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13 Jamada al-Awwal 1442 A.H. - December 27 2020 Issue # 52, Newsletter #1895



Muslims honor and respect Ali. r.a.
We mostly supported imam Khomeini's revolution.
Then why is shiism a global problem for Muslims?

by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Isn't it strange that the Prophet, pbuh, did not teach that Ali, r.a., would be caliph, yet we consider him a rightly guided Caliph of Islam. Is it possible that without the guidance of the Prophet, pbuh, anyone could become rightly guided Caliph? The Qur'an teaches mutual consultation and consent. How could someone be rightly guided without mutual consultation and consent? Can the Qur'an be wrong? Can the Prophetr, pbuh, be wrong! Naoozubillahe min zalik. Why do Muslims so casually ignore the Qur'an and the Prophet, pbuh, a nd think they will be successful? When will we get out of personality cults and the idea that power should continue within the ruling party's family?

Let us see our tragedy step by step.

  1. When one sahabi (companion of the prophet, pbuh.) Is raised way above the others. it creates a sect and sects are forbidden in Islam.

  2. Ali, Fatima, Hasan, Hussain [may Allah bless them] are not mentioned in the Qur'an even once.

  3. The Prophet, pbuh, did not give a position of authority to Ali, r.a., even once.

  4. Ali, r.a. himself was a very humble person and throughout the caliphate of Abu Bakr, r.a., Umar, r.a., Usman, r.a., he never challenged their rule and regularly prayed behind them.

  5. Ali, r.a., is reported to be a very brave and fearless person, so there was no question of him being afraid of the great Caliphs. There was no police or intelligence service in those years who could have intimidated him.

  6. It's quite possible that stories of his bravery were fabricated. In the years of transformational battles of Islamic armies against the Byzantine and Persian empires, Ali, r.a., sat at home and did not participate in the earth shattering victories of the mujahedeen.

  7. The Prophet, pbuh, himself did not think of Ali, r.a.. as the top notch warrior of the Ummah. Instead the prophet, pbuh, gave the highest title of warrior to Khalid ibn al-Waleed, r.a. calling him
    SAIFULLAH [the Sword of Allah.]

  8. Among the daughters of the Prophet, pbuh, Ruqayya, r.a. had the highest achievement as she did the first hijra [migration for Allah's sake] to Ethiopia.

  9. In his personal life, the sahabi, male companion, whom the prophet, pbuh, preferred most was Usman, r.a. He wanted his daughter, Ruqayya, r.a., to marry Usman, r.a., and she did. Suffering from her perilous journey to Ethiopia, she died, a martyr. Then he urged his daughter Umm Kulthum, r.a., to marry Usman, r.a.. She did marry him but being in poor health, died soon after.
    The prophet, pbuh, said, if he had more daughters, he would have told them to marry Usman, r.a. Hence Usman, r.a., is known as the keeper of the two Lights.

  10. Owing to the blessings from the prophet, pbuh, Usman, r.a., carried out the compilation of the Qur'an, checking memory against writing. This greatest Islamic achievement, according to the directions of the Prophet, pbuh, the Qur'an is accepted and recited today by the global Ummah of Islam, about 2 billion strong.

  11. The murder of Usman, r.a., was the turning point in the golden era of Islam. The murder became possible owing to a widespread rumor mongering campaign which claimed that Ayesha, r.a., herself had condemned Usman, r.a., and called for his murder. She was in Makka and had no idea that the murder campaign was being conducted in her name.

  12. Among the murderers of Usman, r.a., were Ashtar, commander of Ali's forces and his adopted son, Mohammad. The murderers then raised Ali, r.a., to be the next Caliph.

  13. Ayesha, r.a., came forth to punish the murderers. Ali,'s r.a., forces not only fought the forces asking for justice for Usman, r.a., but sent his forces to attack the camel on which Ayesha, r.a., was

  14. Ali, r.a., would not give up the murderers and fought the army of Muawiyya, r.a., which was making the same demand. At the crucial battle of Siffin, Ali's, forces were divided over the idea of seeking guidance from the Qur'an or continuing to fight Muawiyya, r.a.

  15. Ali, r.a., then saw the forces which disobeyed him as renegades and labeled them as "khawarij" a derogatory term used by rulers against opponents however pious they may be. Ali slaughtered his disobedient followers at Nahrwan. They hardly resisted and were slaughtered by Ali's men almost to the last man.

  16. Weakened by this fiasco, Ali agreed to a ceasefire with Muawiyya. A relative of one of the men killed at Nahrwan, stabbed him and he died soon after.

  17. His caliphate was a total disaster. His son, Hasan, r.a., reconciled with Muawiyya and in the years which followed under Muawiyya's rule, Islam spread far and wide and the Muslims were united once again for 20 years. Muawiyya, r.a., gained the support of local Christians and inflicted shattering defeats on the Christian Empire known as Byzantine, both at sea and on land.



JI View
Imran Khan has Surrendered to
Modi. Kashmir has been Abandoned. Sind in Bad Shape.

by Qaiser Sharif.

LAHORE- December 22: Jamaat-e-Islami Emir Senator Sirajul Haq has chided the PTI government for doing nothing for the welfare of people in half of its tenure in government except to build some shelter houses and provide 'free consultation service' to public about poultry and buffalo farming.

The JI chief, who reached Mansoora yesterday after concluding his week-long visit of Sindh, said here on Tuesday, the majority of the people of the interior Sindh and its capital Karachi were passing a difficult life due to the policies of the party which had been in-charge of the affairs of the province for many decades.

The federal government, he said, also announced huge packages for the port city but the claims remained limited to mere hollow slogans. He said the masses were fed up from the agents of imperialistic forces and wanted to get rid of them.

The JI chief regretted that after spending half of its tenure the PTI government yet to adopt serious attitude towards the public welfare agenda. The prime minister and his team, he said, spent all their energy on war of words against the opposition parties, turning a complete blind eye toward the problems of a common man. He said the severe gas shortage crisis gripped many parts of the country but the government seemed busy in tackling the opposition protests instead of developing plan to mitigate the energy challenge.

Sirajul Haq said the Imran Khan government had made a complete surrender before the Modi government on Kashmir issue. The prime minister, he said, after making a speech at the UN and announcing a protest on every Friday for Kashmir had done nothing for the cause. He however vowed the JI and people of Pakistan were standing shoulder to shoulder with the struggle of their brethren against Indian occupation and Kashmir would soon get freedom from New Delhi's yoke.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman and Jamaate Islami should come nearer each other and Work for Common causes.
by Kaukab Siddique

Media censorship of Maulana Fazlur Rahman keeps the top Islamic movements away from each other and often alienated from each other.

On December 17 Maulana Fazlur Rahman addressed a press conference in which he said:

"The question of recognizing Israel should not arise. We should work to take back all of Palestine and establish Jerusalem as its capital."

He criticized a body known as NAB established by Imran Khan as a body whose task is to attack and suppress and humiliate the opponents of the government.

About Maulana Fazlur Rahman's main point, Br. Humayun, an Islamic activist, told me that all changes in Pakistan should be brought about within the domain of the Constitution of Pakistan.

It's my opinion that the government of Pakistan is totally opposed to the unity of those Ulama who are independent and not controlled by the regime.

War News

 War News

December 23. Syrian fighters [pro-Turk] trying to control Hysekah-Aleppo highway suffered losses at the hands of SDF
24 Syrians and 5 SDF killed.

December 25. Syrian fighters backed by Turkey advanced in Ain Essa area (northern al Raqqa province.)

Three days of heavy machine gun fire exchanged between Islamic fighters and Shia militias in eastern Irbid province.

New Israeli air strikes on Iranian positions on Hama province.

Flames visible. No Iranian response into Israel.This time several Israeli missiles were shot down.

Raids by IS in eastern Deir ez Zor continue. US helicopters are hunting IS.

Columns of US troops said to be carrying ammo and equipment for SDF are entering eastern Syria on an ongoing basis.

In al -refugee camp for women, an Iraqi informant helping SDF was killed.

Indian shelling across the line of control [LOC] continued on a daily basis killing and injuring civilians in each shelling. Pakistani response has been weak.

India has arrested 36 Kashmiris who were friendly to India but
wanted "democracy." Most Kashmiris oppose India.

In the Awaran area of Baluchistan, Pakistani troops killed 10 people suspected of being militants. There was some return fire which killed one Pakistani soldier.

Pakistani dissident known as Karima Baluch has been found dead in Canada. She had been consistently protesting Pakistani' military's actions in Baluchistan where scores have "disappeared."

Under serious pressure and threats, she left Pakistan and found refuge in Canada. Last week her body was found under a culvert

near Toronto. The Canadian police could not find criminal proof but Amnesty and others are pressing for closer scrutiny. She was in good health. [Earlier this year a Pakistani journalist who steadily wrote about regime atrocities against Baluchis was found dead in a river in Sweden. The body was difficult to identify as it took several months to be found. It appears that the military has found a fool proof way of getting rid of Baluch dissidents.]

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Columbus, Ohio:
Police Killed Unarmed Man at his Grandmother's Home.

[NBC Report.]

The 47-year-old unarmed Black man killed by a Columbus officer early Tuesday lay on the ground for several minutes without anyone rendering aid or medical assistance — a violation of police policy and procedure — body camera footage of the deadly encounter released Wednesday shows.

Andre Maurice Hill was a guest of the homeowner and had not committed a crime when two officers approached the garage he was standing in around 1:30 a.m.

The video shows Columbus Officer Adam Coy using his flashlight as he walked up the driveway. Hill then walks toward the officers while holding his cellphone when the officer fired his weapon. Hill's other hand couldn't be seen clearly.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther on Wednesday afternoon called for the termination of Coy, a 19-year veteran of the force.

"He was an expected guest. He was not an intruder," the mayor said of Hill during a press conference. "It is simply an unexplainable loss. None of the officers initially at the scene provided medical assistance, no compression on the wounds to stop the bleeding, no attempts of CPR, not even a hand on the shoulder or an encouraging word that medics were en route. It's an officer's duty to render aid."

Upon arrival, both officers also failed to activate their body-worn cameras until immediately after the shooting, which was another violation of police protocol, the mayor said. Because of a 60-second "look back" function, the shooting was captured without audio.

Because this was a non-emergency call, run lights and sirens were not engaged as officers arrived. As a result, the dash camera in the police cruiser was also not activated for any part of the encounter.

The shooting on Oberlin Drive occurred nearly three weeks after law enforcement fatally shot 23-year-old Black man Casey Goodson as he entered his grandmother's home. He was laid to rest on Wednesday. The investigation into his death continues.

"Enough is enough. This community is exhausted. The African-American community is fearful and concerned and outraged. This is a stunning disregard for life," Ginther said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating.

"It's problematic and we're outraged. Those body cameras were paid for with taxpayers money, the expectation is that you have them on. If you don't have it on, you need to be gone. I mean why would you not have it on?" said Nana Watson, president of the Columbus branch of the NAACP.

Five years ago, the organization demanded Columbus officers wear body cameras to bring change to the police division and now it appears those recommendations aren't being consistently followed.

"What's the punishment for not having it on? That's what we need to know, too. We'll never know what happened because there's no audio with the tapes. That's too much for this community to endure."

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) called the killing unacceptable.

"There are not enough words to express the pain and anger I feel that another Black man has been killed in our community at the hands of law enforcement in less than a month. While we do not know all of the facts, what I do know is that this is unacceptable," she wrote in a Twitter post. "I am greatly concerned and call into question police procedures as well as the timing and inconsistent use of body cameras. I stand with the community in seeking the truth and demanding justice. My condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim."

Added the mayor: "We give our officers great power... the power to stop, to detain, to question, to arrest, to use force and to even take life. And with that power comes greater (responsibility), including using body worn cameras and rendering aid," the mayor said.

Invitation to Think

 Invitation to Think

Daniel Pearl & Omar Shaikh. The Concealed Facts.
by Kaukab Siddique

December 23. The Sind High Court in Pakistan acquitted Omar Shaikh who had been sentenced to death in the killing of Wall Street Journalist Daniel Pearl. He Reports indicate that the pardon for Shaikh is in response to Trump's pardon for Americans who massacred Iraqis.

Earlier in April this year too Shaikh was acquitted but pressure from the Pakistani government and America through the family of Daniel Pearl did not allow Shaikh to be released.

Now the Sindh High Court has thrown out the charges against Shaikh and ordered his release. However the Pakistani government is going to the Supreme Court in the hope that the acquittal will be quashed and Shaikh sent back to prison forever. [Shaikh has already been in prison for 18 years.]
Context: Most Americans forget that Daniel Pearl was murdered in war time when Pakistan's Muslims were under great stress.

America was bombing Afghanistan on a daily basis though no Afghan was involved in the 9.11 attacks. Pakistan, under General Musharraf had become a base for American attacks on Afghanistan [fully supported by Zionist propaganda].

Pakistan had accepted the FBI as an active force against its own citizens. The only push back came from Islamic fighters who wanted American aggression to be ended. Israeli-Zionist propaganda against Islam and Pakistan was at its height. Within that context Daniel Pearl was trying to locate Islamic "extremists" so that they may be exterminated.

Note this:
  1. He was a Zionist with roots in the larger pro-Israeli community in America and Israel.

  2. He worked for the largest Zionist newspaper in America : The Wall Street Journal [second only to the New York Times.]

  3. He used India as his base in his work against the Islamic resistance. From India he repeatedly visited Pakistan to "investigate" the resistance [a form of spying].

  4. He was assisted by Asra Nomani, a close friend with a Muslim name, who later tried to disrupt prayers in mosques in America in the name of "women's rights."

  5. There is absolutely no evidence in any court that Shaikh killed Daniel Pearl. However he and three of his associates were arrested and sentenced to death for "luring" Pearl to his death. According to American sources, 7 other people who were actually involved in the killing of Pearl have never been caught.

  6. Some idea of the war context can be found in the reporting that as America kept bombing and killing civilians, America announced that it would air drop food for the families of its bombing victims. So, when Pearl was killed, his killers wrote to American officials that they too would send food to the family of Pearl.

The most horrific aspect of the killing of Pearl which affected America and Israel was that the body was chopped up and hardly recognizable. Compare with bodies of children of Muslims killed in drone strikes which were incinerated to such an extent that burial of the remains was almost impossible.

Israel mourned Pearl but itself has killed more than 1500 Palestinian children and has mutilated thousands. Think also of the hundreds of innocent Muslims taken to Guantanamo Bay where their humanity was destroyed through systematic humiliation and torture.

A final problem is that Khalid Shaikh Muhammad, known as KSM, is imprisoned in gtmo and has claimed that he killed Pearl. Why is he not brought to trial?

I would urge both sides to maintain the standards of civilization and not trample on the rights of helpless people.



Uighurs look to Turkey to lead Muslim world against China
[al Avhal via al-Jazeera]
by Nicholas Morgan.

China's western provinces of Xinjiang are looking to Turkey to serve as a leader among Muslim-majority nations in advocating for their protection.

China's oppression of its Uighur population is best encapsulated by its so-called "re-education camps" that human rights groups estimate hold over one million people in captivity. Beijing insists all of this is to reduce separatism and extremism in Xinjiang, known as East Turkestan to Uighurs, but activists say it is a campaign of cultural genocide being carried out by the state.

Uighurs are China's largest Muslim minority, and are targeted in part for their Islamic identity. While silence from many Muslim-majority nations against their plight has been deafening, Turkey has been something of an exception.

Rushan Abbas, founder and executive director for the Campaign for Uighurs in Washington D.C., highlighted Turkey's willingness to call out China's oppression of Uighurs as something that placed it ahead of its counterparts in the Muslim world.

"Turkey has always been supportive and President Erdoğan has always been very vocal about the Uighur situation," Abbas told Ahval in a podcast interview.

As an example, Abbas referenced remarks by the Turkish president in 2009, following riots in Xinjiang that left hundreds dead when he called China's treatment of Uighurs "a genocide". Last year, Turkey's Foreign Ministry lamented that Chinese concentration camps represent "a great cause of shame for humanity" and pushed for their closure. Abbas said statements like these "give us hope" that Ankara would continue to stand up for the Uighur people, who have cultural and linguistic ties with Turkey.

At a virtual press conference of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Abbas warned that member-states allow themselves to be complicit in genocide by continuing to pursue Chinese investment from its massive One Belt One Road Initiative (OBRI), which, she said, bought their silence and even participation in China's repression.

For instance, in July 2019, several Muslim countries (including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt) signed a letter praising China's policies in Xinjiang and actively deported Uighurs residing in their countries. The reason for this, Abbas said, was an unstated prioritisation of economic growth over religious solidarity, something that she reasoned was dangerously short-sighted.

"They are not just taking China's blood money and becoming trapped," she said. "They are being colonised by China and most of the Muslim countries are like that."

Turkey too has made it a point to court more Chinese investment in recent years. According to the American Enterprise Institute's Chinese Global Investment Tracker, China has invested $11 billion in the Turkish economy and bilateral trade stands at $21 billion. For this, the Erdoğan government has been accused of toning down his defence of Uighur rights to win more money from China, something that was the subject to a report by the Turkish opposition in parliament.

Asked whether this warranted concern that Ankara could soften its positions like its neighbours, Abbas insisted that she didn't doubt some contracts with Beijing had "strings attached," but she remained confident the Turkish government would maintain its independence.
"We appreciate Turkey for being strong against such manipulation and tricks China is offering while maintaining its economic relationship with China without giving up its sovereignty," said Abbas.

Abbas travelled recently to Ankara where she says she found a receptive audience among Turkish politicians across the party system, though she could not secure any meetings with the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) ministers, attributing it to a short time frame and COVID-19 difficulties. While praising the support of Turkish politicians, Abbas made clear that she would like to see Turkey "to be more vocal and take some tangible actions to condemn China's oppression of the Uighurs."

In regard to the plight of Uighurs already in Turkey, she acknowledged youth homelessness and an inability to reach imprisoned relatives in Xinjiang as important issues. However, reports have emerged that suggest Uighurs were being encouraged to tone down criticism of China or risk deportation. In some cases, this has been done to third countries where it would be easier for Beijing to extradite them.

Abbas cautioned that some of these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, citing Chinese disinformation intended to sow distrust among Uighurs in Turkey.

"We understand that there are people trying to manipulate the situation and try to create hard feelings between the Uighurs and the Turkish government," Abbas insisted, adding that she trusted the Turkish government to not send vulnerable Uighurs to China where they would be persecuted.

Despite their difference in power, Abbas pointed out several aspects about the Uighurs' relationship with Turkey that concern China. Two of these elements are pan-Islamism and pan-Turkism, ideologies that speak to the oneness of Muslim and Turkic peoples respectively. These further fuel Chinese fears of separatism and extremism in Xinjiang.

"These are the two things that China is scared of the most. Uighurs' Muslim identity kept us from being assimilated to become Han Chinese and Uighurs' Turkic ethnicity kept us with strong relations with Turkey and the Turkish government," she remarked.

Uighurs in China faced arrest for several activities directly or indirectly connected to Turkey. In some cases, they have been detained for travelling to the country or even watching Turkish television dramas like the Magnificent Century that depicts the life of Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Abbas said cultural links to Turkey concerned China in a way that was unique, compared to criticisms from the West.

"China is not afraid of Western democratic countries or criticism from the West, but they were so afraid of our connection with Turkey," she said.

In the end, Abbas remained hopeful that Turkey wouldn't bend to Chinese pressure, political or financial, and she was confident that Ankara would continue "to act with integrity as the leader among Islamic countries."

"It is why we want to see some actual tangible action before it is too late," she said.

Guidance by Sis. Yasmin.

The Heart's Best Medicine

Ibn Al Qayyim (r) [ may Allah have mercy upon him] says...
In short, there is nothing more beneficial for the heart than reading the Qur'an and with contemplation and reflection.
The Qur'an encompasses all the levels of the travellers, the conditions of the workers, and stations of those possessing knowledge.
It is the Qur'an that generates love, desire, fear, hope, repentance, reliance, pleasure, entrustment, gratitude, patience, and the rest of the different states that are life to the heart and perfection of it.
Likewise, it repels all the rebuked characteristics and actions that cause the corruption and ruin of the heart...{!}
If people were to possess a realization of what recitation of the Qur'an with contemplation contains, they would devote themselves to it at the expense of anything else.
When the person reads it with reflection and he comes across an 'Aayah' that he is in need of, for the cure of his heart, he repeats it, even if he does so a hundred times or the whole night.
Hence, to recite a single 'Aayah' of the Qur'an with contemplation and reflection is better than reciting the Qur'an to completion without any contemplation or reflection !
It is also more beneficial for the heart and more conducive to attaining 'Eemaan' and tasting the sweetness of the Qur'an...{!}
~ My 'Salaams' to all ~
Sis. Yasmin
 Sis Yasmin

Hadith of the Week

Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "When the call for prayer is made, Satan takes to his heels passing wind so that he may not hear the Adhan and when the call is finished he comes back, and when the Iqama is pronounced, Satan again takes to his heels, and when the Iqama is finished he comes back again and tries to interfere with the person and his thoughts and say, "Remember this and that (which he has not thought of before the prayer)", till the praying person forgets how much he has prayed. If anyone of you does not remember whether he has offered three or four rak'at then he should perform two prostrations of Sahu while sitting.

Sahih al-Bukhari 1231
Book 22, Hadith 9
 Sis Kristi

[With thanks to Sis. Kristi]

 Call to Action

Newsweek Magazine
Trying to Undermine
Indian Muslims Living in USA.

IAMC, leading organization of Muslims from India living in USA is protesting a propaganda article published in the December 7 issue of Newsweek.

The article by an extremist writer known as Sam Westrope, from notorious Daniel Pipes' organization known as Middle East Forum tries to connect IAMC to Indian PM Modi's liine that this Muslim group is connected to a Muslim youth organization in India known as SIMI which Modi has banned.

IAMC wants readers to urge Newsweek to pull down the defamatory article by Westrope.

Newsweek editor's address is:

For more information write to :IAMC

 Islamic Thought

December 24

As-slamu alaikum,
Abdullah Bin Al-Mubarak (RA) said:
"We are more in need of a small amount of Adab (manners), than much knowledge."
This highlights that knowledge alone is insufficient to build a sound and balanced Islamic personality.
Imam Zakariya al-Anbari once said:
'Knowledge without Adab is like fire without wood, and Adab without knowledge is like a spirit without a body.
Ya Allah, Grant us a good end and accept our prayers, make what is coming better than what has passed. Ameen.

December 23
As-slamu alaikum,
Ibn al-Mubarak (RA) said:
"How often does a small deed become big due to one's intention, and how often does a big deed become small due one's intention?"
Ibn al-Qayyim (RA) said:
"Be sincere in your aim and you will find the support of Allaah surrounding you"
So Intention may not be the only thing, but it is the most important thing.
Ya Rabb, help us keep our intentions pure. Ameen.


What "israel" says and what it does.

On December 25, "Israel" bombed civilian targets in Gaza. The civilian targets hit in the At Tuffah area of Gaza included a children's hospital, a Rehab center for Persons with Disabilities and a refugee camp. The air strikes cut electricity throughout Gaza.

Several people were wounded including a child. There was severe material damage.

Al Jazeerah published photos of the damage.

In its propaganda the Zionist entity claimed that it had hit military targets.

[Note that Christians are part of the population of Gaza and this was Christmas.]

American Muslims should note the list of businesses which support "Israel." The list compiled by Jamaat al-Muslimeen can be seen on New Trend's web site.

 Breaking News

Explosion in Nashville.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sweeping communications outages continued to plague large swaths of Tennessee on Saturday after a recreational vehicle exploded early Christmas morning in sleepy downtown Nashville.

Police emergency systems across Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as Nashville's COVID-19 community hotline, remained out of service due to an AT&T central office being affected by the blast. The building contained a telephone exchange, with network equipment in it — but the company has declined to say exactly how many people have been impacted.

AT&T said restoration efforts are facing several challenges, which include a fire that "reignited overnight and led to the evacuation of the building." This has forced their teams to work with safety and structural engineers and drilling access holes into the building in order to reconnect power.

"Our teams continue to work around the clock on recovery efforts from yesterday morning's explosion in Nashville," the company said in a Saturday statement. "We have two portable cell sites operating in downtown Nashville with numerous additional portable sites being deployed in the Nashville area and in the region."

Gov. Bill Lee asked the White House on Saturday for federal assistance due to the "severity and magnitude" of the explosion's impact. At least 41 buildings were damaged, and communications systems — including residential and cell phone service and 911 call centers — failed across the state, he said. Kentucky and northern Alabama were also affected, he said.

The outages had even briefly grounded flights at the Nashville International Airport, but service was continuing normally as of Saturday.

According to Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake, police officers responded on Friday to a report of shots fired when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes. Police evacuated nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad. The RV exploded shortly afterward.

Law enforcement officials have said they believe the blast was intentional but don't yet know a motive or target.
"This morning I toured the site of the bombing," Gov. Bill Lee tweeted Saturday. "The damage is shocking and it is a miracle that no residents were killed. (First lady Maria) and I continue to pray for those who sustained injuries from the blast."

Lee had been in quarantine due to his wife contracting COVID-19. However, the Republican said that he and Maria had both tested negative, allowing the two to visit downtown Nashville. Lee said the first lady had "fully recovered."

On Friday, Drake told reporters that investigators at the scene "have found tissue that we believe could be remains, but we'll have that examined and let you know at that time." No new information regarding the tissue was made available Saturday.

Three people taken to area hospitals for treatment were in stable condition Friday evening.

The FBI has taken the lead in the investigation, agency spokesman Joel Siskovic said. Federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also involved in the investigation. The FBI is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for investigating federal crimes, such as explosives violations and acts of terrorism.

Mayor John Cooper has enforced a curfew in the downtown area — which includes the heart of downtown Nashville's tourist scene, an area packed with honky-tonks, restaurants and shops — until Sunday. The curfew was implemented via executive order to limit public access to the area as investigators continue to canvass the scene.

 Social Media

The December 20 issue of New Trend reached 146,115 Muslims through Facebook including 22,144 women, as calculated by Facebook, with 1795 link clicks.

The contents included:
  1. Second Coming of Jesus by Imam Ali Siddiqui.
  2. Betrayal by Arab leaders and coming from Pakistan. by Dr. K. Siddique
  3. Only Islam can change Pakistan by JI leader.
  4. Syria: Russian air strikes vs ISIS.
  5. Iraq. Heavy fighting.
  6. New York Challenges. Sis. Aisha.
  7. Prostrations by sis. Yasmin.
  8. BBC fabrications caught.
  9. Hadith. Sis. Kristi.
  10. Du'as by Imam Badi.
  11. Israeli woman and Australia
  12. Afriica. Abdul Kabir Oyemomi..



Central African Republic

Christian Rebel Groups Threaten Election process.
Three peace keeping troops from Burundi have been killed by unknown gunmen.
Christian rebels have seized several towns. Russia has sent several hundred troops to allow election results to take place.
The Christian rebels ruled after two fraudulent elections and looted the country.
It is the country of diamonds and great mineral wealth but among the poorest owing to looting by fake governments.

A Muslim minority force known as Seleka ended the fake ruling group's power after bitter fighting.

2020-12-28 Mon 15:35:30 ct