Rabi' al-Awwal 17, 1425/ May 8, 2004 #56
Prisoners Not just Iraqi Issue: It Concerns
and ALL Muslims: Even the Blind Shaikh was not Spared
[Source: Br. Khalil Abdur Rahman, Imam Jamil's international representative,
May 8, 2004: America's Imam, Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, imprisoned in
Reidsville, Georgia has sent out an important message to the Muslim Ummah.
Here are the main points:
The horrific mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq by the
is only the tip of the iceberg.
The abuse is not an Iraqi issue, or an
issue: It is basically an Islamic issue.
Islam does not permit the stripping of prisoners and the physical and
sexual humiliation they have been subjected to.
administration is trying to limit the issue to Iraq
BUT RIGHT HERE IN THE USA the
of Muslims in prison have been similarly trampled.
Imam Jamil has filed a written grievance with the prison officials because
he was forced to strip and was subjected to a rectal search.
Imam Jamil points out that even
SHAIKH 'UMAR 'ABDEL RAHMAN
was not spared. Though the Shaikh is old, unwell, blind and helpless
in the hands of his captors, attempts were made to break him down
by stripping him of his clothes and subjecting him to rectal search.
In Islam, such violations of a human being are tantamount to rape.
MUSLIMS MUST NOT LET THE DEBATE be LIMITED TO IRAQ.
Such misbehavior must be put within its context:
It is an attempt to break Muslims,
to strip them of their humanity and to trash their identity,
dignity and self-respect.
ENDORSES IMAM JAMIL'S MESSAGE: Abuse is Rooted in 400 years of Slavery
notes the despicable attempts of the Bush administration to claim that
prisoner abuse is a limited phenomenon restricted to one block of one
prison in Baghdad.
The fact is that humilation, abuse, torture, disorientation,
destruction of human identity, dignity and self-respect is central to the
U.S. power structure's treatment of prisoners. It is far from isolated,
limited or an aberration. MOST DISTINCTLY IT CAN BE SEEN IN THE TREATMENT
OF PRISONERS RIGHT HERE IN THE USA.
Top ISLAMIC PERSONALITIES are being held in the U.S. prison system and
there has been an ongoing attempt to destroy them as human beings.
IMAM JAMIL al-AMIN,
Imam of America,
a symbol of authentic Sunnah-oriented Islam in this country, has been
treated as a common criminal and worse. He is kept under 23 hour solitary
confinement, his beard has been removed, he has been strip searched, and
has been placed in a little hick town to keep him away from his family
Dr. Shaikh OMAR 'ABDEL RAHMAN disappeared into the American Gulag for
several years and was recently taken to a hospital prison in Missouri
probably because of the chances of his dying in custody. This top
intellectual and scholar of the Muslim world, spiritual guide of
Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya in
has been subjected to ruthless IDENTITY -OBLITERATION processes.
As Jamaat al-Muslimeen's Shoora member Dr. Abdul Alim Shabazz points out,
the WAR AGAINST ISLAM is linked to the
which is at the foundation of the American power structure. From the
ERA OF SLAVERY, he says, have come the notions of WHITE
SUPREMACY and the attempts of America warmongers to impose themselves
on others and to try and destroy the civilizations which do not fit
into the American dream of WHITE SUPREMACY all over the world.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen urges readers of New Trend to come forth and support
its efforts. We must MOBILIZE against the violation of humanity,
be it in IRAQ,
or GUANTANAMO. We must support the causes of prisoners RIGHT HERE IN THE USA.
Have you tried to help the prisoners in legal and peaceful ways?
Do you know of the violations of their rights?
Help us in our efforts. Support:
An American mobilization is essential to bring the focus on our prisoners.
Can you give some time, effort, money, communication,
organization in this cause which is at the heart of Islam in America?
Imam Jamil al-Amin
Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman
Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar
Prof. Sami Al-Arian
Hammad Abdur-Raheem and the Virginia Innocents.
The Yemenis of Lackawanna (Buffalo), New York.
The African-American Muslims in Portland, Oregon.
Siddique Abdullah Hasan, on
death row in Ohio.
Abdullah al-Muhajer [Jose Padilla] and many others.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen, P.O. Box 10881, Baltimore, MD 21234
Dr. Kaukab Siddique [International Jamaat]
Secretary General: Sis. Aisha Shaheed:
businesses: Sis. Karen English:
Web site: www.newtrendmag.org click on Jamaat al-Muslimeen
U.S. MURDER OF TWO SHI'ITE SHAIKHS at POINT BLANK RANGE In Hillah: [Report courtesy; Al-Awda]
AMY GOODMAN: This is
As we turn now to Iraq, where the fighting and standoff between U.S.
soldiers and insurgents continue, we go to Aaron Glantz, at
Free Speech Radio News
AARON GLANTZ: Dozens of followers of Muqtada al-Sadr sing songs
of martyrdom as they carry the coffins of their two slain comrades into
the shrine of the revered Imam Ali in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf.
Every night, Sadr’s fighters engage in pitched battle with the U.S.
military which has placed its tanks just outside of the city limits.
But that’s not where these men died. These two coffins bear the bodies
of senior sheiks, one a descendant of the prophet Mohammad, and the way
they were killed can tell you a lot about the patterns and practice of
the American occupation. The afternoon call to prayer sounds outside the
Babylon Human Rights Organization
in Hillah, a small town on the Tigris River, an hour's drive south of
Baghdad. It was here that American soldiers raided a community meeting
where they killed two sheiks and arrested two other important community
leaders. Said Fada’ al-Musawi explains:
SAID FADA’ AL-MUSAWI: All types of power were represented,
political parties and scientists and religious men. They were trying to
figure out what was happening around us. They were discussing everything
that was happening in Hillah. They were studying what was happening in
AARON GLANTZ: The main goal of the meeting, according to
representatives of the human rights organization, was how to confront
the American occupation without resorting to violence. It was a regular
topic of discussion at this organization, which was well known to
American officials. A few months before, hawkish Deputy Defense
Secretary Paul Wolfowitz had visited the organization to praise
its efforts. But there seems to be a different relationship now.
The group’s Hashim al-Safi was proud to have a photograph showing him
and Wolfowitz shaking hands, but he has a different feeling today.
HASHIM AL-SAFI: We were peaceful.
We just had pens and paper, but they came with a whole bunch of arms.
AARON GLANTZ: Hashim says fifteen American soldiers ordered
everyone down on the ground and ran to the podium to arrest the speaker,
Said Adnan Nonabi, head of Muqtada al-Sadr's office in Hillah.
They placed a black hood over his head and then, Hashim says,
the American soldiers turned their attention to the two sheiks
in a nearby hallway.
HASHIM AL-SAFI: They shot them where they were standing, and you
can see the blood on the doors. They shot them from just one or two meters
AARON GLANTZ: The bullets that killed the two sheiks were the only
shots fired in the human rights office. The only bullet holes in the hall
are amidst a blood-spattered wall where the two sheiks were shot.
Fragments of the two sheiks’ brains can still be seen on the floor,
corroborating claims they were shot in the head. Meantime the head of
the local office of Muqtada al-Sadr, Adnan Nonabi, has disappeared into
U.S. custody. Troops at the local military base, which is maintained by
Poland, told Democracy Now! they didn't know anything about the raid.
The headquarters of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad
explained it will take them ten days to tell us where he's been taken.
Adnan’s sister-in-law Um Ali says prison is nothing new for her
Adnan Nonabi, who was jailed for a year by Saddam Hussein for giving a
critical sermon in Friday prayers.
UM ALI: Adnan was hoping Americans would liberate us from Saddam
and was happy at the time because he was tortured so much by the regime.
He was put in prison by Saddam because he was against the government.
AARON GLANTZ: The arrests and killing of Sadr's leaders in Hillah
comes at a time of fighting in Najaf, the holiest city in Shi’a Islam.
Every night, members of Muqtada al-Sadr's Medi Army clash with U.S. troops
just a few miles away from the shrine of Revered Imam Ali. Last night,
twenty members of the Medi Army died in clashes. They likely won't be
the last. Ad Nazzour left his house in Mosul to fight the Americans in Najaf.
He also left behind his wife and his 6-month-old baby.
AD NAZZOUR: We believe in God. God creates us and God takes us back. So if we are protecting our religion, we'll be taken to the sacred place, so we can do anything. I will follow my orders, whether it's bombing or killing, anything.
AARON GLANTZ: At the same time it seems both sides continue to
look for a way out of the current standoff. Aqil Abdul Bunof Zouain has
been negotiating with the American military commanders on behalf of
ZOUAIN: There is a negotiation begun here, between American soldiers
and Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr. The chief of tribes is lead of these
negotiations between two sides. One condition of Muqtada al-Sadr,
he said that the Americans should be removed or should be moves
from Najaf because it contains the holy shrine of Imam Ali.
AARON GLANTZ: In addition to a complete American withdrawal from
Najaf and Kufa, Sadr’s supporters demanded their leaders not be arrested
or killed by occupation troops. They further demanded his fate be given
over to a legitimate Iraqi government. In exchange, Muqtada al-Sadr is
willing to agree to stop killing foreign troops on Iraqi soil. It's
now up to the Bush Administration to accept or reject the offer. For
Democracy Now!, I'm Aaron Glantz in Najaf and Hillah, Iraq.
12 YEAR OLD IRAQI GIRL RAPED NEXT TO HER BROTHER IN PRISON CELL
[Courtesy: Br. Rafe in California]
'US soldiers abused young girl at Iraqi prison'
"She was naked and screaming and calling out to him as they beat her" -
former Abu Ghraib inmate Suhaib al-Baz
'US soldiers abused young girl at Iraqi prison'
7.17PM, Fri May 7 2004
The US military has said it will investigate claims by a former inmate of
Abu Ghraib prison that a girl as young as 12 was stripped and beaten by
Suhaib al-Baz, a journalist for the
television network, claims to
have been tortured at the prison, based west of Baghdad, while held there
for 54 days.
Mr al-Baz was arrested when reporting clashes between insurgents and
coalition forces in November.
He said: "They brought a 12-year-old girl into our cellblock late at night.
Her brother was a prisoner in the other cells.
"She was naked and screaming and calling out to him as they beat her. Her
brother was helpless and could only hear her cries. This affected all of us
because she was just a child.
The allegations cannot be verified independently but Mr al-Baz maintains
psychological and physical violence were commonplace in the jail.
He also claims that a father and his 15-year-old son were tortured in front
of his cell.
He said: "They made the son carry two jerry cans full of water. An American
soldier had a stick and when he stopped, he would beat him.
"He collapsed so they stripped him and poured cold water over him. They
brought a man who was wearing a hood. They pulled it off. The son was
shocked to see it was his father and collapsed.
"When he recovered, he now saw his father dressed in women's underwear and
the Americans laughing at him.
Mr al-Baz claims the guards at the prison were keen to take photographs of
the abuse and turned it into a competition.
"They were enjoying taking photographs of the torture. There was a daily
competition to see who could take the most gruesome picture.
"The winner's photo would be stuck on a wall and also put on their laptop
computers as a screensaver.
"I had a good opinion of the Americans but since my time in prison, I've
changed my mind. In Iraq we still have no freedom or democracy. They are so
cruel to us."
The International Committee of the Red Cross has said Iraqis held by US
forces have been subjected to systematic degrading treatment, sometimes
close to torture, that may have been officially condoned.
said visits to detention centres in Iraq between March and November
2003 had turned up violations of international treaties on prisoners of war.
The ICRC, whose reports on prison visits are confidential, went public with
some of its findings after parts of the 24-page document were carried by the
Wall Street Journal.
The scandal over detainee abuse broke last week with the release of
photographs showing the sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib.
US Defecse Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has taken responsibility for the
incidents and apologised to the victims, the Iraqi people and Americans.
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