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Jamada al-Thani 15,1433/May 7, 2012 # 20
Week 3: Jamaate Islami and allied Islamic groups have
successfully completed three weeks of blocking NATO's supply
routes after the secularized parliament announced that the
routes will be reopened [in return for funds?]
Scroll way down
for Munawar Hasan's Friday khutba on the
NATO routes and the latest Qur'an burning in the US.
Outreach: May 4, 2012: After Juma prayers in Philadelphia,
Jamaat al-Muslimeen literature was given to 62 people. It
was a six page document with color photos of a huge Imam
Jamil al-Amin banner held by Imam Khalil and Nadrat, Pak
leader Munawar Hasan speaking in Loralai [Baluchistan], and
a Syrian woman killed by dictator Assad. Also included were
Imam Badi's spotlights, Sis. Nabila's note about misled
"liberal" Muslims, Br. Kaukab's khutba on reasons why
Muslims fight each other and the solution, as well info on a
new Hadith web site.
This masjid has the largest congregation in Philadelphia.
Much more literature is needed. The imam was good and spoke
at length in Arabic about the blood of the Muslims flowing
under occupation as well as the emerging Islamic victories.
Next door is the University of Pennsylvania, the stronghold
of Israel and American Zionists
For important local news from Washington, DC [Mumia Jamal
rally] and the Jewish vigilantes' case in Baltimore,
please scroll down
to high quality analysis
May 7: Election results: France kicked out the Islam hater
Nicholas Sarkozy. Francois Holande is the new president. The
socialist probably realizes that French troops must withdraw
from Afghanistan. There are serious problems in France, 10%
unemployment, with large numbers of poor Muslim immigrants.
Hatred for Israel is steadily increasing.
Bangladesh's India-controlled government is punishing one of
the finest Muslims the Bengali people have produced. Why is
the ummah silent about the suffering of Prof. Golam Azam?
Please scroll way down
and speak up.
"Islamic Marriage is half the religion. If you have married,
you can now take care of the rest of your religion."
[Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, in the Sunan of Baihaqi,
authenticated by al-Albani in his Mishkat al-Masabih.]
Please scroll to end for three Da'wah messages which you can
use for your peaceful Islamic activities in America:
Marriage Spotlights by Imam Badi Ali.
A graphic about Islamic marriage from Sis. Kalimah.
A quote from Br. Shamim Siddiqui about an essential
aspect of Islamic da'wah in America. [We will acquire more
copies of Br. Shamim's book CALLING HUMANITY to give as
gifts to serious workers for a peaceful Islamic movement. We
have already given out 22.]
Obama may still win but it could be a disaster for America.
Critic and scholar Dr. Wilmer Leon sees "Bushesque"
orientation in President Obama's politics. Even as a
senator, he supported the government's eavesdropping
program, says Leon.
Please scroll way down.
Brief War News: [Researched by New Trend's media monitor]
Syria: May 7. Believe it or not, the murderous Assad regime
is holding "elections" under the shadow of its tanks. If
occupation forces in Iraq, Kashmir and Afghanistan can do
it, so can Assad! Parts of Damascus are on strike. Crowds of
young people are chanting 'Allahu Akbar" and cursing Assad.
Ba'athists, Alawites and other secularists are lining up to
The West knows it is an Islamic uprising and is letting
Assad murder, torture, humiliate, arrest.
Finally, the last stronghold of Assad, the city of Aleppo
saw large anti-regime rallies against Assad. The regime
rushed to crush them, including raids on the university.
More than 9,000 people have been killed by the Alawite
regime. Only a little help has come from Muslim countries
like Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia but no significant
weaponry. More human bomb attacks in Damascus and Aleppo
indicate the presence of al-Qaida with losses for Assad's
Egypt: May 3. The military sent in thugs from the former
Hosni Mubarak's supporters who attacked a small rally at the
Ministry of Defense. The protestors were calling for an end
to military rule and supporting the Islamic candidates for
presidency. The thugs were armed and killed 20 and wounded
100 of the defenseless protestors.
May 4: The killings backfired and huge crowds gathered in
Tahrir Square to protest the killings. The army carried out
mass arrests, 300 by last reports, and imposed curfew. Many
of the protestors were injured. For the first time someone
killed a soldier.[Muslim Brotherhood is no longer supporting
the rallies. Instead its delegation has been visiting
Afghanistan: May 6. US bombing raids in four provinces
killed scores of civilians. According to al-Jazeera, 14
civilians were killede and 6 wounded in Badghis province
alone. On May 7, Karzai called in the US representatives
and protested that these killings of civilians are making
his very recent agreement with Obama meaningless.
Icasualties is reporting that six Nato troops have been
killed by the Taliban in the first 5 days of May. These
include 2 British troops. The total NATO death toll was 42
in April. The Taliban are shooting and running.
May 4: In the Dur Baba area of Nangarhar province, 5 police
officers sent by the Karzai clique were killed in a Taliban
Breaking News: May 7: Three US troops were killed in Taliban
attacks but the US media offered no details.
Pakistan: May 4. Khar city in Bajaur district: A human
bomber sent by the Pakistani Taliban hit a tribal security
force organized by General Kayani, killing 29 people
including the chief and the deputy chief of police but also
a number of civilians. [US sources say that Osama's papers
found in his last home show that he criticized the Pakistani
Taliban for such attacks which kill civilians along with
May 5: North Waziristan: A US drone attack 45 miles west of
Miran Shah, killed 10 Pakistanis.
May 6: Miran Shah: Taliban from north Wazirstan destroyed a
Pakistani military check point in a surprise attack. Pak
army has admitted that it lost 9 killed and is responding
with artillery fire.
May 7: Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new leader of al-Qaida, is
not in Pakistan, said Pakistani foreign minister ms. Khar.
She was responding to Hillary Clinton, who is visiting
India, and who said that al-Zawahiri is in Pakistan.
The same day, May 7, a video appeared from al-Zawahiri on
an al-Qaida web site monitored by the US, showing a Jewish
American kidnapped in Pakistan and calling for the release
of Islamic prisoners and an end to US bombing raids in
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia in exchange for his
Yemen: May 7: According to Associated Press, mujahideen from
al-Qaida overran a Yemen government military base in Abyan
province on the coast. They came by land and from sea. The
troops lost 20 killed and 25 captured. The fighters took
away quantities of weapons and supplies. Yemeni forces are
pursuing them with artillery fire.
On May 6, a US air strike killed al-Qaida leader Fahd
al-Qusi in the rugged Shabwa province. The US considered him
as an architect of the attack by two young Muslims which
destroyed the US destroyer Cole in 2000.
April 23: Tatiana Massad of France 24 [media] visited the
town of Jaar and surrounding areas where al-Qaida has set up
an Islamic emirate and have stopped crime by chopping the
hands of two robbers. Tatiana was forced to wear a niqab
during her visit and did not like it. The mujahideen, she
said, have re-named Jaar as Waqar.
Somalia: On May 1, a Somali human bomber attacked pro-West
"members of parliament" [in Mogadishu], who had gone to the
interior of Somalia [Dura Mareb area] to stir up/fund the
tribes against al-Shabab. BBC notes from one of the
surviving MPs that the Somali youth strolled into the
meeting casually chewing qat [a mild narcotic many Somalis
use], then shouted Allahu Akbar and detonated. Seven people
including 2 MPs were killed and others injured.
April 24: A Muslim mother cries out for justice. The face of
Laila Yaghi reflects the torment which Muslims in America
At a large rally for Mumia Jamal in Washington, DC, photo
shows Laila Yaghi carrying her son's photo.
Laila Yaghi from Raleigh, North Carolina, is calling the
Muslim Ummah to notice the plight of her son Ziyad Yaghi who
has been sentenced to 31 years in prison by the US on the
basis of no evidence after another prisoner plea bargained
to help the Zionist regime in America. This is injustice in
the extreme which is given only to Muslims in America.
Donations for this cause can be made at:
Or send money orders to: Laila Yaghi P.O.Box 37967,
Raleigh, NC 27627
For a complete report on the case of Mumia Abu Jamal and the
April 24 rally, please scroll down.
Self-criticiam by Kaukab Siddique
There is no Hadith about the age of Ayesha,r,a.
Lack of knowledge leads to defense of non-issues
In 1986 I wrote an article which showed that the narrative
about the age of the wife of the Prophet, pbuh, Ayesha
Siddiqa, r.a., which is published in Imam Bukhari's Sahih,
is contradicted by many other narratives in books of hadith.
It was the first article in English on the subject in
America and was well liked by people who wanted to
contradict the attacks of the Perwaizi sect and answer the
abuse by neo-cons like General Boykin and Spencer.
Many people published my article, often with minor changes,
but without noting that they had gotten it from me, thus
contradicting the first rule of Hadith that you must give
As I have continued my hadith studies, I have found that
there is NO hadith from the Prophet, pbuh, giving the age of
Ayesha, r.a., when he married her. Bukhari himself does not
say that the narrative in his book about her age is from the
Prophet, pbuh. His book has so much prestige that we took it
or granted that whatever is in his book must be from the
Prophet, pbuh. It is not and he does not say it is.
A hadith of the Prophet, pbuh, is about what he said, did or
approved of or is about his qualities..  None of these
three aspects relate to the narrative about the age of
Even a hadith which is from the Prophet, pbuh, but is not
narrated by a sahabi [Companion of the Prophet, pbuh] but
is from a taba'i, [generation after the Sahaba], is called
MURSAL and lacks authenticity and does not have HUJJAT
[religious acceptability] in Islam.. The only exceptions
are Taba'i narrators who had met numerous sahaba. 
What is important about Ayesha, r.a. is that the Prophet,
pbuh, loved her and died in her arms. She was a scholar,
teacher, faqih, leader, orator, fighter and pious beyond all
requirements. The verses of the Qur'an which defend her and
reveal Islamic laws owing to her actions, show that she was
a person of great mental and spiritual maturity.
She opposed Ali, r.a., and Abu Huraira, r.a., in a number of
matters, but not in totality, and this has led to sectarian
propaganda being aimed at her.
The issue of her age is meant to trivialize her
We fell into the trap.The Mother of the Believers needs no
defense. May Allah forgive our sins and shortcomings.
. Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, d. 852 Hijri, in Tehzeeb
al-Tehzeeb, Urdu translation.
. Khateeb Baghdadi, d. 463 Hijri, in al-kifaya if 'ilm
al-riwaya. Urdu translation.
 Modern scholars agree. See See Khalil-ur-Rahman Chishti's
Hadith ki ahmiat awr zaroorat, [Urdu], published in 1420 H.
 "Dying became easier for me when I was shown Ayesha in
paradise. It was as if I could see her hands." [Prophet
Muhammad, pbuh, narrated by Ishaq bin Talha, in Tabqat
al-Kubra, biographical collection of Hadith compiled by ibn
Sa'ad in 230 Hijri.]
Exulting over the death of Shaykh Osama: Is this Obama's
"Mission Accomplished" Moment?
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
Bush was sure that with the overthrow of President Saddam
Hussain, his mission had been accomplished. Years later, a
tired American military withdrew unilaterally from Iraq
leaving the country devastated and divided with quite a bit
of it in the hands of the Sunni "insurgency."
Now we see President Obama grandstanding about the
assassination of Osama bin Laden to the extent that it
appears that this will be part of Obama's claim of "mission
accomplished" during the election campaign.
The facts on the ground seem to be very different from an
American victory over al-Qaida. Nearly 70% of Afghanistan is
in the hands of the Taliban led by Mullah Umar, the closest
ally of Osama bin Laden. NATO wants to exit from Afghanistan
without humiliation but its supply routes from Pakistan are
blocked by a peaceful but large scale Islamic movement.
Southern Yemen is slowly but steadily falling into the hands
of Osama's people. Somalia's Al-Shabab have joined.
Nigeria's Boko Haram is on the way. Saudi Arabia is trying
55 al-Qaida political prisoners, a very large number for
such a small population. Syria is suddenly facing "homicide
bombers." An al-Qaida man, who was renditioned, is in a high
position in Libya, and the biggest question is Egypt's
burgeoning Islamic spirit.
Within Pakistan itself, the Pakistani Taliban are again
challenging the Pakistani military in Bajaur, Khyber and
South Waziristan which the army had "conquered."
Inside al-Qaida, within months of the attack on the house in
Abbottabad, Dr.Ayman al-Zawahiri was reported elected by
support groups spread over several continents.
For a year, the US has had 6000 items of Osama's writings.
On May 2, the US released 17 of these items carefully chosen
to damage al-Qaida's credibility. There was little in them
which served America's purpose other than Osama's irritation
with Iran and with his own people. This release of documents
was a blunder because it could strengthen the legend of
Osama, that he placed Islam above all else and lived like
the Sahaba, r.a.
Other than a few Pakistani Shi'ites, and the obvious
exceptions of Iran and Hizbullah, there is hardly anyone in
the Islamic world who would support USA against Osama.
Having Iran as an ally does not help either. The slaughter
in Syria and Iran's support for it has undermined Iran's
ability to operate in the Muslim world.
The British had a poem with these lines in it: To honor
while you strike him down, the foe that comes with fearless
eyes. Obama should ask the Brits how they got away with
ruling a global empire without the intense feelings of
repulsion America has generated in Muslim countries. The
burial at sea, the censorship of photos of Osama's body, the
demolition of his home, do indicate that US intelligence is
aware of Osama's popularity but chose a way to deal with it
which has come out with no results.
Baltimore Shomrein Trial Verdict Sends a Clear Message:
Black Children May be Mistreated with Impunity: No Protest
from Black Bourgeoise Organizations By Nadrat Siddique and
David Anthony Wiggins
May 3, 2012
New Trend readers might recall that in November 2010, a
black boy, surnamed Ausby, was
beaten in the Park Heights neighborhood of Baltimore by
adult males from the Shomrein Jewish
militia while walking between school and home. The Shomrein
militia was established with the
approval of local authorities. It runs a patrol in the
upscale Jewish part of Park Heights, adjacent
to the adjoining Black neighborhood of the same name. The
Jewish part is said to house many
current and former members of the Israeli Defense Forces
(IDF), who are dual Israeli and U.S.
nationals, and like the Werdesheims, travel back and forth
Initial charges against the Werdesheims were: 1. First
Degree Assault; 2. Second Degree
Assault; 3. Reckless Endangerment of a Minor; 4. Possession
of a Dangerous Weapon Intent
to Injure; 5. False imprisonment. This was before Jewish
attorney Gregg Bernstein entered the
Then, Bernstein came into office as State's Attorney. His
first act was to drop all felony charges
against the Werdesheim brothers. His second act was to
prosecute two black men, Travers and
Tremayne Johnson, for setting a pitbull on fire in
Baltimore. That case ultimately resulted
in acquittal. Not surprisingly, many of Baltimore's black
residents viewed both decisions as
examples of the Zionist attorney's racial bias.
The Werdesheim brothers were permitted six postponements.
The elder Werdesheim was
permitted to vacation in Israel with his fiancée pending
trial—something few (perhaps no)
defendants of color on trial are permitted to do—with the
express approval of the victim's
lawyer. That attorney, a black man named J. Wyndal Gordon,
also represented John Allen
Muhammad. On his watch, Muhammad was put to death, an odd
contrast from Mumia Abu
Jamal and many others who remain on death row for
Today, the remaining three (misdemeanor) charges were
dropped against 22-year old Avi
Werdesheim. The most serious of the three misdemeanor
charges against 24-year old former
Israeli Defense Special forces member Eliyahu Werdesheim
were dismissed by the judge. The
decisions were handed down by presiding Judge Pamela J.
White, since the Werdesheims had
requested a trial by judge, and not by jury. Eliyahu was
subsequently convicted only of the two
most insignificant misdemeanor charges, reckless
endangerment and false imprisonment.
All told, 8 out of ten charges were dropped or resulted in
acquittal; only two charges
resulted in conviction.
The two other alleged defendants--other than Avi and Eliyahu
Werdesheim--were never brought
to the fore or charged. And—although there was strong
evidence that the attack was a hate crime, this fact was
never hinted at for the duration of the trial.
Most oddly, the $6.5 million civil lawsuit about which the
Ausby's mother was initially adamant,
was dropped. Given that Eliyahu Werdesheim has his own
security company here in Baltimore,
and his IDF Special Forces training, the possibility that
the victim's family were intimidated into
dropping the suit cannot be discounted.
The case also exposes the collusion between the Black
bourgeoisie and the ruling Zionist Jews in
Baltimore. The Baltimore chapters of the National Action
Network, the SCLC, and the NAACP,
while vociferously protesting the Trayvon Martin killing in
Florida, repeatedly failed to make
the connection between the two cases, and hence the
opportunity to make both more relevant to
Baltimore's disenfranchised Black population.
J. Wyndal Gordon, the black attorney representing the Ausby
family, said "I was quite pleased
with the verdict. In fact, I predicted it," he said. (
Jewish Times, May 3, 2012) Discussing the
family's decision to drop the civil suit, he said, "No
amount of money can give someone back
their peace of mind. We're happy about having closure.
What's best for [the victim] now is to
put all of this behind him and move on with his life."
And, as reparations activists, and others fighting for the
rights of Black people in the U.S.,
well know, "Moving on with one's life," "Letting bygones be
bygones," or characterizing an
unaddressed wrong as being "in the past," is terminology
used by the White Supremacist power
structure and its representatives in ensuring its design is
permitted to continue and for its victims
to shut up and put up. Jewish victims of the Holocaust, for
example, are never expected to "moveon with their lives" or
to put things behind them.
The verdict is a clear testament to the existence of a
two-tiered justice system, and of the collusion between
Baltimore Zionists and the Baltimore Black bourgeoisie which
allow it to be perpetuated. The verdict is a slap in the
face to all people of color. We might as well go back to the
Terry Jones Combines Racism with Zionism
On April 22, Terry Jones, the infamous Florida pastor, held
a press conference to defend the rights of Zimmerman, the
man who shot and killed a defenseless African American
child,Trayvon Martin, and has been released on bond.
On April 28, Terry Jones held another "conference" and
burned the Qur'an again. The news was suppressed by the
corporate media and the State Department issued a statement
regretting Jones' activities. The news did reach Pakistan
and resulted in anti-US demonstrations in several cities in
which effigies of the pastor and the US flag were burned.
Pakistan's top Islamic leader, Syed Munawar Hasan, spoke
about the Qur'an burning at a mass prayer gathering in
Lahore on May 4. Pakistanis see the pastor's provocation as
activities protected by the US government. See report from
Jew nabbed in Child Pornography case!
C'mon, the FBI is not anti-semitic! [Courtesy The Ugly Truth
by Mark Glenn, Idaho.]
FBI agents raid Manhattan apartment of Evan Zauder, where
they discover hundreds of images and videos of boys engaged
in sex acts.
A New York-area Jewish schoolteacher and summer camp
counselor has been arrested on charges of possessing child
FBI agents on May 1 raided the Manhattan apartment of Evan
Zauder, where they discovered on his computer hundreds of
images and videos of boys, some as young as 7, engaged in
Zauder, 26, is a sixth grade teacher at Yeshivat Noam, a
Modern Orthodox school, in Paramus, N.J. He is currently in
jail pending a bail hearing on May 4.
Zauder is charged with one count of possessing child
pornography. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail
and a maximum fine of $250,000.
An extraordinary achievement of America's people.
Understanding the Case of Mumia Abu Jamal: Why Can't Muslim
Youth Do this for Imam Jamil and other Muslim Political
Occupy the Justice Department (Occupy for Mumia) - April
Washington, DC April 24, 2012 Activists marked political
prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal's 58th birthday and 29th year
behind bars with a protest billed as "Occupy the Justice
Department/ Occupy for Mumia." The action also nearly
coincided with the April 23 birthday of Marshall "Eddie"
Conway, a leader of the Black Panther movement in Baltimore
who has been held political prisoner by the state of
Maryland for 43 years, drawing some of his supporters to the
Mumia was a member of the Black Panther Party until 1970,
and a journalist of great integrity, known for reporting
police brutality and other government abuses in the
Philadelphia area. He was also a well-known supporter of the
MOVE organization, a revolutionary naturalist group based in
the heart of Philadelphia. MOVE advocates a holistic
existence for all people--a drug-free, alcohol free,
environmentalist lifestyle, emphasizing self-sufficiency,
self-respect, and discipline--something anathema to
Philadelphia's ruling racists. As a consequence, the
organization became the target of a very long-ranging
campaign of annihilation by the Philadelphia authorities.
That campaign culminated in the May 13, 1985 raid and aerial
bombardment of the house habited by MOVE members on
Philadelphia's Osage Avenue. The firebombings and police
shootings resulted in the murders of 11 men, women, and
children, and the jailing of Ramona Africa, the sole adult
survivor. And it destroyed 61 surrounding homes.
Mumia's writings and his ongoing support for MOVE evidently
propelled him into the government cross hairs, because in
late 1981, he was linked to the shooting of a Philadelphia
police officer, William Faulkner. In 1982, Mumia was
convicted following very questionable trial proceedings,
including the retention of the presiding judge, Sabo, who
reportedly stated "Yeah, and I'm going to help them fry the
nigger" (a reference to Mumia, reported in an affidavit by a
court stenographer), and witnesses who later said they were
pressured into testifying in a manner that favored the
Following three short weeks of jury deliberation, Mumia was
sentenced to the death penalty. Undaunted, he continued to
criticize U.S. government repression, authoring six books,
hundreds of articles, and radio broadcasts from death row.
Extremely well-informed and articulate, he spoke and wrote
earnestly against U.S. imperialist adventures abroad,
including the Iraq war and AFRICOM.
He earned the support of Amnesty International, Archbishop
Desmond Tutu, Toni Morrison, and other notables, who
variously called for inquiries into his unjust
incarceration, appeals, or freedom for the jailed
journalist. In 2012, after years of pressure from his
supporters, Mumia's death penalty sentence was dropped, and
the sentence commuted to life in prison. ----
On the bright sunny morning of April 24, the International
Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu Jamal (ICFFMAJ)
and the MOVE organization spearheaded a rally for Mumia at
the Department of Justice. Friends of MOVE, Decarcerate PA,
Students Against Mass Incarceration, DC Troy Davis, the
National Jericho Movement, Occupy DC, Occupy Baltimore, the
Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, Workers World Party, the
A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, the All Peoples Congress, the
Baltimore Black Think Tank, Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Bradley
Manning supporters, and many other groups and individuals
came together in one of the most energetic actions for a
political prisoner held in Washington, DC, to date.
The protestors heard Johanna Fernandez (outspoken Mumia
supporter and professor from CUNY Baruch); King Downing
(American Friends Service Committee); Pam Africa (Minister
of Confrontation of MOVE, and Chairwoman of ICFFMAJ); Ramona
Africa (MOVE); Br. Abdul (MOVE organization; he read Mumia's
deeply poignant statement penned for the occasion); Chuck D,
Dead Prez, Jasiri X, Rebel Diaz, and Jay Sun--all
politically conscious hip-hop artists known for their
support of Mumia and other political prisoners; Mauri
Saalakhan (Peace and Justice Foundation); Laila Yaghi (Free
Ziyad Yaghi Campaign); Imam Khalil Rahman (Imam Al-Jamil
supporter); Mumia supporters from France; and others.
Around 3:00 pm, protestors left the DOJ for a spirited march
through DC's downtown, passing the FBI and CIA buildings,
chanting "FBI! CIA! Ain't no justice in the USA!" The
protest culminated in a second rally at the White House,
where a police cordon was pulled tighter and tighter around
the protestors as some activists, who had pledged to commit
civil disobedience, positioned themselves for the action.
Twenty-seven activists were arrested and removed to the
Anacostia Prison Facility to be booked, protesting for
Mumia's freedom. ----
Afterward: This Muslim writer marveled at the sight of the
predominantly youthful protestors, particularly those
conducting civil disobedience, who had come forth to take a
stance for unjustly held captives, a command clearly laid
out in Islam's Holy Book. It was in stark contrast to "Islam
on Capitol Hill," a mass prayer held not so long ago at the
U.S. Capitol a short distance away, by the gigolos of the
Muslim community, who endeavoring to ally themselves with
the power structure, induced their unwitting constituents to
do "sajood" (genuflection) to that grotesque symbol of
Babylon. As those with Muslim names clamored for ill-sought
White House invitations and Presidential Council
appointments, inviting the agents of repression into their
Islamic Centers and Mosques, the youth at the White House
gates on April 24, most of whom were not Muslim by title,
walked the path of Christ (alaih salam) and Muhammad
(salAllahualaihi wasalam), fighting for the rights of the
most oppressed and downtrodden--the political prisoners.
What will it take for the rest of us to follow? ©2012 by
By: Nadrat Siddique
by Shamsuddin Amjad, Lahore.
Pakistani Leader blames US for Qur'an Desecration.
Condemns India's Occupation of Kashmir. Regime Failure in
LAHORE, May 4: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Syed Munawar Hasan
has said that nobody was interested in the creation of new
provinces and the resolutions in this regard were being
passed only as a showdown with each other and to befool the
Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque here,
he said there was a clear mechanism for the creation of
provinces in the constitution but no one was following
He stressed upon the government to boycott the Chicago
Conference in protest against the US refusal to tender an
apology over Silala attacks and its announcement to continue
He also condemned a US pastor's continuing acts of blasphemy
and desecration of the Quran, and said it was clear that the
culprit enjoyed state protection. The US, he said,had gone
mad in its enmity towards Islam and it considered every
Muslim a terrorist. How could the US claim itself to be
cultured and civilized after repeated instances of
desecration and blasphemy, and US soldiers' letting loose
dogs on Muslim prisoners and urinating at Taliban's dead
bodies, he asked.
Syed Munawar Hasan stressed upon the Federal Interior
Minister to tender resignation on his failure to maintain
peace in Karachi instead of making an announcement of
Taliban having spread all over the country including
Karachi. However, he said that nobody from the PPP,
including the President and the convicted Prime Minister was
prepared to accept his failure.
He said the foreign policy devised on US dictation was
contrary to the dignity and sovereignty of this country. The
US was acting on its agenda of building India as the
regional power. The interests of the USand Pakistanin the
region were in conflict with each other. Therefore, we must
pull our selves out of the USwar on terror which had already
done incalculable harm to the country and its economy.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that Pakistan's problem with India
was not temporary or accidental.India had not accepted
Pakistan from its heart and it was still desirous of Akhand
Bharat [One India including Pakistan].
The Indian occupation forces in Occupied Kashmir have killed
over one hundred thousand Kashmiri Muslim men ,women and
children in the last three decades, and incidents of
religious extremism against the Muslims are routine there.
India was already involved in water aggression against this
country and was out to deprive us of our river water share
and to turn this country into a desert. In spite of all
that, our rulers were keen to befriend India which would
only serve the enemy designs.
President Obama Might Win Again but he Sounds more
"Bushesque" Than ever
In 2008 it was "Hope" and "Change"; Now What?
Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III
In 2008 Senator Barack Obama(D-IL) was elected president by
defeating Senator John McCain (R-AZ) by 6 points (52% to
46%) of the popular vote and carrying the electoral college
(364 votes to 174). Senator Obama campaigned against the
failed domestic and foreign policies of the previous Bush
administration. Americans had become disillusioned with tax
cuts for the wealthy and two mismanaged wars that
contributed to out of control budget deficits.
Candidate Obama campaigned with a populist message. He
promised to return America and its government to the people
with a "transparent government" and "change we can believe
in." He championed a collective spirit of hope with the
slogan "yes we can!" According to The Economist in
2008,America was "...unhappy, divided and foundering both at
home and abroad." Many voters feared that a President
McCain would just support more of the same Bush 43' policies
that tookAmerica to the brink of disaster.
In 2012 under President Obama, Americans are still unhappy,
unemployed, underemployed, divided, and foundering both at
home and abroad. In 2008 the message was "Hope" and
"Change." For 2012 the slogan on the Obama 2012 web site is
"Are you in?" The answer is yes; "We are
The Obama administration has done a number of things right.
However, in spite of all the things the Obama administration
has been able to accomplish, even with a divided government,
his base is left asking some very important questions.
Some say the President's $787B stimulus bill saved the
American economy from falling into a full-scale depression.
He saved the auto industry and passed the Lilly Ledbetter
Fair Pay Act for women. But why did the Obama administration
back away from eliminating the Bush era tax cuts?
While President Obama deserves credit for ending military
involvement inIraq, killing Osama bin Laden and either
capturing or killing other high ranking terrorists, he also
signed the 2012 Defense Authorization Act allowing the
government to indefinitely detain American citizens. Obama's
Attorney General, Eric Holder believes that the government
can assassinate American citizens abroad without having to
get court approval.
Why did this president choose to pass Health care reform,
yet took the single payer option off the table?
....something that candidate Obama campaigned on.
Maybe most important, why are some of the same people who
advocated deregulating the financial industry and
contributed to causing the fiscal crisis, now serving as the
President's key economic advisors?
Closer inspection will reveal that even as a Senator,
President Obama supported broader authority for the
government's eavesdropping program and legal immunity for
telecommunications companies that participated in it. That
might explain why President Obama "turned the page" on the
Bush administration's lies to the American people about
It's very important to remember that Senator Obama was able
to weave together a very diverse base in support of his run
for the White House. He is the first Democrat since
President Carter to win more than 50% of the popular vote.
He captured 66% of voters between the ages of 18-29, 68% of
first-time voters, and 47% of white independent voters. By
capturing states likeVirginia,North Carolina, and Indiana
President Obama changed the political calculus for 2012.
These demographics turned out in support of the message of
change, hope, and a more transparent government. Now many of
these same people believe the Obama administration is more
"Bushesque" than Bush.
The President will need to address some of the concerns
addressed in this article if he wants to reassure his base
that their support for him was not misguided. In 2009 The
New York Times wrote, "Until there is true transparency and
true accountability, revelations of that unresolved
eight-year nightmare (Bush) will keep raining down drip by
drip, disrupting the new administration's high
Many in the Obama administration believe that they are
smarter than most and eventually the people will "catch up"
with them. Is it possible that the base is smarter than
they've been given credit for? Could it be that the base is
anxiously waiting for President Obama's arrival to the place
where he told them he would be 4 years ago? Over the past
four years the administration has pandered more to his
opposition than supported the wishes of his base.
Even against a weak and damaged opponent like Mitt Romney,
the Obama campaign for 2012 needs to develop and articulate
a clear direction, a powerful theme, and cohesive message.
People need to understand what they are voting for not
In 2008 the message was "Hope" and "Change" against a
backdrop of Bush policies and anAmericathat was "...unhappy,
divided and foundering both at home and abroad." In 2012
the President is running on his record, not against Bush's.
We need to know where he stands on key issues before once
again committing our vote. "Am I In?"...yes, if the
Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the nationally
broadcast call-in talk radio program "Inside the Issues with
Wilmer Leon," and a Teaching Associate in the Department of
Political Science at Howard University in Washington,D.C.
Go to Dr.Leon's Prescription @ Face Book.com
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Stop the witch hunt against Ghulam Azam
Courtesy Saudi Gazette. [May 7, 2012]
A flawed trial process results in the miscarriage of
justice. But if a trial itself is based on a biased motive
and contrived charges, then the result is injustice.
Injustice indeed has been done to Bangladesh's nonagenarian
political figure Professor Ghulam Azam, who was arrested in
January this year and has been kept in solitary confinement
ever since. The former leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh
has been unjustly accused of crimes against humanity
committed during the 1971 independence struggle. He is
awaiting trial by the International Crimes Tribunal, whose
legality and scope have been questioned by Human Rights
Watch, Amnesty International, the UN Human Rights Council,
and US Ambassador for War Crimes Stephen Rapp.
Ironically, the court which was set up to try Prof. Azam for
crimes against humanity has not even defined what "crimes
against humanity" means. Stephen Rapp during his third visit
to Bangladesh last November raised this issue. He also
called for the participation of foreign counsel, which he
said, was very important to ensure that uniform or generally
agreed standards are observed.
Laurel Fletcher, clinical professor of law at the University
of California, Berkeley, said, "Such trials run the risk of
turning into political show trials, where laws are bent to
produce predetermined results." The Tribunal, which remained
defunct for 40 years, was revived in March 2010. But its
character is still undetermined. At present, it lacks
international character because of the lack of a number of
The case against Prof. Azam smacks of a vendetta. He is
facing charges on 62 counts. If convicted he faces execution
by hanging. The three-judge Tribunal earlier this month
deferred to May 2 its decision as to whether it will frame
charges against him. Prof. Azam, who supported the unity of
West and East Pakistan and opposed a military solution to
political problems, denies any wrongdoing. The trial is
politically motivated because no one has been tried for war
crimes committed by pro-independence forces and for the
massacre of Biharis.
Prof. Azam, too old and infirm to appear in court, has been
denied bail. Members of his family are not allowed to meet
him on a regular basis. He has no access to books. He is
being treated like a convicted hardcore terrorist even
though he has yet to be charged with any crime. Bangladesh
is a signatory to a number of international human rights
conventions, including the Rome Statute for the
International Criminal Court, and the world expects it to
uphold the ideals of these accords.
Requirements for a Peaceful but Authentic Islamic Movement
by Shamim Siddiqui [Long Island, New York].
"The entire energy, talents and resources of the Movement
must be harnessed in developing the team of devoted,
dedicated and committed brothers and sisters who are well
versed in Islam, intelligently acquainted with the people of
the land, the country and its problems and bear a dependable
and trustworthy character." [ Calling Humanity, p. 91-92.]
More thoughts on marriage [with some humor]
Spotlights from Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora, North
Spotlight #1: Marriage is a true love story.
Spotlight #2: Marriage is like fudge, mostly sweet, but the
nuts in it are up to you.
Spotlight #3: Marriage is: Putting your arms around you
partner and being there for him or her.
Spotlight #4: The marriage would be better if they
understood that they are one team.
Spotlight #5: Marriage is like two people in a row boat.
They cannot go in different directions. One can lead but has
to consult with the other. They are competing against the
odds, not against each other.
Spotlight #6: Happy marriage is compassion and sacrifice.
Spotlight #7: Woman is the greatest motivation for a man but
the man has to inspire his wife so that she can continue her
Spotlight #8: Do not make marriage like other contracts. Why
do we not guard our marriage contracts at least as well as
we do our regular contracts?
Spotlight #9: Have a simple communication over a cup of
coffee or tea. Talking to each other can remove a lot of
Spotlight #10: If your wife is the boss, then you have to be
good to the boss.
Spotlight #11: Remember, what you have is hers and what is
hers is hers.
Spotlight #12: Do not make marriage boring. Be creative.
Remember your marriage anniversary!
Islamic Marriage ceremony is very Simple. [Thanks to Sis.
Kalimah on FB.]
2012-05-09 Wed 19:06:27 cdt