Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Press Release

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December 2, 12 a.m. RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN LAILATUL QADR, inshallah. Please pray for the victory of Islam and the release of our political prisoners. Saddam Hussain has released Iraqi political prisoners. Why can't our government do better than him and release prisoners lost in the American gulag?
Three reports:
1. Sis. Karima Webb, from Oklahoma, on homeschooling.
2. Sis. Nadrat Siddique, from Maryland, on the oppression of Native Americans and why they don't celebrate "thanksgiving."
3. Imam Ali Siddiqui, from California, on Eid ul-Fitr, rules and requirements.
Plus brief note from Br. Kaukab on the fitna of the "Qur'an only" sect.

[From Sis. Karima Webb, Oklahoma.]

Allah states in the Quran:

Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (alone). It is He Who sends down rain, and He Who knows what is in the wombs. Nor does any one know what it is that he will earn on the morrow: Nor does any one know in what land he is to die. Verily with Allah is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things).

Luqman [31:34]

There's no excuse. You absolutely MUST document in detail what you are doing with your homeschooled children. This means much, much more than writing down what pages you did for that day. Documenting is not only WHAT you teach, but HOW you teach. Could someone step in if you were hurt in a car accident? Killed?

Grim thought, isn't it? I am providing a print out of questions for you to answer and put with your homeschooling material. This should serve as the beginning of your explanation for your homeschooling efforts; expand and write down ANYTHING that pertains to your child and their learning environment. Insha'ALLAH we will all be around for many, many years. If we aren't, though...our children need to be taken care of. Their lives will be shattered. Any counselor who has dealt with grief will tell you that children and family members need familiar routines to hold the family together. As they struggle to continue without you, leave behind the necessary information to help your children. Be prepared. Make a bad situation a little easier for those whose lives and hearts must go on.

MHE's "Be Prepared!" List
1.) List the main books you use with each subject. List the workbooks you use with each subject. Your daily lesson plans should show where you are in EACH book.
2.) List where you bought/obtained the main books and the workbooks. If you order from Internet sites, list the URL pages and ordering information. If there are any sites /companies you plan to use in the FUTURE which you aren't using now, jot down your plans and that information!
3.) If you order / visit a homeschool store or other stores for texts or workbooks, list the address, phone number, and directions how to get to the store.
4.) If you buy supplies from the Internet or from a particular store, supply the URL's and store information. Write down the supplies which constantly need restocking, and where you keep them in your home if you don't have them located in one area.
5.) Your daily lesson plans should be in one folder, or lesson plans should be with each subject. Put the current one on top.
6.) Have a concept list which shows the skills/concepts which have been passed. Identify what skill/concept you are currently working on. How do you test? Where do you get the material? How often is testing required? What are your state laws which you need to comply with?
7.) List your typical daily routine. For example, the time you begin, how long until you typically give a break, any unusual fun things you do (like walking the neighborhood while memorizing math facts) and when you typically end the day.
8.) Be sure and note routine "get togethers" with other children. List their names and phone numbers. If you go to a park, name it and give directions.
9.) List any homeschooling support groups that you belong to and include their website URL's and phone numbers. Note which homeschool moms you know who may be able to give advice/ help in your absence.
10.) Write down your child's learning style. Does he / she do better with rote memorization on math, or with manipulatives and rote? Is your child easily bored? What subjects are more difficult? How much time do you normally spend on each subject?
11.) What level is your child reading books? What books have they read? Make a list, and a list of recommended books. List the URL's of websites which provide book reviews and lists of books by ages.
12.) Are there any relatives, friends, or neighbors who would be good coaches for a particular subject area? Write down their names and numbers. Many people may volunteer to help (in the beginning!) and you may prefer certain people. Make your wishes known. I also keep all my receipts in one folder of textbook purchases. If I ever want to resell them, I know what I paid!
NATIVE AMERICANS ('Red Indians') do not celebrate American Thanksgiving. Understand their plight to understand what is happening to AFGHANS and PALESTINIANS today.
[From Nadrat Siddique, University of Maryland.]

The imperialist attitude toward indigenous peoples, whether they be Native American, or Afghan, has not changed. As the nation returns from "Thanksgiving Day" (or more appropriately, "National Day of Mourning") celebrations, we remember the Native people who lost their lives to American imperialism and racism. The report below, about the Sand Creek massacre (of Native people of the Cheyenne Tribe), was reported in the annals of the U.S. Congress. Twenty years ago, American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Vernon Bellecourt, stated that "You will be the next Indians, my brothers and sisters." Bellecourt's organization, which fought for the rights of Native people, was targeted by the FBI as a "terrorist" organization. Today Bellecourt's words have been realized, and the faces of the victims of Sand Creek have been replaced by those of Afghans and Arabs.

"Robert Bent, who was riding unwillingly with Colonel Chivington, said that when they came in sight of the camp, 'I saw the American flag waving and heard Black Kettle tell the Indians to stand around the flag, and there they were huddled--men, women, and children. This was when we were within fifty yards of the Indians. I also saw a white flag raised. These flags were in so conspicuous a position that they must have been seen.

When the troops fired, the Indians ran, some of the men into their lodges, probably to get their arms...I think there were six hundred Indians in all. I think there were thirty-five braves, and some old men, about sixty in all...the rest of the men were away from the camp, hunting....After the firing, the warriors put the squaws and children together, and surrounded them to protect them. I saw five squaws under a bank for shelter. When the troops came up to them, they ran out and showed their persons to let the soldiers know they were squaws and begged for mercy, but the soldiers shot them all.

I saw one squaw lying on the bank whose leg had been broken by a shell; a soldier came up to her with a drawn saber; she raised her arm to protect herself, when he struck, breaking her arm; she rolled over and raised her other arm, when he struck, breaking it, and then left her without killing her.

There seemed to be indiscriminate slaughter of men, women, and children. There were some thirty or forty squaws collected in a hole for protection; they sent out a little girl about six years old with a white flag on a stick; she had not proceeded but a few steps when she was shot and killed.

All the squaws in that hole were afterwards killed, and four for five bucks outside. The squaws offered no resistance. Every one I saw dead was scalped. I saw one squaw cut open with an unborn child, as I thought, lying by her side. Captain Soule afterwards told me that such was the fact. I saw the body of White Antelope with the privates cut off, and I heard a soldier say he was going to make a tobacco pouch out of them. I saw one squaw whose privates had been cut out...I saw a little girl about five years of age who had been hid in the sand; two soldiers discovered her, drew their pistols and shot her, and then pulled her out of the sand by the arm. I saw quite a number of infants in arms killed with their mothers.'"

(U.S. Congress. 39th. 2nd session. Senate Report 156, pp. 73,96, as reported in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown.)
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Nadrat Siddique
email: siddiqun@wam.umd.edu
Before reading the following information, please note that EIDUL FITR IS NOT IN THE QUR'AN. As we noted before, ZAKATUL FITR is NOT in the Qur'an either. The westoxicated elements and those under their indirect influence are telling innocent Muslims that the Qur'an ALONE is needed and Hadith is not essential. Be aware of the various fitnas being spread by these elements. Awareness is part of Islam.
Imam Ali Siddiqui

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EID - Unas (ra) reported that when the Prophet Muhammad (saw) migrated from Makkah to Madinah, the people of Madinah used to have two festivals. On those two days, they had carnivals and festivity. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) asked the Ansaar (the Muslims of Madinah) about it. They replied that before Islam they used to have carnivals on those two joyous days. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) told them: Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days which are better, the days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.'' (Hadith)

EID-AL-FITR is celebrated on the first day of Shawwaal, at the completion of Ramadan. Shawwaal is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. The Eid-al-Fitr is a very joyous day; it is a true Thanksgiving Day for the believing men and women. On this day Muslims show their real joy for the health, strength and the opportunities of life, which Allah has given to them to fulfill their obligation of fasting and other good deeds during the blessed month of Ramadan.

THE SUNNAH OF EID: 1. Wake up early. 2. Offer Salatul Fajr. 3. Prepare for personal cleanliness take care of details of clothing, etc. 4. Take a Ghusl (ceremonial shower) after Fajr. 5. Brush your teeth. 6. Dress up, putting on the best clothes available, whether new or cleaned old ones. 6. Use perfume (men only). 7. Have breakfast on Eid-al-Fitr before leaving for prayer ground. 8. Pay Zakaat-al-Fitr before Salaat-al-Eid (on Eid-al-Fitr). 9. Go to prayer ground early. 10. Offer Salaat-al-Eid in congregation in an open place except when weather is not permitting like rain, snow, etc. 11. Use two separate routes to and from the prayer ground. 12. Recite the following Takbir on the way to Salaat and until the beginning of Salaat-al-Eid: Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. La ila-haill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd. (Allah is greater. Allah is greater. There is no god but Allah. Allah is greater. Allah is greater. And all praises are for Allah).

HOW TO OFFER SALAAT-AL-EID: Ibn Abbass (ra) reported: I participated in the Salaat-al-Eid-al-Fitr with the Messenger of Allah (saw), Abu Bakr (ra), Umar (ra) and Uthman (ra), and all of them held Salaat-al-Eid before Khutbah, and then the Prophet Muhammad (saw) delivered the Khutbah(sermon). Hadith, Muslim

WHO SHOULD GO TO THE PRAYER GROUND AND OFFER SALAAT-AL-EID: Umm Atiyah (ra) reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) commanded us to bring out on Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha, young women, hijab-observing adult women and the menstruating women. The menstruating women stayed out of actual Salaat but participated in good deeds and Duaa (supplication). I (Umm Atiyah) said to the Holy Prophet (saw): O! Messenger of Allah, if one does not have an outer garment. He replied: Let her sister cover her with her garment. Hadith Muslim.

On the Eid day, every believing man, woman, and child must go to the prayer ground and participate in this joyous occasion.

STRUCTURE OF SALAAT-AL-EID: Salaat-al-Eid is wajib (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory). It consists of two Rakaat (units) with six or thirteen additional Takbirs. Itmust be offered in congregation. The Salaat is followed by the Khutbah. The Khutbah is part of the worship and listening to it is Sunnah. During the Khutbah, the Imam must remind the community about its responsibilities and obligations towards Allah, fellow Muslims, and the fellow human beings. The Imam must encourage the Muslims to do good and ward off evil. The Muslim community must also be directed to the state of the community and the Ummah at large and the feelings of sacrifice and Jihaad should be aroused in the community.

At the conclusion of the Salaat, the Muslims should convey greetings to each other, give reasonable gifts to the youngsters, and visit each other at their homes. Muslims should also take this opportunity to invite their non-Muslims neighbors, co-workers, classmates, and business acquaintances to Eid festivities to expose them to Islam and Muslim culture.

You can find additional information from various web sites and books of Hadith including Bukhari, Muslim, Riadus-Salahin, and Mishkat-al-Masabih.

Kul‘‘Aam wa Un-tum ba-Khair
Eid Mubarak
Copyright Imam Ali Siddiqui, 1982, 2002
About the author
Imam Ali Siddiqui with 30 years of service, is a Friday Khatib, Islamic teacher, Muslim Chaplain, and youth advisor.

2002-12-03 Tue 20:01ct