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Our Sister Umm Imran In Urgent Need Of Your Dua’s

Sister Umm Imran has been on trial since February 2008 under the terrorism act. She spent one year and two months in prison away from herchildren, until she was granted bail. Now the jury are out to make a decision on her future and its down to us to show our support by making du’aa for her and her family. The sister and her family have suffered immensely and this next week is crucial to her future.

I cant stress enough the importance of everyone making du’aa for them, as this is the most powerful weapon we have. She needs our support right now and has a right to our support. So please brothers and sisters, make du’aa and remember she is OUR sister and a prison is not the place for her. Her place is with her family, especially her 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.

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle said, “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one.” Sahih Bukhari

Narrated Muawiya bin Suwald: I heard Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib saying, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) orders us to do seven things and prohibited us from doing seven other things.” Then Al-Bara’ mentioned the following:– (1) To pay a visit to the sick (inquiring about his health), (2) to follow funeral processions, (3) to say to a sneezer, “May Allah be merciful to you” (if he says, “Praise be to Allah!”), (4) to return greetings, (5) to help the oppressed, (6) to accept invitations, (7) to help others to fulfill their oaths.” Sahih Bukhari

Our brothers and sisters who are being tested severely right now need to know that we are supporting them. If they invoke Allah against us for the lack of support that we have offered and the lack of du’aas we’ve made for them then how will we face Allah?

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet (peace be upon him) sent Mu’adh to Yemen and said, “Be afraid, from the curse of the oppressed as there is no screen between his invocation and Allah.” Sahih Bukhari.

We belittle these actions so much, they are in need of our support and let us be the ones to be there for them and ask Allah to release our sister and be with her family where she belongs.

For all those sisters who sleep peacefully with your children with no fear of being separated from, put yourself in this sisters place. How would you feel knowing that you could be separated from your children the next day? Or the day after? Do you think that she sleeps at night?

For those sisters who spend their days with their children, take them to school, take them to the park, make dinner for them and feed them, put yourself in this sisters place. How would you feel if you couldn’t take your kids to school, or to the park or feed them, but instead you have to sit in a court room awaiting a decision to be made which can change your whole life.

We are one Ummah and she is our sister and we should not forget her pain and should constantly pray for her and offer her our support.

Al-Nu’man bin Bashirmay Allah be pleased with him, reported:
Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.” Sahih Muslim.

Ya Allah please bestow your mercy upon our sister Umm Imran and her family, forgive them, keep them patient, thankful and strong. Grant her the ability to be pleased with what Allah has decreed. Keep her heart steadfast upon Your deen. Ya Allah purify their hearts and make this a time to make her closer to Allah. Ya Allah release her from the hands of the oppressors. Return her to her family peacefully. Grant her happiness after her sorrow. Protect her and her family and do not burden her with more than what she can bear. Keep her eeman strong. Ya Allah, Grant sabr to her mother who has endure patiently and been such a support to her. And send peace and blessings upon Your prophet, his family, companions and those who follow them. Allahumma Ameen Allahumma Ameen Allahumma Ameen.

Written by Umm Ibrahim

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Interview With Mahboob Khawaja

 

Born in Ottawa on April 14th 1979, Mohammad Momin Khawaja graduated from Algonquin College in computer software development. He was an active member of his community, teaching Qur’anic recitation, Mathematics, and Islamic history to the youth at his local Mosque in Cumberland, Ontario. Following a three-month trip to Pakistan, Khawaja began working for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Summer 2002 as a software programmer. On March 29th 2004, he was detained, along with four family members, in an armed raid on their Canadian home. Since his arrest four years ago, and despite having been charged, Khawaja has not been tried or been shown the allegedly incriminating evidence held against him. Having been denied bail on two occasions, he is currently incarcerated in the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. In this exclusive interview, Cageprisoners spoke to his father, Mahboob Khawaja, about the case.

 CAGEPRISONERS: Mahboob, could you elaborate on the charges against Momin?


MAHBOOB KHAWAJA: Momin is charged in Canada with undefined role in conspiracy to participate in planning to make a bomb with other people based in UK. Originally, there were two charges which have been expanded by the prosecution into seven.
CP: What evidence has been brought in support of these charges? How would you respond to the allegations?

 MK: For the last four years, no tangible evidence has ever been brought to the public notice. However, we heard from the media, that the prosecution claims to have e-mails messages and a record of interviews with other unknown people talking about these issues. From the beginning, we believe, all the police raids and other official actions were taken to show to the public that Canadian Government has discovered a major plot and it was widely propagated throughout the world that Momin and his whole family were involved and were portrayed by the media as ‘terrorists’. It was done with the official sponsorship of the Canadian and US Governments. If the accusations and charges were true, why did the Government take four years and still have not brought the case to trial? Even the Canadian Chief Justice of Superior Court was outraged at this time-killing exercise by the Justice Dept. We were labelled as Muslim terrorists. We believe that all this was politically and religiously geared against us.  

CP: Did Momin ever have any encounters with the authorities before this incident?

MK: Momin has been a law abididng citizen of Canada with no criminal record and he was never involved in such activities.

CP: Could you talk about the circumstances of Momin’s arrest? 


 MK: He was detained on March 29, 2004, while in his office. The police raid was a replica of the US military attacks on civilian homes in Baghdad and other locations in Iraq, fully equipped with heavy loaded guns, army of 60 plus men and pointing loaded guns at the ordinary citizens. My wife and children were arrested without warrant, and my residence was raided without presenting any search warrant to my family.

CP: You have mentioned that your family suffered damage to their property as a result of the raid?

MK: Yes, our residence was attacked. The doors and windows were broken and the police men were shouting at the family members. To our neighbours witnessing it, the operation appeared like a Hollywood movie stunt carried out in the morning hours and continued for almost 24 hours. Understandably, the police action followed or perhaps simultaneously happened when Momin was arrested.

CP: And you yourself were detained and questioned, by the Saudi authorities?

  MK: Because of the time difference (9 hours or so), my wife whilst in custody, was allowed to call me in Saudi Arabia to inform that our house was under attack, and all of them were under arrest. I asked the lady police officer as to why. She claimed that they had a search warrant and that some senior official will call me later to provide the information. That never happened as at the same time, I was detained while on campus in the early hours of the morning. The Saudi Intelligence official showed the written formal request from the Canadian Government with four different accusations against me. They laughed and told me they believed all these were false accusations, but that they had to do that because of the formal request from a friendly government.


 CP: Was Momin subject to any humiliating or degrading treatment after his arrest or during his incarceration?

MK: It is obvious that after Momin’s arrest, he must have been subjected to interrogations and other unthinkable treatment as perhaps, you can analyse from the nature of the police raid at our residence in Canada. It meant that force was used as a means of harming ordinary citizens, merely based on suspicion, and not on any actual facts of law.

CP: How long was it before the media got involved in Momin’s story? What has been their response to his case?

MK: Prior to Momin’s arrest, we believe the international media had all the information and accusations available. While in Saudi Arabia, I hardly finished talking with my wife, within a few seconds, a journalist from a local Canadian newspaper called me about the incident and raid at my home. We believe it was all a pre-planned and well executed stunt to destroy us.

CP: What are the current conditions under which Momin is being held? How is his morale? 

MK: Momin remains at the same detention centre but his actual location often changes within the centre. His health and morale has suffered a great deal, and we try our best to lift his spirits in thoughts and prayers. There have been times when Momin would not talk much or would be unable to speak. We suspect that it is all due to his prolonged detention and its impact on him.
 

CP: How are you able to communicate with Momin?

MK: We are allowed to visit him twice weekly, and write to him. He is allowed to make one daily phone call.

CP: Is Momin an isolated case in Canada?

MK: There are six or seven other detainees in Canada, all of Arabian or Muslim origin held on suspicion of terrorism. Some of these cases have been heard in various courts.

CP: Could you tell us about some of your son’s most endearing qualities?

MK: Momin had excellent academic and moral discipline and had a very successful start to his professional career. Despite being under duress for a long time, he continues to pursue his academic goals and taking university courses through distance learning programs. He is honest, and very committed to human values of civic responsibility, law abiding and always eager to help others. He was an active volunteer at the local community serving the youngsters in teaching them religious studies, the Qur’an and Mathematics. He is a very family oriented person. We hope and pray to Allah that he will be free soon and resume his normal life.
 

CP: You have mentioned that your family is still subject to harassment and restrictions from the Canadian authorities. What has been the impact on your family?

MK: Our ordeal does not have any apparent wounds, burning fire or smoke coming out, but we have been mistreated by the authorities as second class citizens and destabilised in all social and economic domains of human life by the government.

CP: What has been the response of the Canadian public to the case?


MK: From another perspective, Canada is a beautiful country and people are soft-hearted, very nice and supportive of human values that we all share in common. Most of the public are with us and have extended their moral support to our cause and our call for Momin’s freedom.
 

CP: What do you think of the media reaction to the detention of you son?

MK: Most leading media outlets are aligned with the governments in North America, paid, bought and bribed; they would not tell the real story to public or the side of the accused. Most journalists would reflect on official versions of accusations. You are welcome to see the writers of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.

CP: Do you have any comments on Cageprisoners’ work?
 

MK: Cageprisoners is a real humanitarian project: you deserve all of our sympathy and support for your goals to help those who have been forced into difficult situations and to extend hope to those who appear hopeless under the impact of official cruelty and injustice, and to offer practical help enabling all of us to build a better world and a more respectable future for all, regardless of ethnic origin and racial identity. As Muslims, we see the humanity as one, and believe in standing together in unity for human rights, peace, justice and happiness for all.

CP: Mahboob, thank you for speaking to us.

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Source: cageprisoners.com

Happy Eid

O Crescent, Depart!

They said:
The Happy Eid is coming…

Happy Eid? While the earth is still wet
with the blood of the shaheed (martyr)?
And the war has tired itself
And loathed those she perishes

A Happy Eid in the palaces of the pampered
A miserable Eid in the tents of the refugees
Oh Crescent, Our footsteps have grown old
And Happiness is still very far from us

Disappear O Crescent!
Do not come with your happy Eid
With groans
I do not want an Eid with a cut aorta

Do you think Eid is in sweets?
And new clothing?
Do you think Eid is a compliment
underlined in a newspaper?

Depart Oh Crescent,
And appear when the time will smile
And when the flames of tribulations will die out

Come to us
When the evening will be covered with our smiles
and when the snow on our paths will melt

Come to us with fragrance
With Glory and Clear Victory

Come to us with a full healing for Muslims
This is the Happy Eid
And other than that for us is not an Eid

Depart oh Crescent
Till You see this Ummah’s flags
Waving high with pride
For there is Eid in there

What Eid?
When the distressed are smiling with the happy?

Cry Of The Imprisoned

الحمد لله العلي المتعال ذي القدرة و الجلال و الصلاة و السلام علي النبي الضحوك القتال

From the humble slave of Allâh, to my beloved brothers and sisters, Assalaamu alaikum 

I praise Allâh for he is worthy of praise for all the bounties He has bestowed upon this sinful slave. He who has chosen me with guidance amongst the ways of the misguided, in which, I was drowning. He who bestowed upon me knowledge with His Mercy alone and not due to any of my actions and guided me to the blessed path of Jihad. So for Him, Allâh, my Rabb be all the praise. Having now being tested with what already you all are aware of, I have to say as my salaf said, from them Ibn Taimiyah (RH),

“What can my enemies do to me?
If they imprison me,
then it is my place of worship,
If they send me to another land,
It is my place to call to Allâh
If they kill me,
Then I shall be a martyr”

I add,

If they beat me,
then it is either an evaluation of status or forgiveness of sins
If they curse me,
Angels will reply as long as I am patient
If they hold me,
then I shall get the reward of a Mujâhid and a Muhâjir,
as their clutches are only what holds me from it (InshaAllâh) “

O lights in the darkness of ignorance, I am now being tested for the words I have uttered and said, thus jail is more beloved to me than to leave what I know from the knowledge, may Allâh give me patience upon the truth and firmness. And by Allâh the words of truth lay lifeless until its companion gives life to it, with his blood tears and life…

The solitude and darkness of these cells teaches many things, gives us time to think over the dark days in which I was drowned in many sins, teaches us to ponder about many things in which we were neglectful. And all these are from Allâh alone.

If you ask me about my status, then I shall say Alhamdulillah , I am in so much bounties of Allâh that, were you to become aware of it, it might raise jealousy. But from us are those who are tested more than me, thus beaten severely till they fainted, or their hairs plucked until they bled, and their heads beaten on walls. All this are done by the dogs of taghût while his scholars are giving him (taghût) full support “to fight extremism.” But as I write this, none is facing any torture and all the tortures have stopped Alhamdulillah !

Fear occurs when one thinks he might loose his beloved to him, from his freedom to his wives and kids and wealth and health and life, so the one who has already sacrificed it for His Rabb has nothing to fear, as he has nothing to loose, as he is certain that what he sacrificed for Allâh will surely be returned to him in much great quantity and a higher quality. As for his life?, to live for eternity. As for his wealth? to what which neither grieves him nor perishes, with a quality which cannot even be dreamed of… As for his wife? Then likes of husband the hûr-ul-‘ains, of their beauty one cannot match, – as for their children? Then with them forever in paradise. As for his health? then to where neither they get sick no face any pain. So in short, he does not sacrifice anything accept he is given better. But all the loss and sadness is upon the wretched who holds to what grieves him and what shall perish or grow old forgetting and leaving what is for eternity and what I described above. So if this certainty takes root in his heart, then they shall not fear and shall endure patience upon what they face.

What has the one who is certain that Allâh is with fear? For Allâh made a hot burning great fire to be something cool and harmless, He saved Yunus (AS) from the belly of a whale, He opened the sea and cut it into half and paved the way for Musa (AS). So if one is tested, he must get close to Allâh, thus when the time comes he will surely be saved.

Of the greatest examples I saw in the Qur’an, the magicians of pharaoh, Subhanallah, what faith! The biggest tyrant, the one with many lands and armies, the one with the support of the public, warning to torture them, to cut their limbs to crucify them… But what was their answer? So firm, so straight with so much certainty, so certain that this tyrant is weaker than a fly in front of Allâh, so they said “Judge, what you are to judge!” Subhanallah ! Its true meaning and its sensitivity is only truly understood when one is in the cross lines of losing his beloved ones and freedom, between bowing to a taghût… And Allâh only saves.

I have to say, dear beloved brothers and sisters, though I want to name the closest of you to my heart, I leave as to include you all, know that you are not forgotten in my prayers. I never met, yet closer to me than my kin, you are my family. Although short a time I may have spent with you, you are not forgotten and I hope Allâh will gather us in a place much better.

Though I am under trial, I am upon the beliefs which I left you, and although I am disliked by many for my harshness towards the governmental scholars or scholars of the taghût I have only increased in certainty about graveness of their mistakes. I seek Allâh’s pleasure in only what I believe, for were it for another cause, there are much easier ways. I believe what I believe based on proofs and interpretation of the salaf of those proofs. So if I am wrong I hope Allâh will forgive me. Sometime I despair and my heart gets uncomfortable due to the fewness of those who are upon what I am, and I fear I might be seized in the Day of Judgment, and then I remember the proofs and I hope to say to Allâh “O Allâh! This is why this slave of your believed what he believed” and show why I did believe (though Allâh knows everything). So yes again and again I repeat beware of the scholars of the taghût, make people aware of them, none has damaged the religion as they did. Even here all the trials and torture we face are justified by them and they (police) are made to think that they are upon a good Jihad upon which they will be rewarded; they are made to think they will enter paradise, while they are fighting against Islam! I ask you, fear Allâh! Are we to praise and respect those who the direct ones responsible for this result? They are nothing but from the army of the taghût. Lots of confusion will depart were you to judge them with your religion and were you to know “not everyone we judge upon to be kufr is necessarily a kafir in the hereafter, but rather might be excused of an excuse we are unaware of. But that does not prevent us from ruling upon him what he shows apparently, this after the necessary measures which are available in the fundamentals of takfir.

Everyone imprisoned or put to trial must understand that only what is “written” upon him will reach him. After every difficulty there is an ease. There are but few days in this world. And Allâh is with righteous, pious and patient slave. So do not despair upon the trials of the world as there is eternity to it Hope for the Mercy of Allâh while being patient and pious, Allâh will not waste the reward of those who do good.

Beloved brethren, fear Allâh and know that this religion will not rise but after sacrifices, the earth will not get better until it is given the blood of the martyrs, do not be deceived by the increase of those who run towards destruction and do not be sad due to the fewness of those upon truth, as the religion will become strange as it started, but hold fast upon the clear proofs which will testify your innocence on the Day of Judgment. I am but to you a sincere advisor.

Shed no tears for us, but strive to save the likes of us. Having read the letter of Fatima, my trials are nothing compared to her. By Allâh her letter never left my pocket since I read it except for once and her cry yet haunts me… Brothers! Run to help the likes of her! And let not the false hopes and false plans prevent you. By Allâh, we cannot be saved but after giving our blood for it.

We have read and learnt and heard a lot, and it is already late; we need action, to stand with what Allâh commands without fear or any compromise. For “were we to stand as the Sahaba did, we would indeed be victorious as they were.” The road is paved with what the body dislikes. So be firm and patient.

At the end we say “If you ask us, then we care not about the tyrants and now do we bow to them. Jail us! Chain us! Torture us and kill us! Our limbs that you cut, our bones that you crush, our flesh in which you thrusts, our blood that you shed are already given to its Creator. But you can never reach our souls InshaAllâh and how much you crush the material body and bury it, the spirit will stand high and cannot be crushed. Inshallah.

O Allâh! Pour patience upon us, keep us firm, and forgive our sins and give us victory upon the kuffar and be sufficient f or us against them with what you wish!

حسبنا الله و نعم الوكيل

Wa alaykum assalaam


Any mistake in it is from me, please forgive me and correct it….
Jazakumullah khayran

Written by a mujahid brother from behind bars who wishes to remain anonymous

“Which is better for a person…”

A man asked ash-Shafi’ee and said: O Abu ‘Abdullah! Which is better for a person, to gain power or to be afflicted?
So ash-Shafi’ee said: One will not gain power until he is afflicted. For indeed Allah afflicted Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, ‘Esa and Muhammad, may the Salawat of Allah and Salam be upon them all. So when they were patient, they gained power, so let not anyone think at all that he is free from pain.

(Madarij as-Salikeen by Ibn-ul-Qayyim 2/283).

Verily After Every Hardship There Is Ease

Alhamdulillah Samina has been given a suspended 9 month sentence today. This means she is free but if she does anything wrong in the next 18 months then she will have to do the 9 months in prison. She says jazaak Allah khair to all those who supported her and prayed for her throughout her ordeal and she is grateful it is over now.

So verily, with the hardship, there is relief, Verily, with the hardship, there is relief. So when you have finished, then stand up for Allâh’s worship. And to your Lord turn your invocations. Quran 94:5-8

We thank Allah subhanu wa ta’ala for the release of this sister and ask Him to release our other sisters who are also due to endure the same as samina and maybe worse, May Allah ease their burden and grant them patience and success, Ameen.

Don’t forget your Sister Samina

A reminder to all the brothers and sisters that sister samina’s sentencing is tomorow, please keep her in your dua’s, May Allah free her from the hands of the Taghut and oppressors.

Remember Allah will ask you, what did you do for your sister!

 “Abu Hamdun (one of the Tabi’in) had a scroll on which was written the names of three hundred of his close friends, and he used to supplicate for them – one by one – every single night.”

[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 1/49]

Remember your sister in your duas tonight, remember her in your Qunoot, remember her at the time of tahujjud, remember her whilst you will be busy with your dunya tomorrow, remember where she will be!

O Allah grant our sister patience!

Sa‘d ibn Abî Waqqâs (RA) said: “I asked the Prophet (SAAS) who among the people are most severely tried? He said, ‘The Prophets, then the right acting people, and so on down through various categories of people. Man will be tested according to the strength of his faith. The stronger his faith, the more severe his trial, and the weaker his faith, the lighter his trial. The believer will be continually tested until he walks on earth with all his wrong actions forgiven’.”  (al-Bukhârî)

 O Allah we make dua’ to you, The Most High, to free our sister, Ameen!

From Kufr to Islam, From Imprisonment to Freedom

Brother Abdul Hakim AKA Shevon Smith has written a letter regarding his experience in prison and wants to share it with his brothers and sisters of the Ummah. You can view the original letter by clicking on the following links: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3.

Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem

O Allah bestow Your favour upon Muhammad and his wives and his Ummah. May Allah increase our eeman and grant us taqwa whilst leaving in our footprints righteousness, Ameen.

 

To my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, Assalaamu Alaikum WR WB.

 

As you can see I am now answering to the name Abdul Hakim and have been for the last 14 months, but I actually took my shahadah in June 2001 and this is one of the issues that I want to talk about. For those five years or so I was living my life in continued ignorance, walking around in a state of Kufr, whilst still calling myself a Muslim.

 

Let me explain: I had no idea how to pray, how to make wudhu and the do’s and don’ts of Islam. I had never read more than a few pages of the Quran. I think the reason for all of this was PRIDE and SHAME – the whispering of shaytan – rather than ask the simple questions how and why do I do this and that, I pretended as if I already knew. Drugs, alcohol, fighting mine and my friend’s battles and being in touch with the latest style of music that’s being used to corrupt the minds of those that listen to it. These were the things that mattered to me and my friends, the great majority of which were non-believers. The point I’m trying to get across is that (I believe) because of the lack of dawa, either from the words or actions of other Muslim brothers, shaytan was winning the battle in keeping me from the one true path. The two points I am trying to make are:

  1. We as Muslims should never shy away from asking for the help of our brothers and sisters in matters like seeking knowledge.
  1. It’s our responsibility to make sure that our brothers and sisters feel comfortable in trying to learn from us, but we should try to make our dawa interesting so the persons don’t mind spending time listening and remembering what’s being said to them. ( I mean why talk to a gunman about knives? He will not be interested)

I started this my first and only time in prison aged 18 in Feltham YOI in 1997, and I personally never saw anybody practising Islam seriously. I was made an adult prisoner aged 19 (due to bad behaviour) and sent to an adult institute namely HMP Whitemoor. Now maybe because I was just running about, doing my own thing, or maybe not, but I saw only a few brothers who lived their lives under Islam. This was the same for me in HMP Long Lartin, HMP Full Sutton, and HMP Frankland. It was whilst on my second time around these prisons Whitemoor and Long Lartin that I first started to see brothers who were actually practising the Deen and this was 2005-2006, SubhanAllah, still it was just a few brothers. Then I went to HMP Belmarsh, MashAllah, lots and lots of strong brothers, the eeman has to increase because of the amount of brothers there. Anyway I was there for about six months before going back to Frankland and alhamdulillah I’ve now seen and heard about many brothers who are now practising the Deen. It ranges from brothers who have been practising for a long time, to brothers who have just accepted Islam, from brothers who MashAllah are very knowledgeable to brothers who are not so knowledgeable but are in search of knowledge.

 

And it is for this reason that I am saying that as Muslims have a duty to let our action be our first course for dawa, so that people can help them to feel comfortable to ask questions that’s been on their minds. We should use the wisdom that we have to which brothers are struggling, and give them the answers to questions that they don’t yet know, but would greatly benefit them.

 

Now, as for the personal change that I have gone through over the last year or so. I’d say that alhamdulillah, my eeman, taqwa and birr has increased. This in turn has changed my whole way of life. From the way I walk and talk to the people who I walk and talk with. The crazy music that I use to listen to and drink to and dance to and do drugs to has all changed. And where before I use to respect what I did and the people who did what I did, I no longer have that respect for it or them.

 

Now I listen to the recitation of the holy Quran, nasheeds or lectures. And when I read, I read the translation of the holy Quran or books that give me a better understanding of Islam and the people of Islam (Majority of the time).

 

I try to be humble in my actions and thoughts and polite and understanding. Whereas before my confrontations were mostly about things that were haraam and for causes that were to do with my fighting for things of dunya. ‘Now’ I accept little if any violation but my cause is the fight for Jannah. And the concept of wanting for my brothers what I want for myself is very much a big part of my life.

 

Insha-Allah I have been able to bring some kind of understanding of how Islam is on an increase in Prison as well as outside. I live from salah to salah and Insha-Allah one day I’ll be able to get married and make hajj.

 

May Allah keep us all guided on the true path on Islam, Ameen. Raise your hands for us as we raise our hands for you.

Wa alaikum assalaam.

 

Abdul Hakim AKA Shevon Smith

 

 

Please write to this brother and offer your support inshallah:

Shevon Smith

BC4664

HMP Frankland

Brasside

Durham

DH1 5YD

O Feminine Ones Sitting!

“And some of those amongst us said to them:

Your Aqidah has some problems

Refuge is sought with Allah from such baseless

slander!

The flames of Shirk are not extinguished, except

by crimson rain.

And can Tawhid be established, except at the point

of a sharp white edge ?

O feminine ones sitting! Take it easy, because it’s

your eyesight which has the problems.”

Sheikh Abdullah Azzam (rahimullah)

Statement By Omar Khyam’s Wife At The POF Event In Slough

For those of you who missed the statement at the event, or couldn’t hear it properly, here it is:

 

In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful.

All Praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu. I am the wife of Umar Khyam and I want you all to know how the prisoners are being treated in prison today in this ‘democratic’ country. As you all may know, Umar was convicted in April 2007. He was then moved from Belmarsh to Frankland on 30th June with is situated in Durham, for all those who don’t know where that is, it is on the border of Scotland. Since he stepped foot into that prison, he has had nothing but trouble. He has received death threats and been treated with hatred. We have seen a pattern in the way that Muslim prisoners are being transferred. It seems so so-called leaders are being moved to Frankland. And if we ask ourselves, why is this happening? And then you see the pattern of how the high security Muslim prisoners are being treated in Frankland. On Friday 6th July Eesa Bharot was horrifically attacked with both boiling water and boiling oil! Hussein Osman had his cell set alight by inmates burning all of his belongings leaving him with no clothes or books or anything. Umar has had to live in such difficult conditions in segregation. But all along the prison service and the prison has been aware of the threats taking place against the Muslims in Frankland, and yet they ALLOWED the attacks to take place and took no steps to protect them.

We then started an urgent action alert to write to the governor and demand for Umar to be moved for his protection, in which the governor gave a very general reply on the prison procedures, but nothing about the actual events that had taken place. Who is responsible for the activities taking place in Frankland? Isn’t it the governor? And yet he is hiding behind the data protection act! But what excuse does he have with the solicitor? Why does the solicitor still have no explanation for what is taking place? But it doesn’t stop here! Even the black non-Muslims feel threatened and claim it is a racist prison. Ethnic minority in Frankland is just 10%, lower than in any other prison. There are racist slogans plastered all over the walls, do the guards and the governors not see these? Of course they do, but they turn a blind eye to it.

Now they are attacking anybody who is just Muslim. They set Yaqoob’s cell on fire and physically attacked him. He isn’t in prison for terrorism but he is still being targeted. I ask you, how many times do you expect to slap someone before they will slap you back? We tried everything through their method and their procedures and what action was taken? None whatsoever! So now the brother’s are getting attacked just for being Muslim! Not even because they are in there for terrorism but because they are Muslim. The Muslims then had no choice but to fight back! So now there are attacks taking place in Frankland from both sides! So much so that majority of the Muslims have now ended up in solitary confinement due to defending themselves against these attackers! So whose fault is this? I blame the governor. He knew full well what was happening and decided to ignore it. He did NOTHING to protect them so they had no choice but to take matters in to their own hands and protect themselves. They have been backed into the corner and pushed to take such actions. Abu Umamah Bin Sahl narrated from his father that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “He in whose presence a Muslim is humiliated and who does not help him, being able to help him, Allah will humiliate him before all creatures on the Day of Judgment”. (Ahmad)

I have tried all the channels, from MP’s, to governors, to lawyers to getting support from public. And after all this it seems to me that Muslims in prison have no rights! They don’t have a right to be protected and yet paedophiles and rapists have much more rights and protection than Muslims. This is becoming a bigger problem, and so I keep saying but nobody seems to hear me when I keep saying “do something before things get out of hand!”

We as Muslims have a duty to our brothers in prison. Regardless of what they are in there for, nobody deserves such treatment. How is it that the governor is getting away with all of these issues taking place in Frankland? All I ask from you is that you should know that their test hasn’t ended yet; it’s getting more difficult and will continue to get more difficult. For them, they are being tested and Allah is rewarding them for their struggle. But what about us? We walk about through our daily life not having a clue what our brothers are going through! And will Allah not ask us what we did for our brothers when they were being tested so severely? How many have written to them words of comfort? How many have comforted their families? How many have offered advice? How many have made du’aa for them? We need to ask ourselves these questions and reflect. Do not think that just because you don’t know these brothers it doesn’t matter, because whether you like it or not, they are your brothers and you have a duty to them. We requested people to write words of comfort and support to these brothers on the prisoners of faith blog, so they know that they are not forgotten, and yet we didn’t even receive one. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He does not wrong him, forsake him or despise him.” (Bukhari)

The other issue I want to speak about is our brother Moutaz Dabbas. I know that many of you brothers in Slough knew him and many sisters may have heard of or know his wife. He has eight children, MashAllah, and was arrested on 19th March 2005 for extradition to Spain. He was extradited to Spain on 11th March 2007. I have to say that I am very disappointed with those of you who live in Slough and yet had no time to knock on her door and see if she needed anything, those who didn’t have money to give, those who didn’t have time to help her with her shopping, those who had cars but didn’t drive her to see her husband, those sisters who didn’t have time to pick up the phone and make a five minute call to see how she is feeling, those sisters who couldn’t give her a few words of comfort, those who never asked if her children needed anything, those who never even said Eid Mubarak to them, those who never gave them a gift, shame on us all. Do you not fear Allah?

This test is not just for her family, it is for every single one of you in this community! You have a duty to her, in the absence of her husband, should you not take care of her?? And then we wonder why we are in the state we’re in. Subhanallah. We have a lot to answer for. Do you know that she has no family here in the UK? Do you know that she has no support except from a non-Muslim neighbour who has supported her for the last two years? Does that not make us feel embarrassed and ashamed? That this woman can support her and we can’t? That she takes her children to school and baby-sits her children when she needs to go somewhere. She calls her daily even though she is no longer her neighbour anymore. That the children are so close and attached to her now, they have become a part of their lives. Subhanallah, her husband does all the DIY jobs in her house. The neighbours daughter has spent so much time with them that she wants to wear hijab, she tries to pray salah with them. Subhanallah. May Allah guide them to Islam, Ameen. And the Muslim community in Slough is so big MashAllah, but what is the point? When you can’t even give a few minutes to this sister and her children! As far as I know brother Moutaz was a very good brother to you all and how do you think it makes him feel to know that nobody has supported his wife and eight children? The Prophet peace be upon him said: “None of you has eeman (faith) until he desires for his Muslim brother (or sister) that which he desires for himself (or herself).” (Bukhari and Muslim). Ask yourself, is this what you would desire for your wife and children?

And for those of you who are mothers, I am sure you know that bringing up children is not an easy task. Well just imagine eight of them and no support. Imagine being forced to move from house to house. Imagine no husband to do the shopping. Imagine no sisters ever came round for a cup of tea or to get your mind off things. Imagine there was no-one to take your kids out and they keep asking you to take them somewhere. Imagine your kids crying at night, wanting to see their father but there is no-one is your community who is willing to take you. Imagine being all alone, nobody to talk to when things get tough and nobody to turn to except Allah. How would you feel? Put yourselves in her situation, does it not sadden you? We can’t even begin to imagine even one day of her life. Allah gave us an opportunity to gain reward and to help this sister, but we chose not to, and that is a big failure for this community. There is still time for you to come forward and support this sister, because her husband still isn’t here and she still has eight growing children to bring up. May Allah ease her affairs, grant her patience, may He grant her to be steadfast, elevate her status in Jannah and return her husband to her safely, Ameen. 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 in 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)

And what about Samina? The one who was abandoned and left alone to face such a trial on her own. She’s the one who spent six months in prison and has been on house arrest for nine months. She is not allowed to step out of the house. She has five random calls per day for voice recognition and if she misses even one, the police will come and take her back to prison. She is not allowed any mobile phones in the house or internet. She is living in such harsh conditions and yet if you ask her who has supported her, who has been to visit her, you will find the answer to be two maybe three sisters and that because they were in prison with her. Subhanallah. Is this what it has come to? Only if you have been in prison then you will support others, otherwise you will just abandon them? And she isn’t the only one. There are more sisters who are yet awaiting trial and been in prison and now either on house arrest or on bail. How many of us know who they are, or what their names are, or where they live? The truth is, we are too busy in our lives and comfortable with the circle of friends we have and don’t make the effort to find out. Do we not feel their pain anymore? Are they not our sisters? Do we not have a duty to them? And who will comfort them or support them in their time of need? They have Allah, and remember Allah will never leave them and they are close to their Lord. Allah only tests those that He loves, and He is washing away their sins. But what excuse do we have to abandon these sisters? Did they really commit such a big crime to deserve our abandonment and this harsh treatment?

In conclusion; I would like to say that always remember one thing, your few words of comfort to these sisters, detainees or families of detainees are more valuable than all the money you can ever offer them. I don’t ask for a lot, but just this, please don’t forget them, don’t abandon them and don’t hurt them, don’t look down on them and don’t judge them. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Do not be envious of other Muslims; do not overbid at auctions against another Muslim; do not have malice against a Muslim; do not go against a Muslim and forsake him; do not make an offering during a pending transaction. O’ servants of Allah, be like brothers (or sisters) with each other. A Muslim is the brother (or sister) of another Muslim; do not hurt him (or her), or look down upon him (or her) or bring shame on him (or her). Piety is a matter of heart (The Prophet (peace be upon him) repeated this thrice). It is enough evil for a person to look down upon his Muslim brother (or sister). The blood, property and honour of a Muslim is inviolable to a Muslim.” (Muslim)

 Please forgive me if I have said anything wrong or offensive to anyone, Wassalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu.

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