Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Press Release

(scroll down to message from Br. Jihad Abdul Mumit, Richmond, VA)
Greensboro Coalition : Imam Jamil al-Amin is Symbol of Unity, Leadership
Injustice Done to Him Will Traumatize Muslim Ummah in U.S.A.
Oppose Mistreatment & Injustice: John Walker, Islamic Captives in Cuba
Free Shaikh Omar Abdel Rahman, Mumia Jamal, Peltier, and all Victims

"So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: for surely you will be victorious if you are true in faith." (The Qur'an 3:139) (Quoted by Sis. Ashira on Feb.10)

The leadership gathering in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 10, 2002 was a successful continuation of the groundbreaking work done on November 10, 2001. Its purpose was to delineate and implement the aspirations of those segments of the Islamic community which want to follow the Qur'an and the Hadith rather than the dictates of the fascism which has emerged in America under the Bush administration.

The select gathering was well-coordinated and organized owing to the efforts of IMAM BADI ALI (Palestinian American).

The keynote speech was made by Dr. ABDUL ALIM SHABAZZ, a distinguished professor of Mathematics of international repute (from Lincoln University, PA). It was a powerful, transformational presentation in which he attacked the constructs of racism and the methods the hegemonistic forces have used to debase, demean and defame their victims. The ONENESS OF HUMANITY is the core of our message, he said.

Important presentations were made by:
1. Sis. Ashira Na'im, Secretary-General of Jamaat al-Muslimeen
2, 3 and 4: Imam Nadim Ali and Br. Sayeed from Imam Jamil al-Amin's Westend Community in Atlanta, with support and information from Sis. Motisola M. Abdallah, a well-known activist from Atlanta.
5. Br. Hammad Abdur-Raheem from Falls Church, Virginia.
6. Imam Badi Ali (from Greensboro) who provided Qur'anic commentary.
7. Dr. Kaukab Siddique (Ameer of Jamaat al-Muslimeen) who chaired the program.
8. Br. Rasheed Muhammad (with support from Sis. Bilqees) (from Rocky Mount, NC)
9. Imam Khalil Abdur-Rahman, personal representative of Imam Jamil al-Amin, who showed a video on the case of Imam Jamil reflecting the attempts by the government to railroad him followed by responses from Muslim community leaders.
The gathering unanimously agreed to APPEAL TO ALL PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE and HUMANITY and particularly to the Muslim Ummah as follows:
1. IMAM JAMIL Al-JAMIL symbolizes the unity and leadership of the Muslims of America. The unjust case being brought against him will traumatize the entire Muslim community if it continues the way it is going now.
2. We stand against the mistreatment of Islamic prisoners-of-war in Guantanamo Bay (Cuba). We denounce the inhumane way in which they have been treated.
3. We see injustice being done to Br. Sulayman Abdul Hamid (John Walker Lindh) and urge the community to condemn the injustice.
3a. Neither the Islamic P.O.Ws in Cuba nor Br. Sulayman can be seen as guilty because under U.S. law, all people are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
4. We URGE THE MUSLIM UMMAH (particularly media such as Al-Jazeerah) and human beings around the world to speak out against the imprisonment and fabricated case levelled at IMAM JAMIL al-AMIN.
5. We oppose the CONTINUED IMPRISONMENT OF PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE such as Shaikh Omar Abdel Rahman, Mumia Jamal and Leonard Peltier.
6. We urge Muslims to obey Allah and His messenger by studying the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Do not be weak or compromising on clear Islamic teachings. Do not humiliate yourselves. Do not bow down before the oppressors.
7. Support the struggle of oppressed people around the world, particularly in Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Somalia, Chechnya and Iraq.
{More information on some important teachings at the meeting will be transmitted in the future.}

Earlier on February 9, Dr. Kaukab Siddique addressed a gathering of immigrants in Greensboro, North Carolina. He made the following points:
i. America belongs to Allah and hence to all humanity. It is not the property of a 'master race.'
ii. The original people of America were the 'Red Indians' and the economy of America is based on 400 years of slavery imposed on the people of Africa.
iii. Do not let anyone tell you that America's bosses are doing you a favor by letting you stay here. This country is the home of all its people.
iv. We Muslims love America and the people of America. THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA ARE NOT OUR ENEMIES inspite of the 24/7 propaganda of the Zionist media.
v. The AMERICAN POWER STRUCTURE IS CORRUPT TO THE CORE. The Enron scandal has shown that the corruption here is so deep that it is incurable by secular means. The entire Bush support base is tainted by enron-type of activity.
vi. ISLAM is a hope and a BLESSING for the people of America. America builds prisons for its people while we Muslims go into the prisons and help the victims to liberate themselves from the shackles of materialism.
vii. The Zionist control of America's power structure led to the genocide of Palestinians and the bombing and embargo of Iraq and now the bombing of Afghanistan. We must help the people of America to understand that "terrorism" is not a spontaneous indication of craziness but has to do with the war going on against Islam around the world.
viii. If the Bush administration has evidence against Osama bin Laden which can stand up in court, it should be taken to the World Court. Bombing is not a substitute for evidence. No nation has the right to become judge, jury and executioner. Osama bin Laden's videos (easily tampered with) cannot be treated as evidence and cases cannot be convincing if they are "tried" on controlled TV such as CNN.
MESSAGE FROM BR. JIHAD ABDUL-MUMIT, former Black Panther leader, who was unable to attend:

As-salaamu 'alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh!
Dear Imam Kaukab:

Al-hamdulillah! Insha Allah, the meeting will be successful in what it seeks to accomplish. Although I am unable to travel to North Carolina, my thoughts and du'a will be with you and the other sisters and brothers.

There are three things of significance that I think should be considered, that if I were present I would raise:

1) In light of the points that we discussed and agreed upon before, we need to discuss how to better fuse those ideas and positions into larger groupings of Muslims. Already, by the grace of Allah, there are quite a few Muslims, masajid and Imams who have taken these positions and are trying in their own way, either individually or collectively - to make them more of a reality. We need to identify others of like mind, beyond the reach of our meetings, and see what we can do together. In so many ways we need to find more common ground to work with others in order to minimize our differences, and maximize our commonality. The issues are too large and there's too much to be done that hasn't been done for us to be divided as we are. Masha Allah.

2) Figure ways to give more time and attention to building our bases, communities and masajids right here in the United States. How can we be more effective? How can we better service the neighborhoods we actually live in? Do our neighbors recognize and respect us? If not, why not and how can we address this problem?
Insha Allah, as Muslims we do feel the pain and agony of our sisters and brothers overseas, and we always should. But our situation here in the United States is very precarious. How can we mobolize and solidfy our efforts and communites right here?

3) Discuss and implement ways to join in with the efforts to support Imam Jamil Al-Amin, as this is one of the essence of time.

May Allah suffice us, guide us have mercy upon us and forgive us!

Your brother in Islam,

Jihad Abdul-Mumit

2002-02-12 Tue 17:54ct