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17 Jamada al-Awwal 1439 A.H.- February 4 2018 Issue # 5, Newsletter # 1744

Hadith of the Week

Generosity with Family

Narrated Abu Mas'ud Al-Ansari:The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "When a Muslim spends something on his family intending to receive Allah's reward it is regarded as Sadaqa for him."

Sahih al-Bukhari 5351
Book 69, Hadith 1

 alhamdulillah for everything

[With thanks to Sis. Kristi]

Political Prisoners :

Civil Discord Show

To Bangladesh: With Love
by Kaukab Siddique


Last month I had lunch at a halal Bangladeshi restaurant. I noticed a university student from Bangladesh, We started talking and I told him about my visits to Bangladesh.

Our conversation was very civil and to my surprise we agreed on fundamentals. We parted as friends. [This restaurant is run by a Bangladeshi woman who wears hijab.]

We agreed that though political unity is not possible right now, communication at the people-to-people level should be increased.

I would ask my readers to consider these points:

  1. Reconciliation right now is not possible because the rulers and elites on both sides are highly antagonistic to each other.

  2. The Bangladeshis begin with the numbers of people killed by the army [in the millions] and the rapes and atrocities against Bengali women.

  3. The {west] Pakistanis point to focus on the slaughter of Biharis and pro-Pakistan Bengalis. They also feel humiliated by the surrender of the Pakistani army to the Indian army. [West] Pakistanis think that Bengalis are only marginally Muslim, "almost" Hindus.

  4. These impressions are largely false and are fed by propaganda on both sides.

I have visited Bangladesh three times after East Pakistan became Bangladesh. My visits were very detailed and I am an eyewitness to the facts which follow here:

  1. Bengalis are very conservatively Islamic. There are mosques in every city and in every village. Tablighi Jamaat holds the largest gathering of Muslims in the Indo-Pakistan region.

  2. Insults aimed at Islam and the Prophet, pbuh, are not tolerated. Taslima Nasreen had to leave after country

    after she wrote an abusive book about the Qur'an and Islam. A high profile Bengladeshi economist sensed that his life was in danger after he made some oblique references of support for homosexuality.

  3. The strongest building in every villages which can survive the country's severe rain storms is the mosque. The ordinary people fund and build these small mosques.

  4. Support for Pakistan is still widespread. Urdu is the second language for the older generation. Some of the finest buildings in Dhaka were built during the East Pakistan era.
  5. Bengalis are sensitive and emotional people. You can only win them over with love, not with money. [To be continued]


A clever attack on Hadith.

A Look at Ghamidi, one of Pakistan's Smooth Talking "Secular" Muslims
by Kaukab Siddique

In the Muslim world, "secularist" is a westernized Muslim who thinks that Islam is a matter of personal belief and should not be involved in politics, economics and social planning. The problem arises when secularists try to impose their limited version of Islam on the entire country with the help of Anglo-American power and a government which is controlled by the West.

Here is an interview with one Pakistani secularist. This is the link. It is in Urdu but my comments relate to its specific points.

Comment by Kaukab Siddique:

Javed Ghamdi's interview is typical of westernized Pakistanis who are out of touch wih the realities of Pakistan even while living in Pakistan. . Unfortunately the lady interviewing him also shows lack of knowledge of Islam and is not able to oppose ANY of his views or to question him in depth. There are basic contradictions and absurdities in his statements. He complains about intolerance and lack of freedom of expression in Pakistan. If one looks at the Pakistani media, newspapers, TV, one can see that Pakistan has more freedom of expression than America. People even attack the existence of Pakistan [e.g. MQM's views in Karachi] and are still tolerated. Christians carry out rallies and are not arrested for doing so. Every sect is openly and clearly expressing itself and no one can stop them.

Ghamdi is a clever "QUR'AN ONLY" sectarian. He claims that one can know everything about the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, from the Qur'an. That is a baseless claim. Most of the chapters of the Qur'an DO NOT even mention the name of Muhammad, pbuh. If one reads Hadith, then only can one know that the Qur'an is addressing Muhammad, pbuh.

Like a Perwaizi sectarian [an anti-Hadith group in Pakistan], Ghamdi tries to insult Sahaba, r.a. by claiming that Hadith narratives amount to : "kisi nay kaha." [Someone said.]. ALL the Sahaba,r.a., of any stature narrated Hadith. It is a form of kufr to dismiss them as "kisi." On the other hand, when it comes to supporting Prophet's, pbuh, humbleness and gentleness, Ghamdi dishonestly starts using Hadith.

In Islam, none of the Prophets and messengers are equal to Muhammad, pbuh, although we accept all of them as having brought the truth and are equal in that sense. They were for their own times and their own nations.

"That was a people who have passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did, and you of what you do! Of their merits there is no question in your case." {The Qur'an 2:141}

Their Shar'ia and Sunnah are unknown today, while that of Muhammad, pbuh, is part of the lives of 1.8 billion people. Ghamdi claims that prophets are equal, thus trying to undermine the authority of Muhammad, pbuh. The Qur'an does not say they are equal:

"Those Messengers We endowed with gifts, some above others: To one of them Allah spoke; others He raised to degrees of honor....." [The Qur'an 2 253.]

Ghamdi spends a lot of time stressing the gentleness of the Prophet, pbuh, and how soft he was in his dealings. That is partially true, but Muhammad, pbuh, also taught Jihad and was strong against the oppressors. He was a complete human being, a warner and a bringer of good news.

The Qur'an says: "O Prophet! Do jihad against the kuffar and the munafiqueen, and be firm against them. Their abode is hell, - an evil refuge indeed. " [The Qur'an 9:73]

Obviously Ghamdi is out of touch with Pakistan. American drones have killed several thousand Pakistanis. The government is in America's hands. The military is also in America's hands and has killed 30,000 Muslims. Secularists are trying to legitimize blasphemy so that Muhammad, pbuh, can be insulted just as Jesus, pbuh, is insulted in America. So Ghamidi is wrong in saying that the Ulema should be soft and smiling. Pakistan cannot afford to be soft and smiling when it is under attack from outside and inside.

Perwaizis must be desperate that they bring a fringe person like Ghamdi to oppose the great Ulema of today who are standing up to a Superpower.

 Health Notes

[Via Sis. Yasmin]

An extract found in the bright yellow curry spice 'Turmeric' can kill off cancer cells,

scientists have shown that the chemical 'Curcumin'has long been thought to have healing powers and is already being tested as a treatment for Arthritis and even Dementia...!

Now tests by a team at the Cork Cancer Research Center show it can destroy gullet cancer cells in the Lab.

Cancer experts said the findings in the British Journal of Cancer could help doctors find new treatments.

Dr Sharon Mc Kenna and her team found that 'Curcumin' started to kill cancer cells within 24 hours !


The cells also began to digest themselves, after the 'Curcumin' triggered lethal cell death signals.

Dr Mc Kenna said:

"Scientists have known for a long time that natural compounds have the potential to treat faulty cells that have become cancerous and we suspected that 'Curcumin' might have therapeutic value."

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research U.K.said:

"This is interesting research which opens up the possibility that natural chemicals found in Turmeric could be developed into new treatments for Oesophageal Cancer.

"Rates of oesophageal cancer have gone up by more than a half since the 70s and this is thought to be linked to rising rates of obesity, alcohol intake and reflux disease so finding ways to prevent this disease is important too."

Each year around 7,800 people are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in the UK. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer death and accounts for around five percent of all UK cancer deaths...!

This yellow spice gives curries their bright color !


There are a number of natural brain protectors out there, but did you know that one herb has shown more promise when it comes to supporting your Neurological system than any other medical finding to date ? It's a scientific fact that 'Curcumin', an antioxidant compound found in the root of the 'Turmeric' plant, is one of the most powerful natural brain protecting substances on the planet ! It continues to amaze scientists with its remarkable cognitive health benefits.

You may be familiar with 'Turmeric' as the bright yellow spice that is commonly found in curry powder. 'Turmeric' has a long history as a healing herb and culinary spice in India. Interestingly, India has the highest per capita consumption of 'Turmeric' and the lowest incidence of cognitive decline Worldwide !

My 'Salaams' to all.

COURTESY ~ Sis Yasmin~

Latest Khutba

Latest Revolutionary Khutba
Rules for Giving the Message of Islam:
Audience and Constituency.
Publicity of Private lives & Sex is Haram.

 Dr Kaukab Siddique

On February 2, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma' khutba and led prayers at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore.

Here Is an outline of the khutba:

  1. Muslims spend their time sending appeals and advice to members of the Congress and the Senate and to the President, These people who are in power have their own agendas and they are in office owing to the groups which are out to use power for narrow ends. Muslims are a tiny minority here and are quite leaderless.

  2. Muslims do not realize that the people in power want to use them to fulfil their own agendas.

  3. Muslim groups have been coopted by the power groups and do not [or cannot] oppose the people in power.

  4. Those who are few in numbers, like us, but have the revelations from Allah to guide them, can bring about changes in policy by challenging the authorities. We have the examples of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, peace be on them, to guide us. The Qur'an is very powerful in its commands to Moses to challenge the Pharoah.

  5. None of the Prophets cooperated with the people in power. There is no place in Islam for cooperation with those who think they are the decision makers. Authority belongs to Allah alone.

  6. Instead of appealing to the rulers, we should go to those who WANT Islam or are looking for a way out of the status quo.

  7. I would go to African Americans, Central Americans, women and people in the prisons. Prisoners alone number more than 2,000,000. Why are we not writing letters of support to the oppressed? Why don't we give the Qur'an to those who want it.

  8. The best da'wah is by personal; example. Alcohol, drugs, gambling and fornication are forbidden by the word of God. We should show the nation that we can be clean because of the Qur'an.

  9. Drugs are the biggest calamity in America now. In one year more than 65,000 young people died from overdoses. American youths in many cases have nothing but emptiness in their spirits. Without hope and without belief in the HEREAFTER, the drugs are the only thing these young people have.

  10. The Me Too movement has shown that women of all races have been molested, mistreated, abused and even raped. Our teachings about women can change this nation. Similarly Black Lives Matter have shown us that young Black men can be gunned down in the streets by the authorities. Year after year this has happened. Only Islam can bring about a REVOLUTION.

  11. the media have played an important role in promoting disrespect for women, extreme violence and massive pornography under various guises.

  12. Every man is becoming the enemy of every woman and vice verse. Then they come on line and abuse and insult their girl friends and partners. The uncovering of private lives is strictly forbidden in Islam. When sexuality becomes a weapon to humiliate the female, the children are disturbed and traumatized.

  13. The behavior of slave masters towards women has come back. We have slavery again but under the guise of liberalism,

  14. On top of these layers of evil, we have homosexuality working as a powerful movement openly defying the law of God [Allah]. Media and movies are being used on a daily basis to "normalize" LGBTq.

  15. Muslims should realize that the bombing, occupation and destruction of Muslim countries are simply overseas extensions of the evil which is exploding within America. Entire cities have been wiped out: Eastern Aleppo, Raqqa, Mosul.

  16. Those who fight back are labelled as outlaws by global media every day. We must teach our children how to understand and defeat the media.

  17. Study the Qur'an and hadith on a daily basis. Talk to independent scholars. Pray constantly for Allah's help In all good deeds. Follow the Sunnah of Muhammad, pbuh, and the example of his Sahaba, r,.a. Prayers without positive and timely action are not Islamic. We have too much du'a and even minor actions do not follow.

Conclusion: Da'wah should to:
  1. Spouses and children.
  2. Family and community.
  3. Masjid and ummah.
  4. Misled Muslims.
  5. Ordinary non-Muslims.
  6. Challenge to rulers


 Pakistan Flag

Khadim Hussain Rizvi
New Face of Islamic Uprising

Attacking Bilawal's idol worship and Sharif's corruption

 Maulana Rizvi

Karachi: Maulana Rizvi addressed a large gathering.
His language is a mixture of Urdu and Punjabi.
He urged people to bring peaceful change by voting for the new Sunni movement LABBAIKE YA RASOOL ALLAH.

He pointed out PPP leader Bilawal [son of Benazir] who bowed down before Hindu idols. That is kufr.
This is the first Pakistsni leader to note that all the noise about the tragedy of the child Zainab was meant to smear Pakistan, otherwise such horrific crimes are committed in other countries too [USA, India, etc] but are not given much attention.
[He personally went to Kasur to lead funeral prayers.]



Suffering and Mourning of a Helpless People.

[Courtesy Al-Jazeera. February2]

Indian-occupied Kashmir - Ganawpora is in mourning. The small village in the southern part of Kashmir's Shopian district has lost five young men, including a rebel, in less than a week.

One of them, 19-year-old Javaid Ahmad Bhat, was a big cricket fan. On the morning of January 27, he was playing cricket before returning home for lunch. He left his home in the afternoon for the market but never come back. Instead, the villagers carried his body back home.

Bhat and two other young students - Suhail Ahmad Lone and Rayees Ahmad Ganai - were killed when the army fired upon them at Ganawpora village.

India's army says they fired after they came under "intense" stone pelting but the villagers call the firing as "indiscriminate and targeted". The state police have registered a case against the army for killing civilians.

Abdul Rashid Bhat, 65, trembles as he talks about his son. In his mud and brick home, he is surrounded by more than a dozen men. As his voice choked recalling his son, the men unsuccessfully tried to fight their tears.

"On January 27, he was playing cricket until noon. That was his routine," said a wailing Waheeda, Javaid's younger sister. "When he returned, he asked mother for lunch and left home to buy a gas cylinder. After an hour, we heard he has been killed".

Though Waheeda could say a few words, her mother, Saja Begum, 55, has been silent for the five days now. She has not uttered a word since the news of her son's death, the neighbours say.

Javaid was the only sibling who went for higher studies. The others - an older brother and three sisters dropped out of school - the family members told Al Jazeera.

"He was very bright and wanted to study. He always wanted to share the responsibilities of home. Little did I know this tragedy will fall on us," Javaid's father, a farmer, said.

"Javaid would crack jokes in the evening. I had my hopes pinned on him as he wanted to do something good in life to shift from farming."

'Killed in cold blood'

A kilometre away from Bhat's house, men and women gathered in separate rooms to mourn the death of 16-year-old Suhail Ahmad Lone. It was outside Suhail's home where the firing incident happened.

The residents said that on the morning of January 27, some young men had gathered at the village graveyard to pay respect to a rebel who was killed in a gun battle on January 24.

The boys had hung a black banner on the graveyard that had La Ila ha ilala (There is no God but Allah) written on it. The army came and they told the villagers to remove the banner. The villagers refused, leading to an argument, the villagers said. The army returned in the afternoon and allegedly opened indiscriminate fire on the youth.

They were killed for nothing. It happens in Kashmir only; they just kill our children and go.
Saeda Begum, Narpora resdident

Suhail's father, Javed Ahmad Lone, recounted each of those moments before his son's death.

"There was intense firing going outside. When there was a relative calm, Suhail went out," Lone said, while feeling the bullet holes on the wall of his room that were fired by the army during the incident.

"I was behind him. The army was leaving (the village) and from a distance, they fired at him. I screamed for help. People came and took him to the hospital," Lone said

In total, five boys, including a local rebel, were killed in the village from January 24.

In the adjacent village, known as Narpora, dozens of people - men, women, and children of all age groups - walked towards the home of Rayees Ahmad Ganai, 23. Rayees was critically wounded in the firing and succumbed four days later.

"They were killed for nothing. It happens in Kashmir only; they just kill our children and go," said Saeda Begum, 50, a villager, while wailing and shouting slogans.

The villagers say that the army firing was unprovoked. The army, however, says they came under "intense stone pelting" and the protesters tried to "lynch an army officer". The villagers disagree.

"There were no warning shots from the army," said Lone. "My son was targeted in his neck. The other boy was hit in the head. How can this be in self-defence? They could have fired on their legs."

'Hopeless probes'

The families, however, said they don't "trust any investigation carried out by the government", citing past experiences.

"We don't want to take part in any investigation; they are a farce," said Javaid's father.

Before completing the sentence, he points towards his brother, Muhammad Yousuf, sitting among the mourners.

"His 16-year-old son, Aqib Ahmad, who was supplying water to the army, was beaten to death by them in 2012. When they can't spare those who serve them, what should I expect?" he asked.

"Everyone that time also said that the matter will be investigated and justice will be delivered but nothing happened," he said.

Suhail's family also has little expectations of justice.

"We ask the government not to harass us in the name of the probe," said 45-year-old Lone.

"It is their court, their police and their administration that will carry the probe. We don't want any compensation. We don't want any job. We want them to leave us alone. If they can bring back my son back, then they should talk."

Despite the registration of a case, the chances that the accused soldiers would be tried appear slim.

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), a controversial law, that is applicable in the region, gives protection to Indian soldiers against human rights violations and makes it mandatory for the state government to seek sanction for prosecution from Indian defence ministry.

The data by the Indian defence ministry shows none of the previous cases has ever proceeded to the stage of prosecution.

From 2001 to 2016, the ministry received 50 requests of sanction for prosecution from the region's government.

The ministry denied sanction for prosecution in 47 cases while the fate three pending cases are yet to be decided.

Of the 50 cases, 17 pertained to the alleged killing of civilians, 16 to custodial deaths, 8 to alleged custodial disappearances and 4 to alleged rape and molestation.

Parvez Imroz, a senior human rights lawyer in the region, told Al Jazeera that in past too, there have been cases filed against the army but there has been no prosecution.

"These cases are a mere eyewash. There is AFSPA, which stops the prosecution of army men. No justice happens in these cases," Imroz said.

International human rights organisations have accused the Indian army of human rights abuses in Kashmir and demanded the repeal of AFSPA.

Kashmir continues to be one of the longest unresolved conflicts between India and Pakistan as both states claim it in its entirety.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep among Kashmir's mostly Muslim population, and most support the rebels' cause against Indian rule, despite a decades-long military crackdown on dissent.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera News

War News

 War News

Army hit in Swat. New Infiltration by mujahideen

February 3. At a military camp in
Swat, a martyrdom attacker killed 11Pakistani troops including a captain.
Another 13 soldiers were wounded.

[Background report from our Pakistan observer.]

Readers might remember, the Pakistani military tried to crush the people of Swat who demanded Sharia as law. At a signal from Washington, the regime launched a full scale military invasion of Swat. Led by Maulvi Fazlullah, the people of Swat put up heroic resistance.

The military then ordered the removal of the ENTIRE population of Swat, thus turning the area into a free fire zone. Jets, helicopter gunships, long range artillery and tanks were used against the mujahideen. When the regime tried to advance on the ground, it suffered heavy losses. Finally the regime dropped air borne forces behind the mujahideen defense lines. Maulvi Fazlullah was wounded and took refuge in an area of Afghanistan which is under Islamic control.

The regime brought back and re-settled 400,000 people after extreme vetting [somewhat on the American pattern of Fallujah in Iraq]. About 100,000 are still living in camps.
[Removal of an entire population is genocide under international law but Washington curtailed all mention of military atrocities.]

[The release of 93 year old Sharia leader Sufi Muhammad on health grounds as if he is a criminal could have provoked the new attack. He is the father in law of Fazlullah. The military kept him in prison for 8 years although case after case brought against him was thrown out by the courts. He is a deeply religious scholar, beloved of the people, steeped in the lore of Islam. The dastardly Pakistani military presented him as if Sharia is a crime and that he is a traitor.]


Bombing and Shelling by Russian-Alawite-Iranian-Shia militias across Syria. Damascus suburbs and Idlib province hit Hard.

Turkish Advance Slowed Down.. IS fights regime in Deir-Ez-Zor, and advances in northern Hama and Idlib Border.

February 1-4: Following a barrage of ground- to- ground missiles against Douma, Herasta and other areas around Damascus, regime militias advanced against Jaysh al-Islam fighters in the al-Marj area near Damascus but were beaten back.

In retaliation, mujahideen hit parts of Damascus held by Assad with mortar fire. Civilian casualties in Assad's Damascus are now increasing while civilian deaths in areas of Damascus suburbs bombed by Assad forces are steadily increasing.

IS fighters advanced a little further into Damascus in the Yarmouk area after a heavy clash with regime forces.


During the week Jan, 29-Feb.4, Islamic State {IS] fighters captured scores of villages in south eastern Idlib province and north eastern Hama province. On February 2-4, Assad's forces [led by Lebanese Hizb] attacked IS positions and re-captured two of the villages. Fighting there continues, SOHR reports.

On February 3, near Saqreb in Idlib province, mujahideen of Tahrir [al-Nusra] shot down a Russian SU-25 jet which was attacking a convoy of civilian buses escaping the area. Seven civilians were killed by the jet before it was shot down by a mujahid with a hand held missile. The pilot bailed out but refused to be captured and was killed in the gunfight which followed.


Fighters of FSA factions [Free Syrian Army] supporting Turkey captured 11 villages in the Afrin area during the week. There was severe fighting between Kurdish Communists [SDF] and FSA resulting in scores dead on both sides. Turkish jets and artillery are again hitting SDF positions around the Afrin area. Within Afrin Kurds have carried demonstrations protesting the Turkish advance into Turkey.

Afrin is now surrounded by FSA supporting Turkey. The only way out is controlled by Assad's forces.

SDF [YPG] is firing rockets into Turkey. It hit a Turkish tank killing 8 Turkish troops.

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Major Defeat for Zionists Trying to Suppress Boycott of Israel.
[Courtesy The Intercept.]
January 30

[This was done by ONE Christian Mennonite. Misled groups like CAIR and ICNA should learn that you don't have to support a political party to do good. ....New Trend editor]

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S. This judicial decision definitively declares those efforts — when they manifest in the U.S. — to be a direct infringement of basic First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The enjoined law, enacted last year by the Kansas legislature, requires all state contractors — as a prerequisite to receiving any paid work from the state — "to certify that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel." The month before the law was implemented, Esther Koontz, a Mennonite who works as a curriculum teacher for the Kansas public school system, decided that she would boycott goods made in Israel, motivated in part by a film she had seen detailing the abuse of Palestinians by the occupying Israeli government, and in part by a resolution enacted by the national Mennonite Church. The resolution acknowledged "the cry for justice of Palestinians, especially those living under oppressive military occupation for fifty years"; vowed to "oppose military occupation and seek a just peace in Israel and Palestine"; and urged "individuals and congregations to avoid the purchase of products associated with acts of violence or policies of military occupation, including items produced in [Israeli] settlements."

A month after this law became effective, Koontz, having just completed a training program to teach new courses, was offered a position at a new Kansas school. But, as the court recounts, "the program director asked Ms. Koontz to sign a certification confirming that she was not participating in a boycott of Israel, as the Kansas Law requires." Koontz ultimately replied that she was unable and unwilling to sign such an oath because she is, in fact, participating in a boycott of Israel. As a result, she was told that no contract could be signed with her.

In response to being denied this job due to her political views, Koontz retained the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the commissioner of education, asking a federal court to enjoin enforcement of the law on the grounds that denying Koontz a job due to her boycotting of Israel violates her First Amendment rights. The court on Tuesday agreed and preliminarily enjoined enforcement of the law.

The ruling is significant for two independent reasons. The first is the definitive and emphatic nature of the ruling. The court dispensed with an oft-repeated but mythical belief about free speech rights: namely, that they only bar the government from imprisoning or otherwise actively punishing someone for their views, but do not bar them from withholding optional benefits (such as an employment contract) as retaliation for those views. Very little effort is required to see why such a proposition is wrong: Just imagine a law which provided that only people who believe in liberalism (or conservatism) will be eligible for unemployment benefits or college loans. Few would have trouble understanding the direct assault on free speech guarantees posed by such a law; the same is true of a law that denies any other benefits (including employment contracts) based on the state's disapproval of one's political views, as the court explained in its ruling (emphasis added):

Even more important is the court's categorical decree that participating in boycotts is absolutely protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech and petition rights. Citing the 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case that invoked free speech rights to protect members of the NAACP from punishment by the state of Mississippi for boycotting white-owned stores, the court in the Kansas case pointedly ruled that "the First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott." In doing so, it explained that the core purpose of the Kansas law is to punish those who are critical of Israeli occupation and are working to end it: "The Kansas Law's legislative history reveals that its goal is to undermine the message of those participating in a boycott of Israel. This is either viewpoint discrimination against the opinion that Israel mistreats Palestinians or subject matter discrimination on the topic of Israel."

Indeed, it's hard to imagine a law that more directly violates the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech than one that seeks to deny people benefits for which everyone else is eligible due solely to the state's disapproval of their political views and activism. Since that's exactly what this Kansas law did, the court concluded that it was unconstitutional.

Beyond the court's emphatic rationale, the decision is significant because repressive measures like this have spread, and continue to spread, far beyond Kansas. Indeed, as we have repeatedly reported and documented, the single greatest threat to free speech in the West — and in the U.S. — is the coordinated, growing campaign to outlaw and punish those who advocate for or participate in activism to end the Israeli occupation.

Numerous other U.S. states have implemented similar measures as the one in Kansas — including New York, where, as we previously reported, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing all agencies "to terminate any and all business with companies or organizations that support a boycott of Israel" and "requiring that one of his commissioners compile 'a list of institutions and companies' that — 'either directly or through a parent or subsidiary' — support a boycott." As the New York Civil Liberties Union told The Intercept at the time about Cuomo's order: "Whenever the government creates a blacklist based on political views it raises serious First Amendment concerns and this is no exception."

Last year, a measure sponsored by Benjamin Cardin, a Democratic senator from Maryland and an AIPAC loyalist, joined by 43 other senators, went even further, purporting to impose prison sentences and large fines for anyone working with international organizations to boycott Israel. Only after the ACLU vehemently denounced the bill as a grave First Amendment attack that "would punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs" did several senators say they were re-considering their support.

Indeed, it's hard to overstate how pervasive and mainstream these attempts to legally suppress criticisms of Israel have become, including in the U.S. As the legal advocacy organization Palestine Legal told The Intercept yesterday, "Since 2014, over 100 anti-boycott measures (similar to the one blocked in Kansas) have been introduced in the U.S., at least 24 of them enacted. Palestine Legal responded to 308 suppression incidents in 2017 and nearly 1,000 in the last four years." The report issued by the group this week details just some of those efforts:

So widespread are attempts to punish and repress speech and activism aimed at ending the Israeli occupation that the Center for Constitutional Rights has dubbed this movement "the Palestine Exception" to free speech rights in the U.S.

The federal court ruling from yesterday is a ringing endorsement of the vital constitutional principle that people cannot be punished by the U.S. government or state governments due to disapproval of their political activism and viewpoints — even if the goal is to protect the Israeli government and its decadeslong illegal occupation from criticism and activism. The direct result of this ruling is that the Kansas state government is barred from continuing to force teachers and other state residents to take an oath to refrain from boycotting Israel upon pain of being denied contracts, but the broader and more enduring effect may be to emphasize just how authoritarian, repressive, and contrary to core civil liberties the global attempt to abuse the power of law to criminalize or suppress this free expression in the name of protecting Israeli occupation



Punishment in this World can Purify you for Good in Hereafter.
[Sis. Yasmin]

The Prophet ~ (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

"When Allaah wills good for His slave, He hastens the punishment for him in this world, and when Allaah wills ill for His slave, he withholds the punishment for his sins from him until he comes with all his sins on the Day of Resurrection."

[Source~Reported by at-Tirmidhi (2396) and Shaykh al-Albaani (r) classified it as Saheeh (authentic) in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi]

Imam ibn Al Qayyim~(Rahimullah) said...

"The Ibtilaa' [Testing] of the Believer is like Medicine for him...!

It cures him from Illness ... {!}

Had the illness remained it would destroy him !


Diminish his Reward and Level

in the Hereafter {!}

The Tests and the Trials extract these illnesses from him and ... prepare him for the Perfect reward and the Highest of degrees {in the life to come} !"

Calamities, Trials and Tests are signs of LOVE FROM ALLAAH for the Believers...!

They are comparable to a Cure... although it may be Bitter {!} you accept it because it is from the one whom you Love ! and to ALLAAH belongs the Best Example...{!}


~My 'Salaams' To All ~

~ Y a s m

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