I wore this watch today for the first time in 14 years. I last wore it when I was arrested in August 2004.
Digital watches were not allowed in the prison I was taken to so it had to be sent out to my family.
I recently discovered it while sorting through my things. After 14 years, the battery had finished.
I had a new battery fitted today and the watch is back on my wrist. Alhamdulillah (praise be to God).
Time stops when you enter prison. I spent 11 years in prison but that time was not a loss.
Those years were the most enriching years of my life. By putting this watch back on my wrist today I celebrate those 11 years.
Read about those 11 years here, in my first newspaper interview after my release from prison in 2015:
I remember living in Birmingham (Sparkhill) when I heard about your case at local masjid I was instantly outraged. When I went home I couldn’t stop crying, I tried to research but they was little to no information on your case.I couldn’t sleep for worrying this could happen to anyone!! I prayed for you and all other brothers and sisters. I was so happy to see the documentary air and I was hoping for more of an outrage!! But I was just happy to hear your name was out there in the public domain.
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Alhamdulillah thanks to your duas I am back home now safe and sound and writing a book about my experience. 🙂
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We can learn the value of time from a man selling ice in a hot country….