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4 RamaDHaan 1436 A.H.- June 21, 2015 Issue # 77, Newsletter #1607
Hadith of the Week
Allah's Messenger said, "If any ruler having the authority
to rule Muslim subjects dies while he is deceiving them,
Allah will forbid Paradise for him."
[Sahih Bukhari: Kitab al-Ahkam]
Saudi Secrets May be Coming out Soon.
WikiLeaks publishes the Saudi Cables
Friday 19th June at 1pm GMT, WikiLeaks began publishing
The Saudi Cables: more than half a million cables and other
documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry that contain
secret communications from various Saudi Embassies around
The publication includes "Top Secret" reports from other
Saudi State institutions, including the Ministry of Interior
and the Kingdom's General Intelligence Services.
The Saudi Cables are being published in tranches of tens of
thousands of documents at a time over the coming weeks.
Today WikiLeaks is releasing around 70,000 documents from
the trove as the first tranche.
Both Extremes in America are Wrong:
The Third Way Which New Trend Proposes is the Way
I loved your comments in "Our America" in issue #1604. [Sis.
It seems like there are only two options that the elites
want dissidents to take:
sit around and hold hands and sing Gumbya and wait for
some pig to bash their scull in, or
Grab a gun and kill some brain dead pig, and wait for the
elites to use this as propaganda against their cause.
I see a third way: Pull an Iceland on them. While you're at
it, grab your pen or keyboard, like Chris Hedges, Noam
Chomsky, or even Poncho Threetrees are doing, and shame some
sense into the flag waving morons who act like little
Eichmann's. (Like Ward Churchill so bravely said.)
As the Black Man learned in the 60's: You cannot beg for
your rights; you have to demand them - on your feet, not on
I thank you for your service, not some gun toting storm
Dan Unis [Colorado]
Citizens Resistance Against Israeli Settlers
JERUSALEM (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a car outside
a West Bank settlement on Friday, killing an Israeli man and
wounding another in what police said was a "terror attack."
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the two men were
driving along a dirt road outside the West Bank settlement
of Dolev when their car was struck. One man died from his
wounds at a hospital. The second was lightly wounded.
The military said the men had been hiking. It said a
Palestinian man pulled them over, asking for information
about a nearby spring before opening fire on them.
Israel Church Set Ablaze in Possible Jewish Extremist Attack
by The AP
(With thanks from a Christian friend of New Trend in
Most famous Catholic church set on fire by Zionist Jews.
News completely censored by US media - Editor, New Trend
TABGHA, Israel - A fire ripped through one of the most
famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land on Thursday,
damaging the roof and burning prayer books in what
authorities believe is an attack by Jewish extremists.
The fire broke out at the Church of the Multiplication of
the Loaves and Fish in the middle of the night, causing
extensive damage to the inside and outside of the building,
said Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
The modern building is built on the remains of a
fifth-century Byzantine church and features a Byzantine
mosaic floor that was not harmed. The church marks the
traditional spot of Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fish,
and is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in
northern Israel. It is one of the most popular stops for
Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land.
Father Gregory Collins, head of the Order of Saint Benedict
in Israel, which maintains the site, said more than 5,000
people visit the church daily. He said the church would be
closed for the next three days due to the fire damage.
"It's deplorable, absolutely deplorable. I consider such an
attack to be not just an attack on a religious site, on a
sanctuary, but also on one of the most visited places in
Israel," Collins said. "It is also an attack on freedom of
speech, democracy and the right to live here."
Father Matthias Karl, a German monk at the church, said a
souvenir shop, an office for pilgrims and a meeting room
were badly damaged, and bibles and prayer books were
"It's totally destroyed. The fire was very active," he said.
A monk and a church volunteer were hospitalized from smoke
inhalation, but the prayer area of the church was unaffected
by the fire, he said.
A passage from a Jewish prayer, calling for the elimination
of idol worship, was found scrawled in red spray paint on a
wall outside the church.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the incident and
ordered the head of Israel's Shin Bet internal security
agency to "to conduct a full and speedy investigation.".
"This morning's outrageous arson attack on a church is an
attack on us all. In Israel freedom of worship is one of our
core values and is guaranteed under the law,"
Netanyahu said. "Those responsible for this despicable crime
will face the full force of the law. Hate and intolerance
have no place in our society."
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said authorities would make
every effort to apprehend those responsible.
"Such terrible desecration of an ancient and holy place of
prayer is an attack on the very fabric of life in our
country, where people of different faiths seek to live
together in harmony and mutual tolerance and respect,"
Police said they initially arrested 16 youths, all religious
Jewish seminary students from West Bank settlements, but
released them shortly thereafter. Their lawyer, Itamar Ben
Gvir, told Israeli Army Radio the police had no evidence
against the youths and that they were under suspicion simply
for looking like young settlers.
In recent years, mosques and churches have been targeted by
vandals in similar attacks. They are often attributed to
extremist Jews from West Bank settlements. Such attacks have
been widely condemned across the political spectrum in
Israel, though few arrests have been made.
Last year, a group of mostly Jewish youth attacked the
Church of the Multiplication's outdoor prayer area along the
Sea of Galilee, pelting worshippers with stones, destroying
a cross and throwing benches into the lake, Karl said.
Nahum Weisfish, a rabbi from Jerusalem, went to the church
with an interfaith delegation to express sympathy and
condemn the attack.
He said the site might have been targeted because it housed
a synagogue some 2,000 years ago. "But either way it is
forbidden for this to be done like this. We came to condemn
this," he said.
Chess Tournament In Memory of Dr, Abdulalim Shabazz:
Mathematician & Distinguished Scholar who supported Jamaat
This nice video was put together by one of the Chess Players !
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Condemns Charleston, SC Shootings. US
Intelligence Services Should re-Focus on Racist Groups &
Stop Fabricating Anti-Muslim Plots
Press Statement by Nadrat Siddique, Jamaat al-Muslimeen
National Majlis-e-Shura Member
June 19, 2015
Jamaat al-Muslimeen condemns the massacre of four Black
pastors and five other church-goers by a White Supremacist
shooter at the Emmanual African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Church in Charleston, SC, yesterday.
We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the
victims. It is particularly saddening that such an
occurrence took place at a church which is nearly 200
years old and considered a historical landmark. As many are
aware, the church was founded around 1820, by the great
slave rebellion leader Denmark Vesey, who was forcibly
brought to Charleston, but later bought his own freedom. He
organized a slave rebellion in 1822, which was betrayed by
some of the participants. Vesey and 34 others, including his
son, were hanged. The church was razed by the authorities.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen notes the image of police officer
Michael Brelo in Cleveland, standing on the hood of a car
and shooting unarmed motorists Timothy Russell and Malissa
Williams 15 times through the windshield at point blank
range. We note the choking death of the asmatic Eric Garner
by a New York police officer.
Internationally, we note the 2007 shooting spree by a U.S.
Apache helicopter in Baghdad, deliberating targeting and
gunning down 12 civilians, and laughing "Ha ha I hit 'em."
We note the murder of large numbers of civilians by drone
strikes - in violation of international law - in
places like Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. In these cases and
countless others, the perpetrators went unpunished. It is
deeply troubling that these acts of terrorism and countless
others against people of color by those representing the
U.S. government, here and abroad -in violation of the
United States Constitution and the U.S. military
handbook - send the message to potential White
Supremacist terrorists that there is no punishment for
taking innocent lives.
We note that incidents such as the Charleston massacre
indicate the inability of the U.S. government to protect its
own citizens, and point to the compelling need for U.S.
intelligence services to refocus their efforts. Instead of
engaging in entrapment, fraudulent/ preemptive prosecutions,
and Thought Crime prosecutions of Muslims and others, we
encourage U.S.intelligence services to refocus their efforts
on what is clearly a very real threat by White Supremacist
extremists - domestic terrorists in the U.S.
India's Prime Minister Modi and Bangladesh's Hasina Wajed
Joined Hands to Betray the People of Bangladesh.
Jamaate Islami Bangladesh Issued this Polite Critique of
Modi's Visit. Read it Carefully to Understand the Horrible
Treachery of Hasina.
Indian Prime Minister's trip has disappointed Bangladeshi
people, says Acting AmeerActing Ameer of Bangladesh
Jamaat-e-Islami, Maqbul Ahmed has issued the following
statement on 7th June, 2015 expressing reaction to the just
ended trip of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to
"On behalf of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, we had issued a
statement on 1st June, 2015 welcoming the visit of Narendra
Modi, the Prime Minister of the biggest democratic nation of
the world to Bangladesh. 16 crore people of Bangladesh have
been waiting eagerly to witness some fruitful solutions of
the yearlong debates and pending issues between Bangladesh
During the just ended visit of the Indian Premier, 19
treaties, protocol and memorandum of understanding including
for facilitating bilateral trade, coastal shipment & bus
communications between the two countries. India will get a
chance of use the Bangladeshi sea port of Chittagong and
Mongla. They would get the facility to transport to
North-East India by using the land territory of Bangladesh.
All these treaties have been signed for the interest of
During the visit, Indian Prime Minister was accompanied by
the Chief Ministers of those states which are geographically
adjacent to Bangladesh. Naturally, the people of Bangladesh
expected that they would get due share of the common river
like Teesta and Muhuri of Feni. But the people got
disappointed as no discussions were held in this regard.
Bangladesh is gradually turning into desert as the
complicacies with the sharing of common river water are not
These are also causing negative impact upon the national
economy. Another burning issue for Bangladesh is the
civilian killing at the frontier by Indian border guard,
BSF. People also expected that this problem would be
addressed as well during this trip. But that was not
happened which frustrated people severely.
To the Bangladeshi people, world communities and to
neighboring country of India, it is clear that the present
government in Bangladesh has captured the state power
unlawfully through a farcical election held on 5th January,
2014 which experienced less than 5 percent turnout. All the
global forums including United Nations have expressed their
reservation about that controversial election and voiced to
hold another fair and inclusive election ensuring the
participation of all the parties.
Bangladeshi people also hoped that during the visit of the
Prime Minister of the neighboring country, their desire for
restoring democracy would be fulfilled. But no such steps
were visible and people became extremely disappointed.
We hope as the Prime Minister of the biggest democratic
nation of the world, Mr. Narendra Modi would play sincere
and significant role to restore democracy in
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity in Southern Maryland [White
Oaks area]. Highlighting President Morsi of Egypt.
On June 19, after Juma', Jamaat al-Muslimeen documents were
given to 100 Muslims at MCC.
This is an upscale masjid where highly educated Muslims come
The documents were:
Shoora resolutions from Jamaat al-Muslimeen highlighting
the suffering of Rohingya Muslims, opposing the US bombing
campaign in Syria-Iraq, criticizing the tyranny against
Muslims in Bangladesh and CONDEMNING THE SENTENCE OF DEATH
IMPOSED ON PRESIDENT MORSI of EGYPT by the tyrant General
Also resolutions on supporting the people of Baltimore
opposing police brutality, opposing the exploitation of
women and the one sided approach of the media.
Hadith and commentary supporting the right of Muslim
women to travel alone for a good cause.
Battles in Syria and Iraq.
Why should Mother's Day not be celebrated. [by Sis.
Suffering of India's Leaderless Masses. 35 die due to
alcohol poisoning in Mumbai
Police in the western city of Mumbai said that at least 35
people have been killed after consuming toxic alcohol (BBC,
Guardian, HT). Officials say residents of a slum in the
Malad area fell ill after drinking the alcohol on Wednesday
morning. More than 20 people are being treated in hospitals,
amid fears that the death toll could rise. Toxic alcohol
deaths are a regular occurrence in India, where people often
drink cheap local liquor. One suspect has been detained in
the latest case. At least 29 people were killed after
consuming toxic alcohol in Uttar Pradesh state in January
this year whereas nearly 170 people died in 2011 in the
eastern state of West Bengal due to similar causes.
Heavy rains bring Mumbai to a halt
Heavy rainfall in Mumbai has flooded large parts of the city
on Friday morning affecting flights, trains, and bus
services (HT, NDTV, TOI). Thousands of people are caught in
traffic jams and a high tide warning has been issued. Times
of India reports that four more power substations have been
shut down as a precautionary measure. A ministry of defense
spokesperson this morning issued a statement indicating that
the Indian Navy may be called in to assist in rescue
operations in the city. Mumbai is considered to be India's
financial capital. India Meteorological Department officials
say the current rainfall pattern falls under the "extreme"
category for the city of Mumbai, Konkan areas, and Goa. The
officials added that the current weather pattern would
continue for the next two days with isolated spells of very
heavy rain across the city.
Khutba to about 1,000 Arab American
Muslims and scores of others.
Awareness of Allah, Women's Rights, Unity, Political
Understanding are essential.
Islamic Center of the Triad is a Success story for
On June 19, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the Juma' Khutba in
Greensboro, North Carolina, to more than a thousand Muslims
from 6 Arabic speaking countries, 6 African countries as
well as scores of Muslims from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh
as well as some African Americans.
This is a very diverse and peaceful community led with
wisdom and common sense by imam Badi Ali from Palestine.
The turnout for 'Isha prayers and taraweeh was also huge.
The community has high quality reciters of the Qur'an .
Br. Kaukab is so well liked that he was asked to give a
hadith with commentary in a break during the taraweehs. Many
people came to him to express appreciation for his
Here are the main points of Br. Kaukab's khutba. Only a bare
summary is given here from hour long khutbas.
Every aspect of fasting is blessed by Allah. Fasting
during intense heat of summer has extra blessings [as taught
by sahaba, Aisha, r.a., Umar, r.a., Muadh bin Jabal, r.a.,
and Abu Musa al-Ashari, r.a., [reported in the writings of
The Qur'an uses the word TAQWA as the purpose of fasting
[a word which means awareness of Allah, fear of Allah, sense
of direction and caring for the needs of others, as taught
by the Prophet, pbuh, and Umar, r.a.]
Taqwa has a broad spectrum ranging all the way from
proper wudu [ablution for prayer] to leadership and
Immediately after ordaining fasting, the Qur'an refers to
the husband and wife relationship and teaches it as equal,
fulfilling each others' needs, protecting and covering each
If we keep thinking that we are not lacking all that
requires us to be Muslims, fasting will not help us. We must
change for the better and improve ourselves. The examples of
the Prophet, pbuh, Abu Bakr, r.a., Umar, r.a., Aisha, r.a.,
and others show that there is no place for us to be
complacent and to think that we don't need to do better.
The treatment of women, our wives, mothers, daughters,
sisters is key to our taqwa and our fasting. If we are
mistreating our wives, fasting will not help us. If 50% of
our ummah is being suppressed by us, the enemies of Islam
will enter our franks and destroy us from within.
Look at the hadith about women: The Prophet, pbuh, taught
that of all that is good in this world, a virtuous wife is
He taught that if you bring up two daughters with care,
compassion and love, they will take you to Paradise. Honor
and respect your daughters as he, pbuh, did with Fatima,
r.a. Muslim mother is second only to Allah. in love.
Fasting should make us aware of the world we live in:
look at the suffering of our ummah. There is no justice
where there is hunger, lack of basic rights and
America needs Islam. Be aware of the suffering of the
American people, how they are being subjected to racism
simply if their color is Black. Police brutality is now a
common event: even the murder of a 12 year old and now a
whole massacre in a historic Black church in Charleston.
If a church can be attacked, next they will attack
mosques. Nothing seems to be sacred in this country.
Homosexuality has been legitimized by those in power, along
with adultery and fornication. America needs Islam.
Be aware of the suffering of American women of all
races. We must support the women who are the largest number
of converts to Islam, even in a conservative state like
How can we be fasting and not tell our children that TV
is telling lies. The media have lied for decades about Black
people. Why do we expect that they will not lie about
Muslims. If we do not tell our children that the media lie,
our children will become supporters of our worst
Do you notice that those in power send jet bombers to
drop bombs on Muslims EVERY DAY and then their media tell us
that they are bombing "terrorists."
The Qur'an was revealed in Ramadan. It is the key to
transformation and change. It is a book which changes the
entire perspective of one's life. As Khalid ibn al-Waleed,
r.a., told the commander of the huge Roman army: We are few
but we will win because for us the Hereafter is more
important than this world.
Food is important for our understanding of fasting. We
should eat not only HALAL but also TAYYAB [good for us] Dont
go to fast food or food prepared by big business. Don't
drink coca cola. Stay away from Nestle which is funding the
See how fasting has brought us together though we are
from different countries and speak different languages and
have different Schools of Thought. . Allah is not going to
ask us about being Algerian or Chinese, about Shafai or
Hanafi, but about the fulfillment of our obligations as
Muslims. BE UNITED, CARING, COMPASSIONATE, FORGIVING and
strong against the oppressors.]
Pakistan suspends death penalty for Ramadan
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif halted executions for
the duration of Ramadan, a holy month in Islam that began on
Friday (BBC). In anticipation of the temporary suspension,
at least 15 people were hanged earlier this week. More than
170 people have been hanged since December 2014 when a
seven-year moratorium was lifted following the Peshawar
school attack. Pakistan is believed to have the largest
number of death row inmates in the world.
Arrest warrant issued for Musharraf
On Friday, a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued for
former President Pervez Musharraf in connection to the
murder of former Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) cleric Ghazi Abdul
Rasheed during the 2007 Red Mosque military operation
(Dawn). Islamabad Additional Sessions judge, Kamran Basharat
Mufti, ordered police to arrest Musharraf and present him in
court for the next hearing of the case on July 24.
Islamic leaders condemn Bangladesh Supreme Court verdict .
India Has admitted its role in creation of Bangladsh.
Lahore, June 16; Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator
Sirajul Haq, and JI Secretary General, Liaqat Baloch, have
strongly condemned the Bangladesh Supreme Court verdict
confirming the death sentence awarded to Secretary General
,JI, Bangladesh Wazir Ali Hasan Mujahid, by the so called
war crimes tribunal.
In a joint statement here on Tuesday, they stressed upon the
Pakistan government and the world community to exert their
pressure for stopping the political vendetta going on
Bangladesh. They also urged the Pakistan government to
approach the world community for avoiding more bloodletting
in the brother Muslim country.
The JIP leaders pointed out the Indian Prime Minister Modi
had, during his visit to Dhaka, admitted Indian army's role
in the separation of East Pakistan. They urged the
International Court of Justice to take suo moto notice of
the whole matter and play its role to save the lives of
thousands of innocent people in Bangladesh convicted on
The JIP leaders said that India, the so called champion of
democracy, had practically established its hold on
Bangladesh while puppet Prime Minister of BD, Sh. Hasina
Wajid, was following New Delhi's dictates and sowing the
seeds of hatred and bloodshed with a brother Muslim country.
The New Imperialism
Ramadan 2015: China 'bans fasting' for Uighur Muslims.
In parts of the far western Xinjiang district, Chinese
officials have banned Muslim party members, civil servants,
students and teachers from fasting during the holy month of
"China is increasing its bans and monitoring as Ramadan
approaches. The faith of the Uighurs has been highly
politicised, and the increase in controls could cause sharp
resistance," Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exiled group,
the World Uighur Congress (WUC), said in a Reuters
The Uighur leader saw this as China attempting to control
their Islamic faith. He warned that the restrictions would
force "the Uighur people to resist [Chinese rule] even
Raxit, the Sweden-based spokesman for the WUC, told Radio
Free Asia: "They are extracting guarantees from parents,
promising that their children won't fast on Ramadan."
According to the Chinese government's website, halal
restaurants in Jinghe County, near the Kazakh border, were
encouraged by food safety officials to stay open during day
hours in Ramadan.
Chinese authorities have set restrictions on Uighur Muslims
in the northwestern region of Xinjiang every Ramadan.
Officials are forced to give verbal as well as written
assurances "guaranteeing they have no faith, will not attend
religious activities and will lead the way in not fasting
over Ramadan," state media reported.
Muslim shops and restaurants have also been ordered to sell
cigarettes and alcohol or be shut down.
In December 2014, China banned the wearing of Islamic veiled
robes in public in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, a
predominantly Muslim region.
Beijing is continuing its campaign against "religious
extremism", although human rights groups call it religious
Xinjiang, which activists call East Turkestan, has been
autonomous since 1955 but continues to be the subject of
continued security restrictions by Chinese authorities.
There are eight million Turkish-speaking Uighur Muslims in
the northwestern Xinjiang region.
More about Uighur muslims
Ahrar al-Sham & Other Islamic Groups Could soon Capture all
of Aleppo which is now divided between Assad & Opposition.
Excerpted from Reuters
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Sylvia Westall and Tom Perry
This is what Assad's barrel bombs do to civilian areas (see
photo at left). Residents walk amidst rubble at a site
hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by
Syrian regime forces.
AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian insurgents say they have
begun a campaign to capture full control of the divided city
of Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before it become a
main battleground in its four-year-old civil war.
Neither side has been able to control Syria's main
commercial hub, 50 km from Turkey, since battle erupted
there in 2012, turning its UNESCO-listed historic center
into a ruin. The prospect of a rebel offensive in the city
is a stark sign of the turn of momentum against President
Bashar al-Assad's government, which has lost swathes of
territory to fighters in recent months in the northwest,
east and south of the country.
Just four months ago it was the army and its allied militia
that were launching a major bid to besiege rebel-held areas
of eastern Aleppo. Now, rebels are claiming the initiative.
"The big battle of Aleppo you can say has started in its
preparatory phases," said Yasser Abdul Rahim, a rebel
commander who directs a joint operations room set up in
April to capture government-held Aleppo.
"There is a decisive final blow coming that will expel the
regime from Aleppo and to liberate the city completely,"
said Abdul Rahim, a member of the Nour al Din al Zinki rebel
He was speaking to an opposition-affiliated TV station,
The city's fall would be a major blow for Assad, restricting
his control mainly to a belt of territory stretching north
from Damascus to the Mediterranean coast. This would deepen
Syria's de facto partition between the Assad-run west and
other areas held by a patchwork of armed groups.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which
tracks the war, said rebels had captured some ground in
government-held districts in the city and to the north of
"They are now trying to mobilize around Aleppo, but until
now they haven't made big progress," said Rami Abdulrahman,
who runs the Observatory.
An alliance of rebels including groups fighting under the
name Free Syrian Army made a small but notable advance into
a government-held part of Aleppo this week. The army says it
beat back the foray into the Rashidin district - the first
rebel advance into the heart of Aleppo's
government-controlled residential area in more than two
Insurgents have also been bombarding government-held areas
previously unaccustomed to the level of destruction
inflicted on insurgent-held parts of the city. More than 30
people were killed in an insurgent bombardment this week,
the single most lethal rebel attack of its type there since
the war began, according to the Observatory.
Taliban Seize Key Afghan District in Northern Afghanistan
By Eltaf Najafizada, Bloomberg 3 hours ago
Parts of Char Dara district in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz
province fell into Taliban hands after a 10-hour standoff
with government forces, local officials said.
Afghan Taliban and foreign fighters including Chechens,
Uzbeks and al-Qaeda members opened a "major assault"
Saturday morning and captured the center of the district at
7 p.m., said Meer Wali, a district policeman involved in the
fighting Hussaini said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed confirmed the capture
of the district in an e-mailed statement.
Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon
Boko Haram is Winning: Chad military hit in its Capital:
Raids in Maidugiri. Drive for 5 hours in Sambisi: It is
all Boko Haram territory. Retreat was Tactical.
Boko Haram is winning.
That's the assessment of both U.S. counterterrorism
officials and many experts who cover West Africa. After
several months of optimism, and military successes by
Chadian and Nigerian forces that rolled back the terror
group's gains, Boko Haram has retaken the initiative.
The Islamist terror group attacked a police academy in
Chad's capital city of N'Djamena this weekend, killing
dozens of officers and recruits. Boko Haram had also killed
dozens of Nigerians, including police officers, in a series
of recent attacks around Maiduguri, the biggest city in
Nigeria's northeast. On Wednesday, a sack of bombs killed
more than 60 people in Bauchi, Nigeria.
"You can quibble on this and that, but yes, they are
winning," said John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche Center
director at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former
U.S. ambassador to Nigeria. Campbell said that Western
observers had "way overstated" the territorial gains by
Nigerian and Chadian forces that dislodged Boko Haram from
small towns it had overrun in the spring.
"There have been successes," said a U.S. counterterrorism
official. "But it's whack-a-mole. Boko Haram does strategic
retreats. ... They will move out from the forest into the
countryside, attacking villages, then when confronted will
beat a retreat and carry out bombings in Maiduguri. ...
We've just had three days of bombings in Maiduguri. It had
quieted down in Maiduguri."
Officials in Nigeria and four neighboring countries -- Chad,
Cameroon, Niger and Benin -- have been trying to form an
8,700-man fighting force to battle Boko Haram. Both the
United States and France has been helping with intelligence
and other support, but the multinational force is still has
no central command.
So Boko Haram retains the initiative, and commands the pace.
The group has also solidified its connection with ISIS,
referring to itself in a June 1 video as the "Islamic State,
West Africa Province," ans is borrowing the Arab terror
group's military ideas.
Though U.S. officials say there's no evidence that ISIS has
supplied Boko Haram with anything other than production help
on social media, J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic
Council's Africa Center, says there's evidence of what he
called "revolutionary" military tactics inspired by
"What I have seen is increasing sophistication in
confronting Nigerian forces," said Pham. "In attacks on
Nigerian forces, it's always been see-saw battles for
control. What's interesting is that tactics have changed."
Before, said Pham, the Nigerians would flee and Boko Haram
would advance. "That's still ongoing," he said. "Now,
however, Boko Haram is attacking on two of three sides and
will put the bulk of their forces on the escape route and
the Nigerians are getting ambushed. That's a military
The counterterrorism official agrees, saying Boko Haram is
showing "a lot more nimbleness." The attack on N'Djamena is
a bold move by Boko Haram, say experts, because it will spur
reprisals from Chad. The French-trained Chadians, who
already have 5,000 soldiers committed to the fight, are seen
as the "warriors" of the region, U.S. officials say,
compared to the other national armies. But there are issues
with the way Chadians fight.
"They are fearless and have the best training in the region.
In short, they bring it," said an official. "On the other
hand, they think direct combat is the best. As a result,
they tend to lose more people. They think body armor wimpy,"
said the official.
In a long war, that tends to be problematic, the official
added. "Neither Chad nor Nigeria nor Niger nor Cameroon have
the troops to sustain a long-term effort." Pham thinks the
attack on the police academy will have consequences, ending
an implicit agreement under which Boko Haram was permitted
to keep its families there. Even Boko Haram leader Abubakar
Shekau had a favorite wife living in Chad. "That tacit
understanding is over," said Pham. "Expect the families to
be rounded up." Some in the U.S. note that Chad's military,
like Nigeria's, has a record of human rights abuses.
Chad has asked for U.S. help, but so far the U.S has been
reluctant. "Do we want to get involved in yet another civil
war within Islam?" asked Campbell. "Not small arms, not
intelligence sharing? A war. Do we?"
On Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa, Undersecretary of
State for Africa Linda Greenfield Thomas announced he U.S.
was sending $5 million to help build the five-nation
coalition, but that's seen as a token contribution.
The next steps militarily could be up to Nigeria's new
government, which is headed by a former military dictator,
Muhammadu Buhari. He said this week he will go to Cameroon
soon to help make the multinational coalition happen, but
previous talks were fraught with in-fighting based on past
border disputes. And, said a U.S. official, "We have seen no
big changes in the Nigerian military. They're still not a
good fighting force."
Campbell says it looks like a long fight. "Boko Haram seem
intent on recreating the pre-colonial Islamic Emirate of
Borno," he argued. "Pieces of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and
Cameroon were all part of that pre-colonial emirate."
How ambitious is that? Said Pham, "We're probably talking an
area that's close to 100,000 square miles -- the size of
The Reality in the Heart of the City of Baltimore: Why did
the People Rise Up?
by SIDDIQUN, A Muslim activist for social justice
Monday, May 18, 2015
A Conversation with Reverend Annie Chambers (Big Momma's
May 1, 2015
Describe the area in which you work.
I work all over. Baltimore has changed a lot. They have
pushed out a lot of poor people. I work with people on
Caroline Street. Also the projects I work in are Perkins,
Douglas, Gilmor, and others. They're taking away public
housing. Now people have nowhere to live. We fight for basic
things like food and shelter. Shelter is getting to be a
I work with a mother with three children. The police came to
her house and found a tiny amount of marijuana. As a result,
she and her three children are homeless. Average rent in
Baltimore is $800 or $900 per month, which she cannot
afford. She goes from place to place, depending on family
members to take her in. The homeless shelters in the city
are a joke. Her sixteen-year old can't stay with her at a
shelter because he's considered an adult male. She wanted to
stay with me, when I have is a one bedroom. She says all she
needs is a floor to sleep on.
Describe the conditions faced by the young people in
I deal with children and people on a daily basis who don't
have shoes. They wear fifty cent flip flops all summer long.
And it's not only that they don't have shoes. You got
parents who can't get a proper shirt or pair of pants.
We dressed the children ourselves, because they don't have
The children come to me are often hungry. A boy told me ten
different ways to fix "Oodles of Noodles." He wanted to know
why I didn't have "Oodles of Noodles." I hate "Oodles of
Noodles." One day I made spaghetti, and he had some. He said
it was some funny tasting "Oodles of Noodles." I gave him a
Many of the children we deal with are in a shelter at night.
They walk the street during the day. We take them on field
trips. We educate them in Black history. We teach them art.
Every child who went to Big Momma's house was one or two
grades ahead when they went back into the public school
Do many of these children have parents who are locked up?
If you have ten children, maybe half of those will have
parents who are locked up.
The education system has failed the children. The system has
failed them. We have failed them. The system thinks nothing
of putting them in prison. In fact, they think nothing of
putting the children in prison with the older people.
If you're a black male walking down the street, you're a
target. I've seen police strip the boys down to their
underwear. Even make them take their underwear off. Do a
body cavity search. They will grope all over the girls'
breasts. And the children haven't done anything.
A ten-year old told me: The police better not mess with me.
I asked him what he would do if they did mess with him. He
said: I will kill the police.
Police stomp a man like Tyrone West in the chest. They know
what they are doing. Then they say it was okay, the man is
dead. But that man was a father, an uncle, a brother.
People think children don't see all these things. They keep
telling the children to be peaceful.
The children were tired. They were caged. How do you expect
them to feel when they keep seeing the police kill us. The
officials always come up with some explanation for why they
How do you think Tyrone's children are going to feel when
they see that the police beat their father or uncle to
death? So the anger is already there in the children. The
powder keg was already there. The children throwing rocks in
Baltimore were not thugs, thieves, or soldiers. They did
what they had to, and now the whole world is noticing. I am
proud of them.
Minister Malcolm told us, never start a fight. But if they
bring it to you, make sure you finish the fight.
This government goes over the world talking about human
rights. We [Black people in Baltimore] ask: Am I not a
human? Just because my skin is brown, or black or red, am I
not a human? We have not gotten any human rights yet. We
have to pray, get up, and start battling. I'll be 75-years
old in August, and I've been praying to see this day.
I'm tired of the preachers, faith-based leaders. They keep
talking about peace. We haven't had any peace since we've
Those children were doing what we should have done. If you
want respect from those devils, you must command it. I
understand from people who were in the first march, people
were spitting on them. My grandson and other young people
told me they were spit on. They were called niggers. The
white people who were with them were called nigger lovers.
They had beer thrown on them. And they decided they were not
going to take it anymore.
All the public radio and television personalities were
talking bad about the children. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson,
and all the other self-proclaimed advocates came into town,
and thumbed their nose at the people. They didn't march with
the people. They met with the mayor.
I didn't see any of these men come out in defense of the
children, except [Pastor] Jamal Bryant. And he stayed only
five minutes. I prayed that the Lord would smite them. They
are part of the problem. Then for [Baltimore Mayor]
Stephanie Rawlings Blake to call our children thugs. The
next election, everybody who has breath in their body should
work to get her out of office.
[Police Commissioner] Batts came into office with the agenda
to eliminate our people. His plan was to push Black people
out of the city. They got rid of all the Section 8
[subsidized] housing, making it very difficult for poor
people on very low incomes to survive in Baltimore.
Another problem that arises: If you don't have water, the
government can take your children from you.
Why would you not have water?
Because you couldn't pay your water bill.
And why would that be? Wouldn't a water bill be at most $30,
50, or 100? That doesn't seem like a big deal, considering
how high rent and utilities are in Baltimore.
The water bill may be $300, $400, or $500.
So the pretext of unpaid water bills is one way the System
separates Black children from their parents. In what other
ways do they attempt to destroy the Black family?
The media aired that clip of the woman who grabbed her son
out of the protest. She slapped him in the head. They aired
that many times. They were gloating over it.
But think about it: In the times we live in, if a Black
parent beats their child, they're going to jail. Parents
can't even holler at their children, because the police will
come and take the child away from the parent.
A woman across the street whipped her child for stealing out
the Dollar Store. The cops came and locked the mother up.
Next time they try to do that, I'm going to remind them
about that woman they put on TV. It was okay for her to hit
her son upside the head, because he was part of the Uprising
(which they call a "riot"). These people [in government] are
liars and connivers.
Talk about the terminologies used by the government and
corporate media to describe the young people who
participated in Monday's actions.
The word "thug" came out of our mayor's mouth. It got picked
up by the media who kept it going. "Hoodlums" came out of
the mouth of Dante Hickman who calls himself a minister.
Dante Hickman, of the Southern Baptist Convention?
Yes. And President Obama called them thieves. The media
picked that up and ran with it. These are labels put on the
children. If I'm hungry and can't get food, and I take some,
I'm a thief. If I'm oppressed and I strike back, I'm a
hoodlum. We didn't have a riot. I know what a riot is. I've
seen plenty of them. We had an uprising.
The thug is the police department. The hoodlums are those
down in City Hall who are doing the master's will. The
thieves are the carpetbaggers in the churches and
corporations. Put the labels where they belong.
The children struck a match. They lit the fire. Let's hope
the adults have the sense to put some wood onto the fire.
Continue to fight.
I'm glad the children did what they did because they stood
up and said, "I'm human and I want to be treated like I'm
human. I'm an instrument and a soldier in the Army of the
Lord." They're not thugs and thieves. They're truly soldiers
in the Army of the Lord.
Reverend Mother Annie Chambers is a Black Panther, a mother,
a grandmother, and a great grandmother. She's a fighter for
her people, which she considers to be all humanity.
Islamic Response to the Death Sentence on President Morsi by
the Tyrant of Egypt General Sissi
by: Ahmed Hammuda
Decree whatever you wish to Decree
When they saw the miracle of Musa's staff, the magicians of
the Pharaoh unanimously believed. Indifferent to what
followed of Pharaoh's threats, they exclaimed: "...So
decree whatever you wish to decree, for you can only decree
(regarding) this life of the world."
In Egypt, the tyrant then is the tyrant today, Egypt is
Egypt and we repeat it in unanimity; "decree, whatever you
desire to decree", 'Judge', 'Court', 'Grand Mufti' whoever
dared to decree death for those who wanted to effect change
in an Ummah that has been crippled under oppressive regimes,
tyrants and Islam's adversaries in every sense.
On the 16th of June, President Mohammad Morsi's death
sentence by hanging was confirmed, as was the case for the
Muslim Brotherhood's Guide, Mohammed Badie and tens of
others including Rashad al-Bayoumi, Saad Katatni (the former
Head of the People's Assembly), Essam el-Erian and the Head
of the International Union for Muslim Scholars Yusuf
al-Qaradawi. These ludicrous sentences made sure to comprise
already passed away victims, including five Palestinian
martyrs who were killed in previous Gaza wars such as Raed
Attar, as well as other prisoners in Israeli jails,
condemned many years ago such as Hassan Salameh and
scores of other protagonists.
When the Pharaoh thought that his malice would win, he was
trounced. Such are the oppressors, miserable losers, in
every way conceivable, both in this life and the hereafter.
Below we mention why this is.
Successes of the Oppressed Worldly
Was it not Yunus 'alayhi al-Salām's message that
reached and resonated across the far corners of Nineveh
after he had departed his people, for him to find his nation
having believed entirely? A man who lives for a cause and
message thinks beyond his own person, not really caring if
he, as the flag bearer is killed, so long as the message is
delivered. The 'Companions of the Ditch' all believed in the
young boy's message, only after he was killed in its
A leader who lives and strives for a cause is naturally
victim to the continuous difficulty and affliction that
ensues. Years of persecution and torture, in tandem with
increasing faith and resolution are two components that
cause an individual to long for the company of his Lord.
Through his demise as a martyr, he is saved from the
shackles of the worldly life, its distresses, toils and
misfortunes and seldom will he miss such a climate. This may
be why the companion 'Abdullāh b. Rawāhah rady
Allāhu 'anhu, in the thick of clobbering maces and
clubbing swords sang his notorious couplets: "I swear upon
you O myself that you will descend (your mount), by force or
by your own will, even if the people gather and yelling
intensifies... why is it that I see you hating Paradise?"
A righteous man or woman, killed upon a good cause is
recognised as a martyr. The collective testimony of
righteous believers to that effect is a serious matter that
should not be overlooked. The Prophet salla Allāhu
'alayhi wasallam said to his companions: "He whom you
praised in good terms, Paradise has become certain for him,
and he whom you condemned in bad words, Hell has become
certain for him. You are Allāh's witnesses in the
earth, you are Allāh's witnesses in the earth, you are
Allāh's witnesses in the earth."
Among the worldly successes of the oppressed believer is
that nothing bars his supplication. As history attests, this
is in particular at the moment of his demise at the hands of
his opponents. When Khubaib ibn 'Ady was mutilated by the
people of Quraish, it was only moments after he uttered "O
Allāh gather them one by one, kill them one by one and
leave of them not a single one" that they lunged to the
ground, hoping that his piercing arrow of a du'ā would
somehow fly over their heads. As for "the supplication of
the oppressed person; Allāh raises it up above the
clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord
says: 'By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it
should be after a while.'" With this, a heavily trialled
believer is most similar in resemblance to a Prophet,
hesalla Allāhu 'alayhi wasallam said: "The Prophets
[are tried the most], then those nearest to them, then those
nearest to them. A man is tried according to his
Worldly successes are dwarfed by what Allāh has
prepared in the afterlife. As the oppressed believer marches
through the plane of resurrection, flying, or riding,
dumping the weight of his sins onto his foe, "who is jeering
today?" Their moments in the dark, dreary dungeons, will be
replaced with everlasting palaces and gardens of delight,
while they glimpse the once tyrant standing to hear the
verdict in the Court of Allāh, "They will come forth,
with humbled eyes...", the angels; the Prosecutors, his
limbs, his witnesses and Allāh the Judge. This is the
final decree, and the sweetest retribution. The companion of
the Prophet salla Allāhu 'alayhi wasallam, Haram ibn
Milhān, only declared "I have won by the Lord of the
Ka'bah!" after the spear was lunged into his body whilst on
his journey to teach the Qur'ān. The believer of
Yā Sīn, 'Habīb al-Najjār' saw nothing of
a 'worldly positive result', but was promised Paradise at
the instant he was martyred. It was a sentence to
'death' in your court, but to martyrdom in Allāh's, and
as such not something we would despise, as the Messenger of
Allāh salla Allāhu 'alayhi wasallam said: "There
are six things with Allāh for the martyr. He is
forgiven with the first flow of blood (he suffers), he is
shown his place in Paradise, he is protected from punishment
in the grave, secured from the greatest terror, the crown of
dignity is placed upon his head - and its gems are better
than the world and what is in it - he is married to seventy
two wives among al-Hūr al-'Ayn of Paradise, and he may
intercede for seventy of his close relatives."
Catastrophes of the Oppressor Worldly
The Prophet salla Allāhu 'alayhi wasallam lists two
evils that draw catastrophe in this world before the next:
"tyranny and disobeying the parents." History is replete
with how killing unjustly brought upon the perpetrator
paralysing distress, or haunting doom and gloom. In other
terms; crippling depression. The Prophet Mūsā
'alayhi al-Salām, despite killing the Egyptian by utter
mistake is reminded of the grace of Allāh: "Then you
did kill a man, but We saved you from great
distress..."The outer display of contentment should not
intimidate us, because each oppressor is swimming in the
depths of his own misery, maybe at the loss of a heart, or
in anticipation of impending retribution from Allāh;
the Prophet salla Allāhu 'alayhi wasallam said:
"Allāh Blessed and Most High gives respite to the
wrong-doer until, when He seizes him, and he cannot
Hajjāj b. Yūsuf, the Amīr of Kūfa during
the Caliphate of 'Abdul-Malik b. Marwān is most
notoriously known for his tyranny, some claiming he killed
tens of thousands of his opponents. The last of whom was the
famous second generation scholar, Sa'īd b. Jubair for
his siding with Hajjāj's bitter opponent,
'Abdullāh b. Zubair. On summoning Sa'īd during
Ramadān, Hājjaj ordered that his neck is struck.
Soon after would this haunt Hajjāj in every avenue of
whatever miserable life Hajjāj lived thereafter.
Hajjāj would see Sa'īd in his every dream,
grabbing him by his cloak and uttering: "enemy of
Allāh, why did you kill me?!" For forty days this
persisted, until Hajjāj died, uttering and repeating
"what is the matter with me and Sa'īd b. Jubair?!"
Have you ever seen an oppressor that is not cursed and
slandered by the tongues of thousands? Here we recall the
"#vote for the Pimp" hash tag during Sisi's 'presidential
campaign' that attracted over 100 million impressions after
only days of its creation.
An oppressive tyrant is downtrodden in the eyes of most.
Recall the demise of late tyrants, some pulled out of rat
holes, others fleeing in a Niqāb (ironically banned
during his reign), others burnt at the stake, and some still
waiting. Then to top their worldly catastrophe, their
lasting legacy is dumped into the dustbins of history, as
will be the case with these 'judges'. It is funny how only
recently Former Egyptian Justice Minister, Mahfouz Saber
declared that a "judge must hail from an appropriate
environment (social class)...thanks are due to
cleaners...but there are other jobs that they can take."
Not to worry Mr Saber, dustbin men need not become 'judges'
in Egypt for its politicised judiciary to be thrown in the
dustbins of history. There is plenty of space in the pit
holes of history for oppressors to be remembered.
As for the hereafter, for it is a day when the hornless goat
will settle matters with its horned enemy that once butted
it in the Dunyā. It is when the one killed without
justice will drag his killer before the throne of
Allāh: "Allāh, ask this slave of yours why he
killed me." Look at the miserable oppressor, as he meets
his riffraff, drafts resolutions and eradicates voices of
reason. "Does he think that none can overcome him?" How
gloomy are their smiles when they wave to mobs of cheering
fools, forgetting that they will pulled ahead again
tomorrow, shackled by their necks, "hastening forward with
necks outstretched, their heads raised up, their gaze
returning not towards them...their garments will be of tar,
and fire will cover their faces." The Prophet salla
Allāhu 'alayhi wasallam said: "Judges are three: Two
judges that are in the Fire, and a judge that is in
Paradise. A man who judges without the truth, and he knows
that. This one is in the Fire. One who judges while not
knowing, ruining the rights of the people. So he is in the
Fire. A judge who judges with the truth, that is the one in
We, the witnesses are between the opportunity of success or
failure. Do not see yourself as a sideliner or render your
impact futile. A believer succeeds when injustices lead to
strength, resolve and realisation of the reality of this
Dunyā; depleting and worthless in and of itself.
Muslims are united against causes of clear injustice. Rarely
has there been more support for Islamic political movements,
and such sentiments are driven by the sight of leaders
cramped in cells, not ransomed with more 'perishable'
followers but rather at the forefront in their sacrifice.
The honest among us from the dishonest are deciphered, the
righteous are separated from the hypocrites and the pure
from the filth. It is our opportunity to say to the tyrant:
"you tyrant!" and our moment to partake in defending the
sanctity of Islām and the honour of the believers. So
let the gloaters gloat, and chase their sleep if ever they
get any, and again "decree whatever you desire to decree,
for you can only decree (regarding) this life of the
Sirah ibn Hisham
Sahīh Muslim on the authority of Anas ibn Malik
Hasan Jami' at-Tirmidhi on the authority of Abu Hurairah
Hasan Jami' at-Tirmidhi on the authority of Mus'ab bin
From narration of Bukhari and Muslim on the authority
of Anas ibn Malik
Hasan Sahīh, Jami' al Tirmithy on the authority of
al-Miqdam bin Ma'diykarib.
Mentioned in al Adab al Mufrad, classed Sahīh
Sahīh, Jami' al Tirmithy on the authority of Abu
Al Bidaya wan Nihaya - Ibn Kathir
Sahīh Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah
Ahmad on the authority of Ibn 'Abbas
Qur'ān 43 and 50 from chapter 14
Sahīh Sunan Abi Dawud on the authority of Ibn
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