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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Rajab 17,1434/May 25, 2013 # 22


Pak Islamic leader Munawar Hasan speaks again for unity against imperialism. Please scroll.


On May 25, a Chechen woman gave her life and carried out a bombing operation against the Russian Interior Ministry in Makhachkala, a town in Daghestan. Her name is Madina Aliyava. At least 33 Russian troops were wounded but details are not available.


War news are at the end of this bumper issue. Scary but important.


An amazing report from Saudi Arabia supporting women's right for khula. Go way down.


Is there an objective way of finding out whether the Islamic work of Kaukab Siddique and Jamaat al-Muslimeen has been successful in America? Or are we just patting ourselves on the back?We are publishing a letter from Husain Arif, a Pakistani American intellectual, who then quotes an article from the journal INSIDE HIGHER EDUCATION by Dan Berrett.

[Ref: Zionism and the holocaust story.] Both Husain Arif and Berrett are unknown to us and were not writing to us. Please scroll way down. This is worth reading.


Photo shows a segment of Jamaat al-Muslimeen's National Islamic Shoora [central planning committee] meeting hosted by Imam Badi Ali in Greensboro, North Carolina. Br. Solano from Texas, activist in Hispanic Dawa, is second from right.
[Photo: Nadrat Siddique.]
 Jamaat al-Muslimeen's National Islamic Shoora


Outreach
Literature given to 100 Muslims in Newark, Delaware inspite of rain

May 24: After juma' salat at the Islamic Center in Newark, Jamaat al-Muslimeen's literature was given to 100 Muslims. The rain made it look like like impossible but suddenly after Juma, the rain stopped completely and literature was distributed without any problem. The crowd was diverse: African Americans, Africans, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Arabs, even a few Malaysians. Many of them are young and very enthusiastic about Islam.
These were six pages given out, [total 600 pages], including the following:
  1. Nigeria: Boko Haram gains three states in north eastern Nigeria, followed by all out Nigerian army assault with heavy artillery and aircraft on the area.

  2. Gathering of families of Muslim political prisoners to protest at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, organized by Br. Mauri Saalakhan.

  3. Pakistani election fiasco of May 11. Nothing will change.

  4. Great success of Pak Jamaate Islami leader Syed Munawar Hasan.

  5. Statement of Malcolm Shabazz before his assassination.

  6. Shawki Omar, US citizen, tortured by US, held in Iraq+Syria mostly in Islamic hands.


Spotlights from Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora leader, North Carolina.
Thoughts on Unity & Critical Comments on Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood Movement.]
Spotlight #1:
If we are fighting each other, we can't fight the enemy.

Spotlight #2:
Unity is strength.

Spotlight #3:
Unity is team work.

Spotlight #4:
Allah has blessed us with lots of abilities. We can move mountains if we use our minds. It's not a physical thing.

Spotlight #5:
Islam calls for unity but our rulers and "scholars: call, in practice, for disunity.

Spotlight #6:
Allah called us Muslims but we call ourselves by other names.

Spotlight #7:
The enemy drew borders dividing us and we moved the borders into our hearts and minds.

Spotlight #8:
Humanity = Human +Unity.

Spotlight #9:
When you sacrifice for the wife and the children, you are sacrificing for the whole family.

Spotlight #10:
Allah Almighty shows us millions of stars at night, shining in harmony and giving out light. It is signn of the need for unity. Unity is light.

Spotlight #11:
Unity is continuity.

Spotlight #12:
If Allah wanted us all to be alike, the creation of Adam would have been enough.

Spotlight #13:
The Brotherhood Movement [Ikhwan] first needs to be united within itself before calling others to unity.

Spotlight #14:
The Brotherhood Movement needs to practice Islam and help those who are needy within itself and nearby. It is the wealthiest Muslim movement in the world. Why is it calling for loans from the West, from the World Bank and IMF?

Spotlight #15:
Unity is not cheap talk.

Spotlight #16:
Looks at the fingers of your hand. They are different from each other but they don't work against each other.

Spotlight #17:
Look at the parts of the human body. They are so different from each other but they are successful when they work together.

Spotlight #18:
Imagine if Africa were to unite. You would see a superpower.



Pakistan's Elections of May 11.
Why am I not Condemning Jamaate Islami for its Participation in elections and the seeming Debacle?

Two letters & answers by Kaukab Siddique
I am curious why you have not condemned JI for participating in a haram system. Like you would if they were in USA?
Shoaib [Qatar]

Your analysis of JIP's debacle in the elections was not as incisive as I expect from you. Probably, your soft corner for Munwwar Sahib forced you to HOLD BACK.

Dr. Omar Afzal [Ithaca, New York]

Q. #1. Br. Shoaib, Pakistan is not a haram system. Pakistan was created in the name of Islam. A long struggle led by Maulana Maudoodi followed as a result of which the ruling bureaucracy was forced to admit that Sovereignty belongs to Allah Almighty. This was written into the Constitution and is Maudoodi's lasting contribution to Pakistan's integrity.
The Islamic movement has become so strong that every political party and even the ruling class pays homage to Islam.
Early on the Qadianis ["ahmeddis"] threatened the foundations of Pakistan by claiming that there can be a prophet after
Muhammad, pbuh, although he may be like Haroon to Moses. Maudoodi was sentenced to death for opposing this move but survived as the government fell.
Other dictators like Field Marshal Ayub Khan imprisoned Maudoodi and Jamaate Islami's entire shoora but when India attacked in 1965, Maudoodi was asked to rally the country in the name of Islam, which he did inspite of the way he had been treated.
No one in Pakistan now dares to say openly that Pakistan is not or should not be an Islamic state.

Q. #2. Why did Jamaate Islami lose the May 11 elections?
The forces of reactionary religion, the forces of NIFAQ [hypocrisy], the influences of America, grew in strength and reinforced the power of the existing exploitative system: feudalism, landlordism and raw capitalism.
Jamaate Islami's leadership went into decline after Maulana Maudoodi became ill and passed. The new ameer, Mian Tufail Muhammad, a very pious man, was weak in his political understanding and under him Jamaate Islami became reactionary in its moves.
Owing to inner party dialectic, Qazi Hussain Ahmad became the new ameer. He opened the doors to populism and efforts to gain support from the youth. His wife is highly educated and attracted women to JI.

With the emergence of Syed Munawar Hasan as ameer, JI has been transformed. It retains its pious, religious, base but has become a radical movement. However, its radicalism insists on non-violent, peaceful means for social and political change. Very large numbers of youth and women, including young women, have joined Jamaate Islami without filling in membership forms. This JI under Munawar has a flexibility and maneuverability which it never had before.
This is also JI's dilemma that its mass support creates a push for quick change which the shoora resists.

Look at Munawar Hasan's tactics:
  1. Directing the nation's attention away from internal conflict towards foreign enemies. Against America, against NATO, against drones, against Israel, against India, moral support for Afghan Taliban, Kashmir, Palestine, Iran, China.

  2. Focusing on daily problems of the people: electricity, water, prices, misery of flood affected people, opposing gangsterism, crime and drugs.

  3. Friendship with Shias, Baluchis, Christians.

So why the failure in the elections?:
  1. Jamaate Islami worked more as a catalyst than as a revolutionary force.

  2. It's new ideas were ideological and as the masses accepted them, other groups took them over as their own. For instance, Nawaz Sharif, the biggest winner, and Imran Khan, both borrowed the anti-American rhetoric, the opposition to drones, the support for Taliban.

  3. In a conventional election, those who had huge sums of money were able to project JI's ideas as their very own and JI did not have the media support to contradict them.

  4. Some groups which are much more radical than JI, like Jamat ud-Dawa and Pakistani Taliban, and the movement for Sharia, made the JI look like "talkers" and not "doers."

  5. In Karachi, JI's refusal to counter MQM's violence with violence looked like weakness.

  6. Very conservative Muslim groups opposed JI for being too "liberal."owing to large turnout by women in support of JI. Some of these groups don't like JI because it is too friendly with Shi'as.

Conclusion: The way JI is going is the way to success in Pakistan. Very pious people supporting Munawar Hasan, like Sirajul Haq [JI's VP] ,who are also politically savvy, make JI a strong force which could change Pakistan for the better, inshallah.


Our America
[Earlier we published the activities of the "Ground Zero" mosque imam. Saw that? - editor]
Why are our Mosques "dead" and v. rich Pakistanis notorious for anti-Islam behavior?: Here is an Example.

Staten Island Wholesale King Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/nyregion/saquib-khan-state-island-wholesaler-pleads-guilty-to-bank-fraud.html?ref=pakitan&_r=0
Victor J. Blue for The New York Times
Published: May 21, 2013

A Staten Island man who wrote $82 million in worthless checks over a two-week period as part of an ambitious fraud scheme pleaded guilty on Tuesday to several counts of bank fraud. Still, Mr. Khan, who came to the United States in the 1980s, held stature among Pakistanis on Staten Island, serving as chairman of the board of a prominent Staten Island mosque. And he gave tens of thousands of dollars to political campaigns.

Saquib Khan, who owns a wholesale cigarette and grocery business on Staten Island that supplies delis and gas stations around the city, admitted to carrying out the shell game in which he wrote millions of dollars of bad checks to himself, deposited them and transferred the money to other accounts he controlled before the banks realized the fraud. He said he used the money to support his business.

In Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Mr. Khan held his head low during the hearing and slouched in his chair at the defendant's table. In a faint whisper, Mr. Khan said eight times that he was guilty, after the magistrate judge, Ramon E. Reyes Jr., asked him his plea on each count of bank fraud. By the end, his voice cracked.

"I know, judge, it was wrong to present checks like that," Mr. Khan said. "Now I understand what I did was a crime and I'm sorry about that."

Mr. Khan faces up to six and a half years in prison under the federal sentencing guidelines. As part of a plea agreement with the government, he agreed to pay $4.8 million in restitution; he has already repaid the rest of the money to the banks. Mr. Khan, who is not an American citizen, will also be deported to Pakistan.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 27.

His crimes were of a scale that only a person of means could have pulled off. On one day, for example, Mr. Khan deposited $3.5 million of worthless checks into one his banks, according to a complaint against him. On that same day, he made four wire transfers, totaling $3.6 million, to another of his accounts. The relative ease with which he moved fake money between accounts a fraud called check kiting pointed to gaping holes in the way banks authorize checks.

His business, Richmond Wholesale Company, which he built with his family, recorded $125 million in sales last year, according to Dun & Bradstreet, a financial information provider. Mr. Khan had lived a life of extravagance, with a luxury car and a large house in the tony Todt Hill neighborhood.

In an unrelated criminal case, Mr. Khan had testified that a soldier in the Genovese crime family pressured a deli owner to sell his business to him, suggesting that some of his business success was ill gotten.

Still, Mr. Khan, who came to the United States in the 1980s, held stature among Pakistanis on Staten Island, serving as chairman of the board of a prominent Staten Island mosque. And he gave tens of thousands of dollars to political campaigns.


With thanks to Br. Ehtesham

Why TALAQ is easy but KHULA is almost impossible in the Muslim society?

A report from Saudi Arabia.

 Aleem Khan Falaki
May 15:
Photo: A seminar in Jeddah organized by the Socio-Reforms Society addressed by Advocate Osman Shaheed and Aleem Khan Falaki.

A successful seminar was held on "Why Talaq is easy, but Khula is almost impossible in Muslim Society?" one of the most burning issues at present in the Muslim society. It was attended by a large number of men and women at Shadab Hall of Jeddah on 10th May, 2013 after the Friday Prayers. The speakers reviewed the status of the real Islamic guidance, present norms and the Indian constitution on divorce rules. Qari Mohammed Abbas Khan recited Quran at the start of the seminar.

Aleem Khan Falaki, who is leading the socio reforms movement, emphasized that no other religion has descended or formulated rules about human rights, women's rights and equitable social justice as clearly and justly as Islam. But, unfortunately, every community interpreted these rules according to its own convenience. In particular, the rules related to women have been drafted and being interpreted with full patriarchal manifestation. We bow down our heads with shame when we see Muslim women crowding police stations, Qazi's offices, courts and advocates begging justice.

It is perceived that the man is at liberty to utter the words of TALAQ and darken the future of the woman and children and that TALAQ is applicable instantly. However, if the woman wants to leave her husband, she has to face humiliation for months and years. In the husband-wife disputes, both are equally responsible, but it is the woman who is punished mostly. If the man has the right to dislike some acts of the woman, the woman too, being an equal human being, has the right to get reluctant due to some unpleasant acts of the man. This is not justice that the woman must bear with every unpleasant act of the man and the man gets the right to treat her like a servant and punish her for every act that is unpleasant to him and threaten to terminate her from the job.
There are many traditions as well as incidents in the life history of the Prophet Mohammed , (may peace be upon him) that shed the light on the gender justice and clearly reflect that there was equality in the cases of Talaq and Khula.

Hadith#1.
A woman came to the Prophet (Pbuh) and complained that her husband, an Ansari, slapped on her cheek so intensely that her cheek got red. The Prophet (Pbuh) did the justice, called her husband and asked his wife to slap him with the same intensity as he did to her.

Hadith #2.
In another incident, a lady companion asked the Prophet (Pbuh) for Khula from her husband. The Prophet (Pbuh) asked the reason. She kept silent. He asked if her husband's character was questionable to which she answered that there was nothing wrong with his character as he was pious and God fearing. Still she pressed for the Khula and the Prophet (Pbuh) did not insist her to reveal the reason and awarded Khula to her.

Hadith narrative: Caliph Umar, r.a.
We find a saying of Hadhrat Omer, r.a., that "If the man divorces he must present the reason to the QAZI, but if a woman wants a Khula and she is not willing to present the reason, the QAZI must not insist and should award her the Khula.

There are other incidents too in the history which reveal that the woman got the justice equal to men. But, in the contemporary Muslim Personal laws constituted by different communities, the man has been provided every convenience to divorce the woman. As a result, the status of the woman has been totally marginalized. She becomes like a slave or an employee whose existence depends upon the consent of the employer. He can divorce her even if he is drunk, in anger, jokingly or sick. The divorce is applicable immediately even if he gives TALAQE GHALEEZA, TALAQE BID'AT.

Even his representative can divorce her on his behalf. She is separated instantly. He and only he has the right to have mercy on her and come back but she is not given such a right. The man is free and can go to have second or third marriage if he wants and there are no restrictions upon him from the law. She is compelled to wander around to prove he was right or wrong. The woman does have the right to terminate the Nikah on certain conditions, but all the conditions are conditional to the husband's consent on separation. Unless he signs to give his consent, the Khula is not considered valid. In the Indian Muslim Personal Law, there are 42 clauses in favor of Talaq and only 4 in favor of Khula. Ironically, all the four clauses carry the condition of husband's consent on the Khula. It is nothing different from the Hindu beliefs that "Jisghar men dolijaaewahan se dolauthhe", or "shaadiatootbandhanhai" , or "Shaadizindgi men ekbaarhotihai". Although, the Hindu society is giving up this practice, but the Muslim society is still holding these beliefs firmly on the pretext of Shariya law. They practice the same Hindu beliefs and go on taking revenge from the woman.

It does not mean that the woman is totally innocent. In most of the disputes, it is the woman and her family who bring the couple close to a breakup. But, again, the question is that if the man does not find interest in her, he has the right to leave her. Why does not she have the same right? Why is she roped around the neck? Why is she compelled to enforce Anti-dowry case, Police complaints, goons etc to terminate marriage?

Aleem Falki added that he was talking about those women who are victims of men's revenge and suffering. There are hundreds of cases in which women harass the innocent husbands. It is not always that woman is only innocent. But, that is a different topic and be debated in another such forum. Since some pseudo-intellectuals raise the unrelated topics and divert the topic, rather kill the topic and therefore, he requested to adhere to the topic.

He then raised the situation where thousands of men adopt the revengeful policy of hanging women and elaborated on it.
The present Indian Muslim personal Law was drafted in 1937. It was called Mohammaden Law or Indian Shariyat Act. Article 224 of the Indian constitution guarantee application of these laws as far as muslim personal affairs are concerned. It is to be borne in the mind that the Fiqh is not equal to holy Quran. The scholars of different time extract and expand the laws of Shariya according to the situation present during a particular time. It is inevitable that these laws can be amended, changed or scrapped, if the new circumstances emerge. It is the need of the hour to keep the laws competent to the prevailing circumstances.

Maulana Minnatullah Rahmani, the founding member of Muslim Personal Board as well as the writer of several books on this issue wrote in his book "Muslim Peronal Law" that the Masa'el are of two types. One, those issues which were never experienced by the predecessor scholars and therefore the fiqh is silent on those issues. Second, those issues which have to be deliberated afresh under the changing situations. The time when the present laws were drafted, has changed completely. The time when these laws were drafted, the man was a real "Qawwam" (Protector or care taker of the woman) according to the Quran. He was not the receiver of the dowry or Tilak or dinners from the woman. The woman was not aware of the modern education, job or outside world. The anti-Islamic literature was not taught to her in the name of woman's rights, feminism, equality and gender justice. Today, the man has inverted or rather subverted the teachings of Quran and Shariya completely. Now, he does not pay 'Mahr', but instead, collects dowry from the woman not only in the form of net cash, but also demands property, automobile etc. He grabs the salary, inheritance and belongings of the wife. He is engaged in illegitimate relations too. The divorce ratio is increasing alarmingly. In Kuwait it is 37%, Qatar 33% and Saudi Arabia 21%. In India and Pakistan, although it is 4-5% but the ratio of the strained relation or disturbed marriages is over 60%. In other words, every third house is affected by the hatred, court or police cases. The scholars (ulema) are not able to carry counseling because the subject of the counseling, although emphasized much in the traditions, yet, it has been totally neglected in the syllabus of the Madarsa.
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Aleem Khan Falaki presented the evidences from the writings of Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri, Allama Iqbal and Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi directing tow]ards establishing Shariya courts. If impossible, they advised for establishing local committees of minimum 5 respectable local persons to go and work as arbiter. They warned that if the woman will not get justice, she will revolt and will go to the extent of marrying even with non-Muslims.

Aleem Khan Falaki pointed out that the "Nikahnama" (the marriage agreement) itself is faulty. The word "AQD" implies an agreement by the two parties on whatever is taken or given. Since there was never a dowry, except Mahr in those days, so there was nothing to write from the woman's side what she is giving. Therefore, the Nikahnama had the mentioning of only the Mehr's amount. But, the time has changed now. The woman is compelled in the name of the system to give a lot. Since the Muslim Personal Law permits the woman to take back all those gifts given at the time of marriage, there should be a clear mentioning of all those gifts she is taking with her to the house of her husband. But,the man today does not agree to sign the receipt of these items as he is too clever and knows that there are hundreds of parents who can pay huge dowry without taking a receipt. So the woman is totally helpless. The Muslim Personal Law Board must take action and draft a new Nikahnama. It should also define clearly what is considered as gift. The present day's dowry system is totally Haraam as it is a bribe, begging, blackmailing and violation of Quranic instructions as well as the way of the Prophet (Pbuh).
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Maslehuddin Ahmed presented an introduction of the honorable guest, Advocate Osman Shaheed. Maslehuddin Ahmed is well known in Jeddah for his religious as well as community services. Maslehuddin stated that the Adv. Shaheed is not only a successful and well known advocate in Hyderabad but also a kind hearted person who has served hundreds of helpless people for their education, marriages of poor girls etc. He had been the Prosecutor General of Andhra Pradesh High Court for 6 years.
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Mr. Osman Shaheed expressed deep concern over the present lawlessness among Muslims in the matters of Khula and Talaq. He stated that even the Muslim lawyers in the courts deliberately misquote holy Quran to win fake cases of Talaq for their clients. He emphasized that the holy Quran is the "Mother of all the charters" and all the present charters of national and international humanitarian institutions are extracted from Quran. He asserted that the real worship of Allah is in having justice in the relations. He quoted several examples from the Prophet's (Pbuh) life as to how he treated his wives.
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Regarding the Khula/Talaq situation, he offered a solution, which was highly appreciated by the audience, that there is a possibility of solving these issues without involving courts and police. The Indian constitution itself grants the right to solve disputes in accordance with Shariya. He said there was no need to establish the separate Muslim Shariya courts as whenever such attempts were made in the past, the communal Hindu parties like RSS and BJP started the propaganda that the Muslims were trying to create another Pakistan.
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He said that according to the Indian constitution, the two parties i.e husband and wife, could appoint a person of their choice who is called an "Arbitrator". No special qualification is required to be an arbitrator. Anyone, who is approved by both parties can become an arbitrator. Both the parties must submit an "Affidavit" in the court that they will honor the decision of the arbitrator even if he goes against their wish. Whatever the Arbitrator will decide, that decision will be endorsed by the court as "Order of Law". The parties can get an "Execution order" too from the court to implement the decision of the Arbitrator. Since Mr. Osman Shaheed himself is running an Arbitration office which is serving people free of cost, he gave his telephone number to the audience to take his free legal services in this regard.
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Aleem Khan Falaki suggested that an Arbitration office be established with a list of arbitrators consisting of scholars and Mufties belonging to various schools of thought. The conflicting parties can choose the scholars according to their Maslak and beliefs. Let the people get their disputes solved in our own offices instead of non-Shariya courts.
The two and half hour's seminar concluded with the questions and answers session. The prominent personalities of Jeddah participated in this seminar. Among them were Shameem Kausar, Syed Khaja Viqaruddin, Engr. Sayeeduddin, Engr. Khalid, Dr. Sayeed Haroon and Hafez Sheikh Hussain.
Report by : Dr. Sayeed Haroon
Source: http://www.siasat.com/english/news/why-talaq-easy-khula-almot-impossible-muslim-society



Munawar Hasan Addresses Large Juma' Gathering
Jamaate Islami calls on newly elected rulers to reject US pressure.
Urges Support for Iran, China and Pak Taliban.


2 reports from Anwar Sajjad.
LAHORE, May 24: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has impressed upon the newly elected rulers to go ahead with the gas pipeline project with Iran and also hand over Gowadar port to China ignoring opposition from US and India.

Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque he counseled PML(N) president Mian Nawaz Sharif to make serious efforts for dialogue with the Taliban and expressed the hope the armed forces wont oppose the idea. It had become imperative to review the foreign policy and free it from outside pressures in the interest of country's stability and peace and national sovereignty, he added. The Pakistani Taliban who had been angry because of Islamabad's support to the US against Afghanistan Muslims, were our countrymen and Muslim brothers and if we brought them on the table, they would not hesitate, he added.

Syed Munawar Hasan said that suspending the Pak Iran gas pipeline project under US pressure was not in national interest as the energy crisis in the country had become serious. If the Muslim brotherly country was willing to help us in overcoming the energy shortage and was also ready to bear its expenses, it would be most unwise to scrap the project only to please Washington.

The JI Ameer said that the nation's expression of confidence in Mian Nawaz Sharif also implied a heavy responsibility for the PML(N) leader who was expected to break the yoke of US slavery by abandoning Pervez Musharraf's policies. He expressed the hope that Mian Sahib wont disappoint the nation.


New rulers should seek support from women and all segments of life to improve economy: Liaqat Baloch
LAHORE, May 24: Secretary General, Jamaat e, Islami, Liaqat Baloch, has said that the newly elected rulers would have to seek the cooperation of the country's traders and businessmen, farmers, skilled youth, students and the women folk to improve the country's economy and free the homeland from IMF and World Bank pressure.

Addressing a businessmen's function in the city on Friday, he said that the economy had been ruined due to corruption and bad governance. The new government, he said, would have the major challenge of reviving the country's economy.

He said that nature had blessed this country with unlimited resources and the rulers would have to utilize these for national develop ment and also eradicate corruption,and plug all leakages.

The JI leader expressed deep grief over the martyrdom of BalochistanConstabulary personnel in a terrorism attack in Quetta. While welcoming the public mandate to the PML(NP and the PTI, Liaqat Baloch said that the Election Commission must immediately order fresh polls in Karachi and Hyderabad.

He said that the JI would carry on its mission of creating an awakening amongthe masses for the change of the system and the need for electing an honest, God fearingleadership to realize the goal of a truly Islamic state.



Objective View of Dr. Siddique's Islamic Work in America: From Husain Arif & Dan Berrett
Highlighting Dr. Siddique's Devastating Attack on Zionism & the Jewish Holocaust story.

[We publish here uncut Husain Arif's letter to Jamaate Islami's old timers Zubair and Mumtaz who were attacking Kaukab Siddique and Jamaat al-Muslimeen..
He then brings in Dan Berrett's article on Siddique's comments on Zionism.]
"Salam o Rahmah

(Allah Khair karey!)
I had started to compose this Msg addressed to you on FEBRUARY 23, and kept saved in my 'Drafts' Folder. Then my illness prevented me to complete it. Now, with a slight feeling of awe, I venture to replete & send it to you.
I have seen & read many messages exchanged amongst the learned friends about two important but regrettable controversies.
The first one started with a remark, rather in a lighter mood, passed by Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed in one of his Msgs to Dr. Kaukab Siddique, about his (Dr. Kaukab's) Party [Jamaat al-Muslimeen - editor.].
That was perhaps just a slip of pen, and Dr. Mumtaz had even retracted it & expressed his regrets. But still, Dr. Kaukab's reactions in his later Msgs remained quite harsh.
It was most unfortunate that a few (much lesser in academic & leadership stature than the two gentlemen) jumped into the wagon, and instead of detracting the impact of their feeling of bitterness, they fondly indulged in heightening it. It is said in Urdu 'Nadaan Dost Say Aqlmand Dushman Behtar Hota Haiy'.
The second row started between you & Dr. Kaukab on the issue of your circulating pictures of a belly dance in a Pakistani gathering Tokyo, and this also resulted in some bitter exchange of messages between yourself & Dr. Kaukab.
I have been an admirer of your cool, amiable, & pleasant disposition, as well as your non-combatant, reconciliatory nature in matters of intellectual pursuit & argument.

So I am totally at a loss to understand how you could react to Dr. Kaukab's remarks in the way you did.

I do not know Dr. Kaukab Siddiq at all, but I know ' of him ' a lot, ever since I had come to States in 1974.

I can tell you in all honesty & with the core of my heart, that he is that very rare & immensely courageous ' Islamist ' in the West who undertook the most daunting task of challenging the 'Zionists' almost in their own homeland, I mean, the State of Pennsylvania.

He seems to have put his life ' on the line ' for that cause. That is neither a small achievement nor a negligible service to the Cause of Islam in the West.

The name of Dr. Kaukab Siddique, often times, reminds me of the great Muslim Leader in the West Dr. Ismail Raji Alfaruqui who was assassinated together with his wife, right in the same State where Dr. Kaukab Siddique is fighting for that same Cause. (May Allah protect him).

Later, in this message, I will tell you (rather quote to you) what the Ultra-Right News Media in the United States say about Dr. Kaukab Siddique. You will, then, perhaps, realise what a valuable asset he is to the Islamic Cause in the U.S.A.

In spite of that, I agree with friends when they say that he has a razor-sharp tongue which some times cuts through the friends & foes alike, which is not a good thing. But let me tell you that he is that way because he is most non-compromising on convictions. And that is the greatest quality of a true revolutionary. He should be respected for this quality.
By the way, recently in one of his messages, he labelled me to be a 'Yazeed' and not 'Husain', because I had openly criticised the hyppocrites of the 'present' Jamat-e-Islami leadership in Pakistan & its equally hippocratic supporters. (I am still religiously clinched to that standpoint).
Now read the following story from an American ultra-rightist Newsletter dated Oct 26, 2010 about Dr. Kaukab Siddique. His courage, dedication, & intellectual/ academic stature must be honoured by every Islamist in the West.

Husain Arif




http://www.insidehighered.com/news

Academic Freedom and Holocaust Denial
October 26, 2010 - 3:00am

By
Dan Berrett

A Pennsylvania English professor whose anti-Israel rhetoric and denial of the Holocaust as a historic certainty have ignited controversy is citing academic freedom as his defense.

Kaukab Siddique, associate professor of English and journalism at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, appeared last month at a pro-Palestinian rally in Washington, where he called the state of Israel illegitimate. "I say to the Muslims, 'Dear brothers and sisters, unite and rise up against this hydra-headed monster which calls itself Zionism,' " he said at a rally on Sept. 3. "Each one of us is their target and we must stand united to defeat, to destroy, to dismantle Israel -- if possible by peaceful means," he added.

While many professors engage in anti-Israel rhetoric, Siddique is getting more scrutiny
because his September comments prompted critics to unearth past statements that the
Holocaust was a "hoax" intended to buttress support for Israel -- a position that the professor
didn't dispute in an interview Monday with Inside Higher Ed.

Siddique maintained that his comments should be placed in the framework of academic
freedom, as an example of a questing mind asking tough questions. He also warned of dire
consequences if universities can be intimidated by politicians and outside commentators.
"That's freedom of expression going up the smokestack here," he said.

"I'm not an expert on the Holocaust. If I deny or support it, it doesn't mean anything," he said
before invoking the firebombing of German cities during World War II and the U.S. bombings
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as examples of the moral ambiguity of the war.

"We can't just sit back in judgment and say those guys were bad and we were the good guys,"
he said. "I always try to look at both sides.... That's part of being a professor."

Siddique cited as scholarly evidence the work of notorious Holocaust denier David Irving,
whom a British judge described as an anti-Semitic neo-Nazi sympathizer. "Irving has for his
own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated
historical evidence," High Court Judge Charles Gray wrote in a ruling shooting down Irving's
claim of libel against the historian Deborah Lipstadt of Emory University.

The Siddique case isn't the first one in which a tenured academic has been criticized for
questioning whether the Holocaust happened. Northwestern University periodically faces
debate over Arthur R. Butz, an associate professor of electrical engineering who is a
Holocaust denier, but who has avoided the topic in his classes.

Siddique's embrace of Holocaust denial could be treated differently because of what he
teaches. Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors and a
staunch defender of the right of professors to take highly unpopular positions, said that
academic freedom protects the professor's right to criticize both Israeli policy and the moral
legitimacy of the Israeli state. Holocaust denial is another matter entirely, said Nelson.

"Were he an engineering professor speaking off campus, it wouldn't matter," said Nelson
in an e-mail. "The issue is whether his views call into question his professional competence.
If he teaches modern literature, which includes Holocaust literature from a great many
countries, then Holocaust denial could warrant a competency hearing."

Siddique's anti-Israel comments were first seized upon by conservative Christian
commentators; links to video of his remarks at the rally appeared on Pat Robertson's
Christian Broadcasting Network. Siddique said the firestorm that has erupted has been
stoked by allies of Israel, and he says his criticisms of the nation are no more harsh than
those espoused by President Carter.

"This is actually a concerted act by the extreme right wing aligned with Israel to destroy
someone who spoke out against them," said Siddique.

He said he had received hateful e-mails and phone calls every day since the controversy
broke. Some simply bore four-letter words. Others threatened death. "I see this as a
tremendous dumbing down of the discourse," he said.

Siddique's statements also prompted a letter from two Pennsylvania state Senators last
week who questioned whether the professor had expressed these views in class and what
steps were being taken to prevent him from doing so.

Both Siddique and the university said he had never broached the subject in class.

Lincoln University sought to distance itself from the professor's comments, calling them
"offensive" in a prepared statement, and adding that his "personal views and expressed
comments do not represent Lincoln University."

Lincoln is a historically black college that is about 45 miles southwest of Philadelphia.
It is one of Pennsylvania's state-affiliated institutions. In the current budget year, Lincoln
is receiving more than $13 million in operating money from Pennsylvania, according to the
state budget.

The letter from the senators follows a resolution introduced in the state Senate in April
that condemns what it calls the resurgence of anti-Semitism on college and university
campuses. The resolution calls upon the state's education agencies to "remain vigilant
and guarded against acts of anti-Semitism against college and university students,"
though it recommends no sanctions for those who fail to do so.

State Senator Anthony Williams, who is one of the two who wrote to Lincoln, and who
sponsored the resolution, took to the floor of the senate in April to speak on its behalf.
"I come from a community that has felt the sting of oppression and discrimination," said
Williams, who is black. "To see that anti-Semitic feelings have evolved in this country on
college campuses is not only paradoxical, but it is an oxymoron. It is absolutely polar to
the example that universities should be establishing and setting across this great country."


War News 1

Afghanistan: May 2013: Taliban raiders in classic guerrilla style attacks have killed 24 NATO troops so far in May.
Of these 6 were British, 3 Georgians and 15 Americans.
Two martyrdom operations were launched by the Taliban on May 24, one in Kabul and one in Ghazni. The explosions were very large and caused heavy casualties among Karazai's people. Karazai has adopted a new tactic: to minimize or not mention its losses but keeping foreign journalists away.
[In London, a British soldier was killed by a Nigerian Muslim using a cleaver and a kitchen knife. The Brits are very disturbed but they refuse to discuss their occupation of Afghanistan and the torture and killings they inflicted on the people of Basra, Iraq.
The six troops recently killed in Afghanistan have received scant connection. The battles they were killed in have not been publicized. The extra large tanks being used by the Brits, especially built for the occupation of Afghanistan are not publicized either. As we reported, one of these huge tanks was blown up by the Taliban earlier in May.]

War New 2
May 19-25: Hizbullah forces helping Assad beaten back with heavy losses by al-Nusra mujahideen.

After a week of heavy fighting, Qusair remains in the hands of the Islamic forces, al-Nusra. The Syrian troops tried an enveloping movement with the help of the Shi'ite forces coming in from Lebanon. They captured the villages surrounding Qusair but met stiff resistance in Qusair itself. Mujahideen of 8 different groups rushed from Homs to help the defenders in Qusair. For the time being, Hizbullah has had a setback but it is bringing in large reinforcements from Lebanon. Assad's air force and artillery pounding Qusair and Islamic losses are quite serious though details are unknown. Assad is also using missiles against the defenders. [The funerals in Lebanon show that Hibullah received unexpectedly heavy losses.

Iranians are also helping Assad but have clarified that they don't have troops in the battle.

Qusair is important because this is Assad's flight route from Damascus to the Alawite enclaves on the sea coast.
Also, if Assad wins this one, he can send his tanks to re-take Homs and can block weapons and supplies for al-Nusra coming in from pro-mujahideen groups in Lebanon. This is the major supply route for the mujahideen after Turkey got cold feet.

Hookup between East & West Against Syrian Mujahideen.

Russia is re-supplying Assad big time. Iran is sending supplies and perhaps weapons too. America is refusing to supply even the
secular Free Syrian Army [FSA] and has placed al-Nusra on its list of terrorists. Moves are underway to save the Assad regime if Assad agrees to "reforms" and the FSA relents. Jewish groups in America have expressed serious reservations against the
mujahideen groups. McCain has been crying out that the secular FSA should be armed to counter al-Nusra.


War News 3
Nigeria: More than 2,000 heavily armed Nigerian troops moved into the areas around Maiduguri [north east Nigeria] and destroyed the hospital and relief installations set up by Boko Haram.
There have been no Boko Haram losses but the troops have killed scores of civilians [65 according to the Nigerians] The mujahideen evaded the heavily armed troops and are waiting to strike back.


War News 4
Niger: May 23: A new Islamic movement said to be inspired by Shaykh Osama hit the military barracks of the Niger army in the town of Agadez. The barracks were wiped out and at least 20 Niger troops killed according to officials.
In a second attack the same day, these African mujahideen blew up the French-owned uranium mine. Heavy losses but cdetails not available yet.
[Niger's uranium is owned by the French and Niger's forces are helping the French occupation of Mali.
[Considering the growing cost of the occupation, France is steadily withdrawing from Mali.]



War News 5

There is an uprising all over western and most of northern Iraq. The Baghdad regime massacred protestors in Hawija which further inflamed the situation. After that attacks were launched on Sunni mosques probably by the regime to terrorize the population but this also had the opposite effect.

Huge rally in Fallujah, Iraq, against US-installed regime in Baghdad shows Al-Qaida flags mixing with flags of the Saddamist movement. [Black flags emerging from the east for Islamic victory were prophesied by Muhammad, pbuh.]
 Huge rally in Fallujah Iraq

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