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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Shaban 10,1435/June 8, 2014 # 23

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Our America: Texas

A sister who embraced Islam in Ft. Worth, Texas prison recently lost her mother. Please see Sis. Asqfish's letter of condolence bringing hope and light. Please scroll all the way down.

Our America: Georgia

Mass Culture is destroying our Communities & Ruining Women's Rights
Prayers are not Enough. How Should Muslims Respond?

by Dr. Kaukab Siddique [as educator]

A double video:
Part one: Speaking to African Americans in Augusta, Georgia
Part two: Speaking to affluent Immigrants in Evans, Georgia.

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Our America: Washington,
 Imam Khalil and Sis. Laila photo by Nadrat Siddique
Imam Khalil and Sis. Laila
Support Imam Jamil Al-Amin!
Monday, June 9 at 11:30am
Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 First Street, NW, Washington, DC 20534
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Our America: Northern California
Hundreds Flock to Hear Lynne Stewart: Her First Speech after Liberation
Speaks openly about the Blind Shaikh: Words of Praise for Br. Kaukab

by Imam Ali Siddiqui

Freedom at Last! Bravo Hon. Lynne Stewart.
On May 5, 2014, Lynne Stewart came to the North Bay, located beyond Golden Gate Bridge. At one time it was famous for Flower Children and now for Organic farms, ranches, dairy farms, farmer markets, vineyards, clean air, and beautiful Pacific beaches, coves, and oysters. Time to time we get lucked with visits by famous people like Lynne Irene Stewart, 74-year old, an attorney who is known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants. She was wrongfully convicted on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists in 2005, and sentenced to 28 months in prison. Her felony conviction led to her being automatically disbarred. She was convicted of helping pass messages from her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric convicted of planning terror attacks, to his followers in al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, an organization wrongfully designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States Secretary of State.

She was re-sentenced on July 15, 2010, to 10 years in prison in light of her perjury at trial. She served her sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Fort Worth, TX. Hon. Lynn Stewart was released from prison on December 31, 2013 on a compassionate release order because of her terminal breast cancer diagnosis. I pray to Allah for her full recovery and may Allah restore her health and her strength.

Earlier in the week she had a great reception in San Francisco with Brass Band. Later she told the audience that she wanted to leave the prison in style in a Cadillac and welcome by the Brass Band. Her African-American husband, Ralph Poynter, received her in the parking lot of the prison and carried her away in the Cadillac. And the well- wishers in San Francisco gave her a Brass Band reception. It was attended by hundreds of people. She urged them to organize to free the rest of the political prisoners and she listed many of them by name including Sheikh Omar A day earlier on Sunday, May 4th Humanist Hall, Oakland, CA with Ramona Africa, a survivor of the bombing of Move headquarters in Philadelphia. The bombing took place under the nose of a Black Mayor of the city which took out an 8-block area.

The Welcome Home program in the North Bay was organized on May 5th and San Francisco Bay Area National Lawyers Guild including Justice for Palestine at the United Methodist Church

As soon as Hon. Lynne Stewart settled down on the stage, I walked up on the stage and introduced myself to her and I told her that I am also one of the fellow Comrades of Dr. Kaukab Siddique. Lynne and her husband just lit up. She told me of Kaukab's courage. On that her husband added my interview alone would have scraed others but not Kaukab. She further told me that she continued to receive New Trend and enjoyed it reading. And, after she finished reading it she gave it to another Muslim inmate and the paper circulated in the prison.

On behalf of the Muslim community I thanked her service, dedication, and sacrifices and dher to the North Bay. Two other Muslim members of North Bay Muslim Community, a loose group of activists, also attended the reception including Br. Azzaddin Kachkach, originally from Casablanca, and Sis. Joann Enriquez, who spoke at "Welcome Lynn Stewart and Free Mumia Abu Jamal" Rally at the the Marin Peace & Justice Coalition

After Lynne spoke and specifically talked about the case of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, I stood up thanked her again publically to represent him in such a dedicated and courageous way. She interrupted me and told me that she wished she could have done more. Now it has become very difficult for her do much.

She looked much older than age of 74. But, we started talking she has the energy and the voice.

Hon. Lynne told the audience about her freedom: "Although, we have signed many petitions and organized many rallies, but we have not had many victories. This one is the victory." "I didn't know I will be released! But, they couldn't keep me in the prison against so much outcry. They have to let me be free."

While she was in the prison, she helped the women there to prepare their case by guiding them to research and help them to write briefs.

She also mentioned that she will be working for women prisoners. There are women in the prison who receive no visitor and mail even after 10 years. She made the comment about how prison guards work as if there are no sets of rule. They have arbitrary authority; one is different from the other.

Replying to a question, she gave the example of Truth and Reconciliation where they let the racist terrorists go free. What I understood from her comment was that instead of incarceration death sentences, we should adopt the South African Truth and Reconciliation process. What a great idea!

I was so happy to see Hon. Lynne Stewart free. I thanked Allah for her freedom and continue to pray for the freedom of other political prisoners. I am well aware that we need both Dua and Dawa, prayer and medicine.

Our America: Boston
Fallout from Marathon Bombing Trial: Snaring the Innocent.
Todashev Relative Offers Home to BMB Suspect

by Sis. Karin Friedemann

A long bail hearing for Khairullozhon Matanov, friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is facing the death penalty, took place on June 4, 2014. The thin, fragile-looking 23 year old asked Judge Marianne Bowler for "voluntary incarceration" instead of requesting bail because he had nowhere to live, since he lost his job as a taxi driver on account of his arrest. This same Judge Bowler convicted Tarek Mehanna of terrorism support based on inflammatory rhetoric in April of 2010.

Upon hearing this pitiful news, Elena Teyer, the mother of the wife of Ibrahim Todashev, who was murdered by the FBI in his Florida home in May of 2013, immediately contacted Matanov's attorney Edward Hayden to offer the young man a room in her home in Georgia and volunteered to pay for his transportation there. She has never met the Tsarnaevs nor this man before, but since the murder of her son-in-law she feels strongly, "We are all family now."

In August 2013, Teyer's daughter, Todashev's wife, Reniya Manukyan traveled to Dagestan to visit Zubeidat and Anzor Tsarnaev, Jahar and Tamerlan's parents.

"We cried so much there's just no more tears left," Reniya said about the visit.

Teyer wants to testify in the Tsarnaev trial as a witness against the FBI but her letters to Jahar's attorneys go unanswered. This is despite the fact that government prosecutors added to the case against Tsarnaev a clause implicating his brother Tamerlan in a triple homicide based on an alleged confession Todashev "was about to write down" before the FBI shot him seven times.

"I saw the body. I saw the inside of the apartment where he was killed," she says.

Teyer is determined to fight for justice and for the truth to come out about this concerted government attack on Russo-Muslim immigrants to the US.

"I am recently retired from long term active duty in the US Army. I'm not like these kids [Jahar's friends]. I'm not afraid."

Khairullozhon Matanov, originally from Kyrgyzstan, probably has by now realized that he walked into a trap. When the FBI posted photographs of the Tsarnaev brothers on TV and asked the public to identify them, they already knew who the boys were and where they lived. Local police reported that the FBI already had Tamerlan's home in Cambridge under surveillance.

The FBI seems to have cast a dragnet to lure in anyone who might know the Tsarnaevs, so that they could then ensnare them into false testimony or else prosecute them; therefore creating a false public impression that the FBI had heroically disrupted a local "terror cell."

Matanov believed the Tsarnaev brothers would never have committed the bombing and presumably was hoping to clear their names when he contacted the Braintree, Massachusetts police department and offered to give them whatever information he had, which was limited to their names and addresses, because he had no information whatsoever about the brothers being involved in the bombing. A few days after it happened he had even invited them for dinner at a local restaurant, something you don't normally do if you think a person might be a dangerous criminal hiding from authorities. The police contacted the FBI, who contacted Matanov approximately 24 hours later.

Instead of thanking him for the information, the FBI then started an intense investigation on Matanov. They conducted many interviews with him over the next year or so, in addition to both overt and covert surveillance. The most obvious surveillance was reported to the media by neighbors: an unmanned aircraft circling around his home. The only surveillance FBI Agent Timothy McElroy, who was on the witness stand for the majority of Matanov's bail hearing, admitted to was what he called "bumper log surveillance" - following Matanov around in black, unmarked government vehicles, keeping him in sight at all times. Manatov was also contacted via his attorney and told to stay away from Boston's July 4 and Patriots Day celebrations, to which he complied.

The hearing focused on his money transfers overseas and the fact that he had asked a friend to dispose of some cell phones, knowing the FBI would be on their way.

The majority of the money was sent to his family but there were 15 people in 6 countries whom he wired money to that did not share his last name, some of whom he used false aliases to contact, for example he sent an undisclosed amount of money as Ali Hasan to Kamoliodin Niiazaliev. The defense argued that he operated an illegal business selling stolen cell phones overseas, and that these wire transfers had nothing to do with terrorism. The FBI testimony was deliberately vague and allowed court reporters to insinuate that the purpose of the money transfers was related to terrorism in order to create a media buzz.

Attorney Hayden told Elena Teyer that he will try to find out if Matanov could be released to her home or to that of another person in Massachusetts who volunteered their home, as well as the amount of bail. A commissary account is being opened for Matanov's needs in prison by members of the Free Jahar movement. It is hoped that once he understands that he is not alone, Matanov will stand up and fight for his rights instead of bowing his head in fear.

Breaking News: Pakistan

After heavy bombing of North Waziristan, the Pakistani army is massing to carry out an all out attack on the Islamic fighters in the area.

Pak Taliban say that the army killed 7 of their people in raids in Karachi. Also they say several Pak Taliban prisoners have been executed in Karachi prisons without trial.

In a retaliatory attack on June 4, a Pak Taliban martyrdom operator hit a military vehicle on Fateh Jung road in Rawalpindi. Pakistan says 5 of its people were killed including two top level military officers, both Lt. Colonels.

Also on June 4, Maulvi Fazlullah's mujahideen fighters entered Bajaur from the Afghan province of Kunar and attacked a military position . Military casualties were heavy but Pakistan has admitted only 4 troops killed and 4 wounded

Breaking News:

Syria's "Election" Showed unity of anti-Islam Groups: Fighting Flares Across the Country.
Shi'te Battalions from Iraq Attack Aleppo, led by Tanks & Helicopters

June 4-7: Bashar al-Assad has declared in his "election" by 88 to 90 % of the voters. The voting could not be staged in most of the country, so under heavy security, Bashar held the vote in a thin slice of territory in the west from Damascus-Homs-Qalamoun mountains-Latakia.

The voters were Alawite, Christians and Jews. Most of the population, including 4 million refugees, Sunnis did not vote. The only "refugees" who did vote were the rich Shi'ites who have fled to Lebanon. Several thousand of them were brought to Beirut by "Hizbullah" to vote for the tyrant.

Fighting continued in the South and across the country into the north. In the Aleppo area, the newly arrived Shia battalions brought from Iraq launched a swift attack led by tanks and helicopters, trying to slice the mujahideen held areas into two. After intense fighting for 7 days, the Shi'ite assault was beaten back.

The mujahideen cannot stop the tanks or shoot down the helicopters/jet fighters but their heroic resistance with rpgs and machine guns is making Bashar Assad's moves expensive and largely failures.

Bashar's "election" has been hailed by Hizbullah, Iran and Russia. Propaganda cannot hide the fact that most of the country is under Islamic control.

The use of barrel bombs by Bashar has killed 2000 civilians in Aleppo in one month but he is not getting any support from the majority of the population. Women and children are being subjected to rape and mutilation by the Alawites on such a scale that it is not even news. Civilians flee wherever Bashar's tanks advance.

Breaking News : Libya

June 1-8: The army by an America-based General Hiftar is trying to crush the Islamics who control Parliament and are led by Ansar al-Sharia. The army is hunting members of the Parliament

The latest news is that General Hiftar has been wounded along with his top officers in an attack by an Islamic human "bomber." in a separate attack a top intelligence officer was wounded.

Fighting is spreading in the country.

Breaking News: Iraq

Fallujah and parts of Ramadi remain under Islamic rule led by ISIL, thus keeping the mujahideen supply route to Syria open.

On June 7, there were retaliatory bomb attacks against Shi'ites in Baghdad and other cities resulting in 60 deaths including 29 police.

Canada says one of its Muslim youths, from Alberta, was the martyrdom operator in an attack on Shi'ite military in Iraq which killed 42 troops. Canada is worrying about "home grown terrorists."

Slaughter from the Air: Latest Drone Attacks by USA

18 killed in US drone attack in E Afghanistan 01 Jun 2014 At least 18 people have been killed in the latest US assassination drone strike in eastern Afghanistan. According to police, the attack which took place on Sunday in the eastern province of Kunar, also injured seven people. The deadly incident comes after an airstrike carried out by US-led forces left nearly 10 people dead on May 29 in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Paktika. [They don't 'hate us for our freedoms.' They hate us because we're sociopaths.]

US-led soldier killed in east Afghanistan attack 05 Jun 2014 A US-led foreign soldier serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. The NATO-led ISAF said in a statement on Thursday that the soldier died in the attack earlier in the day. On Monday, another US-led soldier was killed in a militant attack in the same region.

US-led soldier killed in E Afghanistan 02 Jun 2014 A foreign soldier serving with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in a militant attack in eastern Afghanistan. The assault came after a helicopter belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) crashed in southern Afghanistan on May 28, leaving at least one foreign soldier dead.

Bergdahl's Life Was in Immediate Danger, Officials Say 05 Jun 2014 Defense and intelligence officials told senators at a classified briefing on Wednesday that they kept secret from Congress the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners because they feared for his life if the deal became public, a senior administration official said Thursday. "The Senators were told, separate and apart from Sgt. Bergdahl's apparent deterioration in health, that we had both specific and general indications that Sgt. Bergdahl's recovery -- and potentially his life -- could be jeopardized if the detainee exchange proceedings were disclosed or derailed," the official said in a statement. Several senators said Thursday that officials in the classified briefing justified the president's decision to swap Sergeant Bergdahl for the Taliban prisoners by suggesting that quick action was needed to save his life.

"My village was attacked and burned down":
A Nakba survivor speaks

 Elderly man sits on rooftop while holding book
Ahmad al-Haj was 15 when he was expelled from his village in 1948.
(Rushdi Sarraj / Ain Media)

Earlier this month The New York Times referred to the "destruction of Arab villages in battles that led to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948."

The testimony of Ahmad al-Haj, however, exposes that paper's version of events as dishonest.

Rather than being the victim of "battles" — a term that implies fighting between two armies of similar strength — this octogenarian was forced from his home in a carefully planned campaign of ethnic cleansing by Zionist militias. The ethnic cleansing is known to Palestinians as the Nakba — Arabic for catastrophe.

Al-Haj was just 15 in 1948. Like many other young Palestinians, he was already working in agriculture.

One day in April that year, he was returning to his village, al-Swafer al-Sharqia, after going to an area market. To get home, he and his mule had to pass through nearby Julis, which, he was told by a passerby, had been taken over by Zionist forces.

"I thought nothing would incite those people to try to kill an unarmed, small boy passing peacefully on his way," he told The Electronic Intifada.

He was mistaken. The only way he could survive was to throw himself off his mule and sprint.

"The mule ran faster than me," he said. "The machine gunners stopped shooting when their bullets could no longer reach me."

When he arrived back home, his parents were standing in the yard they used to thrash wheat. "My father and mother took me into their arms and kissed me and thanked God for my safety," he said.


The following month, Zionist forces attacked a village next to al-Swafer. His family had moved to that village to tend to their crops.

During the attack, al-Haj's father went missing. At first, the family thought he had been killed. Four months later, they learned from the Red Cross that he was in prison.

Contrary to what The New York Times implied, Palestinians did not have the means to defend themselves against their Zionist assailants. "My father owned a gun, but he had only twenty bullets to fight with," al-Haj said.

He added that whereas Zionist militias were well-armed, the British Mandate forces — then in charge of Palestine's security — used to search Palestinian houses and farms, confiscating any weapons they found.

The disappearance meant that al-Haj assumed many of his father's responsibilities. He told his sisters to stop crying as his father may have been captured, rather than killed. "Weeping and wailing will not bring him back," he recalled commanding. "We have many things that we should do in the absence of our father. Let us have something to eat then get up to work."

Thirty Palestinian villages in the Gaza district were forcibly evacuated between 15 May and 11 June 1948. They included al-Swafer.


"My village was brutally attacked and burned down by the Zionist army and we were forced to flee the burning village to the adjacent village of Hatta," al-Haj said.

His family then sought refuge in nearby Falluja, where the Egyptian army was based. Within a few days, they had to flee again.

"Zionist warplanes attacked the village. It was a Friday. We had lunch at the house of one of our relatives. A man pushed me out and took my position when the warplanes attacked again. In a split second, he died in front of my eyes. I survived," al-Haj said.

"The Egyptian army could not help us or did not want to help us because they were in a truce" with Britain, which then ruled Palestine, he added.

Al-Haj ended up in Gaza. Although the Strip is only 35 kilometers from al-Swafer, he is unable to return to his native village.

Initially, al-Haj lived in a camp set up by American Quakers. In 1950, the UN formed its own agency, UNRWA, to administer camps for Palestine refugees.

Let down

Initially, the camps consisted of tents. These were replaced by cement and brick shelters after refugees froze to death in Gaza City's Beach refugee camp during the winter of 1951, al-Haj said.

"Life in a camp was not humane at all," he added. "I knew these tents very well."

Entire families lived in one tent. Numerous families had to share the same dirty toilets, with no running water.

Al-Haj feels that Palestinians have been let down by international bodies: "The UNRWA officials said, 'We cannot do everything to good standards because we receive scarce donations.' They built schools. These schools were not intended to educate the people more than they were intended to prepare the new generation of the Palestinians to work and serve other people."

Al-Haj still lives in a rented house in Gaza. He has refused to buy a lot of land to build a new house because he never thought that being a refugee in Gaza would be his final destiny.

Sixty-six years after the Nakba, he still dreams of returning to his village.

How quickly we forget - How Muslims Helped Ireland During The Great Famine

06 Aug 2013/in News /by Jawad Yaqub
160 years ago, during the Great Famine in Ireland, the Ottoman Empire sent £1,000 sterling (about $1,052,000 today) and 3 shiploads of food to Drogheda, Ireland.
 Irish famine 1847
Ireland was ridden with famine and disease between 1845 and 1849. Also known as the Great Hunger, this famine had lasting effects: at least one million people died due to famine-related diseases and more than one million Irish fled, mainly to the United States, England, Canada, and Australia.

The Islamic State (Ottoman) ruler at that time Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid declared his intention to send £10,000 sterling to Irish farmers but Queen Victoria requested that the Sultan send only £1,000 sterling, because she had sent only £2,000 sterling herself. The Sultan sent the £1,000 sterling but also secretly sent 3 ships full of food. The British administration tried to block the ships, but the food arrived secretly at Drogheda harbour.

This generous charity from a Muslim ruler to a Christian nation is also important, particularly in our time when Muslims are often unfairly accused of human rights violations. Likewise, the appreciative plaque and overall reaction of the Irish society in return for this charity deserves to be applauded. We hope that the Turkish-Irish friendship sets a model for peace among different nations.
 Drogheda football logo Muslim
In commemoration of the Ottoman aid, Drogheda added the Ottoman crescent and star to its coat of arms. Their football club's emblem retains this design til this day.

To Sis. Marie in Ft. Worth, Texas who embraced Islam in Prison

By asqfish May 24, 2014
 Islamic cemetery
This letter is to a woman who converted to Islam in prison and who recently lost her mother. She is torn with grief, the divided family ,lack of being able to share her sadness and inability to find succor and solace. Please keep her in your prayers.


I am deeply saddened that you have lost your loved one. Someone you loved and depended on to be there for you and now you are left bereft, and filled with grief.
With the loss of a loved one whether by death, separation or betrayal, grief knocks on your door when you open it, it enters your home and your life ,and stays.
It becomes the elephant in the room in a rage that only you can see and be affected by. While others wonder why are you so affected by something they can neither see nor feel.
Grief is like a mist it surrounds you and enters every pore of your body. Many people try to shut it out by working long hours and never speaking about this mist that envelops them and sometimes smothers them.
Often friends come and offer platitudes like "she or he is in a better place " etc. and you are left wondering of what to do with the pain in your chest where your heart resides?
It was such a moment of anguish and helplessness that Allah directed me towards His book. As I started to recite and sought to understand its meaning and explanation I came upon a sentence that held me mesmerized.
I felt and saw the edge of the rope dangling in the dark well of despair and sadness where I was imprisoned by my loss and held down by my grief, which was telling me that this is the way life, was going to be for the rest of my life. I read the sentence again and again and wondered if it was specific to Adam (AS) or to all his children and was it addressed to me?
In looking carefully it was not just a sentence it was a promise from Allah the Almighty to each one of us!
He was not making a random comment or teaching by example He was offering a viable firm lifeline of getting out sadness and despair.

It is in Surah Baqara, and relates to the event when a major disaster beset our father Adam (AS) and mother when they disobeyed Allah. They were despondent! It was not a small loss of favor of a friend or family member it was the ire of Allah Almighty our Creator. They were banished from the beauty of Jannah and sent away for a while to earth. They were in the depths of despair, regret and sadness.

What to do?
It is then that Allah offers them the rope of hope. However to make the climb upwards and out of the well of despair they had to develop and exercise strength and istiqamah:
[2:37] Yusuf Ali
Then learnt Adam from his Lord words of inspiration, and his Lord Turned towards him; for He is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.
This had to be done through strengthening their emaan, making tauba and conscious obedience of their Creator in every moment of life.
He said to them:
[2:38] Yusuf Ali
We said: "Get ye down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
It is these words of Allah and his promise that one who follows his guidance there shall be no fear and no grief.
It is then that I went looking for guidance. Lo and Behold it was right here in my bookshelf!
Allah's words, translations by scholars, and people of emaan and taqwa explaining it to me through tafsir the context of the ayah. They explained each ayah with the accuracy and wisdom of years of research and understanding about the events. They explained each ayah and what had event had prompted that particular Ayah or verse to be revealed to Prophet Muhammad pbuh, and how we are to be follow and practice it in our life. The places and events came alive with lessons and my own reflections on how it would guide my life and how I could change so as to become the follower of my Guide (Allah Al Mighty).

I read lots and lots of self help books but I was affirmed that the authors had limitations, as they were also human beings. Though they were doing their best to help me in grief, there was no promise of how I could show the door to grief and keep it out of my life.

It is our Creator who knows the action and reaction of every cell in our body to grief and its devastating pain within us. Thus I thought why not go to the source of healing? Allah says He is Shaafi; he is the Healer, not only of disease and disability but also of the onslaught of grief, pain and despair.

Thus began a daily lesson. While I prepared breakfast I listened to the recitation, and tafsir of the Quran starting from Page one. I listened to Dr. Farhat Hashmi online. /English section (for English speaking people)

There are books that one can read also by Maulana Abu Ala Maudoodi and the scholar Ibn Kathir which explain the context of the words of Allah Almighty.

I chose to listen instead of reading as it kept my hands free to do mundane work while listening. After listening I would write a summary of what it meant to me and what were my action points to do that day.

It is a journey but as I journeyed with the Quran the tentacles of grief and fear of loss slowly loosened on my body and eventually fell off.
Even now when I go away from the Quran for a spell the wraith of my grief knocks on the door begging for entry. Allah Almighty has kept his promise not only has he kept fear and grief out of my life but also he has instilled my heart with peace.
One reminder to the readers and myself is that life is not static; one can again be besought with grief and loss.
Thus I have to keep the Divine close, continuously daily recite and understand the Quran daily which allows me to tap into Allah's promise of " no fear and no grief" only if I am following His guidance.

Today as I walk around my mother's and my son's grave, I feel the breeze on my cheek and a gentle hand on my heart. It is He who is sending me His condolences with the promise that in the end I will see them happy, healed, and waiting for me at the door of the Gardens inshallah!

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May Allah protect you from Fear and Grief and take away the pain.

surah baqara with english translation ayah 30-

Jamaate Islami says: Peaceful ways to solve Conflict & Suffering

by Anwar Niazi

JI's no to unconstitutional adventure
LAHORE, June 2: The Jamaat e Islami has resolved not to be a party to any unconstitutional, undemocratic adventure and has also urged all state institutions to fully respect their limits and avoid the path of confrontation.

The JI central executive at its meeting chaired by JI Ameer, Sirajul Haq, expressed deep concern over the operation in Waziristan and said it would multiply the problems of the tribal people besides increasing the chances of US and India's interference in the area through Afghanistan.

A resolution adopted by the executive stressed upon the government to immediately end the deadlock in the talks and intensify efforts for restoring peace all over the country. It said that the migration of the Waziristan people to Afghanistan because of the operation was a mater of deep concern.

Criticizing the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) as an instrument to deny the rights granted under the constitution, the JI central body said the PPO was an attempt to legalize state terrorism, a clear violation of the Objectives Resolution, the basic principles of the 1973 constitution and all human rights charters. It expressed the apprehension that instead of curbing terrorism, this black law would add to the menace. The executive said that instead of enacting new laws to curb terrorism, the government should ensure strict implementation on the existing laws.

The JI executive deplored Prime Minister's avoiding meeting with the Tehrik e Hurryat Conference leaders during his New Delhi visit. It said that the Premier's ignoring the issues of Kashmir, river waters and Sia Chen on such an occasion, and failure to present evidence of RAW's involvement in terrorism in the country in response to the Indian Premier's allegations, was a pointn fo deep concern and most unfortunate.

The resolution however warned that Islamabad's bid to give NDMA status to India for trade without resolving Kashmir and other issues would only be advancing India's agenda ignoring national interests.

The JI executive condemned treason trials in Bangladesh against those sacrificing for the united Pakistan and termed it violation the tripartite agreement on this score. It slated Islamabad's silence over the issue and called upon the rulers to make every effort to stop Bangladesh regime from human rights violations.

The resolution also deplored the government's failure to provide any relief to the masses during its first year rule.


JI leader drowns in Kunnar river
LAHORE, June 2: Deputy chief of the Jamaat e Islami, Karachi, Nasrullah Shajeeh, a former Sindh MPA was drowned in the Kunnar river on Monday.

The deceased was leading a students group to Balakot. At about noon, one of the students slipped into the river while performing ablution and the JI leader jumped into the river in an attempt to save the young man. However, the water current carried them away. Efforts were on to search out their bodies.

Ameer, JI, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, former JI chief, Syed Munawar Hasan, and other senior party leaders have expressed deep grief and shock over the martyrdom of the both. They said that the JI leader had devoted his life for the cause of Islam and had attained the martyrdom while attempting to save a youth.


JI for special package for Karachi

LAHORE, June 2; Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat Baloch, has impressed upon the government to allocate adequate funds for resolving common man's problems all over the country besides special package for Karachi.

Talking to a JI team from Karachi, he said that Karachi had suffered heavily because of terrorism, extortion and target killings for the last four decades.

He said that as long as the government did not control these menaces by bringing to book the law breakers, peace would elude the port city and the country's economy would suffer.

Liaqat Baloch said the port city needed more universities, a women university, medical and engineering colleges and model educational institutions to meet the needs of the increasing population. He said the government must allocate Rs. 5 billion for interest free loans to the Karachi youth.

2014-06-08 Sun 09:22:21 cdt