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22 Shawwal 1438 A.H.- July 16, 2017 Issue # 29, Newsletter # 1715

Hadith of the Week

 Who among the Believers Suffers the Most

Who among the Believers Suffers the Most?

Sa'ad bin Abi Waqqas, r.a. narrated : Once I asked the Messenger Allah, pbuh, who are the people who suffer the most in Allah's way? He replied: Firstly the Prophets, then those who do good [saliheen], then grade by grade all mankind according to the level of their attachment to religion. If a person's religion is strong, his suffering is increased. If it is weak his suffering is reduced. The suffering and calamities continue till the person walks on earth purified of all wrong doing.

[Hadith in Sunan of Tirmidhi, # 2398, Sunan of Ibn Maja, # 4023, Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal # 1481. Listed as Hasan Sahih by al-Albani.]


Not bad for our Jamaat al-Muslimeen account on Facebook.

New Trend's June 25 [Eid issue] reached 6920 people on facebook. What was amazing was that it got 1402 "likes."

Some of the items in this issue were:
  1. Special report on Masoud Khan, political prisoner in USA.
  2. Br. Kaukab's khutba on the young Muslim girl murdered in Virginia.
  3. Us Air force killed 318 civilians in Syria.
  4. Sis. Ashira's report on Ramadan in Ethiopia.

Political Prisoners :


Huge Show of Support for Erdogan
Tremendous crowds carrying the Red and Crescent flag of Turkey gathered to show support for President Erdogan on the anniversary of the failed coup attempt.
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Canadian Good Samaritan Supports Syrian Refugees.

Nearly 7 out of 10 Canadians support their government's acceptance of Syrian refugees. One such Good Samaritan is Jim Estill, a prominent Canadian entrepreneur and businessman. Haunted by pictures of Syrian cities reduced to rubble and Syrian people dying as they tried to escape, Estill has put up CAN$1.5 million to resettle 58 Syrian families in a small university city west of Toronto. "My thought is, what can I do to help?" Estill told correspondent Martha Teichner. "You don't want to grow old and say you stood by and did nothing. And it's the right thing to do."


Two Israelis, Three Palestinians killed at al-Aqsa Mosque.

[New Trend report]

July 14: Two Israeli troops were killed when three Palestinians opened fire on them at masjid al-Aqsa. An Israeli force rushed the three fighters killing them in a hail of gunfire.

Two of the Palestinians were 19 years old and one was 29.

The Israelis were from the Druze cult. Using heterodox cults to hit Muslims is common in the Middle East. Egypt uses the Copts, Bashar Assad uses Alawites, Syrian Christians and Shi'ites, the Baghdad regime uses Yazeedis and medieval Christian cults, Pakistan uses Qadianis and shia minority.

Israel has occupied Jerusalem but lets Muslims pray at al-Aqsa. After this incident, Israel stopped Friday prayers. At this the Jordanian king intervened and the Israelis agreed to re-open al-Aqsa. Thus each of the oppressors pretend to be compassionate towards Islam.


Hindu Killed Wife for Dinner Delay.
Wife Beating Culture in India.

BBC. July 10

Domestic violence has been the most reported violent crime against women in the country every year for more than a decade now

Police in India say they have arrested a 60-year-old man who fatally shot his wife for serving his dinner late.

Ashok Kumar came home drunk on Saturday night and got into an argument with his wife, Rupesh Singh, a senior police officer in Ghaziabad city near the capital Delhi, told the BBC.

Sunaina, 55, was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to her head, but by then she had died, reports said.

Mr Kumar has confessed to his crime and now regrets his actions, Mr Singh said.

"The man [Mr Kumar] used to drink every day. On Saturday, he came home drunk and started having an argument with his wife. She was upset with his drinking habit and wanted to talk about it, but he wanted dinner immediately," Mr Singh said.

"He got frustrated with the delay and shot her," he added.

Domestic violence has been the most reported violent crime against women in the country every year for more than a decade now.

In 2015, an incident of domestic violence was reported every four minutes under the legal definition of dowry deaths, harassment over dowry related crimes, cruelty by husband or his relatives and domestic violence.

The BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi says such violence is not unique to India - it occurs around the world - but what sets it apart in India from many other countries is the culture of silence and approval that often surrounds it.

According to a family survey carried out by the government, more than 54% of men and 51% of women said it was ok for a man to beat his wife if she disrespected her in-laws, neglected her home or children, or even over something as trivial as putting less - or more - salt in the food.


Husband-Wife Relations

by Felicia Livingstone
[Baton Rouge, Louisiana]

Men want a wife, not a shadow. You don't have to follow your man everywhere. Some men can't use the bathroom without their wife holding the toilet paper for them. They can't enjoy being themselves and letting loose with the fellows because there is the wife in the midst of it all. He can't use the riding mower without her practically hopping on the back. He can't talk on the phone without her hanging on to every word.

Men need space. You need interests that can be shared and .those that are separate. Marriage shouldn't cause you to give up things you enjoy or cause you to lose your self identity. You shouldn't depend on your mate to complete you to the point of being paranoid outside of their presence. Two people should come together because they are happy being alone but more fulfilled being together. Suffocation kills love over time because all they will want to do is get away from you.

Relax and let him breathe.


July 16: According to a Chinese news agency, Islamic militants and Bangladesh military forces are exchanging gunfire in a suburb of Dhaka, known as Savar.
The security forces are urging them to surrender.
Two months back a garment worker rented the house where the Islamics are located. The police have arrested the owner of the house.

Note: Bangladesh has been trying to destroy independent Islamic groups for the last several years; and most Muslim groups in Bangladesh do not support armed resistance, which makes it much easier for the regime to crush the small armed opposition. The regime is strongly linked to India.

 Alpha and Omega

Latest Khutba

 Dr Kaukab Siddique

Latest Khutba
Islam can Help America to Defeat the Evils which have Prevailed Here

On July 14, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma' khutba and led prayers at masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore.

In spite of ninety degree temperatures and poor air conditioning, there was good attendance and the congregation was very patient.

Here is an outline of the khutba given by Br. Kaukab Siddique.

Text #1:

"O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed." [Quran 5:90]

Text #2

Narrated Abi Burda, r.a.: That Abu Musa Al-Ash'ari, r.a., said that The Prophet (peace be upon him) had sent him to Yemen and he asked The Prophet (peace be upon him) about certain (alcoholic) drinks which used to be prepared there. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "What are they?" Abu Musa said, "Al-Bit' and Al-Mizr?" He said, "Al-Bit is an alcoholic drink made from honey; and Al-Mizr is an alcoholic drink made from barley." The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "All intoxicants are prohibited." Sahih Al-Bukhari - Book 59 Hadith 631

  1. Our existence as Muslims living in America can be justified only if we are doing da'wah and helping America to become a better place than it is.

  2. Evils have prevailed here and unless we use Qur'an and Sunnah to oppose them, they will only get worse.

  3. It's not a good excuse that only a few of us are striving and the forces of evil are strong. Remember Muhammad, pbuh, was only one person but with the book of Allah, with the support of his wife Khadija, r.a., and his best friend, Khalil in Arabic, Abu Bakr, r.a., he was successful.

  4. The evil forces in Arabia were not unlike what we have in America yet Islam prevailed. Here is what we have in America: Short list:

    1. Racism.
    2. Violence against women.
    3. Rape.
    4. Zionist Jewish control of the media and the movie industry.
    5. Pornographic industry.
    6. Drugs and liquor mass culture.
    7. Legitimization of homosexuality.
    8. Attacks on Jesus, pbuh, and other teachers of morality.
    9. Trafficking on mass scale of women and children.
    10. Exploitation of Mexicans and other poverty stricken people.
    11. War against Muslim nations to support Israel directly and indirectly.
    12. Exploitation and destruction of Africa.

  5. We can change all this tremendous mass of evil if we believe in Allah, seek guidance from the Qur'an and follow the Sunnah as understood by the sahaba, r.a.

Part 2

  1. In this small community, we have people of great expertise and ability. We are seeking volunteers to help us in these fields:

    1. Writing and speaking.

    2. Artistic presentation of Arabic script and Qur'anic verses.

    3. Counselling and Islamic advice for spouses & families.

    4. Prayer leaders during the week after juma'.

    5. Security against gangsters, Zionists and racists.

    6. Family day.

    7. Sending letters, Qur'ans and literature to Muslims in prisons [where allowed]

Remember, the Prophet, pbuh, has taught that the best good deeds are those which though little are done consistently. [Hadith from Ayesha, r.a.]

Urge the larger Muslim community across America to provide us with stipends for those who spend their time in these activities, for we are not a rich community.

Du'a: O Allah ! help us to study the Qur'an and hadith every day. O Allah give us spouses and children who will stand with us for Islam. O Allah, give victory to the oppressed over the oppressors. Ameen.



New Trend's Historic Interview
Two months before the attack.
Background to the Army's Attack On Jamia Hafsa [Red Mosque].

Interview with Umm Hasan Principal of Jamia Hafsa, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Why Did Islamic Women Decide to Risk their Lives to Defy General Musharraf in his Stronghold? Tony Blair's Role.

New Trend: Sis. Umm Hasan, I decided to interview you after I saw that the forces opposed to Islam are busy trying to discredit Jamia Hafsa on the Internet. It is obvious that your Islamic university is having a tremendous impact on the situation in Pakistan, located as you are in the capital of Pakistan. BBC interviewed you ....

Umm Hasan: BBC gave a totally distorted picture of our struggle. It said that we wanted to use violence and throw acid on the faces of women who do not wear Islamic covering. That would be totally unislamic and against Shari'a [Islamic Law]. BBC tried to defame us.

New Trend: I have also heard that your university [Jamia] is facing a threat of military action by General Musharraf which could happen at any time. Is that true?

Umm Hasan : Yes, Musharraf has prepared a strike force known as Triple One. It is heavily armed. We only have lathis [wooden staves] to defend ourselves, but we will defend ourselves. We have heard that a special gas has been prepared by Musharraf's forces which would put people to sleep.

NT: I don't think that will be easy for Musharraf. I have read that Islamic volunteers from all over the country are coming to your defense and many have assembled in Lal Masjid which is in the same complex as Jamia Hafsa. But how did all this start? Why are the young women in your care coming out to fight?

UH: Women of Islam have been terrorized by General Musharraf for much too long. We won't take it any longer. We are sick and tired of his anti-Islam policies and actions. To give you some idea, our university was attacked first by Musharraf in the year 2004 during the night of August 16-17. In the police rampage, our young women were terrorized and attacked by the SWAT teams of Musharraf.

NT: That is indeed shameful!

UH: Then in 2005, in the aftermath of the London bombing of 7/7, after 11 days, Tony Blair called on Musharraf to attack the Madrassas. Hardly had Blair spoken, then on the very next day, July 19, Musharraf's Special Forces raided Jamia Hafsa. They were shelling us with tear gas and firing plastic bullets at the girls.

NT: You mean right there in Islamabad? What a dastardly act! The general is a bloody coward!

UH: In this attack, Musharraf's forces injured 150 of our girls. One of them had to spend three months in a clinic. When Musharraf learned that a number of our students were in hospital and were being given oxygen, he ordered that the oxygen be turned off.

NT: What an accursed coward!

UH: The raids of 2004 and 2005 emboldened Musharraf so much, he decided to start demolishing mosques in Islamabad. Hamza masjid was actually demolished along with 8 others. We received notice that Jamia Hafsa, along with another 80 [eighty] mosques and religious schools and establishments, were to be demolished and that we should leave. This was the immediate cause of the uprising of our young women and the occupation of a small library as the symbol of our resistance.


NT: I have read that the occupation of the library and the young women's open defiance of the regime had good results. The government announced that it would rebuild Masjid Hamza and stop the demolition process. Then why did your struggle continue? I have heard that the young women kidnapped a "madam" who was running a prostitution den.

UH: Let me explain!

NT: Isn't that a violation of law and due process of law? [Benazir Bhutto's] Peoples Party is making a big noise, calling on Musharraf to crack down on Jamia Hafsa for this "violation of law."

UH: There is no "rule of law" in this country. No woman can appeal to the police for help. Any woman who falls into the hands of the police is liable to be raped or at least assaulted.

NT: What happened in the case of this "madam?" I read somewhere that her name is "Shamim Naqvi" [a Shi'ite].

UH: She is known as "Auntie Shamim." Our girls had been watching her activities for over a month. The neighbors are sick and tired of her procurement of women for men in the government and the crime and noise which goes along with it. She was very confident of her power. She told anyone who objected to the presence of thugs in her area and the activities related to procuring women that she has protection right from the top and that no one will dare to touch her and survive. She was openly working as a procuress. She was increasing her business with government support, even sending girls to other cities.

NT: Then what happened?

UH: Our Islamic girls went to talk to her and begged her to stop her activities, gave her the teachings of Allah and His messenger, pbuh. The Islamic girls reminded her of the Hereafter. Instead of relenting, at this advice she became very angry and took out a knife. She cut one of our Islamic girls. Then the young women picked her up and brought her over. She was kicking and screaming and used her mouth to bite two of the girls. She left tooth marks. She was not hurt and was brought without injury,

NT: All praise belongs to Allah! And then?

UH: She was told that Islamic women mean her no harm and only want to stop her shameful and sinful activities of procurement of women for government officials. At first she threatened and said that she has "long hands" and we will not survive. However, when she realized that the Islamic women were not going to let go easily, she repented and wrote a full confession of her misdeeds.

NT: Who were her clients?

UH: She did indeed have long hands. She gave us the list of her "customers." Among her clients or customers are Shaikh Rasheed and his nephew Rasheed Shafiq.

NT: You mean the Shaikh Rasheed who is the closest publicist of Musharraf? He is Railway Minister perhaps, isn't he? The one who keeps giving press statements about how great Musharraf is ? Are you sure?

UH: The very same. Top government women are also involved in this corruption.

NT: Such as?

UH: Nilofar Bakhtiar and Zubaidah Jalal.

NT: You might get into a lot of trouble. You are mentioning top people including Shaikh Rasheed by name. He is a powerful man, very close to Musharraf. Aren't you afraid?

UH: We have been taking names right from the time "Auntie Shamim" confessed. We want the people of Pakistan to know how corrupt and degraded this government is. Thus when Musharraf tries to get these people "elected," Pakistanis will know who is being "voted" into power. Musharraf is going for new "elections."

NT: You are challenging the power structure. Your girls have long sticks [lathis]; the government has machine guns and tanks. Why do you feel so strong? Who is on your side?

UH: Allah and His messenger, sal Allaho alaihi wassalam, and the believers.

NT: How many young Islamic women are holding on to the library?

UH: 150

NT: What's the total enrollment of Jamia Hafsa?

UH: We have a total of 6,000 female students. Of these, 3,000 are at the middle school and matric level. The rest are at the university level. In addition to regular courses, we teach Hifz Qur'an and at the senior level we teach Fiqh [Islamic Jurisprudence\ and Study of Hadith.

NT: How many of the students are on campus at this time?

UH: About 1,500.

NT: How many teachers?

UH: 175.

NT: Since when have you been the Principal?

UH: Since we began in 1991.
NT: Thank you for the interview. I'll come back to you with more questions. May Allah keep you safe and strong in Islam.

War News

 War News

New Offensive against Islamic State [IS]

On July 16, the Pakistani military launched an all out offensive against Islamic State related elements who had infiltrated the Rajgul valley of Khyber on the Afghan border.

Earlier on July 14, gunmen killed 4 police officers in Quetta.

Earlier still on July 10, a human bomber hit police in the Chaman area killing the police chief and 2 others and wounded 30,

Marawi. Day 53

As of July 15, the Islamic State [IS] affiliates Maute and Abu Sayyaf continue to hold the center of Marawi city.
Government losses have been announced as 93 military and 45 civilians killed. The government is confused about the losses it has inflicted on the Islamics. It announced on May 23 that 50 to 70 fighters had entered Marawi but now it is announcing that the number Islamics it has killed number in the hundreds.

President Duterte's deadline to the military to defeat the mujahideen is running out. He is thanking USA and China for providing munitions.

Abu Sayyaf is also active in Solo island several hundred miles down from from Marawi where it kidanaped 5 people just before Duterte arrived. The army had a big clash with the fighters and the regime is giving out medals to the soldiers.


Russia-Assad-Iran on the left, America-Kurdish Communists-Syrian Mercenaries on the Right taking Syria.

Heavy Bombing, Shelling and Tank Columns Against Islamic groups. IS & FSA Counterattacking.

On July 15,
a loosely united coalition of Islamic fighters [FSA elements?] tried to take back western Aleppo. It was a powerful attack. They reached the city limits of al-Zahraa but were stopped from further advances by Assad's missile attacks, Iranian artillery and Russian air strikes.

On July 15,
in the desert east of Homs, at Hynyma, the advancing columns of Lebanese Hizbullah and Iranian revolutionary Guards were hit by Islamic State counterattack initiated with a car bomb. SOHR says about 30 of the Hizbullah were killed, others wounded. The advance has stopped but will presumably resume.

On July 15-16,
an Islamic State counterattack dislodged Kurdish Communist [SDF] forces which had entered a district of al-Raqqa, the IS capital. However SDF reinforcements are pouring in with US air support and are surrounding al-Raqqa from all sides.

Also, July 15,
the US air force continued to attack Islamic families of fighters who left al-Raqqa and went to al-Mayadeen deep in Islamic State territory. In this latest bombing raid, the US air force killed 6 children and 2 women. [As we reported earlier, the US air force has killed several hundred women and children who have taken refuge in al-Mayadeen area.]

July 13-16.
Assad's elite troops with Russian air support are clashing heavily with Islamic groups in the Damascus suburbs of Jobar and Ain Terma. The mujahideen group facing Assad in this battle is known as al-Rahman corp. The regime forces could not advance but in the five air strikes in their support, 5 women, 2 children and 5 civilian men were killed.

[Regime forces are trying to destroy all civilian facilities in the suburbs of Damascus so that the population may agree to move to Idlib.]

July 15.
Turkish artillery hit SDF [Kurdish communists] in Afrin city. Turkey is trying to advance in the entire Azaz area in north central Syria.

July 12.
Taking advantage of conflict between al-Nusra and pro-IS elements in Idlib province, Assad's saboteurs used a bomb attack which killed 8 of al-Nusra's members and injured 18.

SOHR is insisting, as reported earlier by Russia, that the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed a couple of months back. It did not say how or where. IS has not issued a statement on this.

Mosul Week 39. Trump Week 25

Urban Warfare Continues. Entire City Destroyed. Serious Atrocities. No Surrender. Mosul did not ask to be Liberated.[New Trend has excerpted these reports from Western newspapers. They indicate that fighting continued during the entire week following the Shia regime's claim of TOTAL VICTORY on July 9.]

The US-backed regime is committing horrific atrocities against Islamic State prisoners. The US and its coalition has bombed the entire city, reducing it to rubble. AIRWARS group now says the air and artillery assault has killed 5118 civilians but other estimates are that more than 8000 civilians have been killed . About 2000 are feared to be lying dead in the rubble of the city. The Shia army indiscriminately used heavy weapons in heavily populated while persistently claiming that they don't want to hurt civilians.

This excerpts from the National Review of July 14 are the best first person account of continuing IS resistance within West Mosul. [New Trend has put the key points in bold type.]

"..... Stalingrad says Sebastian Backhaus, a photojournalist from Berlin. "They're still fighting," says a fixer apparently trying to explain why he didn't bring any flak vests for protection. "ISIS snipers everywhere."

The stench is pronounced in the 112-degree heat. There's small-arms fire a few blocks away. And then a hellfire strike. "This is intense," the fixer says. "Two days ago, it was silent here."

"They're backed up to the river," an Iraqi soldier says. A Humvee pulls up from the direction of the fight to a makeshift medic station, formerly a small butcher shop. Two wounded Iraqi-army soldiers are brought out of the Humvee, one on a stretcher, the other limping and stunned. The latter appears to be in shock, shrapnel in his face, arms, chest, and legs. The other is on a stretcher, a hole in his knee with bone protruding out a couple of inches. He yells aloud intermittently while soldiers and medics hold him down. He's sedated and then transferred by Humvee to a real medical facility. "They're cornered now," says a soldier through an interpreter. "They're down to suicide vests." Everywhere the defeat of ISIS is imminent, especially in Mosul. And somehow the fighting continues

An Apache appears above, empties its payload at ISIS. A spirited, middle-aged Iraqi-army non-commissioned officer named Nabil hops out of a Humvee and offers his report. "It's all foreign fighters," he says. Chechens. Afghans. Westerners. He points to the rubble where, he claims, for a skeptical Spanish journalist, lies the body of a Chinese ISIS soldier. The unexploded ordnance, booby traps, and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) deter her from further inquiry. The journalist is exhausted; the soldiers are exhausted. Only ISIS seems indefatigable.

A Humvee pulls up with another wounded Iraqi soldier, this one with injuries across the torso, arms, neck, and head. His face is cut up and bloody. He can't be 20 years old. He's in terrible pain and visibly terrified. He groans and they sit him up. The IV slowly takes effect. After he's stabilized and moved, an American medic gives a summary for those who were standing a few feet away. "He has a hole in his throat but it wasn't sucking air. He's got some shrapnel wounds. You saw how badly his face was shredded up. Grenade, I think. But he should live." Not every Iraqi soldier will be so fortunate this day. A few of us move down a street toward "the front" — not an altogether meaningful term in urban warfare. The fighting intensifies. Still more corpses. Who is and is not ISIS is a source of speculation. Many of these dead are civilians, some children. "That's the corpse of a woman," says one journalist. "I think it's a little girl," says a fixer.

On the other side of a building to our front, perhaps 300 meters away, a blast is followed by a plume of smoke. "Suicide bomber," says one of the Iraqi soldiers.Several minutes later, a Humvee speeds past going to the butcher shop; an Iraqi soldier tossed on the hood appears unconscious or perhaps dead. There were six other casualties. An Iraqi soldier named Ghasem stops his Humvee to drive me toward the front. Like many here, he's somehow of good cheer. He makes a quick stop next to other soldiers, whose vehicles bear images of the Ayatollah Khomeini and other Shiite figures

The physical rebuilding of Mosul will probably take decades. But the healing of the Iraqi people will take generations — healing that can begin only when the violence stops. The mission in Mosul is nowhere near accomplished.

Serious Atrocities by the Shia Military.
July 15
Excerpts from The Guardian

The body of a long-haired Islamic State militant lies rotting in the scorching heat. Blast-strewn cars and bullet holes in walls bear witness to a fierce firefight that took place in the Zanjili neighbourhood of west Mosul.

Once a stronghold of Isis, Zanjili is now a ghost town. Life has stopped and nothing moves; even the stray cats and dogs that roam other parts of the city, feeding on the dead, are nowhere to be seen. The eerie silence is punctured by occasional volleys of heavy gunfire from two Iraqi helicopters firing at Isis positions in the remaining militant-held pockets of the old city less than half a kilometre away.

The total destruction of Zanjili is a testament to the enormous task ahead for the Iraqi prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi - the reconstruction of this city at a time when lower oil prices have severely depleted government coffers. The UN has estimated that repairing basic infrastructure in the city will cost more than $1.3bn (£990m).

"In western Mosul what we're seeing is the worst damage of the entire conflict," Lise Grande, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said last week. "In those neighbourhoods where the fighting has been the fiercest, we're looking at levels of damage incomparable to anything else that has happened in Iraq so far."

Several men and a woman scavenging through Zanjili emerge from a side street. "This place is destroyed," said Mohammad Fathi Salih, 26, a teahouse owner. Salih does not know how many customers who sipped his sweet tea every day are dead. "Many people died here. There was a baby who died of hunger because there was no food."

He showed the Observer a mass grave in this once densely populated area, in the front yard of a school whose roof had blown away. "We had no other place to bury them. We buried 151 people here," said Salih, emphasising the number. "There were women, children, young, old. We brought them from streets around here one by one."

Unidentified corpses are being fished out of the Tigris river, with human rights observers suggesting government forces are behind the deaths

"Since 2003, Iraqi forces have carried out abuses against the civilian population with complete impunity, mainly targeting Sunni Arabs," said Belkis Wille, senior Iraq researcher at Human Rights Watch. "They have carried out campaigns of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and extrajudicial killings. These have all been key push factors for young Sunni Arab men to join Isis."

Iraqi security forces' reputation suffered a blow last week when about a dozen videos showing troops' brutality were published on social media. One shows a soldier stabbing a man in the neck and face as he shrieks in pain and begs for his life. "This is for the martyrs," says the soldier as the man lies in a pool of blood.

In the past nine months, Iraqi security forces have been mired in a number of incidents contrary to the rules of conflict but Baghdad has stayed silent.

"The battle for Mosul is meant to be the final major battle in Iraq against Isis and yet this battle has opened the floodgates to those very campaigns of abuse, and the videos and testimony of abuse that have emerged have been met with silence from Baghdad," said Wille. "If the Iraqi authorities and the US-led coalition really want to put an end to Isis, they need to not only engage militarily but tackle the push factors - put an end to abuses [carried out] with impunity. Otherwise we will not see an end to extremist groups in Iraq any time soon."

Mohammad, a former police officer from Noor in east Mosul who now drives a taxi on the city's outskirts, questions whether the Iraqi government has learned from its mistakes.

"Now we have Shia flags everywhere," he said, referring to the banners depicting the prophet Muhammad's nephew Ali and his grandsons Hassan and Hussein revered by Shia Muslims. "Sunnis of Mosul see these flags as insults."

July 13
In a "liberated" area of Mosul: ( A police officer and three soldiers were killed while handling Islamic State suicide bombers in a liberated western Mosul district, an informed security source said.

July 12
Gunfire in Mosul all day long. Helicopters strafing ......
"Iraqi forces exchanged gunfire with the militants in their final Mosul redoubt just before midnight and through the day on Wednesday, three residents living just across the Tigris River from the area told Reuters.

Army helicopters strafed the Old City and columns of smoke rose into the air.
"We still live in an atmosphere of war despite the victory announcement two days ago," said Fahd Ghanim, 45. Another resident said the blasts shook the ground around half a kilometer away.

July 11
TIKRIT, Iraq: ISIS has captured most of a village south of Mosul despite losing control of its stronghold in the city, an Iraqi army officer and residents said, deploying guerrilla-style tactics as its self-proclaimed caliphate crumbles.

But the terrorist, armed with machine guns and mortars, have now seized more than 75 percent of Imam Gharbi, a village on the western bank of the Tigris river some 70 km (44 miles) south of Mosul, and reinforcements are expected, the Iraqi army officer said.

ISIS launched its attack on Imam Gharbi last week, in the kind of strike it is expected to deploy now as US-backed Iraqi forces regain control over cities the group captured during its shock 2014 offensive.

Daily Mail July 12
Bombs continued to be dropped on Mosul's Old City on Tuesday, despite victory having been declared against ISIS

 Mosul Old City

The BBC's Basheer Al Zaidi in Mosul later said exchanges of gunfire and explosions were continuing to come from the Old City, and that helicopters were carrying out air strikes on IS positions.



Difference between Shiism & Muslim/Islam

By Khalid Amayreh

[The writer is a renowned Palestinian scholar on Islamic issues.]

Shiisim is largely but not completely a Persian corruption of Islam. Imamate is basically a fabricated and concocted concept unmentioned in the Quran. Shiism is shiism and Islam is Islam. Hence, the two should be viewed as SEPARATE RELIGIONS Just like Judaism and Christianity. Attempts to lump Islam and Shiism are futile and will fail. Why?

Because the differences between the two have to do with the fundamentals.

  1. Muslims worship Allah, the creator, directly without intermediaries or middle entities, whereas Shiites worship the imam (an all-perfect creature or vicegerent of God) and Ahlulbayt ( the family (but not wives) of the Prophet. They are the waseela or means to God.

  2. Muslims believe Islam was completed and perfected with the death of Muhammad, Shiites on the other hand, believe revelation continued and Fatema and her children and grandchildren, the Imams, continued to receive revelations and had their own respective Qurans.

  3. For Shiites, Ali is the greatest person in the world, who personifies God. He is effectively greater than Muhammad and all other Prophets. Muhammad, Shiites believe, who failed to convey the entire message, namely the part related to Ali being the alleged successor to Muhammad. Sunni Muslims believe Muslims should choose their leaders democratically.

  4. Muslims believe the Quran is God's final message or testament to mankind, while Shiites consider the Quran incomplete, imperfect, unauthoritative, unauthentic, corrupted, distorted, tampered with and lacking authority. Some Shiite scholars declare this belief openly, like Nuri Tabarsi, while others deny that the Quran is Muharrad (distorted).

  5. The Shiites are awaiting a Shiite messiah called al Mahdi. The figure is widely viewed as mythical as the Quran makes no mention of an occulted messiah who has been hiding in a cave in Iraq. Sunni Muslims dismiss this Mahdi as a baseless legend.

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