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22 Sh'aban 1442 A.H. - April 4 2021 Issue # 14, Newsletter #1909



Personal About Maulana Maudoodi.
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Early in my teens, I was very secular. Once while visiting my grandfather's house in Lahore, I saw he had a drawer full of books. One which I pulled out was paper back, raggedy and falling apart. I was astonished when I started reading it. The book was titled SOOD in Urdu [interest on loans].

Written by Maudoodi, the book claimed that SOOD is forbidden to Muslims and is a serious violation of Islamic law. As years passed, I wondered why he made such a claim when the whole world practiced interest on loans,

A decade later, in Karachi. I heard government propaganda that Maudoodi is against the rights of women. I was upset because I loved my mother and was shocked that in the name of religion someone could deny her rights.

Then the local news came that Maudoodi was going to address a public gathering in Karachi. Full of indignation, I decided to go to the meeting. As I sat there, on the ground, people around me were cheering Maudoodi. I wondered why.
I listened, awe struck, when he explained, in classical Urdu, that the rights of women were guaranteed by Allah almighty himself in the Qur'an. It is not the right of a secular government to decide what are the rights of women.

Later I checked the Qur'an. He was right.

Now, living in America, we have an organization called Jamaat al-Muslimeen, which is based on Islamic behavior, not on gender.



JI Statement. 3.30.
Disasters Caused by Imran/PTI government which Most Pakistanis Don't Know.

LAHORE: Jamaat Islami's ameer Sirajul Haq has strongly condemned the PTI government for giving the State Bank of Pakistan under total control to IMF through Ordinance, saying it amounts to choking the nuclear power of Pakistan and denuding it of its financial autonomy.

Demanding immediate removal of Governor State Bank, Sirajul Haq announced launching "Go IMF Go" campaign across the country and holding national consultations with all political and religious elements on the issue.

"All political and religious parties will have to adopt a unanimous stance on this vital issue by rising above the political differences and considerations," he said while talking to media after addressing a gathering at Ulema Academy on Tuesday evening.

Sirajul Haq demanded prime minister Imran Khan to immediately reverse the decision of making the state bank independent of Pakistan's control and directly controlled by IMF through its employees acting as Governor of State Bank. He said the situation is tantamount to making the IMF agents as the financial viceroy of Pakistan who will neither be answerable to the country's judiciary, law enforcing agencies and parliament, nor his actions will be liable to any audit or legal action under the laws of the land. Siraj said this viceroy will also control all financial institutions of the country. He warned that JI will not tolerate such slavish laws and will launch countrywide movement against it.

Siraj recalled that the current governor of state bank had earlier served in other Muslim countries like Egypt where his policies had left those countries' economies completely paralysed and thus taken over by IMF in a similar manner that was now being done in Pakistan.

Sirajul Haq said PTI government's Ordinance empowered IMF to devise and manage country's financial policies independently, thus allowing banks' shareholders to freely transfer foreign exchange out of the country. He said it would also empower IMF to decide if the government employees or armed forces' personnel should be paid salaries or not, or if budget for defense and other vital needs should be released or not. He said it would make it difficult for common man to get loans for doing business and trade. He warned that such a situation would amount to give our nuclear program and assets up to IMF, and consequently shut it down. He lamented that Imran Khan came to power raising slogans of becoming Tipu Sultan but in fact he was selling the country off to another East India Company. He said political independence could never be maintained without financial independence. He appealed to the nation to rise against the agents of IMF and world bank for the sake of protecting their freedom, sovereignty, national security, financial autonomy and most importantly country's nuclear assets and defense.

He also lashed out at the Prime Minister Imran Khan for allowing China to establish wine brewing and exporting factory in Pakistan, demanding that PTI which came to power with the slogan of making country Madinah-like state must immediately withdraw this un-Islamic and unconstitutional permission. He reminded Imran Khan that if his government had followed Allah Almighty's commandment of statecraft, the country would have got rid of seeking loans and extending beggar's bowl to the whole world by now.

He expressed sorrow that Imran Khan who promised to make country's defense invincible, actually connived with India to make held Kashmir annexed into Indian state. He said Imran also initiated dialogue with India after that, taking U turn on its promise to not hold talks with India unless Delhi restored Kashmir's special status of disputed territory, and later displayed the audacity to congratulate Indian PM Modi while he visited Bangladesh to participate in its 50 years independence celebrations.

The gathering was also addressed by JI naib ameer Liaqat Baloch, Dr Farid Paracha, Secretary general Amirul Azeem, Maulana Abdul Maalik, Allama Jawad Naqvi, Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi, Dr Hussain Ahmad Paracha, Faisal Paracha, Dr Fayaz Ranjha, Dr Anwaar Ahmad Bagvi, Dr Abdul Ghafoor Rashed, Maula Abdul Rauf, Hafiz Sajid Anwar and others. Dr Raghib Naeemi, Maulana Abdul Wahab Rupari, Mufti Ashiq Hussain Bukhari,

Sheikh Naeem Badshah, Maulana Ataullah Hanif, Pir Akhtar Rasool Qadri, Ji Deputy secretary general Mohammad Ashgar, and Qaiser Sharif were also present.

War News

 War News

India [April 2]

In the Bijapur area. Naxalite fighters ambushed Indian army force, killing 22, injuring 31.
PM Modi is in mourning.


Indian occupation forces murdered three Muslim activists. Large crowds turned out in various towns to denounce India and caling for end of the occupation.


As Islamic State advances, BBC resorts to
vile propaganda.

Islamic groups lead by Islamic
State have advanced to Palma [a hundred mile advance].
Palma has multi billion dollar gas reserves controlled by Fench company TOTAL.
Regime brought in Wagner military mercenaries from Russia. They have been beaten back by Islamic fighters and many died.
USA is reportedly sending in a small group of Green Berets.
BBC in December started serious propaganda against IS, claiming 50 beheadings. The regime itself said no such happened. BBC recanted but started reporting the fake story again. [April 2]
Contractors are fleeing. BBC is reporting many killed but regime reports 7 killed. Helicopters are attacking IS but with no success.


Large scale Taliban attacks.
April 2 and 3.

Powerful Taliban groups attacked Kabul regime forces mobilized by USA in the provinces of Kunar and Kandahar [Arghandab area]. Hundreds of Kabul regime troops have been killed but Kabul says it is winning and it has "massacred" the Taliban.
Bomb explosions are reported from various areas including Kabul.
Western sources say Kabul is losing about 3000 troops a month and could collapse. [New Trend notes that Kabul forces are mainly Communists, Shias and northern tribes.]
Westernized Afghan women are worried that USA will leave.
Vast NATO weapon caches will have to be abandoned if USA completes its withdrawal.

MALI [West Africa] [April 2]

A unit of military from Chad was attacked by al-Qaida raiders on motor bikes. Al-Jazeera says 4 Chadians were killed and more injured. Report indicates many more Chadians may have been killed.
Last month 33 were killed in an al-Qaida attack.
Al-Jazeera calls these troops "peace keepers" but these are troops mobilized by western powers to fight Islamic groups.
France has more than 3000 troops in Mali but is now under pressure to withdraw owing to lack of success.
Al-Qaida and IS are now operating as far down south as Burkina Faso, trying to overthrow rulers installed by western powers.


On April 4, regime forces attacked a Druze village and fired machine guns in all directions, all on suspicion. Two villagers killed. More deaths being counted.

Russian air strikes continued in the Deir ez Zor desert. April 3 and 4. At least 15 IS fighters were killed, according to SOHR.

Assad regime and mujahideen exchanged machine gun fire on the border of southern Idlib province. [April 4]

Madison Cawthorn, Republican from NC, says the shooting in Boulder, CO, by a man with a Muslim name was in retaliation for US strikes in Syria.

April 3. Syrians supporting Turkey and Kurdish Communists exchanged heavy weapons fire near El Bab city [north central Syria,]

Latest: Russia is bombing IS suspected areas in al-Raqqa province. Large regime force and secular Palestinian group has also arrived. IS is inflicting daily losses on forces supporting Assad.


April 3. Bloomberg News is reporting coordinated attacks by al-Shabab Islamic group linked to al-Qaida on two pro-West regime military bases in the Shabelle region killing 47 regime troops and according to Abdul Aziz Abu Musab, the leader of the group, confiscated equipment and ammunition.
Regime is denying the report.

News Within the U.S.

Survivor of Domestic Violence Should not be Deported.
[Nadrat Siddique]

Gabriela Solano is an incarcerated immigrant and survivor of domestic violence who will soon be released from prison after unjustly serving time for actions of her abusive boyfriend and his acquaintances. But on her first day of freedom, she will face deportation to Mexico, a country she left as a baby, and the dangerous conditions in ICE detention during the COVID pandemic. Instead of receiving healing and support services for her trauma, she was criminalized, and now faces deportation from the only home she's ever known.

Even though she took no actions and held no intent to end anyone's life, Gabriela suffered from the connected experiences of domestic violence and punitive measures like the Felony Murder Rule, which allowed her to be sentenced to Life Without Parole with an additional 25 years to life. In December 2018, Governor Brown commuted Gabriela's sentence. Sign this petition to urge Governor Newsom to stop the transfer of Gabriela to ICE detention for deportation proceedings and instead release her to the care of her family and community.

Gabriela came to California with her parents as a Lawful Permanent Resident from Mexico when she was a two-year-old child. Her parents worked full time raising Gabriela and her two siblings in El Monte, California. Facing peer pressure, she began sporadically using drugs and skipping school. Eventually, she ran away from home and began experiencing relationship violence. At 18 years old, she met someone who would inflict extreme physical and emotional abuse for the next 8 years.

By her 26th birthday, Gabriela tried to leave the relationship but, like many survivors, felt afraid and stuck. A few days later, Gabriela's boyfriend coerced her to drive him and his friends to steal a car. Later that night, the friend of Gabriela's boyfriend started an argument with a pedestrian walking by that to Gabriela's horror quickly escalated to a fight and a murder. Gabriela's boyfriend threatened her with violence if she went to the police to report. Although Gabriela did not kill anyone or have any intent to harm or kill anyone, she was unfairly charged with murder under the Felony Murder Rule. At trial, the jury was blocked from hearing from domestic violence experts on how years of abuse had prevented her from leaving. Gabriela was sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP) and an additional 25 years to life.

Despite this devastating course of events, Gabriela spent the last 20 years seeking positive change for herself and for others. Gabriela worked hard to heal from the longstanding effects of her own trauma. She took over 1,000 hours of rehabilitative classes and volunteered to support fellow incarcerated survivors through the Walk of Love project. She obtained an outside counselor for substance abuse and is going on 21 years of sobriety. Using her training in office services, she served as a clerk for over 12 years and earned a GED, an A.A. degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and received her second A.A. in Liberal Arts in December 2020. Gabriela wants to be a social worker to help prevent kids from going down the road she did, and serve as an interpreter to support limited English speakers at the consulate or a courthouse.

In December of 2018, in recognition of her commitment to service, mentorship, and rehabilitation, former Governor Brown commuted Gabriela's sentence to 20 years to life. However, due to Gabriela's immigration status and her conviction, Gabriela will be automatically arrested by ICE on her release date. Governor Newsom and CDCR have no legal obligation to work with ICE, and yet California Governors and CDCR have a history of cooperating with ICE. This inhumane practice must end now. Urge Governor Newsom to #StopICEtransfers and release Gabriela to the care of her family and community. Gabriela loves languages, 90's music, and sewing. She is a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and valued community leader. Our communities in California have so much to gain from her courageous empathy and leadership.

For more updates on the fight to #FreeGabby and how you can take action to support, follow us on Twitter @survivepunish.

* Due to Gabriela's exemplary rehabilitative record and the circumstances of her excessively harsh Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP) sentence, the Governor reduced or granted her a parole eligible date so that she would have a chance of earning parole through the parole board hearing process.

Invitation to Think

 Invitation to Think

Cannabis Legalized.
Opening the doors to Illusions and Delusions.

by Sis. Aisha
[Jamaat al-Muslimeen NY]

On Wednesday, March 31st, it was announced that New York would become the 15th state to legalize cannabis (marijuana). However, the cannabis profiteers will have to wait until mid-2022 before it can be sold at retail outlets. However, here is how a select few New Yorkers can reap the benefits of this new law:

This bill was sponsored by Zionist Senator Liz Krueger, a democrat. She is also Chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, one of the most powerful committees in the Senate.

The new law creates the Office of Cannabis Management and a Cannabis Control Board to regulate the cannabis industry in New York. Axel Bernabe, assistant counsel to New York State Gov. Cuomo, and Norman Birenbaum, director of New York's cannabis programs, will play a major role in New York's cannabis operations. They played a key role in helping get cannabis legalized in New York.

Muslim leadership in New York is not happy about the legalization of any narcotic. There are so many vices associated with narcotics use and crime increases, not decreases. Apparently, with the legalization of narcotics, such as alcohol, the punishments become more lenient with those crimes. It is very difficult to get a conviction against drunk drivers.

There has been an increase in public marijuana use ever since Governor Cuomo decriminalized it and made it an offense that can only be fined, no jail time imposed. Many activists harped on the fact that mostly whites were given fines, while blacks and Latinos were given prison sentences for marijuana possession. The profiteers saw this as their opportunity to legalize and create a cannabis industry under the guise of eliminating racist sentencing.

New York City, a mega crime center, is the last place to legalize, yet another, narcotic. Drug use has destroyed individuals, family relationships and friendships, while promoting a dependence on that drug. No good can come from legalizing such a potent tool for self-sabotage.


Invitation to Think

 Invitation to Think

April 1
Hate Crimes against all Asians?
Or all who are different?

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police asked for the public's help Saturday in finding a man wanted for yelling anti-Asian slurs at a 44-year-old woman and her three children, spitting at her and kicking her cellphone off a subway train.

Police are calling Tuesday's incident a hate crime.

Authorities described the suspect as a dark-skinned man who is 50 to 55 years old, about 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and about 150 pounds (68 kilograms). He was last seen wearing a dark camouflage sweater, dark sweatpants and black sandals. Police said he was wearing a black sock on his left foot and a white sock on his right foot.

The woman was riding a southbound No. 5 train headed to Times Square with her three children at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when the man yelled anti-Asian slurs at them, spit twice in her direction and knocked her cellphone out of her hand, police said. The man then kicked the phone out the train's back door and onto the tracks before fleeing on West 41st Street, authorities said.

The woman was taken to a hospital in stable condition for observation, officers said.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call New York City police.

The attack was among the latest in a national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes. Also near Times Square last week, a 65-year-old Filipina American woman was viciously assaulted while walking to church. A parolee convicted of killing his mother nearly two decades ago was charged with assault and attempted assault as hate crimes.

[Latest: A Jewish man has been attacked by a 13 year old girl and her supporters.]


[Tongue in cheek.]

What do Brit. PM Johnson, ex-President Trump and Pakistan's PM Imran Khan have in common?
[New Trend humorist reporter]

All three leaders claimed that they had caught Covid-19. However within a couple of days they had "recovered" and were back in their "games."
Imran is notorious for being a hypocrite. He made a trainload of promises to gullible Pakistanis. They believed him and with some help from the army chief, he got "elected" [or as Pakistanis say, selected].
Now that his promises have turned out to be a bad joke, he needs pity. So a few days back he announced that he had caught Covid 19 and asked for du'as. [Pakistanis are experts in making dua's.]

Lo and behiold, he has recovered! Only a matter of a few days and no signs of after effects! His medicine remains a secret. [Only Maulana Fazlur Rahman noted that this looks like a fraud. The Pakistani media quickly censored his comments.]

Also interesting is the case of the British Prime Minister. He has a mistress. He had probably been having sex with her for quite a while. When he became PM, the unmarried girl moved in with him.

Probably Johnson thinks that he is continuing the example of the Roman empire when the emperor could take his floozy with him.
Britain [no longer great] is supposedly a Christian country but no one complained about the mistress. The Israeli influence has squashed the values of Christianity.

However the rogue Brit ruler still wanted to show that he is a popular leader. He pushes his hair over his forehead like a play boy and then to cap it all he claimed he had Covid 19. He "recovered"

very soon and is bouncing around as before. [The deep racism of the Brits was uncovered by Meghan who had been audacious enough to try to join the royal family, It is a mongrel nation but still think they are ruling the world. Every other day the mongrel air force bombs Islamic groups in Iraq and hide the fact that the targets do not have anti aircraft guns.]

Last but not least is Trump. He had a "cause!" He caught Covid 19 and quickly "recovered" in the hope that the economy too would recover and he would get elected. It didn't work. About 350,000 Americans died of Covid 19. They probably did not have the magic formula which allows ruiers to recover quickly with no after effects.

Guidance by Sis. Yasmin.

Is this Culture Producing Criminals at an early Age?

Two teenage girls are facing felony murder charges after
carjacking an Uber Eats vehicle with the driver inside and then crashing it & ending in the death of the Uber driver.

Tuesday's incident was captured on video that is now circulating. The girls, ages 13 and 15, targeted the Washington D.C. car driven by Mohammad Anwar. They allegedly tased the driver and then made their move to steal the vehicle.

You hear Anwar scream, "This is my car!" as the engine begins to rev.
The teenagers floor it as horrified bystanders look on.
You see Anwar hanging out the front door of the vehicle and then you hear the crash.
The car was on its side and the teenagers then get out of the vehicle. Anwar is lying on the pavement, mortally wounded.

Anwar, who immigrated from Pakistan back in 2014, was pronounced dead.
And Uber spokesman said, "We are devastated by this tragic news and our hearts go out to Mohammad's family during this difficult time. We're grateful the suspects have been arrested and thank the Metropolitan Police Department for their diligence with this investigation."

Anwar's family set up a GoFundMe account, saying, "[He] was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one. He leaves behind a family, near and far, who cherish, love, and miss him dearly,"
Help the Anwars Find Peace, organized b...
~ Y a s m i n ~

~Say, 'Indeed, my Prayer, my Rites of Sacrifice,
my Living and my Dying are for ALLAH, Lord of the Worlds'~
{'Qur'an'~Surat Al-'An'am -# 6-162.}

Hadith of the Week

Narrated by
Abu Huraira, r.a.:
The Prophet said,
"The poor person is not the one for whom a date or two or a morsel or two of food is sufficient but the poor person is he who does not (beg or) ask the people (for something) or show his poverty at all.
Recite Allah's Statement if you wish: "They do not beg of people at all." (2.273)

Bukhari Volumn 6, Book 60, # 63
 Sis Kristi

[With thanks to Sis. Kristi]

 Islamic Thought

Imam Badi Ali
Iftar Program and Qur'an Study
[Greensboro, NC]

April 1

Asalamu alaikum,

This Ramadan - we will host a *Drive-Thru Iftar* every Thursday, Friday, Saturday InshaAllah! You can pick up to-go boxes for your families @ ICT (1203 Frances Daily Ct).

In-shaa-Allah we will host taraweeh prayers for brothers (& children 14yrs+) *only* to maximize space. We encourage you to vaccinate. Masks and personal prayer rugs are required.

This decision was thoroughly deliberated, with no intentions to directly nor indirectly harm the sisters and/or the children of our community.
Jazakum Allah Khayran
- ICT Management team

Dedicate time for the Quran.
Ramadan is the month of the Quran.
So recite properly and reflect on its meanings.
I know some sisters in town who completed reciting of the Quran up to ten times!
Don't let the month of Ramadan expire without reciting the Quran!
May Allah bless us with the reward of finishing the Quran. Ameen.


Gaza Elections Threatened by Israel.

April 3, 2021 at 12:41 pm

Head of Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Kamil Abu Rukun has warned that Israel "will stop everything" if Hamas wins the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Times of Israel reported.

In an interview with Israeli public broadcaster Kan, he said: "That, at least, will be my recommendation, based on things that happened in the past and on what I see in the field."

Abu Rukun told Kan, according to the Times of Israel, that he conveyed his stance to the Palestinians via indirect channels.

He stressed: "It is a very big mistake to go to these elections due to the high risk that Hamas will win, and therefore anything that serves this [a Hamas victory]. My recommendation is to not go along with it."

The Israeli official reiterated that Israel should prevent carrying out the Palestinian elections in East Jerusalem.

READ: Hamas ready to form coalition government

On Wednesday, Kan reported Shin Bet security agency Head Nadav Argaman urging Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to scrap the Palestinian parliament's upcoming elections if Hamas takes part.

Replying to Argaman, Abbas responded: "I do not work for you. I will decide if there will be an election and with whom. You built Hamas, not me."

Last week, Secretary of Fatah's Central Committee Jibril Rajoub recognised that Abbas faced Israeli and international pressure to cancel the election.

The last Palestinian parliamentary election was held in 2006 when Hamas achieved an overwhelming majority, while Fatah, the PA, Israel, Western countries, the US and most Arab countries did not recognise Hamas's transparent victory.

[Middle East Monitor]


Canadians Getting Irritated.

I don't understand why LGBTQ hold rallies and dramatize their sexual activities. Listen to NPR always glorifying them.

Now in Canada people are getting fed up and are abusing them and even trying to hurt them. Many cases are being reported by cbc.

All the comedy shows are full of their propaganda. All the good guys are gay in these comedies. Sex is a very private matter. Why go around proclaiming what you do privately. Black people are brought in as good guys and gay. Very heavy handed attempts to infiltrate the Black community.


More Pressure on Chinese Ruling Party Needed to Stop Genocide.

Uyghur Human Rights Project
April 1, 2021

UHRP applauds the statement made by Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr urging the removal of Huawei and Hikvision products from U.S. communications networks.

"American carriers should not be using equipment from Chinese companies that are complicit in the Chinese government's human rights atrocities against Uyghurs. We welcome Commissioner Carr's urgent call for these products to be removed from U.S. networks," said UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat in a statement. "These companies are making hundreds of millions of dollars building high-tech totalitarian suveillance systems for the Chinese government, using so-called 'Muslim-tracking' and 'Uyghur alarm' software."

Commissioner Carr forcefully condemns crimes against humanity and genocide in the Uyghur Region in his March 30 statement. As legislation strengthening prohibitions on forced labor is considered in Congress, he states that the FCC should do its part by "launching a proceeding that would update our equipment authorization rules to ensure that we are not approving any devices that have been produced with forced labor." He urges "requiring every company that procures any devices or components from the XUAR to meet a heightened burden to ensure that their supply chain does not rely on any forced labor" and does not help them "profit from their human rights abuses."

Commissioner Carr continues, "we must require companies to be more vigilant and take additional actions to ensure that their supply chains are not supporting Communist China's human rights abuses."

Commissioner Carr rightly points to a "glaring loophole" in current FCC rules. The rules prohibit purchases of equipment made by Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, and Dahua Technology Company using federal funds, but private carriers are still allowed to purchase them using private funds. Over 3,000 purchases of Huawei equipment have been approved since 2018, and last year the FCC approved purchases of Hikvision and Dahua for video surveillance and facial recognition equipment.

The role of these companies in the creation of the police state in the Uyghur region is well documented. Huawei has a partnership with the Xinjiang Bureau of Public Security to run a "joint innovation laboratory," and has developed an AI camera system designed to send automated "Uyghur alarms" to the police, as has Dahua. Hikvision likewise has a research partnership with the Xinjiang People's Armed police and markets "Uyghur analytics."

Commissioner Carr made the remarks at a March 30 event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Carr was joined at the event by Nury Turkel, Board Chair of the Uyghur Human Rights Project and Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

 Social Media

The March 28 issue of New Trend reached 77175 Muslims via facebook.
Of these 7344 were women.
There were 5554 clicks.

Most went to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, South Africa and Turkey.
The main items were:

  1. Anti-India rallies in Bangladesh, [K. Siddique]
  2. Imran has failed Kashmir. {JI]
  3. Syria: Russian air strikes, ISIS attacks, rallies against Assad.[SOHR]
  4. 4 Pillars of Sustainability. [Ali Siddiqui]
  5. Israel flooding Palestine.[Monitor]
  6. Miracle with a cup of milk, [Sis. Yasmin.]
  7. Aafia movement seeking Turkish help.[Pakistani group]
  8. Jamaat Shoora coming up, inshaAllah.
  9. Uighurs and Chinese Apple links, [Apple Insider]
  10. Du'a
  11. Hadith.
  12. Oppression of Kashmiri women by India.[Dr. Shagufta Ashraf].
  13. Cycle of Corruption in NY. [Sis. Aisha]

Political Prisoners :

Civil Discord Show


©Imam Ali Siddiqui (c)1982

It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: "Remember! Zakat-ul-Fitr is Wajib (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) on every Muslim, man or woman, free or in servitude, adult or child." (Hadith: Tirmidhi's Sunan)

Literal meaning of Zakat (or Zakah) is the process of purification. Fitr is from the word Fitrah and its literal meaning is (one's) nature or natural state. Hence the meaning of Zakat-ul-Fitr is to purify one's nature.

Ibn Abbas (ra) reported that the Prophet (saw) made the Zakat-ul-Fitr obligatory for the purpose of: purifying our fasting from vain talk and shameful mistakes, to make arrangements for the poor and the needy for food and clothing (for the festival of Eid). (Hadith: Abu Dawud, Ibn Maja)

Every adult Muslim, with sufficient food for the family for a day, should pay Zakat-ul-Fitr for himself/herself and all his/her dependents. Even those who did not fast should pay it. Zakat-ul-Fitr should also be paid for the child born or the person died before the Fajr (dawn) on the day of Eid.

At the time of the Prophet (saw), payment of Zakat-ul-Fitr was made in terms of weight of grain. It is one Sa for each person. One Sa approximately equals to 3.15 kg or 6.94 lbs. The Muslim jurists agree that Zakat-ul-Fitr can also be paid in cash equivalent to the cost of 3.15kg/6.94 lb. of grain including rice, wheat, lentils, corn, and dry cheese.

Abu Saeed (ra) said: "We used to give for Zakat al-Fitr on behalf of every child, aged person, free man or slave during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah (saw), one Sa'a of food, or one Sa'a of dried yogurt, or one Sa'a of barley, or one Sa'a of dates, or one Sa'a of raisins." (Hadith, Agreed Upon)

Prophet Muhammad (saw) has said, "Whoever paid it (Zakat-ul-Fitr) before Salatul Eid, it is acceptable Zakat before Al'lah. Whoever paid it after Salat-ul-Eid, it is just a charity." The companion of the Prophet (ra) used to pay it a few days earlier. (Hadith: Bukhari)

Imam Shafi'i held the opinion that Zakat-ul-Fitr can be paid as early as the beginning of Ramadan. I suggest that Zakat-ul-Fitr should be paid early enough so it will reach the needy and the poor before the Eid day. It will enable them to use it for food and clothes and give them the opportunity to enjoy the happiness of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Zakat-ul-Fitr should be paid directly to the needy and the poor. However, you can also pay it to an organization, which would distribute it in accordance with the teaching of Islam. Remember! It is still your responsibility. So, make sure before paying that the organization will distribute it according to the teaching of Islam and before Salat-ul-Eid.

There is a new concern in collection and distribution of Zakat-ul-Fitr and Zakat-ul-Maal in the Western countries. Millions of dollars have been confiscated by the government agencies. This requires additional care on our part to select an organization carefully and rationally so that Zakat is delivered to the rightful person. Best method is still the personal contact.

Year after year, Zakat is sent to deserving persons in the Muslim World by the Muslims living in the Western countries. Let's try to spend some of it in our own communities including Moaliful Qoloob, non-Muslims to turn their hearts and minds as friends of our communities. This will require knowing our own communities and friendly and deserving non-Muslims. It may be difficult at first but it will be better for us.

One Masjid recently in Florida reached out to the community to help in reaching out to those who may be in need to receive Zakat-ul-Fitr, yet they don't ask for help.

How to Calculate Zakat-ul-Fitr?
I heard many amounts over the years. It is a tendency to fix a higher amount by many organizations so that they may collect sufficient amounts to distribute among the poor and the needy. One year it even went up to $15 per person. When specifying an amount it should be fixed at a minimum amount in accordance with the teaching of Islam, so that every one can pay it with ease; however, we should encourage Muslims to pay a higher amount according to their life style.

Minimum Zakat-ul-Fitr is one Sa in weight of grain. One Sa is approximately equal to 3.15 kg or 6.94 lbs. Every person should look at the price of grain where they shop. One either pays Zakat-ul-Fitr a weight of 6.94 lbs. or 3.15 kg in grain or its cash equivalent. Additional point, if in your life style you eat top-of-the-line fancy rice, then pay in its cash equivalent

May Allah accept your fasting, Zakat-ul-Fitr, Salaatul Taraweeh, recitation of Quran, Salaat and your struggle for the pleasure of Allah (mirdadi(A)llah! Ameen!
(Minimum Zakatul Fitra is $8)

About the author:
Imam Ali Siddiqui with 40 years of service, is a Friday Khatib, Islamic teacher, Muslim Chaplain, youth advisor, family counselor, educator, poet, and writer with a vision who has been involved in the teaching Islam, history, comparative religion, contemporary issues to Muslims and non-Muslims. He is also actively involved in community service including spiritual/educational development, service to the sick and the incarcerated; and the interfaith work. His work has been successfully building bridges between faiths and communities.

Muslim Institute - Interfaith Studies & Understanding, Washington DC;; 707-534-0041
"Bridging the gap of understanding between Muslims and the community through teaching about Islam, Muslims, and Islamic Civilization and developing the understanding of other religions, cultures, and civilizations through interfaith engagement."

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