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Jamada al-Awwal 24,1433/April 16, 2012 # 17
Br. Shamim Siddiqi [Long Island, New York] has sent his
famous book CALLING HUMANITY to President Obama, urging him
to see that Islam alone can solve the problems of the world.
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Also, we'll be giving out more complimentary copies of
CALLING HUMANITY. Write to New Trend for one.
With thanks to NCPCF we give complete text of al-Arian's
message. Mentions Dr. Aafia & Ali Timimi.
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For the first time Prof. Sami al-Arian spoke though under
house arrest addressing a non-Muslim civil rights group.
Breaking News #1: Pro-Israel Norwegian White Supremacist who
killed 77 civilians on trial.
April 16: Anders Breivik, a White Supremacist who killed 77
civilians on July 22, 2011, was brought to trial. He claims
that Muslims are taking over Norway and he had to kill the
Norwegians who do not support Israel. He came to court
dressed up in expensive suit and tie and gave the White
Power salute. He looked well fed and had lived for 9 months
in prison in hotel-like conditions. He claimed he killed in
"self-defense." [Another Zimmerman? Sort of like the Israeli
claim that it has to use jet fighters to defend itself
against defenseless Palestinians.]
Breaking News #2: Major prison break releases 380 Islamic
prisoners [Source : Dawn]
April 15: An estimated 100 Pak Taliban attacked a prison in
Bannu, northern Pakistan at fajr and freed 380 Islamic
prisoners, among them Adnan Rasheed who had tried to kill
General Musharraf, Pakistan's former military dictator. The
prison break happened after the Pakistani Taliban fought a
two hour gun battle with troops defending the prison. They
then demolished the prison walls and gate with RPGs and
freed the prisoners who were on death row. Pakistani
military reinforcements arrived soon after the break and are
trying to re-capture the prisoners though the Pak Taliban
say some have already reached Taliban controlled areas.
Breaking News #3: Government decides to open NATO Supply
line. Islamics decide to block.
April 14: Pakistani seculars and Islamics are going head to
head again. The parliament, which backs the US and is
largely secular has decided to re-open the NATO supply line
to Afghanistan. The Islamic movement known as the Defense of
Pakistan council has announced that it will block the supply
route. Jamaate Islami, ad-Dawa, JUI [Samiul Haque] lead this
movement but the entire spectrum of Islamic groups has
On this date, the "block NATO" movement showed its strength
by holding a mass rally on the highway from Peshawar which
was addressed by prominent Islamic leaders.
April 15: Syed Munawar Hasan spoke to a big rally in Dera
Ghazi Khan where he focused on American intervention as the
cause of Pakistan's wavering from its national interests. He
lauded Shaykh Osama as a martyr and said that a thousand
Osamas would rise from the soil of Pakistan. [Please scroll
to end for latest news from Pakistan].
Spotlights on Marriage
An Invitation to think from Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora
Leader, Jamaat al-Muslimeen
Marriage is Paradise on earth. Do not make it
Marriage is mercy and love. Live it!
Marriage is to love and to be loved.
The magic of marriage is some of what we are
expecting in Paradise.
If you love Allah, you love what He loves.
Marriage is communication and concession.
Marriage is a precious gift from Allah. In it
we gain each others heart.
Marriage is a long journey of life. Make sure
of your objectives in life.
The goal in marriage is to help each other
please Allah to reach Paradise and to build a family.
Beautiful words need a beautiful partner to
understand and to listen.
Spotlight # 11:
If you are a good husband, you will have a
Remember, arguing and bickering burns energy.
Remember to use this energy for something better.
Strange Things Du'a can do for you
[Sent by Tennessee Dawah.]
I asked Allah for strength and Allah gave me difficulties to
make me strong.
I asked Allah for wisdom and Allah gave me problems to
I asked Allah for courage and Allah gave me obstacles to
I asked Allah for love and Allah gave me troubled people to
I asked Allah for favors and Allah gave me opportunities.
Maybe I received nothing I wanted, but I received everything
Photo shows some of the Hispanic women who have embraced
Islam in America.
Zionist Abuse of Islam has failed.
[With thanks to Sis. Najat Amatullah on facebook. For her
comments in Spanish,
Egypt: April 13. Woman leads Latest Mass Rally by Islamic
Groups in Tahrir Square, Cairo.
:Demonstrators want to block attempt by the generals to
support remnants of Hosni Mubarak's tyranny.
Photo below shows a Muslim woman protected by men all around
her leading the demonstration.
[Egyptian military rulers "disqualified" the Muslim
Brotherhood and Salafi candidates for the President.]
Our America: from our media monitor
NPR and New York Times Unite in Abusive Campaign against
Somalia's Islamic people
On April 4, National Public Radio [NPR] Jeffrey Gettleman of
the New York Times who has just returned from Somalia.
Almost an hour was spent in abusive attacks on al-Shabab,
Somalia's major Islamic group. Jeffrey wanted to convince
his listeners that al-Shabab are responsible for the
suffering of the Somali people.
There are big holes in Jeffrey's story. Firstly, he did not
visit any place outside Mogadishu which is occupied by
non-Muslim military backed by western powers. Secondly, he
admitted that al-Shabab are carrying out large scale
"commercial agriculture" in the areas under their control.
Thirdly, he tried to denigrate Muslim relief groups from
Qatar and Turkey who are in Somalia. He is angry at the
al-Shabab that they do not allow big western relief
organizations to enter Somalia. Fourthly, he tried to
condemn the habab for carrying out arranged marriages as a
form of prostitution. Any rational person would know that
the suffering women of Somalia, many of them widows and
orphans, badly need men who would marry them.
Coming from America, the land of random sex and one night
stands, only a Zionist would have the gall to condemn the
Shabab for arranging marriages without dating and love
Jeffery brought out ONE PHOTO of a child who died of
starvation. He based his entire attack on that ONE PHOTIO.
Then he admitted that the child died in Mogadishu, not in a
Shabab-controlled area. His dilemma was that he could not
explain why the child died of starvation when he admitted
that there is abundant food in Mogadishu!
Looks like Jeffery did not really know why the child died
and attributed it to "starvation."
The utter shame of it is that Jeffery has been awarded the
Polk Award for this propagandistic attack on Somalia. It
looks like a case of Zionists helping Zionists to tell lies
[A further complication in the interview was that the
Jewish-Zionist woman carrying out the interview had to deal
with the fact that in the morning of April 4, a female
al-Shabab had carried out a martyrdom operation against the
forces occupying Mogadishu. Quite a troubling detail.Why do
women love al-Shabab's cause?]
Trying to scare US Muslims backfires: by Kaukab Siddique
Tarek Mehanna's Case: Seventeen Years for non-Violent Crime.
What does the US gain?
Compare with Israeli Professor at U Penn who murdered his
A tenured Israeli professor at University of Pennsylvania
bludgeoned his Christian wife to death two days before
Christmas. Police uncovered his efforts to cover his tracks.
He was arrested, pleaded guilty and was give only FIVE years
for the brutal murder. He is up for parole this year.
Tarek Mehanna, of Egyptian descent, has never hurt anyone.
He was outraged by US atrocities in Iraq and opposed the
occupation of Muslim countries. The "government" tried to
make him an informant. His refusal led to scrutiny of his
life and opinions and these were presented as links with
al-Qaida. He has been sentenced to 17 years. The media, it
appears, were not permitted to discuss his defense. He got
only a couple of lines in the media referring to him as an
al-Qaida wannabe. [Once a prisoner is defined as "al-Qaida"
he is no longer seen as a human in America.
It's become a routine in the US that Muslims get incredibly
long sentences on the slightest of evidence which would not
stand up in any court which had not been "instructed" and
given "guidelines" for Muslim cases. Look at the cases of
Dr. Aafia, Dr. Ali Timimi, Dr. Kifah, Prof. Sami al-Arian
and a long list of others. High education and clean personal
records do not soften the Draconian attitudes of American
Why is this being done? The US seems to be under the
impression that harsh and irrational sentencing will "send a
message" to the Muslims of America. They will be scared and
trembling in their shoes. As a result, the US Muslims, will
respond in this way, the US hopes:
The Zionists hope that Muslims will be too scared to talk to
non-Muslims about the injustices the US is carrying out and
this will thwart the spread of Islam. The real target of the
oppressors is Islam and not any individual scapegoat.
We are not terrorists. Please have mercy on us.We pray
five times a day and love everyone. [ICNA types]
We urge Muslims to join the FBI and to pray in the
Pentagon and watch the destruction of our Ummah. [ISNA
We will work as eyes and ears of Homeland Security and
hand over any potential extremists [just as we did with the
5 youths who went to Pakistan]. [CAIR types.]
Master, tell us what to do and what to say, and we will.
[Zuhdi Jassar types.]
All that is not enough. We'll join the Democratic Party
[or Republicans, if they win]. [Abdul Malik "Mujahid"
What is really happening? US Muslims are more opposed to US
policies than ever before.
These 4 letter organizations which support those in power
are Muslim opportunists whose interests are intertwined with
those of the Zionist-Corporate power structure. Most Muslims
in America, after a long process of political "growing up,"
abhor these tiny groups. They are unknown in most mosques or
are "accepted" to ward off Zionist persecution. Go to any
mosque and you'll find almost 100% of US Muslims :
The ICING on the CAKE: The sentenced Muslims have not given
up Islam nor have they gone back on the idea of the just
resistance of Muslims. They do not consider Israel a
legitimate entity. They do not reject the Muslim right to
resist occupation. In spite of the surety that they will get
pitiless long sentences, they do not waver. Ever heard of a
Muslim giving up Islam when confronted with the onslaught of
the US "justice" system? Not one! Read the statement of the
Bangladeshi Muslim "Shifa" Ehsanul Sadequee or that of
Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui. Read the statement of Abu Ali.
Above all these was the historic statement of Dr. Omar
'Abdel Rahman. This blind man, who has no English and is
totally at the mercy of his oppressors has not sold out.
Oppose occupation of Muslim lands.
Condemn the siege of Gaza and the bombing of Pakistan and
Yemen and oppose intervention in Somalia and African
Consider the American justice system, as far as Muslims
are concerned, a COMPLETE FRAUD and a shameful travesty of
justice. These are show trials which would have made Stalin
[Check it out for yourself: Other than followers of ICNA,
ISNA, CAIR, is there any Muslim who considers Israel
legitimate, or supports occupation and intervention by the
US or considers the US justice system just? Zero. Even
supporters of these renegade groups will admit privately
that their leaders are munafiqs.]
Here we offer you the statement of Tarek Mehanna. Read it
carefully. It is history in a nut shell. This more or less
sums it up.
Received from National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms
TAREK'S SENTENCING STATEMENT APRIL 12, 2012
Read to Judge O'Toole during his sentencing, April 12th
In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful
Exactly four years ago this month I was finishing my work
shift at a local hospital. As I was walking to my car I was
approached by two federal agents. They said that I had a
choice to make: I could do things the easy way, or I could
do them the hard way. The "easy " way, as they explained,
was that I would become an informant for the government, and
if I did so I would never see the inside of a courtroom or a
prison cell. As for the hard way, this is it. Here I am,
having spent the majority of the four years since then in a
solitary cell the size of a small closet, in which I am
locked down for 23 hours each day. The FBI and these
prosecutors worked very hard-and the government spent
millions of tax dollars - to put me in that cell, keep me
there, put me on trial, and finally to have me stand here
before you today to be sentenced to even more time in a
In the weeks leading up to this moment, many people have
offered suggestions as to what I should say to you. Some
said I should plead for mercy in hopes of a light sentence,
while others suggested I would be hit hard either way. But
what I want to do is just talk about myself for a few
When I refused to become an informant, the government
responded by charging me with the "crime" of supporting the
mujahideen fighting the occupation of Muslim countries
around the world. Or as they like to call them,
"terrorists." I wasn't born in a Muslim country, though. I
was born and raised right here in America and this angers
many people: how is it that I can be an American and believe
the things I believe, take the positions I take? Everything
a man is exposed to in his environment becomes an ingredient
that shapes his outlook, and I'm no different. So, in more
ways than one, it's because of America that I am who I
When I was six, I began putting together a massive
collection of comic books. Batman implanted a concept in my
mind, introduced me to a paradigm as to how the world is set
up: that there are oppressors, there are the oppressed, and
there are those who step up to defend the oppressed. This
resonated with me so much that throughout the rest of my
childhood, I gravitated towards any book that reflected that
paradigm - Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Autobiography of Malcolm
X, and I even saw an ethical dimension to The Catcher in the
By the time I began high school and took a real history
class, I was learning just how real that paradigm is in the
world. I learned about the Native Americans and what befell
them at the hands of European settlers. I learned about how
the descendants of those European settlers were in turn
oppressed under the tyranny of King George III.
I read about Paul Revere, Tom Paine, and how Americans began
an armed insurgency against British forces - an insurgency
we now celebrate as the American revolutionary war. As a kid
I even went on school field trips just blocks away from
where we sit now. I learned about Harriet Tubman, Nat
Turner, John Brown, and the fight against slavery in this
country. I learned about Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, and the
struggles of the labor unions, working class, and poor. I
learned about Anne Frank, the Nazis, and how they persecuted
minorities and imprisoned dissidents. I learned about Rosa
Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and the civil rights
I learned about Ho Chi Minh, and how the Vietnamese fought
for decades to liberate themselves from one invader after
another. I learned about Nelson Mandela and the fight
against apartheid in South Africa. Everything I learned in
those years confirmed what I was beginning to learn when I
was six: that throughout history, there has been a constant
struggle between the oppressed and their oppressors. With
each struggle I learned about, I found myself consistently
siding with the oppressed, and consistently respecting those
who stepped up to defend them -regardless of nationality,
regardless of religion. And I never threw my class notes
away. As I stand here speaking, they are in a neat pile in
my bedroom closet at home.
From all the historical figures I learned about, one stood
out above the rest. I was impressed be many things about
Malcolm X, but above all, I was fascinated by the idea of
transformation, his transformation. I don't know if you've
seen the movie "X" by Spike Lee, it's over three and a half
hours long, and the Malcolm at the beginning is different
from the Malcolm at the end. He starts off as an illiterate
criminal, but ends up a husband, a father, a protective and
eloquent leader for his people, a disciplined Muslim
performing the Hajj in Makkah, and finally, a martyr.
Malcolm's life taught me that Islam is not something
inherited; it's not a culture or ethnicity. It's a way of
life, a state of mind anyone can choose no matter where they
come from or how they were raised.
This led me to look deeper into Islam, and I was hooked. I
was just a teenager, but Islam answered the question that
the greatest scientific minds were clueless about, the
question that drives the rich & famous to depression and
suicide from being unable to answer: what is the purpose of
life? Why do we exist in this Universe? But it also answered
the question of how we're supposed to exist. And since
there's no hierarchy or priesthood, I could directly and
immediately begin digging into the texts of the Qur'an and
the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, to begin the journey of
understanding what this was all about, the implications of
Islam for me as a human being, as an individual, for the
people around me, for the world; and the more I learned, the
more I valued Islam like a piece of gold. This was when I
was a teen, but even today, despite the pressures of the
last few years, I stand here before you, and everyone else
in this courtroom, as a very proud Muslim.
With that, my attention turned to what was happening to
other Muslims in different parts of the world. And
everywhere I looked, I saw the powers that be trying to
destroy what I loved. I learned what the Soviets had done to
the Muslims of Afghanistan. I learned what the Serbs had
done to the Muslims of Bosnia. I learned what the Russians
were doing to the Muslims of Chechnya. I learned what Israel
had done in Lebanon - and what it continues to do in
Palestine - with the full backing of the United States. And
I learned what America itself was doing to Muslims. I
learned about the Gulf War, and the depleted uranium bombs
that killed thousands and caused cancer rates to skyrocket
I learned about the American-led sanctions that prevented
food, medicine, and medical equipment from entering Iraq,
and how - according to the United Nations - over half a
million children perished as a result. I remember a clip
from a '60 Minutes' interview of Madeline Albright where she
expressed her view that these dead children were "worth it."
I watched on September 11th as a group of people felt driven
to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings from their
outrage at the deaths of these children. I watched as
America then attacked and invaded Iraq directly. I saw the
effects of 'Shock & Awe' in the opening day of the invasion
- the children in hospital wards with shrapnel from American
missiles sticking but of their foreheads (of course, none of
this was shown on CNN).
I learned about the town of Haditha, where 24 Muslims -
including a 76-year old man in a wheelchair, women, and even
toddlers - were shot up and blown up in their bedclothes as
the slept by US Marines. I learned about Abeer al-Janabi, a
fourteen-year old Iraqi girl gang-raped by five American
soldiers, who then shot her and her family in the head, then
set fire to their corpses. I just want to point out, as you
can see, Muslim women don't even show their hair to
unrelated men. So try to imagine this young girl from a
conservative village with her dress torn off, being sexually
assaulted by not one, not two, not three, not four, but five
soldiers. Even today, as I sit in my jail cell, I read about
the drone strikes which continue to kill Muslims daily in
places like Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. Just last month,
we all heard about the seventeen Afghan Muslims - mostly
mothers and their kids - shot to death by an American
soldier, who also set fire to their corpses.
These are just the stories that make it to the headlines,
but one of the first concepts I learned in Islam is that of
loyalty, of brotherhood - that each Muslim woman is my
sister, each man is my brother, and together, we are one
large body who must protect each other. In other words, I
couldn't see these things beings done to my brothers &
sisters - including by America - and remain neutral. My
sympathy for the oppressed continued, but was now more
personal, as was my respect for those defending them.
I mentioned Paul Revere - when he went on his midnight ride,
it was for the purpose of warning the people that the
British were marching to Lexington to arrest Sam Adams and
John Hancock, then on to Concord to confiscate the weapons
stored there by the Minuteman. By the time they got to
Concord, they found the Minuteman waiting for them, weapons
in hand. They fired at the British, fought them, and beat
them. From that battle came the American Revolution. There's
an Arabic word to describe what those Minutemen did that
day. That word is: JIHAD, and this is what my trial was
All those videos and translations and childish bickering
over 'Oh, he translated this paragraph' and 'Oh, he edited
that sentence,' and all those exhibits revolved around a
single issue: Muslims who were defending themselves against
American soldiers doing to them exactly what the British did
to America. It was made crystal clear at trial that I never,
ever plotted to "kill Americans" at shopping malls or
whatever the story was. The government's own witnesses
contradicted this claim, and we put expert after expert up
on that stand, who spent hours dissecting my every written
word, who explained my beliefs. Further, when I was free,
the government sent an undercover agent to prod me into one
of their little "terror plots," but I refused to
participate. Mysteriously, however, the jury never heard
So, this trial was not about my position on Muslims killing
American civilians. It was about my position on Americans
killing Muslim civilians, which is that Muslims should
defend their lands from foreign invaders - Soviets,
Americans, or Martians. This is what I believe. It's what
I've always believed, and what I will always believe. This
is not terrorism, and it's not extremism. It's what the
arrows on that seal above your head represent: defense of
the homeland. So, I disagree with my lawyers when they say
that you don't have to agree with my beliefs - no. Anyone
with commonsense and humanity has no choice but to agree
with me. If someone breaks into your home to rob you and
harm your family, logic dictates that you do whatever it
takes to expel that invader from your home.
But when that home is a Muslim land, and that invader is the
US military, for some reason the standards suddenly change.
Common sense is renamed "terrorism" and the people defending
themselves against those who come to kill them from across
the ocean become "the terrorists" who are "killing
Americans." The mentality that America was victimized with
when British soldiers walked these streets 2 ½ centuries ago
is the same mentality Muslims are victimized by as American
soldiers walk their streets today. It's the mentality of
When Sgt. Bales shot those Afghans to death last month, all
of the focus in the media was on him-his life, his stress,
his PTSD, the mortgage on his home-as if he was the victim.
Very little sympathy was expressed for the people he
actually killed, as if they're not real, they're not humans.
Unfortunately, this mentality trickles down to everyone in
society, whether or not they realize it. Even with my
lawyers, it took nearly two years of discussing, explaining,
and clarifying before they were finally able to think
outside the box and at least ostensibly accept the logic in
what I was saying. Two years! If it took that long for
people so intelligent, whose job it is to defend me, to
de-program themselves, then to throw me in front of a
randomly selected jury under the premise that they're my
"impartial peers," I mean, come on. I wasn't tried before a
jury of my peers because with the mentality gripping America
today, I have no peers. Counting on this fact, the
government prosecuted me - not because they needed to, but
simply because they could.
I learned one more thing in history class: America has
historically supported the most unjust policies against its
minorities - practices that were even protected by the law -
only to look back later and ask: 'what were we thinking?'
Slavery, Jim Crow, the internment of the Japanese during
World War II - each was widely accepted by American society,
each was defended by the Supreme Court. But as time passed
and America changed, both people and courts looked back and
asked 'What were we thinking?' Nelson Mandela was considered
a terrorist by the South African government, and given a
life sentence. But time passed, the world changed, they
realized how oppressive their policies were, that it was not
he who was the terrorist, and they released him from prison.
He even became president. So, everything is subjective -
even this whole business of "terrorism" and who is a
"terrorist." It all depends on the time and place and who
the superpower happens to be at the moment.
In your eyes, I'm a terrorist, and it's perfectly reasonable
that I be standing here in an orange jumpsuit. But one day,
America will change and people will recognize this day for
what it is. They will look at how hundreds of thousands of
Muslims were killed and maimed by the US military in foreign
countries, yet somehow I'm the one going to prison for
"conspiring to kill and maim" in those countries - because I
support the Mujahidin defending those people. They will look
back on how the government spent millions of dollars to
imprison me as a "terrorist," yet if we were to somehow
bring Abeer al-Janabi back to life in the moment she was
being gang-raped by your soldiers, to put her on that
witness stand and ask her who the "terrorists" are, she sure
wouldn't be pointing at me.
The government says that I was obsessed with violence,
obsessed with "killing Americans." But, as a Muslim living
in these times, I can think of a lie no more ironic.
-Tarek Mehanna 4/12/12
Sis. Najat Amatullah's comments in Spanish on the photo of
Hispanic Muslimahs in prayer above.
Hay una entera Sura en el Corán que lleva nuestro nombre, la
Sura de las Mujeres El primer mártir del Islam fue una
mujer, Sumayya La primera persona que creyó en Mohammed
(Sala Allahu 3alayhi wa salam) fue una mujer, Khadijah ...
La recomendación que el Profeta Mohammed (Sala Allahu
'alayhi wa salam) dió a su nación antes de morir fue la de
tratar bien a las mujeres La mujer es la mitad de la
sociedad, y educa a la otra mitad Y puesto que la mujer es
preciosa, Allah la honró con el hijab, para preservar su
castidad y pureza...
[Translation: There is a whole Sura in the Qur'an that bears
our name, the Sura of women. The first martyr of Islam was a
woman, Sumayya. The first person that believed in Mohammed
(peace and blessings be on him) was a woman, Khadijah. The
recommendation that the Prophet Mohammed (peace and
blessings be on him) gave their nation before dying was the
best treatment of wome. He said women are half of the
society, and they educate the other half, and given that the
woman is beautiful, Allah honored her with the hijab, to
preserve her chastity and purity.]
Pakistan: From Shamsuddin Amjad
Jamaate Islami demands referendum on NATO supplies issue
LAHORE, Apr. 16: Jamaat e Islami Secretary General, Liaqat
Baloch, has demanded referendum on the issue of Pak-US
relations and the NATO supplies stating that the parliament
had become controversial due to its resolution for
restoration of the supplies.
Addressing JI workers here on Monday, he said that the
entire nation was against restoration of NATO supplies as it
was not ready to accept USslavery or to be a party in the
NATO aggression against the Afghan people any more. On the
other hand, the parliament through its resolution, had given
a fresh offer for slavery. This meant that the threats of
US President Obama, Hillary Clinton and US generals had
worked and even the opposition parties in the parliament had
been cooled down to serve the US agenda.
Liaqat Baloch said that the US and NATO armies had been
defeated inAfghanistanand the Afghan freedom fighters were
making decisive attacks over NATO forces and their
installations. This was the time when Pakistan could be
freed from the US slavery and the parliament librated from
Zardari's hold, he added.
He said the opposition parties in the parliament had changed
their stance repeatedly and were successful in having some
amendments in the original draft on the issue. However, he
said, that President Zardari was the real beneficiary in the
present situation which implied that the parliamentary
opposition had provides oxygen to the rulers.
The JI Secretary General said that the US announcements
against Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and the Ahle Sunnah leader
Maulana Muhammad Ahmed, the continuing actions against the
Shia community and the target killings in Karachi, were the
product of the same master mind, a force which wanted to
destabilize this country and prove it a failed state.
He said the US and its agents were trying to cow down the
people on the NATO supplies issue. However, he said, masses
drive against these would continue peacefully while the
supplies would be stopped by force.
Photo below shows top Islamic leader Munawar Hasam
addressing a large gathering in Dera Ghazi Khan [northern
Pakistan just outside the tribal areas].He was showered with
rose petals [visible in the photo]
Symbolic first step to block the NATO supply line. A huge
rally on the highway from Peshawar shows crowd on the left
with striped flags of Jamiatul ulema Islam [Sami ul Haque],
green Pakistani flags and green flags with stripes which are
Jamaate Islami flags. Sitting on the right are leaders who
addressed the protestors.
With thanks to NCPCF
Prof. Sami al-Arian Speaks via skype from House Arrest.
Complete Text. Uncut.
Sisters and brothers, friends and colleagues, my fellow
advocates for justice and freedom.
It's indeed my honor and privilege to address you tonight in
this great gathering even for a few moments.
This is my first public address in the U. S. in over nine
years. I've been advised to refrain from speaking in public
because of my pending case, but I thought this event is
important enough to make an exception.
I'm not going to beat around the bush. So let me be very
direct and frank with you. Nothing short of our very
survival as free people living in a free and democratic
society is at stake.
Let me even be more blunt. We, as a community, are at the
forefront in the fight to reclaim the foundations and
principles that established this great country.
Since 9/11, our society is being transformed slowly but
surely into a surveillance and security state. If that trend
is not reversed then everyone - not just the American Muslim
community - can no longer claim to be free.
More than a half century ago George Orwell described such a
state in his eye-opening novel 1984. In such society, fear
of the government becomes the norm, the standard way of
life. People are then cultured to submit to a new language
and regulated speech: war is peace; slavery is freedom;
ignorance is strength. In such an environment, where society
is dominated by fear, people start conforming to every
behavior dictated by the government.
So when a daughter hears her father criticize, in his dream,
the leader, Big Brother, she reports him to the authorities.
He is immediately arrested, tried, convicted and sent to
prison. In the novel, Orwell describes how the father was
grateful to his daughter for reporting him before acting out
his dream so that he could be rehabilitated in time.
But fiction no more.
During my own trial, one piece of evidence used against me
consisted of a phone call between two co-defendants where
one of them recounted a conversation he had with me in his
dream. It was reminiscent of the thought crime in Orwell's
novel. Indeed much of the government's evidence presented to
the jury during my six-month trial were speeches I
delivered, lectures I presented, articles I wrote, magazines
I edited, books I owned, conferences I convened, rallies I
attended, interviews I gave, news I heard, and websites I
never even accessed.
Of course my family and I were very grateful that our jury
saw through the government's underhanded tactics and did not
return a single guilty verdict on more than 100 counts
against all the defendants.
But not everyone is as fortunate. Today Ali Al-Tamimi is
serving life for giving a religious fatwa. Tarek Mehanna is
serving 17 years for translating a document. Mufid Abdel
Kader is serving 20 years because he had a beautiful voice
and sang for Palestine. Ghassan El-Ashi and Shukri Abu Baker
are serving 65 years each for feeding and clothing hungry
Palestinian children, while Rafil Dhafir is serving 22 years
for feeding Iraqi children. Ahmad Abu Ali is serving life
because he gave a false confession under torture. Aafi
Siddqui was sentenced to 86 years after she was shot and
nearly died. Ziad Yaghi is serving 32 years in a conspiracy
case because he traveled overseas looking for a wife. Yasin
Aref and Muhammad Hussein are serving 15 years in another
conspiracy where the script was written, planned, financed,
executed, and directed by the FBI. The examples are far too
many to recount.
The bottom line is this. Innocent people are targeted and
their families are suffering because of their beliefs,
opinions, associations, and advocacy. All first amendment
activities- supposedly guaranteed by the US constitution.
President Obama said if he had a son he would have looked
like Trayvon Martin. Let me tell you, all our sons look
like Ahmad Abu Ali, Ziad Yaghi, and Tarek Mehanna
Brothers and sisters,
During my five and a half years in prison, I had to endure
41 straight months in solitary confinement, most of it
before and during the trial. The conditions of confinement
were Guantanamo-like conditions designed to break you down
psychologically so you give up and surrender: isolation,
abusive guards, little or no communication with family and
friends, and limited opportunity to review the evidence
assembled against you, just to name a few.
Almost all victims of government prosecutions are subjected
to such inhumane treatment. Even serial murderers and
rapists have more rights in the prison system than American
Muslim defendants entitled to the presumption of innocence
under the law.
But truly free people are not intimidated by scare tactics.
On the contrary, they exhibit a sense of fairness, display
respect for the freedom of others, and are willing to stand
up and defend their highest ideals. That's the essence of a
democratic society, where the people are unwilling to submit
to fear or be intimidated or cowed by abusive authority and
its tyrannical tactics.
So the question is: do you want to be free people and defend
your rights? Or do you want to be scared and enslaved?
Remember, "All tyranny needs in order to rule the day is for
people of good conscience to remain silent or do nothing."
To protect our civil freedoms is to speak more not less, to
challenge authority run amok, to speak truth to power, that
too often substitutes fear for rational thinking in order to
control and dictate.
But also too often the vulnerable members of society are too
traumatized to speak on their own behalf or defend their
rights. So it becomes incumbent upon people of good
conscience, our collective duty, our solemn responsibility,
to champion their cause; to educate and inform the masses.
They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our
But that only comes through freeing ourselves from fear and
by exercising our right to speak, to freely express
ourselves, to protest, to object, to lobby, to mobilize, to
act, in short, to become a free citizen and a dignified
human being. What distinguished great leaders like Mahatma
Ghandi, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela was
their willingness to speak truth to power, and if need be,
pay the price for it.
That's why we need the National Coalition to Protect Civil
Freedoms. It's the only coalition willing to tackle these
difficult issues, which everyone is trying to ignore.
On behalf of all victims of injustice I ask you to support
this important cause and show kindness, if not for these
victims then for the future of your children. No community
was ever empowered before winning their civil rights. This
is our calling, our mission, our challenge. History will
indeed judge us based on our response.
My sisters and brothers: I beseech you to open your hearts
and be generous.
I want to thank my family for being with you tonight. And
thank you all very much for supporting the National
Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms.
May God bless you all. Wassalamu Alaikum.
Shamim Siddiqui sent his famous book CALLING HUMANITY to
President Obama with this message:
Dear Mr. President
Perhaps it would surprise you to learn that the most
misunderstood thing in today's world is nothing but
"Islam" - the System of life that God sent to mankind
through His appointed Messengers teaching all how to live,
act and behave on this earth in order to enjoy justice,
peace and security all around within the human abode.
Islam is not what is presented by the Muslims around
the world, including our own land of opportunities. It is
simply a very small segment of the whole of Islam as a way
of life and that too in a very obscured form, creating its
distorted impression to the people of the land;
Muslims couldn't produce its Truthful Model so far in
the context of the modern world anywhere in their
The secular West has been and is opposing its emergence
tooth and nail anywhere due to its centuries old
accumulated "historical prejudices", self-conceived
reservations, self-innovated misinterpretations or
distortion of facts, culminating into hate campaign
against Islam and Muslims;
Human society couldn't solve any of its centuries-old
problems by denying obedience to the Creator and Sustainer
and neglecting the system that He sent to us to solve our
problems without any prejudice and delivering justice to
all and malice to none.
The cradle of man is fast moving, God forbid, towards
a catastrophic end or total destruction;
Man has become irresponsible, reckless, selfish,
greedy, lusty and is busy day in and day out in maximizing
only his personal gains, name, fame and pleasure - feeling
accountable to none. That has filled the human abode only
with Zulm [Oppression], Fasa'd [transgression] and
injustices all around. No man-made system could solve the
prevailing inequalities between the rich and the poor, the
haves and the have-nots, the oppressed and the deprived.
Keeping the aforesaid scenario in mind, I have written the
captioned book: "Calling Humanity" and made my humble
efforts to present ISLAM in its correct and truthful
perspective as the CURE for all our prevailing ills. It is
quite different than what you see around you both in the
East and the West, in the Muslim world and the non-Muslim
I am sending the book to you with the request to study it
in depth and see how to help the human society to salvage
its unending chain of problems and make his abode as the
cradle of justice and peace. This is the urgent call of
our time. Your leadership role will make a lot of difference
in mitigating the human sufferings and putting the
humanity back on the straight path of moderation and
With best wishes
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