Click on NEWS for back issues
Zulhijja 1, 1431/ November 8, 2010 # 44
Verse of the Week
"Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, and be thankful
to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me. O you who believe!
seek assistance through patience and prayer; surely Allah is
with the patient. And do not speak of those who are slain in
Allah's way as dead; nay, they are alive, but you do not
perceive. And We will most certainly try you with somewhat
of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and
fruits; and give good news to the patient, who when a
misfortune befalls them, say: Surely we are Allah's and to
Him we shall surely return. Those are they on whom are
blessings and mercy from their Lord, and those are the
followers of the right course"
--Holy Qur'an, 2:152-156
Submitted by Sis. Abigail
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz Addresses Jamaat Shoora Council on
Zionism and Racism
November 6, 2010. Acclaimed mathematician, professor,
worldwide traveler and motivator of oppressed communities in
Africa and America, Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz addressed the
Central Committee (Shoora) of Jamaat al-Muslimeen in
Greensboro, North Carolina. He focused on the misuse of
education which he said has been instrumental in the
justification of racism. "Mind control leads to physical
control," said Dr. Shabazz as he carried out a devastating
analysis of racism from slavery times till today.
Unimaginable crimes were committed against human beings by
the slave owners and traders. The slavers calmly watched the
spectacles of horror in which humans were cut to pieces and
burned alive. Even into our own times the terminology of the
slavers has persisted in words like "picnic" which meant
"pick a nigger" to be lynched.
The scapegoating of Obama for unemployment and for the
blunders of the Bush administration is a subtle aspect of
Zionism is a form of racism, springing naturally out of
European ideas of supremacy. The Zionists call their victims
"terrorists" and without any qualms of conscience commit
human rights violations against Palestinians. The Zionist
idea has dehumanized the Palestinians not unlike the
European slavers who thought Black Africans were born to
serve the "superior" race.
During his one and a half hour address, Dr. Shabazz
supported his arguments about racism and Zionism with
scholarly research works and references. The Zionists, he
concluded, think like the slavers and believe like them that
God is on their side in their ongoing atrocities and
genocidal destruction of the Palestinian people.
National Islamic Shoora Gives Unanimous Approval to Dr.
Kaukab Siddique as Ameer of Jamaat al-Muslimeen
On November 6, 2010 U.S. Muslims' National Islamic Shoora of
Jamaat al-Muslimeen was hosted by Imam Badi Ali in
Greensboro, North Carolina. The Shoora gave its unanimous
support to Dr. Kaukab Siddique to continue as Ameer of
Jamaat al-Muslimeen. The delegates hailed Dr. Siddique's
stand against Zionism and condemned the national and
international campaign by the alliance of Zionists and right
wing extremists against Dr. Siddique.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Resolutions Express Aspirations of U.S.
Muslims 9 Million Strong
We must continue to call all people of conscience, Muslims
and non-Muslims, to unite against Zionism, confront Zionism
and expose Zionism.
Holocaust and other aspects of history
Revisiting or questioning the accuracy of an event in
history is not illegal. The process of learning should not
exclude the criticism, or re-evaluation or debunking of
holocaust reports. Suffering of immense proportions
affected many of the nations involved in the Second World
War, including Jews, Germans, Russians, Poles and Japanese.
No one has a right to exclusive victim status. As for
offensive viewpoints, comments and abuse on Jesus, pbuh, in
the Zionist media have gone beyond decency, without any
attempt at scholarship.
Israel is an Aggressor Entity
We affirm that Israel is a major aggressor and has committed
human rights violations and genocide against generations of
Palestinians and Lebanese people. Americans need to get
beyond the corporate and right wing media, and see Israel as
an aggressor entity.
Boycott of Pro-Israel Businesses is a key tool of
We urge the American people to boycott businesses which
support Israel. Among such supporters of Israel are Nestle,
Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Disney, Home Depot and Estee Lauder.
The boycott movement must continue and expand.
Where are the "Muslim" Leaders when Br. Kaukab is targeted
by International Zionism and Right Wing Extremism?
When an outspoken Muslim brother, particularly one who has a
record of standing up for the oppressed, is himself
persecuted by the enemies of Islam, the silence of those who
claim to be leaders of the Muslims is an indicator of their
true allegiances, and should be noted with great shame by
Gaza is still under Siege
We condemn the continuing siege of Gaza and the Israeli
effort to put an entire city into a concentration camp.
US Must Stop Occupation and Interference in Muslim Countries
We demand immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO troops
from Iraq and Afghanistan. We urge an end to the occupation
of Kashmir by India and of Chechnya by Russia. We call for
an end to U.S.-Israeli interference in Somalia, Sudan and
Bombing of Pakistan Violates International Law and Kills
The US has been bombing Pakistani villages with great
intensity at the orders of President Obama. Hundreds of
civilians have been killed, and mosques and madressas
desecrated. The U.S. must stop the bombing. It will only
stiffen Pakistani resistance.
Obama Should Release Muslim Political Prisoners
The Muslims of America cannot ignore the imprisonment of
innocent Muslims in U.S. prisons where their humanity is
degraded and they are treated as sub-human. We urge Obama to
issue a general amnesty for political prisoners who are
totally innocent such as Homaidan al-Turki of Saudi Arabia.
Top Islamic leaders and teachers and associates should be
released unconditionally. These includes:
Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman
Imam Jamil al-Amin
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
Dr. Ali Timimi
Ahmed Abdel Sattar
Siddique Abdullah Hasan
and many others.
Economic Unraveling in America: Israel is sucking US
One in eight Americans are living on Food Stamps, one in ten
are unemployed. Our economy should come before that of
Death Warrant by Missile on Shaykh Awlaki
The US is supposed to be a nation of laws. The "dead or
alive" verdict against Shaykh Awlaki is a violation of basic
constitutional rights. He is a U.S. citizen and should not
be tried by the media.
We condemn the exploitation of women and the demonization of
African-American and Mexican populations in the media
Unprecedented Floods and Sunamis and Cholera Epidemic Should
There is historic precedent that America used man-made
sickness and disasters against helpless people. The
tragedies in Guatemala and the Tuskegee experiments, the
small pox blankets which decimated Native Americans, were
conspiracies which turned out to be fact. Now we have the
tsunamies, the unprecedented floods in Pakistan and the
cataclysm in Haiti followed by a cholera epidemic. Are
these "natural" disasters or man-made assaults on humanity?
Where are the scientists who have the courage to
The report back from the National Shoora will continue in
the next issue.
New Trend Exclusive
An Interview with Karima Al-Amin (Part 2 of 2)
By Nadrat Siddique
In the second of this two part interview, Karima Al-Amin,
attorney, and wife of Imam Jamil Al-Amin (the former H. Rap
Brown), speaks about
her and her husband's conversion to Islam, the effects of
Imam Jamil's incarceration on
their family, and the many legal actions undertaken by the
imam since his incarceration.
Some of these he initiated without the aid of an attorney.
Others were vigorously pursued
by a legal team at a prominent Atlanta law firm, the imam's
first truly competent and
committed legal representation, which appeared on the scene
a few years after his
As I listened to Ms. Al-Amin, I was stunned by the
resilience and resolve of the Al-Amins, undaunted by the
challenges before them. Against all odds, they'd patiently
continued a dignified and peaceful resistance. Most
amazingly, they had not restricted themselves to the
challenge of wrongs done to Imam Jamil, although this was,
in itself, a huge litany. They were tackling the very
constitutionality of laws which violated the rights of
inmates, political prisoners, and other victims of the
prison-industrial complex. In other words, from behind bars,
the Imam, his wife at his "side," was fighting to "free the
slave"—while many seemingly free imams and others on the
outside cowered in fear and silence.
Q: Tell me about Imam Jamil's transition from black radical
to mainstream Muslim imam. Did you feel you had to influence
him to repudiate or reconstruct that image into a more
A: My sister's first husband was a Muslim from the Republic
of Guinea. I remember they had a Qur'an on a stand, and they
gave us a prayer rug before we were Muslim that we hung on
our wall; consequently, that was one of our early exposures
to Islam. My husband took his shahada in December 1971,
while he was incarcerated in New York City. Brothers from
the Dar-ul-Islam in Brooklyn entered the jails as chaplains
and volunteers to hold classes on Islam. The transition to
Islam was very natural for my husband because it did not
compromise any of his positions.
I took my shahada a few months later, in February 1972, when
Imam Jamil gave it to me. I still was reading about Islam
after he became Muslim because I wanted to make sure I was
becoming Muslim based on my belief. It was a natural flow
for us to become Muslim. We never felt we had to explain the
transition from his past as H. Rap Brown to Jamil Abdullah
Al-Amin, although the transition was confusing for those who
did not understand my husband. After El Hajj Malik Shabazz,
my husband was the next public figure in the Movement to
become Muslim. We then saw other black liberators in the
1970s and 1980s become Muslims.
Q: What made you decide to attend law school?
A: Law was my third profession. Here in Atlanta, I worked
for a 15-year period with two foundations giving money to
grassroots organizations and working on desegregating public
higher education and enhancing the traditionally black
colleges and universities.I did not go to law school until
1992, while I was teaching English. When I was in high
school, I considered law as a career. My mother worked at
the NAACP Legal Defense Fund when Thurgood Marshall was the
Executive Director, and lawyers were dispatched to the South
to represent students and local people who were being
arrested, brutalized,and killed. This certainly influenced
my early thoughts on considering law. Also, once I married
my husband, I was constantly with William Kunstler and at
the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, as he and
the organization represented my husband. And lastly, the
fact that the government was continuing its efforts,
COINTELPRO-style,to incarcerate my husband, was another
factor that moved me finally to attend.
Q: What did you see as your role in the Al-Amin household?
A: I saw my role as a stabilizing one. I was not making
speeches, and I wasn't out there in the public with my
husband. I saw my role as maintaining peace at home. I was a
teacher during our early years of marriage. My concentration
was making sure we could eat together and be together as a
family. It always amazed me when we heard people gasp and
say, "I saw H. Rap Brown, and he was holding a child," or "I
saw the Rap and he was holding a cat." Ordinary things he
did shocked people because the media had dehumanized him.
When things are moving wildly, it's necessary to have
normalcy at home, so I would try to maintain a sense of
normalcy in an abnormal world.
Q: What attitude or outlook to life did you adapt after you
realized that your husband would be locked up for a long
time? What has been your biggest challenge since his
A: Naturally to be stripped of a husband, a companion, is
devastating. Because I came up through the struggle with
him, I understood the challenges. Many people refer to my
husband as the "last man standing." He was a COINTELPRO
target and he has remained one. I understand his innocence,
and the governmental efforts to silence him throughout a
43-year period. This gives me the strength to remain strong
and by his side.
My biggest challenge was ensuring that I could provide for
my family in my husband's absence. I was doing so many pro
bono cases that I realized that I had to begin charging for
my legal services. I was faced with raising a 12-year old
son, who was very close to his father, and I had to monitor
the psychological impact on him. He was a basketball son,
and accustomed to seeing his father at all of his games
since he was five years old. I had to move quickly to
maintain his life as a youngster, and I could not miss a
basketball game or school activity. My overarching challenge
naturally was—and continues to be—to work to free my
Q: Has Imam Jamil's incarceration influenced the career
choices of your children? Do you think they will go to law
A: We have two children: Kairi and Ali. Kairi is 22 and Ali
is 31. Kairi is in law school. He is in his second year, but
wants to practice, perhaps, entertainment/sport or
international contractual law. He graduated from high school
when he was 16, and went to three universities before
graduating, still on time. Kairi was in the eighth grade
when his father was arrested, and during the trial he would
come to court carrying his backpack. He was a trooper.
Q: Have the children visited their father in Florence, CO?
Tell me about that visit.
A: Kairi and I visit Imam Jamil in Florence, Colorado. He is
being held in the Supermax prison, 1400 miles away, which
makes traveling very costly. It essentially takes a full da
to travel there and another day to return home. It's really
been a struggle, and we haven't been able to visit as often
as we'd like. Florence is seen by many as a concentration
camp for Muslim inmates. Imam Jamil is handcuffed at the
waist behind a glass when we see him in one of the legal
rooms. On the days we are with him, we are able to visit for
approximately six hours. If he receives food during the
visit, he has to hold his hands chained in front of him in
order to eat. It is a very difficult position, and his
wrists begin to swell.
The law firm now representing Imam Jamil pro bono also
worked on suits for Guantanamo prisoners. One of their lead
attorneys said that if he had to choose between Gitmo and
Florence, he would choose Gitmo. Imam Jamil is held in
solitary confinement, and Florence is a "no contact"
institution, so the conditions are punitive and deplorable.
Q: Imam Jamil's projects to rid the West End community of
drugs are well known, as was his mentoring of the youth.
Have these projects continued, and what is the extent of
your involvement with them?
A: I'm still involved with the community. It's a community I
helped start with Imam Jamil and it is dear to me. Many of
our children now are active in the community, and taking
leadership roles, and it's wonderful to see and feel their
energy. We have continued with classes, youth activities,
and the Riyaadah that we started in 1982.
Our community under the leadership of my husband always
included the youth in our family-oriented activities;
therefore, mentoring the youth continues to be a focus.
Q: Do you feel that things have gotten worse in the city
since Imam Jamil was locked up?
A: When he was around, there was some vibrancy in the
neighborhood. We all miss his presence and his hard work to
keep the ills from consuming our community. We can all agree
these are drastic times for people, and this is reflected
throughout the inner cities. My husband always reminded
people that Islam is the medicine for the sick; it is the
cure for all society's ailments.
Q: Unfortunately, the number of political prisoners has
increased exponentially since your husband went to prison.
What is your advice to the current generation of Muslim law
students, as to how they should operate within the U.S.
justice system? What should be their contribution to the
A: Imam Jamil was instrumental in getting a Muslim lawyer's
group started. This was similar to what SNCC [Student
Non-Violent Coordinating Committee -editor] had,where
attorneys represented civil rights workers on a pro bono
basis. We have to get more attorneys who would be able to
take on cases. Many Muslims who are arrested now have not
committed criminal activities, but are arrested for "thought
crimes." We need a band of attorneys to be able to represent
Muslims who are being entrapped by informants. Family
members of those arrested are draining their resources and
are receiving minimal assistance from the Muslim community.
We need to recognize that the divide-and-conquer strategy is
working very well within the Muslim community, with the
result that dissent is crushed and support for political
prisoners is diminishing. We need activist attorneys to
challenge constitutional violations and the unjust arrests
so that families will not have to go to court with attorneys
who are concerned only with billable hours.
Q: What is the current state of Imam Jamil's case?
A: Imam Jamil was convicted in 2002 on Georgia state
charges. He immediately was transferred to the maximum state
prison in Reidsville, Georgia, where he was held in
administrative lockdown. Despite his physical isolation, his
presence in the prison for other inmates had an electrical
charge. While visiting him, we would see other inmates,
passing by on their visits, raising their fists or giving
salaams, and—their visitors would do the same.
In 2006, the FBI released a report called "The
Radicalization of Muslim Inmates in the Georgia Prison
System." The report focused on the effort by Muslim inmates
in the Georgia prison system to have Imam Jamil serve as
imam over all Muslim Georgia inmates. Georgia officials
realized that Imam Jamil did not initiate the effort, and
although he agreed to stop the effort, the FBI launched its
own investigation. We believe the report by the FBI was the
final step in getting him moved out of Georgia, to the
federal supermax prison where so many high profile Muslims
are being held.
The Georgia conviction is still being challenged through a
habeas corpus action to prove my husband's innocence. [A
writ of habeas corpus is a request for a reversal of a
conviction. Imam Jamil's habeas lists fourteen very
compelling reasons why his conviction should be
reversed.-editor]. That was filed in 2005. We are at the end
of that state process, and attempting to move forward, and
hopefully will have a ruling next year.
Q: So even though Imam Jamil was not convicted on any
federal charges, he was moved from state to federal custody?
A: Yes, Imam Jamil was moved out of Reidsville without
notification to his family or attorneys. The move was based
on an agreement between the State of Georgia and the Federal
Bureau of Prisons to take on state prisoners. Georgia pays
the Federal Bureau of Prisons every month to house him. They
whisked him away in a hot van, and had him sit
for hours in 90-degree temperature until he developed chest
pains, and had to be taken to an Atlanta hospital. We knew
nothing about this. They kept him overnight, and then
returned him to the airport for a flight to the Oklahoma
City Federal Penitentiary. From there, he was taken to
Florence, CO. The move alone violates the Bureau of Prisons'
rule that an inmate must be housed within 500 miles of his
Q: Tell me about some of the lawsuits initiated by Imam
A: Imam Jamil filed numerous grievances while in Reidsville
and Florence, Colorado, that ultimately ended in his filing
Legal Mail Lawsuit
This lawsuit was filed because the Reidsville prison staff
continued to open legal mail from me to my husband. The
Department of Corrections in Atlanta was notified that
opening his legal mail in his absence was a violation of the
department's standard operating procedure, and a First
Amendment violation. The Southern District Court, in which
the lawsuit was filed, ruled in his favor, and Georgia
appealed. The case then went to the 11th Circuit Court of
Appeals for argument. At that point, the 11th Circuit
appointed a prominent Atlanta-based attorney and his firm to
represent my husband on a pro bono basis. The 11th Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled that the action of the staff in
opening legal mail from me to my husband was a First
Amendment violation. Georgia appealed to the U.S. Supreme
Court; that Court refused to hear Georgia's appeal.
From the day he entered the Reidsville Georgia prison, he
was held in administrative 23- hour lockdown. He's never
done a juma'a since he was incarcerated—from 2002 until now.
So, we do have fundamental constitutional issues. We will
continue to challenge the inhumane and punitive actions of
the Georgia Prison system to prevent Imam Jamil's contact
with other prisoners and the right to practice his religion
during his incarceration. Additionally, we will challenge
the retaliatory transfer from Georgia to a supermax "no
contact" prison without his having a federal charge,
conviction or sentence. We are very concerned about the
impact solitary confinement has on the physical and mental
condition of an inmate. [So, specific factors being
challenged in the retaliation lawsuit include the imam's
23-hour per day lockdown in Reidsville, the violation of his
religion rights within the Georgia prison system, and the
gratuitous transfer to the Florence Supermax. -editor]
Challenge to the Prison Litigation Reform Act
The State has refused to settle our legal mail case;
therefore, we are preparing for trial. In doing so, we first
are challenging the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). Our
position is that a constitutional violation is sufficient to
win punitive damages, just as a physical injury entitles one
to punitive damages. Courts are divided on this issue. [The
PLRA, as it stands, prevents Imam Jamil—and others in his
position—from receiving punitive damages for violations such
as the opening of his legal mail in his absence, on the
grounds that the damage inflicted was not physical.
-editor]. Our case will give the 11th Circuit Court of
Appeals an opportunity to rule on this issue.
Q: What is the situation with Otis Jackson, the
self-confessed shooter in the crime for which Imam Jamil was
A: Our attorneys have deposed Otis Jackson. His testimony,
that he committed the actions for which Imam Jamil was
convicted, has been consistent. So, we've made some headway,
but it's taken a long time. One of the reasons the State
said Otis couldn't have done it, is that he was wearing an
electronic monitor. We talked to the maker of the monitor
and learned that it is possible to beat the monitor. And in
fact, he had a faulty electronic monitor.
Part of the habeas has been that Otis was not investigated.
The prosecutor told our attorneys "Oh, he's crazy, like the
other ones," and the attorneys froze and did nothing to
investigate the confession or the monitoring device.
Q: Any final words for New Trend readers?
A: Imam Jamil was previously incarcerated [under the
COINTELPRO era prosecutions of Black, Native American, and
other leaders and activists -editor] for five years. He got
out in 1976. Right after the 2002 conviction, the
prosecuting attorney for the State said, "After 24 years, we
finally got him." This confirmed Imam Jamil's position that
it was a government conspiracy. Our immediate short-term
goal is to have the Imam transferred back to Georgia, or to
a federal prison within a 500-mile radius of his home. Our
ultimate goal, naturally, is to exonerate Imam Jamil. We
thank you for supporting Imam Jamil and our efforts to
Donations for Imam Jamil's defense may be sent to:
The Justice Fund
P.O. Box 115363
Atlanta, GA 30310
Write to Imam Jamil Al-Amin:
Reg. No. 99974-555
USP Florence ADMAX
P.O. Box 8500
Florence, CO 81226
For more information, contact:
thejusticefund [at] aol [dot] com
Part 1 of this interview appeared in the July 30, 2010
edition of New Trend:
180 Small Schools Set up by Jamaate Islami for the Poor
The women's wing of Jamaate Islami has set up tiny schools
for the children of the poor in the various regions of
Pakistan where JI has branch offices. Of the 1,000 students
in these little schools, 70% are women.
§ Provision of quality education and training in spite of
limited time and resources.
§ Initiation of school on one-teacher/one-room basis.
§ Nazra education of the Quran in addition to modern
§ Special attention to the curricula of Qur'anic
§ Training and development workshops and courses for the
§ Imparting of useful skills in addition to education. These
skills include sewing, embroidery, electrical and wood work
We urges our readers to help these schools which are in need
of educational resources.
Islamic Woman's Achievement
Punjab University awards Ph.D. to Sameeha Qazi
LAHORE, Oct 18. The Punjab University has awarded Ph. D.
degree to Begum Sameeha Raheel Qazi, daughter of former
Jamaate Islami leader, Qazi Husain Ahmed and chairperson,
Women and Family Commission, JI. The degree has been awarded
on her thesis on "The Challenges facing the Family System".
The JI chief, Syed Munawar Hasan and Secretary General,
Liaquat Baloch, have congratulated Begum Sameeha Raheel Qazi
on this award.
Jamaate Islami Pakistan Sees Obama Supporting Indian
LAHORE, Nov. 8: The Jamaat e Islami chief, Syed Munawar
Hasan, has said that if the masses wanted to get rid of
price spiral, load shedding and plunder of the rulers, they
must change their voting pattern. Addressing a civic
reception here, he said if the people wanted a change, they
should reject the corrupt people and their parties, and
elect patriotic and honest people. But if they return the
plunderers, thieves and fake degree holders to the echelons
of power through their vote, they should not complain of
corruption and price hike. If the people vote for those who
do not have Pakistan in their agenda, the situation would
not change, he added.
Syed Munawar Hasan said the US President was on a visit to
India these days and the two countries had entered into
trade and defense pacts. India, he said, claimed to be a
great democracy which was a farce. Democracy implied power
sharing by the masses but in India, over a dozen separatist
movements were going on while in Kashmir, India was
committing state terrorism. Around 7 lakh Indian troops were
carrying out the genocide of the Kashmiris. Ignoring India's
state terrorism was betraying the country and the nation, he
The JI chief said, India was trying to destabilize Pakistan
through an open interference in Baluchistan. There was
evidence of India's distributing arms and money in
He said India had brought Pakistan in the dock by
propagating the Mumbai attacks all over the world and the
Pakistani rulers must go a for a tit for tat by exposing
India's state terrorism in Kashmir throughout the world.
To a quest ion about MMA's revival, Syed Munawar Hasan said
a non- political, non-electoral alliance on the pattern of
the Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC) was the need of the hour in
order to wipe out sectarianism and killings in the country.
However, he said, the MMA's revival was out of question when
one of the MMA parties was part of the present government
which had allowed open US interference in this country.
The reception was hosted by the Anjuman e Shahyarn e Lahore.
The Anjuman chief Rana Nazrur Rehman and Dr. Farid Ahmed
Piracha, also addressed the gathering.
Norwegian envoy visits Mansoora
LAHORE, Nov. 8: The Norwegian ambassador in Pakistan, Robert
kvile, called on the Jamaat e Islami Secretary General,
Liaquat Baloch, at Mansoora, Monday afternoon and discussed
with him issues of bilateral interest. The JI leader told
the envoy that the policies of most of the Muslim countries
on different issues including the blasphemous cartoons,
military invasion on the Muslim states or thrusting
dictatorial rule there, were in conflict with the masses'
sentiments. He said the slogans of East-West friendly
relations or religious tolerance were fascinating indeed but
as long as there was no practical change in the policies of
the US and other western countries, the gulf between the
East and the West would continue to widen.
He pointed out that the Kashmiris had been fighting for
their basic rights for the last 62 years. He said, every
attempt for confidence building with India would bear no
fruit unless the Kashmir issue was resolved in the light of
the UN resolutions and in accordance with the wishes of the
Kashmiris. He said, peace could not be established in South
Asia without resolving the Kashmir issue and the foreign
troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Mass Gathering of Indian Muslims sees Obama Visit as
anti-People US-Israeli Strategy
New Delhi: After last minute withdrawal by the Delhi police,
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) rally was converted in to a
public meeting held on Sunday at JIH headquarters at Jamia
Nagar, where speakers registered their protest and anger
against the curb on basic human and democratic rights
violation by the Delhi police only for a VVIP.
JIH General Secretary, Nusrat Ali, said "We register our
protest on curbing of our legal and democratic rights in
this country only for a guest whose country is responsible
for many problems of the world." He said that India is not
the country of any party, family, or other group. This is a
country of all citizens, and every citizen has the right to
present his or her view to make this nation. JIH has a
program to alleviate poverty from this country, and we felt
that we should present our view to the people of this
nation, Nusrat Ali said. The government can stop us from
going to Ramleela, but can not stop us from conveying our
He said that we have to learn how live independently and in
a self reliant manner, and that this problem is not a
problem confronted by Muslims alone; it is the problem of
every section of this country.
He questioned how America and Israel could help India, when
they had destroyed Baghdad and Kabul. India is strengthening
its relations with Israel, which has changed an independent
country, Palestine, into a jail. Israeli crimes against
humanity are enough to make us believe that Israel is not
Criticizing governments economic and social policies, the
JIH Secretary General said that the country had failed to
show any progress on Human Development Index indicators, but
that the number of millionaires and billionaires was
increasing He also pointed to deteriorating law and order
problems in the country where hundreds of Muslim youths had
been illegally detained and tortured.
The JIH Secretary General asked Indian Muslims and their
leaders to speak on the issues facing India, to show that
Indian Muslims are not indifferent of the problems and are
committed to contribute their ideas, and Jamat Islamic will
strive to bring the Muslim community together.
Maulana Umri was delivering the presidential address to
gathering of thousands, at which Muslims leaders from all
sections and offices had gathered to launch their protest
against the last minute withdrawal of the permission to
organise a rally today on the same theme, citing VVIP visit
of the US President, Barak Obama.
Maulana Umri urged the nation and the leaders of the
cross-sections of the country to "Analyse the message of
Islam and then turn it down if you feel its not the option
or the alternative for a successful society." He challenged
the audience by asking, "We follow Marx and Lenin, were they
Indians?" He further said, "Then why not give a hearing to
your own brethren who wish to see a better India."
He explained that the concern and objective of the United
States was to uplift its economy, whether or not achieving
this goal meant labeling somebody a terrorist or bombing a
nation. Calling attention to core Islamic teachings, Maulana
Umri said, "The Quran says, O people, fear your Creator." He
urged the policymakers to take heed of the suffering of
millions of people in India, and to make choices which
allowed law and justice to prevail throughout society.
Earlier in the day, Janab Nusrat Ali, Secretary General of
JIH said, "The JIH posts a strong protest against the
curbing of the freedom of the citizens of this country." He
asked, "How can one exercise good relations with a country
when the starting premise is a violation of basic democratic
rights?" He expressed sorrow that India is moving towards
enslavement by imperialist powers. It is the duty of the
government to provide the basic necessities of the citizens
of the country, he said.
Expressing concern over the injustice to the youth with
state terror, Janab Ali lamented that "Under the false
terrorism charges, numerous youth are behind bars; after
years they are acquitted with an apology, but what about
their future? Who's responsibility is the miscarriage of
justice?" "We call upon the government to stop state
terrorism, due to which there's unrest across broad
spectrums of society," he emphasized. "Our concern is to
provide equal opportunities and rights to the citizens of
the country," he reiterated.
Maulana Mufti Mukarram Mehmud, Imam of Masjid Fatehpuri
quoting non Muslims scholars said, Islam is the only
solution for all the problems. He further emphasised that
Muslims need to shun organisational bias and work devotedly
for the prosperity of the country specially to curb the
monster of inflation. He also criticized the Government
spending on CWG and Obama visit.
Naved Hamid, Member of National Integration council
represented Muslim Majlise Mushawrat He strongly agitated
the arrests of innocent youth and demanded that
investigating agencies must be made accountable.
He appreciated the political effort of JIH in Kerala and
said the problems in democracy can be solved through active
participation. He also demanded the prosecution of RSS cadre
who are found guilty of spreading terrorism at par with the
other criminals and terrorists.
Citing the demographical change in India, he pointed that,
more than 50% are youth and we should plan and strategise
our actions according to the modern trend.
Shabbir Ahmed Ansari, President All India OBC organisation
"There are reservations for the Muslims but its the
misfortune that we are unable to take the benefits of these
reservations. The country is known for its reservations and
positive discrimination policies".
Zafarul Islam Khan editor Milli Gazzette called on the
Muslim Ummah to fulfill their basic duties the society and
specially referred to the system of Zakaat. He further urged
that Zakaat should be implemented in a manner to be the
alternative and to eradicate poverty from the society.
"A lobby in the country is in support of the western
lifestyle where the slogan is 'eat, drink and be merry cause
tomorrow you will die", exclaimed Prof. Ejaz Ahmed Aslam,
Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and Editor, Radiance
He lamented at the state of affairs of the country, as the
country is engulfed with inflation and corruption. He
further expressed concern and said, the country is moving
ahead with capitalism. Concluding on a positive note, Prof.
Ejaz said, where there are so many problems, there are some
optimism and democracy is the greatest of them. He called on
the women to actively participate at different levels of
governance and to prepare themselves for this need.
Maulana Mehmood Madni MP and leader of Jamiatul Ulema Hind
also criticized the government policies and said we are
going to lose more than gain from USA. He asked Muslims to
come forward in assisting others with their problems, and
expressed his willingness to lend his support in this cause.
Media, JIH HQ
D-317, Dawat Nagar Abul Fazl Enclave, Jamia Nagar, Okhla,
Horrific US-Shi'ite Crimes in Iraq Disclosed: Shi'ism is
Used by US Invaders
(Comment by a British Muslim who sent this to us. It is too
strong: "This shaytan Petraeus has adopted tactics the
British Raj would have been proud of, a truly evil SOB who
wears a facade of diplomacy.")
The revelation by Wikileaks of a US military order directing
US forces not to investigate cases of torture of detainees
by Iraqis has been treated in news reports as yet another
case of lack of concern by the US military about detainee
But the deeper significance of the order, which has been
missed by the news media, is that it was part of a larger US
strategy of exploiting Shia sectarian hatred against Sunnis
to help suppress the Sunni insurgency when Sunnis had
rejected the US war.
And General David Petraeus was a key figure in developing
the strategy of using Shia and Kurdish forces to suppress
Sunnis in 2004-2005.
The strategy involved the deliberate deployment of Shia and
Kurdish police commandoes in areas of Sunni insurgency in
the full knowledge that they were torturing Sunni detainees,
as the reports released by Wikileaks show.
That strategy inflamed Sunni fears of Shia rule and was a
major contributing factor to the rise of al- Qaeda's
influence in the Sunni areas. The escalating Sunni-Shia
violence it produced led to the massive sectarian warfare of
2006 in Baghdad in which tens of thousands of civilians -
mainly Sunnis - were killed.
The strategy of using primarily Shia and Kurdish military
and police commando units to suppress Sunni insurgents was
adopted after a key turning point in the war in April 2004,
when Civil Defence Corps units throughout the Sunni region
essentially disappeared overnight during an insurgent
Two months later, the US military command issued "FRAGO
[fragmentary order] 242", which provided that no
investigation of detainee abuse by Iraqis was to be
conducted unless directed by the headquarters of the
command, according to references to the order in the
The order came immediately after General Petraeus took
command of the new Multi-National Security Transition
Command in Iraq (MNSTC-I). It was a clear signal that the US
command expected torture of prisoners to be a central
feature of Iraqi military and police operations against
Petraeus knew that it would take more than two years to
build a competent Iraqi military officer corps, as he told
Bing West, author of the The Strongest Tribe, in August
2004. Meanwhile, he would have to use Shia and Kurdish
In September 2004, Petraeus adopted a plan to establish
paramilitary units within the national police.
The initial units were from non-sectarian former Iraqi
special forces teams. In October, however, Petraeus embraced
the first clearly sectarian Shia militia unit - the 2,000-
man Shia "Wolf Brigade", as a key element of his police
commando strategy, giving it two months of training with US
In November 2004, after 80 per cent of the Sunni police
defected to the insurgents in Mosul, the US command
dispatched 2,000 Kurdish peshmurga militiamen to Mosul, and
five battalions of predominantly Shia troops, with a
smattering of Kurds, were to police Ramadi. But a few weeks
later, after the completion of its training, the Wolf
Brigade was also sent to Mosul.
Hundreds of Shia troops from Baghdad and southern areas of
the country were also sent into Samara and Fallujah.
It did not take long for the Wolf Brigade to acquire its
reputation for torture of Sunni detainees. The Associated
Press reported the case of a female detainee in Wolf Brigade
custody in Mosul who was whipped with electric cables in
order to get her to sign a false confession that she was a
high-ranking local leader of the insurgency.
But an official of the US command later told Richard Engel
of NBC that the Wolf Brigade had been a very effective unit
and had driven the insurgents out of Mosul.
The Wolf Brigade was then sent to Sunni neighbourhoods in
Baghdad, where the Association of Muslim Scholars publicly
accused it of having "arrested imams and the guardians of
some mosques, tortured and killed them, and then got rid of
their bodies in a garbage dump..."
The Wolf Brigade was also deployed to other Sunni cities,
including Ramadi and Samarra, always in close cooperation
with US military units.
The war logs released by Wikileaks include a number of
reports from Samarra in 2004 and 2005 describing how the US
military had handed their captives over to the Wolf Brigade
for "further questioning". The implication was that the Shia
commandos would be able to extract more information from the
detainees than would be allowed by US rules.
General Martin Dempsey, who succeeded Petraeus as the
commander responsible for training Iraqi security forces in
September 2005, hinted strongly in an interview with
Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News three months later that the US
command accepted the Wolf Brigade's harsh interrogation
methods as a necessary feature of using Iraqi
Dempsey said, "We are fighting through a very harsh
environment... these guys are not fighting on the streets of
Bayonne, New Jersey." Contrary to the Western notion of
"innocent until proven guilty", he said the view in Iraq was
"close" to the "opposite."
Vargas reported, "For Dempsey, a big part of building a
viable police force is learning to accept, if not embrace,
the cultural differences."
A second stage of the strategy of sectarian war against the
Sunnis came after the new Shia government's takeover of the
Interior Ministry in April 2005. The Shia minister
immediately filled the Iraqi police - especially the
commando units - with Shia troops from the Badr Corps, the
Iranian-trained forces loyal to the Islamic Supreme Council
Within days the Badr Corps, along with the Wolf Brigade,
began a campaign of mass arrests, torture and assassination
of Sunnis in Baghdad and elsewhere that was widely reported
by news agencies.
The US command responded to that development by issuing a
new version of the previous order on what to do about Iraqi
torture, according to the Wikileaks documents. On April 29,
2005, the US command issued FRAGO 039 requiring reports
through operational channels on Iraqi abuse of prisoners
using a format attached to the order. But no follow-up
investigation was to be made unless directed by higher
The former Minister of Interior, Falah al-Naquib, later told
Knight-Ridder correspondent Tom Lasseter that he had
personally warned Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and
other US officials about the sectarian violence by Badr
police commandoes against Sunnis. "They didn't take us
seriously," he lamented.
In fact, the US military and the US Embassy were well aware
of the serious risk that the strategy of relying on vengeful
Shia police commandos to track down Sunnis would exacerbate
sectarian tensions between Sunnis and Shia. In May 2005, Ann
Scott Tyson wrote in the Washington Post that US military
analysts did not deny that the US strategy "aggravates the
underlying fault lines in Iraqi society, heightening the
prospects of civil strife".
In late July 2005, when Petraeus was still heading the command, an unnamed "senior American officer" at MNSTC-I was
asked by John F. Burns of the New York Times whether the US
might end up arming Iraqis for a civil war. The officer
The US-sponsored Shia assault on the Sunnis gave al-Qaeda a
new opportunity. In mid-2005, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader
of al-Qaeda in Iraq, announced the creation of a special
unit, the Omar Brigade, to combat the Shia commando torture
and death squads. That led to the massive sectarian
bloodletting in Baghdad in 2006, when thousands of civilians
were dying every month.
Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist
specialising in US national security policy.This article
first appeared on the Inter Press Service News Agency.
2010-11-10 Wed 19:04:55 cst