Rabi' al-Awwal 1, 1426/April 10, 2005 #27
Mahmudah Begum Qureshi: Mother, Educationist, Teacher, Philosopher
We come from Allah and unto Allah we return.
Mahmudah Qureshi passed away on April 5, 2005 in Augusta, Georgia after
a prolonged illness and was buried in the Islamic section of the
local graveyard on April 6.
The Muslim community of Augusta turned up in good numbers, as did
non-Muslim friends, to participate in honoring the much respected
elder who had helped found the local Islamic school and was
extremely popular with old and young alike.
She had six children and 10 grandchildren. The salatul janaza
[funeral prayer] was led by her eldest son, Kaukab [the editor of
Her children took close care of her during the last year of her illness,
and one of them provided round-the-clock personal care as she slowly
Mahmudah Qureshi was a pioneer of the student movement for the
creation of Pakistan. She met Mohommed Ali Jinnah, the founder of
and supported his struggle to bring about the emergence of an
independent country for Muslims in South Asia.
She obtained an M.A. in Philosophy and a Bachelors in Teaching from the
University of Punjab, Lahore, at a time when few women went for
higher education. Later in Karachi, she started her own schools as
well as administered a variety of 14 schools run by the All Pakistan
Special thanks go to the Islamic Center of Augusta which supervised
the funeral arrangements and organized recitation of the
in her memory on April 8 at the Center.
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PROTEST THE ARRIVAL of SHARON in RICHARDSON, TEXAS.
Muslims of America
protest and condemn the arrival of
terrorist Sharon on a visit to President
ranch. This man's hands are dripping with the blood of the
people. He should be put on trial for MASS MURDER instead he is
being welcomed as a "man of peace" by the President of the United States.
MUSLIMS are being HELD in PRISON:
Please pray for the health, safety and release of America's
political prisoners. The leading among them are:
is STUDYING PLANS FOR A MASS MOVEMENT for the REVERSAL of
ALL THESE CASES so that they may be released.
This blight on the conscience of America will be removed one day,
Imam Jamil al-Amin.
Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman [the blind shaikh].
Siddique Abdullah Hasan.
Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar.
Prof. Sami Al-Arian.
Masaud Khan and the Virginia Innocents.
The Lackawanna Yemenis.
The Portland African-Americans.
The "American Taliban."
The Guantanamo Bay caged Muslims.
TWO OF AMERICA's GREATEST NON-MUSLIM WOMEN
Jamaat al-Muslimeen urges Muslims around the world to honor:
RACHEL CORRIE who gave her life while drying to stop a
terrorist Israeli bulldozer which was in the process of demolition
of Palestinian homes.
LYNNE STEWART gave her ALL to defend the blind Shaikh,
Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman when he had no resources to defend himself in a
Jew's court. Today SHE HERSELF FACES PRISON in a shameful attempt
by the Bush administration to construe her meetings with the
blind Shaikh as acts associated with "terrorism!"
A CH 47 Chinook helicopter of the U.S. occupation forces went down
in Ghazni province on April 8. Eighteen U.S. troops were killed.
The U.S. has acknowledged the loss but claimed that it went down
The U.S. occupation forces are facing a "double whammy."
Islamic leader Abu Musa'ab al-Zarqawi
announced on a web site that a new offensive is underway against
U.S. troops. [April 9] The Pentagon says 1545 U.S. troops have
been killed and more than 11,000 wounded. The Pentagon dead do
not include 280 armed American civilians killed by the
On April 9, thousands of Shia Muslims following
demonstrated in Baghdad. They were calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops.
monitor. New Trend exclusive.
ANTI-SEMITISM or FACT?:
Murder, Mayhem & Money
[This new column will focus on FACTS which show that there may be
truth to the stereotypes about Jews.]
[We Muslims love our Jewish cousins as much as they love us.]
ANTI-SEMITISM or FACT?
On April 9, Jewish troops murdered three Palestinian teenagers playing
soccer near the Egyptian border in Gaza. The Jews claimed that the
youth were smuggling weapons. It never occurred to the murderers
that this is PALESTINIAN TERRITORY. Even if they were smuggling weapons,
the Jews have no right to slaughter them.
reports: Israel wants $1.5 BILLION from Bush for withdrawal of its
"settlers" from Gaza. This is surely the Jew wanting his
"pound of flesh" as Shakespeare so astutely noted long ago.
Imagine this Jewish skill in making money. Israel brought thugs
from all over the world and settled them in Palestinian land which
it took by force of its tanks and planes donated by America.
Now it wants money to withdraw its thugs!
Can you equal that in immorality?
[As they say, you can't put a Jew down when it comes to making money.]
The Israeli Jews used a MISSILE to slaughter a QUADRIPALEGIC
Islamic leader, Shaikh Yassin, who was coming out of a mosque
in Gaza after dawn [Fajr] prayers. He was in his WHEEL CHAIR
when the Jews hit him with a made-in-America missile. Can you top that?
These Jewish cut throats, who have been hunting ordinary Nazi guards
for 50 after World War II ended, now claim they are peace makers
and the Muslims should forget and forgive that they have Muslim land.
[During the war, they destroyed tens of German cities,
using British Air Force as cat's paw, and then produced a story
of their own "holocaust" to cover up their crimes.]
The murderer of Shaikh Yassin [the quadripalegic scholar was
assassinated with a direct target order from Sharon himself]
is being welcomed with honors by Bush. The Zionists control America's
so the American people will never be told what's wrong with Sharon's visit.
LEADERS WHO COULD NOT LEAD
by Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D.
Nawaz, Benazir, Musharraf Working Together?
LEADERS OR CRIMINALS?
In an age of knowledge and wisdom, Pakistani nation overwhelmed with
ignorant feudal-landlords-turned-politicians, and corrupt Generals
appears to be living in an age of perpetuated uncertainty and
bewilderment. Educated and affluent alike show indifference toward
the plight of the masses suffering under economic and political
hardships. With continued forty years of military rule in one
form or another, what Pakistanis lost,
comparatively appears stronger and stable under politically viable
institutional system and leaders. Well known to all global political
observers, unless Pakistan returns to political mainstream of
democratic system with responsible leadership, under General Musharaf
Pakistan will lose every chance for a dialogue and peaceful
settlement of the major issues in the sub-continent. American
leaders are funny, egoistic and opportunists. Their plans are in
place and working for a New American Century of political domination.
Late Ayub Khan reminded them in his book Friends, Not Masters.
Recent history confirms that most military dictators were ousted by
force. It is widely believed that Bhutto family in collaboration
with some of the in-house military intelligence establishments and
foreign mercenaries, arranged the plane crash and the killing of
General Zia ul Haq and other 12 or more Generals of the army in
August 1988, to occupy political leadership in Pakistan.
Western Powers carved out
her frenzied media image as a popular female leader to
downgrade the Muslims and most importantly, to replace
General Zia for coming decades but she fell in disgrace fast,
and was dismissed twice on massive corruption charges.
Sharif used the same magic formula to oust General Musharaf
and to strengthen the grip on the Premiership but
General Abdul Aziz Khan's timely action helped General Parvez Musharaf's
plane to land safely at Karachi airport and to assume the control as
the Chief Executive and later on as a self-made President.
A spokesman from the Forum of Concerned Pakistanis in North America
disclosed that long before the October 1999 coup, General Musharaf
was advised to topple Sharif and check his nation-wide
institutionalized corruption schemes but Musharaf did nothing
until his own life was threatened. Now, what is next?
Does Musharaf or any military rulers hold a "vision" for change
and political reformation for the future of Pakistan? Is General Musharaf
capable of doing anything good for the poverty stricken nation?
LEADERS CREATE LEADERS
Public and the Generals have varied perceptions about the present
and the future. Gaps in thinking and actions are widening, not abating
in conflict-making and conflict keeping across the nation.
Foreign and homemade killing machines are visibly operational,
not necessarily against the alleged Islamic terrorism, but essentially
against the politically active masses striving to overthrow the
military rule of General Musharaf.
Under the new American neoconservative dictates, internally
substantiated conflict is preferred to dismantle a nation, rather
than external attack as they are learning in the Middle East.
Continuous killings and bombing in Baluchistan and Northwestern
tribal areas represent this long-term objective of the foreign dictates.
The military under Musharaf has been bribed and bought to further
this progressive ideal of the Western Masters. The Paki Generals would
go to any length of submission to ensure their own rule and survival.
Once before, they surrendered to India and lost half of the country.
Zulfikar Bhutto and General Yaha were rewarded rather than being
tried for treason. History tells, a military coup is a direct
invitation to another military coup, leading from one chaos to another
tragedy. Germany was defeated in both World Wars because of the military
leadership. Common citizens suffer, nation is
disgraced and self-styled leaders manipulate maximum benefits and runaway.
Pakistanis have lost more than 40 years of precious time - a nation's
irreplaceable treasure to Bhuttos, Zardaris, Sharifs and military
dictators. During those years, not a single instance could be
witnessed of peaceful transfer of power to the legitimate
representatives of the nation. The rulers were egoistic people
with no "vision" for the honor and progress of Pakistan and they
institutionalized corruption everywhere. Amongst the common gimmicks,
they viewed citizens as "subjects" without a voice or human dignity,
they were devoid of Islamic morals and intellectual values, and were
not open to listening to voices of reason or genuine advice.
The Holy Qura'n says, "Intelligent people always readily accept
advice." Most egoistic rulers thought Pakistan was their property,
and ordinary citizens as eggs and chicken - easy to break, easy to
kill. They were terribly na´ve in thoughts and education, lacking
even the basic Islamic norms and made fun of those who went to mosque
and invited others toward righteousness. They all shared the same
characteristic and political blunders. Pakistan was dismembered
and eighty thousands troops surrendered to India enabling Zulfikar
Bhutto to assume the Presidency of West Pakistan.
Bhutto, Yahya and Mujib should have been punished, instead they
were rewarded. None of them had a proactive vision for the common masses.
Economically Pakistan is a nation under almost 46 billion IMF debts,
morally and politically all institutional structures are riddled with
or seem collapsed, and a prevalent sense of lost ideology and
political identity. Gangsters in streets and bribery rates have
multiplied, people live in fear whereas, leaders are busy in opening
new Swiss bank accounts.
What is left there in the body of Pakistan for tomorrow? One could
see the shrinking skeleton and dry bones after forty years mostly
under the Martial Laws and corrupted political elite. After loosing
half of the country to India and making the rest subservient to
Western influence, some military Generals and affiliated politicians
think, there is nothing wrong with their perceptions and priorities.
People are indoctrinated to believe that all is fine as Pakistan
is a nuclear power, not understanding what reactionary consequences
it could bring to harm the nation. No nation can use nuclear
weapons on its own without immediate global chain reactions and
it solves no problem. Strangely enough, those who are part of the
problem, are continued to be seen as part of the solution.
Leaders create leaders, but none of them were truly leaders,
they pursued ignorance and exploitation that led to their
downfall. Na´ve thinking has increasingly become a sickening
national character. What can we do, say the young educated ones
working in overseas colleges. They appear helpless in a NO SYSTEM
dominated society with a morally corrupt, moral behavior.
Bhuttos, Sharifs and The Generals Lied
In late 80's looking at workable alternatives to General Zia,
American and British viewed Ms. Bhutto as a perfect candidate to
control the growing Islamic identity of Pakistanis and to entangle
Muslims into argument whether Islam should allow female leadership.
More arguments will lead to more disputes within the Islamic world.
She learned how to become politically disputed and maximize her gains.
That is what she is betting on now. Ms.Bhutto claims, she and her
husband Zardari are politically persecuted and "she is living in
exile" as the Western media projects it. Whereas the truth is, she
is a deserter from law and justice.
Six specific charges of corruption in Pakistan and 17 million
dollars kickbacks account confiscated by Swiss court have nothing
to do with her political stance.
She and her husband are implicated directly in dozens of cases of
wrongful acts, political mismanagement and other serious moral crimes
and have been indicted by Pakistani and Swiss courts. Ironically,
not for a second, she or husband will admit of any wrongdoing.
Benazir Bhutto' s mother Nusrat Bhutto, herself a former dancer and
a former Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, stated that
her daughter "Benazir is a habitual liar." Who is who, is not difficult
to sort out. Ms. Bhutto while second term Premier told Barbara, the
British journalist at the PM House, referring to Pakistanis, as
"crazy people, I cannot smoke nor drink in front of them." In one
of her interviews (Arab News, April 24, 2001), she claims her
"nations needs her leadership" and that she is "confident of winning
the next election." What a disgrace, she calls
Pakistanis as her nation, she and her husband Asif Zardari,
looted the national treasure and morally and politically made
the nation bankrupt. With stolen wealth, she is a master in
deception and uses Western media to reconstruct her image as a
leader. She does not stand a chance to win in an Islamic Pakistan.
It seems, once again, Western nations and their mass media
institutions are busy patronizing Benazir Bhutto.
The former colonialist powers view Pakistanis as digits and
numbers to play with and not human beings with intellect,
rights and honor.
Both Bhutto and Sharif share common values: both are criminally
indicted, twice dismissed Prime Ministers on corruption charges,
runaway criminals from justice who claim to be exiled, and of course,
are ONE under the ARD, Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy,
as if they knew what democracy meant and as if they ever practiced it.
Those in their supporting groups are known to be corrupt and
dishonest people. There is the saying of the Prophet of Islam
(peace be upon him) that: " a khabis (wicked person) never harms
another khabis (wicked person). To eradicate kahabasit (wickedness),
pious and reformer must take the lead."
GENERAL MUSHARAF IS AFRAID OF THE MIRROR
The Holy Qura'an states: "Those with Iman (faith) fight in the path
of Allah, whereas, the rejecters (kafir), fight in the way of taughoot
General Musharaf is waging a proxy war against the extremists but
in reality, it is a domestic conflict he must vigorously pursue to
get foreign aid and survive against the political odds in Pakistan.
None of the Generals have legitimacy to represent any segment of
the political divide.
The spokesman on behalf of the Forum of Concerned Pakistanis in
North America claims, this is what exactly we repeatedly advised
General Musharaf in October 1999, by quoting the saying of the
Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him), and asked him to do what
others failed to do, and to clean the political mess by putting
the known criminals in front of firing squads. That is the only
positive thing he could have done to serve the interest of
Pakistanis. Had he heeded to this advice, today, Pakistan would
have been well on the right track toward "change" and political
rebuilding. There are no laws and no reliable courts to deliver
justice in a demoralized and leaderless nation. Musharaf being
one-track officer, seems to be following the dead Generals only
to assume the presidency and prove that he lacked even common
sense. Before his planned trip to Agara in July 2001, India
informed him that he will be received by the Indian Chief of
Staff at the airport, not by PM Bhajpayee. In complete disregard
to the national interest, Musharaf uplifted himself to Presidency.
Only a confirmed stupid could have imagined impressing upon the
Indians with his Presidential flag on the PIA plane. There was no
basis for Musharaf to go to India in the first place, or to discuss
vital issues with PM BhajPayee, while he lacked his own official
legitimacy to represent Pakistan's interest. Indian leaders are aware
that General Musharaf and others with him are misplaced and corrupt
people. Logically, serious interest and efforts are missing in
any gathering of the nations. Economic and political conditions
are worsening day by day.
There are several federal Ministers known to be indicted criminals.
Many have held positions with Ms. Bhutto, Sharif and continued to be
holding portfolios under General Musharaf. The self styled Generals
have not contributed anything positive for the good of the nation.
Through internal conflicts and fighting in Baluchistan and the NWF
Province, they have harmed the vital national interests and damaged
the capacity of the country to defend itself. The Generals have
not produced any social and political system enabling Islamic
Pakistan to survive or develop on its own. Being a silent
spectator, is the Pakistani nation heading towards a final show
down with the Generals or waiting for a judgment to see its destiny?
PAKISTANIS TO RETHINK: NOW OR NEVER
"Allah does not change the conditions of people, unless first they
change themselves (Al-Qura'an)." Perpetuated ignorance leaves no
glimmer of hope for a sustainable change on the political or
intellectual horizons. In all likelihood, it will be abrupt change
to oust the General from within the body of the military establishments.
How ignorant and corrupt a nation could be if it foresees people
like Benazir Bhutto, Zardaris, Sharifs and General Musharaf as
promising leaders who looted its honor and wealth and jeopardized
its very existence?
Recently, General Musharaf and some of his old Ministers are talking
about reconciliation with Ms. Bhutto and Sharif. Abusrdity will
have its upper hand if General Musharaf wants to discuss the
political future of Pakistan with the disgraced Bhuttos and
Sharifs. Do they have any credibility left to be part of the
political future of Pakistan? There seems to be no light at the
end of tunnel for Bhutto and Sharif's future except they were
never different but one and the same in greed and dishonesty.
They have proven to the nation under the ARD for their past and
present, that it was all a set up to deceive the masses. Both
are the by-products of the military Generals and political
conspiracies, otherwise, no merit or rational criterion could
have facilitated their entry into the helms of political power.
All those associated with them are known to be professional
cheaters, striving to share the power again in collaboration
with General Musharaf. Are there any intelligent
and honest Pakistanis still around to reason the unreason
and CHALLENGE the emerging notion of absurdity in media's
image-building as if Ms. Bhurtto, Sharfis, Zardaris and
the military generals have any useful role in articulating the
destiny of Pakistanis? If JUSTICE is not delayed but delivered
promptly, Ms. Bhutto, Zardari, Sharifs and few military Generals
should face stiff public accountability, otherwise, no conventional
law or court could do justice to their crimes committed against
the Muslim people of Pakistan.
The General pardoned Sharif and facilitated his exit as if he had
the public consensus on this issue. General Musharaf is an
accidental President without any political vision or sense of
maturity and cannot offer a HOPE to the future and deprived people
of Pakistan. Pakistanis need an educated and intelligent Muslim
leader, not a pet loving General. In his on-going efforts to defend
the self-articulated Presidency,
General Musharaf's regime blames the respected nuclear scientist,
Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan for exporting the nuclear technology to
North Korea and Iran.
Ironically enough, since it inception, Pakistani nuclear research
and development program remained under the tight control of the
military Generals. It is well known that many Generals are new
millionaires in Pakistan. Could anyone explain which bank have they
robbed to become rich overnight? They seem to have used Dr. Qadeer
Khan as a scapegoat to veil their own crimes against the nation
and its resources. Who would question the Generals?
History tells us, Germany was defeated twice because of the militarism.
The former USSR was broken because of its overwhelmed military
obsession, and perhaps, America is next after the Iraq war to see
the judgment of history.
Are you willing to THINK, what could be UNTHINKABLE under
the present landscape of political exploitation, how to
pursue a planned "change and reformation" aim with prospective
leadership of NEW, EDUCATED and HONEST generation of Pakistanis?
If so, THINK of strategic change, organize yourselves and do lot of
morally and politically sustainable capacity-building work across
the board, plan and organize peaceful demonstrations across the
nation, voice concern against the dishonest
leaders and societal corruption and develop your collective presence
in many important domains for "change" and real-world action
including Islamic thinking and morals, new political institutions
and positive behavior of the individual and nation. The national
Assembly is full of dummies and obsolete figures. Those sitting
in comfortably, have no vision for the betterment of the deprived
nation. Do not expect anything constructive from any political
establishments; they are on a different track of goals and
priorities. In their sketches, you do not exist as Muslim people
or living "subjects" except eggs and chicken available for easy
slaughter. If you failed to realize, you MUST understand the
consequences too that Pakistan has been disintegrated before
and nobody was held accountable for that crime. Indeed, history
will witness that Bhutto family and Military rulers were rewarded
for their crimes against the Islamic people of Pakistan. It is
further well on its way to ultimate disintegration. A politically
strong Pakistan with working democratic institutions and new age
honest leadership, can and will do differently and better.
General have dismantled the public institutions, they will
oppose the presence of any such bodies of reason and stability.
Under the changed political landscape, Indian people or leaders
are not the problem, Pakistani Generals continued to be. Kashmir
can and will be resolved with intellect and mutual farsightedness,
not with the threat of force, nor occupation of the main valley.
If Pakistanis could evolve political institutions and legitimate
corruption-free system of government, the nation can and will
envision a promising future. The Generals are part of the problem,
not the solution. If you start thinking positively now, we could
work hard to remedy the situation, and safeguard the existence
and security of the nation. ALLAH KNOWS BEST.
To Fellow Pakistani citizens, thinkers and reformers, the essence of
time calls for Political Correctness and Prompt ACTION for a
NAVIGATIONAL CHANGE. UNLESS WE ARE ONE IN THOUGHTS, ORGANIZATION
AND ACTIONS, NOTHING POSITIVE WILL HAPPEN. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER
THAN WORDS. AND REMEMBER, TIME AND HISTROY WAIT FOR NOBODY. YOU
HAVE ALREADY LOST FORTY YEARS OF YOUR PRECIOUS LIFE TIME UNDER
THE GENERALS AND THEIR COLLABORATOR POLITICIANS. ARE YOU GOING TO
WAIT FOR ANOTHER FORTY YEARS TO THINK OF CHANGE AND REFORMATION OF
THE STINKING POLITICAL - MILITARY STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS?
TIME AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE IRREPLACEABLE.
TIME AND OPPORTUNITIES LOST, ARE NEVER REGAINED.
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja
(specializes in Strategic Studies and the West and the
Islamic World; and author of many publications including: Muslims and
the West: Quest for Change and Conflict Resolution,
Maryland, USA, 2000)., Pakistan: Enigma of Change, and a
forthcoming book, Muslims and America: Search for Peace or Terrorism.
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