Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Press Release

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Dear readers: asalamu alaikum. May the blessings of Ramadan be with you.
CNN is carrying out a campaign of smearing and abuse against all that is holy to Muslims. One aspect of this campaign is taken up in the letter below. Please send similar letters to CNN.
Producer CNN (Connie Chung Show)

Dear Producer

Friday night, November 22, you brought a woman to your show from the planned beauty pageant in Nigeria. CNN reported that she was the woman who was referred to by a Nigerian newspaper as the one the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would have liked to marry if he had been alive today.

Would you like to say to a Native American ('Red Indian') that the occupation of the Black Hills by American cavalry was justified and show pictures of the cavalry desecrating the Hills? This is a similar outrage.

Is it possible that you are unaware of the hurt such reporting produces among your Muslim audiences? The Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) is the most sacred personality for more than a billion Muslims around the world. His wives are referred to in the Qur'an as the Mothers of the Believers. No Muslim worth the name can tolerate an insult aimed at the family of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

These women in beauty pageants, who take off most of their clothes and make exhibits of themselves in public, are not worthy of respect by any Muslim. Most Muslims think of them as sluts though they might not be actual prostitutes. Beauty pageants are seen as exploitation and commercialization of women. I am sure you know all this.

For you to bring a scantily clad woman to your screen and then to associate her with the name of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is a sacrilege you have committed against Islam and Muslims and that too in the month of Ramadan when religious sensitivities are at their highest.

Even a pious, Islamic woman is not to be compared to the wives of the Prophet (pbuh) without causing serious hurt to Muslim sensibilities.

I wonder if you realize how much damage you are doing to the relationship between the U.S. and the world of Islam. Is this a deliberate effort on your part or are you (incredibly) ignorant of the values cherished by the Muslim world? Your constant support for Israeli outrages against Palestinians and your ongoing attempt to empathize with the Zionist occupiers of Palestine create the impression that you are deliberately insulting the most sacred personalities of Islam.

You owe your Muslim viewers an apology. Do you have the grace to extend such an apology?


Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
IMAM ALI SIDDIQUI from California has provided the information about Zakatul Fitr this Ramadan. [It is $7 per person. We urge every person who likes Jamaat al-Muslimeen's work to send it to our address above for speedy distribution.]
[Imam Ali has provided the following texts for zakatul fitr. Notice that this payment is not mentioned in the Qur'an but is still required because the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ordered it.]

It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: Remember! Zakat-ul-Fitr is Wajib (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) on every Muslim, man or woman, free or in servitude, adult or child. (Hadith: Tirmidhi's Sunan)

Ibn Abbas (ra) reported that the Prophet (saw) made the Zakat-ul-Fitr obligatory for the purpose of: purifying our fasting from vain talk and shameful mistakes, to make arrangements for the poor and the needy for food and clothing (for the festival of Eid). (Hadith:Abu Dawud, Ibn Maja)
Every adult Muslim, with sufficient food for the family for a day, should pay Zakat-ul-Fitr for himself/herself and all his/her dependents. Even those who did not fast should pay it. Zakat-ul-Fitr should also be paid for the child born or the person died before the Fajr (dawn) on the day of Eid.

At the time of the Prophet (saw),payment of Zakat-ul-Fitr was made in terms of weight of grain. It is one Sa for each person. One Sa is approximately equal to 3 kg or 7.5 lbs. TheMuslim jurists agree that Zakat-ul-Fitr can also be paid in cash equivalent tothe cost of 3kg/7.5 lb. of grain including rice, wheat, lentils, corn, and dry cheese.
Prophet Muhammad (saw) has said, whoever paid it (Zakat-ul-Fitr) before Salatul Eid, it is acceptable Zakat before Allah. Whoever paid it after Salat-ul-Eid, it is just a charity. The companions of the Prophet(ra) used to pay it a few days earlier. (Hadith: Bukhari)

Imam Shafi'i held the opinion that Zakat-ul-Fitr can be paid as early as the beginning of Ramadan. I suggest that Zakat-ul-Fitr should be paid early enough so it will reach the needyand the poor before the Eid day. It will enable them to use it for food and clothes and give them the opportunity to enjoy the happiness of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Zakat-ul-Fitrshould be paid directly to the needy and the poor. However, you can also pay it to an organization, which would distribute it in accordance with the teaching of Islam. Remember that it is still your responsibility. So, make sure before paying that the organization will distribute it according to the teaching of Islam and before Salat-ul-Eid.

2002-11-24 Sun 08:20ct