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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Ramadan 7, 1433/July 27, 2012 # 32

Breaking news: Syria
Islamics using light weapons to challenge Assad's armor in his strongholds.

July 18-27: Assad launched heavy counterattacks with tanks and helicopters after the mujahideen captured three areas of Damascus city. After heavy fighting, Assad regained two of the areas but fighting continues in the third.
The big shock for Assad was the Islamic capture of parts of Aleppo [Halab in Arabic]. Here Assad has amassed his best forces and for the first time has carried out air strikes INSIDE the city. Several of his tanks have been destroyed by audacious Islamic fighters carrying rpgs. Large parts of Syria are now under Islamic control.
New York Times has warned of the big al-Qaida component in the resistance. Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri urged all Muslims, especially his forces in Iraq, to help the Syrian people. This could explain why the West has not intervened after 17 months of horrible atrocities by Assad and his Alawite and Christian allies.

Breaking News:
Iraq: Attacks in 19 cities killed 113 troops wounded 250.
Al-Baghdadi says territory being re-taken in Ramadan offensive.

July 23: The fragile hold of the al-Maliki regime installed by the US in Iraq is being tested by the string of bomb attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said to be al-Qaida in Iraq. The attacks targeted al-Malikis's troops, police and militias with deadly accuracy.
There are also reports that Islamic fighters from Iraq and many other Muslim countries are pouring into Syria to help the fighting against Assad. Al-Baghdadi is reported to have said that a united Islamic state of Syria and Iraq will be formed after the Islamic victory.

Breaking News:
Mali: Timbuktoo and Vast Northern areas taken over by Islamic fighters of Ansare Din
July 13-27: Islamic fighters are establishing an Islamic emirate in northern Mali including Timbuktoo. Mass prayers are being held and quick justice is being given to litigants. Tombs where people prayed to saints have been closed down.

Islam in America
Ramadan message
: Jamaat al-Muslimeen urges du'a for the Muslim political prisoners in the American gulag. Remember that Imam Jamil, Shaykh Umar, Ahmed Abdel Sattar, Lynne Stewart, Dr. Ali Timimi, Dr. Kifah al-Jayyousi, Imam Abu Toubah, Imam Abdullah Hasan,Abu Ali, Masoud Khan, Ziyad Yaghi and countless African Americans are innocents being punished by this Zionist system.
Read below important Ramadan messages from Imam Badi Ali, National Shoora, and Br. Yusuf Irlandi, Advocacy Director.
What are the concepts of Islam against capitalism. We have an extensive message from Br, Shamim Siddiqi, a leading da'ee of Islam in America.
Boycott all businesses which support Israel. Be sure that the dates you are eating are not from Israel [occupied Palestine]. Remember that Nestle is deeply invested in Israel.
Notice that ISNA's satanic violation of Hadith on moon sighting was defeated by many Muslim groups including Chicago Muslims, Masjid al-Islam [Washington], and Jamaat al-Muslimeen. Congratulations to Dr. Omar Afzal who has pioneered this struggle against ISNA.
We urge peaceful means like that of Muhammad, pbuh, in Makkah, to challenge the oppressors.
[From Kaukab Siddique, Ameer, Jamaat al-Muslimeen.]

Imam Ali Siddiqui, northern California, spoke at a rally against segregated Israeli bus service which has its origin in California. Please scroll to end.

Words which can help Americans understand the greatest evil of our times.
Zionism is a form of racism. [From a lecture by Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz [ ] during Jamaat al-Muslimeen's shoora.]

Spotlights on the Qur'an in Ramadan
The Qur'an can defeat the digital media invasion.
From Imam Badi Ali, Jamaat al-Muslimeen National Shoora, North Carolina
Spotlight #1:
Go to the basics in the month of Ramadan. Our children are addicted to digital toys, movies, music, TV, Internet chatting. PROTECT OUR CHILDREN from the digital invasion. If we cannot handle it, how can the children?

Spotlight #2:
In Ramadan, go to basics: Read the Qur'an right through at least once. Invite your family to join you in the reading. Don't read it like any other book. The reading should be slow and active with focus. There should be a sense of closure and completeness when it is finished.

Spotlight #3:
Life is too short. Read the Qur'an.

Spotlight #4:
Don't just read anything. Read Allah's Book.

Spotlight #5:
Back to basics. In this era of Facebook, twitter and briefer and briefer computer language, change your thinking by reading the Qur'an.

Spotlight #6:
By reading the Qur'an throughout Ramadan, you establish the habit of reading it. Then you begin to understand the ONE who revealed the Book. The more you read it, the more you know Allah.

Spotlight #7:
Read with the intention of following its teachings and implementing them.

Spotlight #8:
By reading the Qur'an every day, you'll understand the Islamic belief system and faith.

Spotlight #9:
Allow the Qur'an to influence your mindset before it's too late.

Spotlight #10:
The Qur'an will make you better. It will open your eyes to the Truth.

Spotlight #11:
The reading will help you to understand all the problems our people face and you'll have the answers to all our concerns..

Spotlight #12:
Dear brothers and sisters, the Prophet, pbuh, spent many hours with Allah. You can do it by reading the Qur'an.

The main point of this beautiful message from Amin Shah is: keep the diet light to gain the miracles of Ramadan.

Amin Shah, Shahclan HijamaHerbs, Boston, MA - USA. Phone: 617-787-5151. Email:
Benefits of Watermelon in Ramadan
Excepts from "Ilovehishma" blog and Margie King. Edited for HijamaHerbs by Amin Shah

When Ramadan falls in the hot summer months like the one we are in, one of the foods we look forward to at Iftar time is the cool, refreshing watermelon. It's considered a staple at Iftar time in hot countries like Malaysia, Thailand, India.

Rasullullah (saw) himself has spoken highly about watermelon. He said, "Whenever you eat fruit, eat melon, because it is the fruit of Paradise and contains a thousand blessings and a thousand mercies. The eating of it cures every disease."

The Arabic word for Watermelon as mentioned in the Hadith is 'Batikh' or 'Bittik'. Additional narrations on the watermelon include:

  1. Among the fruits that Rasullullah (saw) liked were grapes and watermelons. (Abu Dawood)

  2. I saw Rasullullah (saw) eating watermelon with dates. Narrated Anas bin Malik (ra) (Tirmizi)

  3. Rasullullah (saw) used to eat watermelon with fresh dates. Narrated Ayesha (ra) (Tirmizi)

  4. Rasullullah (saw) said, 'Eating watermelon before meals washes the stomach and removes its diseases (Ibn Asakir)

Rasullullah (saw) especially recommended women who are pregnant to eat watermelon. "None of your women who are pregnant and eat of watermelon will fail to produce offspring who are good in countenance and good in character."

If you're pregnant, the benefits are even more delicious. Watermelon eases heartburn and reduces swelling; its high water content (92 percent) and fruit sugars alleviate morning sickness and dehydration; and the minerals it contains can help prevent third-trimester muscle cramps. Ounce for ounce, watermelon is richer than tomatoes in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease, boosts the body's immunity to infections and naturally raises the skin's SPF, according to Steven Pratt, M.D., author of SuperFoods Rx (HarperCollins, 2003).

Our America
Suspected terrorist hideout in NJ proved to be secret NY Police spy post
Saying something when they saw something, startled building inspectors in New Brunswick, N.J. blew cover on clandestine surveillance program. Listen to audio of the 911 call.

Our America #2
Appeal from Political Prisoner Ziyad's Mother

In this Ramadan do some charity by helping a mother get her son a chance for an appeal! Two ways you can do it, it is still not tax deductable but in the process to make it! Either send by mail or by clicking on this link
Laila Yaghi
P.O Box 37967
Raleigh, NC 27627

Pakistan: Is religion sometimes the opium of the masses?
NATO supply containers roll while Pakistanis pray longest Taraweehs in the world.
July 21-25. After all the efforts Jamaate Islami made to block the NATO supply routes,the materialistic culture of Pakistan is winning. Starting with Ramadan, more than 100 container trucks have rolled across the frontier into Afghanistan. [Dawn, the secularist daily, gleefully reported this.]
All this time NATO was blocked but the secular rulers were waiting for Ramadan. Pakistanis, most of whom follow the Hanafi fiqh, pray about two hours EVERY night in Ramadan. Twenty taraweehs and 3 witr after the 4 fard and sunnahs and nafl!
They have forgotten that Badr and the conquest of Makkah happened in Ramadan and the Prophet, pbuh, was certainly not praying taraweehs at that time. The evidence for taraweehs is meagre, almost zero, in the Islamic texts but don't say that to a religious Pakistani.
During Musharraf's regime too, the protests against the bombing of Afghanistan ended when Ramadan intervened. Musharraf was worried that Pakistanis might be outraged but the Americans knew better! They kept bombing and even bombed a couple of taraweeh prayers.
{With apologies to our Hanafi readers, we should mention that inshallah with such long taraweehs, the Hanafis will come out much stronger and will seriously block NATO routes. After all NATO will need supplies after Ramadan too -- Editor] [Jamaate Islami is not one of these sectarian groups. NATO route is being blocked even as we go to press. 7.27] [See JI message and program below.]

Our America #3 [Thanks to Ms. Ameejill Whitlock, Baltimore.]
Hispanic Rallies in Anaheim, California after two police shootings

July 23,24, 25: In the home city of Disneyland and Angels baseball team, there have been anti-police rallies by the Hispanic population. Injuries and damage are reported by AP in brutal police response. The people were protesting the killing of a youth on July 21 and another on July 22 in police raids aimed at "suspects." Observers say that police can shoot anyone and usually get a minor "slap on the wrist."

Our America #4
Deaths by AIDS have reached Genocidal levels in Washington, DC's Black population.
July 24: National Public Radio [NPR] reported widespread deaths from AIDS in the Black community in general and up to horrific levels in Washington, DC. NPR's response was pathetic: Black homosexuals should wear condoms!
NPR did not have the moral courage to condemn homosexuality as a major cause of AIDS. In fact NPR [Jewish and Zionist] supports homosexuality as "normal behavior."
Mass culture targets young Black men through publicity supporting random sex and the exploitation of the desire for constant "dating," night club and casino activity. The instruments of mass culture, TV, videos, youtube, modeling, attacks on religion are supported by the Zionist/Jewish media. Lesbians like Ellen Degeneris. active in the corporate media, are major supporters of Obama who himself supports homosexuality. Women are doing now what men used to do 30 years back. Look at BET! What a message it is giving to Black youths, like MTV is giving to Whites.

A Hadith message could have saved James Holmes who committed a massacre in Aurora, Colorado
[from Yusuf el-Irlandi, Advocacy Director Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Tennessee]

Since this is the best of all months, naturally I wanted to give nasihah to myself and to the readers about the fad'il of Ramadan. But, then we had a recent tragedy in Aurora, CO here in the U.S. in which a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater and left 12 confirmed dead (including babies) and many more wounded. The suspect in his mugshot had a broad smile on his face. He did not once tell the authorities his motive. He waited patiently in his vehicle for the authorities to arrest him and did not put up any resistance.
What was the cause of all of this? We can only speculate, and of course, the suspect is innocent until proven guilty. But, the fact of the matter lies in the lack of community and brotherhood/sisterhood in Western society. Islam teaches us that all of humanity is one brother/sisterhood, but the real relationship between humans is Islam, which is one BODY. So, throughout the course of our days we hardly stop to see how our fellow human is doing. People are dealing with real problems in society and all we have to do is sincerely look them in the eyes and ask them, "How are you doing today?". It is not about ourselves. We are so caught up in chasing the dunya that we never find even a second for our fellow human and how their well being is.
I know from my own personal experiences that if we show a little compassion to a stranger it could be the difference between them taking their own lives, or this tragic mass shooting. Look at the previous high school mass shootings - who did them? It was usually children who felt like outcasts and were bullied - feelings of helplessness and that no one understood them.
Let us follow the authentic Sunnah of our Prophet (saw) today. Who knows - just by taking a second to stop and inquire how our fellow human feels we may even have a new Muslim, because we as Muslims are the only ones who truly care about the condition of humanity. Do we remember the famous story of the jewess who accosted the Prophet (saw) daily on his walks and how he (saw) still inquired about her health while she was on her death bed? And Allah knows best.

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: A man asked the Prophet (saw), "What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?" The Prophet (saw) replied, "To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not Know." [Bukhari Vol. 1, Book 2, #11]

by Shamsuddin Amjad
NATO Supply Routes will be blocked. Islamic Coalition Determined to stop the NATO killing machine

Lahore, July 26: Secretary General Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Liaqat Baloch has said the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has finalized all sit-in arrangements on NATO supply routes from Karachi to Chaman via Torkham near Pak Afghan border.
In a statement issued here at Mansoora on Thursday, he said the nation would not accept NATO supply restoration at any cost and would resist against it with full vigor.
He expressed his wonder saying the US was facing a humiliating defeat in Afghanistan but the political and military leadership of Pakistan had surrendered against the wishes of nation which would prove destructive for national security and integrity.
He deplored that the leadership put aside the parliament resolutions on NATO supply reopening under the US pressure against the national aspirations.
He said the cabinet had approved a written agreement on NATO supply which, he demanded, should be made public in line with democratic and constitutional process.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Arakani Muslim community from Myanmar called on Liaqat Baloch in the leadership of Noor Hussain Arakani.
Liaqat Baloch deplored that all international institutions including OIC had tightened their lips over the cruelty and violation of basic human rights in Myanmar. "All muslim rulers should lodge a protest by calling ambassador of Myanmar in their countries," he added.
He expressed his disappointment over Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for keeping mum over the issue. He hailed Saudi King Shah Abdullah for calling OIC session on the issue and appealed that OIC should formulate a future line of action for betterment of Muslims of Palestine, Kashmir and Myanmar.
The delegation thanked JI for raising its voice on the issue and drawing attention of the world towards the killing of Muslim community in Myanmar.

Capitalism is Collapsing, Communism is dead.
The Greatest Need of Man is ....

by Shamim Siddiqi [Westbury, New York]
[A new foreword to this great book by the author.]
Alhamdulillah, with the favorable blessings of my Lord, I wrote this book in the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century when Communism was dying, the cold war was about to collapse and "mighty Russia was humiliatedly defeated by the ill-equipped Afghanistan students [Taliban] and the tempo of the concocted Gulf war was building against Iraq. Both Pakistan and the USA were heavily involved in this global upheaval. The man and his irresponsible behavior of greed and lust to occupy the lands of others was the distinct cause of this turmoil. Immediate causes were always there and will be to exploit them for any imperial design by any vested interest. The "Tragedy of 9/11" was one of then and, unfortunately, that still stands today unproven through any Judicial Probe on International level: WHO DID IT AND WHAT FOR?
Since the time I envisioned this book about 20 years, two decades, have passed. The world has taken new turn and human history is standing today, facing another big disaster in its march towards its earmarked destiny with dire consequences. At this juncture:

"These loans were made to customers who did not qualify for standard mortgage loans because of weak credit, insufficient income or an unstable job situation. A sub-prime customer is much riskier because of these factors. Many loans made to these customers were adjustable rate mortgages, which are tied to certain indexes, plus a margin, that increase periodically and raise the mortgage payment. Some customers saw their payments increase by hundreds of dollars, making them unaffordable. Foreclosures reached record levels when homeowners could not make these payments." The Banking Industry is suffering alarmingly in its wake due to shortage of cash and liquidity.
[Quote form Banking Industry Problems by Melvin Richardson]XMelvin Richardson

Melvin J. Richardson has been a freelance writer for two years with Associated Content, and writes about topics such as banking, credit and collections, goal setting, financial services, management, health and fitness. Richardson has worked for several banks and financial institutions and gained invaluable experience and knowledge. Richardson holds a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management from Ashland University in Ashland Ohio.

The brief scenario that I have presented above constitutes an unending line of human tragedies. It is due to misuse of his own Freewill that the Creator and Sustainer endowed man to satisfy his/her urges from the bounties and benedictions created and provided by Him within human self and all along the environment around man for his use the way he likes or prefers as per his freewill. This is the free choice that is given to man as how to act, live and behave while on earth, feeling always accountable to the Lord of this universe for the manner he/she uses His bounties to satisfy his urges. If it is used correctly as per His Guidance, he/she will be rewarded after death or will be punished if he/she uses these bounties as per his/her whims, desires and caprices. The choice is his and his only and he will be dealt with accordingly.

To understand the complexities of this phenomenon of man's freewill, one has to understand the objective of man's creation and his descend on earth as His vicegerent in a sequence.

  1. God first designed and created man in his best fashion with three strong urges *for food and water, *rest and sleep and *sex for a limited period of life and *one freewill for the satisfaction of his urges as he desires and kept him in paradise for the period known to God alone.

  2. God created this universe for man and harness it for the use and benefit of man
    The Creator, in fact, planned to ascertain from amongst the human race: Who are those individuals who remain obedient to Him for the whole of his or her earthly life by exercising his/her own individual freewill and lives a life as per Guidance sent to man through His appointed Messengers in a chain and those who deny the Messenger and his message and live as per the dictates of their freewill and fill the earth with injustices, Zulm (oppression) and Fasa'd (transgression)..

One who will follow the Creator and Sustainer will lead a life of straight path as designed by the Lord of this cosmos and demonstrated by His Messengers as model and those who deny His authority and the Guidance that comes from Him and follow a life pattern that is designed by man by exercising his freewill as how to live, act and behave on this earth.
Through exercising his Freewill man thus, either lives a life as ordained by God and reaps the harvest of His pleasure after death or lives a secular life on earth - inaugurating clearly, thus, two patterns of life just opposite to each other:

Poet Iqbal rightly put this entire concept of constant struggle between the forces of Haq and Batil in a couplet:
Sateza "Satezakaar Raha hai Azal se ta Imroz
Chiraag Chiraghe Mustafawee se sharare bu lahabi"

Before conclusion, I must express my thanks to Salman Mian who has prepared a manuscript of the book from my Website: May Allah bless him immensely.

California: Imam Ali Siddiqui spoke at this rally.
SAY NO to Israeli segregated buses. This was the notice for the rally.
Veolia, a giant French corporation that operates the Sonoma County buses, also operates the segregated buses in the occupied West Bank. We need your help to stand up for justice against their smooth-talking corporate lawyers who will try tojustify the company's violation of international law.
At 5:30 on Tuesday, July 24th, the North Coast Coalition for Palestine is asking the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights to investigate Veolia and stand up to corporate power. We want an ethical company operating our buses!
Arrive early at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, at the Permit and Resource Management Department building.
There will be time for public comment, and we will need your support. Come prepared with a one minute statement and don't forget to: Start with your name, and mention if you are a Sonoma County resident If you are Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian, Muslim or have been to Israel and Palestine and seen the injustice, please say so.
Start with a short personal story that lasts a few sentences. Then give one specific reason why you support the investigation.

2012-07-27 Fri 18:37:36 cdt