400,000 take part in Jihad Gathering
- 400,000 take part in Jihad Gathering
40,000 Women Turned up led by mothers of 2000 Martyrs
Jihad Movement Demands Removal of U.S. bases & FBI, release of Dr.
New Trend observers were puzzled on hearing that Pakistani
coup leader Pervez Musharraf allowed court activity to go through
which resulted in the release of both Dr. Amir (who treated Osama
and people injured in U.S. bombing) as well as Jihad movement leader
Hafiz Saeed. Here is the force which Musharref took into
It appears that both the Pakistani and U.S. media have censored
a major Pakistani event which took place Novemeber 1, 2 and 3. The
Jihad movement known as jamaat ad-da'wa (with its fighting wing in
Kashmir known as Lashkare Taiba) was refused permission by the pro-
U.S. regime to hold its annual gathering on the outskirts of Lahore.
Instead of clashing with the government, the Jihad movement
rapidly changed the venue and held its Convention 70 miles away on
the outskirts of Pattoki. It was a minor miracle of organizational
skill to set up a tent city for nearly half-a-million people at six
days notice, complete with eating and sleeping facilities.
The only difficulty the organizers faced was that MORE THAN
40,000 WOMEN turned up, instead of the 20,000 which the organizers
anticipated. Again the ability to cope was superb.
There was tight security and as a result no government agent
was able to create a disturbance.
Along with scholarly speeches on texts of the Qur'an and the
Hadith, the main point which was repeated throughout was that Jihad
against oppression is as important in Islam as prayer and fasting.
The massive gathering demanded the immediate release of Hafiz Saeed,
the founder of Lashkare Taiba, and Dr. Amir Aziz, the selfless
physician who treated the people wounded in U.S. bombing of
The guests of honor were the parents of martyrs. [Lashkare
Taiba joined the struggle against the Indian army in Kashmir years
back when news came out that India was using RAPE as a weapon to
subdue the people of Kashmir.]
During one session, a woman, from behind purdah, had her
infant taken to the stage and announced that she was "donating" her
child to the Jihad. Numerous other women made similar announcements.
[The little tent city occupied by the 40,000 women of Jihad was
aptly named after `Ayesha Siddiqa (r.a.) the daughter of Abu Bakr
(r.a.) and the beloved of the beloved of Allah (pbuh).]
The encampments for men were named after Abu
Bakr, `Umar, `Usman, Ali, Talha, Zubair, Sa'ad bin Abi Waqqas, Abdur
Rahman bin `Auf and Osama bin Zayd (may Allah be pleased with them
The gathering included tens of thousands of Pushtu speaking
and Sindhi speaking supporters of jihad who had travelled all the
way from Frontier and Sindh provinces.
Some observers say that the gathering was nearly HALF MILLION
strong. The statement issued by the convention made these points :
1. Condemned Musharref's vacillation on Kashmir.
2. The families of martyrs condemned Musharraf's betrayal of Kashmir.
3. American FBI's intervention in Pakistan must be stopped.
4.Countrywide network of free medical services and ambulances must
established. Jamaat ad-Da'wa has started this process in the Lahore
5. Immediate need for relief in Sindh and Baluchistan provinces.
6. Education must be updated. Ad-Da'wa will provide computers and
English teaching in the medressas it has set up.
7. STRUGGLE TO FREE PALESTINE IS EVERY MUSLIM'S DUTY. Deliverance of
Al-Aqsa masjid is part of our faith.
8. The suffering of the Muslims of India must be stopped. The
silence of Muslim countries about India's atrocities is shameful.
9. Oppose oppression in Chechnya, Iraq, Arakan, the Philippines and
10. All American bases and intervention in Pakistan must end.
11 The Islamic parties which have won the elections in parts of
Pakistan must strive to implement the Sharia.
12. Oppose the cultural smut coming in through TV, cable, dish
13. If the government cannot protect minorities, the Muslim
communities must organize to stop attacks on minorities.
There was a wealth of discussion of texts from the Qur'an,
particularly about Jihad. A superb ceremony was also held with
reference to Imam Bukhari's great collection of Sahih Hadith and
honors were given to young people who had shown expertise in Imam
Dear New Trend readers, is it not amazing that NOT A WORD about this
historic gathering was mentioned on the Zionist-controlled U.S.
media. The zionists have indeed made an art form out of CENSORSHIP.
40,000 women supporting Jihad! That's the nightmare of Sharon, Bush
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