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16 Shawwal 1439 A.H.- July 1 2018 Issue # 26, Newsletter #1766

Hadith of the Week

Importance of Looking After the Poor and the Widow.

Narrated Safwan bin Salim, r.a. :
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: "The one who looks after and works for a widow and for a poor person, is like a warrior fighting for Allah's Cause or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all the night."

Sahih al-Bukhari 6006
Book 78, Hadith 37
 red flowers

with Thanks to Sis.Kristi

Political Prisoners :

Civil Discord Show


Pakistani Elections are Approaching by Qaiser Sharif

LAHORE, July 1; Jamaat e Islami Spokesman and MMA candidate from NA 135, Amirul Azeem, has said that after the 25th of July, no legislation would be possible in the country without MMA's support.

Addressing corner meetings in his constituency on Sunday, he said that the MMA would form its governments in Khyber PK and Balochistan and would also be able to play an active role in the centre.

He further said that the pro-US governments and the US agenda had failed in the country as the US agents had given nothing except worries to the nation. He said that at present, the image and the respect of the country was at stake.

He said the MMA would protect the Islamic provisions of the constitution and also ensure their true implementation.

Amirul Azeem said that the former rulers had neither given any attention to the people's problems nor had they fulfilled their manifesto and election promises.



[Some Claim Boko Haram & Isis have arrived to Help Muslims....Editor]

Plateau killings: Recurring Reprisal Conspiracy theories and Misinformation
by Kabir Oyemomi

It will make all seekers after truth draw a conclusive inference if we look at the events leading to attacks and reprisal attacks:

On the 8th of June 2018, four (4) young Fulani men coming back from Kara cattle market in Buruku were shot immediately after Kara Hill military check point, less than 2km from the check point. On the 12th June, 2018 at around 8pm some Fulani people of Quaripan LGA of Plateau State coming back from Buruku, Kara market were shot at Kassa Hill before Barikin Ladi LGA Secretariat. one of them lost his life.

Also on June 13th a minor by the name Jafaru Salihu herding his parents' cows was killed at Nding village also at Kassa Hill and his head was removed, obviously to ensure difficulty in his identity. Another serious attack was carried out on Fulani on 21st of June at about 6pm where some Fulani men by the names Bala, Lawal and Ibrahim Kuwait on their coming from same Kara market were shot killed and their vehicle set ablaze at Heipan.

All these aforementioned attacks adjudged to be coordinated did not get attention of Nigeria media but lies and assumptions against Miyyeti Allah's chairman because they felt that the carnage leading to the death of not less than 86 people must be reprisals; hence, the unprofessional and unsupported claim credited to Danladi Ciroma that the killing of 86 persons in Razat, Ruku and Gana-Ropp villages of Gashish District in Bakin Ladi Local Government Area 1 of Plateau State was in retaliation to the killing of over 300 cows in the last few weeks by the villagers.

Ciroma was quoted by the DAILY POST as saying "these attacks are retaliatory." As much as I don't support the killing of human beings, the truth must be told that those who carried out attacks must be on a revenge mission.

"There have been recent reports of cows rustling and destruction of farm between, Berom farmers and Fulani herdsmen. The people carrying out these criminal activities are well known to the communities but the communities are hiding them".

But shockingly, Mal. Danladi Ciroma swifty responded to the statement credited to him with fierce refutation. Ciroma States on Channels TV that his comment about cows being rustled and killed was referencing an event of about 3 weeks before the popular killing of 86 people, the report which was made to the police then. He pointed out he was in Abuja when the carriage happened in Barkin Ladi last week, and thus has no knowledge of the situation or what led up to the event causing the carnage.

On his part, the head of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu, said on Monday that the unabated killings in some parts of the country, particularly in Benue and Plateau States could be handiwork of Boko Haram and not herdsmen as being widely speculated. Ojukwu said this at his office in Abuja while addressing the concerns about the commission's seeming inability to intervene in stopping the killings.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian military has confirmed reports that ISIS has been sending its members to train Boko Haram terrorist members. The Director of Defence Information Brig. General John Agim, in a statement said it was pertinent to state categorically that there was concrete evidence on ground to back their claim. He said that the Nigeria military will continue to condemn all tactics by terrorist groups. He added that proactive measures are currently being taken to nip any such development in the bud.

It is never out of order to conclude that there are criminal elements amongst both Fulani and Berom people, but the problem lingers when the media, CAN and military make things appear as if the Fulanis do not deserve the right of justice because they are Muslims in majority.


Dr. Tariq Ramadan:
Target of Anti-Islam Hatred

by Kaukab Siddique

Tariq Ramadan is being humiliated and being treated worse than anyone facing such accusations.

France is taking revenge against this Islamic Philosopher and Scholar.

On February 2, Tariq Ramadan came from England and voluntarily turned himself in to French authorities after two women brought wild allegations of rape against him.

He is so much respected that he probably thought he would be treated with basic decency and due process of law.

The French put him in solitary confinement where he has been now for 5 months. No one, not even his family members, are permitted to visit him.

He suffers from multiple sclerosis and in prison it became worse. His doctors appealed for bail. Not only was he not given bail, the government's doctors declared that though he does have MS, he should still be kept in detention.

In the meantime a third woman also brought charges and now a 4th woman in Switzerland is threatening to do the same.

The French media are demonizing him though there has been no trial and no conviction. The pro-Egyptian and pro-Saudi media are also attacking him because he is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood [Ikhwan] which always opposed the tyrants of Egypt.

Charges of rape have become quite common in the West though none of the prominent men charged with rape have been imprisoned. So the hatred of Islam is quite evident in the persecution of Tariq Ramadan.

Muslim men should beware not to come too close to non-Muslim women. Stay within the rules of Islam. Any woman can accuse you. If you are an imam or a scholar, special effort will be made to tarnish your character.


Most Dangerous Country for Women

A survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation has ranked India as the world's most dangerous country for women, ahead of Afghanistan, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

The poll surveyed 548 experts on six different indices - healthcare, discrimination, cultural traditions, sexual and non-sexual violence, and human trafficking. They were first asked to name the five most dangerous countries from the list of 193 United Nations member states. And then they were asked to name the worst country in each of the above categories. India topped three - cultural traditions, sexual violence and human trafficking.

 Breaking News

[2 items by New Trend's Media Monitor]
South Sudan
June 30.
Only hours after a "permanent" ceasefire agreement had been signed between the government and the rebels, the government reported rebel attacks in 4 provinces. At first reports 15 people have veeb killed,
[Both sides are Christians.]


June 1 to June 30.
Serious conflict is reported between English speaking and French speaking populations of Cameroon,

The clashes have been going on over a whole month but are not reported in the major media.

Several English speaking villages have been burnt to the ground by French speaking military. In turn French speaking police and civilians when found alone have been killed by the English speakers.

[Both sides are Christians.]


June 29
A human bomber from al-Qaida killed 6 G5 troops and injured a dozen of them in an attack on Severa in central Mali.

The group had been accused by the UN of killing 25 civilians sympathetic to al-Qaida.

Latest Khutba

Many of America's Muslims are ignoring the Sunnah, so no Blessings are coming from Allah.
Rebuttal of Trump's Travel Ban on Incoming Muslims.

On June 29 Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma khutba and led prayers at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore, Maryland.
The small masjid was crowded. Belated Eid gifts were announced for three teenagers who fasted the long fasts of Ramadan.
An appeal from a prisoner who has embraced Islam was distributed. Also quantities of Br. Kaukab's article on moon sighting was picked up.

Here are the main points of the khutba:

  1. Islam is the way of life [deen] for the entire ummah, not just for experts and specialists. The entire ummah has to be involved except those who are helpless.

  2. Most Muslims in America ignored the Sunnah of moon sighting. Influenced by the kuffar they tried to make Eid like Christmas.

  3. Muslims are not against science and technology. We as Muslims must follow the great blessings which come from following the Sunnah. If 5 people out of
    5 million claim to have seen the crescent, that is not acceptable.

  4. Some of the Muslims have become blatant in violating the Sunnah and mark their calendars way before the starting and ending of Ramadan. They think they
    are advanced thinkers but actually they are looking for comfort and convenience.

  5. Allah describes Islam as the UPHILL task [sura 90]. There is no easy way out if you want al-Jannah. USA Muslims in many cases ignore the Sunnah. No wonder they are despised and ignored.

  6. Look at the example of Bilal, r,a, He suffered so much but his faith and his example, even without his presence, brought Africa into Islam. Even today there are entire countries in West Africa which are 100% Muslim.

  7. Part 2.

  8. Trump issued a travel ban on incoming Muslims. Now the Supreme Court has validated the ban. This is a huge blunder by Mr. Trump.

  9. Someone should inform Trump that the Soviet Union tried to destroy Islam. It is a lesson for all humanity that the "weakest," poorest country in the Muslim

    world forced the Soviet giant to retreat unilaterally which led to the liberation of eastern Europe. Today there is no Soviet Union.

  10. Someone should tell Trump that we have the greatest miracle of Allah, the Quran, which is in the minds and souls of millions of Muslims globally.. No ban can stop the Qur'an. In fact bans are absurd in the age of the Internet and social media.

  11. We have the Sharia and the Sunnah of Muhammad, pbuh, which shapes the lives of millions of Muslims around the world though the westernized Muslim cliques in America are ignoring it.

  12. Another absurdity of the travel ban is that the Muslim countries with the largest populations are not included in it: Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and even India.

  13. Within America, people are embracing Islam. Think of Malcolm X [al-Hajj Malik Shabazz]. He was repeatedly imprisoned. When he went to Africa, Lebanon and "Saudi" Arabia, he discovered authentic Islam, Sunni Islam. Thru him and Imam Jamil al-Amin and many others, Sunni Islam has a presence in America with Sunni mosques in all the major cities,

Du'a: O Allah, give the Muslims of America unity based on the Qur'an and authentic hadith. O Allah help us to study and understand the Qur'an and Hadith. O Allah give us spouses and children who will stand with us for Islam. Ameen.

War News

 War News

Mujahid Leader killed in US air strike.

On the last day of Ramadan, a US air strike
killed Maulvi Fazlullah in the Afghanistan border area with Pakistan. Four of his close companions were also killed.

The deep expressions of gratitude and glee expressed by the Pakistani regime and secularist groups indicate that Pakistan had a role to play in this killing.

Pakistan has been clamoring for months that the Afghan regime and USA should help Pakistan by killing Fazlullah. When USA informed Pakistan that the deed had been done, Pakistani propagandists let loose a barrage of smear stories to demonize the martyr.

Hence it is in order to note that Maulvi Fazlullah opposed the Pakistani regime by implementing Sharia in the region known as Swat. He received unequalled support from the people of Swat.

When support for him reached Buner, USA complained to Pakistan that Buner is only 75 miles from Islamabad and more or less ordered the Pakistani military to attack.

Fazlullah and the mujahideen put up an epic resistance in pitched battles with the Pakistani army, killing more than 3000 Pakistani troops. Pakistan hit the mujahideen hard with jet fighters, long range artillery and tanks. The regime forced the ENTIRE population of Swat to leave [several million people] and turned Swat into a free fire zone. Paratroopers were dropped behind mujahideen lines and Fazlullah had to retreat all the way into Afghanistan where Taliban allowed him to stay.

America and Pakistan had jointly attacked Islamic schools [medressas] and mosques. In one attack 80 Islamic students were killed. Earlier the military attacked the Red Mosque and the women's seminary [Jamia al-Hafsa] in Islamabad itself, killing hundreds of students, including hijabi female students. Years later, Fazlullah ordered an attack on an army training school for young people in Pakistan. The terrifying slaughter which followed was used by the US army media to demonize the mujahideen, completely blocking information about the attacks on Islamic schools.

Only days after the US air strike which killed Fazlullah, the mujahideen chose a new leader which indicates that they have not been defeated by the assassination of their leader.

[Report from our Pakistan monitor.]

Cataclysmic Suffering in eastern Deraa.
120000 flee as Assad's forces approach.
400 killed in Russian-Iranian Bombing/Shelling

July 1
Mujahideen groups using drones with explosives attached attacked the Russian air base in Hmeimim, southern Latakia province . Explosions shook the area. Russia has not
revealed its losses yet.

June 30-July 1. Islamic fighters clashed with Assad's forces [Iranians, Hizb etc] in the middle of Quneitra province [approaching Israeli occupied areas]. Losses on both sides.

Same time Assad's forces advancing north of Aleppo clashed with Islamic fighters there. No details.

June 25 to July 1. More than 100,000 civilians fled as Russian bombing, Iranian artillery and Hizb/Assad tank forces pummeled eastern Deraa province.

The civilian death toll is near 400 including scores of children. 8 small towns have been destroyed by the Russians and the Iranians.

The Islamic fighters have put up impressive resistance. 96 regime fighters and 59 Islamic fighters have been killed, [The opposition here is from FSA, Free Syrian army.]

Latest: July 1. Russia is now talking to the fighting groups that if they withdraw from Deraa province, Russia will stop the bombing, the Assad regime will be re-instated in the province but civilians will be under Russian protection. ["Leave otherwise we will bomb your population" has become a regular Russian tactic.]

Russia and the regime are also raiding northern Hama province and northern Latakia..

In Suwaida area, ISIS is holding a large tract.

In Western Deraa, Palestinian group affiliated to ISIS [Jaysh Khalid bin Waleed] is holding on to 250 sqr km.
On the banks of the Euphrates way down south in Deir ez Zor province,

USA forces let loose 20 missiles on the ISIS town of Hajin. Numbers of ISIS have been killed in US bombing.

In eastern Idlib province, expert killers are assassinating al-Nusra commanders and allies on a daily basis. People there blame opposing Islamic groups. The result is study increase in chaos.

Iraq, on June 29, executed 20 Islamic State prisoners. In the meantime, it has also sentenced to death 20 Islamic women and Life imprisonment for another 20 women.

Islamic State captured 17 regime soldiers and said they would be executed if the women were not released. When the regime answered with executions, IS executed 8 of the 17. The current conditions of the remaining 9 are not known. In the meantime, the Shia media has been urging the government to execute many more IS prisoners.

Scattered fighting continues in various parts of Iraq, particularly around Kirkuk and Mosul. In the Erbil area, the US and the Kurds coordinated an airstrike to kill a prominent IS commander.

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Black women have both beauty and brains but 42% of them have never been married.
by Sis. Ayesha [in Virginia]

Sis. Ayesha is a jamaat al-Muslimeen activist in Virginia, hijabi and married. She wants us to see the plight of Black women in America. The women in this video are non-Muslims. The plight of Muslim Black women is even more difficult because Islam does not allow marriage with non-Muslim men.

Marriage with more than one woman is allowed in Islam if based on justice and spiritual values. That's probably the only solution.

Sis. Ayesha writes:
If you don't want to watch the whole thing but in the beginning the numbers were shocking to me....also the black woman are "uncovered.".. Basically we are the race whose women, cannot get married... The numbers are amazing . Unfortunately a lot of the black men are dead, incarcerated, unemployed... Inshallah I hope the black men will change their lives.

Gain the Ability to stop Excessive Use of Force by the Police
by Dr. Mustafa Ansari

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Germany and America: The darkness of intense Censorship. The light is breaking through by way of impressive revisionism.

New Trend report.

Germar Rudolf, a shy, soft spoken German scientist has carried out research on the most highly and ferociously defended Israeli holy of holies. A reading of this book would completely change any scholarly person's view of the world which has sanctified the existence and legitimacy of Israel. This 587 page book has decimated the Israeli view of what happened to one race in the Second World War. Remember that Rudolf is not an admirer of Hitler nor a Nazi in any sense of the word. He is a scientist who researches his subject with the highest standards of scholarship according to which all statements have to be supported by evidence which can be authenticated and checked for proof by third parties, including the most hostile ones.



The 'Sleeping Muslims' of Japan
[With thanks to Sis. Kristi.]

Sitting in the fourth-floor library of his place of worship, Yoshi Date recounts the story of his spiritual becoming. It is not unlike what you might hear from an eager Westerner gone East to find meaning. Except for Yoshi, it has gone the other way: the Japanese 24-year-old, raised in a nominally Buddhist family, became fascinated by the Abrahamic traditions during college in Western-minded Australia. While seeking, he turned to the Bible. Not fully satisfied, he turned next to the Quran.

Date, who works in a shop selling internet contracts, recalls, "I didn't know what Islam was all about — just knew about some bombings and all of that." One night, he had a dream: Bombs were going off, guns were firing, and he was crouched behind a car. Suddenly, from behind him, he heard a voice calling, Allahu akbar. The voices swelled: Allahu akbar. Date woke up and Googled the phrase; he doesn't recall ever hearing it before. He began living as a Muslim, cutting out pork and alcohol, studying the Quran. When he returned to Tokyo after college, he took the Shahada — the ceremony declaring Allah to be the only God, and Muhammad his prophet.

Today, we're in the Otsuka Masjid, a mosque in a residential neighborhood in Tokyo. Afternoon prayers have ended but the mosque thrums with sundry types: a white American stops at the library sink to wash his face and hair before eating lunch. Outside, a woman in full burqa speaks Japanese into her cellphone. A gaggle of Pakistani immigrants chat in Urdu and English. Better known as a homogenous nation where Buddhist and Shinto traditions have mixed syncretically for centuries, Japan is also home to this slice of faith: a small but growing group of Muslims, consisting of converts like Date and migrants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and elsewhere.

It's difficult to say how many Muslims reside in Japan, because the government never asks its citizens to declare a spiritual affinity. Here's what we do know: Their ranks are growing — a 2006 paper by researcher Hiroshi Kojima put the total Muslim population at 5,300 in 1984; 30,000 in 1995; and 56,300 in 2003. Current estimates vary; a 2008 paper from the Seattle-based National Bureau of Asian Research calculated the total number of immigrant Muslims at 70,000 to 80,000.

Why the growth? Japan is slowly and bumpily coming to terms with its need for foreign workers as its labor force shrinks; emigrants from across Asia and the Middle East may work as laborers or as unskilled workers. They also arrive to take advantage of higher-skilled business opportunities, perhaps enrolling in the country's universities (often more prestigious than the schools in their home countries). In the latest sign of change, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — as part of his eponymous "Abenomics" program designed to revitalize the nation — promised in June to butter the path for more foreigners to join the island nation's economy.Haroon Qureshi, a Pakistani businessman, came to Tokyo in 1991 as a student. Active in the city's Muslim scene, Qureshi is known for organizing, educating and generally centering immigrants who arrive feeling lonely and stateless. He is grateful for his home in Japan, his Japanese wife and his son, a chubby schoolboy who looks distinctly East Asian while conferring with his father in fluent Urdu. Like his peers who left Pakistan, Qureshi considered going west to America or Canada. He is happy he didn't. "What if I had been in the U.S. on 9/11?" he asks. "Definitely, I would have been in jail."

Religion in the traditional Western sense does not tint the identities of most Japanese. Certainly, Japan is home to Zen and Pure Land Buddhism and pre-Buddhist Shintoism, but around half its citizens identify as "not very religious," according to surveys by the Japanese broadcasting company NHK. Those people are likely to practice Shintoism, which aligns with Americans' notion of atheism. Qureshi says this lack of spiritual identity makes Japanese ripe for conversion, like "sleeping Muslims." But University of San Francisco anthropologist John Nelson, an expert in contemporary Japanese religious practices, warns us not to mistake an absence of belief for a dearth of practice. He says many Japanese view religion as "something you can put down and pick up as you need it." Japanese often turn to Buddhism, with a cosmology referencing an afterlife, when dealing with death; Shintoism, which addresses the material world, comes up at birth. A wedding might mingle the two.

Which explains why monotheistic traditions have rarely succeeded in attracting followers here. Nelson's summary: "Why would somebody become a Christian or a Muslim and limit themselves to only one brand name?" he asks. Indeed, Christianity at one point looked poised to take off as Japan opened up — reluctantly and belatedly responding to global shifts in trade and advancing technology — toward the end of the 19th century. Christians set up universities, which elites and intellectuals attended. "Many times, those were the only show in town," Nelson says. "Yet even with their position of power and influence, Christians were still not able to create a mass movement or make people see what was in it for them." Experts estimate that fewer than 1 percent of Japanese identify as Christian.

Today, Nelson notes declining numbers of traditional templegoers and Shinto-shrine attendees — blame it on the modern attitudes of young people, who can find community outside parochial institutions. But temples are responding, he says, and won't go down easily. Then there are a few fringe belief systems, like the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, which drew from Indian and Tibetan Buddhism and gained notoriety for its 1995 sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway.

So while Islam may not go mainstream, curiosity and even love have broken down traditional barriers for some 10,000 converts — many of whom are Japanese women who take the Shahada in order to marry foreign men. Their stories are a twist in the postwar history of local women marrying white gaijin (foreigners). Take Qureshi's wife, Fatima Ijima. They wed in 2000, two years after Ijima converted to Islam. On this day, Ijima is teaching a class of small children in the tall, cramped building that is the Otsuka Masjid. She is shy, almost defensive, when Qureshi and I knock on the door to ask for her time.

Here, the women keep to themselves, and yet Ijima's path to embracing Islam was paved by progressivism, and mirrors Date's. Having grown up irreligious — with a father that she says "believed he himself was God, and that is all" — she was studying in New York and searching, dogged by a feeling that "there is one God, who created us and who manages everything, controls everything." She read, flirting with most religious traditions she says, and upon returning to Japan turned to Islam. Today, her husband is a citizen, and most of their friends are Muslim. Ijima's parents, whom she lives near and cares for, aren't exactly happy with Islam; they don't like any religion but find Islam particularly irksome because of her clothing — a loose-fitting, enveloping hijab — and its association with terrorism. Nevertheless, when she visits their house, she says her father sometimes tells her she looks nice in her headscarf.

At a time when Islam is often linked with its most extremist factions, might the religion's quiet entrance into Japan offer a model for peaceful integration? Perhaps, but the country may instead demonstrate the inverse of what cities such as London and Paris have seen — things may be harmonious because of a lack of integration: Japanese culture, not exactly known for welcoming foreigners, tends to encourage minority communities to keep to themselves. Indeed, writes Chandra Muzaffar, a Muslim Malaysian activist who works on global peace and Islam, Muslims' extremely small presence in Japan "limits how much Muslims in Japan can learn from Muslims and the practice of Islam in Malaysia." The core lesson, he says? Something like the Golden Rule ... "be accommodative and inclusive in one's outlook." Most immigrants I spoke with insisted they've never faced discrimination. Qureshi generalizes that Japanese people are inherently unprovoking. Ahmad Almansour, a Syrian professor of Middle East-Japanese relations, agrees. "The Japanese are very peaceful. They won't even kill a cat," he says.

Multiculturalism here, if you want to call it that, shows its face mostly in the form of business opportunities. Near urban centers, you can find halal-certified restaurants, serving food permitted under Islamic dietary guidelines; in fact, there are around 200 in Tokyo, many offering bento or other Japanese fare, according to Plus, a few exporters have seized the chance to ship halal wares abroad, supplying the Southeast Asian market. Musa Mohammad Omer, a board member of the Islamic Center of Japan, gets called to inspect the facilities of companies seeking the halal label. Another ICJ member, Yousry Elhamzawi, teaches Arabic to older Japanese students. An Egyptian immigrant who has lived in Japan for 10 years, Elhamzawi says most of his students register for the class out of curiosity, or to conduct business with the Middle East.

Elhamzawi's classes are held in the shadow of the Tokyo Camii, the city's main mosque built in the Turkish style, all elegant patterns and muted worship. Women can, but are not required to, sit on the second level apart from men. A handful of middle-aged ladies, half hijab-wearing, are squatting there today, speaking in hushed voices and fiddling with iPhones between meditative pauses. I think of something Ahmad said when I'd asked about discrimination: The Japanese authorities are always watching the Muslims. The difference, he noted, is that they don't treat Muslims as Westerners do. "They come around mosques like the Tokyo Camii, but they are very peaceful," he said. "They mostly just arrange things, helping us park our cars."

It's a narrative that can serve the Islamic community well, one of easy, amicable trust between those who would persecute and those who would be persecuted. Is there sufficient desire to keep that narrative alive? Too soon to say, but if you believe nations aspire to live up to their own fictions, you might have faith that this story of coexistence is enough to maintain the peace.

Article by: Sanjena Sathian,


Immigrants from Guatemala, Hondurus, El Salvador

Their 9-11's
By Nadrat Siddique

The majority of those in immigration detention are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. What those in power—from the Trump administration to the liberal Left—fail to discuss or recognize is that starting from the 1980s (many would argue much earlier), the U.S. played a highly pernicious role in subverting the governments and economies of these countries. Their countries rendered effectively unlivable, it should come as no surprise that Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans make the dangerous and risky journey north, seeking asylum in the U.S. and other places. Far from incarcerating these indigents, the U.S. should be paying them reparations.

In Guatemala, the democratically-elected government of Jacobo Arbenz was overthrown by a CIA coup in 1954, and the country was plunged into turmoil. That turmoil resulted in a string of U.S.-supported military dictators, the most prominent of whom were Efrain Rios Montt and Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores.

The U.S. actively supported Efrain Rios Montt, who came to power through a 1982 military coup. He learned counterinsurgency techniques from his U.S. handlers at Fort Gulick (Panama Canal Zone) and Fort Bragg (North Carolina). Under Rios Montt, the Guatemalan army with U.S. support, went on a rampage to wipe out rural support for left wing guerrillas. Rios Montt is widely believed to be responsible for the brutal murders up to 70,000 indigenous Mayans in what was known as a "scorched earth policy," and was eventually put on trial in Guatemala and Spain.

In 2013, Rios Montt received an 80-year sentence for the crimes which included massacres in fifteen Ixil Maya villages in which 1,771 unarmed men, women, and children were killed. However, the conviction was overturned.

Rios Montt's successor, Brigadier General Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores, came to power in 1983, and was also supported by the United States, He continued Rios Montt's policies. In 2011, Mejia Victores was put to trial in Guatemala on war crimes charges stemming from the killings of thousands of indigenous Guatemalans. But—he was declared unfit to stand trial as the result of a stroke.

All told, 200,000 Guatemalans, the majority of them Mayan Indians, were killed between 1960-1996. According to exhaustive investigations by the U.N. and the Catholic Church—most of the dead were civilians who were killed by the Guatemalan Army. Of these, 132,000 of these died between 1978-1983, a period of undeniable U.S. involvement in Guatemala. The U.S. role in the destruction of Guatemalan society was never brought to bear.

In Honduras, a literal banana republic existed for decades. Starting in the late 19th century, Cuyamel Fruit Company (an American company later bought out by United Fruit), United Fruit, and Standard Fruit (which later become Dole) ran the country. They were granted land and exemptions from tax liability and other legal obligations by the Honduran government. During this period, the U.S. repeatedly sent troops to Honduras, presumably to protect the interests of U.S. fruit corporations. U.S. troops landed in the banana republic in 1903, 1907, 1911, 1912, 1919, 1924 and 1925.

Following two decades of military rule, a populist physician named José Ramón Adolfo Villeda Morales came to power. He ruled from 1957 - 1963, and instrumented agrarian reform which included the transfer of land to poor peasants. He modernized Honduras, and established the country's public education, public health, and social security systems. Villeda Morales announced plans to expropriate lands from United Fruit. But before he could do this, he was deposed in a 1963 military coup which returned the country to military rule. That military rule lasted for another two decades.

Honduras has long been used as a launch pad by the U.S. for military incursions and interventions in the region. For instance, the deposing of the democratically-elected Guatemalan government of Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 was conducted from Honduran soil. The Nicaraguan Contras (counterrevolutionaries fighting the democratically-elected Nicaraguan government) received support from the U.S. military headquartered in Honduras. The Contras then launched a campaign of terror in the Nicaraguan countryside, subjecting Nicaraguan peasants to arson, rape, murder, and other crimes meant to deflate their support for the Nicaraguan government. In the course of the Contra war—a war effectively fueled and funded by the U.S.—30,000 Nicaraguans were killed. The economies of both Nicaragua and Honduras were severely damaged as a result of the U.S. intervention.

Similarly, Honduras was used to send U.S. support to the Salvadoran military dictatorship in the 1980s.

The U.S. built Soto Cano Air Base in the Honduran town of Palmerola in the early 1980s to facilitate these operations and others. Approximately 500 - 600 U.S. troops are housed there. The U.S. military's Joint Task Force Bravo is headquartered at Soto Cano.

In El Salvador, the U.S. supported a repressive right-wing regime which was being challenged by leftist guerrillas. Under Reagan, the U.S. sent hundreds of millions of dollars of military and economic aid to El Salvador--more than to any other country except Israel and Egypt. At the time, the Salvadoran government frequently used death squads and paramilitaries to carry out their repression.

These death squads killed a popular Archbishop, Oscar Romero. They raped, then murdered four American nuns who were in El Salvador. In the tiny mountain town of El Mozote, a U.S.-trained Salvadoran army unit, called the Atlacatl Battalion, conducted a massacre of Salvadoran peasants, murdering around 1,200 men, women, and children.

The U.S. not only continued to fund the Salvadoran regime, but actively assisted in the cover-up of these atrocities. By the time the civil war ended in 1992, 75,000 Salvadorans, mostly civilians, had been killed with the help of U.S. tax dollars.

And yet, the U.S. has the gall to incarcerate and prosecute the people fleeing from the fallout of these dirty wars. And to take their children from them when they seek asylum here. If that is not hubris, I don't know what is.

© 2018 Nadrat Siddique


The Keys of the Unseen
[From Sis. Yasmin]
Narrated Ibn Umar {Allah be pleased with him} .. *PROPHET*~ (SALLALLAHU 'ALAIHI WA SALLAM) SAID... 'The keys of the unseen are Five~{5} and none knows them but Allah~{!}
(1) None knows what is in the womb,but Allah.
(2) None knows what will happen tomorrow... but Allah.
(3) None knows when it will rain,...but Allah.
(4) None knows where he will Die,...but Allah .
(5) and none knows when the Hour will be established ...but Allah.
{ SOURCE: "BUKHARI"- Volume 9~ Book # 93, Hadith # 476 }
Narrated Abu Huraira: [Allah be pleased with him]... I heard Prophet~ SALLALLAHU 'ALAIHI WA SALLAM ) saying:
"Before Allah created the creations, He wrote a Book (wherein He has written): ' My Mercy has preceded my Anger'. and that (Book) is written with Him over the Throne.
'[Source:"Bukhari"~Volume 9, Book 93~ Hadith # 643]:
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