By Al-Hajj Imam Abdullah El-Amin, MMNS
Large interfaith, intercultural outpouring of support for Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah
The manner in which the imam was set up and killed by federal officers has outraged and been questioned by the Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit, countless business and community leaders, and now, the powerful chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary committee, John Conyers. Congressman Conyers called a press conference in Detroit and demanded a full Federal investigation of the facts surrounding what many call the â€œexecutionâ€ of Imam Luqman Abdullah by FBI agents.
As we remember, this newspaper was the first to report on the excessive force and questionable motives of the government security forces that pumped at least 21 bullets into the body of the imam. The Muslim Observer was also the first to point out the total disrespect and denigration shown to human being Imam Abdullah by giving a dog more care and attention than a human being.
The autopsy report showed that Imam Luqman was not only shot at least 21 times, his hands were also handcuffed behind his back as he lay prone face down in a trailer truck. At the same time the police dog, named freddy, was airlifted to an emergency veterinarian hospital in an attempt to save his life. Traffic was blocked off in both directions as the helicopter landed in the middle of busy 12 mile road in a futile attempt to save the dog.
FBI agents reported they opened fire on Imam Abdullah because he allegedly shot the dog, who is considered a federal agent; and they must shoot to kill anytime one of their officers is attacked. This is ludicrous. Dogs do not possess a mind. The oath FBI agents take seems to exclude dogs. The oath is as follows: â€œI will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.â€
Now we all know a dog is not capable of consciously agreeing to such an agreement so using such a flimsy excuse to fill a man full of bullet holes is, at best, barbaric and devilish.
Congressman Conyersâ€™ concern took another important turn when he wondered aloud why the FBI spent so much time and resources to build a case that obviously, at best, was entrapped petty crime. It was revealed that the suspects did not commit larceny, nor did they conspire to. They were brought â€œstolen itemsâ€ that were supplied by the FBI and even paid with FBI money. The FBI also controlled the warehouse that held these â€œstolen goodsâ€ and was the scene of the set-up killing of the imam.
So why did the government want Imam Abdullah dead? Or was it the government or merely some gung-ho trigger-happy cowboys who wanted to get target practice? This is the big question. Congressman Conyers has asked Attorney General Holder to open a full investigation and it has already started. This is very significant because Congressman Conyers, as Chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee, will chair any proceedings brought before the House â€“ and that includes the Attorney General if necessary.
One big positive result of this whole scenario is the outpouring of love and support from the non-Muslim community. There were representatives there from Quakers, National Action Network, ACLU, Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. Congressman Conyers was also joined by Michigan State Representative Bettie Cook-Scott who also heads the Judiciary committee of the Michigan Legislature. The entire proceeding was brought together by another non-Muslim. Mr. Ron Scott, leader of the Coalition Against Police Brutality, worked tirelessly getting sufficient support to keep the light on the case. ALLAH says in the Qurâ€™an that the Christians are closer to you than any other group. This case is a sign that if we believe in ourselves and do the right thing, ALLAH will send help to us and they will be more assertive for our cause than we are. I didnâ€™t see as much Muslim support and outrage as I saw Christian. One Christian lady stood and said â€œthis is about justice for a human being. It has nothing to do with what religious faith he belonged to.â€
We are also blessed to have the tireless efforts of CAIR-Michigan executive director, Dawud Waild. This brother has the uncanny ability to work with other members of the society and bring positive results to fruition. It is good to have confidence in a brother that we believe has done his homework and will not sell us out.
Never in our wildest dreams did we (and possibly the FBIâ€™s as well) think the imamsâ€™ homicide would open up such a big inquiry into questionable dealings by our law enforcement department. ALLAH allows things to happen for His own purposes and those who reflect can be blessed to understand His purpose.