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Yesterday, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan reached another low in their targeting of civilian targets when they ambushed a school bus with heavy weaponry. This attack was claimed to be a punishment for the families of those who were organizing anti-Taliban militias.

The TTP has continuously targeted civilians in their ongoing resistance against the Pakistan government. Last month over 50 were killed when a suicide bomber attacked the Friday congregation. This was not the first such attack when innocent worshippers were targeted by the TTP. However, murder of school going children is an act that is a new low.

Taliban attack school bus, kill 4 children

By Ali Hazrat Bacha | DAWN.COM

PESHAWAR, Sept 13: Militants attacked a school bus on the Kohat road in the suburbs of the city on Tuesday. Four children and the driver of the bus were killed and 14 children, two woman teachers and two other people were injured.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack and said it wanted to punish families of the children for organizing anti-Taliban militias.

Superintendent of Police (Rural) Abdul Kalam Khan told Dawn the children from Kalakhel village of Khyber Agency were going home from the Khyber Model School at about 1.50pm when they were attacked.

“We had no information about any possibility of such an attack. However, there were reports about security threats and, therefore, police established checkpoints on the roads in the city,” the SP said.

DSP Sahibzada Sajjad said the van was attacked with rocket-launchers, hand-grenades and Kalashnikovs. In about 10 minutes, the assailants vanished from the area which is hardly 500 meters from the tribal region. (More)

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    Michael Scott

    September 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    disgusting to say the least. I feel like throwing up.

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    Umm Sulaim

    September 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    I read this yesterday on another website; the students – and not their parents – and other innocent persons do have my empathy.

    Umm Sulaim

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    Carlos

    September 15, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    To any Taliban sympathizers: It is bad enough that war inflicts collateral damage on children. How can you support a movement that actually intentionally chooses children as its targets?!

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      Shaikh Y

      September 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      Is it really as ‘black-and-white’ as Taliban attacking schoolbus and killing children? who knows who was behind this brutal killing in order to tarnish the movement which has popularity in the majority of Afghanistan ?

      Let us stop being sheep while following the mainstream media reporting . Pick up history books or read ‘Propaganda’ by Edward Bernays

      *This comment was in violation of MM Comment Policy requiring names or Kunyahs to be used. Based on the e-mail address the name has been edited*

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        Aly Balagamwala

        September 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

        Dear Shaikh Y
        Assalamu’Alaikum:

        The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for this. Thus, the issue of knowing who is behind this doesn’t come into play nor does the issue of being sheep following mainstream media reporting. The TTP is not acknowledged by the Afghan Talibans as part of their movement and no where do I claim in the article they are the same.

        -Aly

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      Mansoor Ansari

      September 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      This is Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan not the Afghan Taliban, in case u didn’t know.

      While such acts are hideous, AJE says ‘Most attacks have been on security forces and government or Western targets, but civilians have also been hit.’

      • Amad

        Amad

        September 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        While such acts are hideous, AJE says ‘Most attacks have been on security forces and government or Western targets, but civilians have also been hit.’

        And the point is? None of the targets are “okay”.

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          Mansoor Ansari

          September 19, 2011 at 4:10 PM

          Yes they not okay, they are ok only in Libya.

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    Greg Abdul

    September 15, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    The big question modern Fuqaha have to answer is…

    Are they really Muslims? Is this an act of kufr? Or do we only kick black nationalists out of Islam?

    • Amad

      Amad

      September 15, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      Are you posting your comment on the right post? “black nationalists”?

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    Mansoor Ansari

    September 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    FYI

    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan denies involvement in Matani school van attack
    http://www.pukhtoonistangazette.com/news.php?news_id=4786&cat_id=3

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      Aly Balagamwala

      September 20, 2011 at 3:00 AM

      Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has denied involvement in attack on school van in Matani and had termed it a terrorist act that is condemenable on all counts. The TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan while writing to Pukhtoonistan Gazette expressed deep sorrows over the tragic incident in Matani that resulted in the killing of innocent kids and peaceful citizens on Tuesday, September, 13, 2011.He added that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan never kills innocent children and women.

      They claim not to kill innocent children and women but in the case of the bomb blast yesterday targeting SSP CID’s house http://muslimmatters.org/2011/09/19/breaking-news-bomb-blast-karachi-pakistan-targets-house-ssp-cid-chaudhry-aslam-school-district/ they hit in the middle of the school district right around school time and did kill innocent women and children. And they took responsibility of this attack. So that contradicts their statement.

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    ZAI

    September 19, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    What’s really telling here is that somehow a distinction is made between the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban.
    No wonder Pakistan is a mess.

    Sorry, but the Afghan Taliban have been abusing and terrorizing the Afghan populace as well.
    They regularly target Afghan teachers and children for murder and burn down schools.They terrorize even Masjids and traditional Muslim scholars just as in Pakistan.
    How are they ANY better than the TTP?

    Until and unless the Pakistani people realize this and stop making these exceptions, your country will continue to suffer just as Afghanistan does. Extremism knows no borders, and the Pakistani governments agenda of promoting it in Afghanistan and Kashmir will eventually target Pakistanis as well. These extremists can NOT be controlled and they do not care about borders and exceptions to their interests.

    To the poster above, sorry brother but the “majority” of Afghan people do NOT support the Taliban.
    Repeating that over and over again on Muslim websites will not make it true.
    I dare any of you to go to any Afghan forum and see what the majority of people, INCLUDING Afghan Pashtuns, say about the Taliban.

    If Pashtuns in the south are less vocal about this, it is because of two reasons:

    1.) They have been threatened by the Talibs to keep quiet or be killed just like various governors, mollahs, police officers like Malali Kakar, etc. have been

    or

    2.) SOME support the Taliban out of a nationalist motive of making the Americans leave Afghanistan.

    Almost NO ONE supports their ideology or them ever monopolizing government power in Afghanistan again though. These murderers far outweigh even NATO or the US in numbers of civilian deaths and that is a FACT that cannot be wished away.

    Again, the fact that this distinction is being made is a sad comment on the internal politics of the Muslim world. Are we this desperate to kick dirt in the US’s face? Pathetic. I thought we were supposed to stand up for whats right…not indulge in our own nationalist “interests”….

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My Heart Shook In New Zealand

Mohsin Ansari

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One would imagine that a person would be dead-tired and ready to crash in his bed after a grueling, 36-hour journey from Christchurch, New Zealand to Washington, DC. And I will admit, that was the way I felt. Yet somehow, all my somnolence vanished as soon as my head rested on my pillow and I closed my eyes to rest. A wave of recollections fell over me: memories of the survivors, the emotions they expressed, and their feelings of an uncertain future as they planned their lives after the loss of their family members. These feelings instantly took away all the desire to get rest and sleep. I sit upright now and begin writing this reflection of a once in a lifetime experience- a voyage of grief and hope to Aotearoa- land of the white cloud as the indigenous people call New Zealand.

With lost baggage, long flights and too many connections, at times it seemed unlikely that my eldest son Moaz and I would make it to Jumm’ah and Janazah prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. But Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) accepted our prayers so that we could fulfill the guidelines set by our beloved, the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). We were able to fulfill one of the rights of a Muslim over the others; that when he is sick visit him, and when she dies, offer her funeral and be part of her burial.

Hagley Cricket Ground was supposed to have a cricket test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand that Friday. Commentators reckon that it would have been the final day of that test match. But the 22nd of March 2019, brought a much bigger crowd to this world-famous cricket ground than what anyone would have seen on the final day of that test match.

Officials and security directed us towards the VIP area as they wanted to pay respect to the guests who traveled all the way from the USA, Canada, and Australia. The environment of love, solidarity, and respect, coupled with the hijab-clad women standing in solidarity with Muslims in that enormous crowd, created an impact which cannot be articulated by mere words. Every single uniformed female officer was carrying their firearm while donning a hijab; creating a welcoming gesture in a rather somber and gloomy atmosphere.

I do not have the words to thank the leadership of Charity Australia and the Islamic Forum of Australian Muslims (IFAM) for providing us with logistics, facilitating meeting the families of the “shuhudaa” (martyrs) and arranging to visit those injured in the tragedy. ICNA, Helping Hand, and Charity Australia banners highlighting the slogans of “American Muslims stand in solidarity with Victims of Christchurch New Zealand” were the center of attention for thousands of local New Zealanders gathered in solidarity that day. Their hugs, sincere prayers and tearful eyes were the greatest gift that I want to share with everyone reading these reflections.

Right after Jumm’ah, the majority of the crowd attended the collective Janazah prayer of 27 of the martyrs. In those emotional moments, I met with the most courageous woman on earth, the wife of 51-year-old Shaheed Naeem and the mother of 21-year-old Talha Naeem, the two spirited souls who gave their lives to save others in the mosque that day. She is one of the strongest women I have ever met. She mentioned that her husband, Naeem, was a person who lived the life of a man of service, always ready to help others. She described Talha as an angel who was too pious and too noble to be away from Jannah too long. We heard similar feelings from Naeem’s mother (grandmother of Talha) the next day when we visited their home.

The visit to the home of New Zealand’s national soccer team player, Atta Elayyan (33), was not only emotional but also deeply inspiring. Atta lost his life and his father (the founder of Al-Noor Masjid) was severely injured during this brutal and hateful attack. There were several scholars from the United States, including Sheikh Omer Suleiman, in the visit to Atta’s home. We could offer nothing to console the brave mother of this shaheed, who greeted us with words of courage and wisdom. We had no words to accompany the tears in our eyes, except prayers for the most noble young man who helped so many in coming close to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Our visits to Al-Noor Masjid and the Linwood Islamic Center were also filled with memories of love, harmony, and reverence. There was a continuous influx of hundreds of visitors, not only from New Zealand, but also from different countries including, but not limited to, Australia, Fiji, and Canada.  Thousands and thousands of flower bouquets and other items of love were left by these visitors. I was really thrilled to see that local Muslims left many Qur’ans and flyers with basic concepts of Islam and addressing the common misconceptions about Islam for those visiting. I witnessed many people visiting these mosques were taking those Qur’ans and other books with them in order to learn more about Islam.

We also met Mr. Aziz, the unsung hero who repeatedly attacked the killer with different objects including an empty gun —which the killer had discarded. The terrorist fired on Aziz multiple times, but Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) not only saved him, but he also forced the killer to flee from the Linwood Islamic Center. Mr. Aziz was one of the reasons why the number of casualties in this mosque was only seven, compared to the 43 martyrs in Masjid Al-Noor. We also met certain individuals whom Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved miraculously. A young man showed his trousers fenestrated with holes of bullets but had no signs of injury. The husband and wife who entered the premises of the mosque and only to be showered with a burst of 26 bullets while in their car, leaving it completely destroyed. Yet Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved both of them while they took shelter in their vehicle.

The visit to the hospital’s ICU was simply heartbreaking but at the same time increased our resolve and commitment to help these families as much as possible. We encountered a Turkish brother who was in a coma for nine days and met his elderly parents, who spoke to us in the very little English they knew. The only thing which we could understand from their hushed voices was the request for du’a and tears of helplessness in their eyes. The 71-year-old father of a local Pakistani from Hafizabad, who had arrived two weeks ago to visit his son, was now on a ventilator fighting for his life. As a physician who has worked in ICU settings for a long time, I simply did not have enough medical reasoning which could have provided him any words of hope!! Similarly, I was not able to provide any glimmer of hope to a brother from Bangladesh whose wife will never be able to walk again and will be paralyzed for the rest of her life.

While I saw hope and felt resilience from every victim in that hospital, this hospital visit was brutally heartbreaking.

Lastly, I cannot imagine the pain, agony, and helplessness that the father of Mucad Ibrahim must feel after losing his 3-year-old son in his own arms. I gave him the longest hug possible, as he taught the whole world the meaning of Beautiful Sabr (Patience).

After seeing the devastation caused by the terrorist attack, and the work that must still be done to heal the community, Helping Hand USA, ICNA Relief Canada, and Charity Australia have formed an organization called the “Christchurch Family Support Network”. The operations have already begun, and our team is on the ground. The first group of mental health professionals with a background in Islamic Integrated counseling are set to leave to provide victims and their families immediate psychological assistance.

We ask Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to accept our work, bring healing to the community, protect our brothers and sisters, and accept the shuhadaa’ in the highest level of Paradise.

Dr. Mohsin Ansari is the Vice President Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Chairman of Helping Hand USA (HHRD)

 

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Because Muslims Matter | Honoring The Martyrs Of #Christchurch

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As the days go by, it is easy to forget the names and faces of the people who passed away. The horror of the act eclipses their memories. We do not want that to happen to our brothers and sisters in New Zealand.

اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لِحَيِّـنا وَمَيِّتِـنا وَشـاهِدِنا ، وَغائِبِـنا ، وَصَغيـرِنا وَكَبيـرِنا ، وَذَكَـرِنا وَأُنْثـانا. اللهُـمِّ مَنْ أَحْيَيْـتَهُ مِنّا فَأَحْيِـهِ عَلى الإِسْلام ،وَمَنْ تَوَفَّـيْتَهُ مِنّا فَتَوَفَّـهُ عَلى الإِيـمان ، اللهُـمِّ لا تَحْـرِمْنـا أَجْـرَه ، وَلا تُضِـلَّنا بَعْـدَه

Allaahum-maghfir lihayyinaa, wa mayyitinaa, wa shaahidinaa, wa ghaa’ibinaa, wa sagheerinaa wa kabeerinaa, wa thakarinaa wa ‘unthaanaa..

O Allah forgive our living and our dead, those who are with us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our menfolk and our womenfolk… [7]

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Shaykh Yahya Adel Ibrahim’s Message in the Wake of the #ChristChurchMosqueShooting

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We offer our condolences to our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand and to all Kiwis. We feel your pain. We see your tears. We hear your cries and we mourn with you. The Ummah is with you- Editor’s note

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