From: Anisa Rasheed
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2001
During his Arraignment on January 19, 2001
Imam Jamil Al-Amin pleaded "Not Guilty."
Following is his complete statement of innocence:
In the Name of ALLAH, the Beneficient, the Merciful
Praise be to ALLAH, The Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds;
Most Gracious, Most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgement.
Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.
Show us the straight way, the way of those on whom
Thou has bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion)
Is not warth, and who go not astray. (1:1-5Q)
Peace be upon those who do good.
My name is Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, the former H. Rap Brown.
I am a devoted servant of ALLAH, and an unwavering devotee to his cause.
For more that 30 years, I have been tormented and persecuted by my
enemies for reasons of race and belief. I ... seek truth over a lie; I
seek justice over injustice; I seek righteousness over the rewards of evil
doers, and I love ALLAH more than I love the state.
Their intention is To extinguish ALLAH'S Light (By blowing) with
their mouths; But ALLAH will complete (The revelation of) His Light
Even though the Unvelievers May detest (it). (Qu'ran: LXI:8)
On March 16, 2000, Fulton County Sheriff Deputy Ricky Kinchen
was killed and Sheriff Aldranon English was shot and injuried in the
neighborhood where I have lived, worked, and prayed. Indeed, this
tragedy occurred across the street from the Mosque I founded.
I have been accused by the State of Georgia of having committeed
these crimes. Let me declare before the FAMILIES of these men, before
the STATE, and ANYONE who would care to know the truth, that I am
INNOCENT of the 13 charges that have been brought against me. Let
me also declare that I am joined at the heart with his widow and her
children at the loss of a husband and father. I drink from the same
bitter cup of sorrow as the siblings at the loss of a beloved brother.
I am powerless to do anything to ease your pain and suffering except
pray that ALLAH comforts you in your hour of need and grants you peace
for the remainder of your days.
I have been maliciously maligned, scandalized and vilified in the
press by the police establishment before the court of world opinion
even before I was charged with any crime. They have sought to
marginalize my humanity and humiliate my family. They have done
their level best to reduce me to a one-dimensional monster that is
a composite of a Black Panther with a negative connotation, a cop
killer, and the fictional character of the Godfather.
I am no monster. I am a human being created by ALLAH and am an
instrument of his purpose. I am entitled to every right and every
consideration as every other human being including fairness, a fair
trial, and the presumption of innocence.
Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, as a
representative of the state, has asked for my death. Mr. Howard
can have my death based on the power of the state, but not on the
basis of justice. He can only have my death because my life belongs
to ALLAH and He alone in life and in death will deliver me from my
tormentors and persecutors. I will pray for those who despitefully
abuse me because of power, prestige, or blind ambition, for they
must face the ultimate bar of justice and face the judge of judges
and answer the question, "By what right and whose permission did
you ask for death of this human being, and my devoted servant?"
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