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An Imam’s Perspective on Muslims in Prison

Imam Talib Speaks with Amy Eddings on WYNC

WNYC News Blog

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 The four men accused of plotting to blow up two Riverdale synagogues and attack military targets upstate, have all been cast as Muslim extremists by federal and local authorities. Each suspect has done time behind bars. And at least three of them are believed to have converted to Islam while in prison.

Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid is the spiritual leader of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem. He’s been a Muslim chaplain in city and state prisons since 1977 on a voluntary basis and a salary level paid by the New York City Department of Correction. He speaks with WNYC’s Amy Eddings about Muslims in prison.


And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.

Quran: 3:103
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