Submitted by Amin Eshaikher
Ummah Inside Out – Bridging the Gap (Community) Inside to Outside
Brother Abdul Majid Wahid Mujeeb began correspondence with IIOC last year by mail. Continuous daily studies and da’wah are some things he enjoys while striving to please Allah in prison. However, one of his biggest passions is helping to unite the outside Muslim community with incarcerated brothers and sisters. Brother Abdul Majid submitted this profound reminder about the importance of bridging these two communities together.
“Verily, this ummah of yours is a single ummah and I am your Lord: so serve Me (and no other).” -Surah 21 Al-Anbya, Ayah 92
“Oh mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” -Surah 49 Al-Hujurat, Ayah 13
My name is Kevin D. Washington (Abdul Majid Wahid Mujeeb). I am a convert to the deen (way of life) of Islam since my shahadah (declaration of faith) in August 1997. In my 21 1⁄2 years of incarceration, I’ve had the honor of holding various positions of leadership in the Muslim community in prison. Throughout the depths of darkness of ignorance to the guidance of knowledge in light of the truth, it has become apparent to my heart to seek the unity, bond and love for the sake of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) of the outside Muslim ummah.
We Muslim men only desire to commit ourselves to the cause of Allah, once paroled, to make amends to those we’ve wronged, family we’ve hurt and children we’ve abandoned. Further, we desire to heal the scars of destruction we handed down to the generation under us by speaking to the people and inviting them to the deen of Islam. We are looking and seeking to bridge the gap by correspondence with brothers and sisters to receive much more needed information on what’s desired of us once our feet touch back down in freedom. In conclusion, we incarcerated Muslim men have an oath and obligation to Allah to fulfill and answer our duties to our life aim, goal and purpose of worshiping none but Allah alone.
Abdul Majid Wahid Mujeeb
Ummah Inside Out is a monthly segment of the IIOC newsletter dedicated to giving a voice to our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters on the inside.