PRESS RELEASE: Marzieh Hashemi released from her detention without charge.

Najwa Kareem
Posted January 23, 2019 from United States

PRESS RELEASE All Praise Is Due To Allah Marzieh Hashemi has been released from her detention without charge and is with her family in Washington DC. Marzieh and her family will not allow this to be swept under the carpet. They still have serious grievances and want answers as to how this was allowed to happen. They want assurances that this won’t happen to any Muslim – or any other person – ever again. Just as America is aware of the harassment of the Black community by the police, America needs to start talking about the harassment of the Muslim community by the FBI. Marzieh Hashemi will be remaining in Washington DC for the protest on Friday and calls for all cities across the world to keep their protest. This was never just about Marzieh Hashemi. Marzieh will be making comment.

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Jensine Larsen
Jan 23
Jan 23

Praises!!!!! Marzieh deserves justice and unfair violent treatment the people should not be allowed to happen in the US.

Najwa Kareem
Jan 24
Jan 24

I agree with what you've said 100%!

jlanghus
Jan 24
Jan 24

Hi Najwa,

Thanks for the update! Great news, indeed, and I agree that more awareness needs to occur in the U.S. regarding Muslim harassment.

Najwa Kareem
Jan 24
Jan 24

Hi and peace be upon you,

My pleasure.

I absolutely agree! and this is why more work needs to be done particularly by leaders/directors/managers of many Mosques and many other organizations who are not doing their jobs to speak the hard truth and to really address issues of policy, agencies, regimes, isms, etc. that have their hands and/or play a role in killing, literally wiping out large numbers of people primarily Muslims. A corresponding and hugely significant problem is that there are too many Muslims most of whom are sincere and have good intentions supporting these Mosques and organizations with agendas that do not really support justice and fairness of Muslims, or that do not really support justice and fairness of all Muslims, or that do not really support justice and fairness of some or all Muslims consistently; Muslims who are in their humanity no different from other human beings. Nor do these leaders/directors/managers advocate for the oppressed in a consistent manner by the kinds of sermons or speeches they give or offer to their membership, in the kinds of programming they offer, in the kinds of initiatives they put forth. Instead they Rah-rah or advocate their own agendas and in doing so, expend their time and use others' time, energy, resources (financial, physical, and human) on less important issues and affairs. In comparison to issues of justice, human lives being compromised, human suffering, human lives being taken away, the issues and affairs that they focus on are very low priority. If the leaders/directors/managers of these entities both large and small with a variety of mission statements are not willing to do their jobs correctly and fairly and if you will, are not willing and ready to step up to the plate, then members of these Mosques/Islamic centers, organizations, etc. aught to stop supporting them with their money, their time, their other resources, and their words. Members should demand answers from these leaders/directors/managers and should demand that these leaders/directors/managers step down if they are not willing to do the right thing by everyone most importantly by those who are being oppressed and marginalized and let those who fear the corrective power of GOD and the consequences that HE will render based upon our actions work together to serve the oppressed and the underserved. Also because these types of leaders'/directors'/managers' decisions and actions prove that they really don't care about their fellow human beings but rather themselves and the worldly benefits they have for not making justice, the oppressed, and "speaking truth to power" a priority, they should humbly step down from their lofty and "esteemed" positions. We have to understand that these types get away with what they are doing because of us and us not holding them accountable to their responsibilities within the roles that they supposedly serve, that is, because we don't start by simply speaking up.

Yours truly,
Najwa

jlanghus
Jan 25
Jan 25

I hear you, but is this likely to happen?

Najwa Kareem
Jan 26
Jan 26

Is what likely to happen? Would you please expound?

jlanghus
Jan 26
Jan 26

Sure thing... I mean is it likely to happen that the individuals in power that are getting away with oppressing and marginalizing people to take responsibility for their actions and step down?

Najwa Kareem
Jan 26
Jan 26

When you say, "...the individuals in power..." -- Which individuals are you referring to?

jlanghus
Jan 27
Jan 27

In general; what you are referring in your comment back to me. I'm curious what you think is feasible.

Najwa Kareem
Jan 29
Jan 29

If you find time and if you are willing, would you kindly reread what I wrote? I think with a second read it may become clearer. To note, I speak about two different kinds of leaders or "individuals in power". Those involved in oppression and violation of innocent people, people who in recent times have primarily been Muslims and those who run or lead Mosques/Masjids and other Muslim/Islamic organizations -- those grassroots leaders who know what is happening but do not speak up about what's going on at their congregations, at Friday prayers, at their programs, during their events, etc. for a few illegitimate reasons. Many of these leaders' and their organizations' activities do not address injustices of oppressed people and violations of human rights, or if they do, they do so on a miniscule level compared to the many other things they spend time on and/or address. Case in point, Marzieh Hashemi -- many leaders of large and small Muslim/Islamic organizations in the U.S. and outside the U.S., many located in the Washington, D.C. area where Sr. Marzieh was being detained even did not make a public stand against the FBI's injustice against her. Many didn't have the GOD conscious or Taqwa and/or were not brave enough probably because they have insufficient or no Taqwa even to raise the issue or publicize it on their websites. There are numerous other examples of so-called Muslims turning their heads, putting fingers in their ears, pretending that nothing happened or is happening, in other words, negating their own serious responsibility and not encouraging the ones that they lead, the ones who attend their Friday prayers and other prayers, the ones who participate in their activities and programs, the ones who attend their events, etc. to "speak truth to power" and take action. A Muslim is one who assists, is one who stands up both privately and publicly against the oppression of his brother. If he/she does not, he/she is not considered a Muslim, is not considered a brother to his fellow Muslim in need.
I hope this additional information is helpful to you and others who read.
Yours truly,
Najwa

jlanghus
Jan 29
Jan 29

Okay, thanks:-)

Najwa Kareem
Jan 30
Jan 30

You're welcome.

Addendum to my previous comment:
Case in point, Marzieh Hashemi -- many leaders of large and small Muslim/Islamic organizations in the U.S. and outside the U.S., many located in the Washington, D.C. area where Sr. Marzieh was being detained (and gave her testimonies) even did not make a public stand against the FBI's injustice against her. Many didn't have the GOD conscious or Taqwa and/or were not brave enough probably because they have insufficient or no Taqwa even to raise the issue or publicize it on their websites. (including no mention of what was happening on their social media accounts yet they say they advocate and promote justice, fight for civil including Muslims' rights, function in accordance with The Quran and the Sunnah (example and life) of Prophet Muhammad PBUH and His, etc.)

Corine Milano
Jan 24
Jan 24

Very good news! You have been such a vocal advocate to make this happen. I agree with Jensine - this should never be allowed to happen in the US, or anywhere.

Najwa Kareem
Jan 24
Jan 24

Isn't it!

Thank you! I too appreciate your support of justice and fairness for those who are being consistently oppressed.

Maya Iwata
Jan 24
Jan 24

Najwa, Congratulations on this accomplishment! So glad to hear that Marzieh has been released. As a Japanese-American so pleased that the JACL has been active in opposing the Muslim ban and the other related forms of harassments to Muslims. Thank you for not resting until freedom came to Marzieh.

Najwa Kareem
Jan 24
Jan 24

You're welcome.

Thank you! I will due my hardest to share your appreciation with some of the others I know who did not rest until freedom came to Marzieh.

Thank you for supporting people who are being oppressed and wrongfully treated.

Najwa Kareem
Jan 24
Jan 24

I will share with you now this from Sr. Marzieh Hashemi's children:

#FreeMarziehHashemi
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

May peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, his pure progeny, and his loyal companions.
We wanted to thank everyone again for the outreach and support for our mother, Marzieh Hashemi. It has been overwhelming, and is, in fact, making all the difference.

We have also seen significant media exposure for Marzieh Hashemi, although we have ourselves held back from speaking to the media over the past few days due to legal concerns. We will be happy to be more candid once these concerns subside.

The media exposure has been extremely helpful, in a very real way. The prison where she is being held is now making special arrangements for her food to be halal. They have also finally facilitated her requests regarding hijab. We do not think this would have been possible without media exposure and community pressure.

We have multiple lawyers and legal experts now involved in her case at the same time. These are seasoned individuals with high security clearance that allows them the necessary access they need to try and resolve this case on the legal front.

Alhamdulillah our mother has access and exposure, but there are unfortunately many Muslims in American prisons who need similar accommodations that are never arranged for them. Many Muslims in American prisons who do not, and cannot afford the most qualified legal teams. Our main worry should be with them.

They are invisible, and may go years without their religious requests taken seriously by anyone. Perhaps our mother’s imprisonment will bring exposure to these less known members of our community, and encourage on the ground activism to ensure the rights of these brothers and sisters.

We are all responsible for their wellbeing. These are the people that our mother speaks to us about most often, and tells us not to forget them, not to ignore them.

For us; Hossein, Sarah, and Reza Hashemi, this is not just about our mother. Her case highlights a larger constitutionally legitimized process by way of which people who have not committed a crime can be put in prison through legal means. They can be kept in prison for an indefinite period of time, and all of this is deemed legal and legitimate under U.S. law. This is highly problematic and can effect any one of us at any time.

We believe that it is imperative, especially for marginalized people in the United States of America to understand these controversial laws pertaining to being a “material witness” and other laws that can lead to our detention even if we have done nothing wrong.

We echo the voice of many legal and rights advocacy groups in the United States that find the constitutionality of these laws highly problematic, and, moving forward, we intend to assist organizations that are challenging this legal loophole.

At the moment, we are led to believe that Marzieh Hashemi’s release this coming week is a possibility, although nothing is for certain. We also believe that we are in a strong position on the legal front in general. This is certainly a result of community support.

Again, we don’t know anything for certain about her release. We were able to speak to her on the phone a second time on Friday 18 January. Her overall condition seems to be okay at the moment, but she did seem quite tired.

What is most difficult for us to grapple with is the fact that our mother will remain in prison for the duration of the legal proceedings, however long it may be, despite the fact that she has not been charged with any crime.

We will go forward by placing all this in Allah’s hands, for we plan and they plan, but He is the best of planners.
في أمان الله الكريم

Najwa Kareem
Feb 02
Feb 02