Saturday, September 20, 2008

Street Dawa 9-19-08

Aafia Saddiqui Hearing Rescheduled



Due to the government's obvious attempt to silence this case, they have rescheduled again this time. All interested in attending please contact


Thursday, September 18, 2008



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - As the world teeters on recent financial news, we gather here today with a very stern and prolific call to all of humanity. Indeed in this day and age a call such as this will seem ludicrous and many may claim it as even terroristic. but as the international monetary system comes crashing before our eyes and the workers on the ground that have helped to create this mess wonder if they too will ever be able to play the same casino cards again that they have been playing over the most recent economic era; we meet here to tell all that the international economic system has entered a terminal phase and that the longer radical changes are prevented from formulating a viable alternative, the more people across the globe will be affected by the inevitable recessions, hyperinflation and international economic blowout. Unfortunately, in times like these the poor and oppressed suffer the most and so we stand here today to call you to the only way out: the solution is to formulate a global system modeled on the tenants of Islam.
The basis of Islamic finance is the religion of Islam, submission to one God. Such submission, for the believer, requires adherence to the divine rules and rules derived from the interpretation of divine sources, in every aspect of his or her life including in the financial sphere. Sharia-compliant assets worldwide are worth an estimated $500 billion and have grown at more than 10 per cent per year over the past decade, placing Islamic finance in a global asset class all of its own. In the Gulf and Asia, Standard & Poor's estimates that 20 per cent of banking customers would now spontaneously choose an Islamic financial product over a conventional one with a similar risk-return profile. This growing market is a safe bet for investors for numerous reasons. Islamic finance has in recent times been developed as a response to specific prohibitions provided for in Islamic law. These prohibitions are agreed upon by the scholars and derived from specific verses in the Quran or specific authentic hadith:
Interest, riba, usury and the like – the Shari’ah abhors the concept of money on its own making money. Therefore, interest, riba, usury and the like are prohibited. Allah the most high says, “Those who devour usury will not stand except as stand one whom the Evil one by his touch hath driven to madness. That is because they say: ‘Trade is like usury,’ but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be pardoned for the past; their case is for Allah (to judge); but those who repeat (the offence) are companions of the Fire: They will abide therein (for ever).” (the Quran 2:275).
Gharar or uncertainty – it is authentically reported from the Sunnah that the Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him) forbade uncertainty; for example, the Prophet said, “Whoever buys foodstuffs, let he not sell them until he has possession of them” (reported in the hadith collection of Bukahri).
· Gambling or speculation (maysir) – the Shari’ah prohibits speculation. The prohibited speculation under the Shari’ah is not general commercial speculation, which is normally evident in most commercial transactions. Rather, it is one involving an effortless gain similar to a gambling scheme or activity. Allah the most high says, “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination, of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.” (the Quran 5:90).
These prohibitions surely would have prevented the deregulated, sub-prime mortgage based, derivative and speculation driven catastrophe unfolding before our eyes today. We ask you to research the Islamic system and do something with your life that will establish an alternative to the ivory tower, Tower of Babel model whose idolatrous characteristics have defined the political economies of Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Britain, other empires and are exemplified contemporaneously the United States corporatist, neo-fascist models.
There is a need to return to a non-speculation driven system that utilizes finance, economic technology, and innovation to fund the development of a society rather than to create elite classes who upon their failure are bailed out with the people’s tax dollars. The era of the Post-Bretton Woods financial system witnessed a reliance on a floating exchange rate, speculation-driven, neo-colonialism that is far from coming to an end and is simply coming home to roost. However, the elite’s dominance can be righteously challenged by a populace that takes on the masters (international financiers and transnational corporations). We call on humanity to research and understand the principles of Islam, many of which are compatible with the principles of the American System of Political Economy such as
·protecting industry through selective high tariffs (especially 1861–1932) and some include through subsidies (especially 1932–70)
· government investments in infrastructure creating targeted internal improvements (especially in transportation)
· a national bank with policies that promote the growth of productive enterprises
These principles that built America must now be reinserted into the global economy to take away neo-feudalist trends (A.K.A globalization). Shariah Compliant Finance offers that solution and tangible alternatives can be developed to the present system, now in a flux, that will inevitably have to consume its own population this time in order to stay alive before turning to invest in authoritarian Middle Eastern regimes, oppressive China, and colonialist caste-based India. As Muslims, it is our duty to call on all to become aware of the present catastrophe and potential dark-age facing humanity. We call on all to contribute to the Islamic system that, upon further and more specific analysis by those economically inclined, offers the solution for mankind. We must develop truly revolutionary changes to the economic order. This includes massive populist revolts that will emancipate the human capital and natural resources of the Muslim world from Western imposed dictators that continue to squander the wealth of the Muslim nation. Mankind must then utter the dinar and dirham, backed initially in oil, gas, gold, and silver to take control over the world’s wealth, issue development bonds (sukook) and expand the infrastructure of the entire world through modern mechanisms very similar to the American Experiment over its first 150 years of emancipation from British monarchy, which it unfortunately has haphazardly stumbled back into conflict with today.

No longer can we live in a self-centered modality which breeds utter contempt for fellow man. We must learn to reward innovation but balance the narcisstic tendencies of wealth and power by inserting universal principles that can develop the quality of life for all against systems that oppress the majority and reward the rich. This recent crisis creates an opportunity to work for a viable alternative system and to come to the truth that is the message of Allah as delivered to His last and final Messenger Muhammad through the Quran as perceived by the righteous men and women that are so few in the universe today. We call you to Islam and to leave the lie that is Wall Street. Come to REAL ISLAM in its totality and make the world a better place.


Monday, September 15, 2008

RM's Protest for Aafia in the News

Protesters demand: ‘Free Aafia Siddiqui!’
By Heather Cottin
Published Sep 11, 2008 9:22 PM
U.S. troops in Afghanistan shot Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and took her into custody in July. She lies in solitary confinement in the Manhattan Detention Center, with an open scar from her sternum to her lower abdomen. She has not seen her lawyer, Elizabeth Fink, because if she leaves her cell she faces an excruciating strip search.
treatment of jailed Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
Aafia Siddiqui is a 36-year-old Pakistani national who is a graduate of MIT and holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brandeis University. On a visit home to Karachi in 2003, she was disappeared along with her three children. Her family believes the U.S. government captured, tortured and incarcerated her.
The U.S. government claims Siddiqui is an Al Qaeda terrorist. Federal officials deny knowledge of her whereabouts for the last five years. But on July 17, U.S. troops arrested her outside the governor’s office in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province after police searched her handbag and allegedly found documents on making explosives as well as descriptions of New York City landmarks. This story is at odds with the one the Afghan police tell. According to the Afghan officials, Siddiqui was arrested with maps of Ghazni, a city in central Afghanistan, including one of the governor’s house.
When U.S. troops requested Siddiqui be handed over to them, Afghan police refused, so U.S. soldiers disarmed them. The U.S. troops, “thinking that she had explosives and would attack them as a suicide bomber, shot her and arrested her.” The U.S. troops claimed she somehow managed to grab an M-4 rifle in a police station and shot at them. (Reuters, Aug. 14)
Human rights groups said they believe Dr. Siddiqui had been secretly detained since 2003, much of the time in U.S. custody at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Dr. Siddiqui’s 12-year-old son is still in prison in Afghanistan. No one knows where her two youngest children are.
“We believe Aafia has been in custody ever since she disappeared,” said one of her lawyers, Elaine Whitfield Sharp. (New York Times, Aug. 5)
In Pakistan and the U.S., scores of protesters have condemned the detention and torture of Siddiqui and demanded her release. If there was to be a trial, Pakistanis claim that, “She should have faced a court of law here in her own country.” (Daily Times, Pakistan, Aug. 11)
Pakistan has been a client state of the U.S. for decades. Ex-dictator Musharraf allowed the U.S. and NATO to bomb civilians in its northern provinces, along with permitting the arrest, disappearance and detention of thousands of Pakistanis. Many Pakistanis are enraged over the U.S. claims of extraterritorial jurisdictions, which violate international laws.
After Dr. Siddiqui was shot, she was flown to the U.S. in the custody of FBI agents, in agony and confused. Her lawyer, Elizabeth Fink, explained at a trial on Sept. 4 in Manhattan that Dr. Siddiqui could not appear for trial because the strip search she must undergo each time she leaves her cell is physically unbearable. When Fink last saw her, on Aug. 11, Dr. Siddiqui was disoriented and begged Fink to send food she was given to her son in his prison in Afghanistan.
Hundreds came to the trial on Sept. 4 and gathered afterward to protest the unjust treatment of Dr. Siddiqui. Chanting, “Free, Free Aafia Siddiqui!” Pakistani, African-American and north American speakers called for an end to CIA torture prisons in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo in Cuba, and Somalia. They denounced the policies of the U.S. that have placed this young mother literally in the crosshairs of U.S. imperialism.

Aafia's Son Released- Al Hamdulilah - PLease Keep Her in Your Dua

Afghanistan frees young son of al-Qaida suspect
By ASIF SHAHZAD – 4 hours ago
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The 12-year-old son of a woman suspected of links to al-Qaida and facing charges in New York was freed Monday by Afghanistan and sent to his family in Pakistan, two months after he was detained with his mother.
Officials say the boy, Ali Hassan, and his mother, Aafia Siddiqui, were detained outside the governor's house in Afghanistan's Ghazni province in July. The American-educated Pakistani woman was then handed over to U.S. custody and flown to New York where she was accused of trying to kill U.S. personnel.
The U.S. indictment alleges that during Siddiqui's interrogation in Ghazni, the 36-year-old picked up a soldier's rifle, announced her "desire to kill Americans" and fired at U.S. soldiers and FBI agents. She was wounded by return fire.
American prosecutors say that when taken into custody in Afghanistan, she was carrying handwritten notes referring to a "mass casualty attack" and listing the Empire State Building and other New York landmarks. However, the indictment contains no charges of terrorism.
Ali was with his mother at the time of her arrest and had been in Afghan custody ever since, officials said.
A spokesman for Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry, Sultan Ahmed Baheen, said Ali had spent the previous 10 days in a "guest house" of Afghanistan's intelligence service. Before that, he was in the custody of a prosecutor who deals with minors, the ministry said.
Baheen said Ali is a dual American-Pakistani citizen because he was born in the United States.
Elaine Whitfield Sharp, who represents the family of Aafia Siddiqui, said the boy's release was "wonderful news."
"I'm just so happy for them. Finally, something good has happened for the family," Whitfield Sharp said by telephone from Massachusetts.
She added that she had spoken briefly with Aafia and described her client as "excited" to hear her son had been released.
Afghan authorities handed him over to Pakistani diplomats, who flew him to Islamabad on Monday evening. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said he had been handed over to relatives of his mother.
Whitfield Sharp said the son was apparently now at the home of an uncle in Islamabad.
Pakistan's Express News television channel showed footage of Ali, a round-faced boy with dark hair, smiling shyly beneath a white prayer cap as an aunt kissed and embraced him at a house in the capital, Islamabad.
Fauzia Siddiqui told reporters her nephew was "very traumatized."
"He is like a dead body. They fed him and tried to make him look healthy, but he is disturbed," she said. "Thank God he is grown. He is a big boy now."
She said Ali told his relatives Monday that his name had been changed several times and that each change was followed by a change of location. But she did not elaborate.
Aafia Siddiqui came to the United States in 1990 and studied at the University of Houston and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she got a bachelor's degree in biology in 1995. She later studied neuroscience as a graduate student at Brandeis University.
She vanished in Pakistan in 2003.
In 2004, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller III identified Siddiqui as one of seven people the FBI wanted to question about suspected ties to al-Qaida. Her family has vehemently denied any link.
Fauzia Siddiqui said she didn't want to blame anyone for Ali's ordeal and expressed hope that the embrace of his relatives would allow her nephew to forget.
She dodged a question about the circumstances of her sister and nephew's detentions in Afghanistan.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters the U.S. was following the latest developments closely.
Aafia Siddiqui's lawyers claim that before she was arrested and brought to New York, she was kidnapped by U.S. operatives and kept in secret captivity in Pakistan. The ordeal, they said, left her with severe physical and mental problems.
Last week, a warden at a federal prison in Brooklyn notified a judge that Siddiqui is suffering from major depression.
U.S. officials deny she was ever in their captivity before she surfaced in Afghanistan in July.
Baheen said Ali was adopted by Siddiqui after his parents were killed in an earthquake that struck Kashmir in 2005. However, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Sadiq said DNA tests done by U.S. authorities showed that the boy was Siddiqui's biological son.
Associated Press writer Rahim Faiez in Kabul and Larry Neumeister in New York contributed to this report.

Stocks Plunge - Worst Day on Wall Street since 9/11/01

NEW YORK - A stunning makeover of the Wall Street landscape sent stocks falling precipitously Monday, with the Dow Jones industrials losing 500 points in their worst slide since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. Investors recoiled after a shakeup of the financial industry that took out two storied names: Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co.
The pullback, which erased about $700 billion in shareholder wealth, occurred across much of the globe as investors absorbed Lehman's bankruptcy filing and what was essentially a forced sale of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America for $50 billion in stock. While those companies' situations had reached some resolution, the market remained anxious about American International Group Inc., which is seeking funding to shore up its balance sheet. A faltering of the world's largest insurance company likely would have implications far beyond that of Lehman, already the largest U.S. bankruptcy in terms of assets.

The swift developments that took place Sunday are the biggest yet in the 14-month-old credit crisis that stems from now toxic subprime mortgage debt.

For the first part of Monday's trading, the market was falling, but in a largely orderly fashion as investors seemed to draw some relief from the resolution of Lehman's problems. As the session wore on, and there was no word about AIG, the market suffered another bout of fear that the credit crisis will continue to devastate the financial sector. Selling accelerated in the final hour and then took on more momentum as stock indexes broke through lows set in July — an ominous sign for some traders.

Monday's trading followed the pattern of the past year; there were some signs of optimism, but they were dashed when investors weary of bad news perceived there was more ahead.
Investors are worried that trouble at AIG and the bankruptcy filing by Lehman, felled by $60 billion in bad debt and a dearth of investor confidence, will touch off another series of troubles for banks and financial institutions that may be forced to further write down the value of their own debt assets. Wall Street had been hopeful six months ago that the collapse of Bear Stearns Cos. would mark the darkest day of the credit crisis.

AIG's troubles are worrisome for some investors because of the company's enormous balance sheet and the risks that its troubles could spill over to the companies with which it does business. AIG, one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow industrials, fell $7.38, or 61 percent, to $4.76 as investors worried that it would be the subject of downgrades from credit ratings agencies.
"We have a very, very nervous market and folks hate uncertainty," said Alfred E. Goldman, chief market strategist at Wachovia Securities in St. Louis. "They've been waiting for another shoe to drop and two of them dropped on Sunday."

The market was expected to remain fractious when trading resumes Tuesday. Besides its continuing concerns about AIG, Wall Street will be waiting anxiously for the Federal Reserve's regular policy-making meeting. The central bank is expected to keep rates steady, though some traders have speculated about a surprise rate cut. The market will be looking for signs from the Fed that it is willing to lower rates amid the nation's continuing economic problems and because the price of oil has retreated sharply from its highs in July. The drop in oil gives the inflation-wary Fed more room to maneuver.

The Dow fell 504.48, or 4.42 percent, to 10,917.51, moving below the 11,000 mark for the first time since mid-July. It was the worst point drop for the Dow since it lost 684.81 on Sept. 17, 2001, the first day of trading after the terror attacks.
In percentage terms, the drop was the steepest since July 19, 2002. It was also the sixth-largest point drop in the Dow, just behind the 508.00 it suffered in the October 1987 crash.
The Dow is now down about 23 percent from its record high of 14,198.09 last October.
Broader stock indicators also fell. The Standard & Poor's 500 index declined 59.00, or 4.71 percent, to 1,192.70 — also its biggest drop since 9/11 and the first time it closed below 1,200 in three years.

The Nasdaq composite index fell 81.36, or 3.60 percent, to 2,179.91; that was its worst point loss since Jan. 4.
The Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 Composite Index, an index that measures the value of 5,000 U.S.-based companies, fell 4.53 percent Monday, giving investors an overall paper loss of about $700 billion.
Declining issues overwhelmed advancers on the New York Stock Exchange, where 164 stocks rose compared with 3,064 that fell. Consolidated volume came to an extremely heavy 8.05 billion shares, compared with 6.11 billion traded Friday.
Oil closed below $100 for the first time in six months as investors worried that a slowing economy would hurt demand. Light, sweet crude fell $5.47 to settle at $95.71 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil is down sharply from its mid-July highs when it hit a record over $147 a barrel.
Bond prices surged as investors fled to the security of government debt. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, plunged to 3.41 percent from 3.72 percent late Friday. The dollar was lower against other major currencies, while gold prices rose.
Investors likely shrank from snapping up any bargains Monday after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said from the White House he "never once" considered using taxpayer money to help prop up Lehman. That punctured some hopes that the federal government might come to the rescue of AIG.
But AIG pared some of its losses after New York Gov. David Paterson said the company will be allowed to access $20 billion of assets held by its subsidiaries to stay in business. Paterson asked the state's insurance regulators to in essence allow AIG to provide a bridge loan to itself. Investors are worried that the company could need up to $40 billion to aid its balance sheet.
Other financial stocks fell as investors worried about the strength of banks' balance sheets. Washington Mutual Inc. fell 73 cents, or 27 percent, to $2, while Wachovia Corp. fell $3.56, or 25 percent, to $10.71.
Merrill rose 1 cent to $17.06, while Bank of America fell $7.19, or 21 percent, to $26.55.
Goldman noted, however, that the market's sell-off wasn't the cathartic move the market needed to purge its worries over bad debt and the tight credit conditions that have hobbled the economy. At some point, he contends, stock valuations will prove too tempting for investors sitting on the sidelines with piles of cash.
"At some point the sellers have done their dastardly deed," he said.
Scott Fullman, director of derivatives investment strategy for WJB Capital Group in New York, said investors should remember that while the financial sector founders, others like consumer names aren't suffering as much.
"While they might get hit hard they won't get hit as hard," said Fullman.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell 78 cents to $61.63, while Coca-Cola Co. rose 25 cents to $54.75.
But even good news like a drop in oil and some resolution to fears about Merrill couldn't prevent a sell-off abroad. Markets in Tokyo and several other Asian money centers were closed for holidays. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 3.92 percent, Germany's DAX index lost 2.74 percent, and France's CAC-40 fell 3.78 percent.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 30.50, or 4.23 percent, to 689.76.



Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Consequences of Neo-Imperialism

This was the topic of our weekly Halaqa (learning circle).Please join us by emailing us with your request to send you and invite via email insh'Allah(God willing)

Saudi Scholar Issues TV death Fatawa - We Need More of This


A Saudi scholar has issued a religious decree saying it is permissible to kill the owners of television networks broadcasting "depravation and debauchery".
"It is lawful to kill ... the apostles of depravation ... if their evil cannot be easily removed through simple sanctions," Saleh al-Luhaidan, chief justice of the supreme judicial council, was quoted by the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya news channel as saying.
"The situation is serious ... the degradation of morals is a form of perversion on Earth," al-Luhaidan said.
The 79-year-old scholar, who holds the highest judicial authority in the kingdom, made the comments during a recent radio show in which he was asked by a caller for his opinions on immoral programmes being broadcast on Arab televisions during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The shows depict lifestyles and values deemed offensive by many Saudi religious leaders and judges.
Many of the most popular Arab satellite networks are owned by Saudi princes and well-connected Saudi businessmen.
'Subversive shows'
Azzam Tamimi, the director of the Islamic Institute of Political Thought, told Al Jazeera: "You cannot just license the killing of people in this way.
"If I were in his place, I would criticise the people who licensed the channels in the first place and these are the rulers of his own country."
He said: "The problem is that there is a deliberate attempt to impose an imported culture on Arab societies.
"Saudi royalty owns many of these channels, they provide funding for them and I think they are responsible for this campaign."
Earlier this year, sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the kindgom's grand mufti, issued a fatwa (religious edict) against channels that broadcast Noor, a Turkish-produced soap opera centred on the lives of a husband and wife seeking to reconcile the conflicting pressures of traditional and modern worlds.
The grand mufti, the head of Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, branded the popular show "subversive" and "anti-Islamic" and said anyone who broadcast it was "an enemy of God and his Prophet".
Al-Luhaidan has sparked controversy in the past by issuing a decree that Saudis can join those fighting against US troops in Iraq.