Saima, Yorkshire Wednesday 16th November 2005
The USA, as seen from its actions, cannot be guaranteed to give him a fair trial.Good luck with the campaign.
Chris Rhodes, United Kingdom Wednesday 16th November 2005
Remain strong brother and inshallah you will get justice, in this life or the Hereafter. I pray that you are released soon and the animals that have tortured you will be brought to account.
I also ask all of our so called Muslim “representatives” to break your silence and come out in unequivocal support for this brother in his time of need.
Ali, Dulwich, London Wednesday 16th November 2005
I am very distressed to learn about last night’s news and decision by Clarke. You are absolutely correct: this will do nothing, but further disaffect an already alienated Muslim community in this country.
I know that the family are undoubtedly most affected by this decision (which, in sha Allah, shall be reversed and exposed for its duplicity) but I feel a sense of suffocation, of anxiety and desperation from the governement’s response – similar to how I felt in US custody and when interrogators refused to listen to me, or to see reason.
If this extradition takes place I have absolutely no doubt that the US will seek to convict Babar of crimes that didn’t exist when they are alleged to have been committed, applied in retrospect of any new laws that now do, and in an atmosphere that could never warrant neutral and unprejudiced proceedings.
Britain has, characteristically, bent over backwards to accommodate its transAtlantic cousin again, but there is no reciprocation. Just as people from scores of nations throughout the world have been held indefinately in Guantanamo because of Bush’s ‘war on terror’ – except US citizens (e.g. Lindh, Hamdi, etc), UK citizens (overwhelmingly from the Muslim community) are again relegated to a lower class of animal both in the UK and US.
We are told that integration and understanding between British Muslims and the indeginous people of this country is paramount in the current climate of apprehension and fear – but Babar’s case clearly demonstates another disregard for the rule of law and propriety when applied to articulate Muslims who have successfully integrated with the British way of life, contributed to its diversity, remained within the confines of the law and yet held fast to the rope of Allah and their faith.
Hasbun Allaha wa n’im al-wakeel.
Moazzam Begg, United Kingdom Wednesday 16th November 2005
Every time they try to humiliate you, know that the humiliation of the Hereafter is unimaginably worse (and they get closer to that humiliation). Everytime they try to break your faith, know that it is a test from Allah -as if He willed you peace and ‘normality’ no one could prevent it.
Observe the extreme suffering of the prophet (pbuh) and his companions and thus their rank/closeness with Allah.
Surely this life is very short and the Next is very near. All of this is a short journey. May the true reality manifest in our senses and only the ‘real pain’ hurt and the ‘real pleasure’ comfort us, and may God grant us this perception as as to make this life easier.
Sachi, Scotland Wednesday 16th November 2005
Sally Farrer, Manchester Wednesday 16th November 2005
Kate Houlden, Islington, London Wednesday 16th November 2005
MAY ALLAH LOOK AFTER YOU BABER AHMED.
Iqbal Ahmedabadi, Bolton. England Wednesday 16th November 2005
The non- muslim community are unaware of this case, but the vast majority would be angered by these events.
Peter Thompson, Cambridge University Wednesday 16th November 2005
Anonymous, London Wednesday 16th November 2005
I have absolutely no idea what to do to help but believe that there needs to be a regime change both here and even more importantly in the U.S immediately if not sooner.
I would also like to express many many apologies to Babar, his family and friends for my personal cowardice in not standing up to do more for him. As awful as it sounds I do not have the courage to steal a tank and go and free him from these terrorists which run our country even though morally I know I should.
Graham Kemble, Staffs Wednesday 16th November 2005
Anonymous, Liverpool Wednesday 16th November 2005
I find it astonishing that this government is willing to hand over a British citizen in such baseless and flimsy evidence. What is Babar’s muslim Labour MP Sadiq Khan doing about this?
Charles Clarke is a disgrace to the country and to democracy.
Z Ahmed, London, UK Wednesday 16th November 2005
David Vogel, Netherlands Wednesday 16th November 2005
This is unfortunate.
Ola Showunmi, London Wednesday 16th November 2005
I will appeal to all democrats and progressives to lobby the Home Secretary and Home Office, via the Morning Star to desist from this travesty of justice and to say a defiant NO to the United States of America. We will not stand idly by and watch an innocent man be deported for crimes he did not commit, simply because America’s new enemy is Islam now that World Communism is no longer the `threat’ it once was.
If the Americans persist with their demands – then they will have the peoples of Tooting and the whole community of freedom and justice loving citizens to contend with .
No rest until victory.
Phil Brand., Tooting-Broadway. Wednesday 16th November 2005
Yasir Hussain, Blackburn Wednesday 16th November 2005
The war in Iraq can never be justified nor can extriditing Mr Ahmed to the US where brutality against Muslims is common place however much they deny this.
Mr Ahmed is innocent and even if there was the slightest part of truth in Mr Ahmed voicing his opinions on who he stands for that in itself is not a crime
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Mr Ahmed.
Michelle, Sussex Wednesday 16th November 2005
Bilal Andrew Ramsey, Peckham (South London) Monday 7th November 2005
They are simply giving us more time to secure your release.
Phil Brand., Tooting-Broadway, London. Wednesday 19th October 2005