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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Rabi' al-Awwal 28, 1434/February 10, 2013 # 6

Thank you President Chavez for giving FREE home heating oil to 100,000 needy American families. We are experiencing a severe winter. Thank you Venezuela.

The best article on Obama's drone policy. See Dr. Wilmer Leon's brilliant critique of the new Pharoah. Scroll to end.

At a mass Juma' gathering, Munawar Hasan, leader of Pakistan's Jamaate Islami urges talks with Pak Taliban and calls for unity against imperialism . Powerful message for re-birth of Pakistan. Please scroll to end. [Also report on bombing attacks by PAF jets and USAF drones.]

Breaking News: #1
Tunisia: February 9: Large crowds of Islamic protestors came out to counter the secularist crowds which had called for an end to the mildly Islamic Ghannouchi government on Feb. 8. Secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid, who had been making blatantly abusive statements against Shar'ia and Islamic government was killed by someone. The secularists came out in full force to protest. Now the Islamics have come out. Tunisia has serious internal contradictions. During decades of oppressive secular rule, Islam was attacked and hijabi women were mistreated.
Among the flags raised by the Islamics was the black flag of al-Qaida with the kalima on it. [AFP photos.]

Iraq: Massive rallies held against US-installed al-Maliki regime. Historic crowds came out on Feb. 8. The US media didn't say a word. See photo at end of this issue.

#3: Syria: Assad's air force is desperately attacking Islamic positions in the suburbs of Damascus. The mujahideen want to break into the final bastion of Assad but his air force is intact and it has stopped the advance by the Islamics. About 100 Russians have left Syria. Assad's tanks are attacking villages in the Homs area. A lebanese paper reports that Islamic fighters executed three of Assd's troops who were convicted of raping a Muslim woman.

#4: Bangladesh: Islamics demonstrated in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayangang and Rajshahi after a special tribunal sentenced a Jamaate Islami Bangla leader to life in prison. On Feb. 6, the pro-India regime brought its secular Bangla supporters into Dhaka streets, used police police to block the streets and held rallies calling for death sentence for Islamic scholars.

#5: Freedom for Kashmir: On February 5, rallies were held in Pakistan's major cities calling for freedom for Indian-occupied Kashmir and the withdrawal of India's army. The appeal to rally for Kashmir came from Jamaate Islami ameer Syed Munawar Hasan and got tremendous response.

Raleigh, North Carolina
Political Prisoner Ziyad Yaghi's mother, Sis. Laila, cries out to the Muslim Ummah
"Thank you Siraj Davis, Ace, Kaukab Siddique, Mel Underbakke for having a conscience and for not abandoning my son and I, like most people did especially in Raleigh, NC out of fear! Fear only God oh you who believe."
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Our America #1. This just in:
Protest at Bernstein's Home: Baltimore State Attorney linked to Anderson and MacArthur cases

February 9. Protestors were out again near state attorney Bernstein's home in an upscale area of Baltimore. Activist Br. David Wiggins tells us that protestors are disturbed by Bernstein's lack of action against police officers who dealt so brutally with Anderson in a drug-related case that he died in custody.
This form of murder by the police is quite common in America but Br. Wiggins and others have taken this unusual step to bring attention to the behavior of the authorities.
Prominent journalist MacArthur is being held without bail. Another of Bernstein's "gifts" to the Black community?

It is ironic, New Trend notes, that this call for justice is coming from the Black community at a time when the nation proudly celebrates Black History Month.
The protestors stayed peacefully in the area from 10-2. Bernstein passed by them twice but refused to stop and talk.
Heavily armed swat team was in place.
The protest will be repeated inshallah next week at the same time. It is being publicized on facebook.

Our America: #2
Baltimore Activist "Shorty" Davis Uses Artistic "toilet" to Challenge Oppressive Zionist Power Structure

From Nadrat Siddique
Toilet Re-Enactment - February 2013 (50 photos on facebook.)
This was a re-enactment of the February 2011 event which led to the politically-motivated prosecution of Baltimore-based anti-racism activist/artist Duane "Shorty" Davis. Although Shorty was threatened with arrest if he brought the original... toilet to the event, and a bomb-sniffing dog arrived on the scene shortly after his arrival, the event was overall a great success. It drew a good crowd of friends and supporters of the artist/activist, including some who had themselves experienced gross miscarriages of justice within the judicial system. Some in the crowd were aghast that the state continues to retain the sum total of Shorty's considerable personal property, seized in the course of the malicious prosecution against him, and that a replevin (petition for the return of property) filed by the former political defendant, was denied on technical grounds, rendering him effectively homeless. The event received extensive media coverage, including by the Baltimore Sun.
The press release announcing the event, including a synopsis of Shorty's case is here: More
- at Circuit Court For Baltimore County.

Our America #3
Press TV Lied about Malcolm X's Grandson

Press TV, an Iranian propaganda outlet, created quite a stir in America by making the claim that the grandson of Malcolm X had been arrested by the US and is in FBI custody. The family of Malcolm has issued a statement categorically denying the report.
This irresponsible behavior of Press TV can also be seen in relation to Syria. Press TV supports the tyrant Assad and claims that the people of Syria are with Assad and those fighting him are "terrorists."
Beware of Press TV. Islamic journalism requires honesty and integrity.

Juma Khutba
Americans are Confused and Angry, need Islam. Meaning of "ilah" in the Qur'an.
French Invasion of Mali has backing of all Islam haters:
Story about Timbuktu was faked by BBC-NPR.

[On February 8 Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the Juma khutba in central Baltimore.The burn wound on his foot slowed him down but the khutba was much appreciated. Its main points are summarized here for wider distribution.]

Text : 'And your God [ilah] is one God [ilah]. There is no God [ilah] but He, most Gracious, most Merciful.' [The Qur'an 2:163]

  1. The meaning of "ilah" in the Qur'an.

  2. The meaning of "ilah" elaborated in hadith.

  3. The meaning of "ilah" discussed by Maulana Maudoodi.

  4. Many Muslims follow false gods because they do not understand the meaning of "ilah."

  5. The power of imperialism is a false god which often misleads Muslims. The invasion of Mali was hailed by secularized Muslims, The western media [BBC-NPR] found enough Muslim grave worshippers and supporters of France among Muslims to actually hail the invasion. The Islamics withdrew and the French claimed victory but then on.FEBRUARY 7, the French were attacked at Gao which they claimed to have captured.

  6. BBC and NPR tried to smear the Islamics by claiming that the library in Timbuctu had been burned by the Islamics. It was a blatant lie and could not remain hidden for long because the library was intact.

  7. So on February 7, BBC-NPR admitted that the books were all safe and had been taken out of the library as the invaders approached. [BBC even showed a pile of burned books but has not apologized for its fake news.]

  8. The invasion of Mali shows that western media are a bunch of FUSSAQ: Evil forces fabricating systematic lies against the Islamics. These are the Zionist media, exploiters, provacateurs, downright liars full of hatred against Islamic fighters.

  9. Part 2

  10. A new way of fighting against imperial powers has emerged.

  11. Remember how the American armada barged into Iraq. They did not realize that the Islamics would fight back by way of guerrilla warfare. They had to WITHDRAW UNILATERALLY much as the Soviets had been forced out of Afghanistan.

  12. The imperialists thought they were victorious in Afghanistan. Now they are being forced out by the indigenous people, the Islamics, taking back the land of Islam, step by step, hill by hill. CNN showed a video yesterday of an American hero in Afghanistan: Inadvertently the video included shots of mujahideen entering the American stronghold shouting Allahu Akbar.

  13. The imperialists, egged on by Zionists, are using drones to bomb Pakistan, killing hundreds of Muslims "suspected" of opposing American power. Next you know, drones will be used to hunt America's own people. The Pakistanis have united against the murderous drone power of the imperialists. [The same is true in Yemen.]

  14. Look at the case of the African American police officer in Los Angeles who has issued a manifesto against the corruption and injustice within the police. Similarly, White people are opposing Obama. Look at the anger they are expressing on the gun issue and the fear of Obama's tyranny. Now they see that under Obama, anyone can be arrested for anything.

  15. Here is the role of the Zionists who have America by the neck: The aim is to spread confusion about basic values.
    1. Liquor destroying the young people.

    2. Gambling creating false entertainment and false hope. Look at Zionists supporting casinos in Baltimore.

    3. Legitimization of sodomy with a presidential campaigh okaying homosexual "marriage."

    4. Exploitation of women. Many women realize they are being made objects of entertainment. All the major crimes im USA are against women. The largest number of converts to Islam are women.

  16. Many non-Muslim Americans realize that Zionist Jews are destroying America but their churches and their religion do not allow them to fight in a sane way against the takeover of this great country by Israel firsters.

  17. If we understand the meaning of God [Ilah] in Islam, we can lead a moral revolution to bring America back to sanity.Take the Qur'an with you wherever you go. Take hadith about women with you.

  18. Immigrants are too impressed with the glamor of America. Look at the suffering and misery of the American people. The White House cannot save America. Al-Jazeerah broke new ground by publicizing the disgraceful condition of the poor and the Black in Baltimore.Only the Qur'an and the hadith of Muhammad, pbuh, can save America

Baltimore, Maryland
Dissent about drones:

On February 6, New Trend editor Kaukab Siddique got on a WBAL radio talk show about drone attacks.WBAL is Baltimore's main AM radio station and reaches a wide non-Muslim audience. Siddique made the following points:
As a person of Pakistani origin, I want to protest Obama's drone attacks,
We have published a list of about a hundred children killed in Pakistan and Yemen by Obama's drone strikes.
One of these children, from Yemen, was ONE YEAR old.
Not only Anwar Awlaki, a US citizen, was murdered on the basis of his online presentations but his son was assassinated as well.
These attacks are turning people against America.

Later in the program, the host referred with sorrow to the one year old victim and that the attacks are increasing al-Qaeda's support.

Ambridge, Pennsylvania
Unusual Outreach
On February 1, a white American convert to Islam distributed copies of New Trend to 25 Muslims after juma' at the small mosque in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes drive south of Pittsburgh.

Letter: Sectarian Attacks on Sahaba, r.a., [Companions of the Prophet, pbuh]

Assalam alaikum:
Our sister Hamdiyya from North Carolina writes Sectarian Attacks on Great Muslims. That is right but to defend Muawiya, Abu Sufyan is not right, as they established Kingship and hereditary rule in Islam.
There are sectarians on both sides of the divide of Shia and Sunnis and they should be condemned. but avoid giving the holy status in ignorance to Yazid, Muawiya and Sufyan.
After the Prophet SAWS, the great Muslims to be proud of are Abu Bakr Siddique, Hazrat Omar, Osman and Ali Ibn Abbi Ta-lib are to be admired and respected and may Allah bless them.
Allah Hafiz

Shaikh Alikhan [Canada]

Editorial comment:
Abu Sufyan, r.a., and Muawiyya, r.a., did not establish any kingship. You are thinking of Abu Sufyan when he was not Muslim. I am reading about Abu Sufyan, r.a., who was forgiven by the Prophet, pbuh, and became one of the greatest Muslims.
Muawiyya, r., a, was loved by the Prophet, pbuh and was katibe wahy. His rule was accepted by both Hasan, r.a., and Hussain, r.a.

Muhammad, pbuh, did not have just 4 followers. We must respect ALL sahaba, r.a.

As for the appointment of Yazeed, remember that Ali, r.a., appointed his relatives to all the positions of power when he was Caliph. Also, he appointed Hasan, r.a., his own son as Caliph much before Muawiyya, r.a., did.

The Shi'ites want us to disrespect sahaba, r.a. If we allow that, Islam will be destroyed and Muhammad, pbuh, will be left with only 4 followers and all of hadith will be destroyed.

Don't let sectarian propaganda affect you. I had to write because the Shias are attacking sahaba, r,a., every day

Our America
Chuck Hagel: Another Israeli Puppet or American Nationalist?
by Sis. Sherry Garris [Virginia]

It was not so long ago that Congressman Chuck Schumer was non committal in his support for Chuck Hagels nomination for the next defense secretary. As the rising "most powerful Jewish Democrat in Congress,"with the retirement of Connecticut Senator Joe Leiberman, Schumers descision seems to be the decisive vote as to whether Hagel will succeed or fail. "By holding out his support, Schumer can extract from Hagel certain concessions over Israel."
The greatest concern for the "power brokers" of the Jewish community is that "Hagel has been critical of Israeli's dealings with Hezbollah in Lebanon, including during their 2006 military conflict. In 2006, Hagel declined to sign a letter calling on the European Union to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. After leaving office, Hagel signed onto a 2009 letter urging Obama to begin peace talks with Hamas. And, he's still paying the political price for comments he made in 2006, when he referred to pro-Israel forces as the 'Jewish lobby' that tends to 'intimidate' lawmakers." This has made Hagel vulnerable to criticisms from the Jewish lobby!
I am not so politically astute as to understand completely the internal workings of the government. However, I agree with Andrew Sullivan when he said, "Isn't the job in question defense secretary of the U.S.? Why should an American defense secretary be required to 'staunchly advocate' for the interests of another country that isn't even in NATO? Or put it another way: can you imagine a leading Senator demanding that a defense secretary be a staunch defender of Canada? Or Germany? Or Serbia?" The double standards with regards to Israel is blindingly apparent!
Hagel believed in what he said with regards to Israel was truthful. However his realization that he would never be nominated without the support of the Jewish Party enticed him to write a letter to California Senator and Jewish Democrat Barabara Boxer recanting his previous statements. And, more or less apologizing for statements that "can be construed as anti-Israel." Hagel also stated in the letter, "Most Americans, myself included, are overwhelmingly supportive of a strong U.S.-Israel strategic and security relationship," adding he would work to "expand the depth and breadth" of the countries ties if he's confirmed as defense secretary. "This broad support comes from both Jews and non-Jews alike" And, to ensure his final confirmation, Hagel says, "Americas relationship with Israel is one that is fundamentally built on our nations shared values, common interests and shared ideals." And, what is that exactly World Domination through terrorist attacks and control of the worlds financial institutions!? I don't think Americans get a vote on that one!
"There's good reason to believe that Hagel was chosen precisely because the president privately shares some of those views that the nominee is now disavowing." It seems now that Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is satisfied with Hagels recantation or "backtracking" on Israel and Iran and is now prepared to endorse his nomination. And, is confident Hagel will not revert to previous statements. Thus, keeping Hagel under the thumb of the pro-Israel government entities both Republican and Democrat. I'm not sure if Hagel is professing his support for Israel to appease them in order to get in there and then do the job he believes will ultimately benefit the American people. Or, is he just another puppet for the Jewish lobby. Time will tell and I'll be watching as all Americans should be.

Our America #2.Obama violating US Constitution and Rule of Law?
The Obama Administration's Dick Cheney Moment
By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III
In an interview in 2007 Senator Obama (D-IL) said, "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation... I reject the Bush Administration's claim that the President has plenary authority under the Constitution to detain U.S. citizens without charges as unlawful enemy combatants." In 2013 Americans are facing a president with a different mindset.
A recently leaked White Paper is providing insight into the legal justifications for the Obama administration's "targeted killing" program. The paper asserts that "high-level" government officials can "...use lethal force in a foreign country...against a U.S. citizen who is a senior operational leader of al-Qa'ida or an associated force...actively engaged in planning operations to kill Americans." This legal framework also explains how lethal force can be used even if the "high-level" government officials do not have "...clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future."

In September 2011 the administration used drone strikes to kill alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Al-Awlaki's 16-year old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was also killed by a drone strike. All three were U.S. citizens and none of them had been indicted by the U.S. government for any crimes. According to The Guardian, "...the drone program now is run out of the White House, where (John) Brennan, the president's most trusted counter-terror adviser, helps Obama pick the targets."

The rational behind the administration's "assassination by drone" program sounds eerily reminiscent to former V.P. Dick Cheney's "one-percent doctrine". Cheney believed the so-called "war on terror" empowered the Bush administration to invade sovereign countries and violate American's civil liberties without the need for evidence or extensive analysis. The facts did not matter. According to Cheney, "If there's a 1% chance that Pakistani scientists are helping al-Qaeda build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response. It's not about our analysis ... It's about our response."

The Obama administrations rational for targeted killings of American citizens contradict some of the basic framework of American democracy. Due process, habeas corpus, checks and balances, and bills of attainder are civil liberty protections guaranteed by the Constitution.

Due process is such an important protection that it is referenced in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. The Due Process Clause acts as a safeguard from arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the Government. For the President or other "high-level" government officials to act as judge, jury, and executioner irrespective of "...clear evidence..." of any immediate wrongdoing is the clearest example of arbitrarily denying life and liberty that one can imagine.

Habeas corpus requires a person under arrest to be brought before a judge in order to dermine if an individual's detention is warranted. Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution states, "The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it." Understanding the issues is assassinations not arrest but theoretically, by summarily executing American citizens before they can even be detained is a contradiction of the highest order.

The concept of checks and balances is an important part of the Constitution. Each of the three branches of government can limit the powers of the others preventing any one branch from becoming too powerful. Under no circumstance should members of the executive branch be allowed to condemn American citizens to death, even in times of "war" without the review of an impartial judge. This also violates Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, "No Bill of Attainder ... shall be passed." A Bill of Attainder is an act of a legislature or executive declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without privilege of a judicial trial.

The paper also concludes that the use of drone strikes for targeted killings would not be justified if it violated the fundamental law-of-war principles "...if anticipated civilian causalities (collateral damage) would be excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage." The administration has presented and defended drone strikes as an "antiseptic" use of technology. CIA nominee, John Brennan defended drone strikes as a more humane form of warfare. He said that "extraordinary care" is taken to ensure they conform to the "law of war principles" but stopped short of saying they are in compliance.

According to the Center for Research on Globalization, "At the end of January 2013, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism was able to identify by name 213 people killed by drones in Pakistan who were reported to be middle-or senior-ranking militants. A further 331 civilians have also now been named, 87 of them children. But this is a small proportion of the minimum 2,629 people who appear to have so far died in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. The Bureau's work suggests 475 of them were likely to have been civilians." The administration has championed the use of drones as making Americans safer by killing terrorists. Killing innocent people in foreign countries creates more terrorists.
President Obama signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) containing sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provisions and signed into law a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers (PATRIOT ACT) to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. The rational behind the Obama administrations approach to civil liberties and warfare sounds eerily like a Dick Cheney moment.
Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program "Inside the Issues With Leon," and a Teaching Associate in the Department of Political Science at HowardUniversity in Washington, D.C. Go to or email:
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Pakistan: From Anwar Sajjad
Jamaate Islami urges government to accept Taliban's talks offer
LAHORE, Feb. 8: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has called upon the government to start sincere talks with the Taliban so that those spilling human blood in the name of Taliban could be exposed.

Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, he said that Taliban's offer for talks should be accepted forthwith, and the armed forces should also create an impression that could restore confidence and ensure the success of the talks. Talks should be started with full confidence and in right earnest in order to end terrorism in the region and for the restoration of peace and law and order in the country, he added.

He said that the Taliban had certain reservations in regarding the armed forces because of their past attitude which must be removed so that the Taliban could believe that the Pakistan government was sincere. Dialogue with the Taliban was also necessary to overcome the target killings in Karachi and Balochistan, abductions for ransom, extortion and other such serious crimes, he added. He said that peace was the need of every body and it must be restored at every cost.

He said the armed forces had tolerated the NATO attack at Silala check post and did not even protest over that. Besides, despite knowing the assailants of the Abbotabad and Naval headquarters' attacks, a policy of retreat was adopted. He said to say that the Taliban did not keep their word was one sided view.
The JI Ameer also welcomed the cabinet decision to hand over the Gowadar port to China and stressed upon the government to ensure the implementation of the agreement along with the security of the Chinese engineers. Besides, he said, the pact with China should also have a provision for jobs to the residents of Gowadar and other Balochistan cities and towns. Besides, he said, the government should also adopt other measures to remove the sense of deprivation of the Balochistan people. He said India's objection on the issue had no basis as this was Pakistan's internal issue and India had no right to protest over that.

Syed Munawar Hasan lauded the efforts of Saudi Arabia, and the presidents of Turkey and Egypt, for the inclusion of the Kashmir issue in the OIC group meeting agenda. He also appreciated the effective presentation of Pakistan's stance on the issue by the Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar at the meeting.

The JI Ameer urged the government to tolerate the protests on the drone attacks by those whose kith and kin were being killed and their houses were being razed. It was a pity, he said, that the US Think tanks could not realize that the drone attacks were increasing terrorism in the region instead of brining the menace to an end.

PAF and USAF in Action

February 9: Pakistani air force [PAF] jet fighters bombed Islamic villages in the Mamozai area of upper Orakzai. At least 13 "suspected" Islamics were killed in the day long offensive by Pakistani late model jets.

February 8: Pakistan air force [PAF] carried lout bombing raids in all the Islamic villages in upper Orakzai. The reported "kill number" reported by the PAF was 10 Muslims killed 4 injured.

February 8: A USAF drone attacked a home on the border of north and south Waziristan. Pakistan is reporting 7 people killed in the attack, including 4 Uzbek Muslims, an al-Qaeda fighter from Iraq and another al-Qaeda fighter from Yemen.

February 6: US Air Force [USAF] drone attack killed at least three Muslims in the Spinwam area of North Waziristan. Other civilians are buried under the rubble of the compound which was attacked. {These compounds are said to contain a mosque and a kitchen in addition to homes.]

For the third Friday in a row, Iraqis have rallied against the al-Maliki regime in Ramadi, Fallujah, parts of Baghdad, Mosul, Baquba and smaller cities. Photo below shows how big these rallies are.
Al-Qaida is urging them to take up arms but till now they have remained peaceful.

 Tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims protest in Iraq
Tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims protested after Friday prayers in huge rallies against [US installed] Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, demanding that he step down. (Reuters

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