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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Shawwal 12, 1432/September 11, 2011 # 38

Sept. 9: Crowds of unarmed Egyptians ransacked the Israeli embassy in Cairo, forcing the ambassador of the terrorist entity to flee. The people fought Egyptian security forces for hours.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton expressed immediate concern. [No concern for Gaza yet.]
Scroll down to end for report.
[Ed. note: Imagine the existence of an Israeli embassy in a Muslim country! This atrocity was committed by US agent Hosni Mubarak who in turn got USA to sentence Shaikh Omar to life in prison with help of a Zionist judge and Siraj Wahhaj and an Egyptian intelligence officer.]

The case of the Blind Shaikh and the role of Siraj Wahhaj: About the New Trend article by Br. Rashid "Face to Face with Siraj Wahhaj," Sis. Kristi wrote a gentle letter to Kaukab Siddique and Mauri Saalakhan. It brought a rude and angry reply from Saalakhan. Now Sis. Kristi has written a rebuttal of Saalakhan with an appeal to Siraj. Please see both letters below.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen Literature Given to 100 at Masjid Rahma, Baltimore

On September 9, JAM literature was given to a crowd of Pakistani, African American and Arab Muslims who were leaving Juma' prayers at a mosque in western Baltimore.
The articles distributed included New Trend's answers to government intelligence agencies who have been questioning our activities, specially those of Kaukab Siddique.[We are not connected to any organization outside the US.] Also included was Pakistani Islamic leader Syed Munawar Hasan's denunciation of US intervention in Pakistan.
A third article was about 20,000 new converts to Islam in America including videos of three new Muslimahs.
Imam Badi Ali's thought provoking SPOTLIGHTS were included.
The final item was a report on Dr. Siddique's khutba to 700 Muslims in Greensboro, North Carolina in which he explained mass culture, Islamic equality and the rights of Muslim women.

An invitation to think:
Spotlights by Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora, JAM, North Carolina
Spotlight #1: Messengers were chosen by Allah to be examples of the best conduct. Unfortunately others have confused humanity by claiming that these men of God committed adultery, murder and even incest. And these stories have been included in holy books!

Spotlight # 2: Islamic movements have come up with misleading solutions which are a mixture of secularism, nationalism and Islam. They have failed to be better than the existing forces in power. In the future, we can hope that Islamic movements will come out with real alternatives based on the example of the Prophet, pbuh.

Spotlight #3: Deep down America is in serious economic trouble. The era of full time jobs is just about over. Caspitalism is now carrying out new moves such as contract workers and part time jobs. Ordinary Americans have no more stability in their lives.

Spotlight # 4: Minority rule has emerged in America through the dictatorship of the media. Suddenly there is huge September 11 coverage as if it just happened and not 10 years back. Why this huge move away from the issues facing Americans?

Spotlight #5: Only the insane can equate friend and enemy, as if they are the same.

Spotlight #6: The real terrorists in America are the bankers who are contributing to home foreclosures and destroying the American way of life. Good people pay for decades for their homes and then suddenly lose them as the bankers move in.

Thoughts on 9.11 ten years later: by Kaukab Siddique

What does Islam say about Annual Mourning?

US Muslims were not involved in 9.11. Why the collective guilt?

It is understandable that America is mourning the events of September 11, 2001. It was a terrible blow struck at the only superpower in the world. Nationalism and patriotism find such a tragedy a mobilizing force for popular unity and denial of the dire situation within the United States. A foreign threat helps the government in its attempts to ignore issues like jobs, crime, drugs, rape and victimization of women, Israel's cut throat activities, control of the media, the obscene wealth of the few and the sordid poverty of millions.

What is not understandable is the support for the 9.11 mourning coming from groups which claim to be Islamic such as CAIR, ICNA, ISNA and sundry individuals like Abdul Malik Mujahid [who calls himself CIOGC].

What does Islam say in this matter?
"If any of you die and leave widows behind, they shall wait concerning themselves four months and ten days: When they have fulfilled their term, there is no blame on you if they dispose of themselves in a just and reasonable manner. And Allah is well acquainted with what ye do." [The Qur'an 2:234]

Thus marriage and celebration connected with marriage is permitted after the death of a dearly beloved spouse. The wife is not encouraged to keep mourning her husband, however beloved, every year.

Along the same lines, Muslims do not mourn the Prophet, pbuh, every year although no one is dearer to them than him. Here is the way Abu Bakr, r.a., the closest companion of the Prophet, pbuh, responded to his death:

'Abu Bakr said, " whoever amongst you worshipped Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever worshipped Allah, Allah is alive and will never die. Allah said: 'Muhammad is no more than a messenger and indeed (many) messengers have passed away before him ... Nor can a being die except by Allah's leave, the term being fixed as by writing. If any do desire a reward in this life, We shall give it to him; and if any do desire a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give it to him. And swiftly shall We reward those that (serve us with) gratitude..' " (3.144-145) [Sahih Bukhari: Vol. 2, #333]

Activity and memorials based on nationalism have absoutely no place in Islam. Islam recognizes character, integrity, honesty, courage, fear of Allah, but not nationalism. If America's dead are to be memorialized but those killed by America in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine [through Israel], Libya [through NATO], Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria [through US backed army] are to be ignored, that is sheer nationalism, a modern form of tribalism.

Can Muslims be Muslims when they violate the clear teachings of the blessed Muhammad, pbuh, about such memorials which shut out the entire world of Islam and focus only on America?

Here is what the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, has taught about nationialistic and tribalistic activities such as those we see being carried out full blast on the 10th anniversary of the 9.11 attacks:

"The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, said: One who invites to nationalism/tribalism is not one of us [a believer.] One who fights on the basis of nationalism/tribalism is not one of us [a believer]. And one who dies while he is in a condition of nationalism/tribalism is not one of us [a believer]." [Hadith in Sunan of Abu Dawood, narrated by Jubir ibn Muti'im]

It is understandable that the families of the 9.11 victims are sorrowful, but should we keep those wounds open by national mourning? The US has wiped out entire city centers in Iraq. Remember Haditha, Tal Afar, Mosul, Fallujah, many areas of Baghdad... villages in Afghanistan, the mud huts of the poor and the downtrodden, tens oif thousands killed often in their mosques during prayers? Should we be building monuments for them? .... Several thousand have been killed in Pakistani villages by US drones. Unarmed people listed by the US as "suspected Taliban" have been bombed into extinction. No evidence, no trial, execution without warning.

Surely the US has the right to mourn those killed in the 9.11 attacks. After all this is a secular country and these are the rites of secularism. Were those killed in the Twin Towards worshippers of God, involved in pious acts of spiritual exploration or were they working for capitalism, Israel, and the American power structure?

Of them, 658, many of them Jewish/Israelis, were working for Cantor Fitzgerald which is part of the American industrial military complex allied to Israel. Of course they will be mourned by the military superpower which they nourished but is it acceptable for Muslims, like ICNA etc claim to be, to praise them as innocents? Here is what the messenger of Allah says:

"The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, said: When a wrong doer is praised, it arouses the Wrath of Allah and even the heavens tremble." [Hadith collected by various scholars in Mishkat al-Masabih, narrated by Unus, r.a.]

Lest we Forget the "other' 9.11
From Ilm Publications to New Trend.
On September 11, 1973 a CIA-led coup replaced the popular government of Chile

The populist slogan 'El pueblo unido, jamas sera venicido' ('A united people will never be defeated' was never enfoced by the social-democrat government that refused to listen to the wise words, shouted in the streets by thousands: 'El pueblo armada jamas sera venicido', 'An armed people will never be defeated'. The arms stayed in the hands of the servants of the bourgoisie, at the expense of the ordinary people.

Thousands were imprisoned, tortured, murdered.
Babies were taken away from their parents.

[Thank God, there is no conspiracy theory here. Ed.]
Lessons of Nine Eleven
Mark Weber

"In fact, it's clear that the men who carried out the Nine Eleven suicide attacks against centers of American financial and military might were motivated, at least in large measure, by rage over U.S. air strikes and economic warfare against Muslim and Arab countries, and by anger over decades-long U.S. support for Israel and its policies of aggression and brutal occupation against Arabs and Muslims."
... The perpetrators of the Nine Eleven attacks meant to harm the United States. But the response to those attacks by President George W. Bush and other American political leaders has proven to be even more harmful. The U.S. response has weakened this country's security, undermined its economy, degraded its standing and credibility, and violated the principles it claims to uphold ... The calamity of September 11 was a consequence, above all, of the Jewish-Zionist grip on American political life and the U.S. media. Enduring security will therefore remain elusive as long as U.S. policy, especially in the Middle East, is set by a small but very influential minority with its own agenda and strong ethno-religious ties to a key protagonist in the region.

Our America
Troy Davis Faces Execution: [Islam is against the death penalty in a secular state.]
[The following appeal issued by the NAACP has been received from Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz [ ] , a top Islamic and African American intellectual and celebrated mathematician - editor]

We've just received terrible news: The state of Georgia has set Troy Davis's execution date for midnight on September 21st, just two weeks from today.

This is our justice system at its very worst, and we are alive to witness it. There is just too much doubt. Even though seven out of nine witnesses have recanted their statements, a judge labeled his own ruling as "not ironclad" and the original prosecutor has voiced reservations about Davis's guilt, the state of Georgia is set to execute Troy anyway.

Time is running out, and this is truly Troy's last chance for life.But through the frustration and the tears, there is one thing to remain focused on: We are now Troy Davis's only hope. And I know we won't let him down.

There are three steps you can take to help Troy:
  1. Send a message of support to Troy as he fights for justice on what may be the final days of his life:

  2. Sign the name wall, if you haven't already. And if you have, send it to your friends and family. Each name means a more united front for justice:

  3. Make sure everyone knows about this injustice. Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter (using the hashtag #TooMuchDoubt) so that Troy Davis's story can be heard. We still have a chance to save his life, but only if people are willing to speak out against injustice.
Today, the state of Georgia has declared their intention to execute a man even though the majority of the people who put him on the row now say he is innocent and many implicate one of the other witnesses as the actual killer. Now that a date has been set, we cannot relent. We must redouble our efforts.
Thank you. Please act quickly and forward this message to all who believe the justice system defeats itself when it allows a man to be executed amid so much doubt.
Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO

In a secular system of law, where there is no concept of the Hereafter, no one has a legitimate right to impose the death penalty. --- Editor
Stop The Legal Lynching of Duane "Shorty" Davis
Tuesday, September 13 9:00am - 12:00pm

Baltimore County Circuit Court

401 Bosley Avenue

Towson, Maryland 21204

Created By
David Anthony Wiggins, Eddie Brown, Nadrat Siddique

More Info
Come out and witness Scott D. Shellenberger's racist attempt to legally lynch Duane "Shorty" Davis over an alleged "toilet bomb", that anyone with a grain of sense can see was no bomb.

Shorty has placed his toilet art around the area and has even sold or has given toilets to several government officials and some were auctioned off for charity. Shorty has been targetted by Martin OMalley and other racist officials for his outspoken criticism of their policies.

It's time to rid Maryland of Nazi State's Attorneys like Shellenberger and his counterpart in the City Gregg Bernstein by taking them before the Grand Jury in their respective jurisdictions.


Our America: Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman is in prison for life: Blind and Defenseless.

Siraj Wahhaj won't Answer. His Friend Mauri Saalakhan Claims "Nothing Happened."
Sis. Kristi Answers an Angry Letter from Saalakhan: [Her first gentle letter is also given below.]
"Has Siraj Wahhaj demonstrated God-honoring characteristics in this matter?"

Br. MS
Please forgive my delayed response. Your email was in my "Spam" box and I rarely view my Spam folder. My response is in RED below.


Dear Sister, Assalaamu Alaikum:

While I appreciate your sensitivity and concern for two professed Muslims having these sometimes angry (esp. on Kaukab's part) exchanges over the internet, the tone of your response ignores both the gravity and long term potential consequence of what's being addressed.
" First of "tone" cannot be discerned through my writings. The spirit in which one reads a piece of writing is actually what discerns a writers "tone" and meaning. And unfortunately, if you have discerned a lack of understanding and concern in my email about the level of impact this topic has on the Muslim community then you are obviously not reading the emails in a spirit that's able to discern truth because I certainly do not believe this matter is a minor one. As Br. Kaukab stated, there is a man in prison for LIFE in part because of Siraj Wahhaj's testimony....that is certainly no minor issue, nor is the issue of unjustified scarcasm or public criticism of a Muslim."

This is not mere "bickering" - I don't have time for that!
" I understand your desire to declassify the matter out of the realm of "bickering", but your back and forth 'he said, she said' certainly looks like bickering to readers who may not be extremely familiar with the detailed topic that you're addressing. As you may need to be reminded, one reason many people 'subscribe' to certain papers, magazines, newsletters, etc. is to get a summary of FACTS about certain topics since they do not have time to personally research each and every vital issue going on in this vast world of ours. Knowing this little fact is what led me to merely suggest that you two "brothers" start acting like brothers (and trust-worthy sources of truth) and meet face-to-face and work this out, THEN report to us the TRUTH and FACTS about the matter. (This is an easily understood and reasonable suggestion. And since you both portray yourselves as concerned, surely it would be a worthy investment of your time)."
This so-called "brother" of ours is engaging in malicious and unwarranted slander against a respected leader in the Muslim-American community; and because Kaukab has once again made his attack so vile and public, our community's interest demands that his attack be responded to.

" Public "slander" is certainly unjust and punishable by Allah; however, public rebuke and exposure is commanded and rewarded. It's obvious to me that Br. Kaukab (as do many other Muslims) believe that Siraj Wahhaj has committed a great wrong against a Muslim and has refused to admit any wrong-doing. If this is true, then Br. Kaukab is doing his job by exposing a scoundrel and may Allah reward him greatly for it. Obviously Br. Kaukab, and the many who question Siraj Wahhaj, believe this wrong or so-called wrong (whichever the case may be) needs to be explained and understood OR condemned, publicly rebuked, and exposed (which is a very just expectation to reasonable people). And since Siraj Wahhaj has been unwililng to explain his actions as righteous, then of course public exposure and rebuke is in order. If Br. Rashid and Br. Kaukab are wrong about Siraj Wahhaj, wouldn't the simple solution be for Siraj Wahhaj to take a few minutes and address the issue so that others can understand exactly why he testified to what he did? This is certainly not too much to ask, and may Allah reward those who have had the courage to seek answers and clarity to their questions.... I wonder why the questions are not answered?

You say Siraj Wahhaj is a "respected leader" in the Muslim-American community..... there is a HUGE difference in respected and respectful. As you are surely aware, some of the most horrible, evil, and sinful men that have ever walked the planet are often seen as the most "respected" in the eyes of the masses, so to say Siraj Wahhaj is "respected" in the Muslim community (the very community you yourself know as being extremely weak and easily deceived) proves NOTHING good about his character. To see the masses respect a man with a following, a fan-club, and the ability to raise funds, does not confirm his worthiness and respectfulness in the eyes of The Almighty. True believers know a respected man of God will demonstrate the characteristics that true believers possess (it is in this way we can weed out the deceivers from the worshippers). Has Siraj Wahhaj demonstrated God-honoring characteristics in this matter? I surely believe that one of the characteristics that a true believer would possess is the desire to explain himself to fellow-Muslims who care enough about an issue to question him about it. You mentioned above the "long-term potential consequences" this public exchange could have on the community......well, what about the long-term consequences the confusion surrounding this issue is having on the community? Why doesn't Siraj Wahhaj care about that? Why hasn't he addressed the initial questions and source of bitterness? Why not simply have Siraj Wahhaj explain himself to the muslims who believe he lied in court? Why prolong the bitterness, hostility, and questioning? The ones who question him obviously believe he stumbled upon a rock placed in front of him by the enemy, and instead of standing-up and admitting his wrong and apologizing, he has enjoyed the lime-light and the enemy-associated praise he's received, and has avoided providing an Islamic explanation to the many Muslims who have questioned him. If he has not done any wrong, why would he not simply take the little time it would take to clear-up the confusion? (If Siraj Wahhaj has previously explained his actions and why he testified to what he did, please provide us with the link which allows us to access that explanation, because these questioners have legitimate questions that should be answered.)
In fact, it would be nice to know if Br. Kaukab has ever requested an interview with Siraj Wihhaj. Br. Kaukab has interviewed many, many great Islamic leaders, much greater and more well-known than Siraj Wahhaj, so surely Siraj Wahhaj could find time in his busy schedule to to provide answers to the many Muslims who question him (like a truly "respectful" leader would know, to avoid the long-term negative consequences to the community that his avoiding the issue has caused).


With that said, should you wish for me to remove your address from our listserve (so that you don't have to be bothered by these exchanges), I will be happy to do so.

Dear Kaukab and Br. Saalakhan,

I say this because I care for you....PLEASE STOP this bickering back and forth. Aren't you both suppose to be God-fearing muslims who distribute truth and 'news' instead of publicly hurting each other? Your readers need to be able to depend on you for truth, maturity, and facts.....NOT confusion. This type of back and forth sarcasm will cause you to lose your credibility very quickly. If people wanted to see back and forth criticism and arguing they could tune into a secular television reality show.

I understand the passion behind the issue. There are major facts in question that would (and should) determine how we view Siraj Wahhaj, but if you "brothers" who are fighting back and forth over the internet don't care enough about each other to meet in a personal, face-to-face setting in order to fact-find and seek truth and resolve so you can make a joint 'report of truth' to us, then I'm not sure you deserve our readership...and I'm certainly not sure you should refer to each other as "brothers" we say here in America....'with friends like that, who needs enemies?"

Settle your differences like grown-ups who fear Allah.

Your sister who cares for you.

Conversions to Islam in ONE TOWN in Uganda in one month.

{ALL the major churches in Europe and America are trying to infiltrate Africa with big money but Islam is still winning...Ed}

Special Ramadan: Newly Converted
By Draga Osman
During the month of Ramadan Arua Municipality in the West Nile region of Uganda is making a significant gain in converting people from other religions who are embracing.

A total of 135 people have converted into Islam since the beginning of the month of the Ramadan and a big number is expected during the Idi-el-Fitir celebration. The converts admitted that observing Ramadan as Muslims is now transforming their lives.

The Ramadan of 2011 has the greatest number of converts in Arua, compared to previous years. Sheik Juma Bakit the director for West Nile Dawa attributes the enormous number of converts into Islam as a result of the Christian/Muslim apologetic dialogue.

"This massive conversion is a result of our open dialogue with our Christian brothers where these people found truth in our opening preaching," he observed. He added that, it is also the kindness and brotherhood shown? to them. In past years people used to consider Islam as irrational and they would fear to openly discuss issues but this time it is not the case.

The converts are now assembled in Yahya Islamic Convert Centre 5kms outside Arua in Oluko Sub County. They are being taught at this centre to know about Islam and how to interact with Muslims, especially during religious observances such as Ramadan and how to read the Koran.

Those who converted last year are now under going an Imam Leadership course where they will be dispersed out to preach. The centre director, sheik Noordin Amin Fatak a former Madina University graduate in Saudi Arabia, said the centre was established in 2000 for new Muslims. Since its inception it has brought in 1,307 converts during the months of fasting. "This year's Ramadan has received an overwhelming number of converts," he announced.

Among the new converts is a 51 year old Harold Okwokotho, now Haruna Okwokoth in Islam. In an interview, he says fasting from food and water for 12 hours, sun up to sun down is a challenge for the first time but it is changing his life. The first day of Ramadan had been quite difficult because he was bored and felt tired and had got a stomach problem because he was not used to eating food in the late hours of the night, but hopes it gets easier in the remaining days.

Haruna was brought up as a Catholic, and was choirmaster in the Anglican Church and says after converting into Islam two weeks ago in the month of Ramadan it has changed him both internally and externally. He looks forward to experiencing the month of Ramadan and how it would further change him.

"Ramadan increased spiritual purity and closeness to Allah because during this month Muslims are required to abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset and it controls yourself to be conscious of any negative actions," he sermonizes.

He noted that his first appearance in Islam during this month of Ramadan has changed his life and that observing Ramadan has also changed his internal core by giving him inner peace.

Now after realizing the spiritual importance of observing the fast, Haruna says after finishing learning from the Convert Centre he will go out and convert more people. He will also encourage non-Muslims to observe fasting if they are children of Adam. He needs to complete the Koran and teachings in Islam before he will go and convert more people in his villages.

"They are actual ready and the entire village is going to become Muslim", he assures.

Another convert Odong Anthony 49, who converted to Islam from Catholicism because of the Muslims whom he says are following the real things in Bible.

"I have found out that Islam is teaching the facts and following the Bible unlike Catholics", he says.

"Imagine the Bible tells us not to eat swine, it is unlawful. But Christians are eating it and Muslims have restrained themselves from eating and are observing what is stated in the Bible."

Anthony, now Adam Bashir further explained thathe converted to Islam because he was not getting satisfactory faith in Catholicism and remained confused on the trinity view.

While Sentalu Geoffrey, now Abubakar Sentalu, 32, another convert interviewed, said it is the open dialogue between the Christians since the beginning of the Ramadan that made him to cross into Islam from the Anglican Church

Meanwhile, a different reason drove Odong Boniface 20 who is now Ishmael, to join Islam in this month of Ramadan. According to him he got convinced by a Muslim girl whom he wanted to love but she told him to first get converted into Islam.

"She is beautiful I love her and the only thing is to cross to Islam," he said.

He said another thing that embraces him most and convinced him to join Islam is the girls whom he says are beautiful and smart looking in their Islamic attire.

The Centre funded by Saudi Arabia was established in 2000 and since its inception over 1500 people have converted into Islam. The Northern region Administrator for Dawa Sheik Isa kato said the center was established to caterto the new Muslims from the Christians families.

"You know before the establishment of this center converts used to be harassed by their Christian relatives for converting into Islam so we created this center to keep them away from their families to avoid trauma," said the administrator.

Sheik Juma Bahkit said converting into Islam has now become normal in Christians so they no longer harass their family members who convert to Islam.

With about 80% of the total population in this town being Muslim and with eighteen Mosques within the town, one could easily get convinced that the town is another house for Islam, just like Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Here Muslims are predominately Sunni Sheik Isa Kato however appealed to the wealthy Muslins in the town to spend their money in supporting such centers because they will receive profuse reward from the Allah at the end. He also calls for unity in supporting developmental activities like this, which he says will create employment opportunities for Muslim youth in the district.

A Unique Photo of Eid in Mogadishu. Somalis Strongly Support Islam. al-Shabab & other Islamic leaders spoke here.

Look at this crowd, to the horizon. US Media say Somalis are dying! [August 30]

[There are many people in border areas of Somalia who did not accept the Islamic struggle and are now suffering from malnutrition and disease. Western agencies are using them as an excuse to enter Somalia. This huge crowd in photo above shows that most Somalis are not helpless and down in the dust. Why not let Islamic charities help the needy? Why should western groups go in?]

[This article has been published in half a dozen on line forums but is still in great demand. Hence it is being re-posted here.]
Does Islam Allow Muslim Men To Marry Non-Muslim Women in America?
Q. I have been told that Muslim women are not allowed to marry non-Muslim men but Muslim men are permitted to marry non-Muslim women. What does Islam say? [Name withheld.]

Answer by Dr. Kaukab Siddique:

Islam teaches that marriage is half the faith. Marriage is one of the most powerful means for the spread of Islam. It turns hostile communities into friends. The Qur'an used it to break up the well-established system of slavery in pre-Islamic Arabia and then in the rest of the Islamic commonwealth.

Islam does not permit a Muslim, male or female, to marry a non-Muslim, especially in countries like the U.S., China and India where Muslims are minorities.

In a fully developed Islamic state, where Islam is dominant, Muslim men are sometimes allowed to marry non-Muslim women who are chaste and follow the original teachings of Moses and Jesus, pbuh.

In America, people coming in from Arab countries have propagated the view that Muslim men are allowed to marry non-Muslim women. Not only is this an incorrect view it has seriously damaged the Islamic cause in America.

This country has become more pagan than Christian and a non-Muslim woman who comes into a Muslim home is backed by the entire power of the secular State system and the children of such a marriage are educated by a secular education system. Other than in very exceptional cases, such a marriage is very damaging.

Tens of thousands of American and African-American women have embraced Islam during the last two decades. These men who are marrying non-Muslim women are denying marriage to those women who have embraced Islam. Racism and nationalism are often involved in the Muslim male's decision to marry non-Muslim women.

Why have U.S. Muslims been so misled? It has to do with inability to study the Qur'an in CONTEXT and the desire to study the Qur'an WITHOUT the help of the Hadith of the Prophet, pbuh. If we were to know HOW to study Islam, such questions would not arise.

The Qur'an makes it very clear that marriage is to be based only on FAITH in ALLAH and that one of its purposes is to UNDERMINE SLAVERY. Marriage based on CLASS STRUCTURE and NATIONALISM is a clear violation of Islam. Here is what the Qur'an says:

"Do not marry women who associate others with Allah [mushrikat] until they believe. A slave woman who believes is better than one who associates others with Allah [mushrika] even though she allures you. Nor marry men who associate others with Allah [mushrikeen] until they believe: A male slave who believes is better than one who associates others with Allah [mushrik] even though he allures you. They [associaters] beckon you to the Fire but Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden [of Bliss] and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind that they may receive admonition." [2:221]

Notice that I have written the Arabic word in brackets. It is often incorrectly translated as "disbelievers" and "idolaters" although mushrik is one who associates others with Allah.

All interpretations must end when there is a clear Hadith of the Prophet, pbuh, on the issue. He never recommended marriage with non-Muslim women. Addressing men, he makes it quite clear that Islamic integrity and faith is the requirement for marriage:

"The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, said: Women are married for 4 reasons: for wealth, for family nobility, for beauty and for Deen: You should marry for Deen, otherwise may your hands be rubbed in the dirt." [Narrated by Abu Huraira, r.a., in the Sahih of Bukhari and the Sahih of Muslim.]

Deen is a comprehensive term for piety, knowledge and practice of Islam, and Fear of Allah.

Our Arab brothers try to take advantage of a permission granted in chapter 5 of the Qur'an to marry women from the People of the Book: These brothers [conveniently?] ignore the fact that the verse they are using was revealed after the victory of Islam when Islam had become the dominant force in Madinah:

" ... [lawful unto you in marriage] are not only chaste women who are believers but chaste women among the People of the Book revealed before your time ...." [5:5]

This is a legal "permission" within a context of Islamic dominance. The Prophet, pbuh, does not recommend it. What is legal is not necessarily the best course.
And Allah knows best.

[In Pakistan, the US-backed regime has been kidnaping opponents. They simply disappear, no one knows where. These atrocities are highlighted here by the wife of one of the disappeared persons who is appealing to all of humanity- Ed.]

[General Musharraf and Paki army intelligence started this evil deed for American money.-Ed]

Eid and International Day of Missing Persons

by Amina Masood Janjua [Rawalpindi Cantonment]
Chairperson, and team of
Defence of Human Rights Pakistan

Year 2011 has turned into a doubly sorrowful symbol for the families of Missing persons of Pakistan as International day of the victims of enforced disappearance and Eid fall on consecutive days. This year has an another significance because from today United Nations has also officially marked it as the International day of the victims of enforced disappearance.
For some of us it is the first Eid without one of our family member, for some it is fifth and for some of us it is tenth. But we are not talking about deceased family members whom one bury with their hands instead these are the missing loved ones subjected to enforced disappearance.

Here one must remember that "Enforced Disappearance" is a legal term of international law coined by United Nation's legal instruments. It denotes a disappeared or missing person who has been kidnapped and detained illegally by state run institutions, placing them outside the protection of law; the very institutions which are created and constituted to prevent citizens from all atrocities including kidnapping. It is like being robbed by your own watchman.
There are abundant and over whelming evidences, affidavits and eye witnesses which have already confirmed the presence of loved ones in the custody of local agencies, many of whom have been handed over to foreign agencies.

The irony of the situation is that ex president Gen Perwaiz Musharraf and ex minister of interior Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao have authenticated, with a criminal pride, in their books and media statements that they have been "enforce disappearing" Pakistani citizens in exchange for American dollars. Even more distressing is the fact that the crime of enforced disappearance has accelerated in the present democratic government.

We assert that if Gillani government denies this fact than it means that they have no control on agencies who are still in pursuit of American money.
The perpetrators of this crime not only kidnap people but harass their families so much that most of them don't dare to launch a complaint.
More than 1200 families have contacted and registered their cases with Defence of Human Rights. Due to different hurdles and lack of enough funds Defence of Human Rights is representing only 322 cases in Supreme Court. Punjab stands at number one with 174 cases whereas KPK , Balochistan, Sindh, Azad Jammu Kashmir, Islamabad Capital Territory follow with 96, 19, 25, 7, 11 cases respectively.
In a Statement by the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or involuntary Disappearances to mark the first UN International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances it asserts, "Unfortunately, enforced disappearances continue to be used by some States as a tool to deal with situations of conflict or internal unrest. We have also witnessed the use of the so-called 'short term disappearances,' where victims are placed in secret detention or unknown locations, outside the protection of the law, before being released weeks or months later, sometimes after having been tortured and without having been brought in front of a judge or other civil authority.
This very worrisome practice, whether it is used to counter terrorism, to fight organized crime or suppress legitimate civil strife demanding democracy, freedom of expression or religion, should be considered as an enforced disappearance and as such adequately investigated, prosecuted and punished."

On this day Defence of Human Rights Pakistan wants to draw your
attention to the thousands of Pakistani families which are aggrieved
for years whose loved ones, brothers, fathers, husbands, sons,
daughters and even children are abducted by local and foreign
intelligence agencies.
Our contentions as the voice for the Missing Person's families are
that in all laws of the world keeping anybody "Missing" is Illegal.
United Nations' convention has declared it as "crime against
humanity". According to the same convention, families of the missing persons have been established as equal victims of Enforced Disappeared. This reality makes the total victims of enforced disappearance in Pakistan ten times more than registered number.
When a loved one is kept in secret confinement without any knowledge and contact to the family for years, it is the worst torture on Earth.
Defence of Human Rights enjoys a unique status in the fight against Enforced Disappearance as this is an organization which has been created and is being run by the victim families of this heinous crime.
We have been making efforts and struggling day and night for years to trace our loved ones. The sufferings and agonies involved in illegal abductions are enormous and must be dealt on priority.
Defence of Human Rights is lucky in this regard that our cause is
being supported by all factions of the society. But the one who is
unmoved is the Government of Pakistan. The need of the hour is to
intensify the pressure on the Government of Pakistan demanding
immediate release of loved ones and to put an end to Enforced
Disappearance forever and to ratify "International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance" passed by UN.
Eighty eight countries with clean conscience have already signed it.
We also demand to stop all sorts of brutal, inhumane treatments and tortures going on in jails and secret detentions.
We want to convey the desperation and grief of the families who are waiting every second for any information regarding their missing relatives and for their release. The gravity and alarming nature of the issue and the threat it poses to the advancing world because of the rapid growth in number of people Enforced disappeared, demands for immediate action.
We plead to the parliamentarians of all political parties to raise
this issue in Parliament and take measures to ratify United Nation's
"International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from
Enforced Disappearance" and legislate proper laws to end this shameful practice from Pakistan. We also demand that Enforced Disappeared persons and their families should be rehabilitated, compensated and should be given all the medical and psychological treatment required, by the government.
It is apt on this occaison to thank the civil society, lawyer's
community, political parties, groups of civil society, students etc
for sharing our grief and taking part in our struggle. We also thank
international human right's associations like Cageprisoners of UK,
Amnesty International, Pakistan USA freedom forum, International
action centre, Human rights watch etc for the extraordinary support
extended by them.

Courtesy: Sis. Romi Elnagar [Bangla Vision] [From al-jazeerah]

Crowds attack Israel embassy in Cairo : September 9-10, 2011
Hundreds hurt as protesters and security forces clash and interior ministry declares state of alert in Egyptian capital.

A building housing Israel's embassy in Cairo has been stormed by protesters who tore down one of the outer embassy walls and threw thousands of documents from the embassy's windows.
The angry also replaced the neighbouring country's flag with their own after breaking in on Friday night.
In response, Essam Sharaf, the Egyptian prime minister, summoned a cabinet crisis team to discuss the situation, and the interior ministry declared a state of alert.
Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers backed by armoured cars were rushed to the embassy district and clashed with the protesters who torched police trucks and attacked regional police headquarters nearby.
Protesters played cat-and-mouse with police throughout the night, amid clouds of tear gas and smoke from burning tyres. Security forces gradually gained the upper hand and the situation was calm by Saturday morning.
Just past 3am local time, the Egyptian health ministry said there had officially been 520 injuries as a result of clashes around the embassy. An earlier report said one person had died of a heart attack.
The group that swarmed the embassy had left a mass rally at nearby Tahrir Square, where organised protesters called for reforms by the military, which now governs Egypt.
"Thousands of documents were being thrown out of the windows, but it's unclear which floor they were coming from," our correspondent Sherine Tadros said.

Chaotic scenes
"Indications are that it's pretty much a chaotic situation. Protesters set on fire two police vehicles."
Nora Shalaby, a protester outside Israel's embassy, justified the protesters' actions.
"I think this is the only way we can get our point across. Here we still have lots of tear gas. There's rubber bullets. They're basically attacking us from all sides," she said, referring to government security forces.

A few hours later, our correspondent said that the Egyptian military had stepped in to work with police to quell protests.
"The military is actually starting to fire live ammunition into the air. Once again, protesters are trying to storm the [Egyptian] security headquarters.
"As far as we understand these protesters are unarmed, they've been there for hours," Sherine Tadros said.
State television quoted an interior ministry official as saying that "foreign hands" were behind the violence. Egypt's rulers often blame foreigners for unrest in the country.

Flight of Israeli envoy
Israel's ambassador, Yitzhak Levanon, his family and other embassy staff rushed to Cairo airport and left on a plane for Israel, Egyptian state television and airport officials said.
The state television also reported that Levanon met with a general of the ruling military's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces before his departure, and that the ambassador appeared "anxious and even scared".
Levanon had only recently returned to Cairo from a holiday in Israel as protests raged outside the embassy since last month.
US President Barack Obama was first to react, calling on Egypt to protect the embassy and "to honour its international obligations to safeguard the security of the Israeli Embassy."
A White House statement said that "the President expressed his great concern about the situation at the embassy, and the security of the Israelis serving there".
The statement said that Obama spoke by telephone to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and the two agreed "to stay in close touch until the situation is resolved".
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, also called Mohamed Kamel Amr, Egypt's foreign minister, to urge Egypt to meet its Vienna Convention obligations to protect diplomatic property, a senior state department official said.

Embassy wall damaged
The incident began with around 1,000 people attacking a wall recently built outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect the building.
Using hammers and a large metal bar, the protesters managed to partially destroyed the wall, about two metres high.
One protester clambered up the embassy building and removed the flag, throwing it down to the rapturous crowd below.
Last month, Egyptians staged huge protests outside the embassy and called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador over the border deaths of Egyptian policemen killed as Israel hunted a group of attackers.
Egypt has asked Israel for an official apology and demanded a probe into the deaths of the five policemen.

2011-09-12 Mon 18:16:08 cdt