“The old order changeth – yielding place to new – and God fulfills Himself in many ways . . .”
Alfred Lord Tennyson, ‘Morte d’Arthur’

OPPORTUNITY

Our view is that a fast-collapsing Trinidad and Tobago has a once-in-a-lifetime chance for an unjust and decadent old order to be changed into a new order based on truth, freedom and justice and, in the process, for God to fulfill Himself in this land. We recognize constitutional reform to be the basic vehicle for effecting such necessary change. The time to act is now! Let us hearken to Shakespeare’s warning: “There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their lives is bound in shallows and in miseries.”

DANGER OF A PERMANENT TRIBAL DICTATORSHIP (more…)

Allah Most High has prohibited the killing of children (both born and unborn) when such is resorted to for no just cause. It is indeed a very great sin. But an essentially godless age has shown no concern whatsoever for the Word of Allah Most High. In fact this age is experiencing something more sinister than disregard for the Word of Allah since, whatever He declared to be Haram (i.e., prohibited), the modern godless age has proceeded to legalize (i.e., to declare to be Halal or permitted). Gambling, for example, has been elevated to such respectability that governments around the world now organise state-sponsored lottery. And so what we now face is not just godlessness, but rather, a war on the religious way of life! It is in this context that we must examine the effort to legalize abortion.

The eminent Islamic scholar, Maulana Dr. Muhammad Fazlur Rahman Ansari (1914-1974), resorted to the legal principle of ‘necessity’ to declare ‘abortion’ permissible in such cases when a mother’s life would be endangered if she were to carry her baby until birth. A ‘just cause’ justifies taking the unborn baby’s life. It also represents the lesser of two evils. Whether such a resort to the doctrine of necessity can be permitted in the case of pregnancy because of rape, or incest, or where an unborn child is discovered to be seriously deformed, etc., is a subject which can be studied in a context other than the one addressed by this paper. Let us address the context of this paper.  (more…)

In the summer of 2002 . . . I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend—but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency. The aide said that guys like me were ‘‘in what we call the reality-based community,’’ which he defined as people who ‘‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’’ he continued. ‘‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously as you will— we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’’

“Without a Doubt ,” Ron Suskind, New York Times Magazine, Oct. 17, 2004

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He asked, “Are you a Muslim or a terrorist?” I was talking with a group of villagers, all Africans, while sitting under the tent erected outside a home in Boot Hill when a young Indian man joined us and posed that question to me. It could have been a deliberate and maliciously conceived act of grave provocation or, perhaps, it was nothing more than the frivolity of one who turned in worship in the direction of Washington. But the villagers responded to the question with fury. They insisted that it was an insult, and that I should not answer the question. Instead they demanded that the young man apologize for his insult, and they persisted until he eventually apologized to me. That was a taste of Boot Hill’s tribal democracy that brooks no tribal injustice. Politicians and political scientists of this country would do well to study Boot Hill’s tribal democracy.

I went back to Boot Hill (a nickname for St. Thomas Village, Chaguanas, in my native island of Trinidad), my childhood hometown, to offer my sympathies to Kenneth Valley whose son had been shot and killed two days earlier in the nearby village of Felicity. It was a killing that provoked significant tribal protest from Boot Hill’s African villagers that quickly erupted in dangerous street demonstrations. It even provoked acts of violence against Felicity villagers. Some of them were beaten and a vehicle was destroyed.

Felicity is tribally homogeneous with the overwhelming majority of residents being Indian and Hindu. And while the shooting death in Felicity of the young African from Boot Hill may not have been caused by race, it certainly provoked a violent racial response. Indeed I fear that the die has, perhaps, been cast, and that the dangerous new stage now reached in tribal rivalry can eventually include the entire country in a fatal grip. Hence this timely essay!  (more…)

They are a people whose wickedness and godlessness are without parallel in history. Yet they succeed in constantly replicating themselves amongst the peoples of the world, who then become the people of Gog and Magog. They started with the medieval crusades, which were so-called holy wars that Europe fought against Islam. And now, in the last stage of their unholy mission, they threaten to wage war on Iran in order to steal, in broad daylight, Iran’s oil and gas.

Their mastermind, who is both an imposter and an evil genious, creates diversions to mask their wicked deeds, and to divert attention from his ominously unfolding master-plan to eventually rule the world from Jerusalem, and to then declare himself to be the true Messiah. He seeks to mask this evil attack on Iran by resorting to the greatest diversions of all, namely the nuclear ‘scarecrow’, the utterly despicable cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah Most High be upon him), nauseating photographs depicting sexual abuse of Iraqi Muslims detained by the US occupation forces in Iraq, and the destruction of the golden-domed Masjid al-Askariyah and sacred Shia shrine in Iraq.

But they cannot defeat the Prophet’s religion since Allah Most High will answer the prayer of Jesus, the true Messiah (peace and blessings of Allah Most High be upon him as well), when he returns, and destroy them. They cannot silence even Nelson Mandela and Harry Belafonte who continue to courageously denounce them for their terrorism, arrogance and evil deeds.  (more…)

When Harry Belafonte declared that US President George W. Bush was “the world’s greatest terrorist”, it was clear that while he had not studied the subject sufficiently, since that notorious distinction belongs to Israel and not to Bush, he certainly showed greater understanding of the subject and more courage than most politicians and leaders today.

But Israel has another unique distinction that continuously escapes the attention of scribes, scholars and politicians. It is the only state in the world that has continuously waged unjust war with disdain for ‘gentile’ opinion, and even escalate its warfare while rendering the rest of the world powerless to do anything tangible to prevent it.

The rest of the world, that is, except Islam! (more…)

Extracted from the Book – One Ameer, One Jama’ah by Imran N. Hosein (c) 1997

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds, the Compassionate, the Merciful. And may Peace and Blessings of Allah (SWT) be bestowed on His unlettered Prophet, Muhammad (SAW), who was sent by Almighty Allah (SWT) with Al-Huda (the Divine Guidance) and Deen Al-Haq (the way of life which is established on Divinely Revealed Truth) that it might prevail over the totality of life, private as well as public, life here as well as life hereafter. Its basic function in respect of life in this world is to be a force for liberation of mankind from oppression. And its basic function in respect of life hereafter is to be the means of salvation and fulfillment of the very purpose of life. Allah, Most High, also sent Deen Al-Haq so that it might prevail over all rivals. All these functions of Deen Al-Haq were fulfilled in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). And after the death of the Prophet (SAW), the noble struggle and mission of ensuring that all the functions of Deen Al-Haq continue to be fulfilled, now devolved upon the Ummah.

Allah, Most High, emphatically declared to the believers that the life (i.e., the Sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is a perfect concrete model for them to follow if they are to attain salvation and the fulfillment of the purpose of life hereafter, and if they are to succeed with their mission in this life:

Certainly you have in (the life) of the Messenger of Allah a beautiful model (of conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day (i.e., who looks with hope to Allah and to the Final Day) and who engages much in the remembrance of Allah (Al-Ahzab 33:21).  (more…)

It would be a mistake if the Government of Trinidad & Tobago were to respond to Venezuela’s ‘Petrocaribe’ oil initiative from a limited commercial perspective, and fail to measure the long-term moral, political and security costs to this country if we were to stay out of the regional oil alliance.

As we study an alliance for subsidized oil that has already been embraced by the Caribbean (except Barbados), and which can only increase in regional importance as the price of oil continues is mysterious ascent, we should look carefully at our strategic environment in which Venezuela’s geographic proximity to this country features prominently. We should also weigh with equal care the obvious benefits for us and for the rest of the Caribbean if we were to patiently forge with Venezuela a mutually beneficial partnership role as producers and suppliers of oil for the Caribbean. It would be quite wrong to interpret Venezuela’s oil diplomacy as a case of the use of oil as a geo-political weapon. Critics should, rather, recognize Venezuela to be responding, and quite legitimately so, to those who long ago embraced oil as a weapon. The fact is that the Euro-world-order has used every possible means, fair and foul, to acquire control over the oil resources of the world. They did so in order to first get the world ‘hooked’ on oil for energy, and then to so exploit that dependence on oil to their advantage that they could eventually deliver Pax Judaica, i.e., the Messianic world-order, to the Euro-Jewish State of Israel.  Part of that strategy now appears to be their connivance in the creation of an OPEC oil cartel over which they exercised a significant measure of control through their oil-producing client-States who were members in the cartel, and who, in turn, fixed an OPEC price for oil with which all member States had to abide. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has prohibited the resort to fixed prices. Islam, the religion, is uncompromisingly insistent that the free market must determine prices.

While it is true that increases in the price of oil made the Petrocaribe initiative possible, and that a flood of petrodollars has financed the socio-economic programs that have actually broadened the Venezuelan government’s support base, one cannot deny the fact that Petrocaribe responds to oppressive oil prices in a manner that assists the oppressed. It is hence morally commendable. There is neither economic, nor moral rationality in the corrupt exclusive pursuit of profit, especially when profits are contrived and exorbitant and are foisted upon buyers by a cartel that fixes prices in accordance with a political agenda. (more…)