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Sis. Ashira Na'im is the Administrator of Masjid
in Baltimore, Maryland. Decades before any other Muslim organization in
America, Jamaat al-Muslimeen advocated leadership roles for Muslim women
based on the example of 'Ayesha (r.a.) and other female companions of
the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him).
Sis. Ashira took up the leadership of Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in 1993.
It has been a difficult and uphill task because the audience of the masjid
is from poor sections of the Baltimore community. Gradually, slowly, the
mosque was built up.
First the Juma' was instituted. Then steadily the daily prayers were
instituted. Finally a Shoora emerged, and young Imams who had more or
less grown with the small masjid, took turns giving Juma'
The masjid is attended by
and Senegalese. New additions are
from up and down the York road corridor.
This small masjid has potential to be a good example of an inclusive
and united community where women and men have equal
and Islam is from
without prejudice to the established schools of thought in
Sis. Ashira is herself well versed in Qur'an and
She has worked for 20 years to help Muslim men coming out of the prison
To join this effort, call : 410-435-5000 and wait for message about Masjid.
MODERN ISLAMIC THINKERS
Today we have a quote from Syed Abul 'Ala Maudoodi
Process of ASSIMILATION INTO THE OPPRESSIVE POWER STRUCTURE
[Editor's note: Maudoodi discusses the concept of 'iztirar' by which
Muslims start accepting a few things which are forbidden under Islam,
somewhat like pork is permitted when one is in danger of death by
starvation. In the beginning Muslims do this with a short term time
line. However, they gradually realize that they cannot get ahead in
un-Islamic society if they accept it only on the basis of 'iztirar.'
From there he develops his commentary as follows:]
"For this purpose (of getting ahead), the Muslims established a new
concept of religion which was that religion is related only to beliefs,
worship and a few social matters such as marriage and divorce. If any
system of government guaranteed security to them in these matters, then
for such Muslims the real purpose of an Islamic existence had been
attained. After those guarantees, they start thinking of the Land of Kufr
as if it was the Land of Peace. Now for them loyalty and obedience to
the established system became mandatory. Then they accepted the idea
that all the civilizational matters should be based on laws structured
on kafir principles [seeing them as 'worldly' matters as opposed to
their self-defined 'religious' matters]. Then for these Muslims it did
not matter if they had to exert themselves to make this Kafir system's
legal and administrative system work. In fact they became willing to
sacrifice themselves for the defense and expansion of the system they
" This matter did not stop with the tolerance, acceptance and
legalization of the Kafir system.
The needs of the Muslims in this system pressured them to teach their
new generations to be enthusiastic about serving it to make up for the
'losses' they had undergone in the first stage of 'limited toleration.'
Hence a final argument was manufactured which affirmed that the progress
and prosperity of Muslims, and in some cases their life itself, depended
on maximum participation in the legal, constitutional, administrative,
military, industrial and all other departments of the Kafir system.
Otherwise, they surmised, the 'Ummah' would be left behind the
non-Muslims in the race for progress. Thus, suddenly, what was
only 'permitted' in the early stages of assimilation, became
'obligatory.' [Tafheemat, Vol. 2, p. 146, 4th edition, Oct. 1967]
PEPSI vs. COKE
Arundhati Roy said that
and Kerry are like TIDE vs. IVORY SNOW.
Two slightly different products from the same manufacturer.
Luci Murphy [Washington, DC]
Re: SHOULD WOMEN BE RESTRICTED TO THEIR HOMES FOR OBLIGATORY PRAYERS?
As you can see from below your response has been making the rounds in
South Africa. Below Rasool Snyman is forwarding to his mailing group.
Rasool Snyman is a Muslim worker in SA. In fact one person received
your response from someone in Qatar.
[The writer has attached a letter from Br. Snyman which begins as
follows and then gives Dr. Siddique's response.]
"the idea that women should be practically barred from houses of prayer
is an issue that should be debated in an open platform. To have fatawa
issued from a restricted and totally colonised space defeats the
essence of equality of worship and equal access to Allah."
PAKISTAN'S ACHIEVEMENTS AGAINST ISLAMIC FIGHTERS
[From our Pakistan Correspondent.]
On October 19, Lt. General Safdar Hussain, appointed by General Musharraf
as Corp Commander for the sensitive Peshawar area, told reporters that
Pakistan's forces have killed 246 Islamic fighters in the last 7 months,
of whom 100 were "foreigners," mostly Uzbeks and Tajiks.
Hussain said that his security forces had lost 171 troops killed in the
same period. [Gen. Hussain uses the word "terrorists" for the Islamic
fighters.] He added that 579 "terrorists" had been captured. He declared
that Pakistan would eliminate Abdullah Mahsood, the Islamic fighter who
had kidnaped two Chinese engineers. Hussain was of the view that
OSAMA bin LADEN is not in Southern Waziristan otherwise "we would
have spotted him."
[Observers say that a general named "Hussain" gives the impression that
Musharraf is using a sect to kill Islamic fighters and thus fueling the
sectarian conflict in Pakistan. Also, indications are that most of
those killed by Pakistani troops are Pakistani civilians and Islamic
refugees from the highly repressive Communist regimes in
and Tajikistan who are not fighters.]
[Source for General Hussain's views:
GENERAL MUSHARRAF DECLARES VICTORY:
U.S. Deputy Foreign Secretary Christina Rocca visited General Musharraf
on October 19 in Islamabad. He told her that Pakistan has "broken the
back of terrorists" and that "we are pursuing them." He hailed the
Ms. Rocca promised him more military and economic aid.
ABDULLAH MAHSUD AMBUSHES PAKISTANI TROOPS:
October 20. Nearly 2000 Pakistani troops entered Mahsud territory and
encircled the entire area from Jandula to Spinkai Raghzai in search of
Abdullah Mahsud, the mujahid who abducted two Chinese engineers in a
failed attempt to exchange them with Islamic prisoners.
Pakistani helicopter gun ships are hitting hill sides where the Mahsuds
are reportedly concealed. Pakistan is also using heavy artillery against
the Mahsuds who are replying with machine gun and mortar fire.
After the artillery barrage, a Pakistani military column moved towards
Abdullah's suspected hideout but was ambushed by Islamic fighters.
Five military vehicles were destroyed in the ambush and 7 Pakistani troops
were killed . The fighters melted into the hills after the well
People of the Mahsud areas are leaving their homes and becoming refugees
within Pakistan, a clear sign that the people do not trust the Pakistani
forces. The Pakistanis are also laying mines, one of which killed two
[by new Trend's
Two Taliban Ambushes in southeastern Afghanistan:
reported on October 20 that 3 U.S. troops were wounded and one
U.S.-trained Afghan soldier was wounded in a Taliban attack near
the Pakistan border.
In a second ambush, the Taliban hit a van carrying "election ballots"
from Paktika, killing all five "election" officials in the van. In
this Pashtun area, a few northern alliance personnel are stationed
with U.S, support and they carried out "elections" among themselves.
TWO TALIBAN ATTACKS in Southwestern Afghanistan
In Darra Chopan area of Zabul province, Taliban launched an attack on
two military outposts manned by U.S. trained Afghan mercenaries. Two
Taliban were killed in the attack as were 4 mercenaries. Another 7
mercenaries were wounded, 3 seriously. The Taliban set fire to the
offices and made off with arms and ammunition before the U.S. air
force could arrive.
In a second attack, this time in Uruzgan province area known as Hirat
[not the city in the west], Taliban killed 3 U.S. trained troops and
MAULVI KHALIS BURIED: Report Indicates Depth of Opposition to U.S.
The Urdu daily Ummat of Karachi, Pakistan has published a detailed
report on the passing away of Maulvi Khalis, the ailing
leader who was famous for his resistance to the Soviet Union. Although
in failing health, Khalis had declared Jihad against the Americans in
Afghanistan. Aware that the Americans would retaliate, Khalis had
disappeared into the Pashtun hinterland, Afghanistan's majority population.
Maulvi Khalis' place of death and burial has not been revealed by his
relatives who confirmed that he passed away. Islamic sources told the
daily Ummat that the funeral was attended by THREE prominent Taliban
leaders as well as representatives of mujahid leader Hikmatyar. Thus
the ENTIRE ISLAMIC PASHTUN population is uniting against the American
occupation of Afghanistan.
That's seen as a winning line up by the Pashtuns. Karzai, seen as a
renegade Pashtun, is no match for them.
All those who supported the Afghan jihad against the Soviets mourn the
passing away of Maulvi Khalis.
[Apparently the top U.S. intelligence officer who wrote IMPERIAL HUBRIS
correctly predicted that the mujahideen leaders who fought the Soviets
would gradually join the Taliban against the Americans. The current
field commander of the Taliban is said to be Jalaluddin Haqqani,
pride of Islam, famous for his resistance to the Soviets. Mullah Omar
continues to be ideological leader of the Taliban, Pakistani reports
say. As a
Wall Street Journal
report indicated earlier this year, Haqqani's village is often visited
by U.S. armored columns. It is deserted. Around the gaunt trees are
coiled the threads of audio tapes of Indian movie songs indicating
the Taliban's opposition to cultural imperialism. These smashed
audio tapes are meant to show support for the Taliban ].
BY ATHER MUHAMMAD MASOOD. October 17, 2004
RAMADAN MUBARAK. Entering the blessed month of Ramadan in struggle.
PRINCE SPOKE TRUTH TO POWER USING HIS MUSIC.
Prince is right on! After the recent debacle regarding Yusuf Islam,
America has again condemned a very famous homegrown artist. This time
it is Prince. In his most recent video Prince attempts to go inside
the mind of an
woman, to fathom the depths of her feelings under occupation. All of
a sudden now Prince is seen as causing "controversy." The simple
attempt by an artist to understand something about the causes
effecting Muslims and Arabs is being seen as evil. So now we in
ask did you not just go to
for freedom. To spread democracy? Or free _expression? Now ALL OF A
SUDDEN Prince, who is well respected by all people, is being attacked
for simply exploring the thoughts and minds of the Falasteeni woman.
What gives? We need to ask ourselves these questions. Clearly an
attempt is being made to silence and talk about the causes, concerns,
and aspirations of
So now what right does America have to say we are free? When a
hall-of-fame rock and roll artist questions the tragedy taking
place in front of us? They hypocrisy of America has been shown
clearly. This and the event surrounding Yusuf Islam was another
example of the disrespect to anything having to do with Islam.
If you have the time please don't allow the video to be banned. We
didn't act in time to prevent MTV from banning Public Enemy's rap
Maybe we can this time.
We would like to ask the
New York Post:
How is Prince doing something wrong? How is he controversial? Why is it
that you are trying to silence him ONLY because he brought up the issue
of Anti-Islamic, Anti-Arabi, and Anti-Falasteeni behavior in the
country but all over.
We challenge the Post,
news for calling Prince "irresponsible," "tasteless," When a Black or
Latino artist speaks on social, political, and moral matters the
circus immediately disrespects such individuals. But when they are
dancing, swearing, and acting out immoral behavior
and everyone else gives these artists all sorts of accolades. Why?
Why is that? You mean to tell me you only respect people when they
take orders from you?
This writer commends the courage of Prince and stands by him to
And all the other adjectives you have give him SIMPLY because he wanted
to start dialogue.
This writer is open to your constructive criticism.
Performing Namaz and keeping dua So Allah Par war degar blesses our
efforts. First and foremost.
THE YUSUF ISLAM FIASCO
The following Agencies were directly or indirectly responsible for
Yusuf Islam's detention. YEAH IM CALLING U OUT:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Department of Transportation:
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590
Someone needs to get a hold of Mr. Mineta and express outrage over
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20229 (202) 354-1000
No email address
You need to call and express your displeasure at one or more of these
File a complaint with the office of Civil Rights Commission.
IF ENOUGH PEOPLE FILE COMPLAINT TO THIS ADDRESS AN OFFICIAL
INVESTIGATION WILL TAKE PLACE AND THOSE RESPONSIBLE CAN BE FIRED.
The following Congressional Representatives are most likely to condemn
this action and call for remedy. As small as it may or may not seem.
If you live in one of these districts you need to pick up the phone
or email them. I have spent the day contacting each office and lodging
Here are some things to do. They are imperfect but still some form
If you live outside of this country you need to make a formal
complaint to the Embassy. The diplomats from the Muslim world must
AT A DIPLOMATIC LEVEL REBUKE WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE. Therefore, others
on the outside can still make a point of protest.
CYNTIHA MCKINNEY IN CHICAGO
On Friday October 1, Cynthia McKinney came to the Falasteeni community
for a fundraiser. She was a special guest at Al-Baladi Restaurant in
the heart of the Arabic community in Illinois. Our esteemed
representative in Congress also
inquired about the well-being of Imam Jamil-Al-Amin.
This writer once again strongly urges the Defense Committee of
Imam Jamil-Al-Amin to enter into dialogue with our beloved
Sister Cynthia McKinney. Cynthia spoke at length on a number of issues.
Some of them included on how the
lobby attempted to control her, the draft, words or condemnation
about Yusuf Islam's racial profiling, and The need for breaking
down barriers around Black Communities. She too made it clear that
the Democratic party has disappointed her on a number of issues also.
Cynthia is in need of your prayers, financial and morall support!
Please do so at:
WE WILL NOT FORGET IMAM JAMIL,
MUMIA ABU JAMAL,
AND ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS BEING HELD BEHIND BARS. EVER EVER!
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