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9 Shaban 1440 A.H. - April 14 2019 Issue # 15, Newsletter #1806

Hadith of the Week

Avoid Usury

Narrated Abu Burda, r.a.: When I came to Medina, I met Abdullah bin Salam. He said, "Will you come to me so that I may serve you with Sawiq (i.e. powdered barley) and dates, and let you enter a (blessed) house that in which The Prophet (peace be upon him) entered?" Then he added, "You are in a country where the practice of Riba (i.e. usury) is prevalent; so if somebody owes you something and he sends you a present of a load of chopped straw or a load of barley or a load of provender then do not take it, as it is Riba."

Bukhari, Book 58 # 159
 Sis Kristi

[With thanks to Sis. Kristi]


Newark, Delaware

On April 12, a six-page Jamaat al-Muslimeen was given to 76 Muslims after Juma salat.

Most Muslims here are Arab Americans and Bangladeshi Americans along with Africans.

Here is an outline of the contents of the 6 pages:

  1. Anti-China rally protesting huge atrocities.

  2. Can USA get over erosions of values?

  3. Pakistan: JI notes rising prices.

  4. Afghanistan: Taliban advancng.

  5. IS fighters escaped US-backed SDF trap.

  6. Polish rally opposes Israeli narrative.

Political Prisoners :

Civil Discord Show

 Word Around The Net

Iran suffers $2BN in damages as flood toll continues to rise: 725 bridges destroyed, 14,000 km of roads damaged.

Internet regulation proposals could censor the lawful speech of millions

Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

Japan says US serviceman kills woman, self in Okinawa

The big black hole in our understanding of the universe.

 Breaking News

54th Friday Rally to Free Palestine. Israel continues to shoot unarmed civilians.

The Israeli shooting, which continued at around 19:00, resulted in the killing of Maysara Mousa Suliman Abu Shalouf (15), from 'zbit Beit Hanoun. At approximately 17:00, Maysara sustained a live bullet wound that entered his left waist and settled in the pelvis while standing few meters away from the border fence in eastern Jabalia.

He was left bleeding for 20 minutes because medical personnel were unable to access him. After that, he was taken to a medical point and then referred to the Indonesian Hospital, where his death was declared at approximately 17:55.

Moreover, 93 civilians, including 17 children, four women, three paramedics, and a journalist, were wounded. Forty-four of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel, 46 were directly hit with tear gas canisters and three were hit with rubber bullets. In addition, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures due to tear gas canisters that were fired by the Israeli forces from the military jeeps and rifles in the eastern Gaza Strip.


BDS: Secularist Movement against Israel doing well.

Washington, DC - A prominent Palestinian human rights activist and cofounder of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement was denied entry to the United States on Wednesday, despite holding valid travel documents.

Omar Barghouti was travelling to the US on the invitation of Arab American Institute (AAI) in Washington to speak at New York University's DC campus.

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Barghouti was told by airline staff that the US Consulate in the city was directed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny him travelling to the US due to an "immigration matter".

Barghouti holds valid travel documents and a US visa valid until 2021.

"They just said it's a ban by the US immigration service, nothing beyond that," he told Al Jazeera.

Barghouti was also scheduled to speak at public events at the NYU campus in New York, Harvard University and with policymakers and journalists, AAI said in a statement on Thursday. At the end of his trip, he planned on attending the wedding of his daughter who lives in the US.

Barghouti's difficulties travelling in the past were due to the Israeli government restricting his ability to exit and enter Israel by not renewing his travel document, but this was the first time he has faced a ban by the US government.

"This US entry ban against me, which is ideologically and politically motivated, is part of Israel's escalating repression against Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights defenders in the BDS movement for freedom, justice and equality," Barghouti said.

"Israel's far-right regime is not merely continuing its decades-old system of military occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing; it is increasingly outsourcing its outrageous, McCarthyite repression to the US and to xenophobic, far-right cohorts across the world," he added. "The most precious thing that this ban deprives me of, and that I cannot compensate, is being at my daughter's wedding. I am hurt, but I am not deterred."


[Chaos in Northern Nigeria.]

By Abdulkabir Oyemomi

There have been mixed reactions towards the decision of the Federal Government on total ban on mining activities in Zamfara State and its environs due to the recent violence.

Earlier, it was discovered that the rising spate of banditry in the state was due to the activities of a cartel dealing in gold illegally mined in the state.

A renowned journalist Segun Adeniyi noted that the violence in Zamfara State started in 2011 in Lingyado Village of Dansadau district, but it was in 2012 that the situation went out of control when 52 persons, mostly vigilantes mobilized to protect the community, were brutally murdered in Zurmi, sending fears to many of the residents who fled with their families and cattle.

On 7th of April, 2014 , Yar Galadima village in Maru Local witnessed a mass burial of 112 persons killed in single attack ; while in 2015, no fewer than 48 people were killed in Kizara.

In desperation, parallel vigilante groups ( 'Yan Banga' and 'Yan sa kai') emerged in various local communities with their members identifying and arresting alleged criminals and executing them without recourse to law courts. That was what engendered a spiral of revenge killings, mostly by bandits who regroup to launch counter attacks.

The crises started spreading to Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto States as sundry cartels of criminals carve out empires for themselves.

What is more worrisome is the customary belated responses of the Federal Government to crises that could have been nipped in the bud ab- initio.

President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired General and former military ruler should remember that he secured a second term in February partly on his vow to improve security.



Visiting a Christian Program for Kenya [Africa]. We can learn.

On April 13, I visited a program for children from Kenya, northeast Africa. The program was organized by a Christian group in a small town in Pennsylvania. Owing to two-way roads, it took quite a while to get there.

Here are some positive aspects of the program.

  1. I decided to visit because Kenya is undergoing tremendous socio-economic suffering and sexual assault.

  2. The American Christian organizers of the program are technologically advanced and financially very prosperous.

  3. The most important aspect of the organizers is that they are family based and the family members donate every month. [Not very different from sadaqa and zakat in Islam.]

  4. It saddens me that many Muslim families are so individualistic that they do not pool their resources and do not unitedly pursue a focused objective [to serve Allah] .

  5. This Christian group used Internet visuals to let Americans see the daily life of children in Kenya on video.

  6. Finally this group has done so well that they brought 15 Kenyan children to America. The welcome committee helped the children to learn the positive aspects of life in America.

  7. I was very sad that our Muslim people doing charitable work in Ethiopia and Gambia do not get adequate support and understanding of the cause from Muslims.

  8. Many Muslims in America are extremely well to do and could easily do da'wah in an organized and scientific way with unity and sophistication. Unfortunately American Muslims by and large continue to be individualistic.

  9. Transparency is required. Charity should be unpublicized but the results of charity should be transparent. Small Muslim groups in America behave as if they have support in just about every Muslim country in the world.

  10. Please re-think what we are doing. Millions of dollars are being spent on mosques which are scared to even mention Muslim suffering. Unless we have support at the grassroots level, these fancy mosques will be useless. Lack of family unity and lack of community unity makes it difficult to come out in good numbers even for causes like Palestine



Analysis by JI.
Collapse of Imran Khan's Policies

by Qaiser Sharif

LAHORE, Apr. 11; Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirjaul Haq, has said that the PTI's was the first government in Pakistan's history whose policies had collapsed within eight months. He was talking to a delegation of experts headed by president of the JI's Economic Committee and ex-Member, F.B.R., Sarfraz Ahmed Khan, at Mansoora.

Sirajul Haq said that despite financial support from Saudi Arabia and UAE, the country's economy was unstable. He said there was much talk of accountability but not a penny of the plundered money had been recovered.

He said the amnesty schemes had proved a failure even in the past as it was a tactic to whiten the black money. He said each government had provided this facility to the people amassing wealth through unfair means. He said that while in opposition, the PTI leadership had been deadly opposed to amnesty but was now talking of its merits.

The JI chief said the party making the nation to dream of development and prosperity had moved the wheel of economy backward. The poor had already been starving but their plight had worsened now. He said the government had raised the prices of electricity, gas and POL to an extent that the common man was finding it hard to make both ends meet. Over and above that, he said, the ministers were counseling the people to have only one loaf at a time which was rubbing salt on their wounds.

Sirajul Haq said that from the very first day, the PTI government had been blaming the previous rulers of all problems and it seemed that even at the end of its five year term, the government would be harping on the same tune.

He said the businessmen were the most hard hit under the present government. Due to government policies, small industrial units had been closed which was adding to unemployment. He said that neither unemployment could be overcome without providing protection to the private sector nor the prices could be controlled without that .
Sirajul Haq said the exporters were finding it hard to compete in the international market and the exports were coming down. He said that the government was exploiting the whole nation only to secure the twelve billion dollar IMF loan.

He advised the government to abandon the interest based economic system and adopt the Islamic economic system and assured that this change would bring about miraculous results.

War News

 War News

Attack in Quetta: Spillover from Syria?

April 12. A massive explosion rocked an area of Quetta frequented by Shia businesses. Late reports indicate 19 people killed [including a soldier] and 48 injured [including 3 soldiers].

Several groups took "credit."

However on April 13, AP published a reported from the Islamic State's media group Amaq which published the human bomber's name and photo.

Shias have been conducting sit ins, on April 13 and 14, despite heavy rain, to protest inadequate security by the
government. The military says it has provided maximum security.

[New Trend's analysis is that attacks on Pakistani Shias are a spillover from the wars in Syria and Iraq where Pakistani Shias are fighting on behalf of Iran and the tyrant Assad of Syria.]

Taliban moving Forward

April 8: Taliban used an IED to attack US troops at Bagram, 50 miles north of Kabul. Three US marines were killed and 3 wounded.

April 10. Taliban attacks on regime checkpoints in Kandahar province killed 20 regime troops and wounded several. Four Taliban were also killed.They captured arms and ammunition.

In Samangan province, in the north, a regime officer killed 2 of his troops and drove away with his humvee to join the Taliban.

Taliban in Control. Exit is USA's only Choice.
[From The Diplomat. 4.10]

"Kabul maintains that the United States is not specifically concerned about the political future of the current government and is only focused on building consensus on matters that favor Washington's withdrawal agenda. From Kabul's perspective, Washington's focus on finding a way for its own departure and reaching out to tribal chiefs and Afghanistan's wider political community to engage the Taliban dents political and constitutional legitimacy of the Afghan government. While Kabul may not like Washington's current approach, it doesn't have much of political clout across the country to convince Washington to take up a new approach that might place the Afghan government in a key interlocutor role.

The next round of peace talks, which are due to begin in Doha later this month, are not likely to change much when it comes to the Taliban changing their position. The prevailing frustrations, shared accusations, and differences among the stakeholders are expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future."

Extensive Artillery fire exchanged. Mines killing people.
IS killed 16 Assadis searching for truffles. Israeli raid.
April 8 to April 14.

Iranian, Assadi and Shia militia artillery shelled Islamic dominated towns in Irbid, northern Hama province, western Aleppo province and northeastern Lattakia province. Casualties increasing but not specified.

Russian air force carried out three air strikes in north western Aleppo province.

Al-Nusra related [al-Qaida] group fired at regime forces in occupied western Aleppo. Ten Assadis reported killed.

It is dangerous to move around in the Deir ez Zor desert. Sixteen regime troops looking for truffles were captured and executed by IS fighters operating in the desert.

Mines are killing civilians in the areas where battles took place near the Euphrates area.

April 11. Just outside Idlib province, 6 Assad troops were killed in an ambush by a small jihad group called Ansar-al-Tawheed.

Israeli jets hit an Iranian weapon storage place in al-Maysif. Losses were not reported. Iran has not responded.

900 Facing Execution.

Fighting is reported between regime troops and IS.

The clashes were in Diyala, Anbar and Hamrin mountains.

Several news sources indicate that the Shia regime is ready to bring 900 IS prisoners to trial and execution.

A clash between pro-Iran militia and regime troops is reporte from Mosul.

General Haftar, Gen. Sissi, UAE and Saudi together.
Large areas captured by Islamic State fighters.

A heavily armed military column sent by General Haftar is attacking the capital of Libya, Tripoli.

After serious fighting, Haftar's forces have been stppped at the non-functional airport outside Tripoli. One of Haftar's jets was shot down.

Hardened fighters from Misrata have stalled Haftar;s move.

Losses: 121 people have been killed and 561 wounded in 5 days of fighting.

13500 people have been ":displaced" by the fighting.

[At one time Haftar worked for Qaddafu. Now he is visiting General Sissi in Cairo.]

Islamic State capturing southern Libya

Owing to vacuum created by major groups fighting in the north, Islamic State has captured extensive areas of south western Libya and is moving towards the oil fields.

A large al-Qaida force which had been inactive is now reportedly mobilizing to join the Islamic State groups despite serious differences.

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Alexandria Ocasio says Ms. Omar's life is in danger. [April 13]

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is urging lawmakers to speak out against President Trump, who shared a video that was edited to suggest that Representative Ilhan Omar downplayed the 9/11 attacks.

"Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President's explicit attack today," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday. "@IlhanMN's life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out."

Her post came after Trump tweeted the video that "showed snippets of comments Omar made last month at a banquet for a Muslim civil rights organization interspersed with footage of the twin towers burning," notes the Washington Post.

Invitation to Think

 Invitation to Think

Assange Arrested, Manning in prison,
Snowden in Exile.

Julian Assange who was in refuge in the tiny embassy of Ecuador in London for seven years has been arrested.

Details are not available but one report says, the US gave over a billion dollars to Ecuador.

Through classified information sent by Manning to Assange, Wikileaks uncovered the horrors of the Iraq war. Also it put Afghan and Iraqi agents of the US in danger of their lives.

Earlier, Snowden had uncovered surveillance of thde ENTIRE USA by the US government initiated by Obama.

Freedom is no longer possible in America though it seems to be a free country.

True or false?

Guidance by Sis. Yasmin.

Thoughts which could change your life.

'Alhamduli'Allahi Rabbil-'Aalameen'
wa-Salaatu wa-Salaamu 'Alaa Ashrafil-Anbiyaa-e-wal-Mursaleen~
'Amma 'Baa'd~
Assalaamu 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu.

Imam Al Ghazali [May Allah have mercy on him] said...
"You should not neglect your time or use it haphazardly{!}
on the contrary you should bring yourself to account... structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and specific function.

This is how to bring out the spiritual blessing ('Baraka') in each period.

But if you leave yourself adrift, aimlessly wandering as cattle do, not knowing how to occupy yourself at every moment, your time will be lost...{!}

It is nothing other than your life, and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach perpetual felicity in the proximity of Allah the Exalted {!}

Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved....{!}

Do not be like that deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens {!}

What good is an increase in wealth when life grows ever shorter...?

Therefore be joyous only for an increase in Knowledge or in good works for they are your two{ 2} companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children and friends stay behind."

~ My 'Salaams' To All ~
Y a s m i n.
 Sis Yasmin

2019-04-14 Sun 22:39:38 ct