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14 jamada al-awwal 1441 A.H. - February 9 2020 Issue # 6, Newsletter #1849
Hadith of the Week
Narrated by Anas bin Malik, r.a.:
Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "There is none amongst
the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a
bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded
as a charitable gift for him."
Sahih al-Bukhari 2320
Book 41, Hadith 1
Vol. 3, Book 39, Hadith 513
[With thanks to Sis. Kristi]
by Br. Nazeer, Texas
Former US drone operator recalls dropping a missile on
Afghanistan children and says military is 'worse than the Nazis'
Israeli Soldiers Arrest Palestinian Man for Defending His Wife
Ambassador Yamamoto Squanders $1B US Tax-Payer Money Down Somalia Gullet
Sudan asks UN to deploy peacekeeping mission
Israel blocks Palestinian agricultural exports via Jordan
Pope calls for respect of humanitarian law in Syria's Idlib
Idlib IDPs: 'The situation is so bad, it is like Judgement Day'
China coronavirus outbreak: WHO sends team to China and all the latest updates
New Trend Web Site
Sets New Record.
In January 2020
(that's an average of
691 daily visits).
Thank you Br. Rich!
Political Prisoners :
Civil Discord Show
Bangladesh opposition demand party's leader release
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia, 73, is
in year two of a 17-year term related to graft charges.
Secretary General of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told the rally if the government
would not release Zia, the party, with support of
Bangladeshis, would force the government to meet its
He urged the government to release Zia because she is sick
and could not even move without help and lost weight, which
is a concern.
He also rejected recently held election results alleging the
Election Commission and the government of manipulating the
Low voter turnout proved voters do not have confidence in
the existing set-up of the Election Commission to conduct
free, fair and credible election, he said.
The election witnessed 29% voter turnout, the lowest in the
The BNP organized the rally in front its headquarters in
Dhaka to mark two years since Zia has been imprisoned.
Zia's party and lawyers, however, claimed the cases are
The government, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,
however, rejects BNP's allegations repeatedly claiming that
the country's law has taken Zia to jail
The BNP repeatedly demanded the government provide proper
treatment to Zia.
Zia is the widow of assassinated former President Ziaur
Rahman and is now currently at a government hospital because
of ailing health.
February 7, 2020
Buttigieg, Bernie, Biden Uncover a Devastating Blunder by Trump.
Did ISIS Carry out a Terrible Revenge against Both its Foes?
Three presidential hopefuls have blasted Trump for the
killing of Iranian General Qassim Soleimanie.
They are pointing out that Iran-supported militia known as
Kataib Hizbullah was not located in the Kirkuk area
of Iraq from which a rocket attack was carried out on the US
air base in which one American contractor was killed and
several were injured. The US retaliated and killed 25 of the
Kataib militia and injured several others,
After that America retaliated further and killed Iran's top
As New Trend pointed out, the Iranian general did not try to
conceal himself, probably never expecting an American
attack to kill him. He was caught in the open near Baghdad
International airport and liquidated.
As everyone knows now, Iran went into three days of mourning
for its top hero with hundreds of thousands mourning
Solemanie in the streets. After that Iran launched ballistic
missiles at American bases in Iran which did not kill anyone
but were later reported to have hurt 40 American troops.
In expectation of an American counterattack, Iran then
mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian airline thinking that it was an
American missile. All over the world Iran was humiliated as
Iran tried to disguise the disaster it had committed.
It appears now that the only possible source of the attack
on the US base which triggered these serious events was
ISIS. Seemingly ISIS has exacted a terrible for the American
assassination of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Buttigieg Slams US Killing of Soleimani, Accuses Trump of
Failing to Learn Lesson of Iraq War:
Holland Too is Being Exposed for its atrocities Against IS Civilians
Netherlands [also known as Holland] joined America in its
war against the Islamic State. Like America and other
western powers, Holland carried out hundreds of air strikes
against the Islamic State.
Holland does not allow any scrutiny of its war activity and
carefully protects the identity of its pilots who carried out
its air strikes. Some investigation by media in Netherlands
has uncovered the conduct of the air war by Holland.
A person who lost 4 relatives in these air strikes has
brought the matter to the fore and uncovered what went on.
In one terrible on the IS town of Hawija [on the east bank
of the Euphrates in the south[ SEVENTY civilians were
[New Trend reported on the bombing of IS civilians by the
western powers but these details were not known.]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory
(Jan 30 - Feb 05, 2020)
Singapore is investigating a teacher for saying coronavirus
is a retribution from Allah against Chinese
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Islamic Religious
Council of Singapore (Muis) are investigating a religious
teacher who had said on Facebook that the novel coronavirus
was retribution by Allah against the Chinese for oppressing
In a Facebook post today, Home Affairs and Law Minister K.
Shanmugam slammed the comments made by Abdul Al-Halim on Jan
29, saying that they were silly, can be rebutted by
reference to other examples and xenophobic.
Shanmugam said in his Facebook post that Abdul's comments
were "thoroughly racist," as he had stated that Chinese
people do not wash properly after defecating and were not as
hygienic as Muslims, and he had suggested that that had
caused the virus to spread.
He said such comments were "quite unacceptable from anyone,
let alone someone who is supposed to be a religious
"Abdul Halim's comments against Chinese in general
(including Singaporean Chinese) are simply unacceptable
— and these can't be left alone," Shanmugam said.
"When other preachers have made unacceptable remarks, they
have been taken to task. For example, two pastors were taken
to task, in recent years, for comments which were (by
comparison) less offensive."
Muis told TODAY that the post "expresses views that do not
represent the Muslim community."
It added: "Islam does not allow its followers to hurt the
feelings of others in the name of the religion. Given that
the 2019 novel coronavirus does not distinguish between
nationality, race or religion, we would like to urge all
parties to express views with consideration, and show care
to those affected."
Ali Mohd, the chairman of the Asatizah Recognition Board,
said that religious teachers should act responsibly when
sharing information or responding to queries from the
community, whether in our classes, lectures, or on their
personal social sites.
"We should not assume that a tragedy is indeed God's
retribution for a specific race or nation. We do not know
the real reason or the wisdom behind God's actions," he said
in a statement to TODAY.
Deputy Mufti designate Murat Aris added: "Religious leaders
and teachers must counter the irresponsible practice of
using the spread of the novel coronavirus in many parts of
the world to spread divisive and xenophobic views such as
attributing the spread of the virus to the cultural practice
of a certain community." — TODAY
NATHANIEL, THE CHRISTIAN TERRORIST
By Abdulkabir Oyemomi
Over time, the leadership of Christian Association of
Nigeria has repeatedly denied the involvement of Christians
in acts of terrorism in Nigeria even though it is on record
that on the 5th of June,2011 Mr. John Alaku Akpavan , a
Christian attempted bombing Radio House in Abuja; Lydia
Joseph(Christian) attempted bombing St. John Catholic
cathedral on September 12, 2011; Augustine Effiong who was
responsible for BUK attack of April 29, 2012 is also a
Christian; Emmanuel King was arrested in an attempt to bomb
the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Yenogoa on
December 28, 2011 camouflaging in Islamic attire is clearly
a Christian, just to mention a few.
The above mentioned atrocities by Christians and many more
did not catch the fancies of christian- dominated media
because there is no way to link the assailants to Islam. But
shockingly, CAN is ready to de- christianize anyone involved
in this act of terrorism and islamize them to perfect their
lies to the world.
Last week, a Nathaniel Samuel was caught by police
operatives in an attempt to bomb the living faith in Kaduna.
The drama started from a Channels' TV journalist trying to
force 'Muhammad' as the man( Nathaniel)'s name by asking him
that, " is there anyway your name is Muhammad?"
The next stupid mouth to echo such is a known failed
political figure who's fighting fiercely to discredit the
government of the day, under which he is answering
corruption questions. Then CAN disgracefully claimed the man
was a Muslim hired to lay claim to Christianity. But when
the biological father of the man cleared the air by saying
his child has never ever been a Muslim CAN shamelessly and
hypocritically preached how it does not matter whom the
Had the attempted bombing succeeded, CAN and its cohorts
would have carried out their plans of killing Muslims and
bombing mosques .
This is a Clarion call to all Muslims, especially in the
West that there is clear agenda of causing unrest by CAN and
their allies in politics in the country.
MEMORIES OF PAKISTAN
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
I live comfortably in America and have become reasonably
Americanized. Over a period of 30 years, Pakistan had
gradually faded from my mental horizons. It had become a
foreign country rather than home. Then, suddenly in November
2001, my younger brother died and I had to return to
Pakistan to tend to the rituals of mourning. It was a
strange homecoming during which personal loss and the
reverberations of the war in Afghanistan vied in my mind for
attention. While I was preparing to return to America, in
late December, the rhetoric of impending war between
Pakistan and India also heated up.
Karachi was pleasant when I arrived. The city, nestling
along the Arabian Sea, is a vast potpourri of poorly planned
housing estates, shanty towns and slums. Masses of people
live here, some say ten million or perhaps more. One has to
have lived in Karachi for a while to figure out its
complexities, its hideous exterior and its heart of gold.
Not unlike New Yorkers, Karachiites hate their city and yet
are intensely loyal to its vagaries and astonishing
The month of fasting, Ramadan, had Karachi in its grip in
early December. Coming from 30 years of secularization, I
had to go through a process of mental adjustment to be able
to deal with the ambience of the call to prayer ('azan' in
Urdu for the Arabic original of 'adhan'). The Call happens
five times a day, and during that Ramadan, I felt, there was
competition, with public address systems from several
mosques trying to out do each other. In addition, about
three in the morning, there would be street callers
wandering around, trying to wake people up for the morning
meal ('sehri') before the fast began.
The 'calling" first distressed and then amused me.
Once the religious fervor abates, Karachi's ethnic and
linguistic differences come to the fore. It is said that
more than five million people live here whose parents or
grandparents were refugees from India. Many of them were
from northern India, U.P. and Delhi, and they speak Urdu.
All the other Muslim areas of India are also represented in
Karachi, among them people from Gujarat, Madras, Junagadh
and Kerala. Those who speak Urdu are the majority but when
refugees from all the other areas of India are included,
being from a refugee family does not mean that the person
will speak Urdu. The word 'refugee' (mohajir) too can be
misleading because most refugees came here between 1948 and
1952 and their offspring have been living here for at least
48 years. Thus 'refugees' are often more indigenous than
many who were not refugees but came much later from within
A vast internal migration has played an important role in
the development of Karachi. Like other countries, Pakistan
has undergone movements of the population from the rural to
the urban areas. While I was walking down the street from my
brother's home in opulent Defense Officers Housing Society
known simply as 'Defense' to the locals, I noticed a boy
about ten years old pushing a handcart. Under the handcart,
in a cloth makeshift sling, was a baby. The boy was selling
vegetables, so I pretended interest in the vegetables and
asked him about the child in the sling. He told me that his
family had come a village in Punjab just days back and his
father and elder brother were out looking for work while he
took care of the baby. Probably his mother was still in the
home village. [Men don't ask questions about a family's
women in Pakistan.] So for the time being, the handcart was
the family's home-cum-business.
There are about one million people from Punjab in Karachi,
many of them as well to do as the descendants of
Urdu-speaking refugees. Then there are at least a million
and half people from the province of Sindh itself, the
administrative unit in which Karachi is located. Their
language, Sindhi, and their style of wearing shalwar and
kameez, is different from that of both the Urdu speakers and
the Punjabi speakers. In addition, many of them wear lightly
colored, usually dull purple, turbans.
There are at least a million Pathans too, who, along with
nearly a hundred thousand Afghan refugees, create the
complexity that is Karachi. Baluchis in smaller numbers have
their own ghettoes and are said to be very tough, some of
them by their color deemed to be of African descent.
Karachi's mixture becomes confusing when one adds in the
500,000 plus illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, 30,000 or
more from Burma and 10 to 20,000 from Iran. It's a
cosmopolitan city with all the components of drugs, crime,
intense poverty, obscene wealth, horrendous mismanagement,
unbelievable corruption - a hollywood movie maker's
Generalizations about Karachi are difficult to make because
usually they turn out to be wrong. With all its negative
points, it is also a city of great piety and wit, of amazing
generosity and compassion, internationalist in its concerns,
burning with a reformist sense of injustice. While gangsters
rob and maim, self-effacing good samaritans move around
dispensing charity and care. One can pick the "Karachi" one
It took me a while to get used to Karachi's smells. Right at
the International airport, the washroom reeked of urine
although it looked clean and thoroughly mopped. Then as one
moves into the city, the stink of open drains is
overpowering, as it mixes with the pungent rot going on in
garbage dumped on many sidewalks. I have not been able to
figure out why there are open drains even in the upscale
Defense Officers' Housing Society. The sun makes the mixture
of sewage and garbage simmer into an unusual mixture of
stench fecal decay. The larger issue of cleanliness is
reflected in the lack of public facilities for urination and
defecation. The few which do exist are used by men while for
women there are hardly any. Men from the poorer sections of
Karachi often simply sit down and relieve themselves by the
nearest wall which looks inviting. This roadside urination
is an old age problem in Karachi.
I remember when I was a child, some of us amused ourselves
by pouring a bucket of water over the wall of our house when
we suspected that someone had sat down outside to relieve
himself. The poor fellow would be totally helpless as the
water fell on him because he knew he had no right to urinate
there in the first place.
Some businesses have crisp writing on their outside walls
which say clearly, in Urdu, "throwing garbage here is
strictly forbidden" or "urination here is not permitted."
The walls with those writings usually have the most garbage
and signs of urination on them (with the terrible stink
which goes with the combination). One reason could be that
the garbage throwers and the victims of urinary helplessness
often are illiterate and cannot read the warnings.
What happens to women who leave home and then realize that
they need to relieve themselves? It's a thought too
depressing to think about. The fact remains that Karachi,
Pakistan's richest city, bursting with wealth and good, does
not provide basic health facilities to the great majority of
It's not that Pakistanis are not clean people. In their
personal lives, they are well groomed, well bathed,
polished, worrying about specks of dirt in their homes,
scrubbing the floors, arranging flowers and flower pots
where possible. Hospitals are often adorned with a saying of
the Prophet: "Cleanliness is half the faith."
Prayers require ablution and I noticed that great numbers of
Pakistanis pray, individually as well as in mosques, many
more than used to do so when I lived in Pakistan. Water and
ablution are a constant concern of the average Pakistani
because there are five prayers in a day. [Salman Rushdie, in
his abusive book Satanic Verses, noticed this Islamic
obsession with water and tried to ridicule it.] So it is not
that Pakistanis are not clean. It seems to me that they have
somehow managed to disconnect their personal needs from
issues of the public good. They seem to think that the
"government" will take care of whatever is happening outside
And when the government does not take care of the streets,
the flowing sewage, the strewn garbage, the pools of
stagnating water in which mosquitoes breed, the average
Pakistani does not know what to do. How should they make the
government do its job? They shy away from the public welfare
concerns because they have bitter experience of getting
things done for their private needs in government offices,
let alone seeking public redress. It is not easy to get
anything done in a government office, be it local, city or
district level. A strange malaise affects government offices
which shows signs of life when one offers a bribe to get
Bribery is part of most work which needs to be done in
government offices. For the rich, bribery might be replaced
by "approach," which means that one has an influential
person's recommendation. With a reference from "the top,"
things get done.
In some ways Karachi's few rich and many poor are
inextricably intertwined. This process has come about owing
to the rich folks' need for servants. Every well-to-do
family (and even some not that well-to-do) has servants. The
number and variety of servants depends on the level of
wealth and "position" in society of the rich. The family I
stayed with had a sweeper (male) to clean and mop the
floors, a female "live-at-home" woman to do chores around
the house and to cook, a gardener to give regular care to
the flower beds (essential in Karachi's dry and hot weather)
and a chowkidar (or guard). [In better days, there was a
full time cook.]
Some of the servants live in "servant quarters" attached to
the "master's" house. These "servant quarters" are usually
one bare room with little or no furniture. In many houses,
the servants have no washroom or toilet in their "quarters"
and have to go into adjoining empty plots of land to
Other servants live in their ghettoes outside the affluent
"Housing Societies" of the rich and come in every day to
work in the homes of the rich. Public transport is poor,
terribly crowded and unhealthy. Hence the "commuting"
servants have to make an extraordinary effort every day to
arrive in the morning and leave at night. Hence those who
can live in "servants quarters" are considered lucky.
In this daily interchange, the servants are able to see the
life style of the rich, the incredible waste, the trivial
pursuits of the "masters" are available close-up for the
servants. The servants get a very objective view of things
because the "masters" are quite easy going in the presence
of servants and often behave as if the servants do not
exist. The women of the household, both old and young, often
appear in partial condition of undress in front of young
male servants. It's the "invisible man" syndrome which
African-American writers have remarked upon in their
dealings with White people in America. The "inferiors" and
the "menials" do not exist as far as the "masters" are
The domestic servants see the technology imported from Japan
and various western countries in the homes of the rich. In
between chores, they view various TV programs. The more
generous "masters" let the servants do considerable TV
viewing. Many of the rich have "dish" antennas and pick up
numerous American programs as well American programs
re-packaged and transmitted by Arab TV stations. Indian
movies are extremely popular with both the poor and the rich
and are easily available on TV if the "master" has a dish
Thus western and Indian Hindu culture is transmitted on a
daily basis into the homes of the ruling class and then from
there, by process of cultural osmosis, spread far and wide
into Pakistani society.
The majority of the poor, from among whom the domestic
servants emerge, are religious in a very conservative sense.
They come into daily contact with concepts which are
diametrically opposed to the Islamic way of life yet are
attractively presented on TV and are endorsed by the rich by
the very fact of their ownership of TV and the value they
attach to it. The daily rich-poor contact creates serious
contradictions in the lives of ordinary Pakistanis. A deep
tension develops between religious and family values the
people cherish and the profligate, easy going, often corrupt
lifestyle of the rich, with an even greater upward gradation
in the images pouring in through overseas media.
The servants imbibe a strong desire to be like the "masters"
and yet feel restrained by their religious values and the,
often, strict teachings come out of sermons in the mosque.
This tension also creates a hate-love relationship towards
the West. America is seen both as a land of milk and honey
and the originating point of crass corruption which can
poison the minds of young people. Thus every Pakistani has
some idea of the West and in particular of America. He wants
to be American in some sense and yet fears that his wife or
daughter might do likewise.
A middle class person has to become insensitive to Karachi's
general poverty, petty crime and the "just beyond the
horizon" drug culture to be able to function. Most poor
people do not grovel or beg. In fact most are dignified and
self-respecting and do not seem to think of themselves as
poor. But there is layer of poverty which floats to the top
like scum and takes the form of "professional" beggars. Many
of them suffer from deformities, or from disease or from
left-over injuries which they display at traffic stops where
the rich in their flashy cars often have to wait while the
light is on red. At these stops one realizes that the rich
have a conscience but it can be assuaged by throwing out a
couple of Rupees to the more insistent beggars. [There were
sixty Rupees in a dollar when I visited.]
My driver told me to ignore the beggars. He said these are
intent on begging and will not accept any jobs or help which
would stop them from begging. He insisted that they love to
beg because it is an easy way of earning money. [The driver
was from Abbottabad, in northeastern Pakistan and missed his
family.] [I still break into a grin when I think that I had
a chauffeur while I was visiting Karachi. He and the car
were loaned by a friend but later I found out that car
rentals are very inexpensive, about 120 Rupees an hour, and
the car comes with a chauffeur.]
Mentally I have assigned the hideously deformed, and
sometimes mutilated, beggars to the box which says:
'panhandling, as in New York' but I still get uneasy
thinking of what might be the reality of those beggars.
Then on some back street sidewalks one suddenly finds people
sitting on the ground, uncaring for how dusty their clothes
got, waiting for something. These can be as many as fifty
people at a time. I was told that these were recovering
addicts who still didn't know what to do with their lives
and were waiting for someone to come and feed them. Again,
Karachi's conscience kept these people alive.
Ahmed Rashid and the Mirror Image
Most Americans cannot get through to the real Pakistan. The
people they meet on arrival are Pakistan's secular elite.
Every Pakistani city has a secular enclave which is a world
in itself, quite satisfied with itself. The Pakistani
secular elite keep up with what goes on in "the states" and
often know more about America than the average American. It
may not be an exaggeration to say that just about all the
young and many of the older people in these enclaves look
forward to the day when they can (and will) leave Pakistan
to move to "the states" (or if that doesn't work out, then
to Canada, or "if worse comes to worse" to England).
The secular Pakistani buffer between the American public and
the Pakistani masses has had tragic consequences in the form
of the U.S. assault on Afghanistan. One of the most
important books which came out of secular Pakistan was
Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil & Fundamentalism in Central
Asia by Ahmed Rashid. Extremely popular in America, the book
was picked up by the major American media and publicized
worldwide. It provided America the perfect excuse for war
against the Taliban.
Ahmed Rashid's book was the toast of the entire Pakistani
secular establishment. He raised the specter of
"Talibanization" of Pakistan (page 187 and page 194 of the
book, for instance, uses the term). His friends in
publications like Herald, Dawn and other Pakistani
periodicals picked up this alarm. The Pakistani ruling
class, in particular the entrenched bureaucracy and segments
of the military were infected by this fear of medressa
trained young men carrying automatic weapons who would force
every Pakistani woman to wear the top to toe burqa and every
man to grow a long beard. [The beard would be measured by
"religious police" carrying a foot ruler for the
I want to look briefly at Rashid's book to look at its blind
spots. In particular I want to show why Rashid should have
been the last person western readers should have paid
attention to. Taliban is a 274 page book packed with gossip,
rumors, hearsay and some facts about Afghanistan. In
America, we are familiar with the methodology Rashid uses.
The New York Times is quoted by the New Yorker and the
Washington Post is quoted by Christopher Hitchens. Larry
King interviews Ted Koppel and NPR refers to its own
Ahmed Rashid got admits that he got his idea of the danger
of "Talibanization" of Pakistan from Olivier Roy. His guru
was the Pakistani leftist Eqbal Ahmed. If that didn't work,
Rashid had no qualms about quoting himself. Most of the
chapters contain footnote references to Rashid's own
articles in the Far Eastern Economic Review where he was a
reporter for 16 years. He appears to have worked out a good
working relationship with his Hindu supervisors at that
paper. He gives "enormous thanks" to his editor Nayan Chanda
and points out that doubts about his abilities were removed
by the foreign editor of the paper, V. G. Kulkarni. [See
preface to Taliban, page x.] One cannot blame Rashid for his
blind spots: his heart was not with the Islamic peoples. He
tells us that his wife's name is Angeles.
My purpose is not to analyze Rashid's book but to let me
readers see the kind of "buffer" his type of person creates
between Americans and the masses of Pakistan. He produced a
book which suited the needs of America's power structure.
Both the front and back covers of the book have this
recommendation on it: "[A] valuable and informative work."
Richard Bernstein, New York Times.
Evidently, the people who run America's media loved Rashid's
version of the Taliban.
Islamabad, January 6-7-8
Red Mosque/Jamia Hafsa
Under Siege Again.
Several Hundred Women Defiant.
Maulana Abdul Aziz, leader of the Red Mosque, entered the
masjid though the regime had forbidden it
Some men and more than a 100 women followed him. More women
are in two other areas of Islamabad nearby who also support
The regime has surrounded the masjid and put barbed wire
around it. Electricity and food have been cut off. Other
people who are not Maulana's followers are allowed in just
to pray after strict scrutiny of their ID. [Some visitors
coming for prayers are sneaking in food.]
The hijabi sisters and the Maulana have been near starving
for four days.
Maulana Abdul Aziz is on line and is calling for Islamic Law
[sharia] in all of Pakistan.
He is getting hundreds of supporters on line. One writer
from Malakand writes, its such a shame that the regime fed
the Hindu pilot, Abinandan, whose jet was shot down, and
allowed American shooter Raymond William to escape, but is
starving our sisters.
The hijabi sisters are not scared and were chanting Islamic
slogans even late at night to repel police who were trying
to sneak in to arrest them.
[The women's seminary is named after Hafsa, r.a., the
daughter of Umar, r.a., Second Caliph of Islam, who married
the Prophet, pbuh.]
Allama Rizvi teaches from Iqbal's poetry the Correct way to
Liberate Kashmir. Ridicules Imran Khan and his followers.
February 5. On Kashmir Day demonstrations in Lahore, Allama
Khadim Hussain Rizvi addressed a large crowd.
It is not easy to explain what he said as he used the
Punjabi language interspersed with Iqbal's poetry, but here
are some of the main points:
Jihad is the only way to liberate Kashmir.
It's seriously wrong to announce a Kashmir Day and gather
crowds tomake speeches about Kashmir. India does not pay any
attention to such posturing.
Islam has given us role models for fighting. [Here Allama
gave a list of mjahideen from the Companions of the Prophet,
pbuh] [ He highlighted
Khalid ibn al-Waleed, r.a., who defeated huge enemy armies
with small Islamic forces.
He challenged the Pakistani army to cross the border into
Indian occupied territory and he said those who love the
Prophet, pbuh, would go with the army. The crowd responded
enthusiastically when he asked them if they were ready to go
He castigated the Imran Khan regime for setting up a
large statue of Rangeet Singh, a Sikh ruler who died in 1839.
The regime, he said, honored a Sikh leader who committed genocide
of Muslims in Punjab. He then listed great Muslim leaders
who should have been honored, among them Aurangzeb and Tipu Sultan.
Allama Rizvi ridiculed the Imran Khan regime for
arresting his relatives, including his 90 year old uncle.
Pakistan, he said, is based on the finality and honor of
the Prophet, pbuh. Whatever numbers of people the regime
arrests will not destroy the Islamic foundations of Pakistan.
His movement, known as Labbaik Rasool Allah ["here we are
O Messenger of Allah"] will not be deterred by the
repressive ;policies of the regime, he said.
He recited the dynamic poetry of Iqbal and joked about
the ignorance of government ministers who are idiotically
empty of Islamic knowledge but want to teach him Islam. like
the man who wanted to teach Islam to Ai, r.a.
In another sitting Khadim Hussain Rizvi taught about the
excellence ofAbu Bakr Siddiq, the second Caliph, second only
to the Prophet, pbuh.
War News and Civil Discord
Russian Bombing. Heavy Fighting-
Pakistani Shia Role in Syrian War:
Feb. 6-9 in Heavy fighting in western and southern Aleppo .
Both sides claim victory.
Regime-Iran-Hizb forces are trying to reach the
Damascus-Aleppo highway. They are still ten miles away
though earlier they had claimed they had done it.
Slaughter in ground fighting killed 405 regime force and 380
Link shows SVBIED [mobile truck bombs] used by mujahideen to
blow uo regime's heavy weapons in western Aleppo
Hundreds of Russian air strikes in southern Idlib province
forced Islamic fighters to withdraw from Maarat un-Nauman
city and 25 villages.
The mujahideen withdrawal was orderly with few losses but
Russia is doing terror bombing, ruining hospitals, mosques,
bakeries and water supplies. More than 60,000 people with
few belongings have fled from southern Idlib province
towards Turkey/ However Turkey is not a;;pwing anyone to
In areas of Idlib province border, regime forces are
desecrating and smashing Muslims grave stones. [We see a
A large Turkish military column, more than 100 trucks, some
of them carrying tanks, have entered Syria. Erdogan says no
more regime force's
advance will be allowed.
In a Taliban ambush in Nangarhar province, two American
Special Forces troopers were killed and 6 wounded along with
3 pro- regime Afghan troops.
Two battles are reported between regime troops and Islamic
State fighters. Details are not available.
Iraqi students flood streets of Najaf in show of resilience
against Sadr supporters:
News Within the U.S.
Syrian Americans in Chicago Area are Often
Supportive of Assad and Oppose Islamic Rising.
by Br. Ather
Syrian American Council
is a secularist organization that is most active in USA.
Its vision is pluralistic democracy," the very cause of
current mess. They hate islamic "rebels" more than Assad.
They are ready to work with Alawite and Iranian thugs and
even ready to fight together with Shia apostates against
They are represented in the field by so called Free Syrian
Army that has mostly melted away as they counted on US
support. The US and Russia along with Iran and Arab tyrants
are propping up Assad.
Because We Are Thieves - a Poem
by Mats Svensson
Now afterwards, the memories wash over me. My strongest
memory is of all the conversations. I was often questioned.
My questions led to counterquestions.
I was evaluated and my motives, personal values were
I changed, slowly, slowly. When I left Shufat in East
Jerusalem, I was not
the same person as when I arrived in 2003. The process,
was both fast and slow. First, the brutal reality was so
palpable. I met it
already at the airport. I was immediately questioned. But
the slow process
was even more tangible. A continuous process was ongoing in
Many years have passed. It is now 2020. I am awoken by
small boy's hand. The boy is not there, but my hand
remembers the boy
who walked up next to me. The boy who took my hand, the boy
house had just been destroyed, the boy who did not make it
school in time, who did not know what had been crushed under
The boy was quiet, serious, determined. He was crying on the
but there were no tears.
I cannot go back to sleep. I put the hand on my daughter, I
think of the boy
in Silwan. I am slowly changing, changing perspective. I am
clear on what
is unimportant, but I'm even more sure what is important.
I feel connected both with the present, and with that which
is far, far away.
They shouted fascist. They shouted whore. They shouted
They shouted anti-Semite. I had never been spoken to in such
expressive way. They showed such hatred, such anger.
We stood together with some thirty people in a roundabout in
Jerusalem. In our hands, we all held a sign with a big,
black hand on
which it is said "STOP THE OCCUPATION".
Men stopped their cars. Yelled at us, rolled down their
windows and spat
at us, showed us the finger. A young woman with
a baby carriage shouted fascist, another shouted
anti-Semite, a woman
waved her umbrella at us.
An older woman in the organization Stop Occupation taught me
take it personal when someone calls me anti-Semite or
fascist. The older
Israeli woman sat crawled up on a wall. She also held a
sign. She waved
in my direction, apparently wanted to talk to me. She had
seen that I was
upset. She, on the other hand, was calm, no loud cries, no
She had a long life experience, being a part of it a long
"What is your name", she asks. "Where do you come from?"
She saw my frustration.
"No", she said. "Don't be upset. It is never about you.
Mats, it is always
about themselves. For some inscrutable reason, they feel the
need to call
you something horrible, even though they have never met you.
It is their
fear and ignorance that they are crying out. We become the
When someone who doesn't know you, calls you a fascist, it
about you. He who shouts is ignorant, unwilling to learn,
understand, has a completely different experience, lacks
She told me that she survived the concentration camp. That
what mankind is prepared to do to the unknown. She told me
returns here every week. That she has done so for over
I asked her why she comes back. Over ninety years old. Week
Her answer was blunt and somehow obvious:
"Because we are thieves!"
- Mats Svensson, a former Swedish diplomat working on the
staff of SIDA, the Swedish International Development
Cooperation Agency, has been following the ongoing
occupation of Palestine since 2003. He is the author of
"Crimes, Victims and Witnesses - Apartheid in Palestine."
(Real African Publishers) and his latest "Apartheid is a
Crime - Portraits of Israeli Occupation," (Cunepress, 2020).
Mats contributed this article to Palestinchronicle.com.
Visit his Facebook page
Guidance by Sis. Yasmin.
Hold Fast to the Rope of Allah
And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah
(i.e. this Qur'aan),
and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allaah's
you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your
together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in
and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you
Thus Allaah makes His Aayaat (proofs, evidences, verses,
revelations, etc.) clear to you, that you may be guided.
[Source ~ 'Qur'aan'~ Aal-'Imraan 3: A #103]
Prophet صلى الله
عليه و سلم
"The Qur'aan is the strong Rope of Allaah and it is the Wise
Remembrance and it is the Straight Path.
And it is what the tongue cannot deviate from. And no matter
how much it
is repeated it cannot be worn out (by being read too much)
'Ulamaa' (scholars) do not get enough of it."
Ibn 'Abbaas رضي
"Holding on to the Rope of Allaah is holding on to the Deen
Ibn Mas'ood رضي
الله عنه said:
"It is the Jama'ah" and he said "and upon you is to hold on
to the Jama'ah
as it is the Rope of Allaah that He has ordered us with and
this holding fast together is better than being apart."
Ibn Mas'ood رضي
الله عنه and
others also said...
"It is the Qur'aan."
in a narration from Ibn Mas'ood رضي
الله عنه ...it is
reported that the
Prophet ~ صلى الله
عليه و على
آله و سلم
"The Qur'aan is the Rope of Allaah and it is the Light which
guides and it is the Medicine that is beneficial and it is what
protects from destruction."
Ibnul Qayyim رحمه
"Holding on to the Rope of Allaah is security from
misguidance and holding fast to Allaah Himself is security from
"And remind by preaching the Qur'an, O Mohammad for verily, the
reminding profits the believers."
[Qur'an~Surat: Adh-Dhariyat~ 51 Ayah # 55]
~My 'Salaams' to all~
~ Y a s m i n ~
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