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Ramadan 18, 1432/August 29, 2010 # 34
Verse of the Week
It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces towards East
or West; but it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the
Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers;
to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your
kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those
who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in
prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfill the
contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in
pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all
periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the
Allah-fearing. Holy Qur'an 2:177
Submitted by Sis. Abigail
Pakistan: Flood waters have inundated Thatta [north east of
Karachi]. More than 10,000 people who fled Thatta are being
fed and taken care of by Islamic volunteers of Jamaate
Islami in Karachi itself.
to Br. Kaukab's advice about helping flood
Read historic efforts by al-Khidmat [JI volunteers] to face
Flood relief efforts by Jamaate Islam's al-Khidmat group can
be seen in power point on New Trend's web site:
Pakistan Floods : power point
Latest War News
August 24, 2010: Islamic fighters successfully attacked a
hotel where puppet assembly members and government officials
were living. At least 32 government people were killed
including 6 assembly members and 8 high officials. The
attack was led by a martyrdom operator of al-Shabab.
A few key points in Mogadishu are held by tanks and armored
vehicles of Uganda [armed by the US and reportedly Israel].
They have set up a puppet "assembly." Al-Shabab has no heavy
weapons to destroy the tanks.
August 27: Three US troops were killed in fire fights with
the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. This brings to 38 the
number of US troops killed in August and 56 total of
August 25: In northern Badghis province, a Taliban
sympathizer who had infiltrated Karzai's police opened fire
on Spanish NATO troops killing three of them. [Reuters wire
August 24: Taliban shot down a US drone aircraft in Kandahar
province and took away its camera. [Source AFP] Apparently
the aircraft was on the way to bomb villages in
August 24: In Kunar province, a US air strike killed 6
children, ages 6 to 12. They were collecting scrap iron on a
mountainside. [Source: AFP]
August 24: In Kunduz province, Taliban strike force killed 8
police officers of the Karzai regime installed by the US.
[Source: Reuters.] Reports indicate that the Islamic forces
have established Sharia in parts of this northern province
and are cracking down on sexual corruption.
August 28: A US drone fired four missiles at two vehicles in
the Kurram area killing 4 alleged Pak Taliban.
Iraq: Pro-US forces Under Attack
August 28: BAQUBA: Six members of a Sunni Arab militia that
sided with US forces against Al Qaeda during Iraq's
insurgency were killed yesterday, in the latest revenge
attack against them, police said.
The Sahwa (Awakening) fighters, also known as the "Sons of
Iraq," were killed in Shrwain, a village 90 kilometres
northeast of Baghdad, around 4am, said police Captain Firas
Al Dulaimi."Several members of Al Qaeda attacked a Sahwa
office when nine people were inside," Dulaimi said. "Six
Sahwa were killed, two were wounded and one was unhurt," he
Coordinated Al-Qaida attacks across Iraq: 60 pro-US killed
August 25: "The targets were mostly police and other Iraqi
security forces. In Baghdad, a car bomb behind a police
station the first of three in the capital - left several
nearby buildings crumbling. Fifteen police and civilians
were killed. In Kut, a hundred miles southeast of Baghdad, a
similar blast between a police station and a local
government council building left more than 20 dead and
nearly 100 wounded. There were similar attacks in Mosul,
Kirkuk, Ramadi, Falluja, Mugdadiyah, and several smaller
towns. The wave of attacks, which were certainly
coordinated, left many in Iraq shaken." [National Public
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From Imam Badi Ali [National Shoora leader] Jamaat
al-Muslimeen North Carolina
Spotlight # 1: Nowadays just about every immigrant Muslim
wants to be a Shaikh and give fatwas. It's sort of like the
trend in the 1980s when everyone wanted to be an engineer.
So, not only do we have everyone giving religious rulings
but every group wants to have its own mosque and its own
imam. We have been successfully divided with Egyptians,
Pakistanis, Sudanese each going their own way.
Spotlight #2: It is the same law for everyone, but if the
law is applied differently to different communities, it
loses its legitimacy. We see law being applied in one way to
African Americans, another way to Mexicans and still another
way to Muslims. The result is injustice.
Spotlight #3: Psychologists say that if you do something
consistently for three weeks, it becomes a habit. If you
wash dishes for three weeks, dish washing becomes your
habit. We have Ramadan for about 30 days. If we pray Fajr
every day in Ramadan, we should easily be able to pray Fajr
after Ramadan. If we make extra prayers in Ramadan, it
should be easy for us to pray extra after Ramadan too. The
same applies to recitation of the Qur'an and to fasting
itself. Try it!
Muslim Voices on the Radio
Hodari Abdul Ali Breaking New Ground:
9.11, Ground Zero "Mosque," US Wars, Imam Jamil
August 27, 2010: This was a rare day in US media history,
when WPFW radio in Washington gave an entire hour to Muslim
voices speaking LIVE to audiences in the capital city as
well as across America. This was made possible by Hodari
Abdul Ali, known as Br. Hodari to his friends, a prominent
African American Muslim leader in the Washington, DC area
who is actively trying to bring Muslim voices to the media.
Owing to his outstanding role in working for peace in Sudan,
he has gained the capacity to bring together a variety of
viewpoints, sometimes opposing ones, to the same platform.
In addition to Sudan, he made historic contact with the
Muslims and Dalits of India when he was the guest of honor
at a very large gathering in that country. Thus he has
international outreach which is rare among Americans.
The main speakers introduced by Br. Hodari were Enver Masud,
Mahdi Bray, Kaukab Siddique and Khalid Abdus Samad [from
Cleveland]. [Br. Hodari made us promise that New Trend will
not comment on the other speakers, specially two of them
whom we differ with in great detail.]
Here are the main points Br. Kaukab Siddique made on
Local to Global. What America's power structure
does to its own people is reflected in what it does around
the world. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay tried to dehumanize
Muslims but this was first tried on Imam Jamil and on
Muslims in prisons across America.
History did not begin on 9.11. Before 9.11,
sanctions were applied on Iraq for 10 years resulting in the
slow death of a million Iraqis, including 500,000 children,
over a decade.
The context of the 9.11 attacks is that American
fleets and military power had encircled the holy cities of
Makka and Madinah.
There would not have been 9.11 without the
establishment of Israel and the occupation and desecration
of Masjid al-Aqsa by the Zionists.
The US government should have resigned when 19
men broke through the complex of American security and
intelligence services and inflicted damage on high value
targets totaling more than a trillion dollars.
The government tried to cover up its failure to
stop the 19 by implying that every Muslim is a potential
terrorists and that American Muslims, who have done no
violence to anyone, should be looked at with suspicion.
President Obama is an astute politician much
superior to Bush in his strategic thinking. He wants to
carry on Bush's policies against the Muslim world while
giving the impression that America's game plan has
The "mosque" near Ground Zero [where the Twin
Towers stood] is not a mosque but an example of Obama's
brilliant movement against the Muslim world. He wants to
give the impression that "Islam" and America are on the same
side and both are united against "terrorism" and that the
9.11 attacks were actually attacks on Islam. You can't get
better than that in strategy!
It is ironic that America's militaries have
destroyed mosques and Islamic schools in Iraq and
Afghanistan by the hundreds and are helping Pakistan's army
to do the same. Yet America now claims that it wants this
mosque near Ground Zero.
Israel has destroyed more than 130 mosque in
Palestine and now Rabbis claim they support this mosque!
Right wing mobilization against Obama and against
US Muslims should be seen as proof of Obama's
sophistication. He has succeeded in getting the right wing
extremists [who claim to be Christians] to reveal themselves
as bigots, racists and conspiracy theorists bent on
continuing Bush's policies of war on Islam.
[In reply to a question.] The issues of women's
rights and domestic violence are central to our struggle.
The oppression of women by Muslims, some of it propaganda
and some of it real, is giving the enemies of Islam the
stick with which to beat Islam and even to justify genocide
against Muslim nations.
The murder of Imam Luqman and the continued
imprisonment of Imam Jamil are symbolic of the oppressive
power structure in this country.
Our African American brothers/sisters need to
learn an important lesson which Imam Jamil has taught
repeatedly and which Malcolm X testified to with his life:
Race is not the issue. The issue is right and wrong.
As Imam Jamil has taught: The solutions to
America's problems are in the Qur'an and Hadith, not in
Our America: #1 by New Trend's media monitor
Hijacking Dr. King's Legacy: Praise the Lord & Pass the
Large Right Wing Rally led by Glen Beck Supports Military
August 28, 2010: Martin Luther King believed that Christians
should follow peaceful means to achieve their goals.
However, at the very spot where he delivered his "I have a
dream speech, on the 47th anniversary speech, FOX TV's talk
show host Glen Beck led a huge right wing rally to support
and honor the military. He raised funds for the families of
Special Forces killed in action against Muslims.
Sarah Palin notorious for her inane remarks, eulogized Navy
Seals who fought against the Taliban. The marines came in
for their share of praise.
At the grotesque conclusion of the program, soldier who had
seriously injured himself while throwing a phosphorous
grenade was honored. Beck referred to the power of such a
Some African American were na´ve enough to let themselves be
used by Glen Beck, among them Dr. King's niece and a singing
group praising the memory of the Twin Towers.
Glen Beck has become something of a "Christian" preacher who
wants to turn people towards God while extolling the
military. Readers may remember that Beck spent months on TV
attacking Iran's president Ahmedinejad in the most
irresponsible way. He used to claim that America is under
threat from Iran, regardless of Iran's efforts to improve
relations with the US.
These right wingers are whipping up serious hate against
Islam and Muslims. Eight years of Bush's bombing of Muslim
countries has not taught the right wingers that the way to
peace does not go via military subjugation of Muslims.
Our America: #2
Stupid & Drunk:
Film Maker-Zionist Allegedly Stabbed Bangladeshi Taxi
There is a breaking news report about an attack on a Muslim
cabbie, please, read below:
New York City - Michael Enright, a 21 year old college
student, is being held without bail in the stabbing of a
Muslim cab driver. He was drunk when he hailed the cab,
which was driven by Ahmed H. Sharif. He asked Sharif if he
was Muslim and when Sharif said, "yes", Enright responded
with the "as-salaamu-'alaikum" greeting. Enright then
stated, "Consider this a check point. I got to take you
down m----- f-----" and he started stabbing Sharif. He
slashed him in his face and neck.
It is being labeled a bias crime. The proposed "Islamic"
center being built in Southern Manhattan has uncovered
strong anti-Muslim sentiment.
Michael Enright was a volunteer with working in Afghanistan.
Recently, he produced a documentary about the experience of
American soldiers in Afghanistan called "Home of the
He has been charged with attempted murder and assault in a
hate crime with a weapon. If convicted, Enright can face a
maximum of 8 to 25 years on the attempted murder charge.
Mayor Bloomberg, a staunch supporter for building the
Islamic Center near Ground Zero, has invited Sharif to meet
with him at City Hall, August 26th. In spite of this tragic
experience, Sharif, a Bangladeshi immigrant, claims that he
still loves America.
Sis. 'Aisha (Jamaat al-Muslimeen, New York City)
Hadith studies: See Complete article at the end of this
KNOWLEDGE, NOT GENDER is Important in Islam:
"Seeking knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim, male and
female." [Hadith, Prophet Muhammad, pbuh]
Are you aware that some of the greatest transmitters of
Hadith were women? Are you aware that in genuine Islam,
often women were the teachers and men the learners?
Muslim women can gain equality with and even superiority to
men by becoming SCHOLARS OF ISLAM. That's how it was in the
past. Do you know that the greatest teacher, scholar and
transmitter of Bukhari's Sahih was a WOMAN named Karima, the
daughter of Ahmed' who died in the year 463 of the Hijra
[ Khateeb Baghdadi, the historian I wrote about in the
article rebutting Parvezi fitna against Hadith, was a
STUDENT of Karima bint Ahmed, as were other top level
Islamic scholars of the time.
The famous scholar Ibn al-Jawzi states (in Al-Muntazim), in
writing of the events of 463 H, that Karima was from
Kashmehen, a township near the city of Merv in Central Asia.
He describes her as "very scholarly and virtuous" and
mentions a list of great scholars whom she taught Hadith.
Another famous scholar, Dhahabi, in his book Al-'Ibr,
writing of Karima's passing away in 463 H, states that she
was living near Makka at that time. He writes that she was
known for her great wisdom and nobility and a huge number of
people listened to her lessons on Bukhari's Sahih. Other
classical books, such as Al-Kamil, Al-Bidaya wun-Nihayya,
al-Siir, etc., indicate that she had an original manuscript
of Bukhari's Sahih. She is described as outspoken,
scholarly, very understanding and active in worship and good
deeds. All these are male scholars praising a woman scholar.
She was 100 when she passed away.]
Please scroll down for article on hadith.
After Juma khutba
How to help Pakistan flood victims?
August 27: Following Juma' khutba and salat at masjid
Jamaat al-Muslimmen in Baltimore, Br. Kaukab Siddique was
asked about flood relief activity for Pakistan. He said that
every group is collecting for Pakistan but if these funds go
to charities connected to the Pakistani government, that
will help to solidify the extremely corrupt and anti-Islam
Br. Kaukab said that it is the duty of the donors to ensure
that their funds go to Pakistani Islamic movements such as
Jamaate Islami, Jamat ud-Da'wa etc. Allah is giving us
signs to change Pakistan. This is Allah's warning to us. If
we do not pay heed, next will come the wrath of Allah and
our condition will become that of 'Ad and Thamud, Br. Kaukab
The US media are not publicizing Muslim suffering in Somalia
and Niger. They don't care for Muslims anywhere. They are
publicizing Pakistani floods so that large sums should go
into pro-government groups and the Islamic movement should
be countered. We are answerable to Allah for the funds we
donate, he said.
Jamaate-Islami Breaks All records in Relief Activities for
[With thanks to Hafiz Naim-ur-Rahman in Karachi]
August 26: At a Ramadan prayer gathering in Karachi, Rs.
40,000,000 were collected in ONE HOUR at the appeal of
Jamaate Islami Pakistan's ameer Syed Munawar Hasan. Checks
for the relief fund were given to him by Muhammad Hussain
Mehnati, ameer of JI in Karachi and Tanweer Magun of the
Munawar Hasan urged Pakistanis to seek forgiveness from
Allah Almighty for their sins and to use Ramadan to
transform their spiritual lives.
He severely criticized President Zardari, Prime Minister
Gilani and General Kayani for their poor performance in the
face of the catastrophe which has overtaken Pakistan. He
urged Islamic volunteers to go all out to help the suffering
[New Trend reporters say that Jamaate Islami distributed
Rs. 50,000,000 worth of relief supplies to displaced persons
across Pakistan before this new collection in Karachi
US, Indian aid like poison
LAHORE, Aug. 24: The Jamaat e Islami chief, Syed Munawar
Hasan, has said that any help or aid from the US or India
for the flood affectees was nothing short of poison for the
nation and the country.
The US and India are the biggest tyrants and terrorists on
the face of the earth and aid or assistance from them would
be hazardous and would lead to an epidemic, he said while
addressing JI workers at the relief camps set up by
Al-Khidamat Foundation in Karachi on Tuesday. JI Karachi
chief Muhammad Husain Mehnati was also present.
Syed Munawar Hasan said it was the moral, religious and
national duty of the JI leaders and workers to provide
rescue and relief to the flood victims. It was a pity, he
said, that the government and the major political parties
had failed to discharge their duties in this respect. He
said that almost every party was collecting relief fund but
their activities on ground were nil.
He said supply of clean drinking water to the flood
affectees was a big problem due to which there was a threat
of an epidemic.
He reiterated his appeal to the rich and the philanthropists
to extend every possible help in this direction.
Pakistani Taliban Urge Regime to Reject US Aid
August 10: MIRANSHAH: Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Taliban urged
the government to reject American aid for people affected by
the nation's worst floods in 80 years.
"The government should not accept American aid ; we can give
20 million dollars to them as aid for the flood victims,"
Azam Tariq, a spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP), told AFP by telephone.
The most devastating floods in Pakistan's living memory have
affected up to 13.8 million people and killed an estimated
1,600 prompting the UN to prepare an appeal for several
hundred million dollars for immediate relief.
"We will ourselves distribute relief under leadership of our
chief Hakimullah Mehsud among the people if the government
assures us that none of our members will be arrested," Tariq
"We condemn American and other foreign aid and believe that
it will lead to subjugation. Our jihad against America will
Critics say the government's relief effort was slow to get
into gear and have heaped scorn on the unpopular President
Asif Ali Zardari for pressing ahead with a visit to Europe
at the height of the disaster.
Islamic charities, some with suspected links to extremist
militants, are believed to have stepped into the breach on
the ground, as international relief efforts mobilised.
Attempt to Disrupt Massive Pakistani Support for NATO
August 24, LANDI KOTAL: At least three oil tankers in an
Afghanistan-bound convoy of tankers and containers were
completely gutted when a powerful explosive device went off
at a parking lot in Torkhum border town here on Tuesday.
Sources said that about 100 oil tankers and containers were
parked at the site when the explosion took place. The
explosion was so powerful that it was heard some seven
kilometers away in Landi Kotal also.
Three tankers carrying thousands of litres of oil to
Afghanistan were seen on fire after the explosion while
drivers hurriedly moved away the rest of the long-haul
vehicles in the parking lot to safety, the sources said.
It was second such incident in two days. On Monday, local
militants had targeted two oil tankers in Landi Kotal in
which two persons were killed.
A spokesman of local Taliban had claimed responsibility for
that attack and warned of more such attacks.
In another incident, an FC [Frontier Corp, Pakistan army]
man was killed and six others were injured in a roadside
blast in Bara. The condition of two injured was stated to be
Officials said that a convoy of security forces was on
routine patrol at Alamgudar locality when the incident
occurred. They said that some unidentified militants planted
the explosive device at roadside and convoy of the security
forces was its possible target.
The explosion also caused damage to an official vehicle. All
the injured were immediately shifted to Combined Military
Hospital in Peshawar where condition of two was stated to be
Are Qur'an and Hikmah (wisdom) the same? Is Hikmah only in
By Kaukab Siddique
In a posting on WideMinds, a prominent member of the Parwezi
sect, Mr. Bashir Abid, tried to claim that Muslims should
follow only the Qur'an because, in his words, "The Wisdom is
in the Qur'an itself." He refers to Sura 17:23-38 which
contains "principles and values" and then quotes verse
17:39: "These are (values and principles) among the Wisdom
(Al Hikmah) which your Sustainer has revealed to you." From
this verse, Bashir Abid concludes : "in other words,
Qur'anic values and principles are sufficient for the
sustained growth and development of an healthy society."
From this point he jumps to this strange claim, typical of
Parwezi sect members, that "Therefore we don't need any
secondary source to look for wisdom. It is absolutely
childish view to think that Al Kitab means Qur'an and Al
Hikmah means Hadith or Sunnah. The question is: If Qur'an
does not contain Wisdom, then what does it meant for."
(Quoted as in Mr. Abid's message.)
1. The Qur'an does NOT say that Allah revealed ONLY the
Qur'an to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Qur'an gives us
the prayer of Abraham and Ismail (pbut) which Allah answered
by sending Muhammad (pbuh):
"Our Lord! Send among them a Messenger of their own who will
recite your verses to them and teach them the Book and
Wisdom and purify them: For thou art the exalted in Might,
the Wise." (2:129)
Thus the messenger was to:
1) Recite the verses revealed to him,
2) teach the Book,
3) teach wisdom, related to the Book,
4) purify them.
The tasks of the messenger obviously go beyond merely
reciting or transmitting the verses received from Allah.
The Qur'an later on affirms that Muhammad's (pbuh) role is
exactly as defined in the prayer of Abraham and Ismail
(pbut). It says:
"It is He Who has sent among the unlettered people a
messenger from among themselves, to recite to them His
verses, to purify them, and to teach them the Book and
Wisdom, - although they had been in error manifest." (62:2)
Note that the BOOK and WISDOM (Hikmah) are two SEPARATE
items. The Qur'an is NOT saying "the wisdom in the Book."
Then the Qur'an goes on to point out that this role of the
Prophet (pbuh) is not only for the time when the Book was
being revealed in Arabia but for the FUTURE too. [Read on
from 62:2 with reference to the "unlettered people."]
"Along with others of them, who have not already joined
them: And He is Exalted in Might, Wise." (62:3)
So the Prophet (pbuh) is meant to teach and purify people
who were not his immediate audience . This entire role of
the Prophet (pbuh) has been preserved in the authentic
hadith WHICH HIS COMPANIONS NARRATED. All who knew Muhammad
(pbuh) and were faithful to his message knew that his
teaching of the Qur'an and his wisdom plus his process of
purification of the humanity must be preserved in its purity
The Qur'an, in addition to the verses referred to above,
also uses the word HIKMAH in a variety of ways. There is
HIKMAH (wisdom) in the Qur'an itself, as Bashir Abid noted
from surah 17, but that does not limit it to the Qur'an.
Here is an example of a verse which clarifies the fact that
HIKMAH (wisdom) is not the same as KITAB (the BOOK). "We
bestowed al-Hikmah (wisdom) on Luqman ..." (31:12) It does
not mean that Allah gave a Qur'an or a Book to Luqman,
The Qur'an is a powerful and eloquent Book. That is all more
the reason why Allah sent it to us through the Messenger
(pbuh) so that we should not put our own desires into its
interpretation. The teachings of the Messenger (pbuh) are
essential to Islam and have been preserved in the authentic
hadith owing to the tremendous effort of his Sahaba (the
blessed companions). The scholars of Islam made sure that
the Hadith were preserved in their purity. They still do not
come up to the excellence of the Qur'an but they are the
best human beings could preserve.
Make no mistake about it, Hadith are the revolutionary
teachings of the greatest revolutionary of all times. The
Qur'an has been applied to every aspect of life owing to its
interpretation, the Hikmah, revealed to the Prophet (pbuh).
It is this Hikmah which is the irritant to the sectarians
who want to destroy the purity of Islam. Just as Allah and
the messenger means Allah and the messenger (and not Allah
and Allah, which would be redundant), Qur'an and Hikmah
means Qur'an AND Hikmah (not Qur'an and Qur'an, which would
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