Abu Taubah


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Abu Taubah on the Deen Show talking about how he came to Islam

Abu Taubah

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He was born Marcus Dwayne Robertson September 3rd, 1968 in New York City, the second of three sons. His father a New York state politician, his mother a principal, Abu Taubah grew up in a Jewish-Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, where he would live and learn until he left to serve his country as a Marine at the age of seventeen.

His paternal great-great-grandfather was emancipated from slavery owing to his medical knowledge and after a few years of work, was able to earn enough money to buy his wife’s freedom. The family recognized that education played a major role in achieving and maintaining their status as ‘freemen’ while the majority of the African population in theUnited States still lived in the oppressive bondage of colonial slavery.

Marcus’ paternal grandfather was a man with a strong drive to serve his community and better his environment, serving the public as both a fireman and a police officer. He was also a master golfer who, along with his friends, would travel around the United States, challenging the white-only country clubs with the wager: ‘play us; if we lose we will not come back. if we win, change your rules for admittance to include negroes.’ The many trophies his grandfather amassed during this time golfing are still in the family today.

The impact these two patriarchs had on the family ideology was to instill the importance of education and professional aptitude in changing the state of people and impacting both society at large, as well as the individual affairs and status of a people and community. As such, the Robertsons were always an educated family, wherein education and professional skills were employed to better the situation of not only the family but of the community; an effective avenue to impact societal change while instilling a strong obligation to civil service to the community in which they lived. These were ideals and ethics that Abu Taubah would inherit from his family and uphold throughout his life.

This noble philosophy was not limited to his paternal lineage. His mother, from rural Georgia, was the first in her family not to pick cotton. Her father, a Baptist Preacher, and older siblings all worked as sharecroppers in order to earn enough money to send her to school and receive an education. Abu Taubah’s mother realized the importance of acquiring knowledge in order to evoke a change in condition, and she decided to embark on the path of teaching, aspiring to enhance the social condition of her community.

She became an apt educator, working first as an English teacher, and later a principal. Abu Taubah’s father was involved in politics, which kept him busy in Albany, the state capitol, at least three days of the week. Politics, political activism and the American tradition of healthy debate and civil disagreement were very much a part of the Robertson family dynamic. While his father was a proponent of Marcus Garvey and the pan-African movement, his mother admired the integrationist philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Growing up in such a family inspired Abu Taubah with a love for education, learning, diversity, tolerance and language and helped to cement his idea of what ‘truth should be’ as well as providing him with a practical experience in politics, preparing him to face the realities of the world. Exposure to the multi-cultural environs of New York also contributed to shaping his outlook and impacted his life as a student and a voracious lover of learning. In his youth, observing that almost everyone in his neighborhood and city were bilingual, he set out to learn another language himself, and learned to read and write Hebrew from his Jewish neighbors.

 

‘i’m one of them’

Religion never played a prominent role in his early life; however, at the age of thirteen his mother decided that her sons were in need of religious grounding to curb disciplinary behavior. ‘everyone’s got to have a religion,’ she reasoned. After an initial unsuccessful attempt of sending them to a nearby Catholic church, his mother decided to send thirteen year-old Marcus and his brothers to the Concord Southern Baptist Church of Christ across Brooklyn.

One fateful day, Robertson recounts, while being driven through Crown Heights on the way to Concord, his brothers and he inquisitively questioned their father about the religion of every ethnicity encountered along the Eastern Parkway. Identifying the Chinese with Kung Fu, the Whites with Christianity, the Indians with cows, and the Eastern-European Jews with Judaism, he felt an immediate attraction to a diverse collection of people called Muslims.

‘where are they from?’ he and his brothers asked their father. Every other group they had seen were easily identified by their homogenous identity, but these Muslims were European, African, Latino, Asian and Arab. They seemed to come from everywhere and nowhere. ‘they’re muslim,’ their father replied. Impressed by the overpowering fragrance of attar and ‘oud, the vibrant clothing and apparent universality of the people, young Marcus proclaimed, ‘i’m one of them; i’m a muslim’. Surprisingly, his father validated the assertion by pointing out that most people of African descent were historically Muslim, and Marcus’ own grandfather, although not a Muslim, used to pray to “allah.”

Decidedly settled on the matter, Robertson arrived at church that day to declare to his father that he would not attend service. The deacon graciously compromised with him and Marcus agreed to assist in preparing weekly dinners downstairs while only attending a review of the creed once a month upstairs. Simultaneously during these years, the young Abu Taubah would eventually find his way to a masjid, playing basketball at the humble, apartment-sized structure of Masjid At-Taqwa headed by Imam Siraj Wahaj.

Although having received a copy of the translation of the qur’an from his father and regularly frequenting the masjid twice a week for four years, Marcus’ knowledge of Islam by the time he was seventeen was limited to three fundamental injunctions: that he shouldn’t eat pork, or lie and that like the two Muslims whom he knew of, Malcom X and Muhammad Ali, he shouldn’t take any trash from nobody. Although Marcus had read the Bible from cover to cover, and loved the stories of the Prophets he found there, his intitial foray into reading the qur’an ‘gave him a headache’ and at that age, he simply couldn’t wrap his head around it.

Military enlistment

Abu Taubah enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1985 at the age of seventeen, confidently listing his religion as Muslim, although with very little knowledge of the religion itself. While in the USMC he received an education in military ethics and possessing the traits necessary for service in the special forces; physical and mental fortitude, confidence, courage, and skill, he became a member of the Second Force Reconnaissance Company, the legendary Special Operations Capable unit also known as 2nd Force Recon.

While serving in 2nd Force Recon, a member of the elite counterterrorism unit Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), he had a front seat to international politics as they unfolded onto the world stage, and benefited from the exposure he received to the troubled and conflict-ridden areas of the globe.

Uncomfortable with the prospect of being a Muslim deployed in the arena of Operation Desert Storm, Abu Taubah sought reassignment and was instead sent on special duty to Japan. Despite having spent some nine odd years of being a self-professed Muslim, it was in Japan where he was introduced to the main tenants of the faith under the instruction of Imam Medhat ElShamy, who introduced him to tawheed, the aqeedah of ahl al sunnah and the Arabic language.

What type of muslim are you?

By the end of his nine year military career and service to his country in the USMC, Sergeant Robertson was ready to embark on another adventure of service, dedication and discipline, as a talib ul ‘ilm, a student of knowledge. Abu Taubah realized an earnest need to seek knowledge of Islam and discover an authentic creed and just what type of Muslim and man he was. Having been exposed to many inauthentic, deviant or extreme distortions of Islam in his service combating terrorism, he knew he needed to discover, for himself, what Islam truly was, and that knowledge preceded words and actions. Read more here.

abu taubah responds imageFrom: Abu Taubah

To: Everyone

As-salaamu ‘alaykum,Al-hamdulillahi Rabbil-aalameen and salaatuhu was-salaamu on the Prophet Muhammad.

To Proceed: During the last few days of the month of Ramadan of this past year, towards the end of August 2011, I was arrested by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and eventually charged with, “Constructive Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.”

Constructive Possession means that a firearm was found in an area that a convicted felon had access to and that the convicted felon had knowledge that the firearm was there. It is not a condition that there be a motive to commit a crime.

A “Convicted Felon” anyone previously convicted of a Felony offense, any crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.

Fact: The firearm was found in my home. My home is an area I have access to.Fact: I had knowledge of its whereabouts.Fact: I am a “Convicted Felon”, having previously been convicted of a felony offense. And I have agreed to plead guilty in this case as well.

This crime holds a sentencing range of “zero to ten years.” Meaning, the minimum sentence could be, “probation”, or “time served” and the maximum sentence could be, “ten years.”

What factors are taken into consideration in determining the sentence?

1- The length of time since last conviction:

Fact: “My last conviction was more than 20 years ago.”

2- The characterization of the person:

Fact:This is where my case becomes a battle of perception.

The Prosecution is attempting to characterize me as a “Teacher of Terrorists.” Google, Bill Warner/Marcus Robertson as he has an investigative company and an entire site dedicated to this case. The FBI is using him to set the tone.

They are attempting to twist my statements to fit into a terrorist plot.

Field Office: Tampa Date of Report: 2011-03-04

Report: “Robertson is using the computer to recruit a bunch of soldiers, the real Mujahideen who guard the Quraan.”

My statement:”Go study in Mauritania” field office perception is it means go train at a terrorist camp.

“Memorize Quraan” field office perception is it means -this is initiation for future suicide bombers and assassins.

My counselling a troubled young man who said he was “ready to die” to go make Hajj was spiritual training and to fulfil his worldly rights so he could comfortably give his life in some future un-named terrorist act.

Sadly this is not a joke. Read more here.

Words from Abu Taubah’s wife

 

A message from Abu Taubah to Everyone

Alhamdulillah wa kafaa

 

From Abu Taubah to everyone:

 

As-salaamu alaykum wa raHmatullah,

 

I would like to first and foremost thank everyone for continuing to show support through these difficult times. And I would like to encourage and remind myself and everyone else to continue to be patient. Recently I sued the prison for their treatment that amounts to torture and now it looks like they are retaliating against me. I have been placed into isolation again. This time with no writing utensils. All of my books have been confiscated (including my muS-Haf). They said that they would return it, but when, they don’t know. I have been placed under a general investigation. Along with this lawsuit against the prison, I have served the prosecutor, FBI and attorney general with a lawsuit. These are two civil cases that I have been implementing because of my religiously biased arrest and incarceration. I would like the people to write the two judges in these cases and encourage them to honestly investigate the allegations being made by these lawsuits.

 

There is an attempt on the government’s side to charge me as a terrorist. But I think it is clear to everyone what my da’wah has been from the start. This is to learn the Arabic language, the Qur’an and the ‘usoolu fiQh so that you may learn how to apply the Qur’an. I think by now everyone should know how dangerous this idea is viewed by some non-Muslims. I just want to reiterate the point, read at least a Hizb a day and try to understand it according to the basics of the sunnah. That’s it, that is my da’wah. I may not be able to contact you all as much as I would like to, until this is all over. But it doesn’t mean that you are not in my du’aas. Again I thank you all over and over for making this easier for me and my family.

 

Salallahu ‘alaa Muhammad wal Hamdulillah

 

Abu Taubah speaks for the 1st time publicly from John Polk Correctional Facility. Listen here. 

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Write to Abu Taubah
Marcus Robertson #201100011051
John Polk Correctional Facility
Seminole County
211 Bush Blvd
Sanford, FL 32773 USA

 

Abu Taubah’s twelve children are still suffering, and his family is in dire need of duaa, financial and logistical support.

 

If you live in the Orlando area and can offer assistance to the family with respect to child care, hot meals, clothing, or medical care, please contact admin@myfiks.org. If you have any legal expertise or would like to refer a legal representative appropriate to Abu Taubah’s case (see here, here, here, and here), please also email the above email address.

 

Please continue to contribute to the Abu Taubah Family Support and Legal Fund online (enter any amount for Khutbah price):

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or by sending checks/money orders payable to:

 

Makeen Abdus-Salaam

8583 Lake Winddham Ave

Orlando, FL 32829USA

 

Or electronic bank transfers to:

 

Bank: Wells Fargo Bank NA

420 Montgomery Street

San Francisco, CA 94104

Account Name: The FIKS

SWIFT : WFBIUS6S

ABA: 121000248

ACCT: 2120911090

 

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