Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Zulqi'dah 17, 1425/December 29, 2004 #127

A Few Thoughts on the Cataclysm in South Asia: 80,000 dead ... and counting. More than 2 million homeless!

by Kaukab Siddique

It's difficult to think connectedly about the horrors being reflected on the TV screens about the tsunami which hit 12 countries. One can only cry. Here are a few thoughts ...


The Qur'an warns:

"...when the oceans boil over ... [81:6] "...when the oceans are suffered to burst forth ... [82:3] "When the earth is shaken to her (utmost) convulsions, and the earth throws up her burdens (from within), and humankind cries (distressed), 'what is the matter with her?' ... [99:1-3] -------------------------------------

IN AMERICA, SEND DONATIONS for Tidal Wave disaster

[tsunami] to:
Jamaat al-Muslimeen
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
[email: ksidd37398@aol.com ]

or wire directly thus:

Acount name: Jamaat al-Muslimeen
Account number: 0005888530
Routing number: 252073018

Bank address: Provident Bank of Maryland
5234 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212, USA



Sri Lanka Jamath-e-Islami is making all its efforts to assist the people in the areas affected by the flood which rocked the Island yesterday 26/12/2004 and claimed enormous lives and left many more refugees. Sri Lanka Jamathe-e-Islami expects a large sum of money to assist the needy. Those who are willing to assist for our activities in sake of God (SWT) please send your financial assistance for the following bank account.

Account Name : Sri Lanka Jamath-e-Islami Social Service Department

Account Number : 114 000 5197

Bankers : Hatton National Bank, Central Colombo Branch, 149-151, Main Street, Colombo -11, Sri Lanka

Report on Recent Tidal Wave in Sri Lanka by Sri Lanka Jama'ath-e-Islami

Sri Lankan coastal areas experienced the worst form of disaster in recent history, prompted by high rising and fast moving tidal waves on Sunday, 26th December 2004.

Official reported casualties rose up to six thousand while unofficial reports say around ten thousand person lost their lives. One third of victims are from Muslim community. Higher death tolls have been reported in Mutur, Kinniya in the Trincomalee District, Sainthamaruthu, Kalmunai, Maruthamunai in the Amparai District and Kattankudi in the Batticaloa District. Muslims have also been affected in the Hambantota, Matara and Galle Districts. Thousands of children and elderly have lost their lives and thousands more are in a critical conditions.

Severe damages to lives, property and infrastructure have been reported.
Communication and transportation to some of the areas have been disconnected thus causing severe hardship to the relief teams to reach the affected areas. Hospitals are washed away with doctors and patients. Two Arabic colleges in the Eastern province are raced to the ground and there is no information about the fate of students and staff. With the blessings of God and the support of general public the Sri Lanka Jama'ath-e-Islami was able to dispatch five relief teams immediately with dry rations collected from the general public in Capital Colombo and surroundings. All the teams are comprised of medical professionals. So far, Al Hamdulillah, the Jamaat is coordinating its activities with other Muslim organizations in the field like Al Muslimath and MIC. Any medical practitioner willing to spend 4-5 days in the east providing medical relief can contact Moulavi Abdur Rahman on 0777 418345.

The Jama'ath has established four regional centres for smooth coordination of relief activities.

Sri Lanka Jama'ath-e-Islami has already collected nearly 33 thousand US Dollars and earnestly requests much more assistance to meet the immediate need of affected people in a meaningful way.
Moulavi Abdur Rahman
Head of Emergency Relief
Social Services Department
Sri Lanka Jama'ath-e-Islami

Hotline: 0094 77 741 8345
Phone : 0094 112 687091
Fax: 0094 112 686030




JUSTICE, MUSHARRAF STYLE: Censored by most media

[from our Pakistan reporter]

On December 24, a secret military court in Pakistan sentenced an Islamic soldier of the Pakistan army to death, and another Islamic soldier to life in prison. Both were accused of attempting to kill General Musharraf. Human rights activists say it was a gross miscarriage of justice for the following reasons: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Dec 24, 2004 A military court has convicted two soldiers, sentencing one to death and the other to life imprisonment, for involvement in an assassination attempt last year against Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the army spokesman said Friday.

The pair were accused in the first of two bombings targeting Musharraf's motorcade in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near the capital, Islamabad, in December 2003, spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan told The Associated Press.

Sultan said both were low-ranking army personnel. He did not release their names or give details of their involvement in the Dec. 14 attack, when a huge bomb ripped through a bridge seconds after Musharraf's motorcade had passed. No one was hurt.

Neither would the spokesman say when the military court passed the sentence, although intelligence sources said it was several weeks ago.

A Libyan al-Qaida operative is suspected to have plotted the two attacks against Musharraf, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism. In the second bombing, on Dec. 25, two suicide bombers tried to ram explosive-laden vehicles into Musharraf's limousine. The army chief was unhurt, but 17 people, mostly policemen, were killed.

A number of army and air force personnel were arrested in the aftermath, and Sultan said other soldiers were facing similar trials for the Dec. 14 attack.

However, a senior air force official refused to comment whether any of their personnel were facing trials. "We don't want to comment on this sensitive matter," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

An intelligence official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said nine or 10 junior military personnel had been arrested, and cases against them were expected to be decided soon. He also refused to divulge their alleged role in the bombing.

Authorities have said they are also holding a number of Islamic militants on suspicion of their links with those who masterminded and executed the attacks.

But they have yet to capture Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the Libyan al-Qaida operative, whom Musharraf says masterminded the attacks. He is one of the most-wanted men in Pakistan, and authorities have offered a $345,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

A key associate of al-Libbi accused of helping him plot the bombings, Amjad Hussain Farooqi, was killed on Sept. 26 in a shootout with security forces in southern Pakistan. Farooqi was Pakistani and senior member of the outlawed Sunni Muslim militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

British Pakistanis Seen as Threat by General Musharraf.
Islamic Intellectuals who do Not Preach Jihad ...

[The U.S. is being advised by Zionists to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir, a growing movement of politiical ideologues. See background report below.]
[Excerpted from a Reuters report.]

They are considered a new breed of Islamic fundamentalists. They study at top British and American schools yet abhor Western values, advocate a pan-Islamic state and favor the removal of Pakistan's pro-U.S. government.

Militancy and violence is not part of their agenda; they want to achieve their "lofty goals" through peaceful and non-violent struggle.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Liberation Party), an international Islamic group with roots from England to Central Asia, is a recent addition to myriad radical organizations striving to enforce "true Islam" in Pakistan, a poor South Asian nation.

The group was outlawed in Pakistan in Nov. 2003, just three years after it started operations, but its members continue undeterred, distributing party literature and holding small meetings in efforts to expand their base.

Pakistan, an ally of the United States in the war on terror, banned several militant Islamic groups, but most re-emerged under new names. Hizb ut-Tahrir has refused to change its identity despite the closure of offices and the arrest of several members.
British and U.S. nationals of Pakistani origin comprise the backbone of this secretive group formed in Jerusalem in 1953.

It wants to establish a supra-Islamic state on the model of the caliphate as it existed in the early days of Islam.
The group came to Pakistan through second-generation Pakistanis living in the West, particularly Britain and the United States. They claim they had supporters in Pakistan for a long time but formal operations took longer to establish.

Many members abandoned what they call the luxuries of the West to come to Pakistan to live among fellow Muslims and work for the country's transformation into a puritanical Islamic society of their dreams.

"In terms of living standards, England is better. You don't confront problems such as water shortages, power failures there," a Hizb member, who works as an executive at a bank, told Reuters, requesting anonymity.
"But you cannot safeguard the Islamic way of life in a Western society. You become alienated," said the 32-year-old, who migrated from his birthplace, London, to Pakistan -- the country of his parents -- two years ago.
"We believe the change will come in the Muslim world from places like Pakistan, where an overwhelming number of people are Islamic-minded," he said in a clipped British accent.
Scores of young men like him moved to Pakistan mainly from Britain and the United States to work for the Islamic cause.

With their trimmed beards and Western clothes, they stand in contrast to the turban and skull cap-wearing traditional followers of local Islamic parties. But their anti-West rhetoric is as radical as that of their more orthodox counterparts.

Intelligence officials say the shadowy network is taking root among educated Pakistanis and a few of its members are under surveillance. Group members include engineers, accountants, computer experts and doctors.
Several of its members speaking to Reuters in separate interviews, some on the condition of anonymity, said the number of their supporters was increasing.
"We advocate unity of Muslims," said Ismail Sheikh, a frail 34-year-old British national of Pakistani origin who was arrested for distributing pamphlets outside a Karachi mosque in July. But an anti-terrorism court acquitted him on lack of evidence last month and he was back to organizational work the same day, saying the arrest only strengthened his resolve."
"They questioned me whether I had links to al Qaeda, or I visited Afghanistan (news - web sites)," said Sheikh, a dentist from the University of Wales. He abandoned his medical career in London and moved to Karachi in 1999 to become one of the group's pioneer members.
The government sees Hizb ut-Tahrir as a threat.
"Its activities were found prejudicial to the national interest," said Abdul Rauf Chaudhry, an interior ministry spokesman. "Its members incite people against the government through their writings and leaflets."
But Naveed Butt, Hizb ut-Tahrir's spokesman, said to bring about a change one needed political, not militant action.
"We are being associated with militancy because we preach an alternative ideology," said Butt, an engineer from Chicago, where he was first introduced to the group in the mid-1980s.
"The best barometer of our success is that we were banned within three years of our activities here."

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