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Rabi' al-Thani 1, 1433/ February 23, 2012 # 9
Breaking news: February 22
Nine people gave their lives for the Qur'an and 51 were
wounded as Karzai's security forces fired on unarmed Afghan
students trying to enter US military installations.
Protests have broken out across Afghanistan against the
desecration of the Qur'an by US troops . For first report on
the protests issued by AFP scroll way down.
Also photo of half-burned Qur'an displayed by the youths..
Sis. Amna Janjua started a permanent "sit in" in Islamabad
to call for the return of those "disappeared" by General
Kayani's military intelligence. Jamaate Islami leaders
joined the sit in. See photo of Syed Ameer Munawar Hasan
sitting with Sis Amna. Her tears and his struggle are
bringing new hope to Pakistan.
Scroll to end.
Ethiopia's Awesome Mosque: A glimpse of Sis. Ashira's recent
visit to Addis Ababa.
Please scroll to end.
National Islamic Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen: April 7,
Inshallah, on April 7 [Saturday], the National Shoora will
meet to discuss the situation of Muslims in America.
Agenda is being prepared. Suggestions for issues which are
important for US Muslims are welcome from all over America.
Host: Imam Badi Ali [North Carolina]
Secretary General: Sis. Ashira Na'im [Maryland]
Philosopher: Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz [Louisiana]
Ameer: Kaukab Siddique [Pennsylvania]
Adviser: Br. Shamim Siddiqui [New York]
US Muslims Condemn Desecration of the Qur'an by US Troops in
February 21: On Behalf of US Muslims, Jamaat al-Muslimeen
condemns the desecration of the Qur'an by US troops in
occupied Afghanistan. Those who committed this sacrilege
should be arrested and put on trial. This is a major crime
against Islam and against the 1.8 billion Muslims of the
Unless the perpetrators are punished, General Allen's words
of apology mean nothing.
President Obama is facing the same dilemma that George Bush
faced. Although he is a major supporter of Israel, he keeps
claiming that he is not at war with Islam. The actions of
troops prove otherwise. What can be more disgusting for a
Muslim than that his/her holy book is burned by occupation
forces sent in by America.
Under President Bush, the Qur'an was desecrated in
Guantanamo Bay cage prisons. No one was punished, yet Bush
claimed he was not at war with Islam. Now, Obama is
following in his foot steps.
Muslims of America are not deceived. American forces support
Israel and desecrate the Qur'an, often secretly and
For more on what makes the Qur'an the most sacred book,
contact Dr. Kaukab Siddique :
US Burns Qurans at Bagram, Sparking Major Protests - News
Feb. 21: Thousands of Afghans are protesting outside of the
Bagram Air Base today, after Afghans working inside the
facility revealed that US military personnel were burning
large numbers of Qurans at the base.
Baltimore, Maryland: A symbolic Protest Against US Court
System. Feb. 15.
Prominent Activists in downtown Baltimore..
Fatwa of Imam Khomeini, May Allah bless him, on Salman
Freedom as defined by Zionists means Censorship of all
February 18 marks the 1989 anniversary of Imam Khomeini's
fatwa censuring Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses." As
someone who has lived in the West all but two years of her
life, I invite my American friends to resist the temptation
to react to turbaned ayatollahs and perceived Islamic
extremism (Muslims are the only ones who are extremists,
right? lol). Consider who ("WHO WHO WHO" in the words of
Amiri Baraka) forges the boundaries of hate speech and
artistic freedom. This was one of the first times that an
independent Muslim leader--a symbol resistance to
imperialism worldwide--set these boundaries. Khomeini
challenged the world order by censuring a darling of the
West, beloved by imperialist think tanks like Rand, American
Enterprise, PEN, etc. In the decade that Rushdie penned his
obscene attack on the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his family
in the guise of fiction, Algerian Muslim writers experienced
torture at the hands of the pro-U.S. Algerian regime,
Palestinian poets were held indefinitely by "Israel,"
writers who questioned the official version of WWII events
were physically attacked or prosecuted. And today, many
other artists, writers, and journalists--from my friend
Duane G. Davis, so called-Towson Toilet bomber; to Norm
Finkelstein; to Gary Webb; David Irving; and my father Dr.
Kaukab Siddique--are harassed, hounded, or jailed, or even
killed, their lives, careers, and families torn apart, with
not a peep from the so-called advocates for artistic
freedom/freedom of expression. This begs of question: Who
sets the dialogue on which voices/talents are valid and
worthy of airing, and why are they permitted to continue
doing so. Kudos to Imam Khomeini (RA) for standing up to the
- Nadrat Siddique
Five dead in Afghan protest over Quran burning
An Afghan demonstrator holds a copy of a half-burnt Quran,
allegedly set on fire by US soldiers, at the gate of Bagram
airbase during a protest against Quran desecration at
Bagram, about 60 kilometres north of Kabul, on February 21.
KABUL: At least five Afghans were shot dead and dozens
wounded Wednesday in clashes between police and
demonstrators protesting over the burning of the Quran at a
US-run military base, officials said.
At least five Afghans were shot dead and dozens wounded
Wednesday in clashes between police and demonstrators
protesting over the burning of the Quran at a US-run
military base, officials said.
In the capital Kabul and in provinces to the east, north and
south of the capital, furious Afghans took to the streets
screaming "Death to America", throwing rocks and setting
fire to shops and vehicles as gunshots rang out.
In the eastern city Jalalabad, students set fire to an
effigy of President Barack Obama, while the US embassy in
Kabul declared it was on lockdown.
In Kabul, hundreds of people poured onto the Jalalabad road,
throwing stones at US military base Camp Phoenix, where
troops guarding the base fired into the air and black smoke
from burning tires rose, an AFP photographer said.
Afghanistan is a deeply religious country where slights
against Islam have frequently provoked violent protests and
Afghans were incensed that any Western troops could be so
insensitive, 10 years after the 2001 US-led invasion.
The US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen,
apologised and ordered an investigation into the incident,
admitting that religious materials, including Qurans "were
inadvertently taken to an incineration facility". He also
ordered that all troops would be trained in the "proper
handling of religious materials no later than March 3".
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also apologised, saying
that he and Allen "disapprove of such conduct in the
strongest possible terms" and promising to "take all steps
necessary and appropriate so that this never happens
The United States leads and dominates the 130,000-strong
foreign military fighting a 10-year Taliban insurgency in
Three protesters were killed in Shinwar district of Parwan
province north of Kabul, provincial administration
spokeswoman Roshna Khalid told AFP.
"The protests got violent. They attacked police with rocks
and in a clash between police and protesters three people
were killed and over 10 others are injured," Khalid
Kabul demonstrators attacked anti-riot police, forcing them
to retreat and shots were fired as they tried to march on
the centre of the capital, killing one person and wounding
at least 11, according to a health ministry official.
Police spokesman Ashmat Estanakzai denied police opened
fire, but said the demonstration "got violent after they
attacked Camp Phoenix" and blocked the key highway leading
east towards the Pakistani border.
The demonstrators were driven back and the protest was over
by mid-afternoon, witnesses said.
A second protest erupted in west Kabul, involving about 100
university students and a third was held by dozens more at
parliament until they were driven away by riot police.
In Jalalabad, there were also pockets of demonstrations
across the city. Gunshots were heard but police did not
confirm firing. Crowds threw rocks at cars and they set
fires in the streets, an AFP reporter said.
Doctor Ahmad Ali said one person was killed and 10 others
had been admitted to Jalalabad hospital with gunshot
"I saw the body myself. He is a young man from the
protesters," Ali said.
More than 1,000 demonstrators, many of them university
students, blocked the highway shouting "Death to Americans,
Death to Obama", an AFP reporter said.
Elsewhere in the country, about 800 gathered in district
centre Baraki Barak in Logar province, a flashpoint for
Taliban violence south of Kabul, shouting anti-US slogans,
said Sayed Wakil Agha, the district chief.
Reports that the Quran had been mistreated emerged on
Tuesday, sparking demonstrations in Kabul and at Bagram
airbase, but it remains unclear exactly who was
A spokesman for the US-led NATO force in Afghanistan,
Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings, told AFP he could not
confirm that the Qurans had been burnt by Americans at the
base, saying it was still under investigation.
Two US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told
AFP the military removed Qurans from the US-run prison at
Bagram because inmates were suspected of using the holy book
to pass messages to each other.
Reader Notes New Trend's Steady Drift vs Views Popular among
Muslims in the West
Dear Br Kaukab,
I've noticed that you are leaning increasingly towards the
salafi sect tendencies. Of course you are entitled to that
for your personal opinions. This is falling into the trap
of other groups like Hizb Tahrir etc who start with a clear
political message then blur it, by insisting on taking
positions on aspects of culture.
For example you put an article about celebrating the
birthday of the prophet (something in my family we were
never taught to do) but its clearly biased against majority
of muslims who like to mark it in some way.
Then you have an article against interfaith work, which is
specifically criticize the use of the word "god." It is such
an abtuse point - it has no value. In fact it is an affront
to people like me who have been brought up in the west and
never had any problem using this word. It is like those
people who want to outlaw the word Khuda in
Of course there should be a dialogue with people of other
religions and co-operation on issues of common concern.
Also such occasions should be used to tell the truth to them
as it is. I know this is possible, because I used to do it.
You dont have to compromise your principles. But the
examples of ISNA behavior are of course not acceptable.
Then you want to espouse niqab, without seeing that the vast
majority in the world who wear this dont have this
anti-materialist stance. I live in a part of the world
where behind the niqab is a cultural American sitting .
Again in the west the niqab has become some sort of cult,
where you are not a proper muslimah unless you are wearing
With thanks to Mel Underbakke & al-Arian Support Group.
Ninth Commemoration of the Political
Persecution of Professor Sami Al-Arian
Dr. Al-Arian still under House Arrest Awaiting
Dismissal of Unjust Case
Washington, DC - February 20, 2012
On this day nine years ago Dr. Sami Al-Arian was snatched
from his family and community by the U.S. authorities in a
pre-dawn raid that the professor described in a poem. Thus,
tomorrow marks the beginning of the tenth year of the
incessant persecution of a voice of conscience for freedom
in Palestine, and equal justice for all in America. This
injustice against Dr. Al-Arian and his family has lasted now
more than the entire tragic Iraqi war, launched one month
after the arrest of Dr. Al-Arian.
Throughout his ordeal, Dr. Al-Arian spent over 5 ½ years in
prison (3 ½ years in solitary confinement), and an
additional 3½ years under house arrest that is still
Despite a trial, an acquittal, and a subsequent plea
agreement, the government continues to pursue Dr. Al-Arian
in an effort to punish him and once again jail him, due to
his political and religious beliefs in a country that prides
itself on the bill of rights that purportedly guarantees
freedom of beliefs, opinions, and associations.
Tragically many American Muslim families have suffered since
the dreadful events of September 11, 2001 in the name of the
so-called war on terror. It has claimed many innocent
casualties, as the government pursued many individuals, such
as Dr. Al-Arian, based on their thoughts, opinions and
beliefs. In many cases the government targeted individualsby
manufacturing charges against them as the government
planned, financed, and executed the crimes.
Whether it was thought crimes like Dr. Al-Arian's, or
manufactured charges, the government employed a tactic
called "preemptive persecutions," in which the government
reversed the system of justice: first choose the targets
then match them with a crime to secure convictions. Although
this tactic failed with Dr. Al-Arian, far too many
individuals and families have fallen victims to this
blatantly unjust and unconstitutional practice.
Today Americans of good conscience must show concern by
questioning these underhanded tactics used by the
government. They must reject the practice of targeting
individuals like Dr. Al-Arian as well as many other
hundreds, because of their religious or political
On this day all Americans must renew their utmost commitment
to the constitutional promise of the bill of rights and its
protections of equal rights, civil liberties, and political
freedoms. Our pledge of "Justice and Liberty for all" is not
a cliché but the principle under which our country was
founded, and our system of justice has endured. We must live
up to it for the sake of the future of our Republic.
Hundreds have been "Disappeared" byPaki Security
Sis. Amna Started a Permanent sit-in by Families of the
Here Jamaate Islami Leaders join the Crying Families.
Photo below Shows Islamic Leader Munawar Hasan sitting next
to Sis.Amna. "You are my sister: Islam will free the
Awesome Beauty of the Main Masjid in Addis Ababa, the
Capital of Ethiopia.
by Ashira Na'im [Administrator of Masjid Jamaat
As I prepared myself for Jumah prayer, I asked what do the
women wear. Do they wear black dresses to Jumah or white or
is there any other particular color that most of the women
wear? I was advised to "feel free" and wear whatever color
I wished to wear as there was no particular color. To be
safe, I wore the popular black "overdress" with black slacks
underneath and a quiet floral scarf.
The awesome beauty of the masjid could only be imagined as
we looked up at the minaret which could be seen in the sky
several blocks from the location. The structure was
beautiful but not new as we were told that it had been there
for many years with repairs when necessary.
I was stopped at the first entrance door about a half block
from the entry for the men. I was pleased to find that a
large number of the women were dressed in black so that I
blended right in. The rest of the women wore a variety of
colors and looked much like the muslim women at any masjid
They were very kind and polite as they directed me where to
place my shoes since I had not brought a bag to carry them
with me. We were in a separate part of the large masjid but
could hear the khutba clearly via speakers that had been
placed throughout the ceiling. In addition, there was no
English spoken—only Amharic and some Arabic. Yet, the
spirit of the address was vibrant and owing to the little
Arabic that I could recognize (especially when verses from
the Holy Quran were spoken) I was able to gain from the
An Invitation to Think
Spotlights for our Struggle in America
by Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora Leader
There are no short cuts to heaven.
Think big, work hard, do what you can within
your abilities and limits.
Ignorance is our enemy.
Nothing distorts the truth more than taghooti
"scholars" who distort the truth and cloud the issues.
Evil culture is spreading because we do
Action is the key to freedom.
Planning, however objective, without action is
nothing but a plan.
Life is short. Time is running out. Transfer
your feelings, thoughts and abilities into moral action.
Every second of life is an opportunity to act.
Allah created us to worship Him and to build
what is good on this earth. Are we doing it?
2012-02-23 Thu 04:29:33 cst