Special Report on Imam Jamil al-Amin – February 2002

On Tuesday, February 12, 2002, from 7-10pm, a student-to-student teach-in and public information forum on the case of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin will be held at Howard University in Washington, DC. The forum will be sponsored by The Peace And Justice Foundation and Amnesty International-Howard University. On Thursday, February 21st, The Peace And Justice Foundation, the International Committee to Support Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement-Atlanta Chapter will spearhead a national mobilization in the city of Atlanta, in support of our brother.

The time has come for conscientious Muslims, and other committed people of good will, to step up the activity around this very important case. On January 31, a small delegation of Muslim leaders visited the courthouse in Atlanta to ostensibly hold a brief prayer meeting and press conference. This is good, but it’s not enough. On Friday, January 11th, The Peace And Justice Foundation – in conjunction with a number of other local support groups – held a morning press conference, followed by a community forum (later the same evening) in Atlanta, to decry the court’s sanction of Imam Jamil for reportedly violating the “gag order.”

The press conference that morning – attended by all of the major broadcast and print media – the jumah address that afternoon (delivered by this writer), and the forum at one of the area colleges later that evening went exceptionally well; but this is not enough. The time has come for all who have verbalized support for Imam Jamil to put deliberate, disciplined and sustained action behind their words! In short, it’s time for us to individually and collectively raise the level of struggle. Talk won’t do it, but actions will!

When this writer posed a question to former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, at a recently held press conference at Washington, DC’s National Press Club – pertaining to Imam Jamil, the ‘war in Afghanistan,’ and mounting civil liberties concerns in the US – Clark’s response was immediate and straight to the point….

“Let me say first, I remember Rap Brown well from the 60s, and I thought that he was a splendid human being and leader of the civil rights movement, with a strong touch of nobility and commitment. I remember when Congress passed the H. Rap Brown law, just to try to get people like him; and finally he was indicted under the law that he honored with his name… There can be no question that the United States government, through its intelligence agencies and most of its appointed leadership, and a great deal of its elected leadership, considers Islam – not just militant Islam, but Islam – to be the greatest threat to the domestic and international security of the United States…”

The aforementioned response from the one of the former top law enforcement officials in the land, underscores the breadth of respect in which Imam Jamil is held, and the opportunities for dawah and jihad fisabilillah that Muslims are afforded with this case.