Jamada al-thani 28, 1426/August 3, 2005 #60
Interview with Syed Munawwar Hasan
Musharraf in No-Win Situation:
Secularists Don't Understand Pakistan's Surging Islamic Movement:
U.S. Media & Bush are Feeding off Misinformation
On August 2, 2005 New Trend interviewed the Secretary General of
Jamaate Islami, Syed Munawwar Hasan, in Lahore. He is also a key
leader in the Islamic coalition MMA. Here are some excerpts:
New Trend: U.S. media and governmentare very upbeat about
General Musharraf. They think he is doing a great job of
suppressing the Islamic movement. How would you respond?
Br. Hasan: Musharraf is a failure both internally and externally.
He is hated all over the country, and outside the country he is
not respected. He is simply following America's orders. Islam
in Pakistan is too deep and strong for Musharraf to suppress it.
U.S. media and government get their information on Pakistan
from secularized Pakistanis who are themselves incapable
of understanding Islam and Pakistan. So they give an unrealistic
picture of Musharraf's power.
New Trend: But hehas ordered the deportation of 14,000 overseas
Islamic students who had come to Pakistan to study. How can he
do this if he is weak?
Br. Hasan: He has to do this because he has orders from Bush
and Blair. But can he actually deport so many Muslim students?
It's one thing tosay he will do itand another to actually do it.
He can't even take himself out of his uniform! What makes you
think he can take 14,000 Islamic students out of Pakistan?
Even from within his own party, Shujaat and others are saying
it is self-damaging to deport the Madrassa students who came
from all over the Muslim world.
New Trend: He is also challenging you on the Hisba legislation
meant to curb corruption and immorality in Frontier Province. He
has taken a "reference" to the supreme court of Pakistan to stop Hisba.
Br. Hasan: That too is a no-win situation for Musharraf. If he wins
the case, it will convince the people that he is working against
Islam and that will give impetus to our work. If we win, we will
move ahead with the historic, Islamic changes we envisagein
New Trend: In America, the authorities have convicted
Lynne Stewart for connections with terrorists. This
is a famous attorney who has spent her whole life fighting for
the rights of oppressed people. She is a grandmother now and
fought relentlessly for the rights of the blind
Shaikh Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman. Now they want to send her to prison.
Br. Hasan: When a powerful country like the U.S. starts undermining
and uprooting the very principles which hold it together, it means
the downfall of this great power is approaching. This is a form
of self-destruction. We will watch this case carefully.
New Trend: Do you know that Br. Kaukab Siddique is now under
attack by major Jewish organizations like the Simon Wiesenthal
Center and the American Jewish Committee?
Br. Hasan: Why didn't this happen much earlier? It shows that
New Trend is becoming effective. Victory is coming from Allah
and the oppressors will be defeated!
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Rally in Atlanta for Imam Jamil as his Prison conditions Worsen
On August 1, 2005 dozens of Muslims as well as some non-Muslims
protested in front of the Department of Corrections office in
Atlanta. They were rallying to stop the mistreatment of Imam
Jamil Abdullah al-Amin in prison.
They petitioned the prison authorities that the Imam is being kept in
23-hours solitary confinement and has been humiliated by being
strip searched in front of female staffers.
The rally was addressed by a number of speakers including Ed Brown,
the Imam's brother, and human rights activist Mauri Saalakhan.
Brown said that the conditions under which the Imam is being held
are comparable to those in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
The prison authorities accepted the petition but said that they
were ignorant of the charges of mistreatment listed in it.
Imam Jamil was sentenced for life under the weakest evidence
which certainly did not rise to the level of "beyond a
reasonable doubt." Many Muslims and activists in the
African-American community are convinced that the Imam
was punished for his lifelong resistance to the racist
policies of the American power structure.
[Re: Texts of Zionist attacks on
Muslimah says: Islam is Winning
You know that Islam is winning when the opposition
resorts to lies, fear and hatred as weapons to
counteract the truth, piety, hope and courage of the
Muslims. Those who wield the weapons of deceit and
slander have already impaled the very doctrines they
say they are defending, i.e., freedom and democracy.
Keep up the good word, Brother.
Your Sister in Islam
Letter: [Re: One-Eyed Fatwa issued by Bush Lackeys]
An Outstanding Imam writes in Support of Professor Kaukab Siddique:
Muslims! Be thankful to Allah t'ala for men like Kaukab Siddique.
He is a true Muslim and a true patriot. His attempt to expose the
fakery and fraud of the Muslims in America is meritorious and
honorable and worthy of the support of the grass root Muslims.
There are millions who are quiet and watching the battle of jihad
as it rages. We are not afraid. We only fear Allah.
Dr. Siddique should know without a doubt that we have his back.
Others should also know. Why are these Muslim organizations
racing one another to see who can cry first and cry the most
when the enemies of Islam are attacked? Yet as Muslims suffer
they remain silent. They should know that they are not
safe with this posture. Indeed they are detrimental to the
safety of Muslims. After this so- called fatwa came the
"lesser Muslims" of MAS on C-SPAN embarrassing themselves
by joining forces with the Christian Rev. to give them credibility.
We continue watching.
As Salaamu Alaikum
Resist Oppression Always.
[Imam] Warithuddin 'Umar
Re: Muslims as spies? [New Trend report on Bray, Johari's plan to
spy on Muslim "extremists."]
Muslim woman leader says: Deal with the Real Issues
As Salaamu Alaikum,
I will be glad when our leadership can at least agree not to
make broad stroke statements to the press and say they represent
the Ummah when they do not ask anyone in their congregations anything
about anything. I will also be glad when Muslims stop feeling like
they have to apologize for everything that happens in this world.
Please leaders wait first to see if the actual people involve dare
Muslim. Even then you do not owe anyone an apology.
Do you see any Christian Ministers apologizing for crimes committed
by people who may or may not claim the Christian faith?
Also when are we going to make enough noisethat the media will stop using incorrect terms such as IslamicTerrorist?Did they say "Christian Terrorist" when bombs went offin Northern Ireland a few years ago and when Mr. Rudolph blew upthe Abortion clinics, etc.?No!They did not need to. All of thoseacts were committed by people with twisted minds or who felt they had arighteous cause: not the church, etc.
Those of you who claim to be Islamic leaders, stop demeaning Islam
and find something else to do to get a 15 second sound bite.
I have a suggestion for some of you. Try having a press
conference denouncing Domestic Violence in the Islamic community.
This should get you at least a 10 second spot on the evening news.
Maybe 15 seconds if you do it during the month of October.
Muslim Women's Political Action Committee
Letter: [Re: Text of Jewish attacks on Dr. Siddique]
From Lincoln University
Asalamu alaikum: Indeed, hang on in there and don't let the blind
bigots, their sympathizers and supporters get you down. Victory is
in the resistance. Allahu Akbar!!walaikum asalam.
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
Imam Johari Abdul Malik, who wants to catch Muslim "Extremists"
Blocks Dr. Siddique's article on "One-Eyed Fatwa" Given by Bush Lackeys
[Br. Hodari Abdul Ali is a prominent Islamic leader known for his
efforts to bring about peace in Sudan. He distributed Dr. Siddique's
article on the Bushite Fatwa to a number of groups. However, when
he tried to distribute it to a list controlled by W.D. type Imam
Johari Abdul Malik, he got the following reply. Read it carefully
and enjoy. This is the caliber of the "leaders" the Bush regime
wants Muslims to have.]
From: "johari Abdul-Malik" email@example.com
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 16:59:13 -0400
Subject: Regrets on regarding forwarded email
As-Salaamu 'alaikum -greetings full of Peace,
I believe that we can disaggree without being disaggreable.
The statement from Dr. Kaukab does not met the standards of discourse
on our e-group therefore, I believe that it not be sent through
If Hodari or anyone else wishes to distribute this type of
information they are free to due so without the use fo the
Therefore, I have asked the moderator not to forward this email.
If you wish to discuss this matter further you are free to contact me.
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik,
Director of Outreach, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
Chairman, Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations
Muslim Chaplain Howard University [Retired]
President, Muslim Society of Washington
Much Praised Columnist Misunderstood Martyrdom Operations:
Occupation, not brainwashing causes Islamic Resistance.
Decoding Tom Friedman
by Mike Whitney
[By special permission of the author to New Trend.
Suicide bomber is the non-Muslim's term for martyrdom operator- editor]
"We fight because we are free men who don't sleep under oppression.
We want to restore freedom to our nation. Just as you lay waste to
our nation, So shall we lay waste to yours.. Your security is in
your own hands. And every state that doesn't play with our
security has automatically guaranteed its own security." Osama Bin Laden,
Al Jazeera 11-01-04
"The root cause of suicide terrorism is occupation, not Islam."
Robert Pape;" Al Qaeda's Smart Bombs" New York Times 7-9-05
07/25/05 "ICH" -- -- Tom Friedman is the undeclared spokesman of
the American establishment. His articles represent a distillation
of the current thinking among a broad range of American mandarins,
particularly members of the powerful CFR; (Council on Foreign Relations)
the driving force behind much of America's foreign policy. He is the
imperial chronicler; the man responsible for promoting the narrow
interests of elites and transforming the crimes of the empire into
a narrative of generosity and goodwill. If one can decode
Friedman's bi-weekly hieroglyphic, they can also understand how
elites use the media to manage public perceptions.
In his latest article, "Giving the Hate-mongers no place to Hide",
Friedman offers his views on both terrorism and free speech. He
argues that we should pay greater attention to "hate speech" and
try to grasp its relationship to terrorism. Friedman sees this
overheated rhetoric as such an imminent threat that he thinks
the State Department should identify the top 10 hate-mongers
and provide their names to the public.
Apart from the McCarthy-like overtones of Friedman's proposal,
it's hard to believe that his contemporaries in talk-radio
would be very enthusiastic about this new idea. After all,
sectarian and racial hatred have become staples on the
country's airwaves, with many of the nation's top broadcasters
savaging gays and Muslims on a routine basis. As Friedman knows,
the issue of hate speech is normally a question of "whose ox is
But, Friedman's intention is not to take aim at the "accepted"
institutions of discrimination and racism within the body politic,
but to single-out Muslims who vent their rage at American foreign
policy and subject them to public intimidation. This can be
accomplished by developing a State Dept "blacklist" of anyone
who utters a word against the Fatherland and, presumably, its
junior partner, Israel.
"Words matter;" Friedman opines, "We need to shine a spotlight
on hate speech wherever it appears. When their words are
spotlighted, they often feel pressure to retract, defend or
Friedman's comments echo the Stalinesque directive from
Donald Rumsfeld in May of 2005, "People need to be very careful
about what they say as well as very careful about what they do."
Indeed, they do, but is that the function of government; to
silence those with an unpopular point of view? Or, are Friedman
and Rumsfeld's remarks simply intended to have a chilling effect
on free speech? More importantly, does "hate speech" really
generate terrorism or is there a more identifiable source?
While Friedman may be concerned with "shutting people up", he's
much less concerned with the real origins of terror. His own paper
the New York Times ran a very scholarly article just 3 weeks ago
by Robert Pape, "Al Qaeda's Smart Bombs" (7-9-05) that dismissed
many of the commonly held illusions about terrorism. Pape, who
documented every case of suicide bombing between 1980 and 2004,
says that the "core motivating factor behind suicide terrorism"
is "a nationalistic response to occupation"; "The root cause of
terrorism is occupation, not Islam."
Pape's "fact-based" analysis directly challenges Friedman's
"hate-mongering" theory of terror. The distinction between the
two hypotheses is colossal. If Friedman is correct than the West
is justified in invading Muslim countries to rid them of, what
Tony Blair called, "an evil ideology whose roots lie in a perverted
and poisonous misinterpretation of Islam". This is the rationale
that supports the US occupation of Iraq; presenting the conflict
as "the central battlefield in the war on terror".
However, if Pape's analysis is right then the real catalyst for
terrorism is the American occupation itself; a permanent
recruiting sergeant for Muslim extremists and jihadiis. If that
is the case, the only reasonable solution would be a quick
transfer of power and a complete withdrawal of American forces.
This is not a debate that Friedman or his colleagues in the
corporate establishment can afford to lose. Pape threatens to
derail the Iraqi master plan by simply presenting the facts of
his investigation and changing the hearts and minds of the
American public. That explains why every media bullhorn is
feverishly broadcasting some variant of Friedman's "hate mongering"
theory; trying to keep alive the fading belief that America is
fighting "Islamo-fascism" in an apocalyptic battle between good
and evil. It is a storyline that grows more threadbare by the day.
The UK Independent's Patrick Cockburn delivered a stunning blow
to Friedman's theory just yesterday in his aptly named article,
"This War is no longer Winnable". Cockburn states:
"The findings of an investigation, to be published soon, into
300 young Saudis, caught and interrogated by Saudi intelligence
on their way to Iraq to fight or blow themselves up, shows that
very few had any previous contact with al-Qa'ida or any other
terrorist organization previous to 2003. It was the invasion of
Iraq which prompted their decision to die.
Some 36 Saudis who did blow themselves up in Iraq did so for
similar reasons, according to the same study, commissioned by
the Saudi government and carried out by a US-trained Saudi
researcher, Nawaf Obaid, who was given permission to speak to
Saudi intelligence officers. A separate Israeli study of 154
foreign fighters in Iraq, carried out by the Global Research
in International Affairs Center in Israel, also concluded that
almost all had been radicalized by Iraq alone."
"No contact with Al Qaida"?... "All had been radicalized by Iraq alone"?
Do we need more proof then this or can we put to rest Friedman's
musty ideas about Muslim "evil-doers". The source of the problem
is not in the heart of Islam but in the sanctuaries of the
American plutocracy, where fantasists who never held a rifle
dreamt of leading the nation to war. Their muddled vision has
now produced the greatest wave of terror the world has ever seen.
Friedman scrupulously tip-toes around the facts so he can shift
the blame onto his favorite whipping-boy; radical Islam. But
the problem is not the "cancer in their midst", as Friedman
claims, but the cancer in ours. "Hate mongers" were not
responsible for the unprovoked invasion of Iraq. That was
the cynical calculation of American mandarins and their
political operatives in the White House. The war has reaped
a firestorm of terror and Friedman's fabrications just keep
fanning the flames.
Mike Whitney lives in Washington state.
[Courtesy Islam-n-Muslims Yahoogroups.]
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