Maldonado.

I remember your name as one of the few who took a stand about the case of br Sulayman Lindh.

May Allah reward you for your da'wah ameen.

Umm Uthmaan

[One day both America and Pakistan, purged of Zionist evil, will say: She belonged to us - editor]
The Aafia Siddiqui I Saw: Fearless Daughter of Islam Opposing Tyranny with Faith
by Abu Sabaya
"I want you to come to know of the concern and dedication that this simple woman had for Islam as described by those who knew her - a dedication that was manifested by way of actions that were very simple and easy, yet seldom carried out by those who are able."

"She is a high security risk."
- Christopher LaVigne, assistant US attorney, on August 11th when trying to convince a judge to prevent Aafia from seeing a doctor for her gunshot wound
During the time of the Prophet (SAW), those who entered Islam were of two types: those who remained in their lands with the general populace practicing the basic tenets of the religion, and those who took it upon themselves to migrate and join the Prophet in his expeditions. There are ahadith that show that the Prophet treated these two groups differently from each other due to their difference in status. For example, Muslim and at-Tirmidhi report that when appointing a leader to a battalion, he would instruct him on how to deal with those of the enemy who became Muslims, saying: "...invite them to migrate from their lands to the land of the Muhajirin, and inform them that if they do so, they will have all the privileges and obligations of the Muhajirin. If they refuse to migrate, tell them that they will have the status of the Bedouins, and will be subjected to the commands of Allah like the rest of the believers..." This distinction was simply of one group deciding to take upon its shoulders certain responsibilities in contrast to the other whose inactivity limited them to a very individualistic, localized, benign practice of Islam. One can in essence say that the Prophet divided the practice of the Muslims at the time into two types: the religion of the Migrants (Din al-Muhajirin, whose adherents took upon their shoulders the responsibilities of aiding and giving victory to Islam), and the religion of the Bedouins (Din al-A'rab, whose adherents did not go beyond the basics).
Although the depiction is of a situation that existed over a thousand years ago, it is an eternal pattern that Muslims will be distributed amongst these levels in every era and in every place. So, one can notice this distinction even amongst the practicing Muslims of the East and West. The Din al-A'rab of the past can be compared to the Islam that is limited to the five pillars, eating zabihah, and keeping the local mosque clean. Considering how difficult it is in the West to come across even these Muslims, imagine what joy comes to the eye and heart to see those who go a step further and reach the level of adhering to Din al-Muhajirin those whose concern spans the entire Ummah, driving them to get up and become active workers for Islam, to dedicate their every minute to the service of Allah however they can no matter what other responsibilities clutter their busy lives, to have their hearts beat with the rest of the Muslims all this with their heads raised high and paying no regard to those around them who eat and live like cattle, as it was said:

Such are the free in a world of the enslaved...
Recently, the entire world has been speaking about one such person - a short, thin college student, wife, and mother of three small children. Her name is Aafia Siddiqui.
I want you to be drawn to the story of this woman and also understand why I was drawn to it. I want you to come to know of the concern and dedication that this simple woman had for Islam as described by those who knew her - a dedication that was manifested by way of actions that were very simple and easy, yet seldom carried out by those who are able.

Those who knew Aafia recall that she was a very small, quiet, polite, and shy woman who was barely noticeable in a gathering. However, they add that when necessary, she would say what needed to be said. She was once giving a speech at a fundraiser for Bosnian orphans at a local mosque in which she began lambasting the men in the audience for not stepping up to do what she was doing. She would plead: "Where are the men? Why do I have to be the one standing up here and doing this work?" And she was right, as she was a mother, a wife, and a student in a community full of brothers with nothing to show when it came to Islamic work.
When she was a student at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), she began organizing drives to deliver copies of the Qur'an and other Islamic literature to the Muslims in the local prisons. She would have them delivered in boxes to a local mosque, and she would then show up at the mosque and carry the heavy boxes by herself all the way down the three flights of very steep stairs. Subhan Allah, look at the Qadar of Allah: this woman who would spend so much time and effort to help Muslim prisoners is now herself a prisoner (I ask Allah to free her)!
Her dedication to Islam was also very evident on campus. A 2004 article from Boston Magazine mentions that "...she wrote three guides for members who wanted to teach others about Islam. On the group's website, Siddiqui explained how to run a daw'ah table, an informational booth used at school events to educate people about, and persuade them to convert to, Islam." The article continues to mention that in the guides, she wrote: "Imagine our humble, but sincere daw'ah effort turning into a major daw'ah movement in this country! Just imagine it! And us, reaping the reward of everyone who accepts Islam through this movement, through years to come. Think and plan big. May Allah give this strength and sincerity to us so that our humble effort continue, and expands until America becomes a Muslim land."
Allahu Akbar...look at this himmah (concern)...look at these lofty aspirations and goals! As men, we should be ashamed to have to learn such lessons from a sister.
She would drive out of her way every week to teach the local Muslim children on Sundays. I was told by a sister that she would also drive out of her way every week to visit a small group of reverts to teach them the basics of Islam. One of the sisters who attended her circles described Aafia as "not going out of her way to be noticed by anybody, or to be anyone's friend. She just came out here to teach us about Allah, and English wasn't even her first language!"
Another sister who would attend her circles describes: "She shared with us that we should never make excuses for who we are. She said: 'Americans have no respect for people who are weak. Americans will respect us if we stand up and we are strong.'"
Allahu Akbar...O Allah, free this woman!
But Aafia's biggest passion was helping the oppressed Muslims around the globe. When war in Bosnia broke out, she did not sit back and watch with one knee over the other. Rather, she immediately sought out whatever means were within her grasp to make a difference. She didn't sit in a dreamy bubble thinking all day about how she wished that she could go over to Bosnia and help with relief efforts. She got up and did what she could: she would speak to people to raise awareness, she would ask for donations, she would send e-mails, she would give slideshow presentations - the point I'm trying to make here is that Aafia showed that there is always something we can do to help our brothers and sisters, the least of which is a spoken word to raise awareness to those who are unaware. Sitting back and doing nothing is never an option.

She once gave a speech at a local mosque to raise funds for Bosnian orphans, and when the audience was just sitting there watching her, she asked: "How many people in this room own more than one pair of boots?" When half the room raised their hands, she said: "So, donate them to these Bosnians who are about to face a brutal winter!" She was so effective in her plea that even the imam took off his boots and donated them!
There is much more to say about how passionate this sister was for Islam. However, the above gives you an idea of what she was like, and should hopefully serve as an inspiration for brothers before sisters to become active in serving Islam through whatever means are available. Remember that she was doing all of this while being a mother and a PhD student, and most of us do much less despite having much more free time.
So, having this image of Aafia in my mind, I was taken aback at what I saw when she was brought into court for what should have been her bail hearing. The door on the front left side of the courtroom was slowly opened to reveal a frail, limp, exhausted woman who could barely hold her own head up straight in a pale blue wheelchair. She was dressed in a Guantanamo-style orange prison uniform, and her frail head was wrapped in a white hijab that was pulled down to cover her bone-thin arms (the prison uniform is shortsleeved). Her lawyers quickly sat around her, and the hearing began.
The head prosecutor, assistant US attorney Christopher LaVigne, walked in with a group of three or four FBI agents, one of whom was a female who looked Pakistani. The defense began by announcing that the bail hearing was to be postponed because of Aafia's medical condition. Essentially, Aafia's lawyers reasoned that there was no point of her being out on bail if she was near death. So, they demanded that she be allowed a doctor's visit before anything else. LaVigne got up and objected, saying that Aafia was a risk to the security of the United States. The judge didn't seem to buy that, and the prosecutor continued arguing that "this is a woman who attempted to blast her way out of captivity." As soon as this was said, I looked over and noticed Aafia shaking her head in desperation and sadness, as if she felt that the whole world was against her. By the way, Aafia was so small and weak that I could barely see her from behind the wheelchair. All I could see was her head slumped over to the left and wrapped in the hijab, and her right arm sticking out.
I got a better understanding of why she was so sad and desperate when her lawyer began listing details of her condition:
* She now has brain damage from her time in US custody
* One of her kidneys was removed while in US custody
* She is unable to digest her food since part of her intestines was removed during surgery while in US custody
* She has layers and layers of sewed up skin from the surgery for the gunshot wound
* She has a large surgical scar from her chest area all the way down to her torso
With all of this, she had not been visited by a single doctor the entire time of her incarceration in the US despite being in constant incredible abdominal pain following her sloppy surgery in Afghanistan - pain for which she was being given nothing more than Ibuprofen! Ibuprofen is purchased over the counter to treat headaches!

With all of this, the prosecutor had the audacity and shamelessness to try to prevent her from being seen by a doctor due to her being a "security risk." When he was pressed by the judge as to why Aafia was sitting all this time in a NYC prison without basic medical care, the government attorney stuttered, said that it was "a complicated situation," and capped it with the expected cheap shot that "it was her decision as she refused to by seen by a male doctor." As soon as the prosecutor said that last bit, I saw Aafia's thin arm shoot up and shake back and forth to the judge (as if to say 'No! He's lying!'). I felt so sorry for her, as she was obviously quite frustrated at the lies being spilled out before her very eyes. Her lawyer then put her hand on her arm and began stroking it to comfort her and calm her down.
When the hearing was over, one scholarly statement stuck in my mind, and it is where Ibn al-Qayyim said that a person rises in his closeness to Allah until: "...there remains only one obstacle from which the enemy calls him from, and this is an obstacle that he must face. If anyone were to be saved from this obstacle, it would have been the Messengers and Prophets of Allah, and the noblest of His Creation. This is the obstacle of Satan unleashing his troops upon the believer with various types of harm: by way of the hand, the tongue, and the heart. This occurs in accordance with the degree of goodness that exists within the believer. So, the higher he is in degree, the more the enemy unleashes his troops and helps them against him, and overwhelms him with his followers and allies in various ways. There is no way around this obstacle, because the firmer he is in calling to Allah and fulfilling His commands, the more the enemy becomes intent upon deceiving him with foolish people. So, he has essentially put on his body armor in this obstacle, and has taken it upon himself to confront the enemy for Allah's Sake and in His Name, and his worship in doing so is the worship of the best of worshippers." And this was absolutely clear that day when looking at the scene in the court. Despite Aafia's apparent physical weakness and frailty, there was a certain 'izzah (honor) and strength that I felt emanating from her the entire time. Everything from the way she forcefully shook her hand at the judge when the prosecutor would lie, to how she was keen to wear her hijab on top of her prison garments despite horrible circumstances that would make hijab the last thing on most people's minds, to the number of FBI agents, US Marshals, reporters, officials, etc. who were all stuffed in this small room to observe this frail, weak, short, quiet, female "security risk" - everything pointed to the conclusion that the only thing all of these people were afraid of was the strength of this sister's iman.
This is the situation of our dear sister, a Muslim woman in captivity...
What can I say...?
I will not close by mentioning the obligation of helping to free Muslim prisoners. I will not mention how al-Mu'tasim razed an entire city to the ground to rescue a single Muslim woman. I will not go back to the days of Salah ad-Din or 'Umar bin 'Abd al-'Aziz, who rescued Muslim prisoners in the tens of thousands. I cannot be greedy enough to mention these things at this point because what is even sadder than what is happening to Aafia Siddiqui is how few the Muslims were who even bothered to show up to her hearing in a city of around half a million Muslims (not counting the surrounding areas), and that not a single Muslim organization in the United States has taken up the sister's cause or even spoken a word in her defense, and as Ibn al-Qayyim said: "If ghayrah (protective jealousy) leaves a person's heart, his faith will follow it."
Unfortunately, in a time where most of us are following Din al-A'rab, it seems that the best person to teach us a lesson in how to help Aafia Siddiqui would have been Aafia herself.


War News:
AFGHANISTAN: Massacre of Children and Women in Shindand, Herat province

August 22, 2008. A U.S. air force bombing attack killed 91 Afghan civilians in the village of Shindand. Those killed include 50 children, 19 women and 22 men. [The U.S. denied the mass murder and insisted that it had killed Taliban only. However by August 27, Human Rights organizations, local villagers and even the U.S. installed regime of Karzai installed in Kabul had confirmed the civilian death toll.]

August 23: Karzai's troops tried to distribute relief goods to the surviving villagers in Shindand but the villagers threw stones at them and refused the aid.
According to the Taliban spokesman, more than a thousand people in Herat area have joined Taliban forces after the bombing massacre by the U.S.

Pakistan: Using Phosphorous Bombs Against the Islamic Resistance: Curfew Imposed on ALL of Swat. Wah Attack

Videos distributed by the Taliban [received by Asia and now New Trend] show Pak air force bombing Islamic positions. The explosion cloud's color indicates that phosphorous bombs are being used [similar to the use of phosphorous by Pak army in the Red Mosque.] The videos also show Taliban calling for Jihad and encircling Pak troops which then lay down their weapons and surrender. [Undated but recent]

According to new reports from Bajaur, Swat and parts of South Waziristan, Pakistan's army is using heavy artillery and helicopter gunships to attack any population groups suspected of siding with Pakistani Taliban. Heavy civilian casualties are reported but cannot be verified. Refugees terrorized by the army are pouring out of the mountans. Eyewitness reports have reached New Trend of scores of civilians in desperate straits lying in the streets of Mardan.

American forces in Afghanistan are egging on the Pakistani military into attacking the pro-Islam populations. On the night of August 15-16, two U.S. aircraft bombed villages in South Waziristan while Karzai's heavy artillery fired into Pakistan from inside Afghanistan.

August 21: In response to the military sweep in Bajaur, a martyrdom operator struck Pakistan's main military ordnance center in Wah [outside the tribal areas] causing havoc with military related people. At least 78 were killed and more than 100 wounded.

August 23: A martyrdom operator blew up a police station in the Chahar Bagh area of Swat. Ten policemen and 15 civilians working with the police were killed in the large explosion which also destroyed 25 neighboring shops. In Tehsil Barikot, another police post was blown up but casualties could not be confirmed. In Mingora, three policemen were killed by gunmen.

Pak Helicopter gunships attacked suspected Islamic opposition centers in Swat killing 40 suspected Taliban. It appears that Shi'ite military officers are in charge of the Pak army attacks. Officer n charge Nasir Ali declared that the operation in Swat will continue till the "extinction" of all opposition.

In BAJAUR, large segments of the population are fleeing as the army moves in. Mortar fire by the army killed another 5 civilians and wounded 6.

Police Officer who Captured Dr. Aafia and her Children Seriously Wounded

Karachi: August 23, 2008: A top police officer, former head of Intelligence in the Lyari area, was seriously wounded in a remote controlled bomb attack on Saddar Police Headquarters. New reports say that he helped the FBI kidnap Dr. Aafia Siddiqui iand her children. He used to boast at parties about his exploit.

Al-Qaidah fighters pouring in. Zawahiri admits losses.

August 24: According to AFP, Pak army has set up ten bill boards in the tribal areas which are WANTED posters for Al-Qaidah leaders. They show American Muslim [from California] Ghadahn next to Osama bin Laden and others.

Other reports say that Islamic fighters of Al-Qaidah from Arab countries and Africa are streaming into Afghanistan to help the Taliban in their confrontation with NATO.

Top Islamic leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has announced the loss of four al-Qaidah activists in jihad in Afghanistan-Pakistan: Abu Khabab al-Masri, Shaikh Abdul Wahhab, Abu Islam and Ibraheem, son of Abu Faraj al-Masri. He had high praise for their courage.

Baluchistan : Pakistani forces launched a military operation in the Jafarabad, Nasirabad area after a mortar attack killed 4 policemen.


August 22: Srinagar: Some of the biggest rallies in the history of Kashmir called for an end to the Indian occupation of Kashmir. The participants condemned Indian atrocities and attempts to populate Kashmir's Jammu area with Hindus from India. The marchers carried a huge Pakistani-Islamic flag.

2008-08-30 Sat 06:08:25 cdt