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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Zulq'idah 22,1434/September 29, 2013 # 40

Amazing effort for change by peaceful means. International conference in Lahore. Please scroll down.

Sunni prisoners in Iran call for Justice. Shocking documentation. Please scroll way down.

Shia professor's challenge to Dr. Siddique and his response. See way down.

Egypt joins Israel against Gaza. Heartbreaking treachery. Scroll to end.

Our America: Chicago

September 28: For the third weekend in a row, gun fights in Chicago have hit many young people. This time 10 youths were shot but survived. Gang warfare has ruined large areas of the city.

Obama's close associate Rahm Emmanuel, a hard core Zionist Jew, elected somehow as mayor of Chicago, has proven to be a total failure. Any decent person would resign but he continues to talk big.

Our America: Charlotte, Noryh Carolina

An African American man was shot ten times by a police officer and died of his wounds. His car had broken down. He knocked on a door asking for help. The woman inside called 911. The police arrived and as the man turned around and walked towards the police, he met a hail of bullets.

[Police shootings are common in American cities. Looks like open season on the Black population.]

[See face book for shootings in Baltimore.]

Breaking News: Fighting erupted in Kashmir.

On September 26, a small Islamic group attacked Indian troops in the Kathua district near the line of control. And then carried out a second attack in Mesar [Samba district], 20 km south east of Jammu.

India has admitted that 9 of its troops were killed and others wounded. Apparently the fighters escaped. [Source AFP].

A very large Indian army continues to occupy the Muslim land known as Kashmir.

Breaking News: SUDAN

For three days, September 27, 28, 29, people have been demonstrating in Khartoum and other cities against rising fuel prices. The government has tried to crush them. Sudanese troops shot scores of demonstrators. At least 30 are reported killed.

Breaking News: Tunisia:

Several thousand Tunisians, including several hundred hijabi women, have gone to Syria to help homeless people bombed out by Assad's military. Some of them have joined the fighting formations of Islamics fighting Assad.

The Tunisian media and some officials, highly secularized, started dirty propaganda against the Islamics by claiming that the hijabi women have gone to give sex to the mujahideen! [ Reports now indicate that this smear campaign was completely baseless.]

About one fourth of Tunisia's population is hard core secularist and is used to making ugly comments against Islam.

September 29: The weak En-Nahda government, Muslim Brotherhood movement, has decided to hold talks with the secularists for three weeks and then resign in exchange for new elections. Growth of Salafist Islamics has led to demonstrations by the secularists backed by France.

Breaking News:
Syria: Serious Setback for the US & Iran. Assad's End is Coming.

September 25: Quite a shock for the US and Iran: The fighting groups in Syria, ALL 13 of them, have kicked out the National Coalition and formed an ARMED Coalition which supports SHARIA, 100%. The National Coalition had been recognized as representative of the Syrian opposition by the US and Europe. After the chemical attack by Assad on August 21, the NC was trumpeting air strikes by the US but USA betrayed its best friends. Even Al-Tawhid, which is the armed wing of NC, has also endorsed Sharia and joined the Jihad groups. Al-Nusra has a key position among the jihad groups.

The problem for the Islamics now is that the Islamic State in Iraq & the Levant [ISIL} has not joined the jihad coalition. ISIL is creating the impression that it is more radical than the other Islamics. It has taken over several areas in Syria near the Iraq border.

September 27: Assad's air force is ferociously attacking the suburbs of Damascus to drive out the Islamic fighters but till now now no success. Assad's forces have advanced in one area of Aleppo but are again halted. Assad's tank columns attacked Islamic positions in Hama and Homs causing serious civilian casualties but were repulsed.

IRAN is rushing to make friends with USA seeing America as the only force which could save Assad. America is interested in getting control of Assad's chemical and WMD stockpiles to stop them falling into Islamic hands as Assad gets squeezed. Iran is concerned that any US action against Assad's air force could tip the balance in favor of the mujahideen. Russia is engaging the US to ensure that the US does not attack Assad's air force.

UN sources indicate that there have been SEVEN more smaller chemical attacks by Assad during September. [The Zionist media have ignored the new attacks.]

Iran's new president is trying to please the Jews by endorsing the holocaust story [somewhat slyly] without noting the burning of German cities by the supporters of Israel. Rouhani has little or no research on the holocaust claims of the Jews. Why is he making these statements if not to please Jewish groups?

Hizbullah hit: Supporters of al-Nusra Syrian mujahideen hit the stronghold of Hizbullah in Balbeck [Lebanon] and killed 7 Hizbullah. Several thousand Hizbullah fighters are in Syria trying to save Assad from collapse.

Health note: From Br. Bilal Sunni Ali [Belize, Central America.]

Moving Towards Jamaat al-Muslimeen's National Shoora on October 26.
Peaceful Islamic Movement in USA Calls for Boycott of Businesses Supporting Israel

Jamaat al-Muslimeen urges America's 9 million Muslims to boycott businesses which support Israel [occupied Palestine]. Among these are:
  1. Coca Cola

  2. Nestle.

  3. Starbucks.

On September 26, CNN, the most powerful Zionist media outlet, brought the Director of Coca Cola to the Piers Morgan show in support of US military veterans. Coca Cola is not only a staunch supporter of Israel, it is also one of the most destructive drinks for health and human life.

Coca Cola supports Charley Rose on CBS. He interviewed Syrian tyrant Assad and is a close friend of Rushdie.

Recently, corporate Zionist media like CNN and MSNBC noted with satisfaction that Starbucks coffee has come out in support of homsexual "same sex" marriage. Starbucks has an outlet at Gtmo and also with NATO occupation forces in Afghanistan.

Nestle [which also owns Dajani] has 50% investment in Israel [occupied Palestine]. Nestle water is sold in Muslim countries, including Pakistan, because Muslims don't know Nestle's links to Israel.

Latest Khutba
Marriage with non-Muslims Forbidden +
Don't be taken in by anti-Muslim propaganda about Kenya Mall.

On September 27 Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma khutba at masjid jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore. Here are the main points of the khutba for countrywide distribution. [For photos of a small ceremony at the masjid in which a young woman embraced Islam, please go to face book and "friend" the speaker.]

Text #1

"Do not marry women who associate others with Allah [mushrikat] until they believe. A slave woman who believes is better than one who associates others with Allah [mushrika] even though she allures you. Nor marry men who associate others with Allah [mushrikeen] until they believe: A male slave who believes is better than one who associates others with Allah [mushrik] even though he allures you. They [associaters] beckon you to the Fire but Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden [of Bliss] and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind that they may receive admonition." [2:221]

Notice the Arabic word in brackets. It is often incorrectly translated as "disbelievers" and "idolaters" although mushrik is one who associates others with Allah.

All interpretations must end when there is a clear Hadith of the Prophet, pbuh, on the issue. He never recommended marriage with non-Muslim women. Addressing men, he makes it quite clear that Islamic integrity and faith is the requirement for marriage:

"The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, said: Women are married for 4 reasons: for wealth, for family nobility, for beauty and for Deen: You should marry for Deen, otherwise may your hands be rubbed in the dirt." [Narrated by Abu Huraira, r.a., in the Sahih of Bukhari and the Sahih of Muslim.]

Deen is a comprehensive term for piety, knowledge and practice of Islam, and Fear of Allah.
  1. Marriage is a central requirement in Islam. Early marriage strongly recommended.

  2. Random sex and lack of self-respect by women can by avoided by very early marriage.

  3. Immigrant Muslim men are marrying non-Muslim women.

  4. Thus we have unstable families where the religious future of the children is uncertain.

  5. The immigrant Muslims use a verse in sura al-Maidah to justify marriage with non-Muslim women.

  6. They don't study hadith, so they don't know that the al-Maidah verse was revealed at the end of the Prophet's, pbuh, life. At that time, the non-Muslim woman would come into an Islamic ethos backed by the entire society.

  7. In a a society where Islam is not dominant, 2:221 applies. A non-Muslim woman would have the full support of a secular, corrupt society, the children would think adultery and homosexuality are not mortal sins. Even America's presidents support these abominations.

  8. Thousands of women have embraced Islam in America. Where should they go if Muslim men don't marry them. They know they can't marry non-Muslim men.

  9. CONCLUSION: Marriage with non-Muslim women is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. Marry the Muslim women. It is an outrage and a shame that they are being ignored.

Khutba: Part 2:

"O you who believe! If a wrong doer [fasiq] comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance and afterwards become regretful for what you have done." [The Qur'an 49:6]

[For the main points of this part of the khutba, see New Trend's analysis of the al-Shabab attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. SEE BELOW.] [Scroll way down.]

Moving Towards October 26 shoora
From Sis. Ashira: With Guidance from Chapter 90 of the Qur'an.
FEEDING THE NEEDY IN ETHIOPIA (3rd Annual Feeding Program in Addis Ababa and Dessie)

Sponsored by Jamaat al Muslimeen with contributions from the broader USA community

Let us go again on a "wing and a prayer" that our contributions to answer the command of Allah to feed the hungry will be accepted and blessed by Allah. We have read this sura before, but let us read it again and read the footnotes to better understand that this call is for all of us, each and every one of us who has the privilege of residing on planet earth!

"Nay I call to witness this land--this land in which thou art free to dwell. And I call to witness parent and offspring: Verily, We have created man into (a life of) pain, toil and trial. Does he, then, think that no one has power over him? He boasts, 'I have spent wealth abundant!' Does he, then, think that no one sees him?' Have We not given him two eyes, and a tongue, and a pair of lips, and shown him the two highways (of good and evil)? But he would not try to ascend the steep uphill road....And what could make thee conceive what it is, that steep uphill road? (It is) the freeing of one's neck (from the burden of sin), or the feeding, upon a day of (one's own) hunger, of an orphan near of kin, or of a needy (stranger) lying in the dust--and being, withal, of those who have attained to faith, and who enjoin upon one another patience in adversity, and enjoin upon one another compassion. Such are they who have attained to righteousness; whereas those who are bent on denying the truth of Our messages---they are such as have lost themselves in evil (with) fire closing in upon them." (Holy Quran, Sura 90: Al-Balad -The Land), translation by Muhammad Asad.]

Yes, we may say, "I am hungry myself." However, we are cautioned by Allah that even though times may be getting harder for us, we still must help that "man in the dust" that one who is less fortunate and more hungry than we are. Let us be grateful to be of those described as "those who have attained to righteousness."

Make your donation payable to Jamaat al Muslimeen with note on the bottom for: Ethiopia.

Please make your donation NOW and before December 15, 2013.

Peaceful Islamic Movements Coordinate to Oppose Tyranny and Oppression.
by Anwar Niazi

LAHORE, Sep. 26: The international Islamic movement leaders conference here reaffirmed their resolve to continue their struggle peacefully despite all forms of oppression and conspiracies of the enemies of Islam and the Ummah.

A nine- point agenda issued as part of the joint declaration, finalized at the moot attended by forty representatives from twenty countries, pledged political, diplomatic, moral and legal support to the oppressed human beings in Egypt, Syria, Kashmir, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Arakan (Burma).

The moot had been convened by the Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan to assess the challenges being faced by humanity at large and the Muslim Ummah in particular, especially owing to the ouster of the elected government of Dr Muhammad Mursi in Egypt and the bloodshed in Syria, and also to decide a line of action for steering mankind and the Muslim Ummah from the quagmire.

Representatives of Islamic movements from Jordan, Malaysia, Sudan, Morocco, Tajikistan, Turkey, Somalia, Palestine, Tunisia, Algeria, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Yemen, and occupied Kashmir, attended the moot.

In its joint declaration, the conference condemned the attacks on places of worship the and the killings of innocent people, and said that a true Muslim could neither tolerate oppression nor do any wrong to any one. It said that the anti Islam forces were behind such incidents. It stressed upon the Muslim youth to refrain from violence and vendetta and continue their struggle with reason and prudence.

The joint declaration also emphasised that Islam is the religion of peace and the Muslim Ummah was the messenger of goodwill and wellbeing for humanity.

Syed Munawar Hasan, in his concluding address, said stressed upon the Pakistan government to raise its voice against the oppression of the Egyptian military ruler, including the ban on the Ikhwanul Muslimoon. He said it was also the moral and religious duty of the Muslims to register their protest against the tyranny being perpetrated on the Egyptian masses demanding their basic rights.

In its 9 point programme, the conference decided to set up a joint jurists platform to help the oppressed human beings all over the world and also pledged diplomatic efforts to highlight the injustices and oppression going on in the Muslim states.

It also decided to set up an international Secretariat to coordinate the working of the Islamic movements and to invite more movements and personalities to its fold.

While underscoring the importance of education for the Muslim women, the conference pointed out that emphasis on modesty, Hijab and Islamic education for the women folk were the actual need of the hour. It resolved to fight against discrimination and biases against the Muslim family system and the Muslim women,

The conference also resolved to make joint struggle for saving the Muslim youth from the alien cultural attack and the deadly effects of the secular education system.

The Islamic movements' leaders also pledged to make every possible effort to minimize the internal differences of the Ummah and to forge Muslim unity on he basis of common objectives.

The conference condemned the military coup in Egypt which has the blessings of the US and the Zionists, and the genocide of the Egyptian men, women and children protesting against military rule, It saluted the Egyptian people for refusing to bow before oppression and for their sustained, peaceful struggle for their democratic rights which had given a new hope to the Ummah.

The conference expressed deep grief over the bloodletting carried out by dictators in Syria for decades who had butchered their whole nation only to remain in power while millions had fled from the country to save their lives. It deplored the silence and the indifference of the NGOs and Human Rights champions clamoring for civil/ human rights, equality, and women rights, while the Syrian dictator was practically fulfilling his one point agenda of continuing bloodshed and to protect the Zionist state of Israel.,

The moot also condemned the oppression going on in Bangladesh in the form of pronouncements of death sentence and life term for JI leaderships for so called war crimes.

It also condemned Indian forces' oppression in Occupied Kashmir against the Muslims struggling for their right to self determination. It also slated the continuing siege of Gaza ( Palestine) for the last several years besides the Zionist designs to pull down the Masjid Al Aqsa, for building Solomon temple at the site. It stressed upon the freedom and justice loving humanity to support the Palestinians' just struggle for a free Homeland.

Syed Munawar Hasan clarified that the international Secretariat of the Islamic movements would not be a substitute for the OIC. He said that the OIC had not been able to deliver and had virtually become a pocket union of the US .

The conference offered Fateha for the people martyred in Egypt, Syria and also those killed in drone attacks and the quake in Balochistan

Behind the dust and the chaos, Pakistan Shines Forth.
Interview with an Australian woman who embraced Islam and moved to Pakistan.

She has strong sufistic tendencies but readers of all schools of thought will enjoy this because it is about spiritual change and transformation.

Shia Professor tries to Validate Mutah [Temporary Marriage], attacks Imam Bukhari. [ bukhari.htm ]
Rebuttal by Dr. Kaukab Siddique

asalamu alaikum
I wanted to help the Shia community by pointing out that Khui Foundation and Syed Mohsin Naquvi are doing serious damage to Muslim unity by trying to validate Mut'ah [temporary marriage]. Mut'ah is a form of prostitution which demeans women. It is not essential to Shi'a doctrine and is mistakenly defended by Shia scholars who think mut'ah was forbidden by 'Umar, r.a., [whom they hate] and not by the Prophet, pbuh.

I made two points: First: there is no verse in the Qur'an which permits mut'ah. And Mut'ah was finally and forever forbidden by Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, and this prohibition is clearly stated in the most authentic book of Hadith, the Sahih of Bukhari.

One verse in the Qur'an is interpreted, by Shias, with great difficulty, to indicate that Mut'ah is Halal! Let me repeat that Halal and Haram in Islam is not based on interpretation but on clear verses and unambiguous Hadith.

I also pointed out that Al-Khui Foundation is supporting the occupation of Iraq by the U.S. and this sudden adventure in America to validate Mut'ah may give the impression of a sinister move. [I meant that the U.S. government might be using Al-Khui Foundation to create a sectarian issue and to give Islam a bad name to turn women away from Islam.]

Instead of taking this good advice, the Shia group [which I am sure does not represent all Shias] tried to ridicule me and insisted on the validity of Mut'ah. [See below abusive letter from Dr. Masood Zaidi published by Ali Hasan in support of Mohsin Naquvi and Al-Khui Foundation.]

To top it all, Masood Zaidi published material from the Pervezi sect which quotes Hadith to indicate that Mut'ah was permitted by the Prophet, pbuh, himself. The Shias were fooled by the Pervezis, each working for its sectarian interests.

Introduction to the Issue:
CONTEXT: The Qur'an was revealed in STAGES.
"Those who reject faith say: 'Why is not the Qur'an revealed to him all at once?' Thus [is it revealed], that We may strengthen thy heart thereby, and we have rehearsed it to thee in slow, well-arranged stages, gradually." [The Quran 25:32]

Because Hadith is commentary in the Qur'an, it too refers to various STAGES of the mission of Muhammad, pbuh. The evils of society were gradually removed as the Islamic community developed. Even major commandments like the prohibition of liquor, the end of Riba [interest], the removal of slavery, the change in the conditions of prisoners of war, all went through STAGES of development.

This gradual process is even more applicable to the transformation of women from slaves and things and mere vessels of pleasure [under the pagan-Christian-Jewish system], to equals and the AWLIYYA of men, a mutual relationship without any concept of female inferiority.

Let us look at the verse of the Qur'an which Shi'a scholars try to interpret to validate Mut'ah. It is verse 24 of Sura Nisa [chapter 4]. This Surah was revealed early in the era of Islam in Madinah [as we learn from Hadith]. The verses preceding 4:24 put a stop to the sexual anarchy which was rampant in pagan-Jewish society. For instance, 4:22 puts an end to the male inheriting his father's wife. The next verse 4:23 categorically prohibits incest. [Its categories are completed by Hadith.]

Then in 4:24 it prohibits adultery and then insists on proper marriage, be it with those who are captives or women from mainstream society. The next verse 4:25 is a radical verse because it sanctifies MARRIAGE with prisoners of war and slaves [and/or former slaves], which had never happened before in human history. Thus the MOST OPPRESSED sections of society were brought into the mainstream.

Let us look at 4:24 because it is the only verse which the Shias can use. It says:

"Also [prohibited in marriage are] women already married, except those whom your right hands possess. Thus has Allah ordained [prohibitions] against you: Except for these, all others are lawful, provided you seek (them in marriage) with gifts from your property,- desiring chastity, not fornication. Give them their dowery as a duty for the benefit/enjoyment you have of them. But if after a dower is prescribed, ye agree mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and Allah is All-Knowing All-Wise."

Notice that temporary marriage would be totally contradictory to the entire message being given here which emphasizes chastity, not fornication. Also notice the equality of the spouses; they can agree MUTUALLY to alter the dower or economic base of the marriage. There is absolutely no permission here for Mut'ah.

{Masood Zaidi can also look up the translation of the Qur'an by Shakir being distributed by a Shia organization, Tahrike Tasrsil-e-Qur'an. There is no difference in the translation except that the word "benefit" or "enjoyment" is replaced by "profit.}

The words for "benefit" or "enjoyment" or "profit" ["because you derive benefit/enjoyment/profit from them"] in the Arabic original are: "famastamta'tum bihi" have the root "mut'ah" in them. This gave the Shias an opening.

There are Hadith which indicate that men, especially in war time, "enjoyed" women [did mut'ah] with them for limited periods of time. The Prophet, pbuh, did not stop them right away, and even permitted them to do so, as part of his policy of gradual reform. It was the norm in warfare.

Thus the Sh'ias took the root for "enjoyment" mentioned in 4:24 and tried to claim that Mut'ah was permitted by the Qur'an and its details can be seen in the Hadith!


The weakness of the Shia argument is that though there are Hadith showing permission of mut'ah during war time, the Hadith also provides the FINAL PROHIBITION of Mut'ah at the battle of Khaybar. The dishonesty of the Shias lies in the fact that they mention the Hadith showing permission but hide the Hadith showing final and absolute prohibition.

Faced with the Hadith in Bukhari prohibiting Mut'ah, Dr. Masood Zaidi came up with these extremely weak arguments. "Bukhari seldom used Hadhrat Ali as a source for hadith, even though he was the most authentic source. Yet on this subject Bukhari only quotes Hadhrat Ali."

My Comment:Dr. Masood Zaidi does not seem to know that Imam Bukhari was NOT a narrator of Hadith. He simply collected Hadith which had the best chains of narration and the narrators with the best memory and character. We should be proud that Ali, r.a., narrated a Hadith from the Prophet, pbuh, which prohibited Mut'ah.

Dr. Masood wrote: "There were many people in the battle of Khyber. Yet no one else heard about this hadith on such an important subject. Either the prophet whispered in Hadhrat Ali's ears so that no on else heard about it or every one else was still moping about not getting the Banner of Islam."

My Comment: The same Hadith does not have to be narrated by every Sahabi to be normative. No one has found any weakness in the quality of this Hadith. Isn't Ali, r.a., an important enough person to be narrating a Hadith? Masood Zaidi tries to come up with conspiracy theories and indirect insults against the Sahaba. Perhaps he does not know that Imam Bukhari did NOT live in the Ummayad era. He did not have anything to gain by not accepting Hadith from Ali, r.a. In fact there are Hadith in Bukhari's Sahih which extol the Ahlul Bayt.

Masood Zaidi then writes: "I also gave reference from other Sunni sources that showed that it was number two who banned the practice of Mut'a which Hadhrat Ali later reinstated."

My comment: It's a mistake to think that 'Umar, r.a., on his own initiative banned the practice of Mut'ah. There were people like Ibn Abbas, r.a., who in some narrations, which are quite weak, claimed that Mut'ah had not been prohibited. 'Umar, r.a., as the Caliph, declared that the Prophet, pbuh, had banned Mut'ah and that anyone practicing it would be punished.

We should be proud of 'Umar, r.a., that he safeguarded the rights of women and made sure that the Prophet's, pbuh, command was implemented. Remember, Dr. Zaidi sahib, that Ali, r.a., was part of 'Umar's [r.a.] SHOORA and NEVER claimed that 'Umar, r.a., was wrong about Mut'ah.

Thus Dr. Zaidi, you have shot yourself in the foot by bringing up 'Umar, r.a. [whom you insultingly call number 2.] Go read Islamic history so you can find how great 'Umar, r.a., was.

As for the number of Hadith narrated by Ali, r.a., they were few for the simple reason that during his Caliphate, which was short, there was constant fratricidal warfare. He did not have time to teach many Hadith.

If you are claiming that Ali, r.a., validated Mut'ah, let me have your text and your source so that I can discuss it.

Now a few words to Ali Hasan [The one who posted the sectarian propaganda in favor of Mut'ah]: Dear brother, you were shameless or ignorant enough to post a lengthy and abusive passage from Ghulam Ahmed Pervez's attack on Hadith called Maqame Hadith. Don't you know that the Pervezis are the enemies of Ahlul Bait? Do you know that one of them named Dr. Shabbir claims that Kerbala never happened?

Hasan sahib, just to win an argument in support of Mut'ah you posted Pervez's garbage. You should do tawbah and refrain from such dishonesty.

Now look at the posting from Pervez: He mentions all those Hadith which indicate that Mut'ah was practiced during the time of the Prophet, pbuh. Pervez's purpose was to claim that the Hadith SUPPORTS Mut'ah and hence should be condemned! What did Pervez do to win his argument? He simply LEFT OUT the Hadith which prohibits Mut'ah FOREVER.

Now for a clincher, a final word to Dr. Masood Zaidi: if you don't like the narration from Ali, r.a., in Bukhari's Sahih which makes Mut'ah HARAM, let me give you a Hadith from Sahih Muslim:

"From ar-Rabi'i, from ibn Sabra al-Juhni, r.a., who narrates from his father who said that he was with the messenger of Allah, pbuh, when he [the messenger] said: O people. I had let you have mut'ah with women but surely Allah has now made it HARAM till the Day of Judgement. So if you have a woman with you like that, let her go and whatever you have given her, do not take it back." [Sahih Muslim, kitab-in-nikah, section on Mut'ah.]

[Again, notice what a fraud G.A. Pervez was? He quoted a Hadith from Sabra al-Juhni showing permission for Mut'ah but left out this final Hadith on the matter.]

[Also Pervez provided a fabricated narration, without any basis at all, which implies that, perhaps, Asma, r.a., did mut'ah with Zubair, r.a., and produced Abdullah ibn Zubair, r.a. May Allah forgive me for referring to this shamelessness. In one shot the Shias wanted to attack three great personalities who did not accept Ali's, r.a., Caliphate, so they posted the Pervezi material. However, if you look at authentic Hadith, such as the biographies given in Ibn Sa'ad's Tabaqat al-Kubra, the entire lineage of the three is given. There is absolutely no question of Mut'a here. Shias hurt a lot of Muslims by distributing such nonsense.]

And Masood Zaidi sahib, do not be in a hurry to find fault with Sahih Muslim! It contains the Hadith narrated by Zayd ibn Arqam, r.a., called Hadith al-Thaqalayn which Shia scholars love to quote.

Sincerely Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D

[Here we give the complete text of Dr. Masood Zaidi's letter to Ali Hasan ridiculing Dr. Kaukab Siddique and defending Mut'ah. Zaidi gave the wrong chapter number of the Qur'anic verse under discussion. We waited three weeks for him to correct himself. He didn't. Such is the level of scholarship used by the sectarians.]

Here is what the Shi'a professor wrote attacking Dr. Siddique, endorsing a flagrant hater of Hadith. [Quoted uncut.]

smazaidi To: Alihasan Sent from the Internet

Dear Br. Ali Hasan:

Salaam Alaikum: Looks like Kaukab Siddique is resurfacing from a long hibernation period. However, nothing has changed. He still can't get his facts straight. I don't know who he wants to impress with his Ph.D. and Associate Professorship of English. I, certainly, am not impressed. Not only by his qualifications but by his arguments as well. He has been following his misguided ancestors.

Number one quoted Hadith to support his argument against the citations from Qur'an. Kaukab Siddique is doing the same thing. Qur'an says Mut'a is legal but he brings in a weak hadith to say it was prohibited. This topic has been discussed in this forum several times including with Kaukab Siddique. It was most recently discussed during the past ten or fifteen days.

He says, Mut'ah was clearly and unambiguously forbidden by the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh. It is HARAM. This prohibition is stated in authentic Hadith collected by the most erudite scholar of Hadith, Imam Bukhari." His comments are so childish and amusing that it makes me laugh. Even a prophet cannot change an order from Allah. The verse 3:24 has never been abrogated anywhere in Qur'an. The "erudite scholar" would have us believe that the Prophet (PBUH&HF) prohibited what Allah had allowed. And he calls himself a Muslim! Oh no, wait a minute. The "erudite scholar" is some one named Bukhari. Last time Kaukab Siddique was active in this forum, I wrote a long essay on Mr. Bukhari and his collection of hadith. The so-called "Sahih" has so many false hadith that it can never be called a "sahih."

Even granting the fact that the Prophet wanted to prohibit the practice of Mut'a, he did so during the battle of Khyber.There are two problems with this hadith besides being totally wrong. Bukhari seldom used Hadhrat Ali as a source for hadith, even though he was the most authentic source. Yet on this subject Bukhari only quotes Hadhrat Ali.There were many people in the battle of Khyber. Yet no one else heard about this hadith on such an important subject. Either the prophet whispered in Hadhrat Ali's ears so that no on else heard about it or every one else was still moping about not getting the Banner of Islam.

I also gave reference from other Sunni sources that showed that it was number two who banned the practice of Mut'a which Hadhrat Ali later reinstated.

I can again send those references to the "erudite scholar" of today if he so wishes. As for as Syed Mohsin Naquvi is concerned Kaukab Siddique does not even have 10% of the knowledge about Islam as Mr. Naquvi does. Kaukab Siddique likes to indulge in self praise, such as "taking to task or rebutting." His "taking to task" is neither factual nor academic. He should stick to his Associate Professorship and leave the Islamic discussion to true scholars.

Masood Zaidi, Ph.D. Professor and Department Chairman (Ret)

Analysis by New Trend editor and media monitors.
Study of the Al-Shabab Attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya

  1. Kenyan military forces have occupied large areas of Somalia. More than 500 Somali civilians have been killed over a year by the Kenyan military. Some mosques and many homes were destroyed by armored columns of the Kenyan military.

  2. Was the destruction in Somalia shown on US TV? Of course not.

  3. Does a country which has been occupied have the right to strike back inside the occupier counyty?

  4. The US media have admitted that the Westgate Mall is Israeli owned. [New Trend said it first.]. The Mall is the most expensive and exclusive in all of Africa.

  5. As the al-Shabab mujahideen entered the Mall, Israeli Special Forces entered Nairobi to help the Kenyan military.

  6. Thus Kenya and Israel have a military unity which is so close that Israeli storm troopers came in within hours of the attack.

  7. Israel has occupied a Muslim country, PALESTINE, and expelled about 5 million Palestnians from their homes. Now the Israelis are involved in helping Kenya occupy another Muslim country, Somalia.

  8. The mujahideen killed 67 people in the Mall. Kenya has killed 500 Muslims in Somalia. All violence is bad but which is the bigger evil here?

  9. The biggest group of shoppers in the Mall were rich Hindus from India. What is India doing in Kenya? India, through Israel, is doing big business in Kenya. India is also in occupation of a Muslim country, Kashmir, where it has committed atrocities, torture, rape and murder, which would make Kenyan troops look like choir boys.

  10. In its occupation of parts of Somalia, the Kenyan military, non-Muslims, kuffar, attacked points of trade like Kismayo and destroyed Muslim business and trade, thus starving the Somalian people.

  11. Countering the Kenyans, al-Shabab destroyed a key economic power point of Kenya, thus depriiving the occupiers of economic resources. One is bad and the other is not? Or is it that modern warfare involves the destruction of the opponent's economy? Look at the bombing of economic targets in Iraq and Afghanistan by the US and NATO. Remember the death of 1,000,000 Iraqis through economic sanctions? Israel has destroyed Palestine's economy. The entire population of Gaza is living in an Israeli concentration camp, a later day "warsaw ghetto,"

Will the American people ever know WHY the Westgate Mall was attacked? Very doubtful, after 4 days of back to back pro-Kenya propaganda by the Zionist controlled corporate media. But here is at least one link from al-Shabab.

A British woman who embraced Islam, Sis. Samantha Lewithwaite, was reported to have been among the al-Shabab who attacked the Kenyan mall. A global alert has been sent out by Interpol for her arrest. [Source: All three cable TV channels.]

 top Al-Shabab leader, Somali Ahmed Abdi Godane
An undated and unlocated picture provided by US website 'Rewards for Justice' shows top Al-Shabab leader, Somali Ahmed Abdi Godane.[Courtesy Al-Jazeerah America.]

From Br. Ali in Virginia [Censored by US media.]
Write to the Iranian authorities demanding a halt to the execution of 28 Sunni prisoners in Iran

Urgent action is required to save the lives of our brothers in Iran. Please write letters and emails immediately to express your disapproval and to urgently demand a halt to the death penalty against our brothers. Please send copies to any Iranian diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. In addition we request that you send copies to any media organisations to help raise awareness.

You may use the following template letter:

We are writing to demand an immediate halt to the planned execution of 28 Sunni men on death-row in Iran. Of particular urgency is the case of four prisoners, who Amnesty International said could be executed 'within days'. It is believed that the men were tortured and forced to make false confessions.

At a time when leaders from across the globe gather in New York for the General Assembly of the United Nations, the world media is attentively watching the actions of the newly elected Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani. We urge that the oppressed prisoners in Iran are not forgotten, and we request that this opportunity is used to highlight the injustice these men are facing.

The four prisoners who are facing imminent execution are being held in Ghezal Hesar prison near Tehran, Iran. Jamshed Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Kamal Molayee and Hamed Ahmadi were arrested in June and July 2009. They, along with six other men, were sentenced to death in 2011. Their court appearance was said to have lasted just ten minutes, and the men said they were handcuffed and blindfolded throughout. They were convicted of vaguely worded offences such as 'enmity against God' and 'causing corruption on the Earth'. Six of the men were executed in December 2012.

Allegations of torture raise serious concerns about the reliability of the evidence presented against these men. It is reported that the men were severely tortured and their families were threatened, until they confessed. In addition, the men said they were forced to sign papers without being allowed to read them. We request an urgent investigation by the Iranian authorities into these allegations, and we demand that all evidences obtained through torture are disregarded.

Similar concerns are raised about the cases of the 24 other Sunni prisoners on death row, who are held in Rajaee Shahr prison in Karaj, Iran. The men are all believed to have been tortured and mistreated in pre-trial detention. We were informed that many were kept in solitary confinement and were denied contact with their families or access to their lawyers. It is reported that the men were not involved in any violent or armed activities, and it is alleged that the men were instead targeted because they were active in peacefully propagating Sunni Islam within their community.

The four prisoners facing imminent execution were accused of involvement in the assassination of a senior Sunni cleric who had close ties with the Iranian government. The men maintain that it was impossible for them to have been involved because they were detained in June and July 2009, months before the assassination took place in September 2009.

All 28 men were reportedly sentenced by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh, Head of branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. In April 2011, the European Union named Moghisseh as an individual subject to sanctions for human rights violations. According to the Official Journal of the European Union, Moghisseh "issued long prison sentences during unfair trials for social, political activists and journalists and several death sentences for protesters and social and political activists." It is extremely worrying that a judge facing such accusations is given the authority to impose the death penalty.

In light of the above we strongly express our concern at the injustice being committed in Iran against these 28 men. We demand an urgent halt to the death penalty against them. We urge that all evidences obtained through torture are disregarded. We call on the Iranian authorities to ensure the men are protected from torture and ill treatment. We request that they are granted all necessary medical treatment. We insist that they are allowed immediate and regular contact with their lawyers and family.


Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei The Office of the Supreme Leader Islamic Republic Street - End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran Email: Twitter: @khamenei_ir
Salutation: Your Excellency
Head of the Judiciary Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani c/o Public Relations Office Number 4, 2 Azizi Street intersection Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran Email: (Subject line: FAO Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani)
Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

Secretary General High Council for Human Rights Mohammed Javad Larijani c/o Office of the Head of the Judiciary Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave South of Serah-e Jomhouri Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran Email: (Subject line: FAO Mohammad Javad Larijani)

Here is a letter from the prisoners facing execution in Iran, plus a template for letters to Iranian leaders.

With thanks to Linda Richards
Egypt Joins Israel as Gaza's Jailer
September 18, 2013
-by Medea Benjamin and Pam Bailey

There was a time when activist groups that focused on helping the Palestinians in Gaza reserved their harshest language and protests for Israel, which long has prohibited both air and sea traffic in and out of Gaza; tightly limited exchanges through its Erez terminal; and banned exports altogether.

While movement in and out of Gaza via the Egyptian terminal at Rafah was restricted as well, it nonetheless was a critical lifeline for Palestinians needing to travel, and for humanitarian aid. Likewise, members of the Egyptian government often played a constructive role in facilitating negotiations between the various Palestinian factions, as well as with international parties.

However, in the two months since the Egyptian military took control, it has made clear it will no longer serve as that "bridge". In fact, as the military and other opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi increasingly blame Palestinian "elements" for growing unrest and violence, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula, the interim government of Egypt has increasingly allied itself with Israel in strategy and actions - becoming just as much Gazans' jailer as its neighbor to the east. As the Washington Post reported, "with Egypt's military-backed interim government shutting down the tunnels and largely closing its own pedestrian crossing at Rafah, Gaza is increasingly shut off from the world".

In response, organizations ranging from the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza to Gaza's Ark (an international coalition focused on ending the Israeli ban on exports) are directly including Egypt in their messaging. And a petition launched by a grassroots coalition calling itself the International Campaign to #OpenRafahBorder attracted more than 1,000 signatures from around the world in just the first 24 hours. The coalition's goal is to collect 25,000 signatures and deliver them to Egyptian ambassadors, the United Nations and human rights organizations.

Stranded students and patients

Before Egypt's military ousted Morsi on July 3, an estimated 1,200 people-a-day used to cross through Rafah, which was Gaza's main window to the world. Since then, the average number of permitted travelers has only been 250 each day, if Rafah is open at all. At this article's writing, Rafah had been closed for six consecutive days. The EuroMid Observer for Human Rights estimates that at least 10,000 Palestinians are currently on the waiting list to cross on the Gaza side alone.

Many of the individuals left stranded are students trying to get to universities after months of effort to apply for scarce scholarships. Malaka Mohammed, a 23-year-old refugee, is set to begin studying global politics and law at the UK's Sheffield University on Sept. 30, after working hard to obtain a partial scholarship and fundraising through an online campaign. With about half of the needed donations already in, Mohammed took a risk and made arrangements to travel to the UK on September 18. Now she is wondering if all that work was for naught.

"Gaza really is the world's biggest prison and it's become more so every day. We thought the Rafah crossing was our exit to freedom and happiness. But it has become a place where people lose their hopes," she posted on Facebook.

Other stranded travelers include persons needing medical care. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, told Reuters that 1,000 individuals a month require medical care in Egypt or other countries due to the shortages and other difficulties in the Strip. While foreign physicians often travel to Gaza to bring vital supplies and provide care, these days they aren't being allowed in. "Until June, we had received 60 delegations of doctors who performed surgery on 1,000 patients. No delegation has arrived since then," Qidra told Reuters.

Gazans face fuel shortage

Although word came on September 16, that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had interceded with the Egyptian interim government to open up a few hours for students and sick people, Gazans were unimpressed. Shahd Abusalama, who is trying to leave to study in Istanbul, posted this comment: "Thanks a lot, Abbas, for finding some time to think about us and deciding to take action. We, the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, appreciate that you finally have some sympathy for us. The crisis cannot be solved by opening up for just two days, four working hours each. This is not a solution. If they manage to let 500 people cross, what will happen to the rest? F**k him!"

No more pipeline of supplies

Currently, the only way for goods and supplies to enter Gaza is Israel's Kerem Shalom crossing (Rafah was not constructed to handle freight traffic). However, the volume allowed is far below the population's needs (179 trucks a day, compared to nearly 600 before Israel imposed the siege in 2007). Thus, underground smuggling tunnels from Egypt to Gaza have played the role of a crucial "safety valve". According to the EuroMid Observer for Human Rights, Gaza's businesses have relied on the tunnels for more than 45 percent of their raw materials - including about 7,500 tons of construction materials per day.

However, the Egyptian military now has launched a massive campaign to destroy the tunnels, without a plan for allowing goods in via another route. The operation seems to be part of an effort to cripple Hamas - an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood — which governs the coastal enclave.

Local sources say 90 percent of the tunnels have been forced out of operation; fewer than 10 are still open, compared to an estimated 300 before the crackdown. As a result of the tunnel destruction and other restrictions, says the Euro-Mid Observer, 60 percent of industrial businesses are closed and the rest are operating at partial capacity, putting more than 19,500 people out of work.

A related challenge is that Gazans have come to rely on the cheap, state-subsidised fuel and gas smuggled from Egypt (Israeli gas is twice as expensive and thus not affordable). Long lines at gas stations, as well as a dramatic reduction in cars available for transportation, are now increasingly the reality in Gaza.

Yousef Aljamal, a young Gazan employee of a local NGO, posted on Facebook, "the transportation crisis in Gaza is deepening. I waited half-an-hour this morning to get a ride to my office, to no avail. I had to change the route I take every day, increasing the fees I have to pay. It also took me half-an-hour to get a ride to get home. Exhausted!"

With the irrepressible Gazan "graveyard" humor, another friend commented, "I heard that our electricity company is gonna run their generators on donkeys - sounds like good news: green energy!"

On September 5, the Palestinian Energy Authority warned that the Gaza Power Plant is in danger of shutting down completely due to lack of fuel. If the plant shuts down, the result would be power outages of 12 to 16 hours-a-day, up from the current 8 to 12 hours, disabling water and waste-disposal systems as well as crippling many businesses.

Even more alarming, warns the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, is the fact that Gaza's 14 hospitals and 60 health centres have long relied on 250,000 litres of the less-expensive Egyptian fuel each month (likewise, 30 percent of their medicines and other supplies had come through Rafah).

Militarization of the Gaza-Egypt border

Indicative of just how much — and how permanently — the situation on the ground is changing is the news that the Egyptian army has begun bulldozing and blowing up houses on its side of the border near Rafah. The action is step one towards clearing the way for a "buffer zone" hundreds of yards wide between the two sides, replicating the barren no-man's-land that Israel enforces inside Gaza to keep Palestinians from approaching the Israeli border. Hamas officials told the Washington Post that the Egyptian military plans to dig a moat along the border and fill it with water.

Meanwhile, this month two Egyptian army tanks crossed into the Gaza side of the border for the first time; although they didn't go far, it created a precedent.

Gaza fishermen are being attacked as well. On September 14, news reports confirmed that Egyptian naval forces had opened fire at and arrested two fishermen in waters off Rafah. That was the second time in recent weeks that Egyptian forces opened fire at Gaza fishermen.

As if taking their cue from the new bellicosity of Egypt, the Israeli military has begun to abrogate the concessions brokered by Morsi's government in November 2012, as part of a ceasefire that ended eight days of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip and retaliatory fire from groups in the territory.

As part of the agreement, Israel had reduced the "buffer zone" along its border with Gaza, from 300 metres to 100. However, after Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian military, farmers reported being shot at as far as 500 metres out. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights documented during July and August that Israel was responsible for one shelling, 12 shootings and seven incursions in the buffer zone - resulting in one death and seven injuries, including two children.

It seems clear that as the world remains focused on Syria and Iran, Israel and Egypt are working in concert to "re-write" the facts on the ground for Gaza. It's time for the international activist community to mobilize.

2013-09-29 Sun 07:39:13 cdt