News  #  1578
[ Click on NEWS for back issues ][ OUR BOOKS ] [ Women in Islam ][ Our America ][ Hadith ][ Kaukab Siddique's khutbas ][ Latest photos. ][ Imam Badi Ali's Thoughts ][ Muslim Political Prisoners ] [ Previous Issue ]

7 Safar,1436/November 30, 2014 Issue # 48, Newsletter # 1578

Hadith of the Week

Narrated: Abdullah bin Abi Qatada Al-Ansari [r.a.]

My Father said: "Allah's messenger said, "Whenever I stand for prayer, I want to prolong it but on hearing the cries of a child, I shorten it as I dislike to put its mother in trouble."

[ Sahih Bukhari, chapter 12, hadith 827 ]

Breaking News

Kobane: Mujahideen Outflanked Communist Defenders:
YPG Kurds & FSA suddenly in Serious Situation.

November 29: In a surprise attack, this time from the north, Islamic State [IS} mujahideen broke through the Communist Kurdish defense line. The attack was led by a martyrdom operator. YPG, Peshmarga and FSA defending Kobani are now withdrawing into the center of the city.

Looks like the IS mujahideen circled around the city and attacked from the north. This corridor leads directly into Turkey and from here Peshmarga and Shi'ites from Iraq have been sending reinforcements into Kobani under cover of heavy bombing of IS positions by the US and Saudi-UAE jet bombers.

Last month FSA [Syrians trained by the US ] carried out a similar tactic to enter Kobane from the north. Now the Communists are crying "foul" and condemning Turkey for letting the fighters coming in, which Turkey is vehemently denying it.

African Muslims are part of the Islamic State fighters in Kobane. Two of them, a Somali and an Eritrean convert to Islam, both British citizens, were killed in a US air strike three weeks back.

[Sources: AP and Reuters.]

Why do we know nothing about ISIS? They are cooperating with Naqshbandi Sufis.
[With thanks to Maulana Hussain Khan in Tokyo Japan.] Excerpted from a long article.

 Nadezhda Kevorkova

Nadezhda Kevorkova is a war correspondent who has covered the events of the Arab Spring, military and religious conflicts around the world, and the anti-globalization movement.

IS established Sharia courts in all the territories they hold - there are no robberies, thefts, acts of violence or taking over of property in these territories. Islamic tax is lower than government tax. The Islamic administration pays monthly salaries - $400-600, which is about what people get in Damascus and Baghdad.

Widows are paid $100 plus $100 for each child. The houses of officials who have run away are given to the poor and to the militants. ISIS supports small businesses - auto repair shops, appliance repair shops, computer firms and basic goods producers. IS provides businessmen with work space, grants them small subsidies and provides them with security guards and cargo escorting.

According to my sources, the distribution of food among the poor is under control. The rich pay a special tax to support the poor.

There's also what you may call a cultural life: in Mosul, they held the Koran recital competition and even a football match.

And though the IS is hostile towards the Muslim Brotherhood and the Shias, it's the Ikhwan and Hezbollah that are closely following the fundamental principles of Islam. So some of IS members are experts in this field.

Finally, IS cooperates with the Naqshbandi Army made up of powerful Sufi sheikhs and former officers of Saddam Hussein's army who have been resisting the occupation forces for a decade. Naqshbandi is a major Sufi order, founded in the 14th century and prevalent in many regions from Turkey and the North Caucasus to Central Asia and India. The Sufi order has its headquarters in Mecca and London and has strong ties with global elites.

The question concerning the intolerance of IS ultra-fundamentalists and sectarians remains unresolved. So is the question whether monopods protect themselves from the sun by the shade of their only foot.

How the Egyptian people were fooled.

Nov. 29: A court under the dictatorship of General Sissi dismissed charges against the ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and against his security chief.

More than 2,000 Egyptians came out to protest but were dispersed by security forces. One was killed.

800 people were killed by Hosni Mubarak regime.

Dr. Muhammad Morsi was elected president. The military convinced Egyptians that Morsi was responsible for all that was going wrong.

The military removed Morsi and killed 1500 unarmed protestors, wounded 25,000.

Now General Sissi, supported by Saudi Arabia and the UAE and indirectly by USA is the new Hosni Mubarak

Anti-Police Brutality Rallies Continuing.

November 29: There were new protest demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, against the police murder of Michael Brown., Police arrested 16 people.

On November 28 more than 200 protestors successfully stopped sales at major business outlets where biggest sales of the year called Black Friday are held.

Answering doubts, rumors and jealousies of the secularists about Jamaat e Ialami's biggest Mass Gathering
by Shamim Siddiqi

These criticism are time barred and prejudiced as usual. Ameer Mohtram Sirajul Haq Saheb has a clear vision as how to transform Pakistan NOW into a real Islamic state through his God-given wisdom of a Mumin. He has clearly pinpointed our malaise and then positively urged the people what to do? Basically he has urged:

  1. The Landlordism must be abolished and the land is given to the poor tenants;

  2. Agricultural Income must be taxed to solve the economic issues;

  3. He has pinpointed all the burning issues of the country Province wise to get mass support and spotlighted the issues of labor, education, inequality in wealth and what not.

He has now to organize the people behind all these issues at grass root level and that is the job of all the people who love Pakistan and Islam to come around him and help the Movement by all means. This is the crux of the problem and the Muslim Ummah must fill this gap.

I am sure if he could organize Mass Movements for all these burning issues, and I am sure he will do it the change will come definitely. He has the guts and mass appealing cool and calm temperament, he will succeed, Insha Allah.

I am following his trend very closely. All the "pygmies" of Pakistan politics, their days are numbered.

The change is imminent due to the facts: :
  1. America is doomed for good due to her Hippocratic and anti- Islam policies both at home and abroad ;

  2. Capitalism is on its death bed;

  3. India couldn't solve the problems of her have-not's,

  4. China-Pak relations will bear fruits; and

  5. Islamic Renaissance is at the horizon. Thus, the time is fast going for a change

As such, these z'one-eyed' secular journalists are the false prophets and will soon wither away. Mohtram Sirajul Haq Saheb will, Insha Allah, prevail over his adversaries in all fields.and at all fronts with only one condition: To fulfill his political needs he has to build the requisite Team of Trustworthy Leadership in thousands and thousands not only in Pakistan but throughout the Muslim world through the sister organizations That is equally the positive need of time.

Wal ILmu Indallah

May Allah give him the requisite amount of courage, stamina, sagacity and the Nusrah that He has committed Himself for those who fight in His way for the Iqamah of His Deen [Ref: Verse 69 of Surah Al-Ankabut]

 Shamim Siddiqi

Shamim Siddiqi
New York

Health Notes

 Health Notes

8 Popular Foods Drenched in Cancer-Causing Chemicals
by S.A. Nickerson

Over the last decade, as genetically modified, or GMO, foods have increasingly taken over our food supply, we've been learning more about their dangers to our health.

Now, one courageous doctor is pointing to mounting evidence that leaves no doubt GMO foods are even worse than we were told.

As this respected doctor points out in a riveting new presentation, no long-term human studies have ever supported GMO safety. Shockingly, the World Health Organization only requires a mere 90 days of testing to claim that GMOs are safe. Well, no one dies from smoking cigarettes within 90 days of starting to smoke, either!

Yet while lifetime studies still have not been done on humans, scientists have done these studies on animals and what they found is stunning. Lab mice fed just a 33 percent GMO diet begin developing aggressive cancers (particularly breast cancer), liver failure, and kidney failure. Shockingly, 50 percent of the males and 70 percent of the female animals on the GMO diet succumbed to early death at an age equivalent to 40 to 50 human years.

While more people have begun to fight back against GMOs, the big GMO companies spend millions of dollars to defeat laws that would require GMO labeling. Quite simply, these big companies know that GMO crops are cheaper to grow, and therefore more profitable.

In the meantime, many health experts now warn us to take the only positive action available to protect our health avoiding GMOs as much as humanly possible. But considering the fact that GMOs are hidden in over 30,000 food products, that is not an easy task.

Fortunately, one courageous doctor has stepped up to the plate. Dr. Russell Blaylock, one of America's leading medical researchers and nutritionists, has created a special free video presentation that explains the hidden health hazards of GMOs. Dr. Blaylock will show you how to protect your family from GMOs and their dangers aisle by aisle at the grocery store.

Dr. Blaylock's new video presentation exposes how GMO ingredients and other harmful additives are hidden on labels under safe-sounding names. In fact, you'll see some of the actual labels and find out what to watch for.

And those stickers pasted onto fruits and vegetables? Using real examples, you'll learn a simple way to tell the difference between GMO produce that may also be packed with harmful pesticides and herbicides, and produce that is safe and natural.

GMOs enter your body through thousands of packaged and canned food products, through fresh produce, and through the meat, chicken, and fish you eat. The expert help Dr. Blaylock offers in this video reveals everything you need to know to avoid GMOs at the grocery store as well as restaurants.

Since the introduction of GMO foods, many cancers and other diseases have skyrocketed in humans. Can this really be a coincidence? Please use the information available in this online educational presentation, Cracking the GMO Code, to help protect your own health and the health of your family.

Renowned former neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., left conventional medicine after decades of practice to concentrate on nutrition and disease prevention. He is the author of several health books and medical editor of The Blaylock Wellness Report.

Juma Khutba - Summary

 Dr Kaukab Siddique

US Muslims should Remain non-Violent but Uncompromising with the Oppressors.
That is Sunnah.
Understanding Hijra and immigrants.
Understanding Why do Muslim Fight Each other in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq etc?

On November 28 Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma khutba at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore. It is a very friendly little mosque. A brother was raking the leaves on the sidewalk. Then a beautiful adhan was given next to the street. Even the tall security brothers are very friendly.

Here is a summary of the main points made by Br. Kaukab. Hopefully other imams will pick it up because New Trend has a wide reach.

  1. Iman, risalat, akhira, amr bil maroof nahi un il munkar, compassion, sharing, caring da'wah, tanzeem. These are the essentials of Islam in America as they were in Makka when the Prophet, pbuh, began his mission.

  2. When the mission of da'wah is completed or can no longer be continued, then comes hijra.

  3. Hijra is from the land of unbelief to the land of Islam. Immigrants are not in America owing to hijra, They came from the lands of Islam to the land of unbelief, for their dunya, not for their deen.

  4. Their situation is bordering absurdity. They behave as if they are in Madinah and start building these multi-million dollar mosques.

  5. Decades pass and even the neighbors of these rich mosques do not embrace Islam. They barely tolerate the mosques owing to the country's laws. Instead all these fancy mosques are being influenced by the unbelievers and by the powerful American culture.

  6. Powerful American media are influencing our children into thinking that globally Muslims are not good Muslims because they fight America and US Muslims are the good Muslims because we support America.

  7. The biggest problem arises when media shows us that Muslims are FIGHTING EACH OTHER. They all pray and fast and their mosques overseas are packed but they fight each other and even kill each other and go to the extent of attacking each others' mosques.

  8. What kind of Islam is this, our children want to know. Perhaps USA is right that all those Muslims fighting other Muslims are terrorists.

  9. This is where our study of Qur'an and hadith can help our children.

  10. Prayers and fasting and zakat and mosques are important in Islam. However, these are tools, means and ways of achieving Islam's real goal which is the Law of Allah established in this world through Khilafa and a place in al-Jannah even if we fail trying.

  11. When occupying military forces enter our lands, some Muslims fight them. Other Muslims join the occupiers. Hence the confusion because both sides pray and go to mosques.

  12. Even more difficult: The imperialist powers support dictators, tyrants, hypocrites, agents and fund and arm them to rule Muslim populations. The job of these agents is to suppress and westernize the Muslims. These rulers too pray and go to mosques.

  13. We must learn that Islam means that we stand up for the truth in the Qur'an and Hadith and oppose the kuffar and those who support the kuffar.
    Anyone who supports the kuffar against Islamic fighters is a kafir or munafiq even though he/she may pray and fast and go to mosque.

  14. In America, we must remain non-violent but we must oppose all evil just as the Prophet, pbuh, did in Makkah. Remaining peaceful does not mean supporting, condoning or remaining silent about oppression, be it here or overseas.

Spotlights and Guidance

 Imam Badi Ali

Antisemitism is a lie: UN is a tool for Injustice.
  1. Zionists continue to believe that its okay to kill and enslave to achieve the objectives of their sacred books.

  2. Teach your children every morning when they get up that they can move mountains with Allah's help.

  3. Liberation of Palestine is not impossible. It is quite possible.

  4. Antisemitism is a big lie created by the Zionists to block criticism of their evil behavior

  5. Zionists and their allies use the United Nations as a tool to legalize injustice and occupation, and to maintain their power.

  6. The European settlers were able to get away with their usurpation of the lands and rights of Native Americans, Zionist occupiers are following their example.

  7. Zionists believe that for them to exist, they can destroy everything else.

  8. While walking through a dark forest, take care of others walking with you and be aware.

  9. Let's ask ourselves how Muslims would react if Makka and Madinah were under occupation. How can we be so inactive when al-Aqsa is being desecrated.
  10. Fear of occupation and oppression is far worse than confronting the occupation itself.

Imam Badi Ali is a Palestinian American who leads a large congregation in Greensboro, North Carolina

War News

 War News

Syria - Massacre from the air in Raqqa: 220 civilians killed in All Day Bombing on November 25 & 26.
Alawite Bombing Campaign: Bashar Assad and USA seen as Coordinating Attacks on Islamic State.

This brief comment from Syrian Human Rights Observatory which opposes IS. Regime warplanes went in 8 air strikes targeted a house belongs to a judge near al-Etihad university what killed a number of civilians and wounded others of his family, it also targeted ISIS checkpoint between the old bridge and al-Jod restaurant, and the school of Sakina which consists of 2 building including a building for teaching children......

The massacre in pictures: The report issued by IS coincides with the one from Syrian Human Rights. Here is the link which you can watch by pasting it into your browser.

The photos are horrific. Please keep children away.

[New Trend observers say, one purpose of the dirty propaganda against the Islamic State is to justify such crimes against the Islamic populations supporting the caliphate. Not one word against the slaughter has come from any of the western human rights groups.]

[Raqqa, in central Syria, is the capital of the Islamic Caliphate led by Abu Bakr al-Qureshi al-Hussaini al-Baghdadi,]

Pakistan - US Drone Attacks Coordinated with Pakistani Military Attack in Tirah Valley [Khyber]
Nov 27:
In the Tirah valley, Pakistan air force jet fighters attacked several villages suspected of supporting factions of the Pak Taliban. According to Dawn, 11 suspected "militants" were killed. Strict curfew is being imposed on villages where the Paki army is reaching. In the Akakhel area, a villager was killed by the army when he allegedly "violated curfew." In other villages, the army has set fire to homes [sources Dawn daily].

Nov 25:
A US drone missile attack in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, on a little village, narrowly missed mujahideen leader Maulvi Fazlullah, killing 5 of his Pakistani fighters. According to Dawn, Fazlullah has been sending reinforcements to help the Pakistani mujahideen fighting the Pakistani army in the Tirah valley [Khyber area]

Fazlullah is the current leader of Pakistani Taliban and is the legendary hero of the battle with the Pakostani army in Swat. He fought the elite Pakistani forces to a standstill and then, after being severely wounded, withdrew across the border into an area secured by fighters allied to the Afghan Taliban.

He is famous for his short range radio through which he reached the women of Swat and urged them to support the men fighting the Paki military. The army tried to eliminate the radio on various occasions but failed.

 Maulvi Fazlullah

Also on November 25, a US drone hit a village in Kand Sari on the edge of North and South Waziristan killing 6 people and wounding three suspected of supporting the Pak Taliban on the way to help the mujahideen in the Tirah valley.

Pak Taliban issued this photo of mujahid leader Maulvi Fazlullah.

Our America

 Our America

Ferguson Related Rallies
Glimpses Compiled by CLG [Citizens for Legitimate Government, Connecticut.]
Peaceful Demonstrations across America: New York To Los Angeles.

[First day of Violence in Ferguson Targeted local Businesses.]Ferguson fallout: Scores arrested in Calif. unrest 27 Nov 2014 Dozens of protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland were arrested late Wednesday during a third night of demonstrations linked to the shooting protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Police said at least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrested, while 33 people were detained in Oakland following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism.

More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities 26 Nov 2014 National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday's grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a case that has touched off a debate about race relations in the United States.

Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's bizarre press conference clearing Darren Wilson and instead blaming the 'insatiable appetite' of news outlets and social media 'for anything to talk about' --He turned on the media and internet users by hinting they were responsible for the tension after the shooting - rather than the shooting itself 25 Nov 2014 St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney [sic] Robert McCulloch announced on Monday night that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in a bizarre press conference that instead found others to blame. In the 25-minute announcement, he slammed news outlets and social media - suggesting they were responsible for the tension after the August 9 shooting, rather than the shooting itself. 'The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about, following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media,' he said. McCulloch also turned on the witnesses, saying their statements were largely inconsistent and 'some were completely refuted by the physical evidence'.

The moment Cleveland cop shot dead a 12-year-old boy in the playground: Footage captures moment officer killed Tamir Rice after mistaking his BB gun for a real weapon 27 Nov 2014 Cleveland police have released video footage showing the moment 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by a rookie officer who mistook his BB gun for a real weapon. The boy was shot by Timothy Loehmann, 26, on Saturday after a 911 caller reported seeing a juvenile waving around a gun - but did not know whether or not it was real. Newly-released audio showed that the 911 dispatcher did not pass on this concern to the responding officers. At a press conference on Wednesday, authorities released the 911 call, police dispatch calls and a grainy video showing the moment the officers arrived and shot the boy...Police officers fatally shot him just two seconds after pulling up in their cruiser, the footage shows.

Prison System - Abdelhaleem Ashqar: Palestinian in US Prison: 7th Year: No Crime: Refused to Betray US Muslims.

On November 21, 2014, it marked the 7th year of the imprisonment of Abdelhaleem Ashqar on top of the 4 and a half years he spent under house arrest prior to his imprisonment. On November 21, 2007, Dr. Ashqar was sentenced to 135 months in prison by Judge Amy St. Eve. His charge was criminal contempt and obstruction of justice for refusing to testify against specific Muslims and Palestinian organizations. He sacrificed his life for his principles and what he believes in. I hope this courageous man will not be forgotten and will always remain in your Dua'a. We will never lose hope in the Almighty for we know that without His mercy and blessing, nothing would be possible.

From Family of Dr. Abdelhaleem Ashqar

The Lincoln University, Pa.- The Lincoln University president resigns

 Lincoln University President Robert Jennings

The Lincoln University faculty expressed a vote of no confidence in Dr. Jennings on October 26 [Philadelphia Inquirer.] He resigned on Nov 24.

New Trend has two items: First courtesy Philadephia Tribune. Second which did not come out in the media.

Lincoln University president, Robert Jennings, resigns post
Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014 10:00 am
Wilford Shamlin III Tribune Staff Writer

The Lincoln University President Robert Jennings announced his resignation Monday, days after the university's board of trustees ordered an internal review of remarks he made at an all-women's convocation in September.

Valerie Harrison has been named acting president for the historically Black university, said Kimberly Lloyd, chair of the university's board of trustees. It is located 45 minutes southwest of Philadelphia, in rural southern Chester County.

Harrison's experience in higher education spans more than 15 years, including vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at Arcadia University, recognized for its leadership in international education. She has a master's degree in liberal arts from Temple University and is completing course work for a Ph.D. there, as well. She has also advised Temple University on legal matters since earning her law degree from the Villanova University School of Law.

A search for a permanent successor is now under way, officials said.

During Jennings' tenure, The Lincoln University launched its first fund-raising campaign for undergraduate scholarship funding amid shrinking enrollment at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU), as some grant programs and other forms of financial aid continues to decline. He served as an evaluator for the U.S. Department of Education and chair of the NAACP Education Legal Advisory Board.

Earlier this month, the board of trustees ordered a review of remarks Jennings made two months ago after meeting in executive session.

He received backlash last spring when he broke an established tradition by scheduling commencement exercises on the weekday. When interviewed about the new policy, Jennings told the Tribune the decision brought thousands of dollars in savings by avoiding weekend overtime rates. The university avoids the increased cost of paying the shift differential to union employees who work weekend hours, and hiring cleanup crews to set up and remove chairs, he said.

Robert Archie Jr., a member of the board of trustees, has expressed support for Jennings in the face of grumblings, describing them as a small number of alumni who wanted to see the commencement tradition continued.
"It's a very small core of alumni," Archie told the Tribune in a recent phone interview. "Those are people who don't get the message that this is a business, and it has to be run as a business."

As the country's first degree-granting HBCU, The Lincoln has educated graduates who have achieved prominence, from the first Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and poet Langston Hughes to the first presidents of Ghana and Nigeria, and Lillian Fishburne, the first Black woman promoted to rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.

In announcing the resignation, Lloyd asked for support from the university community as The Lincoln's leadership continues its work on the shared mission of educating future leaders.

"The future is bright," Lloyd said in the closing paragraph of her letter.

President Jennings all-expense paid Visit to Israel : Letter from an alum which he Ignored.

The Lincoln University
1570 Baltimore Pike
P.O. Box 179
Lincoln, PA 19352-0999

Dear President Robert R. Jennings,

I read about your all-expense paid trip to Israel in the latest Lincoln Review. The article was titled "Dr. Jennings Represents The Lincoln University in Holy Land" and it is further revealed that the American Jewish Committee paid for this trip.

I was very disappointed to read about your journey to Israel, which is occupying Palestinian land. Palestine is the real Holy Land, not it's occupier - Israel. The American Jewish Committee is a staunch Zionist organization that espouses the ridiculous belief that Jews are superior to all non-Jews. It is this Jewish Supremacist view that gives them the right to steal Palestine from the Palestinians just as White Supremacy was used to support the murder of Native Americans by European settlers, as well as the enslavement of Stolen Africans!

Your trip to Occupied - Palestine is oddly timed. It was only a few years ago, when these same staunch Zionists went on the attack against your Professor of English (Interim Chairperson), Dr. Kaukab Siddique. His courage to condemn Zionist ideology and Israel's existence is still unmatched! Members of Zionist organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, called for his termination simply because he challenged Zionist oppression and nothing else!

Now, coincidentally, you have been selected by the American Jewish Committee to participate in Project Interchange in Israel. The only purpose of such an all-expense paid trip would be to buy your support for their Zionist cause. It is inconceivable that a highly educated man, such as yourself, would set foot in an area of the world that has been so oppressive to the indigenous residents. It is unconscionable that anyone would participate in any project under the Israeli banner!

These Zionists have very little respect for non-Jews, even Black Jews, who have encountered their own form of oppression in Israel. You will never be viewed as an equal in Zionist eyes. Your Black skin won't allow them to do so. They will only use you to promote their Jewish Supremacist agenda. You will be their puppet and nothing more to them.

Many devils out there dangle carrots in an effort to entrap us. An example of a dangling carrot is free money. Please be more selective when accepting free gifts from others. I recommend never doing business with those who do not respect you!

Do you realize that, in spite of the pivotal role that HBCU's have played in Black America, there are those of us who believe in its obsolescence?! I encourage you to join endeavors that seek to empower and form an alliance with oppressed people all over the world, especially those of African-descent.

Aisha Shaheed,
The Lincoln University Class of 1995

The Alternative to Thanksgiving: Plymouth Day of Mourning
by Sis. Karin Friedemann [Boston]

The 45th National Day of Mourning, organized by the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), took place on November 27, 2014. This historical commemoration happens every Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Day of Mourning has become a local custom and tourism alternative to the annual "Pilgrim Progress" Procession, a traditional costumed reenactment representing the Pilgrim survivors of the first, harsh winter of 1620/1621. According to the US national mythology, when the pilgrims arrived, the Native people fed them and welcomed them.

Native Americans and several hundred supporters gathered Thursday near Plymouth Rock to hear what actually happened. The first official "Day of Thanksgiving" was actually proclaimed in 1637 by Governor Winthrop, to celebrate the Mystic, Connecticut massacre of over 700 Pequot women, children, and men.

National Day of Mourning began in 1970 when a Wampanoag man, Wamsutta Frank James, was asked to speak at a state dinner celebrating the 350th anniversary of the pilgrim landing. However, he was disinvited after he showed the event organizers a draft of his speech, which was not written in praise of the "white man." Native people from throughout the Americas responded by organizing their own yearly event in Plymouth.

This year's event drew hundreds of people of many different backgrounds, who braved the cold to meet at the hill above the Plymouth Rock monument, also said to be the Pilgrim's first burial ground. The grassy hill is graced by a very beautiful statue of the tribal prince or "Sachem," Massasoit, who is given credit for feeding the pilgrims in that fabled feast in Plymouth. The icon was sculpted in 1921 by Cyrus Edwin Dallin, a Mormon from Utah, who became a Unitarian and settled in Boston.

The commemoration began with burning of sage and a prayer, followed by speeches given by representatives from different indigenous tribes from across the Americas.

"The pilgrims did not find an empty land any more than Columbus "discovered" anything. Every inch of this land is Indian land. The pilgrims (who did not even call themselves pilgrims) did not come here seeking religious freedom; they already had that in Holland. They came here as part of a commercial venture," began Moonanum James, the son of Wamsutta James, introducing the National Day of Mourning.

"About the only true thing in the whole mythology is that these pitiful European strangers would not have survived their first several years in "New England" were it not for the aid of Wampanoag people. What Native people got in return for this help was genocide, theft of our lands, and never-ending repression."

The speakers taught about colonialism, CIA invasions, disappeared persons, environmental devastation, and our responsibility towards future generations.

UAINE co-leader, Mahtowin Munro mentioned the clean water concerns connected to the XL-pipeline and dozens of other pipelines in the U.S. and Canada. She also raised the struggles of people protesting the non-indictment of Darren Wilson who brutally shot unarmed African American teen, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.

"We have no RIGHT to give up, to lose hope or to stop struggling. We have an obligation to resist," Munro reminded the peaceful gathering. "From Ferguson to Plymouth, protest is our right."

"Many of you have heard of the XL Keystone pipeline. We have had a victory, and have been able to halt the XL Keystone pipeline, for now. For now. But there will be more votes coming up on that no doubt. At least a dozen more pipelines are in the works."

Bert Waters read out loud a letter from Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Movement organizer who has served 37 years of a life sentence in prison. He is now 70 years old and losing his vision.

"You have no idea how cool it is, just to get a new pair of socks. In the past few months, I have really been feeling my age, and I am so very thankful for all the support you have given to me. I won't lie, it has been a rough time, lately, but I am hopeful that is changing. My people have always had a deep connected relationship with the sun, and I realized the other day just how much I miss the sun. When I had the sun's light upon me, I felt stronger. These walls hold out the sun's energy, and it weakens me."

Peltier stressed that personal visits and letters are how he "felt a bit of the sunshine again." He said that his point is that "we may find the things we need in places that we might not expect."

"I can always pray. This can never be taken away from me. And through that prayer, I can keep the sun, and that hope for life. On this day, Thanksgiving, I shall choose to be thankful, and not to celebrate tyranny. And I shall also pray for you, and with you. I pray for each and every one of you, whether you support me or not. I pray that your lives will be full of meaning, and that you will find new ways to learn. I pray for your strength, and that you will always stand up for the things that you know are right. I pray that each one of you find a way to protect our Mother Earth."

Mr. Gonzalez talked about Guatemala, the United Fruit Company and U.S. policies toward the people of that country. A sister from Puerto Rico spoke of Taino struggles.

"I liked that it was not only a protest against white settlers by Native Americans, but it also included Palestine, Ferguson, and other people," Faith, 13, told New Trend.

Sekou Odinga Freed: Was Inspired by Malcolm X.
"My name is Sekou Mgobogi Abdullah Odinga. I am a Muslim and a POW." [Interview with Drum]

From Nadrat Siddique [Baltimore]

Br. Sekou Odinga is finally free, after decades long effort by a few caring folk. But.. many other Black political prisoners from the Cointelpro era continue to languish behind bars for upwards for 30 years. Many are former Black Panther, Black Liberation Army, or Repulic of New Afrika members, and most were tortured upon capture (for instance, Sekou was tortured for six hours after his capture, and then forced into a courtroom for a 2.5 year court battle BEFORE he could completely heal from the torture). We need to get them all out, and not just when they're on their death beds..

About Sekou Odinga, U.S.held political prisoner of war:
"My name is Sekou Odinga. Some of us have never agreed to be American and have struggled to free and build the Republic of New Afrika. Under international law, oppressed people have that right... the right to be free of the oppression and to build...
 Malcolm X with Quote

15,000 killed in 4 decades.

African Americans and Indigenous people.. law enforcement is murdering Native people at rates as high or higher than in the African American community...

Wanbli Gleska Tokahe, Melissa Goodblanket, Ashley Minner, Tomas Alejo, Jay Waya Gola Sunoyi, Liz Hill, Hacha C Norris, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Jason Corwin, Alex Soto

With thanks to Ms. Ameejill Whitlock [Baltimore]
 Groups most likely to be killed by law enforcement graph

Baltimore -Jamaat al-Muslimeen Statement on Ferguson & anti-Police-brutality Rallies

What Muslims should say to friendly media about Ferguson:
  1. Muslims stand with the oppressed people of America.

  2. We condole with the Brown family.

  3. There is no justice in America for those who are poor and exploited.

  4. Police brutality is a fact across America from coast to coast.

  5. Armed man in uniform shooting down an unarmed man and then accusing him of petty crime and being big and strong is also typical of US and Israeli military behavior in Muslim countries.

  6. Zionism and racism are closely related.

  7. Congressional Black Caucus is silent about Zionism and hence cannot oppose Zionist controlled media from subtly supporting police brutality.

  8. Americans should realize that most African Americans are peaceful protesters. This could change.

  9. African Americans should unite against oppression and stop fighting each other. Unite against the oppressors .

  10. Stop praising Dr. King. Oppressors fear Malcolm X, Farrakhan, Nat Turner, John Brown. They have coopted Dr. King. Listen to what Farrakhan said at Morgan State u.

  11. Link up with the people of Africa and the Muslim world. Then you won't feel like a minority.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen, P.O. Box 10881, Baltimore, MD 21234


 ViewPoint and Analysis

Notes on Sex and Marriage
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Prophet Muhammad pbuh, said: "People marry for the sake of beauty, wealth, race and spiritual commitment. You should marry for spiritual commitment otherwise may your hands be rubbed in dirt" [Hadith]

Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, said: "Sexual modesty is part of faith." [Hadith]

We must begin by accepting the fact that we are given the ability to love by a higher power, Allah [or God for Christians]. Without unimpaired physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health, we would not be able to love. A great Muslim theologian, Muhammad al-Ghazzali, gives a metaphor to explain the way love works. On a hot day, when we take refuge in the shade, we are pleased not only with the shade but are thankful for the trees which provide the shade.[1]

Thus Allah is the source of love. If our love is limited to beings other than Allah, we are very liable to be disappointed. Why? Simply because all that humans have is limited and is steadily passing and withering away. Then one day we are faced with the prospect of leaving this world and going to another level of existence about which we know nothing if we do not love Allah.

Allah, however, is not an idol or a limited being who can be loved the way humans love other humans. He is beyond our limited understanding; so he helps us to understand love and how and whom to love. To love Allah, we must love his creation, in particular human beings. If we do not love humans, our claims of loving Allah are not acceptable to Allah Almighty. We must love not only all humans but all of Allah's creatures, from the birds in the sky to the ants in the earth.

Among the best of God's creatures are those whom He selected to Guide humans, the most prominent of whom are Abraham, Hajira, Moses, Asya, Jesus, Mary, Muhammad and 'Ayesha [may Allah bless them all]. The final and perfected message of all of these Guides was brought by Muhammad, peace be on him. If we want to love Allah, we must love Muhammad, peace be on him, and through him all the others who preceded him. [2]

If our love of Allah is established and clear, then we'll easily see whom to select as spouse for our special personal and sexual love.

We live in a time and age when Islam is gradually but steadily resurgent. Among the new generations of Muslims there are increasingly larger numbers of young people who see their personal happiness as linked to love of Allah and acceptance of the Way [Sunnah] of Muhammad, pbuh. However, there is powerful resistance to this resurgence from the established feudal, military and westernized sections of Muslim societies. For them, their aristocracies are more important than Islam. They often marry their children to cousins to keep their wealth within their families and to keep their racial-family lines [genes] "pure." They, in particular, want to evade the property rights which Islam gives to women.

Islam does encourage great respect for mothers and fathers and supports the family system, but it does not permit parents to shape the lives of married couples.

In the choice of spouses, parents play a very important role but it is an advisory role. The final choice has to be made by the two who want to get married. Islam teaches that the virgin who knows little of the world should have a wali to advise her so that she may not be entrapped by a clever man. However, in the final choice, the bride must choose freely and without any pressure of any kind.

In all issues related to spousal life, the married couple is commanded by Islam to seek guidance from the Qur'an and the Sunnah, not from parents or relatives. In fact in husband-wife relationships, there is no role for parents and siblings other than that of compassion and caring. Interference is allowed only when there is clear oppression and violation of Islamic Law. Even in divorce, the Qur'an says:

"... Wives have rights similar to those of husbands according to what is equitable...." [The Qur'an 2:228], the only difference being that women have to wait for a fixed time before remarriage while men don't have to, and thus men have a "degree" of advantage for biological reasons.

Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, commanded: "Surely you have a right over women, just as women have a right over you." [Hadith, Sunan of Tirmidhi.]

Husbands should not be taking personal, sexual, matters to ANYONE outside the bedroom:

"On the Day of Judgment, terrible will be the situation of a man who goes [sexually] to his wife, or of a woman who goes to her husband, and then spread the secrets of their personal life, outside." [Hadith of Muhammad, pbuh, Sahih Muslim]

Without acceptance of the Will of Allah by both men and women, marriage cannot be successful and should not be carried out.

In conclusion, the four types of love human beings feel are summarized by Imam Ghazzali thus:
  1. Natural love which we have for children, parents and siblings/relatives.

  2. Sensual or physical desire which is animalistic and is the result of sexual drives and is aroused by the physical shape and form of the object of love.

  3. Love based on reason and understanding, such as the love one has for poetry or other aesthetically pleasing objects and for morally exalted behavior. This is the highest limit of human love outside Islam.

  4. Islamic love which is rooted in the love of Allah and his Messenger, pbuh, and prepares one for the Hereafter. Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, taught repeatedly that in Paradise you will be with the ones you love. [These are the Pure Companions of Paradise repeatedly referred to in the Qur'an.] [3]

  1. Imam Muhammad al-Ghazzali, died 1111 c.e. in Baghdad, the greatest theologian of Islam, wrote the best discussion of LOVE in all of Islamic literature. See his Ihya Ulum-id-Deen, volume 4 available in Urdu and English translation.

    Allama Iqbal, the Poet-Philosopher of the East, died c.e. 1938, has some of the most powerful expression of the meaning of the highest form of love, ISHQ, in his verses about Self and Selflessness.

  2. "And among people are those who take others than Allah as equals to Him. They love them as they should love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah..." [The Qur'an 2:165]

  3. The Prophet, pbuh, asked his daughter Fatima, r.a., "Do you love me?" She replied: "Yes." "Then," he said, pointing to 'Ayesha, r.a., "love the one I love." [Hadith, Sunan of Nasai.]

2014-12-01 Mon 19:54 ct