Archive for July, 2020

Black Liberty Matters

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

With the murder of George Floyd, the demand for respect for the lives of black Americans has exploded into the streets. Yet, after two decades of imprisonment of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (f/k/a H. Rap Brown), the demand for the respect of the LIBERTY of black Americans remains shockingly mute. Is it that Americans value liberty less than life (Patrick Henry is turning over in his grave) or is it that a century and a half after passage of the 13th amendment abolishing slavery Americans are still loath to admit that liberty, no less than life, is right for black people as well as whites?

On July 1, 2020, the Islamic Circle of North America live-streamed a conversation between Imam Khalid Griggs and Imam Jamil’s son Kairi Al-Amin, Esq. on the story of Imam Jamil Al-Amin’s struggle and updating his situation. Kairi explained that his father has seen more clearly than most the necessity of a bridge between the youth and the elders of a community. Imam Khalid noted that Imam Jamil is an excellent example of the hadith that the Prophet (pbuh) said that the best before Islam will be the best in Islam once they understand the din. Jamil “was who he was before Islam, and just became a better version after he embraced Islam.”

Imam Khalid asked Kairi in his professional opinion as a lawyer if there is any precedent for someone having a lifetime gag order imposed after his conviction so he can never discuss the falsehood of his conviction. Kairi responded that there is no official gag order, but, rather, that any request for an interview has been routinely denied for twenty years. Even Mumia Abu-Jamal has a radio show. But knowing “the power of [Imam Jamil]’s words to move people” (when “they put the leader of the Aryan Nation in a cell next to him he took shahadah“) so after that they used solitary confinement and federal custody to prevent his words from reaching a public kept in darkness. It’s never been about the murder (of which a video of the actual murderer confessing now has definitively shown Imam Jamil to be innocent), Kairi says, but “about his influence.” If he has the power to convince the leader of the Aryan Nation to embrace Islam, what impact might his words have on a sleeping nation that had to wait for a video of a man being strangulated before they realized that black lives matter?

In 2002 Imam Jamil was convicted of killing a police officer two years earlier. Deemed too high profile to be held by state authorities, he was transferred to a federal “supermax” detention in 2007. In 2014 he was transferred to a federal medical center due to his deteriorating health under incarceration, and since 2018 he has been incarcerated in a federal penitentiary in Arizona. He should be released completely, not on humanitarian grounds, but on the grounds of his innocence.

Kairi reviewed all the evidence that demonstrates his father’s innocence. The strongest piece of evidence is that even before the trial ended another man confessed to the crime and continues to profess his guilt to this day. There are now 48,000 signatures on a petition for his release or for at least a new trial in which evidence in his defense would be admitted. You can contact the Fulton County district attorney’s office directly.

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute

News and Analysis (7/7/20)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

“In light of the evidence that the US has provided to date, the targeting of General Soleimani, and the deaths of those accompanying him, constitute an arbitrary killing” — UN special rapporteur:

“Contrary to USAID’s comments …, Lloyd does not refer to ‘radical Islam’ in any of these posts but the entirety of the religion”:

The council charges the government put Muslims but not the alt-right under surveillance “despite the increasing Islamophobia and hate speech directed at Muslims in New Zealand”:

Trump’s poor negotiation skills and aggressive approach to Foreign policy have undermined Iranians who support dialogue with US:

With evidence mounting that the Nantaz centrifuge fire was due to sabotage, Iran vows revenge if a foreign cyber-attack is behind it; the retaliation could come in cyberspace:

“While officials have defended the practice as a life-saving measure, civil rights groups attacked it as an assault on privacy rights”:

The incident of online retailer sheds light on the need for cultural education before embracing cultural diversity and inclusion:

Palestinian President Abbas congratulates Merkel on the presidency of Council of EU and thanks her for supporting international law and speaking up against annexation:

News and Analysis (7/5/20)

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

“It was important for me to do this on a holiday that is supposed to represent America, and I wanted to shed more light on what America really should be about” — demonstrator Sandra Nichols:

Sri Lanka’s government claims to be “adapting” WHO guidelines which allow for burial of Covid victims in order to force Muslims to allow the desecration of the victims’ bodies:

“The row, which lasted several minutes, shows how conservatives will use the failure of the nuclear deal to boost the Iranian economy to isolate any reformist candidate in next year’s presidential election”:

A series of fires and accidents is suspicious …

… but Benny Gantz says Israel is “not necessarily” behind them all:

“[T]he evidence now, for the first time, very specifically meets one of the five criteria set forth by the United Nations Convention for the Punishment and Prevention of the Crime of Genocide from 1948”:

Europe earlier suspended its own attempt last January to trigger dispute resolution with Iran, but now Iran is losing patience with Europe’s failure to compensate for American non-compliance:

“The pageant has given Muslim women … the chance to participate in an American rite on their own terms, without having to compromise their faith. (Its motto: ‘promoting modesty and inner beauty.’)”:

News and Analysis (7/2/20)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Based on Israeli Absentee Property Law, On June 30, The Jerusalem District Court denied the Sumarin family’s appeal to remain in their home they built 30 years ago even though the family was never absent from the house

… lending support to the Palestinian claim that world outrage over annexation aims to keep “alive a grand illusion that allows them to sleep at night instead of addressing the systematic oppression Palestinians face”:

“Iran … denounced the U.S. effort and said the embargo must be lifted completely as scheduled, and that any violations of the deal are due to the U.S. withdrawal from the accord and sanctions imposed on Tehran”:

“The targeted killing of Mr Soleimani completely swept away the standard related to extraterritorial use of force by a state” — Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions:

President Hafiz-Ud-Dean Khan urges school heads to make assessments and provide assistance for students affected by coronavirus:

Salam Lakhani, an activist, businesswoman, and philanthropist who has acquired many human rights awards, has been named for the highest-ranking officers in the province by Prime Minister Trudeau:

As the atrocities in Kashmir mount, affecting the mental health of children, Muslim states still prefer words to action:

“When he cited the Indian constitution to stop the cop from beating him up, other police officials gathered to rough him up even more”:

Pompeo calls on International community to stand up to China’s repression and dehumanization treatment of Muslims:

Former Prime Minister of Palestine Salam Fayyad said: “To restore full agency in our quest for freedom and dignity, it is time for the Palestinian leadership to absolve itself of an earlier declaration”: