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  • Abu Ratib: Interrogated without an attorney or interpreter, famous Syrian singer Mohamad Mustafa Ali Masfaka, more commonly known as Abu Ratib, was facing a lengthy prison sentence if convicted of making misstatements to federal authorities - something he claimed was a result of his limited understanding of English and not intentional. MLFA funded the legal work necessary to vindicate Abu Ratib and allow him to find a new home overseas. (U.S. v. Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka - Eastern District of Michigan 2:08-cr-20458)
  • Captain James Yee: Falsely accused of sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage, and failure to obey a general order -- charges that were later reduced to "mishandling classified information." All charges were dropped.
  • Craig Baxam: U.S. Army veteran who converted to Islam was accused of providing material support to terrosists based solely on his answers to hypothetical questions federal agents asked him without an attorney present -- not on any evidence of wrongdoing. All terrorism-related charges were dropped. (U.S. v. Craig B. Baxam - District of Maryland 8:12-cr-121)
  • Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai: Executive director of the Kashmiri American Council who was wrongfully accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in connection with his advocacy of Kashmiri human rights. The charges against Dr. Fai of serving as an unregistered foreign agent were dropped. (U.S. v. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai - Eastern District of Virginia 1:11-cr-561)
  • Dr. Sami Al-Arian: A Florida professor was arrested and accused of supporting terrorism based solely on his First Amendment activities, such as books he owned and articles he wrote. After prosecutors were unable to secure a single guilty verdict, Dr. Al-Arian decided to agree to one minor charge to avoid a retrial after suffering in solitary confinement for years while awaiting trial. As part of his plea deal, he was able to voluntarily leave the country and he is now living as a free man with his family in Turkey. Dr. Sami Al-Arian and his attorneys are still seeking return of documents and items seized in raids by the government after malicious government prosecution. (U.S. v. Sami Amin Al-Arian, et al - Middle District of Florida 8:03-cr-77)
  • Haseeb Chishty: A mentally disabled young man was left paralyzed after being severely beaten by a state employee. He was unable to care for or even feed himself after this violent attack, fueled in part by his attacker's hatred of Muslims. MLFA helped the mother gain the right to sue in a state that prohibits lawsuits against the state.
  • Imam Foad Farahi: Agents attempt to exploit imam’s asylum petition to recruit him as an informant. Imam refuses to spy on his community, then faces heavy-handed retaliation. After being victimized by the *spy or say goodbye* strong-arm tactic of federal authorities, MLFA funded the reinstatement of his asylum petition. (Farahi v. USA, et al - Southern District of Florida 1:07-cv-23116)
  • Imam Ibrahim Dremali: Federal agents raid home of beloved imam after he refuses to speak with them per his constitutional rights. All charges against this imam and his wife were dropped. He is now able to continue fighting his life-threatening illness without the cloud of persecution hovering over his family. (U.S. v. Ibrahim Abdelrahman Dremaili and Safaa Rashad Eissa - Southern District of Iowa 4:10-cr-00059)
  • Imam Izhar Khan: All charges, which were filed on the basis of guilt by association, were dropped. (U.S. v. Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan - Southern District of Florida 1:11-cr-20331)
  • Islamic Center of Western Suburbs: After a long fight for the right to establish a mosque, the community in DuPage County, Illinois, prevailed, thanks to Allah and the talented attorneys funded by MLFA. The community's new mosque opened for daily prayers on December 31, 2015, after local politicians attempted to vote away their religious rights. (Islamic Center of Western Suburbs v. County of Dupage - Northern District of Illinois 1:12-cv-6132)
  • Jamal Abusamhadaneh: A Virginia Muslim was denied citizenship on the basis of discredited FBI documents. MLFA funded the legal work required to successfully restore justice for Jamal, who is now a naturalized citizen. (Jamal Abusamhadaneh v Sarah Taylor - Eastern District of Virginia 1:11-cv-939)
  • Linda Mahmood: This civil servant's security clearance, which was pulled because of her visits to family in Palestine, was reinstated.
  • Mohammed Salah: As the only American to ever be designated as a "specially designated terrorist" - a designation that resulted in what he claims was confessions that were the product of torture - had his designation lifted and can now live freely.
  • Muthanna Al-Hanooti: After coordinating a campaign of Congressional visits to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis resulting from U.S. sanctions on Iraq, Mr. Al-Hanooti was arrested and accused of acting as an unlicensed foreign agent. MLFA funded the legal efforts that resulted in those charges being dropped. (U.S. v. Muthanna Al-Hanooti - Eastern District of Michigan 2:08-cr-20083)
  • Six Imams (Flying While Muslim): Six imams were removed from an airplane and interrogated about their religious and political views. (Shqeirat et al v. U.S. Airways Group, Inc. et al - District Court of Minnesota 0:07-cv-1513)
  • Yonas Fikre: All charges, which were filed after he blew the whistle on his torture experience, were dropped.

  • Ali Salah Ahmed: Placed on the No Fly List after traveling abroad. MLFA funding challenge to the denial of substantive and procedural due process rights.
  • Armin Harcevic: Overzealous prosecution that reaches levels of guilt by association. Man gave small donation to group claiming to help poor people overseas, but then they allegedly misused funds for illegal activity.
  • Dr. Main Al-Qudah: Imam received work permit but is being refused permanent status.
  • Dr. Rafil Dhafir: Prosecutors used his religious beliefs to justify prosecution and harsh sentencing, even when non-Muslims were doing the same work without being put on trial. (Rafil Dhafir v. United States of America - Northern District of New York 5:03-cr-0064-001, 5:14-cv-1339)
  • Duka Brothers: Young men with no interest in terror were befriended by informant who manufactured a plot for the brothers. (Duka v. USA - District of New Jersey 1:13-cv-3665)
  • Enaam Arnaout: 14 years after his charity was shut down, government placed him on No Fly List and are attempting to revoke his citizenship.
  • Hamid Hayat: Young man pressured into confessing to and then prosecuted for training at a terror camp that did not even exist. (U.S. v. Hamid Hayat - Eastern District of California 2:05-cr-240)
  • Holy Land Foundation Five: Habeas petition with new evidence proving innocence. (U.S. v. Holy Land for Relief and Development; Shukri Abu Baker; Mohammad El-Mezain; Ghassan Elashi; Haitham Maghwari; Akram Mishal; Mufid Abdul-Qader; Abdulrahman Odeh - Trial–3:04-cr-240; 2255 motion–Abu Baker 3:13-cv-4303; El-Mezain 3:13-cv-4302; Elashi 3:13-cv-4301; Abdulqader 3:13-cv-4300; Odeh 3:13-cv-4299)
  • Imam Jamil Al-Amin: Challenge inhuman prison conditions and denial of medical care.
  • Imam Luqman Abdullah: Imam is shot and killed by federal agents in questionable circumstances. (Estate of Abdullah Luqman- Eastern District of Michigan 2:12-cv-14766)
  • Irfan Khan: Lawsuit against the government for wrongful, malicious prosecution that resulted in 319 days of pre-trial solitary confinement before a federal judge finally dropped all charges. (Case 1:13-cv-24366-CMA, Irfan Khan v United States of America, filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.)
  • Jamal Tarhuni: Lawsuit against government in response to being placed on No Fly List. (Jamal Tarhuni v Holder, et al - District of Oregon 3:13-cv-00001)
  • Mohammad Ali: Racial and religiously motivated police misconduct and brutality resulting in severe physical injuries.
  • Muhammad Yahya: Civil lawsuit against the jail for denying religious accommodations during Ramadan.
  • Yonas Fikre: Lawsuit against government in response to being placed on No Fly List, tortured. (Yonas Fikre v the Federal Bureau of Investigation, et al - District of Oregon 3:13-cv-899)
  • Ziyad Yaghi: Victim of questionable FBI informant tactics was accused and convicted of a conspiracy against unknown persons in an uknown place at an unknown time. (U.S. v. Ziyad Yaghi - 4th Circuit Court of Appeals 012-4063)

  • Amr Mohsen: (9th Circuit Court of Appeals 12-17128)
  • Dr. Aafia Siddiqui: U.S. v. Siddiqui (Southern District of New York 1:08-cr-826)
  • Farida Yusufi: U.S. v. Farida Yusufi (Eastern District of Texas 4:13-cr-189)
  • Florida Imams Khan: U.S. v. Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan (Southern District of Florida 1:11-cr-20331)
  • Hasan Ibrahim: U.S. v. Hasan Ibrahim (Northern District of California 3:11-cr-811)
  • InfoCom Corp.: USA v. Elashi, et al (Northern District of Texas 3:02-cr-52)
  • Irvine 11: People of the State of California v. Ali Sayeed et al (Superior Court for the State of CA-Appelate Division)
  • Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA): USA v. Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), et al (Western District of Missouri 4:07-cr-87)
  • Islamic Services of America (ISA): Government prosecution over questions related to halal methods of slaughter. Prosecutors trying to define what constitutes halal.
  • Mahmoud Hegab: Mahmoud M. Hegab v. Letitia A. Long, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (4th Circuit Court of Appeals 12-1182)
  • Mohammed Karaman: Karaman v. Keisler, et al (Northern District of Florida 5:07-cv-273)
  • San Diego Somali Five: USA v Moalin, et al (Soutern District of California 3:10-cr-4246)

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