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Muharram 20 ,1435/November 24, 2013 # 48
Think about it:
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said "The most enviable
of my friends is a believer with little property who finds
pleasure in prayer, who worships his Lord well, who obeys
him in secret, who is obscure among men, who is not pointed
out by people and whose provision is a bare sufficiency with
which he is content," [Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1352]
[with thanks to Sis. Kristi]
A must read for those who think peace or a two state
solution is possible with Israel, please look at this
stunning article about Israel's policy of erasure.
Scroll to end.
A "Must Read." [Thanks to Sis. Hamdiya, North Carolina.]
Jamaate Islami Pakistan ameer Munawar Hasan comments on US
air attack on Islamic school. Please see news and then
scroll to end
for Hasan's comments.
New Trend's media monitor
Breaking News #1:
Assad's Air force hits civilians again. Mujahideen capture
Syrian oil field.
Refugees fleeing to Lebanon as fighting rages in Qalamoun
November 23:Syrian regime's jet fighters a market in Al-Bab
north of Aleppo, killing 22 civilians. In a second air
attack, in Halwaniyah area of Aleppo, 15 civilians were
killed. In a third air attack, on El-Beik area of Aleppo, 7
civilians were killed. Assad is terrorizing the civilian
population before a big attempt to take back Aleppo,
Earlier on November 14, the Syrian air force succeeded in
killing Abdul Qadir al-Saleh, leader of Liwa al-Tawheed
group which is defending Aleppo,.
On November 22, al-Nusra mujahideen drove Assad's forces
from the area in Deir Ezzor where Syria's biggest [and only]
oil field is located. Known as Omar field, it's capture
deprives Assad of all his oil supplies and he will have to
depend solely on supply from Russia and Iran.
Meanwhile heavy fighting has resumed in the Qalamoun
mountains, which is a supply route for both Assad and the
mujahideen. The Mujahideen had retreated from Qara, a town
in the mountains to evade a big barrage of artillery fire
from the Alawite army. However, the mujahideen came back and
are battling Hizbullah and Syrian troops in the area.
Syria's population, mostly Sunnis, are fleeing steadily to
Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. They hate Assad but do not
have the weapons to fight the well trained Alawite militar.
Breaking News #2:
Beirut, Lebanon: Iranian Embassy hit hard. 25 killed, 150
On November 19, two martyrdom operators hit the Iranian
embassy located in the Bir Hasan area, a Shi'ite stronghold.
The Iranian cultural attache and 4 security guards were
among the 25 killed in the large explosions which shattered
The Abdullah Azzam brigades, a Lebanese jihad group, have
The Iranian response showed complete confusion. One Iranian
source insisted that the Israelis did it. However Israel
does not have martyrdom operators. Observers say that this
is the Iranian way of defaming its enemies. The second
Iranian response was that the Saudis did it. This too is
fantasy. The Abdullah Azzam brigades have been trying to
overthrow the Saudi regime. Their previous leader Salih
al-Qarawi was injured in a US drone attack and handed over
to the Saudis. Also, they have been involved in attacks from
Lebanon on Israel.
This November 19 attack, Abdullah Azzam brigades say, was
payback for Iranian troops fighting in defense of the tyrant
Assad. A top Iranian commander was killed recently fighting
in defense of Assad. Another senior Iranian officer was
killed by Syrian mujahideen while he was supervising the
laying of mines to kill Syrians opposed to Assad.
Abdullah Azzam was the mentor of Shaykh Osama bin Laden.
[November 22: One of the two attackers on the embassy has
been identified. He is a Palestinian.]
Breaking News #3:
On November 23, tens of thousands took part in a rally to
stop NATO supplies to the European-American occupation
forces in Afghanistan. The rally, right on the
Afghan-Pakistan border, was addressed by Imran Khan, the
leader of Tehreeke Insaf [Justice Movement]. Supporters of
Imran Khan and Jamaate Islami united to make the rally
impressive. Imran condemned US drone attacks and said that
the US had crossed all limits of decency in attacking
Imran said that this was the first symbolic step to stop
supplies to the NATO forces. He promised vigorous steps to
block NATO supplies and drone attacks would have to stop.
The entire Pakistani nation, except thed ruling party, is
united on this issue, he said.
US Air Force Bombed Islamic school in Pakistan.
On November 21, a US air force predator drone fired three
missiles into an Islamic school [medressa] in he Hangu area,
killing six Islamic people including three Islamic teachers,
a maulvi, a mufti and a qari.
Pakistani intelligence revealed its role in the attack by
claiming that a leader of the Haqqani network visited there.
However, Naimatullah, the principal of the school, stated
that the school had no connection to the Haqqani network.
[Source Overseas Dawn.]
Retaliation by the Taliban:
Also on November 21, in Quetta, a vehicle of Pakistan's
elite FC military force was blown up by a remote controlled
bomb. The FC vehicle and 7 other cars were totalled. Ten FC
troops were killed along with 3 police officers. Many others
were wounded, A nearby bank and several buildings were
damaged. [Reported in Urdu media only.]
Karachi reaction to Pindi incident.
There were bomb attacks on Shias in Karachi on November 22
near Federal B area. At least 5 people were killed and
several injured. A report in Ummat daily indicates that the
Rawalpindi incident involved Shias entering a mosque and
killing 10 people DURING the Juma khutba. The tape of the
khutba has been obtained and it does not show any comments
against Shias. In fact the khateeb was praising Imam Husain.
Organization known as ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat held protest
rallies in six cities against the Shi'ite attack on the
Pindi mosque. There was no violence. There was heavy police
Breaking News #54: Somalia
Al-Shabab Break into Compound of Occupation forces who came
City of Beledweyne near Ethiopian border.
On November 19, a small al-Shabab group attacked a fortified
compound of occupation troops from Djiboutu. First a
martyrdom operator in a car blew open the gate of the
compound and then his companions rushed in and engaged the
Djiboutians in an hour long battle before withdrawing. At
least 19 Djiboutian troops [or more] were killed.
Western powers are employing non-Muslim or marginally
"Muslim" troops from Uganda, Djibouti and Burundi to occupy
Somalia and stop an Islamic state from being established. A
Kenyan armored column is still in Somalia too as are some
Ethiopian forces. [
Scroll to end
for photo of bombing.]
Breaking News #5:
Massive Rally in Afghanistan against US-Karzai plan for 2014
Afghans protest against security deal with US
--Demonstrators said a security treaty between Washington
and Kabul will pave the way for a prolonged US military
presence in Afghanistan. 17 Nov 2013 Afghan demonstrators
have gathered on the streets of Jalalabad, in eastern
Afghanistan, to protest against a security deal on the
future of the US military involvement in the country. On
Sunday, a large number of Afghans staged a massive rally in
the eastern city of Jalalabad to show their opposition to
the possible security deal with Washington. Local sources
say thousands of demonstrators poured into streets of the
city, chanting anti-American slogans and torching American
flags and effigies of US President Barack Obama.
6 Contractors Found Beheaded in Afghanistan 17 Nov 2013
Afghan villagers discovered on Sunday the beheaded bodies of
six government contractors in the country's
insurgency-racked south, the apparent victims of Taliban
insurgents who regularly target state US corpora-terrorists'
projects, officials said. Meanwhile, the death toll from a
suicide vehicle bomb attack on the site of a key national
council in the capital Kabul has risen to 12, officials
said, while NATO said an international service member was
killed by a roadside bomb. The Taliban took credit for the
Saturday blast outside the huge tent where the Loya Jirga is
to be held later this week
[Both Afghan items from Citizens for a Legitimate
Outreach by Jamaat al-Muslimeen
Munawar Hasan's Historic Messages on Paki army & Mehsud
+ Dr. Siddique's Khutba+Africans in India+Message of Husain
ibn Ali, r.a+ Damascus under Fire
On November 22, 2013 four pages of Jamaat al-Muslimeen
messages were distributed to 100 Muslims after juma' prayers
at Masjid Rahma in western Baltimore. This is the biggest
immigrant related mosque and attracts Pakistanis, Indians, a
few African Americans and a few Arabs. The khutba by a young
man on nasiha was quite good. The four pages distributed
Munawar Hasan and Jamaate Islami Pakistan's shoora
rejected army's support for America and army interference in
politics. The second message from Shaykh Munawar was that
the US is at war with Islam.
Why are there sects in Islam? Is Ali, r.a. the only hero
in Islam and Husain, r.a. the only martyr? [Dr. Kaukab.
Siddique's khutba.] Also tackled Sufiism.
Message of Husain, r.a., is to stand against injustice,
not mourning & chest beating. [Br. Abu Talib.
Brooklyn.]+Mujahideen closing in on Damascus.
Africans in India being mistreated owing to caste system.
Indians in Africa may suffer in turn. [Br. Shaikh Hyder]
Little Known Facts about a Great "Ordinary" Muslim
One of the Most Pious Men I have Ever Known
Abdul Mateen Chida Passed Away on October 11. He was 73.
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
Photos above and below show Abdul Mateen Chida in his
fabulous Halalco store.
He was an engineer but Abdul Mateen Chida left his career to
help MSA/ISNA set up an Islamic printing business known as
International Graphics. It started from scratch. He and his
devoted wife Maymoona worked day and night to make the
business a success. At that time MSA [ISNA] did not have the
wealth it now has.
He was influenced by Tablighi Jamaat, and prayer and
spirituality were manifest in every day of his life. In
seven years he and Sis. Maymoona made the print shop a
viable business. Often he would sleep in the workshop. By
that time MSA had become ISNA and was run by a "mafia" of
six people who had, allegedly, attained $600,000 from a
front man in Switzerland who claimed to be ,leader of the
Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] [which has a branch now known as
The "inner group" suddenly removed Br. Chida from the print
shop and handed over the now smoothly running business to a
relative of the "inner" gang leader Jamal Barzinji.
Br. Chida was all at once left with nothing. His faith was
all he had but it was a strong faith. With the help of loans
from an Iranian brother, he set up a halal meat shop in
Falls Church, a town in northern Virginia. Here too, with
his diligence and hard work, he was successful. The meat
shop became a grocery store. Steadily artifacts, books and
clothing were added to the store. It became so succesful
that it had to be moved to a much larger building. Today it
is a supermarket and includes a little restaurant.
Almost every week we would meet after I started publishing
New Trend. He forgave ISNA and refused to speak or write
against it. ISNA in turn tried to recompense him by buying
meat for its expensive ISNA conferences and he would drive
the load all the way to Indiana and Ohio.
Dealing with ISNA which had victimized him was part of his
forgiving character. But he had not lost his moral backbone.
He allowed New Trend to be placed for distribution
regularly in his store much to the chagrin of ISNA bosses.
My book The Struggle of Muslim Women was one of his
favorites and he sold several hundred copies through his
store as well as quantities of my other books. Remember that
ISNA, through its entire network, had boycotted my books and
we did not have the Internet as we have now. At that time
people did not know how corrupt and White House-Saudi
oriented ISNA is. In fact ISNA fooled people so completely
that most mosques were taken over by ISNA's financial branch
known as NAIT.
Recently I called Br. Chida's business known as Halalco to
order a book for a prisoner. His sister picked up the phone.
I asked to talk to him. She told me he had passed away. It
was a real shock.
Such are the people who make Islam real in America. They
pray and fast and work hard. May Allah bless him.
Native Americans Call for release of Leonard Peltier while
Opposing US control of Native tribes.
Peltier is said to be the longest held political prisoner in
Photo: Courtesy Paulette D'Auteille [November 17.] [via
Native Americans are incorrectly called "Red Indians" by
immigrants from Muslim lands.
Israel's policy of erasure
[With thanks to Sis. Hamdiya in Charlotte, North Carolina.]
[Courtesy Los Angeles Times.]
A Palestinian man sits by the remains of his house destroyed
last month in Aqraba village near the West Bank city of
Nablus. The Israeli military said it demolished four
structures that had been built illegally in the village.
(Nasser Ishtayeh / Associated Press]
By Saree Makdisi
November 18, 2013
The revelation last week that Israel wanted to plan for
20,000 new settlement housing units received the usual
outraged responses from around the world. Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, mindful of a backlash in the midst of
the Iran nuclear negotiations, walked the revelation back,
but not very far.
Just a few days earlier, Secretary of State John F. Kerry,
in Israel trying to keep peace talks afloat, reiterated the
U.S. view in an interview: "We do not believe the
settlements are legitimate. We think they're
Settlement expansion, we are constantly told, is the
stumbling block to the fragile negotiations between Israelis
and Palestinians. The settlements are eating up the
territory that is supposed to provide the basis for the
creation of an independent Palestinian state. If only there
were a settlement freeze, some say, one last chance for
peace might be salvaged.
All of that may be true enough as far as it goes. But in
fact, Israeli settlement expansion is meaningless when it's
considered in isolation. And that is how it is usually
considered, given how much media attention the word
"settlement" garners every time it comes up.
There are, however, other, individually quieter, smaller,
less visible - but collectively far more significant -
events taking place on a daily basis.
Indeed, the settlement program is only one component of a
broad complex of Israeli policies that has come to define
the rhythm and tempo of life for Palestinians, not only in
the occupied territories but inside Israel itself. These
policies express Israel's longstanding wish to erase the
Palestinian presence on land it considers its own.
Consider, for example, this stunning statistic from the
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs, or OCHA: On average, every week so far this year,
Israel has demolished about 13 Palestinian-owned structures
in the occupied territories (up from a weekly average of
about 12 last year). The structures include water cisterns,
barns and family homes that Israel claims violate the
draconian rules it imposes on Palestinian life.
Sometimes these demolitions effectively obliterate entire
communities at once.
On Aug. 19, according to OCHA, Israel destroyed all the
structures in the East Jerusalem Palestinian community of
Tel al-Adassa. The same week, Israel re-demolished the
Palestinian village of Araqib, in southern Israel, as it has
done more than 50 times since 2010. On Sept. 11, Israel
bulldozed almost all the structures in the West Bank herding
community of Az Zayyim, rendering dozens of people homeless.
Days later, Israel demolished all the homes of the village
of Mak-hul in the Jordan Valley, and declared its ruins a
closed military area, preventing the villagers' return.
And so it goes - a litany of catastrophes occurring on a
small scale, in communities you have never heard of, all the
These acts of eradication are a matter of routine practice,
so routine that they rarely attract international media
attention. Neither does the regular vandalizing, bulldozing
or burning of Palestinian-owned olive trees , either by
Jewish settlers - who generally act with legal impunity - or
by the Israeli army.
According to the U.N., settlers cut down 100 trees Nov. 9;
they damaged 400 trees from Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, and 30 the
week before that. And, again, so it goes-week in, week out.
More than 38,000 trees have been destroyed in the last four
years , a devastating loss for Palestinian farmers.
Individually, these acts of violence affect only a dozen
people or a single tiny community. But they add up. If I may
borrow a phrase from Charles Dickens, it is like being stung
to death by single bees. Slowly, methodically, deliberately,
Israel is attempting to grind an entire people into the
The expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied
territories is part of Israel's project to gradually
suffocate the Palestinians. But it's only one indicator, and
a misleading one at that. Because even if no new settlements
are built, Palestinian homes will still be bulldozed and
Palestinian olive orchards will still be uprooted;
Palestinian water wells will run dry and Palestinian fields
will brown and crack for lack of irrigation (Israel denies
Palestinians access to water from the Jordan River and makes
it almost impossible for them to dig new wells, even as it
uses, according to a World Bank estimate, more than 80% of
the West Bank's groundwater).
Palestinians will still be held up at Israeli army
checkpoints and harassed or arrested by Israeli soldiers;
they will still be prevented from tending their crops or
getting to their schools and clinics, or even to the ruins
of their bulldozed homes.
Finding a path to a just peace between Israelis and
Palestinians, such that both peoples truly live side by side
rather than one living at the expense of the other, requires
not simply dealing with the settlements but with the whole
complex of displacement, suffocation and erasure. And the
first step is noticing its very existence.
Saree Makdisi, a professor of English and comparative
literature at UCLA, is the author of "Palestine Inside Out:
An Everyday Occupation."
Obama's Kenya has the Worst record for women's rights. Now
Hope Emerges with this message.
The Courage of an 11 Year old who was Raped but decided to
[Appeal Courtesy Avaaz.org.]
Kaia* was eleven years old when she was assaulted and raped
on the way to school. A teacher took her to the hospital,
but the police demanded bribes for even taking down a
So Kaia did something incredibly brave. She sued the police
for failing to protect her. What's even more incredible is
what happened next.
In Kenya where Kaia lives, a woman or girl is raped every 30
minutes. Police there routinely turn a blind eye, further
isolating terrified young survivors and reinforcing the
notion that rape is ok.
Kaia and ten other young survivors challenged that. On the
day of the case, ignoring threats to their safety and a
blockade from court security, they marched from their
shelter to the courthouse, chanting "Haki yangu" - Kiswahili
for "I demand my rights." And then the judge issued his
ruling: The girls had won!
The amazing advocates and human rights lawyers that worked
with Kaia are ready to bring similar lawsuits against police
forces across Africa and beyond, but they need funding to do
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When Kaia's story began, she looked set to become just
another of the countless victims of child rape ignored by
the police. But Kenyan child rights advocate Mercy Chidi and
Canadian human rights lawyer Fiona Sampson joined forces to
challenge this injustice in the courts.
The plan was hatched in Kenya by a group of colleagues from
Canada, Kenya, Malawi and Ghana -- it seemed like a long
shot to sue the police force for failing to act, but they
stuck with it and took risks... and made legal history. The
work has just begun: like any win, it takes time, effort and
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If we raise enough, here's how we could turn a huge victory
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As citizens, we often appeal to political leaders and other
officials to get serious about protecting women's rights.
It's important to keep doing that, but when they fail to
hear their consciences, we need to appeal to their
interests, and take them to court. That sends a powerful
message: not only that there are new consequences for their
crimes, but that the era of unchallenged misogyny in the
culture of our societies is coming to end.
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rest of the Avaaz team
* Kaia is a pseudonym, but her story is real. She is not
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In Kenya, a Victory for girls and rights (The New York
Canadians force Kenyan police to answer for 'inexcusably'
neglecting reports of sexual abuse against girls (National
Chance meeting led to justice for rape victims (Toronto
African women the worst off - report (iOl News)
Africa: Violence Against Women Is Epidemic (AllAfrica)
India's Rape Crisis Undermines the Country (The Daily
Malawi country report (UNICEF)
Aftermath of the Al-Shabab attack in Beledweyne, Somalia
Somali policemen stand next to a damaged car at the scene of
an explosion in Baladweyne in central Somalia on
Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Jamaate Islami leader condemns US attack on Islamic school.
NATO is supplied by Pak government, while US Drones kill
by Anwar Niazi
LAHORE, Nov. 21: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed
Munawar Hasan, has strongly condemned the drone attack at a
Hangu Madrissa resulting in the death of Madrissa teachers
and students and said the cowardice of the rulers had
emboldened the US.
In a statement here on Thursday, he said the statement of
the Interior Minister at the floor of the house that drones
were targeting only the most wanted terrorists, had given a
free hand to the US which had targeted a Pakistani towns
beyond the tribal areas for the first time.
He said if the government did not break its silence to
deliver a strong message to Washington, the drones would
keep on targeting our innocent citizens any where in the
Syed Munawar Hasan said it was a matter of shame that the US
was killing our citizens while the government was allowing
the NATO supplies that carried arms and ammunition besides
food for the enemy troops. The government had allowed the
killing of thousands of our citizens only for some
commission and given a free hand to the Americans only to
prolong their rule.
Condemning the statement of the Foreign Advisor that the
NATO supplies could not be stopped, he said if the
government could not protect the life and property of the
people, it had no right to remain in power and should quit.
He said if the US did not agree to stop drone attacks, the
government should stop the NATO supplies and the nation
would fully support the move.
The enemy, he said, was trying hard to unleash sectarian
clashes in the country to promote the menace of sectarianism
in the country in order to plunge the country into a civil
war. He said if the people did not demonstrate a complete
unity and harmony among themselves, the enemy would achieve
He said it was also the responsibility of the security
institutions not to allow any one create law and order
situation during the public protest.
2013-11-24 Sun 11:25:06 cst