Sha'aban 25, 1425/ October 10, 2004 #99
MURDER and Mayhem in
On October 9, two top Islamic leaders who lead the movement to safeguard
the Finality of Prophethood central to Islam were gunned down in Karachi.
Military units have been called into the city after the murders of Maulana
Nazir Ahmad Taunsvi and Mufti Jamil Ahmed as thousands come out into the
streets to protest [Oct. 10]. The murdered scholars are seen as
"pro-Taliban" by westernized elements in Pakistan.
Earlier in Multan, huge bomb attacks were carried out against Sunni Muslim
crowds who came to honor a scholar who defended the honor of the
Companions of the Prophet (pbuh). At least 45 people were killed and
more than 100 wounded. Still earlier, a Shi'ite place of prayer was
attacked in the city of Sialkot with 30 deaths and many injuries.
October 11 report indicates that a Shi'ite mosque has been attacked in
Is there a sectarian war going on in Pakistan? What is the government's
role? What's really going on? Is this part of the
"war on terror?"
next issue for in-depth analysis.
CNN REPORT on
ELECTIONS FATALLY FLAWED: KARZAI is a DISASTER for
I saw Christiane Amanpour reporting on the Afghan elections from
Kabul, Afghanistan [October 9 and 10]. I don't blame her for staying
within the security zone in Kabul. It could have been downright
dangerous for her outside Kabul even with maximum security provided
by American special forces.
However, there can be no excuse for inaccurate reporting and none at
all for attempting to mislead American audiences of CNN. Here are a
This election is an imposition on the Afghan people. As IMPERIAL HUBRIS
points out, no imposition by Europeans and Americans will ever be
acceptable to the Afghan people. If tomorrow American, German and other
European forces are withdrawn, the Taliban will sweep into Kabul.
Ms. Amanpour claimed that elections were peaceful and the Taliban threat
did not materialize. The Pakistani
however, provide specific information which proves otherwise.
There were Taliban attacks in southern, southwestern and southeastern
in which 33 soldiers recruited by the U.S. were killed.
In one attack a U.S. army truck was reported hit and all in it killed.
Within KABUL, the
embassy came under rocket attack and three security guards were killed.
Surely Ms. Amanpour couldn't have missed that news. Is she under orders
not to report any bad news?
One explanation could be that Ms. Amanpour can't read Urdu and thus
missed all the news outside her security perimeter in Kabul.
The photography which accompanied Ms. Amanpour's reports was also meant
to mislead American audiences. She repeatedly showed us two lines of voters.
[The same two lines again and again.] In a poor country, it's
always possible to round up a few people to "vote" or for any
other photo-op. Anyone who knows Afghan facial features would know
at a glance that thepeople lined up [probably within the security
perimeter] belonged to two TINY minority groups in Afghanistan:
Panjshiris and Hazaras. [Look up any basic book on physical features
Ms. Amanpour's journalism was fatally flawed in that she did not let
viewers know the most important fact about Afghanistan: The majority
of Afghans are Pashtuns. They did not endorse
the elections and most of them are supporting the Taliban.
On October 9, Ms. Amanpour declared that Karzai was part of the
resistance [against the Soviets]. This is certainly not true. I would
advise her to do her reading. If she can't read Urdu, let her read a
book by a senior American intelligence officer titled IMPERIAL HUBRIS.
Thebook points out in no uncertain terms that Karzai was NOT part of
the resistance, has no roots in Afghanistan or in the Pashtun
population. He is a Pashtun but only to the extent Colin Powell and
Armstrong are African-Americans. He has no
credentials either. IMPERIAL HUBRIS points out that there is no future
for Karzai in Afghanistan. He is a "dead man walking."
[Your intelligence officer's words.]
CNN's little "after election" vignette of Hikmet Karzai, Hamid Karzai's
cousin, should have been educational about the futility of America's
choices in Afghanistan. First note the nepotism: Hikmet, Karzai's
cousin, is "First Secretary" of the Afghan "Embassy" in Washington.
Second, the cousin looked like no Afghan. He does not give the
slightest impression of being:
Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Interview with Sis. Amina Shaikh
Very Young British Muslimah Uncovers
[The interview was carried out by a sisterhood group in England.]
Arrested, Strip Searched, Interrogated for No Reason.
Israeli Troops Within Third Holiest Mosque of Islam.
[Also, Reveals Fearful Condition of British Muslims. Persecuted Minority.]
Sis. Amina: Assalam-U-Alaikuim Wa Rahmatullah akhee
Firstly I would like to thank you for allowing me to relay what had
happened to us in
It was an ordeal and a half but I guess the 'aftermath' is something
that I never expected to receive that is certain sections of the
Muslim Community making you feel like you had done something wrong.
Allah knows best.
Q. Could you you introduce yourself to our readers?
Ans. My name is Sister Amina Shaikh
Q. What took you to "Israel"/Palestine?
Ans. The reason for me going was because I was fed up of sitting around
and just hearing the suffering of the Muslims, but yet not physically
doing anything myself. Supplicating is important, but I was feeling that
I was gradually getting immune to the statistics of innocent people
being killed, but I was not able to feel as much pain as I should of
what they are going through.
I had read eye witness accounts of the
which saddened me of the injustice and oppressive state of affairs
that existed in Palestine.
I knew that I couldn't change their situation single handedly but I
wanted to try and bring a smile to an orphaned child's face at the
very least, see what is happening and return to create awareness and
feel the pain.
Q. Could you describe the circumstances of your arrest?
Ans. We arrived in Jerusalem on Tuesday. As we could not be in time
for Ishaa at Masjid Al Aqsa we decided to go on the following days for
each Salat including Tahajud Inshallah until we had decided to go to
Nablus to teach orphaned chidlren English and drama at a voluntary
organisation called project hope
We were told that it was safe for us to travel there. That was true,
because Alhamdulillah when we went to the Mosque in the early hours it
was literally down the road about 5 minutes walk. There was no
danger, it was beautiful seeing tajweed classes, people praying etc.
It was very beautiful to have seen it. Mashallah it was
It was a Friday when we had decided that after Tahajud we would be
heading for Nablus. We had decided to wake up at about 3:30-3:45 to
leave for about 4 for Tahajud when we heard a knock on our door at
about 3:00-3:30 in the morning. We asked who it was but there was no
reply. They knocked again, we asked again who it was. They said that
they were the police and that we should open the door. The first
thing that we all thought about was to grab our hijaabs.
Thereafter that is when the pathetic nature of the so called democratic
regime was to be revealed......
Our room was raided, there were about 20 armed police and army officers
that entered the room. We were taken individually to a room where
we they did a body search (embarrasingly known as strip search where
they told us to take all of our clothes except for underclothes).
(not sure whether we should publish this part akhee. I
do feel embarrassed about it to be honest!!!)
We kept on asking them what this was about and why we were being treated
in this manner, but they would not reply. They didn't tell us anything
apart from on one or two occasions falsely reassure us that things would
be okay within four hours or so.
They took us to the police station where they took us in different rooms.
I knew that in the name of so called national security or basically
taking advantage that as we are not aware of the due legal process that
they would deny us to see a lawyer, which was exactly what they did.
Their intelligence wasn't smart though, I could overhear the two other
sisters being questioned!!! anyhow they asked me quite a few times what
my purpose of visiting Israel was. I told them the truth in that I was
Q. How were you treated by the Israeli officers who arrested you?
Ans. The officers were very sarcastic, there was one 'good cop' and one
'bad cop' if you can refer to them in that way at all. The former was
falsely reassuring me that everything will be okay they are just
carrying out a routine action the bad cop was just being sarcastic
and patronizing and coming up with silly things like we know what
you are up to, come on tell us the truth, what you are saying is
different from what the other girls are saying. I told him to release
them then and keep me, but they were adamant that we should all stay there.
They were pathetic; they would ask me from time to time, what is your
purpose for visiting?
They told us that they had informed the British Consulate (which later on
transpired to be a lie, they weren't informed at least by that time)
Q. What were the allegations that were levelled against you? What did
you make of these?
Ans. They tried to say at first that we were part of an organisation
during questioning to one of the sisters and then prior to taking us
to the court we were taken to the secret services. They didn't have
a clue what was going on, they thought that we were being done for
Immigration charges and then they said that they knew that we were
part of a terrorist organisation. We were outraged by these
assertions, they tried to get us to sign something at the station
where these assertions were made. HOwever, we refused to do so
because the writing was in Hebrew.
There was a time when I thought ah well Allah knows best wouldn't
put it past them they could fabricate evidence.
It was only at this point prior to going to the court that we were
allowed limited access to contact a lawyer; unfortunately we didn't
have any contact numbers. I tried to call someone in the UK to
obtain details of a lawyer, but there was insufficient time to
do so, they only let us make one call each. Even though by this
time they had monitored our phones because they took our details and it
felt like that whenever we made a call thereafter.
When we were in court the authorities showed so called secret
evidence to the judge, despite our pleas to have a look at the
evidence we were refused to see it on the basis that it was
secret. This was really pathetic how can we possibly challenge something
that we are unaware of. It reminded me of those brothers that are
detained in Belmarsh and Woodhill prison who are detained without
having access to evidence. How on the earth can you defend
yourself. I was told later on that an application can be made if we
appealed against the courts decision to the supreme court by
submitting an application. However, there was no guarantee that we
could still see it.
Q. Could you describe the conditions under which you were detained:
where were you located, food and hygine conditions,for how long were
Ans. We were held in their station for over 11 hours, they questioned us
on an off, but still it was frustrating because they were keeping us
for no reason whatsoever, I did my own resistance by refusing food
and so did the other sister, I didn't want them to know this. They
pretended that they were worried I guess the last thing they wanted
was us to be in hospital from a rep point of view, not that they
really cared. When they tried to convince me to eat I told them that
I just wanted to get out of here. The officer replied by stating
that they will take us out of the country.
They didn't let me read anything while I was waiting, I wanted to
keep my mind active, but obviously even while you are waiting I
guess it is what you called psychological games.
Q. Did you suffer any mistreatment or abuse?
Ans. It was just humiliating the way that we were kept in. We hadn't done
anything wrong, Alhamdulillah. We were physically abused.
There was a frame with Allah's attributes in
they asked me if I could read it, I provided them with an evasive answer
as I didn't want to read it to them, instead one of the them said in
the name of Allah the most beneficent the most merciful in Arabic;
it sickened me like anything to see it.
We think that they pretty much realised that it was a blunder on
their part, but they wanted to be nasty to see it through so they
continued. They knew that there was nothing on us, otherwise the
Judge would not have stated that there is no real evidence, however
in light of the current situation (yep that is a joke!!!!). We were
put under house arrest where we had access to our cell phones and were
allowed to go in close proximity to buy food. The court order stipulated
that financial arrangements would be made by the authorities and they
had until the following MOnday (not that lapse of this time meant we
were free to go wherever we wanted though). Alhamdulillah the reason
why weren't shaken or overtly distressed was because we only feared
Allah and unified with each other in the true spirit of Sisterhood
Q. Did you have access to a lawyer? How long before?
Ans. The lawyer at the court was a public attorney it didn't seem as
though he knew what he was doing, we had to find our own lawyer in the
end to see if we can apply for revocation of the court order (it was not
a deportation order)
Q. Were you able to contact family? When did they realise what had
happened and what was their reaction?
Ans. Upon returning from the court we could contact our parents, I
decided against it as I didn't want to worry them. It was only until
after the second court appearance because by this time we were getting
news coverage of the way that we were unjustly treated that I had to
inform my parents. The second court appearance was to do with deciding
who would pay for our flights back, in accordance to the court order it
would be the authorities. They claimed that they didn't have sufficient
funds (yeh right pull the other one I thought!!). Further submissions
were made; they let us only go in the old city which has the mosques!!!
and other things!!
Q. What was the lowest point in your ordeal?
Ans. The lowest point of the ordeal I guess was the secret evidence and
the restriction imposed in that we weren't allowed to go to Nablus!!
Q. What led to your release?
Ans. We agreed to leave. Our case was in the criminal courts, had we
not agreed to leave the country our case would have been transferred
to the Immigration courts where they would have deported us. We heard
that the chances of successfuly resisting a deportation order was next
to nothing as the authorities could do pretty much what they wanted.
Q. Why do you believe you were targetted?
Ans. The only reason for targetting us in that way was because we
were Muslims, sisters covered as well, and that they don't want people to
witness a nation (Palestine) that is suffering in silence.
Q. What was the response of the British Government and the Foreign Office
at the time?
Ans. The Consulate were foul,.I had to contact them which a member called
Sameer reluctantly agreed to do see us. We had explained that we weren't
allowed to see him, so, he visited us with his wife, apparently she had
to go shopping. So unprofessional! Anyhow all that he was interested in
was for us to leave, even though I found out later on when I complained
to his colleagues that it was part of his duty to provide us with a list
I contacted Sameer on Sunday (we were arrested and taken to court on
the previous Friday). He said that he found out about us on Saturday,
but he couldn't get hold of the consultate so he asked the authorities
to pass a message. I was amazed at this response. In his defence he
said that 'well what am I supposed to have done after I told the
authorities was I supposed to check with them whether or not I was
contacted?' I told him that how could he have entrusted the authorities
with this task. I didn't get a satisfactory response. From then onwards
I knew that he wasn't going to help us, so somehow we had to find a
lawyer ourself. Since then up till now the Foreign office haven't
contacted us to check the welfare, even while we were there no steps
were taken to exert diplomatic pressure for our movements and stay not
to be restricted. I guess that we are Muslims what do you expect???
Q. How were you treated on your return to the UK by the Muslim community?
Ans. I guess we were treated generally okay, but there were a few
incidents that occured, there is a sister that I know of,well I would
regard her as an acquaintance. She advised my friend against asking me
to do an opening speech at the opening of her Muslim school because I
may bring adverse publicity as people may regard me as terrorists.
Subhanallah I couldn't believe it. Not only do I not understand the
exact definition of the word that is used by people, but besides that
our crime was that we wanted to teach children, didn't she read the
newspaper article that stated 'Israeli blunder' and mentioned that
there were no charges made against us and no conviction, and in case
she hasn't noticed we were questioned here yet!!! wish that she would
read the newspaper.
Then my own cousin, yep own family after I had told her about the
raid said 'come on Amina you must have done something.' Subhannallah,
I couldn't believe that again being a Muslim and wanting to teach
children according to the Israeli authorities was enough for them
to treat us in such a manner.
Then a close friend of mine, who is similar to me in her way of thinking
told me that we couldn't keep in touch by phone or email becuase she
had to protect her family and herself as there werenumerous raids
happening to Muslim. I tried to explain to her that we hadn't done
anything wrong and asked her if she had read the Guardian report
properly. She said that she hadn't. I Tried to say that she was getting
paranoid and that if Muslims weren't supportive at these times, (not
that we went as bad an ordeal as the brothers in Belmarsh and woodhill)!!
but say if brother Babar Ahmed, Inshallah is released and tries to
integrate in the Muslim Community and he is treated by his fellow
Muslims like this how do you think that he would feel.
We wanted to do presentations to share our ordeal. After approaching
Muslim organisations, I was completely surprised. One told me that
'sister I am sure that you are genuine but do you know what we have to
be careful with our organisation because you may get infiltrators. I was
shocked with this remark, because their theme was 'secret evidence' and
I wanted to talk about our frustration about it, even though it isn't on
a large scale as the brothers!!! Again I wondered if the brother really
read the newspaper.
Then there was city circles, because I used to volunteer for a Saturday
School that they funded. It seemed as they were more concerned with me as
an individual i.e had I done anything wrong. Because the brother in
charge said that before we decide on giving you the platform he would
like to meet me as he wanted to see the implications of us giving a talk!!!
Subhanallah has he read the newspaper reports, what does he think that I
have done whilst in Palestine. What does he think that I would propagate,
anyway as I knew that one of the sisters wanted to do it, I agreed but
I mentioned that Smra would come as well. She travelled with me to
Jerusalem. All that he said was that he didn't want to see anyone else
as I was linked to the Saturday School.
Q. How has this experience affected you? Do you feel traumatised? What
lessons have been learnt?
Ans. Allah didn't decree for us to go, but Inshallah I would love to go
to Nablus, next time with a Mahrem Inshallah. It was difficult to accept
it Inshallah, but do you know what whatever Allah decreed?
This is not to say that this takes away the resentfulness we have
towards the authorities and the lack of assistance by the British
Government. But one thing is for sure that I pray hard to Allah that
he makes it possible for me to return there Inshallah.
Q. Did you witness anything of the suffering of the Palestinians while in
Ans. The presence of the occupying forces was provocative in itself
becuase they were present at the entrance of the
and in the compound of the two mosques. We managed to see part of the
wall which we were disgusted with and had heard that they are building
it around towns. Thus if you have a land adjoined to your house, your
land could be on the other side of the wall, to which you can only
have access of two hours.
We have come across of people that have told us that Masjid Al Aqsa
doesn't belong just to the Palestinians but it belongs to all Muslims.
Therefore, where are the Muslims.
Then another person said that we need help, where are the Muslims?
we know that Allah will protect Al-Aqsa Inshallah and us.
Q. How has this helped you to empathise with other Muslim prisoners,
in Palestine, Uk, Guantanamo?
Ans. We know that the way that we were treated is nothing as
Palestinians would be, they knocked on the door. How many Palestinian
people's doors are knocked at instead they just barge into the house.
When we were questioned there was a young woman present with each of us,
which we found out latter to be one of those drafted. They said that they
are aware of the Islamic principle that you can't be alone with a man
therefore they call a woman. Later on we discovered that this rule
doesn't apply to a woman who they think to be a 'suicide bomber. I am
sure this rule is subject to abuse.
How many Palestinians are imprisoned not knowing their charge and for
how long they will be detained, anything ranging from stone throwing
to breaking the curfew by picking a flower. 'secret evidence' is the
thing that really links us to the brothers, even though we weren't
treated as badly as the prisoners in Camp X Ray.
I can't believe that some Muslims actually say that oh they must have
done something. It is like Yusuf Islam being treated in that way.
Surely Muslims should be able to wake up now and instead of going
against Muslims pointing fingers at them they should be supportive.
Q. Do you intend to take any further action?
I guess that Inshalalh as I intend to return I don't want it to be
prejudicial The Israeli embassy commented to someone (as quoted at the
bottomn of the evening standard article) stating that they dont' need to
apologise as we had left.
Q. What are your future plans?
Inshallah pray that I will find someone like minded who would love to
take me there and it be possible for me to do humanitarian work.
Q. What message do you have for our readers, the Muslims in particular?
Ans. Please don't forget Masjid Al-Aqsa at the very least. As an Ummah
stand strong and firm and be supportive. Dont' forget the important
and the incident mentioned in the Quran signifying the importance.
Q. Is there anything else important we have missed that you wish to add?
Ans. Just to say that I wish that Muslim organisations/people would be
more trusting of one another!!!! I would like to express my gratitude
for providing me such an opportunity, really appreciate it. Jazakhallah
Khairun. Walaikuim Assaalm Wa Rahmatullah
[With thanks to Br. Sa'ad in Arizona,]
US helicopter crew shoots on street crowd
7 October 2004
Britain's Channel 4 News has broadcast a 30-second video clip of a
U.S. pilot killing a group of what appear to be civilians on a Fallujah
street. The video includes an audio track of the pilot's conversation
with mission controllers. As the UK Independent notes, "At no point
during the exchange between the pilot and controllers does anyone
ask whether the Iraqis are armed or posing a threat."
Take them out, dude: pilots toast hit on
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington, The Independent
06 October 2004
"The Pentagon said yesterday it was investigating cockpit video footage
that shows American pilots attacking and killing a group of apparently
unarmed Iraqi civilians.
The 30-second clip shows the pilot targeting the group of people in a
street in the city of Fallujah and asking his mission controllers
whether he should "take them out". He is told to do so and, shortly
afterwards, the footage shows a huge explosion where the people were.
A second voice can be heard on the clip saying: "Oh, dude."
The existence of the video, taken last April inside the cockpit of a
US F-16 fighter has been known for some time, though last night's
broadcast by Channel 4 News is believed to be the first time a mainstream
broadcaster has shown the footage.
At no point during the exchange between the pilot and controllers does
anyone ask whether the Iraqis are armed or posing a threat. Critics say
it proves war crimes are being committed."
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