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Rajab 25,1434/June 2, 2013 # 23
Syria: Mujahideen in Qusayr are holding out in spite of
tremendous attacks by 1700 Hizbullah from Lebanon and steady
shelling and bombing by Assad's tanks and jets. More than
1500 civilians are lying injured in Qusayr but Assad has
refused Red Cross requests to let them be taken out for
Supporters of the mujahideen are infiltrating the strategic
Bekaa valley in Lebanon controlled by Hizbullah. Supporters
of mujahideen and Shi'ite groups supporting Assad are
fighting in Tripoli, Lebanon.
An American Hijabi Muslimah has given her life fighting with
the Syrian mujahideen against Assad. The refgime is exulting
but US TV has ignored her altogether. [See report.
Senator McCain visited Syria from Turkey and said that
anti-Assad forces cannot win against Assad's tanks and jets
unless they are given heavy weapons but the US is refusing
to give light weapons even to the secular segments of the
"rebels." Looks like support from Russia and Iran for Assad
has been okayed but the slightest sign of support for the
"rebels" is seen as CIA activity by a whole host of
propagandists like Fisk and Cartalucci.
Important fatwa in response to Hizbullah's open support for
Assad's Alawite regime. Urges Muslims capable of fighting to
join the jihad.
Scroll to end.
Pakistan: A US drone strike on May 31 killed Waliur Rahman
and 6 others in North Waziristan [4 of them Uzbeks]. He was
second in command of Pak Taliban and wanted peace talks with
the Paki regime. The Pak Taliban have now rejected any talks
with the Pakis and have pledged to take revenge. General
Kayani is said to be involved in the US air strike. He has
not even pretended to protest this violation of Pak air
Immediately after the drone strike, a NATO convoy
withdrawing through Baluchistan came under attack in
May 17-June 2: Paki army is trying to re-take Tirah valley
which is mostly under Pak Taliban control. It is near the
strategic Khyber pass. Very slow and difficult advance by
the army. Paki jet fighters are also attacking the Pak
June 1. Syed Munawar Hasan resigned as Ameer of Jamaate
Islami after being grilled by his own Shoora members holding
him responsible for JI's defeat in the May 11 elections.
However, when he resigned, the shoora refused to accept his
Munawar Hasan wants to use peaceful but uncompromising
processes to change Pakistan into an Islamic state. His
resignation would be a total disaster for the peaceful
Islamic movement. [For JI's stance after elections, please
Nigeria: June 2: The Nigerian army advancing into
northeastern Nigeria is facing defeat at the hands of Boko
Haram, who group and regroup, disappear into the desert and
suddenly re=appear. There are reports of Nigerian troops
throwing down their weapons and fleeing.
However, in the little towns through which the Nigerian
troops are advancing, they have committed massacre after
massacre because the population supports the Boko Haram. At
least 3,000 civilians have been slaughtered by the army. The
US media have censored the reports. However, a Black woman,
with the help of a dissenting soldier, has taken pictures of
the piles of bodies thrown like trash by the army. The dead
include large numbers of women and children and photos are
now being distributed by BBC. [Ed. note: Thousands of Black
people being slaugtered by a "Christian" army armed and
funded by the US and supported by Israel is not news for the
US media. Those African Americans who cried over Qaddafi are
also silent because these are Islamic civilians?]
Somalia: May 26-31. Western sources report two strikes by
al-Shabab. The Islamic fighters advanced 35 miles into Kenya
and wiped out a Kenyan military post in retaliation for the
Kenyan invasion of Somalia.
In another important situation, al-Shabab re-took a town in
central Somalia as soon as Ethiopian tanks withdrew from it.
Various African regimes controlled by the US have troops in
Somalia to prevent an islamic state.
For an excellent article on homosexuality,
please scroll down.
Important hadith on women is misunderstood owing to absurd
Please scroll down.
One point from a khutba
Peaceful Ways of Changing Minds and Souls
by Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora Leader, North Carolina
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon
him) as saying: six are the rights of a Muslim over another
Muslim. It was said to him: Allah's Messenger, what are
these? Thereupon he said: When you meet him, offer him
greetings of asalamu alaikum;when he invites you to a feast
accept it. when he seeks your counsel give him, and when he
sneezes and says:" All praise is due to Allah," you say
Yarhamuk Allah (may Allah show mercy to you) ; and when he
fails ill visit him; and when he dies follow his bier.
This segment will discuss only the first right in this
hadith: Saying Asalamu Alaikum:
Requirement: The greetings of peace, asalamu alaikum, are an
integral part of Islam.
Family: Begin with your parents, wife, children, relatives.
You will be expressing to them that you care, that you want
what is good for them, and that you are connected to them
Express Happiness: The greetings should be expressed with a
sense of joy and happiness that you are genuinely desirous
of connecting with the Muslims you meet.
60 Second Rule: The greetings of salam are the quickest,
shortest way of spreading a feeling of friendship, health
and caring, spiritual and physical. Nothing can compare with
Love and greetings are connected: There is a wonderful
hadith on this connection.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace and
blessing be upon him) observed: You shall not enter Paradise
so long as you do not affirm faith and you will not have
faith as long as you do not love one another. Should I not
direct you to a thing which, if you do, will foster love
amongst you: spread the practice of saying as-salamu
Sahaba knew the power of saying "As-Salamu Alaikum." It is
the greeting of angels who told Adam to add to it: wa
rahmatullahe wa barakatuh. Umar ibn al-Khattab and his son,
Abdullah, may Allah bless them both, spread the message of
salam far and wide. Abdullah, r.a.,would go around giving
salams to everyone he met.
Shaking hands and saying as-Salamu Alaikum: The sahaba would
shake hands and say salam. Islamic teacher Hasan Basri,
[generation afer sahaba] said that saying salam and shaking
hands increases love.
Modern Discovery: Millions of dollars have been spent in
modern research to find that greetings and handshaking
results in good mutual feeling and sense of well being.
Islam taught this greeting system before anyone else.
Remember that when you give the Islamic greetings, you are
also improving yourself.
Note: Sahaba is Arabic for Companions of the Prophet, pbuh.
Christian Zionists are apostates. says Christian leader from
Scroll way down for Carlsen's devastating article. You'll be
happy you did.
ICNA, ISNA, CAIR, MPAC leaders are apostates too from Islam
[ murtadeen ] unless they come out clearly against Zionism
and occupation of Muslim countries.. Innocents who go to
CAIR etc conferences don't realize that their leaders do
SHIRK by accepting Zionism and Israel and not spreaking
against occupation. Have you heard any of their 'leaders'
rejecting Zionism and Israel's legitimacy? Give us an
example if you have - editor.
With thanks to Solomon Commissiong in Maryland.
[Using art and journalism to challenge established power.
Did you notice Obama's silence on the murder of Malcolm
Shabazz and the regime's continued insistence that Assata
Shakur is a terrorist who has taken trefuge in Cuba? You may
not agree with some of this but the basic message is
Black Voices Rising Against Obama: Hard Hitting but
This documentary details Barrack Obama's record as a war
mongering president whose policies have cost the lives of
countless civilians in places like Libya, Yemen, Somalia,
Pakistan and Afghanistan. Please watch this documentary with
your FULL attention and share it in places of worship,
community centers and with your loved ones and friends. Let
this film be a force for ending imperialism and starting
peace., justice and equality.
Grassroots Groups Meet in Harlem, New York.
by Abu Talib [Brooklyn, New York]
I attended the African liberation day In New York which was
sponsored by the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party at
City College in the village Of Harlem.The Progran was held
from 2.00pm to 6.30pm in which there were discussion and
Panel by members of the All African Peoples revolutionary
Party with the people who were there from some of the
organizations that work in the Community.
There were people from the Peoples Survival Program who
feeds the homeless in Harlem and elsewhere
students from Medgar Evers College who are trying to save
Jamaat al- Muslimeen who were there to show our support
for the struggles that are taking place all over the world.
The program ended with dinner and networking with each other
and the end of the day.
We as Muslims from the Jamaat must work with others in the
community. The people were surprised to hear about Jamaat
al Muslimeen, a peoples' movement. We must always stand with
the oppressed. Its one struggle.
U.S. Counter-Terrorism Database Now Lists 875,000 Names
The number of names on a highly classified U.S. central
database used to track suspected terrorists has jumped to
875,000 from 540,000 only five years ago, a U.S. official
familiar with the matter said. Among those was suspected
Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, whose name was
added in 2011 ... Maintained by the National
Counterterrorism Center, the highly classified database is
not a "watchlist" but instead is a repository of information
on people whom U.S. authorities see as known, suspected or
potential terrorists from around the world. The "Terrorist
Identities Datamart Environment" is a master database .
Letter: Critical Comments on New Trend's Reporting on
& Positive On Khula
Just because people use the name of islam, doesn't make it
islamic, does it?
You have said that kingship is haram, yet the kings of the
past would have presided over islamic system. If the lynch
pin is haram, then how can what follows be halal?
The political system in Pakistan can never bring freedom to
the ordinary people of pakistan, in fact it is a
distraction. At least democracy in the West is less
manipulated than the system in Pakistan. Voting in Pakistant
is just a divide and rule tactic, that will prevent the
ordinary people from ever uniting. Knowing this the
religious parties should eschew it. If the Prophet were
alive would he participate in such a system?]
On the topic of Khula, I agree it is absolutely scandalous
situation. It clearly shows total hypocracy around the
institution of marriage. It reminds me of the sponsorship
arrangements they have for maids and nannies in the gulf.
They have exclusive contact with their employer. They can't
work for anyone else unless their employer agrees. The
employer can cancel their residence permit at any time and
they have to leave the country.
Qur'an on Homosexuality: Setting the Record Straight
By Khalid Baig
In the post colonial world the "civilizing mission"
continues and the crusade for civilizing the backward
Muslims into embracing the sexual mores of the civilizers
is going full speed ahead. Since openly declaring that the
Qur'an and Islam are plain wrong does not get you much
mileage with the target audience, their challenge is how to
perform a perfect inversion of Qur'anic teachings and
simultaneously assure everyone that this inversion is in
harmony with one's belief in the Qur'an. Consider
homosexuality. The Qur'an condemns it in no uncertain terms
and calls those who committed it as musrifoon (going beyond
limits) (7:81), Qaumun Aadoon (transgressing bounds) (
26:166), Qaumul Mufsideen (mischievous people) (29:30), and
Zalimeen (evildoers ) (29:31). In other words they were
extremists to the nth degree. The civilizers' dilemma: How
to declare those who want to legitimize this practice in
the Muslim society as moderates and those who question this
extremism as extremists and hardliners?
It is an impossible task but that has not kept the daring
from trying. No wonder the new champions cannot agree on
what their argument is. One of them, Scott Siraj al-Haqq
Kugle says "The Koran does not condemn homosexuality."
Another pundit, Arash Naraghi, an Iranian academic in the
US, says that the Qur'an does condemn homosexuality but it
is okay anyway because reason says so. "Verses decrying
homosexuality...stem from common beliefs at the time of
writing, and should be re-examined," he declares. The
Economist, which is searching for "theological latitude,"
quotes both of them with satisfaction and without the
smallest hint that they are mutually contradictory, as means
of making "progress". 1
The story of the people of Prophet Lut (Lot) is mentioned
in more than ten surahs in the Qur'an. This is a story of
crime, defiance, and punishment: Unprecedented crime,
extremism in insisting on that crime, and exemplary
punishment. Anyone who reads this narrative with an open
mind can have not the slightest confusion about Islam's
attitude about homosexuality. People do have a right to
accept or refuse to accept Islamic teachings, values, and
commandments. But no one has a right to lie about them.
Unfortunately there are many who are willing to do just
that these days. This account is, therefore, offered to set
the record straight.
The first thing the Qur'an mentions is that homosexual
practice was invented by the people to whom Prophet Lut was
sent as a messenger. He is very emphatic about this: "And
[remember] Lut, when he said unto his people: 'Do you
commit abominations such as none in all the world has ever
done before you?'" (Al-A'raf 7:80) The Qur'anic word is
al-fahisha, which means lewdness, shameful act, indecency.
Fornication and adultery ( zina) are also mentioned as
examples of fahisha in the Qur'an. (Isra 17:32). But here
the definite article al is added to show the even more
serious nature of this act. Homosexual act is not fahisha
but al-fahisha. It is not just a shameful act but the
shameful act, the lewdness, the abomination.
Secondly in telling that no one before them committed this
act, the Qur'an uses the word min in addition to ahadin.
Without this, it would still mean that no one did it before
you. But with min emphasis is added. In other words, no one
whosoever ever did this act among all the creatures. This is
an outright rejection of the claim that this tendency is an
inborn and ingrained part of nature for which no person
should be held accountable. Prophet Lut accuses them of
having made this choice. And the Sodomites do not say that
they are helpless because it is a call of nature. Rather
they say, "You know very well what we want." (Hud, 11:79).
And that the Prophet would be added to the list of people
who have been expelled from their city for objecting to
their practices if he does not cease and desist from
criticizing their way of life. (Al-Shu'ra 26:167). They are
the inventors of this perversion and fully committed to use
of violence to defend it.
This Qur'anic account regarding the genesis of this
perversion is attested to not only by the Bible and the
Talmud but also by the terms used to describe this act in
languages around the world. It is sodomy in English, sodomie
and sodomiser (the doer) in French, sodomia and sodomizar
in Spanish and sodomi in Norwegian. Sodomie in German and
sodomia in Polish also refer to variant forms of sexual
perversion. All pointing to the fact that it was invented in
Sodom, which was the principle city of these people. In
Arabic and languages influenced by it like Urdu the term
used is liwatat or aml qaum lut, referring to the practice
of the people of Prophet Lut. Again it is pointing to the
same date and place of invention.
The date is about four thousand years ago. For thousands of
years before that no one ever felt the urge for this
perversion. Obviously if it was in human nature then some
people in earlier times should also have expressed this
inclination. The place is the area now submerged under the
Dead Sea. This was a very prosperous and rich fertile land.
Then the punishment came in the form of a huge earthquake
and rain of brimstones and fires that turned their world
upside down. The area then became the lowest point on the
face of the earth, being about 1300 feet below sea level. It
was submerged under the ocean and turned into a desolate
place where little life exists. Its harsh environment
permits neither fish or other sea animals nor aquatic
plants. It was as the Qur'an said: "And verily of that We
have left a clear sign for people who have sense." (Ankabut
Sodomites committed other crimes as well like highway
robbery and performing shameful acts in public as mentioned
in one place in the Qur'an (Ankabut 29:29). But their
biggest crime was homosexuality, which is mentioned
repeatedly. And then there was defiance. When Prophet Lut
warned them about divine retribution, they challenged him to
bring it on. (Ankabut 29:29). Their fate was thus sealed by
their own demand. That was before the angels arrived at the
scene. Their invasion of the house of Prophet Lut for the
explicit purpose of molesting the angels who appeared in
the guise of beautiful young men was thus just the last nail
in their coffin. It was not the primary reason for their
Some people have tried to distort the Qur'anic account by
claiming that their crime was rape not homosexuality. Others
have surmised that the problem was that they were targeting
young children, otherwise it would be fine. The Qur'an does
not leave the slightest possibility of such interpretation.
It says: "Verily, with lust you approach men instead of
women." (Al-A'raf 7:81). It is rijal (men) not atfal
(children). It is for the act itself, without any mention
of compulsion, that they are called as musrifoon (going
Also significant is the role of Prophet Lut's wife. While in
the entire town only one house was saved, that of Prophet
Lut, even in that house there was an exception. It was the
wife of the Prophet, who was killed with the rest of the
people. Her fate is mentioned repeatedly so it does not
remain just a footnote to the story. Why was she punished?
Not for committing homosexual acts but for betraying her
husband (Tahreem 66:10). She betrayed the cause of her
husband by being an active sympathizer with the people and
therefore shared their fate.
When the people invaded the house of Prophet Lut, and he was
at the point of despair, the people were blinded by the
angels (Qamar 54:35). We can see a figurative blindness in
the people who try to make a case for approval of
homosexuality in Islam. A most bizarre argument that has
been forwarded by some of them is that the Qur'an mentions
the presence of young boys as servants in Paradise.
Interestingly it is the same people who argue that the
modern homosexual affair is between consenting adults and
that they also agree that sex with young boys is wrong. Yet
that is what comes to their lustful minds when they read the
accounts of the servants in the Qur'an. If they had
maintained their sensibilities, they would have realized
that this Qur'anic account actually gives exactly the
opposite message. In Paradise women will not be in the
public places. They will be in the private space, where they
will not face the attention of anyone except their husbands
("houris, cloistered in cool pavilions" Rahman 55:72).
Young boys will be in all the public places, because those
who enter Paradise will not look at them with any sexual
desires. They will have nothing to worry as those who could
look at them with desire will not be in Paradise at all.
They will be in the exact opposite of Paradise, whose small
manifestation was given to the people of Prophet Lut.
May Allah protect us all from the Fire and the acts that
lead to it.
1 The Economist, Feb 4th 2012
An engineer by profession, Khalid Baig is the editor of
Albalagh.net. His latest book is "Slippery Stone: An Inquiry
into Islam's Stance on Music."
Pakistan: 2 items from Anwar Niazi.
Islamic leaders Demand Clear Message to Washington: Drone
Attacks won't be Tolerated.
Munawar Hasan speaks on Kashmir, Rivers, Electricity,
Cooperation with Imran Khan.
LAHORE, May 30: Ameer,. Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed
Munawar Hasan, has said that the drone attacks were the
outcome of Pak slavery to tyhe US and these won't end
through the passive, routine protest from the
It is time to evolve an independent foreign policy and to
send a message to Washington that "enough is enough " and
that drone attacks wont be tolerated any more, he said
while talking to newsmen at Mansoora on Thursday where the
central Shoora of the JI went into session.
Terming May 29 drone attack as the first US "salute" to the
incoming government, Syed Munawar Hasan stressed upon the
new rulers to reject US dictation of "Do More", by flatly
saying "No More."
The JI Ameer said that unfortunately, till now, the Pakistan
governments had not been sure that we are an independent,
sovereign country, adding that " the day we show our real
face to the US, there won't be any more drone attacks."
Answering a question about the JI policy on drones after
joining the PTI in the Khyber Provincial government, Syed
Munawar Hasan said that it was not within the domain of the
provincial government to stop drone attacks. As such, the
federal and the provincial governments could frame a policy
through mutual cooperation.
To a question about PML(N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif's
statements regarding load shedding of electricity, the JI
Ameer said obviously, the statements prior to the polls and
those after electoral victory were to be different. However,
he said, the new government must realize the agony load
shedding of electricity had been causing to the people and
the huge losses suffered by the country's economy, industry
and agriculture, and prepare plans to resolve the issue and
provide relief to the people.\
Syed Munawar Hasan told another questioner that the new
rulers should not push the Kashmir issue to the back burner
for improving ties with India. India, he said was involved
in the massacre of the Kashmiri Muslims, its attitude
towards this country was hostile, and it was also blocking
our share of river waters. All these issues should not be
ignored during the talks with India, he added.
Meanwhile addressing the JI Shoora, Syed Munawar Hasaan said
that the JI's joining the PTI in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa would
mean a new experience as well as a big challenge. This was
because the major issues of the province included the drone
attacks, military operations, suicide attacks, and
terrorism, whose solution lay in the hands of the central
government. Therefore, the federal government and the armed
forces should frame an independent policy in regard to the
war on terror, he added.
Education System Can help by Countering Sectarian, Regional,
Western Influences and Pakistanis lack of direction
Addressed by JI Sec. General
LAHORE, May 30: Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat
Baloch, has said that a uniform education policy, in
complete harmony with the country's ideology, could greatly
help in creating national unity by downplaying the
sectarian, regional and ethnic differences. He was
addressing the central education committee of the JI at
Liaqat Baloch said that the present decadence of the Muslim
Ummah was due to the western cultural invasion on one side
and the prevailing purposeless education system, love for
materialism and our carelessness towards religion, on the
He said that greed for power, endless corruption and
unscrupulous rulers had led to the demise of self respect,
dignity and honour and national cohesion. The Muslims had
grouped themselves as Afghans, Iranians, Syrians, Baloch,
Pathan, Sindhis, Sunis and Shias, etc. etc.
The JI leader stressed upon the new rulers to develop a
permanent and uniform education policy and enforce it even
in the private educational institutions. He said that
international financial institutions were financing the
educational institutions in the country in order to promote
He said that the importance of the Urdu as national language
could be emphasized by holding competitive examinations,
delivering court decisions and official correspondence in
He also stressed upon the managements of the JI educational
institutions run by the JI to play their role in the
character building of their wards on true Islamic lines and
producing good citizens.
Absurd [popular?] view of Hadith on women rebutted.
Weak Translation of Hadith Misleads Many about Women in
A Comment on the Meaning of 'Aql and Jariya
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
In his translation of Sahih Bukhari, Dr. Muhsin Khan
translates hadith number 826 (in volume 3, section XVII, on
Witnesses) as follows: "Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri. The
Prophet said: 'Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of
that of a man?' The Women said, 'Yes'. He said, "This is
because of the deficiency of a woman's mind." The Arabic is
fazalika min nuqsan-e-aqaleha which should be translated as:
"That is owing to her lack of understanding." The
translation of 'Aql as "mind" is incorrect. The term "mind"
is a platonic concept which refers to innate ability. 'Aql
is the word for understanding, sense and wisdom which is
acquired through experience and development of educational
abilities. The mind is fixed and unchanging; Understanding
can be developed. The term "mind" has to do with the idea
that some people are born with intelligence and some are
not: In its essence it is a racist concept. We can try to
define the meaning of the word "aql" by looking at its usage
in the Qur'an. It is used to refer to an ability which
learns from observation and which works though experiencing
the wonders of God's creation:
And of His signs is this: He shows you the lightning for a
fear and a hope, and sends down water from the sky, and
thereby quickens the earth after its death. Surely in that
are signs for people of understanding (liqaumin-yyaqiloon).
The Qur'an 30:24
And the difference of night and day and the provision that
Allah sends down from the sky and thereby quickens the earth
after her death, and the ordering of the winds, are signs
for people of understanding (liqaumin-yyaqiloon). Sura 45:5
These verses are meant for the general audience of the
Qur'an. Anyone who is willing to use his understanding and
look at the heavens and the earth can perceive the
underlying power which makes the universe possible. These
verses are not aimed at some special elite which has a
"mind" which others lack. Certainly women are not excluded
from the audience of these verses. No honest commentator
would be able to claim that the signs of God mentioned in
these verses are not available to women because women are
deficient in their "minds"! Any person, man or woman, can
perceive the ayat (signs) of Allah and arrive at conclusions
about God's Oneness, Creativity, Power, and Nurturing Love.
Dr. Muhsin Khan has made a major blunder. He did not realize
that the holy Prophet was actually urging the women to gain
understanding. He was not saying that they are deficient by
nature and will always remain so! When a teacher says to a
student: Your understanding of the book is weak, you are
deficient in your analysis; think, don't cheat, etc; the
teacher is actually urging the student to gain the
understanding which he/she lacks. Islam came to educate
people, to raise them from out of the marshes of ignorance,
not to condemn them.
If Dr. Muhsin Khan had looked at other hadith in the same
chapter of Bukhari's Sahih, he would have realized two
things: 1. The holy Prophet did not reject the witness of
one woman even as opposed to a man's. 2. He did not think
that women are deficient in their minds.
In hadith number 827 and 828 we are told that the holy
Prophet abrogated a marriage on the basis of ONE WOMAN'S
WITNESS who had testified that in their infancy she had
suckled both the husband and the wife. The narration
indicates that the male narrator did not want to accept the
woman's witnessing but the holy Prophet would not
countenance his hesitation. (Incidentally the woman was
black and a slave from the Era of Ignorance, which also
indicates the revolutionary Islamic concepts of equality of
all races and peoples along with equality of male and
Further on in the same chapter of Bukhari's Sahih, we have a
lengthy narration of the slander which was spread against
hazrat 'Ayesha (radi Allahu unha) by the hypocrites. In the
narration we find hazrat Ali urging the holy Prophet to ask
for one woman's witness and the holy Prophet going through
the process of asking one woman without saying that two
women are required. (The Qur'an then confirmed this
witnessing by affirming the noble character of the blessed
'Ayesha.) The words of the narration are:
"'Ali ibn Abi Talib said: O messenger of Allah! Allah has
not put restrictions on you, and there are many women other
than she; yet you may ask the young woman (Barera) and she
will tell you the truth. On that the messenger of Allah,
peace and blessing of Allah be on him, called Barera and
asked her: 'O Barera! Did you ever see anything which raised
your suspicion? Barera said: No. By Allah who has sent you
with the Truth, I have never seen anything wrong in her
except that she is young and sometimes sleeps after having
kneaded the dough and the goat comes and eats it. On that
day the messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be
on him, stood up to give the khutba and asked the people to
support him against Abdullah ibn Ubayy ibn Salul. The
messenger of Allah said: Who will support me against that
person who has hurt me in the matter of my family? By Allah
I know nothing but good about my family, and they have
accused a man about whom I know nothing except good and he
never entered my house except in my company."
Those who have read their hadith books carefully know that
Barera was a freed slave woman. In fact, she had been freed
by hazrat 'Ayesha and used to spend her time with hazrat
'Ayesha as her companion, friend, and helper. In both hadith
the witness of one woman is accepted by the Prophet, and the
question of their 'deficient mind' is not raised. The reason
for acceptance was that Islamic education had given women
mental maturity and understanding. By the time the slander
against hazrat 'Ayesha occurred, the Muslim community had
strengthened its roots. When the verse about two female
witnesses was revealed in Sura al-Baqarah, the Islamic
community had just begun in Medina. Our male commentators
have built their weak position on Sura al-Baqarah while
completely ignoring Surat un-Noor where hazrat 'Ayesha's
example was used by Allah to indicate the equality of males
and females before the Law for all times to come.
Dr. Muhsin Khan has also slipped in his translation of the
word jariya. He translates it as "woman-servant" which
though better than laundi (female slave), as some Urdu
language translators put it, is still off the mark. The
workd jariya simply means a young woman or girl. Barera was
not a slave or a servant. (Bukhari's Sahih attests that the
holy Prophet's household did not have a servant, male or
female) She had been freed by hazrat 'Ayesha. Somehow Dr.
Khan could not see that the word jariya occurs three times
in hadith 829 referring to hazrat 'Ayesha herself. (As
hazrat 'Ayesha points out, she was a young woman at that
time and weighed very little; hence the camel driver did not
know if she was sitting in the curtained seat atop the camel
or not and moved on without her.) Thank goodness that Dr.
Khan does not claim that hazrat 'Ayesha was a slave girl
too! I hope he will look up the story of Barera and find out
that she had been freed. (Freed slaves often lived with
those who had freed them in a system of wilayya because they
had no family systems of their own.)
I am not trying to condemn all of Dr. Khan's translation.
Readers however should notice how many different factors can
come in to create misgivings and misunderstanding about
Hadith. We all have much to learn. Those who are translating
holy books into English are often very deficient in their
English; however, they are not willing to face the fact that
they are deficient in their understanding of English.
Inshallah, we can learn from each other. Let them tell us
where we make mistakes in Arabic, and let them listen to us
where we point out their mistakes in English. The language
of the people is an essential vehicle for the dissemination
of a message. The Qur'an was revealed in Arabic to a people
who spoke Arabic. Similarly, Islam in America must be
conveyed by people who can speak and understand the idiom of
the American people.
And if We had sent the Qur'an in a foreign tongue, they
would have surely said: if only its verses were expounded
(so that we might understand). What! I foreign tongue and an
Arab?--Say to them (O Muhammad): For those who believe it is
a Guidance and a healing; and as for those who disbelieve,
there is deafness in their ears, and it is blindness for
them. Such are called to from afar. The Qur'an 41:44
'Christian Zionism' The World's Most Urgent Mission
Charles E. Carlson May 28, 2013,
Mainline Christians are beginning to realize that
"Christian Zionism" is a misnomer, a sort of faith based
oxymoron, an impossibility to those who follow Christ. As of
yet, we do not know of a denomination that has declared the
Zionist leaning church down the street to be an open
mission field, but they should. If "Christian Zionism"
cannot be said to be a denomination, an offshoot, branch,
or subset, it must then be about world politics, a radical
departure from following Christ that is better described as
Increasingly, mainline or traditional churches are speaking
out refuting the bazaar interpretive biblical foundations
of the John Hagee's, the late Jerry Falwell, and other proud
professing "Christian Zionists." Christ following churches
should do as Project Strait Gate did, declare "Christian
Zionism" to be an apostate pretense at Christ following
because it has fallen away from truths. Missionary
organizations should declare it an animist belief system,
with no basis in Christianity. The next vital step must be
for "Christian Zionist" churches in the US to be viewed as
a mission field, as much as any animist tribe in a mountain
valley of the Andes or China was once considered a mission
field. Firm words need to be said to every one of the 50-70
million or more Americans who allow themselves to be
associated with the likes of John Hagee and the late Jerry
Falwell and many others. The right words are, "you are
following something, but you are not following Jesus,"
Project Strait Gate set this standard almost 10 years ago,
and through it we have learned to relate to pastors and
congregations, and have uncovered the incredible frailty of
their argument in support of the occupier State. Israel is a
far more brutal occupier than were the Romans, of Jesus'
day, as can be witnessed to by thousands who have lived in
Israeli prisons. It is our prayer that church groups like
the COS, will take this next bold, but obviously correct
step, and we offer suggestions from mistakes we have
The Church of Scotland (COS) is the latest, but not the
only church organization to recognize that Israel is an
occupier and flagrant abuser of the natives in the land of
the Philistines. Its statement entitled "The Inheritance of
Abraham? A report on the 'Promised Land'," (1) clearly
called attention the the role of "Christian Zionists" and
their scriptural error, if not deliberate, distortion and
abuse of Christian scripture. This report when released a
few weeks ago brought down condemnation and wrath from the
Israeli Zionists who stoutly defend its much larger
American brother, "Christian Zionism". The COS report
correctly reminds its members that it is no stranger to the
land of the Philistines, having a continuous mission
presence there, and a 10 year history of warning its
members that they should reject "Christian Zionism,"
stating clearly in a 2007 plea from their church leaders in
Jerusalem, "endorsing their criticism of Christian Zionism
and warned their members to reject it." The 2013 report
challenges the basic core belief of "Christian Zionists"
and indeed all Zionists, stating it, "refutes claims that
scripture offers any people a privileged claim for
possession of a particular territory." In other words, God
did not give any real estate to the state of Israel.
In our own definition of Christian Zionism we have long
noted, it is and always has been, the belief that The
modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of Biblical
prophesy. We learn from the COS report the Palestinian
member of the COS started taking this exact same position at
about the same time we did a decade ago. There is much more
in this COS, 2013 Report we could talk about, and thankfully
the Church of Scotland is not the only church to take this
position, fifteen US denominations have made a very similar
statement in a protest to Congress. (2)
One obvious difference between those Protestant churches,
including the COS, that has long opposed the acts and the
theology of "Christian Zionism," in contrast to those who
support it, is that those who oppose Zionism are the those
few who have stayed in the land of the Philistines and
suffered along with the Philistines throughout the current
occupation. They have worked with the Philistines in their
tragedy, where in contrast the Zionist leaning
denominations, such as the Southern Baptist Convention,
have long ago pulled out, leaving the Palestinian Christians
side by side with Muslims, to struggle against Zionism on
their own. American churches who support Zionism have taken
a comfortable, see no evil, speak no evil approach to
mission work. A case in point was my own March, 2002
discovery in Gaza City, that the Southern Baptist Convention
which then owned a church and office buildings in Gaza, had
not only pulled out but had forced the withdrawal of its
missionaries from Gaza, even those who wanted to stay among
the Philistines; In contrast I found Orthodox and Mainline
Protestant churches had stayed on to mission, and send back
the few accurate reports we received. Christian Zionist
churches do not want to witness Israel's occupation and
abuse of the Philistines, so they switch from participants
to tourists, taking Israel sponsored and controlled
junkets, which carefully and expertly avoid sights and
sounds of the occupation. The Southern Baptist leadership
in the person of Richard L Land, said officially in 2002,
God gave the land to Israel, so for the Palestinians, "it's
God's way or the Highway". (3)
In contrast, Church of Scotland challenged the most basic
spiritual belief of "Christian Zionism," this being that
the ancient Chaldean, Abraham, received the land now known
as Palestine from God and passed it along to the present day
occupiers, never mind that the occupiers came from Europe
only 65 years ago and chose the name "Israel" for
themselves. The COS firmly states that no tribe or nation,
pointedly Israel, can claim land rights from God based on
Scripture. Conversely, the basic tenant of "Christian
Zionism" is the belief that the present day state of Israel
is the fulfillment of Biblical Prophesy, with a right to
the land given by God, therefore, the historic occupants
have no right to be there. Every follower must believe
this, it is the only argument they can find to justify the
immorality of the Israeli occupiers.
At this point I must stop to explain why you will find
"Christian Zionism" in quotes in this report. We Hold These
Truths was one of the first, if not the first, to apply
this term to churches who previously had called themselves,
dispensational or sometimes evangelical or
"fundamentalist." But Zionism, as practiced in church, is
such a radical departure from the words of Jesus as to make
the term "Christian Zionism" an oxymoron, an impossibility
of meaning. We have explained to those entering several
Christians United For Israel, Night to Honor Israel
meetings that they will not find Christ inside the doors,
for there is not a "jot or tittle" of what Jesus or His
disciples taught being heard inside. We often ask attendees
to count on their fingers every utterance of Jesus' name
inside such meetings. Our own friends who attend and
observe tell us Jesus is all but forgotten inside. Christian
Zionists are so far outside of practicing Christianity as
to be a bad joke. One does not have to be a Bible scholar
to see this, children can see that the occupation does not
equate with "Blessed are the Peacemakers", "Love your
neighbor as yourself", or a hundred other teachings of Jesus
and those who followed him. There is simply not an ounce of
Christ taught in "Christian Zionist" services. We Hold
These Truths has practiced our teaching, sponsoring upward
to a hundred vigils at "Christian Zionist" leaning
churches, and that is why we now put quote marks around
that impossible phrase. It would be more accurate to call
those who follow this false leadership, apostate Zionists or
Christ following churches should put reclaiming "Christian
Zionists" as a first concern. It is without a doubt the
largest apostate group in America. It is a larger number
than atheists, Jews and Muslims, in America, combined.
And, they already believe in going to church. These
confused believers in Christ, who swear they are anything
but confused. need to be reminded that Jesus, and not
political Israel, is the fulfillment of Biblical Prophesy.
If they see that "Christian Zionism" is indirectly but
clearly responsible for many deaths in the land of the
Philistines, and is drawing all of America into one war
after another, they can change. I did and so did most
member of Project Strait Gate. There is no faction,
religious or political, that is larger or more influential
in its push for war than is "Christian Zionism." It is,
therefore, the World's Most Urgent Mission field.
1) The Inheritance of Abraham, a report on the
2) "Churches Call For Congressional Investigation Into Aid
3) "In Front Of A Church That Will Not Take A Stand":
Leading Islamic Scholar of Arab World speaks.
Shaykh al-Qaradawi Urges Muslims to join Jihad against
Expresses Sorrow that he once Praised Hizbullah.
Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called on
Sunni Muslims to join the rebels fighting the Syrian regime,
as he lashed out at Shiite group Hezbollah for sending its
men to fight the mostly-Sunni insurgents in Syria.
Qaradawi, a controversial figure in the West but who has
millions of supporters, mostly from the Muslim Brotherhood,
also hit out at Iran for backing the Syrian regime of
President Bashar al-Assad.
"Every Muslim trained to fight and capable of doing that
(must) make himself available" to support the Syrian rebels,
the cleric said at a rally in Doha late Friday.
"Iran is pushing forward arms and men (to back the Syrian
regime), so why do we stand idle?" he said, branding
Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which means the party of
God in Arabic, as the "party of Satan".
Hezbollah, a close ally of Iran and the Syrian regime, is
openly engaged in the fight against the rebels in Syria. It
has also fought for years against Israel, arch rival of Iran
"The leader of the party of the Satan comes to fight the
Sunnis... Now we know what the Iranians want... They want
continued massacres to kill Sunnis," Qaradawi said.
"How could 100 million Shiites (worldwide) defeat 1.7
billion (Sunnis)?" he exclaimed, "only because (Sunni)
Muslims are weak".
The cleric blamed himself for previously backing Hezbollah
and its leader Hassan Nasrallah who gained popularity after
steadfastly leading his group in the fight against Israel in
"I defended the so-called Nasrallah and his party, the party
of tyranny... in front of clerics in Saudi Arabia," which is
wary of neighbouring Shiite Iran and its allies.
"It seems that the clerics of Saudi Arabia were more mature
than me," Qaradawi said.
But the cleric insisted that his call to fight Hezbollah is
"not against all Shiites".
Fighters of Hezbollah are engaged in fierce battles against
the rebels to capture the Syrian town of Qusayr near the
The militant group has already lost dozens of its men in the
battle for Qusayr.
Qaradawi hosts a popular show on Al-Jazeera satellite
television and has backed the Arab Spring uprisings in
Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria.
May 31. BBC
US woman Nicole Mansfield killed fighting in Syria
An American woman has been killed in Syria fighting for
opposition forces, her family have been told by the FBI.
Nicole Mansfield, 33 and from Flint in Michigan, converted
to Islam about five years ago, her aunt told Reuters news
The family did not know the details of how she died, the
State-run TV in Syria showed pictures of a passport and a
Michigan driving licence apparently belonging to Ms
She is the only American known to have died in the conflict
in Syria. An estimated 70,000 people are believed to have
died since violence broke out more than two years ago.
'Known to take off'
On Thursday a monitoring group said three foreigners had
been killed in Syria including an American woman and a
British man. Both were reported to be Muslims.
They were in Idlib province near the Turkish border,
according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Syrian state TV broadcast footage showing what it said was
an American passport belonging to Nicole Mansfield
"They were shot dead during an ambush in the Idlib region
and the army found them with maps of military positions,"
Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the monitoring group, told
the AFP news agency.
The woman's cousin David Speelman told the Associated Press
that FBI agents had visited the family on Thursday to tell
them of Ms Mansfield's death.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Ms Mansfield, who was
raised a Baptist, had previously been married to an Arab man
and had a teenage daughter.
After her marriage ended, Ms Mansfield remained a Muslim and
travelled to Dubai to learn about Arab culture, her aunt
Monica Mansfield-Speelman told the AFP news agency.
She said she had last heard from her niece in September.
"We didn't know she was over there," Ms Mansfield-Speelman
said. "We didn't know she was gone, but Nicole, she was
known to take off like that."
The photographs on her ID show her wearing a hijab or Muslim
It is reported that Ms Mansfield had dropped out of school
after becoming pregnant but later gained her GED or high
school equivalency qualification.
She had worked in healthcare for the past decade.
Her father was a General Motors production worker.
Her grandmother told the newspaper that she had "a heart of
gold," but was easily influenced by others.
"I think she could have been brainwashed," Carole Mansfield
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