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Challenging Food For Thought in the Month of Ramadan: Must See Video of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui!!!

06 August 2012

By El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan 

Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace): 

I am about to leave Ohio, after visits this past weekend to the Grand Mosque of Cleveland (and beautifully grand it is), and the First Cleveland Mosque - an African American-led institution about to celebrate 75 YEARS of Islamic service to the community! Insha'Allah, I am scheduled to serve as guest khatib for the 2nd jumah at Dar Al-Taqwa (Columbia, MD) this coming Friday. 

What follows are three reports on gross human rights violations taking place in the world today; regrettably these are just three of many

The first report touches upon the unrelenting human rights abuses the Chinese government has been perpetrating against its Muslim population for decades. China's current policy of monitoring the "collective eating" habits of Muslim populated areas during the month of Ramadan, in an attempt to impose a collective violation of this mandatory fast (for able bodied Muslims), is but the latest manifestation of the atheist government's attempt to stamp out Islam from the hearts and minds of its Muslim citizens – a policy objective that is doomed to fail. 

The second report concerns the ongoing genocide being perpetrated against Burma's Muslim population. When this writer received a photo display of the carnage taking place in Burma a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't get beyond the first few photos. I began to cry and set the photo display aside, with the intent of going through it later and then forwarding it out to our listserve. This I have not yet been able to do. Instead, I am forwarding an eye-opening report from the Muslim Research and Development Foundation.  

The final forwarded brief is a CAIR report announcing the call for "A Day of Solidarity with the Syrian People."  In the spirit of the Qur'anic ayah: "Stand firmly for justice as witnesses to ALLAH, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or your kin…" – I am compelled (as a matter of conscience) to take issue with the way the ongoing Syrian crisis has been playing out in the western media, and within much of America's Muslim population. 

I begin my critique with the following position statement. I have been a critic of the Assad government(s) for many years (going back to the days of the current president's father) – from the time that I first learned of the Baathist government's persecution of committed Muslim citizens who hungered and struggled for the establishment of Islamic government. My aversion deepened (post 9/11) when I learned that Syria served as one of the U.S. government's unconscionable way-stations for the rendition and torture of secretly held Muslim prisoners. 

That being said, the FACT cannot be ignored that the heart-rendering humanitarian crisis in Syria has resulted primarily from the so-called "rebels" decision to mount a campaign of militarized resistance (in an attempt to overthrow the Syrian government by force), and to invite openly anti-Islam, anti-Muslim, belligerents within the international community to join into the shamefully destructive carnage.  

ALLAH states clearly in the Qur'an: "Do not become an advocate for those who betray their trusts." And further, "ALLAH will not change the condition of a people until they change what it within themselves."  

Given the fundamentally un-Islamic, self-serving, reactionary and tribalistic decision-making going on in parts of the "Muslim world" today, may God help us.

Must See Video of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui!!!

I'm going to be brief, because I don't want to distract any recipient of this message from the very important video contained in the link below - video footage that I consider a God-send! (And I thank my friend Andy in Houston, Texas, for bringing it to my attention right after it was brought to his.) 
I've been asked the question (on more than one occasion), "What makes Aafia Siddiqui so special, when there are a large [and growing] number of Muslims unjustly imprisoned?" After you watch the video below, not only will you have the answer to that question, you will also have a better understanding of why this case has touched Br. Saalakhan so deeply.
I will have much more to say about the video and its significance later, insha'Allah. Until then, I ask ALL of our readers to first watch the video themselves (it's not that long), and then please share the link with everyone within your respective networks.

Special Announcement re: September 2nd - Washington, DC

On Sunday, September 2, 2012, a special two-part forum will be held at a yet undetermined location in downtown Washington, DC. The first part of what will no doubt be a memorable and thought-provoking forum will center on the life and legacy of arguably the most well known and respected former U.S. Attorney General in modern history, Ramsey Clark. Part 2 will center on the political imprisonment of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, and what we in America can do to help alleviate the suffering of this highly regarded prisoner of war.

In attendance for this special forum will be Professor Ramsey Clark; at least one member of Aafia's family; and a number of other notables who will weigh in on Aafia's [now] nine year imprisonment at the hands of U.S. agents (with Pakistani government complicity).

As seating will be limited for what will undoubtedly be a forum of immense public interest, we strongly advise that all interested persons RSVP early. (Seating will be on a first come first serve basis.)

To reserve your space send an e-mail of intent to peacethrujustice@aol.com at your earliest convenience - please include your name and number with your request.


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