Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Ramadan 10, 1425/ October 25, 2004 #105
An Anthology of Praise
Poetry and Art by Muslim Women and Children

Conley, GA -- In the book The Joy of Islam, Hadayai Majeed introduces readers to the imaginative voices of Muslim women and children in an anthology of praise.
The Joy of Islam, published by AuthorHouse, (ISBN 14184202, 8 1/2 x 11 coffee table book, $13.95/$17.95 CAN) is a collection of poetic and artistic expressions of Muslim children and women in the English language. The book is not only full of joy and praise of Allah (God) but it also provides the readers a glimpse into the uncomplicated lives of children as well the challenges faced by Muslim women in the United States and other parts of the world.

The project is a group effort brought to life and to the market place by entrepreneur Hadayai Majeed.
"My first objective for this book is to be able to provide a literary platform for Muslimah (women) poets and artists, professional and nonprofessionals alike," Majeed said.

She hopes that this artistic endeavor will serve as a catalyst for further creativity within the Muslim community and dispel the general image in the West that art, culture and creativity are nonexistent in Islam.

Majeed also wants to encourage nonprofits to use the book as a fundraising tool. She is giving ten percent to any organization who wants to use the book to raise funds and is available for speaking engagements.

To place orders for the book, contact:
Authorhouse Publishers
Phone: 1-800-839-8640
E-mail: info@authorhouse.com URL: www.Authorhouse.com . Please go the bookstore, type in the title or author and follow the directions. You can also go to any major bookstore, BN.com , Amazon.com or order through Spencer-Majeed, Ltd. via e-mail: haleem1@aol.com

To arrange a book signing or interview, contact Hadayai Majeed at 800-285-9489 #00 or e-mail: Haleem1@aol.com .

Background Information on Author and Contributors

Hadayai Majeed is a freelance writer and publisher. Her company, Spencer-Majeed, Ltd., specializes in assisting first time authors in getting their works published. She was nominated for writer of the year by Georgia Writers, Inc. for her work, Emerging Victorious in 2000. Hadayai Majeed feels that there is a need for more creative works to be published and promoted within the Islamic ummah (community). Though not a poet, she occasionally gets inspired and all of her work is copyrighted and published.

Other writers include: The children from Dar Un Noor School in metro Atlanta, Stellar Academy in Massachusetts, a student from Singapore and two from Missouri contributed original poetry and artwork. In addition to Hadayai Majeed, some of the adult poets are Kausar Ahmad; Ja meelah Seck-Mu'min; Tahira Muhammad; Maisah Robinson; Yohanna Abdullah (Singapore); and Ayah Mostafa. Professionals are Ja meelah Seck-Mu'min, who has her own line of poems that are lamented and sold in various novelty stores in metro Atlanta; Tahira Muhammad writes for Azizah Magazine, has worked in Ghana, West Africa as a paid professional journalist and does some freelance work in the United States; and Maisah Robinson, Ph.D. who is a retired college English professor now working at Dar Ul-Loom School in metro Atlanta.

CANADA: Jewish Group Trying to Suppress a verse of the Qur'an Under pretext of "Anti-Hate" Laws. [Cair-Canada Joined the Jewish Campaign]

[New Trend report.]

The following are quotes from a Canadian newspaper. Imam Kathrada is a poor Muslim from South Africa running a small store in British Columbia. Dimant and Matas are Jews from the B'nai Brith, Canada's multi-million dollar Jewish lobby.
"Kathrada, a native of South Africa's Indian community, said he has been at Dar al-Madinah for about six years and before that, was a Muslim chaplain at the University of Victoria after studying in Saudi Arabia." "Dimant said if Kathrada is not a Canadian citizen, he should have his visitation privileges revoked. If he is, his passport should be seized to ensure he does not flee any charges that may be laid." "David Matas, lawyer for B'nai Brith who has written a book on hate and free speech, said Kathrada could be prosecuted under Canada's hate crime laws against inciting hatred and-or genocide."
Before you read on, think about what is happening here. The well-funded, well-heeled Jewish leadership is claiming that a poor store owner is inciting "genocide." His passport should be seized or his vistation rights should be revoked. He is being presented as a would-be terrorist.
The Imam happens to have a small prayer area above his store where he teaches, preaches and leads prayers. He has a small web site on which he condemns Jewish atrocities in Palestine.
Who would have ever known of this Imam except that the powerful Canadian Jewish lobby does not mind smashing a peanut with a sledge hammer. And the rich Muslims in Canada, Cair-Canada, like CAIR (scare?) in USA, is so scared of Jewish power that it joined the chorus against Imam Kathrada.
What is the Imam's crime? He quotes a verse from the Qur'an. It is a verse against Jewish behavior, not a racial comment on Jews. [No Muslim considers the Jews inherently evil. It's their behavior in Palestine which concerns Muslims.]
Here is the verse: " ... Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some he transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped Oppression ..." [The Qur'an 5:60] Note the word "some." It's not about all Jews but "some" who persisted in transgression and sin and violated the Sabbath. [See also 2:65 and 7:166 which refer only to apes.]
The Imam also has a Hadith about the battle at the end of time when the stones would call out if a Jew hid behind them. This Hadith may be apocryphal. In any case it is about a future "battle," nothing about which Canada has to worry.
If Canada accepts the Jewish power drive and decides to punish an Imam for quoting the Qur'an and the Hadith, even though the Imam's web site is insignificant as compared to the huge media empire of the Jews, it would mean that Canada is succumbing to Jewish power play.
Next the B'nai Brith might decide to move against the New Testament which clearly compares Jews to snakes. Here is the well-known verse in which John the Baptist is quoted:
" But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" [Matthew 3:7]
And he goes on to warn them of worse punishment when Jesus (pbuh) would come.
New Trend urges Canada not to try to censor Islamic texts or impute "terrorism" to an opponent of Jewish misbehavior in Palestine. Such power drives are common place with the Bnai Brith, but it's a shame that CAIR-Canada which claims to be Muslim rushed in to suppress a small Islamic voice which dares to say what CAIR-Canada is scared of: that ALL Muslims who fear Allah condemn Jewish atrocities in Palestine and consider that the Jews there are behaving like apes and swine.
Focus on Pakistan

Sectarian Strife in Pakistan: Candid Advice on How to end it.

By Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D

"As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: Their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.." [The Qur'an 6:159] Pakistanis overseas are generally disgusted and shocked by the recurring reports of sectarian violence in their homeland. Places of worship are being targeted in the most ruthless manner and one wonders on what basis Muslim could want to destroy other Muslims when the very existence of the entire faith community is under threat from external, imperial forces.

Recently a Shi'a mosque was attacked in Sialkot [Punjab]. Then a Sunni crowd was bombed in Multan [Punjab]. There was loss of life and many injuries in both attacks. Then two leading Islamic [Sunni] scholars were assassinated in Karachi. They were students of Allama Shamzai, an outstanding Islamic scholar who was murdered a few months back. Then a small Shia mosque was attacked in Lahore.
[Fortunately the arrival of Ramadan stopped the ongoing cycle of violence.]
After each act of violence, both the Sunni and Shia community leaders express their sorrow and assure the other side that they mean them no ill will. NO ONE IS WILLING TO SAY IN PUBLIC WHO IS BEHIND THE VIOLENCE. The Islamic coalition, MMA, for instance condemned the those who are carrying out the violence. When New Trend asked: Whom are you condemning, they had no specific answer. The Shias too have expressed sorrow at the attacks on the Sunnis. A Shia leader visited the home of a scholar killed in Karachi to express sorrow.
Overall, it is true that the majority of Shias and Sunnis are living together in peace. So who is behind the violence?
The Jihad movement has condemned the sectarian violence and opined that India might be behind the attacks. The government too would like to blame INDIA, the easy way out of a proper explanation.

The government seems helpless. It cannot stop the attacks and it seldom, if ever, arrests anyone significant which would put an end to the violence. Every now and then some minor character is arrested and forced to confess that he was the one who did it all by himself. {One such person is said to have confessed to 40 attacks!]
By contrast the government manages to catch the most secretive men wanted by the United States. Increasingly both Sunnis and Shias blame the government for the "lack of security." After the recent attacks Maulana Fazlur Rahman [MMA leader] came near to blaming the regime for the attacks. Our analysts say that the government appears to know of the coming sectarian attacks and lets them happen, and then arrests numbers of people at random on both sides.

I'll look at two aspects of the burgeoning tragedy.
  1. Pakistani Shi'ites constitute an estimated 5 to 10% of the population. Many of them are educated and influential. They have never been targets of the kind of hate acts like the one we have seen in the last decade. Mohommed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan was Shi'ite, although later on he is said to have moved to mainstream Islam under the influence of Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Usmani.
    1. The REVOLUTION in Iran had tremendous influence on Pakistani Shi'ites. Iran apparently pumped funds and weapons into the small Shi'ite population and started using it as a pressure group in Pakistani politics. Pakistani Shi'ites demanded that Jafari fiqh should be implemented. They felt strong enough to stand up to General Zia-ul-Haq. In principle, Pakistan, under the influence of Maulana Maudoodi has always accepted the idea that each sect should be governed by its fiqh [jurisprudence under Islamic law]. But the vehemence of the "Jafari Fiqh Nafiz Karo" movement created a Sunni backlash. Iran's revolution steadily deteriorated, moving from a dominant Islamic aspect favored by Imam Khomeini, to a purely Shia phenomenon under junior leaders, and then a decline into Iranian nationalism with a thin veneer of Shi'ism. The Iranians were quite willing to sacrifice Pakistani Shi'ites for a political foothold in Pakistan. The foundations of a major disaster were thus laid: a tiny Shi'ite minority attempting to challenge a huge Sunni majority. The Shi'ites did not realize that the Sunnis were undergoing swift radicalization towards Jihad and were in no mood to listen to Shi'ite propaganda.
    2. A major disaster perpetrated by Iran was the funding of masses of propaganda pamphlets, distributed across Pakistan, full of abuse and scurrilous attacks on the Companions of the Prophet (pbuh), known as the Sahaba. This was a serious mistake. Both the Qur'an and the Hadith were transmitted by the Sahaba, and an attack of such massive proportions on the Sahaba was seen as an attack on the roots of Islam. Why did the Iranians and Pakistani Shi'ites make such a major mistake, comparable to the attack by Salman Rushdie on the family of the Prophet (pbuh)? My analysis of Shi'ite literature shows that these polemicists, flushed by victory in Iran, felt that they could show the Sunnis the virtues of Ali (r.a.) and the weaknesses of the sahaba and thus bring about wholesale conversions of Sunnis to Shi'ism. Seemingly, the propagandists did not realize that Islamic scholarship put paid to such pretensions long ago. [Anyone familiar with Shah Waliullah's Izalatul Khafa ‘un Khilafat al-Khulafa would not dare to make the claims for Ali, r.a., which the Shi'ites attempted. There is a library full of scholarship in rebuttal of Shi'ite claims.]
    3. GHASTLY ERRORS: In Pakistan, no one in his senses tries to insult the Companions of the Prophet (p). The Shi'ites went about it with gusto. They attacked Abu Bakar, ‘Umar and Uthman [Allah be pleased with them] and then indulged in abuse aimed at ‘Ayesha (r.a.). The purpose was to show that only Ali (r.a.) and 4 or 6 other people were good among the Sahaba! One Shi'te favorite was the fabricated story that ‘Umar (r.a.) had broken down the door of the home of Fatima (r.a.) resulting in her miscarriage! Some ignorant Shi'ites claim in defense of Muta' [temporary marriage, highly exploitative of women] that Abdullah ibn Zubair, r.a., the illustrious son of Asma and Zubair [Allah be pleased with them] was a product of muta'. [Any scholar would know the absurdity of this claim as the marriage of these two greats of Islam is well documented, for instance in Tabqat of ibn Sa'ad.] Such abuse in Pakistan leads to bloodshed. For millions of Pakistanis, the honor of the Prophet (pbuh) and his Companions is more important than life itself.
    4. A SUNNI backlash developed. It was intense and went o extremes which are not shared by most Sunnis. Some Sunnis started defending Ameer Muawiyya and then went on to praise Yazeed who was responsible for the murder of the Prophet's (pbuh) grandson, Hussain, r.a. Then the Sunnis started looking critically at Ali (r.a.) and pointing out his weaknesses. [The Prophet, pbuh, did not give leadership roles to Ali, r.a.] Sunni extremism was open to infiltration by government agents whenever they wanted to play the age old game of ‘divide and rule.'

  2. AFGHANISTAN SPILLOVER. When the Taliban began their takeover, they were not antagonistic to the Shi'ites. Owing to certain incidents and misunderstandings, a rift developed. Iran saw the Taliban takeover as a threat to its own dreams of leadership of the Muslim world. In battles for Afghanistan's northern areas, Iran supported what came to be known as the northern alliance. Iran used the Hazara minority of central Afghanistan [local Shi'ites] against the Taliban. In Mazare–Sharif, hundreds of Taliban were slaughtered by pro-Iran forces.Later, the Taliban slaughtered numbers of Hazaras. A blood line gradually separated the Hazaras from the Taliban. When the Taliban would not give up Osama, American military forces entered Afghanistan and used the northern alliance to replace the Taliban. Iran supported American moves and enjoyed the tornado of American bombardment which hit not only the Taliban but the entire Pashtun hinterland of villages which supported the Taliban. Several thousand Taliban prisoners were killed by forces, including Shi'ites, under the control of the United States. Imprisoned Taliban found that their guards, working for the nothern alliance were Hazaras who, at the least humiliated them when they did not kill them. When PAKISTAN moved against supporters of the Taliban in Frontier Province and Baluchistan, General Musharraf used Hazaras as police to make sure that the Taliban would not find sympathizers among Pakistani forces. Some of the attacks on Shi'ites in Pakistan give the impression that the attackers do not consider the Shi'ites as Muslims and direct an irrational hatred at them soaked in the blood which was spilled in Afghanistan.
If the downward spiral of violence is not stopped, Pakistan could see a spread of the civil war which is going on under the surface already. Matters in Pakistan are going out of the control of peaceful Islamic parties like Jamaate Islami and its MMA affiliates. There is no point in blaming India though the Indian factor should always be investigated. Pakistan's military has sealed the eastern borders in its attempts to stop volunteers going in to help Kashmir, and the western borders to stop the Taliban taking refuge in Pakistan.
Islamic groups and the government need to speak clearly about the sectarian problem and not pretend that it does not exist. A few things can be done easily.
  1. Voluntary withdrawal of all sectarian propaganda material.
  2. The government should stop using sectarian elements to crack down on its opponents.
  3. Ramadan is a good time to begin efforts for unity. Shi'ites and Sunnis should be invited to pray in each other's mosques. Even if done in a few mosques, it will have symbolic value.
  4. Shi'ites often use Sunni Hadith books to argue with Sunnis that Sunni sources do honor Ali, r.a.The Shi'ites should turn this around and tell their own people that, yes, SUNNIS DO HONOR THE PEOPLE WHOM THE SHI'ITES HONOR. [And for their own sake, they shoul show respect and honor for the blessed ‘Ayesha, r.a. No Muslim worth the name would stand around and listen to her being insulted. The Shi'ites are killing their cause by insulting her and writing her name without the obligatory r.a. after it.]
  5. Sunni scholars should squash the attempts to glorify Yazeed. Throughout Sunni tradition, Yazeed has never been respected. He was condemned by both Iqbal and Maudoodi.
  6. Help the Muslim masses in Pakistan to realize that disunity will play straight into the hands of India, Israel and the U.S. These are just a few words of advice. There are numerous learned scholars in Pakistan who should get together to come forward with specific proposals to end the downward slide.
Conclusion: A NOTE ON HISTORY and RELIGION: Islam is ONLY the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh). The sectarian versions of what happened after the Prophet (peace be on him) passed away are not part of Islam. Historically, Muslims have agreed that the righteously guided Caliphs were: Abu Bakr, 'Umar, Uthman and Ali [Allah be pleased with them] in that order of importance. By their attacks on the first three, the Shi'ites have disturbed the historic agreement on the 4. The result is that increasing numbers of Muslims read the original history and find as follows: "From Shureeh ibn Hani: I visited Ayeshe, r.a., to ask about rubbing on socks (for ablution without washing feet). She said: Go to (Ali) ibn Abi Talib, r.a. and ask him because he used to travel with the messenger of Allah, pbuh. I asked him (Ali, r.a.) and he said: The messenger of Allah, pbuh, permitted the traveller to rub on socks for three days and nights, and one day and night to the one at home."
[Sahih Muslim, al-Taharah, Hadith # 276]

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