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28 Jumada Al-Awwal, 1438 A.H.- February 26, 2017 Issue # 9, Newsletter # 1695
Hadith of the Week
Fancy Mosques are not Islamic. Focus on Allah, not on your
From Anas ibn Malik, r.a: The messenger of Allah, pbuh,
said: The Final Hour will not come till people start taking
pride in the finery of their mosques.
From Abdullah ibn Abbas, r.a.: The messnger of Allah, pbuh,
said: I see in the future that you will raise your mosques
to the heights just as the Christians and the Jews did with
their places of worship.
From Umar ibn al-Khattab, r.a., The messenger of Allah, pbuh
said: The deeds of a people will start deteriorating when
they start decorating and beautifying their mosques.
[These three hadith are from the Sunan of Ibn Maja, hadith
number 622, 623, 624.]
Comments by Kaukab Siddique
Our focus should be on Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet,
pbuh. The mosques however big to accomodate numbers of
Muslims should not be reflections of our wealth amd worldly
In America, million dollar mosques are becoming the norm of
our wealthy communities. The spread of Islam among the poor
and the downtrodden in America which speeded up under the
influence of Malcolm X [al-Hajj Malik Shabazz] ha slowed
down and the mosques have become symbols of arrogant
immigrants who flaunt their riches and write large checks
while their poor brethren sit there listening to the
bragging of large donations. This "church" type method of
collection is shameful and scandalous. Notice the silence
of these mosques on the suffering of the Muslim Ummah. These
immigrants behave as if they are in Madinah while they
survive only because the oppressors allow them to
The humble mosque from which Muslims came out and conquered
half the world was the Mosque of the Prophet, pbuh. Also
look at the mosque in Afghanistan from which the Taliban
emerged and challenged a superpower. It looks like a
May Allah save us from the Wath of Allah that in His name we
violate His teaching [thru the Prophet, pbuh.].
Grow Trees in Afghanistan
February 26. BBC
The leader of the Taliban issued a directive urging the
mujahideen forces in particular and the Afghan people in
general to plant trees.
Planting Trees has been recommended as a blessed act of
charity by the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, in authentic
Jamaat al-Muslimeen reached 83 Muslims after Juma' Salat
with 4-Page Document
On February 24, at the Islamic Center of Newark, Delaware,
on the outskirts of the University of Delaware, a 4-page
Jamaat al-Muslimeen document was given to 83 Muslims after
Jum'a. Most of the audience were Arab Americans with smaller
numbers of Bangladeshis and Africans.
The khurba given by an Arab brother, very eloquent in
Arabic, but with a heavy accent in English, was about faith
in the unseen and the unknown based on the story of Moses,
pbuh and Khidr in the Qur'an.
The 4 page Jamaat document contained the following
The contributions to the understanding of Islam in Pakistan
by Dr. Israr Ahmad. [Via Br. Zaheer Bawany].
Renewed fighting in Syria as Mujahideen groups try to
Mosul: Week 17. A series of Islamic successes against US
backed Shia Armada.
Importance of Supplication [du'a] and why often prayers are
not accepted by Allah. [Br. Kaukab Siddique].
Political Prisoners :
Dangerous Development in Afghanistan.
Associated Press reports: On February 24, in Jawzjan
province, 10 police officers were killed killed in an ambush
by Islamic State fighters. The wife of the police commander
was tragically caught in the crossfire and killed.
Observers are concerned that IS fighters who were till now
limited to Nangarhar province are now appearing in other
provinces. It appears that fighters dissatisfied with
Taliban policies are switching to IS.
It's not Correct to Blame Imam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab for
the misdeeds of Saudi Kings.
Dear Mohtaram Br. (name omitted for privacy reasons)
We cannot blame Imam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab for anything
which the Saudi Kings have done. Look at these dates:
Imam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab died in 1792.
The first Saudi King established the kingdom in 1932.
There is a gap of 140 years between the two. The Imam did
not advise the King, nor could he physically advise the
king. Why? Because he was dead 140 years earlier.
King Abdulaziz (also known as Ibn Saud) began in1902, by
restoring his family as emirs of Riyadh. He then proceeded
to conquer first the Nejd (1922) and then the Hejaz (1925).
He progressed from Sultan of Nejd, to King of Hejaz and
Nejd, and finally to King of Saudi Arabia in 1932.
You have has written a lot of baseless attacks for which he
has given no source. Imam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab not
only loved the Prophet, pbuh, but had the greatest respect
for the scholars of Islam. I quoted from his book about Imam
Shafai and Imam Bukhari. He considers them as authorities.
Here it is again:
"About this Quranic text, al-Shafai, Allah's mercy be on
him, commented: 'If Allah had revealed only this sura as
irrefutable demonstration to His creation, it would be
adequate enough to convince them.'
Al-Bukhari, may Allah's mercy be on him, said with the same
emphasis, ' Knowledge must precede both statement and
The evidence for this is the statement of Exalted
I noted in the article of mine which you have distributed:
"A favorite tactic of the abusers is to link the current
rulers of Arabia, the Saudis, with "wahhabis." It is a bogus
tactic like blaming Mohomed Ali Jinnah for the chaos in
Pakistan, or Imam Khomeini for the sectarianism of Iran, or
George Washington for the imperialism of America."
Please send me SPECIFIC information about Dr. Israr Ahmed. I
don't think he was banned. I would like to know.
Hundreds of rulers have appeared in Najd over 1400 years.
Hadith is not saying which of them is referred to in the
The word "kharijite" was not mentioned by the Prophet, pbuh.
Imam Muhammad's brother was not a religious authority. His
words don't mean anything.
Brooklyn, New York
Remembering Malcolm X
by Br. Abu Talib, Jamaat al-Muslimeen.
There was a program last night on the anniversary of Malcolm
X's assassination fifty two years ago.
The program was held at Sister's Place in Brooklyn and was
sponsored by the December 12th Movement. There were about
fifty people in the audience viewing a documentary of
Malcolm X and his speeches.
The main theme were the ideas of Malcolm X in the era of
Trump and the relevance of Malcolm X today. The same things
Malcolm was telling us many years ago we are still facing
many of the same problems like housing and education in the
African American community.
There are many lessons for us today especially for the
immigrant Community of Muslims who are in this society who
do not understand the nature of this society and the racism
they are facing. The Muslims from overseas need to read
Malcolm X's books and listen to his speeches which are
relevant today especially in this new climate of white
Supremacy under this administration.
Malcolm X was an example for us as Muslims to stand for
justice against injustice and to side with the poor and
oppressed. That is our duty as Muslims We have to teach the
people about Islam and to reach them in the community where
they live and not to build fancy centers or Masjids away
from the people as if we have a club.
The struggle continues as Malcolm X said many years ago. We
have to organize and build organizations.
Russian Defense Minister admits they have tested 162 new
weapons in Syria, as if white phosphorus bombs weren't bad
An Amnesty International annual report discloses that Israel
tortured and killed thousands of Palestinians, including
children. The Palestinians are accused of killing 16
Israelis and one foreign citizen.
Ten Muslim men were arrested in connection to a brutal
attack on two other Muslim men at Switzerland mosque. People
should unite, not fight.
Israel denies human rights watch work visas, and gave a
scapegoat for the reason.
Trump is trumped once more, this time by Mexico in regards
to non-Mexican deportees Trump had planned to send to our
They Are Trying to Use Muslims against Trump.
Why so much love for Refugees and not for the countries they
Response to the " Today I am a Muslim too" Rally in New
York.[Ref: Azaan in Time Square and Linda Sarsour's Speech
to Cheering non-Muslims!]
This is just a trick to fool Muslims. They are just fooling
Muslims and want to get Muslims' help to remove Trump.
In fact, Trump will be the best president of USA. He is
fulfilling his promise to his people and his policies are in
favor of all the people in the USA. His policy about
immigration has nothing wrong in it. He and Americans have
full rights to take or not to take refugees from any
country. His policy about the illegals is great and it will
really make the USA great. It doesn't matter if they are in
millions. Illegal people are the ones who commit serious
crimes and corrupt the countries. I'm surprised why are
these anti-Trump people having so much mercy for illegals
Those who are showing the favors to Muslims and talking
against Trump, in reality, they have no concern for Muslims.
They just want to use Muslims against Trump.If they would
have any care for Muslims then why are they keeping their
mouths shut and not saying anything against the bombing on
the people of Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan etc.
Instead of worrying about the refugees, why don't they talk
about how to fix the problems in Iraq, Syria etc.? Why are
they just insisting on bringing refugees?
"Over a quarter of a million, children are already severely
malnourished, If we do not reach these children with urgent
aid, many of them will die,"
- Jeremy Hopkins, a UNICEF official in South Sudan.
The UN and other agencies have been struggling to deliver
aids in the regions which have witnessed consistent civil
war for three years.The UN had on Monday warned that war and
a collapsing economy have set off a famine in South Sudan
adding that millions of people are in urgent need of
An ethnic conflict erupted three years ago in South Sudan,
killing tens of thousands, driving millions from their homes
and hindering delivery of life-saving aids.
According to the United Nations officials, Malnutrition
rates have soared above emergency levels, and countless
people have died of hunger.
"Our worst fears have been realized," said Serge Tissot of
the Food and Agriculture Organization, part of the United
So far, the famine has affected a relatively small area in
the northern part of the country, where the conflict between
the government and rebel groups has been most intense.
Thousands of people in that area have fled their homes, and
many are living deep in the swamps or sweltering bush and
surviving off wild plants and filthy water.
Battles are still raging in many parts of South Sudan, and
United Nations officials fear the famine could soon
South Sudan constitutes one of the biggest emergencies in
Africa, perhaps the largest. The country broke off from
Sudan in 2011 after decades of guerrilla warfare.African
Union investigators have detailed accounts of massacres,
mass rapes and forced cannibalism in the country.
Khutba and Latest Thoughts on the Shaykh
Salatul Janaza for Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman [in
February 24: Imam Ali Siddiqui gave the Juma; khutba at
masjid Jamaat. . During the khutba he referred to the
suffering of Dr, Omar Abdel Rahman,
After the Khutba, Imam Ali led salatul janaza ghaibana
[funeral prayer in absentia] for the great teacher and
scholar of Islam Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman,
Usually people quickly leave after Juma salat after making
sunnahs but for this Salatul Janaza not one person left.
[We thank Imam Ali Siddiqui for his compassion and care for
Shaykh Omar who never hurt anyone and was victimzed in spite
of his innocence.]
Shaykh Omar has returned to his true home.
From Sis. Ashira Naim, Secretary General of Jamaat
al-Muslimeen, in resonse to Sis. Nadrat's Mourning for Dr.
Omar Abdel Rahman:
Alhamdullilah Nadrat. The Sheikh has returned to his true
home. Though we are saddened by the circumstances of his
death (captive in USA jail cell) we can find solace and even
be happy for him. May Allah forgive him, have mercy upon him
and reward His Servant. Amen.
Message from an elder of the Muslim Community
INNA LILLAHE WA INNA ELAHEY RAJEOON.
This is the saddest news of my life. The mujahid of Islam,
Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman, gave up his memorable life behind
bars in a cage like an imprisoned lion. The kuffar and
zalimeen will pay for it in a very costly way in the life
Hereafter, and he will go, InshaAllah, straight to Paradise.
-Shamim Siddiqi, Long Island, New York
May Allah bless the people of Egypt, those who took him back
with so much love.
See his funeral prayers:
Funeral Prayer of Sheikh Umar Abdul Rahman in Jamaliyyah,
- Thanks to Sis.Ayesha Jones and Br. Ali Randall for sending
this video to New Trend.
Can Peace and Unity be brought about in Pakistan?
by Kaukab Siddique
Pakistan seems to be caught in an unending cycle of violence
and counter violence.
It all began when General Musharraf opened up Pakistan to
provide logistical support to the US for its bombing
campaign against the Taliban and Shaykh Osama bin Laden [who
were allies of Pakistan].
Musharraf was worried that if the American bombing campaign
continued during Ramadan, the Muslim masses might overreact.
The Americans ignored his worries and continued the
Demonstrations in Pakistan against the bombing were very
loud but remained peaceful. Both the Pakistani military and
the Americans understood that the Pakistani mainstream will
do nothing more than demonstrate and shout and scream.
The people of Swat and then of FATA [the border areas with
Afghanistan] wanted Islamic Law [Sharia]. They held massive
rallies to express their support for Sharia . The Pakistani
government objected while Islamic groups supported Sharia.
The speakers at these rallies claimed that unless Sharia was
accepted, the Pakistani government's writ would not be
The influence of the armed Islamic groups spread all over
the frontier areas. When these groups reached Buner, America
raised the alarm that they were now only 70 miles from
Islamabad. After that the Pakistani military, ostensibly
directed by the US, attacked Swat and used tanks, heavy
artillery, helicopter gunships and finally jet fighters
against the mujahideen.
The entire population of Swat was evicted by the military to
provide a free fire zone to the Pakistani armed forces. Mass
eviction of population is a form of genocide but the
Pakistani regime being an ally of the US, its crimes did not
send even a ripple of discontent in the UN and its
After that the US urged the Pakistani military to attack
South Waziristan and other frontier village areas. The
military did it. But the US was not satisfied. The American
directive came to be known in Pakistan as "Do More." The
Americans insisted that mujahideen were deeply rooted in
North Waziristan and unless they were uprooted, "terrorism"
Sane elements in Pakistan, like Syed Munawwar Hasan, then
Ameer of Jamaate Islami, objected to the attack on North
Waziristan and pointed out that people uprooted from there
would spread through "mainstream" Pakistan and could lead to
endless military operations inside the country.
The military again evicted the ENTIRE POPULATION of North
Waziristan and then attacked the mujahideen there with all
its might. The fighters put up a heroic resistance. They
could not face Pakistan's overwhelming fire power and many
of them fled to Afghanistan. Most of the mass eviction was
done in the hot month of Ramadan. Thus the military trampled
on all the sanctities and decencies of Islam.
Over the years, the army has been "processing" the people of
Waziristan to let them go back, slowly, to their homes. It's
probably a process learned from the American destruction and
"rebuilding" of Fallujah in Iraq.
Just when the Pakistani military considered that it had
crushed the resistance, there was an attack on the
military's training school where young people were prepared
for careers in the armed forces. It was a pitiless
slaughter, perhaps as horrific as the US and Pakistani
bombing of Islamic seminaries, schools and mosques where Pak
Taliban were the teachers.
The attack on the military children's school led to an all
out propaganda campaign which presented the slaughter as an
attack on ALL of Pakistan. The military more or less openly
took over Pakistan without a formal coup. Civil rights,
already weak, crumbled. Scores of people were executed,
though many of them had no connection with the Taliban,
The Pakistani military is known for its assault on SOFT
Islamic targets. The Pak Taliban and other armed groups have
no artillery, tanks, helicopters or jet fighters. They are
soft targets and the Pakistani air force enjoys bombing
them. There is no danger. It's fun for the air force to drop
bombs and missiles on people who have no anti aircraft
In acts of macabre humor, the Pakistani high command has
been giving medals for heroism to pilots who have been
bombing the defenseless Pak Taliban and their
In return, the fighting groups have been hitting soft
targets in "mainstream" Pakistan. No amount of bombing by
the Pakistani air force seems to deplete the ability of the
fighters to hit back. Most recently they caused havoc by
attacking police in the most famous place in Lahore and then
came the horrific attack on the shrine in Sehwan when the
Sufis were in the middle of a dance. There can be no excuse
for such an attack on defenseless people.
Pakistanis do not know that their military habitually
attacks soft targets in areas supporting the Islamic groups.
The people under attack by the military believe in
retaliation [defined by the Qur'an as Qisas].
The attempts to crush the Pakistani Islamic groups by the
use of military force are not changing the situation. Each
Pak-Taliban attack is worse than the previous one. The
support for the fighters is increasing among the poorest
sections of society, particularly in south Punjab. Thus
military action is steadily bringing large sections of the
poor and the deprived into the ambit of armed
The way to peace is through communication. Control of
propaganda is effective in upper echelons of society but the
poor masses are untouched by the military's story telling
[that the fighters are working for India!]
The people of Pakistan should know what the military has
done. This is the same military which broke East Pakistan
from Pakistan. There is too much brainwashing by the
military. Calling its campaigns by Islamic names like Zarb e
Azab and rudd e fasad might make the soldiers think that
they are doing God's work [!] but it means nothing to the
Pakistanis should honor and respect the leaders of the
mujahideen as they at one time honored Shaykh Osama . They
are Pakistanis, not Indians. They are not working for India.
They don't tolerate India, not even its supporters and the
vestiges of the NAP. They are the ones who won the little
piece of Kashmir called Azad Kashmir.
Quaide Azam, the founder of Pakistan, promised that the
military would not enter the tribal areas.That's the way to
peace. Put the troops on the frontier with India and Kashmir
The military was fighting for the British when Pakistan came
into being. Pakistan was the choice of the people. The
mujahideen love Pakistan. The army surrendered to Hindus in
East Pakistan. The army attacked the Red Mosque and the
Women's seminary [killing bahijab girls and women] right in
the capital of Pakistan!
The army's connection with Imperialism and Zionism should be
examined. The generals visit the CIA headquarters in USA and
NATO headquarters in Brussels. The "hero" of the army
General Raheel Sharif has found employment with the Saudis.
Pakistanis are never consulted about these matters of
Once the troops are withdrawn from Islamic towns and
villages and Sharia is implemented, Pakistan will return to
normal as it was meant to be: an Islamic State.
How Shia Cult Began.
The Murder of Usman, r.a., Compiler of al- Qur'an; Greatest
Sahabi [except 2]. Beloved of Muhammad, pbuh.
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
On Muharram 1, hijri year 24, the Companions of the Prophet,
pbuh, gave the oath of allegiance [baiya] to Usman ibn
On Zilhijja 18, hijri year 36, he was murdered.
His 12 years as Caliph were years of victory for Islam when
the armies of mujahideen reached as far west as Morocco and
as far east as central Asia [Tabaristan etc]. Led by his
commander for the navy, Muawiyya, r.a., the Muslims,
defeated the combined navies of Christendom in one day. It
is reported that the ocean ran red with the blood of the
The Prophet, pbuh, saw his piety and commitment to the faith
and arranged the marriage of his daughter, Ruqayya, r.a.
with Usman, r.a..
When the chiefs of Makka oppressed the Muslims, Usman,r.a.,
and Ruqayya, r.a., did the first hijra in the history of
Islam to Ethiopia in Africa thus creating the Islamic link
with Africa. It was a very tough journey and on the way
Ruqayya, r.a., had a miscarriage. Her health problems
continued after they returned from Ethiopia. He was always
there for her, caring and compassionate.
After Ruqayya, r.a., died, the Prophet, pbuh, arranged the
marriage of his second daughter, Umm Kulthum, r.a., with
Usman. She too was in bad health and years later she passed
away. The Prophet, pbuh, said if he had another daughter, he
would have married her too to Usman, r.a., because of
Usman,s, r.a., compassion and love. [Fatima, r.a., the third
daughter, was already married to Ali, r.a.]
Why were the shias able to murder Usman, r.a.?
Three important reasons are available in the authentic
The Islamic armies were stretched out hundreds of miles
away from Medina.
Many prominent Muslims, including Ayesha, r.a., had gone
There was a campaign of rumor mongering and slandering
against Usman, r,a., Sahaba, r.a., had often differed with
each other but never fought each other. They thought the new
controversies were normal in an open society and NEVER
thought that anyone with a Muslim name would try to kill the
blessed Caliph who had the love of the Prophet, pbuh, as
part of his credibility.
When the shias realized there was no armed force to defend
Medina, they entered the city and besieged the mosque and
the home of Usman, r.a. The Shias numbered about 6000,
including groups from Egypt parts of Iraq.
From the people of Madina, 600 people came forth to defend
of Caliph. He told them NOT to fight. He said he did not
want Muslim blood to be shed for his sake.
When the rebels closed in on him, he tried to dialogue with
them. He told them that they did not have the right to
remove as Calipn because they had not made him the Caliph.
When they pressed into the mosque and his home, he saw that
they were intent on killing him. He told them that a Muslim
can only be killed for three reasons and unproven
accusations of misrule were not one of them.
Finally,on Friday, while he was continuing his fasting from
previous days, a group of the Shias leapt on him and killed
him while he was reading the Qur'an he had compiled. A slave
he had freed, fought the attackers and gave his life.
Nailah, the wife of Usman, r,a,, put up her hand to stop the
sword blow coming down on him, Her fingers were cut off.
There was great suspicion at that time that Ali, r.a., was
behind the shia attack but he vehemently and repeatedly
denied any involvement. Among the assailants was Ali's step
son. Another man became famous as commander of Ali's army,
named Ashtar, was among the assailants.
Suspicions were raised by the killers declaring Ali, r.a.,
as the next Caliph.
Nailah cried out to the Muslim Ummah that could they allow
such a dastardly crime to be committed. She cried out to
Muawiyyah, r.a,, and showed him her fingers which had been
cut off. The fingers were hung on the gateway to the central
mosque in Damascus. Thousands of Syrians rallied to
Muawiyya, r.a., for the cause of Usman, r.a.
Ayesha, r.a., who was in Makkah for the Hajj called for the
murderers to be punished. An army gathered around her. Thus
came about the wars between Muslims which followed.
As Usman, r.a., had told his assailants, if you kill me, you
will never be able to pray together.
[Documented from Tabqat al-Kubra by Ibn Saad and other
Three Pronged Move towards Al-Raqqa. Assad's Top
"Intelligence" General Killed. Two Brigades Join IS. Bombing
across Syria by Russians, Assad's helicopters and
February 20 - 26
February 24: Turkish tanks and Syrian mercenaries Turkey
supports finally entered El Bab [north east of Aleppo] after
IS withdrew. 14 people were killed as Turkish air force
bombed El Bab just before the entry.
On February 25, SDF [Kurdish forces] supported by the US air
force again advanced a little towards the IS capital
al-Raqqa. Constant bombing of al-Raqqa by the US and its
French, British, Australian, Belgian, Jordanian air forces
have made civil life in al-Raqqa difficult if not
On February 26, Hizbullah of Lebanon and other Shia militias
captured the Islamic State's town of Tadef which is slightly
south of El Bab. Russian bombing and Iranian artillery paved
the way. Clashes between Hizbullah and IS fighters is
This is the third prong of the military strategy to besiege
al-Raqqa. [Turkey, Kurds and Shias.]
Military Celebration Wiped out. Feb. 24.
The IS withdrawal from El Bab was tactical. The Turkish led
militia gathered to celebrate the victory at Sosyan just
north west of El Bab when they were struck by a huge IS
truck bomb martyrdom operator. The force was wiped out with
83 killed and scores wounded.
General In Charge of Torture Killed.
On February 25, Assad's intelligence command offices located
at two points in the central city of Homs were struck by
several martyrdom operators sent by al-Nusra front. A total
of 32 officers of the regime were killed and scores wounded
in the attack. Among those killed was General Hassan Daabul,
intelligence chief of the Assad regime and a close
confidante of Assad.
Al-Nusra has re-organized itself with various mujahideen
groups. [See previous New Trend]. This deadly attack in Homs
was the first operation by the new coalition.
Al-Waer district of Homs under severe attack by the Assad
regime and Russia.
While much of Homs is under Alawite control, the large
al-Waer district, defended by citizen volunteers and
defected officers from Assad's forces are holding out under
intense attacks by Assad's forces and Shia militias. For
this entire week, al-Waer was bombed by the Russian air
force and shelled every day by Iranian and regime artillery.
It is still holding out.
Changes among Mujahideen.
Two groups break away and join Islamic State.From Idlib
province, Jund al-Aqsa broke away from from mujahideen
coalition. After serious clashes with other groups and many
casualties al-Aqsa was given the way to leave from south
Idlib and reach Islamic State territory travelling north of
Hama. [Feb.21-23.] Many of these are Palestinians.
In Deraa province [southern Syria, near Jordan], a
mujahideen brigade known as Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed has
broken away from the FSA and joined the Islamic State.
Frequent clashes are going on here.
Deraa city itself is being hit by Assad's helicopters
dropping barrel bombs meant to cause civilian casualties.
Assad forces also on Feb 25 hit the city of Deraa with
Around Damascus, Shia and Hizbullah artillery and Russian
air force are hitting suburban towns like Jobar defended by
Islamic volunteers and defectors from Assad who joined the
FSA. Assad is looking for ways to terrorize the populations
around Damascus to leave. However on Feb. 26, Assad's
capital Damascus, heavily guarded was hit by mujahideen
mortar fire. Islamic State is in control of Yarmouk Camp and
Hajr Aswad enclaves adjacent to Damascus.
Hizbullah and Assad's elite troops with Russian air support
are battling with IS west of Palmyra in the desert. No gains
on either side but at last reports IS had
In Latakia province, the heartland of the regime, fighting
is ongoing between Islamic Turkistanis [not connected to
Turkey] and Al-Nusra against the forces of the Damascus
Islamic groups led by al-Nusra and other groups coalition
are clashing with Alawite garrisons in the western side of
the city of Aleppo.
[Meanwhile opposition groups supported by the West which
have little impact on the battlefield are holding "peace
talks" with the Western powers and Assad. Looks like there
are moves to keep Assad regime in power. Even FSA will not
Mosul..Week 19, Trump week 5.
After 6 days with US troops embedded, Massive New Assault
unable to enter West Mosul. Use of tiny drones Baffles
Regime's Armada. Heavy Losses at non-Existent "Airport."
Feb. 20-26. After six days of intense fighting, the Shi'ite
armada backed by the US air force, has been unable to enter
In the first rush, the US-backed forces reached the airport
outside Mosul. There was nothing there. The troops went on
to capture the district next to the airport. However the
troops which had gathered at the "airport" were suddenly hit
by Islamic State fighters with rockets which killed more
than 40 troops.
US special forces are embedded with the highly trained Shia
troops. This time there were US casualties. The Pentagon is
refusing to release how many were killed or wounded because,
it says, such information will please the enemy.
The attacking armada is baffled by the increasing use of
tiny drones by the Islamic State which have been dropping
little bombs on the troops. The losses are not heavy but the
forces are very confused by the Islamic version of "air
strikes." These are no match for American air strikes but
are creating confusion in the surveillance required for US
Food and water supplies in Mosul are shrinking. Another one
thousand civilians have fled from the city terrified by the
sounds of American bombing. However, the great majority of
the people are standing firm with IS and making it difficult
for western propagandists to explain why about a million
Iraqis are staying with a small mujahideen force resisting a
massive Shia armada.
News within the U.S.
NBA's Pro-Homo, pro transgender bathroom policies
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen]
The 2017 NBA All-Star Game was supposed to be hosted by the
state of North Carolina. However, that did not happen
because the NBA was upset over North Carolina's laws
regarding transgenders using public bathrooms. The NBA feels
that these laws are discriminatory and hurtful to
transgender people. This is a highly contested debate that
may be one of the major issues that divide America even
further, if it hasn't already.
The NBA is took its stand against North Carolina's
anti-transgender bathroom law and moved the all-star game to
New Orleans, of all places. Now, the NBA is threatening the
state of Texas over an anti-gender neutral bathroom
Some people are of the opinion that transgenders should use
any bathroom they choose or that they have a special
bathroom just for them. Some believe that if someone is born
with a male anatomy, for example, then "he" should use the
men's bathroom even if "he" dresses like a woman. These
so-called anti-transgender bathroom laws make it a crime for
someone with a male anatomy but, who dresses and identifies
with being a woman, to enter a woman's bathroom. This is the
At Walt "Clyde" Frazier's New York City restaurant the
bathrooms are not designated by any gender. They are private
individual bathrooms that people use one at a time. There
are ten or more of these single-occupancy bathrooms in the
restaurant. Maybe adopting this type of format would lessen
There are states, such as California, that are adopting
unisex bathrooms for single occupancy use. However, the show
Ally McBeal featured a co-ed bathroom that male and female
co-workers used. For some people, this would really cause
confusion and controversy.
A sports league taking a stand on a political issue is rare,
maybe with the exception of the integration of professional
sports leagues in the late 1940s. But, I do find it a little
unnerving that a couple years ago Eric Garner was murdered
by police on video for all to see but, no NBA outcry for
justice! It is also unnerving how one of their very own
athletes, Thabo Sefolosha, had been attacked by the NYPD,
which resulted in his broken leg and being out of the NBA
Playoffs. There were no threats of a boycott against New
York City when these incidents happened! There were also no
convictions of any officers in either case.
A few NBA players: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade,
and LeBron James spoke against police committing murders and
assaults in this country at the 2016 Espy Awards. Now, there
is a commercial, sponsored by the NBA, that promotes the
message of people respecting each other all the while
showing footage of armed police officers shooting basketball
with little Black kids, probably footage from the Police
Athletic League (PAL). Unfortunately, the message of concern
these athletes were trying to convey that night at the
ESPY's had become distorted by their Zionist team owners in
The Zionists are very unified on issues concerning the
"rights" of the Luti's and transgenders. The NBA/WNBA have
made it clear that promoting Luti's is a priority over other
more serious issues, especially ones that affect their
players, who are mostly of African-descent.
Olathe, Kansas City.
Shooter did not Know that Muslims don't Go to Bars.
Authorities in Kansas filed first-degree murder charges
against a man accused of opening fire in a bar there,
killing one Indian man, injuring two other people and
causing fears about bigotry to reverberate across the
According to witness accounts, the gunman reportedly told
two of the people who were shot — both Indian men who
work for Garmin, the technology firm — to "get out of
my country" before opening fire and had also used racial
slurs during the Wednesday evening shooting.
Multiple law enforcement agents launched an investigation
into the deadly shooting inside Austin's Bar and Grill in
Olathe, a city about 20 miles southwest of Kansas City. Even
as authorities said they had not yet identified a motive for
the attack, relatives of the Indian men said they feared the
shooting was connected to a climate of fear and xenophobia
The father of one of the people injured pointed to the
election of President Trump, who has routinely described a
threat posed to Americans from people outside the country's
borders, and pleaded with parents in India "not to send
their children to the United States."
Do not despair of Allah's Mercy.... ever!
by Asma bint Shameem
It was Ramadhaan. The Haram was absolutely jam-packed.....it
seemed almost like Hajj.
But that day I thought I could beat the crowds.
I wanted to pray in the courtyard, with the Kaa'bah right in
front of me. I thought if I could get there in the middle of
the day, right after Dhuhr, I wouldn't find very many people
there as I assumed, not many people would want to pray under
the scorching heat of the sun. Thus, I could probably find a
good spot to pray.
So instead of praying in my usual spot way in the back in
the women's section, I decided to head for the courtyard.
However I had walked only a few feet when I realized my
mistake. The courtyard was already full. Everyone had
already taken their places for Salah and there was no way I
could even dream of finding a spot there. So I decided to
But that was also an utterly fruitless effort. People had
already gathered behind me in a long line and there was no
chance for me to go back. I looked hopelessly to my right
and then to my left but, to my dismay, all I could see were
rows and rows of men and there was absolutely no place to
go. I was stuck.
And then to my dismay they called the Adhaan. And it was
then that I started to panic! Yaa Allaah! What should I
do?!! Where can I go??!
All I wanted to do was to find a nice spot to pray, but here
I was, stuck in the middle of the crowds with absolutely no
place to even move an inch!
How can I pray here in the middle of all the men!!
A feeling of urgent desperation overcame me. Shaytaan
started to play with my mind and I started to despair. How
unfortunate I was! Here I am... standing in the middle of
the Haram.... in Ramadhaan... wanting to pray... and yet I
It's all because of my previous sins, I sadly thought to
myself. All the mistakes of my flawed past came rushing to
my mind.......I thought of the many times I had disobeyed
Allaah, the way I had broken His Laws....the times I didn't
value His Limits...how I did not practice Islaam the way I
was supposed to.
I felt that Allaah had rejected me and didn't think of me as
even worthy of praying 4 Rakaah in His Masjid. He has
deprived me of the Taufeeq and the Honor to pray at His
House, the Kaa'bah.
I felt destroyed, hurt, miserable, hopeless and depressed.
And then, somehow, all of a sudden, I looked up.....and then
I gasped. For, up on one of the pillars of the Masjid, an
Ayah of the Qur'aan was inscribed..... the most beautiful,
amazing, incredible Ayah that I had ever read in my entire
life! It was an Ayah that I felt, was written there for
ME...to be read by ME....to be seen by ME IT WAS MEANT FOR
My heart was absolutely overcome and I started to cry.
It was from Surah az-Zumar Ayah 53. It said:
"Say: 'O My worshipers, who have sinned excessively against
themselves, DESPAIR NOT of the Mercy of Allaah! Verily,
Allaah forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, the Most
Subhaan Allaah! Yaa Allaah! Yaa Rabbi!!
Can there be an Ayah more beautiful than this??!!
Can there be a Rabb more Merciful than this??!
Seeing the Ayaah right there, just when I needed it the most
was just too much for me. Sudden, uncontrollable streams of
tears rolled down my cheeks.....tears of regret....tears of
hope...tears of gratefulness.
I was overcome by the Mercy of Allaah.
I had the irresistible urge to prostrate to Allaah
Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala right then and there and say... Yaa
Allaah forgive me!! I beg You to forgive me.
I beg You to overlook my mistakes and shortcomings. How
ungrateful I was! For indeed it is His Mercy that
encompasses all. And it is His Mercy that forgives all.
All it takes from us is one sincere repentance and He will
After all, isn't He ar-Rahmaan and ar-Raheem?
No matter how big the sin or sins that you have committed,
no matter what your past has been like, if you come back to
Him with one sincere, sincere Taubah, coming from the heart,
He will forgive you.
Wallaahi, I swear by Allaah, He will.
What a Magnificent Master of such a miserable slave!!
The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Allaah says, 'O son of Adam, so long as you call on Me and
put your hope in Me, I will forgive whatever you have done,
and I will not mind. O son of Adam, even if your sins were
to reach the clouds of the sky, then you were to seek My
forgiveness, I would forgive you and I will not mind. O son
of Adam, if you were to come to me with an earthful of sins,
and you were to meet Me not associating anything in worship
with Me, I will come to you with an earthful of
Surely, the Bounty of Allaah is immense and He is the Most
Merciful of those who show mercy. His Mercy is the
greatest......greater than His Wrath and greater than the
greatest of our sins. Indeed He is more merciful to us
than a mother towards her child. So never, ever despair or
lose hope. If you repent sincerely, it will wipe out
whatever came before it.
"O you who believe! Turn to Allaah with sincere repentance!
It may be that your Lord will expiate from you your sins,
and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow."
And he (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Allaah spreads out His hand at night to accept the
repentance of those who committed sins during the day, and
He spreads out His hand during the day to accept the
repentance of those who committed sins during the night. (He
will continue to do this) until the sun rises from the
In fact, Allaah rejoices over the repentance of His slaves
even though He is in no need of our obedience. He tells us
that He loves the one who repents.
"Truly, Allaah loves those who turn unto Him in
So repent sincerely, ask Allaah to forgive you, no matter
how bad it was and do not repeat the sin. Have full hope in
Allaah's Mercy that Allaah will forgive you. The Prophet
(sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
'The one who repents from sin is like one who did not
(Ibn Maajah-- hasan by al-Albaani)
And if you are tested with any kind of sin, do not speak
openly of it. That's because the Prophet(sal Allaahu alayhi
wa sallam) said:
"The believer will be brought close to his Lord until He
conceals him and makes him confess his sin. Allaah will say,
'Do you remember such and such a sin?' The man will say,
'Yes, I admit it.' The Lord will say, 'I concealed it for
you in the world and I forgive you for it today.' "
And Abu Hurrah radhi Allaahu anhu said:
I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sal Allaahu alayhi wa
sallam) say: "All of my ummah will be forgiven except those
who sin openly. It is a part of sinning openly when a man
does something at night, then the following morning when
Allaah has concealed his sin, he says, 'O So and so, I did
such and such last night,' when all night his Lord has
concealed him and the next morning he uncovers what Allaah
Be aware of the Greatness of the One against Whom you are
sinning, seek forgiveness for your sins, weep for the
mistakes of your past ways and adhere strictly to the path
of Allaah. And do beware of despairing of the Mercy of
Allaah. It is one of the traps of Shaytaan.
"And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord, but those who go
If you hold on to the religion of Allaah, and do your best
to obey Him as much as you can, you will have glad tidings
of goodness in this world and in the Hereafter.
My Lord! Forgive and show mercy, for You are the Best of
those who show mercy!)"
(Surah al-Mu'minoon :118)
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