Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 1426/May 3, 2005 #33
Best Secular Education without Faith, Direction and Spirituality
Does not Make Good Human Beings
Source: Heinz Family Philanthropies, chaired by Teresa Heinz, 2002
In the U.S. 500,000 college students are injured under the influence
of alcohol annually.
More than 70,000 college students, ages 18 to 24, are victims of
alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape annually.
Between 20 and 25 percent of college students are infected with
a sexually transmitted disease.
[In attempts to look like fashion models] more than 50% of college women
have experienced eating disorders.
More than one-third of college students smoke cigarettes.
Keeping it in Perspective:
Standards: Which Other Paper Publishes So much against its Own position?
When will W.D. Publish New Trend's Criticism of him?
On Br. Salim Khatib's letter:
Allowing criticism of one's own reporting to be aired or published
is a basic premise of good journalism. This is why most news
organizations have ombudsmen.
Answerability and openness to criticism are both traits of Muslim
leadership, as exemplified in multiple sahih hadith. Controlling
one's "nafs" is something we are always talking about. Who needs
control his "nafs" more than a Muslim leader, who commands the
respect and attention of many? Is not capacity to accept critism
by a Muslim leader central to control of his "nafs"?
So, it is both an
premise and just plain good journalism to allow criticism. Yet,
what other Islamic publication prints letters such as Br. Salim's
or Sr. Hadayai's? Does the Muslim Journal? Dawn? Minaret? Al-Jazeerah?
So please, open your mind, Muslims. Hold all leaders and
(which in a sense are leaders, as they help to form public opinion)
to the same high standard. Are you at least as questioning of what
you hear on NPR, CNN, and the Muslim Journal as you are of the
New Trend forum? Are you as questioning of W.D. Muhammad as you
are of the editors of this forum?
-N. Siddique, University of Maryland
Leader Rebuts W.D. Supporters.
W.D. Muhammad and those Silent in the Face of Oppression are the Issue:
is seeking Allah's Pleasure, not Popularity.
Ref: Sis. Hadayai's
"Do not insult 'their Earthly Leader,'
Otherwise your Message will not be heard."
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
I didn't know how to take Sister Hadayai Majeed's letter. It is of
almost no concern to me if Brother Kaukab is losing popularity,
making himself a target, or turning people off. He is not advanced
by the approval of those entrenched in these targeted organizations
nor is his work diminished by their disapproval and name-calling.
He is not simply pointing out the failings of these mainstream
organizations and the people at their helm willy-nilly, he is putting
forth a warning---which he is Islamically bound to do, whether his
popularity wanes or not.
The followers of WD Mohammed have made their leader an integral part
of how they see Islam and the Muslim world. If WD doesn't call for
one brownie to be sold so that a dollar might find it way to the
masses of innocent brutalized Muslims (brutalized at the hands of
our own state sponsored policies)---it will not happen. So be it.
To each his own. Do I care how these thinkers assess
Jamaat al Muslimeen?
Not even a little bit. Do I care about their slings and arrows?
Bro. Kaukab should care only if he is seeking a following.
However, if he is simply seeking Allah's pleasure by doing what
He enjoins us to do:
---then why should he be concerned? Who cares about the opinions
of those who feel puffed up by their leader's photo op with a
city councilman, or their big conferences where the names of our
political prisoners don't even pass through their lips? Leave
them to their FBI recruitment booths ----- if they think that
puts them out front.
speaking out against wrong;
fulfilling neighborly needs,
loving for your brother what you love for yourself,
seeing this ummah as one ummah
Jamaat al Muslimeen is not an organization of numbers.
It is an organization of seeing a need and working to fulfill it
for the sake of Allah. Bro Kaukab---a loser? That's rich.
* The loser is the one who can hear of a Muslim woman forced to
give birth at an
checkpoint and then kick back with a
Karen English, Richmond, California
The losers are the oblivious, the cold hearted, the ones who will
pour their energies into a luncheon or an awards banquet and be
totally unmoved by the plight of tens of thousands Muslim
children sick and malnourished because of their country's policies.
Bro. Kaukab doesn't need to be warned. The warning and reminders
should be directed at those who wouldn't lift a finger to ease
a bit of the suffering of the Muslim world unless directed to do
so by their earthly leader. Instead of wasting energy throwing
their bodies in front of these leaders to protect them, they
should be directing that energy into developing a wide-awake heart.
Israeli Demolition of
Homes: Eyewitness Account.
By Rizwan Nazir, British Muslim [Day 4 of his diary]
Liberal Jews joined hands with Muslims to stop demolitions but Failed.
Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.
All praise is due to Allah (swt), Lord of the Worlds.
Wednesday 1st December: Demolition Day in Jerusalem
Alarm goes of, JJ from the US also comes into our dorm to wake Jon
(pronounced Euan) from Sweden and Frank, from Denmark, up. Objective -
to get to a house before the police do to prevent its destruction.
Just yesterday 3 homes were destroyed but 1 was saved using similar
tactics - saved for 2 weeks from destrucation, but this could mean
10 years in reality. Allahu-alam.
Leave hostel, meet some more activists at taxi rank - destination
Beit Hanina in Jerusalem.
Stop at meeting point - meet yet more activists, including Ben
and Joseph, Jewish, visible with their skull caps, and both from the
Geoff, co-ordinator of ICAHD
(the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions) also arrives.
Stop of near to destination but not sure where exactly to go -
Geoff calls the Palestinian who's home is supposed to get destroyed
to come get us all (we're in 3 cars now). We arrive at the house,
only looks like a small hut to me but it houses a family of 8,
including an elderly grandmother and a disabled child. Young
children serve us naan bread and cold & hot drinks. Despite
their crisis, they are still hospitable!
A police jeep arrives, we are all on alert. Takes a good look at us,
asks us who we are and Geoff responds in Hebrew something along the
lines that this is a rally for the demolition I assume. Police leaves.
Geoff informs us that the house just in front of this family home
belonged to King Hussein of Jordan. The family bought the land
rights to the house 4 years ago, and only built the house 1.5
years ago. However, after going to court 3 times, the Supreme Court
in Israel declared that there is no license for the home and
therefore must be destroyed (basically, the Israeli's allow
the Palestinians to buy land but are not issuing licenses for them).
In the distance we can also see a caterpillar bulldozer that is
parked stationery against another house. JJ tells us that this is a
6 storey house and the owner was able to pay for the fine (approx $15K)
and most likely the license (very unusual case I suggest) but can
only pay for 2 storeys. So what does the court decide?
The top 4 floors are to be destroyed and hence the
bulldozer is here to do just that!
Geoff goes on to tell us that objective of Israel is to simply
limit the housing available to the Palestinians. Pointing to the
distance between where we stand (i.e. Jerusalem) and Ramallah where
the Israelis are creating brand new cities, with large settlements
housing around 30-40,000 ultra orthodox Jews (projection is 80,000
in 5 years). Aim of the state is to ensure that East Jerusalem must
never be the capital of Israel but West Jerusalem, hence the creation
of the Apartheid Wall, etc etc.
He also states that the
have firm belief in the Right of Return, i.e. areas that were
Jewish pre-1967 war, that they can go pick out any house that
was Jewish (no relation whatsoever, as long as Jew then criteria met!).
Basically they just say that they used to stay there and have the
right to be there now. So the Israeli authorities come in and knock
the Palestinians door down and kick them out, then form a Jewish
compound, put security in place, including cameras, etc, and then
they stay in the middle of an
area. And as per expected, if they are prepared to stay there,
they are not friendly people and don't intend being either.
Logic - in 1967 70% of population became Jewish, since then, policy
is to keep minimum of 72% majority.
So the aim is therefore to create the capital of Israel simply
all-jewish, so if any of the international community do happen to
raise their brow then the government would just state that well you
can't kick us out we are all Jewish here anyway!
Thus, 72% of land in Israel is owned by the state, or the major
Jewish agencies. So by this very nature, only Jews can live on
the land. The state then subsidies the selling of the land, e.g.
construction of a full neighbourhood, and encourages people to come
demolition was ceased. I mean the state wanted to show the world
of their considerate actions didn't they! Now, however, they have
revamped activities and are marching full steam ahead - I mean
they are now behind schedule so must be playing catch up eh?!
Ben: "of course now have furious schedule to keep up with!",
he says to me.
32 homes have been demolished in the past week alone
(including bedouin homes), leaving countless without a roof over
Ben points out how the Israelis play with stats - i.e. in one
report because a Jewish garage was near a synagogue, then the
garage was demolished (not the house!) and this makes it 100%
hit rate for them whereas a lesser percentage of destroying
Arab homes if you see what I mean!!
Further, the Palestinians must pay for the water, sewage, etc
even if it is not connected - another policy of ethnic cleansing.
So why don't the Palestinians have a license? Why can't they have one?
The Israeli aim is to force them into camps, drive them out, some
of the Palestinians then do give up, migrate, therefore the
Israeli's have less Palestinians to deal with = Tactic! Ben adds
that the Tel Aviv Israelis don't even know what is going on here!
Most would forget that Palestine even exists! They suffer from
myopia, and they don't think or want to deal with politics. Their
line of thinking is this when Ben confronts them - "why help them?,
they only bomb us". But they don't understand why they bomb them he says!
They also deal differently with the people, there are different
rules for treating Palestinians (usually beaten up when protesting
the way we are heretoday) and Jews (hand lightly slapped and told not
to assist again) to internationals/foreigners - at worst sent home
and no rightto return for 10 years.
Anyway, we all wait anxiously in the cold; will our presence help
save the destruction of this home?
Police arrives in numbers. The state sub-contracts the demolition
to commercial wreckage companies who are also now here. We all move
into the house and sit. Euan and JJ get onto the flat roof of the
house and rally peacefully up there. We hear some noise and look
through a small patch of open wall and see a caterpiller bulldozer
now there, barely a few yards from the home.
Man walks into the home and issues the order from the supreme court.
Gives us 10 minutes to leave the house or else we will all be
removed by force and sent to prison. I look outside the house and
it looks like a war-zone what with the bulldozer, approx 40 heavily
armed police (split between police and border police, though no
military in this case) in close proximity as well as several
Note - soldiers do not have any legal status to arrest you here
but can move in with force (police have full rights apparently).
A few of us walk out - we don't want to get dragged out. A few
ICAHD members stay behind, including Geoff and whilst Euan jumps
off the roof, JJ lies flat on the middle of the roof (a 240lbs man
lying flat is difficult to remove!)
Two police officers on horseback arrive. Police go in heavily
entering the house (we are only standing approx 10 yards away).
JJ is dragged off the roof and dumped near the house. Police
asks if he will walk away now, he refuses and remains lying lifeless,
several officers then carry him towards our direction. As he is
carried past us, JJ says sarcasticly "I like it here, it's
comfortable, this is a lot easier than walking!!" Police dump
him behind us and in the process we are all moved back, soldiers
dragging our arms and telling us firmly to move back.
Sub-contractors step in to move belongings of the family swiftly
and place them approx 10 yards from the house (no compassion as
tight timescale and we've already held them back). Police is
standing right next to us and between the home. They look as if
they don't care, and don't feel bad.They are just following orders.
They don't see the bigger picture. It's a legal court order isn't
it? Euan is standing next to me now and asks the policemen:
"Are you happy here?".
"Do you have a house with a family?".
He continues, "I want to understand what is going on here in
Policeman replies: "Read the papers, everything is there".
Euan: "I don't think it is", "It's your job, but you chose it".
Caterpiller bulldozer starts destruction.
Euan: "We are raising funds for the family to help, do you want to help?"
Police reply: "No".
Geoff: "Afterwards we wonder why the world calls us anti-semitic,
but look at what we do?!"
A family of 8 homeless. A home of a poor family takes less than
5 mins to destroy. And to make sure, they drill through the pillars
to break them up too despite having fallen earlier!
Geoff: "no trial for war crimes - they are just following orders!"
Full flat heap of destruction now left.
Bulldozer departs crime scene.
One young officer yawns and stretches his arms out showing his approval.
Grandmother distraught. Children in tears. Activists start
comforting family, but we feel we need to be comforted ourselves,
how are the family feeling I think?? Police starts to filter out.
Last of Israeli police leaves.
Since 1967, thousands of homes have been destroyed (I hear 12,000
at least), and hundreds of thousands therefore made homeless.
We then have a brief committee meeting on site. Geoff informs us
that ICAHD doesn't have much funds (if any), starts appealing to
everyone for funds, not just personal contributions but also from
the other agencies that the activists may be associated with
(remember, we can leave and go back to our homes, cushy jobs,
lives etc, but the family can't, they are stuck here).
He then states that we want to hold the Israelis accountable for
its actions. It presents itself as the victim whereas the issue
is nothing to do with security or terrorism:
"in less than two minutes you see how they pulled out all this
family's possessions in the world", he says.
To summarise, the family bought the land, they own the land but
couldn't get a building permit. Was their home for past 1.5 years.
Policy of Israeli government is not to give building permits to
Palestinians. British Red Cross called to bring the family a tent,
most likely will stay next to the demolition as many do
(Anata destruction 2 days ago, family tried to build a shed/rooftop
with the rubble!). Winter now - very cold here, and I say this
coming from Scotland! Palestinians are approx 1/3 of population
in Jerusalem, but have only 8% of municipal budget assigned to them.
Injustice we cry!
Aim of Israelis - referred to as "quiet transfer", use of
significant admin and planning to get the Arabs out.
Rabbis from UK human
arrived post-demolition (London based group).
Ben, the Jew from Seattle: "This isn't Judaism. This isn't Jewish!",
Geoff, co-ordinator of ICAHD:
"not going to get through to the Israelis, now hope is in
the international community", and tells us how he has lost
all heart in trying with Israelis.
"25,000 housing units missing in Palestine, induced shortage".
"70% of Palestinians live below the poverty line".
"Quiet Transfer" - once the Palestinians moved out, they are then most
likely to lose their Jerusalem permit, very difficult (if not impossible)
to come back.
"Israel is enforcing law - can't be held accountable!".
"Now family left without home.trauma in kids.seeing their parents
Study undertaken found that 60% of suicide bombers
had their homes demolished.
Israel planting seeds themselves".
I noticed father tried to compose himself post-destruction, but
I shall never forget the look on his face.
A family of 8, including an elderly grandmother and a disabled
child - left without a roof over their head. Israelis depart, move
on to next home. This goes on every day here.
presence today (only because they had news pre-demolition!) -
Associated Press, and Swedish Daily Paper, as well as a famous
Swedish director making a documentary.
Euan, Frank and I get a shared taxi back to Damascus Gate. Euan
is carrying the large banner: "THIS IS A FAMILY"S HOME! STOP
ISRAELS RACISM" - though it's folded up (this was displayed from
the rooftop and right across the home). Arrive at DG when 2 policemen
see us and call us over. Demand passport and to see banner out. We
tell them in a roundabout way what it is. He doesn't know what
Israeli racism is!! He asks the other officer, he's as dumbfounded
as him! A few more officers are passing by, he calls them over and
asks them what racism is. They aren't sure either. Euan starts
explaining peace, black and white, etc - one officer jumps in and
says "Israel V Arabs?!". Swedish Documentary Crew arrive in taxi
and help save us as Euan makes chit-chat! They don't know what
to pray in the afternoon.
Am off to camp to teach the children from tomorrow for 2 weeks insha'Allah.
Just informed will be the only English teacher on site! Going to camp via
Ramallah, where someone will try meeting me - as getting through
checkpoints difficult and then if denied access, trip through
mountains required, where there is some crossfire apparently
(don't fancy doing it alone, don't mind going if with others).
Spoke with an American girl also here (unfortunately she was asaulted
by a Palestinian during her first trip, but has come back to help
the poor farmers once again), she tells me as I look like a local,
will be difficult through checkpoint.
However, a Japanese guy in the hostel
said I look like a South American! So insha'Allah will get entry.
PS - If you don't know this already, ICAHD is an Israeli org
whereas ISM is a Palestine one - both completely different.
Palestinian Leader/Humanitarian Activist Living in U.S. Faces
Serious Violations of His Rights
Ashqar Legal Battle Continues
Attorney Highlights Struggle for Justice
Dr. Abdelhaleem Hasan Ashqar, Palestinian activist and former candidate
for the Presidency of the Palestinian Authority, continues his quest
for justice and the right to return to his land in Palestine.
The initial civil contempt proceeding against Dr. Ashqar prompted him
to enter into a hunger strike that lasted 180 days. During the hunger
strike he stated he would rather die than testify and betray his
religion and political convictions. Dr. Ashqar now faces new criminal
charges which have been characterized by legal and civil and human
rights activists as politically motivated by the government.
Below is an open letter from Dr. Ashqar's lawyer, Michael Kennedy,
which highlights Dr. Ashqar's noble legal battle for justice, his
right to return to his homeland and the struggle for peace and
justice for the Palestinian people:
LAW OFFICES OF
A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION
419 PARK AVENUE SOUTH
NEW YORK CITY 10016
TELEPHONE: (212) 935 4500
TELEFAX: (212) 980 6881
MICHAEL KENNEDY - NY AND CA BARS
ROBERTO RIONDA - NY AND CA BARS
DAVID CLIFFORD HOLLAND - NY, NJ, & MD BARS
April 25, 2005
I am honored to be a part of a team of lawyers seeking justice for
Dr. Ashqar and welcome this opportunity to address you about the
issues at stake in this case and the plight of Dr. Ashqar.
This prosecution is a political smear campaign designed to destroy
the public image and reputation of concerned humanitarian activists
like Dr. Ashqar. This prosecution is also designed to smear and
criminalize Hamas, an organization with which the United States
government has repeatedly dealt.
The method of the campaign carried out by the government is to claim
that leaders and activists like Dr. Ashqar who draw attention to
the Palestinian cause, are supporters and financiers of the outlawed
According to the government, Hamas is not a political voice in
Palestine, but a criminal organization based in the United States
that violates the Racketeering, Influence, and Corrupt Organizations Act
(RICO), that is, members of Hamas are gangsters and not political
opponents of Israel's occupation.
There is no evidence that either Dr. Ashqar or the Al Aqsa
Educational Funds, Inc., were involved with Hamas or financially
contributed to acts of terrorism. Rather, in the early 1990's,
Dr. Ashqar, through his organization, Al Aqsa Educational Fund, Inc.,
engaged in fund raising to provide funds to students from the
occupied territories. This goal of Dr. Ashqar's was without
political boundaries as he believed that Palestinian liberation
and democratic self-rule could only come through the proper
education of its people.
Ashqar is now being persecuted for his beliefs and good deeds. In fact,
in 1998 and 2002, he was called before the Grand Jury that demanded
information from him about Palestinian activists, fund raising
institutions, and occupation resisters. Each time he refused to
answer questions as a matter of religious belief and political
principle. To punish him, Dr. Ashqar was jailed for contempt of
court after refusing to testify. Being a prisoner of conscience
and protesting his unjust punishment, Dr. Ashqar went on hunger
strike. Rather than release him from the Court cruelly ordered
that he be force fed by tubes being inserted through his nose.
Even this level of cruel and unusual punishment did not defeat
Ashqar's resolve that he never betray his religious principles or
the people of Palestine.
I believe that Dr. Ashqar will be vindicated at trial. The
government's case will not withstand the constitutional challenges
that we will raise and the facts that prove his innocence. However,
the government has failed to declassify or translate any of the
evidence that it has had in its possession for the last 15 years.
To me, this is a clear sign that the government knows that there
is no connection between Dr. Ashqar and Hamas and that they cannot
succeed at trial.
I hope you will continue to exercise your moral and legal right
support Dr. Ashqar and his family through this difficult time
while he anxiously waits the day to prove his innocence.
Michael Kennedy, Esq.
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