A Forgotten Prisoner! The Smiling Somali Pirate

A Forgotten Prisoner! The Smiling Somali Pirate
By: Ahmad Jibril

One of the questions I am repeatedly asked, is about brothers in prison who may be forgotten.

Even though this brother's case got worldwide attention, most Muslim prisoner lists--if not all--may have overlooked him.

Small in size, light in weight but with a huge heart.

He gets no correspondence from anyone--ever. His only contacts are his mother and aunt in Somalia.

My beloved brother Muse was 'accused' of being the leader of a group of pirates who overtook the Maersk Alabama on April 8, 2009, and held its captain captive for five days.

A Leader of a dangerous group and only being 15 at that time according to his father and 16 according to his mother.

None of that is true. Nor does it have any substance.

How can one get fair treatment when his female judge, who is supposed to be impartial and unbiased, began to weep in sorrow for the alleged victims?!?!

When they brought him from the jails and detention centers to our CMU prison, I was permitted to leave my cell to greet him and speak to him in the confinement within the confinement. I then asked the authorities, on behalf of the Muslims, that they take him out of solitary confinement inside to be with us, which they gladly did. The smiling face many saw was that of a bashful little boy full of eman, yet sorrow had taken its toll on him.

He showed me the scars on his wrists where he wanted to take his own life. But from his first moments there to my last moments there, he was among the brothers constantly with me--learning and reading. When he felt bad and down, he would wait for everyone to leave my cell and then come cry. He used to love to come to my cell. He would make me leave my bed so he can lay in it and make me sit on the stool and read him Koran as he slept.

On my way out of the doors to freedom, he kept embracing me and choking up with tears and even though I physically left the prison, it was as if I left part of my heart and soul there--him and the rest of my brothers.

As miserable as prison life is, there are times one cherishes and thinks of them as better than his days of freedom.

(Details to be continued in the future sometime--inshallah.)

*I received over 425 questions pertaining to my years in prison. Since the purpose is not personal, but to let the world know what our brothers and sisters go through, I may inshallah have a one or two or a few Q & A sessions on this topic. Jazakum allahu khairan and please remember all our imprisoned brothers and sisters in your duaa.

Ahmad Musa Jibril