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THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Allama Iqbal recognized the genius of Maulana Maudoodi even though Maudoodi was a young writer at that time. Iqbal left Muslims with a vision of Islam as it really was taught by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Maudoodi fought to make that vision a practical reality. The great commentator on the Qur'an stood against the tyranny of the Pakistani army and the U.S.-backed secularist Pakistani ruling elites.

Syed Nazir Niazi, a close associate of Iqbal, quotes these words of Iqbal in those early days when most people did not realize that Maudoodi would change the thought patterns of Muslims in South Asia:

"There is a very good magazine called Tarjumanul Qur'an coming out of Hyderabad. Maudoodi sahib is its editor. I have read his articles. Along with the DEEN, he also keeps an eye on contemporary issues. I like his book Al-Jihad fil-Islam a lot. Why don't you invite him to come to Darul Islam? I think he will accept the invitation."
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Civil Rights Concerns
PROF. SAMI al-ARIAN'S RIGHTS VIOLATED by SOUTHERN FLORIDA UNIVERSITY

On June 14, the Association of University Professors (AUP) meeting in Washington condemned the removal of Prof Sami Al-Arian from his university position and his arrest by the U.S. government in an attempt to connect him to "terrorism."

[By some strange "coincidence," the President of the USF appears to be Jewish while Prof. Al-Arian is Palestinian. Please let New Trend know if this is incorrect.]

As for "justice" in America, now controlled by the Zionists, Prof. Al-Arian will not come up for trial till 2005! Till then, he will remain in prison.

The tragedy of Prof. Al-Arian is that he was a staunch supporter of President of President Bush and was even a guest at the White House. In a fatal misreading of the situation, he did not realize that America is now run by the Likud brand of Zionism, a shift from the Labor brand of Zionism under Clinton.
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Ahmed Abdel Sattar and Lynne Stewart Appear in Court: June 13, 2003
Innocents Being Persecuted because they were kind to Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman

The New York City court was packed with supporters of Ms. Lynne Stewart on June 13 as a hearing was held after many months. The prosecutors seemed unprepared and the Judge seemed to be irritated with their incompetence and confusion.

The defense attorneys spoke well and pointed to the violations of the U.S. Constitution, First Amendment Rights, attorney-client privileges in the government's charges.

Ms. Stewart, free on bail, a veteran human rights activist, who fought the case of Shaikh Omar ĎAbdel Rahman pro bono is being accused of having helped to pass on a message from the Shaikh.

Ahmed Abdel Sattar is a U.S. citizen, from Egypt, married to an American woman from Chicago, a family man with beautiful children. He worked for the post office and was known for his honesty among Muslims and non-Muslims alike. A scholar of Islam, he honored and respected Shaikh Omar, as do millions of Egyptians.

His "mistake" was that he spoke on the phone to opponents of the murderous Mubarak regime in Egypt. His phone was tapped, and conversations on any anti-government subject can be construed to imply "support for terrorism" in the present circumstances.

Ahmed looked at his family in court and waved and smiled, very courageous after being held in solitary confinement for a year and 2 months. Unfortunately very few Muslims were in the audience. The Arab community is running scared, with 13,000 Arabs waiting to be deported and thousands of others under investigation.
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St. Louis Paper Notes Violations of Rights of African-American Muslims in Recent Raids
Paper Quotes Br. Hammad Abdur-Raheem and Others U.S. Links them with Lashkare Taiba (Pakistan) and Kashmir

[Excerpted from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 12]

"They're probably going to arrest all of us and try to charge us (for) material support of terrorist group or conspiracy or sleeper cell," said Abdur-Raheem, 35, a Gulf War Army veteran and Washington native who converted to Islam in 1994. "I'm trying to get my family ready for it. On the one hand, I can't blame (the prosecutors) - I saw September 11, too. But what I say to them is, 'Go get the guys responsible for September 11, but don't get innocent people because of the actions of some idiots.'"

The men whose homes were searched are in their 20s and 30s. Most took Islamic classes from a prominent local Muslim scholar and lecturer, Ali Al-Timimi, who had suggested that the men travel abroad to Muslim countries after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Al-Timimi's northern Virginia townhouse and car were also searched.

Abdur-Raheem said most of the men regularly attended al-Timimi's lectures, which began informally at homes and then were held at the Center for Islamic Information and Education in Falls Church, Va. But after Sept. 11, he said, the board of the center parted ways with the scholar, who travels widely to give Islamic lectures, both in the United States and abroad.

In an e-mailed response, Al-Timimi told the Post-Dispatch there was no "split" with the center's leaders and that they had continued to seek his advice. He said he stopped lecturing publicly in the United States after 9-11, "as emotionally charged environments are not hospitable for analysis or intellectual criticism."

The attacks of Sept. 11 also brought an end to the paintball gatherings. After more than a year of regular outings to a woodsy plot of land in Spotsylvania, the men abruptly stopped the games, fearing what it would look like to a world reeling from 9-11.

Within a week or two of the attacks, several members met over Chinese food at the home of Yong Ki Kwon - a Muslim convert from South Korea - and asked the teacher, Al-Timimi, to come too.

"We invited him to dinner because we wanted to get his take on what was happening," said Ismail Royer, 30, the former St. Louisan and member of the paintball group who attended Al-Timimi's lectures.

"We were all kind of confused about this situation. . . . So Ali came and said, basically, 'The United States is going to declare war on the Muslims, and it's not going to be restricted to any one area.' Ultimately he thought it was going to be like World War III between the United States and the Muslim world and . . . he said: 'You basically need to leave the United States because the United States is going to be very inhospitable to Muslims.'

"So, we all resolved that we should basically go and live in Muslim countries because we didn't want to be caught here in the middle of a big war," said Royer, 30, who converted from Catholicism to Islam at age 19 in St. Louis.

Many of the friends from the paintball club heeded Al-Timimi's advice. Royer went to Bosnia for seven months. Others struck out individually to Egypt or Saudi Arabia. Several - including Kwon, the dinner host - also left for Pakistan. Some are still abroad, in Saudi Arabia.

"Ali Timimi had advised us that if we were able to make hijra, his advice was to do so," said Abdur-Raheem, using the Arabic word for migration that Muslims use to describe the Prophet Mohammed's flight for his life from Mecca to Medina in 622.

"It's not even that he encouraged us to go. He was just telling us only what scholars say Muslims should do - 'In times of difficulty, move.' He wasn't saying anything exotic. (The agents) were asking me, 'Did he say, "'Go and fight in Afghanistan?"' But no, he didn't. I don't know where they got that from."

FBI suspicions

Abdur-Raheem said the FBI agents he spoke to believe that these trips made by Al-Timimi's students were made to conduct training with Islamic terrorist groups. Of particular interest to them, he said, was the militant Lashkar-I-Taiba group in Pakistan that is battling Indian forces over the Himalayan region of Kashmir, claimed by India and by Pakistan.

The search warrants executed in May sought evidence that some of the men provided support to Lashkar-I-Taiba, which the U.S. government designated as a terrorist group in December 2001, after India accused the group of taking part in an attack on the Indian Parliament.

Royer, who said he met members of the group while fighting with the Bosnian Army in the mid-1990s, said he went to Pakistan and helped write press releases and set up a worldwide e-mail list for Lashakar-I-Taiba in 2000. Royer said he has repeatedly denounced terrorism against the United States and that the group's leaders assured him they had no ties to Osama bin Laden or al-Qaida. He said he gave al-Hamdi and Kwon a contact number for Lashkar-I-Taiba leaders when they traveled to Pakistan.

Al-Hamdi traveled there before the attacks on Sept. 11, Royer said; Kwon left shortly after the post-Sept. 11 dinner meeting with Al-Timimi; Royer said Kwon told him he left Pakistan before the group was put on the terrorist list.

Caliph Basha Raheem, whose Virginia apartment was searched on May 8, said that subjects of paintball and team members' foreign travel came up repeatedly with FBI agents who questioned him before the search.

"They told me that, 'We know it was jihad training.' They think (the paintball) was training to go overseas and fight, basically, because some people went overseas after Sept. 11, and a couple of others are still overseas," said Raheem, 29. He said the paintball games, which fluctuated from five to 30 players until they abruptly stopped after Sept. 11, 2001, were different things to different people.

"I can't speak for everybody else, but for me, I was just training to prepare myself if I have to defend myself and my family one day. I wasn't planning on going anywhere. I don't even have a passport."

The search warrants

February

Evidence sought: Violation of laws banning material support of terrorism or foreign terrorist organizations

Persons named:

Ali Al-Timimi, Fairfax, Va. Islamic lecturer, U.S. son of Iraqi immigrants

Ibrahim al-Hamdi, Annandale, Va. Son of a Yemeni diplomat, he's been held since March 18 and is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a weapons charge.

Nabil Garbeih, Annandale, Va. A protege of Al-Timimi.

Yong Ki Kwon. A native of South Korea, jailed on a criminal complaint of conspiring to use a fraudulent passport.

March

Evidence sought: Support of terrorism

Person named:

Ismael Royer, 30, grew up in St. Louis, attended Parkway South High School. Converted to Islam while in St. Louis. Said he fought with the Bosnian Army in the mid-1990s along with leaders of the group now known as Lashka-e-Taiba, the Pakistani group fighting with Hindus over control of Kashmir. Royer said he worked for the group before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The U.S. government declared Lashka-e-Taiba a terrorst group in December 2001.

May

Evidence sought: Material support of terrorism and evidence relating to knowingly setting foot in a foreign state "with whom the United States is at peace" to aid in a military effort against that nation; evidence that they conspired to "kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country" at peace with the United States.

Persons named:

Masaud Khan, Gaithersburg, Md. Items seized included a "terrorst manual" and a "printout of FBI headquarters."

Muhammad Aatique, Norristown, Pa. A student of Al-Timimi's.

Ali Asad Chandia, Germantown, Md. Studied at Dar-Al-Aqram, an Islamic center where Al-Timimi taught.

Donald Surratt, Suitland, Md.

Caliph Basha Rahman Raheem, Arlington, Va. U.S.-born Muslim, student of Al-Timimi.

Hammad Abdur-Raheem, Falls Church, Va. Muslim convert and longtime Al-Timimi student.
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