Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Press Release

Reception for Jihad Abdul-Mumit
"The life of this world is alluring to those who reject faith, and they scoff at those who believe, but the those who are aware (of Allah) will be above them on the Day of Resurrection. And surely Allah bestows his abundance without measure on whom He will." (2:212)

Muslims and non-Muslims, men and women, gathered at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore on November 12 to honor and welcome back their long-lost brother-in-struggle Br. Jihad Abdul-Mumit, former Black Panther leader who embraced Islam in prison.

The program lasted from 3 pm to 8 pm. The masjid resounded with TAKBEER: ALLAHU AKBAR as Br. Jihad spoke of the necessity of purification through struggle and sacrifice. He said there is no easy way to paradise.

Sis. Lateefah, Br. Jihad's devoted wife, Sis. Lailah, their daughter, and son Br. Siddiq also spoke. Two other young people also spoke to express the affirmation of faith by the new generation.

A number of veterans of Islamic work spoke to express their admiration of Br. Jihad's struggle.

The program was mc'd by Br. Kaukab. The guests were welcomed by Sis. Ashira. Along with other refreshments, Pakistani-style sweets were distributed by Sis. Nadrat to celebrate the return of one of America's top strugglers back into the community and the hearts of the people.

Among non-Muslims present was a Minister from a Baltimore Temple who got up to say: During Maghrib prayers he had watched the fervor and discipline with which the Muslims prayed. He said he was not sure if he was a Muslim, but he would defend the right of the Muslims to pray as they did with his own life.

During Q & A, Br. Jihad expressed his shock that some Muslims had gone into masjids to seek votes for Bush.

Br. Kaukab expressed the hope that one day Imam Jamil al-Amin and Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman will be free and speak at the same podium where Br. Jihad was speaking from. He expressed his disgust with a "justice" system which can keep a good man in prison for 22 years because he would not stand for oppression.

Br. Jihad autographed his book for the participants. A da'wah book produced by Dr. Kazim in West Indies was distributed for free.

The program ended with du'as by Br. Amin Abdullah, from Philadephia, former Ameer of Jamaat al-Muslimeen.
The program was video taped by Br. Imani Mahdi and will be available for distribution in the near future, inshallah
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2000-11-16 Thu 18:59ct