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Safar 4,1430/ January 31, 2009, # 8.
Some U.S. Muslims under CAIR-ISNA-WD influence do not know that
Islam prohibits cooperation with oppressive rulers even if they
are Muslims. A beautiful example from the life of Imam Ahmad
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WAR NEWS: Latest: Very Brief but Very Important:
[From: New Trend's Media Monitor]
Palestine: Israeli forces violated the cease fire several
times, killing 3 civilians. In response, Mujahideen from Gaza
killed an Israeli soldier and wounded 3. Hamas is distributing
relief funds among the victims of Israeli bombing. Hamas remains
strong and disciplined.
Pakistan: Maulvi Fazlullah's Islamic forces are
implementing Shar'ia in Swat where rampaging Pakistani troops
had made 500,000 people homeless since last year. The Maulvi
told BBC [Jan 30] that the propaganda about his opposition to
female education is false. Already the forces of Shar'ia are
re-starting elementary education for girls in the war torn
region. The Pak army devastated the valley and Islamic forces
are beginning from the beginning. On January 30, Pakistan tried
to re-take Swat but the army couldn't find any of the fighters.
The capital city, Mingora was put under curfew to prevent the
people from rising up and joining Fazlullah. Nine civilians
were killed in the army's mortar attacks. [Pak troops came
under Taliban attack in Malakand losing 4 killed and 7 wounded.
They drove back the Taliban with artillery fire.]
Afghanistan: 3,000 U.S. troops have arrived in Afghanistan
on a RUSH basis and have been deployed on an emergency basis in
Logar province and Wardak province to stop the Taliban from
capturing Kabul. Another 30,000 will be sent in April with a
major plan to destroy the Taliban. U.S. sources say 14 U.S.
troops were killed and 8 wounded in fighting in Afghanistan
during January. British troops are looking for Taliban in
Helmand province but can't find any. Jan. 30 the Taliban
appeared, killed a heavily armed Brit and disappeared.
Iraq: January 31: Provincial "elections" were held in
some areas of Iraq to provide an honorable cover for the
withdrawal of U.S. troops. In areas where al-Qaida is strong,
such as Diyala province and Mosul, curfew was imposed. There
was extreme tension in Fallujah and Ramadi as tribal groups who
have sold out organized elections. Roads in the Shi'ite areas
were controlled by al-Maliki's troops with outer roads under
U.S. control. These are "occupied" elections like ones in
Indian-occupied Kashmir. The Shi'ites are benefiting from U.S.
occupation as are some Sunnis. The CIA agent al-Maliki, now
Prime Minister, has asked the U.S. military to stay till the
end of 2011 though Obama wants to leave by mid-2010 to save
America from bankruptcy.
During January 2009, 15 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq and 25
wounded. For 6 months U.S. forces have not carried out any
operations, leaving the Sunni areas under al-Qaida and
Islamized Ba'athists and Shi'ite areas under rival Shi'a groups.
Iran trained Shi'ites, funded by Iran, are the mainstay of the
Shi'ite regime in Baghdad. [Parts of Baghdad are controlled by
al-Qaida and the Ba'ath.] [The situation in Iraq is dismal. PBS
reported on January 23, 2009 that there is COMPLETE FAILURE of
civil faciities in Al-Adhamiya, an upscale district of Baghdad.
There is sewage in the streets and electricity is not one
fourth of what it was under Saddam.]
Our America: Day 11 of Obama by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Racism Lies Just under the Surface in America.
The Republicans in Congress put up a united front against
Obama's economic reforms but failed miserably. They ruined this
country for 8 years under Bush. Now they want to stop reforms.
Under Bush, right wingers abused and attacked Islam and Muslims
for EIGHT straight years, and tried to create war psychosis,
fear, hatred and enhanced racism. These attacks were irrational
and without right of reply. Emptyheaded trash like O'Reilly,
Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Hannity, Bernard Goldberg,
Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and others carried on blatant
warmongering and a steady spate of insults against Islam.
O'Reilly went to the extent of claiming that a U.S. soldier who
murdered a wounded, unarmed Iraqi lying half unconscious in a
mosque was carrying out an act of self-defense! Malkin
[mentally "white"] was pleased beyond measure when the Qur'an
was dunked in a latrine. She made up a picture of it and put it
on her web site.
These evil people were as much responsible for the war and the
war hysteria as were Bush and his Jewish advisers like Wolfowitz.
Remember that millions of people, America's hate based White
racist mass, still voted for McCain. Fortunately, America's
majority did not buy the Zionist propaganda coming through the
right wingers. The evil is still there, lurking just below the
semblance of sanity provided by Obama.
Congratulations to Islamic Somalia:
[scroll to end for Photo.]
After bloody attempts to crush the people of Somalia, the U.S.
backed Ethiopian tank columns withdrew unconditionally and
unilaterally from Somalia January 23-30. By January 31, Islamic
forces had taken back ALL the positions held by the Ethiopians.
Al-Shabab movement is insisting that troops from other African
countries should also be withdrawn because they too had
Day 10 of Obama:
New Trend Congratulates the Turkish people for Prime
Minister Erdogan's rebuttal of Israeli terrorist Shimon Peres.
January 30: When the Turkish Prime Minister returned from the
Economic Summit in Davos, large crowds gathered to congratulate
him for his reply to Peres, the president of the terrorist
entity known as Israel. Others left flowers at Erdogan's home.
At Davos, Shimon Peres had started the usual Israeli story that
all those civilians in Gaza had to be killed because of the
rockets being fired into Israel. Erdogan replied:
"When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill."
The Israeli terrorist raised his voice to claim that Israel is
the victim! [One has to be a Jew to believe such
Prime Minister Erdogan replied:
"President Peres, you are older than me and your voice is
very loud. The reason for you raising your voice is the
psychology of guilt ... I know very well how you hit and killed
children on the beaches."
The prime minister's wife, Emine - who this month organised a
Women For Peace In Palestine lunch for the wives of Islamic
dignitaries - also became involved, bursting into tears after
telling reporters that "everything Peres said was a lie".
Earlier Erdogan had called Israel's rampage into Gaza a "crime
against humanity" and demanded Israel's expulsion from the UN.
Most shockingly, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, who was
moderating the debate, cut off Erdogan's reply, while he had
given maximum time to Peres. [Source: British paper the Guardian.]
[Slowly but steadily, Islam is rising in Turkey. Remember that
Turkey was once the sword arm of Islam. -Editor] [American Jews
are preparing to bring up the Armenian issue to embarrass
Summing it up in a few words
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz
Jamaat al-Muslimeen's philsopher and top
Without TRUTH and JUSTICE there cannot be and will not be PEACE
anywhere, especially in the so-called Middle East, in Palestine,
in Gaza. Indeed, until JUSTICE comes to the suffering and
brutally oppressed people of Palestine that part of the planet
will know no PEACE.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Press Release:
Day 6 of Barack Obama
Imam Badi Ali looks at President Obama's Interview with
al-Arabiyya TV and his Overture to the Muslim World
January 26, 2009: President Obama is the new face of America.
It is refreshing to note his words of respect for the Muslim
world. The arrogance and evil of Bush is not there in obama.
The whole world is sighing with relief that Bush is gone.
However, Bush could have been replaced by McCain. Obama won not
only because of Bush's immoral policies but mostly because of
ISLAMIC RESISTANCE to Bush. The American military forces
bombed two Muslim countries for 8 years but could not win.
Bush was defeated by Islam. American armies are now trapped in
Iraq and Afghanistan and it is Obama's task to bring them back.
Before leaving, Bush inflicted a third wound on the Muslim
world: the use of the Israeli army to commit genocide on the
people of Gaza.
President Obama may bring back peace to the world if he can
beat back the Zionists who surround him. The interview with
Al-Arabiyya was a BIG MISTAKE. Here is why:
Al-Arabiyya is known in the Arab world as a puppet of Israel
and America. Many Israeli terrorists have been honored by
al-Arabiyya as guests on its channels, among them Shimon Peres,
the Israeli President.
Hisham Milhem got this interview for al-Arabiyya from President
Obama because Milhem is closely connected to the Israeli-American
terrorist Rahm Emmanuel who is the Chief-of-Staff of Obama.
Thus the Israelis have tried to misuse the power and appeal of
Obama by putting him on their puppet TV channel.
Obama must realize that Muslims know Islam much more than he or
his advisers do. He should seek a source whose Islam is
authentic and acceptable to the Muslim world. Hisham Milhem is
obviously a hard core secularist and enemy of Islam in its
authentic Qur'an-and-Hadith basis.
Hisham was trying to put words in Obama's mouth and pushing him
to speak against al-Qaida. The attitude of Hisham was
patronizing and disrespectful.
We would like to know which Islamic movement Obama considers
acceptable for a dialogue. If he only wants to talk to tyrants
like Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah, terrorists like Ehud
Olmert and puppets like Mahmoud Abbas, then his initiative has
no value and is no different from that of Bush.
Israel is the issue. How can President Obama claim that he
wants peace for the Muslim world when he wants to begin with
unwavering support for Israel. The Zionist entity has no
foundation other than its terrorism against Palestinians and
its weaponization by America.
Muslims don't hate America but they do hate America's policies
which are Israel-based.The crimes Israel committed in Gaza
during the recent 22 day bombardment are enough to make Israel
a pariah state. Its bombing of Lebanon was similar. It has a
track record of crimes against humanity.
We urge President Obama to realize that the forces of Islam are
resurgent. They cannot be bombed into submission. Bush couldn't
do it and he can't either, inshallah.
Letter: Incident in a Batimore Masjid: Shows how U.S.
Muslims are prevented from Opposing Israel ....
Dear Dr. Siddique,
Asalam Alaekum! May Allah bring us major victory in the new
hijrah year that is 1430. I could not help but commend your
bravery after your confrontation with those brothers from the
placid, struggling masjid Nur. In you I have found a renewed
strength in the implementation of speaking against wrong. See,
I have come to truly appreciate that it is definitely tougher
to speak against evil than it is to speak for good because for
the most part, as witnessed by you last jumah, people don't
attack you for speaking for righteousness.
One of the things which I found disheartening, even before you
wrote about it and thank God you wrote about it, was talking to
a few of Muslims right in the heat of the Gaza massacre and
finding out that some of the imams did not even mention the
issue in their Khutbah. Even before evaluating their
relationship with CAIR & ISNA, I found immense weakness in this.
So I thank you for doing what Hamzah, the prophet's uncle,
would have done and I thank you for inspiring us by writing
about it. May Allah continue to strengthen those amongst us who
have the courage you portrayed! May Allah give the wisdom to
the weak leaders among us to step aside so that the rightfully
courageous and righteous one may rise to the position. Ameeen!
More grease to your elbow Dr. Siddique! You have sure jolted me
to re-unfurl my anti-israeli banner in whatever little way.
Greetings to your wife and family
Warm wishes. Wasalaam alekum.
Letter: From a Reader Very Angry with "Sunni" Rulers
Answer to your comment: [Iran, for all its talk, has not
helped the Palestinians. They have no anti-tank weapons other
than RPGs usable at close range and NO anti-aircraft guns. If
al-Qaida or the Taliban had been facing the Jews, the entire
Israeli tank column would have been blown up.]
I am purely Muslim (not Shia nor Sunni); I do agree your second
part of your comment but at the same time please DO NOT
Iran does not have access to Gaza since "Sunni" Missr is
holding the access to Gaza. Sunni "Saudi" Arabia, Missr, Urdon
were those who blame Hamas for this mess. (Shame on Sunnis).
These Sunnis ba.t..rds are waiting for Israel to crush Hamas
once for all. But Insha Allah they (filthy Suinni Arabs) will
have to buy houses in US (Maabod of Arabs) now.
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
What's Wrong with the Jewish Auschwitz and Holocaust Story?
From my pre-teen years I was interested in the Second World II.
I remember collecting the price, Rupee by Rupee [Pakistani
currency] . of a two volume picture history of the War. The two
volumes were a fine collection of the photos of allied armies
in action which fought Germany and Japan. I was fascinated by
the great moral endeavor of the allies against Fascism
For more than three decades I read books on the war written
from the allied viewpoint, all the way from Churchill's history
of the war, the American navy's version of the war, the memoirs
of various generals down to the stories of soldiers and officers
doing the dirty work in the battlefield. I swallowed the allied
version of the war in its entirety, hook, line and sinker.
The first break in my adoration came when I saw a Soviet
version of the Fall of Berlin. I was left with the disturbing
impression that the Germans fought with great tenacity to the
bitter end, and Hitler refused to compromise or surrender. Why
would a nation cling to a man who was downright evil?
It took quite a while for authentic reports about Germany to
become public. I used to read that Rommel was a great general.
Later I learned that Hitler had some of the best generals
Europe has ever known, among them Manstein and Guderian. About
50 years after the war, classified documents about the war
started coming out. During the last 20 years or more so much
information has come out that no serious student of the War
blames Hitler alone as the source and instigator of the war.
The breakdown of the Soviet Union [which was brought down in
part by Islamic fighters in Afghanistan] highlighted the
brutality and horror of Stalin's regime which made Hitler look
like a neophyte.
Gradually the hysteria of war has been overcome and facts have
made it difficult for me to accept the conventional wisdom of
the Second World War. It is common knowledge now that Hitler
did NOT want to invade England. Also, now we know that Hitler
allowed the British army trapped in Dunkirk to escape. Hitler
did not destroy cities for the sake of killing civilians as the
British and the Americans did. He spared the beautiful cities
of Paris and Rome almost without a scratch.
It was a war filled with horrors. Everyone suffered. War rumors
caused each side to believe the worst stories about the other.
War time propaganda reached new levels of sophistication.
Goebbels became a household name for his pernicious ability to
undermine the enemies of Germany through evil propaganda.
However, most people do not know that the Soviet Union had a
war propagandist, Ilya Ehrenburg, who outdid Geobbels and
primed the Russian armies to commit genocide against Germany
once the Soviet Union broke through and won the war. Ehrenburg
had with him a team of commissars including a superb
propagandist/journalist named Vasily Grossman. Most commissars,
including Ehrenburg and Grossman, were Jewish.
The WORST ATROCITIES AGAINST THE JEWS were committed on the
eastern front when Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Most of
these atrocities were committed not by Germans but by
Ukrainians, Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians and
still later by Hungarians. They had suffered serious actions at
the hands of the Jews working for the Communist regime in
Moscow. When the German armies came in and the USSR started
collapsing against the German blitzkrieg, the victims of Stalin
took bloody revenge from the Jews. The Second World War was not
"nice." The Europeans broke all records in human history
After the war ends, usually efforts are made to create
conditions for peace, to carry out processes for objective
study of the war and to move into a hopeful future. However,
what the Jews and their Communist allies did was to project war
time propaganda into peace time: They successfully turned the
horrors of war into a PERPETUAL THEME connected to the
PERPETUAL collection of funds for International Jewry and in
particular for Israel.
The Jews claimed that they had suffered more than anyone else
and their suffering was the product of a mindset to be called
anti-semitism. To make this horror come alive, the story of the
GASSING of the JEWS in Auschwitz and other concentration camps
was invented. This story is so horrible that once it's accepted,
it puts the Jews as victims above ALL OTHERS for EVER. The
claim was that the Nazis "exterminated" Six Million [always
with capital letters] Jews. Of these FOUR MILLION were said to
have been GASSED in the conglomerate of work camps known as
AUSCHWITZ. Later, under criticism from revisionist scholars,
this figure was revised down from 4 million to ONE million.
However, the total continued to be touted as Six Million. [Poor
math! Subtract 3 from 6!]
Revisionist scholars have shown that there were no gas chambers
in Auschwitz, and even if there had been gas chambers, it would
have been impossible to gas 4 or one million human beings in
them during about 4 years. It would have been impossible to get
rid of ALL traces of four million [or one million] people after
they had been gassed.
The Soviets propagated the Auschwitz story because it helped to
cover up the genocide they carried out against German civilians
in western Poland, eastern Prussia and Germany itself. The
western allies went along with it because it covered up their
genocidal destruction of German cities. Every German city
was bombed and burned with all its churches, schools and
libraries. Civilians were systematically targeted. All this
information is now available, thoroughly documented. However
the Jewish horror story preceded this documentation by 50 years
and preempted all condemnation of the victors of the war.
Here are a few basic facts about Auschwitz which Americans
Americans have been influenced by historians of the war who
have shown little concern for facts. Hitler was seen as so evil
that there was no scope for critical review of famous "histories."
Here is my review of the most famous of these histories:
Auschwitz is located in Poland, not in Germany.
It was a work camp set up to help the German war effort.
Germany, involved in an expensive war, did not have the
resources to bring 4 million [or one million] people there by
train simply to exterminate them. They could have been killed
where they lived.
Anti-German historians admit that the Soviet army captured
Auschwitz on January 27, 1945 but "the Soviet Union suppressed
all news of Auschwitz until 8 May, when the war had finished."
[The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor, p.46.,
In his Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-1945,
published in 2004, Max Hastings admits: "Moscow made no public
announcement about Auschwitz, or about what had been found
there, until after the war ended." [p. 148]
Thus while Hitler and his propagandist Goebbels were alive,
the Soviets did not bring up the Auschwitz story. That was
a period of 3 months and 10 days during which the Soviet armies
raped EVERY German woman from 8 to 80. AFTER that, with Hitler
dead, the Communists could bring out the Auschwitz story without
a response from Germany.
Was Germany hiding something horrible in Auschwitz? If there
had been anything of propaganda value to Germany's enemies in
Auschwitz, Hitler would have been worried when news came of its
capture by the Russians. David Irving's research indicates that
Hitler showed no concern when news of the capture came.
[Hitler's War by David Irving, p. 782.]
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. A History of Nazi
Germany by William L. Shirer, 1249 pages, Simon &
Schuster, Inc. 1959, 1960, 1987, 1988, 1990.
Israel's war again against Gaza has been supported by a
campaign of disinformation let loose by the corporate media in
which Israeli officials and American Zionist Jews have played
an important role. Language has been mutilated in this endeavor
and extremely far- fetched interpretations of elementary facts
have become commonplace.
This disinformation is distributed in the U.S. about Israel's
victims. What would the Israelis/Jews and their supporters say
about the Germans who were their avowed enemies? Within that
context, let's look at a book which is central to America's
view of what happened in World War II.
Shirer's book is the most famous of the histories of the war
written from the viewpoint of the victors. In can be found in
just about every public library in the U.S., from coast-to-coast.
The Book-of-the-Month Club sold more copies of this book than
By contrast, David Irving's book, Hitler's War, or his
monumental Churchill's War, are not available in any
library [with very few exceptions] and the author was
imprisoned in Austria to silence his expression of dissent.
My reading of Shirer's book indicates that it is shoddy history,
lacks any attempt at objectivity and is ridiculously low in
research quality as compared to Irving's book. Here is a
sampling of Shirer's tome:
Before Shirer begins his book, he makes it very clear that he
is writing a condemnation of Hitler's Third Reich, not an
objective history which would provide the facts and let the
readers decide. He gives a page to four quotes meant to condemn
Germany. The most propagandistic of these is from Hans Frank,
the German Governor of occupied Poland: words which he spoke
during his trial by the allies at Nuremburg after the war.
Frank was trying to save his neck by condemning the regime
which he had served. His words: "A thousand years will pass and
the guilt of Germany will not be erased." [Frank did not escape
the hangman's noose.] One opens this thick book and reads that
quote from Frank before the book begins. Thus Shirer makes it
very clear which side he is on: He is not a historian but a
spillover from the hatred of the war, yet Americans think he is
For argument's sake, let's accept Shirer's familiar assumption
that Hitler was the devil incarnate. Does that help us to
understand Hitler's tremendous popularity among the Germam
masses? If he was a criminal and all his men were thugs, how
does one understand the willingness of his people to fight and
die under his command in their millions? Here Shirer's history
is hollow. Let's look at one of Hitler's greatest pre-war
successes: The unification of Austria with Germany.
[Austria is now such a wretched servant of the Jews that in the
year 2006 it sentenced David Irving to three years in prison.
So much for democracy and freedom of expression!]
Shirer calls his chapter on the unification of Germany and
Austria [page 322-356] "The Rape of Austria." This is
comparable to the Israeli insistence that Hamas election
victory in Palestine means that now the 'terrorists" have taken
over the government of Palestine! As one goes through these
34 pages, there is almost nothing in them about the love the
Austrian people had for Hitler. Almost as an after thought
Shirer tells us that Hitler was received with tremendous
acclaim when he visited Austria after the unification. He takes
on the tone that perhaps the Austrians were crazy.
Most of Shirer's chapter is a blow-by-blow account of the
machiavellian intrigues and intimidation Hitler used to get rid
of the government of Austria to bring about the unification. In
a footnote, Shirer tells us that in fact the government of
Austria was dictatorial and communistic. Thus Shirer conceals
the real conflict in Germany-Austria and the rest of Europe:
the struggle between Communism and Nationalism.
[Communists were often Jewish and that played into Hitler's
diatribes against Jews. A political factor was involved, not
raw anti-semitism as we are often led to believe.]
Archives from those times are still available and they indicate
that no human being in the history of Europe has EVER received
such popular support and veneration as Hitler did from the
Austrian masses. That's simply a fact of history, not a trick
which Hitler played!
SHIRER and the "HOLOCAUST"
Shirer dug a hole for himself in the beginning of the book and
in the later part fell into it. He tells us that he was able to
write this monumental book because the "confidential archives
of the German government and all its branches" were captured by
the allies. He says this was "an event unique in history" that
even "private diaries, highly secret speeches, conference
reports and correspondence, and even transcripts of telephone
conversations of the Nazi leaders" fell into the hands of the
victors. [P. ix]
With that kind of availability of secret information, Shirer
later in the book, during his coverage of the "holocaust" story,
admits that Hitler's order for the extermination of the Jews is
NOT TO BE FOUND in WRITING. From this he surmises that the
order must have been given orally.[pp. 964-965.] He then claims
that every time a German leader referred to the "final solution"
of the Jewish question, he MUST have been referring to
extermination. Thus he builds up his case for the Jewish claim
that SIX Million Jews [in captal letters] were killed by Hitler's
war machine [many by "gassing" in "ovens."] Sadly, he can't find
Hitler's order for this vast operation. An objective historian
like Irving admits that there is no order from Hitler ordering
the extermination of the Jews; hence it is historically wrong
to surmise that Hitler gave such an order.
A fatal flaw in Shirer's monumental history is his naive
acceptance of the testimony of Hoss, the Commandant of the
Auschwitz concentration camp. Shirer quotes repeatedly from
Hoss's confession to affirm the horrors allegedly committed at
Auschwitz against the Jews.[pp.967-969] Shirer never took the
trouble to study the origins of the Hoss confession and the
process and circumstances through which it emerged. It has been
used by the entire gallery of Jewish propagandists who wanted
to affirm that 4 million people were "gassed" in ovens.
As Irving has shown, Hoss was subjected to severe torture by
his captors after the war. He was beaten into a condition where
he was willing to sign anything and was willing to embroider the
alleged accounts of the "atrocities" he had committed, when he
was brought to the Nuremburg tribunal. Hoss saw his life hanging
in the balance and thought he could save himself by recounting
the most astounding stories of "gassing" and killing which he
was willing to assign to himself! [After the court got what it
wanted from him, he was hanged.]
No serious scholar of Auschwitz accepts Hoss' confession which
was compiled in stages and which he signed without reading it.
Irving does not specialize in "holocaust" study but one of the
best critiques was provided by a German judge, Wilhelm
Staeglich, in his Auschwitz: A Judge looks at the Evidence.
Staeglich presents a detailed critique of everything Hoss wrote
[or was made to write]. The whole story concocted by Hoss to
save his own life was bogus and does not stand up to critical
scrutiny. Again, owing to the power of the Jewish censorship
machine, Staeglich's book remains almost unknown in America,
and, of course, is excluded from all public libraries.
Shirer's account of the Battle of Britain too is shallow, to
say the least. He ignores the data Irving has unearthed which
indicates clearly that Hitler did not plan to invade Britain.
In fact he allowed the trapped the British army to escape
Shirer is a popularizer of myths and legends. Unfortunately,
the American people have been led to believe that he was a
historian, even a great historian.
Statement on Obama Actions Thus Far re: Gaza: Hamas are
Legitimate Reps of Palestine
"Mr. President: Give Us a Clean Break from War"
In a message to President Obama today, former Congresswoman
Cynthia McKinney wrote:
"It is time that the United States negotiate in good faith with
Hamas, the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
It is also time that the U.S. government tell Israel to release
the Hamas Parliamentarians it illegally arrested. President
Obama, please say something about Gaza. You have been roundly
condemned for your continued silence in the face of war crimes
and crimes against humanity committed by Israel in Gaza.
Silence is complicity. Not one more bomb for Israel."
Israeli action in Gaza has outraged the world. Starting with
Israel's inhumane blockade of Gaza when it didn't like the 2006
election results that put Hamas officially into power. In
September 2007, Israel declared Gaza an "enemy entity." Of
course, Israeli efforts to isolate the Gaza Strip can be traced
back to Ariel Sharon as early as 2005. In carrying out its
military Operation Cast Lead, Israel not only committed war
crimes and crimes against humanity, it also carried out a
long-standing goal of Gaza isolation. The President's continued
silence on Gaza and the Palestinian right of self-determination
I would like to commend President Obama for recognizing that
peace is the imperative and that the United States can play a
constructive role in its attainment. However, placing a phone
call to an irrelevant "leader" in an attempt to revive his
political standing is not a route to peace: it is a journey
down the same road that we're already on, that is massacres,
genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture--all
with U.S. weapons, paid for by U.S. taxpayers.
The President must call the elected representatives of the
Palestinian people and that means dealing with Hamas.
President Obama has already spoken with Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert. George Mitchell, the President's Middle East Envoy,
is reportedly scheduled to visit the region, but is expected to
meet only with Egyptian, Israeli, Saudi, and Jordanian leaders,
and the West Bank's Abbas. Unfortunately, despite worldwide
revulsion and United Nations outrage at Israeli actions in Gaza,
Gaza has not been reported to be one of the Presidential
Even worse, one of the first officials that Obama called on his
first day in office was Palestinian Mahmood Abbas. Abbas,
however, is no longer President, heading a government that has
no opportunity to govern, from a state that exists only as a
construct not made by the Palestinian people. For the United
States to embark upon the path of peace, it must recognize and
act on the fact that Mahmood Abbas is now irrelevant.
I believe that the call to Abbas occurred because of pressure
on President Obama from outraged activists around the country
and around the world calling for him to do something. But Abbas
is irrelevant if the goal is peace.
If the goal, however, is to appear to be doing something while
all the time doing nothing but allowing the violence of
U.S.-sponsored military action to spread including saber
rattling against Syria and Iran, then the President is on the
The American people voted for change and peace. President
Obama's current path will produce neither.
I have implored President Obama to say something about Gaza. He
has been roundly condemned for his continued silence in the
face of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by
Israel in Gaza. Silence in the face of such criminal behavior
President Obama must urgently place a call to the elected
government of the Palestinian people.
President Obama can send a strong message to the warmongers
inside his own party and present them "a clean break" from war.
I encourage him to do so. We will not be fooled by actions that
have the appearance of putting us on a path for peace, but that
are public relations projects that buy time for more war.
To activists and human rights lawyers around the world I say:
Now is not the time to let up. We must be unrelenting in our
pressure for justice and recognition of the rights of all
peoples embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Those rights include the right not to be occupied. And the
right to resist occupation. This is the embodiment of
self-determination. And the Palestinian people are holders of
It is time that the United States negotiate in good faith with
Hamas, because it is the legitimate representative of the
Palestinian people. It is also time that the U.S. government
tell Israel to release the Hamas Parliamentarians it
While the United States Government spends precious resources to
imprison Palestinians in the United States who attempted to
ameliorate the humanitarian disaster in Gaza, I will attempt
another trip to Gaza to assess the depth of the worsened
humanitarian catastrophe now there.
I have repeatedly called on the President to ask for and the
Congress to vote not one more bomb, not one more dime for the
Israeli war machine.
With thanks to Sis. Aqsa
Real Scholars do not Cooperate with Rulers even if they are
Muslims. Islam forbids Scholars to come near Corrupt Rulers
While Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal was in prison...
In al-Siyar (11/238), al-Dhahabi reports from Abu Ja'far
al-Anbaari: When Ahmad was taken to al-Ma'moon, I was told
about it, so I crossed the Euphrates and found him sitting in
an inn, where I greeted him. He said, "O Abu Ja'far, why did
you go to the trouble (of coming here)" I said, "Listen to me,
today you are the leader and the people are following you. By
Allaah, if you accept that the Qur'aan is created, a lot of
people will go along with that, but if you do not, then neither
will they. Even if this man (al-Ma'moon) does not kill you, you
will still die, because death is inevitable, so fear Allaah,
and do not go along with (al-Ma'moon).? Ahmad began to weep and
said, "Ma sha Allaah" Then he said, "O Abu Ja'far, say it again,'
so I said it again, and he kept saying, "Ma sha Allaah."
With regard to his being taken to al-Ma'moon, Imaam Ahmad said:
"We reached al-Rahbah at midnight, and a man came to us and said,
"Which of you is Ahmad ibn Hanbal" He was told, "This man." He
said to the camel-driver, 'Slow down.' Then he said, "Listen to
me, why should you worry if you get killed here and go to
Paradise" Then he said, "May Allaah be with you," and left. I
asked about him and I was told, "He is an Arab from the tribe
of Rabee'ah who deals with wool in the desert. He is called
Jaabir ibn 'Aamir, and they say good things about him." (Siyar
A'laam al-Nubala', 11/241).
In al-Bidaayah wa'l-Nihaayah, it says that a Bedouin said to
Imaam Ahmad: "Listen to me, you are a representative of the
people, so do not be bad news for them. You are the leader of
the people today, so beware of doing what they are asking you
to do, lest you bear their sins on the Day of Resurrection. If
you love Allaah, then bear this with patience, for the only
thing standing between you and Paradise is your being killed."
Imaam Ahmad said: "His words strengthened my resolve not to do
what they were asking me to do." (Al-Bidaayah
It was reported that Imaam Ahmad said: "I never heard any
stronger words at that time than what a Bedouin said to me at
Rahbat Tawq, a village between al- Raqqah and Baghdaad on the
banks of the Euphrates. He said, "O Ahmad, if they kill you for
the truth, you will be a shaheed (martyr), and if you live, you
will be praised." And so my heart grew strong." (Siyar A'laam
Imaam Ahmad said of the young man Muhammad ibn Nooh, who
accompanied him at that time of trial: "Even though he was so
young, he had such great knowledge, and I never saw anyone who
adhered more firmly to the command of Allaah than Muhammad ibn
Nooh, and I hope that his end was good.
He said to me one day, "O Abu 'Abd-Allaah, you are not like me.
You are a man whom people follow, and they are straining their
necks to see what you will do, so fear Allaah and adhere to His
commands. Then he died, and I prayed the janaazah (funeral)
prayer for him and buried him." (Siyar A'laam
Even his fellow-prisoners, whom Imaam Ahmad used to lead in
prayer in chains, had a role to play in helping him to stand
firm. One day when he was in prison, Imaam Ahmad said, "I don't
care about being in prison: it is no different from my home or
about being killed by the sword, but I am afraid of the trial
of being whipped. One of the other prisoners heard him and said,
"Don't worry, O Abu 'Abd-Allaah, it is only two lashes of the
whip, then you don't feel where the rest fall." It was as if
this reassured him and calmed him down. (Siyar A?laam
Al-Ma'mun adopted this belief, and came to torture Ahmad bin
Hambal, so that he would do the same. al-Ma'mun died,
al-Mu'tasim continued in torturing him, and he took a stand for
Allah - the Mighty and Exalted - in which he honored this
religion. Eighteen years, and three rulers who tortured him so
that he would accept and endorse the belief of the Qur'an being
created, but, he refused. Then came al-Wathiq, who reversed all
that had happened in terms of the affair of the creation of the
Qur'an. He wanted to honor Ahmad bin Hambal publicly, but, Imam
Ahmad refused. So, he sent for his sons and showered them with
gifts, which they accepted. When Ahmad bin Hambal learned that
his sons had accepted the gifts of al-Wathiq, he built a wall
between his home and theirs, boycotting them.
One day, Ahmad bin Hambal became sick. So, his doctor
instructed him to roast a ear of corn in the oven and eat it.
So, he bought the corn, and asked that it be roasted. So, it
was taken to the oven of his uncle, Salih. When it was brought
back to Ahmad, he asked: "Where did you roast it?" They said:
"In the oven of your uncle, Salih." He said: "I will not even
taste it, as his wealth has been mixed with the gifts of
['Fi Dhilal Surat at-Tawbah'; p. 195-196]
Surah Isra 17 verse 80 Say: "O my Lord! let my entry be by the
Gate of Truth and Honor and likewise my exit by the Gate of
Truth and Honor; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to
Transliteration :Wa qur rabbi adkhilni mudkhala sidqiw wa
akhrijni mukhraja sidqiw wa-j'al li mil ladunka
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2482 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be
pleased with him)
Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) used to say, " O Allah,
grant me benefit in what Thou hast taught me, teach me what
will benefit me, and increase my knowledge. Praise be to Allah
in all circumstances. I seek refuge in Allah from the state of
those who go to Hell."
Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah transmitted it, Tirmidhi saying this is
a tradition whose isnad is gharib.
Victorious Islamic Fighters in Somalia: The Youths are on
the side of Islam: The Older Generation are too scared of the West.
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