Rajab 9, 1426/August 15, 2005 #63
African-American Muslim Woman Leader Nails Claim of Leadership
by pro-Bush U.S. Muslim group.
OUTSTANDING non-Muslim AMERICAN WOMEN:
Cindy Sheehan is still camping in front of President Bush's ranch.
More than 100 peace activists have joined her. Now in addition to
calling for U.S. exit from Iraq, she has said that Israel must
get out of Palestine.
Lynne Stewart has spent her life fighting for the rights of Islamic,
African-American and other prisoners held by the U.S. The Bush
regime is now preparing to take revenge by putting her in prison
as an associate of "terrorists." Wake up Muslim world! Speak up
against this great wrong.
Rachel Corrie was murdered by the Israelis while she was standing
in front of a Palestinian home to stop it from being demolished.
Her murderers should be extradited from Israel and put on trial.
The number of Islamic Medressa students being deported by
General Musharraf from Pakistan is 14,00, not 14,000. The
error is regretted.
In an interview with Wall Street journal's Asra Nomani, Prof.
Akbar Ahmed claimed that the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, said that
the "ink of the scholar is more valuable than the blood of the
martyr." There is no such narration in any authentic book of
Hadith. If there is, perhaps the professor will let us know. By
contrast, both the Qur'an and the Hadith put the martyr above others.
August 14, 2005
Will Pakistan's People Finally Gain Power or will the Plunder Continue?
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D.
Pakistan has been in turmoil since 9.11.2001. The country has
witnessed an ongoing battle between the Pakistani people led by
the Islamic movement and the secular establishment led by the
military under the command of General Musharraf. Though it has
stopped short of armed conflict and civil war, polarization has
become seemingly a permanent feature of the country.
General Musharraf has registered significant victories. The most
important were as follows:
The achievements of the Islamic movement are as follows:
He pulled the rug out from under the feet of Pakistan's Taliban
allies, permitting the U.S. to plan and supply its invasion of
Afghanistan from Pakistani bases.
The FBI and CIA were gven a free hand to operate in Pakistan.
As a result, scores of Islamic refugees, some of them said to
be from Al-Qaidah and Taliban, were captured and handed over
to the U.S.
Musharraf successfully blunted the crescendo of Islamic opposition
to his regime by hotting up things on the Kashmir frontier to
create an "external threat to Pakistan." Once the internal
danger to his regime passed, peace feelers were put out to
India and the "crisis" ended.
The idea of the liberation of Kashmir was shelved and increasing
pressure was put on Pakistani Jihad groups to stop their support
for the Kashmiri people.
Musharraf used massive funding to create a political party of his
own. He went on to hold elections in which his newly manufactured
party won a narrow majority.
A campaign was launched to restrict the activities of Islamic
schools [medressas] and to secularize education in general.
The U.S. has linked medressas to "terrorism."
Sectarianism was encouraged. There was a series of sectarian
attacks on places of worship. The government failed to stop
the attacks or to punish the attackers.
Taken aback by the resurgence of the Taliban, General Musharraf
launched a force of 75,000 Pakistani troops into the tribal
areas on the Afghan frontier which are said to harbor Islamic
radicals. Heavy fighting resulted in the death of hundreds of
Pakistani troops, as well as several hundred Islamic tribesmen
harboring Taliban, along with dozens of Islamic refugees said
to be Al-Qaidah.
Musharraf refused to condemn the U.S. invasion of Iraq and prepared
the grounds for the recognition of Israel.
In Karachi, Musharraf hooked up with an organization of gangsters
known as MQM to carry out attacks on his Islamic opponents.
Islamic elements were eliminated from Pakistan's intelligence
agencies. Military infiltration into the Pakistani economy
increased to unprecedented levels with allotments of land to
officers. Mismanagement, corruption, nepotism and crime have
reached unprecedented levels. Crimes against women are rampant
because the government does not implement Islamic laws against
rape and abuse of women.
The emergence of an Islamic Coalition, MMA, which unified Islamic
schools of thought known for their sectarian bickering which
often made Pakistanis feel that they were destined to be
ineffective. Now Shias, Sunnis, Deobendis, Brelvis, Ahle
Hadith, Jamaate Islami pray together and rally together.
The masses of Pakistan were disgusted and repulsed by the U.S.
bombardment of Afghanistan. The Islamic movement successfully
articulated these sentiments of the people.
Million man marches, unprecedented in Pakistan's history, were
held in each of Pakistan's major cities to denounce the invasion
of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of women also participated in
It's very difficult for General Musharraf to come out in the
public without extremely heavy security and "paid and controlled"
audiences, and these too have been very few.
The MMA successfully rallied the people to condemn General
Muasharraf's military operations in the tribal areas [Waziristan].
Musharraf's moves to end the process of liberation of Kashmir by
making peace with India backfired with ever increasing mass
support for Jihad in Kashmir, especially in Punjab [led by
Increasingly women in Pakistan are coming out in support of the
Islamic movement. Large numbers of women are supporting both
Jamaate Islami and Jamaat ad-Da'wa. There is a realization
that westernized women who do not understand or practice Islam
have been speaking on behalf of Muslim women without their permission.
The Islamic movement trumped Musharraf's game of elections by
participating in the elections and making significant gains.
In particular, the Islamic coalition made a clean sweep of
the elections in Frontier Province and parts of Baluchistan.
An Islamic government has been set up in Frontier. It has brought
forth a "Hisba" bill in the provincial assembly which passed
comfortably. The bill, for the first time in Pakistan's history,
brings the bureaucacy under Islamic scrutiny, monitoring and correction.
The "Hisba" bill safeguards the rights of women, particularly in
the law of inheritance, and orders action against the shameful
"honor killings" of women which occur every now and then in
the feudalistic areas of Pakistan.
[General Musharraf claims
that the Hisba bill is a form of "talibanization" of Pakistan
and has asked the Supreme Court to strike it down.]
The Islamic movement now has enough public support to topple
Musharraf but this would entail direct, bloody confrontation
with the army. The Islamic movement thinks that India would be
helped by such conflict and might attempt a coup de grace
Thus the Islamic movement works peacefully to confront and
corner Musharraf. Will peaceful means work or will new, more
radical, Islamic forces take over the opposition to Musharraf?
From the heart of Pakistan
Huge August 14 mass rally/conference in Central Lahore Demands
Liberation of Kashmir: Rejects Musharraf's Pro-India Moves and
by Abdullah Muntazer
Strong views views were expressed by speakers at the Annual
Takmeel-e-Pakistan Conference under the aegis of Jama'at-ud-Da'awah
at Al-Qadisia Chowk, Chuburji Lahore. Thousands of participants
came from every walk of life. Pakistani flags and ud-Da'wa flags
bearing Kalima-e-Tayyaba were fluttering on all sides. The main
speaker was Ameer Jama'at-ud-Da'awah Prof. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
In his address he explained how conspiracies were being hatched
to deprive Pakistan of its independence. He said Indo-US defence
agreement is not anti-China but anti Pakistan. After being
humiliated in Iraq and Afghanistan, US has lost the capability
to attack Pakistan in a direct way but wants to move India and
Israel to ruin Pakistan. A war is going to be thrust upon Pakistan;
rulers and masses must shake off their dreams and be on vigil to
realize the gravity of the situation. The preachers of non
proliferation are transferring nuclear technology to India as
a prelude to aggression against Pakistan. To bring this danger
into people's knowledge Jama'at-ud-Da'awah has convened
Takmeel-e-Pakistan Conferences throughout Pakistan.
Hafiz Saeed said that this looming danger can't be encountered by
a policy of surrender. We are facing the aftermath of results of
U-turn on Afghanistan and the acceptance of pressure on Kashmir.
He congratulated the scientists on conducting cruise missile
experiment and said "It is pleasing but unless Dr. Abdul Qadeer
is freed, neither the missiles nor the nuclear technology is free".
Again talking about the threat from India he said that the defence
of Pakistan lies in Jihad which is labelled as terrorism. Jihad
is a pillar of Islam. Instead of admitting it as 'Terrorism'
government must ensure that every Pakistani should get Jihadi
training. Pakistan's defence calls for Jihad training. There is
no other option to defend the country, he said.
He emphasized that Allah is the sole guardian of Pakistan.
America's friendship is a big hoax. Rulers should never be taken
in by America's claim of friendship East Pakistan was lost due
to American conspiracy. Nowaday it's again conspiring again
against Pakistan. He said that the enemy of Islam is the enemy
Indian lobbies, he said, have distributed a map in which present
Pakistan has been removed and Balochistan has been shown as an
independent country in 2020. India and its patrons should know
that today's Pakistan is not that of 1971 but is nuclear and
Jihadi Pakistan ."O! conspirators! Listen! Pakistan will remain
and your conspiracies will perish along with you" Hafiz Saeed
said while waving his hands.
Terming Pakistan incomplete without Kashmir, Junagarh, Hyderabad,
Monawader and Gujarat, he said that the work of completing Pakistan
was started with Kashmir. Freedom was near but dialogue and
friendship pushed it on the back burner. But this will not work
as India is not sincere in the dialogue process. Kashmir will
have freedom through Jihad. Along with Kashmir the water of rivers
and the environment of mountains will also be freed. Our rulers
always take the name of Kashmir just to appease and satisfy
Kashmiri people; if they are sincere, they should strengthen
freedom movement there. This is the movement for defence of
Pakistan. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed said, one who is the traitor of
Kashmir freedom movement is the traitor of Pakistan. He said we
reject friendship, trade and every kind of dealing with India
until it solves the Kashmir issue. It is our duty to raise a
strong voice for the liberation of the people of those territories
witch have been illegally occupied by India such as Hyderabad
Daccan, Jonagadh, Monawader, Gujarat, Kathyawar, the districts
of Gurdaspure and Ferozpure. The government should encourage
the people of these areas to take an initiative to liberate
themselves from the clutches of India. He advised the rulers
to enhance the co-operation with China instead of America.
Muslim countries should devise a common army and currency
and Mujahideen should be respected rather then declared terrorists.
Deputy Ameer of Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan Hafiz Muhammad Idrees
said Pakistan got independence as a result of sacrifices. The
installed ruling regime wants to tarnish the image of those
sacrifices but the blood of martyrs will not be in vain. The
rulers are aping the western culture of dance and music to
celebrate the independence day. Jama'at-ud-Da'awah on the
other hand by holding Takmeel-e-Pakistan Conferences all
over the country has shown the rulers that hundreds of
thousands of Pakistanis are ready to sacrifice for this
country and Islam. Religious Madrassahs are only browbeaten
when they look up to the government. Hafiz Idrees emphasized
that Kashmiries would be able to get freedom and every Pakistani
is bound to support kashmiris as their moral duty. He said to
adopt the slavery of Allah is the real liberty; to accept the
devilish system is not liberty.
The central leader of APHC and Secretary Genral Tehreek-e-
Hurriyyat-e-Kashmir, Abdullah Malik said Kashmir and Pakistan
are integral to each other. Quaid-e-Azam declared Kashmir as
the jugular vein of Pakistan. Pakistan's geography is incomplete
until Kashmir becomes a part of Pakistan. He said seeing is
believing: When one looks at this huge crowd, it proves that
the majority of the people believe in the philosophy and
ideology of Pakistan that brought it about and is still
holding its sway. Today's gathering is evidence to this fact.
The slogan Pakistan Ka Matlab Kia La Ilaha Illallah still
resounds under the guns in Kashmir. He said that few hundreds
of Mujahideen in Kashmir have adopted this slogan as policy
that "the war will be carried on until the destruction of
(India Kee Barbadi Tak Jang jari Rahay Gee)
Political affairs leader of Jama'at-ud-Da'awah Prof. Hafiz Abdul
Rahman Makki said in his forceful address "Azad Kashmir was
annexed to Pakistan as a result of Jihad: so the rest of Kashmir
will also be liberated with Jihad". He suggested the withdrawal
of Indian army from Kashmir for peace in the subcontinent. He said
that if India does not say good bye to its stubborn attitude, it
will have to face the revenge of Mujahideen. He said there are
two boundaries of every country, one ideological and the
other geographical. We had the country in the name of Islam
but failed to enforce the Quranic laws. Geographically also
Pakistan is incomplete as Kashmir, Junagarh and Manawadar are
under India occupation.
He warned the rulers, Madrassahs have divine orientation: one who
tries to close down Madrassahs will himself be out of Power. 'Visa
and border policy with India we reject' he said emphatically.
Zaeem Qadri, Secretary Information Punjab PML (N), Engineer
Saleemullah Khan (JUP-NS), Moulana Saifudeen Saif secretary
general MMA Lahore, Moulana Yousaf Taibee, Col Nazir Ahmed and
others also addressed the gathering.
Organized by Jama'at ud-Da'wah, Takmeel-e-Pakistan conferences
were held in all big cities of Pakistan.
War News [by our media monitor]
AFGHANISTAN: Taliban on the Offensive
According to U.S. TV channels, six small Taliban attacks resulted in
the death of 6 U.S. troops during the first 10 days of August. The
U.S. air force killed 18 people whom it said were Taliban. Local
villagers claim that these were civilians, mostly women and children.
Pakistani Urdu language newspapers provide information some of
which has been confirmed by U.S. media. It appears that the
Taliban are hitting U.S. funded Afghan troops, said to be hired
from the Hazara [Shi'a] area of Afghanistan.
Of importance is the emergence of Taliban guerrillas in Nuristan
and Ghazni. On August 3, the Taliban hit Kabul troops in Nuristan
killing 8 of them. Karzai rushed reinforcements to the area
which were ambushed by the Taliban who killed one and wounded 8.
Earlier on July 24, a UN jeep was ambushed near Kabul. Two
police officers in it were killed and 4 wounded.
Heavy fighting continues in Zabul province where the U.S. air
force says it has killed 28 Taliban. Troops from Kabul [Shi'as]
have suffered heavily here, 16 being killed in one Taliban
attack on July 29. A "neutral" fighter Abdus Samad of district
Ata Ghafr joined the Taliban with a large number of fighters.
By contrast, in Nangarhar province, two local leaders on the
Taliban's side decided to give up and went to over to the government.
On August 7, in Uruzgan province, 10 Kabul police were killed in
a Taliban attack. Another 4 police officers were killed in a
second attack and 4 vehicles were set afire by the Taliban.
An American general announced that the "back" of the Taliban has
been broken, [again], 500 of them have been killed and now the
Taliban are using "children" to fight for them.
IRAQ: Iran's help Badly Needed for U.S. Pull out
On August 13, U.S. troops opened fire at a mosque in Ramadi after
they were hit by a martyrdom operator. According to Al-Jazeerah,
15 civilians, including 8 children, were killed in the U.S. firing
[with heavy weapons] and 22 wounded.
U.S. forces are under steady attack by the mujahideen. By
August 13, 2005, the U.S. said that its troops killed in Iraq
number 1849 [53 of them in August] with more than 13,000 wounded.
AN ELUSIVE MASSACRE: On July 29, 2005, at a small town north of
Baghdad, U.S. forces went on the rampage after being struck by
a martyrdom operator. Local Iraqi sources said that 93 civilians,
many of them women and children, were killed and 53 wounded as
the U.S. used heavy weapons at random in the town. The U.S.
denied the figures and said only 10 had been killed and 20 wounded.
[The massacre was reported VERY BRIEFLY on the Fox news ticker but
was ignored by the TV media in America.]
Iran is working closely with the U.S. to help work out an exit
strategy. The U.S. installed Iraqi "leaders" have visited Iran.
So-called "badr" brigades trained in Iran are involved in
specific atrocities aimed at Sunnis in Iraq.
It appears that the U.S.-Iran standoff on nuclear energy is a
smoke screen meant to conceal the working relationship between
the U.S. and Iran. After holding strong for a few days, the
Iranian government suddenly announced that it was ready for
negotiations. President Bush, in response, said that Iran is
"a country with which we are comfortable" and added that
"Iranians have been straightforward." [August 9, 2005.]
Bush concluded that Prime Minister Ahmedenejad's willingness
to return to negotiations is a "positive development."
By contrast, his statement that no option is off the table,
put on Israeli media, was broadcast repeatedly by the U.S. media.
Muslim Woman Leader sees no support for Muslim Group Supporting U.S. Bush
As Salaamu Alaikum,
Please be careful when making statements that you represent all
Muslims or even most of us. You truly don't. Your local
representative in GA is not known among us who are working
actively in the community on a daily basis. You have not had
any organizing meetings in this area about your group. We have
too many cliquish organization that get money, set up chapters
do not connect with the community they are in and then claim to
represent Muslims in general.
Also if you truly mean to help Muslims (all Muslims not just
immigrant or rich immigrant Muslims) review the so-called Patriot Act
you will see several items that are not good for any American (no
matter what race or religion). It should not be made permanent due
to many parts of it violates the Constitution of the US.
When the US takes time to develop a foreign policy that is fair,
mirrors the Constitution of the US and not special interest
(Oil producers, bankers and other rich people) we will see less
conflict in the world. When we learn to understand the culture of
other people and assist people within to make changes that are
good for them then we will not have incidents like 911 and the
bombings in London.
I do not defend any act of aggression. It is all wrong. We were
wrong for going into Iraq the way we did. We are now seen as the
world's biggest bullies. I do not defend suicide bombers; however
I can not say we did not have a hand in creating some of them if
not all of them. We also had a hand in creating the oppressive
regime of Saddam Hussain and we aided Osama bin Laden when it
served our purpose to use them to do our dirty bidding with others
(Iran and Russia). Oppressed people with no hope in sight will
use drastic measures for what they call freedom. Let us stop
putting so much pressure on people and maybe they will not be
prone to kill us and themselves.
We cannot Americanize the world. It is not natural. America
is a great country when we operate by the Constitution or at least
give it a good try. America can be a terrible neighbor when we
ignore the foundation of our own laws. What happened to "Want for
your neighbor what you want for yourself." We are a people for
the most part that have been self-determining. Now we want to shove
our form of democracy down everyone else's throat.
Maybe we need to take time to examine self (America) before we
continue the very unjust crusade we have launched against others
around the world trying to reform them and make them "American."
Born and Raised in America
Served in the US Army and Army Reserves
Not a terrorist because I reverted to Islam
Not bitter due to being African-American and witnessing and being
subject to some of the worst form of racism in the world.
American by birth
Proud of America when she is right
Believe enough in the standards of this country to criticize her
when she is wrong
The following is the introduction issued by an organization which
claims to represent Muslims:
The Free Muslims Coalition (FMC), a national Muslim organization
with 15 chapters, will give a presentation titled "The Struggle
for the Future of the Middle East, Who Will Win?" at the National
Defense University to a group of 50 government officials from
the Department of Defense, Department of State and other agencies.
The presentation will be given by FMC president Kamal Nawash
and FMC senior Islamic scholar, Dr. Ahmed Mansour.
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