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You Assume My Gender?

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When I first saw this, I laughed outloud, but when you realize how much the morality of western society has decayed over the years, this meme is very scary.

As Western Secular Humanist society spreads its hedonism all over the globe, let’s pause and think of where we have come from, where we are, and where we are heading.

The fact that we are even debating whether men are men or now “transgender” is a testimony of the level of decadence humanity (more like Western Society) fallen.

So we have to take note. Will we continue letting this “gay agenda” dominate our society, infect our children and grandchildren with a complete acceptance of “Gay Power Rangers”, “Gay Ernie & Bert”, “Gay Sesame Street” amongst other media programming? Or will we demand a stop to this preposterous nonsense being perpetrated under the guise of “tolerance”?

I read recently that the goal of the globalists is to replace religion and family with the State, and once God and Family are removed, the State becomes the God & Family. There is no “right & wrong” no “moral & immoral” but these terms will be replaced with “legal & illegal”.

Ponder that for a moment. Raising young “transgender children” is not a matter of morally right or wrong, but whether the State says it is legal or illegal. This same approach has been the justification for killing developing babies in the womb. We rename the developing child as a “fetus” and “terminate the pregnancy”. Continue on with acceptance of homosexuality as acceptable, it has evolved from “what we do in our privacy of our homes is our business” to complete acceptance of LGBTQ in all realms of our lives.

Marriage was instituted by religion. Given to us by Allah as a means to build families and nations without confusing lineage or fidelity.  Now people do not get married, but “shack up” resulting in all sorts of confusion when it comes to father’s responsibilities, or even who is the father.

Now marriage is promoted by LGBTQ. As if they are promoters of the sanctity of marriage, but merely adding to the eclectic combinations of “new age” family structure to replace the traditional family

Our silence and inaction in these matters only makes this immorality flourish. Our cowardice in not speaking out against these abominations has now allowed this hedonism to dominate our society.

When and where will it end?

Euromericans Killing non-Whites, en masse…..again

UsualSuspectsWhen will the non-white world learn. These people mean you no good

They invaded Africa, the Western Hemisphere, the Far East, Australia all to conquer, dominated, enslave, and profit from the blood and pillage of innocent people. That was 500 years ago.

They have not changed. They have come together again, to bomb innocent people, under some false pretense, and the world looks at them as the “good guys” fighting evil. When in truth, they are the evil ones.

I was reflecting today that cats at home will not drink the tap water. ANIMALS see the water we ingest is not fit for consumption. Who polluted this water, yet sells us water at exorbitant rates? Well, it was the Nestle CEO who said that water is not a human right, but a commodity to be profited from? What evil mind thinks they can take the water that Allah gives this Earth for free, is a commodity to be traded?

The same people who put as the first commodity of the stock exchange was Black people from Africa.

We need to stop thinking these people are human with some minor flaws, when their entire being is based upon evil intent and profit.

They invaded the world to “civilize it”, yet they promote decadence of unseen proportions.

The real reason they are there is to thwart the growth of Islam and any unification of Muslims and they are willing to commit war crimes and genocide to accomplish this goal.

Not much different than Pharaoh’s perfect plan to maintain his dominance in the land. Euromerican dominance is under threat by the re-emergence of Islam and they have convinced the Muslims that this is a fight to rid the world of terrorists, while they are the true terrorists.

Thousands of innocent men, women, children, babies are being killed, bombed in their beds at night to maintain Euromerican dominance in the world and the Muslim world watches. Even some are holding on to patriotic values of these same nations.

Wake up people

No Woman in Burqa has ever done me any harm

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http://theusabulletin.com/2017/03/19/the-denationalization-of-american-muslims/

The Trump administration has brought on board the worst of the worst, which is good news for many. No more American faking behind love, compassion, justice. It is all about money, using racism and anti-Islamic rhetoric to keep an Islamic State from rising and Euromerican dominance on the world stage.

Trump is sending more troops into Muslim lands, to kill Muslims, with impunity and attempt to put out the light of Allah with his weaponry, bravado and the blood of innocent young Americans as he bolsters the positions of the rich and powerful.

But as Pharaoh had a plan and Allah defeated his plans, so does Trump and his band of merry Anti-Islam administrators

Media Under-Reports Terrorist Attacks

 

As people try to ignore the influence that racism and white supremacy have on our societies and the world, here is yet, another example of racism at work.

Trump & global media have made terrorist and Muslims synonymous. Though Trump is relatively new on the global stage, his victory as president is based upon racism and anti-Islamic attitude across the globe.

As the USA is bombing and killing Muslims, innocent Muslims all over the world, torturing innocent Muslims for 15yrs without charge or trial, even going as far as raping Muslim women.  Even the European “immigrants/refugees raping white women” has been found to be fake news. Propaganda against Muslims all over the world.

Facts show that Europeans, European Americans, White Christian men and societies have been more murderous that any and all other groups combined.

So as Trump wants to yell “Radical Islamic Terrorism” all over the world, that is a small amount of wrongdoing by Muslims as compared the other terrorist attacks. But because Muslims have become deluded by this same anti-Islam propaganda, they tend not to speak up on their own behalf.

Muslims need to be aware of the environment we live in and see thru the lies and deception. None of this is new. The kuffar slandered the Prophet in spite of knowing him to be a kind man. Just as the FBI considered Martin Luther King to be Public Enemy #1 in spite of him preaching non-violence and only seeking justice for black people oppressed by white people

If Trump and Europe do not want Muslims in their land, why dont they leave Muslim lands?

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Lead by example.

If you want to spend all day complaining about immigrants coming into your country, then lead by example, remove your corporations, your CIA spies, your MI5/6/7, your Mossad, etc, get all of your expats (we call them european immigrants) all out of Muslim lands

Stop meddling into Muslim country affairs, choosing their leaders, giving them weapons to suppress their own people, just LEAVE. GET OUT

Then, you will have good justification for vilifying Muslims migrating into your land. And what would likely happen is, once Europe and the USA and other European-like nations stop meddling in Muslim lands, there would be no immigrants for you to complain about

Are Muslims Liberals or Conservatives? NEITHER

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And it is high time we stop allowing others to label us according to their terms.

Liberals generally accept everyone, Rich/Poor, Young/Old, Male/Female, Black/White which is also demanded by Islam for all of us to accept. What is wrong for us to accept is people who are a detriment to mankind.  Usury-lenders, Same-sex relationships, Baby-killing (abortion), and others who invite to major sins.

Conservatives generally tend to be racists, the party of the elite, supporters of oppression yet they are against killing babies and other immoral behaviors (drugs, prostitution, etc)

Allah has given us a Furqan to live our lives, it fits into neither of these categories and we should not be ashamed to speak firmly about what Islam is and what it is not.

Umar ibn AlKhattab feared a day when a Muslim would be ashamed of his Islam.

So why is White Supremacy important for Muslims to understand?

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White Supremacy, whereby White people, of Western European descent have made it their business to vilify Muslims, Islam, etc. From Trump to Wilders and many in-between, their media onslaught has Muslims on the defense.

These Western nations have obliterated other cultures, Japanese, Chinese, African, Indian, Arab, etc all want to emulate the West. To their own detriment.  Europeans cry about immigrants invading their country, yet are woefully silent as to the historical fact that it was Europeans who left barren Europe, entered every other nation, plundered its resources, massacred millions of innocent people, all in the name of European Conquest.

This tale has affected the mind of the Muslims. Muslim nations watch as the USA, Europe, Israel, Russia, all bomb innocent Muslims and we sit and are silent. Yet, when ONE Muslim is accused of attacking a body of non-Muslims, Muslims are the first to apologize and condemn.

Compare this to the life of the Prophet who when he was in dire need, he left Makkah, went to Taif, and other tribes, but when they offered lukewarm support, he refused their assistance. It was the people of Yathrib who made firm commitments to Islam and to this day we call them the Ansar.

Muslims are the best of people “when they hold firm to Islam” and when they waiver, they are the worst of people.  Nationalism, Patriotism, Socialism, Capitalism, Hedonism, are all against Islam and we need to be firm with that resolve. Otherwise, we will be the lowest on the Earth (as we are now).

So, a discussion of how White Supremacy has corrupted the minds of the Muslims needs to be had and addressed with firm reminders from Quran, where we say we Trust in Allah and we must hold firm to that.

Europeans & EuroMericans have been & are a cancer to humanity

Well, let me first explain that this has nothing to do with color.  White people are just that, the color of their skin is lighter than most other people on the planet, hence the term white.

Early Muslims called them Red people.

But this is about the White Supremacist attitude that has polluted the world since Columbus “discovered America”. Historically, it would take volumes to detail the attitude of these Europeans who colonized the world, so much so, that ever non-European nation has an “Independence Day” to celebrate the removal of European oppression and colonialism.

None of this is to say  that other nations and groups are not guilty of crimes against fellow humans. As a matter of fact, regional conflicts have occurred with most groups since the dawn of man. Even within Europe, there were many internal blood wars.

However, since the discovery of the “New World” and Europe’s expansion into other lands, slavery, oppression, racism, all were taken to new levels, unseen in human history.

Europeans basically wiped out indigenous people in North America and Australia (including New Zealand & Tasmania). Unheard of in human history.

They brought religion along with their conquest, the religion of “Love”, “Turn the Other Cheek” & “Love Thine Enemy” while inflicting barbaric treatment upon the indigenous people they were “converting”. Their behavior did not reflect their promoted teachings of Jesus, but were more in line with “Old Testament” wordings.  The Old Testament, which they conveniently ignored when it came to meat, circumcisions, and other rites of religion. But when it came to slavery, rape, pillage they constantly referred to its teachings.

As they invaded other countries, absconded with untold amounts of gold, silver, and other riches, they also lied about history and the people they conquered.  Making White the leader of humanity and these lower, browner, darker people inherently inferior. Whites were the epitome of humanity, making discoveries, inventions, adopting freedom and liberties unknown to others.

Even today, you hear normal everyday Americans claiming the USA is the best nation on Earth, the greatest nation ever of history. Though a cursory look at non-European history  refutes every iota of their claim.

But what makes them the cancer? Animal extinction, Water pollution, Air pollution, Global Starvation, Replacing natural foods with “imitation food-like subtances” which invariably cause all sorts of internal damage. And to address the short- and long-term effects of this food-like substance, they have Big Pharma creating pills and medicines that are not designed to cure, but to “manage” illnesses.

What makes them the cancer? Well, aside from the physical damages mentioned above, the spiritual damages are even worse. Europeans have always been paganistic. Roman and Greek paganism is a basic staple of their history. Worshiping man-made “gods” which happened to resemble Europeans gave them a sense of superiority over others.

They took the teachings of Jesus, and then recreated a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jesus and told the world that this was the Son of God. And if you wanted to enter the kingdom of heaven, you had to believe that this white depiction of Jesus was your salvation.

But lately, since any spiritual connection to a higher being is not really in the genetic makeup of the European, they have abandoned that mantra and now promote Science & Evolution as being their “religion of truth”.  Humanist Secularism is the key to man’s success and survival on earth.  Religion is backwards and causes wars and death, is their new ad slogan.

However, as you look back at history, you see the European (and now their American offspring) will use great speeches to commit dastardly acts against non-Europeans. It used to be “convert to Christianity” was the “White Man’s Burden”. This has evolved into “Spreading Democracy & Freedom” while fighting “Radical, Islamic Terrorism”. All the while committing atrocious acts, being more terroristic than anyone else and leading people into economic enslavement.

Lastly, morality. More specifically, immorality. Europeans have been immoral people for centuries. Even their Christian leaders would rape African women and men before sending them to the Americas. Yet not too long ago, they promoted a hatred of homosexuality, today, they are the chief promoters of the LGBT lifestyle all over the world.

So from killing the bees, to the trees, polluting the water, air and land, to destroying natural foods and replacing them with chemically laced food substitutes, to promoting indecency and destroying families and cultures, this being has shown he is nothing more than a virus.  He fools people with his White supremacy mindset and media into believing he is the leader of the free world but he is leading humanity into destruction

15 things You Need To Know About China’s Torture of Uyghur Muslims

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Taken from MuslimMatter

15 things You Need To Know About China’s Torture of Uyghur Muslims

By Gulnaz Uyghur

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is China’s largest provincial unit, accounting for one sixth of the Chinese territory. This region does not belong to the country as it was occupied in 1949. Uyghur Muslims are the ethnic population of this region and call this land, East Turkestan. Even after its occupation, the demands for freedom has always been alive and keeps growing due to the ruthless suppression of Muslims by the Chinese Government.

Below are the 15 ways through which Chinese authorities torture Uyghurs and suffocate them in their own land.

1. Forced Labour is Mandatory for Uyghurs

In Xinjiang, it is compulsory for Uyghur residents to participate in unpaid labor, called hashar. They are not provided any compensation for their labor and forced to pay for their own transportation and meal costs. Workers who are injured are also required to look after their own medical expenses. In some cases, if  someone sends a family member to work, then Uyghurs need to pay a fine for that.

2. Children are also pulled out for forced labor

Uyghur families that do not have an able bodied young men are also not exempt from the system. Men and women as old as 70 and children as young as 12 are reported to have participated. Uyghur secondary school students are at times pulled out of classrooms in order to meet laborquotas.

3. Teenagers are arrested due to posts on social media

Young Uyghurs are arrested for posting comments on social media or watching Islamic videos online. Once a 15 yr old was arrested in the same case and sentenced for 10 years!.Other than this not many people are given internet connection and Police can arrest anyone for watching anything online! Uyghur homes are also raided for materials deemed “extreme” or “subversive.

4. Muslim farmers are required to sell below market rates

Government regulations require many Uyghur farmers to sell their produce to local governments at below market prices. This results in extreme poverty for the Uyghur families as they are not able to earn appropriate money to feed their own families.

5. Farmlands are confiscated by the government

It has become common for Chinese authorities to confiscate farmland and property of Uyghurs. These assets are then redistributed to Chinese migrants. Uyghurs who petition these practices are often charged without trial for “harming ethnic unity”.

6. Discrimination of Uyghurs

On paper, the Chinese migrants are shown equal to Uyghurs. In reality, they enjoy far more entitlements than Uyghur farmers. The Chinese migrants not only enjoy the freedom to harvest any crop, they can also take out bank loans and are entitled to greater water resources.

7. A man was shot for keeping a beard

No man, in Xinjiang is allowed to keep beard. Uyghur men refusing to shave their beards are frequently harassed, intimidated, with one man having been shot by police in one instance. According to the Chinese Government keeping a beard is a sign of being an extremist.

8. Most Uyghur don’t know about their basic rights

Most of the Uyghur population, especially those of the older generation, lack a basic knowledge of human rights and don’t even know their rights as citizens according to the constitution. This is because they have never been given these rights and lack of education has also played a very large role in it. Most of the times they are exploited by claiming that it’s a law.

9. Nikah is considered illegal in China

In April 2014, Chinese authorities instigated a system of rewards, some exceeding more than 50,000 Yuan (USD 7500), for whistle-blowers who reported on a range of illegal religious activities including the wearing of beards and the practice of Nikah, a traditional religious marriage ceremony. Chinese authorities take harsh steps to ban religious freedom in East Turkestan.

10. Muslims are ordered to sell Alcohol

Chinese authorities in Hotan County, Hotan Prefecture ordered shopkeepers to stock alcohol and cigarettes in a campaign to “weaken religion,” as Uyghur residents refrained from drinking and smoking for religious reasons. All these actions are a part of ‘Strike hard campaign’ by the government, which is actually a campaign against Uyghur Muslims.

11. Muslim names are banned

The Chinese Government has banned Muslim names in the region. The security officials go from house-to-house ordering parents to ensure that their children’s names do not fall on a list of 22 banned names. Which include mostly Muslim names. Uyghur parents are not even allowed to name their child according to their wish.

12. Imams are imprisoned

No one in Xinjiang is allowed to teach Qur’an outside the mosques. And children below 18 years old are not allowed to enter the Mosques. It is a crime to give any kind of teaching related to Islam in Xinjiang. Often parents are harassed for even keeping the Qur’an at home. Religious leaders often serve prison sentences for the peaceful observation and practice of Islam.

13. Every year Ramadan is banned

During the holy month of Ramadan, restaurants in Hotan have been forbidden from being shutting down. Workers are forced to participate in educational activities on atheism. Government servants, students and anyone working for the party is not allowed to celebrate Ramadan. Various competitions related to eating and drinking are organized in the region to force feed people during the month.

14. Women are forced to abort their child

Pregnant Uyghur women in stages of gestation as late as 9 months have been forced to undergo abortions in some cases under China’s one-child policy. This practice is still brutally followed in Xinjiang and Uyghur women are sometimes forced to flee their homes due to this.

15. Uyghurs are not allowed to leave China

In 2014, Chinese authorities in Hotan began limiting Uyghurs’ ability to travel, both domestically and abroad through passport restrictions. These restrictions have increased now as the police authorities are collecting the passports of Uyghurs and keeping them in the office. At present , it is impossible for Uyghurs to travel abroad as first they would need to face interrogation which will most probably result in their arrest.

Chinese government urges ABC not to broadcast expose about Beijing’s brutal crackdown on Muslim minority Uighurs

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2774478/Chinese-government-threat-Australia-ABC-airs-TV-programme-tonight-brutal-treatment-ethnic-Muslim-minority-Uighurs.html

  • The Chinese Government has threatened ramifications if the ABC tonight airs its planned Foreign Correspondent programme
  • The edition is about China’s brutal crackdown on Muslim ethnic minority, the Uighurs
  • The ABC filmed Uighurs in the far-western Chinese province of Xinjiang
  • Uighurs wearing veils, beards or Muslim dress are banned from travelling
  • Activists say Chinese government crackdown has provoked Uighur unrest 
  • China says Uighur activists are ‘terrorists’ 

Trump’s Call to Register Muslims is not new

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As-Salaamu Alaikum,

Here is an interesting take registering Muslims:

It took the rise of Donald Trump for many Americans to first learn about NSEERS (a post-9/11 registration program for non-immigrant males from mostly Muslim-majority countries.) But for years, many of us have been writing about this program and many others like it that disproportionately target Muslims.

Trump’s rhetoric may surprise you, but it is not new. It began even before 9/11 and continues today, often transcending political party. I’m going to share just eight examples that I hope will leave you with a strong grasp of history.

1. “Secret Evidence” Law

Passed in 1996, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act created a new court specifically for government cases to deport aliens accused of terrorism based on classified evidence that would remain secret, even to the accused and their lawyers. (It also did many other things.) It was expanded the same year through the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act so that “secret evidence” could be used to deport even lawful residents in immigration proceedings.

Almost every single secret evidence case known to the public involved Muslims or Arabs. (http://bit.ly/2eO55vO) The Clinton-era law quickly became notorious among these communities. People were deported, with no understanding of the testimony against them, or who had offered it. ”It seemed like I was trying to defend my client blindfolded and handcuffed,” a Dallas lawyer in a secret evidence case told the New York Times. (http://nyti.ms/2f7Yurl)

When George W. Bush ran for president in 2000, he vowed not to use secret evidence in immigration cases. That year, 78% of American Muslims voted Republican in the presidential election. (Of course, 2004 was a different story.)

2. The Bridgeview Op

Also in the 90’s, a small community outside of Chicago was the focus of one of the FBI’s biggest counterterrorism surveillance operations before 9/11. The failed op—dubbed “Vulgar Betrayal”—was secret at the time, but Bridgeview’s Muslim and Arab communities had their suspicions, especially about the building across the street from the mosque. No one has gone inside the community it targeted, or explored the havoc it wrought there, until Bridgeview native Assia Boundaoui began working on a film. Here’s a sneak peek:http://bit.ly/2g4oDMg

3. The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERS

At this point, you’ve heard about Special Registration, a post-9/11 counterterrorism program registering more than 90,000 male individuals from 24 Muslim-majority countries (and North Korea). At the time, the government claimed it had caught terrorists through the system. The reality is that not a single registered person has ever been convicted of terrorism. Instead, more than 13,000 were involved in deportation proceedings. Because many involved didn’t give proper notice to targets and often violated right to counsel, according to the ACLU, “thousands of men and boys from Arab- and Muslim-majority countries for civil immigration violations that were frequently based simply on a failure to understand NSEERS’ arcane rules.”

4. The Interviews

In the wake of 9/11, an unknown number of Muslims across America received letters from the Department of Justice like this one, which is on display at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan:http://bit.ly/2foCF7z “During this interview, you will be asked questions that could reasonably assist in the efforts to learn about those who support, commit, or associate with those who commit terrorism.”

5. Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI), Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), & Fusion Centers

In 2007, an elderly Pakistani-American man who worked at a kiosk at the Mall of America forgot his phone at the food court. When he went to retrieve it, it was cordoned off, and he was interrogated by the mall’s counterterrorism unit, also known as a “fusion center.” The unit filed a “Suspicious Activity Report” — which you can read herehttp://bit.ly/2g2Se53 — that details an interrogation of Qureshi and where he is from. But because that report was then shared with the police and the FBI, a few weeks later, the FBI show up at the door of his son, asking if he knew anyone in Afghanistan. (http://to.pbs.org/2fDph2s) SARs are a nationwide post-9/11 initiative for local authorities, the state government and the federal government to collect and share information in order to help detect and prevent terrorism-related activity.

But what’s considered”suspicious activity”? I dug through the definitions years ago. Some were truly baffling: For example, the LAPD considered dining & dashing suspicious activity, as well as people “who carry on long conversations on pay or cellular telephones.” Maryland’s fusion center said “overly cautious” drivers. Kentucky specified “people avoiding eye contact,” “people in places they don’t belong,” or being “over dressed for the weather.” (http://to.pbs.org/2eOeAuH)

But when GW Schulz at the Center for Investigative Reporting looked at who wound up in the SARs obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, almost two-thirds deemed “suspicious” were minorities. Also, more than half of the mall suspicious activity reports were shared w/law enforcement agencies, like the FBI. It’s worth watching this by CIR: vimeo.com/28556335

In 2010, the federal government moved forward with an expansion of a new nationwide suspicious activity database:http://bit.ly/2g5YRVE And as for the more than 70 local fusion centers, where many of those SARs originate, here’s what a bipartisan Senate Committee’s two-year investigation into their effectiveness concluded: Fusion Centers have “not produced useful intelligence to support federal counterterrorism efforts” and have “too often wasted money and stepped on Americans’ civil liberties” (http://to.pbs.org/2fMWeau)

6. Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program, or CARRP

Formerly secret, this federal program in place since at least 2008 delays or denies citizenship or immigration benefits, based on what rights groups have only been able to identify as religion, national origin, and similar factors. Many of those affected by it are eligible to become residents, but whose applications have sat for sometimes more than 10 years. Many of them are Muslim or originate from Muslim-majority countries. But it goes even further for some Muslims with immigration delays that seem unexplainable, until an FBI agent knocks on the door, offering immigration help in exchange for becoming an informant. It’s worth reading Talal Ansari and Siraj Datoo’s investigation:http://bzfd.it/2gr6Pw8
7. The No-Fly List

You’ve heard of this list of nearly half a million names, but do you know how broad and ill-defined the criteria for getting on the list is? Or how it’s riddled with errors, and yet so difficult to get a name off the list? That it’s almost entirely “populated by Muslims or individuals assumed to be Muslim”? Or that some of those who are unfairly on the list have been approached by the FBI and told that if they become informants, they can be taken off the list? Here’s Diala Shamas to explain:http://cnn.it/2foICBp
8. Law Enforcement “Muslim Outreach”

For a long time now, government officials have touted the important of Muslims in the U.S. working with law enforcement. In fact, Hillary Clinton brought it up during the Oct. 9 debate. But here’s a look at how some of those efforts have gone over the last 15 years:

The Associated Press’ Pulitzer-winning investigation into the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims shed incredible light on how the department had spied on the city’s Muslim partners. For example, Brooklyn-based Imam Sheik Reda Shata, who had partnered with the FBI and done local outreach with his community, was actually under secret surveillance by the NYPD. When he found out, here’s what he told the AP: “This is very sad. What is your feeling if you see this about people you trusted? … It’s a bitter feeling.” (http://to.pbs.org/2grfVZw)

Beyond distrust among the communities, what were the results? According to the AP, “In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.”

I don’t have the time to point out every one of the AP’s explosive findings. Just take a look for yourself — it’s stunning:http://bit.ly/2fc75MU

But it’s not just the NYPD. Let’s move on to the FBI, and how for more than four years, it used “community outreach” meetings at mosques in Northern California as a guise to collect intelligence on congregants, according to documents obtained by the ACLU. There’s no evidence the FBI informed the Muslims they interviewed that the information was for intelligence, or would be recorded/disseminated:http://to.pbs.org/2f8bJZ7

Or how about the time an undercover informant for the FBI said he was trained to entrap Muslims he surveilled. But here’s the kicker: Those Muslims were so alarmed by the informant’s talk of violence they actually reported him to the FBI. It’s so worth listening to Sam Black’s This American Life episode that takes you through the entire story:http://bit.ly/2g5YmuI
Then, there’s the FBI’s data mining system, “Domain Management,” which Trevor Aaronson exposed, pinpoints ethnic & Muslim communities:http://bit.ly/1czcwu6

Then there are the FBI training materials which instruct agents at Quantico that “mainstream” Muslims are violent, radical & linked to terrorism, as exposed by Spencer Ackerman:http://bit.ly/2g4B4oV

Even the Air Force can fall prey, publishing a paper stating that Muslim women wearing headscarves represent “passive terrorism” and that “sexual deprivation” drives support for militant groups. As exposed by Murtaza Hussain:http://bit.ly/2fDxHXF
When it comes to Muslim outreach, these and other bungled efforts have left many Muslims pretty wary of “law enforcement Muslim outreach.” Here’s just one example of something I hear so often among Muslim communities:http://bit.ly/1hg4gqC
All of this is to say that a Muslim database should not be so surprising given the history. Journalists have been covering it for years; Muslims have been experiencing it for years; the government has been implementing it for years. And it shouldn’t take Trump’s rhetoric to to know this history.

American police trained by Israel to oppress blacks and Muslims

A print from the series #Arabs4BlackPower by Leila Abdelrazaq. An English translation of its caption: American police officers are regularly sent on trips to Israel to receive training in military 'anti-terror' tactics. The former chief of the St. Louis Police Department participated in one of these trainings in 2011. That means the very tactics being developed and used against Palestinian protestors in the occupied territories are exported and used against protestors in the United States.A print from the series #Arabs4BlackPower by Leila Abdelrazaq. An English translation of its caption: “American police officers are regularly sent on trips to Israel to receive training in military ‘anti-terror’ tactics. The former chief of the St. Louis Police Department participated in one of these trainings in 2011. That means the very tactics being developed and used against Palestinian protestors in the occupied territories are exported and used against protestors in the United States.”

On July 4th, 2015 Itemid “Angel” Al Matar was climbing an el train platform with a backpack full of food she’d just purchased. She was headed home to break her ramadan fast with family. Unannounced, six uniformed members of the Chicago Police Department ran up behind her and tackled her on the stairs. In the tumult, the traditional niqab covering she was wearing came off. Police had received a bulletin from Chicago’s Deployment Operation Center warning of terror attacks during the US holiday, and claimed the large backpack and bulges around her ankles (later found to be exercise weights) looked suspicious.

After being assaulted, Al Matar was charged with reckless conduct and resisting arrest. During the trial, as she attempted to fight these charges, it was revealed in the testimony of one of the officers that, in addition to receiving sensitivity trainings specifically around working with Muslim civilians, he had also attended counter-terror exercises for law enforcement in Socorro, New Mexico.

The Illinois Tactical Officers Association’s 29th annual conference meets on October 9th in Hoffman Estates. The organization — which regularly collaborates with the Cook County Department of Homeland Security — brings together local police forces and weapons manufacturers for tactical trainings. This year’s keynote speaker is Trump campaign consultant and Fox News regular Sebastian Gorka — described as an expert in counter terrorism. Perhaps best known for his rabidly anti-Muslim book Defeating Jihad, he is also a proponent of vetting the political leanings of immigrants attempting to enter the US.

The conference also features a series of workshops under the banner “Policing Post-Ferguson,” all designed to train officers on responding to protests and riots. Echoing the anxious language of the “Post-9/11 Era” these courses run the gamut from PR pointers for dealing with media, to corralling political dissenters — presumably those who are Black and poor, especially in the wake of the murder of yet another of their community members.

The ITOA — like the trainings attended by officers in the Al Matar case — represents a small part of a massive project supported by a pantheon of government agencies designed to paint a picture of oppressed people — in this case Black, Arab and Muslim — as the greatest threat to national security, and to legitimize the militarization of the police force as a reasonable response to that threat. The backdrop of the effort is, as always, an inherently racist commitment to war as the ultimate act of patriotism.

The recent spate of athletes kneeling during the national anthem — a symbolic protest of police violence sparked by football player Colin Kaepernick — have done more than spur a national dialogue. They’ve brought to light that together the Department of Defense and the National Guard have given out more than $10 million to the NFL since 2011, money donated specificaly for patriotic ceremonies. The statement being made by Kaepernick and other sports stars isn’t just offending sensibilities, but hijacking an empire-subsidized spectacle of patriotism to draw attention to what should have long been a national shame.

This series of seemingly disparate events should tell us two important things: Firstly, that the military industrial complex doesn’t merely benefit from anti-Muslim and anti-Black sentiments: it manufactures them. It relies on a complex network of patriotic propaganda, pseudo-academic expertise, and tactical training to teach the imaginary terrorist — both domestically and internationally — as the target for elimination.

Secondly, the conflation of Muslim and Black people as violent threats shows the veil between the police and the military is actually non-existent. Their supposed separation is an illusion designed to portray the imperial project at home as distinct from the imperial project abroad — a tactic which tacitly pits Black and Muslim communities against one another.

This is exemplified by the interrogating of new immigrants suggested by Gorka. In order to gain access to the US, immigrants — specifically those from the Middle East — are called on to prove their patriotism, demonstrate their commitment to an order based explicitly on the annihilation of Native and Black people — a fact which we should no longer have to debate. Similarly, poor, Black and undocumented people are offered legal and economic salvation by joining the military — committing to violence against Arab and Muslim communities abroad. Many of those who return are recruited to the police force, and the cycle barrels on.

The oppressed are led to believe that if they commit to killing off the right people, the will gain access to the comforts of empire. In actuality, the opposite happens. The fear of Islam is used to justify heightened policing, which leads to more Black death. The deeper the commitment to militarization in Black communities, the more legitimacy it is given in Arab and Muslim communities in the US and abroad. The higher the specter of terrorism is raised, the more weaponry is called in to beat back the threat — wherever it is claimed to exist.

There is a nearly constant flow of anti-Black and anti-Muslim rhetoric produced by the state as justification for mass militarization. Whenever Black people support anti-Muslim sentiments, or Muslim and Arab people believe anti-Black lies, we are playing into a cycle that inevitably results in violence against our own communities.

After Ferguson police rolled tanks through the streets to put down protests over the murder of Mike Brown, there was a national outcry over the level of weaponization for the department of such a small city. President Obama spoke out against local departments being able to purchase military-grade weaponry. Yet after meeting behind closed doors with heads of the Fraternal Order of Police (the US’ largest police union, which recently offered its endorsement to Donald Trump), he personally renewed the bill which makes such purchases possible.

We know who benefits from these deals, whose interests push them forward, even with resounding disapproval from the public. Violence persists as the state’s answer to social strife because the state is controlled by the corporations who profit from the peddling of that narrative.

As the recipients of state violence, Black, Arab and Muslim communities worldwide must band together in calling for the abolition of all militarization. This means struggles against policing and invasion can’t only target police departments and military forces, but weapons manufactures like Boeing and Lockheed Martin, corporations engaged in surveillance like Motorola, and the governmental bodies that profit from war on a planetary scale.

Police abolitionists have long argued that defunding local police forces and redistributing those resources into education, housing and food safety is the true answer to stopping neighborhood violence. As Black, Arab and Muslim communities, we must learn to see this model as applicable to our neighborhoods on a global scale, and demand the trillions that go annually into weapons and war be redirected to projects that support community growth, meet basic needs, and create real safety.

In 2014, when Ferguson rioters were pepper-sprayed by police in riot gear, Palestinians on the other side of the planet tweeted them remedies they used against chemical warfare. Spent teargas canisters recovered by protesters from Baltimore, Baghdad and Gaza revealed the same US-based company — Combined Tactical Systems — manufactured all of them. As the propaganda machine attempts to conflate all political dissent as terrorism, Black, Muslim and Arab communities around the globe are learning to see their struggles against militarization — led by US-based corporations — as inherently united.

The growing global realization is that the line between the police and the military was never there. They are funded by the same bodies, invested in by the same corporations, recruit from the same populations, protect the same interests, produce the same propaganda, and target the same people, wherever they are functioning on the globe.

In this sense, the militarization of the police is a misnomer. The hyper-weaponizing of police in the US shouldn’t shock us, but instead be seen as a minor upgrade, allowing the level of state-sanctioned violence on the mainland to rise to that of the conquered territories — as deep economic disparities and the revoking of rights are also mirrored more and more across geographies.

This realization teaches us that Black and Muslim communities (which for millions of us are one and the same) must unite in solidarity as they call for the global abolition of militarization. Whenever one of us is demonized, the inevitable result is the policing, incarceration and murder of the other. The cycle only ends when we stop believing that by denouncing the other, we can become human in the eyes of empire. It stops when we stop pledging allegiance to a government that will call on our help to invade one day, then render us the target of invasion the next.

We cannot decry state violence in one space while normalizing it in another. We must see it all as connected, which means when we call for the abolition of the police, we must also call for the abolition of the military, of the weapons industry, of a global system of imperialist aggression.

The fear of the propaganda machine is that terrorist organizations will join forces for greater violence. The reality is that Black, Arab, Persian, Native, immigrant and Muslim communities must combine their strength to push for the demilitarizing of their neighborhoods and homes, and the ultimate abolition of the military globally.

Calling for an end to state terror is not terrorism. Uniting to demilitarize — reprioritizing local and global economies to support oppressed communities instead of policing them — is the answer to ending state violence.

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The US #WarOnTerror Has Cost $5 Trillion and Increased #Terrorism by 6,500%

The US War on Terror Has Cost $5 Trillion and Increased Terrorism by 6,500%

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Indeed, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to avert [people] from the way of Allah . So they will spend it; then it will be for them a regret; then they will be overcome. And those who have disbelieved – unto Hell they will be gathered.

USA & Israel Unite Against Muslims

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And recall when We took the covenant from the Children of Israel, enjoining upon them, “Do not worship except Allah ; and to parents do good and to relatives, orphans, and the needy. And speak to people good words and establish prayer and give charity.” Then you turned away, except a few of you, and you were refusing.

2:84

And recall when We took your covenant, [saying], “Do not shed each other’s blood or evict one another from your homes.” Then you acknowledged this while you were witnessing.

2:85

Then, you are those same ones who are killing one another and evicting a party of your people from their homes, cooperating against them in sin and aggression. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, although their eviction was forbidden to you. So do you believe in part of the Scripture and disbelieve in part? Then what is the recompense for those who do that among you except disgrace in worldly life; and on the Day of Resurrection they will be sent back to the severest of punishment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.

2:86

Those are the ones who have bought the life of this world [in exchange] for the Hereafter, so the punishment will not be lightened for them, nor will they be aided.

2:87

And We did certainly give Moses the Torah and followed up after him with messengers. And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit. But is it not that every time a messenger came to you, O Children of Israel, with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.

2:88

And they said, “Our hearts are wrapped.” But, in fact, Allah has cursed them for their disbelief, so little is it that they believe.

2:89

And when there came to them a Book from Allah confirming that which was with them – although before they used to pray for victory against those who disbelieved – but [then] when there came to them that which they recognized, they disbelieved in it; so the curse of Allah will be upon the disbelievers.

2:90

How wretched is that for which they sold themselves – that they would disbelieve in what Allah has revealed through [their] outrage that Allah would send down His favor upon whom He wills from among His servants. So they returned having earned wrath upon wrath. And for the disbelievers is a humiliating punishment.

2:91

And when it is said to them, “Believe in what Allah has revealed,” they say, “We believe [only] in what was revealed to us.” And they disbelieve in what came after it, while it is the truth confirming that which is with them. Say, “Then why did you kill the prophets of Allah before, if you are [indeed] believers?”

2:92

And Moses had certainly brought you clear proofs. Then you took the calf [in worship] after that, while you were wrongdoers.

2:93

And recall when We took your covenant and raised over you the mount, saying, “Take what We have given you with determination and listen.” They said instead, “We hear and disobey.” And their hearts absorbed the worship of the calf because of their disbelief. Say, “How wretched is that which your faith enjoins upon you, if you should be believers.”

2:94

Say, “If the home of the Hereafter with Allah is for you alone and not the other people, then wish for death, if you should be truthful.

2:95

But they will never wish for it, ever, because of what their hands have put forth. And Allah is Knowing of the wrongdoers.

2:96

And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life – [even] more than those who associate others with Allah . One of them wishes that he could be granted life a thousand years, but it would not remove him in the least from the [coming] punishment that he should be granted life. And Allah is Seeing of what they do.

 

Obeying the “rulers” or the Rulers?

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What is to be done regarding the Prophet’s  order to obey the ruler even if he strikes our backs and takes ours wealth?

Did you understand this ayaah by yourself or did you refer to what the Sahaba, the tabieen and the major scholars of this ummah said about this verse?

If you referred to the Sahaba and tabieen, could you mention what they said about this.

Kindly do not resort to avoiding the question like last time.

Narrated Junada bin Abi Umaiya:

We entered upon ‘Ubada bin As-Samit while he was sick. We said, “May Allah make you healthy. Will you tell us a Hadith you heard from the Prophet (ﷺ) and by which Allah may make you benefit?” He said, “The Prophet (ﷺ) called us and we gave him the Pledge of allegiance for Islam, and among the conditions on which he took the Pledge from us, was that we were to listen and obey (the orders) both at the time when we were active and at the time when we were tired, and at our difficult time and at our ease and to be obedient to the ruler and give him his right even if he did not give us our right, and not to fight against him unless we noticed him having open Kufr (disbelief) for which we would have a proof with us from Allah. [sahih Bukhari]

Thus, there is a limit to which the believers are to restrain themselves- that limit is OPEN KUFR for which there is clear proof from Allah.

In the judgment of the Muslims’ regimes today, the “clear proof” is in the constitutions of the regimes which ratify and elevate above all others the bodies of laws adopted by their respective regimes. Thus, the Turkey constitution empowers the regime to adopt Swiss legal code to determine all the judgments of the courts; and in the permanent treaties ratified by the executive branches and legislative branches of the regimes, making them permanent and therefore established laws upon the Muslim lands.

And they openly publish and declare these “clear proofs” and stand ready to defend them with massive militaries that are trained and equipped primary to suppress and defend against their own Muslim peoples.

And in the next primary textual evidence related to this matter:

Auf bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The best of your rulers are those whom you love and who love you, and those who supplicate Allah in your favour and you supplicate Allah in their favour. The worst of your rulers are those whom you hate and who hate you; and whom you curse and who curse you.” It was asked (by those who were present): “Should not we oppose them?” He said, “No, as long as they establish Salat; as long as they establish Salat in your midst.” [sahih Muslim]

The phrase “establish salat in your midst” has been misused to imply that the regimes can do anything else- ally with kufar enemies of Allah, adopt and impose kufr laws and treaties, bring kafir religions and occultism into Muslim lands ( like the spread of Hindu temples, Christian churches, and Masonic lodges in the Arabian Pennisula under the present regimes)- but as long as they maintain masajid (except the masajid are actually maintained by awqaf) and monies are spent maintaining salat and immat, then all the rest is permissible and Muslims are supposed to restrain themselves.

But this particular text must first be understood in the context of the Sunnah of the Prophet . The Prophet’s  Islamic state had an organizational structure which included two executive assistants who functioned like we know today to be deputies and advisors and who had legal and executive authority to rule and judge in place of the Prophet  but who’s judgments and executive decisions could be overruled by the Prophet . Those two muawin were: Abi Bakr and Umar 
And the Prophet  divided the state into two primary branches: the Salat and the Zakat. So he appointed sahaba  to either collect zakat, or to establish salat.
And in some cases, the sahabi  did both, as in Muadh ibn Jabal  in Yemen.

And the “establishment of salat” branch functioned as not only leading worship, but rendering judgments in cases, and in diplomatic relations- all from the masajid.

And his organizational structure for regions outside of the immediate vicinity of al Madinah included dividing regions into wilaya- governances. And each wilaya was governed by a wali, a governor appointed by the Prophet . And depending on the discretion of the Prophet , that wali “established salat” and collected zakat, or he only “established salat” while another Muslim was appointed to collected zakat.

So a wali in another city would “establish salat” by not only leading prayers, but making the khutbah on jumuah day, and judging in disputes, and meeting with local leaders, and judging on criminal matters and upholding criminal laws, etc.

And this is well known among the Sahaba  as there are many events among them in relation to the establishment of salat during the life of the Prophet .

And during the khulafa rashida, the organizational structure of the Islamic state was altered in varying ways according to the administrative systems adopted, as in khalifa Umar  adopting the Persian administrative systems and so on.

And during the Ummaya era, the khulafa segregated the “establishment of salat” concept into segmented branches, such as the khalifa would no longer consider his meeting place to be the masjid, rather it was his palace. And then judgments would take place inside his palace and diplomacy was maintaind within his palace rather than the masajid, and so forth.

So the concept of “establish salat” as practiced by the Prophet  meant the establishment of Islam, the establishment of criminal law, foreign affairs, judging disputes, etc. And the salaf was salih such as the four imams intrinsically recognized and addressed this and mentioned this in their works.

What has happened today is the continued organizational segmentation and division of the concepts of Islam, such as categorizing Islam a “religion”. And this segmentation has meant Muslims and ulama today to think “establish salat” means only leading prayers, and maintaining masajid, and paying imams.

And so, the matter in question is “how do these textual evidences apply to our reality today”? The Muslims’ regimes have clearly demonstrated CLEAR PROOF of kufr, defiantly so, and they have CLEARLY abandoned “establishment of SALAT” as the Prophet  taught and practiced it.

And this is NOT a KHAWARIJ opinion- rather it is a judgment made by ulama who sought to follow and uphold the Sunnah of the Prophet  and uphold the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Khulafaa as the Prophet  conclusively required us to do.

Abu Najeeh al-’Irbaad ibn Saariyah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave us a sermon by which our hearts were filled with fear and tears came to our eyes. So we said, “O Messenger of Allah! It is as though this is a farewell sermon, so counsel us.” He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “I counsel you to have taqwa (fear) of Allah, and to listen and obey [your leader], even if a slave were to become your ameer. Verily he among you who lives long will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafa ar-Rashideen (the rightly guided caliphs), those who guide to the right way. Cling to it stubbornly [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for verily every bidah (innovation) is misguidance.”

[sahih Abu Dawud]

And the reality suggests that the Muslims`regimes are the ones who have invented new matters in the deen, such as segmenting the Deen into categories so the Muslims separate religion from life, and politics and law from salat, and the ruling from the Deen. Not to mention their invalid constitutions and man made bodies of law and kufr treatiesby which they judge and rule and impose upon the Muslim people.

And in this way in particular, the Muslims` regimes are the KHAWARIJ, they are the ones opposed to the Sunnah, even insulting the Sunnah of the Prophet , like Dhul Khuwasayri. They are the ones who have learned the Quran and Sunnah, but place it behind their backs in ruling and life, except to manipulate the Muslim people to follow them.
And it is the regimes who are calling for changing the Shariah, for imposing kufr treaties. And they are the ones waging war against Islam while obeying and allying with the mushrikeen. And they are the ones who have the masses of Muslim youth in their hands, teaching them kufr ideologies in schools and through their media and in their national cultures.

And Allah knows best.

The Day he divorced my daughter

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Yes, we have fallen into this hole of “free sexuality” and it is hurting us more than others because it is not our nature.

We are family people, we are tribe people, we are not hedonistic like Europeans. We don’t applaud “free sex” and now the repercussions of this immorality is killing our family foundation.

Each of us have to take stock into our decisions, NOT based upon today’s temporal mores, but on traditional values that existed long before we were exposed to these people and their ways.

Women and men married, they didnt meet in a club, but the groom met the father, the families met and discussed, and the marriage was blessed by the tribe.

There was no divorce nor abuse because the husband knew she had family behind her and he did not want to disgrace his family.

We can return to our greatness, and all it takes is foresight and willpower.

Muslims Need to Understand the Islamic Social Order

I ran across this article from [http://khilaafah.com/systems/authority/khilafah_6.html]

We need to organize our masajid, our husbands, our da’ees, our “leaders”, our fathers to properly undersand social organization and order according to Islam.  We have become an ummah of 1.5billion individuals, all doing our own thing and it has weakened our future, our children, our families, our societies and our ummah.

Every man should be tied into an “imam or amir”, every amir should be tied into one higher.

Each masjid should be joined with other masajid and there should be a leader amongst the many masajid.

Leaders should be chosen for their piety and knowledge and leadership abilities.  Not on personal whims or wealth or age.

This structure should be one based upon commitment to this deen and the establishment of Islam, firstly within the homes, then communities and then the societies, at large.

I will leave with this excerpt from the following:

  • Al Haarith al Asha’ri reported that Nabi (saw) said “I command you with five which Allah commanded me with: Listening and obeying, jihaad and hijrah and the Jama’ah for he who leaves the jama’ah by a handsbreadth, then he has thrown off the yoke of Islam from his neck.”

In other words, it is incumbent upon all muslims to first HEAR and OBEY.  We have been lacking this for far too long in our communities

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The shari’ah is a comprehensive guidance to mankind at all times and in all situations. This means that there is no justification for inventing any man-made solution to problems away from the superior guidance of the Quran and Suunah. Mankind is a social being and thus the shari’ah recognized that the affairs of mankind collective and individual need to be organized in a way that harmonizes necessary spheres of human activity. The shari’ah not only provides a system for the organization for the fulfillment of the human needs and instincts but it also provides the best possible system of guidance, that is not open to question, rather it is an a’qeedah matter based upon clear evidences.

The baya’h remains effective and obligatory in times of when the Muslims are strong and in times when they are weak as the baya’h did not mention weakness as a cause of invalidity and the texts also proved this in various ways. This is confirmed by the following evidence:-

i) The contract is according to ability, neglect is not the same as inability due to the absence of things that are beyond one’s control (such as power). So the contract of baya’h does not mention that the baya’h is invalid if darul Islam ceased to exist, or the Imaam was unable to protect some Muslims or the like of that. The Imam was appointed to be obeyed in his commands that were in accordance with ma’roof.

ii) The ahadith call for rebellion only in case of the ruler declaring or implementing open kufr… U’baadah bin as Saamit said ‘The Prophet called us, and we pledged our allegiance to him. He imposed on us the duty to listen and obey in what pleases us and in what displeases us, in hardship and in ease whatever our personal preference, and that we should not withdraw authority from those who have been entrusted with it “..unless you see open kufr (kufraan buwaahan) from which you have from Allah a clear proof (burhaan)” (MUSLIM [4541] and similar from BUKHAARI Eng/Arabic [vol.9 no.178]) or neglecting the implementation of the deen… Auf bin Maalik reported that Nabi (saw) said “The best of your rulers are those whom you love and who love you, who invoke Allah’s blessings upon you and you invoke His blessings upon them. And the worst of your rulers are those whom you hate and who hate you, and whom you curse and who curse you.” It was asked ‘Shouldn’t we overthrow them with the sword?’ He (saw) said “No, as long as they establish the Salah among you [‘laa maa aqaamoo feekumus Salaata’]. If you then find anything detestable in them, you should hate their administration but do not withdraw yourselves from their obedience.” (MUSLIM [4573]) Umm Salamah reported that Nabi (saw) said “Amirs will be appointed over you and you will find them doing good as well as bad deeds. One who hates their bad deeds is absolved from blame, one who disapproves of their bad deeds is also safe. But one who approves of their bad deeds and imitates them (is not blameless).” People asked ‘Rasool Allah! Shouldn’t we fight against them?’ He (saw) replied “No, as long as they pray [‘laa maa salloo’].” (MUSLIM [4570])

iii) The hadith of U’baadah bin as Saamit talks of allegiance and obediance in ease and in hardship. . Junaada ibn Abu Ummayyah said ‘We entered the house of U’baadah bin as Saamit whilst he was ill and we said ‘May Allah make you a good person, tell us a hadith you heard from the Prophet (saw) and with which Allah benefits you. He said ‘The Prophet (saw) invited us and we gave him our baya’h and that pledge was to ‘..listen and obey in what we like and in what we dislike, in ease and in hardship, whatever our personal preference and not to dispute the authority of those who entrusted with it, saying “…unless you see clear open kufr upon which you have proof from Allah.”’ (BUKHAARI Eng/Arabic [vol.9 no.178], MUSLIM [no.4541]) MENTION ALTERNATIVE NARRATION

iv) The hadith of hudhayfah, clearly describes a time of fitnah, division and the absence of the unified, secure and powerful darul Islam. The command which was given in this period was to cling to jama’atul Muslimeen and their Imam. Hudhayfah ibn al Yaman said ‘The people used to ask rasool Allah (saw) about the good, but I used to ask him about the evil for fear that it might overtake me, so I said, ‘O Rasool Allah, we used to be in ignorance (jaahileeyah) and evil (shari) then Allah brought this good to us. So is there any evil after this good? He (saw) said “Yes” I said ‘And is there any good after that evil?’ He (saw) said “Yes, but it will be tainted (literally by ‘smoke’)” I asked ‘What will that smoke be?’ He (saw) said “A people adopting ways other than my sunnah, guiding others with other than my guidance, you will recognize some (of their deeds) and not recognize others.” I asked ‘Then is there any evil after that good?’ He (saw) said “Yes, callers at the gates of Hellfire, whoever responds to their call will be thrown into it.” I said ‘O rasool Allah describe them to us.’ He (saw) said “They will be from our own people and speak our language.” What do you order me to do if I should see that?’ He (saw) said “Cling (talzamu) to the jama’atul Muslimeen and their Imam.” I said ‘And if there is no Jama’ah and no Imam?’ He (saw) said “Then keep away from all those sects (firaq) even if you have to bite upon the root of a tree until death overtakes you in that condition.” (BUKHAARI English/Arabic version vol.4 [no.803] and vol.9 [no.206], MUSLIM [no.4553])

This shows that khilaafah can still exist despite the lack of power. Clinging to the jama’tul Muslimeen can include physically unifying with ummah that is rightly acting in obeying the imaam and unifying under him and in other evidence it can also refer to remaining upon the correct beliefs and practises of Islam which are supported by the evidence and explained and conveyed by the sahabah, through to the rest of the salaf and carried among the Muslims for all times, thus the saying of Ibn Masoo’d “The Jama’ah is what accords to the truth even if you are one person” (AL LAALIKAA’EE in ‘as Sunnah’, IBN A’SAAKIR in ‘Tareekh Dimashq’) This is supported by many ahadith that mention the Jama’h (eg Ibn U’mar reported that Nabi (saw) said “Indeed, Allah will never unite this Ummah upon misguidance (dalaalah) and the Hand of Allah is upon the Jama’ah.” (TIRMIDHI [2168] Mua’wiyah reported that Nabi (saw) said “Verily, those before you of the people of the Book split up into seventy-two sects. This nation will split up into seventy-three sects. Seventy-two of them will be in the Fire. One of them will be in Paradise, that is the Jama’ah.” (ABU DAWOOD Kitaabus Sunnah [no.4580], AHMAD) and in another version from Awf bin Maalik Nabi (saw) said “The Jews split into seventy-one sects, one will enter paradise and seventy will enter Hell. The christians split into seventy-two sects, seventy-one will enter Hell and one will enter paradise. By Him in whose hand is my soul, my ummah will split into seventy-three sects, one will enter paradise and seventy-two will enter Hell.” Someone asked ‘O Rasool Allah, who will they be?’ He (saw) replied “The Jama’ah” (ABU DAWOOD kitabus Sunnah [4572, 4573]) Additionally, the hadeeth of Hudhayfah proved that the constant system of organizing the affairs of the Muslims was restricted to Imaamah. This is because Nabi (saw) commanded the Muslims to cling to the Jama’ah of the Muslims and their Imaam, this was not a command to join independent self governing groups but it restricted the legitimate authority to the Imaam and the legitimate group to being the jama’atul muslimeen. Even if the Imaam was not present the Prophet (saw) did not say join groups or make groups but rather to avoid all the groups.

v) The hadith of Ibn U’mar concerning baya’h talks about having no excuse before Allah on the Day of Judgement if you separate from obedience. Ibn U’mar reported that Nabi (saw) said “The one who separates his hand from obedience (ta’ah) will have no excuse (hujjah) before Allah on the Day of Judgement and he who dies without a baya’h on his neck dies the death of jahileeyah” (MUSLIM [4562-4564]) So there should be much caution in separating from obedience to the khaleefah and there should also be caution in not giving bayah as the hadith mentioned that there will be no excuse on the Day of Judgment and it mentioned that one would die the death of jaahileeyah. Therefore clear justification from the wahi must be produced in order to refrain from giving baya’h or not obeying the Imam as this hadith itself mentions no condition of land or power for this obedience. This hadeeth is also supported by the hadeeth “Whoever dies without having an Imaam then he dies the death of jaahileeyah” (AHMAD, MUTTAQI AL HINDI ‘Kanzul U’mmaal’ [1/103]) and also by the following hadeeth it is reported that Nabi (saw) said “Whoever dies without there being over him an Imaam of the Jama’ah [a’layhi Imaamu Jama’ah] then he has died the death of jaahileeyah.” (AL HAAKIM ‘al Mustadrak’)

vi) The hadith of Ibn U’mar regarding the baya’h talks of obeying in ‘what you are able’ A’bdullah ibn U’mar said ‘When we took an oath of allegiance with him to listen and obey, the Messenger of Allah (saw) said to us “In what you are able’” (MAALIK, BUKHAARI, MUSLIM and others) This principle applies to the the khaleefah in fulfilling his obligations like it applies to the obligation of those obeying him as none can do more than what they are able, the struggle between haqq and baatil and the natural diversity of situations and changing environments and circumstances mean that problems will always occur which will sometimes prevent success. There is no doubt that the one taking baya’h does not become incapable to obey the Imam due to the absence of darul Islam, the judgement concerning him is the same, i.e. he must do as much as he can.

vii) The various ahadith of imaarah and khilaafah talk about clinging to obedience to the imam even when disagreeable things appear in him (e.g. Ibn A’bbaas reports Nabi (saw) “One who found in his amir something he dislike should hold his patience, for one who separated from the jama’ah even to the extent of a handspan and then died would die the death of jaahileeyah” (MUSLIM [4559] BUKHAARI [Eng. Ver. V9No.122]) and in another version of MUSLIM [no.4560]“…for anyone who separates from the sultaan…” and in the hadith reported by Abu Hurayrah Nabi (saw) is reported to have said “…There will be Khulafaa and they will number many” They asked ‘What then do you order us?’ He (saw) said “Fulfill the baya’h to them one after the other and give them their due. Surely Allah will ask them about what He entrusted them with.” (MUSLIM [4543-4544], BUKHAARI [English version vol.4 no.661]) and Abu Hunaidah Wa’il bin Hujr related that Salamah bin Yazeed Ju’fi asked Nabi (saw) ‘O Rasool Allah (saw) Please let me know if we may be placed under such rulers who may require from us their due, but may refuse to give us fully our rights, what do you command (us in this matter)?’ Nabi (saw) avoided to give him a reply, but he repeated his question and therefore Nabi (saw) said, “You should listen to them and obey them. For on them shall be their burden and on you shall be your burden.” (MUSLIM [4551]) and Abdullah ibn Masoo’d relates that Nabi (saw) said “When I pass away you will see differences and such things you will not like.” They asked ‘O rasool Allah, then what shall we do in such circumstances?’ He (saw) replied “Pay their rights which you owe them and pray to Allah for your rights.” (BUKHAARI, MUSLIM [4545])), and the distinction has been made between the duties of the followers and the duty of the Imam. These ahadith make a distinction between the two parties of the contract and order the followers to fulfill their duties regardless of what the other does (except in the case of kufr and accounting by forbidding the munkar etc.) as both parties will be accounted about their responsibilities on Yawmil Qiyaamah. Only the failure to implement the deen out of neglect or implementing kufr will result in dismissal. The inability due to impossibility is not a means of dismissal.

viii) The hadith of Abu Hurayrah talks of obeying in ease and hardship Abu Hurayrah reports that Nabi (saw) said “You are bound to listen and obey in hardship and in ease, in what you like and what you dislike and even when someone is given preference over you.” (MUSLIM [4524])

ix) The wahi always ordered the Muslims to adopt the necessary means to organize their affairs and bring about the best results “O you who believe! Take your precautions…” (an Nisa 4:71) This means that organization, leadership and authority must be established generally over the Muslims as they are one body and also in specific matters in which it is required A’bdullah ibn A’mru ibn al Ass reported that nabi (saw) said “It is not permissable for any three of you to remain in a deserted place without appointing one of you as ameer.” (AHMAD) So we see from this that authority was commanded even for the small situation and that remaining leaderless was not permissable. Leadership and authority was commanded for various matters such as the salah, marriage, slavery, jihaad expeditions, travelling parties et cetera Abu Sa’eedul Khudri reported that Nabi (saw) said “When there are three persons one of them should lead them. The one among them most worthy to act as Imaam is the one who is best versed in the Quran…” (MUSLIM kitaabus Salah [no. 1417]) and A’bdullah ibn U’mar reported that Nabi (saw) said “Beware, everyone of you is a guardian and everyone of you is accountable for his guardianship. So the Imaam over his people [naas] is a guardian and he is accountable for his guardianship and the man is a guardian over the people of his household [ahli baytihi] and he is accountable for his guardianship and the lady is a guardian over the people of the household [ahli baytihi] of her husband and his children and she is accountable for them and a slave [a’bd] of a man is guardian over the wealth of his master [sayyidihi] and he is accountable for it. Beware, because everyone of you is a guardian and everyone of you is accountable for his guardianship.” (BUKHAARI kitaabul Ahkaam [vol.9 no.252]) and in another version A’bdullah (ibn U’mar) reported that Nabi (saw) “Everyone of you is a guardian and is accountable for his guardianship so the ameer over his people is a guardian and is accountable for them. And the lady is a guardian over the house and children and she is accountable for them and the slave [a’bdu] is a guardian over the wealth of his master [sayyidihi] and he is accountable for it so everyone of you is a guardian [raa’in] and everyone of you is accountable for your guardianship.” (BUKHAARI [vol.3 no.730]This hadeeth was narrated with several different versions by BUKHAARI see [vol.3 no.592, 733] kitaabul Juma’h [vol.2 no.18] kitaabul Wasayyah [vol.4 no.14] kitaabun Nikah [vol.7 no.116,128] and similar was narrated by MUSLIM in his ‘Jaami’us Saheeh’ kitaabul Imaarah MUSLIM [no.4496-4499])

x) A’bdullah reported that Nabi (saw) said “The command (imaarah) will remain among the Quraysh even if there are only two people left” (MUSLIM [4476]) This shows that imaarah must continue even among the small numbers of people remaining.

xi) Al Haarith al Asha’ri reported that Nabi (saw) said “I command you with five which Allah commanded me with: Listening and obeying, jihaad and hijrah and the Jama’ah for he who leaves the jama’ah by a handsbreadth, then he has thrown off the yoke of Islam from his neck.” (AHMAD[4/130, 202] AT-TAYAALISI [no.1161] IBN HIBBAAN [no.1550] IBN KHUZAYMAH [no.930] AL-HAAKIM [1/236]) and in another version also reported by Al Haarith al Asha’ri, Nabi (saw) said “I command you with five; The Jama’ah and Listening and Obeying and Hijrah and Jihaad in the cause of Allah. And verily, whoever goes out of the Jama’ah to the extent of a (hand) span has put off the tie of Islam from his neck unless he turns back. And whoever calls with the calls of jaahileeyah, he is of the stones of jahannam, even though he fasts and prays and asserts that he is a Muslim.” (AHMAD, TIRMIDHI [3694]) The Jama’ah means the correct beliefs and the Jama’ah is the united Muslim Ummah under the Imaam. The importance of the existence of the Jama’ah of the Muslims has been emphasized here in four ways. We have been commanded by Nabi (saw) to listen, and this means being ready to receive the order of the Imaam of the ummah or those he has delegated authority to. Secondly, Nabi (saw) commanded us to obey, and this means obeying the Imaam or his delegated assistants in authority. Thirdly we were commanded with the Jama’ah and this is the unified body of Muslims under the imaarah of the Imaam. Fourthly, we were warned that seperating from the Jama’ah even to a small extent is throwing off Islam from our necks, which is an indication of severe sin and kufr in some cases depending on the motives, basis and actions relating to that separation. It could also be mentioned that the Imam and the Jama’ah has been emphasized in a further two ways. Firstly, Hijrah in Islam is of several types but one of the main types will be an obligation that can only occur with the instructions of the Imaam and that is the hijrah from darul kufr to darul Islam and it could also include the hijrah to a new area in order to establish or prepare the way for darul Islam, this would be like when Musab bin Umayr went to Madeenah to teach the people about Islam which assisted in the preparation of the first darul Islam. Secondly, jihaad is of several types, but the offensive type which aims at expanding darul Islam must take place with the existence of the Imaam or this could also include the jihaad in order to establish darul Islam, which again, would be most beneficial if organized under the unified authority of the Imaam. This hadith has commanded listening to and obeying the Imam in a general way without any condition of power being placed. The example of the Prophet (saw) demonstrates that this listening and obeying leads to the stage of power. The jama’ah is the unified body of believers under the Imam and they can not be one jama’ah without unifying under this Imam, even the command to make hijrah and jihad can not be properly organized without the existence of the Imam. Who will decide where the jama’atul Muslimeen make hijrah to except their amir? Jihad could establish darul Islam if the mujaahideen among the ummah would be part of the Muslim body and function at the command of the Imam. Even without the existence of darul Islam, the Imam could send the Mujaahideen to any place where Muslims are oppressed to remove the trouble in an effective and swift manner. The Imam could command the support of the whole Muslim body for any such effort for jihaad with all relevant resources such as wealth, manpower, technical knowledge et cetera. At the moment, with the Muslims choosing to be divided and leaderless rather than uniting as one body under an amir, the mujaahideen are divided into thousands of individuals and groups who do not have the resources to function properly and their efforts often collide with each other rather than assist each other.

xii)Abu Haazim said ‘I accompanied Abu Hurayrah for five years and heard him talking of the Prophet’s (saw) saying “The prophets ruled (tasoosuhum) over the affairs of the children of Israel, whenever a Prophet died another prophet succeeded (khalafahu)him, but there will be no Prophet after me. There will be khulafaa’ (successors) and they will number many.” They asked ‘What then do you order us?’ He (saw) said “Fulfill the baya’h to them, the first then the first and give them their rights and ask Allah for yours. For verily, Allah will ask them about what He entrusted them with.” (MUSLIM kitaabu Imaarah [no.4543-4544], BUKHAARI [English version vol.4 no.661]) This hadeeth made clear that the system of khilaafah (Imaamah) is the system for organising the affairs and that this was to continue in the stage of weakness. This is because the prophets continued to govern and their people at all times including weakness and the khulafaa’ succeed them in their role except that they do not receive wahi. Secondly, Nabi (saw) did not say that there would be khilaafah for the time of strength and independent groups for the stage of weakness. Rather it was only the system of khilaafah that was to succeed the prophethood in organising the affairs of the ummah.

xiii) Listening and obeying were commands put upon the Muslims generally for all times because unity and Imaamah were prescribed as the constant system of unity and organization for the Muslims Allah (swt) said “So have taqwa of Allah as much as you can listen and obey…” (at Taghaabun 64:16) and “O you who believe! Obey Allah, obey the Messenger and those in authority amongst you…” (an Nisa 4:59) and Nabi (saw) said as reported by Ibn U’mar “It is obligatory upon the Muslim to listen and obey in what he likes and dislikes except when commanded to ma’seeyah (disobedience to Allah). If he is commanded to ma’seeyah then there is no listening and no obeying.” (BUKHAARI, MUSLIM) and Nabi (saw) connected the clarity of the deen which he (saw) left us with the constant duty of listening and obeying Irbaad ibn Sariyah reported that Nabi (saw) said “I have left you upon clear white ground, its night is like its day, no one deviates from it except that he is destroyed, and whoever lives among you will see great differences (controversy). So stick to what you know from my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly acting (raashideen) rightly guided (mahdiyeen) khulafaa, cling to that with your molar teeth and stick to obedience even if it is an abyssinian slave, since the believer is like the submissive camel, wherever he is led he follows.” (AHMAD [4/126] IBN MAAJAH [no. 43] AL HAAKIM [1/96] BAYHAQI in ‘al Madkhal’ [no.51]) The evidence proves that the Imam is to be appointed and obeyed at all times both weak and strong. In fact the clinging to the Imam and the Jama’ah is needed even more during the time of weakness than the time of strength. Those who say the Muslims can not be unified under one amir when there is no darul Islam are rejecting the example of the Prophet (saw) and are opposing all the evidence that describes the reality of imaarah. In addition to this, they are opposing that which is proven by the intellect and are calling for that which is nonsensical. It is not power and force that is the cause of unity but rather power and force will be present as a result of unity and there can be no unity without appointing a leader and uniting under his command. It is the decision of the believers to give baya’h to the Imam and obey him which leads to strength and unity and it their decision to disobey which causes weakness and division, it is clear that even the most powerful of armies would not be able to force unity as obedience is a matter of willing obedience. The obedience which is a result of force is an invalid obedience which does not result in reward in the next life for obedience to the amir is about obeying the one whom Allah has commanded to be obeyed. The Muslims were commanded with listening (as Sama’) and obeying (at Ta’ah) and they were commanded with the Jama’ah (being one united body under an amir) all of these three matters are connected to each other and none of them is present except with the Muslims unifying under one Imam. They unite and become one Jama’ah under his authority (imaarah) and their only condition for being within this jama’ah is that they are Muslims, it is not based upon the acceptance of one mans views and opinions about the whole of Islam as is the case with the multitude of groups and parties that have been invented. The Muslims unite under the Imam because they have chosen to accept that the shari’ah orders unity at all times, not just for the strong time, the Muslims must accept that the unity, the Jama’tul Muslimeen, the unified imaarah (authority) for the believers is the way forward for the Muslims and that opposing this will only prolong the suffering of the Muslims and prevent organization, the establishment of darul Islam and hundreds of other obligations. The sahaabi Jareer said ‘While I was at Yemen, I met two men from Yemen called Dhu Kala and Dhu Amr, and I started telling them about Allah’s Apostle. Dhu Amr said to me, “If what you are saying about your friend (i.e. the Prophet) is true, then he has died three days ago.” Then both of them accompanied me to Medina, and when we had covered some distance on the way to Medina, we saw some riders coming from Medina. We asked them and they said, “Allah’s Apostle has died and Abu Bakr has been appointed as the Caliph and the people are in a good state.’ Then they said, “Tell your friend (Abu Bakr) that we have come (to visit him), and if Allah will, we will come again.” So they both returned to Yemen. When I told Abu Bakr their statement, he said to me, “I wish you had brought them (to me).” Afterwards I met Dhu Amr, and he said to me, “O Jarir! You have done a favour to me and I am going to tell you something, i.e. you, the nation of ‘Arabs, will remain prosperous as long as you choose and appoint another ameer whenever a former one is dead. But if authority is obtained by the power of the sword, then the rulers will become kings who will get angry, as kings get angry, and will be delighted as kings get delighted.” (BUKHAARI) So the importance of always having imaamah or imaarah was made clear by this narration. Imaamah was the system given to mankind by Allah and if it were to be neglected then it would be replaced by things that are harmful. This is made clear from the following hadith A’bdullah ibn U’mar reported that Nabi(saw) said “…If the leaders (Imaams) do not govern according to the Book of Allah and did not choose that which Allah has revealed (this has never happened) except that Allah put adversities (baa’sahum) between them.” (IBN MAAJAH kitabul Fitaan [4019]) Qays bin Abi Haazim reported that Abu Bakr went to a lady from the Ahmas tribe called Zainab bint Al-Muhajir and found that she refused to speak. He asked, “Why does she not speak?” The people said, “She has intended to perform Hajj without speaking.” He said to her, “Speak, for it is illegal not to speak, as it is an action of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance. So she spoke and said, “Who are you?” He said, “A man from the muhaajiroon.” She asked, “Which of the muhaajiroon?” He replied, “From Quraish.” She asked, “From what branch of Quraish are you?” He said, “You ask too many questions; I am Abu Bakr.” She said, “How long shall we enjoy this good order (i.e. Islamic religion) which Allah has brought after the period of ignorance?” He said, “You will enjoy it as long as your Imams keep on abiding by its rules and regulations.” She asked, “What are the Imams?” He said, “Were there not heads and chiefs of your nation who used to order the people and they used to obey them?” She said, “Yes.” He said, “So they (i.e. the Imams) are those whom I meant.” (BUKHAARI) So we see from this narration how the sahaabah saw that the success and failure of the ummah was connected to the conduct of the Imaams, so what would the state of the ummah be of there was no Imaam at all?


The Muslims are commanded to be one united body under an amir. When this is understood and when its benefits are reflected over in the light of the shari’ah, we see that the Muslims are not like the kuffaar who are lost without having power and resources but rather Islam is superior than kufr and these two can not be compared as Allah gave the Muslims a system for the weak time and the strong time. The body of believers must not be neglected, divided or destroyed because of a loss of power or land but rather the body of believers must be maintained so that it can repair itself. The body will not exist without a head and the Muslims would not be one block without leadership. So when it is made clear from the various ayaat and ahadith that the Muslims have been commanded to be one body, one group not only in belief and theory but also in reality and practise by appointing a leader and listening to him and obeying him, then the question must be asked ‘Why can’t these obligations be fulfilled in the time of weakness when there is no strong army or no darul Islam?’ The answer is that there is no reason why these obligations can not be fulfilled because the only rest upon the decision of the believers to either comply with them or reject them. And when it is asked ‘What is the benefit of destroying the united body and the united command in the time of weakness when there is no power or no darul Islam?’ The answer is that there is no benefit in this and it only would multiply the harms and problems of the Muslim ummah and prevent it from functioning.The Muslims who have opposed the existence of the united body, the jama’atul muslimeen in the time of weakness, have chosen to destroy and divide the Islamic system given by Allah rather than rebuilding it and keeping it together. The Islamic system is not the system of the kuffaar whose unity is only dependent upon the existence of a forceful State but rather the Muslims unity has been commanded beyond this so that it must exist at all times. The system of Islam can function and apply in the weak time in that which it is able, and this functioning in a unified manner, under one amir would inevitably lead to the full capability of the system and move it to strength so that every component could function and every rule could be applied.

Those who place the condition of power upon the Imam of the Muslim Ummah have often made the mistake of comparing the Islamic system to the system of the Kuffaar who would not have any leader or unity without the existence of a forceful State. Islam is not like the way of the kuffaar, but it is far superior to it. Islam requires the Jama’ah to exist at all times just as the Muslims have been ordered to be united at all times. The unity of the Muslims is not dependent upon power but it is a result of their obeying Allah with regards to the command to unity. The various ahadith that order Muslims to cling to the Jama’ah and cling to the Imam came in a general manner and included no restrictive condition of power. Similarly, the ayaat and ahadith that prohibited division came in a general manner and the absence of power was not made an exception to the prohibition of division. Clinging to the Jama’ah and the Imaam results in many benefits concerning the deen and the dunya and it prevents many harms and the Shari’ah does not command to that which is harmful for the deen and worldly affairs.

 

Euromericanism, White Privilege, and Why Race is so Important to Muslims

In his provocative book, White, Richard Dyer observes that the real power of American whiteness lay in its effective invisibility. While Hispanics, Asians, blacks and others are immediately recognized as raced, whites enjoy the presumption of being just “humans.” This raises their perspective above critique, since it presents it as being above the biases and limitations of any particular history, ideology or culture. This in turn allows whites to speak for “humanity” as a whole, while raced people can only speak for their particular “race” or “culture.” This entrenched, inscrutable invisibility is also the secret behind the power and pervasiveness of liberalism today. Words like “freedom,” “equality,” “reason,” “tolerance” are commonly used without the slightest understanding or hint that their users are invoking liberal freedom, liberalequality, liberal reason or liberal tolerance. Faced with these deployments, Muslims often find themselves debilitated by the feeling that they are fighting a losing battle, stuck in a perpetual mode of apology, hopelessly strengthening and reinforcing their inquisitors’ indictments with every would-be response, like the proverbial husband faced with the question of whether he has stopped beating his wife yet.

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Muslims trying to fit in where they are not wanted

Firstly, i applaud and salute the sister hosting this video.  I truly believe she made an honest attempt to try to understand the venom that is propagated against Muslims in France.

My objection to this approach is that she does not truly grasp the hatred France (and other European nations)  have had against Islam and Muslims since the time of the Prophet till now.

France invaded many Muslim and African countries.  They did not immigrate. They did not explore.  They did not apply for citizenship. They invaded lands, enslaved people, killed, maimed and raped. They did this in many countries.

The reason that France even has immigrants is these were the peasants from their new colonies brought in for cheap labor.

The reason why France and other European nations can call Africa and the Middle East, “third world nations” is solely because France and Euromerica has been raping these countries for their natural resources for centuries.

As a Muslim, we need to understand the verses in Quran where Allah warns us against taking the kuffar for friends and protectors.  They are friends and protectors of each other.  Being gullible by not understanding the truth and depth of the warnings and reminders from Allah is only going to cause self destruction.

The Nazi Flag, the Redneck Flag and the Muslim Flag

The United States has once again achieved new levels of hypocrisy.  Not to be undone by its legacy of “freedom, liberty and democracy” as it committed genocide and enslavement during its land grab and terrorism against the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

But, true to form, it has once again revealed its utter contempt for Islam and Muslims (aside from the blatant, wanton slaughter of millions of muslims in the past 15 years)The Colour of the Nazi Flag (4)

The Nazi Flag, pictured above, is not illegal to fly in the USA.  Though social pressures may exist to have it removed because of its association with Nazi Germany and the killing of 6 million Jews.

 

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The rebel flag, or commonly called the Confederate Flag, has more blood on it than any other in the world (with the notable exception of the USA flag and Union Jack of the UK).

This flag has been used to oppress, kill, tortured, rape, burn and intimidate untold MILLIONS of African people who reside in the USA since prior to the Civil War of 1865.  There is no comparable peer or evil, yet this flag is not only allowed, it is promoted, distributed, advertised, worn and respected by many white americans. 

It is the State flag of Mississippi today.

 

The flag below is commonly understood to be the “Islamic flag”, as you may see in the inscription below the Arabic which translates into “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

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The last flag below is NOT the ISIL or ISIS or AlQaaida flag.  It is the exact same flag above, except the font (typeset) is believed to be the original style of writing used during the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلّم)

islamic_state_flagYet this article, Cops Confirm ISIL Flag Removed from New Jersey Home deceitfully refers to the flag as an ISIL flag. This is the type of hatred and fear mongering that  has typified the USA response to Muslims and Islam since Sept 11 (and before to be honest)

Yet the Confederate flag flyers, with their blood stained flag full of terrorism for the African American citizens of this country are allowed to fly their flag without intimidation from the “selective law enforcement” community.

Our brother in NJ was asked to remove his religious flag, which is clearly protected under the Constitiion under freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

 

“What a great time to be Muslim”

“What a great time to be Muslim”

 

Recorded 30 Shawwal 1434

Abu Mubarak show, “What a great time to be Muslim”

The recorded show is here (for anyone who wishes to listen to it) It is more than 2 hours long

https://app.box.com/s/mufrjmgr36pufpig24lt

سبحان الله


what a great time to be muslim

holding on to your deen during times of fitna

this is stuff our stories in quran are made of

 
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The Wanton Slaughter of Women and Children near YOU

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله أبرحمن الرحيم

 

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In Suratul Buruj, Allah mentions the story of the Boy and the King, whereby a King slaughters his own people by throwing them into a large pit of fire, merely because they refused to worship his political and religious system but chose to worship Allah, alone.

Over the past 60 or so years, the world has watched Palestinian women and children be subjected to the worst inhumane treatment, constantly, with help from the USA for their tormentors as their lands are stolen, their men imprisoned and tortured, their homes demolished.  All because they were not born into the religion of their oppressors.

In the Muslim world, we are watching Muslim women and children in virtually every Muslim country being attacked because they have chosen to not adhere to the modernist, secular direction that the political structure has chosen, hence the Muslim armies are turning against their own people.  Bloodshed is running through the streets.

The USA, UK, EU and others have began a crusade to fight any semblance of Islam anywhere in the world, out of their fear of a re-emergence of an Islamic State, “Khilafa”, which would threaten their dominance across the globe.  Innocent Muslims are being kidnapped, detained, flown to secret prisons, not allowed any legal recourse and even tortured, at times to death. The world sees this and does nothing.

Lastly, in Egypt, a “muslim country” the Islamic leanings of a political party were deemed so threatening to the social order, an Egyptian General publicly stated that they will hunt down and kill all three million of the “Muslim Brotherhood” in an effort to stop Islam from being implemented within Egypt.

So I write this to my fellow Muslims, my fellow Americans, my neighboring Muslims and my children. These times of great slaughter of women and children, meaning you, are not too far off.  It is happening all around you and there is a good chance it will arrive at your doorstep before you realize it.  And the world will not care.

There has been a campaign to vilify Muslims, BEFORE September 11, and subsequently it has been racheted up to unforeseen proportions.  Europe publicly promotes bans of hijab and niqaab, as do some Muslim countries.  There are all sorts of “Anti-Islam” groups in the USA.  There is an industry of people who are paid to speak against Islam and warn the kuffar of the impending “sharia law” coming to their neighborhoods.

If you are aware of the Bosnian slaughter, the Rwandan slaughter, the Syrian slaughter, and others, it is abundantly clear that it does not take much to get one group of people to attack another, sometimes because of race, nationality, religion. Dead is Dead, regardless.

However, as Allah has shown us in Quran, in Suratul Buruj, do not fear the death, the torture, the imprisonments.  These acts will be rewarded by your Lord.  But fear abandoning your religion for worldly purposes, even to save your own lives.

If you are having a hard time living as a Muslim today, under relative ease, do you actually think when the hard times come you will automatically become “super Muslim”?  Typically it does not work that way. 

So my reason for writing this is to warn of what may come and for you to spiritually prepare for these days.  Learn your Islam, aspire to become a BELIEVER, that is the only sect Allah has promised victory and success.  Learn the Quran, the sunnah, the seerah. Try to gain the best understanding of it as possible. And then LIVE IT.  Without excuse. 

There has come a day when in Egypt, being a member of a political party is sufficient as a death sentence, including women and children. In Syria, not belonging to a sect is sufficient as a death sentence.  Maybe soon, just merely being Muslim will be sufficient as a death sentence. 

If you doubt it, look at what happened to the Muslims during the fall of Al-Andalus.  History does repeat itself, which is why Allah has given us examples in Quran

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Mali’s Ansar Dine militants blacklisted by US 

Ansar Dine imposed Sharia in towns under its control last year 

The US government has placed Mali’s Islamist group Ansar Dine on its terror blacklist because of continued links to al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch.

The decision freezes any of its US assets and bans business with it.

Ansar Dine was one of a number of militant groups that took control of northern Mali in the aftermath of a coup, one year ago on 22 March 2012.

French troops, which intervened in January to oust them, are still fighting insurgents in the mountains.

France currently has 4,000 troops in Mali, backed by thousands of soldiers from Mali, Chad and other African countries.

Following the coup, several Islamist groups took over major cities, including Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu, and imposed strict Islamic law.

Suicide attacks

Ansar Dine has received backing from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb (AQIM) since its creation in late 2011 and “in its fight against Malian and French forces”, the US State Department statement said.

It said that before France’s intervention, Malian citizens in towns under Ansar Dine’s control who did not comply with its laws “faced harassment, torture, or execution”.

A year ago the group executed more than 80 Malian soldiers and kidnapped 30 more, the statement said.

Since the French intervention began, all the major towns in the vast desert region have been recaptured but fighting is still continuing in the remote Ifoghas mountains.

There have also been three suicide bomb attacks in northern towns.

Capt Amadou Sanogo, who headed the coup in March 2012, handed over to an interim government but remains a powerful figure in the background and heads a committee to oversee reforms in the military.

He led the putsch saying the army was ill-equipped to fight the rebellion in the north, which was initially started by Tuareg separatist fighters but later dominated by the Islamist groups.

France plans to withdraw its troops from Mali next month, with West African countries expected to take over the mission in the run-up to elections due in July.

-bbc

 

His Majesty Barak Hussein Obama is uniquely qualified to tell muslims who is FOR islam and who is not

He has made it abundantly clear that he will wage war against any muslims anywhere who want to stand for Islam, and his henchmen and financial supporters are all too willing to do his dirty work for him

fine

this is also an indication to all muslims who we should support and who we should not

if you are on Obama’s good list, then you have issues with your Islam
If you are on his list of enemies, then that is an indication that you are working to establish Islam

Obama makes fun of heckler asking “who killed Rachel Corrie?”


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qOobKEF_mdc

US President Barack Obama arrived in Ramallah by helicopter yesterday and gave yet another insipid speech. The Palestinian Authority’s security forces, collaborating with US forces, designated a huge security perimeter with the PA compound — the Muqataa — in the middle. Some of the city’s busiest streets were closed off and inaccessible to those not living there. As helicopters filled the skies from the morning up until late afternoon, I was stuck at home working during the nine-hour lockdown, all too aware of the soldiers stationed on the rooftops around my building. 
Protestors tried to march from Manara Square in the city center to the Muqataa yet again yesterday morning, but were stopped by hundreds of policemen and riot guards. The speech Obama gave at the compound was not littered with Arabic phrases (a speech he delivered the previous day was littered with Hebrew phrases) and gave the usual empty and irrational rhetoric of the US supporting an independent sovereign Palestinian state alongside a Jewish state that will only come into fruition through direct negotiations with Israel.
He also tried to play down the Jewish-only settlements by mentioning that the US does not consider them as “constructive” or “appropriate” for the advancement of peace, but refused to call for their dismantlement or use strong language to call out their illegal nature, which prompted Mahmoud Abbas to uncharacteristically interject and describe them as illegitimate and more than an obstacle to peace.
Obama’s next stop was at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, where he gave along-winded sycophantic speech to over a thousand Israeli students and academics from different universities. It was during this speech that Obama laid out his formula for peace: Palestinians, who have shown a willingness to renounce violence — as if violence is inherent to Arabs — should accept Israel, their colonizer and occupier, as a democratic and Jewish state. In return, Israel should halt its illegal settlement building.
Twenty five-year-old Rabeea Eid, a student activist and member of the National Democratic Assembly, had heard and had enough. He stood up in the middle of Obama’s speech and called him out on three issues that summarized the flaccid nature and flagrant inefficacy of Obama’s visit to occupied Palestine.

“Did you really come here for peace or to give Israel more weapons to kill and destroy the Palestinian people? Did you happen to see the apartheid wall on your way here?”

Grovelling

What is the point of Obama’s visit? It is to bribe the PA to maintain its repression of Palestinian protests and “unrest” to uphold Israel’s security and to pressure it to re-enter bilateral negotiations with Israel without any pre-conditions.
The unnecessary bit is the Israeli side to the question. Obama wants to fall short from supplicating himself fully on the ground to an extremist government, in which the defense minister has likened Palestinians to cancer and the housing minister has pledged to construct more settlements and the minister of trade, industry and labor wants to annex over half of the West Bank. US foreign policy has always favored and strongly supported the Israeli occupation and rewarded it with billions of dollars in military aid annually — that is nothing new. From 1949 until the present day, the US has given Israel more than $115 billion.
The level of groveling, the cringe-worthy speeches and recycled propaganda and lies of depicting Israel as a small pioneering country that started off with its back against the wall amid a sea of hostile enemies alternates between tedium and sarcastic amusement. Even David Ben Gurion recognized that Israel is a colonial enterprise, nothing more and nothing less. Is it necessary to out-Zionize even the most ardent Zionists just to reaffirm support for Israel?
Of course, Obama didn’t see the apartheid wall on his way from Ramallah to Jerusalem, he was too busy reveling in orgasmic pleasure at Israel’s innovative technology (with bases set up on occupied lands), its vibrant ancient history, and the mighty brave Israeli Defense Forces (who by the way arrested 30 schoolchildren on Wednesday in the old city of Hebron.)
“There are Palestinians sitting in this hall. This state should be for all of its citizens, not a Jewish state only.”
Ah, the conundrum of being Jewish and democratic. Twenty percent of Israel’s population, more than 1.5 million Palestinians, are citizens of Israel. Where exactly do they fit? Surely not as third class citizens battling an institutionalized racist and discriminatory society on a daily basis, or the more than 60 laws issued by Israel since 1949 that discriminate against Palestinians in the education, public services, and civil rights sectors, to name a few. 

“Who killed Rachel Corrie? Rachel Corrie was killed by your money and weapons!”


Not a word

Some could say this is the nub of the relationship between Israel and the US. Rachel Corrie, an American citizen, was killed ten years ago by a bulldozer as she tried to protect a Palestinian family’s home from being demolished in Rafah, Gaza. Nine years after her murder, an Israeli court ruled that she was to blame for her own death. The US administration didn’t say a word.
Does the US allow Israel to continue with its impunity and grave violations of human rights and give it unconditional support because three thousand years ago, Jews were exiled from the holy land? Or — as Obama correctly noted in his opening speech on Tuesday — because of the similarities between the US and Israel: both colonizing entities that committed (in Israel’s case, continues to commit) massacres and ethnic cleansing of the population indigenous to the land they settled on?
“I couldn’t stand listening to the speech any more,” Rabeea Eid, who writes for the Arabs48 website, said. “It was a very Zionist speech that made other speeches by Zionist figures pale in comparison.”
Rabeea was dragged out of the hall by security guards, who handed him over to the police. They handcuffed him, threatened him, and attempted to intimidate him. They told him he was under arrest. A Fox News journalist had followed the security guards outside and wanted to know what Rabeea had said to Obama. Soon afterwards, othe

 

r journalists and reporters followed suit, asking him questions.

“Baffled”

“You can say that the media circus is what got me released,” Rabeea told The Electronic Intifada a few hours later. “I felt it was important to show Palestinian voices within the ’48 territories do not welcome Obama.
“[Obama’s visit] in its entirety clearly shows the bias the US has towards Israel. I obviously wasn’t expecting Obama to talk about the Palestinian citizens of Israel and the discrimination against them. Yet I’m baffled that even after his pro-Israel speeches, the Palestinian leadership continues to welcome him, thus supporting the US hegemony in the Middle East and its policies around the world.” 
[Speaking of bafflement, Mahmoud Abbas presented Obama with a painting of Abraham Lincoln and Obama. Was it a cunning message that Obama wouldn’t be where he is today if Lincoln didn’t “free all the slaves” back then?]
In response to Rabeea’s interruption of his speech, Obama laughed and made fun of the situation, to raucous applause and standing ovations from the audience.
“No, no — this is part of the lively debate that we talked about,” he joked. “This is good. You know, I have to say we actually arranged for that, because it made me feel at home. I wouldn’t feel comfortable if I didn’t have at least one heckler.”
“A friend showed me a clip of what he said after I was taken outside,” Rabeea said. “It wasn’t very clear because the video was on a cell phone, but it tells you a lot about how Obama decided to make fun after I mentioned Rachel Corrie, the contradiction of being a Jewish and democratic state, and the weapons the US funds Israel with.”
For Rabeea, he considers the most crucial thing is for Obama’s visit not to go by without further “heckling.”
“The most important part is for this visit not to go on in a normal manner,” he said.
Protestors in Bethlehem already set fire to tires last night and burned the US flags hung at the entrance to town where Obama is expected to pass tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

it is truly sad that muslim leadership is so beholden to clear enemies of islam
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makes you wonder, what quran do they read?

but as a lesson, this is what happens when you try this”playing politics” to advance your cause

IT DOESNT WORK and your cause becomes lost in the political shenanigans

this is also why the Prophet declined the propositions of the quraysh to make him rich, king and married

politics, then and now, corrupts the soul

Will We Ever Learn?

 

Tunisia in talks with IMF for $1.78 bln standby loanImage

We would rather be barefoot and in torn rags than accept shoes or clothes from the West. Even accept bombs of Bashar rather than taking arms from them and becoming subservient to the West like Erdogan & Mursi. Key point is that everything from the West comes with a heavy price.

Why should we turn to them for support in our hour of need when we have Allah SWT, is that not suffucient??

Khilafah is the need of the time.

Will we ever learn?

he would rather suffer in freedom than to live comfortably as a slave

Blessed are those who Struggle

Blessed are those who struggle
Oppression is worse than the grave
Better to die for a noble cause
than to live and die a slave

Blessed are those who courted death
Who offered their lives to give
Who dared to rebel, rather than serve
to die so that we might live

Blessed are those who took up arms
and dared to face our foes
Nat Turner, Vesey, Gariel, Chinque
To mention a few names we know

Blessed are the memories of those
who were there at the Harper’s Ferry Raid
Strong were their hearts, noble their cause
and great was the price they paid

Blessed are the voices of those who stood up
and cried out, Let us be free!
Douglas and Garvey and Sojourner Truth
Dubois and Drew All

Blessed are the giants that we have loved
and lost to the bullet’s sting
like Malcolm and Medgar and the Panthers who fell
and Martin Luther King

And blessed are the bodies of those
who were hung from the limbs of the sycamore tree
Who found end to their hope at the end of a rope
’cause they dared to attempt to be free

Up through the years we’ve continued this fight
our liberty to attain
And though we have faced insurmountable odds
yet the will to resist remains

Blessed are the spirits of those who have died
in the prisons all over this land
who committed one sin, they stood up like men
and got iced for just being a man

Blessed all you who will join with us now
in this struggle of life and death
so that freedom and peace will be more than a word
to the offspring that we have left

O MY GAWD!!! Muslims want to live by Islam… Everyone is up in arms!

Salafists Vow to Fight Until
There Is ‘Islamic State in Syria’

i dont understand why is this such a “concern” for everyone, syria is a muslim country, why is it such a shock to people (kafir and muslim) that muslims want a muslim country run in accordance with islam? i am truly not understanding the surprise

surely a jewish country shouldnt be condemned if they want to run a country according to jewish law

a christian country shouldnt be condemned if they want to run a country according to christian law

a secular country should not be condemned if they want to run a country according to secular laws

but this caution and alarm over muslims (salafists and islamists, of course) who want to have their country run according to islamic law is the worst thing to happen to mankind

why?

i was reading al arabiya a few days back, they said the “jihadists” are causing dissension in the muslim world. are you for real?

no, dissension in the muslim world is caused by muslims who want to follow europeans, westerners, kafirs, and the like, it is not caused by muslims who want to live as muslims in the land of muslims

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The USA cannot help shedding Innocent Muslim Blood

The US government has been increasingly carrying out drone strikes in countries with which America is not at war, and killing people with drone strikes who have no dispute with the United States. Last week, The Washington Post reported that the CIA had asked for authority to expand its drone strike campaign in Yemen by launching strikes even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed. 

Such “signature strikes” allow the CIA to hit targets based solely on intelligence indicating patterns of “suspicious behavior.”

But such “signature strikes” increase the risk of killing innocent civilians, as well as the risk of killing people who have no dispute with the United States. This week, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that authority to expand the drone war in Yemen had been granted.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/8771-could-we-stop-signature-drone-strikes-in-yemen-and-pakistan

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Is there an AMERICAN ISLAM?

There is no such thing as a sufi islam, but we have it
There is no such thing as a shia islam, but we have it

And now it seems to be a typical AMERICAN ISLAM, where you modify Islam to appease the kuffar. You promote the Jihad of Firemen, you denounce Muslims who are fighting against the American invasion of Muslim lands as terrorists.  You weep alongside the kuffar for their dead and you show no sadness nor caring for the dead Muslims as a result of American bombs.  Your political affiliations are geared towards more inline with whether you are Republican or Democrat, or maybe even a third-party Libertarian, Instead of harboring a deep-seated, unvanquished desire for the rule of Allah and Islam under sharee’a.

When it comes to the Islam of yourself. you seek the weakest approach to Islam. Your beard is trimmed, your hijab is cut back, you are afraid of appearing “too Muslim” and you defend it with refusing to adopt “Arab Culture”, But you have no problem adopting American culture, European styles, and Metrosexual fashion.  

You hear of the shootings of American children and you feel sorrow, but the daily killings of Muslims and you do not speak out, nor do you even feel sorrow.

You follow Imams that encourage you to assimilate more and more into American culture.  You feel bad you cannot celebrate Christmas.  You love to celebrate Thanksgiving.  You even celebrate the Pagan New Year that begins January 1, but you have no idea when the Islamic New Year starts, and you do not even know the date today on the Hijri calendar.

You see the Shia & Sunni conflict as a foreign debate and you don’t see why these two groups of Muslims, “cant just get along”.  Without even trying to understand why there is a shia “islam” in the first place and how they have treated sunnis for years.

Some might say, well, there is a Pakistan Islam and a Saudi Islam.  

 

I say NO, there is a difference. 

No, because out of other nations, you dont see this constant drumbeat of bending islam and appeasing the kuffar.  In pakistan, you have strong muslims and weak government and the masses in the middle.  This is pretty much the picture in the entire muslim world

But in the USA, you have NO group of strong muslims, NONE

in the UK, you see and hear of muslims standing up and speaking out, YOU GET NONE OF THAT HERE

So you are either with the enemies of Islam, or you are the weak masses or you are standing up strong for Islam

i dont believe its hopeless, as a matter of fact, i am sure Allah will raise the voice of the american muslims, but it aint there yetImage

A Real Man

 A Real Man

 

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“A Real Man Will Offer You Marriage, A Loser Will Offer You Zina!”

Zina is fornication, laying up, spending the night, giving yourself to a man who has not made a commitment but wants to treat you like a sheet of toilet paper

Who loses when a man and woman do not get married? The women and children lose. On many levels.

The woman loses an opportunity to be treated with dignity and respect. She loses a bit of her softness and womanness. She loses her naivety and becomes one step closer to a hardened heart. She loses the ability to be treated special.

The child loses a father. He loses the ability to have leadership and strength in a fatherly example. He loses time during his formative years from 1-21.

Men do not lose if they do not marry. Men can take care of themselves. This is why Allah has ordained for the man to take care of the women and children. To provide, maintain and protect them. That is the job of a man, of every man. 

And when society does not demand that from the man, the society falters and fails. It becomes disjointed and shattered. Children have no fathers and no leaders, protectors or maintainers. Women must now bear the responsibility of rearing the child on her own while the men spend money on motorcycles, skateboarding or Gucci shoes. The man loses his drive, his maturity and his ability to handle responsibility and reverts to a teenage boy with no direction.

So demand marriage and carry yourself as if you are worthy of commitment. Because you are.

Assimilation and Co-Existing is Against the Truth of Islam

 

In Quran, Allah gives us many examples of previous people who were destroyed because of their disobedience to Allah, their great sins, their rejection of truth when it came to them.

it starts with Adam, when Iblis refuses to bow down as Allah commanded, and Iblis knew Allah better than us, but his arrogance took control of his ability to distinguish truth from falsehood.

With Noah, he also delivered Truth and Guidance from Allah to the people and the people rejected his message no matter what he said or how he said it. His son, rejected the people and rejected his father’s message.

Ad, Thamud, Madyan all rejected the truth.

But more importantly there is a deeper message for us to ponder.

The others.  Allah destroyed not only the leaders, but the entire population of these towns. With the she-camel, it was a small group of men that were about to disobey, but it was one man who actually committed the injury.  And based upon that, Allah destroyed the town.

With the wife of Lut, she was very “tolerant of the LBGT community” and she was destroyed.

With Pharaoh, all of the men of Egypt were destroyed.

Why? Because when the truth came to the people, they did not reject their kufr, but embraced it, maintained it, they did not take any steps to accept the message of Allah, so Allah destroyed them as well as the leaders.

Today, this is a very important point for all muslims to digest.  Islam is not just tawheed, praying and fasting, but it includes a change of heart where you accept the good and reject the evil.  This is a very important part of Islam.  Islam came to separate truth from falsehood.  If you are a person who intermingles with falsehood, you may be on the wrong side.

The magicians of Pharaoh, they were first siding with Pharaoh, but when they saw the truth, the immediately accepted it, in spite of Pharaoh’s threat of public execution.

There is no coexisting with falsehood.  There is no acceptance of sin and evil.  We are to firstly change it with our hands. If we cannot do that, then speak out against it.  If we cannot do that, we must dislike it in our hearts, but that is the lowest of faith.  To continue to associate, intermingle, and coexist with it puts one on the side of the transgressor and makes one a transgressor himself.

So let us all take stock in our minds and thoughts. Do we think as Muslims or more like the kuffar and other “friends and associates we are amongst”?  Do we follow the mindset that Allah lays out in many many many places in Quran or have we adopted a “new and improved” perspective of sin and evil?

If Allah were to bring His punishment to your town, would you be amongst those who have already separated themselves from the evil of the people or would you be alongside those who disobey Allah and His Messenger?

O Muslims, how much longer?

Unite Individually, Think Globally

It is high time that Muslims on all levels begin the process of uniting with other Muslims.  We cannot do this on an international level, YET, but we can do it on a local level.  It is time to bring our differences to the table and leave off those things that are not important and only use the the love of Allah and this deen as the defining of who is and who is not our brother.

Differences in fiqh, methodology, and application should not be barriers against the unification of this Ummah.  My sheikh vs your sheikh is not an Islamic concept but a concept by shaytan to sow dissension within the ranks.

This is not an advocation of sunni/shia unification.  This is not an advocation of those Muslims who support tyrants, dictators and oppressors. Or Muslims who advocate and justify spying on other muslims for the kuffar or for muslims who are aligned with the kuffar. 

This is merely and simply a call to all muslims to stop petty bickering and look at the larger picture.  We all speak of one ummah, one book, one Lord and one Prophet, yet look around you and see even amongst those who share similar values, nothing but dissension based upon all sorts of diabolical issues that are not major.

Let us look at Brooklyn, New York, there are reported 100 masajid.  There should be mutual cooperation of leadership amongst Muslim leaders who say they are lovers of the Prophet and on the sunnah.  Let us exhort each other and the leaders to come together.

Realisitically, even in the borough of Brooklyn, you will not get these 100 Masjids to Unite, but those that stand against any unification will become clear.  Allah says that when there are two brothers who have disputed, make peach between your brothers and if one continues to transgress, all of you together unite against him.

We must start living this Islam and stop talking about it.  Islam was never a religion of talk, but of words and action.  The best words are the book of Allah and the best action is the sunnah.  Let us start living, thinking and acting as Muslims.Image

Unity of Purpose, not Uniformity of Opinion

Any Muslim who is not an Islamist is an enemy to the Muslims

As salaamu alaykum

Firstly, let me emphatically say, I hate the term “Islamist”, it is a manufactured term designed and used by the kuffar to further separate muslims into “radical” “extremists” “fundamentalists” and now “Islamist”

According to most recent definitions, an Islamist is a Muslim who wants to live by Islam.  That is the rule for ALL Muslims.  However, in the current time of ignorance amongst Muslims, there seems to be some confusion if a Muslim should live according to Islam or some other ideology.  

Allah says the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam and no other religion will be accepted.  Hopefully, that will ignite some thought into the minds of some muslims that Islam should be their only political, social, moral and governmental ideology.  Anything else is pure nifaq.

 

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The USA has been defeated in Afghanistan

We told the kuffar many years ago, that invading Afghanistan would be the beginning of the end of the USA and the beginning of the rise of Islam.

they didnt want to hear it. they were so confident and arrogant that their weaponry was superior over the qadr of Allah

Now, obama has followed his predecessor of incurring the wrath of Allah upon the USA, the beginning of its demise.

Sadly, many muslims do not see the victory of Islam and the signs clearly in front of their faces.

 

KABUL: America’s longest war entered its 12th year on Sunday, with the anniversary marked by a Taliban statement claiming that Nato forces are “fleeing Afghanistan” in “humiliation and disgrace”.

The US led the invasion on October 7, 2001 to topple the Taliban government for harbouring al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

The Taliban were quickly routed, but launched an insurgency that grew in strength over the years until Nato had some 130,000 troops from 50 countries defending the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.

The troops have now begun pulling out and all foreign combat forces will be gone by the end of 2014 according to a withdrawal schedule agreed by the US and Nato.

“With the help of Allah, the valiant Afghans under the Jihadi leadership of Islamic Emirate defeated the military might and numerous strategies of America and Nato alliance,” the Taliban said in a statement on Sunday.

“And now after 11 years of unceasing terror, tyranny, crimes and savagery, they are fleeing Afghanistan with such humiliation and disgrace that they are struggling to provide an explanation,” the statement added.

A total of 3,199 Nato soldiers have been killed in the war, more than 2,000 of them Americans. This year, official statistics showed that deaths in the Afghan security forces are running five times higher than those for Nato, as the Afghans take on increasing responsibilities before the Western withdrawal.

from the Times of India

Jew Brags about False Flag Operations

Though there have always been proof and examples of how callous the people behind the scenes can be in creating false scenarios whereby they can rally stupified men to fight wars on false pretenses. Nothing comes close, in recent times, than Mr Big Mouth spouting how, if it is justified for “American Interests”, then let’s create the cause for war.

It has always been like this. Euromericans, as well as others, tend to love to invade other countries. It seems to be part of their DNA. Invading other countries is nothing new. Not even for Muslims. Shortly after the conquest of Makkah, the Prophet sent people into battle into other lands.

The sole difference is the reasoning. Euromerican forces always claim to invade for good reason, but the underlying reason is to oppress and profit. Whereby the Prophet and Islamic reasons are to free people from the oppression of other men to the freedom of Islam. You may agree or disagree, that is your choice.

How can any Iraqi, Afghani, Somali, Yemeni, Paki, etc be an INSURGENT?

The use of the word insurgent to describe people defending their own land from invaders !!!!

The use of language is a substitute for moral argument, there is no moral case that can be made for a USA Soldier being in Afghanistan, so he is described as “defending freedom and our way of life”; a complete nonsense.

The word, Islamist, is also a misused term.  There is no such thing as an Islamist.  We are Muslims. We are to live by Islam. What does an Islamist believe? Islamism?

Terrorist, another misused world specifically allocated to the Muslims standing up for their rights against Euromerican aggression.

Jihadi, Qutubi, Suroori are all nonsensical labels that even Muslims assign to each other.

The Euromerican forces in Muslim lands are foreign invaders, no different than Christopher Columbus & Co or the European invaders of Africa.  They have even launched a campaign to slaughter thousands upon thousands of Muslims via military attacks, drones, and even chemical weaponos.

Islam is being attacked today moreso than it was attacked during the height of the Crusades, yet today, we are asleep.  Brainwashed into thinking that Islam is weak and the kuffar are strong, when Allah clearly tells us differently in Quran and we can see the strength of Islam thru the various Muslims who are victorious over the kuffar in virtually every arena today.

Awaken from this slumber O MUSLIM! Learn your Islam and the strength of your Islam. Do not let shaytan deceive you about your Lord, your Prophet or your deenImage

Petro Dollar Died on Sept 6th 2012 , and was Replaced by to Petro Yuan

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Lindsey Williams on Radio Liberty Sept 11 2012 : “The most significant day in the history of the American dollar, since its inception, happened on Thursday, Sept. 6. On that day, something took place that is going to affect your life, your family, your dinner table more than you can possibly imagine.” “On Thursday, Sept. 6… just a few days ago, China made the official announcement. China said on that day, our banking system is ready, all of our communication systems are ready, all of the transfer systems are ready, and as of that day, Thursday, Sept. 6, any nation in the world that wishes from this point on, to buy, sell, or trade crude oil, can do using the Chinese currency, not the American dollar.

Lindsey Williams: “This has never happened in the history of crude oil. Since crude oil became the motivating force behind our (U.S.) entire economy, and everything in our lives revolves around crude oil. And since crude oil became the motivating factor behind our economy… never, ever has crude oil been sold, bought, traded, in any country in the world, without using the American dollar.” “Crude oil is the standard currency of the world. Not the Yen, not the Pound, not the Dollar. More money is transferred around the world in crude oil than in any other product.” “On Friday, Sept. 7, Russia announced, that as of today, we will supply China with all of the crude oil that they need, no matter how much they want… there is no limit. And Russia will not sell or trade this crude oil to China using the American dollar.”

Who is Lindsey Williams
Pastor Lindsey Williams, who has been an ordained Baptist minister for 28 years, went to Alaska in 1971 as a missionary. The Transalaska oil pipeline began its construction phase in 1974, and because of Mr. Williams’ love for his country and concern for the spiritual welfare of the "pipeliners,&quot ; he volunteered to serve as Chaplain on the pipeline, with the subsequent full support of the Alyeska Pipeline Company. Because of the executive status accorded to him as Chaplain, he was given access to information documented in his eye opening book, The Energy Non-Crisis.

After numerous public speaking engagements in the western states, certain government officials and concerned individuals urged Mr. Williams to put into print what he saw and heard, stating that they felt this information was vital to national security. Mr. Williams firmly believes that whoever controls energy controls the economy. Thus, The Energy Non-Crisis.

More on the Financial Collapse of America

Why the Outrage over the Outrage?

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Muslims are reacting in violent ways over a movie?

Americans and Europeans cannot understand this because they don’t take their religion seriously

They mock God, Hell’s Angels, make movies about Jesus being gay,  They have plays defiling the mother of Jesus.

Religion is separate from their mind, except when someone dies or church on Sunday. Their human secularist nation has all but eradicated any reverence or respect of religion or God.  Hence, when their Lord is disrespected.  It is no big deal.

Even their religious holidays are not serious, the birth of Jesus is now replaced with Santa Claus. The death of Jesus is replaced with bunnys and eggs

Now, if you want to correlate the two, look at how nationalistic Euromericans are. They put of flags all over the place. They pray to their nation at the beginning of every football and basketball and monster truck show. They worship their flag and their proud heritage of freedom for white folks. This is what is important to them.  Their servicemen who are guilty of all sorts of human atrocities are held in respect in “serving their country”.

When watching Sean Hannitty’s outrage over the embassy being attacked, he was outraged the Obama allowed AMERICA to be disrespected.

This is what is important to them (and abortion rights and homosexual rights, of course)

But religion is merely a serious joke to many Americans.  They are even allowing sodomites get married, INSIDE the church.

Isn’t it interesting at how the Euromericans and their western thinking Muslims will be up in arms over their flag or their nation, but are in complete wonderment at why the grassroot Muslims are upset over a clear insult of their Prophet?

Instead of realizing that they are wrong in their assessment, they want to brand ALL MUSLIMS as crazy, immature adults.

The reality is obviously quite different

Muslims do not care about your “western values” where ridiculing a messenger of Allah is acceptable, where women removing their clothing is acceptable, where marriage is only a life-choice for men and women, but acceptable for sodomites, where fornication (romance) is promoted through every form of media.  There is a difference in thinking between those who believe in Allah and His messenger and those who do not.

Bottom line, and as is typical for the Euromerican mind, they want to ridicule what they do not understand and implement their way of thinking.

Someone asked me Why is it that the Muslims in the USA are not upset over the clear disrespect of the Messenger of Allah? Why is it that virtually every other place of Muslims are clearly showing their anger, yet the American Muslim is relatively silent?

I said “we are taught by our daiees that it is unamerican to speak against free speech and that we muslim patiently endure such vile insults on the Messenger of Allah. Those barbarians in the Muslim world who are angry over the blatant insulting of the Messenger of Allah do not represent true Islam. The American Muslim is a shining example to the world of true Islam by being able to co-exist with those who defile our Prophet.”

The Muslim world is not going for that game any longer, Alhamdulillah

No Such Thing as an Al-Qaaida Flag

Egypt: Protesters Storm Into US Embassy In Cairo

By: Al Bawaba News
September 12, 2012

Thousands of Egyptian protesters gathered Tuesday night outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to denounce a film they consider “anti-Islamic”. They tore the American flag. Some 3,000 demonstrators gathered to protest against a film produced by Egyptian Christians (Copts), which, according to them insult Prophet Muhammad. A dozen of men scaled the wall of the embassy and one of them tore the American flag.

The torn flag was replaced by a huge black banner on which was written the Islamic profession of faith: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.”
Egypt

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Asked whether it was a flag of Al Qaeda, the spokesman for the U.S. State Department Victoria Nuland said in Washington: “What I heard is that the flag was replaced by an all-black flag. But I could be wrong on this point. ”

The Egyptian police, who did not use force, managed to convince the handful of men out of the embassy compound.

The black flag was then hung on the wall as riot police were deployed around the compound. Hundreds of protesters, mostly Salafist fundamentalists, were still present in the evening.

On the wall, a graffiti was attacking the “Dogs of the world,” referring to the Copts abroad, while another warned against attacking Muhammad: “everything except the Prophet.” The Arab League has condemned the film, saying it contained “insults against the Prophet Muhammad,” according to the official news agency MENA.

On Sunday, the Grand Mufti of Egypt Ali Gomaa denounced “actions by Coptic extremists who produced a film offensive to the Prophet,” saying it hurts “millions of Muslims around the world.” “The attack on the sanctity of religion is not freedom” of expression, he added.

The pro-democracy activist Wael Ghoneim, who had become known during the revolt against the regime of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, however, considered on his Facebook page that “the U.S. embassy attack on 11 September by waving flags similar to those of Al-Qaeda will not be received by the American public as a protest against the film on the Prophet. ”

“It will be rather seen as a celebration of the 11th anniversary” of the September 11, 2001, he noted.

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I have seen this false reference of the Kalima creeping more and more into kafir news sources. The Kalima flag is now considered an “Al-Qaaida” flag, with all of the negative connotations and potential illegalities to be associated with any Muslim who wants to fly the flag of Islam

So they wont ban Islam, but they will ban any representation of Islam by linking it with terrorism

The Best Wife

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Words of Sheikh Mustafa Majzoub about his wife. Subhan’Allah!

“Wallahi, if there is anyone I’d like to describe as a warrior and a hero, it’ll be my wife Rawya (Umm Amaar) she made the great sacrifice of sending her husband across the oceans and the lands, she gave up her comfort of being close to her husband for the sake of benefiting people she never met, she carried the risk of never seeing her husband again in this world, she carried the heavy load of looking after our 3 children alone and never complained. Wallahi when she found out I’m travelling far away she didn’t complain once, rather she only said “I hope to be with you in Jannah if we don’t meet again in this world” and she said to me not to worry about my children and that she’ll never marry anyone again if I was to be martyred. I thank her for everything and I thank Allah from the bottom of my heart for blessing me with her and I ask Allah to reward her immensely for being the best friend I could ever have.

Wallahi I would never think of having any other wife second to her because “She’s all I can ask for”.

 

The Cancer of Modernist Ideology

A sister says 

“Most of these Sheikhs need to shut up! Seriously, how is it a Pastor of a church defend Boko Haram and not them?

The pastor said, “Boko Haram was not a problem in Nigeria, until the police killed their leader unarmed and started killing members of Boko Haram

 So, why don’t these Sheikhs talk about the unwarranted killings of innocent Muslims? Why don’t they talk about corruption from the leaderships, and bringing them to justice? These people will pay dearly. If not in this life the next.

If you speak the truth. Start with the truth and end with the truth.

Northern Nigeria is suffering badly. Boko Harm didn’t steal money from the people and deposit them in Western banks. Boko Haram don’t drive the corrupt police on the corners of any major highway and force them to force bribe on people.

Come on man! Solve problems, don’t add yourself as fuel for the fire.

I’m sick of them ignoring the real problems of the people.”

Aljazeerah also chimes in

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Sheikh Gumi: Prophet Mohammed, Muslims Have No Enemy Worse Than Boko Haram
Posted: August 14, 2012 – 19:33

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi
By SaharaReporters, New York
Islamic cleric Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, whose series of daily Ramadan sermons is gradually drawing to a close, yesterday asserted that members of the Boko Haram sect are the most dangerous enemies of Prophet Mohammed and Muslims in general.

The cleric, who is based in Saudi Arabia, made the statement as he preached yesterday at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna. He enjoined fellow Islamic clerics to defy any fears and preach against the unjustifiable killings allegedly perpetrated by members of the sect.

One of the clerics at the mosque, who did not want to be named, told a correspondent of SaharaReporters that he was inspired by Mr. Gumi’s courageous message and would follow suit.

Our source credited Sheik Gumi with warning his audience that there were also criminals carrying out criminal acts in the name of Boko Haram and destroying the image of Muslims. In addition, he reportedly alleged that some elements were recruited by Western powers to fight Islam in Nigeria.

Mr. Gumi added that, if members of Boko Haram were truly behind the bombing and killing of innocent people, then they are enemies of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria. He said there were serious developmental challenges affecting Muslims that need to be addressed rather than carrying out arms and killing people.

Our source quoted Sheik Gumi as stating, “If it is true that it is Boko Haram, I repeat, anybody that carries a bomb and kills people is wrong. Our malams [teachers] should not be afraid to talk. The issue that anybody who talks about Boko Haram will be killed should be defied. [Some say] that if you talk about the consequences of Boko Haram, they will kill you and [so] the best is to keep mute. If you keep quiet, they have already killed you since you are silent. Show them the right way of practicing Islam, and [do not] allow a few people to be practicing contrary to the laid down rules as enshrined by Allah.”

Sheik Gumi added, “You who have hid are cheating our faith. You are not helping Islam but destroying our Ummah. We have been oppressed and [members of Boko Haram] have come with weapons and bombs attacking our society. Because of this, I state that Prophet Mohammed and his people have no enemies more dangerous than they. If they want true religion and better society they must drop weapons. This is not the time for carrying weapons.

“It is time for us to address our core challenges of development that threaten our existence. Imagine a Muslim woman who, in the course of having a baby, will open her nakedness before an infidel…and you are here talking about bombs. Food we cannot eat on our own, except rice brought from Thailand. Medicines we get from England.”

The cleric further spoke about the weapons used in the attacks. He asked, “How did a 12-year old boy know how explosive bombs are made or affording it? All the money before us here cannot buy explosive bombs. It is the enemies that are giving them weaponry and they…believe that it was sincerely donated in fighting Allah’s cause. Unknown to them, it is all aimed at destroying Islam.”

Condemning attacks on Christian churches, the cleric asked, “If you attack Church, where people are worshipping, what is the profit and for what purpose? Is it Allah or Prophet that sent you? Is there any Muslim that said you should attack a church? Talk of mosque, they are being used in destroying Islam and may Allah help them to know. Our strength is our unity and the practice of real Islam. And anybody who thinks he will be using force like this, Islam and Ummah have no greater enemy than him.”

The cleric suggested that there are different types of Boko Haram. “There are those using it to destroy Islam, criminals attacking banks in the name of Jihad. There are those using it to attack Muslims in mosques. After attacks you will just see somebody with turban and guns belonging to the West, denting the name of Islam. Because of this we should be careful. There is Boko Haram and some fake ones, pure criminals. The real Boko Haram can be changed with sermon. Our malams should stand up to tell them there is no justification for killings. Don’t be afraid. They are killing Muslims and the infidels we have agreement to live in peace with.”

The Top One Percent (1%)

When Rustum, the king of persia asked the Muslims, why had they come to Persia?

Rabiah Ibn ‘Amir said “Allah Azza wa jal has sent us to deliver you from worshiping the creation to worshiping the Creator of the creation and to deliver you from the constriction of this world to the vastness of this world and the after life and from the oppression of the religions to the justice of Islam. Allah Azza wa jal has sent us to save you from worshiping each others.”

Allah says in Quran, if there were more than one god, each would have tried to oppress the other.

It is the nature of men and power to desire to oppress, control, and dominate others. People will lie, cheat, deceive, kill and slaughter to accomplish this goal. History has shown this to be the case on a continual basis.

What makes Islam different? Islam, as a complete system for mankind contains not only dress codes, religious duties, criminal justice, but also a God-given edict to free men from the worship of creation to the worship of the Creator of creation.

It is this ideology that the leaders of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad had to fight against, and this same oppression is present today and is portraying Islam as the threat to world peace, when the truth is that Islam is the arch-enemy to the secularism rampant throughout the Euromerican world plan of complete global domination.

Armageddon is upon us and the Evildoers have painted Islam and the Muslims as the enemy.  The truth is the opposite.

What is our problem?

“It is striking today that, we Muslims read so many books and still have no result of any revival, yet the Sahabas revived a great portion of the world by reading only One Book in their time; the Holy Quran. The fact is that they did not just read it, but practiced every bit of it. It was enough then, and is still enough today. [Shaykh Hasan Ali]”Image

COURAGE AND FEAR:

Taken from: Masharai al-Ashwaq Ila Masarai al-Ushaaq – Ibn Nuhaas
216. Abu Hurairah narrated: “The strong believer is more beloved to Allah than the weak believer” (Muslim)

217. The Messenger of Allah used to say: “O Allah I seek refuge in you from gloom and sorrow; from inaction and laziness; and from cowardice, stinginess and old age, and I seek refuge in you from the punishment of the grave” (Bukhari – Muslim)

Notice that the Messenger of Allah combined between seeking refuge in Allah from gloom and sorrow. For gloom is the fear of what is coming while sorrow is sadness on what has already passed.  So the Muslim should not feel sorry for the past nor fear the future. And he combined between inaction and laziness for inaction is the state of the heart while laziness is the state of the body. He combined between stinginess and cowardice for stinginess is the unwillingness to give wealth for Allah while cowardice is the unwillingness to give the soul for Allah.

How to overcome fear:

Cowardice is the opposite of courage. Courage is the firmness of the heart. The heart is the essence of every good deed. The heart cannot be firm if the mind isn’t sound. If the heart is weak it leads to cowardice, and if the heart is too strong it leads to recklessness.

The coward needs to cure cowardice by eliminating its cause. If it is caused by ignorance then ignorance is cured by learning. The cause could be fear of the unknown and that is cured by experiencing situations. We find that the beginner in public speaking experiences fear in the beginning but after experience this fear is overcome. We find that when a person first meets a king they might fear the occasion and their tongue would be tied and their posture would change.

That is due to the anxiety of facing a new experience. But if that occasion is repeated many times the fear is eliminated. Original nature can be changed. It is sufficient as proof to see a Hawa child (children trained to care for snakes) grabbing a large snake that would make a brave man tremble while this same child could fear a frog because he is not exposed to frogs. Taming animals is a process of changing their original nature and it is done through training. A wolf could play with a sheep, a cat with a mouse, and a dog with a cat if they are conditioned to do so even though that is contrary to their original nature. Now if animals can change their characteristics can’t humans do the same?

Having a strong heart leads to victory. Ali was asked: “How do you defeat your enemies?” He said: “When I would meet my enemy I would believe with firm conviction that I would defeat him while he believes that I would defeat him so both myself and his self support me against him”.

Some have advised: “Believe in victory, you will be victorious”

Others say: “If you fear your enemy you have allowed an army to be sent against your heart”

We have found that the ones who died because of their fear are more than the ones who died due to their courage.

Al Tartooshi says:

Courage is of three types:

1. A man who stands in front of the army asking for a challenger from the enemy to come out and face him

2. A man who remains calm, concentrating, tranquil while the battle is ragging. And when others are succumbing to fear he has not lost his orientation and is not confused and acts in a way that proves he has control over himself.

3. A man when everyone else is defeated and is retreating remains firm calling them, and encouraging them to continue the fight.

Al Tartooshi says that the third man possesses the greatest form of courage.

The courageous of this Ummah:

The most courageous of all mankind is the Messenger of Allah.

He had the strongest heart of all.

He faced the toughest of situations. Heroes would scatter from around him while he is firm. The Messenger of Allah never turned his back in battle.

218. In Bukhari and Muslim Anas bin Malik narrates: “The Messenger of Allah was the best of people, he was the most generous and the most courageous.”

219. Ali said: “When the ferocity of combat would reach its limit and the eyes would turn red we would seek refuge next to the Messenger of Allah. He would be the closest of us to the enemy.” (Muslim)

220. A man asked al Baraa bin Aazib: “Did you run away during the life of the Messenger of Allah?” He said: “We did. But he didn’t.” (Bukhari – Muslim)

In Uhud Ubayy bin Khalaf, riding his horse, charged towards the Messenger of Allah. Some Muslims wanted to get in the way to protect the Messenger of Allah but he told them to move aside. The Messenger of Allah picked up a spear and threw it at Ubayy who was covered in iron armor from head to toe. Nothing appeared from him except his eyes and a small opening in his neck. The spear hit him right in the neck and he fell off his horse. Even though the spear only caused a minor bruise in his neck due to the protection of the armor, Ubayy rushed back screaming: “Muhammad has killed me!” The people of Quraish checked him and said we don’t find any major injury. You are fine! He said: “Muhammad claimed he would kill me, therefore it must come to happen!” Ubayy latter died on his way back to Makkah.

The courageous of this Ummah are too many to count. On top of the list are the Sahabah whom Allah praised in Quran:
Among the famous brave men of the Ummah are:

1. Abu Bakr:

The courage of Abu Bakr was witnessed by the hero of the Ummah Ali bin Abi Talib. When he was the Khalifah Ali asked: “Who is the bravest of men?” They said: “You are,” He said: “I have never dueled anyone and lost. But the bravest man is Abu Bakr. During the battle of Badr we built a shed for the Messenger of Allah and we asked who would be the bodyguard of the Messenger of Allah therein. Abu Bakr came carrying his sword and defended the Messenger of Allah for the entire day. In Makkah the disbelievers attacked the Messenger of Allah: One would pull him, the other would beat him and they would say: “Have you made the gods one God?” No one dared to go near the Messenger of Allah save Abu Bakr. He went and started fighting them and would say: “Are you going to kill a man just because he says: “Allah is my Lord!”““ Then Ali asked: “Who is better Abu Bakr or the believer of the family of Pharaoh? (His story is mentioned and praised in Quran)” The people remained quite. He said: “Why don’t you answer? In the name of Allah, one moment in the life of Abu Bakr is greater than the entire earth full of the likes of the believer of the family of Pharaoh! The believer of the family of Pharaoh was a man who concealed his faith while Abu Bakr was a man who proclaimed his faith”

Abu Bakr is the bravest man of this Ummah after the Messenger of Allah. One can note the strength of his heart during the battle of Badr, Uhud, the trench, al Hudaybiah, and Hunain. It is enough to note his steadfastness, firmness, and strengthening of the entire Ummah when the greatest disaster of all befell us: The death of Muhammad (saaws). That was when the hearts deviated, and the nation was shaken. When all the hearts where trembling the heart of the Siddeeq was firm. If the heart of Abu Bakr were placed on one side of the scale and the hearts of all the Ummah on the other, his heart would outweigh them all. The courage of Abu Bakr in his
decision to fight the apostates if distributed over the hearts of the cowards on the entire face of the earth, it would be sufficient to make them brave.

2. Umar bin al Khattaab

It is sufficient to point out that the courage of Umar was sufficient enough to make Shaytaan avoid him.

The Messenger of Allah told Umar: “O son of Khattaab: In the name of whom my soul is in His hands whenever Shaytaan sees you taking a route he would take another” (Bukhari – Muslim)
His Islam brought strength to the Muslims. Abdullah bin Masood said: “We used to not be able to pray next to al Kaabah publicly until Umar became Muslim.

3. Ali bin Abi Talib:

He was the lion of this Ummah. He never missed a battle with the Messenger of Allah except Tabook because the Messenger of Allah appointed him over Madinah in his absence. During the battle of Khaibar the Messenger of Allah said: “Tomorrow I will give the banner to a man who loves Allah and His Messenger, and Allah and His Messenger love him. He does not turn his back away in battle and Allah will make opening occur on his hands” All of the Sahabah desired that honor. The next day the Messenger of Allah called Ali and gave him the banner.

Musaab al Zubairi said: “Ali was very cautious in battle. He was swerve terrifically from his enemy and whenever he charges his enemy he would protect all his sides and when he retreats back from his charge he would be even more protective of himself. No one could get to him. His shield was one sided. It only protected him from the front. When asked: “Don’t you fear an attack from behind?” He replied: “I never give my enemy the chance to attack me from my
back”

4. Talhah bin Ubaidillah:

He is one of the ten given the glad tidings of Paradise. During Uhud he shielded the Messenger of Allah with his own body causing over 70 injuries in his body. Whenever the Messenger of Allah wanted to look at the disbelievers Talhah would plead with him not to do so and would shield him with his body.

5. Al Zubair bin al Awwaam:

He is also one of the ten given the glad tidings of Paradise. He was the first Muslim to draw out a sword. During the early days of Islam in Makkah a rumor spread that the Messenger of Allah was kidnapped. Al Zubair drew out his sword and went looking for him. He ran into the Messenger of Allah who asked him: “What’s wrong with you Zubair?” He said: “I heard that you were kidnapped so I came out to fight them!” The Messenger of Allah prayed for him.

6. Saad bin Abi Waqqaas:

He is one of ten given the glad tidings of Paradise. The Messenger of Allah prayed for him: “O Allah make his arrow hit its target and make his prayer accepted” Umar appointed him to lead the army at Qadisiyah. The Muslims won and he continued leading them in Persia until he opened most of it and entered the capital, al Mada’in. Saad is the one who founded the two cities of Kufah and Basra. When he was dying he requested his body be rapped and buried in an old wool cloth. He said this was what I had on during the battle of Badr and I’ve reserved it for this day.

7. Abu Ubaydah bin al Jarraah:

He is one of the ten given the glad tidings of Paradise. Umar appointed him over the army opening al Shaam. He was the leader of the army during the great battle of al Yarmuk. He died in the plague of Amawas in al Shaam.

8. Hamzah bin Abdulmutalib:

He is the lion of Allah and his Messenger. After the battle of Badr Umayyah bin Khalaf who was captured asked AbdulRahman bin Awf: “Who was the man in your army marked with an ostrich feather on his chest?” AbdulRahman said: “That is Hamzah” Umayyah said: “He is the one who brought ruin to us!” He was killed during the battle of Uhud.

9. Jaafar bin Abi Talib:

He was ten years older than his brother Ali. He was the second leader in line at the battle of Mu’tah. When he took over after Zaid he carried the banner with his right hand which was cut off so he carried it with his left hand, which was in turn also cut off so he embraced the banner and continued fighting until he fell. They found in the front of his body over 90 injuries.

10. Muadh bin Amr bin al Jamooh:

He was the slayer of the Pharaoh of this Ummah Abu Jahl.

He said: I made Abu Jahl my target on the day of Badr. When I found him I charged at him and struck him with my sword and cut his leg in two. Then his son Ikrimah hit me on my shoulder until he cut off my arm. It only remained hanging to my body by the skin of my side. But
because fighting distracted me I remained dragging it behind me for most of the day. When it annoyed me I placed my foot over it and pulled it off.

11. Al Baraa bin Malik:

He is the brother of Anas bin Malik the servant of the Messenger of Allah. He was one of heroes of this Ummah.

Anas bin Malik heard his brother al Baraa humming poetry so he told him: “O my brother you are humming poetry? What if this is the last thing you speak?” [When Quran was revealed the Sahabah disliked reciting anything but Quran. Anas was warning his brother and saying that if you die this moment and the last words you spoke were lines of poetry, how would you face Allah? In another narration he told him to rather remember Allah] Al Baraa said: “No! A man like me won’t die on his bed. I’ve killed ninety nine of the nonbelievers and hypocrites!”
(Mussanaf ibn Abu Shaybah)

Umar wrote to his military generals to never allow al Baraa to hold any position of leadership in the Muslim armies. The reason: Umar said he is too hazardous for the Muslims! (Al Hakim)

During the battle against the forces of Musaylamah the liar, he sat on a shield and asked the Muslims to carry the shield on their spears and throw him over the walls of the enemy in order to open the gates! He did open the gates but after he received over 80 injuries. (Al Isabah) On the day of the battle of Tastur the Muslims asked al Baraa to make an oath to give them victory. Al Baraa said: “O Allah! I make an oath that you hand us over their shoulders (give us victory) and to make me follow your prophet (to die)” He charged the enemy and the Muslims followed him. The Persians lost, and al Baraa was martyred. Allah fulfilled his oath.

Anas narrated: When Abu Musa was appointed governor over al Basra he told al Baraa to choose any position of leadership in his government and he will be appointed to it. Al Baraa said: “I don’t want any. Rather I want you to hand me over my bow, horse, spear, sword, and shield and then sent me to jihad. He sent him in an army. Al Baraa was the first to die” (Ibn Abu Shaybah)

12. Sammaak bin Kharshah (Abu Dujaanah):

Before the battle of Uhud started the Messenger of Allah held a sword in his hand and said: “Who would fight with this sword and give it its due right?”

Some men stood up and offered to take it but the Messenger of Allah didn’t give it to them. And then Abu Dujaanah stood up and said: “O Messenger of Allah what is its due right?” He said: “That you strike with it the faces of the enemy until it bents!” Abu Dujaanah said: “I will take it O Messenger of Allah” and he gave it to him. Al Zubair bin al Awwaam said: “I felt saddened that I, the cousin of the Messenger of Allah, would ask for the sword and would not get it but Abu Dujaanah would. So I decided to follow Abu Dujaanah and see what he would do with it.

Abu Dujaanah pulled out a red bandanna and tied it around his head. The Ansar said: Abu Dujaanah has pulled out his bandanna of death! He then attacked enemy and whenever he would face anyone he would kill him!”

Before the battle he marched with pride before the enemy. The Messenger of Allah said: “This is a walk despised by Allah except in this situation”

During the battle of al Yamamah he threw himself over the wall surrounding the city and broke his leg. He continued fighting with a broken leg until he was martyred.

13. Khalid bin al Waleed:

He is the drawn sword of Allah. As soon as he became Muslim the Messenger of Allah was sending him to fight the enemies of Allah. Khalid never in his life lost a battle.

Khalid bin al Waleed said: “If I were to marry a beautiful woman whom I love, or if I were given the good news of having a newborn son, is less beloved and dear to my heart then to be in a cold icy night in an army waiting to meet my enemy the next morning. I advise you to go on jihad”
These were the words of Khalid before his death.

14. Salamah bin al Akwa:

We mentioned his story earlier when he fought the disbelievers alone.
The Messenger of Allah said about him that day: “The best of our foot soldiers today is Salamah bin al Akwa”

15. Ukashah bin Mahsan:

His bravery in war was well known. In the battle of al Ghabah he saw Amr bin Abaar along with his father riding the same camel. He threw his spear and killed both of them the same time.

16. Amr bin Ma’adi Yakrib:

He was a king from Yemen who was famous for his bravery. He later embraced Islam.
Umar would count him as a thousand men. Al Tartooshi mentions in Siraj al Molook that Amr bin Maadi Yakrib went next to the river and told his people: “I am going to cross the bridge. If you follow me after a time equivalent to the time it takes to slaughter a camel you would find me with my sword in my hand fighting whoever is in front of me with the enemy surrounding me and I am standing between them. If you come later than that you would find me dead.” And then
he crossed the bridge over the river towards the enemy’s camp. A while later his people said: “O sons of Zabid! Are we going to leave our man alone? We might not even catch him alive”

So they crossed the bridge and found him without his horse while he was holding both back legs of an enemy’s horse and the horse failed to move. The fighter on the horse was trying to reach Amr behind him with his sword with no avail. When the fighter saw us attacking he came down from his horse and ran away. Amr then mounted the horse. He then told us: “You were almost going to miss me” They asked him: “Where is your horse?” He said: “It was hit by an arrow that killed and I fell off its back”

17. Ikrimah the son of Abu Jahl:

He was courageous before becommung a Muslim and Islam only added to his courage. During the battle of Yarmuk he fought ferociously. He was told to slow down and be cautious. He replied: “I used to fight to defend Allaat and al Uzza (two idols) and I would not take any care for myself. Now you want me to take caution when I am fighting for Allah and His Messenger!”
He then said: “Who is going to pledge to die!” Al Harith bin Hisham, Dhirar bin al Azwar along with 400 of the brave gave their pledge. They attacked the Romans and disappeared in their ranks. Ikrimah never came out. His body was found with more than seventy injuries.

18. Tulayhah al Azdi:

When Saad bin Abi Waqqaas asked the Khalifah Umar to send him reinforcement. Umar replied:
“I have sent you 2000 men: Amr bin Ma’adi Yakrib and Tulayhah al Azdi. Each one of them counts as a thousand”

Tulayhah, Amr, and Qays bin Makshooh went on a reconnaissance mission to the enemy’s army.
Both Amr and Qays kidnapped some Persian soldiers and brought them back to the Muslim camp for interrogation. Tulayhah went further until he was in the camp of the army’s commander. He hid until nightfall and then went straight to the tent of the commander and took away his horse -which was tied to the tent- and ran away. A Persian horseman saw that and followed him. Tulayhah killed him and took his horse along with his and the commander’s horse.

Another horseman pursued him and Tulayhah also killed him and took his horse. A third horseman attacked him but then surrendered. Tulayhah captured him and carried him away, along with a total of four horses in addition to his. The Muslim leaders gathered to question the Persian who turned out to be one of their leaders. He said: “I have fought numerous battles but I have never seen anything like this man! He crossed our camps until he made it to where even the brave would not dare: the camp of our army’s commander, which had over 70,000 soldiers. As if that wasn’t enough he went ahead and took the commander’s horse! The first of us to follow him was considered among us to be equal to a thousand men and he killed him! The second to follow him was killed and then I pursued him and I don’t think that there is anyone in the army equal to myself in strength and courage. But I saw death on his hands and surrendered! The man then accepted Islam and fought along side the Muslims.

19. Abdullah bin al Zubair:

He was the courageous and son of the courageous. His father was al Zubair bin al Awwaam. Abdullah participated in the opening of North Africa and killed Jarjeer, the king of the Berber.

20. Abdullah bin Abi al Sarh:

He was the opener of North Africa. He was the one to lead the first naval battle of the Muslims:
The battle of al Sawari against the Romans. He was appointed by Uthman to govern Egypt.
When the fitnah occurred he retired to al Ramlah in Palestine where he remained until he died.

21. Al Qa’qaa bin Amr

When the Messenger of Allah was consulting the Sahabah before Badr Al Qa’qaa said: “Go ahead and fight and we will not say what Banu Israel said to Musa: “Go and fight with your Lord, we will stay here” But we will say: “Go ahead and fight with your Lord, we are going to fight with you”

Abu Bakr said about him: “The voice of al Qa’qaa in battle is better than 1000 men”

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So tell me again, Who are the Terrorists?

‎I don’t know how clearer these ayats in the Quran can get. Some Muslims have taken the oppressors language to use on their brothers and sisters in Islam. Calling those harmed by the kaffirs terrorist, when in fact, the kaffirs are the ones terrorizing.

39. And those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves.

40. The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah. for ((Allah)) loveth not those who do wrong.

41. But indeed if any do help and defend themselves after a wrong (done) to them, against such there is no cause of blame.

42. The blame is only against those who oppress men and wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a penalty grievous.

(Surat Ash-Shura 42:39-42)

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The sexual humiliation of Muslims in the War on Terror
Written by Asim Qureshi
Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Sex in Islam is a matter that carries with it a great deal of modesty and shame – the above verse indicates the clear and unequivocal ban on extramarital relations.

It is considered a private matter between a husband and his wife, whether it is in a monogamous or polygynous relationship. Indeed, covering oneself to maintain a minimum level of dignity even when alone is recommended according to the shari’ah (Islamic law).

As part of the psyche of Muslim communities around the world, they respond to sexuality and references to sexuality based on the societies they have grown up in and the extent of conservatism within their communities. For Muslims living in the Western world, overexposure to images of sex and nakedness in order to sell objects, is commonplace, thus having a desensitising impact on their psyche, however much they may dislike what they see. For those living in Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan, such images are far less commonplace, in fact non-existent, resulting in a greater degree of sensitivity.

On 4 April 2012, the Zelikow torture memo (previously thought to be destroyed) was released, which effectively confirmed that years after criticism of the way in which torture has been systematically used, that enforced nudity is still to be considered an acceptable practice in interrogations,

“The control conditions, such as nudity, sleep deprivation, and liquid diet, may also be sustainable, depending on the circumstances and details of how these techniques are used.”

The Tipton Three (Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Rhuhel Ahmed) were amongst the first to detail the forms of sexual humiliation that detainees in Guantanamo were suffering. Shafiq Rasul described a cavity search that was conducted on him soon after his arrival in Guantanamo as being, “both painful and humiliating.” However, the shame that was associated with such acts resulted in the slow acceptance that this was taking place,

“We didn’t hear anybody talking about being sexually humiliated or subjected to sexual provocation before General Miller came. After that we did. Although sexual provocation, molestation did not happen to us, we are sure that it happened to others. It did not come about at first that people came back and told about it. They didn’t. What happened was that one detainee came back from interrogation crying and confiding in another what had happened. That detainee in turn thought that it was so shocking he told others and then other detainees revealed that it had happened to them but they had been too ashamed to admit it.”

In their statement, the men highlighted the case of one of the Algerians, one of whom was treated to a particularly horrific incident,

“We were told by one Algerian (not one of the Bosnian Algerians) that he had been taken to interrogation and been forced to stand naked. He also told us he had been forced to watch a video supposedly showing two detainees dressed in orange, one sodomising the other and was told that it would happen to him if he didn’t cooperate.”

In Guantanamo, the practice of sexual humiliation was systematic as detailed by Paisley Dodds in an article for Salon, references were made often to the former interrogator Sgt Erick R Saar who detailed some of the practices that were being implemented against the detainees,

“Beginning in April 2003, “there hung a short skirt and thong underwear on the hook on the back of the door” of one interrogation team’s office, he writes.” Later I learned that this outfit was used for interrogations by one of the female civilian contractors…on a team which conducted interrogations in the middle of the night on Saudi men who were refusing to talk.””

In another incident, Saar described the way in which a man was humiliated through the use of specific Muslim sensitivities,

““His female interrogator decided that she needed to turn up the heat,” Saar writes, saying she repeatedly asked the detainee who had sent him to Arizona, telling him he could “cooperate” or “have no hope whatsoever of ever leaving this place or talking to a lawyer.”‘

The man closed his eyes and began to pray, Saar writes.

The female interrogator wanted to “break him,” Saar adds, describing how she removed her uniform top to expose a tight-fitting T-shirt and began taunting the detainee, touching her breasts, rubbing them against the prisoner’s back and commenting on his apparent erection.

The detainee looked up and spat in her face, the manuscript recounts.

The interrogator left the room to ask a Muslim linguist how she could break the prisoner’s reliance on God. The linguist told her to tell the detainee that she was menstruating, touch him, then make sure to turn off the water in his cell so he couldn’t wash.

Strict interpretation of Islamic law forbids physical contact with women other than a man’s wife or family, and with any menstruating women, who are considered unclean.

“The concept was to make the detainee feel that after talking to her he was unclean and was unable to go before his God in prayer and gain strength,” says the draft, stamped “Secret.”

The interrogator used ink from a red pen to fool the detainee, Saar writes.

“She then started to place her hands in her pants as she walked behind the detainee,” he says. “As she circled around him he could see that she was taking her hand out of her pants. When it became visible the detainee saw what appeared to be red blood on her hand. She said, ‘Who sent you to Arizona?’ He then glared at her with a piercing look of hatred.

“She then wiped the red ink on his face. He shouted at the top of his lungs, spat at her and lunged forward” _ so fiercely that he broke loose from one ankle shackle.

“He began to cry like a baby,” the draft says, noting the interrogator left saying, “Have a fun night in your cell without any water to clean yourself.””

While the US government has denied this incident ever took place, the reporting of the incident by Saar matches perfectly with an incident that was described by Juma al-Dossary, who was eventually released to Saudi Arabia.

Also well recorded, has been the transference of techniques from Guantanamo Bay to Iraq, and in particular Abu Ghraib. The now infamous photos from Abu Ghraib betrayed both the sadistic way in which detainees were treated, but further than that, the systematic way in which their religion was used against them. In particular, the simulated homosexual positions that detainees in Iraq were subjected to, breached the most sensitive aspects of the Muslim psyche. According to Bernard Haykel,

“Such dehumanization is unacceptable in any culture, but it is especially so in the Arab world. Homosexual acts are against Islamic law and it is humiliating for men to be naked in front of other men…Being put on top of each other and forced to masturbate, being naked in front of each other – it’s all a form of torture.”

It is Seymour Hersh who delivers the most damning indictment of the way in which the actions of US soldiers in Abu Ghraib came from policy formed from those at the very top,

“The notion that Arabs are particularly vulnerable to sexual humiliation became a talking point among pro-war Washington conservatives in the months before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. One book that was frequently cited was The Arab Mind, a study of Arab culture and psychology, first published in 1973, by Raphael Patai, a cultural anthropologist who taught at, among other universities, Columbia and Princeton, and who died in 1996. The book includes a twenty-five-page chapter on Arabs and sex, depicting sex as a taboo vested with shame and repression. “The segregation of sexes, the veiling of women…and all the other minute rules that govern and restrict contact between men and women, have the effect of making sex a prime mental preoccupation in the Arab world,” Patai wrote. Homosexual activity, “or any indication of homosexual leanings, as with all other expressions of sexuality, is never given any publicity. These are private affairs and remain in private.” The Patai book, an academic told me, was “the bible of the neocons on Arab behaviour.” In their discussions, he said, two themes emerged – “one, that Arabs only understand force and, two, that the biggest weakness of Arabs is shame and humiliation.” The government consultant said that there might have been a serious goal, in the beginning, behind the sexual humiliation and the posed photographs. It was thought that some prisoners would do anything – including spying on their associates – to avoid dissemination of the shameful photos to family and friends. The government consultant said, “I was told that the purpose of the photographs was to create an army of informants, people you could insert back in the population.” The idea was that they would be motivated by fear of exposure, and gather information about pending insurgency action, the consultant said. If so, it wasn’t effective; the insurgency continued to grow.”

Hersh’s work provides us with a glimpse into the way that sexuality is used against Muslim detainees in the War on Terror. Not only are the tactics being used in order to break the spirit of an individual during the process of interrogation, but further, to use that humiliation as a means to gain a position over the entire community – in effect – as for a form of counterinsurgency tool. Indeed, one of the tools that had been suggested by the CIA in order to undermine Saddam Hussein, was to produce a simulated homosexual sex-tape as if it had been produced by a hidden camera featuring the Iraqi despot. The idea being to destabilise the regime by using such defamatory material in the hope that he would lose any support from his Muslim population. One might claim that such a tactic might have been attempted in the South Park movie which depicted Saddam Hussein as the evil homosexual-lover of Satan.

Such smear tactics are not simply proposals, at times they have been carried out. One of the cited myths about Anwar al-Awlaki is that he was twice arrested for soliciting prostitutes, however he has never been charged with any crime and always claimed that the charges were completely false. Although the arrests were allegedly made in 1996-97, the use of this information against him only began to be peddled recently, as the US media sought to discredit the man’s Islamic credentials. A similar tactic was used against James ‘Yusuf’ Yee, a former Muslim chaplain for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Initially, Yee was accused by the US military of espionage in November 2003, and after being told to provide evidence before a court, eventually charged him with adultery and viewing pornography (crimes under US military law). He eventually won his appeal against the adultery and fornication charges as General James T Hill dismissed the case against him. The same of course can be said of the assassination of Osama bin Laden, where media attention turned to the suggestion that there was a “cache of pornography” in his home. These were both examples of how accusations of improper sexual activity on the part of a Muslim have been used against him, in order to present a flawed and thus immoral character.

The act of using sexual humiliation in order to undermine Muslim enemies serves different purposes depending on the circumstance. The sad reality is that this is not something new to the Muslim world. The current rape of Muslim women in Syria, the mass rapes in Bosnia, and other degrading treatment meted out over the years of repression and conflict in the Muslim world has seen the use of sexual violence and humiliation as being a cornerstone of the way in which Muslim communities are subjugated. Examples such as Ahmed Abou El-Maati in Syria and Moazzam Begg in Afghanistan, where they were made to believe that their fiancé and wife were being violently abused in the rooms next to them, expose the deepest fears that Muslims have, that it is not just them, but their families who will suffer the most depraved degradation.

Sexual humiliation has become a part of the instruments of the War on Terror, by preying on our sensitivities as Muslims, the US decided to play an extremely deadly game, one in which the horror of their actions will only serve to alienate and disaffect Muslims worldwide. The honour and dignity of Muslims is considered to be inviolable, but it is this very concept that he been attacked through the policies that have been practised by the US. This continued humiliation will only last so long, for as the Arab Spring has shown us all, there is only so much that the people can take.

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How Banks Have Controlled Governments and Started Wars, Since the Crusades till Today

Not much more needs to be said.  Is it a wonder that Jesus would attack them in the temples? Bankers have less morals than drug dealers. They hate peace. They profit off of war and turmoil. They manipulate public reactions to support their hidden agendas. They lead societies to their destruction.

Oppression of the Masses of Americans is Moving from the African-American Community to Society At-Large

The African descendants who have ancestral ties to the USA (black folks) have had a long period of dealing with USA law enforcement, from the time of the 1700’s up until today.  This abhorrent behavior has been referred to as slavery, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Law & Order, Three Strikes, Racial Profiling, the disparity of arrests and convictions and the time proven Police Brutality.  Each of these would contain an encyclopedia of evidence and documentation.

However, this post is about how the USA’s attitude of attacking innocent people and using violence, overwhelming violence is justified is coming home to roost.  First it was the First Nation people (Native Americans) who were subjected to violence, even when they were unarmed.  It was also Africans kidnapped from Africa, brought to the shores of the USA, not as citizens, but as cattle to be prodded, killed, sexually abused, tortured, lynched and so forth.

With the USA’s international violence against less armed people, it was also a program of overwhelming violence to show superiority and a lack of respect of the humanity of others.  This was also displayed in the invasion of Vietnam, bombing innocent people in villages, burning the villages, and torturing the citizens.  This scenario has been repeated in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Even the foreign policy of the USA reflects a gross disrespect of other sovereign nations and their citizens, evidenced through the drone program.

So now this mentality is prevalent in the overall mindset of American society.  The Congress makes laws draconian laws regarding finances, taxes, loans, insider trading statues, yet Congress is exempt from many of these same laws.

Thus the USA has reached its pinnacle of world power and now has digressed into a totalitarian state whereby justice is solely defined by the USA. Right and wrong are solely defined by the USA. Killing, terrorism, invasions and war and also solely defined by the USA.  The USA has had a history of a “us vs them” mentality since its inception and that has now reached its crescendo and is falling back onto its own population.

This has resulted in the surveillance of the emails, telephone calls, finances, whereabouts, etc of virtually every citizen as some type of anti-terror dragnet cast over the country to “make everyone safe”. Last year, Congress approved the local governments to use drones to monitor its own citizens. The Patriot Act allowed the government to conduct previously illegal search warrants against its own citizens. Now legal in the USA is the NDAA act which allows the government to detain you, without charge, without legal representation for an indefinite period. Recently,  an executive order stated that the government can now detain you even after you have been found not guilty of a crime .

All of this in spite of the Declaration of Independence giving Americans the right to severely alter a tyrannical government, as Paul Roberts stated “Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists, as the greatest threat to the American public”

Malcolm X, may Allah grant him forgiveness, called this phenomenon “chickens coming home to roost”. Capitalism and oppression, which are almost synonymous will eventually destroy its host. We see that more and more every day.  It started off with good ideas. But the application was faulty from the beginning.

Now, with these crazed military vets returning home from their culture of abuse they inflicted upon Muslims all over the world.  The governing society will let them loose onto the American people because eventually the American people will rise up against their oppressors and the governing body will use these same tactics to decimate any freedom-seeking Americans.

It is now interesting to observe how the USA is turning into not only the lone superpower, but soon, the epitome of oppression towards its own populace.  No longer is it a black and white issue, but a power vs powerless, have vs havenot, 1% vs 99% issue.

Bush & Co decided to declare war against Islam and the Muslims. This policy is bankrupting the nation and the people in power are now trying to maximize profits domestically and abroad. The people of greed (capitalists) have turned onto their own people.

Allah has said in Quran, Suratul Anfal “36. The Unbelievers spend their wealth to hinder (man) from the path of Allah, and so will they continue to spend; but in the end they will have (only) regrets and sighs; at length they will be overcome: and the Unbelievers will be gathered together to Hell;-“.  So Allah is saying that their spending will hurt them and become a cause of regret.  $16 trillion dollars in debt and still counting.

Oppression needs to be sustained, at all costs.  Ask Bashar, Qaddafi, Hosni, etc. They too suffered from this malady.  However, they were only one person.  The USA as a system has been oppressing people for centuries, in spite of claiming to be a bastion of freedom and liberty. This apparatus needs to convince the people to suffer peacefully in their oppressive state.  So we get these talk show hosts propagating the talking points of relabeling the oppressors as “job creators”, “don’t increase taxes on the wealthy” and other things. Because of the hatred many people have for either “liberals” or Obama, they wind up siding up with the very people who are cutting their throats for profit.

Eventually, the game will become transparent for all to see.  Those who accept the status quo will be eaten up.  Those who turn against it will be beaten up.

And the police are the first line of defense in any oppressive society.

Dr. Aafia Siddiqi, Our Sister, the Foremost in Faith.

May Allah make her imprisonment and suffering a source of blessings for her, and a source of forgiveness for her and grant her a speedy entry into jannah

سورة النسآء

75. And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help!”

 

Knowledge of Allah is my Capital
Reason is the root of my Faith
Love is my Foundation
Enthusiasm is my Horse
Remembrance of Allah is my Friend
Firmness is my Treasure
Sorrow is my Companion
Science is my Weapon
Patience is my Mantle
Contentment is my Booty
Poverty is my Pride
Devotion is my Art
Conviction is my Power
Truth is my Redeemer
Obedience is my Sufficiency
Struggle is my Manner, and
My pleasure is my Prayer

Salat is More Important than School

These are the people who buy the life of this world at the price of the Hereafter: their penalty shall not be lightened nor shall they be helped.

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As Muslims, we read, within Quran, Allah constantly reminding and warning us not to trade our hereafter (akhira) for dunya (the life of this world).  We are constantly reminded of how our pursuits in this life may hinder us from the rewards in akhira.  Previous generations and people in hellfire will be punished because of their inordinate lust for worldly pursuits.

Yet, every day we teach our children that school is more important than salat.  When it is Friday night, we tell our children it is perfectly fine to stay up late “because there is no school tomorrow”.  There is still salatul fajr tomorrow.  

It is through these subtle and no so subtle lessons that we destroy the iman that we are supposed to be teaching our children.

Allah says in Quran, “Save yourselves and your family from becoming fuel of the fire”.  As parents, it imperative to teach our children that their main priority is that which will benefit them in the hereafter.  If we do not, our children will curse us on the Day of Judgment for not teaching them proper Islam.

We spend countless hours pursuing secular education, sports, TV, video games, and other forms of entertainment, and we neglect the truly important things. 

Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do.
( سورة العنكبوت , Al-Ankaboot, Chapter #29, Verse #45)

If the children are not taught the importance of taqwa, fearing Allah and modesty, how can we blame them if they want to have boyfriends, girlfriends, or whatever other traps of the shaytan they develop.

None of this is to say that learning about the things of this world have absolutely no importance.  We have been created to dwell here for a time.  We have been given faculties of hearing, sight, thinking to use for our livelihood.  Yet, we must never lose the proper perspective of this world compared to the hereafter.

Surah 102. Rivalry In World Increase, Competition

1. The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things),

2. Until ye visit the graves.

3. But nay, ye soon shall know (the reality).

4. Again, ye soon shall know!

5. Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!)

6. Ye shall certainly see Hell-Fire!

7. Again, ye shall see it with certainty of sight!

8. Then, shall ye be questioned that Day about the joy (ye indulged in!).

Muslim Nationalism is Killing Us

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Today, I was looking thru Ummah.com and I noticed the following exchange

A Syrian Sister posted a photo depicting the suffering of the Syrian people

A brother responds ” sister with all due respect, Syrians are not the only Muslims suffering”

Sister: “Yes you’re right, but I’m concerned about massacres carried out in my country. Does it make me selfish?”

Brother” “Yes.”

I agree with the brother.  In general, the sister, as well as many other people in Syria, are wondering why the Ummah, the Arabs, the UN, etc have not acted with the sufferings of the Syrian people.  (and, YES,  their sufferings are horrible). But this is not the first time that Muslims have been subject to wanton murder and slaughter.

The truth is, when the USA and Israel were killing and taking land from the Muslims in Palestine, the Muslim world has been silent.  No action by the Syrians, no Sauds, No Iraqs, et al, No one responded to their sufferings, or gave arms, support. etc.  There was a lot of lip service and quite a few protests.  Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch seem to have more concern about putting the sufferings of the Palestinians on the forefront than the Ummah, as a whole.

But for the most part, the Muslim world did not care.  It seems as if the Muslims get more excited about basketball, soccer, Hollywood or Bollywood, than the sufferings of their fellow brothers and sisters in Islam.

When the Muslims in Afghanistan were attacked, the entire Ummah was silent. Quite a few Muslims and Muslim countries actually supported the USA’s invasion of Afghanistan, particularly, American Muslims and preachers actively supported the invasion.

When the USA invaded Iraq, there were still quite a few Muslim supporters.  Saudia Arabia even gave air space access to the USA.  The Ummah was silent. There was little or no opposition expressed by Somalia, Syria, Yemen, etc.

When the USA started bombing Somalia, Pakistan, Philippines and the atrocities of Kashmir, Nigeria, now Myanmar, again the Ummah is focused on the Olympics, instead of the Ummah.

The scenario has played itself out many times.  A Muslim country or people will encounter suffering, and wonder where is the help? But when others were suffering, they were silent themselves.

This is solely based upon nationalism.  Where you are primarily focused on your own land, your own tribe, your own country and not on the Ummah as a whole, In spite of the fact we have been commanded to leave off nationalism, and embrace all Muslims as one body.

This is a punishment, humiliation, lesson, from Allah to remind the Muslims that this is not about Arabs, or Turks, or British Muslims.  This is about our Ummah.  We must begin to look at all of the suffering, of each Muslim, regardless of their location as the same as if it was our brother, mother, sister or father, because they are our brother and sister.  This is the MEANING of the prophet saying the Ummah is like one body, when one part hurts, it affects the whole body.

The good news is that there are Muslims who are actively engaged in defending the Muslim Ummah.  The USA calls them terrorists, foreign fighters, Al-Qaaida, and any other name that will besmirch their efforts.  These brothers are traveling from Afghanistan to Libya, to Kashmir, to Syria, engaged in standing tall against the violence, rape, invasions, murder, oppression being meted out by the USA and these Muslim tyrants.

Even within small areas, whether in Afghanistan or Somalia or Yemen, there are Muslims who are actively engaged in defending the Ummah.  The Neo-cons began this war to thwart the growth of Islam and the unification of Muslims and every effort they make, every Muslim they kill, it does the complete opposite.  Every drone is waking up the Muslim to reject anything other than Islam as the solution to the problem.

Sadly, the Muslims do not support them. Some even call them Khawarij or Takfiris. However, truth is that they are the ONLY defense the Ummah has against the “dinner inviations” that the kuffar have distributed for nations to attack the Muslims.

These brothers do not fear the blame of the blamer, nor cower from facing the “mightiest military in the world”. They have shown the kuffar that they are a formidable force and fear no one but Allah.

Kinda reminds me of statements made by the Companions of the Prophet.

Let’s recap.

the Prophet said

“When you deal with interest, and hold fast to the tail of the cow, and become contented with agriculture, and you leave Jihad in the Way of Allaah, Allaah will permit your humiliation and will not lift it from you until you return to your deen.” 

He also said’

Thawbaan radiallaahu ‘anhu the freed slave of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He related that the messenger of Allaah said: “The nations are about to call each other and set upon you, just as diners set upon food.” It was said: “Will it be because of our small number that day?” He said: “Rather, on that day you will be many, but you will be like foam, like the foam on the river. And Allaah will remove the fear of you from the hearts of your enemies and will throw wahn (weakness) into your hearts.” Someone said: “O Messenger of Allaah! What is Wahn?” He said: “Love of the world and the hatred for death.”

There is a general theme that the Muslims need to awaken to the problem and solution to their current dilemma.  Becoming a doctor or lawyer is not the solution to the Ummah.  We have to stop these nonsensical battles over minor differences and allow our Islam to become a religion of inclusion and not exclusion, basing it upon Qur’an and Sunnah, not sects, ideologies, nations, races or any other minor issues.

If you are Muslim and reading this from the comfort of your home, realize that this trial may come to your doorstep, your family, your children. Realize that the kuffar look at Islam as evil and from the devil, and by extension, you are worth more dead than alive. They have began a war to kill your brothers and sisters and what makes you think they will not include you in their aims?

Will you also wait until the fitnah is at your door and then you turn around and wonder, “Where are the Muslims?”

No civilians killed by Obama’s drone attacks? So explain this?

Is this the way of a civlized nation or a nation akin to Stalin’s Russia or Saddam Hussein?

USA Drone Attacks Kill More Innocent People than the Terrorists they are (supposedly) Targeted.  And for any politician to speak truthfully of the failure of this War on Muslims is political suicide.  And for the average American to bring it up, it is unpatriotic. And for a Muslim to speak on it, it is treasonous.

Those whom Allah loves He tests, the ones with the greatest tests are the Prophets

The heart opener

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ

الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

أُولَـٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ

And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirun (the patient).

Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”

They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.

The sign of a believer

Once our beloved Prophet ﷺ was sitting among His noble companions when he ﷺ asked them, what is the sign of your eeman and they replied…

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A Woman’s Womb should be the Safest Place for a Baby, not a place to be killed

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Sorry for the gruesome pictures, but this is a reality of modern civilization.  Killing babies in the wombs of their mother is legally protected infanticide (baby murder).

And in a time when people are constantly speaking of love, peace and happiness, but the same person defends the right of the mother to kill her baby, something is wrong and evil in that society.

Allah says in Quran in Suratu An’am

“137. Even so, in the eyes of most of the pagans, their “partners” made alluring the slaughter of their children, in order to lead them to their own destruction, and cause confusion in their religion. If Allah had willed, they would not have done so: But leave alone them and their inventions.”

and a few verses later

“140. Lost are those who slay their children, from folly, without knowledge, and forbid food which Allah hath provided for them, inventing (lies) against Allah. They have indeed gone astray and heeded no guidance.”

Here, Allah is speaking of a people in the past who also had justifications to kill their children. These were also a people who disbelieved in their Lord and they justified the killing of their children.

However, today, we have a hospital, in one room that will spend thousands of dollars to save an elderly person and a few hundred dollars in the next room to flush a baby in the toilet.

And I read some time ago that the largest demonstration in Washington, D.C. was the March on Washington with Martin Luther King. The second largest demonstration was the Pro-Abortion march in the ’90s.

We have delved to such depths of depravity that millions of women feel justified in killing their baby.  When the mother instinct is gone in a woman, what hope is their in a nation?

If you REALLY want to Help the Muslims in Occupied-Palestine, STOP SINNING!

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4. And We gave (Clear) Warning to the Children of Israel in the Book, that twice would they do mischief on the earth and be elated with mighty arrogance (and twice would they be punished)!

5. When the first of the warnings came to pass, We sent against you Our servants given to terrible warfare: They entered the very inmost parts of your homes; and it was a warning (completely) fulfilled.

6. Then did We grant you the Return as against them: We gave you increase in resources and sons, and made you the more numerous in man-power.

7. If ye did well, ye did well for yourselves; if ye did evil, (ye did it) against yourselves. So when the second of the warnings came to pass, (We permitted your enemies) to disfigure your faces, and to enter your Temple as they had entered it before, and to visit with destruction all that fell into their power.

8. It may be that your Lord may (yet) show Mercy unto you; but if ye revert (to your sins), We shall revert (to Our punishments): And we have made Hell a prison for those who reject (all Faith).

(  سورة الإسراء  , Al-Isra, Chapter #17, Verses 4-8)

I think it should be crystal clear to every Muslim, Palestine will not be free by demonstrations or protests or going to the UN, the USA, the UK, NATO or the Hague. Allah has sealed those avenues because Allah has informed the Muslims that previous generations were invaded, oppressed, raped, and murdered because of their disobedience to Allah.

Hence, the solution for Palestine is the solution for all Muslims all over the world. The Ummah has to raise out of its disobedience to Allah. Every sin we do, whether its missing salat, not wearing beards or hijab, drinking alcohol, partying, fornicating, any and all disobediences. If we TRULY want to help the Muslims in Palestine, STOP SINNING. and make du’a of course

Allah has only mentioned one group of Muslims that He has promised victory. The Believers. So, if you want to be with the victorious group, that group is not based upon secularism, modernism, becoming a doctor or lawyer or engineer. That group is not some club, that by you joining, you are guaranteed some special status with Allah, no matter how pious that name of that club may be.

Believers, those who answer the ayats, “O ye who believe….”. They avoid major sins. They fear Allah. They are mindful of their prayers. They believe in Allah. They trust in Allah. They obey and follow the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلّم. They avoid vain talk. They do not follow the footsteps of the shaytan.

Hence, if you are living a life of disobedience, you are contributing to the humiliation of this Ummah. You are helping the enemies of Allah maintain power over the Muslims. You are assisting in the oppression of your Muslim brothers and sisters, young and old.

Look at this ummah as a large vessel that we must all carry upon our shoulders. Each person’s contribution helps everyone and helps accomplish the task. But when people do not pull their weight, it adds strain and troubles to others. If enough people do not carry their weight, the vessel collapses and we have failed in our mission

When is Africa going to get sick of European Invasions?

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Today, the EU (European Union) has decided it is backing forces to attack the Muslims who are trying to break free from Euromerican domination in Mali

Last week, Obama stated he was backing Euromerican invasion into Somalia.  It seems those ragtag group of youth, called Ash-Shabaab, are not kowtowing to Euromerican demands of commandeering the economy and direction of Somalia.

In Syria, Bashar has not sufficiently slaughtered the Muslims calling for true Islamic Leadership.  So now Obama and the UK are debating how to best steer the direction of the Islamic movement away from Islam and more towards a Western-dominated system.

In Iraq, the USA is still having a hard time controlling the direction of the country it illegally invaded under false pretenses and killed approximately one million of its citizens and destroyed its infrastructure.

In Afghanistan, outside of Kabul, and even within Kabul, the USA and the Coalition of the Killing are still having quite a difficult time with the Taliban, who were the governing body before the USA invaded.

In Pakistan, the USA has once again, bribed the military to allow America to continue killing Pakistani Citizens that the USA has deemed worthy of death.

In Yemen, the USA is still killing Muslims deemed a threat to USA interests.  Though it is never explained how people in Yemen are in any way a threat to the USA.

There is American involvement in Tunis, Algeria, Egypt and other countries.

There is a common thread in these paragraphs.  The USA, the UK, NATO, the UN, the Hague are all working together, invading countries, killing thousands upon thousands of innocents, stealing wealth and pilfering resources in other countries. particularly Muslim countries.

After 500 years of European and American invasions, occupation, colonization and enslavement, do you think the people of these countries would realize that Euromerica does not have their best interests at heart?

And the irony is, it is the people of Europe and the USA are the first to cry about illegal immigrants taking over their country.

This is neither a game nor should it be taken lightly.

HERE we have the leader of the Ivory Coast, in Paris, talking about invading Mali (at the behest of Europeans, of course)

Have the American People been Bamboozled & Hoodwinked by their Government and Corporate Media?

Is the “Arab Spring” manufactured by Zionists, Freemasons, Illuminati, whoever else you may want to add?

Does it matter?

I have discussions with many muslims, on- and off-line whether this “Arab Spring” is genuine or manufactured by the kuffar, whether the Zionists, Freemasons, Illuminati, Neo-cons, etc

My response is the same. “Does it matter?”

Allah is the best planners. We are aware of the events in Yathrib before the Prophet’s arrival. The leaders were killed and the people of Yathrib were leaderless. This void was mentioned by Aaisha bint Abi Bakr as Allah’s decree to prepare for the leadership of the Prophet

This was a clear case of no planning by anyone, but Allah

Then we have Pharaoh, who made all sorts of plannings against Musa, yet the plannings of Pharaoh were part of the plan of Allah

So today, there may be some credence that the Zionists and Illuminati and whoever else to foster these rebellions, but does it really matter? We, muslims, are the hizb of Allah, and Allah is our Protector and Allah will protect His deen. Thus, the plotters and planners have planned.

But tell me, does your heart warm when you see these brothers praying enmasse in the thousands? did we ever see this before?

The brothers waving the kalima with weapons, all calling for Islam and khilafa, did we ever see this before?

I seriously doubt if the Zionists or Illuminati or whoever else planned such a resurgence of this ummah. They may have planned the outer, but the inner is unseen by anyone, but Allah.  Plus they are not “all powerful, all in control”

The speed of the revolution is also not surprising to me. At 4am, it pitch black outside, you could see nothing and within a few  hours, there is so much light outside that you have to squint your eyes.

I have seen it rain so much in one area that you think we are about to encounter a deluge.  Then within a few miles or less, no sign of rain or water.  The streets are completely dry.

Imagine if mankind had to water the earth or lighten the planet.  Yet Allah does it in a few minutes.

This is how Allah works, whether with light, or rain or revolution, everything operates with the speed that Allah has decreed

To me, it has shown me that Muslims, even after oppression, still keep Islam in their hearts, and once their minds and bodies are freed, they return to Islam

The Islamic “flame” is always burning within every Muslim. “They wish to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but …except that He will perfect His light, even if thedisbelievers get annoyed.”

Uwais al-Qarni

 

The story of Uwais Al-Qarni

“The story of Uwais Al-Qarni was mentioned in Sahih Muslim as well as in other books. Now even though he was from the Tabi’een and did not see the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam], the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam] had advised ‘Umar ibn Al-Khatab [Radiya Allahu ‘Anhu] that if he meets [Uwais] then he, ‘Umar, should ask [Uwais] to ask Allah to forgive him and to make supplication for him.

Asir ibn Jaabir radhiallahu `anhu narrated:

Whenever people would come from Yemen, `Umar radhiallahu `anhu would ask them, “Is Uways Al-Qaranee amongst you?” until, one year, he met Uways.

He said, “Are you Uways Al-Qaranee?” He said, “Yes.”

`Umar continued, “From Muraad, then Qaran?” He said, “Yes.”

`Umar then asked, “Were you once afflicted with leprosy and your skin healed except for a dirham’s area?” Uways said, “Yes.”

`Umar finally asked, “Do you have a mother (that is alive)?” He said, “Yes.”

`Umar then said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah – sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam – say, ‘Uways ibn Aamir will come to you with the delegations from Yemen, from Muraad, then from Qaran. He was once afflicted with leprosy and his skin healed except for a dirham’s area. He has a mother, and he treats her kindly. If he was to ever swear by Allah (for something) Allah would fulfill his oath. If you can, request that he ask forgiveness for you.”

`Umar then requested from Uways, “Ask forgiveness for me.” And Uways Al-Qaranee did.

~Sahih Muslim

American Muslims are Masters of Uncaring about this Ummah

Rise Oh Muslims!

The messenger of Allah (saw) said: ‘Any one of you who wakes up in the morning and does not care for the affairs of the Ummah, is not one of us’ [Muslim] Hadith

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “Whoever is not concerned with the problems of Muslims is not one of us.” [Hadith]

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Try this experiment.  Google “British Muslim”, then click Images.  Then Google “French Muslims” then Google, Italian Muslims, German Muslims, Spanish Muslims, and then finally Google “American Muslims”, each time, going to the image portion.  

I see American Muslims in the street, in the masjid, online, constantly talking about American things. I don’t mean, American finances or American foreign policy or even American Militarization.  I am talking about football, basketball, baseball, boxing, or movies, or actors, or rappers, singers, song writers, etc.  

When Whitney Houston died, there were quite a few American Muslims who basically said Whitney Houston (alayhi wa salam)  Ok, they actually said RIP (rest in peace) which means the same thing.

Why? Why are American Muslim so detached from our Ummah? Is it the water? The air? Or is American culture so prominent that it completely overrides all other mindsets, ideologies, societal values, any and everything that is not promoted as “being American”?

American Muslims cheered when Obama became President.  American Muslims cheer when LeBron James played basketball.  They cheered when their football teams play.  But nary a peep, much less a cheer when the Muslims of Syria are about to remove a ruthless dictator.

American Muslims cried when Michael Jackson died.  American Muslims cried when Whitney Houston died.  American Muslims do not cry when American planes drop American bombs onto Muslims in Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, etc. 

The prophet told us when we see an evil the first option is to change it with our hands.  We do not do that. He said if you cannot do that, speak out against it.  We do not do that.  He then said, if you cannot do that, then dislike it in your heart, but that is the lowest of faith.

I cannot see people’s hearts, however, if we can express happiness and sadness in our words and actions about basketball and actors, why can we not express MORE emotions to cheer the victories of our brothers and sisters and to empathize with their pain as they suffer, particularly at the hands of the government we support

The Rise of the Muslims and the Fall of the Kuffar.

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

و صلاة و السلام على النبي

Just a quick observation.

Many amongst the Muslims and the Kuffar have deemed Islam and the Muslims weak and that the West, the USA, the UK, Europe, the kuffar as being strong.  Though Allah says otherwise in Quran.

The Muslims are vilified as being backwards and the kuffar and their lifestyle are deemed to be advanced and civilized.

Of course, this is not only far from the truth, but the truth is actually the complete opposite.  For as the West and its glory of technological advances and other trinkets of convenience, it has become dark and void of any spiritual remembrance of Allah.  Hence it has divorced itself from the Source of All Power and Glory.

The west promotes decadence, hedonism, heathenism, and moral decay.  Impatience and complete disobedience to Allah.  It promotes fornication. It promotes breakdown of the family. It promotes the killing of babies and the marriage of sodomites.  It’s financial success is based upon ribaa (usury) and Allah has stated He wages war against those who engage in interest (forbidden in the Bible, Torah and Quran).

As of late, there has been a willful distortion of Islam being promoted by the Euromerican Media and its minions in the Muslim world. Islam and Muslims have been painted as terrorists and Euromericans have been painted as liberators.

Alhamdulillah, Allah is exposing the global fraud being promoted and is also uplifting His Ummah.  And in spite of turmoil and bloodshed (which is primarily being promoted by American intervention in the affairs of Muslims), Islam is rising in Pakistan, Yemen, Mali, Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia, Iraq and other places.

Just as Pharaoh issued a death sentence to God’s people, and that death sentence was reversed onto Pharaoh’s own people, so too has Bush/Obama with bombs and drones unleashed death from the sky onto Muslims, and that too has been reversed.  Wherever Obama drops a drone, Islam grows.

Meanwhile, the American people are being fed up with the greed and impending police state that the Federal Government is morphing into.  American rebellion against the American government is fomenting and it appears that whatever turmoil the world has seen in the Arab Spring will be a light matter compared to the bloodshed in the Second American Civil War.

This Civil War will not be about slavery or state’s rights, but about the American people desiring true freedom from the  tyranny of their government.

So I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the important role that George Bush and his sidekick Barack Obama have played in igniting a fire on both the American and Muslim soils.  Bush’s War On Terror exposed the evil intent of Euromericans upon non-Europeans.  Dropping cluster bombs onto women and children is not war, it is state-sponsored terrorism, which was supported by NATO, the UN and 52 nations.  This Pharaohic decree can do nothing but come back onto the American leaders, as their citizenry also awaken to the greed and oppression being brought to them and their children by the very people they have elected to uphold their interests.

It wont be a pretty sight, but it will be right.

Allah says in Quran

Or do those who do evil deeds think they can outrun Us? Evil is what they judge.

The Black Flag of Islam is now considered an “Al-Qaaida” Flag

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INTRODUCTION
1) Black Flags :

There are two types of flags in Islam.

The first is called Al-Liwaa and serves as the sign for the leader of the Muslim army. It is also the flag of the Islamic State. The Liwaa of the Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) was a piece of white cloth with the words لآ اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ مُحَمَّدُ رَّسُوْلُ اللّهِ written across it .

The other is termed as Ar-Raya and is used by the Muslim army. The Raya of the Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) was a piece of black wool with the words لآ اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ مُحَمَّدُ رَّسُوْلُ اللّهِ written on it.

Therefore, the Liwaa is a white flag with black inscription and the Raya is a black flag with white inscription

Today, while reading a British Telegraph article, it made reference to an Al-Qaaida flag.

So how do the kuffar identify an “alqaeda flag”? It is the black flag that muslims use to identify themselves. A flag that any muslim would have in his home is now considered an “alqaaida flag”. Considering that Muslims are now going to jail for playing paintball or buying swords and now a common Islamic flag is considered aiding terrorism and being a terrorist.

Welcome to the world of Bush’s Global Crusade against Islam.

To those who call us Khawaarij…

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To those who call us Khawaarij…

Prince of Jihad

[This is a repost with some edits; it’s a great reminder to all those who call themselves Salafi or who are followers of Madkhali]

This is a message to all those who label the Mujaahideen and Mujaahideen Shuyookh of today as Khawaarij such as Shaykh Yusuf bin Saalih al-’Uyayree, Shaykh Abu Yahya al-Libbi, and so on…

If you call us Khawaarij, then answer these points for us:

1. A quality of the Khawaarij is that they are merciful with the Kuffaar. Tell us, O you with intellect, when was the last time you saw the Mujaahideen showing mercy to the Kuffaar? When was the last time you saw the Mujaahideen show smiles to the faces of the Kuffaar and frowns to the faces of the Muslims? When was the last time you saw the Mujaahideen holding hands with Bush and Condoleezza Rice? And when was the last time you saw the Mujaahideen kissing the cheeks of the Zionist Olmert and working on deals with the Kaafir tyrant Putin? And when was the last time you saw the Mujaahideen hold hands with the treacherous Shi’a who oppresses the Sunnah of Iran, Ahmadinejad? And when was the last time you saw the Mujaahideen strike similar goals with Dick Cheney in the house of criminality (i.e., White House)? And when was the last time you saw the Mujaahideen walk the red carpet with Prince Charles and smiling with Queen Elizabeth?

Why are these questions reminding us of King ‘Abdullah and his likes?

2. Another quality of the Khawaarij is that they make Takfeer of the Muslims who commit sins which do not expel them from the Religion. Some of you call the Mujaahideen as Kaafir and Khawaarij for rebelling against the rulers of today that don’t rule by Shari’ah. Tell us, O you who claim to have some knowledge, if the Salaf have classified the sin of rebellion (bughaat) against the Khaleef as a sin which does not expel one outside the fold of Islaam, then why do you make it a sin which nullifies the Shahaadah? Why do you make them equal to the Khawaarij?

3. Another quality of the Khawaarij is that they show harshness towards the Muslims. So if the Mujaahideen really had this quality, then why do we see the Saudi Government give the Crusaders a base to attack ‘Iraaq and Afghanistan to kill thousands of Muslims – both combatant and non-combatant – and we don’t see you call them Khawaarij? Where is the justice? And how often do you read the military reports of the Mujaahideen to know for sure that they go around killing Muslims? What report of theirs made mention of this? We know very well that you get your knowledge and verification from the Faasiq and Kaafir media outlets who still, to this day, cannot prove that the Mujaahideen carry out those car bombings in marketplaces in ‘Iraaq.

Since the Mujaahideen do not have these qualities (of the Khawaarij), then what gives you the right to call them the dogs of the hellfire when they are out defending your Deen, your honor, your respect, and your lands?! And we all know that verily, man is fallible and is prone to mistakes and the Mujaahideen are not an exception to this rule. So why is it that if they make a mistake to which they openly ask forgiveness for (because of their incapability or misunderstanding or mishandling or slip) – such as the bombings of the hotel in Jordan which killed the Zionists but since the blast was bigger than they expected, it killed those who were attending a wedding ceremony – why is it that you label them Khariji for these acts which they have repented for and weeped over?! Or do you deliberately ignore their statements and their words to the Ummah? …And how bad it is to always assume evil from amongst the Mujaahideen to the point that your evil assumptions becomes a sin in the eyes of Al-Jabbaar!

Let’s talk about Human Rights

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This photo causes so much anger and rage in me.  Not because of the men chained, but that it is happening again today and we are as apathetic to the sufferings now as the people were then.  And it is this apathy that allows such atrocities.

And in 100 years, our great grandchildren will see the “enemy combatants” and the brothers of Guantanamo Bay, or Baghram Prison, or Abu Ghurayb or any other secret or known prison that exists and the now legal tortures of innocent men women and children and their rapes and their murders and their mistreatment and shake their heads the same way that people today are shaking their heads at these photos.

Apathy is deadly

More Paternal “love” from the Brits

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The Brits have a meeting of London to decide what they “the brits” will do with Somalia.  The British are still playing the same conquering colonialist game they played 500 years ago.  And they haven’t learned.  This is an extension of the pure racist attitude that the Euromerican powers have had for non-white nations for 500 years.  It is their God-given right to dominate and dictate what happens to other countries.

Yet these same countries are reeling from indigenous anger for immigrants.  It would make sense that if you don’t like foreigners in your country, maybe you should stay out of the country of others?  Mind you, there are no foreign troops in England, yet England feels justified in having their troops in the lands of others, dictating policy and killing its citizens. Imagine of the table were turned?

Why hasn’t England looked at the Palestinian issue, their history in Iraq, and other places as “Lessons Learned”? I presume it is because no matter what the death toll, the financial rewards of invading other countries and seizing their resources outweighs any conscious feelings of guilt, no matter how many dead bodies are left in your path.

So in this meeting in London to decide what happens in Somalia, the Brits have hand-picked the leaders of Somalia (just how are these handpicked puppets the leaders of anything is anyone’s guess)  Maybe they should call them the Five Civilized Leaders.  Yet the Shabab control the country.

This is colonialism all over again.  A sovereign nation has a leadership that is not approved by their Whiter Interloper and the Europeans will now justify invading the country (Sounds like Christopher Columbus, all over again)

As far as the Shabab go, what can we say? The oppressive USA government has basically declared war on yet another sovereign muslim nation, solely because these niggers have the nerve to not want to be the slaves of the USA.  The Shabab have rejected the Superiority complex of the USA and Europe and have earned their wrath.  The Shabab remind me of Haiti, showing courage in the face of oppressors who would stifle their freedom.  Barak Obama and the Government of the USA cannot believe these darkies are showing no fear.  Barak Obama has launched attacks on the people of Somalia, killing hundreds of innocent muslims.  (no defense can be made for such acts of war)  But the USA can do it because the USA can do it. Not because it is right. Not because Somalia is a remote threat to the USA, not because Somalia has attacked the USA.

None of that.  Only because there are resources in Somalia that the USA feels it has a better right to, so it will do anything to justify usurping the authority and freedom of the Somalian people and prop up yet another puppet government to subjugate the people and put profits in the hands of a few.

52 Nations vs The Taliban

 

52 Nations vs The Taliban

 

by “uncle umar”

If you add up all the nations that United in a Coalition together to fight the Taliban, it is around 52 countries.

52 Nations contributed with troops on the ground in some form or another, against the Taliban !

Not the mention the other dozen or so coalition partners like Pakistan, Uzbekistan, India, Kyrgistan who provided Airspace, supply routes, attack routes and other assistance.

Not to mention the Northern Alliance, Iranian co-operation, and the Afghan Nation Army.

Not to mention the cost of the war.

A Blessed Hadith and Prophecy of Muhammad Rasulallah (saw)….

On the authority of Abdullah bin Abbas, who said : One day I was behind the prophet and he said to me:

“Young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice] :
Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you.
Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you.
If you ask, ask of Allah; if you seek help, seek help of Allah.
Know that if the Nations were to gather together to benefit you with anything,
it would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you,
and that if they gather together to harm you with anything,
they would harm you only with something Allah had already prescribed for you.
The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.”

and also…

“Be aware that if the whole of mankind gathered together in order to do something to help you,
they would only be able to do something for you which Allaah had already written for you.
Likewise, if the whole of mankind gathered together to harm you,
they would only be able to do something to harm you which Allaah had already written to happen to you”

The Black Banners from Khurasaan…

Related by Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam said:
“(Armies carrying) black flags will come from Khurasan (Afghanistan).
No power will be able to stop them and they will finally reach Jerusalem where they will erect their flags.” (Tirmidhi)

The black banners will come from Khurasan.
Their turbans will be black and their clothes white.
At their front will be a man named Shuayb, the son of Salih, from Tamim.
They will defeat the companions of The Sufyaani until he comes to the House of Jerusalem where he will establish his power for the Mahdi,
and he will be supplied with three hundred (men) from Syria after his arrival and the matter will be settled for the Mahdi in seventy-two months (six years).”

Are we truly on the brink of One World Government?

At first, I saw this article yesterday, explaining how the EU had been reluctant to share airline passenger information with the USA.  They have now agreed.

Today, I see this, WikiLeaks lawyer is barred from returning to her homeland of Australia because she has been put on a WatchList.  

As a Muslim, I expect this type of treatment from the kuffar against Muslims. They have banned many Muslim Preachers from traveling because of “security concerns”.  In spite of the fact these men have no ties with any radical, violent group.  They just tend to express their distrust of the existing World Order. 

But with this latest advent, it is becoming clear that these governments have a mutual agenda.  That is to have complete control through monitoring and intimidation of its citizenry.  The IRS has now passed a las that strips your citizenship away if they feel you owe back taxes.  (Warren Buffet owes $1billion in back taxes)

There are many changes that have taken place and many more pending.  All designed to put a complete net over free, independent thought and have us smart enough to work the machines, but dumb enough to not care about how we are being used as their cash cow.

The RAND Report, America’s Plan to Undermine Islam from the Muslims

The RAND Report, America’s Plan to Undermine Islam from the Muslims

A Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Muslim

The American Inquisition has begun

Spanish Inquisition – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Google Search (the Spanish Inquisition)

In history, as the Muslims Rulers of Spain (al-Andalus) became divided, the Christian Popes declared their own “War on Terror” and firstly began outlawing various aspects of Islam and began a brutal pogrom of torture and oppression of Muslims.  It all culminated with Queen Elizabeth of Spain (the sponsor of Christoper Columbus)

Today, the USA has stepped into the shoes of its European Ancestors and reigniited the European war against Muslims.  It has not began systematically invading numerous muslim countries, firstly thru covert CIA operations, monetary and financial boycotts and pressure, sponsoring proxy wars, kidnappings, rape, indefinite incarcerations, closure from legal representation and even legalized torture of Muslims.

Not since the Spanish Inquisition has the Euromerican hatred of Islam and Muslims been so blatant. And daily getting worse.

Its media machine is constantly churning our new haters of Islam on major news outlets, spewing all types of scare tactics to the ignorant masses and making attempts to subvert any semblance of Islam within Islamic nations.

Muslims must become aware of what is going on so they are not asleep as this monster comes to their homes.

Muslim Woman on Death Bed after Hate-Crime Beating in California

The US’s policy re. Muslims in their land

US soldier kills 17 Afghan Civilians

US Marines Training Ugandans to kill Muslims in Somalia

US soldier jailed [JUST] for seven years over murders of Afghan civilians

After 9/11: ‘You no longer have rights’ – extract

NYPD monitored Muslim students all over Northeast

Police in the mosques

When will the U.S. become an official police state?

The West (Europe) has a Long History of Trying to Destroy Islam

US General says- “It’s good fun to shoot people”

Muslims are the New Niggers to Americans

with the advent of the various forms of justifications being promoted by the media regarding the usa marine who killed 17 or so innocent muslims in their sleep, it should be painfully clear to any who had any lingering doubts about the evil that exists within the american psyche.

Welcome to the USA

None of this is new to people who have lived in the shadows of the American dream, constantly being denied basic rights.  Rights that were mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, which stated that a government has no right to usurp inalienable (God given) rights.  And that whenever a government is guilty of denying those rights, it is your duty as a HUMAN being to abolish and destroy that government.

This document was written by Europeans in the newly formed United States of America who had a beef with King George.  From that day till now, the USA has been guilty of denying basic human rights to Native Americans, African Americans, japanese Americans and a host of others.  These rights were not only denied by an ignorant populace, but was part of the governing body, federal and local.

These rights were denied to many of the civil rights workers, who were publicly gunned down and their killers were known, yet as one said “where are you going to find a jury in Mississippi that will find a white man guilty of killing a n1gger”?

Well, this hate and evil has now come to the Muslim, in the USA, as well as overseas.  Muslims are insulted, kidnapped, imprisoned, legally tortured, and slaughtered enmasse in full public view of the world body and no one seeks them justice.

Since Sept 11, the USA has singlehandedly given the world a greenlight to kill muslims, with impunity. Even Bashar of Syria accuses his civilian population who are demonstrating for their freedom, terrorists, and subsequently uses military hardware to fire upon neighborhoods.  Israel does it to the Muslims in Occupied Palestine. Uzbekistan, Russian, Kajikistan, etc all have answered the call to fight terrorists by turning their guns on their own population who seek nothing other than to live the lives of Muslims.

This is not going to stop until the Muslims awaken from their slumber, which many have, yet many have not.  And when they awaken, they must take up the book of Allah and the Sunnah as their protection against the global evil that has been unleashed upon them.  For Allah has honored this ummah as long as this ummah honors Allah. So if this Ummah is being humiliated, it is time for it to return to its roots.

Europe’s Attack on Islam in Africa

“Islam has thus two avenues of approach to the African negro – his natural preference for a militant faith and his resentment at white tutelage. It is the disinclination of the more martial African peoples for a pacific creed which perhaps accounts for Christianity’s slow progress among the very warlike tribes of South Africa, such as the Zulus and the Matabele. Islam is as yet unknown south of the Zambezi, but white men universally dread the possibility of its appearance, fearing its effect upon the natives.

“In so far as he is Christianized, the negro’s savage instincts will be restrained and he will be disposed to acquiesce in white tutelage. In so far as he is Islamized, the negro’s warlike propensities will be inflamed, and he will be used as the tool of Arab Pan-Islamism seeking to drive the white man from Africa and make the continent its very own.”

Quoted from this website

My only question, how did these people ever become leaders of the world? Evil doesn’t begin to describe their collective mentality.  It is not just one group, or one era, or one segment.  It is 500 years of a quest to dominate the world and subjugate its occupants.

And then they make up songs about “We are the World”

Sickening

Attn: Government Law Enforcement, Lurkers, Monitors and Spies

I was thinking of you folks today, after watching a video of an Pakistani Imam in Brooklyn being investigated because one of your guys “thought” he was up to something. As is typical, it turned out to be nothing.

But in retrospect, I was thinking, why do you guys do what you do? You spend countless hours looking thru the internet for clues, suspects, chatter etc to what purpose?

You want to find out if anyone here is thinking of, planning, orchestrating, advocating any type of subversive activity that your Government deems problematic. Then thru collecting data, you formulate a case against these individuals and try to “bring them to justice”.

This is the lie told to you by your Government and Superiors, and as good minions, you lick it up, out of patriotism, safety for your family and just to get a better paycheck.

How thoughtless and selfish of you.

Just think back about 80 yrs ago, there were patriotic German police, who did the same thing. They had been told that Jews were the bad guys and that it was in the interest of Germany to monitor and arrest these folks.  And though each officer may not have been the one to execute them, each one contributed into the assembly line that eventually led to the Holocaust.

Each officer thought of his nation, his career and his family and THOUGHT he was doing the right thing. Yet he had been deceived and he was deceiving himself. Just like you.

Even if you go back a few thousand years, every tyrannical system was first supported by people like you. Foot soldiers in the Imperialistic powers-that-be. It starts with you. So if you are not aware of the implications of what you do and why you do them, you are nothing more than an accessory to the crime.

If you scour the internet and actually use the common sense that the Good Lord gave you, you will see who is on the right side of this global war on terror and who is on the wrong side. So either you are also too blinded with bigotry and hatred, or you just dont care. Either way, you are on the wrong side.

What is at stake? Firstly, there is no war on terror, just like there was never a “white man’s burden” or “christian crusade to purge the world” for the past 500 years. Euromerican imperialism has always devised some sloganeering to get its farmers/policemen to wage war against perceived enemies. Whether it was slavery, or decimation of the American Indian, or fighting communism in Vietnam, and now terrorism. It has always been lies to get you to support their quest for power and domination.

You can take any uprising all over the world, whether in Occupied Palestine to Syria, from the Uighur Muslims to Brooklyn, NY, it is the same thing. The controllers of the world need you to help them oppress other people. And sadly, you have bitten the bait.

So I invite you to dialogue with the Muslims. Stop being so sneaky and unmanly, but stand up straight and say what needs to be said. Fear no one but God. If you think we are wrong as muslims, then challenge us. If you are right, we will agree.

Hiding in dark lonely rooms spying on people is not how to resolve any differences or conflicts. That is the way of cowards and people afraid to stand for what they believe.

No one wants bloodshed or the loss of innocent lives, yet if you look at who is doing the killing and shedding of innocent blood, it is hardly the muslims.

Not only that, you claim to want to maintain law and order, yet you justify breaking your own laws to enforce your laws. Do you not see the problem with that?

So stop being so short-sighted and look at the big picture. Are you helping the solution or perpetuating the problem?

Your call

Brought to you by the people who brought Christianity to the World

Brought to you by the people who brought Christianity to the World

More Patriot Americana for you

Muslims need Bay’a and Leadership

السلام عليكم و رمحة الله و بركاته يأ إخوان

 

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم stressed obedience to leadership.  He was the leader of the Muslims, then and now.  He stressed that if two Muslims or three Muslims re together, one is to be chosen as the leader.  When the Muslims migrated to Abyssinia, Jafar was the leader (no bay’a).

Even in our salat, we have a leader and we do not move until the leader moves and we follow his movements.

A company cannot function without leadership.  A family cannot function without leadership. Even a flock of birds has leadership.  Leadership solidifies the body and establishes direction.  Without it, the body is confused and has no direction.

Why is it our Ummah  today does not stress the importance of leadership?  We have countess scholars, preachers, leaders and imams, yet we have no leadership. How important is leadership? Well, the companions of the prophet knew the importance of quickly burying the dead and they loved the Prophet, yet they delayed burying the Beloved Messenger of Allah until they had chosen a leader.

Every expedition that the Muslims embarked, they chose a leader.

Today, we have 1.5 billion muslims yet no one is stressing leadership.

Children are commanded to obey their parents.  Women are commanded to obey their husbands, yet why is it that the men are not accountable to no one? Hence each man leads according to how he feels.  Whether that “feeling” is correct or incorrect, there is no one to keep him in check.

And the Prophet stressed that this Ummah has ONE leader, not many.  So each head of state of the Muslim world is not accountable to any leadership, so he also rules according to his whims, and as a result we do not have one Islamic country in the world today.

This lack of leadership is allowing the kuffar to violate the honor and respect of the Muslims and Islam. Muslims are being tortured, raped, killed, and imprisoned without anyone to help or offer assistance.  The Muslim world seems dependent upon its enemies to help the Muslims.  This is wrong on every level.

ImageIt is impossible to have a united body without leadership.  Demanding loyalty to each of these various muslim leaders is like a woman having many husbands. It is against any source of reasoning and logic and against Islam to demand that the Muslims are obedient to “the leaders”.  They are to be obedient to their leader (singular).

Now it is apparently impossible for this Ummah to choose a leader that we will all agree upon.  Hence, many muslims are awaiting the Mahdi to straighten out this mess.  However, even if one chooses to await the arrival of the Mahdi, that does not abrogate the importance of leadership.

We need to start with the basics.  Each man must acknowledge that he is to have someone that he follows.  Not necessarily baya, but a communal leader (similar to Jafar being the leader of Muslims in Abyssinia)

This leader can be your father, the Imam next door or in the nearest city.  Someone you entrust with the leadership of your affairs.

As the Prophet said, when their are two or three Muslims, one must be chosen to be the leader, let us implement this important sunnah.  Otherwise, we are contributing to the disunity of the Ummah that we can all plainly see.

Dua for the Suffering of this Ummah

O Allah, Islam has not become weak. We have become weak.

O Allah
, we know that we are suffering because of our sins.

O Allah
, You sent the Qur`aan Sharief for our guidance.

O Allah
, Rasulullah (SAW) left us His beautiful Sunnah

O Allah
, we know that we have distanced ourselves from the Qur`aan and Sunnah and as a result we are suffering everywhere in the world.

O Allah
, just as Rasulullah predicted, the enemies of Islam are calling one another to join in devouring the Ummah. But O Allah, You are our Protector.

O my Kareem Allah
, the enemies of Islam have ganged up against the Muslims. Even Muslim governments have joined their alliances and coalition.

O Allah
, the enemies of Islam have become one and we, who are the Ummaties of Rasulullah (SAW) are becoming more and more divided and disunited.

O Allah
, we have brought more destruction upon the Ummah than even the enemies of Islam.

O Allah
, with our deeds and actions, we have been the means of the destruction of the Ummah. The enemies only came to destroy whatever was left…

O Allah
, unite the entire Ummat.

O my beloved Allah
, guide the enemies of Islam. Bless them with Imaan and Islam.

O Allah
, bless them like how You blessed the Sahabah-e-Kiraam and others with Imaan and Islam.
…But,

O Allah, if they have become obstinate and they have made up their minds that they are not going to accept Your beautiful Deen, and they are planning the destruction of the Muslim Ummah – the destruction of Muslim lives, homes, property and economy, then O Allah, You are the best of Planners.

O Allah
, You are the same Allah who was present in Badr, at Uhud , at the Fath-e-Makkah…

O Allah
, You haven’t become weak. We have become weak.

O Allah
, Just as You sent the ababeel and destroyed Abraha and his forces, which had set out to destroy the Ka’bah Sharief….

O Allah, send disaster against these forces who are out to destroy the Ummat.

O Allah
, send floods and destroy them.

O Allah
, send gale-force winds against the enemies

O Allah
, shake the ground beneath their feet.

O Allah
, cause their ships to sink

O Allah
, cause their planes to crash.

O Allah
, create division and disunity in their ranks.

O Allah
, make them fight amongst themselves.

O Allah
, fill their hearts with terror and fear.

O Allah
, humiliate the enemies. Crush the enemies.

O Allah
, destroy them like how You destroyed the ‘Aad and the Thamud.

O my beloved Allah
, send Your angels and assist and help the mujahideen of Islam.

O Allah
, give the stones which they throw, the power of atom bombs.

O Allah
, wherever in the world the Muslim Ummah is suffering, come to our assistance.

O Allah
, bombs are being rained upon innocent women, children and civilians.

O my Allah
, homes are being bulldozed.

O Allah
, aid the Mujahideen and our brothers and sisters in Palestine, in Afghanistan, in India, in Bosnia, in Chechniya, in Kosova, in Kashmir, in Iraq and in other parts of the world where they are facing tyranny and oppression.

O Allah
, those who have been imprisoned unjustly, find a way out for their release.

O Allah
, their ‘sin’, in the eyes of these merciless enemies, is nothing except that they have tried to spread Your Deen… Their ‘sin’ is nothing except that they say ‘La-ilaaha Illallaah’

O Allah
, remove the difficulties and trials of the Ummah.

O Allah
, we are going through very, very, difficult and trying times. It has become very difficult to even protect our Imaan.

O Allah
, protect our Imaan.

O Allah
, protect each and every one of us. Protect the entire Ummat.

O Allah
, change the conditions of adversity, to conditions of prosperity.

O Allah
, change the condition of fear, to that of peace and security.

O Allah
, change the condition of the Ummah.

O Allah
, restore the dignity and honour of the Muslim Ummah.

O my beloved Allah
, have mercy upon the Ummat of Nabi ; forgive the Ummat of Nabi ; shower Your Rahmat upon the Ummat of Nabi ; overlook the sins and weaknesses and shortcomings of the Ummat of Nabi.

Yaa Rabbana, lay not on us a burden greater than we have the strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness; have mercy on us. You are our Protector; help us against the disbelieving people.

Maulana Yunus Patel :Image

Call it What You Will, There are Those Who Conspire….It’s not a theory

 

They called them NIGGERS…

 

The Nelson Lynchings

In May of 1911, Laura Nelson, came to the aid of her 15 year old son, L.W. Nelson, who was accused and convicted — without any deliberation or trial — of killing an Oklahoma police deputy. Mrs. Nelson confessed to the deputy shooting in an attempt to stall her son’s fate, and as a result, both mother and son were imprisoned for the crime. On May 25th, Laura Nelson and L.W. Nelson were kidnapped from their prison cells by a white mob and token six miles to the North Canadian River bridge where L.W. Nelson was held down beaten and castrated while his mother was repeatedly raped by the mob. With ropes tied to their necks Mother and son were thrown over the bridge railing. For weeks after, hundreds of townspeople visited the bridge to view the hanging bodies and to have their picture taken on the bridge as they smiled and looked down upon Mrs. Nelson’s and L.W. Nelson’s hanging Black bodies. NEVER FORGET. They were 2 of the reported 3,446 Blacks lynched in the United States.

 

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Slavery Alive and Well in the USA…….Military Hardware built by Prison Labor

New Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor

Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. Now a new exposé reveals ALEC has paved the way for states and corporations to replace unionized workers with prison labor. We speak with Mike Elk, contributing labor reporter at The Nation magazine. He says ALEC and private prison companies “put a mass amount of people in jail, and then they created a situation where they could exploit that.” Elk notes that in 2005 more than 14 million pounds of beef infected with rat feces processed by inmates were not recalled, in order to avoid drawing attention to how many products are made by prison labor. [includes rush transcript]

http://www.google.com/search?q=prison+labor+building+military+hardware

http://www.google.com/search?q=unicor+uses+prison+labor+to+build

Visited UNICOR’s website and saw this quote about their call center (http://www.unicor.gov/services/contact_helpdesk/): “With more and more call center work being outsourced, UNICOR can provide call center support at a highly competitive rate, and do it right here in the USA. Imagine… All the benefits of domestic outsourcing at offshore prices. It’s the best kept secret in outsourcing!”

“Offshore prices.” Slaves (prisoners) in the US are cheaper than Indians and Filipinos apparently.

 

Filed under prison, civil rights, food, ALEC

Guest:

Mike Elk, contributing labor reporter at The Nation magazine.

Abu Ghraib abuser released from prison

Abu Ghraib abuser released from prison.

Abu Ghraib abuser Charles Graner released from prison

By Reuters
Saturday, August 6th, 2011 — 10:31 pm
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CHICAGO (Reuters) – The soldier who orchestrated abuses of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison was released on Saturday after serving more than six years in a Kansas military prison barracks, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said.

Charles Graner, 42, was released from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth at about 10 a.m. on Saturday after serving more than 6-1/2 years of a 10-year sentence, U.S. Army spokeswoman Rebecca Steed said.

Graner was convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit maltreatment, dereliction of duty, and assault consummated by battery and indecent acts, Steed said. He was released early for good behavior, she said.

U.S. military leaders, from Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld down, were criticized for setting up Abu Ghraib as a makeshift jail in the months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and handing control to the ill-suited, low-level soldiers who forced inmates to perform sex acts and abused them physically and psychologically.

The abuses ignited global outrage, and dealt a powerful blow to America’s image, when the soldiers’ own photographs of their humiliation and intimidation of Iraqi detainees were first published in the spring of 2004.

Images showed Graner giving a “thumbs up” sign behind naked Iraqis piled into a pyramid and grinning over a corpse.

Among the six other soldiers charged from his unit was former Private First Class Lynndie England, who was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the scandal.

Photographs showed England, then 20 years old, holding a naked Iraqi on a leash. She fell in love with Graner, later having his baby. Graner rejected her for another female soldier in the prison.

Graner will be under supervision by a probation officer until December 25, 2014, Steed said.

All in, 11 military personnel were convicted for prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib.

 

I Saw Many Killed Under Torture: Guantanamo Torture Survivor:German Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz

The Haters Whine About Being Hated

Herman Cain is being lynched for taking a stand. And the people doing it are Republicans and self-proclaimed conservatives

Lynching Herman Cain

– Daniel Greenfield  Sunday, July 31, 2011

Herman Cain is being lynched for taking a stand. And the people doing it are Republicans and self-proclaimed conservatives. Commentators who complain about the “race card” are eagerly laying down the “bigot card” because Cain did what few candidates are ready to do. He clearly spelled out the problem with Islamic involvement in American public life.

If as some insist, Cain’s campaign was brought down by his statements about Islam—then Republicans have accepted the Dhimmi Principle that the viability of a candidate depends on taking a moderate position on Islam. A moderate position being skeptical, but not particularly confrontational. A position that easily leads back to that old “Handful of Extremists” saw.

All this comes down to is an Islamic vetting of presidential candidates. And everyone attacking Cain over it has given CAIR their victory.

All the little condescending pieces on how Cain was a good candidate until he went a little too far off the reservation deserve a head pat from a black gloved hand. What better victory for the Islamists than to have conservative pundits falsely attribute Cain’s campaign problems to his opposition to Islam?

What did Cain say that was so wrong? He questioned how Muslims could reconcile a theocracy with participation in American public life. And he came out on the side of communities fighting back against mosque projects. And that’s bigotry. Don’t ask why it’s bigotry. It is. And if you don’t believe me, go ask CNN or the Washington Post.

Playing the bigot card is cheap and easy. It’s free. And value free.

The real question we should be asking, is it permissible to question the bona fides of members of an ideology that has murdered millions around the world and thousands in America? Can we actually ask whether a theology that calls for the subjugation of the world disqualifies you from taking an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States?

There are two obligations here and they are incompatible with one another. We cannot look into the soul of another person, but the contradiction between the two must be asked and answered. And if we cannot do that, then we have already given up freedom of speech and thought, and exchanged it for the conformity of political correctness. So we say that after a Muslim kills he may be criticized, but not before the fact. And close our eyes to the origin of the act.

Is there a “Good Islam” and a “Bad Islam”

Is there a “Good Islam” and a “Bad Islam”. The Islam of decent people and of evil terrorists. But where do we find this “Good Islam”?

Not in Pakistan, Iran or Saudi Arabia. What about Indonesia, with its genocides, Malaysia with its church burnings or Egypt with its persecution of the Copts? Forget Muslim countries then, what about countries with Muslim minorities. Nigeria, Thailand and the Philippines. How many heads would you like to see.

Why must we ask is the Muslim world less pluralistic, less free and more intolerant than the countries where they are demanding the right to impose their theocratic legal system on others. And what exactly will happen when they gain that power?

Can you imagine that America will retain its freedoms under a president who believes that the Koran is the writ of heaven, that non-Muslims are inferior, that women are subhuman and that only laws based on the Koran are just?

Can you imagine that police chiefs who believe that women cause their own rapes will protect rape victims? Why even bother asking, when cabbies who believe that seeing eye dogs drive away angels refuse to carry the blind.

When cartoonists go into hiding and Muslim soldiers open fire on their fellow troops, there is no serious debate to be had over what happens when the Koran and the laws of the United States intersect with one another. And the results are bloody.

If religious and ethnic minorities are persecuted in the Muslim world, and if even religious and ethnic majorities are set on by Muslim minorities in the non-Muslim world, then how hard is to figure out what comes next for America? Do we really need a map or a diagram. Should we go once again to the Ground Zero Mosque to understand how much contempt and how much deception is woven into the campaign to subjugate us. To wipe away our laws and freedoms and replace them with the ravings of a 7th century bandit who murdered and raped his way across the desert, turning a multicultural society into a fanatical wasteland.

It is easier not to deal with these uncomfortable questions. To assent to CNN and the WaPo and all the other outlets of the manufactured consensus. To nod your head and say, “Cain went too far. There may be some bad eggs out of Mecca, but we shouldn’t be bigots.”

So let’s talk about bigotry

So let’s talk about bigotry. Talk to the Copts of Egypt, the Christians of Pakistan and Malaysia, or the Jews of Iran. Learn about bigotry from them and what happens when political power is vested in the hands of members of a cult that preaches the absolute political dominance of their theocracy.

Do you want bigotry? The cemeteries of the world are filled with the victims of the Koran. And their number grows year by year. Go the graves of the murdered and the dead, and mumble to them about bigotry. Tell them that singling out Muslims isn’t nice. It’s not proper. It’s not the American Way—or that flavor of the American Way cooked up by liberals around 1965.

When Orwell wrote 1984, few Americans imagined being too afraid to speak their minds. Now it’s 2011 and we are learning to be afraid. And when someone stands up to speak what we know is the truth, then we shiver and bring out the rope. We lynch him as a sacrifice. The way that Europeans denounce Israel, and prosecute Koran burning. An offering for the Dhimmi altar.

This isn’t about Cain, who has backtracked his earlier comments. This is about cowardice. Not physical cowardice, but the cowardice of the mind. The timidity of stepping beyond a reasonably safe opinion and following it to its logical conclusion. Of even raising the subject. And the glee of destroying the man who steps slightly to the right of you. Who dares to say what you do not.

Should we be banning Muslims from public office or keeping mosques out of communities?

Should we be banning Muslims from public office or keeping mosques out of communities? Certainly we should be able to have that question, without cries of “bigot” coming from people who should know better.

If nothing else, the butcher’s bill we have paid in the last decade gives us the right to ask those questions. The dead on our side and the killers on theirs means that we have paid for the right to ask those questions in blood. And we go on paying for it with unrecognized sacrifices and unspoken terror. A conspiracy unmasked there, a bomb plot exposed here. An assault there, a rape here.

But will we ask those questions? The Constitution won for us Freedom of Speech, but what worth is it if isn’t used. It won for us Freedom of Religion, but what use is it if we allow that freedom to be taken away from us by a theocracy that does not recognize the existence of such a thing. There is no need to take a red pencil and X out any parts of the Bill of Rights. By allowing them to fall into disuse, by destroying the reputations of anyone who makes use of them, we will have accomplished the same thing.

It is startling to me sometimes to see how much bolder the Europeans are than us. What would the condemners of Cain make of Geert Wilders and Oriana Fallaci, or Brits like Pat Condell. Europe may be under siege, but it still has men and women who rise up and speak the truth. And we who have Freedom of Speech enshrined in the Constitution are prisoners of politically correct timidity.

Maybe your back has to be up against the wall to be able to speak out that way. And maybe we must wait for our own No Go Zones, and our own Islamic Councils. To see firsthand that we are losing the country. Maybe when that day comes it will be the shushers of Cain who will be shushed and the ridiculers of a man who dared to speak the truth who will be humbled . When speaking out in the face of terror is no longer a crime and when challenging theocracy is no longer out of sorts.

I would hope and pray that it doesn’t take that. That we need not be schooled to desperation before we are allowed to ask whether we can retain our freedom under the rule of a creed that calls every man a slave.


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A JEW is behind the Anti-Shariah Movement in the USA……..no kidding

I was not looking for this.  I was reading the NY Times about something totally unrelated.  And on the right side of the screen was this article. I am not one to “blame the Jews” for every ill on earth.  But you gotta admit, this one fits the stereotype

 

The Man Behind the Anti-Shariah Movement

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Published: July 30, 2011

NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s latest woes include high unemployment, continuing foreclosures and a battle over collective-bargaining rights for teachers. But when a Republican representative took the Statehouse floor during a recent hearing, he warned of a new threat to his constituents’ way of life: Islamic law.

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David Yerushalmi has quietly led a national movement.

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The representative, a former fighter pilot named Rick Womick, said he had been studying the Koran. He declared that Shariah, the Islamic code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions, is not just an expression of faith but a political and legal system that seeks world domination. “Folks,” Mr. Womick, 53, said with a sudden pause, “this is not what I call ‘Do unto others what you’d have them do unto you.’ ”

Similar warnings are being issued across the country as Republican presidential candidates, elected officials and activists mobilize against what they describe as the menace of Islamic law in the United States.

Since last year, more than two dozen states have considered measures to restrict judges from consulting Shariah, or foreign and religious laws more generally. The statutes have been enacted in three states so far.

Voters in Oklahoma overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment last November that bans the use of Islamic law in court. And in June, Tennessee passed an antiterrorism law that, in its original iteration, would have empowered the attorney general to designate Islamic groups suspected of terror activity as “Shariah organizations.”

A confluence of factors has fueled the anti-Shariah movement, most notably the controversy over the proposed Islamic center near ground zero in New York, concerns about homegrown terrorism and the rise of the Tea Party. But the campaign’s air of grass-roots spontaneity, which has been carefully promoted by advocates, shrouds its more deliberate origins.

In fact, it is the product of an orchestrated drive that began five years ago in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in the office of a little-known lawyer, David Yerushalmi, a 56-year-old Hasidic Jew with a history of controversial statements about race, immigration and Islam. Despite his lack of formal training in Islamic law, Mr. Yerushalmi has come to exercise a striking influence over American public discourse about Shariah.

Working with a cadre of conservative public-policy institutes and former military and intelligence officials, Mr. Yerushalmi has written privately financed reports, filed lawsuits against the government and drafted the model legislation that recently swept through the country — all with the effect of casting Shariah as one of the greatest threats to American freedom since the cold war.

The message has caught on. Among those now echoing Mr. Yerushalmi’s views are prominent Washington figures like R. James Woolsey, a former director of the C.I.A., and the Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann, who this month signed a pledge to reject Islamic law, likening it to “totalitarian control.”

Yet, for all its fervor, the movement is arguably directed at a problem more imagined than real. Even its leaders concede that American Muslims are not coalescing en masse to advance Islamic law. Instead, they say, Muslims could eventually gain the kind of foothold seen in Europe, where multicultural policies have allowed for what critics contend is an overaccommodation of Islamic law.

“Before the train gets too far down the tracks, it’s time to put up the block,” said Guy Rodgers, the executive director of ACT for America, one of the leading organizations promoting the legislation drafted by Mr. Yerushalmi.

The more tangible effect of the movement, opponents say, is the spread of an alarmist message about Islam — the same kind of rhetoric that appears to have influenced Anders Behring Breivik, the suspect in the deadly dual attacks in Norway on July 22. The anti-Shariah campaign, they say, appears to be an end in itself, aimed at keeping Muslims on the margins of American life.

“The fact is there is no Shariah takeover in America,” said Salam Al-Marayati, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, one of several Muslim organizations that have begun a counteroffensive. “It’s purely a political wedge to create fear and hysteria.”

Anti-Shariah organizers are pressing ahead with plans to introduce versions of Mr. Yerushalmi’s legislation in half a dozen new states, while reviving measures that were tabled in others.

The legal impact of the movement is unclear. A federal judge blocked the Oklahoma amendment after a representative of the Council on American- Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group, sued the state, claiming the law was an unconstitutional infringement on religious freedom.

The establishment clause of the Constitution forbids the government from favoring one religion over another or improperly entangling itself in religious matters. But many of the statutes are worded neutrally enough that they might withstand constitutional scrutiny while still limiting the way courts handle cases involving Muslims, other religious communities or foreign and international laws.

For Mr. Yerushalmi, the statutes themselves are a secondary concern. “If this thing passed in every state without any friction, it would have not served its purpose,” he said in one of several extensive interviews. “The purpose was heuristic — to get people asking this question, ‘What is Shariah?’ ”

The Road Map

Shariah means “the way to the watering hole.” It is Islam’s road map for living morally and achieving salvation. Drawing on the Koran and the sunnah — the sayings and traditions of the prophet Muhammad — Islamic law reflects what scholars describe as the attempt, over centuries, to translate God’s will into a system of required beliefs and actions.

In the United States, Shariah, like Jewish law, most commonly surfaces in court through divorce and custody proceedings or in commercial litigation. Often these cases involve contracts that failed to be resolved in a religious setting. Shariah can also figure in cases involving foreign laws, for example in tort claims against businesses in Muslim countries. It then falls to the American judge to examine the religious issues at hand before making a ruling based on federal or state law.

The frequency of such cases is unknown. A recent report by the Center for Security Policy, a research institute based in Washington for which Mr. Yerushalmi is general counsel, identified 50 state appellate cases, mostly over the last three decades. The report offers these cases as proof that the United States is vulnerable to the encroachment of Islamic law. But, as many of the cases demonstrate, judges tend to follow guidelines that give primacy to constitutional rights over foreign or religious laws.

The exceptions stand out. Critics most typically cite a New Jersey case last year in which a Moroccan woman sought a restraining order against her husband after he repeatedly assaulted and raped her. The judge denied the request, finding that the defendant lacked criminal intent because he believed that his wife must comply, under Islamic law, with his demand for sex.

The decision was reversed on appeal.

“It’s wrong to just accept that the courts generally get it right, but sometimes get it wrong,” said Stephen M. Gelé, a Louisiana lawyer who represents a nonprofit organization that has promoted Mr. Yerushalmi’s legislation. “There is no reason to make a woman play a legal game of Russian roulette.”

While proponents of the legislation have seized on aspects of Shariah that are unfavorable to women, Mr. Yerushalmi’s focus is broader. His interest in Islamic law began with the Sept. 11 attacks, he said, when he was living in Ma’ale Adumim, a large Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

At the time, Mr. Yerushalmi, a native of South Florida, divided his energies between a commercial litigation practice in the United States and a conservative research institute based in Jerusalem, where he worked to promote free-market reform in Israel.

After moving to Brooklyn the following year, Mr. Yerushalmi said he began studying Arabic and Shariah under two Islamic scholars, whom he declined to name. He said his research made clear that militants had not “perverted” Islamic law, but were following an authoritative doctrine that sought global hegemony — a mission, he says, that is shared by Muslims around the world. To illustrate that point, Mr. Yerushalmi cites studies in which large percentages of Muslims overseas say they support Islamic rule.

In interviews, Islamic scholars disputed Mr. Yerushalmi’s claims. Although Islam, like some other faiths, aspires to be the world’s reigning religion, they said, the method for carrying out that goal, or even its relevance in everyday life, remains a far more complex subject than Mr. Yerushalmi suggests.

“Even in Muslim-majority countries, there is a huge debate about what it means to apply Islamic law in the modern world,” said Andrew F. March, an associate professor specializing in Islamic law at Yale University. The deeper flaw in Mr. Yerushalmi’s argument, Mr. March said, is that he characterizes the majority of Muslims who practice some version of Shariah — whether through prayer, charitable giving or other common rituals — as automatic adherents to Islam’s medieval rules of war and political domination.

It is not the first time Mr. Yerushalmi has engaged in polemics. In a 2006 essay, he wrote that “most of the fundamental differences between the races are genetic,” and asked why “people find it so difficult to confront the facts that some races perform better in sports, some better in mathematical problem-solving, some better in language, some better in Western societies and some better in tribal ones?” He has also railed against what he sees as a politically correct culture that avoids open discussion of why “the founding fathers did not give women or black slaves the right to vote.”

On its Web site, the Anti-Defamation League, a prominent Jewish civil rights organization, describes Mr. Yerushalmi as having a record of “anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black bigotry.” His legal clients have also drawn notoriety, among them Pamela Geller, an incendiary blogger who helped drive the fight against the Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero.

A stout man who wears antique wire-rimmed glasses and a thick, white-streaked beard, Mr. Yerushalmi has a seemingly inexhaustible appetite for the arguments his work provokes. “It’s an absurdity to claim that I have ever uttered or taken a position on the side of racism or bigotry or misogyny,” he said.

When pressed for evidence that American Muslims endorse the fundamentalist view of Shariah he warns against, Mr. Yerushalmi argues that the problem lies with America’s Muslim institutions and their link to Islamist groups overseas. As a primary example, he and others cite a memorandum that surfaced in the federal prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a Muslim charity based in Texas whose leaders were convicted in 2008 of sending funds to Hamas.

The 1991 document outlined a strategy for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States that involved “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.” Critics emphasize a page listing 29 Muslim American groups as “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” Skeptics point out that on the same page, the author wrote, imagine if “they all march according to one plan,” which suggests they were not working in tandem.

Nevertheless, a study by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center to be released next week found that only a minority of American Muslims say that domestic Islamic groups represent them. It also concludes that American Muslims have as much confidence in the judicial system as members of other faiths and are more likely than the other groups to say that elections in the United States are “honest.”

“There’s a conflation between the idea of Islam being a universalist, proselytizing religion and reducing it to a totalitarian movement,” said Mohammad Fadel, an associate professor specializing in Islamic law at the University of Toronto. “All good propaganda is based on half-truths.”

Reaching Out

The movement took root in January 2006 when Mr. Yerushalmi started the Society of Americans for National Existence, a nonprofit organization that became his vehicle for opposing Shariah. On the group’s Web site, he proposed a law that would make observing Islamic law, which he likened to sedition, a felony punishable by 20 years in prison. He also began raising money to study whether there is a link between “Shariah-adherent behavior” in American mosques and support for violent jihad.

The project, Mapping Shariah, led Mr. Yerushalmi to Frank Gaffney, a hawkish policy analyst and commentator who is the president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington. Well connected in neoconservative circles, Mr. Gaffney has been known to take polarizing positions (he once argued that President Obama might secretly be Muslim). Mr. Gaffney would emerge as Mr. Yerushalmi’s primary link to a network of former and current government officials, security analysts and grass-roots political organizations.

Together, they set out to “engender a national debate about the nature of Shariah and the need to protect our Constitution and country from it,” Mr. Gaffney wrote in an e-mail to The New York Times. The center contributed an unspecified amount to Mr. Yerushalmi’s study, which cost roughly $400,000 and involved surreptitiously sending researchers into 100 mosques. The study, which said that 82 percent of the mosques’ imams recommended texts that promote violence, has drawn sharp rebuke from Muslim leaders, who question its premise and findings.

Mr. Yerushalmi also took aim at the industry of Islamic finance — specifically American banks offering funds that invest only in companies deemed permissible under Shariah, which would exclude, for example, those that deal in alcohol, pork or gambling.

In the spring of 2008, Mr. Gaffney arranged meetings with officials at the Treasury Department, including Robert M. Kimmitt, then the deputy secretary, and Stuart A. Levey, then the under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. Mr. Yerushalmi warned them about what he characterized as the lack of transparency and other dangers of Shariah-compliant finance.

In an interview, Mr. Levey said he found Mr. Yerushalmi’s presentation of Shariah “sweeping and, ultimately, unconvincing.”

For Mr. Yerushalmi, the meetings led to a shift in strategy. “If you can’t move policy at the federal level, well, where do you go?” he said. “You go to the states.”

With the advent of the Tea Party, Mr. Yerushalmi saw an opening. In 2009, he and Mr. Gaffney laid the groundwork for a project aimed at state legislatures — the same year that Mr. Yerushalmi received more than $153,000 in consulting fees from Mr. Gaffney’s center, according to a tax form filed by the group.

That summer, Mr. Yerushalmi began writing “American Laws for American Courts,” a model statute that would prevent state judges from considering foreign laws or rulings that violate constitutional rights in the United States. The law was intended to appeal not just to the growing anti-Shariah movement, but also to a broader constituency that had long opposed the influence of foreign laws in the United States.

Mr. Gaffney swiftly drummed up interest in the law, holding conference calls with activists and tapping a network of Tea Party and Christian groups as well as ACT for America, which has 170,000 members and describes itself as “opposed to the authoritarian values of radical Islam.” The group emerged as a “force multiplier,” Mr. Gaffney said, fanning out across the country to promote the law. The American Public Policy Alliance, a nonprofit organization formed that year by a political consultant based in Michigan, began recruiting dozens of lawyers to act as legislative sponsors.

Early versions of the law, which passed in Tennessee and then Louisiana, made no mention of Shariah, which was necessary to pass constitutional muster, Mr. Yerushalmi said. But as the movement spread, state lawmakers began tweaking the legislation to refer to Shariah and other religious laws or systems — including, in one ill-fated proposal in Arizona, “karma.”

By last fall, the anti-Shariah movement had gained new prominence. ACT for America spent $60,000 promoting the Oklahoma initiative, a campaign that included 600,000 robocalls featuring Mr. Woolsey, the former C.I.A. director. Mr. Gingrich called for a federal law banning courts from using Shariah in place of American law, and Sarah Palin warned that if Shariah law “were to be adopted, allowed to govern in our country, it will be the downfall of America.”

Also last fall, Mr. Gaffney’s organization released “Shariah: The Threat to America,” a 172-page report whose lead author was Mr. Yerushalmi and whose signatories included Mr. Woolsey and other former intelligence officials.

Mr. Yerushalmi’s legislation has drawn opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union as well as from Catholic bishops and Jewish groups. Mr. Yerushalmi said he did not believe that court cases involving Jewish or canon law would be affected by the statutes because they are unlikely to involve violations of constitutional rights.

Business lobbyists have also expressed concern about the possible effect of the statutes, as corporations often favor foreign laws in contracts or tort disputes. This is perhaps the only constituency that has had an influence. The three state statutes that have passed — most recently in Arizona — make corporations exempt.

“It is not preferable,” Mr. Yerushalmi said. “Is it an acceptable political compromise? Of course it is.”

How Europeans Conquered America (Innocent Indigenous People)

500 Nations – Part 1

500 Nations – Part 2

500 Nations – Part 3

500 Nations – Part 4

theyare about 90min apiece, and within it, is a lesson for all muslims to learn about the mindset of the people who have declared war upon this ummah, since the Crusades, till today, their methods have not changed

palestinian, afghan and iraqi muslims should take note

Alex Jones, Anwar AlAwlaki & Me

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

الحمدلله رب العالمين

و صلاة و سلم على النبي

I hoped you watched the video before reading this.  The video is of Alex Jones, a Texas talk-show host who, for the past 14 years has been warning Americans of great conspiracies of the rich and powerful to transform America into a kingdom and its citizens into serfs.  Many do not take Alex serious; however, I tend to believe the gist of his talks.  The details seem embellished.

I was watching this particular video and I noticed that Alex is uncharacteristically angry.  It seems that as time goes on, he is getting more and more angry.

Anwar Al-Awlaki, who after September 11, 2001 was a very nice, friendly, peaceful preacher of Islam.  He condemned the attacks.  He spoke of how peaceful Islam was.  But, as of late, people have commented that  Imam Al-Awlaki has gotten more and more angry as time goes on.

I have been a moderator of www.ummah.com.forum for the past eight years.  People have commented that I also have gotten more and more angry as time goes on.

I write this, not to put myself on the level of Alex, with his vast amounts of information and professional public speaking experience, nor on the level of the Imam, with his vast amount of Islamic knowledge, public-talking experience and understanding of Islam, but more along the lines of trying to explain what  I see as a common thread between, not only the three of us, but of many others,  past and present.  Evem the numerous articles trying to explain “the radicalization of Muslim youth” tend to overlook the obvious.

Martin Luther King also seemed to change his approach as time passed.  At one time, he unequivocally embraced non-violence and solely domestic issues.  Later, he expanded this understanding and his speeches became more fiery.

Malcolm X transformed in many ways as time passed.

Even the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم  also transformed the delivery of his message after time.  The Prophet Noah, after 950 years of inviting people to the Oneness of God, eventually wound up pray to God to curse his people.

What happened?

Circumstances, knowledge, and events change.  Alex has seen that this onslaught of tyranny has now included using the USA military as a gang of amoral thugs, which he believes will return to the USA and be used as a national police force to contain the American people.

Anwar Al-Awlaki has apparently seen the reality of the evil of the American Empire.  Where previously he sat and spoke from a position of security and comfort within Washington DC; and now after reading, studying and preaching about the life of the Prophets, the history of Islam and death and the Hereafter, it appears the reality of the evil of the USA and how it is slaughtering Muslims has become more clear to him.

As for myself, I actually witnessed the attacks at the WTC, and I remember telling anyone that would listen that there was no justification for the things that happened that day.  However, similar to both Awlaki and Jones, after getting over the emotional shock of it all and actually doing some investigation into how the USA has been conducting itself domestically and abroad, you begin to realize that there is an evil presence in the government of the USA.  This evil has existed since Christopher Columbus landed on the shores of the Western Hemisphere and it has continued unabated since.  My prior blogs contain many links and videos explaining this.

When one begins open their mind and look beyond the headlines and the propaganda being promoted,  things become clearer and the reality sharper.  You will get angry.

You start to see that the true evil is not the Taliban, or Al-Qaaida, but the duplicity in the American foreign policy.  If we are going to use innocent life as a measuring stick, the USA has killed far more innocent people than Al-Qaaida.  If we are going to use the USA’s definition of terrorism, the USA winds up being the chief proponent of terrorism, NOT Al-Qaaida.

Muslims have been victimized by the USA, directly and through proxies (ie support of tyrannical dictatorships).  They have been kidnapped (extraordinary rendition), tortured (enhanced interrogation techniques), their homes bombed (terrorists hide amongst civilians), their innocents killed (collateral damage), lands invaded and military bases installed and a host of International violations and even violations to its Constitution and laws.

Seeing these inconsistencies is enough to raise the ire in any thinking person.  Add to it the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, then it becomes a portrait of pure evil. Lastly, to watch the propaganda machine portray the victimizer as the victim is sufficient to infuriate the mildest of temperaments.

Constantly, we hear of the youth being radicalized by this speaker or watching videos or the internet.  This is not true.  What caused the radicalization of old and young is observing evil being committed and a desire to correct this evil.  “as English philosopher Edmund Burke said, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.’

I write this to remind those who are not angry, Have you not seen the deaths caused by the USA’s invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq?  These people did nothing to the USA, but the USA bombs and kills with impunity.  Have you not read about the drone attacks against Muslims in Pakistan? Solely because someone is deemed a “militant” is now justification in the eyes of the USA of that person deserving of death.  Well, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were also considered militants.

Are you angry?

Muslims are not allowed to stand up for themselves

السلام عليكم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We are living in extremely contentious times these days.  Islam and Muslims are under siege in virtually every facet of their lives and Islam.  Every muslim country has some type of turmoil.  Even in Muslims in kafir countries are being arrested and harrassed.  Not that I am complaining, just illustrating that this is par for the course.

Frederick Douglass once said

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.  America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.

Patrick Henry, an American Revolution hero said,

Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Allah says in Quran:

Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost: for Allah is with you, and will never put you in loss for your (good) deeds.
(  سورة محمد  , Muhammad, Chapter #47, Verse #35)

According to some estimates, there have been 6.3 million muslims killed related to the USA invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.  That works out to 700,000 per year or approximately 2,000 innocent men, women and children killed per day by the USA invasion into muslims lands, under the guise of “War on Terror” and “Weapons of Mass Destruction”.

All over the world, muslims are angry, upset, anxious, vengeful, that their muslim brothers and sister are publicly suffering and the muslim armies and governments are not only silent, but working hand-in-hand with the USA and its European Allies in this turkey shoot.

If you study the history of European settlement in the Western Hemisphere, you will see stark similarities what was happening then and what is happening now.  The people native to the western hemisphere (ie Indians) had their lands invaded; they were considered heathens and savages; their homes were destroyed, lands taken, and women and children slaughtered; and the Europeans were considered the “good guys”.

The USA justified such actions by referring to this “war” as “western expansion”.  If an entire Indian village was slaughtered, it was “their fault” for resisting the advances of the “white man”.  If the Indians retaliated, and fought the “white man”, it further infuriated the masses of people and the government was then justified in increasing its force upon these indigenous people and slaughtering them wholesale.

Today, the USA continues invading muslim lands, taking resources, killing women and children and oppressing civilizations.  It is all justified in its “War on Terror” and as a result the population of the USA and the world in general either support or turn a blind-eye to the atrocities being committed.

Alhamduliillah, there are muslims who are standing up to this naked agression, and may Allah grant them victory in every place.  However, this is not coming without a cost and has little support from the 1.5 billion muslims on the planet.

Why? Because Muslims are not allowed to stand up for themselves.

Israel is allowed to have American Jews leave Brooklyn, New York and travel to Israel to kill muslims and steal land.  This is all legal and supported by the USA and the UN.  However, if a Somalian in Minneapolis wants to go help in his homeland, he is arrested by the USA as a terrorist.  Even though he poses no danger whatsoever to the USA.

Global media coverage of the atrocities committed by the USA are similarly askew.  Muslims are kidnapped from foreign lands and sent to secret torture chambers to be interrogated by USA and foreign agencies, in an effort to thwart any defense raised by the muslims as their brothers and sisters are being laid to siege.

Everyday, in Occupied Palestine, muslim lands are pilfered.  Homes destroyed.  New Jewish settlements erected, even in spite of being deemed illegal by the world body.  But the world turns a blind eye.  The atrocities happening in Occupied Palestine are continuous and too numerous to enumerate, thus numbing any empathetic senses.

Even the internet, with its presumed open-ended “free speech” edict has also supported the suppression of any support for the plight of Muslims.  Muslims cannot support their fellow brothers who are standing up for the rights of Islam and Muslims to exist.  Facebook and other ISP’s are constantly on watch and under directions by governments and corporate entities to curtail any positive spin put on supporting the killings of Muslims.  Any such comments are looked at as supporting terrorism, and thus deemed illegal.  However, any support of the wanton slaughter of muslims is acceptable and people are continually allowed to “Support their Troops”.   Muslims are NOT allowed to support their troops

Fox New can daily post comments made the USA State Department as it assassinates muslims in foreign lands.  These comments are made with a positive spin as American “victories” in the “War on Terror”.  No mention is ever made if such assassinations are legal.  Little is mentioned about how many innocents are being killed.  Even worse,  people are being killed based upon “American intelligence” without proof or a trial, but merely because the USA says so.

However, without supporting terrorism, but to support the legitimate right of people to defend themselves against any agressors, if a muslim posts videos showing the Mujahideen advocating defense against American agression, these videos are removed, accounts disabled, and ISP’s give notice of pending closures.

All of this is to be expected, because the truth is that there is indeed a war going on.  It is the same war that was fought against Pharaoh, though he said that Moses was only here to create trouble, the truth is that Moses was there to fight against Pharaoh’s tyranny.

This narrative is only written to remind people of the reality of today’s situation.  And imagine if during the American venture to take Indian Land, there was a Facebook or an Internet, and you posted information supporting the numerous Great Chiefs, you would have probably been arrested for supporting the enemy, considered un-Patriotic, and worse.

But the truth is, you would have been right.

Blame it on the Muslims, naturally.

On the authority of Thawbaan , the Prophet said:
“The People will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their food.” Someone asked, “Will that be because of our small numbers at that time?” He replied, “No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be froth and scum like that carried down by a torrent (of water), and Allah will take the fear of you from the breasts (hearts) of your enemy and cast al-wahn into your hearts.” Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what is al-wahn?” He replied, “Love of the world and dislike of death.”
[An authentic hadith recorded by Abu Dawud and Ahmad]

 

War is profitable

Defense Budget Increases

Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961


Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035- 1040

My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.

My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years.

In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

II.

We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

III.

Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.

Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology — global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger is poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle — with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs — balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage — balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.

IV.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

  • and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

V.

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

VI.

Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war — as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years — I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

VII.

So — in this my last good night to you as your President — I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

You and I — my fellow citizens — need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation’s great goals.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration:

We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

The USA Wantonly Kills Innocent Muslims

How can any American complain about Anwar Al-Awlaki or any other rabid terrorist when the USA willingly, actually, consciously, maliciously, killing innocent people and the American people do not care.

Blowback (intelligence)

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Blowback is the espionage term for the violent, unintended consequences of a covert operation that are suffered by the civil population of the aggressor government. To the civilians suffering it, the blowback typically manifests itself as “random” acts of political violence without a discernible, direct cause; because the public—in whose name the intelligence agency acted—are ignorant of the effected secret attacks that provoked revenge (counter-attack) against them.[1] Specifically, blowback denotes the resultant, violent consequences—reported as news fact, by domestic and international mass communications media, when the actor intelligence agency hides its responsibility via media manipulation. Generally, blowback loosely denotes every consequence of every aspect of a secret attack operation, thus, it is synonymous with consequence—the attacked victims’ revenge against the civil populace of the aggressor country, because the responsible politico-military leaders are invulnerable.

Originally, blowback was CIA internal coinage denoting the unintended, harmful consequences—to friendly populations and military forces—when a given weapon is carelessly used. Examples include anti-Western religious fanatics who, in due course, attack foe and sponsor; right-wing counter-revolutionaries who sell drugs to their sponsor’s civil populace; and banana republicjuntas who kill American reporters.

The American people and the World must realize that these radical terrorists who seem to threaten the safety and security of the American people are a direct result of American policies that cause death and destruction of other people.

BLOWBACK

It’s a CIA term.

Blowback does not mean the unintended consequences of foreign operations.

It means the unintended consequences of foreign operations that were deliberately kept secret from the American public.  So that when the retaliation comes, the American public is not able to put it in context.  Not able to put ’cause’ and ‘effect’ together.  So they come up with questions like “Why  do they hate us?”.

Our government does not wish to explain to the people why such hatred is directed towards the American people, but instead wantS to intoxicate the public with terms like “evil doers”, “terrorists”, Islamists.

This propaganda, in turn, reinforces American prejudices against their perceived enemies, whether Mexicans (destroying the economy) or Muslims (attacking their safety).  The increase in xenophobic crimes against these perceived enemies is purposely whipped up by the powers-that-be to maintain a fearful public.

Terrorists do not walk around in turbans and long beards, but they wear suits and ties.
Innocents are primarily killed by foreign policies which command bombs dropped from jet planes, tanks, and naval vessels.
NOT from “suicide bombings”.

People who fight against this naked aggression are called terrorists. People who purport this evil upon mankind are called heroes.
Stop being a victim of your own ignorance.

 

Could Awlaki be Right?

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمدلله رب العالمين

و صلات و سلم على نبيه

 


I start this off by seeking refuge in Allah from the cursed satan and praise Allah and send blessings upon His Messenger

As I have read the latest statements being attributed to Anwar Al-Awlaki, I am initially surprised at such positions by a muslim who has garnered respect from many muslims in the past, and as of late, lost that respect because of statements he has made regarding the USA.

Understandably so, many muslims are very shocked by his positions, whereby many muslims have shunned him and even went so far as to remove any past associations or copies of lectures.  Presumably from disagreement with his position or fear of reprisals by the Western media and environment which has surpassed all previous levels of expressing hatred towards Islam.

However, as muslims, we must pause and reflect.  Anwar Alawlaki has presented many of us with an uncanny, unprecedented outlook on the Prophet, His companions, the Hereafter, the lives of the prophets, the lives of Abu Bakr and Umar, and many other subjects.  Many of us have been made aware and developed a deep love of our deen and our predecessors through his informative talks.  He demonstrated not only a knowledge of the past, but an application of the past to our present day. In other words, he made the past glory of Islam come alive to us.  Something very few today have been able to do.

So before we judge him, we must acknowledge the good that he has done and also the understanding of Islam he has displayed over the years.  For I also have improved in my understanding of Islam, over the years and particularly since September 11, 2001, when I personally witnessed the attacks, deaths and aftermath.

As shocking as it was to me then, it gained a new perspective in the subsequent years.  Mainly because of learning more about our Islamic past.

Many of us know Islam as being limited to recognizing the Oneness of Allah, acknowledging the final messengership of the Prophet, praying five times a day, fasting for Ramadan, and living a life of good morals, good treatment of others and some cultural practices.  The mere thought of fighting and jihad are uncomfortable for most of us, except through readings of the past.

Many of us look at the West’s War on Terror as justifiable because on Sept 11, the USA was attacked by “extremist” muslims who distorted Islam and brought death to 3,000 innocent people.  Thus, the USA and Europe and the World are justified in attacking these men, because these men were wrong in what they did.

However, this is a positon most of us take because we are cozy in our present environment, living amongst the kuffar, watching the kuffar in sports, entertainment, technology, education, and basically completely engulfed in this life of close proximity to the kuffar.  So when the kuffar were attacked, we identified with the kuffar and empathized and some of us even went so far as to support and join the kuffar in their attack on muslims (though radical ones, at that).

Sadly, this response was due to our lack of understanding of Islam, our lack of education and exposure of Islam from the perspective of the muslim.  Not the muslim of Sheikh so-and-so, or Imam so-and-so, but from the perspective of the lives of the Prophet and His companions.

We read the hadith that states towards the last day, the people would invite each other to kill the muslims as you invite people to dinner.  The companions asked, “from the Jews and Christians?” being completely surprised that these weak groups from their time would rise up and unify in attacking the Muslims.

We live in those times.  Islam is under siege.  Since Sept 11, approximately 2million muslims have been killed by the USA and its allies in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Not since the Spanish Inquisition, has the European body openly discussed and displayed its venom towards Muslims.  Torture of Muslims is legal and acceptable .  Unlawful imprisonment, without charge is legal and acceptable.  Invasion of Muslim land, assassination of Muslims, murder of Muslims, innocent women and children is now acceptable by everyone including muslims.

As Al-Awlaki has witnessed himself, the USA is behind much of the carnage and persecution of the muslims in Yemen and elsewhere.  We too know this, though we know it from a distance.  Those outside of the borders of the USA and Europe know it better.

If you are having a hard time keeping up, think about this.  If Al-Qaaida or any other extremist, radical, fundamentalist muslim were to kill 10 Americans or 10 Europeans, you would hear about it in all of the newspapers, television, cable news, wherever you hear your news, it would be there.  The USA kills innocent muslims daily in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq and we, the muslims, are silent.

So as a result of our apathy, we have developed a very twisted, pro-kuffar attitude about Islam, Jihad, and the lives of Muslims.  Al-Awlaki has not.  He is calling the USA the chief proponent of Muslim death and he is holding it accountable and liable.

His position basically is, if innocent muslim men, muslim women, and muslim children can be killed indiscriminately by the USA, then the men women and children of the USA can be killed as indiscriminately.

You may disagree with such a position, because on its face, it is harsh, cold, and murderous……..which is exactly his point. Our ummah is being attacked in a harsh, cold, murderous manner and the only time we show outrage is when the tables are turned.

Looking at the life of the Prophet, and after, you can find battles and skirmishes where things did not go the way we would normally accept today.  But as is with much of the sunnah, modern muslims seem to have a problem with it.  It is our weakness and misunderstanding, and we have to acknowledge that.

We would have a problem with muslims beheading 800 jews, even if the jews were being treacherous.  We would have a problem with raiding the caravan of Badr, when they were unarmed and unprepared. We would have a problem with a 53yr old man marrying a 6yr old, even if her father approved. We would have a problem with much of Islam, and we need to correct ourselves.

Maybe Anwar, in all of his studying and lecturing may have developed a better understanding of Islam than we want to give him credit for.  Maybe, he is actually looking at the world and its attack on Islam in a manner that the Prophet and Companions would look at it.

Maybe we are so far from Islam, we do not recognize it when we see it.

As muslims, we can disagree with muslims who are also striving towards Islam.  There are issues of fiqh that seem contradictory when you compare with other scholars.

A good barometer to use is, who is standing up for the honor and respect of Muslims as they are under siege these days? Who is the obstacle preventing the kuffar from completely over-running muslim lands?

The Prophet said that jihad would continue until the Last Day, so who is engaged in that jihad today? and what do you think of these people?

Looking around and seeing the death and mayhem of the muslims, globally, what do you think is a solution? Voting? Demonstrating? Petitioning? Becoming more assimilated and accomodating to the enemies of Islam? “Getting along”?

There are many hadiths and ayat where muslims are told that their success is in returning to Islam.  Many ayat and hadith that speak of putting our desires of the life of this world aside and seeking the Hereafter.

Maybe it is time we start actually putting the Quran in our lives, instead of trying to live our lives and fitting Quran only where it is comfortable.

 

و الله المستعان

Are We Khawarij?

Are We Khawarij?

[Taken from “Kalimat Haqq”]

Shaykh ‘Umar ‘Abdur-Rahman فك الله اسره said:

“So as for the Khawarij, the ‘Ulama have explained that they are the ones who rebel against the True Imam (Al-Imam Al-Haqq), and they openly disobey him, and they conspire against himSo where is this True Imam today, with regards to whom we could label anyone who rebels against him as a “Khariji”?!

Where is the ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib of today!?

And if we are Khawarij, then who are you (O regimes and O royal scholars)?! Are you ‘Ali رضي الله ان and his Companions?!

And did ‘Ali رضي الله ان take the laws of his governance from the legislation of the Persians and the Romans?!

Did he govern according to “socialism” and “democracy”? Or was he a caller to “nationalism” and “social peace”?

Or was ‘Ali an ally and supporter of the Jews and Beijing?!

Or was ‘Ali forsaking the Hudud of Allah (i.e. the Islamic penalties), and implementing punishments for which Allah did not send down any permission? Or can it be said that ‘Ali was possibly calling towards the establishment of the Khilafah, a crime which cannot be forgiven!?

Or was ‘Ali waging war against chastity and purity, calling for women’s “liberation” and for her to travel freely?!

Or was ‘Ali one of those who have split the Qur’an into parts (i.e. believed in a part and disbelieved in the other)? Those who say: “No Islam in politics, and no politics in Islam”?!

And pardoned is Imam ‘Ali – may Allah dignify his face – he was not like that at all. Rather, he was of the most eager to implement the Judgments of Allah, and governing with the Book of Allah, and the Sunnah of His Messenger. So no doubt, that the one who rebels against this Just Imam (Al-Imam Al-‘Adil), he is truly a Khariji.

As for someone who perpetrates all of these falsehoods which we have just mentioned – then the one who rebels against such a ruler is not a Khariji; Rather, he is a Muslim, a Mu’min, a Muttaqi.”

Modesty Matters; Western Culture Demoralizes Women

السلام عليكم

Firstly, as a Muslim, we are to believe the book of Allah and the words of Allah and the meaning of the Quran.  Allah commands both men and women to be modest, and further urges women to properly cover themselves (ie hijab) as a protection from bad things and people.  And also, Allah says the best covering is taqwa (wear your faith and fear of Allah)

That being said, I was looking thru the internet, and as one persuses Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc, you see a lot of haram.  The haram I am speaking of is women, uncovered women at that.  But even worse was the stories behind these women.  This one is pregnant from this boyfriend.  This one is posing for a porn magazine.  This one left this guy for anotherr guy.  They are telling you how you can look sexier (ie, more appealing to the desires of strange men). And the stories go on and on.

What is wrong with this? It treats women as toys.  Playthings to be oogled by men for their pleasure.  Dress Sexy.  Look Sexy.  Improve your figure.  Wear these clothes.  Do this and that to get a man.  Date.  Flirt.  Bedazzle.

It is all very captivating for most of us.  Attention. Individuality. All of these inflate the ego and that’s what the ego loves most, to be inflated.  But at what cost?

When a woman advertises herself in this manner, the attention does not come without a cost.  The inner character of the woman is not developed nor noticed.  All the world is concerned with is how sexy and appealing she looks.  When the men show her attention, there is only one thing on their mind.  Whether in actuality or within their minds from a distance.  This is harmful for the woman because instead of being treated with respect, she is treated as a plaything to be enjoyed, temporarily.

Look at the clothing styles.  Allah says do not let shaytan strip you of your clothing as he stripped your parents (Adam and Eve).  And the styles today are designed to display more and more shape, figure and skin and remove more and more modesty.

Even some kafir girls are rejecting this blatant display of their bodies as if they are on a meat hook, to be inspected.  (Not enough are rejecting, unfortunately).  Older women are imitating younger women, because these older women never developed their inner beauties, but spent their lives living on the exterior.  Now the exterior is fading away and they are trying to keep up with the younger girls.

Sad state of affairs.  When society treats women like toilets, it destroys the mothers of future generations.

Ask any man, aside from the desire to “possess” these women, do they desire these women to be wives, mothers to their children, someone to take home to momma? Or is it all in the courtship of dating, flirting, playing and eventually sex.

This society teaches you to “fall in love”, yet it distorts love to be a feeling of euphoria and happiness, but never stresses the reality of what this “falling in love” entails.  The perception that is taught is girl meets boy, boy likes girl, girl and boy have sex.  This is love.  NO, this is immoral lust.

Girl gets pregnant or a disease. Boy leaves to find “new love”.  Girl has abortion.  Or they practice “safe sex” and the boy still leaves to find “new love”.  Meanwhile, Girl has now become hurt and feels used.  But because she knows no better, she finds new boy to “fall in love” and the cycle repeats itself.   Next time, she dresses sexier to find better man.  Next time, to not lose the man, she has sex earlier and earlier, maybe even the first night.  Because she is “in love”.

Islam does not allow women that pitfall, unless they go outside of Islam.  The way a muslim woman dresses, her speech, her modesty, all protect her physical beauties and attributes, except for the man who has shown a level of piety, patience, and fortitude.  This increases his desire for her physically, as well is instills a deeper meaning to her worth.

Britney, Cristina, Kardashian, all turn heads, but they do not hold a candle to the high esteem of a woman of piety can hold.  They may have headlines and attention.  But they do not have the respect of a muslim woman.

They may be what “love songs” endorse, and shake their thing in music videos.  But they are being used by commercial interests to get you to imitate their ways.  Not for your own good, but to degrade a woman into a sexual plaything.  To have women be at the disposal of men only serves the animal instincts of men, but does nothing for the woman or society.

We forget, women are the cradles of civilization, past, present and future.  If we turn them all into Playboy models or video sex objects, who will raise the future with faith, conviction, morals and modesty?

Be mindful of your actions, be mindful of your intentions.  Islam is a protection for both man and woman, in this world and the next.  If you remove your protection, you are bound to get hurt.

Abu Mubarak: Fear Paralyzes U.S. Muslim ‘Leaders’

السبت، أغسطس 07، 2010

Fear Paralyzes U.S. Muslim ‘Leaders’

Fear Paralyzes U.S. Muslim ‘Leaders’

by Enver Masud

“…the “war on terror”, and the search for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, have brought the U.S. economy to the brink of collapse, and has caused a massive shift of wealth from poor and middle-class Americans to the wealthiest few.”

Following the events of September 11, 2001, Muslims in the U.S. had reason to fear the U.S. government. Nine years on, the failure of Muslim leaders to make a concerted, united effort to expose the false account of 9/11 put forth by the U.S. government is inexcusable.
Earlier this year, the Guardian (UK) reported:

in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 the US government undertook the “preventative detention” of about 5,000 men on the basis of their birthplace and later sought a further 19,000 “voluntary interviews”. Over the next year, more than 170,000 men from 24 predominantly Muslim countries and North Korea were fingerprinted and interviewed in a programme of “special registration”. None of these produced a single terrorism conviction.

Muslims were hauled away by the government to places unknown. They were not informed of the charges against them, had no idea when they would be released, and were not given access to lawyers. Several Muslim charities were raided, their offices shut down, and officers imprisoned.
The Orwellian named Patriot Act had destroyed habeas corpus. U.S. District Judge John Gleeson had “ruled that it is constitutionally permissible to round up foreign nationals on immigration charges based solely on their race, religion or country of origin. What’s more, he said they can be detained indefinitely, even after they have agreed to be removed to their home countries” wrote David Cole, law professor at Georgetown University.
While the George W. Bush administration was rounding up Muslims, and launching attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, Jews and Christians spoke out against associating Islam with 9/11.
Since then, while evidence against the official account of 9/11 has grown, so have attacks on Muslims and Islam.
Anti-Muslim bigots and political opportunists have rallied around opposition to the Islamic Center planned near Ground Zero — the site of the World Trade Center attacks.
Former Republican candidate for vice president Sarah Palin, candidates for 2010 elections, right-wing news media, and the Anti-defamation League (ADL) have jumped on the bandwagon.
Mosques are being vandalized, and the construction of new mosques opposed.
So why aren’t Muslim “leaders” using their trump card — the false account of 9/11, to fight back?
If Muslim “leaders” were to fight back by denouncing the official account of 9/11 as patently false, they would find many Americans supporting their effort.
The number of Americans who do not believe the official account of 9/11 is increasing
Nine years on, there’s overwhelming evidence that the official account of 9/11 is false, and a significant number of Americans do not believe “The 9/11 Commission Report”.
These include 220 senior military, intelligence, law enforcement, and government personnel; 1200 architects and engineers; 250 pilots and aviation personnel; 400 professors; 300 survivors of 9/11; firefighters, and their numbers keep increasing.
“A poll taken by World Public Opinion, a collaborative project of research centers in various countries managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, College Park, polled 16,063 people in 17 nations outside of the United States during the summer of 2008. They found that majorities in only 9 of the 17 countries believe Al Qaeda carried out the attacks.”
In November 2007 Scripps Howard survey found that 32% believed it was “very likely”, and 30% believed that it was “somewhat likely” that “some people in the federal government had specific warnings of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, but chose to ignore those warnings.”
On August 30, 2004, Zogby International, an independent U.S. polling company, reported half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of New York citizens overall say that some of our leaders “knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act,” according to the poll conducted by Zogby International.
On May 24, 2006, Zogby reported that 42% believe “believe the government and 9/11 Commission are covering up”, and 44% “believe President Bush exploited the 9/11 attacks (44%) or justified an attack on Iraq (44%). 43% were “not aware of World Trade Center Building 7’s collapse”, and 45% believe the “government should reinvestigate the attacks”.
There are dozens of books exposing the false account of 9/11 — books by Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, David Ray Griffin, are highly recommended to those who have the patience to digest the wealth of information he makes available.
Easier to digest is the 80-page “9/11 Unveiled” which is a free download — for sources, photos, videos, referred to in “9/11 Unveiled” go to The Wisdom Fund website.
Paralyzed by fear, Muslim ‘leaders’ silent on 9/11
Despite the widespread skepticism voiced by non-Muslims, Muslim “leaders” remain silent about 9/11. They refuse even to examine the facts about 9/11, and silence discussion of those facts by members of their organization.
Their silence implies agreement with the official account of 9/11 — now thoroughly debunked by engineers, architects, pilots, and others.
These silent Muslim “leaders” include officials of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) — the organizations most often cited by establishment news media.
As far as we know, no Muslim “leader” who came with the Obama administration, or who has been funded by the Obama administration, or whose articles appear in establishment newspapers such as the Washington Post, has criticized the official account of 9/11.
Interfaith organizations in which Muslims participate have remained silent — the truth about 9/11 would drastically change the tone and substance of their dialogue.
There are, however, exceptions. Kevin Barrett’s radio shows host outspoken critics of the official account of 9/11. Several African-American, Muslim leaders have criticized the official account.
In stark contrast with U.S. Muslim “leaders”, Muslims in South Africa invited me on a 3-week, 9/11 lecture tour where they arranged radio interviews, a television interview broadcast to 20 plus countries, and for me to speak to audiences of hundreds daily in 11 cities in South Africa, and in two cities in Malawi.
A similar effort by U.S. Muslim organizations in support of the “9/11 truth” movement may have quashed, or at least diminished, the anti-Islam hysteria prevalent today.
Ground Zero Islamic Center controversy — a unique opportunity lost
The controversy over the $100 million Islamic Center being developed by the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement near “Ground Zero” in New York — now called Park51 — is a unique opportunity for Muslims to speak out on 9/11.
However, despite the repeated use of 9/11 by opponents of the Islamic Center, proponents of the Islamic Center have failed to point that there’s hard evidence to refute the official account — 19 Arab hijackers led by Osama bin Laden did not carry out the attacks of 9/11.
The evidence against Bin Laden and al-Qaeda promised by then Secretary of State Colin Powell on NBC’s Meet the Press, September 23, 2001, has yet to be made available to the public. The Osama bin Laden poster at the FBI website, does not claim that bin Laden was responsible for 9/11.
The Cordoba Initiative (founded 2004) last filed an IRS Form 990 in 2008 showing revenues $0, expenses $2767, and net assets of $18,255. The American Society for Muslim Advancement (founded 1998) has apparently never filed an IRS Form 990.
Officials of the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement will need millions in donations to build the center. Their position on 9/11 will most likely reflect the position of their donors.
ADAMS Center officials say they ‘cannot legally provide a platform’ for discussion of 9/11
The Washington DC area is home to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS); its influence extends well outside the area.
A recent exchange of emails with officials at ADAMS is an example of the pervasive fear among Muslim “leaders” to speak out, or even be seen to provide a platform for others who speak out against the official account of 9/11.
Excerpts from the first email exchange:

EM: But isn’t it also our duty to stand for truth and justice even when it may involve some personal risk? Unfortunately, when it comes to the biggest issue of our time (9/11), it appears that Muslim “leaders” are unwilling to speak out. They are unwilling to even discuss the facts with fellow Muslims.
ADAMS: …the time and place to discuss 9/11 is through political dialogues like these. While Virginia Delegates have little impact on U.S. national policy, they are responsible for legislation and regulation in Virginia that can and will affect our community… If you see our duty as being involved in these issues, why are you not signing up to attend this event?

Excerpts from the second email exchange:

EM: I’ve been trying to get ADAMS to discuss 9/11 for quite some time, and keep hitting a brick wall. I believe that the official account of 9/11 is false. I’ve been told that ADAMS does not permit political discussion, and I have stopped using the ADAMS list to try to express my views on the subject.
ADAMS: Thank you for clarifying what you meant… As a 501(c)(3) organization, ADAMS can organize or implement only those kind of political discussions that are non-partisan,…programs that are patently partisan would violate our legal status. Your message makes clear your strong partisan views about 9/11. It is your right to hold and promote such views. But all religious organizations are legally obliged to remain non-partisan, and to mount political outreach events only for the education of our community…. ADAMS therefore cannot legally provide a platform to promote personal and politicized views.

Excerpts from the third email exchange:

EM: I believe ADAMS misunderstands the role of 501(c)(3) corporations. Non-partisan means not supporting a particular candidate. A 501(c)(3) corporation may hold and expound views on any issue. The Wisdom Fund is a 501(c)(3) corporation, established in 1995, . . . as examples of public expression: (1) our quarter page advertisement in the Obama inaugural issue of the Washington Times — (bottom right), enlarged; (2) letter to the president, attorney general, etc. How can ADAMS claim to lead, and not take a position on the biggest issue of this decade — 9/11?
ADAMS: I have tried to rationally explain our position; it is clear you are not open to any position but your own. I have greeted you as a brother but your responses make clear you do not reciprocate that approach. I pray that Allah (SWT) will bless and guide you to the right path, and grant you Wisdom. Please do not respond to this e-mail. I will delete any further messages from you unread.

To summarize, ADAMS invited me to attend their dialogue with “Virginia Delegates” scheduled for July 28, then they claimed that they could not “legally provide a platform” for my views on 9/11. When I informed them that a 501(c)(3) corporation may legally voice its views — it may not support a candidate for office, ADAMS terminated the discussion.
ADAMS is not alone in shying away from 9/11.
Mosques across America have similar policies. Several invitations that I received to talk on 9/11 were cancelled after they were issued and accepted — including two attended by high-ranking officials and imams from majority Muslim countries.
America’s foreign policy establishment created the Islamic threat to advance its interests
On August 27, 1992, Leon T. Hadar, a former bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post, and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute, wrote in “The ‘Green Peril’: Creating the Islamic Fundamentalist Threat”:

Now that the Cold War is becoming a memory, America’s foreign policy establishment has begun searching for new enemies…. Topping the list of potential new global bogeymen, however, are the Yellow Peril, the alleged threat to American economic security emanating from East Asia, and the so-called Green Peril (green is the color of Islam)….
George Will even suggested that the 1,000-year battle between Christendom and Islam might be breaking out…
Indeed, “a new specter is haunting America, one that some Americans consider more sinister than Marxism-Leninism,” according to Douglas E. Streusand….
“Islamic fundamentalism is an aggressive revolutionary movement as militant and violent as the Bolshevik, Fascist, and Nazi movements of the past,” according to Amos Perlmutter.

In 1997, former National Security Advisor to President Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, wrote in “The Grand Chessboard”:

A power that dominates Eurasia [the territory east of Germany and Poland, stretching all the way through Russia and China to the Pacific Ocean — including the Middle East and most of the Indian subcontinent] would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa’s subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world’s central continent. About 75 per cent of the world’s people live in Eurasia, and most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s GNP and about three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources.

The key to controlling Eurasia, said Brzezinski, is controlling the Central Asian Republics.
In the September 2000 report, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, the neocon funded Project for the New American Century (PNAC) stated:

America’s global leadership, and its role as the guarantor of the current great-power peace, relies upon the safety of the American homeland; the preservation of a favorable balance of power in Europe, the Middle East and surrounding energy producing region, and East Asia…
A transformation strategy that solely pursued capabilities for projecting force from the United States, for example, and sacrificed forward basing and presence, would be at odds with larger American policy goals and would trouble American allies.
Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.

9/11, many now believe, was the new Pearl Harbor, the pretext for the U.S. “war on terror”, a cover for advancing perceived American interests.
In fact the “war on terror”, and the search for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, have brought the U.S. economy to the brink of collapse, and has caused a massive shift of wealth from poor and middle-class Americans to the wealthiest few.
The silence of Muslim ‘leaders’ is inexcusable, risks driving some to violence
The 9/11 Commission investigation (November 27, 2002 — August 21, 2004) was flawed from the outset. It was set up despite strong resistance from the White House.
By March 2003, with the commission’s staff barely in place, two men (Philip Zelikow, Executive Director, The 9/11 Commission, and Ernest R. May, a Harvard historian) had prepared a detailed outline, complete with “chapter headings, subheadings, and sub-subheadings” of the final report according to New York Times reporter Philip Shenon.
Zelikow served on the National Security Council under George H. W. Bush, on the George W. Bush transition team, and President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He coauthored a book with President Bush’s National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice.
Zelikow controlled the 9/11 Commission’s access to witnesses. Testimony that did not support the official account was excluded from “The 9/11 Commission Report”.
For American Muslims, whose faith commands them to strive for social justice — “the first pillar of Islam“, and to “seek knowledge even unto China”, blind acceptance of the official account of 9/11 is deplorable.
For Muslim “leaders”, blind acceptance of the official account of 9/11, and their failure to denounce it, is inexcusable.
The renowned Indian, poet-philosopher Allama Iqbal (1877-1938), in his famous Shikwa & Jawab-i-Shikwa (Man’s Complaint and God’s Answer), wrote (translated from Urdu by Indian journalist-author Khushwant Singh):

With reason as your shield and
the sword of love in your hand,
Servant of God!
the leadership of the world
is at your command.

Excluding opposing views risks driving some to express themselves in a more violent manner.

Source:
by courtesy & © 2010 Enver Masud

Is America a Christian Country? If Jesus came back today……

I hear constantly how “christian” the USA is. It was founded on christian values.  Christians made it what it is. Yada Yada Yada.

But in my conversations and listenings to Americans talk, If Jesus were to return and walk the streets of America, and speak to Americans and even run for office.  Half the country would call him a “socialist sand nigger” and the other half would call him a “homophobe trying to force religion down people’s throats”.

 

Killings: Black on Black, Pak on Pak or whoever else

Many of us have seen the videos of the Pakistani Army shooting the six kids, or of the Pakistani Army beating the old people or of the Pakistani Army beating some more old people to death.

And virtually all of us have seen and heard of Black on Black crime, whether thru videos, news reports, songs, movies, or just living life.  This black on black crime is infamous and pathetic.

But what astounds me more than these actual crimes, is the different responses we have from them.

If a white person were to travel into a black neighborhood and kill hundreds of black men on an annual basis, there would be a huge outcry.  There would be Congressional investigations, all types of seminars, and most of all, the black community would be outraged.

If the USA military were to have shot six kids, beat old people and beat old people to death, there would be mayhem in the streets of the muslim world.

Why? My guess is that we expect white folks to act civilized. Cultured.  Better than others.  So when they do something, its bad.  But………..and this is a big BUT, But when we do it to ourselves, we care less. The world cares less.

Whether it is the slaughter in Rwanda, the streets of New York, or hidden valleys in Swat.  People expect non-whites to act barbaric with each other, yet if white folks did the exact same thing, we would be up in arms.

My point? We need to expect more from ourselves, and leave off this colonial mindset that the only lives that have meaning are those of Europeans and the only crimes that are really crimes, are when Europeans do them.

It seems to be a sad reality.

Polygyny or Bi-Sexual? Which is more American?

Within the past few days, my family has experienced a rather comical series of events.  Comical, not in the laughter sort of way, because there is little to laugh at these days.  Muslims are suffering, dying, being tortured, imprisoned, etc.  While the Ummah looks on apathetically.

This comical is similar to when Abraham’s wife, Sarah, heard the angels say they were about to punish the people of Lut, and she laughed.

In the USA, today, polygyny (man having more than one wife) is illegal.  However, teenagers go to school and tell each other how they are bisexual.

Yet, if a man marries more than one woman, and treats them both with love and caring, and raises children, and teaches them morality. He is a criminal and treated with disdain.

This is the same society that will accept a woman wearing little or no clothing. Yet mocks a woman who covers in the manner that Mary, the mother of Jesus (whom they claim to respect).

In summary; a woman covering in a manner that women have been covering for thousands of years is mocked.  A polygynous marriage, as has been the way of mankind for thousands of years.  both of these are now rebuked in society.  Yet a young girl wearing little or no clothing and bragging about how she has sex with both men and women is accepted and protected. (as is pornography)

Is there something wrong with the direction that modern-day society is going?

Muslim Brother on the “No-Fly” List

Today, I was speaking to a brother who found out he was on the infamous “no-fly” list issued by the USA.  I want to share with you what I learned.

Firstly, the brother travels a lot, and happened to raise the ire of the Beast. (ie Uncle Sam, FBI, Homeland Security, CIA, etc) and though the brother has not done anything wrong, nor has he been accused of doing anything wrong, his travels warranted the Beast to put him on the No-Fly List.

He cannot leave the country (USA).  He cannot even travel from NY to Atlanta, Georgia, because he has been deemed a threat to American security.

No trial. No charges. No evidence. Not even an accusation.  Not even a strong suspicion.  His name has been placed there and there is nothing he can do to have it removed.  He can only wait until some person decides to remove it.

He is basically a prisoner in the USA.

Another example of how the “rights” of muslims are non-existent in the USA today.  The Beast does as he pleases.  He bombs muslim countries. He kills muslim men, women and children.  He rapes and plunders.  Yet, he stands in front of the world as the leader of freedom, democracy and the civilized world.

A word to the muslim.  There is nothing in this dunya for you.  And if you thought there was something, the USA (and shaytan) are showing you that this dunya is not for you, unless you are willing to completely give up your Islam and not care about the affairs of this ummah.

As long as you restrict your Islam to praying, fasting, and talking about how peaceful Islam is, then the Beast will allow you to be Muslim. But as soon as you try to LIVE like a muslim, and speak as a muslim and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, the Beast will aim for you.

Yet, fear not.  Allah is still in charge

“It doesn’t look like America anymore”

This statement, “It doesn’t look like America anymore” was said today by a white guy, when describing his place of employment.

People ask me why I focus on race so much in America, and this is a perfect example of how much race plays in American life.  I didn’t choose the cards I have been dealt, but I try to play them as wisely as possible.

Back to the story; What is behind this statement?  Well, as anyone can tell since the last 20-25 years, there has been a resurgence of “gringoism” in the USA.  Since Ronald Reagan and the “Silent Majority” days, white folks in the USA have gone from the defensive (for about 5 years) to a major offensive.  They have regained their sense of patriotism (watch out) and are now “bringing America back” to its roots.

As one country song so eloquently put it, she is “proud of being a redneck”. So, emerges the likes of Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Oliver North, etc, all leaders of the right-wing conservative movement to bring America back to its roots.

As imaginary as these roots may be, they consist of the “original constitution”, freedom, liberty, democracy, and the “good ol’ days”.

These left-wing liberal democrats are destroying America with its loose immigration policies and letting those Mexicans in by the droves.

Well, I had to tell this guy today, as I am reminding all of you reading this, an influx of Mexicans IS AMERICA.  Mexicans are not only Americans, but they are Native Americans.  Just because the USA drew some line along the Rio Grande does not exclude ties that the Northern Indians had with the Southern Indians……..all native americans.

What he should have said was that this doesn’t look like the White America that he was taught in school.  And that would have been correct. But by far, any Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cherokee, Sioux, Ecuadorian, Brazilian, etc are all Native Americans and their presence should not change what “America looks like”.

USA Drones Kill More Innocent Muslims Than Militants

Report slams Pakistan drone strikes
Study shows US drones are not accurate in targeting “terrorists” and more civilians killed than al-Qaeda.
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2010 07:43 GMT
US think tanks admit drone strikes are focused more on the war in Afghanistan than targeting al-Qaeda leaders [EPA]

New information on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) campaign of drone strikes in northwest Pakistan directly contradicts the image the Barack Obama administration and the CIA have sought to establish in the news media of a programme based on highly accurate targeting that is effective in disrupting al-Qaeda’s terrorist plots against the United States.

A new report on civilian casualties in the war in Pakistan has revealed direct evidence that a house was targeted for a drone attack merely because it had been visited by a group of Taliban fighters.

The report came shortly after publication of the results of a survey of opinion within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan showing overwhelming popular opposition to the drone strikes and majority support for suicide attacks on US forces under some circumstances.

Meanwhile, data on targeting of the drone strikes in Pakistan indicate that they have now become primarily an adjunct of the US war in Afghanistan, targeting almost entirely militant groups involved in the Afghan insurgency rather than al Qaeda officials involved in plotting global terrorism.

The new report published by the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) last week offers the first glimpse of the drone strikes based on actual interviews with civilian victims of the strikes.

In an interview with a researcher for CIVIC, a civilian victim of a drone strike in North Waziristan carried out during the Obama administration recounted how his home had been visited by Taliban fighters asking for lunch. He said he had agreed out of fear of refusing them.

The very next day, he recalled, the house was destroyed by a missile from a drone, killing his only son.

The CIVIC researcher, Christopher Rogers, investigated nine of the 139 drone strikes carried out since the beginning of 2009 and found that a total of 30 civilians had been killed in those strikes, including 14 women and children.

Hundreds of civilians killed

If that average rate of 3.33 civilian casualties for each drone bombing is typical of all the strikes since the rules for the strikes were loosened in early 2008, it would suggest that roughly 460 civilians have been killed in the drone campaign during that period.

The total number of deaths from the drone war in Pakistan since early 2008 is unknown, but has been estimated by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann of the New America Foundation at between 1,109 and 1,734.

Only 66 leading officials in al-Qaeda or other anti-US groups have been killed in the bombings. Reports on the bombings have listed the vast majority of the victims as “militants”, without further explanation.

The victim’s account of a drone attack based on the flimsiest rationale is consistent with the revelation in New York Times reporter David Sanger’s book “The Inheritance” that the CIA was given much greater freedom in early 2008 to hit targets that might well involve killing innocent civilians.

The original rationale of the drone campaign was to “decapitate” al-Qaeda by targeting a list of high-ranking al-Qaeda officials. The rules of engagement required firm evidence that there were no civilians at the location who would be killed by the strike.

But in January 2008 the CIA persuaded President George W. Bush to approve a set of “permissions” proposed by the CIA that same month which allowed the agency to target locations rather than identified al Qaeda leaders if those locations were linked to a “signature” – a pattern of behaviour on the part of al Qaeda officials that had been observed over time.

That meant the CIA could now bomb a motorcade or a house if it was believed to be linked to al-Qaeda, without identifying any particular individual target.

A high-ranking Bush administration national security official told Sanger that Bush later authorised even further widening of the power of the CIA’s operations directorate to make life or death decisions based on inferences rather than hard evidence. The official acknowledged that giving the CIA so much latitude was “risky”, because “you can make more mistakes – you can hit the wrong house, or misidentify the motorcade.”

CIA ‘intelligence’

The extraordinary power ceded to the CIA operations directorate under the programme provoked serious concerns in the intelligence community, according to one former intelligence official. It allowed that directorate to collect the intelligence on potential targets in the FATA, interpret its own intelligence and then make lethal decisions based on that interpretation – all without any outside check on the judgments it was making, even from CIA’s own directorate of intelligence.

Officials from other intelligence agencies have sought repeatedly to learn more about how the operations directorate was making targeting decisions but were rebuffed, according to the source.

Some national security officials, including mid-level officials involved in the drone programme itself, have warned in the past that the drone strikes have increased anti-Americanism and boosted recruitment for the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda. New support for that conclusion has now come from the results of a survey of opinion on the strikes in FATA published by the New American Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow.

The survey shows that 76 percent of the 1,000 FATA residents surveyed oppose drone strikes and that nearly half of those surveyed believe they kill mostly civilians.

Sixty percent of those surveyed believed that suicide bombings against the US military are “often or sometimes justified”.

Meanwhile, data on the targeting of drone strikes make it clear that the programme, which the Obama administration and the CIA have justified as effective in disrupting al-Qaeda terrorism, is now focused on areas where Afghan and Pakistani militants are engaged in the war in Afghanistan.

Most al Qaeda leaders and the Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, who has been closely allied with al Qaeda against the Pakistani government, have operated in South Waziristan.

North Waziristan is where the Haqqani network provides safe havens to Pashtun insurgents fighting U.S.-NATO troops in Afghanistan. It is also where Hafiz Gul Bahadur, leader of a Pakistani Taliban faction who has called for supporting the Afghan insurgency rather than jihad against the Pakistani government, operates.

In 2009, just over half the drone strikes were still carried out in South Waziristan. But in 2010, 90 per cent of the 86 drone strikes carried out thus far have been in North Waziristan, according to data collected by Bill Roggio and Alexander Mayer and published on the website of the Long War Journal, which supports the drone campaign.

The dramatic shift in targeting came after al Qaeda officials were reported to have fled from South Waziristan to Karachi and other major cities.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration was privately acknowledging that the war would be a failure unless the Pakistani military changed its policy of giving the Haqqani network a safe haven in North Waziristan.

When asked whether the drone campaign was now primarily about the war in Afghanistan rather than al-Qaeda terrorism, Peter Bergin of the New America Foundation’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative said, “I think that’s a reasonable conclusion.”

Bergin has defended the drone campaign in the past as “the only game in town” in combating terrorism by al Qaeda.

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specialising in US national security policy.This article first appeared on the Inter Press Service News Agency.

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IPS

Understanding the “Secret” Prisons

Understanding the “Secret” Prisons

Understanding the “Secret” Prisons

We have heard the terms “black site” or “secret prison” many times over on the television, read on the internet or in newspapers, however it is said with an almost casual demeanour and regularity nowadays that it appears almost as a footnote. For examples, see the Guardian article dated 26th September which states “Before the sentencing, Siddiqui repeated her claim that she had been abducted and held at a “secret prison” for several years.” Similarly, a BBC news article regarding Binyam Mohammed published in 2009 : “He was first held in Pakistan in 2002 – and then taken to secret prisons in Morocco and Afghanistan.” Of course, without context these statements are meaningless. It is the intention of the article to provide that context.

The first, obvious point, is that they are secret. This means no one knows ( or is not meant to know ) where (or is not meant to know where ) or what ( or not meant to know what ) happened. As such, its extremely hard to report on, and certainly that will be the excuse that the media will rely on, however there has been literally hundreds of pages of testimony received through letters, court depositions, human rights appendices and the like that means that it is impossible for us to ignore any longer, and we must endeavour to understand the perspective and context.

So if we picture the scene that we are hypothetically an Imam of a masjid, who is then grabbed from the streets on his way to prayers, bundled into a car and driven off at speed by men and women in balaclavas and sped off to an airforce base and flown to a site of torture. Only this is not hypothetical but instead relates to Abu Omar, an imam in Milan kidnapped by the CIA with the full knowledge of the Italian government. One cannot possibly imagine the terror that would be facing someone emotionally from such a kidnap, where one would be disoriented, unaware of the captors, and such like. Unfortunately, he was taken to the notorious Tura prison, just outside Cairo, and electrocuted, raped and other horrific inflictions against the person. What happened only Abu Omar knows, as well of course as his interrogators. He was finally released with no charges, and lost the hearing in his right ear as a result of this treatment. He was held for seven months in detention, and he states ; “The seven months passed like seven years. They told me I was in a place no living soul could ever find me. They told me that the Italians handed me to Egypt and no one from Italy would come to take me out of this living hell. They also ordered me to sign a document given up my political asylum in Italy.”

The case above is famous, however the case of Mohammed Shakir not so. He again was kidnapped whilst in Syria, and became a resident of a prison where it is believed Mustapha Nasr is now being held, “Palestine prison”. Mohammed Shakir was kidnapped from the streets of Damascus at the behest of the Italian government, who denied all knowledge of him. He describes his conditions “At Palestine Prison, The cell was very small, 1 meter 50 cm High, and 70cm Width. Theres no windows, covers or blankets. It’s a very old prison, and all the cells are underground. Nobody visited us here and no-one knew our news. In the whole time there, there was never a doctor. We used to pray all the time for Allah(swt) not to make us sick, because we did not have even any medication. Two brothers died from tuberculosis, one from Iraq and another from Syria. The food was so bad we could not even swallow it. The cells were so cold in Winter, Spring and Autumn because the cells were underground.” He also suffered incredible torture, undoubtedly at the behest of the Italian government.

Then there is Bagram, another site which we know the name but little of what happens there. This is where Aafia Siddiqui was held, and many of those who ended up in Guantanamo Bay. One statement of an inmate there, Ahmed Al-Darbi ,states :- “During about the first two weeks at Bagram, I was kept in complete isolation, and I did not even know I was in Afghanistan…. While I was questioned, I was kept for many hours in painful positions. For example, I would be forced to kneel with my hands cuffed above my head, often through the night, so that I was not allowed to sleep. This position caused very sharp pain in my knee-caps. If my hands began to fall or I tried to stretch to relieve the pain in my back while I knelt, the interrogators kicked me in the back… During these first two weeks, I hardly slept at all. I was purposely kept awake much of the time, and it seemed that every time I started to fall asleep, they would hit me to keep me awake. Also, during that period, I was not allowed to pray.”

To suffer treatment as this, which is only a small part, for any period of time would require immense physical strength and mental stamina. To survive conditions like these for years, as others have done, is a near-miracle. How many of those did not make it out those doors at Bagram, how many bodies are in the mountains of Afghanistan, dumped in the night by US captors? The nature of a secret prison free from accountability is that we will never know.

Of course the stories of Guantanamo have been documented, proven and truly horrendous, yet its becoming clear that the secret prisons are indeed the caverns of hell themselves, with Guantanamo the end of the road of this satanic map.

To expect those who have suffered these prisons for 5, 6, 8 years, as Adel ben Mabrouk, Aafia Siddiqui, Moez Fezzani have, to now have a fair trial and to take their testimony as evidence is to insult the justice system itself. How can anyone remain sane, form a defence, call witnesses, and argue in a coherent manner after the most inhumane torture afflicted on them beggars belief. However, this is what the USA would like you to believe through the conviction of Aafia Siddiqui, only ever seeing her captors for 6 years. Or what Italy want you to believe with Adel, Moez and Riadh Nassari, all of whom are in prison awaiting a trial when they should be the prosecutors for the crimes this war-on-terror has committed! How many more are in these secret prisons?

Its perhaps no secret that some of this has become public, in order to create an atmosphere of Orwellian subjugation. Only by standing up to this oppression can this be stopped. We can’t possibly imagine what these prisons are like, however to find the truth we must make those who committed these atrocities be accountable for their actions and never forget, as the detainees who suffered (and suffer) also will never forget. Until we see Rumsfield, Bush, Obama, Blair, Brown, Miliband, Berlusconi, Prodi, Mubarak, Assad, Zardari, Karzai, Musharraf and all the other criminals around the world in the dock, we must convey to those who listen the nightmare of the secret prisons.

Umar Abdullah, 10th October 2010

FBI Entrapment is Affecting Muslim Men Unfairly

FBI Entrapment is Affecting Muslim Men Unfairly(video of interview)

AMY GOODMAN: Prosecutors and defense attorneys made their final arguments this week in the trial of the Newburgh Four, a high-profile case that has made national headlines as a potent example of so-called homegrown terror. The four men from Newburgh, New York, are charged with plotting to bomb a synagogue and a Jewish community center in the Bronx. US Assistant Attorney David Raskin says the four are, quote, “criminally minded” people who, quote, “wanted to do something to America.” But the defense argued they were entrapped by government agents and not predisposed to commit a terrorist crime.

The case of the Newburgh Four bears many of the same characteristics of two other recent so-called homegrown terror cases involving Muslim men: the case of the Fort Dix Five, where five men from suburban New Jersey were convicted last year of conspiring to kill American soldiers at the Fort Dix Army base, and a case in Albany, New York, where a pizzeria owner and the imam of a local mosque were convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to support terrorism. In all three cases, Muslim men were arrested on terror charges. In all three cases, no terrorist crime was actually committed. In fact, no one was killed or injured. And all three cases rely heavily on hundreds of hours of surveillance secretly recorded by a paid government informant.

Well, Democracy Now!‘s Anjali Kamat and Big Noise Films’ Jacquie Soohan spent months tracking these three stories. Anjali Kamat files this report.

    KRISTINE JOHNSON: Motivated by hate and bent on killing their neighbors. 

    REPORTER: According to the FBI, this was a plot to blow up two synagogues and a community center, all in the Bronx.

    ANJALI KAMAT: On May 20th, 2009, four African American men from the city of Newburgh, New York, were arrested outside a synagogue in the Bronx. Known as the Newburgh Four, they made national headlines as stark examples of “homegrown terror.”

    REPORTER: Prosecutors describe the suspects as extremely violent men who embraced every opportunity for terrorism.

    ANJALI KAMAT: More than a year after their arrest, the Newburgh Four are now facing trial in Manhattan for conspiracy to use of weapons of mass destruction and anti-aircraft missiles. But the case has raised serious questions about the government’s role in creating and then foiling fake terror plots.

    REPORTER: The suspects were duped. The bombs and missile were fake, supplied by the FBI and NYPD.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Alicia McCollum is the aunt of David Williams, one of the Newburgh Four. Since his arrest, she has tried to mobilize support for her nephew. Taking the train to the first day of the trial in August, she is visibly upset.

    ALICIA McWILLIAMS-McCOLLUM: I was restless last night. I couldn’t even sleep. You know, it was just so much. You know, you think about the family and what you’re getting ready to go through, and it’s like this whole year of fighting for the case, and now it’s like finally happening and we’re going to trial. And just worried, you know, that the governemnt want to make a case so bad that my nephew can go away for life, so it’s just been like heavy on my mind last night. Very heavy.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Like the other members of the Newburgh Four, twenty-nine-year-old David Williams lived in the economically devastated city of Newburgh and had served prison time on drug charges and petty criminal offenses. All four men were converts to Islam, and one of them, Laguerre Payen, is a Haitian-born immigrant and a paranoid schizophrenic.

    Alicia says she was shocked when she heard that these four men were being called terrorists.

    ALICIA McWILLIAMS-McCOLLUM: Well, I got a call at 3:00, 2009, in May, 3:00 at night, and my sister said they kicked in Lissy house. I’m like, “Who kicked in Lissy house?”

    They was like, “The FBI.”

    I’m like, “The FBI? What are you talking about?”

    She was like, “David. It got something to do with David. It’s on the news.”

    So I turned the news, and I’m looking at Bronx 12. It kept saying “Bronx Terror.”

    NEWS ANCHOR: Federal agents moved in tonight and say their suspects are homegrown would-be terrorists.

    ALICIA McWILLIAMS-McCOLLUM: I was cursing my TV out. They kept showing David. They kept showing David, I’m like, “Oh, my god!” It was horrible. You know, I’m like, “Homeland Security? The FBI? Bloomberg?” We did not turn from the news.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Approaching the courthouse, Alicia, a devout christian, says a prayer.

    ALICIA McWILLIAMS-McCOLLUM: Keep your hands on me, Father. Guide me through these six weeks, Lord. Give me strength. Give me strength.

    ANJALI KAMAT: The Newburgh case is only one of several high-profile terrorism cases in the New York-New Jersey area. Less than a three-hour drive from Newburgh is the quiet suburb of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In May of 2007, it was the center of an FBI raid.

    NEWS ANCHOR: Police arrested six men and charged them with planning to attack the Fort Dix Army base.

    REPORTER: Four of the six were of Albanian descent, and they’re suspected of being Islamic fundamentalists.

    GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: This is a new kind of terrorism. It is not only coming from outside the United States in, but it is also growing inside our own country.

    FBI SPECIAL AGENT J.P. WEISS: These homegrown terrorists can prove to be as dangerous as any known group, if not more so.

    BURIM DUKA: It all happened from when me and my brothers and a couple of friends, we went to a Poconos trip.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Burim Duka is the younger brother of three of the men convicted of conspiring to attack the nearby Fort Dix Army base. He explains that the FBI began following them after the family took their annual vacation to the Pocono mountains in northern Pennsylvania in 2006.

    BURIM DUKA: We were going to the Poconos once a year, around the beginning of the year, in wintertime. We would go either in January or February. For one week, we used to go.

    Smile for the camera.

    We went skiing. We were playing soccer in the snow. We were doing a lot of stuff. And then me and my brother, Eljvir Duka, we went to Circuit City. We wanted everyone to have copies of how much fun we had.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Burim Duka and his brother Eljvir had taken their home video to Circuit City to make DVDs. Included in the footage are scenes of the brothers and their friends firing guns in what they claim was simply target practice. As they shoot, the young men are heard to say, “Allahu Akbar,” an Arabic phrase that means “God is great.” When they’re not shooting, they just seem to be having fun, throwing snowballs and posing for the camera.

    BURIM DUKA: What’s happening, brother?

    BROTHER: What’s up, man? Allahu Akbar.

    ANJALI KAMAT: The clerk at Circuit City, however, decided to turn the video over to the local police.

    BURIM DUKA: That’s how the case all started, from the clerk at Circuit City. He turned it in to the police. The police turned it in to the FBI, and they started following us from then.

    ANJALI KAMAT: When the men were arrested in 2007, federal prosecutors said their trips to the Poconos, as well as a later excursion to play paintball, were all part of their training for jihad. They said the group was plotting to attack the Fort Dix Army base near their home. Two years later, five of the men on the Poconos trip, all in their twenties, were convicted of conspiring to kill American soldiers at Fort Dix.

    The Duka family are Albanians from the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. Ferik and Zurata Duka came to the United States in 1984 and lived in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, with their three sons, Dritan, Shain, and Eljvir. As their family grew larger, they moved to New Jersey, and the boys joined their father in his roofing and construction business. At the time of their arrest, Dritan and Eljvir Duka were married with six children. Now, with three of the brothers in solitary confinement in the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, the children live with the grandparents.

    We visited the family in July and met Lejla Duka, a twelve-year-old who insists her father, Dritan Duka, is innocent.

    LEJLA DUKA: I know they’re innocent. We all do. But people out there just don’t want to look into the evidence. Hopefully they’ll come home.

    ANJALI KAMAT: The three Duka brothers, along with their Palestinian American friend Mohamad Shnewer, are serving sentences of life plus thirty years.

    Hanan Shnewer is the sister of Mohamad Shnewer. She’s also married to Eljvir Duka. She says the men are not terrorists.

    HANAN SHNEWER: They’re not that kind of people. They’re normal people, not maniacs like the way they made them seem. Mostly I think it’s Muslims are now a target for American government, and that’s mostly the purpose, I know.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Two hundred miles from the Duka house, Fatima Hossein, covered in a full veil, is busy running a pizzeria in downtown Albany. While caring for her six children, aged four to eighteen, she works from morning to night making pizza. She and her husband, Mohammed Hossein, are Bangladeshi immigrants. Her husband was arrested in 2004 along with the imam of the local mosque in a money laundering scheme the FBI claims was related to terrorism. Fatima still has trouble explaining what happened to her family.

    FATIMA HOSSEIN: This is not easy answer to tell that, what happened. It still is, to me, look like something like broke on your head. My husband, he’s really hardworking man. I think—I wish you can have a chance to meet with him. Everybody know him, all the local people, as he’s delivery man, fixing house, taking care of family. His life turned different, like tragedy.

    JAMES COMEY: Last night, FBI agents in Albany, New York, arrested two men: thirty-four-year-old Yassin Muhiddin Aref and forty-nine-year-old Mohammed Mosharref Hossein.

    ANJALI KAMAT: In August of 2004, Mohammed Hossein and Yassin Aref, neither of whom had any criminal record, were arrested and accused of being terrorists. Two years later they were convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to support terrorism and sentenced to fifteen years in prison.

    REPORTER: The Muslim community is standing strong and speaking out as two of their members learn their fate.

    SHAMSHAD AHMAD: They are not terrorists. They had no criminal record. They had no interest of any violation of laws that are so. Simply, they were tricked.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Supporters of the two men say Mohammed Hossein thought he was just getting a loan from a Pakistani man who had recently befriended him. He enlisted the imam, Yassin Aref, who was a Kurdish refugee from Iraq, to witness the loan. What they didn’t know at the time was that the National Security Agency had been secretly wiretapping Yassin Aref’s phone calls, and the loan was part of an FBI sting operation. The generous Pakistani man was in fact an FBI informant.

AMY GOODMAN: Homegrown terror or entrapment? We’ll come back to this documentary by Democracy Now!‘s Anjali Kamat and Jacquie Soohen of Big Noise Films. Stay with us.

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AMY GOODMAN: We return now to Anjali Kamat and Jacquie Soohen’s “Homegrown Terror or Entrapment?” This is Democracy Now!, as we return to a report on the FBI’s use of undercover informants in domestic terror cases. The report focuses on the Newburgh Four case, where jury deliberations are set to begin today over whether four African American men from Newburgh, New York, are guilty of conspiring to attack a synagogue and Jewish community center in the Bronx. The report also looks at two older cases, that of the Fort Dix Five, five young men from suburban New Jersey who were convicted last year of conspiring to attack US soldiers at the Fort Dix Army base, and a case in Albany, New York, where two men were convicted in 2007 of money laundering and conspiring to support terrorism.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Like the case of the Fort Dix Five and the Newburgh Four, no terrorist crime was actually committed in Albany. No bombs went off. Nothing was blown up. No one was killed or even injured. All three cases rest on fake plots concocted by the FBI and rely heavily on hundreds of hours of surveillance video and audio secretly recorded by a paid government informant. 

    Karen Greenberg from New York University’s Center on Law and Security says informants have become a crucial part of the post-9/11 domestic counterterrorism strategy.

    KAREN GREENBERG: The use of informants in the fifty most high-profile terrorism cases since 9/11 is 62 percent. The conviction rate for those cases that involved informants is almost a hundred percent; it’s 97 percent. So that gives you a kind of sense of how important they are and how useful they’ve been.

    ANJALI KAMAT: The FBI did not respond to our request for an interview, but we did speak to a former FBI agent who worked with multiple informants during his thirty-five years at the bureau. James Wedick told us that informants are unreliable sources.

    JAMES WEDICK: Look, informants are the most dangerous individuals on the planet. If you don’t monitor them, something can go wrong.

    ANJALI KAMAT: A former street agent, Wedick says the line between uncovering terrorist plots and creating them has become increasingly blurry.

    JAMES WEDICK: I’ll venture to say in 90 percent—90 percent of the cases that you see that have occurred in the last ten years are garbage.

    ANJALI KAMAT: In Albany, the FBI used an informant named Shahed Hussain. He was a Pakistani businessman who fled his country after being arrested three times on charges that included murder. He wound up in Albany, New York, in 1994, where he set up an illegal license scheme while working as a translator at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Shamshad Ahmad is the president of the As-Salaam mosque in Albany.

    SHAMSHAD AHMAD: Living in a suburb where there are other Pakistanis, he was known to them. And people did not have a good opmnion about him. They knew that he is cunning, he is deceptive, he cheats. Later on, we found out that he was also known in the community that he can arrange illegal licenses.

    ANJALI KAMAT: The feds caught on to Shahed Hussain’s license scam, and in 2003 he was arrested in a sting operation. But as Muslim communities in America came under increased scrutiny after 9/11, Shahed Hussain proved to be very useful. He was a Muslim willing to spy on fellow Muslims in exchange for amnesty. Instead of sending him to jail or deporting him, he got off on a plea deal, and the FBI hired him as an informant.

    KAREN GREENBERG: When you’re dealing with informants, you’re dealing with people who have been convicted of or threatened with conviction or found in the act of some kind of criminality. And there is everything in their interest to make sure that they do what the FBI wants.

    ANJALI KAMAT: In the summer of 2003, the informant showed up at Mohammed Hossein’s pizzeria in Albany, posing as a wealthy businessman with ties to militant groups in Pakistan. Mohammed Hossein’s wife Fatima recalls how persistent the informant was in trying to befriend them.

    FATIMA HOSSEIN: This person keeps coming to me, coming to me. And after a couple time, I told my husband, I says, “Look like he’s keep coming, keep coming. I don’t know what is his intention or anything.”

    ANJALI KAMAT: The informant drew Mohammed Hossein into extended debates about jihad. Across hours of secretly recorded conversations, the informant repeatedly brought up American foreign policy and the role of militant Islam.

    KAREN GREENBERG: The defendant is recorded saying, “Look, this is not—I’m not really into violent jihad. That’s not really what I’m about.” And the informant keeps coming back and saying, “Are you sure? Are you sure?”

    ANJALI KAMAT: Then, as Mohammed Hossein’s pizza business began to fail, the informant made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

    FATIMA HOSSEIN: Economically we was little bit crisis situation, so we didn’t go bank. And he was saying, “Brother, I am your brother. If you need some money, so I can be—maybe you can borrow from me and give it to me.”

    ANJALI KAMAT: The informant offered Mohammed Hossein a loan of $45,000 and a gift of $5,000. The imam of the mosque, Yassin Aref, was brought in to witness the loan. At a few points, the informant told the men he was a member of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad, or JEM. On one occasion, he showed the pizzeria owner Mohammed Hossein a part of a missile and later made obscure references to a fictitious JEM plot to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat in New York with a missile.

    KAREN GREENBERG: He did say it was for weaponry. I think it was for a missile in this case. And he did say that it was for a terrorist cause. And so, you know, that part of it is very discomforting, that, you know, preying upon people’s vulnerabilities and pushing them to this point is unsettling.

    ANJALI KAMAT: It’s unclear from the recordings how much the men understood that the money for the loan had been allegedly laundered from weapon sales to a terrorist group. But Mohammed Hossein’s acceptance of the loan and Yassin Aref’s witnessing of the loan formed the basis for the government’s case against the two men.

    Promises of money played a key role in the Newburgh case, as well. James Wedick says it’s not uncommon for the FBI to send informants into poor communities.

    JAMES WEDICK: What they’re looking for is money, because they’re desperate. They’re looking for a job. They’re looking for some way to feed their family. And so, they’re there because this informant is flashing money around, driving a fancy car, and maybe living in a fancy apartment. And they, too, want part of that prize.

    ANJALI KAMAT: By 2007, the informant in the Albany case, Shahed Hussain, showed up in the impoverished largely African American community of Newburgh. He arrived at the Al-Ikhlas mosque one day, flush with funds and driving a BMW.

    IMAM SALAHUDDIN MUHAMMAD: We called him Maqsud, because that’s who he said he was.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Salahuddin Mustafa Muhammad is the imam of the mosque in Newburgh. He remembers the informant well. Posing again as a wealthy Pakistani businessman with ties to the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, Shahed Hussain followed a remarkably similar script to the story he told in Albany.

    IMAM SALAHUDDIN MUHAMMAD: I started hearing from different members of the community that he was talking stuff about jihad and something about a group in Pakistan and telling the brothers they should go over and help them in Pakistan because he’s a part of some group.

    ANJALI KAMAT: The imam recalls that one man was willing to listen to the informant’s stories and happy to be driven around in his car and treated to free meals. James Cromitie is a forty-four-year-old petty criminal who had been in and out of prison numerous times.

    The FBI began secretly recording conversations between James Cromitie and the informant in October 2008, after the informant reported that James had made extremist anti-American statements. The informant promised James $250,000 to help him carry out a plot to bomb a synagogue and a Jewish community center in the Bronx and attack military planes at the Stewart International Airport near Newburgh.

    Within a few months, the informant was urging James to recruit more people to act as lookouts while they carried out the plot. That’s when Alicia McCollum’s nephew David Williams entered the scene. At the time, his twenty-year-old brother, Lord, had just been diagnosed with a deadly liver disease. The doctors said he needed a liver transplant to survive, but the family couldn’t afford the surgery.

    ALICIA McWILLIAMS-McCOLLUM: You know, I’m like, OK, Lord was sick, OK. He needed money, alright. I’m like, ooh, he got caught up in a bad situation. Then I heard “informant.” Informant?

    ANJALI KAMAT: The informant had promised to give David Williams at least $25,000 and drove him to visit his brother in the hospital.

    ALICIA McWILLIAMS-McCOLLUM: He’s a manipulator. I’m from the streets. He’s a manipulator. He’s a con artist.
    This is a damn bad motion picture. They should be ashamed of theirself.

    ANJALI KAMAT: In court, the government has admitted that the FBI picked the targets and supplied the men with the fake bombs and the missile. But the government says the fact the men actually planted the bombs near the Riverdale synagogue is evidence of their willingness to commit terrorism.

    KAREN GREENBERG: The big story is who took the lead here, who created the story of the crime that was going to ensue, and who made it happen.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Karen Greenberg says the way the trial is going, it’s the informant who’s in the spotlight.

    KAREN GREENBERG: If we’re ever going to have a public debate on the use of informants in terrorism cases, this is the case, more than any of the other cases we’ve seen.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Alicia McCollum believes her nephew and the rest of the Newburgh Four were entrapped by the FBI.

    ALICIA McWILLIAMS-McCOLLUM: This is entrapment. You’re going to send an informant into an impoverished community, the most impoverished county, to do your trickery. You ain’t stumbled upon a cell. Nobody ain’t tell you that someone was plotting to do anything. You created a crime!

    ANJALI KAMAT: The government maintains this was a sting operation and the four men were not entrapped. They say the four are militant Muslims who can be heard actively planning for the attack in the recordings made by the informant. But James Wedick says the recordings alone don’t prove anything.

    JAMES WEDICK: You can get anyone to say anything on any given day, if you just try long enough. And that’s what some of these informants do.

    ANJALI KAMAT: He warns that the FBI’s use of unscrupulous informants in poor communities is a dangerous business.

    JAMES WEDICK: You just can’t continue to, you know, to get a select group of people who are responsible for petty crimes, give them huge amounts of money, and send them into a small minority community, desperate because of the recession and work not being there, and suggesting people commit crimes, and not expect an explosion to happen, because they’re desperate for money and the informant is offering huge rewards.

    ANJALI KAMAT: The imam of the Newburgh mosque isn’t surprised by what happened here. It’s happened before to the African American community, he says. This just reminds him of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program.

    IMAM SALAHUDDIN MUHAMMAD: I believe that what we are seeing today with the FBI surveillance and the FBI allowing for agent provocateurs to enter into Muslim communities is the same thing that happened in the ’60s with a lot of the black nationalist organizations. That’s what I see happening today in the Islamic community. The FBI, they are sending these agent provocateurs into the community, and they are cultivating and nurturing and actually creating situations that would never have occured if they didn’t have their man in there to do that.

    ANJALI KAMAT: To what extent are informants driving these cases? We spoke to one informant who agreed to an on-camera interview on the condition we don’t show his face. His name is Mahmoud Omar, and he was one of two informants the FBI used in the Fort Dix case. He acknowledged that he was central to the government’s case against the Duka brothers and Mohamad Shnewer.

    MAHMOUD OMAR: I can say American government lucky he have me this time, and if he don’t have me, we didn’t know something can happen.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Would it have been possible without your help?

    MAHMOUD OMAR: No, of course not. Somebody have to do it, and I did it. Nobody can—I did. I’m the one did everything.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Mahmoud Omar is an Egyptian national who has lived in the United States since the mid-1990s and was arrested and imprisoned for bank fraud in 2001. He was facing possible deportation when he agreed to work for the FBI as an informant on this case.

    Former FBI agent James Wedick acknowledges that the FBI often has to resort to people with criminal pasts to work as their informants. But the well-established exception, he says, is lying.

    JAMES WEDICK: If they are liars or they’ve got something in their past that suggests they’re liars, like a bank fraud conviction, you can’t use that individual.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Wedick says that in addition to dropping charges and helping with immigration troubles, the FBI typically offers informants large sums of money to work for them.

    JAMES WEDICK: If you think he’ll lie just because he wants to tell you a lie, he’ll lie easy for $200,000.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Mahmoud Omar was paid over $200,000 plus expenses for the three years that the FBI hired him to befriend the young men who had gone to the Poconos and record their conversations. At the trial, the informant testified that the men wanted to attack soldiers at Fort Dix. He said one of the men, Mohamad Shnewer, spent most of his time watching videos glorifying Islamist violence.

    But Burim Duka says it was the informant who urged them to download the videos onto Shnewer’s computer.

    BURIM DUKA: Ninety-seven percent of the videos that Mohamad Shnewer had on his computer were downloaded from Mahmoud Omar. Mahmoud Omar was telling Mohamad Shnewer, “Download this video. Download this video.” And I guess he was trying to get Mohamad Shnewer’s anger to build up. He used to tell us, like, the older people overseas, they’re fighting against the people that are attacking the Muslims. He goes, “Older people are fighting. What about us? We’re young. We’re strong. How come we’re just sitting at Dunkin’ Donuts drinking coffee?”

    ANJALI KAMAT: The informant denies he was the one driving the plot forward and says twenty-one-year-old Mohamad Shnewer was the ringleader.

    MAHMOUD OMAR: I’m not taking Mohamad to anywhere. Mohamad, he knew where we’re going to go.

    ANJALI KAMAT: So it was his idea.

    MAHMOUD OMAR: I have nothing I do with that. I’m just only recorder.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Today, more than a year after the sentencing, the informant defends his role in the Fort Dix plot and says the five men got what they deserved. But Mahmoud Omar now feels like he can’t show his face in the community.

    MAHMOUD OMAR: When I face the Arab people and the Muslim people, they think like I did that for money. And this is people like Dukas family and Shnewer family. He make it like government making case. And this, of course, is not true. And he make it like I’m the one that put his kids in jail, and that’s even not true. People being in jail rest of his life, I can’t do anything about. You did that for yourself. I don’t do anything to you. I don’t tell you do anything. You did that for yourself.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Mohamad Shnewer and the Duka brothers were arrested soon after purchasing machine guns from the FBI informant. But Karen Greenberg says there’s little evidence that they would have used them to carry out a terrorist plot.

    KAREN GREENBERG: How do we draw the line between young men who are willing to do violence, who talk it up a lot, who get into a head that is not good—and, you know, you’d like to stop them from what they’re doing—and then whether they were actually going to commit terrorism? And I think what—in the Fort Dix case, again, you know, the purchasing of weapons and—is a difficult one. How much was this going to be terrorism, how much they actually identified with terrorism causes, we don’t know.

    ANJALI KAMAT: James Wedick believes it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars for the FBI to be investigating terrorist plots it helped create, whether in Fort Dix, Albany or Newburgh.

    JAMES WEDICK: It’s my opinion that while the bureau busies itself with these nonsense cases, they could have been expending these resources catching real bad guys. And that’s the problem.

    ANJALI KAMAT: This strategy has led to growing concerns that in its zeal to make the American public feel safe from terrorism, the government is racially profiling Muslims as potential terrorists.

    FARHANA KHERA: It’s based on generalized suspicion about an entire community and not based on actual evidence of wrongdoing.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Farhana Khera is the director of the group Muslim Advocates. She’s concerned that the FBI surveillance of Muslims is on the rise.

    FARHANA KHERA: I would say since the beginning of 2010 there seems to be almost a ratcheting up of scrutiny of the community. We seem to be getting even more reports of community members coming forward saying they’ve gotten a surprise visit at their home or their office from an FBI agent asking questions.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Back in Albany, we asked Shamshad Ahmad if he thinks the FBI is still watching his mosque.

    Do you believe that the mosque is still being surveyed, that people in this community are still under surveillance?

    SHAMSHAD AHMAD: I believe so, yes. I believe so. I still see some people about whom I have doubts, and I know certain peoples are being used by FBI. Some of them said that they refused, but I suspect that they refused in the beginning, but ultimately they have to accept that offer. We are not taking it lightly. We don’t consider that FBI has become, all of a sudden, angel. Reality is there that we feel that they have not changed.

    ANJALI KAMAT: The imam at Newburgh agrees that the Muslim community is still being watched and infiltrated. But next time, he says, they’re not going to be quiet if an informant comes in.

    IMAM SALAHUDDIN MUHAMMAD: This time, that if we do suspect someone, we’re telling. We’re not going to allow some individuals to get caught in a web again, because we believe that had we said something this time, that those four men would still be in the backyard somewhere. They would just be right out there, frustrated, broke, just, you know, feeling miserable and just talking. At least that person, the agent provocateur, would have had to go somewhere else, because they would have probably told him that his cover was blown.

    ANJALI KAMAT: In other places, too, people are also speaking up against what they see is a wider pattern of entrapment and preemptive prosecution of Muslims. This is Albany Common Council member Dominick Calsolaro.

    DOMINICK CALSOLARO: It just doesn’t seem right. I mean, I just don’t understand how our government, you know, can take these actions.

    ANJALI KAMAT: In April of this year, the Albany Common Council passed a resolution calling on the Justice Department to reexamine past terrorism cases to assess whether the classified evidence used by the government also contained material that might have exonerated the men, if they had been allowed to see and use this evidence. They based the resolution on a July 2009 report by the inspector general of the Department of Justice.

    DOMINICK CALSOLARO: The inspector general’s report was really key, because when you come in and the government, you know, does a study, and they themselves says you should look at these cases again, you know, it should be done. It seems like, you know, they did this, these actions, because they had to show that they were being—you know, the federal government is trying to be tough on terrorism. But the fact that if you have to send in, you know, an agent provocateur, whatever you want to call them, in order to entrap someone, who’s not doing anything illegal to begin with, I mean, where is this going? And then, where does this stop?

    ANJALI KAMAT: The families of the men are left questioning whether it’s possible for Muslims to receive a fair trial in post-9/11 America.

    FATIMA HOSSEIN: I didn’t find out what kind of terrorists we are, what we did, which part, the part that require the terrorist. Still I don’t know. They broke our trust. And I saw when I get married, my husband, he carry American flag all the way from here as a proud citizen of this country. And when he go back home, he say, “I am American.”

    ANJALI KAMAT: Even after twenty-six years of living in this country, Fatima Hossein believes she and her family will never be seen as Americans.

    FATIMA HOSSEIN: Living that long this society, still we are not part of here. I don’t know. After September 11, changed everything from everywhere.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Ferik Duka, the father of the three Duka brothers, says his faith in the American justice system has been shattered.

    FERIK DUKA: I’m surprised at the justice of this country. I came here because I believed in American justice and American freedom and American democracy. I’m upset and disturbed. How could this happen to America? Muslims, they don’t raise their voices, because they are scared. Everybody thinks, who’s going to be next? Because they can see they’re convicting people with no facts. They are good fabricators. They are professionals of making up things.

    I lost three sons. And I’m losing everything else. They destroyed me. There’s no justice no more here for Muslims.

    ANJALI KAMAT: NYU’s Karen Greenberg warns that increasing the perception that Muslims are being unfairly or preemptively prosecuted is both wrong and counterproductive to national security.

    KAREN GREENBERG: To target Muslims in what we call a democracy is not a place we want to be going. What we need is a kind of leadership that is brave enough to distinguish the issues, just like we distinguish criminals from non-criminals in other environments.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Former FBI agent James Wedick believes that the only way things can change is if the Justice Department rethinks the role of informants in terrorism investigations.

    JAMES WEDICK: If the Obama administration is interested in giving desperate people a fair shake, he’s got to make the Justice Department look at this issue involving informants and do something.

    ANJALI KAMAT: Meanwhile, families of the accused and convicted men are not waiting for the Justice Department to act. They are continuing to mobilize and fight for justice, despite the pain of losing their loved ones to prison.

    LEJLA DUKA: I decided to start speaking out to everyone because I saw many people wouldn’t want to do that, because they were scared. So I decided to defend them and my family from the name “terrorists,” which they’re not.

    ALICIA McWILLIAMS-McCOLLUM: This wasn’t no cell. This wasn’t no—”Oh, oh my god! They want to—” This was bull! This is a plot and a skit directed by the FBI. You know, we was the extras, and we didn’t get paid. Thank you very much. You know, but you’re going to use a family, and you think nobody was going to speak up. Not one person’s speaking up. People telling me what my government can do to me. Then bring it! Do what you want to do. But we coming together for justice. We’re fighting for justice.

    ANJALI KAMAT: For Democracy Now!, this is Anjali Kamat and Jacquie Soohen. Special thanks to Hany Massoud, Petra Bartosiewicz, John Hamilton, Nicole Salazar, Ayesha Hoda, and Project SALAM.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, the War and Peace Report. When we come back, Democracy Now!‘s Anjali Kamat will join us. Stay with us.

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AMY GOODMAN: For more, I’m joined now in studio by Democracy Now!‘s Anjali Kamat, with that superb investigation she did with Jacquie Soohen. We’re also joined by independent journalist Petra Bartosiewicz. She’s the forthcoming author of a book on terror in the United States since 9/11. It’s called The Best Terrorists We Could Find.

Welcome you both to Democracy Now! First, Anjali, you have spent months in Muslim communities in the New York area. Congratulations on this very important documentary that brings out the voices of people at the grassroots. What most surprised you in this investigation that you did on these three cases?

ANJALI KAMAT: Well, thanks, Amy.

I think one of the things is, you know, today we’re all seeing in the newspaper, as Faisal Shahzad was just sentenced to life in prison, the Times Square bomber, the foiled Times Square bomber—we keep hearing of threats of terrorism, homegrown terror. Last month, the co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission released a report singling out domestic terrorism as the largest threat and something that we’re not prepared for in this country. And one of the things that I was interested in was seeing news reports, when the Newburgh case started, that the informant who was used in the case had been used in a previous case. And I was like, here is an FBI informant, an undercover informant with a criminal past, coming in, and you see these communities are poor communities, vulnerable communities, one of the most impoverished areas in the country, Newburgh, New York, and these are four young African American men who were caught up in this case. How much can you call them—to what degree can you call these men terrorists? Did they commit a crime? Yes. Were they terrorists? Are these terrorist crimes? And that’s the question I wanted to investigate and set out. And one of the things I found is that you have over a thousand prosecutions since 9/11, terror-related prosecutions. Many of these cases are based on the testimony of paid government informants. Only a few of these cases are more serious, like the Faisal Shahzad case. And Petra was in the courtroom yesterday when he was sentenced.

AMY GOODMAN: Petra, we often find that one case paints or taints another case. Talk about this case. Now, here’s a case where a man pled guilty. He said he was doing this.

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: Yeah, I think you’ll see in the coverage, even though these two cases, the Newburgh case and the Faisal Shahzad case, unfolded literally on the same floor of a courthouse, in adjoining courtrooms, in Faisal Shahzad’s case, this is somebody who actually attempted to do something. That’s very rare. Almost no—very, very few cases have unfolded like that. And he pled guilty to that. And I think it’s interesting to look at this case as almost something that was resolved not because of some new initiatives that have been instituted since 9/11 in terms of security measures, but despite that, because in fact he was thwarted only by his own incompetence when the bomb failed to detonate. Meanwhile, you have—

AMY GOODMAN: You were in the courtroom yesterday—

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: Yesterday.

AMY GOODMAN: —when the sentencing happened.

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: That’s right. And he was without remorse. The proceeding took place very quickly. He was sentenced to life in prison. And as far as it appears, there’s—you know, there may be an appeal, but he wasn’t interested in appealing.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, he’s pled guilty. What does he say?

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: He sort of said this is the first salvo in a long, you know, war of—that America is going to, you know, go down. And he wasn’t particularly eloquent or original. I think he made his point at his arraignment a while back. And I think the judge said, you know, pretty accurately, “You’re thirty years old. You’re going to have a long time to think about this. It was a stupid thing to do.”

AMY GOODMAN: Meanwhile, right across the hallway, Petra?

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: Right across the hallway, a case that’s going to be considered just another homegrown terrorism case. But so different. Four defendants who had no prior criminal records, no evidence of prior terrorism involvement, no involvement with any groups—they didn’t attend any training camps. They were four poor guys from Newburgh, New York, and they were approached by an informant who worked on them for—at least the lead defendant, for four months before the tapes started rolling. And the other three defendants were brought in in the very last month. And, you know, it’s—as Anjali says correctly, they are guilty perhaps of criminal acts, but what is missing is that crucial political motivation that would bring this to the level of a crime of terrorism.

AMY GOODMAN: And what does “terrorism” mean, when you lay terrorism on that? Is it like hate crime in the sense it will just mean enhanced sentencing?

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: I think it does a number of things. Number one, their sentences will be far longer. I think in the Fort Dix case, they got thirty years plus life, as we saw in the documentary. So they’re going to go to prison for much longer. But it also adds to the Justice Department’s sort of statistical scorecard in the war on terrorism. These cases serve an incredibly important purpose in that they kind of justify this terrorism machinery that has come in in almost the last decade. It involves a lot of money, a lot of new investigative procedures, a lot of infringement of civil liberties. And without these cases, we really don’t have much to show. So they are important in that respect alone.

AMY GOODMAN: Anjali?

ANJALI KAMAT: And if these are the cases, if this is what we have to show, what we need to remember—I mean, who were the four defendants in the Newburgh case? It’s quite striking. One if them is a paranoid schizophrenic. An immigration judge earlier refused to deport him because of mental instability. He lived in a one-room occupancy in Newburgh’s crack alley. When he was arrested, there were open containers of urine his room, because he was too afraid to walk down the hall to use the restroom. This man, we’re supposed to believe, is a terrorist. Charge him with a crime, charge him with stupidity—one of the family members said this—charge these people with stupidity, with getting involved with stupid, you know, informants and agreeing to do things, but what actually happened? Nothing happened. No bombs went off. No missiles were fired. The bombs were fake. The missiles were fake. They were supplied by the government. They were led into this by a government informant. This is what the defense has been arguing.

AMY GOODMAN: And people would then say, “But if they weren’t fake?”

ANJALI KAMAT: And then, if they weren’t fake—I mean, this is what the government comes in and says, right? Their argument is, these four men agreed to drive the bombs up to the synagogue. They planted them there. They did not know they were fake. They assumed they were real. Now, the question is, would they—and this is what the defense has been trying to argue, this sort of entrapment defense—is, were they predisposed to commit this crime? Would they have committed this crime, would they have plotted to do this, if the government informant hadn’t put this idea into their head?

And there’s actually evidence that came out during the trial that shows that the handler, the FBI handler in the case, Robert Fuller, sent a memo in January 2009 to his colleagues, pointing out that he had told the guards at Stewart Air Base, which is one of the places where the attack was supposed to take place, telling them that if the lead defendant, James Cromitie, came there on his own, he was not a threat. He was only dangerous if he comes with the informant. I wasn’t able to get a copy of this document, because it wasn’t entered into evidence, apparently, but it was something that was mentioned in the first weeks of the trial.

AMY GOODMAN: Now, it’s interesting, Anjali. The FBI, you called them repeatedly, over and over, and they would not grant an interview.

ANJALI KAMAT: No.

AMY GOODMAN: Yet you did have an interview with this former FBI agent, who talked extremely critically about informants.

ANJALI KAMAT: Yeah. James Wedick is a very interesting figure. He was at the bureau for thirty-five years. He was a street agent. And, you know, I mean, this is the other thing. The use of informants, in its own, is not something new for law enforcement. Something that’s happened for decades, and it’s something that law enforcement—it’s a tactic that law enforcement relies on to crack investigations. They’re very important. The difference is, he says, what happened after 9/11. One of the things he told me is that after 9/11 the rule book went out of the window. You weren’t supposed to use informants in cases where there was no evidence of criminal activity. You’re not supposed to use informants when the informants have a history of lying, history of bank fraud. I mean, this is something that Petra has been working on for years.

AMY GOODMAN: Petra?

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: Yeah, I think you see these informants oftentimes have criminal records that they want some assistance with from law enforcement, or they’re facing deportation for other reasons. They get sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars to—from the FBI in expenses and, you know, basically, payment for their services. There have been cases where informants have been shown to be using marijuana during the course of the investigation. So—

AMY GOODMAN: And this informant in the Newburgh case was convicted of bank fraud.

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: Yes, among many other things. And so, any FBI agent, as Anjali is saying, will tell you that once they’re proven liars, you shouldn’t be working with them. And yet, there have been repeated cases where these informants are proven liars and then they are still used. And I think it goes to sort of a bigger dilemma for the FBI, because the question is, really, what is the FBI supposed to do in these cases when they come across someone like a James Cromitie, who seems suspicious? Should they investigate? Absolutely. Should they watch them? Yes. But should they be in the business of manufacturing plots, of manufacturing code words, of providing weapons, of basically creating these scenarios? I don’t think so. I think that that starts to stray into very dangerous territory.

And during the closing arguments of the Newburgh case yesterday, or earlier this week, one of the prosecutors was saying, “Are these defendants innocent-minded?” And I think once we start thinking about defendants in terms of “innocent-minded,” we are straying into some very, very dicey territory. And the problem is, when you’re relying heavily on informants who themselves have very shaky credibility and have an agenda that is financially motivated or legally motivated and you’re dependent on them to provide the bulk of the evidence, it’s just a recipe for disaster.

AMY GOODMAN: And you have this case, where Newburgh is now going into jury deliberations, but in the context of a man who said he was—he’s a self-proclaimed terrorist—he did try to blow up Times Square—that case happening across the street. It’s hard to imagine they don’t know that that was taking place, and that’s the context within which this very different case is taking place.

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: And you would think that we would be putting our resources into preventing another Faisal Shahzad from occurring, rather than spending the enormous amount of time and manpower and money that it takes to prepare a sting operation, which sometimes takes years.

ANJALI KAMAT: We just heard about the amount of money the informants were paid. The amount of money that went into each of these investigations runs into hundreds of thousands of dollars. And when you think about the fact that these are sting operations on people that you have very little evidence of any wrongdoing or intent to kill Americans or intent to carry out plots, where is our focus? What are we doing?

AMY GOODMAN: We just saw the sentencing of the Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui to eighty-six years—she’ll be serving in Texas—a case, Petra, you’ve been following.

PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ: Yeah, a very complicated case. A lot of questions remain—whether she was detained extra-legally by Pakistanis or whether the US had any involvement. None of that was answered during her sentencing. Again, same courthouse as these other cases we’re talking about today. But during her sentencing, she spoke, for the first time, extensively, to the courtroom, and what emerged was somebody who seems mentally ill, quite frankly, and the psychiatrists who have examined her have said that she is potentially schizophrenic. So, that is another very troubling case.

AMY GOODMAN: Finally, Anjali, we just have a few seconds, but you spent months on this investigation, traveling through communities, really bringing out the voices of people in these communities, particularly, of course, Muslims.

ANJALI KAMAT: I mean, I think the most important thing to highlight is the sense of fear that is pervasive across these communities. Muslim communities that I met across New York and New Jersey are just getting more and more paranoid about being watched, about being surveyed, about every conversation being recorded. Any new person they meet—is this an informant? Mosques are under surveillance, as we heard in the piece. Farhana Khera, the executive director of the group Muslim Advocates, said that there’s been a ratcheting up of surveillance of Muslim Americans or Muslims, immigrant Muslims, in this country. And that’s something we need to pay attention to.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, Anjali, congratulations. Thank you for this report. And thank you very much, Petra Bartosiewicz, for being with us.

Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi

The Man Behind the Armor

by Nothingnew Nevermore on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 7:09am

Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi.

 

He defied the odds in an era of darkness. He set aside the criticism of those who called him crazy for wanting to do the seemingly impossible: uniting the Ummah, standing up to the Crusaders, and returning honor where it belonged. He was respected by both his friends and foes, and is perhaps one of the few men whose name evokes feelings of honor and pride in the minds of so many people in every era and place. Even the generally anti-Muslim film industry in America could not help but portray the honor and righteousness that Salahuddin was known for.

 

We all know of how he laid waste to the Crusaders and had them chasing their tails in the battles of Alexandria, Hittin, Acre, Tyre, Beirut, Nablus, Haifa, Tiberius, Gaza, ‘Asqalan, Jerusalem, and dozens of other cities and towns across Sham and North Africa. We know of Salahuddin the warrior.

 

But, who was the man behind the armor? What was he like as a person? What was he like as a Muslim? What personality does it take to carry out such heroic feats and achieve such a status?

 

 

In ‘al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah’ (13/5-6), Ibn Kathir said that at the time of his death, Salahuddin hardly had any money in his possession, and this is because:

 

“…of the immense amount of gifts and charity and kindness that he used to show the leaders and ministers under his command, and even to his enemies! I’ve already described this previously. And he was very simple in his clothing, food, drink, and transportation. He would only wear cotton, linen, and wool. It is not known that he ever approached anything forbidden or discouraged, especially after Allah blessed him with his kingdom. Rather, his greatest concern and goal was to aid Islam.”

 

Ibn Kathir continued:

 

“This is all in addition to the virtues and unique skills he possessed in the Arabic language, poetry, and history, such that it was said he had memorized ‘al-Hamasah’ (a book of poetry compiled by Abu Tammam at-Ta’i) in its entirety.

 

And he was very strict in praying on time in jama’ah. It is said that he never missed a single prayer in jama’ah for a great part of his life, even during the illness that killed him. The imam would enter and lead him in prayer, and he would struggle to get up and pray despite his weakness.”

 

He continued:

 

“And he loved to hear the recitation of the Qur’an and the reading of ahadith and knowledge. He was constant and habitual in listening to ahadith being read to him, to the point that he would hear a section read to him while he was standing between the ranks of soldiers! He would enjoy doing this and say: “Nobody listens to ahadith in a situation like this.””

 

He also mentioned:

 

“He had a soft heart, and was easily swayed to tears when he would hear ahadith.”

 

He continued:

 

“And Salahuddin was from the bravest of people, and the strongest of them in body and heart despite the illnesses and sickness his body suffered from. This was most evident during the Siege of Acre, where despite the massive numbers of the enemy, he only increased in power and bravery. They had as many as 500,000 soldiers – some say 600,000 – and he killed 100,000 of them.”

 

He also said:

 

“He was generous, well-rounded, always laughing and smiling. He would never slack off in any good that he did. He was extremely patient when doing good and worshipping Allah.”

 

In ‘Siyar A’lam an-Nubala” (15/436), it’s mentioned that al-Muwaffaq ‘Abd al-Latif said:

 

“I went to Salahuddin while he was in Jerusalem, and I saw a king who filled eyes with amazement and hearts with love, whether they were near or far. He was an easygoing person, likeable, and his companions used to try to imitate him, racing towards good actions, as Allah Said: {“And We removed any sense of pain from their hearts, making them like brothers…”} [al-Hijr; 47]

 

The first night I spent with him, I found his gatherings filled with scholars engaged in knowledge. He would listen intently and participate in their discussions. He would learn how to build walls and dig trenches, and he would then do this himself, carrying the rocks on his own shoulders.”

 

al-’Imad said in ‘as-Siyar’ (15/440):

 

“He would only wear what was permissible to wear, such as linen and cotton. His gatherings were free of vain talk, and they were only attended by the most virtuous people. He loved to hear ahadith being read with their chains of narration. He was forebearing, honest, pious, pure, and trustworthy. He would contain himself and not become angry. He would never turn back someone in need or embarrass someone who spoke in front of him. He was extremely kind and charitable, and he reprimanded me for decorating my utensils in silver, and I replied that Abu Muhammad al-Juwayni mentioned a point of view of it being permissible. And I never saw him praying except in jama’ah.”

 

Also on the same page, Abu Ja’far al-Qurtubi said that when Salahuddin was on his deathbed:

 

“I finished reciting the Qur’an at the verse: {“He is Allah, besides Whom there is none worthy of worship; the Knower of the Unseen and the seen…”} [al-Hashr; 22] and I heard Salahuddin saying: “This is true,” and he was in a coma before this. He then died, and al-Khatib ad-Dawla’i washed his body. He was brought out in a coffin, and Muhi ad-Din bin az-Zinki prayed over him. He was then returned to the room in the garden where he had been sick and was buried in a kiosk. Voices were raised in crying, and it became so loud that even the smart one would think that the whole world was screaming in a single voice. The people were so overwhelmed that some of them were distracted from praying over him. People expressed their remorse at his passing – including the Crusaders, due to how truthful and trustworthy he was.”

 

adh-Dhahabi said:

 

“And I never saw a king whose death people were sad for except him. This is because he was loved by everyone: he was loved by the righteous and the wicked, the Muslim and the kafir.”

 

The above descriptions speak for themselves.

 

This was Salahuddin. This was the man behind the armor. This was his lifestyle and character, and it was nothing other than this that served as the platform for the amazing feats across the lands that we remember him for today. It was nothing other than his lifestyle and character that made him the one chosen by Allah out of all his contemporaries to have the vision and do the deeds that would make him such a legend.

 

And this lifestyle and character is something you find common between all of the legends of Islam we have today, be they scholars or Mujahidin. You always find them paying great attention to the following: daily recitation of the Qur’an, studying of the Shari’ah, giving tons of charity, preventing a single useless word (let alone harmful or obsene) from coming out of their mouths, and living simple lives free of luxury and excessive comfort. Believe it or not, some of us actually look at these things as difficult, boring, and lacking excitement, and we ignore them out of an inability to comprehend how these would be linked to the heroic deeds that these legends became known for. However, there is no way around it: it was this lifestyle alone that made it possible for these people to live for something greater than themselves – for Islam. There is no way you can dream of defending the Shari’ah if you don’t even have the willpower to implement it on a daily basis in your own life.

 

One more thing should be mentioned: he wasn’t always like this. adh-Dhahabi said in ‘as-Siyar’ (15/434 and 436):

 

“Since his time as a ruler, he had abandoned alcohol and worldly pleasures.”

 

“He used to drink alcohol, and then repented from it.”

 

That’s right. Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi – this righteous man who singlehandedly changed the course of history – loved to drink and indulge in the dunya before he decided to take on the Crusaders. This small fact teaches us a mighty lesson: not everyone is born into a life of taqwa. The great people we love and admire who are out there were not always so great, and this gives you hope no matter how insignificant or lost you think you are that you can become something truly great one day.

 

Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki

part : 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_TQmJh1h9Q
part : 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEtuFcQ995g
part : 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K2tJ1O3ZcA
part : 4 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiZZFMEzEo4
part : 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tlZ10QbGkg
part : 6 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8eJ78IM1yg
part : 7 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP_-PsFTM08
part : 8 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1TkJdQX-Cw
part : 9 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yerDKgMiluA 

A day in the life of an Imam (Anwar al Awlaki) during Ramadaan
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1015404550543

Anwar al-Awlaki Speech Live at Another Ramadan 2008
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3988691469909642396#

Allah is preparing us for victory – Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki
http://www.islamictube.com/watch/fb0ca87e1aeca02f48b5/Allah-is-preparing-us-for-victory—Imam-Anwar-Al-Awlaki

The HereAfter By Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki Part 1 of 22
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=408943607522988173#

Hijrah – Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki
http://www.islamictube.com/watch/fd8cba67373266062b38/Hijrah-Sheikh-Anwar-Al-Awlaki

Naseeha – Anwar Al Awlaki
http://www.islamictube.com/watch/1453773948/Naseeha-Anwar-Al-Awlaki

It’s a war against Islam – Anwar Al-Awlaki
http://www.islamictube.com/watch/1f4a879c4a5d4e5f6d88/It–a-war-against-Islam-Anwar-Al-Awlaki

Anwar Awlaki – Dawah & Trials :.
http://www.islamictube.com/watch/837866882/—Anwar-Awlaki-Dawah—Trials

7.The Book of Jihad by ibn Nuhaas – Commentary by Al Awlaki
http://www.islamictube.com/watch/ab32c26e010300ce0081/7-The-Book-of-Jihad-by-ibn-Nuhaas-Commentary-by-Al-Awlaki

*new* Anwar Al-Awlaki – PURE HAQQ – The Battle of the Hearts and Minds
http://www.islamictube.com/watch/1b5db826778917e974b2/-new–Anwar-Al-Awlaki-PURE-HAQQ-The-Battle-of-the-Hearts-and-Minds

Shaykh Anwar al-Awlaki: Allaah bereitet uns auf den Sieg vor
http://www.islamictube.com/watch/2b4cfb81b0153cee648f/Shaykh-Anwar-al-Awlaki–Allaah-bereitet-uns-auf-den-Sieg-vor

State of the Ummah 1/5 – Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Naywk9rbcS4&feature=player_embedded#!

Why are Western Muslims so ashamed of Jihad?

Why are Western Muslims so ashamed of Jihad?

Taken from Ummah.com

The concept of jihad has, since the beginning, been an integral part of the faith. Personal or communal jihad has long been a large part of our faith. Many people, if not all spend years if not their whole lives fighting a personal and spiritual jihad. Why then do they shy away from and denounce a violent communal one? Eastern Muslims, whether they take part or not understand and appreciate the need for jihad, whereas the ones living in the West shy away from the notion, distance themselves and are ashamed. Why? It is perhaps the most perplexing thing about Muslims practising the faith abroad.
A few Muslims go abroad to take up a cause under the banner of Jihad, an even smaller amount take the cause to the land of non-Muslims, however most just edit it out of their faith. Most of us look at 7/7 and 9/11 with shame, as we should, but then we denounce all jihad. When we look at Palestine we all support the Palestinians, but not the violence. We make excuses but you rarely hear a Muslim saying “yes I’m in favour of suicide bombings”. In Iraq we deplore the war but we denounce those who are fighting. Is it the method, the affect or the fighting we denounce? Do we have to support everything for us to support the jihad? What makes it a jihad?
Jihad in Arabic means struggle. In terms of the violent struggle we have many examples in the Quran where it is mentioned and therefore where it is justified. It must only be to the extent that they use violence against us, and we must strive and kill wherever we find an invader in our land. Fair enough considering if France invaded England tomorrow England would do the same, yet when there is a religious overtone we think ‘extremist’. So why then when you have America and Israel and the UK invading Muslim lands are we not allowed to fight back? Who chooses who is allowed to defend themselves, I understand international laws to prevent invasion but to stop someone defending themselves is ridiculous.
I guess with the advent of nation states things did change. You were defined by your borders. Right? I mean we are told it is right so it must be. So what was the Falklands war? Argentina wanted its own land back and invaded Malvinas to get it. Great Britain, an island, then went to war to protect its ‘borders’, another island on the other side of the world. Yes it makes perfect sense. So who defines borders? So despite being half way around the world and an ex-colonial territory Britain was allowed to invade because it flew a British flag, so a national identity defines borders it seems. So why not religious ones? Why if a Muslims from Britain goes to Palestine or Iraq or Afghanistan is it deemed insurgency or terrorism?
Why do we accept non-Islamic notions of nationalism to rule our lives? If an American Jew goes to Israel to do national service, or a British Turk goes to Turkey for national service it is fine. Even if they happen to be drafted to war and kill people it is ok. If a Muslim goes to Palestine to fight to free people from oppression it is terrorism, a crime. Why do we accept this?
If we hear that a Muslim from Bradford blew himself up in Tel Aviv we feel ashamed, and when a non-Muslim asks for your ‘expert’ opinion as a Muslims as to ‘why these things happen?’ or ‘why does Islam justify the killing of innocents?’ we get ashamed, make excuses and put distance between ‘Our Islam’ and ‘their distorted Islam’. I can understand differing when a Muslim gets on a tube and detonates himself because even under Islamic jurisprudence it is haraam, at no point was the land ever Islamic land. However Palestine was under Muslim rule for over a thousand years, we accept Israel was created deceptively and illegally, we accept that even under ‘International Law’ it exists today far beyond its legal boundaries and we accept that its numerous embargos, raids, settlements and killings are atrocities that are right to be fought. Just not by Western Muslims right?

I am of course well aware that when someone says jihad you think al-Qaida, or Jamaah-e-Islamiyeh or Islamic Jihad or Hamas or Hezbollah. They are not all the same. And whilst the average non-Muslim may not know the differences, care or even have to know the differences, as Muslims we should. Western or otherwise. Most Muslims do not even know what Osama bin Laden says in his speeches. Now I must add here that I am not a fan nor do I agree with everything he says nor support everything he does, neither do I appreciate how he tries to link all Islamic causes and actions together under the banner of the Jihad. Having said that, he doesn’t make stuff up, he calls the West on the hypocrisy it enacts throughout the world, on the injustices done in the name of freedom and democracy and the terror it carries out and supports. You don’t have to fly a plane into the World Trade Centre to agree with this man on a few things. Take Iraq as a prime example. After the fall of Islam the Allied forces carried out atrocities, murder, rape, destruction and the country was in chaos. When al-Qaida took it’s first steps into Iraq it was welcomed by most tribesmen, Sunni of course, as it offered food and arms and justice. For years the Allies tried to break this alliance and failed. It broke because the Iraqis who supported the Jihad did not support the developments of al-Qaida, such as car bombing civilians, executions of civilians who disagreed, manipulation of the violence. In the end al-Qaida lost it’s domestic support because they betrayed the Jihad, and to this day those tribesmen are fighting al-Qaida in Iraq even as the West withdraws from the chaos it has created. I use them as an example because it shows how if you forget the media driven name, and just look at the actions, some are indeed supportable. We need to stop being ignorant and ashamed of Jihad, and only be ashamed when people betray the Jihad or commit sins in it’s name, such as attacks on non-Muslims in non-Muslim lands.
I would like to take the opportunity to note that Jihad is more honourable and noble than most Western conflicts. Jihad is only undertaken when Muslims are oppressed, invaded, or killed. It is to reinitialise justice and fairness. If we look at the past century alone we cannot say the same of most Western Wars; Panama, Falklands, Korea, Vietnam, the second Gulf War. None of these were just. They were all to protect ideals of money, obedience and power. All the native people of those lands suffered, not just physically by economically for years afterwards. I would like to add that they didn’t change anything either. Apart from the second Gulf War which did remove Saddam from Kuwait, a previously Iraqi land, which was done for money and oil. I would like to add that as a result of that war thousands of Iraqis died as America promised to support an uprising and then decided that pressing on to Baghdad and removing Saddam Hussein wasn’t necessary and would be too costly and so all the Iraqis that did speak up and desert the army or fight were subsequently arrested or killed, including many of their family members.
I would take this time to also point out further hypocrisy of the West. In the Serbian conflict when Muslim Bosnians were being massacred and the West went in, one of the few times they did the right thing, they were supported by hundreds of Mujahideen from around the world, including America and Britain. They were offered supplies and transport and often complimented for their actions. In Afghanistan when the Soviets invaded and Afghanis were being slaughtered America supported the Mujahideen, including those like Bin Laden and Zawahiri who fought in the conflict, in training and military equipment and money. Again the Mujahideen were praised and exalted as heroes. After the conflict the simple people were left in the hands of the oppressive militants who eventually took power due to the training and equipment given to them by America. Nothing was seen again until 2001.
Mujahideen for anyway who doesn’t know means simply someone who fights in a Jihad, someone who struggles for a just cause. Both examples given were Jihads and had fatwas of support issued. In today’s world the same people fight for the same causes and are called terrorists, Jihad is seen as archaic and the world condemns them all. Nothing has changed but the enemy. So how can the description change so radically? Western Muslims know it is wrong and yet they do nothing. Again I would like to say I do not support the actions of the Taliban or any group that takes the lives of Muslims.
Western media groups all fighting Muslims together and ignore the complexities of their birth. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hizbollah, Al-Aqsa Brigade, Al-Qaida, the Taliban, Jamaat-e-Islamiya are all different, arose due to different circumstances and have different agendas. Whilst we don’t have the time to look too deeply at each one I wonder if Muslims could tell me how any arose? Let alone non-Muslims? If you can’t then how can you tell me their jihad isn’t just. Perhaps it isn’t but you cannot say, and if you cannot say how can you be ashamed?
Why do Western Muslims who go to the mosque and follow the sunnah and quote hadith not take the time to study these things. Read books, articles, watch youtube videos, it doesn’t take alot of time but learn about the various Jihadist causes you denounce and cower from. Learn whether they are just Quranically or not.
Hizbollah for example arose in Southern Lebanon as a result of Israeli occupation of their lands for over ten years. Hamas arose as a result of the failure of Arab nationalism and the constant expansion, occupation and murder by the Israelis. Both have militant and political wings. Al-Aqsa arose as a militant offshoot to political Fatah. What Muslim can say that Jihad against Israel is wrong? As for suicide bombs, they are one small part of the fighting method and a new one. What difference does it make if your body leaves this world by explosive or bullet? You may not agree, but can you doubt the cause? The West denounces them all as terrorists. They denounce suicide bombs but what of Cluster Bombs, Napalm and Atomic Warheads or Nuclear Weapons, should they not denounce those or at least admit they are hypocrites.
All 3 groups have publicly denounced Al-Qaida and refused assistance in their Jihad as they have their own. So what as Muslims do we have to feel ashamed of? I am shamed by Western Muslims who deny Jihad or pretend it is not necessary or a part of their religion, you deny the Quran and you leave Muslims to die. I am as ashamed of them as I am of the Muslims who take the lives of Iraqi civilians or fly planes into towers. By denying your support of Jihad you allow Western governments to claim legitimate mujahideen are extremists, that mujahideen are terrorists, and that their causes are invalid or their methods wrong. I do not ask that you leave your families and countries to fight, only that you limit your shame to those who deserve it and not deny the worthiness of some Jihadist causes. Don’t hide behind your passports and use them to deny your religion.
Western Muslims agree with democracy, and ideal which is used as a tool to validate war and invasions. Was not Hamas elected fairly and democratically? And yet within a week America denounced the government as terrorist and implored the rest of the Western world to do so? Western Muslims support democracy, what of the Islamic ideals of fairness and equality and justice, do they not deserve your support, and those who fight for them, do they deserve your shame for doing so?
Western Muslims say they support the ‘Ummah’ by protests and speaking out. You speak to ears who can’t hear you! As for protests, if Salah ed-Din had merely protested Jerusalem would never have been freed. The West ignores the crusades in history lessons as they are unjustifiable, and barbaric. Yet they are invading the same lands 900 years later. When Muslims fought then they won, and we honour them, when they fight now they are ignored or criticised. I concede things are far more complicated and some groups fighting now are doing so in an un-Islamic way, but why not support those fighting today who are adhering to the 1400 year old Quranic principles of Jihad. If you don’t wish to leave all you know to fight then support it but speaking out in support not in criticism, when someone asks you about it do not change the subject or say jihad is a spiritual thing. God has decreed the duty of Muslims is to fight for the oppressed Muslim, the least Western Muslims can do is acknowledge that and those doing that today. Western Muslims are so fond of talking of the global Ummah and being a part of Islam, whether you are from Africa of China, and yet if you have to leave your comfortable Western homes and lives the Ummah becomes a hypothetical thing. Again, if you don’t want to go and fight at least stop ignoring the Jihad and Jihad’s place within Islam. All societies are proud of those who fight injustice and oppression, ours has it built into the religion as a core part and yet Western Muslims are shamed by it. If the prophet Muhammad was alive today do you believe he would be marching through the streets of London with a banner or fighting invasion forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine? I do not ask you to fight people in the streets of your host countries, you cannot, but the citizens of your host countries have no problem fighting you in your streets.
I do not ask that everyone reads this and buys a plane ticket to the Middle East, only that you honour Jihad’s place in Islam, that you distinguish between a criminal and a Mujahid, between murder and honourable Jihad, as both are happening as you read this.
If you wish to question my thoughts feel free.
Examples of Jihad being mentioned and providing Quranic support for this article as well as evidence so Muslims cannot deny the call are clear, view the examples for yourselves by looking in the Quran, if you would like some examples look to : Al-Baqara (190-193, 217-218), al-Imran 142, al-Nisaa (74-77,95), al-Tawbah (19-20, 38-39, 86-88, 111), al-Nahl 110, al-Hajj 39-40. There are several other examples of fighting in the cause of God, rules on Warfare, self-defence, spiritual Jihad however the examples I have provided are the ones most relevant to physical resistance and examples of things I have said regarding our duty of resistance.

I thank you for reading and I would like to say finally that do not fool yourselves into believing a protest changes anything, we have seen the past few years it doesn’t, what changes things for Muslims in those conflicts are the brave Muslims who take up true Jihad, and fight for justice and liberation and who do not kill their own.

Take Five Before Five

by Yasir Birjas

The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam has been blessed with jawaami’ ul kalim, the most concise, or precise, speech. The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said, “I have been blessed with concise speech.” Therefore, when we look at the precious pearls that came out of the Prophet’s mouth, sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam, we find that many of his ahadith are in fact treasure chests of wisdom. The words might be small, but the meanings behind them are great. The speech might be succinct, but the benefits and the blessings that can be derived from them are innumerable.

And of the ahadith that are jawaami’, or comprehensive in nature, is the hadith of ibn Abbas radi Allahu anhu reported in the mustadrak of Al-Haakim, musnad Imam Ahmad, and others, with an authentic chain of narration. In this hadith the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said to a man while he was advising him:

“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.”

The first word, ightanam comes from same root that signifies sheep – ghanam. Sheep, in Arabic, means ghanam, and ightanam is from the same root that also signifies sheep. What exactly is the meaning of ightanam? Ightanam is used to indicate any good that can be obtained without much effort. Just like sheep, they can easily be caught if they go astray. This is why the war booty that is found on the battlefield after the army has fled is called ghaneemah. It is easy to take, just like the sheep. You can grasp it without much effort. Ghaneemah, ightanam, and ghanam are all from the same root.

So it is as if the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam is pointing out that these five matters are very easy to obtain. They are easy to prey on and catch, and very simple to benefit from. That is because they are treasures that everyone possesses but few people appreciate.

What are these five things?

#1: Take Advantage of Your Youth Before Your Old Age

The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam started off and said shabbab or shab, a youth or young person. The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Take advantage of your youth before your haram.” And the word haram means old age, maybe even senility. It is an age in which the person does not have the power or mental faculties that he had while he was a youth.

Youthfulness is a time when a person is the most energetic, when he lays out the foundations for his future, and when he plans his life. So the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said to take advantage of this time before the time comes when you do not have that enthusiasm, when you do not have that zeal, or that outlook. The enthusiasm and energy that you have been blessed with will never again be given to you after this age. Therefore, the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said to seize the moment and take advantage of it. A person should exercise this energy for the sake of Allah by procuring knowledge of Allah, obtaining halal sustenance, and worshipping Allah through acts that he might not be able to do later on in life.

Youth here does not mean the western concept of youth that youthfulness finishes when someone is eighteen or nineteen years old. In the Islamic Shari’ah, a man’s life has been divided into a number of sectors or stages. Shabbab or shab, according to the strongest opinion, means before reaching the age of forty. This is because forty is the prime of life, when mental and physical capabilities have reached a peak, and after that they start to go down.

The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“Seven are the people that will be sheltered on the Day of Judgment, the day in which there is no shade except the shade of Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala.”

One of the seven people, the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned was a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala. Remember, the youth is up to forty. So this young person, whether he is twenty or thirty or right before reaching the age of forty, he has grown up and has been raised or has raised himself busy in the worship of Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala.

Likewise, the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said in an authentic hadith that Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala is pleased with and amazed at the youth who does not have any evil inclinations. This means he does not do evil. Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala loves such a youth who is straight in the worship of Allah and does not turn left or right to the paths of Shaytaan. Allah loves this person and is amazed at him because in general it is the youth, due to their virility and strong desires, who swerve left and right away from the path of the worship of Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala. So this is the first of the five: “your youth before your old age.”

#2: Take Advantage of Your Health, Before You Fall Sick

The second of the five matters is, “your health, before you fall sick.” The fact that one lives a normal life and is not afflicted with diseases and plagues, represents a person’s health. Take advantage of this before diseases and plagues come because mankind, being mankind, will fall sick. Everyone falls sick. If we did not fall sick, we would not be humans, we would be divine.

There will come a time when we will fall sick. Some of those times the sicknesses will be more severe, and for certain people even more severe. So the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam is reminding us that we do not know when we will have full possession of our faculties, of our strength, of our mental powers, before we will fall sick. Therefore, take advantage of it before that time comes.

The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“There are two blessings the majority of mankind have been deceived concerning.” The majority of mankind do not appreciate these two blessings. They are “health,” good health, “and free time.”

Once a person came to Yunus ibn ‘Ubayy, one of the scholars of the Salaf, and he complained of extreme poverty as he had not been blessed with much. Yunus ibn Ubayy asked him, “Would you be willing to give away your sight for a certain amount of money?” The man said, “No, of course not.” Then he asked him, “Would you be willing to give your hands away?” He said, “No, of course not.” He asked, “Your feet?” He said, “Of course not.” When he finished he said “I see that you have hundreds of thousands of millions of blessings, yet you are complaining of poverty?”

We have our full faculties, we can see and hear. Look at someone who Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala has tested with blindness. It is a very severe test, and that is why the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam has said in an authentic hadith:

“There are two things if Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala takes them away from a person and he is patient, he is guaranteed Jannah. These two things are the two eyes.”

In other words, if a person is blind, and we seek Allah’s refuge from the physical and the spiritual blindness in this world and in the hereafter, then Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala is testing him. And if he is patient, then Allah will reward him with Jannah.

How about one who has been blessed not just with eyesight, but with hearing, health, arms, limbs, energy, vitality, enthusiasm, and many other things. Should we not appreciate the blessing from Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala? Do we not realize how sweet health is? It can be used for the worship of Allah. When we are blessed with these bodies, why do we not use them in the worship of Allah?

The least we can do, brothers and sisters, is the faraa’id (obligatory actions) such as salah five times a day, fasting in Ramadan, and going for the Hajj. All of these require that we use our physical bodies. That is the least that we can do, the bare minimum. Of course, the more that one does, the better it is for him.

This is the second of the five matters: “your health before you fall sick.”

#3: Take Advantage of Your Richness Before Poverty

The third is, “your richness, before poverty.” One day we might not have anything, and the next we might have much more than we need. One day, a person might have the best of jobs and the largest of salaries, yet, the next day, something happens and he does not have that job anymore and loses his source of income. So the wise person uses his richness before he becomes poor. He invests for his future.

As for the investments of this dunya, then the kafir and the Muslim are both the same; they both do that. Even the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam would store staple food items even up to a year. Sometimes he would store barley and grain for a whole year for his family. So this is obviously something halaal as the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam himself did it, and we should do it too. We should make sure we have enough money for our family and our children and ourselves, so we are not poor and we are not beggars. There is no doubt that this is a part of our Shari’ah as well.

But while we are doing this, let us not forget that we also need to invest for the Akhirah. Should we not think about investing this money so we can pick it and pluck it in the Hereafter when we need it far more than we need it in this world? We need to invest for the real future, our real life after our death.

The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam once asked his companions, “Who amongst you loves his inheritors’ money more than his own money?”

The meaning of this hadith is that the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam is asking for example, does the father love the money of his son or does he love his own money? Of course, the father loves his own money. Likewise, every person will love his own money more than he loves the money of other people.

The Sahabah said, “Yaa RasulAllah, all of us love our own money more than we love the money of our inheritors. We all love our own money. We guard it and protect it more than the money of our inheritors.”

Then the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Verily, the money that you spend in charity is your money, and the money that you leave behind is the money of your inheritors.”

Ponder over that hadith for a while, how true it is. As for the father who loves his own money more than the money of his son, does he not realize that one day his son will take that very money of his and he will have nothing to do with it? All that is left of his money is what he spent during his life for the sake of Allah, if there was any such money. Any of it spent in charity for the sake of Allah, is money that will be yours permanently. The Arabic word for charity includes zakah, sadaqah, waqf, and any type of monetary good that you did. Everything besides this will go into the hands of your inheritors.

Remember that feeding your family is an ibaadah if you are doing it for the sake of Allah. If you are doing it for the sake of Allah, you will be rewarded. The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said that, “A morsel of food,” one morsel of food, one handful of food, “if you put it in your wife’s mouth, this will be a reward for you on the Day of Judgment.” Now everybody, Muslim or non-Muslim, feeds his family. But will everybody be rewarded for that? No. Because only the one who does it remembering Allah, thinking about Allah, and doing it for the sake of Allah will be rewarded.

Ask yourself if the last time you went shopping, Allah was in your mind? Did you think of doing this for Allah? When you picked up the milk and the bread, was your heart thinking, “Oh Allah, I am buying this food through halaal money, and this is halaal food, because I want to feed my family and this is an obligation that You have put upon me, therefore, I am doing it for your sake.” Who amongst us has this in his mind?

When we say, “That is spent for the sake of Allah,” we are not just talking about money, zakah, sadaqah, and charity. Of course, giving in charity is the best thing you can do with your money. But do not forget that the majority of income that we spend, and in fact for the mu’min, all of the income that he spends, can be for the sake of Allah as well. This means thinking of Allah, spending for the sake of Allah, and having the intention of pleasing Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala.

This is the third of the five things: “your richness, before poverty.”

#4: Take Advantage of Your Free Time Before You Become Busy

This is yet another great treasure that every single one of us possesses. Every single one of us must use our free time before we become busy. How much free time do we have and what do we waste it on? Think about it. Think about how much free time all of us have been blessed with. We have hours and hours every day and they go by. What do we waste it on? Primarily, in this country at least, television. It is also wasted on gossip and socialization of which there is no benefit whatsoever, in this world nor the hereafter.

Remember the hadith of the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam that we just quoted about the two blessings (health and free time) most people have been deceived by. In other words, they don’t realize their blessings of health and free time. You may have to work eight hours a day, no problem. Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala has allowed this for you. He has obligated it upon you. When you come home, you have four or five hours, so spend them wisely for the sake of Allah.

Spending time wisely does not necessarily mean purely religious deeds. But spending your time wisely and even be something in this world. Learn a trade. Learn something that can benefit you in this world and that can benefit other people as well. Islam is a complete way of life, a complete code. Do not forget that all of the acts a mu’min does can be transformed into acts of worship if, and only if, he does them for the sake of Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala.

Of course that there are religious deeds which are the best deeds to do. Every one of us should recite the Qur’an everyday, even if it’s only for five or ten minutes. You should have some relationship with the Qur’an. Every one of us should pray some extra prayers as well, a few sunnahs or the nafls, if not the continual sunnahs that the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam used to pray. This is the most important thing for us to do. But at the same time, do not forget that there can be many acts that can be rewarded if you change your niyyah and do them for the sake of Allah.

Do not waste your time. The greatest waster of time is the television. You turn it on, and an hour or two go by, and not only have you not gained anything for the Akhirah, you have not gained anything for this world. You have literally killed, murdered your time, and done absolutely nothing with it. And realize that you are lucky if you don’t come away from those two hours without any sin. How many are the sins that are in television, with music, and the women, and other things. In my opinion, it is better for a mu’min not to even have this instrument in his house because of the evil that comes from it. Like Allah says about alcohol, the evil that comes from it is more than the good that is obtained from it.

When you have some free time, take advantage of it. The greatest thing that we can do in this free time is to worship Allah. And one of the greatest acts of worship is to seek knowledge. Take a book out to read, listen to some cassettes, or listen to some CD’s. Do whatever you can do to increase your ‘ilm. Attend some classes or even visit one another for the sake of Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala. Visit your Muslim brother with the proper Islamic etiquette and adab. This is an act you can do that will pass your time away, and be worthwhile.

This is the fourth of the five matters: “take advantage of your free time before you become busy.”

#5: Take Advantage of Your Life Before Your Death

This one phrase summarizes it all: “take advantage of your life before your death.” Every one of us has a life. That is why we are here right now. Every one of us without a doubt will die. Allah says:

You are going to die and they too are going to die.

And it is as Allah said, the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam passed away and so did the people that opposed him and believed in him. They all have passed away. And the turn came for those after them, and then those after them, until it is our turn.

The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam therefore reminded us, “Take advantage of your life before your death.” This is the greatest of foresight. Hence the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam concluded the hadith with this phrase.

How are we going to use this life before death comes? As for the kafir, he will totally waste it because he will make this life his goal. He will live only to appease and satisfy every desire of his. Then on the Day of Judgment, he will beg Allah to send him back to this life. Allah describes this in the Quran:

When death comes to them, he will say, “O my Lord!”

All of a sudden, when his Lord comes to him he remembers Allah. Whereas throughout all of the years that he lived, Allah was nowhere near him; Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala was the furthest thing from his death. On the Day of Judgment when he is resurrected, he will say:

Oh my Lord! Allow me to go back so that I may do good in the time that I had left.

Allah obviously will say, “Kalla” – no. You have only been allowed one life and you will not be able to go back and change that life. For every good you do you will be rewarded, and for every evil you do you will be punished.

Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala also describes them in the Qur’an as saying on the Day of Judgment:

O our Lord, we have seen and we have heard. Let us go back to do good deeds; we are now believers.

They claim to believe in Allah and the Day of Judgment but Allah will not allow this to happen because everyone has only one life. That is what Allah has given and this is what we must make the best of in this world so that we are compensated accordingly in the Hereafter.

These are the five things that the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam told the man to do. He advised him:

“Take advantage of five matters before five others: your youth, before your old age; and your health before you fall sick; and your wealth before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life before your death.”

This hadith deals with responsibility, wisdom, foresight, long-term planning, and good strategy. Every one of us has been blessed with these five blessings. There is no one amongst us who has not been blessed with these five things. So how do we utilize them? What do we utilize them for? Why do we utilize them?

The wise person is the one who strives to achieve the pleasure of Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala and then expects the best from Allah. The wise one is one who tries to arrive at the goal and then has tawakkul in Allah. Tawakkul does not mean to sit back and say, “Oh, this will happen to me.” Rather, you must strive for it. The fool is the one who follows his desires and then presumes that Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala will reward him.

We ask that Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala makes us amongst those who can ightallim, those who can seize these five things, who can take advantage of them before the five will come. These five matters will inevitably be taken away from us, and substituted by the others that the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned.

Wa aakhiru da’waana ‘anil hamdulillahi Rab al ‘Alameen, wa subhanak Allahumma wa bihamdika wa ash hadu’an laa ilaaha illa ant nastaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk.

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