Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Safar 15, 1425/ April 6, 2004 #44

Compassion for Allah's creatures can lead to the forgiveness of major sins. Read this carefully: Muhammad, pbuh, was the advocate of animals' rights:

"From Abu Huraira, who narrated that the messenger of Allah, pbuh, said: A prostitute was forgiven by Allah because when she passed by a panting dog near a well and saw that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe and, tying it with her head cover, she drew water for it. So Allah forgave her (sins) for that." [Sahih of Bukhari, 4:538]
Media watch: HAVE YOU NOTICED how hard the major media are working to deal with the impact of Mel Gibson's "The Passion" of Jesus? Almost every channel is providing information to claim that the Jews should not be blamed for the suffering of Jesus, pbuh. On April 5, Peter Jennings [ABC TV] worked hard to expose the alleged "anti-semitism" of the Bible.
Leading Pakistani Intellectual Arrested in Saudi Arabia:
RAID on HOME IN OTTAWA Indicated Canadian-Saudi Collusion

New Trend reported earlier the RCMP raid on Dr. Mahboob Khawaja's home in Ottawa, Canada and the arrest of his son Momin. Following that New Trend has learned, April 4, that Dr. Khawaja himself has been arrested in Saudi Arabia where he was when the Canadians started thir operation.

It appears that the Saudis had not been able to arrest him earlier because he is a citizen of Canada. Now that Canada is colluding with the Saudis, Dr. Khawaja has been arrested. It WOULD BE UNTHINKABLE IN ANY CIVILIZED SOCIETY THAT A MAN OF GREAT LEARNING WOULD BE ARRESTED. For the Saudis, the word of truth is too much.

New Trend urges readers to write and call the SAUDI EMBASSY in the U.S. to demand the release of Dr. Mahboob Khawaja. Here is the address and phone number:
Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-337-4076
If you reach a recording, just leave this message on it: "I urge you to release Dr. Mahboob Khawaja. You are supposed to be a Muslim country and such arrests of innocent people are a violation of the Qur'an."
Canada no longer safe for Muslim intellectuals?.

Apr 1 2004: A legendary muslim writer (Pakistani-Canadian), Mahboob A. Khawaja and contributing editor to MediaMonitors.net has been arrested in Saudi Arabia.

This arrest was organised after Canadian Police raided the Khawaja family’s Ottawa home and detaining Mahboob’s son, Momin Khawaja on yet to be proven charges of terrorism.

What gets interesting is the ambiguity of the yet to be proven charges. For example, a publication ban has been placed on court proceedings...why? According to Mr. Greenberg, the lawyer for Momin Khawaja:

Source But Greenberg said the evidence is sketchy and incomplete. "I haven't seen anything that would support a charge, let's put it that way," he said. Greenberg also complained that Khawaja has been denied proper access to legal help. He says police "continued questioning him, although he expressed his wish to have a lawyer present."
The real reason for the charges against Momin Khawaja and the subsequent arrest of his father seem to have only one aim in common: To silence the pen of Mahboob Khawaja. Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D., specializes in strategic studies and global politics, with keen interest in Muslim-Western comparative civilizations, and author of several publications including:
"Muslims and the West: Quest for Change and Conflict Resolution", Maryland, U.S.A. 2000; "Pakistan: Enigma of Change", and a forthcoming publication: "Muslims and America: Search for Terrorism or Peace."

Complete details of the case against the Khawajas can be found here

So what made the writings of Mahboob Khawaja such fear factor?

Mahboob Khawaja wrote brilliantly insightful articles on Israel, Pakistan and the Arab World. He was also very critical of Arab Leaders, which we can assume is related to his current fate. His articles started getting published on MediaMonitors.net and were becoming very popular, even among Arabs who were now questioning their leaders. It was necessary to shut him down, and therefore the elaborate frameup was conducted.

The following are excerpts from some of his articles. Read them and you will understand why he had to be stopped. The following article on Pakistan is very insightful.

Revisiting: Pakistan - Enigma of Change :: Part Two ::
"Change" is a phenomenon and a discipline of life that people and nations adapt to as an aim of national policy to determine major priorities for the actualization of productivity, new ideas, challenging and innovative ambitions, creative horizons, societal development and a promising future, in a knowledge-based fast changing and information age culture. Pakistanis identity psyche appears unsettled at the grassroots of Islamic values and seem to have discarded the phenomenon of change in favor of the neo-colonial "no system" a self-conflicting scenario to negate the relevance of the future. More
Fallacy of Peace: Palestine
Do Israelis seek peace and normalcy in Palestine? How should one view peace and normalcy when abnormal methods are implied to gun down innocent children, men and women wanting freedom from Jewish occupation? The obvious indicators point out that Jews will never accept peace as a principle of equality for living with the Palestinians. If Israelis were to opt for "peace" as a real policy aim towards the Arabs, their territorial ambitious and strategic supremacy would require urgent rethinking and adjustment. Jews desperately need an immediate perception of a constant threat and state of conflict to maintain their survival. More
A complete index of his articles as well as the case against him can be found here.

Please publicise his apparently wrongful arrest. Who knows who will be next as the oppression continues.

IRAQ: 52 Demonstrators Killed by U.S. Troops: Two Crushed Under U.S. tanks

8 U.S. troops killed, 24 wounded

The situation in Iraq changed over the weekend. The U.S. is on the point of losing it's entire Shi'a support base. Muqtada al-Sadr seems to be ready to join the overall Sunni-Kurdish resistance movement. PRESIDENT BUSH has personally come out against the Shi'a fire brand. America's viceroy in Iraq has declared him an "outlaw." A serious effort is underway to divide the Shia community by charging the newly emerging defender of Iraq for the murder of Al-Khoe, a Shia cleric who was brought to Iraq by the U.S. and was murdered early in the struggle against the occupation.

During the fighting on April 4, the U.S. liberally used helicopters and tanks INSIDE BAGHDAD's Sadr City area. Large numbers of demonstrators are reported killed. Of these, U.S. media have reported 52 Iraqis killed. The Shias are at a turning point, so they were often not sure if they want to be demonstrators or fighters. The fighters finally took on the U.S. forces and inflicted considerable casualties, of which the U.S. admits 8 killed 24 wounded.

[TWO OF the IRAQI DEMONSTRATORS STOOD IN FRONT OF U.S. TANKS and were CRUSHED. {AFP report} No TIENEMANN SQUARE here! Remember the man who stood in front of Chinese tanks and was made world famous by the U.S. media? No such pictures of the horror in Baghdad.]

It's a turning point in the history of Iraqi resistance. If Muqtada al-Sadr sticks to his defiant stance, the rest of the Shias, peacefully waiting for "democracy" under American tutelage under the leadership of Ayatollah Sistani might also be affected.

[MEANWHILE, U.S. TROOPS HAVE PUT A CORDON AROUND THE ENTIRE CITY OF FALLUJAH. More than 300,000 people have been placed under curfew. The U.S. intends to crush the Fallujah resistance. The theory is: KILL THE FIGHTERS and then the SLAVES WILL ACCEPT "DEMOCRACY." It's a serious misjudgement. In the era of Jihad, as the U.S. increases it pressure on the Iraqis, the resistance increases. [Late report: April 6: U.S. firing on Fallujah has started. First reports indicate 5 Iraqis killed.


April 5, 2004

"In this particular incident with Sadr, this is one person who's deciding that rather than allow democracy to flourish, he's going to exercise force," Bush told reporters in North Carolina.

"The message to the Iraqi citizens is they don't have to fear that America will turn and run," Bush said.

Sadr issued a defiant statement after being labeled an outlaw by Iraq's U.S. Governor Paul Bremer: "If that means breaking the law of the American tyranny...I'm proud of that and that is why I'm in revolt."
CORRECTION: In the article on the TALIBAN in our previous issue, the correct date should have been March 29.

2004-04-10 Sat 11:54ct