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16 Sha'ban 1440 A.H. - April 21 2019 Issue # 16, Newsletter #1807

Hadith of the Week

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas, r.a.:

The Prophet,pbuh, said, "Allah said: 'The son of Adam tells a lie against me though he has no right to do so, and he abuses Me though he has no right to do so. As for his telling a lie against Me, it is that he claims that I cannot recreate him as I created him before; and as for his abusing Me, it is his statement that I have offspring. No! Glorified be Me! I am far from taking a wife or offspring.' "

Bukhari Vol. 6, Book 60, Hadith 9
 Sis Kristi

[With thanks to Sis. Kristi]


High Outreach on Face Book.

The April 7th Issue of New Trend that included an article and photos of the Uyghur Rally in Washington, DC reached more than 89,000 people.

by Br. Nazeer, Texas

 Word Around The Net

What if al-Aqsa Mosque caught fire?

Texas man arrested after Islamophobic rant

Ku Klux Klan killing: Wife admits murder of Missouri leader

Sri Lanka Explosions Target Churches and Hotels, Killing More Than 200

Libya: 227 killed and 1,125 wounded in the weeks-long violence.

FBI Arrests Rightwing Militia member who patrols the Border and Detains Migrants

Trump Tweets Happiness; Twitters Wonder What He's been Smokin'!

 Web Statistics

New Trend's Web site visitor count continues to grow!

In the month of March, received 117,973 hits with an average of 425 visitors a day.
Our web site also lists pro-Israeli businesses to be boycotted.
Also photos of Palestinian towns like Jenin destroyed by the Jewish Israeli army.

Thank you Br. Rich.

Political Prisoners :

Civil Discord Show


Israel Supporters raging over Gaza Conference.

"Conflict over Gaza" conference was held at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina on March 22 to 24.

Though it was secular and held to the "middle ground," supporters of Israel and Zionist Jews are foaming and frothing against it. They were not able to stop the conference. The content was issue oriented and scholarly.

Here is a list of the panel discussions:

  1. "The (De-)Development of Gaza: Economy, Women, and Youth"

  2. "Humanitarian Crisis: Food, Water, and Health"

  3. "In and Out: Gaza and Freedom of Movement"

  4. "Gazans between Fatah & Hamas"

  5. "Gaza and the World: Egypt, Israel, and the United States"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says cutting aid to Israel should be "on the table" and "can be discussed."


American Muslimah on Mission of Charity and Peace in Ethiopia.

Latest report from Sis. Ashira Naim

"Seeing Is Believing"

Noticing that the number of people begging on the streets was greatly reduced in all the areas of the City of Adama, we set out to make a true assessment in Addis Ababa, the Capital City.

Surprisingly, for this observer, the kind of continuous stream of begging that had been so obviously present over the past 10 years of our sojourn was no longer visible. As a matter of fact, hardly any begging children could be seen. Our previous visit was a year and a half ago.

My question of course "where are they?" We've been told that new laws exist against begging and the police are enforcing those laws, i.e., making arrests. Further inquiry and research into recently printed articles from Ethiopian journalists revealed that there have been administrative programs put into place to "help the homeless children" and prevent others from begging on the streets. These programs are under the careful watch of concernerd citizens to discern if the true intent is to help the homeless or to just apply as one writer called it "makeup" which of course will fade away and the same "children and other homeless and hungry people begging on the streets" will reappear. As the political implications play a large part in what is being done and the controversies on the subject are countless, we can only hope for the best.

The New Landscape steadily underway in both these major cities may be the just cause for the removal of so-called beggars (the needy and hungry people). And there is beauty to behold in the construction and renovation of buildings "all over town." No one wants the eye sore of beggars to compromise the success of attracting tourists, investors and middle class citizens to these cities.

Ethnic fighting on the streets and especially in the political arena is not new to Ethiopia. Yet, this tribal monster may indeed be the biggest problem to be solved. And there is no easy solution. For now that the guns have been drawn, bullets discharged, and much blood shed, how difficult we find it to get back to this advice from The Creator:

"O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female
and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware."
(Holy Quran, Surah Al Hujraat - The Inner Apartments
49:13 Translated by Pickthal)

Meanwhile, we are continuing to do our part inside masajid and places designed to help the needy. Inshallah, we will continue to follow the Guidance from Allah as read in the Holy Quran, Surah Al Ma'un (Small Kindnesses)
Surah 107:47 Translation by Shakir

"Have you considered him who calls the judgment a lie?
That is the one who treats the orphan with harshness
And does not urge (others) to feed the poor.

So woe to the praying ones
Who are unmindful of their prayers
Who do (good) to be seen,
And withhold the necessities of life."


[Taraba State is south east of Abuja.]

by Abdulkabir Oyemomi

Many truthful Nigerian Muslims have expressed their worries over the hypocritical lost of voice of Christian leaders over the unabated killings amongst Christian dominated Tiv and Jukun tribes. A lot of people were particularly disappointed at CAN who would have stirred up the calm water if the crisis had involved Fulani Muslims.

Many were feared dead before and on Saturday in a fresh crisis between Tiv and Jukun tribes in Wukari, south of Taraba State.

With the renewed crisis, the chairman of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State , Mr Daniel Adi and his counterpart in Ukum, Benue State, Mr Iber Logo accused each other of escalating the crisis after a peace accord was brokered last week.

According to 'Concise News' reports,the Benue State Acting Governor, Benson Abouna, has condemned the renewed communal clashes but failed to label the perpetrators as Christian Terrorist!
The affected places are Tar-Orsha ,Ikyaan Gbaki, Orlumn Nege, Tor- Musa, Ioryina, Kashuan Shanu, and Chonku Villages.

Latest Khutba

 Dr Kaukab Siddique

Muslims must Defend their Mosques and Unite against aggression and Oppression.

Look at Notre Dame Cathedral and our Mosques in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and New Zealand.

On April 19, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma' khutba at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore. Now there are two more khateebs and two imams, a different one each juma, so a great diversity of messages are given based on Qur'an and hadith.

A brother's car was totaled in an accident but he refused to get help from the community.

The masjid was crowded but it's a small masjid, so here is an outline of Br. Kaukab's khutba for distribution on line.

" ....Did not Allah check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure.... " [The Qur'an 22:40]

"The mosques of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish regular prayers, and practice regular charity, and fear none (at all) except Allah. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance." [The Qur'an 9:17]

Part 1.

  1. The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire and most of it was destroyed. The fire was reported globally and within a day millions of dollars were collected for reconstructions.

    1. I am sad about the fire because the Notre Dame is Mary who is praised in the Qur'an as Maryam, pbuh, and a whole chapter is named after her.

  2. The response to the fire came despite the fact that France is not a religious country and the Catholic church is in serious moral decline.

  3. Could it be that the fire was retribution from the angels who saw the French insult to the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh? Remember when the cartoons of the Prophet, pbuh, were published and French converts to Islam attacked the cartoonists?

  4. At that time all the western leaders linked hands with the leader of Israel and declared support for the insults on Islam and claimed that it was "freedom of expression?"

  5. Now go to New Zealand. This White Supremacist went into two mosques and killed 51 Muslims and injured many more while they were in the middle of prayers. After this obscene act of terrorism, the Prime Minister of New Zealand wore the hijab and embraced the families of the victims as though they were part of her family. Today an armed non-Muslim policewoman is standing guard at the mosque, wearing hijab and a rose on her shirt.

  6. Part 2.

  7. Now think of our mosques, destroyed not by accidents but by deliberate acts of the enemies of Islam.

  8. Israel has destroyed scores of mosques in occupied Palestine and in Israeli bombing of Gaza. Muslims don't even know the names of these mosques. Even those who oppose Israel are ignorant of the specific crimes against Palestinian mosques.

  9. Look at the mosques destroyed by the tyrant of Syria, Assad. Pakistan has not even closed the Syrian regime embassy.

  10. Russia and Iran destroyed mosques in Aleppo. No Muslim response.

  11. Iran and the Baghdad regime have destroyed mosques in Iraq. No Muslim response.

  12. The most famous mosque in the Middle East located in Mosul was destroyed by the US. The Americans claimed that the Islamic State destroyed its own mosque but strangely [!] did not call for any investigation.

  13. USA destroyed the entire city of Raqqa [capital of the Islamic State] with all its mosques. Most Muslims don't even know where is Raqqa.

  14. Pakistan bombed mosques and madressas during military operations in Swat and Waziristan. It also helped USA to drone mosques led by the Taliban. Pakistanis often know this but few of them say anything.

  15. China is now in the process of destroying mosques and has put millions of people in concentration camps.

Islam requires us to be brothers and sisters in Islam. Mosques are, or should be, the seeds of Islamic growth. If we tolerate or ignore their destruction, we are allowing the future of our way of life to be annulled.

In Baltimore, we need to help the children of the inner city. They know they are oppressed. There was an uprising in Baltimore a couple of years ago.

Thousands have embraced Islam in American prisons. We should send Qurans, books of hadith and financial help to them.

O Allah, forgive our sins and shortcomings and help us to unite on the basis of Qur'an and Sunnah.



Imran government following IMF/World Bank Agenda.
JI supporting 10,000 Orphans.

LAHORE, Apr. 20; Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that a look at the federal cabinet gave the impression that it was the PPP government.

"So many people against whom there were allegations of corruption and plunder of public exchequer are sitting in the cabinet" , he said while speaking at an Al-Khidmat Foundation function at Chakdara on Saturday. He was inaugurating "Aghosh", a project for free education and residence for orphans.

Sirajul Haq said he failed to understand what change the PTI government wanted to bring by inducting persons who had been rejected by the people, in the government.

The JI chief said it had been proved that the present government was the new edition of the previous government. Who can claim that the PTI government is now the government of neat and clean people, he asked, and added that even the voters and supporters of the PTI were perplexed.

Sirajul Haq said that the 244 days of the PTI rule were an unprecedented burden on the people and the government had forgotten all its promises and it had been exposed within eight months of its rule.

He said that the Finance Ministry had been given to individuals who had been working on the direction of the IMF and the World Bank. These people have been inducted only to complete the IMF and Word Bank agenda instead of advancing the interest of the country and the nation, he added.

The JI chief said the government deemed its duty to fight the opposition instead of solving the people's problems. He said that the double and three time increase in the life saving medicines was irrefutable proof of the government's incompetence. He said the Prime Minister had given seventy two hours for bringing the prices to the previous level but despite passage of several days, that had not been done.

He said that a new tax was being charged on gas in Khyber P. and it was called Gas price hike tax.

The JI chief appreciated the Al-Khidmat Foundation projects for the orphans and added that around ten thousand orphan children were benefiting from it. He urged the wealthy and the philanthropists to donate liberally to the Al-Khidmat for this noble cause.


 China Turkistan Province

Concentration Camps for Muslims in China's Turkistan Province.

We are not making nearly enough noise about the cultural genocide the Beijing government is undertaking in Xinjiang province, against the Uighur Muslims.

From scholar Rachel Harris in The Guardian:
After the Cultural Revolution, Uighur and Kazakh Muslims began to reconnect with their faith. They resumed the traditional practices of pilgrimage and festivals at the shrines that lie deep in the Taklamakan desert. They began to learn about Islam in the wider world; people who could afford it travelled to Mecca for the hajj, and they began to rebuild their mosques. As local communities grew richer they invested in bigger and more beautiful mosques; people crowded into them for Friday prayers, and they served as living symbols of community identity and pride.

I was reminded of all this by an image posted on Twitter last week. Shawn Zhang, who did pioneering work revealing the existence of the massive network of detention camps for Muslims in Xinjiang, posted "before and after" satellite images of Keriya mosque in the southern region of Hotan. This towering architectural monument, thought to date back to 1237 and extensively renovated in the 1980s and 1990s, was photographed on a festival day in 2016 with thousands of worshippers spilling out on to the streets. By 2018 the site where it had stood was a smooth patch of earth.
The Keriya mosque was built around the same time as Notre Dame de Paris (begun in 1160, nearly complete by 1260). And now it's gone. Not even a trace of it remains.

More about what the Chinese are doing to any Uighur it deems a threat to its totalitarian control (how are you identified as a threat? If you refuse cigarettes or alcohol, you might be a Muslim extremist, according to Beijing): Individuals identified in this way are sent to one of the many mass detention camps that have been constructed across the region over the past few years. The camp system is veiled in secrecy, but researchers have amassed overwhelming evidence that over a million Uighur and Kazakh Muslims have been incarcerated in them. Inmates are subjected to a gruelling regime of study and self-criticism underpinned by systematic brutality and torture.

We know about this because of countless acts of bravery by Uighurs and Kazakhs in the diaspora, who have chosen to speak out in spite of the very real fear that their loved ones will be punished for their actions. The Chinese government is pursuing a vigorous propaganda campaign to persuade the international community that the camps are benign "vocational training centres" necessary to root out extremist violence and restore stability to the region. Having seen so many of my own Uighur colleagues and friends disappear into the camps, I find this narrative insulting. Those detained include academics, pop stars, comedians and poets: individuals who - like the bulldozed mosques - are symbols of Uighur identity and pride. This creaming-off of the cultural elite - as my east European colleagues have noted - recalls the Stalinist terror of the 1930s.

Read the whole thing. There's more. Beijing is determined not only to wipe out Uighur religion and culture, but also to wipe out the Uighur people.

Take a look at this report by the Wall Street Journal
- With thanks to Sis. Yasmin, and Special thanks go to Prof. Razak for exposing this entire tragedy in his group "Justice for the Global South.

War News

 War News

Major Guerrilla Offensive Against Assad Regime; Clashes in Western Aleppo; Turkey Responds to SDF Attack.

In the desert of Eastern Homs province, east of al-Sukhna, IS fighters have launched a guerrilla offensive coordinated with attacks in Dar ez Zor's Mayadein area and in the Northern part of Suwaida province near Damascus. Syrian Observatory (SOHR) is reporting the details of these guerrilla attacks resulting in the death of 69 Assad regime troops, including 2 Russians and 9 Iranian militia. The regime's airstrikes and artillary killed 22 IS fighters.
[It looks like regime forces west of the Euphrates river were taken by surprise!]

On the Eastern banks of the Euphrates, IS guerrilla attacks have killed several SDF troops and as a result the US-backed forces have placed four towns under curfew.

In the Northwest of Syria, mujahideen of the Abu Bakr Siddiq battalion attacked a heavily fortified Assad position in Western Aleppo City. They withdrew under Russian airstrikes; 21 of Assad's troops and 5 of the IS fighters were killed.
In North Central Syria, SDF blew-up a Turkish army tank using a missile. Turkish artillery has been carrying on a steady response to the attack. Clashes are also reported in the Manbig area. Russian troops are moving in to establish a cease-fire.

Along the borders of Irbid province, Assad's Iranian forces have let loose 40 missiles against Islamic positions and populations in various areas.
Al-Nusra responded with heavy machine gun fire.

Fighting is also reported from Northern Lattakia area. Details are not available.

Assad's regime has "rented-out" its port City to Russia on what seems to be a permanent basis.

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Boston Marathon [Inside Report.]
Running While Muslim, Running for Aafia
By Nadrat Siddique
Special to the New Trend

It was Patriot's Day Monday in Boston, and I ran through torrential rains from my hotel to the Boston Common two miles away. I was there to run my second Boston Marathon, calling attention to the case of a small, slight Pakistani Muslim woman neuroscientist, being held political prisoner by the United States. Her name is Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.

Boston is very odd as far as marathons go, for three reasons. For one, unlike nearly all other races, which are held on the weekend, Boston is held on a Monday. And that Monday is nowherea holiday except in Boston.

Secondly, the race starts for most runners—depending on one's assigned start time—around 10:30 or 11:00 a.m., very late by racing standards. Nearly all other races start around 7:00 or 8:00 a.m., with some starting as early as 6:00 a.m., both to avoid the heat of the day, and to minimize traffic blockages. The late start means that a majority of Boston Marathon runners do the bulk of their running in the afternoon heat, which raises the specter of serious health risk.

The third major oddity about Boston is that the course is one-way, as opposed to a loop, or multiple loops, like most marathons. On race morning, we runners gathered at the Boston Common to be bused to the tiny town of Hopkinton, approximately 26 miles west of the city. Once there, in what seemed a no-man's land, we were, at our assigned time, to run our way back to Boston. In between were a multitude of colleges, hills, and screaming fans. The fans lined every mile of the course, making the race extremely boisterous. It was decidedly not the place foran introvert. The runners were overwhelmingly White, as were most of the fans. There were, relatively speaking, a small number of Asian and light-skinned Latino runners.

The race was sponsored by the financial giant John Hancock. The founding father's name was everywhere, proudly plastered on our marathon medals, mylar blankets (reflective blankets givento runners post-race to prevent hypothermia), and other marathon paraphernalia and memorabilia. There was no discussion of the fact that Hancock, like the other founding fathers, was a slave owner.

In the Boston Common, we runners went through a checkpoint, to get to the yellow school buses which would carry us to the race start. We were told precisely what type of bag (clear plastic) could be carried on the buses. Grateful to be out of the rain, we boarded the buses under the direction of volunteers. The twenty-six mile bus trip took close to an hour. It provided a welcomeopportunity for runners to dry off.

Once in the very white Hopkinton, we went through an additional checkpoint to the starting area.Repeatedly, it was emphasized that only the clear plastic bags provided by the race organizers could be used for bag check (ie to allow runners to leave essential items needed after the race in a common but secured holding area). Automated announcements repeated ad naseum that unattended bags (along the course) would be confiscated by authorities and might be destroyed.

A large number of metropolitan police, as well as some military police with submachines (the number of the latter had diminished significantly since the 2017 race, which I'd run) lined the course. Army snipers were positioned on rooftops in Hopkinton and at various points along the course.

Many of the athletes represented corporate teams. These names, e.g. Dana Farber, were pre-printed on runners' singlets (sleeveless running shirts). As I ran, I heard the corporate names yelled out frequently by spectators, far more often than individual names. To me, this was yet another indicator of the stranglehold of corporate culture in the U.S. At many smaller races, spectators call out runner's names (sometimes printed on the runners bibs) as they pass. Or, they call out the runners' bib numbers, or other identifying nouns based on runners' attire to encourage them. Not so at Boston. Unlike at previous races where I've worn the same shirt, nary a person yelled for me, "Go Aafia!"

Some runners ran in memory of a deceased family member, whose name they wore on their shirt.A few had country affiliation on their shirts. The most interesting were the visually impaired runners. According to statistics which I read later on the race website, these numbered 44, and required a guide companion. Each runner/ guide pair held opposite ends of what looked like a connecting plastic bag to keep them together, with the guide wearing a tee saying "Blind Runner."

 Running for Aafia

No other runners, as far as I could tell by observation and later research, ran for a political prisoner. And this year, like the last, there appeared to be few, if any other Pakistani women. As I said the last time I ran Boston, I could only run this race for Aafia. It pained me, as I ran past the turnoff to M.I.T., where Aafia had once studied, to think of this petit woman, beloved motherof three, and star scholar, suffering in a tiny Texas prison cell for a crime she clearly did not commit. But—what pained me the most was that Muslims, even those who knew her during her time in the U.S., and all Muslim organizations, except for Jamaat al-Muslimeen and the Aafia Foundation, were willfully silent on her suffering. And silence was still complicity.

By now, I have run two National (Washington DC) Marathons, a Chicago Marathon, and two Boston Marathons in Aafia's name. (All told, I have run 42 marathons, but many of them have been for my own personal edification/ challenge, which I also view as important.) I am obviouslynot a professional athlete, or particularly fast. My best mile time is 7:18, run at the International 5K in Columbia, MD, where I represented Pakistan (unofficially).

I am not paid by anyone to run for Aafia or other political prisoners. I run for them because I believe it is a fundamental part of my faith, Islam, to stand up for the oppressed.

The Qur'an says in Surat-ul Balad, "And what is the Ascent? It is to free a slave." I view it as myresponsibility to fight for the freedom of the modern day slaves, the political prisoners, whose existence, while denied by the U.S. government, is an unfortunate reality under the system of White Supremacy and the congruous imperialist wars.

In that capacity, I traveled to Salt Lake City to run for Mumia Abu Jamal (Black Panther political prisoner), to Chicago to run for Aafia, to Wilmington to run for (then-) Bradley Manning (Wikileaks whistleblower turned political prisoner), and now again to Boston to run for Aafia. There is always a way to speak out when grave injustice is occurring, however one choses to do it. And for me, it is through running.

© 2019 Nadrat Siddique

Nadrat Siddique was born in Karachi, Pakistan, but is currently based out of the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. She is a runner, marathoner, activist and blogger for social justice, with a focus on political prisoner issues. She is a member of the National Majlis Shura of Jamaat al-Muslimeen

Guidance by Sis. Yasmin.

Abu Musa Al-Ash'ari (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said...

"The example of a good companion and a bad one is the bearer of musk and the worker on the bellows. A bearer of musk would give you some, you might buy some from him, or you might enjoy the fragrance of his musk. The worker on the bellows, on the other hand, might spoil your clothes with sparks from his bellows, or you get a bad smell from him."
{Source~ Al-Bukhari and Muslim }

The Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) uses an effective example to bring to the hearer's conception the impact of good company and bad company:

A good companion is compared to a musk seller or a perfume seller: A perfume seller might give you some of his fragrance, and a good companion might give you some good advice or a useful tip. A perfume seller can be useful by selling you some of his musk, and a good friend can be useful by responding readily to your demand for help in any matter, mundane or religious. At the very least, a musk seller is nice to have around, even without being beneficial in any practical way, as the pleasant smell emanating from his direction is a pleasure in itself.

Similarly, a good companion is at least useful to you for your good name and the pleasure of good company. Just to feel his presence improves your spirits. In contrast, a bad companion is comparable to a worker on the bellows. If you come close to the bellows, sparks might hit your clothing and make holes in them. Even at some distance, you will feel the stench of burning. Your only hope is in keeping away from the horrid smell. And it is the same way with a bad companion; if you are close to him and identify with him, you will take over some of his perversity, and your character will be harmed, just as your clothes will be spoiled if you come too close to a worker on the bellows. Even if you remain safe from the influence of a bad companion, you cannot escape people talking about you for consorting with bad company.
You cannot even be sure that such a person will not adversely affect you in the end:

The following verses from the Qur'an are self explanatory:
And incline not to those who do wrong, or the fire will seize you.[Source~'Qur'an Surat Al Hud 11 ~A #113) ]

'Therefore, shun those who turn away from Our remembrance and desire nothing but the life of this world.'
[Source~'Qur'an Surat An-Najm 53~A #30]

'Restrain thyself along with those who call on their Lord morning and evening seeking His face.'
[Source~'Qur'an Surat Al-Kahf 18 A #28]

On the authority of Abu Hurairah, (r.a.):
"Man models himself after his companion; so let each one of you see who he chooses for companion"
[Source~ At-Tirmidhi]

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

2019-04-22 Mon 05:33:15 ct