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Zulhijja 22,1429/ December 21, 2008, #64
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An eminent Islamic woman analyzes the behavior of Masjid imams
in Atlanta. Scroll way down.
Zimbabwe: Cholera has broken out...
In the first two weeks of December, 2008, more than 800 people
are reported to have died of cholera in Zimbabwe.
Instead of giving a humanitarian response to a human tragedy,
Britain and the western powers are trying to use it to oust
Robert Mugabe, the ruler of Zimbabwe.
British Prime Minister Gordon Browne has been most insensitive,
trying to use human suffering for political ends.
The people who are helping the victims in Zimbabwe are a Muslim
group from South Africa.
Top Ten Idiots of the Year 2008
Information gathered by New Trend's Think Tank was used to come
up with this list of Top Ten Idiots of the Year 2008. The list
was released by Imam Badi Ali, Jamaat al-Muslimeen National
Shoora leader [North Carolina] on December 21, 2008.
President George Bush. He is totally unaware that he has
brought misery, death and destruction to millions of people
around the world, in particular to Iraqis, Palestenians,
Afghans, Somalis and Pakistanis. He is still claiming that he
brought "democracy" and "freedom." He is so incapable of
thought that he could not relate to reality even as the
American people themselves, including some Republicans, saw him
as the source of much evil. The Iraqi journalist Montader
al-Zaidi spoke for Arabs, Muslims and Americans when he threw
two shoes at Bush, one expressing contempt, ["dog"], and
the second for the deaths of masses of women and children.
After that countless people in Arab countries metaphorically
threw their shoes at Bush, the ultimate symbol of contempt
Mahmoud Abbas. President of the Palestinian Authority
[PA], is used as a puppet by the U.S. and Israel. He thinks he
is the leader of the Palestinian people. PALESTINE is a central
issue for the global Muslim ummah and Abbas is certainly unfit
to lead such a nation.
Gaza has been turned into a concentration camp by his masters
but he continues to work for personal power and for the
fragmentation and disunity of Palestine.
Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt. He has isolated Egypt
from the Arab world and the Muslim world. His state of mind can
be seen from the fact that he is a partner with Israel in the
embargo on Gaza. The U.S. sends opponents to be tortured by
Hosni's regime which is notorious for its crimes against
humanity. Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman, top Islamic scholar,
teacher, Hafiz is in a U.S. prison owing to Hosni's desire to
suppress Egypt's rights and its humanity and to serve Israel
and the U.S.
King Abdullah of Jordan. This playboy king makes the
circuits of American casinos and nightclubs totally unconcerned
about the steady erosion of the rights of people in his country
and the entire Middle East. He is kept in power by an elite
bodyguard and by Israeli and U.S. intelligence services. His
father handed over Jerusalem to the Israelis almost without a
fight. His grandfather sold Palestine to the Jews.
Mohammed Syed Tantawi, Grand Shaikh of al-Azhar: Slowly
and steadily Tantawi has allowed himself to be used against
Islam by the Egyptian dictator Hosno Mubarak. He is willing to
serve and is useful because many Muslims do not know that he is
an appointee of the regime. His behavior is becoming erratic as
it came out in his efforts to support the edicts of the
President of Egypt and to please Europe. He came out against
hijab with the idea that France has the right to ban it.
Very recently he claimed that Hamas is preventing pilgrims from
going to Makka. Thus one of greatest centers of Islamic
learning has been usurped.
Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan. He can be best
understood as "General Musharraf without the uniform." The
Zionists and the Americans play games with him. He thinks he
can outsmart them, though he is TOTALLY in their control. He is
providing a civilian front for Pakistan army's attempts
to crush the people of Frontier province, in particular those
who stand for Islam and those who support the Islamic
resistance in Afghanistan. Zardari's world view is very narrow:
It does not go beyond himself and thus he suits the purposes of
the enemies of Pakistan perhaps more than Musharraf did [which
was the lowest of the low]. He does not realize that like
Musharraf, he will be used and discarded.
Gordon Browne, Prime Minister of "Great" Britain: He
still cannot face the fact that Tony Blair was a failure and a
great liar. Most Britons were against Blair's support for Bush.
Browne was expected to make a break with Blair's tricks and
frauds, but Browne has betrayed the British people. He
can't see that the presence of British troops in
Afghanistan is a throwback to colonial times and an attempt
to resurrect the crusades. His narrow view of the world and
inability to think rationally portends major problems
Sarkozy, President of France. He is funny in a weird
kind of way, but behind the jokes and the grand gestures lies
the bland old program of imperialism. His positions on Sudan,
Afghanistan and Iran show that he is being used and is
happy to be used as long as he can play in the waters of Maine
with Bush and others. His irresponsible behavior in Chad
and Africa in general smacks of a backward mindset.
Hamad ibn Isa al-Khalifah, The ruler of Bahrain. He
hosts one of the biggest U.S. military bases in the Middle
East. He has been in secret contact with Israelis and is now
openly calling for relations with Israel. A wise ruler would
bond with his own people and care for them, so that they will
care for him. Instead this man is making himself available to
outside powers while trying to crush his own people.
Vice President Cheyney. Many people consider him an evil
genius. We were reluctant to list him as an idiot but his
defense of torture shows that he is incapable of thought. As
Vice President, he was in the service of the neo-cons and was
willing to push their war agenda. Such slow thinkers are easy
fare for the control groups which ran Bush's presidency.
New Trend sends Christmas greetings to its Christian
readers. Please send greetings to these eminent Prisoners
At Christmas time we urge Christian readers and Muslims who
understand this issue to write letters of support and
compassion to these two prisoners of conscience. Rudolf and
Zundel are the two most eminent prisoners among several
thousand who have been imprisoned for "thought crimes." A
thought crime in Germany means any effort to question, discuss
or deny the Jewish story of the "holocaust" during World War II.
Please do not write any political or holocaust-related comments
in your letters.
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This report from the BBC did not make it to the Pakistani press
and of course not to U.S. media.
[Published with thanks to NT reader "Malangababa."] [British
spelling from BBC, not ours.]
16 December 2008
Hindus rally for Muslim charity
The protesters say the charity has helped them
Hundreds of members of Pakistan's Hindu community have
turned out to protest on behalf of a Muslim charity accused by
India over the deadly Mumbai attacks. The protesters in the
city of Hyderabad in Sindh province complained that
Jamaat-ud-Dawa was not a terrorist organisation and should not
be banned. They said it was a "saviour" in providing food and
water. India says Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba
which it blames for the attacks that killed more than 170.
Water wells Many in Pakistan's minority Hindu community
are poor farm workers. One protester, Biga Ram, told Reuters
news agency: "How can an organisation be terrorist if it's been
providing food and water to us despite knowing that we're not
Muslims?" She added: "They're friends of humanity. We condemn
the ban. It's unjust." Some of the banners read: "Do not ban
our saviour!" Bhai Chand, a Hindu community leader, told
Associated Press the charity had set up water wells in the
desert. Pakistan has yet formally to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which
has been put on a blacklist by the UN Security Council. Its
bank accounts have been frozen by the Pakistani government and
a number of members detained. India blames Lashkar-e-Taiba,
which is fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, for training the
Mumbai attackers. The group and the Pakistani government
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Outreach to Arab American Muslim Community and others
Dr. Kaukab Siddique gave the Eid al-Adha khutba in Greensboro,
North Carolina. More than 400 people were in the congregation
mostly from Arab countries.
In the Fridays before and after Eid, Dr. Siddique gave the
Juma' khutba at a small masjid in west Baltimore [mostly
Indo-Pakistani] and a small masjid in central Baltimoree
[mostly African and African-American].
Outreach to Shi'a Muslims
Over the last three weeks, Jamaat al-Muslimeen National Shoora
resolutions were given on a person-to-person basis to 50
Muslims at a Shi'a masjid in Brooklyn, New York. The Jamaat rep
explained to the recipients that Jamat al-Muslimeen is
non-sectarian and bases its work on issues, not fiqhi
differences or sects. The Jamaat resolutions include a
prsentation by Br. Sulayman Solano about the growth of the
Hispanic community in America and its potential for acceptance
For the text of the resolutions, go to:
The Shoora resolutions
Big, Empty Mosques: Homeless Muslim Women in the Cold:
Confused and Manipulative Imams
by Hadayai Majeed [Atlanta, Georgia]
It is very cold in metro Atlanta with sporadic periods of
warmth this winter. Nightly, Muslims call the Baitul Salaam
Network, Inc. for assistance (men and women) due to there is no
one else in the Islamic community with a publicly published
number to call. Yet, Baitul Salaam receives the bare minimal
of financial support from the Islamic community. We do not
want to seem ungrateful to those who do give. We appreciate the
loyal support of those who give to us (even when we are
gossiped about and slandered). However due to politics and the
nastiness of a handful of vengeful women, the organization,
after 11 years (almost 12 years) of service to the community as
a whole, a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, numerous certficates
of appreciation presented by Muslim and non-Muslim organizations
alike, received a nice nasty certified letter from a local
Masjid this summer stating we can't ask for sadaaqah after
Salatul Jumuah because the organization is not a masjid
approved entity or committee. The letter was signed by the
Resident Imam and assistant Imam and was issued by the Board of
Trustees. "You can use the literature table to put your
literature if you choose." I have the letter and will make
copies for all who want to see if you doubt what I am saying in
this article. To add insult to injury the letter was posted on
the bulletin board in the masjid for several weeks for all to
see (visitors and all) when you entered the building.
This type of politics is sanctioned by many in leadership in
our communities: The same community that if a sister and her
children come to the leadership for assistance will be handed
the number to Sis. Hadayai Majeed's business or her husband's
cell phone number to contact for assistance. The same
community by the way allowed pettiness,lies and innuendo to
close the only Islamic managed Food Pantry in the city three
years ago. The pantry provided a service that received much
praise from non-Muslims and assisted in feeding thousands the
five years it was open in that community. Fortunately the Food
Pantry has been re-opened in another masjid in the city this
past April, alhamdulillah! This love/hate relationship between
Baitul Salaam and some of the citiy's leadership is so strange
that when many of our leaders go to meetings of local ministers,
Rabbis and other clergy of other religious communites, they
have nice things to say about the Baitul Salaam organization
and even its leader (Sis. Hadayai Majeed). At one convention
the group was mentioned favorably by one of our leaders "We
have a shelter" and mentioned Baitul Salaam. Try to figure this
one out. I can't. it borders on insanity.
The hyprocrisy is so thick in the Islamic community in
general and in metro Atlanta in particular you can cut it with
a knife when it comes to the welfare of women and children.
Nice flowery Khutbahs are given from the rostrum; however no
responsibility is taken by the leadership in the community.
Why am I writing this you may ask? Am I angry out for
I write this artcle at this time because I refuse to lend my
silence that may appear to give consent to the continous deadly
game being played with the lives of Muslims in general and
women and children in particular in the Islamic community
daily. The game of: if the Imam is in a good mood, knows
you, likes you, then you may get some token of assistance
or justice. If the Imam does not know you, is not in a good
mood then forget it or worse! If the Imam knows you and you
disagree with him about something in a meeting then you will
pay and pay dearly in other areas. Eventually a sister,
or worse one of our children, is going to be denied justice in
one of our communities, turned away to go to places like the
Task Force for the Homeless waiting room and later on the local
news we will hear about her/him or them being found dead or
read about harm coming to a Muslim due to what we are allowing
in the way of a grave injustice to be perpetrated in our midst.
I pray we wake up and do what Allah says before this happens.
I am tired of some of our leaders being heralded for their
concern for women and children when in fact they are no better
or worse than anyone else in our community when it comes to the
issue. Recently we have received reports from many who have
gone for help (asked for one or two night stays at the masjid)
and were refused. One particular situation was a woman eight
months pregnant with her husband. While able bodied men
were allowed to stay at the masjid due to not having money,
etc. she and her husband were refused. This is not an isolated
or one time situation. Unfortunately at the same masjid there
is a group of brothers allowed to lounge around and sleep there
night after night without a time limit. I personally know of
one sister who was told to leave the masjd (it was known that
there were no beds at any shelters) one night while men stayed.
I know because I had to take her there. I Stayed with her
while waiting on a call from the local Imam. He did not call
(after more than an hour wait) and I had to leave. Later about
midnight she told me the Imam told her she could not stay and
the men who were there that night confirmed it. They were so
ashamed of what was happening one confided that he hated to ask
her to leave. Now another sister was allowed to stay even after
she exhibited very disturbing behavior. She cursed and swore at
some of the brothers and they had to ask the police to escort
her off the property one day. The resident Imam later allowed
her to return and stay for weeks. Okay, figure it out. Why was
she allowed to stay and two other sisters to my knowledge not
allowed? No consistent policy.
As long as we are quiet about this and other situations in our
communiy it will only grow worse. Of course no one (especially
a woman) wants to stay at a masjid. However politics should not
determine any policy on any level in our communities. Our
community leaders should be held accountable for opening some
of the masjid (especially those in the city near bus lines at
night to at least Muslims) as Christians and others do for
everyone else. As long as Muslims (especially women and
children) are in need and they have to go to others outside of
the Islamic community for assistance, not one Imam should
expect any loyalty from Believers.
To be fair to the Islamic community of metro Atlanta there have
been times when individual Muslims (men and women) have put
sisters (especially with children) in hotels for two or three
nights when in trouble. The same masjid mentioned earlier when
politics were not at play partially supported the Baitul Salaam
Network, Inc. with allowing us to collect sadaaqah after
Salatul Jumuah. We in turn held many of our events there
(paying most of the time to use the facility). This mutually
beneficial arrangement has been shattered by narrow thinking
believers (some are women) and wishy/washy leadership that uses
the narrowminded Believers invalid complaints as the excuses
for being unfair and injust to the organization as a whole and
to me in particular. Some of the smaller (very poor communities)
do all they can to assist. However many of your larger
communities in the city do not have any policy for assisting
those in need and do not support as a community any of the
independent organizations that feed the hungry on the streets,
assist women and children, etc. In fact all of independent
organizations in some way are treated like stepchildren in the
Islamic community (unless you are headed by a popular Imam).
It is time for the Islamic community to organize like many
other communities (Catholic Social Services, Lutheran
Ministries and the Jewish Community Centers) and establish
services for all managed by Muslims in an Islamic manner. It
is irresponsible for Muslims in leadership (Imams, Amirs and
others) not to attempt the meet the needs of Believers and send
Muslims in need to others for assistance. It is really
horrific for Muslim women and children to sleep in chairs or on
the floor at places like the Salvation Army, Union Mission and
Task Force for the homeless while masjids lie empty or with men
who sleep in relative comfort in a clean and warm building when
it is cold outside during the winter or very hot during the
summer, leaving women and women with children to do the best
they can in the streets of our cities. This is not Islam and
as long as we are quiet about it we are just as guilty as those
who are perpetrating this ill in our communities.
When will we step up as a community and take the responsibility
for our own social problems like other communities do? When
will women speak up and stop aiding in their own harm?
*Hadayai Majeed is the Co-founder and present administrator of
the Baitul Salaam Network,Inc. located in metro Atlanta.
War News: Iraq: War Continues in spite of 150,000 U.S.
Troops. No Troop Movements in two months
During the month of November, 17 U.S. troops were killed and 25
wounded in Iraq. The fighting was not reported in U.S.
corporate media. It appears that most of the casualties were
the result of al-Qaida attacks in the Mosul area. The losses
are significant because the U.S. did not carry out any military
operations and let its Shi'ite clients do the fighting.
Dec. 1, 2008: December began with an al-Qaida attack on the
Police Academy in Baghdad. It was a truck bomb combined with a
martyrdom operator. The "authorities" admitted 19 killed 45
wounded in the attack.
Fighting in the Mosul area is a daily routine but on December 1
there was a serious al-Qaida attack which killed 16 Shi'ite
police organized by the U.S.
Dec. 4, 2008: Suspected al-Qaida fighters used truck bombs to
blow up a police check point in Fallujah [40 miles west of
Baghdad]. At least 17 Iraqi police were killed and others
wounded. On December 8, Tariq, the mastermind of the attack, an
Iraqi, was arrested in Baghdad. Another 30 Iraqis suspected of
helping him were also arrested. [The Shi'ite government is
holding 25,000 Iraqis in its prisons. Another 15,000 "suspects"
are held by the U.S.]
The attack has had an unsettling effect because Fallujah was
entirely destroyed by U.S. forces, along with its mosques and
Islamic schools, when it was controlled by al-Qaida. It was
rebuilt in part by the U.S. and people were allowed to enter
and live there after person-by-person identification and
record. Permanent martial law is enforced and torture is
liberally used to crush resistance.
December 11, 2008: Al-Qaida seems to have wiped out a major
section of the PUK [Kurdish organization linked to Israel] and
of the local Arab tribal leadership working with the U.S. The
festive gathering held in a restaurant on the outskirts of
Kirkuk was to be addressed by the U.S.-installed Iraqi
President Talabani. A martyrdom operator walked into the
restaurant. The local military governor says 50 people were
killed and 120 wounded.
War News: Afghanistan.
Taliban control 70% of the Country, except when U.S. Air
Force attacks ........................
"We have to put much more effort into Afghanistan." Obama
appointee Medeleine Albright as new National Security Adviser
speaking to self-confessed lesbian Rachel Maddow." [MSNBC
December 1, 2008]
Taliban posing threat to Kabul: report [Daily Dawn,
KABUL, Dec 8: Taliban insurgents have a "permanent presence"
in almost three-quarters of Afghanistan and pose an increasing
threat to Kabul itself, a think-tank said on Monday.
The International Council on Security and Development (ICOS)
said in a report that the Taliban had extended its tentacles
from its southern powerbase and established itself across large
swathes of the country.
"The Taliban now holds a permanent presence in 72 per cent of
Afghanistan, up from 54 per cent just a year ago," ICOS said in
its report, which was rejected by the Afghan government.
"Taliban forces have advanced from their traditional southern
heartlands ... to Afghanistan’s western and north-western
provinces, as well as provinces north of Kabul and in Kabul
itself," the report said.
For the ICOS, a permanent presence counts as the ability of the
Taliban to carry out at least one attack a week.
 December 20: U.S. TV channels say that 3,000 fresh U.S.
troops are on the way to Afghanistan. Another 30,000 will be
sent by March. The Taliban threat is turning into defeat
New Trend notes that a MASS UPRISING of the people in support
of the Taliban is taking place. NATO is facing genuine
The U.S. sees the danger of the Taliban taking Kabul itself.
Hence most of the American forces will be placed around Kabul
to stop the Taliban spring offensive.
The U.S. air force is going all out to attack the Taliban. On
December 9, Taliban opened fire with automatic rifles on a U.S.
army camp in rugged Kunar province. The U.S. forces, feeling
threatened, called in air strikes which bombed the entire area
killing 15 civilians, including 4 women and 8 children. Eight
huts belonging to shepherds were destroyed in the air strikes.
 December 12. In Helmand province, a martyrdom operator hit
British troops, killing 3 elite British marines. [Gordon Browne,
Brit Prime Minister was visiting Afghanistan and complained
that the assailant was too young.] In another part of Helmand,
a British trooper was killed by a Taliban sniper.
 December 17. Taliban are using pin prick attacks in small
numbers to avoid U.S. air strikes. In one ambush a British
soldier was killed in Helmand province. An Australian working
for the British army was also killed. A Dutch soldier was
killed in Uruzgun province.
 December 19. [Helmand province.] A Taliban elite cardre
ambushed a heavily armed military unit from Denmark killing 3
Danish soldiers and wounding 1.
2008-12-22 Mon 21:47:22 cst