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10 Rajab 1437 A.H.- April 17, 2016 Issue # 16, Newsletter #1650

Hadith of the Week

One Woman's Witness affirmed by Allah & his Messenger. Slander by Munafiqueen.
A Sect turned a Part of this into a Story of the Qur'an verses eaten by a Goat

"'Ali ibn Abi Talib said: O messenger of Allah! Allah has not put restrictions on you, and there are many women other than she; yet you may ask the young woman (Barera) and she will tell you the truth. On that the messenger of Allah, peace and blessing of Allah be on him, called Barera and asked her: 'O Barera! Did you ever see anything which raised your suspicion? Barera said: No. By Allah who has sent you with the Truth, I have never seen anything wrong in her except that she is young and sometimes sleeps after having kneaded the dough and the goat comes and eats it. On that day the messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, stood up to give the khutba and asked the people to support him against Abdullah ibn Ubayy ibn Salul. The messenger of Allah said: Who will support me against that person who has hurt me in the matter of my family? By Allah I know nothing but good about my family, and they have accused a man about whom I know nothing except good and he never entered my house except in my company."
[Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3. Section 17. On Witnessing.]

Comment by Kaukab Siddique: Even the best women can be slandered. When Ayesha, r.a. was slandered by the hypocrites of Madina, the slander began to be accepted even by Muslims. It's part of the male dominant attitudes in an oppressive society. Islam struck a serious blow at men who slander women.

Here we have Ali, r.a., calling for ONE WOMAN's witness [but also expressing his cultural, male dominant attitude]. The Prophet, pbuh, accepted ONE WOMAN's witness in this most sensitive issue which was about to destroy the community.

Many Muslims accept a verse in Sura Baqarah to mean that two women are required as witnesses in all matters.

However this authentic hadith indicates that both the Prophet, pbuh, and Ali, r.a., accepted ONE WOMAN as witness. The witnessing was sealed by Allah Almighty forever:

The Qur'an Chapter 24. [The words in brackets have been added by the translator from tafseer. They are correct.]

  1. Verily! Those who brought forth the slander (against 'Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) the wife of the Prophet ) are a group among you. Consider it not a bad thing for you. Nay, it is good for you. Unto every man among them will be paid that which he had earned of the sin, and as for him among them who had the greater share therein, his will be a great torment.

  2. Why then, did not the believers, men and women, when you heard it (the slander) think good of their own people and say: "This (charge) is an obvious lie?"

  3. Why did they not produce four witnesses? Since they (the slanderers) have not produced witnesses! Then with Allah they are the liars.

  4. Had it not been for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy unto you in this world and in the Hereafter, a great torment would have touched you for that whereof you had spoken.

  5. When you were propagating it with your tongues, and uttering with your mouths that whereof you had no knowledge, you counted it a little thing, while with Allah it was very great.

  6. And why did you not, when you heard it, say? "It is not right for us to speak of this. Glory be to You (O Allah) this is a great lie."

  7. Allah forbids you from it and warns you not to repeat the like of it forever, if you are believers.

  8. And Allah makes the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) plain to you, and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

  9. Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you know not.

  10. And had it not been for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, (Allah would have hastened the punishment upon you). And that Allah is full of kindness, Most Merciful.

  11. O you who believe! Follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). And whosoever follows the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan), then, verily he commands Al-Fahsha' [i.e. to commit indecency (illegal sexual intercourse, etc.)], and Al-Munkar [disbelief and polytheism (i.e. to do evil and wicked deeds; to speak or to do what is forbidden in Islam, etc.)]. And had it not been for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins. But Allah purifies (guides to Islam) whom He wills, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.

[Notice that Hadith is required to understand the Qur'an.]

 Personal Note

Hispanic Muslim Activist Rebuts Attacks on Kaukab Siddique.

[Following numerous abusive attacks on Br. Kaukab on the Internet from anti-Hadith people, Ismailis and people who hide their identities, Br. Solano came to the rescue.]

"All that backbiting against Dr. Kaukab Siddique is contrary to Islam.

Saying he belongs in a Mental Hospital and favors weak hadiths is offensive and untrue.

You will have to account for it in the Final Judgment Day. In all of the 17+ years I have been reading I have never, never, faced any lies from him.

He has helped so many of us come to Islam with a better outlook.

Allahu Akbar."
Robert Solano [Texas.]

Political Prisoners :

International Campaign for Sunni Prisoners in Iran.

The International Campaign for Sunni Prisoners in Iran was set up in 2013 in order to raise awareness about Sunni prisoners of conscience in Iran.

We aim to translate, report and publish news and information about the persecution suffered by Sunni Muslims in Iran, focusing on those who have been unjustly imprisoned due to spreading the teachings of Sunni Islam.
We are run by a small team of volunteers, and we are not affiliated with any groups, governments or organizations.
**The situation of Sunni Muslims in Iran**

Sunni Muslims are a religious minority in the Shia-majority Iran, facing discrimination ranging from restrictions on worship to the harassment and intimidation of Sunni leaders by intelligence and security services.

Numerous Sunni clerics, preachers and activists have been imprisoned and even executed in Iran, often following unfair trials based on 'confessions' obtained through torture. The Iranian regime commonly falsely accuses Sunni preachers of 'enmity against God', in an attempt to justify their imprisonment and execution.

There are currently more than 30 Sunni prisoners of conscience awaiting execution in Iran.

**Our work**

Our vision is to see an end to the unfair detention and execution of Sunni preachers and activists in Iran, and for Sunni Muslims to be given the right to practice and promote their religion freely.

We aim to work towards this becoming a reality through:

  1. Education:

    1. Raising awareness:

      We aim to educate the public about the persecution and detention faced by those who actively spread Sunni Islam within Iran, by publishing news and information about the arbitrary detention, torture and execution of Sunni prisoners of conscience. Keeping these issues in the public's awareness is an effective way of increasing the pressure on the Iranian authorities, sending a powerful message that the world is watching their actions.

    2. Presenting the full picture:

      We aim to provide the world with a clear and factual view of the situation of Sunni prisoners in Iran, by publishing the hidden side of the story, counteracting the biased reports published by the state-run Iranian media.

    3. Giving a voice to the prisoners:

      By publishing the profiles, letters and statements from the Sunni prisoners, we provide a platform for them to broadcast their stories from their own perspective, and to break the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding their cases.

  2. Campaigns
    We aim to co-ordinate campaigns to raise awareness and lobby the Iranian authorities through letters and petitions. Please subscribe to stay updated about our latest campaigns.

**How you can help**
Your support is vital in working to save Sunni prisoners of conscience from imprisonment, torture and execution in Iran.

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 Breaking News

Islamic State at the door of Damascus. Hizbullah Offensive on Aleppo Stalls
Jet shot down.

[SOHR and Reuters.]

April 17. United Nations is warning of severe shortages in Yarmouk refugee camp on the doors of Damascus. Close reading shows [as admitted by wire services] Islamic State fighters have taken over almost ALL of Yarmouk refugee camp owing to support of IS by Palestinians.

The eastern end of Yarmouk is controlled by al-Nusra which is clashing with IS to control this key entry point into Damascus.

Regime tanks are blocking the entrance into Yarmouk and strictly stopping all food supplies into the camp. Desperate appeals for food are coming out from civilians in the camp but Assad is relentless in his control of the food supplies.

The Palestinian Authority of Abbas is with Assad and blocking food supplies.

Meanwhile, after 7 days of fighting, it is apparent that the Hizbullah's advance towards Aleppo has stalled with heavy losses despite Russian bombing support.

ALSO SOHR reports that Islamic State shot down an Alawite jet which was probably flying low to strafe civilians. The pilot bailed out and managed to reach regime forces.

Iraqi Military stopped in its tracks. Unable to Move Towards Mosul. Tit for Tat attacks by IS.

By April 17, the Iraqi Shia military has been constrained to announce that its planned advance on Mosul will not be possible for a while though a huge Shia force is ready.

America is bombing the Caliphate daily to soften the Islamics for a Shia advance but to no avail.

The Shia regime has blocked all food supplies into Fallujah which is in IS control and this is causing serious civilian suffering.

IS fighters are attacking Kurdish positions in the north and Shia positions around Baghdad almost on a daily basis in response to American air strikes on Islamic positions.


Some Appreciation of New Trend's Obituary on Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed
We are not Permanent Enemies

My Dear S M Khalid,
Thank you for sharing decently rather artistically made -- clipping from NEW TREND which I had seen earlier as well.

That is fair enough.It is a proof of Dr. Mumtaz's goodness .The enemy's evidence is most powerful testimony of one's virtues.

My old friend Zahid Bukhari an other target of 'butshikan's arrows of dushnam and multiple accusations is here in Chicago on a visit and intends to visit me today or tomorrow. We shall certainly talk about Mumtaz marhoom and revive our memories of him,inshaAllah. May Allah guide us all to be good and free from bad sentiments which often remain hidden deep rooted about those who differ and oppose us sometime or have said bad words when unable to control their anger just for not agreeing on issues .This is a temporary life and those who wish real happiness and reward in both the worlds must free their hearts from all vile feelings for ordinary things. I do appreciate the obituary of janab 'butshikan' sahab for Dr. Mumtaz which shows that his anger against him has subsided after his demise somehow which is a good after all.

Zubair bin Umer.
April 15,2015.

 ViewPoint and Analysis

Viewpoint: Russia

Report Says Russia Heavily Involved in Syria Despite Appearances of Withdrawal.

Latest Khutba

Islam is a Complete way of Life. Don't Try to Limit it. Give the Message with Knowledge and to the Audience you Know. Who are the Jinn?

On April 15 the Juma' Khutba at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in central Baltimore [Maryland] was given by Br. Kaukab Siddique. As it is a small masjid, an outline of the khutba is given here for widespread distribution on the Internet.


Chapter 2 The Cow سورة البقرة - Al-Baqara: Verse 208
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِين¤ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُو› فِي السِّلْم¦ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِع¥وا خُطُوَات¦ الشَّيْط¤انِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُبِينٌ

O ye who believe! Enter into Islam completely; and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy.

Narrated Zayd ibn Thabit:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: May Allah brighten a man who hears a hadith from us, gets it by heart and passes it on to others. Many a bearer of knowledge conveys it to one who is more versed than he is; and many a bearer of knowledge is not versed in it.
حَدَّثَن¤ا مُسَدَّد¢، حَدَّثَن¤ا يَحْيَى، عَنْ شُعْبَةَž حَدَّثَن¦ي عُمَرُ بْنُ سُلَيْمَ›نَ، - مِنْ وَلَدِ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّ›بِ - عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْم¤نِ بْنِ أَبَانَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ زَيْدِ بْنِ ثَابِتٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ "‏ نَضَّرَ اللَّهُ امْرَأً سَمِعَ مِنَّا حَدِيثًا فَحَفِظَ§ُ حَتَّى يُبَلِّغ¤هُ فَرُبَّ حَامِلِ فِقْهٍ إِلَى مَنْ هُوَ أَفْقَهُ مِنْهُ وَرُبَّ حَامِلِ فِقْهٍ لَيْسَ بِفَقِيه£ ‏"‏ ‏.‏

Grade : Sahih (Al-Albani)
[Sunan of Abu Dawud.]

  1. Many Muslims, over the centuries of decline and colonialism, forgot that Islam is a COMPLETE way of life. Islam became only a matter of rituals and ceremonies.

  2. Maulana Maudoodi re-introduced the original Islam, that Islam is a complete way of life, guiding us in every aspect of existence.

  3. In America, we must re-learn this reality. Whether it is politics, economics, social development, war and peace, the guidance must come from the Qur'an and the authentic hadith. All these matters are spiritual for Muslims, not secular.

  4. The media are spewing out propaganda on a daily basis which violates all that is sacred in Islam. We must not be influenced by this daily flood of abuse and slander.

  5. We will be influenced unless we study the Qur'an and the hadith on a daily basis. not just on juma'.

  6. We are obligated as Muslims to give the message of Islam to non-Muslims. Are we seeking knowledge to prepare for this great challenge?

  7. If you don't know, keep quiet or say that you don't know. Turning your own opinion into "Islam" is strictly forbidden.

  8. Always pray for Allah's help and Guidance. We may not be able to see or sense His help but the universe is full of those who are fulfilling the help Allah sends us. Among them are the angels, including two who record all we do, as well as the Jinn.
    "Say: It has been revealed to me that a company of Jinns listened (to the Qur'an). They said, 'We have really heard a wonderful Recital!" [The Qur'an 72:1]

  9. The Jinn are extra-terrestrial beings. They make choices like us. If we recite the Qur'an, they will be on our side. They heard the Prophet, pbuh, reciting the Qur'an and some became Muslims.

  10. Try to understand the power of the Jinn. See the story of Suleman [Soloman], pbuh, in the Qur'an. One of the Jinn brought the throne of the Queen of Sheba to Suleman in the blinking of an eye.

  11. So remember, we are not alone in the universe. We come from Allah and unto Him we are returning. So prepare for that return which is inevitable.

Spotlights from Br. Badi

 Imam Badi Ali

Keep Your Word. It is Essential to Islamic Character. An Invitation to Think

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

This is br. Trey and br. Dion.
Imam Badi Gave them the shahada.
(Thank you for photos goes to br. Mike Sutton)
 br. Trey  br. Dion



Palestinians Take to Streets to Mark Prisoners Day
Thousands demonstrate in West Bank and Gaza Strip to shed light on plight of 7,000 Palestinians incarcerated by Israel.

Ramallah, occupied West Bank - Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets across the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Sunday to mark Prisoners Day, to shed light on the plight of 7,000 compatriots who are incarcerated by Israel.

Prisoners Day has been commemorated annually since 1974, when the first Palestinian detainee - Mahmoud Hijazi - was released in a swap deal with Israel.

In the centre of the West Bank city of Ramallah, families gathered raising Palestinian flags and holding framed pictures and posters of their incarcerated loved ones: Faheem al-Khateeb, who has been in prison since 2015, Adeeb Mafarjeh, currently on hunger strike, and Marwan al-Barghouti, the Fatah leader and parliamentarian, who some refer to as the "Palestinian Mandela".

"There are 750 administrative detainees, three of them women, and there are 700 sick prisoners," said Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Commission for Prisoners Affairs. Administrative detainees can be held without trial or charge for extended periods of time.

"We will spare no effort to have them released by either turning to international bodies, like the International Criminal Court, or by continuing to shed light on their plight with events like these," Qaraqe added.

A tearful mother, who was carrying a picture of her son, said she is no longer allowed to visit him in prison. "My visitation rights were taken away, because Israeli authorities claimed I was carrying a knife," said the mother of Eyad Fawaghreh, who has been on hunger strike for more than a month to protest the denial of family visits.

Fawaghreh, who has served 11 of a 27-year sentence, is refusing painkillers and vitamins until his visitation rights are restored, said Yousef al-Nasassra, a lawyer representing him.

There are 30 prisoners who have been incarcerated since before the Oslo Peace Accords were signed in 1993 between the PLO and Israel, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club. Among the prisoners are six members of parliament and 18 journalists, the group said.

In Jenin, high schools on Sunday dedicated one class to teaching about the prisoner population, which includes 75 students and 30 teachers, according to the PA Ministry of Education. Local radio stations aired stories about incarcerated Palestinians, churches tolled their bells, and mosques used their loud speakers to pray for prisoners throughout the day.

Outside the premises of the Red Cross, some gathered to sign a petition calling for the release of their loved ones. "We call upon the international community to investigate the violations against our brothers and sisters inside Israeli prisons," said Mansour al-Saadi, Jenin's deputy governor.

"Israel is even imprisoning 12-year-olds. Where is the outrage," he asked, referring to a Palestinian child currently being held by Israel and due to be released on April 24.

In Gaza City, members of the various political factions - including warring parties Hamas and Fatah - took part in a rally that ended outside the Red Cross premises.

As party members used the occasion to highlight the need for ending the division between the two factions, the group slammed the PA, and its ruling party Fatah, which it said was doing an "inadequate job supporting the prisoners".

"The prisoners' case must be brought to the negotiating table," said Wasfi Qabha, a Hamas leader, and former minister of detainees. "The PA signed a peace agreement with Israel without securing any guarantees to release our prisoners."


 Sirajul Haq

Nawaz Sharif who Betrayed Aimal Kansi & Dr. Aafia, has now Betrayed Pakistan's Wealth. Sirajul Haq Addressed huge Gathering in Buner.

LAHORE, Apr. 17; Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that this country had been established for the enforcement of Islamic order and those talking of liberalism should join their young- ones in Europe which is both liberal and secular. He was addressing a big public meeting at Buner on Sunday.

Sirajul Haq said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had tried to please Washington by hastily executing Ghazi Mumtaz Qadri, but this had earned him so much public hatred that even at the Masjid e Nabwi, (the Prophet's mosque) in Madina, the pilgrims had cursed him and shouted slogans of "Death to Nawaz".

The JI chief said that the Panama leaks had caused a turmoil all over the world and Prime Ministers were stepping down on public protest, whereas Pakistan's Prime Minister was trying to have his own way. However, he said, the nation desired that a Commission headed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court should dig out the facts and determine the position of the Prime Minister on this score.

Referring to the law passed by the Punjab Assembly regarding Women s protection, Sirajul Haq said that this law had been greeted widely by the US and the west. He said that the rights of the women folk had been first protested by Islam. On the other hand, the secularists and liberals were known for marrying secretly and they turned out their lives from the homes at midnight. He said that the country could not be ruled any more by shameless rulers who had handed over Aimal Kansi and Hafiza A'afia Siddiqui, to the US for petty financial gains.

He reiterated that the JI on coming to power, would ensure free medical cover to those suffering from five major diseases, homes to homeless people, and salaries to the madrissah teachers and Imams of mosques, equal to that of the policemen.

War News

 War News

Taliban's Spring Offensive Begins. Outposts in Six Districts of Kunduz Captured.
Regime Says All is Well!
[reuters.]April 15.

Islamic State fighters Drive out FSA [pro-West] from Turkish border and Alawite-Hizbullah forces from East of Aleppo.
April 15. Reuters.

Fighting Emerges in Southern Punjab. Regime says it's a gang but also "militants."
After 9 days of fighting, the army has been sent in.

Our America

 News within the US

New York+Dallas
"Black" Politicians Show Their True Colors +
Armed Defenders Stopped Racist "rally" at Nation of Islam Mosque.
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen]

New York City - C.P. Time is a stereotype of Black folk. It stands for Colored People Time reflecting Black people's supposed lack of respect for time. Many years ago, if you were a Black person in an office environment and set an appointment, the White person giving the appointment would say, "The appointment is at 9am but you can come 9:30am C.P. Time." I remember one of my college professors, Dr. Babatunde, who was Nigerian, complain about that Black lateness stereotype. He said, in Africa, if you told a friend to meet you somewhere around 3pm and he showed up ten minutes later, that was not a problem. He said the African way is a little more laid back. Now, he said a half hour late is a problem.

Recently, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, New York Mayor Bill "Thomas Jefferson" De Blasio, and Leslie Odom, Jr (a Black actor) were at an event. Hillary Clinton was greeted on stage by the Mayor whom she ribbed for taking his time to endorse. Mayor De Blasio, who is married to a Black woman, made the comment, "Sorry, Hillary, I was running on C.P. time." There are reports of gasps and groans coming from the audience. Leslie Odom, Jr. also expressed his dislike for the joke. But, Hillary Clinton's response was, "Cautious politician time. I've been there."

Very telling! Her comment reflects what chameleons politicians are and how they show different faces to different people. She says one thing to Black voters and tells another to White voters.

It doesn't matter because Black voters are "traditionally" democrat and they are very familiar with the Clintons. Last week, Hillary Clinton was at an event in Harlem where she could barely get the words out of her mouth before receiving thunderous applause from her Black professional worshipers. She has been deified in Harlem.

The conversations between Mayor Bill De Blasio and his Black wife must be interesting and cringe-worthy, as well. This Mayor has made it very clear that being a part of the "good old boys club" is very important to him. White supremacy is the backdrop for this entire country's system: educational, political, judicial, economic. You name it. Trust me, his wife knows her "place." It is nothing personal. In spite of marrying and having a family with her, he is the superior one. There are many White men, with this kuffar belief, who have enjoyed the company of Black women. President Thomas Jefferson was a notable figure.

Note: Bonnie and Clyde have NOTHING on The Clintons! As a husband and wife team, Hillary and Bill Clinton have done killed more human beings, particularly those who are Muslim and of African-descent. The same social improvements that Black people are looking for, and will continue to look for, could have been made when Bill Clinton was President. The media is ignoring this information.


Anti-Muslim "Protestors" Met By Armed Muslims/Supporters

On April 2nd, a Saturday, in Dallas, TX, an armed anti-Muslim "protest" took the wrong mosque! Armed anti-Muslim protesters tried to intimidate the Muslims at a Nation of Islam mosque and were met by a large group of Muslims and their supporters. These "protesters" were wearing masks and dressed in fatigues ( a modern day Ku Klux Klan costume). These anti-Muslim "protesters" were easily outnumbered 10 to 1 and were met by armed supporters, as well. When word spread of this "rally" the New Black Panther Party, Huey P. Newton Gun Club, and, surprisingly, the Bloods and the Crips gangs were there to show their support for the Nation of Islam Mosque #48. Al-humdulillah!

Police officers stood between these "protesters" and the mosque supporters. There were some police also stationed on the roofs of neighboring buildings. It makes you wonder who were they there to protect? The anti-Muslim organization is called BAIR - Anti-Bureau of American Islamic Relations.

A NOI Mosque supporter, Purlie Gates, was upset that such a protest could take place. These types of "protest rallies" do not occur in every community. He said that if it were reversed, with Muslims threatening to go into Highland Park (must be a predominantly White area), City Hall would have stopped it. But, the Dallas Police Department issued a statement, which says, "The department is committed to protecting the Constitutional rights of all citizens and will make every effort to keep this protest peaceful."

However, Constitutional rights are only afforded to certain groups in America, while other groups' rights are trampled upon by the courts and law enforcement. Study the history of the Black Panther Party and how they were maligned and slaughtered by law enforcement while trying to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

The Ku Klux Klan has been marching in Black communities for over 100 years under the guise of First Amendment speech. However, these marches and rallies have been nothing more than a form of intimidation.

Of course, there were no arrests or violence at this "rally." Many in the Nation of Islam are very well-versed in Constitutional and local laws. Their security forces, male and female, are trained to know their rights and limitations.



 Shifa Sadequee

Remembering Bengali brother Shifa Sadequee with an Appeal against Injustice in America. Br. Mauri Saalakhan Spoke Among Others.

Thanks to everyone who came to our panel discussion on Islamophobia & preemptive prosecution of Muslims tonight. We had a PACKED house and a powerful discussion with Karima Al-Amin, Syed Ahmed, Sonali Sadequee, Imam Furqan Muhammad, Steph Guilloud. Stay tuned for the photos! -- Azadeh Shahshahani

Join us for more updates coming up soon. "Like" the Justice For Shifa page to stay connected with us.

New York
Muslims Protest "Attempted Suicide" at Attica by Entrapped Prisoner Ahmed Ferhani

A coalition of community organizers, civil rights groups, and families impacted by NYPD surveillance gathered in downtown Manhattan Tuesday for a vigil for Ahmed Ferhani, a Muslim prisoner who recently attempted suicide at the Attica Correctional Facility.

 protest at headquarters of the New York City Police Department

About 50 people with placards bearing the name Ahmed Ferhani rallied outside the headquarters of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) on Tuesday evening, demanding a response to the recent in-custody suicide attempt by a 30-year-old Algerian American in the Attica Correctional Facility.

Holding signs that read "Justice for Ahmed" and "Stop Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling," speaker after speaker came forward to piece together a picture of a Muslim man who, advocates and attorneys say, was ensnared by the NYPD in a terror plot. The police used a confidential informant to involve Ferhani in a bogus scheme to blow up synagogues in New York.

Ferhani is in a coma after trying to hang himself in prison last week.

Corporation which Exploited Syria & Iraq Opposed by Black Bus Drivers' Union. "Dump Veolia" campaign. Workers also helped "Free Aafia" Movement. Islam forbids Private Ownership of Natural Resources.
by Sis. Karin Freidemann [Boston]

Islam often presents itself as the Middle Path between the two extremes of Capitalism and Communism. Islamic Law would eliminate the need for class struggle by creating a society where property owners are held accountable. Yet, no Islamic society exists in this century. What is important to understand however is that Islam considers environmental and mineral resources to belong to Allah. That means nobody can own them. An Islamic movement has to protect and utilize natural resources for the public benefit. Leftist speech refers to "The People" while Islamic speech invokes "Allah" - but essentially they are both saying the same thing: that water and other resources belong to the government and cannot be privatized.

We have been hearing the word "privatization" a lot as local governments for example Flint, Michigan take the water and sewage infrastructure out of public control and give it to a private company that then contaminates the water and destroys the pipes. The Flint move was touted as part of "austerity measures," even though the privatization actually cost the city much more. It was really about corporations lining their pockets with public money. When a government hires a "private" company to run basic civilian infrastructure, we are not talking about a small private company with scientific expertise to solve environmental or organizational problems. These "private" companies are actually huge international corporations, which are steadily consolidating their power to create what increasingly appears to be a global takeover of control that is able to overrule local governments and impose its will on the people via distribution or non-distribution of water, food, and resources. Islamic hadith prophesied the coming of such a global rule - Dajjal - that represents an evil force of oppression, which rules by controlling access to food, water, and other resources.

The poorest of the poor, from India to South America suffer from lack of access to clean water while their freedom of movement is often brutally hindered. These conditions do not arise because of the backwardness of the people but are due to deliberate maneuvers by the political elite. The poor are further degraded by unsafe working conditions and inadequate compensation from corporate bosses that prevent workers from organizing to demand improvements. The ongoing current struggle against multinational corporations is being spearheaded by labor unions and social justice groups in a wide variety of locations. Because of increasing global communication, activists involved in protests and strikes all over the world are not only able to offer solidarity but compare notes on the common global enemy and strategies for defeating it. An increasingly organized, informed and supported labor movement can only be a good thing.

The business connections between those building the wall between the US and Mexico and those building walls surrounding Palestinian areas are unsurprising, but not everyone is aware of the vast extent of the massive web of international corporate control of water, sewage, and transportation systems around the globe. A particularly evil French corporation named Veolia, which dates back to the time of Napoleon, made huge profits from French colonization of the West Indies and Algeria by building railways and water treatment plants. In 2013 the UN hired Veolia to destroy Syria's chemical weapons. Veolia thus profited off the Syrian civil war, while engaging in a political charade, as the UN continued to allow Assad to destroy infrastructure and mass murder political opponents using non-chemical weapons. Veolia is also profiting off the US occupation of Iraq, as the Iraqi Ministry has employed Veolia to build a water treatment plant.

This same company, Veolia, is currently engaged in privatizing the water and transportation systems in many cities around the US, committing fraud and embezzlement, contaminating water, reducing services to poor areas while increasing fees, and breaking union contracts.
In 2013, Veolia also took over the management of Boston Public School Bus transportation, sparking an ongoing struggle by the school bus drivers union USW Local 8751 against Veolia's unfair labor practices including payroll shortages, impossible demands on bus drivers, overcrowding of buses, failure to provide agreed upon benefits, and bad faith negotiations resulting in the attempted prosecution and termination of union organizers. Veolia's efforts to crush Boston's only black and immigrant-majority union failed due to hundreds of protesting bus drivers and incredible support from solidarity activists. This union's struggle is important on many levels because not only are they resisting a corporation that has already destroyed many other cities' water supply and workers' rights on several continents, but Boston bus drivers themselves have a decades-long history of supporting people's justice issues. They played a huge role on the front lines of desegregation, escorting black children to school through angry racist white mobs. Not only has the bus drivers' union stood against Israeli Apartheid but they did much of the organizing and provided the sound system for Boston's recent rally to support Dr. Aafia Siddique on March 8, 2016.

The Dump Veolia campaign is growing in many countries around the world from Chile to India, resulting in a surge of political and social networking. "Veolia is just one window to understand the need for joint struggle, how corporatization entangles us with past histories of oppression and present global resistances," writes Maia Brown for Stop Veolia Seattle. "When we understand the historical continuities, exemplified by Veolia, between early structures of Western Imperialism and industrialization and today's globalization and neoliberalism, we strengthen our ability to form new solidarities and communities of struggle."

2016-04-17 Sun 22:06:23 ct