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23 Zulq'idah 1442 A.H. - July 4 2021 Issue # 27, Newsletter #1922

 Dr Kaukab Siddique

Book review by Kaukab Siddique

Goebbels. A cruel Biography.
Evil man?, greatest enemy of Communists and Anglo-American powers.
This book explores his real life with a technique which cannot be rebutted.
A strange book.

Goebbels. Mastermind of the Third Reich by David Irving.722 pages. 1996. Focal Point. UK.
I have a copy autographed by the author.

It's a cruel book because it is based on Goebbels secret personal diary, and other related diaries, which was not meant to be published. It's also cruel because when he attained power, he issued statements which were contradicted by his secret diary.

It's difficult to analyze a 700 page book which deals directly or indirectly with the major personalities and events of the Second World War. I will limit my comments to four aspects of the book.

  1. The first surprise one gets is that he was in love with women all the time.
    It started with Anka Stalherm. It was platonic. She was a married woman and he had a poor opinion of her husband. During most of his life, he was pining for her but could not attain her.

    Women were strangely attracted to him although he had a club foot. Numerous women wanted him and gradually he could not resist them even when he was not important in Germany.

    In December 1931 he married Magda. She was fertile and bore him child after child.

    When he had the power and the means, he fell in love with a Czech beauty, Lida Baarova, for whom he had built a magnificent retreat.

    Hitler liked Magda and was distressed by Goebbels constant romantic adventures. Hitler then ordered him to stick loyally to Magda. She stayed with him till the end and went out of this world, along with her children, when the Russians finally stormed Berlin.

  2. Irving documents the social context of Germany before the war. The Communists were active in the streets. The economic and police structure was controlled by the Jewish elites. Goebbels joined Hitler's supporters known as the SA. He defeated Communists in street battles. He was frequently arrested by the Jewish-controlled police. He would ridicule the police chief and get arrested. He could not win. Irving documents each episode.

  3. He recognized Hitler as an authentic leader of Germany but found that most of Hitler's top supporters were mediocre. He was specially critical of Goring, chief of the German air force, the luftwaffe. He could not understand Hitler's love for Italian leader Mussolini whose weaknesses and the flabbiness of Italian troops damaged Germsany's cause.

    Often Goebbels, quietly in his diary, disagreed with Hitler and even thought that Hitler was not a revolutionary leader. However he remained totally loyal to Hitler because Hitler had done so much for Germany that he was the only person whom the German people could consider their trustworthy leader.

  4. The most important aspect of Irving's book is about Goebbel's role in the war.

    Defense of Germany became increasingly difficult after Russia {USSR} and USA joined UK. Churchill, the British leader had provoked Germany into attacking civilians. With American help, the British air force devised a technique to set fire

    to entire German cities. The fire storms ignited by the British killed tens of thousands of men, women and children. Large numbers of civilians were burned alive even in their shelters. Churchill had been advised that if huge numbers of civilians were killed, Germany would collapse and the German people may even turn against Hitler.

    This is where Goebbels became the real leader of Germany as Hitler's health deteriorated and he was targeted in a bomb attack by a traitor named Stauffenberg and his clique.
    Goebbels defeated the internal enemies and was able to stir up stiff resistance to the western allies and Russia. Irving gives us a flavor of Goebbels speeches and the transforming influencing they had on the German people.

    Irving very briefly summarizes the bombing of German cities and the superb defense of Berlin 's air space organized by Goebbels, the only time the British air force was defeated.

The British air force, says Irving, ravaged the cities of Essen, Dortmund, Dusseldorf asnd Duisburg in May 1943. Then the bombers breached several Ruhr dams drowning 700 people. The bombers burned alive 2450 people in the town of Wuppertal. [pages 433-434.] In June, the British bombers "devastated" the cities of Dusseldorf again an d also Bochum, Oberhausen, Cologne and Krefeld by two-thousand ton bomb raids. [p.435] Images of the raids showed "mangled headless infants, and bulldozers tipping bodies into pits." His wife Magda and the children burst into tears.
Goebbels went from city to injured city helping people and issued 157 civil defense circulars. In the mean time the British raided Wuppertal again and this time 2750 people were burned alive. [P. 436]

On July 24, 1943, in a massive raid the British air force set the entire city of Hamburg on fire, killing more than 50,000 people. They were literally incinerated "inside the bunkers, torn apart by explosives, tossed into the flames by the fiery tornadoes." [p.441] Hamburg was second only to Berlin.

David Irving notes that after the horrific fire bombing of Hamburg, with 50, 000 civilians killed and tens of thousands injured, a ripple of fear

and instability touched the German people. The diaries show that Goebbels understood that Berlin would be the next target of the British air force.

He considered Berlin his city. He was the gauleiter of Berlin. He had spoken to crowds of thousands and assured them that Germany would not be defeated.

He too personal charge of the defense of Berlin. As he flew over Hamburg, he saw that what remained of the noble city was only " charred and lifeless" ruins.

He made a major effort to evacuate the civilian population of Berlin. Two million people, including most of the children were evacuated. The weakened but eager German air force was alerted. On August 23, 1943, the British bombers came and were massacred. Using visual sightings, Goebbels defense forces shot down 56 British bombers. Even then 765 Belin civilians including 27 children were killed.
On August 31, the British bombers came again and the German defenders pounced and shot down 47. This time only 13 civilians, were killed and no children.

On September 3, the British leader Churchill sent in his best, 295 Lancasters. The Germans were ready and shot down 20 Lancasters. However the Brits were able to kill 346
civilians but only one child. Churchill saw defeat and stopped attacking Berlin. Churchill had lost 126 bombers in only three raids. [p.442] A great victory for Goebbels.

Germany was not ready for total war. Large segments of the country outside the cities behaved as if was peace time. Goebbels realized huge armies from the West [America, Canada, Gritain, Indian troops] and massivet Russian armies from the east would roll into Germany once the front lines were broken. He urged preparation for total war but it was too late. Hitler was getting physically weaker by the day and the bomb attack by the traitor Stauffenburg shook the military structure.

Constant speeches by Goebbels brought up the German fighting spirit. Many Germans, particularly the SS units, fought to the end.

Goebbels and his wife Magda took their own lives at the end and also ended the lives of their 6 innocent children. Hitler and the woman, Eva Braun, who had loved him for 14 years also took their own lives. Goebbels refused to surrender regardless of the impossible odds,

When Russian artillery was hitting not far from Hitler's bunker and the end was near, Hitler was shocked to see that Goebbels wife Magda was still there and told her to leave. Her reply to Hitler, whom she greatly admired is worth noting:

"Mein Fuhrer, my husband is the leader of Berlin. Life without my husband would have no purpose for me - nor did I bear my children to have them put on display in the Soviet Union and America as the children of the propaganda minister Goebbels." [p. 515-516]

This book is not about Hitler.

I will say about Magda's words: spoken like a true German woman.



Imran Khan. Complete Sell Out.
Al Jazeera July 2]


Pakistan's Khan backs China on Uighurs, praises one-party system
Imran Khan repeats his country's support for the Chinese government regarding its policies in Muslim-majority Xinjiang province.

Pakistan's PM Imran Khan also lauded the one-party system of governance in China, where the state is exclusively controlled by the Communist Party of China [File: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

Pakistan's PM Imran Khan also lauded the one-party system of governance in China, where the state is exclusively controlled by the Communist Party of China [File: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

2 Jul 2021
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeated his country's support for the Chinese government regarding its policies in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, while also praising the country's one-party system as offering a better model for societies compared with electoral democracy.

Khan was speaking to members of the Chinese news media who were visiting Islamabad as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Thursday.

Rights groups accuse China of systematic and widespread "mass internment and torture amounting to crimes against humanity" against the Muslim population in its southwestern Xinjiang province.

In a report last month, Amnesty International termed the situation in Xinjiang "a dystopian hellscape", citing dozens of witness accounts that detailed allegations of brainwashing, torture and an erasure of cultural identity.

But Khan, who has regularly called for international action against Islamophobia, particularly in European countries, said he was satisfied with the Chinese government's denials of any rights abuses.

"Our interaction with Chinese officials, that version of what is happening in Xinjiang is completely different to the version of what we hear from the Western media and the Western governments," he said on Thursday.

"Because we have our very strong relationship with China, and because we have a relationship based on trust, so we actually accept the Chinese version. What they say about their programmes in Xinjiang, we accept it."

Pakistan shares a longstanding strategic relationship with its northeastern neighbour China, which has invested more than $60bn in the country through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Khan also lauded the one-party system of governance in China, where the state is exclusively controlled by the Communist Party of China and there are no direct elections for major positions or the country's parliament.

"The CPC is a unique model. Up until now, we were told that the best way for societies to improve themselves is the Western system of democracy," said Khan.

"What the CPC has done is that it has brought this alternative model. And they have actually beaten all Western democracies in the way they have brought up merit in their society."

Khan, who was elected to power in a general election in 2018, said electoral democracy "straight-jackets you" when it comes to reforms, and lauded the "flexibility" of the Chinese model.

"Up until now, the feeling was that electoral democracy is the best way where you get leadership based on merit, and then hold that leadership accountable. But what the CPC has done is that without that electoral democracy it has actually achieved that much better," he said.

War News

 War News


Retreat of a superpower. July 1
Fighting North and South.

The last US and Nato forces have left Afghanistan's Bagram airbase, the centre of the war against militants for some 20 years, US officials say.

The pull-out could signal that the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan is imminent.

President Joe Biden has said US forces will be gone by 11 September.

But the withdrawal from the sprawling base, north of Kabul, comes as the main jihadist group, the Taliban, advances in many parts of Afghanistan.

Latest. July 3.
Local sources say Taliban fighters have captured the headquarters of three distructs in Badakhshan province,

Most important

June 30, Taliban captured the crossing points leading from Afghanistan into Tajikistan.

Earlier. June 29,
Taliban captured 3 districts in Ghazni province and one province in
Paktika province.


July 4.
New Trend Considers this a
unique Message of Support for
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui by Nadrat Siddique.

This is what Nadrat wrote.


Boston is a humbling experience. I finished the hot, hilly 26.2 miles for Aafia in 4:04:41.

(The clock reading shows 4:08. The disparity arises because not everyone can cross the start line at the same time in such a large race. Fortunately each runner is timed individually with an electronic chip embedded in one's race number, worn on the front of one's shirt. Official results are at:

I was a lowly 6,463 out of 11,973 women finishers (women complete only against women). So roughly the same number of women finished ahead of me, as finished behind me. Unless you are a professional athlete, Boston is not a race you do to win. The entire field is very fast, well-trained athletes. I was just grateful at having completed it, and particularly without resorting to walking. (Yes, I even ran the infamous Heartbreak Hill in its entirety.) No quitting when you're running for Aafia!

 Support for Dr Aafia Siddiqui by Nadrat Siddique

Invitation to Think

 Invitation to Think

Right now, Bill Cosby, 83, is a free man and America is outraged!
by Sis. Aisha
Jamaat al-Muslimeen

Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years for sexual assault with eligibility for parole. Recently, after serving over two years in prison, Cosby had been denied parole for not participating in therapy for sex offenders. Cosby defiantly stated that he would serve all ten years of his sentence rather than say he is guilty.

It was in the early 2000s that accusations of Cosby drugging and raping women came to light. And, of course, comedian Hannibal Burress's famous rant about these allegations, during one of his stand-up routines, shed even more light on them. Could this have been one of Hollywood's open secrets? Many murderers and sexual predators have gone on to cement their legacy on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2005, Andrea Constand accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her but, after considering his chances for a successful prosecution, Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to indict Bill Cosby. Former D.A. Castor, now Montgomery County Commisioner, considered his chances for conviction very low for the following reasons:
  1. Constand took a year to make her claim
  2. There was no evidence of rape.
  3. On a few occasions, there were inconsistencies in her statements about the alleged assault.
  4. It was discovered that before going to police Andrea Constand had contacted civil attorneys, which indicated that she was seeking money.
  5. Constand maintained a close relationship with Cosby after the alleged assault.
  6. Her recorded conversations with Cosby to get an admission of guilt was likely illegal and could be seen as extortion.
  7. Most importantly, there were no other records of anyone else ever having gone to police with these same accusations.

Therefore, the only way to bring criminal charges would be if Cosby confessed.

This refusal to prosecute in criminal court allowed the alleged victim to pursue a civil court case against Cosby but for financial compensation. Former D.A. Castor reasoned that not pursuing a criminal case would enable Andrea Constand to get some form of justice. Unlike criminal court cases, civil court proceedings have a lower standard of proof.

According to former D.A. Castor, his strategy was to remove any threat of a criminal prosecution thereby preventing Cosby from invoking the Fifth Amendment, which prevents defendants from testifying against themselves in criminal cases. This also applies in civil court cases, if there is still a chance for a criminal prosecution based on any new evidence resulting from a deposition. But, if there is no threat of a criminal prosecution then, the defendant must testify in a deposition.

So, former D.A. Castor said he decided to eliminate any opportunity, present or future, for the State of Pennsylvania to criminally prosecute Bill Cosby only with regard to Constand's case. This would allow Constand's civil attorneys to ask Cosby any questions they wanted and he had to answer them. This was agreed upon by lawyers for Constand and Cosby, at the time.

On March 15, 2015, over ten years later, Andrea Constand successfully sued Bill Cosby, in civil court, and won a $3.38 million dollar settlement. It was in four depositions that Bill Cosby gave several incriminating statements. One of the statements was that he had given quaaludes, which is a controlled substance, to women before engaging in allegedly unwanted sexual contact with them.

However, former D.A. Castor's successor, Risa Vetri Ferman, decided to violate the previous decision to not criminally prosecute Cosby by reopening a criminal case against him. Also, during this trial, five other accusers were allowed to give testimony from incidents that allegedly occured decades ago. The statute of limiations would have expired for those accusations. D.A. Ferman, who is now a judge, filed her criminal case against Bill Cosby on September 23, 2015, which was only a few days before the statute of limitations for sexual assault for Andrea Constand would have expired.

Based on the previous decision not to prosecute Cosby in criminal court, the only way former D.A. Ferman would have been able to prosecute a criminal case was with new evidence because the deposition was off limits! The deposition could not be used as a "gotcha" move after it was agreed there would be no criminal prosecution resulting from it. The fact that the judge allowed the deposition into evidence and for a criminal trial to move forward was a violation.

On an earlier episode of the Community Cop Show, co-host Julian Harper informed viewers that the reason why comedian Bill Cosby was tried and convicted, criminally, was because former D.A. Risa Ferman violated a legally binding agreement made by her predecessor, former D.A. Castor.

Could former D.A. Ferman's position as a judge be her reward for her transgression? Judge Jackie Glass got her own tv show after imposing the unusually long sentencing O.J. Simpson to nine years, which legal experts questioned. Staten Island D.A. Daniel Donovan Jr. was given a vacant congressional seat after failing to bring charges against officers involved in Eric Garner's murder, which was caught on video.

This is kuffar politics. Their rules are for the rest of us to follow but, when some of these powerful politicos don't like our chances at winning their games, they change the rules midstream. Unfortunately, there are instances where only Allah knows the truth and a conviction can be very difficult to obtain in a he-said-she-said case. As a victim of any kind of crime, the worst nightmare to experience is the overturned conviction of the person who harmed you!

In any future effort to convict Bill Cosby, time appears to be on his side because the statute of limitations expired for all of the known accusers. Plus, there is no physical evidence. Even the deposition, which was supposed to be inadmissible may not be used.

Julian Harper, a retired detective, remarked that prosecutors should not violate laws nor our rights in order to get convictions. According to the Associated Press, the highest court in Pennsylvania agreed and overturned Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction because of the previous arrangement made with former D.A. Castor.

It is clear that Bill Cosby's freedom is based on a technicality and not on any evidence supporting his claims of innocence. He is worth $400 million and it is possible that more civil suits will be filed against him by other accusers.

(Source: & PACourts.US

With thanks to Br. Ather.


Sask. First Nation announces hundreds of unmarked graves found at former residential school site

Marieval Indian Residential School operated from 1899 to 1997
CBC News · Posted: Jun 23, 2021 5:14 PM CT | Last Updated: June 23
The Cowessess First Nation says it has found hundreds of unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School gravesite. There are already some marked graves at the site. (CBC)
WARNING: This story contains details some readers may find distressing.

The Cowessess First Nation says it has discovered hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

A news release Wednesday from Cowessess and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous First Nations (FSIN), which represents Saskatchewan's First Nations, did not give a specific number but said it will be the most found to date in Canada.

Cowessess Chief Cadmus Delorme and FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron are scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday morning to provide more details of the findings.

The Marieval Indian Residential School operated from 1899 to 1997 in the area where Cowessess is now located, about 140 kilometres east of Regina.

The First Nation took over the school's cemetery from the Catholic Church in the 1970s.

Earlier this month Cowessess started using ground-penetrating radar to locate unmarked graves.

The Marieval Indian Residential School operated from 1899 to 1997 in the area where Cowessess is now located. There are already some marked graves at the site. (CBC)

Last month the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in B.C. announced the discovery of a burial site adjacent to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School that preliminary findings indicate contains the remains of 215 children.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said the news is tragic but not surprising.

"I urge all Canadians to stand with First Nations in this extremely difficult and emotional time," he posted on Twitter Wednesday evening.

Residential school survivor remembers a friend he never saw again

Barry Kennedy, a residential school survivor who attended Marieval Indian Residential School, said he is shocked by the news but not surprised.

"During my time at Marieval Indian Residential School I had a young friend that was dragged off one night screaming," he said.

Kennedy never saw his little friend again.

"His name was Bryan.... I want to know where Bryan is."

Kennedy said Wednesday's news out of Cowessess is only the tip of the iceberg.

"I would imagine that, you know, by the stories that ... were told by our friends and fellow students that there is multiple locations, you know, per school."

"We were introduced to rape. We're introduced to violent beatings. We were introduced to things that weren't normal with our families."

'They deny us our right to grieve,' says one Saskatchewan chief
Chief Wayne Semaganis from Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan says hearing about the news so close to home is upsetting.

"Even today there is still dismissiveness from the general public — that it's a history, it's in the past," he told CBC News.

"No it's not in the past. It's today. It's ongoing.... [The children buried at residential schools] were murdered — because if there were accidents, if they died of natural causes, somebody would have been alerted."

Semaganis said it's frustrating that even now it's Indigenous people who have to prove that they were hurt.

"There is still too many of the great majority of Canada that don't understand our grief," said Semaganis.

"They deny us our right to grieve. That is what really hurts."

'Horrific truth' of schools: Saskatoon mayor
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe issued a written statement Wednesday evening, addressing the news out of Cowessess.

"Today, all of Saskatchewan mourns for those who were discovered buried in unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School site," he said.

"I understand many were children, and it is heart breaking to think that so many children lost their lives after being separated from their families, and away from the love and solace only a family can provide. "

Moe said he spoke with FSIN Chief Cameron as well as Cowessess Chief Delorme, offering the full support of the provincial government.

In an interview with CBC Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili said his heart goes out to the Cowessess First Nation and the trauma they must be feeling.

"We knew this was coming. We knew that this was the case," the Official Opposition leader said.

"Yet you still get this pit in your stomach and just this heart-sinking feeling."

More Sask. First Nations announce efforts to find graves of residential school students

Most say Saskatchewan's residential school death toll is far higher than the 566 confirmed cases

Saskatchewan needs to listen to Indigenous leaders, elders and survivors, said Meili, and act on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action.

Meili also called on the Catholic Church to release all its records related to abuse at residential schools in order to tell the whole story.

"We need to work alongside the communities that continue to search the residential school sites and make sure we find all of these unmarked graves," Meili said.

"I think about my own kids.... I cannot imagine someone coming and taking them away and having them come back from school months later, you know, broken and sad, or never come home at all."

The City of Saskatoon announced its flags will be lowered to half-mast Thursday morning to honour all the children found in unmarked graves at the Marieval Indian Residential School.

"This brings the horrific truth of these schools right to our doorstep," Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark said in a news release.

"Many of these children will have had direct relatives who now live in Saskatoon. They are the missing children that families have been trying to find over the decades."

Support is available for anyone affected by their experience at residential schools, and those who are triggered by the latest reports.

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for survivors and those affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

Guidance from Sis. Yasmin.
The Message from a Muslim Student.

'As-Salaam Alaikum'.
What Malcolm X Taught Me About Muslim America.

I fell in love with Malcolm when I was fifteen. He was eloquent, handsome and, most importantly, revolutionary. Among a litany of emotionally stunted fictional white men, the Caulfields and Gatsbys of the standard high school English syllabus, the central character in The Autobiography of Malcolm X stood apart. As the only Muslim in my English class, I was quietly convinced that I understood Malcolm in a way that no one else could.

As I approached Malcolm's birthday this month on May 19, I reflected on why I was so quick to identify with his story as a teenager. I have not spent time in prison, I did not have an impoverished childhood, and I will never know the struggle of being African American in the United States. I remember being intrigued that his was not the Islam I saw caricatured by the media as I came of age post-9/11, nor was it the Islam of the foreign-born imams who I struggled to follow on the rare occasion that my dad took us to a mosque. To me, Malcolm X's Islam was the unapologetic Islam of the streets. I was drawn to Malcolm because he was cool.

I was born to a second-generation Swedish American Lutheran mother and an immigrant Muslim Pakistani father. My mother did not want to convert, a decision my father respected, but she agreed to raise us as Muslims. Growing up in Brooklyn in what was then a black majority neighbourhood, Islam acted as a passport of sorts—linking my visually out-of-place family to the Senegalese restaurant owner, the African American pharmacist who always closed for jummah (Friday prayers), and the Yemeni bodega owner. The local mosque issued the athan (call to prayer) four times a day, skipping only the predawn prayer out of respect for sleeping neighbours. Years later I was surprised by the controversy that followed Duke University's attempt to issue the call to prayer from the campus's chapel. Our neighbourhood was by no means Muslim majority, but the significant Muslim presence made it clear that being Muslim was respected.

Post-Trump Islam is becoming an increasingly racialized category in the United States. "Punish a Muslim Day" took place this past April. The day originated in England with a widely circulated letter whose authorship remains unknown, which called for various attacks against Muslims including throwing acid on people's faces and bombing mosques. A Pakistani American man tweeted in response:

On #PunishAMuslimDay. I don't want to give such a vile idea the Twitter oxygen it craves. Just remember what our hero, martyr, and walī, Malcolm X said: "Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."

Clearly, I am not alone in my reverence for Malcolm X. My Facebook newsfeed is flooded every February on the commemoration of his assassination with images of Malcolm posted by South Asian Americans with captions like, "May Allah bless our hero." (Full disclosure: I may have also posted an Instagram or two.) Young South Asian Muslims who embrace Malcolm as a walī, or saint-like figure, claim his narrative of counterculture and resistance as their own. This narrative is appealing because it is both authentically American and stands in rebellious contrast to the assimilationist aspirations of an older generation of South Asians.

Muslims are the most racially diverse religious group in America. According to the Pew Research Center, 41 percent of Muslims are white. (Pew follows the Census Bureau in coding Arabs and Persians as white, a categorization contested by many who argue that they are not perceived as white in America.) About 28 percent of Muslim Americans are Asians, a category predominantly made up of South Asian immigrants and their descendants from countries such as Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. And, 20 percent of Muslim Americans are black, a category that includes African Americans, as well as recent African immigrants and their descendants from countries such as Senegal, Ghana, and Nigeria.

The average American thinks of Muslims as a brown mass, lumping together South Asians and Arabs, and ignoring black Muslims. The racialization of Islam has obscured both the diversity of Muslim America, and the tensions that accompany that diversity. These tensions, ranging from serious to light-hearted, played out in my own childhood experience. Back in Brooklyn, the Senegalese might look down upon the African American Muslims and incorrectly assume that they were recent converts. When my grandmother visited from Pakistan and prayed in the Shi'a manner to which she was accustomed, a board member from our local Sunni mosque brusquely suggested that we shift to a Shi'a establishment; we never went back again. My father had heard Arab men refer to each as habibi, or "dear." In a cross-cultural faux pas, he used it trying to be friendly, but our Palestinian grocer did not take the term of endearment kindly.

Beyond my neighbourhood, discrimination against black Muslims is rampant in Muslim American spaces. I was shocked to hear a Pakistani American classmate in my undergraduate Muslim Student Association refer to a Muslim international student from West Africa as a "black monkey" in Urdu. More than once I have heard my uncle's wax angrily and poetically about their treatment in this country, only to slip in a veiled racist remark about African Americans a few moments later.

On a structural level, and looking specifically at South Asians, white converts and South Asians are vastly overrepresented among the leadership of prominent Muslim American institutions such as the Islamic Society of North America. In her book American Muslim Women, sociologist Jamillah Karim demonstrates the ways in which racially segregated divisions in housing between South Asians and African Americans in Chicago and Atlanta influence the racial demographics of mosques in those cities. Following the patterns of the neighbourhoods they serve, mosques are often divided along racial lines, although it's worth noting that American mosques are typically more racially integrated than American churches.

What is the source of South Asian racism against black Muslims? As a result of the history of race in the United States and the ongoing prevalence of a black-white racial binary in which whiteness is associated with goodness, the process of immigrants assimilating and aspiring to the American dream of a secure middle-class life often ends up translating into aspiring to whiteness. South Asian American communities are no exception. Furthermore, colourism is a huge issue in South Asia, where whiteness is often equated with beauty.

In light of this history, is it a revolutionary act for young South Asians to embrace Malcolm X? It can be, but unfortunately, this embrace often falls into the trap of removing Malcolm from his historical context and flattening his legacy. For example, Malcolm's continued focused commitment to black liberation post-hajj is often muted in South Asian-sanctified visions of Malcolm. The same Muslims who sanctify Malcolm X often dismiss African American Muslims, associating them with the Nation of Islam (NOI). There has been a lot of debate in the press recently about Louis Farrakhan, the current leader of the Nation of Islam, and his anti-Semitic remarks.

Farrakhan's remarks should be analyzed and held up to scrutiny, but it's also important not to overstate his influence. The Pew Research Center points out: "Perhaps the best-known group of black Muslims in the U.S. is the Nation of Islam." But today only 3 percent of black Muslims are part of the Nation of Islam. The vast majority of the NOI's former adherents followed Warith Deen Mohammed's leadership and converted to Sunni Islam in the late 1970s.

It should come as no surprise that Muslims Americans have a race problem; after all, what is more authentically American than non-black people profiting from aesthetic expressions of blackness while ignoring actual black communities? In Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States, Su'ad Abdul Khabeer describes the aura of cool that has come to be associated with black Muslims, especially as expressed through hip hop culture. Many young Muslims of all ethnicities draw from Muslim cool, and Khabeer details the irony of upper-class Pakistani American kids in the southern suburbs of Chicago flaunting hip-hop culture and benefiting from the aesthetics of black Muslim cool, while having no connection whatsoever to the actual black Muslims living mere miles away.

South Asians are not unique in their reinvention of Malcolm as a saint; in fact, they are building upon a much longer history of commodifying Malcolm which Manning Marble, the formidable historian and expert on Malcolm, details in his article, "Rediscovering Malcolm: A Historian's Adventure in Living History." The hip-hop generation first revived Malcolm's legacy in the 1980s. Artists such as Tupac Shakur and Public Enemy referenced Malcolm and even sampled excerpts from his speeches. In 1992, the year I was born, Spike Lee released the film "X." In the 1990s President Bill Clinton, whose policies on crime increased mass incarceration at an unprecedented rate, was spotted wearing a Malcolm X t-shirt while jogging outside the White House. Most ironically of all, the United States government, which had the FBI patently ignore and even encourage death threats against Malcolm while infiltrating every organization that he founded or was associated with, issued a postage stamp of Malcom in 1999.

Movements such as the Nation of Islam are often portrayed as historically disconnected from other forms of Islamic expression in the United States, when in fact Malcolm X was an international Muslim American spokesperson during his lifetime, and the NOI provided Malcolm a platform for the majority of his career. The politics of the Nation shifted with time, but it was responsible for introducing thousands of Americans to Islam. Until recently, scholars across many academic fields have contributed to the erasure of black Muslims by frequently relegating the Black Muslim American experience to a quirky sociological footnote. The field of American Islam is growing, but many university departments across the country are still structured to view Islam as the province of the exotic orient and not as part of American life. Even ethnographic work on American Muslims tends to focus on immigrant, mosque-affiliated American Muslims. There is nothing wrong with these portrayals, but their ubiquity gives a very limited picture of Muslim America's diversity.

In Muslims and the Making of America, Amir Hussain, a theological studies professor at Loyola Marymount, gives ample examples of Black Muslim luminaries, including of course, Malcolm X. The short text is clearly meant to be accessible and shift public perceptions of Islam, which is a noble goal. But I was troubled to read this line in the introduction: "We were here before America was America, arriving in slave ships bound for the colonies." Who is we? Hussain is a Pakistani American man raised in Canada. His ancestors were not forcibly taken on slave ships to the United States, and his everyday lived experiences are not the same as someone who is perceived by society as a black American.

I have no doubt that Hussain's invocation of "we" came from a place of goodwill and a desire to shed light on the diversity of Muslim Americans stories. However, there is a difference between standing in solidarity and learning from someone's liberation struggle and appropriating that struggle. Fighting Islamophobia should not come at the cost of ignoring discrimination within our communities.

In the face of rising anti-Muslim sentiments, South Asians and Muslims of all backgrounds can learn from Malcolm X and draw upon his message of self-love and communal self-determinism. But for non-black Muslims to truly honour Malcolm, they must also call out racism internal to Muslim American communities and be honest that the cool that Malcolm demonstrated was a response to the circumstances that he faced, and those circumstances are not ours.

Yasmine Flodin-Ali is a Ph.D. student in Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studies issues of race and gender in contemporary Muslim American communities


Germany Rising Again.
Point of View in these reports is that of Israel and the Puppet Government.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's leading Jewish group on Thursday sharply condemned protests in front of a synagogue in the western city of Gelsenkirchen as "pure antisemitism."

Several other German cities including Berlin, Hamburg and Hannover have seen anti-Israeli protests over the past few days. At least two synagogues were attacked, and several Israeli flags were torn down and burned since the latest eruption of violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany tweeted a video of dozens of protesters in Gelsenkirchen waving Palestinian and Turkish flags and yelling expletives about Jews.

"Jew hatred in the middle of Gelsenkirchen in front of the synagogue. The times in which Jews were cursed in the middle of the street should have long been over. This is pure antisemitism, nothing else!" the group tweeted.

The German government repeatedly condemned anti-Israeli and antisemitic attacks earlier this week and said that "the perpetrators must be found and held responsible and Jewish institutions must be protected thoroughly."

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Funke Media Group that "there must be zero tolerance for attacks on synagogues in our country."

"All of us are called on to make it very clear that we do not accept if Jews in Germany are made responsible for the events in the Middle East — neither in the streets nor on social media," Maas added.

The protests in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday were dispersed by police, German news agency dpa reported, but authorities reported further incidents in other parts of the country.

Some cities which had hoisted Israeli flags in front of their city halls on Wednesday in remembrance of the start of German-Israeli diplomatic relations on May 12, 1965, reported that the flags were torn down and sometimes burned.

An Israeli flag in front of a city hall in the western town of Solingen was torn and burnt and two Israeli flags in Berlin were also torn down late Wednesday night.

On Tuesday night, police stopped 13 suspects in the western city of Muenster near a synagogue after an Israeli flag was burned there. In the western city of Bonn, police said several people damaged the entrance of a synagogue with stones and investigators found a burned flag as well. In nearby Duesseldorf, somebody burned garbage on top of a memorial for a former synagogue.

Several cities and states in Germany have since upped their security and raised police presence in front of Jewish institutions, dpa reported.

 Islamic Thought

Du'a and Message
from Imam Badi Ali
July 2 and 3.

As-slamu alaikum,
The life of our Prophet (pbuh) is filled with examples of patience and endurance in the face of hardships.

The people of Taif stoned him to the point that his shoes were full of blood. Instead of cursing at them, he prayed for them.

Oh Allah, make me extremely patient and make me extremely grateful. Ameen.

As-slamu alaikum,
The Prophet, (pbuh) when the time for prayer came, would say to Bilaal (ra): "O Bilaal! Establish the prayer! Comfort us with it!"
[Abu Daawood]

Therefore, prayer comforts one's soul and is a source of tranquility and assurance, and the heart cannot find this anywhere else.

So Salah is peace!

Worries End When salah Begins.

When your aim is to touch the sky, first put your forehead on the ground in Sujood.

Ya Allah, accept our prayers and forgive our sins before we return to you. Aameen.

 Breaking News

Palestine. July 01, 2021
Nizar Banat: Thousands protest against PA in Ramallah amid violent police crackdown
By: Shatha Hammad

Palestinians take to the streets for a second day to protest against the death in Palestinian Authority custody of activist Nizar Banat

Palestinian security forces on Saturday violently cracked down on thousands of Palestinians demonstrating in Ramallah for a second day against the death of political activist Nizar Banat.

Banat died on Thursday while being held in the custody of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Angry protesters demanded the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and accused the PA of killing the prominent activist as they carried Palestinian flags, photos of Banat and signs demanding "the fall of the regime".

Protests were also held in Hebron and al-Bireh.

Palestinian security forces launched a heavy barrage of tear gas into the crowd in Ramallah and attacked protesters and several journalists.

Earlier, plainclothed security officers spread out among protesters as they marched from the centre of Ramallah towards the presidential offices, and closed off the intersection leading to the area, forcing shops to close.

One video from the protest showed security forces in plain clothes dragging a protester across the road, as they simultaneously beat him.

Banat's death has shocked and angered Palestinians and tens of thousands marched at his funeral on Friday. He was an advocate of free speech and a vocal critic of the PA.

In videos he posted on social media, he repeatedly criticised the PA for corruption and its security coordination with the Israeli military in the West Bank.

At least 25 officers had detained Banat after raiding his home in the town of Dura, in the Hebron governorate, around 3:30am on Thursday. He was declared dead shortly afterwards.

Banat's family has accused PA security forces of killing him after beating him and taking him away while semi-conscious.

On Thursday, the Ramallah-based Independent Commission for Human Rights revealed that initial autopsy results showed that the activist was severely beaten, and evidence of bruises and fractures were visible across his body

 Social Media

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June 27 issue of New Trend reached 113045 Muslims including 12480 women.

Main articles in it:

  1. Nadrat Siddique leads Jamaat al-Muslimeen's shoora.

  2. Jamaat al-Muslimeen shoora condemns Israeli atrocities & desecration of al-Aqsa, supports Black-Palestinian unity.

  3. Khutba: Qur'an & Hadith more important than schools of thought.

  4. Guidance: Ibn al-Jawzi's advice to his son.

  5. China suppressing Uighur thoughts.

  6. pro-regime mosques in USA.

  7. Surprisingly good khutba in Manhattan, NY

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