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Brother Amir Junaid Muhadith & His Family Need Our Support

15 Apr

Brother Amir Junaid Muhadith, born 20 June, 1975 in Harlem, New York as Chauncey Lamont Hawkins, was formerly a hip-hop and rap performer who worked under the stage name of ‘Loon.’ He earned his fame as a part of Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records, where he not only released a self-titled debut album, Loon, but also performed with many of the industry’s notable R&B and hip-hop celebrities.

In 2004, Loon left Bad Boy to start his own label, Boss Up Entertainment. Having started his music career as a member of Mase’s rap collective Harlem World, Loon branched out into acting and was featured in two movies directed by Damon Dash, State Property 2 and Death of a Dynasty.

Born to a Christian family, Chauncey Lamont Hawkins changed his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith after Allah guided him to Al-Islam in 2008. Following a life-changing visit to the city of Abu Dhabi along with prolonged exposure to the Muslim lifestyle, Amir explained his attraction to Islam in an interview:

‘I visited Abu Dhabi, Emirate’s capital, and there I found the real happiness and tranquility which my wealth and fame failed to give me all over my life as a singer. I was affected with the Arab Muslim’s culture; and I admired their refined morals, their kind treatment with people, and especially their regular going to pray in the mosque five times every day. Consequently, I began to ask about the reality of this religion, and whether it was only exclusive for Arabs, and I realized that Islam includes all human beings without any consideration to their nationalities. Then, I announced my conversion to Islam after a profound thinking, and I prayed for the first time after my return to my home in Harlem, New York.’

Shortly after having become Muslim, Allah blessed brother Amir by guiding his family to Islam: ‘My relief increased a lot when my wife and my son accepted Islam.’ Allah continued to shower His bounty upon Amir by facilitating the ability for him to perform Umrah, an incredibly moving experience for him:

‘…When I was performing Umrah, a few days ago, I lived a very poignant moment when I saw the holy Kaaba for the first time in my life. I could not bear this affecting situation, so I could not stand on my feet, and I began to cry thanking Allah who allowed me to perform this magnificent ritual, and to visit the Prophet’s honorable mosque.’

May Allah accept him, his family and their deeds, and may He keep them all steadfast, Ameen. Amir has since ended his rap career, and has instead chosen to spend his wealth, time and life seeking knowledge and giving Da’wah; educating Muslims and non-Muslims alike about Islam, and calling people of all faiths and backgrounds to the Religion of Truth. Having found peace in Islam which his previous wealth and lifestyle could not provide, Amir embraced his new life and mission with a renewed enthusiasm:

‘Islam turned my life upside down since I renounced the profession which I practiced from seventeen years old; however, now I feel the serenity and peace of mind which I longed for all my life. …I became very enthusiastic to know more about Islam when I joined a Canadian Organization calling for Islam, and now I work on attracting the popular singers and artists to understand Islam’s tolerant principles.’

In 2011, Iqraa International had scheduled to launch a new Da’wah programme titled The Insight and, having previously worked with him, brother Amir was naturally slated to be a presenter. The premise of the show was to share with the Muslim world relevant and common topics from an Islamic perspective in a familiar western format without completely submerging the conversation into the realm of secularism.  As host, Amir was to bring the global variety of Muslim cultures and traditions to viewers, all the while, maintaining the standards of professional media presentation which viewers around the globe are accustomed to and enjoy.

However, on 22 November of 2011, while engaged in a lecture tour in Belgium, brother Amir was suddenly arrested. America invoked the notorious “Patriot Act” and ordered him to be extradited back to the United States to be tried for ambiguous allegations of drug trafficking that “may have occurred between the years of 2006 and 2008,” before becoming Muslim.

The nature of the charges, the curious circumstance of charges being applied so long after the actual crime aledgedly occurred, the invocation of the “Patriot Act,” and a seemingly deliberate effort to arrest him abroad, all point toward an unusually agressive and suspicious application of law for brother Amir, a known personality who has proven to be a vocal and effective Da’ii.

The US government has used the fact that the charges originated on the federal level to freeze all of his monetary assets, thus leaving him and his family without any means to hire a dedicated legal team to effectively dismiss these spurious and dubious allegations.

Brother Amir has been incarcerated in Belgium’s Vorst Prison for the past five months and is being held in isolated lockdown 23 hours a day while he awaits extradition to America (Update!). After the help of Allah, his Muslim brothers and sisters are his last resort. His family is reaching out to the Ummah as a last resort in hopes to raise enough money to assit Amir, who sacrificed a life of luxury and wealth for the sake of Islam, in his fight for justice.

If you are interested in helping, please donate through paypal to the following account: loon2amir.legalfees@gmail.com or click the Give Button to the right. Brother Amir and his family have expressed their sincere gratitude to those who have donated to this cause thus far. There is still a considerable amount needed, so please continue to support the cause by sharing the news about brother Amir and donating to his legal fund.

Alternately you may send your donation to the following P.O Box. Cheques & Money Orders should be made out to Nona Crowd (Amir’s family who are handling the funds):

Nona Crowd
P.O.Box 1167 
Hackensack NJ, 
07602-1167

If you have further questions, please e-mail admin@loon2amir.com; also keep updated with the campaign and the satus of Brother Amir and his family, as well as the case, by following the twitter account Amir Junaid Hawkins (@Loon2Amir) and by frequenting his Facebook page and official website: loon2amir.com.

You can also show your support by writing to Amir and letting him know that you are aware of his situation an that he and his family remain in your du’a and concern.

Chauncey Lamont Hawkins
[Loon Has Been Extradited to United States
We will post his current address as soon as
Possible...]

And do not forget him & his family in your dua.

UPDATE !

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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Campaigns, News Items

 

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43 responses to “Brother Amir Junaid Muhadith & His Family Need Our Support

  1. Blanca Vento

    April 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I WAS A FAN OF THE BROTHER WHEN HE WAS WITH BAD BOY RECORDS.BUT IM AN EVEN BIGGER FAN NOW.I FIND IT SO UNFAIR THAT THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING WORLDWIDE TO ALL MUSLIMS.TO ALL THE MUJAHIDS GOING THROUGH THIS YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS.INSHA’ ALLAH THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOMEDAY SOON.IN THE MEAN TIME MAINTAIN YOUR DEEN IN AL ALLAH. SHUKRAN’……

     
    • k

      January 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      are u a muslim; pls reply to kaa9471@gmail.com

       
    • Abdullahi Ismaila

      July 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Assalamu alaikum, Dear brother i feel so sad, for what happenned to you, but Inshaa Allah, i will put you in my Du‘a, and by the grace of God, you will b set freee. Inshaa Allah

       
  2. sam

    April 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Salaam , I would love to donate but I dnt hv PayPal could there be another way? Is the donation for the family or for this court case? And how would I know it would get to him?

     
    • aseerun

      April 23, 2012 at 3:38 am

      Wa Alaykum Salaam,

      May Allah reward you for your noble intentions. The funds will go primarily to help in his legal defense, but I believe and Allah knows best that his family might also be in need of support. We asked regarding an alternate paying method and received the following reply:

      Many people have requested an address to send donations, the address is the following P.O Box. Cheques & Money Orders should be made out to Nona Crowd (Amir’s family who are handling the funds)

      Nona Crowd
      P.O.Box 1167
      Hackensack NJ,
      07602-1167

      So for those interested in donating who do not use or are unable to use PayPal you can use the above method, Insha’ Allah.

       
  3. Hakeem

    May 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Inshallah brother Amir one day u will be set free. All i ask Allah (SWT) is to lessen all what u are going through.Allah says will test us all the believers. and indeed Allah is in control.

     
  4. Ummu_Ishaq

    June 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    salam alaikoum wa rahmatoulah,

    May Allah help him. I m french and i want to know if you try to ask french oumma to help him?
    We ve got an association called baraka city fondation and it s tried to help muslim people in difficulties. show this link http://www.barakacityfondation.com/home.html
    Maybe you can try to contact them, i m sure they will understand english, as not, feel free to ask me to help u to translate.
    Allah ma3a sabireen…

     
    • aseerun

      August 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Wa Asalaamu Wa Rahamatalahi Wa Barakatahu,

      Jazak Allah for your concern and for making us aware of this organisation Inshallah’ Allah we will see if we are able to contact them regarding Brother Amir’s situation. Barak Allahu Feekum, please make sincer du’a for brother Amir and his family as well as all of our imprisoned and oppressed brothers and sisters.

       
  5. ciiro from somalia muslim brother

    June 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    bro scww insha allaah u will be out there may allah assist u and ur familly iam really so sorry dont worry u are muslim nasteexa
    muslim brothers we have to help our muslim bro

     
    • umar saminu

      November 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Salam brother amir don’t worry Allah (swa) will guide n protect u, remember in any difficulty there is ease!!!

       
  6. Aliyu Bala

    July 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I read ur story it makes me feel so sad and worried about u and ur family i am very sorry for what happens to u may Allah sets u free,I will keep praying for u and ur family Allah is with u for whatever difficulty u encounter.

     
  7. Musah adamu

    August 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Am gay that an icon like u, amir (loon) has embrace islam. may ALLAH guide n protect u through all dis false charges. ALLAH knows best n will never let u down for choosing the true religion but am asking him to try n induce p daddy too in islam.i love this state ment he made on the deenshow that,if JESUS is GOD who is he praying to? Peace to u n your family AMIR:

     
  8. Jamal

    August 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Inshallah may Allah give you sabr brother Amir, surely Allah has power over all of us including these KUFar who think they are powerful..

     
  9. bello

    August 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    this is very sad may allah remove u from the evil of mankind ameen. just know that all ur muslim brothers are with u we love and care for u

     
  10. shiro

    September 19, 2012 at 6:47 am

    this is a sad news i never believe America can do this to him once they no you are no longer on there side they will fine a way to bring you down.my brother in Islam what Islam has teach us is that which never position you find yourself it is the will of Allah please don’t be confice by what you are facing,i believe it will be well and almighty Allah will see you through one day. i will remeber you and your family including the entire muslin in my dua inshallahwu

     
  11. HUSSAINI SANI

    November 2, 2012 at 7:33 am

    with tears running 2tru my face i pray 2 ALLAH 2 make thinks easier 4 u. i know my self and d entire muslim umma are with u in prayers, and ALLAH ALMIGHTY test a muslim according 2 d strenght of his iman, may he give u d courage and persbearance 2
    pass this test, and 4 ur enemies i said ”wa makaru wa makarallah wallahu khairun makirin.

     
  12. khairat

    November 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    audhu billah mina shaetan rajeem, warada llah ladhina kafar bi gaezihim lam yanalu khairan kaffallah li muhminina qitala wa ka na llah qawiyyan azeeza… ameen. insha Allah you will find your way.

     
  13. Ali d'Etroit

    December 1, 2012 at 4:03 am

    As-salaamu alaikum wr wb….Him converting to Islam to avoid drug charges?!…I do not believe it at all…I have talked to the brother before…and like every Salafi I know…he had much zeal for the for Islam…he once called me from Atlanta (while I was living in Egypt) back in 2009-2010 with hopes to move to Egypt…unfortunately my leaving the Salafi minhaj caused us not to keep in contact…but despite our differences…I admired and still admire his zeal for the deen…May Allah pour sabr and sakinah up the brother and give him what is better…Ameen

     
  14. Ali d'Etroit

    December 1, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I was then known as Talib al-Amin Dhakir

     
  15. yassir

    December 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    salaamu’alaikum brother Amir may ALLAH ALMIGHTY guides you and your family through this test, for ALLAH said in the Qur’an surah muhammad,chapter fourty-seven verse thirty-one ”and we shall indeed test you untill WE make known the warriors and the steadfast among you.And to test your proclamation” and we muslims know that ALLAH is with those who are patience.so brother be patience for ALLAH is able do every. Still remembering you and your family in du’a.

     
  16. Samira

    January 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Dear Brother,
    I feel so sad for you… this is really unfair !! I always remember the day when you came to Dubai, very humble, kind and peaceful Man…And I said to myself this person deserve being with us in our Deen which is Islam.. Mash’Allah so Proud of you and your family ! Believe me in our religion, we always say Allah test your patience by giving us some hard time but don’t worry sooner or later he will reward you for sure as you deserve it !! I definitely help you with no hesitation not because you are Loon but as you are my brother in Islam… May Allah Kareem bless you always… Salam.

     
  17. haifa@live.ru

    January 14, 2013 at 1:33 am

    ALLAHU AKBAR! Allah (swt) will help you brother. Stay safe ……. we pray for you bro! we love you!

     
  18. Uthman Ahmed

    January 16, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Even the Prophet of Allah (swt) Yusuf (as) was arrested and convicted to prison, so brother be patience, Allah will set you free.

     
  19. mohammed

    January 24, 2013 at 2:06 am

    long time ago i seen his videos maybe around 2000 and knew he will become a muslim and great one …..i was a teen back than….. brother be patience ….

     
  20. Sadiq K'naan

    January 26, 2013 at 12:54 am

    i am really sorry, but nevermind Allah is always out there for you.

     
  21. Mohammed

    January 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths. And Allah has already fulfilled his light even if the unbelievers hate. Brother, be patient and before they realize, you are at the top of the world. remember that Allah (S.W.T) says: و من أحسن قولا من من دعى إلى الله و عمل صالحا و قال إنني من المسلمين ( Whose words are better than someone who calls people to the way Allah and work righteousness and says that I am a Muslim). brother, you are already ahead. We pray to Almighty Allah to set you free. We all love you.

     
  22. Aamir rouf {Deaf and Dumb}

    March 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    i am miss u tOo

     
  23. Nurudeen

    March 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Salam
    Summo sebbila yansarau,in shall allah he will be vindicated of all the allegations.may GOD help him and his family ameen.

     
  24. Sayid

    March 28, 2013 at 2:24 am

    May Allah be with you brother Amir. In shaa Allah, you will be free one day!

     
  25. Ahlem

    March 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

    ok i just saw this right know i saw that this happend 2 years ago i really dont know evrything he need money for go out the prison or what!!! if its for that… so i wanna help him & his family but i wanna know if i arrive late or i still can do something? thanks

     
  26. Musagabasawa

    April 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Assalamu alaikum brother in Islam, I pray Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala strengthen you emaan. Insha Allah you would come out victorious. Allahumma izzal Islama wal Muslimin.

     
  27. TENIN SIDIBE SANOH

    June 23, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Salam aleykum Bro, Mashallah never dout, always focus to ur deen n keep ur faith stronger Allah never bitray. the miracle will surely come’.myregard to ya familly, wife n children never guive up, this is only a test from Allah Azwahjal. my guide ya n gave ya more streinth, courage n power to handle this one. amine .let the deen be alway forward n on top mashallah. ma salam.

     
  28. ali ibrahim

    June 27, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    may Allah bless you and your family,The prophet (SAW)said if anything bad happens to you or which you are not pleased with,,don’t use the word” IF” i didn’t have done this such and such wouldn’t have happened,because the word IF opens up the dirty things of the devil, just be confidence and say in Arabic”,KAADRA LAHU WAMA SHAFF ALLA,”,which means the mighty lord has planed it and he does what he is pleased with,..brother amir Allah will soon end all your problems you and your family.InshaAllah.and i will always pray for you,,,salam.

     
  29. ahmad bala

    July 8, 2013 at 3:27 am

    may ALLAH save him from their evil

     
  30. Dodi Mohamed Al-barwany

    July 10, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Allah akbar

     
  31. Sherifat Akorede

    July 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Maa sha Allah to the Muslim Ummah for the outpouring of support and dua for our Brother Amir. May Subhanahu Taala come to his aid and all those who are sincerely needy of His Help, be they Muslims or not, insha Allah. Amin

     
  32. Fazuul

    July 18, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Inshallah everything will be ok en may prayers are always with you en your family….Trust the Almighty Lord.

     
  33. Aja

    July 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Asalaamu-alaikum brother in islam I’m sorry for what happen to u. May ALLAH SWT help u and your family for what u are going through , Plz put your trust in ALLAH and have patience , accept it as a test from ALLAH SWT in sha ALLAH he will grant you victory .

     
  34. umar b abubakar

    August 5, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I believe is a test of faith from Allah (s.w). but i pray he gives you the fortitude and at the end! you wil be victorious..Ameen

     

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