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Dhu'l Qada 4, 1432/October 2, 2011 # 41
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Rulers are using national armies against their
own people rather than against external aggression.
Hypocrisy stinks. Muslims are living in the
stink of hypocrisy. They are getting so used to it that they
no longer smell it, like smokers in a smoky room.
Religion is what you do AFTER listening to the
khutba or the teaching session or the study circle.
Many people are not thinking of the future.
Our children are our future. Our present decisions will
contribute to their future.
Islamic movements are becoming "moderate
movements." They want to make Islam presentable to the West.
The Brotherhood movement [Ikhwan] is being used to
manipulate Muslims. They know the Islamic lingo and can use
sophisticated language to manipulate Muslims. The same is
happening in Turkey.
Wrong can be done by "nice" people to kill
orphans, destroy villages and undermine the sources of
In Libya, they say they are saving civilians.
If that is true, why are you destroying the countries
infrastructure, bridges, installations. Is it so you can
first destroy the country and then get contracts to rebuild
The Arab rulers have given away everything,
including their most sensitive intelligence information.
They want to stay in power at all costs, but even then Allah
will not save them from their inevitable downfall.
Islamic Scholar on the Killing of Shaykh al-Awlaki
Br. Shamim Siddiqui [JAM Adviser] answers a writer from
Terrorism is a curse and it is totally disallowed in Islam.
But you forget that the ousting of God from the tentacles of
power and feeling not at all accountable to Him is the worst
and most heinous crime of Western societies and men in
It has made them reckless, greedy, irresponsible, arrogant
and devoid of all moral responsibilities. They feel they can
violate any law, can kill humans - men, women and children
wherever they want without trial or any judicial probe [as
has happened in the Tragedy of 9/11}. You have no right even
to protest otherwise you will be "nicknamed" as
"terrorist" or his "collaborator" . The world has changed.
There is no justice any where in this world. Might is right
and Zulm (Oppression} is dominant.
So, if you and your Society have any guts and moral courage,
please first try to restore the authority of God on this
earth. When people in power will start feeling accountable
to their Lord, only then, they will stop from committing
injustices on earth, especially on the poor and innocent
Muslims. Till then your protest is meaningless and will be
lost in waves of modern Jahiliyah.
With best wishes to you and Br Ramadan
Br. Shamim was responding to a letter from Mohammed Shafiq ,
Director of the Ramadan Foundation in Manchester, England,
who though very much opposed to al-Awlaki, wrote:
"I am disappointed that the United States Government has
increased this sort of extra judicial killing without
referring to the legal system .These drone attacks have no
legal justification in international law and have killed
thousands of innocent people including children. The United
States must return to the rule of law and ensure that all
alleged terrorists are put on trial and held responsible for
"O you who believe! If a wrong doer [fasiq] comes to you
with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people
unwittingly and afterwards become full of repentance for
what you have done. " The Qur'an 49:6
CAIR on the Assassination of Shaykh al-Awlaki:
"a voice of hate has been eliminated" says CAIR.
[NT advice to CAIR: "And who does more wrong than he who
invents a lie against Allah or rejects the Truth when it
reaches him? Is there not a home in hell for those who
reject faith." The Qur'an 29:68]
[See below : Voices of arrogance and voices of reason.]
[Comments by Kaukab Siddique: We say that without its heavy
funding and support from the White House, CAIR would have
no voice at all. Muslims spit on CAIR for its steady stream
of lies and distortions of the Qur'an and Sunnah. CAIR
supported Bush in his war on Islam; now it is supporting
Obama. It does not have the SLIGHTEST Islamic credibility,
yet its "directors" speak in the name of Islam! Ask Muslims
what they think of CAIR when CAIR's protectors are not
listening. Even Zionist Jews do not jump so fast to condemn
Muslims as CAIR does]
I urge Muslims to write to the Obama administration to
condemn the murders it has committed against two
non-combatants who were both US citizens, Shaykh al-Awlaki
and Samir Khan.
Here are the undisputed facts:
Conclusion: Mr. President, your Zionist advisers have
probably mislead you. The more you kill, the worse it gets
for the American cause. Compare how few Muslims were against
America before the assaults on Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia
and Pakistan. Bush tried to kill as many Muslims as he
could. The result was total failure.
Even the most evil regimes do not justify the murder of
opposing scholars and editors/writers. Did Hitler order
bombing raids on scholars and preachers and writers and
editors? No! They kept hammering at him from London and
Moscow but he did not order them killed. So, Obama has gone
beyond the lowest of the low.
Al-Awlaki was a great Islamic scholar, teacher and imam. He
left the US and joined al-Qaidah. Samir Khan was the editor
of INSPIRE magazine which attacked the USA.
By killing a great Islamic scholar and an outstanding
Islamic editor, Obama has opened the floodgates for the
assassination of all scholars and writers/editors who
support resistance against occupying powers. Is Obama okay
with that? Hosni Mubarak must be smiling.
There is tremendous propaganda against al-Awlaki and some
against Samir Khan in the US corporate media. CAIR-type
Muslims and the government are undermining whatever remains
of the US Constitution by replacing the process of law with
support for lynching on TV.
Is America such a weak power that two individuals can be
a threat to its security? This is a superpower which has
occupied two Muslim countries and is pulverizing Pakistani
villages in its search for "suspected" enemies.
Obama is openly violating the rights of US citizens by
ordering their execution. This country is not even under
martial law yet and he is carrying out these stalinistic
In the near future US citizens living WITHIN the USA may
suffer a similar fate if they are similarly condemned by the
media as "terrorists."
Obama does not realize that by killing Muslims opposed to
the US, he increases support for the enemies of America.
Al-Awlaki and Samir Khan will both be considered SHAHEED by
the great majority of Muslims. This is the most effective
recruiting tool for al-Qaidah.
Mr. President you were elected because people were tired of
the Bush murder machine. Why do you think you can kill more
successfully than he did? He wiped out entire cities in Iraq
and bombed villages and mosques in Afghanistan.
The way to the future is through concrete efforts for peace
by way of USA's acceptance of Islamic self-determination by
Remembrance for Troy Davis
Justice is not Possible in an Unjust Society.
Comparing al-Awlaki with Troy Davis
On October 1, activists gathered at Pratt & Sharp Street in
Baltimore, Maryland in remembrance of Troy Davis [coinciding
with his funeral in Georgia]. The main speakers were Steven
Ceci [All Peoples Congress], Andrew Castro [ANSWER
Coalition], Ron Kipling Williams [poet and journalist], Sis.
Ashira [Jamaat al-Muslimeen] and Br. Kaukab Siddique [Jamaat
Although it was a top level gathering, the media didn't turn
up. Owing to the efforts of Bill Hughes, who filmed every
speaker, its all available on Facebook and in Google.
Ron Kipling read out a long and powerful poem which will
probably emerge as the outcry of the oppressed people of
America all the way from slavery till today. He includes in
the stunning stanzas of his poem, the suffering of the
Muslims in Guantanamo Bay.
Steven Ceci read out Troy Davis' last letter to the people
before he was executed.
Sis. Ashira said: we must always remember that Believers
will succeed if they unite under the command of God.
Together we can make Good dominate. Islam teaches the
victory of Goodness through the acceptance of God [Allah].
She said she could not stop her tears crying for Troy but
then she realized that best way is to educate and change
society according to the will of God [Allah]. Protesting is
good but not enough.
Here is a summary of Dr. Siddique's main points:
Islam teaches that justice is not possible in an unjust
An unjust secular system, based on exploitation, by
definition has no right to carry out a judicial execution.
The poor, the downtrodde, the exploited, the people of
African descent and Muslims are the main victims of the
American power structure.
When Muslims were tortured in Iraq, Imam Jamil pointed
out that similar atrocties occur in US prisons. We must make
the international connection.
Now Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan have been executed
without due process in Yemen. This is murder. Thus we accuse
Troy of murder and execute him, but then we murder two US
citizens and we glorify it as a great deed.
President Obama, our first Black president, didn't say a
word about Troy, although millions around the world,
including the Pope and President Carter, pleaded for
On the day of the execution, Obama made a long speech in
defense of Israel, talking of the dangers Israel faces
[although it has America's latest weaponry], and of its need
of support [although USA has pumped in millions of
Even Hitler did not bomb the poets, writers and scholars
in England and Russia who opposed his regime. We are killing
non-combatant enemies, thus losing all sense of humanity
In that context, what right does this system have to
execute anyone for murder or alleged murder?
Death penalty is not the only issue. America is
humiliating and dehumanizing millions of prisoners. In
America's prisons, people are treated like things with
numbers. Cavity searches are carried out when families visit
Islam does not permit life imprisonment or any long
prison term. In many a case, it has turned out that the
sentence was unjust and plain WRONG.
In a secular system witnesses routinely lie or provide
impressions which cannot be verified. Criminals are induced
to make witness claims just to get their own sentences
America does not recognize political prisoners but
treats all its opponents as criminals.
America's people are helpless. They can't stop any war
and they have failed to stop the execution of Troy
Down with Zionism, Down with Imperialism, Down with
Why is Obama Silent about Gaza? Here is Why.
Newly Released Document Shows US Role in Gaza Siege
The US administration of President Barack Obama was even
more actively involved than previously known in enforcing
the siege of Gaza along Egypt's border with the territory.
And the Pentagon provided direct assistance and technology
for these efforts, a newly released official document
reveals. The US Embassy cable dated April 8, 2009 ... shows
that the Americans coordinated Egypt's efforts to keep Gaza
sealed from the outside world directly with Egyptian Army
chief Field Marshal Muhammad Tantawi - who is currently
Egypt's military ruler. Tantawi heads the Supreme Council of
the Armed Forces (SCAF).
The Voices of War, Arrogance and Irrationality
Re: The Murders of Shaykh Awlaki & Samir Khan
President Obama called the killing of al-Awlaki a tribute to
the U.S. intelligence community and the efforts of leaders
in Yemen. He said al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula remains
"a dangerous but weakened terrorist organization."
"Make no mistake, this is further proof al Qaeda and its
affiliates will find no safe haven in Yemen or anywhere
around the world," Mr. Obama said.
Republican leaders on Friday praised the dealth of al-Awlaki
and Mr. Obama's leadership. GOP presidential candidate and
Texas Gov. Rick Perry called al-Awlaki's death "an important
victory in the war on terror."
"I want to congratulate the United States military and
intelligence communities - and President Obama for sticking
with the government's longstanding and aggressive
anti-terror policies - for getting another key international
terrorist," Perry said in a statement.
Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence, called the killing of al-Awlaki
"another great step forward in breaking the back of Al
Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security
Committee, called it "a great success in our fight against
al-Qaeda" and "a tremendous tribute to President Obama and
the men and women of our intelligence community."
[Ed. note: Peter King, one of the most hostile people
against Islam, is very close in his thinking to CAIR.]
The Voices of Reason, Peace and Decency
The American Civil Liberties Union, decried the killing of
an American citizen who was never charged with a crime.
"The government's authority to use lethal force against its
own citizens should be limited to circumstances in which the
threat to life is concrete, specific and imminent," ACLU
Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said in a statement. "It
is a mistake to invest the President - any President - with
the unreviewable power to kill any American whom he deems to
present a threat to the country."
Obama's Policy of Assassination condemned by Ron Paul
"If the American people accept this blindly and casually,
that we now have an accepted practice of the president
assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think
it's sad," Paul told reporters after a speech in Manchester
The libertarian firebrand pointed to the case of Oklahoma
City bomber Timothy McVeigh, who was tried and sentenced to
death, as an example of how to deal with suspected
"Al-Awlaki was born here, he's an American citizen, he was
never tried or charged for any crimes," Paul said. "To start
assassinating American citizens without charges - we should
think very seriously about this."
From New Trend's Bangladesh observer.
India-related Regime Crushing Peaceful Demonstrators in
Rapidly Increasing Support for Jamaate Islami to oppose Fake
On September 19, Islamic activists held peaceful protests in
several cities in Bangladesh to protest so-called trials of
Islamic leaders. The police cracked down hard and arrested
scores of people. [By September 30 the number of people
arrested had gone above 1000.] However, the protestors
continued to confront the police and threw stones at
For the first time Bangladeshi activists have come out
openly in the streets. This follows the arrests of 120
leaders of Jamaate Islami. Forty years after the events of
1971, the regime is accusing Islamic leaders of having sided
with the Pakistanu military in killing civilians.
The regime is deeply in bed with India and sees the Islamic
awakening of the people as a threat to its pro-India
Very pious Islamic scholars, totally non-violent, are being
held by the Awami League government. This activity, 40 years
after the alleged events, is nothing more than India-backed
efforts to crush a movement which is 100% Bengali and
We urge readers to be aware of the situation in this key
Islamic country. Please write to the Bangladesh embassy in
your country to protest these show trials and these mass
[Sent by Brothers & Sisters of Iqra.]
Irreparable Cracks in the Syrian Regime
Thursday, 29 September
In March 2011, only a week before the Syrian revolution
sparked off, Michael
Broning of Foreign Affairs wrote an article about the
"Sturdy House that Assad
Built", arguing the robustness of the Syrian military
dictatorship and its
ability to deter country-wide, public sedition.
More than two months later, after seeing the events
unfolding on Syrian soil, he
corrected his article and wrote "Cracks in the House of
Assad". This exhibits
the extent to which the brave Syrian people have surprised
policy experts, the
international community, the regime and their own
Many political observers of Syrian origin were dubious about
taking place at all, much less its ability to dismantle this
regime. Such doubts were not unjustified, taking into
consideration the ruthless
nature of the regime, its criminal history and how far it
was ready to go to
crush any anti-government sentiment.
Now, more than six months after the start of Syria's velvet
are many signs that the Assad regime is, indeed, falling
Both the Syrian protesters and the government realize that
their predicament is
a one-way process. The people are demanding their
much-deserved freedom and
human rights, and the police state will continue to do what
it does best - rule
with an iron fist.
In late April, I wrote that the Syrian people recognize that
there is no turning
back. If that truism applied then, it does much more so
Hypothetically if the revolution were to come to a halt, not
only will the
people lose their opportune momentum, but they will also be
subjected to savage
retaliation intended to cleanse every house of Assad's
Eventually, though, the people's perseverance will prevail.
The regime cannot
keep terrorizing the people of Syria forever and many
activists have alluded to
the lethargy of the regime's military and security forces
which are ordered to
work round the clock to quell any rebellious activity.
Military defections are increasing countrywide in cities
like Homs, Hama,
Dar'aa, Idlib, Deir Al-Zour and even Damascus and its
suburbs. This is one of
the most critical issues facing the regime, especially as
defections have even
taken place from the elite republican guard. It is important
to note that the
number of defectors is not an accurate gauge of the army's
morale; the defection
trend would rise rapidly if it wasn't for soldiers' genuine
fear of reprisals.
In addition, there are many who haven't revealed their
defection for tactical
reasons or for personal safety.
In reality, there is real misery in the ranks of the police
and military, not
least because of fatigue from facing the public unrest
daily, and salaries are
either withheld or paid late. There is a general reluctance
to carry on in this
way and a real possibility that the imposition of a no-fly
zone over Syria may
provide the cover needed to generate mass defections that
would deal a massive
and potentially fatal blow to the Assad regime.
The newly-formed "Free Syrian Army" is attempting to
accomplish this by creating
a liberated zone in Jabal Al-Zawiya in northwest Syria close
to the Turkish
border; this would serve as a refuge for military
The Assad security apparatus and its thugs have used
appalling violence and
repression against peaceful protestors.
In reality, this is merely an extension of the regime's long
history of gross
human rights' violations and blatant disregard for human
life. The regime is
waging what seems like an all out war against civilians
using tanks, fighter
jets, heavy artillery and even warships. This reprehensible
the regime's political and moral bankruptcy and shows how
weak it is.
The crackdown has resulted in more than 2,700 being killed,
tens of thousands
taken prisoner and an alarming number of people wounded. The
death toll is based
on conservative UN estimates; the actual number is probably
A new report released by Avaaz, the global humanitarian
campaign group, puts the
death toll at 5,300; that's more than double the UN
Assad's forces have sunk to a new low by beating the
elderly, women and
children; they have, without shame, resorted to killing,
gang rape and mutilation. What sparked the revolution was
the torture of
children from Dar'aa who painted popular Arab spring slogans
in all innocence on
a wall; it has been claimed that their fingernails were
Hamza Al-Khatib, a 13 year old who was tortured to death has
become one of the
symbols of the revolution. The many parents who are
searching for imprisoned
children are frequently summoned to receive their sons and
daughters in body
bags; a 19 year old girl in Homs, for example, was kidnapped
and gang raped by
Assad's thugs and then handed back to her parents as a
headless and limbless
Sadly, there are many such cases. Many of these grotesque
practices have been
verified by obscene video recordings made by the
perpetrators themselves. If we
consider how much attention the regime pays to human rights
media accountability, it is easy to believe that such
recordings have been
leaked in order to strike fear in the hearts of the people.
As despicable as it
may be, such sadistic videos are being sold for profit.
Syria has been ruled mercilessly by the Assad clan for more
than four decades.
Throughout that period, they promoted sectarian divisions by
favouring their own
Al-Alwie minority and discriminating against the Sunni
Muslim majority and other
minorities. Despite that, Syrian society has been able to
achieve a considerable
degree of peaceful coexistence.
Now that the regime finds its back against the wall, it is
playing the sectarian
card and inciting violence by arming the Al-Awies and
spreading hateful graffiti
on walls and inside places of worship, in a desperate
attempt to hang on to
power. Cynically, the regime blames its opponents for
instigating a sectarian
civil war while portraying itself as the counterbalance
against such an
occurrence. It is worth noting that the protest movement has
condemning sectarianism and promoting unity.
The Assad regime has also manipulated the Palestine question
and there is
increasing realization that it has been exploited to justify
existence and its "right" to tyrannize the people with
several decades of
emergency law. This was made obvious when Bashar Assad
allowed hundreds of
youths to agitate at the Syrian Golan-Israel border for the
first time in forty
years on the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. It was a
message meant to divert attention from the Syrian conundrum
and show Israel that
Syria was the best protector of its neighbour's borders.
Thus, it is not surprising that most Israeli media, which
have always cast Assad
as the villain of the peace, have expressed real fear that
he may be overthrown.
Rami Makhlouf, the notorious tycoon and Assad's maternal
cousin, put it this
way: "Security for Israel stems from security for
Alas, for Assad and his cronies, the Syrian people are
finally telling the
regime that supporting occupied Palestine sincerely and
living with human
dignity and freedom are not mutually exclusive.
As the Syrian crisis grows, Bashar Assad may lose what used
to be unconditional
support from his most valuable ally, Iran. There is evidence
that Tehran is
taking a closer, more pragmatic look at the situation and
planning for a
post-Assad Syria. This is corroborated by news of secret
talks with the Syrian
opposition in Paris recently. Furthermore, official
government media in Iran is
focusing more on the Syrian protest movement and the
crackdown by the government.
In addition, some Syrian opposition leaders look positively
upon their most
recent meeting with Russian government officials, and feel
that Russia's support
for Assad may also start to wane, albeit slowly.
As for Turkey, Syria lost that ally long ago. Ankara has
stopped several arms
shipments to Syria and the abyss widened with the comments
of Prime Minister
Erdogan in liberated Tripoli: "Do not forget this: those in
Syria who inflict
repression on the people will not be able to stand on their
oppression and prosperity cannot exist together... The time
of autocracies is
over. Totalitarian regimes are disappearing. The rule of the
people is coming."
From a practical point of view, the New York Times last week
western intelligence sources predicating that Assad is on
the edge and isn't
Adding to Syria's isolation, international pressure has been
several world powers have called for Assad to step aside;
Arab condemnation has
been limited, but is growing.
The recent finger-pointing exchange between the New York
Times and Iraqi
officials about Iraq asking Assad to step down, may signal a
change in Baghdad's
A few days back, there were calls to suspend Syria from the
Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition is working hard to form a
united body to serve as an alternative, transition
The unrest has precipitated an economic crisis in Syria due
commercial activity and foreign investment, restricted
labour, closures and
The most drastic step yet taken was the "crude oil and
embargo implemented by the EU, Syria's largest single
trading partner. This was
followed by the EU prohibition of investments in Syria's oil
The last 6 months of military crackdown has also hurt the
shipping industry as
sources estimate a 35-40% drop in cargo volume at Latakia
and Tartous, two of
Syria's main ports. An important shipping agent in Tartous
reported a reduction
in vessel exchange from 25-30 vessels daily to a low of
Furthermore, while the IMF had originally predicted a 3%
growth in Syrian GDP
back in April, its September "World Economic Outlook"
modified that to a 2%
decline. Turkey is also preparing sanctions against its Arab
The repeated miscalculations of the Assad clan show how out
of tune they are
with the new reality facing them. The most salient example
of this is the
repeated announcement that the revolution is over and that
returning, while the protest movement is actually growing
examples include but are not limited to childish actions
such as media
performances acted out for national television to frame the
testimony aired after torturing alleged conspirators, and
the ongoing ridiculous
attempts to justify the brutal crackdown. The government
claims that the
presence of armed gangs, terrorists, extreme Islamic
elements and traitors makes
the crackdown essential. In the light of such efforts, the
introduced by Assad are fooling no one.
The regime has exhibited an obvious inability to institute
reforms, much less
convince the people that they are bona fide. This is because
requires laws and institutions and is impossible in the
presence of military
predominance. Assad and his comrades will understand that
real reform can only
lead to the complete downfall of their autocracy.
The Syrian people have been hearing empty promises of reform
for years, so the
farcical directives made over the past 6 months to appease
public anger were
null before the ink dried.
Despite the horrible massacres committed by the Syrian
regime, it is clear that
the people's resolve is growing stronger. The revolution
continues to expand
despite the mass arrests and protests have become a daily
event, day and night.
All of this speaks of the people's intransigence with
regards to engaging in
dialogue with the regime and their insistence on toppling
it. It has become
customary to give an expressive name to every Friday, and
Friday 16th September
was called "Moving on until the regime is toppled".
The increasing intensity of the crowd's slogans has led to
frequent calls for
the execution of the president and last week scores of
Syrian students boycotted
the first day of school spending their day chanting an
Arabic rhyme: "No
studying and no teaching, until the leader falls."
Activists say that the wall of fear has finally fallen; it
can only be a matter
of time before the House of Assad falls too.
Ahmad Al Najjar is an activist and writer of Syrian origin.
Currently working on
a number of research papers related to Arab spring across
the Middle East and
Imam Badi Ali's Khutba in Greensboro, Norh Carolina
Essential requirements of Daily Muslim Behavior
Here are the texts Imam Badi presented followed by a summary
of his main points.
Texts: "A man asked the messenger of Allah, peace and
blessings of Allah be on him: 'Which Islam is best?" He
replied: To feed people and to give the greetings of peace,
salam, to all whether you know them or not." [Bukhari's
sahih, narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar, r.a.]
"The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be on him.
Said: Do not despise any good deed however small. Included
in good deeds is the smiling face with which you meet
people. A good deed is when you share water from your meager
supply with your brother [in humanity." [Hadith in the Sunan
When we do good, we often know in our hearts
that it is good. Similarly, when we do evil, we feel that it
is wrong in our minds and souls.
For all kinds of behavior, there are rules and
regulations. A river without banks is not a river.
The greetings of SALAAM are important in
There is no alternative to salam. Hello and Hi
won't do it.
So spread the message of salam [peace]
Salam is the greeting of the angels and the
Love is key. But for you to love anyone, you
must do your "homework" and know what's going on.
Whatever you say, educational, critical or
observational, say it with love.
The sahaba, r.a. [companions of the Prophet,
pbuh] said salam alaikum so many times, they even said it
when a tree came between them and another person for a
The Prophet, pbuh, often smiled.
Smiling is a form of sadaqa. It is fitra
[natural] Don't suppress it. We think that babies cry all
the time, but notice that they have a smile even in the womb
and when they are asleep after birth. Look carefully.
Smiling in public is a real winner. The effect
is tremendous. You win the person's heart every time you
start a conversation with a caring smile. It is like a light
A righteous child who remembers your love and
affection and remembers your smile is in a mental condition
which some scholars say is equal to Hajj.
2011-10-03 Mon 18:41:08 cdt