NO CHARGES, but JAIL
I was at Imam Masood's house today visiting for a few minutes with his wife and one of his daughters. They are people of faith, barely words spoken, faces with hope for Allah's Help. Please do whatever you can. Even if you don't know these people, please make duaa for them. Even if you have heard just one good thing about this Imam please write to the officials below. This is an attack against Islam. He has not been allowed to even speak with his family. There is not even a consideration of bail at this point. He has no criminal record, and has been here for nearly 20 years. Take this personally, and if you are on the side of justice then contact, donate, and pray that Allah grants his family patience and them protection. Funny thing how they say "innocent until proven guilty". May Allah show no mercy on the oppressors here, and oppressors everywhere. Ameen.
In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
ALERT: UPDATE ON INTIMIDATION AND ARREST OF IMAMS OF ICNE AND ISGL, MAS Boston Freedom Foundation Islam Center of New England – www.icne.net
Update on Intimidation and Arrest of Imams of ICNE and ISGL Imam Masood (Islamic Center of New England, Sharon), his son (Hassan) and Imam Abdul Hannan (Islamic Center of Greater Lowell) were arrested by immigration officials Wednesday on alleged immigration violations. No criminal charges have been brought even though it was claimed that this was related to an immigration fraud ring around the Northeast. But at most, Imam Masood has been charged with a minor administrative technicality. MAS Boston and ICNE leaders have been speaking to the lawyer, and the families to provide much needed support.Press releases have been sent (see www.masboston. org). MAS Boston has provided interviews with NPR, the Boston Globe, and local media to present the strong Muslim community support for their leaders and their outrage over their treatment. MAS Boston leaders met with Immigration officials, officials from the Attorney General's office, the FBI, and other law enforcement officials to strongly express the community's outrage and support for their leaders - demanding that they allow the Imams to post bail, that they give them access to proper Muslim food and prayer facilities, and that they resolve this in a speedy manner to avoid further aggravating a very frustrated Muslim community.Immigration officials came in large numbers to this meeting and resolved to work to accommodate these demandsImmigration officials agreed to arrange for MAS Boston President,Masjid/board representative, and a few family members to visit the Imamstoday to ensure that they are in safe and appropriate conditions.Check www.masboston. org frequently for more detailed information, recent news articles, and more on what you can do to help.
1. Pray for the safe and speedy release of both Imams.
2. Contact your local representative and MA Senators, (a) to inform them of the situation, (b) ask them to help ensure the fair, speedy, and respectable treatment of the Imams.
Senator Edward Kennedy (617)565 3170
Request to speak to Tom Cohan, (ext. 119)
Senator John Kerry (617) 565-8519
Request to speak to Carmen Velazquez3.
Plan to come out in a show of support for the imams on the hearing at the JFK Building on the third floor on
Tuesday 8:30 AM.
The more people that come, the stronger the message to officials that Muslims will not sit idly by and accept intimidation. More details of this will be sent soon. Please help MAS Freedom to continue to defend and empower our community. Your contributions will allow us to help the families, pay for legal fees, and increase our ability to support the community. Your tax deductible donations can be mailed to MAS Boston, 1 Broadway, Third Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142 OR given online at www.masboston. org