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Safar 4 ,1435/December 7, 2013 # 50
What is the Islamic agenda in USA? See Kaukab Siddique's
answer to Duke University's report. Also see Sis. Laila
Please scroll down. The passing away of Nelson Mandela has led to an outburst of
media coverage with all kinds of oppressors claiming to be
on the same train as Mandela. We bring you the real Mandela
from the pen of Dr. Wilmer Leon, one of the most outstanding
and independent scholars on African American viewpoints. He
is well known on independent radio and TV channels.He has
spoken at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, several times to
the delight of hundreds of students. Here he takes on the
narrative of President Obama about Mandela and shows us the
real, almost forgotten, Mandela.
Please scroll to the end
for this "must read" article.
Mandela's Dream has been betrayed...
My hostess in South Africa had been very gracious and taken
me to see Nelson Mandela. Unfortunately he was away so we
stopped in front of his house, made dua and went to Soweto
and the hospital there at my request. It was an eye opener
to see the shanty towns enroute with people still walking
miles and miles to work......
First Rohingya Conference in USA
Conference: Stop the Genocide of Rohingya (Burmese) Myanmar
December 14, 12 to 7 PM
Please help the Muslims of Burma by attending this
conference and extending your financial support for the
conference and the Rohingya Muslim victims..
Risale Center of America (RCA) is one of the co-sponsors of
the conference. Please send your checks in the name of
Risale Center and indicate in the memo section that this is
for the Rohingya Muslim Refugees. Your donation is tax
deductible and you will receive a receipt from RCA.
Please send your donations to: Risale Center, 803 West
Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53215
Dr. Kaukab Siddique will be at the conference, inshallah.
Announcement #2. [Reminder]
"Maintaining an Islamic Family in Challenging Times"
Dr. Kaukab Siddique chief editor of New Trend Magazine
and other local speakers.
Adult donation $25.00 Children $5.00. Vendors $35.00. Lunch
Proceeds will go toward developing an ongoing Islamic
learning Center for New Muslims and those who want to know
about Islam on an ongoing basis.
Sponsored by Darul Arqam Muslim Converts Association of
Contact Sister Amatullah V. Abdul-Karim proj. mgr. before
Dec 10th 2013. 919-697-7147-or firstname.lastname@example.org
Breaking News: Syria
December 2: The town of Maaloula, 40 miles north of
Damascus, was captured by mujahideen after three days of
clashes with Assad's troops. The withdrawing Alawites opened
shell fire on the town. The mujahideen took the nuns from
the local Christian shrine to another town held by the
Islamics to avoid them beiing hurt by Assad's shelling.
Right away the regime started worldwide propaganda that
nuns had been kidnaped. On December 7, the
nuns came on al-Jazeera to say that they were well treated
and were taken away for their safety.
December 4: In one of the fortresses in Aleppo still held by
Assad, mujahideen hit the regime's troops with rocket fire
killing 10 of the troops along with 8 people working for
them and injured 30. [Reuters].
December 6: BBC reports that 200 Chechens have joined Syrian
mujahideen after Russian advisers, Iranian troops, Lebanese
Shias and Iraqi Shias joined the Assad regime. The Chechens
are lead by a Georgian soldier who embraced Islam.
Scroll to end
for the BBC report. We have retained the BBC's language.
Breaking News: Pakistan
On December 6, Shamsur Rahman Moawiya, the president of the
Sunni group known as Ahle Sunnat wa al-Jamaat, was gunned
down in broad daylight in Lahore. This led to protests and
rallies by the group. [Shias have become very bold owing to
Iranian support. Earlier we reported on the Shia attack on a
mosque in Rawalpindi.] The government has promised to catch
See Jamate Islami leader Liaqat Baluch's comments against
Scroll way down.
Munawar Hasan, Jamaate Islami's ameer, explains reasons for
Pakistani opposition to the USA,
Scroll to end.
On December 2, the Nawaz Sharif government tried to find a
pretext to attack Islamic students known as Islami Jamiate
Talaba whose stronghold is Pakistan's premier university
known as Punjab University. The administration tried to
evict students from Hostel 16 of Punjab University on the
plea that female students needed to be housed there. [The
female students denied any desire to do so.] Islami Jamiate
Talaba started demonstrating peacefully and police forces
were sent to crush them which led to running clashes in
several parts of the vast city of Lahore. Government agents
set a bus on fire and the government blamed the students and
wanted to charge the students with terrorism. Fortunately
the president of Islami Jamiate Talaba, Abdul Muqueet,
called TV stations and explained that its rallies were
covered by numerous media outlets and any violence or arson
by the students would have been on camera. [Saved by
technology!] Still the police arrested a number of students.
Breaking News: Yemen
Mujahideen attack Devastates Defense Ministry housing Drone
strike related officials.
On December 5, Islamic fighters struck the Yemeni
government's Defense Ministry in central Sanaa, the capital.
The fighters were led by a martyrdom operator whose
explosion destroyed an armored car and three other vehicles
at the entrance of the Ministry. The mujahideen then entered
the building and fought the government forces inside. Looks
like a scene of total devastation, Associated Press reports.
At least 53 were killed on the government side and 167
wounded. The mujahideen, 12 of them, are said to have been
killed in government counterattack but this is unconfirmed.
The attack followed drone strikes by the US which have
killed 20 Muslims over two weeks in South Yemen where
Islamics have re-emerged.. The Defense Ministry was said to
be housing the support group of the drones.
Breaking News. Libya
December 7. Heavy fighting is going on between the
west-backed Libyan government forces and Ansar al-Sharia
near Benghazi. Following the government attack inside
Benghazi, the Islamics withdrew but the regime forces
Earlier on December 5, an American teacher devoted to
spreading Christianity in Libya was assassinated. Many
Libyans see Americans as enemies who supported Qaddafi
before his overthrow and upper class sees Americans as
Earlier there was fighting in the capital Tripoli between
the tribal militia from Misrata on one side and Tripoli
citizens supported by Islamics on the other with more than
40 people killed..
What is the Islamic Struggle about in America? What is our
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
We have published a study below from Duke University, North
Carolina, which focuses on ways to control, defang and,
metaphorically, castrate the Muslims of America. The report
claims that thought control is important and supports the
use of informers [collaborators] within Muslim communities.
It is evident that the government does not think that the
use of CAIR, ISNA, ICNA and WD, however servile these might
be, is enough to enslave the Muslims of America. The report
encourages the policing of all Islamic communities and
The report is self-contradictory in first affirming that
American Muslims are non-violent and then urging complete
infiltration of the American ummah through Uncle Toms within
The report is totally blind to a major factor of Islamic
existence in America. The struggle in America is not
physical . The few people who decided to go overseas and
fight is insignificant. That does not mean that US Muslims
are willing to be castrated [metaphorically]. Our resources
are the Qur'an and the authentic hadith and these cannot be
defeated. Even the Soviet Union could not do it though it
had developed the most repressive police state the world has
Right wing racists are encouraged by what they see as
Muslims defecting from Islam.In fact America has turned out
to be a great system for separation of the chaff from the
grain. After 9.11 the weakest sections of Muslims were so
terrorized that they tried to outdo non-Muslims in
anti-Islamic behavior. The most dangerous were the CAIR
types who kept their beards and hijabs but their "paradise"
was to be invited to the White House or to have their dinner
invitations accepted by the FBI.
CAIR did serious damage to the Muslim ummah in America by
publicizing every act of vandalism and broken windows at
about a dozen mosques over 12 years and a couple of people
killed among 300 million non-Muslims. ICNA went around
trying to prove that "we are not terrorists" and "we pray".
[I don't beat my wife syndrome.]
Why can't the US [or does not] put the Muslims in "camps"
[which is one of the fears expressed by reactionaries like
ISNA's Zaid Shakir.] The reasons are very simple. Muslims
are not a race. We are not Germans or Japanese who can be
easily identified and transported to camps. In fact the US
wants to use Muslims, particularly immigrants, to infiltrate
the Muslim world.
Here is the authentic Muslim agenda:
Put the Qur'an and authentic hadith first. Oppose
sectarian interpretations. Be textual and insist on
authenticity of the texts.
The steady stream of converts [reverts] should be brought
into center stage of Muslim communities. The most important
are African-Americans, Latinos, increasingly "Whites," and
women of various races.
Remember that the Muslim ummah is ONE UMMAH. The
occupation of Muslim countries by the US and NATO cannot be
acceptable to any real Muslim. Use peaceful means to tell
the imperial power that it does not have our support.
Israel is an illegitimate, terrorist, entity and must
withdraw from Palestine. Creatively oppose Zionism.
Oppose manifest evil, be it homosexuality, liquor,
gambling or drugs. Use peaceful and thoughtful ways.
We don't have to do any fighting in Muslim countries. We
would not make any difference and it is doubful if anyone
among the mujahideen wants us to be rambling around over
there. Our opposition to imperialism and zionism is
spiritual, moral and non-compromising, and fully
Study the life of Muhammad, pbuh, in Makka. He made no
deals with the kuffar but he did not fight them either.
Support all oppressed people against the oppressors. Do
that without accepting the beliefs and ideologies of the
Marriage based on TAQWA [Allah consciousness] was one of
the greatest tools of the victory of Islam. If you are a
good Muslim male, marry a good Muslim female, and vice
versa, REGARDLESS of RACE.
Travel in the world and send our children to travel in
the Muslim world so they can see that America is not the
Africa A Scene from Mali. [Photo].
Mali has gold but it is controlled by France. Last year when
the Islamic people took over northern Mali, France sent in
tanks and jet fighters to crush the Islamics. Thus Mali
remains poor as we can see in this photo.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen zakat activists are helping children in
these three countries.
Ethiopia [by sis. Ashira]
Senegal [by Br. Abu Talib]
Uganda [by Br. Kaukab].
[Would you like to help?]
Outreach by Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Washington, DC:
Shoora,Imam Jamil, Syria, Bangladesh....
December 6, 2013: After Juma salat at the Islamic Center on
Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, six pages of Jamaat
literature were given to 95 Muslims of various
It rained steadily all the time but just when the literature
was to distributed, it stopped, alhamdulillah. The 6 pages:
Jamaat al-Muslimeen's Shoora resolutions condemning the
oppression of women, calling for the release of political
prisoners, hailing the Islamic forces which forced Assad to
release Islamic women political prisoners, opposition to
drone attacks on Pakistan, support for anti-gambling,
anti-liquor, anti-drug efforts.
Imam Jamil's statement from prison urging Jamaat
al-Muslimeen to call on US Muslims to end his oppression and
that of all political prisoners.
Bangladesh Muslims furious against homosexual movement.
New emerging leadership of Jamaat al-Muslimeen reaching
out across America by Internet.
Iran's efforts to crush Sunni mujahideen [failing] plus
Pakistani Islamic movement, JI, challenging America.
Awareness of police brutality in American cities.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen literature given out in Newark,
Delaware. Rain stopped for a while.
Also on December 6, at the Islamic Center of Newark, Jamaat
al-Muslimeen literature, 4 pages, was given to 78 Muslims
after juma salat. Although there is an hour's difference
between the time prayers end in Washington, DC and Delaware,
here too the rain stopped exactly when the literature was to
be distributed, alhamdulillah. The people were mostly from
Arab countries, Pakistan and Bangladesh, A few people
praised New Trend..
The four pages were:
Kaukab Siddique's khutba on Islamic destruction of
slave empires [Umar, r.a., & Khalid, r.a], comparison with
Communism & Capitalism. Muslim corruption, the Fall of
Baghdad & Cardoba, & now Islamic resurgence.
US-Iran deal plus mujahideen hit Assad's generals plus
Abdul Matin Chida [who helped set up ISNA's press] and
his support by Fazal Khan:Two great US Muslims.
Outreach #3 & 4.
Detroit, Michigan and Petersburg, Virginia
Copies of Jamaat al-Muslimeen literature were given to 25
Muslims in Petersburg and 35 in Islamic Center of Detroit.
Details are lacking:
The literature included articles about Mohurram, Jamaat
al-Muslimeen Shoora resolutions, Pakistani Taliban's new
leader and Munawar Hasan's peaceful challenge to US-backed
Our America [New Trend's Media Monitor.]
"Sex Slaves in America": MSNBC Uncovers Horrific
Exploitation of Women
On December 1, MSNBC telecast an hour long program showing
that women are brought from various parts of the world and
sold as sex slaves to American pimps. They are first
terrorized and brainwashed and then used to "serve" dozens
of men every day. They end up "earning" as many as one
thousand dollars a day all of which are seized by the pimp.
Some of these men are so cruel that they BRAND their
What MSNBC did not tell viewers is that there is no law
against human trafficking in America. Only when the women
become prostitutes, they or their "customers" or pimpos can
be arrested because there are laws against prostitution.
However the xsex slave network knows how to evade the police
Next two items from Mark Weber. Scholar of World War II &
Did Hitler Shake Hands With Black Olympic Hero Jesse Owens?
Daily Mail (Britain)
It has long been regarded as the greatest sporting snub in
history -- when Adolf Hitler stormed out of the Olympic
Stadium in Berlin because Germany had been humiliated by a
black man ... Now a veteran sports reporter in Germany has
come forward to claim that, though Hitler did indeed leave
the stadium after the race, it was not before shaking Owens'
hand. Siegfried Mischner, 83, claims that Owens carried
around a photograph in his wallet of the Fuehrer doing just
that. Owens, who felt the newspapers of the day reported
'unfairly' on Hitler's attitude towards him, tried to get
Mischner and his journalist colleagues to change the
accepted version of history in the 1960s. Mischner claimed
Owens showed him the photograph and told him: 'That was one
of my most beautiful moments.'
What the World Rejected: Hitler's Peace Offers, 1933- 1939
Germany's enemies maintain today  that Adolf Hitler is
the greatest disturber of peace known to history, that he
threatens every nation with sudden attack and oppression,
that he has created a terrible war machine in order to bring
misery and devastation everywhere. At the same time they
intentionally conceal an all-important fact: they themselves
drove the leader of the German people finally to draw the
sword. They themselves compelled him to seek to obtain at
last by the use of force that which he had been striving to
gain by persuasion from the beginning: the security of his
country. They did this not only by declaring war on him on
Sept. 3, 1939, but also by blocking step by step for seven
years the path to any peaceful discussion ... A quick look
at the most important events provides incontrovertible proof
America is Getting High Big Time!
That Seems Like 49 Bags Too Many: Police found 50 baggies of
marijuana on a man after he was arrested for allegedly
trying to steal a pair of shoes from the Kohl's in the
Andorra Shopping Center [Pennsylvania] on Nov. 5.
An American Mother Appeals to Ummah for release of her
Children and one other.
[Sis. Laila Yaghi.]
Remember these young men in your prayers, in your thoughts,
in your actions! Send them letters, books, cards! Let them
know that they are NOT alone and NOT forgotten! Support them
and their parents!
Mohammed Omar Aly Hassan (51769-056)
P.O. Box 1033...
Coleman, Fl 33521
Anes Subasic (51766-056)
P.O. Box 305
Jonesville, VA 24263-0305
Threat of Muslim-American terrorism in U.S. invented by
mainstream media propaganda
Publication time: 29 November 2013, 10:45
The "terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim-
Americans" has been invented, according to a study released
by researchers at Duke University and the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reports CNN.
A small number of Muslim-Americans have undergone
radicalization since the September 11, 2001, sabotage
attacks on New York and Washington, the study found. It
compiled a list of 139 individuals it categorized as
"Muslim-American terrorism offenders" who had become
radicalized in the US in that time -- a rate of 17 per
That level is "small compared to other violent crime in
America," according to the study, titled "Anti-Terror
Lessons of Muslim-Americans."
To be included on the list, an offender had to have been
wanted, arrested, convicted or killed in connection with
thought-crime related activities since 9/11 -- and have
lived in the United States, regardless of immigration
status, for more than a year prior to arrest.
Of the 139 offenders, fewer than a third successfully
executed an armed resistance plan, according to a Duke
University statement on the study, and most of those were
overseas. Read the report:"Anti-Terror Lessons of
"Muslim-American organizations and the vast majority of
individuals that we interviewed firmly reject the radical
anti-Sytem ideology that justifies the use of armed
resistance to achieve political ends," David Schanzer, an
associate professor in Duke's Sanford School of Public
Policy and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and
Homeland Security, said in the statement.
In the aftermath of 9/11, however, as well as sabotage
attacks elsewhere in the world, the possible radicalization
of Muslim-Americans is a "key counterterrorism concern" --
magnified by heavy publicity that accompanies the arrests of
Muslim-Americans, such as that seen in the wake of the
November shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 people
were killed. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, a Muslim
born in Virginia, was charged in connection with that
Other high-profile incidents include the charging of eight
Somali-American men on charges related to what authorities
say are thought-crime efforts to recruit youths from the
Minneapolis, Minnesota, area to fight for al-Shabaab, a
Somali guerrilla movement battling the African country's
UN-backed transitional government. At least two young men
from Minnesota have martyred in Somalia, including one who
blew himself up in what is believed to have been the first
Martyrdom bombing carried out by a naturalized US
In addition, five Americans were arrested in Pakistan, and
police have said they are confident that they were planning
But it is the Muslim-American communities themselves who
play a large role in keeping the number of radicalized
members low through their own practices, according to the
study. Leaders and Muslim-American organizations denounce
armed resistance acts, for instance, in messages that have
weight within communities.
In addition, such communities often self-police --
confronting those who express thought-crime ideology or
support for guerrilla operations and communicating concerns
about thought-crime individuals to police. Some
Muslim-Americans have adopted programs for youth to spy on
those who do not react politcorrect to controversial issues
so they can undergo counselling and education, the
However, "since 9/11, there has been increased tension among
Muslim-Americans about their acceptance in mainstream
American society," the study said. Muslim-Americans report
feeling a stronger anti-Muslim bias from the media as well
as from day-to-day interactions.
"While Muslim-Americans understand and support the need for
enhanced security and counterterrorism initiatives, they
believe that some of these efforts are discriminatory, and
they are angered that innocent Muslim-Americans bear the
brunt of the impact of these policies."
Steps can be taken to minimize thought crimes among
Muslim-Americans, the study said. The most important is
encouraging political mobilization among Muslims, which
helps prevent thought-criminalization and also demonstrates
to Muslims abroad "that grievances can be resolved through
peaceful democratic means." Policymakers should include
Muslim-Americans in their outreach efforts, and public
officials should attend events at mosques, as they do at
synagogues, the study recommended.
Also, Muslim-American communities should widely disseminate
their condemnation of guerrilla and resistance, and those
statements should be publicized, the study said. Democratic
police has a role to play as well, by making efforts to
increase the level of trust and communication with such
communities. This could include the cultivation of
Muslim-American police informers, the study suggested, a
policy that could be developed and openly discussed with
Governments can promote and encourage the building of strong
Muslim-American communities and promote outreach by social
services agencies, the study said. "Our research suggests
that Muslim-American communities desire collaboration and
outreach with the government beyond thought police, in areas
such as public health, education and transportation."
And the Muslim-American community can promote enhanced
education about its religion and beliefs, the study said.
Increased civil rights enforcement can also be an important
However, policies that alienate Muslims may increase the
threat of homegrown guerrilla rather than reducing it, the
"Our research suggests that initiatives that treat
Muslim-Americans as part of the solution to this problem are
far more likely to be successful," said Schanzer.
Schanzer, Kurzman and Ebrahim Moosa, associate professor of
religion at Duke, co-authored the study, which summarized
two years of research involving interviews of more than 120
Muslims in four different communities nationwide -- Seattle,
Washington; Houston, Texas; Buffalo, New York; and
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The study was funded by a
grant from the police.
With thanks to Khalid Baig
Why do Afghans Prefer Taliban to the US-installed Regime?
BBC reporter answers this in a rare frank report.
Karzai Government Justice
Deep inside the Pech Valley in Chapa Dara district lies the
village of Barkanday. Here I met Gul Zaman, a 57-year-old
farmer who has lived through two personal tragedies in the
past three years.
"Some people shot dead my brother Mohammad Zaman over a
trivial dispute," says Mr Zaman.
"Over the next three years, I knocked on the doors of every
judge, judicial official available in the district. But they
all asked for bribes to even listen to my complaint. Since I
couldn't pay, I was hounded out of the courts like a stray
animal by security guards."
Mr Zaman says all this took place while the killers of his
brothers roamed free in the district.
"Three years later, one of the killers came back and shot
dead another of my brothers. But this time he was at least
arrested. This raised our hopes, we thought we will get
justice at last," he says.
Mr Zaman says he reached the court on the date of the
"The judge, through his brother, who was a watchman at the
court, asked me what I was offering?" When I said 'I have
nothing to give', the judge asked the same question to the
accused," Mr Zaman says.
"The accused gave the judge an ox, a cow and 10kg of
walnuts. The judge ruled in his favour. And the killer of my
brothers walked free."
Sitting in Mr Zaman's garden, I met another villager, Fazel
Mr Mohammad tells me that four of his family members were
killed in a clash that originated from a land dispute.
He says he too went to the government-appointed judges for
justice but was harassed for bribes.
"After wasting months running after judicial officials, I
decided to approach the Taliban," Mr Mohammed says.
"I went to the Taliban centre [in the district]. There were
Taliban judges and mullahs. They produced the accused on the
second day of hearing," Mr Mohammed said.
He said the Taliban judges invoked the Koran and Sharia
(Islamic religious law) to decide his case.
"They told the accused to return our land immediately.
Although the accused were not happy with the decision, the
Taliban forced them to accept. The case was solved within a
week," Mr Mohammed said.
"The Taliban judges even gave me a letter stating that the
disputed land belonged to me and anyone trying to encroach
upon it will have to face the Taliban's wrath," Mr Mohammed
said, adding that no one now even dares to graze their sheep
on his land.
With thanks to Amer Alim.
GRAVE WORSHIP FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM
[17:23] "Your Lord has ordained that you must not worship
anything other than Him" [Sarwar]
[4:36] "Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship,"
[Hilali & Khan]
[7:194] "Surely those whom you call on besides Allah are in
a state of subjugation like yourselves; therefore call on
them, then let them answer you if you are truthful."
[1:5] " Thee alone we worship and to Thee alone we pray for
[27:62] "Who responds to the oppressed when he calls out to
Him, and relieves his suffering and who will make you
inheritors of the earth? Then, is there a god besides God?
How little you pay heed!" [Wahiduddin]
[46:5] "Who is farther strayed from the Right Path than he
who calls upon others than Allah that cannot answer his call
till the Day of Resurrection, the while they are not even
conscious that callers are calling upon them?" [Maududi]
[10:107] "And in case Allah touches you with adversity, then
none (can) lift it off except He; and in case He wills any
charity for you, then none (can) turn back His Grace; He
causes it to alight on whomever He decides of His bondmen;
and He is The Ever-Forgiving, The Ever-Merciful."
[5:72] "Indeed, he who associates others with Allah - Allah
has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And
there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers." [Umm
The Prophet (pbuh) has said:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam from
Ata ibn Yasar that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless
him and grant him peace, said, "O Allah! Do not make my
grave an idol that is worshipped. The anger on those who
took the graves of their Prophets as places of prostration
was terrible." [Malik's Muwatta, Book 9, Hadith 88]
I heard from the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) five days before
his death and he said: I stand acquitted before Allah that I
took any one of you as friend, for Allah has taken me as His
friend, as he took Ibrahim as His friend. Had I taken any
one of my Ummah as a friend, I would have taken Abu Bakr as
a friend. Beware of those who preceded you and used to take
the graves of their prophets and righteous men as places of
worship, but you must not take graves as mosques; I forbid
you to do that. [Muslim, Book 5, Hadith 28]
Narrated 'Urwa bin Az-Zubair:
'Aisha said, "The Prophet (pbuh) said during his fatal
illness, "Allah cursed the Jews for they took the graves of
their prophets as places for worship." 'Aisha added, "Had it
not been for that (statement of the Prophet ) his grave
would have been made conspicuous. But he was afraid that it
might be taken as a place for worship." [Bukhari, Book 64,
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said, "May Allah's curse be on the
Jews for they built the places of worship at the graves of
their Prophets." [Bukhari, Book 8, Hadith 86]
Um Habiba and Um Salama mentioned about a church they had
seen in Ethiopia in which there were pictures. They told the
Prophet (pbuh) about it, on which he said, "If any religious
man dies amongst those people they would build a place of
worship at his grave and make these pictures in it. They
will be the worst creature in the sight of Allah on the Day
[Bukhari, Book 8, Hadith 77]
Abu Marthan Al-Ghanawi narrated that:
The Prophet said: "Do not sit on the graves nor perform
Salat towards them." (Sahih)
[Tirmidhi, Book 10, Hadith 86]
"The Messenger of Allah forbade plastering over graves,
building over them or sitting on them." (Sahih) [Nasa'i,
Book 21, Hadith 212]
Narrated Abu Marthad al-Ghanawi :
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) as saying: Do not sit on the
graves, and do not pray facing them.
[Abu Dawud, Book 20, Hadith 3223]
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah said:
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: "If one of you were to
sit on a live coal that burns him, that would be better for
him than if he were to sit on a grave." [Ibn Majah, Vol. 1,
Book 6, Hadith 1566]
Abu Marthad al-Ghanawi reported Allah's Messenger
(pbuh) as saying:
Do not pray facing towards the graves, and do not sit on
them. [Muslim, Book 11, Hadith 127]
-the humble ones-
By Murad Batal al-Shishani BBC Arabic, Pankisi Valley,
Omar Shishani (centre) was appointed a commander by the
al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
There are believed to be about 200 Chechens fighting
alongside rebels in Syria, led by commanders from the
Pankisi Valley in north-east Georgia.
One of the most prominent is Omar Shishani, who was
appointed by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant (Isis) as commander of the northern sector in
Until recently Omar Shishani was leader of the Jaysh
al-Muhajirin wa al-Ansar (Army of the Emigrants and
Helpers), an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group comprising local
and foreign fighters, including Chechens.
Omar Shishani was replaced by another Chechen commander,
Salahuddin, as most Chechens in Syria refuse to pay
allegiance to Isis.
Villagers here know each other, and some knew Omar Shishani
("Shishani" means "the Chechen" in Arabic).
One man, known as Abdullah, described Omar Shishani as "a
[Omar Shishani] was a sober, respected person, who never
showed signs of religious fanaticism or extremism."
Another, Ayoub Borchashvili, a local imam in Jokolo village,
said: "Omar is a respected man, a noble person and I like
him very much.
"He and his colleagues flocked to Syria for the sake of
Allah to help oppressed people there and to protect their
The BBC has learned that Omar Shishani had served in the
Georgian army a few years ago and was later jailed.
Someone who had served with Omar Shishani in the army told
us: "He was a sober, respected person, who never showed
signs of religious fanaticism or extremism."
No-one explained why Omar Shishani became motivated by
religion, although his relation with the Georgian army could
have played a role.
Through a middleman, the BBC managed to see a Georgian
defence ministry official about Omar Shishani - or Tarkhan
Batirashvili, his real name.
The record says Tarkhan Batirashvili was born in Birkiani,
one of the major villages in the Pankisi valley, in
He performed national service in the Georgian armed forces
Pankisi Gorge The Pankisi Gorge has about 15,000 ethnic
Afterwards, he joined the army at the end of 2007 as a
The record says he took part in combat during the 2008
Russia-Georgia war and was promoted to the rank of
Tarkhan Batirashvili was never decorated, according to the
record. In 2010 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was
considered unfit for the military service.
He was dismissed from the army and arrested a few months
later, accused of illegally purchasing and storing
He was released from prison before completing his three-year
jail term due to deterioration of his health.
According to people who knew him, Omar Shishani had
"difficult times" with Georgian intelligence, causing him to
move to Turkey.
From there he went to Syria, where armed conflict began, and
there, thanks to his military skills, Omar Shishani - or
Tarkhan Batirashvili - became one of the most influential
military leaders of the Syrian opposition forces.
"Madiba" Nelson Mandela A Principled Warrior and
Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III
Former South African President Mandela has passed. The world
has lost another point on its compass of morality.
The dominant narrative is of a docile and passive man. A man
who, according to President Obama's remarks, "we draw
strength from the example of renewal and reconciliation and
resilience that you (Mandela) made real." What is missing
from this narrative is the reality of the warrior, the
The African National Congress (ANC) took up arms against the
South African Government in 1961. According to the ANC, "The
massacre of peaceful protestors and the subsequent banning
of the ANC made it clear that peaceful protest alone would
not force the regime to change. The ANC went underground and
continued to organize secretly. Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) was
formed to "hit back by all means within our power in defence
of our people, our future and our freedom. In 18 months MK
carried out 200 acts of sabotage." Nelson Mandela was
involved in the armed struggle to free his people, his
country from the grip of white supremacist rule. That is why
he faced the death by hanging and was sentenced to life in
It's imperative that as we honor Madiba we don't lose sight
of the fact that his struggle, the ANC's struggle, the
struggle for liberty and human rights in South Africa and
for people of color all over the world has and continues to
take place within the larger context of the global system of
white supremacy. That's why for example when you read
President Obama's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he said,
that he was mindful of what Martin Luther King said in this
same ceremony years ago - "Violence never brings permanent
peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new
and more complicated ones...I know there is nothing weak
-nothing passive - nothing naïve - in the creed and lives of
Gandhi and King. But as a head of state sworn to protect and
defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples
alone." He was speaking as the President of the most
powerful military imperial hegemon in the world. The not so
subtle undertone of that passage is that even as the first
African American president he was swearing to use all of the
military force he commands in order to defend and protect
"US interests" any place he deems necessary.
Notice also, that during that speech, Mr. Mandela's name was
only mentioned once, almost in passing. "Compared to some of
the giants of history who have received this prize -
Schweitzer and King; Marshall and Mandela - my
accomplishments are slight." Why? Because Nelson Mandela was
a true revolutionary, a freedom fighter and president Obama
could never align himself with that part of Mr. Mandela's
It's a great thing that Nelson Mandela became the first
Black African democratically elected president of South
Africa. This must also be put into context. He was not a
perfect president. Many will argue that he cut a bad deal.
That is not for me to judge.
Before he was elected president there were approximately 4
million socially, economically, and politically
disenfranchised Black South Africans. During his presidency
there were millions of socially, economically, and
politically disenfranchised Black South Africans, as there
are still today. I do recognize that this is partially due
to the fact that even as the democratically elected
president of South Africa he did not control the natural
resources of his country; he did not control the military,
and did not control the factors that impacted its economy.
That's the reality of being the first Black president within
the greater context of a white supremacist power
As President Obama expresses Americas condolences to the
Mandela family and the people of South Africa, he should
also apologize to them for the CIA's involvement in the
initial arrest of Mr. Mandela. He should apologize to them
for President Reagan's policy of Constructive Engagement.
Reagan's vetoing legislation and blocking attempts by the
United Nations to impose sanctions and to isolate South
Madiba was a principled warrior. During the June 21, 1990
Town Hall Meeting in Harlem - Ken Adelman from the Institute
of Contemporary Studies asked Mr. Mandela about his
relationships with Yasser Arafat, Col. Gaddafi, and Fidel
Castro and tried to get him to renounce his association with
them. Mr. Mandela responded, "One of the mistakes many
political analysts made is to think that their enemies
should be our enemies. That we can't and will never do. We
are an independent organization engaged in our own struggle.
Our attitude towards any country is determined by that
country's attitude toward our struggle...Yasser Arafat, Col.
Gaddafi, and Fidel Castro support our struggle to the hilt.
Not only with rhetoric but by placing resources at our
disposal for us to win our struggle."
It's interesting to note that in 1960 when Fidel Castro came
to America he went to Harlem. Months after Madiba was
released from prison he came to America and visited Harlem
During the same meeting Mr. Mandela also said to Henry
Siegman from The American Jewish Congress "We identify with
the PLO because just like ourselves they are fighting for
the right of self-determination." Madiba demonstrated in
those exchanges that was not going to be bullied by outside
interests and take positions that were not based on
principle and contrary to the stated mission of the ANC.
Many individuals in positions of "leadership" within the
African American community would be well served to follow
President Mandela's example. There's a lot to said for and
gained by sticking to principle.
Facing death by hanging at his 1964 trial for treason in
Pretoria, South Africa Mr. Mandela said, "During my lifetime
I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African
people...I have fought against white domination, and I have
fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal
of a democratic and free society in which all persons live
together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an
ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve...But if needs
be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
LAHORE, Dec. 7: Ameer, Jamaat e islami, Pakistan, Syed
Munawar Hasan, has said that the Islamic movements had no
enmity with the United States but were only against the
anti-Islam policies of Pentagon and the White House.
He said the US and its allies were hostile to political and
Jehadic Islam as they believed it threatened their rule, and
wanted an Islamic brand that wholeheartedly accepted their
supremacy like Musharraf, Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. He was
addressing a meeting of the JI women wing held at Mansoora
in connection with the local bodies polls.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that the west had been continuously
blaspheming Islam and the Holy Prophet in order to keep the
world from the light of Islam. The Holy Quran was put on
trial, declared a criminal and set on fire. The US had
bracketed Islam with terrorism. A non Muslim responsible for
the murder of two dozen people was declared mentally sick
but a Muslim who simply killed an animal was termed a
After the 9/11 tragedy, he said, the US and Europe could not
give a positive message to the world as those claiming as
the protectors of human rights and human welfare were bent
upon destroying humanity. The US had dropped ammunition in
millions tons in Iraq and Afghanistan to wipe out the
Muslims. Human habitations had been turned into ruins, but
the US did not succeed in its plan to be recognized as the
sole world power of the world.
On the other hand, Islam has the system for human welfare
that guaranteed peace and stability for the humanity, he
Syed Munawar Hasan said that the PML(N) government was
awaiting the retirement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad
Chaudhary, in the hope that later, it would be free to act
according to its free will. He said the plight of the common
man had worsened during the last five months because of
price spiral, unemployment and injustice. Different mafias
were sitting every where and were devouring the rights of
He said that those struggling for the Islamic revolution
would have to understand the conspiracies of the secular
forces. He said, the doors of education had been closed to
the children of poor and the wards of the wealthy became
rulers after securing education at costly schools and
colleges. As a result, the gulf between the rich and the
poor was increasing.
Jamate Islami Leader Liaqat Baluch speaks against
LAHORE, Dec. 7: Secretary General, Jamaat e islami, Liaqat
Baloch, has called for enforcing the code of conduct framed
by the Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC) for effectively curbing
the menace of sectarianism. While condemning the brutal
murder of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Punjab Chief, Shamsur
Rahman Moawya, he stressed that rapprochement between the
parties should be arranged in all the registered cases and
the parties should bury such cases. The punishment under the
law must be enforced and the government should cooperate
with the MYC for the reconciliation between the parties. All
the religious parties should once again unite for burying
the evil of sectarianism and use their influence for the
purpose, he added.
He said the broad day light murder of the ASWJ leader in the
Punjab capital was a question mark on the efficiency of the
Punjab government, police as also the administration. He
said the whole country had been in the grip of sectarian
terrorism and killings since the Rawalpindi tragedy and the
federation, the Interior Ministry and the provincial
government were practically a failure. Routine and formal
measures were taken after every incident but the matters
were practically put into the cold storage, he added.
Liaqat Baloch stressed that the enquiry reports of the
sectarian tragedies at Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore and
Quetta must be made public and internal and foreign forces
trying to fan the sectarianism exposed.