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An Invitation From Jamaat al-Muslimeen:
It's not the job of the White House to Define Islam

"O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger and those charged with authority from among you. If you differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His messenger, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best and most suitable for final determination." [The Qur'an 4:59]

Dear readers: asalamu alaikum
Peace be with you.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen will hold its 4th International Islamic Symposium, inshallah, (Allah-willing), in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 21, 2003 (which is a Saturday).

Kaukab Siddique, Ameer
Sis. Motisola M. Abdallah, Secretary General
Imam Badi Ali, Local Host

This organization has had a track record of service to oppressed communities since 1978. Here are some important points about it:

PURPOSE: To organize an independent Islamic movement in America and other countries.

ISLAM here means the Qur'an and the authentic hadith of the Prophet (peace be on him).

Seeking the example of the Prophet (pbuh) in similar conditions, we work within the law of the land through peaceful means by utilizing the rights to speak, write, communicate, organize, assemble and protest.

We believe that America, like other lands, belongs to Allah.

We believe that all human beings have inalienable rights which are enunciated in the Qur'an and the Hadith.

Nationalism, race, class, gender superiority have no place in Islamic decision-making, participation and organization. The Qur'an has taught that TAQWA (God-conscious behavior) is the only standard of merit and honor. Organizations based on nationalism, race, class and gender cannot be called Islamic though they may borrow from Islam in some ways.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen works through mutual consultation and consent (SHOORA, a word used by the Qur'an for such process).

We do not accept funds from any governmental organizations or fronts, nor do we accept any funds with strings attached.

Women and men are equals in Jamaat al-Muslimeen's decision-making and leadership.

We support the struggle of all oppressed people, be they the oppressed people of America or of Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, etc. This support is in the area of communication and publicity as well as in humanitarian ventures. It does not imply agreement with all the tactics, policies and teachings of the oppressed strugglers.

We are against all sectarianism, be it the sectarianism of those who sanctify human beings to the level of the Prophet (pbuh), or of those who try to divide people based on theological interpretations, or of those who denigrate the companions of the Prophet (pbuh), or of those who try to oppose the Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh). [Such differences should be the subject of research and study, not of public rhetoric and debate.]

We have a human rights interest in the condition of prisoners in general and of Muslim prisoners in particular. We have committees monitoring the suffering of political prisoners such as Imam Jamil al-Amin, Shaikh Omar ĎAbdel Rahman, Ahmed ĎAbdel Sattar, Prof. Sami al-Arian, Sis. Haila Gabr, the Lackawanna Six, the Portland Four, Jose Padilla, Victor Alvarez, Ujamaa and others.

People can join Jamaat al-Muslimeen in three capacities:
1. Members.
2. Supporters.
3. Sympathizers.

One cannot become a member by simply filling a form and writing a check. One must apply for inclusion in one of the three categories in a letter which would indicate:
How much time you can give on a weekly basis?
How much money can you donate on a monthly basis?
Which capabilities are you willing and able to use in the service of the oppressed communities?
[We are looking for people who can write, speak, call and picket.]

Funds are badly needed. Donate to:
Jamaat al-Muslimeen, P.O. Box 10881, Baltimore, MD 21234
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