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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.


Thus, have We made of you an Ummat justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves; and We appointed the Qibla to which thou wast used, only to test those who followed the Messenger from those who would turn on their heels (From the Faith). Indeed it was (A change) momentous, except to those guided by Allah. And never would Allah Make your faith of no effect. For Allah is to all people Most surely full of kindness, Most Merciful.

Quran: 2:143
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