Imam Abdul Alim Musa, the charismatic and outspoken Imam and founder of Masjid al-Islam in Washington DC is facing harassment and death threats virtually on a daily basis. Not only has Masjid al-Islam properties in various cities been vandalized and broken into but his family members have also been shot and killed.
His grandson was shot and killed in Oakland, California in March 2013 where Masjid al-Islam opened its first Center in the eighties. Earlier this year, his son was shot six times and also stabbed three times and left for dead in his house.
When some of his friends heard about the shooting, they called the police but only an ambulance showed up assuming that his son was dead to “pick up his body”. The police did not cordon off the area for any forensic examination nor did they record anyone’s statements. Even the ambulance report was not recorded in the logs at the hospital.
The police did not even take a statement from Imam Musa’s son. This is unusual since in any shooting, the statement of the victim is recorded in order to investigate the crime to find out who or what was involved. In this case, the police did not bother.
Imam Musa has also been receiving death threats. Voice messages left on his phone say: “We got Imam Jamil, we got Imam Luqman Abdullah; you are next N…..”
Imam Jamil Al-Amin was framed in the shooting death of a police officer in Atlanta in 2000 and even though the police at the scene said they had shot the assailant in the stomach, when Imam Jamil was finally caught, he did not even have a scratch on his body. Yet he was sentenced to life in prison and is being held in solitary confinement.
Imam Luqman Abdullah was lured to his warehouse masjid in Detroit in October 2009 and shot 18 times by the police and FBI. They accused him of shooting and killing a police dog! For that, they shot him 18 times.
Attacks on the family members of Imam Musa are meant to send him a message that he is a marked man and that his turn is coming. Why is he targeted?
He refuses to go along with the system and become an informant or keep quiet about the injustices the US is perpetrating at home and abroad. He has rehabilitated hundreds of drug addicts and taken them off the streets. In the sixties and early seventies, he himself was a major drug dealer. When he abandoned drugs, he was arrested and sent to prison.
It was in prison that he was introduced to Islam. It was through the Nation of Islam but once he came out of prison, he discovered the true Islam. Since that time, he has worked hard to create a sense of community belonging and strong family bonds.
He has nurtured a generation of upright individuals but the American system does not want upright individuals; it wants drug addicts, pimps and other social outcasts because the police and FBI can manipulate such people easily.
Imam Musa refuses to play along, hence his targeting.
Whenever he travels outside the country on lecture tours, he is interrogated at the airport for hours often resulting in missing his flight. Last year, he was denied boarding at Johannesburg airport for a return flight to the US. The following day, he asked the airline to book him on a flight to Mexico from where he would walk across the border into the US.
It was at this stage that the US Homeland Security allowed him to board the flight to the US but several hours of interrogations awaited him upon his return. Such interrogations are routine for him.
Despite such harassment and intimidation, he has not been silenced into submission, hence the attacks on his family members, killings and death threats against him.
Even when he notified the police about the death threats, they refused to even listen to him, much less take any action. He is an American born citizen but he seems to have no rights in his country of birth.
People familiar with the tactics the police and other agencies in the US use against outspoken critics of US and Zionist policies say the police themselves are behind death threats against Imam Musa.
Well known zionists and Islamophobes like the notorious Steve Emerson and Daniel Pipes as well as such fascist anchors as Fox News anchor Hannity have especially targeted Imam Musa for his forthright views. He has been declared a “threat” to the US when the zionists are far more dangerous for the well being of America and its people.
After all, the Zionist state is a parasite that thrives on the American body. It sucks billions of dollars out of the US annually despite 50 million Americans most of them African-Americans live in absolute poverty. It is these unfortunate people that Imam Musa is helping and at the same time exposing Zionist and US crimes globally.
He needs the support of all peace and justice-loving people around the world against a system that treats its own citizens as enemies because they speak out against the crimes of a tiny minority of oligarchs that control and exploit America.
God forbid, should anything happen to Imam Musa, no one should have any doubt that it would be the work of the police and the FBI. After all, Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik Shabazz), Martin Luther King and many others were eliminated through official connivance.