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Mohurram 16, 1433/December 12, 2011 # 51
Long Island, New York: This is an excerpt from our adviser,
a learned Imam, Shamim Siddiqui's latest brochure titled
Understanding Islam in Historical Perspective. Your help is
needed to distribute it in your communities, Muslim and
non-Muslim. Let us know if you can help. Write to:
"Our adversaries are presenting Islam with many distorted
and ugly faces, due to their centuries old prejudices and
ever-growing ignorance about Islam, the Qur'an and Prophet
Muhammad [peace be upon him ]. But one thing that I have
noticed which is remarkably astonishing is the fact that
there are a lot of Christian brothers and sisters who are
serious in their desire to understand Islam."
A message has just been received from Canada about an effort
to expose India's occupation of Kashmir. Owing to lack of
space, we had to put it at the end, but it is important.
Please scroll to end.
Research article provides evidence that the "god" of the
Jews/Israelites/Hebrews as given in the Old Testament was a
snake "god," not the imageless God of the monotheists.
Fascinating analysis, step by step. Scroll to end.
Three Islamic women whom the US & Pakis could not break.
This is for the history books.
Scroll to near end.
Iraqi reader outraged by article on Mohurram.
Please scroll way down.
Letter from Shi'a brother to Shi'a Muslims: Stand up against
Scroll way down.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Endorsed Mumia Jamal Event in
On December 9, activists from a number of cities gathered in
Philadelphia to support Mumia Jamal on the 30th anniversary
of his imprisonment. Among the activists were Nadrat
Siddique [JAM Washington DC], Ameejil Whitlock, activist and
organizer of Maryland Friends of MOVE, Romona Africa,
survivor of a government assault on her community, David
Wiggins, well known Baltimore activist for African American
causes, and Nzinghah, wife of Black Panther Party [BPP]
member and political prisoner Marshall Eddie Conway.
Outreach #2 plus Attempt to stop distribution
Literature On CAIR, Pakistan, Mohurram, Ziyad Yaghi, Egypt
given to 90 Muslims
December 9: Jamaat al-Muslimeen reached out to Muslims after
Juma salat in Newark, Delaware and distributed a six page
booklet of literature to 90 Muslims from Indo-Pakistani and
Attempt to stop the distribution: A Pakistani doctor tried
to stop the distribution. He was in a state of shock and
claimed that THREE YEARS back he had said to JAM rep to stop
"but you are still at it." [Think about the impact of this
literature that after three years this Pakistani ,with beard
and shalwar kameez, was still "mad" that the truth was
reaching the innocent Muslims of Delaware.] The "director"
failed to stop it because the literature had already been
distributed while JAM rep engaged him in conversation.
The literature included a report from Br. Rashid [Detroit]
on CAIR's agent Dawud Walid who wants to hand over outspoken
Muslims to the Zionist regime. Also included was an article
pointing out that Yazid was the enemy of Husayn, r.a., and
Abdullah ibn Zubair, r.a. and the Ansar of Madinah. It's not
a Shi'a Sunni issue.
Yaghi is a Muslim political prisoner in North Carolina. His
sentencing is coming up on January 13.
Latest war news: with brief New Trend analysis.
Syria: More than 4,000 unarmed civilians have been murdered
by Assad till now. On December 11, a general strike began
in Syria to oppose the horrific crimes being committed by
the regime. In several cities, Assad's tanks opened fire on
entire city blocks to smash the striking merchants, There
are new incidents in which defectors from Assad's army are
firing at the rampaging Syrian army. Crimes of torture,
mutilation and humiliation of children by Assad's thugs have
been recorded by secret cell phone cameras. The Syrian
tyrant Assad made a fool of himself giving an interview to a
Zionist lady, Barbara Walters, in which he claimed that the
slaughter of civilians in Syria is going on without his
knowledge or permission! [Iran is making a strategic blunder
by siding with Assad in the hope of a link with Hizbullah
against Israel. Syria has not fired a shot at Israel for 30
years. Hizbullah too was quiet when Israel assaulted Gaza.
Unless Iran hooks up with Sunni majorities, in the long run
it will be at a great disadvantage against the West. Like
Qaddafi, Assad is in denial- Editor]
Iran: It appears that Iran used cyber interference to bring
down INTACT a US drone which had "strayed" 140 miles into
Iran. Afghan Taliban shot down several drones last year but
they were destroyed in the crashes. [Muslims are asking, why
did Iran keep quiet while drones bombed Pakistani villages
killing more than 2000 villagers and 3 al-Qaida activists?
Iranian nationalism is isolating it from the Muslim world.
Afghanistan: NATO's steady losses have ended most military
operations against the Taliban. Stealthy guerrilla warfare
by the Taliban still killed 27 NATO troops in November and
5 in the first week of December, mostly Americans. [Ed.
note: These were elite American troops. Why do they have to
die in a war which has already been lost? The media do not
even report these losses.]
Scores of Shi'as were killed in Kabul in bomb attacks on
Ashura. The Taliban have categorically rejected the claim
that they did it. Western observers admit that the Taliban
do not carry out attacks on Shi'a civilians. Then Karzai
moved to blame Pakistan and named a Sunni extremist group in
Pakistan as the culprits. The group has rejected the claim.
Our observers say that bombs are often set off by secret
organizations to hurt civilians and create sectarian
Pakistan: December 11. Jamaate Islami's countrywide pressure
on the government led to the stoppage of supplies going into
Afghanistan for NATO. The NATO trucks are stuck in Torkham
and Bolan. [Twenty of them have been destroyed by Islamic
raiders.] JI also got the regime to close down Shamsi air
base from where drone attacks were launched. Five US drones
based there have been moved to Afghanistan. JI is pointing
out that there are other hidden US bases. See JI leader
Munawar Hasan's speech below. [Scroll down.]
Yemen: Amid Tumult, Thousands Leaving for Somalia and
December 9: Tens of thousands of Yemenis rallied in the
capital Sanaa and several other cities calling for President
Saleh to face trial for alleged corruption and killing of
Incoming Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa announced on
Wednesday that he had formed a national unity government
composed both of Saleh allies and opponents to take over
control of ministries.
But military units throughout the country remain divided in
their loyalties. Some back Saleh or his family or other
regime figures, and others are allied with his rivals in the
powerful al-Ahmar clan or with other opposition forces.
The splits in Yemen's government and military provide a
window of opportunity for al-Qaida, which has long had bases
in the country, to continue to contest control of Abyan
province and other territories.
HARGEISA, Dec. 1 — Continuing unrest and xenophobia in Yemen
have prompted an upsurge in the number of migrants and
refugees returning to Somalia, with up to 6,000 reported to
have travelled back across the Red Sea since the beginning
"About 400 Somaliland families and 600 Somali families have
returned to Somaliland in the last two months," said
Abdillahi Hussein Egeh, director-general of the Interior
Ministry in Somaliland, which unilaterally declared its
independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991.
"Somalilanders stay in this country, while the Somalis
continue their journey to Somalia," he said.
[Source Yemen Times
Eyewitness Account: ICNA, December 4, 2011
Siraj Wahhaj Attacks Shari'a: Making Halal into Haram
[From a New Trend observer who lives in New York.]
[Ed. note 1: ICNA is a puppet Indo-Pakistani group which
strongly supports the policies of the White House. Its
president, Zahid Bukhari, indicated on his job resume that
he has been working under the aegis of the US State
Department. ICNA also indicated last year that it has been
in bed with the FBI for more than a decade. Siraj Wahhaj, a
good friend of Medeleine Albright, works very closely with
ISNA and CAIR, Arab versions of ICNA, to help raise funds
for them. He helped a Zionist judge put the Blind Shaikh,
Dr. Abdel Rahman, in prison for life. Siraj is much admired
by naive immigrant Muslims who are never told the government
orientation of Siraj Wahhaj. -]
[Ed. note 2: Background to this report: A couple of years
back, some right wing extremists in the American power
structure, raised the fear that Muslims might be working to
make Shar'ia part of the American legal system! It was a
trick move and right away ICNA and ISNA fell for this
non-issue. They have been working hard to prove that Shari'a
is really barbaric and that American Muslims don't support
Since 9/11, Islam and Muslims have been facing bias
attacks from multiple fronts---in the mainstream media, on
TV, by groups of individuals and organizations. These are
blatant violations of universal human rights of an
individual to freedoms of religious beliefs and practices,
free speech, travel and right to congregate. The battle cry
of "war against terrorism" is a fake cry meant to evoke fear
and insecurity by those in power and others who have got on
the band-wagon of "Terrorism" to get richer and richer at
the expense of Islam and Muslims. These consist of entire
governments of some western non-Muslim countries and also
Muslim-majority countries with corrupt "Muslim"politicians
And the unfortunate reality is that we have amongst us some
Muslim individuals who proclaim themselves as Muslims
fighting in the cause of Allah Almighty and at the same time
they reveal their ignorance of what true "Submission" to
Allah Almighty means / involves. The Qur'an has warned us
that our fight on behalf of our Deen and the Message of
Almighty God will not be an easy one. Thus, now our struggle
in Islam is not only against the non-believers but also some
who call themselves "Muslims" and are, at the same time,
helping the enemies of Islam to destroy the Qur'an and our
rights to live our lives as we wish to -- in our desire to
please Allah Almighty.
One such individual amongst us is Imam Siraj Wahhaj who
spoke on the stage before an audience of Muslims and
violated the Qur'an. He took a position in his "speech"
against the ayat in the Qur'an that deal with punishment of
"cutting off the hands" of those who commit certain type of
crimes. And then he proceeded to take "votes" from the
audience, with a show of hands, of those Muslims who would
agree or disagree with this kind of punishment as dictated
in the Qur'an by Allah Almighty. He compared the Islamic
code of Justice as laid down in the Qur'an with that of the
United States Justice system which he deemed to be
"flawless" and better than the one dictated by Allah
subhanahu wa ta'ala in the Qur'an.
This "Imam" is either so dumb-witted that he is unable to
recognize his violation of the Qur'anic ayat (throughout the
Qur'an), including one specific one which states that one
cannot make halal what Allah has made haram and one cannot
make haram what Allah has made halal. But the most glaring
ignorance of this "Muslim Imam" is that he has not
understood, recognized and acknowledged the concept of
"Submission" to Allah Almighty. An individual who had done
so would not have made such a spectacle of himself before a
I have said this more than a decade ago and I say it now.
Islam is the only truly democratic entity in the world
today, and now we have the so-called "Arab Spring" to prove
Now, it's time for us Muslims, as individuals and as groups
to stand up and speak up whenever and wherever we find those
who violate the Word of the Almighty and attempt to
contaminate our minds, hearts and our Iman as Muslims ---
whether amongst non-believers or those deep in our midst
within our community. Now is the time to "Spring-clean" our
community and our behavior.
Thinking about the Meaning of Brotherhood [which includes
Spotlights from Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora Leader,
Brotherhood is strength.
Brotherhood is protection.
Brotherhood is the fruit of faith.
Faith and brotherhood are linked.
Brotherhood, for the sake of Allah, withstands
severest storms and overcomes worst obstacles.
Brotherhood is like the fingers of one
hand: Which one would you want cut off?
The art of living is connected to brotherhood.
It has to be learned.
Remember the story of the sticks: One can be
broken but they are unbreakable in a bundle.
Brotherhood "gives" constantly, like the sun
and the rain, which want no return or reward.
Islam teaches brotherhood as a CENTRAL
Brotherhood is the highest form of
Brotherhood is a gift from Allah and is
shared by believers regardless of race, color, nationality.
Faith is incomplete without brotherhood.
In both the Qur'an and the Hadith brotherhood
Brotherhood is the road to paradise.
Choose your brothers carefully because they
will go hand in hand with you to paradise.
Biggest Atrocity of the Afghan War was Hushed up by
Remember the victims of the Dasht-i-Leili massacre (Dec
2001, Afghanistan). The massacre, carried out by U.S. ally
General Rashid Dostum, and according to some eyewitnesses,
overseen by U.S. troops, has been described as possibly the
biggest atrocity (in terms of deaths) since the Srebrenica
massacre. Why are its victims never remembered? Is it
because some of them bore the label Taliban? Or, is it that
murders of innocents by the U.S. and its allies is
necessarily coupled with a transference of
responsibility--whereby the victims of the war crime are
demonized to the point that atrocities, however heinous,
against them are viewed as acceptable.
Convoy of Death
In Afghanistan, filmmaker Jamie Doran has uncovered evidence
of a massacre: Taliban prisoners of war suffocated in
containers, shot in the desert under the watch of American
- Nadrat Siddique
Leader of Peaceful Islamic Movement Blasts US General's
by Shamsuddin Amjad
LAHORE, Dec. 10: The Jamaat e Islami chief, Syed Munawar
Hasan, has condemned US General Dempsey's remarks for
"dismantling Pak terror havens and its influence in
Afghanistan", and said the US was the biggest terrorist in
the world today which had targeted different Muslim
countries. In a press statement here on Saturday, he said
that the US attacked Iraq on the false excuse of WMDs and
occupied its oil wells, ransacked Afghanistan in the name of
war on terror and was now targeting Pakistan despite calling
it an ally. He said Afghanistan and Pakistan were linked
through historic bonds of Islam and blood as Pushtoon tribes
were residing on both sides of the border. In the past,
Britain and Soviet Union had also tried to separate the two
countries but had failed. The US would also fail in its such
efforts, he added.
Syed Munawar Hasan said, the nation was furious over the
NATO attacks on Silala military posts and wanted permanent
stoppage of NATO supplies besides a deterrent punishment for
those involved in the attacks on the Silala military posts.
He said that the families of the Silala martyrs had termed
the US as Pakistan's worst enemy and were demanding pulling
out of the US war. Therefore, Prime Minister Gilani's
overtures for repairing ties with Washington were only
sprinkling salt on their wounds.
He counseled Premier Gilani to ensure the supremacy of the
constitution by accepting the Supreme Court decision on the
NRO and ending the government resistance to the judiciary's
The JI chief welcomed the statement of the Supreme Court
Chief Justice for upholding the supremacy of the
constitution and the dignity of the judiciary besides his
remarks about the armed forces responsibility towards the
country's defense and national solidarity. He expressed the
hope that the armed forces too would remain aloof from
politics and attend to their duties.
He said, had the rulers not joined the US war against the
nation's mood, Pakistan would not have to deploy its army on
the 1500 km long Afghan border now nor could India have the
courage to increase pressure on our eastern border.
Jamaate Islami Pakistan's Woman Leader: From JI Media
Brief Introduction of Dr Rukhsana Jabeen
Jamaat-e-Islami Women's Wing is not just an organization of
women; it is an organization of conscious and aware women.
This fact in itself is an indicator of the quality of our
leadership. By the grace of Allah, the Women's Wing has
always had a highly qualified leadership.
Dr. Rukhsana Jabeen is being elected to lead the
organization. She is a gynecologist from Kharian, Punjab,
having her own practice. In 1983, she became member of
Islami Jamiate Talaba and after finishing her education in
1989, joined Jamat-e-Islami. Since then she has been an
active member and has taken responsibilities of the cities
of Kharian and Gujranwala, then vice president and to the
secretary general Pakistan. She got married in 1982 when she
was in the 4th year of medicine, has 4 sons and all of them
are associated with the organization. One of them is member
and another one is applicant member. Three of them are
medical students while fourth is in the high school.
Letter: From a Shia brother:
Stand up against Injustice: No Crying & Chest Beating
The day of Ashura was the day of sacrifice for Imam Husain,
the grandson of our beloved Prophet. The Muslims must not
be divided into sects, Shia ve Sunni.
Every day is Ashura and Ashura is everywhere where there is
oppression by tyrants in the Muslim world and elsewhere. We
as Muslims must learn from the lesson of Husain and apply it
for today and don't just get into rituals such as crying
and beating our chest when Ashura comes around.
.Imam Husain will want us to stand up against injustice as
he did in his time. Muslims must rise up and speak the truth
to the Powers that be in this world.
yours in faith
Abu Talib [Brooklyn, New York]
Letter: Iraqi Reader Outraged by Article on Mohurram
Al Salamu Alaykum.
I was saddened and outraged for your article: " Mohurram 10:
Greatest Day of Sorrow ". In it you started by saying: "
These Iraqis ask me about religious ruling on killing a fly
while wearing ihram. They killed the grandson of the
Prophet, pbuh. " As an Iraqi Muslim, I felt crushing pain in
me for what you said. Do all Iraqis have to be blamed for a
sin committed by few traitors of Islam ??? Are we as Iraqis
guilty by association ???
What a wicked logic is that. In the same talking, can we
blame all Pakistanis for the killing of Usama Bin Laden???
Can all Germans be blamed for what Hitler did to the
Wal salamu ala man itabaa al huda.
Mohamed Shaar; Ph.D.
ICT member, Greensboro,NC
Two Top Intelligence Agencies Could not Break three Islamic
Osama Bin Laden's Wives to Go Free [Courtesy Yemen On Line.]
Three of Osama bin Laden's wives, once thought to know the
family secrets of the world's most wanted fugitive, are soon
expected to leave Pakistan after seven months in custody,
according to Pakistani officials.
The three women -- two Saudis and one Yemeni -- were picked
up by security officials early on the morning of May 2 in
Abbottabad, Pakistan, just minutes after U.S. Navy SEALs
killed the al Qaeda leader in the compound where U.S.
officials believe he had been living for six years.
The three wives have been held by Pakistan's intelligence
service ever since, but it's not clear they ever knew enough
to shed light on bin Laden's travels after 2001 and how he
came to be living in Abbottabad, Pakistan's equivalent of
United States officials said they were allowed to speak to
the wives once, and that the oldest of the three was so
combative that nothing at all came from the interrogation.
Pakistani officials have not said how much, if anything,
they learned from the women, who were debriefed by both
Pakistani intelligence officials and a commission
investigating bin Laden's death.
"We have recorded statement of Osama's wives and they are no
more required," the commission head, retired Supreme Court
Justice Javed Iqbal, said yesterday.
In the months after the raid, both Pakistani and U.S.
officials described the wives as uncooperative and it's not
clear that they knew much about bin Laden's work, especially
YHWH Snake God of Israel
H. Abdul Al-Dahir
It has often been asserted that the god of Israel, YHWH, was
aniconic or imageless. However, recent discoveries, such as
the Hebrew altar at Beersheba and the Migdal Synagogue stone
found in ancient Galilee, prove that YHWH was depicted as a
serpent throughout ancient Israel (later known as Samaria)
and Judea. The myths surrounding the Israelite snake god,
YHWH, are found throughout the Bible. Below are references
to these Biblical myths which must be understood before
interpreting the images on the Beersheba altar and the
Migdal Synagogue stone.
Garden of Eden: (Genesis 2:15) Biblical earthly paradise
which was most likely a reference to Aden, the land from
which came frankincense and myrrh, that was traded by the
Hebrews from the caravanning tribes (Midianites/Minaeans) in
the Negev desert. From the Negev, the Hebrews transported
the incense to Egypt. Isaiah 30:6,7. This Biblical garden
was inhabited by 3 serpents, Ningizzida, YHWH and Hwh. Adam
was the only human residing in this garden.
Yah - snake guardian of the tree of life: ref:
His name is written in the Negev inscriptions as a snake's
head with a protruding forked tongue. (Old Negev script or
proto Epigraphic South Arabic Y + H).
Tree of Life: (Genesis 2:9) The Frankincense tree is grown
on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. These trees
were reported by Herodotus to be difficult to harvest
because they were infested with flying poisonous snakes:
http://www.tyndalehouse.com/tynbul/library/TynBull_1972_23_0_Wiseman_FlyingSerpents.pdf. The resin of this tree was
very expensive and highly prized for its antibiotic
properties and its sweet scent. The product of the myrrh
tree, grown in the same area was also highly sought after
for its healing properties. Both frankincense and myrrh were
used in the mummification process in Egypt.
Hwh (Eve) (Gen 3:20): Snake goddess referred to in the snake
spells located in the Pharaoh Unas' pyramid. The snake
spells were translated and transliterated by Prof. Richard
Steiner a Semitist and a scholar of Northwest Semitic
languages, Jewish Studies and Near Eastern texts. His work
has focused on texts from as early as the Egyptian Pyramid
texts to as late as medieval biblical interpretation. He is
a professor of Semitics at the Bernard Revel Graduate School
of Yeshiva University in New York City. Professor Steiner
transliterated and translated these hieroglyphics as im im
xw (xw is the phonetic spelling of Hawa) or mother, mother
snake. Hwy (pronounced Hawa) is an Arabic word which means
YHWH: Hebrew god of Israel and guardian of the tree of life.
Combination of Yh & Hwh ('hawa' is the West Semitic word
for snake) making YHWH which means Yah is a snake. This god
came from 3 different locations according to Deuteronomy
33:2. These directions were the Sinai, Seir and Paran. Sinai
was the desert through which the Hyksos travelled upon their
expulsions. Seir is located in Edom, the land of the copper
mines that produced the snake images and Paran was the home
of the Midianites. They are accredited for passing YHWH onto
the Hebrews through Moses.
Ningizzida (aka Ningishzida): Mesopotamian limbed snake
guardian of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen
2:9). His name means 'guardian of the good tree' in
Sumerian. He is depicted as a dragon snake with legs. These
legs were amputated by YHWH (Gen 3:13) which caused this
serpent to forever crawl in the dust.
Hyksos: Western Semites who inhabited the Nile delta. The
Hyksos first appeared in Egypt during the eleventh dynasty,
began their climb to power in the thirteenth dynasty, and
came out of the second intermediate period in control of
Avaris and the Delta. By the fifteenth dynasty, they ruled
Lower Egypt, and at the end of the seventeenth dynasty, they
were expelled. Many of these Hyksos settled in Caanan
(Palestine), bringing with them their Egyptian snake cults
and the Egyptian cult of Seth.
Adam: (Gen 2:19) Hwh's (Eve's) human mate who, according to
the Bible, was created from 'adamah' which is Hebrew for red
dirt. The Hebrews paired Adam with 2 goddesses associated
with snakes. Eve or Hwh in the Bible and Lilith in the
Babylonian Talmud. Lilith also appears in the Biblical Book
Qyn/Qynn: (Gen 4:1 & Gen 5:9) (Spelled Cain and Cainan):
South Arabian god of Smiths and eponymous ancestor of the
Qynites/Kenites (Gen 15:9) or smiths. The Qynites/Kenites
were miners and smiths who fashioned the snake idols of
YHWH. This copper image was found at the mines in Timna. The
image is also referred to as the nehushtan in the Bible.
Qyn/Cain, who was abid adamah (slave of the red earth where
was mined copper) offered one of these idols to YHWH and it
was rejected in favor of Abel's offering of sheep (Gen
Nehushtan: (Number 21:8) The copper snake image upon a pole
associated with healing which Moses carries before the
fleeing Hebrews. The Nehushtan was destroyed by Hezekiah (2
Kings 18:4) because it was worshipped as an idol of YHWH.
This incident compares to Moses destroying the golden calf
which was more than likely an image of El as a bull (Ex
Nod: (Gen 4:16) The Biblical land to which Cain fled after
he slew Abel. Nwd in Arabic means to sway back and forth.
Nod was the land of the miners, who were lowered on swaying
ropes into the copper mines. See Job 28:4, RSV version.
"They open shafts in a valley far from where men live. They
are forgotten by travelers, they hang afar from men, they
swing to and fro."
Seth: (Gen 4:25) Egyptian god sacred to the Hyksos; god of
desert storms and foreigners and the eponymous ancestor of
Nimrod: (Gen 10:8) Nmrd/Nmrwd (Hebrew)/Nmrwd (Arabic):
Strong's Hebrew Dictionary says that this name is a foreign
word, however, 'rwd' in Hebrew means 'to rule'. Nam is most
likely Nammu. Nimrwd appears to mean 'the ruler of Nammu',
most likely a reference to Ur Nammu who founded the Sumerian
3rd dynasty of Ur. He is remembered for his legal code, the
Code of Ur Nammu, the oldest known surviving example in the
world. He ruled Ur, Eridu and Uruk. He constructed buildings
at Nippur, Larsa, Kish, Adab and Umma. He built roads and
restored order after the Gutian period. He also built a
number of ziggurats, including the Great Ziggurat of Ur. The
latter building explains the Tower of Babel. His conquests
and empire explain the empire attributed to him in Gen
Ophir: (Gen 10:29 & 1Kings 9:28) Awphiyr (Hebrew)/Awfr
(Arabic). According to Strong's, this word is of uncertain
derivation. However, in Arabic, awfr is derived from the
root wfr which means to abound, be abundant, be ample, be
plentiful. Awfr is the intensive form of wfr and means more
abounding, more amply provided or endowed. In other words,
awfr means super
abundance. Since Ophir is connected with Joktan (he's the
11th son) and Joktan is the
Hebrew version of Qahtan, then Ophir is located on the
southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in what is now Yemen
and Oman., the land of Frankincense, Myrrh, Gold and
Mount Ararat: (Gen 8:4) The mountain where Noah is supposed
to have landed. This name is most likely a corruption of the
Arabic word 'srwat' which means hill. The Sarawat mountain
chain runs parallel to the western coast of the Arabian
Peninsula. It starts from the border of Jordan in the north
to the Gulf of Aden in the south, running thru Saudi Arabia
and Yemen. It is in the southern part of this mountain
range, Sarat Yemen, that a twice yearly 6 week monsoon
occurs. The region is also susceptible to tsunamis triggered
in the Markan subduction zone.
40 days & nights of rain/great flood: (Gen 7,8, & 9) A
reference to a torrential Yemense monsoon most likely
coupled with a tsunami.
Abram: (Gen 11:26) According to the Bible, Abram was
Abraham's original name. His actual name was most likely
Abirahm or my father (god) is a kinsman. His name indicates
that he was of South Arabian origin and the eponymous
ancestor of the caravanning tribes, see Gen 25:2. The South
Arabians addressed God as if he were a relative as abi (my
father), akhi (my brother), dadi (my cousin). The address,
abi or my father, is found in the Negev inscriptions.
Sarai: (Gen 17:15) Sry (Hebrew)/Sryh (Arabic). Her name,
Sarai, means concubine in Arabic. The Hebrew word for
concubine is Pelegesh; a loanword from the Greek Pillakis.
According to Genesis, Chapters 12 & 20, Sarai was traded to
2 royals (Pharaoh & Abimelech) as a guarantee of security
for Abraham. She probably gained the status of a wife after
producing Isaac. Her name was later changed to Sarah (Gen
Hagar: (Gen 16:1) Abraham's wife who was made a concubine by
Hebrew scribes. Hagar means emigrant in Arabic; a name she
acquired due to her emigration into Paran, an ancient name
for the Arabian Peninsula.
Keturah: (Gen 25:1) Abraham's third wife. Her name means
perfume. She is the mother of the caravanning tribes with
whom the Hebrews traded incense in the Negev.
Minaeans: (Gen 10:7) Known as Dedan in the Bible, the
Minaeans were a caravanning tribe of incense traders that
originated in Hadhramaut and settled along the western trade
Midianites: (Exodus 3:1) The tribe into which Moses married.
Also known as Qynites/Kenites (Judges 1:6). They settled in
Edom, Moab and the Northwest corner of the Arabian
Peninsula. They have been identified through their Qurayah
ware. They were miners mining copper in this area as the
Shasu of Yhw.
Shasu of Yhw: (meaning 'The Bedouin who worship YHWH')
Egyptian designation for the Midianites/Kenites who mined
copper ore in the Negev desert. These copper mines were
under Egyptian control from the 14th to the 12th Century
BCE. The Midianites and other Bedouin worked the mines for
the Egyptians during this time. Shasu of Yhw can be found in
the Soleb Temple inscription in Egypt.
Nephilim: (Gen 6:4) This word is often translated as
'giants'. These giants were the offspring of the Aramaean
god Nephila; a constellation associated with Orion and
Raphaim: (Deut 2:11) This word is often translated as
giants. These giants were the offspring of the god Ophiuchus
(Ophion in Greek) aka Herakles, Asclepius and Melkart: the
various names of the constellation associated with all 4 of
these gods. Asclepius is the god of healing associated with
the caduceus and with the word raphaim from rapha which
means to heal in Hebrew.
Jacob: (Genesis chapters 25-50) Arabic meaning "he
established succession". Hebrew meaning: "heel catcher
meaning oath thief." His name in Hebrew refers to a Biblical
episode (Gen 25) in which Jacob is born holding the heel of
his twin, Esau. Jacob later tricks his twin into giving him
his inheritance. Heel is a euphemism for testicle which is
a reference to the oath of the giving of the hand where the
parties involved grab each other's testicles and swear an
Jacob wins a wrestling match with YHWH: (Gen 32) The
Biblical wrestling match is a reference to the constellation
Ophiuchus in which this god wrestles with the snake,
Serpens. Jacob was injured in his "thigh" (a euphemism for
penis) and was able to sire only one more child after his
Microcosm/Macrocosm: A philosophical representation of the
earth (microcosm) as the mirror of heavenly events
(macrcosm) represented in the constellations. The
constellations represented the gods and their myths.
YHWH as the Heavenly Snake: This snake constellation is
known as Draco in the West and AthThuban or the snake in the
Middle East. This snake constellation was the location of
the pole star, AthThuban (meaning the snake). The pole star,
now known as Polaris, was later moved to the constellation
of Ursa minor making it appear that Draco was wrapped around
Polaris, a pole star which symbolized the tree of life. The
symbolism can be seen in the nehushtan and in the references
to YHWH seated on his throne surrounded by the host of
heaven (1 Kings 22:19).
Esau: (Gen 25 etc.) Perhaps a corruption of the word Shasu.
Esau , also known as Edom (Gen 25:30) was the elder twin of
Jacob and eponymous ancestor of the Edomites (inhabitants of
Edom or the land of the Shasu of Yhw).
Laban: (Gen 24:29) His name is Luban in Arabic and means
frankincense. He is the brother-in-law of Isaac and the
father-in-law of Jacob. His name indicates that he was a
caravanner trading in incense.
Moses: (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy) His name
has many different meanings in the languages of the people
with whom the Hebrews were associated; namely the Aramaeans,
the Babylonians, and the caravanning tribes from the
southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Here are several
different interpretations of the Hebrew origin of Moses'
name. His name is Mshh (Moshe) in Hebrew, Msh (Mush) in
Babylonian, Msh (Mash in Aramaic-Mash son of Aram, Gen
10:23) which most likely means Mshy in Arabic. Moshh means
'to draw out' in Hebrew. Mush means snake and shine (Moses'
shining face in Exodus 34:29) in Babylonian. Mash (son of
Aram) has an unknown meaning in Aramaic but may mean mshy in
Arabic which means to walk, which is identical to the word
'shasu' in Egyptian.
David: Dwd (l Samuel) (Hebrew meaning beloved): The
pre-Biblical Hebrews appear to have derived some of the
tales concerning Dwd from mythology. In 2 Samuel 11, David
sees a married woman bathing in the moonlight and seduces
her. Such scenes of pagan gods and or demi gods seducing
women are common in all mythology. Thus, Dwd, the prophet,
is confused with a priestly devotee of Wadd (D'Wd meaning
devoted to Wadd), the moon god associated with Yah in the
Negev inscriptions. (Ref: Wadd flta, ily, abi, yah or Wadd ,
seducer, my god, my father, Yah) According to 2 Sam 8:18,
David was the father of priests which would also indicate
that the Hebrews thought he was a priest. This is impossible
as Exodus makes it clear that a priest must be descended
from Aaron, a Levite from the tribe of Levy. David was from
the tribe of Judah. J.A. Montgomery in his book, The
Influence of Arabia, cites the Minaeans as the originators
of the cult of Yah.
Levite: Lwy (Ex 4:4 etc.) (Hebrew & Arabic): From the Hebrew
root lawah which means to twine, to coil. Levites means 'the
coiling ones'. The name is a reference to the priestly
caste of the snake god YHWH.
Nazarites: (Numbers 6) This was a cult of those especially
devoted to the snake god, YHWH. The hair style for devotees
of this sect can still be seen on the temples of the Hasidic
Jews. There were many prohibitions a devotee had to adopt,
among them the laws regarding his hair style: Lev 19:27: "
You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the
edges of your beard."
This prohibition against cutting the sideburns allows the
hair to coil on either side of the face, thus advertising
that the person's hair who is so styled was a Yahwist.
Semitic people have curly hair. Allowing it to grow causes
it to coil, something like dreadlocks. In ancient times,
when YHWH was a snake cult, such a hair style would indicate
that the person so coifed was a follower of the great
serpent. Nazarite rules are as follows:
Num 6:1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 6:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto
them, When either man
or woman shall separate [themselves] to vow a vow of a
Nazarite, to separate
[themselves] unto the LORD:
Num 6:3 He shall separate [himself] from wine and strong
drink, and shall
drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink,
neither shall he drink any
liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
Num 6:4 All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing
that is made of the
vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.
Num 6:5 All the days of the vow of his separation there
shall no razor come
upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he
unto the LORD, he shall be holy, [and] shall let the locks
of the hair of his
Num 6:6 All the days that he separateth [himself] unto the
LORD he shall come at
no dead body...
Num 6:9 ¶ And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he
hath defiled the head
of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day
of his cleansing,
on the seventh day shall he shave it.
The prohibition against intoxicating liquors had to do with
being in one's right mind when before God. However, this
does not explain the prohibition against vinegar, grapes and
raisins. The non-intoxicating fruit of the vine prohibitions
may have to do with the vine which twines and coils like a
snake. Eating from the plant that imitates one's god may
have been seen as blasphemous.
The second prohibition was the cutting of the hair. As I
mentioned before, the hair of Semites tends to be curly and
as it grows, it coils like the snake god. Growing the
dreadlocks would be an indication that the Nazarite had
dedicated himself to the snake god because his hair imitated
the coils of a snake. And since the snake was associated
with healing (poisonous snakes in the frankincense tree
which was an healing herbal), the hair would become a source
of health and strength while the person was totally
dedicated to the snake god.
The third prohibition was that the Nazarite should not
associate himself in any way with death. The reason for this
is obvious. The snake god was a god of healing. Associating
oneself with death would abrogate the healing and other
powers imparted by the snake god to his devotee. This is why
when a Nazarite comes into contact with death, he must shave
his head because his days as a Nazarite are over.
Samson: (Judges:13-16) was a Judge of Israel and a Nazarite
who lost his strength when Delilah, an Israelite temptress,
had the symbol of his dedication to the snake god YHWH
shaved from his head: Jdg 16:19 : "She made him sleep upon
her knees; and she called a man, and had him shave off the
seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and
his strength left him." His strength returned when his hair
began to grow and coil again. The epic of Samson and his
great powers is definitely a survivor of the snake cult of
Seraphim: (Isaiah 6:2,6) Biblical angels. The name derives
from the root seraph which means a poisonous serpent.
Flying serpent: (Isaiah 14:29): Genus Chrysopelea, are
native to India, southern China, Southeast Asia and Sri
Lanka. These gliding snakes seem to have been at home on the
southern coast of Arabia as stories of flying snakes abound
in Yemenese and Omani folklore. Herodotus describes these
flying serpents in (iii 107):
http://www.tyndalehouse.com/tynbul/library/TynBull_1972_23_0_Wiseman_FlyingSerpents.pdf. These flying serpents are
depicted in hieroglyphic reliefs. According to Ezekiel 8:10,
remes, the Hebrew word for reptiles, were depicted on the
Beth Shan: There are numerous Bronze and Iron Age sites
which indicate a widespread serpent cult. Beth Shan is the
best example where one can find the artifacts associated
with these serpent cults. Other serpent worship sites in
Israel are Beth Shemesh, Gezer, Megiddo, Jericho, Hazor and
Mikal: Caananite god who is Lord of Beth Shan. This god is
associated with Nergal, the Babylonian chthonic god
associated with snakes.
The Galilean Migdal Synagogue Stone:
On the Stone face:
2 trees of life: These are stylized images of the
frankincense tree. Around the trunks of the trees, one can
see a coiling snake.
Center of Stone: The flower of life, often referred to as
the tree of life by the Hebrews. The flower contains 6
petals and may be a stylized depiction of the 5 petaled
flowers on the branches of the frankincense tree: See
The ouroboros: the snake consuming its own tail surrounds
the flower of life, also known as the tree of life to the
Hebrews. The eye and the mouth of the snake are clearly
visible on the right side of the flower. The ouroboros is
ancient Egyptian in origin and is contained in "The Book of
the Netherworld". The ouroboros is a symbol the cyclical
nature of creation. Here, the ouroboros represents YHWH as
the guardian of the tree of life.
The leaves: The 4 stylized leaves of the frankincense tree
can be seen as heart shapes. These heart shapes can also
represent the flared hoods of spitting cobras.
Geometric Designs: Cross inside diamond inside square:
Stylized ankhs or the Egyptian key of life.
Menorah: stylized tree of life or frankincense tree. Also, a
depiction of the epigraphic south Arabic 'H' which is the
same 'H' used to write the name YH in the Negev glyphs. The
'Y' is written as a stylized snake's head and the 'H' is
written as the forked tongue.
Menorah: stylized tree of life or frankincense tree. Also, a
depiction of the
epigraphic south arabic 'H' which is the same 'H' used to
write the name YH in
the Negev glyphs. The 'Y' is written as a stylized snake's
head and the 'H' is
written as the forked tongue. This image appears throughout
the page cited below.
A good example is the third image under Section III, 2nd
line, last image reading right to left, snake head with
protruding forked tongue.
Amphorae: Offering vessels, possibly wine offerings
Israel's Horned Altars: (Exodus 29:12, 30:2, 38:2) According
to the above Biblical chapters, the altars were designed and
commissioned by YHWH. However, the altars are modeled upon
Beer Sheba Horned Altar: This horned altar has a deeply
incised snake on the block under the right horn:
Horns: The vertical protrusions on these altars are
referred to as horns in the OT:
"Altars with horns at each of their four corners are
mentioned frequently in the Bible (Lev. 4:7, 18, 25; Ex.
29:12, 30:2; 38:2; 1 Kings 1:50; 2:28,.." (end quote). For
this reason, these protrusions are still described as horns.
However, these "horns" closely resemble the flaring hood of
a spitting cobra or an Egyptian uraeus. (The uraeus or
figure of an upright spitting cobra, was used as a symbol of
sovereignty by the ancient Egyptians. Ref: Egyptian crown.)
Given the depiction of the snake on this altar, there is no
doubt that the depiction of this viper's hood on the altar's
4 corners was the intent of the altar design. According to
this article: "Indeed the horns are the holiest part of the
altar. The expiatory blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled
seven times on the horns. A fugitive who managed to catch
hold of the horns of the altar would obtain asylum (1 Kings
1:50)." (end quote) It is clear that the ancient Hebrews had
constructed altars after the design of the ancient Egyptians
who viewed the spitting cobra, Wadjet, as a protective
deity. The Hebrews viewed YHWH similarly as the Egyptians
viewed Wadjet. Grasping the image of this protective deity
would be interpreted as demanding protection or asylum.
Because of the snake image, or uraeus, on this altar,
archaeologists have not designated it as an Hebrew artifact.
However, given the image of the ouroboros on the Migdal
Synagogue stone, the Beer Sheba altar is most likely related
to the cult of YHWH too.
The Wilderness Tabernacle: (Exodus 26,27): According to
Exodus, this tabernacle or tent shrine surrounded by a
cloth-lined enclosure, was commissioned by YHWH. However,
the wilderness tabernacle described in Exodus 26,27 is also
of Egyptian design. Such tent shrines can be seen engraved
on ancient Egyptian ivory labels dating to the First Dynasty
of Egypt (3200-3000 BCE). It is very likely that the so
called "Temple of Solomon" was also a tent shrine. Such tent
shrines were employed by the worshippers of Elah. No known
permanent structures devoted to the worship of Elah have
ever been found in Palestine. However, the temples and other
places of worship devoted to the snake god are found
Hezekiah: (2 Kings 18:4): A king of Judah who attempted to
stamp out the snake cult. However, the image of the
ouroboros on the Migdal Synagogue stone indicates that the
Judeans were still using the snake image in their houses of
Cyrus the Great: (2 Chronicles 36:22,23 & Ezra: 1-6): The
King of Persia who freed the Hebrews from Babylonian rule
and built their temple in Jerusalem. Cyrus was a strict
monotheist who worshipped the Creator whom he named Ahura
Mazda or Wise Lord. His agent, Ezra, imposed this strict
monotheism on the returning Israelites. However, the snake
images persisted in their synagogues.
H. Abdul Al-Dahir has written and published extensively on
Biblical controversies. The author's family is known for
their charitable work to help Muslim children around the
world as well as other relief activity. Please keep in mind
that the essay is written strictly from a Biblical point of
view. There are no references either to the Holy Quran or to
Hadith in this essay.
An Effort to Uncover the Hidden Suffering of Occupied
by Habib Yousufzai [Toronto]
Friends of Kashmir under the banner of Amnesty International
held a 'write for rights'event in Toronto, Canada, against
human rights violations in the world, and in particular for
the citizens of 'Internationally Disputed Area of Jammu and
Kashmir' (IDA: JK). People of all walks of life participated
to sign and express their anguish over mass human rights
violations by 700,000 Indian armed personnel, and demanded
information on the whereabouts of missing Kashmiris.
The Friends of Kashmir raised the issue which is more than
six decades old of fraudulent and forcible occupation of
IDA: JK, and the most pressing human rights infringements on
the face of the earth which the innocent Kashmiris are a
victim of. The world's peaceful nations including Canada
incessantly fail to implement or acknowledge the UN
resolution of 1948 which recommended a plebiscite for the
people of the IDA: JK. The Indian government despite its
claim of being the largest democracy in the world has failed
to protect human rights concerning the protection of
peoples' rights in the occupied territory. Amnesty
International's work in Canada has included the IDA: JK'
rights, and in the wake of Indian armed personnel killing
more than 200,000 innocent Kashmiris leaving the dishonoring
and dehumanization of thousands women aside.
It is reported by various human rights organizations such as
the United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights
Watch, International Educational Development, and the
International Tribunal that almost 110, 117 Kashmiris have
gone missing in the region mostly after their alleged arrest
by the Indian security forces fighting a freedom movement in
In a surprise move in September, India's State Human Rights
Commission submitted a report detailing the existence of
2,730 bodies lying in unmarked graves in northern Kashmir.
The report's conclusions said 574 bodies had been identified
as those of local residents -- a finding that directly
confronts the long-held Indian government false insistence
that any unmarked graves are of foreign militants.
The event concluded with a message from the organizers of
the event Rafique Khawaja, Dr. Azrab Khan, Mohammad Aslam
Qadri, Ayub Qureshi, Ifrahim Khan, Dr. Mehmood, Mushtaq
Anjum, Aziz Khan, Mushtaq Khan, Shabir Choudary, Adrees
Khan, Farooq Siddiqi (Papa), and Habib Yousafzai requesting
the Canadian government along with the other peaceful
nations of the world to implement the UN resolution of 1948
for the plebiscite in IDA: JK.
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