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Sha'ban 26,1430/ August 18, 2009, # 40
Warning about Israeli dates for Ramadan:
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This could only be published in New Trend. Believe it or not, Hamas
attacked a mosque on August 14, Juma', where an imam was proclaiming
Islamic rule and calling for end to cease fire with Israel. What is the
alarming significance of this atrocity and what does it say about Hamas'
decline as a Muslim group? Powerful analysis by Imam Badi Ali.
Please scroll way down.
It's a MUST read!
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Press Release: "Elections" in Afghanistan under
NATO military Occupation have no Validity
August 7-18, 2009: NATO launched military offensives in Afghanistan to
hold "elections." Jet fighters and helicopters are protecting NATO tank
and other armored columns to create "space" in which "elections" can be
held. The Afghan people cannot be fooled by such bogus attempts to create
legitimacy for the agents of imperialism and zionism. We urge President
Obama not to besmirch himself with such illegal activities which would
have put Hitler and Stalin to shame. The allies during World War II
would not accept the Vichy regime in unoccupied France although it had
not been installed by German tanks but merely cooperated with
Germany. It is unthinkable that the Afghan people will accept this
charade of elections being imposed by NATO.
Muslims should note that the Taliban have no air force, no tanks, no
artillery, no helicopters and yet are successfully resisting NATO's
occupation forces owing to the public grassroots support for Islamic
resistance. NATO has to "capture" every village to be able to
For more information contact Dr. Kaukab Siddique at:
For War News from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gaza
please scroll way down.
Nigerian Troops Crack down on Islamic group opposed to corruption,
drunkenness and prostitution.
NIGERIA latest: August 15, 2009: A very large Nigerian military
force surrounded an Islamic community called Darul Islam in Mokwa,
Niger state [not to be confused with the country called Niger]. They
arrested hundreds of unarmed Muslims merely on the basis of rumors that
they are "outsiders," were suppressing women, were against education
and were setting up an Islamic state linked to al-Qaida! Even the BBC
wouldn't buy that story. Here is what it reported:
"Amrul Bashir Abdullahi, the leader of Darul Islam originally from the
northern state of Kano, said after being detained that he had lived in
Mokwa for 17 years.
"We are not against Western education as we are being accused, but we
have our own belief which is not in any way an infringement of the
state authorities," Abdullahi said.
"We decided to create a camp for ourselves outside the community because
of the problems in the larger society. These are problems of corruption,
drunkenness, prostitution and so on which Allah forbids."
New Trend comment: Nigerians are sacrificing much for Islam, but
the poor and the downtrodden need to unite if they are to face an
administration linked to Israel and the western powers.
Puntland [North of Somalia]: August 13, 2009: Five Pakistani
preachers of Islam from Tablighi Jamaat were murdered in cold blood
by gunmen who escaped. Tablighi Jamaat is a non-political movement but
Puntland is under pro-western puppet regime and the hired gunmen
apparently killed the preachers because they had beards and caps and
were seen as al-Qaida! Islamic groups up and down the east coast of
Africa have condemned the murders.
Al-Shabab, which now controls most of Somalia proper, said that killing
of religious personalities in unknown in the area in spite of years of
fighting and looks like an anti-Islam foreign hand is involved.
Some final Summer offerings: Get These before you get busy again.
Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism
by M. Shahid Alam
Pre-order from Amazon.com before it appears in November.
"It competently penetrates, as well as demystifies, one of the most well
packaged ideological myths of our times - Israel as a benevolent,
civilized, moral national project .....This book is truly a sobering
analysis for all those who believe in this myth." Khaldoun Samman,
Director, Islamic civilization program at Macalester College.
[Alam is originally from Bangladesh and is known for his shredding
criticism of Bernard Lewis and Tom Friedman, etc.]
Hitler's Place in History
David Irving and Mark Weber
DVD video disc. 135 mins. $15.95
Two memorable talks by specialists of the Third Reich and World War II,
at an IHR meeting. British historian Irving reviews fraudulent
historical documents that have been cited for years by "conformist"
historians. Weber explains that even supposedly authoritative history
books provide a grotesquely unbalanced view of Hitler and his regime,
and that outright lies about Hitler are widespread and unchallenged.
Jewish Community Leader Faces Child Porn Charges
The former regional director of B'nai Brith in Quebec has been charged
with possessing child pornography. Bill Surkis appeared Friday at the
Montreal courthouse. He had turned himself in to police earlier this
month after a police investigation resulted in an arrest warrant issued
in his name. Police were notified after a computer repair shop found
several questionable video files on Surkis's PC. Surkis brought his
computer in to the shop for repairs after it became infected with a
virus. He left his post as director of B'nai Brith Quebec two years ago.
Surkis was the dean of education at John Abbott College for 22 years.
He is also a prominent member of Montreal's Jewish community and was an
executive director of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.
From Imam Badi Ali [North Carolina]
Spotlight # 1: Why is Imam Jamil al-Amin [fromerly Rap Brown]
being held in prison year after year in spite of manifest evidence of
his innocence? The government knows that his release will give
authentic leadership to African-American Muislims and to African
Americans in general. Imam Jamil is independent, not in any American
party, not linked to any overseas regime, and he practices authentic
Islam, the Sunnah of the Prophet, pbuh, in his daily life. He is able
to think for himself and rejects the American power structure. Hence it
is important that American Muslims unite to press for his release.
Spotlight #2: Our relationships should be based on a common humanity,
caring and compassion, not on business interests or what we can gain from
someone. We should not keep quiet when we see good in our friends and
companions and should express praise and thanks openly. We should
celebrate the achievements of our spouses and of every Muslim
whose integrity, courage and faith is seen in good deeds.
Spotlight #3: The way you think of the world, the way you
perceive your life, your interpretation, is more
important than the ongoing series of events. What do you celebrate,
what do you enjoy, and why?
Dr. Siddique urges Sunnah [and nothing else] in Ramadan-Eidain.
Da'wah Group in Milwaukee: Working for Peace thru Truth about Islam:
Important selection of Literature.
On August 15, 2009 Dr. Kaukab Siddique was invited to speak to a study
circle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin [about 90 minutes drive north of Chicago].
A peace group concentrating on reaching out to the non-Muslim people of
Milwaukee has taken root in the heart of the city. Owing to the efforts
of Prof. Sulayman Kurter and his wife Sis. Havva Kurter,
a well organized effort is underway to help Americans understand and
embrace Islam. The results are impressive. Among them, the acceptance
of Islam by a Hispanic newspaper editor whose paper has a big
circulation in the city.
Prof. Kurter and Sis. Havva are an unusual couple. He is Turkish and
she is Hispanic. Years back, their young son's Hispanic teacher noticed
that he was very different from others. She learned from the child the
blessings of not eating pork and staying away from alcohol and cigarettes.
After a while, she embraced Islam.
Today the son is a grown man and a distinguished physician and
therapist very loyal to Islam. His teacher too married a Muslim and is
bringing up an Islam-oriented Hispanic family.
Prof. Kurter has been active in the peace movement and went all the way
to Washington to participate in anti-war demonstrations. Inspired by
the writings of the great Turkish teacher of Islam, Shaykh Badiuzzaman
Nursi, Prof. Kurter and Sis. Havva have brought together a dedicated
group to re-print and distribute da'wah literature about Islam both in
English and Spanish. These booklets have been mailed to thousands of
people interested in Islam all over America. Along with basic teachings
of Islam which they distribute are two classics from years back,
Jesus, pbuh, in the Qur'an by Sulaiman Mufassir and Malcolm X:
Martyr of Islam by Ali Siddiqui.
The August 15 discussion mainly about the sighting of the Crescent was
initiated by Prof. Kurter and followed up by comments from a
distinguished Muslim scientist from Chicago. Both were very critical of
attempts to fix the dates for lunar months without sighting. The
scientist pointed out that the anti-Sunnah groups are wrong even on a
Br. Kaukab Siddique's remarks were as follows:
There is no place in Islam for attempts to supplant clear texts from
Prophet Muhammad's, pbuh, Hadith, about sighting of the crescent with a
fixed calendar based on calculation.
There is no need to debate this issue with pro-government groups which
are using their money and organizations to undermine the Sunnah. Debate
gives the impression that this is a dispute among Muslims and not an
issue about Islam itself.
Notice that the pro-government groups used to spread false information
that the crescent had been sighted somewhere by someone although most
people could not see it.
Now these groups have come out openly and have simply dumped the Sunnah.
Instead they are trying to replace the Sunnah with a Christmas-like
We should focus on the ENTIRE SPECTRUM of the positions of the
pro-government groups. They recognize Israel as a legitimate entity and
are friendly with Rabbis, the worst enemies of Islam. They are silent
about the bombing of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gaza. Within that
CONTEXT, try to understand their efforts to undermine the Sunnah of
The entire Islamic way of life, GLOBALLY, is based on the Sunnah,
including the sighting of the crescent. If the door is opened to
rejection of authentic Hadith texts, the door is opened to the
westernization of U.S. Muslims and of all Muslims.
Once authentic Hadith can be dumped, the next will be the assault on
the Qur'an. Notice the attempts to leave out the Jihad verses and the
claims that they were only for those times? A new "Islam" is being
fabricated by these elements.
1430th Ramadan - the Month of Blessings and Peace
© Imam Ali Siddiqui
email@example.com ; 707-545-5234
California Muslim Institute, 2001 Range Ave, Suite 26
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
2.8 billion Muslims of the world will celebrate the blessed month of
Ramadan starting Saturday, August 22, 2009 depending on the sighting of
the moon. During this month, healthy Muslim adults will observe fasting
during the daylight hours.
Muslim Fasting is a total abstention from eating and drinking from dawn
to dusk for 29 or 30 days of the month of Ramadan. In addition, avoiding
immoral behavior and anger and showing compassion is part of the
requirements of the fasting. The purpose of fasting is manifold. Allah
(the God Almighty) mentioned it in the Holy Book of the Muslims, Quran,
that the fasting is prescribed for the believers as it was prescribed
for the people before them, so that they may acquire self control and
God-consciousness (Quran 2:183). Therefore, the purpose of fasting is
to develop self-control, God-consciousness, improvement of health by
reducing or eliminating impurities from the body, and to become aware
of the plight of the poor, hungry, and the sick.
Ramadan is a month of spiritual consciousness and high sense of social
responsibility. The fulfillment of one's obligations during this month
is rewarded by 70 times. Fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam
including Announcement of Faith, Salaat (praying 5 times a day), Zakaat
(the right of the poor on the wealth of the financially able), Fasting
during the month of Ramadan, and Hajj (once a life time pilgrimage to
Kaaba). It is an obligation on every adult and healthy Muslim to fast
during the month of Ramadan.
The month of Ramadan is also the month in which the Holy Quran was
sent down from 7th level of heaven to the 1st level, from where it
was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in a piecemeal
basis over a period of 23 years. It is a very joyous occasion for the
Muslims of the world. They fast during the day, pray, and read Quran
during the part of the night.
There is a special night called the Night of Power, which is mentioned
in the Quran (Chapter 97), as a night of peace, mercy, and light.
Worshiping during this night is better than the worship of 1,000 months.
During this night, Muhammad was chosen by Allah, as the Messenger and
Quran was sent to the 1st level of heaven. During this night, Allah
(the God Almighty) sends down an army of special angels, under the
leadership of Archangel Gabriel, who go to every nook and cranny of the
earth to pray for the mercy of Allah (the God Almighty) and salvation
of the believers.
Unlike common calendar, which is Solar based, Islamic calendar is Lunar
based. It does not mean that Muslims worship moon. It is another way to
count days of the month and the year. Like all Islamic months, Ramadan,
9th lunar month, begins after sighting the Crescent, but not the
new moon. The probability to see the Crescent for Ramadan is on Friday,
August 21, 2009 just after sunset on the western horizon.
The population of Muslims in the US is estimated at 9 million, of
which about 2 million lives in California. All healthy Muslim adults
including homemakers, school-going kids around the age of 13, factory
workers, businessmen, and others among them will be fasting. Your
Muslim neighbors will be getting up very early to take their sahoor, a
pre-dawn meal before starting their fast. So, don't get alarmed if you
hear lot of noise next door. Schoo l staff has to show understanding
and consideration towards Muslim students fasting during the month of
Ramadan from August 22, 2009 to Sept. 19, 2009. They should be assigned
alternate activities instead of strenuous gym activities.
Physicians should also understand that their patients might be fasting.
They should prescribe the medicine in a way that they could take it with
their pre-dawn or after sunset meals. However, if the patients' life may
be in jeopardy, explain it to the patients or seek help from a Muslim
Medical Chaplain at a local hospital, (like Imam Ali Siddiqui,
707-545-5234, Siddiqui@aol.com or an Imam/director of a local
Masjid/Islamic Center. According to Muslim physicians, there are some
physiological benefits from Muslim Fasting (total abstention from food
and liquids) including lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol,
and lowering of systolic blood pressure.
At the completion of month of Fasting, Muslims all over the world
celebrate their holiday of Eid al-Fitr. It is the biggest Muslim holiday.
It is a true thanksgiving for a Muslim believer for having the
opportunity to obey Allah (the God Almighty) by observing Fasting. It
is celebrated on the 1st day of 10th lunar month, Shaw'waal. This year,
it will probably be on Sunday, September 20, 2009. The holiday begins
with Muslims putting on their best preferably new clothes and going to
the Eid congregation. Eid congregations are very large gatherings of
Muslim men, women, and children across the country. You can witness
these gathering at local Convention Centers, Fair grounds, and/or
Community Parks. Afterwards, people greet each other with hugs and
handshakes. The children receive gifts of money and toys. After the
congregation, Muslims visit each other at their homes and hold lunches
or dinners for family and friends. Don't be surprised if you are invited
to an Eid dinner or Eid celebration by your Muslim neighbor or friend.
Please do accept such an invitation. The hospitality, friendliness, and
variety of international Muslim cuisine will pleasantly surprise you.
Greetings of Ramadan, Ramadan Karim!
The local police and other law enforcement agencies should take extra
precautions, during this month around the local Masjid / mosque /
Islamic Center and where the Eid Congregation will be held, for the
safety of Muslims and their facilities. The Muslim Communities across
the nation appreciate the local police officers and the law enforcement
agencies for looking after their safety. They are also thankful of
interfaith volunteers who have provided support and vigilance. Thank
you! May Allah, the Creator, look after you in your hour of need! Amen!
P.S. Muslims should call their local Masjid for the beginning and end
of Ramadan. Additional information can be acquired through e-mail:
About the author:
Imam Ali Siddiqui is the Imam at the Islamic Center of Petaluma, CA,
President of California Muslim Institute; Member of Board of Directors,
Peace with Justice Center of the Pomona Valley; Clergy and Laity United
for Economic Justice, Los Angeles, and UNA of Pomona Valley. For
additional information about author's involvement, please visit
onenationforall.org and/or Google: "Imam Ali Siddiqui"
Other publications by the author:
Zakat-ul-Fitr is Wajib
Zakat al-Maal - the right of the Poor
Lai-la-tul Qadr - The Night of Mercy and Peace
Eid al-Fitr - A True Thanksgiving
The Significance of Eid
Imam Siddiqui is also available for speaking engagements. Please contact
him at Siddiqui@aol.com ; 707-545-5234.
War News: Gaza
Hamas Attack on Mosque, murder of Jund Ansar Allah leader, Shows End
of Hamas leaders' Islamic Identity, Prep to Accept
analysis by Imam Badi Ali [North Carolina] [The writer is a Palestinian
with decades of Islamic community work and anti-war
Muslims are now faced with ugly new images. Hamas attacked a mosque,
Masjid ibn Taymiyyah, in Gaza where an Islamic imam was proclaiming the
need for Islamic rule and an end to the cease fire with Israel. The
imam, Abdul Latif Musa, survived the Hamas attack with the help of his
security detail, but was pursued and killed by Hamas early the next
morning [August 15]. My analysis of the repercussions of this atrocity
is as follows.
This was a small group, Jund Ansar Allah, proclaiming Islamic rule.
Hamas should have negotiated. Scholars should have met from both sides.
Surely Muslims need to talk to each other. There was no need for
Hamas is willing to talk and has been talking to both Abbas [PA link to
Israel] and Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian dictator linked to USA. There
was no need to carry out military action against the mosque where imam
Abdul Latif Musa spoke. Such attacks are HARAM in Islam and only
apostates like Pakistani general Musharraf carry out such atrocities.
This is Gaza's Red Mosque tragedy.
What are the images flashed around the world on Islamic web sites?:
Hamas attacking a mosque! How are we to justify this to our children.
What's the difference between Hamas and the blatant enemies of Islam
like Israel which routinely attacks mosques?
Looks like Hamas leaders are unable to administer Gaza. What are the
chances that they would be able to govern a free Palestine? They cause
more and more confusion by their random acts against Islamic people who
differ with them.
How come the western media are supporting Hamas either through
silence or through nominal coverage of the tragic attack on the mosque?
What happened to the principles of democracy, freedom of expression,
listening to others?
The Hamas attack came only days before the start of Ramadan. Hamas
leaders did not consider the shame of carrying out an attack which is
at best sacrilege when brotherhood, forgiveness and understanding are
the needs of the hour.
There is an "old guard" within Hamas which is safeguarding its own
interests instead of looking at the principles and teachings of Islam.
These personal and partisan interests ruined the Islamic vitality of
the Muslim Brotherhood [Ikhwan] in Egypt and Jordan and now we see the
same process of group mentality in Hamas attacking a mosque and an
A new salafi ideology based on Jihad is emerging in Palestine. It is
competing with the ideology of Hamas. A process of replacement is taking
place. Noticeably, Hamas has started presenting itself as "moderate."
Hamas seems not to realize that peace with Israel [even if it is via
the route of Abbas, PA and Hosni Mubarak] is not acceptable to
Palestine or the Muslim world.
The emergence and martyrdom of imam Musa Abdul Latif shows that Islamic
forces are gradually building up towards challenging any attempts at
cease fire or collaboration with Israel. Salafis from the Arab world
came in to defend Gaza against Israel. Locally there is growing support
War News: Pakistan
New Fighting in Swat: Kayani's troops being put on the Defensive.
August 15, 2009: In Swat's Waliabad area of Char Bagh region, a
martyrdom operator rammed a car filled with dynamite into the most
prominent Pak army check post in the area. The building was demolished.
The army admitted 5 troops killed and 4 wounded but the actual toll is
said to be much higher. Pak president Asif Zardari condemned the
attack. The army closed down the Charbagh-Khwazkhela road to thwart
The army also reported a clash with Taliban in the Deri area in
which it said 3 of its troops and 8 Taliban were killed.
The same day in the Qarat area of Kurram agency Pak helicopter
gunships shelled suspected Taliban areas . Two women were killed
and 2 wounded. In the same area one Talib was killed and 3 wounded in
Also, Nowshera's cantonment area was hit by 4 rockets. There
were no casualties but people were shocked because the military town is
outside the tribal areas.
Three Key Collaborators of Pak Army Killed by Islamic Resistance
August 13, 2009: South Waziristan: Malik Khadeen, described as a
"key anti-Taliban facilitator in Wana, the main town in the wild tribal
region" was killed by a martyrdom operator on a motorbbike.
The same day in Bajaur, gunmen from a Taliban group killed two
leaders of a militia force organized by the Pak army.
Mehsud's Forces Crush Militia Organized by General Kayani:
August 12, 2009: "Turkistan Bettni" militia, under a reactionary warlord,
had established a foothold in the Mabul area on the border of South
Waziristan. They were preparing the ground for the entry of Pak army
into Mehsud's stronghold. Pak disinformation about the death of
Baitullah in a US drone attack perhaps made them inattentive to the
danger they faced. The Mehsud attack took them off guard although they
fought back with all they had. At least 70 of them were killed by the
Islamic forces according to figures published in Urdu language media.
They are now in full flight.
North Waziristan: Military Convoy Faced Problems
August 10: A Pak military convoy came under Pak Taliban attack in which
a remote controlled bomb was used. Two Pak troops were killed and
In Upper Dir, the bodies of 6 "suspected Taliban" killed in Pak air
strikes were found.
War News: Afghanistan
NATO Forces Attacked in Kabul
August 18,2009: The Islamic resistance known as Taliban carried
out a successful attack on NATO forces in central Kabul. The Kabul
rulers said that 7 persons, including 2 UN workers had been killed,
being those affiliated to Karzai. However NATO sources said [FOX TV]
that Nato troops are among the dead and the wounded.
Earlier the same day, Taliban rocket fire hit Karzai's presidential
palace. Losses were not revealed.
Classic Guerrilla Warfare: Taliban Inflicting Losses on NATO while
evading Direct Confrontation
12-17 August, 2009: Taliban raids, in which improvised explosive devices
and small arms fire were used have killed 46 NATO troops in August so
far according to wire services. Ten of these were elite troops from
Britain. Most of the rest were Americans. The Obama administration is
under the impression that it can change the thinking of the Afghan
people. This attempt to undermine Islam is implicit in the death of one
American special forces trooper, described as follows in an
"Cpl. Nicholas R. Roush, 22, of Middleville, Mich., died Aug 16 in
Herat, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive
device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st
Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group
(Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C."
The number of Karzai and other mercenary Afghan troops supporting NATO
killed by the Taliban is much higher but exact numbers are difficult to
ascertain. These mercenaries are largely Shi'ites from Hazarajat,
Communists from the north and elements of the "northern alliance" who
see the Taliban as "pashtuns" rather than Islamic fighters.
Pakistan: Another Mass anti-U.S. Demonstration in Sukker [a city in
the interior of Sind Province]
Photo courtesy Umeed Khan [in Sukker] [August 17, 2009]
Jamaate Islami Pakistan leader Syed Munawar Hasan spoke to a
huge crowd in Sukker [see inset in photo below]. He condemned US drone
attacks on Pakistan and called for an end to fighting between Pak army
and Pak Taliban which he said is serving US interests.
He condemned government atrocities in Baluchistan. He said more
than 1200 Baluch have been abducted, includng 132 women, by the
government and simply disappeared in some unmarked prisons
Hasan has successfully mobilized Pakistan's people against the US war
on Islam. US media are steadily censoring the news of these historic
rallies held in mid-summer which have put an end to Gen. Kayani's
claims that the people of Pakistan support his offensives in Swat and
Tesco, Sainsburys etc sells many fruits (avocados, carrots etc) and
dates that are Israeli products. Please ensure you don't buy these
goods / and READ the labels at all times.
Please note Israeli Medjoul dates (made on illegal settlements that
have aggressively been expropriated from Palestinians contravening
int'l law) do not in any way support the Palestinians and their economy.
Palestinian Medjoul dates can be bought on www.zaytoun. org and are
This Ramadhan , DON'T break your fast with Israeli Dates.
Ramadan is a time of year when we remember those who are less fortunate
than ourselves. When we break our fasts with dates, it would be an
affront to us all if these dates were the produce of Illegal Israeli
settlements built on land stolen from Palestinians.
Israeli produced Medjoul dates are grown in the Jordan Valley within
Illegal Israeli settlements. They form a large part of the agriculture
from these settlements and they are exported all over the world.
Purchasing these dates means that you are actually helping Israeli
settlements to continue to exist.
Israelis will claim that Palestinians are allowed to work on the land
of these settlements and therefore they are provided with jobs and a
boycott will harm them. In actual fact, these Palestinians are employed
for paltry wages, and they are required to do the back-breaking work
that the Israeli settlers will not do themselves. This means the
Israeli settlers reap the rewards for the harvests while doing very
little of the work themselves.
Palestinian children are employed by these settlers, and they are forced
to work long hours under a hot baking sun for small sums of money. This
exploitation means that these children miss out on an education.
Most of these dates are exported to Europe. They are labelled as
produce of ISRAEL or WESTBANK
Palestinian produced medjool dates are available from Zaytoun - a
Fairtrade supplier (www.zaytoun. org).
You can help with this campaign.
2009-08-20 Thu 19:18:38 cdt