Salam O alikum
Dear Muslims in general, and #IHH #UK2Syria in particular:
Muslim, I stand in solidarity with you. I want for your children what I want for mine, a world they can grow up in without the danger of violence, war, poverty and oppression.I write to you with an open heart, and in defense of my dear friend. I am not a Muslim, but I read the Quran, have many Muslim friends, and visit Muslim Lands, like Palestine, including Gaza.
I am a white American man, who lives in Vermont USA with my family, leading a quiet life. I am an activist, who wants to see Arab lands free of US troops and weapons. I want my nation to be at peace with all nations, and be a light to the world, not the war machine it is.
I have in my own mind, from examples given by Muslims I have met and lived with and reading the Quran, what is Islam. It is a beautiful thing of devotion to Allah, and service to your community, and to fight for the freedom of others. To me, a book of liberation, not oppression. I have lived with Muslims who have risked their life for mine, as would for them and they are my brothers and sisters.
In my travels, I had the distinct honor and privilege of meeting and becoming friends with Mein Hussain. He is a humble, highly intelligent and educated, compassionate, and a devout Muslim. He spends time helping those who ask, about the Quran, Islam, Muslims and Islamic perspective. He is a hardworking student, and is building an orphanage in his country of residence, with his own funds to help those in most need in a sustainable way, teaching them not only the Quran, but how to live sustainability using agriculture and other healthy methods for living. Actually his work is amazing.
He has taught me of the Quran, and many the deep conversation we have had, and many the projects we have worked on together. He is, my friend, and always will be. For him, and other I write to you. He traveled from his safe home, trusting his well know contacts to help, at his own expense, the People of Syria in one of the most dangerous places in the world. To help in some small way.
He could have just stayed home, propped his feet up, ate some chips and watched cartoons on TV, and said "Syria, where is that?... not my problem", but did he ignore the plight of the hungry and the wounded? No, he went to help. May Allah Bless him.
So, what did he get for this? Torture and near execution, from those he was entrusted to. He was betrayed, then nearly killed. Then when he speaks up, they try to silence him, and he lost getting his doctorate and was kicked out of his University for even going to Syria.
So, it has come to this, my efforts to expose any who harmed, or covered up harm to my friend. In the name of Islam, I ask you to help find Justice in this matter. A Muslim is to be fair and just. Silence or trying to silence the victims, is not Justice.
Those who claimed to be Muslim, yet tortured or tried to silence the truth: Can you face Allah, and tell him what you have done? Do you not believe in the Final Day?
I respect and thank the #IHH for trying to get to Gaza, and for the much good they do, however it is time to get right with this. We need the #IHH to acknowledge this torture, and take steps to make it right, starting with not doing business with the UK2Syria members who torture and kidnap aid workers, and a public apology to Mein and the others who have suffered torture at UK2Syria member hands.
As I greeted you in Peace, I leave you in Peace, and ask you to look in your hearts, and help find Justice in this matter, for without Justice, there can be no Peace.