Salih Ali Abdullah
Captured 1973 43 years
Next Parole September, 2017
On January 18, 1973, a brutal crime occurred in Washington, D.C. where seven Muslims were murdered in cold blood in a Washington house owned by the former professional basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Two adult Muslim women and two children were shot to death, and three other children were drowned in the bathtub. They were the wife and children of Hamaas Abdullah Khaalis. The murders were carried out by members of the deviant sect (Nation of Islam). This was instigated by the f.b.i. through its Cointelpro (Government Counterintelligence Program) to create a war between Muslims who adhered to Al-Quran and As-Sunnah (The Authentic Traditions) of the Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (Peace be upon him) and the Nation of Islam.
Shuaib was convinced that an assault on the Muslims who adhered to the Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in New York City was imminent. Shuaib, with his Muslim companions Dawud, Salih and Yusuf entered John & Al’s Sports at Broadway and Melrose Street in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, with the intentions to liberate some guns and ammunition. Intentions notwithstanding, it was an ill-conceived plan that degenerated almost immediately into a tragedy of epic proportions. One patron in the crowded store ran out of the store and alerted the cops when he witnessed the liberation of the guns and ammunition by the Muslims.
Several minutes later, a gang of racist, fascist, killer cops surrounded the store and positioned themselves behind the elevated subway tracks running along Broadway. Massive reinforcements soon arrived with heavily armed tactical squads. Inside, Shuaib and the others realized that their attempt had failed. They conferred and decided that it would be best to end things peacefully by surrendering to the cops. Preparing to negotiate, Shuaib stepped out the back door in the company of the store’s co-owner, but they were greeted with a hail of bullets from a gang of racist killer cops pushing them back inside the store.
Surrender would not be easy. A withering barrage of gunfire lasted for more than an hour, endangering the lives of everyone inside. Inept cops’ misreading of the scenario, treating it as a hostage situation although that was not the case, led to a wild gun battle. In the early moments of the battle, amid thunderous shotgun blasts and ricocheting bullets, a cop was killed and two others were wounded by police gunfire. Two days later, the people trapped in the store managed to escape unscathed by mounting a stairway to the roof of the building. They emerged with the first clear pictures of the intruders and their motives. Several averred that the Muslims had never attempted to stop them from leaving the store; it was the racist, killer cops who had prevented them from leaving earlier.
Nearly forty-eight hours after being shot at by the killer cops, Shuaib, Dawud, Salih and Yusuf finally negotiated with the cops for a peaceful surrender. A year later the brothers were railroaded and sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder of a cop who was clearly murdered by his fellow officers.
The brothers, known as the Williamsburg Four, have now been illegally incarcerated for over 41* years by the state. *Shuaib was granted parole in 2007, but after a relentless campaign by the N.Y.C. cops and their supporters, the release date was eventually rescinded by the parole board. Shuaib is currently in Eastern prison in Napanoch. Shuaib’s wife, sister Amina, recently returned to Allah (2009). “Verily, from Allah we come and to Allah is our return.” Holy Qu’ran, sura 2:156.
* Yusuf A. Mussadiq was released on medical parole in 1998 after suffering a massive stroke which left him partially incapacitated. He died in 2003.
*Shuaib Abdur Raheem was released on parole on July 2, 2010 after serving 35 years behind bars.
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