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16 Zulhijja 1442 A.H. - July 25 202 Issue # 30, Newsletter #1925

 Human Rights

Do they Laugh at the Global Muslim Ummah while claiming to oppose each other?
USA vs China? Pakistan? Turkey? Palestine!

by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

The news of concentration camps for Uighurs in China have been checked and double checked by investigators around the world.

The United States is opposing the genocide of Uighur Muslims. The entire China-US confrontation is being discussed in US media.

However when we look at US imports from China, they are massive beyond imagination.

Check the labels on the products we use everyday. Most of them are from China including many from the province of Sinkiang where the concentration camps are located. China sees the Qur'an as a source of "terrorism." Reports indicate that Han race Chinese males are being sent into Muslim homes to sleep with the women. Many mosques have been demolished and reports have checked out reports of forcible birth control. There can be little doubt that genocide is being enacted.

On what basis can the US and other western powers take a high moral tone while allowing full scale economic interchange with China! There is reason to believe that the leaders on both sides are talking in high moral tones and denouncing each other while carrying on business as usual. The facts on the ground indicate that at the level of reality nothing has changed.

Muslim rulers are much worse. Pakistan has stated in blunt language that it accepts China's claims about the Uighurs. Pakistan went further and endorsed the Communist Party of China as a positive force!

Around the world there is restlessness and irritation about atrocities against Palestinians. Other than in the US major media, Israeli atrocities are everyday news. Facebook is allowing atrocity stories to be published. Recent Israeli bombing killed 62 children in Gaza. A media center was demolished. Al-Aqsa was desecrated.

Among the most important voices against Israel is that of Turkey. Erdogan is the hero of the Muslim world. A Turkish heroism movie became the most watched movie in Pakistan.
Erdogan renewed a mosque which had been a museum for many months.

Now read this news item casually published in the Israeli media a few days back:

"Israelis are now banned from visiting the UK, Georgia, Cyprus and Turkey, the coronavirus cabinet rules.
The four countries will join a growing list of places that Israelis may not fly to; if caught doing so they face a significant fine upon return. The decision will take effect next Friday.

Turkey and Cyprus are two of the most popular vacation destinations for Israelis."

So Turkey is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Israelis!

So, almost all the people can be fooled almost all the time.

Wake up Muslims. Read the Qur'an and authentic hadith.


Sindh: Secularist PPP government is the worst in Pakistan. Landlords and Waderas.

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an opposition alliance, would now organise its anti-government rally in Karachi on August 13, instead of July 29.

Maulana Rashid Soomro, the Sindh secretary general of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), one of the constituent parties of the PDM, announced the change in the rally's schedule in a statement issued on Saturday.

He said the date was changed after a detailed consultation among leaders of the PDM's component parties.

He added that the PDM's rally in Karachi would not only be against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's federal government but also the Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Sindh government.

Soomro said the event would prove to be a public referendum against the incompetent rulers of Sindh along with the federal government. "Due to the incompetence of the Sindh government, the province is becoming a hub of problems," he said.

"The Karachi rally will be the beginning of a movement against the sellers of islands and lands in Sindh," Soomro remarked.

He maintained that the condition of hospitals in Sindh was worse than hospitals of a war-torn country. "From Tharparkar to Kashmore and from Karachi to Jacobabad, poverty, unemployment, and unrest are on the rise," he said.

The JUI-F leader was of the view that the PPP's hometown of Larkana was turning into ruins of Mohen-jo-Daro, and due to apathy of the provincial government, the incidence of theft had increased in the province.

He said all the issues of Sindh would be highlighted in the Karachi rally on August 13 and a new movement would be launched in the province.

War News

 War News

Mozambique [East Africa]

Several thousand troops from Rwanda have arrived to stop the steady advances by Islamic fighters led by Islamic State.

Rwandan troops say they have killed 30 of the "militants."


Tigray forces moblized and re-captured their capital and advanced further into Afar tribal areas.
Heavy battle losses are reported from both sides.


Horrific Executions and Terrible Bombing.

After year long executions of supporters of ISIS, a human bomber struck the Shia center of Baghdad.

The executions of ISIS supporters have reached above 600. [These are Sunnis.] Human rights groups say the executions were preceded by fake "trials."

On July 19, ISIS human bomber in Baghdad killed 30 and wounded 50. There were terrible scenes of mangled bodies. The regime says it has arrested the plotters behind the bombing.

Pro-Iran group used a drone to attack US base near Erbil but there were no casualties.

Russian Bombing continues.
Artillery Exchanges.

July 24. Aleppo province. Kurdish Communists shelled Turkish military base in Hazawan killing five Turkish soldiers,
Turkey responded with heavy artillery fire. No details.

American reinforcements are headed to Hasakeh province. [northeast Syria]

Russian air strikes combined with Assad military units reported from the eastern provinces. [Raqqa, Homs, Deir dez zor]

A Russian jet also bombed Islamic positions in northern Latakia position.

Heavy shelling by Assad's forces [40 rockets] is reported from western Hama province.

ISIS used a landmine to kill an Iranian commander in eastern Homs province.

On July 23,in Ibleen village [jabal al-Zawiyah] 7 civilians including 4 children and their mother were killed in rocket attacks by Assad's forces. People came out to protest and called for protection by Turkish forces. Then Syrians supporting Turkey responded against Assad's forces with Grad rockets.

July 22. Russian air strikes reported by SOHR against ISIS in three eastern provinces.

July 21: Southern Idlib province, Islamic group Fath al-Mubeen shelled Assad regime's military positions.

July 20, Russia carried out 50 air strikes against Isis in the three eastern desert provinces. The air strikes came when 4 Assad troops were killed in an ISIS ambush near Palmyra.

Life within the United States

Bill Gates & Native American lands
by Sis. Aisha
[Jamaat al-Muslimeen]

Bill Gates is America's largest farm owner. Currently, he owns approximately 242,000 acres of farmland, which is about the size of Hong Kong. By the way, billionaire Ted Turner is America's largest private landowner with over 2 million acres of land.

This land grab by uber-rich White men is very reminiscent of the 1862 Homestead Act in America. This is where 270 million acres of land, stolen from the Native Americans, was made available to White settlers from every European country.

The proof of European collusion is evident in areas such as Minnesota, which has Whites of mostly Scandinavian-descent and Ohio and Pennsylvania with mostly people of German-descent. White settlers were given a wooden stake and allowed to run to an area and plant it. This stake represented 160 acres of claimed land, free and clear! Not only did the American government finance (or subsidize) these claims but, they also sent cavalry men to protect these settlers against Native American reclamation efforts.

Spaghetti Westerns never mention this information. They want viewers to believe that those vulnerable White settlers, who came from Europe for a better life here, were constantly being attacked by savage Indians for no reason. Sound familiar? Except, today's government-sponsored land grabbing is going on in the so-called Middle East.

Of course, Native Americans, Blacks, Mexicans, and Asians were excluded from these homesteading events.
But, Bill Gates claims to be a man on a mission to cure climate change by getting indigenous and small farmers to reduce carbon levels (greenhouse gases). Bill Gates' new book, "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster," asserts himself as an environmental leader. But, his push for technology being the sole solution excludes other possibly better options. For instance, cows have been blamed for generating the greatest levels of greenhouse gas emissions, which is why Gates encourages eating meat alternatives (a.k.a. fake meat) in his book.

But, is this push for eating meat alternatives out of genuine concern for the atmosphere or another money-making opportunity in disguise? After all, Gates is the largest investor in Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Many alternative meat is very high in sodium making it a controversial food choice.

Astute activists see Bill Gates' sustainable efforts as nothing more than a ruse to control a majority of the world's resources. The fact that Gates' mentioned that his land grab had nothing to do with sustainability, on Reddit, is further proof. He stated that his company, Cascade Investment, recommended the land grab because it would yield significant financial gain. But, for indigenous peoples, farming land is about providing sustenance for current and future generations, not profit.

Studies done by Oxfam, a charitable organization, and the Stockholm Environment Institute have shown that the world's wealthiest 1% are responsible for the emission of twice as much greenhouse gases than the world's 50% poorest populations.

Oxfam also reports that, in 2020, the wealth of the world's wealthiest individuals swelled to $1.9 trillion dollars while over 22 million American workers lost their jobs. The huge tax savings from land grabbing will offset any seemingly huge donations given by Gates and his wealthy cohorts.

What is really being planned is an attack on the way small and indigenous farmers operate. Gates has already called some of their farming instruments, which have been used for centuries, old and outdated. Scrutinizing the way these farmers work is a way to invalidate them and get people to view them as a problem. Meanwhile, large, industrialized farming corporations, who abuse and overwork their livestock, get a pass.

To further alienate these salt of the earth farmers, a digitized rating system intent on measuring carbon emission levels will be used only on their farms, not corporate farms. This is surveillance and it is possible that this digitized monitoring will approve or disapprove the normal tasks of these farmers, thereby crippling them economically. Then, we all would have no choice but to patronize corporate farms. Bill Gates wants to accomplish his 'net zero' carbon emission goal by 2050.

(Sources: the Nick Estes &

From Sis. Yasmin

As Salaam 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuh.

Eid al-Adha History & Origin.

Two of the most important Islamic holidays of the year are Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. While the former marks the end of the long fasting month of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj,

The sacred pilgrimage to the holy city Mecca.
It's customary for every able Muslim (as prescribed in the Five Pillars of Islam) to go on a Hajj at least once during his lifetime.

Also popularly known as the Festival of Sacrifice, this Muslim holiday Eid-ul-Adha commemorates Prophet Abraham's unselfish act of sacrificing his own son Ishmael to the One God, Allah.

The history behind Eid-ul-Adha follows the story of the faithful Abraham, who was instructed by Allah in a dream to raise the foundations of Kaaba, a black stone, the most sacred Muslim place in Mecca (Saudi Arabia), which the Muslims face during their prayers (salat). Immediately responding to the Lord's call, Abraham set off for Mecca along with his wife and son, Ishmael. At that time, Mecca was a desolate and barren desert and Abraham had to face a lot of hardships. However, he supplicated Allah's commands uncomplaining. In a divine dream, he also saw himself sacrificing his son Ishmael for Allah's sake. When he told this to Ishmael, the latter immediately asked his father to carry out Lord's commands without faltering and assured that he was completely ready to give up his life for God. But miraculously enough, when Abraham was about to sacrifice Ishmael, Allah spared the boy's life and replaced him with a lamb. And this is what Abraham ultimately sacrificed.

To commemorate this outstanding act of sacrifice by Prophet Abraham, people sacrifice a lamb, goat, ram, sheep, cow, or camel on Eid-ul-Adha and give the meat to friends, neighbors, relatives and the needy. People who are away from the holy pilgrimage, Hajj, also carry out this traditional sacrifice. Hence Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or the Day of Sacrifice.

Eid-ul-Adha begins from the 10th day of the 12th Islamic month Dhul-Hijjah. But the date of Eid-ul-Adha depends on the visibility of the moon each year. Eid-ul-Adha is known by different names in different parts of the world. For instance, Eid-ul-Adha is known by the name Hari Raya Aidiladha in south-east Asia. In Singapore, the local name for Eid-ul-Adha is Hari Raya Haji and in Malaysia, people refer to this festival as Id al-Adha and have made it a national holiday there. Indians know Eid-ul-Adha as Id al-Adha or Idu'z Zuha. And in Bangladesh, Eid-ul-Adha is known as Eid-ul-Azha or sometimes even Id al-Adha. In Pakistan, children often refer to Eid-al-Adha as big Eid and Eid-al-Fitr as small Eid. But whatever the name, the celebratory spirit of Eid-ul-Adha runs high among Muslims all over the world, the geographical variations notwithstanding.

What does Eid al-Adha commemorate?

During the Hajj, Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of Prophet Abraham.
The Qur'an describes Abraham as follows:

"Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties.

We chose him and guided him unto a right path.

We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous."

(Source~ Qur'an 16~Surat An Nahl [The Bee] ~ A # 120-121)

One of Abraham's main trials was to face the command of Allah to kill his only son.

Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah's will. When he was all prepared to do it, Allah revealed to him that his "sacrifice" had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superseded all others that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God.

Why do Muslims sacrifice an animal on this day?

During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham's trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. This action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith.

Allah has given us power over animals and allowed us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life. Muslims slaughter animals in the same way throughout the year. By saying the name of Allah at the time of slaughter, we are reminded that life is sacred.

The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. The act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah's commands. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. We recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share with others.

It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. This is a misunderstanding by those of previous generations:

"It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah;
it is your piety that reaches Him."

(Source~ Qur'an ~ 22~Surat Al Hajj [The Pilgrimage ]~ A # 37)

The symbolism is in the attitude - a willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to stay on the Straight Path. Each of us makes small sacrifices, giving up things that are fun or important to us. A true Muslim, one who submits his or herself completely to the Lord, is willing to follow Allah's commands completely and obediently. It is this strength of heart, purity in faith, and willing obedience that our Lord desires from us.

What else do Muslims do to celebrate the holiday?

On the first morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local 'Masjids'. Prayers are followed by visits with family and friends, and the exchange of greetings and gifts. At some point, members of the family will visit a local farm or otherwise will make arrangements for the slaughter of an animal.
The meat is distributed during the days of the holiday or shortly thereafter.

~ My 'Salaams' to all~

 Do not despair of the mercy of Allah

'Do Not Despair of the Mercy of Allah'.
{'Qur`an ~ Surat Az-Zumar~ 39 :A # 53 }

Person to Person.

Newark, Delaware.and Brooklyn, NY
6 pages to 27 Muslims and 25 Muslims <.b>

After juma salat on July 23, six pages from New Trend were given to 27 Muslims in Newark, Delaware.
Also on July 23, six pages were given to 25 Muslims in Brooklyn, New York.

Some of the items in these six pages were:
  1. Khutba by Dr. Siddique, June 25 on Germany and ibn Tamiyya.
  2. Jamaat al-Muslimeen shoora on Masjid al-Aqsa & desecration by the Zionists, led by sis. Nadrat, and resolutions supporting Palestine. [June 26]
  3. Pakistan. JI & Imran Khan.June 27

 Imam Badi Ali

Message from Imam Badi Ali, North Carolina

As-slamu alaikum,
The Prophet (pbuh) was a loving husband.

Aisha, r.a., talked about the times when she enjoyed meals with him. He enjoyed his meals only when she sat next to him.

They drank from one cup and he watched where she placed her lips so that he could place his lips on the same area.

In the art of marriage the little things are the big things.

Call your wife with beautiful names "Its Sunnah"

Remember with love and patience, nothing is impossible!

O Allah gather me with my family and friends in jannah. Ameen.

Biggest Myths of the Second World War.

The Camps of "Operation Reinhardt"

Our prestigious series Holocaust Handbooks includes three monographs on the so-called Camps of "Operation Reinhardt": Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibór. The first monograph is 19 years old, the second 17 years, and the last of them appeared 11 years ago. Lots of archeological research has been conducted in Treblinka and Sobibor in the meantime, and many more witness statements were about both camps have been made accessible during the past decade. Hence, it was time to either give all three books a major overhaul, or to issue a new book bringing the entire topic up to date.

For a number of reasons, we decided to go the second route. This new book replaces the unwieldy old Volume 28 of the Holocaust Handbooks (it had more than 1300 pages). Now we have an attractive new Volume 28:

C. Mattogno, The "Operation Reinhardt" Camps Treblinka, Sobibór, Belzec: Black Propaganda, Archeological Research, Expected Material Evidence

This study has its first focus on witness testimonies recorded during the war and its aftermath, thus demonstrating how the myth of the "extermination camps" was created. The second part acquaints us with archeological efforts made by mainstream scholars in their attempt to prove that the myth is true. The third part compares the findings with what we ought to expect, and reveals the chasm between archeologically facts and mythological requirements.

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THE THIRD ENCOUNTER with the West: 1776 AD to 2476 AD
by Dr. H. Ashruf
Founder member of Islamic Society of Baltimore

A new nation the United States of America declared independence in 1776. The nascent nation struggled for seven years for recognition in the world body. The very first recognition came from the Muslim world. Sultan Mohammad III, the Sultan of Morocco, was the first sovereign in the world to recognize the new nation in 1783.

During the same period, when the Muslims were driven out of Europe and European Powers and Russia were occupying Muslim lands, Muslims were brought in USA as slaves from Africa. A beginning of third encounter was made.

According to Yvonne Haddad 1/5TH of all the slaves brought to America were Muslims.

Fareed Nauman, a Muslim researcher says that from the year 1530 to 1860 ten-million slaves were brought to North America. Thirty percent of them were Muslims. This was the first wave of Muslims, which was brought to the USA by force.

The second wave of Muslims came to the USA after the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire after the first World War.
In the mid-sixties of the last century, at the height of the Vietnam war, America needed skilled labor and Johnson's administration relaxed the immigration laws. Highly qualified Muslims immigrated to the USA from 65 different countries. This was the third wave of Muslims to come to this country.

Within a span of thirty years, 1914 to 1944, two World Wars took place and caused colossal murder and mayhem. About the first World War Charles L Mee wrote "By November 11, 1918, when the armistice that marked the end of the war was signed eight million soldiers lay dead, twenty million more were wounded, diseased, mutilated, and twenty-two million civilians had been killed or wounded".

About the Second World War, Patrick Buchanan wrote that fifty million died to bring Hitler down.
After the Second World War there was an acute shortage of manpower in Northwestern Europe (the heart of Europe) and in the United Kingdom. The UK needed labor. Muslims came with others from India and Pakistan. France needed labor. Muslims arrived from North Africa. Germany needed labor. Muslims came from Turkey.

As I pointed out before in the first and second encounters the Northwestern Europe (the heart of Europe) and UK were spared. Muslims could not penetrate there. For the first time in history during the last 50 to60 years Muslims have established themselves in the heart of Europe (Northwestern Europe) and UK along with the USA and Canada.

There are 23 million Muslims in Northwestern Europe and British Isles. Total number of Muslims in Europe as a whole in 2007 was about 53 million (7.2 %). Bradford is 24% Muslim. Birmingham is 22% Muslim. Belgium is 5 % Muslim. Copenhagen and Manchester are 15% Muslim. 10% of Paris is Muslim and 10% of London is Muslim.

Muslims in the British Isles have done extremely well. They are present in every walk of life. You see them on BBC Some are members of Parliament, a few in House of Lords. The Mayor of London is a Muslim. There are 1,500 mosques in England where there were only two 70 years ago. There are 100 Sharia Courts. Mr. Gibbon must be uncomfortable in his grave because a department of Islamic studies has been established at Oxford University under the patronage of the heir apparent, Prince Charles.

In France, the number of mosques doubled in 20 years from 1000 to 2300. Mr. Charles Martel must be turning in his grave because a mosque is built in Tours, where he claimed to have stopped the advance of Muslims in 732.

In Germany there are 2600 prayer areas out of which 1200 are called mosques. 114 mosques have minarets.

In Austria, according to recent Gatestone Institute report, the Muslim population now exceeds 500.000 (or roughly6% of the total population), up from an estimated 150,000 (or 2%) in 1990. The report further states that Muslim students now outnumber Roman Catholic students at middle and secondary schools in Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria. Austria is also in the process of introducing new taxpayer-funded textbooks for the formal teaching of Islam in all public elementary schools across the country. This is the first time Islam is being taught to Austrian students in German language.

Belgium had 350 mosques as of 2005. A few years ago, the municipal council of Brussels (the capital of the European Union) of 21 members had 10 Muslim members.

In Spain Muslim population has almost doubled from about a million in 2007 to 1.9 million today.

Switzerland has 114 mosques catering for the need of 400,000 Muslims. Recently the government of Switzerland has banned the construction of minarets.

In Canada there were 579,740 Muslims according to 2001 census.

In United States of America there are 4 to 5 million Muslims. There are 2007 Islamic Centers/mosques. There are two Muslim members of Congress.

When one reflects on these encounters, certain realities, certain facts emerge. In the first and second encounters Muslims gave their blood and treasure. Hundreds of thousands were martyred and maimed but they could not penetrate in the heart of Europe. In the third encounter, not a single person died or injured, and Muslims established themselves in the West. It is a divine design. It is a test for Muslims.

In the beginning it was said that each encounter has a point of beginning and an end. In between it reaches its peak its pinnacle, where it is hindered, hampered, or stopped. The peak of the first encounter took place in 732 and of the second in 1401.The third encounter also had to have its peak, exactly after 600 years of 1401 the unfortunate incident of 911 occurred in 2001.

Please also note that only we the Muslims are responsible for what happened in all the three encounters. It is only our doing. If Muslim soldiers were united in 732 things would have been different. In 1402 if two big Muslim Powers would not have fought with each other things would have been different

In 732 Islam's advance was stopped at Tours (France) and in 1683 Islam's advance was stopped at Vienna (central Europe).

But after 911, Islam did not stop. Islam for the first time in the history has become global. Every household in the world hears about Islam 24/7. It is a different matter that the honeymoon of Islam with the US came to an end. The cold war, which was fought with the communism under its red banner ended. A new war, which is rather hot, started in earnest on the pretext of terrorism with Islam's green banner.

It is a fact that so far the establishment of Muslims in the West. specially the heart of Europe is concerned, the third encounter is the most successful. Bernard Lewis has acknowledged this fact in his book 'Islam and the West'.

The real question is how this third encounter all is going to end? Will there be a new inquisition in Europe like in 1492 to expel the Muslims from Europe? Will there be an internment of all Muslims in the USA as it was done to Japanese after the Pearl Harbor incident? These are the issues, which Muslims must ponder.

In my opinion there will be no inquisition or internment. There will be no battles or battlefields. There will be no armies or armistices. There will be no truces or treaties. It will be a different kind of struggle. The end result of the third encounter depends as to how the Western Muslims shape up. The choice is ours. Either it will be a story of rack and ruin of Islam or a rebirth and renaissance of Islam. The prevailing condition among the Western Muslims points to the most likely scenario that our progeny will get drowned and dissolved in the predominant, pervasive, permissive, and most al1uring and seductive Western culture-will get melted into the melting pot The story of rack and ruin of Islam will be written.

Today 38 to 40% of the Muslims of the world live as minorities. There are 77 countries in the World in which the Muslim population is 2% or more than 2% and soon USA will be the 78th. By the year 2050 more than 50% of the Muslim masses will live as minorities. Western Muslims - especially the Muslims of the USA - must lead. They are highly educated and most economically viable and live in the only superpower of the world (decisions made here have a global impact). We must know as to where we stand. The press writes about, and we boast about, that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the West, but nobody knows and nobody talks about how many second generation Muslims are leaving the fold of Islam or are just Muslims for names sake only. The efflux is greater than influx. To have the rebirth and renaissance of Islam the challenges are many. The greatest challenge is to keep our progeny on the right path.

US Muslims have many challenges to meet. The challenge is to muster up a political clout that the media dare not demonize us and dehumanize us.

The challenge is to create a place for ourselves in the public square - to get a place at the table -to have a platform from where we can persuade our government to not only sit in the world as a military might but to stand tall morally right---to tell our government that the national interest is not just to have a continuous flow of cheap oil. National interest is to fight for the truth, for human rights and justice for all, to have a platform from where we can demand loud and clear to stop the name calling; there is no such thing as Militant Islam, Mystic Islam, Political Islam, or Radical Islam. Islam is Islam. Deen-Al-Haq. Yes, a Muslim can be militant, mystic, radical or fanatic. American Muslims are not militant, mystic, radical, terrorist or fanatic. We are peace loving, law abiding, tax-paying citizens. We must have a platform from where the immigrant Muslims will say loud and clear that we made this country our country and the indigenous Muslims will say we are the sons of the soil, part of the American soul. We the American Muslims, Immigrant and indigenous will make this country a better country. We are going to live here, and we are going to die here. We are not selfish people. We are a unique lobby. We want equality for all, justice for all - whoever he may be whether an atheist, a Buddhist, a Christian, a Hindu, a Jew, or a Muslim. We embrace the constitution of the USA, not only because we are the subjects of the land, but for its greatness. All Islamic values are embedded in it. We want our administration, also, to hold to our constitution.

We should have a newspaper of a national caliber and a TV station. There are 1912 think tanks in this country, the most in the world. We Muslims do not have a single think tank as far as I am aware. The challenge is to have one!

These are lofty goals. To achieve them we have to have our house in order, which is properly run. We have to have a hard look as to how our organizations are run, how our children are taught We have to have a complete paradigm shift We must abandon the bi-polar management of our organizations and adopt a unipolar management, which is an Islamic model. We must stop marginalizing the 50% of our working force, our women folk. They must have an equal share in running our organizations. We must change the ritualistic Islamic education of children, where the Quran and life of our Prophet SAS is kept at the periphery, to a real Islamic system where the teaching of Quran in its entirety and life of our Prophet SAS in its proper context should have a central position. WE HA VE TO ESTABLISH THE INSTITUTION OF ZAKAT.

Our Deen gives us a golden half an hour every week, our Friday Sermon. That tool, that treasure, is not properly used by the owners of the pulpit These people are in the driver's seat The driver who takes you to the destination safely by seeing through the wide-open windshield in front, by looking in the right side and left side mirrors and by seeing through the rear window. Most of them they just drive by seeing through the rear window.

There are three purposes of Friday sermon. Remembrance of Allah Subhana-o-Tala, Reverence for our Prophet SAS and relevance to the world we live in. All of them definitely talk about the first two but the third is always missing. The audience do tell us the old stories but steer us. Do tell us the old narrative but open-up new frontiers for us. Nobody gives direction to the younger generation. Nobody tells them that just becoming a pious Muslim is not enough to survive in this world. Nobody tells them to participate in each and every walk of life in this country: to have a broad-based education. Nations are not built by just producing physicians and engineers. We must have artisans and artists, architects and astronauts, doctors and diplomats, educationists, and entrepreneurs, geologists and journalists, politicians, poets, and playwrights. Friday sermons have become routine ritualistic rigmaroles when there is a hunger among the audience to be kept engaged and to get energized. I am quite sure that our preachers know Islamic history, but they must also know the American history. They must know the constitution of this country. They must read books on current topics and at least one national newspaper every day. Time has come to make the Friday sermons a two-way street Preachers must give their e-mail addresses so that the audience can contact them about their sermons.

American Muslims must struggle and strive in two spheres namely spiritual and secular----what I call internal and external struggle. We have to work on both fronts simultaneously. Internal struggle is the need of the hour - it is absolutely essential and most vital. The essence of Islam is the development of a God conscious and a God-fearing personality. A devout Muslim cannot be melted in the melting pot, but he can become part of a mosaic. He adds beauty and a grace to that mosaic.

A good Muslim is a best citizen of any country and is an asset to any community. To become a devout Muslim, one has to struggle with oneself. When returning, from the Hunayn Expedition the Prophet SAS had declared "we are back from the lesser jihad to a greater jihad". A companion asked, what is the greater jihad o Prophet of God? He answered," it is fighting the self-ego". Is to become a better Muslim from our previous self. American Muslims have to hold fast to their Deen and embark on a massive jihad-e-Akbar.

To secure our secular demands, if we cannot create a place for ourselves in the public square or a place on the table, we should join with the ones who have a place. There are hundreds of lobbying groups. We should join hands with the ones who cater to our needs. There are three groups of our interest. The first group is working for the political refinement at home such as Common Cause and Public Citizen. They are working to have term limitation on the politicians and campaign for finance reform. The second group, the Council for the nationa1 Interest is working toward a fair and balanced foreign policy in the Middle East. The third group is working on moral issues such as permissiveness, homosexuality, drug abuse and alcohol abuse. They include Concerned Women of America and Mothers against Drunk Drivers. We should continue to work in various interfaith dialogue groups and human right groups. Assimilation is taboo in Islam, but interaction is a must in Islam.

What is to be done to get back the glory for Islam? There is only one way for each of us and that is to obtain piety coupled with professional perfection and supplement with persistent patience, and prayers to put us on the path of glory for Islam.

Almighty God knows better what the historians in 2474 will write about the Muslim's third encounter with the West. Inshallah, it will be a story of rebirth and renaissance of Islam, not the story of rack and ruin of Islam.

Dr. Syed Habeeb Ashruf M.D.
Retired consultant in Emergency Medicine
Ex-President of Islamic Society of Baltimore


 Breaking News

Eid Cease Fire

Taliban declared week -long cease fire during Eid.
Taliban are surrounding major cities and calling for voluntary surrender of Kabul troops.
Numbers of Taliban dissidents have joined IS.

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The July 18 issue of New Trend reached 69,873 Muslims
including 6288 women.

The items in it included:
  1. Second encounter with the West.
  2. Battle of Qadissia liberated Iran.
  3. Undotted Urdu translation of the Qur'an. JI
  4. Assad's artillery killed 13 civilians on July 18.
  5. Siis. Nadrat birthday request for Dr. Aafia.
  6. Monopolies are forbidden. Sis Aisha.
  7. Talbiyah for Hajj. Sis. Yasmin.
  8. Dr. Muhsin Khan passes. [Dr. Qazi]
  9. Marital rape is forbidden. {BBC from Egypt]
  10. Taliban have 210 districts.

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