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Bismillah, Al-hamdulillaah and Sallallahu wa Sallim ‘ala Nabbiyillaah wa Ba’du
From Abu Taubah
To the Muslims,
As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa RaHmatullaah
I personally, and from the bottom of my heart thank you all for the amount of support you all
continuously show me and my family. Jazaakumullaahu khayran. Your support has enabled us to retain legal
services of Attorneys Corey Cohen and Daniel Brodersen.
Cohen and Brodersen have excellent credentials and came highly recommended. They believe in
our case and because of that have worked out a payment plan different from their normal practice.
I am asking you all to help me pay these men. Some people think that now that we have retained
them, the job is done. No, it is not like that. Rather, now that we have gotten them to agree to take the
case, we have to pay them for their expertise and services. As you all know, a good legal team is costly but a
poor legal team costs even more. I invoke my right as your muslim brother and call on you all to aid me in
I remind you all with what comes in the word and tafseer of ayah 177 of Baqarah. “It is not
righteousness (Birr) that you Jews and Christians turn your faces in prayer to the East and the West. Rather
Righteousness consists of believing in Allaah, the Last Day, the Angels, all of the Scriptures and all of the
Prophets. And that even though you love and need money yourself, you still give it in charity to help
Relatives, Orphans, the Needy, Travelers who need help getting home, those who Solicit funds for
acceptable causes, and for helping Free Slaves and Prisoners. Furthermore, Righteousness people make it their
business to offer Salaah five times a day, to Pay the annual Zakaah, to keep their word when they give it, to
fulfill their obligations honestly and are Patient under the pressures of poverty, sickness and in the face of
danger. These are the ones who have been faithful to Righteous Beliefs, and these are the ones who have
O my Brothers and Sisters, you all know that I am not a terrorist and that I have never promoted
terrorism. So please help me to prove that in court. I ask you all to be patient with me during this Fitnah for
as believers we can expect a lot of good out of one difficulty. The Promise of Allah is True. Let us seek
Allaaah’s Forgiveness and renew our intentions to be people of Taqwaa. I thank you all again and again and
include you all in my private duaas.
Your brother abu taubah,
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Seminole County Jail, Florida
On The Inside
by abu Taubah
As the Prisoners file into the chapel their eyes are scanning the congregation for possible friends and foes. Then once deciding whether to go right or left, they rush off in their chosen direction to greet their associates from the other cellblocks. Speaking in hushed tones they pass on messages and news from loved ones in far away places. I’m standing in the heart of the chapel by the podium, greeting everyone as they come in. “Come in brothers! You can sit anywhere you want. As-Salaamu ‘alaykum. Peace, Peace. Yeah maan you can sit wherever you want. Don’t worry about it, We won’t get started until everybody finds a spot.”
In Prison, people come to religious service for different reasons. Sure, some come to pray and some come searching for the truth, but most come to see their people, or to get out of the cell for an hour or two. It’s almost time. Everybodys finally sitting down. Some half-facing each other, some leaning back and others on the edge of their seats All whispering, smiling and enjoying each others company. Looking around I realize that I don’t know these guys from Aadam. I am a stranger here. Out of the thirty or so men in this room, only about five of us are Muslims. And two of them are New Shahaadas. So where do I start with these men? They are quite aware of the nature of their crimes. But if you were to ask them, “How could you do such things?” They will explain that they have sold drugs to the most respected Preachers. And have seen too many “Church Ladies” turning tricks to pay their bills not to do such things. In their world they are normal men trying to survive in a system that has little concern for them.
I recognize that they have seen alot, but what I don’t know is what they understand about Islaam. Which leads me back to the question of, where do I start with these guys. Hmph, I’m getting a queezy feeling rolling about in my stomach. Steady, Steady, it’s time to start, take a breathe……
“My Lord give me the right inspiration.” Whispers out of my mouth.
“wa Yas-sir-Lee amree“
“and make this easy for me…”
“waH-LuL ‘uQdataM MiL-Lisaanee…”
“and unite the knot in my tongue…”
“So that they can relate to what I’m talking about.”
Then raising my voice just above the Friendly commotion I say,
“Bis-millahir RaH-maanir Ra-Heem.
My name is Wahshee and I’m going to be teaching the class today.” Nothing. Most are not paying attention, caught up in conversations much more interesting. When a scattered few give me the, “Go ahead you’re not interrupting us” nod. I feel a smile growing uncontrolled on my face. I can’t help it. Class is in session… and I love it.
I begin, “AL-Hamdulillah“
“Getting locked up is almost like dying… only better.”
The low rumble ceases. “Every man in this room knows what it feels like to get locked up right?” No answer, but they’re looking around and asking each other, ” Who is he?” Mouths One. “Is he serious?” Whispers Another. “Where did he come from?” Shrugged shoulders and I don’t knows criss-cross the room. “Cmon, this aint no lecture, I’m asking.” A grey haired old man yells out. “Of course, aint we all in jail?” That gets a few smiles and some light snickers. “And we know about dying too.” I add in a serious tone. Then turning and focussing on the old man I say, “Most of us have been shot, or stabbed, or…. pointing to the old man who knowingly adds, “Or we done the shooting and stabbing.” Then slowly to make sure it doesn’t sound like bragging I say, “That, we have my friend, that we have.”
“Whacha mean, We, Us?”Asks a linebacker of a man with dreds hanging down his back.
“Aint you a Hemaam?”
“Even me Dred.” I reply.
Upon hearing that, the Dred leaps to his feet and questioning the congregation says, “Lordy Lord! What type of Hemaam we got eer!” Then shaking a thick finger at me he adds. “He mustive been stealin da Mosque money, or messin wit dem wife and they catch his blood clot.” The Chapel errupts with laughter. Putting my hands up in mock surrender, “No, no nothing like that. I never stole from GOD and I’ve never touched another man’s wife.”
“Yeah but we wanna know.” Says the Dred, taking his seat and giving pounds to the Rastas sitting around him. I pause until the room gets silent.
“I haven’t always been an Imaam. So let’s just say that if my sins had a smell, no one would sit around me.”
More silence follows as they consider my reply. Finally the Dred says with a wave, “Go ahead Hemaam.”
“You aint got to splain nona dat to we.” And opening his huge arms to his right and left he adds. “We all got a closet full of dem bones, seen?”
Heads all around the room nod in agreement. For a few moments no one speaks. Each man reflecting on the bones that he keeps.
A young man named “Yellow” leans forward and says, “What about that thing you said, What’s up with that?” “It’s true” I say. “Getting locked up is almost like dying, just better. Think about it. Who knew they were going to get locked up the day they got locked? Nobody. You didn’t plan it. Likewise, who knows what day they gonna die? Nobody. Both happens all of a sudden.”
“Our Cells are just like graves. Cold, dark and dank. And we are no longer in the outside world but placed in a transition reality. Our families receive the news of our incarceration with the same anxiety and confusion that would be produced by our deaths.” A dishevelled long haired biker, appropiately called, “Scarecrow” says, “So then why is getting locked up better? Least if we die we deprive these bastards the pleasure of torturing us.”
“Because Scarecrow, seeing our families losing their houses, our children traumatized by our absence, so called friends abandoning us and underestimated friends supporting us. All give us a major hint, of how things would have gone if we were dead, right now.”
“We can look at our lives as they are, right now. And see, what did my life mean? What did I do with it? Did anybody benefit from my presence, or are everybody glad that I am gone? These are questions you have to answer. The fact that we are not dead gives us the opportunity to do everything and be everything, we wish we could be, right now.”
To be continued….
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Jonathan Paul Jimenez Faces up to 18 years; Trial for Abu Taubah Still Pending
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
Marcus Robertson #201100011051 John Polk Correctional Facility Seminole County 211 Bush Blvd Sanford, FL 32773 USA