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Jesse Curtis Morton: August 20, 2012 (A Ramadan Reflection: From the Chest to Sham, Taqwa is the Heart of All Affairs)

All praise is due to Allah who commanded the Muslims to fast during Ramadan. He (Ta’ala) said,

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُون
O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as was prescribed for those before you that you became al-muttaqun (2:183)

And may the peace and mercy and Allah’s blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) who received the Quran in the holy month and warned the Muslim community when he said:

اقرؤا القرآن و عملوا به… و لا تأكلوا به
“Recite the Quran and act upon it ..and don’t eat or profit from it”

As another Ramadan has passed us by, Al-hamdollillah, it is important for us to reflect upon whether we have recognized its purpose and improved our Taqwa by becoming people that embody the Quranic message in our actions; or whether we have merely abstained from food and drink while devouring the Quranic essence, and thereby its true objective.

Taqwa is a difficult word to define. It is usually translated as ‘God-fearing’ or ‘pious,’ but perhaps the best definition was given by Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (radiya Allahu anhu), who was asked to define it and responded with a question: “When you walk down a forest path covered in thorns, what do you do?” he asked his questioner. “You lift up your clothes, move very slow and take your steps carefully“, he [the questioner] responded, and Umar (radiya Allahu anhu) simply stated,”That, my friend, is Taqwa.

And it is unfortunate that in this age Ramadan has largely lost its connection to the purpose of instilling Taqwa. Instead, in many ways, Ramadan has been turned into an occasion for festivity and entertainment, not unlike the way Christians have distorted their celebration of Christmas so that it is commercialized and void of spiritual purpose. Neglecting the purposes of acts of worship in Islam is a primary reason for the Muslim Ummah’s present degradation, and this Ramadan was significant in that several events in the heart of the Muslim world should have allowed us to recognize that our material and physical circumstances are largely a direct reflection of the state of the heart inside our chests.

The most prominent events are those occurring in Syria, an area destined to play a crucial role in any Islamic revival for its import is included in many ahaadith and isolated in many books of Fiqh as the home of the Taifa Mansoora, the Fustaat (flag) at the end of times where the Abdaal (righteous) gather, help to make Bay’aah to the Mahdi and eventually aid Issa Ibn Maryam (alaihissalaam) in fighting the antichrist. For example, the Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) said,

Syria will be conquered, and when you are given a choice of places to settle, go to a city called Damascus for it will be the Fustaat (Fustaat here means city) of the Muslims during the wars of Fitnah and the place of assembly.

Thus, its condition resembles the condition of the entire Ummah, and this is as Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) said,

You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind among themselves resembling one body. So, if a part of the body is ill then the whole body suffers from sleeplessness and fever.

And a proper conception of Islam helps us to understand that our personal conditions are connected to the condition of the global Muslim community altogether and that the condition of any given Muslim community is, at the same time, a direct reflection of the condition of Islam and Muslims across the world. It is for this reason that the Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) admonished the companions saying,

He who is not concerned with the general affairs of the Muslims is not one of us.

Unfortunately, it is a lack of adhering to the path of Islam and [a lack of] trekking in a manner of caution and Taqwa that has caused the body of Muslims to suffer from sleeplessness and fever. And today we exist just as the Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) described when he said:

The nations will call other nations to stand against you as the eaters call each other to eat from the food in front of them on a large wooden plate.

A person asked the Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wassallam),”Will that be because we will be few in number?”

The Prophet replied,”No, You will be great in number, but you will be rubbish like the rubbish of the flood water. And certainly Allah will remove from the hearts of your enemies fear of you and will throw Wahan in your hearts.”

A person asked, “What is ‘Wahan,’ O Messenger of Allah?”

The Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) replied, “Wahan is to love the world and hate death.

And Syria is a perfect sample of the Ummah’s general existence. Despite having a dominant Sunni population, a deviant Alawite minority has ruled the post colonialist nation through a dictatorship managed mostly by a single family. That authoritarian dictatorship has maintained for over four decades, largely due to the rubbish associated with a preponderant Arab racism and post-sykes-picot nationalism united against all manifestations of Islam as a complete socio-political, economic order.

It is a common circumstance all over the Muslim world, but where critics attribute blame to the external coalition of nations conspiring to feast on the Muslim world’s natural resources and civilization, the Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) placed blame on the internal condition of the Muslims themselves. The tremors shaking the heart of the Arab world are proportionate to an Islamic Awakening over a generation, and perhaps the most evident lesson about “Taqwa” to take from this Ramadan, is the connection between the state of our spiritual selves and the general physical reality of Muslims everywhere.

The prophet (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) stated,

“Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body, if it becomes reformed, the whole body becomes reformed, but if it is corrupted, the whole body is corrupted and that [piece] is the heart.”

Today both the hearts of the individual believer and the identity in the heart of the Muslim world face all sorts of dialectical rupturing and everywhere glimpses exist of an ascendant Islamic identity which is also in accord with what the Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) said, As you are so are the rulers above you. That being said, it becomes apparent that the solution to our contemporary situation is, first and foremost, a spiritual one and Ramadan serves as a continuous annual reminder of the connection between the spiritual and material realms.

This has always been the case. When the Tatars were pushed from Damascus by successful battle during Ramadan in 702 A.H, physical victory was a result of Ibn Taymia’s cleansing the beliefs of the Muslims with texts like his Aqeedahtu Hamawiyaa, written for the people of Hama, a town besieged by the Assad regime today.

Similarly, At-Tabari recorded in his classic work An History that when the Muslims first conquered Syria under Umar Ibn Al Khattab, Heraclius, the Roman emperor asked a Byzantine who had been a prisoner of the Muslims about their condition. The man replied,

“I shall tell you, and it will be as if you are looking at them. They are horseman during the day and monks at night. In the areas they rule, they do not eat except that they pay for it, and they do not enter a house except with a greeting of peace. They stand up to those who fight them until they destroy them.”

Heraclius could only reply, “If you have spoken the truth, they will indeed inherit the land on which I stand.” Surely, their foundation was Taqwa and we remain, as Imam Malik once suggested, “Verily the only thing that will rectify the ends of this Ummah, is what rectified its beginning.

As we push forward after Ramadan, let us remember that Taqwa is the foundation of all we do. That it is manifested in the heart and that our physical condition is dependent on the state of our spiritual selves.

It was for this reason that the noble Shaykh Nassarudeen Al-Albani adopted the Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen’s statement: “Establish the Islamic state in your hearts, and Allah will make it a reality,” even though he disagreed with them. Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) constantly emphasized such principles. He said, “Straighten your rows (three times) and Allaah will bring together your ranks or Allaah will put differences into your hearts,” and he (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) informed us that, “A believer to another believer is like a building whose different part enforce each other.

Today, we Muslims are being tested severely, and our current circumstances tell of potential revival, but it is evident the hearts are tainted by foreign desires. Allah has told us that “Allah has not made for man two hearts inside his body” (33.4). Taqwa is the spiritual garb of the heart that beats for Islam and Muslims, so let us cultivate it wherever we are and recognize that such efforts can only help to bring victory to the Muslims at large.

As individuals and collectives, Allah is testing our hearts. It is as the Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wassallam) said,

“Trials and tribulations will be presented to the hearts, as a reed mat is interwoven stick by stick. Any heart which absorbs these trials will have a black mark put in it. However, any heart that rejects them will have a white mark put in it. The result is that hearts will be of two kinds: one white like a white stone, which will not be harmed by trials as long as the heavens and earth endure; and the other dark and rusty, like an over-turned vessel; not able to recognize the good, nor reject evil, but rather being absorbed with its desires.”

As an Ummah we are increasingly passing these tests and have witnessed some purification. As a result, a new middle east is formulating in the heart of the Muslim world and circumstances, like those unfolding in Syria, present numerous opportunities to connect the degree of material success to adherence upon the path of Taqwa as outlined by Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, for Taqwa fixates the hearts upon the Quran and sunnah and other superficial displays of Islam absent such a foundation only lead to further sleeplessness and disorder.
Brothers and sisters should use the affairs unfolding in Syria to connect to the global Ummah and to call to adherence to these principles.

The great scholar Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah stated that:

“There are four matters, that when their limits are transgressed harden the heart: food, sleep, speech and sexual intercourse. A body afflicted by disease does not derive nourishment from admonishment or exhortation. Whoever desires to purify his heart then let him give preference to Allah over his base desires.”

Ramadan forces the Muslim to restrain all four of these base desires but only those able to connect refraining from them during the holy month to the cultivation of Taqwa thereafter will cleanse their condition and benefit from the trial. In the same way, the historic trials unfolding in the communities of Muslims across the globe will only produce benefit where they stand upon a foundation of Taqwa that manifests action upon the Quranic path. It is a failure to recognize the purpose behind acts of worship in Islam that makes us those that eat and sell the divine message just like the nations before us. May Allah make us al-Muttaqun.

Eid Mubarek.
Younes Abdullah Muhammad
Jesse Curtis Morton #79274-083
FCI Schuylkill
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 759
Minersville, PA 17954

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Jesse Curtis Morton: April 17, 2012* (Imperial Graveyard: American Culture and the Afghan War)

The recent unprovoked massacre of 17 Afghan civilians, 9 of them children and 3 of them women, initiated widespread but temporary public discussion about the future of the war. However, in an age of tweets and instant messaging there was hardly the necessary span of attention to recognize the grave implications of increasing U.S. war crimes. A fleeting domestic reaction indicated a successful desensitization that suggests the imperialist culture has conquered, but unfortunately few recognize that the future directions of both Afghanistan and America are now joined. An analysis of the means utilized to cultivate such domestic indifference reveals that reestablishing liberty at home would require resistance to the mechanisms that prevent it abroad.

By now most Americans are familiar with the case of Robert Bales but none know the names of his victims. Few recognize that, by almost any proposed definition, his actions of terrorism are hardly different that Bin Laden’s and fewer would admit that America has sanctioned terrorism as a tactic for it’s troops as long as they are in national uniform. The inability to acknowledge these truths is largely due to a blind bias presentation.

Within hours of the massacre, international media informed publics of the complex circumstances surrounding the affair. A frontpage headline from that Sunday’s Washington Post summarized the gist of the message. “Accused Soldier Faced Pressure of Deployment,” it read and was followed by subheadings stating, “Afghan mission fourth since 2001” and “suspect in rampage known for calm demeanor.” Almost immediately the whole world was informed not that a terrorist had slaughtered civilians but about Robert Bales, the fact that he was a family man, certainly wasn’t much of a drinker, never spoke bad about Muslims, joined the military after 9/11, that the bank had foreclosed on his mortgage, and that he had recently separated from his wife. Robert Bales may have been a killer, but as an American soldier at least he was human. The Afghan children, women and men slaughtered and lit ablaze however were collateral damage, an unfortunate toll of war, nameless and thus easily forgotten.
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Las Víctimas de la Inquisición estadounidense

The following testimony, entitled “Victims of the American Inquisition” written by Zachary Chesser, is a microcosmic documentation of America’s naked and larger aggression against the religion of Islam in what Chesser terms the ‘American Inquisition.’ Since the intensification of this most recent inquisition, the global Muslim community has suffered a ruthless assault on legal rights and basic humanity, which in various arenas have been superficially designated as everything from geopolitical interests to heretical rhetoric. What Chesser exposes through details regarding his case and subsequent incarceration, is a pattern of federally sanctioned religious persecution and corrosive civil rights violations reflective of American foreign policy, shockingly common in so-called terrorism cases. He recounts how his religious beliefs designated him as a target for government surveillance, how this surveillance in turn became a means of distortion and manipulation, culminating in his incarceration and the deliberate alienation of his family, particularly the religiously charged, custodial kidnapping of his son.

En el nombre de Alá, el Compasivo, el Misericordioso:

Mi nombre es Abu Talha al-Zacarías Amriiki (legalmente “Zachary Adám Chesser “), y lo que sigue no es para tomarse a la ligera. Si se va a saber cuánto estas palabras pueden afectar a mí ya mi familia, entonces la gravedad de este mensaje no se puede escapar. Estoy escribiendo esto con el fin de que nadie debe caer en las mismas trampas y errores como yo, para establecer la prueba para los que dudan, y para rectificar los errores determinados. Tal vez mi ignorancia de la naturaleza de mi situación era una excusa para mí, pero si no, entonces le pido a Dios que me perdone. Sin embargo, después de mí, no creo que nadie va a tener una excusa en estos asuntos si estos eventos se manifiestan a ellos.

Esta es mi historia, y dentro de ella son fragmentos de las historias de muchos otros. Es sólo una relación de lo que yo sé que es verdad a lo mejor de mi capacidad, y estoy seguro de que lo que permanece oculto para mí es mucho peor que la que se hizo claro para mí, pero lo que sí está claro es suficiente para un persona de comprensión. Por lo tanto, que estas páginas se registran en los anales de la historia en los capítulos reservados a la Inquisición estadounidense.

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Victims of the American Inquisition

The following testimony, entitled “Victims of the American Inquisition” written by Zachary Chesser, is a microcosmic documentation of America’s naked and larger aggression against the religion of Islam in what Chesser terms the ‘American Inquisition.’ Since the intensification of this most recent inquisition, the global Muslim community has suffered a ruthless assault on legal rights and basic humanity, which in various arenas have been superficially designated as everything from geopolitical interests to heretical rhetoric. What Chesser exposes through details regarding his case and subsequent incarceration, is a pattern of federally sanctioned religious persecution and corrosive civil rights violations reflective of American foreign policy, shockingly common in so-called terrorism cases. He recounts how his religious beliefs designated him as a target for government surveillance, how this surveillance in turn became a means of distortion and manipulation, culminating in his incarceration and the deliberate alienation of his family, particularly the religiously charged, custodial kidnapping of his son.

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful:

My name is Abu Talhah Zakariyya al-Amriiki (legally “Zachary Adam Chesser”), and what follows is not to be taken lightly. If you were to know how much these words can affect me and my family, then the gravity of this message would not escape you. I am writing this in order that nobody should fall into the same traps and mistakes as I did, to establish proof for those who doubt, and to rectify certain wrongs. Perhaps my ignorance of the nature of my situation was an excuse for me, but if not, then I ask Allah to forgive me. However, after me, I do not think that anyone will have an excuse in these matters if these events are manifested unto them.

This is my story, and within it are pieces of the stories of many others. It is only a relation of what I know to be true to the best of my ability, and I am sure that what remains hidden from me is far worse than that which was made clear to me, but that which is clear is enough for a person of understanding. Therefore, let these pages be recorded in the annals of history under the chapters reserved for the American Inquisition.

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Islam Policy & Revolution Muslim Founder Younes Abdullah Muhammad Pleads Guilty!

Younes & Abu Talhah

A Muslim thirty-three year old convert from New York,  Jesse Curtis Morton, who is also known as Younus Abdullah Muhammed, agreed to enter a plea of “guilty” at a federal court hearing in Alexandria, Virginia today (Thursday 9 February) for his role in explaining the Islamic ruling regarding those who insult the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in response to news in 2010 that the irreverent South Park television show was planing on airing an episode depicting the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ along with other religious figures such as ‘Isa ibn Maryam عليه السلام.

The writers of South Park were afraid at the prospect that someone might take offense to their disrespectful and provocative insulting depiction of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ or other venerated figures. As a result the Federal government has charged Younus with a count of “conveying threatening communication” and other criminal charges, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Younes was arrested in Rabat, Morocco, last year and brought back to the United States and has been in custody since his arrest in Morocco in October. He faces up to 15 years in prison, and his sentencing is scheduled for 18 May 2012.

As a result of his plea agreement Younes entered threepleas of guilty to “making threatening communications”, “using the Internet to put others in fear” and “using his position as leader of the Revolution Muslim internet sites to “‘conspire’ to commit murder”. He is facing up to five years in prison for each of the three charges.

Younes worked on website postings with Zachary Adam Chesser (Abu Talhah), a Virginia man who pleaded guilty in October 2010 to sending the same “threatening communications” to the writers of South Park. He admitted that he aided Abu Talhah in April 2010 to explain the stance of Islam regarding those who insult and degrade the Prophets عليهم السلام, and the writers of South Park in particular.

Islam considers any depiction of the Prophets as offensive and mocking the religion and Rasul Allah ﷺ is a capital offense. Younes and Abu Talhah posted where the writers resided and encouraged online readers to “pay them a visit,” according to court documents. Younes worked with Abu Talhah to draft a message for the website about the South Park episode and they posted a final version of the statement on various other online forums.

Younes is also also alleged to have conspired with Abu Talhah and others to solicit the murder of an artist tied to the “Everyone Draw Mohammad ﷺ Day” movement in May 2010, including posting online a magazine that included the artist in a hit list.

Four days after the arrest of Abu Talhah in July of 2010, Younes traveled to Morocco, where his wife and her family is from. He was arrested in that country on the request of the US government in May last year and then sent back to the United States.

Jesse Morton operated Revolution Muslim to radicalize those who saw and heard his materials online and to incite them to engage in violence against those they believed to be enemies of Islam,” U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said in a statement.

Younes admitted that the Revolution Muslim websites contained writings of and/or contributed to the radicalization of some people, including Antonio Benjamin Martinez and Colleen R. La Rose (“Jihad Jane”) Before entering this plea Younes has written two statements from prison, the first from his cell in Morocco titled Seeking Clarification the second from his isolation unit in Virginia, A Letter to the Ummah.

Younes’ wife and lawyer comment regarding his guilty plea:

His wife made the following statement:

‘My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, Younes had no choice but agree for pleading guilty offer to three charges. They have pressed eight charges on him which made a total score of fourty years to life sentence. The case is [a] trap as usual, but this is the same method that many Muslim prisoners went through.

Wa hasbun Allahu wa ni3mal wakeel.’

Brother Younes’ lawyer James Hundley said the case against his client presented free speech issues, but that his client ultimately decided to take the plea the government offered rather than risk trial on more serious charges that could carry an even longer sentence.

‘Certainly, this case had that question: at what point are you exercising free speech and at what point are you verging into prohibited speech of a threatening or inciting nature? That was something we obviously looked at very closely. If he had rejected the plea offer, he’d be facing substantially more than 15 years’

 Please remember to support Younes and his family with your du’a. You can write to Younes at:

Jesse Curtis Morton A0153370
 Alexandria City Jail
 2001 Mill Road
 VA, 22314
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Jesse Curtis Morton: February 6, 2012* (A Letter to the Ummah)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I am writing this to let the ummah know that I have arrived on extradition from Morocco to the United States, while it is impossible for me to communicate at this time, I did want to express my gratitude to all of those that have assisted myself and family throughout this trial.

I have posted and an edited version of a document penned in Morocco that explains my situation, but you must know that while the conditions of Muslims incarcerated in America resembles Guantanomo at home I maintain belief both in Allah’s decree and the principle that Allah knows best what we all need. He ( Subhana wa Ta’ala) says:

مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مِّن قَبْلِ أَن نَّبْرَأَهَا إِنَّ ذَلِكَ عَلَى اللَّهِ يَسِيرلِكَيْلَا تَأْسَوْا عَلَى مَا فَاتَكُمْ وَلَا تَفْرَحُوا بِمَا آتَاكُمْ

وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ

{No misfortune can happen on earth or in your selves but it is recorded before we bring it to existence. That is easy for Allah. In order that you may not despair in matters that pass you by, nor exult over favors bestowed to you.. }

My heart goes out to the prisoners and their families and all the muslimeen. I would still like to ask those of you that can help in any way to assist my wife and children. They can be contacted at To those of you that have assisted, then words alone do not suffice to express my gratitude. This ummah has provided me with the family I never had and it is in my love and passion for you that I grow everyday in this gift of Islam. I love you all so, so much.

The historical alterations of the last year document at once both the inspirational desire for change and the depravity of our present condition.

Allah’s messenger (SAWS) said ,” The ummah is like one body, if a part of it hurts then the whole body hurt” and one important identification to draw from recent events in the heart of the Muslim world is that it is representative of the whole; everywhere and anywhere we are in chains, shackled not so much by the external, but by an internal clash of civilizations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Letters from Jesse Curtis Morton, Risala


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Jesse Curtis Morton: October 27, 2011 (Seeking Clarification)*

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Seeking Clarification : A Reaction to my Arrest for South Park Opposition
Younus Abdullah Muhammad

واتل عليهم نبأ نوح إذ قال لقومه ياقوم إن كان كبر عليكم مقامي وتذكيري بآيات الله فعلى الله توكلت

فأجمعوا أمركم وشركاءكم ثم لا يكن أمركم عليكم غمة ثم اقضوا إلي ولا تنظ رون

And recite to them the news of Noah, when he said to his people: O my people if my stay with you and my reminding you of the Ayat of Allah is hard on you then I put my trust in Allah. So devise your plot, you and your partners, and let not your plot be in doubt for you. Then pass your sentence on me and give me no respite. [10:71]

In reaction to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration enacted sweeping reforms that largely altered (or revealed) the American landscape. 10 years later, the world is a very different place and the American canvas has now been decorated with a colorful array of fresh sentiment and perspective; a redefined flora that has certainly altered the impressions of many onlookers and added lexicon, that includes previously unknown terms such as “Patriot Act”, “Abu Gharib”, “Rendition”, “Warrantless wiretapping”, “water boarding” and “TSA body scanner”-to name but a few. Such alterations are byproducts of a paradigm introduced as the “Global War on Terror” subsequently rebranded as the “War on Islamic Extremism” but, nevertheless, perpetuating into the foreseeable future despite, or perhaps because of, the ignorant bliss that accompanies American exceptionalism!

On May 25, 2011, I was arrested for writing a clarification statement connected to an admittedly inflammatory post on an Islamic website I ran. The post was a reaction to the announcement that the “South Park “cartoon was going to portray the prophet Muhammad, something considered sacrilegious and part of an ideological accompaniment to a comprehensive Western war on Islam. The clarification statement intended to reduce the sensationalist nature of an initial overreaction but is now being utilized by enforcement to imprison me for something I am innocent of. As a young activist wholeheartedly opposed to the wars, the contemporary paradigm and especially the exceptionalism, I feel it is necessary to respond to the affidavit that accompanied the arrest and that is typical of the one-sided perspective and manipulative tactics that have marked what is realistically a western war on my religion. I hope that by commenting I may counter such propaganda and also add a few strokes of grey onto the contemporary canvas’s seemingly inevitable bloody horizon.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Letters from Jesse Curtis Morton, Risala


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