We ask Allah SWT that this reaches you and all the
brothers in the best of Eman.
Brother I would like to thank you for remembering
us in this Ramadan with your cards. It means very much to us. You asked
many questions relating to our status here and I will respond to some of
them and will respond to the rest in the future Enshallah.
Don’t be discouraged if some brothers do not
respond there are many reasons for that so please excuse us and don’t
let it deter you from contacting us, as it means very much to us that we
hear from our brothers and sisters outside.
I did see similar cards like the unique one you
sent me in the hands of many other brothers during mail call the same
day I received mine so that indicates that many brothers received your
cards even though I did not ask them.
Brother our situation here is great during this Ramadan. We are blessed
by Allah SWT the one whose Grants are uncountable. As to the brothers
you specifically mentioned and our day to day life I’ll mention some of
We had a new addition which many in the outside
world know. Shaykh Ahmad Musa Jibril is now with us in the CMU. Prior to
his arrival we had many internal problems. Muslims with each other,
Muslims with non-Muslims and Muslims with staff.
The problems among the Muslims themselves stem
from the diversity of the brothers here; we have modernists, we have
nationalists who fought with the PLO in the 80′s, we have Salafis, we
have Ikhwan, we have very young brothers….etc
As soon as this blessed Shaykh arrived we all saw
in his apparent taqwa (and ALLAH SWT knows what’s in the hearts), vast
amount of knowledge, charisma and personality; a man who would change
The Muslims here for the first time since the CMU
opened and I was among the first to come to this unit when it opened all
agreed by consensus for the first time that he should be our Amir days
after he arrived. Every time we had an Amir election it was with
problems, this time it was by 100% enthusiastic hope of change that
Shaykh Ahmad should take the Emirah.
He refused but it was imposed upon him by us.
Everyone here is very unique Islamically. Everyone
has a special characteristics but this brother is truly amazing. He is
graduate of al-Madina so his knowledge in Islam is shore-less. He
memorizes the Koran and most of the books of Hadith (many which I heard
he memorized in his years in solitary), his khutab make every last one
of us cry every Jummah. This is the third Jummah of Ramadan and every
last one of us left every jummah of Ramadan in tears.
He is also a graduate of Law from Michigan so he
knows how to deal with the staff and their intrusions upon our rights!!
I’m not sure if it’s respect or fear (I lean more to the latter) but he
is running this unit by the blessing of Allah SWT.
It may also be that for the first time we are all
unified behind him and his decision making.
We now have halaqat he is teaching us on a daily
basis; a class in Fikh, another in Hadith, another in Seerah, another
Aqeedah, another in Tajweed and a Koran class. He started a systematic
in depth study and when these are finished there is additional topics he
plans to start on. The purpose is to leave each of us with an amount of
knowledge as if we graduated from Medina. This is done on daily basis
seven days a week.
We take in depth organized notes, memorize and
review. With these classes he teaches us we have no time to do anything
but study. This may be a reason why many of the brothers do not have
time to respond. We are taking advantage of this great Imam before we
We were deprived of having any gatherings like
this but by the blessings of Allah SWT we now hold them in public. This
is the first Ramadan ever where we place our carpets out in the prayer
area at Asr and sit in his halaka until Taraweeh prayer breaking for
Salah and Iftar.
Shaykh Jibril and those of us who also have Koran
classes barely ever sleep. There is several of us -Alhamdulilah – who in
addition to attending those daily classes with Shaykh Ahmad also
memorize 4-6 pages of Koran daily with him so he can give us his Ijaza
before he leaves. Some who memorize a bit less than that.
In addition to teaching, the Muslims, non-Muslims and staff by Allah
have agreed to let him resolve all internal disputes that arise among
inmates or inmates and staff. We call his cell #24 Dar-ul-Khilafah.
By Allah he has gotten acceptance in the hearts of Muslims, non-Muslims
and staff like I never seen before.
By Allah, By Allah, by Allah, I can say about him
what Ibn ElQayyim said about his Skahykh Ibn Taimieh. ‘When
we feel down we go to Ibn Taymieh and it’s merely moments or a few words
we hear that boost and re-ignite our Iman to levels we never thought
possible.‘ That is Shaykh Ahmad to us
with not an ounce of exageration.
We anticipate going to Jummah by the minute to
hear those Iman boosting words that ignite and revive hope and Iman to
each and every one of us. His Jummah to us is a dosage of faith and in
between Jummas is his halaqat and advice to those facing difficulties
are a true blessing from Allah SWT.
In his early Jummah’s when he arrived he quoted
from Ibn Taymieh’s life in prison in how he deterred other inmates from
wasting time and committing sins such as playing Chess and other matters
to becoming students of Elm. It’s quite unique because just as Ibn
Taymieh -rahimahu allah- had issues with sins and Chess in particular we
had those similar problems.
Shaykh Ahmad did here what Imam Ibn Taymieh did in
the prisons of Syria centuries ago cleaning this unit of apparent sins
and changing it into a stronghold of learning and teaching, growing of
beards and implementing the Sunnah to best of our ability.
Please make dua’a this continue brother as we
really fear they will end this one way or another.
Basically my brother his knowledge, generosity,
leadership abilities, and taqwa (and only Allah SWT knows whats in the
hearts) are amazing and I can write page after page on him. I might
expand upon that if we remain in touch inshallah.
As to the second brother you asked about brother Yahya (John Lindh
Walker) he is another amazing brother. A true student. We never used to
see that brother unless it was to go down to eat in the dinning hall,
during Jummah or rare circumstances because he stays to himself in his
cell reviewing Koran, reading Hadith, and gaining more Islamic
Knowledge. He has also been taking regular correspondence classes that
occupy his entire time and he is not very social due to his love of
reading and studying, he has not a minute to waste nor a vain word to
utter – may Allah SWT bless him.
Again, after Shaykh Ahmad Jibreel’s arrival he has began to join our
halaqat and is very social with Shaykh Ahmad. Actually he has been here
approximately 4 years -a year after me- and I have never seen him
with anyone as he interacts with the Shaykh.
He attends both bro Jibreel’s general classes and because Jibreel loves
him more than us “smile” he gets special classes – we are jealous Shaykh
Ahamad’s love for him. (smile) Brother Yahaya is upbeat and very
strong. We get some of the articles written about him, but he cares
less. When I see those two brothers in particular I really see as if I’m
looking at salaf of previous times living in this age.
There is more I wanted to tell you about this
brother in particular and the rest of the brothers you asked about,
however it is getting very late and I need to return to reviewing Koran.
Please continue to respond to me and I will give you more on our
May Allah SWT reward you for your concern over us.
*I have no problem with you publishing any of our
correspondence but I do prefer that my name not be mentioned.