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5 Zulhijja, 1438 A.H.- August 27, 2017 Issue # 35, Newsletter # 1721

Hadith of the Week

Prayer leader's Message must reach women.

"The messenger of Allah, pbuh, led the Eid prayer and then gave the sermon. Then he realized that his voice will not have reached the women. So he walked to the women, gave them the sermon and taught them the message of Islam particularly about charity, sadaqa. Then the women started donating their ear rings and finger rings in the way of Allah [sadaqa]."

Hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas, r.a., collected in Sahih Bukhari #962, Sahih Muslim, # 884, Musnad of Ahmad # 1902

Breaking News

Prominent & Distinguished Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal , Arrested in Jamaica.

On August 25, in Kingston, Jamaica, a famous Islamic preacher and scholar Sheikh El-Faisal was arrested. Faisal is known for his fiery orations against the occupation of Muslim countries by the western powers.

The US is getting him extradited to the US to be tried as a "terrorist." Looks like an informant was callimg him and probably got him to say things which would amount to support for "terrorism."

The government is out to get anyone who urges Muslims to join the mujahideen. It is easy to get a fiery orator to say things challenging the US occupation of Muslim countries.

On top of that he is Black and that could stir up Black people who are aware of the great wrongs which have been done to them.

Sheikh Faisal put up an eloquent defense of the Blind Shaikh Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman when Saudi "salafis" were trying to demean the Blind scholar.

This appears to be an attempt to silence a preacher who speaks well. Anyone who condemns US attacks on the Islamic State is immediately labelled as a "terrorist" though he might not have hurt anyone.

Muslims should beware of informants whose job is to get Muslim scholars imprisoned.


Mujahideen emerge from among Rohingya Muslims Brutalized by Buddhists.

August 20 - 25. Mujahideen struck back at Burmese [Myanmer] security forces, setting 20 checkpoints on fire. The Buddhist regime which has committed widespread atrocties against Muslims is in a state of shock that it is getting some payback.

United Nations which has done nothing to stop massacres of Muslims in Burma is now speaking against the mujahideen. [IS is suspected but details are not available.]

The army is gearing up to hit Muslims again.

Political Prisoners :


She Lives in a Cave with 14 Siblings

[With thanks to Br. Zakhum via Br. Zaheer Bawany]
Children of the occupation: growing up in Palestine

Nawal Jabarin wants to be a doctor when she grows up. For now, she lives in a cave with 14 siblings, in constant fear of military raids. We meet the Palestinian children living underIsraeli occupation.

By Harriet Sherwood - 7 February 2014
Nawal Jabarin, 12, and her brothers, two-month-old Issa and two-year-old Jibril, in their West Bank home.

The rough track is an unmarked turning across a primeval landscape of rock and sand under a vast cobalt sky. Our Jeep bounces between boulders and dust-covered gorse bushes before beginning a bone-jolting descent from the high ridge into a deep valley. An Israeli army camp comes into view, then the tinyvillage of Jinba: two buildings, a few tents, a scattering of animal pens. A pair of military helicopters clatter overhead. The air smells of sheep.

At the end of this track in the southern West Bank, 12-year-old Nawal Jabarin lives in a cave. She was born in the gloom beneath its low, jagged roof, as were two of her brothers, and her father a generation earlier. Along the rock-strewn track that connects Jinba to the nearest paved road, Nawal's mother gave birth to another baby, unable to reach hospital in time; on the same stretch of flattened earth, Nawal's father was beaten by Israeli settlers in front of the terrified child.

The cave and an adjacent tent are home to 18 people: Nawal's father, his two wives and 15 children. The family's 200 sheep are penned outside. An ancient generator that runs on costly diesel provides power for a maximum of three hours a day. Water is fetched from village wells, or delivered by tractor at up to 20 times the cost of piped water. During the winter, bitter winds sweep across the desert landscape, slicing through the tent and forcing the whole family to crowd into the cave for warmth. "In winter, we are stacked on top of one another," Nawal tells me.

She rarely leaves the village. "I used to ride in my father's car. But the settlers stopped us. They beat my father before my eyes, cursing, using foul language. They took our things and threw them out of the car."

Even home is not safe. "The soldiers come in [the cave] to search. I don't know what they're looking for," she says. "Sometimes they open the pens and let the sheep out. In Ramadan, they came and took my brothers. I saw the soldiers beat them with the heel of their guns. They forced us to leave the cave."

Despite the hardships of her life, Nawal is happy. "This is my homeland, this is where I want to be. It's hard here, but I like my home and the land and the sheep." But, she adds, "I will be even happier if we are allowed to stay."

Nawal is one of a second generation of Palestinians to be born into occupation. Her birth came 34 years after Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem during the six-day war. Military law was imposed on the Palestinian population, and soon afterwards Israel began to build colonies on occupied land under military protection. East Jerusalem was annexed in a move declared illegal under international law.

The first generation - Nawal's parents and their peers - are now approaching middle age, their entire lives dominated by the daily grind and small humiliations of an occupied people. Around four million Palestinians have known nothing but an existence defined by checkpoints, demands for identity papers, night raids, detentions, house demolitions, displacement, verbal abuse, intimidation, physical attacks, imprisonment and violent death. It is a cruel mosaic: countless seemingly unrelated fragments that, when put together, build a picture of power and powerlessness. Yet, after 46 years, it has also become a kind of normality.

For the young, the impact of such an environment is often profound. Children are exposed to experiences that shape attitudes for a lifetime and, in some cases, have lasting psychological consequences. Frank Roni, a child protection specialist for Unicef, the United Nations' agency for children, who works in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, speaks of the "inter-generational trauma" of living under occupation. "The ongoing conflict, the deterioration of the economy and social environment, the increase in violence - this all impacts heavily on children," he says. "Psychological walls" mirror physical barriers and checkpoints. "Children form a ghetto mentality and lose hope for the future, which fuels a cycle of despair," Roni says.

But their experiences are inevitably uneven. Many children living in the major Palestinian cities, under a degree of self-government, rarely come into contact with settlers or soldiers, while such encounters are part of daily life for those in the 62% of the West Bank under full Israeli control, known as Area C. Children in Gaza live in a blockaded strip of land, often growing up in extreme economic hardship, and with direct and shocking experience of intense warfare. In East Jerusalem, a high proportion of Palestinian children grow up in impoverished ghettoes, encroached upon by expanding Israeli settlements or with extremist settlers taking over properties in their midst.

In the South Hebron Hills, the shepherds who have roamed the area for generations now live alongside ideologically and religiously driven Jews who claim an ancient biblical connection to the land and see the Palestinians as interlopers. They have built gated settlements on the hilltops, serviced with paved roads, electricity and running water, and protected by the army. The settlers and soldiers have brought fear to the cave-dwellers: violent attacks on the local Palestinian population are frequent, along with military raids and the constant threat of forcible removal from their land.

Nawal's village is inside an area designated in the 1980s by the Israeli army as "Firing Zone 918" for military training. The army wants to clear out eight Palestinian communities on the grounds that it is unsafe for them to remain within a military training zone; they are not "permanent residents". A legal battle over the fate of the villages, launched before Nawal was born, is still unresolved.

Her school, a basic three-room structure, is under a demolition order, as is the only other building in the village, the mosque, which is used as an overspill classroom. Both were constructed without official Israeli permits, which are hardly ever granted. Haytham Abu Sabha, Nawal's teacher, says his pupils' lives are "very hard. The children have no recreation. They lack the basic things in life: there is no electricity, high malnutrition, no playgrounds. When they get sick or are hurt, it's hard getting them to hospital. We are forced to be primitive."

The children are also forced to be brave. Nawal insists she is not afraid of the soldiers. But when I ask if she has cried during the raids on her home, she hesitates before nodding almost imperceptibly, unwilling to admit to her fears. Psychologists and counselors working with Palestinian children say this reluctance to acknowledge and vocalize frightening experiences compounds the damage caused by the event itself. "Children say they are not afraid of soldiers, but their body language tells you something different," says Mona Zaghrout, head of counseling at the YMCA in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem. "They feel ashamed to say they are afraid."

Ahed Tamimi, 12, plays hopscotch, likes movies about mermaids and teases her brothers at home in Nabi Saleh.

Like Nawal, 12-year-old Ahed Tamimi boldly asserts that she, too, has no fear of soldiers, before quietly admitting that sometimes she is afraid. Ahed's apparent fearlessness catapulted her to a brief fame a year ago when a video of her angrily confronting Israeli soldiers was posted online. The girl was invited to Turkey, where she was hailed as a child hero.

Amid tree-covered hills almost three hours' drive north of Jinba, Nabi Saleh is a village of around 500 people, most of whom share the family name of Tamimi. From Ahed's home, the Israeli settlement of Halamish is visible across a valley. Founded in 1977, it is built partly on land confiscated from local Palestinian families. An Israeli army base is situated next to the settlement.

When settlers appropriated the village spring five years ago, the people of Nabi Saleh began weekly protests. Ahed's parents, Bassem and Nariman, have been at the forefront of the demonstrations, which are largely nonviolent, although they often involve some stone-throwing. The Israeli military routinely respond with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, jets of foul-smelling fluid known as "skunk", and sometimes live ammunition.

Two villagers have been killed, and around 350 - including large numbers of children - injured. Ahed was shot in the wrist by a rubber bullet. At least 140 people from Nabi Saleh have been detained or imprisoned as a result of protest activity, including 40 minors. Bassem has been jailed nine times - four times since his daughter's birth - and was named a " prisoner of conscience" by Amnesty International; Nariman has been detained five times since the protests began; and Ahed's older brother, Waed, was arrested. Her uncle, Rushdie Tamimi, died two days after being shot by soldiers in November 2012. An Israel Defense Forces investigation later found that soldiers fired 80 bullets without justification; they also prevented villagers giving medical aid to the injured man.

Ahed, a slight, elfin-faced girl, is a discomforting mix of worldliness and naivety. For a child, she knows far too much about tear gas and rubber bullets, demolition orders and military raids. Her home, scarred by repeated army assaults, is one of 13 in the village that are threatened with being bulldozed. When I ask how often she has experienced the effects of tear gas, she laughs, saying she cannot count the times. I ask her to describe it. "I can't breathe, my eyes hurt, it feels like I'm suffocating. Sometimes it's 10 minutes until I can see again," she says.

Like Nawal, Ahed is familiar with military raids on her home. One, while her father was in prison, began at 3am with the sound of assault rifles being battered against the front door. "I woke up, there were soldiers in my bedroom. My mum was screaming at the soldiers. They turned everything upside down, searching. They took our laptop and cameras and phones."

According to Bassem, his daughter "sometimes wakes up at night, shouting and afraid. Most of the time, the children are nervous and stressed, and this affects their education. Their priorities change, they don't see the point in learning."

Those working with Palestinian children say this is a common reaction. "When you live under constant threat or fear of danger, your coping mechanisms deteriorate. Children are nearly always under stress, afraid to go to school, unable to concentrate," Frank Roni says.

Mona Zaghrout of the YMCA lists typical responses to trauma among children: "Nightmares, lack of concentration, reluctance to go to school, clinginess, unwillingness to sleep alone, insomnia, aggressive behavior, regressive behavior, bed-wetting. Psychosomatic symptoms, such as a high fever without a biological reason, or a rash over the body. These are the most common things we see."

The flip side of Ahed's life is one of poignant prosaicness. She plays hopscotch and football with her school friends, likes movies about mermaids, teases her brothers, skips with a rope in the sitting room. But she shrinks from the suggestion that we photograph her near the army watchtower at the entrance to the village, only reluctantly agreeing to a few minutes within sight of the soldier behind the concrete.

Her answers to questions about what the protests are over and the role of the army seem practiced, the result of living in a highly politicized community. "We want to liberate Palestine, we want to live as free people, the soldiers are here to protect the settlers and prevent us reaching our land." With her brothers, she watches a DVD of edited footage showing her parents being arrested, their faces contorted in anger and pain, her own confrontation with Israeli soldiers, a night-time raid on the house, her uncle writhing on the ground after being shot. On top of witnessing these events first-hand, she relives them over and over again on screen.

The settlers across the valley appear to her as completely alien. She has never had direct contact with any of them. No soldier, she says, has ever spoken a civil word to her.

Waleed Abu Aishe's family put a steel cage over their house in Hebron after attacks by settlers: 'It's like living in a prison. No one can visit us. Soldiers are there day and night. I don't remember anything else'.

It's the same for 13-year-old Waleed Abu Aishe. Israeli soldiers are stationed at the end of his street in the volatile city of Hebron 24 hours a day, yet none has ever acknowledged the skinny, bespectacled boy by name as he makes his way home from school. "They make out they don't know us, but of course they do," he says. "They just want to make things difficult. They know my name, but they never use it."

Nowhere in the West Bank do Israeli settlers and Palestinians live in closer proximity or with greater animosity than in Hebron. A few hundred biblically inspired Jews reside in the heart of the ancient city, protected by around 4,000 soldiers, amid a Palestinian population of 170,000. In 1997 the city was divided into H1, administered by the Palestinian Authority, and H2, a much smaller area around the old market, under the control of the Israeli military. H2 is now a near-ghost town: shuttered shops, empty houses, deserted streets, packs of wild dogs, and armed soldiers on most street corners. Here, the remaining Palestinian families endure an uneasy existence with their settler neighbors.

In Tel Rumeida, Waleed's neighborhood, almost all the Palestinian residents have left. Only the Abu Aishes and another family remain on his street, alongside new settler apartment blocks and portable buildings. Waleed lives much closer to his settler and soldier neighbors than either Ahed Tamimi or Nawal Jabarin: from his front window, you can see directly into settler homes a few meters away. Next door to his home is an army base housing around 400 soldiers.

Following violent attacks, stone-throwing, smashed windows and repeated harassment from settlers, the Abu Aishes erected a steel mesh cage and video cameras over the front of the three-storey house where the family has lived for 55 years. When not at school, Waleed spends almost all his time inside this cage. "For me, this is normal," he says. "I got used to it. But it's like living in a prison. No one can visit us. The soldiers stop people at the bottom of the street, and if they are not from our family, it's forbidden for them to visit. There is only one way to our house, and the soldiers are there day and night. I don't remember anything else: they have been here since I was born." Despite his "normality", he wishes his friends could come to the house, or that he and his brother could play football on the street.

The cage, and public condemnation that erupted in Israel following the broadcast on television of a Jewish woman hissing "whore" in Arabic through the mesh at female members of the Abu Aishe family, have reduced settler attacks and abuse. But Waleed still gets called "donkey" or "dog", and is sometimes chased by settler children.

His mother, Ibtasan, says the soldiers take no action to protect her children. "They have got used to this way of life, but it's very exhausting. Always I am worried," she says as images from the street below flicker on a television monitor in the corner of the living room. "It was easier when they were little, although they had bad dreams. They would sleep one next to me, one next to my husband and one between us."

A 2010 report by the children's rights organization Defense for Children International (DCI) said Palestinian children in Hebron were "frequently the targets of settler attacks in the form of physical assaults and stone-throwing that injure them" and were "especially vulnerable to settler attacks".

I ask Waleed if he's ever tempted to retaliate. He looks uncomfortable. "Some of my friends throw stones at the soldiers," he says. "Even if I wanted to, I couldn't, because the soldiers know me."

Stone-throwing by Palestinian children at settlers and security forces is common, sometimes causing injuries and even deaths. Bassem Tamimi neither advocates nor condemns it: "If we throw stones, the soldiers shoot. But if we don't throw stones, they shoot anyway. Stone-throwing is a reaction. You can't be a victim all the time," he says.

'People respect me because I've been arrested so many times,' says Muslim Odeh, 14, who lives in Silwan, East Jerusalem.

Another father, whose adolescent son has been detained by the Israeli police 16 times since the age of nine, concurs. "We have the right to defend ourselves, but what do we have to defend ourselves with? Do we have tanks, or jet fighters?" asks Mousa Odeh.

His son, Muslim, now 14, is well known to the Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem district of Silwan. A few minutes' drive from the five-star hotels around the ancient walls of Jerusalem's Old City, Silwan is wedged in a gulley, a dense jumble of houses along steep and narrow streets lined with car repair workshops and tired grocery stores.

It has always been a tough neighborhood, but an influx of hardline settlers has created acute tensions, exacerbated by the aggression of their private armed security guards and demolition orders against more than 80 Palestinian homes. The area's youths throw stones and rocks at the settlers' reinforced vehicles, risking arrest by the ever-present police.

"Every minute you see the police - up and down, up and down," Muslim says. "They stop us, search us, bug us. When I'm bored, I bug them, too. Why should I be frightened of them?" The boy insists he is not among the stone-throwers, an assertion that stretches credulity. "The police accuse me of making trouble, but I don't throw stones, ever. Some of my friends, maybe."

Hyam, Muslim's mother, says her son, the youngest of five children, has changed since the arrests began. "They have destroyed him psychologically. He's more aggressive and nervous, hyper, always wanting to be out in the streets."

Muslim's detentions have followed a typical, well-documented pattern. Between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are arrested by Israeli security forces each year, most accused of throwing stones. They are often arrested at night, taken away from home without a parent or adult accompanying them, questioned without lawyers, held in cells before an appearance in court. Some are blindfolded or have their hands bound with plastic ties. Many report physical and verbal abuse, and say they make false confessions. According to DCI, which has taken hundreds of affidavits from minors in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, these children are often pumped for information on relatives and neighbors by their interrogators. Muslim has been held for periods varying from a few hours to a week.

For Muslim, his repeated detentions are a rite of passage. "People respect me because I've been arrested so many times," he tells me. Child psychologists see it rather differently. They say young boys are often feted as heroes when they return from detention, which denies them the scope to process their traumatic experiences and express common feelings of acute anxiety. According to Zaghrout, boys are expected to act tough. "In our culture, it's easier for girls to show fear and cry. Boys are told they shouldn't cry. It's hard for boys to say they are frightened to go to the toilet alone or that they want to sleep with their parents. But they still have these feelings, they just come out differently - in nightmares, bed-wetting, aggression."

Mousa, Muslim's father and the imam of the local mosque, says that, despite his son's bravado, he is an unhappy and insecure boy. "When the army comes, he clings to me. Since the beginning of the arrests, he sleeps with me." While Mousa is talking, Muslim suddenly leaves the house carrying a knife, intent on puncturing a football being kicked against the front wall by local children. "This is disturbed, irrational behavior," Mousa says. "This is because of the arrests. They have destroyed his childhood. He saw his father, his brother, his sister being arrested. There is a demolition order on the house. Most of our neighbors have been arrested. This is the childhood of this boy. He is not growing up in Disneyland."

Mousa describes his own detention while trying to prevent the police arresting his son. "They carried me in my underwear from here to the Russian Compound [a cell and court complex in central Jerusalem]. Can you imagine more humiliation than this? We are religious people - we don't even let our children see us without clothes. If you gave me a million dollars, I would not go outside in my underwear."

The moment when children realize their parents, especially their fathers, cannot protect them is psychologically significant, according to experts. "For children, their fathers are the protectors of the family. But often these men reach a point where they cannot protect their children. Sometimes soldiers humiliate fathers in front of children. This is very difficult for children who naturally see their father as a hero," Zaghrout says.

According to Roni at Unicef, "Children can lose faith and respect when they see their father beaten in front of them. These children sometimes develop a resistance to respecting people in authority. We hear parents saying, 'I can't control my child any more - they won't listen to me.' This creates great stresses within a family."

Muslim now skips school regularly, saying it bores him, and instead spends his days roaming the streets. According to Mousa, the boy's teachers say he is hard to control, aggressive and uncooperative. At the end of our visit, the restless teenager accompanies us back to our car. He bounces along the road, leaning in open car windows to twist a steering wheel or honk a horn. As we prepare to leave, he gives us a word of warning: "Be careful. Some kid might throw rocks at you."

Despite their difficult lives, each of these four children has a touchstone of normality in their life. For Nawal, it is the sheep that she tends. Ahed likes football and playing with dolls. Waleed is passionate about drawing. Muslim looks after horses in his neighborhood. And each has an ambition for the future: Nawal hopes to be a doctor, to care for the cave-dwellers and shepherds of the South Hebron Hills; Ahed wants to become a lawyer, to fight for Palestinian rights; Waleed aspires to be an architect, to design houses without cages; and Muslim enjoys fixing things and would like to be a car mechanic.

But growing up under occupation is shaping another generation of Palestinians. The professionals who work with these children say many traumatized youngsters become angry and hopeless adults, contributing to a cycle of despair and violence. "What we face in our childhood, and how we deal with it, forms us as adults," Zaghrout says.

"There is a cycle of trauma imprinted on Palestinian consciousness, passed down from generation to generation," Rita Giacaman, professor of public health at Birzeit university, says. "Despair is also handed down. It's hard for children to see a future. The past not only informs the present, but also the future."


Latest khutba

An African Woman Founded Makka.

Islam is against Slavery & Statues.
Both Sides in Clash of Kuffar are Wrong. Stand United vs Kufr.

On August 25 Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the Juma khutba and led prayers at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore.

It's a small mosque but the congregation is growing and the masjid is almost out of space.

[Some of our Arab brothers wept during the story of Hajira, r.a. May Allah bless them.]

Here is an outline of the khutba:

  1. Allah is warning us. The total eclipse made us remember the eclipse which is reported in Sahih hadith, and the Prophet, pbuh, told us to make extra prayers. He taught that the Laws of Allah are not connected to the lives of humans but to the overall structure of the universe.

  2. Then look at the massive storm which is striking the coast of Texas. Human beings should realize the power of Allah's creation. Allah is not trying to destroying us but giving us glimpses of the immensity of His creation and an inkling of the end of the world as we are messing up the environment.

  3. The Hajj gives us the concept of ONE UMMAH which the enemies of Islam are trying to undermine. Allah wants us to be brothers and sisters globally, from Gambia to the Philippines, from Kashmir to Chechnia.

  4. The power structure does not want us to send zakat and sadaqat to Muslim countries where widows and orphans created by bombing by the kuffar are in great misery.

  5. If we are 54 little tin pot republics, imperialism and Zionism will blow us away. As ONE UMMAH we are a global power. If you hurt one of us, you hurt all of us.

  6. When the election campaign in America began, our Jamaat urged Muslims not to vote for either party. It is indeed shameful and disgraceful for any Muslim to be running around trying to make this kafir or that kafir our leader with childish arguments that Abu Lahab is better than Abu Jahal.

  7. See how the two forces have emerged: on one side are the racists who hate Muslims, Mexicans, Black people and all people of color. On the other side are the Communists [who don't believe in God], the homos, the sexual anarchists. Both want to continue to make war against Islam. Stay away from them.

  8. We can learn from the struggle of Malcolm X [al-Hajj Malik Shabazz]. The system tried to destroy him owing to petty crime and hustling young people fall into. In prison he learned of Black power and became the greatest speaker of the NOI, a slanted version of Islam.

  9. When Malcolm went to Africa, he was treated as a brother and found that most of Africa is Muslim but they did not know what his version of "Islam" meant. He went to Lebanon and got a huge welcome from the Arab communities.

  10. Then he went to Makka and was embraced by "White" Muslims as a brother. He was shocked that his idea of the "White man is the devil" was not correct. A person's character, faith and behavior is key. There are oppressors in each race and in each nation as well as good people.

  11. Smashing statues and pagan monuments is the tradition of Islam. The Prophet, pbuh, made war against slavers. He smashed the idols which stood for the enslavement of humanity. He sent Bilal, r.a., [a freed slave], Ali, r.a., the youthful supporter of Islam and Khalid ibn al-Waleed, r.a., who knew slavery and paganism well, to destroy the temples of enslavement and tyranny.

    I am proud that my daughter participated in the removal of a confederate monument.

  12. Part II

  13. Few people remember that the holiest city of Islam, Makka, was founded by a Black African WOMAN named Hajira, may Allah be pleased with her.

  14. Hajira, r.a., was left alone in the desert with her little baby [Ismail, pbuh]. There was no food or water in the barren, hot, desert. She saw that her baby would die soon.

  15. A woman alone, with no male help, she did not despair. She ran up and down the hills in the area, trying to see if any human caravan was on the horizon. She ran up and down the hills SEVEN TIMES but there was no one there and her baby was dying. She did not give up.

  16. Then she noticed a wet spot near where she had left the baby. Was it his urine? No, then she saw the angel Gabriel. He was pointing to a spot in the sand with his wing, signaling to her to dig there.

  17. She went down and started digging there and the more she dug, the more water came out. She and her baby were saved.

  18. Dear Muslims, that water fountain is still there, several thousand years later, and millions of people drink from it every year or take some of it as a blessing.

  19. A passing caravan saw birds on the horizon and wondered how that was possible in the desert unless there was water. They kept moving till they met Hajira, r.a., and her baby, Ismail, pbuh.

    They asked her permission to stay there and share the blessing,

  20. That's how the holiest city of Islam was founded by a Black African woman who would not give up. This is the greatest miracle of Islam, second only to the Qur'an.

  21. Dear Muslims, we need a central core of Muslim women in our Masjid to make it a success, within the hijabi, respectful, purifying rules of Islam.

  22. The Prophet, pbuh, followed the Sunnah of Hajira, r.a., by following her steps up the two hills, Safa and Marwa.

  23. Ayesha, r.a., narrates that the Prophet, pbuh, did RUMMEL, which is an Arabic term for running up hill, when he followed the path of Hajira, r.a., in going up Safa and Marwa 7 times. He wanted to show the kuffar his strength although he was in his 60s.


I urge the community to support the committees set up to strengthen this masjid. Please provide your support and expertise. We have the following:

  1. Committee to keep the masjid open during the week. As a working class community, this is not easy.

  2. Security committee.

  3. A second imam so the first one can travel sometimes.

  4. A women's committee to invite sisters to the masjid.

  5. A history committee to trace and record the history of the Black and Muslim communities in America.

  6. Family Day committee to celebrate our achievements, inshaAllah.

  7. Every one of us should be doing da'wah and distributing literature.

  8. Leadership program to prepare young people to give khutbas and to pronounce the Qur'an correctly.

[Br. Kaukab brought the story of Hajira, r.a., to the Muslim community more than 20 years back. It is being renewed to mobilize the Muslims again. It is from the most authentic book of Hadith, Sahih al-Bukhari.]

Invitation to Think from Br.Robert Solano

 Br Robert Solano

Hurricane Harvey and 30 inches of Rain
How will Muslims will do Eid in parts of Texas?
Jamaat al-Muslimeen wants to Help.

Dear Muslims: Asalamu alaikum

The Corpus Christi area has been devastated by the hurricane.

Non-Stop rain is now turning Houston into a lake.
Among the suffering masses are Muslims who have lost everything.

Let us try to help the suffering people, at least the Muslims.

Send your donations to :
International Bank of Commerce [IBC]
Account # 1011800861
Routing # 114911580

Mail checks to:

Robert Solano
1445 E. Madison st, # 380
Brownsville, TX 78520

- Br. Robert Solano lives in Texas and is a member of the Jamaat al-Muslimeen leadership team. He's conducted da'wa over the past several decades to the Hispanic community and given the Spanish translation of the Qur'an to more than 500 people.



Letter to an Arab brother.

Pakistan Should NOT have been created?
Many Indians think similarly.
Here is a Scholarly Reply setting the Doubts to rest.

by Mantaqi [Illinois]


Assalam Aliekum,

You said the other day the creation of Pakistan was a mistake because it divided the Ummah. Since when did the Hindu mushriks become a part of the Ummah? The Hijrah divided the Muslims as some Muslims did not or could not leave Mecca. So should Muslims have lived under the rule of Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab so as to keep the Ummah united? Should Bani Israel have stayed in Egypt under Firoun so that those who could not leave would not be divided?

You gave an example of Lebanon and Syria being divided, and you compared that to dividing Pakistan and India. Very wrong analogy. It is not even comparing apples and oranges, it's like comparing apples and cow manure. Syria and Lebanon were separated by the French and the British to divide Muslim majority lands, and create Lebanon, a place which at that time had a Christian plurality. How can that compare with the Muslims of South Asia struggling against the British and the Hindus for a separate homeland?

Before partition, undivided British India had about 2/3 Hindus and 1/3 Muslims. Muslims realized that under a democratic rule Muslims would perpetually be 5th class citizens in India if not outright slaves. I have noticed among Arabs that they wish this enslavement on us Pakistanis, and they are supposed to be our brothers. Are they like the brothers of Yusuf (pbuh)? I remember when I was in graduate school a Kuwaiti asked me if I was from India or Pakistan, and then in the same breath said there is no difference. Then he said that Pakistan should be a part of India. As the Iran-Iraq war was going on, I asked him if Iraq should be a part of Iran. He said no, as Iran was Persian and Shia. So for him there was an unbridgeable difference between Ajami and Arabi, Shia and Sunni, but no difference between Muslim and Hindu, Shirk and Tawheed, worship of One God versus worship of 30 million gods. Similar stuff has been said to me by Arabs at our mosque. What kind of disease of the heart are these Arabs suffering from?

Pakistani nationalism is different than Lebanese or Syrian nationalism, as they are directed against other Muslims. Arab nationalism is against non-Arabs. These are examples of jahilli assabiyya. Pakistani nationalism is Muslim nationalism and is directed against Hindu India. It is not directed against other Muslims to the west of Pakistan.

I am saddened but no longer shocked by the hostility some Indian Muslims have for Pakistan. Some of them believe the Indian propaganda that Pakistan is a backward primitive state while India is a modern super power. They suffer from the pathetic kind of nationalism that some Blacks suffered from during Jim Crow days, where they try to identify with a country that rejects them. They also have a kind of jealousy where they are angry that Pakistani Muslims are not getting their homes attacked by Hindu mobs.

Indian Muslims are in really bad state.

They are regularly attacked by Hindu mobs. (

Muslims are among the most backward group in India (

You referred to Pakistan as a little country. Pakistan is a country of almost 200 million. This is probably more than the population of Egypt, Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Bilad Usham.

Pakistan is one of the largest producers and suppliers of agricultural products (

Pakistan is an industrialized country (

Pakistan has a strong defense industry ( It makes many different kinds of weapons (

Since 2010 Pakistan produces 450,000 to 500,000 university graduates every year. So since 2010 it has produced 3.5 million university graduates, i.e., around half the total population of Lebanon.

Pakistan started out in 1947 with a total of one university in Pakistan and zero industry. Now it has many (

Muslims in India fear mob attacks by Hindu mobs. Pakistan does not fear India's army as Allah has made Pakistan strong ( While Indian Muslims fear mob attacks Pakistan fears an attack by the United States like the one it did against Iraq. That is the comparison. Indian Muslims are helpless against Hindu mobs while Pakistan fears the world's number one super power. What a difference in attitude and capability.

Indian Muslims are happy when they are allowed to construct a mosque, when a Hindu politician supports them. I heard one Muslim brother boasting how in one city Muslim gangs scare the Hindus. That is like a Blackman boasting how Black gangs scare the Whites. That doesn't change their low position in the society.

Pakistanis are happy when they test a new missile, a nuclear bomb, or some other achievement.

Pakistan was probably the only non-Arab country whose personnel fought Israelis in 1967 and 1973 (

Pakistan provided diplomatic immunity to Algerian and other North African revolutionary leaders in their struggle.

Said Ramadan, son in law of Hassan Banna was given a Pakistani passport in exile.

Mugabe, leader of the independence movement of Zimbabwe from apartheid Rhodesia, was helped by Pakistan when he was in exile. Later the Pakistan Air Force trained Zimbabwe's Air Force.

Pakistan put together the alliance that helped the Afghans confront the Soviet invaders. This led to the defeat and disintegration of the Soviet Union. As a result The Central Asian republics, and Eastern European countries became free, and Germany became united again. Also this led to the anointing of the United States as the "sole superpower." However, instead of showing gratitude to Pakistan and Muslims who defeated the Soviet Union, the United States and these same European countries have been on the rampage against the Muslims since 1991. They are now growling at Pakistan because they accuse Pakistan of helping the Islamic resistance in Afghanistan.

I have noticed that Arabs don't make duas for Kashmir, while we always have Palestine in our hearts.

If Pakistan had not been formed Muslims of south Asia would have been like the Palestinians. Palestinians form about 40 percent of the land of Palestine but have zero power. The only people with any power are the people of Gaza who have separated but are surrounded by Israel and Sissi (maloun). If every Palestinian man woman and child had a PH.D., their status would be less than of 18 year old Israeli soldiers with guns. A Palestinian with three PH.Ds is less free than a Pakistani farmer with a fifth grade education.

In the twentieth century Arabs produced Michel Aflaq and Gamal Abdul Nasser. Pakistan produced Iqbal, Jinnah and Moudoudi. The two the Arabs did produce, i.e., Hassan Al Banna and Syed Qutb, they murdered. Iqbal and Jinnah were the architects of Pakistan. Iqbal was the one who thought of Pakistan. Arabs are mostly unaware of Iqbal. An Arab brother at our masjid who has studied Iqbal told me that in his opinion the last time Arabs produced some one of the caliber of Iqbal was Imam Shafaee. That is his opinion, not mine.

Iqbal was not only the inspiration for Pakistan but also is regarded by the Iranians as an inspiration for their revolution along with Khomeini and Ali Shariati. The Tajiks of Tajikistan in their short period of democratic government adopted Iqbal's Persian poem as their anthem of freedom. Hamas has quotes from Iqbal in its charter.

Meanwhile India has been forming an alliance with Israel, and assisting the subjugation of Palestinians as well as Afghanistan.

After the collapse of the Mughal empire the Hindu Marahattas almost destroyed the Muslim presence in India, and Muslims were saved by Afghans:

The Sikhs rose up and slaughtered Muslims on a huge scale. Badshahi Masjid, the largest in the world at that time was converted to a stable by the Sikhs. In Urdu and Punjabi the word Sikhashahi (rule of the Sikhs) has become synonymous with extreme oppression and cruelty.

In 1849 when the British conquered Punjab the Muslims helped them, and in 1856 they restored the masjid to the Muslims.

We don't want to be in a position again where Kaffir rulers decide our destiny. Pakistan was achieved after huge sacrifices. The reason some Pakistanis are disappointed is that Pakistan was supposed to be Madina-e-Thani. A place where we will establish a laboratory of Islamic rule in a modern country. That hasn't happened yet. That doesn't mean that we should become the slaves of Hindus. Hindus are Kuffar, and among the most najis of the Kuffar.

I would suggest that you gain knowledge about history of this Muslim country before you say things that insult the blood of the millions of shahudah including many from my family.

This is a brief overview.

This book gives a good overview of the struggle for Pakistan

Jazakullah Khairun


News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Kashmiris in America Speak out on Changing Situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir

There is youth-led resistance in Kashmir: Barrister Sultan

Washington, D.C. August 24, 2017. "The conflict in Indian Occupied Kashmir has acquired a new dimension. Since, July of last year, Kashmiri youth have taken the lead to press for their inalienable right to self-determination, a right guaranteed by the United Nations. The youth has taken to streets, paralyzing the unlawful local administration. They have made it abundantly clear that there is no turning back - this is a do or die phase of the long struggle for "Azadi" (freedom) after decades of the oppressive Indian rule," said Barrister Sultan Mehmood Choudhry, the former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir during a press conference in Washington Metro-Politian area.

Barrister warned that the deadly silence of the world powers over gruesome human rights abuses by the occupation forces in Kashmir has given India a virtual license to kill innocent Kashmiris. He insisted that Kashmiris are not opposed to bilateral India‑Pakistani talks if they advance the cause of peace, international law, and human rights. What is outrageous about asking that these talks be made meaningful by including the Kashmiri leadership?

Barrister Choudhary added that it was high time the government of India realizes that such a huge movement that has been there since 1947 and especially after 1990 is a peoples struggle. The government of India has to stop people viewing Kashmir from the prism of Pakistan. Pointing out that hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, tortured, jailed, and are missing, Barrister said that no struggle of such magnitude could be sponsored by an external party.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Forum said that peace between India and Pakistan could help unlock another conflict with even higher stakes for the United States: the war in Afghanistan. Indeed, a growing chorus of experts has begun arguing that the road to Kabul runs through Kashmir — (The Road to Kabul Runs Through Kashmir, Jonathan Tepperman, Newsweek, February 10, 2010.) that the U.S. will never stabilize the former without peace in the latter. Suddenly, bringing India and Pakistan together seems to be very much in America's interest. Which makes the Trump administration's determination to avoid the issue increasingly hard to fathom.

The people of Kashmir do not wish anybody to take a partisan side. Kashmiris are convinced, nevertheless, that impartial observers would support the Kashmir cause based on universal principles, democratic values, rule of law and international justice. It is high time that all concerned parties -- India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership -- sit together and chalk out a strategy for the sake of peace and stability in the region of South Asia. Because ultimately, the negotiations, not violence, is the only way to resolve the Kashmir conflict, and that Kashmiris cannot be excluded from the negotiating table if a peace process is to be serious, meaningful and result-oriented.

The event was sponsored by Sardar Zulfiqar Roshan Khan, Irfan Tassaduq Khan and Sardar Zubair Khan.


[Shi'ite Armada and Western air forces killed 40,000 civilians. How was it done?]

Covering Up the Massacre of Mosul

August 21, 2017

By Nicolas J S Davies

Iraqi Kurdish military intelligence reports have estimated that the nine-month-long U.S.-Iraqi siege and bombardment of Mosul to oust Islamic State forces killed 40,000 civilians. This is the most realistic estimate so far of the civilian death toll in Mosul.

U.S. soldiers fire an M109A6 Paladin from a tactical assembly area at Hamam al-Alil to support the start of the Iraqi security forces' offensive in West Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 19, 2017. (Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull)

But even this is likely to be an underestimate of the true number of civilians killed. No serious, objective study has been conducted to count the dead in Mosul, and studies in other war zones have invariably found numbers of dead that exceeded previous estimates by as much as 20 to one, as a United Nations-backed Truth Commission did in Guatemala after the end of its civil war. In Iraq, epidemiological studies in 2004 and 2006 revealed a post-invasion death toll that was about 12 times higher than previous estimates.

The bombardment of Mosul included tens of thousands of bombs and missiles dropped by U.S. and "coalition" warplanes, thousands of 220-pound HiMARS rockets fired by U.S. Marines from their "Rocket City" base at Quayara, and tens or hundreds of thousands of 155-mm and 122-mm howitzer shells fired by U.S., French and Iraqi artillery.

This nine-month bombardment left much of Mosul in ruins ( as seen here), so the scale of slaughter among the civilian population should not be a surprise to anybody. But the revelation of the Kurdish intelligence reports by former Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in an interview with Patrick Cockburn of the U.K.'s Independent newspaper makes it clear that allied intelligence agencies were well aware of the scale of civilian casualties throughout this brutal campaign.

The Kurdish intelligence reports raise serious questions about the U.S. military's own statements regarding civilian deaths in its bombing of Iraq and Syria since 2014. As recently as April 30, 2017, the U.S. military publicly estimated the total number of civilian deaths caused by all of the 79,992 bombs and missiles it had dropped on Iraq and Syria since 2014 only as "at least 352." On June 2, it only slightly revised its absurd estimate to "at least 484."

The "discrepancy" - multiply by almost 100 - in the civilian death toll between the Kurdish military intelligence reports and the U.S. military's public statements can hardly be a question of interpretation or good-faith disagreement among allies. The numbers confirm that, as independent analysts have suspected, the U.S. military has conducted a deliberate campaign to publicly underestimate the number of civilians it has killed in its bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria.

Propaganda Campaign

The only rational purpose for such an extensive propaganda campaign by U.S. military authorities is to minimize the public reaction inside the United States and Europe to the killing of tens of thousands of civilians so that U.S. and allied forces can keep bombing and killing without political hindrance or accountability.

 Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the UN, denounces alleged Syrian war crimes before the Security Council on
April 27, 2017 (UN Photo)

It would be naive to believe that the corrupt institutions of government in the United States or the subservient U.S. corporate media will take serious steps to investigate the true number of civilians killed in Mosul. But it is important that global civil society come to terms with the reality of the destruction of Mosul and the slaughter of its people. The U.N. and governments around the world should hold the United States accountable for its actions and take firm action to stop the slaughter of civilians in Raqqa, Tal Afar, Hawija and wherever the U.S-led bombing campaign continues unabated.

The U.S. propaganda campaign to pretend that its aggressive military operations are not killing hundreds of thousands of civilians began well before the assault on Mosul. In fact, while the U.S. military has failed to decisively defeat resistance forces in any of the countries it has attacked or invaded since 2001, its failures on the battlefield have been offset by remarkable success in a domestic propaganda campaign that has left the American public in near-total ignorance of the death and destruction U.S. armed forces have wreaked in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Libya).

In 2015, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) co-published a report titled, " Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the 'War On Terror'." This 97-page report examined publicly available efforts to count the dead in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and concluded that about 1.3 million people had been killed in those three countries alone.

I will examine the PSR study in more detail in a moment, but its figure of 1.3 million dead in just three countries stands in striking contrast to what U.S. officials and corporate media have told the American public about the ever-expanding global war being fought in our name.

After examining the various estimates of war deaths in Iraq, the authors of Body Count concluded that the epidemiological study headed by Gilbert Burnham of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2006 was the most thorough and reliable. But just a few months after that study found that about 600,000 Iraqis had probably been killed in the three years since the U.S.-led invasion, an AP-Ipsos poll that asked a thousand Americans to estimate how many Iraqis had been killed yielded a median response of only 9,890.

So, once again, we find a vast discrepancy - multiply by about 60 - between what the public was led to believe and a serious estimate of the numbers of people killed. While the U.S. military has meticulously counted and identified its own casualties in these wars, it has worked hard to keep the U.S. public in the dark about how many people have been killed in the countries it has attacked or invaded.

This enables U.S. political and military leaders to maintain the fiction that we are fighting these wars in other countries for the benefit of their people, as opposed to killing millions of them, bombing their cities to rubble, and plunging country after country into intractable violence and chaos for which our morally bankrupt leaders have no solution, military or otherwise.

(After the Burnham study was released in 2006, the Western mainstream media spent more time and space tearing the study down than was ever spent trying to ascertain a realistic number of Iraqis who had died because of the invasion.)

Misguided Weapons

As the U.S. unleashed its "shock and awe" bombardment of Iraq in 2003, one intrepid AP reporter spoke to Rob Hewson, the editor of Jane's Air-Launched Weapons, an international arms trade journal, who actually understood what "air-launched weapons" are designed to do. Hewson estimated that 20-25 percent of the latest U.S. "precision" weapons were missing their targets, killing random people and destroying random buildings across Iraq.

At the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, President George W. Bush ordered the U.S. military to conduct a devastating aerial assault on Baghdad, known as "shock and awe."

The Pentagon eventually divulged that a third of the bombs dropped on Iraq were not "precision weapons" in the first place, so altogether about half of the bombs exploding in Iraq were either just good old-fashioned carpet bombing or "precision" weapons often missing their targets.

As Rob Hewson told the AP, "In a war that's being fought for the benefit of the Iraqi people, you can't afford to kill any of them. But you can't drop bombs and not kill people. There's a real dichotomy in all of this."

Fourteen years later, this dichotomy persists throughout U.S. military operations around the world. Behind euphemistic terms like "regime change" and "humanitarian intervention," the aggressive U.S.-led use of force has destroyed whatever order existed in at least six countries and large parts of several more, leaving them mired in intractable violence and chaos.

In each of these countries, the U.S. military is now fighting irregular forces that operate among civilian populations, making it impossible to target these militants or militiamen without killing large numbers of civilians. But of course, killing civilians only drives more of the survivors to join the fight against Western outsiders, ensuring that this now global asymmetric war keeps spreading and escalating.

Body Count's estimate of 1.3 million dead, which put the total death toll in Iraq at about 1 million, was based on several epidemiological studies conducted there. But the authors emphasized that no such studies had been conducted in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and so its estimates for those countries were based on fragmentary, less reliable reports compiled by human rights groups, the Afghan and Pakistani governments and the U.N. Assistance Mission to Afghanistan. So Body Count's conservative estimate of 300,000 people killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan could well be only a fraction of the real number of people killed in those countries since 2001.

Hundreds of thousands more people have been killed in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, Mali and other countries swept up in this ever-expanding asymmetric war, along with Western victims of terrorist crimes from San Bernardino to Barcelona and Turku. Thus, it is probably no exaggeration to say that the wars the U.S. has waged since 2001 have killed at least two million people, and that the bloodshed is neither contained nor diminishing.

How will we, the American people, in whose name all these wars are being fought, hold both ourselves and our political and military leaders accountable for this mass destruction of mostly innocent human life? And how will we hold our military leaders and corporate media accountable for the insidious propaganda campaign that permits rivers of human blood to keep flowing unreported and unchecked through the shadows of our vaunted but illusory "information society"?

Nicolas J S Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapters on "Obama at War" in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama's First Term as a Progressive Leader .


A True Hajj Washes Away all Past Sins
by Sis. Yasmin

'Assalaamu 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu'.

Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) revealed in the 'Qur'an'...

'And proclaim the 'Hajj' among mankind.
They will come to thee on foot and (mounted) on every camel,
lean on account of journeys
through deep and distant mountain highways'

(Source - Quran ~Surat Al-Hajj~ 22 Ayah #28).

When Ibrahim (Alaihis Salaam) completed the structure

of the 'Kabah'...

Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) commanded him to call the people to Hajj.

Ibrahim (Alaihis Salaam) pleaded...

"O Allah ! How shall my voice reach all of those people" ?

Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) told him that his duty was only to give the call...

and it was up to Allah to make it reach the people.

Ibrahim (Alaihis Salaam) then climbed Mount Arafat and called out in his loudest voice...

'O People ! Verily Allah has prescribed upon you 'Hajj' so perform 'Hajj'."

'Amr ibn Al-'Aas [Allah have mercy on him] narrates ...

"When Islam entered my heart,
I went to the Messenger of Allah and said...

'Give me your hand so that I may pledge allegiance to you.'

The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam) spread his hand, but I withdrew mine.
he (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said...

'What is wrong 'Amr ?'
I said, 'I want to make a condition.'
'And what is that?' he (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam) asked, I said, 'That Allah will forgive me.'

Then Prophet~ (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam) said, 'Did you not know that Islam wipes out what came before it, and that 'Hijrah' wipes out what came before it and that 'Hajj' wipes out what came before it !'

(Source: Sahih Muslim).

Hajj is the fifth pillar upon which Islam stands.
Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) made it compulsory .... upon every able Muslim male and female to perform it, at least once in a lifetime.

Allah (Subhanuhu Wa Ta'ala) revealed:

"Hajj there to is a duty mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the journey, but if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures".

(Source:- 'Quran' ~Surat Ali Imran~ 3 Ayah # 97).

Performance of the 'Hajj' washes away all sins.

Abu Hurairah [Allah be pleased with him] narrates...

I heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) say...

"Whoever performs 'Hajj' and does not commit any 'Rafath' (obscenity) or 'Fusooq' (transgression), he returns (free from sin) as the day his Mother bore him".

( Source ~Sahih Bukhari).

'Hajj' is one of the greatest deeds one can accomplish in his or her lifetime.

Abu Hurairah[ Allah be pleased with him] narrates...

The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam) was asked...

"What deed is the best?"

He (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said...

"Iman in Allah and His Messenger."

"Then what?"

"Jihad for the sake of Allah."

"Then what?"

"Hajj Mabroor ".

{ A 'Hajj' accepted by Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) }

Abu Sha'thaa'[Allah be pleased with him] said...

"I contemplated the good deeds that a person does.
I found that 'Salaah' as well as Fasting are a 'Jihad' of the body.
And that 'Sadaqa' is a 'Jihad' of someone's wealth.
But 'Hajj' is a 'Jihad' of both body and wealth."

'Hajj' is the greatest Jihad!

Aishah (Radiallahu 'Anha) asked the Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi wa sallam)...

" We find that 'Jihad' is the best deed, shouldn't we (women) do 'Jihad' ? "

The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam) replied...

"Rather the best 'Jihad' is a Hajj Mabroor!"

Aishah (R.A.) said later on...

"I'll never cease performing 'Hajj' after

I heard that from Rasul Allah" (Agreed Upon).

The 'Dua' of the one in 'Hajj' shall be accepted.
The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi wa sallam) said...

"The soldier in the path of Allah and the one who performs 'Hajj' and the one who performs 'Umrah', all are the delegation of Allah!

Allah (Subhanuhu wa-ta'ala) called them and they answered.
And they asked Him, and He shall grant them (what they ask for)!"

(Source: An Authentic Hadith, narrated by Ibn Majah and Ibn Hibban).

In the Islamic history books it was narrated that on the day of 'Arafat', a man from Turkmenistan stood on the plains of Arafat in Hajj.
To his left all he could see was Muslims crying and praying to Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala).
To his right all he could see was Muslims crying and praying to Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala).
Because of his native tongue, he could not imitate the lengthy prayers of the others.
At this realization everything blurred in front of him.
His face reddened, his eyes poured tears as he raised his hands, "O Allah! Grant me everything that they are asking for !
Grant me everything that they are asking for !"

And Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) accepted his 'Dua'....!

There is not a single day that the sun has come up on more beloved to Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) than the Day of 'Arafat'.

The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi wa sallam) said...

"There is no day on which Allah frees more of His slaves from Fire than the Day of 'Arafat', and He verily draws near, then boasts of them before the angles, saying...

'What do they seek?'

(Source:Sahih Muslim).

"Verily Allah boasts of the people of 'Arafat' before the people of Heaven (Angels) saying: 'Look to my servants who have come to Me disheveled and dusty.'

Abdullah ibn Al-Mubaarak (R) narrates:

I went to Sufyaan ibn al-Uyaynah as the day of Arafat was setting.
he sat on his knees, his hands raised to the Heavens, and tears moistened his cheeks and beard.
he turned and looked at me, so I asked him, "Amongst the people who have gathered here for 'Hajj', who is in the worst state?"

Sufyaan ibn al-Uyaynah said...

"he who thinks that Allah will not forgive him."

A Mabroor Hajj is one in which Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) is not disobeyed during or after.

Others have said that a Hajj Mabroor is one that is accepted, and the sign of it's acceptance is that a person will go back in a better state then when he came... and that he will discontinue the sins that were between him and Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala).

when Ibn Umar (R.A) was on his deathbed and his son reminded him of all the good deeds that he did with the Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi wa sallam) and the companions.

he told him...

" Quiet ! Don't you know whom Allah accepts from... ? Verily Allah only accepts from the God-Fearing


Indeed, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

"And there is no reward for an accepted 'Hajj'

except ...{?}...


A Lil Note: ... With that spirit, let us march forward in the search of the Mercy of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) and His Forgiveness, to the first house of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) on earth to 'Hajj' {!!!} "In Shaa Allah"...{!!!}

...My 'Salaams' to you all...

~Sis in Faith Yasmin~

"All that is on earth will Perish. But will abide {Forever} the Face of thy Lord, full of Majesty, Bounty and Honour" {'Quran'- Surah Al-Rahman-55.26-27 }

I Want to Die With my Forehead on the Ground!
The Sunnah in my Heart, Allah on my Mind, Qur'an on my Tongue, and Tears in my Eyes!

'In Shaa Allah'!

' Son of Adam! You are nothing but a number of days, whenever each day passes then part of you has Gone.

{Al-Hasan Al-Basree}

War News

 War News


30 Km retreat for Assad's forces. SDF Kurds Stuck in al -Raqqa, getting slaughtered. Fighting Around Damascus. Hizbullah fails in Western Qalamoun.

August 21 to August 27.

Kurdish Communists who had entered al-Raqqa are stuck at the IS second line of defense and are getting slaughtered by snipers. The IS forces have tunnels within the city and are able to move their forces without attracting US air strikes.

Assad's elite Hizbullah forces with Shi'ite militias and Alawite units reached Madan which is on the border of al-Raqqa province and then were driven back for 30 km by ISIS fighters. This is the biggest Assad retreat in several months. They admit 32 troops killed. SOHR says 12 IS were also killed.

Around Damascus, Assad's forces struck al-Rahman Islamic group with ground to ground missiles and serious clashes are ongoing at the gates of Damascus.

The Hizbullah-Lebanese offensives from the West of Damascus, known as West Qalamoun, on the border of Lebanon, failed to dislodge IS. However with ongoing Russian bombing , it appears that IS is making an arrangement to go to IS stronghold in Deir ez Zor without being bombed.

Jaysh al-Islam captured 13 Assad troops just outside Damascus, including 2 officers, and exchanged them with 32 Muslim women and children whom Assad's forces had kidnaped.

Assad's forces are advancing on one front trying to break the siege of the Alawite garrison in a sector of Deir ez Zor city.

The bombing campaign is going on every day. Russian air force is bombing IS and former al-Nusra east of Hama and in the desert east of Homs approaching the oil wells.

The American air force is bombing al-Raqqa and parts of Deir ez Zor and al-Mayadein, with a steady flow of civilian casualties.

The SDF Kurds are clashing with FSA north of Aleppo.

In eastern Syria, Hasakeh, students are protesting a Kurdish imposed educational Kurdish syllabus. They are demanding Arabic, pointing out that it is the language of the Qur;an.

The latest [August 27] is that ISIS fighters sneaked into Shaddadi, a town near Hasakeh, and attacked SDF troops, inflicting serious casualties.


Huge Disappointment for Baghdad Regime.
The "Militants" had Slipped out of Tal Afar. 20 killed.

A huge US-backed Shia army of 50,000 [US figures] asaulted the town of Tal Afar south west of Mosul. There was hardly anyone there.

The IS forces had slipped out and gone to the IS stronghold of Hawija, in north central Iraq. The US air force bombed and bombed, the Baghdad tank columns fired and fired but it was a total waste.

Looks like Baghdad had an intelligence failure. They were under the impression that 1000 fighters and 20000 civilians in Tal Afar. Other than a couple of thousand civilians miserable in the desert, they can't find anyone other than the 20 "militants" killed by the regime's artillery fire.

The is giving solace to itself by claiming that the command-and-control structure has collapsed so they could not stand and fight.

When a 50,000 man juggernaut is coming at you, with air support, you just leave if you are a few hundred and have no heavy weapons.

Looks like the Shia leader Abadi does not know how guerrilla warfare works.


Marawi Still in hands of ISIS groups.
Another Group Wants to join.

On August 24, Filipino jet fighters and helicopters bombed and missiled the area around the central mosque in Marawi. Then elite troops went in and "captured" the mosque. However they were better behaved than the Shia army in Mosul and did not damage the mosque.

It was declared a great victory and the Filipino president arrived to share in the "victory" celebrations.

However, there were no "militants" dead or alive in the mosque. They had simply relocated themselves along with the captives they had taken.

Two days later the mujahideen took over the mosque area again and fighting is going on there as of now [August 27].

More trouble is in store for Philippines as the Bangsamoro Freedom Front [BFF], a salafi group based in Mindanao is leaning towards joining the Islamic State [IS]. This group led by Abu Bakr broke away from the Moro Liberation Front which wants autonomy within Philippines. This group wants complete independence.

Meanwhile central ISIS has issued a second video depicting the losses of the Filipino army and the martyrdom of some IS fighters. The video blames the US and Australia for helping the Manila regime and urges Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia to join the fight.

2017-08-28 Mon 21:08:26 ct