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30 Dhul-Hijjah, 1437 A.H.- October 2, 2016 Issue # 40, Newsletter #1674

Hadith of the Week

A Major Sin many Muslims are committing against Women.

"From Buraida, r.a., 'a young woman came to the Prophet, pbuh, and said that her father had married her to his nephew so that the nephew's low social condition may improve. The Prophet, pbuh, gave her the choice to do with her marriage as she wished. She then said, she accepted the marriage initiated by her father. She said that she intended women to know that their fathers do not have authority on them in marriage."

[Hadith in the Sunan of Ibn Majah, abwabun nikah.]

Comment by Kaukab Siddique: A similar hadith is narrated by Ibn Abbas. Many people in Muslim countries, particularly Pakistan, carry out these arranged marriages of their daughters. One particular reason, as referred to in this hadith, is to keep their economic wealth within their family and to deny the daughter her economic independence. These arranged marriages, particularly to cousins, are among the reasons for the frustration of young women and often their resentment and misery. When will Muslims start following the teachings of the Prophet, pbuh?


Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity at a small, conservative mosque In Ambridge, Maryland. September 30 Reached 50.

Issues of Red Mosque, Women, North Dakota, Imam Jamil.

This small mosque is much under pressure that it has removed the word "mosque" from its sign board.

The Jamaat document was given to fifty Muslims here after Juma',mostly Pakistani Americans.

Most of them were college students and hopefully they will be inspired by the contents of document.

The khutba was intellectual. The young imam tried to connect thoughts about alienation to Islamic teachings on dying.

These were the contents of the document.

  1. Prophet's, pbuh, conversation with women.

  2. Initial report on Native American protests in North Dakota.

  3. Don't vote for Hillary. Note the $38 billion new package to Israel.

  4. Protests in Charlotte vs Police shooting.

  5. Ghana Muslimah travelled on foot from Madinah to Makka carrying her baby.

  6. Red Mosque wins in case against General Musharraf.

  7. Br. Abu Talib's report on Imam Jamil seminar in Harlem.

  8. Message to Pakistani Americans.

Political Prisoners :

 Asma bint Abu Bakr

One of the Greatest Women of All Times. She helped Save the Prophet, pbuh. Later Defied Dictatorship. Urged her Son to fight against Overwhelming Odds. Worked for her living Undaunted by Poverty.
Asma bint Abu Bakr(r.a.)
A Role Model for Women.

[With thanks to Sis. Yasmin]

From Bilal to Sumayya, the history of Islam is replete with sacrifices rendered by the companions of the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him).

Asma bint Abu Bakr has a special position among the early Muslims. Her sacrifices for Islam are numerous.

Asma was the daughter of Abu Bakr and sister of Ummul Momineen Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with them).

She was the mother of Caliph Abdullah bin Zubair. Her four generations were companions.

She was the 18th person to enter into the fold of Islam.

Asma supported Islam from her early age. She played a key role in the migration of the Prophet (pbuh). Asma was entrusted to carry food for Abu Bakr and the Prophet (peace be upon him) who were hiding in Cave Thawr. The cave was about three miles away on a mountainous track. She carried food daily for three days, though she was pregnant of seven months.

The last day when Asma prepared their travel provisions and water skin there was no rope to tie them. She tore her Nitaq (waist belt) into two pieces and tied the bag with one.

The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) saw it, he smiled and told her, "Indeed, Allah has given you, in exchange for this girdle, two belts in Paradise." And thus she was named as "Zu Nataqain"
(Lady of Two Belts).

She kept this honorable title for her whole life. After the two left Thawr cave, Abu Jahl came in searching for them and slapped Asma so hard that blood oozed from her ears. Bearing the pain with courage and tolerance, she did not disclose the secret.

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) reached Quba near Madinah, he invited a group that included his daughters and Asma (RA) accompanied them. When they reached near Quba, she gave birth to a boy named Abdullah bin Zubair.

The Prophet (pbuh) was very happy. He took the baby in his lap and gave a bit of date chewed by him in the mouth of the baby.

Abdullah was the first baby born to Muhajirin in Madinah. Zubair ibn Al-Awwam, her husband, migrated to Madinah empty handed leaving everything in Makkah.

Asma spent a hard time in the beginning. The daughter of a rich man found herself tending animals, kneading, grinding and fetching water. She used to carry on her head date-stones from their land at a distance of two miles from Madinah.

The real test of Asma's tolerance and patience appeared after the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) at Karbala. She was then about 90 years of age.

After the tragedy of Karbala, people gathered around her son, Abdullah bin Zubair knowing him as a learned, powerful and brave man. He succeeded in winning the support of Makkah and Madinah. Eventually, Abdullah consolidated his power in Iraq, Hijaz, southern Arabia, the greater part of Syria and parts of Egypt.

Asma advised her son before the fight against the Damascus ruler Abdul Malik bin Marwan saying she will be grieving for him only if he is killed in a vain and unjust cause.
"Death with honor is better than a life of peace with dishonor."

Abdullah went forward to fight against Marwan's commander Hajaj bin Yusuf and kept fighting until he was martyred.

The cruel Hajaj beheaded him and hanged his body on a tree. He declared, "No one should take down his body except Asma. She must come to me and ask my permission. Asma refused to go. Eventually Hajaj came to her and asked, "What do you say about this matter?" She boldly replied, "Verily, you have destroyed him and you have ruined his life, and with that you have ruined your Hereafter."

She added that she had heard the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) saying that "A man would appear from the tribe of Banu Thaqif who would be a liar and a cruel and ignoble barbarian. Today she has seen him for herself."

Hajaj bin Yusuf left silently.

Later Hajaj dropped the body into the graveyard. She arranged for its bathing, funeral prayer and buried with her hands her son Abdullah bin Zubair in Makkah.

Asma died a few days after burying her son, in 73AH.

She was 100 years old but never lost her memory and had a full set of teeth. She took part in the Battle of Yarmuk in 636 AC and fought bravely which drove the Roman Empire out of Syria. She is the narrator of 58 Hadith, and many leading men related Hadith from her.

In a corner of Jannatul Muala a small grave indicates toward this great lady. Asma bint Abu Bakr (RA) was really a great role model for the Muslim women. While proceeding to Jabal Thawr you will find a sign on the road named Zu Nataqain Street.

And this is the path which was trodden by this great lady to carry the provisions to Holy Prophet (pbuh) to Thawr Cave.

Just wait for a moment in this place and pray for these noble souls.

May Almighty Allah grant them the highest ranks in Paradise.

 Word Around The Net

Word Around the Net
by Br Kris

India has ordered the evacuation of over 10,000 people from Kashmir after the two nations exchanged gunfire, while both nations blame the other for provocation.

Somali official demands explanation from US after US airstrike kills Somali soldiers and civilians, and not al-Shabab.

M10 Hospital in Syria's war-torn city of Aleppo bombed...again, these poor guys just can't catch a break. First a cluster bomb, now a 2 barrel.

Iran refuses to acknowledge Israel as a state after German Demand to do so.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen Statement on Shimon Peres

 Our Message

On what basis is Shimon Peres being Honored by American Politicians & Arab Leaders?
We urge Muslims not to vote for anyone who supports Israel.

  1. Since the establishment of the occupation state, Peres is responsible and directly involved in the brutal genocide against the Palestinian people.

  2. Gaza has been attacked three times by Israel leading to the death of thousands of civilians including more than 1000 children.

  3. Even in the West Bank, Israel is steadily building new settlements and adding to existing ones in defiance of international law.

  4. Palestine is living under a new system of Apartheid according to President Carter.

  5. Third holiest mosque of Islam al-Aqsa is under Israeli occupation and being repeatedly desecrated.

  6. The entire Middle East and many parts of Africa are victims of Israeli intrigue and constant surveillance.

In these circumstances, President Obama's visit to honor Shimon Peres, a war criminal and occupier of Palestine indicates that Palestine is being totally ignored by the American power structure.

This shameful support for Israel comes on top of the $38 billion military package newly offered to Israel by President Obama.

We urge American Muslims to oppose the American power structure and boycott all businesses which support Israel directly or indirectly.

Do not vote for anyone who supports Israel.

SPOTLIGHTS from Br. Badi

 Imam Badi Ali

Arab Leaders: Confused, Misled, Sold Out. They do Not Represent the Ummah including Palestine.

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



From India to (Standing Rock) Indian Reservation
By Nadrat Siddique

Special to the New Trend

September 18, 2016
Standing Rock, ND

I was in Bismarck, ND, to run the marathon, a 26.2 mile race, in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline and to call attention to the violation of Native American rights and the violation of sacred Native American lands. Bismarck is an odd city. Although several Native American reservations—Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Rosebud, and Pine Ridge--are close by, Bismarck remains 90% White. Evidently there is a large German population here. The military and oil companies are large employers here, but people are either apolitical or practiced in political correctness. That Saturday, I ran the marathon from Bismarck to the neighboring city of Mandan wearing a tee-shirt bearing the words "No DAPL!" and "Respect Indigenous Rights," drawing barely a comment. A (Hindistani) Indian man; a Native American Indian with his long hair in a braid; a Kenyan man; and a half dozen U.S.-born Blacks (seemingly military types) were the only non-Whites I observed in the race. Afterwards, the Kenyan, a visitor from Pennsylvania, who finished a minute ahead of me, congratulated me on the race and told me he "supported my cause."

I hail from the Indo-Pak subcontinent, the daughter of a Punjabi Indian Muslim father who migrated to Pakistan during Partition and a Sindhi Pakistani Muslim woman. In our part of the world, we are accustomed to road blocks, curfews, and military police. I did not expect to see this in the sparsely populated American state of North Dakota.

A narrow, mostly deserted, two-lane, two way road called Highway 1806 is the main road from Bismarck to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Driving along it, the day after the marathon, I was suddenly stopped by a U.S. Army National Guard roadblock. Six soldiers in camouflage fatigues, manned the checkpoint. Two of them approached my car. I turned down the rock-and-roll music I had blaring in the rented Chevy, and cautiously rolled down the window, making sure to keep my hands on the steering wheel. I was in clearly Pakistani attire, which seemed to reassure the soldiers that I was not one of the "bad guys" (at least not per the stereotypes prevalent in this part of the country). "There's a protest going on up the road," they told me. "There may be people walking in the road. We just want to warn you, so you don't run into it."

A concrete culvert blocked half the road at the checkpoint, as if the soldiers expected someone to ram the checkpoint. (Later I learned that the South Dakota National Guard had blocked the entire road for over a week when the Water Protectors first took action against the oil company, and reopened it only in response to protests from Native people and their allies, as well as local farmers and businessmen, that the roadblock was being used to profile Native Americans and was hindering commerce.) The daughter of a well-known and prolific Pakistani dissident and writer, I had been to hundreds of protests in this hemisphere in my lifetime. I thought it very odd that military police were stopping motorists to warm them about a peaceful protest. The Native people at Sacred Stone Camp, where I was headed, had announced they were unarmed; that their camp permitted no drugs, alcohol, or guns; and that they were there in the role of Water Protectors, protecting Lake Oahe and other parts of the Missouri River threatened by the oil pipeline being laid by Energy Transfer Partners as part of a $4 billion (?) dollar project.

The soldiers allowed me to pass and I drove away slowly, still a bit stunned and pondering unobtrusive ways of photographing the checkpoint. I continued on for miles, past buttes, craggy overlooks, and fallen boulders. Once or twice, I turned onto side streets, which I thought might lead to the Sacred Stone Camp—the Native American Camp I was seeking—only to realize I'd made a wrong turn and returned to the main road. There was no sign of any Native American encampment, and I had neither GPS coordinates nor an "address" for the camp.

Suddenly, I spotted a large herd of bison on the side of the road. I slowed and got out of the car, mesmerized by the majestic animals. I approached a group of them, which included mothers with their calves. The bison barely batted an eye. For a moment, I was befuddled, recalling the warnings I'd read on approaching bison too closely, particularly those with offspring who were prone to charge intruders. Then I realized they were inside a fence, docile, farm-raised cousins of the original free roaming bison intrinsically linked with Lakota and Dakota culture.

Sacred Grounds (Frontline) Camp

Domesticated or not, the bison seemed a harbinger of the camp, because no sooner had I passed them, then I came upon a small camp of Water Protectors. It was a humble, makeshift camp, marked by an upside down American flag—frequently used by Native people to signal that they are under attack by the U.S. government and multinational corporations—two Native American flags, and a teepee. Signs at the camp entrance read "We are still here" and "Red Nations Rising." On one side of the camp and clearly visible from the road, the colorful Palestinian flag left by a solidarity delegation to the camp, fluttered merrily. Numerous tents housing the Water Protectors dotted both sides of the road. In the center of the camp was a makeshift courtyard with wooden furniture, where visitors were received.

Just feet away, on the other side of the road and behind barbed wire, was one of the sites where the oil company had desecrated Native American ancestral burial grounds. The furroughs from the bulldozers were evident. Sacred Grounds Camp rules said not to photograph the area, as if it were a scene of death—death of the sacred.

After that, the Sacred Grounds Camp was established directly across from the site of desecration. It is considered to be the front line of the defense organized by the Water Protectors.

I was met at the front of the camp by a group of Native youth. I introduced myself, and said I'd come to them from the Washington, DC area to extend the solidarity of my people, the Pakistani people to the Native People in their struggle to protect the water. I told them my people were also under attack by the U.S. government and its proxies, in the form of drone strikes, and in some areas, neo-colonial occupation. They were very polite and welcoming, offering me food and drink although they were not expecting me. Most of them had attended college. Some had not, but were very knowledgeable about world events. All seemed committed to stay through the winter (and beyond if need be) to protect the water.

After we chatted a while, I told them I would be leaving shortly to go to the main camp which was nearby. In the tradition of native hospitality, they insisted I return by sunset to have dinner with them. Before I left, one of the youth helped mount my sign, "Pakistanis for Standing Rock," in a prominent location at the front of the camp.

I was headed to Oceti Sakowin.

(To be continued)
© 2016 By Nadrat Siddique

War News

 War News


Shia Forces reach Aleppo under Russian air cover: Heavy Fighting Reported at Aleppo

FSA with Turkish Air Cover only 3 km from ISIS town of Dabiq. Fighting Continues all over Syria.

[From the Independent, SOHR and BBC]

By October 2, Aleppo is is in a condition of collapse in its Muslim sectors. Heavy Russian bombing continues around the clock. Water remains disrupted. Hospitals are being systematically wiped out. UN estimates more than 400 civilians have been killed in one week including more than 100 children.

Shiite forces led by Iranians finally broke through Handarat and reached Aleppo proper. FSA Islamic fighters are putting up a stiff resistance in spite of bad conditions as they are hit by heavy artillery. Al-Nusra is blocking the Shiite advance from the South.

To the east a pro-Turkish FSA force supported by Turkish and USA air cover is advancing on Dabiq, a town very important in the ISIS publicity program.

Bombing and shelling continues around Damascus as the regime tries to push out FSA and civilian fighters.

The FSA advance on Hama is stalled owing to daily air strikes by the Russians. A senior officer who defected from Assad's forces and joined FSA was killed in an air strike.

ISIS advance against Assad continues in eastern Qalamoun, near Damascus but it is very slow.

ISIS has reportedly punished two of its governors for "misgovernance" [physically thrashing them]

Al Raqqa was bombed again by the Americans but regime advances on the HOMS front have stopped.

  1. Taliban advancing in Helmand province towards it's capital. Wide support for them.

  2. US air strike kills civilians but US says they were ISIS.

Military convoy ambushed.

Human Rights groups accuse regime of shooting unarmed opponents In legs.Regime tries to rebut.

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Bel Air, Maryland

Served 29 Years in Army and reserves: Double Murder and Suicide.

Horrific news from Bel Air, Maryland . Does the army do this to you or is this the price of becoming part of the power structure? A man named Nasir Siddique served in the army and reserves for 29 years, was decorated, reached high rank (lt.col), and after retirement in 2010 was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to supervise military monuments and related activities. There were no reports of domestic violence and the family lived in a beautiful split level home.

On September 28, Nasir murdered his wife zarqa in the bathroom , then drove all the way to College Park and murdered his 19 year old college student son Farhad on his 20th birthday and then killed himself. The son is being mourned by Muslim students. (Entire info is from police sources in local media.)

Figs (Injeer) in Holy Quran and Ahadith


A Great Natural Support for Health
[With thanks to Sis. Yasmin]

Figs (Injeer) in Holy Quran:

"By the Fig and the Olive. By mount Sinai. By this city of security (Makkah).Verily,We created man in the best stature(mould)." {Quran,Surat At-Tin 95,Verse 1-4 }

Figs (Injeer) in Ahadith:

Abu Darda (Radiallaho Anhu) narrates that Prophet (Sallallaho 'Alaihi Wa'Sallam) said: "Eat Fig, for it cures the Piles and is useful for Rheumatism".

Abu Darda (Radiallaho Anhu) narrates that someone presented the Prophet a plate of figs and he said, "Eat figs! If I would say a certain type of fruit was sent down to us from the heavens I would say it's a Fig because it has no seeds. It ends (cures) the piles and is useful for rheumatism."

The Prophet (Sallallaho 'Alaihi Wa'Sallam) mentioned Figs and then stated,

"If I had to mention a fruit that descended from Paradise I would say this is it, because the paradisiacal fruits do not have pits... eat from these fruits for they prevent hemorrhoids, piles and gout" (S.Bukhari).

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