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Joe Sestak (D-PA) is faced an intense attack of sorts by Philly Jews at a synagogue event to back down from his commitment to speak at a CAIR dinner. If there was any doubt as to who is behind this witch-hunt, I think we can safely conclude who it is. This article goes over it, and this blog has captured some of the discussion at the Jewish forum that Sestak attended and the intense pressure and deceptive tactics to force him to disenfranchise CAIR, and by virtue of that, Muslims in general. Many of the post comments reflect civility and support for the rights of Muslims in this country (please take a moment to make a comment there too). It boggles the mind as to how hateful these synagogue attendees are towards CAIR, just because CAIR ( /Muslims) don’t support Israel’s state-terrorism.

There is a lesson in this for all of us… consider for a moment how this group of people are so beholden to a foreign country (Israel) that they do not mind demanding the disenfranchisement of fellow Americans. On the other hand, we Muslims are so busy arguing with each other that we don’t look at the big picture. So, for the sake of standing together against this conspiracy to demonize Muslims, let’s send a note of appreciation and encouragement to Joe Sestak’s office. Click here to email his office. It will only take you two minutes, and if only half of the hundreds of daily visitors to this blog do so, it will make a difference inshallah!

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Amad

    Amad

    March 20, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Here is my note to Sestak’s office for some talking points (please feel free to post your note here too):

    “As a resident of the Delaware valley, I applaud you for sticking to your principles and not backing down from your commitment to speak at the CAIR event. For a majority of mainstream, moderate Muslims, CAIR represents our ADL or our NAACP, in arguing for our rights and our freedom of religion as equal citizens of America. Disenfranchising CAIR implies for many, many Muslims, a direct threat of disenfranchisement for all of us.”

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    inexplicabletimelessness

    March 20, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    As salaamu alaikum,

    here’s my email:

    “Dear Mr. Sestak:

    In light of recent events, I want to thank you greatly for supporting the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). As you know, although many are recently citing claims against this organization, CAIR tries to promote tolerance and peace within the Muslim and non-Muslim communities in America. Your efforts are a clear indication that justice can be maintained in our country if everyone is willing to work together and look past labels and stereotypes.

    I hope others will take notice of the innocence of CAIR, and especially in a time like this one, I hope society at large will unite against labels and personal criticisms.

    From an American Muslim, I thank you very much.

    Sincerely:

    _________ “

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    Scorpius

    March 20, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    The CAIR Witch-Hunt Intensifies…

    There are two ways to interpret that statement, the more correct one is that CAIR is conducting a witch-hunt, which is true; against anyone who even slightly criticizes Islam or Muslims they paint as “Islamophobes!!!!” and try to destroy them.

    Now, what you mean is “The witch-hunt against CAIR intensifies” which would be false, there is no witch-hunt against CAIR.

  4. Amad

    Amad

    March 20, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    It is amazing Scorpius that in light of the FACTS, you would state that CAIR would lead a witch-hunt against anyone, not only because that is completely unsupported, but more importantly because CAIR is not in a position to do so even if it wanted to. You would have to be blind to not see how CAIR is a target of the witch-hunt and you would have to be even more blind not to see that AIPAC and other Israeli-supporters are behind it. And in this case, they are doing so because they are in fact CAPABLE of doing so. If you doubt that, click here to see some facts.

    Of course, based on your comment history, including calling the dead children in Bronx leaches, there is no point in arguing with you. The only reason I responded was to thank you for making that little English suggestion, which I have duly implemented.

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    Manas Shaikh

    March 21, 2007 at 3:29 AM

    When I watch American television, Muslims are often asked the pet question: Do you denounce terrorism?
    The answer, predictably, is yes.

    Next question: “Do you consider Hezbollah a terrorist organisation”?
    And you have to answer in an yes or a no.

    Now, in my opinion, to answer this question to grossly under-informed American audience, it should take you two hours. You have to explain why the CIA or the Mossad, or even the US Army has to be called terrorists by the same standard. Even more so.

    You have to explain that under similar conditions, the US freedom movement, or any other freedom movement has to be called terrorist activity.

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    “the Philly Jews” — “beholden to Israel”

    Come on — why don’t you just make your bigotry plain and call them “kikes” like you want to? Especially in light of your use of the “dual loyalty” canard.

    And given CAIR’s terrorist connections — all well-documented, including staffers convicted on terrorism related charges, there are lots of good reasons for patriotic Americans to be disturbed by any government official having anything to do with CAIR.

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    amad

    March 21, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Rhymes, welcome to MM. I take some umbrage to your unstated conclusion of anti-semitism. Calling a spade a spade is not bigotry. The inquisition of Sestak took place at a synagogue in Philadelphia, so calling these folks “philly Jews” is an entirely accurate description. Read the inquisition and all other stories related to CAIR, and clearly the hand of Israeli interests is heavily involved.
    As for CAIR’s terrorism charges, come on Rhymen, I thought you were above misinformed and tabloid-type slander? Do you really think that the Feds wouldn’t have shut them down by now if there were any proven terrorism-connections. Especially considering how they have locked up muslims for long prison terms based on a bad coice of words, let alone any actions! If you read the NY times article, you would understand the McCarthyism at play here.

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    I call it like I see it — and wonder if you would take a simmilar comment about Muslim loyalty to the Ummah to be an equivalent example of “dual loyalty” that calls their patriotism and commitment to American values into question.

    And sorry — history is history, and CAIR’s history is well-documented. Sorry you don’t like it, but while you are entitled to your own opinion, you are not entitled to your own facts.

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Oh, and by the way, Amad, I’m sorry about the unstated accusation of anti-Semitism — it was intended to be much more explicit, as I have made it on my site.

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    ِAbu Bakr

    March 21, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    What would you have liked he called them, Hebrews?… Philadelphia’s resident Semites? … is it anti-Semitism to call Jews “Jews”?

    One of Islam’s most fundamental is to be trustworthy and to not betray the trust of others. Yes, our loyalties are to the Muslims. This I will not mince words about in the least.

    The duplicity of the Zionist agenda is that they have no problem manipulating the system to incite America into wars against nations that would not otherwise have posed any threat or concern to them. If you would open your eyes, you would see that that is what is going on.

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    ِAbu Bakr

    March 21, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    and all for the benefit of Israel*

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    So, a small group of Jewish citizens from Philadelphia constitutes “the Philly Jews”?

    Therefore, it is fair to assume that you would concede that the terrorism of a few al-Qaeda jihadis allows us to say “the Muslims” attacked America on 9/11″. That would be the equivalent, wouldn’t it?

    And the fact that those jihadis were radical Muslims intent on world domination would allow us to call into question the loyalty of all Muslim citizens of the US, right?

  13. Amad

    Amad

    March 21, 2007 at 7:34 PM

    Greg/Rhymes, first of all, I am somewhat disappointed by your comments/post, as I had gained a measure of respect for you in our previous engagement.

    In any case, based on your last comment, I can kind of see where you are coming from and how, with great imagination, it can be misunderstood; so, I have modified the original line. Also, I have done so because I don’t want to let you hijack the intent of this article.

    Although, I must confess that had this been an Islamic event, let’s say the CAIR event itself, I would have no qualms about stating “Philly Muslims gather to support CAIR”, none at all. I imagine you would consider that Islamophobia then? What is especially confusing to me from your comments is that while you support the CAIR-smearing, somehow it offends you that I am saying that Israelites (do you prefer this term instead?) are supporting the smear campaign!

    Finally, antisemitism carries real meaning, just like other discriminatory attitudes, greatest of which these days is Islamophobia. But, your watering-down of the term’s usage and application, and the attempt of the Israeli supporters/lobbyists to equate criticism of Israel to antisemitism is very unfortunate. In the end, it does little to help the cause and instead forces people to cast a suspicious eye on even real and valid cases of antisemitism.

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 8:27 PM

    There is a major difference between “Philly Jews” and “the Philly Jews”, as you seem to acknowledge. I respect that change.

    However, I don’t believe that I am hijacking the intent of the article. I’d argue that the latter half of the article was designed to do nothing but to smear and delegitimize members of the Jewish faith who speak on matters related to the Middle East and terrorism if they take a pro-Israel stance. You call it a conspiracy to disenfranchise Muslims — I could equally call the attempts by CAIR to label all criticism of Muslims (ad nearly every effort against terrorism) to be so-called “Islamophobia” is equally a conspiracy to disenfranchise and demonize Jews. You are, in fact, doing exactly what you denounce “the Jews” and “the Zionists” for doing — and I am calling you on it. However, if I have misjudged your intent and motive, please let me offer a warning as to the implications and effect of what you have written.

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    Hassan

    March 21, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Rhymes With Right, I see your point, and I kind of agree with you, given you do not consider all muslims were responsible for 911, just few out of billions. So in mathematical form:

    few jews that reside in phildelphia that protested CAIR are not equal in number of all jews of phildelphia, who are not in turn equal to all jews of america who are not equal to all jews in world.

    By the way I am always curious and can not figure out, what Amad also pointed out. How does criticism of state of israel is being racist and anti-semitic? Same way I do not consider any american who consider alqaeda terrorist as racist.

  16. Amad

    Amad

    March 22, 2007 at 7:28 AM

    Rhymes: “However, if I have misjudged your intent and motive, please let me offer a warning as to the implications and effect of what you have written.”

    Thanks for the heads-up, and I hope that all the comments have elucidated my original intent and motive. Next time, just ask me :)

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    Moiez

    March 22, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Asalaamualaikum,
    you two have very strong arguements but still the fact is that there are some people who are against a noble orginization such as CAIR and Mr. Sestak should be appreciated for his efforts, Amad I sent an e-mail to him im posting it here for you to see if it sounded ok.

    Dear Mr. Sestak
    I appreciate the work you are doing with CAIR and standing up for what is right, even though some are apposing the connections you are trying to make between muslim orginizations and the U.S. again myself and all the muslims dually appreciate your commitment. May the peace and blessings of All Mighty God be upon you and us.

  18. Amad

    Amad

    March 22, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Reading Rhymes/Greg’s characterization of Carter as an anti-semite here (read the comments too) makes things a lot clearer in the context of his comments here. If a person can’t even spare his ex-President, a man who was “the most decent” President (according to Rhyme) until he made the grave error of actually being a just and balanced voice for the Middle East, then how can a Muslim like me be spared? It seems obvious that Greg pushes very hard the idea that the influence of Jewish/Israel interests in politics/publishing is ‘anti-semitic canard’. Obviously, the more truth something has, the harder you need to push the propaganda to cover it.

    Unfortunately for Greg, the rest of the world, and many Americans who have not pledged their allegiance to Israel (over the interests of America), see it quite differently. Of course now, according to Greg and Co., Europe is biased, of course the rest of the American continent is biased, all the Muslim countries are biased, not to forget the bias of the Russian and Chinese red-armies… only AIPAC, the beholden media and people who have been sold on their lies like Greg, speak the truth. I urge all of you, including Greg, to review this video (Click here) and see for yourself the systematic propaganda machine at work. By the way, most of the people who are in the video are Jews themselves, so at least they cannot be blamed of anti-semitism (perhaps self-hating Jews, huh friend?)

  19. Amad

    Amad

    May 19, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Good news.
    Sestak beat Specter in the Democratic primary for a seat in the Senate.

    Hope he is still the same Specter from 3 years ago.

    In Congress, he urged a ban against Modi’s entry (the Gujarat massacre mastermind)

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SaveUighur Urges Muslim Community To Support Black Friday Boycott Of “Made in China” Clothing

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SaveUighur.org is urging Masjids and Islamic organizations to call for a Black Friday/Cyber Monday boycott of any clothing made in China this week.

Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, is the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States, with retailers offering deals and discounts in stores and online.

China is currently engaged in a campaign of cultural genocide and forced assimilation of its Uighur Muslim community in East Turkestan (Xinjiang) in northwest China.

SaveUighur.org is a campaign to raise awareness about this human rights tragedy.

Clothing is specifically being targeted for boycott because experts say 80% of cotton used in Chinese clothing comes from East Turkestan, where forced labor is routinely used. As well, 30% of all U.S. clothing comes from China.

“Americans must send a message to the Chinese government that its horrific abuse of Uighurs will not be tolerated,” said Aydin Anwar, an Uighur-American activist with SaveUighur.org. “We must avoid buying clothing made in China because it would mean tacit approval of the Chinese government’s genocide of Uighurs. Boycotting products made in the country will send a strong message.”

Since April 2017, the Chinese government has thrown about 800,000 to two million Uighurs and other Muslims into the largest concentration camps since those of Nazi Germany during World War II. Prisoners have been subjected to torture, gang rape, and medical experimentation. It has also forcibly separated families, sending children to state-run child welfare institutions and boarding schools without access to their parents, and without parental consent.

Outside of the camps, Uighurs are subjected to strict surveillance of all communication within and outside of China, and spies are sent to live in Uighur homes.

SaveUighur.org is calling for the Muslim community to support this campaign and to encourage family, friends, and followers on social media to do the same using hashtags like #SaveUighur #BoycottMadeInChina #boycottchina #china #uighurs #uighur #FastFromChina

(1) Take a picture of the Made In China item.

(2) Write a message saying you are NOT buying it since it comes from China.

(3) Mention you are supporting the people of East Turkestan. Tag the manufacturer and shop, if possible.

(4) Use the hashtags #SaveUighur #BoycottMadeInChina #boycottchina #china #uighurs #uighur #FreeEastTurkestan

For more information about the campaign, please visit SaveUighur.org

CONTACT: Aydin Anwar, C: 571-344-3885

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“The South China Morning Post reports that U.S.-based scholars and experts spoke before legislators about how Uighurs who have been forcibly held in detention centers have been put to work in factory jobs. Companies that used these factories staffed by Uighurs and other Turkic minorities would receive government subsidies for each individual trained and employed, along with shipping subsidies. This cheap labor along with the government subsidies would result in very low manufacturing costs, “undercutting global prices,” according to testimony presented at the hearing by the Center of Strategic and International Studies. This could turn Xinjiang into a hub for low-cost manufacturing.

According to reliable sources such as the agricultural research company Gro Intelligence, a vast cotton-producing industry has been developed in Xinjiang which supplies 80 percent of the country’s total cotton output. This would mean that any cotton clothing sourced from China would be suspect of containing cotton grown using slave labor.

Furthermore, the Chinese Communist Party is transferring Uighur and other Turkic people to other parts of China forcibly, so the task of tracking forced labor of Uighur is no longer limited to Xinjiang (East Turkestan) but to the rest of the country, making it virtually impossible to track the forced labor of prisoners. How can third-party auditors ensure that the workers in these factories are not Uighurs removed from Xinjiang (East Turkestan)?”

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A Closer Look At The Congressional Hearing on Human Rights in South Asia

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Expectations on Capitol Hill were pretty low going into the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation’s historic hearing on “Human Rights in South Asia”. Previously, hearings on India have not been critical and the Kashmiri Muslim point of view has not been discussed.

Chairman of the sub-committee Brad Sherman (D-CA) wasted no time setting the stage for where he wanted to go with this hearing, stating, ”the entire world is focused today on what is happening in Kashmir.” He also pointed to the state of the 2 million-minority population in Assam. Missing from his opening statements were remarks on the state of the rest of the minorities in India, esp. Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, and Muslims. Ranking member Ted Yoho (R-FL) was soft on the gross realities of the occupation, highlighting one case of a Kashmiri constituent, and referred to the abrogation of Article 370 as an internal matter of India. He also brought up the Indian talking point of economic progress in the region but this concept was thoroughly dismissed by later testimony and Q&A.

The State department veteran Alice Wells, Acting Secretary on South and Central Asian Affairs seemed woefully ill-prepared for the critical nature of the hearing. Both Wells and Assistant Secretary for Human Rights Destro could not or did not present solid facts and figures about detention and tried to explain away the oppression as “inconveniences”. They were unable to comment or provide clarity on the situation on the ground in Kashmir, with Destro saying, “we are in the same information blackout as you are.” Some of Sec. Wells’s comments were of direct Indian government persuasion.

Several of Justice For All’s talking points were raised during the hearing.

There was commentary on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar asked about the anti-Muslim program. She questioned the panel on the public statements by Indian officials that only Muslims have to prove their birth records. Rejecting the notion that a democratic ally cannot be policed, she said that the United States does that in many situations and “this should not be an exception.”The human rights abuse doesn’t cease to exist even if it is the law. Is it consistent with international human rights?” asked Chairman Sherman, along the same lines.

Destro observed that the appeals process “may disadvantage poor and illiterate populations who lack documentation”. “We are closely following this situation and urge the Government of India to take these issues into consideration,” he added.

”The human rights abuse doesn’t cease to exist even if it is the law. Is it consistent with international human rights?” asked Chairman ShermanClick To Tweet

Wells testified that “violence and discrimination against minorities in India, including cow vigilante attacks against members of the Dalit and Muslim communities, and the existence of anti-conversion laws in nine states” are not in keeping with India’s legal protections for minorities.

Congresswoman Alice Spanberger, (D-VA) a former CIA intelligence officer, asked whether India has shared examples of terror attacks and incidents that have been thwarted due to the communications blockade. When Wells stated that she could not comment, Spanberger asked for a classified hearing so that US officials could give their assessment on the validity of the national security argument of the Indian government. Chair Sherman associated himself with her questioning and vowed to take her suggestion seriously.

Chairman Brad Sherman, as well as several other Congresspeople both on and off the House Foreign Relations Committee, asked several pertinent and critical questions.

Questioning the Indian Government narrative Chairman Sherman asked if the United is “supposed to trust these government of India officials when the government of India doesn’t allow our diplomats to visit?” Representative Sheila Jackson asked if reputable Indian diplomats or journalists had ever been denied entry into any state in the United States?

Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) referred to a report about the detention of dozens of children in Kashmir and said detention without charges is unacceptable. She expressed her concerns about religious freedom in India and said that she proposes to bring a bipartisan resolution in Congress.

Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and David Cicilline of Rhode Island both had a heavy human rights approach to the questioning. Congresswoman Lee asked Assistant Secretary Destro if he would describe the situation as a “humanitarian crisis,” Mr Destro said, “Yes, it is.” She then went on to call the United States government to stop a potential genocide.

Washington has not changed its stance on the designation of the Line of Control. Chairman Sherman brought up the issue of disputed territory to the State Department.“We consider the Line of Control (LoC) a de facto line separating two parts of Kashmir,” answered Wells. “We recognize de facto administrations on both sides of LoC.”

The subcommittee focused on personal testimonies as well as human rights organization Amnesty’s testimony during the second half of the hearing.

Though no Kashmiri Muslims testified, the panel presented electrifying testimonies from Dr. Nitasha Kaul, a Kashmiri and Dr. Angana Chatterji, an anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Bearing witness to the rising fascism and Hindu nationalism’s grip on India, both witnesses brought up beef lynchings, with Chatterji raising the concern of the genocidal inclinations of the Modi government. 

“Hindu majoritarianism – the cultural nationalism and political assertion of the Hindu majority – sanctifies India as intrinsically Hindu and marks the non-Hindu as its adversary. Race and nation are made synonymous, and Hindus –the formerly colonized, now governing, elite – are depicted as the national race,” said Dr. Chatterji.

Kashmiri witness Dr. Nitisha Kaul stated in her testimony that “human rights defenders, who were already under severe pressure, since August 5 are unable to function in Kashmir. For instance, every year on 30 August, the UN Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons led by Ms Parveena Ahangar, organises a vigil protest involving hundreds of elderly women and men whose sons had become victims of for instance, in the most recent parliamentary elections, the voters’ turnout was very low and in many booths, not a single vote was cast.”

Kaul emphasized the extension of the oppression, by highlighting that this year the peaceful gathering of elderly parents mourning and waiting for their disappeared sons was not allowed. She shared Ahanga’s quote: “This year we have been strangled, and there was no coming there was no coming together because, through its siege, India has denied us even the right to mourn.”

Ilhan Omar challenged Indian journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh’s take that the siege was in place to save Muslim women from “terrorists.” This is a trope that is often used to wage war and is especially used in the so-called “war on terror.” “It is a very colonial move on the part of the nation-states around it as if they are “liberating Kashmiri women,” said Dr. Kaul.

Chatterji bore witness to the woes of Kashmiri women who bear the brunt of the Indian occupational forces’ sexual brutality. “The woman’s body becomes the battlefield,” she said replying to a question by Congresswoman Houlahan from Pennsylvania. Dr. Kaul stated that the 1944 new Kashmir manifesto contained an entire section on gender rights. She spoke on the equity and equality in Kashmir: “They go to protests. Women become heads of households because of dead husbands.”

She also reminded the committee that BJP’s Amit Shah, also part of the government in 2002 and responsible for the program on Muslim community stated that Western human rights cannot be blindly applied here in India.

Representative Wild from Pennsylvania asked why the Indian government would not allow transparency. When human rights organizations and journalists can work in active war zones, she rejected the anti-terrorism narrative pushed by Ravi Batra, a last-minute BJP addition to the panel. “When there isn’t transparency something is being hidden and this is what really concerns me terribly,” said Wild.

A Sindhi-American witness spoke on minority rights in Pakistan, especially the forced conversion of Hindus. This is a concern that needs to be tackled by Muslims as there is no compulsion in Islam and is antithetical to the religion.

During the hearing, Amnesty International reported thousands in detention under the Public Safety Act while the State Department numbered it at hundreds. Dr. Asif Mahmoud, a key organizer, presented the health situation in Kashmir.

The overall situation of the Rohingya was covered and links were made to the start of the genocide in Burma and the parallels in India. The members of the House referred to it as genocide with the State Department still calling it ethnic cleansing.

Although the hearing focused on the current state of Jammu and Kashmir and not much was brought up about self-determination or the plebiscite, Kashmiri-Americans and their supporters left the hearing room satisfied that their voices were heard for the first time in the halls of the US Congress.

What was most concerning point of the entire hearing was that Kashmir was not brought up categorically as disputed territory and the issue was referred to as an integral matter of India. This needs deep, consistent and long-term work by advocates of Kashmir. With the continuous rise of RSS, Indian minority issues need a much sharper focus, and a regular pounding of the pavements of Congress to educate the Foreign Relations committees.

Some action items for American Muslims post-hearing.

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An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

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دعوة عاجلة بخصوص أزمة الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري

الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله محمد وآله

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

لقد تلقينا بقلق بالغ ما يتوارد من أخبار غير مؤكدة حول الإعدام الوشيك للشيخ سلمان العودة، و الشيخ عوض القرني، و الدكتور علي العمري

لقد علمنا الإسلام أن الحياة نعمة من الله و إن أولئك الذين يعملون على حرمان أى أحد من هذه النعمة دون أساس شرعي واضح قد ارتكبوا إثمًا فظيعًا عدّه الله من الكبائر: وَمَن يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا (سورة النساء، 93)

حرمة المؤمن

إن رسول الله ﷺ وصحابته قد اعتبروا حياة كل من نطق الشهادة، وكذا ماله وعرضه حرامًا لا يُقبل انتهاكها ولقد حرصوا كل الحرص على ألا ينتهكوا تلك الحقوق الأصلية حتى في تطبيق الحدود

قال رسول الله ﷺ: ادفَعوا الحدود ما وجدْتم لها مدفعًا (سنن ابن ماجة)، وقال ابن مسعود: ادرءوا الجلد والقتل عن المسلمين ما استطعتم (السنن الكبرى)

إن حرمة دم المسلم عند رسول الله ﷺ عظيمة جدًا، فلزوال الدنيا أهون عنده من قتل امرئٍ مسلم (سنن الترمذي)

ولقد كان السلف يقولون عند طوافهم بالكعبة: ما أعظمك وأعظم حرمتك، والمؤمن أعظم حرمةً عند الله منك (رواه الترمذي)

التماس رأفة

في ضوء الهدي النبوي، وعِظم أمر انتهاك الحقوق الأصلية التي منحها الإسلام للمسلم، فإننا نطالب السلطات المعنية بأن يوقفوا أي خطة مبيتة لإعدام الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري، سواءً في المستقبل القريب أو البعيد

نطالب أولئك الذين في السلطة أن يصدروا عفوًا في حقهم في هذا الشهر المبارك

إننا نؤمن بيقين أن هؤلاء العلماء لم يقترفوا أى شيءٍ يبرر التعامل المروع الذي يتعرضون له لمدة عام وأكثر وإننا نطلق هذا النداء كنصيحة صادقة، محققين دورنا كعلماء عليهم واجب بيان الحق، ومستحضرين أن كل واحد فينا سيسأل عن عمله في الآخرة حيث الظلم ظلمات لا تفضي إلا إلى عذاب النار

والله في عون المظلومين واللهم صل وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد

17 رمضان 1440 /22 مايو 2019

كتب بواسطة (الشيخ) سلمان يونس

 

An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

All praise belongs to Allah, and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad and His family.

Peace and mercy be upon you:

It is with great concern and perturbation that we have received unconfirmed reports regarding the imminent execution of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari.

Islam teaches us that life is a blessing from Allah. Those who seek to deprive someone of this blessing without a clearly sanctioned religious basis have committed an act that God deems atrocious and a mighty sin: “If anyone kills a believer deliberately, the punishment for him is Hell, and there he will remain: Allah is angry with him, and rejects him, and has prepared a tremendous torment for him.”(Qur’an, 4:93)

The Inviolability of the Believer

The Prophet ﷺ and his Companions viewed the life, wealth, and honor of all who uttered the testimony of faith (shahada) as inviolable. They took immense care not to impede on these basic rights even in the context of enacting punishments.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Avoid applying punishments as long as you are able to find an excuse to avert them,”(Sunan Ibn Majah) and Ibn Masʿud stated, “Avoid flogging and applying the death penalty upon people as much as you can.”(Sunan al-Kubra)

Indeed, the sanctity of the believer was so great in the eyes of the Prophet ﷺ that he deemed the destruction of the world as a lighter affair than the killing of even a single Muslim. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

Similarly, the early Muslims (salaf) would remark when gazing upon the Kaʿba, “The inviolability of a believer is greater with Allah than your inviolability.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi) There are few statements one can imagine as emphatic as these in affirmation of the rank of the believer.

A Call for Clemency

In light of the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ and the gravity of depriving a Muslim of the fundamental rights granted to him or her by Islam, we urge the authorities in question to immediately cease any plans to execute Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari in the immediate or distant future.

We urge those in the leadership to grant them clemency in this blessed month of Ramadan.

It is our firm belief that the actions of these scholars do not in any way justify the appalling treatment they have been subjected to over the past year and more. We make this call in the spirit of providing sincere counsel, realizing our role as scholars duty-bound to the expression of truth, and recognizing that each of us will be held accountable for our actions in the next life where oppression will be nothing but darkness leading to perdition.

And Allah is in the aid of His oppressed servants. May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon His Prophet.

Ramadan 17th, 1440

May 22nd, 2019

Drafted by Shaykh Salman Younas

Signatories (v. 2)

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

SeekersGuidance

Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Islamic Seminary of America

Shaykh Omer Suleiman

USA

Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Canada

 

Dr. Omar Qureshi

USA

 

 

Dr. Abdullah Hamid Ali

USA

 

Shaykh Mustapha Elturk

Amir, Islamic Organization of North America

 

Shaykh Rami Nsour

Tayba Foundation

Dr. Shadee Elmasry

Safina Society

Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

Director of Darul Iftaa Leicester

 

Shaykh Azhar Nasser

Tasneem Institute

 

 

Professor John Esposito

Georgetown University

 

 

Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf

London

 

Dr. Jonathan Brown

Georgetown University

Professor Mohammad Fadel

University of Toronto

Imam Suhaib Webb

Scholar in Residence, ICNYU

Shaykh Shams ad-Duha

Ebrahim College

 

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Tayseer Seminary

 

Dalia Mogahed

ISPU

 

Imam Dawud Walid

Member of Michigan Imams Council

 

 

Dr. Asim Yusuf

UK

 

 

Dr. Ovamir Anjum

University of Toledo

 

Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick

USA

 

Shaykh Hani Saleem

Islamic Center of Detroit

Dr. Shabbir Ally

Toronto

Shaykh Furhan Zubairi

Dean of IOK Seminary

 

Dr. Ihsan Bagby

University of Kentucky

 

Shaykh Mohammed Faqih

Islamic Institute of Orange County

 

Shaykh Bilal Ali Ansari

Khalil Center

Mohammad Elshinawy

Yaqeen Institute

 

Shaykh Abdur Rahman Khan

Co-Chair of National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

 

Shaykh Sulaiman Gani

London

 

Dr. Hamid Slimi

USA

 

Mufti Taha Karaan

South Africa

Shaykh Sadullah Khan

South Africa

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi

Chairman of Fiqh Council of America

 

 

Shaykh Taha Abdul-Basser

USA

Imam Ibrahim Hindy

Dar al-Tawheed Islamic Center

 

 

Dr. Basma Abdelgafar

Vice President of Maqasid Institute Global

 

Prof. Jasser Auda

President of Maqasid Institute Global

 

Laila Mehar

Former President of UConn SJP

Hartford

Dr. Osman Latiff

Jamia Masjid and Islamic Center

 

Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan

DePaul University

 

Imam John Ederer

Muslim Community Center of Charlotte

 

Shaykh Amer Jamil

Scotland

 

Shaykh Bilal Ismail

Imam Development Project

 

Shaykh Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah

Walsall

 

Dr. Bekim Hasani

Imam and Activist

Australia

 

Imam Imran Salha

ICA

 

Dr. Tajul Islam University of Leeds

 

Dr. Mustapha Sheikh

University of Leeds

 

Dr. Ahmed Soboh

Religious Director of Chino Valley Islamic Center

 

Dr. Rafaqat Rashid

Al Balagh Academy

 

Imam Shafi Chowdhury

Leicester

 

Buthaina Hawas-Neveln

Iraqi Journalist

 

Shaykh Salmaan Parkar Australian Islamic College

 

Muslema Purmul

The Majlis

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas,

University of Florida

 

Dr. Asif Hirani

Imam and Resident Scholar of Worcester Islamic Center

 

Shaykh Ahmad Kutty

Resident Scholar of Islamic Institute of Toronto

 

Shaykh Mohammad Aman Haque

Norway

 

Imam Mazhar Mahmood

Director of Islamic Foundation of Peoria

 

Ishraq Ali

Organizing Director of MPower Change

 

Usman Qamar

Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo

 

Mawlana Zakariyah Harneker

 

Shaykh Shahinur Rahman

al-Rahma, UK

 

Shaykh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Salik Academy

Dr. Usaama Al-Azami

Markfield Institute

Ustadh Samir Hussain

ISNA High School

 

Shaykh Tariq AtaDr. Zaid alBarzinji

Maqasid Institute

Shaykh Abdur Rahim Reasat

SeekersGuidance

Mufti Liaquat Zaman

Birmingham, UK

 

Imam Salim Astewani

Cheshire, UK

 

 

Shaykh Tabraze Azam

SeekersGuidance

 

Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui

Brandeis University

 

 

Ismail Royer

USA

Imam Qasim Rashid

Al-Khayr Foundation

 

Dr. Yvonne Haddad

Georgetown University

Omar Usman

Executive Director, MuslimMatters

 

Shaykh Muhammad Abuelezz

Muslim Association of Canada

 

Mufti Ismail Syed

London

Mawlana Safwaan Navlakhi

Al-Ma’aly Institute

South Africa

 

Dr. Ildus Rafikov

ISTAC

Aamir Ansari

ICNA

Shaykh Hassan Rabbani

Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque

Scotland

Ustadha Umm Jamaal ud-Din

Islamic College of Australia

Dr. Munir Elkassem

President, Islamic Institute of Interfaith Dialogue

Dr. Yusuf Salah

Khalil Foundation

 

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