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Imam Abu Taubah, African American imam and Hafize Qur'an, arrested in Orlando, Florida. His story was censored by the media and ignored by pro-government "Muslim" cliques. We learned of this shameful incident from one of the Imam's students in Glasgow, UK [distant learning]. The story of this patriotic American [he served in the marines] and his conversion to Islam is fascinating. There is no clue to his arrest other than that he wanted Muslims to go to Mauritania and that his racist enemies are trying to connect him to Boko Haram in Nigeria. Please scroll to end for the report prepared by his mosque. Lengthy but very readable.
Eid al-Adha Mubarak on Nov. 6 to our Muslim readers. Kulle aam wa untum bakhair!
[Remember that if you don't pray your obligatory five daily prayers, Allah Almighty may not accept your Eid prayer.]
We urge Muslims to pray on Eid for the end of occupation by India in Kashmir, by Russia in Chechnya, by NATO in Afghanistan, by the US in Iraq, by Israel in Palestine and by the dictators of Syria, Yemen and Bahrain of their own people.
Best letter on Qaddafi's lynching/murder. It's worth reading. Scroll to end.
Our America: [See two more items on "Our America" below. Scroll!]
An Unusual Candidate in Baltimore, Maryland
We claim we want change. David Anthony Wiggins, City Council Presidential candidate, is a man who doesn't mince words, and has been unequivocal in standing up for the rights of Baltimore's Black community. Even if you don't agree with him on every issue, please stand together with him. Running an entirely grassroots campaign with no big money involved, he is one of the lone voices against Baltimore's zionists and racists. He needs your help. Please get the word out.
[After reading this, go down to Imam Badi's Spotlights on Capitalism. The spotlights could change your thinking.]
Farewell to Religion, says Capitalism. Sex Industrialized!
by Dr. Javed Jamil [The writer is a distinguished economist, basing his writings on the Qur'an]
During the last few centuries, especially in the wake of Industrial Revolution, businessmen have organised themselves into an aggressive, domineering, dextrous, ingenious and inexorable class. It has, wrongfully or rightfully but successfully, mastered all the new information, techniques and opportunities available to it for the protection and expansion of its interests. This is where economic fundamentalism begins to emerge.They have sacrificed the goddess of justice before the eyes of the Statue of Liberty. They have transformed through political manoeuvres the state into their estate. They have incessantly and relentlessly been trying to organise a grand farewell for religion. They have captivated the people's imagination through the media. They have got the attire of society redesigned so that it looks gorgeous and inviting to their eyes. They have industrialised sex, in which they have discovered the hen that always lays golden eggs. They have relocated the entire educational set-up on the Wall Street. They have monopolised the tree of economy whose fruits and shadows are only theirs; others can only admire its beauty from a safe distance. They have taken science and technology as their mistresses that are always keen to offer their glorious best to them. They have nipped all the challenges in the buds by masterminding popular movements. They have lynched 'civilization', which has been given a new incarnation; and now Bohemians are called civilised. Last but not the least, they have been busy colonizing the good earth in the name of globalization.
[Also, Munawar Hasan pinpoints US intervention as root of Pakistan's problems. Please scroll down for report.]
Islamic Leader Extends Hand of Brotherhood and Cooperation to Christians
LAHORE, Nov. 1: The Jamaat e Islami ameer, Syed Munawar Hasan, has said that the JI believed in service to humanity irrespective of religious differences. Addressing a gathering of Muslims and Christians at Islamabad, he said that the Christians and other minorities in Pakistan are equal citizens and enjoy equal rights. He assured the minorities that the JI on coming to power, would fully protect their basic rights. He also invited the Christians for a joint struggle against tyranny and oppression.
He said that the People of the Book were all brothers. However, he said, the minorities and the Christians had genuine complaints that they were treated as second rate citizens. This was because a big chunk of the Muslims do not know basic Islamic teachings. He said according to the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah, a Christian neighbour had all the rights given by Allah and His Prophet (pbuh). He said it was the responsibility of the Muslim majority to help the Christian brethren in their difficulty and try to mitigate their sufferings. He said if every Muslim knew basic Islamic teachings, he would make every sacrifice for his Christian brothers.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that the JI had offered every possible help to the Christians in difficulties such as natural calamities, floods, earthquakes, etc. He pointed out that members of the minorities had also been elected to the assemblies on the JI ticket. He said that in Pakistan, the Muslim majority as also the minorities were equally suffering because of the corruption of the rulers, price hike, load shedding, and insecurity. He said that the tyrants were neither Muslims nor Christians and the entire nation must unite against them.
Spotlights on Capitalism by Imam Badi Ali, Jamaat al-Muslimeen National Shoora
Spotlight #1: At one time people robbed banks; now banks rob people..
Spotlight #2: A loan officer is actually a sophisticated thief.
Spotlight # 3. Under capitalism, the rich are becoming richer, the poor are gettting poorer.
Spotlight #4: Banks are runn by white collar criminal, mafias and crooked businessmen. They steah through charging interest.
Spotlight 5: Loans are available to the rich, not to the poor. [Did you know that?]
Spotlight #6: Banks are like slave masters. They own your belongingd, even your furniture and your clothes. You work FOR the banks to be able to get your daily needs. Similarly the world is governed by BIGGER banks: The World Bank, IMF, etc. They "possess" entire countries.
Spotlight #7: Bankers' humor: "Why don't you loan to the poor?" "Because they don't play golf!"
Spotlight #8: More than THREE BILLION of the world's people are NOT eligible to get loans. On top of that, Banks claim that they are helping the needy!
Spotlight #9: Our Islam advice to President Obama and other leaders of ther world: If you want reform, GET RID OF INTEREST.
Spotlight #10: The poor don't go around talking of their poverty. Being poor is part of the human condition. Islam does not see Islam as something demeaning, nor are the poor looked down upon in Islam.
Spotlight #11: Mortgage is a crime against humanity. Jesus, pbuh, was strongly against interest. Those who claim to be followers of Jesus, pbuh, ignore this fact.
Spotlight #12: Any impartial inquiry into the banking system would show that it is full of racketeering and rip offs, and strong opposition to reform.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Philadelphia: Literature Given to 100 People
On November 4, a new effort was made to spread the message to Muslims in Philadelphia. At the University of Pennsylvania. after juma prayers, literature was given to 100 people. The response was very positive. Pro-government groups like CAIR have no influence in this area. Most of the people were from four groups: African Americans and Africans from various countries, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis and some Arabic speakers from Lebanon and Egypt. The numbers of women have grown.
The articles given out included a report on Taliban control of 70% of Afghanistan, Imam Badi''s analysis in the form of 12 challenges facing Libya after Qaddafi, Dr. Siddique's condemnation of the lynching of Qaddafi as well as his radio interview about the US air assault on Kunar province of Afghanistan. Mark Weber's article on Jews in Wall Street was included.
Also from Philadelphia
Serving the Oppressed and the Downtrodden
Homeless People in America!
by Sis. Nabila Bey
All praise due to The Creator, to date, we have serviced over 110 persons in 3 homeless shelters, 2 drug rehabilitation shelters, families newly out of shelter and 4 individual families (1 experienced a fire).
We intend to continue to provide services through 'Eid al-Adha so, should you know of any homeless families, or any senior or family in need in the Delaware Valley, please contact us! We also accept cash, check and product donations year round. Just call 215-247-4471! Packing assistance came from the Alimah Scouts and Jawala Scouts.
[With thanks to Br. Laidi from Algeria ][October 28]
A leading Japanese journalist recently made two incredible claims about the Fukushima power plant that suffered a nuclear meltdown in March 2011, sending shockwaves around the world.
First, the former editor of a national newspaper in Japan says the U.S. and Israel knew Fukushima had weapons-grade uranium and plutonium that were exposed to the atmosphere after a massive tsunami wave hit the reactor.
Second, he contends that Israeli intelligence sabotaged the reactor in retaliation for Japan's support of an independent Palestinian state.
According to Yoishi Shimatsu, a former editor of Japan Times Weekly, these nuclear materials were shipped to the plant in 2007 on the orders of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, with the connivance of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The shipment was in the form of warhead cores secretly removed from the U.S. nuclear warheads facility BWXT Plantex
near Amarillo, Texas.
While acting as the middleman, Israel transported warheads from the port of Houston, and in the process kept the best ones while giving the Japanese older warhead cores that had to be further enriched at Fukushima.
Shimatsu credits retired CIA agent and mercenary Roland Vincent Carnaby with learning the warheads were being transported from Houston.
In a strange twist, Carnaby was mysteriously shot dead less than a year later by Houston police at a traffic stop.
He was shot once in the back and once in the chest. He did not have a weapon in his hands.
Intelligence sources said he had been tracking a Mossad unit that was smuggling U.S. plutonium out of Houston docks for an Israeli nuclear reactor.
In an even more explosive charge, the journalist says that 20 minutes before the Fukushima plant's nuclear meltdown, Israel was so upset with Japanese support for a Palestinian declaration of statehood that it double-crossed Japan by unleashing the Stuxnet virus on the plant's computers.
Our America #1
40 Years! US Zionism has Outdone Stalin's USSR
Michael Petit -- BBC News
Over the past ten years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members. That is nearly four times the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The child maltreatment death rate in the US is triple Canada's and eleven times that of Italy. Millions of children are reported as abused and neglected every year. Why is that? Part of the answer is that teen pregnancy, high-school dropout, violent crime, imprisonment, and poverty - factors associated with abuse and neglect - are generally much higher in the US.
US Intervention Root of Pakistan's Problems
Juma Khutba by Syed Munawar Hasan
by Shamsuddin Amjad
LAHORE, Nov. 4: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan Syed Munawar Hasan, has said that a foreign policy aiming at the protection of US interests and priorities could not safeguard the country's independence and sovereignty.
Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, he said that the presence of US and NATO forces in the region was the root cause of all problems here and peace could not be restored as long as these forces remained in the area. He said that the US announcement to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by 2014 was only to mislead the world.
The JI chief appreciated the Turkish Conference resolve to restore peace in Afghanistan through an end to terrorism and arms cleansing. However, he said that peace could not return to Afghanistan without the exit of US and NATO troops. He said, US and NATO forces had turned reduced Afghanistan cities and towns into debris and killed millions of innocent people. In spite of that, it was facing tough resistance and it did not know how to get out of that country and it was pressurizing Islamabad for an honorable exist.
The JI chief said that the rulers were offering different explanations for granting Most Favoured Nation status to India to deceive the masses but this was sprinkling salt on the wounds of the Kashmiris who had been struggling for freedom for three decades.
He said, the drama of trade with India had been staged to provide India a permit to enter Afghanistan under the US pressure because Washington wanted to establish India's supremacy in the region to cut down China's increasing role and popularity.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that according to a government spokesman, Pakistani citizens have around 5 billion dollars in the Swiss banks. He said all this was ill gotten wealth and must be brought back to stabilize the country's economy.
|Abu Taubah: a legacy of learning |
He was born Marcus Dwayne Robertson September 3rd, 1968 in New York city, the second of three sons. His father a New York state politician, his mother a principal, Abu Taubah grew up in a Jewish-Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, where he would live and learn until he left to serve his country as a marine at the age of seventeen.
His paternal great-great-grandfather was emancipated from slavery owing to his medical knowledge and after a few years of work, was able to earn enough money to buy his wife's freedom. The family recognized that education played a major role in achieving and maintaining their status as 'freemen' while the majority of the african population in the united states still lived in the oppressive bondage of colonial slavery.
Marcus' paternal grandfather was a man with a strong drive to serve his community and better his environment, serving the public as both a fireman and a police officer. He was also a master golfer who, along with his friends, would travel around the United States, challenging the white-only country clubs with the wager: 'play us; if we lose we will not come back. if we win, change your rules for admittance to include negroes.' The many trophies his grandfather amassed during this time golfing are still in the family today.
The impact these two patriarchs had on the family ideology was to instill the importance of education and professional aptitude in changing the state of people and impacting both society at large, as well as the individual affairs and status of a people and community. As such, the Robertsons were always an educated family, wherein education and professional skills were employed to better the situation of not only the family but of the community; an effective avenue to impact societal change while instilling a strong obligation to civil service to the community in which they lived. These were ideals and ethics that Abu Taubah would inherit from his family and uphold throughout his life.
This noble philosophy was not limited to his paternal lineage. His mother, from rural Georgia, was the first in her family not to pick cotton. Her father, a Baptist preacher, and older siblings all worked as sharecroppers in order to earn enough money to send her to school and receive an education. Abu Taubah's mother realized the importance of acquiring knowledge in order to evoke a change in condition, and she decided to embark on the path of teaching, aspiring to enhance the social condition of her community.
She became an apt educator, working first as an English teacher, and later a principal. Abu Taubah's father was involved in politics, which kept him busy in Albany, the state capitol, at least three days of the week. Politics, political activism and the American tradition of healthy debate and civil disagreement were very much a part of the Robertson family dynamic. While his father was a proponent of Marcus Garvey and the pan-african movement, his mother admired the integrationist philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Growing up in such a family inspired Abu Taubah with a love for education, learning, diversity, tolerance and language and helped to cement his idea of what 'truth should be' as well as providing him with a practical experience in politics, preparing him to face the realities of the world. Exposure to the multi-cultural environs of New York also contributed to shaping his outlook and impacted his life as a student and a voracious lover of learning. In his youth, observing that almost everyone in his neighborhood and city were bilingual, he set out to learn another language himself, and learned to read and write Hebrew from his jewish neighbors.
'i'm one of them'
Religion never played a prominent role in his early life; however, at the age of thirteen his mother decided that her sons were in need of religious grounding to curb disciplinary behavior. 'Everyone's got to have a religion,' she reasoned. After an initial unsuccessful attempt of sending them to a nearby catholic church, his mother decided to send thirteen year-old Marcus and his brothers to the Concord Southern Baptist Church Cf christ across Brooklyn.
One fateful day, Robertson recounts, while being driven through Crown Heights on the way to Concord, his brothers and he inquisitively questioned their father about the religion of every ethnicity encountered along the eastern parkway. Identifying the Chinese with kung fu, the Whites with Christianity, the Indians with cows, and the eastern-european Jews with Judaism, he felt an immediate attraction to a diverse collection of people called Muslims.
'Where are they from?' he and his brothers asked their father. Every other group they had seen were easily identified by their homogenous identity, but these Muslims were European, African, Latino, Asian and Arab. they seemed to come from everywhere and nowhere. 'they're Muslim,' their father replied. Impressed by the overpowering fragrance of attar and 'oud, the vibrant clothing and apparent universality of the people, young Marcus proclaimed, 'i'm one of them; i'm a Muslim'. Surprisingly, his father validated the assertion by pointing out that most people of African descent were historically Muslim, and Marcus' own grandfather, although not a Muslim, used to pray to "Allah."
Decidedly settled on the matter, Robertson arrived at church that day to declare to his father that he would not attend service. The deacon graciously compromised with him and Marcus agreed to assist in preparing weekly dinners downstairs while only attending a review of the creed once a month upstairs. Simultaneously during these years, the young Abu Taubah would eventually find his way to a masjid, playing basketball at the humble, apartment-sized structure of masjid at-taqwa headed by imam Siraj Wahaj.
Although having received a copy of the translation of the Qur'an from his father and regularly frequenting the masjid twice a week for four years, Marcus' knowledge of islam by the time he was seventeen was limited to three fundamental injunctions: that he shouldn't eat pork, or lie and that like the two Muslims whom he knew of, Malcolm x and Muhammad Ali, he shouldn't take any trash from anybody. Although Marcus had read the Bible from cover to cover, and loved the stories of the prophets he found there, his intitial foray into reading the qur'an 'gave him a headache' and at that age, he simply couldn't wrap his head around it.
Abu Taubah enlisted in the United States marine corps in 1985 at the age of seventeen, confidently listing his religion as Muslim, although with very little knowledge of the religion itself. While in the usmc he received an education in military ethics and possessing the traits necessary for service in the special forces; physical and mental fortitude, confidence, courage, and skill, he became a member of the second force reconnaissance company, the legendary special operations capable unit also known as 2nd force recon.
While serving in 2nd force recon, a member of the elite counterterrorism unit joint special operations command (jsoc), he had a front seat to international politics as they unfolded onto the world stage, and benefited from the exposure he received to the troubled and conflict-ridden areas of the globe.
Uncomfortable with the prospect of being a Muslim deployed in the arena of operation Desert Storm, Abu Taubah sought reassignment and was instead sent on special duty to Japan. Despite having spent some nine odd years of being a self-professed Muslim, it was in Japan where he was introduced to the main tenets of the faith under the instruction of imam Medhat Elshamy, who introduced him to tawheed, the aqeedah of ahl al sunnah and the Arabic language.
What type of muslim are you?
by the end of his nine year military career and service to his country in the usmc, sergeant Rrobertson was ready to embark on another adventure of service, dedication and discipline, as a talib ul 'ilm, a student of knowledge. Abu Taubah realized an earnest need to seek knowledge of Islam and discover an authentic creed and just what type of Muslim and man he was. Having been exposed to many inauthentic, deviant or extreme distortions of islam in his service combating terrorism, he knew he needed to discover, for himself, what Islam truly was, and that knowledge preceded words and actions.
After returning to the US to teach and build the foundations for further study, Abu Taubah traveled to Mauritania where he would devote the next six years of his life to learning the intricacies of the Arabic language and its thirteen sciences and the foundations of Islamic law (usool al fiqh) under the auspices of the late Sheikh Muhammad Salum 'adood' ash-Shanqeeti رحمه الله تعالى.
After leaving Mauritania, Abu Taubah continued on the road of the students of knowledge which led him to Egypt, where he learned aqeedah, minhaaj and hadith from Shaykh Salahuddin Abdul Maujood, Dr. Majdi sultan, and shaykh Muhammad Faruq al-misri. He also set out to become a hafidh al-Qur'an and memorized the complete Qur'an by-heart while also learning the science of qur'anic recitation (tajweed). He studied the Qur'an under the tutelage of ten esteemed scholars while in egypt:
shaykh sa'd al-ghannam at-tantawi
shaykh muhammad al faruq al-misri
shaykh muqri al-hindi
shaykh bubakr djob al-fulata
ustaadh khalid rislan al-misri
ustaadh khalid khadir al-hindi
ustaadh ahmad husayn ash-sheeni
abdul adheem al-badawi
abdul kareem as-sudani
abdul aziz ture' as-senegali
Abu Taubah spent four years in Egypt mastering various islamic disciplines and in total spent an entire decade studying Islam abroad; all so as to be able to discern real islam from deviant and adulterated practices which some misguided people presented as the religion. At the end of his ten-year journey, he had received permission from his teachers to speak on the fundamental subjects of the religion and was granted specific ijaazaat on the particular sciences he had studied with them.
'Be slow to take offence & always ready for reconciliation'
On September the 11th, 2001 Abu Taubah was in Brooklyn, having returned from his studies abroad, to bring his malaria-stricken daughter Ramlah home for medical attention. He described his experience that day, as a Muslim, American and a human being:
"i'm a New Yorker so i have family [there]… i was there. when i heard, i was in Brooklyn, i went down and i helped in everything that was going on; clearing debris pulling people out, i was there on the day it happened. i was in New York city. Muslims died also. i went downtown, [and] i did my part as a human being to help out in the situation at hand and i was just as scared and i was just as emotionally full as everybody else there. and that's just a human factor; we're all humans at the end of the day. Islam doesn't have anything to do with that, Islaam is free of that."
Deeply affected by the events of 9/11, Abu Taubah set out to disseminate the correct and peaceful vision of Islam that he had learned from a long line of scholars. He understood the lack of Islamic scholarship in the United States made the domestic Muslim population vulnerable to deviancy and sought to remedy the problem by establishing the Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary (f.i.k.s.) program.
Each one teach one
Abu Taubah began the FIKS program with the goal of providing Muslims living in the west true Islamic educational instruction in a practical and easily accessible manner for a primarily English-speaking audience. By providing both on-location, traditional face to face, as well as virtual classrooms, he sought to make the program a global rather than local phenomenon that would benefit society and the Muslims.
The curriculum he developed also aimed to foster an outlook and world vision wherein the best of both the shari'ah and western culture could be applied in a constructive manner, synthesizing a spiritual and healthy lifestyle while also enabling the students to realise the feasibility of coexisting alongside those of different faiths and ideologies without a sacrifice of Islamic identity or ideals.
The program covered a wide variety of Islamic sciences from an engaging and easily understood Arabic program, covering all levels, to qur-aanic sciences and Islamic law and history. The program also provided courses covering a wide spectrum of audiences including a set of courses designed for teaching children, young learners, New muslims, women and men.
The FIKS program, besides being taught on location in various masajid and being offered as online distance learning, also provided a unique curriculum, made available for pre-existing or burgeoning islamic schools around the world, enabling them to profit from the program in their native environs and through familiar and indigenous instructors.
However, Abu Taubah, with a persistent commitment to community service and love of teaching and helping others, was not content just running and teaching in his own seminary. He also collaborated with other islamic educational endeavors such as the alMaghrib institute as a guest teacher and lecturer, as well as alKauthar as a regular instructor, joining the staff of the Global Islamic Institute in 2010.
In addition to this rigorous regime, he has also devoted time to work with the international, humanitarian aid organization, Mercy Mission, and has also regularly acted as imam and community leader, first in New York, serving communities in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and more recently as imam of masjidul-ihsaan in Orlando, Florida. abu Taubah has also applied his expertise as a writer and editor for the global Islamic publisher Darussalam, as well as providing his vocal talents for various children's media.
Marcus 'Abu Taubah' Robertson, a man who has devoted a large part of his life to preaching, teaching and community service, was arrested by the US federal bureau of investigation on Tuesday the 23rd of august 2011 and is currently being held, without bail, at John e. Polk correctional facility in Seminole county, Florida on charges of illegal possession of a firearm.
Although many speculations surround allegations of a previous criminal record, it should be made clear that if such a history did exist, he would have already paid his debt to society with time served. What is more apparent, however, is that imam Abu Taubah was singled out as a vocal and influential member of the American Muslim community and had been under government surveillance for some time as indicated by a vague invocation of the unconstitutional foreign intelligence surveillance act.
Presumption of innocence is a well maintained and lauded ideology in almost all civilized societies. It is also an ideal that is upheld by the United States and one of the concepts enshrined in its constitution, which Marcus took an oath to defend from all threats both foreign and domestic and for which he fought and bled. Islam also upholds the notions of presumption of innocence and of placing burden of guilt upon the accusers.
Abu Taubah should be given the rights endowed to him by his Creator as well as by the laws of the United States, rights which he defended so that others might enjoy them although they are now denied to him.
You can support Abu Taubah and his family by writing to him and letting him know that you stand in solidarity with him. You can also support his family, which grieves the absence of a father and husband and contribute to his defense by donating.
mail letters or correspondence to:
John Polk Correctional Facility
attn: Marcus Robertson 201100011051
211 Bush blvd. Sanford, FL 32773
You cannot send anything else. Even bringing or sending the following items is prohibited:
books, battery- or electronically-operated cards, candy, care packages, clothing, envelopes, food, glitter, hygiene items, magazines, medication, polaroid pictures, snacks, stamps, stickers, writing paper is considered contraband etc.
Please do not send any cash, money orders or checks to this address.
If you send any of these items, the mail will be returned to you.
Greeting cards may not be larger than 5 in. x 7 in. and may not be battery- or electronically-operated. Any mail that is perfumed or has glitter, stickers or contains any other form of contraband, to include stamps, envelopes or blank paper, will be returned to sender.
What should you do?
Please donate generously to the "Abu Taubah defense and support fund". your contributions will be used to pay for food, clothing and shelter for his family, and Abu Taubah's legal fees. Also, please make duaa to Allaah to remove this difficulty from Abu Taubah and his family.
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and most importantly remember him and his family in your prayers and dua.
And again we greatly appreciate all your support, may Allaah make things easy for us all, ameen.
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Letter: NATO & the lynching/murder of Gaddafi
NATO's Dastardly Role
I read with interest your current issue, most of which concerns the murder of Col. Gadaffi. Here's my take on the issue: Islamists and secular people were equally at fault for Gadaffi's brutal end. Islamists and secular people were also supporters of him during his 42-year reign. The destruction of Libya and the deaths of Gadaffi and his family members come at the hands of NATO, an organization that does not discriminate against one because of his/her religion or non-belief. They are thoughtless murderers of all. I see various accounts of whether the "rebels" were Islamic or not or whether Gadaffi was a friend of Islam. NATO's inhumane and brutal actions make any such argument irrelevant. If this were a true uprising of a segment of the population against Gadaffi's rule, I would observe and accept the results. However, once NATO began bombing and starving Gadaffi's fighters (the UK recently bragged that it did this through cyberspace), it was not a popular resistance, but a mercenary violent attack on all Libyans by Western imperalists.
As far as burying him an an unknown area, you and others are right: what are they afraid of? With Saddam Hussein, they buried him in his hometown, but so many people came to honor him, that the Iraqi stooges made a law making it illegal for anyone outside Tikrit to visit his grave. Despite this law, thousands of people are breaking it by taking bus tours to his grave. I ask again, what is the Iraqi government afraid of? Saddam is dead. Now, Gadaffi is dead. Do the tratiors think he will rise from the dead and lead a movement to their destruction? Of course not. One more note: a reader asked why the subject of 1,200 prisoners that the West said they found in mass graves, not come up prior to the finding of these bodies? Probably because CNN brought a team of independent forensic experts with them that concluded the bones were those of camels. At least they learned their lesson from Iraq where many allegations of mass graves under Saddam were disproved when they were inspected by independent forensic people. For instance, one prison in Iraq was supposedly the mass grave of 150 women. This was reported in the media as fact. When the site was finally dug up, the bones of two cows were found. The underlying despicable aspect of Libya was that NATO was given a free hand to kill and destroy and nobody raised objections. This precedent will repeat itself and look for NATO to begin a program of the re-conquest of Africa. Amidst all the news of Libya, few people mentioned that Obama publicly stated that US military troops were on their way to Uganda and he even bragged that this is a good country for the US to launch future attacks against various African nations. Neither Islam nor secularism are the bogeymen in the destruction of Libya. It was outside forces who did not care whom they killed, regardless of religion or political ideology.
San Diego, California