One of the most saddening things constantly on my mind is 'Ali at-Tamimi and his case. Besides the sheer injustice of the whole thing, the dismal state of the da'wah scene in America makes one realize exactly how valuable Dr. 'Ali was in sustaining the presence of true Islam here. 'Ali would travel across the world to present and teach what others now charge big bucks for simply because this was his passion, and because Allah placed him on Earth as a source of benefit. Unfortunately, this source of benefit is now spending the rest of his life in an American prison cell (I ask Allah to change that), and as 'Umar Lee eloquently pointed out, "nobody gives a damn." <object width="425" height="344"> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4DJHmq2yShs&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></object> While his appeals process takes its course, our options are limited as to how we can help. First, the most powerful force is supplication. Second, we can find the ways to send financial assistance to his legal team. Third - and this is the more immediate relief that we can provide - we can send him letters to show our support and help relieve his distress. I won't list all the narrations about relieving your brother's distress. What I will say is that he is no ordinary prisoner. He is one of our scholars. He is someone we all knew of. He is someone who cared about us. He is someone we all benefited something from, whether in person or through a recording. He is the victim of perhaps the greatest injustice a Muslim in America has been afflicted with. He is in a position where a message from the outside world can turn a depressed mood into a happy one. Let's make this a nice, long thread.