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30 Jumaada al-Thaany 1436 A.H. - April 19, 2015 Issue # 68, Newsletter #1598
Hadith of the Week
It is narrated on the authority of 'A'isha who said:
When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) passed away, his
wives made up their minds to send 'Uthman b. 'Affan (as
their spokesman) to Abu Bakr to demand from him their share
from the legacy of the Prophet (ﷺ). (At this), A'isha
said to them: Hasn't the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)
said:" We (Prophets) do not have any heirs; what we leave
behind is (to be given in) charity"?
النَّبِي§ِ صلى الله
النَّبِي§ِ صلى الله
عليه وسلم "
Reference : Sahih Muslim 1758
In-book reference : Book 32, Hadith 60 [With thanks to Br.
Salim Abdullah in Baltimore.]
Letter to the Editor
Correction on Yemen. Saleh is Houthi.
The New Trend article says on Pakistan Yemen scenario, "Let
Hadi and Saleh fight it out, Both are Sunni fraud"
This is not correct. Saleh is Zaidi Shia and switched sides
and aligned with fellow Houthis.
He was a regular visitor to Riyadh and darling of West in so
the called war on terror and
handed over US arms he bought to fight terrorism to his
Houthi Shias that they used to
make inroads into Southern Yemen.
Also he amassed 45 billion dollars in a poor country like
Note from Editor: The reader is correct. We were fooled
because of Saleh's very close relationship with Hadi for
years. In fact Hadi was his vice president. Both were
supported by America. Names can be misleading, like the
names of Jews in America which sound so American, like
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity in Salt Lake City, Utah
100 Muslims received an 8 page Document
On April 17, 2015 after Juma prayers in downtown Salt Lake
City, an 8-page document was given to 100 Muslims, most of
them from Arab countries, a good number of them university
This is a beautiful city in a valley surrounded by
mountains. The air is brisk and it is a favorite gathering
place for marathoners and sports people of great variety. A
beautiful mosque graces the outskirts of the city but the
one on downtown attracts young people and in particular
university people from Arab countries.
The items distributed, and well received, were as
Nestle's misuse of water resources and damage to the
environment. [Nestle is strongly linked to Israel.]
"Jewish soap fable" debunked by Mark Weber.
Protest rally at AIPAC convention plus Pope ignores Israeli
destruction of mosques but focuses on isolated incident in
Imam Badi Ali teaches how to work within a community. [North
Imam Ali Siddiqui teaches Love of the Prophet, pbuh, & how
to confront abuse peacefully.[Houston, Texas.]
Dr. Kaukab Siddique teaches writing of Hadith in Prophet's
time and how to trace it in later times.
Historic defense of Tikrit by ISIS .
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity in Philadelphia,
Large Juma' Crowd near University of Pennsylvania
On April 17, Jamaat al-Muslimeen gave an 8-page document to
100 Muslims after juma at a mosque near the University of
Penssylvania which is known for its links to Israel.
The crowd was largely and we ran out of literature. The
khutba was above average. The central point khateeb made
"If we don't change our environment, the environment will
Most of the Muslims were African Americans, Sudanese,
Ethiopians with a sprinkling of Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and
Across the street from the masjid is an Arab Halal store
with delicious hot meals including lamb, okra, rice and
beans. At the back is a book store. Al-Jazeerah TV is on in
Arabic providing live coverage of the wars in Yemen, Syria,
Iraq and Egypt.
The 8 pages given to 100 Muslims included the teachings
Br. Kaukab Siddique on Hadith.
Imam Badi Ali on Community.
Imam Ali Siddiqui on love of the Prophet, pbuh.
War news from Iraq and Syria.
Fox TV's one hour long attack on ISIS and Zionist support
for General Sissi of Egypt.
Advice from Br.Shamim Siddiqi
Advice on anti-Islam Strategy. America's Great Game.
by Shamim Siddiqi, Long Island,NY
Please try to understand the Great Game of America. It is
nothing but to maneuver that nowhere in the Muslim world
Islam should be allowed to emerge as a "political entity".
To understand its complexities and how to encounter it,
please visit my website: www.dawahinamericas.com and go
through my latest book: GLOBAL ISLAMIC MOVEMENT - WHY &
In fact, It is a Judeo-Christian- Zionist hegemony against
Islam and Muslim and Uncle Sam is its Champion. It is a
perpetual game of America since the time Kamal Pasha
foolishly abolished the Caliphate in Turkey in March 1923.
He was an active Member of Free Mason.
The American clique know it clearly well that Iran has no
Interest either in the Islamic State nor in Muslim Caliphate
and so they are mobilizing the Sunni States against the ISIS
and pressurizing Iran to give up its nuclear ambition in its
wake for the greater hierarchy of American monopoly where
Pakistan is behaving like her stooge only and Turkey stands
at a cross-road..
Please envision the ME scenario in this foreground. You will
then get better grip on these development of events..
Shukrun wa Jazakallah
Shamim A Siddiqi
An Alternative View
Dawah in Br. Shamim Siddiqui's book not the Best Way for
from Sis. Karin Friedemann [Boston]
Based on my experience as a convert to Islam I would NOT
recommend the dawah approach because to a large extent,
winning conversions is more about Muslims feeling validated
that you want to be with them. However they really do not
know what to do with you once you are dependent on them.
They don't have the resources emotionally or culturally.
Also, conversions are not playing a major role in the spread
of Islam in this century. I think the growth of Islam is a
simple fact of nature, that truth stands out clear from
error and people who follow it do better than those who
I am sort of an anarchist or free radical so it was easy for
me to jump away from my culture and embrace a new faith, but
as with any group think I tend to always have my own way of
looking at things. You should not think of my writing as
representing anything other than my own meditations. I don't
represent any one particular group in Islam. Infuriating I
Spotlights & Guidance
How to Deal with Issues of War and Peace.
Teach your politicians the proper use of words and language
and how to negotiate because if they fail, the result will
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are
If you can change the opinion of your enemy and subdue him
without war, this is what I call a smart war.
War is the outcome of a failure to think creatively of
So women cannot drive a car because it is forbidden but she
is allowed to fly a jet, to bomb and kill.
Instead of buying allies and friends to fight your war, you
can buy your enemy with less money and call it, "Aid &
They all skillful in wars; but not in making peace
- Imam Badi Ali is a Palestinian American who leads a large
congregation in Greensboro, North Carolina
Eastern Turkistan, Uigher, Xinjiang
by Imam Ali Siddiqui
Eastern Turkistan is part of vast Central Asia and sits on
the Silk Route. Islam reached here in 651CE right after the
passing of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and Muslim traders started
to arrive during Tang dynasty. It was part of Turkistan. It
has beautiful masjids and madrasahs. A Turkic dialect is
spoken in the area.
Turkistan was invaded during Tzar's time and later during
Bolshevik Revolution, Communist Parties were established in
disguise. Eventually masjids and madrasahs were converted
into museums and ballet dance studios. The Eastern
Turkistan, also called Uigher, which is located in the North
of Pakistan on the new Silk Road, fell in the hands of China
and came under communist rule during Maoist time. During the
Cultural Revolution, Muslim institutions, scholars, imams,
and even common people were attacked. The Muslim World
remained silent. China annexed the area and declared it an
ancient part of her and renamed it as Xinjiang.
China started a systematic absorption of this region by
migrating Han population to Uigher. They started cultural
change by taking over homes, businesses, and destroying
ancient Islamic institutions. In the name of modernization,
China started destroying historic towns and started
enforcing Maoist policies and banned Islam, Hijab, beards,
Quranic classes, Salatul Jummah, just about everything
Islamic. "Suppressing Relgious Freedom" is only tip of the
During this period Uigher Muslims established a goverment in
absentia and the struggle in Eastern Turkistan continues.
The indigenous people of Uigher Region, Eastern Turkistan
are struggling by themselves. Muslim world has good
relations with China for obvious reasons, US Foreign Policy
is favorable to China, American Christian missionaries are
also very active in all of Turkistan. - - More to come
[Muslims once admired America. Now they admire China. Will
we never learn? Read this with care. Editor NT]
Huge Rallies in Karachi by Women Supporting Jamaate Islami
The crowds of women could not be pictured in one photo, so
we give you three
Did Slavery Ever Exist in America?
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen NYC]
With all of the denials and efforts to cover up slave
ownership in White families, you would think that African
Slavery NEVER existed! Thank Allah there are pictures and
much more to prove that African Slavery did exist in the
Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. I mean, we have records
and first-person accounts given by proud slave owners, slave
ship navigators, and those who marched Africans on those
However, today's Whites can do something that most Black
Americans cannot do: Deny, deny, deny! They have the luxury
of simply claiming that no one in their family ever owned an
African. This is what happened on the well-known PBS show,
"Finding Your Roots." At first, this effort to research
people's DNA only focused on Black celebrities, many of whom
discovered that they had a slave history. But, when the show
got picked up by PBS, it featured Black and White
Well, if slavery existed in the United States someone had to
do the enslaving! But,in this particular episode, Ben
Affleck wanted to hide the fact that one of his ancestors
owned slaves. Dr. Henry Louis "Skip" Gates obliged. He
reportedly asked friend and SONY executive, Michael Lynton
about this issue. Lynton allegedly stated that Gates make no
mention of Affleck's slave owning ancestor, provided no one
else knew about it. However, thanks to WikiLeaks, those
leaked SONY emails between Gates and Lynton were
In one email, Gates acknowledged that fudging info about his
guest's ancestry would be in violation of PBS' rules.
Affleck's request also seemed unfair since other White
guests, such as CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, a Vanderbilt
Family member, publicly discovered his slave owning family
history. It has been stated that the Vanderbilts,
Roosevelts, Bush Families all made their money from slavery
in some capacity, anyway.
I don't understand the big deal about having a slave owning
ancestor because as a Muslim you cannot bear the burden of
your ancestors' evil deeds, especially if you atone and try
to right any wrongs. But, many White kuffar liberals, such
as Affleck, understand that Whites have benefited from
America's racist institutions. It did not help that he
accused Bill Maher of being a racist and anti-Muslim on
Maher's show. However, it looks really bad that Affleck
would try to hide slave ownership in his family.
Ben Affleck is involved with and has founded many charities.
Now, you would think that a White man involved with so many
causes would not work so hard to cover up a truth or lie
about it. But, may be the key to Affleck's logic is in Dr.
Barnor Hesse's The 8 White Identities, which has been
reprinted all over the Internet numerous times. Google him
and that list will come up.
A truly God-conscious being would only be concerned with the
truth, not his image. There is a Bukhari Hadith where
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ordered a repeat offender's left
hand severed for stealing. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) stated
that he would have made the same decision had his daughter,
Fatimah (may Allah be pleased with her), committed this
crime. That would not work in America. Not any more!
It used to be that Black families would disown a criminal or
feel ashamed of having a rapist in the family. Black mothers
would call the cops on their own sons guilty of such crimes.
However, White families, usually wealthy, would hide and
protect their children from any punishment. The common
beliefs being that even though you don't agree with what he
did, he's still your son! Very backwards way for a society
to conduct itself.
In spite of the wrongs committed by their ancestors, there
is still an effort by so-called White liberals to protect
their ancestral image. After all, part of the ruse of White
liberals is to point fingers at the White conservatives and
accuse them of being the White Devil! White liberals have
always felt the need to prove to so-called people of color
that, although they are White, they are nicer.
During the course of African slave history there were Blacks
who owned Black slaves! It is a fact. Some of these Blacks
purchased slaves just to free them and yes, there were those
who purchased slaves and kept them! I remember one of my
professors stating that her husband's family owned slaves
and land surrounding The Lincoln University. Most of the
land was given to the University.
If my Black ancestors kept African slaves, as a Muslim I
would have no choice but, to acknowledge and condemn it.
However, it is not so simple to acknowledge a wrong such as
the intentional genocide of Native Americans and the
enslavement of Africans. The reason is White guilt. But, I
am not talking about genuine feelings of guilt, which is
accompanied by a need to rectify a matter.
I am talking about guilt based on the ideology of eating
your cake and still trying to have it at the same time. If
this guilt is examined, it will be discovered that what
these Whites are experiencing is not guilt but, shame. The
shame is in the exposure of their conflict with having slave
owning ancestors, who got there hands dirty to ensure the
comforts of future White generations, and their wanting to
keep those comforts, including White privilege, intact. In
order for these kinds of creature comforts to exist,
oppression of others must continue. Many Whites believe that
slavery and the slaughter of Native Americans were necessary
I agree with El-Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) when he
stated that only through True Islam can the White oppressor
become free of his devilish behavior and thoughts brought on
by greed and reinforced through White supremacist beliefs.
Racism has always been the smokescreen for greed and power.
Oppression is never necessary!
These wicked ideologies have been perpetuated from one
generation to the next for centuries. It is very ingrained
in the White psyche just as inferiority complexes are
ingrained in the minds of many non-Whites. The Holy Qur'an
has been an excellent source for many souls seeking rebirth.
Its message is very simple yet, powerful: Only Allah is
Supreme and all sins atoned for will be forgiven. No need to
dwell, just move on and continue to do right by Allah.
However, a society that believes that evil is necessary will
remain stagnant and unrepentant.
Yemen crisis forces Muslims to rethink traditional views
Brushing aside concerns about his old age and failing
health, the 76-years old prominent
Muslim activist, Sheikh Dr. Kamal el-Helbawy booked his own
airticket from Cairo to fly all the way to New Delhi and
then traveled through the dusty roads to a university town,
Helbawy, who once said in an interview to the BBC that he
admires Lady Thatcher, is a living legend in the Islamic
world. He embarked on this long journey to the otherwise
nondescript location on global political map, not for
pleasure but to reflect upon the intellectual crisis among
the Muslims of the world. All he wanted was to meet and
interact with prominent Muslim
intellectuals, academicians, thinkers, religious activists
and interfaith leaders from around the world who had
gathered there for a two day conclave.
Helbawy, who currently holds a dual citizenship of UK and
Egypt, was the former international on the need to bring
together Muslims from all the sects under one umbrella and
present a unified Islam to the world.
The ongoing turmoil in the middle-east with the war between
the Houthis, a Shiite offshoot and Yemen's majority Sunnis,
seems to have become the last straw for Muslim intellectuals
in shedding their sectarian folds. For quite a few years,
the house of Islam appears to be engaged in a proxy war not
only with others but within itself. The Shiite -Sunni gap
has been widening in the recent years and other smaller
sects also seem to have raged a war with others. Across the
world today, the Muslims seem to be in turbulence almost
everywhere. Several Muslim dominated countries are either in
a state of unrest or engaged in some kind of proxy war.
Ironically, many of the violent conflicts are between the
different sects or groups within Islam. From 1991 onwards
and even before, soon after the Iranian Revolution, when the
war started in Middle East, Muslims having been finding
themselves on a slippery slope. First, the Iran-Iraq war,
then Gulf-war I, and Gulf war II, then the devastations that
followed as a result of Arab spring in North Africa and
Middle East, it has been an unending chain of death and
destruction. To make matters worse, the global terror
outfits like ISIS, Boko Haram, etc. have caused further
damage to the already besieged Ummah. However, thankfully
very few Muslims support the violent steps being taken by
some of these misguided youths who claim to be representing
Interestingly, it is probably the first time when the Muslim
intellectuals from various sects sat down together within
religious leaders of other communities for such an academic
discourse. The Muslim intellectuals
not only deliberated on issues but also realized that it is
time to pose
disturbing questions to themselves as to who they were, are
they really one ummah, one nation, united in faith, God and
His Prophet or smaller cults worshipping their own cult
If the God is one, Prophet is one, Quran is one and
collective interest is one then how do the Muslims dare to
identify themselves as Shia or Sunni, Hanafi or Wahabi,
Deobandi or Barellawi etc. The unanimous answer to these
questions was that it is a clear deviation from the straight
amounts to blasphemy, amounts to shirk. They also realized
that it is time to think whether Muslims want to resurrect
to one ummah or perish as a result of internal fighting. The
question whether Muslim can take upon a leadership role in
the new world order was posed to Swami Lakshmi
Shankaracharya, who also participated in this event and
audience with his enlightening speech. In his eloquent
address which is also uploaded on Youtube, the
Shankaracharya emphasized that Muslims can definitely lead
the world, provided they first become good Muslims
themselves. They have to understand the real meaning of
Quran and implement the teachings of their Prophet into
their lives before taking up the mantle of global
leadership. This advice from a Hindu religious head bears
particular significance for the Muslims and has been
applauded by the community as a whole.
Some intellectuals have blamed the Muslim leadership for the
present day crisis of the community. Expressing his views on
this issue, Dr. Muhammad al-Ghazali from the Shariah
Appellate Bench, Supreme Court of Pakistan said that the
Muslim leadership is suffering from inferiority complex.
Another panelist and a renowned Shia cleric, Maulana Kalbe
Sadiq said that Sunnis and Shiite not only need to act as
brothers but one soul. He mentioned that this was the
message given by the Supreme Leader of Shiite community,
Ayatollah Sistani from Iran.
The idea of such a conclave is a brainchild of Dr. Rashid
Shaz, who is a thinker and intellectual engaged in writing
on various Muslim issues for a long time. He divides his
time working as a Professor at the Aligarh Muslim University
as well as on conceptualizing intra-faith and interfaith
initiatives. Though he comes from an orthodox Muslim family,
Dr. Shaz has been a vocal critic of the present day clergy.
According to him, many of the problems of Muslims ummah can
be easily resolved if the Muslim clerics play a positive
role by resolving internal conflicts amicably in the light
of Quran. Because of his outspoken criticism, he has often
been on the
radar of the clergy, who pounce upon every opportunity to
The signing of the Islamic Unity Charter by all the
participants at the
conference, obliterating the sectarian boundaries, also
marks a significant shift from their earlier positions. The
sectarian divisions have got no meaning in the light of
Quran, which clearly asks all Muslims to submit to
one God and follow the Prophet Muhammad's teachings. Apart
from India, various Islamic scholars from US, Malaysia and
other Islamic countries
attended the event. Some of the countries sent their
representatives from their High Commissions in New Delhi to
keep a tab on the developments.
Considering the prevailing crisis in the Muslim Ummah as an
opportunity, several Muslim intellectuals from around the
world sat down together to rethinking on the traditional
solutions. The idea was not just to focus on the present
Muslim issues and the prevailing unrest but also to chart
out a future course of action for Islamic unity. The outcome
of the two-day event brings an interesting summary of how
Muslims see themselves today and how they would like to be
seen in the future.
Reports suggest that the intellectuals have proposed holding
similar conclaves in other Muslim dominated cities within
India as well as abroad in the near future. Some
organisations have welcomed this idea but it remains to be
seen whether something concrete comes out of it.
(Raheel Ahmad - The writer is a Muslim peace activist with a
keen interest in interfaith and religious dialogues. He
holds a Bachelor's in Engineering and a post graduate in
Management from IIM-Calcutta.)
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