THE PEACE THRU JUSTICE FOUNDATION
11006 Veirs Mill Rd, STE L-15, PMB 298
Silver Spring, MD. 20902
SHABAN 1435 A.H.
(June 4, 2014)
Support Rally for Imam Jamil in WDC - June 9, 2014
Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace):
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) had an insightful analogy which came to mind when I read the alert below from the Muslim Alliance In North America (MANA). The analogy went something like this: If a man stabs you in the back with a knife, and then just pulls it out an inch or two, does that constitute real progress?
The report below provides more disturbing detail on the health crisis confronting our brother, Imam Jamil Abullah Al-Amin (the former H. Rap Brown) in Colorado. It could be argued that his jailors appear to be intent on allowing him to die a slow, agonizing death. The 4th rightly guided caliph of Islam (Ali ibn Abu Talib, r.a.) reportedly said: "Three types of men [and women] are cut off from the blessings of Paradise: oppressors; those who aid and abet oppression; and those who tolerate oppression."
This Islamically-based observation raises a rhetorical question: what is our responsibility in the face of injustice? What are we going to DO about it? The leaders of MANA are calling for us to make more telephone calls to the authorities (see below). We support that call, but in the same breath argue that this is not enough! If Imam Jamil is unable to eat, is having trouble breathing, and has great difficulty getting out of the bed, and STILL HAS NOT SEEN A DOCTOR - protest calls (while appropriate) are an inadequate response, in our humble view!
We are calling for supporters of Imam Jamil (and other concerned folk) to join us for a critically needed public demonstration onMonday, June 9, at the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) office in Washington, DC. It will be a 90 minute demonstration - from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. We have 5 DAYS...please mark your calendars and spread the word! Additional details will follow, insha'Allah.
In the struggle for peace thru justice,
El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan