Sha'aban 15, 1425/ September 30, 2004 #96
PERSONAL FROM THE EDITOR:
The editorís mother,
87, has suffered a stroke and is at a hospital in Georgia. Readers are
urged to pray that Allah be with her and give the family the ability
to face the situation. She was a part of the
Movement and put her life on the line to support Mohommed Ali Jinnah,
the founder of Pakistan. A top educationist in Pakistan for decades,
she lived with her children in
after retirement. A few years back, she helped start an
school in Georgia.
HAITI IS SUFFERING AN INCREDIBLE TRAGEDY.
MORE THAN 1500 PEOPLE HAVE DIED OWING TO THE HURRICANE.
Food lines and looting are on the scene.
Help the people of Haiti. In the backyard of the richest nation on
the planet, a whole people are dying. [And instead of Haiti, Darfur is
on the cover of
magazine. That's how the American people are misled.]
Imam Jamil al-Amin
Don't forget our political prisoners:
Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman
Siddique Abdullah Hasan
Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar
Prof. Sami Al-Arian
John Walker Lindh
The Muslims of Lackawanna, NY
The Muslims of Portland, Oregon
and many others
If you consider yourself Islamic, or even a Muslim in name, make du'a
for the prisoners and support them.
WANTS: GIVE US F-16s, TAKE AWAY THEIR RIFLES
Middle East Monitor]
It is September 29. Israeli helicopters hover over Gaza. Every now and
then they shoot missiles at young
marked out for them by paid collaborators as "militants" and/or
The death toll rises. The Palestinian people are subjected to ongoing
genocide. The Jews want a declawed, defanged nation to create a
"democratic" Palestinian homeland.
have not helped Palestine.President Saddam. who did help Palestinian
is in a cell in his country occupied by 130,000 U.S. troops.
Is it a wonder, that against such shocking odds, the world cheered when
a Palestinian woman martyred herself recently and took two
with her? Is it strange that Palestinians who manage to kill a Jew now
and then are popular throughout the masses of oppressed humanity?
International Jewry is committing ongoing genocide against Palestine and
the entire Muslim world by supporting Israel. When Hitler took back
territories populated by
in Poland, he was condemned as a warmonger. The
Jews took land which belonged to the Palestinians and brought the dregs
of Jewry from all over the world to occupy it. Is it not ironic that
Hitler is presented as the worst of all human beings while Sharon is
a repeat visitor to the White House?
BOYCOTT OF ELECTION 2004
[See detailed article published earlier.]
Sen. Kennedy Behaving Like Biden: Says, Bush is Wrong but will Continue his War
Senator Edward Kennedy's speech at George Washington University [Sept. 27]
was the most powerful yet to come out of the Kerry campaign. He pointed
out that the "liberation" of
has failed, that the resistance is growing stronger by the day. He said
is not admitting that the war is a failure.
But it soon became apparent that Kennedy is simply using the general
unrest in America against the war to score a victory for Kerry. The
Kerry campaign, he pointed out, is determined to win the war in Iraq
["now that we are there"].
After all that strong talk, he also showed support for the coming
"elections" to be held in Iraq under U.S. military occupation! These
democrats think they can fool the people and use the vast anti-war
movement to get into power.
Don't be fooled.
[Elections in occupied Iraq are as cruel and cynical as elections held
and those planned in a few days in
Maher Hathout on
How did he become a "Muslim Leader?"
Claims he has Given an "Integrated Plan Against Terrorism" to Bush!
CNNís "Larry King Live" show, on Sept. 29, had an assortment of men
of religion [no women] talking about terrorism and God and
Cunning Larry King chose Dr. Maher Hathout, from an Islamic Center in
Los Angeles to represent Islam. Hatout behaved like a blithering idiot.
It seemed as if he can neither think nor speak clearly. [We have
nothing personal against Hathout.]
Hathout did not LOOK, SPEAK or BEHAVE like a Muslim. No
Not even the word "Allah."It was a rare opportunity, to be invited to
Americaís major cable TV show, and he blew it. Dressed in a western
style suit, two sizes too big for him, and wearing a tie [the sign of
the Cross forbidden to Muslims], Hathout looked rumpled, out of shape
Asked about homosexuality, he skirted the issue and claimed that it is
a personal matter.
When the Jewish participant started a tirade about Darfur
Hathout seemed to wake up, made a sarcastic comment but was so
defensive that he could not articulate an argument.
At the conclusion of the show, Maher Hathout tried to prove that he is
a willing collaborator of George Bush, a true lick spittle. He claimed
that the group he has formed [MPAC] has delivered an "integrated"
program against terrorism to Bush which will be so effective that all
the Muslims will join Bush in the
war against "terrorism."
Hathout is known among
as a dirty old man who is a close supporter of the Egyptian dictator HOSNI
When Mubarak visits his master in the White House, Maher is the servant
of the servant who meets Mubarak and his cronies. [Mubarak practices
random arrests, torture and murder against the Islamic opponents of
One wonders why Hathout thinks he is a leader when he is little more
than obtuse. Americaís Muslims are plagued by fools like him. They
control big Islamic Centers and because no one dares to challenge them
in their own communities, they start thinking that they are intellectuals.
This writer has nothing personal against Dr. Hathout. We invite him to
tell our readers: Why is he a supporter of Hosni Mubarak? He claims
that Jihad is "terrorism." Does he realize that for Bush and Israel,
every armed Islamic movement, be it Hamas in Palestine or Lashkare Taiba
in Kashmir, is "terrorist?"]
What Makes Islam more Acceptable than other Religions?
Q & A
Q. Why is New Trend based on Islam? Whatís so special about Islam which
Christianity and other religions donít have? Why donít you accept Jesus
as your Savior? [Name withheld. Question extracted from long letter.]
Dr. Kaukab Siddique:
For scholars, there cannot be a comparison between Islam and other
religions. For a religion to be accepted by people who THINK, the
first criterion is AUTHENTICITY.
The Qurían exists in the language in which it was revealed [Arabic] to
Muhammad, peace be on him. It was arranged in the form it has today
DURING the life of the Prophet (pbuh). It was also memorized by his
Similarly, the teachings and actions of Muhammad (pbuh) known as HADITH,
were memorized, and in many cases, written down, during his life by
hundreds of his Companions.
His life was witnessed and documented by large numbers of men and women:
His teachings have been cross referenced and found to be genuine after
the most rigorous scholarly scrutiny by people from a wide variety of
COMPARE WITH CHRISTIANITY: The FOUR GOSPELS in the New Testament were:
[These are not my views but of Christian scholars themselves. I could
go on. The authenticity of religions other than Christianity is even
more suspect. There is absolutely no comparison possible with the
AUTHENTICITY of Islamic texts.]
Not written by Jesus [pbuh).
Not written at his command.
Not approved by him.
Not written by any of his 11 Companions. [The 12th reneged.]
The Gospels were written in GREEK. Jesus (pbuh) and his Companions did
NOT speak or write Greek. Their language was ARAMAIC.
For three DECADES after his alleged crucifixion, NOTHING was written
about him. After that, the first Gospel appeared, probably collected
from the oral traditions from various unknown persons.
The Gospels are attributed to Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, but these
attributions were given to them three decades after they had been
published. No one really knows who wrote them.
After Abu Ghraib
Huda Alazawi was one of the few women held in solitary in the
notorious Iraqi prison. Following her release, she talks for the
first time to Luke Harding about her ordeal
["This is our country. You are the killers."]
Monday September 20, 2004
It began with a phone call. In November last year 39-year-old Huda Alazawi,
a wealthy Baghdad businesswoman, received a demand from an Iraqi informant.
He was working for the Americans in Adhamiya, a Sunni district of Baghdad
well known for its hostility towards the US occupation. His demand was
simple: Madame Huda, as her friends and family know her, had to give
him $10,000. If she failed to pay up, he would write a report claiming
that she and her family were working for the Iraqi resistance. He
would pass it to the US military and they would arrest her.
"It was clearly blackmail," Alazawi says, speaking in the Baghdad
office of her trading company. "We knew that if we gave in, there would
be other demands." The informant was as good as his word. In
November 2003, he wrote a report that prompted US soldiers to
interrogate Alazawi's brother, Ali, and her older sister, Nahla,
now 45. Wearing a balaclava, he also led several raids with US soldiers
on the families' antique-filled Baghdad properties.
On December 23, the Americans arrested another of Alazawi's brothers,
Ayad, 44. It was at this point that she decided to confront the
Americans directly. She marched into the US base in Adhamiya, one of
Saddam Hussein's former palaces. "A US captain told me to come back
with my two other brothers. He said we could talk after that." On
Christmas Eve she returned with her brothers, Ali and Mu'taz. "I waited
for four hours. An American captain finally interrogated me. After
10 minutes he announced that I was under arrest." Like thousands of
other Iraqis detained by the Americans since last year's invasion,
Alazawi was about to experience the reality of the Bush administration's
"war on terror".
Alazawi says that US guards left her sitting on the chair overnight,
and that the next day they took her to a room known by detainees as
"the torturing place". "The US officer told us: 'If you don't confess
we will torture you. So you have to confess.' My hands were handcuffed.
They took off mye most Iraqi women, Alazawi is reluctant to talk about
what she saw but says that her brother Mu'taz was brutally sexually
assaulted. Then it was her turn to be interrogated. "The informant and
an American officer were both in the room. The informant started talking.
He said, 'You are the lady who funds your brothers to attack the
Americans.' I speak some English so I replied: 'He is a liar.' The
American officer then hit me on both cheeks. I fell to the ground.
Alazawi says that American guards then made her stand with her face
against the wall for 12 hours, from noon until midnight. Afterwards
they returned her to her cell. "The cell had no ceiling. It was raining.
At midnight they threw something at my sister's feet. It was my
brother Ayad. He was bleeding from his legs, knees and forehead. I told
my sister: 'Find out if he's still breathing.' She said: 'No. Nothing.'
I started crying. The next day they took away his body."
The US military later issued a death certificate, seen by the Guardian,
citing the cause of death as "cardiac arrest of unknown etiology".
The American doctor who signed the certificate did not print his name,
and his signature is illegible. The body was returned to the family
four months later, on April 3, after the Abu Ghraib torture scandal
broke. The family took photographs of the body, also seen by the Guardian,
which revealed extensive bruising to the chest and arms, and a severe
head wound above the left eye.
After Ayad's body had been taken away, Alazawi says that she and 18
other Iraqi detainees were put in a minibus inside the military compound.
"The Americans told us: 'Nobody is going to sleep tonight.' They
played scary music continuously with loud voices. As soon as someone
fell asleep they started beating on the door. It was Christmas. They
kept us there for three days. Many of the US soldiers were drunk."
Finally, after a US guard broke her shoulder as she left the lavatory,
Alazawi and her surviving siblings were transferred - first to a
police academy in Baghdad's interior ministry and then, on January 4 2004,
to Abu Ghraib prison.
Alazawi, who has a 20-year-old daughter, Farah, and a four-year-old
granddaughter, Safat, spent the next 156 days in solitary confinement.
Along with five other Iraqi women, she was held in Abu Ghraib's infamous
"hard site" - the prison block inside the compound where photographs of
American guards sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners had been taken
two months previously. The women were kept in the upstairs cellblock;
male detainees regarded as "difficult" were held downstairs. The vast
majority of inmates lived in a series of open tents surrounded by
razor wire and US guard posts.
In her first weeks at Abu Ghraib, before the US military launched its
internal investigation into prisoner abuse, torture was commonplace,
she says. "The guards used wild dogs. I saw one of the guards allow his
dog to bite a 14-year-old boy on the leg. The boy's name was Adil.
Other guards frequently beat the men. I could see the blood running
from their noses. They would also take them for compulsory cold
showers even though it was January and February. From the very
beginning, it was mental and psychological war."
Alazawi is reticent about the question of sexual abuse of Iraqi women
but says that neither she nor any of the other women in Abu Ghraib at
the time were sexually assaulted by US guards. In his subsequent
report into the scandal, however, Major General Antonio Taquba found
that at least one US military policemen had raped a female inmate
inside Abu Ghraib; a letter smuggled out of the prison by a woman
known only as "Noor", containing allegations of rape, was found to
be entirely accurate. Other witnesses interviewed by the Guardian have
said that US guards "repeatedly" raped a 14-year-old Iraqi girl who
was held in the block last year. They also said that guards made
several of the women inmates parade naked in front of male prisoners.
Alazawi says that she was held in a two-metre-square cell, initially
with no bed and a bucket for a toilet. For the first three weeks she
was entirely "mute" after being told that talking was forbidden. The
US guards gave her only one book, a Koran. She managed to steal a pen,
and recorded incidents of abuse, with dates, in its margins. During
her first few months in custody, the US soldiers were brutal, petty
and tyrannous, she says.
"Because I could speak a bit of English I was given the job of emptying
the rubbish. There was never enough food and one day I came across an
old woman who had collapsed from hunger. The Americans were always
eating lots of hot food. I found some in a packet in a bin and gave it
to her. They caught me and threw me in a one-metre-square punishment
cell. They then poured cold water on me for four hours." She wrote the
date down in her Koran: February 24 2004.
For the first four months, apart from frequent interrogations, she was
not allowed out of the block. Alazawi says she was repeatedly asked
whether she was in the Resistance and whether she had fired rockets at
US soldiers (she is 5ft 3in tall). "It became a running joke. The
other women began to nickname me the Queen of the RPG [rocket-propelled
grenade]. The American interrogators were entirely ignorant and knew
nothing about Iraqi people. The vast majority of people there were
After the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in April, Alazawi was allowed
to exercise in the scrubby yard outside for 10 minutes a day. She
got a bed. She was also assigned a new female guard, "Mrs Palmer",
who helped the women with their English and in turn tried to learn
Arabic. In May, Major General Geoffrey Miller, assigned to Abu Ghraib
by Washington in the aftermath of the torture scandal, escorted a
large group of journalists around the prison for the first time.
The previous night, Alazawi says, US guards evacuated all the juveniles
and male detainees from her cellblock, leaving only her and a handful
of other women upstairs.
"Mrs Palmer told us that during the inspection we had to lie quietly on
our beds. She said that if we behaved we would be allowed to spend
more time out of our cells in the sun. The following day General
Miller turned up with a huge number of journalists. I heard him
telling them that some of the people kept in here were murderers. I
shouted out: 'We are not the killers. You are the killers. This is
our country. You have invaded it.' After that they didn't let me out
of my cell for an entire month. A US officer came to me and said:
'Because of you we have all been punished'."
Alazawi says she was unimpressed by Miller. "It was obvious he liked
having his photo taken," she says. Over the next few weeks, the US
military began releasing hundreds of Abu Ghraib detainees as part of
a damage limitation exercise. Alazawi and her sister were moved from
their cells to a tent. Three generals also came to interview her and
asked her to describe what had happened to Ayad, her brother. They
did not, however, offer an apology. The other women were gradually
released, including her sister. Finally, on July 19, a helicopter
took Alazawi to Al Taji, a military base just north of Baghdad.
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