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Abu Taubah’s Imprisoned Voice: What Have I Taught You? [Letters Needed before July]

03 Jun

 UPDATE: Abu Taubah’s hearing is scheduled for July 2013

If you have already sent a letter, please resend with signature and testimonial clause (see below). If you have not sent a letter… do it now!

As the United States government aggressively seeks to redefine the constitution and its relation to Islam, many prominent Muslim theologians and students have fallen victim to increasingly hostile prosecution against religious beliefs. Abu Taubah’s recent arrest and other such test cases challenging religious and political freedoms, portend a bleak future for all Muslims in the West.
In Abu Taubah’s own words:

(Transcript found here)

Write your testimony today!

  • Read what Abu Taubah is asking of you
  • Explain how Abu Taubah’s teachings reflect a striving towards the authentic practice of Islam
  • If you are able to, cite specific classes or seminars in which you have grasped the meaning of Abu Taubah’s message and teachings
  • Define key vocabulary such as “sunnah” and “salaf” and concepts such as “seeking knowledge”, “learning Qur’an”, or “performing Hajj” in light of what Abu Taubah himself has taught
  • Share how Abu Tuabah’s educational endeavours have had a positive impact on your life and spirituality
  • Affirm the non-violent, practical, holistic, and positive nature of the “Each One Teach One” approach
  • Refrain from unnecessarily criticizing the blatantly prejudicial application of law
  • Even if you have never attended a class by Abu Taubah, but have had the opportunity of hearing a lecture online, or viewing a recorded khutbah, elucidate to the best of your ability on the Islamic concepts you have garnered from his own words
  • If you are unfamiliar with Abu Taubah, read a short biography of him or watch this inspiring interview.
  • Make sure letters have at the end with this testimonial clause:
    I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.
  • Please be sure to sign the letter (physically or upload a digital signature), and if you can, get it notarised.
  • Each letter should be written this way  and is to be treated as though the writer is an ACTUAL witness in a federal court of law. Any other letter, the prosecution can call hearsay and dump the letter.

Sample Letter:

To the Honorable Judge Pressnel,

This letter is in support of Marcus Robertson, his character, his principles and teachings. I support them not only because I find the to be true and correct, but because I recognize in Mr. Robertson’s principles and teachings that which is of general benefit to not only Muslims but the United States as well as his teachings and views have been consistent with encouraging and showing Muslim how to successfully integrate into the countries in which they live while serving both the Muslim and greater community at large and better the society for all.

Marcus Robertson is well-known globally for being an Islamic educator whose emphasis is upon teaching the Arabic Language and its sciences as well as the fundamental principles of Islam and its tenets. He is known and open with his views, all of which are based upon universally excepted texts like the Qur’an and the works of Bukhari and other early Islamic writers and which are considered to represent moderate and authentic Islamic teachings.

His character and that of his teachings and principles are as clear as any and indistinguishable from those that all Islamic teachers should hold. Marcus Robertson has a penchant among fellow teachers and students of knowledge for being an inspirational speaker and a moderate voice for Islamic educators. His military service and family history are well-known, as well as his deeply rooted concern and care for Muslim communities in the West and helping to provide a 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 at whole and the Muslims.

The curriculum he developed also aimed to foster an outlook and world vision wherein the best of both the Islamic 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.

I attest that the teachings of Marcus Robertson reflect those of mainstream Islam over the centuries. His focus on the Arabic language, traditional methods of learning such as memorization, sitting with scholars and teachers, and the texts that he focuses on are all tried and true, well-known and approved of methods and texts of Islamic pedagogy. His principles are entirely in line with those befitting an upstanding Muslim and citizen of the world, and in fact they go above and beyond what is required towards a level of piety and sacrifice known only among the elite religious adherents in Islam.

Please do your best to see through any mischaracterizations and misunderstandings and do what is in your power to clear Mr. Robertson of any wrongdoing as related to his work as an Islamic teacher and community advocate.

Sincerely
[Your Name]

Note: This text makes for a good frame or example upon which your letter can be based. However it is highly recommended that you personalise your letter as much as possible and that you put in personal experiences with the F.I.K.S and or Abu Taubah, no matter how small it may be. Did you watch his Arabic videos, his Khutbahs, read his blog entries, attend a course or class via the internet or AlKauthar or AlMaghrib Institutes, did you see his interviews on the Deen Show: any and everything that shows that Abu Taubah had a personal and direct positive effect on your life and our outlook. Feel free to copy and use all of this letter if you need to, but please put in your own experiences.

If you cannot find the ability or time to do so though, then at least send something, even if you just copy and paste this or another letter and sign your own name. You can find other letters here Insha’Allah.

Another Sample letter can be found here, courtesy of a fellow teacher.

Please remember that all supportive testimonials must be received BEFORE January 5, 2012,  July 2013 ,as this is the court date for Abu Taubah’s character hearing. Letters should be sent to his attorney at don_west@fd.org (cc: admin@myfiks.org) or mailed to:

Donald R. West (Esq.)
Seaside Plaza — Suite 300
201 South Orange Avenue

Orlando, Florida 32801
USA

Zulaika Elhadi 
8381 Fort Thomas Way 
Orlando Fl. 32822
USA

(copy requested for: The FIKS, P.O. Box 72-1874, Orlando, Florida 32872, USA)

UPDATE: The following is from the My F.I.K.S facebook Group from one of the wives of Abu Taubah:

As Salaamu alaykum, Please let me clarify the situation with the court case and the results of 1/5/12. The FBI used the gun involved in the case in order to obtain a search warrant of the Ustadh’s homes.

Once in, they were able to arrest the Ustadh on a gun charge. Once he was arrested they had to (by U.S. law) officially charge him with possession of a weapon by a felon. However, the gun has not been the main issue with this case, but the terrorism charges have.

The time limit on being held without a trial for the gun charge started to run out so they officially charged him. However, this gives them ample time to trump up charges on a terrorist case. on 1/5/12 the Ustadh plead guilty to the gun charge.

The letters you all are writing will go towards two things insha Allah:

1. The sentencing phase for the gun in either March or May, as he is facing up to 10 years(we need letters describing the non violent, and good nature of the Ustadh);

2. The pending terrorism charge (these letters would be used to describe the reality of the lessons and dawah Abu Taubah has given us.).

Thank you all for your patience and constant du’a and support.

Barakallahu feekum,
UmmTaubah

 

Attend the Hearing!

For those of you who are in Florida or surrounding areas, please make your presence and support known by attending the court hearing, tentatively set for:

January 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm
U.S. Court, Building 401, Suite 1200
On the corner of  Division Street and West Central Boulevard
Orlando, Florida, 32801

There is also an important status hearing coming June 10, 2013 and the family is in need of a significant amount of money to retain a lawyer. Please contribute to the Abu Taubah Family Support and Legal Fund online (enter any amount for Khutbah price):

or by sending checks/money orders payable to:

The Fiks
12040 Fambridge Road
Orlando, FL 328237
USA 

Or electronic bank transfers to:

Bank: Wells Fargo Bank NA
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Account Name: The FIKS
SWIFT : 
WFBIUS6S
ABA121000248
ACCT: 2120911090

Or Western Union:

Makeen Abdus-Salaam
Orlando, Florida
USA

Please send letters or cards of support to assure Abu Taubah that he and his family are not forgotten in your duas:

John Polk Correctional Facility
Attn: Marcus Robertson 201100011051
211 Bush Boulevard
Sanford, FL 32773
USA
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26 responses to “Abu Taubah’s Imprisoned Voice: What Have I Taught You? [Letters Needed before July]

  1. shabeer

    December 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    someonene plz help me to write a testimonial because i’m very bad in my english

     
    • aseerun

      December 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      You can find a sample letter here Insha’Allah

       
      • shabeer

        December 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

        i saw that sample letter. it is difficult for me to produce like that one. is there problem if i send the same one

         
      • aseerun

        January 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

        Insha’Allah please see the above, the Action Alert has been recently updated in order to try to facilitate the collection and composition of letters.

         
  2. shabeer

    January 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    masha allah. may allah reward you with jannathul firdaus for all your efforts
    jazakallah khair

     
  3. Omar morsy

    January 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    whats the latest update on his trial? wasnt it yesterday?

     
    • aseerun

      January 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      We have not yet heard anything. Insha’Allah as soon as we have any new information regarding the results of his hearing we will post it. The only new information is that the FIKS has stated:

      JazakAllahu khayrun for your many letters. At this time we ask that everyone discontinue sending letters out. We will keep you all informed about the proceedings which are to take place InshaAllah tomorrow and further dates.

      JazakAllahu khayrun

      The FIKS

      Keep our Brother and His Family in your du’a.

       
  4. omar morsy

    January 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    inshaAllah please do keep us posted!

     
  5. Yahya

    January 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    As salâmu ‘alaykom everyone

    Can I simply send you the sample letter with my name?.. I could modify it a bit however I am french speaking and the quality of english will not be the same.

     
    • aseerun

      January 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Wa ‘Alaykom As Salâm,

      You can send us the letter Insha’Allah and if you give us permission we will edit it on your behalf. Send it to alDOTaseerunATgmailDOTcom and put ‘Letter for Abu Taubah’ in the subject.

      Jazak Allahu Khair Wa Barak Allahu Feekum.

       
  6. Takiyah Murray

    October 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    As Salamu Alaikum,
    My Name is Takiyah How can I still help Abu Taubah? Can I still send post cards, Money to his family. Please let me know inshallah.

     
    • aseerun

      October 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Waalaikum Assalaam waRahmatullahi waBarakatuhu

      JazakAllahu Khairan for your intention to help Imam Abu Taubah. Please firstly remember him while you make dua at the prescribed times and especially in the night prayers. Secondly, if Allah subhana wa t’ala has blessed you with additional wealth, please go to his website to purchase some lectures or send money to his family, or you can find details about donating here. Thirdly, and not the least, please write to him to ask him directly what he needs, to let him know that the Muslims around the world still are concerned about his affairs and well-being and are supportive of him, and to give him comfort in this difficult time. His current address is:

      Marcus Robertson #201100011051
      John Polk Correctional Facility
      Seminole County
      211 Bush Blvd
      Sanford, FL 32773
      USA

      May Allah reward you for your concern,
      Waalaikum Assalaam

       
  7. UmmKaks

    November 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Assalamu alaikum,
    Insha Allah I intend to draft a letter to the honorable judge, would it be possible to send the copy of the letter for proofing and editing before submitting it? I am living in the UK and I have no idea how the legal system works in the USA. The last thing I would want to do is offend or some how attempt to emotionally influence a Judge, who should be just enough to assess the evidence for what it is in its entire context. I will keep you all in my duas. Allah swt is the best of planners.

     
  8. UmmKaks

    November 3, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Assalamu alaikum,

    I have now completed my letter Alhamdulillah. Please could I be sent an email address to forward it to inshaAllah. If it’s okay to be sent out would it be possible to have it printed out and forwarded on , on my behalf? I’m a resident of the UK and it will take a few weeks to be received via air mail.

     
    • aseerun

      November 4, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Wa alikum AsSalaam waRahmatullahi waBarakatuhu,

      JazakAllahu Khairan for writing this letter. InshaAllah you can email the letter to Abu Taubah’s lawyer at: don_west@fd.org and send a copy to his family as well at: admin@myfiks.org . We thank you deeply for undertaking this effort and pray that Allah SubhanawataAla rewards you generously for it.

      Wa alaikum AsSalaam

       
  9. Aziza

    May 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,
    As it has been a while since the above comments and article were posted, is Abu Taubah’s address still the same?
    JazakAllah Khair!

     
  10. Aziza

    May 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Actually, can we still send letters to your email and have them forwarded to Abu Taubah?

     
    • aseerun

      May 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Wa alaikumsalaam Warahmatullahi Wabarkatuhu,

      Yes, the address is the same Insha’Allah, and yes, letters can be forwarded to us that we can forward to his family Insha’Allah.

      Wa iyyakum,
      Barakallahu Feeki,
      Wasalaam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

       
  11. Sautul Islam

    June 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I am a Muslim and a Nigerian. Myself and a lot of other friends of mine are fervently praying for Abu Taubah’s release. Pls personally tell him that a lot of brothers have benefited and have been inspired by his videos on Jazariyyah which I gave them. May Allah spare him for us to educate the Ummah. And increase his like in our time.

     
  12. UmmHafsa

    June 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    As salaamu alaikum, may Allah The most High rectify my affairs and the affairs of Abu Taubah and the affairs of the entire Ummah ameen. I will continue to make duaa for the brother and his family and give what I can…It’s not much but little drops make a mighty ocean Insha Allah.

     
  13. ubaid ullah

    June 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Please let me clarify the
    situation with the court case and the results of
    1/5/12. The FBI used the gun involved in the
    case in order to obtain a search warrant of the
    Ustadh’s homes.
    Once in, they were able to arrest the Ustadh
    on a gun charge. Once he was arrested they
    had to (by U.S. law) officially charge him with
    possession of a weapon by a felon. However,
    the gun has not been the main issue with this
    case, but the terrorism charges have.
    The time limit on being held without a trial for
    the gun charge started to run out so they
    officially charged him. However, this gives
    them ample time to trump up charges on a
    terrorist case. on 1/5/12 the Ustadh plead
    guilty to the gun charge.

     
  14. nahyanchowdhury

    June 17, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    The instructions are a bit unclear. It’d be good to summarize the key points in a Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 format.

    Include whom to refer the letter to, name and title, and the email address.

    Jazakallahukhair.

     

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