Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Press Release

1422 Hijri: Year of Worldwide Struggle for Victory of the Masses
Fasting recommended on Muharram 9 and 10

Our greetings go out to all oppressed people on the beginning of the new Islamic year 1422. The Islamic calendar, started by Caliph 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (Allah be pleased with him), begins with the movement of the Prophet (pbuh), Abu Bakr (ra) and others from Makkah to Madina which was to become the model of the Islamic community.

The Hijrah (LEAVING ONES HOME, GOODS, EVERYTHING in Allah's way) is referred to in the Qur'an and the greatest rewards are promised to those who did the Hijra. The details of the Hijra and the necessity of doing so in certain situations are given in the Hadith.The Qur'an (Allah's word) is rooted in the human reality by means of the Prophet's life documented in the Hadith.

The calendar chosen by caliph 'Umar and his Shoora (including hazrat Ali), begins with the month of Mohurram, one of the 4 months in which fighting is forbidden (other than in self defense). The Qur'an says:
"The number of months with Allah is 12, so ordained by Him the day He created the Heavens and the earth; of them 4 are forbidden : that is the right religion: so wrong not yourselves therein and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together. But know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves. (9:36)
Now, what are those 4 months which are forbidden (for warfare)?: We learn from the Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) that those are Zulqidah, Zulhijja, Muharram and Rajab. The Prophet (pbuh) mentioned them during his Farewell Sermon when he commanded all Muslims to pass on his Hadith to all peoples, forever onwards. After that all this companions narrated Hadith to those who had not met the Prophet.

There is no way of learning from the Qur'an itself which those 4 months are; hence Hadith study is an essential link to Qur'an study.

There are Hadith in the collections of Bukhari and Muslim which indicate that the believers were delivered from the clutches of the Pharoah of Egypt when they escaped across the Red Sea on the day of Ashura, the 10th day of Mohurram. The Prophet (pbuh) claimed Moses (Moses) as his brother messenger, and all Muslims believe that Moses was a Muslim: Hence the Prophet urged the Muslims to fast on the day of Ashura. It is also reported that he later changed the fasting day to Muharram 9, to separate Muslim practice from that of the Jews.

Again the link here with Moses and Pharoah is that: ISLAM IS WITH THE OPPRESSED, AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR.
Two important events stand out in Muharram during early Islamic history: Caliph 'Umar (Allah be pleased with him) was martyred on Muharram 1 by a prisoner of war whom in his compassion he had allowed to work in the city of Madina. 'Umar is the epitome of piety, wisdom and humility in Islamic history. Even when he was dying, he gave a signal to the Ummah which we must never forget: that his son, the illustrious scholar of Hadith 'Abdullah ibn 'Umar should not be considered a candidate for Caliphate so that the office may not become hereditary.

On Muharram 10 (Ashura) comes the martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali (Allah be pleased with them both) the grandson of the Prophet, who was martyred in the sands of Kerbala when he refused to accept hereditary rule and kingship. It was a terrible tragedy for Muslims and signalled the end of an era.

The event of Kerbala has become a symbol for Muslims that kingship and hereditary rule must not be accepted.

In our own times, after centuries of decadence, Muslims have rediscovered the revolutionary symbolism of Kerbala, at the theoretical level through the writings of Allama Maudoodi and at the practical level through the mass movement led by Imam Khomeini which overthrew the Shah of Iran, the showpiece of American imperialism in the Muslim world.

Allama Maudoodi's book KHILAFAT-O-MULUKIAT (Caliphate and Kingship) brought a storm of abuse on his head from the conventional religious circles which were siding with the secular government in Pakistan. Maudoodi (may Allah fill his grave with light) showed in unanswerable terms, with overwhelming documentation from the Qur'an and the Hadith, that dictatorship, kingship, one-man rule, autocracy are the opposites of the Islamic concept of Caliphate.
We urge readers to fast both on Muharram 9 and 10 to cover two stages in the development of the Islamic community under the Prophet, pbuh.
If our voice can reach Pakistan, we beg Shias and Sunnis not to fight each other on Mohurram. Instead, stand united against dictatorship. Our real enemies are not Muslims who follow various schools of thought. We must stand against the SHIRK of males pretending to be gods in front of women.
1. Liberate Kashmir from Hindu occupation. (free Kashmiri women from the Hindus)
2. Liberate Palestine from Zionist occupation. (free Palestinian women from Jews)
3. Liberate Chechnia from Russian occupation. (Free Chechnian women from Russkies)
4. Liberate Iraq from U.S. occupation/intervention. (free Iraqi women from US terrorism)
5. Remove American military presence from Arabia and the Gulf. (free Arab women from cultural and military imperialism)
6. Stop missionary subversion in Sudan, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan.
(free women from worship of a prophet named Jesus, pbuh)
7. Strengthen the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
8. Help the Albanian people in Macedonia and Kosova.
9. Give Muslim women their rights in Turkey.
10. Help rebuild BABRI MASJID and other mosques in India and Bosnia.
11. Support the people of Bangladesh against ravages of floods and government corruption.
12. Feed the children of Africa and provide them scholarships.
13. Free Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman, Imam Jamil al-Amin, Ahmad Ajaj, Siddique Abdullah Hassan, Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu Jamal, Marshall Conway, Victor Alvarez and ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS. (As the Qur'an says, they kill our men and keep our women.)
14. Provide medicines and clean water to the deprived of the world
15. Stop trade imbalances and get proper value for our raw materials.
16. Stop the ravages of Wall Street, Hollywood, Madison Avenue and the Pentagon

2001-03-28 Wed 15:13ct