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Jamada al-awwal 7,1431/ April 22, 2010 # 17
A beautiful and inspiring glimpse of Masjed al-Aqsa.
Please scroll down.
New twist in the saga of five US Muslims handed over by CAIR
to the oppressors. The man who defended them, Khalid Khwaja,
has himself been kidnaped. Pakistani regime hand is
suspected. Dawn and other regime papers have spread a
Scroll down for latest.
From Imam Badi Ali [National Islamic Shoora] Jamaat
Spotlight #1: It is said that you are what you eat.
Similarly it is true that you are what you READ, and you are
what you WATCH, and you are what you HEAR.. Think about it.
Do you read the Qur'an and the Hadith? How much? Do you
watch Islamic videos or only corporate TV? Do you hear
Islamic songs and nasheeds or only secular daily chatter?
Difficult questions but very important.
Spotlight #2: Israel is directly responsible for the
sanctions on Gaza, but Muslim and Arab regimes are also
responsible. Which government has taken action to break the
sanctions? Why the silence? The people are also responsible.
Why is public pressure not exerted on the Arab governments?
Why are our people so comfortable? We should understand that
if we do not care ENOUGH to change the Gaza collective
suffering, Allah will punish us.
A Note on Tariq Ramadan by Imam Badi Ali: Much is being made
of the arrival of Tarq Ramadan in America. He is living off
the name he gets from being the grandson of Hasan al-Banna,
the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Most people
do not know that not much is left of the Brotherhood
movement. After its alliances with the dictator of Egypt and
the King of Jordan, it is only a social reform movement, not
an Islamic movement as it was meant to be by Syed Qutb
[shaheed] and others.
Tariq Ramadan's teacher is Jamal al-Banna, a misleader and
an activist for the wrong causes, a "liberal" in the sense
of being a westernizer.
Tariq is being presented as a celebrity and a bridge between
the East and the West. In fact he treats Islam not as a
revealed religion with the ABSOLUTE TRUTH but as if he is a
western diplomat trying to please everyone. Tariq Ramadan is
a man with two faces. He is said to be the Muslim Martin
Luther, which amounts to the blasphemy that perhaps Islam is
not the ABSOLUTE TRUTH but needs reform.
Muslims should beware. This man is a tool of the new
"Islam": being fabricated in America. It is not surprising
that the closest supporters of the White House are welcoming
him. Bush had blundered in keeping him out. Obama is much
slicker and sees in Ramadan the Muslim who is suitable for
American policies to infiltrate the Muslim world.
See also a brief note on Tariq Ramadan and Prof. Akbar Ahmed
below from Br. Yusuf Irelandi in Tennessee.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
Non-Violent Resistance to Oppression
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Outreach: "Unite Against Zionism" Literature given to 142
On April 16, 2010 Islamic Shoora resolutions were
distributed after Friday prayers at Masjid Rahma in
Baltimore. The resolutions focus on the death grip of
Zionism on America's throat. Jamaat al-Muslimeen will help
the people of America, inshallah, to understand, oppose and
Censorship of Gaza genocide shows that Israeli agents in
America can hide even the most blatant acts of Zionist
terrorism, says Jamaat al-Muslimeen's Shoora.
Resolutions against the bombing of Pakistan and the moves
against Somalia, Sudan, Kashmir and Chechnya were also
Most of the people here are Indo-Pakistanis and Africans.
The crowd was large and many could not be reached.
Dr. Siddique's Latest Juma' Khutba
Why is America in such a mess?
Zionism is Eating Away at the Heart of America: Churches are
Helpless. Adultery, Fornication, Homosexuality, War, trivia
are Extolled by Israel-Firsters.
Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen is a small community center in
the heart of Baltimore looking for peaceful means to change
the social system within which it gives the Islamic message.
The main points of Dr. Kaukab Siddique's latest khutba at
this masjid are summarized here for distribution in the
Muslim communities of America:
Text: "Think not that Allah does not heed the deeds of those
who do wrong. He but gives them respite against a Day when
the eyes will fixedly stare in horror." [14:42]
Dear Muslims, study America's mass culture. Americans
believe in a God. There are churches at every second street,
yet they are helpless against the culture being imposed on
Marriage is on the decline. Fornication and adultery are
rampant. The Christian scriptures forbid these but are
Homosexuality has been legalized, by and large. Even the
President of the USA supports it openly and blatantly. As we
know, the Christian scriptures denounce homosexuality. Why
are the homos so powerful now?
Jesus, pbuh, and Mary, pbuh, are ridiculed and mocked in a
great variety of ways. Religion in general is trivialized.
War is projected across the world by this "Christian"
country. Iraq and Afghanistan are under occupation. Somalia,
Sudan, Nigeria and Zimbabwe are being subverted. We know
that Jesus, pbuh, taught peace, not war.
Jesus, pbuh, as shown in the Qur'an, did not fight or call
for a fight against his tormentors. Why are wars being waged
in the name of Jesus, pbuh?
There are powerful forces at work in America to support
Israel, and the immorality of support for Israel has
resulted in the degradation of all values.
Zionists [Jews and other supporters of Israel] have America
in a death grip. They have made America's Christian values
ineffective and even ridiculous.
Mass culture, manipulated by the Zionists, is imposing the
crass materialistic drives on America's people.
Be they Black or White, most Americans are the victims of
Zionist manipulation. The churches dare not speak the truth
about Israel. They dare not say that Israel is a terrorist,
illegitimate, entity imposed on the world of Islam by the
victors of World War II.
African Americans are aware of racism but they do not know
that Zionists use racism to divide and rule. They do not see
huge funds being transferred along with late model weapons
to Israel, with chump change for African countries. America
gives less to ALL OF AFRICA COMBINED than to the one
terrorist entity, Israel.
Hispanics know that they are exploited and subjugated but
they do not know that the Zionists are the main gainers from
their cheap labor.
Masses of White people are exploited and incited towards war
and weaponry by Zionist controlled TV, videos and hollywood
Women are subjected to mental and spiritual rape before they
are physically ravaged in their millions. Look at all the
trivialization of womanhood by the Zionists and their fellow
travellers in the late night shows. Even male jealousy has
been removed as the last bastion of family life.
For Israel and the Zionists nothing outside Zionism is
sacred. Jesus, pbuh, can be abused but Israel and the
holocaust story cannot.
Muslim bootlickers with large funds have infiltrated Muslim
communities too. They teach that Israel is a legitimate
state. We must identify these hidden enemies of Islam within
our own ranks.
The American people are waiting for the pure, liberating,
message of Islam. Not the "Islam" of Uncle Toms and lackeys
like ICNA, ISNA, CAIR etc but the genuine Islam of Muhammad,
pbuh, and the sahaba, r.a.:the transformational Islam of
Malcolm X and Imam Jamil al-Amin, the real Islam which has
motivated Jamaat al-Muslimeen to rise up against the
seemingly great power of Zionism.
Supplication: O Allah! Forgive our sins and shortcomings.
Help us to study the Qur'an and Hadith EVERY day. Purify our
prayers 5 times a day.
O Allah! Help us to unite the Muslims of Maryland and all
the Muslims of America on the Qur'an and Hadith.
Give victory O Allah to the Islamic forces of Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Iraq, Kashmir, Chechnya, Somalia and Nigeria.
Above all, O Allah! We plead that you help the Ummah of
Islam to defeat the yahood and drive them out of
From Br. Yusuf's Facebook [Jamaat al-Muslimeen,
Who Gave Prof. Akbar Ahmed the right to make Peace with
Tariq Ramadan is a Zindeeq
In reply to a question from Sis. Tonya:
Yusuf Padraig O'Corragain El-Irlandi
Hello Tonya, yes, absolutely, these signers [of a letter
seeking peace with the Jews] would fall under the catergory
of boot licker, uncle tom, or just misguided. The only thing
a Muslim should call for is the total dismantlement of
Israel (peacefully of course), return of the stolen land,
and reparations. For one, the opening ayaat of the letter
(Qur'an 2:62) has been abrograted, ...
secondly, there is no dialogue with an oppressor. The
problem is clear; why does everyone try to not recognize the
elephant sitting in the middle of the room?! It is like our
[economic] depression that we are in... we are trying to
find all these ways to end it, when all we have to do is end
the two wars. We would be out of debt in a month!
Also, Tariq Ramadan is what you call a zindeeq. True,
Muslims and jews and christians all lived in peace and
Muslims enforced freedom of worship and protected them,
before the balfour declaration. There can be no peace
without equal rights and justice.
Eyewitness Account : Masjed Al Aqsa, the grey lady of
I had never thought of her as such..........Masjed Al Aqsa
as the grey lady of Palestine!
I am on the bus from Jericho on the West Bank to Jerusalem,
clicking photos of every signpost that says Jerusalem. I
have no idea what to expect. but cannot contain my
excitement. I can feel the suppressed excitement laced with
nervousness in my fellow occupants of the bus. Twenty-one
young tourists from our group have been detained at the
Israeli/Palestinian border by Israeli immigration for no
specific reason. We are told it is just a "drag my feet"
policy of the Israelis which particularly seems to come into
play when processing young Muslims under fifty years of age
who are desirous of praying at Masjed Al Aqsa.
One of the Israeli settlements on the hills around
Thus we are on our way from Jericho to Jerusalem. As we
weave in and out of lanes on the highway, passing the hills
of the West bank I notice each hill surfeit with entire
complexes of buildings separated from the West Bank
Palestinian towns by high walls. These mini cities
surprisingly connect directly to the interstate highway
going to Jerusalem..........odd........ I think, and do not
at first connect these hilltop-building complexes with the
much maligned house robbery based "Israeli settlements on
The bus exits the interstate and the driver says "Allah o
Akbar." I turn to look at my left.........the stunning
panorama spread before me is the city of Jerusalem with its
two shining jewels, the glistening golden Dome of the Rock
and besides it the Gentle Grey lady of Palestine, regal in
I am speechless and before I can say a word, there is a dip
in the road and the panorama disappears..........there is a
collective sign of disappointment from each person in the
bus. " We will see it again soon" reassures our guide.
Ascending to the Mount of Olives the bus stops and we make a
running exit. The streets are packed with tourist buses and
pedestrians, and the bus cannot wait there. It is Asr and
only the Thursday before Good Friday.
Bait Al Maqdis is waiting just around the corner and yet we
are unable to get to it just yet; more patience is
We go into the mosque where Salman Al Farsi a Sahabi from
Persia lies buried.........I think of his search for the
truth that took him from the temple of Fire in the heart of
Persia where his father was the chief "keeper of the fire"
to lands faraway as Medina. He, stopping and serving in many
other lands, searching...searching for the truth! Undergoing
human bondage, servitude and finally reaching Medina to be
enslaved by a Jew. He, still looking to confirm that the man
who is claiming to be the Prophet of Allah truly fits the
description he has been given...
I think of him here, thousand of miles from home and away
from his beloved Medina; he lies buried near the heart of
Jerusalem on a hill that overlooks Bait Al
I must be patient I tell myself; my time too will come when
I pray in the Bait Al Maqdis, but for now I must prepare for
Asr prayer in the Masjid of Salman Al Farsi.
After prayer it is an unsaid hurry and everyone is out
efficiently.........every foot hurrying to the Mount of
Olives to catch a glimpse of one of the holiest city for all
the monotheist religions of the world.
I am at the embankment and there in front of me in the
evening declining sun she stands a little back from the
sparkling golden dome of the Rock.
Regal, holding out her arms to all, inviting all to come
pray, offering to hold the afflicted the grieved and the
injured close to her bosom and bring them the peace that
only being in the Haram can bring.
Her grey dome is outlined by the evening sun and at her feet
are little people, chiseling away. They are members of the
"chosen people" greedy to find more than what she has to
They are calling us to the bus as I take my last picture and
hold my first glimpse of the Grey Lady of Palestine in my
heart. I turn quickly to join my colleagues on the bus and
fall on the steps, bruising my knee and stubbing my toe in
the process. I pick myself up and limp on to the bus. I feel
I have paid my sadaqa for my joints for this evening.
And thus is my first glimpse of the Masjid Al Aqsa and the
entire area around it that is called Bait Al Maqdis.
War Related News
Rift in Kyrgiz Views [With thanks to Sis. Hamdiyya, Jamaat
New Kyrgiz Comment on US Air Base and Low Moral Values in US
By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press Writer Sat Apr 17, 8:39
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - A top official in Kyrgyzstan's interim
government told The Associated Press on Saturday that a U.S.
air base supporting operations in Afghanistan is "not
justified," the first sign of significant divisions over the
Azymbek Beknazarov, the acting prosecutor general, is deputy
leader of the interim government and is likely retain a
position of power when the permanent government is formed,
giving him significant sway over the Manas base.
Since a bloody uprising that culminated in the toppling of
President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the interim government's leader
has announced the Manas air base can remain open for a year
after the lease expires in July.
Beknazarov and others in the interim government charge the
U.S. with ignoring their oppression when they opposed
Bakiyev because it wanted to protect Manas.
"All the Americans care about is that the military base
stays," Beknazarov said. "They forgot about freedom, about
democratic values. They forgot about Kyrgyzstan — they are
only looking at their military base."
"In my opinion, the presence of the Manas center is not
justified," he said.
Beknazarov declined to comment on whether he or anyone in
the interim government will attempt to initiate the closure
of the base. The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek declined to
At Bakiyev's presidential compound near the southern village
of Teyit, special forces on Saturday cordoned off the area
to allow prosecutors to enter and search for weapons.
Associated Press writers Peter Leonard in Teyit, Kyrgyzstan,
and David Nowak in Moscow contributed to this report.
Re: Violation of Afghan Children by NATO's Allies
What you Do to Others, you do to Yourself
by Sis. Sofia New York city]
To the "usual" deadly weapons of war in Afghanistan and
Pakistan have been added "weapons" of moral corruption
to contaminate and destroy "the enemy." Some might argue
that this is nothing new during war-time. Some others might
argue that the Afghan warlords have a tradition of using
boys for sex.
But the current United State armed forces have been alleged
to be moving around Afghanistan with bags full of millions
of dollars to pay off criminals such as Afghan warlords
and to pay salaries to the Afghan soldiers who are being
"trained" by the U.S. army. This further strengthens
these Afghans criminal elements (and perhaps even some
"embedded men" in foreign armies currently stationed in
Afghanistan) to commit crimes of buying and selling
helpless Afghan children for homosexual sex.
If these strategies of the U.S. armed forces are being
carried out "knowingly and deliberately" could they not
be considered as "aiding and abetting" and therefore
deemed as human rights violations, and war crimes, and
violations of international law?
There are victims on all sides—the innocent Afghan civilians
whose homes and way of life are being bombarded from all
sides, many U.S and NATO soldiers who are being used to
wage a war that is becoming increasingly meaningless and
bizarre, and the American taxpayers who are being forced to
pay the cost.
Muhammad's (pbuh) History-Changing Decision on Captive Women
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Associate Professor of English & Mass Communication
[In this posting I look at an attack on Hadith by a person
named Shahid Mahmud which he wrote on line in support of a
person named Asif Iqbal.]
Shahid Mahmud quotes this hadith:
The Prophet stayed for three days between Khaibar and
Medina, and there he consummated his marriage to Safiyya
bint Huyai. I invited the Muslims to the wedding banquet in
which neither meat nor bread was offered. He ordered for
leather dining-sheets to be spread, and dates, dried yoghurt
and butter were laid on it, and that was the Prophet's
wedding banquet. The Muslims wondered, "Is she (Saffiyya)
considered as his wife or his slave girl?" Then they said,
"If he orders her to veil herself, she will be one of the
mothers of the Believers; but if he does not order her to
veil herself, she will be a slave girl." So when the Prophet
proceeded from there, he spared her a space behind him (on
his she-camel) and put a screening veil between her and the
people. (Sahih Bukhari, Source, The Alim CD)"
And then adds these comments:
"Examination of this and some related Ahadith reveals:
Captives of war were the property of Mohammed and his
supporters. Institutionalized slavery was very much part and
parcel of the Islamic emergence.
Earlier, Suffiya Bint Huyai was about to be given to another
Muslim as a slave. Mohammed chose her, and according to this
report he 'manumitted' her before marrying her. Manumission,
hence, is no more than elevating the stature of the woman
marrying Mohammed, not an established moral principal. For
had that been the case, Suffiya would not have been given to
another Muslim earlier. Further, one wonders, what is the
worth of this manumission if Suffiya, after taken away from
another Muslim, is to become Mohammed's wife? Surely, that
is an improvement for her, but not the freedom to choose.
The most important point, and the one most relevant to this
thread, are these magic words: ""If he orders her to veil
herself, she will be one of the mothers of the Believers;
but if he does not order her to veil herself, she will be a
slave girl." There are some very sobering conclusions one
can draw from this. First, manumission did not mean a thing
and the very presence or absence of veil was to determine
what happens to Suffiya Bint Huyai. Second, veil was
required for Prophet's wives, not other women, especially
those who were slaves - exactly the point Asif made."
HERE IS MY REBUTTAL OF SHAHID MAHMUD:
The HIJAB was a SYMBOL of this EXALTATION of a captive
Both the revelation of the Qur'an and the life of the
Prophet (pbuh) [as adumbrated in books of Hadith] were part
of a process of progressive Islamic development. These must
be placed in context to be understood. Random quotation
without context can only lead to misunderstanding.
The CONTEXT here is that WOMEN CAPTURED IN WAR had no rights
whatever. They were entirely at the mercy of their captors.
That was true of the PAGANS of Arabia, the JEWS, the
CHRISTIANS and the PERSIANS.
In our own times (20th-21st century c.e.), women in war time
have been given no rights. At the conclusion of the SECOND
WORLD WAR, the entire female population of Germany was raped
by the conquering Communist Russian armies. [The rape
victims ranged all the way from little girls to
grandmothers. EXTENSIVE information on these rapes is given
in THE FALL OF BERLIN 1945 by Antony Beevor and other
books.] In Saigon, the "friendly" U.S. troops turned even a
city which was supposed to be on their side into a brothel.
In IRAQ, there are reports of rapes of more than 4,000 women
by U.S. troops which the U.S. is refusing to investigate.
In HADITH, only that which the Prophet (pbuh) said, did and
approved of is relevant to what Islam is all about. This is
an elementary rule which anyone studying Hadith should know.
What a Hadith refers to other people having said, thought or
referred to is NOT ISLAM but only the opinion of those
Even in what the Prophet (pbuh) said, did and approved of,
we have to see the level of development and its place in the
emergence of the Islamic community.
In the Hadith quoted by Shahid Mahmud (and other WAR RELATED
HADITH), the Prophet (pbuh) REVERSED THE COURSE OF HISTORY
IN THE TREATMENT OF CAPTIVE WOMEN.
As was usual in war time, captive women were distributed
among the victors.
The Prophet (pbuh) selected the most important of these
women (Safiyya bint Huyyai, r.a.). He FREED [That's the
simple word for "manumitted."]. Then he MARRIED her.
Thus from a CAPTIVE WOMAN with NO RIGHTS, Saffiya, r.a.,
became a MOTHER OF THE BELIEVERS, and was placed at the TOP
OF ISLAMIC SOCIETY.
This was indeed the TRANSFORMATION of deeply accepted ideas
about captive women.
This is the SUNNAH of the Prophet, pbuh. Hazrat Ali, r.a.,
and other great Muslims followed this example to change the
fate of captive women. Hence the rapid expansion of Islam as
this revolutionary power smashed the slave empires of Persia
and Rome after liberating all of Arabia from the dead hand
of slave-holding tribes.
Interestingly, it was at Khaibar too that the Prophet, pbuh,
finally banned temporary marriage which was deeply
entrenched in the Arab culture during war time.
There is no place for slavery in Islam. It is against the
Sunnah of the Prophet. Let's conclude with a revealing
Hadith which I am sure the likes of Shahid Mahmud will never
quote. Here is the Sunnah of the Prophet, pbuh:
"When the messenger of Allah, pbuh, passed away, he had
neither a male slave nor a female slave...."
US-backed ANP terrorists' bomb Attack on Peaceful Islamic
26 killed and scores injured.
April 19, 2010. Jamate Islami chief, Syed Munawar Hasan,
deputy chief Prof. Khurshid Ahmed and Secretary General
Liaquat Baloch have blamed the forces against Islam and
Pakistan for the bomb blast at the JI rally in Peshawar and
said the ANP government was directly responsible for the
In a joint statement here, they condemned the bomb blast and
announced countrywide protest against the killings..
The JI leaders expressed deep grief over the martyrdom of JI
deputy chief, Peshawar district, Haji Dost Muhammad Gull and
25 other JI workers in the bloody incident. However, they
said the JI could not be cowed down through such tactics and
it would continue its struggle for the solution of public
problems at every cost.
The JI leaders said that the rulers were living in strong
security cordons and had left the citizens at the mercy of
They prayed for all those martyred in the bomb blast and for
the early recovery of the injured. They also expressed deep
sympathies with the bereaved families.
April 22: Syed Munawar Hasan has been receiving leaders of
various Islamic groups at the JI headquarters who came to
condole about the murder of peaceful JI workers in the ANP
bomb attack. Among the leaders were those of Jamat ud-Da'wa
and Hizbut Tahrir.
New Trend comment on murder of peaceful Islamic people in
Peshawar at JI rally. : May Allah accept their martyrdom and
help Pakistan to regain its Islamic identity. In the long
run, JI will have to fight back. The murderers who rule
Pakistan with full US backing know no decency or values. Our
humble advice is that peaceful and unarmed rallies should
not be held in Frontier Province. If they are held, police
should not be allowed to come near and JI should provide its
own security. The genocide General Kayani has carried out in
Swat and other Frontier areas has enraged the people and
sometimes they may fall into the government's propaganda and
see everyone who holds a meeting with police protection as
one with the government. There is a stage after which peace
is not possible. Remember what happened when Maulana
Maudoodi, r.a., went to Dhaka to create a peaceful solution.
It was too late. His public meeting was attacked by Indian
agents and misled Bangla nationalists. It is the same army
committing similar crimes, this time in Frontier province as
it did in East Pakistan [now Bangladesh].
From New Trend's Pakistan observer
Khalid Khwaja: Human Rights Advocate Kidnaped. Pakistan
regime issues Disinformation
A great hope for human rights in Pakistan has himself been
kidnaped. Khalid Khwaja is in the hands of an unknown group
in North Waziristan. On April 19, the kidnapers issued a
video showing Khalid Khawaja in a haggard condition,
seemingly beaten and roughed up. A friend of his was shown
The pro-government media carried out a thorough
disinformation campaign on Khawaja. The video issued by the
kidnapers claimed that they were demanding the release of
three Taliban leaders in Pakistani custody, otherwise they
would kill Khalid Khawaja by April 29.
[There are various lawless groups in North Waziristan which
are allegedly used by the Pakistani military to commit
crimes which the media then attribute to the Taliban.]
Soon after his kidnaping, the five young American Muslims
whom he was defending were brought to court and accused of
being in touch with a Pakistani terrorist group. Looks like
the regime wants to act quickly against them.
Khalid Khawaja had become a thorn in the neck for Pakistani
regime after he stopped the return to the US of the five
American Muslims handed over by CAIR and MAS to the FBI and
He also had the High court place a stop on the handing over
of the three peace seeking Taliban leaders to the US.
To top it all he asked the High Court to judge the bombing
of Pakistani villages by US drones as an international
The regime wants to confuse everyone by claiming that the
kidnapers are holding Khwaja hostage in return for the very
same three Taliban leaders he was defending.
Pakistani regime is quite effective in disinformation.
With thanks to Sis. Hamdiya, Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Charlotte,
BBC Report: April 22
South Park creators warned over Muhammad, PBUH, depiction
South Park has a track record of causing controversy
"This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what
will likely happen to them," it added.
Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee
Islamists have warned the creators of TV show South Park
they could face violent retribution for depicting the
Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit. A posting on the website of
the US-based group, Revolution Muslim, told Matt Stone and
Trey Parker they would "probably wind up like Theo Van
The Dutch film-maker was shot and stabbed to death in 2004
by an Islamist angered by his film about Muslim women.
A subsequent episode of the cartoon bleeped out references
The posting gave details about a home Stone and Parker
It also listed the addresses of their production office in
California and the New York office of South Park's
broadcaster, Comedy Central.
"We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is
stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for
airing this show," warned the posting, written in the name
of Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee.
Mr al-Amrikee later told the Associated Press the posting
was not an incitement to violence. It had been published to
raise awareness of the issue and to see that it did not
happen again, he added.
This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what
will likely happen to them
A Comedy Central spokesman said the network had no comment.
In the 200th episode of South Park, broadcast in the US and
UK last week, Muhammad appeared several times inside a bear
suit. Figures from other religions were also depicted,
including a drug-snorting Buddha and Jesus watching
Wednesday's 201st episode saw any spoken references to
Muhammad bleeped out, while a prominent banner stating
"censored" was used in the programme.
The images of the prophet in a bear outfit were substituted
with Santa Claus in the same costume.
Speaking in an interview with the Boing Boing website before
the 200th show aired, the South Park team defended the
"We'd be so hypocritical against our own message, our own
thoughts, if we said, 'okay, well let's not make fun of them
because they won't hurt us,'" said Parker.
"It matters to me when we talk about Muhammad that I can say
we did this... and I can stand behind that," Stone added.
"I don't think it's going to change the world, but this is
how it's got to be for our show."
In 2006, Comedy Central banned Stone and Parker from showing
an image of Muhammad in an episode that was intended to be
part of a comment on the controversy caused by the
publication of caricatures of the prophet by a Danish
An earlier episode, Super-Best Friends (2001), contained an
image of Muhammad but passed without comment.
"It was before the Danish cartoon controversy, so it somehow
is fine," Stone told Boing Boing.
"Then, after that, now that's the new normal. We lost.
Something that was okay is now not okay."
Muslims consider any physical representation of their
prophet to be blasphemous. The caricatures published in
Denmark sparked mass protests worldwide.
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