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Safar 7, 1433/January 1, 2012 # 1
An imam from Ivory Coast is doing exemplary work in Harlem,
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Jamaate Islami Keeping up the Pressure in Pakistan.
On December 28, Syed Munawar Hasan, JI Ameer, addressed
large gatherings in the sensitive Frontier towns of Karak
[south west of Kohat] and Laki Marwat [north east of Bannu].
On December 29, he spoke to a mass gathering in Bannu. He
was strongly anti-imperialist and anti-NATO. He stressed
peaceful change through elections but noted that elections
in a corrupt system only help the corrupt. He emphasized
that the suffering of Pakistani masses has reached a point
where revolution may occur naturally before new elections
can be held.
[JI's leader in Sindh, Asadullah Bhutto, met Baluch leaders
and assured them that justice will be done by the Islamic
movement and "disappeared" Baluch activists must be returned
by the regime.]
For extremely important news from Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan,
Syria, Nigeria and Somalia, please scroll down.
An invitation to join the non-violent struggle for Islam in
From Jamaat al-Muslimeen's Ameer Kaukab Siddique
To: JAM Shoora leaders and Supporters Across the Country
During 2012 [1433 Hijri], let's break our own records for
1. No to oppression, exploitation and tyranny.
2. Support the rights of women.
3. Support the rights of children.
4. Support the rights of prisoners.
5. Oppose cruelty to animals.
6. Authority belongs to Allah Alone. [The Qur'an]
6. Help the movements against environmental pollution and
5. Urge the release of ALL political prisoners.
6. Oppose occupation of Muslim lands by Israel, NATO,
India, the US, Russia and China.
7. Condemn and delegitimize Israel.
8. Boycott businesses which support Israel.
9. Zionism is racism: Down with Zionism
10. Educate Americans about the re-colonization of Africa
and how to stop it.
11. Ten Million Muslims in America.
12. African Americans
14. Native Americans.
15. Americans opposed to Israel, Zionism and Jewish control
of American media, politics, economics.
16. Allah Almighty [through the Qur'an]
17. Muhammad, peace be on him, through the hadith.
18. Our sense of decency, support for Rule of Law and
First Act of Terror on American Soil.
December 29, 1890: one of the first acts of terror on
American soil was committed at Wounded Knee, in Pine Ridge,
South Dakota. The 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment opened fire on a
group of 350 Lakota Indians gathered at Wounded Knee,
killing approximately 300 of them. Most of these were women
and children. All had been disarmed by the U.S. Army prior
to their murder.
- Nadrat Siddique
December 31: At the White House, Representatives of Activist
Groups Rallied Against War
"Blessed are the Peacemakers" by ©Bill Hughes
Among the 42 activists against the war, there was only one
Muslim: Nadrat Siddique from Jamaat al-Muslimeen.
Somali-Americans Rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota Against
[Kenyan and Ethiopian troops invading Somalia].
The bank used by Somali Americans to transmit funds to their
families in Somalia has stopped all remittances to that
country. The Shabab are fighting for an Islamic State in
Somalia, not fighting America. However, they are considered
terrorists by the US.
The demonstrators chanted that their families would starve.
Keith Ellison showed up to show support but he considers
Israel legitimate and Somalis can't get much beyond words
Two Somali women are leading the movement in support of
sending remittances to Somalia. The bank is silent.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan army, linked to the US is continuing
to advance into Somalia.
On December 31, Ethiopian troops moved into Somalia but
suffered heavy losses at the hands of the mujahedine in the
border town of Beledweyne. The Ethiopians then opened
artillery fire on the civilian population. The Shabab, to
save the civilians, withdrew to just outside the town.
An Invitation to think: January 1, 2012.
Spotlights from Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora Leader,
Jamaat al-Muslimeen, North Carolina
Wisdom about Brotherhood
Spotlight #1: When choosing friends for brotherhood, ask
yourself what is the purpose. Does it include worship of
Spotlight #2: Brothers should express love for brothers in
words and actions. Sisters for sisters.
Spotlight #3: Brotherhood is like fruit. We like all the
fruit but we choose one, the best, for ourselves.
Spotlight #4: Happiness is Sharing.
Spotlight #5: Make general inquiries about your chosen
brother's family. Show interest in his family.
Spotlight #6: Recognize and praise the virtues of your
brother or sister.
Spotlight #7: Find an excuse, do not accuse, your brother
for his mistakes. Explain and, if possible, justify, his
Spotlight #8: Be real! Do not expect perfection from the
imperfection which is humanity.
Spotlight #9: Words hurt and wound but they do not kill.
Learn to forgive!
Spotlight #10: Listen to the tone of your brother's voice.
Tonal messages lead to understanding. Do not contradict the
tone. Recognize the emphasis and respond accordingly.
Spotlight #11: Observe body language and then respond.
Spotlight #12: No one gets a headache while comforting
others! By comforting others, you comfort yourself.
Spotlight #13: The brother in faith is like your mirror.
[Hadith.] You can see your own love, honesty, patience in
his eyes and face [or its opposite].
Spotlight #14: Ask for advice in matters in which he
considers himself an expert.
Spotlight #15: Advice is a gift and so is trust. Giving and
receiving are both wonderful.
Spotlight #16: Accept apologies QUICKLY. Admit errors
Spotlight #17: To be a brother, BE ONE! Be reliable. Be
yourself as you would want your brother to be.
Brief Reference to Dr. Kaukab Siddique's Holiday
After giving the Juma' khutba in Greensboro, North Carolina
[December 23, reported in New Trend December 26], Dr.
Siddique spoke to a youth group about Media Targeting of
Young People [High Point, NC] and then to a local Muslim
community about the problems faced by Muslim FAMILIES in
In between he performed a wedding of a Pakistani with a new
sister of European descent where Pakistani family members
were present. The Pakistani families were pleasantly
surprised to know the rights of the wife because wedding
sermons in Pakistan are usually given in a language which
Pakistanis don't understand.
He spoke about the Qur'an and how to give Da'wah to
Americans, to a new converts group in Durham, NC, led by
Sis. Amatullah. This is an African American community.
Then on December 30, Dr. Siddique attended Juma' at an
Islamic Center in Charleston, South Carolina and spoke to
local community leaders about their internal, organizational
Sis Amatullah [Durham, NC] has sent the following notes
about the keynote speech made by Imam Adly [from Egypt] and
her own observations:
Organization of Converts To Islam. Input Needed for a
Our website is: www.darularqammca.org
Imam Muhammad Adly talked about the importance of the Darul
Arqam Muslim Converts Association of Durham, its planned
work of educating the Muslims and it's need for others to
help with this work. He mentioned that there are at least 5
scholars in North and South Carolina. The question was asked
of him Who are they? Where are they?
What is their contact information? also what are their names
and field? and also are they willing to help in this
project? He suggested that Sis. Amatullah come to the
Jan.21, 2012 meeting in Charlotte NC of the CIC (Imams of
the area) and ask that question.Imam Adly also spoke about
people working for the "Sake of Allah (subanahu wa ta'ala)"
and the need for people to come forth to volunteer.
Sis. Amatullah thinks more emphasis needs to be put on the
importance of Muslims knowing Islam.Today it seems as though
non-Muslims know more about Islam than the Muslims! Plus,
the Muslims seem to be asleep.The sister says, she has put
out a request for Muslims in any area to help Darul Arqam
Muslim Converts Association of Durham and the Carolinas.
One does not have to live in Durham or North Carolina or the
Carolinas to help us. We need lawyers, computer savvy people
who can build a data base, secretaries, those knowledgeable
about Islam, Muslims knowledgeable in any area and in any
place. We also need other Muslim Converts who came to Islam
thru other than WD Muhammad group and Nation of Islam group
for the DVD.
We need to show a wide range of Muslims. They can make a
short Video and send it to:
PO Box 15102 Durham NC 27704 and we can put it into the DVD
US Gives F 16s, Abram tanks, Artillery, APCs, Ammo to
Shi'ite Regime in Bagdad.
[From New York Times]
Weapons Sales to Iraq Move Ahead Despite U.S. Worries By
MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
Published: December 28, 2011
"BAGHDAD — The Obama administration is moving ahead with the
sale of nearly $11 billion worth of arms and training for
the Iraqi military despite concerns that Prime Minister Nuri
Kamal al-Maliki is seeking to consolidate authority, create
a one-party Shiite-dominated state and abandon the
American-backed power-sharing government.The military aid,
including advanced fighter jets and battle tanks, is meant
to help the Iraqi government protect its borders and rebuild
a military that before the 1991 Persian Gulf war was one of
the largest in the world; it was disbanded in 2003 after the
United States invasion.
The program to arm the military is being led by the United
States Embassy here, which through its Office of Security
Cooperation serves as a broker between the Iraqi government
and defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.
Among the big-ticket items being sold to Iraq are F-16
fighter jets, M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, cannons and
armored personnel carriers. The Iraqis have also received
body armor, helmets, ammunition trailers and sport utility
vehicles, which critics say can be used by domestic security
services to help Mr. Maliki consolidate power."
[NT comment: Al-Maliki visited President Obama on the eve of
the US withdrawal from Iraq. The US obviously trusts the
Shi'ites of Iraq. There seems to be a sopisticated link
between Iran and the US through al-Maliki.]
Series of Attacks by al-Qaida-in-Iraq: There was a spate of
attacks in Baghdad on December 22 which killed 60 people and
injured 105. Al-Qaida has taken responsibility, according to
a US monitoring source which looks at al-Q web sites.. These
appeared to be attacks on civilian administration linked to
al-Maliki Shi'as. Then there were attacks in the Fallujah
area and Dujail [30 miles north of Bagdad] which left 6
Maliki troops dead and 16 wounded, this time by human
bombers, A Sunni parliamentarian protected by the US has
taken refuge in the Kurdish region after accusations by
al-Maliki, A rep of Muqtada al-Sadr has called for an end to
parliament. [Reports from Reuters.]
Defeated Yemeni Dictator Could be Brought to the US.
The US is reported to be about to invite the Yemeni
dictatorr Saleh to come to the US for medical treatment.
[Source for both items below: Yemen Online.]
Yemenis rally, denounce killings of protesters demanding the
expulsion of U.S. Ambassador
Yemenis are rallying to express their anger over the latest
deaths of protesters and to demand the resignation of the
country's vice president for failing to bring the killers to
justice. They also call to the expulsion of U.S. Ambassador
from Yemen because of his declaration who accused the march
that it was aimed to causing chaos and violence.Tens of
thousands marched Sunday in the capital Sanaa past the
office of Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, denouncing
him as a "tool in the hands'' of outgoing President Ali
Abdullah Saleh. The march took place as Hadi was meeting
with U.S. Ambassador Gerald Feierstein.A statement from
Hadi's office said they discussed Yemen's crisis and that
Hadi appealed for calm.
Growing Control by al-Qaida in Southern and Eastern Yemen
Ongoing battles between Al-Qaeda suspects and Yemen's army
near the restive southern city of Zinjibar killed five
soldiers and two Al-Qaeda suspects, military and medical
sources said on Monday.
"Five soldiers were killed and seven wounded in late Sunday
battles" between the army and Al-Qaeda-linked militants, a
military official told AFP.
The army fired artillery rounds on the militants' hideouts
on Zinjibar's outskirts.
Medics confirmed the toll, adding that two of the extremists
were also killed in the fighting.
The Islamist extremist network has turned 11 months of
political turmoil in the country to its advantage, using the
popular revolt against President Ali Abdullah Saleh to
bolster its presence in southern and eastern Yemen.
Militants linked to Al-Qaeda control several regions and
towns including Abyan provincial capital Zinjibar, where
they clash regularly with government forces and tribal
Government forces are also sometimes supported by US drone
strikes in their battle against the Partisans.
Anniversary of Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: Where History
Entered a new Mode.
It's sad that today's yellow journalism--that of corporate
media--entails complete exclusion of opposing viewpoints,
and particularly of those the Pentagon and the White House
seek to annihilate. What would happen if we woke up one day,
and the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, or CNN was actually
reporting what the other side said in response to a
milestone such as the Soviet invasion anniversary (in
addition to the usual Pentagon-driven news blitz, off
course); for example, carrying the piece below. But no, that
would be too much like balanced journalism..
Afghan resistance Statement on the Occasion of the 32nd
Anniversary of the former Soviet Union Inva
December 26, 2011 - ...The sequence of the events, if
observed, it becomes crystal clear that Afghanistan has
never been and is never a country where the invaders can
survive or be settled. Besides, the collapse of the Genghis,
British Empire, and Red Empire are the living examples that
the US may l...
- Nadrat Siddique
New Trend research & Media Study Military Expels 90,000
Muslims from Yobe Province [Nigeria]: Boko Haram Retaliates
December 29: Nearly 90,000 Muslims have been expelled from
their homes in Yobe [norrtheastern Nigeria] following an
offensive launched by the Nigerian military. The military is
targeting mosques, Islamic schools and homes of imams. It
amounts to genocide. The western media ignored the tragic
events. Only BBC noted the figure of 90,000 refugees.
The military offensive was launched in the third week of
December following indications that after Borno state, Yobe
state is giving mass support to Boko Haram. Following the
military offensive, military units were challenged by Boko
Haram fighters. Sporadic fighting is going on. The
destruction of mosques has been followed by retaliatory
attacks on churches which support military action, deep
down south, including in Abuja. [The church attacks made the
news in the West.]
BBC has revealed that in September, Boko Haram started peace
talks with the Nigerian regime but its representative was
executed by the military. Also, BBC hints that US
counterrorism elements may be advising the Nigerian
The conflict began in 2009 when Nigerian Islamic leader
Yusuf launched the Boko Haram movement to end all ties with
the West to stop the spread of AIDS and the immorality
advancing through Nigeria. The military, largely backed by
the US and Israel, saw Boko Haram as a challenge to its
power and sent tanks into mosques and killed large numbers
of people. Yusuf was arrested, tortured and executed along
with several hundred of his followers, without trial.
Since then Boko Haram has re-organized and has hit some
serious blows at the Nigerian power structure and its links
with the West.
[NT Editor's comment: We urge African and African American
leaders to urge Nigeria to stop military attacks on Boko
Haram mosques, schools and imams. Church and mosque attacks
are repellant to humanity and forbidden in the Qur'an. Both
sides should vow to stop these attacks. Boko Haram has the
right to stop the process of westernization in Islamic
cities and villages. This is self-determination, not a
crime. The western cultural invasion should not be imposed
on Muslims who do not want AIDS and the weekend
boyfriend-girlfriend-sex-culture. "To me my way, to thee
Syria: Assad Shoots, People Rally, Every Day
Arab League, al-Qaida, Turkey, Qatar Try to Intervene
The people will not give up. Assad's Alawite troops keep
shooting. There is no end to it. The death toll has risen
above 5,000. Assad's propaganda says: Nothing is happening.
They are a bunch of terrorists.
During December 22-24, Assad's tanks attacked villages in
the north west of Syria which were harboring defectors from
the Syrian army [Sunnis]. About 200 people were killed,
including scores of defectors.
Then two human bombers attacked Assad's intelligence
headquarters in Damascus. It was a horrific scene with 40
killed, more than 100 wounded related to the intelligence
establishment. [Al-Qaida has human bombers.]
Turkey has set up a border enclave where Syrians escaping
the tyrant's rage can take refuge. Others escaping into
Jordan are taken care of by Qatar. Iran is siding with
Assad: Another strategic blunder by Iran in a desperate
attempt to ignore the Sunni majority.
Israel is not threatening Assad at all: waiting for Assad to
wipe out the Islamic fighters who might one day fight
Israel. [Assad has a track record of NOT fighting Israel.]
[With thanks to Br. Abu Talib, Jamaat al-Muslimeen,
Harlem [New York] Imam from Ivory Coast Setting Great
Example for Muslims
By Nadia Sussman
Long before daylight breaks in Harlem, the imam Souleimane
Konaté puts on a wide embroidered robe and wakes up his
wife, Assiata, so she can pray in their one-bedroom
apartment while their 9-year-old daughter Fanta sleeps.
Mr. Konaté (pronounced Ko-NAH-tay) then walks four blocks in
the dark to his mosque, Masjid Aqsa, on Frederick Douglass
Boulevard near 116th Street. He passes the lowered grates of
shops that sell African beauty products, halal meats and
bolts of bright cloth. He passes stragglers headed home from
late-night carousing. At the mosque, the imam leads the
first of the five daily Muslim prayers. Prayer gives a meter
to each day. The rest of his work is improvisation. As the
leader of a thriving African mosque, Mr. Konaté, 55, an
immigrant from Ivory Coast, straddles two worlds on the same
New York map. For politicians, police officers and immigrant
advocates, the imam is a bridge to the city's growing
African Muslim immigrant population. For recent arrivals,
mostly French speakers from West Africa, he serves as
translator and all-purpose guide to life in America. "I'd
describe it as a religious leader at the same time as a
social worker," said Mr. Konaté, a youthful-looking man with
an easy smile. "A lawyer, a defender and a liaison between
the community and the government of the city." One of his
congregants, Ramatu Ahmed, a community activist from Ghana,
likened the imam to a compass for new arrivals.
"You come to a country, where your father is not there, your
mother is not there," Ms. Ahmed said. "You don't know
anybody. You are like a newly born baby." Mr. Konaté's
cramped office on the balcony overlooking the mosque's main
prayer space is filled with boxes for donations to buy a new
building, a well-used coffee pot and photographs of the imam
with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Gov. David A. Paterson;
Abdoulaye Wade, the president of Senegal; and the Rev. Jesse
Jackson. From his silver-topped staff to his pointed
slippers, the imam always likes to dress appropriately, but
at times he leaves traditional solemnity behind.
At an African Union celebration last year, the imam danced a
bit, shocking some congregants. "I said, 'I'm a human being
like yourself, people,' " Mr. Konaté said. "Let me enjoy
myself." Immigrants seek him out for all manner of reasons:
an arrest, a diagnosis of H.I.V. or a fear of being
deported. His cellphone sounds at all hours — its ringtone
is the Muslim call to prayer. When Cheikh Ibrahim Fall, a
Senegalese immigrant, could not pay his bills after an
operation for a hernia, he asked Mr. Konaté for help. Mr.
Konaté persuaded officials at Harlem Hospital Center to
reduce Mr. Fall's bill. When people in the neighborhood have
problems, Mr. Fall said, "you got to go right there and talk
to him about what he can do to help." Mr. Konaté worked with
the city and others to establish a health clinic at Harlem
Hospital Center set up to cater to the needs of Muslim
immigrants from West Africa.
Translators who speak multiple African languages help
patients leery of seeking medical care because they lack
insurance or are here illegally. The clinic also
accommodates patients who prefer, for religious reasons, to
be seen by doctors of the same sex. Mr. Konaté said many
African immigrants were unaccustomed to having access to
health care. "We find out that many brothers and sisters in
the community, they have AIDS but they didn't know about
it," he said. Workers at the clinic now routinely ask
patients if they can perform an H.I.V. test. On Fridays, Mr.
Konaté delivers impassioned sermons in French, English and
Arabic, combining religious messages with calls for civic
and political engagement. He reminds congregants to visit
the health clinic. If they get sick, he asks, who will send
money home to their families? Mr. Konaté has steered clear
of saying much about the controversy surrounding a proposed
Islamic center and mosque near ground zero, even though it
has been a dominant topic of conversation among many local
Muslims. If it is ever built, however, he says he would like
to preach there. "I will get myself involved to educate all
New Yorkers and all Americans about the goodness and
nonviolence in the Koran," Mr. Konaté said.
Africans from all over the continent have quietly
transformed different corners of New York. On West 116th
Street in the Little Africa of central Harlem, sentences
that begin in French often flow into Wolof, Peul or Mr.
Konaté's native Mandingo language. The number of
African-born immigrants in New York has increased to nearly
125,000 in 2009 from 78,500 in 2000, according to census
estimates, but immigrant advocates believe the number is far
higher. Many African immigrants arrive from countries with
long histories of military rule or police corruption and
must adapt to local law enforcement practices. In the New
York Police Department's 28th Precinct, in Harlem, Mr.
Konaté teaches officers basic Muslim customs, like removing
one's shoes in a mosque. "There's always going to be a
little bit of a barrier between police officers and an
immigrant community," said Deputy Inspector Rodney Harrison,
the precinct's commanding officer. "He's allowed us to
become much more intimate with the African community."
Mr. Konaté has also helped resolve misunderstandings of
greater consequence. "In Africa, for example, if a police
officer asks you to stop, you run away," he said, because to
stop when accused is considered a sign of guilt. Becoming a
religious leader was never part of the imam's plan. He
studied Islamic law in Egypt, then communications in Saudi
Arabia, where he lived for 12 years and worked as a
reporter, covering West Africa for Saudi news publications.
In 1992, he moved to New York, hoping to get a doctoral
degree in communications. Unable to afford school, Mr.
Konaté worked at McDonald's, a grocery store and several
restaurants. Like many African immigrants at the time, Mr.
Konaté prayed at African-American mosques in Harlem. He
helped found Masjid Aqsa in 1996, so that new African
immigrants could hear services in their native languages. He
became the spiritual leader a few months later. Now, Masjid
Aqsa has outgrown its space. About 1,200 congregants show up
for Friday prayers. On Sundays, hundreds of children gather
to learn the Koran. They study in two shifts, filling the
mosque with the cacophony of young voices. To resolve its
space needs, the congregation is working to raise $2 million
to buy a larger building a few blocks away. On Mondays, the
one day off he allows himself, Mr. Konaté retreats to the
home of relatives in East Orange, NJ He needs to leave the
city, he said, to catch up on his sleep. Still, his cell
phone keeps him tethered to life across the Hudson River.
"But I'm good here in New York," Mr. Konaté said. "I'm not
going nowhere till I finish, my mission is complete." An
imam's work is lifelong, he said. There is no such thing as
a former imam.
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