Ismail, Hammad and Jerusalem



In the mood of sharing photos (blame Abu Sinan, he has got me in the mood) I am sharing a group photo I took along with Ismail Royer (click here to read more on the plight of Ismail and what he is doing while serving a twenty-year prison sentence) back in 1993. Amongst those also included in the photo are youth worker Naji Lawrence Adams, cabbie Pi and the late Maurice “Abdul-Muqit” Herd.

The African-American brother, with his young child, is Hammad Abdur-Raheem, a DC area Muslim brother who is in jail as a part of the Virginia 11 paintball case. The photo was taken when I visited him while he was on house arrest before his trial. Click on the link to learn how to help this brother.

The photo of me was taken on a rooftop of the East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood of Anatta. You can see the beautiful Palestinian backdrop behind me. The rooftops of Palestine are a popular place for congregation and socializing amongst friends and family.

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6 thoughts on “Ismail, Hammad and Jerusalem

  1. I was all over Palestine but based out of Jerusalem. Yes, Hammad is in jail for playing paintball with Ismail and the others

  2. Inshaallah grant those brothers the strength to deal with unjust inprionment mmay Allah make their iman stronger and lead others into islam through their example

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