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July 9, 2015

(Hancock Islamberg, NY) July 8, 2015, The Muslims of America (TMOA) applauds the indictment of admitted would-be mass murderer Robert R. Doggart of Signal Mountain, TN, and states there is more work to be done.
On June 29, Federal Judge Curtis Collier rejected Robert Doggart’s guilty plea on allegations that he communicated a threat to injure or kill Muslims living in Holy Islamberg near Hancock, New York. Doggart, 63, a failed congressional candidate, was arrested and charged on April 10 in connection with a plot to organize a militia group of trained gunmen, burn down the school and mosque and “annihilate” the Muslims in Holy Islamberg. Doggart planned to “be cruel” to the residents and to use an M4 rifle, explosives, snipers and butcher innocent Americans with a machete. This information was provided via intercepted telephone calls and Internet activity of the defendant’s by the FBI.
Doggart will be arraigned before Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee on July 13 at 2:00 PM. The indictment is on a charge of solicitation, but Tahirah H. Clark, legal counsel for the religious organization, feels this is insufficient. “The Department of Justice (DOJ) should additionally charge Doggart with domestic terrorism, threat to injure or kill, attempt to burn a religious building and label these as hate crimes,” she stated.  “Robert Doggart targeted this community because they are Muslim, therefore his actions must be called ‘hate crimes’.”  Additionally, his actions meet the legal elements of domestic terror and he should be so charged.  “If the offender were a so-called Muslim extremist, without doubt that person would be charged as a terrorist. With the case of Robert R. Doggart, the tide of the selective prosecution of charging defendants with terror must change,” she stated referring to a growing complaint that Muslim defendants are regularly charged with terror and others are not under similar conditions.  “We have every confidence that DOJ will act accordingly and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law,” she concluded.
Ms. Clark also shared that while Doggart’s accomplices are still unknown to the community, she is calling on the court to release any identifying information on the accomplices to her organization. Court records indicate that an unnamed individual was arrested and charged in South Carolina federal court in connection with the Doggart case. She says her clients never received information about the SC defendant, but they believe the individual is one of the accomplices referenced to in Doggart’s criminal complaint.
On June 23, during an Iftar dinner with President Obama at the White House, a lawyer from the Muslim Advocates, Madihha Ahussain spoke with the President regarding Doggart’s threat toward Islamberg.  Ms. Ahussain showed him a picture of the communities’ children in front of a sign, asking "Why do you want to kill us Robert Doggart?" TMOA is appealing to all Americans to call for the DOJ to aggressively pursue hate crime and domestic terrorism charges against Doggart.  TMOA will hold a rally in Chattanooga the day of the arraignment. Please visit the website for more information.
Hon. K. Hussein Adams
Chief Executive
The Muslims of America, Inc.
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July 2, 2015

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-gender couples the right to marry, a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. However, the decision is surely a tragedy and detriment to humankind for all time to come, placing us at the Hand of Almighty God’s Wrath.

The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution guarantees due process and equal protection under the law, mandating that states cannot ban same-gender marriages. With this ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.

The decision came in time for the subject to be addressed by eminent scholar and Imam Al-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani Hashmi in the Friday sermon that was telecast nationally to the Muslims of America’s (TMOA) congregations. Al-Sheikh Gilani, speaking via Skype, addressed the decision as making it “the darkest day in human history.” He declared that this day was a black day in the history of mankind and that it was the day that humanity sunk to a level of debasement and shame.  “We are now living in an era of total degradation and immorality with a disregard and rejection of the Divine Law of The Almighty, as clearly established in the Bible and Qur’an.” He resolved that every nation and religion on earth should remember this day and memorialize it every year as “Black Day.”

The consequence of this decision is that mankind is suffering due to the wrath of Allah.  Al-Sheikh Gilani recounted the Qur'anic and biblical stories of peoples in the past whom Allah has vanquished due to their disobedience to Him and violations of the laws of righteousness and morality. History is our example. There is the story of Dawud (David), when the Jews were enjoined to uphold the Sabbath by leaving off work, but when fish would come only on the Sabbath, they chose to violate Divine Law and fished anyway.  There were three groups in the particular town at this time. The first group was the violators. The next was a group that followed a pious Rabbi who stayed away from the violators, but did nothing to stop them and simply closed their doors saying,”We don’t want to get involved.”  The last group was one of common people, who would confront and fight with the violators of the Sabbath, asking them, “Are you not afraid of Almighty Allah? He may send wrath upon you like He sent before you when they disobeyed.” Those who disobeyed and those who did not enjoin what was right received a severe punishment from Allah.

There are other stories to mention: that of Lut (Lot) and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah; the people of ‘Ad and Thamud; the people of Nuh (Noah); and the people with Pharaoh, who challenged the Power and Judgment of Almighty Allah. All these and more, due to their disobedience to Allah, were destroyed and wiped  from the face of the earth.

Already, there are dividing lines among Americans, even within the Court itself, as the dissenters raised concerns about the impact of the case on people opposed to same-gender marriage on religious grounds. Although the ruling only affects state laws and religious institutions can still choose whether to marry same-gender couples, the prediction is that there will be future legal conflicts and cause for social strife. "Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-[gender] marriage," said Chief Justice Roberts in his dissent from the bench. Also, in a blistering dissenting opinion, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia said the ruling "says that my ruler and the ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court … the decision shows the court is a "threat to American democracy."

Another dissenting voice is that of former Arkansas governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who stated, “The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do - redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.”

The West is suffering at the hands of immoral and errant judges who think they have the right to change Divine Decree. However, we say here, to men and women of faith who believe in the One Almighty Creator:  know that He is the Ruler and the final decision lies with Him.

In his message to his followers and to all believing people at large, Al-Sheikh Gilani cautioned them to “save your souls, save your lives.” He said, “We (the Godfearing) must all stand up and condemn this decision.  Otherwise, we will suffer the same fate as those who came before us. These violators are going to suffer, let there be no doubt. These people were arrogant and haughty. This is the last nail in the coffin of so-called western society. Almighty God, Allah, will not forgive this.  He will take revenge like He took revenge upon those who indulged in sinful relations and are now suffering from His wrath with AIDS, a Divine affliction that is not a disease.”

Al-Sheikh Gilani also said, “We must condemn these acts and declare a social boycott of all who do not stand against same-gender marriage, in an effort to save ourselves. We must stand up.  Only then will we be saved.”

May 16, 2015

(Hancock, NY, May 16, 2015) FBI officials arrested and charged former 4th Congressional District candidate Robert R. Doggart of Signal Mountain, Tennessee in connection with a plot to kill residents and destroy the school and mosque of the Muslim village of Islamberg in Hancock, NY. The previously sealed criminal complaint, filed in federal court April 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, shows Doggart, age 63, planned to use an M4 rifle, explosives, machete and if needed snipers. He warned that those who joined his team should prepare for hand-to-hand combat with any residents encountered in his pursuit. The Muslims of America, Inc., the religious organization under threat, was notified of the danger and worked with state and federal officials to provide residents with round the clock security. Doggart was originally charged with violation of federal codes of solicitation, intentionally defacing, damaging or destroying any religious real property, because of the religious character of that property, or attempting to do so, and finally with transmitting in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to injure the person of another.

The Public Relations Director for The Muslims of America (TMOA), Muhammad Matthew Gardner vehemently expressed, “Doggart is an example of the results of unchecked and rampant Islamophobia which has spread lies for years about our peaceful community. This man plotted to mercilessly kill us, kill our children, and blow up our mosque and our school. We have sound reason to believe he has already visited our other locations around the U.S. What other murderous plans do he and his private militia (also known as American Taliban) have and where are his accomplices? All would agree, if a Muslim did this, the perpetrator would be immediately identified as a terrorist then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The examples are numerous. Therefore, we call on all branches of justice to see to it that this man is prosecuted for planning a heinous hate crime and terrorist act.”

Doggart, who FBI special agent James Smith stated “associates with private militia groups”, spent most of 2014 running for U.S. Representative and simultaneously plotting to commit murder and mayhem in Islamberg. Doggart’s plan to bomb Islamberg served to put the United States government on notice of his gripes. "I got this battalion that I command and they want to go take action. [They] are so sick and tired of the crap the government is pulling that we go take a small military installation or we go burn down a Muslim church…," reported Doggart in a wiretapped telephone conversation. Doggart’s now deactivated Facebook page indicates that he subscribed to the right wing, pro-militia ideology that Islam in America is wrong. Doggart’s persistent efforts to commit mass murder and destruction attracted the attention of the FBI in February 2015 when many private militia groups were under scrutiny similar criticism as a result of a new assessment refocusing attention on “sovereign citizen extremists” who have committed increasing attacks against America since 2010. In 2009, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano came under fire when her agency initially warned of the growing domestic terrorism threat of right-wing private militia groups. Critics preferred to focus on Islamic threats.

The criminal affidavit indicates that Doggart travelled to South Carolina and Texas to meet with members of private militia who shared a similar hatred of the U.S. and Muslims. This activity matches an increase in unwelcome strangers visiting properties of The Muslims of America in South Carolina, Texas and other states. Interestingly, RSS Internet posts by Doggart on August 28, 2014, show he did in fact go to a TMOA location in Tennessee, “I traveled to Dover, Tennessee in Stewart County yesterday…”. On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Islamberg residents reported to authorities a suspicious pickup truck at the entrance to their property with an insignia on the back titled “10th Mountain Division”. When approached, the vehicle drove off speedily. Doggart sold his evil scheme against Islamberg as a suicide mission where losing his life was worth the sacrifice, "If Hancock, NY happens, so be it. And I'll do what I have to do. If there's a gunfight, well there's a gunfight…if it's necessary to die then that's a good way to die.” The federal authorities monitored all of Doggart’s electronic and telephone communications and arrested him on April 10 just as he was planning to go to New York to conduct his own “reconnaissance” declaring, “I’ll probably bring my M4 with me just in case”.

Members of The Muslims of America primarily consist of African American Sunni who are indigenous Americans with Islamic roots spanning four generations. The first generations were mainly converts from various branches of Christianity. Adult residents work in professional and trade jobs while the children participate in local youth sports programs. Contrary to some claims, local, state and federal law enforcement and neighbors have nothing negative to say about the Islamberg community. “For years we worked to expose Islamophobia and those who make millions of dollars flooding the Internet with false information about our community. Due to people like Martin Mawyer of the Christian Action Network regurgitating the same lies, it has spawned this type of hate and now our lives are changed. Our children do not feel safe”, explained Gardner. The Muslims of America have a long, documented history of fighting against misinformation including filing a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against the Christian Action Network (TMOA v. MAWYER, et. al) for libel published by defendants in a book and on the website of CAN.  In the complaint, counsel for The Muslims of America outlined Mawyer’s posting of their Hancock, NY property address on the Internet in a fashion meant to goad citizens.

In an exclusive interview, Friday, May 15, Chief Executive of The Muslims of America, Hon. K. Hussein Adams, recounted the astonishing trail of attacks against the community. On June 18, 2013, two men from Albany, New York, Glendon Scott Crawford and Eric J. Feight, were arrested by the FBI for building a weapon of mass destruction. The powerful X-Ray device was to be used against the Muslims in the area as well as against President Obama. The criminal complaint charged that Crawford and Feight intended to use “radiation-emitting device that could be placed in the back of a van to covertly emit ionizing radiation…”. Two days before the arrest, residents of Islamberg reported a suspicious van on their property near the mosque. Inside the van were two men and what witnesses reported as “strange equipment” mounted in the rear. Interestingly, court records show Crawford is a member of the KKK with ties to New York and the Carolinas. Feight has since taken a plea, while Crawford faces trial. Other TMOA locations have documented numerous reports over the years of violence against their community and properties. In December 2013, Joshua Allan Casey was charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm and trespassing on TMOA property in York, South Carolina. In early 2014, TMOA residents of Red House, Virginia were awoken by thirteen gunshots ringing out in the night. A gunman attempted to obliterate the sign that identifies the peaceful Muslim village. “Even with all of these attacks,” Mr. Adams explained, “we are comforted that the Almighty Creator is with us. Islamberg is one of the holiest places in the world where the Almighty Creator's personal name, Allah, has been shining at our mosque for over 4 years.”

 

Outraged about the Doggart conspiracy, Mr. Adams provides insight regarding the escalating attacks against American Muslims, “It’s simple, Doggart is of those who want to incite a civil war between Muslims and Christians by perpetrating violent acts meant to provoke and terrorize us. He and his cohorts should know their actions are not just against us, but all Americans. Although Doggart was arrested, what of his accomplices and other like-minded people who wish to carry out such a murderous plan of attack? Muslims, Christians and true American patriots stand united against hate and violence of any kind and I am sure we will take this opportunity to join together in demanding justice.”

Although the prosecution, lead by Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry H. Piper argued for Doggart’s continued detention, on May 6, 2015, the magistrate judge shockingly ordered his release subject to multiple conditions, including electronic monitoring, no internet activity, remaining under the 3rd party custody of two adult daughters, posting a $30,000 unsecured bond and staying away from any of the victims or potential victims. Doggart admitted his guilt and a plea agreement was filed in court on the only remaining charge- one count of communicating a threat to injure a person, which carries a punishment of up to five years imprisonment and a fine of not more than $250,000. The agreement has not been accepted by the court pending a hearing on a technical issue. Doggart does not face charges of a hate crime or terrorism. “Unfortunately, in the same set of circumstances, our community would be facing unprecedented aggression and prosecution with labels of terrorism,” said Gardner, “We do not want to be victimized twice. Once by Doggart and again if this criminal is set free. Therefore we intend to give the judicial system any support they need to properly sentence him.”
Hon. K. Hussein Adams

Chief Executive

The Muslims of America, Inc.

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The Muslims of America, Inc., has scheduled an invitation-only press conference to address this matter on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 4:00pmET. Location: Holiday Inn (Tioga Room), 2-8 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13901. Members of the media are welcome to attend after applying for and receiving a press pass. To apply for a press pass, please visit http://goo.gl/forms/mSJCa8hhiG.

The Muslims of America, Inc. (TMOA) is an indigenous American Muslim organization founded in 1980 and based in the United States of America. TMOA is dedicated to maintaining Islamic principles to be practiced in both letter and spirit by forming communities focused on love for the Almighty Creator and His Commandments, along with the establishment of long-lasting relationships with our Christian brethren through our interfaith programs.

Press Contact:

Muhammad Matthew Gardner

Public Relations

The Muslims of America, Inc.

(434) 352-1166

Email: Public.relations@iqou-moa.org

Website: www.iqou-moa.org

Preview attachment American Taliban Beseige Islamberg: https://www.scribd.com/doc/265515047/265509428-Dr-Robert-Rankin-Doggart-criminal-complaint-1-merged-pdf

May 15, 2015

(Hancock, NY, May 15, 2015) FBI officials arrested and charged former 4th Congressional District candidate Robert R. Doggart of Signal Mountain, Tennessee in connection with a plot to kill residents and destroy the school and mosque of the Muslim village of Islamberg in Hancock, NY. The criminal complaint, filed in federal court April 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, shows Doggart, age 63, planned to use an M4 rifle, explosives, machete and if needed snipers. He warned that those who joined his team should prepare for hand-to-hand combat with any residents encountered in his pursuit. The Muslims of America, Inc., the religious organization under threat, was notified of the danger and worked with state and federal officials to provide residents with round the clock security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Court records show that Doggart is a graduate of LaSalle University with both masters and doctorate degrees, and is an engineer by training and trade who ran for U.S. Representative in the 2014 election. Doggart’s plan to bomb Islamberg served to put the United States government on notice of his gripes. "I got this battalion that I command and they want to go take action. [They] are so sick and tired of the crap the government is pulling that we go take a small military installation or we go burn down a Muslim church…," reported Doggart in a wire tapped telephone conversation.
The criminal affidavit also indicates that Doggart travelled to South Carolina and Texas to meet with members of so-called militia who shared a similar hatred of the U.S. and Muslims. This activity matches an increase in unwelcomed strangers visiting properties of The Muslims of America in South Carolina, Texas and other states. Interestingly, RSS Internet posts by Doggart on August 28, 2014, show he did in fact go to a TMOA location in Tennessee, “I traveled to Dover, Tennessee in Stewart County yesterday…”. On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Islamberg residents reported to authorities a suspicious pickup truck at the entrance to their property with an insignia on the back titled “10th Mountain Division”. When approached, the vehicle drove off speedily. Doggart sold his evil scheme against Islamberg as a suicide mission where losing his life was worth the sacrifice, "If Hancock, NY happens, so be it. And I'll do what I have to do.  If there's a gunfight, well there's a gunfight…if it's necessary to die then that's a good way to die.” The federal authorities monitored all of Doggart’s electronic and telephone communications and eventually arrested him on April 10 just as he was planning to go to New York to conduct his own “reconnaissance” of Islamberg.
The complaint lists Doggart declarations about the “reconnaissance” trip wherein he says, “I’ll probably bring my M4 with me just in case”.

Members of The Muslims of America primarily consist of African American Muslims of the Sunni sect of Islam who are indigenous Americans with Islamic roots spanning four generations. The first generations were mainly converts from various branches of Christianity. Local law enforcement and neighbors have nothing negative to say about the Islamberg community. The Public Relations Director for The Muslims of America, Muhammad Matthew Gardner vehemently expressed, “Doggart is an example of the results of unchecked and rampant Islamophobia which has spread lies for years about our peaceful community. This man plotted to mercilessly kill us, kill our children, and blow up our mosque and our school. We have sound reason to believe he has already visited our other locations around the U.S. What other murderous plans do he and his private militia have and where are his accomplices? All would agree, if a Muslim did this, the perpetrator would be immediately identified as a terrorist then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The examples are numerous. Therefore, we call on all branches of justice to see to it that this man is prosecuted for planning a heinous hate crime and terrorist act.”

Within days of being charged, Doggart admitted his guilt and a plea agreement was filed in court on the only remaining charge- one count of communicating a threat to injure a person. The agreement has not been accepted by the court pending a hearing on a technical issue. Unbelievably, Doggart does not face any charges of a hate crime or terrorism. Doggart was released to his home on bond subject to conditions including electronic monitoring. “Unfortunately, in the same set of circumstances, our community would be facing unprecedented aggression and prosecution with labels of terrorism,” said Gardner, “We do not want to be victimized twice. Once by Doggart and again if this criminal is set free. Therefore we intend to give the judicial system any support they need to properly sentence him.”

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The Muslims of America, Inc., is soon scheduling an invitation-only press conference to address this matter. Members of the media are welcome to attend after applying for and receiving a press pass. To apply for a press pass, please visit http://goo.gl/forms/mSJCa8hhiG. To watch for confirmation of press conference date and location, visit www.iqou-moa.org. The Muslims of America, Inc. (TMOA) is an indigenous American Muslim organization founded in 1980 and based in the United States of America. TMOA is dedicated to maintaining Islamic principles to be practiced in both letter and spirit by forming communities focused on love for the Almighty Creator and His Commandments, along with the establishment of long-lasting relationships with our Christian brethren through our interfaith programs.

Press Contact:

Muhammad Matthew Gardner

Public Relations

The Muslims of America, Inc.

(434) 352-1166

Email: Public.relations@iqou-moa.org

Website: www.iqou-moa.org

Preview attachment American Taliban Beseige Islamberg: https://www.scribd.com/doc/265515047/265509428-Dr-Robert-Rankin-Doggart-criminal-complaint-1-merged-pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 8, 2014

American Muslims vehemently con­demn the murderous campaign of ISIS and those who have

falsely attributed its leadership to anyone in the family of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). The founder and Imam of The Muslims of America, Inc., His Eminence El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gillani El Qadri El Hashmi El Hassani wal Husseini, a member of Ahli Bayt, or direct descendent of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), appeals to the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, to aid in restoring peace in the world.

 

Honorable President, bloodlines cannot be changed and in your family runs the blood of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him); therefore, we, The Muslims of America, appeal to you to expedite the realization of peace by bringing Muslims and Christians together against those who spread hate and those who support the genocide being committed by ISIS.

No Muslim and no descendant of the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him, would ever tell people to commit crimes against humanity as is being perpetrated by the treacherous ISIS. Islam stands for peace. The Holy Qur’an explicitly forbids murder against unarmed citizens, priests, synagogues and churches. Islam does not sanction killings and suicide attacks.

 

It is documented that in the time when the Great Caliph Hazrat Umar (peace be upon him) set out to take over Jerusalem, a letter was composed wherein it was stated that the non-Muslims would unequivocally receive just treatment. “Their churches will not be inhabited by Muslims and will not be destroyed. Neither they, nor the land on which they stand, nor their cross, nor their property will be damaged. They will not be forcibly converted,” read the treaty. This provided safety and security for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to worship and live in peace and prosperity under Muslim rule. This  policy of peace was often repeated and written in the authentic traditions of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him). He (peace be upon him) reinforced the sanctity of the relationship between Muslims, Christians and Jews by saying: "He who wrongs a Jew or a Christian will have myself as his accuser on the Day of Judgment." (Al-Bukhari)

 

When Islam was thriving, Najran was the biggest center of Christianity in Arabia. It was at this time that the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him, wrote a pact with the Christians that can be referenced to affirm the commitment of Islam to protect the innocent. An excerpt of the letter states:  “Najran has the protection of God and the pledge of Muhammad, the Prophet, to protect their lives, faith, land, and property… They need not change anything of their past customs. No right of theirs or their religion shall be altered. No bishop, monk or church guard shall be removed from his position. They are not held in suspicion and they shall suffer no vengeance killing. If any one of the people of Najran demands his rights, justice shall be done between the plaintiff and respondent. Neither oppression shall be allowed to be perpetrated on them, nor shall they be permitted to oppress anyone…”

 

This same level of respect and peace between Muslims and Christian can and is being accomplished in places such as Pakistan, a Muslim country, where there is a Christian college on 300 acres with all living as brethren to each other. If Muslims and Christians can live peacefully, then surely, should not Muslims be safe from the hands of other Muslims?

ISIS abuses the name of Islam when they actually follow their own deviant religion, wahhabism, and their Imam, Ibn Wahhab. ISIS and its Wahhabi roots use the media and the money of its financial supporters to spread the lie that they represent Islam, when in actuality, they are enemies of Muslims. Moreover, it is the descendants of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) who are the most oppressed people in the world suffering at the hands of these wahhabis. ISIS is insulting the name and honor of Ahle Bayt when, in fact, all Muslims are commanded by the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) to respect, protect and treat well his beloved family. Unfortunately, ISIS and the Wahhabis pay no reverence to Ahle Bayt and instead harbor the worst hatred, with the ruthless and vile intent to kill them, demolish the homes, tombs, shrines and sacred places of the Holy Last Messenger’s descendants, peace be upon them all.

 

The family tree of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) is well known. Members of Ahle Bayt can be found in Jordan, Pakistan, Senegal, and Mali. At least 60% of the Muslims in Senegal are Qadri and even in Mali there are Jilanis. Yet, in Mali, these extremist Wahhabis, called Al-Qaeda, have begun to spread their venomous falsehood and commit terrible acts against Muslims and non-Muslims alike attributing the violence erroneously to Islam. Through this deviant religion, wahhabism, no country or people are safe. Their aim is to spread chaos and pit brother against brother, Muslim against Christian, creating and cultivating a clash of civilizations.

 

Our Iman, El Sheikh Gillani, has made it compulsory that North American Muslims participate in the United Muslim Christian Forum (UMCF), whose goal is to unite Muslims and all mankind on the common ground of belief in the One Almighty God.  People have been reminded and directed to cultivate good relations with their Christian neighbors in an ongoing effort to replace unfounded hate with peace and understanding. However, there is a third “hidden hand” that continues to spread baseless allegations and inflame an incessant hate campaign against Muslims in order to cause riots, prejudice and havoc. How can followers of Jesus, son of Mary (upon him peace) hate the people, Muslims, who also believe in and follow him? It is a historical fact that when Jesus, son of Mary (upon him peace) came to the Romans, he too was persecuted, accused of being a terrorist, and made out to be a threat to humanity. Nowadays, this same hidden group, who never believed in any holy book, is doing a similar thing to Muslims in order to instigate a conflict. Yet, Muslims are the only witnesses that Jesus, son of Mary (upon them peace) was and is a pious holy man, the Word of God and born of the chaste Mary. The Holy Qur’an defends his mother as a virtuous and pious lady. Muslims believe that Jesus, son of Mary, was not a result of illegitimate birth.

 

The United States and Canada should win back the confidence of the Muslims. We know, by and large, that Americans are very simple people, they’re not shrewd, cunning and cruel. They mind their own business. Therefore, this ‘hidden third hand’ is the real enemy of the United States of America. Let Muslims and Christians continue to work alongside one another by holding peace rallies and celebrating together the birthday of Jesus son of Mary and the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon them) because it cannot be done in other countries. It is not possible to be done even in Saudi Arabia, which claims to be a Muslim country, lest the people be put to death.

 

As American Muslims, we remain loyal as America is our birthplace, homeland, and residence, in which our many generations have helped establish this great nation. This is part of the mission of the followers of Ahle Bayt and of El Sheikh Gillani, who initially came to America on a humanitarian mission to introduce the El Gilani Methodology (EGM) for the  healing of physical and nonphysical diseases. EGM is a standardized system that utilizes select portions of the Holy Qur’an, supplications, and spiritual exercises to cure so-called incurable diseases. EGM was pioneered by El Sheikh Gillani in 1976 as a result of a scientific and clinical experiment performed under the auspices of the World Health Organization in Taif, Saudi Arabia at the behest of their government. EGM has been scientifically proven to heal those suffering from AIDS, schizophrenia, depression, chronic and acute physical illnesses, cancers, and neurological disorders, to name a few. Healing with EGM has continued for decades in America under the expert spiritual guidance of El Sheikh Gillani.  “I am not an ordinary person, I was sent directly as a guide with signs from Almighty God,” El Sheikh Gillani explains.

 

One monumental, miraculous sign is the  appearance of  personal name of Almighty God, Allah, in Arabic script on the wall of the masjid in Hancock, New York at the headquarters of The Muslims of America, Inc. This masjid, now dedicated to Hazrat Ghaus ul Azam Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani (may God be pleased with him), has shown this miraculous sign which continues to shine luminously on the wall of the masjid since August 2010 - over four years later.  “I’m not speaking on my own,” El Sheikh Gillani continues, “this has been authorized by Almighty Allah, The Glorified and Exalted and the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) for me to guide people on the straight path. Neither I, nor any of my followers, have committed any violence.” As a matter of fact, El Sheikh Gillani is grateful to the US State Department for clarifying his innocence in the unfortunate case of Daniel Pearl, which has been falsely attributed to El Sheikh Gillani by the enemies of peace.

 

ISIS and those who have This is our statement, for all over the world. Our motto is ‘Mankind is the Family of God’ and we never tell anyone to commit any wrong.

November 8, 2014

Over the course of approximately a year, the world has witnessed a circus of conspired events orchestrated by a hulligan by the name of “Tahir-ul-Qadri”, a politician who heads an organization named “Minhaj-ul-Quran,” as well as an Iranian-funded political party under the name of “Pakistan Awam-e Tehreek” (PAT). He has openly declared his wish to instigate “a revolution like the one in Egypt and North Africa” in Pakistan—a nuclear-armed nation—which could only have catastrophic consequences. It is imperative to know the background of such a person, because--in light of the failures of his organized activities--he wishes to bring his operations to the shores of America and continue to exploit the privileges his Canadian citizenship has given him.

Prominent religious authorities, including Ulama from Al-Azhar, have already exposed this liar for his fraudulent usage and self-titling of highly revered and respected Islamic titles such as “Shaykh-ul-Islam”. Operating under the name, Tahir-ul-Qadri, asserts that he is a member of the Qadiri order of Sufis; however, he has been disowned and rebuked by Mashayekh of the Qadiri Order and His Eminence El-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah El-Gillani, the head of the Qadiri order, who denounced Tahir-ul-Qadri as “a fake Qadri...”, who “abuses our family name!” He is neither a Qadiri, nor is he considered to be a Muslim, as he surrounds himself with Shiite extremists,  continuing his lies and fake promises on their behalf. Tahir has blatantly disrespected the blessed name of Sayyidina Al-Imam Al-Hussein by naming his greedy march and civil disorder in Pakistan as the ‘Husseiniat’, wherein anyone who leaves will be martyred and anyone who instigates warfare with the government will be martryed—even though he himself ran away.

The Pakistani High Court of Lahore has declared him “a liar,” “dishonest,” “hungry and greedy,” and “a person responsible for making dramas”. A High Court verdict still stands against him for which he failed to plea in any court. Numerous exposés have been written about this politician-turned-cleric by Ulama from Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, uncovering and condemning his criminal behavior, exposing him as a fraud, con man, and a Shiite operative whose deal with Iran is to give equality for Shiites in Pakistan if he is put into power—thus garnering major funding from that nation. Videos of him conducting Shi’ah gatherings have aired on the TV1 channel.

Tahir’s shameless revolution attempts have occurred twice in Pakistan. The aim and primary goal of these acts of civil disobedience were to “start a revolution like the ones that have happened in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia.. and Syria.” Ironically, this demented man has the audacity to liken himself and his marches to that of the venerable Al-Imam Hussein and his martyrdom on Karbala, respectively—strangely enough with the title of his actions deemed “Hussainiat.”

Understanding the honorable history of Imam Hussein (blessings of Allah upon him), it is totally offensive to Al-Islam that Tahir-ul-Qadri compares himself. In the first of Tahir’s charades in Pakistan, he likened the government and its officials to that of Yazeed; however, in a sudden twist of events—with him in a plush office and his followers braving the elements of the weather—he struck an under-the-table deal with the so-called “Yazeed” government officials. Interestingly enough, while Imam Hussein did not give allegiance to that of a polytheist, Tahir-ul-Qadri gave allegiance to a polytheist, the British Queen, in order to gain Canadian citizenship. The point to be reiterated is quite clear: Imam Hussein never gave any oath of allegiance to a polytheist; however, “Tahir-ul-Qadri” did the exact opposite.

A more recent farce of Tahir's in Pakistan was the exploitation of it lower-class citizens, mostly women and minors, to be used as either shock troops to invade government buildings, human shields in clashes with government security forces, or suicide fighters whose meaningless deaths would be leveraged to gain media attention and garner sympathy and funding —regardless of the civil war that would have been the natural result.

The current state of Tahir’s image is that of an embarrassing failure and impotent revolutionary, to such an extent that he, in his own words, now wishes to tour the poorer regions of Pakistan in order to “garner support from the impoverished.” These tactics have resulted in the injuries of nearly 100 policemen and scores of unwitting protesters—most of whom were forced to fend for themselves in harsh, unaccommodating weather conditions, while he himself remained comfortable with all of the amenities his Iranian financing could afford him at the time.

Tahir should be considered dangerous and a security threat to America and its citizens—both Muslim and non-Muslim—as he has no intention of anything more than the exploitation of American resources he finds at his disposal, which has the high possibility of dragging America into the political mayhem that he is orchestrating for Pakistan all for the sake of his personal gains and Iranian control.

In addition, he wishes to rebuild his ego via these trips to North America, with the intent of establishing a PAT party in the United States.  

Combining the above information with an American physician’s assessments of Tahir concluding, “this man is one who suffers from delusions of grandeur,” we reiterate the urgency of the matter that this individual is not welcomed to North America and it is urged that such a person who surrounds himself with extremists and has demonstrated—for the world to see—his propensity for provoking civil disobedience be denied any possible entry to the shores of the United States of America.

Let it be known that neither Tahir-ul-Qadri, his mafia, not his PAT party, is welcome in America and the American people neither need nor deserve the hazards that this miscreant brings, because it is well established that he is a danger to America. We demand from the authorities—especially Homeland Security—that Tahir-ul-Qadri be denied entry to America and that he take his political party, thugs, and saboteurs with him elsewhere.  

 

April 23, 2014

Contact: Matthew Gardner TMOA Public Relations
(877) 726-­‐0412
public.relations@iqou-­‐moa.org

 

(April 23, 2014, Binghamton, NY) – Today, a federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by The Muslims of America, Inc. against Islamophobes Martin Mawyer, Patti Pierucci and their hate organization, the Christian Action Network. In a 12-­‐page decision, Senior Judge Thomas J. McAvoy ruled that The Muslims of America, Inc., does not have the technical ability to sue on behalf of Muslims of the Americas, Inc., which was dissolved as a legal entity in 2013. The defendant also sought for the Plaintiff’s attorneys to be sanctioned by paying more than one hundred thousand dollars in legal fees-­‐ Judge McAvoy denied the motion.

The plaintiff acknowledges that this is a procedural issue that resulted in the case being dismissed. The plaintiff emphatically states that this is not a “victory” for the defendants, but is merely a procedural defect that the plaintiff believes can be easily cured. The Muslims of America is exploring all legal options with respect to this recent development. 

The Muslims of America have stated that the fight is not over by any means when Martin Mawyer and the Christian Action Network are committed to harming Muslims by spreading lies, fear and hatred. Thus, The Muslims of America is committed to countering the bigotry and will continue to pursue legal action against these individuals for as long as their actions are contrary to the law.

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December 22, 2013

The Muslims of America, Inc.
www.IQOU-MOA.org info@iqou-moa.org
TERRORIST ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPT TO COMMIT MASS MURDER OF
AMERICAN MUSLIMS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Matthew Gardner
Public Relation
(434) 825-2283
Email: Public.relations@iqou-moa.org

December 22, 2013

(York, SC) A gunman trespassed onto the property of The Muslims of America, Inc. (TMOA), in York County, South Carolina, during the night of December 21, firing his weapon towards the homes of peaceful residents. The man began shooting from the woods nearby, causing innocent men, women and children to seek cover as bullets flew by. The property is hosting the Muslim Scouts of America (MSA) who were concluding their first day of activities with dozens of youth when the incident took place.
Shocked and terrified, the scouts and residents watched as the man brazenly came forward screaming obscenities at the crowd he had just attempted to murder. The man was clearly identified as a neighbor who lives only yards away from long time resident Hadia Rashid, who could barely speak, thinking of what may have happened as her grandchildren often freely come and go within firing range of the assailant.
Law enforcement was immediately contacted. An investigation at the home of the gunman confirmed with his wife that he was the aggressor. Authorities also discovered the bullet casings supporting eyewitness claims; therefore, the intoxicated man was arrested and charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm and trespassing. “This is an act of terrorism and attempted murder!” exclaimed resident Ramadan Shakir. “Had the tables been turned the entire county of law enforcement would have descended upon us and terrorism would have been the first charge. We demand equal justice under the law.”
This is not the first time The Muslims of America have been subjected to similar attacks. In November of 2012, unknown aggressors fired thirteen gunshots onto their property in Virginia with no regard for the life of residents sleeping nearby. This past summer, at TMOA headquarters in Hancock, New York, several instances of criminal trespassing took place with one particularly frightening incident that included two eastern European men driving up in a van with strange equipment loaded in the back. Days after, two other men were arrested in nearby Albany for building and testing a weapon of mass destruction, specifically a powerful X-Ray gun mounted to the back of a van meant to kill Muslim victims with lethal amounts of radiation.
As police were arresting the man in South Carolina, residents could hear the criminal’s taunting statements as he yelled, “You have no idea what you started…better call damage control…cause this is blowing up…terrorists!” It is well known that comments such as these are a product of the rise of Islamophobia in America, but the violence will not be met with retaliation.
The Chief Executive of The Muslims of America, Mr. Hussein Adams confirmed, “We will not be provoked to retaliate with violence, but instead will seek justice in the courts by pressing for this assault to be registered as terrorism and a hate crime.”
Without such charges, the man could be released soon, returning to the property to exact his revenge.
The Muslims of America are in the middle of a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against the Christian Action Network, based in Virginia, whom they say propagates hate that serves to provoke similar responses from its supporters. Members of TMOA stress that there is no enmity between Muslims and Christians. Mr. Adams explains, “Organizations such as CAN hide behind the word “Christian” when in fact they are intolerant extremists who do not practice the peaceful tenets of Jesus, son of Chaste Mary. As American Muslims, we follow centuries of examples of Christians and Muslims living in absolute peace and tranquility.” Pointing to a recent report from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Adams elaborated on an incident where Hindus destroyed a church, but initially the crime was blamed on Muslims.
The Prime Minister gave half million rupees to each family to help rebuild the church. Justice was served. The Muslims and Christians live like brothers, with Christian towns having one hundred percent freedom and independence. “We ask for no less in our own country, which was built on religious freedom,”said Mr. Adams. A court date is set for early January, but the victims are exploring terrorism and hate crime charges.

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November 10, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) voted in favor of NSA spying on Americans and other congressional leaders followed suite. Such decisiveness raises the question:  why would legislative  leadership vote for something that is illegal, invades the privacy of citizens and is detrimental to international relationships? The chair of the House Intelligence Committee – Mike Rogers – said recently, in a NSA spying hearing which he led, that there is no right to privacy in America. Does the Agency know something about them that we do not? As DSWright, writer at Firedoglake, an online news source,  put it -  “Intelligence is all about having as much information as possible, that’s the training and that’s the game.”

The breadth of the NSA’s newly revealed capabilities makes the emergence of such suspicions in our society inevitable. Especially given that we are far, far away from having the kinds of oversight mechanisms in place that would provide ironclad assurance that these vast powers won’t be abused. And that highlights the highly corrosive nature of allowing the NSA such powers. Everyone has dark suspicions about their political opponents from time to time, and Americans are highly distrustful of government in general. When there is any opening at all for members of the public to suspect that officials from the legislative and judicial branches could be vulnerable to leverage from secretive agencies within the executive branch—and when those officials can even suspect they might be subject to leverage—that is a serious problem for our democracy.

There is already prominent speculation about this threat.  Back in August,  General Keith Alexander, Director of NSA, was asked by a member of Congress, ”Can we see our own files?”  Alexander answered, “No.” David Sirota of NSFWCorp, Not Safe For Work Corporation, said,

“Consider the deep messaging of the NSA’s brand. Only forty years removed from the blackmail-tinged reign of J. Edgar Hoover, the NSA has developed an image which implies the agency is vacuuming up more than enough incriminating phone records, emails and text messages, etc., to politically torpedo any rank-and-file congressman, should that congressman step out of line...”

Whistleblower Russell Tice has also alleged that while at the Agency he saw wiretap information for members of Congress and the judiciary firsthand. Such fears explain why it is considered an especially serious matter any time elected or judicial officials are eavesdropped upon. The New York Times reported in 2009 that some NSA officials had tried to wiretap a member of Congress without a warrant. Members of Congress and perhaps the judiciary surely also noted a Washington Post report based on Snowden documents that the NSA had intercepted a “large number” of calls from the Washington DC area code due to a “programming error.”

Dark suspicions about the NSA will also draw powerful support from the historical record. Already a sitting U.S. Senator, Carl Levin, has invoked the memory of J. Edgar Hoover as a means of expressing misgivings about NSA spying. It can be useful to recall the history with a little detail. Journalist Ronald Kessler describes the former FBI director’s M.O. in his book on Hoover:

“The moment [Hoover] would get something on a senator,” said William Sullivan, who became the number three official in the bureau under Hoover, “he’d send one of the errand boys up and advise the senator that ‘we’re in the course of an investigation, and we by chance happened to come up with this data on your daughter. But we wanted you to know this. We realize you’d want to know it.’ Well, Jesus, what does that tell the senator? From that time on, the senator’s right in his pocket.”

Lawrence J. Heim, who was in the Crime Records Division, confirmed that the bureau sent agents to tell members of Congress that Hoover had picked up derogatory information on them.

“He [Hoover] would send someone over on a very confidential basis,” Heim said. As an example, if the Metropolitan Police in Washington had picked up evidence of  impropriety, “he [Hoover] would have him say, ‘This activity is known by the Metropolitan Police Department and some of our informants, and it is in your best interests to know this.’ But nobody has ever claimed to have been blackmailed. You can deduce what you want from that.”

Even in 1945, a month after taking office, President Truman wrote of Hoover’s FBI, “We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex life scandals and plain blackmail.” Two years later he observed, “all Congressmen and Senators are afraid of him.”

It wasn’t just the FBI. In the 1970s, for example, the “intelligence” division of the Chicago Police Department similarly engaged in widespread institutionalized blackmail efforts. “A principal tactic of this operation was the dissemination of file material for the purpose of doing damage to targets held in disfavor,” writes Frank Donner in his chronicle of Cold War-era police repression, Protectors of Privilege.

Although Chicago under Mayor William Daley was the worst, Donner points out that these kinds of abuses by “intelligence units” were widespread during the Cold War, and before that, during the labor battles of the early 20th century.

If we allow the NSA to retain the powers it wants, it’s not at all crazy to worry about how those powers could be used now or in the future to grab even more frightening power through blackmail of ostensible overseers. And it doesn’t require crude, explicit blackmail to affect behavior and confer power through personal information. Even the vaguest threat or intimation of eavesdropping and exposure can introduce substantial chilling effects, even on those who may think they have “nothing to hide.”

In many ways such fears, although often unspoken, lie at the core of what so many people find objectionable about allowing government agencies such vast eavesdropping powers. The understanding that personal information about people can confer leverage over those people is at the heart of the privacy issue.

And again, even in the absence of any actual malfeasance, suspicion of such is itself a problem.

November 8, 2013

WASHINGTON - Pakistani survivors of American drone strikes who live in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of northwest Pakistan, spoke to members of the US Congress Tuesday, and called for an end to killing civilians with weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles.

Rafiqur Rehman; his son Zubair (12); and daughter Nabila (9) told a packed room in the Rayburn House Office Building that Momina Bibi, who perished on October 24, 2012, while working in a field near their home in North Waziristan, was “the string that held the pearls of our family together, and that string has been broken, and we are all lost”.

Congressman Alan Grayson, a Democrat, invited Rafiq to speak in Washington about the strike last October that killed his 67-year-old mother who, he said, was recognized around the region as a midwife, not a militant. Regardless, a weaponized CIA drone executed Momina in front of her grandchildren on Oct 24, 2012.

The US has not formally acknowledged the attack, nor taken responsibility.

“Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day,” Rafiq said during the Tuesday morning panel. “Only one person was killed that day. A mom, grandma, a midwife.

“The string that holds the pearls together. That is what my mother was,” Rafiq said in an emotionally choked voice. “Since her death, the string has been broken and life has not been the same. We feel alone and we feel lost.”

Speaking before members of Congress, Rafiq thanked Congressman Grayson for the invitation and said it was reassuring that some members of the US government were willing to try and shed light on a gruesome operation rarely acknowledged publicly in Washington.

If he has the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama, Rafiq said, he will ask him to “find a peaceful end to the war in my country, and end these drones.”

Rafiq said he has seen people living peacefully in the United States and wants a similar peaceful environment in North Waziristan and dreams that his children would be able to complete their education and help rebuild Pakistan.“We can achieve peace through education,” he said.

The US and Pakistan should work together to resolve the problem, he said.

“I am a teacher, my job is to educate,” said Rafiq. “But how can I teach this? How can I teach what I don’t understand?”

Rafiq’s 12-year-old son, Zubair, told Grayson and the few congressional colleagues that joined him on the Hill Tuesday that he was with his grandmother last year when she was killed shortly after the buzzing of a drone was heard hovering above them.

“As I helped my grandma in the field, I could see and hear (a) drone overhead but wasn’t worried because we’re not militants,” Zubair said. “I no longer like blue skies. In fact, I prefer gray skies. When sky brightens, drones return and we live in fear.

“We used to love to play outside. But now people are afraid to leave their houses so we don’t play very often,” the boy added.

Zubair’s sister, Nabila, was picking okra in a field with her grandmother at the time of the attack. She testified that she heard the noise from above. “Everything was dark and I couldn’t see anything, but I heard a scream...I was very scared and all I could think of doing was just run,” she said.

They were joined at the hearing by Robert Greenwald, a filmmaker who has been working in Pakistan over the past several months on a project related to the ongoing US drone strikes. Testifying on his own behalf, Greenwald suggested that the ongoing operations waged by the US as an alleged counter-terrorism operation are breeding anti-American sentiment at a rate that makes Qaeda jealous.

“Yes, there are 100 or 200 fanatics, but now you have 800,000 people in this area who hate the US because of this policy,” Greenwald said. Greenwald added that the research he’s seen indicated that 178 children have been killed in Pakistan by US drone strikes. “We’ve gone from being the most popular country among Pakistani to, according to the polling I’ve seen, the least popular,” Grayson said. “And if you ask people why, the reason is this program.”

“I hope that by telling you about my village and grandmother, you realize drones are not the answer,” pleaded 12-year-old Zubair.

Congressman Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat, said at the hearing that she would bring up the witnesses’ plight with the White House. Grayson said that “friends of the military industrial complex” in Washington would likely keep a full discussion from occurring immediately in Washington, adding that “I don’t expect to see a formal hearing conducted on this subject anytime soon.”

November 5, 2013

  Muhammad Tanvir was asked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, to spy on his Pakistani community. He refused, and so he remains on the No-Fly List--and he can’t visit an ailing mother.
Tanvir is now taking action, along with other Muslims, against the FBI’s attempt to coerce them into spying on their own community in exchange for getting off the No-Fly List. Tanvir, a resident of the Bronx, recently testified in court against the FBI for its no-fly practices.
Tanvir’s lawsuit, which the Center for Constitutional Rights, also referred to as CCR, has taken on, is putting the FBI on the hotseat. “Mr. Tanvir has been prevented from flying despite the fact that he does not present any threat to aviation security,” the CCR suit reads, according to the Courthouse News Service. “Instead, defendants sought to exploit the draconian burden posed by the No Fly List, including the inability to travel for work, or to visit family overseas; in order to coerce him into serving the FBI as a spy within American Muslim communities and places of worship.”
The No-Fly List, instituted after September 11, arbitrarily puts thousands of people on a list that prevents them from traveling. Tanvir is not the only one to have been pressured by the FBI.
A separate American Civil Liberties Union suit filed in 2010 represents other Muslims trying to get their names off the No-Fly List. One of them is Nagib Ali Ghaleb, a Yemeni-American. In 2010, Ghaleb flew to Yemen to see his family and meet with U.S. consular officials about delayed visa applications for his wife and children. But on his way back, while awaiting to board a plane in Germany, an FBI agent questioned him. According to a recent ACLU report, Ghaleb “was directed to submit to an interview with FBI agents, who questioned him about his mosque and the San Francisco Yemeni community. The FBI agents asked him to become an informant for the FBI in California, but Mr. Ghaleb said he did not know any dangerous people and would not spy on innocent people in mosques.” Ghaleb remains on the No-Fly List.
The practice of pressuring Muslims to become informants in their own communities in exchange for law enforcement help is one clear example of an apparatus running roughshod over the rights of Muslims in the U.S. It’s also a practice familiar to Muslims in New York City, who have to deal with a police department that has implemented a surveillance dragnet with the help of Central Intelligence Agency officials.
After 9/11, CIA officials strategized with the New York Police Department on how best to collect intelligence to prevent the next terrorist attack. The NYPD’s Intelligence Division ended up creating an operation where informants and undercover agents infiltrate mosques and student groups. The NYPD has labeled at least a dozen mosques as “terrorism enterprises” in order to infiltrate them. And in order to employ informants able to infiltrate Muslim communities, they usually strike a deal with people in trouble with the law. In exchange for spying on their community, the informant gets help from the NYPD in avoiding punishment for crimes.

October 29, 2013

  So what was it all about?  The Senate deal ending the shutdown and deferring a default until the next time has solved nothing. It is as if we have been given a break for Thanksgiving and the Christmas shopping season until the partisan wars resume.  The fighting and arguing have only ceased.

 

It is unlikely that any of the instigators have learned anything other than how a handful of parliamentary savvy kamikazes can bring the government to its knees in the name of a righteous cause—not to bring about change, but to try to stop changes they don’t like.

 

When the Ted Cruz missile against Obamacare helped trigger the melee that closed national parks, limited government services and disrupted the livelihoods of 800,000 federal employees and the lives of millions, many wondered why, when it was clear the extreme right was pursuing an unachievable goal.

 

Senator John McCain warned them that they couldn’t stop the health care reform, as did others in their Party. The White House stood firm, as did most Democrats. The Tea Party offensive was widely seen as offensive, or as an extortion ploy, an attempt to nullify a law, but also a non-starter.

 

That didn’t stop the true believers.  Like the Light Brigade of old, they charged on. Clearly this was a case of ideology uber politics, but behind it was a strategy.

 

First, they wanted to weaken the Republican center and they did, making Speaker Boehner look powerless and out of control. The best media line about him was that he was “herding cats.”

 

Second, they wanted to prove that if they don’t get their way, no one else can or will.

 

They conceded a short term tactical set back, but lived to fight another day for longer-term goals.  In that way, they can be “responsible” and continue to enjoy business support.

 

As some Democrats celebrated, AP reported. “Hold the champagne. Even after lawmakers complete their pending deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, they are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship – perhaps repeatedly.”

 

“Brinksmanship” is another word for ‘systematic political warfare’.  This spasm of rebellion emboldened the fundamentalists among them; it did not weaken them.

 

Sure, they overreached tactically—if you assume what they were saying was their real agenda.

 

As former federal regulator William Black explained in an article about their “tactical brilliance but strategic incompetence,” their demands could not be met, but that was never the point.

 

Black writes,

 

“the means by which the GOP sought to extort Obama to sacrifice Obamacare made it impossible for Obama to surrender to the Tea Party.  The Tea Party was openly threatening to use very short-term extensions of the debt ceiling to repeatedly extort Obama to make enormous, humiliating concessions.  This meant that if Obama gave in to their extortion he was dooming his presidency.”

 

If you assume they knew this, what was the real strategy?

 

They created a crisis to show that they could create a crisis and milk it as long as they could. It was a way that Junior members of Congress could get press attention.

 

It was also a way of energizing their base, not just politically, but financially.

 

The Daily Kos commented on Instigator in Chief Ted Cruz’s claim that two million people signed his petition noting that he now has a much larger list of potential donors. In this respect, he sees himself as a winner, not a loser.

 

He used the crisis to build a media profile with a self-promotional filibuster that excited supporters, whatever it lacked in clarity, logic and analysis.

 

Noted Felix Salmon, a financial blogger for Reuters:

 

“The Ted Cruz “filibuster” … served no actual legislative purpose, and at the end of his idiotically long speech, Cruz ended up voting yes on the very bill he was trying to kill. That’s zombie politics, and the problem with zombies is that — being dead already — they’re incredibly hard to kill.”

 

To him, the Tea Party is a  zombie army, a movement, not a person — and it’s an aggressively anti-logical movement, at that.  So he argues, “You can’t negotiate with a zombie.” (Many Americans identify with zombies these days because of their overexposure on TV and in the movies.)

 

So, we need to understand, this confrontation was never about logic or even a clear political agenda; it was about movement-building and dominating the discourse through hostage taking to bully and intimidate centrist Republicans and Democrats alike. Most of all, they wanted to snub the Nation’s father figure—President Obama.

 

Behind their slogans, they were saying  to the folks at home: ‘look at me!’

 

In that respect, the zealots were wildly successful in keeping their faux rebellion going, cheered on by Faux News and the underbelly their visibility attracts, including the guy grinning like an idiot and waving the Confederate flag in front of the White House.

 

The Atlantic, and many liberal media outlets, have convinced themselves that the “Republicans Shut Down the Government for Nothing” but it was always all about them, not specific goals.

 

This strategy is, at bottom, about interests, not issues, power, not political advantage.

 

Republican consultant and former Boehner aide Terry Holt admits:

 

“The differences are not about objectives, the differences are about tactics. This is the muddle through Congress. We are going to lurch from disaster to disaster until we have the prelude, which is 2014 and then the next presidential election. There is no incentive for either side to give in - period.”

 

So there you have it - a declaration of permanent war in which, like guerillas in combat, the point is not to hold ground, but to keep moving and harass the enemy, keeping them off guard whatever the costs to the economy or the morale of the country.

 

They expect many Americans will surrender just to have peace, and that’s how a relentless minority can impose its agenda.

 

The Vietnamese General Giap who died last week at age 102 used similar tactics that were grounded in the idea that war is politics by other means.

 

Bloomberg interviewed a moderate Republican, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, who explained, “There are no winners in this process, everybody loses. The only question you guys are trying to figure out is who loses more? And how long-term the damage will be?”

 

Former veteran newspaperman Bernard Weiner, now the co-editor of The Crisis Papers, tried to explain all this to friends in France, writing:

 

“Even in the best of times, American politics rarely makes rational sense. But right now is almost the worst of times. From Europe it may appear that you are witnessing recess at a school for naughty, malicious children. While that’s true, we need to enlarge the frame of that portrait to get closer to the whole picture and to assign proper blame rather than just accept the mainstream media’s false meme that “both sides are equally responsible” for the governmental shutdown and debt crisis.”

Danny Schechter blogs daily at Newsdissector.net and edits Mediachannel.org

October 8, 2013

The most obvious and well-reported casualties of the last decade in program-slashing educational policy include traditional elective courses like art, music, and physical education. But these are not the only subjects being squeezed out or eliminated entirely from many public K-12 curriculums.

Social studies--a category that includes courses in history, geography, and civics--has also found itself on the chopping block. Whereas in the 1993-1994 school year students spent 9.5 percent of their time in social studies, by 2003-2004 that percentage had dropped to 7.6, despite an increase of total instructional time.

Why has a traditionally “core subject”, which was ranked in the same academic hierarchy as English, science, and math for decades, been sidelined in thousands of American classrooms?

The shift in curriculum began in the early years of the Cold War. While U.S. military and technological innovation brought World War II to a close, it was a later use of technology--the Soviet launching of Sputnik in 1957--that historian Thomas A. Bailey called the equivalent of a “psychological Pearl Harbor” for many Americans. It created deep feelings of inadequacy and a belief that the U.S. was falling behind in developing new technology and weapons, which led to the passage of the 1958 National Defense Education Act. This legislation pumped $1 billion over four years into math and science programs in both K-12 schools and universities.

Despite this extra focus on math and science, social studies managed to make it through the end of the Cold War relatively unscathed, in fact, the number of classroom hours dedicated to teaching social studies in grades 1-4 peaked in the 1993-1994 school year at 3 hours a week. But drastic change came a decade later with the passage of President George W. Bush’s ‘No Child Left Behind’ legislation.

No Child Left Behind was signed into law in an attempt to address the growing achievement gap between affluent and low-income students. It was a controversial piece of legislation from the start, mainly because of its “one size fits all’” approach: It uses annual standardized tests to determine how well students are performing in reading and math and then uses those scores to determine the amounts of federal funding schools receive.

Besides the obvious criticism that low-performing schools--arguably the ones that need the most increase in funding--are disproportionately punished for their low scores, critics also believe that No Child Left Behind has narrowed the curriculum. Since the standardized tests focus exclusively on English and math, and those scores determine the bulk of a school’s federal funding, schools have been forced to increase time and resources in these subjects at the expense of all others, including social studies.

A 2007 study from the Center of Education Policy supports this allegation: 62 percent of elementary schools, and more than 20 percent of middle schools, increased time for English language arts and/or math since No Child Left Behind passed.  At the same time, 36 percent of schools decreased the time allocated to the social studies. According to a study from the National Center for Education Statistics, this adds up to a net loss of four weeks of social studies instruction per academic year.

This devaluation of social studies as a core subject in the K-12 curriculum has troubling economic, political, and social implications. For one, social studies at all grade levels encourages students to develop skills in critical thinking--one of the top traits employers look for in a candidate. It also requires students become strong written and oral communicators who know how to structure and articulate their opinions. Unfortunately, a survey of employers done by the Chronicle of Higher Education found that these are the exact skills today’s entry-level workers are lacking. Without the skills gained from social studies, students are less attractive to employers.

Perhaps even more troubling, however, is that reducing students’ exposure to a solid curriculum in social studies leads to what a growing number of experts are calling a “civic achievement gap”. Closely related to the general achievement gap between affluent, mostly white students and low-income minority students, the civic achievement gap has made it increasingly difficult for those who grow up in low-income households to participate in civic affairs. According to data from Associate Professor Meira Levinson of Harvard University, people living in families with incomes under $15,000 voted at just over half the rate of those living in families with incomes over $75,000.

Many experts agree that a stronger curriculum in social studies could help close this gap.  A study from the Carnegie Corporation of New York found that students who receive effective education in social studies are more likely to vote, four times more likely to volunteer and work on community issues, and are generally more confident in their ability to communicate ideas with their elected representatives.

Fortunately, policymakers have begun to acknowledge the shortcomings of the recent decade of educational policy. “President Obama and I reject the notion that the social studies is a peripheral offering that can be cut from schools to meet [Adequate Yearly Progress] or to satisfy those wanting to save money during a fiscal crunch,” wrote U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in 2011 in Social Education, a journal published by the National Council for Social Studies. “Today more than ever, the social studies are not a luxury, but a necessity. We need to fix [No Child Left Behind] so that school leaders do not feel forced to ignore the vital components of a good education.”

While the Obama Administration has pledged to revisit certain components of No Child Left Behind, it has kept its fundamental model of high-stakes standardized testing with new programs such as Race to the Top and the Common Core State Standard Initiative. Like No Child Left Behind, both of these programs focus primarily on English and math.

It’s clear that something has to change when only one-third of Americans can name all three branches of government.

October 8, 2013

The European Times wrote about hockey fans in Washington state who had more to worry about during a recent hockey game than avoiding a puck to the face; the Department of Homeland Security, DHS,  tested their facial recognition system during the game, a technology that’s raising concerns among privacy advocates.

DHS utilized a sophisticated scheme of cameras to collect pictures of attendees in real-time from as far away as 100 meters and then match them up with images of faces stored on a database.

The exercise marked the latest drill for the DHS’ Biometric Optical Surveillance System, or BOSS, and when it’s fully operational it could be used to identify a person of interest among a massive crowd in the span of only seconds.

With assistance from researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL, DHS attempted to quickly compare faces caught on camera with the biometric information of 20 volunteers. The other faces in the crowd — potentially 5,980 hockey fans — existed as background noise to see the accuracy of BOSS when it comes down to locating a person of interest.

Facial recognition technology has been around for almost three decades. The mobile and social   revolutions are rapidly driving the field forward, along with digital photo proliferation, cloud computing power acceleration and software capabilities advancing.

According to Charlie Savage of the New York Times, earlier testing proved unsuccessful because it took operators roughly 30 seconds to identify a person caught on camera with its database of photographic mug shots. Biometric specialists who spoke to the Times told Savage that 30 seconds “was far too long to process an image for security purposes.”

As surveillance cameras continue to become pervasive in American cities, fixed on buildings and in traffic lights, facial recognition technology  could soon be used to pick people out of crowds randomly for essentially anything.  

“This technology is always billed as antiterrorism, but then it drifts into other applications,” Ginger McCall of the Electronic Privacy Information Center told Savage. “We need a real conversation about whether and how we want this technology to be used, and now is the time for that debate.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation hopes that it will have its state-of-the-art Next Generation Identification program, also known as NGI, rolled out in 2014, which will ideally provide the FBI with a database containing the biometric information of millions of Americans. Law enforcement will then be able to use that trove of data to compare persons of interest caught on film with images already used on state drivers’ licenses and other governmental files.

A lawsuit against the FBI filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF, over the NGI program is currently pending. In the complaint filed earlier this year, the organization wrote;

The proposed new system would also allow law enforcement to collect and retain other images, such as those obtained from crime scene security cameras and from family and friends, and would allow submission of civil photographs along with civil fingerprint submissions that were collected for non criminal purposes.

“Facial recognition blows up assumptions that we don’t wear our identities on our person; it turns our faces into name tags,” said Ryan Calo, director of privacy at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. “It can be good and helpful, or it can be dangerous.”

October 8, 2013

As the federal government shutdown emerges and the American workforce slowly comes to a halt, the question needs to be asked, “is America becoming Rome?”

The Roman Empire, a prodigious civilization, fell due to many reasons, decay of morals being number one. Corruption of politicians, the wealthy hoarding the wealth and political in-fighting were some of the major causes of its decline.

The government was constantly threatened by bankruptcy due to the cost of ‘defending’ the Empire and failing economics. Heavy taxation and high inflation along with debasing the Roman gold coinage, that followed a particularly long period of financial crisis, inaugurating the slow collapse of the economy, can be compared to America.  Much of the gold that was being spent by the Romans went to pay for luxury items and was kept among the affluent. This meant that there was less gold coins in use. As the amount of gold used in coins decreased, the coin became less valuable. To make up for the loss in value, merchants raised the prices on the goods they sold. Many people stopped using coins. The American economy is inundated with the use of credit/debit cards, the use of legal tender is declining.

The Empire saw many examples of antagonism between the Senators and the Emperors. Either the Senators didn't like the Emperor or the Emperor was at odds with the Senators. The current situation is the result of antagonism among Senators, Congressmen and the President.

Constant wars and heavy military spending was a contributing factor. The Roman army became over-stretched and needed more and more soldiers.

The use of cheap slave labor drove the unemployment of the working classes, the ordinary citizens of Rome became dependent on hand-outs from the state. The similarity is the rise in outsourcing American jobs to other countries along with hiring foreign workers that work for less compensation.

There were also natural disasters such as plagues, famines and earthquakes.

Much of the architecture of US government buildings and practices such as swearing of oaths before taking office reflect Roman culture. The American icon, the eagle, was the symbol of the Roman state. His Eminence Sheikh Gillani teaches, when you emulate a people you become like those people.

October 8, 2013

Imagine living in a country where prisons are private corporations that profit from keeping their beds stocked at, or near, capacity and the governing officials scramble to meet contractual “lockup quotas.” Imagine that taxpayers would have to pay for any empty beds should crime rates fall below that quota. Surprise! You already live there.

A new report from In the Public Interest (ITPI) revealed last week that private prison companies such as Corrections Corporation of America are striking deals with states that contain clauses guaranteeing high prison occupancy rates. The report, "Criminal: How Lockup Quotas and 'Low-Crime Taxes' Guarantee Profits for Private Prison Corporations," documents the contracts exchanged between private prison companies and state and local governments that either guarantee prison occupancy rates, essentially creating inmate lockup quotas, or force taxpayers to pay for empty beds if the prison population decreases due to lower crime rates or other factors, essentially creating low-crime taxes. Some of these contracts require 90 to 100 percent prison occupancy.

The report notes that contract clauses like this incentivize criminalization, and do nothing to promote rehabilitation, crime reduction or foster humanity.

Reverend Michael McBride, of Urban Strategies and Lifelines to Healing said “...all people of any faith or no faith at all can claim it’s reprehensible to imprison someone for making money or financial motives...”

October 6, 2013

The controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones was arrested Wednesday in Polk County, Fla., before he could burn almost 3,000 Qurans.

The county's Board of County Commissioners had denied on Tuesday Jones's request for a permit to burn 3,000 Qurans — the holy book of Islam — in a local park to mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Florida pastor Terry Jones has been charged with the unlawful carrying of fuel for allegedly planning to burn almost 3,000 Qurans, one for every victim of the 9/11 attacks. He has been taken into custody and faces felony charges.

Jones was arrested on felony charges after a traffic stop, a spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

According to NBC Miami, Jones was riding in a pickup truck with kerosene-soaked Qurans inside the truck bed. Additional bottles of kerosene were found in the truck bed.

He faces charges of unlawfully transporting fuel and openly carrying a firearm, NBC Miami reported.

Jones's website said he wanted to burn 2,998 Qurans at 5 p.m. "in memory of the 2,998 victims of Islamic jihad who were murdered on September 11th, 2001."

Jones, 61, is a pastor of Dove World Outreach Center. He was arrested along with another pastor, Marvin Wayne Sapp, Jr.

His church has famously staged Quran burnings in the past, the move at one point earning Jones the condemnation of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. (NBC News)

October 6, 2013

The US government shutdown, the first in 18 years , the result of the failure of Congress to reach agreement on the Federal budget that funds all government services, functions, departments and branches (including the military) and funding of innumerable programs is gradually engaging. It means that national parks will close, most routine food inspections will be suspended, paperwork will slow at government offices and many federal employees will be furloughed.

Only emergency and essential items would be able to operate, as a result of which lakhs of government employees would not receive their salary for the duration of the government shutdown.

Senator Ben Cardin alleged that the Republicans have manufactured a crisis that will cost taxpayers even more money while inconveniencing, if not harming, individuals, families and businesses across the country.

The partial shutdown of the federal government has seen more than 800,000 federal workers  furloughed, and numerous governmental programs have been forced to stop running. For example, the government shutdown has already caused as many as 19,000 children to lose access to Head Start. Many recipients of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, more commonly known as WIC, will lose assistance as reported by Democracy Now.  The host Amy Goodman revealed that “the federal government shutdown began on Tuesday, October 1st, the same day a key facet of President Obama’s healthcare law went live nationwide. For the first time, Americans were able to begin purchasing health insurance from federal and state exchanges. Nearly three million people visited the federal website healthcare.gov, while New York’s state site claimed it had more than 10 million hits.”

“Meanwhile, The New York Times reported the new healthcare law will leave out two-thirds of the nation’s poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the nation’s low-wage workers who don’t have insurance because they they live in states largely controlled by Republicans who have declined to participate in a vast expansion of Medicaid.”

President Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress to try to end the deadlock, but there was no breakthrough.

Republicans, led by the tea party wing, have tried to tie continued government funding to measures that would undercut the Affordable Care Act. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid accused Republicans of trying to hold the president hostage over "Obamacare."

The more extreme elements in the Republican party on Capitol Hill are dead adamant regarding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and have resorted to a political checkmate.

The ramifications of the stoppage of government funds on businesses in the US and abroad remains to be seen, with the president suggesting a meeting with business leaders soon.  Democracy Now guest Imara Jones, an economist who worked for the Clinton White House added a grave but real scenario: “One of the other interesting parts of the story is that the federal government is the largest employer in the United States. And regardless of whether or not one is furloughed or at work, you’re not receiving a paycheck. That means that two million families are not receiving pay. Because of unionization and anti-discriminatory laws, people of color are overrepresented in government jobs. That’s true for the federal government. There are more people of color in the federal workforce as a whole than the broader workforce. And so, what this means is that the employment crisis in communities of color, the economic crisis in communities of color, is accentuated and exacerbated and extended by this shutdown.

October 6, 2013

Americans must not tolerate extremism in any form and therefore must stop those who incite hatred in order to cash in on the spread of Islamophobia. According to the Center for American Progress’s report, Fear, Inc., tens of millions of dollars has been pumped into front organizations in the United States with self-styled representatives leading a crusade against Islam. There is a long list of parasites who imbed themselves into society, posing as patriots, but who in actuality have nefarious plans to wipe out Muslims and Islam from America. However, these enemies of America are instead bringing harm to the American people and our interests at home and abroad.

No one can stop the progress and peaceful spread of Islam. The socially rejected, known criminals, cheats and frauds continue to cash in on Islamophobia for the money, popularity, and attention while making millions. Terry Jones, Martin Mawyer, Sam Bacile others receive funds from aware and possibly unaware donors in the name of their organizations, which spread Islamophobia creating hatred between Muslims and Christians in America. Sam Bacile produced a very offensive, sacrilegious film against Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), causing uprisings around the world. What was his objective?

Americans must not capitulate to the actions of such extremists who wish to burn holy books. In his yearly attempt to garner attention for his hate campaign, the so-called Pastor Terry Jones, and former waiter, attempted to again set fire to Holy Quran, but was instead arrested. According to the Tampa Tribune, before Jones’s attempted his stunt, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, telephoned to convey his concern “that such activity is disrespectful to Muslims and needlessly puts innocent civilians and US military members in the Centcom area of responsibility at greater risk.” If such an act of barbarity is allowed, the world will continue to see the repercussions and negative implications which can only harm American soldiers abroad, diplomats, government officials and embassy workers.

No longer will Americans play into hands of these charlatans who were robbing people in the name of healing and, finding they were exposed, now set out to indulge in a most horrendous pursuit that is isolating America from the rest of world and inciting violence against Americans and American interests.

What reason do leading Islamophobes give for this constant attack on Muslims? Muslims did not destroy the World Trade Center, but instead culpability for the tragedy lies in the Zionist Israeli regime. Why victimize Muslims for a crime they did not commit?  Instead, the American people should stand up and put end to the unholy war against indigenous American Muslims who have done no harm to their country, revere the Holy Bible as the book of God and love Jesus, son of Mary, the second to last messenger of Islam.

September 30, 2013

  A federal court took a critically im­portant step towards placing a check on the government's secretive No-Fly List. In a 38-page ruling in Latif v. Holder, the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) challenge to the No-Fly List, U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown recognized that the Constitution applies when the government bans Americans from the skies. She also asked for more information about the current process for getting off the list, to inform her decision on whether that procedure vio­lates the Fifth Amendment guarantee of due process.

The ACLU represents 13 Americans who are blacklisted from flying. At oral arguments in June on motions for partial summary judgment, the ACLU asked the court to find that the govern­ment violated its clients' Fifth Amend­ment right to due process by barring them from flying over U.S. airspace – and smearing them as suspected terror­ists – without giving them any after-the-fact explanation or a hearing at which to clear their names.

The court's opinion recognizes – for the first time – that inclusion on the No-Fly List is a draconian sanction that severely impacts peoples' constitution­ally-protected liberties. It rejected the government's argument that No-Fly list placement was merely a restriction on the most "convenient" means of interna­tional travel.

According to the court, placement on the No-Fly List is like the revocation of a passport because both actions se­verely burden the right to international travel and give rise to a constitutional right to procedural due process.

The realistic implications of being on the No-Fly List are potentially far-reaching. For example, the Terrorist Screening Center [TSC] shares watch­list information with 22 foreign govern­ments and United States Customs and Border Protection makes recommenda­tions to ship captains as to whether a passenger poses a risk to transportation security, which can result in further in­terference with an individual's ability to travel as evidenced by some Plaintiffs' experiences as they attempted to travel abroad by boat and land and were either turned away or completed their journey only after an extraordinary amount of time, expense, and difficulty.

Accordingly, the Court concludes on this record that Plaintiffs have a consti­tutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the list.

The court also found that the govern­ment's inclusion of the Plaintiffs on the No-Fly List smeared them as suspected terrorists and altered their ability to lawfully board planes, resulting in injury to another constitutionally-pro­tected right: freedom from reputational harm.

The importance of these rulings is clear. Because inclusion on the No-Fly List harms the Plaintiffs’ liberty in­terests in travel and reputation, due process requires the government to pro­vide them an explanation and a hearing to correct the mistakes that led to their inclusion. But under the government's "Glomar" policy, it refuses to provide any information confirming or deny­ing that the Plaintiffs are on the list, let alone an after-the-fact explanation and hearing.

September 24, 2013

Most American Muslims—especially the indigenous Muslims and converts, make an honest effort to practice Al-Islam in letter & spirit— and thus abide by the Islamic dietary laws. The laws have a foundation upon clear, Divine commands in the Holy Qur’an and unambiguous examples of their implementation via the Sunnah (traditions) of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him). Unfortunately, greedy business owners and corporations have waged a full-scale exploitation of the ignorance of the masses, combined with store-bought “scholars” brought in from overseas issuing purchased fatawa (rulings) to justify illegal means of slaughter to achieve higher profit margins. To facilitate the mass consumption of chicken, these scholars, along with companies posing as Halaal meat-producing entities, have fraudulently made “halaal” what is haraam - that is, the machine-slaughter of chicken.

 

Substantial research has been conducted on the wholesale poultry distributors and slaughterhouses that claim they are distributing halaal poultry. Most of the facilities are owned and operated by non-Muslims, polytheists and/or atheists who have contracts or deals with “halaal certification” companies to provide their seal of approval. The major distributors that are owned by Muslims supply smaller markets and restaurants with machine-slaughtered chicken, which is haraam. The methods they employ, in an attempt to quell the concerns of inquiring Muslims who adhere to Islamic dietary laws, range from “blessing” the machine that slaughters the animals, “blessing” the shackles that restrain the birds, playing a cassette recording of the Tasmiya (“Bismillah Allahu Akbar,” meaning “With Allah’s Name, Allah is Greatest”), or (literally) driving around the slaughter facility and “blessing” it in the process. This is not only a mockery and direct insult to common sense and reason, but a blatant disregard for the Qur’anic commands that Allah Ta’ala has given and the perfect practice of the Sunnah—all for the sake of profit margins built upon the intentional corruption of Islamic dietary standards.

 

Allah Ta’ala establishes the dietary standards for mankind, saying: “O mankind! Eat that which is halaal and good from the earth! And do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed he is an open enemy to you!” (Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 168) From this Ayat, we know, without a doubt, that all foods consumed by a human being (regardless of religion) must be lawful and there is no ambiguity in this. Allah Ta’ala further clarifies the meaning of halaal food, when He says: “They ask you what is halaal (lawful) for them (as food). Say: Halaal to you are (all) things good and pure and what you have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah. Eat what they catch for you and pronounce the Name of Allah over it.” (Surah al-Ma’idah, Ayah 4)

 

Allah’s Name being mentioned is mandatory, to such an extent that the disregard for this is a transgression: “Do not eat of [meats] over which Allah’s Name has not been pronounced! For that would be a transgression.” (Surah Al-An’am, Ayah 121) and “And why should you not eat of that upon which the Name of Allah has been mentioned, while He has explained in detail to you what He has forbidden you, excepting that to which you are compelled. Indeed do many mislead through their inclinations without knowledge. Indeed your Rabb knows best of the transgressors.” (Surah Al-An’am, Ayah 119)

 

From the Sunnah (traditions) of the Holy Last Messenger (blessings and peace upon him) and the Blessed Companions (May Allah be pleased with them), it is clear that pronunciation of Allah’s Name over the intended animal, in conjunction with the cutting of the jugular vein, establishes the halaal slaughter of an animal. Rafi ibn Khadij (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Sayyiduna Rasulullah (blessings and peace upon him) said: “If the killing tool causes the blood to gush out, and the Name of Allah is pronounced, then eat (of the slaughtered animal).” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadith 5498) This Hadith Sharif is a clear refutation to those who eat the meat of animals that have been slaughtered by the inhumane ways of mass-production, which include stunning, goring, electrocution, and the use of machines for mass slaughter.

 

Eating halaal is not to be taken lightly, for the prayers of a human, along with the establishment of salaat, depend on the belly being nourished with halaal provisions. Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Holy Last Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace upon him) said: “Surely, Allah Ta’ala is Pure and accepts only that which is pure. Allah commanded the believers with what He commanded the Messengers. And the Almighty has said: ‘O Messengers! Eat from the pure things that which we have provided you and perform righteous deeds.’ And Allah Ta’ala has said: ‘O you who believe! Eat of the pure things We have provided you.’” Then he (blessings and peace upon him) mentioned the man who journeyed far, was disheveled and dusty and who stretches out his hands to the sky (saying): “Ya Rabb! Ya Rabb!!” while his food is haraam, his drink haraam, his clothing haraam, and he is nourished with haraam. So how can he be answered! (Sahih Muslim)

The Islamic standard of slaughter has been in existence for more than 1,400 years and has been thoroughly outlined by every school of Islamic jurisprudence for Muslims who have lived in Islamic and non-Islamic environments—such as North America. Thus, we refer to the righteous scholars of Al-Islam, not paid-off clerics, to validate the proper position.

From the school of Al-Imam al-A’zam Abu Hanifah An-Nu’man (May Allah be pleased with him), Imam al-Haskafi (Allah’s Mercy upon him) has written: “An animal slaughtered by someone other than Ahl al-Kitab, such as a fire-worshipper, idol-worshipper, etc. will not be halaal. Likewise, the animal on which the Name of Allah was intentionally not pronounced (will be haram); however, if it was omitted due to forgetfulness, it would be halaal.”

 

From the school of Al-Imam Malik ibn Anas (May Allah be pleased with him), Shaykh-ul-Islam Al-Imam Ahmed Ad-Dardir Al-Azhari (May Allah bless him) has written in his Al-Sharh al-Kabir: “Tasmiya (the pronunciation of the Name of Allah Ta’ala) is necessary at the time of slaughtering the animal or sending for hunting if one remembers and is capable of doing so. Thus, it is not necessary for a person who forgets, neither on a person who is incapable and neither on the one who is forced not pronounce it.”

 

The statement of Shaykh-ul-Islam has been elaborated by Imam Muhammad ibn Yousuf Ad-Dassouqi Al-Maliki (Allah's Mercy upon him), with the assertion: “The meaning of the Ayah: ‘Do not eat of [meats] over which Allah’s Name has not been pronounced! For that would be a transgression,’ [Surah Al-An’am, 121] is that on which the Name of Allah was intentionally not pronounced with having capability of doing so. However, if the Name of Allah was not pronounced due to forgetfulness or incapability, then the animal would be halaal. An individual ignorant of the ruling will be treated in the same manner as the one who deliberately and intentionally omits the Tasmiya.” (Hashiyat ad-Dasuqi Alaa Ash-Sharh Al-Kabir, Volume 2, pages 167-168)

 

It is clear that the standard and accepted sources of Islamic jurisprudence substantiate that every single (non-fish) animal for consumption must absolutely be slaughtered individually with the pronunciation of Tasmiya and neglect of this process is unacceptable. What has been discovered, upon researching these so-called “halaal” distributors and slaughterhouses, is practices contrary to all of the above-mentioned prerequisites for Islamic slaughter. Depending on the size, these facilities reportedly slaughter as many as 100-140 birds a minute using machines. How can they guarantee that the recitation of the Tasmiya has been said for every bird that has been slaughtered?

In speed and precision experiments performed by simply holding a string of beads, the average number of times the Tasmiya was correctly recited was 63 recitations per minute. This was not done with a sharp knife in the hand in front of a moving, live bird about to be slaughtered. So, how can a company claim that the proper slaughter of a chicken—with the recitation of the Tasmiya done by the slaughterer every time a laceration is to be made—can be performed 100-140 times in a minute?! Or (hypothetically), if a machine is improperly used to perform the slaughter, how can a human tongue keep up with that many birds per minute? For the aforementioned number of birds per minute, the slaughterer would literally have to recite the Tasmiya approximately two times a second. Compound that with a standard 8-hour workday, and you see a literally impossible scenario, even if the company was playing a cassette. Nevertheless, a machine cannot replace the mandated hand-slaughter of chicken. This is haraam, according to Holy Qur’an, Sunnah of the Holy Last Messenger (Allah’s blessings and peace upon him and his family) and the Ijma’ of the Ulama of Haqq (May Allah bless them all). If one wishes to achieve the mass-slaughter of chickens, then he or she can simply employ the necessary staff to perform the job properly, thereby saving themselves in the Akhirah and guarding the rights of their fellow Muslims as well, by doing that which is halaal and shunning that which is clearly haraam and blameworthy.

 

The person slaughtering and the method of slaughter present two facets of halaal, but another is the condition of the animal being slaughtered.  Sayyiduna Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (ra) said: “If you were to pour alcohol down a well, and the fill the well up with dirt and grass grew from that well. If a sheep were to eat the grass from there, I wouldn't eat the meat of that sheep." Chickens raised for halaal slaughter have very few feed regulations, which means they are fed items containing haraam meat, blood and toxic chemicals. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) admitted last August that a feed product known as Roxarsone, manufactured by Pfizer, is routinely fed to chickens and contains arsenic, a known human carcinogen. It is obvious as shown in the lack of concern for any of the requirements of zabiha that these companies care nothing about providing halaal chicken. Rather, their prime concern is financial and  therefore they have compromised the Islamic ways of slaughter for the sake of better profit margins.

These facts lead to one conclusion - Muslims in North America be warned: companies who claim to sell halaal chicken, but in actuality sell haraam are exploiting you. It is insufficient to sit back and say “so-and-so said it is halaal, so the sin is on him, not on me.” Woe unto those who follow that thinking, because you have doomed your own selves with the statement alone. Shaitan (we seek refuge from him) is an open enemy and his attacks can come in many forms. The disestablishment of Salaat is one of the tools he uses, because Salaat cannot be established with a belly full of haraam provisions, therefore it is imperative to take a keen interest in the origin and slaughter methods of animals identified as halaal. Jabir al-Ansari (May Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Holy Last Messenger (blessings and peace upon him) said: “Every person nourished with haraam is deserving of the Nar (Hell-Fire).” (Related by Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal)

August 23, 2013

Between 2001 and 2008, mainstream media outlets predominantly featured anti-Islam organizations, leading to altered “contours of mainstream discourse.” That’s according to North Carolina Professor Christopher A. Bail’s study that used “anti-plagiarism” software to examine the coverage of Muslims in the mainstream American press. Bail surveyed more than “1,084 press releases about Muslims produced by 120 civil society organizations to 50,407 newspaper articles and television transcripts” during the seven crucial years after 9/11.

Bail told the British Wired magazine that journalists became enamored with the those spouting anti-Muslim rhetoric, and that even though “the vast majority of organizations competing to shape public discourse about Islam after the September 11 attacks delivered pro-Muslim messages,” journalists so closely followed extremists that the groups became perceived as “mainstream.” Muslim groups, as a result, were sidelined and became less influential. Bail painted a disturbing picture for Wired, saying:

“I think most Americans are exposed to anti-Muslim messages in the media and elsewhere. The danger, I believe, is that many Americans have not been exposed to the positive messages of Muslim organisations because they receive so little media coverage.”

An August 2011 Center for American Progress study, Fear Inc., The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,  Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney and Pamela Geller are  featured prominently in  the study, three of the anti-Muslim, Islamophobia movement’s most paranoid propagandist, revealed that seven different organizations have given $43 million over 10 years to a small, interconnected group of individuals and organizations responsible for mainstreaming fear, bigotry and hate against Muslims and Islam in America. The money helped Islamophobic messages take hold.

The Wall Street Journal’s Muslims: Representing Islam in American Print News Media by Suad Joseph and Benjamin D’Harlingue, University of California, Davis points out the negative impact the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)  “Op-Eds,” had in shaping public opinion of Muslims and Islam prior to September 11. The articles during January 1, 2000 to July 31,2007  construct an unbridgeable difference between Muslims and the West. In the commentaries, Muslims, whether citizen or foreign, are frequently portrayed as “not us,” as the embodiment of the illegible, inscrutable other reflecting the binary of Samuel Huntington’s (1996) clash of civilizations – two cultures, two religions, two civilizations. This notion of unbridgeable cultural difference, traceable across multiple WSJ commentaries, portrays Islam as inscrutable and almost unintelligible to Judeo-Christian theology and philosophy.

As an example, in an April 8, 2003 article,  authored by Noah Feldman, entitled “Muslim Democrats? Why not!,” He writes: “Separation of church and state is an excellent idea, even, even a constitutional necessity, in a religiously diverse country like the U.S. Where almost everybody in a country is Muslim, however, a democratic state may nonetheless have a religious character”. The authors of the research note “Moreover, it assumes that a state governing predominantly Muslims is inherently more likely to have a religious character.”

What  the Journal pointed out is the discrete use of words and the hidden effect they have on the reader in planting seeds of discord and fear, to bring about a clash between Muslims and Christians.  Feldman's writings plaid partner in creating the Anti Sharia movement. The theme across the WSJ articles is anti- modern anti-democratic, repeatedly presenting Islam and Muslims as a threat to American standards of living and values.

As noted in the Study, in a reference from Pierre Bourdieu (2005), he argued that the journalistic field has an increasingly powerful hold on the production of meaning.  He explained, “...the journalistic field, which is increasingly heteronomous, in other words, increasingly subject to the constraints of the economy and of politics, is more and more imposing its constraints on all other fields, particularly the fields of cultural production such as the field of the social sciences, philosophy, etc., and on the political field” .

Over the past few years, the Islamophobia network - the funders, scholars, grassroots activists, media amplifiers, and political validators - have worked hard to push narratives that mosques are incubators of radicalization, and that “radical Islam” has infiltrated all aspects of American society — including the conservative movement.

And the network has had its effect. “The groups that were getting the majority of the attention, especially after 9/11, were some of the least representative groups, or what I call fringe groups,” Bail said.

Islamophobia Studies Journal, Spring 2012, Volume 1, Issue 1, UC Berkley

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project,

Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley.

August 23, 2013

Berkeley, United States - President Barack Obama recently stated the United States was not taking sides as Egypt's crisis came to a head with the military overthrow of the democratically elected president. But a review of dozens of US federal government documents shows Washington has quietly funded senior Egyptian opposition figures who called for toppling of the country's now-deposed president Mohamed Morsi. Documents obtained by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley show the US channeled funding through a State Department programme to promote democracy in the Middle East region. This programme vigorously supported activists and politicians who have fomented unrest in Egypt, after autocratic president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising in February 2011. The State Department's program, dubbed by US officials as a "democracy assistance" initiative, is part of a wider Obama administration effort to try to stop the retreat of pro-Washington secularists, and to win back influence in Arab Spring countries that saw the rise of Islamists, who largely oppose US interests in the Middle East. Activists bankrolled by the program include an exiled Egyptian police officer Omar Afifi Soliman, who plotted the violent overthrow of the Morsi government, Esraa Abdel-Fatah an anti-Islamist politician who advocated closing mosques and dragging preachers out by force, as well as a coterie of opposition politicians who pushed for the ouster of the country's first democratically elected leader, government documents show. Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, interviews, and public records reveal Washington's "democracy assistance" may have violated Egyptian law, which prohibits foreign political funding. It may also have broken US government regulations that ban the use of taxpayers' money to fund foreign politicians, or finance subversive activities that target democratically elected governments. 'Bureau for Democracy' Washington's democracy assistance program for the Middle East is filtered through a pyramid of agencies within the State Department. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars is channeled through the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), USAID, as well as the Washington-based, quasi-governmental organisation the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). In turn, those groups re-route money to other organisations such as the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and Freedom House, among others. Federal documents show these groups have sent funds to certain organisations in Egypt, mostly run by senior members of anti-Morsi political parties who double as NGO activists. The Middle East Partnership Initiative - launched by the George W. Bush administration in 2002, in a bid to influence politics in the Middle East in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, has spent close to $900m on democracy projects across the region, a federal grants database shows. USAID manages about $1.4bn annually in the Middle East, with nearly $390m designated for democracy promotion, according to the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). The US government doesn't issue figures on democracy spending per country, but Stephen McInerney, POMED's executive director, estimated that Washington spent some $65m in 2011 and $25m in 2012. He said he expects a similar amount paid out this year. A main conduit for channeling the State Department's democracy funds to Egypt has been the National Endowment for Democracy. Federal documents show NED, which in 2011 was authorised an annual budget of $118m by Congress, funneled at least $120,000 over several years to an exiled Egyptian police officer who has for years incited violence in his native country. This appears to be in direct contradiction to its Congressional mandate, which clearly states NED is to engage only in "peaceful" political change overseas. Exiled policeman Colonel Omar Afifi Soliman - who served in Egypt's elite investigative police unit, notorious for human rights abuses - began receiving NED funds in 2008 for at least four years. During that time he and his followers targeted Mubarak's government, and Soliman later followed the same tactics against the military rulers who briefly replaced him. Most recently Soliman set his sights on Morsi's government. Soliman, who has refugee status in the US, was sentenced in absentia last year for five years imprisonment by a Cairo court for his role in inciting violence in 2011 against the embassies of Israel and Saudi Arabia, two US allies. He also used social media to encourage violent attacks against Egyptian officials, according to court documents and a review of his social media posts. US Internal Revenue Service documents reveal that NED paid tens of thousands of dollars to Soliman through an organisation he created called Hukuk Al-Nas (People's Rights), based in Falls Church, Virginia. Federal forms show he is the only employee. After he was awarded a 2008 human rights fellowship at NED and moved to the US, Soliman received a second $50,000 NED grant in 2009 for Hukuk Al-Nas. In 2010, he received $60,000 and another $10,000 in 2011. In an interview with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, Soliman reluctantly admitted he received US government funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, but complained it wasn't enough. "It is like $2000 or $2,500 a month," he said. "Do you think this is too much? Obama wants to give us peanuts. We will not accept that." NED has removed public access to its Egyptian grant recipients in 2011 and 2012 from its website. NED officials didn't respond to repeated interview requests.

August 23, 2013

Have you ever wondered how the government’s misinformation gains traction?

What I have noticed is that whenever a stunning episode occurs, such as 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombing, most everyone whether on the right or left goes along with the government’s explanation, because they can hook their agenda to the government’s account.

The left wing likes the official stories of Muslims creating terrorist mayhem in America, because it proves their blowback theory and satisfies them that the dispossessed and oppressed can fight back against imperialism.

The patriotic right wing likes the official story, because it proves America is attacked for its goodness or because terrorists were allowed in by immigration authorities and nurtured by welfare, or because the government, which can’t do anything right, ignored plentiful warnings.

Whatever the government says, no matter how problematical, the official story gets its traction from its compatibility with existing predispositions and agendas. In such a country, truth has no relevance. Only agendas are important.

A person can see this everywhere. I could write volumes illustrating how agenda-driven writers across the spectrum will support the most improbable government stories despite the absence of any evidence simply because the government’s line can be used to support their agendas.

For example the Boston bombings, a conservative writer in the June issue of Chronicles uses the government’s story about the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to argue against immigration, amnesty for illegals, and political asylum for Muslims.

As soon as the authorities have the brother locked up in a hospital on life support, “unnamed officials” and “authorities who remain anonymous” are planting the story in the media that the suspect is signing written confessions of his guilt while on life support. No one has seen any of these written confessions. But we know that they exist, because the government and media say so.

The conservative writer knows that Dzhokhar is guilty because he is Muslim and a Chechen. Therefore, it does not occur to the writer to wonder about the agenda of the unnamed sources who are busy at work creating belief in the brothers’ guilt. This insures that no juror would dare vote for acquittal and have to explain it to family and friends.