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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Sha'ban 3, 1432/ July 15, 2010 # 28

Verse of the Week

"Those who swallow down usury cannot arise except as one whom Shaitan has prostrated by (his) touch does rise. That is because they say, trading is only like usury; and Allah has allowed trading and forbidden usury. To whomsoever then the admonition has come from his Lord, then he desists, he shall have what has already passed, and his affair is in the hands of Allah; and whoever returns (to it) - these are the inmates of the fire; they shall abide in it.
Allah does not bless usury, and He causes charitable deeds to prosper, and Allah does not love any ungrateful sinner." - Holy Qur'an 2:275-276.

Submitted by Sis. Abigail

This is a bumper issue of New Trend. Inshallah, you won't be disappointed. Look at what we have.

Next issue: N. Siddique has interviewed Sis. Karima al-Amin, Imam Jamil's illustrious wife, in Atlanta. It's a feast of understanding and inspiration for non-violent struggle.

An imprisoned soul achieves freedom! Amazing first person account. British Muslimah, an Ismaili convert to Islam, describes the impact of the Qur'an on her soul. A must read! Please scroll down.

A discussion of how "good faith" innovations creep into Islam and why they must be rejected. Article by Sis. Asma bint Shameem from Houston, Texas. Please scroll all the way down.

Have you received emails urging you not to use the word "mosque" owing to a statement in a popular book by Yahiya Emerick? Please scroll way down for a scholarly answer by Br. Adil ibn Manzoor Khan.

Canadian Muslim youth's amazing courage in GTMO. Scroll to end for AFP report.

Tragic and shameful: As we were going to the "press" came the shocking news that Lynne Stewart has been sentenced to TEN YEARS in prison. She defended the Blind Shaikh pro bono and the Zionist power structure would not forgive her. This grandmother who is very unwell will be in prison for daring to oppose laws which have been fabricated in opposition to America's constitutional values.
For America to put an attorney in prison who has spent her life in support of the oppressed and the downtrodden means that the rule of law no longer exists in America, and certainly not for Muslims.
More in the next issue of New Trend.

Unite Against Zionism: First in a Series of Mini Shooras

July 24, 2010. inshallah Jamaat al-Muslimeen's National Islamic Shoora will meet to discuss new tactics in the efforts to unite Muslims against Zionism.

Inshallah, Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz, top African American and Islamic intellectual will address the mini shoora.
Here is an important effort to break the Jewish-Zionist stranglehold on America's neck by way of non-violent resistance.

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

Spotlight #1:Muslims often accept the media hype that that they are trapped or helpless or tricked and that the situation can't change. We can change. The world can change and is changing. It is all in Allah's hand.

Sptlight #2: Torture has become part of the American psyche owing to Gtmo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and the strip searching of Dr. Afia, Imam Jamil and Shaikh Omar and all Muslim prisoners of conscience. Torture means both the victim and the victimizer are dehumanized.

Spotlight #3: Face book is an important tool for spreading the message. However, Muslims should go on face book only to please Allah. Otherwise it becomes just a game and a waste of time.

Important note from Br. Kaukab Siddique, ameer of Jamaat al-Muslimeen.
In memory of the Red Mosque and Jamia Hafsa
A suggestion which could lead to peace in Pakistan.

July 10 was the anniversary of General Musharraf's assault on the Red Mosque and Jamia Hafsa Women's Seminary. Abdur Rasheed Ghazi and hundreds of young men and women gave their lives to defend the places of worship and Qur'an & Hadith against a corrupt military backed by the US and Israel. Pakistan is ablaze today to avenge the hundreds of innocent ba-hijab women who fought along with the martyr Abdur Rasheed Ghazi and Muslim men. General Musharraf should be brought to trial with his top generals so that the internal war in Pakistan may end.
Bringing the generals to justice helped in Chile, Argentina, Peru and other countries. Try it. They are the ones being armed and used against the Ummah. The army should not be used against Islam. It should be the people's army.

Amazing News in Brief: [Next 7 items from our New Trend's media monitor.]

Iranian Nuclear Scientist Escapes: Takes Refuge in Diplomatic Center.

July 13, 2010: According to Iranian TV, Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, has escaped from US custody and taken refuge in the Iranian Interests Section in Washington, DC.
Iran had claimed earlier that the scientist had been abducted by Saudi and US intelligence while on the lesser pilgrimage in Makka. The US claimed he had defected. It appears that Iran's claim is correct though there may be twists to the story which we don't know. BBC coverage concludes that Iran's claims are correct.
Latest: Amiri is back in Iran. A great moral victory for Iran. He says he was tortured.

British Troops Forced to retreat from Sangin area of Helmand Province. Heavy Fighting across the land.

According to western sources, 102 elite NATO troops, including 59 US and 4 Norwegians were killed in Afghanistan in June.
During the first 14 days of July, 46 NATO troops were killed. Of these 46, Americans number 26. Mujahideen known as Taliban are carrying out classic guerrilla warfare. Their losses are negligible.
July 7, 2010: British troops retreated from Sangin area after coming under daily raids by the Taliban Islamic movement. [Confirmed by BBC.]

On June 28, NATO forces killed another 8 civilians in the Kandahar area "by mistake." [Fox TV.]

Somali Revenge Attack in Uganda after warnings to withdraw troops from Somalia

July 12, 2010. Following an attack on bars [drinking houses] in Kampala, Uganda, Somalia's Islamic movement has taken responsibility. The Somalis, according to BBC, repeatedly warned Uganda to withdraw its forces from Somalia. The Ugandan troops, part of the non-Muslim AU force, have been firing with artillery on markets in Mogadishu killing several hundred civilians in the last three months. At least 74 Ugandans, including an American, in the bars were killed in the Somali attacks. [The Somalis have now warned Burundi and Ethiopia of similar attacks owing to their troops being in the AU and other US backed occupation forces in Somalia.] [Source: AP]
Most of Somalia is at peace because the country is largely in Islamic hands and Shar'ia is being enforced.

Curfew Imposed on Kashmir towns after days of Protest Rallies

July 13, 2010: India imposed curfew on Srinagar and other towns in occupied Kashmir. The military crackdown followed more than 10 days of peaceful protests by tens of thousands of unarmed Muslims. Indian police brutalized the protestors but could not crush them. Hence the curfew.
India has 700,000 troops in Muslim Kashmir, the largest occupation force in the world.

Lahore, July 12: The Kashmir issue should be taken as the core issue at the Secretary level talks between Pakistan and India because dialogue with New Delhi can't bear fruit with the Kashmir issue pushed to the back burner, the Jamaat e Islami chief, Syed Munawar Hasan, said on Monday.
He was addressing National Kashmir seminar organised by the JI Islamabad. The Azad Kashmir President, Raja Zulqarnain, JI Azad Kashmir chief, Abdur rashid Turabi, and other JI leaders also addressed.
Syed Munawar Hasan said the Kashmiris were fighting Pakistan's war and Pakistan would also have to fight for the safety of its life line.
He said Pervez Musharraf was the first Pakistan ruler to deviate from Pakistan's principled stance on Kashmir and to give concessions to India. He said there had been numerous rounds of talks between the two countries but India was sticking to its stance of Kashmir being its integral part. [Report by Shamsuddin from Lahore.]

Pakistan: Air Force Bombs Orakzai mountains killing Scores of Civilians
Momand attack wipes out pro-army tribals.
July 8-15: The Pakistani air force has been bombing Islamic villages in the Orakzai mountains. Scores of people have been killed, 22 in one day alone. The Pakistani military calls them "suspected Taliban."

July 15: A martyrdom operator hit a military unit in Mingora, the capital of Swat. The military says civilians were killed. However journalists are not allowed to bring the news.

July 9: After the new wave of Pakistani air attacks on Islamic villages began, a martyrdom operator hit a tribal gathering point the Pakistani regime had set up in the Momand agency to kill the Pak Taliban. The huge explosion destroyed the Pakistani post and surrounding businesses and vehicles. By last reports, the death toll had reached 102. Some innocent people trying to sell goods to the officials were among the dead.

Helping Iran:
June 29: A US air force drone hit an Islamic village near Wana. Eight people were killed including one "foreigner,"
an Egyptian named Hamza al-Jufi. He was the local leader of Jundullah and was involved in helping the poverty ridden people of the area. Jundullah is an Islamic movement fighting Iran for the rights of the Sunni majority population in Iranian Baluchistan. Recently Iran hanged the top leader of Jundullah after a summary trial. Iran claims that its opponents are working for the US.

France Bans Islamic Covering by Women: Futile Attempt to stop the Spread of Islam

July 13, 2010: The French Parliament voted in favor of a ban on Islamic outer covering, burqa with niqab or veil. France is crumbling from within and sees the "veil" as a symbol of the rejection of nudist French culture. With a large Muslim population, France senses defeat and wants to stop the Islamic wave by enacting repressive laws.
The French right wing sees the veil as a symbol of terrorism ["Osama's people"] while the left wing claims that the veil symbolizes the subjugation of women. Both the forces of kufr united against the Muslim woman's right to cover herself.
[Muslim women who do not cover themselves should not be blamed. They are stil our sisters and can secretly work for Islam. Sunnah is a learning process and not to be imposed on women.--Editor]

News Censored by the major media
Wave of Repression in Bangladesh:
Peaceful Jamaate Islami leaders under attack by pro-India Regime

37 Islamic Protestors Arrested.

Maolana Motiur Rahman Nizami, Allama Delawar Hossain Sayeedi and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid must be freed immediately because their arrest is illegal.

Interrogation in remand of the Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and former minister Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami is continued. Deputy Ameer and renowned Mofassir-e-Quran Maulana Delawar Hossain Sayedee and Secretary General Mr. Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed were produced before the CMM Court today after a 9-day remand. They were granted previously declared 4 days remands in a false case of demolishing vehicles in Ramna on June 26.

Standing at the dock Mr. Mojaheed and Maulana Sayedee said that they are very ill. No measure has been taken for their treatment.

Maulana Sayedee said that taking in remand he has been kept stand by at a stretch. He felt sick standing in the dock.
Mr. Mojaheed said that his blood pressure was 80/120 during arrest which is now 100/150. A 300 volt light is kept burning over his head in the whole day-night.

As a result they became sick and can't sleep. They have to perform prayer (Salat) by sitting but there is no sitting arrangement.

The ministers of the government are giving false and vindictive speeches using aggressive language.

The police force of the government unjustly arrested 37 Jamaat-Shibir leaders and workers including 20 Shibir workers from an internal meeting in Brahmman Baria, 7 Shibir workers including their Upa-Zila President from a discussion meeting on holly Shab-e-Miraj at Akkelpur Upa-zila of Joypurhat district, 3 Shibir leaders from a student mess at dead of night at Naogaon district and 7 Jamaat-Shibir leaders and workers at Narshingdi district while they were affixing posters on the demand of the release of the top Jamaat leaders.

The Jamaat-Shibir leaders, workers and well-wishers performed secondary fastings (Nafal Roza) today also throughout the country as declared before.

Prof. Tasneem Alam

Secretary, Publicity Department

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami

With thanks to Sis. Abigail

The Thinking Behind Bush's War Policy is Still Relevant
Excerpt from a lecture by
Dr. Thomas Barnett, former Senior Strategist & Professor in the Warfare Analysis & Research Department at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the US Naval War College, Rhode Island

"Transnational terrorism is like politics - it is inherently local so you have a choice of dealing with terrorism vectoring into this country. You can try to firewall yourselves off - don't think it will work - think you'll damage our society in the process. You can run around and try to kill these guys as quickly as possible, but as we've seen with Israel and the Westbank and Gaza , you tend to create more than you can kill in that process. Or third you can try to decide what their strategic goals are and you can try to get there first. There is no secret about Osama Bin Laden's goals for the Middle East . He wants to drive the west out of the Middle East so he can hijack the Middle East out of the world. We've seen it before. It's the same basic deal that Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks pulled off. An exclusionary ruleset for a big chunk of humanity. Lenin eventually grabbed one-third of humanity thanks to Mao and others. We're just seeing a modern variant of it. And he's fairly explicit with it. Osama says to the Europeans, you leave the middle east, I'll stop killing you. You've got 90 days. What the Bush Administration is really trying to do - and they are quite explicit about it - is to create a Big Bang in the middle east. They hope to change serious behavior - by extension to create a better situation in Lebanon , by extension better situation with Palestine by extension - relief for Israel . They hope to create a process of change in Iran . We hope to alleviate some of the stresses for Saudi Arabia so we move some of our troops out. They're still hoping for positive evolutions there - so a lot of expectations. Of course, our friend Kim Jong Il he can always throw a hex on this party anytime he wants - pull us right over to northeast Asia in a heartbeat. That's the fear. But what is so thrilling and dangerous about what we just are tried to pull off and are still trying to pull off - and No, I don't think you can judge it completely in 12 months - I think that is ridiculous.

This Big Bang is basically the pursuit of a system perturbation. What Osama Bin Laden tried to achieve on 9-11 was to throw our rulesets in such tremendous flux with that attack that we would retreat militarily, economically, and politically from the Middle East . He wants to disconnect the world from the Middle East . So if we want to deny that entity's strategic goal, we have to connect the Middle East faster than he can disconnect it - and that's very difficult. A way of thinking about the scenarios in the Middle East - What happens with Iraq ? Did we get the makeover or does it become our Westbank. The effect on the rest of the region - Does it become a chosen trauma for Muslims worldwide or do you get the hoped for Big Bang. Worst case, Westbank - chosen trauma, Blackhawk Down, the series - not just a bad movie - a reality series we watch every week to numbing and/or enraging effect. Why? Because we have the reserve component over there big time now. The Abrams doctrine when we put it together back in the early 1970's said that you can't go to war unless you use the reserve component. We've gotten around that rule. We can go to war whenever we want without using the reserve component. What we can't do is wage the peace without them and we are going to discover that increasingly as this occupation drags on. The danger here is that this becomes a global magnet. Next worst case situation - the Arab Yugoslavia - sequential instabilities around the dial. That is probably the path you take if you accept the notion that you are going to have 3 Iraq 's at the end of this. The Kurds, the Sunni's and the Shites. The better route I think, what I call the New Berlin Wall Muslims are still angry about our situation and our presence, we succeed somewhat in Iraq, we focus on the next problem set. Israel and the Palestinian Authority. We sit on that security fence probably for two or three decades. You say, it can't be done. I say we did it in Berlin . We're still doing it in Korea . Europeans have done it for decades in Cypress . We know how to sit on walls. Israel will be just fine without the Westbank. The Westbank is going to need a lot of aid. But I'll ask you which is cheaper over the long run?

Best case, makeover, you get the Big Bang. Call that scenario, Persian Gulfed. I would argue, the counter-revolution is waiting for a Chernobyl like spark in Iran . It won't take a whole heck of a lot. I think we are within several years of that happening. I don't expect the Mullahs to rule that country the same way they do now by 2010. And I think Saudi Arabia sees the handwriting the wall and will move progressively in that direction. Why? Because the terrorists are coming back home and blowing up things in Saudi Arabia now. ......................" [End of quote.]

Netanyahu Hears No Discouraging Words From Obama
Dana Milbank -- The Washington Post

A blue-and-white Israeli flag hung from Blair House. Across Pennsylvania Avenue, the Stars and Stripes was in its usual place atop the White House. But to capture the real significance of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's visit with President Obama, White House officials might have instead flown the white flag of surrender. Four months ago, the Obama administration made a politically perilous decision to condemn Israel over a controversial new settlement. The Israel lobby reared up, Netanyahu denounced the administration's actions, Republican leaders sided with Netanyahu, and Democrats ran for cover.

Understanding Pakistan
Debacle of Secularism: 5 to 15% of Pakistanis rule and play in western hands

by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Associate Professor of English and Mass Communication

Pakistani secularism grew over a period of 60 years in recognizable enclaves all over the country. The Pakistani middle class is the vanguard of national secularism. These are people who are nominally Muslims and in fact would be outraged if their loyalty to Islam were challenged. They consider Islam part of their cultural heritage which is related to symbolic activities at funerals, births, Eid celebrations and random charitable activities.
The defining feature of Pakistani secularism is that secularists place religion at the service of their needs and wishes and thus evade the entire issue of obedience to the Will of Allah and and the dominance of Islamic guidance in matters national, economic and international. Here are the major categories of secularists in Pakistan:
  1. Upper echelons of the Pakistani military, from majors, colonels and Generals to the Chiefs of Staff and commanders-in-chief.
  2. The adult children of the military elite and their friends and relatives.
  3. Feudal lords, such as the Bhutto family, the Bugti family, and their adult children and relatives
  4. Big landlords and major industrialists and their adult children and relatives. Many of these appear to be religious: their conservatism is often taken for Islam by their tenants.
  5. The adult children, relatives and friends in these categories are the most important link between Pakistan and the U.S., U.K., and western Europe. They are focused on physically moving to the U.S. In the interim, while they await opportunities abroad, they surround themselves with or create around themselves replicas of Euro-American social environments.
  6. The class loyalties and racist attitudes of these groups are reinforced by their contacts with Euro-Americans. They treat poor and black people with contempt.
  7. Communists/socialists, "progressives," "liberals." Though very small in numbers, these elements are often effective against Islam because they are critical of western capitalism but equate Islam with feudalism

After 9.11 these groups were most susceptible to American-Israeli foreign policy initiatives. America-Israel saw Islam as the adversary and decided to destroy the havens of "terrorism" which are rooted in Islam. The Bush administration expressed the perception of the entire American power structure that unless Islam is defanged and declawed in its heartlands, opposition to U.S.-Israeli global domination would be impossible to overcome .
Through a steady process of demonization, the U.S. has arrived at this view of the Muslim world [Pakistan and Afghanistan in particular]:
  1. Those who practice Islam on a daily basis are "fundamentalists" and will become opponents of America sooner or later.
  2. Those who condemn the American way of life and agitate and protest against it are "extremists" and will soon become a problem for the U.S.
  3. Those who pick up weapons and fight American and pro-American forces are "terrorists" and should be killed.
  4. The medressas and mosques are the hotbeds of 'fundamentalism," "extremism," and "terrorism."
  5. The hijab or complete covering of the Muslim woman is the greatest obstacle to the domination of American-Israeli culture globally.

The secularist-Pakistani view of Islam is almost EXACTLY the same as that of the American power structure. Hence it was natural for Pakistani secularists to side with America against their own people especially at a time when Islam is resurgent and the "mulla" reminds the secularists that they are violating the teachings of Islam while claiming to be Muslims.

Collaborator Watch: Re: ISNA Convention near Chicago
ICNA's Zahid Bukhari Silent about State Department Connection, is Honored by ISNA
New Trend Research.
On June 3, 2010 New Trend published Dr. Zahid Bukhari's biodata in which he proudly listed his international travels under the aegis of the US State Department, US embassies and various anti-Islam regimes.
We asked Bukhari to respond. New Trend is that rare publication which gives right of reply.
Bukhari did not respond, hoping like the proverbial ostrich, that New Trend will go away.
Then we received tax papers signed by Bukhari which show that that he set up an organization in Frederick, Maryland. The papers are signed by Bukhari as "Director." The papers show that he gave $5000 to himself and $17,000 to Prof. Sulayman Nyang. We neglected to mention that the papers show that he gave $10,000 to Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed, a close associate of his for many years who has now been given a prominent position in an important institution in Pakistan. Why?
ISNA, in its July 4th Convention, had Dr. Bukhari as an honored guest speaker. ISNA has been closely associated with the US government, including the FBI and the Pentagon for many years. Siraj Wahhaj, long time inner circle man of ISNA, who helped put Shaikh Omar Abdel Rahman in prison, was especially honored by ISNA.
Why was Zahid Bukhari speaking at ISNA? Looks like it was a consolation prize for Bukhari for the exposure to which he was subjected by New Trend.
In turn, the ISNA Convention was "honored" by the Obama White House. ISNA's report proudly notes:
"Representatives from the federal government included Mr. Rashad Hussain from the White House, Mr. Mazen Basrawi from the Department of Justice, Mr. George Selim from the Department of Homeland Security, and representatives from USAID. "
The White House rep, probably a Shi'ite of Indian origin, spoke to assembled ISNA members and railed against terrorism. He claimed that the terrorists are killing Muslims. It was an interesting way of claiming that the US is not killing Muslims, it is the terrorists!
Not surprisingly, the Zionist media gave very supportive coverage to the ISNA convention. The "government Muslims" and the innocent ones were all there, feeding off each other. Islam in America, ISNA style, is the Clinton-Bush-Obama "islam" or more clearly the White House-FBI-Pentagon "islam."

Letter: ICNA and Zahid Bukhari: Travelling on State Department Expenses

I was shocked when a senior MGA of ICNA, after reading NT's expose of
Bukhari found nothing wrong with him for traveling on State Dept expenses,

giving lectures full of praise for the US policies, and praising how Muslims

are living comfortably after 9/11 without fear here.Inna-Lillah.

Omar Afzal, PhD
Ithaca, New York

[Dr. Omar Afzal is the son of India's distinguished Islamic leader Maulana Afzal Hussain and knows Dr. Zahid Bukhari and ICNA from close up.]

Letter: Re: "Why are the Christian Churches Silent about Gaza" by Sis. Abigail.

Your story on Jesus' words is outstanding. I will be reprinting as soon as our website works again.

Chuck Carlson [Colorado]

Letter: Jamaat al-Muslimeen Actvist Passes Away in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Bro Siddique,
I am not sure if you heard, but Sis Bilqis Muhammad passed Monday July 5th and was buried July 6th in Rocky Mount.

Wa Alaykum Salamu

Maliki J Grant [Virginia]

Editor's note: Sis. Bilqis spent her life in serving Allah. She was not treated well by her first husband from overseas who was "religious.". Instead of becoming embittered, she became an active Muslim and published my book LIBERATION of WOMEN THRU ISLAM to help Muslim women know their rights. She distributed my other books too. For a while she was in conflict with the local mosque owing to a wrong-headed imam, but by the time she passed, she had the keys of the mosque and could enter at any time. It was a great victory. May Allah bless her and give her al-jannah.

Letter: Unite Against Zionism: Shoora theme

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Entrapping Islam - Free Tarek Mehanna and all prisoners of the War on Islam .

Br. Kwame [New York]

Letter: CAIR's Boring and Pointless Presentation on Islam

I attended the CAIR presentation entitled, "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think"- a documentary film based on the Gallup Poll of Worldwide Muslim public opinion- Executive Producers ALEX KRONEMER AND MICHEAL WOLFE, on June 5, 2010, at the University of Pennsylvania's International House.
I interviewed several attendees to the 'screening'. No one had good reviews: comments ranged from "I didn't get the point" to "It was boring", etc. Then CAIR has the nerve to send out a congratulatory, announcement to them selves (I'll forward it to you under seperate cover). I was not given the opportunity to ask why there were NO representations of Africans in the film and why there were several muslim 'scholars' speaking about "our country" and other assinine comments. There were other persons making statements and you didn't know if they were muslim or not..
Oh Allah, help us!

[Hajjah] Nabila Bey
Philadelphia, Pensylvania

CAIR's announcement quotes King Hussain of Jordan, died 1999, to define Islam. The King was uncovered before he died as a CIA asset and traitor to the Ummah.

Islam: Direct Communcation with the Creator: No Priesthood.
Ismaili Convert to Islam Describes the Impact of the Qur'an.
She opened the door to many more Conversions.

by Sis. Shanin [A British Muslimah]

I use to be a very involved Ismaili and would get angry if anyone said anything bad about Aga khan, but at the same time was very spiritual. It is like he has hypnotized everyone in his community. In our language it is called 'Nazar-Bandhi'.

However, in about 1992, an Ismaili friend of mine, one of the converts
to Islam, gave me Al-Quran and explained a few things.

After reading the Quran it was like seeing the true 'Light' of Allah-Creator-GOD, and I realized that without HIM there is no religion and no spirituality.
There was no doubt in my mind that we have been taken for a ride by the Aga khan, who hid the 'Message' of Allah from us.

Soon after that I accepted Islam and saw the power of direct communication with my Creator-GOD, and the power of Namaz/Salat is phenomenal.
Every time I prayed and made 'Sujood' to Allah, it gave me some kind of 'Raahat'-
patience and understanding of religion and whole of humanity.

After studying Islam through the Holy Qur'an and Hadiths of Messenger
Muhammad (salAllahu alaihi wassalam), everything started to reveal automatically by the Holy Spirit.
At the same time I brought the Bible and studied it well as Allah says: You
are all one community, and has mentioned the people of the Book.

My 'Train' of study was going at full speed as I was absolutely excited by so much truth and logic that was hidden from me.

Soon after that I started to write Islamic articles and preaching Islam, with the full etiquette of Prophet s.a.s., and of course with the female Holy Uniform of Hijab (not Niqab) and either long dress or long Skirt (combination of East and West) but no pants and trousers.

Trousers are the 'Man's' clothing, which many Sisters do not realize .
At first I was reluctant to walk the Main Road with Hijab out of fear of what my family or community members will think.
But that fear was removed when I read the verse in the Quran: "Don't fear
people but fear ME". This is the beauty of Quran- Allah's Word that has
answers to every question, every grief, every problem and every bothersome
thing of this world and the Hereafter.
HE becomes our personal Physician, a Counselor, a lawyer, a Judge etc.

If I am not mistaken in my second year of conversion I did the TV show
on Ramadaan written and directed by me, where for the first time on TV
screen people saw the picture of Ka'ba (that is my heart), the Quran, heard
the Adhan/Azan, and Qur'an recitation by the Imam.

That was the big bang for every one including Ismailis.

My topics includes, Islam, human rights, building bridges among all the communities including Jews, advice to youths in a form of counseling and the whole of way of life.

Hadith Studies by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

[Ed. note: r.a. = radi Allah unh =Allah be pleased with him.]
[pbuh = peace be on him. ]
There can be no doubt that Muhammad Mustafa, the final messenger of Allah, pbuh, loved Abu Huraira, r.a. and in turn Abu Huraira, r.a., loved Muhammad, pbuh, more than anyone or anything in the world.
"O valiant believers! The hoories of Paradise are awaiting you. Prepare yourself to meet them. Prepare to gain the approach to Allah and to be accepted by Allah. At this time, no place is dearer to Allah than the one where you are standing."

The ferocious Roman onslaught was beaten back. At that point, another 20,000 Romans attacked the small group led by Abu Huraira, r.a. Khalid ibn al-Waleed, r.a., the overall commander of the Islamic army noted the severe pressure on the right wing of his forces. He launched an all out attack on the Romans and routed them. Yarmouk changed the history of the Middle East for ever.

Other historians, Ibn Athir and Ibn Kathir, have noted the participation of Abu Huraira in Jihad as far away as Jilan and Jurjan during the Caliphate of 'Usman, r.a.

This beloved companion of the Prophet, pbuh, is under attack by the sectarians and the Pervezis.


From Houston, Texas

What did the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) do?
By Asma bint Shameem

Indeed, one night the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) was granted the Night Journey of al-Israa' wal Mi'raaj, when he was first transported from Masjid al-Haraam to Masjid al-Aqsa and then onwards, he ascended to the Heavens and Allaah spoke to him as He willed, and enjoined the five daily prayers upon him.
This is definitely part of our Aqeedah. It says so in the Qur'aan [al-Isra':1] and there is no denying that fact.

However, the big question to ask is.......
What did the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) do when the same day arrived the next year? Or the year after that? Or the year after that?
Did he EVER celebrate the night of al-Israa' wal Mi'raaj, or fast the next day???
And what did he instruct the Sahaabah to do about his Night Journey?
Did he tell them to celebrate that night as a 'special night' for worshipping Allaah?
Did he tell them to specifically fast the next day because it was 'the day after the Journey'?
And what were the actions of the Sahaabah themselves?
Did THEY do any of the above??

The answer to all of the above is a big resounding NO!
Surely the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) did not omit or forget anything in the deen! Surely he did not hide anything from mankind!

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) said, "There is nothing that brings you closer to Jannah except that I have informed you about it and there is nothing that brings you closer to the fire of Hell except that I have warned you against it." (at-Tabaraani--Saheeh)

Then why do we not have ANY Saheeh reports of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) or the Sahaabah worshipping Allaah especially on this night and fasting the next day?


If celebrating it was something that is prescribed in Islam, the Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) would certainly have told his ummah about it, either in word or in deed. If any such thing had happened, it would have been well known, and his companions would have transmitted the information to us. They narrated from the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) everything that we need to know, and they did not neglect any aspect of the religion, rather they were the first ones to do anything good. If celebrating this night had been prescribed in Islam, they would have been the first people to do so.

And if it wasn't the practice of our Beloved Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) or his Sahaabah, then, why, O Muslim, do YOU insist on doing it???
Isn't the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) the best example to be followed?

"In the Messenger of Allah you have a fine example for he who hopes for Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah abundantly." (Surah al-Ahzaab: 21)

But everyone does so!!
Sure, I know, you have seen your fathers and grandfathers doing so. But, let me remind you, O Muslim, that it is NOT our forefathers that we are supposed to follow. Rather, our worship should be based on proofs from the Quraan and authentic Sunnah, and NOT culture or tradition.

"When it is said to them: 'Follow what Allah has sent down,' they reply: 'We will follow that which we found our fathers upon,' even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided." (Surah al-Baqarah: 170)

Is good intention enough??
I know beyond doubt, that in celebrating this night, your intention is good. But dear brother/sister, in order for our worship to be accepted, it also has to be prescribed in the Qur'aan and Sunnah. If it is not so, it will be rejected.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) said: "Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that is not part of it will have it rejected." (Bukhaari, Muslim)

Exact date unknown???
Also, do you know that even though the incidence of al-Israa' wal Mi'raaj is an undeniable fact in history, yet the exact date or even the exact month in which this took place is not certain?
Shaykh 'Abd al-'Azeez ibn Baaz said:
"With regard to this night on which the Isra' and Mi'raaj took place, there is nothing in the saheeh ahaadeeth to indicate that it is in Rajab or in any other month. Everything that has been narrated concerning a specific date for these events cannot be proven to have come from the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) according to the scholars of hadeeth...." (Islam-qa)

But, what's the harm in it???
Now, some of you will say, "What's the harm in it? I am just worshipping Allah!"

But, the answer to that, O noble reader, is.....
"And whosoever opposes the Messenger (Muhammad Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers' way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell - what an evil destination!" [Surah an-Nisaa:115]

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen says: "Fasting on the twenty-seventh of Rajab and spending that night in prayer is a bid'ah (innovation), and every bid'ah is a going astray." (Majmoo' Fataawa , 20/440)

So, remember, my dear brothers and sisters in Islaam, DO NOT single out the 27th for your worship because it was NOT the practice of the Prophet OR his Sahaabah. If however, you pray every single night and it is part of your routine to stay up for worship, then there is no harm. Similarly, if you are in the habit of fasting Mondays and Thursdays, or during Ayyaam Beed (the 13th, 14th, and 15th of every Islaamic month), and the 27th of Rajab falls on one of those days, then it is OK to do so. The problem arises when one thinks that this night is special and singles out this night or day for worship, thinking they are getting extra reward for their worship. But this is contrary to the Sunnah.

Does "Mosque" Mean Mosquito?
A vlauable response by Adil ibn Manzoor Khan

In the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the All-Compassionate

"May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon You"

Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah
As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

Its been observed that most of us write "MOSQUE" for "Masjid" and even calling it as Mosque in daily routine, what elders and teachers say that the word "MOSQUE" means the house of mosquitoes not Masjid. So better be careful next time instead of writing mosque, u can write MASJID it doesn't matter. Most we have seen the spelling of MAKKAH as MECCA. the word MECCA means "Sharab Khaana/(whisky house). So let all of us careful of writing MECCA. Many people, whose names start with MUHAMMAD, write in a short form as "Mohd". This "Mohd" means "A dog which has a big mouth". Guys please forward this message to Muslim brothers & Sisters as possible.

Here are some specifics vis-a-vis the above claims:

1. Quote: <<< "Its been observed that most of us write "MOSQUE" for "Masjid" and even calling it as Mosque in daily routine, what elders and teachers say that the word "MOSQUE" means the house of mosquitoes not Masjid, - unquote. >>>

The word Mosque from the French means mosquee - from old French mousquaie, from old Italian moschea or moscheta, from old Spanish mezquita, from Arabic masjid, has nothing whatsoever to do with the origin of Mosquito (Spanish and Portuguese diminutive of mosca, and Latin musca, meaning fly - as in the insect. A more interesting derivative of the same root is 'musket', the weapons from which ammo flies out! In fact the 'shot' emanating from the musket shares more characteristics with the insect: it flies, buzzes, and stings!). Incidentally, Mosquito is also the name of an American Indian tribe.

Please read the following information answered by the Scientific Research Committee -

Etymology of the English word 'mosque'

Question: There is a book written by a Muslim revert, Yahiya Emerick entitled "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam." The author discusses within it many things, including the etymology of the word "mosque." He wrote that this word is derived from the Spanish word for "mosquito". He claimed that the word was first used during the Christian invasion of Muslim Spain in the 15th century when the forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella boasted they would swat out Muslim prayer houses like so many mosquitoes. Is this true?


This etymology is incorrect.

The Spanish word for "mosquito" is mosquito and literally means "little fly". This is a case where the English language borrowed the word directly from the Spanish.

The word for "fly" in Spanish is mosca, which is derived from the Latin musca. The diminutive suffix "-ito" is attached to it to form the word mosquito or "little fly".

The Spanish term for "mosque" is mezquita, derived from the old Spanish mesquita. This word was most certainly derived from the Arabic word masjid, which many Arabs then and now pronounce as masgid.

In Spain during the era of Muslim rule - and this was before the time of King Ferdinand - Spanish speakers were using the word mosquito for the insect and the word mesquita for the Muslim place of worship. The two words are not related to one another in any way.

The word "mosque" was introduced into the English language in the late 14th or early 15th century from the French. It comes from the French word mosque, from the old French word mousquaie. The French, in turn, derived the word from the Italian word moschea from moscheta. The Italians got it either directly from the Arabic word masjid or from the old Spanish mesquita. - Unquote.


1. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition; ? 2000 Houghton Mifflin Company.
2. Online Etymology Dictionary, ETYMOLOGY Moo-Muc
mosque c.1400, moseak, probably from M.Fr. mosqu?e, from It. moschea, from Sp. mesquita (modern mezquita), from Arabic masjid "temple,
place of worship," from sajada "he worshipped" + prefix ma- denoting "place." In M.E. as muskey, moseache, etc.
mosquito c.1583, from Sp. mosquito "little gnat," dim. of mosca "fly," from L. musca "fly," from PIE base *mu-, perhaps imitative of the sound
of humming insects. Colloquial form skeeter is attested from 1839.

With thanks to Sis. Hamdiyya, Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Charlotte, NC
Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 by Agence France Presse

Guantanamo Inmate Khadr Refuses Plea Deal. Says Would Give US Government Excuse for Torture

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A young Canadian, the last Westerner held at Guantanamo Bay, said he would not defend himself after refusing a US plea deal, insisting his military trial was a sham.
"I will not take any of the offers because it'll give the US government an excuse for torturing me and abusing me when I was a child," Omar Khadr, 23, told a military tribunal at the remote jail in Cuba.
He and his Canadian lawyer confirmed he had refused a plea deal under which he would only have to serve five years of a 30-year sentence in Guantanamo if he admitted war crimes charges, which normally carry a life term.
Lawyer Dennis Edney said under the deal another part of the term would have been spent in Canada, but his client refused to plead guilty.
"Mr Khadr could not admit to something he didn't do. He didn't kill anybody," Edney said.
US forces in Afghanistan took Khadr prisoner when he was just 15 years old in July 2002. He has now been in Guantanamo Bay for eight years.
The US government alleges that Khadr killed a US soldier with a grenade in 2002 after rising from the rubble of an Al-Qaeda compound, the lone survivor of a four-hour US bombardment.
Khadr said he no longer intended to participate in the proceedings after firing his American defense team last week for the third time and complaining of the "unfairness and injustice" of the military commission.
"I will not willingly let the US government use me to fulfill its goal. I have been used too many times when I was a child, and that's why I'm here taking blame and paying for things I didn't have a choice in doing but was told to do by elders," Khadr said.
"It's going to be the same thing with lawyers or without lawyers. It's going to be life sentence," he said.
When presiding judge Army Colonel Patrick Parrish told Khadr he had to be present in court to represent himself without his lawyers, the young man replied: "I might be present, but I won't be participating."
But Parrish ordered the American military defense lawyer, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Jackson, to stay on, against Khadr's wishes. Parrish also did not grant Khadr permission to represent himself.
Under the rules of the military tribunals at Guantanamo, Khadr's Canadian lawyers cannot represent him without US attorneys.
Edney decried a system that would require his client's admission of guilt in order to obtain leniency. "It's a tragedy, this young man who's been abandoned and has lost hope," he said.
A new hearing will now be held on August 9, and Khadr's trial is due to start at the military base on August 10.
Khadr is now the only Western citizen still held at Guantanamo, as the Obama administration seeks to close down the notorious jail -- a symbol of the excesses in the "war on terror" conducted by former president George W. Bush.
Other detainees from countries including Britain, France and Australia have been repatriated, but Ottawa has steadfastly refused to seek the return of Khadr, who was born in Toronto in 1986.
On Monday the Canadian government meanwhile said it would appeal a federal court order which is effectively pressuring it to seek the Khadr's repatriation.
"Omar Khadr faces very serious charges, including murder," Justice Minister Rob Nicholson noted in announcing the appeal to the court's finding that Ottawa failed to protect Khadr's rights as it had been ordered to do by the Supreme Court, and must remedy the situation.
Khadr, whose father was a close friend of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, was seriously wounded in the battle that preceded his capture in July 2002, losing sight in one eye.
His case has attracted concern from UNICEF and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who have argued he should be treated as a child soldier because he was under 16 when he was captured.
Attorney General Eric Holder, who said 180 inmates remain in Guantanamo, pleaded Sunday for US lawmakers to overcome partisan differences and work together to transfer inmates to other facilities and bring them to trial.

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