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Safar 19, 1432/ January 24, 2011 # 4
Ya gotta be kiddin' #1
It takes $1 billion a year to run the White House! (Fox
Television, January 23, 2011)
Ya gotta be kiddin' #2
Israel's "law" has studied the Israeli attack on a Turkish
flotilla which was trying to take life-saving goods to Gaza.
The Israeli "law" came to the conclusion that Israel did not
break any law in the attack! (Turkey has condemned the
verdict as "incredible.")
Jamaat al-Muslimeen NEWS
Be Productive as Muslims and Sources of Honor for all.
Have you ever met him? He loves God and he loves people.
Imam Badi Ali frequently gives Juma' khutbas to several
hundred Muslims in Greensboro, North Carolina. Here are the
main points of his latest Khutba.
Good intentions and sincerity (ikhlas) are required of
Muslims [see Hadith].
Make du'a to Allah and be on time. [Ref: 5 daily
Live an active life style, be healthy and strong. [Ref:
Listen to your spouse and be supportive.
Sisters, do not be on the phone or shopping. Greet your
husband, make eye contact.
Be a good listener. Do not take people for granted.
Do not hold back expressions of love. It is wrong to
think it's unmanly to express love.
Be creative. Change will not come through mundane regular
Engage in useful dialogue. Talk to people about the
issues concerning Muslims. Talk about Palestine, Sudan,
Chechnya, Kashmir ... otherwise people will get their info
from unfriendly sources.
Be highly motivated and excited about your Islamic
responsibilities, be cheerful and willing to try new
Dress up properly for the occasion. Be smart and look
Cleanliness is half of Islam. [Hadith.] Clean your
workplace, the inside of your car, your home.
Go the extra mile. Say thank you even for small deeds.
Spotlights from Imam Badi Ali [National Islamic Shoora]
Spotlight #1: Do not allow Zionists to use the "minority
card." Occupiers in various Muslim countries are using
minorities to try and create new political entities. A
Coptic activist from Egypt is collecting funds for Israel in
Spotlight #2: Minorities in Muslim countries are our
brothers and sisters. They should have equal rights. Allah
created them as he created us. No harm should come to them.
Spotlight #3: Mental health services are extremely important
in America as the nation is facing serious upheavals. The
choice is between services and profits. If America cuts
services but not the profits of the providing companies, the
results will be serious. If the profits are cut and services
increased, things could improve.
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Unite Against Zionism: Jamaat al-Muslimeen Shoora's Call
A Message From Imam Musa in Washington, DC to All Muslims
"We have called out and continue to call out the Steve
Emersons and Sean Hannitys of the world"
"O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as
witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your
parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or
poor: For Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts
(of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort
(justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is
well-acquainted with all that ye do." (4:135)
"Who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah, works
righteousness, and says, 'I am of those who bow in Islam'?"
The Holy Prophet (saw) is reported to have said: "The best
type of jihad is speaking a word of truth in the presence of
a tyrant ruler." (Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi)
For 30 years, Masjid Al-Islam has been carrying on a direct,
face-to-face struggle against the monolithic Zionist
American regime. We have survived sabotage, agent
provocateurs, informants, destruction of property,
obstruction of normal operations, and various schemes to
destabilize our institution-building projects. Yet with
trust in Allah (swt) and the Sunnah of His final Messenger
(saw), we have been holding on with tenacity, endurance,
bounceability, and stickability.
With a resilient spirit, we are constantly overcoming every
obstacle placed in our way by Homeland Security, the NSA,
FBI, along with every other oppressive organization. Our
optimism remains at a very high level. We are those who make
the best of it when we get the worst of it. We are an
anti-Zionist American psycho-guerilla warfare movement. We
use all available tools found in our environment in exposing
the anti-Islamic, anti-human policies of this Zionist
American system. Our informed attitude, orientation, and way
of thinking come from 500 years of historical experience and
memory, in which we have had direct exposure to the U.S.A.
and its systematic commitment to injustice and deceit.
Imagination and possibility-thinking tell us that we must
rise to the occasion and claim our own future with Allah's
(swt) help. Our picture—our vision of the Islamic movement
by 2021—sees Islam as the way of global transformation—not
boxed within the limits of Islamophobia.
We have called out and continue to call out the Steve
Emersons and Sean Hannitys of the world, with their
anti-Islamic lies and half-truths! So far, they continue to
hide in their towers standing over Zionist American media
fortresses. In spite of their efforts, the people of this
nation and around the world are beginning to see them as the
empty cowards that they actually are. With the purpose of
strengthening and consolidating our current efforts, we are
in the process of opening up two offices of the Islamic
Institute of Counter Zionist American Psychological
Warfare—both in Washington, DC, and Oakland, CA. With your
help, we can go all the way (insha'Allah). Send all
contributions (in the form of check or money order) to:
Masjid Al-Islam / 4603 Benning Road SE / Washington, DC
20019. Your generosity is highly appreciated, and we thank
you in advance.
Please forward this information to your e-mail contacts, and
to any other individuals and groups whom you feel would be
supportive of this noble cause. This fundraising effort
will, insha'Allah, lead to the breaking of the heart of
Jazakum Allahu khairan!
Imam Abdul Alim Musa
imammusa2009 [at] hotmail [dot] com
Peaceful Islamic Power in Bangladesh
More than 2.5 Million Muslims Pray
AFP report. January 23, 2011
TONGI, Bangladesh — At least 2.5 million Muslims joined
prayers on Sunday near the Bangladeshi capital as part of
the second largest annual Islamic festival after the Hajj to
Mecca, officials said.
The normally congested streets of Dhaka were empty as
devotees left work to gather on the banks of the river Turag
for the end of the first phase of the Biswa Ijtema, or World
The gathering, at which Muslims pray and listen to religious
scholars, was first held in the 1960s at Tongi, some 30
kilometres (18 miles) north of Dhak'0'73865/a.
Dressed in traditional Islamic robes and caps, devotees set
up prayer mats beneath a canopy stretching more than a
kilometre while hundreds of thousands of people filled the
open space available for the final prayer.
District police chief Mahfuzul Haq Nuruzzaman said at least
2.5 million devotees including thousands of foreigners
attended a last prayer session lasting 20 minutes and led by
a cleric from New Delhi.
"Devotees have filled up every space found on the roads,
rooftops, boats and buses," Nuruzzaman said, adding the
Bangladesh president and the prime minister joined prayers
capping the three-day long first phase of the festival.
Bangladesh is the world's third-largest Muslim-majority
nation, with Muslims making up nearly 90 percent of its 146
Launched by Tablig Jamaat, a non-political group that urges
people to follow the tenets of Islam in their daily lives,
the event is second biggest global gathering of Muslims.
Gazi Mohammad Sanaullah, who edits a special bulletin on the
congregation, said the organizers are holding the prayer
meeting in two phases to accomodate more devotees some of
whom travel from remote villages.
The three-day long second phase will start on January
Momin Khwaja as Seen by an Honest Non-Muslim Observer
Why do Canada's Rulers Hate Muslims so Much?
Excerpted from Stephen Lendmen
Pakistani Canadians Mahboob Khawaja, his son Momin, and
family were wrongfully targeted for alleged involvement in
terrorism. Mahboob is an "academic specializing in Strategic
Studies with special interests in Western-Islamic
Civilizations, Change and Conflict Resolution."
While working in Saudi Arabia, dozens of Royal Canadian
Mounted police arrested his family at gunpoint in Ottawa.
They blew open his door, then searched his home lawlessly
with no warrant and found nothing. At the same time, Mahboob
was arrested in Saudi Arabia, jailed for two weeks, then
released. The affair ruined his academic career as a
professor of global politics, and Momin's as a software
developer and free man.
In March 2004, he was bogusly accused of a UK bomb plot,
becoming the first person charged under Canada's 2001
Anti-Terrorism Act. Though acquitted on that charge, he was
held without trial for over four years, then convicted on
October 29, 2008, and sentenced on March 12, 2009, after a
bench trial, to ten and a half years (above time already
served) for allegedly:
Appealing before Ontario's Higher Court from May 18 - 20,
2010, prosecutors restated all trial court charges,
including the bogus UK bomb plot. The Lawrence Greenspon-led
defense team argued for acquittal on time served.
donating $859 to an Afghan refugee charity; in fact, he
making a device, readily available at retail, to jam cell
phone signals and emails, specifically ones relating to
providing material support to Afghan resistance fighters,
called terrorists; and
attending an unknown camp during a Pakistan visit.
On December 17, Momin was sentenced to life plus 24 years to
be served concurrently, though innocent of all charges. The
harsh Appeals Court ruling stressed "the unique nature of
terrorism-related offenses," though none whatsoever were
Based largely on thought crime emails, the sentence was
politically motivated. Not a shred of evidence justified it.
It's the wrong time to be Muslim in Canada and America, with
prosecutorial injustice in both countries engineered to
convict, regardless of innocence. A Supreme Court appeal is
planned, but given Canada's climate of fear and jihad
against Islam, victims like Momin stand little chance for
On December 20, Richard Fidler's article headlined "Canadian
courts embrace the 'war on terror,' " said:
A three-panel hanging Appeals Court wrongfully punished
Momin for his alleged attacks on "Western culture and
civilization," what he never did, in fact, or imagined. Yet
his life now irrevocably has changed. Minimally, he faces
another 10 years in prison before eligibility for parole.
Waging war on Islam, Canadian courts rush to convict,
replicating the same American injustices. Indeed, it's the
wrong time in both countries to be Muslim.
Feb 15 Rally in Baltimore, Maryland
"Greg Berstein Soft on Jewish Hate Crime." Felony Charges
Israeli Military man & Jews Attacked Black Youth. Protest
Call Issued by: All Peoples Congress.
For more info call: (443) 909-8964
Emergency Press Conference & Protest
Monday, January 24, 2011
12 Noon - 1 PM
Gregg Bernstein, City State's Attorney Office
Mitchell Court House, St. Paul St. and Lexington Street
Press Conference and Picket Line will call for citywide
protest on Feb. 15, 2011 when Werdesheim appears in court
for misdemeanor charges.
On Nov. 19, a group of men from the Shomrim, targeted a
15-year-old Black youth from Northwestern senior high school
who was simply walking from school through the upper Park
Shomrim member Werdesheim, a veteran of the Israeli Defense
Forces and CEO of the Baltimore-based security firm Sayeret
Operational Solutions, harassed the teenager, telling him
"you don't belong in this neighborhood", then hit the youth
over the head with a radio. Immediately other Shomrim
members joined Werdesheim in the racist attack by kneeing
him in the back, throwing him to the ground and breaking his
Werdesheim was originally arrested on five charges,
including first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and
false imprisonment. But as of January 20, 2011, the City
State's Attorney, has dropped all felony charges leaving
only misdemeanor charges. Eliyahu Werdesheim is scheduled
to be in court on Feb. 15. We will be at the court hearing
Shomrim, has a five year-long, close knit relationship with
the Baltimore City Police Department. This must be severed
and Shomrim should be disbanded for promoting hate crimes
and conducting vigilante style activities.
The contrast between Upper Park Heights and Lower Park
Heights is glaring. Lower Park Heights has suffered from
extreme neglect. The need for a jobs program, health care,
and services for all must be addressed. The fact that
Shomrim has a special relationship with the police
department speaks volumes.
It adds insult to injury that now youth from Northwestern
senior high school are being targeted and attacked. What
they are saying is that Black youth and poor people should
not walk in a rich predominately white neighborhood.
All who cherish and stand for justice, of all nationalities
and religions, must say no to this racist attack! Please
join us and other community groups and activists on Monday
and again on Feb. 15. All organizations and individuals
encouraged and invited.
What Future for the Muslims of America [Dr. K.S. in Jan 3
issue of NT.
Brother...the section on ...the future of Muslims in
America.....a practical program... is excellent..MASHA-ALLAH
MASHA-ALLAH may Allah ta'ala bless your efforts ...brings to
mind the hadith... 'a word of truth in the face of a tyrant
is the greatest jihad'....i don't remember if those are the
[Dr] Shaukat Khan
Scholarly Correction on Hadith. It is Narrated by meaning
not by Exact Words
Re: Dr. K.S. article on Hadith in January 10 issue of NT
Just a small point about your translation of "Narrate Hadith
verbally from me"
for the phrase: Haddithuu 'Anni in the Hadith from Sahih
"Abu Sa'eed Khudri narrates from the Prophet (PBUH): Do not
write anything from me and whoever has written anything
from me other than the Qur'an should erase it, and narrate
hadith verbally from me: there is no harm in that (in
Arabic, wa hadathu 'unni wa la haraj), and whoever
deliberately tells a lie about me should make his place in
Haddatha followed by 'An means :To relate of (someone); cite
It was not a permission to narrate "Hadith" (the way they
appear in the books),
but a permission to "Talk about the Prophet (SAW) in his
absence about him,
or something that he did or told someone).
That was the reason the Prophet (SAW) added "Man Kadhaba
"whosoever tells a lie "ON ME" knowingly....."
You know that all Ahadith are: Hadith bil-m'ana (only
meaning of what
the Messenger (SAW) might have said. Many Sahaba used to
add: (Aw kama Qaala Rasul-ullah),
Ahadith are NOT bil-Lafz = exact words of the Prophet (SAW).
Despite tall claims about the memory of .... it is
physically impossible to verbally repeat
exactly (in the same tone, etc.) what one has "listened to"
from another person minutes ago, not to say of years later
from the chain of the narrators.
[Dr] Omar Afzal
Tunisia: Don't be Misled by Western Propaganda
Tunisia's Revolution Has Islamic Inspiration
From the Bastion of Secularism, Islam has Burst Forth,
By Bilal Abdelwahed
Please read the note provided below in the description. We
are not endorsing the use of music or rap etc. But since
there is a debate whether this is secular revolution or has
Islamic elements, this sort of thing shows what the youth on
the ground are concerned about.
"Allahuakbar!" Song of the Tunisian revolution by Tunisian
Muslim Youth by El General. NOTE: This is not a Nahda
Productions item and nor do we necessarily condone all the
content and styles used. Rather we showcase this video which
is all over the Tunisian Social media scene. It shows the
raw love of the Tunisian Muslim youth for their islam. This
is a sharp riposte to anyone who claims that the revolution
has nothing to do with Islam. This is the CLEAREST answer
possible: The youth here are talking about their love of
islam, repeatedly say "Allahuakbar" and talking of Islamic
liberation and jihad.
Video posted initially on Facebook
With thanks to Br. Abdul-Rashid Hamid, UK
Mass Prayer Gathering
Top Islamic Leader says Muslims Stand United Against Attacks
on Muhammad, pbuh: Pope's Outburst Condemned. India's
By Sh. Amjad (Lahore)
LAHORE, Jan. 21: The Jamaat e Islami chief, Syed Munawar
Hasan, has condemned the government's complete silence on
the Samjhota Express fire despite Hindu extremist Swami
Anand's confessional statement as also its failure in taking
up the case of the Pakistanis burnt to death in the
incident, at any international forum.
Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, he
said Swami Anand had also confessed planning the Mumbai
attacks yet the Pakistani rulers had not tried to shut the
mouth of those who were blaming Pakistan for these attacks.
The JI chief expressed complete support for the KESC
[electric company] employees and demanded their immediate
reinstatement. He said, the mafias controlling all resources
and flouting the country's laws had compelled the masses to
take to radical measures as they did not expect any good
from the rulers.
The JI chief said that in case the Tehrik e Tahafuz e Namoos
e Risalat developed into a revolutionary movement, the
people would feel honor in laying down their lives for this
He said the western world was demanding amendment in the
Blasphemy Law only out of bias although their Think Tanks
themselves acknowledged the Holy Prophet's greatness. It was
only due to little reaction from the Muslim rulers on this
sensitive issue that the US and its allies were repeating
He said if the secular and so called liberal lobby did not
change its attitude and continued to encourage the
blasphemers, a strong reaction from those who love the
Prophet, pbuh, would be only natural. The JI chief said, it
was an irony that in this Islamic country, the people
supporting beards as a Sunnah of the Holy Prophet ( pbuh)
were dubbed as fanatics whereas the so called peace lovers
had shattered peace in the country and had least regard for
the country's laws.
He criticized Islamabad's failure to condemn the Pope's
outburst and the continued presence of the Vatican's envoy
in the country. He noted that Egypt had not only condemned
the Pope's statement but had also thrown out the Vatican's
representative from their country declaring him persona non
He announced a rally in Peshawar on January 23, to express
solidarity with the missing persons' families and in support
of the Blasphemy Law.
The Media in America: Selling Views, Calling it News
"... news anchors are no different than the pretty models
used to sell other products"
By Professor John Kozy
Sometime in the 1960s, I took part in a university symposium
along with three other faculty members—a political
scientist, a historian, and a journalism professor. The
topic was Freedom of the Press—Good or Bad.
During the sixties, the Cold War was being fought mightily.
The Soviet Union's news agencies, TASS and Pravda, were
continually attacked by the American "free press" as
untrustworthy. A common claim was that a controlled press
could never be trusted while a free press could, and my
three colleagues on the panel supported that view. I did
too, but only partially.
A controlled press, I argued, most certainly could not be
trusted when reporting on governmental actions or policies,
but I pointed out that much news is not affected by
government, and I saw no reason to be suspicious of a
controlled press' reporting on such matters. But I also
argued that there was good reason to distrust the so called
free press no matter what was being reported.
My argument rested upon the observation that a controlled
press, being funded by its controlling government, had no
need to attract readers while the so called free press had
to rely on readers to remain economically viable. The free
press had to market its wares in the same way that any
retail company must, and one way to do that was to slant the
news in ways that made it attractive to the news
organization's target groups which, in a sense, biased all
the stories the free press reported. And although the free
press claimed to maintain objectivity by balancing the
presentation, using two people of divergent political views,
I pointed out that it was easy to select the two people in
ways that made it seem that one side always prevails, the
result being that the media divided itself into ideological
groups, not even to mention that large segment of the press
openly termed sensational-tabloid.
Although this symposium took place approximately half a
century ago, my argument is easier to make today than it was
then. The media in America today often openly declare their
various points of view, from conservative Fox News to
Distinguished from these "all news" outlets are the more
traditional networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC. These can be
likened to department stores, in which various products are
sold throughout each day, so called news being only one of
them. These networks have their departments—the game show
department, the reality show department, the sports
department, the business department, the celebrity
department, and, of course, the "news" department.
What either type of medium does, however, is similar. Just
as Macy's sells products of various kinds, the news sells
stories, and each outlet distinguishes itself from the
others by the slant in which each frames their products.
Just as McDonalds distinguishes its burgers from those sold
by BurgerKing, ABC distinguishes its stories from those told
by NBC. In short, in the free press, the news is sold by
slanting it in ways that make it appealing to the target
audiences, and the slanting often takes up more time than
telling the story does. An anchor often tells a story and
then so called experts are used to embellish it by providing
the slant. Unfortunately, the "experts" used often know
nothing more about the issues discussed than the average
viewer/listener does. The news, which many believe should
consist of facts, becomes mere opinion.
Everyone must remember that there is no Hippocratic Oath for
journalists; a person does not have to swear to report
events truthfully to be a journalist. In fact, less is
required of a journalist than of the plumber you call to
unstop your toilet. In short, today's American journalist
can be likened to the teenager on roller skates who brings
the hot dog you ordered to your car at Sonic or the clerk
behind the counter at Macy's. So anyone who criticizes the
mainstream press for not being truthful, neutral, or
objective is misguided. That's not what the mainstream press
sells and criticizing it is as unreasonable as criticizing
McDonalds for not selling lamb chops.
That the media need to differentiate products from those of
competitors also limits the kinds of stories that can be
reported. If adding a bias to a story is difficult because
of the story's nature, the "free" press tends to ignore it.
For instance, when the Iranian opposition engaged in
anti-governmental demonstrations after the last election,
the American press made much of it because the story could
easily be presented as an oppressive government's
suppression of dissent. But the demonstrations against
austerity policies taking place in Iceland, Ireland, Great
Britain, France, and Greece have gone unreported because
those demonstrations cannot be presented as demonstrations
against oppressive governments. Similarly, the killing of
Christians in Iraq and Egypt have gone unreported because
they cannot be slanted to make them seem justified. If
slanted any other way, they would provide anti-war Americans
with another reason to argue against the wars. Furthermore,
it is difficult to sensationalize stories about foreigners
Americans know nothing of. So, for instance, stories about
the antics of Italy's Berlusconi would have little
attraction to American viewers/listeners. Ever since it
joined Mrs. Merkel's German government, the fortunes of the
pro-business Free Democrats have been dramatically changed
from a party that won 15 percent during the federal
elections of September 2009 to below 5 percent today,
because of an increasing negative attitude of Germans for
business since the current economic collapse began, a story
that cannot easily be told to Americans because of American
Snardfarker.ning.com claims that there are five reasons that
the mainstream media is worthless. (1) Self-Censorship by
journalists who are afraid to do what journalists were put
on this green earth to do. "There's the intense pressure to
maintain access to insider sources. . . . There's the fear
of being labeled partisan if one's bullshit-calling isn't
meted out in precisely equal increments along the political
spectrum." (2) Censorship by higher-ups. "If journalists do
want to speak out about an issue, they also are subject to
tremendous pressure by their editors or producers to kill
the story." (3) To drum support for war. "Why has the
American press consistently served the elites in
disseminating their false justifications for war? One of the
reasons is because the large media companies are owned by
those who support the militarist agenda or even directly
profit from war and terror (for example, NBC . . . was owned
by General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors
in the world -- which directly profits from war, terrorism
and chaos)." (4) Access. "For $25,000 to $250,000, The
Washington Post . . . offered lobbyists and association
executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to
'those powerful few' Obama administration officials, members
of Congress, and — at first — even the paper's own reporters
and editors." And (5) Censorship by the Government. "the
government has exerted tremendous pressure on the media to
report things a certain way. Indeed, at times the government
has thrown media owners and reporters in jail if they've
been too critical." These reasons are true to some extent,
but the ultimate reason is merely the need to grow the
bottom line, to make money which is, after all, the reason
the media exists in America.
The consequence of all of this is that Americans have become
mentally isolated. The world beyond America's borders is an
amorphous, unknown land. As Zbigniew Brzezinski has recently
said, "most Americans are close to total ignorance about the
world. They are ignorant." What people don't realize is how
much of this ignorance is the result of the American "free"
press' need to slant its reporting. Brzezinski finds this
"unhealthy," and he is right, since America's "foreign
policy has to be endorsed by the people if it is to be
pursued." And this ignorance makes it easy for the
government to convince the people that some disastrous
policy is appropriate.
Americans who are critical of the mainstream press have an
idealized notion of what the press is. They indict the press
for not being what the press should be but is not and never
has been. The press' need to sell its products makes it
impossible to be what it should be.
Unfortunately, the alternative press has adopted many of the
mainstream press' models. There are sites devoted
exclusively to ideological stories—conservative, liberal,
libertarian, pro and anti war, global warming, carbon
taxation, and more—all in an attempt to attract readers. So
the truth doesn't emerge there either. How then can we find
There was once a small segment of the "free" press called
investigative journalism which has now become almost
entirely extinct. Perhaps this has happened because of the
difficulty of prying information out of governmental
agencies and corporate entities. About the only way to get
that hidden information is to have it leaked by some
whistleblower to some site that can protect the anonymity of
the leaker. WikiLeaks is a start, but many such sites are
needed if all the lies and disinformation is to be revealed.
And, yes, it is likely that governments and even
corporations will create pseudo-leaking sites to try to
obfuscate the truth revealed by any leaker. But if the sites
can, as WikiLeaks does, disseminate actual source documents
that any reader can judge the authenticity of for
her/himself, much more of the truth will emerge than can
Slanted journalism must, of course, be debunked. Many
alternative journalists already do this quite well, but
sites like WikiLeaks are also necessary to combat the
increasing secrecy that even the "free" press must contend
with. Slanted reporting must be debunked, and leaking and
whistleblowing must be encouraged and protected if the truth
is ever to get a change of emerging from the darkness of
America's journalists are not "newshounds." Although I
suspect that each and every one of them will consider this
an insult, they are nothing more than salesclerks, hocking
the products their employers want to sell. The pretty
faces—well at least not ugly—that now function as most news
anchors are no different than the pretty models used to sell
other products. The American "free" press is comprised of
nothing more than a number of retail outlets which sell
stories slanted to please their target audiences. As such,
they exist merely to sell snake oil.
Reprinted by special permission
John Kozy is a retired professor of philosophy and logic who
writes on social, political, and economic issues. After
serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he spent 20
years as a university professor and another 20 years working
as a writer. He has published a textbook in formal logic
commercially, in academic journals and a small number of
commercial magazines, and has written a number of guest
editorials for newspapers. His on-line pieces can be found
on http://www.jkozy.com/ and he can be emailed from that
US Mainstream Media Now Admit US Crimes Against
US Treatment of Innocent Islamic Scholar in Guantanamo.
Egyptian & Indonesian Security played a Criminal Role In
The Qur'an Kept him Alive
Islamic Scholar's Experience Sheds Light On Counterterrorism
Efforts In Wake Of 9/11 Attacks
By Carol Grisanti and Fakhar ur Rehman
Updated 1/18/2011 6:19:28 AM ET
Courtesy Of "MSNBC"
Lahore, Pakistan — Saad Iqbal Madni looks decades older
than his 33 years when he shuffles into the room, head down
and eyes averted.
"There are a lot of times I start to cry. I still feel like
I am in Guantanamo," he says, his voice cracking and hands
trembling. "I have memorized the torture. I wake up in the
middle of the night screaming."
It has been two years since the Pakistani Islamic scholar
left Guantanamo Bay. After six-and-a-half years of
imprisonment as a suspected enemy combatant he was released
without being convicted and without an explanation.
According to accounts by Madni and others, his experience
involved torture, extraordinary rendition across several
continents and five years at the U.S. prison in Cuba.
Mohammed Burki, Madni's physician in Pakistan, describes his
patient as a deeply troubled man who is "still far far away
from being normal again."
Madni now suffers from a catalogue of ailments, including
migraines, paranoia, depression, panic attacks and temper
tantrums, Burki told NBC News.
"Before I could treat any of those, I had to try and get him
off the morphine," says Burki, who treated Madni for two
years after his release. "The Americans had made an addict
out of him."
The CIA and the U.S. military did not respond to multiple
requests for comment on Madni's detention and subsequent
release. The United States has explicitly denied torturing
While it is impossible to independently corroborate much of
Madni's story, experts say it stands up to scrutiny.
"His account is so precise and so detailed and there are
enough documents to back up everything he says," says
Sultana Noon of Reprieve, a U.K.-based charity that
represents prisoners who have been rendered and abused
around the world.
Madni was part of wave of men scooped up in the aftermath of
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. His story
sheds further light on international counterterrorism
efforts, when suspected terrorists were transported around
the globe, held without trial and allegedly tortured at the
hands of foreign intelligence agencies.
Some contend these practices continue.
"Anyone who is sporting a beard is a vulnerable target for
the intelligence agencies to pick up," says Pakistani human
rights activist Amina Masood. "We are talking about gross
violations of human rights in this U.S. war on terror,
disappearances, arrests, no courts to hear one's pleas."
"We are dealing with human beings here," she says.
Madni, who was employed to read the Koran during prayer
times and religious holidays for the Pakistan Broadcasting
Corporation, says he was picked up by Indonesian authorities
during a visit to Jakarta in 2002.
Shoe bomb. Madni says he was told by the officials who
detained him that they were acting on CIA instructions after
he told an Islamic group that he knew how to make a shoe
bomb. Madni denies the charge, saying that nobody ever even
questioned him about the alleged comment during his
Even American officials in Jakarta questioned the case
against Madni, saying he was a braggart, a "wannabe" and
should be let go, according to a New York Times article from
Jan. 6, 2009.
Quoting two senior American officials, the newspaper
reported there was no evidence that Madni ever met Osama bin
Laden or had been to Afghanistan.
"But in the atmosphere of fear and confusion in the months
after Sept. 11, 2001, Mr Iqbal (Madni) was secretly moved to
Egypt for further interrogation," the newspaper
Madni says he felt his life was over as soon as Indonesian
intelligence officials took him from his prison cage to the
"A person from Egyptian intelligence came, kicked and
grabbed me and threw me against the wall," he says. "That's
when I got a perforated ear drum and started bleeding from
my ear, nose and throat."
Madni identified his captors as Egyptian immediately from
their accents. He is fluent in nine languages, including
Arabic, which he believes made him suspect.
"They stripped me naked, beat me and kicked me," Madni told
NBC News. "I was shackled from my neck to my feet and taken
to a plane. They put me inside a wooden box, on top of the
box is a plastic sheet. My legs were up on my chest and I
had to stay like that for an 18-hour flight to Diego Garcia.
They didn't allow me to go to the bathroom. They put me in
diapers and said, 'your bathroom is with you'."
Diego Garcia is a British territory used by the U.S.
Madni says he kept track of the passage of time because he
recited the Koran by heart. Anyone who reads the Muslim holy
book professionally knows exactly how long it takes to
recite each verse.
In Egypt, Madni says his captors put him in a room that he
describes as "smaller than a grave, so small I could not
even lie down."
Islam and Capitalism/Secularism are Not Similar
Islam Denudes the Essence of Capitalism
By Shamim Siddiqui
Long Island, NY
Written in response to an internet item by a Pakistani
journalist who insists that
Islam is very close to Secularism and Capitalism.
I am sorry to see this article from a "free-for-all"
journalist . It appears that he could not distinguish
between human rights that are allowed by Islam and the
political rights that are governed by the ideology of the
Islamic state and hence are restricted in scope, intent and
Similarly he is confusing between Capitalism and the human
right to earn a respectful means of living at personal
level. Islam allows an individual to earn to any extent but
with the following conditions:
1. No fraud, no greed
2. No fraudulent practices
3. No exploitation
4. No hoarding and no adulteration
5. No interest
You tell me now what remains in Capitalism after these
restrictions which are the trading currencies of capitalism.
Capital is a means for rendering good to suffering humanity
but capitalism is the symbol of greed, fraud and
exploitation and is already at the verge of collapse due to
its own inherent shortcomings.
My request to the writer is not to follow the path of free
liberalism and spoil the fair name of Islam just out of
"ignorance". In advocating the liberalism he is presenting
a very disfigured and deformed face of Islam. Please have
mercy on it. Only then Allah will shower His mercy upon
The instances of Omar, r.a. that he has cited pertain to
human rights, justice and fair play. Unfortunately, they
have been quoted out of context.
Hence that writer is totally wrong in passing remarks that
Islam is a secular religion. Please be clear that Islam is
a Deen and not a religion at all as Judaism and Christianity
In view of the above discussion, please advocate the cause
of Islam as a 100 % guaranteed system to get the human
rights secured and enjoyed by all and sundry under its
domain and the economic system that is based on Justice,
equity and fair play with no exploitation at all at any
level of human strata.
Snippets of the War in Afghanistan: As Seen by the West
Two Poles killed during patrol in Afghanistan
01/23/11 IAR- A Polish soldier and a civilian medic have
been killed as a result of a mine blast during a routine
patrol in Afghanistan's Ghazni province. The explosion
occured as a Rosomak armoured vehicle drove over a mine in
the south-eastern region of the Ghazni province during a
joint patrol with Polish soldiers and Afghan police forces.
[Western media consider a person helping the military and
travelling in an armored vehicle a "civilian." Civilians
living peacefully in their villages and killed by NATO and
Paki troops are justified as "suspected Taliban." --New
Trend media monitor.]
Australian soldier wounded in Afghan blast
01/23/11 AAP- An Australian soldier has been wounded in
Afghanistan after his patrol was hit by an improvised
explosive device. A local interpreter died and an Afghan
soldier was also wounded in the blast that occurred in the
Chorah Valley region of Uruzgan Province on Saturday.
In Pakistan, Islamic hard-liners expanding their grip on
01/22/11 Los Angeles Times- Above a dank, darkened teahouse
pungent with the aroma of green chili peppers, a bright blue
banner depicts a neighborhood cleric, Qari Hanif Qureshi,
declaring: "Anyone opposing laws protecting the sanctity of
the prophet Muhammad is condemned!"
Ten Killed including Taliban Commander in Khost
01/22/11 Tolonews- At least ten militants including a
Taliban commander were killed in Afghan and Coalition
forces' offensive in eastern Khost province Friday night,
officials said. The joint operation was conducted by Afghan
and Coalition forces on Friday night in Sabari and Yaqubi
districts of Khost during which ten insurgents including a
Taliban commander were killed in the operation, Isaf Media
office told TOLOnews reporter on Saturday. [This is probably
Kabul propaganda, the only NATO operation in a month. Vague
and hopeful! --New Trend media monitor]
Roadside bomb kills Afghan policeman, nine others injured
01/22/11 dpa- An explosion in southern Afghanistan killed
one Afghan policeman and injured nine others, official said
Saturday. 'The blast took place in Nahr-e-Saraj district,
where a joint operation of Afghan and NATO-led forces is
going on,' provincial government spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.
01/22/11 NTAO- Two International Security Assistance Force
service members died following an improvised explosive
device attack in eastern Afghanistan today.
Army Casualties Identified
01/21/11 DoD- Pfc. Amy R. Sinkler, 23, of Chadbourn, N.C.,
died Jan. 20 in Baghlan province, Afghanistan, of wounds
sustained when insurgents attacked her unit with a rocket
propelled grenade. She was assigned to the 17th Combat
Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement
Brigade, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
Marine Casualty Identified
01/21/11 DoD- Sgt. Jason G. Amores, 29, of Lehigh Acres,
Fla., died Jan. 20 while conducting combat operations in
Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd
Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I
Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Navy Casualty Identified
01/21/11 DoD- Petty Officer Dominique Cruz, 26, of Panama
City, Fla., was found during search and rescue operations
Jan. 19 in the Gulf of Oman after being reported missing
Jan. 18. Cruz was assigned as an Operations Specialist to
the USS Halsey homeported in San Diego, Calif. Halsey is
currently deployed to the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility
conducting maritime security operations.
Pakistani tribesmen rally against US drone strikes
01/21/11 AP- Some 2,000 people in a Taliban-controlled
region of northwest Pakistan demonstrated Friday against
American missile attacks pounding the area, calling for an
end to the strikes and the arrest of the U.S. officials
Bomb kills 2 guards protecting Afghan official
01/21/11 AP- A remote-controlled bomb attached to a bicycle
exploded on Friday as the vehicle of a provincial leader in
southern Afghanistan drove by, killing two of his guards.
Amanullah Hotak, the head of the provincial council in
Uruzgan province said he escaped injury, but that two other
bodyguards were injured in the blast as well.
Bin Laden says France will pay for Afghan policy
01/21/11 Reuters- Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said in an
audio-tape recording on Friday that the release of French
hostages held in Niger depended on France's soldiers leaving
01/21/11 NATO- An International Security Assistance Force
service member died following an improvised explosive device
attack in southern Afghanistan today.
Army Casualty Identified
01/20/11 DoD- Spc. Joshua T. Lancaster, 22, of Millbrook,
Ala., died Jan. 19, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds
suffered when insurgents attacked the Kandahar airfield with
indirect fire. He was assigned to the 184th Ordnance
Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Campbell, KY.
Is there any Validity to the Claims that Khalid ibn
al-Waleed (r.a.) Acted unIslamically in the Case of Malik
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
(In earlier writings I pointed out that Ali ibn abi Talib
(r.a.) as well as those imams who got their wisdom from Ali
(r.a.) did not insult, abuse, oppose or attack the sahaba of
Muhammad, pbuh. Anyone who insults 'Ayesha, Abu Bakr, 'Umar,
'Usman (Allah be pleased with them) cannot claim to be a
Shia of Ali (r.a.). None of the sectarians tried to answer
me. Their response was limited to letters in which they
tried to abuse me. So I will go on after quoting from some
more of the people they are supposed to respect if they are
Shias of Ali (r.a.):
"Abdullah bin Ahmed, in Zawaid al-Musnad narrates from Hasan
bin Zayd bin Hasan: My father narrated from his father who
reported from Ali, r.a., that he (Ali r.a.) Said: I was with
the Prophet, pbuh, when Abu Bakr and 'Umar emerged from in
front of us. He (the Prophet, pbuh, said: O Ali! These two
are the leaders of all the young and old people of Paradise
after the messengers and the prophets."
"Imam Muhammad narrates from Ibn Abi Hafsa that he said: I
asked Muhammad bin Ali (Baqir) and Jafar bin Muhammad
(Sadiq) about Abu Bakr and 'Umar and both said that Abu Bakr
and Umar were 'Adil (just) imams; we love them and despise
I responded to the abusive attacks on Khalid ibn al-Waleed
(r.a.) by the sectarians. I pointed out that the title of
Saifullah (sword of Allah) was given to Khalid (r.a.) by the
Prophet, pbuh, himself. I noted out that though the Prophet
(pbuh) rejected Khalid's (r.a.) action against the Banu
Jadhima, he did NOT reject Khalid (r.a.) and in fact
appointed him to command Islamic forces in various fields.
The Prophet's (pbuh) understood Khalid (r.a.) as a powerful
force for Islam and the greatest Islamic general of all
times. The Prophet's (pbuh) vision was true and Khalid
(r.a.) combined intense spirituality and tremendous military
abilities to carry out some of the greatest victories of
Islam, including Ajnadin which changed the course of
The Sectarians, however, are not true followers of Muhammad
(pbuh). They are followers of Ali (r.a.) (an imagined Ali,
r.a., whom they have manufactured through fabricated
hagiography as a man who never made a mistake). Hence these
people do not accept the Prophet's (pbuh) decision that
Khalid (r.a.) is the sword of Allah. Again they are going
against Ali, r.a., the real Ali, r.a., because when ALI WAS
SENT TO REIMBURSE THE PEOPLE OF BANU JADHIMA , Ali, r.a.,
did not say a WORD AGAINST KHALID (r.a.). In fact Ali, r.a.,
never spoke against Khalid (r.a.) because he could see that
the Prophet (pbuh) saw a great future for Khalid (r.a.) as
the leader of Islamic armies. (Remember that in early Islam,
one had to be a great Muslim to be put in command of Islamic
armies. It was not a generalship which one got just by being
a good soldier.)
Now, our sectarians, faced with Khalid saifullah (r.a.) at
Ajnadin and the conquest of Damascus, started another smear
campaign. This time their story is that Khalid (r.a.) did
great wrong in killing Malik ibn Nuwaira. Some reports
indicate that after killing Ibn Nuwaira, Khalid (r.a.)
married his widow. Some sectarians are shameless enough to
claim that this was rape! (Naudhoobillahe min zalik. Naqle
kufr, kufr nabashad..)
Let us take our readers through the story of Malik ibn
Nuwaira to help them see how the sectarians distort the
truth and how they lie and fabricate in their attempts to
abuse the Sahaba:
Readers should remember that the chiefs of Arabia wanted to
crush nascent Islam through the "apostacy movement" which
was led by a series of false prophets about the time Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh) passed away. It was a time of great danger
for Islam. Owing to the heroism and incredible military
skills of Khalid (r.a.) the powerful uprisings were crushed.
[Here we do not see Ali, r.a., taking any important role in
the tremendous battles which took place.]
As the Islamic forces advanced, some of the rebels had
second thoughts and started retreating. One such group led
by Malik bin Nuwaira was captured by Khalid's (r.a.) forces.
Tabari narrates in his Tarikh that "it was a bitter cold
night" and Khalid (r.a.) gave the call to "warm your
prisoners." In the idiom of the Banu Kinana, this also means
"kill your prisoners." Among those killed was Ibn Nuwaira.
In fact he was killed by Zarar bin al-Azur (r.a.), one of
the companions of the Prophet (pbuh). Khalid (r.a.) rushed
to stop the killing but it was too late. (According to
Owing to the honesty of our narrators, we are told that
there was dissent among Khalid's (r.a.) troops concerning
the incident. Abu Qatada (r.a.), one of the companions of
the Prophet (pbuh) was so distressed that he left the army
without permission and went and complained to Abu Bakr
(r.a.), the Caliph. Tabari also narrates that some of the
troops claimed that Ibn Nuwaira had embraced Islam and hence
his killing was doubly reprehensible. Others seem to have
disagreed strongly. [It is this difference of opinion during
war time which is honestly narrated by our historians and
which provides fuel to the sectarians' fire.]
Tabari also narrates that Umar (r.a) objected strongly to
the killing of Ibn Nuwaira and urged Abu Bakr (r.a.) to
remove Khalid (r.a.) from command of the army. Abu Bakr
(r.a.) listened to both sides of the story and ruled that
Khalid (r.a.) had made a mistake but he accepted Khalid's
(r.a) explanation and decided to keep him in command of the
army. [Umar, r.a., based his position on one witness, whose
witness was apparently not supported by the rest of the army
[Incidentally this, among many other incidents, takes the
wind out of the sectarian story that Abu Bakr and 'Umar,
Allah be pleased with both, were always united and were a
"party" among the Muslims. These were two powerful
personalities and disagreed strongly on tactics.)
ABU BAKR's r.a., WISDOM in accepting Khalid's, r.a.
explanation turned out to be right. In the tremendous
battles which followed against the Banu Hanifa and Masailama
kazzab (the false prophet), Khalid's (r.a.) achievements
were so great that few human beings can be compared to him.
MARRIAGE WITH CAPTIVE WOMEN: The sectarians blame Khalid
(r.a.) for marrying the widow of Ibn Nuwaira. Such marriage
is taught by the Qur'an itself. See references to "those
whom your right hands possess." The purpose of such
marriages was to heal the wounds of war and to bring the
"enemy" into the family. Khalid (r.a.) was only doing what
Allah has permitted.
In one of the victories of Khalid (r.a.) against Masailama
kazzab, a woman was captured whom hazrat Ali (r.a.) married
and she became the mother of his son Muhammad who came to be
known as Muhammad ibn al-Hanfiyya. (See Al-Bidaya wa
un-Nihayya, vol.6., by ibn Kathir, chapter on Malik ibn
Here we see Ali, r.a., doing something which the sectarians
are blaming Khalid, r.a., for doing. Can these enemies of
Islam still claim to be the followers of Ali, r.a.? In fact,
according to the war laws of Islam, Khalid (r.a.) had more
of a right to marry the widow of his enemy, because he was
involved in that battle and hence the healing was even more
important. Ali (r.a.) was not even in the battle.
I hope the sectarians, if they have any Islam in them, will
apologize to the Muslim ummah.
2011-01-25 Tue 21:51:01 cst