Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief ---------------------------------------------------------
Zulq'idah 15, 1426/December 17, 2005 #92
In our next issue: Dr. Wilmer Leon focuses on CENSORSHIP in democratic America. In his "On With Leon" radio show earlier this month, he interviewed Dr. Kaukab Siddique about Simon Wiesenthal Center's attempt to silence him, as well as Prof. Will Laviest and Hampton University students who faced suppression from the Hampton U. administration owing to their anti-war activities.
IRAQ ANALYSIS: Election Flop: The Camera Does Not Lie!

New Trend's Media Monitor checked the major American TV channels for reporting on the December 15 "elections" in Iraq. Here are the salient features:

* Before the day ended, the U.S. media started claiming that MILLIONS had voted. By that evening, FOX had pinned the number at about 11 million. This is nothing but fabrication when one realizes that there is NO WAY that the state of communication in Iraq can make an actual survey possible. In the U.S. itself, with its extremely advanced communications system, such counts do not become possible till a few hours after the elections.

* The contradiction between illusion and reality becomes clear when one realizes that the U.S. has announced that it will take TWO WEEKS for the votes to be counted. Two weeks! Imagine the fraud possible in that time in a country where $1 BILLION simply "disappeared" last year.

* TV repeatedly showed Iraqis with one finger dyed to show they had voted. This finger wagging went on all day but the numbers of people involved were very few, perhaps 20 to 30.

* The "voting" started with Iraqi soldiers hired by the U.S. government. U.S. troops were everywhere and it was obvious that the "voting" was carried out LITERALLY under U.S. guns.

* U.S. TV was unable to show any large number of people lining up to vote. The exception was ONE camera shot from the air showing a line of about 100 to 200 people. Why were none of them shown close up? They seemed to be troops. In another camera shot, the usual dozen or so Kurds were shown doing their little dance.

* There does seem to have been some voting in Sunni areas, but nothing significant. A top CNN reporter tried to report from Ramadi, but he had to run for cover when gunfire broke out. It appears that the resistance wanted some of their people to be elected. Most of the population stayed away.

* FOX TV gave the game away by mentioning the SPECIFIC military units under whose "protection" "elections" were held in Falluja.

This time U.S. TV did not celebrate the "elections." It was too difficult an act to carry on beyond 24 hours. By December 16, the "historic" elections had moved off the the TV screens. MSNBC and CNN were desperately reporting the stale, 10 month old story of the sexy woman who disappeared in Aruba after having slept with half-a-dozen young men.

After 4 rapid-fire speeches, Bush has improved his ratings by only ONE point. The American people, 63% of them, are sick and tired of the lies he has been telling. Only the hard core racists and the jingoist "nuke 'em" crowd, along with the Lieberman types are with him.
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The Case of Dr. Kifah al-Jayyousi

U.S. Citizen Suddenly Deprived of his Rights: His Oppression Censored by the Media. Clear Cut Case of Bias against a Citizen's Islamic Faith.
Special New Trend Report.

Kifah al-Jayyousi has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. Part of the Palestinian diaspora [people driven out of their homes by the Israelis], he moved to the U.S. when he was 17. He paid his dues to his country of choice and served for six years in the U.S. navy, three years in the regular service and three years in the reserve. After his Ph.D., Prof. al-Jayyousi worked at Wayne State University and moved on to become Superintendant of Schools in Detroit and finally to Assistant Superintendant of schools in Washington, DC.

He married Hidaya, a devoutly Islamic woman of Egyptian-Palestinian origin. They have five children, three daughters and twin sons.

A very generous and outgoing person, he became interested in the suffering of the Bosnian and Chechen people. To this effect, he published an Islamic newsletter from 1993-95 in which he appealed to readers to help the people of Bosnia and the refugees from Chechnia. Readers should remember that at the time, the U.S. foreign policy favored the Muslims of Bosnia and Chechnia. Dr. Jayyousi could have never dreamed that his support for those Muslims would be deemed a crime, one day, against the U.S.

He was also very concerned about the arrest of Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman by the U.S. government. Like many others, he said and wrote that the blind Shaikh had never advocated anything against the U.S. and should be released.


Dr. Al-Jayyousi, or Br. Kifah as his friends call him, was in Qatar when he learned that his father was very unwell in Detroit and was going to undergo open heart surgery. He rushed home and was arrested at the airport in Detroit. The government agents who interrogated him reportedly told him that he would be allowed to meet his father if he cooperated with them against other Muslims.

Br. Kifah refused to become a 'snitch.' His attorney, a very capable gentleman named William Swor, says that his appeal for release on bail was rejected although 20 PROPERTY OWNERS gave PERSONAL SURETY on his behalf. Kifah was told that a criminal complaint had been filed against him in Miami, Florida.

On April 4, 2005, he was flown to Miami, far away from his family and community, and thrust into SOLITARY CONFINEMENT in a tiny cell. He then learned that the government was trying to tie him to a person named Hassouna against whom the government has a voluminous case and who allegedly contacted Kifah several years back.


The government then starting preparing indictments against Dr. Jayyousi. The 4th and sperseding indictment accuses him of conspiracy to assist in murder and mayhem overseas! For good measure then it adds conspiracy to COMMIT murder and mayhem overseas!
[Readers should know that the prosecution can bring any charges it wishes to against the Muslims of America. This one could mean LIFE in prison. It is a ploy to intimidate the prisoner.]

ROLE of the MEDIA:

When Br. Kifah was arrested on March 27, 2005, the print media reported the arrest. However, the TV media completely censored the news. After that all the media completely dropped the story as he disappeared into the American gulag. A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN MUSLIM CITIZEN had disappeared into the clutches of the American system but no one in the vast media empire was concerned. He had become a non-person because he was obviously a Muslim and any reporting on him would arouse sympathy for Islam. He has never committed a crime against the U.S.

The Icing on the Cake:

Almost 8 months later, the government linked Dr. Jayyousi to the Jose Padilla case, though there is no indication whatever, even from the government side, that Kifah ever knew or met Padilla. One can speculate that the government is trying to link Hassouna to Padilla on the one side and to Kifah on the other! It must be hard work but the government is imaginative and has much money on hand for such fabrications.


Dr. al-Jayyousi has been kept in a little cell cell since April 2005. He has to be shackled and an officer has to be present on those few occasions when the cell door is opened.

His religious rights are being denied. He is not allowed to attend Friday prayers although he is a devout Muslim. The excuse from the government is that he might contact "terrorist groups."

He is also facing a medical problem. Two of his teeth had fillings and these have dropped but he is not permitted to have tylenol to stop the pain.


Br. Kifah's wife has to travel all the way to Miami to see her husband. He is allowed to make one phone call to his family per week and 2 legal phone calls. His wife, Sis. Hidaya, and the 3 daughters were in Qatar when he was arrested. To answer the government's claim that he might flee to Qatar if released on bail, he wife and daughters came back to Detroit as surety, but this too did not move the government's compassion.

The defense attorney says, Kifah's innocence is so clear that there can be only ONE REASON for his arrest: He FOLLOWS Islam sincerely and devoutly.
Dear Muslims wake up! Any politically aware community would be shouting and screaming at such an outrage against a distinguished and innocent member of the community. WAKE UP!
[Governor Schwarznegger refused to stop the execution of Tookie Williams: We have an eyewitness account of the Last Rally. The writer is a Muslim and quotes a famous Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh.]
[Special thanks to Sis. Nadrat Siddique who obtained this report for New Trend.]

California murders Tookie: 2000 Rally in Protest

by Wanda Sabir

It was a "No Cookie, Cookie," Bilal Sabir's famous dessert guaranteed to hit the spot - but somehow it missed this time. The occasion - post state-sponsored murder, a situation not necessarily good for the appetite. I think the inclination was the linguistic affinity - Tookie ... Cookie. Comfort food for the political upset once I arrived home from San Quentin Dec. 13 at 2:30 a.m.

I still can't believe it. Maybe if I refuse to watch the news or turn on the radio for a few hours, don't open the door or buy a newspaper, I can pretend it was all a nightmare and wait for the sun to rise again and then again until the wrong is righted, what's done is undone. But I was there. At 12:01, I remembered Stan Williams on the other side of the hill, one covered in uniformed men, riot gear on, poised and ready for trouble as reinforcements in helicopters circled overhead, often drowning out the speakers.

The scene was surreal and a bit too artificially bright to be real. The usual folks tried to sell me a paper, quiz me about the death penalty; still others asked for my phone number. I don't know why young white anarchists assume every African person is in need of political education.

Shadows walking back to cars after the execution I ignore the bright lights, fake smiles, sympathetic yet clueless looks of empathy as news anchor in red suit blocks my view, her blonde hair unruffled, matching lipstick a slick smear where lips meet, her media techs pushy and territorial. White privilege spraying the air like Raid, I try to stay focused and remember the life about to be terminated just because certain people have the power to do so. This makes the scenario in front of me even more unpalatable. Why all the lights? Why all the noise? Why all the fanfare now that a man's life is about over?

If this spectacle were not reason enough for every sane person to register and vote, I'm not certain what might be a better one. Over 2,000 people were there, the speaker's list lengthy, and except for the children who spoke and then read from Tookie's books, most of the talk was the tired rhetoric of the past which up to now has benefited everyone except the ones it's supposed to help.

I was surprised to see so many people I knew, like Marina Drummer, Kamil Jabril, JR, Donald Lacy, Angela Davis, Fania Davis, Heru Nefera Amen, Sandra McGee, Kwami Yephet, Marcel Diallo .... Most, like me hadn't come to any other executions, but this one was different.

Barbara Becnel and Rudy Langlais at Sunday's screening of "Redemption" Not in our name, a slogan made popular at the start of the Iraq war, took on additional meaning as each of us silently considered the language of capital punishment: "The people of the state of California ...."

Unless one consciously disassociates herself from the acts of terror committed on her behalf, then silence equals complicity. "Ignorance of the law," as we're told, "is no excuse." Neither is ignorance of harm committed by such laws in one's name by elected officials, whether they were the representatives of one's choice or not.

Allah says in the Qur'an not to stand idly by and allow wrong to be committed. The first or best resistance is to stop it with one's hand, the second is to stop it with one's mouth and the third to leave the place where the wrong is committed.

Resistance is an active word, and so is change, both transitive. Both attach themselves to an object, something concrete, something measurable, something visible, and in the process make it into something else ... we hope, something better.

Tookie's thinking changed and when that changed, so did his life. This change is seen in the choices he made to eschew negative actions and to be a man of peace.

At one point I thought democracy belonged to all Americans, the same with justice. Tookie's death is evidence to the contrary, the two - justice and democracy - are owned by white men in business suits who run the world and control many people in it.

But not for long.

It was 12:15 ... "take a deep breath," someone advised. "Sometimes it takes 10-15-20 minutes before we know what's going on." These were veterans around me. One woman ran down the procedures for her friend.

12:20 ... Life is ended so quickly, yet takes so long to live - 24 years, 51 years, gone just like that.

It was the same argument ... safer streets. Remember the victims. We do remember the victims, especially those of us who are victims. My nephew was murdered three-four years ago, another San Francisco unsolved murder - 21 years old, shot in the head.

Murder is wrong no matter who commits the wrong.

Tookie professed his innocence to his grave; and to substantiate this, new evidence was revealed just Saturday from a former inmate of the LA county jail which incriminates the LA Sheriff's Department.

Nothing has changed, except now Black men don't have to get off the sidewalk and walk in the street, their eyes down, when a white person walks by.

"Stay peaceful ... hold onto Tookie's legacy (of peace)" came from the stage.

Tookie stated just before his death that he was okay, that his conscience was clear," Brother Fred Jackson, project coordinator for the Internet Project for Street Peace, shared. I'd just seen Brother Fred yesterday at the screening of "Redemption" sponsored by Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks' office.

Tookie called in to speak to us. Executive producer Rudy Langlais was there too. We were all so hopeful. Desley told me about victory parties planned, and when I spoke to Sister Barbara Cottman Becnel, co-author of the anti-gang and violence books she and Tookie authored, she smiled and invited me for an interview once he was granted clemency or a stay.

"We're going to stay calm," Brother Fred continued as still another voice joined his. "I know you're angry; we'll all angry, but we're going to stay calm.

The recitation of Tookie's words helped me stay mindful about the reason for the gathering.

Minister Keith Muhammad called Tookie a scientist of social change. I had a déjà vu moment as he spoke: Saturday morning MGT classes at Temple 26 in San Francisco. Recitation of the Actual Facts, Student Enrollment Lessons and discussions from "Message to the Black Man." I always wondered when the "Lesson to the Black Women" was going to be written, until Shaharazad Ali wrote hers. I'll have to write it myself. Just as Tookie wrote his.

Each of us is responsible for his or her life. The answer lies inside each of us. We need to stop throwing away our power. Greatness fills many landfills.

While many people prayed for a California moratorium against the death penalty through Jan. 1, 2009, a bill authored by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, about to have a legislative hearing next month, a week behind the next scheduled execution - this time of Clarence Ray Allen - a lone voice shouted and cursed the night, and soon even that voice was silenced at 12:25 a.m. as we began to wonder what was going on.

The helicopters flew closer as we waited information about Brother Stan. Was he still alive?

"Don't kill in my name," a sign read. "Blessed are the Peacemakers," another stated. "It's our ancestral territory ..." a man whispered angrily. "If we're going to do something, why not do something!"

I looked around at the potential guns pointed at us and where I could move if people went stupid.

At 12:34 we sang a Native American healing song.

At 12:35, Stanley Tookie Williams was dead. The state of California had murdered him.

A man whose greeting was the Swahili term Amani, or peace, was gone. What a waste, his loss incalculable now or ever.

I felt like the brothers and sisters must have felt when faced by lynch mobs - the barbecue for the day, their bodies. We turned around and began to the long walk back to the car. Crosses piled on the ground made travel hard, as did other discarded protest paraphernalia.

The rowdy voices grew louder as the police presence grew more visible. We left the visitor's center location, the San Francisco Bay a serene contrast to the madness we'd just witnessed.
[Mauri Saalakhan is a well-known rights advocate. He travels the country from mosque to mosque. Every now and then, he comes up with ideas which need correction, to say the least. Recently he tried to build up ISNA leader Siraj Wahhaj on the basis of a spurious book on terrorism by Sperry. When a reader criticized him, he wrote an insulting letter in which he again defended Siraj Wahhaj.
[Here we publish Dr. Siddique's letter about/to Saalakhan followed by Saalakhan's letter, uncut. Saalakhan has not answered though 2 weeks have passed.]

Siraj Wahhaj's Role in the Sentencing of Islamic Scholar Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman.
Long Time ISNA Figure Has Much to Answer For.

Dear Muslims asalamu Alaikum
Mauri Saalakhan is trying to compare Siraj Wahhaj to Imam Jamil al-Amin. This is a false comparison. Imam Jamil has sacrificed his life for Islam and is being held in a U.S. prison while Siraj Wahhaj has made it his livelihood to raise millions of dollars for rich Muslim mosques [from which he gets his cut.]

Here is a fact: Siraj Wahhaj has been, for years, central shoora member of the most pro-Bush, pro-White House, Uncle Tom organization in America which calls itself ISNA [Islamic Society of North America]. Will Saalakhan deny that fact?

Siraj Wahhaj helped to put Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman in prison for LIFE. Saalakhan's defense of Siraj is as follows:
" Imam Siraj Wahhaj did not go to the court "to give evidence against Sheikh Omar." He was supoened, and (under oath) felt compelled to respond truthfully to a difficult question that was raised by one of Sheikh Omar's DEFENSE ATTORNEYS."

Looks like Saalakhan has a short memory or he has not read the court transcript. I have the transcript.
Siraj was invited as a defense witness in the trial of the Shaikh. Instead of defending the Shaikh, Siraj stated outright that the Shaikh taught that it is OKAY TO ROB BANKS!
Imagine the impact of this: Siraj was saying that the spiritual leader of millions of Muslims, Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman, hafize Qur'an, Ph.D from Al-Azhar in Islamic theory on Jihad, taught that it's okay to rob banks!
Siraj Wahhaj laughed after making this shameful comment. The defense attorney was so shocked and taken aback that he changed the subject.

The OUTRIGHT LIE by Siraj Wahhaj against the Shaikh was then used by the Jewish Judge, Mukasey, when he sentenced the Shaikh. A supposed imam of the Muslims, Siraj Wahhaj, gave the weapon to the Jew to sentence the Shaikh.

Then to build up Siraj Wahhaj, Mauri Saalakhan claims:
"The mere fact that after all of these years Siraj Wahhaj is still officially listed as an "unindicted co-conspirator," should speak volumes about which side of the fence the government considers him on! "

Again, Saalakhan is providing incomplete information. The government published a WHOLE LIST of Muslims from the New York area as "unindicted co-conspirators." Siraj was one among a 100 plus names. That certainly does not make him an opponent of the government. Just about every known person in NYC was on it.

Siraj has been part of this whole bunch of bootlickers known as the Shoora of ISNA. It's a puppet organization of the government. Whom is Saalakhan trying to fool?

There is tremendous arrogance in Siraj Wahhaj that he thinks he is too big to defend himself. Can't Siraj write for himself? When he can speak for hours at rich mosques, telling people that the world could end at any minute and therefore they should donate for the million dollar mosque, why can't he speak about Shaikh Omar whom he helped to send to prison FOR LIFE? Why does Saalakhan have to speak for him?

Saalakhan is using Sperry's book to make a hero of Siraj. It is an absurd and silly book which no one takes seriously [except Saalakhan and a few others]. It is as silly as Stephen Schwartz' boook and writings which claim that ISNA is a radical Islamic organization [!] preparing to destroy America!
These kinds of books are disinformation carried out by the Zionists. We should not be so simple minded as to believe it. The Bush regime has given a clean bill of health to ISNA and never accepted what Stephen Schwartz or Sperry wrote.

I wonder if you know that one of the leading Imams who helped Muslims in the prison system, Imam Warithuddin 'Umar, was attacked by the Wall Street Journal, which lead to further attacks by Senator Schumer and others. Imam Umar's career was ruined.
Following that attack, the Wall Street Journal tried to show that it is not prejudiced against Muslims. It published a huge report glorifying Siraj Wahhaj, especially to help Siraj answer the questions Muslims have about him. [Siraj indicated among other things that he takes quantities of dollars from the money collected at his mosque. Was it $24,000 or more, I forget. Plus cuts from his fundraisers all over the country]
If Siraj had cared for his Muslim brother, he could have declined an interview from the Wall Street Journal, or he could have defended Imam Umar during the interview. He did not say a word!
Try to think of this, an enemy of Islam destroys your brother's life and you cosy up to that enemy of Islam! That is Siraj Wahhaj.
I urge Siraj Wahhaj to write and explain his behavior.

I am sending this to Saalakhan. He has been writing a lot of nonsense. It is about time that he apologizes to the Muslims of America for his misleading statements.

Your brother-in-faith
Kaukab Siddique
Forwarded Message:
Subj: [muslims-n-georgia] Re: [APFT] If Imam Siraj Wahhaj is Indicted
Date: 12/3/2005 8:25:49 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: ssaala@aol.com

To: chandra_ram@hotmail.com

In a message dated 12/3/2005 5:43:56 AM Pacific Standard Time, chandra_ram@hotmail.com writes:

I have no sympathy for Siraj wahajj.
Siraj wa hajj is the person who went to the court to give evidence against Shaikh Omar Abdur Rehman, who is blind and a hafiz of Quran.

Assalaamu Alaikum:

I acknowledge your lack of sympathy for Imam Siraj. If you are a Muslim, you also appear to lack the appropriate Islamic decorum (we should give salaams even when we disagree), in addition to being misinformed.

For the record - and you're getting this from someone who has for YEARS been a defender of Sheikh Omar (to the best of my limited ability) - Imam Siraj Wahhaj did not go to the court "to give evidence against Sheikh Omar." He was supoened, and (under oath) felt compelled to respond truthfully to a difficult question that was raised by one of Sheikh Omar's DEFENSE ATTORNEYS.

While some who were present considered Imam Siraj's truthful response to the question somewhat damaging to the Sheikh, the truth of the matter is that he did not go into that federal courthouse with the intent of doing Sheikh Omar any harm - despite the unfortunate fact that some have deliberately twisted what did take place, to make it appear that this was his intent.

I know this for a fact from speaking, a few years ago, to the attorney who questioned him on the witness stand! (And from discussing this issue with other close associates of Sheikh Omar.)

The mere fact that after all of these years Siraj Wahhaj is still officially listed as an "unindicted co-conspirator," should speak volumes about which side of the fence the government considers him on!

In conclusion, dear sister, your response reveals the poisonous, corrosive, and disunifying power of gheeba (backbiting). May Allah (swt) protect us from it.

El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

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