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Rabi' al-Thani 15, 1426/May 24, 2005 #39
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Jamaat al-Muslimeen News [7 items]
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Malcolm's 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, Africans and the world at large.

Among the distinguished presenters were Minister Akbar Muhammad from the NOI, Minister Benjamin Karim who introduced Malcolm on the day he was martyred, 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.
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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 American city!

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.
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If Hosni Mubarak wants "Democracy," Laura Bush should free Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman

The President's wife, during her trip to Egypt, 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 Zionist 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, Jamaat al-Muslimeen 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.
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FALLOUT FROM DESECRATION of the QUR'AN PICKING Up Momentum

  1. Jakarta, Indonesia: 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.
  2. Makkah, Arabia: May 20. Public anger against the desecration is so high that, bowing to popular sentiment, the usually spineless Imam of the Ka'aba, Abdur Rahman Al-Saud said in his Juma' Khutba 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.
  3. 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 against Islam.
  4. Muridke [near Lahore], Pakistan. 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.]
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Does Islam Permit men to Marry non-Muslim Women?
Muslim "leaders" in America misunderstood Islamic texts and violated rights of Muslim Women.

by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D.

Introduction: Large numbers of women have embraced Islam in America. This can be seen at any Eid 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 Muslims here.

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 Hadith. 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]

Note 1:
There is a command from Allah here: "Do not marry ....[la tinkihu.] That's not just a recommendation.
Note 2:
The basis of marriage here is: "until they believe." [hatta yo'min.]
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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.]
Note 4:
Physical attraction, beauty, handsomeness, the usual attributes of male-female attraction ["allure"] must not be placed before belief in Allah.
Note 5:
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 HEREAFTER."
[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!
[Hadith, 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.
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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 Jews have made Israel 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.
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Muslim [Pakistani origin] Family Victimized by Canada:
Never Broke the Law but are being Oppressed without any Explanation Whatsoever.

by Mahboob Khwaja, Ph.D

Just in two years, from nowhere to 38 per cent increase in racism 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 mainstream mass media 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 century Canada. 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 community. 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. The news media, 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: mahboobk@gmail.com kmahboob@yahoo.com
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