Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Press Release


MUHARRAM 1, 1424. NEW ISLAMIC YEAR BEGINS: What should be our role?
commentary by Kaukab Siddique

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Blessed is He who sent down the Criterion to His servant, that it may be an admonition to all creatures —He to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: no son has He begotten, nor has he a partner in His dominion: It is He Who created all things, and ordered them in due proportions. Yet have they taken, besides Him, gods that can create nothing but are themselves created; that have no control of hurt or good to themselves; nor can they control death nor life nor resurrection. [The Qur'an 25:1-3]

Dear friends: asalamu alaikum
The new Islamic year has begun and promises to be a year of transformation, cataclysm and struggle for Muslims. Briefly, here are the points to remember about the significance of the Islamic new year:
1. Our calendar begins with the Hijra or movement of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Makka to Madina. We must do the hijra too, when necessary, physically from the land of oppression and tyranny to the land of wisdom and justice, or spiritually within our souls from self-hatred, egoism, fear, false concepts, arrogance to compassion, selflessness, courage, truth and humility. In all matters, follow the life example of the Prophet (pbuh) as our model.

2. According to the Hadith, the 10th of Muharram is the day of the defeat of the Pharoah by Allah's command, the destruction of the forces of the Pharoah in the sea of Allah's punishment, and the victory of Allah's people led by Moses (Musa) pbuh. It is our faith that in spite of his hosts and in spite of his vast army, Pharoah will be defeated and Allah will reveal his floating corpse for all the world to see. We must wait for that day when Allah's retribution will descend on the Pharoah.

3. Mohurram 1 is the anniversary of the passing of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, Allah be pleased with him, whose Caliphate is the greatest example of a JUST and BALANCED WAY of life actually attainable in the real world.

4. Mohurram 10 is the anniversary of the martyrdom of Husain (r.a.) the grandson of the Prophet (pbuh), the son of Ali (r.a.). In the blood soaked sands of Kerbala, he wrote for ever the eternal message of Islam that TYRANNY must not be accepted. Even when outnumbered and surrounded by the forces of arrogance and hypocrisy, those on the path of truth must not accept slavery.
We must rescue the memory of Husain (r.a.) from the sectarianism of those who use it to divide the ummah and to help the enemies of Islam. Husain (r.a.) is the beloved grandson of Muhammad (pbuh). He is not the icon of a small group. There is no point in mourning a martyr. We must honor him and learn from him and his family because these are the beloved of the Prophet of Allah.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen is organized to work peacefully under the law of the land, trying somewhat like the Prophet (p) and his sahaba were in Makka. We work to give the true message of Islam to the people of America and overseas. Our tools are: Education, Communication, Prayer, Trustworthiness, and Compassion.

We oppose the oppression, exploitation and misdirection of the American people.
We support the self-determination of all peoples.
We support freedom for Palestine, Afghanistan, Kashmir and Chechnya.
We condemn Zionism, Imperialism and brahminism.

A JUST SYSTEM can emerge only with the equality of men and women. Superiority, according to the Qur'an, should be based on TAQWA (Allah-oriented behavior and awareness), NOT ON GENDER.

NATIONAL ASPIRATIONS are acceptable under Islam as Allah has created the nations and the tribes, but NATIONALISM is the enemy of Islam. WE ARE ONE UMMAH AROUND THE GLOBE, under one leader, MUHAMMAD (pbuh), with one BOOK and ONE QIBLA for prayer. If the Muslims do not stop separating themselves into nationalistic groups, they will not be a global power. Muslims CANNOT be a force IN AMERICA if they continue to see themselves as Arabs, African-Americans, Caucasians, Pakistanis, Africans etc.

Help us to help the needy.
Help us to build mosques where the poor and the oppressed can assemble with honor.

Can you write, speak, call, email, mail letters, distribute literature? Let us hear from you with a firm commitment of time or abilities or money:

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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM of Jamaat al-Muslimeen will be held in June 2003. Look for details in forthcoming month.

2003-03-05 Wed 08:37ct