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What Have You Done in the Last 11 Years?


For Johina Aamer, her brothers and her mother, the technical aspects of Shaker Aamer’s case come second to their daily worry: they have not been with Shaker for 11 years – soon to be 12 years. Everything else becomes peripheral to this. This family just wants their father home and a wife wants her husband back. It is easy to dismiss 11 years as another statistic to this case without really thinking about how long it is. So Johina wants to ask you: “What have you done in the last 11 years?”

Our upmost gratitude to all who featured in this video in support of Johina.

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Posted by on July 6, 2013 in Collateral Damage, Videos


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Abu Zubayr al-Shawqi: Abandonment of the Muslim Prisoners

A poignant reminder by Brother Abu Zubayr al-Shawqi to the us regarding our obligations to those Muslims imprisoned and the Ummah’s need to work towards their release. His speech also focuses upon how the enemies of Islam use the abduction and incarceration of the Muslims as a weapon in their ideological war on Islam, as well as providing a brief insight on how prison may be a ‘make or break’ situation for the believer.

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Posted by on July 5, 2013 in Maktabah, Videos


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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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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.

Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Campaigns, Videos


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Voyage du Retour

Il commence sans freins,
Se termine par une capture sans fins,
ce voyage.

Allongé dans ma cellule les yeux ouverts,
avec une joie et des sourires feints,
Je vois ma liberté consumée, mon heure venue –
Les larmes font déborder le vase de ma peine;
Ma maison est une cage aux barreaux d’acier
où le faux devient vrai, où les rêves sont brisés,
les espoirs tabassés,
où d’un nouveau statut on se voit gratifié!

L’ironie de tout ça – la détention et le reste:
Etre si petit et se tenir si haut.
Des années de larmes, des journées de labeur,
il ne reste que la peur, au bon plaisir des tyrans.
Une ordination qui expirera sûrement
sans tarder.
Mais en attendant, cette farce on doit l’endurer

Maintenant que l’on a bien appris sa leçon:
Que “la patience est une vertu”
Et que la vertu est forgée de fer,
Alors la poésie est mise en mouvement
(peut-être même sera-t-elle appréciée).

Encore et encore sur le papier j’écris,
Sachant quoi mais jamais quand –
là où les rêves commencent et les cauchemars
s’achèvent –
Je rentrerai chez moi auprès de ceux que j’aime.

-Moazzam Begg, Former Guantanamo Detainee

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Homeward Bound

Begins this journey without reins,
Ends in capture without aims;
Now lying in the cell awake,
with merriment and smiles all fake:

Freedom is spent, time is up
Tears have rent my sorrow’s cup;
Home is a cage, and cage is steel,
Thus manifest reality’s unreal.

Dreams are shattered, hopes are battered,
Yet with new status one is flattered!
The irony of it – detention and all;
Be so small, stand so tall.

Years of tears and days of toil
Are now but fears and tyrant’s spoil;
Ordainment has surely come to pass,
But endure alone one must this farce.

Now ‘patience is virtue’ taught,
And virtue is of iron wrought;
So poetry is in motion set
(perhaps, with appreciation met)

Still the papers do I pen,
Knowing what, but never when
As dreams begin, and nightmares end
I’m homeward bound to beloved tend.

-Moazzam Begg, Former Guantanamo Detainee

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Murder By Neglect? ‘Palestinians suffer in Israeli jails from medical apathy’

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Videos


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