Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Press Release

Islamic Leader Stopped From Saying Farewell to Mother on her deathbed
Hafiz Saeed, Kashmir liberation fighter, Imprisoned by Musharref Regime

We urge Muslims everywhere to show concern for the victims of Pakistani president Musharref's crackdown on Islamists. Write polite letters of protest to:
Pervez Musharraf, President, Islamabad, Pakistan with copy to:
Embassy of Pakistan, 2315 Massachussetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20008
We have received the following information from Nawai Waqt, pakistan's oldest and most prestigious independent newspaper. The paper is known for quality journalism and there is no reason to doubt the authenticity of the report.
The report also brings out the HIGH LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT OF WOMEN in the jihadist movement and helps to remove the legitimacy of anti-woman propaganda which is being churned out against Islam and women by the Zionist media. This report appeared in Nawai Waqt on February 13, 2002 and has been translated with great care without any editing:
HAFIZ means one who has memorized the whole Qur'an.
HAFIZA is a woman who has memorized the entire Qur'an.
"Lahore (From our staff reporter/lady reporter). Her mujahid son could get neither release nor permission to meet her: Hafiza Aisha, mother of the former Ameer of Lashkare Taiba, Prof. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, died, taking her sorrow of being unable to meet her son, with her . The respected lady was 85 and had suffered from heart disease and asthma for a few years. Musharref government's ban on jihad and the arrest on December 31, 2001 of Prof. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed had made her seriously ill from sorrow." "She was admitted to Jinnah hospital where even in a condition of unconsciousness she kept calling her son Hafiz Saeed, on which the doctor had advised that she should be allowed to meet her son. However, the government rejected the family's petition that she be allowed to meet him."
"The respected lady Aisha had memorized the entire Qur'an. and had opened an Islamic school (medressa) in Sargodha city for little girls. She helped hundreds of girls to memorize the Qur'an. At this time 24 of her students are running medressas for female students. Thus the respected departed lady is definitely the founder of a chain of Islamic schools in the province (of Punjab)."
"Her father was Maulvi Noor Muhammad. She is being mourned by three sons and two daughters ALL OF WHOM HAVE MEMORIZED THE QUR'AN. Hafiz Saeed's family migrated from Ropur, district Frozepur (in India) when Pakistan was established in 1947. Hafiz Saeed's mother moved to 36 South Chak area of Sargodha city where she started giving Qur'anic education to children. Girls who were students number in the thousands."
"Hafiz Saeed's mother was the sister of a famous Islamic scholar of the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, Prof. Hafiz Abdullah Bahawalpuri who migrated to Pakistan with 25,000 people. He led Muslim League's youth in the struggle in Sindh against G.M. Syed separatists."
"HAFIZ Saeed's entire family has memorized the Qur'an. His son and daughter are among those who have memorized the Qur'an." "Following the death of his mother, the family petitioned the government that he should be allowed to take part in his mother's burial. Hence he was allowed to go to Sargodha on parole for two days (from Sihala jail) to take part in the burial. Funeral prayers were also held after Maghrib at Hafiz Saeed's residence in Lahore, 134 I (eye) block, Jauher town, Lahore, near Ravi restaurant. Burial was in Salanwali."
Dear Muslims, President Bush and "President" Musharraf and India's Vajpayee have declared Hafiz Saeed a "terrorist". He has never been involved in terrorism and has spent his life working for the Islamic cause and to liberate Kashmir.
Suggested text of letter to Musharref: "We urge that Hafiz Saeed be released without further delay. He is a freedom fighter and to call him a terrorist is a travesty of the facts." Please add whatever you want.
We had a report on Hafiz Saeed's Eid day Khutba in Lahore. We can re-send it to interested readers.

2002-02-15 Fri 16:18ct