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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Rajab 18, 1432/ July 1, 2010 # 27

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From Imam Badi Ali [National Shoora leader Jamaat al-Muslimeen] North Carolina

Spotlight # 1: Capitalist exploitation and governments go hand in hand. It's happening in the US every day Globally the same situation can be seen. Monopolies have been created to control trade. Exploitation can mean cotton taken out of Egypt or India, manufactured into goods and sold back in Egypt or India.

Spotlight #2: Oppressors ruling Muslim countries cannot liberate Palestine. They are the problem, not the solution.
Spotlight #3: Over the decades the outlook of Muslim intellectuals has declined. Muslim elites used to have some people looking for higher causes and for Islam. Now almost everyone is scrambling for personal interests.

Spotlight #4: Geographic boundaries separating Muslim countries were created by imperialist powers. Muslims saw themselves as ONE ummah, not a collection of little countries. Now these geographic boundaries have ENTERED the minds of Muslims and they are being separated from each other in deep ways.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]

Mini Shoora on July 24: New Tactics for Unity Against Zionism

A segment of the national Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen willl meet inshallah on July 24. This will be one in a series of shooras.
Readers are welcome to send suggestions for effective moves against Zionism.

Islam Requires Muslims to Look for the crescent for important events like Ramadan and Eid

Here is the information every Muslim needs. [From] [Organized by America's leading Islamic expert on the subject Dr. Omar Afzal, Ithaca, New York]

Shaban Hilal Prediction
July 11, 2010
The conjunction is on July 11, at 19:42 UT.
The Hilal of Sha'ban will NOT be visible anywhere in the world on July 11.

July 12

NO sighting possible in following areas:
Australia, Asia including Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan,
Europe, Istanbul (Turkey), Rabat (Morocco), London (UK),
Jakarta No Karachi No
Makka Slight chance Cairo No

July 12
The visibility chances are better from Central Africa westwards.
Durban Yes Lagos Yes
Rio, Brazil Yes
Canada No
Northern USA (Boston, New York, Chicago, Seattle, etc.) No
Miami, Fl Yes (Also Texas, Arizona and Southern California)
LA/San Francisco Some
Panama Yes Hawaii Yes.

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Western Powers Using Censorship Against Islam: Zakir Naik & Shaikh Faisal

Dr. Zakir Naik has been refused entry into UK and Canada. He is a top level Islamic scholar from India and speaks very well in English. He supports Shariah and Islamic resistance to occupation of Palestine.

Shaikh Faisal, a West Indian scholar of African origin, was imprisoned by the British for his tape recordings against Hindus and Jews. After his release he visited Kenya and was denied speaking opportunities owing to British influence. He was pursued from country to country. Now he is back in the West Indies and is available only on the Internet owing to censorship by controlled mosques.

Imam Jamil al-Amin remains in prison. The power of Islam coming from him is seen as a threat by the US power structure.

Same is the case of Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman, Dr. Ali Timimi, Ahmed Abdel Sattar [] and many others.

By contrast bootlickers of the West are being publicized as Islamic scholars.

The ISNA Convention seems to be a rogues' gallery of bootlickers. Among the characters being honored by ISNA are:

1. Siraj Wahhaj who helped put the blnd shaikh in prison for life. Siraj, who blows a lot of hot air, has helped numerous rich mosques get richer. His sources of income are cleverly camouflaged.

2. Tariq Ramadan has become the darling of the West owing to his attack on Shariah.

3. Hamza Yusuf thinks the Jewish holocaust story is so sacrosanct that if it is challenged, the Qur'an itself will be subject to doubt!

4. Zaid Shakir, income sources not clear, was delighted when President Saddam Hussain was executed by US agents on Eid al-Adha. He is opposed to Muslim demonstrations against cartoons of the Prophet, pbuh.

These featherhead mediocrities have betrayed Islam. No wonder ISNA, linked to the FBI-PENTAGON-STATE DEPARTMENT, is honorng them at its July 4 Convention.

Another Revolutionary Khutba

Non-Violent Resistance and Looking forward to the Ultimate Victory of Islam

The example of Sumayya, r.a.

On June 25, 2010 the juma' khutba at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore, Maryand was given by Br. Kaukab Siddique. The small masjid was packed and the khutba was well received. The main points made by Br. Siddique are summarized here for distribution to Muslim communities across America:

And be patient and your patience is not but by (the assistance of) Allah, and grieve not for them, and do not distress yourself at what they plan. [The Qur'an 16:127]
Supplication: O Allah! Help us to study the Qur'an and the Hadith. Help us to unite the Muslims of Baltimore, the Muslims of Maryland, the Muslims of America on the Qur'an and the Hadith.

Syed Munawar Hasan Leads Huge Caravan in Faisalabad:
Challenges Zardari-Gilani-Kayani Trio

Qadianis ["Ahmedis"] are Assets of anti-Pakistan and Oppressive Forces
US & India are Working together to Weaken Pakistan

June 28, 2010. A huge procession was taken out in the city of Faisalabad to affirm the people's readiness to defend the Honor of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh. The caravan which began at Saleemi Chowk concluded in a public gathering at Chiniot Bazar Watch Tower. Thousands of ordinary citizens participated along with hundreds of activists from Jamaate Islami, Islami Jamiate Talaba, Jamiate Talaba Arabia and Shabab-e-Milli. Syed Munawar Hasan, ameer of Jamaate islami, Zafar Jamal Baluch deputy ameer of Punjab Ji, Zafar Hussain Khan of the Peasant Board and Muhammad Akram Khan Kharal of local JI lead the caravan.
Addressing the crowd, Munawar Hasan, ameer of JI, made these points:
1. The people love the Prophet, pbuh, and will not allow anyone to abrogate the laws against blasphemy and the ordinance against Qadianism ["ahmeddis"]. Qadianis, he said, are the assets of anti-Pak and oppressive/tyrannical forces.

2. India and the US are working together to weaken Pakistan.
3. Talks with India are irrelevant as long as Kashmir ir groaning under Indian occupation and Pakistan is being denied its share of river water.

4. The presence in parliament of fraudulent "law makers" who used fabricated college and school degrees to qualify for election has made democracy a joke.

5. We must prepare for a revolution which is coming. We prefer that it will be a peaceful reolution.

6. He challenged the Zardari-Gilani-Kayani trimuvirate who have prostrated themselves in front of America. He urged them to listen to the 180 million people of Pakistan rather than to America.

7. He cautioned the army that military operations have not succeeded in the past and will not succeed in the future.

8. The plans to carry out military operations in North Waziristan and South Punjab will end the little esteem left for the military.

Our America
These "Russian Spies" Seem to be Jewish. Something Fishy Here!
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen New York City]

June 29, 2010. I just had to say something about that Russian Spy story released, today. It was claimed that many of these "Russians" assimilated into American society very well and were working within the community. However, some of the names released sounded Jewish, not Russian.

My mother suggested that Israel may be the one involved and not Russia. It is plausible.

After the murder of the Hamas leader, in Abu Dhabi, and the extent to which those Israeli spies went to gain access to him, I wouldn't be surprised if this is what happened in this case. Israel has always spied on America but limited spying to government officials. These alleged-Russians were living among society.

Why is Russia, of all countries, spying on the U.S.? If this was 1983, it would seem logical since it was during the so-called Cold War Era.

Anyway, that was just our suspicion. Insha'Allah, the truth will come out.

Very funny and sad: Thanks to Mark Glenn [Idaho] for sending this to New Trend.
Our America: Why can't Americans break the Jewish-Zionist Stranglehold on their country? Here is why.

You've Gotta Fight For Your Right...To PARTY!

by Keith Johnson
See that man standing in the bleachers? That's me—I'm an American, dammit! Every time I hear that "Star Spangled Banner" played over the loud speakers, I set my $7 cup of beer down here on the seat and proudly place my right hand over my heart. See that tear in my eye? That's what you call patriotism.
I can't tell you what the sixth amendment is, but I do know who won game six in the NBA finals.
When I hear people complain about the government, I tell them "listen, buddy...if you don't love America, why don't you just geeeet out!"
I've got Alan Jackson in my CD player and a yellow "Support The Troops" sticker on my bumper. I do my part. I pay my taxes and I raised my son on Tom Clancy video games. He's in Afghanistan right now putting those skills to work. What have you done for your country lately?
I've got an eighteen-year-old daughter who just moved to Hollywood to pursue a singing career. She's doing great. As a matter of fact, Hugh Hefner just invited her to move into his mansion with two other girls. She's got a reality TV show in the works. Damn, I'm proud of those kids.
I drive a Ford F150. That's right, I buy American! Every third day I shop at Wal-Mart and stock up on Hot Pockets and Budweiser beer, and then I swing around to the Home Depot and pick up three Mexicans to work on my construction site. Them boys are funny. They're always joking around saying they're gonna take over Texas. I kid them right back and tell them if that happens, Mexicans will be jumping the fence trying to get into Oklahoma. They love that Mexican flag. Good for them. I don't mind seeing a Mexican flag flying over my Post Office, but if I see my neighbor flying the American flag upside down? You better believe that I'm gonna WE TIP his butt to Homeland Security and get that bastard shipped off to Guantanamo.
See this gut? You don't see any Muslim terrorists with a gut like that. No sir...that's an American made gut full of hot dogs and Jagermeister. See that American flag? That was made in China by slave laborers. That's right, China's my bitch! Them yellow bastards only wish they could be over here takin' part in all this freedom.
Speaking of freedom, how do you expect to win the war on terror when we've got this damn Constitution and Bill of Rights always coming to the defense of them Islamo- fascists? Get rid of that Constitution. You can take my Bill O' Rights too, but don't you dare take away my Bill O'Reilly.
I know what's going on. I keep abreast of current affairs each day. Jon Stewart tells me everything I need to know. He's a little liberal for my liking, but he's one funny dude. He has a way of turning the horrific into one big joke. I may be losing my house, my wife, and my freedom—but hey—why should I get all worked up about it, right? Now if I really want to get serious I turn to Glenn Beck. Now there's a real American. That boy knows what's going on. He's spent his entire life in a drug-induced stupor, getting fired from one morning-drive job after another, only to turn it all around in a split-second to become the most trusted political analyst and historian in television history. That's what you call an American success story.
Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger. There's another great American. Here's a guy whose voice was dubbed in by another actor in his first film role as "Hercules in New York." Now he's the Governor of California. Ten years ago, if you pitched the idea of Schwarzenegger playing the part of a Governor in a serious drama, you'd be laughed out of Hollywood. We've come a long way since then. I hope to someday slap a "Palin/Schwarzeneggar" 2012 sticker right next to my "W" and "Support The Troops" stickers to show my American pride off to all those damn liberals. I'm not politically correct...I think outside the box. I'm a rebel. Let some pansy liberal try and stop me. I'll get right in his face and tell him "if you don't like America, why don't you just geeeet out!
Damn, I love war. Why? Because war is the American way. Besides, why should I be concerned as long as bombs aren't being dropped on my lawn? I don't worry about World War Three because I won't be around to see it. Jesus will come before then to usher me up to that big Astrodome in the sky, where everyone is a Rockets fan and nobody wears a damn turban unless they're driving my drunk ass home in a taxi down gold paved streets.
And what's all this fuss about that "so-called" peace flotilla? Israel had every right to rappel down from American funded helicopters- in international waters-and assassinate people. God knows what would happen if those coloring books and crayons-of-mass-destruction got into the hands of Hamas pre-schoolers. Now I hear that a shipload of nuns is on their way to Gaza. I guess we should just let them get food to those poor Palestinian children so they can get all nourished and grow up to build bottle rockets that land on empty lots in Jerusalem.
Boy, I tell you. I don't know what the world is coming to, but it sure as hell is affecting my golf game. Thank God the 4th of July is coming up. I'm gonna get me a big bag of briquettes and do me up some cheeseburgers. Then I'm gonna wash it all down with a keg of beer and shoot off some fireworks.
God bless America! The rest of you can go straight to Hell!

The above is satire. It is completely ficticious.

Hadith Studies
Rebuttal Of Sectarian Attack on Khalid ibn al-Waleed, Sword of Allah (r.a.)
Understanding the Difference between Authentic Hadith-Seerah and Hagiography

by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

1. The Muslim world is bleeding from oppression and the oppressed are all from the mainstream of Islam. The sectarians have taken this as an opportunity to attack the sahaba, blessed companions of the Prophet, pbuh, in the hope that no one will answer them and their ideas will spread in the weaker sections of society.
2. The sahaba are the people through whom both the Qur'an and the hadith have been transmitted. An attack on the sahaba is an attack on the foundations of Islam. Our first article pointed out that the sectarians attacking the Sahaba are certainly no friends of Ali (r.a.), the 4th Caliph of Islam. Ali (r.a.) never abused or attacked the Sahaba. In fact he accepted for 24 years, the leadership of Abu Bakr, 'Umar and 'Usman (Allah be pleased with them all). As a sign of his acceptance of their leadership, he prayed behind them when each was Caliph in the mosque of the Prophet, pbuh.
We also pointed out that the Imams who have taken their wisdom from Ali, r.a., too did not condone any abuse of or attacks on Abu Bakr, 'Umar and 'Usman (Allah be pleased with them). We quoted from these Imams to prove the point.
The SECTARIANS were caught and could not answer any of the points we made. They should have apologized because they have violated the teachings of Ali (r.a.) and the imams who learned from him. These SECTARIANS are the hidden enemies of Islam and of Ali (r.a.) as shown by the fact that instead of accepting what Alawite imams have said, they sent me letters of abuse showing how obstinate they are in their enmity to the Ummah of Muhammad (pbuh).]


One of the great qualities of Hadith literature, be it the hadith of the Prophet (pbuh), the narrations about his companions, or history of the age and times, is the HONESTY OF NARRATION. The narrators do not try to write a revised history of Islam. They do not try to present the GREATS of Islam as people who never made a mistake. The Hadith narrations show:

1. Islam developing in an atmosphere of paganism. We are told of the paganistic practices of those times such as slavery, oppression of women, women as chattel, idolatry, pride in race and geneology.
2. Then we see the few people who listened to the Prophet (pbuh) emerging from what a writer has called the crucible of Makka.
3. The hadith speaks to us for all times to come because we can see that the people in those pagan times were like people in our own times, broken, oppressed humans. We see in the hadith how the Prophet (pbuh) made them whole and liberated them. Those who were great wrongdoers moved towards greatness till they became the best of peoples (as the Qur'an says) and became world conquerors.
4. The pagan ones became good and great. As one reads Hadith literature, one witnesses the miracle of Islam: One meets people who were primitive in their ways being cleansed and pulling themselves up "by-their-bootstraps" so that the empires of the world could not withstand their power and their spirituality. These were not angels. The way they were changed shows that all humans can be transformed by faith and leadership.

ON THE OTHER SIDE WE HAVE SECTARIAN HAGIOGRAPHY which means the compilation of narratives which cannot be traced back to the first century of Islam. In these stories, Ali (r.a.), Fatima (r.a.) and their line appear to be people of perfection who never made a mistake and who are to be revered as if they were angels. The SECTARIANS call them "mausoomin" which implies that they were immaculate and incapable of sin, an Islamic version of Jesus and Mary (peace be on them). Their stories begin with Hazrat Ali being born in the Ka'aba and go on from there. [The sectarians have the right to their beliefs. I refer to their hagiography to illustrate their methodology in attacking the Sahaba.)

Thus on the one hand there is the sectarian hagiography and on the other there is REALISTIC, HONEST Hadith literature accepted by most Muslims. THE SECTARIANS THEN SELECT THOSE HADITH WHICH INDICATE THE HUMAN WEAKNESSES OF PEOPLE WHO BECAME SAHABA of the PROPHET (pbuh) especially at the time when the Sahaba were transitioning from one way of life to the other. The Hadith frankly point out the process, like the evolutionary process of the caterpillar becoming the butterfly. The sectarians do not see the butterfly: they are fixated on the caterpillar and cannot see the development, or choose not to for their sectarian purposes.

THE LISTING METHOD: The SECTARIANS, like the munkareene hadith, have lists of hadith which indicate the earlier processes of the Sahaba's development. (The Jews have similar lists culled from the Qur'an which give the idea that the Qur'an only teaches murder and mayhem and subservience of women, horrible punishments and the like.)
When such a list is available, even a mediocre sectarian can start pulling choice tit bits from it on the internet and distributing it to the whole world. Such is the case of a person named Zahra Cox. She has been abusing hazrat 'Ayesha (r.a.) and many other sahaba. She chose her most vicious attack for Khalid ibn al-Waleed (r.a.), the sword of Allah. She went to the extent of shamelessly claiming that Khalid (r.a.) was a hypocrite (may Allah forgive us for mentioning her kufr).

Is Ms. Cox a scholar of Islam who has published extensively on the early history of Islam? I haven't been able to find anything published by her. If a reader knows of her scholarship, please correct us. She seems more probably to be a sectarian infiltrator trying to create fitna among the Muslims and especially trying to mislead the newcomers to Islam. Her intentions to mislead are indicated by her claim that she "converted" from Sunnism to Shi'ism. She forgot that Muslims who accept tawheed, risalat and akhirat are all Muslims. One who changes from one school of thought to another cannot be said to be "converting." The implication of conversion only comes for people who claim to be moving from falsehood to truth. Thus like a typical sectarian agitator Ms. Cox (quite a name for a Muslim) is trying to tell new Muslims that her version of Islam is Islam and the rest is not Islam.

KHALID IBN al-WALEED, when he was not a Muslim, was the only commander of men who outflanked and defeated the army of Islam (at Uhud). Thus his hands were sullied with the blood of the best Muslims. However, he was dealing with a man, Muhammad (pbuh), who could discern the best in a person regardless of outward manifestations.
Khalid (r.a.) became a Muslim. He was not only forgiven by the Prophet (pbuh) but praised with the highest praise.

In the battle of Mauta, when the three top commanders of the Islamic army were killed, Khalid ibn al-Waleed (r.a.) took over command of the army and saved a seemingly doomed force through sheer heroism and his abilities as a commander of men. The Prophet (pbuh) saw the cataclysmic events of the battle in a vision and gave Khalid (r.a.) the title for which he became famous:

" Anas, r.a., narrates that the Prophet, pbuh, gave news of (the martyrdom) of Zaid, Jaafar and Ibn Rawaha although no such news had yet been received. He (the Prophet) said: First Zaid took the banner. When he fell, Jaafar took the banner. When he fell, Ibn Rawaha took it and then he too fell. And tears streamed from his (the Prophet's) eyes when he said this, till he said: A sword of Allah grabbed the banner and Allah gave victory over them (the Romans)." (Sahih of Imam Bukhari, kitab al-Maghazi.)

The Prophet (pbuh) had discerned that Khalid (r.a.) was a diamond in the rough, so to speak. There was a deep spirituality in Khalid (r.a.) which to ordinary people (like our SECTARIANS) was not perceivable owing to Khalid's (r.a.) warlike and physically superb outward appearance. Khalid's (r.a.) spirituality came out as the light of Islam shone on him. He was the combination of the fighter and the man of Allah whom Islam wanted as its vanguard. Our sectarians have made much propaganda against those who came late to Islam. Allah forgave them but our sectarians continue 1400 years later to stoke the fires of hatred. (Khalid, r.a., was not a Hashimi and did not belong to that group of "pure" people in the sectarian hagiography.)

Let us look at an aspect of Khalid's (r.a.) SPIRITUALITY. He is reported to have gone to the Prophet, pbuh, as late as the 8th year of the Hijra (on the first of Safar) to embrace Islam. Khalid (r.a.) himself narrates:
"When I came in front of the messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, I said peace be on you o Prophet of Allah. He very graciously said: peace be on you too. I said I accept Islam and I bear witness to the truth, that there is no God but Allah and you are His messenger. The messenger of Allah, peace be on him, said I want you to follow your good understanding and I hope that your understanding will not lead you to anything but good.After I did the bai'at [oath of allegiance], I said: I Have done much harm in stopping people from the way of Allah. Please pray for me that I be forgiven. He (the Prophet, pbuh) said: Embracing Islam cancels out all previous sins. I insisted: O messenger of Allah, do pray for my forgiveness. He (the Prophet) prayed: 'O Allah! In whatever ways Khalid ibn al-Waleed has done harm in stopping people from Your way, forgive him for it." [Tabaqat of Ibn Saad, vol.4., "Sahaba who embraced Islam before the conquest of Makka."]

So, here we have the human being changing and transforming himself. Instead of SECTARIAN HAGIOGRAPHY where no person from Ali's (r.a) line ever did anything wrong, we have Khalid (r.a.) himself insisting that he had done wrong and urging the Prophet (pbuh) to pray for him. This is real Islam, believable and related to actual human beings.

Humility is one of the GREATEST VIRTUES in ISLAM, as opposed to TAKKABUR or arrogance, the idea that "I can do no wrong", which is one of the greatest sins, committed by Iblis himself according to the Qur'an.

EVEN AT THE GREAT BATTLE OF MAUTA where Khalid (r.a.) turned a terrible defeat into an amazing victory, Khalid (r.a.) was very humble in accepting the leadership of the Islamic army. He was the best of generals, the greatest general the Islamic world has ever known, but watch his humility:

"Zaid ibn Thabit (r.a.) narrates that in the battle of Mauta when the (three) commanders were killed, Thabit ibn Arqam took the banner (of Islam) and started calling out: O people of Ansar. People starred turning towards him. He saw Khalid ibn al-Waleed and said: O Abu Sulayman, take the banner! Khalid said: I will not accept it. You are more deserving of it. YOU ARE OLDER AND YOU WERE PRESENT AT BADR. Thabit said: O man. Take it! By Allah! I was only bringing it for you. Thabit said: O people do you agree on Khalid? They said: Yes, we are. Khalid took the banner and kept it aloft for a while. The unbelievers directed their attack on him but he remained firm. When the unbelievers wavered a little, Khalid, with his companions, attacked, separating one wing of the enemy force from the other. Then Khalid regrouped the (Islamic) army and defeated the enemy's troops" (TABAQAT of Ibn Saad, Vol.4., Ibid)

[Abu Hazim narrates from Khalid ibn al-Waleed (r.a.) On the day of MAUTA, SEVEN SWORDS BROKE IN MY HAND one after the other (in intense battle) till I was left with one big YEMENI sword in my hand. Sahih of Imam Bukhari, kitab al-Maghazi.]

Khalid ibn al-Waleed (r.a.) took part in many campaigns. He was bursting with Islamic enthusiasm. This does not mean that he had become perfect or that the past way of life had been totally expurgated and he was now like an angel. In some campaigns he was over hasty. He killed some people of Banu Jadhima even while they were laying down their arms and were announcing peace. The Prophet (pbuh) was very hurt by Khalid's (r.a.) action and repudiated the action. Khalid (r.a.) was rough with one of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh), Abdur Rahman ibn 'Auf (r.a.). Again, he was corrected by the Prophet (pbuh).

These two incidents are honestly and correctly narrated in our hadith literature. No attempt has been made to conceal the barbarity of these actions. The Prophet (pbuh) with the great wisdom Allah had given him, REPUDIATED KHALID's (r.a.) ACTIONS but kept Khalid (r.a) in the service of Islam. THE PROPHET (pbuh) was right and Khalid's (r.a.) CRITICS (including our sectarians), were wrong. After these errors, Khalid's struggle to serve Islam and to smash the power of oppressive empires is so great that it has few (if any equals) in human history.

In spite of some of Khalid's (r.a.) actions, the sahaba thought of Khalid (r.a.) just as the Prophet (pbuh) did,that he was a SWORD OF ALLAH. Hence when the Islamic armies crossed the deserts to topple the oppressive empires of the time (the U.S. and USSR of the time) Khalid (r.a.) was brilliant and outshone the extraordinary commanders and heroic fighters of the Islamic forces. He was the best among the best.

During the Caliphate of Abu Bakr (r.a.), Khalid (r.a.) was often in command of the Islamic armies. In one battle he killed an apostate named Ibn Nuwaira. There was a dispute among the Muslims as to whether Ibn Nuwaira was going to make peace and was wrongfully killed by Khalid (r.a.). Here we find another incident which historians in other religions would have tried to conceal. Some hadith narrations say that 'Umar (r.a.) was convinced that Khalid (r.a.) was wrong in the case of Ibn Nuwaira and this is said to be the reason why 'Umar (r.a.) removed Khalid (r.a.) from the command of the Islamic army when he became Caliph. (Tabari's Tarikh, vol.2.)

However, like the Prophet (pbuh), Abu Bakr (r.a.) gave command of various Islamic armies to Khalid (r.a.). The Islamic content of Khalid's (r.a.) leadership was recognized by the entire ummah, so much so that on the way to DAMASCUS, "KHALID PAUSED AT A PLACE TO RAISE THE BANNER OF THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH, PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE ON HIM. Since then the site is known as 'The Site of the Banner. The flag was black in color." [Futuh al-Buldan by Ahmed al-Buladhuri, died 279 A.H., chapter on "Khalid's March on Damascus and the Places he conquered on the way."]

In 13 Hijri in the month of Jamada al-Awwal, Khalid (r.a.) scored a victory for Islam which changed the history of the middle east. With a small force, he routed a European army of nearly 100,000 troops. Known as the battle of Ajnadin, this battle in itself is enough to place Khalid (r.a.) among the greatest generals of Islam for all time to come. Al-Baladhuri writes: "On that day, Khalid ibn al-Waleed displayed tremendous bravery and chivalry. The enemy forces were dispersed and large numbers of them were slain in the battle."(Futuh al-Buldan, chapter on The Day of Ajnadin.)
'Umar (r.a.) removed Khalid (r.a.) from the leadership of the battle formations. At that time Khalid (r.a.) had won a string of victories and was extremely popular among the forces. He could have shown reluctance to obey 'Umar's (r.a.) order to hand over command to Abu Ubaidah (r.a.) but Khalid (r.a.) had mastered his self so well that he did not hesitate at all. In fact Abu Ubaidah (r.a.), the new commander was shy of telling him the Caliph's orders.

Khalid's(r.a.) ego was that of a mu'min. He continued to fight as a part of the Islamic army. His units played a key role in the capture of Damascus. The peace instrument Khalid (r.a.) gave to the Bishop of Damascus is of historic importance. Europe cannot boast of anything comparable in its wars. Khalid (r.a.) wrote:

"In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. This is the document khalid ibn al-Waleed gave to the people of Damascus when he entered the city. He gave peace and protection to their lives, to their goods, to their churches and to the protective ramparts of their city. None of their homes will be taken over as dwellings (by the Muslim troops). This guarantee is given to them by Allah's trust and the guarantee of Allah's messenger, peace be on him, his vicegerents and the believers in general. If they pay jizya taxes, good will be done to them."
(Ref: Futuh-al-Buldan, chapter on the conquest of Damascus and its environs.)

According to al-Waqidi, Damascus was conquered in Rajab of 14 Hijri.

The virtues of Khalid, r.a., sword of Allah, are too many to recount in one article. His dash across the Arabian desert, his spiritual experience in the middle of war to carry out an Umrah to Makka, his consultation with a woman (his sister) to decide on 'Umar's orders, are beautiful episodes which I would have liked to discuss.

O Sword of Allah, the Ummah of Islam is indebted to you for all time to come. The world has not produced many who can compare with you.

Our America
A Sane American View on Ending the War on Afghanistan
A #33 Billion Dollar War Supplemental Funding Bill Coming up: Must be Opposed

On June 22nd, Rolling Stone published a candid interview with General Stanley McChrystal and members of his staff. "The Runaway General" is valuable because it gives an unfiltered look at how the men who led the war in Afghanistan truly feel. Nine years ago our government sold the American people snake oil to get us into Afghanistan, and they did it again with Iraq. But as this article shows, they've never stopped selling it:

"The commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He's in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies - to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies. Opposition to the war has already toppled the Dutch government, forced the resignation of Germany's president and sparked both Canada and the Netherlands to announce the withdrawal of their 4,500 troops."

We have to press harder because we're coming to a turning point. We must force Obama to withdraw just like his NATO allies have. In the words of one retired U.S. colonel Douglas MacGregor, "The entire COIN strategy is a fraud perpetuated on the American people." Repeatedly, the White House and Congress have been given the right information, we have to keep pressuring them to make the right decision.

With the $33 Billion war supplemental funding bill planned for a vote this week, we have a critical opportunity to pressure Congress to end the war.

Call Congress at (202) 224-3121 or use our call-script here.

Tell your Members to vote "No" on all future war funding bills. And then tell them we need an exit strategy from Afghanistan right away. Ask them to co-sponsor the Afghanistan Exit Strategy bill which is Representatives McGovern and Jones' HR 5015 in the House, and Senator Feingold's S. 3197 in the Senate. Tell them it's time to focus on a political solution and a comprehensive peace plan in the region while investing in Afghan-led aid and development.

Thank you,

Kevin M. Martin
Executive Director
Peace Action Education Fund

2010-07-02 Fri 19:12:09 cdt