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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Jamada al-Thani 28,1431/ June 11, 2010 # 24

Verse of the Week

What! Do you make (one who undertakes) the giving of drink to the pilgrims and the guarding of the Sacred Mosque like him who believes in Allah and the latter day and strives hard in Allah's way? They are not equal with Allah; and Allah does not guide the unjust people.

Those who believed and fled (their homes), and strove hard in Allah's way with their property and their souls, are much higher in rank with Allah; and those are they who are the achievers (of their objects).

Their Lord gives them good news of mercy from Himself and (His) good pleasure and gardens, wherein lasting blessings shall be theirs;

Abiding therein for ever; surely Allah has a Mighty reward with Him.

Holy Qur'an 9:19-22

Submitted by Sis. Abigail.

From Jamaat al-Muslimeen Shoora Leader, Imam Badi Ali (North Carolina)

I like freedom and I like this country, America, because of the freedom; but I know that with this freedom comes darkness. I also know that all the darkness cannot put out the light of one candle. And the darkness of the entire universe cannot put out the light of Islam.

A MESSAGE TO Tariq Ramadan:
1. The only deen with Allah is Islam, which means the Qur'an and the authentic Sunnah. There is no choice here for either accept it or you don't. We do know that there is a school in Egypt where an attack on the Sunnah is being developed and it is being supported by America.
2. Islam is the final message of Allah Almighty to all people, including Christians, Jews, and Hindus. It supercedes all previous messages. It is not equivalent to them.
3. The Qur'an mentions revealed books, including the Torah, the Injeel, Zabur, the Revelation to Abraham, and the Qur'an. But the Qur'an says that all of these books have been tampered with except for the Qur'an. We believe in all of them, as they were revealed originally, but because of the tampering, they cannot be compared to the Qur'an.
4. If the Prophets (pbut) were alive today, they would all follow Muhammad (pbuh). As we see, Allah took this pledge from them in Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) journey known as the Isra. Muhammad (pbuh) led all the Prophets in prayer in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. According to the rules of prayer, the one who's home it is, leads the prayer. Thus, Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem is the Prophet's home. It cannot be given to Israel or it's supporters. It is sacred.
5. The term 'infidel' or 'kafir' is from the Qur'an; there is no intention in this term to harm anyone, but it defines those who are not believers. There is no reason the be ashamed of using this word.
6. The Qur'an and the Hadith are not open to "reform" or "change" nor are they available for negotiations. Such ideas to reform the texts of Islam is from the school of our enemies. Neither Tariq Ramadan, nor any other celebrity has the right to come forth with such suggestions.
7. We are commanded to disconnect from kufr and shirk. Mr. Ramadan, what is your purpose in saying that you want Muslims to come nearer to kufr and shirk?

And when you see those who enter into false discourses about Our communications, withdraw from them until they enter into some other discourse, and if the Shaitan causes you to forget, then do not sit after recollection with the unjust people. Holy Qur'an 6:68

Br. Yusuf Irelandi's post below on fate of Germans at Czech hands after World War II

Interesting stuff on ICNA's Zahid Bukhari coming up in our next issue. Re: His love affair with the State Department of USA.

PERSONAL: New Trend Editor's visit to Chicago on June 5. Talking to my upper class relatives

It was my niece's graduation from High School. The family is very highly educated and scholarly. They are kind and compassionate and generous to all. They are aware of the tribulations of the Muslim world and, best of all, they are religious, spiritual and Godfearing with healthy influences from sufiism.

With such wonderful people, I often wonder what can I say to them which they don't already know. The food was delicious and sumptuous. Much of it could not be consumed, so it was thoughtfully donated to the big mosque in the area.

The speeches were instructive, focusing on education and the manifestations of Allah in things of beauty. Poetry was recited in Urdu praising Allah and His Prophet, peace and blessings be on him. The poetry, seemingly influenced by Iqbal, reflected the deep love of Muhammad, pbuh, which is part of the Islamic psyche.
After much trepidation, I made the following points in my presentation [summarized here]:

Unite Against Zionism: Jamaat al-Muslimeen Shoora theme
Radio Interview about Turkish Ship, Israel and Helen Thomas.
Extreme Censorship in the White House Press Corp.

On June 9, 2010 Br. Hodari Abdul-'Ali on radio WPFW interviewed Dr. Kaukab Siddique at 7 in the morning. This program reaches Washington DC commuters during the rush hour. This city has numerous activists and WPFW is progressive and friendly to Islam [probably the only Islam-friendly program in the area].

Br. Hodari, as his friends call him, is a distinguished African American leader famous for his role as a peace activist in the efforts to stop conflict in Sudan.

Br. Siddique recited this verse from the Qur'an with reference to US media and power structure:
"O Believers! When an evil doer comes to you with any news, scrutinize and analyze it, lest you harm people unwittingly and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done." 49:6

Here is a summary of the answers Br. Siddique gave to Br. Hodari's questions:

Letter from a Turkish American Leader and Teacher about Turkish Martyrs

May Allah (swt) bless Brs. Khalid Zaman, Erdogan Gurman and Kaukab Siddique who have circulated information on the Flotilla martyrs. I am disappointed with the local masjids and centers that have spoken very lightly or have remained silent about these murders. Some of the national Islamic organizations, with the exception of Jamaat Al-Muslimeen, did not strongly condemn the murder of Turkish humanitarians at the hands of Israeli pirates.

To place more salt on the wound, "Imam" Fetullah Gulen criticized the mission by stating, "Why didn't they get permission from Israel?" as quoted by the Wall Street Journal . However, the facts are that the murders took place in international waters, that Israel's blockade is illegal and that Israel has no right to stop aid from reaching Gaza. I was perplexed by Gulen's contradictory statement on this tragedy. His criticism directly contradicts his TV channel, Samanyolu, in Turkey. Samanyolu described the attacks correctly and labeled it as murder in international waters. I was proud of Samanyolu's courage to defend the right and criticize the wrong. The question arises, of course providing that Wall Street quoted Gulen Hoja correctly; which stand is reflecting the Gulen Movement's position? Samanyolu TV or Gulen's interview with the Wall Street Journal. In the past, some of his followers claimed that most of these types of contradictory statements do not belong to him. In any case, if the Wall Street quoted incorrectly, the staff of Gulen Hoja has the obligation to correct the interview. Otherwise, it will be a stain on his image in Turkey and the Muslim world.

Gulen Hoja not only contradicted Samanyolu, but contradicted Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davudoglu. The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister's positions were clear that the Israeli action is banditry, piracy and act of murder. Turkey took some concrete actions against the Israeli government:
  1. Turkey canceled three planned military exercises with Israel. These exercises are very important for Israel; according to military experts the Israeli pilots were exercising a flight simulation to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

  2. The Manavgat Water Project and Natural Gas Project to Israel has been halted.

  3. Turkey will seek compensation for the families who lost their loved ones.

  4. The Turkish Prime Minister stated that the relationship between Turkey and Israel will never return to the previous status.

Furthermore, Turkey demands that Israel lift the illegal Gaza blockade. The Prime Minister gave assurances that Turkey will not abandon the people of Gaza and took a position contrary to the US and Israel. According to the Prime Minister of Turkey, the Hamas Government is not a terrorist but a liberation organization legally elected into leadership. The Hamas government is defending their people's rights. He reminded everyone that Hamas came into power through a democratic election certified by UN observers. Let us pray to Almighty Allah that the plight of the people of Gaza will be resolved soon.

In the US level, many of these so called Muslim leaders and organizations are quick to issue fatwas, condemn and apologize for any "unacceptable" actions by some Muslims. Yet, it is ironic when a crime against Muslims is committed by Israeli forces, the champions of the apology and fatwa issuers are silent or mildly criticizing. It is surprising that liberal Jews surpassed the many American Muslim leaders in their criticism of Israel. Muslim organizations are cowering in fear instead of taking the mantle to defend the blood of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their Muslim brothers and sisters in Gaza.

May Allah give Paradise for those martyrs who lost their lives during the humanitarian mission to Gaza.

Suleyman Kurter

Please make dua today for these martyrs. May Allah (swt) bless them with high stations in Paradise. Ameen.

03 June 2010
Putting Names To Faces
A brief introduction to the nine Turkish people shot dead on 31 May 2010, by Israeli soldiers who attacked the Turkish vessel M.V. Mavi Marmara, as it attempted to transport humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip.
1. Ibrahim Bilgen, 61, an electrical engineer from Siirt. Member of the Chamber of Electrical Engineers of Turkey. Married with 6 children.

2. Ali Haydar Bengi, 39, from Diyarbakir. Graduate of Al-Azhar University, Cairo (Department of Arabic literature). Married with 4 children.
3. Cevdet Kiliçlar, 38, from Kayseri. Originally a journalist, worked for the past year as webmaster for the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH). Married with two children. See him participating in an IHH African relief project

4. Çetin Topçuoglu, 54, from Adana. Former amateur soccer player and taekwondo champion, who coached Turkey's national taekwondo team. Married with one son. See his Facebook page
His wife, Çigdem Topçuoglu, was also aboard the Mavi Marmara, but survived.

5. Necdet Yildirim, 32, an IHH aid worker from Malatya. Married with a three-year-old daughter.

6. Fahri Yaldiz, 43, a firefighter who worked for the Municipality of Adiyaman. Married with four children.

7. Cengiz Songür, 47, from Izmir. Married with six daughters and one son.

8. Cengiz Akyüz, 41, from Iskenderun. Married with children aged 14, 12 and nine.

9. Furkan Dogan, 19, student at Kayseri High School; planned to become a doctor. Son of Dr. Ahmet Dogan, Assoc Prof at Erciyes University. A Turkish-American dual national, with two siblings.

(This post liable to change as more details become available).

Khalid Zaman

Community News
Atlanta Community Coming Together to Protect and Help Refugees from Muslim Africa

by Hadayai Majeed [Atlanta, Georgia]

Metro Atlanta is now a hub for refugees being brought into America by national and international aid organizations. We now have about 100 new Muslim arrivals in Atlanta mostly placed in a townhome community in the city of Clarkston. The Clarkston/Stone Mountain area former home of KKK in Georgia is now a melting pot of people from various parts of the globe. The area is 80% people from Somalia, Eritrea and Tanzania, various pacific Island nations and south Asian people now being seen in the area. The local college has students who wear hijab and it is common. So common most people do not stare or pay undue attention to Muslim students in overgarments and other types of clothing associated with Islam. These students are very active and have done well in dawah in this area. This most recent influx of refugees is bringing the Islamic community of Atlanta together in a very positive manner. So far five organizations and 10 people have signed on to assist bringing aid to our brothers and sisters from aboard. This communal response is crossing the lines of race, social class and masjid/Islamic center associations. The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc., a national domestic violence awareness organizaiton is acting as the case manager for the project assessing the needs of the families. Through interpreters (two very smart Somalia girls) I have been able interview a mother (widowed) with nine children. She sews and has requested a sewing machine so she can sew make money and clothe her children. Until very recently her children were wearing clothing from the trash dumpters in their townhouse community. So far two organizations have agreed to adopt this family.

Brother Omar Dooma for years has worked with refugee families on his own and through Muslim Social Services (a struggling social service organization in the city). He has established a relationship with the newcomers (our brothers and sisters). They trust him. To date $100 has been raised, three people have agreeded to teach English, Baitul Salaam is providing some food, clothing and personal care items (bath soap, deodorant), etc. Several business people have purchased bikes, refrigerators and washing machines. The Muslim Girl Scouts three troops in Stone Mountain have collected food, personal care items that are being used to help refugees and some being sent to Haiti. Next the Baitul Salaam plans to our Micro Finance program and a business to our brothers and sisters. We are giving them three months to learn to speak English or improve on their English, insh'Allah.

Anyone who is looking for a way to spend in charity this is the project that you will see your charity dollars go to work immediately to improve lives. All money donated (unless raised for a specific need) is used for the refugees to have the daily necessities (Surah Al Maun 107). A supply drive is being hosted by the Women's Committee at Masjid Al Farooq (one of Atlanta's largest and oldest Islamic communities) through June 15. The items collected will be used equally for our brothers and sisters who are new (refugees) and victims/survivors of domestic abuse, next in in priority is anyone who is in need in the community and what we have left will go to Haiti, insh'Allah. We are sure we can raise enough funds, collect enough supplies to meet the need of all, insh'Allah. We do not plan to leave anyone out, insh'Allah.

This new burst of compassion in the Islamic community in metro Atlanta is leading to new relationships amoung Muslims. Bringing the Islamic community together in ways not seen in recent history and is strengthening Islam in metro Atlanta. Our young people, not so young and children are all involved.

If you want to give to this effort you can send your donation to: Baitul Salaam Network, Inc., PO Box 115470, Atlanta, GA 30310 or use paypal and send to .

Hadayai Majeed is a freelance writer and publisher in Atlanta. She is also a co-founder and administrator of the Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. a national domestic violence awareness organization founded in the Islamic community in 1997. Visit .

Yusuf El-Irelandi [Jamaat al-Muslimeen Knoxville, Tennessee]

Massacre in Czechoslovakia: Newly Discovered Film Shows Post-War Executions - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
It has long been known that German civilians fell victim to Czech excesses immediately following the German surrender at the end of World War II. But a newly discovered video shows one such massacre in brutal detail. And it has come as a shock to the Czech Republic.

War News : Afghanistan: New Trend Monitor

Police Unit Wiped out in Martyrdom Attack

June 9, 2010. Kandahar. A martyrdom operator hit a police/militia unit during a police officer's wedding ceremony. At least 40 police/militia were killed and 70 wounded in the huge explosion.

Police and militia units have been formulated by Karzai, the ruler of Kabul, with the funds made available by the US. The purpose seems to be to stabilize the US installed clique in Kabul.

[US media presented the the martyrdom attack as an attack on a marriage ceremony. Only AFP pointed out that the marriage group, including the groom, were policemen.]
[Karzai's police forces are known for torture of Islamic people and invasion of holy places.]

Battles Rage Across Afghanistan: Taliban killing NATO troops at steady rate.
82 NATO in 40 days. 18 Taliban killed.

NATO is facing a deadly guerrilla offensive by Islamic forces across Afghanistan. The Taliban are getting away with minimal losses. Reports collected by western sources by "icasualties" research group show that 51 elite NATO troops were killed by the Taliban in May and 31 have been killed so far by June 9. Most of them are Americans followed by British, Canadian and Australian.

The latest western military technology is being used but the Taliban are difficult to find because they have the support of the population, particularly Afghan women.

Karzai latest jirga and efforts to divide the Taliban from each other and from al-Qaida seem to have been a total failure in spite of Saudi support.

US media have censored NATO losses as the Taliban gain the upper hand.
NPR and finally Washington Post admitted that Taliban 'in the hundreds' have returned to Marja where NATO had proclaimed victory. [Latest, US admits that the Taliban shot down a US military helicopter in Helmand province.]

Hadith Studies
Jewish Scholars Originated the Attacks on Hadith
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Allah's Word, the Qur'an, and the Prophet's words, the Hadith, have always gone together. Be it Imam Bukhari or any of our other great scholars, from Imam Abu Hanifa to Maulana Maudoodi, all have put the Qur'an first, with the Prophet's Hadith as its decisive interpretation.

The attack on the Hadith is not an Islamic endeavor. It was a Christian missionary endeavor first but its greatest scholars have been Jews. G.A. Pervez, etc, copied almost verbatim from the Jews.

Ignaz Goldziher's Muhammedanische Studien was published in 1869 when the Muslim world had been colonized. Since then it has appeared in English, first in bits and pieces and then in complete translation. Parts of it have been published in Urdu.

He was a Hungarian Jew from the Hebrew Congregation in the city of Pec.

Just about all the views of G.A. Pervez and his fellows are to be found in Goldziher's book. Protestant missionaries like Samuel Zwemer and Temple Gairdner hailed Goldziher's writings and tried to spread them to weak Muslim intellectuals.

Here are some of the absurdities about Hadith spread by the Pervezi fitna which are copied almost wholsale from Goldziher and other Jews:
  1. Hadith was transmitted orally, so it is not reliable.

  2. The existing Hadith collections do not refer to earlier collections, so there were no earlier collections. Thus hadith BEGAN in the third century of Islam.

  3. Why are hadith from young sahaba more in number than those of older ones.?

  4. ISNAD [chains of transmission] did not exist before the first century, so must have been arbitrarily manufactured.

  5. Many hadith contradict each other.

  6. Both ISNAD and Hadith were forged.

  7. Muslim scholars looked only at Isnad and not at the text of the Hadith.

and on and on.

Goldziher's main point, which has affected just about all the munkareene hadith, and was accepted in a very sophisticated way by Dr. Fazlur Rahman, was as follows:

"The hadith will not seve as a document for the history of the infancy of Islam, but rather as a reflection of the tendencies which appeared in the community during the more mature stages of its development.' (Muhammedanische Studien, II, 5)

Goldziher's attack on Hadith was picked up and developed further by another famous Jewish scholar, Joseph Schacht, who published his outstanding book The Origins of Islamic Jurisprudence in 1950, reprinted in 1964. He denounced ALL of Hadith as a huge fraud and claimed that the Prophet (pbuh) had no concern with SHARIA or Islamic Law, and that Hadith related to law were inventions. He made a detailed attack on ISNAD.

Again Schacht became hugely popular with the enemies of Islam.

Thus when I wrote that those who are attacking Hadith are, witting or unwitting, tools of the Jews, I was writing with a full sense of responsibility.

[All these Jewish attacks have been refuted in detail, point by point, by great Islamic scholars as well as by honest non-Muslim scholars. They are only of interest now because Pervezis among westernized Pakistanis living overseas have started regurgitating these falsehoods in the hope that they will spread among Muslims who have not taken the trouble to STUDY the teachings of the Prophet, pbuh.]

[NABIA ABBOTT's research in the discovery of ACTUAL HADITH WRITINGS on papyrus from the time of the Prophet (pbuh) himself have made the argument that Hadith were not written down, outdated. See Studies in Arabic Literary Papyri by Abbott which appeared in 1957 but was ignored by the Pervezi sect because it would destroy their entire Jewish-inspired adventure. She followed it up by a series of other related books in 1967, 1972, and 1983.]

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