Tuesday, December 25, 2012

NO BREAKFAST WITH BLOOMBERG 2012






ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL OF METRO NY Announcement
12 Safar 1434 A.H. December 25, 2012
As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullah. As promised, below please find our official statement this year regarding Mayor Bloomberg's December 28, 2012 breakfast.

Yours in Islam,
Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid
Amir


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MUSLIM LEADERS PLAN TO ONCE AGAIN BOYCOTT THE MAYOR'S INTERFAITH BREAKFAST THIS YEAR  
For immediate release                                                                           
December 25, 2012

The Majlis Ash-Shura  (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan New York, in conjunction with other community-based leaders and activists, reiterates its principled position against the attendance of Muslim leaders at the A nnual Interfaith Breakfast sponsored by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The breakfast is scheduled to occur this Friday, December 28th. To date, not only has the Mayor failed to answer our correspondence of a year ago, but to substantively address the concerns of the Muslim community regarding racial and religious profiling and warrantless surveillance.

In 2011, the Associated Press  began a series of articles "outing" the NYPD's covert program of surveillance targeting the Muslim community without concrete suspicion of criminal conduct, in New York City , New Jersey, and as far north as Buffalo, N.Y. (http://www.ap.org/Index/AP-In-The-News/NYPD) . This followed an exposé of repeated viewing by over 1500 police officers in training , of a bigoted and controversial film - "The Third Jihad", and a knowing appearance in the film by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly in-spite of earlier claims to the contrary by Browne. (http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/01/5121583/third-jihad-featuring-authorized-appearance-ray-kelly)

As a result of these scandals, senior NYC Muslim leaders, activists, 
legal professionals and community based leaders, denounced the flawed and fundamentally misguided policies that resulted in the ethnic and religious profiling of the American Muslim community by the NYPD, with the support of Mayor Bloomberg. (http://maclc1.wordpress.com/letter-to-mayor-bloomberg-122711/)
The surveillance targeted Muslim houses of worship and their leaders, university students, shopkeepers, religious schools, activist organizations, business persons and many others. A police demographics unit identified "ancestries of interest" in the Muslim community, which including a variety of immigrant Muslim ethnicities, and even African-Americans. 

Over the past year several events of note have occurred:
1-    The A.P. story, which was ridiculed and rebuffed by the Mayor, the Police Commissioner and the NYPD's spokesperson Paul Browne, won a Pulitzer prize for excellence in journalism. Kelly described the NYPD as being "under attack" by the AP for its investigative reporting.
2-    During sworn testimony, Thomas P. Galati, Commanding Officer of the Police Intelligence Division stated that no significant leads were produced by the years of surveillance.
3-    Muslim leader critics of the policy of surveillance joined forces with a multi-faith coalition of religious, civic, and political leaders, organizers and activists, including various interfaith coalitions, the NAACP, numerous elected officials and others, linking NYPD surveillance of Muslims with its Stop and Frisk policy , as a waste of financial resources and evidence of racial, ethnic and religious profiling. Last June Muslims were uniquely and historically visible amongst the thousands of New Yorkers who marched in silent opposition to the profiling policies.
4-    The Mayor and Police Commissioner remain defensive of the policies and unapologetic for their implementation, although Stop and Frisk's momentum has visibly slowed.
5-    Published reports of polls citing public support for the NYPD Muslim Surveillance program , showed the basis for the support to be the combatting of
terrorism. However investigative reporters disputed the truth of this, calling such official claims of having thwarted 14 plots to kill New Yorkers "overstated and exaggerated". (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/fact-check-how-the-nypd-overstated-their-counterterrorism-record_n_1662639.html).
6-    A law suit was filed by Muslim lawyers in the state of New Jersey against the NYPD.
7-    The Mayor and Police Commissioner have refused to meet with their Muslim critics, choosing instead to avoid substantive dialogue by forming an advisory council of Muslim leaders with little history in community activism ,
and who have not publicly expressed criticism of NYPD policies.
  
The Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan NY is an ethnically diverse coalition of over 40 Muslim congregations and organizations - the only such organization in existence in the city for over 2 decades.

Its' president, Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, is a major spokesman for the coalition of Muslim leaders, congregations and groups struggling against what they view as human and civil rights violations, Imam 'Abdur-Rashid stated today:

" We of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York, in partnership with faith, civic, and social justice leaders throughout the city, once again call upon people of conscience to continue to raise our collective voice in favor of justice, and human, civil, and constitutional rights.

"Our stance is a principled one, based upon the refusal of the Mayor and Police Commissioner to substantively address the issues raised in our collective letter of last December. On the contrary, these top city officials have avoided substantively discussing our concerns in public or private, while continuing to engage in photo-ops with Muslim leaders  seeking favors or approval, or who have placed their faith in an illusion of engagement.

"As proven repeatedly over the years, the Mayor's breakfast is not an occasion for dialogue or engagement over serious issues, nor does it result from such. There can be no engagement without discussion of grievances , and demonstration of mutual respect. Once again we will not be present, and urge others to do the same."

The Mayor never responded to our letter of December 29, 2011. Now, as then, we demand:
1-    Mayor Bloomberg's clear and  unambiguous public support for the rights and privacy of all New Yorkers, including Muslims
2-    Condemnation by the mayor of all policies that profile and target communi-ties and community groups based solely upon their religion or the color of their skin.
3-    Increased transparency in city government, and greater police accountability.

Our community's invitation to the Mayor and Police Commissioner to engage in meaningful exchange over these real issues still stands.



































Saturday, December 22, 2012



THE CURSE OF CAIN
My Friday, December 21, 2012 sermon on violence in modern day America: 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL0A8w32CTg



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

LINCOLN SAID IT RIGHT




"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time"
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

Monday, August 6, 2012

WHAT PRICE DIGNITY?


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NYC MUSLIM LEADERS AND THE POLITICS OF COMPROMISE DURING THE LAST YEAR OF THE BLOOMBERG-KELLY ADMINISTRATION 

Somber Reflections on the 16th Day of Ramadan 
(Monday, August 6, 2012 C.E. )

By Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid

  As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu, wa Ramadan Karim !  Tonight as the sun sets over the skies of New York City, and Muslims break their fast ending yet another day and beginning another night of Ramadan worship, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will host yet another annual iftaar, just as his Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly, hosted another annual Pre-Ramadan briefing a few weeks ago. These events have occurred over the past  years, but in 2012 they have taken on an ominous significance.

As the world now knows, over the past year the Associated Press revealed in a Pulitzer Prize winning set of articles, that the NYPD, under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly, engaged in widespread, warrantless surveillance of the Muslim community and its leaders, along with other progressive community leaders and activists, in New York City and beyond. This occurred for years, and appears to still be the case. The AP articles began appearing following Ramadan of last year.

The 2012  NYPD Pre-Ramadan  briefing,  and mayoral interfaith breakfast at the end of December, 2011 and now the Ramadan iftaar , have been the major public events where the Bloomberg administration has publicly courted Muslim leaders. They have done so in front of a backdrop of outcry, public rallies and demonstrations, editorials, and massive media coverage in opposition to the religious profiling of Muslims, surpassed only by public focus on the now infamous racial profiling Stop and Frisk  policies, of the Mayor and his commissioner.

As a wave of resistance against these unjust policies has mounted, Muslim leaders – most especially Imams and community service-based (i.e. not for profit) leaders, and social justice activists, have publicly weighed in on one side or the other of the controversy. What has been most disturbing is the cast of Muslim characters who have willingly allowed themselves to be used as apologists and buffers for Bloomberg and Kelly, in a display of capitulation, compromise, and blatant self-interest, unprecedented in the history of our city.

 The breakfasts served as an occasion for Muslim leaders to pose for photo-ops, grin for cameras, promote themselves as authentic leaders of NYC Muslims, and cast aspersions on those who have dared to oppose Bloomberg and Kelly’s unjust policies. Perhaps the iftaar  will be the same. If that is the case, it will be shameful, because in the entire history of New York City, Muslims leaders have never stood on the opposite side of justice and progress.

Over the decades, Muslims have contributed to the growth and development of New York - one of the world’s great cities. They have participated in the urban homesteading movement and fostered community development, created economic corridors based upon business and homes, established drug-free zones and made the streets safe for people in under-developed areas of the city, spread goodwill through interfaith dialogue and worship, and responded to crises in a variety of ways, when violent extremists attacked the city on 9-11. Since then, it was a Muslim who sounded the alarm that resulted in the capture of the so-called "Times Square Bomber", who is himself a Muslim.

When innocent Muslims began to succumb to the same brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement authorities that has affected other New Yorkers (as exemplified by the killings of Amadou Diallo and  Ousmane Zongo) , Muslims have stood side by side and shoulder to shoulder with people of various faiths, in the cause of justice. We still do.  Many union members are Muslims, and we are in the ranks of those struggling for economic justice for all peoples of the city. Further, Muslims have worked in many local political campaigns over the decades, conducted voters registration drives,  and are still doing so. Each day we are being elected to public office. We have earned respect the hard way, and are “unapologetically Muslim”.

Yet the tragedy and trauma of  September 11, 2001, and the rise of bigoted forces focused upon Islam and Muslims in the real world politics of the 21st century, has created a mutant brand of Muslim leader in New York City – the town where 40 years ago El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) stood firmly and mightily for justice in a way that we still benefit from today, and that inspires people all over the world.

This new 21st Century mutant brand of Muslim leader,  is one who seeks to use the Qur’an as a tool of pacification rather than resistance. He or she prefers capitulation and compromise to firmness and resistance, and promotes self-interest – either individually or organizationally, over the interests of the Muslim masses. Hiding behind a veil of feigned diplomacy, giving the impression of negotiation -  which is impossible from a weak socio-economic and political position , these leaders have been on display over the past year hugging the Mayor, grinning for the cameras with Commissioner Kelly,  and denigrating those of us who refuse to engage in such undignified, unprincipled behavior.

These same leaders have reached out to the Police Commissioner, but not to their Muslim brothers and sisters whom Bloomberg and Kelly avoid. They defend the character of the Mayor and Police Commissioner over that of senior NYC Muslim leaders, but smile in the faces of those leaders when they encounter them.These self-serving individuals rush to an iftaar invitation from the Mayor, but not from their Muslim brethren. They accept the invitation of the NYPD to a briefing on the issues, but not from their own Muslim brethren.

The mutant Muslim leaders sit in private meetings with Commissioner Kelly,  representing no one but themselves, claiming an authenticity of leadership with no track record, or a limited one. They consider themselves more qualified to represent Muslims in NYC, than authentic leaders who have done so for decades, up from the grassroots and on the front line. The prophetic tradition that they claim to represent shames them. They appear to have sold the dignity of the Islamic stance on justice for a cheap price.

Muslims ask, “How can that be?” “Why does that happen?” But the fact of the matter is that in every struggle there are sincere committed, and opportunists. Ash-Shaykhul- ‘Allama Al-Hajj K. Ahmad Tawfiq (May Allah forgive his sins and reward him with jannat, amin) was my teacher and the founding imam of the M.I.B.  He taught his students that in every struggle there are :

1-    People who are slaves,  because they totally capitulate to their wretched condition of oppression. They submit to man rather than Allah.
2-    People who are compromisers. They exploit their oppressed people for the sake of personal gain and self-interest , by positioning themselves as buffers and spokespersons
3-    People who are resistors. They sincerely commit themselves to change and are willing to sacrifice to achieve it, even their very lives.

People in this day and time love to talk about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and El-Hajj Malik (Malcolm X). But  during their time they both had detractors from within and without  the movements that they led; people who considered themselves better qualified to lead , and criticized the bold strategies of those brave men, and those who followed and supported them, men and women.

The above are universal  social types, and Muslims are no exception. During the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) there were people who while standing in the Muslim ranks, worked against the Muslim interest. They were called Munaafiquun  (hypocrites).  A chief example was ‘Abdullah bin ‘Ubai who carried bitterness in his heart because he coveted leadership. He sought opportunities to sow dissension amongst the Muslims, and undermine the Cause. Others were just weak, as was the case with those known as “The People who Lagged Behind” during the battle of Tabuk ( see The Qur’an 3:179, 9:118, and commentary)

People have asked, and continue to ask until this very moment, why the Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan New York has taken the stances that we have, why we encourage sincere Muslims to resist rather than capitulate and compromise. Why did we and our partners in pursuit of justice refuse to have coffee and donuts with the Emperor Bloomberg? Why do we refuse to go to King Kelly's court and listen to his propaganda spiels? Why do we insist that the issue is one of a lack of police accountability? Why are we a signature to City Council legislation  calling for the same? Why do we make it clear that we do wish to sit and discuss the issues with the Police Commissioner in a forthright way that allows for mutual exchange, in a neutral atmosphere?  Why have we called upon the Police Commissioner to meet in a town hall fashion with our community as he has with others?

The answers are not complicated. Ours is a principled stance. We believe  as Muslim leaders that we must take a dignified position for freedom, justice, and equality, that rivals if not surpasses that of other faith leaders in our city.

There are Muslims who no matter what the rest of us say, will attend tonight’s iftaar, and other events like it, because they can’t conceive of themselves as turning down an opportunity to have a cup of coffee with those in power. But Ramadan is a period of somber reflection, repentance, seeking of forgiveness, and a quest for nearness to Allah.

 As we are now one third into the sacred month, we must, in the spirit of truth , justice and brotherhood and sisterhood, ask certain serious, firm, respectful questions of some of our Muslim religious and civic  leaders, pertaining to our people's struggle for civil and human rights, and civil liberties, as a profiled faith group in NYC. This is a matter of faith, as the Prophet  (peace be upon him) said “Whoever does not give up speaking and acting falsely, Allah has no need of him (or her) giving up his (or her) food and drink. ”

REGARDING MAYOR BLOOMBERG:

The Mayor remains publicly unbending and unapologetic for the unjust policies that have religiously profiled NYC Muslims, even as he has for those that have resulted in the racial profiling of other New Yorkers (and of course there are Muslms who are both racially and religiously profiled) . He offers rote justifications for those policies,  and unapologetically defends the actions of the Police Commissioner, based upon simplistic reasoning and a false narrative of the necessity for public safety (see below).

QUESTIONS FOR SOME MUSLIM LEADERS -  Why do you, claiming  to act in the interest of the Muslim masses, allow yourselves to appear as apologists or supporters for the Mayor?

Do you agree with him on this, that warrantless surveillance of all Muslims is necessary and justifiable?

Or do you agree with those of us,  Muslims and non-Muslim s,who consider the policies unjust?

If you support the Mayor’s policies, then declare yourself openly.

If you do not , then do you not realize that you give an impression of support for those policies  when you are present  at the Mayor's public events – applauding and smiling for him ?

REGARDING POLICE COMMISSIONER KELLY:

Last year at the 2011 Pre-Ramadan NYPD briefing for some 100 imams, The Commissioner denied in response to direct and public questioning from me, that his department had used the film “The Third Jihad” as a training tool. Months later it was exposed that the film was continuously screened "in a loop" in an NYPD training facility,  to some 1500 police officers,  over a year’s time. Indeed, Kelly himself appears in the film ! 


In a carefully worded statement  he declared "I offer my apologies to members of the Muslim community, in particular, who would find the film inflammatory and its airing on department property, though unauthorized, to be inappropriate". However, the Police Commissioner never specifically apologized to the imams present at his 2011 briefing for misleading them. Was he lying,  was he misinformed, or did he purposely refrain from responding to my question in a transparent way, even though he was asked to clarify the reports existing at that time on the film's showing?  Commissioner Kelly has never clarified this and those who are aware of the contradiction and have met with him, have not , to our knowledge,  brought up the subject. He did not bring it up and apologize at this year's briefing.

QUESTIONS FOR SOME MUSLIM LEADERS – Why would you return to this year’s pre-Ramadan briefing at the site where our collective integrity was insulted, eat and drink, smile and pose, and never call Commissioner Kelly to account for lying to us as religious leaders?

Or are you unaware of what transpired Last Year? Or have you forgotten even though you were present when I publicly posed the question?

If the Commissioner did the same to priests or pastors or rabbis, would they return to a subsequent event with him without his apology?

Do we have as much dignity and self-respect as they, or not?

Should we?

The Police Commissioner Meets With Hand Picked Muslim Leaders And Avoids Those Who Oppose Him

QUESTIONS FOR SOME MUSLIM LEADERS – Do you support that?

 Do you consider the fact that the Police Commissioner met with you and others , but not the leadership represented by the Majlis Ash-Shura, to be acceptable?

The Police Commissioner’s Narrative About What His Policies Has Accomplished To Secure The City Have Been Exposed As Mis-Leading At Best, False As Worse (  See http://www.propublica.org/article/fact-check-how-the-nypd-overstated-its-counterterrorism-record)

Why do you value opportunities to shake Kelly's hand, and grin in his face,  above the need for NY Muslims, for justice?

Apparently, federal authorities have a view on the surveillance of us Muslims that is in accord with that of Muslim resistors in the city – that is, that the policy has wasted valuable and needed financial resources and raises serious constitutional issues ( SEE   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-fbi-slap-nypd-spying-article-1.1126312)


QUESTION FOR SOME MUSLIM LEADERS: Do you agree with that?

The Police Commissioner, like the Mayor, Remains Defensive And Unapologetic For His Policies

QUESTIONS – Do you believe that the policies should be changed?

If so, then how does refusing to take a united, public stance along with your Muslim brothers and sisters, or others, that communicates our outrage and moral indignation,  effect a change of the Mayor and Commissioner’s policies?

These and other questions should be answered and Muslims must insist that our imams and community leaders do so.

Remember the compromisers when you see the photos from tonight’s iftaar.

 Remember those who have stood, and continue to stand for justice, and those who have not, and do not. Then pray for us ALL during this month , when du’as  are offered and answered.

TAKE A STAND FOR JUSTICE, EVEN IF IT IS AGAINST OURSELVES. SUPPORT AUTHENTIC MUSLIM LEADERS WHO SUPPORT YOU. ADVOCATE FOR JUSTICE FOR ALL PEOPLE INCLUDING OURSELVES. BOYCOTT POLITE PUBLIC RELATIONS EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE MAYOR AND POLICE COMMISSIONER, THAT PROVIDE NO OPPORTUNITY FOR REAL DIALOGUE AND CHANGE !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znQe9nUKzvQ

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A YOU-TUBE MESSAGE FROM IMAM TALIB ON THE JUNE 17TH SILENT MARCH

AS-SALAAMU 'ALAIKUM WA RAHMATULLAH

THEN: AFRICAN AMERICANS OF THE NAACP MARCHED FOR FREEDOM, JUSTICE, & EQUALITY, IN 1917


EL-HAJJ MALIK EL SHABAZZ /MALCOLM X STOOD WITH THE PEOPLE IN 1962


We all enjoy American freedoms because of their sacrifice and courage
NOW:


ALL MUSLIMS ARE ENCOURAGED TO EITHER DRESS IN WHITE, OR WEAR A WHITE KUFI, KHIMAR, HEAD SCARF, HIJAB,OR DISTINCTIVE BASEBALL CAP, TO THE JUNE 17TH SILENT MARCH TO END RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS PROFILING. THE REASON FOR THIS IS TO INCREASE OUR VISIBILITY AS MUSLIMS IN THE SEA OF HUMANITY










AMERICAN MUSLIMS OF ALL ETHNICITIES PLAN TO COME OUT WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND COMMUNITY ON THIS DAY, FOR A HISTORIC SILENT MARCH, WHEN ALL PEOPLE WILL STAND FOR JUSTICE. BY ALLAH'S WILL WE WILL NOT BE IGNORED, DISMISSED, OR COMPROMISED BY BLOOMBERG & KELLY !

WALK IN QUIET OR SILENT DHIKR, DU'A, RECITATION OF
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Friday, May 11, 2012

TREAT MUSLIM AMERICANS LIKE PARTNERS, NOT SUSPECTS

Muslims first arrived in this country while the United States was in its infancy. Thousands of Muslim slaves were brought here from Africa and worked on southern plantations. Today, there are as many as nine million Muslims in the United States, in all parts of the country. We are doctors, lawyers and police officers. We are active participants in cities, towns and villages, sitting on city councils and school boards, volunteering for civic groups and coaching Little League teams. We are of all races. Some of us were born here, others came in search of a better life for our children. We are Americans.
As Americans we have the same concerns as our neighbors. We worry about bringing home a paycheck, about raising children and about keeping our families safe. And so we worry about terrorism and have a stake in preventing it and any other kind of violence. We have been at the forefront of preventing terrorism, cooperating with law enforcement and raising a red flag whenever we see or hear anything indicative of criminal activity. In fact, studies show that more than a third of the tips used to stop potential terrorist plots have come from Muslim Americans. We recognize that if there's an attack, our communities would suffer -- not only from the violence but also from the backlash.

That's why I and other American Muslims have watched with sadness and frustration as the NYPD has declared war on our communities in the name of fighting terrorism. The NYPD has undertaken an institutional strategy of criminalizing American Muslims, spying on us and generally treating us like suspicious outsiders instead of taxpaying Americans. They have files about what is said in our houses of worship, the restaurants where we like to eat and the people we choose to spend time with. Instead of embracing American Muslims as partners, the NYPD has destroyed the trust between our community and law enforcement.

As a religious leader who counsels and talks to a wide variety of American Muslims across the nation on a daily basis, I can tell you that this treatment is demoralizing. It causes other Americans to look at us suspiciously. It makes us distrustful of law enforcement. Worst of all, it makes all of us less safe. Because the best strategy to protect our nation is one that embraces the American Muslim community as partners, one that builds trust between the police and the communities they serve. Yet even as we prove to be excellent partners in fighting terrorism, we are increasingly treated more like suspects.

Fortunately there has been some recognition in Washington that the NYPD's practices should not be condoned. Attorney General Eric Holder said he was "disturbed" by spying on American citizens, and three dozen members of Congress have requested an investigation. But recent remarks by the White House's Chief Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan sent mixed signals and the NYPD has not backed down, supporting its efforts with a campaign of fear in the media.

Our government has a responsibility to safeguard the rights of all citizens of this country, especially minority populations. The White House must exercise leadership and issue a clear message that targeting people based on religion or national origin is not an acceptable law enforcement tactic. New York's own representatives in the City Council must also step up to the plate and make clear that the NYPD must not use tactics that target and alienate the city's vibrant and diverse American Muslim communities.

As Americans, we are all in this together. And only by working together can we keep all of our families safe.


Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid is Imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Manhattan,  President of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York, and Deputy Amir of the Muslim Alliance in North America







Saturday, April 14, 2012

THE STORY ON MUSLIM AMERICAN TERRORISM YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T SEE



As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullah

Here's an interesting story that came out 2 months ago that you probably didn't see and public officials like NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his supporters don'ttalk about publicly:

Empirical Study Confirms That American Muslims Do Not Pose a Threat of "Homegrown Terror"
" Today, the N.Y. Times reported that Charles Kurzman, author of a study by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, concludes American Muslims pose "a minuscule threat to public safety." The report found that 20 American Muslims were charged in violent plots or attacks in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and 47 in 2009. It also found that not a single murder in 2011 resulted from extremist violence by Muslims in the United States.

This empirical study provides further evidence against alarmist claims of a so-called “homegrown terrorist” threat from American Muslim communities. These false claims have done deep damage, and were the basis for Congressional hearings that questioned American Muslim communities’ loyalty to the United States. Yet, these claims are grounded in nothing but bias, stereotyping, and an unsupported equation of belief in Islam with terrorism.

The most effective means for the government to address security threats is by focusing on real threats of violence or on violent behavior, plain and simple. Discriminatory attitudes and prejudiced policies that target American Muslims — like misguided Congressional hearings, FBI racial mapping, the infiltration of mosques, and NYPD surveillance of Muslim communities — do nothing to make us safer. They may even undermine crucial bonds between American Muslim communities and the government that are critical to effective law enforcement.

It’s both ineffective and unconstitutional to stigmatize any American community as “suspect” simply because of its beliefs. The American Muslim community is no exception.

FOR THE FULL REPORT CLICK HERE: http://sanford.duke.edu/centers/tcths/documents/Kurzman_Muslim-American_Terrorism_in_the_Decade_Since_9_11.pdf

Friday, March 23, 2012

THE LATEST NYPD EXPOSE: IT'S NOT JUST THE MUSLIMS


As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullah !

READ THIS ARTICLE CONTAINING THE LATEST DISCLOSURES BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:

http://news.yahoo.com/documents-show-nypd-infiltrated-liberal-groups-081951121.html

MY COMMENTARY : For those who still don't understand the implications of the NYPD warrantless surveillance of the Muslim community, here is the latest evidence of what I have been saying for months. The NYPD has been illegally spying not just on Muslims but on non-Muslims as well, in defiance of the law (which prevents domestic spying upon US citizens) and previous legal agreements (like Handschu) http://thevillager.com/villger_293/asneakymoveon.html. This latest episode focused upon us Muslims is just part of a larger fight that has to do with the constitutionality of certain law enforcement tactics. The NYPD has an attempted media spin justification of its acttions, but mark my words . There will be HUGE court battles over this! The NYPD , with its lack of transparency and accountability, is an out of control city agency that is acting like an out of control federal one - using counter-terrorism as an excuse for the violation of the civil liberties of Americans.

NON-MUSLIM AMERICAN CITIZENS who have been backing the NYPD in its programs because they (the citizens) have bought into the propaganda of Muslims as "the other" and the need for "us" to watch "them" should wake up. As El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) said speaking to African Americans, "You've been tricked. You've been had. You've been bamboozled, led astray, run amok !" Well this no longer applies just to African Americans, but to too many Americans of various ethnicities. While you have been manipulated into being advocates for watching "them", the same watchers have been watching "you"!

MUSLIM AMERICAN CITIZENS (actually or potentially) should stop seeing themselves as "the other" in American society, and realize that our plight is that of other Americans of different religions,or none, when it comes to civil liberties. We are just a specialized sub-category of oppressed and repressed minorities, driven by the political agendas of a Pharoahnic order that sees us as a special threat, just as Pharoah saw the Children of Israil as one.

As it is written in the Torah (In the "Old Testament" of the Bible" :

"And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. " (Exodus 1: 7-10)

Further, Muslim immigrants must stop letting others paint us as "the other". Christian and unbelieving European immigrants came to this country centuries ago, stole the land from its original inhabitants, named themselves "the Americans" and treated the Original Americans as "strangers in a strange land" and "the other". Now the descendants of those immigrants are treating other newer immigrants as "the other" and the enemy. Don't let them do that to you as well. Don't let them get away with it !!! And don't be fooled. You can change your name, learn the rhetoric and pretend, and the ruling powers will allow you to do so and use you. But they still see you as an "other" so don't believe your own hype!

Another thing, while the European immigrants of the past (" the pilgrims" and "founding fathers") were dis-enfranchising and demonizing the Original Americans as "heathens" and "savages", they stole my African ancestors from our native land, and brought them to this stolen land by force, as slaves. Their laws originally did not include us within the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We were considered property and had to fight (with help from well-meaning folk) to achieve the status of an "other", and then an equal, under the law. We are still fighting, and that fight has shaped the landscape for civil and human rights struggle for all Americans. But our status as non-immigrants is not only a challenge to America in this day (witness the on-going effort to mis-characterize President Obama as a non-citizen, Muslim "other") but an advantage.

MUSLIM AMERICANS OF IMMIGRANT ORIGIN - WAKE UP and stop attempting to ignore the presence of the secret weapon in your midst - Muslim Americans of African descent, as a people. And when I say "secret weapon" I don't mean as terrorists. Have you noted that African Americans are the only "native" Muslim ethnicity on the NYPD "ancestries of interest"list?  SEE  http ://wid.ap.org/documents/nypd-demo.pdf
I mean as a strategic partner in the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality, not as a terrorist.

We Muslim Americans of African descent are not immigrants. Don't speak to us or treat us as if we are, and don't think that you know better than us how to fight a fight that we've been fighting for centuries. Don't try to speak for us like you're our daddy, and don't try to be our spokespersons or go between unless we've agreed upon that as a strategy through mutual consultation (shura) . We won't allow it. Thinking paternalistically about us is an act of disempowerment of the ummah in this land. We Muslims of various ethnicities and backgrounds are all one ummah, and Muslim Americans of African descent are that ummah's unique strategic asset if you understand. If we are to be victorious in our struggle, we must be one unified ummah, just as the muhaajiruun and ansars of the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were one ummah in spite of their different and distinctive origins.

MUSLIM AMERICANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT - WAKE UP and be true to our destiny (after you learn what it is, but that's another blog).

ALL MUSLIM AMERICANS:

Don't misunderstand. Here's a word from Allah:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

" O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things").  (Qur'an 49:13)

That being said, I further quote Dr. Agha Saeed of Berkeley, Calif., the Pakistan-born founding chairman of the American Muslim Task Force, a group attempting to build coalitions across ethnic groups.

"The issues are more complex than simply immigrant versus indigenous Muslims. People from the Middle East alone come from 22 different countries. People from South Asia come from different countries. So we are not simply talking about four or five or even 20 groups of people. We are trying to reconcile many different experiences of history and many different conceptions of destiny, when we try to talk about where we came from, who we are and where we want to go. And that takes time."

MUSLIM APOLOGISTS FOR THESE NYPD POLICIES - WAKE UP! Don't sell yourself and the Ummah short by being a collaborationist. Muslim religious and community leaders who oppose these unjust policies are not naive nor mis-guided. If you think we are, then perhaps you are.This is not about you or even us. This is about freedom.

AMERICANS OF ALL ETHNICITIES AND RELIGIONS - WAKE UP! As my uncle Ghazi Khan-Khan once said "We all came to America in different ships, but now we're in the same boat!" Now that boat does have different decks and accomodations, but that's another blog.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A DAY OF ACTION FOR IMAM JAMIL EL-AMIN




The following statement was written by me in my capacity as the Deputy Amir of The Muslim Alliance in Nortrh America (MANA) and the Amir (President) of the Majlis Ash-Shura of Metropolitan NY .It was written for an event that was held yesterday in Atlanta, organized by supporters of Imam Jamil, including the indefatigable Hajj Mauri Saalakhan:

"A Day Of Action” for Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin
Monday, March 19, 2012, at the Georgia State Capitol
Statement by Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid

As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, dear Brothers and Sisters in attendance at today's important event. Although I am not able to be with you today, I wish to add a voice of support on behalf of both The Muslim Alliance in North America, and the Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan New York, for our beloved and respected brother in Al-Islam, Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.

Over the past decade as America has become absorbed in the dynamics of living in a post- 9-11 world, much attention has been diverted away from the plight of the Imam and others in his situation in the domestic prisons of America. Although the U.S. has an official position that "There are no political prisoners in America, there are only people who commit crimes ", those of you present today at this gathering know better. Imam Jamil remains a leader of seminal importance in our country , although many would rather forget or obscure his significance. It is of importance that books that authentically and comprehensively chronicle the civil and human rights struggles of the downtrodden people of this land do not fail to mention the Imam's courageous work as a young man in the South, during a time when to take up such work was to risk death.

Although after he became a national Muslim leader Imam Jamil chose to "walk softly and carry a big stick", his impact, stature and the significance of his message and mission was not diminished. On the contrary, it grew. Those of us who attended the Imam's trial over a decade ago remember that the trial judge skillfully manipulated the proceedings so as to obscure the political significance of who the Imam was and is, as if that had no significant bearing on how he came to be in that court. This deliberate omission and the implication of government agencies maintaining an open file of over 44,000 documents on the Imam, with no discovery of evidence of wrongdoing , was in and of itself a miscarriage of justice.



We also remember that during the sentence phase of the Imam's trial that his neighbors - simple, honest, working and lower economic class Christian folk, defiantly defended his character and asserted his innocence. Those of us who are Muslims know that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that "A man's neighbors knows him best", and what Imam Jamil's neighbors knew of him was consistent with what we know. However all of that notwithstanding, the contradictions of the Imam's current state of incarceration must be continually exposed, and we of MANA and the Majlis Ash-Shura of NY salute you for not allowing that process to die !

If Imam Jamil is not a political prisoner as the government asserts, then why is he in a prison with others convicted of crimes of a political nature? Following a trial best described by our brother Mauri Saalakhan as "deeply flawed" , Imam Jamil was found guilty of a felony violating local statutes, so why is he in a federal prison? How is justice served by burying him alive in a "domestic Guantanamo", in another part of the country, rather than serving his time where the alleged crime took place? And if Imam Jamil's religion and politics have not been taken into account in determining his punishment , then why is he being subjected to justice meted out according to a double standard? How many other citizens of Georgia convicted as he was , are in a federal prison in another part of the country although they were not found guilty of any federal crimes? Why is the Imam being treated differently?

We must not rest until the judicial system addresses these matters in a just and impartial way. May Almighty God bless this effort and all ones like it, and those of you who have helped to make this day a reality !





SLIDE SHOW OF RALLY: 


IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN'S WEB-SITE: http://www.freeimamjamil.com/index.html

Thursday, March 8, 2012

STOP SELLING OUT THE UMMAH! - COLLABORATORS & OPPORTUNISTS

“ WHOEVER RALLIES TO A GOOD CAUSE SHALL HAVE A SHARE IN ITS BLESSINGS; AND WHOEVER RALLIES TO AN EVIL CAUSE SHALL BE ANSWERABLE FOR HIS PART IN IT: FOR, INDEED, ALLAH WATCHES OVER EVERYTHING” (QUR’AN 4:85)

U.N.I.A. MARCH FOR FREEDOM, HARLEM, 1922




EL-HAJJ MALIK/ MALCOLM X IN HARLEM, 1962
SANITATION WORKERS STRIKE IN MEMPHIS,
TENN. 1968 (JUST BEFORE DR. KING IS MURDERED)

MARCH 25, 1999 MARCH ON 1 POLICE PLAZA IN PROTEST OF THE
MURDER OF AMADOU DIALLO BY NYPD SPECIAL UNIT


CITY HALL 2011

FOLEY SQUARE, 2011

1 POLICE PLAZA NOV. 2011

MAYOR COREY BOOKER OF NEWARK, N.J. 2012


INTRODUCTION: As the struggle and call continues for greater accountability on the part of the Mayor and Police Commissioner with regards to the unjust , warrant-less surveillance of the Muslim community by the NYPD , lone acting imams and Muslim heads of not-for-profit organizations are “selling out” the masses of the people, intentionally or un-intentionally. For the sake or promise of crumbs from the master’s table, opportunists are placing their individual careers,  institutions, or potential for personal benefit, over the welfare of Muslim men, women, youth, and children.

Others are blundering ahead with their mouths open and lips flapping, "bumping their gums" without really knowing the issues at hand. They are providing support for those visiting injustice upon our community. Instead of addressing the real issues , these ignorant individuals are responding to criticism of the NYPD based upon their perception of Commissioner Ray Kelly as a good guy, as if this struggle is a personality contest. It is not! There are serious constitutional questions and matters of freedom at stake in this battle - ones apparently not understood by those who would support Kelly over Muslims and our many allies of all faiths.

As for the collaborators and opportunists well, you know the type. During slavery in America they were called “house negroes”. During colonialism they were called “the boss’s man “. At a time when the Muslim community is unifying to denounce injustice and those responsible for it, these men and a woman or two stand alone ,or else with the enemies of justice, supporting those whose need to be held accountable, and apologizing for those who should themselves be apologizing.

Personally, I have refrained from calling out some of these individuals in public, until now. However Allah (Glory be to him) says in the Qur’an (4:148) : “Allah does not like for any evil to be mentioned publicly, unless it be by him who has been wronged (thereby). And Allah is indeed All-hearing, All-knowing, “.  These self-serving apologists , or well-meaning blunderers, continue to be quoted in the press, and thus are exposing themselves. So now it’s time for them to be held accountable for their words and actions . We, the people, now publicly speak out as aggreived parties.

It’s obvious that the Mayor and Police Commissioner Kelly continue to be under heavy criticism for the actions of the NYPD’s special surveillance and entrapment operations. Editorial boards of major newspapers, presidents of universities, governors of other states, the Ny and American Civil Liberties Unions have now spoken out in support of the basic position articulated by local imams of the Majlis Ash-Shura of Metropolitan New York, Muslim lawyers, students, and activists – men and women, elder generation and young. Now hardly a week or a day goes by without the Mayor and Police Commissioner being called to account. Their weak and transparent attempts at media spin are not working.

So what do Muslim collaborationists and compromisors do? They kiss the ring of those in authority, kowtow, serve as mouth-pieces and apologists, and provide Ray Kelly and Peter King with the opportunity to say that they’re “meeting with Muslim leaders” while in actually they are avoiding doing so. Those Muslim opportunists should be ashamed of themselves and make tauba (i.e. repent and make amends) for their words and deeds.

THE PROBLEM: Instead of coming with their questions and concerns to sit with those of us who are in the forefront of the struggle for justice on behalf of the ummah, the compromisors and sell-outs instead sit with those whom they undoubtedly believe will benefit them in some way. Afterwards they stand in front of the press  and support the oppressor instead of the oppressed. They value a photo-op or media quote over the dignity of our people, and their own individual egos over justice.

When a handful of Muslims demonstrated a lack of courage during the time of the Battle of Tabuk, and lagged behind those in the vanguard due to cowardice, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) ordered the Muslims to boycott them - not to return their salaams, and even for their wives not to sleep with them, until after they had engaged in tauba.

Here are some examples of the collaborators and opportunists, or sincere blunderers, of this day and time, and their public statements. The least we should do when we see them is voice our disapproval of their actions, and then encourage them to make tauba:

name: MOE RAZVI (“My name is Mohammed but you can call me Mo”)

quote: "THE WAY WE WERE INFORMED, INDIVIDUALS OR PERPS OF INTEREST WHO WERE BEING FOLLOWED INTO MOSQUES OR OTHER RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS, THAT'S WITHIN THE GUIDELINES. IT'S NOT CASING OUT A MOSQUE.... THE MAYOR AND POLICE COMMISSIONER HAVE OUR FULL SUPPORT."

COMMENTARY: As the Founder and Executive Director of Council of Peoples Organization (COPO), Mo can always be seen parroting the same lines. A few years ago he appeared at a City Council hearing where community residents and leaders were speaking against extending Bloomberg’s term for a third time. He vociferously defended the Mayor and declared his loyalty to him. It was embarrassing to watch. Then at the end of 2011 he declared at the Bloomberg Breakfast that several of us Muslim leaders, imams and activists, were boycotting, “The Mayor and Police Commissioner have our full support “. Then earlier this week after meeting with Police Commissioner Kelly he repeated his disgraceful pledge of loyalty before the press. Perhaps he's trying to get funding from the Bloomberg Foundation. Allah knows best. Mo needs mo’ integrity and humility. He is an opportunist who should be shunned and boycotted by our community until he makes tauba. Moe Razvi is a graduate of both the NYPD Citizens Academy and FBI Citizens Academy. I'm sure that looks impressive on his resume as he applies for certain jobs and grants.


                    Moe graduates

name: QAZI IMAM MOHD QAYYOOM

quote: " THEY (THE NYPD) ARE NOT TRYING TO HURT US. THESE PEOPLE (BOYCOTTERS OF THE BLOOMBERG BREAKFAST) IS A RADICAL MINDED PEOPLE IN [MY] BELIEF...MY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES AREN'T BOTHERED BY THE NYPD'S TACTICS. WE WERE USED TO MUCH WORSE IN OUR NATIVE COUNTRY. WHAT WE EXPERIENCE HERE IS FREEDOM."

COMMENTARY: He is the founder of the Muhammadi Community Center in Jackson  Heights, Queens. This is America brother, not Bangladesh or another country . We have our own history here and our own struggles, and the current one against the NYPD's unjust surveillance policy is part of an on-going one that has been occuring in NYC for several decades. If things are much better here in this country and in this city, it is because people have struggled for centuries against the forces of repression in this land, in order to make it possible for you and your relatives to come here and enjoy freedom. Are you aware that the struggle of African Americans to acheive the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 opened the door to reformation of immigration laws, leading to the greatest mass migration of Muslims to a non-Muslim land (the USA) in history? How much do you know about the battles in court rooms, the street, schools, universities and houses of worship throughout the country in order to make laws just, and subject law enforcement authorities to laws that guard the rights of all citizens? How much do you know about the struggle right here in New York City? How much do you know about the struggles of the people aginst the NYPD? If you don't know much or anything, then with all due respect, neither you, nor Sheikh Drammeh (see below) , nor Mo, or others who share your ignorance (and by that I mean your lack of knowledge) and your view, are qualified to speak publicly on the issue. You should be quiet and listen, and do some reading and research, unstead of undermining the work of those of us who know better than you do. And you should be humble enough to acknowledge that we do.
name: SHEIKH MOUSSA DRAMME


quote: “ WE CAME TO SUPPORT OUR COMMISSIONER FOR THE WONDERFUL JOB HE HAS BEEN DOING…HE IS NOT HERE TO PLEASE EVERY MUSLIM, NOR IS HE HERE TO PLEASE EVERY NEW YORKER, BUT HIS RESPONSIBILITY IS TO PROTECT EVERY LIFE UNDER HIS COMMAND.”

COMMENTARY: Sheikh Drammeh is a perfect example of a good hearted, good spirited  brother who doesn’t know what the hell  he’s talking about ! He should refrain from making public statements about matters that he has no knowledge of. I wonder how he would feel if he learned that the children of his Islamic Leadership School (a fine institution which he leads admirably), and he as its head master, not to mention Masjid Al-Iman, had been under covert surveillance for 6 years or longer? How does he think the headmasters of other schools just like his, and other masaajid like the one he founded,  feel to learn that they have in fact been infiltrated and surveilled although they are no more guilty than he and the children he teaches? Sheikh Drammeh teaches his students about the importance of standing up for their rights as Americans. But when those of us whom he claims he respects does precisely that, he takes the side of those whom we are standing up against without even listening to both sides of the conflict. How does he justify that? He should ask himself those questions, and refrain from verifying his ignorance (i.e. lack of knowledge) of civil and human rights, and the struggle to assert them in America, beyond what is necessary to learn to pass a citizenship test..

Even worse though, brother Drammeh has gone way out on a limb, further than anyone else, in his defense of Ray Kelly's leadership. Don't read the following on an empty stomach :

http://muslimcommunityreport.com/2012/03/07/why-i-support-hon-raymond-kelly-the-new-york-city-police-commissioner-in-the-midst-of-these-media-frenzy-misinformation-hula-hubs-of-nypd-spying-on-us/

Sheikh  Drammeh is further reported by the press to have referred to Ray Kelly as "one of the most honorable public servants NYC has ever had.” How would he know? As President Abraham Lincoln once said “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. Drammeh has removed all doubt. He too should be shunned and boycotted until he makes tauba.

OTHERS ?
    There are other imams and individuals who have for years now been closely identified with the Mayor and Police Commissioner , but who have also had the wisdom to refrain from speaking critically of those of us who are fighting for justice on behalf of the Muslim masses in metropolitan New York. These brothers have been reserved in their public comments concerning the NYPD surveillance, and have refrained from declaring their allegiance to Pharaoh and his magician, even though they are not yet standing with our collective Moses presence. To them we say, preserve your credibility with Allah and with the people – both of whom are watching. A year from now Bloomberg will no longer be the mayor, and more likely than not Commissioner Kelly will be gone as well (that is to say, IF he lasts until the end of his term of service). We, the people and our bonafide leaders will still be here. And so will you. And Allah knows best.

Stand with Allah and the people, or be quiet and step aside, instead of trying to run interference for Pharoah and Haman. We don’t want for you to get hit by the friendly fire not of bullets, but of truth and justice, so don't run interference for Bloomberg or Kelly.

TO ALL MUSLIM OPPORTUNISTS:
 If you sell out the people you will be exposed and disgraced in this life and the next. Repent to Allah and apologize and make amends to the Muslims !

AND NOW A LAST WORD FROM OUR BROTHER WHOSE GREATNESS SURPASSES THAT OF ALL OF US:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znQe9nUKzvQ




Monday, March 5, 2012

PATHETIC EFFORT


Peter King's Dog and Pony Show

 

“You may fool all the people some of the time,

 

 you can even fool some of the people all of the

 

time, but you cannot fool all of the people all

 

the time.” - Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)


    Is that all? Is that it? You've gotta be kidding !!!! In a pathetically transparent demonstration of weak apologia and attempted media spin, the Peter King-Defend-the-NYPD-dog and pony show* came to New York City today.

    Importing opportunists and apologists from out of town and out of the country, and backed by one local wanna-be (more on that later), King attempted to justify his roundly criticized and unsucessful 2011 waste of the American taxpayers ,otherwise known as the King Homeland Security Hearings on Homegrown Radicalization, by spouting more of the same rhetoric, distortions and misrepreesentations in a new year. This is to be expected of him . We know him well by now.

As a matter of fact, since the Associated Press in the spirit of the COINTELPRO expose decades ago by Seymour Hersch of the NY Times, and the Woodward and Bernstein  exposure of Watergate, and Julian Assange's Wiki-leaks, began to expose the NYPD's warrantless, wholesale surveillance of the Muslim community from the 5 boros and Long Island to New Haven,Conneticut to Newark, New Jersey, King has been very quiet.

    Now with the help of his opportunistic, on someone's payroll friends and collaborationists (in the Black community we once called that type of person "house negroes" or "house niggers" , and "Uncle Toms"), he has apparently felt emboldened enough to once again appear at a press conference - a decision that he probably now regrets.
 The press conference was one in which the media representatives far outnumbered the entire assembly of Muslim collaborationist, opportunistic supporters of the NYPD's surveillance program. To look at this well-dressed but nonetheless motley crew of at best 2 dozen people claiming to speak for the Muslim masses , one can only think of the above quote from American President Abraham Lincoln. Who do these people think they are fooling?
 
Over the past few months there have been two major rallies at the site (Foley Square, to One Police Plaza) where the members of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition gathered today (btw, who the hell are these people? Golam Akhter, Bangladesh-USA Human Rights Coalition Inc, Washington, DC, Zainab Al-Suwaij, American Islamic Congress, Washington DC, Bahman Batmanghelidj, Alliance for Democracy for Iran, Mclean, VAAbdirizak Bihi, Somalian Community Activist, MN, Khurshed Chowdhury, Ph.D., Silver Springs, MDManda Zand Ervin, Alliance of Iranian Women, Washington, DC Tarek Fatah, Muslim Canadian Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Farid N. Ghadry, Reform Party of Syria, Washington, DC , Tawfik Hamid, Islamic Reformer, Washington DC, Jamal Hasan, Council for Democracy and Tolerance, Baltimore, MDFarzana Hassan, Ed.D., Toronto, Ontario, Canada , Arif Humayun, Activist ,Ahmed Hussen, Canadian Somali Congress, M. Zuhdi Jasser, American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Phoenix, AZ, Hasan Mahmud, President Toronto Chapter Free Muslims Coalition Kamal Nawash, Free Muslims Coalition, Washington, DC, Raheel Raza, Raquel Evita Saraswati, Activist and journalist, Behrooz Sarshar, C. Holland Taylor, LibForAll Foundation, Winston-Salem, NC, Jalal Zuberi MD, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA  http://americanislamicleadership.org/) Note that NONE OF THEM ARE FROM NEW YORK !

  They describe themselves as coming together to "....defend the US Constitution, uphold religious pluralism, protect American security and cherish genuine diversity in the practice of our faith of Islam". Hm-m-m-m-m, overlooking for a moment that they don't mention freedom, justice, or equality as core values, one must ask, who are the NEW YORKERS who defend the Constitution, uphold pluralism, protect American security and cherish diversity? Don't look now, but they are us - the ones who are against the NYPD's unjust policies! Don't believe it? Look at the Muslim signatoros of the various letters decrying this injustice and calling for redress.

http://maclc1.wordpress.com/letter-to-mayor-bloomberg-122711/

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/111912518/20120203-NYS-AG-Letter-re-NYPD


 Yes, I know Islamophobic fascists declare us to be American fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood. They present themselves as pro-security for all and us as against it -  although when terrorist bombs strike they could and do victimize us all and our families (Can you say "Muslims killed on 9-11, or still sick from the clean-up, and still healing from trauma like ALL New Yorkers "?)

   They (Islamophobic fascists) try to make it seem as if we are against all good police officers when THOUSANDS of our brothers, sisters, freinds, families, and congregants work in law enforcement for the  NYPD, NY city and state corrections, FBI, etc. etc.  Hey, I'm an imam. Please don't make me use profanity and tell you what I REALLY think of these modern-day white supremacist , using the good name of God to shield their own dirty religion devils, and their neo-colonial lackeys !!!
   
           So let's get this straight. a bunch of people come into town led by a Muslim from Arizona (Jasser) and another from Canada (Fateh) , and they think they know better than those of us who are Muslim religious and civic leaders, professionals, students, activists and just plain ordinary folk who LIVE here??? How arrogant! How presumptuous !!

    Let's see, here's them:

And here's us:

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As it is said, "A picture is worth a thousand words".

So now let's see - other than Congressman Peter King,

Peter King more against Newt

who received no softball easy pitches from the media,
,

who mercilessly hammered the congressman with questions,


and challenged his weak rhetroic and misrepresentations (copied from Bloomberg and Kelly),

also quite present was King's Muslim "expert" Zuhdi Jasser.



You remember him -the self-proclaimed "devout Muslim" whose film "The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America" (You remember - the NYPD "un-training" film)



was even reluctantly denounced by Bloomberg and Kelly as "inflammatory" , AFTER it had been shown for a year to 1500 police officers. In the film Jasser claims to know and reveal  "the true agenda of much of the Muslim leadership in America" as terrorism, and a conspiracy to subvert and  take over the U.S. government through "infiltration and domination" ". He further describes himself in the film as "outcast" by much of the American Muslim  leadership. What do you know, Muslim leaders do sometimes exercise good judgment !

And there was Tarek Fatah,
Tarek Fateh (left, Peter King is right, Zuhdi Jasser 2nd from right)

a Canadian "activist" who doesn't believe for instance that Muslims in Canada should have the right to freedom of religious expression and choice, as they and other religious people do in the United States of America. He publicly has called for "burning the burka" and denounced Sharia complaint banking in Canada, but supports gay marriage - go figure.

Who else was there today? Recognize this guy - 3rd from the left with crossed arms and shades?



No? What about now?


(he's to the left of Zuhdi Jasser), or this?


(6th from the right), or this
   Why he's none other than Queens's own Qazi Imam Qayyoom, the "go-to guy" for a quick Islamic wedding in Jackson Heights!



     He's the same "brother" who denounced those of us who boycotted Mayor Bloomberg's Breakfast, and said that we were probably terrorists. At the Peter King press conference though, the comvenors wouldn't let him speak.He did get a little press mention though. Perhaps the publicity will increase his marriage business. Congratulations Qazi, you are hereby awarded the "Muslim opportunist of the day award" !

  This is the caliber of people that Peter King brought out for his dog and pony show to support the NYPD ! King himself eroded any respectability that he might have as a Congressman by denouncing the Associated Press and New York Times as "left-wing rumor mongers" . He insists that the media is engaged in a CONSPIRACY against the American people! Disgraceful - what political party is he a member of?

Oh, I see. Now I understand.

    What a disreputable bunch of supporters for the leader of "New York's finest" ! Then again, Kelly deserves them because of his duplicity. No wonder the police commissioner is in so much trouble in spite of his bluster and bravado. Face it guys - the truth is against you. Mike Lupica,  and the NY Daily News and NY Post editorial staffs may defend you, but the more you try to deceive ALL of the people ALL of the time, the more you will continued to be exposed and denigrated - Bloomberg as an "emperor with no clothes", and Kelly as pharoah's magician.

 A NEXT TO LAST THOUGHT - THIS JUST IN !!!
Tommorow, Tuesday, March 5 at 3pm Ray Kelly is cynically going to meet with a group of his hand-picked leaders so that he can say he's met with Muslim leaders about their concerns, just as he will say that after today's dog and pony show , Muslim leaders support the NYPD's actions. Let us look carefully and begin to identify Muslim opportunists and treat them with the disdain they deserve if they won't repent from their self-serving, collaborationist ways.

* ( " Dog and pony show is a colloquial term previously used in the United States in the late-19th and early-20th centuries to refer to small traveling circuses that toured through small towns and rural areas. The name derives from the common use of performing dogs and ponies as the main attractions of the events.
Performances were generally held in open-air arenas, such as race tracks or public spaces in localities that were too small or remote to attract larger, more elaborate performers or performances. By the latter part of the 20th century, the original meaning of the term had largely been lost.The term has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends. Typically, the term is used to connote disdain, jocular lack of appreciation, or distrust of the message being presented or the efforts undertaken to present it" ) - Wikipedia