Zulqi'dah 29, 1425/January 10, 2005 #3
New Trend contacted
our expert on Palestine and well known peace activist in North Carolina,
and questioned him about the elections held on January 9, 2005.
Here are the points he made which can help our readers understand
what has happened.
"ELECTIONS" UNDER OCCUPATION ARE A FARCE
Abbas [Abu Mazen] who has been declared elected to replace Arafat
is backed by both the
Close friends of Abbas are King Abdullah, Hosni
Abbas has accumulated huge wealth while the Palestinian people underwent
dire suffering. He can best be described as "filthy rich."
Included in his wealth are houses worth $30 million, one each in
Gaza, Morocco, Amman and Damascus. He has investments in Sky Com
and First Option. Even Saudi Prince Bandar is impressed by his wealth
and jokingly calls him the "Palestinian Shaikh,"
Ideologically Abbas is bankrupt. He believes that the Intifada was
useless and hurt the Palestinian people.
He was seen as a demoralizing element even by Yasir Arafat who caused
him to resign.
The ELECTIONS of JANUARY 9 are a JOKE on the Palestinian people.
They were held after the leadership of the Palestinians was wiped
out by the Israelis. Yasir Arafat was poisoned. Shaikh Yasin and
Rantissi were assassinated by the Israeli air force.
The elections were boycotted by the
groups and the majority of Palestinians did not vote.
Anyone with political understanding knows that elections held under
military occupation lack legitimacy and are tantamount to rubbing
salt into the wounds of the Palestinian people.
Palestinians have no
They cannot go to work. In many cases they have no electricity.
Every day the Israelis come and murder whom they will under the
label of "terrorists." In that context, elections are a cruel fraud
being imposed on the Palestinian people.
Abbas represents the new wave of American agents, like Karzai in Kabul,
Allawi in Baghdad, Musharraf in Islamabad, who are quite willing to
stoke the fires of civil war to advance the U.S.-Israeli agenda.
Abbas is the kind of person who will be willing to start civil war
among Palestinians which Arafat had so carefully avoided.
An attempt will be made to destroy the culture of resistance and
the way of life of the Palestinian people to make them available
for "re-shaping" by their enemies.
Q & A
Why do Muslim
pray differently from Men?
Question from Sis. L... in
[name withheld on request]
Dr. Siddique, you have not been in Pakistan for long time, otherwise
you would not talk about equality between men and women in Islam. Here
the Hanafi school is the majority. It says that women should not go to
mosque and not to Juma either. Most important: the women here are
taught to pray differently from men. Women are taught different way
of praying, in every part of prayer, from raising hands in Takbir, to
the ruku, to sajda. The differences are slight but Hanafis insist on
it and want women to behave in prayer as if they don't exist and
even their sajda has to be all sqeezed down and pressed to the ground .
So, on what basis do you write about equality?
Answer by Dr. Kaukab Siddique:
"The believers, men and women are each others protecting friends and
Islamic Law doesn't differentiate between men and women. The punishment
for both is the same, be it in adultery or theft or robbery. The Qur'an
does not use gender as a standard for merit. Instead the Qur'an bases
its recognition of merit and superiority on TAQWA or God-consciousness.
Here is an example: If a woman knows the Qur'an more than a man, the
man must listen to the woman. The same applies to every aspect of life.
[ I don't know of ANY scholar who would be shameless enough to say:
Don't listen to a woman who knows more Qur'an than a man.]
Same way in
Can you imagine a male sahabi [companion of the Prophet, pbuh) who
would dare say to Ayesha, r.a.: you are a woman, so I won't listen to
the Hadith you are narrating!
The HANAFI school was not developed by Imam Abu Hanifa himself. It is
an ultra- passive school of thought which developed under the aegis
of kings and emperors. Its attempts to subjugate women are linked
to the whole structure of repressive rule and institutionalized
slavery which developed under Muslim kings.
As far as the five daily prayers and juma' prayers are concerned, their
forms and structures are not given in the Qur'an but in the Hadith of
the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DISTINCTION
BETWEEN PRAYERS BY MEN AND WOMEN as given in Hadith. The Prophet
(pbuh) made a general statement when he was teaching new Muslims how
to pray. He said:
"... Pray as you have seen me praying."
vol. I, Hadith # 604, kitab abwab al-azaan.]
He never said that for women it is different. You'll not find any
difference in prayer for women in any Sahih Hadith, be it in the
collections of Bukhari and Muslim, or the rest of the Sihah Sittah,
be it Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Nasai or Tirmizi. They narrate Hadith
about every aspect of prayer, in minute detail, but never say that
a woman's prayer is different from a man's.
On the contrary, one narration says about one of the great
"Um Ad-Darda used to sit in the prayer like men and she was a woman
well-versed in Islamic law. [faqiha]." [Sahih of Bukhari, volume I,
chapter 63, Abwab sifaat as-salaat.]
If there had been any difference between prayers for men and women,
'Ayesha, r.a., who is the leader of Islamic scholars, would have known
it and narrated it. She has not.
There are increasing numbers of Ahl-e- Hadith scholars in Pakistan.
I suggest that you find one of them. At least they will be able to
give you the Islamic texts for their actions unlike the Hanafis
who follow Qiyas and plain opinion [Rai] from a school of thought
which belonged to another age and time. There is no alternative to
the study of the Qur'an and the Hadith to know the real Islam.
Pakistan is in transition. Increasingly, inshallah, Pakistanis will
open the Qur'an and books of Hadith and study them. At this time
most of them do not.
Tsunami Politics by
Media Take Aim at Islamic relief and at
donations: Fail on Both Counts.
After the discovery of the Islamic relief teams in "inaccessible"
areas of Aceh
showed their Zionist colors. On January 7, these media, without exception,
attacked the Islamic relief effort being carried out by LASHKAR MUJAHIDIN..
The media pundits were quite chagrined at Islamic movement's announcement
that Islamic Law [SHARIA] would be implemented in the camps where they
were helping the people. These Zionists are so muddle headed, they
can't understand that Islamic people would want Islamic Law.
Governments vs Masses is the Reality of the Muslim World.
The story was also floated by the Zionists that this LASHKAR had
attacked Christians at one time. This blatant lie did not deal with
well-known Indinesian facts that Christian missionaries, emboldened
by massive finances from Europe, often moving around in helicopters,
initiated hostilities. In a vast Muslim population, the missionaries,
owing to the support of the U.S.-backed government in Jakarta felt
that they could get away with murder. Only after they attacked
mosques, was there an armed response by the
The tsunami reports on U.S. media repeatedly showed video of an
Indonesian wearing an Osama bin Laden shirt. The attitude was:
how dare he! It's the media's own fault that they have not informed
Americans that most Muslims, be it in Indonesia or
consider Osama their hero and the leader of global Islam at this time.
[The only exception is
That's simply a fact.
By January 8, probably someone higher up informed
etc that Lashkar Mujahidin and other Islamic militants are deeply
rooted in the Indonesian soil. It is fruitless to attack them when
they are serving the masses better than anyone else. Thus the
blitz lost steam.
The SECOND politicization of the Tsunami tragedy was an
attempt by the Zionists to drive a wedge between Arab and
The claim was made, and it gradually grew shrill, that the Arabs
don't care for the South Asian Muslims. No attempt was made to
differentiate between Arab rulers [who are America's friends and agents]
and the Arab masses. This too didn't work when after a few days of
frenzy, the Zionists discovered that actually "Saudi" Arabia's Islamic
Development Bank donated $500 million for Tsunami victims. Then in a
ONE NIGHT TELETHON, the Saudi people donated $97 million.
It is true that the donation of the corrupt Saudi regime is a paltry
$30 million. This regime has most of its money [Muslims' money]
stashed away in Chase Manhattan and other American and Swiss financial
There is a clear distinction between the Saudi regime and the Arabian
people. The regime, one of the most corrupt in the world, with the
EXCEPTION OF ISRAEL which has the RECORD NUMBER OF BROTHELS IN TEL AVIV,
is firmly in the pocket of the United States. By contrast, the Arabian
people are integral to the international brotherhood/sisterhood of Islam.
The Arabian people oppose the U.S. war in
while the regime supports it. This CLEAR DIVISION is true of
Muslim countries around the world including Iran: THE GOVERNMENTS
ON ONE SIDE, THE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER.
By the end of January 8, the "Saudis don't care for the South
Asian Muslims" story too petered out. Now the Zionists are using
Clinton to assure Muslims that "we really love you. Didn't we help
you in Kosovo?"
If God Loves People, then Why Tsunami?
This might surprise you dear reader but real Muslims don't ask
questions like this. For Muslims, Allah's QADR [destined power] is
not to be questioned but to be accepted. ["No misfortune can happen
on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a Book before we bring it
into existence. That is truly easy for Allah." The Qur'an 57:22]
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) lost all his children early, with the
exception of Fatima [r.a.]. Especially at the loss of his male children,
the oppressors mocked him, saying that he is "ubtar" [that is his root
has been cut].
Muslims become stronger in their faith as their suffering increases.
In the ultimate sense, everything is from God and hence there is no
point in crying about it.
The anthropomorphic God of Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity is
rejected by Islam.
When Muhammad's [pbuh] son from his
wife, Maria, [r.a.] died, there was an eclipse of the sun.
People said that even Allah is sad at Muhammad's sorrow, but the
Prophet, pbuh, rejected this idea and told Muslims that the heavens
follow the laws of Allah regardless of human fortunes and misfortunes.
Thus no Muslim would blame God for the Tsunami. [Look at the women
of Indonesia, as seen on U.S. T.V, clinging to their Islamic dress and
identity even in this most dire of circumstances. They are not weakened
in their faith by this colossal disaster.]
There are Muslims who believe that the disaster is a punishment from
God. That too is not true. Punishment and reward will be IN THE HEREAFTER.
["...And the earth will shine with the light of of its Lord: And the
Record (of deeds) will be placed (open). The prophets and the
witnesses will be brought forward, and a just decision pronounced
between them. And they will not be wronged in the least." The Qur'an 39:69]
If we look at the Islamic texts, evil people are allowed to continue
in their ways. [Sharon and Bush flourish.] Only if there is HARDLY
ANYONE GOOD LEFT IN A SOCIETY does God destroy that society. If there
is no hope for improvement in a society, a punishment could come in
which the good and the bad would be destroyed together. Well known
stories of the destruction of the people of Lot [where homosexuality
was the norm], and other incidents given in the chapter call Al-'Araf
in the Qur'an, indicate that just about everyone in those societies
had taken to evil ways.
Most of the people in the Tsunami disaster are the POOR and the
OPPRESSED, and large numbers of them are devout Muslims, as well as
the poor and the downtrodden among Hindus, Christians and Buddhists.
It would be very presumptuous of us to claim that we know why they
We must not pretend to be God and claim that we can understand everything.
God enters our lives through revelation [the Qur'an], through God's
messengers [culminating in Muhammad, p, ] and through our prayers and
our acceptance of God's Will.
Personally, I would say that tragedy should help us become more aware
of the world we live in and MOVE OUT OF OUR EGOS to EMBRACE OTHER
HUMAN BEINGS. If we constantly focus on ourselves, our own little
lives, our desires and problems, we limit our humanity and the
best in us. It's a well known phenomenon in America, that the richer
the people, the unhappier they are. One important reason for this
steady state of unhappiness in America [notice spousal abuse, divorce,
drugs, crime, sexual perversions, child neglect, rampant consumerism,
eating disorders] is the focus on the ego. Other humans don't matter.
In that personal sense, tragedy on the Tsunami scale can be helpful
in giving us the jolt we need to snap out of our little worlds and
to focus on the real world.
Let us use science and our resources to make the world a better place
to live in. Hurricanes strike Florida and very few people are killed.
A cyclone strikes Bangladesh and thousands are killed. Why? I don't
know at the micro level of each individual and family, but at the macro
level I can see that Florida takes care of its citizens to a greater
degree than Bangladesh does. So, in that limited sense, the issue we
need to deal with urgently is that of oppression connected to
exploitation of the downtrodden people by the rich. [Here the
thousands of European tourists in Thailand and Sri Lanka fit in.]
This principle of struggle to put an end to oppression, by force if
necessary, is called Jihad and is central to the Qur'an and the Hadith
of the Prophet [pbuh]. See what God is telling us?
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