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27 Thw al-Hijjah 1436 A.H.- October 11, 2015 Issue # 93, Newsletter #1623

Hadith of the Week

Prophet Muhammad. pbuh, Against Oppression and Pettiness

Jabir b. Abdullah reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Be on your guard against committing oppression, for oppression is a darkness on the Day of Resurrection, and be on your guard against pettimindedness for pettimindedness destroyed those who were before you, as it incited them to shed blood and make lawful what was unlawful for them.

Sahih Muslim: Book #032, Hadith #6248


 Pakistan Flag

A Message of Loving Advice & Criticism to Jamaate Islami Pakistan   [Superb Urdu column from Munir Khalili.]

Khalili is sad to see Jamaate Islami behaving like a political party when it was meant to be a movement and a message for transformation. Khalili received a reply from Sirajul Haq, the new leader of Jamaate Islami, which he has quoted verbatim. It is saddening and pathetic. No wonder Jamaate Islami is unable to push back the evil forces which are surging in Pakistan.

Comment by New Trend: The article is in chaste Urdu. Khalili is recognizable as the new rising star of Islamic journalism in Pakistan


Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity in Burtonsville, Maryland. 8-page Document to 175 Muslims after Juma'.

On October 9, a very successful outreach effort was carried out at the upscale Muslim Community Center [MCC] in southern Maryland. An 8-page Jamaat al-Muslimeen document was given to 175 Muslims, mostly Pakistanis and Africans.

Here is an outline of the 8 pages:
  1. &
  2. Interview with Sis. Bilquis who is petitioning President Obama for the release of her son Masaud Khan.

  3. Obama facing stiff opposition on homosexuality in Kenya [and other African countries].

  4. &
  5. Dr. Kaukab Siddique's rebuttal of the Daily Beast's slanderous attack on him with brief intro of people who run the Daily Beast.

  6. &
  7. Pakistani military's crimes against "disappeared" opponents. Torture and murder.

  8. Women's equality with men in mosques.
[Dr. Kaukab.]


Small Group Helping Children in India

Assallamu Alaikum Wr Wb,

We would like to express our gratitude for your excellent coverage of our one of the activity \"Eid Gift to Kids\". For the positive exposure you gave to our Organization Dawatul Quran, The entire members and trustees appreciated the professionalism with which your news team handled both the Article and photo. As one of the small organizations in Bangalore (India) we are indeed grateful for your willingness to include us in your coverage. Please extend our thanks to everyone involved.


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Shaikh Nazim Ahmed
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Don't Forget the Prisoners

from Br. Ali Randall

Abu Hamza: "The Americans are Trying to Kill Me Slowly."

 Upcoming Events

Final Reminder for National Islamic Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen.

Sponsored by Imam Badi, Br. Solano, Sis. Ashira, Br. Kaukab, Br. Abu Talib and Sis. Nadrat.

The following areas of interest have been received till now. Jamaat invites more input till next Sunday, Oct. 18.

Here are some of the areas of interest and topics I have already received:

Advice to Shoora Leaders.

Mohtram Kaukab Bhai, Salaam

In this world of contradictions, you will get various topics for the shoora but they may not be relevant to the need of our time.

The only topic in my considered opinion will be:


If JM could undertake this as its paramount issue, it will emerge as the TRUE "Islamic Movement of America" in due course. It is the greatest need of Muslim Ummah and we must try to attain it forthwith.

Rest of the topics proposed by different brothers/Sister are good but all are off shoots or by products or of limited value.

-Br.Shamim Siddiqi

War News Analysis

by Sis. Karin Friedemann {Boston}

FSA Making Strides Despite Russian Bombing

{New Trend Editor's note: This report contains important information about the Free Syrian Army, FSA, so we accepted it. However it is inaccurate about groups other than FSA. Instead of censoring the article, we decided to comment at the end of this report.]

My primary access to information in the English language, other than New Trend, is from youtube videos forwarded by Syrian Americans of live war footage as well as Arabic news shows that have subtitles or at least give a summary of what is going on in the video. So I lack military knowledge, but I have grown up around the Arabs of Michigan.

My intuitive analysis is that the mainstream attitude of Syrian-American youth is represented by support for the Free Syrian Army. Al-Nusra's approach to politics represents the mainstream point of view of the Sunni religious conservative elders. ISIS represents or draws from the glorious End Times Prophecies, including the Return of Jesus (pbuh), that are described in some Islamic hadith and are very often quoted by South Asians. Some Muslims base a large part of their faith upon these prophecies while others view these hadith as weak and suspect that they were planted by the British Illuminati. Either way, these hadith are very important to understanding why people would leave their homes to go fight for an Islamic State as opposed to mere political freedom for the Syrians.

About one month ago, American journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem interviewed Shaykh Abu Firas [ ] , member of Jabha Nusra's Majlis Ashura, regarding his group's stance concerning ISIS

Abu Firas stated that ISIS offered to join forces with al-Nusra, which is often called an offshoot of al-Qaeda. The US State department considers them as Islamic moderates affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The old bearded man said that they do want to establish Islam as the law of the land, that is their goal. However, al-Nusra is not comfortable with ISIS's approach, in particular their decision to declare the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as kuffar or infidels. ISIS leaders told al-Nusra that they would only be willing to work with them if al-Nusra would fight against FSA.

The Shaykh said they could not agree to this because the FSA represents the vast majority of the local Syrian militia groups, most of whom are guarding their own town. FSA is a wide spectrum of people whose common goal is to topple Assad and to defend their homeland. Some of the fighters are sincerely religious Muslims who want to establish Islam as a way of life, while other fighters have a more secular mindset. Many even have family members living in the US. Al-Nusra refused to reject the FSA as allies or to declare them kuffar. This is why the two main Islamic fighting groups are not working together.

October 7, 2015 was a historic day for the FSA. "Let today be the day that it is recorded... The Assad regime with Iranian boots, Hezbollah mercenaries, sectarian militias, and the cover of Russian aerial bombardments.... Could NOT.... advance on the Free Syrian Army in Hama's suburbs....AND....That our freedom fighters were able to destroy 26 tanks (and others).... Seize two tanks a spoils... Take some POW's.... And much more...." was the news circulating on facebook. Other accounts place the number of tanks destroyed at closer to 15.

The Orient News [ ] showed very exciting footage of FSA fighters shooting rockets at advancing tanks. One shot, and the tank is completely obliterated. They didn't just topple the tank over. BOOM! The tank is gone. The marksmanship of the fighters is impressively accurate despite the apparent clumsiness of the launching apparatus, while the weapons themselves must be very advanced, to cause such total damage. This is no homemade device. I am told the rockets are supplied by Libya or UAE.

"On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin's fighter jets rocketed an ammunition storehouse, destroying artillery, armored personnel carriers and even tanks belonging to Liwa Suqour al-Jabal, or The Mountain Eagles, a U.S.-backed brigade of the Free Syrian Army," writes Michael Weiss in the Daily Beast.

A video uploaded by the brigade to YouTube shows the burning wreckage of the Russian airstrike, in Mansoura, in the western suburbs of Aleppo, as the local commander known as Abu Mohammed taunts his enemy: "Thank God, we are all fine," says Abu Mohammed. "We don't fear Russia or anyone helping the Russians. Bashar, we will remain resistant fighting you even without any ammunition or bullets. We will fight you with knives. We don't need ammunition, Allahu Akhbar."

Weiss reports also that while the Russian airplanes were targeting Suqour al-Jabal's weapon depots in Aleppo and ISIS attacked the bases with explosives at the same time.

"In the last week, less than 10 percent of all Russian missiles (and now ship-borne cruise missiles) have struck ISIS or al-Qaeda-affiliated targets, according to the U.S. State Department. What is a consensus view among analysts is that ISIS clearly is not Putin's quarry in Syria, at least not yet, because he's too busy killing the anti-Assad rebels supported and armed by the Central Intelligence Agency. U.S. officials have acknowledged as much."

Further complicating things, Russian propaganda is stating that they are bombing ISIS targets when in fact they are bombing areas that are held by FSA. On October 5, 2015 Bilal Abdul Kareem reported [ ] on site very close to the Turkish border. His interviewee, a fighter for FSA, said the Russian planes trespassed over Turkish airspace, flying over from the Turkish side before bombing.

Due to smart phones, the front lines of war are being filmed in action and watched online. Lighter videos involve fighters showing off their weapons and their prowess. The darkest documentaries show piles of dead children and total desolation. It remains to be seen if our ability to literally watch a war as it unfolds on the ground will result in anything but personal horror, or if there will be some ability for people to influence events due to their ability to communicate directly with the people involved in wars.

[New Trend comment: Daily Beast is a known anti-Islam publication. The editor of New Trend was subjected to slanderous attacks by the Daily Beast. The attacks were then picked up by all the Zionist media from the New York Times to the Washington Post. Secondly, the claim that some hadith were planted by the "British illuminati" is simply too ridiculous to require a response. Thirdly:The viewpoint of al-Nusra would be acceptable if ISIS' viewpoint were placed next to it. ISIS has set up a Caliphate and the debate should be within that context. Fourthly the FSA's viewpoint that the war is for secularist values must be rejected. Perhaps the conflict originally began for democracy and justice but Bashar Assad drowned the unarmed protests in blood and torture. It is now Jihad all the way. The Islamic resistance is the key to the struggle against Assad.]

Latest Khutba

 Dr Kaukab Siddique

Islamic Calendar Can Change your Life;
Speak Out Against Jewish Supremacists;
Honor Usman, r.a., & Muawiyya, r.a.
Most American Muslims are helpless "mustadafeen" controlled by pro-regime "Muslim" Cliques.

On October 9, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma khutba and led prayers at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore, Maryland.

There was a security alert owing to countrywide threats by anti-Muslim bigots and racists.

As it's a small masjid, the main points are summarized here for countrywide distribution.
Text #1

وَمَا لَكُمْ لَا تُقَاتِل¥ونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَالْمُس¨تَضْعَفِɢنَ مِنَ الرِّجَا¤ِ وَالنِّس¤اءِ وَالْوِل¨دَانِ الَّذِين¤ يَقُولُو¦َ رَبَّنَا أَخْرِجْ¦َا مِنْ هَٰذِهِ الْقَرْي¤ةِ الظَّالِ¥ِ أَهْلُهَ› وَاجْعَل¨ لَنَا مِنْ لَدُنْكَ وَلِيًّا وَاجْعَل¨ لَنَا مِنْ لَدُنْكَ نَصِيرًا
And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose cry is: "Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help!" View more verses[The Qur'an 4:75]

Text #2
Narrated Abu Salama bin 'Abdur-Rahman bin 'Auf that he heard Hassan bin Thabit Al-Ansari asking the witness of Abu Huraira, saying, "O Abu- Huraira! I beseech you by Allah (to tell me).Did you hear Allah's Apostle saying' 'O Hassan ! Reply on behalf of Allah's Apostle. O Allah ! Support him (Hassan) with the Holy Spirit (Gabriel).'?" Abu Huraira said, "Yes." [Sahih Bukhari. 8.73.173

  1. The new Islamic year begins in a few days with Mohurram. We must follow the Islamic calendar so as to be aware of all that has happened in our history. It's a shame that we turn to the Islamic calendar only for Ramadan and the two Eids and then we quarrel about it.

  2. The Calendar was started by Umar, r.a., [al-Khattab] with the agreement of the blessed community. So there is ijma' on it.

  3. Hijra is only second to Jihad in Islam. See 3:195. It means that after the mission of da'wa is completed and the potential for Islam is exhausted, hijra is required, instead of living under oppression for no reason.

  4. This migration or hijra means the believer is willing to give up everything and leave. The first hijra was to Ethiopia led by Usman, r.a., and Ruqayya, r.a., the beloved daughter of the Prophet, pbuh. Then the Prophet, pbuh, himself, migrated to Madinah.

  5. It is our duty as part of da'wa to speak out against oppression, exploitation and evil, as depicted in the hadith narrated by Abu Saeed al-Khudri, r.a.

  6. Why is it that most American Muslims do not speak out? Something is seriously wrong with this ummah. Even though the First Amendment of the US Constitution gives us the right to speak and express ourselves, most of us are silent.

  7. Even when the Zionist Jews and the crusaders insult the best of men, Muhammad, peace and blessings be on him, and the satanic supremacists make cartoons of him, the Muslims can's say a word [with a few exceptions]. Why is this? Pay attention.

  8. The ummah in America, by and large, are mustadafeen fil ard, in the words of the Qur'an, those who being weak are oppressed. Why are they silent even when what is sacred to them is violated and torn asunder. Is someone stopping them? NO. Are there any laws to stop them from speaking out? NO. Are they few in numbers? No! There are 6 to 9 million of us. Do they lack resources? NO! American Muslims are among the richest in the world.

  9. US Muslims are mentally oppressed. They feel helpless. They feel that nothing will change or could get worse. Talk to them. THEY KNOW THAT INSULTING THE PROPHET, pbuh, is A DIRECT ATTACK ON ALL OF US. They know they should speak out, but they dare not. These are the mustadafeen fil ard. These are the men and women and children crying out for help but QUETLY so that the yahood should not hear.

  10. We feel tempted to call them munafiqueen and brainwashed idiots, but that is not fair. They can't all be like that. It is true that Muslims are heavily infiltrated by agent groups, the 4-letter organizations, but most Muslims don't follow them

  11. Go to the million dollar mosques. Look at how religious our people are. They recite the Qur'an. They have beards and hijab [many of them do]. The million dollar parking lots they have built are packed with their late model cars. The crowds are overflowing the fancy buildings. But they DARE NOT SAY a WORD TO THE KUFFAR. They complain to us and to each other.

  12. Because they are much richer than us, we don't recognize them as MUSTADAFEEN, which is their mental condition. That's where our duty comes in, as Allah commands us. We should answer their pathetic complaints. Use media, social media, all forms of peaceful communication to wake them up.

  13. Some Muslims think we should not answer the kuffar in strong language. But look at the command of the Prophet, pbuh, to Hassan ibn Thabit, lampoon the unbelievers. Do their HUJW. Ridicule them, insult them, without profanities. Do not be nice to those who are insulting all that is sacred to us . The verse about being nice only applies in gentlemanly debate. This is war against Islam.

  14. We just passed the anniversary of Usman, r.a., the compiler of the Qur'an. Is it not a shame that the sectarians are abusing and insulting him and we are silent.

  15. During the Caliphate of Usman, r.a., the united navies of Europe were defeated in ONE day. The ocean ran with blood. The commander of the Islamic army was Muawiyyah, r.a., and his wife was supporting him in that battle on the high seas.

  16. The sectarians abuse Muawiyyah, r.a., Remember, dear Muslims, the Qur'an was not revealed to the Prophet, pbuh, in writing but verbally. He had writers [kuttab] who wrote for him. Among them was the blessed katib whose name was Muawiyyah, r.a., The sectarians abuse him and we are silent. If this continues, our children will think that our heroes were villains, just as our government is subverting the sacred by legitimizing homosexuality.

Pray for jobs for those who don't have jobs, health for those who are not well. Pray that Allah help us to study the Qur'an and Hadith every day. Pray that Allah may give us spouses and children who are Islamic. O Allah, forgive our sins and shortcomings.

Pray for the victory of the Islamic battle formations against the kuffar, the munafiqueen and tawagheet. Pray for the liberation of Palestine and al-Aqsa.

Spotlights & Guidance

 Imam Badi Ali

The Enemy has Occupied Palestine & Desecrated al-Aqsa. When will we stop Fighting Each other? Zionism is the Mother of Evil. We let our People fight with knives while we have Large armies!

- Imam Badi Ali leads a large Muslim community in Greensboro, NC

Our America

 Our America

New York

Do Police Officers have the Right to use Profanities against Citizens? Is this Racism and Power Play Combined?
Written Laws vs Unwritten "Laws."
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen]

New York City - Surprise, surprise: NBA player Thabo Sefolosha, a Swede of African-descent, was acquitted of all charges in a New York City courtroom on October 9, 2015. He was originally offered a plea deal but, decided to go to trial to clear his name. The circumstances surrounding his and former Eastern European teammate, Pero Antic's arrest, were so ridiculous that it took the jury less than an hour to deliberate and acquit him! Charges against Pero Antic were dropped, last month.

It was in June 2015 when Sefolosha and Antic were arrested outside of Chelsea area 1Oak Club, where fellow NBA player Chris Copeland had just been stabbed. Police arrived there and started clearing the scene. According to Sefolosha, one particular cop, John Paul Giacona, started dropping f-bombs and other curse words while ordering people out of the club. According to a surveillance video, Giacona was particularly fixated on Sefolosha. Officer Giacona told Sefolosha, "With or without a badge I can f_ _ _ _ you up!" Sefolosha said he responded by saying, "Ok, well, you're 5'2" if you saw me in a different place, you wouldn't say that. You're a midget. I kept moving."

Sefolosha and his crew did not think twice about this exchange and kept walking. At some point a beggar asked him for some change and Sefolosha gave him a $20 bill. It was at this point that he says four police officers grabbed and attacked him.

He was kicked in the leg and cuffed. Sefolosha suffered a fractured leg as a result, which still has not fully healed, and was out of the 2015 NBA playoffs. Fractures take a longer time to heal than an actual broken bone. He was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and interfering with a police investigation. Officers claimed that Sefolosha lunged at them, which the jury did not believe. This sounds like a typical incident involving agitated police officers responding to a wisecrack.

Sefolosha was offered a plea deal, which in most cases indicates the prosecutor has weak evidence. However, when they present the plea deal, prosecutors make it seem as if they have a mountain of evidence against you and that going to trial would be a huge mistake. They wanted to sentence Sefolosha to one day of community service in exchange for a guilty plea.

This case was a complete waste of tax payer money but, it reflects the incestuous relationship between the prosecutor and the police. Sefolosha stated that he just wanted to move on after his acquittal. His attorney, Alex Spiro, suggested that cops went after Sefolosha because of his race. The attorney pointed out how Officer Giacona targeted Sefolosha when yelling at him to move out of the area where the stabbing took place.

I am very aware of NYPD culture. They are bullies and are a very entitled bunch. I have seen them cuff suspects and kick them hard in the backside as they are being taken away. They use profanity against the citizens they are paid to protect, regularly. However, there are new laws that make cursing at an NYPD officer an arrestible offense! This type of oppressive culture can affect officers trying to do the right thing, too.

A 19year veteran Buffalo, NY cop, Cariole Horn, lost her job and her pension, a year ago, after stopping her fellow officer, Gregory Kwiatkowski, from assaulting a handcuffed suspect, in 2006. She was further victimized by the system, even after having been assaulted by this same cop for interfering in his beatdown! Kwiatkowski, who was forced to retire, has numerous complaints against him for assaulting other fellow officers. He and another officer were brought up on civil rights violations for holding down a Black teen and shooting him with a BB gun .

Officer Kwiatkowski, in spite of his abusive behavior, even toward fellow officers, was allowed to keep his benefits! Many officers, especially members of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, have rallied around Officer Horn.

There are written, more fair laws officers are supposed to uphold and then, there are the unwritten laws that protect White supremacist views and give officers carte blanche to dictate life in their respective towns with impunity! The unwritten laws seem to override the written laws, in most instances....that is until we speak up against these violations and stop engaging in dialogue with police brass..

(Sources:,, and WKBW TV Buffalo NY)

Washington, DC

Massive Rally led by Farrakhan. More of a Picnic than a Protest
[New Trend Monitor]

October 10. Very peaceful crowds today at the massive rally in Washington DC led by Minister Farrakhan. He spoke for two hours, urged an end to inner city violence, end to police brutality and for men to honor women.

Called for young leadership.

Families of people victimized by police were present.

Farrakhan and the NOI have become part of mainstream America. There was no criticism of Farrakhan in the media with positive coverage in ABC, NBC, CNN, Voice of America, US News and World Report and many ot...hers.

Participants were well dressed. It looked like a large middle class picnic.

The government was not challenged and the authorities did not try to interfere with or stop the proceedings.

War News

 War News


Drone deals heighten military ties between Israel and Russia

Given heightened tensions over Russia's support for Iran and the Syrian regime, the recently announced sale of 10 unmanned IAI Searcher 3 drones to Russia seems unusual at face value. However, Israel's decision to sell weapons to the country it sees as the principal benefactor of its enemies is just the latest chapter of a long and often complicated history of military cooperation between Israel and Russia.

While this is not the first time in recent history that Israel and Russia have cooperated on UAV technology, the timing could have significant consequences for both the military situation in Ukraine and diplomatic situation at the UN.

In recent weeks, Russia has been flexing its muscle, not only in Ukraine, but also in Syria with an augmented military presence that now includes military aircraft, tanks and combat troops and drones.

The government claims the deployment is intended to fight against the Islamic State militant group (IS), but most analysts agree that the troop build-up is actually a lifeline for a Syrian government increasingly dependent on foreign armies to maintain its grip on the small part of Syria it still controls. So far, reports have come out claiming that Russian strikes have killed anti-IS opposition fighters and civilians as opposed to Moscow's stated targets.

 Predator drone

Recent arms deals between Russia and Iran have also received a substantial amount of media coverage. The sale of Russian S-300 anti-air missiles to Iran earlier this year has been a major factor of the intrigue and negotiations surrounding the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme. The US has expressed concern that the advanced missiles could be used to defend research facilities from American or Israeli aircraft in the event of a strike.

The broader relationship between Iran and Russia has become a political issue on the American right. During the first round of Republican debates, Fox News commentator Megan Kelly brought up the issue of General Qassem Suleimani's 24 July visit to Moscow.

As commander of the much talked about Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards - designated as a terrorist organization by the US - Suleimani is in charge of external operations, including supporting the Assad government to managing Shia militia in the fight against IS in Iraq. During last month's anti-Iran deal rally in DC, attendees Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Sarah Palin all brought up Israel's safety and Iran's military relationship with Russia as important reasons to oppose negotiations with Iran.

For all the rhetoric about Suleimani and his relationship to Putin, the significant arms deal between Russia and Israel has gone without any scrutiny from American politicians and very little coverage in the media.

Military and diplomatic coordination

Militarily speaking, the drones are likely to be used to feed intelligence on Ukrainian positions to pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk People's Republic (DNR). This would allow Russia to provide more sophisticated aerial surveillance contingent to their "secret" war in Ukraine without having to commit manned aircraft that would be at risk of being shot down. This is no small development and will greatly improve the strategic position of the separatists. In past conflicts, the introduction of UAV surveillance has proved significant.

Diplomatically, the arms sale fits into the context of Israel cautiously vetting a new relationship with Russia. It is no secret that there is no love lost between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, and in a few conspicuous instances Israel appears to be exploring a more cordial relationship with Moscow despite Russia's support for Syria and Iran.

The most obvious manifestation has been Israel's refusal to condemn Russia's annexation of Crimea, which shocked and angered American officials who Israel expects to vote with it at the UN unconditionally.

The recent drone sale is central to this story. In late 2014, Israel considered selling similar vehicles to Ukraine but cancelled the proposed deal due to Russian pressure. Less than a year later, the very same equipment is likely to be used against Ukraine. Israelis serving in the Ukrainian armed forces have speculated that Israel is selling off older variants of its drones to Russia.

This is just the latest chapter in a long and often puzzling history of Russian-Israeli arms deals that stretches back before the state of Israel even existed. As early as 1944, Joseph Stalin, a notorious anti-Semite, saw self-interested potential in the Zionist movement that was fighting against the British mandate in Palestine. Stalin had previously created a "Jewish State" in the far-flung province of Birobidzhan.

The project, which involved Yiddish Soviet monuments and schools, was a thinly veiled attempt to segregate Soviet Jews. In 1948, the soviet satellite state of Czechoslovakia sold a large number of weapons including 86 fighter aircraft to the Jewish Agency, which later became the government of Israel.

The Czechs also provided training to a number of pilots who would later go on to serve in the Israeli air force. Before taking the move to start further targeting Soviet Jewry with a series of show trials, Stalin had seen the support as a strategic move against British dominance of the Middle East.
During the later years of the Cold War, the relationship soured and the governments maintained an adversary relationship until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Diplomatic relations between the two nations has warmed greatly since the fall of communism and have been dramatically strengthened in the past decade.

In 2008, the two nations mutually waived tourist visa requirements. In 2010, Russia and Israel signed a five-year military agreement that focused heavily on UAV sales and operation. During the 2014 Gaza offensive, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed sympathy for the Israeli position despite the stance of his government at the UN. Israel has ignored EU and US calls for a boycott on certain forms of economic cooperation with Russia.

Israel's drone industry

Economically speaking, Israel's drone industry is massive for such a small country. There is no serious competition from any country besides the United States in the field of UAVs, and according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute the industry has generated at least $4.6bn between 2005 and 2013.

By contrast, Russia has fallen far behind in drone production. Wired magazine speculated that Russia's home-grown technology is at least 20 years behind its American counterparts. Russia's disadvantage in UAV technology was highlighted after Georgian forces were able to inflict surprisingly high casualties against the invading Russians in 2008.

The push to modernise Russia's air force lead to the 2010 deal on Israeli and Russia military cooperation. The deal signed between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Russian government through Oboronprom, a Russian defence company, was much more than an arms sale, and involved direct military cooperation with Israel training at least 50 Russian officers on UAV operations in Tel-Aviv.

Most interestingly, IAI and Oboronprom agreed to jointly produce UAVs inside Russia. Many of Russia's new UAVs are a direct result of the programme. Earlier this year, Ukrainian forces shot down and released photos of an the Russian version of an IAI Searcher drone which was presumably acquired or built as part of the 2010 deal.

Given Russia's close ties to Iran and America's opposition to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the joint UAV program has the potential to be a major source of embarrassment for both countries. Bloomberg News speculated earlier this year about a flurry of backdoor diplomacy between Jerusalem and Moscow with the former giving tacit approval for S-300 sales to Iran in exchange for Russian behind the scenes.

According to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, American officials believed that Russia and Israel had previously traded intelligence on Iranian and Georgian technology with Israel providing "data link codes" on Georgia's Israeli-made Hermes 450 drones. According to the document, American officials believed that Russia provided information on the defences of Iran's nuclear facilities in exchange.

Additionally there have been high-profile intelligence operations that point to direct cooperation between Israeli and Russian secret services. The 2011 kidnapping of Dirar Abu Sisi, a Palestinian engineer, in eastern Ukraine was speculated to have been coordinated with the SBU, the Ukrainian secret services of the pro-Russian government at the time. Abu Dirar later turned up in Ashkelon prison in Israel.

The speculation of a joint Russian/Israeli operation is very reasonable given the fact that in 2011 the SBU was heavily influenced and infiltrated by Russian intelligence. In 2012, Russia was able to arrange the kidnapping of Russian opposition figure Leonid Razvozzhayev in Kiev. The Russian influence over the security services was so profound at the time that the Ukrainian government refused to open an investigation into the blatant abduction, instead echoing Moscow's stance that Razvozzhoyev crossed the border voluntarily.

Among Israelis, there is a surprising amount of division about the Ukrainian crisis with reports of Israeli passport holders fighting on both sides of the bloody conflict. Questions of Russian and Ukrainian national origins have placed former Israeli soldiers on opposite sides of the battle. Both sides are launching accusations that Israel is supplying the other side, and both sides are publicly accusing the other side of anti-Semitism.

Not surprisingly, Moscow has re-baptised the Israeli drones with a Russian name, Forpost, which means "outpost". Despite hard rhetoric, there are many logical reasons for Israeli-Russian cooperation. Both countries are suppressing independence movements within the territories they control and both countries use similar rhetoric about Islamic militancy to justify these actions.

Russian is one of the most popular languages among Israel Jews. As of 2014, Russia and its allies Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are the largest suppliers of oil to Israel. There have been recent reports that Russia and Israel are cooperating on a new line of jet fighters intended for sale to India, which has dramatically improved its relations with Israel since the election in May 2014 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Vladimir Putin has been pushing a very strong line portraying Ukrainians opposed to Russia as Nazis, relying heavily on the completely unrelated history of pro-Nazi Ukrainian militias during the Second World War.

American subsidies.

US aid comprises a small percentage of Israel's economy but it frees up a significant amount of resources for research and development. IAI is at least partially subsidised by the US government, which provided funding for the development of the Iron Dome missile defence system.

American officials have often expressed concern over the proliferation of Israeli technology to third parties, and the Israeli Russian UAV program puts the American government in an especially awkward position.

The US indirectly subsidises Israel's drone industry at a time when said industry is linked to Russian defence companies. In an interesting twist, Oboronprom is currently facing sanctions from the US government, which in turn is considering legislation to punish people and businesses that boycott Israeli companies.

Russia's direct entry into the Syrian civil war has resulted in a surprisingly cordial agreement, with Moscow and the Israeli government deciding to tacitly coordinate military actions inside the war-torn country.

The introduction of Russian drones into the Syrian conflict has further complicated the situation. While it is unknown which models are being used inside Syria, the possibility exists that Oboronprom builds the drones that Russia has currently deployed in Syria.

While there is proof that Russia has used Israeli technology against Ukraine, there is as of yet no such evidence from Syria.

That being said, aviation enthusiasts should definitely keep their eyes on the skies to see if Israeli military technology has been introduced into the arsenal of the "axis of resistance.


Hizbullah & Assad trying to Take Initiative under cover of Russian bombing

On October 11, Hizbullah advanced and captured two villages east of Homs.

Heavy fighting is on in Lattakia and in around Damascus as the Alawite regime led by Hizbullah tries to regain the initiative.

Al-Nusra commander is calling for a united counterattack.

Serious blow for Iran. It's commander leading operations in Syria, General Hamedani, was killed in a battle with Islamic State fighters east of Aleppo. [October 9]

Russian jets are bombing Islamic positions across Syria, softening them up for offensives by the Alawite regime and Hizbullah.

Islamic State is advancing rapidly towards Aleppo but its move on Kweris air base has been thwarted by intense Russian bombing.

26 Long range missiles were fired from Russia across Iran and Iraq, hitting Islamic State in Syria. Numerous losses.

Earlier, the first Alawite-Hizbullah offensive east of Hama fizzled out owing to determined resistance by the Free Syrian Army [FSA].

October 9: Islamic capital Raqqa is being bombed by Russian and American jets. City shaken by 20 huge explosions.

October 7: Assad's forces with Hizbullah leading attack in tanks, launched first offensive after Assad got Russia bombing support. Attack was east of Hama and has been beaten back by mujahideen of FSA and al-Nusra. 15 Hizbullah tanks destroyed, heavy shia losses. [2 tanks captured. See report by Sis. Karin.]

Islamic State fighters are attacking Assad's air base on the outskirts of Deir ez Zor.

Late news : A French air attack on Islamic State killed 20 children attending a teaching session organized by IS . (BBC]



The War on Islam and Islamophobia of the Muslims
by Dr Firoz Mahboob Kamal

[The writer is a Bangladeshi scholar of international repute. This is the best article on this subject we have seen till now. New Trend editor.]

Calamity of an unending war

Imperialism never dies; only changes its targets, strategies and war fronts. The human history gives full testimony to it. Imperialism -for its survival needs invasion and occupation of the foreign lands; hence needs war. The imperialists' war caused the greatest and worst catastrophe for the whole mankind; such war inflicted more deaths and damages than that are caused by all the earth quakes, cyclones, floods and the wild animals. They killed more than 75 million people only in two World Wars. The World Wars stopped; but the list of wars is unending. The killing and the destruction still continue with more lethal weapons of mass destruction. France killed 1.5 million only in one war in Algeria and the USA killed about 2 million in Vietnam and about 1 million in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also run many proxy wars with their own money and weapons in various parts of the world. The imperialists also caused huge deaths even to their own people. Imperialists thus stand as the wickedest forces in the whole human history. In recent years, the deaths caused by all the anti-imperialist militants all over the world are indeed peanuts in comparison to that caused by the US-led imperialists.

The imperialists' current war has a clear difference from the old wars in human history. In two World Wars and other wars in the past, the imperialists killed each other. But now, the all killing machines of the imperialists are aimed only against the Muslims. The Europeans were never such united in any previous wars. Russia and the USA-led coalition never bombed jointly any Muslim land before -as they are doing now in Syria. To undo any Islamic resurgence in any part of the world, all the imperialists are now united. Hence, after the humiliating defeat in Afghanistan, the Russian bomber jets, tanks, artilleries and missiles are now back in the Syrian soil with more aggressive ferocity. Likewise, the US imperialism didn't die in Vietnam, Afghanistan or Iraq either; they are very alive again with the intensive bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq. The old colonialists like the UK and France too, are flexing their muscles by dropping bombs in Syria and Iraq. Now the imperialists of all kinds and of all brands have found a common enemy and a common agenda. Their common agenda is to destroy Islam as an ideological, political and military force. Hence it has turned truly to a civilizational war -as envisaged by the US Professor Huntington in his book "The Clash of Civilisation".

The bombing campaign & the celebration

The US-led coalition has already done enough genocidal crime in recent years; but that hasn't quenched its thirst for more crimes. Over the last 15 years, the US has dropped thousands of tons of bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq and flattened numerous houses, shops and institutions. Even after 15 years, the war didn't end in Afghanistan. Recently, the US bombers dropped bombs on a hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 people -including the doctors, paramedics and patients. Prior to the US occupation, Russia invaded and occupied Afghanistan too; and had a long time to conduct its project of killings and destruction. They killed hundreds of thousands people there; and drove more than 3 million Afghans out of the country.

Now, the old killers of the USA, Russia, the UK, France and many other countries have launched a joint killing and destructive mission in Syria. As if every Muslim man, every woman, every child, every house, and every physical structure in Syria is a high-value military target. Hence cities, villages, hospitals, schools, even wedding or funeral gathering are not spared. The Russians are firing Cruise missiles from the naval ships stationed in the Caspian Sea. These missiles and bomber jets do not need to be accurate; hitting anyone in any village or any city is considered a great success. And they claim that their bombers and the long range missiles are hitting the designated targets in Syria. When the objective is clearly destructive and genocidal, they have enough reason to celebrate such successes. For the same reason, the US-led coalition could celebrate such successes in Afghanistan and Iraq from day one of their invasion. Now they want to protect the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Whoever fights against this killer autocrat of Syria is labelled an Islamist terrorist; hence a valid target for the bombing.

Coalition with the war criminal

President Bashar al-Assad is at war against his people. In ongoing 4 years' war, he has already killed about 270,000 people; more than 4 million people have been driven out of the country. Another 4 million are internally displaced. The army is using barrel bombs, chemical bombs, tanks, missiles and artilleries against the unarmed men, women and children. These are heinous war crimes. But still, he is considered a high-value strategic partner in the war against the Islamists - not only by Russia but also by the US-led coalition. He remains un-touched. The genocidal killing and the destruction of cities by Assad's Army are not considered as punishable crime either; neither considered a threat against peace in Syria. Rather the Islamists who are fighting against his killer regime are labelled as the terrorists, even amplified as the greatest civilizational threat.

A wolf doesn't attack another wolf; the imperialists too don't harm Bashar al-Assad. Rather, they want to protect him against the Islamists. The sole purpose of the recent Russian air campaign is to protect this brutal killer -whose regime is on the edge of collapse. The US-led coalition too only bombs the Islamists. The criminal records of the imperialists are not better than al-Assad either. The imperialists love killing people on an industrial scale; so they love weapons of mass destruction and take war to the civilian population. Hence, the USA could drop atom bombs, the German could deploy gas chambers and the British could engineer ethnic cleansing in their colonies in America, Australia and New Zealand. So, military invasion, colonial occupation, ethnic cleansing, genocidal massacre, colonialism, putting people on sale as slaves and World Wars are the parts and parcels of their cultural and political heritage. Can such perpetrators of crimes condemn Bashar al-Assad? With such a low moral threshold, how could they condemn the occupation of Syria by al-Assad like killer? Rather it is natural that they would take such criminals as the team members. Due to the same moral disease, General Abdul Fattah Sisis of Egypt, King Abdullah of Jordan and the autocratic rulers of the Gulf States are already taken as the team members. And it is also natural that such moral ill-heath will make them incompatible with the Islamist. Hence when the target is Islam, how can the Islamist escape from being potential target of their bombing campaign? This is why the USA Air Force easily finds it morally permissible to flatten the Syrian city of Kobani rather than throwing even a stone to Bashar al-Assad. As of 4:59 p.m. September 8, 2015, the U.S. and the coalition have conducted a total of 6,700 airstrikes (4,198 in Iraq and 2,502 in Syria). (Source: US Department of Defence website).

The coalition in crime

The imperialists of both the East and the West have sharp differences on many issues. They quarrel on Ukraine's internal war, Russia's occupation of Crimea, China's occupation of Tibet and South China Sea islands, and on so many other issues. But they have no difference of opinion on war against Islam and occupying the Muslim lands and killing the Muslims. Hence the imperialists of all colours and all denominations easily find a common agenda to support the occupation of Palestine and drive out its original people to establish illegal state of Israel. They are also united to support Israel's bombing campaigns at any time on any Muslim lands; thereby expand its occupation. Because of such an anti-Muslim agenda, the US lead imperialists could quickly occupy Afghanistan and Iraq and kill millions of Muslims there. With the same anti-Islamic objective, President Putin of Russia could launch a genocidal war in Chechnya and could flatten the Muslim city of Grozny in year 2000. In the United Nations in 2003, Grozny was declared the most devastated city on earth. But Putin received full Western support for his criminal war against the Chechen Muslims. Shortly after the massacre in Grozny, both the USA and the UK warmly welcomed Putin in their capitals. Now the same Putin join the war against the Islamists side by side with the US-coalition. He is now carrying out another Grozny-like destruction in Syria.

The war on Islam

The imperialists have their own inherent incompatibility with Islam -hence a perfect recipe for a long war. They are compatible only with the fully de-Islamised ones; so they hunt for such people as the partners. Due to long colonial occupation, the Muslim World hasn't any shortage of such Trojan horses. Hence Egypt's elected Islamist President Muhammad Morsi -even after her promise that he will not implement sharia, couldn't fit into their political agenda. The imperialists' enmity is not against any particular tribe, language or skin colour -only against the Islamic element of a Muslim. If Islam is fully discarded from political belief and shows complete readiness to work against Islam's revival, only then any Abdullah or any Abdur Rahman gets readily accepted by the imperialists as their trusted comrade. This is why the Egyptian General Abdul Fattah Sisi, the Jordanian King Abdullah, the Saudi King Salman and the alike in the Muslim World are very close to them. Hence their war stands perfectly against Islam -although they tell a lot of lies to hide the real agenda.

The concept of khelafa, sharia, hudud, shura and jihad are not acceptable to the imperialist expansionists; though, these are the most fundamental of Islam and got implemented by the prophet of Islam and the early Muslims. If it was not bad or barbaric during the prophet's days, why should it be a problem today to return back to that? Being a Muslim means the full adherence to such basics. But, the imperialists call such Qur'anic prescriptions as the medieval barbarism. How a believer can be compatible with such corrosive beliefs? A man or woman can swallow such concept only with full de-Islamisation of the soul. And those who want to sustain with the Islamic basics are labelled as the threat to their own vision of the world. It is the declared policy of the imperialists that they will not tolerate any such attempt of the Islamists to implement sharia. Hence, wherever they discover such effort, they start indiscriminate bombing. Hence it doesn't need to possess any weapon of mass destruction or set a state to invite their multi-national war of the imperialists; the implementation of sharia or belief in sharia is enough. They even label the unarmed men, women and children with an Islamic vision as their arch enemies. They call them extremists, fundamentalists and Islamic militants. They have already launched an unending war against them in almost every corners of the Muslims World. So, what else does it require to prove that the ongoing war of the imperialists is not against Islam?

The crime of the state-terrorists

The worst terrorising forces in history have always been the state-owned armies, the police and the ruling party's political thugs. Sometimes the war turns very genocidal. None of the non-state agents or any militant outfit can match their killing power. The last two World Wars are indeed the works of these state-owned terrorists. These killers still run the worst bloodbaths in different corners of the world. Those who kill people, they can also lie. In fact, lying has turned a political necessity for them. They tell a lie with a political purpose: not only to hide their own crimes and but also to justify their further crimes. War is a bread and butter issue for the imperialists; like a wolf they too look for new prey and new hunting ground. Hence the USA's war didn't end in two World Wars, Korean War, Vietnam War, and in wars in Panama, Afghanistan and Iraq. The war continues. But these invaders, occupiers, killers and warmongers are very vocal to blame others as killers. If terrorism is defined as the use of violence to terrorise people for political, economic and imperial cause, then a war of occupation is the worst form of terrorism. And the state terrorists are the real threat to the global peace. Those who are blaming the Islamists as the terrorist, what is their role to stop these state actors of terrorism?

Hence the arrival of the USA, the UK, France, Russia and other imperialist countries in Syrian and Iraq is not going to deliver any peace or solution; rather they are the part of the complex problem. They can only promote state terrorism and sectarian bloodshed. The case of Afghanistan and Iraq is a good example for that. Most of the deaths and destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq are caused by these state-terrorists. The USA used more bombs in Afghanistan than that are used in Vietnam. They also did everything in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan to start sectarian feud and bloodshed there. In Iraq, they armed Shias to kill Sunnis. And in Afghanistan they gave arms to the non-Pashtun Tajiks and the Uzbeks of the Northern Alliance to kill the Pashtuns. They take partners only to kill, not to make any long term peace. Now they are doing the same crime in Syria. They are giving heavy arms and training to the Kurds to kill the Islamists. So, the bombing campaign of the imperialists in Syria only reveals their ugly motive.

Islamophobia of the Muslims

Enemy's war not only causes physical deaths of people, but also dismantles people's belief and confidence. Hence brings moral death; and turn people more fearful and cowardice. The morally defeated people then grow in number, but not in faith, power and confidence. Such cowardice was seen in the Muslim World during the Mongol invasion; and again during the colonialists' occupation. In those days Muslims didn't show enough courage to fight the enemy invasion. Rather they searched satisfaction only in religious rituals, sufism, mysticism and visiting graveyard. Now, the same mood prevails; hence the courses on Dajjal, jinn, sufism, sufi songs, mysticism are getting increasingly popular among the Muslims. In such milieu of cowardice and dissociation from Islam's basics, the occupying forces get more collaborators for their expansionist cause. The Muslims then become the significant part of the enemy's strength. This is why the occupying British imperialists could recruit thousands of foot soldiers from the Muslims to occupy more Muslims lands and could rule vast land of India for 190 years. When they occupied Iraq and Palestine in 1917, the majority of the British Army was not the British, rather the non-British collaborators. This was only possible due to deep de-Islamisation of the Muslims, otherwise how can a Muslim undertake such a haram act? The situation now runs worst. Due to the presence of large number of collaborators in the Muslim World's ruling elite, the imperialists can now freely use the Muslims lands to bomb the Muslims. So, they use Arab and Turkish soil to drop bombs in Syria. For the same reason, they could freely use the Pakistani soil to kill the Muslims in Afghanistan.

With the recent intensity of imperialists' occupation and bombing campaign in the Muslim lands, cowardice of the Muslims now gets new heights. As a result, the Muslims now suffer from more Islamophobia than the non-Muslims. They know very well that they enemies do not look at their skin colour or language, but at their faith and political behaviour. Keeping faith in Islam's basic beliefs like sharia, hudud, khelafa, shura and jihad make them target for the enemy bombs, hence turn taboo word in the Muslim World. So, the Muslims are now distancing from the obligatory elements of the Islamic faith and making themselves more compatible to the enemy agenda. Even the leaders of Islamic organisations, the imams of mosques and the Muslims intellectuals are reluctant to use such Islamic vocabularies. They look more fearful of enemies of Islam and not of Allah. They pay little heed to Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la's order: "la takhshao'hum akhshao'ni" meaning "don't fear them, fear Me".

The overwhelming disgrace

How can a Muslim remain Muslim without the practice of the Islam's obligatory basics like sharia, hudud, khelafa, shura and jihad? Is it not sharia obligatory on every Muslim? Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la declares, "..and those who do not run judiciary according to the revealed law (sharia) they are kafir (denier of Islam), ....they are zaleem (oppressor) and ....they are fasiq (sinner)" -(Sura Maida, verse 44, 45 and 47). Is it not jihad obligatory on every Muslim too? In order to give the most comprehensive definition of a believer (mu'min) Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la reveals, "The believers (mu'min) are only those who believe in Allah and His Apostle and then doubt not and do jihad with their wealth and their lives in the way of Allah; they are the truthful ones (in their claim of faith)." -(Sura Hujrat, verse 15). Hence for becoming a true believer (mu'min), there exists no option in Islam to stay out of jihad. Those who stay out of jihad and claim to be Muslim, according to the Qur'an, are not really truthful in their claim.

Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la gives a clear command: "Say (O Muhammad), I advise you only of one thing, that you rise up for Allah either in pair or alone.." -(Sura Saba, verse 46). Therefore, can a Muslim sit idle or remain complacent only with the religious rituals like five times prayers, fasting and hajj while the Muslim lands stay occupied by the enemies of Islam and sharia remains unimplemented in the judiciary? Should he still look for an excuse to justify his inactivity and silence? Does he think that his tongue, his intellect, his wealth, his body and other blessing are only for promoting his personal or party agenda? Every believer is designated as the khalifa (viceroy) of Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la, and whoever discharge his or her duty as His devoted khalifa (viceroy) will be rewarded with the pleasures of paradise in the hereafter.

How can one dare expect that Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la will fill His paradise with the cowards making coalition with the kuffars or stay silent in the face of enemy occupation? Did any companion of the prophet sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam display such inaction or betrayal against the Qur'anic dictate? But such betrayal has been the norm of the modern Muslims! Inaction and distancing from the basic obligations of Islam don't bring any benefit or honour -neither in this world nor in the hereafter. This way one can only embrace the worldly disgrace and the infinite hellfire in the hereafter. Due to the same reason, the Muslims have already earned a lot of disgrace in the world. About 1.5 Billion Muslims have no say or role in the World stage. Most of the Muslim countries stay occupied by the internal or the external enemies of Islam. Can they expect a better fate in the hereafter? 10/11/2015.

2015-10-11 Sun 19:36:57 ct