Rabi' al-Thani 22, 1426/May 31, 2005 #42
May 26. Congratulations to Sis. Yasmeen [now Dr. Yasmeen] for her Ph.D.
obtained from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. It was a glorious
day indeed to see her in full hijab walking forth in the commencement
ceremonies. It is no less than a miracle that she developed as a
Muslim in the heart of this university deeply entrenched in the
Jewish power structure. Congratulations to her parents [one White,
the other Pakistani], her husband [Arab] and her relatives from
both sides, who were at the ceremonies.
Funeral prayers in absentia [salatul janaza ghaibana] for
Mahmudah Begum Qureshi, mother of the editor of
were held at a mosque in Kampala, Uganda.
The prayers were lead by Imam Mahmoud Sserunjogi, Convenor of
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX [for Muslims only]
This idea is from
When we Muslims meet others, we usually say:
asalamu alaikum, and then we ask: How are you? [kaifa haluk?]
Let us REPLACE 'How are you' with :"How is your DEEN?"
So dear Muslims: "How is your DEEN?"
[You can send New Trend a brief response, if you wish.]
illegal War protested
May 27th, 2005
CODEPINK Tackles Condoleezza Rice
While Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was speaking in
San Francisco at the Davis Symphony Hall today about freedom,
democracy and American diplomacy, four people associated with the
peace group CODEPINK and the
group Global Exchange stood up on chairs dressed in the
black hoods and capes that have come to symbolize
torture of prisoners in
They were protesting the abuse of prisoners in Guantanamo,
and Iraq, as well as on the on-going occupation of Iraq.
"We hold Condoleeza Rice responsible for dragging our country
into this illegal war that has led to the death of over 1600
US soldiers and many thousands of Iraqis, and has sparked
anti-US sentiment around the world," said Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK.
"I am appalled by the recent reports of detainees being killed
by US troops in Afghanistan. Torture and death have nothing to do
administration's so-called policy of 'freedom and democracy,'"
said Andrea Buffa of Global Exchange
As they were being led away by security guards, the activists chanted
"Stop the Torture, Stop the Killing, US Out of Iraq." They were
held for questioning.
A Glimpse of the Jewish Mind:
by New Trend's
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial [in Washington D.C] jointly with the
Library of Congress held a program on May 26 which was broadcast
by C-Span on May 30.
The Director of the Holocaust Memorial, Peter Black, claimed, in
his speech, point blank that the "People of Dresden were victims
of Hitler." He was endorsing a claim by a book author named
Klaus Larres, who spoke earlier, that the "children of Dresden
were victims of Hitler."
Dresden is the
city which was bombed on February 13-14, 1945 first by the
British air force and then by the U.S. Air Force. The British
planes, experts in night bombing, carefully dropped incendiary
markers in the middle of the civilian residential areas. Wave
after wave of British bombers then used the markers to turn the
city into a real holocaust. Nearly 100,000 German civilians were
killed in ONE NIGHT. Only about 30,000 of the German civilians
who were killed were identified because the rest were either
burned beyond recognition or were refugees who fled to the city
in front of the murderous Red Army.
Dresden was a defenseless, open city. Its beautiful churches,
museums, schools, parks were wiped out during the mass murder.
The famous historian David Irving has compiled an hour- by-hour
record of the devastation of Dresden in his book APOCALYPSE 1945:
The Destruction of Dresden.
Now for the Jewish Director of the so-called Holocaust Memorial
to claim that the people of Dresden were the victims of Hitler
belongs to the BIG LIE technique which was perfected by the
Soviet propagandist Ilya Ehrenburg.
[It's like saying that Saddam is responsible for the deaths of
100,000 Iraqi civilians killed by the U.S. air force.]
The JEWISH ELITES ARE BEHIND THE
This could be sensed during the program at the Jewish Holocaust Memorial.
[Notice how cleverly it is called the "U.S." Holocaust Memorial.]
The conflict in Darfur was brought up repeatedly by the speakers,
as "genocide." Peter Black [who is neither "Peter" nor "Black"]
pointed out that a link has been placed on the Memorial web site
to Darfur. Several Jews from the audience indicated their outrage
that the U.S. is not moving [into Sudan] to stop the "genocide."
[The Sudanese government has very cleverly buckled under to the
U.S. pressure to help in the
"war against terror."
So the U.S. is now dropping the "genocide" story, at least temporarily,
leaving the genocider propagandists high and dry [and frustrated].
The program also brought out the VENGEFUL NATURE of the JEWS.
One speaker explained that SIXTY YEARS after the war ended, the Jews
are still hunting the Germans who worked for Hitler and later took
advantage of the Cold War to seek refuge in America. The speaker
pointed out that case number 100 in this crusade was carried out
in 2005. Unfortunately, she said, these Germans are now TOO OLD
and TOO SICK to be brought to trial.
[And these Jews think that Muslims should forget the murder of
Shaikh Yassin, a QUADRIPALEGIC, who was assassinated by
a Jewish missile strike as he was leaving the mosque in Gaza after
Fajr prayers in his WHEEL CHAIR.]
TIME TO CHANGE OUR LIVES:
After the desecration of the
what is our duty?
"...Open bigotry has already appeared from their mouths. What their hearts conceal is far worse..." [The Qur'an 3:118]
Many Muslims and non-Muslims knew that the Qur'an had been
desecrated by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gauntanamo Bay.
We in New Trend were the first Muslim publication to speak out on
it and headline it after the British captives gave their account.
Thousands then knew from New Trend but still did nothing.
Finally the AFGHANS came out, in every Afghan city, even in the
centers occupied by the treacherous "Northern Alliance." The
Afghans once again took the lead to awaken the Muslim world.
They gave their lives and now Muslims are marching to condemn
the desecration, all the way from Nigeria to Bangladesh.
The world will never be the same again. The AMERICAN POWER STRUCTURE
HAS CHALLENGED THE SANCTITY OF THE QUR'AN. The Muslim world will
expel America from the countries it has occupied, though it might
take years, and will dismantle the terrorist entity known as
What is our duty as Muslims living in America in this hour of
great distress and sorrow? Here are a few suggestions:
Study a few verses of the Qur'an every day. Let the power flow
into your faith structure.
Distribute translations of the Qur'an to interested non-Muslims.
Give some time EVERY DAY or at least a couple of hours every week
to work for
For this purpose, volunteer at your local mosque.
If there is nothing else you can do, go and clean the mosque, see
that the library has essential books, cook some food and give it
to those who are hungry. Take some snacks [cookies] for children
who come to the mosque.
Send Qur'ans to Muslims in prison. Write to prisoners. Collect
funds for their families.
Start a chapter of
in your area. How? Pledge to yourself that in the future, you will
seek Allah's guidance in all matters.
Fast on Monday and Thursday [see
to follow the Prophet's example to cleanse yourself.
Stop holding Islamic gatherings in Sheraton hotels and other
places of corruption owned by the power structure. Go to the poor
areas of town and distribute food, cold drinks, clothing and literature.
Pray for the health and release of Islamic political prisoners,
especially the ones at the top like
Imam Jamil al-Amin,
Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman,
Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Ahmed Abdel Sattar. Contribute to
their support groups.
Pray for the innocent victims of Bush's
such as Prof. Sami Al-Arian, Masaud Khan, Jose Padilla,
Hammad and many others. Check out what the Qur'an says about
helping the weak and the oppressed.
Even the BURQA CLAD
of Peshawar, Pakistan came out to demonstrate against the
desecration. We have no excuse to be idle. Open the Book, dear
reader, bless the one to whom it was revealed, and read it
Help oppressed women. Honor and respect women who wear Hijab.
Read what the Qur'an says about the mother: She is second only
to Allah [See 4:1 for Allah and arham.] See Hadith for the
honor due to the wife, the daughter, the sister, the aunt.
Remember our sisters violated in
[Mubarak's hands], Kosova...
Help America's women to read the Qur'an so they can break out
of the slavery imposed on them by the fashion industry, the
Hollywood industry and the porno industry.
[Remember MARY, (Maryam), pbuh, mother of Jesus, pbuh, whom
the Christians love, is one of the most prominent women in the Qur'an.]
A brother from
writes that he wants to carry out CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE to protest
the desecration. Before that can be done, we need to get more
support for Jamaat al-Muslimeen. We don't expect the
"Sheraton-Islam" people to join a civil disobedience action.
First Person Account
Initial Attractions: From White American Christian to
the Doors of Islam. [Helped by
by Umar ben-Ivan Lee
New Muslim Explains Baptist Church's Views on Life.
He Realized he had to Cross Race Lines to be real Muslim.
St. Louis, Missouri
[Exclusive to New Trend.]
"Why did you become a Muslim?"
That is the first question that an American revert is
always asked. If that question is being asked by a
Muslim it is asked with a smile and if it asked by
someone who may be hostile to Islam, then it may be
asked with a frown.
There are many stereotypes about why people become
Muslim. Some people think that all American-Muslims
accepted Islam in prison or did so out of a spirit of
Black Nationalism and anti-Americanism. If a woman
reverts, the first question that she will be asked is
"did you convert because you married a Muslim?"
Truthfully people become Muslim for many different
reasons and as the Prophet Muhammad said "people come
to Islam through many different doors and all of them
In my case I had been raised in a white working-class
home. My father and grandfather were both auto workers
and I had been brought up in the Baptist Church.
Having been raised primarily by my father (my mother
was out of the picture) until my teenage years,
religion was very important to him even if he didn't
always espouse the values of Christ in his personal
The Baptist Church, and in my case the Southern
Baptist Convention (although I didn't grow-up in the
South) is the most hard-line of all of the major
protestant denominations. Strict Baptists do not
drink, smoke, gamble, dance, curse or fornicate. Just
as in Islam you have the ideal and the reality and in
the Baptist Church there are many who are pious and
sincere and there are those who are less than ideal.
There is a trend in the Muslim community, particularly
in the circle of American reverts, to cast all
Christians in this country as hypocrites and all
Muslims as pious, when neither is the case.
Baptists have been at the forefront of many issues in
American history; Baptists were leading abolitionists
and also passionate defenders of slavery (the Southern
Baptist Convention was founded over its support of
slavery), Baptists lead the charge towards
prohibition, and were on both sides of the civil
rights movement. Many white Baptist ministers joined
black Baptist ministers in the fight against Jim Crow
laws and segregation. On the other side of the coin
you couldn't find a KKK chapter that wasn't based out
of a Baptist Church and the Baptist church in the
South stood as a bulwark against integration arguing
that it was an attack on Christianity itself.
The Baptist Church that I grew up in was very
traditional. A generation before it had been a bastion
of anti-communism and racism. The church, like
thousands of others, had been forced to change and it
had now began to welcome African-Americans and others
into the church while maintaining a strict theological
line while omitting those Old Testament references
that upheld slavery and Jim Crow.
The reformed racial teachings of the Baptist Church
did not find their way into many of the homes of the
adherents. My father's racism could be measured in his
level of religiosity; the more Christian he became the
more he was racist and vice-versa and amongst the
church members (in several churches I attended) this
seemed to be the prevailing attitude. A good Christian
was one who loved Jesus, followed the Bible, loved
America and hated African-Americans and all other
so-called "inferior" races.
This has lead to Evangelicals (of which Baptists
make-up a big percentage) being fiercely nationalistic
and pro-war. They see America, their America, as a holy
ranger guiding the world and defending Christian
values (and Israel) and they see America as being
under attack by secularists in this country and by
nations abroad. They laugh at the idea of world peace
and applaud war and because of this they see anything
that even hints at international cooperation, such as
the United Nations or the European Union, as being
evil and in the spirit of the Anti-Christ.
In Baptist Churches the Pledge of Allegiance is held
during Vacation Bible School and the American flag
stands behind the pastor. To be a good Christian is to
be a good American and to stand against America is to
stand against God; that is the belief. This is, in
fact, a primitive belief that Europeans and most of
the rest of the world have discarded having witnessed
centuries of bloody nationalistic and tribal feuds
with each side claiming the endorsement of God.
American Christians still, as a whole, hold firm to
this belief and their support of the war in Iraq was
almost an act of faith for Evangelicals.
When I was growing up in the 1980's the boogie man was
the Godless Soviet Union and communism. Many of the
same verses that are being used to condemn Muslims
today through Biblical prophecy were used then to
condemn the Soviets. Then and now Christian
eschatologists and others make millions selling doom
and gloom scenarios of an evil outsider attacking a
As a child I did believe in Jesus. A child, almost
every child, will initially blindly accept the faith
of their parents and I was no different. I was taught
the Bible and I believed in the Bible and as a child I
received inspiration from those stories and had my
favorites such as King David and Gideon.
Like the other children I attended Sunday School and I
accepted it to be a fact that Jesus was the son of
G_d. Being a child I did not know of the roots in
European Paganism to this myth and distortion and I
had no knowledge of the Jewish understanding of what
the Messiah would be or of the errors in the creation
of the Gospels and what not. I heard and I accepted
and was taught by teachers who were very good people;
but had extremely low-levels of religious education.
Beginning at around eight I did begin to question some
of the teachings of Christianity. On a walk from my
church to a nearby park one day, I asked one of my
Sunday School teachers about the Trinity and I
remember getting an answer that made absolutely no
sense at all to me.
Children are in a way smarter than adults,
and this was one case of that natural curiosity of a
child being combined with child's more natural thought
process. The adult mind has been polluted by the
man-made ideologies and philosophy they learn in
school and from their friends and family. In Islam we
say that the one who becomes a Muslim has not
converted but has rather reverted to the natural way
that every human was born upon Islam before their family,
friends or society took them astray, and the natural
way for humanity, the fitra, is Islam.
In the sixth grade I remember gazing at a photo of the
hajj (Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca) during the salat and
everyone was bowed in prostration. At this early age,
before ever being exposed to a Muslim, I remember
thinking to myself "wow this is a beautiful picture."
Having been raised a Christian my immediate response
to that initial thought was "hold on: this is not
beautiful but this is a picture of some hell-bound
pagans". But that picture would not easily leave my
I was not like most other children. At school I had
behavior problems and got into a lot of fights and
caused disruptions in the classroom and in retrospect
I was a disruptive student. My home-life also left a
lot to be desired because I lived in a violent and
abusive home with my two sisters and step-mother. Like
many young Americans, and indeed young boys in
particular throughout the world, I found a refuge in
my love of sports; playing sports, watching sports on
TV and studying all sports (wrestling, boxing,
football, and baseball mostly). That much was common
but it was my other passions that separated me from my
Beginning at about age six I began watching the news
everyday and reading the newspaper which prompted my
visiting cousin from California to say that I would be
" no less than the Governor of Missouri." If only he
could see me now in my cramped one-bedroom apartment!
My political views as a young kid reflected those of
my father; I came from a union household that was
traditionally Democrat but my father during the
eighties was seduced by the Religious Right and I was
forced to watch Jerry Falwell on TV, listen to Dr.
James Dobson on the radio and listen to sermons from
my father on how Russia would soon take-over the US
and somehow before that time the liberals would outlaw
Christianity in America.
I once heard a film critic state that "the American
story always begins in adolescence and the good
stories always begin with rebellion." For me my
rebellion began when I was about thirteen. I was tired
of going to church and didn't feel that it offered any
real meaning to my life. Jesus for me was real; it was
the church that was fake. When I did go to church I
would question my Sunday School teachers about various
issues and I found that almost no one in the church
had anything above the most minimal knowledge of
Christian theology and they discouraged debate because
of their lack of knowledge.
Another crucial factor at this time was the fact that
I attended schools that were very racially mixed and
most of my friends were black. I would spend time with
them in their homes and with their families and I saw
the good in the black community. When I say good, I
mean hard-working, decent and honest black people who
sacrificed for their children; but no matter what they
would ever do, they would still be victims of racism. I also
saw the other side of the coin; single- mothers
addicted to crack and living in public housing who
still opened their homes to me as their guest and even
with the demons they were battling tried to be good
My experiences in the black community didn't mix well
with what my father had taught me about
African-Americans and I didn't mix well with the
conversations of people at Church. If God was a loving
God, an awesome God as they would say in church, then
why were those who professed to be His people so
divided along racial lines? Why were there black
churches and white churches? Why was Christianity not
able to solve any of the major injustices in American
As strange as it sounds, my teenage years began with me
reading Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver and then
immersing myself in the thoughts and words of a lot of
black writers and studying the 1960's. I received
inspiration from the revolutionary figures of that era
and wondered why I had been born into such a
complacent era where no one seemed to care.
The earliest political thought that influenced me was
Black Nationalism and the struggle for equality for
African-Americans in this country. People like me are
easily laughed-off and made fun of by people who do
not understand what we went through and what led us to
become what we are. Part of these attitudes is rooted in
white-racism where most white thinkers, on the left or
right, cannot fathom that a white American would find
more solace in the writings and teachings and culture
of blacks than they would find in their own.
The traditional avenues for the young white rebel in
America are things such as anarchism, socialism,
communism, environmental activism, Punk music or even
Skinhead movements. I was not exposed to any of these
things, and if I were. I honestly I do not know how I
would have reacted (but I will say that I was always
grounded in reality and some of these movements are
totally out of touch with reality and therefore
totally lend themselves to the disgruntled children of
the elite who really have no understanding of what is
Honestly I was not exposed to any great black
revolutionary movements either but I was exposed to a
lot of blacks and, while they were not revolutionaries,
most were rebels and somewhat intrinsically opposed to
the system. They had no real understanding of how the
system worked but all they knew was that the system
was not working for them and their families. So I
found a solace with these black rebels and in my
underdeveloped juvenile mind I thought that anything
that was black was in a way revolutionary and in order
to fight the system I had to develop a lifestyle and
way of thinking that was blacker. This led me to a
journey in the black community that forever changed my
life, gave me a valuable education, gave me great joy,
caused me a great amount of suffering and ultimately
led me to Islam.
The young black males who were my friends were not
choir boys. In fact most of them sold drugs and at an
early age began drinking and smoking weed. There bad
habits became my bad habits and what they did I did.
Their sisters became my girlfriends and I found a
greater comfort in the streets of the black community
than I did in the loving home of my Grandparents.
Unlike what people refer to as "white wanna-be's"
(referring to whites who want to be black) in order to
be cool or to seem tough, I had very little interest
initially in being cool. Toughness was another matter;
for me it was crucial that while whites dominated
blacks in the greater society through the use of the
police and the military, blacks physically dominated
their fellow white students in school. To me this
smacked of cowardice; take away the tanks and the guns
and when everyone is on an equal footing, the White
Man is in trouble.
The wanna-be is usually someone who just loves Hip-Hop
and listens to the music, dresses in the fashions and
picks up the slang. This trend usually ends in the
late-teens or early twenties and at no time do these
young white people ever think about issues of racial
justice or equity in America. Hip-Hop does not cause
them to reexamine the system and those positive
artists who would lead them to question the beliefs
their parents passed on to them are not listened to.
The wanna-be prefers the most negative of Hip-Hop and
this is not a new tradition; it is in the tradition of
whites enjoying being entertained by blacks but while
getting a kick out of them at no time considering
blacks to be their equal.
Later on I would pick-up the Hip-Hop fashions and the
slang and all of that; it was a natural by-product of
spending all day everyday with blacks in the ghetto;
but my motivation for being in the black community was
always revolution and seeking justice; but there were
You did not make money by hanging-out with friends,
which is what I enjoyed most; getting up late and
spending the day walking the ghetto streets and
drinking forty-ounce bottles of beer, cheap wine and
smoking weed and Kool cigarettes. Therefore I needed
to get a job and after failing in a series of
minimum-wage jobs I began selling drugs like my
I was never a great success in selling drugs. I wasn't
a baller as they would say nowadays, but I did manage
to make enough money to keep a few dollars in my
pocket. The important thing that selling drugs ( in my
case crack and weed) does for the young man is that it
means he doesn't have to go to work and take any stuff
from a boss and that it doesn't interfere with his
While I enjoyed the money from selling drugs on the
one hand, I did from time to time think of the
consequences of what I was doing to the people. How
could this be justified as revolutionary action? Was
this my revolution? The answer then and now is
clearly: no, but I guess I was just too weak at the time
to refrain from doing what I knew to be wrong.
Like most people who do what I did, I got caught and
ended up going to a Juvenile Detention Center and then
doing a short stint in jail. In jail I read a
collection of essays on civil disobedience and was
touched by the writings of Martin Luther King and
When I got out, I tried to turn a new leaf but it was
difficult. I got caught up with the same group of
friends and began getting into trouble once again and
ended up transferring to a different high school. This
move turned out to be quite fateful because I ended up
in a math class with a student from the Nation of
This young man would wear a t-shirt to school that
said "Sons of Elijah" and under the picture of Elijah
Muhammad there would be pictures of Malcolm X and
Louis Farrakhan. Two other kids that I knew had also
become members of the Nation and this piqued my
curiosity into Islam. I knew that as a white kid I
could not join the Nation but I still wanted to learn
more about this religion and my first exposure was one
of the kids giving me a series of tapes from Minister
The tapes were not that religious in nature but were
informative and were my first actual encounter with
Black Nationalism other than from books I had read.
Still I had been raised Christian and being pro-black
was one thing and denying the divinity of Jesus was
I checked out a copy of the Quran from the school
library, the Muhammad Pickthall, translation and once
I picked it up I could not put it down. Every word
spoke to me in profound manner and it all made
perfect sense. This was the word of God and I knew it
The next book that I would read was the Autobiography
of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. Find me an
American-Muslim and at least half of them read this
book before entering Islam: that is how powerful it is.
The story of Malcolm is so powerful; how he constantly
struggles to become a better person and goes though
various stages in his life before finally seeing the
ultimate truth during his hajj in Mecca and then
coming back to New York to be assassinated. In
particular for me, his story of hajj and how he ate
and prayed with those with "the bluest of blue eyes"
I began going to the library to read more about Islam
but found very little and what was there wasn't
written by Muslims. So I began calling mosques on the
telephone as I got their numbers from the phone book
and eventually decided to visit one. Unfortunately
most of the people answering the phones at the Masjids
were less than helpful but alhamduduilah I was
All I can say now is subhan'Allah (Glory to Allah) for
choosing to give me guidance. In America we live in a
sea of disbelief and He chose me out of all of the
millions of white-Americans whose hearts are hardened
to guide to Islam.
For a white person even to be interested in Islam, and
this is someone whom Da'wah has not been given to or
they are not getting ready to marry a Muslim, that
white person has to first recognize the fallacy of
white supremacy and give-up their racism before
entering Islam. There is no other way; because as long
as a white American keeps the American mentality and
it doesn't matter of this person come from the left or
the right politically, they will not be able to enter
a religion that requires them to be on equal footing
to people of color and where the leadership is almost
exclusively non-white. It should also be noted that
Hip-Hop culture which at the time was beginning its
dominance of not only urban life in America but of
American youth culture (and subsequently global youth
culture) was one of the few places in American public
life where Islam and Muslims were placed in a positive
light (mainly from New York-based rappers from places
like Brooklyn that have large Muslim communities) and
that many hip-hoppers at the time had their interests
in Islam tweaked by these artists.
On an international level, and this was clearly not in
my mind, Islam brings the American from the sheltered
and isolated existence from which we come from in
America (especially in the middle-class and
underclass) which teaches us that all of the world is
inferior to America and the American way of life and
regards Arabs, South Asians and others to be on the
level of black Americans.
Therefore looking back in order to guide me to Islam,
Allah first had to guide me out of Christianity and
out of the culture of my family and the path for me
ran through the black community.
To be continued
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