Saturday, March 26, 2005

Another Mysterious Death of a Muslima

I received another e-mail about another sister mysteriously dying in the hands of law enforcement. Insha'Allah, this umma will get back to what really counts. One of the many schemes of the Dajjal is distraction. So while our people suffer in poverty and war, we will spend hours being dazzled and distressed by those that cause division and fitna. Allah ta 'ala promises a house in Jennah for those who leave argumentation. Let us leave alone "American Pop Islam" and go for the real thing. Make dua for Sister Hassiba's family and blog on this tragedy.

The Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation is working to support a call from The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago in calling for an investigation by law enforcement authorities into the death of SisterHassiba Belbechir while being held by the INS in a state prison. Below is a letter sent by the The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago providing details of Sister Belbechir's death:

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A Sister named Hassiba Belbechir has been found dead in the McHenry County, Illinois prison in highly suspicious circumstances. Her body was given to the family yesterday. She was a 28 year old Algerian women living in Chicago. She was on her way to Algeria through England where British inspected her papers and sent her back to the US where INS detained her. I nstead of putting her in Federal prison they sent her to McHenry County prison. Family and funeral home staff are highly suspicious of the truthfulness of the prison claim that she has killed herself. She spoke to her sister through phone that morning and there were no signs of any depression or anything like that. The body has signs of struggle on her legs but not on her neck or anything like that. The family is suspecting rape and murder instead of suicide.

Ms. Belbechir's death may reflect the disturbing pattern of abuse against Muslims in our prisons that has been investigated and confirmed. According to a March 2005 report of the Justice Department's inspector general, the warden and guards at a federal prison discriminated and retaliated against Muslim inmates. The report also detailed allegations of mistreatment of Muslims at other U.S. lockups. The report even asserts that despite an earlier recommendation by the Inspector General no action [has been] taken against the abusive officers. Just a week ago, a death row inmate in Indiana who had become Muslim,was refused the presence of an Imam as he was executed. A Buddhist spiritual leader who was present informed us about it.

May Allah forgive their sins and give them jannah. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajoon

Action Requests

1. Funeral will take place today at the Muslim Community Center at 1:30 PM

2. Victim's relatives and the Muslim leadership will brief the invited media at 2 PM at MCC.

3. I intend to propose to the Council formation of a committee to look into the prisoner abuse issues. If you are a Chaplin, lawyer, or victim, or interested in these issues, kindly contact the Council to volunteer. Call at 1-800-678-0753.

Let us continue to pray for all oppressed people. Let us think what resources we are putting forward to help those who struggle for justice. Let us continue to thank God for His blessings to us all.


Abdul Malik Mujahid

MAS Freedom is pursuing all evidence and avenues in pursuance of a full investigation into Sr. Belbechir's death, and will provide a full report of its findings to the community as immediately as possible.


Blogger Ginny said...

Assalamu alaikum, I also received this in my email, just hadn't gotten around to putting it on my blog, though I did find a brief article about it, but it didn't mention the death being under suspicious circumstances, though I'm not surprised about that.

4:58 PM  
Blogger altaf said...

salaam -

there's also an article on the ihsan blog on this death.

10:17 PM  

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