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Mohurram 9, 1433/December 5, 2011 # 50
Br. Rashid [Jamaat al-Muslimeen Detroit, Michigan] who
confronted ISNA's Siraj Wahhaj about his lies which helped
to imprison Shaikh Omar for life, now gives eyewitness
account of CAIR's representative Dawud Walid stressing
CAIR's role in turning in Muslims to the government.
Please scroll way down.
Our America: Very briefly
Outreach: December 2: Jamaat al-Muslimeen literature was
given to 100 people after Juma salat at the Islamic Center
in Washington, DC. It included Shoora resolutions condemning
crimes against women in USA, supporting "Occupy Wall
Street," opposing the recolonization of Africa, condemning
extra judicial killings of Shaykh Osama & Shaykh Awlaki,
supporting Palestine and Pakistan. It included an article
against sectarianism, a report on the uprisings in Yemen
and an item on Sandusky's abuse of children.
Our Native American Family: December 2. National Congress of
American Indians held a vigil in front of the Interior
Ministry in Washington, DC where President Obama was
addressing Indian chiefs friendly to the government. The
protestors brought a resolution adopted by the General
Assembly of Indians urging the president to show clemency to
Leonard Peltier, political prisoner, who has been moved to
Florida.[JAM was represented.] The president left without
meeting the protestors.
African American Intellectual Speaks to Lincoln University
Students: November 30. Dr. Wilmer Leon, independent
broadcaster, addressed a gathering at Lincoln U. in
Pennsylvania on the subject of African American future
prospects after President Obama. He stressed the symbolic
value of Obama's election which has changed the mental
history of African Americans. He cautioned about the serious
situation of Blacks and Hispanics outside the Middle Class
with record high disparities in wealth and joblessness. He
sharply criticized Obama's policies on Afghanistan and
Libya. He noted that Obama will probably be re-elected,
though it would be unwise, because his Republican opponents
are light weights and that Herman Cain would drop out before
Monday [which he did.]
The program was hosted by Dr. Siddique and facilitated by
Prof. Hunter Hayes and Ms. Sotilleo.
Mohurram 10: Greatest Day of Sorrow in Islamic History
Husayn, r.a., grandson of the Prophet, pbuh, killed by a
Tribal "Muslim" Army.
Great relevance to our Own Times
by Kaukab Siddique
"These Iraqis ask me about religious ruling on killing a fly
while wearing ihram. They killed the grandson of the
prophet, pbuh, who said about Hasan, r.a., and Hussain,
r.a.: These are my two most beautiful flowers in this
world." [From Abdullah ibn Umar, r.a., in Bukhari's Sahih].
"O Allah! I love these two, Hasan and Hussain. I beseech you
O Allah to love them too. " [Words of Muhammad, pbuh,
narrated by Abu Huraira, r.a., in the Musnad of Ahmad.]
It was the year 61 after the Hijra [migration] of the
Prophet, pbuh, [October 10, 680 c.e] when an army of 4,000
trained soldiers surrounded a caravan of 200 people lead by
Husayn, r.a., ibn Ali, r.a., and killed 72 males and took
the women and children as prisoners. [ al-Isabah by Ibn
The army was sent by Ubaidullah ibn Ziyad, appointed
governor of Iraq by Yazid, the Ummayad ruler in Damascus.
Ibn Ziyad saw Husayn, r.a., as a rebel against the
established government and wanted him to kneel down and
accept the overlordship of Yazid. Imam Husayn refused to
accept the tyrant and fought to the last, sword in hand,
till he was cut down along with his entire male entourage
other than one teenage boy who was spared [later to be Imam
Husayn, r.a., fought this battle against overwhelming odds
on the banks of the Euphrates river at a place later to be
called Karbala. Ibn Ziyad's forces had captured the
approaches to the river. Husayn, r.a., and his companions
were dying of thirst even as they fought.
The battle began in traditional style, man to man, but each
stalwarts of the "government" forces was cut down by the
heroic Husayn, r.a., and those with him. Then the army
started sending in barrages of arrows and the blessed family
of the Prophet, pbuh, fell one by one. The Yazidis cut off
the heads of all 72 including the Imam and sent them to
Yazid. The tents of the blessed families were looted and
burned down and the women and children humiliated and sent
as prisoners of war to Damascus. The blood curdling details
of this horrific, nightmarish tragedy are recounted in
detail in the classic Tarikh of Tabari and other books of
Yazid was the first hereditary ruler in Muslim history. The
idea of the son inheriting rule from the father or some very
close relative is unthinkable in Islam. Muhammad, pbuh, Abu
Bakr, r.a., Umar, r.a., and Usman, r.a., never taught
hereditary rule [also known as kingship]. Yazid's mother was
a Jacobite Christian and he was only nominally a Muslim. He
was the first to bring corruption, song and music into the
palace of a so-called Muslim Caliph. [See Abu al-Fida', died
1332 c.e. , Tarikh Mukhtasar al-Bashar which includes the
earlier history book of Ibn al-Athir, d. 1234 c.e., al-kamil
In Yazid and his governor Ibn Ziyad, we can see the
dictators and tyrants of our times who all claim to be
Muslims. This "formal" Muslim ruler, who is above the law,
is the curse and downfall of the Muslim ummah. Imam, Husayn
repeatedly reminded the attacking army that he was the
beloved grandson of the Prophet, pbuh, that his mother was
Fatima, r.a., the Prophet's, pbuh, beloved daughter, and
that he had done them no harm and if they did not want to
accept him, they should let him go back. His pleas had no
effect. They wanted him to bow down and accept their
This soul numbing tragedy of this fearless beloved grandson
of the Prophet, pbuh, reminds me of the Yazids of our time.
Look at General Musharraf and his cold blooded slaughter of
Islamic youths and women [girls] in the Red Mosque and Jamia
Hafsa. He could have waited them out, but no, he had to kill
them. Look at Karzai of Kabul: he has a beard and he prays
and he rules on behalf of NATO. [NATO is our Yazid and
Karzai is Ibn Ziyad.]
We must learn to distinguish between the true Believer and
the formal "Muslim" who prays and fasts but is ready to sell
himself to Zionism and Imperialism.
Finally, Yazid was wily. When he heard the people mourning,
even women in his own household crying, when the heads of
the martyrs were brought in and the blessed women of the
Ahlul Bayt were brought in as prisoners, he realized that
great uprisings would take place against him. He then placed
all the blame on his Governor ibn Ziyad and ordered that the
heads be returned to be buried with the bodies at Kerbala
and that the women and children be treated with great
respect and dignity and be returned to Madinah with all the
comforts of life.
This reminds me of the Americans rebuilding mosques which
they had bombed in Iraq and NATO paying villagers after
Europe's tanks ploughed through the crops of poor Afghan
Now we see Pakistanis praising their army as "heroic" and
the army of a Muslim nation [because 24 Pakistani troops
were killed in a US air strike]. The army has been
slaughtering Muslims in Swat, Dir, Adam Khel, South
Waziristan, Khyber, Bajaur etc at the orders of the
imperialists, but these soldiers pray and go to mosques
after carrying out America's orders.
In the dust of Kerbala, in the blood of the Shuhada, in the
fearless eyes of the Imam, in the courage and sense of honor
and faith of the women of the Ahlul Bayt is the truth of
Islam, the Sunnah of Muhammad, pbuh.
It's not a Shi'a-Sunni issue but it's about the eternal
struggle between good and evil. Three years after Kerbala,
Yazid attacked and ravaged the holy city of Madinah because
the people of Madinah had rejected his "government" on
hearing of the slaughter of the Ahlul Bayt. Then Yazid
attacked Makkah where Abdullah ibn Zubair, r,a., the
adopted son of Ayesha, r.a., was defying him. His attack on
Makkah was beaten back by Abdullah, r.a., but in the process
of trying to kill him, the Yazidis damaged the Ka'aba itself
but it was rebuilt by Abdullah, r.a. Thereafter most of the
Islamic domain proclaimed Abdullah ibn Zubair, r.a., as the
rightful Caliph. Yazid was isolated and Abdullah, r.a.,
ruled for 10 years.
It's a shame that the Shia-Sunni polemic has lead many
Sunnis to defend and even glorify Yazid by many devious
means. It's not a Shi'a Sunni issue. It's about Islam and
kufr-pretetending-to-be-Islam. Remember how the Saudis
crushed Juhayman and his followers who had taken refuge in
the Haram al-Sharif? The Saudis claimed that they are an
Islamic authority [although they are linked to imperialism
and Zionism] and that Juhayman was a heretic. Often history
repeats itself. Believe it or not, Yazid claimed that
al-Husayn, r.a., was a rebel against "Islamic authority!"
This is the verse I selected from the Qur'an to honor
"They are the ones to whom people said: 'The adversaries
have gathered (in great number) against you, so fear them.'
But this further enhanced their faith and they proclaimed:
'Allah is Sufficient for us and what an excellent Guardian
He is!'" (Qur'an, 3:173)
With thanks to Sis. Kristi
Where Should the Birds Fly?
Documenting the Horrific Israeli Invasion and bombardment of
[A hijabi woman's contribution to understanding.]
A young girl sits among the rubble of her family home. She
speaks of the many people she knows who have been killed,
swept up in the swirl of bombs and tanks that were devouring
Gaza. When asked if she lost many family members, she simply
says: "Not many. Just my mother, my father and my
Mona was 10 years old.
Fida Qishta is a Palestinian camerawoman/editor, who has
been working on news stories and documentaries in the Gaza
Strip since 2006. She has written articles for the U.K.
Observer and Guardian newspapers and The International
Herald Tribune.She's also a qualified teacher and founded
the Life Makers Center in Rafah, Gaza, in 2004 to teach
English language and drama to traumatized children.
Fida has documented the horrific Israeli invasion and
bombardment of Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. She
and her crew of young Gazans kept the cameras rolling for
months, recording the struggle of the people of Gaza to
retrieve some sense of normalcy from the absolute
abnormality of life in the world's largest prison camp,
sealed off on all sides by Israeli and Egyptian walls,
barbed wire and military
[Strongly recommended by Kaukab Siddique. Please donate,
even if it is a dollar.]
"Thanksgiving?" Why a Statue and not the Facts?
There is a statue of Native American chief Massasoit in
Plymouth, Massachusetts. The inscription notes that he was a
friend of the Pilgrims and helped them survive the winter.
It does not mention that the Pilgrims rewarded his family by
murdering his son, Metacomet, whom they quartered and hung
in the village square as celebration of Thanksgiving. Nor
does it mention the 700 other members of Massasoit's tribe,
the Wampanoigs, also summarily massacred by the
- Nadrat Siddique
The Message of the Islamic New Year
by Imam Shamim Siddiqui [Long Island, New York]
Adviser to Jamaat al-Muslimeen
The New Year of Muslims, Hijri 1433 started from First of
Muharram, corresponding to November 27, 2011. Let us find
out what made Khalifa Omar Bin Khattab ® to start our
Calendar from that day in the 16 th year of Hijrah after due
consultation with the companions of the Prophet (S)
THE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF HIJRAH: Hijrah [migration for
the sake of Allah] is a cornerstone or the turning point of
the process of the Islamic Movement for the establishment of
Allah's Deen. It has six important phases towards
development or formation of an Islamic society or state.
Four stages come before Hijrah, [i.e. Dawah, Tarbiyah,
Jamaah and Peaceful Resistance] and one after Hijrah, i.e.
Qital. Hijrah is the turning point of the process of Islamic
revolution and as such it has natural impact on the struggle
towards Iqamatuddeen. These stages can be categorized into
following major headings: * Expansion; * Consolidation; *
Hijrah was the process to consolidate the Islamic forces
scattered throughout the country. It was essential to
assimilate all the available manpower and material resources
at the center of Madinah to transform the Islamic Movement
into an organized state and counteract the onslaughts of the
Batil which were inevitable. The idolaters never liked that
the Islamic Movement should get a place to consolidate its
position and march ahead in a continuous process. The evil
forces of the time could not tolerate this situation and as
such, it culminated into the battles of Badr, Uhud, Trenches
and so on.
Thus Hijrah is an important milestone of the process of
Dawah Ilallah towards Iqamatuddeen. It is a fundamental step
towards consolidation of the strength gained through the
extensive and intensive Dawah activities. Before Hijrah
Muslims were not allowed to take up arms even in their
defense while at Makkah [Reference: Verse 119 of Al-Tawbah]
but after Hijrah they were permitted to pay the idolaters
back in their own coin. [Reference: Verse 39 of Surah
Al-Hajj] The Islamic movements around the world will
encounter the same situation, provided their Dawah efforts
reach to the same stage as that of Rasulullah's (S).
The situation in American perspective is somewhat different.
Brothers and sisters who are interested to study the concept
of Hijrah and Qital [the final stage] in American situation
in detail are requested to go through Chapter IV of the
writer's book, " Methodology of Dawah", pages 63-69. Today
there is no Islamic country in the world where to migrate.
Hence they are to struggle at the place where they are for
the establishment of Allah's Deen which is incumbent on each
May Allah give us Tawfeeq to do it as He commands.
Coming soon: "Darul Arqam Muslim Converts Association of
Free classes for Muslims, Non-Muslims and Muslim Converts
who want to know more about Islamic Knowledge on an ongoing
basis. (Historical place w/services/resources; meet new
Launching & fundraiser program for. Children and Adults
December, 25th 2011 mark your calendar. Kid prizes!
(Lyons Park Center Auditorium Durham, 27707 NC USA 11am-4pm)
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(A bigger place Alhamdulillah)
Continental Breakfast and Lunch included Adult donation
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home gifts for the children.
Guest speaker Imam Muhammad Adly for Adult's program
Contact: Project Mgr. to get your ticket before Dec. 10.
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Egypt is Going Islamic Big Time:Nov.30
New York Times Supports Muslim Brotherhood, Attacks Salafis.
The 25% [surprise!] Salafi vote could Upset the 40%
[Here is the NY Times Report. Take it with a pinch of salt-
Islamists Say They Have Mandate in Egypt Voting
The New York Times
Islamists claimed a decisive victory on Wednesday as early
election results put them on track to win a dominant
majority in Egypt's first Parliament since the ouster of
Hosni Mubarak, the most significant step yet in the
religious movement's rise since the start of the Arab
Spring. The party formed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's
mainstream Islamist group, appeared to have taken about 40
percent of the vote, as expected ... Analysts in the
state-run news media said early returns indicated that
Salafi groups could take as much as a quarter of the vote,
giving the two groups of Islamists combined control of
nearly 65 percent of the parliamentary seats.
American Jew was Helping Pakistani Businesses and
Now in the hands of Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri
On Thursday, December 1, MSNBC reported: "Weinstein, who has
a home in Rockville, Maryland, worked in Pakistan for
several years and spoke Urdu, the language used by Muslims
in Pakistan and India. He was the country director in
Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based firm that
advises a range of Pakistani business and government
According to news reports, Pakistani Taliban [TTP] kidnapped
Mr. Weinstein in August in the city of Lahore., moved him
from place to place and has placed him securely in the hands
of al-Qaidah leader Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
Al-Zawahiri, according to MSNBC quoting al-Qaidah web sites,
is demanding that the US free the Islamic prisoners in
Guantanamo Bay and stop bombing Muslim countries. Another
NBC report says that the Egyptian leader of al-Qaidah is
also demanding that the Blind Shaikh [Dr. Abdel Rahman] be
freed in exchange for Weinstein.
[Al-Zawahiris's wife and children were killed in a US air
strike a few years back. Dr. Abdel Rahman's son was killed
in a US air strike more recently. US observers say that the
chances of Weinstein being exchanged for Islamic prisoners
are very low.]
US Bombing Raid leads to Protests Across Pakistan
[Here is a sample from Lahore as reported by the Daily
LAHORE, December 2:: Protest demonstrations to condemn the
NATO strikes on Pakistani soldiers continued on Friday in
various parts of the city as religious organizations,
traders, students and people from various walks of life came
out to express solidarity with the Pakistan Army.
Most of the rallies and demonstrations were taken out from
the city mosques, while demonstrations were also held at
Faisal Chowk and the Lahore Press Club after Friday prayers.
The protesters were holding placards and banners inscribed
with various messages and they chanted slogans against the
US, NATO and in favor of the Pakistan Army. They also burnt
tires; however, they remained peaceful.
Rallies were taken out by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Alhe
Hadith Pakistan, Muslim Students Organisation,
Injuman-e-Tajaran, the Mall Road Traders Association and
Jamiat Ahle Hadith Youth Force. At Jallo Morr, Chaudhry
Ashiq Diyal and others led a protest demonstration.
Thousands of people turned out on roads on the appeal of
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hassan. Prayer leaders
condemned the blatant NATO aggression in their Friday
sermons, while leaders of the JI and other religious parties
called for a resolute stand against the aggressors. They
also demanded immediate withdrawal from the US war on
The JI chief said that Pakistan had extended maximum support
to the US and NATO. People of the country had been demanding
that the NATO supplies be stopped but nobody paid heed. For
the first time, the government had stopped these supplies
but it was unclear whether the intelligence sharing had also
Syed Munawar Hassan appreciated the government's decision of
boycotting the Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan.
He said that in the first place, the US wouldn't quit
Afghanistan. And secondly, he said, the future of
Afghanistan should not be Washington's headache as Afghans
were in a better position to decide for themselves.
Addressing a big rally outside Mansoora, Dr Farid Piracha,
the JI deputy secretary general, demanded immediate eviction
of the US troops from Shamsi and Shahbaz air bases. He
called upon the rulers, the opposition leaders, and
bureaucrats to bring back their wealth abroad.
Jamiat Ahle Hadith Pakistan observed "Protest Day" across
the country against the US and NATO forces. A protest rally
was held on Lawrence Road and it was led by Ibtesam Elahi
Zaheer, Hafiz Khalid Shahzad Farooqi, Hafiz Mohsin and other
Addressing the rally, Ibtesam Elahi said that US was the
enemy of Muslim Ummah and they willfully attacked the
sovereignty of Pakistan. He said that government should not
test the patience of the Pakistani nation as the government
had not so far ordered the US ambassador to leave the
country and call back Pakistani ambassador from US.
Convicted on Suspicion
22 year old Ziyad Yaghi Faces Life in Prison
["Defense lawyers also said none of the hundreds hours of
audio recordings and video surveillance collected by the FBI
in a 5-year investigation of Boyd ever captured him or his
alleged co-conspirators discussing specific plans for an
attack. The lawyers for the three also said the government's
case amounted to prosecuting young Muslims who did little
more than watch jihadist videos on computers and trade
"stupid" Facebook posts in support of those fighting
Americans overseas" -Associated Press.]
by Mel Underbakke, Ph.D., Director, Friends of Human Rights,
Director, Education and Outreach Committee, National
Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms
P.O. Box 290136, Tampa, Florida 33687. Phone:
Our federal government has been busy since 9/11 apprehending
"thought criminals". They scored another victory on October
13, 2011, when Ziyad Yaghi and Hysen Sherifi were convicted
of providing material support to terrorism and conspiring to
carry out attacks overseas. A third defendant, Omar Hassan,
was convicted of providing materials support to terrorists.
Ziyad is facing a possible life sentence.
Were they convicted of committing any violent acts? No, they
were not. They were convicted of "conspiring" to commit
violent acts. Evidence consisted of testimony by Daniel
Boyd, who said that Ziyad was an extremist. Daniel Boyd and
his two sons had already pled guilty in this same case. In
exchange for the plea and agreeing to testify against the
others, many of the charges against the Boyds were
In other evidence, prosecutors told the jury that Ziyad used
the code words "beach" and "marriage"; this in spite of
pictures of Ziyad at the beach in Egypt, where he had gone
to see family and get married .
To hear Laila Yaghi speak about her son, go to:
This is a case of great injustice. As an observer at the
trial was heard to say, "This is wrong! This is speech!"
How can you help Ziyad? Please write a respectful letter
asking the judge to hand down a lenient sentence. You may
mention that there was no evidence of violence, and only
speech was involved. Also, Ziyad is only 22 years old. Send
the letters to Ziyad's defense attorney. The address is:
Jim Ayers, Attorney at Law, PO Box 1544, New Bern, NC
CAIR's Role in Surveillance and Intelligence collection in
Eyewitness Account of CAIR's Dawud Walid's Statement.
By: Jihad Rashid [Detroit, Michigan]
I am not surprised at CAIR's most recent statement, "In the
meantime, the Majlis remains committed to combating domestic
terrorism from within Muslim ranks.." I am a witness to a
similiar statement being made by a Dawud Walid of CAIR.
On July 16th, 2011, the National Coalition To Protect Civil
Freedoms, (NCPCF), held a conference at the Shrine of the
Black Madonna in Detroit. As I sat in the audience listening
to the plight of many of the Muslims and other political
prisoners that have been illegally imprisoned or setup, I
was shocked and appalled at the TOTAL DISRESPECT of the
Michigan CAIR Representative Dawud Walid that was directed
toward Dr. Kaukab Siddique. As Dr. Siddique was allowed to
speak, Dr. Siddique reminded the audience about those
so-called Muslim organizations that have openly admitted to
working with the Federal goverment against the Muslim Ummah.
Dawud Walid snatched the microphone from the MC and declared
that he would inform on any Muslim or organization. This
writer as well as the other panelist who were not Muslim
Dr. Siddique then mentioned the incident of the 5 Muslim
youth who are now jailed in Pakistan due to the CAIR's
involvement. (See New Trend#1397).One non-Muslim panelist
also spoke out aganist Dawud Walid's statement.
As a friend of Professor Sami Al-Arian and a Tajwid student
of Bayan Elashi of the Holy Land Foundation case, I could
not believe that Dawud Walid would make such a statement,
especially in the presence of several family members of
those Muslims currently being held in federal prison without
due process of law. This was truly a slap in the face of
those family members who had invited Dawud Walid to speak.
His statement violates the very foundation of the Islam! His
statement clearly shows how far the Muslims have strayed
from the Qur'an and the Sunnah of our Beloved Holy Prophet
Living in the City of Detroit close to the Wayne State
University. I see the Muslim Women students wearing Hijab;
however they wear extreme tight fitting jeans and tight
blouses, yet, they constitute themselves as Muslims. This
too is shocking, but the statement by CAIR's representative
Dawud Walid is more repulsive. His statement should be
CONDEMNED by ALL MUSLIMS!
Has Dawud read the Qur'an, has he read the Hadith of our
Beloved Nabi (?)?Such behavior is the same type of behavior
that led to the murder of Uthman and the Civil war between
Ali and Muawiya. How can there be unity within the Ummah if
such agent provocateurs dwell in the midst our Ummah.
Allah Subhanan Wa Ta'ala has stated in the Holy Qur'an, "O
you who believe , Take NOT for friend or Protector the
DISBELIEVERS instead of the BELIEVERS. Do you wish to offer
Allah a manifest proof against yourself?"
(Surah 4 Ayat 144, also read Surah 3 Ayats 86 to 91).
Abu Musa Ashari related that he heard the Prophet (?)
saying:"It is part of Glorifying Allah to show respect to a
grey-haired Muslim, and to a person who can teach the
Qur'an." (Abu Daud)
There are many Ayats of the Holy Qur'an and Hadiths of our
Beloved, Holy Prophet (?) that condemn people who act in
such a way.
Now some may say that I should hide our brothers faults.
That is true if such faults will not bring harm to the
Now, I am NOT writing this with the intent to harm our
brother Dawud Walid, I only seek to help my brother in
righteousnes, and to do that which is GOOD and to FORBID
Evil.(Surah 3 Ayat 110). We as Muslims MUST speak words of
Truth and stay united, for disunity only brings weakness and
we become losers. (Surah 17:53).
As Malcolm X stated, history is one of our best teachers. As
we reflect what happen at the battle of Uhud, the Muslims
did not follow the orders of the Prophet (?) and were almost
annihilated,( Surah 3 Ayat 152). We should also reflect on
the Battle of Tours, when Charles Martel defeated the
Muslims due to their love for the Dunya. When the Muslims
heard rumors that Martel's army had outflanked them and was
stealing their gold which was left behind them at their
camp, this caused the Muslims to become disarrayed seeking
to save their gold, falling out of rank, eventually causing
them to lose the battle and stopped the Muslims from
conquering all of Europe.
I end with a hadith of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (?). Abu
Hurairah related that Rasulullah said:"the Believers are
like Mirrors for each other; the Believers are like
brothers, who ward off HARM, and protect one another from
Behind". (Abu Daud)
May Allah Guide Us and Protect Us. Wa Alaikum Assalaam.
Western Intelligence Views a Serious Development in Mali,
West Africa. Tuareg & other Black Africans are joining Jihad
[The following report prepared by Associated Press appeared
in the pro-Government daily Dawn, Karachi, Pakistan. It has
input from Noman Benotman who deserted al-Qaida and is now
an analyst at the London-based Quilliam Foundation - Ed.]
Candy, cash - al Qaeda plants itself in Africa
AP December 3 [Published in Dawn, Karachi]
A nomad from the Tuareg tribe of the Sahara Desert brings
his herd for vaccination to a team of US Special Forces in
the Sahara Desert handing out aid near the town of Gao in
northeastern Mali. With almost no resistance, al-Qaeda in
the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, is implanting itself in
Africa's soft tissue, choosing as its host Mali, one of the
poorest nations on earth. AP Photo
SOKOLO: The first time the members of al-Qaeda emerged from
the forest, they politely said hello. Then the men carrying
automatic weapons asked the frightened villagers if they
could please take water from the well.
Before leaving, they rolled down the windows of their pickup
truck and called over the children to give them
That was 18 months ago, and since then, the bearded men in
outfits like those worn by Osama bin Laden have returned for
water every week. Each time they go to lengths to exchange
greetings, ask for permission and act neighbourly, according
to locals, in the first intimate look at how al-Qaeda tries
to win over a village.
Besides candy, the men hand out cash. If a child is born,
they bring baby clothes. If someone is ill, they prescribe
medicine. When a boy was hospitalised, they dropped off
plates of food and picked up the tab.
With almost no resistance, al-Qaeda has implanted itself in
Africa's soft tissue, choosing as its host one of the
poorest nations on earth. The terrorist group has created a
refuge in this remote land through a strategy of winning
hearts and minds, described in rare detail by seven locals
in regular contact with the cell. The villagers agreed to
speak for the first time to an Associated Press team in the
"red zone," deemed by most embassies to be too dangerous for
foreigners to visit.
While al-Qaeda's central command is in disarray and its
leaders on the run following bin Laden's death six months
ago, security experts say, the group's five-year-old branch
in Africa is flourishing. From bases like the one in the
forest just north of here, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,
or AQIM, is infiltrating local communities, recruiting
fighters, running training camps and planning suicide
attacks, according to diplomats and government
Even as the mother franchise struggles financially, its
African offshoot has raised an estimated $130 million in
under a decade by kidnapping at least 50 Westerners in
neighbouring countries and holding them in camps in Mali for
ransom. It has tripled in size from 100 combatants in 2006
to at least 300 today, say security experts. And its growing
footprint, once limited to Algeria, now stretches from one
end of the Sahara desert to the other, from Mauritania in
the west to Mali in the east.
The group's stated aim is to become a player in global
jihad, and suspected collaborators have been arrested
throughout Europe, including in the Netherlands, Spain,
Italy, England and France. In September, the general
responsible for US military operations in Africa, Army Gen.
Carter Ham, said AQIM now also poses a "significant threat"
to the United States.
The answer to why the group has thrived can be found in this
speck of a town, where homes are made of mud mixed with
straw and families eke out a living either in the fields of
rice to the south or in the immense forest of short, stout
trees to its north.
It's here, under a canopy stretching over an area three
times larger than the city of New York, that Sokolo's
herders take their cattle. They avoid overgrasing by
organising themselves into eight units linked to each of the
eight wells, labelled N1 through N8, along the 50-mile-long
perimeter of the Wagadou forest. They pay $5 per year per
head of cattle, and $3 per head of sheep, for the right to
water their animals.
When the al-Qaeda fighters showed up with four to five jerry
cans and asked for water, they signalled that they did not
intend to plunder resources.
"From the moment you lay eyes on them, you know that they're
not Malian," said 45-year-old herder Amadou Maiga.
They started to come every four or five days in Land
Cruisers, with Kalashnikovs slung over their shoulders. At
first they stayed for no more than 15 to 20 minutes, said
the villagers, including herders, a hunter and employees of
the Malian Ministry of Husbandry who travel to the area to
vaccinate animals and repair broken pumps. If on Monday they
took water from one well, on Wednesday they would go to
another, always varying their path.
Fousseyni Diakite, 51, a pump technician who travels twice a
month to the forest to check the generators used to run the
wells, first ran into the cell in May 2010, when he saw four
men in Arab dress inside a Toyota Hilux truck, all with
AK-47s at their feet.
He said the men come with medical supplies and try to find
out if anyone is sick.
"There is one who is tall with a big chest _ he's Arab,
possibly Algerian. He's known for having an ambulatory
pharmacy. He goes from place to place giving treatment for
free," Diakite said.
They venture into the camps where the herders sleep at dusk
and hand out cash to villagers who join them for prayers, he
said _ bills of 10,000 West African francs (about $20),
equal to nearly half the average monthly salary in Mali.
Most of the herders sleep in lean-to's in camps at the
forest's edge. Because these are temporary settlements, they
do not have mosques, unlike most villages in this nation
twice the size of France that is 90 percent Muslim.
In Boulker, a hamlet near the forest, the fighters left
100,000 francs (around $200), instructing locals to buy
supplies and build an adobe mosque, Diakite said.
"They said that for every population center with at least 10
people, there should be a mosque," he said.
Along with its poverty, Mali has an enormous geography and a
weak central government not unlike Afghanistan, where bin
Laden first used the charm offensive to secure the loyalty
of the local people, said Noman Benotman, a former jihadist
with links to al-Qaida, now an analyst at the London-based
"We used to teach our people about this. It's part of the
military plan how to treat locals. This is the environment
that keeps them alive," said Benotman, who first met bin
Laden in Sudan and who spent years fighting alongside
al-Qaida in Afghanistan. He said bin Laden gave his fighters
specific instructions on how to conduct themselves: Don't
argue about the price, just make the locals happy. Become
"like oxygen" to them.
AQIM is taking the lesson to heart. Soon after they began
taking water, one of the bearded fighters approached a
shepherd at the pump to buy a ram. The fighters were looking
to slaughter it to feed themselves. The shepherd offered it
to him for free too afraid to ask for money, said Maiga,
the man's friend.
But the stranger refused to take the ram without payment,
and immediately handed over a generous sum.
"They seem to know all the prices ahead of time. They point
to a ram and say, `I'll buy that one for 30,000 cfa ($60),'"
said Maiga, quoting the highest sum a herder could expect to
get for a ram in these parts. "They never bargain."
AQIM grew out of the groups fighting the Algerian government
in the 1990s, after the military canceled elections to stave
off victory for an Islamist party. Over the next decade,
they left a trail of destruction in Algeria. Around 2003,
they sent an emissary to Iraq to meet an al-Qaida
intermediary, according to Benotman. Three years later, the
insurgents joined the terror family, in what
second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri called "a blessed
Since then, their attacks have taken on the hallmarks of
al-Qaida. A pair of explosions this August killed 18 people
as they tore through the mess hall of Algeria's military
academy, with the second bomb timed to hit emergency
Al-Qaida in turn appears to be learning from its affiliates,
which have used kidnappings for ransom in Algeria, Yemen,
Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. After bin Laden's death in
May, investigators found files on his hard drive showing
plans to turn to kidnapping to compensate for a decline in
AQIM in particular has perfected what analysts call a
"kidnap economy," drawing on its refuge in Mali, according
to diplomats, hostage negotiators and government officials.
In 2003, the group kidnapped and transported 32 mostly
German tourists from southern Algeria to Mali, where,
according to a member of Mali's parliament, they struck a
deal with local authorities that is still in effect
"The agreement was, `You don't hurt us, we won't hurt you,'"
said the parliament member, formerly involved in hostage
negotiations, who asked not to be identified because of the
The government of Mali denies these accusations, but
officials cited in diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks
make the same assertion. The president of neighboring
Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, told his American
counterparts in 2009 that Mali is "at peace with AQIM to
avoid attacks on its territory." Whereas the al-Qaida cell
has captured more than 50 foreigners in Algeria, Niger and
Mauritania, hardly any of the violence has touched Mali.
The cell has also managed to recruit local fighters,
including 60 to 80 Tuaregs, the olive-skinned nomads who
live in the Sahara desert, according to a security expert.
And villagers say they have seen black-skinned sub-Saharan
Africans in the pickups speaking the languages of Mali,
Guinea and Nigeria.
"The situation in Mali is they have become locals they are
not foreigners," said Benotman. "This is really, really
very, very difficult to do, and it makes it very hard to get
rid of them."
One thing still stands in al-Qaida's way: Its hardcore
ideology does not gel with the moderate Islam practiced by
Mali's nomads. Most of them said they were afraid, caught
between need for the money al-Qaida offers and wariness of
its extremist beliefs.
When bin Laden died, the members of the local cell went from
well to well to ask people to pray for his soul, according
to Amaye ag Ali Cisse, an employee of the Ministry of
Husbandry who travels twice a month to the wells to oversee
the vaccination of animals.
"Everyone is uncomfortable," he said. "This is a religion
that doesn't belong to us."
The herders say the fighters have not tried to impose their
ideology by force. Instead, they say that the AQIM members
wait until they have seen a herder at least a few times
before broaching the subject.
"It was the third time that I saw them that they started
preaching to me," said Maiga. "They said that everything
they do is in order to seek out God."
Herder Baba Ould Momo, 29, said he tries to come up with an
excuse to leave when the pickup trucks arrive at the well,
because he's afraid the terror cell will pull him in. He
said they backed off when they noticed he wasn't
"The first thing they try to do is invite people to join
them in the forest. If they see that the person is wavering,
it's then that they start preaching saying everything is
transitory," said Momo, who like most of the herders wears
plastic flip-flops, with a robe of wrinkled cloth. "But if
the person is categorical in saying `No,' they leave them
In June, Mauritania and Mali led a rare joint attack on the
al-Qaeda cell in the Wagadou Forest. However, herders say
that a week earlier, the al-Qaeda fighters told them that an
attack was imminent and that they had laid down land mines
in the forest. Mauritania blames Malian officials for
tipping off AQIM.
The herders said that for around two weeks, they didn't see
the bearded fighters. Then they returned with a new fleet of
Hilux pickup trucks, and with more men. Since then, the
fighters' tracks have been all over the forest floor, in a
map of constant movement, said 60-year-old hunter Cheickana
Cisse. They no longer sleep in the same place.
Just as Cisse was taking a drink of water at the N7 pump on
a recent evening, two pickup trucks mounted with
anti-aircraft cannons and loaded with combatants drove up.
The men had chains of ammunition strapped across their
chests, and belts loaded with cartridges.
They laid their AK-47s in a circle on the ground to create a
space to pray, like a symbolic mosque. One of them asked
Cisse if he had heard of bin Laden.
"He said, `We're like this with bin Laden,'" Cisse
explained, intertwining his right and left index fingers
like a link in a chain. "He said, `We're al-Qaeda.'"
The elderly hunter tried to slip away just as one of the
fighters made the call to prayer.
"And they said, `You? Aren't you going to pray?' They told
me to come into the circle. I could feel them watching me,"
he said. The men kneeled inside the circle of weapons. Four
others guarded them, including one who climbed on the roof
of the truck. Cisse tiptoed inside and began going through
the prayer. "I kept stealing glances to see if they were
doing the same moves as me," he said. "I know the words, but
I was scared." When the group had finished, the four who had
kept vigil took their turn inside the circle. Cisse quietly
walked away. They didn't try to stop him
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