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Omar Khyam Has Finally Been Moved From HMP Frankland

Assalaamu alaikum

 Omar Khyam was finally moved from HMP Frankland to HMP Full Sutton in York on the 30th of January 2008. He is no longer in solitary confinement. Omar was held in solitary confinement from 17th October until 30th January under very difficult conditions. Alhamdulillah he has finally been moved and is no longer living in such restrictions. Jazaak Allah khair to all those who campaigned for him and made du’aa for him.

We must not forget that Eesa Barot and Hussain Osman are still in Frankland and that we must still try to get them moved as well. So please keep them in your du’aas and continue your support towards them inshallah.

Wassalaam

Umm Ibrahim

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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.

Building Bridges Or Building Reputation?

I attended a meeting called building bridges day, which was set up by various organisations. Mainly, HM Prison Service, NOMS (National Offender Management Service), MCA (Muslim Chaplains Association) which is aimed at communities working together to stop re-offending and to provide better services within the prison system. Many other different organisations, MP’s and volunteers attending and there were roughly three hundred people present at the meeting. I went with an open mind and my initial thoughts on this meeting were that it is an excellent attempt to bring together all the people that mattered and were capable of making a real difference and reflected sincerity on all parts. There were Imams from prisons involved speaking about progress and there were representatives from HMP Service. After hearing these people talk I was very impressed as they sounded sincere as though they really wanted a change and were reaching out to the Muslim community.

Throughout my campaign against racism and protection for those prisoners who require it most, all I have ever wanted to do is have my voice heard. The opportunity to be present with all of these people, all under one roof was almost like a dream come true for me. I have attempted writing to MP’s, Governors, and the HMP Service and felt nobody was listening and I never got an adequate response.

After a series of introductions there were workshops in which again organisations were speaking about how they want to go forward and help in any way they can and attempts that have already been made. I then heard a talk which inspired me with hope and confidence that there was light at the end of the tunnel. Nick Pascoe, the London area Manager of HMP Service spoke about Zahid Mubarak and how he was delighted to have this opportunity to work with all these organisations and with Muslims and how he aims to tackle the very same problem that I am addressing. After hearing this speech I was expecting some sort of discussion, or questions and answers, but there wasn’t any. However, I had made my mind up at that point that I would address my problem to him personally as he sounded both sincere and passionate about his work and we both were tackling the same issue.

When the break came, I realised there wouldn’t be any opportunity to air my concerns, so I approached him personally. I introduced myself and told him exactly what had happened with Omar Khyam, Eesa Barot and Hussein Osman. I spoke for a good five minutes and I received no response from him. I spoke about how the prison was racist and horrific attacks taking place and the Governor knowing full well this was taking place and the Prison service’s lack of concern. But sadly, it appeared as though my words fell upon deaf ears. There was no expression of remorse that these horrific incidents were taking place and the first words that came out of his mouth were; “There are racist people everywhere, there is not much we can do about that”. I was shocked that this same man who stood up in front of everyone and spoke about Zahid Mubarak’s racist attack about wanting to eradicate racism and was in a position of influence, being the area manager, a person who could make a change, responded in this manner. I then went on to say, the guards and the governor are aware that Frankland is a racist prison and I believe moving them there was done on purpose and that Nick Pascoe was not taking me seriously and will only take me seriously when my husband is killed, and will become another Zahid Mubarak for them to talk about. And why does it have to come to that to get action or concern from them. He didn’t say anything. I even said I hold him, HMP Service, and the governor of Frankland responsible for the attacks taking place. And I kept trying to explain the seriousness of the situation and asked him at least to say he will speak to somebody for me if he can’t do anything for me. He then said he would talk to somebody but not in a very reassuring tone. He was then called away and I didn’t get an opportunity to get his contact details. At this point I was really disheartened and began to question the motive of this meeting. Was it really to build bridges? Was it really to bridge the gap? Was it really to establish a solution? Or was it simply to build a reputation? 

Further to my disappointment was the response from the Muslim Imams from the prisons. They made mention of the minor  issues, but when we brought the bigger issues to their attention, they avoided the major issues at hand. It felt that nobody really wanted to deal with the real problems we are facing. I left early as I couldn’t stand to be in this fake environment anymore.

 There is an article in the Guardian (click here to view article) in which Phil Wheatley, the director general of HMP Service, has spoken about issues in prison.

He warned against a strategy of concentrating convicted terrorists, arguing that the experience of the H-blocks in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland had shown that it led to their forming tight cells in which they could plot further acts in and out of prison and radicalise others. “If we have a very large increase that takes us beyond our current category A capacity then we would have to build more high-security prisons or convert existing prisons, giving them extra security,” said Mr. Wheatley. “I am confident we would not be left trying to look after category A prisoners with no prisons to keep them in.” He said the balance in the argument lay with dispersing convicted terrorist prisoners throughout the high-security prison estate, with renewed efforts to monitor their activities and counter any attempts to radicalise others.

Previously, the HMP Service claimed their reasons for moving these prisoners to Frankland were due to no space, where as in this article, he clearly states that there’s plenty of space and not just that, but they are dispersing them on purpose. And in particular cases, to racist prisons. The question still remains, who will protect the prisoners in the prisons if the authorities are evading the issues?

Written by Umm Ibrahim

Tensions Mount In Frankland

 Today Omar Khyam called and informed me of two Muslim inmates that were on his wing have now been transferred to a different prison. After an attack taking place a week ago now they are slowly removing all the Muslims and isolating Omar and Hussein Osman. Tomorrow another Muslim in-mate will also be transferred to a different prison. And then there will only be two Muslim in-mates on a wing where one has already been attacked and the other threatened. Subhanallah. This is the justice. This is the priority the governor at Frankland has given to those threatened in Frankland. He has removed the only support they had. But the governor doesn’t know that they can take away every help from them but if Allah does not allow them to be harmed he can do all he wants they won’t be harmed. And if Allah wills for them to be harmed then there is nothing we can do to stop it.

Now the question arises, how are Omar and Hussein expected to carry on staying in this prison? They are a very small minority and I believe this has been done on purpose. If there was space to move three category A prisoners to a different a high security prison, then shouldn’t Eesa, Hussein and Omar have been a priority to be moved? After we exhausted all efforts to alert the prison, the prison service, the human rights organisations, they STILL put their lives at risk now more than ever. If we start writing to them and asking for action, who knows what will happen in that time? I ask you, who will be responsible if Hussein or Omar get attacked?

My dear brothers and sisters, these are our brothers that are being targeted here. How can we sit back and allow this to happen? Will Allah not ask us what did we do? I urge you all to take action for them. Firstly, to ask Allah to protect them and to move them from there. Secondly, to write to the governor and demand an explanation for this step he has taken and to move them immediately. Thirdly, leave messages of support for these brother’s in the comments section so they can be forwarded on to them. They need to know that even though those brothers have been moved, they are not on their own. And you all are praying for them and supporting them by taking action.

Written by Umm Ibrahim

Another Attack On a Muslim In Frankland

Just when people start to forget the horrific incident with Eesa Barot and Hussein Osman, it happens again. Muslim inmate, Yaqoob, had his cell set on fire and attacked physically on Monday 8th October in Frankland. It is still not clear of the details as he was moved straight away, this may be because he is in healthcare. This is the third attack on Muslim inmates now in the same prison within a few months. Are the Muslims expected to just carry on being attacked and do nothing? Or is it time to retaliate?

When the Irish went through the same thing when they were imprisoned what did they do? They retaliated and fought back and it resulted in separate wings for the Irish. Will the Muslims now have to do the same for their protection? But I suppose if they do then as usual they will be painted in the media as ‘barbaric’ and ‘evil’. 

This is becoming a bigger problem and I urge the prison service and Frankland to do their duty of protecting the prisoners, because if they don’t, then its only a matter of time before the Muslims fight back. I urge all you brothers and sisters to remember this brother and his family in your du’aas and please keep on writing to the governor and ask him why is he allowing this to happen and to move the Muslim prisoners from there.

We as a Muslim community will not sit back and allow this to keep happening to our brothers. We have a duty to them. They are locked up and are being attacked. We have to be their voice and fight for them, we have to be their shield to protect them. We have no excuse after reading this to do nothing. They are attacking our brothers one by one, we need to get the others moved before they too are attacked. Please keep writing to the governor regarding Omar Khyam. Do not think that writing letters does not work, as Umm Tayyab says it worked for her when brothers in Canada were going through similar problems in prison. She kept writing and appealing and getting people to act and Alhamdulillah the situation eased.

O Allah Please protect our brothers and sisters in prison, not just here but wherever they may be. Grant our brother Yaqoob patience and a quick healing, cause him to be steadfast and strong. O Allah grant his family patience and strength and make them a strong pillar and support for him. Return him safe to his family. O Allah grant patience and quick healing to our brother Eesa. O Allah grant patience and protection to our brother Osman. O Allah move all these brothers far away from evil people who carry out such evil acts. O Allah keep them safe from harm. O Allah break the shackles of our prisoners wherever they may be. O Allah break the shackles of our prisoners wherever they may be. O Allah break the shackles of our prisoners wherever they may be. Allahumma Ameen.

 Written by Umm Ibrahim (Mrs Khyam)

ACTION ALERT: Detainee Facing Serious Risk Of Death

 Detainees at HMP Frankland are facing the very real risk of death after numerous threats from other prisoners. Despite the prison governor having been informed of these threats, nothing has been done to safeguard the security of these detainees.

On 10th July 2007 Omar Khyam, a detainee at HMP Frankland voluntarily requested he be moved into segregation after efforts by his solicitors to have him transferred to a safer prison failed. The request followed threats of murder and burning by fellow inmates.

Three days after Omar’s move to segregation, Esa Barot, another Muslim prisoner, had boiling water and oil poured over his body resulting in 2nd and 3rd degree burns over his body. The attacks also resulted in Barot losing sight in one eye. Had Omar not been move into segregation, he may well have been victim to that attack.

Despite the innumerable requests to have Omar moved, the prison administration refuses to accept that HMP Frankland is an unsafe place for Muslim detainees. According to a letter dated 19th July 2007 in which they stated,

“Frankland is a safe and secure environment as well as being an appropriate location for your client.” They also said “Whilst the incident in relation to Mr Barot is certainly most regrettable, this is not in itself evidence that Frankland is an unsuitable location for your client.”

On 23rd July 2007 however, the cell of Hussein Osman was burnt down with all his belongings on the inside.

Omar Khyam has been kept in segregation for his own safety, however such a situation is unacceptable for his safety in long term detention. In segregation the prisoners are not given any access to clothes, books, any reading material, his television or newspapers, he has been denied any privileges and treated as if he is in segregation due to punishment.

A transfer to a more secure prison must take place for the safety of not only Omar, but all Muslim detainees there. The Governor at HMP Frankland must take note of the very real threat and danger posed to Muslim detainees in his prison, especially in light of incidents which have already taken place.

TAKE ACTION FOR OMAR KHYAM Write to the Governor of HMP Frankland urging for Omar Khyam and other Muslim inmates to be urgently transferred to a more secure prison.Please send your letters immediately to:
The Governor

HMP Frankland, 
Brasside,
Durham,
DH1 5YD

The following sample letter can be used as a template:

___________________________________

Dear Mr. Mullen,

I am writing to you regarding my concerns that Omar Khyam has received death threats at HMP Frankland. I understand that following these threats and his voluntary retreat into the segregation unit Dhiren Barot was severely scalded and Hussein Osman’s cell was burnt. Threats have been made against Omar and were it not for his voluntary move to segregation, he could well have been a victim of these attacks. This letter is being written to urge you to reconsider his transfer in light of the situation at HMP Frankland.

As governor of a high security prison you are well-aware of the psychological effects of solitary confinement. It is surprising to hear that Omar has had to endure the loss of privileges that accompanies being in segregation, despite the fact that he went in there voluntarily, and not because he was being reprimanded.

Omar Khyam cannot remain on the segregation wing indefinitely. Our prisons do not yet have the same safety measures in place to protect Muslim inmates as are taken to protect paedophiles i.e. a separate wing. I refer you to an article on the BBC news site which describes prisoners who were involved in a minor attack were moved within days: “Prisoners have been moved from a jail following two separate incidents in which inmates were attacked.  Two prisoners were assaulted with a “sharp implement” at Wellingborough Prison, in Northamptonshire, on Wednesday and Friday. The Home Office said a number of prisoners had been transferred to other establishments “in order to maintain order and security”. In both incidents, those attacked suffered minor injuries.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/northamptonshire/5135424.stm

I urge you to write to the Home Secretary and put in an application for the immediate transfer of Omar Khyam to a prison with a higher Muslim population for his safety. Would you please make this a priority as we are very much concerned of the safety of Omar Khyam and other inmates in a similar situation.

I look forward to your reply.

Yours Sincerely,

Statement By Omar Khyam’s Wife

On Saturday 29th September outside Belmarsh Prison by Muslim Prisoner Support Group held an iftar. There were a series of talks, statements to remind everyone about their duties to the Muslim prisoners and about all the injustices that are taking place. All these people gathered outside in the cold to show their support of their brothers in prison and they opened their fast together. Below is a statement which was read out on behalf of Omar Khyam’s wife regarding recent events in HMP Frankland:

Omar Khyam

All praise is due to Allah Lord of the Worlds. Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu.

You may all know by now who Omar Khyam is. He is a political prisoner who has been detained for 3 years and 6 months. He has been from Belmarsh to Woodhill then to Belmarsh again and now to Frankland which is situated in Durham.  His co-defendants were moved in pairs to different prisons and he was moved singularly to the furthest prison in the UK. Before he was moved we had submitted numerous applications and letters pleading to the prison service and to Belmarsh Prison not to move him so far, but they ignored us and did just that. He was moved to Frankland on the 30thof June and things have never been the same since. He was treated differently from the moment he got there. He was looked upon with hatred and the tension could be felt all round. When he would call me his voice was very different to the way he usually sounded and I knew straight away something was wrong. He wouldn’t tell me clearly what was going on except ‘they all hate me here and it’s only a matter of time before something kicks off’. The phone was cut amidst our conversation which scared me even more as I had no idea what was going on. The solicitor was notified straight away and he put the prison and the prison service on notice of this threat taking place. I found out later that he had been threatened to be stabbed and burnt alive by other in-mates. These were also brought to the attention of the head of security in Frankland and still no action was taken. Eventually Omar had to go into segregation for his own safety before an attack would be carried out on him.

Subhanallah, just 3 days later Eesa Bharot was attacked in the very same prison with boiling water and boiling oil. He had injuries to his face, head, hands and back. He was also punched in his eye causing him loss of sight at the time. No inmate deserves to be attacked, let alone so brutally! He should never have been attacked especially when the guards were on notice that threats are going around and isn’t it their job to protect ALL prisoners, no matter what religion, race or charge. He was denied access to the hospital and was left in his cell for FIVE days with second and third degree burns! This is appalling treatment. But it doesn’t stop there. A few days later another Muslim inmate in Frankland also got attacked! Hussein Osman had his cell put on fire whilst he was in the kitchen cooking. He lost all his belongings, clothes books, everything. So what did the prison service do about this? They did absolutely nothing. They haven’t moved him but kept Osman just a few cells down from his burnt cell.

Omar stayed in segregation for over a month and no action was taken by the prison or prison service to resolve this problem. He was living in a small cell with nothing but a Quran. He had no access to books or even writing material until weeks later. He was given a five minute call once a week and 10 minutes on the exercise yard a day. Segregation is a form of punishment exercised on misbehaving inmates, Omar had no other choice except to withstand these conditions due to fear of his life. How is this a solution? Eventually he came out of segregation because the prison service clearly weren’t planning on doing anything. He is now back on the wing where Eesa was when he got attacked. The inmates who attacked Eesa have both been moved to different prisons, and have gone into segregation straight away. They have made this problem worse as those inmates are now fearful of their lives and will stay in segregation.

Since Omar has gone back to the wing, the guards have now started making things hard for him. They stopped him going to education; they cut his phone calls off, they lose his visiting orders, they won’t give him his property and now they have even stopped the inmates from praying in congregation in their cells. Subhanallah, the in-mates can sit together and smoke, play on the play station, eat etc. but two Muslims can’t pray together. He is still living in fear of his life and has to be on his guard all the time. While he is cooking, in the shower, while eating or on the phone. It’s not easy on the family as we are constantly worried for his safety, if we don’t hear from him we start thinking the worst.

I ask you, how would you feel if this was you brother? Or your husband? Or your son? Would you not be outraged and do something about this injustice that has and is taking place? In 2006 there was an incident in Wellingborough prison where two inmates were attacked with a ‘sharp object’ and suffered minor injuries. The result of that was they were moved to a different prison. Eesa’s wounds are very serious; he could be scarred for life. And yet he is still in the same prison. Are we to sit back and wait until it affects one of our close ones or do we stop this now before it’s too late? Today it’s my husband tomorrow it could be a relative of any of you here today. And even if it doesn’t, we still have a duty to our brothers. We have to stand up for them and at least try to stop this from becoming a more extensive problem. The prison service need to know that we will not stand for this and the Muslim community are watching them very carefully. The prison service shouldn’t be under the impression that the Muslims inside are forgotten about. We, the Muslim community, will hold the prison service directly responsible if there are any further cases of Muslim prisoners being abused or victimised in any way, it won’t be tolerated and we wont sit back allow this to take place.

           

I ask all of you to remember all the prisoners in your duaa’s especially in the month of Ramadan and their families’ inshallah. If any of you want to help then you can write to the governor and ask him why he has allowed this to happen and to move them straight away. The details are on the cage prisoners website or you can get information from Muslim prisoner support group inshallah. I want to say jazaak Allahu khairun for all those people who have already written to the governor and offered their support to us, it is very much appreciated and you are all in our duaa’s inshallah. Wassalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu.