Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Safar 1, 1425/March 23, 2004 #38
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Shaikh Ahmed Yassin: Man Of God: Martyr & Saint
[New Trend Magazine and Jamaat al-Muslimeen pay homage to the best of the best.]
Shaikh Yassin was martyred by the Zionist Jews when he had just emerged from Fajr [pre-sunrise] prayers in a poverty stricken area of Gaza. Imagine his piety that in his condition of physical disability, he would go to the mosque for Fajr prayers which even many young people find difficult.
It is not possible to pay tribute to the blessed spiritual leader of the Islamic resistance [Hamas] in ordinary human language. Only the words of Allah in the Qur'an and the examples in Hadith can do justice to him.

"And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: 'They are dead.' Nay, they are living though ye perceive it not. Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, - who say, when afflicted with calamity: 'To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return' ....[The Qur'an 2:154-156]

"Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance from their Lord. They rejoice in the Bounty provided by Allah: And with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they cause to grieve.... [The Qur'an 3:169-70]

[About one who goes forth in Allah's way to embrace death: The story of Unas ibn Nadr at the battle of Uhud when the Muslims were running away] "He said: 'O Allah, I apologize to You for what these runaways have done and I denounce what these unbelievers have done.' Then he advanced and Sa'ad ibn Mua'ad met him. He said, " Sa'ad ibn Mua'ad! By the Lord of an-Nadr, PARADISE is at hand. I am smelling its FRAGRANCE from that side of [mount] Uhud.' ...Later Sa'ad said: 'We found more than 80 wounds caused by swords and arrows in his body. We found him dead and his BODY WAS MUTILATED SO BADLY that none except his sister could RECOGNIZE HIM by his fingers.' We used to think that the following verse was revealed concerning him and OTHER MEN OF HIS SORT: 'Among the believers are those who have been true to their covenant with Allah.' " [Sahih of Bukhari, kitab al-Jihad] {the verse at the end is Qur'an 33:23}

"Know well that Paradise is under the shadow of swords." [Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, Sahih of Bukhari.]
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Announcement

FROM IMAM BADI ALI

THE ISLAMIC CENTER OF THE TRIAD in GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA,

HAS STARTED THREE DAYS OF FORMAL MOURNING for SHAIKH AHMED YASSIN so that people can come to extend their condolences as if they were visiting the family of the Shaikh.
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News Report

THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE SPEAK: VENGEANCE FOR SHAIKH AHMED YASSIN

March 22, 2004. Observers, both Muslim and non-Muslim agree that the vast funeral procession for the burial of the martyred Shaikh was the BIGGEST IN THE HISTORY OF PALESTINE.
The green flags of Islam were everywhere. Tens of thousands of Islamic women took part in the demonstration along with the men. HAMAS led the way with just about all shades of Palestinian resistance in attendance.
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ANALYSIS

SHARON DECIDED TO DIG ISRAEL'S GRAVE WITH THE ARROGANCE OF his MILITARY POWER
King Abdullah and the U.S. were Probably Involved

by Buut Shikan [Idol Breaker]

Sharon PERSONALLY supervised the assassination of martyr Shaikh Yassin. The Israelis themselves are admitting this PERSONAL involvement. The Israeli thinking seems to have been that if the Islamic was killed, the Palestinians would be terrified, the resistance would collapse and then a puppet "Palestinian Karzai" will be found.

Two days before the murder, King Abdullah of Jordan visited Sharon. The U.S. government called the murder "an opportunity."
In fact all of Sharon's moves, like those of Bush, seemed to be premised on terrorizing the Muslims. The thinking seems to be, hit them hard enough and they will sue for peace as most "normal" people do.
It's a SERIOUS MISCALCULATION. Muslims in this era of Jihad stand up and fight the more they are hit. Sharon's concepts come out of dustbin of history when secular Arab governments used to be terrified of Israeli military might. When the Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians were hit hard, they secretly made peace with the Israelis and started hunting their own people. For decades Syria has NOT FIRED A SHOT AT ISRAEL.
As the mass demonstrations of March 22 showed, the Palestinians are willing to sacrifice themselves rather than accept slavery. The murder of Shaikh Yassin will bring more Palestinians than ever before under the flag of Islam.
From the Islamic viewpoint, NO ONE CAN BE ALLOWED TO OCCUPY MUSLIM LANDS such as Palestine. The Muslims have only ONE ISLAMIC OPTION: To keep fighting the Zionist Jews till the Jews are forced to return to where they came from. MILITARY OCCUPATION CAN NEVER BE ACCEPTED BY THE WORLD OF ISLAM.
By standards of Islamic Law and International Law, Israel is an illegitimate entity, a pariah among nations, the dregs of International Jewry, the criminals and thugs of the world armed, funded and backed by the U.S.A.
The United Nations, without permission from the people of Palestine, gave Palestinian land to the Jews. It had no right to do so. Israel's ongoing crimes, inhumanity, brutality, genocide have made it clear that these Jews will never learn to behave in a civilized way. The only language they understand is that of military might. Right now the Jews have military power and feel that THEY CAN KILL THE LEADER OF THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT in Palestine and get away with it.
In the language of the Jews themselves, such hubris can only lead to downfall. In the words of the Bible, Israel is indeed a nation of vipers untouched by the norms and values of humanity.
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[Courtesy: Al-Awda]

A man with a Gun-ship-Helicopter assassinated, this morning, a man in a Wheel-Chair

coming back from his prayers
A very symbolic picture of the Israeli-Palestinian-encounter(s)

Probably , the way to hell is in a Helicopter... and the way to Heaven is in a Wheel Chair.

I shall not weep !! I raise my head up high and I shall stand tall.... Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is joining, today Jesus of Nazareth the other Palestinian-Martyr

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Raja Chemayel
a Christian for Hamas
22.03.04

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NYC's Anti-War Rally Rips Bush's "Trail of Lies" 100,00 Marched Against the War

By William Hughes [New Trend's veteran correspondent and civil rights activist lives in Baltimore]

Saturday, March 20, 2004. On the first year anniversary of the Bush-Cheney's Gang's launch of its pre-emptive military strike against Iraq, the streets of New York City were filled with outraged protesters. They were chanting, singing, shouting and carrying colorful signs. One banner which read, "Bush Liar," said it all. It was a massive display of righteous dissent by citizens against the lawlessness of a regime, whose hubris has already taken the lives of 578 brave Americans, and of an estimated 10,430 innocent Iraqi civilians, and has bled away $107 billion from our national treasury.

Leading the parade of protesters was presidential, anti-Iraq War candidate, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH). At the beginning of the rally, Kucinich said, "Last year, I stood on New York's First Avenue and looked out at a half-million people who were protesting what was then the prospective involvement of the United States in Iraq. Since then, we've seen that there has been nothing but a trail of lies that led the United States into its involvement in Iraq. That Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. That Iraq had nothing to do with Al Qaeda's role in 9/11, and that it had nothing to do with the Anthrax attack upon this country."

The demonstrators assembled at noon in sunny, Spring-like weather, between 23rd and 34th Streets on Madison Ave., in midtown New York. When I entered the area, Madison was barricaded from 23rd St. up to 42nd St. Once you entered onto Madison Ave., you couldn't exit onto any of the side streets. Then, at 1 PM sharp, the parade began moving out onto 23rd St., west to 6th Avenue; then turning north, up to 40th Street; east to Madison Ave.; and, finally, south again to the starting point at 23rd Street. Madison Sq. Park was closed to the demonstrators.

Peace and justice activist Melissa Jameson said, "I believe all wars are crimes against humanity. And I think the way to end this war: is to not pay for it, to resist it, in the good old, nonviolent tradition." Jameson added that the late, great Phil Berrigan of Baltimore, dissenter emeritus, was "one of my heroes."

The coalition organizers, ANSWER (internationalanswer.org), and "United for Peace & Justice" (unitedforpeace.org), labeled March 20th, as a "Global Day of Action." They focused on two primary themes: First, demanding an immediate end to the colonial occupation of Iraq by the Allied Forces and of Palestine by the Israelis; and, secondly, urging that all the U.S. troops be brought home now. Rallies were also held in 200 other U.S. cities, located in 36 states, and in 45 countries around the world.

As the demonstrators started marching west on 23rd St., a dispute arose about a line of uniform police being at the front of the parade. After some verbal complaints, the police moved to the sidelines. There was a very heavy police presence throughout the area of the march.

A supporter of the "Veterans for Peace" from Nyack, NY, who preferred not to give his name, told me, as we were marching along 6th Ave, "We're tired of war all the time. We think our energies can be used in a more productive manner than starting a war and killing people."

A Greenwich Village resident of Manhattan, Judy McCusker, was very upset with the city administration's handling of the event. She said, "Each time we have a rally in New York City, the mayor (Michael Bloomberg) and the police commissioner (Ray Kelly) try to discourage people from coming to it by putting up these cattle shoots. I'm only 5' tall and I get a little worried when I am in that kind of tight situation, looking out over the top of the crowd. It's not very pleasant. I'm sure it keeps a lot of folks from participating."

As a result of pressure from civil liberty advocates, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg was force to modify his original parade permit scheme for today's Anti-War Rally. At first, he wanted to barricade all the demonstrators onto an area stretching along Madison Ave from 23rd to 42nd St., and to keep them from marching at all, a right that goes straight to the heart of Free Speech. This is the restrictive-rights-denying tactic that he adopted for the last major anti-war rally in NYC, which was held on Feb. 15, 2003.

"I'm really fed up with the things the administration of George Bush has been doing to our civil liberties," said Eleanor Skinner of Albany, NY. "I really hate it. It's like we're being made not to count, not to do the things we really want to do or to say things that we want to say. We've just invaded Iraq, without consulting our European allies or the UN. If we can do that, then why can't some other country do that to us?

Finally, there was some irony about Madison Ave., named after James Madison, the 4th president, being the prime venue for the huge anti-war rally. Madison was one the principal drafters of the U.S. Constitution. He underscored how it was absolutely essential that the war-making power, vested in the Congress, Article, Sec. 8, not be usurped by the Executive branch, since the "temptation would be too great for any one man."

Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened with respect to the Iraq War. The Congress, led by rabid War Hawks, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Ct) and Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), delegated away its awesome war-making power to President George W. Bush, Jr. - a man who has shown no respect for the truth, his solemn oath of office, the U.S. Constitution or the future well being of our Republic.

The number of protesters was estimated at 100,000.

William Hughes 2004

William Hughes is the author of "Saying 'No' to the War Party" (I universe, Inc.), which is available from Amazon.com.
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