Category Archives: Kashmir

Why we observe Kashmir Solidarity Day

By Raza Malik

Kashmir Shrine Protests in 2008

Every year since 1991 the people of Pakistan Observe the 5th February as a day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, who have been struggling and rendering unparalleled sacrifices to achieve their birthright, the right of self determination, for past six decades

 

To understand the importance of the observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day, one needs to understand the history of India’s occupation of Kashmir, which dates back to the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 after a century of Continue reading

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Shame on the Muslim World for their Silence

I have to say this before I say anything else, that this post and what I am about to say will offend many of you (Muslims)! And frankly I really don’t care what you think of me and how offended you get! I just don’t care…

I have said this to some people I know, and mostlty I haven’t receieved a much positive respond. I have been told to stay positive, that I should think positive, that what I say (coming below) creates ill feeling towards other Muslims and that I am being pessimistic, or that I should not judge others. I Strongly Disagree!

So here is what I have to say:

The Silence of Muslims on the issue of Kashmir is just pathetic. There are Human beings dying there, living under occupation for 63 years. How come Continue reading

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Geelani exposed to be understood!!! [Must Read]

State of Jammu and Kashmir

Below is the article on the recent Freedom Movement in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

By Mehdi Siddique

Before I begin to unveil something, I must tell you who I am so that while you go through this note you won’t fell to doubts and suspicions.

I am Mehdi Siddiquea kashmiri like all of you, someone who is reeling under oppression, undergoing through a terrible state of mind, confused and depressed like all of you. I am a commoner, I just started writing (intensively) after June,11 this year. I don’t have any other means to tell the world that ‘I want the culprits who martyred my innocent brother Tufail Matto (and the 108 that followed) to justice’, but through my writing, so I write, I want those who plunged the honor and dignity of my mothers and sisters leave my land, I want to live free. I want my brothers and sisters to live without any fear and oppression. I dream of an independent Kashmir. I want the oppressors to leave those who brutally killed nearly 100 thousand Kashmiris, those who laid their hand on the dignity of over 9000 of my mothers and sisters, those who continue to crush us and those who will Continue reading

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Is India and Pakistan heading for Nuclear War?

The following article is an important one to read about the current events.

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“India Preparing for Nuclear War”

By Zaheerul Hassan

Reliable sources stated that Pakistani authorities have decided to move her forces from Western to Eastern border. The move of forces would start soon. The decision has been taken after receiving the threat from Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor to strike Pakistan on November 22, 2009. Indian Chief warned that a limited war under a nuclear overhang is still very much a reality at least in the Indian sub-continent. On November 23, 2009 Pakistan Foreign Office Spokes man Abdul Basit asked the world community to take notice of remarks passed by the Indian Army Chief. He also said that India has set the stage and trying to impose a limited war on Pakistan. There are reports that Indian intelligence agencies have made a plan to hit some Indian nuke installation, alleging and then striking Pakistan. It is also added here that India has started purchasing lethal weapons. According to the careful survey a poor Asian country (India) has spent trillions on purchasing of Naval, Air force and nuke equipments.

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Day in Pictures: Does the world care!

A Kashmiri woman cries during a funeral of Wamik Farooq in Srinagar February 1, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN- ADMINISTERED KASHMIR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

 

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Standing United Against Terrorism & Al-Qaeda by Sheikh Salman al-Oadah | (Yasir Qadhi, Yaser Birjas and Tawfique Chaowdhury)Part 1

Part 1 includes the original article by Sheikh Al-Oadah with a follow up comment by Sheikh Yaser Birjas.
Part 2 of this series would include the comments of Sheikh Yasir Qadhi and Tawfique Chaowdhury to Al Oadah’s Article. [Umer Sultan]

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The following article was originally posted on IslamToday.com by Shaykh Salman al-Oudah (also spelled al-Awdah). The article is reproduced below, and then followed up with comments from MuslimMatters Shuyookh (Instructors) Yasir Qadhi, Yaser Birjas and Tawfique Chowdhury.

Standing United against Terrorism & al-Qaeda | Sheikh Salman al-Oadah|

This article contains some harsh words for those who choose to follow the path of violence. However, I find it necessary to use a harsh tone – which departs from my normal writing style – in order to confront those people who take up arms with the purpose of bringing death to numerous people and reducing societies to ruin.
When I wrote about al-Qaeda, some of my dear friends took exception to my doing so, warning me that I would be the brunt of libel and attacks upon my honor, or worse. However, I replied that the situation required that we speak clearly and frankly, and it does not matter what people will say.
I have persistently called upon our sincere scholars and preachers – and continue to call upon them – to describe things by their proper names, and to disassociate the word “jihād” (a word rich in meaning which is found in our sacred texts) form the activities of those killing organizations which murder innocent people and undermine security in societies around the world – regardless of whether those societies are Muslim or non-Muslim – since carrying out atrocities and targeting civilians is categorically forbidden in Islam.
Today, I must stress how important it is for us to condemn the abominable and criminal acts being perpetrated around the world in Islam’s name and which are being misrepresented as “jihād“. We must expose those acts and the people who carry them out by calling them what they really are, whether their perpetrators refer to themselves as al-Qaeda, or a jihad organization, or a militant organization or an “Islamic state”. It is not enough to give vague indications and make ambiguous general statements.
At the same time, I must stress that it is the right of every country in the world to defend itself against external aggression and to carry out resistance against an invader or occupying power. This is an international right acknowledged by all nations. Nevertheless, carrying out such legitimate resistance neither justifies nor excuses the targeting of civilians and innocents, regardless of where they are.
It is not enough that we speak up. Things have gone farther than that. A crisis has rent the intellectual and cultural fabric of our society. Therefore, I appeal to myself and to my fellow preachers to condemn this great evil in the clearest and most unambiguous terms, an evil which is causing bloodshed, destroying society, and blackening Islam’s good name. It is also hampering our development, bringing ruin to our countries, inciting transgression against human life, while violating both the tenets of Islam and the dictates of basic human values.
Therefore, we must take care not to confuse our message by discussing other wrongdoings at the same time we discuss this matter, tying them in with each other. Some ignorant people might claim that we are justifying those atrocities or seeking an excuse for them. Indeed, we should not bring up the question of terrorist attacks when we discussing social and political issues, or the media, and say: “This is the cause of that. Avoid these mistakes so as not to give cause for extremism…” This is not a good way to address the matter. It could make some of those people feel, when they see things they dislike, that they have an excuse to perpetrate acts of violence. We need to make a clear distinction between issues, and take care how we speak, so as not to unwittingly have a negative impact upon such people.
We should be wary of how we use the words “but” and “however“, words which can lead some young people to fall into misunderstandings, as if what we are saying has many angles to it which can be interpreted in various ways.
The problem we are addressing is one of blind civil strife, where “every time it seems to come to an end, it just goes on” as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said in an authentic tradition describing the tribulations of the Last Days. The onus of quelling this strife and exposing how it violates Islamic teachings falls upon the sincere scholars and preachers of Islam who do not fear the censure of others and who feel no hesitation in calling a crime a crime, regardless of the consequences.
I do not care if some people who dislike what I say are going to accuse me of working for this or that interest group, or of being a “government stooge“. I call Allah to witness for what I say. My condemnation of terror stems from my religious faith and my firm convictions. No one has any sway over my beliefs. I am neither for nor against the governments. Regardless of the consequences, I am against deviance, destructive behavior, and acts of atrocity in general, and especially when those acts are perpetrated in the name of religion. I make my position plain.
I do not care if my opponents insist on making false accusations against me. I say what I mean, loudly and clearly. These are my religious beliefs, which I have not changed and which have not been any different in the past. However, there is a more pressing need today than at any previous time to reiterate those beliefs and announce them all the more forcefully. Indeed, ever since the outbreak of these violent acts, speaking out against them has become a religious, educational and moral imperative for anyone who cares about the future of Islam, our country, the generations to come, and preserving what little stability is left in the Muslim world.
That which is happening in Somalia and elsewhere is a heartbreaking tragedy. Everything is being laid to waste and people are killing each other over the ruins – all in Islam’s name. People have being killed by the droves, without pause, even in the month of Ramadan.
I declare that Allah does not make right the deeds of those who perpetrate atrocities. Nor does He bring the plots of the deceivers to right guidance. Those who, in the name of Islam, kill innocents – and very often they happen to be Muslims – or who claim that by doing so they are upholding Islamic teachings, they will not succeed and they will not set things right. Rather, they will face Allah’s punishment and become a warning to others unless they repent beforehand.
Al-Qaeda is not what it was before September 11. It has turned into a media phenomenon with many people claiming the name merely for its symbolic value, mobilizing the youth under its umbrella. In this way, the strategy has changed, the evil has shaken loose from its reins and become like shrapnel all over the place, possessing a regional character but making a global noise. Al-Qaeda has become like a trademark that anyone can get hold of and carry out their activities in its name. It is no longer a cohesive organization with strong ties between its leaders and followers.
I call upon those who still make excuses and hesitate when they speak to think about the judgment they will face when they will stand before Allah. They should not let the oppressive acts of governments or their policies – like what took place in Algeria – or the embargoes that governments impose upon them, cause them to be unjust. The heavens and the Earth are only set aright by justice.
The merciful thing to do is to tell those young people who have been deceived, and those who are set to join their ranks tomorrow, that: This path you are taking is not going to bring you to your goal. It will not save you from Hell or earn you Paradise. Whoever wants success in this life, salvation in the next, and Allah’s pleasure should adhere to the true teachings of Islam and keep far away from bloodshed and strife. Do not attempt to reinterpret the faith so as to justify acts that are clearly and patently evil. In the boldness with which you commit such mortal sins, you engage in crimes far worse in Allah’s estimation than those whom you purport to condemn.
This should be the message that parents give to their families, that mothers teach their children, that teachers impart to their students, and that preachers address to their congregations. The condemnation of terror should not be connected with any official campaign, media drive, or salaried work. Rather, it should come from an inner sense of religious duty, from our obligation to raise the next generation correctly and to call people to what is right. It should be carried out with the intention of fostering reconciliation in society and building bridges between ourselves and those who disagree with us, which can be achieved on the basis of our shared concern to safeguard our faith and our worldly lives. In our thinking, we need to get beyond defending our individual interests and look to the general good and to the future. Our concern should be for society: its common folk and its leaders, its rich and its poor, those who are righteous and those who are sinners. All of these people are part of our society, and we must share a sense of loyalty with them all.
When we talk about this issue, which is of the utmost seriousness, we must not mix it up with talk about other things. Those other matters might very well be equally important, or more important, or less. In any case, those issues can be addressed on other occasions.
In all earnest, I call upon our young people to discuss this matter both in person and on the Internet, to uncover the reasons why some people have sympathies for such activities and organizations and how to remedy the causes for those sympathies. I call upon them to hold fast to the clear and explicit teachings of Islam, as set forth in the Qur’an and Sunnah, which warn against sowing dissention, killing, and murder. Indeed, this was one of the last exhortations that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made to his followers at the end of his life, on the occasion of his final pilgrimage.

Some sick-minded people have started talking about assassinations as if they were a tradition established by the Prophet. This is more than a misunderstanding – it is delusional. Did the Prophet permit the execution of the leaders of Quraysh in Mecca when they sought to stamp out the Muslims in their midst? No. Or the leaders of the traitorous hypocrites in Madinah when the sought to undermine the nascent Muslim community? No. Did he call for executing the leaders of the Jews when there was a covenant between them? No. Did he ever grant anyone the right to pass personal judgment over others and their faith and carry out punishments? No. Never did he permit such things. What chaos would have been worse than that? But this is what these people today want to reduce us to.

I assert, on the basis of certain conviction, that the people who follow that extreme path, if they ever come into power, will bring destruction and ruin to everything. Society, from its civil cohesion, to its family integrity, to its agriculture, would waste away. Those people would foster civil strife and suffer for it in turn. This is because they have deviated from the straight path. They have no understanding of Islamic teachings and the wisdom behind those teachings. They are ignorant of the natural laws that Allah has placed in His creation. Therefore, they will never be successful and never find divine support. That is for certain, as anyone who has understanding can see. Nevertheless, those people are quite successful in spreading chaos and confusion. They are good at misleading the simple-minded and causing discord, and they are given support in this whenever we are silent, mince our words, or withhold judgment.
May the peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, who brought the clear message and established the clear proof. And praise be to Allah, the Lord of All the Worlds.

Follow Up Comments by Shaykh Yaser Birjas

Sheikh Salaman al-Awda has boldly spoken the truth. His words in his recent article “Standing Together Against Terrorism and al-Qa’eda” truly profess a scholarly assessment, a brotherly advice and putting things, facts and people in their rightful position.
Speaking from a personal experience during my four years stay in Bosnia, I can confidently confirm the great misconception young Muslims have had and still having about a noble religious principle in its broader meaning such as Jihad and the mix up between it and the acts of violence done in the name of Jihad and Islam.
There is no doubt, calling for justice is a form of Jihad in itself, even if it entails the use of proportional force by those who are in authoritative position and can perform in that capacity. Acts of violence, such as indiscriminate killing, on the other hand can never be attributed to Jihad or Islam simply because the perpetrators chose to give it that name.
The message delivered in the article was a strong statement from the sheikh hafidhahullah, and definitely was much needed for our time. I personally support it and believe in it.
May Allah give the sheikh and us all the strength to remain steadfast against all acts of evil and injustices and use us all in the best way in serving his message al-Islam.

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Open Letter to the Pakistan Association of America in Michigan

From: Umer Sultan.

To: Pakistan Association of America-MI Board of Directors and the Executive Board.

Assalam-o-Alaikum

In this last month of August and at the height of the Pakistan’s 62nd Independence Day, I came across PAA-MI official booklet of congratulations to the Pakistani Community. That experience was of joy at first glance and the feeling of betrayal at another. I am here writing this to you all with deep sincerity, anger, and sadness.
Pakistan came into being after many sacrifices and hardships that no one can deny and the mass migration of the Muslims from Hindustan to Pakistan was unprecedented at least in the history of Muslims and of South Asia.
Many of those who witnessed that fateful day, the creation of an independent state for the Muslims for freedom to practice their religion, are still alive.
In the wake of the happiness of the Independence Day, we Pakistanis should not loose all our intellectual sense and completely disregard the history of Pakistan. Looking at the pictures of Pakistan in the official booklet, I saw two outlined maps of Pakistan that were missing the Jugular Vein of Pakistan.

So for a reminder to the Executive Board and the Board of Directors about our Jugular Vein, I would like to quote our Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader) Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The Quaid-e-Azam’s interest in Kashmir is evident from the fact that he explained the significance of the name of Pakistan to Mountbatten on 17 May 1947 as follows:

The derivation of the word Pakistan – P for Punjab; A for Afghan (i.e. Pathans NWFP); K for Kashmir; I for nothing because that letter was not in the word in Urdu; S for Sindh and Tan for the last syllable for Baluchistan“.

This explanation of the Quaid-e-Azam is contained in the official publication in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1993 of the four final volumes of a selection of British documents relating to the Transfer of Power in India. [Azad Jammu and Kashmir]

Sir/Madam this is carelessness on the part of your organization, that is suppose to represent Pakistan and the American Pakistani community, your organization approved the official booklet with an incomplete Pakistan.
Sir/Madam Pakistan Association of America- Michigan is the only Pakistani American Association that enagages the American diplomats and Pakistani embassies for Pakistani American community in Michigan. This act represents unprofessionalism, and is an event of great grief.
Kashmir has been and will be the Jugular Vein of Pakistan. If we (the Pakistanis) are not going to make stand for the Muslims and Sikhs oppressed in the Indian held state of Jammu and Kashmir, who will?
Looking back at the history and present, we see the world recognizes Palestine and Israel as a conflict zone and Jerusalem as a disputed territory. International Media pays attention to that conflict and it is on the headlines not only in US but also through out the Muslim World. Why this is not the case with Kashmir, we must wonder?
Kashmir issue started in 1947, right after the creation of Pakistan and the independence of Hindustan (into India) from British Raj, while Israel was created in 1948. We had the opportunity of almost a year to address our stand point to the world.
The official standpoint of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, as you must know is that the Kashmir issue should be resolved by UN Resolution, which calls for impartial elections for annexation. Then why must we be ashamed of our lost territory to India when we stand by the UN Resolution, while India trash the resolution completely, and moreover, declares Kashmir as her “Atoot Ang” when in reality it is not.

You must also know that few months back, Indian held Kashmir was facing curfew for weeks and during this time, Indian security forces opened fire at unarmed protest of Kashmiris.
Sir/ Madam I request you all, who have the supposedly authority of representation of Pakistani Americans, that if you cannot educate the Americans about the issue of Kashmir, please do not show a divided Pakistan in your official publications. I am posting an Official Pakistani Map from the Ministry of Foriegn Affairs. Please refer to more Pakistani maps at Hamara Pakistan Fan Page.
I will say to you what Quaid-e-Azam said to Mountbatten on Nov 1, 1947:

“The accession [of Kashmir to India] was not a bona fide one since it rested on fraud and violence and would never be accepted by Pakistan…Accession was the end of a long intrigue.”

In conclusion, make sure this carelessness doesn’t happen in any of other official publishings. Pakistan was created based on the ideals and thought of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It is upon the present and future generation of Pakistanis around the world to reflect those good ideals, which we so often chose to ignore. PAA-MI can do its part as an organization.
Assalam-o-Alaikum.
Umer Sultan can be contacted thekeytopower@gmail.com.
Note: Readers are free to post at their blog as long as they post the entire Open Letter. Also please post/ e-mail the link of this Open Letter to the Pakistan Association of America-MI to show your solidarity of a Complete Pakistan at Their Website and e-mail them at paamichigan@gmail.com and Please post at their Facebook Fan Page.

[Top]Kashmir Flag
[Right]Official Pakistan Map
More Maps can be found at Hamara Pakistan Facbook Fan Page linked in the Open Letter above.

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