Safar 23, 1425/ April 14, 2004 #47
has released Dr. Mahboob Khawaja after 2 weeks of detention.
His arrest was without basis.
His son, Momin, is still being held by the
Stand Up For Your Rights, Without Breaking the Law:
Oppose Oppression, War, Exploitation
Central Consultative Committee [SHOORA] met for 8 hours in Greensboro,
North Carolina on April 10.
It called on the Muslims of America to seek guidance from the
and the authentic
of the Prophet [peace be on him].
It urged Muslims to exerts their rights under the law of the land to:
* Write, speak out, communicate
* Assemble, demonstrate, protest
* Oppose war and oppression, support peace and self-determination
* Publish and distribute literature.
The Shoora began with numerous verses from the sublime Qur'an,
including the following:
"It is He who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Way of Truth,
to cause it to prevail over all other ways,
even though the associators may detest it." [9:33]
The sessions of the Shoora were dedicated to great modern personalities
who struggled to help oppressed people, as follows:
Session One: Dedicated to
Shaikh 'Omar 'Abdel Rahman
This session was mostly about
and the case of Imam Warithuddin 'Umar (who has sued the
Wall Street Journal
for defamation related to
The new Secretary General of
who is a computer Wiz and
savvy sister, was introduced.
She made a presentation about the
challenge facing Muslims.
Session Two: Dedicated to Shaikh Ahmed Yassin
This session was about the organization of a nationwide campaign to
boycott businesses which are
A brochure produced by a sister who is member of the Central Shoora
was introduced and she spoke about ways of its mass distribution
Session Three: Dedicated to
Malcolm X (Shaheed) [Al-Hajj Malik Shabazz]
This session featured two major items:
* Racism in America.
A learned presentation on the subject by a top intellectual of America,
Dr. Abdul Alim Shabazz.
The material he presented will be published as a book.
* HAITI: History and relevance to the racism practiced by
A presentation was made by a Shoora member from the Caribbean.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen is setting up a charitable project in Brooklyn,
New York to help the people of Haiti.
Session 4: Dedicated to Rachel Corrie, martyred for
and Harriet Tubman, liberator of slaves.
This session discussed the plight of political prisoners in America,
Imam Jamil al-Amin,
Shaikh Omar Abdel Rahman, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Ahmed Abdel Sattar,
Prof. Sami al-Arian and others.
The Shoora decided to set up support groups for a selection of prisoners
to make sure that their rights are not violated in prison.
Session Five: Dedicated to
Islamic leader 'Uthman Dan Fodio
This session studied how to raise funds for Jamaat's work within the
current stringent restrictions imposed on Muslim fund raising.
A decision was made to help the children of
and other countries.
The program included Zuhr and 'Asr prayers. During lunch break,
a video on the assassination of Shaikh Yassin by Israel was checked
for possible distribution.
The Shoora was presided over by
Dr. Kaukab Siddique
For Jamaat al-Muslimeen, its ideology, addresses, new Secretary General,
go to: www.newtrendmag.org
click on Jamaat al-Muslimeen
Islamic Center of the Triad, Greensboro, NC
LOVE of MUHAMMAD, pbuh, is at the HEART of Islam
A vibrant Muslim community has emerged in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Owing to the efforts of Imam Badi Ali and those with him,
the Islamic Center of the Triad is attracting families interested in
a healthy, Islamic lifestyle.
The ICT takes up much of Br. Badi Ali's time,
which he volunteers in addition to his full time job.
It is a diverse community of immigrants,
mostly from the Middle East and Africa,
which has survived into the post 9.11 era owing to its record of
industry and hard work.
The community is growing steadily and on APRIL 9,
when Dr. Kaukab Siddique gave the Juma khutba at the ICT,
the prayer area was jampacked with worshippers.
Br. Kaukab based his khutba on the following verse of the Qur'an:
"Had we sent down the Qur'an on a mountain, verily,
you would have seen it humble itself and cleave asunder for fear of Allah.
Such are the similitudes which We propound to people, that they may think."
Here are a few main points of the khutba:
We have the best guidance, the Word of Allah, and the best example,
the Hadith of the Prophet, pbuh.
To live as the Qur'an wants us to, study the life of the Prophet, pbuh,
for he was the living Qur'an.
It is essential for every Muslim to know the Prophet, p,
and to follow his example, but that is NOT ENOUGH.
We must love the Prophet, p, more than we love ourselves,
our children and our parents.
If someone attacks or insults the Prophet, pbuh,
and we do not feel intense pain in our souls,
then we are Muslims only in name.
We must teach our children to identify themselves as Muslims.
Give the children a copy, or a booklet of verses, of the Qur'an.
We must show the Qur'an to our non-Muslim friends.
Tell them: This is the book which teaches me honesty, decency,
trustworthiness, truthfulness to both Muslims and non-Muslims.
CHILDREN/YOUNG ADULTS and
WHY IMMORALITY and SEXUAL CORRUPTION HAVE BECOME SO COMMONPLACE in USA's
On April 9, after Maghrib, Dr. Kaukab Siddique spoke to a gathering of
children and young adults on the outskirts of Greensboro.
He made the following points:
The mission of Muhammad, p, became successful owing to a variety of reasons.
One important reason was that he got the support of slaves,
women and children.
Hadith indicates that some of the greatest companions of the Prophet, pbuh,
were children or young adults, among them:
These are also the leaders of Hadith narration which is essential
to understanding the Qur'an.
Ali ibn Abi Talib, r.a.
'Ayesha bint Abi Bakr. r.a.
Abdullah ibn Abbas, r.a.
Jabir ibn Abdullah, r.a.
Abdullah ibn 'Umar, r.a., and many others.
[One of the young adults came later to the speaker to express her thanks
and added: "I wish you were my father."]
America is sinking into immorality and sexual corruption.
A basic reason is the lack of role models for young people in the life
of Jesus, pbuh. Very little is known of the daily life of Jesus, p,
and even less of his life as a child and a youth.
Owing to the lack of role models in Christianity,
American youths have taken film stars, fashion models,
dancers and entertainers as their examples.
Muslim families must organize chaperoned gatherings of Muslim young
people so that we do not lose our children to the "flesh" culture of
dating out there.
IN AMERICA: LET OVERSEAS READERS WHO THINK AMERICA IS PARADISE,
READ and PONDER
Please get involved to fight racism,
oppression and injustice because we do not know who will be the next victim.
Please celebrate diversity and teach your children that all human beings
are equal and to accept all ethnic people and treat them as they would
like to be treated by others.
Ask your schools and places of worship to be involved in teaching the
moral values of humanity. Samina Faheem Sundas
White Supremacists Beat Mexican Mother and Daughter To Death.
The Alta California Spanish speaking media in Los Angeles is now
reporting that the heinous bludgeoning to death,
on Sunday February 1 in Fremont, California,
of Maria Esperanza Hernandez and of her daughter Maria del Carmen Castillo Hernandez,
both undocumented immigrants, was the work of anti-Mexican vigilantes.
Fremont police detectives are calling it a possible "hate crime"
and are asking the public for help in solving the cowardly crime.
Fremont, California is about 15 miles north of San Jose and has a
reputation of harboring racist and violent white supremacists.
The 210,000 population of Fremont is 42% White, 37% Asian,
13% Latino and 8% Other.
The largely affluent community contains gangs of white shiftless youths
known to harass Mexican immigrants who take the bus or walk to the town
to work in menial jobs. On Sunday February 1, 39 year old
Maria Esperanza Hernandez, of Central Mexico,
left her home at 2:30 in the morning,
accompanied by her 19 year old daughter for a long walk to work in the
laundry room of the Fremont Care Center.
The daughter, Maria del Carmen Castillo Hernandez,
had accompanied her mother for safety reasons because
Maria Esperanza Hernandez was unable to obtain a driver's license due
to her undocumented status and because she had missed her ride.
At approximately 5 in the morning residents were awaken by blood
curdling screams from the mother and daughter who were being clubbed
to death in the street.
One resident was able to come out in time to observe a white youth
in his twenties standing over the dead bodies of the Mexican mother
The witness also observed a car with three men inside just watching
the brutal murder.
The witness said that the youth than ran and the car sped away,
turning its lights off.
Next to the two bodies the murderer left a bloody wooden club he used
to bludgeon the mother and daughter to death.
This case is just one of many that are becoming disturbingly common in
Alta California and that are a consequence of the ever louder racist
agitations by anti-Mexican bigots such as Glenn Spencer and Congressman
Tom Tancredo of Colorado.
One particular savage murder in this category was the dragging death
of a tomato worker from Oaxaca,
Mexico that occurred on July of 2000 in the Carmel Valley of the
City of San Diego.
The incident included the cruel and brutal beatings of 5 other
elderly workers that worked in an area's nursery.
The criminals were 8 young white thugs that lived in the affluent
homes of Carmel Valley.
The hoodlums were essentially protected by the white judge and
merely given a slap on the wrist.
They were charged for the beatings but never for the dragging death
of the undocumented tomato worker from Oaxaca:
For more info visit
Center for Latino Policy Research
Institute for the Study of Social Change
University of California
[With thanks to Sis. Zakiyyah from Los Angeles.]
Iraq Solidarity Action -
Resist the Massacre in Falluga: Cluster bombs used on Civilians
Urgent information and appeal from Ewa Jasiewicz, who worked with
in the Wilderness and Occupation Watch in Iraq, lived there for 8
(Basra and Baghdad) and in Palestine, mainly Jenin camp for 6 months,
speaks Arabic, and who got back from Iraq 2 months ago. She is in
contact with her friends in Basra and Baghdad.
I just spoke to friends in Baghdad - Paola Gaspiroli, Italian, from
Occupation watch and Bridges to Baghdad, Journalist Leigh Gordon,
England, (NUJ, Tribune, Mail on Sunday) and a Palestinian friend with
family in Falluja and friends in the Iraqi Islamic Party. Both he and
Leigh have been ferrying out the injured from Falluja to Baghdad for
the past three days. Ambulances have been barred from entry into the
Here is their news, which they told me over the telephone tonight
There has been a massacre in Falluga. Falluga is under siege. 470
people have been killed, and 1700 injured. There has been no ceasefire. They
(Americans) told people to leave, said they have 8 hours to leave and
people began to leave but they're trapped in the Desert. The Americans
have been bombing with B52s (Confirmed also by Leigh in an email three
days ago). Bridges to Baghdad are pulling out. We have flights booked
out of Amman. Tomorow a team will go to Sadr City to deliver medicines. 50
people have been killed there. ?? (Forgotten name) the 'elastic' shiekh
in Sadr City (I've met him, young, brilliant guy, describes himself as
'elastic' because he is so flexible when it comes to his
interpretations of Islam and moral conduct definitions etc, he's pretty liberal) he has
told me I should leave. He says that even he can't control his people.
Foreigners are going to be targeted. 6 new foreigners have been taken
hostage. Four of them are Italian security firm employees - they were
kidnapped from their car, which was found to be full of weapons, and
there were black uniforms. Baghdad was quiet today except for Abu
Ghraib (West Baghdad, where a vast prison is located and is bursting at the
seams with 12,000 prisoners) an American convoy was attacked there and
9 soldiers were injured and 27 were kidnapped. That's right 27. None of
the newswires are reporting it though. And I heard this from (*name best
not to supply without permission). Its really really bad. They (Americans)
have been firing on Ambulances, snipers are following the ambulances,
they cannot get in.
Falluga, there are people in the Desert, they've left Falluga but
they're not being allowed into Baghdad, they're trapped in the Desert, they're
like refugees, its terrible but the people, Iraqi people are giving all
they can; they're bringing supplies, everybody is giving all their help
and support to Falluga.
I want to stay but I have to go, if I want to come back and be useful,
you know I think its best to leave, Bridges to Baghdad has decided
It's getting really dangerous for Italians. We feel like we're being
targeted now. (Italy has a 2500+ force including Carabinieri occupying
Nassiriyah which has been subject to a number of resistance attacks
including the devastating attack on the Police station which claimed
lives of 4 soldiers, one civilian, one documentary film maker, 12
Carabinieri police and 8 Iraqis).
(.) and Leigh have been great. They've been driving into Falluga and
bringing out people, going back and forth. They know what's going on,
really they have been great. They want more people to help them but we
couldn't from here. It's getting much much worse.
My friend who's been in Falluga today and for the past few days:
We've been seeing it with our own eyes. People were told to leave
and now there are thousands trapped in the Desert. There is a 13 km
convoy of people trying to reach Baghdad. The Americans are firing
everything, everything they have on them. They are firing on Families!
They are all children, old men and women in the dessert. Other Iraqi
people are trying to help them. In Falluga they (Americans) have been
bombing hospitals. Children are being evacuated to Baghdad. There is a
child now, a baby, he had 25 members of his family killed, he's in the
hospital and someone needs to be with him, why isn't anyone there to
stay with him, he just lost 25 from his family!???
The Americans are dropping cluster bombs and new mortars,
which jump 3-4 metres. They are bombing from the air.
There are people lying dead in the streets. They said
there'd be a ceasefire and then they flew in, I saw them, and they
began to bomb. They are fighting back and they are fighting well in Falluga.
But we are expecting the big attack in 24-48 hours. It will be the main
attack. They will be taking the town street by street and searching and
attacking. They did this already in a village near-by, I forget the
name, but they will be doing this in Falluja.
Please get help, get people to protest, get them to go to the Embassies,
get them out, get them to do something. There is a massacre.
And we need foreigners, the foreigners
can do something. We are having a protest, Jo (Jo Wilding
and the others from her group are coming to
the American checkpoint tomorrow. We haven't slept in 3 or 4 days.
We need attention. I have photos, film, we've given it to
Al Arabiya but get it out too. Do everything you can. We are going back in
Leigh Gordon: It's kicking off. Come by all means but me and (..)
probably won't be around. I mean they're going to crazy. (.) is saying
for foreigners to come but its not safe. Sheikh . from Falluga said he
couldn't guarantee my safety. I mean its going to go crazy, I think
foreigners will start getting killed soon - I mean people are going to
start getting desperate, when they've seen their mother father, house,
cat, dog, everything bombed they're going to start to attack. They
(Americans) have said this operations only going to last 5 days' it's
drawing to an end. They need to free up troops on other fronts breaking
out all over the country. They're going to go in for the kill. There's
no way of guaranteeing anybody's safety. I think you can be useful but its
not like you can just not tell your mum and think you'll be back in a
week. We're probably going to get killed tomorrow. Come, but we might
not be here.
2 years ago right now, the
Jenin camp Massacre
was tearing into its 7th
day, the 1km square tight-knit Palestinian refugee camp was suffering
an Israeli military invasion which would see 79 killed (in the last count
after bodies had been recovered form the rubble), including a head
paramedic doctor and people who slowly bled to death from superficial
injuries because all medical services were barred from entering for the
duration of the attack (14 days). Over 800 homes destroyed, most in the
Hawasheen neighbourhood which suffered a 4-day-long continuous
bulldozer offensive, crushing residents including young children to death.
Hundreds were injured in the attack which involved also involved apache
helicopter gunships, hundreds of Merkava tanks, Armoured Personnel Carriers and
hundreds of troops. 23 were killed (official Israeli figure but the
actual toll is estimated at much higher. An entire road route from
Jenin into '48 (Israel) was sealed off as a closed military zone and
witnesses barred whilst the dead and injured from the Israeli side were being
All Palestinian emergency services, The UN, The Red Cross, foreign aid
workers, and human rights observers were banned from entering Jenin
camp. The massacre gouged on as the worlds media attention was fixated on
Aarafat besieged in his compound. Jenin suffered in silence. Falluga, a
city with a population 18 times the size of Jenin Camp (Jenin camp's
population was approx. 14,000, Falluga's is 232,000), is now undergoing
a parallel trauma, but with a larger, more powerful, better armed enemy,
which has carpet bombed, recently and historically when the war-heat
has forced land-troops to retreat. This is another Jenin. This is another
massacre. We have to do what we can in solidarity with the dying and
the bereaved and those still struggling, defending, fighting back.
Resistance is dignity, is the honour of fighting back. Iraq is on fire. The Iraqi
intifada is raging. We cannot be silent. Stop the massacre in Falluga.
Remember the massacre in Jenin. Never Again.
What to Do
This is an appeal to the anti-war movement, to the peace movement,
eco-action movement, animal rights movement, anti-fascists, everybody
active, everybody who can respond, can call a demo, can organise a
protest, an office occupation, an embassy storming, a road blockade,
mass civil disobedience, industrial shut-down, work-place occupation,
solidarity work stoppage, blockade the US Embassy, Fairford Military
Base action campaign - what's taking off at Fairford? Are B52s being
Shannon Peace Camp protestors - are there new movements at Shannon? We
need to address this, we need to resist this. We become the solidarity
resistance in Iraq by taking action in our neighbourhoods and in our
cities. Print up a leaflet. Paint up a banner. Take to the streets.
a small group can make a change. Show people in Iraq that we are
standing by them. 700 more British troops have been flown in to quell the
uprising in the South. No Pasaran. Take to the embassies, the bases, the US
interests, the streets.
- addresses of US Embassies
in London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff
- Campaign for the Accountability of
American Bases - this site has a list of the locations of all the main
US air bases used in the UK
- full list of arms
companies. BAE Systems, and Lockheed Martin have been principal supplies of
weapons of mass destruction for the war on Iraq
- tips on
confronting arms companies by Campaign Against the Arms Trade
- Keep up to date with Al Jazeera
Sample Leaflet Text
As you read this, a massacre is taking place in Falluja, Iraq. Falluja
is a town which has been resisting the occupation of Iraq since June. US
troops have been forced to the border of the town since then. It has
fought hardest and most uncompromisingly and has regularly pummelled by
F16 fighter jets and apache helicopter gunships since then, with
civilians being slaughtered on a regular basis.
Well over 470 people have now been slaughtered by US troops in Falluja,
this week. 1700 have been injured. The deathtoll is expected to rise
due to the siege nature of the military cordon around the town. ambulances
are being fired upon and followed by sniper sights if they attempt to
enter the town. Eyewitnesses have reported seeing bodies lying dead in
the streets. Hospitals have been attacked. Medical supplies and bed
shortages are at crisis levels. Residents are calling it a massacre.
People from all over are attempting, some succeeding, to get into
Falluja to help evacuate the injured by car. People are donating food, medical
supplies and water to those fleeing. All of Iraq is watching and
sympathising with Falluja say people on the ground there.
There is at the time of writing (10/04/04) a 13km column of Falluja
residents fleeing the bomb-smashed town, trapped in the desert and
surrounded by US troops which eye-witnesses report have been firing on
them. Most of the desert marooned refugees are elderly men, women and
For US soldiers stationed near the town, they have been in an
impossible situation and their blood too is being shed for the market-profit-power
chasing interests of the US and UK government and corporate interests.
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