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ACTION ALERT! Sh. Ibrahim Dremali and Wife Arrested!

*Please see the action alert at the bottom and do not rest until you have done your part!

When I read this news, I felt numb and helpless. Then I felt angry and now I feel that this is just another fitna from Allah for a man who has been subjected to trial after trial. Allah must have something special indeed for this man in the akhira, may Allah forgive him and reward him.

Just a few months ago, I met the man, Shaykh Ibrahim Dremali in Arlington, Texas. A man who could barely walk and open his eyes. A man who despite his sickness held a firm belief in His Lord and asked help of no one except Him.

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And now this man has been arrested in a fashion usually only reserved for murderers and armed robbers. Sh. Dremali and his wife’s (Safaa Rashad Eissa) home was stormed by agents belonging to three different agencies! And what were the charges? That there was some fraud in the immigration/naturalization process! That his marriage to sister Safaa is a sham, the sister who he is living in Arlington, Texas with and has three children with! I would like to ask everyone to just think about it. Even if it was a sham, would authorities have taken such draconian actions with any other “average” person in America? Is it not obvious that this is associated with the continued harassment and injustices against our scholars?

What is more tragic and more saddening is that Sh. Ibrahim Dremali needs to stay put, to continue to receive his treatment, because he still has a long way to go before his health recovers. And if God forbid, Allah has not written recovery for him, may Allah protect him, then he is needed by his family right now and should NOT be wasting time, energy and money in sham criminal cases. What kind of shameless and heartless human beings would subject this man to this FURTHER horror?

CAIR Iowa has issued an action alert. It reminds people of why the imam is special, and that America NEEDS imams like Dremali, someone who has engaged in interfaith dialog, someone who has furthered the cause of peace, and someone who has been teaching the Muslims the correct understanding against extremism and terrorism.

Sh. Dremali is known to Senator Harkin. Harkin has appeared with him and supported his work in the past. So, it’s time for Senator Harkin to do the right thing and help stop this madness. Sh. Dremali is NOT in a condition to travel on a sham charge. PLEASE CALL HARKIN’S OFFICE TODAY!

CONDUCT OF CALLER:

As always, please be polite, professional and non-confrontational. Do not use an accusatory or threatening tone, or use threatening language.
Cedar Rapids
150 First Avenue, NE
Suite 370
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(319) 365-4504 Phone
(319) 365-4683 Fax
Davenport
1606 Brady Street
Suite 323
Davenport, IA 52803
(563) 322-1338 Phone
(563) 322-0417 Fax
Des Moines
210 Walnut Street
Room 733, Federal Building
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 284-4574 Phone
(515) 284-4937 Fax
Dubuque
350 W. 6th Street
315 Federal Building
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 582-2130 Phone
(563) 582-2342 Fax
Sioux City
320 6th Street
110 Federal Building
Sioux City, IA 51101
(712) 252-1550 Phone
(712) 252-7104 Fax
Washington DC
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3254 Phone
(202) 224-9369 Fax
PLEASE CALL TODAY!!! TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!!!!!!

CAIR ALERT:

Council on American-Islamic Relations Iowa Chapter (CAIR-IA) URGENT APPEAL TO IOWA MUSLIMS:

IMAM IBRAHIM DREMALI ARRESTED. PLEASE CALL SENATOR HARKIN’S OFFICE IMMEDIATELY

Salaam alaikum:

Many of you may remember Imam Ibrahim Dremali who served as the Imam at the Islamic Center in Des Moines for many years before moving to Texas to take a teaching job. Many of you also may know that Imam Dremali has been battling cancer for the the past few years.

Recently, Imam Dremali completed his chemo, but is now in critical need of a liver transplant. His health is failing quickly; therefore, Imam Dremali cannot travel even a few blocks to make salah at the mosque where he lives in Arlington, Texas.

Last week, Imam Dremali was arrested by US Marshals and Immigration authorities who stormed his home. The charge? That his marriage to Sister Safah is a sham!!!

As a result of this arrest, Imam Dremali has been ordered to appear in Des Moines at Federal Court on October 20 DESPITE HIS CRITICAL HEALTH. Traveling such a distance will surely endanger him, if not speed his death!

Please CALL SENATOR HARKIN’S OFFICE TODAY AND ASK FOR HIS HELP TO STOP THE ORDERED APPEARANCE IN DES MOINES ON OCTOBER 20TH and HAVE THE CHARGES DROPPED!!!

TALKING POINTS:

* Imam Dremali’s health is critical and traveling such a distance will surely cause his condition to worsen.
* The charges against Imam Dremali and Safah are ridiculous! They have been married for years and have 3 children together.
* These ludicrous charges are absolutely the by-product of a vindictive grudge against Imam Dremali and Safah, and will surely find no basis in fact.
* Imam Dremali has been a vital source of interfaith relations and outreach in the Muslim community throughout the US, and has worked tirelessly against terrorism, extremism, and Islamophobia, building a solid foundation of friendship, caring, and cooperation between the major US religious groups, politicians, and civic communities.
* Imam Dremali is only one of a small handful of people who hold Ph.D.s in the US in Islamic Jurisprudence, and is therefore a vital resource for the US in interfaith, national, and international relations.
* Media and others accuse moderate Muslims of not speaking out or acting against terrorism or extremism. Imam Dremali did speak out–this heinous treatment is despite his activism.
* Imam Dremali’s arrest and persecution teaches a negative lesson for moderate Muslims that will keep them from speaking out against extremists or acts of terror committed in the Name of Islam.

Senator Harkin has appeared with and supported Imam Dremali in many events and endeavors, and on occasion voiced his appreciation of the work Imam Ibrahim Dremali has made his life’s work. We ask that Senator Harkin intercede IMMEDIATELY to stop this miscarriage of justice, and the possible death sentence for Imam Dremali.

See Also: Former Des Moines Imam arrested on immigration-related charges

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66 Comments

66 Comments

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    Uthmaan

    October 16, 2010 at 5:12 AM

    Allahu Musta’an.

    May Allah swt provide the Shaikh, his Wife and family strength and patience!!

  2. Amad

    Amad

    October 16, 2010 at 5:32 AM

    I really feel sickened after this news, to be honest… Don’t these agencies have anything better to do? Like going after drug lords, Wallstreet investment bankers who defrauded people of billions, or any of the other crimes infesting our nation?

    You can bet whoever concocted this conspiracy to arrest the shaykh has probably some ax to grind, and i wont be surprised if it has something to do with the shaykh’s support for Palestine.

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      Muslim

      October 16, 2010 at 6:14 PM

      Our nation? How sad subhanallah and yet ironic. May Allah open your eyes and mine and help the sheikh and his family in this time of fitnah.

      May Allah also aid all the other shayukh that are imprisoned in “your” nation unjustly including the old and blind that are in 20+ hours lockdown each day for the last two decades or more.

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    Iesa Mousa

    October 16, 2010 at 6:00 AM

    Bissmillahirrahamanirrahim Ina ma’al Usrun Yusra!
    May Allah HELP all Muslim Ummah In the WORLD Amin.

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    Brother

    October 16, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Two words: Police State.

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    Linda (part II)

    October 16, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    If the man did wrong, let him get punished… if not, then inshaAllah he would be given enough patience to bare this calamity!

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      Kamal

      October 16, 2010 at 10:49 AM

      What are you talking about?

      Have you read the article at all? He has been arrested for marriage sham with a woman he has 3 children with….

      Please do not post such comments. It’s really heartbreaking

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        Dude

        October 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM

        I agree this is horrible and ridiculous, and I have no doubts about the Shaykhs marriage but in general let’s remember that in this society kids do not equal marriage, so the authorities are understandably suspicious, but of course the fashion is which this arrest took place is ridiculous and to think they would not acomadate a dying man is just disgusting, decency is truly dead.

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      Bint Ibrahim

      October 16, 2010 at 4:10 PM

      Are you seriously ok?

      How can you even call him, ‘this man’ when he is a respectable shaykh?!! Also, where do you get such stupid statements from? Islam? This is not the first where I have heard Muslims utter such wasteful things. This Ummah is one body, you are either apart of it or not. When our fellow Muslims suffer, we are supposed to feel that pain and if you can’t, then that is a real shame and a loss for you, fid-dunya wal-aakhirah.

      Please remember that there will come a day where you will stand before the King of all Kings and have to answer for what you just said. Repent and think properly before you speak again. Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

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      MuslimaMinArdilRibaat

      November 15, 2010 at 10:28 PM

      Whatever happened to the ummah being one body? or the beleivers being merciful and compassiate to one another or better yet what happened to our walaa and baraa?

      honestly sister(if you are a muslima even) that is the most insensitive hypocritical statement a person of Islam can say!! please double check who your alliance is with. The Muslims or the “land of the free” kuffar?

      Allah says:

      “Verily the believers only are a brotherhood. So make reconciliation between your brothers and fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” (al Hujuraat 49:10)

      AND:

      “The believing men and believing women are awliyaa of one another…” (at Tawbah 9:71)

      may Allah destory and punish those who bother the shaykh and those who plot against the people of Tawheed!! Its not about defending Quds that he is arrested but his aqeedah especially in these times of ghurba and fitan. O Allah protect and have rahmaa on the people of tawheed and jihaad in this zaman al hawn, inaka Qaadirun ‘ala kulli shay’!

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    Um_Mariam

    October 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    May Allah give him shifaa and give him patience and victory through these tribulations. Unfortunately it seems that anyone who speaks up for the rights of Palestinians in this country is ostracized-Muslim or non-Muslim. This act was done to humiliate him and may Allah punish those whose motives are to bring down the Muslims.

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    Amir

    October 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Which one of those 12 numbers belongs to Senator Harkins’ office?

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      Amad

      October 16, 2010 at 1:06 PM

      I think he has multiple offices. But folks out of state can contact his Washington DC office.

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    Osman

    October 16, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Yeah continue stayin in the US, maybe when the next black man becomes a president, they’ll stop persecuting the Muslims.

    May Allah make it easy for the Shaykh and his family.

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      ilyas

      October 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM

      “May Allah make it easy for the Shaykh and his family.”

      Ameen.

      Also, could you tell us what country we could move to where religious Muslims aren’t persecuted?

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    Muhammad

    October 16, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    May Allah provide the Imam and his Wife strength and patience.

    Dear All brother Contact Senator Harkin (the senator of Imam Dremali’s District)
    at the following link:

    http://harkin.senate.gov/contact_opinion.cfm

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    umm esa

    October 16, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    inna lilahi wa inna elayhi raj’ion

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    ahlam

    October 16, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    All I can say is : may Allah be a shield between him and any harm.Ameen.

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    SisAnon

    October 16, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Oh my goodness this is shocking, subhanallah. He was such a wonderful teacher in Texas and I know everyone was and is praying for his speedy recovery. May Allah help him and his family. I hope this gets resolved quickly so he can continue his treatment insha’Allah.

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    abdullah

    October 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    No matter how grave the charges are, one who is in serious health condition should not be treated like this. This is totally inhuman and shameful. Allah is the most Just.

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      Abdus Sabur

      October 18, 2010 at 2:59 AM

      This is looking like the 60’s all over again……J. Edgar Hoover times 10

      Insha-Allah, our ummah will wake up and stop the oppression and injustice.

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    naveed

    October 16, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    I don’t get it. What does it mean that his marriage is a sham? People live together and bear children without being married. And why were they both arrested?

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      umtalhah

      October 16, 2010 at 11:52 PM

      exactl!

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      christine

      October 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM

      it is immigration saying that his marriage was a sham for him to get papers, i know this man and his lovely wife personally and they are truely married and have been for quite sometime not just 2 or three years i have known them for almost 10 years and they were already married for sometime before I met them. Insha allah, Allah will make it easy for him and reward him for his patience

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    umtalhah

    October 16, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    may Allah bring the quickest relief to him and his family and speedy and complete recovery to him.

    a friend found her husband (still legally married to her) living with another woman and when she called authorities they told her, ‘it is a free country. everyone is free to live with whomever they choose.’

    Allahu musta’an!

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    Umm Sulaim

    October 17, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

    This is not only a trial for our beloved Shaykh and his wife who’s been tested but in reality it is a huge trial for the Muslim Ummah…He SWT is reminding us to strengthen ourselves, to unite and make duaa every single time such a thing takes place. But how many of us actually take constructive action? How can we even rest when someone else is suffering? Try making duaa for Muslims around the world and your own troubles will be removed , whose remedy most Muslims today seek in anti-depressants etc.

    Ibn `Umar (May Allah bepleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim. So he should not oppress him nor should he hand him over to (his satan or to his self which is inclined to evil). Whoever fulfills the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever removes the troubles of his brother, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and whoever covers up the fault of a Muslim, Allah will cover up his fault on the Day of Resurrection”.
    [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

    O Allah disgrace us not at the hands of Shayateen and equip us with a sound heart to deal with our Qadr.Ameen.

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    Muslimah

    October 17, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    what can people do who are living outside the US? Is there any place we can email?

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      Janet Al-Firdos

      October 17, 2010 at 9:28 AM

      Alsalamu Alykum,

      Br. Muhammad a few posts above posted this link: http://harkin.senate.gov/contact_opinion.cfm

      In the link you can contact Senator Harkin via the contact form and send the message within.

      Jazakum Allahu Khair.

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        UmA

        October 17, 2010 at 11:32 AM

        Do you know the email address for the senator’s office, I can’t use the form as it requires a u.s. address

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          Janet Al-Firdos

          October 17, 2010 at 11:43 AM

          My reply to “Muslimah” was before I filled out the form, but you’re right it does require a U.S. address. Unfortunately, I’ve looked all over the web, the only thing available is the contact form.

          Since those outside of the U.S. can’t contact Senator Harkin, what you can do instead is spread the the article around so that U.S. residents can fill out the form insha’Allah.

          Jazakum Allahu Khair.

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    Janet Al-Firdos

    October 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    May Allah help Shaykh Ibrahim Dremali, his wife, and all Muslims under going trials and tribulations. I believe what the original poster said, Allah must have something special for this Shaykh in the akhira.

    I urge everyone to remember this hadith, which is Sahih al-Bukhari The Prophet (SAW) said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.”

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    Maria

    October 17, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    ‘O Allah, there is no ease except in that which You have made easy, and You make the difficulty, if You wish, easy.’

    ‘The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah, than the weak believer and there is goodness in both. Strive for that which will benefit you, seek help from Allah and do not despair. If a mishap should happen to befall you then do not say ‘ If only I had acted..such and such would have happened.’ Rather say: ‘Allah has decreed and what He wills He does.’ ………for verily ‘If’ lets in the work of the devil.’

    When I heard this news I was saddened as well. Before I converted to Islam I used to visit the masjids in the areas and I heard some of the lectures the nights of Eid that Sheikh Dremali was giving, that night I converted to Islam and he was the one who helped me.

    May Allah give Sheikh Dremali strength and endurance in his time of need and watch over his health and condition and make easy this test. Ameen.

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    so sad

    October 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    This is so sad and inshallah Allah will make it easy for S. Dremali. I know his life has been difficult.
    What happened to the children? Are they with a community member or family?

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    Albaraa Ibrahim

    October 17, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    It is something denouncing indeed but we can duly say “Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rege’oon”. This does not necessarily mean that we can leave our scholar alone, but rather we can support and defend him teeth and nail “O Allah we are asking you to free this Sheik from this kind of oppression and render him patience and stubbornness, Amen, Amen, Amen”

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    Altayyib TEA

    October 17, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Assalamu alaykom all,
    I am related to the sheikh. He will be ok. Imam Ahmad was arrested and
    thrown in jail and as a result he became imamu ahlisunnah. Ibn Taymiyyah
    was arrested and die in his cell and as a result he became sheikh al-islam.
    You may hate something and Allah makes great good deal out of it. They can’t throw
    him in a cell with his medical condition so may e he will be getting better attention
    with protection and security.

    Allah subhanahu watala doesn’t forget his servants. And we think of sheikh Ibrahim
    to be one of the servants of Allah Wala nuzzaki ala Allahi ahada.

    We just need to make our best effort with the duaa and support to the best of our abilities
    and leave the rest to sheikh’s Lord, He will take care of him more than anyone
    of us claim.
    “ان الله ليملي للظالم حتى اذا أخذه لم يفلته”

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      MuslimaMinArdilRibaat

      November 15, 2010 at 10:38 PM

      InshaAllah i wish the shaykh the best wallahi but just because he is ill doesnt mean they wont throw him in a cell. I am sorry but shaykh Umar AbdurRahmaan who is blind and quite elderly is in a maximum security mal’un prison and only Allah ar-Raqeeb knows what they do to him!(fukaAllahu asraka ya shaykhana al badal wa ja’alaka Allahu miman ithaa oothia fiLlaahi sabar!allahuma ameen!)

      bithnillahi kareem the end of Amerika the Tyrant will come to its end soon it is only the beginning of the end but wallahi people like this are not imprisoned and killed except that Allah(jalla ‘ulla) will send others who will make the tyrants taste some of their hell and thull in this world and send them to their darr in the next!

      fasatathkuruna ma aqoolu lakum wa ufawidhu amri illaAllah!

      please do not forget your brothers and sisters who are aseer in the sujun of the tawagheet in your most sincere duaa especially in the Qunoot of the witr and make duaa that Allah guides and has mercy on this ummah and gives nasr and tamkeen to the muslimeen. ameen ya arrhama-Raahimeen!

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    Muhammad Abdu

    October 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Assalamu alaykom all,
    I spoke to a member of sheikh ibrahim’s family and this is what he said:

    He will be ok. Imam Ahmad was arrested and
    thrown in jail and as a result he became imamu ahlisunnah. Ibn Taymiyyah
    was arrested and died in his cell and as a result he became sheikh al-islam.
    You may hate something and Allah makes great good deal out of it. They can’t throw
    him in a cell with the severity of his medical conditions, so maybe he will be getting better attention
    with protection and security. “ويمكرون ويمكر الله”

    Allah subhanahu watala doesn’t forget his servants. And we think of sheikh Ibrahim
    to be one of the servants of Allah Wala nuzzaki ala Allahi ahada.
    We just need to make our best effort with the duaa and support to the best of our abilities
    and leave the rest to the sheikh’s Lord, He will take care of him more than anyone
    of us would.
    “ان الله ليملي للظالم حتى اذا أخذه لم يفلته”
    His relative is on the footsteps of the sheikh. You can contact him via his
    website. Altayyib.com

    muhammad

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    Ahmed

    October 17, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Asalaamu aliakum,

    How can Canadians help? I’m not so sure the Senator Hawkins Office would take kindly to international calls.

    Let us know what WE can do.

    JazakAllah

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    Gudda

    October 18, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    ……One more reason to put our weigh for CAIR and should be an eye opener for the “lazy junk yards thinkers” who always propagate not to work in/within system where u r living and your generations would be living. The thing which can be accomplished by just sending one normal person to “a” reputable/respectable/law-abiding Shaikh’s house to confirm, they just made it a media circus and tried to show like they were capturing a “terrorist”, just to confirm “a marriage certificate….uhu.”. I suggest them to put all these people on the Texas state border, so we can save our kids from drugs, etc

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    n

    October 18, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    CAIR unfortunately refused to help him in an “immigration” matter. He does have other lawyers helping, so Alhamdulillah, something on that front. I am very disappointed with CAIR, after hearing this. I used to think very highly of them. The weight of CAIR would have probably helped a lot in this situation.

    Sh. Ibrahim is awaiting a liver transplant and it’s ridiculous beyond words, that they (the organizations who arrested him) are putting him through this.

    Please contact any newspapers/media you know to be sympathetic and not scare-mongers, there are some. Perhaps we should start writing to the President?

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    Yusuf Chowdhury

    October 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Subhan’Allah! May Allah swt remove the suffering and hardship and ease their situation. I wish he had P.P.L Legal shield to call his attorney on the spot. Of course Allah swt is only protector.

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    MuslimaCA

    October 18, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    This gets my blood boiling.

    May Allah make this easy on him and his family.

    Can someone please give us weekly or even daily updates on this?

    Should we start a FB campaign..how do these things work? Lets mobilize people.

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    AZ

    October 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    There is an alarming trend here. Any prominent imam who has migrated here is subject to harassment based on immigration paperwork reviews. (not a coincidence). Why is it that moderate imams like Abdullah Idress Ali are forced to return to Canada? There are also other imams whose citizenship applications are put on hold indefinitely. If they want to get rid of someone its as simple as finding (or fabricating) a mistake on their immigration paperwork.

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    Makhtum

    October 18, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    May Allah (swt) protect him and his family, ameen.

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    Miriam Amer

    October 18, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Salaam alaikum:

    As you probably all know, Imam Dremali moved to Texas a couple of years ago, yet he is very much loved and respected by Iowa’s Muslim and interfaith community. Many from the non-Muslim community have contacted me to express their outrage and support for him and his wife, and to inquire regarding his health.

    In contrast to a post from above, CAIR-Iowa is doing all we can to help. We’ve organized the mass calling campaign to Iowa’s Senator Harkin, and are forming a committee to meet with both Senators Harkin and Grassley. Additionally, I personally am speaking with Imam Dremali every couple of days to check on his condition and keep our constituents up-to-date. I’ve also asked an emissary (a Muslimah who lives nearby) to visit with his wife and comfort her. Please support Imam Dremali by calling, emailing and writing to Senators Harkin and Grassley. Their addresses can be found on CAIR-Iowa’s website: http://www.cair-iowa.org.

    In his weakened state, Imam Dremali cannot take personal calls. I would ask all of you who share concern for him to make du’a for his health, and a quick end to this tribulation.

    May Allah reward your efforts,
    Miriam Amer
    Executive Director
    CAIR-Iowa
    http://www.cair-iowa.org
    executivedirector@cair-iowa.org

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    Bintwadee3

    October 18, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

    It hasn’t been mentioned in the article or the posts (unless I missed them) that he and Sr. Safaa were both released the same day, a few hours after the initial arrest. It is being said that they arrested them simply to “reasonably” gain access to, and confiscate, his personal belongings. Which they did.

    Brothers and sisters, this does not mean we can relax. The shaykh is still in need of your du`aa and your support, more-so now than ever before. The whole ordeal (agencies shutting down the block, barging into his house, guns out) has had a detrimental affect on the Shaykh’s already weakened body. He is in the hospital once again, severely ill.

    Please, please, please. Constantly keep him in your most sincere du’aas my friends, as you would want others to make du`aa your brother, your sister, your father

    Jazaakum Allaahu Khayran

    Wassalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

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      Janet Al-Firdos

      October 18, 2010 at 9:39 PM

      Walakum Alsalam warahmatuAllah Wabarakaatuh.

      Alhamduilllah, this is great news! Jazakum Allahu Khari for sharing this!
      InshaAllah he will remain in our dua!

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      Abez

      October 19, 2010 at 12:45 AM

      Is this confirmed? He’s been released? In the mean time, is there an updated plan of action?

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      MuslimahCA

      October 26, 2010 at 9:08 PM

      Thank you for the update habibti!

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    Fatimah

    October 19, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Assalamu alaikum.

    In the Qur’an (94:5-6), Allah says:

    “Surely, with every difficulty there is relief. Surely, with every difficulty there is relief.”

    Our Sheikh Dremali and his family, I wish you all the best (Ameen).

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    Sundas

    October 19, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Assalamoalium waramhmutallah wabrakatu!
    HabunaALLAH!
    May Allah(SWT) pour HIS mercy on all the
    scholars of ummah. Wasn’t Imam Ahmad tried such atrociously, too? But why is there nothing
    on CAIR home page? Has he been released?
    wassalam

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    ABOUBAKAR from Cameroon

    October 27, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Inna Lillahi wa inna illahi raajiun. Any news about the Shaykh? I am from Cameroon and recently i started listening to his lectures that i got from the net. He is really special. May Allah assists him and his family during this time of trial. Ameen, Ameen, Ameen

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    faraz.B

    October 29, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Assalam-o-alaikum
    any recent news about him?
    when allah wants to do good to a person he afflicts him with his trials.
    may Allah(SWT) give peace to him i’ve seen many lectures of him.
    Walaikum-As-Salam

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    Bintwadee3

    November 2, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

    Please keep our Shaykh Ibrahim Dremali in your du’a. He is back in the hospital and his health now is worse than before. He can’t eat, his stomach is rejecting the food. We ask Allah Subhanah, the Most Powerful, Most Capable to have mercy on him and heal him and grant him patience and his family. Allaahumma ameen.

    Brothers and sisters. Please take 3 minutes – 3 minutes – to ask Allaah sincerely, honestly, openly, and humbly, to cure our beloved shaykh, leaving no trace of sickness. When will we take du`aa seriously? And when will we take the health of our scholars seriously? And when will we TRULY treat them the way they DESERVE to be treated?
    I pray we discover the answers to these questions before they are all gone.

    “The people of knowledge, the scholars, can you imagine that, even the fish in the depths of the sea ask forgiveness for them. Can you think of any other group of people, where Allaah has favored them, that even the fish make dua for them? The people of knowledge, their lives we profit from, if they die we suffer a great loss .If we are neglectful, they are there to give us a reminder, why? Because they are Ahul-Dhikr.If we are ignorant, they are there to teach us because it’s their job. Nothing absolutely nothing ruffles the equanimity of their spirit. They have the capacity to cope with life’s circumstances. They have deep knowledge of Qur’aan and Sunnah thereby giving them tactical nous to change disturbance into order, to change danger into safety, to change destruction into survival, to change calamity into fortune. They do not obtain personal meaning or pleasure by seeking material possessions and thus they are not affected by avarice, licentiousness, and extravagance. They accept whatever happens to them, and what happens around them, they respond to life’s circumstances in a realistic and effective manner. The people of knowledge display tolerance and inner strength when dealing with others. Their actions are so well done, and are in accordance with Qur’aan and Sunnah,thus leaving no traces behind them: meaning-that when they do something, we don’t even notice that there was something done. It is said that perfect activity leaves no tracks behind it. EACH ONE TEACH ONE!” – thefiks.org

    Wake up friends.

    May Allaah guide us all to His Path. Ameen thumma ameen.

    -Maymuna
    Arlington, TX

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    Bintwadee3

    November 4, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    UPDATE:

    Shaykh Ibrahim’s Naseeha on good advice and free time:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fWVJgR81co

    Keep the shaykh in your du`aa, brothers and sisters. I can not stress this enough, subhanAllaah.

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    sity

    November 4, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Aselamualikum

    does anyone know which hospital he is in

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      Bintwadee3

      November 4, 2010 at 11:40 PM

      MCA on Matlock Rd in Arlington

      Please visit between 11-1 and 7:30 – 9 pm so they shaykh can get his rest.

      Jazaaki Allaahu khayran

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        sity

        November 5, 2010 at 12:34 PM

        jezakellah kheyren

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    Abdul Wahiyd Yahya

    November 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    As Salamu alaykum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatuhu dear brothers and sisters. Let us all make dua for our dear brother and sister and their family. May ALLAHu subhannahu wata’ala make a way easy for them. May he grant the dear brother a full restoration of his health. May HE reward them and us in this life and in the hereafter and save us from the torment of the fire, and from the torment and the trial of the grave and ther last day. Ameen.

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    Usman

    December 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Can anyone confirm the legitimacy of donating through the following link: http://www.dremalifoundation.com/? Who is Annie Lin, as that is who the money will go to according to the pay pal account?

    If the Dremali Foundation was a registered non-profit instead of an LLC it would be easier to verify legitimacy.

    Jazak’allah.

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      Bintwadee3

      December 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM

      As salaamu alaykum

      Sister Annie Lin is his business partner and helping to handle his affairs. As of now, the masjid is in charge of collecting the donations as well.

      Jazaak Allaahu Khayra, wa baarak Allaahu feek

      Wassalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaah

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    Khan

    December 27, 2010 at 7:09 AM

    Salamwalikum,

    Thanks for updating us …. it is really difficult for the people staying in the Middle East to to know what is going on with our scholars in the West.

    Can you please update us firstly about his health ? what is the status ? what do the doctors say ?

    What about his wife ? his family where are they ? are they released ??

    In anticipation of your reply….

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      Bintwadee3

      January 3, 2011 at 3:23 AM

      Wa alaykumussalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

      His health: Alhamdulillaah is all we can say and we make du`aa that Allaah gives him a full cure that leaves no trace of the illness behind. Ameen.

      His wife and family are alright. As I mentioned previously, they were released shortly after they (he and his wife) were arrested, this was 1-2 months ago. His family is fine alhamdulillaah, please keep them in your du`aa as well.

      A local brother has been uploading videos of the shaykh. Here is one from 2 weeks ago: http://www.youtube.com/user/towardsjannahvideos#p/u/5/lCzdX456tJQ

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    aliha

    March 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    asselamualeykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
    allah help our shaihk and all muslim in the world ,inshallah make du’a always

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SaveUighur Urges Muslim Community To Support Black Friday Boycott Of “Made in China” Clothing

Cotton made in China

SaveUighur.org is urging Masjids and Islamic organizations to call for a Black Friday/Cyber Monday boycott of any clothing made in China this week.

Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, is the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States, with retailers offering deals and discounts in stores and online.

China is currently engaged in a campaign of cultural genocide and forced assimilation of its Uighur Muslim community in East Turkestan (Xinjiang) in northwest China.

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SaveUighur.org is a campaign to raise awareness about this human rights tragedy.

Clothing is specifically being targeted for boycott because experts say 80% of cotton used in Chinese clothing comes from East Turkestan, where forced labor is routinely used. As well, 30% of all U.S. clothing comes from China.

“Americans must send a message to the Chinese government that its horrific abuse of Uighurs will not be tolerated,” said Aydin Anwar, an Uighur-American activist with SaveUighur.org. “We must avoid buying clothing made in China because it would mean tacit approval of the Chinese government’s genocide of Uighurs. Boycotting products made in the country will send a strong message.”

Since April 2017, the Chinese government has thrown about 800,000 to two million Uighurs and other Muslims into the largest concentration camps since those of Nazi Germany during World War II. Prisoners have been subjected to torture, gang rape, and medical experimentation. It has also forcibly separated families, sending children to state-run child welfare institutions and boarding schools without access to their parents, and without parental consent.

Outside of the camps, Uighurs are subjected to strict surveillance of all communication within and outside of China, and spies are sent to live in Uighur homes.

SaveUighur.org is calling for the Muslim community to support this campaign and to encourage family, friends, and followers on social media to do the same using hashtags like #SaveUighur #BoycottMadeInChina #boycottchina #china #uighurs #uighur #FastFromChina

(1) Take a picture of the Made In China item.

(2) Write a message saying you are NOT buying it since it comes from China.

(3) Mention you are supporting the people of East Turkestan. Tag the manufacturer and shop, if possible.

(4) Use the hashtags #SaveUighur #BoycottMadeInChina #boycottchina #china #uighurs #uighur #FreeEastTurkestan

For more information about the campaign, please visit SaveUighur.org

CONTACT: Aydin Anwar, C: 571-344-3885

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“The South China Morning Post reports that U.S.-based scholars and experts spoke before legislators about how Uighurs who have been forcibly held in detention centers have been put to work in factory jobs. Companies that used these factories staffed by Uighurs and other Turkic minorities would receive government subsidies for each individual trained and employed, along with shipping subsidies. This cheap labor along with the government subsidies would result in very low manufacturing costs, “undercutting global prices,” according to testimony presented at the hearing by the Center of Strategic and International Studies. This could turn Xinjiang into a hub for low-cost manufacturing.

According to reliable sources such as the agricultural research company Gro Intelligence, a vast cotton-producing industry has been developed in Xinjiang which supplies 80 percent of the country’s total cotton output. This would mean that any cotton clothing sourced from China would be suspect of containing cotton grown using slave labor.

Furthermore, the Chinese Communist Party is transferring Uighur and other Turkic people to other parts of China forcibly, so the task of tracking forced labor of Uighur is no longer limited to Xinjiang (East Turkestan) but to the rest of the country, making it virtually impossible to track the forced labor of prisoners. How can third-party auditors ensure that the workers in these factories are not Uighurs removed from Xinjiang (East Turkestan)?”

Open Letter to Costco On Chinese Products Made by Forced Labor

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A Closer Look At The Congressional Hearing on Human Rights in South Asia

Kashmir hearing in Congress

Expectations on Capitol Hill were pretty low going into the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation’s historic hearing on “Human Rights in South Asia”. Previously, hearings on India have not been critical and the Kashmiri Muslim point of view has not been discussed.

Chairman of the sub-committee Brad Sherman (D-CA) wasted no time setting the stage for where he wanted to go with this hearing, stating, ”the entire world is focused today on what is happening in Kashmir.” He also pointed to the state of the 2 million-minority population in Assam. Missing from his opening statements were remarks on the state of the rest of the minorities in India, esp. Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, and Muslims. Ranking member Ted Yoho (R-FL) was soft on the gross realities of the occupation, highlighting one case of a Kashmiri constituent, and referred to the abrogation of Article 370 as an internal matter of India. He also brought up the Indian talking point of economic progress in the region but this concept was thoroughly dismissed by later testimony and Q&A.

The State department veteran Alice Wells, Acting Secretary on South and Central Asian Affairs seemed woefully ill-prepared for the critical nature of the hearing. Both Wells and Assistant Secretary for Human Rights Destro could not or did not present solid facts and figures about detention and tried to explain away the oppression as “inconveniences”. They were unable to comment or provide clarity on the situation on the ground in Kashmir, with Destro saying, “we are in the same information blackout as you are.” Some of Sec. Wells’s comments were of direct Indian government persuasion.

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Several of Justice For All’s talking points were raised during the hearing.

There was commentary on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar asked about the anti-Muslim program. She questioned the panel on the public statements by Indian officials that only Muslims have to prove their birth records. Rejecting the notion that a democratic ally cannot be policed, she said that the United States does that in many situations and “this should not be an exception.”The human rights abuse doesn’t cease to exist even if it is the law. Is it consistent with international human rights?” asked Chairman Sherman, along the same lines.

Destro observed that the appeals process “may disadvantage poor and illiterate populations who lack documentation”. “We are closely following this situation and urge the Government of India to take these issues into consideration,” he added.

”The human rights abuse doesn’t cease to exist even if it is the law. Is it consistent with international human rights?” asked Chairman ShermanClick To Tweet

Wells testified that “violence and discrimination against minorities in India, including cow vigilante attacks against members of the Dalit and Muslim communities, and the existence of anti-conversion laws in nine states” are not in keeping with India’s legal protections for minorities.

Congresswoman Alice Spanberger, (D-VA) a former CIA intelligence officer, asked whether India has shared examples of terror attacks and incidents that have been thwarted due to the communications blockade. When Wells stated that she could not comment, Spanberger asked for a classified hearing so that US officials could give their assessment on the validity of the national security argument of the Indian government. Chair Sherman associated himself with her questioning and vowed to take her suggestion seriously.

Chairman Brad Sherman, as well as several other Congresspeople both on and off the House Foreign Relations Committee, asked several pertinent and critical questions.

Questioning the Indian Government narrative Chairman Sherman asked if the United is “supposed to trust these government of India officials when the government of India doesn’t allow our diplomats to visit?” Representative Sheila Jackson asked if reputable Indian diplomats or journalists had ever been denied entry into any state in the United States?

Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) referred to a report about the detention of dozens of children in Kashmir and said detention without charges is unacceptable. She expressed her concerns about religious freedom in India and said that she proposes to bring a bipartisan resolution in Congress.

Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and David Cicilline of Rhode Island both had a heavy human rights approach to the questioning. Congresswoman Lee asked Assistant Secretary Destro if he would describe the situation as a “humanitarian crisis,” Mr Destro said, “Yes, it is.” She then went on to call the United States government to stop a potential genocide.

Washington has not changed its stance on the designation of the Line of Control. Chairman Sherman brought up the issue of disputed territory to the State Department.“We consider the Line of Control (LoC) a de facto line separating two parts of Kashmir,” answered Wells. “We recognize de facto administrations on both sides of LoC.”

The subcommittee focused on personal testimonies as well as human rights organization Amnesty’s testimony during the second half of the hearing.

Though no Kashmiri Muslims testified, the panel presented electrifying testimonies from Dr. Nitasha Kaul, a Kashmiri and Dr. Angana Chatterji, an anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Bearing witness to the rising fascism and Hindu nationalism’s grip on India, both witnesses brought up beef lynchings, with Chatterji raising the concern of the genocidal inclinations of the Modi government. 

“Hindu majoritarianism – the cultural nationalism and political assertion of the Hindu majority – sanctifies India as intrinsically Hindu and marks the non-Hindu as its adversary. Race and nation are made synonymous, and Hindus –the formerly colonized, now governing, elite – are depicted as the national race,” said Dr. Chatterji.

Kashmiri witness Dr. Nitisha Kaul stated in her testimony that “human rights defenders, who were already under severe pressure, since August 5 are unable to function in Kashmir. For instance, every year on 30 August, the UN Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons led by Ms Parveena Ahangar, organises a vigil protest involving hundreds of elderly women and men whose sons had become victims of for instance, in the most recent parliamentary elections, the voters’ turnout was very low and in many booths, not a single vote was cast.”

Kaul emphasized the extension of the oppression, by highlighting that this year the peaceful gathering of elderly parents mourning and waiting for their disappeared sons was not allowed. She shared Ahanga’s quote: “This year we have been strangled, and there was no coming there was no coming together because, through its siege, India has denied us even the right to mourn.”

Ilhan Omar challenged Indian journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh’s take that the siege was in place to save Muslim women from “terrorists.” This is a trope that is often used to wage war and is especially used in the so-called “war on terror.” “It is a very colonial move on the part of the nation-states around it as if they are “liberating Kashmiri women,” said Dr. Kaul.

Chatterji bore witness to the woes of Kashmiri women who bear the brunt of the Indian occupational forces’ sexual brutality. “The woman’s body becomes the battlefield,” she said replying to a question by Congresswoman Houlahan from Pennsylvania. Dr. Kaul stated that the 1944 new Kashmir manifesto contained an entire section on gender rights. She spoke on the equity and equality in Kashmir: “They go to protests. Women become heads of households because of dead husbands.”

She also reminded the committee that BJP’s Amit Shah, also part of the government in 2002 and responsible for the program on Muslim community stated that Western human rights cannot be blindly applied here in India.

Representative Wild from Pennsylvania asked why the Indian government would not allow transparency. When human rights organizations and journalists can work in active war zones, she rejected the anti-terrorism narrative pushed by Ravi Batra, a last-minute BJP addition to the panel. “When there isn’t transparency something is being hidden and this is what really concerns me terribly,” said Wild.

A Sindhi-American witness spoke on minority rights in Pakistan, especially the forced conversion of Hindus. This is a concern that needs to be tackled by Muslims as there is no compulsion in Islam and is antithetical to the religion.

During the hearing, Amnesty International reported thousands in detention under the Public Safety Act while the State Department numbered it at hundreds. Dr. Asif Mahmoud, a key organizer, presented the health situation in Kashmir.

The overall situation of the Rohingya was covered and links were made to the start of the genocide in Burma and the parallels in India. The members of the House referred to it as genocide with the State Department still calling it ethnic cleansing.

Although the hearing focused on the current state of Jammu and Kashmir and not much was brought up about self-determination or the plebiscite, Kashmiri-Americans and their supporters left the hearing room satisfied that their voices were heard for the first time in the halls of the US Congress.

What was most concerning point of the entire hearing was that Kashmir was not brought up categorically as disputed territory and the issue was referred to as an integral matter of India. This needs deep, consistent and long-term work by advocates of Kashmir. With the continuous rise of RSS, Indian minority issues need a much sharper focus, and a regular pounding of the pavements of Congress to educate the Foreign Relations committees.

Some action items for American Muslims post-hearing.

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An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

Saudi scholars, injustice

دعوة عاجلة بخصوص أزمة الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري

الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله محمد وآله

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السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

لقد تلقينا بقلق بالغ ما يتوارد من أخبار غير مؤكدة حول الإعدام الوشيك للشيخ سلمان العودة، و الشيخ عوض القرني، و الدكتور علي العمري

لقد علمنا الإسلام أن الحياة نعمة من الله و إن أولئك الذين يعملون على حرمان أى أحد من هذه النعمة دون أساس شرعي واضح قد ارتكبوا إثمًا فظيعًا عدّه الله من الكبائر: وَمَن يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا (سورة النساء، 93)

حرمة المؤمن

إن رسول الله ﷺ وصحابته قد اعتبروا حياة كل من نطق الشهادة، وكذا ماله وعرضه حرامًا لا يُقبل انتهاكها ولقد حرصوا كل الحرص على ألا ينتهكوا تلك الحقوق الأصلية حتى في تطبيق الحدود

قال رسول الله ﷺ: ادفَعوا الحدود ما وجدْتم لها مدفعًا (سنن ابن ماجة)، وقال ابن مسعود: ادرءوا الجلد والقتل عن المسلمين ما استطعتم (السنن الكبرى)

إن حرمة دم المسلم عند رسول الله ﷺ عظيمة جدًا، فلزوال الدنيا أهون عنده من قتل امرئٍ مسلم (سنن الترمذي)

ولقد كان السلف يقولون عند طوافهم بالكعبة: ما أعظمك وأعظم حرمتك، والمؤمن أعظم حرمةً عند الله منك (رواه الترمذي)

التماس رأفة

في ضوء الهدي النبوي، وعِظم أمر انتهاك الحقوق الأصلية التي منحها الإسلام للمسلم، فإننا نطالب السلطات المعنية بأن يوقفوا أي خطة مبيتة لإعدام الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري، سواءً في المستقبل القريب أو البعيد

نطالب أولئك الذين في السلطة أن يصدروا عفوًا في حقهم في هذا الشهر المبارك

إننا نؤمن بيقين أن هؤلاء العلماء لم يقترفوا أى شيءٍ يبرر التعامل المروع الذي يتعرضون له لمدة عام وأكثر وإننا نطلق هذا النداء كنصيحة صادقة، محققين دورنا كعلماء عليهم واجب بيان الحق، ومستحضرين أن كل واحد فينا سيسأل عن عمله في الآخرة حيث الظلم ظلمات لا تفضي إلا إلى عذاب النار

والله في عون المظلومين واللهم صل وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد

17 رمضان 1440 /22 مايو 2019

كتب بواسطة (الشيخ) سلمان يونس

 

An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

All praise belongs to Allah, and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad and His family.

Peace and mercy be upon you:

It is with great concern and perturbation that we have received unconfirmed reports regarding the imminent execution of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari.

Islam teaches us that life is a blessing from Allah. Those who seek to deprive someone of this blessing without a clearly sanctioned religious basis have committed an act that God deems atrocious and a mighty sin: “If anyone kills a believer deliberately, the punishment for him is Hell, and there he will remain: Allah is angry with him, and rejects him, and has prepared a tremendous torment for him.”(Qur’an, 4:93)

The Inviolability of the Believer

The Prophet ﷺ and his Companions viewed the life, wealth, and honor of all who uttered the testimony of faith (shahada) as inviolable. They took immense care not to impede on these basic rights even in the context of enacting punishments.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Avoid applying punishments as long as you are able to find an excuse to avert them,”(Sunan Ibn Majah) and Ibn Masʿud stated, “Avoid flogging and applying the death penalty upon people as much as you can.”(Sunan al-Kubra)

Indeed, the sanctity of the believer was so great in the eyes of the Prophet ﷺ that he deemed the destruction of the world as a lighter affair than the killing of even a single Muslim. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

Similarly, the early Muslims (salaf) would remark when gazing upon the Kaʿba, “The inviolability of a believer is greater with Allah than your inviolability.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi) There are few statements one can imagine as emphatic as these in affirmation of the rank of the believer.

A Call for Clemency

In light of the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ and the gravity of depriving a Muslim of the fundamental rights granted to him or her by Islam, we urge the authorities in question to immediately cease any plans to execute Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari in the immediate or distant future.

We urge those in the leadership to grant them clemency in this blessed month of Ramadan.

It is our firm belief that the actions of these scholars do not in any way justify the appalling treatment they have been subjected to over the past year and more. We make this call in the spirit of providing sincere counsel, realizing our role as scholars duty-bound to the expression of truth, and recognizing that each of us will be held accountable for our actions in the next life where oppression will be nothing but darkness leading to perdition.

And Allah is in the aid of His oppressed servants. May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon His Prophet.

Ramadan 17th, 1440

May 22nd, 2019

Drafted by Shaykh Salman Younas

Signatories (v. 2)

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

SeekersGuidance

Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Islamic Seminary of America

Shaykh Omer Suleiman

USA

Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Canada

 

Dr. Omar Qureshi

USA

 

 

Dr. Abdullah Hamid Ali

USA

 

Shaykh Mustapha Elturk

Amir, Islamic Organization of North America

 

Shaykh Rami Nsour

Tayba Foundation

Dr. Shadee Elmasry

Safina Society

Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

Director of Darul Iftaa Leicester

 

Shaykh Azhar Nasser

Tasneem Institute

 

 

Professor John Esposito

Georgetown University

 

 

Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf

London

 

Dr. Jonathan Brown

Georgetown University

Professor Mohammad Fadel

University of Toronto

Imam Suhaib Webb

Scholar in Residence, ICNYU

Shaykh Shams ad-Duha

Ebrahim College

 

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Tayseer Seminary

 

Dalia Mogahed

ISPU

 

Imam Dawud Walid

Member of Michigan Imams Council

 

 

Dr. Asim Yusuf

UK

 

 

Dr. Ovamir Anjum

University of Toledo

 

Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick

USA

 

Shaykh Hani Saleem

Islamic Center of Detroit

Dr. Shabbir Ally

Toronto

Shaykh Furhan Zubairi

Dean of IOK Seminary

 

Dr. Ihsan Bagby

University of Kentucky

 

Shaykh Mohammed Faqih

Islamic Institute of Orange County

 

Shaykh Bilal Ali Ansari

Khalil Center

Mohammad Elshinawy

Yaqeen Institute

 

Shaykh Abdur Rahman Khan

Co-Chair of National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

 

Shaykh Sulaiman Gani

London

 

Dr. Hamid Slimi

USA

 

Mufti Taha Karaan

South Africa

Shaykh Sadullah Khan

South Africa

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi

Chairman of Fiqh Council of America

 

 

Shaykh Taha Abdul-Basser

USA

Imam Ibrahim Hindy

Dar al-Tawheed Islamic Center

 

 

Dr. Basma Abdelgafar

Vice President of Maqasid Institute Global

 

Prof. Jasser Auda

President of Maqasid Institute Global

 

Laila Mehar

Former President of UConn SJP

Hartford

Dr. Osman Latiff

Jamia Masjid and Islamic Center

 

Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan

DePaul University

 

Imam John Ederer

Muslim Community Center of Charlotte

 

Shaykh Amer Jamil

Scotland

 

Shaykh Bilal Ismail

Imam Development Project

 

Shaykh Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah

Walsall

 

Dr. Bekim Hasani

Imam and Activist

Australia

 

Imam Imran Salha

ICA

 

Dr. Tajul Islam University of Leeds

 

Dr. Mustapha Sheikh

University of Leeds

 

Dr. Ahmed Soboh

Religious Director of Chino Valley Islamic Center

 

Dr. Rafaqat Rashid

Al Balagh Academy

 

Imam Shafi Chowdhury

Leicester

 

Buthaina Hawas-Neveln

Iraqi Journalist

 

Shaykh Salmaan Parkar Australian Islamic College

 

Muslema Purmul

The Majlis

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas,

University of Florida

 

Dr. Asif Hirani

Imam and Resident Scholar of Worcester Islamic Center

 

Shaykh Ahmad Kutty

Resident Scholar of Islamic Institute of Toronto

 

Shaykh Mohammad Aman Haque

Norway

 

Imam Mazhar Mahmood

Director of Islamic Foundation of Peoria

 

Ishraq Ali

Organizing Director of MPower Change

 

Usman Qamar

Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo

 

Mawlana Zakariyah Harneker

 

Shaykh Shahinur Rahman

al-Rahma, UK

 

Shaykh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Salik Academy

Dr. Usaama Al-Azami

Markfield Institute

Ustadh Samir Hussain

ISNA High School

 

Shaykh Tariq AtaDr. Zaid alBarzinji

Maqasid Institute

Shaykh Abdur Rahim Reasat

SeekersGuidance

Mufti Liaquat Zaman

Birmingham, UK

 

Imam Salim Astewani

Cheshire, UK

 

 

Shaykh Tabraze Azam

SeekersGuidance

 

Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui

Brandeis University

 

 

Ismail Royer

USA

Imam Qasim Rashid

Al-Khayr Foundation

 

Dr. Yvonne Haddad

Georgetown University

Omar Usman

Executive Director, MuslimMatters

 

Shaykh Muhammad Abuelezz

Muslim Association of Canada

 

Mufti Ismail Syed

London

Mawlana Safwaan Navlakhi

Al-Ma’aly Institute

South Africa

 

Dr. Ildus Rafikov

ISTAC

Aamir Ansari

ICNA

Shaykh Hassan Rabbani

Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque

Scotland

Ustadha Umm Jamaal ud-Din

Islamic College of Australia

Dr. Munir Elkassem

President, Islamic Institute of Interfaith Dialogue

Dr. Yusuf Salah

Khalil Foundation

 

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