• F.B.I. Monitored Muhammad Ali Connections to Nation of Islam


    The F.B.I. monitored Muhammad Ali and his ties to the Nation of Islam, newly released documents from 1966 show.

    The F.B.I. said in the 142 pages of documents that it had informants close to the Nation of Islam who let them know the details of Ali’s involvement with the group. That involvement first came into full view right after Ali first won the heavyweight title, by beating Sonny Liston in 1964.

    It was then that Ali affirmed he was a member of the group and that he would no longer be known as Cassius Clay but as Muhammad Ali.

    Years later, Ali converted to orthodox Islam. But in 1966 the F.B.I. focus was on the Nation of Islam, which a hodgepodge of agency documents refer to as an “all-Negro, semireligious, antiwhite” organization. The records, which refer to Ali as Clay, show that the bureau was paying particularly close attention to the group’s leader, Elijah Muhammad.

    Any sign that Ali was growing closer to the group received scrutiny. His ordering and wearing of a captain’s uniform from the Fruit of Islam, the group’s paramilitary wing, was worth an entire memo. The documents also note several supposed disputes between Ali and the Nation of Islam, or Ali and Elijah Muhammad. One memo suggests Elijah Muhammad was “most upset” that Ali had allowed a reporter to follow him with a tape recorder.

    The bureau was also interested in any developments on the possibility that Ali would be drafted into the Army and whether he would seek conscientious-objector status. (The next year, Ali did decline to accept a draft call-up, resulting in the loss of his heavyweight title, although years later, he won it back more than once.)

    The significance of many of the documents was hard to gauge immediately because of redactions. Names of informants and others have been deleted. In a number of cases, Ali’s own name seems to have been redacted. Several pages are completely blank.

    Few details seemed too small for the F.B.I. to record. Ali’s divorce proceedings and traffic tickets are worth memos. All of the reports are cast in relation to the Nation of Islam and Ali’s faith in general. One memo highlights that in divorcing his first wife, Sonji, Ali said that she had not lived up to the Muslim faith, dressing immodestly and wearing lipstick.

    Although some of the documents are based on information from informants, others are simply newspaper and magazine clippings.

    One memo merely repeats a gossip item from Jet magazine speculating that Ali would marry one of the daughters of Gamal Abdel Nasser, then the president of Egypt. Ali did not, but the memo concludes, “The 9/29/66 issue of ‘Jet’ magazine is being retained in Chicago file 100-35635-B.”

    The documents include an angry letter from Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, then the head of the Selective Service system, blasting Ali and complaining that the news media was overly favorable to him. The letter, which was addressed to The Voice-Jeffersonian newspaper in Kentucky, said of the possibility of Ali’s traveling to Montreal for a fight, “This will be good riddance for the crowd supporting Cassius and his ilk.”

    In one document, the F.B.I. expresses displeasure with an article by The Chicago Daily News Service that contended that the bureau was watching Ali. The memo says the article was “irresponsible journalism based on supposition or a desire for sensationalism with a total disregard for or lack of the true facts.”

    That memo did acknowledge that the Nation of Islam was “under continuous investigation by this bureau for a number of years” but claimed that Ali himself was not the subject “of an active investigation.”

    In a May 1966 memo, the bureau says it is interested in Ali because of his notoriety and his “close relationship” with the Nation of Islam. But it says that it will not conduct an investigation into his activities for fear that he would charge the bureau with harassment.

    It concludes, “Should information be received indicating Clay is definite security threat, we would, of course, then institute active investigation of all his activities.”

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  • Woman helps over 1,000 Belgians converts to Islam


    'Prejudices stem from not being introduced to real Islam properly,' said Veronique Cools, a 25-year-old Belgian convert to Islam.

    World Bulletin / News Desk

    Veronique Cools, a 25-year-old Belgian convert to Islam, has has helped over 1,000 people who have accepted Islam in the past 8 years.

    Cools, who accepted Islam herself at a very young age after being influenced by her Muslim friends and researching into the religion, turned her home into an Islamic center for Belgian Muslims seeking to learn more about their religion.

    Saying that she herself had to overcome many prejudices when looking into Islam, Cools then successfully helped her family overcome them too. Now her close family are also Muslims.

    'Prejudices stem from not being introduced to real Islam properly,' she said as she was preparing iftar food packets for visiting Muslims to break their Ramadan fasts. 'As Muslims we need to explain ourselves to society a lot better.'

    The center now has more than 1,000 members, most of them Belgian women, and is open for all of Belgium's 50,000 Muslims. 



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  • Allahu Akber ! The US Harvard University has posted a verse of the Holy Quran at the entrance of its faculty of law, describing the verse as one of the greatest expressions for justice in history

    The US Harvard University has posted a verse of the Holy Quran at the entrance of its faculty of law, describing the verse as one of the greatest expressions for justice in history, a Saudi newspaper reported on Sunday.

    Verse 135 of Sura Al Nisa (women chapter) has been posted at a wall facing the faculty’s main entrance, dedicated to the best phrases said about justice.

    A Saudi student who studies at Harvad published a picture of the poster in his Twitter page, according to the Saudi Arabic language daily Ajel.

    “I noticed that the verse was posted by the faculty of law, which described it as one of the greatest expressions for justice in history,” Abdullah Jumma said.

    Harvard University was established in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1636 as the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

    Verse 135 of Sura Al Nisa

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  • Ethiopian Muslim Kid Killed,Police forces refused to release the dead body unless the family pays 3,000 Birr.

    Ethiopian Muslim Kid Killed, Body Detained

    Police forces refused to release the dead body unless the family pays 3,000 Birr.

    ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian federal police refused to release the body of a 7-year-old Muslim boy who was killed in protests that erupted following Friday prayer, January 4, against Ethiopia’s regime.

    “They killed the baby boy to take away our self esteem, to immerse us in sorrow,” a Muslim protester told reporters on the scene, Indepth Africa website reported.

    “Isn’t this the epitome of barbaric cruelty laid bare?”

    The young boy, named Kiya, was killed on Friday 4 January 2013 in the eastern city of Harrer during a demonstration led by Muslims against the ruling regime.

    The boy’s corpse was kept in the hospital as his destitute single mother, who was also shot several times, fought for his life, doctors in the city’s main hospital said.

    Police forces refused to release the dead body unless the family pays 3,000 Birr.

    Rushing to bury the young boy before sunset, the grieving Muslim community of Harrer raised the money at 3pm on Friday.

    Protests accused the federal police boss Workeneh Gebeyhu of ordering the killing of kids who join anti government rallies in order to demoralize and terrorize parents and neighboring families.

    The same tactic has been used by the ruling Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) for the past 21 years, witnesses added.

    “But PM Hailemariam Desalegn and Workneh Gebeyhu got it all wrong,” the anonymous Muslim protester said.

    “We will never surrender.”

    Protests have rocked Ethiopia over the past months over government interference in the religious affairs of the Muslim community.

    Muslims accuse the government of spearheading a campaign in collaboration with the umbrella Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (Majlis) to indoctrinate their community with the ideology of a sect called "Ahbash".

    The Ethiopian government has put the Ahbash in charge of the religious affairs of Ethiopia's Muslims.

    Muslims say the government move is in violation of the constitution, which prevents the government interference in religious affairs.

    Protesters also accuse authorities of fixing elections for the Majlis, the community’s main representative body, after jailing Muslim leaders who would have participated in the vote.

    OnIslam & News Agencies

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  • Mashallah the oldest woman goes for Hajj Born in 1890, 120 year old

    Born in 1890, going for haj in 2010: india's Munni Begum ready for pilgrimageMunni Begum is 120 year old and is all set to go for Hajj, after special permission as her name didn’t figure in the draw of lots.

    The old woman who gave birth to eight sons and daughters, heads a huge family that lives in Kho Nagorian locality of Jaipur (India).

    Family members say that Munni Begum was born in August 1890. She has 52 grandsons and granddaughters apart from 96-odd great grandsons and great granddaughters other than two dozen great-great-grandchildren [and even their kids].

    The elderly woman has seen three centuries. And now she is all set for the pilgrimageshe has waited for all her life. On Saturday she reached the office of Hajj Committee to fill the form. The Central Hajj Committee officials from Delhi gave her special permission.

    Born in 1890, going for haj in 2010: india's Munni Begum ready for pilgrimage 2The Rajasthan Hajj Welfare Society has requested the Saudia Arabia government that special attention should be paid to her because of Munni’s age.

    Munni Begum is perhaps the oldest woman on record to embark for the holy journey. She says that she had the wish to go for Hajj ever since she was married in her teenage, and thus her wish is going to be fulfilled after over a century.

    One wonders if there is a tendency among the Rajasthanis, particularly, the Jaipur residents to live longer.

    Earlier, Habib Miyan had gone for Hajj at the age of 134. He had suddenly drawn international attention after it was found that he had been drawing pension for over 65 years.

    Born in 1890, going for haj in 2010: india's Munni Begum ready for pilgrimage 2

    Habib Miyan had retired in 1938. He went for Hajj in 2004 when he was 134. Though birth certificates were unknown in the olden days, the bank records proved his age.

    Oldest man in the world Habib Miyan of Rajasthan's Jaipur had died in 2008 when he was 138As per the pension papers, Habib Miyan was drawing pension since 1938. The documents clearly showed him as born in 1878 and this made him the world’s oldest man alive until his death at the age of 138 in 2008. The bank officers delivered his pension at his home.

    Now it’s Munni Begum’s turn though she is not a ‘Munni’ in the literary sense. [Munni means little in Urdu] In India, it was the tradition that mostly older persons went for Hajj, after they had fulfilled their worldly responsibilities.

    In recent years the pilgrims have begun going at a comparatively younger age, still a large number of Indians who go to Hejaz [Arabia] are over sixty. And Munni Begum clearly beats them as well. One hopes that along with other Hajjis, she also manages to perform the Hajj and returns safely. Amen.

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