Rabi' al-Thani 15, 1426/May 24, 2005 #39
Jamaat al-Muslimeen News
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Legacy to the World Outlined
May 20, 2005. Dr. Abdul Alim Shabazz, Distinguished Professor
of Mathematics, spoke at a well-attended symposium organized by
the City College of New York [in Harlem, New York]. In his
thought-provoking discourse, he emphasized the legacy of
Malcolm X [Al-Hajj Malik Shabazz] to African-Americans,
and the world at large.
Among the distinguished presenters were Minister Akbar Muhammad
Minister Benjamin Karim who introduced Malcolm on the day he was
Br. Abdullah Abdur-Razzaq and Cheikh Omar Abu Ahmed. The
presenters agreed that the murder of Malcolm was an execution
at the government's behest.
The program was moderated by Prof. Leonard Jeffries who years
back spoke about the control of Hollywood by Jews and almost lost his job.
Jose Padilla: After Three Years: No Evidence: No Case.
Hispanic Muslim, Br. Jose Padilla is still in a brig, a military
prison, three years after John Ashcroft, the then attorney general,
declared that Padilla was going to explode a "dirty bomb" in an
Three years have passed. It is evident that the government has no
case. A U.S. citizen is being held in secret. Why? because he is
a Muslim who is against U.S. policies.
Jamaat urges the U.S. to try Padilla or let him go without
further delay. Don't make American justice the laughing stock
of the world.
The President's wife, during her trip to
seemed to be taken in by Egyptian tyrant Mubarak's claims that
he is working for democracy. Does Mrs. Bush know that the Egyptian
most popular among Egypt's poor masses, Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman,
the blind Shaikh, is in solitary confinement in a U.S. prison?
To please Hosni Mubarak, a
American judge, Michael Mukasey, in a show trial, sentenced this
great scholar of Islam to LIFE and 65 years for "terrorism." If
Mrs. Bush is serious about democracy in Egypt,
urges Mrs. Bush that she should ask her husband to release this
man of God, send him back to Egypt, and then let's see who wins in
a free and fair election.
FALLOUT FROM DESECRATION of the
PICKING Up Momentum
May 22: More than 10,000 people rallied against the U.S.'
desecration of the Qur'an in Guantanamo Bay and demanded that
the perpetrators be punished. They were chanting: Allahu Akbar
and carrying placards condemning the U.S.
May 20. Public anger against the desecration is so high that,
bowing to popular sentiment, the usually spineless Imam of the
Abdur Rahman Al-Saud said in his Juma'
that the U.S. must apologize to the Muslim ummah. According to AFP,
18 scholars of "saudi' Arabia have demanded that the U.S. troops
involved in the desecration be tried in an Islamic court. An
American investigation will not do, they said, as the Abu Ghraib
show trials have indicated.
Islamabad, Pakistan: May 22. The entire Islamic spectrum of
leadership attended a largely attended Convention to prepare
the country and ALL Muslim countries to protest against and
condemn the desecration at coordinated demonstrations planned
for May 27. Qazi Hussain Ahmad, leader of the peaceful Jamaate
Islami, Maulana Fazlur Rahman, leader of Ulama-e-Islam,
Hafiz Saeed, leader of the armed Jihad movement known as
Jamaat ad-Da'wa, as well those from the Shia and other groups
condemned the U.S. Hafiz Saeed said that the time has come to
make America realize that it cannot get away with its campaign
Muridke [near Lahore],
Islamic leaders decided to start a BOYCOTT of American cold drinks
[very relevant to the very hot weather which has descended on Pakistan].
The boycott will be extended to ALL American goods if the U.S. does
not make proper amends for the desecration of the Qur'an.
[Source: Urdu language daily Jasarat.]
Permit men to Marry non-Muslim Women?
Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D.
Muslim "leaders" in America misunderstood Islamic texts and violated
Introduction: Large numbers of women have embraced
Islam in America.
This can be seen at any
gathering in the big cities where hundreds of women turn up.
Most of these women make a statement against America's "take it off"
materialistic culture by wearing head coverngs and outergarments
[hijab] and sometimes even a face veil. Their LA in La illaha illAllah,
Muhammad rasul Allah is loud and clear.
However, when it comes to marriage, these women find that Muslim
men are not available for marriage. Many Muslim men are nationalists
and go "back home" to marry and to bring back with them "cultural"
Muslim spouses who are ill at ease in America and of little
support to their husbands facing a poweful American way of life
which soon decimates the will of "cultural" Muslims to live as
Even more damaging is the idea endorsed by Muslim leaders that
"Islam permits Muslim men to marry non-Muslim women." The result
is the invasion of Muslim homes by non-Muslim women who,
supported by the entire complex of the "Amercan way of life,"
its educational system and its entertainment miasma, soon
seduces and assimilates the Muslim male into the non-Islamic
system prevalent here.
My purpose here is to study the idea of our "leaders" that it's
okay for the Muslim male to marry non-Muslim females. I'll begin
by debunking this entire notion on the basis of the Qur'an and the
I'll go on to look critically at the Islamic texts these "leaders"
use to permit Muslim men to marry non-Muslim women.
The Qur'an's Fundamental View of Marriage:
Allah, in the Qur'an, gives a powerful command to the believers
about marriage. It's not a recommendation but an order which
is not matched by any other teaching of Islam on marriage:
"Do not marry women who associate others with Allah [mushrikat]
until they believe. An enslaved woman who believes is better
than a non-Muslim woman who associates others with Allah [mushrika] even though she allures you. Nor marry your women to men who associate others with Allah [mushrikeen] until they believe: An enslaved man who believes is better than a non-Muslim man who associates others with Allah [mushrik] even though he allures you. Unbelievers only beckon you to the Fire, but Allah beckons you by His Grace to the Garden [of Bliss] and Forgiveness, and makes His signs clear to mankind that they may receive admonition." [The Qur'an 2:221]
There is a command from Allah here: "Do not marry ....[la tinkihu.]
That's not just a recommendation.
The basis of marriage here is: "until they believe." [hatta yo'min.]
Marriage here is a revolutionary process. It crosses class lines.
How far indeed have Muslims gone from Islam that most Muslims
will not marry an "enslaved" woman, let alone marrying their
daughters to "enslaved" men.
[The Hanafi school openly opposes the Qur'an by claiming that
social equality is essential for marriage.]
Physical attraction, beauty, handsomeness, the usual attributes of
male-female attraction ["allure"] must not be placed before belief
The unbelief being rejected here is SHIRK [associating others with Allah].
Some translations use words like "idolators" and "pagans" which are not
in the text.
What does the Hadith say about marriage?:
The teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, do not
leave any space for the idea that there can be a basis for marriage
other than acceptance of Islam by both sides:
From Abu Huraira, r.a.:The messenger of Allah, peace be on him,
said: When you receive a proposal of marriage and you are satisfied
with the person's religion and behavior/character, marry him,
otherwise the earth will be filled with evil and great disruption.
[Hadith, Jami' Tirmidhi.]
From Thauban, r.a.: When [the Qur'an] was revealed against [hoarding]
gold and silver, they [the Companions] said: What [wealth] should we
acquire? 'Umar, r.a., said: I'll find out for you. He went rapidly
on his camel to the Prophet, pbuh, and I followed him. He
['Umar, r.a..] said: "O messenger of Allah: which wealth should
we acquire?" He [the Prophet, pbuh] said "Try to acquire a HEART
which is THANKFUL, and a TONGUE which MENTIONS ALLAH much, and
a TRULY BELIEVING WIFE who helps you in matters regarding the
[Hadith Sunan of Ibn Maja.]
From Abu Huraira, r.a., from the Prophet, pbuh: He said: Women
are married for four reasons: for their wealth, and for their
geneology, and for their beauty, and for their religious piety.
You should achieve success in marrying them for their religious
piety, otherwise may your hand be rubbed in the dust!
Sahih of Bukhari.]
There are numerous hadith which indicate that the entire fabric
of Islamic family life is based on the acceptance of Allah's Will
by the husband and the wife. The foundation of Islamic life is
the daily process of FIVE OBLIGATORY PRAYERS. If one's marital
partner does not accept these prayers, the entire structure
of family life loses direction.
NOW LET US LOOK AT THE ARGUMENT OF THOSE WHO CLAIM THAT MUSLIM
MEN IN AMERICA CAN MARRY non-MUSLIM WOMEN:
Their argument is based on this verse:
"This day are all things good and pure made lawful unto you.
The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours
is lawful unto them. [Lawful unto you in marriage] are (not only)
chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the
People of the Book REVEALED BEFORE YOUR TIME,- when ye give them
their due marriage gifts, and desire chastity, not lewdness taking
them as lovers. If anyone rejects faith, fruitless is his work,
and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost
[all spiritual good]." [The Qur'an 5:5.]
CONTEXTUALLY the first point to note is that this verse was
revealed in chapter 5 which is chronologically among the very last
in the Qur'an. It refers to a time when Islam had become the sole
power in Arabia. A non-Muslim woman who married a Muslim in this
situation would come into a well-established Islamic society
where the entire culture and educational system would be working
for Islam. This is TOTALLY UNLIKE AMERICA where the entire system
is supporting the non-Muslim spouse.
It is a PERMISSION, not a COMMAND as in 2:221. The beginning of
the verse is about the food of the People of the Book. Muslims
are PERMITTED to eat their food, but are not being ENCOURAGED
or ORDERED to do so because the foundations are given in Sura 6
which lay the basis for Islamic dietary law.
The question arises who are the People of the Book? These cannot
be people who follow the Old Testament and New Testament. It's
about the Book which was revealed BEFORE the time of the Prophet,
pbuh, which the Qur'an refers to as the Torah and the Injeel.
These were revealed to Moses [pbuh] and Jesus [pbuh]. Their
followers were no able to preserve them and resorted to distortion
and re-writing. Hence to complete and finalize the Message of the
Creator, the Qur'an was revealed.
Most Christians believe that Jesus, pbuh, is the son of God
or God himself, which is SHIRK [associating others with God]
and hence goes against the original teachings of Jesus, pbuh,
which took the ONE God alone as the one to be worshiped.
The Qur'an emphatically states that those who say that Jesus,
pbuh, is God are kuffar, unbelievers. It says so in the very same
chapter in which it permits marriage with people who received
the Book "before your time." Evidently the belief of those who
followed Jesus, pbuh, originally, was very different from that
of people who call themselves Christians now:
"Surely the unbelievers are those who say that Allah is Christ the
son of Mary. Say: 'Who then has the least power against Allah, if
His Will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and
all -every one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongs the
dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between.
He creates what He pleases. For Allah has Power over all things. ' "
[The Qur'an 5:17.]
Islamic monotheism is totally uncompromising.
Many of the modern
into their god and idol and have cut themselves off from humanity.
Research into the Old Testament by modern Jewish scholars indicates
that Yahweh, the god of the Jews, was actually the god of a clan
whom they carried along with them where they went. He was NOT the
Creator of all peoples, and certainly NOT comparable to the
concept of Allah in the Qur'an.
The Muslim "leaders" who permit Muslim men to marry non-Muslim
women are simply transferring to AMERICA the ideas which might
have relevance in lands where Islam is well established and where
Muslims are the great majority.
Even when Islam was in power, 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, r.a. was
against permitting Muslim men to marry non-Muslim women. Ibn Jarir
narrates with a good chain of narration from Shaqiq that Hudhaifa,
r.a., had married a Jewish woman. 'Umar, r.a., wrote to him and
urged him to let her go [divorce her]. Hudhaifa, r.a., wrote back:
Do you consider this HARAM [forbidden] and hence I should divorce
her? 'Umar wrote back: I do not consider it Haram but I am afraid
that if people start marrying these women, the truly believing
women will be neglected.
That was from 'Umar, r.a., a man who understood the Qur'an
better than anyone living today and at a time when Islam in
its purity was at the height of its power.
ONE FINAL POINT: As more and more Muslim men in America go
after non-Muslim women, it has a demoralizing effect on Muslim
women. They too start getting involved with non-Muslim men. The
result is the slow but steady erosion of the Muslim family in America.
The RULE IS THAT OF EQUALITY. Both Muslim men and women must
find Muslim spouses. The exception is that in powerful Islamic
systems, Muslim men are permitted to marry Christian and Jewish women.
Muslim [Pakistani origin] Family Victimized by
by Mahboob Khwaja, Ph.D
Never Broke the Law but are being Oppressed without any
Just in two years, from nowhere to 38 per cent increase in
is reported by CTV.ca (Dominion Institute: 03/2005), against
the Muslim and Arabs in Canada. Rudyard Griffiths (Executive
Director, Dominion Institute), calls it a "horrible shame", and
points out that "Canada needs to work on being a more tolerant
multicultural nation." The Government denies it ever professed
or propagated ethnic hatred as a policy aim. For sure, the
follows the official stance on terrorism myth. Under the
Anti-Terrorist legislation, Canadian Intelligence establishments
seem to have a free hand to embark on concerted rampage to
arrest and torture many Muslim and Arab families across the land.
The data will support the meaning of officially sponsored
Project Awaken in the years to come. But time, logic and history
will question the framework of the
"War on Terror"
as a racist doctrine and unilateral plan of action aimed
exclusively at terrorizing the Muslim people and nobody else.
History shall judge the people and nations by their actions,
not by their claims.
Experience at Gunpoint
In any set up, educated and intellectually proactive people are
the precious mind of a progressive society. To disable the mind
and to dump the body in junk piles, the Canadian Intelligence Police
planned and targeted us for their war-like action. We have
repeatedly asked the Canadian Minister of Safety and Security
to provide us any reasonable legal evidence of wrongdoings to
justify the armed attack at our residence and the arrest of my
family members including my own while working overseas.
"No comments" is the response, we got from the government. It was
a "unilateral" plan of action representing the American strategy
for the "War on Terror." Its sole purpose was to cripple us from
the society as unwanted digits and numbers. There is law to punish
the innocent public but no workable law exists to hold the
officials accountable for their violations of the laws. Even
the Minister responsible would prefer an escape from the reality.
There cannot be two distinct orders of truth. Truth is one and
cannot be fragmented. For truth and justice, facts are considered
to reach the conclusion. In complete contrast to the prevalent
essence of truth and justice, the Canadian authorities appear
to have used the end dogmas, not facts, to explain their
perception of the manufactured fantasy.
According to the CBC web site, on March 29, 2004,
60 plus agents of the Canadian intelligence police, FBI agents
and British Secret Service agents
raided the Khawaja family house in Orleans, looking for "bomb making"
materials. Earlier, Momin Khawaja, 24 years old Computer Scientist,
working on contract for the External Affairs Department, was
arrested at his office. The masked police gunmen smashed the
doors and damaged the property, and
arrested my wife and 4 children at gunpoint.
No search warrant were presented to the family like most
disciplined and civilized police forces would do in the
democratic world. The agents
tied the hands of my daughter and son,
and questioned them on religious and political issues,
irrelevant to the allegations. The search turned out no
evidence of any bomb-making materials or explosives as alleged
by the authorities.
The Minister Was Kind to Offer "No Comments."
In mid April, I approached the Canadian Minister of Safety and
Security, Honorable Ms. Anne McLellan, and asked for a public
apology, in case it was a mistake on the part of the government
to attack my house, arrest of family and confiscation of the
materials. Several written communication went unnoticed until
my return to Canada at the end of summer 2004, and meeting with
few of the parliamentarians. Further, I asked the Minister, why
our house was bugged with listening devices, and why our names
were being flagged in lists with the FBI and British police
at international airports and elsewhere. I offered to meet the
Minister, and explained that we had no record of any wrongdoings
or criminal activity. Therefore, it made no sense to us as to
why the intelligence authorities would do such a clear violation
of the rights of the law-abiding citizens of Canada. Later on,
I got a few replies from the Minster offering "no comments"
on the specific questions. However, I appreciate, at least,
she did not get upset on my questioning. Those in power politics
are always working under stress and fear of unknown, and are
often insensitive to normal human THINKING and human behavior.
Police Raid or an Armed Robbery?
Like the violent tornado, they destroyed in minutes, what took us
years to build - the human dignity, social well being and living
together in a civilized community of educated people. The law
enforcement agencies follow the laws written in books for the
human society. Legal stipulations are composed of paper and dry
ink, and have no mind, heart or other consideration of their own,
but those who implement the laws, do. Our experience clearly shows
that we were treated like the sub-human citizens living in 21st
The RCMP/CSIS armed raid was exact replicated action of the
American troops behavior against the Iraqi civilians.
But there was no war going on in Orleans (Canada), why did the
RCMP/CSIS act like fighting in a war zone? Was this show of Armada
force necessary to the public interest? Most of our immediate
neighbors were outraged at the massive display of force, 60 plus
RCMP armed squad, aiming loaded guns at the ordinary law-abiding
citizens, just to implement the house search warrant for 24 hours.
It defied the logic and necessity. Other voices of reason and
concerns were loud and clear throughout the local neighborhood
At the time, I held an academic position in Arabia. The
Canadian Government requested Saudi Arabia to arrest me
and she helped me to become helpless, and portrayed the academic
in strategic studies and Western-Islamic civilizations as an
alleged "terrorist" and "bomb-maker" on global TV networks.
particularly, the Citizens from Ottawa and the CBC network lied
and falsified the facts on an on-going basis to gain the
official credits. The fake imagery of my family and associating
"terror" to the Islamic faith, was a blessing in disguise for
the RCMP/CSIS to be seen as doing something useful in the public
interest. Those who saw and heard it, must have believed in it.
My professional integrity and lifelines were cut into pieces.
The Canadian supplied document served as the working charge sheet.
It took two weeks of unpleasant captivity to be freed again
without charges. The Canadian Government denies it ever asked
for my arrest. The available documentary evidence speaks its
own language of truth. Does the Canadian Government ever lie?
Eric Hoffer must have felt the same sensitivity:
"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and
make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make
their lies come true."
To synthesize and support their first accusations of "bomb making"
and later on of "terrorism", the police confiscated cash money
from the room belonging to my elder son Qasim (Computer Scientist),
electronics materials, computers; health card and passport for my
daughter Sabeen, and for the two youngest sons, their school
identity cards, watches, toys and passport; wife's bank book,
passport, plane ticket and numerous other items which make no
logical connection to the accusations under discussion. With
computers gone, my youngest sons lost one academic year as all
their final exam preparations and materials were taken away.
Could any law or court return the lost time to them? The physical
and psychological dimensions of harm and cruelty cannot be
described in words.
To Reason the Unreason
Recently, Chalmer Johnson ("Sorrows of Empire"), noted four sorrows,
and the first one being: " the replacement of truth by propaganda,
disinformation, and glorification of war, power and the military
legions." The mass media being in high gear for money making
propaganda, disregards the facts of life only to pursue one-sided
preconceived notion of dogmas, readily available from the
stockpiles of North American and European intelligence police
establishments alleging that Muslims are "terrorist" and Islam
preaches animosity not peace. It is a political drama full of
pretensions, fake stories and biased assumptions implied to
portray a fantasy against Muslims and Islamic religion. British
author and producer Adam Curtis ("The Power of Nightmares: The Rise
of the Politics of Fear", BBC documentary challenging the American
version of 'War on Terrorism'), pointed out clearly: "
international terrorism is a fantasy that has been exaggerated
and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has
spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the
security services and the international media."
In an age of knowledge, wisdom and human respect, we are the
latest victims of this 'dark illusion'; a political fraud
intended to glue the Muslims to terrorism myth.
The American and British ruling elite has invested heavily to
institutionalize animosity towards Muslims and Arabs. The new
21st century colonial masters view the humanity just in numbers
and digits, not as living moral beings with human rights and dignity.
Logic seeks truth and opinions cherish propaganda. The Intelligence
agencies are keen to acquire some credibility to rationalize
their actions. Most often, they influence the news media to
describe Momin Khawaja as being indicted on specific charges.
It is misleading and untrue. The truth is that only a court of
law could indict any accused person if proven guilty. The rumor
mill operated by the agencies itself stands in desperate need of
some public credibility to be assumed for a reference point.
Momin's case has not gone to the trial stage yet, and he has not
been indicted by any court of law in Canada. It is another attempt
to manufacture false propaganda to distort our image and disable
us in the mainstream of Canadian society. While the Canadian
intelligence agencies will adore the disinformation as a stimulus
for progress towards investigative journalism, it could distort
the image of a professional man and seriously harm the integrity
of the law-abiding citizen who claims innocence and has no
criminal background whatsoever.
Momin was an active participant in the local community
development as a volunteer teacher at the Mosque school and
helper to those in need of social and moral support.
He dedicated sincerity, time and efforts for building a civilized
society and betterment of the humanity, not otherwise as falsely
alleged by the police. Truth is one, and we have plenty of evidence,
whereas, they have dogmas to distort the facts of human life.
The ultimate goal of the 'war on terrorism' remains intact that
all the Muslims should be projected as terrorists, and should
be disabled socially, making the masses to view them as crazy,
uncivilized and undesirable people. Knowing well how the
American and Canadian governments mistreated the people of
Japanese and Italian ethnic origin during the 2nd World War,
it is unthinkable that educated and open-minded Canadian people
would ever favor such a preposterous policy aim of the
neo-conservatives in America. Unlike the draconian age laws,
Canada has a credible system of legal justice. Justice
presupposes the existence of injustice. Given the trust, one
hopes that justice will prevail over the false accusations of
terrorism against Momin. Obviously, judges deliver justice
based on tangible facts of human life, not on opinions dramatized
in the media circus.
While in short terms, the American perpetuated 'War on Terrorism'
helped President Bush to get re-elected and the neocons to become
celebrity of 'global terror', its long terms objectives explore
new and innovative conflicts, and strategies promote 'dark illusions'
to distract the mankind from achieving peace and understanding;
and to poison the source of judgments for justice, and to rob
the humanity of its universal values, heritage and UNITY.
To all conscientious, educated and intelligent proactive human
minds striving to save the 'humanity from the scourge of war',
and searching for global peace and harmony, I should share my
utmost concern and try to remind you of what Northrop (The Meeting
of East and West), once observed:
"Ours is a paradoxical world. The achievements which are its
glory threaten to destroy itů it would seem that more civilized
we become, the more incapable of maintaining civilization we are."
Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D. is
an academic specializes in Strategic Studies with special
interests in Western-Islamic Civilizations, Change and
Conflict Resolution. He has authored many publications
including Muslims and the West: Quest for Change and Conflict
Resolution, Maryland, USA, 2000, and a forthcoming book,
Muslims and America: Search for Peace or Terrorism. E-mail:
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