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Unjust Verdict Against Tarek Mehanna

All who have followed Tarek’s trial with a belief in the possibility of justice through the court system will be shocked to learn that today the jury found him guilty on all seven counts of the indictment. In the six weeks that the prosecution used to present its case, it presented no evidence linking Tarek to an illegal action. Instead, it amassed a large and repetitive collection of videos, e-mails, translated documents, recorded telephone conversations and informant testimony aimed at demonstrating Tarek’s political beliefs. The core belief under scrutiny was one that neither Tarek nor his defense team ever denied: Muslims have a right to defend their countries when invaded.

The prosecution relied upon coercion, prejudice, and ignorance to present their case; the defense relied upon truth, reason and responsibility. The government relied upon mounds of “evidence” showing that Tarek held political beliefs supporting the right to armed resistance against invading force; they mentioned Al-Qaeda and its leadership as often as possible while pointing at Tarek. It is clear they coerced Tarek’s former friends and pressured them to lie, and many of them admitted to such. There is a long list of ways this trial proceeded unjustly, to which we will devote an entire post. The government’s cynical calculation is that American juries, psychologically conditioned by a constant stream of propaganda in the “war on terrorism,” will convict on the mere suggestion of terrorism, without regard for the law. Unfortunately, this strategy has proved successful in case after case.

Tarek’s case will continue under appeal. We urge supporters to write to Tarek, stay informed, and continue supporting Tarek in his fight for justice. Sentencing will be April 12th, 2012. We will be sending out more information soon.

A beacon of hope and strength throughout this ordeal has been Tarek’s strength and the amount of support he has received. Tarek has remained strong from day one, and even today he walked in with his head held high, stood unwavering as the verdict was read to him, and left the courtroom just as unbowed as ever. His body may be in prison now, but certainly this is a man whose spirit can never be caged. His strength must be an inspiration to us all, even in the face of grave circumstances. Before he left the courtroom, he turned to the crowd of supporters that was there for him, paused, and said, “Thank you, so much.” We thank you too. Your support means the world to him.

11 Comments on “Unjust Verdict Against Tarek Mehanna”

  1. Alma December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Beautiful… Br Tarek is an inspiration & so are his family.

  2. Abu Nurah December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    “And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Saabiroon (the patient).

    Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: ‘Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’

    They are those on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones”


  3. UmmAbdurrahman December 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    This breaks my heart. This is not justice. We’re still praying for brother Tarek and his family here in Saudi. Surely this can be appealed.

  4. Samaiya December 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    America land of the free? hmm i dont think so, especially if you are Muslim.
    No evidence against Tarek for any of the bogus claims made against him, so much so for freedom of speech and going around the world to enforce freedom of speech at the cost of $850 billion when you dont have it in your own back yard!
    united states of hypocrisy and lies the legacy of oppression continues…
    Tarek Mehanna is an inspiration to us all of how he has stood firm and strong in the face of oppression and tyranny

    • Umm Maryam December 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      So unfair and heartbreaking! My heart and duas go out to Br. Tariq and his family. Allah will give you justice. Indeed with hardship there is ease. Br. Tariq is a standing example of courage and inspiration for this Muslim Ummah. May Allah continue to keep his iman strong and head held up high and give ‘izzah to our dear Muslim brother and this religion. Aameen.

  5. umar December 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    Ameen @ the above duas. I can’t say much. I really can’t say much. It’s shocking.

    May Allah (swt) free our Muslim prisoners a.s.a.p. and return them to their families in safety. Ameen.

  6. afsana muslimah December 21, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    May ALLAH free Tarek and grant him and his family even more patience.
    Tarek is in our du’as here in London. Don’t give up, justice WILL prevail, insha’Allah… and may Allah reward Tarek with Jannah al-Firdous, ameen.

  7. ninies December 21, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    From the Netherlands we say we are with you ! We are informing people and making dua!
    Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji’oon.

    some ignorant people behind a bench cannot decide a man’s fate.
    Soon, Tarek will be free , at the dinner table with his family. Inshallah.

    But until then he is setting higher standards for patience and reliance upon Allah for us all.

    May Allah keep Tarek steadfast and release him soon ameen.


  8. Samina December 22, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    From the UK.
    I am truly stunned by the evident miscarriage of justice.
    They refuse to see that he is innocent because they are blinded by their own fears and prejudice.
    It is sad to see such a wonderful person kept behind bars but I was proud to read that he kept his head held high and did not bow down.
    Truly you are an inspiration to us all.
    May Allah swt keep his spirit strong throughout this ordeal, grant him victory against those who wish him harm and his freedom to re-buiild his life. Ameen.


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