Prisoner writes poignant letter from his cell
Mohamed Abu Muailek, now 26, has written a poignant letter from his Gaza prison that his brother is releasing exclusively to this website. It was penned during a visit to the prisoner by the International Red Cross.
In a section of an International Red Cross card that only allows him to provide “family and/or private news”, he again protests his total innocence, and adds: “I’m certain that God is protecting me, and that He will not forget me.”
He adds: “I learned not to trust anyone here after they falsely accused me, for good intentions are always misunderstood. I know exactly what is happening – and may God help me.”
Even though he has now spent two years in prison without any conviction by a Hamas-run military court, he concludes: “See you soon.”
He says receving any letters “gives me energy and renews my self-confidence, and assures me that God would never abandon me.”
Letters to Mohamed Abu Muailek from anywhere in the world can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make our best efforts to have them delivered to his prison or to his family in Gaza.
Here is a translation of the text, addressed to “Dear brother” and dated 9 February 2011:
Peace be upon you and God’s blessing. I wish to God that you are well and doing good. I miss hearing your voice… I’m trying to contact you, but the procedures to use the prison’s public phone are a bit complicated. However, expect a phone call soon, God willing.
I thank you for standing by my side and for your efforts, and for your letters that give me energy and renew my self-confidence, and assure me that God would never abandon me.
I finished learning the fourth part of the Quran, and everyone here is impressed with my recitation and my proficiency in the recitation rules. I also set myself a study plan inside prison, and I’m trying to gather the necessary books. I also teach some of the inmates English despite the lack of resources. Unfortunately there aren’t any books or references about technology, except some radio and TV programmes, but they help in brainstorming many ideas, which I intend to realise once I am released.
The Red Cross delegation will bring me a copy of Gabriel García Márquez’s novel called “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. They will bring it especially for me. I’m trying to brush up my English and Spanish, which I learned several months before my imprisonment. I will keep learning English even more, after you recommended me to do so.
I learned not to trust anyone here after they falsely accused me, for good intentions are always misunderstood. I know exactly what is happening – and may God help me. Rest assured that I have already set my path clearly before me, and I will never allow anyone to misunderstand me again.
Be confident that I’m always improving myself, and that I’m determined to walk the extra mile till “the wrongdoers soon know to what place of return they shall return” [citing a verse from theQuran]. I’m certain that God is protecting me, and that He will not forget me.
Allow me to promise you that we will meet soon, and to say that days are turning, and time is changing, and nights carry something new and surprising, and the Lord’s ways are mysterious. I think that my imprisonment will serve a purpose, God only knows.
Please greet everyone for me, and I hope you send me some new pictures of you in your next letter. Finally I say that I’m almost at the end of the road, and what God decides is good. “There befalls not any calamity either in the earth or in your own persons, but it is recorded in a Book before We bring it into being — surely, that is easy for Allah .” [citing a verse from the Quran].
Please deliver my greetings to everyone and try to send me some magazines on artificial intelligence.
See you soon!