(posted by abu abdAllah)

Innalhamdolillah! Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem

[February Update! Alhamdolillah, an MM reader attended the originally scheduled January 30, 2009, proceedings, and reported that — for whatever reasons — the hearing was postponed.  Alhamdolillah alaa kulli haal, the new hearing date is February 19, 2009.  Please make dua that this hearing will ease the way for the release of Shaykh Dr. Ali al-Timimi, and on behalf of all those who attend the hearings of wrongly-prosecuted and unjustly treated Muslims, everywhere.]

Here are excerpts of the letter MM received In January, before the originally scheduled hearing, from the wife of Shaykh al-Timimi:

Assalamu Alaikum Warhmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

Dear brothers and sisters:

The hearing will be about the five calls (identified by the defense lawyers) which the judge requested the government to search for. It will also discuss the letter submitted by Dr. Al-Timimi’s lawyer Jonathan Turley requesting the Congressional Oversight Panel to ask the NSA to start an investigation if the agency illegally wiretapped Dr. Al-Timimi.

This hearing is very critical. Please pray Allah (SW) grant him relief.

May Allah reward you.

O you who believe, answer your brother when he is in his time of need, when his right upon you is strong, and know with certainty that Allah will ease your way through some difficulty!  I pray for each of you who responds and attends this hearing that Allah will be Pleased with you.  That He will Forgive you your sins and excesses, those you know of, and those you were not aware of.  That He will strengthen you with beneficial knowledge, bountiful rizq, and accepted deeds.

And I pray that Allah will grant relief and justice to Shaykh al-Timimi, vindicate him soon of this wrongful conviction, and increase him in station in Paradise by virtue of his steadfastness.

(We will do our best to keep the information in this post up-to-date.)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Albert V. Bryan Federal Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314

You can get driving directions via this map, inshaAllah:

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Parking, Metrorail, and Security (what not to bring) suggestions (copied from Cageprisoners)

To go directly to the court house for drop-offs or paid parking: (1) Turn left onto Mill Rd. (2) Turn right onto Jamieson Ave. (3) The court house will be on the right at Courthouse Square. (4) Closest paid parking can be found by taking the first left onto Englehardt Lane. Garage is on the right. Fee is anywhere from $9-12 per day. (5) Other garages are interspersed throughout the immediate area.

To park for FREE: (1) Turn right on Mill Rd. (2) Park on either side of the street. (3) Walk from here straight up Mill Rd. in the other direction. (4) At Jamieson Ave. take a right. (5) Court house will be on the right at Courthouse Square.

Metrorail
The area is serviced by two Metrorail Stations. Both are about equal distances and the key to your selection may depend upon where you are coming from. The fare from the Greenbelt Metrorail Station will be $3.90 each way. This ride is expected to take approximately 52 minutes.

King Street Metrorail Station is on both the Blue and Yellow Lines. Walk in a southwest direction from the station or ask a station attendant for specific instructions.

Eisenhower Metrorail Station is on the Yellow Line. Walk in a northeast direction from the station or ask a station attendant for specific instructions.

SECURITY RESTRICTIONS
Visitors must enter the courthouse from the main entrance on Court house Square. Each person will be required to talk through a metal detector. All bags will be screened by an x-ray machine. You will also be required to show a photo ID issued by a government agency (for example a driver’s license). Please note that for security reasons there are absolutely NO electronic devices allowed. That means NO cellphones, pagers, cameras, computers, MP3 players, IPODs, PDAs, etc. There is no provision for the court to hold these devices for you. There is also NO food or drink allowed in the building. There is a cafeteria located in the building; all food or drink must be consumed there. And as you can imagine, anything that can be construed to be a weapon is also prohibited.

Re-acquaint yourself with recent developments in the injust case against Shaykh Dr. Ali al-Timimi:

Rulings from October 23, 2008 hearing

Announcement for October 23 hearing

Dr. Ali al-Timimi’s Request for Dua’ & Address to Write

Shaykh Dr. Ali al-Timimi’s own words

Allaho Musta’aan. HasbunAllaho, wa Naymal-Wakeel.