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Tarek’s powerful sentencing statement

Spoken to Judge O’Toole during his sentencing, April 12th 2012.

In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful.

Exactly four years ago this month, I was finishing my work shift at a local hospital. As I was walking to my car I was approached by two federal agents. They said that I had a choice to make: I could do things the easy way, or I could do them the hard way. The “easy “ way, as they explained, was that I become an informant for the government, and if I did so I would never see the inside of a courtroom or a prison cell. As for the hard way, this is it. Here I am, having spent the majority of the four years since then in a solitary cell the size of a small closet, in which I am locked down for 23 hours each day. The FBI and these prosecutors worked very hard – and the government spent millions of tax dollars – to put me in that cell, keep me there, put me on trial, and finally to have me stand here before you today to be sentenced to even more time in a cell.

In the weeks leading up to this moment, many people had offered suggestions as to what I should say to you. Some said I should plead for mercy in hopes of a light sentence, while others suggested I would be hit hard either way. But what I want to do is just talk about myself for a few minutes.

When I refused to become an informant, the government responded by charging me with the “crime” of supporting the mujahidin fighting the occupation of Muslim countries around the world. Or, as they like to call them, “the terrorists.” I wasn’t born in a Muslim country, though. I was born and raised right here in America and this is something which angers many people: how is it that I can be an American and believe the things I believe, take the positions I take? Everything a man is exposed to in his environment becomes an ingredient that shapes his outlook, and I’m no different.  So, in more ways than one, it’s because of America that I am who I am.

When I was six, I began putting together a massive collection of comic books. Batman implanted a concept in my mind, introduced me to a paradigm as to how the world is set up: that there are oppressors, there are the oppressed, and there are those who step up to defend the oppressed. This resonated with me so much that throughout the rest of my childhood, I gravitated towards any book that reflected that paradigm – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and I even saw an ethical dimension to The Catcher in the Rye.

By the time I began high school and took a real history class, I was learning just how real that paradigm is in the world. I learned about the Native Americans and what befell them at the hands of European settlers. I learned about how the descendents of those European settlers were in turn oppressed under the tyranny of King George III. I read about Paul Revere, Tom Paine, and how Americans began an armed insurgency against British forces – an insurgency we now celebrate as the American Revolutionary War. As a kid I even went on school field trips to the sites of its battlefields, some just blocks from this courthouse. I learned about Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, John Brown, and the fight against slavery in this country. I learned about Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, and the struggles of the labor unions, working class, and poor. I learned about Anne Frank, the Nazis, and how they persecuted minorities and imprisoned dissidents. I learned about Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and the civil rights struggle. I learned about Ho Chi Minh, and how the Vietnamese fought for decades to liberate themselves from one invader after another. I learned about Nelson Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa.

Everything I learned in those years confirmed what I was beginning to learn when I was six: that throughout history, there has been a constant struggle between the oppressed and their oppressors. With each struggle I learned about, I found myself consistently siding with the oppressed, and consistently respecting those who stepped up to defend them – regardless of nationality, regardless of religion. And I never threw my class notes away. As I stand here speaking, they are in a neat pile in my bedroom closet at home.

From all the historical figures I learned about, one stood out above the rest. I was impressed by many things about Malcolm X, but above all, I was fascinated by the idea of transformation, his transformation. I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie “X” by Spike Lee, it’s over three and a half hours long, and the Malcolm at the beginning is different from the Malcolm at the end. He starts off as an illiterate criminal, but ends up a husband, a father, a protective and eloquent leader for his people, a disciplined Muslim performing the Hajj in Makkah, and finally, a martyr. Malcolm’s life taught me that Islam is not something inherited; it’s not a culture or ethnicity. It’s a way of life, a state of mind anyone can choose no matter where they come from or how they were raised. This led me to look deeper into Islam, and I was hooked. I was just a teenager, but Islam answered the question that the greatest scientific minds were clueless about, the question that drives the rich & famous to depression and suicide from being unable to answer: what is the purpose of life? Why do we exist in this Universe? But it also answered the question of how we’re supposed to exist. And since there’s no hierarchy or priesthood, I could directly and immediately begin digging into the texts of the Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, to begin the journey of understanding what this was all about, the implications of Islam for me as a human being, as an individual, for the people around me, for the world. And the more I learned, the more I valued Islam like a piece of gold. This was when I was a teen, but even today, despite the pressures of the last few years, I stand here before you, and everyone else in this courtroom, as a very proud Muslim.

With that, my attention turned to what was happening to other Muslims in different parts of the world. And everywhere I looked, I saw the powers that be trying to destroy what I loved. I learned what the Soviets had done to the Muslims of Afghanistan. I learned what the Serbs had done to the Muslims of Bosnia. I learned what the Russians were doing to the Muslims of Chechnya. I learned what Israel had done in Lebanon – and what it continues to do in Palestine – with the full backing of the United States.

And I learned what America itself was doing to Muslims. I learned about the Gulf War, and the depleted uranium bombs that killed thousands and caused cancer rates to skyrocket across Iraq. I learned about the American-led sanctions that prevented food, medicine, and medical equipment from entering Iraq, and how – according to the United Nations – over half a million children perished as a result. I remember a clip from a ‘60 Minutes’ interview of Madeline Albright where she expressed her view that these dead children were “worth it.” I watched on September 11th as a group of people felt driven to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings from their outrage at the deaths of these children. I watched as America then attacked and invaded Iraq directly. I saw the effects of ‘Shock & Awe’ in the opening days of the invasion – the children in hospital wards with shrapnel from American missiles sticking out of their foreheads (of course, none of this was shown on CNN).  I learned about the town of Haditha, where 24 Muslims – including a 76-year old man in a wheelchair, women, and even toddlers – were shot up and blown up in their bedclothes as they slept by US Marines. I learned about Abeer al-Janabi, a fourteen-year old Iraqi girl gang-raped by five American soldiers, who then shot her and her family in the head, then set fire to their corpses. I just want to point out, as you can see, Muslim women don’t even show their hair to unrelated men. So try to imagine this young girl from a conservative village with her dress torn off, as she is being sexually assaulted by not one, not two, not three, not four, but five soldiers. Even today, as I sit in my jail cell, I read about the drone strikes which continue to kill Muslims daily in places like Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. Just last month, we all heard about the seventeen Afghan Muslims – mostly mothers and their kids – shot to death by an American soldier, who also set fire to their corpses. These are just the stories that make it to the headlines, but one of the first concepts I learned in Islam is that of loyalty, of brotherhood – that each Muslim woman in the world is my sister, each man is my brother, and together, we are one large body who must protect each other. In other words, I couldn’t witness these things beings done to my brothers & sisters – including by America – and remain neutral. My sympathy for the oppressed continued, but was now more personal, as was my respect for those defending them.

I mentioned Paul Revere – when he jumped on a horse and went on his midnight ride, it was for the purpose of warning the people that the British were marching to Lexington to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock, then on to Concord to confiscate the weapons stored there by the Minutemen. By the time they got to Concord, they found the Minuteman waiting for them, weapons in hand. They fired at the British, fought them, and beat them. From that battle came the American Revolution. There’s an Arabic word to describe what those Minutemen did that day. It was a word repeated many times in this courtroom. That word is: JIHAD, and this is what my trial was about. All those videos and translations and childish bickering over ‘Oh, he translated this paragraph’ and ‘Oh, he edited that sentence,’ and all those exhibits revolved around a single issue: Muslims who were defending themselves against American soldiers doing to them exactly what the British did to America. It was made crystal clear at trial that I never, ever plotted to “kill Americans” at shopping malls or whatever the story was. The government’s own witnesses contradicted this claim, and we put expert after expert up on that stand, who spent hours dissecting my every written word, who explained my beliefs. Further, when I was free, the government sent an undercover agent to prod me into one of their little “terror plots,” but I refused to participate. Mysteriously, however, the jury never heard this.

So, this trial was not about my position on Muslims killing American civilians. It was about my position on Americans killing Muslim civilians, which is that Muslims should defend their lands from foreign invaders – whether they are Soviets, Americans, or Martians. This is what I believe. It’s what I’ve always believed, and what I will always believe. This is not terrorism, and it’s not extremism. It’s the simple logic of self-defense. It’s what the arrows on that seal above your head represent: defense of the homeland. So, I disagree with my lawyers when they say that you don’t have to agree with my beliefs – no. Anyone with common sense and humanity has no choice but to agree with me. If someone breaks into your home to rob you and harm your family, logic dictates that you do whatever it takes to expel that invader from your home. But when that home is a Muslim land, and that invader is the US military, for some reason the standards suddenly change. Common sense is renamed “terrorism” and the people defending themselves against those who came to kill them from across the ocean become “the terrorists” who are “killing Americans.” The mentality that America was victimized by when British soldiers walked these streets 2 ½ centuries ago is the same mentality Muslims are victimized by as American soldiers walk their streets today. It’s the mentality of colonialism. When Sgt. Bales shot those Afghans to death last month, I followed the discussion in the media just to see what people were saying and what I noticed was that all of the focus was on him – his life, his stress, his PTSD, the mortgage on his home – as if he was the victim. I didn’t see anyone talking about the people he actually killed, as if they’re not real, they’re not humans. Unfortunately, this mentality trickles down to everyone in society, whether they realize it or not. Even with my lawyers, it took nearly two years of discussing, explaining, and clarifying before they were finally able to think outside the box and at least ostensibly accept the logic in what I was saying. Two years! If it took that long for people so intelligent, whose job it is to defend me, to de-program themselves, then to throw me in front of a randomly selected jury under the premise that they’re my “impartial peers,” I mean, come on. I wasn’t tried before a jury of my peers because with the mentality gripping America today, I have no peers. Counting on this fact, the government prosecuted me – not because they needed to, but simply because they could.

I learned one more thing in history class: America has historically supported the most unjust policies against its minorities – practices that were even protected by the law – only to look back later and ask: ‘What were we thinking?’ Slavery, Jim Crow, the internment of the Japanese during World War II – each was widely accepted by American society, each was defended by the Supreme Court. But as time passed and America changed, both people and courts looked back and asked ‘What were we thinking?’ Nelson Mandela was considered a terrorist by the South African government, and given a life sentence. But time passed, the world changed, they realized how oppressive their policies were, that it was not he who was the terrorist, and they released him from prison. He even became president. So, everything is subjective – even this whole business of “terrorism” and who is a “terrorist.” It all depends on the time and place and who the superpower happens to be at the moment.

In your eyes, I’m a terrorist, I’m the only one standing here in an orange jumpsuit, and it’s perfectly reasonable that I be standing here in an orange jumpsuit. But history repeats itself. One day, America will change and people will recognize this day for what it is. They will look at how hundreds of thousands of Muslims were killed and maimed by the US military in foreign countries, yet somehow I’m the one going to prison for “conspiring to kill and maim” in those countries – because I support the Mujahidin defending those people. They will look back on how the government spent millions of dollars to imprison me as a “terrorist,” yet if we were to somehow bring Abeer al-Janabi back to life in the moments she was being gang-raped by your soldiers, to put her on that witness stand and ask her who the “terrorists” are, she sure wouldn’t be pointing at me.

The government says that I was obsessed with violence, obsessed with “killing Americans.” But, as a Muslim living in these times, I can think of a lie no more ironic.

-Tariq Mehanna


59 Comments on “Tarek’s powerful sentencing statement”

  1. Earij Pervez April 13, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Law of the jungle is what is prevailing in this world. As Tarek rightfully pointed out, who ever is in power at the time, decides who is a terrorist and who is the victim.

    I was playing thsi one game last year and one statement in the game itself got stuck to my mind:

    “Histroy is written by the victors. If we lose today, all that we struggled for will become meaningless.”

  2. bibleandqaran April 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    From what I have read it seems you have been jailed for the very thing western society feels liberated on – freedom of speech & the so called bliss of living in a “free coutnry”. May Allah be with you everyday and strengthen your faith and protect you from the wrong doings of those who believe they have jailed a terrorist. What I say to everyone – knowledge is power… understanding Islam for what it truly is and not what is portrayed in the media would allow people living in ignorance, to understand the unknown and not to fear it. Please let us know what suport we can be.

    • devsaha5 April 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Islam should show its true color in its own backyard before it faults West for not tolerating free the speech. Tarek’s activity was not a freespeech problem. He had the intent to cause havoc. What punishment would you give him in an Islamic country? If he had done anything sinister, you would have called him a non-Muslim to disavow from his deed. I fail to understand you as a group. You flock to Europe and America and you love your Islamic way of life. Why can’t you stay home and build an ideal society there instead? Would you? Can you?

      • Ibrahim April 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

        I agree that Muslims should stop immigrating to Europe and the West. I don’t know this trial and none of us know the truth beyond a reasonable doubt but from what I have read and heard of his trial he never had any intent of causing havoc; where do you get that from?

      • Sam April 16, 2012 at 4:58 am #

        You are exactly the type of person that is the sole reason why this man is in jail today. The fact that he speaks out against injustices is intent to cause havoc to you??? How is it that you completely ignored every murder that he mentioned, that is at the hands of the US government and military?? The US not only intend to cause havoc, they DO and they use “democracy” as their sick little excuse.

        Another thing you mentioned, “you flock to Europe and America…” … this is EXACTLY what America are doing in the Middle East – they want to instil their values and their way of life in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria in the name of “democracy” as if America is some golden, perfect standard that everyone should live by.

      • deeply concerned April 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

        I am an American, my Parents were American, as was their parents. Yet I am a proud Muslim. You said “you flock to Europe and America and you love your Islamic way of Life. Well YES I LOVE MY ISLAMIC WAY OF LIFE, because it is the truth, and I have never left this country. So As it STANDS WEHTER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT I AM AN AMERICAN and a MUSLIM. But it is funny how the Americans can go over to another country to try to make their citizens more American like, but others can not come here and keep their values. AS the saying goes, “we are doomed if we do or doomed if we don’t” But in the end Allah will destroy the oppressor as he has always done in the past.

      • maliurj April 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

        devsaha5:- as a Muslim first and foremost I do agree with you that Muslims need to stop “flocking” to alien alien lands with the false belief that they would be treated humanely. You are further correct to say that Muslims need to separate themselves and build a humane and civil society unlike what many of us are forcing ourselves to assimilate into. If my neighbor shows indifference towards me, it would not be logical to try and befriend him/her. My responsibility is to continue living my life in dignity and steer clear of someone who clearly does not want to associate with me or rather does not care if I live or die. Many of us(Muslims) bring this “oppression” upon ourselves by sleeping with the enemy. Why do we need to hobnob with people who do not worship what we worship? People who do not dress like us, eat like us, think like us, even clean themselves like we do?? For all the gold in the world, I cannot understand why some of us just don’t get it!!?? America cannot help us in any which way other than blame us for everything and anything that is difficult to understand…yet we still”flock” to her shores. There is NOTHING America has that is not available in Muslim countries; as a matter of fact there is less there and more at home. But alas we debase ourselves by running after the proverbial carrot like frenzied rabbits. It sickens me like it sickens you! However, do not worry-nothing lasts forever and one day those who are currently awe struck or star struck and living in a trance-like state will soon awaken to the true Reality!!

      • prosperous April 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

        He was born in the United States; it’s not his fault it isn’t tolerated in the US. Besides, like he said in the statement, “So, in more ways than one, it’s because of America that I am who I am.”

      • Mohamed Faizullah April 17, 2012 at 4:40 am #

        Islamic country? Haha joke! Which country is ‘Islamic’ today? No not even Saudi Arabia. The only Islamic state is a Caliphate. The Quran has proven over time to be God’s Word and Truth is always bitter for people. True story but a sad one. Instead of looking at ‘Islamic’ country, go read the Quran before you start talking about Islam. And for your next statement, we dont call a muslim who done anything sinister a non-muslim, whether the person is muslim or non-muslim is decided by God. If anyone tells you otherwise he misinterpreted.

      • S.M. Musari April 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

        What are americans and europeans doing in muslims and third world countries?Why cant they stay home and solve thier economic problems?

      • Abdul April 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

        You yet again miss the point, so held up by this idiotic statement made by many ‘its our country leave’ wait let me play along with this because it seems to be the only thing you understand…….Palestine- its our country leave, Iraq its our country leave, Afghanistan its our country leave. If i knew enough i would have you in shock but even though i know very little i know this, forign powers will never let countries succeed, Iran as an example showing strength and yet what happens the world has turned against it! Don’t be ignorant

      • SafiyaAli May 3, 2012 at 5:22 am #

        When you fuck out of our countrys and leave us alone we will fuck out of yours…
        May Allah bless All muslims.. Insha’allah

  3. Jake April 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Left nothing more to say, he deserves to be out of his cell. Who is he being judged by? By a country that has killed thousands of civilians in the Middle East? -Judge yourself before you judge others-

    • devsaha5 April 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      How many Shias did Saddam kill?

  4. No Name April 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Tarek, you are are not alone. I applaud your patience and steadfastness. I pray to God that he make your ordeal easy for you and your family.

  5. Madiha April 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    He has said exactly and all of what every one of us is thinking but too afraid to say!

    mashAllah may Allah reward him immensely for standing up for this Ummah

    • devsaha5 April 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      Exclude us from your Ummah, dear! It has already failed when I see Shias and Ahmedhias are butchered by Sunnis.

      • eLrOy April 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

        absolute deusche bag you are and a coward hiding behind your computer.

      • devsaha5 April 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

        What about you brother? Take your mask off! Another would beTarek?

      • Abdul April 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

        And Asad being paid and backed by the Shias( maybe not as a whole – im not as ignorant as you to include all) to kill the men, women and children of syria! Speak wisely or just as now you would be seen as a hypocrite

      • devsaha5 April 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

        Umah without Shias? Go ahead!

  6. Still Ill April 14, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    Even as an atheist and not at all a friend of Islam (or of religion in general), I was moved by reading Tarek’s statement, and feel compelled to respond in solidarity.

    I can agree neither with the United States’ imperialist military actions NOR with the Qaeda’s Islamist agenda, and I am troubled that Tarek has arrived at sympathy with the Sept. 11 attackers — “I watched … as a group of people felt driven to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings from their outrage at the deaths of these children” — even after drawing from non-violent inspirations I personally hold dear, such as Eugene Debs and Dr. King. I am saddened that defense of “the oppressed” (as Tarek put it) has for him become subsumed to the defense of Islam, which as an institution has proven itself equally capable of oppression as of being oppressed.

    But what troubles me most is that my own country — one supposedly founded on the idea that one should be permitted to pray, to write, and to think in whatever way one should choose — is now sentencing citizens to decades in prison based on their political and religious views.

    I sincerely hope that Tarek’s conviction will be overturned on appeal, though the Supreme Court’s decision in Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project is not encouraging. But moreso I hope that Tarek’s eloquence and his original observation — “there are oppressors, there are the oppressed, and there are those who step up to defend the oppressed” — can begin to change the hearts of imperialists, nationalists, religionists, and all those who pursue power over others through violent or oppressive means.

    I’m deeply ashamed that Tarek will be imprisoned in my country for speaking his conscience, but I hope others are equally ashamed that — had I had the misfortune to be born in certain other places outside the United States — I personally might face even harsher punishments based solely upon the lifestyle I currently lead.

    Throughout history, oppressors have used religion, nationality, race and even sexuality as wedges to alienate the brotherhood of humanity from itself. The moment we all agree that each person should be completely free to pursue her or his own conscience non-violently, the senseless bloodshed and oppression will stop.

    • Ahmad April 14, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      He’s not trying to justify 9/11 or show sympathy for the hijackers. Rather he’s explaining their motivation for the attack. According to the govts narrative there are ppl out there who hate our society so much they want us killed. But there’s also another narrative one spoken by those who are called terrorists. They are motivated to attack America because they think it will defend their own lands from attack and prevent the slaughter and killings of hundreds of thousands. They maybe misguided by their method but what we see is the govt trying to muddy their intentions into something that it is not in order to divert attention towards their own acts. So usa was attacked not because anything it had done but rather it was attacked purely because it holds to certain values.

      However this misrepresents the terrorists’ own intentions which is a motivation built on perceived injustices committed by American foreign policy.

    • eLrOy April 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

      note to your last paragraph. In the quran chapter 2 ‘al-baqarah’ verse 256 God states: “There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong.” every one is free to pursue… but unfortunately it is in our nature to fight. It’s nice to dream.

    • Bo April 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      I think you missed one small point – this is his country also.

  7. Jen Quadan April 14, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Insha’Allah truth will prevail one way or another here in the dunya or in the hereafter…Have full, complete trust in Allah Tarek as Allah has a reason for everything…This is your Jihad an Insha’Allah you will be granted Jannah….

  8. Mustafa April 14, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Just a historical letter, analyzing the whole bloody history of US. It was clear that when he was reading it, the judge would have been telling himself – no matter what you say, I’ve no other choice for you. May Allah swt reward him with Jannah and also release him from the tyranny of these oppressors. Muhammad PBUH has said whoever says the truth in front of a tyrant ruler and is killed for is considered as the best of martyrs. May Allah swt count him as one of those, as he not only told the truth but exposed everything from what they do and what they claim including the exposure of the false claims of the given freedom of speech.

  9. Dallas April 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    It is why I have absolutely no trust in the American Government at ALL!!! The only thing I believe in, is “GOD”. Not even Humans, they learn from one another. Nothing good at all about government.

  10. Saba April 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    All I would say is that Tarek brother you`re one of those people who are like the salt in the flour which gives the whole flour its taste despite of being very little in amount. I truly appreciate you.May Allah give you strength during this difficult time! Im glad to see muslim brothers like you 🙂

  11. ...... April 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    ‏فَإِنَّ مَعَ ٱلْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا

    إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا

  12. Shahada April 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Today I was reading an article in which one of the jurors in this trial was so upset and saddened by the extent of Tarek’s punishment that she felt the need to console Tarek’s mother
    (http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20220414lawyer_mom_juror_shared_tears/). The follow up comments by readers were quite disturbing, with almost all of them attacking the juror and calling her stupid, someone even asking her if she was muslim. Which leads me to my question, how many of the people commenting here are muslim? (I’m non-muslim fyi) I ask because increasingly as today’s society becomes exposed to the propaganda of Islamophobia, especially through the media, I feel that all non-muslims are bigoted and mistrustful of muslims, how I desperately wished this was not the case.

    • devsaha5 April 15, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Islamophobia was not created in the vacuum! Tarek is not an angel! He was rightly stopped on his tracks before he could create the havoc. If Tarek wants fight a jihad, he should have found a “right place” for his action. Nobody appreciates such garbage in our civil society!

      PS. I bet this post will not be posted because it is not a friendly one for Takek’s cause?

  13. AJA April 15, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    One of the most powerful speeches I have ever read..We love you dear brother Tariq, and May Allah hasten your release.

  14. Az April 15, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Here is another example that an innocent victim has been picked on with no real evidence of ‘terrorism’, giving Tarek to choose the ”easy way” or the ”hard way’and this is how Americans and the British ‘dominate’ in the world. ‘. Tareq is a example to be proud of for not relenting to ‘bulling’, he has nothing to fear and for standing for the truth and bearing the consequences. Our prayers are with him and all the muslims who are being tortured, humiliated and killed. May the tormentors be punished inshallah in this life and after life. Ameen

    • devsaha5 April 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      Think about Islam dominating world as opposed to American domination! Sorry mate, we do not want to be ruled by a book. There is a vast area where you have been practicing your way of life and you, yourself can’t stand the practice itself. Visit a Muslim dominated country and figure out how non-Muslims are living? Think before express your ignorance!

      PS. Testing how much free speech you can tolerate?

      • eLrOy April 16, 2012 at 11:49 am #

        ‘Think before express your ignorance!’ you are as ignorant as you are stupid and a waste of space. you tool.

      • Ahmed A Qadeer April 17, 2012 at 1:30 am #

        The problem is not Islam. It is the Muslims that do not practice what Islam teaches. Learn about the religion’s true teachings before you post a hateful comment like that about the religion.

        If any group of people, even other than Muslims, ever “ruled by the book,” you will see the blessings of justice, fair play and peace in the world.

        For most of the fourteen centuries of Islam, there has been intellectual and scientific progress, peace and prosperity. But, like all failing empires, when Muslims failed to “live by the book,” they not only lost their empires but the entire world suffered for their failures.

        By abrogating our constitution in practice, the 21st century America is following the same path and, unfortunately, we will all suffer for that. That is God’s law and it will prevail.

      • Knowledge For Action April 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

        Can’t you see that we DON’T have Islam in our countries? Do you want to know why? Do you want to know why we don’t live in our countries back home?

        BECAUSE you keep dropping bombs on our heads without even sparing the little ones, pregnant women and the elderly. Every time we try to base our country on Islamic principles, America and her allies, the real terrorists begin genocides and rape campaigns on our people. How can we live in peace with our families when everyday we have to worry about our loved ones being blown to bits due to your missiles?

        Also the puppet regimes of the Middle East and Asia are nothing but extensions of American foreign policy in the Muslim world. Their armies and police are nothing but American proxies. If we try to emigrate there they stop us, arrest us or imprison us due to orders from Washington.

        And you will find being ruled by the laws of the Creator is far superior to being ruled by a small fringe global capitalist elite who get rich at the expense of the 95% of the world’s population. The Islamic rule puts an end to this and this is why they hate us and spread there media campaigns smearing our good name.

        Islam aims to help the oppressed even if they are non-Muslim and even the so called ‘terrorist’ movements like Al-Qaeda have stated that we are waging this Jihad not just for Muslims but for all the world’s oppressed. So your question about free speech doesn’t even come into the equation because anybody who speaks against oppression regardless of the perpetrator and the Oppressor Muslims are divinely commanded to support them, not persecute them like Amerikkka and her cronies.

        In systems and societies where the rule of the Book is not applied, men become lords over others, Islam is the only system due to it’s divine nature which takes this authority away from man and gives it to the Creator alone thus, bringing equality based on piety and not on skin colour, race or wealth. This is what we are in the process of achieving, and by the will of Allah we will have a fully functioning caliphate system which will unite the entire population of Muslims throughout the world even though the disbelievers hate it.

      • Muslimah April 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

        Just one question; are you saying all of this just to rile us up? If so, you have no right to accuse Tarek of intending to cause havoc, beacuse that’s exactly what YOU are doing!

      • DS April 23, 2012 at 8:42 am #

        I was only trying to respond to one of your brother. Stay in your own country and be ruled by your law. If you venture in the West for a better life, conform and follow the laws of the land. Nobody needs a religious enclaves i middle of a civil society. The choice is yours!

  15. thebibleandthequran April 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Dear Tarek- I wanted to share the best moment in my life with you – Al Hamdullilah
    I reverted to Islam on 14th of April 2012 at 1154pm – I did my shahada with Dr Zakir Naik. I hope you enjoy watching it…


  16. Fozia noorani April 16, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    As Salam alaikum dear brother Tariq, I salute you my brother for the courage to stand up for Islam. I wish I could replace you n endure your hardship to release you. You not alone my brother our duas are with you. You are made your name in history of these time of jihad agsist tyrant n disbelievers who are the true terrorists. Don’t worry you do what yousuf AS did, even in prison he used that time to work fit Allah, be patient soon the victory n it reward is on your way. Again I wish I was in your place for such hasnate from Allah for enduring hardship against these kafirs. Keep the flag of la illaya illlaha until we r listened n released. They plan but Allah is the best planer he has plan for you do sabr n salah. Love your sister in Islam. Labek allahumah labek.

  17. eLrOy April 16, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    You have been chosen by Allah (swt). If all of man kind plotted to harm you and harm was not destined for you, they would not have harmed a hair on your body and if all of man kind plotted to benifit you and it wasn’t destined for you, then it would have been in vain. when a blacksmith wants to make a sword he puts it through fire and shapes it in order to be tempered, strong and sharp.

  18. oy April 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I am Muslim. I fully believe in my faith. But Tarek Mehenna’s speech and previous avowed support for terrorism is reprehensible. Words like his can have a powerful effect on destroying the peaceful relations between innocent Muslims and their neighbors in this country. He may think by talking tough he is helping Muslims, but it’s not true. Now he is just one more guy in an orange jumpsuit, unable to marry, unable to live a normal life, one more 175 pound weight in the evidence locker of all the hateful non-Muslims who want us Muslims all consigned to various degrees of difficulty. So please shut up, Tarek Mehenna. We’ve heard enough.

    • Muslimah April 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      Don’t be a coward, this is real life… If Nelson Mandela did what you’re telling Tarek to do, black people and people of ‘colour’ in South Africa would still be suffering under the opression of apartheid. Its supposed to be a free world, remember?

    • AJA April 23, 2012 at 12:49 am #

      You are a true idiot.

  19. Maria April 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Eloquence Knowledge and the Wisdom of applying logic. How can anyone with any sense of justice think it is fair to imprison Tarek after reading this statement is unfathomable. May Allaah (swt) grant him freedom and God Willing the change Tarek spike of that often comes about soon it is still a battle for the hearts and minds.

  20. Ghazza April 17, 2012 at 1:51 am #

    Why doesnt Tarek just sue the american military instead than condem himself and his counterparts in america to prison life. It is hard n easy to slip and spew words of hatred n contortions on what has been said and done
    theres many who are still ill and have understood. How many more sunni shia n etc brothers n sisters are gonna be lost. Think peace

    • Muslimah April 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      Possibly because he’s under strict confinement? There isn’t much you can do from behind prison bars, especially without financial backup.

  21. Ahmed April 17, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Devsha, you are the best example of an ignorant bigot. These so called Muslim lands you talk of are ruled by dictators and oppressors that are backed by western governments. They are puppet regimes that are placed there to keep the Muslims in check.

    • devsaha5 April 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

      Bunch of phony excuses for not having the guts to sort out your own problems. It is always the West at fault. How come Chinese, Indians, Vietnamese and Pygmies are doing fine? Are you people prone to be puppets? That is total baloney.

      • Muslimah April 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

        “Bunch of phony excuses for not having the guts to sort out your own problems”

        -my dear, that is exactly the whole point of the article written above by brother Tarek.

      • DS April 23, 2012 at 8:34 am #

        Charity should start right at your own home first! Practice first whatever you preach! Your past speaks in volumes what you can contribute to the future.

  22. amelyousef April 18, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    Very well said! May the day that America and Europeans realize how contradictive and ironic their actions and regulations currently placed on so called “terrorists” are, come very soon because its tragic to see how much injustice is happening under these falsified terms. Hopefully soon they will understand who the oppressor and opressed really are. P.S. the movie “I Am Khan” is a must see for the non- muslims as well as Muslims reading this blog. Ignorance harbors hatred.. Knowledge is power.

  23. Umm Mu'een April 18, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Haqq! Brother Tarek’s views are those of a Muslim man who understands his duty to Allah and who is not ashamed to stand for what is real.

    Du’as that Allah will facilitate his release and guide more Muslims to Haqq. In response to anyone who opposes Brother Tarek or the Mujahideen, this matter is more serious than your whims and fancies. It’s about honour, brotherhood and justice. You don’t have to understand just yet, but if you are meant to understand one day, then rest assured, you will.

    May Allah aid and guide us all.
    Umm Mujahid

  24. safoora April 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Wow powerful, couldn’t have said it better myself. الله make it easy and grant Tarek peace and strength and reward him greatly. The funny thing is Islam is the fastest growing religion in America, makes you wonder why more and more people are reverting to Islam if it’s not the truth. Come on people open your eyes! Islam is no threat, Islam is peace, contentment- Embrace it, first learn about it and understand, and when I say that I mean learn the way of life of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) to truly understand it and then only pass your comments! I challenge those who criticise Islam!


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