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‘It is Because of Our Hearts that We have Come to Syria’: The Case of Oum Usama & The Myth of “Recruitment”

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On Wednesday 17 July Dutch authorities arrested a young Muslim woman, Oum Usama, a Dutch National of Somali origins in the small city of Zoetermeer, just sixteen kilometers east of Hague. Following two days of detention and interrogation, Oum Usama was arraigned at court on Friday 19 July where the presiding judge extended her detention for an additional two weeks, during which the state must decide how to precede.

According to a statement by Nicolette Stoel speaking on behalf of the Public Prosecutor’s office in The Hague, Oum Usama has since been transferred to an unknown location where she is being held incommunicado.

“The woman [Oum Usama] was arrested and has been remanded for two weeks while an investigation is underway… At this stage she is only allowed contact with her lawyer.”

The reason for her arrest and subsequent detainment stems from allegations that she “recruited” other Dutch nationals to travel abroad to take part in the conflict which has been raging in Syria for the past three years.

As it is not, as of yet, illegal for Dutch citizens to travel to Syria, the government is largely ineffectual at prohibiting travel to that country by any legal apparatus currently at the judicial system’s disposal. The inability to inhibit movement of Dutch Muslims and the resulting impotence has caused the State to instead focus on those who they can prosecute: the “recruiters”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Campaigns, News Items

 

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Moazzam Begg: An Invitation to Ajjar

Former Guantanamo victim, and key note speaker, Moazzam Begg regarding the 13 July HHUGS event An Evening of Unity.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Campaigns, Videos

 

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Marcus Robertson (Abu Taubah) June 2013: (I Call on You to Aid Me in this Hardship)

Bismillah, Al-hamdulillaah and Sallallahu wa Sallim ‘ala Nabbiyillaah wa Ba’du
From Abu Taubah
To the Muslims,

As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa RaHmatullaah

I personally, and from the bottom of my heart thank you all for the amount of support you’all continuously show me and my family. Jazaakumullaahu khayran. Your support has enabled us to retain legal services of Attorneys Corey Cohen and Daniel Brodersen.

Cohen and Brodersen have excellent credentials and came highly recommended. They believe in our case and because of that have worked out a payment plan different from their normal practice.

I am asking you all to help me pay these men. Some people think that now that we have retained them, the job is done. No, it is not like that. Rather, now that we have gotten them to agree to take the case, we have to pay them for their expertise and services. As you all know, a good legal team is costly but a poor legal team costs even more. I invoke my right as your muslim brother and call on you all to aid me in this hardship.

I remind you all with what comes in the word and tafseer of ayah 177 of Baqarah. “It is not righteousness (Birr) that you Jews and Christians turn your faces in prayer to the East and the West. Rather Righteousness consists of believing in Allaah, the Last Day, the Angels, all of the Scriptures and all of the Prophets. And that even though you love and need money yourself, you still give it in charity to help Relatives, Orphans, the Needy, Travelers who need help getting home, those who Solicite funds for acceptable causes, and for helping Free Slaves and Prisoners. Furthermore, Rightenous people make it their business to offer Salaah five times a day, to Pay the annual Zakaah, to keep their word when they give it, to fulfill their obligations honestly and are Patient under the pressures of poverty, sickness and in the face of danger. These are the ones who have been faithful to Righteous Beliefs, and these are the ones who have taqwaa.”

O my Brothers and Sisters, you all know that I am not a terrorist and that I have never promoted terrorism. So please help me to prove that in court. I ask you all to be patient with me during this Fitnah for as believers we can expect a lot of good out of one difficulty. Their Promise of Allah is True. Let us seek Allaah’s Forgiveness and renew our intentions to be people of Taqwaa. I thank you all again and again and include you all in my private duaas.

Your brother Abu Taubah
Wal-Hamdulillaahi Rabbil-aalameen

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

 

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HHUGS: An Evening of Unity

HHUGS Presents:

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AN EVENING OF UNITY

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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Campaigns

 

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

 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.
 
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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Campaigns, Videos

 

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The 50K Letter Campaign to Help Brother Amir (aka Loon) before July 15th Hearing

Judge Letter Writing Campaign

On 17 November 2011, brother Amir (formerly known as the rap artist ‘Loon’) was on his way to deliver a lecture in Belgium when he was arrested by Interpol at the behest of American authorities. After many months of uncertainty in a Belgian prison, he was finally extradited to the United States where he has remained in pre-trial detention ever since.

Currently facing drug related charges for events that allegedly transpired before his conversion to Islam, his family is requesting that you, in your quest to gain reward and in your love of aiding a brother in hardship, write a letter on his behalf.

What a letter, or rather 50,000 letters, might do, B’ithnIllah, is convince a judge of what the world already knows: that Chauncey Hawkins is a changed man since December 2008 when he took the life altering decision to embrace Islam and become belovedly known as brother Amir Junaid Muhaddith.

Please take a moment of your time to write down what you know of his reformed character and inspirational talks:

  • Please address your letter to: The Honorable Judge James C. Fox
  • Briefly introduce yourself (i.e. My name is…., I am from….)
  • How you came to know of Mr. Hawkins (brother Amir)
  • What you know of his character and civic work after 2008
    See short bio here with quotes from Amir
    Read some of his letters here
          See his AlJazeera interview after he performed Umrah
    See this address to the youth in order to discourage the “bad boy” lifestyle
    See this interview about his conversion
          See this autobiographical lecture and another one here
  • Share how Mr. Hawkins’ (brother Amir’s) endeavours have had a positive impact on your life and spirituality
  • Conclude by requesting that the Judge kindly take into consideration Mr. Hawkins’ (brother Amir’s) peaceable and positive contributions to communities across the globe.
  • Please refrain from unnecessarily criticizing the blatantly prejudicial application of law
  • Please mail your letter to brother Amir’s lawyer at:

 

James Quander
Winston Tower Suite 2020
301 North Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
USA

Since the government has frozen all of brother Amir’s financial assets since his arrest and because the trial has been postponed repeatedly since his initial arrest in 2011, his family is need of financial support. 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, this 50K letter campaign, 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 Hawkins #360281
New Hanover County Detention Facility
3950 Juvenile Center Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429
USA
 
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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Campaigns

 

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“I’m trying to write a poem for you.”

Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al KhalifaAbdullah Al NoaimiThis is a poem I have written about my brother and friend Salman al Khalifa at the Guantanamo prison, after a long separation between us. The Americans were keen on keeping us apart. Four months later, he sent verbal greetings with the brothers, in which he said,

May peace, God’s Mercy and Blessings be upon you. I miss you a great deal and I’m trying to write a poem for you.

I felt guilty about this. Will he write a poem for me when he is no poet, while I, who claim to be a poet, have written nothing for him?” Abdullah Al Noaimi (ISN 159, Bahrain) Released November 2005; Rearrested 2008

Update:

Three years after his return from Guantánamo, al-Noaimi was working as an electrician, and was married with two children, but on October 29, 2008, as he made his way along the King Fahad Causeway, which joins Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, he was seized at a Saudi checkpoint and appears to have been detained ever since. An article in Gulf Daily News stated that it was “understood his name was included on a list of nearly 1,000 Al-Qaida suspects accused of carrying out ‘acts of war’ against Saudi Arabia,” but, as Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), explained, al-Noaimi (described as al-Nuaimi) “had not been allowed to hire a lawyer or see any of his family,” and “had no idea of the charges against him, violating numerous articles in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

He said, “While we fully respect and appreciate our brothers in Saudi Arabia, we do not accept any of our citizens to be arrested in this arbitrary manner, which violates the simplest international norms. Today, there are international standards and charters that should be respected as part of every country’s role in the international community.”

No explanation appears to have been provided by the Saudi authorities. 16 April, 2013 members of the Bahraini parliament protested by walking out of session and complaining that the Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and the Bahraini governemnt had not done enough to demand the realease of Abdullah Al Noaimi and fellow Bahraini and former Guantanamo detainee, Abdulraheem Ali Al Murbati.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Campaigns, Flashback

 

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