Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief ---------------------------------------------------------
Sha'ban 27, 1426/October 1, 2005 #74

Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, starts on October 5, inshallah.

"When you see the crescent [hilal], keep the fast, and when you see the crescent [of shawwal] end the fast, and if there are clouds (etc), complete the 30 days." [Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, Hadith collected in Muslim's Sahih.]

Muslims should look for the crescent on October 3 and October 4. Scientific data indicate that the crescent will not be there to be seen on October 3. October 4 will make Sha'ban 30 days and Ramadan will start on October 5.

New Trend has checked the information put out by Dr. Omar Afzal [New York] and Imam Ali Siddiqui [California]. These are experts in the field and have devoted extensive time to issues related to Ramadan. Both agree that Ramadan 1 will be on October 5.

There is no chance that the Ramadan crescent can be sighted on October 3 in America or in the Middle East. Hence October 4 is ruled out.

For more information, contact: Dr. Omar Afzal : oa12@cornell.edu or Imam Ali Siddiqui: Siddiqui@aol.com

WARNING to MUSLIMS: Don't start Ramadan on October 4. That is Rosh Hosahannah and the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, has taught Muslims to oppose the Jews. The Jews will start their month on October 4 because they do not look for the crescent and start their month the day after the new moon is born.

A person named Wali Akbar, probably a follower of W.D. Muhammad, has already distributed an email saying that Ramadan will start on October 4. He also claims that looking for the crescent is not required in Islam. Thus he is openly opposing the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh.
Remember, dear Muslims, the fasting during Ramadan ordained in the Qur'an, is essentially connected to the Prophet's [pbuh] teachings in the Hadith. Eid-ul-fitr, zakatul fitr, the nights to look for laylatul qadr, the taraveeh prayers and many other aspects of Ramadan which have structured the worldwide Islamic way of life are from Hadith. People like Wali Akbar, by trying to ignore the Hadith, damage the continuity of the Islamic way of life.

New Trend ahead of the curve:

New Trend's RED ALERT for hurricane Katrina was ahead not only of the news agencies and the Red Cross but also of the Federal government.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen News
[Peaceful but uncompromising.]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234

Issues of Utmost Concern to the Muslims of America:

Jamaat al-Muslimeen's National Shoora which met in Chicago on September 24, 2005 outlined the following SIX point agenda for the Islamic struggle in America. Please read it carefully. If you agree, cut and paste, add your name at the end and email it to: ksidd37398@aol.com
  1. Racism, emanating from mental constructs of White Supremacy, underlies the entire American power structure. Muslims must delineate, analyze and defeat racist ideas and formulations, both overt and covert.
  2. The projection of American power in Afghanistan and Iraq as well America's support for Israel and various pro-Israel regimes in the Muslim world must be rejected as morally unacceptable. Let's bring the troops home and stop imperialistic designs in Asia and Africa.
  3. Zionism has spread into tentacles into every aspect of American life. All that is good in America is being negated and suppressed by Zionist influence and control. Zionist controllers must be recognized and criticized. American interests are not those of Zionism which is a perverted form of Judaism.
  4. America's Muslim political prisoners are part of the family of Islam in America. Political prisoners, such as Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman, Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, Prof. Sami Al-Arian, Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar, Masaud Khan and the Virginia Innocents, Jose Padilla, the Lackawanna Yemenis, the Portland African-Americans and many others must be released unconditionally. If they have committed any crimes of violence, they should be re-tried by a court which can be seen as fair to Muslims. Also, It's time to end the disgraceful Guantanamo Bay concentration camp and let its victims go home.
  5. WOMEN are the TWINS of MEN. [Hadith.] We oppose and will fight all exploitation, suppression, victimization and abuse of women, be it within Muslim communities or in American society at large.
  6. Owing to failure of mainstream media to inform the American public, independent Islamic media must be developed and supported. The task of the media is to report, inform, educate honestly and fearlessly without corporate or lobby or party control. This is not being done by America's media corporations. We must use our abilities to fight the steady stream of abuse against Islam and Muslims which comes out of U.S. TV, radio and newspapers.
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Notes on Jamaat al-Muslimeen's Historic Chicago resolution given above:

From the Secretary General of Jamaat al-Muslimeen -------------------------------
[From: Imam Badi Ali, North Carolina]


Jamaat al-Muslimeen's National Shoora meeting in Chicago recognizes the efforts of four outstanding Muslim women from among the Muslims of America. They will be given the Red Chador Award named after the outer covering 'Ayesha Siddiqa, r.a., the daughter of Abu Bakr., r.a., the greatest Muslim woman, used to wear.
  1. Sis. Karen English [California] for publication of several children's books meant for African-American audiences.

  2. Sis. Hadayai Majeed [Georgia] for her work to help the victims of domestic violence.

  3. Sis. Nadrat Siddique [Maryland] for her political activism among non-Muslim communities.

  4. Sis. Hamdiyyeh Fatima [South Carolina] for her voluntary, single handed distribution of information related to Muslim causes on a scale which would rival professional news organizations.

Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad's Success Should be on the Front Page of Every Islamic Publication: More Personal Testimony

Al humdullilah: Thank you much for publishing the success of Professor Zakiyyah Muhammad over those who would hold back Islam and the rights of teachers, especially African American female teachers of the Islamic faith. We have struggled hard in this forbidden country. My wife and myself know sister Zakkiyyah from her time here in New York. My wife, Islah Walia Umar, was a teacher at the Clara Muhammad school back in those days and respects our sister highly. The news of her victory belongs on the front page in the mainstream media but even more so in mags and papers like ISNA's Horizon, The Final Call and the Muslim Journal, and Allah knows BEST. Their failure to respect the believers only highlights their failures.

Your brother in Islam, Imam Warith Deen Umar (Warithuddin Umar)

ps: Extremism in pursuit of righteousness is no vice. Moderation, quietism and neutrality in the face of fitna (tumult, oppression, decadence) is corruption and reprehensible.
Ed: Note: Not only are ISNA-ICNA silent about the case of Dr. Zakiyyah, their friends in Islamic Center of Orange Country [ISOC] are preparing to appeal against her success. They do not see the writing on the wall.
Relief Work:

Please Continue to Help the Victims of Katrina-Rita

GMRF has sent a large truck load of goods of daily use collected in Atlanta to the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge. Another Islamic Center in Mississppi is in shambles and is calling for help.
THIRTY Muslim families from the disaster area have been rehabilitated in North Carolina.

FEET has helped a number of NON-MUSLIMS coming out of New Orleans who went to Houston and then to other towns.

We are looking for information on Muslim prisoners in Beaumont, Texas which has a large prison complex.

These two Muslim relief organizations are fully registered and documented to help people. They are tax exempt and able to provide help and volunteers:

Gulf Medical Relief Fund [GMRF]
c/o P.O. Box 10402
Greensboro, NC 27404

[The original address of GMRF is in the New Orleans area but it was hit by the storm and probably will not be available till things return to normal.]

GMRF will provide relief to the needy, including food, vitamins and health needs.

Family Extended Educational Tide [FEET]
P.O. Box 39732
Baltimore, MD 21212

This second organization provides help for sheltering the homeless, particularly women and children who do not have males with them. The founder of FEET is originally from New Orleans.

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