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4 Mohurram, 1439 A.H.- September 24, 2017 Issue # 39, Newsletter # 1725

Hadith of the Week

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Question and Answer

How to treat Late comers to Juma' Salat?

I was at juma' this past Friday in New York. . Masjid Malcolm Shabazz had guests. They do every so often. They are big on interfaith activities and alliances.

Yesterday some brothers arrived late and started making their Sunnah prayers before the Juma' salat. Imam Pasha expressed his resentment over their lateness and said that they don't even have the decency that when they arrive late to sit somewhere to avoid being noticed. He said they had the audacity to come in there and stand in front of everyone and pray.

He then went on to say that in "your countries" [most of the brothers are African and some are Arabs] prayer is nothing more than a ritual. He said that just because you get on your hands and knees, that will not save you from hell fire and he added: 'See you there.'

Imam Pasha also remarked how embarrassed he was because of the visitors being there. [I think what he said was more embarrassing.]

I have never heard any other imam criticize in such a way. Do you think the imam was right? Is there any hadith allowing this kind of behavior with late comers to Juma.'

[Name withheld.]

Answer by Br. Kaukab: This situation arises because we have started giving more importance to non-believers visiting our mosques than to believers. Trying to condemn entire nations of Africa and Arab countries is extremely irresponsible.

Sunnah is recommended and in the mosque where I give khutbas, we encourage Muslims to make Sunnah prayers.

Visitors should be greeted nicely and should be seated in such a way that they don't become the center of attention.

Obviously the imam was very irritated but he insulted the believers instead of controlling his irritation.

Afterwards he could have talked to the late comers separately and explained his problem.
Interfaith is becoming a nuisance because some mosques try to make it a show place to Impress non-Muslims.

Hadith is very strong on two rakats before khutba even if khutba is going on:

Jabir, r.a., narrates, once on Juma' day when the Prophet, pbuh, was giving the khutba, a man entered the masjid and sat down. , The Prophet, pbuh, asked him, have you prayed? He said: No. The Prophet, pbuh, said: Get up and make two rakats.

[Hadith in Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan of Abu Dawood, Jami Tirmidhi, Sunan of Nasai and Sunan of Baihaqi.]

The messenger of Allah, pbuh, said: When you enter the masjid, do not sit down without praying two rakahs. [Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.]


Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity in Delaware: Focus on America's Inability to deal with Evil within Itself

On September 22, a six- page document was given to 100 Muslims after Juma' salat in Newark, Delaware.

They were mostly Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Arab Americans. The crowd was so large that two prayers were held.

Here is an outline of the 6 pages given to 100 Muslims:

  1. Russian and American air forces wreaking havoc in Syria. Islamic State Unable to stop air strikes. [[Syrian Observatory]

  2. Buddhist Brutalities against Rohingya Muslims.[Bangladeshi news]

  3. Eid in Ethiopia despite heavy rains. [Sis. Ashira.]

  4. &
  5. &
  6. America facing evils of porno, rape, homo sex, global warming, genocide of Black youth. Islamic solutions are needed. Islam of striving not the sufistic praying and dikr. Unite against occupation and Israel. [Br. Kaukab.]


Journalist & his Daughter Opposing Assad murdered in Turkey
[by Sis. Karina Friedemann.]

[Also see major report on refugees, below, left.]

Orouba Barakat, an activist opponent of the regime who has written extensively about torture in Syrian government prisons, was murdered along with her daughter, Halla, a journalist, in their Istanbul apartment. This is alarming news, since the Greek high court recently approved forced deportations of Syrians to Turkey. Turkey is not a safe place for them.

[Orouba is the aunt of Deah Barakat who was murdered in North Carolina. The perpetrator has still not been brought to trial.]


This is Maulana Maudoodi's Anniversary.
His most important teaching:


Shaikh Faisal has been arrested probably trapped by an informant.

Don'y forget Dr. Aafia, Imam Jamil, Tariq Mehenna, Masoud Khan, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Ziyad Yaghi, and many others
held in US prisons based on show trials and fake charges usually trapped by informants.

[Thank you Br. Ali Randall and Sis. Ayesha for your support for the prisoners. ]

Political Prisoners :

Civil Discord Show


Africa [Nigeria]

Shameful Atrocities against Shaikh Zakzaky and his Family.

Though we don't sgree with this group's beliefs:
Atrocities against Ibraheem Zakzaky and his family have gone beyond all limits of decency and humanity.

Three of Sheikh Zakzaky's brothers were killed earlier. Even his wife has been badly treated and shamefully humiliated.

Demonstrations are being held in northern Nigeria for his release. Among the protestors are many Muslim women.

This is a peaceful group which alienated itself from the rest lof the population by aligning with the sect prevalent in Iran.

Muslims should remember that differences with any group do not allow us to fabricate stories against them.

ISIS and Boko Haram have suffered tremendously from government propaganda but Muslims should not do the same to Shaikh Zakaky though he opposed Boko Haram. This is an unarmed, peaceful group. New Trend urges the Nigerian regime to stop the atrocities against Shaikh Zakzaky and his family and release them forthwith.

The courts in Nigeruia have not been able to prove any charges against them.


Muslims Run for Gaza

By Nadrat Siddique

Special to the New Trend

Washington, DC

September 16, 2017

Under beautiful sunny skies, hundreds of runners ran along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. The heat rose to 78 degrees that morning, and some participants wore tank tops, short sleeved tees, and shorts. But a large number wore kaffiyahs or tee shirts bearing the Palestinian flag. Many of the female athletes wore hijab. A few of the young men donned Palestinian flags, which flew behind them in cape-like fashion. The run was the Gaza 5K, which is held annually in five major U.S. cities, including Washington, DC. It is sponsored by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) USA, and raises funds for UNRWA's Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP) for Palestinian children in Gaza.

Why a 5K run for Gaza?

There have been three major Israeli offensives against Gaza. Each had a devastating impact, and illustrated Israel's utter disregard for international law. During the 2014 offensive—the last major offensive, 2,139 Palestinians were killed. Of these, 490 were children. Eleven thousand (11,000) Palestinians were wounded. Of that number, 3,000 were children. In addition, Israel destroyed 20,000 Palestinian homes in Gaza, and up to 500,000 Gaza residents were displaced. By comparison, in the same (2014) conflict, 64 Israeli soldiers were killed; 6 Israeli civilians were killed; and 1 Israeli child was killed. (Statistics: The Independent, August 27, 2014)

According to the race organizer's (UNRWA USA) web site, "Children and adults alike continue to experience high levels of stress and distress as result of a decade of recurrent Israeli military assaults, deepening poverty, increased gender-based violence, isolation, and movement restrictions because of the illegal blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt."

The UNRWA USA web page continues, "The stress of these issues has produced: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, intense fear, bed-wetting, poor concentration, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, irritability, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)."

So the Gaza 5K was for the innocent children of Gaza, and to this writer, who has done dozens of 5Ks, it felt right being there.

Teaming up at the Gaza 5K

Runners and walkers participating in the Gaza 5K have the option of running as individuals, or as part of a team. The teams participating were diverse, and illustrated the world community's deep love for the Palestinian people and a broad commitment to human rights in Gaza. A total of 60 teams participated in the 2017 Gaza 5K.

The team U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, which included many non-Muslim friends of the Palestinian cause, raised the most money for the refugees, at $4,875. The team's self-description was "Jogging for Justice."

Team Al-Hanooti included family members of the late imam of Dar ul-Hijra fame. Imam Muhammad Hanooti was born in Haifa, Palestine, and the family evidently does the race every year, including shortly after their patriarch's passing in 2015. The team raised close to $1,777 among their seven members. Hanooti's 29-year old daughter Shayma al-Hanooti finished the race in 39:54.

Another team was that of Albert Mokhiber and his family: Team Mokhiber. The former Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) head, now an attorney at a high profile law firm in DC, led one of the top fundraising teams, raising $4,772 for Gazan refugees. Mokhiber's daughter Laila is Director of Communications for UNRWA USA, and the Mokhibers said the team was their way of helping Palestinian refugees. The 69-year old Albert Mokhiber walked the race, finishing in 1:02 (1 hour 2 minutes). His wife Hindy, 10 years his junior, finished in 48:50.

A Tribe Called Hibster was the fifth ranked team in fundraising, raising $3,309. The team included several members of the Dajani family, which has centuries' old roots in Palestine. The team's captain, Hiba Ismeail, fundraised with great fervor, but did not walk or run the event.

MAS (Muslim American Society) Maryland's four member team raised $1,767. Their team member Marwan Oweis held an impressive pace of 7:29 min/miles throughout the race, finishing in 23:14.

DMV (District-Maryland-Virginia) Muslim Youth's team was dominated by women, including team captain and longtime pro-Palestine activist Aneesah Abdul-Fattaah. The team's Nathan Nesbitt, of Cambridge, MA, took first place overall, finishing in 18:25. He held an astounding 5:56 min/mile pace for the duration of the 3.1 mile course. The team raised $116.

The top female runner, 25-year old Cherie Bennett, did not appear registered with any team. With short cropped blond hair, shorts, and tank top, she blazed the field, finishing in 20:24. She was doing 6:34 min/miles! In the awards ceremony which followed the event, Bennett said she had been to Palestine, and supported the Palestinian cause.

Then there was Wadi Run, a team of Georgetown University students. They raised $1,061. Wadi Run team member Lauren Stricker was the 2nd fastest of all women, finishing in 22:39. (She held a 7:18 min/ mile pace.) Her team mate, Keith McKay, finished just before her, completing the course in 22:34.

PLO Delegation, a team in itself, consisted of only three people, and raised exactly $79. One woman from that team, 31-year old Janeen Rashmawi almost overtook me, running 7:32 min/miles. (I was doing 7:25 min/miles, but more on this later.)

Islamic Relief, a team with 12 members, raised only $211. But IRUSA team members, mostly young, compensated by blazing the field. They were fast, most of them finishing in less than 30 minutes. Twenty-five year old Ibrahim Zafar, of Arlington, VA, was the fastest of them, finishing in 24:15 (he was doing 7:49 minute miles).

Jews for Gaza, a team with 9 members, raised $1,055. The team's self-description was "Jews stand in solidarity with Palestinian refugees to support freedom and dignity for all."

Their team mate, 23-year old Adam Beardsley, was the fourth fastest of all runners, finishing the course in 19:07. (He held a 6:09 min/ mile pace).

Team Jamaat al-Muslimeen

This was the first year that Jamaat al-Muslimeen participated as a team, called Team Jamaat Al-Muslimeen. Among others, the diverse team included Kalim Umran, a Muslim historian who is the narrator of a PBS video series on Barry Farms (a project in SE Washington, DC, and the subject of major gentrification attempts); Shakoorah El, an activist sister from Baltimore, who is also practiced in traditional African dance; and New Trend editor/ imam Dr. Kaukab Siddique.

Imam Dr. Kaukab Siddique of Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen-Baltimore, who is 74, completed the walk in 1:22 (1 hour 22 minutes). By all appearances, he was the only imam to physically participate in the Gaza 5K. Dr. Siddique, who used to run with his mother years ago, and then later with his daughter (this writer), did the run without stopping or feeling overly drained. He said he walked continuously for at least half an hour every day, and expressed the hope that his participation might encourage other Muslims to follow the Prophet's example of physical fitness and staying active into their later years.

The Gaza 5K was Shakoorah El's first race. She completed the course in 57:46. As awards were announced, she was astonished to hear her name being announced: She was awarded the "Fastest Masters Female Award" (the Gaza 5K's masters award is granted to the fastest 65+ year old runner).

I was team captain for Team Jamaat al-Muslimeen, my first time ever as captain of anything. It was a liberating feeling, running the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, in Southeast Washington, DC, an area which, to me, held many parallels to the Gaza struggle. The run was an out-and-back run, so that after one reached the half way mark and doubled back, one could see other runners approaching from the opposite direction. Some of the runners I saw as I doubled back carried the Palestinian flag. When I saw them, I yelled "Free free Palestine!" to which they responded in kind. Many of the runners and walkers expressed appreciation for my shirt during the race, as well as afterwards. (I wore a long-sleeve black shirt bearing the words "Free Palestine" above the red, black, white, and green Palestinian flag.)

After I'd been running for a while, I chanced upon Shakoorah El. She was walking while talking animatedly with two other sisters in hijab. All three of them cheered me on, and I did similarly. A while after that, I saw Dr. Kaukab Siddique (Ameer of Jamaat al-Muslimeen). He was accompanied by Abdur Rahman Naim (Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen custodian, and a dear brother and friend). They were walking in relaxed fashion, holding a steady pace. We exchanged chants of "Allah ho Akbar!" and fist pumps, after which it seemed to me that we all moved a little bit faster.

The crowd support propelled me to finish #1 in my division. I completed the race in 23:01, holding on for dear life to my 7:24 min/mile pace. And— I was the 4th fastest female finisher out of the 312 women who ran the race. Only three women were faster than me, and they were 25, 21, and 30 years old (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively). I was #23 out of everyone including men (so out of a total of 545 participants).

I am 49-years old, and did not get into serious running until age 39 (prior to that, I engaged only in casual and sporadic running since my teen years). Aside from the personal sense of accomplishment in doing a race for a cause very dear to my heart—Palestine, the experience reaffirmed for me the notion that neither age nor sex necessarily defines ability, and that some limitations are human-/ self-imposed. And— the hadith tell us that our beloved Prophet (SAW) engaged in very physically arduous military campaigns against the kuffar which required him to traverse long distances on horseback across the deserts of Arabia until the age of 65. If he is our role model, we, as a community need to up the ante on physical fitness. How many of us can run a mile comfortably? The Rasool (SAW) could, and did, with his wife, Ayesha Siddiqa (RA).

Alhamdulillah, our team, Team Jamaat al-Muslimeen, raised $738 in its first year of participating in the race.

In all, 540 people ran the Gaza 5K: 228 men and 312 women. There were Afghans, Libyans, Palestinians, Bengalis, Pakistanis, American-born Blacks, and others. There was a woman in a wheelchair, an evidently pregnant woman, and many who ran or walked with baby strollers. At race's end, an elderly man who had walked the 3.1 mile course was taken away in an ambulance. From the ambulance he called out that he would be doing the race again next year.

At least for one day, at the Gaza 5K, the aphorism "The believers are but one brotherhood/ sisterhood" was evident."

©2017 by Nadrat Siddique

Invitation to Think from Sis. Raabia Ahmad

 Sister Raabia Ahmad

So called Salafi Da'wah is externalizing Islam and killing its Spirit.

Raabia Ahmad
[Stone Mountain, Georgia]

What the Salafi Dawah taught me as a young child and young adult, was to project an "outward" appearance of Islam that was acceptable to those around me. If I looked the part, I was the part. If I wore all black Jilbabs, and hijabs, didn't watch tv, or listen to music EVER, was submissive, took from the imams, I was told to take from etc etc, then I was better than other Muslims who didn't look like me. I was Salafi and that meant I was automatically on the haqq (the truth),... and EVEYONE else wasn't.

This critical, and judgemental jargon that was used in Friday khutbas, and elsewhere left me critical of myself and others. Would I ever be a good enough Muslim I wondered? There were so many RULES. I was only 13 and already felt so overwhelmed, I was sooo afraid of Allah and of not being accepted by the community. If I made a mistake, would Allah forgive me? What was my true relationship with Allah? I didnt know. All I knew was what others taught me about who Allah was. But the teachings were so FEAR based. Where was the kindness, empathy and compassion for others? It seemed non-existent. In the process of focusing on the outward; my inner "SOUL" was neglected.

Teachings of GOOD character were neglected. Teachings about Allah's forgiveness and love were neglected. Teachings about cleansing spiritual diseases and evolving as a Muslim were not taught ENOUGH. Basic love towards your fellow Muslim brother was not TAUGHT or expressed ENOUGH. A Muslim wearing a Jilbab and Thoub could treat you any way they PLEASED because they looked like and were considered to be a "good" Muslim. Relationships in families where sisters and brothers continued to wear the "mask" of being a good Muslim were often BROKEN HOMES. As long as the outer was good it didn't matter what was truly on the inside.....



Give the People their Rights.

LAHORE, Sep.21: Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat Baloch, has said that Baluchistan was the most sensitive part of Pakistan and was rich with natural resources and it must get priority in the development projects of the CPEC. He was talking to the JI workers before his departure on a two day visit to Balochistan. economic, rights.

The Ji Secretary General said that the people of Balochistam wanted the protection of their political, economic rights besides security of their life, property and honor. He said that Gwadur was the pivot and central point of CPEC and the people of Balochistam should have priority rights over the benefits flowing from the ambitious project.

Besides, he said, the area of Chaghi was used for the nuclear test but later the government forgot all promises made to the local people. He counseled the rulers to change their attitude and provide the basic needs to the people of Balochistan
[JI Media]

War News



September 17 to 23.

Fighting in the central core of Marawi city continued day by day.

The city has been destroyed by the air strikes of the Filipino air force and its long range artillery.

The Islamic fighters are led by their top leaders and are still able to repel army attacks.

The regime says that now it has cut off all exits from the city and the fighters will not be able to retreat.

A very small IS force is fighting.


September 22: Islamic fighters launched an attack on :Pakistani military in the Khyber area which the army said it had captured last month.

The army says an officer in charge of its positions was killed and 2 soldiers were also killed. However it seems to be hiding its losses and journalists are not allowed in the area.

Separately, the police killed 3 armed "militants" in the town of Rahim Yar Khan.

Meanwhile, on the Sialkot border with Pakistan, Indian troops fired mortars for several hours at villages in the area killing 6 civilians, 4 of them women and injuring 20.

[New Trend gets the impression that the Pakistani military is not guarding its border with its traditional enemy, India, and is expending it energy fighting Islamic "militants" at the behest of America.]

 War News


108 days of bombing by USA destroyed al-Raqqa.

US-backed Kurds and Russia-backed Shias racing to grab territory in Deir ez Zor.

al-Nusra [Tahrir] launches offensive against regime forces north of Hama. Major advance stalled after Russian bombing.

The US-Kurd offensive against al-Raqqa ended with the destruction of al-Raqqa and slaughter on bothh sides.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR] documented that the end of al-Raqqa came on September 21. It documents that 80% of the city has been completely destroyed in US air strikes. The Islamic defenders ran out of ammunition, food and water and were killed when they came out to search for supplies.

SOHR has documented the following losses for al-Raqqa in 108 days of bombing by the US air force:

1235 civilians killed.

1291 ISIS fighters killed.

594 Kurdish Communist fighters [SDF] killed.

Central Syria

On September 22 Tahrir al-Sham [al-Nusra, formerly al-Qaida] and Ahrar al-Sham launched an offensive against Assad regime force and advanced rapidly west of Salamiya. However intense Russian bombing stopped it from capturing Hama itself.

Several villages were captured in a counter attack by Hizbullah but have now been recaptured by Tahrir.

A part of Hama province which was controlled by IS witnessed battles between Assad forces and IS with heavy casualties on both sides. Both sides have had enough and stopped fighting if IS withdraws from the area with its families without being attacked by Russian air force.

In the south east, regime forces [Iranian, Hizb and Shia militias] are advancing in the province of Deir ez Zor. Fom the north, SDF Kurd columns are advancing under American air cover to take some of Deir ez Zor.

Like last week, the regime is attacking FSA and various Islamic groups in the suburbs of Damascus. It is liberally using ground tp ground missiles but is unable to advance on the ground.

Near the Iraq border, a senior Iranian officer, who was often hailed as a hero in Iran, has been killed in fighting with ISIS. Another officer is being mourned because ISIS chopped off his head. Iran is now reported to be using drones to bomb ISIS positions.

In Lattakia province, Assad's home town came under mortar attack 11 times from al-Nusra related fighters. No details on losses.

Latest: Russian air force bombed towns in Idlib province killing 35 civilians and wounding scores of others.


US Air Force striking at IS. Guerrilla Warfare Developing. Kurds want Independence Referendum.Canadian troops.

September 18 to 24 [Iraq time]

Canadian, French and US Special forces are moving with large Shia regime forces towards IS cities of Shirqat, Hawija and three towns near the Syrian border.

The armada has reached the outer defenses of Shirqat and is gearing up to move on Hawija.

Civilians fleeing from Hawija say that US air strikes are continuing around the clock and children are terrorized by the sounds of planes and bombs.

France 24, Kurdish 24 and Iraqi news indicate that Islamic State is developing guerrilla warfare since the loss of Mosul.

France has 1200 troops facing IS. One of the French was killed on September 23. [Bas News]

The regime admits that there has been an IS attack on the military in Tuz Khurmata [south of Kirkuk].

3 Kurdish peshmarga were killed and 5 wounded near Daquq in the north.

20 km south of Mosul 3 regime troops were killed in an IS attack.

On September 22, there was a clash between Shia troops and Yazeedi troops in which 2 Yazeedis and 3 Shias were killed and 7 Shia troops wounded.

This was in the Shingal area when shias tried to force their way through a Yazeedi defense line.

The Kurdish areas in the north east are excited about holding a referendum on Kurdish independence which Barazani is pressing with Israeli support. Turkey, Iran and Baghdad have expressed extreme displeasure. Turkish troops are massing on the Iraq border in the north.

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Kneeling in Peaceful Protest, instead of Standing for the National Anthem.
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen]

New York City - Beginning with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, now other NFL players are kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem. But, Kaepernick did not start a trend. I remember NBA player Mahmud 'Abdul-Rauf saying the Al-Fatiha during the singing of the National Anthem while getting booed. His teammates surrounded him all the while in a show of support and protection.

Bruce Maxwell, a Major League Baseball player, kneeled, recently. These athletes are all of African-descent.

Kneeling is a form of peaceful protest that, definitely, enrages many White Americans. But, what do these protests really do? They draw attention but the problems remain. One of the issues I have with the protest as a Muslim and as someone of African-descent is that it is ONLY a protest. These types of protests are used by those who feel privileged, these guys are millionaires after all.

For most of these athletes, these protests mean something. NBA players do not have that kind of back-bone. These NFL players are receiving death threats. Those athletes who are doing it just to get attention won't last long once people start expressing anger towards them.

Some teams, such as the Cleveland Browns have drawn the ire of the local police department, which said that they would no longer act as security during NFL games.

What arrogance!

It is this ridiculous police department response to such protests, meant to draw attention to criminal cops and a corrupt judicial system that sets them free, that should lead people to include kneeling as a way of life. Not some temporary protest meant to just draw attention to a problem that has been a way of life for the oppressive police force.

There has to be a plan of action for dealing with police aggression because the universal sign of having your hands up in an act of surrender means nothing to them!

Sending memos to the NFL Commissioner seeking support for these kneeling protests is good for ensuring no one's rights are trampled. Zionist grand dragon David Stern suspended Mahmud Abdul-Rauf for his protest. But, this protest should not include the Establishment nor White Americans because they are from the oppressive group that rule here and everywhere.

Many White Americans still see police criminality as a Black issue, which it is not. So, any effort to try and get them to understand that it isn't is fruitless. Our goal should not be to awaken people and to get them to see the error in their supremacist thinking. Just as the Hon. Elijah Muhammad said, decades ago, if the White man is upset with America over an issue then, let him create his own organization where he can vent his frustrations. The Hon. Elijah Muhammad's reasoning is very true.

In spite of all of the horrendous conditions that have been inflicted on the indigenous peoples of America by the White oppressor, the White man still thinks America is great. Any issues we have with America is called whining by ingrates. Their oppressive mindset and the benefits reaped from their oppression of others have rendered them uncompassionate to any non-White human being.

Kneeling as a way of life should be a no-brainer once these protesting athletes understand how America operates and how America treats the indigenous peoples, those of African-descent included, so disrespectfully. There is no humanity!

Of course, Muslim athletes, such a Muhammad Ali and Mahmud Abdul-Rauf, have set a great example for those who have been willing to make substantial sacrifices while holding steadfast to their principles owing to their Islamic Faith. However, it is refreshing to see the media focus attention on conscious millionaire athletes who have not forgotten where they come from, rather than those feeling entitled.


Teresa Kaepernick Responds to President
Trump's Attack on Dissident

by Rich Schapiro [AOL News]

Colin Kaepernick's mother blitzed President Trump Saturday, a day after he slammed NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Teresa Kaepernick lashed out at the president for using sharper language against NFL players than the white supremacists who wreaked havoc in Charlottesville, Va.

"In Charlottesville, he would not call out the Nazis, not call out the white supremacists, but he's calling out these guys who are peacefully kneeling and asking for their country to do better," she told Deadspin.

Trump waded into the NFL controversy while stumping for GOP Senate candidate Luther Strange in Alabama.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, get that son of a b---h off the field right now. He is fired," Trump told the crowd.

"Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for."

Late Friday, Teresa Kaepernick responded to Trump in a biting tweet.

"Guess that makes me a proud b---h," she wrote.

In the Deadspin interview, she elaborated on her feelings about Trump's provocative remark.

"It's always at his rallies, and he's always pandering and playing to the crowd," Teresa Kaepernick said.

"There are a lot of racist people in that crowd, a lot of people that are just looking for something to get hyped about, and this is the kind of thing he does."

Trump is "like a bully on a playground," she adked. "It's almost what I've come to expect from him and what most of us have come to expect from him."

She said that she believes Trump's NFL takedown will likely backfire.

"I thought it was a big mistake on his part," she said. "Just a terribly bad decision."


Lesbos, Greece
Syrians Fleeing Assad's Terror Regime still Arriving at the rate of about 100 a day. Torture and Chemical warfare by regime. [Live Report]

by Sis. Karina Friedemann [Boston]

Neda Kadri is a Syrian-American from Dearborn, Michigan, who has been working to help refugees for the past two years. Along with her husband, Rafat al-Hamoud and other volunteers, she runs a relief center in a rented warehouse called House of Humanity, which is like a free shopping center for the needy. Instead of waiting in line for handouts, they get to browse through clothes on racks and choose their own groceries. There is a play area for the youth and facilities for refugees to shower. There are many people sleeping on the floor.

On September 21, 2017, she gave a live update on Facebook on the Syrian refugee situation nowadays. She said the boats are still coming in every day, about 100 refugees per day. At this point, they have started receiving the Syrians from the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, where the 2013 chemical weapons attack took place. Last November the inhabitants were put on the green buses by the UN with nothing but the belongings on their back and relocated to Idlib, a city under Syrian control, their home and property all confiscated by the Syrian government. Like the Palestinians displaced by Israel, they will never see their homes again. Anybody with any money is leaving Idlib for Turkey and Greece.

She says they are now seeing the worst of the worst cases they have seen so far, in terms of the emotional condition and war injuries of the people. She described an old man in his 80s, with one leg blown off and the other leg rotting from untreated diabetes. People are limping around with shrapnel in their heads and bodies. Some have family members in detention. Many children have enlarged foreheads and other deformities caused by exposure to chemical weapons. They are a little bit responsive but act strange. The human catastrophe has increased exponentially since Russia entered the war.

There are no doctors in the camp equipped to deal with these types of injuries. Any trauma surgeons who would be willing to volunteer in Greece are desperately needed. Neda was also shocked at the level of traumatic stress that is evident in the children. She described a three year old girl, who drops face flat on the floor screaming whenever she hears an airplane pass overhead. Not all of the refugees are willing to talk, they do not trust anyone anymore. However she has heard some very haunting stories. Many refugees have buried dozens of people, many of them are victims of torture.

One man said that every good wife keeps the bathtub full and a wet blanket nearby at all times. If there is a napalm or phosphorous attack, the entire family jumps in the bathtub and covers themselves with the wet blanket to prevent their skin from being burned off. If there is a chlorine attack, they run to the roof with the blanket to get air.

Now they are living in thin shelters. Thousands of people are trapped in the camps, which are like open air prisons surrounded by barbed wire.The border is closed. The bathrooms are filthy. The water gets cut off regularly. Government funding has dried up and most of the major NGOs have left. Now there are only individual volunteers with small humanitarian organizations. And winter is coming. Neda said she knows there are other things happening around the world but please don't forget the refugees in Greece. $20 feeds a family for a week. Please donate: .

Neda has always been a strong supporter of the Syrian Revolution, but seeing all these desperate people, who are so deeply affected by all the political choices made for them, has been earth shattering. Her young husband, who sat beside her during her live update, lost all his family members either killed in Syria or drowned at sea. It was adorable to see how his face lit up to see that his mother-in-law was watching them on Facebook and asking questions from Michigan.

Also this week, House of Humanity has received its first four refugees from Yemen. A boat filled with 80 Kurds sank trying to get from Turkey to Romania. 40 of them were rescued. Orouba Barakat, an activist opponent of the regime who has written extensively about torture in Syrian government prisons, was murdered along with her daughter, Halla, a journalist, in their Istanbul apartment. This is alarming news, since the Greek high court recently approved forced deportations of Syrians to Turkey. Turkey is not a safe place for them.


New Islamic Year
[by Sis. Yasmin]
'Muharram' is the first {1st} month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the Four {4} sacred months concerning which...

ALLAH {Aza wa Jall } says in the 'Quran':

'Surely the number of months with Allah is Twelve {12} months in Allah's ordinance since the day when He created the heavens and the earth, of these four {4} being sacred;

that is the right reckoning;

therefore be not unjust to yourselves

regarding them'.

[Source:- 'Quran' ~Surat At-Taubah ~ 9~ Verse # 36]

'Muharram' is one of the four{4} sacred Months

out of twelve.

The others being...



and Rajab.

These four { 4 }months have been sacred since

the creation of universe.

ALLAH {Aza wa Jall } says in the 'Quran':

'Muharram' is a sacred month because Allah made it sacred along with three {3} other months and told us about it in the 'Quran'.

Prophet Muhammad

{may peace be upon him}

informed us about the Four {4} sacred months

in the following narration:

'The year is of Twelve {12}months, out of which

Four{4} months are sacred:

Three{3} are in succession ...

#1/ ~Dhul-Qa'da.

#2/~ Dhul-Hijja.



[Source: Bukhari Vol 004, Book # 054, Hadith # 419]

'Ashura'~ [meaning tenth [10th ] in Arabic]

{The 10th of Muharram}

Fasting on the 10th Muharram 'Ashura'

was obligatory on the Muslims before the fasts

of 'Ramadan' were made obligatory.

Narrated by the Mother of the Believers Aisha

(Allah be pleased with her)...

The people used to fast on 'Ashura'

{the tenth (10th)day of the month of 'Muharram'}

before the fasting of 'Ramadan' was made obligatory.

and on that day the 'Kaaba' used to be

covered with a cover.

When Allah made the fasting of the month

of 'Ramadan' compulsory...

*PROPHET* {may peace be upon him} said...

'Whoever wishes to fast (on the day of 'Ashura') may do so; and whoever wishes to leave it can do so'.

[ Source:-'Bukhari' Vol 02, Book 026, Hadith # 662. ]

Abu Qatada al-Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) reported that...

The Messenger of Allah {may peace be upon him}

was asked about fasting on the day of

'Ashura' {10th of Muharram}

whereupon he said:

It expiates the sins of the preceding year...{!}

{Source..., Muslim: Book 06: Hadith # 2603}


Courtsey~ Sis Yasmin.

"Never Despair Of The Mercy Of Allah"
Say, 'Indeed, my Prayer, my Rites of Sacrifice, my Living and my Dying are for ALLAH, Lord of the Worlds'. {'Quran'~Surat Al-'An'am -# 6-162.}

2017-09-25 Mon 04:05:37 ct