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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Muharram 7,1430/ January 4, 2009, # 2.
[65 issues of New Trend were published in 2008]

Imam Jamil's case update. This leading Imam of America is one of the very few who have not sold out. Please scroll down to document.

New Trend has a powerful writer from the new generation of Islamic writers. Please scroll down to Sis. Sofia's summary, in 7 short paragraphs, of the treachery of Arab rulers vs a vis Israel.

Afghan Muslims want to take part in Jihad against Israel. Astonishing rally by thousands in bitter cold Kabul. Scroll way down.

Latest: January 4, 3 AM Eastern standard time. Heavy fighting is reported as Israeli tank columns move against Gaza refugee camps where poorly armed Palestinians are resisting the juggernaut of naked Jewish aggression. The first Israeli assault wave was beaten back by Hamas fighters. Israel admits one killed 30 Israelis wounded.
1 PM: Israel has surrounded the three enclaves in Gaza, which are Gaza city, a refugee camp in the north and a refugee camp in the south.
6 PM: Unable to break Hamas defense, the Israeli tank offensive came to a halt. Israel is continuing artillery attacks and killed another 45 people in Gaza.

Photo #1; January 2, 2009. Rally in intense cold weather at terrorist Israeli embassy in Washington, DC. Islamic protestors in center. Jamaat al-Muslimeen flyers calling for boycott of businesses which support Israel were distributed after the rally in the upscale Chevy Chase area.
[Biggest American demonstration. January 3. Thousands demonstrated in New York city against Israel. The rally was under the auspices of the International Action Center, IAC, under the leadership of Ramsey Clark.] [We thank the British Muslims and people for their impressive rallies against Israel.]
Photo #2: One of many children killed by Israel as the Jewish army tries to terrorize the defenseless population.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen Press Release: [FATWA] Islamic Ruling by Imam Badi Ali [North Carolina.]
Overthrow of Egyptian Tyrant Hosni Mubarak is Religious Duty of Egyptian Muslims: Hosni is Biggest Obstacle in Resistance to Israel

Question by New Trend magazine:

Israeli forces have entered Gaza from three directions. Hamas, the Islamic resitance forces, have neither anti-tank nor anti-aircraft weapons. Across the border is Egypt with the biggest Arab army in the Middle East. However, Egypt's dictator Hosni Mubarak, instead of helping Hamas has neutralized the Egyptian armed forces and is helping Israel in a number of ways. He is not permitting any access from Gaza into Egypt or from Egypt into Gaza. Thus Gaza is denied all outside support while Israel enjoys the complete and unconditional military, financial and media support of the U.S. Even refugees are not being allowed into Egypt.

News sources say that the Israeli assault was planned with support and input from Hosni. In fact the Israeli foreign minister condemned Hamas from Cairo. The Egyptian people have come out in every city to condemn Israel and to support Gaza, yet the Egyptian dictator does not budge. Hosni has a track record of random arrests of suspected opponents, detention without time limits, torture, families of opponents held hostage and a general process of collusion with Israel and the U.S. Bush's men used Egypt to torture Islamic prisoners under the "renditions" program.

What is the Islamic Ruling [Fatwa] on Hosni Mubarak.

FATWA by Imam Badi Ali: The Qur'an considers rulers who do not rule by Islamic law as oppressors and unbelievers. According to Islamic Law, Hosni Mubarak, is a collaborator of the worst enemies of the Muslim ummah, and should not be ruling a Muslim country. It is the duty, firstly, of the Egyptian army to overthrow him and secondly it is the duty of the Egyptian people to remove him. He is without a doubt a traitor to Islam, a traitor to the ummah and a traitor to the Egyptian people. In this time of terrible tragedy for the people of Gaza, Egypt must open its border to refugees from Gaza, provide weapons to the resistance and give access to Mujahideen wanting to go in and fight the Israelis.

If Hosni Mubarak is not overthrown, Israel will be enabled to continue to oppress and kill the Palestinian people. Israel only understands force. Hamas is a problem for Israel because it has the ability and the desire to fight back and resist. Israel is worried that Hamas might get some weapons; hence Israel has neutralized Egypt through Hosni Mubarak.

Israel's "Shock and Awe" by Kaukab Siddique

After 8 Days of Bombing, 10,000 Jewish troops with hundreds of tanks, Roll into Gaza.
Defenseless Population Cooped into Tiny Shanty Towns: Hamas Organizes Peoples' Resistance

January 3, 2009: The ground invasion of Gaza began at 1.30 Eastern Standard Time. The comparisons with the 2003 invasion of Iraq are too striking to be missed. Any sign of resistance by Palestinians is presented to the American public as "terrorism." Again note the resemblance to Iraq: The U.S. had imposed "no fly zones" and when Iraqis fired at U.S. planes invading Iraqi air space, and this was presented as "violation: of international law."

The mindset behind both invasions was Jewish [or Zionist if you want to be euphemistic]. The pattern is distinct. ATTACK when the people are so helpless that your own losses will be negligible.

Though hopelessly outgunned and outnumbered, Hamas fighters are resisting. By dawn in Gaza on January 4, 2 AM EST, about 13 hours after the invasion, Israel had failed to take any significant Hamas position. However the death and destruction in Gaza is said to be high because Israel has been using high explosive missiles to set fires in the city. [These huge explosions, acts of Israeli terrorism, are proudly displayed on U.S. TV repeatedly as if some magnificent military victories have been achieved by the Jewish army.]

Israel targeted a mosque in the Beit Lahiya area during prayers, killing 13 people and injuring 33. [Several other mosques and the Islamic university were bombed during the bombing phase of the assault.]

January 3. Impressive rally in Ankara, Turkey in support of Gaza. The Islamic giant is stirring. Turkey used to be the sword arm of Islam before the military Generals took over and hooked up first with the U.S. and then with Israel.

America has very few Islamic Leaders who are not scared or Sold Out: Imam Jamil [from Prison] Leads a Vibrant Masjid in Atlanta where Dr. Siddique Spoke on 12.26
Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin: An Update

On Thursday, August 2, 2007, the public learned that Imam Jamil Al-Amin no longer was in the custody of the State of Georgia; he had been moved, without notification to his attorneys or family members, from the Georgia State Prison at Reidsville, Georgia into the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Information provided to the press indicated that Imam Jamil was moved to Oklahoma City and then within a day to the ADMAX federal prison in Florence, Colorado. It was only on August 15, 2007 that he was able to inform his attorneys that he was moved from Reidsville State Prison to the Atlanta Medical Center, in Atlanta, for two days of exploratory tests for chest pains, and the n on to Jackson State Prison before being moved to his final destination to the "supermax" federal prison in Florence to be held in 23-hour lockdown.

Imam Jamil has three legal actions pending. This recent move removes him from the Georgia area where family and friends would be able to visit him on a regular basis. The move continues to isolate him from other inmates and the opportunity to worship with others, and it further imposes harsh conditions which Imam Jamil challenged while incarcerated in the Georgia prison system.

Attorneys have questioned the Georgia Department of Corrections as to the reason for Imam Jamil's transfer to federal custody, even though he has not been convicted of a federal crime. Devon Orland, Department of Law, State of Georgia, r esponded:

"The decision to transfer Mr. Al-Amin was made in conjunction with the federal government and was based upon legitimate security concerns. As for the specific events that led to his transfer I am not at liberty to discuss those but can tell you that there were legitimate security concerns.

Neither I, nor anyone with the Department of Corrections has control over where Mr. Al-Amin will be housed within the federal system. He will be subject to the same rules for transfer as any other prisoner within that system and you will need to check with them as to his current status, likelihood of his being housed within Georgia and rules regarding attorney contact and legal mail. Mr. Al-Amin is in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons but is under a State of Georgia prison sentence so "responsibility" is hard to define out of context. The Bureau of Prisons is responsible for the care and incarceration of Mr. Al-Amin if that is the question you are asking..."

Pending Litigation:

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin v. Hugh Smith

(a) On November 14, 2005, counsel for Imam Jamil Al-Amin filed a Habeas Corpus in the Superior Court of Tattnall County, State of Georgia. The habeas corpus action cited 14 grounds for reversal of Imam Jamil's conviction and sentence of life without parole.

Grounds presented included ineffective assistance of counsel based on the failure of trial counsel to: request a change of venue due to negative publicity; permit Imam Jamil to testify in his own defense; investigate the confession of an individual; challenge the issue of the prosecution striking all persons from the jury who indicated an affiliation to Muslims; failure of the prosecution to provide discovery to the defense; inappropriate statements made by the prosecution regarding the failure of Imam Jamil to testify, and his courtroom conduct by not standing for the jury as members entered the courtroom.

Other grounds included error on the part of the judge by denying Imam Jamil the right to counsel of his choice by eliminating all but one of his four trial lawyers from participating in voir dire of the jury; the opportunity to present favorable evidence and testimony, and the opportunity to raise prior misconduct of an FBI agent.

The habeas also challenges the government sponsored oath taken by the grand and petit jurors and witnesses which resulted in a conflict between religious practices and state function in violation of the Establishment Clause and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Counsel also addressed the issue of violation of the 6th and 14th Amendments based on jury selection procedures.

Attorneys and investigators worked during 2006 to identify witnesses and obtain documents to present during a scheduled February 27, 2007 habeas hearing. The hearing was held and attorneys must continue to take depositions and to supplement the habeas brief before the judge assigned to the case renders a decision. The attorneys received the habeas hearing transcript and trial record free of charge after the judge approved pauper status requested by Imam Jamil. After depositions are taken and presented to the Court, the judge is expected to make a decision whether Imam Jamil is entitled to a new trial based on evidence presented.

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin v. Jim Wethering

(a) This case was filed to challenge Imam Jamil's confinement in involuntary protective custody resulting in his 23-hour lockdown status. Imam Jamil filed this 1983 action in District Court, and on September 6, 2005, counsel filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit appealing the decision to dismiss from the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia. This case was dismissed.

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin v. Hugh Smith and Sanchez-Martin

(a) This 1983 action was filed to challenge the warden and staff of the Georgia State Prison at Reidsville for opening legal mail sent from Attorney Karima Al-Amin outside of Imam Jamil's presence. In November 2004, the Department of Corrections ruled that Reidsville violated standard operating procedures by opening mail clearly marked "legal" from Imam Jamil's wife who is an attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia. Opening legal mail outside of an inmate's presence is a First Amendment violation as well as a violation of the attorney-client privilege.

(b) The District Court ruled that Georgia continued to open Imam Jamil's legal mail from Attorney Karima Al-Amin in violation of its standard operating procedures. The State of Georgia appealed the decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Court appointed counsel to argue the case for Imam Jamil. Argument was held on September 20, 2007 resulting in the 11th Circuit ruling on January 7, 2008 that the Reidsville warden and staff violated Imam Jamil's First Amendment rights by opening legal mail from Attorney Karima Al-Amin outside of the Imam's presence. The State appealed to the 11th Circuit for a rehearing, and the Court denied the appeal. The State subsequently filed its wr it to the U.S. Supreme Court, which was denied on October 6, 2008. Meanwhile, the pro bono attorneys are preparing for trial and will explore challenging the Prison Litigation Reform Act, which prevents the Imam from receiving punitive damages. Attorneys further are exploring filing a separate action challenging Reidsville's effort to infringe on the Imam's right to practice his religion while incarcerated. This action would be a RLUIPA claim.

(c) This case also addresses and merges a retaliation lawsuit filed by Imam Jamil. The pro bono attorneys are representing the Imam, and will consider challenging Reidsville for its efforts, since 2002 and through the transfer to prevent the Imam from freely exercising his right to practice his religion in the Georgia prison system.

We are requesting assistance in challenging the decision made by the State of Georgia to move Imam Jamil more than 1,400 miles from his legal counsel at a time when lawsuits are pending in Georgia. Although the Federal Bureau of Prisons maintains it will return Imam Jamil to Georgia upon Georgia's request, Georgia is refusing to seek his return. We, therefore, are urging individuals to contact the federal bureau to request that the Imam be moved to a federal prison within reach of his attorneys and family. The move out of the State of Georgia to a federal institution that operates a behavior modification program is seen as a punitive action on the part of the government. Consequently, we are requesting assistance to petition for a change to a neighboring federal facility or Georgia prison and out of the SUPERMAX conditions.

Arab Rulers in Collusion with Zionists vs Phenomenal Palestinian Courage
by Sis. Sofia

We'll let some facts of History talk back to these present-day spiritually, morally and intellectually bankrupt, self-appointed "leaders" and "rulers" of Arabs:
  1. Faisal bin Al-Hussein bin Ali El-Hashemi (born 20 May, 1883 in Ta'if, Arabia) with the help of the British and their British agent/spy, T.E. Lawrence, organized a revolt against the Turkish Ottoman Empire in World War I which led to the capture of Jerusalem in 1917 by the British Army, and to the destruction of the Caliphate.
  2. On 3 January 1919, Faisal and Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of the World Zionist Organization, signed the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement for Arab-Jewish Cooperation in which Faisal made this statement: "We Arabs...look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement ... we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home...."
  3. It was the Saudis who invited the Brtish and the Jews into Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula. All these three are responsible for the destruction and death of Palestine and the genocidal attacks of its inhabitants since 1917.
  4. The refusal of Palestinians to leave their ancestral land in spite of being attacked by Israel from the air with bombs and rockets, having their homes bulldozed, their families slaugthered and suffering daily deprivation of the most basic human needs of food, water, shelter and security is heroism on a grand scale. No people in modern history have steadfastly stood up for their rights and looked Evil in the face with such phenomenal physical and moral courage.
  5. In a recent meeting of Arab foreign ministers at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on 12-31-2008 Saudi Foreign Minister, Saud al-Faisal said, "This terrible massacre would not have happened if the Palestinian people were united behind one leadership, speaking in one voice....We are telling the Palestinian brothers that your Arab nation cannot extend a real helping hand if you don't extend your own hands to each other with love."
  6. Not only is this brain-dead Saudi Foreign Minister blaming the victimized Palestinians even as they are being slaughtered but he seems to be (coveniently) ignorant of his own family history, namely that a Saudi "Faisal" fought against the Muslim Turks and invited the British and zionist Jews into Arabia. And in recent tmes, when Saudi and Kuwaiti "rulers" panicy at losing their world's "goodies" dumb-wittedly invited the U.S. military into Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Was there any discussion of Arab unity or brotherhood by foreign minister Faisal then?
  7. The Arab leadership (in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, U.A.E.,... you name it...) has been "neutered" by the West, their hands tied behind their backs, their bodies in straitjackets. Don't expect anything sensible coming from their mouths or a noteworthy "thought" from their ossified brain cells.
These so-called political "leaders" are spiritual and moral "paupers" of the Muslim Ummah.

Montreal Perspectives
By Jalaluddin S. Hussain

Shoe Throwing Theater:

"Block The Empire", a pacifist organization of Montreal, organized "The Shoe Demonstration" on Saturday, the December 20, 2008, in which hundreds of Montrealers enthusiastically participated. A "Shoe-Throwing" mock theater was enacted in front of the U.S. Consulate, at 1155 St. Alexandre Street, in downtown Montreal. The demostrators then marched along St. Catherine Street, towards the West. They also demonstrated in front of the Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Centre, to protest against Canadian troops, stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Montrealers generally approve of the courageous and bold action of journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi, who, inspite of many "embedded" journalist in the Media Room, was able to throw his pair of shoes right in the face of lame-duck President Bush and mention loudly about the massacre of the innocent Iraqis, which has gone on during the last more than 7 years! They demanded the immediate release of the journalist, who has been tortured before and is reportedly being tortured now, in detention.

The December 8 Quebec elections was significant in the sense that not only the Quebec Liberal Party won a comfortable majority by getting 66 out of 125 seats of the Quebec National Assembly but also resulted in the 5th. time victory of Madame Fatima Houda-Pepin, an Arab-Muslim candidate. Also, Amir Khadir, a Muslim of Iranian origin, from the Quebec solidaire won against the nationalist Part-quebecois candidate by a narrow margin!

Hopefully, premier Charest, with his comfortable majority, will be able to confront economic problems coming ahead with confidence . Also, the Muslim members of the National Assembly, will be able to play a constructive role in the politics of Quebec and fully asssert their multicultural heritage in the diverse reality of Quebec nation.

Second item from Montreal: For the People of Gaza

Assalam Alikum My Respected brothers and and sisters,
First of all, i would like to thank -from my heart- all our brothers and sisters who helped us organising this fund raising event. May Allah reward you aljannah.
The total donations alhamdulellah reached 280,000$. (Big takbeer)
This the minimum that we can present to our people in Gaza. and I wish that this is not the last practical and beneficial action we have toward Gaza.


Othman Smadi

Thousands of Afghans demonstrate against Israel, US.

KABUL (AFP) January 2, 2009: Thousands of Afghans demonstrated Friday against Israel's deadly strikes on the Gaza Strip, chanting slogans against the Jewish state and its US ally, and calling for the defence of Islam.
In the capital Kabul, up to 3,000 protesters gathered for several hours outside a key mosque where they shouted "Death to Israel", "Death to infidels" and Islamic chants such as "God is greater," an AFP reporter witnessed.
A shot was fired at an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and at a toy orangutan with sneakers hanging from its neck meant to represent US President George W. Bush, who had shoes thrown at him in Iraq last month.
The models were both torched as were flags of Israel, Britain and the United States.
The protesters also chanted slogans against the United States -- a key ally of Israel -- and said the more than 30,000 US troops in Afghanistan to help the government fight a Taliban-led insurgency should leave.
"We are here to demonstrate against Israelis who make Palestinians suffer," said 19-year-old Kabul student Mohammad Shafi. "We are here to defend Islam and the Koran."
In the western city of Herat, near the border with Iran, about 1,000 men and youngsters tore up an Israeli flag, torched banners and set alight a toy representing Israeli President Shimon Peres, an AFP reporter witnessed.
"We think this is a war between Islam and infidels," local religious leader Farooq Hussaini told reporters, adding he was ready to send "mujahedeen", or religious fighters, as well as suicide attackers to support the Palestinians.
"We have announced jihad in Herat province against those who recognise Israel as a state and support them," he said, apparently referring to the mainly Western soldiers deployed in Afghanistan to fight the insurgency.
Several hundred people also demonstrated in the northern province of Badakhshan, provincial government spokesman Mahrouf Rasikh told AFP.
Afghanistan, which does not recognise Israel, has also condemned the attacks in Gaza and demanded an immediate halt to the strikes.

2009-01-05 Mon 20:45:23 cst