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Omar Ahmad (Abdur) Rahman: Date Unknown (For Surely, they will Kill Me…)

My message and will to the blessed muslim nation Oh honorable brothers! Oh Muslims in all parts of the world!

Surely the US government has found in my imprisonment an opportunity;
an opportunity to defile the honour of a Muslim, snatching away his dignity and respect. They’ve placed me under siege, not only physically, but also psychologically.

I’ve been placed in isolation. I’ve been forbidden contact with any Arabic speakers. Days, weeks, months pass and there’s no one I can talk to, and no one to talk to me.

I’ve been deprived of everything inside my cell even media players or a radio. If it wasn’t for the recitation of the Quran, I would have had many physiological problems. In this oppressive siege, cameras are included throughout my cell. They monitor me continuously throughout the day, they even watch me washing my private parts during bathing and using the toilet. They don’t stop there, they exploit my blindness to achieve their vile objectives, for they frisk me by stripping off my clothes, just as I was born, and look at my private parts, front and rear.

What do they search for? Drugs and explosives? This happens before and after every visit. This is so shameful, it makes me prefer the earth to split in half and swallow me whole over their filthy actions. But as I said, to them this is an opportunity they seized to defile the dignity of a Muslim and his honor on this earth. I am also prevented from performing Jumu’a prayers, Eid and any contact with other Muslims! All of this is forbidden to me! They give me false justifications and they make up null excuses.

The prison wardens neglect my personal condition e.g. haircuts and nail-cutting for months. They also force me to wash my underwear. I soak, wash, rinse and hang it, I find it hard! Moreover, I feel the danger of this situation. For surely, they will kill me… they will! Especially now that I’m separated from the world. No one sees what they add in my food, my drink! They could use a slow method to kill me, they could poison my food or medicine or inject me with something. They could drug me with something which would kill me or drive me crazy.

My brothers, if they kill me – which they will – escort my Janazah, and deliver my corpse to my fam- ily. But never forget my blood, never forsake it! Instead take revenge upon them for me in the most severest and violent of manners! And remember that a brother of yours spoke the truth and was killed in the path of Allah.

These few words are my testament to you.
Wassalamu Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh


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A Message from Solitary: His Words are Always, “Allah is with me, Allah is with me.”

Abu Hamza al-MasriMy husband, Sheikh Abu Hamza, was extradited from the UK to America on the 5th of October 2012; since then my husband has not been allowed to see anyone face to face, not even his solicitors.

The American government [has] allowed my husband to see his solicitors on a number of occasions. Even then, the visit has been behind a glass window. Not only that, the glass window had a curtain over the glass to prevent my husband from looking at his solicitors face to face…

All this time [3 months and 10 days] , he has remained in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, in a small room with no window and no sunlight. For one hour, he is allowed to stretch his leg just next to his cell where there is not even enough room to even do that.

It has been three months now since his extradition, but he was only allowed to call me once. On the contrary, Alhamdulillah, I have received a few letters from him. Me and my family also write to him on a regular basis.

Since he’s been there, his hair has not being combed due to a comb not being available for him. He doesn’t even know the direction of the Kibla, so he prays to a direction by guessing where the Kibla is.

The American government knows my husband is disabled! But when the guards bring food for him, they bring food which is wrapped with plastic. When my husband tries to open it with his teeth, half of the food is spilled all over the floor. Wallahi, this is an oppression being done to my husband knowing full well that he has no hand.

These people who have detained my husband unlawfully do nothing but aggravate the situation and make things difficult for him intentionally. They have stripped his dignity and violated his honour. His faith and religious practices attacked, but Alhamdulillah, Allah is the Watcher and the Ultimate Protector of those who are weak and Allah (swt) does not let the deeds of anyone to be lost. Allah will hold EVERYONE (ALL human beings, without an exception) accountable for their actions on the Day of Judgement where there is no doubt!

Despite all these, Alhamdulillah, my husband, Sheikh Abu Hamza, is happy and is in a good spirit. He knows that this is the path he has chosen and his words are always, “Allah is with me, Allah is with me.” He has said to let all the brothers and sisters who have written letters to him know that, they are always in his special du’aas. He is happy to know that the Ummah has not forsaken him. He said not to worry, insha’Allah. It would be nice for the brothers and sisters to write letters to him as much as they can so that he knows his brothers and sisters have not forgotten about him and that he knows he is always in their du’aas.

I can’t stress enough the importance of everyone making du’aa for him, as this is the most powerful weapon we have. He needs our support right now and has a right to our support. So please brothers and sisters, make du’aa and remember the only crime he committed is that he says he believes in Allah. The prison is not the place for him. His place is with his family, especially his children.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“One who helps a fellow Muslim in removing his (or her) difficulty in this world, Allah will remove the former’s distress on the Day of Judgement.

He who helps to remove the hardship of another, will have his difficulties removed by Allah in this world and the hereafter.

One who covers the shortcomings of another Muslim will have his faults covered up in this world and the next by Allah.

Allah continues to help a servant, so long as he goes on helping his own brother (or sister).” [Muslim]

We will all be called to account and asked what we did for our brothers and sisters that are suffering around us, the least we can do is make du’aa for them.

Barakallahufikum for all those brothers and sisters who have supported my husband for all these years. Your help, love and concern for him has not gone unnoticed. Your reward is with Allah (swt). I ask Allah, the Almighty, to give you the good of this world and the good of the Hereafter. Ameen.

-Umm Hamza (wife of Mustafa Kamal Mustafa, Abu Hamza)

Please Keep Abu Hamza and his family in your du’aa and write to him at:

Mostafa Kamel Mostafa #67495-054
MCC New York
Metropolitan Correctional Center
150 Park Row
New York, NY  10007
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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Collateral Damage


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Zachary Adam Chesser: September 27, 2011 (Letter to Sanâbil)

Bismillaah ir-Rahmaan ir-Rahiim,

29th Shawwaal, 1432
27th September, 2011

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,

May Allaah reward all of you brothers and sisters who are writing to us. I do not know if you received what I sent from the jail in Alexandria, Virginia, but I received some of your letters, al-hamdu Lillaah. I remember getting a drawing of a masjid from some very talented artist, maa shaa-Allaah, and it was very touching.

I just received a letter from one of you which was sent on May 9th. In shaa-Allaah I will respond to it in writing, but I would not expect it to arrive for perhaps four months, because that seems to be how long they delay mail to other countries. I even had a letter delayed for three months which was for New York, because I wrote a few words in Japanese, so in shaa-Allaah do not think I am being inconsiderate or neglectful, but I am sure you all do not assume this anyway.

The brother Wali has a card from one of your children in the shape of a masjid with a poem on it, and he keeps it pinned to his wall, maa shaa-Allaah.

There are people in the ADX facility in Florence, Colorado whom I have heard you wrote to, and I must inform you that they do not receive your letters. Many of the brothers there have something calld SAM (special administrative measures) and they refuse to allow them to communicate with most people, even family members. They even listen to their meetings with their attorneys and monitor them.

May Allaah protect you and increase you all in imaan.

Was-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,

Abu Talhah

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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Letters from Zachary Adam Chesser, Risala


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My Student, the ‘Terrorist’

Pale and gaunt, he stood there, having endured three years of pretrial solitary confinement. “Alhamdullilah,” he said.

Yes. He had allowed an acquaintance to stay with him in his student apartment in London—an acquaintance who had raincoats, ponchos, and waterproof socks in his luggage, which the acquaintance later delivered to Al Qaeda.
One day before his case was set to go to trial, nearly four years after he had been arrested, Syed Fahad Hashmi, a U.S. citizen, accepted a government plea bargain on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism.

Eight years earlier, Fahad and I had sat across from each other in my office. A student in my civil-rights seminar, he had come in to discuss his final research paper. Months after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, he wanted to examine the denial of civil rights and constitutional protections that Muslim groups across the political spectrum were facing in the United States.

A devout Muslim and outspoken political activist, Fahad had been a lively and overly talkative participant in class discussion. Relishing debate, he had not shied away from disagreement. I often saw him in the halls before and after class deliberating with other students, discussing the issues of the day or denouncing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the treatment of Muslims in America. He seemed to prefer to talk to those who did not share his political views, and to possess the overly optimistic belief that with a good argument, he could win others over. He would sometimes tire me out by his indefatigable talking, and on occasion, by leaving materials in my mailbox about converting to Islam. His utopia was a state ruled by religious law, and he held beliefs that I certainly did not share about global politics and the ascendancy of Islam.

Still, Fahad—or Syed, as I called him then—was a thoughtful student, and I admired his spunk and stubborn willingness to question authority. I found out later that because all the men in his family had Syed as a first name, he was known to friends and family as Fahad. But like many other students at Brooklyn College, he was too respectful to correct me.

His final paper contended that in contradiction to the Bill of Rights, the civil liberties of Muslim-American groups were being violated in the aftermath of September 11. It began with the American philosopher Randolph Bourne’s claim that in times of war, dissent becomes seditious: “Minority opinion, which in times of peace, was only irritating and could not be dealt with by law unless it was conjoined with actual crime, becomes, with the outbreak of war, a case for outlawry.”

That summer, Fahad e-mailed me for advice. He wanted to know how to become a professor. The next semester he came to my office. He was applying to master’s-degree programs in England. Would I write him a recommendation? Yes, I said, that makes sense. In 2003, there was a much more developed intellectual conversation among British academics on the role of Islam in global politics than there was in the United States. I’d be happy to write a letter. He got up to leave. Almost at the door, he opened his backpack and nervously turned to face me.    Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Collateral Damage


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Omar Ahmad (Abdur) Rahman: July 20, 2011

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful, All praise is due to Allah, lord of everything that exists, and peace and blessings be upon the head of the Prophets, our Messenger, Mohammad Peace be upon him, his family, his companions and those who follow him until the day of Judgement:

The conditions of the prison I am in are very bad, and are as low as it can get, and you might be able to get a glimpse of it from the following:

The claim that they make of freedom of religion and freedom of worship, is a pure lie, I haven’t been allowed to pray Friday Prayers, or Congregational prayers ever since I got here in October, 1995.

And there is racism here, and bias towards the interaction with the prisoners. When one of the other prisoners calls the guard, they rush to answer him. But Me, I stay hours knocking on the door of my cell and no one does anything. In Fact, I stay months without cutting my hair and nails.

And I have stayed in solitary Confinement despite my condition (Old age, blind, diabetes, and more) no one helps me with setting my things up, I have no one to talk to day after day, night after night. And it’s not allowed for me to mix with anyone who speaks arabic, because everyone around me is not Muslim or they don’t’ speak Arabic.

I stay upon this state day and night (since october 95!)

How lonely is this! How cruel is this! With these actions they want me sick forever to seek revenge from me, for no other reason except that I am a Muslim.

Are these the “human rights” that they always brag about everywhere and in their media?

And they tried me so I dont bark a word or make a peep?

Have you heard of searches after you are completely naked exposing your most private parts?
Taking off your outer and inner clothes for everyone to see, so you are as naked as the day your mother gave birth to you!

I swear by Allah, The Great, this happens to me every time someone visits me, a friend or relative (even though I have no relatives in the US, I consider all Muslims my relatives.) Every visit means I take my clothes off twice, going and coming back, they order me to take off all my clothes, and if only this was it!

But, the head of the Prison, his name is “kirling” and he has another guy with him named “day” and another group of bodyguards order me to open my legs and thighs, and get completely naked from head to toe. And after that, like animals, and I can’t even mention this out of modesty and embarrassment, but I will say it to decrease the load upon me, and so that the Muslim Ummah can finally get up and carry its load, and obligations towards its religion, they then search me up close, while they stand around me looking and laughing.

Groups of bodyguards challenge each other to looking at my private parts and searching me, and whoever does it the longest is supposedly the best at doing his job. They embarrass and humiliate me in these ways because I am a Muslim, and what they do is Haraam in the Shariah, [and forbidden] with Allah.

And why are they doing this? Have they found their prey and achieved their goals? Why are they looking at my private parts? Are they searching for weapons? Or explosives? Or drugs? The ones I took from my cell to give to my visitor? Or the ones I took from my visitor to bring back to my cell?

They do this twice every visit, and for this I melt out of shame and embarrassment, and I hope that the earth swallows me before they do that to me!

Would anyone who protects his deen and his honor be pleased with this?

O brothers of manhood and brotherhood! O people of sacrifice and honor!  O men of Allah!  Get out of your deep sleep!  Get up with your Thunderous voices!  Go out O men of Allah and make your voices heard everywhere!  And say it with All your strength and bravery!  Get up O men of Allah United as one!  Make clear the Truth, and Destroy Falsehood!  “And do not incline toward those who do wrong, lest you be touched by the Fire,“(quran 11:113)

Have the prisons been built for the scholars or the criminals to sleep in?!! Death has surrounded my Ummah! Say Allahu Akbar! and tell death to come alive!  Who will waken this ummah which is building its nest on thin air, who’s feelings have become so hardened it doesn’t move an inch towards the plots that are happening, it has lost its scholars which have filed the prisons like heards, is there no brave men that fear Allah?  Are there no words that throw truth and destroy falsehood?  Get up and Unite, and do not fear destitution!

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Letters from Omar Ahmad Rahman, Risala


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My Brother Faces a Lifetime of Solitary Confinement on a Spurious Terror Conviction

By Mariam Abu-Ali

May 2010

My brother, Ahmed Abu Ali, has spent the past five years in solitary confinement, under 23-hour lockdown, in a

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7×12 cell. He has one recreational hour in which he must get strip-searched if he wishes to leave his cell. He gets one unscheduled telephone call a month to his family, and receives the newspaper by the time news becomes history. If I send him a letter wishing him a happy birthday, he gets it 60 days later. When I visit him, once a year, I speak to him from behind a glass window. He is literally in a dungeon, over 20 meters beneath the ground.

Ahmed is not in a foreign prison, nor is he in Guantánamo; he is in a super maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado.

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Collateral Damage


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Tariq Mehanna: May 17, 2010 (What’s It Like… 4)

At this moment, I can glance out my window and see a 60-ft. stretch of grass patches, dirt, sunflowers, and gravel that ends at the perimeter fence. At various times of the day, droves of small birds swoop down onto the grass before my window, hopping around from one place to another while rapidly pecking the ground with their beaks. They keep at this for maybe ten minutes before flying off in the same formation they landed in.

To be able to witness their grace and beauty is a treat in here, thanks to Allah. But more significant in my mind is the fact that they were choosing to land here, of all places. These creatures possess the wings to carry them soaring heights and great distances to land on any plot of land they so choose. Human beings that we are, we have no such wings and are here against our choosing. Yet, the birds make a daily choice to land behind the razor wire, on prison grounds.

There must be a sign in this …

By definition, prison is a tool of confinement. the sovereignty of its inhabitants is usurped. It is characterized by limitation. It is not designed to offer much to those who it swallows into its cold, gray belly … conventionally speaking. For certain people, however, there is an exception to this. For certain prisoners, there is a treasure hidden here that only they can find; it is a treasure that, when found, turns this institution of confinement upside down and inside out. It is the treasure of the very freedom that was intended to be usurped – rather, a freedom greater than the one intended to be usurped. This treasure, when found , can transform a tool of confinement into a tool of liberation, as Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah realized on his way into prison while reciting: {… inside, it will be mercy, and on the outside, it will be torment} from Surat al-Hadid, v.13.  Read the rest of this entry »


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