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Shawwal 29,1430/ October 18, 2009, # 49
Must read for serious readers: Br. Shamim's teachings for
Islam in America.
Scroll to end.
Also Bradley Smith's Message to German Americans Re:
Censorship at Harvard University.
From Imam Badi Ali [Jamaat al-Muslimeen, North Carolina]
Spotlight #1: The absence of the father is being felt by
families across America. In some cases the father is
physically not there or is not known owing to the breakdown
of sexual norms. However, across the counytry, where
formally speaking there is a father but he is too busy to be
there for the child. In effect the father does not exist.
Thus we get a gift from Allah, a child, but we do not have
time tp appreciate the gift. Thus the entire society
Spotlight #2: Listening is important but listening to
children is most important. We must become active listeners.
Never put a child down by behaving as if the child's
thoughts are not important. Active listening requires eye
contact. We can give a head start to children in their lives
by listening to them. Thus they learn to think and learn the
meaning of mental freedom and the responsibilities which
come with it. If we don't listen, we are encouraging
children to be slaves.
Spotlight #3: Pakistanis should realize that the Islamic
resistance is the only target of imperialism and Zionism.
The new crusaders have no interest in Pakistan's needs and
issues other than to use them against Islam. Our elites
should realize that they are being used to demonize the
Islamic fighters and to justify genocide in Swat and now in
South Waziristan. Also, groups like Jamaate Islami, like
Muslim Brotherhood, like Abbas' in Palestine, are sitting
there watching the fighting. All these street rallies and
protests are good if they motivate your people, but where
war is going on IN YOUR COUNTRY, your demonstrations have no
value. In such circumstances as Pakistan is facing, without
personal sacrifices, it's all talk and slogans and hotel
gatherings. We urge the Pakistani westernized elites and the
peaceful Islamic groups to support the Islamic resistance
openly and unabashedly. Pakistan's existence as an
independent nation is disappearing. After Kerry Lugar Bill
and Obama's massive aid to the Kayani military, is there
any point in not speaking out openly on behalf of the
resistance? Do you want Pakistan or not?
Horrific Murder of an honor student in the Chicago area by
other youths. Distinguished African American scholar and
independent broadcaster Dr. Wilmer Leon shares his thoughts
about being a father and the absence of fathers which is
tearing apart the fabric of our society.
Please scroll all the way down.
Is Peace Possible? by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
Why Will Taliban Win, inshallah? Islamic Perspectives on the
US-Israel War on Afghanistan/Pakistan
SELF-DETERMINATION is as important for Muslims in
Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine and Somalia as it is
for Americans. The imperialist idea that America should
occupy a Muslim country, kill the resistance by the use of
overwhelming force and then re-shape it as an
America-friendly social system is a challenge to the
resurgent forces of Islam.
For Muslims, Islam comes first, not America or democracy.
The Pakistani people of Swat, Dir and Buner showed total
support for Shar'ia. They were crushed by General Kayani who
was ordered by the US to go in and put an end to Islamic
independence. Four million people were made homeless and
thousands killed by the Pakistani army working for
USA-Israel. A smouldering resistance movement continues in
A similar tragedy is now being enacted in South Waziristan.
More than 30,000 Pakistani troops led by General Kayani
attacked South Waziristan on October 16. The army, according
to the BBC, is meeting stiff resistance. The Pakistani
government admits that 100,000 people have left their homes.
The UN says the number of refugees from South Waziristan is
250,000. Like Israel, General Kayani uses heavy artillery,
late model jet fighters and helicopter gunships to terrorize
the population and make it flee [as Israel did in South
Lebanon and later in Gaza, and earlier in 1948 in
Is peace possible in Afghanistan? Many of us in America,
both Muslims and non-Muslims, are anti-war and want an end
to the war in Afghanistan. The way to peace is simple.
Withdraw American and NATO troops from Afghanistan. There is
no reason why crusading armies from the West should be in a
faraway land called Afghanistan. They have absolutely NO
right to be there. The Afghan people certainly did not
invite them to come.
So bring the troops home and live in peace.
Is that going to happen any time soon? No! Not a chance. In
fact Obama is launching a massive a new assault on
Afghanistan, with the full cooperation of the European
powers and Australia.
Is peace possible in Pakistan? Again the answer is very
simple. Withdraw the Pakistani military from the occupied
territories and stop attacking Waziristan. Peace will return
immediately. The people of Swat, Dir and Buner supported
Shari'a [Islamic Law] en masse. They were literally uprooted
from their homes by the millions by General Kayani's legions
at the direct orders of the U.S. government.
The founder of Pakistan, Mohomed Ali Jinnah, known as Qaide
Azam, promised the people of Pakistan's frontiers that the
military would never be sent into their lands and they would
decide their own affairs. The promise has been violated.
Is there a chance that General Kayani will opt for peace?
Not a chance. He is drunk with the sense of his power. The
thunder of his heavy artillery, the rumble of his tanks, the
evil zoom of his late model jets gives him the impression
that the poorly armed Taliban who have no heavy weapons will
be swept away and he can then go to Washington and announce
American-NATO Illusions and Misinformation about the Taliban
American and European media have built up twisted images of
the Taliban which have no connection with the reality.
Germany and Britain claim that they are going to Afghanistan
to protect the people against the Taliban. In America,
Obama's people keep repeating the same story. The facts,
which can easily be verified, are that:
The Pakistani situation: A powerful state, a ruthless
military supported by National Pride vs Poorly Armed and
Somewhat Naive Taliban.
The Taliban are an indigenous people rooted in the soil.
They are the people. The claim that NATO is protecting
Afghans against the Taliban is absurd, bordering on the
Americans are not told that a fighting force, small in
numbers and poorly armed, cannot stand against a superpower
unless the people support the fighters. As Mao put it, the
guerrilla fighter is like the fish in water, the water being
Every Afghan can't fight NATO but that does not mean that by
not fighting they are opposing the Taliban; quite the
The Taliban, we have been told a million times, are against
education and hate women and the rights of women. They even
destroy schools. Again, this is not only propaganda but even
as propaganda it does not have the kernel of reality which
The Taliban are themselves STUDENTS. Talib means "a
student." [Literally a SEEKER of knowlwdge.] How can they be
against education? They have their own schools known as
medressas. Every village has a mosque and a medressa and
these are the centers of resistance to America. ISLAM
teaches RESISTANCE to occupation and the power of the
Once the NATO and the Pakistani army stop attacking Islamic
schools,the issue of education will be solved by the Afghans
themselves. NATO and Pakistan destroy Shar'ia related
schools. They should expect retaliation against western
Colonized minds among American and Pakistani intellectuals
see Islamic resistance as the result of lack of
infrastructure and comfort. Give the people roads,
hospitals, food, electricity, schools for women, voting
every 4 years, and the resistance will collapse. This is
almost EXACTLY the thinking of the Soviets when they
occupied Afghanistan. It didn't work. The Soviets learned
the hard way that Afghans will put an end to occupation
first before they work on the infrastructure. The Taliban
are not against technology and science. They have the latest
skills needed to fight modern, western armies.
US "thinkers" say: Let us undermine the Taliban by holding
out peace and recognition to the "gentler" Taliban, or to
the tribes which have grievances against the Taliban, or
find village elders who see their medieval authority
slipping away under the dynamic leadership of young Taliban
commanders. This "separation" process too was tried by the
Soviets. It failed miserably though the Soviets had
Communist parties [Khalq and Parcham] who knew Afghanistan
well and were Afghani in culture. The Afghans non-aligned to
the Taliban will take American dollars and advice and then
Let us build an Afghan National Army [ANA] and police, say
the Zionist-Israeli think tanks, so that they will fight the
Taliban [with our help of course]. There is some weight in
this argument. The ex-communists, the ethnics from the north
[organized by ruthless characters like Dostum and Wardak],
the very poor and the desperately alienated, plus the Shi'as
of Hazara are available if America is willing to pay. Some
thousands of them have already joined the ANA and police.
Every now and then they [the "Afghan government"] issues
statements claiming how many Taliban they have killed
[usually totally bogus claims].
However, anti-Islam forces have no leadership comparable to
that of Mullah Omar, Jalaluddin Haqqani, Shaykh Osama,
Shaikh Ayman al-Zawahiri or even Gulbuddin Hikmatyar.
The Taliban now control most of Afghanistan's countryside.
If they had been Communists, the Left would have been raving
over them as they are SURROUNDING the CITIES from the
COUNTRYSIDE as Mao taught. As long as they follow the
principles of guerrilla warfare mixed with martyrdom
operations and do not lay themselves open to the firepower
of NATO-USA, their path to victory is assured,
Pakistanis have invested much national pride in "their"
military. The military did quite well in beating back the
Indian army's invasion in 1965 but has done little since.
However, the army was basically a mercenary army. When
Pakistan came into being in 1947, the army was overseas
fighting for Britain against Germany and Japan. This
mercenary and secular orientation of the Pakistani military
gradually overwhelmed the little Islamic content it had. The
result of this deterioration was the debacle of 1970-71 when
the army tried to crush Bengali nationalism by force of
arms: the result was general disillusionment among Bengalis
with the idea of Pakistan as an Islamic state and the
emergence of Bangladesh.
Under General Zia-ul-Haque, the military tried to to get in
step with the Islamic ideals of the Paistani people. For a
variety of reasons, Pakistan's military helped the Afghan
mujahideen against the USSR. Zia's Islamic motivation
steadily increased. Then Suddenly Gen. Zia was killed in a
midair explosion which has never been independently
explained or investigated.
Under General Musharraf, secular forces carried out a coup
within the army and changed its direction away from Islam.
It again became an anti-people force. Musharraf seems to
have been a CIA agent. In any case, when threatened by
American power after 9.11 he OVERNIGHT switched sides and
dumped the Taliban government. Under him the CIA and the FBI
worked openly in Pakistan and sent hundreds of Islamic
people to the horrors of Gtmo.
General Musharraf overextended himself and started thinking
of himself in the image of Bush. Like Bush, he became
extremely unpopular even among westernized Pakistani elites.
America then moved to break the Pakistani power structure
into two: A civilian government was "elected." It was to be
headed by Benazir Bhutto but she overreached and became the
victim of an intrigue which has still not been fully
clarified. Instead of Benazir, her husband Zardari was
installed as President with Gilani as Prime Minister. Both
are from the upper class creme de le creme. Pakistani
democracy is a sham and is usually the name for the
activities of feudal lords, industrialists and the military.
[Democracy stumbled in Frontier Province when Jamaate Islami
and related groups won. The vote was actually a vote for the
Taliban and Jamaate Islami was supposed to support the
Taliban against America. JI failed the people of Frontier.
Only years later, perhaps too late, a new JI leader is
focusing entirely on opposiition to American
While Zardari and Gilani carried on "democracy," the dirty
work of crushing the Islamic forces was given to General
Kayani, a product of America's torture culture [School of
the Americas]. Kayani makes Musharraf look like a choir boy.
He has found the most effective way of dealing with the Pak
Taliban: the removal of ENTIRE POPULATIONS so that his area
of operations becomes a free fire zone. Hitler and Stalin
would have envied Kayani. He follows America's orders to the
smallest details and knows no code of honor. [Check out the
beating of village elders in Swat, video, which we
published, and the ongoing "extrajudicial" murders of
Who are the Pakistani Taliban?
Pakistanis in general and in the Frontier areas in
particular support Shaykh Osama and strongly oppose US
intervention in Muslim lands. During the Iraq war,
Pakistanis came out LITERALLY in their millions to oppose
the war. Palestine is a household word in Pakistan and
opposition to Israel comes naturally to Pakistanis. Allama
Iqbal and Maulana Maudoodi sowed the seeds of support for
Palestine before Pakistan became a state.
The frontier people gave refuge to Shaykh Osama and Dr.
Ayman al-Zawahiri and fighters from Chechnia, Sinkiang,
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan [refugees from Communist tyranny].
Under Shaykh Osama's influence and the brilliant
re-emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan under Mullah
Umar, the fighters in Pakistan gradually formulated their
own movement as TTP [Tehreeke Talibane Pakistan]. The
Pakistani Taliban, as they are called, are highly
decentralized, with the Mehsud, Waziri, Mohmand, Swatis, and
the people of Bajaur, Adam Khel, Mardan, Tank, Dera Ismail
Khan, each with their own Taliban organization or extension
of the other Taliban groups.
This decentralization in fact is helping the Taliban to
survive. Pakistani military killing Taliban leaders will not
lead to the end of the resistance. The youth are so deeply
involved in the Taliban movement that new leadership is
endless and waiting.
As we have documented before, the Pak Taliban have the
support of women. Maulvi Fazlullah's FM radio introduced the
Islamic resistance to women all over Swat, Dir, Buner and
Shangla. In fact women in Taliban communities are reportedly
unwilling to accept any man who runs away from the army of
The WEAKNESS of the Pak Taliban is paradoxical. They are so
fearless that they try many times to come out openly to
face the overwhelming fire power of the Pakistani army. As a
result their losses are heavy. Reports indicate that they
want to reach the HOURIS of Paradise, as promised in the
Qur'an, as soon as possible. It is said that the Hadith of
the Prophet, pbuh, reported by Abu Huraira, r.a., that he
wanted to be martyred, brought to life again and to be
martyred again, is very popular among the Pak Taliban.
The other WEAKNESS of the Pak Taliban is that they think a
man's word is enough. They do not realize that Kayani's army
has no values. As a result, Muslim Khan and three commanders
of the Pak Taliban in Swat were arrested by the Pakistani
military after they came for peace talks
under the army's guarantees.
Punjabi Taliban and Punjabi Women Fighters Could Shift the
Balance in Pakistan:
In recent days, a new force has entered the battle to
support the Pak Taliban. These are the Islamic fighters from
Punjab. In the last few days these Punjabi Islamic fighters
have astounded the world. First they attacked General
Kayani's "Pentagon," the GHQ of the military in Rawalpindi.
Then came a flurry of attacks in Lahore aimed at elite
security forces working for Kayani and the US. The most
shocking aspect of these attacks was the participation of
Islamic women as active fighters against Kayani's
These women gave their lives for Islam. Such martyrdom
creates a serious problem for the average Punjabi known for
his macho attitudes towards women. It is being whispered in
Lahore, if these women can give their lives for Islam, what
should be said of the men who watch the military rampaging
through mosques and medressas and torturing elderly
villagers. Punjabis usually send out choories [bangles] to
men who are scared of standing up for Islam.
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sister Hamdiyya Fatima [Charlotte, North Carolina]
Protesters shout down Ehud Olmert in Chicago
Article by Maureen Clare Murphy, video by The Electronic
The Electronic Intifada, 16 October 2009
Approximately 30 activists -- mainly students from area
universities -- disrupted a lecture given in Chicago by
former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday which
was hosted by the University of Chicago's Harris School of
Public Policy. While Olmert's speech was disrupted inside
the lecture hall, approximately 150 activists protested
outside the hall in the freezing rain.
Pakistan War News: [See attachment for map of latest
Two Days of General Kayani's Assault on South Waziristan:
30,000 troops, tanks, helicopters, jets blast Islamic defenses
October 16-18, 2009: Pakistan began a pincer movement to
take the Pak Taliban stronghold of Makeen in South
Waziristan. The results have been meagre. The Pak Taliban
are inflicting casualties on the advancing Kayani army and
have not suffered any losses yet [althoiugh the army claims
Taliban losses without any evidence]. Pak Taliban have mined
the area of the army's advance making it difficult to move
. In North Waziristan, a Pakistan army column suffered when
it was ambushed by the Taliban using road side bombs.
In Swat, curfew has been imposed on ALL the towns,
indicating that Gen. Kayani's claims of a population
satisfied with the army's presence were not correct. There
has been new fighting in Bajaur and Mohmand.
Photo of Major General Athar Abbas: General Kayani's
Goebbels and War Criminal.
Athar Abbas is in charge of the military's propaganda
department. Every day he tells blatant lies to the press
which the Zionist media pick up and distribute around the
world. He is always coming up with fictitious statistics of
Taliban killed by the army. By his count, there are no
Taliban left alive in Swat and those who survived have been
captured. Athar Abbas is from a Pakistani sect. His
anti-Islam propaganda which characterizes mujahideen as
terrorists is one of the sources of sectarian tensions in
Pakistan. He justifies genocide and tries to sanitize aerial
bombardments of defenseless people as heroic anti-terrorist
IRAN: From NT's Media Monitor
Jundullah Strike Deadly Blow at Iranian Security Forces:
Retaliation for 13 Mujahideen Hanged by Iran
October 17, 2009: A martyrdom operator hit Iranian
revolutionary guard forces in the Pishin area of
southeastern Iran near the Pakistani border. The death toll
has risen to 49, including 5 senior commanders of the
revolutionary guard. Another 26 were wounded.
Iran recently executed 13 Jundullah fighters after a summary
trial and without any due process.
Iran almost automatically blames the US for Jundullah
activities. Seymour Hersch and ABC news helped the Iranian
story by casting doubts on the legitimacy of Jundullah as an
Now, Iran is blaming Pakistan, although both Pakistan's
president and prime minister belong to the sect prevalent in
Jundullah needs to be seen in the context of the Sunni
populations of Iran. They have not been given their rights
though they are the majority in souteastern Iran. Blaming
America doesn't make sense at all because America has yet to
find a way of getting a young man to be a martyrdom
Iran has a long history of cooperation with America both
against the Taliban and against Iraq. Shaykh Osama's son was
imprisoned in Iran. Hikmatyar had to leave Iran and go into
hiding owing to Iranian policies against the Islamic
Execution of thirteen Islamic Jundullah fighters, by public
hanging to terrorize the people, has not been criticized by
America. In fact America has just renewed its talks with Iran.
Our America #1
Holocaust or Holohoax?
Harvard University Censored not only a discussion of the
"Holocaust" but even a Question about it. CNN got worried.
A letter to German Americans.
Bradley R. Smith
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, California 92143
Telephone: 1 209 682 5327
17 October 2009
This letter is meant to introduce myself to you. I am not a
salesman. But then, maybe I am. Maybe you can say that I am
trying to sell an idea. Trying to sell the idea that if we
are to be free to charge others with monstrous crimes, some
of us should be free to question the truth of that crime.
That idea is what I have to "sell."
You may not be familiar with a story reported by CNN in
September about what happened when one of my advertisements
ran in the Crimson, the student newspaper at Harvard
University. As CNN reports, my ad asked why Dwight D.
Eisenhower, in his book Crusade In Europe, an account of his
campaign against the Germans on the Western front, chose (he
chose!) to not mention gas chambers, the German weapon of
The ad asked: "Why not?" And that is what caused the
scandal. The question alone.
The ad ran on 08 September. The next day a reporter from CNN
got in touch with me. He wrote:
"My name is Evan Buxbaum and I'm from CNN. We're interested
in getting a reaction from your organization about the
situation that developed at Harvard University over an ad
that your group placed in their campus newspaper. [....] I'm
looking for you to comment primarily on the concerns and
confusion your organization's ad created around Harvard and
the university community over the past couple of days."
I replied in part: "This is the big question. Why the fuss?
Because it's taboo, and has been taboo from the beginning.
When you break a culture-wide taboo, supported in theory and
practice by the State, the University, and the Press, you
create a fuss." Within 24 hours the CNN report had been
picked up nation-wide and traveled through Europe, Israel,
and Latin America, more often than not quoting the above
My ad made no assertion of fact. It only asked a question.
The mere question caused the scandal. No Harvard academic
has risked responding to the question. Rather, the question
itself was condemned. The ad, which the Crimson had
contracted to run in five issues of the paper, was pulled
after the first run. The President of the Crimson apologized
in the paper. The Crimson staff apologized and argued that
such questions should never again be printed in any campus
I wrote the president of Harvard University, Drew Faust,
about the taboo against free inquiry at Harvard and
distributed the letter widely to Harvard faculty,
administration, and to the press. Here I address the heart
of the matter, which in reality is the taboo against Germans
at Harvard University. The link to this letter is below.
Why do you think it is taboo to ask why General Eisenhower
chose to not mention "gas chambers" in his book on the
campaign in Europe? Why? Why do you think it is considered
"immoral" at Harvard to question the historical cornerstone
supporting the charge of "unique" monstrosity against
That is the question I am trying to "sell." If you believe
the question is one that should be asked, that it should not
be suppressed, censored and condemned, you will want to
click on the links below.
Bradley R. Smith, Founder
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
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Letter to the President of Harvard:
NOTE: My life is an open book, as they say. You can read the
opening chapter of Break His Bones, The Private Life of a
Holocaust Revisionist, by clicking here:
Meanwhile, I want to personally assure you that any
communication I have from you will be held in the strictest
Our America #2
Observations of an African American Father
By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III
On this past Saturday, October 3, 2009 a 16 year old African
American honor student, Derrion Albert was laid to rest in
Chicago. This young man was beaten to death in the street
while walking from school to the bus stop. Silvanus Shannon,
19, Eugene Riley, 18, Eric Carson, 16, and Eugene Bailey,
18, have all been charged with first-degree murder in
As I watched the video of this young man being beaten to
death with a railroad tie I asked myself what could compel
four young African American young men to engage in such a
wanton and willful murderous act? How could these young men
have such disregard for another human beings life that they
would beat him to his death, in the street, in broad day
light? What is the basis of their rage, their anger?
I then asked myself, where are their fathers? I made an
assumption and came to the conclusion that their fathers
must be absent, not active or engaged in their lives. This
antisocial rage, this anger is probably in part a response
to their being raised with out the benefit of knowing the
love of their fathers. If these young men were asked to
explain what drove them to this act; they most likely would
not be able to articulate a clear response. They probably
do not know. If they do know, they would be too ashamed to
As a man who was blessed to be raised by two loving parents;
I clearly understand the power of love. At the age of 50, I
am still blessed to be able to talk with my almost 90 year
old father every day (I lost my mother last March); hear his
voice, seek his counsel; feel his love. For as far as I
have been able to come based upon knowing my father love; I
can not begin to imagine how dysfunctional I would be
As a father of a seven year old, I see every day the impact
that I have when I walk my son to school; show up in his
class room unannounced; take him to the golf course; help
him with his homework; carry him to bed, and kiss him good
night. I see every day the impact that I have when I do for
my son the same things that my parents did and continue to
do for me. You see, this is learned not innate
I literally feel the transfer of positive energy when
Wilmer, IV hugs me and says, "Daddy, I love you!" to which I
reply, "I love you too son." He will then usually say, "No
Daddy, I REALLY love you." There is a real force there, a
power in that love. I can only imagine the void that is
created in its absence, the dysfunction. That void is soon
filled with anger, resentment, and hatred when a child or
young man fails to receive that love, guidance, and support
from his father. The Pretenders had a song entitled; It's a
Thin Line Between Love and Hate.
Now, there are many single mothers out there doing the best
they can to raise their sons. Many, if not most of them are
doing great work and producing wonderful children. But a
woman can not fill the void that is created by the absence
of a father. If it takes a male and a female to create a
child; it takes a mother and a father to complete the
process of raising one.
My wife said to me recently, "We are on the same page about
75% of the time when it comes to raising Wilmer. It has
taken me almost 6 years to understand that there's another
15% of the time when I have to just defer to you as his
father and your judgment because as a woman, I was never a
6, 7, or 8 year old boy. I don't have the empathy for that
circumstance; you do." Fella's, this is why you have to be
there for your son's. For as much as they try; and for as
good of a job as they do; women can not fill the void
created by the absence of a fathers love.
The statistics show that 40% of U.S. children today grow up
without their father at home; almost 40 percent of American
children living in single-parent families will experience
poverty before they reach age 11; nearly two-thirds of the
10 million mothers in single-parent homes receive no child
support; seventy percent of juveniles in state reform
institutions come from single-parent homes; and children in
single-parent families are twice as likely to become
involved in substance abuse or other health risk behaviors.
If the statistics showed that men who wear pink scarf's when
they gamble in Las Vegas increased their probability of
winning by 40% or nearly two-thirds of the men who wear
women's shoes while playing the horses win 70% of the time,
we would have a lot of pink scarf and women shoe wearing men
gambling in Las Vegas and playing the ponies. Fathers, why
not play these odds with your children, especially your
Silvanus Shannon, Eugene Riley, Eric Carson, and Eugene
Bailey, have all been charged with first-degree murder in
the death of Derrion Albert. If they are convicted, they
should receive the harshest penalties that our system of
justice can impose. But, if we like Minister Louis
Farrakhan can ask, "...why such a beautiful life," fathers,
the answer lies within. What is the basis of their rage,
their anger? This antisocial rage, this anger is probably
in part a response to their being raised with out the
benefit of the love from their fathers and that's a solution
that is easy to provide.
Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the nationally
broadcast call-in talk radio program "On With Leon," and a
Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Howard
University in Washington, D.C. Go to
© 2009 InfoWave Communications, LLC.
Our America #3
Islam in America: POSITION OF MUSLIM UMMAH - WHAT IT DEMANDS?
[Shamim A Siddiqi, New York]
* IN REFERENCE TO VERSE # 36 0F SURAH AL-NAHAL: "Wa Laqad
Ba'thna fi kulley Ummatin Rasulun unaibudullah wa
Ajtanebuttaghut" - Indeed We had raised a Messenger in every
nation (proclaiming): Be Obedient to Allah and shun the
powers of evil"
To understand the importance of this clarion call from our
Lord we have to put in view the salient features of this
cosmos and the fundamental realities of human existence on
earth in a nutshell:
1. Allah created man by His own hands and endowed him with
three strong urges and one dominant free will [Ref: Verse #
75 of Surah Saa'd
2. Allah created this cosmos and what it contains for man
and then harnessed it for him as ordained in Verse # 19 of
Surah Luqman; Verse # 24 of Al-Baqarah & Verse # 13 of
Al-Ja'thia; [Everything of this cosmos is, thus, following
Allah and hence there is peace, harmony and equilibrium
3. Sometime in the infinity of time, Allah (SWT) assembled
together the spirits [Arwah] of all the progenies of Adam
and put the question before them: "A'lastu Berabbekum" - Am
I not Your Lord? They all confessed and said, "Bala" -
Definitely, [You are] - "Lest you say on the Day of
Judgment: Lo! Of this we were unaware". [Ref: Verse # 172 of
[This vociferous confession of Adam's progenies is
integrated in his genes as revealed by Allah in Surah
Al-Shamash 91: 7 - 8: "And the human self and how it is
perfected, and how it is imbued with moral failings as well
as with consciousness of God]. It needs constant reminder
that he is committed to his Lord. It is cemented in his genes.
4. Allah declared and spoke to His angles that He wants to
appoint a Khalifah [Vicegerent] on earth: "Lo! I am about to
place a vicegerent on earth" [Ref: Verses # 30 to 37 of
Al-Baqarah and Verses # 11 to 24 of Al-Airaf] for this
entire episode that took place sometime afterward in the
heavens] - "Inni Ja'lun fi--al-ardey khalifah";
5. Allah kept Adam and Eve in heavens for some time unknown
to us till the characters of both Adam and Shaitan were
tested and the earth became habitable for humans.[ Ref: same
verses as quoted above at item # 4]
6. Allah (SWT) then sent Adam and Eve to earth as their
temporary abode with a clear "Commitment" on His part that
He will go on sending Guidance to Man through His appointed
Messengers as and when needed as how to act, live and behave
on earth with this undertaking that whosoever follows the
Guidance, he will be rewarded with the eternal bliss and
whosoever denies it will face the eternal torment. [Ref:
Verse # 38 of Al-Baqarah]
7. So, every individual human being is Allah's Vicegerent on
earth, irrespective of the fact whether he accepts it or not
but the Muslims are the recognized "Khalifatullah" [Khalifah
of Allah] on earth by virtue of their entering into the fold
of Allah and making a deal with Him by reciting the Kalimah
- "La llaha Ilallah Muhammadun Rasulullah" [Ref: Verse # 111
of Surah Al-Tawba]. This deal with Allah (SWT) is very
comprehensive, life-long, and ever-binding till his or her
last breath to struggle for establishing His authority on
self, family and the society in which he/she lives. What is
the scope of this commitment and what it surmounts, it is
described in the next Verse # 112 of Al-Tawba].
8. Human life is divided in two sectors: * The Physical and
* The Moral or Optional:
* The Physical Sector: It is totally obedient to Allah and
all parts of his body are functioning meticulously and
fulfilling the purpose which was assigned to each of
* The Moral life: In this sector humans have the choice or
the freedom to fulfill the needs of his three
natural/physical urges the way he likes or dislikes. He can
fulfill it through rightful and honest means as the Creator
and Sustainer has recommended through His Guidance sent to
him through His appointed messengers or the way he likes as
per his freewill.
If he follows God-given Guidance in his moral life, he will
be in communion with this cosmos and his physical life that
are following the will of God or His given laws. It will
result in total peace, harmony and equilibrium in human
society and every where. However, if he is carried away by
his urges and misuses his free will and follows the crooked
ways, dishonest means and fraudulent practices, he will
create disorder, chaos, bloodshed and in-equilibrium in his
abode. In consequence, he creates Fasad (transgression) in
every walk of life as we see around us today.
The human society is infested with these tragic happenings
everywhere. Allah (SWT) was well aware of human affairs and
that is why when sending the man to earth categorically told
him that He will go on sending His Messenger to every human
society with clear Guidance as how to live, act and behave
on earth. One who will follow the Guidance he will go to
Jannah but the one who will deny it will be thrown in the
Hellfire for good. That is what the capsule Ayah # 36 of
Surah Al-Nahal noted at the outset connotes. That shows why
and what for Allah's Messengers were appointed to human
societies in a chain for constant REMIDER to mankind with a
set mission to follow Allah alone and keep away from evil
9. Thus, the Messengers of Allah have been coming to every
human society in a chain to REMIND the humans that they must
always be obedient to their Creator and Sustainer under each
and every circumstance and have to keep away from the
clutches of TAGHOUT, the evil forces that allure humans and
keep them away from the path of righteousness.
10. Prophet Muhammad (S) was the last and the final
Messenger of Allah in this series. He delivered the Message
of Allah on the same pattern as all the previous Prophets of
Allah did in their respective time. It maintains the
continuity both of the message and that of the Prophethood
in a sequence so that humanity can never say that there was
none to remind us to follow the path of Righteousness from
the Creator and the Sustainer.
11. The followers of each Messenger were fulfilling this
mission after his departure. Prophet Muhammad (S) was the
last Messenger of Allah to mankind. After his departure no
Prophet is to come till the doomsday. Hence, the Muslim
Ummah is standing and will remain standing in the witness
box of humanity to fulfill the responsibility of
"Shuhadah-al-Annas", calling the humanity to the fold of
Allah and presenting their own life as its model. If they
don't do this onerous task both in their individual and
collective life, they are and will be seriously accountable
to Allah on the Day of Judgment. Muslims have no choice but
to do it as there is none else on earth to fulfill this
natural assignment that has fallen on their shoulders and
they must carry it out with utmost pleasure, dedication and
devotion. Muslims have to prove worthy of their coveted
position. Allah's Nusrah is inevitable when they resolve to
undertake it. Allah's firm commitment is there in the Qur'an
to this effect:
"As for those who strive hard in Our cause [struggle for His
Deen] We shall most certainly guide them unto path that
leads unto Us: for, behold, Allah is indeed with the doers
of good (Mohsineen]"
[Al-Ankabut. 29: 69]
Bolivia, South America
Courtesy Elizabeth Allen [Banglavision]
Fidel: If Obama can win the Nobel, so should Evo
By Sylvia Longmire
October 16, 2009
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made headlines after
U.S. President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize by saying the award was a "positive step." Today, he
said in an article in a state-run Cuban newspaper that
indigenous Bolivian President Evo Morales also deserved the prize.
"If Obama was given the prize (Nobel) for winning an
election in a racist society, despite being black, Evo also
deserves it for victories in his country, despite being
indigenous, and for fulfilling his promises," said Castro.
According to Venezuelan Spanish-language newspaper El
Universal, in his most recent column, Castro praised
Morales, one of Cuba's main allies in the region. He also
recalled the harsh childhood indigenous president and the
reforms undertaken in one of the poorest countries in the
Despite the former Cuban leader's praises for Obama, not
everyone in the region supported the decision to award Obama
with the Nobel. On Monday, Venezuelan President and staunch
Cuban ally Hugo Chávez said Obama had done nothing beyond
wishful thinking to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.
"What has Obama done to deserve this prize? The jury put
store on his hope for a nuclear arms-free world, forgetting
his role in perpetuating his battalions in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and his decision to install new military bases
in Colombia," Chavez wrote in a column.
On Wednesday, Chávez said he would decline the award should
he ever be chosen to receive it by the Nobel committee in
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