If the time ever comes when we have absolutely no avenue to fight for our most basic rights, how many of us would choose food over freedom?
Centuries before Guantanamo, Muslims were abducted, sold and transported to the Americas to become slaves there. Back then already, such practices were facilitated by local and corrupt rulers.
However, some men of wisdom rose up against this injustice and left us words which our governments should ponder over.
Nasir al-Din was a 17th century West African scholar who denounced and fought against the animist kings of his time because they sold their subjects to European slave traders under frivolous pretexts. He stated:
“God does not allow kings to raid, kill, or enslave their people; he has them, on the contrary, to guard them from their enemies. The peoples are not made for the kings but the kings are made for the peoples”.
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In a recent expose by wired.com, it has been shown that FBI agents are taught a version of Islam which inspires hatred for Muslims and Islam.
كشف تقرير جديد صادر عن منتدى بيو للدين والحياة العامة ، التابع لمركز بيو الأمريكي للأبحاث، أن المسلمين يتعرضون لمضايقات في 117 دولة، بما فيها دولا أوروبية منعت النقاب والأذان
In this series of essays the solicitor Gareth Peirce, who over decades has represented people subjected to the most egregious human rights violations in the UK, has laid bare the frightening current picture of legal and governmental practice in the UK and the US which shames our civilisation.
Men arrested after flying to Amsterdam from Chicago suspected of conducting a terrorist 'dummy run' to test airport security
It has taken nearly four decades but the relatives of the 'Bloody Sunday' victims finally received an apology from British Prime Minister, David Cameron. Shortly after this, Cameron announced the launch of an inquiry into Britain's role in the torture and rendition of terrorism suspects - us. But will the government really admit culpability?
Guantanamo Bay may be off the radar screens, with some people actually believing the place has been closed down simply because Obama had promised to do so within a year of his presidency but, how can the men held there for so many years simply be erased from our memories? The campaign against the US prison may not have achieved the ultimate goal of acquiring justice for all the prisoners but, it has ensured that the men of Guantanamo are not forgotten. At least that's what it should have done.
Preventing terrorism or recreating Islam?
Documentary: The Judgment
After twelve years of torture Shaker Aamer's voice is heard - for a few seconds
Dr. Mahmoud al-Jaidah: Qatari national tortured in an Emirati prison
Rest in Power, Mandela
Blacklisted for being Muslim: On Quilliam, the EDL and the Islamophobia industry
Al-Qaeda? they don't know the ABC of it!