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19 Raby' al-Thaany 1436 A.H - February 8, 2015 Issue # 58, Newsletter # 1588

Hadith of the Week

Abdullah ibn Umar reported: We were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he mentioned several trials until he mentioned a trial in which people should remain in their houses. It was said:

"O Messenger of Allah, what is this trial in which people should remain in their houses?"

The Prophet said:

"It is evacuation and war. Then there will come a trial which appears pleasant. Its murkiness is due to the coming of a man from my household who imagines that he is part of me but he is not, for my allies are only the righteous who fear Allah. Then the people will gather under a man unstable like a hip bone over a rib. Then there will be an enormous trial which not leave anyone from this nation unaffected, and just when people say it is finished it will be extended further. During this trial a man will be a believer in the morning and an unbeliever by evening, such that people will be in two camps: the camp of faith without hypocrisy and the camp of hypocrisy without faith. When that happens, then expect the False Messiah to emerge that day or the next."
Sunan Abu Dawud 4242



What's in the Uncut "death by fire" video put out by ISIS?
Honesty is required in journalism.

The video about the Jordanian pilot's death by fire is 20 minutes long. The media and the pro-Iran groups are showing only the conclusion of the video.
Here is a summary from Arabic of the component parts:

  1. The video shows flags of the air forces which joined the US and western coalition to bomb the Islamic State [IS]. Its shown as a ganging up of the many against the defenseless few.

  2. It shows the pictures of the late model jet bombers used by each air force and the missiles they use.

  3. It shows the targeting by the jets of Muslim populations. It shows the bodies of defenseless people killed.

  4. It shows the death by explosions and by fire of numerous Muslim CHILDREN killed in the bombing raids.

  5. It shows the demolition of homes in the attacks by the air forces of the rulers supporting the West.

  6. It shows the rambling confession of the Jordanian pilot. [Need better translation.] He went to kill.

  7. It indicates that those who kill or injure in a certain way must be killed or injured in the same way. This is the Islamic law of retribution and retaliation.

  8. The Jordanian pilot and his colleagues set homes and buildings on fire and smashed buildings over the heads of helpless unarmed civilians.

  9. Then right at the end, the killing of the pilot by fire is shown.

Mosque for Women Only

Mosque for Women only: Nothing Wrong with it but .....
Here is what Islam requires
By Br. Kaukab Siddique [Pennsylvania]

A prayer area [rudimentary mosque] has been set up for WOMEN ONLY in the Los Angeles area. There has been a furor about it coming from males who are in charge of most mosques in America. They are claiming that it is a forbidden act and that prayers led by a woman are unthinkable.

We should admit that women are not treated well in most of our mosques. They are tolerated but not included. They cannot respond, they cannot question, they are shunted into a small unwanted space or are made to watch the imam on TV.

Not only is this stance false but it counters the clear teachings of Islam. Does the Qur'an say that there should not be any mosques for women only? It does not. The Qur'an gives a clear FOUR POINT basis for setting up a mosque:

"The mosques of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish regular prayers, and practice regular charity, and fear none (at all) except Allah. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance." [Sura Tawba: ]

The idea that women cannot lead prayers is not only unIslamic but is responsible for the chaos among 50% of the population. When good Muslim women meet and it is time for prayers, they don't know what to do and each one starts praying on her own thus contravening the hadith that praying together is much more blessed than praying alone. [This applies to obligatory prayers. Extra prayers can be carried out on individual basis.]

There are numerous authentic hadith that indicate quite clearly Ayesha, r.a., used to lead prayers as did her female students in later years.

Begin with the hadith of the Prophet, pbuh, about women in ALL kinds of religious and prayer gatherings and in jihad:

"Narrated Aiyub: Hafsa said, 'We used to forbid our young women to go out for the two 'Id prayers. A woman came and stayed at the palace of Bani Khalaf and she narrated about her sister whose husband took part in twelve holy battles along with the Prophet and her sister was with her husband in six (out of these twelve). She (the woman's sister) said, "We used to treat the wounded, look after the patients and once I asked the Prophet, 'Is there any harm for any of us to stay at home if she doesn't have a veil?' He said, 'She should cover herself with the veil of her companion and should participate in the good deeds and in the religious gathering of the Muslims.' When Um 'Atiya came I asked her whether she had heard it from the Prophet. She replied, "Yes. May my father be sacrificed for him (the Prophet)! (Whenever she mentioned the Prophet she used to say, 'May my father be sacrificed for him) I have heard the Prophet saying, 'The unmarried young virgins and the mature girl who stay often screened or the young unmarried virgins who often stay screened and the menstruating women should come out and participate in the good deeds as well as the religious gathering of the faithful believers but the menstruating women should keep away from the Musalla (praying place).' " Hafsa asked Um 'Atiya surprisingly, "Do you say the menstruating women?" She replied, "Doesn't a menstruating woman attend 'Arafat (Hajj) and such and such (other deeds)?" ( Sahih Bukhari. Book #6, Hadith #321 )

The solution is that Muslim men and women should learn to treat each other as brothers and sisters. If we do not, Muslim women will want to have nothing to do with male congregations. That is a disaster because it BREAKS UP FAMILIES. Fathers must take responsibility and not de facto create single mother families. Step fathers are important too.

Islam teaches men and women to be near each other without mingling. What is needed is DISCIPLINE, not separation.

Notice how close men and women were to each other without mingling in the golden era of Islam:

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: "During the lifetime of Allah's Messenger (pbuh) men and women used to perform ablution together."

The performance of ablution by a man along with his wife. The utilization of water remaining after a woman has performed ablution. Umar performed ablution with warm water and with water brought from the house of a Christian woman
ب ا ب و ُ ض ُ و ء ِ ا ل ر َ ّ ج ُ ل ِ م َ ع َ ا م ْ ر َ أ َ ت ِ ه ِ و َ ف َ ض ْ ل ِ و َ ض ُ و ء ِ ا ل ْ م َ ر ْ أ َ ة ِ ‏ و َ ت َ و َ ض َ ّ أ َ ع ُ م َ ر ُ ب ِ ا ل ْ ح َ م ِ ي م ِ م ِ ن ْ ب َ ي ْ ت ِ ن َ ص ْ ر َ ا ن ِ ي َ ّ ة ٍ
Sahih Bukhari . Vol. 1, Book 4, Hadith 192

Often they were so near each other and owing to poverty did not have enough clothing, this instruction was given, which shows their close proximity without mingling: Narrated Sahl, r.a.

"The men used to pray with the Prophet with their Izars tied around their necks as boys used to do; therefore the Prophet told the women not to raise their heads till the men sat down straight (while praying). [Sahih Bukhari]

The idea that women are somehow inferior to men and therefore men should control and own mosques and women cannot is flat out anti-Islam. The standard for honor, nobility and merit in the Qur'an is TAQWA, not gender.

"O mankind! We created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other(not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you inthe sight of Allah is the one best in conduct of you. [taqwa] And Allah has fullknowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)." [Sura hujurat:]

Brief, but Important


Nigeria: February 2 to 7:

Boko Haram forces have captured parts of northern Cameroon and Niger in addition to a string of 10 towns in north eastern Nigeria.

Pro-western troops from Chad have arrived and are helping Cameroon to push back Boko Haram but with little success.

Troops in Niger are fighting back but are in bad shape and are appealing to France for help.

All three governments are making claims against Boko Haram but are not willing to let journalists check their claims.

The Nigerian government, led by a Christian, has put off the forthcoming elections. This is creating turmoil all over Nigeria.

Bangladesh: January last two weeks and February first week:

The pro-India regime has arrested more than 7,000 people. Severe subjugation of Jamaate Islami has not dampened down the anti-government movement. The opposition led by Khaleda Zia are trying to disrupt public transportation to oppose the regime. Incidents of violence are being reported coming from both sides.

Islam in America: Serious split among pro-Regime Shi'ites of America.

The biggest Shi'ite mosque in America, located in the suburbs of Detroit, has removed its imam, Qazwini,. He has lots of support and is leading prayers in the Convention Center. This follows serious charges that Qazwini was sending money to Shias in Iraq.[February 6.] [Detroit Free Press]

Outreach: Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Falls Church, northern Virginia.

On February 6, after juma salat, Jamaat al-Muslimeen documents were given to 93 Muslims at a mosque near the university of Pennsylvania. This is a largely African American, Malaysian, African and Arab community.

Also on February 6, Jamaat al-Muslimeen documents were given to 102 people after Juma salat at the fancy Dar al-Hijra mosque in Falls Church, a few miles outside Washington DC. These were mostly immigrants from African countries, Arabs, Pakistanis and African Americans.

The documents included Br. Kaukab's khutba against blasphemous cartoons by France, Imam Badi's guidance on responsibility, Shaykh Shamim Siddiqui's article on western terrorism and betrayal of religion by Christians and Jews, call for boycott of pro-Israeli businesses, particularly Coca Cola, war news from Syria and Iraq, and Pakistani air attacks on Islamic villages.

Maulana Hussain Khan has successfully led a campaign in Tokyo, Japan, against blasphemous cartoons. It was well received in Japan with a retraction of cartoons by the main daily newspaper.

Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burned alive, says official

by Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem

Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and murdered on Wednesday in a suspected revenge killing by Israeli extremists, was burned alive after suffering a head injury, the Palestinian attorney general has claimed.

 Mohamed Abu Khdeir

The allegation is said to be based on initial postmortem findings that discovered soot deposits in his lungs suggesting he was still breathing when he was set on fire. The shocking details, if confirmed, would seem likely to exacerbate already toxic tensions.

The reports emerged as Egypt tried to conclude a ceasefire deal between Hamas in Gaza and Israel. But it appeared not to have taken hold, with fresh reports of rocket fire into Israel from the coastal strip.

The murder of 17-year-old Khdeir, who was buried on Friday in a highly charged funeral after his abduction outside a mosque next to his home in the early hours of Wednesday morning, has prompted days of serious rioting in Palestinian neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem, which then spread to Israeli-Arab towns.

"The direct cause of death was burns as a result of fire and its complications," attorney general Mohammed al-A'wewy told the Palestinian official news agency, Wafa, late on Friday. Israeli officials have yet to release their findings from the postmortem on the body.

Tensions have risen after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped on 12 June and later found dead in the occupied West Bank. That has been followed by an outbreak of racist incitement on Israeli social media sites, street attacks and Khdeir's murder, a suspected revenge attack.

Saber al-Aloul, director of the Palestinian forensic institute, attended the postmortem carried out by Israeli doctors in Tel Aviv. A'wewy said Aloul had reported that fire-dust material had been found in Khdeir's respiratory canal, which meant "the boy had inhaled this material while he was burned alive". Burns covered 90% of his body.

The discovery of the youth's body in a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem has prompted the worst riots in the holy city in recent memory. The violence spread to northern Arab towns on Saturday morning, an Israeli police spokeswoman, Luba Samri, said. Protesters there threw stones at passing cars, burned tyres and hurled fire bombs at police, who responded with teargas and stun grenades. More than 20 people were arrested.

At Khdeir's funeral, furious Palestinians chanted "Intifada! Intifada!", calling for a new uprising against Israel. They clashed with Israeli police in one of the most highly charged displays of enmity in Jerusalem in years

Story Originally Published: 5 July 2014


A Short Walk After Meals Is All It Takes to Lower Blood Sugar
 Health Notes

Researchers studying older adults with pre-diabetes found that 15 minutes of easy-to-moderate exercise after every meal curbed risky blood sugar spikes all day.

Seniors are more prone to developing diabetes, but a little exercise could make a big difference. A study published today in Diabetes Care found that three short walks each day after meals were as effective at reducing blood sugar over 24 hours as a single 45-minute walk at the same moderate pace.

Even better, taking an evening constitutional was found to be much more effective at lowering blood sugar following supper. The evening meal, often the largest of the day, can significantly raise 24-hour glucose levels.

The innovative exercise science study was conducted at the Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) using whole room calorimeters. Loretta DiPietro, Ph.D., chair of the SPHHS Department of Exercise Science, led the study.

"These findings are good news for people in their 70s and 80s who may feel more capable of engaging in intermittent physical activity on a daily basis," DiPietro said in a press release.

Putting Humans in a Box to Measure Their Energy Use
The whole room calorimeter (WRM), which looks like a very small hotel room, is a controlled-air environment for human study that allows scientists to calculate a person's energy expenditure by testing samples of air. The balance of oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide produced varies according to the activity level of the person in the room. The WRM also measures the body's use of different food fuels, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

The 10 study participants spent three 48-hour periods in the small calorimeter rooms. Each room was equipped with a bed, toilet, sink, treadmill, television, and computer, leaving little room to move around.

Participants ate standardized meals, and their blood sugar levels were monitored continuously using blood tests.

The first day in the WRM served as a control period, with no exercise. On the second day, participants either walked at a moderate pace on the treadmill for 15 minutes after each meal, or for 45 minutes in either the late morning or before supper.

The researchers observed that the evening post-meal walk was the most effective in lowering blood sugar levels for a full 24 hours.

The typical exaggerated rise in blood sugar after supper-which often lasts well into the night and early morning-was curbed significantly as soon as the participants started to walk on the treadmill, the study authors said.

How Age Affects Insulin Resistance

An estimated 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, according to the National Diabetes Education Program run by the National Institutes of Health. But many people have no idea they are at risk.

According to DiPietro, older people may be particularly susceptible to poor blood sugar control after meals because inactive muscles contribute to insulin resistance. The problem is compounded by slow or low insulin secretion by the pancreas, which often occurs as the body ages.
"Post-meal high blood sugar is a key risk factor in the progression from impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetes) to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease," DiPietro explained.

Other studies have suggested that weight loss and exercise can prevent type 2 diabetes. The authors say theirs is the first study to examine short bouts of physical activity timed around the risky period following meals-a time when blood sugar can rise rapidly and potentially cause damage to internal organs and blood vessels.

"The muscle contractions connected with short walks were immediately effective in blunting the potentially damaging elevations in post-meal blood sugar commonly observed in older people," DiPietro said.

If the findings of this small study hold up to further testing, it could lead to an inexpensive prevention strategy for pre-diabetes, which can develop over time into type 2 diabetes.

Back in the day, it was "de rigueur" to take a morning, noon, and evening walk. The time has come to get up from the table, tie on those walking shoes, and take a little stroll around the block.

Spotlights & Guidance

 Imam Badi Ali

What can we learn from the tragedy of Jordan and the King's Pilot?
  1. If you cannot defend the oppressed people, at least do not defend the oppressors.

  2. It has been seen that the Jordanian regime been successful in dealing with ALL the Islamic groups, be they the Brotherhood or the Salafists. It has been a process of successful management by passive use of information.

  3. It is really strange to see Jordanian officers and intelligence agents in far away places like Afghanistan and Latin America. What are they doing there?

  4. Jordan's army is an army for hire, It is sent to Bahrain, to Haiti and other places. It's a bunch of agents for hire.

  5. Why are the Jordanian regime, the UAE, Kuwait, Morocco attacking in Arab countries?

  6. Why do Arab regimes not defend the honor of the Prophet, pbuh, al-Aqsa, Jerusalem, Palestine?

  7. The Jordanian pilot does not represent his people. He represents the rulers, the regime. This pilot nd his regime are aligned to the West against Muslims. They have been committing crimes against humanity. He could have rejected the order to bomb . For him and all of us Qur'an is the Guidance. Why did he not seek the Guidance.?

  8. He destroyed homes, hospitals, schools, with bombs. He killed by burning people alive.

  9. This pilot was not dropping candy and chocolates on people. He was dropping bombs.

  10. You have to check your words and actions. You should be with the Truth and not with the oppressors.

  11. After the burning of the pilot, there has been a big debate : Is it legal or not, is it haram or halal. There are scholars on both sides. On the battlefield too, UAE dropped out. Others might too and Jordan may be left alone.

  12. Kings ruin all that they control. Will this king be different. It is doubtful

  13. Those scholars supporting the Jordanian viewpoint should ask themselves: If you knew that the Islamic side had equal access to you as the western powers have, would you be saying what you are saying.

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


 Napalm in Vietnam

Documentation of Muslims Burned alive by Western Powers.
Hellfire Missiles, Phosphorous used in Pakistan, Iraq [Napalm in Vietnam]
by Glenn Greenwald

"The Intercept" - The latest ISIS atrocity - releasing a video of a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive - prompted substantial discussion yesterday about this particular form of savagery. It is thus worth noting that deliberately burning people to death is achievable - and deliberately achieved - in all sorts of other ways:
"Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan", NYU School of Law and Stanford University Law School, 2012.

The most immediate consequence of drone strikes is, of course, death and injury to those targeted or near a strike. The missiles fired from drones kill or injure in several ways, including through incineration[1], shrapnel, and the release of powerful blast waves capable of crushing internal organs. Those who do survive drone strikes often suffer disfiguring burns and shrapnel wounds, limb amputations, as well as vision and hearing loss. . . .

In addition, because the Hellfire missiles fired from drones often incinerate the victims' bodies, and leave them in pieces and unidentifiable, traditional burial processes are rendered impossible. As Firoz Ali Khan, a shopkeeper whose father-in-law's home was struck, graphically described, "These missiles are very powerful. They destroy human beings . . .There is nobody left and small pieces left behind. Pieces. Whatever is left is just little pieces of bodies and cloth."

A doctor who has treated drone victims described how "[s]kin is burned so that you can't tell cattle from human." When another interviewee came upon the site of the strike that killed his father, "[t]he entire place looked as if it was burned completely, so much so that even [the victims'] own clothes had burnt. All the stones in the vicinity had become black." Ahmed Jan, who lost his foot in the March 17 jirga strike, discussed the challenges rescuers face in identifying bodies: "People were trying to find the body parts. We find the body parts of some people, but sometimes we do not find anything."

One father explained that key parts of his son's burial process had to be skipped over as a result of the severe damage to his body. "[A]fter that attack, the villagers came and took the bodies to the hospital. We didn't see the bodies. They were in coffins, boxes. The bodies were in pieces and burnt." Idris Farid, who was injured and lost several of his relatives in the March 17 jirga strike, described how, after that strike, relatives "had to collect their body pieces and bones and then bury them like that." The difficulty of identifying individual corpses also makes it difficult to separate individuals into different graves. Masood Afwan, who lost several relatives in the March 17 jirga strike, described how the dead from that strike were buried: "They held a funeral for everybody, in the same location, one by one. Their bodies were scattered into tiny pieces. They...couldn't be identified" . . . .

Mirza Shahzad Akbar, The New York Times, May 22, 2013:

Instead, a few days after [Obama's] inaugural address, a CIA-operated drone dropped Hellfire missiles on Fahim Qureishi's home in North Waziristan, killing seven of his family members and severely injuring Fahim. He was just 13 years old and left with only one eye, and shrapnel in his stomach. . . .

Mr. Obama is scheduled to deliver a major speech on drones at the National Defense University today. He is likely to tell his fellow Americans that drones are precise and effective at killing militants.

But his words will be little consolation for 8-year-old Nabila, who, on Oct. 24, had just returned from school and was playing in a field outside her house with her siblings and cousins while her grandmother picked flowers. At 2:30 p.m., a Hellfire missile came out of the sky and struck right in front of Nabila. Her grandmother was badly burned and succumbed to her injuries; Nabila survived with severe burns and shrapnel wounds in her shoulder.

Al Jazeera, "Yemenis seek justice in wedding drone strike," May 21, 2014:

Mousid al-Taysi was travelling in a wedding convoy celebrating a cousin's marriage when a missile slammed down from the sky. All he remembers are bright red-and-orange colours, then the grisly sight of a dozen burned bodies and the cries of others wounded around him. Mousid survived the December 12 attack in Yemen's central al-Baydah province, apparently launched by an American drone, but his physical and psychological recovery process is just beginning. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest drone attack in the country in more than a year. . . .

After talking with victims and family members in the area, it was clear a majority of civilians were among the carnage of the targeted wedding convoy. . . .

Civilians living under drones said they live in constant fear of being hit again. "Many people in our village have expressed terror at the thought of another strike," Sulaimani said. "When the kids hear a plane they no longer climb the trees searching for where that noise came from. They each immediately run to their houses."

CNN, December 23, 2011:

She has eyelashes but no eyebrows. She has all her fingers but is missing four nails. Her skin is so taut now that she can no longer frown.

But she can still smile.

Her face tells a story of suffering. Her name, Shakira, tells a story of a new journey. . .

Last week, 4-year-old Shakira arrived in the United States for what her caretaker, Hashmat Effendi, hopes will be the start of the rest of her life.

Shakira, discovered with severe burns in Pakistan, will undergo reconstructive surgery in January. . . . All anyone could say is that there had been a U.S. drone attack, though U.S. officials say that drones have never struck targets in Swat.

The Independent, "The fog of war: white phosphorus, Fallujah and some burning questions," November 15, 2005:

Ever since last November, when US forces battled to clear Fallujah of insurgents, there have been repeated claims that troops used "unusual" weapons in the assault that all but flattened the Iraqi city. Specifically, controversy has focussed on white phosphorus shells (WP) - an incendiary weapon usually used to obscure troop movements but which can equally be deployed as an offensive weapon against an enemy. The use of such incendiary weapons against civilian targets is banned by international treaty. . . .

The debate was reignited last week when an Italian documentary claimed Iraqi civilians - including women and children - had been killed by terrible burns caused by WP. The documentary, Fallujah: the Hidden Massacre, by the state broadcaster RAI, cited one Fallujah human-rights campaigner who reported how residents told how "a rain of fire fell on the city". . . . The claims contained in the RAI documentary have met with a strident official response from the US . . . .

While military experts have supported some of these criticisms, an examination by The Independent of the available evidence suggests the following: that WP shells were fired at insurgents, that reports from the battleground suggest troops firing these WP shells did not always know who they were hitting and that there remain widespread reports of civilians suffering extensive burn injuries. While US commanders insist they always strive to avoid civilian casualties, the story of the battle of Fallujah highlights the intrinsic difficulty of such an endeavour.

It is also clear that elements within the US government have been putting out incorrect information about the battle of Fallujah, making it harder to assesses the truth. Some within the US government have previously issued disingenuous statements about the use in Iraq of another controversial incendiary weapon - napalm. . . .

Another report, published in the Washington Post, gave an idea of the sorts of injuries that WP causes. It said insurgents "reported being attacked with a substance that melted their skin, a reaction consistent with white phosphorous burns". A physician at a local hospital said the corpses of insurgents "were burned, and some corpses were melted". . . .

Yet there are other, independent reports of civilians from Fallujah suffering burn injuries. For instance, Dahr Jamail, an unembedded reporter who collected the testimony of refugees from the city spoke to a doctor who had remained in the city to help people, encountered numerous reports of civilians suffering unusual burns.

One resident told him the US used "weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud" and that he watched "pieces of these bombs explode into large fires that continued to burn on the skin even after people dumped water on the burns." The doctor said he "treated people who had their skin melted."

Jeff Englehart, a former marine who spent two days in Fallujah during the battle, said he heard the order go out over military communication that WP was to be dropped. In the RAI film, Mr Englehart, now an outspoken critic of the war, says: "I heard the order to pay attention because they were going to use white phosphorus on Fallujah. In military jargon it's known as Willy Pete ... Phosphorus burns bodies, in fact it melts the flesh all the way down to the bone ... I saw the burned bodies of women and children" . . . .

Napalm was used in several instances during the initial invasion. Colonel Randolph Alles, commander of Marine Air Group 11, remarked during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003: "The generals love napalm - it has a big psychological effect."

Lindsay Murdoch, The Age (Australia), March 19, 2013:
I was not aware the Pentagon had called me a liar. . . .
An editor in Sydney took the call from the Pentagon's Lieutenant-Commander Jeff Davies a day after the beginning of the ground war in Iraq 10 years ago today. My report for Fairfax Media of the opening of hostilities, which referred to the use of Vietnam-era napalm, was "patently false", he said. . . .

It was not until US Marine Corps fighter pilots and commanders started returning from the war zone later in 2003 that the Pentagon's deceit was exposed in interviews conducted by the San Diego Union Tribune.

The pilots described how they had dropped massive fireballs they called napalm on Iraqi forces as marines battled towards Baghdad.

On August 4, 2003, a Pentagon spokesman admitted that "Mark 77" incendiary devices were used by the US forces, which he acknowledged were "remarkably similar" to napalm weapons.

The Mark 77s used a fuel-gel mixture that was similar to napalm, he conceded.

Asked about Safwan Hill, US Marine colonel Mike Daily said: "I can confirm that Mark 77 firebombs were used in that general area."

Incendiary bombs were also dropped in April 2003 near bridges over the Saddam Canal and Tigris River, returning officers revealed.

"We napalmed both those [bridge] approaches," said Colonel Randolph Alles who commanded Marine Air Group 11 during the war.

"There were Iraqi soldiers there. It's not a great way to die."

Colonel Alles added that napalm had a "big psychological effect" on an enemy. "The generals love napalm," he said.

Haaretz, October 22, 2006 ("Israel admits using phosphorus bombs during war in Lebanon"):

Israel has acknowledged for the first time that it attacked Hezbollah targets during the second Lebanon war with phosphorus shells. White phosphorus causes very painful and often lethal chemical burns to those hit by it, and until recently Israel maintained that it only uses such bombs to mark targets or territory. . . .

During the war several foreign media outlets reported that Lebanese civilians carried injuries characteristic of attacks with phosphorus, a substance that burns when it comes to contact with air. In one CNN report, a casualty with serious burns was seen lying in a South Lebanon hospital.

In another case, Dr. Hussein Hamud al-Shel, who works at Dar al-Amal hospital in Ba'albek, said that he had received three corpses "entirely shriveled with black-green skin," a phenomenon characteristic of phosphorus injuries.

Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud also claimed that the IDF made use of phosphorus munitions against civilians in Lebanon.

Human Rights Watch, March 25, 2009 ("Israel: White Phosphorus Use Evidence of War Crimes"):

Israel's repeated firing of white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza during its recent military campaign was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 71-page report, "Rain of Fire: Israel's Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza," provides witness accounts of the devastating effects that white phosphorus munitions had on civilians and civilian property in Gaza. . . .

"In Gaza, the Israeli military didn't just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops," said Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch and co-author of the report. "It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops weren't in the area and safer smoke shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died" . . . .

Israel at first denied it was using white phosphorus in Gaza but, facing mounting evidence to the contrary, said that it was using all weapons in compliance with international law. Later it announced an internal investigation into possible improper white phosphorus use. . . .

The IDF knew that white phosphorus poses life-threatening dangers to civilians, Human Rights Watch said. A medical report prepared during the recent hostilities by the Israeli ministry of health said that white phosphorus "can cause serious injury and death when it comes into contact with the skin, is inhaled or is swallowed." Burns on less than 10 percent of the body can be fatal because of damage to the liver, kidneys, and heart, the ministry report says. Infection is common and the body's absorption of the chemical can cause serious damage to internal organs, as well as death. . . .

All of the white phosphorus shells that Human Rights Watch found were manufactured in the United States in 1989 by Thiokol Aerospace, which was running the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant at the time. . . . The United States government, which supplied Israel with its white phosphorus munitions, should also conduct an investigation to determine whether Israel used it in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said.

Boston Globe, February 14, 2013 ("Girl in famous Vietnam photo talks about forgiveness"):

The girl in the photo - naked, crying, burned, running, with other children, away from the smoke - became emblematic of human suffering during the Vietnam War. Kim Phuc was 9 then, a child who would spend the next 14 months in the hospital and the rest of her life in skin blistered from the napalm that hit her body and burned off her clothes.She ran until she no longer could, and then she fainted. . . .

Phuc went outside and saw the plane getting closer, and then heard the sound of four bombs hitting the ground. She couldn't run. She didn't know until later, but the bombs carried napalm, a gel-like incendiary that clings to its victims as it burns.

"Suddenly I saw the fire everywhere around me," she remembers. "At that moment, I didn't see anyone, just the fire. Suddenly, I saw my left arm burning. I used my right hand to try to take it off."

Her left hand was damaged, too. Her clothes burned off. Later, she would be thankful that her feet weren't damaged because she could run away, run until she was outside the fire. She saw her brothers, her cousins, and some soldiers running, too. She ran until she couldn't run any more. . . . Two of her cousins, ages 9 months and 3 years, died in the bombing. Phuc had burns over two-thirds of her body and was not expected to live.

Unlike ISIS, the U.S. usually (though not always) tries to suppress (rather than gleefully publish)evidence showing the victims of its violence. Indeed, concealing stories about the victims of American militarism is a critical part of the U.S. government's strategy for maintaining support for its sustained aggression. That is why, in general, the U.S. media has a policy of systematically excluding and ignoring such victims (although disappearing them this way does not actually render them nonexistent).

One could plausibly maintain that there is a different moral calculus involved in (a) burning a helpless captive to death as opposed to (b) recklessly or even deliberately burning civilians to death in areas that one is bombing with weapons purposely designed to incinerate human beings, often with the maximum possible pain. That's the moral principle that makes torture specially heinous:sadistically inflicting pain and suffering on a helpless detainee is a unique form of barbarity.

But there is nonetheless something quite obfuscating about this beloved ritual of denouncing the unique barbarism of ISIS. It is true that ISIS seems to have embraced a goal - a strategy - of being incomparably savage, inhumane and morally repugnant. That the group is indescribably nihilistic and morally grotesque is beyond debate.

That's exactly what makes the intensity of these repeated denunciation rituals somewhat confounding. Everyone decent, by definition, fully understands that ISIS is repellent and savage. While it's understandable that being forced to watch the savagery on video prompts strong emotions (although, again, hiding savagery does not in fact make it less savage), it's hard to avoid the conclusion that the ritualistic expressed revulsion has a definitive utility.

The constant orgy of condemnation aimed at this group seems to have little purpose other than tribal self-affirmation: no matter how many awful acts our government engages in, at least we don't do something like that, at least we're not as bad as them. In some instances, that may be true, but even when it is, the differences are usually much more a matter of degree than category (much the way that angry denunciations over the Taliban for suicide-bombing a funeral of one of its victims hides the fact that the U.S. engages in its own "double tap" practice of bombing rescuers and funeral mourners for its drone victims). To the extent that these denunciation rituals make us forget or further obscure our own governments' brutality - and that seems to be the overriding effect if not the purpose of these rituals - they are worse than worthless; they are actively harmful.

[1] See, e.g., Yancy Y Phillips & Joan T. Zajchuk, The Management of Primary Blast Injury, in Conventional Warfare: Ballistic, Blast and Burn Injuries 297 (1991) ("The thermal pulse from a detonation may burn exposed skin, or secondary fires may be started by the detonation and more serious burns may be suffered."); AGM-114N Metal Augmented Charge (MAC) Thermobaric Hellfire,, (last visited Aug. 17, 2012) ("The new [AGM-114N Thermobaric Hellfire] warhead contains a fluorinated aluminum powder layered between the warhead casing and the PBXN-112 explosive fill. When the PBXN-112 detonates, the aluminum mixture is dispersed and rapidly burns. The resultant sustained high pressure is extremely effective against enemy personnel and structures."); Explosions and Blast Injuries: A Primer for Clinicians, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (last visited on Sept. 17, 2012) (outlining one of the types of blast injuries as "burns (flash, partial, and full thickness")).

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Hama: Syrian Tyrant's Father did this. Bashar, has repeated this over the Country.
Let Us Be Steered Towards Mercy

by Karin Friedemann

February 2 marked the 33rd anniversary of the Hama Massacre, which took place in the city of Hama, Syria in 1982. A year earlier, in April 1981, Syrian security forces randomly executed 350 residents of the city, who were chosen among the male population over the age of 14. This event caused the majority of people in this area to turn against the Ba'athist, socialist government.

"Back then, the city of Hama was the stronghold of Syria's Muslim Brotherhood and the center of an anti-regime uprising that had been targeting government buildings and minority Alawite military officers for years," wrote Azmat Khan for PBS.

"In 1982, the regime basically said, 'That's it. That's enough. We have to deal with this once and for all. We have to show that we're in control,'" David Lesch told FRONTLINE.

Hafez al Assad, then president of Syria, sent the army to lay siege upon the population for 27 days, during which 45,000 people were killed. About 1,000 Syrian soldiers were also killed during the operation. Large parts of the old city were destroyed.

"Assad's troops pounded Hama with artillery fire for several days and, with the city in ruins, his bulldozers moved in and flattened neighbourhoods," reported the Guardian. Syrian forces, flown in by helicopter, searched the rubble in order to kill any remaining rebels.

This was one of "the single deadliest acts by any Arab government against its own people in the modern Middle East."

My friend described the situation there in the 80s, which was very similar to what is going on today. The people were demonstrating against the Assad regime and the Syrian government opened fire on them. As a result, some people started firing back. Secret police came to his home looking for his brother, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Finding him not at home, they killed two brothers and a sister. They shot his sister in the stomach so many times that her body was in two pieces. I am a moderate person by nature and I try to see all sides. I understand some people's fear of Islamism due to its predictable excesses and even the desire for secularism. However, if this government represents them, then I cannot agree. Because any government that comes into someone's home and shoots a family down is pure evil.

A Syrian ex-patriot gave Voice of America many gruesome examples of atrocities.

A wealthy old woman lived in a beautiful mansion with her son. "After the soldiers looted the house they poured gasoline on both of them and burned the house."

"And in the same neighborhood, two buildings down the street, a family owned a place for wood chipping. They took the whole family down and they shot them all. About 25 of them."

Another woman had "many gold bracelets on her wrists, so they cut off both of her hands and let her bleed to die."

She quickly followed up with another story about a father who was pleading with a soldier.

"I have a 14-month-old baby," the man said. "Please don't make him an orphan."

The officer said, "Oh, you don't want him to be an orphan?

"Now your son won't be an orphan," the officer said. Then he shot dead the child, the father and the rest of his family.

She said she learned about what happened to this family from a soldier, who defected from the army. He said, "I'm not going to be with an army like that."

In a suburb of the city called New Hama, soldiers stood in the street while an officer used a bullhorn to call residents out of their homes.

"You all come down to the street. Women, children, everybody," the voice announced... And after that they went and raided the homes and whoever stayed in there they took them out and they dug a big ditch and shot them and threw them in the big ditch. They say in the neighborhood about 1500 people got shot."

This actually reminds me of Dachau, Germany, where I took a tour of the concentration camp. While the "gas chambers" story never happened, at least not in Dachau, unwanted persons were told to dig a ditch, then lined up and shot. The Hollywood version of the Holocaust is a fabrication, but the behavior of socialist governments, whether of the Nazis or Assad's tyranny, draws many parallels.

The problem resides in the ego-based concept of "unwanted persons." Once a person becomes "unwanted," almost anything can be justified against him, even in the name of religion. Those of us who desire to attain spiritual excellence need to learn to temper this particular passion. Like all passions, this destructive desire serves only to swerve away from the Middle Path towards the gutter. Whatever we do in life, we need to ask our Creator for personal permission first. Even when we eat a meal involving an animal who gave its life, we say grace first.

There was a moment when Hazrat Ali (ra) was dueling with an opponent, and he had got him beat to the ground. However the man spit at Ali. It was such an offensive moment that Ali let the man go free because if he had killed him now, which he could have easily done, it would have been committed in an act of anger, which Ali knew could send himself straight to the hellfire.

Muslims need to know that even in war, every act of mercy could go recorded for generations. Laura Ingalls, author of "Little House on the Prairie," married a farmer named Almanzo. His name dates back to the Crusades, when his ancestor's life was spared by a man who was in the position to kill him, named Al-Mansour. The Wilder family thenceforth dedicated one male in each generation to be named after this true Muslim. Laura and Almanzo's daughter Rose Wilder later wrote some of the most beautiful statements about Islamic culture that have ever been written.

Editor's critical note: We don't like to censor but I would urge writers to not include Jewish propaganda about the war in their articles. Germany is a defeated nation and dare not defend the atrocities attributed to it. Revisionist researchers have shown that just about all the propaganda against Germany is false or is out of context.

Dr. Firoz Kamal in his article on cartoons also referred to Nazi Germany. Remember that Hitler was NOT the enemy of Muslims and it is easy to criticize those who cannot answer. The horrors of Israel are what we are facing. After burning and bombing alive 500 children in Gaza, Israel is represented in the UN and has support across America.


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Pakistan incomplete without Kashmir.

LAHORE, Feb. 5; The Kashmir Solidarity day was observed all over Pakistan, with great enthusiasm and firm resolve to continue the political and moral support for Kashmiris till they won their freedom.

Rallies expressing complete solidarity with the Kashmiris were staged all over the country under the aegis of the Jamaat e Islami, in which hundreds of thousands of people participated. Public meetings and seminars were also held in major cities at which the speakers highlighted the importance of Kashmir for the country.

Ameer, JIP, Sirajul Haq, stood up with the Kashmir leadership at the Kohala bridge linking Kashmir with Pakistan to complete the chain of hands formed by the people of Pakistan and Kashmir. He led the main Kashmir rally in Muzaffarabad and addressed the public meeting there.
The Kashmir rally in Islamabad was led by JI deputy chief Mian Muhammad Aslam.

JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch led the rally at Karachi. The Quetta rally was led by JI deputy chief Asadullah Bhutto while JI deputy chief Hafiz Muhammad Idrees led the rally at Gujranwala.

The rally in the Punjab capital was led by the JI Punjab chief Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar.

Sirajul Haq told the huge public meeting at Muzaffarabad that Pakistan was incomplete without Kashmir and it could not give up the demand for the liberation of Kashmir at any cost. He said that friendship with India was impossible without the solution of the Kashmir issue.

He said that the US and Britain were responsible for the Kashmir problem and they should come forward for the implementation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir promising the right of self determination to the Kashmiris.

He said the Quaid e Azam had declared Kashmir as the jugular line of Pakistan, and added that the very existence of this country was insecure without Kashmir.

Sirajul Haq made it clear to Indian rulers that they could not defeat the Kashmiris' spirit for liberation and their freedom struggle would continue till Kashmir was free.

He said the US President Obama, had done great injustice by not referring to the Kashmir issue during his India visit. He said if referendum could be held in Scotland, East Taimur and South Sudan, why referendum could not be held in Kashmir, and added that the world community should fulfill its commitment made with the Kashmiri people.

The JI chief said that the liberation of Kashmir should be the precondition for the UN Security Council membership of India. He said that India's attitude on Kashmir had always been aggressive while the Pakistani rulers had not done their duty in this regard.

Addressing the rally, JI Azad Kashmir chief, Abdur Rashid Turabi, saluted the Kashmiri people for their resolute struggle for liberation. He said that the Kashmiris were fighting the war of the completion of Pakistan and its solidarity. He said if the Pakistani rulers had been enthusiastic like their people on the Kashmir issue, Kashmir would have gained independence long ago. He asked how long the rulers in Islamabad would continue their policy of appeasement with New Delhi ignoring the bloodshed of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian occupation forces.

Asif Luqman Qazi, son of the former JI, Ameer, Qazi Husain Ahmed, also addressed the rally.

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EU pledges one billion euros for Syria and Iraq to Fight Islamic Caliphate

[Courtesy Al-Akhbar, February 6]

The European Union has pledged one billion euros ($1.1 billion) in funding for Syria and Iraq in the fight against ISIS, the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Friday.

"This package will strengthen our actions to help restore peace and security in a region that is so close to us and that has been devastated by terrorism and violence for too long," Mogherini said in a statement.

The EU said in a statement that it had agreed on the "first EU comprehensive strategy on tackling the crises in Syria and Iraq and the threat posed by Daesh," an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Carnage over 4 Years: Assad Survived owing to Iranian & Russian Support

About 2 million people killed and wounded in 47 months, and it is still not enough...

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented death of 210060 persons since March 18, 2011, which witnessed the fall of the first martyr in Daraa, until February 5, 2015.

The casualties are as follows:

It is worth noting that the numbers do not include more than 20000 detainees in regime prisons and thousands of those who disappeared during regime raids and massacres. It does not include more than 7000 regular soldiers and pro-regime militants and hundreds of "regime supporters" captured by IS, Islamic fighters, Al-Nusra front, rebel and Islamic battalions on charge of "dealing with the regime".

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Christians Against Zionism: Protesting in Cold Night thought of Palestinian Families
by Chuck Carlson

Our vigil for peace and justice for Palestine was a frigid one, standing in the dark at the west entrance of giant Resurrection Fellowship. We held signs, illuminated by candles, electric torches, and incoming headlights, as the sellout crown arrived for "Israel Summit: STAND FIRM."

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Pastor Jonathan Wiggins, indeed the gentleman we were told he would be, was exceedingly gracious as we stood in the wet snow in front of his church while his guests arrived. We were disarmed by his unexpected acts of kindness in what we would normally find more hostile. Pastor Wiggins personally brought or dispatched to us several comforts: food, water, heat, and a portable toilet. He did not want us to be uncomfortable while we were there. But should we have accepted these gifts of hospitality? No, not if we were thinking seriously about the terrible plight of the Palestinian Gazans! We should have told Pastor Wiggins, "No thanks, we cannot accept your generosity, no matter how well intended, while Gazan children are starving and freezing, and are being ignored inside your Israel Summit!"

I admit it, I like hospitality, and I get cold faster of late. But I woke up the next morning thinking, "HOW COULD WE HAVE ACCEPTED COMFORTS THAT ISRAEL DEPRIVES THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE OF, A PEOPLE WHOSE HARDSHIPS ARE TOTALLY IGNORED BY ISRAEL SUMMIT SPEAKERS?" I owe the people of Gaza an apology: "Sorry, mothers and children of Gaza, I failed you when I warmed my cold hands at Pastor Wiggins' heater."

Wiggins personally carried out to us a case of bottled water. I am returning it to him untouched because most people of Gaza do not have enough clean water to sustain life; each lives on borrowed time. This case of water might save one child's life, for Israel has systematically destroyed most of Gaza's water wells and pipelines, causing a desperate shortage. Civil Engineer, Gary Anderson, who has worked in Gaza, and was present at the vigil, provides his own personal testimony of water shortages due to Israel usurping the Palestinians' water.

Wiggins also brought us a zip-lock bag of candy bars. But we should have told him, "No thanks, the Gazans have no food." I am returning the candy. If the pastor is sincere in his love of peace and "unity", he should take up a collection for Gaza and send food through Israel Summit speakers who live there. Had we, who were outside, been thinking about the children of Gaza, who have little or no protein and may never have experienced the taste of a candy bar, we would have rejected his food offering on the spot. After checking the church's website, it is clear that Wiggins' keynote speakers are all Zionists who seem to support repressing the Palestinians, and that makes Pastor Wiggins an enabler of both the repression and the ensuing deaths, no matter how friendly he seemed to us.

Pastor Wiggins also brought to us his big backyard space heater; it took three men to drag it onto the public right-of-way where we held our vigil. The heat felt great, but I regret accepting it. The Gaza children do not have heat in their homes, that is, If they still have a home after last years Israel's Operation Protective Edge which destroyed some 25,000 homes. Israel disabled Gaza City's electric grid while killing over 2400, including some 500 children. If Pastor Jonathan's little back yard space heater was in Gaza city, with fuel to run it, it would be surrounded by dozens of families, made homeless by Israeli bombs, taking turns warming themselves around it.

The Israelis whom Wiggins invited and paid to speak at his Summit did not resist the destruction of the Gaza electric plant, as best we can tell from reading their websites. They need to tell the truth about Israel's demolition of Gaza. My fingers again feel icy at the thought that I unthinkingly accepted a few calories of heat provided to us, while Palestinian children, whom the Israel Summit will deliberately ignore, are without shelter. In Gaza at least two infants and one man are reported to have died of exposure in January

Pastor Wiggins even provided a portable toilet for us to use. My first reaction was, how excessively kind of him. As far as I know no one used his sanitary facilities, nor should we have, for in Gaza there remains no sewage disposal for many, after Israel's 2014 attack on sewage plants there. In many places children must walk in streets that carry human excrement.

By bestowing kindness upon us, his challengers, likable Pastor Wiggins dulled our consciences toward the excluded Palestinians. He has done us a favor by showing us how easily the love of Christ can be misused to desensitize us. May we remain steadfast as we continue to speak out for a people whom much of the Christian world is willing to forget.

WHTT report on Israel Summit: "Pastor Wiggins Reveals Christian Zionist Theme At Israel Summit"

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