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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
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.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Note: The account for our International Islamic Peace
Conference is now closed. The web site is still up.
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
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
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.
Allah Almighty has sent clear guidance for our life in this
world. If we do not obey, we will be the losers.
The world is a fleeting moment. The Hereafter is much more
important and lasting.
The world invites us to pleasure, accumulation of wealth,
comfort and self-indulgence.
In Islam, wealth, power, social status, grandeur of goods and
properties have no significance.
If we do not worship Allah, if we do not put Allah's Oneness
at the center of our world view, if we do not follow the
Prophet, pbuh, on an ongoing basis, if we do not think every
day about the coming of the Hereafter, we will wander around
and we will be losers both in this world and in
All our worship, prayers and fasting must lead to the ability
to speak the Truth and not be afraid of what others will say
about the expression of the need for Justice, Honesty
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
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
[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,
Letter: High Praise for Montreal Perspectives in
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.
[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
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
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
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
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
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
I got a better understanding of why she was so sad and
desperate when her lawyer began listing details of
* 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
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
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
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.
AFGHANISTAN: Massacre of Children and Women in Shindand,
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
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
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
Baluchistan : Pakistani forces launched a military
operation in the Jafarabad, Nasirabad area after a mortar
attack killed 4 policemen.
KASHMIR: MASS RALLIES AGAINST INDIA
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