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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Ramadan 18, 1432/August 19, 2011 # 35

Latest news: Israel gets first touch of Islamic resistance:

August 19: Palestinian mujahideen entered Israeli occupied southern Sinai through Egyptian territory which used to be blocked by Hosni Mubarak's forces. For several hours a handful of fighters engaged Israeli military transports moving through the area, destroying several vehicles. At least 8 Israeli troops were killed and 24 wounded.

In response, Israel started launching air strikes into Gaza and killed 6 "militants" unconnected to the mujahideen. Netanyahoo has promised more air attacks. Analysts say that the mujahideen want to draw Hamas into the fighting because cease fire with Israel is not permitted in Islam.

The infiltration, probably by a group known as the Army of Islam or Islamic Fatah [identity not clear] which has been defying Hamas, occurred after Israeli air attacks on August 17 which killed one Palestinian civilian and wounded 7. [Fighting is continuing on August 19. An Egyptian police post trying to stop the 5 mujahideen was also hit.]

Afghanistan: August 17: In Taliban raids, 9 more NATO troops have been killed bringing the total for August to 65 [including 22 Seals who attacked Shaykh Osama]. No Taliban losses.

NATO announced, August 15, that it has completed 50,000 air strikes against the Taliban since the occupation began.

Iraq: On August 14, there was a wave of attacks against the US installed regime, both military and civilian targets, which killed 74 and wounded 250. The targets were in Baquba, Tikrit, Kirkuk, Baghdad, Kut, Kerbala and Najaf. It appears that Al-Qaidah in Iraq is showing its strength. [On August 16, there was a series of attacks on regime troops in Mosul.]

Libya: August 18:Islamic "rebels" captured the oil refinery in Zawiyah, west of Tripoli. They are also advancing from the south. Unless Gaddafi launches a successful counterattack, his situation is bleak. Our observers say that the new regime will be pro-western but it will be weak and Islamic forces will emerge as the real victors.

Syria: August 18: For the first time, the US came out openly against Syria's Assad. The Americans can see that inspite of all his atrocities, the Syrian dictator cannot win. Ms. Clinton is trying to be on the winning side but has no sympathy for the Islamic aspirations of the Syrian people.

[We have received an extensive report from Shaykh al-Massari in England which shows that the Iranian Press TV is carrying on a campaign of big time lies and fabrications against the Syrian Muslims and is extolling the Shi'ite Alawite regime of Assad. Press TV is known for its lies and conspiracy theories.]

Prophet Muhammad's, peace be on him, final comment on taraweehs. Sahih Hadith. Please scroll all the way down. Also, a list of what we should be doing on Ramadan nights, in addition to praying and reading the Qur'an.

Recommended book for Ramadan:

Al-Fateha and its Significance by Shamim Siddiqui.

In every prayer, al-Fateha is required. Do you know its power and significance? Do you know its links to the rest of the Qur'an?

Pray with understanding. We can send free copies of this book to the first ten responses. Write to:

Br. Shamim wants a peaceful Islamic movement to be launched by Jamaat al-Muslimeen in America. Give us your support.

Women in Hadith Narratives by Kaukab Siddique. $12.50

Selling like hot cakes. It can be ordered on line.

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Spotlights by Imam Badi Ali, Jamaat al-Muslimeen National Shoora, North Carolina

Spotlight #1: Community is essential. Meet people with an open mind even if you don't like some of their traits. Ramadan's fasting can help you.

Spotlight #2: Don't be a slave of THINGS. Allah can help you to be in control. Fasting is a great way of moving out of petty desires.

Spotlight #3: Don't be a waster. It's a shame to fast and then waste good food at iftar. Have you seen people who take a sip of a water bottle, throw it away and take another? Don't clutter the world with your waste.

2 Unusual Iftars: Baltimore and Annapolis [Maryland]

This Masjid Belongs to Sisters and Brothers United

by Sis. Ashira Naim [Secretary General]

This year, 2011,saw the most attendance at the masjid for an iftar, maghrib and
isha salats, followed by taraweeh prayers, Friday, August 12, 2011.

In between all of these prayers was served some of the most delicious dishes and drinks sponsored by the women of Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen. The night saw a
sister make her first visit to any masjid and several newcomers, as well. The
spirit was indeed high and the spirit of Islam permeated the air.

The Maghrib and Isha prayers were led by the Amir, Dr. Kaukab Siddique and the Imam, Poppa Mommar respectively. Dr. Siddique made comments after the prayer thanking the sisters for the wonderful food and reminding them as well as the visiting sisters that this masjid belongs to them and they are to feel "at home"
here and offer their help which will be most welcome.

He told the Believers that Ramadan brings Blessings for those who are truly fasting and show it by following in the footsteps of the Prophet (SAW). Also, he cautioned the Believers to be aware that Ramadan also brings its warnings and that those who choose to ignore the Calling of Allah are, thus,followed up by shaitan.

The taraweeh prayers were led by our young Imam, Brother Yusuf Robinson. We are all proud of Bro. Yusuf and we are praying for his success since his 1+ year of studying Arabic and Islamic Studies in Yemen. He, in his Khutba earlier this day, reminded the Believers that we are to be happy to defend our religion especially at this time of Ramadan when the shaitan is down. He chided the Believers to beat the shaitan while he is down as this is the best time to be victorious.

Imam Poppa Mommar announced to the Believers after the Jumah that everyone was invited to Iftar and complimentary dinner at the Tam-Tam [Senegalese] restaurant on the York Road corridor, held the next day, Saturday

Iftar for Activists, Struggling for Justice in America:
Ibn Khaldun Writers' Circle

On August 12 the writers' group met in the Annapolis area for iftar. The turnout was excellent as was the food. These are people who are involved in the struggle for justice in America. They are at the heart of various rallies, protests, hearings and demonstrations in the Maryland-Washington, DC area.

Among the guests were non-Muslims. It was interracial: Black, White, Latino, Asiatic... A great variety of topics were discussed, from America's wars, to the conditions in our cities, to the injustices meted out to political prisoners.

The program was organized by Nadrat Siddique. Here's her comment:

Thanks to the extraordinary youth of the Ibn Khaldun Writers' Circle, affiliates, and guest., I am once again floored by the quality of the conversation, the internationalism, adaab, taqwa, and caring for the Ummah which you all exhibit. Thank you all for making it the best iftar!!

Siraj Wahhaj is a key figure in the fund raising done by ISNA and ICNA to drain the Muslims of their resources. For years we have asked him to apologize for his lies and the help he gave the Zionist judge Michael Mukasey in the sentencing of the great Egyptian Islamic scholar Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman [also known as the Blind Shaikh]. ISNA never allows Siraj to be questioned for his lies against the Hafize Qur'an. Finally Br. Jihad Rashid [Detroit area activist] caught up with Siraj when he was collecting funds at the rich Canton area mosque in the western suburbs of Detroit. It's a profile in moral courage carried out at great risk by Br. Rashid. See his report after next item.

Letter: Re: New Trend on Dictators Qaddafi, Assad + Holocaust

Excellent...may Allah ta'ala bless you and protect you and the brothers with you....ameen

Shaukat Khan [Charlotte, North Carolina]

Face to Face with Siraj Wahhaj: The ISNA man who helped send the Blind Shaikh to prison for life.

By Jihad Rashid, Detroit, Michigan

Pre-prison photo of Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman [The Blind Shaikh]. He is in a US prison cell owing to a Jewish Zionist Judge Michael Mukasey, an Egyptian intelligence agent working for Hosni Mubarak, and false witnessing and lies by Siraj Wahhaj, a key person in the White House supported ISNA.

For the Shaikh's soul stirring recitation of the Qur'an, go to Jamaat al-Muslimeen on Facebook and scroll way down.

Br. Jihad Rashid writes:

During his August 7th visit to the Detroit Metro area, Siraj Wahhaj gave a lecture at the Canton Masjid in the western suburbs. After the lecture the floor was opened up for questions.

I asked Siraj Wahhaj about his testifying against Sheikh Abdel Rahman which allowed the Zionist court to convict the Sheikh and sentenced him to a Life Sentence plus 60 years. He stated that this was not format for such a question.

I continued to press asking how he could stand in front of the Muslims and preach about morality while at the same time work being an agent provocateur for the government! I informed the gathering that Siraj was an Un-indicted co-conspirator in the same. For those of us who are familiar with the Federal Court system, know that being a co-conspirator, the only way that you can free yourself from being sent to jail is to cooperate with the Federal government, (See Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures Rules 51).

After I made that statement I was asked forcibly to leave the gathering.

As we reflect on the background of Siraj Wahhaj and others such as Dawud Walid of CAIR (who stated at the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Detroit, Michigan on July 16, 2011 at the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms hearing, NCPCF, that he would contact the FBI on Muslims), we must ask the question, WHO ARE THESE GUYS and WHO MADE THEM THE SPOKESMEN FOR THE MUSLIMS?

We must reflect on history: how the government infiltrated groups such as the Black Panther Party causing suspicion, division and the eventual fall of the Party. This was done by agent provocateurs joining the Black Panthers and starting to destroy it from within. Those agents played the role, talked the talk and walked the walk, at the same time being like a cancer destroying the body from the inside out.

As we look at the example of Malcolm X, when the FBI approached Malcolm to work with them against Elijah Muhammad, Brother Malcolm, our Beloved Shahid, a Shining Example of Manhood having tape recorded the conversation, unbeknownst to the FBI, told them straight out NO!

This writer having been in Federal Prison knows of several individuals who are illegally imprisoned due to someone LYING on them in court in order to save their own hides! The FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office and the Judges know this, but yet still allow such illegality to go forth, in the name of JUSTICE!

The Muslim Ummah must learn from the past how we lost our position in history. Just as during the crusades we lost Jerusalem due to an agent provocateur working from within the walls of Al Quds allowing Godfrey to massacre the inhabitants' of OUR Holy City, we must beware of that same spirit that lingers in our midst today!

This writer will elaborate on the agent provocateur Dawud Walid in his piece submitted to New Trend.

[Br. Jihad Rashid, an Islamic activist doing da'wa at the grassroots, supports Jamaat al-Muslimeen's work and endorses causes for justice and peace.]

New Trend background study

Aga Khani-Republican Alliance in Texas Emerging as SubtleThreat to Islamic Pakistan

Ismailis, the followers of the Aga Khan, have subtly infiltrated the Muslim world, particularly Pakistan. Minorities linked to the western powers have played an important role in undermining Islamic ways of life.

A new dimension has emerged in this situation owing to the alliance between Aga Khanis and the Republican Party. President Bush was very friendly with CAIR but he chose an Aga Khani, Mr. Eboo, to represent US Muslims at the Muslim Conference.

A step further now, and Governor Rick Perry of Texas, an extreme right winger, has hooked up with Aga Khan's Ismaili cult. There is a strong Ismaili presence in Houston, 30,000 to 40,000 according to the Houston Chronicle of August 5.
How close is this relationship? According to, Governor Perry, now a presidential candidate " has been friends for years with the Aga Khan, head of an Islamic sect called Ismailis.Perry even laid the first brick at the groundbreaking ceremony for an Ismaili worship center in Plano in 2005."

Aga Khanis on the Internet reveal their close relationship with forces hostile to Islam. Aga Khan was a great friend of Medeleine Albright [killer of Iraqi children], very close to Hosni Mubarak [now in prison] and Karzai, the puppet ruler of Kabul.

Aga Khanis are quite strong in strategic areas of Pakistan and have set up institutions which bring elite Pakistanis into alliance with America. In the big cities too, American influence is pedalled to Pakistani elites through fancy businesses called AGHA's. Most Pakistanis do not know that Aghas's is a reference to Agha Khan. His picture is theire in the innser sanctum of their offices.

First Bush and now the Texan Governor Perry in a six year relationship with Ismailis indicate a power relationship which can be dangerous for Muslim countries.

Islamic Fighter is a Terrorist, says Obama: Assets Frozen [if any]

[Report below uncut from the daily Dawn, Karachi.]

WASHINGTON: August 16. The Obama administration designated a key insurgent commander in southeastern Afghanistan as a terrorist Tuesday, freezing any assets he has in the United States and barring Americans from doing business with him.

The State Department said Mullah Sangeen Zadran is the shadow governor of Paktika province in southeastern Afghanistan and a commander in the Haqqani network.

A statement said Sangeen leads fighters in attacks and has helped hundreds of foreign fighters enter Afghanistan. It also linked him to bombings and kidnappings of Afghans and foreigners in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sangeen was also designated a terrorist by the UN, meaning he should be subject to a global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo. The Haqqani network has ties to both al-Qaida and the Taliban and has emerged as one of the biggest threats to stability in Afghanistan .....

An opponent of the Pakistani army has died under torture.

Even after release by order of Supreme Court.

Following an attack on General Kayani's military headquarters last year by Punjabi Taliban, the army's intelligence branch arrested a man named Muhammad 'Aamir [son of Muhammad Ashraf, resident of Rawalpindi]. He was kept chained in Rawalpindi's central jail for 11 months.

His relatives appealed all the way to the Supreme Court and finally on May 28 this year he was released on the orders of the court. However, on release he was immediately abducted by the intelligence agency. The agency admitted that he was in their custody along with 11 others.

Suddenly on August 12 he was brought to the Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar where he died. Doctors declared that he had kidney trouble but his family is demanding complete post mortem and is refusing to take his body. [Info. Abstracted from Urdu language media of Pakistan]

Letter about US Raid on Shaykh Osama's House.

Another Pakistani Witness Differs with Bashir's Eyewitness Account

Heard Rifle Fire: Pak troops arrived in fifteen minutes

Dear doctor sahib:
Salaam alaikum.

I was awake when one of the attack helicopters flew over my house at just above tree-top level. Having worked with the Pakistan, US and to a slight extent the Soviet Army Aviations for over two decades I can recognise many of the helicopters by the sound they make. This one sounded very unusual. There was no turbine noise. The only noise was that of the rotor blades. It was muffled and lacked the dub-dub. The second helicopter adopted a different approach to the target. I did not hear it.

A few minutes before the action, a person on the ground began yelling to the neighbors in Pushto and Urdu to stay in their homes. He said a Pak Army excercise was going to start.

Within a few minutes there was a large bang. That was one of the helicopters going down. I also heard just a few a few rounds of rifle fire. Two other helicopters were on standby at Amb, about fifteen or so flying minutes away. The Americans took all their dead, if any, with them.

Within fifteen minutes of their departure truckloads of Pak troops arrived to secure the premises. It was almost as on cue, preplanned and synchronised. No one was allowed into the house. Actually even the roads in the area were offlimits to all but the residents.

How "Hundreds of Pakistanis" managed to enter the house and see pieces of dead bodies puzzles me. "Eye-witness" Bashir's testimony of seeing body parts also surprises me. Pak Army had cordoned off the area quite well.


Mir Salim Ullah
Abbott Abad [Pakistan]

Editor's comment: : Pak Army must Answer for this Assassination

Walaikum asalam
Thank you for your valuable response.
One gap in your letter is this:
According to Bashir, there was a time lapse between the US helicopter exploding and the arrival of Pakistani forces. It was during this time, 20 or so minutes, that Bashir and many others rushed into the house and saw the body parts.
He thinks the American forces are trained to speak Pushto. They were the ones telling people to stay indoors. Pretty good tactics! {Pak army was slow in its response and is answerable for the assassination of the top Islamic leader in the vicinity of its military center.]

Pakistani Politician in Cahoots with India, Attacks basis of Pakistan

LAHORE, Aug. 15: The Jamaat e Islami Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch has slated PML(N) leader Nawaz Sharif's words in praise of India and said this had hurt the sentiments of the people of Pakistan.

In a statement here on Monday, he said Mian Nawaz Sharif's assertion that the Muslims and Hindus worshipped the same god reflected his ignorance about basic Islamic teachings.

India, he said, was the sworn enemy of Pakistan and had not accepted its creation by heart. The Indian media was making poisonous propaganda against this country. Indian troops were continuing unlawful occupation of Kashmir and carrying out the genocide of innocent Kashmiris.

Liaquat Baloch said the PML(N) leader was also keen to expand trade ties with India although Pakistan had suffered to the tune of billions in this trade. This only showed that the former Prime Minister had eyes only on his business interests. Castigating the PML(N) assertion that India and Pakistan had one culture and heritage, Liaquat Baloch said if Mian Sahib loved the Indian culture so much, he should migrate to his ancestral village Ja'ti Umra near Amritsar in India.

Karachi: Jamaate Islami Helps the Oppresse

Secular parties kill 40 more in Ruthless Gang War

On August 18, Jamaate Islami's ameer Munawar Hasan visited the oppressed people of Karachi in the townships known as Qasba colony. Kutty Pahari, Orangi Town and Metroville. He handed out cash donations to those who have lost belongings in the little war going on in Karachi. He was asccompanied by JI leadership in Karachi.

Later at a ceremony in the Orangi town office of Jamaate Islami, Hasan distributed checks to owners of small business which have been damaged.

Meanwhile the carnage between secular parties, MQM, ANP and PPP continued with 40 more murders reported by the police.

Taraweeh is not part of the Qur'an or Hadithe Nabawi

What Should Muslims do instead of Taraweehs?

by Kaukab Siddique

In response to my article on Taraweeh, Br. Shamim Siddiqui and Dr. Omar Afzal tried to persuade me that taraweeh is indeed part of Islamic requirements. Unfortunately these learned brothers have failed to provide any textual evidence that taraweeh is even mentioned in the Qur'an and the Hadith-e-Nabawi. [All other readers are also welcome to send me a hadith in which the Prophet, pbuh, recommends taraweeh. There is none such.]

Here is my summary:
  1. The Qur'an does not teach anything about taraweehs.
  2. There is no hadith from Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, urging Muslims to perform taraweeh prayers, let alone giving the number of 20 or 8 or 36 or whatever rakats for taraweehs.
  3. Extra prayers during Ramadan are recommended in hadith, but these are an individual matter, not in congregation, and certainly not in every night of Ramadan.
  4. The Prophet, pbuh, prayed late at night THREE times in Ramadan in the mosque but then not only discontinued the prayer when he saw Muslims were making it congregational but forbade it.

Here is the relevant sahih Hadith from Imam Bukhari's collection:

Volume 3, Book 32, Number 229:
Narrated 'Urwa:
That he was informed by 'Aisha, r.a.,, "Allah's Apostle went out in the middle of the night and prayed in the mosque and some men prayed behind him. In the morning, the people spoke about it and then a large number of them gathered and prayed behind him (on the second night). In the next morning the people again talked about it and on the third night the mosque was full with a large number of people. Allah's Apostle came out and the people prayed behind him. On the fourth night the Mosque was overwhelmed with people and could not accommodate them, but the Prophet came out (only) for the morning prayer. When the morning prayer was finished he recited Tashah-hud and (addressing the people) said, " your presence was not hidden from me but I was afraid lest the night prayer (Qiyam) should be enjoined on you and you might not be able to carry it on." So, Allah's Apostle died and the situation remained like that (i.e. people prayed individually). "

Thus it is obvious that today Muslims are doing EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE of what the Prophet, pbuh, wanted.

What should Muslims be doing in Ramadan nights:
  1. Focus on Muslim men and women and children in Palestine. How great is their suffering? What have we done to boycott Israel? Have we spent time in writing and emailing about Palestine?.Think of the suffering of Gaza.
  2. Focus on Muslim men, women, children in Afghanistan. NATO has carried out 50,000 air strikes there till now. {Other than Jamaat al-Muslimeen] has any Muslim group in USA even spoken against the attacks, let alone helping the victims?
  3. Focus on Somalia. More than 4 million are facing starvation, disease and death. If these were your families, would you spend nights in taraweehs or in organizing relief on an international scale?
  4. Bombing of Libya by NATO. Hundreds have been killed. Any words against NATO?
  5. Drone strikes in Pakistan. Several thousand unarmed people have been killed. In addition, Pakistan's military has killed 40,000 people in support of the US. Thousands have DISAPPEARED, especially from Baluchistan. Do Pakistani Americans do anything to help?
  6. Look at Syria. Horrific murders of Muslims by Assad, entire cities under siege.
  7. Look at USA. Muslim leaders and innocents in prison. Do we have time to send a post card to Dr. Aafia, Lynne Stewart, Shifa Sadequee, Masoud Khan or Kifah al-Jayyousi?
  8. Kashmir under occupation by 700,000 Indian troops. The entire country is like a prison. Why have we forgotten Kashmir?
  9. Chechnia, Sudan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ethiopia .... the list goes on.
  10. Iraq was destroyed by the US. Have we helped the Iraqis? Millions are affected.

    At, before or after Badr and the Conquest of Makkah, the Prophet, pbuh, was not praying taraweehs.
They say, in some narratives, that Umar, r.a., organized Taraweehs. How is that possible when his Caliphate was nothing but one jihad after another? It may have been his ijtehad to organize taraweehs but read the record of Umar's, r.a., life. No Taraweeh prayers there. If you can find him praying taraweehs in any Ramadan, do let me know. [Do not refer to the assertions about his organizing taraweehs but the ACTUAL events of his life.] He spent his nights looking for the needy and the downtrodden.

Speaking the truth, Amr bil Maruf and Nahi un-il munkar are faraid, obligatory. Standing up for the ummah under attack is fard. Taraweehs are not.

2011-08-20 Sat 19:06:44 cdt