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Shaban 15, 1432/July 17, 2011 # 30
From Shamsuddin Amjad: Pakistan
Mass Rally Condemns US Intervention: Hasan Denounces Drone
Woman's Outcry Brings up Case of "disappeared" victim of
On July 15, Jamaate Islami Pakistan held a mass rally and
dharna [sit in] in Gujranwala. Syed Munawar Hasan, top JI
leader, addressed thousands of men, women and children and
condemned US intervention in Pakistan. He said the US "war
on terror" was not Pakistan's war. The crowd roared with
approval when he denounced the US drone attacks on
Earlier in LAHORE, : The Jamaat e Islami chief, Syed Munawar
expressed deep concern over the continued disappearance of
Masood Janjua, husband of A'mina Masood Janjua, chairperson,
Defense of Human Rights, Pakistan, and demanded his
In a statement here he said that Masood Janjua had been
abducted years ago and had been in the custody of the
agencies. But now it had been stated in the court that
Masood Janjua had been killed by the Al-Qaida!
The question, he said, was that a man had been picked up by
the intelligence agencies and had been in their custody, so
how could be killed by the Al-Qaida?
The JI chief said that A'mina Masood Janjua and her family
believed that Masood Janjua was alive and they had evidence
to this effect which had been produced in the court. He
therefore urged the government and the Supreme Court to
ensure immediate release of Masood Janjua.
Please scroll to end
for an unusual report on resistance to
pork conumption in African American communities.
Detroit, Michigan [500 miles north west of Baltimore]
Confronting Repression of Human Rights and civil liberties
in USA: Political prisoners: Role of Informants and CAIR
On July 16, 2011 the National Coalition to Protect Civil
Freedoms, NCPCF, held an important hearing at a Black
institution known as the Shrine of the Black Madonna in
Although it was mostly about Muslim political prisoners,
most local mosque people did not turn up. Michigan's Muslims
seem to be the most mentally subjugated Muslims in America.
However, owing to non-Muslim activism, the room was full and
the presentations were of good quality.
Political prisoner Tarek Mehanna's brother Dr. Tamer Mehanna
had come all the way from Boston.
Political prisoner Ehsanul Shifa Sadequee's sister Sharmin
spoke of the trauma of this pious Bangladeshi family. Shifa
is in the notorious Marion, Illinois prison.
Political prisoner Dr. Kifah Jayyousi's wife brought up his
case at the tail end of the program. His mother died
recently but he was not permitted to attend the funeral. The
family, once well to do, is in serious financial
[There are fears that a GTMO for Muslim women is to be set
up starting with Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.]
Later the terrible suffering of Lynne Stewart, the Blind
Shaikh's attorney, was also brought up.
Political prisoner Dr. Sami al-Arian's plight was
highlighted in a power point presentation by Dr. Mel
Underbakke. The major charges against him were dismissed but
after so many years, he has still not been released.
Tom Burke, a labor unionist, made a powerful presentation
about the expanding government program against dissidents.
Owing to his work for people in Columbia, he launched a
successful boycott of Coca Cola.He is the spokesman of the
National Committee to Stop FBI Repression.
Abayomi Azikiwe presented a scholarly paper on the struggle
of African Americans all the way from slavery days till
today. He is widely read and a prolific writer with
contributions on both Haiti and Gaza.
Dr. Siddique Challenges CAIR's betrayal of Five US
The hearing focused on the role of informants in the
entrappment of Muslims in this country. In that context, Dr.
Kaukab Siddique brought up the role of Muslim organizations
acting as informants. He pointed out that CAIR put five
American Muslims in the hands of of the FBI. They were then
arrested in Pakistan, tortured and sentenced by a court
which met INSIDE the prison.
CAIR's representative Dawud Walid who had made a rambling
speech earlier went ballistic on hearing Dr. Siddique's
criticism. He grabbed the microphone and started praising
CAIR. Dr. Siddique insisted that Walid answer the issue of
CAIR's betrayal of 5 young American Muslims who were denied
due process. Finally Walid fell back on his patriotism. He
insisted that ONE of the youths had a jihad video and he,
Walid, and CAIR would report anyone who posed a threat to
even one US soldier.
A number of people came to Dr. Siddique after his uncovering
of CAIR and assured him that CAIR is known as a lackey
group. The scene in the hearing room exposed CAIR's reality
ion front of a room full of activists from across the
country. [During his confused speech earlier, CAIR rep.
Walid claimed that those who bring up Israel as a problem
are agents provocateurs.]
Canton, Michigan. Good Hunting for the ISNA types
From the diary of Kaukab Siddique, editor of New Trend:
July 15, 2011. Today I was in Canton, Michigan, a suburb of
Detroit. Juma' at a large, beautiful, mosque. Hundreds of
worshippers. Affluent community. Could be good pickings for
the likes of ISNA's Siraj Wahhaj. Is that a sense I have?
Right at the mosque door an announcement of a coming visit
by "imam" Siraj! He never misses a chance to make the rich,
richer, with a nice cut for himself too.
Very subservient community. Whole khutba was about the
blessings of Sha'aban. All made up of weak and/or fabricated
narrations. Imam dressed like a salafi, turban and all,
admitted that the narrations were daif and/or munkar but
still narrated them. Looks like the imam either has never
heard of any problems the Muslims are facing or is in the
business of putting Muslims to sleep.
Announcements by the mosque admin that there are a couple of
Christians near the entrance. Warnings to several hundred
Muslims not to talk to the three Christians. What's wrong
with these Muslims? Three hundreds scared of Three? I
"disobeyed" the announcements and talked to the Christians.
They were very happy and gave me a segment of the New
Testament. I thanked them.
Are we Muslims so scared of ordinary Americans while at the
leadership level, ISNA types are fraternizing with Zionist
Rabbis and reps of the Pope! Dumbing down of the Ummah?
Enrichment of the sell outs? So many Siraj Wahhajs and Zaid
Shakirs now, living off the ummah while our people starve in
Bangladesh, Africa and India and our prisoners mistreated by
the US of A..
Amazing: Before I heard the juma khutba in Canton, MI, I
received a superb article from a scholarly sister in
Houston, Texas, which debunks the superstitions and miracle
stories narrated by the "salafi" imam in Canton. Here is an
example of a woman who is better than a man.
Please scroll down
to Sha'aban article.
An Invitation to Think
From Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora, Jamaat al-Muslimeen,
Spotlight #1: Those who say they love liberty but follow
temporary desires do not really love liberty. Freedom grows
from control of earthly desires.
Spotlight #2: Don't seek advice on marriage from a wife
beater. Why do Muslims seek advice on freedom from
Spotlight #3: Turn CREED into DEED.
Spotlight #4: Learn that family violence teaches children to
be violent. Learn to stand for truth and goodness at
Spotlight #5: Re-think the raising of children. Muslims talk
of TRUTH and FAITH but do they stand for these values at
home in their daily lives?
Spotlight #6: Open your hearts and minds. A closed fist
cannot shake hands.
Spotlight #7: There is misleading talk nowadays coming from
"Islamic movements." They say dialogue requires
"concessions." How have "concessions" helped us? One third
of SUDAN has been given away. It is weird that some Muslims
Spotlight #8: At one time the western powers used Sharif
Hussain to undermine the Caliphate. Today the West is using
scholars who know FIQH but do not understand our world and
the way 24 hour TV is dividing Muslims.
Spotlight #9: Fake leaders lack character. Leadership
requires both oxygen and hydrogen, You can't take out an
essential element and still have water,
Cole, ACLU, Sue CIA, FBI seeking Bloggergate Documents
Spencer Ackerman at Wired reports on the Freedom of
Information Act lawsuit launched on my behalf by the
American Civil Liberties Union against the CIA, FBI,
Department of Justice, and Office of the Director of
National Intelligence. See also this report in the Detroit
Real History: The Uprising of the Oppressed
The Prosser Slave Rebellion occurred in Richmond in 1800. I
attended high school (partially) in Northern Virgina, about
60 miles from where this brotha took dramatic and incredibly
courageous action in freeing himself and others from the
shackles of slavery. He gave his life. Yet, the event was
not mentioned in a single N. Va. high school history class
then, and I doubt very much it is discussed now.
Historical Background of the Gabriel Prosser Slave Revolt
from Herbert Aptheker, American Negro Slave Revolts, new
edition, New York: International Publishers, 1974, pages
219-226 (original edition: Columbia University Press,
- Nadrat Siddique
Emperor Akbar type religion rejected.
Killing Muslims will not Stop the Qur'an: Victory is Assured
Oppressors See Islam as a threat: For Humanity, it is a
by Sis. Sofia [New York City]
The Qur'an is a spiritual, moral and ethical guide for all
It is the only Divine Scripture whose text has survived
intact through the
centuries in its original form, beyond human tampering. All
revealed scriptures did not survive in their original
Human individual and racial pride, intellectual arrogance, a
worldly power and ignorance led to tampering, distortion and
Men attempted to rewrite, re-make and translate the divine
laws of Lord
Almighty to suit their own purpose. There are countless
examples in history
of mankind's tampering the Word of the Creator. Some of them
prophets and messengers of the Creator. Others put forth
competing false and pseudo-messengers thus fragmenting both
the revelations and the
religion. All those who turn to "saints" "sufis" as their
guide or who claim
that the Message from Lord Almighty is being continued by
proclaimed "guides" or who falsely call their groups as
linked to Islam in any way
are recent examples in religious history. Some of these
groups use parts of
the Qur'an and reject the rest and continue to call their
belief system as a
One example from Indian history is the Moghul king Akbar
his new-fangled religion that he called "Deen-e-Ilahi" that
died with him.
Islam and the Qur'an have lasted through centuries as the
Not only that, even if all Muslims were killed in the
current assault on their Faith and their civilization, the
Qur'an will continue as the Eternal
Message of the Creator. Any attack on it comes back to haunt
attack it. The wheels of Time are a-turning now to prove the
Power of Almighty God. And those who believe they can are
displaying the arrogance of Iblis, the fallen angel of
In recent times, Muslims have experienced similar vain and
attempts by non-Muslims, atheists and hypocritical
"Muslims" to tamper with the Qur'an by ridiculing it's
message, tainting the
personality of its most revered Prophet Prophet Mohammad --
and Blessing of Allah Almighty be upon him. Why has there
been such a
vicious backlash against only Islam? Because the Message of
is a threat to all those who are morally and spiritually
corrupt and whose
actions cause grief, suffering and destruction of innocent
human beings in
Here is just one verse from the Qur'an as illustration of
the Eternal and
relevant message of Allah Almighty:
Surah # 4 (an-Nisa), verses # 74 through 76 (Translation of
the Meaning of
the Qur'an by M. Pickthall)
Verse number 74 mentions:
(a) those who fight in the way of Allah, (b) who sell the
life of the world for
the other, (c) whose fights in the way of Allah, be he slain
or be he
victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.
So, it's a win-win situation for those Muslims who fight in
the way of Allah
Almighty. They are winners when they win their battles. They
even when they die for the cause of the Lord.
This is most infuriating for the enemies of Muslims! For
enemies of islam / the non-Muslims think they have won the
have in actuality lost them! And when they find that they
have lost their
battles against Muslims, they have lost it also! That is a
situation---infuriating to people with such arrogance and
pride in their "fire-
Even if there is not a single surviving Muslim-- a believer
in the one and
only true Lord and Creation -- on the the face of this
earth, Allah Almighty's
Message / the Sublime Qur'an will survive.
As the Qur'an states: "Let there be no compulsion in
Almighty's Power is sufficient!
[Superstitions and Misleading Beliefs of many Muslims
clarified here - editor]
Sha'baan: Misconceptions and Realities
by Asma bint Shameem [Houston, Texas]
Growing up in Pakistan, the month of Sha'baan would bring in
a lot of excitement and celebration. And that was because
celebrating the night of the fifteenth of Sha'baan was a big
thing and considered a very virtuous act, indeed. Men would
gather in the masjid while the women prepared 'Halwas' and
sweets, preparations were made for all night vigils or
"Shabeenas" as they were called, buses were made available
to take the men to visit the graveyards and flyers were
distributed to everyone containing a long list of 'special
prayers' so that they could stay up all night praying.
But, Alhamdulillaah, how Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala
protects His Deen. When Allaah enabled me to study this
beautiful religion of ours, all that changed. I realized
that all those 'special prayers', all those night vigils,
all those Halwas and all those graveyard visits were really
not the way of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam).
In fact all that was far...far away from his Sunnah and the
Sharee'ah that he brought.
And so I thought I would bring to attention some of the
misconceptions and wrong ideas attached to this month as
this ignorance and innovation has become so rampant, that it
has become a sort of an epidemic, not only in Pakistan but
in practically every Muslim community that exists.
Misconception # 1: The night of the 15th of Sha'baan should
be singled out for worship, prayer, etc.
Clarification: Our best example and role model is the
Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) and he never, ever
singled out this night for worship or qiyaam nor did his
Shaykh Ibn Baaz said:"There is no saheeh hadeeth concerning
the night of the fifteenth of Sha'baan. All the ahaadeeth
that have been narrated concerning that are mawdoo'
(fabricated) and da'eef (weak), and have no basis. There is
nothing special about this night, and no recitation of
Qur'aan or prayer, whether alone or in congregation, is
specified for this night. What some of the scholars have
said about it being special is a weak opinion. It is not
permissible to single it out for any special actions. This
is the correct view. And Allaah is the Source of strength."
(Fataawa Islamiyyah, 4/511)
Misconception # 2: There are specificl prayers to be offered
on this night.
Clarification: The truth of the matter is that there are NO
special prayers to be offered on this night specifically.
And all those 'ahaadeeth' giving you long lists of special
'formulas' that are "supposed to guarantee you Allaah's
forgiveness and Jannah" are all fabricated, false and
innovations in our Deen. If there were such prayers, the
Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) would have told us
about them and we would have had evidence of him and the
Sahaba doing it.
Misconception # 3: Allaah descends to the first heavens on
this night to forgive us.
Clarification: Allaah's descending to the first heaven does
not only happen on the night of the fifteenth of Sha'baan.
Rather it happens every single night of the year.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: "Every
night when it is the last third of the night, our Lord, the
Superior, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and
says: Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his
invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant
him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so
that I may forgive him?. " (Bukhaari)
Thus, when 'Abd-Allaah ibn al-Mubaarak was asked about the
descent of Allaah on the night of the fifteenth of Sha'baan,
he said to the one who asked him: "O weak one! The night of
the fifteenth?! He descends every night!"
Misconception # 4: This is the night when our fate,
lifespan, and provisions are decreed.
Clarification: Some people think that the "blessed night"
(laylatim-mubarakah) mentioned in Surah ad-Dukhaan (44): 3,
refers to the night of 15th Shabaan, when Allah decrees our
lifespan, provisions and fate. In fact, they even pray 6
rakahs, 2 for each of these things. However, all that is
fabricated and far, far away from the Sunnah. And, in
reality, the "blessed night" mentioned in Surah ad-Dukhaan,
actually is referring to Laylatul Qadr that comes in
Ramadhaan. (Tafseer Ibn Kathir of Surah al-Qadr)
Misconception # 5: One should fast on the day of the
Clarification: Here again, there is no saheeh reports that
tell us that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) or
his Sahaabah ever picked this day specifically to fast. The
Sunnah of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) was to
fast most of this month and not just the 15th. However, if
the fifteenth of Sha'baan coincides with a Monday or
Thursday, or with the three white days or if a person is
generally fasting, without associating seeking extra rewards
to fasting this specific day, then it is allowed. (Sheikh
Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid)
Misconception # 6: This is the night when the souls of
departed ones return to their families.
Clarification: Here again, some people misunderstand the
ayaat in Surah al-Qadr and think that the 'sending down of
the Ruh' as mentioned in this Surah refers to the souls of
dead people returning to see their families, even though it
refers to Jibreel (Tafseer Ibn Kathir). And that is why we
see women preparing the sweets, the Halwas and other
'goodies' for the souls of their loved ones.
Not only is that in itself an erroneous, deviant belief and
bid'ah, but to believe that the souls of the dead can return
back to the world and meet with their relatives is also
totally incorrect and false. The teachings of the Qur'aan
and the Sunnah clearly state that the souls of the dead do
not return back to the world. Besides, they don't even eat
the Halwas. It is actually you who eats it!
Misconception # 7: Visiting graveyards especially this night
is something good.
Clarification: Although the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa
Sallam) encouraged visiting graves, he forbade singling out
any day or night for any kinds of good deeds if it is not
prescribed in the Sharee'ah. And he did not specifically
visit the graveyard on the night of the 15th of Sha'aan. The
hadeeth of Aisha that mentions that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu
Alayhi wa Sallam) visited the graveyard this night is not
authentic and thus does not have any proof for visiting
graves specifically on this night of Shabaan.
Misconception # 8: Even if the ahaadeeth about worship on
this night are weak, one can still do it.
Clarification: The correct scholarly view is that weak
ahaadeeth should not be followed at all, even if they speak
of righteous deeds or of targheeb and tarheeb (promises and
warnings). The saheeh reports are sufficient and the Muslim
has no need to follow the da'eef reports.
Shaykh Ahmad Shaakir said: "There is no difference between
rulings or righteous deeds; we do not take any of them from
da'eef reports, rather no one has the right to use any
report as evidence unless it is proven to be soundly
narrated from the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa
Sallam) in a saheeh or hasan hadeeth."
Misconception # 9: Look at all those people doing it. How
can they all be wrong?
Clarification: The Muslim is supposed to refer to Allaah and
His Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam)'s Sunnah, if
there is any confusion or dispute about matters and NOT what
the rest of the world is doing.
"O you who believe! Obey Allaah and obey the Messenger and
those of you who are in authority. (And) if you differ in
anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allaah and His
Messenger, if you believe in Allaah and in the Last Day.
That is better and more suitable for final determination
Shaykh Ibn Jibreen said: "These reports (about worship and
fasting an the 15th of Sha'baan) became very well known in
some countries which were overwhelmed by ignorance; One
should not be deceived by the large numbers of ignorant
people who do these things."
The REAL Sunnah regarding Sha'baan:
If you truly and sincerely want to please Allaah and do
deeds that will be acceptable to Him, then follow the REAL
Sunnah of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam). Here
is what is proven in the authentic sunnah:
1. Fast most of this month as much as you can.
Aa'ishah RA said: "I never saw the Messenger of Allaah
fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never
saw him fast more than he did in Sha'baan." (Bukhaari,
2. However, if you are weak or do not fast habitually and
feel that this nafil fasting may be a hindrance to your
obligatory fasting in the month of Ramadhaan, then the
person may stop the nafil fasting in the last few days of
this month. And for that person, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu
Alayhi wa Sallam) said:
"When Sha'baan is half over, do not fast." (saheeh by
al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi).
3. If you have fasts left over from last Ramadhaan to make
up, then hurry up and do so in this month of Sha'baan before
the next Ramadhaan comes. It is not permissible to delay
missed fasts until after the following Ramadhaan, except in
cases of necessity (such as a valid excuse that continues
between the two Ramadaans). Aa'ishah RA said: 'It used to be
that I had days to make up for Ramadhaan and I would not be
able to do so except in Sha'baan." [Bukhaari]
US is mistaken in Opposing Qaddafi: Islamic forces are
[One of the few who understood that Qaddafi was right when
he said: "It is al-Qaida, al-Qaida...]
fundamentalism, rather than liberal democracy.
by Andy Stone
As the commitment of French, British, Danish, Canadian and
US military assets to Libya draws near, the fundamental
question of the rebels' identity has not yet been seriously
addressed. The international face of the revolt are former
Qaddafi officials such as Abdul Jalil. It is, however, also
clear that the conflict has been started and sustained by a
mass uprising. (It is not a coup d'etat and most of the
state apparatus has remained loyal.) Behind it all, who are
the people on the ground, and what motivated them to revolt?
The facts are well documented, and at odds with wishful
thinking. This is no Solidarnosc movement. The revolt was
started in Benghazi on February 15-17th by the group called
the National Conference of the Libyan Opposition. The
protests had a clear fundamentalist religious motivation,
and were convened to commemorate the 2006 Danish cartoons
protests, which had been particularly violent in Benghazi.
The NCLO web site (Arabic) carries a document (Arabic;
Google Cache; legible in automatic translation) dated
February 15th (the day the protests began), which clearly
spells out NCLO's objections to Qaddafi's rule. The main
points of "Qaddafi: Islam's no. 1 enemy" are as follows:
Qaddafi has closed an Islamic university and a seminary, has
forbidden some Islamist publications, and has thrown
thousands of Islamist activists into jail.
Qaddafi has urged to put the Qur'an on the shelf, as no
longer appropriate for this age.
Qaddafi has made fun of the Islamic veil, calling it a "rag"
and a "tent".
Qaddafi has dared to say that Christians and Jews should be
allowed to visit Mecca.
Qaddafi has rejected the Hadith and Sunnah, and said he
follows the Qur'an alone.
(The last claim involves a curious episode. At one point,
Qaddafi declared himself a follower of the "Qur'an alone"
movement, which rejects orthodox Muslim punishments, like
stoning for adultery, death penalty for homosexuals etc.
This got him into some serious trouble. An international
committee of scholars went to discuss the issue with
Qaddafi. After being told that "if he did not repent and
take back his statement, he would fall under the law of
renegades and infidels [...] which would force true Muslims
to kill him", Qaddafi "repented and took back his
None of this is surprising. The leaked State Department
memos describe Eastern Libya (2008) as an area of fervent
Islamic sentiment, where "a number of Libyans who had fought
and in some cases undergone 'religious and ideological
training' in Afghanistan, Lebanon and the West Bank in the
late 1970's and early 1980's had returned [...] in the mid
to late 1980's". There they engaged into "a deliberate,
coordinated campaign to propagate more conservative
iterations of Islam, in part to prepare the ground for the
eventual overthrow by the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
(LIFG) of Muammar Qadhafi's regime, which is 'hated' by
conservative Islamists". While Qaddafi's position was
perceived to be strong, the East Libyans sent jihadis to
Iraq, where "fighting against U.S. and coalition forces in
Iraq represented a way for frustrated young radicals to
strike a blow against both Qadhafi and against his perceived
It is these same religiously and ideologically trained East
Libyans who are now armed and arrayed against Qaddafi.
Qaddafi's claim that all his opponents are members of Al
Qaeda is overblown, but also not very far off, in regards to
their sympathies. Anyone claiming that the Eastern Libyans
are standing for secular, liberal values needs to overcome a
huge burden of proof. First, what is the social basis of
such a movement, when neutral observers have been
characterizing East Libya as a hotbed of Islamic
fundamentalism? Second, if the revolt has started on
religious grounds, when and how exactly has it radically
changed its character?
These hard facts are not counter-acted by Abdul Jalil's
statements of liberal, democratic purpose. As head of the
National Transitional Council, he is the West's favorite
partner in dialogue (and recognized by France as Libya's
legitimate head of state). His reliability and control are,
however, questionable. As Qaddafi's Minister of Justice
until last month, Abdul Jalil's democratic credentials are
dubious; he has not participated in the initiation of the
revolt, has latched onto it when it seemed likely to
succeed, and his organization's control over the rebel
forces is unproven. Overall, the participation of former
Qaddafi officials is no reason to assume that the character
and aims of a revolt that started on fundamentalist
religious principles have changed to liberal, democratic
In conclusion, the Western leaders seem to be rushing to
replace an already bad regime with one that is likely to be
even worse. The French embarrassment with getting the
Tunisian and Egyptian revolts wrong (and subsequent change
of foreign ministers) and the British embarrassment with
close ties to the Qaddafi regime (including the award of a
PhD from the prestigious London School of Economics to
Qaddafi's son) have caused these two countries to jump in,
trying to remedy their perceived previous failings. However,
lack of cool reasoning and ignorance of the facts on the
ground are only likely to make the remedy (should it
succeed) worse than the disease.
More Reasons Why Not to Eat Pork
Sublime Qur'an Subsumes Science
By Nadrat Siddique
As a Muslim and a marathoner, I eschew pork following
Islamic guidelines on proscribed foods.
This, like other Qur'anic injunctions, has helped me to
avoid a plethora of health problems,
to stay out of the doctor's office, and to maintain a
rigorous athletic regimen free of injury.
Recently, I participated in an exchange with friends (and
some of their friends) on a social
networking site. A young black (Afrocentric) Towson
University student—not a Muslim—was
recommending to all of his friends not to eat pork. This is
an increasingly common phenomenon
among activists of color—even those who do not claim the
label of Muslim (or who do not
claim it openly). Some of these are directly influenced by
Qur'anic teachings, by their Muslim
friends, or by the writings of Elijah Muhammad such as How
to Eat to Live.
Pork and pork products are a major source of health problems
in the Black community.
Historically, White slavers fed Black slaves chitterlings
(or chitlins, for short) and other pork
products. Chitterlings were the worse part of the pig--a
reminder to the slave that he was
lower than an animal, worthy of eating only the slave
master's rubbish. I was proud of my
Towson University friend who had thrown off his mental
shackles and encouraged others to do
the same. But immediately many of his friends assailed his
position. Pork is no more deleterious
than beef or chicken; some parts of it are white meat and
quite lean—and therefore worthy
of consumption—they said. Pork is intrinsic to Soul Food,
said others; how can we possibly do
away with it? I knew that the instinctive revulsion I felt
for pork mightn't be shared by others,
particularly those who were not Muslim, and so determined to
find intellectual support for my
feelings. Here are the initial findings of my inquiry, which
I shared in the course of the online
Pork takes longer than most foods to digest (4.5 hr,
according to some reports). One of the
reasons for this: It is rich in residues of the amino acid
I'm guessing that the high incidence of Proline, which
contains a hetercyclic ring, may be one
reason for the difficulty in pork metabolization.
Unfortunately, lengthy retention of food—in
this case pork—in a digestive tract that is relatively short
(compared to that of most carnivores)
leads to elevated colorectal cancer risk.
Additionally, prevalence of Staphyloccus aureus bacteria in
pigs is relatively high (e.g., 25-30%
in the Netherlands). In fact, locating swine populations not
afflicted to some degree by the
Staph species in question is highly unlikely.
As a result, very high dosages of antibiotics are
administered to most pig populations. So,
consumers of pork are partaking of a product, which has been
doused with antibiotics. And—
by supporting the administration of antibiotics to this
animal population, they are inadvertently
contributing to the rise of drug-resistant strains of
Staphylococcus aureus is thought to be carried by rats in a
pig farm setting:
Unfortunately, the bacterium may be conveyed between the pig
and rat population to humans:
So, the answer seems to be: Either administer massive
dosages of antibiotics to pig populations
(and then consume the antibiotic-laden pork products)--a
strategy which may work in the
short term, but has serious long-term implications for the
production of drug-resistant strains
of Staphyloccus aureus--or find other alternatives to pork
products. While it's true that some
cuts of pork contain a relatively low lipid content,
comparable to those of beef or other meats,
given all of the forgoing, as well as the dynamics of pork
between White slavers and Black slave
descendants, the choice, to me, is rather obvious.
2011-07-19 Tue 04:47:36 cdt