Shawwal 28, 1425/December 11, 2004 #120
to article by
beloved correspondent William Hughes on how
and Neocons are keeping their children out of the war while sending
Hispanics, Africans and poor Whites to die in Iraq.
On December 6,
Sis. Gabriella, the beloved wife of Br. Iqbal Yunus Khan
passed away in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada after several years of
struggling against muscular dystrophy. Br. Iqbal is the founder of
New Trend in
and for years when the editor of New Trend used to visit, Sis. Gabriella
regaled him with her wit and Italian sense of humor. Those were
the days when New Trend's print edition used to be distributed in
Toronto's Muslim communities on a big scale. She used to joke that
"you have filled my home with paper,"
referring to the stacks of New Trends which Br. Iqbal kept for
distribution to the reluctant Toronto community.
May Allah forgive her sins and fill her grave with light.
IF YOU ARE HURTING and if you have fears,
REPEAT THIS PRAYER. It plugs you into the Source of all power:
"Say: 'In the name of Allah' three times, and then say, seven times,
'I take refuge in the might [izzat] and power [qudrat] of Allah from
the evil of what I feel and fear.' "
[Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, from Hadith in Sahih Muslim.]
[This du'a along with many others can be found in Ibn Taymiyya's Al-Kalim
al-Tayyib, abridged and translated into English by Ezzedin Ibrahim and
Denys Johnson-Davies under the title The Goodly Word.]
A radio program called "Marketplace" [Washington, DC] revealed on
December 7 that U.S. forces have been sent to Sudan via private security
agencies based in
One of them, Dyna from North Carolina, has better armed agents than
regular U.S. troops.
Some of these forces are already fighting alongside REBEL GROUPS against
the Sudanese government in DARFUR. Others are working in the guise of
SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS, the program said, have been pumped into the
rebel groups fighting to break Darfur from Sudan.
Earlier, In November,
National Public Radio,
which has an impressive list of Jewish people working for it, revealed
in passing that it is supported by a Baltimore area Jewish group working
in DARFUR for relief activities.
SUDAN STRIKES BACK AGAINST "CHARITIES."
Observers say that Sudan has taken a long overdue step against
imperialist "charities." Notice that the U.S. closed down IARA which
was collecting funds from U.S. Muslims to help the people of Darfur
The Islamic government in Khartoum has moved against two "charities,"
Oxfam and "Save the Children" which have been trying to destabilize
Sudan, particularly Darfur with their "relief activities."
[and that too just before
regime is trying to stop
from helping the needy, widows, orphans in
and across the Muslim world. Bush's moves could backfire if Muslim
countries or masses follow the example of Sudan and close down
American and European charities in Muslim countries.
The U.S. military situation is getting bad in Iraq. New Trend received
email, Dec. 10,
from purported representatives of Iraqi resistance,
detailing latest fighting in Fallujah and attacks by Islamic fighters
in many parts of Iraq against U.S. occupation fighters.
Also on December 10,
tried to let Americans know that the war is not
going well by showing brief clips of a video
[the actual is 40 minutes long]
Army of Iraq.
The clips show the
blowing up U.S. military vehicles and evading heavy U.S. artillery
return fire after they fired mortars at the Americans. It shows the
Muslims shooting down a Chinook helicopter.
The most poignant part of the video is an Iraqi child holding an
automatic rifle longer than himself while his father sings a jihad
song urging the child to continue the battle after the father's martyrdom.
The situation in Iraq is getting out of control of the U.S., from all
reports, including a
report a few days. The U.S. is banking on its alliance with Ali Sistani
for a fake "election: to be carried out. If the Iraqi Shias are not
60% of the population, as the U.S. alleges, but 40%, then the
"elections" too could back fire.
The Second Bush Term [SBT] is off to a disastrous start.
Essential Questions about Hadith
In a strange coincidence, when the U.S. launched its assault on Fallujah,
the anti-Hadith people too went on the offensive on various discussion
lists in an attempt to undermine the leadership of Prophet Muhammad
[pbuh]. Readers who have never studied Hadith can be mislead by such
propaganda. Reader Hamid Zeb has asked that we answer a few questions
in simple language because most people don't read long articles.
Here are the questions written by Zeb with very brief answers by
Dr. Kaukab Siddique.
Documentation for each answer can be provided from
I will conclude with a Hadith: "Seeking knowledge is obligatory on
every Muslim, male and female."
Does the Qur'an say that it alone should be the source of guidance for
Muslims in all matters?
Answer: No, it does not. In all matters related to the Qur'anic guidance,
the Qur'an makes the Prophet's [pbuh]
interpretation, teaching, implementation and wisdom decisive.
Does Hadith say that we should not follow the Qur'an?
Answer: No. The entire Hadith literature coming from the Prophet (pbuh)
puts the Qur'an first and foremost.
Does the Qur'an say that we should not follow the Hadith of the Prophet
Answer: No. It does not. The Qur'an uses the word "Hadith" in various
contexts but NEVER to deny the validity of
the Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh).
Was Hadith narrated when the Prophet (pbuh) was alive?
Was Hadith narrated by the Companions of the Prophet (pbuh) after he
Yes. All the well known companions of the Prophet (pbuh) narrated
Hadith from him.
Was Hadith narrated by the two righteous generations of Muslims
[known as Tabbain and Tabba Tabbain] after the
Companions of the Prophet (pbuh)?
Was there ANY Companion of the Prophet (pbuh) who taught that only
the Qur'an should be taught and Hadith should be rejected?
One Hadith says that 'Umar (r.a.) said "We have the Qur'an" when the
Prophet, pbuh, was sick and asked for writing paper. The Prophet (pbuh)
got better the next day and did not repeat his request.
Has there been any great scholar of Islam who said that we should take
the Qur'an only and leave out the Hadith?
Is it true that Hadith was invented in the third century of Islam?
Hadith existed from the day the Prophet, pbuh, uttered his wisdom and it
was memorized by his companions.
But Bukhari, Muslim and others lived in the third century of Islam .....
Answer: Yes, but they were simply collecting Hadith which already existed
and arranging it in chapters by subject and
according to the needs of their time.
For instance, if someone arranges Iqbal's poetry under chapter headings
of "Belief, Jihad, culture, Self, the West,
etc" it does not mean that Iqbal's poetry did not exist before the
anthology was published.
Why are Bukhari, Muslim and others so important for Hadith study?
They used strict standards to reject the fabrications the Kings and
their lackey "scholars" had spread to undermine the religion of Islam.
If all the basic guidance is available in the Qur'an, why do we
Ans: The Qur'an was revealed to Muhammad (pbuh). It is the word of
Allah and under its guidance, Muhammad
(pbuh) built a civilization and a culture which is essential to Islam
The two, Qur'an and Hadith, always go together.
Is there any part of Islam which would not be available to us if
we followed only the Qur'an?
Ans: A lot of it! For instance,
al-Fitr, our biggest day of celebration, is not mentioned in the Qur'an.
All the issues connected to Eid al-Fitr, such as Zakat al-Fitr, are not
given in the Qur'an.. The Adhan or call to prayer five times a
day is not given in the Qur'an. Even the content of the five prayers
central to Islam are not given in the Qur'an. Eating with the right
hand is not there nor are issues of religious observance in daily life.
Thus the fabric of Islamic civilization is in the Hadith which
interprets the Qur'an.
What about Islamic Law? Isn't it all given in the Qur'an?
Ans: No, it isn't. Many important Islamic Laws are given only in Hadith,
particularly those relating to the rights of women. For instance, the
laws against rape and abortion are in the Hadith, not in the Qur'an.
Can the Qur'an be understood without Hadith?
Ans: No. The Qur'an and the Hadith have always been intertwined.
That's why non-Muslims cannot understand the
Qur'an. For instance, take the arrangement of the Qur'an by Madani and
Makki suras. It has to be understood from
Hadith. The Prophet (pbuh) was the living Qur'an. In his life we see
why the Qur'an condemns Abu Jahal and his
wife. Why does the Qur'an call Safa and Marwa "Shair Allah?" That's
the story of one of the greatest women of all
times and it's in
But we hear a lot of Hadith which don't make sense. Why is that?
Ans: Scholars who are either not honest or have not studied Hadith
properly are responsible. Often they quote Hadith
out of context. Some of them try to quote weak Hadith or Hadith of
limited application to deny the rights of women and men. Owing to their
dishonesty, they don't tell readers that a Hadith is weak or is not
accepted by Bukhari and Muslim.
Also, like the revelation of the Qur'an, Hadith was progressive.
Islam did not in one day put an end to slavery, temporary marriage,
unhealthy eating habits, intoxicants, etc. It took 23 years. As the
community developed, it moved towards perfection. As in the Qur'an,
we have to see in the study of Hadith, to which situation and aspect
of the Prophet's (pbuh) struggle does it belong.
There is no alternative to study.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES FOR SERIOUS STUDENTS OF THE HADITH DEBATE
compiled by Kaukab Siddique:
SOURCES of the Attack on Hadith:
subcontinent, the attack on Hadith was begun in a ferocious book by a
Christian missionary William Muir titled The Life of Mahomet .
"Qur'an alone" [or "Coran' as he spelled it], was Muir's term. It was
answered by Muir's friend Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in his Series of Essays
on the life of Muhammad.
Khan wrote well but was very defensive. Gradually he developed the
idea that Islam is based on "reason" and thus slowly slid into an
incipient anti-Hadith position.
The most devastating attacks on Hadith were carried out by two Jews,
Ignaz Goldziher in his Muhammadanische Studien  translated into
English in 1967, and Joseph Schacht in The Origins of Muhammadan
Jurisprudence [1950, reprinted 1964].
Among Pakistanis, Ghulam Ahmad Pervez tried to popularize the rejection
of Hadith and wrote a series of books in which he emphasized the "Qur'an
only" slogan. His most blatant abuse of Hadith occurs in his Maqame
Hadith [[1953 reprinted 1965 and 1984]. A group of people formed
around him and established an anti-Hadith forum called Tolu-i-Islam.
A more subtle attack on Hadith was launched by Dr. Fazlur Rahman in a
series of articles and a book titled Islam . He claimed that
Sunnah is valid but Hadith is not!
Both Pervez and Fazlur Rahman supported the anti-Islam governments
of Pakistan and were driven into obscurity owing to the Islamic
movement launched by Maulana Maudoodi.
BOOKS WHICH DEMOLISHED the Anti-HADITH theories:
Islamic scholars have dealt with the anti-Hadith menace with great
erudition and have made it impossible for the "Qur'an only" group to
make any headway in Muslim countries.
Syed Abul Ala Maudoodi led the way with a special number of his
magazine Tarjuman al-Qur'an titled "Mansabe Risalat Number," 
which was published as a book Sunnat ki Aini Haysiat .
Mustafa Azami in his Studies in Early Hadith Literature 
[which I had the honor of editing for English when it re-appeared in 1977]
pulled the carpet from under the feet of the anti-Hadith people by
documenting the fact that Hadith was transmitted continually from the
time of the Sahaba till it was collected by
Excellent shredding of the anti-Hadith propaganda has also been done
by scholars outside the ambit of Jamaate Islami. The best of these are:
There are numerous other fine rebuttals of the anti-Hadith fitna but
they are polemical rather than scholarly.
In Studies in Arabic Literary Papyri, , Nabia Abbott published
original manuscripts of Hadith from the first century of Islam thus
making the story of "invention of Hadith in the 3rd century" a slander
which is absurd for scholars.
Hayate Hazrat Imam Abu Hanifa [by Abu Zahra,
1945, translated into Urdu in 1980.
Tadweene Hadith by Syed Manazir Ahsan Gilani. 1956.
[Pervez stole from an earlier version of this and tried to give it
a totally repugnant meaning.]
Hifazat-o-Hujjiyate Hadith by Muhammad Faheem Usmani, 1979.
Hujiyyate Hadith by Muhammad Ismail Salafi. 1980
Key trial: December 6, 7, 8, 9
Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar Speaks in Court like True Muslim. "My Closest
Relatives are Christians: How can I be against Christians?"
Innocent U.S. Citizen Being Tried because he Opposes Egyptian Tyranny.
Monday- This was just a day to learn Ahmed's background, where
was he born, where did he go to school and why did he come to America.
The answers to the first two was "Egypt" but it was the answer to the
third that the government didn't care for and objected to based on
Ahmed stated that he came to America because any who spoke out against
anything related to the Egyptian regime was guaranteed a place in
prison and most definitely faced torture. A true fact that was
published by many international groups!
He then went on to tell of his life in America, getting married,
having children, work history and his faith. Although Ahmed was nervous
his answers were truthful and he even made the jury laugh.
Tuesday- This was the start of the line of questions that
dealt with his relationship with
Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman
and the Legal Team, Lynne Stewart, Ramsey Clark, Abdeen Jabarah and
translator Mohamed Yousry. In this area the transcripts from Ahmed's
phone calls spoke for themselves. His relationship was a business one
and the calls were for the defense case. The calls and prison visits
to Sheikh Omar were at the forefront and the supposed foundation for
the governments case. They claimed in their opening statements in June
that the Sheikh passed on information to Ahmed that was a call for
violence. This was proven to be far from the truth. Peace was what
was conveyed! Peace between the Islamic group and the Egyptian
government, and since the Sheikh was cut off from the world he
could not convey his thoughts to the outside. Ahmed was not able to
visit or speak to the man and was therefor given this information by
the lawyers and translator.
He was asked if he was a follower of the Sheikh, his words were
"I am a follower of Islam and I am a follower of the Prophet
and that was that. The government painted the picture as if Ahmed
himself was in constant communication with the Sheikh, not true. In
this area many inconsistencies have been proven on the governments part.
Wednesday- This day was about Ahmed connecting, via conference
call, people involved in the "Islamic Group" with each other. The point
stressed here was the fact that Ahmed did not know the numbers of these
people and that calls were made to him! What did they want from him?
He was considered a fair and respected man that could be trusted.
The people wanted to bring peace first within the group and ultimately
with the regime in Egypt. This was Ahmed's dream: peace in Egypt! First,
because his family is still there suffering at the hands of the severe
conditions of the country, secondly Ahmed was hoping for peace so he
could finally go home to see his family that he hasn't seen since 1992.
The next issue was the much heard about "fatwa" to kill all Jews. This
was a turning point in the testimony. What was contained in this
statement was an angrily written announcement to kill JEWS and
AMERICANS for the slaughtering of the Palestinian people. To understand
this a little better I must give a little background...
On 28 September 2000, Sharon, the then opposition leader, heavily
soldiers and policemen, walked in to
in Jerusalem. On the fourth day of the intifada, 20 Palestinians were
killed by Israeli bullets, missiles, tanks, and helicopters, including
the 12-year-old Palestinian Mohammad al-Dura, who was killed in front
of TV cameras by the Israelis as he was hiding behind his father.
The government refused to allow footage from
to be shown to the jury because it would create sympathy. So Ahmed did
the next best thing, he told the story in details. Ahmed became
noticeably saddened and paused. As tears came to my eyes I looked
and noticed I was not alone. Ahmed went on to say the fatwa was
issued after this incident! "The Muslim and Arab world was crying
together" crying for our brothers, our sisters... our children.
He admitted the content of the statement needed changes and went on
to say he did
change two words.
First he eliminated the word JEWS, replaced it with ZIONISTS claiming
there is a difference between the two. Second he eliminated altogether
the word Americans! This was a statement published out of anger.
Ahmed was asked to the best of your knowledge was any action taken
based on this statement his answer .. NO. This is the one and only
area that is consistent with the governemnts indictment. In the
indictment it is clearly stated that NO VIOLENT ACTS OCCURRED because
of Ahmeds phone calls, and this was over the phone. The Al Jazeera
tape was not needed after all.
Thursday- More on the telephone connections between people
involved in the Islamic Group. This is where the government claimed
conspiracy to commit violent acts, because the people Ahmed was
connecting together were believe to have committed violent acts in Egypt.
Through out the calls Ahmed is on the side of peace. So this is what
the government calls conspiracy to commit violent acts? It was in
black and white and on audio CD's. I am still trying to figure how
they got an indictment from the Grand Jury for this case??? From the
tapes they played and what the defense presented there is actually
nothing at all.
The day ended with a phone call from a coworker of Ahmed's from the
post office. It was a week after
She was choking up as she spoke to Ahmed. She was worried about our
family, most importantly about our children. In the call both her
and Ahmed cry over the losses at the post office where he worked. He
also spoke about the attacks do not represent Islam or the Muslim
community. She agreed and said she knew that no God would ask to kill
innocent people. She begged Ahmed to protect our children and watch
them carefully. She spoke of how many people at work send their regards
to the family and just don't know what to say.
The last questions were along the line of .. Do you promote violence-
the answer: NO, Did you conspire to kill people- NO, Did you conspire
to defraud the US Goverment- NO, Did you ever conspire to kill
Christians.. NO My Father in law is a Christian, My Mother in law is
a Christian My brother and sister in-laws are Christian and my wife was
a Christian when I married her!
Monday, December 13 starts the cross examination by the government.
This will be interesting to see how they will attack his testimony.
Our lawyers have stated that Ahmed has put it all on the table and by
way of the truth.
I know this is long but after reading the mainstrean papers I felt
the "Truth" had to be known. The newspapers are there to sell not to
inform. Our lawyer even spoke with the
reporter on her article Tuesday the 7th and how she needed to get
the facts straight!
[Who supports the war and who gets killed?]
Dying in Iraq: It's Not for Offspring of the War Hawks:
From Wolfowitz to
by William Hughes
[The writer is a long time human
activist and contributes occasionally to New Trend. He lives in Baltimore.]
The number of American military deaths in Iraq, as of Dec. 5, 2004,
stood at a staggering 1275. The list of those brave Americans who
will never come home except in a body bag, goes on for pages. You can
find it all at: Iraq Coalition Casualties
the names of the deceased; their home towns and states; their service
ranks and the dates that they were killed in combat, via an accident,
or by a fatal disease.
What you won't find in that roster are the surnames of any of the
offspring of the prominent Neocons, or the War Hawks in the U.S.
Congress; or in the Bush-Cheney Gang; or of the raving Right Wing
types, or of the mouthy Hollywood celebrities who helped to push us
into this horrific war on March 20, 2003. Their children haven't paid
the ultimate price for their parents' ideological folly. Other kids,
however, from across America, have. These are the ones, who aren't rich
or politically connected. They honestly believed in the flag and,
mistakenly, thought that the Congress was doing right by them in giving
President George W. Bush, Jr. the green light to invade Iraq under the
guise of "exporting democracy." This was only one of many of the
Washington-based regime's fraudulent claims leading up to the war.
There are a lot of Hispanic names on the roll call of America's fallen
heroes. They dominate this tragic record. In fact, Puerto Rico, alone
has lost 11 of her finest sons so far in that conflict. Of course,
there is no way to figure out if a deceased soldier is an African
American or not by a surname. We do know that African-Americans
presently include 15 % of the U.S. combat population, so it would be no
jump to say that they also make up about 15 % , or more, of the
casualties in Iraq. There are plenty of surname entries that sound
Irish, Italian, German, English, Polish and Jewish; and many other
ethnic groups, too long to detail here. The surname "Gonzales" seems to
come up the most. But, there are no familiar Neocon surnames! I looked,
without success, to see if I could specifically find a Perle (Richard);
a Wolfowitz (Paul); a Bennett (William); a Bolton (John R.) or a Feith
(Douglas). Despite an extensive search, none of those surnames were
found (See, for background on the Neocons,
For this discussion, let's not leave out that genius of a pundit, Ken
Adelman. He rants for the Washington Post. With the prescience of a
man, who has never heard a shot fired in anger, he wrote, "I believe
demolishing Hussein's military power and liberating Iraq would be a
cakewalk. Let me give simple, responsible reasons: (1) It was a
cakewalk last time; (2) they've become much weaker; (3) we've become
much stronger; and (4) now we're playing for keeps." He penned all of
this nonsense from the safety of his comfortable office, at 1515 L.
Street, in D.C., on Feb. 13, 2002. I found no U.S. casualty with the
surname of Adelman. You would think, however, if he was so sure that
the Iraqi War was going to be "a cakewalk," that he would have
volunteered his own heroic service and the services of any of his
military age-eligible children. But, alas, Adelman declined to go that
In Michael Moore's
flick, he made the shocking point that of the 435 members in the
House of Representatives and 100 members
in the U.S. Senate, only one had an offspring fighting in Iraq! Well,
it appears Moore was wrong, but not by much. Now, the Moore-bashers are
claiming that there were actually three members out of the 535 members
of Congress that had a family member in the military in Iraq. Big deal!
Let the record now show that the Congress that shamelessly gave the
Bush-Cheney Gang a blank check to invade Iraq had three of their own
As for that Congress, Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), the "Oliver Cromwell" of
American politics, was foaming at the mouth pushing for the Iraqi War
to start, while on the other side of the aisle, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman
(D-CT), was just as anxious to see those blockbuster bombs and missiles
lighting up the sky over targets like Baghdad, Mosul and
Fallujah. These two blood thirsty militarists got their death wish.
We now know the lethal results
Naturally, there is no evidence that any soldier named DeLay and/or
Lieberman has paid the supreme price for the reckless warmongering of
Then, there is that Iraqi War-loving chorus found in the
Leading up to March 20, 2003, I personally tracked and challenged these
characters and their dubious arguments in favor of the Iraqi War. Some
are also Neocons wearing two hats; while others just blab away on Talk
Radio. Three are actors: Ben Stein, Ron Silver and ex-U.S. Sen. Fred
Thompson (R-TN). This latter trio has ties to Watergate figure,
G. Gordon Liddy, and a pro-Iraq War rally, which was held, in
Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, on April 12, 2003. Here is
a partial sampling from my list of Media-related warmongers:
Bill O'Reilly; George F. Will; Mona Charen; A.M. Rosenthal; Marty
Peretz; Zev Chafets; Mortimer B. Zuckerman; Rupert Murdock; Charles
Krauthammer; Dick Morris; Ann Coulter; Sean Hannity; Russ Limbaugh;
Arnold Schwarznegger; Linda Chavez; Joel Mowbray; John Podhoretz; Laura
Ingraham and Jonah Goldberg. And, let's not forget that lonely
"liberal" from the Moonie-owned Washington Times, Nat Hentoff! On April
7, 2003, he endorsed the Iraqi war. Some liberal conscience Hentoff is!
Well, what do you expect from a guy, who wrote a piece on 11/25/02,
apologizing for the excesses of Israel's Ariel Sharon?
Needless to say, none of the offspring of the above cited War Hawks
has fallen in Iraq, nor do I expect any of them ever will. These War
Hawks are too smart to let their own children go over to that Iraqi
hell hole, get shot up and die and/or to suck up all of that toxic
depleted uranium. So, what do they really care if somebody else's kid
goes over and does the fighting and dying?
Where have the 1275 American dead in Iraq come from, if not from the
ranks of the offspring of the War Hawks? To date, California has
sacrificed 150 of its gallant citizens; Texas 115; Pennsylvania 64, New
York 59; Florida 57; Illinois 55 and Ohio 43. These seven states lead
the nation at the moment in the numbers of fatal casualties. My home
state of Maryland has recorded 19 deaths so far, four of them coming
within a stunning five-day period. The grim results of this totally
unnecessary, immoral, illegal and unjust war will continue to hit home
in the cities, towns and villages of America, in the months ahead and
possibly for years to come, unless stopped by an outraged populace. (If
you want to hear one father's heartbreaking anguish over losing a son
in the Iraqi conflict, then please take the time to watch and listen to
this video of Fernando Suarez del Solar, that I took at an Anti-War
rally, in Washington, D.C. It's found at:
There is only one thing we now know for sure: The warmongers, if the
past is prologue, will not have to shed any tears over the loss of
their own sons or daughters as a result of their dying in the Iraqi
War. That predicament will be left only for those whose trust continues
to be badly abused by an ultra hawkish regime in Washington, whose
serial lies, if linked together in sentences, would probably stretch
around the globe.
© William Hughes 2004
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