The Muslim Solidarity Committee is an organization in
the Capital District of New York (Albany) set up to defend
Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, 2 Muslim men from the Capital District who have been
framed by the US
government and convicted of terrorism related charges. Both men were sentenced to 15-years in
prison. The 15-year sentences were actually ½ what was
indicated by the federal sentencing guidelines. It is felt that the
community support -- which included almost 1000 signatures on a petition,
dozens of letters to the judge and vigils, forum and other activity -- had an
effect on the judge’s sentences. During the sentencing, the courtroom
was packed with supporters and a vigil was held outside of the courthouse.
There has been an appeal and the Muslim Solidarity Committee, formed to
support Aref and Hossain, will continue to function.
(starting upper left:
Alaa Muhiddin, daughter of Yassin Aref, March up Central Ave., Rally at Mosque)
On August 4, 2012, the Albany Community held its 8th
anniversary protest of the arrest of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain.
marched up Central Ave.,
in Albany to
the Masjed As-Salam, where Aref was the Imam and Hossain a member. The Albany
community has supported the Aref and Hossain family and the arrested men
from the beginning and continue our support 8 year later.
On the march
and at the rally other cases of “preemptive” prosecution were also
The march and
rally were organized by Muslim Peace Coalition, Project Salam, and the Albany chapter of the National Coalition to Protect
Civil Freedoms and support by many Albany
area peace and social justice organizations.
Get your copy of the new book, “Rounded Up: Artificial Terrorists and Muslim
Entrapment After 9/11,” by Shamshad Ahmad.
Ahmad is the president of the Masjid As-Salam Mosque where Yassin
Aref was the Imam and Mohanned Hossain a member.
Click below to order the book online from
Book Makers or Amazon.com
Rounded Up is also
available at these Capital District bookstores:
Book House of Stuyvesant
Plaza (Albany), Market Block Books (Troy), Open Door Bookstore
(Schenectady), The Bookloft (Great Barrington, MA), Borders Books and Music
at Crossgates (Albany), Clifton Park, and Saratoga; and East Line Books
You can also purchase both Rounded Up and Yassin Aref’s memoir,
Son of Mountains, together for
$35 (20% off cover prices) at
a column about the book by Carl Strock,
a columnist for the Schenectady Gazette
Over 100 People took to the Streets in Albany to protest on
the 5th Anniversary of the Arrest of Yassim Aref and Mohammed
On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 over 100 people marched through
the streets of Albany, NY to protest the FBI crime of tricking
Yassim Aref and Mohammed Hossain into doing something that could look as if
it was illegal and then putting them in jail for 15 years. The protesters marched from downtown Albany to a rally at
the Masjid As-Salam Mosque, where both men worshiped. The march and rally
was sponsored by the Muslim Solidarity Committee and a number of other
local peace and justice groups. The
Troy Record article on the march and rally can be found on the link below. Click
here for the Troy Record Article on the March and Rally
For some thoughts on the 5th
anniversary of the Arrest by Joe Lombardo, please click here
Click this link for a new years message from Yassin Aref.
View the trailer for the new
documentary by Ellie Bernstein on the cases for Aref and Hossain
Anniversary Commemoration of the Arrests of YASSIN AREF & MOHAMMED
people marched from the Masjid As-Salam Mosque to down town Albany where a vigil
in support of Yassim Aref and Mohammed Hossain was held on Friday, August
Saturday, August 23, 2008, 55 people attended a conference on the case
along with other similar frame-up cases of Muslims. Out of the Saturday conference, a new
organization called the Muslim innocents project was formed. A link to the new web site will follow as
soon as it is set up.
is a picture of participants at the conference
For more information: Joe Lombardo 518-439-1968 or
Picture of Solidarity Committee Activities
Hossain family support