Plea for help from Seyyed Mahmoud Moussavi’s children

Please forward to any friends you know who know our father:

Salaam Aleikum,

As you know, our father Seyed Mahmood Mousavi has been incarcerated since August 22, 2007. He will be facing sentencing in the second week of October. You have kindly expressed your concern in these difficult times and have offered to help.  Sentencing is the stage where your help can have a direct positive effect in our lives.

In the past few years the law has changed. Judges are now required to take into consideration the character of the defendant when issuing the sentencing.  To help him in this stage of the process, you can write a supportive letter about our father to the judge in an effort to help him receive the lightest possible sentencing.

When thinking of the letters please consider that until now, the judge has not heard of our father’s character. He does not know of my father’s tireless efforts to support and run Al-Nabi Mosque, and to organize and manage the Hejrat Foundation. He does not know how our father would spend at least six months a year to prepare the accommodation and other arrangements for the Hajj caravan. The judge does not know our father’s active role in our community and the sacrifices my dad made for the community. The judge does not know that our father is an honest, trustworthy, and caring man. The judge does not know of our father’s role in our family and how his absence has affected us; nor does the judge know how the community and friends will also suffer from his absence.

We have hired a mitigation expert, Ms. Foongy lee,  who will be helping us highlight the best of our father’s character. She will be working with our new attorney in asking the judge for a less sentencing for our father. She has strongly recommended that our friends and supporters write these character reference letters.

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Jennifer Lopez, the famous Latina actress and singer has recently accepted the Islamic faith. She said that she was tired of her previous life – a life full of corruption and sin. She took her shahadah (this means she bore witness that there is no God save Allah and that Muhammad is His messenger) on June 24th, 2008 at the Hejrat Foundation in Los Angeles, California stating that Islam is a way of life that can bring someone out of the darkness of a life full of sin and into the light of a life full of spirituality.

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Petition of Support for Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi

There is a petition to sign in favor of Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi who is one of Southern California’s Islamic leaders. He was arrested and convicted of crimes that he did not commit and this petition is directed to the judge for the purpose of leincy in sentencing. Here is a link to the petition:

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Here is a little bit about his life:

Seyed Mahmood Mousavi is a U.S. citizen originally from the country of Iran.  Mr. Mousavi is a family man, and a tireless servant of the Muslim community in Southern California, where he has dedicated himself to the well-being and advancement of all.

Mr. Mousavi was one of the founders of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, established in 1995.  This organization’s goals are to promote communication, understanding, cooperation, and coordination among the Muslim communities in Southern California.  The organization works toward the unity of all Muslims. 

In the year 2000, Mr. Mousavi founded the Hejrat Foundation – a religious, educational, and charitable organization – in Southern California.  The mission of this organization is to educate and aid people: to educate Muslims and non-Muslims about Islam and issues that affect their lives and the world in which they live; to encourage positive social progress; to build unity between all people; and to fill the needs of Muslims and non-Muslims in Southern California.  

Under the Hejrat Foundation, Mr. Mousavi currently administrates several organizations.  One of these is the Al-Nabi Mosque, which is in West Covina, California.  There, regular programs are held to educate the community in religious, cultural, humanitarian, legal, national, and international issues. There, a wide range of speakers from many different backgrounds are invited to speak on the various topics of interest and need.  Mr. Mousavi also administrates the Islamic cemetery and burial facilities in Adelanto, California.

His family is academically oriented.  Both he and his wife attained higher degrees, and instilled the love of learning in their children.  The oldest child is married and living overseas with his new family.  There, he is pursuing further studies.  The second child has attended top universities on scholarships that she was awarded for her scholastic excellence.  She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering.  The third child is graduating this year with her Bachelor’s degree.  She is an active volunteer in such worthy causes as hospitals and a camp for young cancer patients.  She hopes to attend Medical School.  The youngest child is graduating from High School this year, and will be attending a well-respected university.  He has been active in debate clubs and founded a robotics club at this school.  Last year, during summer vacation, he conducted research with a professor of a high-ranking university.  He spends his spare time tutoring other students. 

And here is what happened in his case: