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Rabi' al-Thani 26, 1434/March 9, 2013 # 10
Think about it:
A note from Kaukab Siddique
Ali, r.a., gave his daughter, Umm Kulthum, in marriage to
She turned out to be a great First Lady. She loved Umar,
r.a., and cried uncontrollably when he was assassinated.
Ali and Umar were great friends. The Shi'ite sectarians say
they were enemies.
See more in the next issue.
Congratulations to Br. Salim Muhammad and the hijabi sister
who married him. [Baltimore]
Congratulations to Br. Ali Randall and the hijabi sister who
married him. [Richmond, Virginia,]
3-day Conference at Columbus State Community College, Ohio
A Second Look at Lucasville Uprising Southern Ohio
Correctional Facility: April 19-21
On April 19-21, 2013, there will be a conference to
commemorate the 1993 Lucasville Prison uprising's 20th
anniversary. The conference will examine the causes,
effects, and specific particulars of the 1993 rebellion. The
following prisoners will, inshallah, discuss these issues.
Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Keith Lamar, Jason Robb, Greg Curry
and George Skatzes. To reach them in the conference, please
call their outside supporters:
Staughton Lynd: Phone: 330-652-9635. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Kerger: Phone: 419-255-5990. Email:
Niki Schwartz. Phone: 216-696-7100. Emaill:
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Literature given to 100 Sleepy Muslims
March 8, 2013: After Juma prayers at Masjid Rahma [known as
ISB] in western Baltimore, JAM literature was given to 100
Muslims. It was a 7 page document including:
Fraud charges against the "imam" of Ground Zero mosque:
"Imam" was supported by ICNA-ISNA.
Br. Kaukab's Khutba on Taghoot [rejection of authority
other than that of Allah].
News on the upcoming JAM shoora on April 6.
Pro-India Bangladesh regime oppressing Islamic scholars &
the protest rallies of Bangla Islamics.
[This is known as the "sleepy" masjid because its leadership
has nothing to say about anything concerning the suffering
of the ummah.]
Baltimore Journalist's Case: Black activist MacArthur will
be in court on March 11
Nadrat Siddique reports that James MaCarthur will be in
court on March 11 at 9.30 AM.
He was targeted after he started observing police actions
against local people and broadcasting them on his live radio
Be on time. It will be brief:
Courthouse West, Lexington & St. Paul St., Room 420,
Baltimore, MD 21202
In Bangladesh, police forces have killed more than 70
unarmed protestors in ONE DAY. Barrister Nazir Ahmed, a
Bangladeshi intellectual living in England, points out the
abyss of political disaster which is facing Bangladesh. He
also introduces Moulana Syedee who has been sentenced to
death by the pro-India tribunal installed by the Hasina
regime. The death sentence brought protestors into the
streets in a dozen Bangladeshi cities. Syedee is not only
Jamaate Islami leader but also popular among many sectors of
Bangla people. Long article but brilliant. Don't miss this.
Scroll to end.
[Editor's note: Pakistani army and Zardari regime are silent
about the suffering of protestors in Bangladesh. Bangla
Islamic leaders are being scapegoated for the atrocities
which Pakistan army committed. Bangla Islamics wanted united
Pakistan. Why is Pakistan behaving as if it has nothing to
do with it? This is disgraceful behavior of General Kayani
who is doing another "Bangladesh" in the northern areas of
Pakistan.] [In 1974, a tripartite agreement absolved
Pakistani troops of all that they did in East Pakistan.]
Breaking news #2:
Islamics capture Raqqa and Sefira. Assad's tank column
knocked out. Syrians Ambushed in Iraq
March 9. After 3 days of heavy fighting, mujahideen wrested
the provincial capital of Raqqa. Among those captured is the
Assad appointee Governor Hasan Jalili and the provincial
Ba'ath party leader Suleiman. Assad's air force is bombing
the city, attempting to force the Islamics to leave. [Daily
An Assad tank column trying to enter Aleppo via Sefira met
heavy resistance from Syrian mujahideen of al-Nusra and
Ahrar al-Sham. Also in action were mujahideen from Saudi
Arabia, Iraq and other countries. The entire tank column was
destroyed. It's an area packed with refugees and Assad's air
force [Alawite] pilots are bombing the area
indiscriminately, causing heavy civilian casualties. [Based
on detailed BBC report.]
March 5. On the north eastern border of Syria with Iraq,
known as Yaarabiya, Assad's military units retreated into
Iraq. The Iraqi police organized by US installed regime of
al-Maliki, escorted the Syrians down the border to take them
to a border point controlled by Assad's men. On the way, the
convoy was ambushed by fighters from Al-Qaeda in Iraq . Nine
escorting Iraqi police and 42 of Assad's troops were killed.
Breaking news #3
Pakistani air force attacks Islamics.
March 8: Pakistani jet fighters attacked Islamic villages in
Khyber area's Tirah valley as well as in Orakzai tribal
agency. Eleven Muslims were killed ["suspected" militants
says Dawn paper] in Orakzai and three in Tirah.
[Pakistan's Jamaate Islami leader Munawar Hasan visited
Turkey. Erdogan is winning the hearts and souls of
Muslims owing to support for Syria and Burmese Muslims and criticism
of Israel. On his return, Munawar condemned state terrorism
against Islamics in Bangladesh and urged worldwide
condemnation of oppression of Bangla Islamics.]
Breaking news #4:
Nigeria: Military on rampage. Hostages Killed. Hostages
On March 9, Nigerian military attacked unarmed Islamic
people "suspected" of supporting Boko Haram in the northern
city of Maiduguri. Twenty Muslims were killed by the
Nigerian forces. Some Muslims resisted and killed 2 Nigerian
March 8: A group known as Ansaru killed 7 hostages, three
Europeans and 4 Lebanese Christians, when they saw a
Nigerian military force coming to rescue the hostages. The
Ansaru wanted Muslim prisoners to be exchanged for the
March 5: In retaliation for the French invasion of Mali and
the torture and killing of Malian women and children by the
French, a group in northern Cameroon [allegedly Boko Haram]
captured 7 French tourists and took them across the border
into Nigeria. Three of them are children.
Obituary by Kaukab Siddique.
Farewell Commandante Hugo Chavez. Long Live Venezuela.
March 9: Millions of people said farewell to Hugo Chavez
today. He used the wealth of Venezuela to help the poor and
the downtrodden. Even is his death he defeated US
imperialism and Zionism. The South American leaders were
there. The President of Iran Ahmedinejad was there.
Sitting here in the USA, it's almost impossible for us to
know, unless we do research, that the world is very
different from what Obama and Schumer and McCain and
O'reilly tell us.
Think of the ridiculous caricature of Chavez which was
always presented to the American people.
We were never told that Chavez was a follower of Jesus,
pbuh. Just because he distributed wealth, the label of
"socialist" was put on him as if that is something bad.
Muslims can never forget when at the height of the "war on
terror" Bush was bombing Muslim countries, Chavez, from the
podium of the UN, compared Bush to the devil from hell.
Bush had spoken from the same podium and Chavez said he
could smell the sulfur of hell fire there and crossed
himself to drive away el diablo.
Our best wishes go out to the people of Venezuela. As long
as the masses are awake, imperialism will never win,
Our America: Osama bin Laden's son-in-law being tried for
Hitler Did not Put US Air Men on trial for bombing the
cathedral of Cologne or British pilots for Fire Bombing the
entire city Hamburg.
Why Should Islamic Enemies of America be tried as criminals?
March 8: Abu Ghaith, who we are told is Shaykh Osama's
son-in-law, was brought to court today to be tried for
"conspiracy." Is it a conspiracy to hail the destruction of
America's high value Twin Towers and the Pentagon by 19
young men who used American aircraft, not their own weapons,
to do it?
There are millions of people in the Muslim world who saw the
9.11 attacks as retaliation for US support of Israel, US
bases in the Islamic countries and the sanctions on Iraq
which brought slow death to 1,000,000 Iraqis including large
numbers of children. Why just Abu Ghaith? Why not bring ship
loads of Muslims from the east and put them on trial in New
York? At the height of Osama's global uprising against
America, his favorable ratings were 75 to 95% in Pakistan,
Turkey, Jordan, Nigeria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Only Iran
hated him because he was rivaling Imam Khomeini's
Should the Muslim world put Bush, Clinton, Israeli leaders
and Madeleine Albright on trial for conspiracy to kill
millions of Muslims? Madeleine Albright infamously said that
the slow death of ONE MILLION Iraqis was "worth it."
If our Drone Master is right that the backbone of al-Qaida
has been broken, what's the point of these show trials which
keep popping up in New York? We should be sorry for the
families of those who died on 9.11 and for the families of
those massacred by the US in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Yemen and Somalia. Behind all this suffering are the Zionist
Jews who have occupied Palestine.
Joe Biden Reaffirms 'Unequivocal' US Backing For Israel
US Vice President Joe Biden opened the second day of the
annual conference by the America Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC) Monday, as he insisted that "there is only
one nation -- only one nation in the world that has
unequivocally, without hesitation and consistently
confronted the efforts to delegitimise Israel." ... "I've
served with eight Presidents of the United States of
America, and I can assure you, unequivocally, no President
has done as much to physically secure the State of Israel as
President Barack Obama," he emphasised.
[Student captured by US Special forces beheaded.] Even US
ally Karzai was shocked and demanded US withdrawal from
Wardak province on the outskirts of Kabul.
March 4, 2013. Afghans in Jalalabad burning US flag after
news spread that an Afghan student captured by US Special
Forces in Wardak province had been found beheaded with his
fingers sliced. US has issued a long winded denial which on
the one hand accuses the youth of being a "Taliban
facilitator" and on the other says: "We didn't do it."
[Source Los Angeles Times.]
Afghanistan War News
Breaking News: March 9: Taliban attacked Karzai's Defense
Ministry while Chuck Hagel, US Sec of Defense, was there.
Nine people working for the ministry were killed sand 12
March 6: Taliban raiders struck Afghan army units installed
by the US in Badakhshan province killing 17 troops. The
Taliban also captured some of the troops and used them to
get their own prisoners released in exchange. A large
arsenal of weapons and ammunition was seized by the Taliban.
[Source: Agence France Press and Gulf News.]
[Badakhshan, in north eastern Afghanistan is a stronghold of
Northern Alliance which supports the US.]
March 7: In a raid on Karzai's police forces in Farah
province [western Afghanistan], Taliban raiders killed 3
police officers and wounded 9.
Women can do it too:
March 8: Tonya Long, a female US soldier has been arrested
in her home base in Fayetteville for smuggling $1 million
from Afghanistan in CASH hidden in cases of emptied video
cassette recorders. " According to the Daily Mail, Long --
also known as Tonya Long Keebaugh -- spent nearly $500,000
on gifts for her family, which included an 18-wheeled
tractor-trailer, a car, a vacation and plastic surgery."
[Source: Fayetteville Observer.]
If you put them all in prison, you can proclaim that there
is no one opposed to you:
March 9: Sudden stoppage to the US transferring 3,000
Afghans being held in the notorious Bagram prison outside
Kabul, to Karzai's custody. Karzai has admitted that his
forces with the US are involved in systematic torture of
opponents. [Source: Pak Tribune.] [Many of the torturers
are Hazara Shias working for Karzai and their familities are
under attack in Pakistan.]
With thanks to Mohommed Basirul Haq [facebook], Dhaka,
Bangladesh is heading towards a dangerous destination
Barrister Nazir Ahmed
I have divided my paper into three parts. Firstly, I aim to
discuss whether it is safe and conscionable to authorise
normal Police Constables to take public lives by open
shooting/firing. Secondly, I will briefly discuss on the
'yellow journalism' that has been widely practised by most
of the media in Ba...ngladesh. Thirdly: I will bring some
facts and points in relation to Moulana Saydee for conscious
citizens to think and consider. Towards the end, I will
draw some conclusions.
Killing public by Police through direct shooting/firing
Taking life is the highest punishment [capital punishment]
that one can be given. Police in Bangladesh have been
openly firing and killing people indiscriminately and
mercilessly. People have every right to demonstrate. This
is their fundamental and constitutional rights [Article 37,
38 and 39 of the Constitution]. If they break any law, they
have to be dealt with in accordance with law, nothing but
only in accordance with law. How can a mere Police
Constable get free licence to kill mass people [equivalent
to executing the 'death penalty'] by direct firing/shooting?
How can the Police Constables be given approval to give the
general public highest punishment - taking their life, which
even no Judges below Additional District Judges rank/level
are given, and again not without High Court's approval and,
of course, not before exhausting automatic appeal right to
the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh
[Article 103(2)(c) of the Constitution]? This is a
dangerous precedent set by the current government. Is it
the way and method of controlling people's democratic
rights? In the widespread riots in London in 2010, not a
single bullet came from the Police's gun, let alone killing
an individual. Yet they successfully contained and then
controlled the widespread riots. Legally, an officer with
Magistrate rank would have to authorise firing/shooting.
There has been no such authorisation. Even if the Police
are attacked, they can act in self defence but that self
defence would have to be measured and proportionate. What
we have seen on last Thursday (28 February 2013) is
unprecedented in the 42 years history of independent
Bangladesh. More than 70 people were brutally killed and
more than 1000 were seriously injured by the Police in a
single day in open shooting/firing. Death tolls have been
rising. There has been not a single report that the Police
were attacked by any weapon or gun. The Police have been
killing mercilessly by direct shooting/firing for the last
few weeks. Last Thursday was unprecedented in terms of
number of death. Not a single inquiry has so far been set
up for such barbaric killing and atrocity. Human lives have
appeared to be very cheap in Bangladesh. The former Prime
Minister Begum Khaleda Zia rightly said in a press
conference on 02 March 2013 that this was a mass
killing/genocide - crime against humanity. She has already
shown her firmness and boldness. She should come out and
take the lead by proving her uncompromising unique
leadership that she had shown in the 1980s. Concerned
Police Officers with their commanding officers, both
civilian and uniformed, including the Home Minister and
Prime Minister must be held into account. A list of the
concerned Police Constables should be made and kept so that
specific murder charges can be brought against them in
appropriate time to secure exemplary punishment.
Yellow journalism Media is the reflective mirror of a
nation. In fact, it is the fourth pillar of the democracy.
Through true, honest and objective reporting, the media and
journalists play a greater role in a democratic country.
Unfortunately, most of the print and electronic media in
Bangladesh are biased, partial and keeping their blind eyes
on what has exactly been happening. Most of their reporting
is either one sided or false or concocted. These have made
the matters worse. They appear to be over curious and over
anxious to blame Jamaat-Shibir for all incidents, attacks
and provocations. Almost 95% people killed in the last few
days are of Jamat-Shibir and general public. They were
almost all killed by direct indiscriminate shooting/firing
of the Police. Most media have failed to report properly.
As a result, true pictures have not been coming from up and
down the country. The time of calling 'yellow journalism'
has probably gone. In fact, what the most of the media are
doing in Bangladesh can now be called 'media terrorism.'
Moulana Delawar Hussain Saydee has millions of supporters,
sympathisers and well wishers around the country beyond the
party line. Those general public have been showing their
spontaneous outburst and reaction since last Thursday. Most
of the media have been reporting these as of Jammat-Shibir's
terrorism. These have escalated the current situation and
put the country into the barge of civil war. The country's
situation has been getting worse day by day. The media,
through their one sided and partial news/reporting instead
of true and objective ones, have been harming and misleading
the nation at this critical stage more than anything else.
The nation should be united against these yellow and
syndicate journalism of most of the print and electronic
Moulana Saydee: some points for conscious citizens to think
and consider Moulana Delawar Hussain Saydee is an
exceptional God gifted orator having a unique ability to
convince the people regardless of their education, class,
profession and background. He is the most living popular
personality [legendary] in the Islamic arena in Bangladesh -
perhaps even more popular than Sheikh Hasina and Begum
Khaleda Zia, both former and current Prime Ministers.
Sheikh Hasina has, no doubt, popularity in her own party and
so does Begum Khalida Zia. But, hardly Sheikh Hasina has
any popularity in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and
similarly Begum Khaleda Zia hardly has any popularity in the
Awwami League (AL). The true exception is Moulana Saydee.
No doubt, he is a Jammat leader. But this is not his one or
only identity. Outside Jammat-Shibir arena, he has huge
popularity and supporters both in the AL and BNP. He has
hundreds of thousands of supporters and sympathisers in the
armed forces, civil service and private and voluntary
sectors. Not only this, beyond political boundaries,
Moulana Sayedee has millions of supporters and followers
among the mass people in the rural and urban areas. He has
sympathisers and well wishers around the globe. Arrange two
meetings nearby, one with Moulana Saydee as the Chief Guest
and the other one with Sheikh Hasina as the Chief Guest, and
you can compare their respective popularity with public
attendance/turn out. It was proved in London around 20
years ago. Public meetings of Moulana Saydee [not waj
mahfil] and eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain were held nearby
in the East London at the same time: one in York Hall and
the other one in Osmani School. The writer had seen and
compared the both meetings. Dr Kamal's public meeting was
attended by maximum 100 people, whereas more than 3000
people attended at Moulana Saydee's meeting. Having a
public meeting with more than 3000 expatriate Bangladeshis
in London 20 years ago was really exceptional and uncommon.
Deep public reaction and giving/sacrificing lives in the
last few days in Bangladesh clearly show Moulana Saydee's
unique popularity. Unfortunately, this has been reported by
most of the media to have been done by the Jamaat-Shibir.
We have lost our two Presidents in the past in the most
barbaric and cruel ways. Have the mass public shown any
reaction like this? More particularly, would the people of
around 100 have been prepared to give their lives with
almost laughing face for their leaders? Would the
honourable Prime Minister find 100 people in her own party
who would be able to really give/sacrifice their life for
her? The government must realise this. The government
must understand people's pulses, nerves and sensitivities
before it is too late. The country is heading towards an
unimaginable dangerous destination.
Moulana Saydee said time and again that he was not a razarak
[a member of the auxiliary forces created by the Pakistan
government during the 1971] nor was he involved in any
political party in 1971. This was believed by the
International Crimes Tribunal (ICT). He also said that he
was not known by any other name. Now all the conscious
people wonder whether he has been made a sacrificial lamb
due to his unique popularity and political reason. Have all
responsibilities and culpabilities of Diluwar Sikdar also
known as Dilu or Dailla, a known razakar who was killed
after the independence, been shifted and transferred to
Moulana Delawar Hussain Saydee's shoulder? This is a
serious question that needs to be answered fully and
One injustice creates multiple injustices. Miscarriage of
justice happened even in the developed country like the UK
[for example, Birmingham 6, Tottenham 3 and Guildford 4].
In a volatile, politicised [of all sectors including the
judiciary], divisive [along political line] and hostile [for
vengeance and retaliation] country, injustice may easily be
inflicted. If apparent injustice is inflicted to a
personality, through conspiracy and drama, who has preached
the message of Quran [Holy book of Allah Almighty] for
nearly five decades and if all human beings are failed to
stop this injustice, I fear that divine intervention from
Almighty God may come, the wrath from which no one can
escape. The whole history of the mankind has seen many of
such intervention in the past.
Conclusion Democratically elected leader can be a Monster.
Hitler is the best example: he was democratically elected
and what he then became the world knows it very well.
Police brutality and government's techniques for restraining
public by killing through direct shooting have crossed the
boundary. Killing an innocent person has been said to mean
as if killing the entire humanity. A well known great
philosopher said "an injustice to an individual threatens
justice to entire humanity." Therefore, the expatriate
Bangladeshi, British Bangladeshi and international community
should come forward to raise their voice and put pressure on
the government of Bangladesh to behave with its citizens in
accordance with law and Constitution. The government should
be pressured to stop police brutality and respect mass
people's constitutional rights. Instability, civil unrest
and possible civil war of a nation with 160 million people
must not be taken lightly, for civil war in Bangladesh could
destabilise the whole region which, in turn, affect the
entire world in one way or other.
Barrister Nazir Ahmed is a legal expert, analyst, writer and
**This paper was presented as a Key Note paper at an
International Seminar on "BANGLADESH TOWARDS A CIVIL WAR"
organised by the Association of Islamic Teachers (AIT), UK,
held at Water Lilly in London on 05 March 2013.
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