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Safar 29, 1434/ January 12, 2013 # 2
January 11: Syria: Islamic forces of al-Nusrah [al-Qaida]
and Islamic Vanguard captured Assad's major air base,
Taftanaz, after three days of intense fighting. Many of
Assad's troops were killed, while many fled in 40
helicopters. Twenty other helicopters were destroyed on the
ground. A complete weapons depot was captured by the
Iranian revolutionary guards who had entered Syria to help
Assad were captured by the Islamics. They are so precious
that Iran persuaded Assad to release 2000 plus Muslim
prisoners including women and children held by the tyrant,
in exchange for the Iranians.
American ships have withdrawn from the Syrian coast and the
Russian warships have come in. Looks like the West has given
up its ideas of helping the Syrian people. The Islamics are
winning and that has nixed western plans.
Breaking News #2: Three strange happenings.
January 10: Pakistan.
Huge explosions rocked a high class snookers club in
Quetta. As rescuers gathered, they were hit by another
explosion. At least 81 people were killed, mostly Shi'ites.
Also in Quetta, bombs hit a police force killing 8 officers
and wounding others. A sectarian Sunni group Lashkare
Jhangvi has take responsibility. In Swat, 18 members of
Tablighi jamaat were killed in a bomb explosion. It is
difficult to figure out why anyone would attack a totally
non-political pietistic group of upper class Pakistanis.
On the Kashmir front, Pakistani and Indian military forces
raided each other four times over a week. Two Pakistani and
two Indian troops were killed. These clashes are a cover for
something the military is planning.
A person named Tahirul Qadri is planning a mass march on
Islamabad on January 14. Suddenly two of his support groups,
MQM and the government of PPP withdrew their support. It
appears to be a move to stop Jamaate Islami from peaceful
change in Pakistan.
Not so strange:
January 12: Again in Quetta, gunmen attacked the center for
transmission of supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan. Five
NATO bound trucks went up in flames and two drivers were
killed. Pakistan's regime supplies NATO and makes money off
Khutba in Greensboro, North Carolina
It is time for Self-Evaluation: New Year or a Lost Year?
Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora leader of Jamaat al-Muslimeen
and a leading Palestinian analyst in Muslim America, gave
the Juma' Khutba at the Islamic Center of the Triad,
Greensboro, on January 11. Here are his main points. Please
Texts: "Surely in the alternation of the Night and the Day
and in ALL that Allah has created, in the heavens and the
earth, are signs for those who fear Him." [The Qur'an 10:6]
Time is passing by and we are accountable for our deeds.
It's like being on a moving train. We think things are
moving but it is time that is moving.
Islamically we are obligated to follow the Hifri calendar.
According to Hadith narrations, the calendar of Islam starts
from the movement, not from the life or death of the
We have to go to the Hijri calendar for our two annual
celebrations, the Eidain and for Ramadan.
By following the movement of the crescent, we follow the
sunnah of the Prophet, pbuh, and of the Khulafa Rashideen.
Unfortunately, our Ummah is changing. Many of us
celebrate thesecular New Year of the West and we have moved
from Friday to Saturday as our day.
The changing seasons show that time is passing us by. Why
do we not weep instead of celebraating? Are we seeking
acceptance by Allah or not?
Why do we make New Year resolutions? We can make new
resolutions to follow Allah every month, ever week. We don't
need to wait for the new western year.
Muslim scholars have warned us that New Year celebrations
are unIslamic. Even Christmas is mistimed. The Qur'an
indicates that Jesus, pbuh, was born in the summer, not in
Evaluate yourself before you areevaluated.
Umar al-Khattab, r.a., said: Yesterday is not yours. It
has vanished. Tomorrow you may not see. Today is yours. Work
on it to make it good.
Hadithe Muhammad, pbuh, says: Take care of your youth before
you are old, of your health before you get sick, of your
wealth before you reach poverty, of your time before you get
too busy and of your life before death.
Islam looks at time as a source of worship. Card playng,
entertainment, unnecessary socializing is a waste of time.
Ali, r.a., has said that waste of time is a form of
ungratefulness for what Allah has given us.
We should live like strangers in this world, Prophet
Muhammad, pbuh, taught us. He also taught that we should be
as travellers. Other than doing good deeds which become a
source of ongoing sadaqa for us, don't get too bogged down
in the world.
Be like a bird which moves on. This world is vanishing.
Prepare for the Hereafter.
Khutba in Baltimore, Maryland.
All Children should be cherished. Why only the children of
Newtown? Why Obama's Drones. Why not Chicago? Repent. Seek
On January 11, 2013, Br. Kaukab Siddique, Ameer of Jamaat
al-Muslimeen, gave the Juma' Khutba in Baltimore, Maryland.
DVDs of Dr. Wilmer Leon's lecture at Lincoln University on
the duties of African Americans to the oppressed people were
distributed after prayers. New Trend article about the close
ties of Ali, r.a., and Umar, r.a. were also distributed to
rebut sectarianism. Here are the main points of Br.
Text: "He [Allah] is the one who accepts repentance from His
servants anf forgives sins: and He knows all that you do."
[The Qur'an 42: 25]
The name of Allah, al-Ghafoor, the Most Forgiving, is
mentioned 70 times in the Qur'an.
To deal with our past and the evil we have done or what
keeps hurting us from our past, be remorseful Pray Isha and
then tahajjud. Cry out to Allah that I am sad.
Weep, feel the sorrow and the shame, and then pray to
Allah for forgiveness. Do this when you are ALONE with
Ghafoor is from the verb Ghafara, to cover, to hide, to
excuse, to pardon, to remit, to forgive. This what Allah
does for us when we seek His Forgiveness.
Terrible crimes are being committed in America which are
the manifestations of hidden evil, of the evil which has
permeated this country.
The shooting of children in Newtown and the mass murders
in Aurora are only the tip of the iceberg of evil.
The media have tried to use the suffering of children to
further the political aims of their parties. This media hype
is a shameful form of exploitation of human suffering.
Day after day, 24/7, the media are churning out stories
about Newtown. We should be cherishing ALL children.
The Prophet, pbuh, has taught that all childfen are born
in the fitra, natural purity and innocence, Allah gives
them. Their parents make them Christians or Jews.
Why the focus on Newtown when many more children and
youths have been killed in Chicago? It has become such an
exclusive coverage of the children of the rich, the high
sociey, the Jews, that it seems the children of Chicago are
Because the children of Chicago are poor and Black, they
are to be ignored although they livenin Obama's stronghold?
Look at the death and destruction of Muslim children and
their families in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia
by US drones. Is it okay to kill people who live in mud
huts, just because they oppose US imperialism?
It is reported thatn Obama personally orders these drone
strikes which have killed many children. Do Muslim childfen
don't count as "children." Is it okay to destroy their homes
and mosques and schools?
Allah Alone is the superpower. Repent. Seek forgiveness.
Pray for the unity of the Muslims of America on the
Qur'an and the authentic Hadith.
Woman killed "Muslim" who was Hindu: Treated like a
Muslims Momin Khwaja [Canada], Ziyad Yaghi
sentences for Thought Crimes
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen, New York City.]
On Thursday, December 27, 2012, Erica Menendez, 31, pushed
Sunando Sen, an Indian immigrant into an oncoming #7 train,
in Queens, NY. It only took a few seconds. Witnesses stated
that Menendez seemed to be following Sen and as he stepped
out to see if a train was coming, Menedez took her
opportunity and shoved him in front of the oncoming train.
She was also seen pacing the subway platform and mumbling to
Saturday, December 29, 2012, she was arrested. She
reportedly stated that she shoved Sunando Sen into an
oncoming train because she hates Hindus and Muslims. This is
her quote, courtesy of ABCNews, "pushed a Muslim off the
train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since
2001 when they put down the twin towers I've been beating
them up." This is the latest in a series of anti-Muslim
Hate crimes in New York City.
She has already been charged with murder but., she may be
sent to a psychiatric facility for the criminally insane
where she can paint all day and get three square meals, as
opposed to doing any real hard time in prison. Many of
these people are declared sane and it is determined to be
safe to release into society, as long as they take their
medication. Guess what happens when they stop taking their
The Shadowy world of UAE: $7 Billion of Egypt hidden there.
11 who questioned were Arrested.
Akhbar al-Yom. January 8, 2013. Cairo
The 11 Egyptians arrested by United Arab Emirates
authorities on charges of forming an illegal organization
were not arrested because of Muslim Brotherhood ties, but
because they revealed that late Egyptian intelligence chief
Omar Suleiman had US$7 billion in Emirati banks and demanded
they be returned to Egypt, a former MP from the Freedom and
Justice Party told state-run news website Akhbar Masr.
Gamal Heshmat, the former MP, said the UAE was not following
the law as no charges have been brought against the 11
detainees. Heshmat said the Brotherhood does not "export"
ideas to other countries, as it is often accused of
The arrests attempted to defy the Muslim Brotherhood,
Heshmat said, adding that there is no real evidence against
the detainees. Heshmat also did not provide any evidence of
the allegations against Suleiman. Egyptian authorities did
not bring any criminal charges against Suleiman for
siphoning money abroad while he was alive.
Early this month, UAE news reports said authorities arrested
an Egyptian cell affiliated with the Brotherhood that
allegedly sought to draft Egyptians in a plot against the
ruling Emirate regime. The Brotherhood has denied these
Suleiman, who briefly served as vice president under Hosni
Mubarak, died in a US hospital in July.
December 20, 2012
US To Supply Israel With 5,000 'Bunker Buster' Bombs
In March President Barack Obama reportedly offered Israel
bunker-buster bombs and other advanced weapons in exchange
for a postponing an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities
until 2013. At the time the White House denied that any such
agreement was proposed or reached. Bunker-busters are
essential for an attack on Iran's underground nuclear
facilities since they can penetrate Tehran's world renowned
reinforced concrete. This week the U.S. Department of
Defense notified Congress of a $647 million agreement to
provide the Israel Air Force with 10,000 bombs - more than
half of which are bunker-busters - along with 6,900 joint
direct attack munitions (JDAM) tail kits, which convert
unguided free-fall bombs into satellite-guided "smart"
Attacks on Islamic personalities and human rights violations
[Exclusive to New Trend from Dhaka.]
Among the Muslim-majority countries, Bangladesh has the
third largest Muslim population. It is one of the poorest,
but most potential, Muslim countries. The entire population
of the country is now roughly about 160 million, of which
about 90% are Muslims. So demographically, it is one of the
most important Muslim countries in the world. It has more
Muslims than all the gulf countries put together have.
However, the country does not feature adequately in the
global Muslim consciousness. Sufferings of Bangladeshi
Muslims go largely unnoticed. For example, poor Bangladeshis
in the border region are being regularly killed by members
of the paramilitary Indian Border Security Force (BSF).
Perhaps, India-Bangladesh and Israel-Palestine borders the
two sites in the world for such killings. However, while
deaths of Palestinians by the Israelis in the border region
are reported in the regional and international media
outlets, those of Bangladeshis by the Indian BSF are barely
reported in the international media. Since Bangladeshi media
is hugely influenced or patronized by India, covering the
border killings by BSF is inadequate even in Bangladesh
Like the border killings, there are a number of other issues
involving the Muslims of Bangladesh of which the global
Muslim community is not aware. For example, in 2010 the
current secular fundamentalist government of Sheikh Hasina
scrapped the phrase "absolute trust and faith in the
Almighty Allah" from the country's constitution and replaced
it with "secularity". This constitutional attack on the
faith and religious sensitivity of the country's Muslim
majority was worse than the physical attacks by the BSF.
Hearts of Bangladeshi Muslims bled profusely because of this
constitutional change; but the global Muslim community
remained largely unconcerned.
There is a big gap in the Bangladesh polity between the
ruling elite and the ruled, as the former is largely
secularly oriented and the latter, largely devout Muslims.
Since political clout belongs to the former, Islamic people
in Bangladesh have been regularly discriminated against and
even tortured at institutes of higher learning and in
prisons for a long time. Their human rights have been
flouted and trampled again and again. Assaults on bearded
people and on hijab-clad women by the government forces are
becoming common in Bangladesh. Madrasha students' higher
education and job opportunities are largely restricted. They
are not permitted to study some specific subjects at public
university which are crucial for them to enter the
government sector or the spheres of influence. Conversely,
non-Muslims and secularly-oriented Muslims enjoy privileges
in educational opportunities and in the job market.
Since the anti-Islamic, secular Awami League party came to
power in early 2009, especially after the constitution was
amended in 2010, the situation has deteriorated drastically
and dramatically. The main target of government oppression
is the Jamaat-e-Islami party and its student organization
Islami Chhatra Shibir. As mentioned above, in many cases,
Jamaat-Shibir people are discriminated against at
educational institutions and are denied equal access to
employment opportunities. Government and ruling party forces
seem to enjoy excessive liberty to beat up Jamaat-Shibir
people at campuses and in the street.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is the third largest political
party in Bangladesh with 10-12 percent public support. Its
student organization Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir is
arguably the largest and best-organized student group in the
country. Jamaat-e-Islami was originally established in
British India by the great thinker Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi
(1903 - 1979) in 1941. Now all South Asian countries have
their own chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami. However, Bangladesh
Jamaat-Shibir's political path in the country has
particularly been thorny. That is largely because of
Jamaat's political stance on country's 1971 liberation war.
There was a movement in the then East Pakistan in 1971 to
separate Bangladesh from Pakistan. Jamaat was opposed to
separating from Pakistan, as it thought that a divided
Pakistan would be weak and acutely vulnerable to Indian
hegemonic designs. However, Pakistani forces tried to crush
the independence movement which caused a civil war. The
Pakistani forces committed large-scale atrocities around the
country, while some of the freedom fighters also killed many
Pakistanis residing in Bangladesh. Thus, through a violent
history, Bangladesh was born in 1971. The victors in the
1971 war have been associating Jamaat with all the misdeeds
of Pakistani army though its stance on the country's
liberation was simply a political one. Jamaat people had
nothing to do with the atrocities of the Pakistani army.
What is more, Jamaat's public support in Bangladesh is not
for its stance on 1971 war, but for what it stands for in
the current Bangladesh polity. Needless to say, young men
and women of its student groups (Chhatra Shibir for male
students and Chhatri Sangstha for female students) are
post-1971 generation. On top of all media hypes that tend to
continuously discredit Jamaat for its pro-government stance
in 1971, the current regime in Bangladesh has added a more
dangerous accusation. It has implicated topmost Jamaat
leaders for 1971 war crimes.
Actually, the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman through an investigation identified 195 war
criminals in 1973 and all of them were Pakistani military
officers. He introduced the International Crimes (tribunal)
Act 1973. The very name of the tribunal suggests that the
war criminals were not Bangladeshi. Otherwise, the word
'international' would not be used. However, after diplomatic
exchanges between Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, the
Bangladesh government decided to follow a "Forgive and
Forget" policy. So in April 1974, all Pakistani army
officers were freed and forgiven. Later on, the Mujib
government accused 752 Bangladeshis of 'collaborating' with
the Pakistani army. On 31 December 1975, however, the
Bangladesh government invalidated the collaborators law and
thus settled the issue once and for all.
Since Jamaat-e-Islami was opposed to the division of
Pakistan, in Bangladesh politics the 1971 issue has always
been used against it for politically-motivated reasons.
However, in the past no one effectively thought of accusing
the Jamaat leaders of war crimes. The secularist Awami
League party was in power in 1996-2001. At that time, the
Awami League regime did not raise the issue of 1971 war
crimes. However, when the party came to power in early 2009,
it planned to use the settled issue of the 1971 atrocities
for political gain and thus to weaken the opposition by
victimizing Jamaat leaders.
Since Bangladesh was born, Jamaat people have wholeheartedly
accepted it and shown complete loyalty to the country. There
is not a single instance to suggest that Jamaat people have
desired to re-join Pakistan or to disregard the liberation
that Bangladeshi people proudly achieved in 1971. Any
independent survey would suggest otherwise and indicate that
they are the most law-abiding group in the country.
Corruption rate among Jamaat people is next to zero. Two of
its senior leaders were in the government in 2001-2006, and
not a single case of corruption was found in the
administering of their ministerial duties.
However, 39 years after the independence of Bangladesh, in
2010 the current anti-Islamic, secularist government revived
the defunct 1973 International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) only to
discredit and penalize Jamaat leaders. It started
imprisoning topmost Jamaat leaders one after another. It
fabricated stories and enticed and forced people to witness
against them. Conversely, it threatened and kidnapped
defence lawyers and witnesses. The recent leakage of Skype
conversations between the Chief Judge of the so-called
International Crimes Tribunal and a Brussels-based
expatriate Bangladeshi unequivocally reveals the fact that
the Tribunal and government of Sheikh Hasina have regularly
maintained communication and that the latter wanted the
former to convict detained Jamaat leaders and to pass a
verdict by a specific time. It also suggests that the judges
taught the prosecution witnesses what to say against the
Bangladeshi prisons are now filled beyond capacity with
Jamaat-Shibir men and women. While most topmost Jamaat
leaders are languishing in prisons for years with false
charges of crimes against humanity, ordinary Jamaat-Shibir
leaders and activists are being tortured in the street and
are being incarcerated. However, what the Muslim world
should worry about most is the fate of the detained topmost
Jamaat leaders. Muslims around the world should consider
carefully whether they would let more Sayyid Qutbs be
executed or not. According to the Turkish scholar and leader
"If the political power insists on this wrongful attitude
and proceeds with its intention to execute the leaders of
the Jamaat-i-Islami Party, the murders committed will be
comparable to those committed in the Karbala incident."
The Forgotten Victims of Monster Storm Sandy: The Poor are
by Sis. Sherry Garris [Virginia]
The community of Rockaways, a neighborhood in Queens, New
York has been all but forgotten by the members of Congress
when it came to a vote for desperately needed assistance!
From day one residents have come together to help each other
in any way they could. Sharon Plummer, just two days after
Sandy hit, set up a distribution center in the parking lot
of a laundromat. Other residents like Rudolph McBeem joined
in the efforts by giving out water, baby supplies,
toiletries and canned goods helping hundreds of people each
YANA (You Are Never Alone), whose "mission was to help
people create careers not simply find jobs", opened up just
two weeks before the storm. ' "We were helping people get
licensing contracts so they can get city contracts, not just
construction jobs," said Sal Lipizzo, Rockaway native and
YANA founder."For women who are homebound with kids, we were
working with them to turn their homes into state-liscensed
daycares; they can hire two more people and become business
owners instead of having to rely on social services to take
care of their needs," says "Sweet" a long time resident of
Rockaways.' Now, YANA's volunteers help with cleaning and
gutting houses, carrying the elderly downstairs, driving
people to medical units and get them off the peninsula for
medical treatment if needed.
Two months after Sandy tore thru people are still suffering
without heat, hot water or electricity. Housing units on the
lower floors are inhabitable due to the damage caused by the
flood. "It looks like the walls were painted black it was so
moldy", Arie Doe said of the lower apartments. NYCHA (New
York City Housing Authority) officials, just three days
after the storm, were telling people where to pay their
rent, not asking how can we help you? They said they would
give refunds for the days spent without water, electricity
and other services in January. But, as if these human beings
were not suffering enough, they were still expected to pay
rent for housing that they could not really live in! Another
government entity not concerned with the human condition,
only with how to fill their pockets!
The obvious toxin is the black mold which is every where.
However, as people begin to gut their water damaged homes,
the realization that these homes were built in a time when
lead paint and asbestos and fiberglass insulation were in
common use, has become an additional airborne threat. Not to
mention the fact that everything is covered in raw sewage!
This is a major contributory to pinkeye and respiratory
' "There was no FEMA, no Red Cross for nine days after the
storm," Sweet pointed out. "The only medical we've had since
the storm is what we put up ourselves. We have different
volunteers, different medical students coming out to help."
' And, with FEMA denying alot of claims, community
distribution centers are still relied upon to meet the needs
of hundreds of the poorest residents every day! And, without
the aide of outside volunteers like Occupy Sandy and
People's Medical Relief, a group of trained medics from
across the country, many would not get the help they so
NYCHA had stated that the water was safe to drink. The water
samples that were tested came from the water tanks and not
from the faucets of those that were expected to drink it. On
December 20th Pretina Maddox, a nurse living in NYCHA's
Ocean Bay complex and now the coordinator of medical
services of the Action Center, was in attendance at a
community meeting. She asked about the safety of the
drinking water. Again, NYCHA reassured every one in
attendance that the water was safe to drink. Arie Doe
remembers, "she challenged them to drink a glass, Nobody
This disaster has brought a community together to help each
other in their time of greatest need, when the government
was not there for them! Local organizations are there day in
and day out. We always have something to give. If you don't
have money; you have time. To give of yourself is the
greatest gift! A true blessing! Volunteer!
The Action Center
Occupy Sandy/YANA (You Are Never Alone)
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