Rabi' al-Awwal 2, 1425/ April 23, 2004 #50
Key verses of the
were revealed in answer to women's questions:
"From the Mother of the believers, Umm Salama, r.a.: She said to the Prophet,
pbuh, O Messenger of Allah,
did Allah most Exalted not mention anything about the role of
in hijrah? At this (question) Allah revealed this verse
(Sura Al-I-Imran, 195)."
Sunan of Tirmidhi.]
by Buut Shikan
What Muslims Don't Know Could Harm Them
Israel commemorated the Jewish Holocaust
[or the "shoa" as it is called there] on April 18, 2004.
The ceremonies brought out the inextricable connection between the
Jewish entity known as Israel and the story of the Holocaust.
The political relevance of the Holocaust to the Washington-Tel Aviv
axis becomes clear when one realizes that there is a Holocaust Memorial
in Washington, DC, funded to the tune of $5 million annually by public
funds although there has NEVER been any persecution of Jews in
Children from all over America are given tours of the Holocaust Memorial
and there is a systematic program underway to ensure that American children,
even from elementary school, remember the Jews as victims and people who
deserve our particular compassion. [One might ask, why is there no memorial
in Washington for the BLACK or
HOLOCAUST which is directly connected to the basis of America?]
Israel regularly MILKS GERMANY for funds, weapons and Holocaust publicity
although since 1945 Germany has done nothing against the Jews.
In fact Germany, defanged and brainwashed by the victors of the
Second World War, is second only to the U.S. in support for Israel and
Muslims should be aware that second only to the military and economic aid
America provides, the Holocaust story is the TOP SOURCE OF INCOME for the
Israeli occupiers of
LET BOTH SIDES BE HEARD
As the Holocaust story is the source of heavy funding for Israel and
International Jewry, Muslims should investigate the propaganda put out to
support and legitimize the victim status of the Jews.
One does not become Nazi or antisemitic by subjecting the holocaust story
to critical scrutiny. In fact Muslims are semitic themselves, cousins of
the Jews, as Abraham had two sons, Isaac (the progenitor of the Jews) and
Ismail (the ancestor of the Muslims).
The Jews have had it their way for too long. They have exploited America's
compassion by using Hollywood, TV, New York's book publishing monopoly and
in general to create the impression that their version of the
Second World War is true and not to be questioned..
WELL-DOCUMENTED and SCHOLARLY works are available which show that the
Jewish version is probably heavily exaggerated and one sided.
American dupes of the Holocaust story should consider the following:
* Auschwitz where the biggest Nazi atrocities are alleged to have taken
place is NOT IN GERMANY. Most Americans do not know that AUSCHWITZ is in
POLAND. In 1945, the Soviet armies captured Auschwitz from the Germans.
For a few months they did not make any claims of atrocities but then
gradually and steadily started publicizing the atrocity claims, of which
the biggest is that Auschwitz had gas chambers in which FOUR MILLION JEWS
The Soviets had a Jewish propaganda mastermind, Ilya Ehrenburg, who poured
out a steady stream of fabricated atrocity stories against Germany. It was
war time propaganda but provided the basis on which the Holocaust story was
Serious investigators of the Holocaust story should read:
AUSCHWITZ: A Judge Looks at the Evidence by Wilhelm Staeglich, 393 pages.
[Available from: Institute for Historical Review, P.O. Box 1306, Torrance,
The book looks at the original attempts to pin the Holocaust atrocity on
the Germans. It is thorough, heavily documented and shattering. Anyone who
manages to read through the book will forever be inoculated against the
Jewish victim status theory.
Also read GRUESOME HARVEST: The Allies' Postwar War Against the German
People by Ralph Franklin Keeling, 151 pages, same address. The German people,
not soldiers but ordinary men, women and children were subjected to
genocide by the allies. Millions of German CIVILIANS were killed in allied
actions AFTER the war through bombing, ethnic cleansing and starvation.
Almost all German women were raped by the conquerors or simply sold
themselves to the victors to feed their children.
The Making and Unmaking of a
Family Torn Asunder by Conflict Between Islam and America
On April 22, 2004 the story of the Khadr family finally came to the USA in
the form of a
TV Frontline documentary titled "Son of Al-Qaida." Here are the main points
of the TV report:
There is a big debate on in Canada about the fate of the Khadr family.
supported by secularist Muslims, are demanding that the family be deprived
of its Canadian citizenship. The Muslims of Canada, those who want to
follow Islam, treat Abdur Rahman as a pariah owing to his sell-out to the
Ahmad Said Khadr was an
engineer who settled in Canada in 1977.
Khadr married a Palestinian woman named Maha.
They had four children, a daughter, Zainab, and 4 sons Karriem, Omar,
Abdullah and Abdur Rahman.
The family moved to Pakistan to help Afghan refugees with charitable work.
They gradually became involved with the Taliban and finally met with and
worked with Osama bin Laden.
The Khadr family and Osama's family became very close to each other.
A series of tragedies befell the Khadr family and the story of their
involvement with the armed Islamic movement, al-Qaida, came out in the
General Musharraf's troops
attacked and killed the father Ahmad
Said Khadr. This happened in October 2003 when
troops spotted Islamic fighters in a hut near the
border. The Pakistani attack was resisted by Ahmad Khadr but Musharraf sent
in helicopter gunships which killed 8 Muslims. Among the
was Ahmad Khadr.
Three of Khadr's sons fought American troops. Fourteen years old Karriem
was seriously injured and paralyzed from the waist down. Omar 17 years
old killed a U.S. soldier with a grenade, was himself shot three times,
captured and taken to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Abdullah is still with the
resistance and has evaded capture.
The main story is about the 4th son, Abdur Rahman, who could not take
the pressure of the Jihad environment and decided to cooperate with the CIA.
His excuse was that he was revolted by the Al-Qaida attacks on U.S.
embassies and the carnage in the Twin Towers.
Abdur Rahman was distressed that his own father wanted him to be a
"suicide bomber" and go to paradise. Osama's men tried to persuade him with
texts from Islam that "suicide bombing" was a meritorious act in Islam.
Also he was tired of constantly being on the run once the American forces
Frontline showed briefs of interviews with Maha, the mother of the children,
and Zainab, the sister. They live in Islamabad, Pakistan and wear the
Pakistani style burqa with niqab (face covering). Both spoke good English
and defended the attacks on American targets, including
They were very proud of Ahmad Khadr's martyrdom.
[Their eloquence is dangerous and could draw many more to Al-Qaida if the
interview were shown in Pakistan - editor]
Abdur Rahman gave interesting details of the life of Osama bin Laden in
Afghanistan. Osama lived in a mud hut and banned all American products and
even stopped the use of cold water in the hot summer, saying that the
Muslims must get used to the way of life of the Prophet (pbuh) to be able
to do jihad.
Osama seemed to be a very lively father, spent much time with his children,
played volley ball with them, raced with them. Osama's children were each a
given a horse for learning to recite the Qur'an. [Abdur Rahman too loved
horse riding and went riding with Osama's children.]
Abdur Rahman gave Frontline an inside account of the way the U.S. treats
its Taliban prisoners. For TEN days, the prisoners were tied up into a
ball-like posture, with feet tied to their necks. When they were to be
moved, they were untied, all their clothes taken from them for days, in
extreme cold, and then they were given rectal searches and their bodies
and private parts were photographed to humiliate them.
As a CIA agent, Abdur Rahman was introduced into the prison population as
simply another Al-Qaida prisoner.
After humiliation, when many prisoners were near dying, they were put on
the 15-hour trip by plane, blindfolded and shackled, to Cuba. In Cuba,
they were totally disoriented and hence the attempts at suicide.
Although Abdur Rahman was working for the CIA and could leave the camp
secretly, often times he says he felt like committing suicide.
The CIA offered to pay him $3000 per month but never paid him.
While in Delta Camp, Cuba he found that his brother Omar was there too
and he started talking to him and started passing information on him and
others to the CIA handlers.
Abdur Rahman says that ONLY 10% of the people in Guantanamo Bay are
genuine Al-Qaida/Taliban. The rest are innocent people handed over by
the Pakistanis and Northern Alliance in exchange for the bounties the
Americans were offering.
After 3 months, Abdur Rahman could no longer take the life of the
prisoners and asked the CIA to remove him. Then he was taken to SARAJEVO,
BOSNIA which was said to be the hotbed for Al-Qaida recruitment for jihad
In Sarajevo he was inserted into the King Fahd Mosque and told to find
al-Qaida going to Iraq and go with them there. He says, he realized the
time had come for him to stop the process he had started. He surfaced
and called the Canadian embassy and told them that he was a Canadian and
wanted to go home.
When he returned to Canada he was welcomed by his grandmother. He told
many lies about his adventures which the
picked up. Later, he decided to come out clean and told Frontline his whole
Abdur Rahman's grandmother kicked him out of her home when she found he
had betrayed the cause of Islam.
Deletes Captured U.S. Soldier's Comments
Rumours that Al Jazeera has fallen under American occupation were fuelled
the other day when the satellite TV broadcast images of a captured US
soldier in Iraq.
During the first broadcasts, captive Keith Maupin said he'd come to Iraq to
liberate it, but actually hadn't wanted to come at all, that he was married
and had a 10-year-old daughter.
The exclusive report was snapped up by the world's media, including the
TV's troubled, english language website and duly reported.
Palestinian Ahmad Sheikh, who has somehow fallen on his feet and into the
job of the
TV chief editor, appears to have been called by his US masters and told to
edit the PoW's inflammatory comments.
That evening, Sheikh, known in Jazeera circles as the Armchair Jihadi,
telephoned the english newsroom and, without bothering to ask for any
supervising editor, instructed Jordanian journalist Natasha Twal to pull
the soldier's comments from the news items.
He then ordered the Arabic website to do the same. The next Al Jazeera
television broadcast had also deleted Maupin's personal comments which the
White House found so offensive.
As a result, everyone else was quoting the original Al Jazeera report in
full, while Ahmad Sheikh had gagged and censored his own team, even though
the soldier's comments were already aired and public knowledge!
online produced a more substantial article than both of Al Jazeera's
websites did based on the original Al Jazeera exclusive!
Still George W
and his chickenhawks can always take comfort from the fact they have a
friend in Al Jazeera they can rely on - well done Ahmad Sheikh.
This is the same man, you will remember, who sacked sisters Yvonne Ridley
and Shaista Aziz when he headed the english website because their exclusive
news stories upset the Americans and Israelis.
Aah, now the reasons for his promotion are becoming clear.
TRYING TO EDUCATE SOME WOMEN WHO THINK MEN ARE SUPERIOR TO WOMEN!
Shafeeqah I. Abdullah
Several months ago, I was communicating with a sister on another women's
e-mail group which I no longer belong to. When I made it clear that I
supported gender equity in Islam, the sister wasn't very pleased with that.
She was adamant that men and women are not the same; therefore,
they're not equal. In other words, men are inherently superior to women.
A sister friend of mine not only sent her Gender Equity in Islam by
Dr. Jamal A. Badawi; she (my friend) also sent the sister her views
concerning gender equity in Islam. It didn't surprise me to learn later
on that the sister didn't think too highly of Dr. Badawi's views, more
than likely because he doesn't support men being inherently superior to
women. According to this sister, ". . .that just because we can claim
on our husbands similar to the rights they can claim on us, this doesn't
mean we can jump on the Women's Liberation band wagon and rule our husbands
or behave in a domineering fashion, dragging them through the mud for
every little personality conflict or overly enthusiastic rule on us.
Flowery and apologetic explainations such as what Brother Jamal has stated
in paragraph 6 (I believe it was numbered 6) about the husband not having
superiority over his wife is how we get into this kind of trouble in the
As for my friend's views on Dr. Badawi's article, she wrote: ". . . I found
nothing there that would encourage women to become brazen in their behavior
towards their husbands. On the contrary, I found understanding, and clarity
about some of the misinterpreted ideas about the status of women. By
clarifying the status of women, Brother Jamal does not take away anything
from the status of men. I truly believe that his article encourages the
proper balance in the relationship between husbands and wives.
"It is extremely disheartening for women to be given the impression that
men are somehow superior merely by being men (even if, and especially if
they are not good men). It feels as though we (women) are being told that
we should forfeit our rights to our (often underserving) husbands. It feels
as though we are being told that we are inferior simply because we were born
"One of the most beautiful descriptions of the relationship between a
husband and a wife is the aya that says that the wife and the husband are
garments for each other. I read that aya, and I understand that there is
MUTUALITY in it. I understand that there is EQUALITY in it. When I say,
"equality", I don't mean identicalness. I mean I believe it affirms that
men and women are of equal value, and they are equally important in a
marriage. As I said before, men are incomplete without women, and women
are incomplete without men. We must respect each other, we must care for
each other. This is what I believe Allah intends for married people.
There is nothing positive that can come from ugliness on the part of either
"I believe that when men are allowed to believe that they are superior,
and that women must "obey" them in the same manner that a child obeys a
parent; it encourages them to abuse their "power". I believe it encourages
them to abuse their wives. This is not a blanket observation of all men.
But, unfortunately, there are too many men who fit into this ideology."
Too many foolish and misguided Muslim men conclude that because they're male
(that is, the "chosen gender"), they have some special God-like powers which
they're convinced they have a "right" to lord over women; therefore, women
must do "the female thing"--"respectfully obey" without protest or argument,
even if the men did anything against the Qur'an and the Sunnah of Prophet
Muhammad (Allah's Peace be upon him). This sick superiority complex
infuriates a lot of women, including myself. I really can understand why
a lot of women have serious problems with obeying husbands.
It cannot be emphasized enough that women/wives are individuals, persons,
and, above all, believers in their own right. Like men/husbands, we are to
follow the Qur'an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Allah's Peace be upon
him)--not "our sunnah" or "their sunnah"--the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad
(Allah's Peace be upon him). We are not, and never have been, second-class
believers just because we happen to be female; and men simply have to cease
being insecure and immature and come to grips with that if they expect to
have happy, successful Islamic marriages. Nowhere in the Qur'an does Allah
state that men are "superior believers" with "superior taqwa" because
they're male. Nowhere in the Qur'an does Allah state that women were
created from some "base matter." The men who firmly believe that know good
and well that Prophet Muhammad (Allah's Peace be upon him) didn't sanction
that garbage. And these same men have the gall to call themselves Muslims!
As sisters in faith, we must keep in mind that although Rasoolullah
(Allah's Peace be upon him) was brought up in an anti-female climate,
he remained undaunted, irrespective of the opposition of many men during
that time, in defending the human rights of all females. He's well known
for this in the Muslim world. We cannot thank Allah enough for this
outstanding leader and teacher whose exemplary character was beyond reproach.
It angers me to think that a lot of men during that time were arrogant
enough to think they had the "absolute right" to pass a death sentence on
females and spare the lives of males. I mean, where did they get off
doing that? That's just downright despicable and conniving.
Obedience to Allah is gender neutral. In dealing with each other, neither
spouse is allowed to take heed of, say, or do anything which is against the
Qur'an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Allah's Peace be upon him).
The way I see it, sincere, God-conscious husbands and wives obey each other
in obedience to Allah and must never interfere in each other's worship of
In her book Women, Muslim Society, and Islam, Dr. Lois Lamya' al Faruqi says
it well on gender equity in Islam: "Islam brought women from the position
of chattel in marriage to that of equal partners. In the matter of divorce,
she changed from a completely impotent bystander, to one who could initiate
divorce proceedings and claim her rights of dowry and inheritance. From a
position of legal nonetity, she became a legal personality in the full sense
of the term, able to hold property, entitled ot a just share of her
husband's and family's inheritance property. Socially, with education
equally required of her as well as of every man by Islam, she rose to a
position of social and cultural influence and service. Even in
religio-cultic practices and duties, woman was asked and expected to play a
role equal to that of man, insofar as her special physical characteristics
and maternal duties allowed. Her position in early Islam was really an
exemplary one, one that should be studied and known by every woman as well
as every liberationist in the twentieth century--in America as well as in
the Muslim World. The Muslim woman, if she is true to the principles of
her religion, has lessons in equality to teach the Westerner, and her
descendants in the East have to learn anew the role demanded of them by
their religion. Orientalists and orientals zealous for modernization
should cease to put the blame on Islam, a blame which instead deserves to
fall on their own ignorance of the faith and on the political and social
decline which their nations suffered in the past."
May Allah bless all of us to remain strong in faith and on the Straight Path!
2004-04-25 Sun 08:23ct