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25 Ramadan 1443 AH - April 16 2023 Issue # 16, Newsletter #2015

Washington DC

"Free Assange" Rally
Nadrat Siddique

April 11 marked four years that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been locked up at Belmarsh Prison in the UK. Before that, he sought and was granted asylum at the Bolivian Embassy in London. He literally lived in the embassy compound for seven years (2012 - 2019), as the UK, Swedish, and other European governments collaborated with the U.S. to silence this extraordinary journalist who had exposed U.S. war crimes, including about U.S. killings of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To mark the occasion, a "Free Assange" rally was held at the U.S. Department of Justice. I arrived very late, as I came straight from work in Baltimore. But I was very pleased to stand, if only for a few minutes, with these principled defenders of press freedom. #FreeAssange #Protectjournalists


City Wide Iftar [April 12]
Nadrat Siddique.

Beautiful City-wide Iftar at the Majestic tonight.

It was my first time attending this annual event, and I must say: the food was excellent, the vibe was positive, and volunteers were wonderful. Small wonder it was a full house.

[Some names stand out. Br. Abdul Shakur, the organizer, among the men. Sis, Khadijah among the women.] [Hundreds of Muslims were there.[

[Br. Ali Randall]

Dangerous Movement Being Promoted by Regime

1,292,090 views Apr 7, 2023 #foxnews #tucker #foxFox

News host Tucker Carlson warns the Biden administration is promoting a transgenderism movement made up of 'religious extremists' on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' #foxnews #fox #tucker

 War News

War News
[We report the war news without taking sides.]


April 16
Islamic group HTS and its sub group Fath al-Mubeen clashed with Assad forces in southern Idlib and western Aleppo provinces.Five members of Qaterji militia were killed in mine explosions near al-Tayem oil field [Deir ez Zor] al-Quneitra province, an officer of Assad intelligence killed 4 injured

In Deir ez Zohr province ISIS carried out 15 attacks this month on SDF which is supported by US.

April 15An officer of Assad regime and two of his soldiers kidnaped and killed by ISIS in al-Raqqa countryside.

Assad forces fired heavy artillery on villages in provinces of Hama, Idlib and Aleppo. Sniper killed one Assad soldier.
Western Hama province: Fath al-Mubeen fighters withdrew after killing two Assad soldiers.

Iranian troops are distributing food baskets in the Mayadein area to win over people;

Rulers from the Arab world are now openly supporting Assad and preparing to visit him.

Ten years back an American who came to visit his relatives was arrested as soon as he landed at Damascus airport.He was tortured and witnessed horrific torture of prisoners by the Assad regime. Years later he was released and has decided to sue the regime on behalf of the more than 100,000 in Assad's prisons.

The army seems to be winning the war against the poorly armed mujahideen. In the latest clash in South Waziristan, the army says it killed 8 of the fighters for a loss of two of its own.

[New Trend observers say, the frontier with Occupied Kashmir and India is silent. The army has forgotten its duty.]


Khartoum is enveloped in heavy fighting between the regular army and the alternative forces.

[Our observers say the West has successfully broken up Sudan.]


htikaf: Monetization or Segregation?
by Kabir Oyemomi

The last ten days of Ramadan in Lagos meet largest percentage of able-bodied young and old Muslims in seclusion( ihtikaf) ,in Jumat Mosques searching for the night of Majesty. Though there are still some brothers whose position is that ihtikaf is not made except in the three popular Mosques of Mecca, Medina and Aqsoh.
In the areas where poor Muslims domiciled, you will see many Jumat Mosques where you can do your ihtikaf for free or close to free of charge. Many relatively rich people take the advantage to feed teeming Muslims in the Mosque for Sahur and Iftar. If they must charge in these Mosques, it is in the neighborhood of 15 thousand naira and 20 thousand naira for the ten days. These fees cover for Sahur and Iftar compulsorily. Example of such location is Ikorodu, Ketu, Ojota, and many other parts in the mainland of Lagos.

In many Island Mosques like Lekki , Ajah and co, it appears as Ihtikaf of class!

In these areas where rich people are, coming to observe ihtikaf there means you're financially buoyant as charges is within the range of 80 thousand and 100 thousand naira without Sahur or Iftar meal in majority of these Mosques.

Many people from Mainland who love to observe their ihtikaf in places like 1004 mosque in Victoria Island, or Lekki Central Mosque are probably not lucky this year.

While some people are fiercely criticizing the hike in the registration for ihtikaf in these Mosques, others adduce reasons on behalf of organizers: crowd control, seriousness, neatness etc.

Guidance from Sis. Yasmin

As Salaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah .
8 Basic Mistakes Muslims make when Paying 'Zakaat Al-Fitr'.

Ibn `Umar (R.A) reported that...
Prophet (Sal Allahu`Alayhi wa Sallam), made Zakat al-Fitr compulsory on every slave, freeman, male, female, young and old among the Muslims, one Saa`(a measurement) of dried dates or one Saa` of barley.[ Source: Sahih Bukhari - Arabic/English, vol. 2, p. 339, H # 579]

Mistake # 1~
Paying at Eid Salah.
Some people go to Eid Prayers and drop some money into the donation box thinking that they have paid their Zakat al -Fitr. No ! Zakat al-Fitr, which is food, must be in the hands of the needy family BEFORE the Eid Prayer ! If someone goes to Eid Prayer and pays then it is GUARANTEED that the money will NOT arrive on time !
Mistake # 2
snail mailing the money overseas [basic principle as before]
The Zakat al-Fitr, food, MUST be in the hands of the needy BEFORE Eid prayer. One cannot mail the money overseas and have it arrive in the hands of the needy after Eid Prayer is over!
However, if one is able to get the Zakat al-Fitr to the needy overseas BEFORE Eid prayer is conducted in their locality, then In Shaa Allah it's alright.
Mistake # 3~
Not Paying. Yes, as simple as this error is, it is to skip the payment of Zakat Al-Fitr. EVERYONE must pay Zakat Al-Fitr, for each & every member of the household. so if you have 8 people in your house, 'Zakat Al-Fitr' must be paid X 8, even if the youngest member is just a few days old !

Mistake # 4~
Confusing Zakat ul-Fitr with Zakat ul-Maal.
We are talking about Zakat al-Fitr here (think "Iftar"- i.e. Ramadan). 'Zakat Al-Maal' ('Maal' literally means wealth), is the Zakah due on ones money, etc. and that could be due any time during the year depending on when it was due.
Mistake # 5~
Giving money instead of food . Although some scholars have allowed giving money instead of food, the spirit of Zakat Al-Fitr is to give food to the needy of the community, NOT money. (one can give money to the local 'Masjid' in charge and they can give food with that money on time as specified .
The Companion of the Prophet [PEACE BE UPON HIM] Abu Sa`eed al-Khudree, {Radi Allahu `Anhu} said... 'In the Prophet's time, we used to give it (Zakatal-Fitr) as a Saa`of food, dried dates, barley, raisins or dried cheese".[Source: Bukhari - Arabic/English vol. 2, p. 340,~H # 582]
Mistake # 6~
Giving one's Zakah al-Fitr to a charitable building project. Some people mistakenly give their Zakah Al-Fitr to a charitable building project: like the building of a Masjid, or Islamic school. There is a difference of opinion on this issue, but suffice it to say that the spirit of Zakah Al-Fitr is that the needy should have plentiful food on Eid. {'In Shaa Allah'}
All eight types of recipients of Zakah mentioned in the 'Qur`an' are HUMANS, not "building projects".

Mistake # 7~
Giving Zakat ul-Fitr to non-Muslims.
Charity is given to both Non-Muslims and Muslims. However, Zakah al-Fitr charity is something exclusive to the MUSLIM poor and needy. Hence, one could not give Zakah Al-Fitr to any needy person on the street."Regular" charity can be given to them, but not Zakah Al-Fitr.
Mistake # 8 ~
Delaying distribution.
Sometimes Masjids might collect Zakah Al-Fitr money and then put it in a bank!It doesn't reach the needy for months and months !The correct method is to give Zakah Al-Fitr immediately when it is due.

~ My 'Salaams' to all ~****************************** Y a s m i n.

"All that is on earth will Perish. But will abide {Forever}the Face of thy Lord, full of Majesty, Bounty and Honor"{'Qur`an'- Surah Al-Rahman-55.26-27 }

IAMC condemns Indian Minister's shameful denial of Muslim persecution, seeks retraction

Washington, DC (April 15, 2023) - The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) strongly condemns and vehemently refutes India's Finance Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nirmala Sitharaman's claim that Muslims are not being subjected to violence and persecution because their population, "is only growing in numbers."
Speaking at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), a Washington, D.C. based think tank, Sitharaman claimed that there was a "negative Western perception" regarding India after PIIE President Adam S. Posen asked her how foreign investors' perception of the country is affected by Western reporting on India's political climate, including on the persecution of Muslims.
In response, Sitharaman outrightly denied Muslim persecution while backing it with the Hindu far-right conspiracy theory of, "Muslim population growth."
"[This is] not to even imply that I accept the perception that you're referring to - India has the second largest Muslim population in the world, and the population is only growing in numbers," Sitharaman said.
According to the Census data from 2001-2011, the growth rate of the Muslim population decreased to 24.6% compared to 29.5% in the decade prior. Data from India's National Family Health Survey shows that over the past 25 years, the total fertility rate among Muslims decreased the sharpest out of all religious groups, including Hindus, from 3.6 in 1998-99 to 2.36 in 2019-21.
Sitharaman's statement echoes the popular Hindu supremacist propaganda claim that the Muslim population is increasing at a rate disproportionate to Hindus. The idea that Muslims are "overpopulating" and "overtaking" Hindus in India is then used by BJP leaders and Hindu militant groups to whip up Islamophobia and violence against Muslim minorities.
"Sitharaman's use of 'population growth' myth to justify the systemic oppression of Indian Muslims is nothing more than a twisted propaganda tactic widely used by the Hindu far-right to mask the reality of Muslim persecution and discrimination in India," said IAMC Executive Director Rasheed Ahmed.
"Her statement is not just a flagrant denial of human rights abuses but also a dangerous attempt to spread disinformation and gaslight the global community about the atrocities committed against Indian Muslims. Sitharaman's rhetoric must be debunked and condemned to ensure that human rights violations do not go unnoticed or unchallenged," Ahmed added.
This blatantly false notion is not only a testament to the Sitharaman's deliberate ignorance but also a willful disregard for the overwhelming evidence presented by numerous authoritative sources, including United Nations Special Rapporteurs, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the US Department of State, the US Holocaust Memorial, and the world's most prominent human rights organizations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
Most of these reports have noted that over the last nine years, the BJP government has openly promoted a divisive and discriminatory agenda that led to surge in the targeting of Muslims and other minorities.
The government has passed discriminatory laws like the Citizenship Amendment Act, which, combined with the National Register of Citizens (NRC), is designed to render Muslims stateless and has led to widespread protests and violence against the Muslim community throughout India. The beef ban laws, the anti-conversion laws, and the Hijab ban in Karnataka are only meant to marginalize Muslims further.
Hindu militant groups affiliated with the BJP and its ideological parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), have been given a free hand to commit violence against Muslims, including pogroms, mob lynchings, and attacks on their homes, businesses, and places of worship.
In the past three months alone, at least 10 Muslims were lynched throughout India over the baseless accusations of transporting/ consuming beef or theft. In February, Bajrang Dal militants killed and burned the bodies of two Muslims over suspicion of transporting cattle in BJP-ruled Haryana State.
Furthermore, the government's complicity in the horrific anti-Muslim pogroms in Delhi in 2020, which resulted in the death of over 50 people, mostly Muslims; the rampant bulldozing of Muslim homes, businesses, and mosques; the ongoing human rights violations in Kashmir and extreme surge in hate speeches calling for Muslim genocide are well-documented.
Two weeks back, the Supreme Court judges called the state "impotent" for failing to curb anti-Muslim hate speeches nationwide.
Just a week before Sitharaman spoke at the PIIE, Hindu extremist mobs during the Hindu festival of Ram Navami stormed Muslim localities in at least 6 Indian states, where they pelted stones, brutalized Muslim residents, torched vehicles, desecrated mosques, looted homes and businesses.
These actions demonstrate a clear pattern of persecution and violence against Muslims in India, and Sitharaman's comments only serve to minimize and trivialize the gravity of the situation.
In 2022, Genocide Watch, an NGO that monitors countries for signs of impending genocide, placed India at Stage 8 (persecution) of genocide on Dr. Gregory Stanton's 10 Stages of Genocide. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum said India was among the top ten likeliest places for new mass killings in the world. USCIRF, a bipartisan, independent commission in the US, has designated India as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for three consecutive years over its egregious violations of human rights and religious freedoms of minorities.
IAMC calls on the Indian government to immediately retract Sitharaman's insensitive and inaccurate comments and take concrete steps to stop Hindu extremist violence against its Muslim citizens. We also call on the international community to hold the Indian government accountable for its actions and to take steps to ensure the protection of the rights of all religious minorities in India.Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with chapters across the nation.

 Dr Kaukab Siddique


by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D

NPR radio vs Pakistan.

A couple of days back NPR radio thru WHYY attacked Pakistan and its value system.

NPR highlighted a Transgender drama supposedly undermining Pakistan as a bigoted, brutal nation rooted in patriarchal blindness.

Out of Pakistan's 240 million people, NPR could only find a few transgender though they are in no danger in Pakistan. In fact they have more protection than most people.

NPR's attitude in this report was very anti-Islam. Somebody with a Muslim name declared thankfully on NPR's Transgemder program that the transgender drama is so wonderful, like a breath of fresh air! otherwise all we have in Pakistan are mosques and Allahu Akbar!

Pakistanis are very sensitive to such trivializing comments.

Take this example: The Swedish embassy in Islamabad is closing down because of a sense of insecurity emerging from public indignation against Swedes after a Qur'an burning incident in Sweden which was protected by Swedish police. If NPR is really looking towards understanding

Malala is behind this "Joyland" drama. She gives opponents of Pakistan the impression that she stands for women's education and others in Pakistan don't.

My mother was the greatest female educator of Pakistan as is my sister-in-law. Hundreds of women in northern Pakistan are busy with the education of women.

NPR, why not protest the shameful imprisonment of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui who has been in a Ft. Worth, Texas, prison for the last 20 years.

Alvin Bragg
What did Famous Preacher Shaikh Faisal do to get 18 Years?

by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

DA Alvin Bragg, notorious for his moves against President Trump, announced through the New York Post on March 23 that Shaikh Abdullah Faisal has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

The statements denouncing Shaikh Faisal are vague and generalized and got me into trying to find out what exactly did he do which would merit 18 years in prison.Here is what I have found till now:

Shaikh Faisal did not hurt anyone in America.

He did not live in America.

He is Jamaican but in Jamaica too he did not hurt anyone.

Looks like tiny Jamaica was bullied by the American giant to extradite the Shaikh to America.

He has been railing and ranting to Muslims to defend the Islamic State

.Did the Islamic State attack America? There is no instance which would show that the Islamic State attacked America.

In fact it is America which has been going, thousands of miles from home, into Syria and Iraq to bomb the Islamic State from a safe distance in the sky.

The Islamic state does not have the means to defend itself against bombing by USA.

The details published in America indicate that a female American detective was given the task of trapping the Shaikh.

She pretended that she was Muslim and wanted to help injured people by giving first aid.

The Shaikh did not or would not come to America. So she decided to go to the Middle East, protected by two detective, hoping that the Shaikh would follow her.

She pretended that he should help her to marry a "jihadi."The Shaikh did not follow her and the trap failed.

Finally USA bullied Jamaica into extraditing him to USA and gave him 18 years!

So, all he has done is making speeches urging Muslims to defend the Islamic State.

The Muslim Ummah did nothing, with the exception of several thousand individuals.

America, with the help of NATO and Iran, destroyed the cities of Mosul in Iraq and al-Raqqa in Syria killing tens of thousands of civilians and making millions homeless.

Islamic State fighters not only survived but are still active in Syria and parts of Iraq. [See SOHR and Iraqi news.]

April 14
Person to Person

The crowd was huge again, mostly Arab and Bangladeshi.

2nd Ramadan juma' visit to Newark, Delaware

A Jamaat al-Muslimeen document, 6-pages taken from New Trend, was given to 78 Muslims.

The items in the six pages were
as follows:

US Muslims' united rallies against Israeli attacks on al-Aqsa.

Death squads in Bangladesh have murdered several thousand unarmed opponents of PM Hasina

Analysis of Bangladesh PM Hasina's rurhless & brutal efforts to stay in power. (Dr Firoz)

Isis resurgence in Syria.

Hadith messages from Sis Yasmin.

Political Prisoners :

Civil Discord Show

2023-04-17 Mon 18:12:35 GMT/UTC/Zulu