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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

والحمد لله رب العالمين

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From Abu Taubah
Regarding the tafseer of suratut tabbat
UmmTaubah told me that Saiful Islam, a long time Taalibul ‘ilm in Madinah, told her that there is a discussion going around regarding a tafseer that I made. Specifically, the first ayah of suratul Masad (Lahab). Then after a brief explanation, concerning the nature of the discussion, Saiful Islam ordered me to make a public clarification. As for what follows:
Then Allah says what could mean:
1.       Oh you who believe, fear Allah and let every soul look to what it has sent forth for the tomorrow of the next world and fear Allah, for it is a fact that Allah is fully informed about everything you do. And do not be like those who forget about Allah and so He has made them forget themselves. These people are the open sinners.
With this in mind, I say some time ago as I was explaining the surah of Abu lahab I went beyond the allowed limits of tafseer. In doing so, I translated the speech of Allah in a vulgar way. This is a mistake from a few angles.
1.       Allah deserves the loftiest similitudes, for He is exalted in power, full of wisdom.
Suratul Nahl.
2.       Allah tells us that the shayTaan is the one who threatens you all with poverty and he encourages you all to do foul things. While Allah promises you all His forgiveness and abundance and Allah is limitless and knows everything.
Suratul Baqarah
3.       Allah commands us in suratul an’aam “And do not even come close to behaving in a vulgar manner whether publically or in private.”
     The revelation of Allah is so sublime that even the mountains humble themselves before it. So powerful and convincing that even the hard rock splits asunder under it. I lost consciousness of the reality of that. Allah says in Suratul Hashr “Had we sent down this Qur-aan on a mountain you would have seen it humble itself and break apart out of the fear of Allah, these are the similitudes that we strike for mankind that perhaps they might reflect. Allah is the one whom there exists no other God besides Him. He is the one who knows the things that we do not preserve and the things we openly witness. He is Ar raHmaan , Ar RaHeem. He is Allah the one whom there is no other God besides Him. Al malik, al Qudoos, as salaam, al mu-min, al muHaymin, al ‘azeez, al jabbaar, al mutakabbir. Subhanallah! High is He above the wrong things attributed to Him. He is Allah, al khaaliQ, al baari-, al musawwir. To Him belongs the most perfect and beautiful names. Everything in the heavens and on the earth declare His glory and He is al azeez, al Hakeem.
     How can a translator reproduce the comprehensiveness of the magnificent Arabic words in the Qur-aan? In my zeal to make the Qur-aan understood by those who have not yet reached an understanding of Arabic, I used the language that was improper to describe the speech of Allah.
     The correct translation of the word tabbat is halaka meaning to be completely ruined. This is what the scholars of tafseer are upon and this is also my statement. Hence the ayah can be translated as “May the hands of Abu lahab be ruined and may he be ruined.”
     Allah says in suratul TalaQ “For all things Allah has already appointed a due proportion.”
      Therefore I should have stopped where it was safe and kept to what the Salaf preceded me in saying  regarding this ayah, as that is the due proportion appointed to those who teach tafseer.
In truth, my Somali sisters, baarakAllahu feehinna, in Canada corrected me on this point as soon as I said it. But my ego and self righteousness got the best of me and I belittled their concerns. I owe them an apology and my deepest thanks. Jazaakunnallahu khayran. I am sorry for not sincerely listening to you all. I beg that Allah forgive me, I hope that you all forgive me, May Allah forgive you all.
I also heard that some people were making public personality attacks on me, I did not respond to them for the following reasons:
1.       If they are correct in what they were saying, then I should be patient and take my medicine.
2.       If they were incorrect then they will owe me on the last day and I would rather they owe me than I owe them.
My mother, an accomplished educator, told me “Those who dare to teach must never cease to learn.” A true Taalibul ‘ilm has told hold himself to a high standard of retrospect and look past the objective of a personality attack and accept the truthful basis of the complaint. I didn’t do that and this is another failure on my part. Although we removed the video over 3 years ago, it seems that someone is still circulating it. We beg these people to stop circulating something we all know is incorrect. I ask Allah to forgive me and them. I ask you all to include me in your duah.
1.       Our lord! We have believed in what you have revealed and we follow the messenger so write us along with the shaahideen.
2.       Our lord! Do not let our hearts deviate after you have guided us. But gift us with mercy from yourself for you are the wahhaab.
3.       Our lord! Do not condemn us if we forget or make a mistake.
4.       Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and everything we have done that transgressed our duty. Make our feet firm and help us against those who reject faith.
Abu Taubah
Safar 19, 1436
WalHamdulillah

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Jonathan Paul Jimenez Faces up to 18 years; Trial for Abu Taubah Still Pending

After years of investigating a supposed international terrorist training ring, it appeared that the Justice Department had finalized charges against Imam Abu Taubah (aka Marcus Robertson) and student, Jonathan Paul Jimenez. A March 14th indictment (now superceded) against the two Central-Florida Muslims culminated in unsurprisingly banal charges of tax fraud. The outrageous claims to “train in violent jihad” are based on recorded conversations between Jonathan Jimenez and a FBI informant embedded in the Orlando-based community. In the undated conversations embellished with ”yo”s and “grizzie,” it is alleged that Jimenez boldly claims, among other things, that Abu Taubah had commented on the permissibility of engaging in suicide bombings under certain circumstances and targeting US generals in warfare. Besides the unreliable quality of hearsay in question, Jiminez’s attorney described the exchanges as verbal “chest bumping” in efforts to impress his new acquaintance, the generous informant.  Later in September 2011, a month following the arrest of Abu Taubah for possession of a firearm (a charge he pleaded guiltyto in January 2012), Jimenez was questioned over the phone by the FBI. Considering that the informant’s recordings were made prior to the FBI interview, the questioning was designed specifically to intimidate and entrap Jimenez. An agent repeatedly asked Jimenez,  “Have you ever told anyone” a variety of possibly incriminating information about himself and Abu Taubah, instead of directly asking about the authenticity of the claims made on the recordings. It is clear from Jimenez’s responses that he fails to realize that the questions pertain to whether or not he has discussed the issue with another person and not about the issues themselves.  For instance, in the following excerpt, the agent does not ask Jimenez whether or not Marcus Robertson taught him how to shoot a firearm, yet Jimenez perceives the intent of the inquiry to be such and answers accordingly:

Agent: Have you ever told anyone that Marcus Robertson or Abu Taubah told you that he was going to teach you how to shoot? Jimenez: No, not at all, sir, he never taught me how to shoot and, uh, like I said, I wasn’t, you know, he had me there for strictly, you know,  studying, and that’s mostly what I was going around, you know, so…

Unwilling to corroborate wild accusations of Abu Taubah’s alleged training, the 28 year old Jimenez was himself arrested March 19, 2012. Five months later, he pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and one count of making a false statement on August 28, 2012. And though our casual dismissal of another ‘terrorist’ case could end here, Jimenez’s plea reveals issues more disturbing than his own punitive prosecution. It provides grave insight into the serious tone of the allegations against Abu Taubah and the desperation to realize his long term imprisonment. Indicative of the Islamophobic nature of federal investigations overall, the indictment incredibly cites “reading the Quran, and learning Arabic” as some the sinister activities involved in the purported training. Additionally, the DOJ press release claims “Robertson [Abu Taubah] stressed that Jimenez needed to focus on the religious aspects of his training,”  a strange and slippery piece of evidence that can only lead to establish any type of religious practice as training for terror. Other skills allegedly “necessary to participate in violent jihad overseas,” included learning martial arts, shooting a BB gun and wielding a knife. One can perhaps formulate a frightful fantasy where the entire US government and armed forces are brought to their knees by a single high-kick and knife jab, but this selection of circumstantial activities can hardly fit the advertised “violent” training that endangers US lives, domestic and abroad. Rather, what is more apparent is that these activities were openly offered to the Muslim community at large, in a consistent and non-controversial manner, spanning the Imam’s career as a spiritual leader in multiple communities. In fact, the classes were part of a whole range of diverse offerings which included literacy education, historical sightseeing, picnics, and classes on Islam. Further, familiar with unforgiving inner-city environs such as New York and Los Angeles, and having served in a professional capacity as an anti-drug and anti-gang advocate, Abu Taubah frequently stressed the importance for impoverished and minority communities to be adept in self-defence and self-policing, not unlike other civic-minded and federally targeted leaders such as El Hajj Malik Shabbaz, Imam Jamil Amin and Imam Luqman. Even more insulting, however, is the repeated implication that Jimenez’s preparations to perform Hajj and pursue religious studies abroadare insidiously referred to as overseas “travel to engage in violent jihad,” an unsubstantiated claim that would have certainly warranted a charge more serious than tax fraud if it all true. And though agents could have produced any number of false statements to entrap Jimenez (i.e. “Have you ever told anyone that you like cream puffs and sodas on Sundays?”), they made sure the most inflammatory statements would be showcased in order to inject an air of mortal danger into a sadly technical case of tax refunds and nervous recanting. For example, after the informant provides encouragement with confessions of his own, Jimenez decides to declare a love of dying as a martyr:

You know, it’s deep that you’re telling me this.  You know, I’ve been thinking about that lately, about asking Allah to die as a martyr, man, as a shaheed in jihad.  You know?  Cause they said what’s better than making hajj is the ones who fight in the cause of Allah.  And you know what is so beautiful about Allah? Even if you don’t get to do it, if your intentions is to do it and Allah knows that you would’ve got on that battlefield and did it, you get rewarded with that.

The quote has no context, but we are led to believe that either Jimenez has convictions that Allah will reward him for merely admiring the concept of martyrdom or that he has violent aspirations; either way it fulfils its purpose of shock and lending veracity to claims of international terror. To be sure, the quote will almost certainly be cited again in the future to substantiate claims that Abu Taubah encouraged others to in engage in violent jihad. And although these claims for now remain mere allegations, its deliberate insertion into Jimenez’s loosely related plea is undoubtedly to ensure a maximum sentence of 18 years; and to corroborate future fodder for a refurbished indictment against Imam Abu Taubah, whose trial was scheduled for October but may be postponed while he is similarly pressured into a plea bargain and co-defendants are concurrently pressured into providing terrorism-related testimony for lenient sentencing. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Please keep the families and prisoners in your adiya. Support Abu Taubah’s legal fund and family. They are in dire need of solidarity and support, so please send letters to:

Jonathan Paul Jiminez #12024695
M-6D
Orange County Jail
P.O. Box 4970
Orlandoe, FL 32802
USA

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Marcus Robertson #201100011051
John Polk Correctional Facility
Seminole County
211 Bush Blvd
Sanford, FL 32773
USA

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