Ali at-Tamimi… March 28, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in Activism, Audio and Media, General, Islam, War on Islam.
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May Allah (swt) free our prisoners, may He (swt) grant them sabr and keep them steadfast…
Four Principles for a Noble Character March 26, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in Heart Softners, Ibn al Qayyim, Imaan, Islam, Reflections.
Shaykh ul Islaam Ibn ul Qayyim
Source: “Madaarij ul Salikeen”, Volume 2, page 308
Translated By: Abu Azzubayr Shadeed Muhammad
“It is not imagined that one can have noble character except if it is founded upon four pillars:
1. Sabr (Patience)
2. ‘Iffah (Chastity)
3. Shujaa’ah (Courage)
4. Adl (Justice)
Patience inspires him to be tolerant, control his anger, endure the harms that he receives from others, to be forbearing and deliberate in his decisions. It motivates him to be gentle and not to be rash or hasty.
Chastity, inspires him to avoid every imprudent characteristic, whether in statement or action, and encourages him to have a sense of modesty and integrity which is the epitome of all good. It prevents him from fornication, stinginess, lying, backbiting and spreading tales to cause separation and discord between the people.
Courage inspires him to have a sense of self esteem, to emphasize high and noble manners and to make it apart of his natural disposition. It also encourages him to exert himself and to be generous, which is in essence, true courage and it leads to strong will and self determination. It encourages him to distance himself from his ardent lowly desires, to control his anger, and to be forbearing because by such, he can control his temper, take it by the reins and curb his violent and destructive behaviour just as the Messenger (Sallahu alaihi wa salam) said:
“The Strong is not the one who can wrestle his opponent to the ground but rather the strong is the one who can control himself when he gets angry.”
This is true genuine courage and it is the sole trait that the slave utilizes to conquer his opponent.
Justice, encourages him to be impartial in his behaviour with people and to be moderate between the two extremes of negligence and extremism. It motivates him to be generous and kind which is the middle course between absolute degradation and arrogance, and to make this apart of his disposition and makeup. It encourages him to be courageous which is the middle course between cowardice and imprudence, and to be forbearing which is the middle course between extreme unnecessary anger and ignominy.
These four virtuous characteristics are the axis and provenance of all noble manners and the foundation of all repugnant and ignominious characteristics are built upon four pillars:
1. Jahl (Ignorance)
2. Dhulm (Oppression)
3. Shahwah (following ones lowly desires)
4. Ghadab (Anger)
Ignorance, allows him to view good in the form of evil and evil in the form of good, and to consider that which is complete to be incomplete and that which is incomplete to be complete.
Oppression, causes him to put things in places which are not appropriate for them, so he gets angry when its time to be happy and he is happy when its time to be angry. He is ignorant and hasty when its time to be deliberate and deliberate when its time to be hasty, he is stingy when it is time to be generous and generous when its time to be stingy. He is weak when it is time to be courageous and assume responsibility, and he assumes responsibility when it is time to take a step back (and let someone else undertake the initiative). He is gentle and lenient when it is time to be harsh and firm and he is harsh and firm when it is time to be lenient. He is humble when it is time to be superior and arrogant when it is time to be humble.
Following (his) lowly desires, encourages him to be diligent in obtaining that which the soul ardently desires, to be stingy and greedy. It encourages him to adorn himself with all types of despicable and imprudent characteristics.
Anger, incites him to be arrogant, jealous, envious, to hold enmity of others and to be imprudent and shameless.
The foundation of these four repugnant and blameworthy characteristics are two pillars:
Either extreme self ignominy or extreme self pride.
Poverty and Slavery March 23, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in Activism, General, Politics.
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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum,
Maybe it’s just me but I really think that within the Muslim community (in my corner of the dunya anyway) there seems to be a lack of interest in issues such as poverty, fair trade, environment etc.
Now these issues, although do affect the Ummah are more a humanitarian issues then they are ‘Muslim’ issues and so it’s probably for this reason that they are ignored.
The sad thing is that we, the Muslim have forgotten our own Ummah, so it’s not really that surprising that we don’t concern ourselves with issues that affect the world as a whole. We’ve forgotten our brothers and sisters that are suffering in the occupied lands… forget that we have forgotten the state of the Muslim youth in our own countries. Look back at the history of the Ummah, the lions of this deen were the youth – Osama bin Zaid, Muhammad bin Qasim. But today our youth are wannabe kuffar, strutting about in the streets, designer clothes and flash cars. So immersed in the dunya, totally oblivious of the akhira.
So back to the point of this post. Why do we not care about humanitarian issues? Why don’t we care about anything, anymore?
Subhan’Allah there are some people that live in such extreme poverty that it is unimaginable. But why? There is so much wealth so why is there so much poverty? It is because the wealth of this dunya is in the hands of a few (the West). They have created capitalism so they keep on getting rich, and the poor just keep on getting poorer.
Then they pretend that they want to eradicate poverty by setting up G8 summits in which they do nothing but talk. If they really wanted to end poverty they would stop with their trade barriers that they impose on poor countries. They would cancel the debt of the African nations. (Note indebted countries have actually paid off the money they borrowed, but because of interest they are still having to pay treble the amount and so today we see that in countries where money is desperately needed to educate the people, and eradicate AIDS almost all of their GNP is going towards paying off these debts.)
The most sad thing about it is that countries such as Africa are so rich in natural resources so they shouldn’t be so poor. In fact they should be one of the richest nations in the world. But it is because of countries such as the UK and the US that they are in such a state? How you ask? Well firstly for the reasons given above (i.e. capitalism) Secondly wasn’t it the UK and US who were involved in the slave trade. Wasn’t it them who took millions of people from Africa for cheap labour in their own countries. Imagine what impact that had on the African economies!! All their young, healthy men were taken so who was left to develop thier economy? Nobody!!
I was reading in Amnesty International Magazine about the debate of reparations. Should UK and US pay reparations to the Africans? I say YES. Because not only did they ruin the lives of all the people they took as slaves but they destroyed a whole nation. The salve trade is one of the primary reasons why Africa is so poor and the UK and US is so rich.
Some people argue that the people who were responsible for the slave trade are dead so who should pay it? And secondly the people who were taken as slaves are dead so who should receive it? What a weak argument… the slave trade had long term impacts that can still be seen today so why shouldn’t they pay. Some idiots even refuse to apologise (not that an apology means anything) because if they apologise they are taking the blame and if they take the blame they should pay reparations!
How it would be nice to see a little justice in the world and the UK, US paying out!!
So what can WE do?
First and foremost, we need to help OUR Ummah. I know that kinda contradicts what said earlier about caring about humanitarian issues, but our first priority is this Ummah. Saying that most of the above affects Muslims. You think that there are no Muslims in Africa? WRONG. And so it is for this reason that these causes are OUR causes!
1. Educate yourself! First and foremost we all need to swot up on these subjects. Go read up on the slave trade, poverty in Africa, trade restrictions etc.
2. Raise awareness of these issues amongst the Muslim community, cause lets admit it, one we are super ignorant about these issues and two we don’t really give a damn do we?
3. Support fair trade. As much as you can, support fair trade. Buy fair trade chocolate, coffee, clothes etc.
These are just a couple of ideas from the top of my head. If you can think of anymore than let me no Insha’Allah.
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Anyway, rant over.
Wa ‘Alaikum as Salaam
A Letter to the Captives of Guantanamo March 21, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in Activism, General, Islam, Politics, War on Islam.
Taken from al-Asra.org
Translated by Cageprisoners.com
To those who stand tall in a time of kneeling…
To those who are alive in the graves of the dead…
To the everlasting candles whose light will never be extinguished…
To those who are holding their positions in the cages of Guantanamo and the interrogation rooms of the new Nazi prisons…
To those with whom a desolate island flourished, and by their faith, it became a garden, decorated with the spikes of wheat and the fragrance of flowers and sweet basil…
To those, whose eyes, patience and steadfastness made their captors taste the wretchedness of bondage…
To you, O life of my heart, and brothers of my soul…
To you who illustrate the bright new day and weave its threads with the fabric of your bodies,
To the giants in the era of dwarves…
To you who carried faith in your hearts that made you break free from the shackles, transforming them with the new dawn, into bracelets adorning your wrists…
To you who wrote history so that it bowed down to you in veneration and respect…
To those who are lying in wait behind the bars…
To those lions, lying in wait,
We offer our fragranced greetings of peace and our continuous prayers…May the most beautiful greetings of peace and the purest salutations reach you…
Captives of Guantanamo:
They are the knights of the battle, the men who took a stand. Because of their absolute faith in all that Islam entails, and in its rights that have been seized; their eyes are never closed to even the slightest injustice.
Captives of Guantanamo: They pay the price for glory and nobility and the tax for freedom and pride from the flower of their youth and the most beautiful years of their lives.
Captives of Guantanamo: They smash the executioner’s fetters with their faith, while mocking the tyranny of the prison guard and the darkness and gloom of the cells.
Captives of Guantanamo: They know well that in this time, there is no place for a warrior except prison, the grave or the battlefield!
We haven’t forgotten you and we will never forget you!
We owe it to the detainees to share with them in the darkness of their prisons, not just in our words, but rather, by our deeds…
That we wipe the tears from the eyes of their children… and draw a smile on the lips of their mothers…
That we soothe their wounds…and demonstrate the ultimate loyalty for their blood…and for the tears of those who love them…
That we raise their issue… and give importance to their affairs… and that we do our best to free them…
Woe to the nation who forgets her captives, martyrs, and wounded!
Our beloved prisoners of war: Even if the eye doesn’t see you, the heart will never forget you, and I swear by Allah, verily victory is your companion whether in the long run or in the near future!
Guantanamo… then what?
Strange are the changes in conditions and customs with the passing days and years; for, at a time in which the world takes prisons to be a symbol of the establishment of a safe society, free of crime and bloodshed, the Mujahideen enter the prisons and are forced into their tiny cells, while their families, wives, mothers, and children live out a continual humanitarian tragedy, tasting the bitterness of poverty and the pain of oppression…
My soul laments over the situation of their children. While other children are happy at the time of the Eid feast, they miss their fathers, tears flowing from their eyes and the eyes of their mothers. However, to you, our beloved, in those prisons, we say:
Be like a tree with its roots in the depths of the earth, and its fruit reaching high into the sky. Such is the fate of great men, and Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most men know not. It is sufficient praise for you that you made the hell of prison, a paradise of knowledge:
1. As you remain vigilant at your posts you are being rewarded; whether you are moving or still.
2. You captives are not just fulfilling one of the duties of Islam, but rather, you are filling in many posts that have been neglected by the remiss…
Verily, the manacles with which you are bound are the bracelets of the free… And the prison is the den of the revolutionary… We strive for justice to the same degree as the harshness of the oppression. Our longing for the light of truth is equal to the darkness of falsehood. And according to the extent of the pain of the suffering will be the greatness of the reward.
Such is the fate of the great men… Words filled with pain gush forth, only to fall and stumble in front of such great men. And what great men you are! You are captives, behind bars, but your pure souls and your blessed efforts and your righteous deeds soar eternally to the sky, there on high. You make the enemy quake and you have taught him that the faith that is in the heart is the greatest weapon and most lethal means of attack.
I ask Allah to expedite your release and victory; verily He is the All-Hearing, the One who Answers our prayers.
O mankind! Fear your Lord… March 20, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in General, Heart Softners, Hereafter, Imaan, Islam, Qur'an, Reflections.
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O mankind! Fear your Lord! For the convulsion of the Hour (of Judgment) will be a thing terrible!
The Day ye shall see it, every mother giving suck shall forget her suckling-babe, and every pregnant female shall drop her load (unformed): thou shalt see mankind as in a drunken riot, yet not drunk: but dreadful will be the Wrath of Allah.
Surah al-Hajj, Ayaat 1-2
Who Will Stand up for the Muslim Prisoners? March 17, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in Activism, General, Heart Softners, Islam, Politics, Reflections, War on Islam.
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Muhammad Abdullaah al-Habdaan
Taken from Cageprisoners.com
Here is the English translation of a Friday Sermon delivered by Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Al Habdaan, Imam of Al Izz bin Abdus Salam Mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday 16 August 2002 (07/06/1423AH). The title of the sermon was ‘Who Will Stand up for the Muslim Prisoners?’ It was an outstanding sermon and it is hoped that all those who were not present can benefit from it, especially on an issue that has been overlooked by many, even the Islamic propagators.
First Half of the Sermon
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
O Ummah of Islam: The struggle against Truth and Falsehood continues, between Light and Darkness, between Guidance and Misguidance, between Islam and Disbelief… and it will continue until the Day of Judgement. A struggle in which the People of Iman will often be victorious, but on occasions they may succumb to defeat…and that is only because of certain surrounding factors that will do no more than delay the victory.
As a result of this struggle, Allah the Supreme chooses who He wishes from amongst His servants. From amongst us are those that succeed with the honour of martyrdom in the Cause of Allah. Amongst us are those that are injured in the Cause of Allah, and thus some of our limbs precede us into Paradise. And amongst us are those that are captured and fall in to the hands of our enemy and this is nothing more than the natural outcome of all battles. Whoever turns the pages of history, will be informed that such a likelihood is the norm and that there is nothing strange about it at all. How many heroes have been killed? How many men have been injured and how many knights have been taken prisoner? But, were their souls overcome with weakness? Were their hearts plagued with cowardice? We wonder, did frailty and misery creep into their hearts on account of their capture??!!
We have the example of Khubaib bin Adiy (may Allah be pleased with him) who fell into the hands of the Polytheists who escorted him from the Sacred Masjid-ul-Haram to kill him. He said to them, “Let me pray two rakahs.” When he finished he said to them, “If it were not that you were to think that I am afraid of death, I would have lengthened my prayer.” He became the first to establish the tradition of praying two rakahs before execution. He then said, “O Allah! Count them one by one! Kill them one by one! And let there not remain a single one from them alive!”
He then said, “As long as I am killed as a Muslim for the Sake of Allah, I do not care on what side I fall. All this is for the sake of Allah: if He wishes, He will bless me with the reunion of the torn pieces of my body.” He was then finally killed by Uqbah bin Al-Harith.
Indeed, Allah may show kindness to such a prisoner and gift him with things that soothe his heart. Khubaib, for example, when he was taken prisoner, was given such kindness by Allah as related by one of the women who witnessed the event: “I have never in my life seen a prisoner in a better state than Khubaib. Indeed I saw him eat of the grapes and the fruits that were available that day in Makkah – all this while he was fettered in iron chains – it could only have been a provision provided for him by Allah.”
On the other hand, a prisoner may be tortured, humiliated and tested; only, however, for Allah to raise his station and rank in Paradise.
“Do men think that they will be left alone by saying, ‘We believe,’ and that they will not be tested? Indeed, we surely tested those before them so that Allah may know those who were truthful to their covenant and those that lied.” [Quran 29:2-3]
O Ummah of Islam:
Such are the prisoners that have fallen into the hands of our enemies: prisoners in Palestine and prisoners in Cuba and in other areas of the globe. These men: they are the ones who went forth to aid their brethren, to defend the sanctity of the Muslims and their honour at a time when many had become despondent. Such people have a right over the Ummah to come to their aid and to stand by them in their trial. Such was the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) who ordered his Ummah, “Secure the release of the captive!” [Al-Bukhari]
Imam Malik (may Allah have mercy upon him) said; “It is obligatory upon the people to ransom the prisoners with all what they possess, and there is no difference in this (amongst the jurists), because the Prophet (SAWS) said “Secure the release of the captive!” [Al-Bukhari]
Indeed the scholars of Islam have said, “If the State was to spend its entire treasury to ransom the Muslim captives from the hands of the enemies, it would not be deemed as too much.” That is correct: it would not be deemed too much, yet what calamity can be worse than a Muslim to be humiliated at the hands of a loutish American seething with hatred?
Indeed you have seen, we have seen and the World has seen footage of the tragedy that has befallen our brothers in Cuba. They were transported from Pakistan on a cargo plane – their beards and heads shaven, stripped of all their clothing, bound from head to toe, blindfolded and deprived of all sensory perception. Where is the respect for the human soul?! Where is the respect in placing human beings in steel cages, the very sight of which reminds people of animal cages?
They are not allowed to leave these cages to relieve themselves except once a day. They are taken out for questioning – hands and feet chained, with their heads lowered, their self esteem broken and running through their thoughts are, “Where are the glorious days of the Muslims? Where are the days of the conquerors? And where are you O Muslims??”
Our prisoners live under the smouldering heat of Cuba. That is in the winter, so what will be their condition in the summer? Even the night, which Allah has made as a time of rest and sleep, the captors have turned it into a spectre of light with their blazing lamps. In the day, the sun burns them and in the night those blazing lamps prevent them from sleeping.
So how will they taste the pleasure of sleep and how will they get to take pleasure in food and drink while they are undergoing this pain?
In fact their pain is of two types. The first is the pain of living as captives under Americans seething with malice, and the second is the pain at the Muslims who have deserted them, that there is none standing up against their bleak treatment and that they have been forgotten about as if nothing has happened.
How can the Muslims live in comfort? How can they find their food appealing while their brothers are held prisoners at the hands of their enemies? How can a person take pleasure in sleep while their brothers over there are living under the humiliation of loathing Americans?
How can the tears of a human stop flowing while he sees his brothers over there living in conditions of wretchedness and suffering?
How can it please the Muslims to allow their sons to be handed over to the disbelieving enemy, that they can be deported to the farthest reaches of the Earth and yet nothing is stirred in their breasts and nor do we hear from them a word or an outcry?
What of the position of the countries? What of the position of the tribes? Rather, even their families and relatives? Is it not obligatory for them to do something and make a stance?
They should let the American enemy know that these prisoners are not cut off from the rest of the world, that there is someone that is monitoring their case. They must make America understand that the issue of the prisoners is not over yet, rather it has just begun.
No one is excused in keeping silent about this, especially as we have seen the vile treatment that has been meted out to those who raised the head of this Ummah up high:
Buried for Islam and its people
Are our prisoners living well like you are, O Muslims?
Indeed the thunder has raged in the hearts
Are the prisoners in dignity as you have been, O Muslims?
Disgrace is not in shackles and bricks
The worst humiliation, O Prisoner, you have left far behind you
You have aided the Religion of the Knower of the Unseen
And indeed honour, truly you have gained
For the honour of honours lies in the depths of hearts
Our prisoners have we forgotten, nay rather we have forsaken
An enraged lion will not even alarm us
For our World today remains long in its silence
As if people; the worshippers of the Crucifix
Have for sure been following the path of truth
What pain to see such estrangement from a Muslim relative?
O Ummah of Islam! Indeed the previous Muslims have left a legacy for us: exceptional examples of how prisoners were rescued from the hands of the enemy.
When Mansur bin Abi Amir returned from one of the battles from the North of Andalusia, he met a Muslim woman at the gates of Cordova. She said to him, “Indeed my son has been taken prisoner at the hands of the Christians – so you have to pay the ransom or bring him back.” Mansur did not even enter Cordova. Rather, he returned with his army until he managed to secure the release of this single Muslim prisoner.
And when the ruler of Andalusia, Al Hakam bin Hisham, heard that a Muslim woman had been taken prisoner and had called out, “O Al Hakam! Rescue me!” the enormity of the matter overcame him. Therefore, he gathered his forces, prepared himself and moved his army towards the land of the enemy in the Year 196AH (812CE). He drove through their land and conquered several fortresses. He destroyed the country and plundered all its wealth. He killed the men and took the women as captives and for what purpose but to free that one Muslim woman. Having secured her release he returned back to Cordova victorious.
News also reached Mu’tasim that a noble Muslim woman was being held captive by a Christian brute in Umuriyyah, that one day he slapped her in the face upon which she cried out, “O Mu’tasim!” Upon hearing this he responded to her cry, “I am coming to respond to your plea! I am coming to respond to your plea!” He then departed at the head of a contingent of seventy thousand soldiers until he reached Umuriyyah and conquered it. He then asked for the Christian, severed his head and freed the noble woman.
This is how the Muslim leaders of the past used to be: as soon as they heard a plea for help they would rush to respond and aid the oppressed. Indeed, once Umar bin Abdul Aziz wrote to some of his ministers to ransom the Muslim prisoners, even if it exhausted all the wealth that was in the Islamic Treasury.
Abu Ghalib Hammam bin Al Muhadhib Al Ma’ry mentions in his history that Saif Al Daulah spent all the money that he possessed in his ransom of the Muslim prisoners from the Romans, and that Abul Abbas Al Khuza’i, the Governor of Shaam (the Levant), spent one million Dirhams in securing the release of the Muslim prisoners from the Turks.
If money cannot secure the release of prisoners, then other means of threats and provocations have to be used. When Qutaibah (may Allah be pleased with him) ratified an agreement with the ruler of Shuman, he wrote a letter warning and threatening Naizak Turkhan to release the Muslim prisoners. Naizak was frightened and promptly obliged.
The scholars have always had a large role in encouraging people to rescue the Muslim prisoners of war, whether it was by writing to the Muslim rulers or visiting the enemy and demanding the release of the Muslim prisoners or at least in praying that Allah sets them free. Indeed Ibn Taymiyyah went to meet Bulai, one of the Mongol generals and demanded from him that he releases the Muslim prisoners, and thus he was able to rescue many of them before returning home.
Ibn Taymiyyah wrote the following letter to the King of Cyprus:
“O King, how is it that you can allow for blood to be spilt, the women folk to be taken into slavery and people’s possessions to be taken from them without any justification from God and His Messengers? Is the King not aware that in our lands reside untold numbers of Christians living in peace and security? Our dealings with them are known to all. How can it be then that our prisoners are treated in such ways that no morally upright man or person of religion can ever be pleased with?!!!
Rather, many of them were taken through treachery and treachery is forbidden in all religions, legislations and politics. How can you allow holding captive, those that were taken through treachery? Do you think you will be granted safety when you will face the Muslims after all what you have done and the treachery that you have displayed?
Allah will aid them and give them victory, especially in these times when the Ummah has bolstered its ranks and prepared for the fight ahead. The righteous and the allies of the Most Merciful have become observant in obeying His Commands. The coastal borders are now being manned by stern and strong commanders whose results we have already seen and their ranks are always increasing.
In addition, amongst the ranks of the Muslims are men committed. Their accounts, both new and old, have reached the ears of the kings.
Amongst them are righteous people whose prayers Allah does not refuse nor does He make their demands come to naught. They are such people that if they are angered, Allah gets angry and if they are pleased, Allah is pleased.
O King, knowing that the Muslims border you from many fronts, what good can arise from treating these Muslim prisoners in a way that no sound minded man, whether a Muslim or one that has agreed to a peace treaty with the Muslims could ever reconcile?”
Abu Saeed Al Tha’labi mentions that when Ibrahim and Muhammad rebelled against the famous Abbasi Khalifah, Abu Jafar Al Mansur, he wanted the frontier guards to help him against the rebels. However, they refused and many thousands of them fell into the hands of a Roman ruler who was always keen on surrendering the Muslim prisoners for a ransom. However, the Khalifah refused to pay their ransom.
Thus, Imam Al Auzai (may Allah have Mercy on him) wrote to the Khalifah:
“Indeed Allah Most High has elected you to look after the affairs of this Ummah – that you always observe your duty with justice and follow the dictates of His Prophet (SAWS) in lowering your wing of humility and being gentle with the people. I ask Allah Most High that He placates the Leader of the Believers regarding the masses of this Ummah and that He grants him His Mercy.
Indeed the Polytheist invasion was successful in the first year and managed to overrun the Muslim defences – their destination being the Muslim women and the expulsion of the old men and children from their fortresses. All this was due to the sins of the Muslims yet the sins that Allah had pardoned were even greater. Thus it was the sins of the Muslims that expelled the old men and children from their fortresses – they could not find anyone to help them nor did anyone come to their defence. The women were taken with their heads and legs exposed for all to see and hear of, just as Allah looks at his Creation and sees how they have turned away from Him.
So the Leader of the Believers should fear Allah and should follow the Way to Allah by paying the ransom. He should not forfeit the Love of Allah in this regards, as Allah says:
“And what is the matter with you that you do not strive in the Way of Allah and (for the sake of) the oppressed men, women and children who call out, ‘Our Lord! Deliver us from this town whose people are oppressors and help us with an ally from You and support us with a helper from You!’” [Quran 4:75]
I swear by Allah, O Leader of the Believers, that the captives do not have any frozen assets (through spoils of war) nor any taxable property – but only their personal belongings. Indeed I have been informed that the Prophet (SAWS) said:
‘Indeed I sometimes hear the crying of a baby behind me in my prayer and thus I shorten my prayer fearing the anguish I will cause his mother.’
So how can you leave them at the hands of the enemy, O Leader of the Believers? They are being tested and their bodies are being exposed in ways that we would never allow except only through marriage, yet you are supposed to be the Allah’s ambassador on Earth. Allah Almighty is above you and He will take his right from you and deal with you on a Day when the Scales of Justice will be brought forward for the Judgement Day – a Day when no soul shall be wronged, even if we came with a deed the weight of a mustard seed. His Judgement is sufficient for us.”
When the letter reached Abu Jafar, he ordered the ransom to be paid in order to release the Muslim captives.
The scholars used to feel the anguish of a stricken mother and a hurt father and thus from their hearts would radiate sincere prayers for the Muslim prisoners.
Ibn Katheer mentioned that a woman came to Imam Baqi Bin Mukhallad (may Allah
have mercy upon him) and said to him:
“Indeed my son has been captured by the Franks and I cannot sleep the night because of my longing for him. I have a small house that I can sell as a ransom for my son, so can you guide me to anyone that would buy it so that I may work at setting my son free with the price that I obtain from the sale? For indeed I live my day and night unsettled, I cannot find any sleep or patience or rest.” (And this is the situation of the mothers of today – for how can her eyelids close when she knows her children are captives at the hands of her enemies – and to Allah she raises her complaint.)
Thus Imam Baqi said, “Depart now so that I may look into this matter by the Permission of Allah.”
The scholar bowed his head and moved his lips, praying to Allah the Almighty to release her son from the clutches of the Franks. It was not long before the woman returned to the scholar with her son beside her. She said, “Listen to his story, may Allah have mercy upon you.”
Imam Baqi said, “Tell us your story.”
The boy said, “I was amongst those who used to serve the King – all the time bound in fetters, and one day, while I was walking, the chain broke loose from my feet. Therefore, my guard then came to me and swore at me and said, ‘Why have you removed the chain from your feet?’ I said, ‘No, I swear by Allah I did not even touch it. It just came loose and I didn’t even feel it fall.’ So they brought the blacksmith, who put the chain back on my feet, fixed the link and tightened the screws firmly. As soon as I stood up, the chain again broke loose so they put it back again – this time even more securely, and again it fell. They then asked their monks about the cause of this. Their monks asked, ‘Does he have a mother?’ I replied, ‘Yes.’ They replied, ‘Indeed she has prayed for you and her prayers have been answered. Set him free!’ So they set me free and guarded me until I arrived at the Islamic lands.”
Baqi bin Mukhallad asked the boy about the exact hour in which the chain broke loose from his leg and lo and behold it was the exact hour in which he prayed to Allah to set the boy free!
Do the Muslim scholars follow in the path of such unique examples and play their part in trying to rescue our prisoners from the hands of the wicked enemy? Are the scholars moving to advise those responsible, to make this into a real cause and issue? O Allah!
Have I conveyed the message? O Allah may You be my witness! May Allah bless me and you through this great Qur’an.
Second Half of the Sermon
O Ummah of Islam! This is a letter from a prisoner to all those who are responsible: to every scholar… to every Muslim… to all men and women…O Muslims…
“Indeed I am living through testing times. Illness has overwhelmed me and fatigue has exhausted me. The sun blazes continuously until sunset and the dealings of the captors are very harsh. Every time I enter or exit my cage, the chains are on my hands and feet. I am weighed down by their weight. What can be bitterer than to fall into the hands of a seething enemy? What can be more distressing than to be forced to bow and be humiliated in front of a American lout? However, to Allah I complain of my helplessness, the weakness of my stratagem and my dishonour in front of people. O Most Merciful! You are the Lord of the oppressed! You are my Lord! Whoever have you entrusted me with, whether into the hands of a distant person who frowns upon me or to an enemy who has been given control over my affairs, but as long as Your Wrath does not fall upon me then I do not care.
But Your Pardon is sufficient for me. I seek protection from the Light of Your Face that illuminates the darkness, through which the affairs of this World and the Hereafter are set right. May it never be that I should incur Your Wrath, or that you should be angry with me. And there is neither power nor recourse but to You Alone!
O to the one who hears my letter, whatever situation I am in from anguish, misery and distress, it pales in comparison to what runs through my head when I think of how the Muslims have forsaken us.
How they have forgotten our issue, how they have not raised awareness of our plight … as if we are people of another planet … as if we are not Muslims. It is indeed shameful that the Western organisations are moving to defend our cause in the midst of the incompetence and apathy of the Muslims towards our situation. It is strange how Australian-American relations can become strained because of one Australian prisoner and how the relationship between the Anglo-American Alliance has become worse because of a few British detainees. As for us, no one will cry for us despite there being more than six hundred of us. Rather, if it was not for America declaring our nationalities, the Arab countries would have continued pretending to ignore us and our existence.
O to the one who hears our letter … we are the prisoners…we will stand against you all before Allah on the Day of Judgement and we will say to Him … ‘These people, they knew the orders of your Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) regarding freeing the prisoner, but they did not oblige nor did they take all the courses of action that could lead to our freedom.’
Indeed we call out to all people who are jealous of their religion. We call you with the bond of Iman that is between us, that you move to make our issue a living issue. Through lawyers that can demand our release, to speak about our plight via the media, to put pressure on America, to warn her that it is against her interests if she does not let us free. As for the one who can do nothing then the very least that he can do is to raise his arms in the last third of the night praying against the oppressor and the despondent one, asking Allah to relieve us of our woes and to remove the burden from us. The Prophet (SAWS) said, ‘Whoever forsakes a Muslim in a situation while he has the ability to help him, Allah will forsake him at a time when he would want the help of Allah.’ And he said (SAWS), ‘Whoever removes a grief from a Muslim, Allah will remove a grief from him on the Day of Judgement.’
If you do forget us – then please do not forget our wives and our children, to care and look after them, for we can bear with resolve – and to Allah do we pass our complaint. And finally to my dear and beloved mother and father, have patience; seek the reward from Allah and say often, There is no recourse or power except with Allah,’ as our Prophet (SAWS) advised us.
Indeed Auf bin Malik Al Ashja’i came to the Prophet (SAWS) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Indeed the enemy has taken my son prisoner and his mother has become distressed. What do you order me to do?’ He (SAWS) replied, ‘I order you and her to say as often as you can, “There is no recourse nor power except with Allah.”’ The woman said to her husband, ‘What a blessed thing he has asked you to do.’ So they began to repeatedly say this, until the enemy then became negligent and the son managed to flee with a herd of four thousand sheep, which he then brought to his father. The following verse of the Quran was then revealed, “Whoever fears Allah, Allah will find a way out for him (from every difficulty) and He will provide for him from sources that he could never have imagined.” [Quran 65:2-3]
Finally do not forget our plight. We are the prisoners… we are your sons in Cuba… do not forget our plight … do not forget our plight…”
O Muslims these letters will I first address to the scholars… yes, the scholars who are the inheritors of the Prophets. On their shoulders is a responsibility that is not on others. You have seen what lengths your predecessors went to in rescuing the Muslim prisoners. You have seen what Sheikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah did and what Imam Al Awza’i did and many others like them have done. So what role will you play in making this an issue and speaking to those in authority to try to secure the release of the prisoners, or at least in improving their dealings with them, speaking about them in the general media, generating the opinion of the masses against this seething enemy and telling people the risks they are taking in their religion by forsaking these prisoners and keeping silent about their plight?
So fear Allah, O scholars of Islam, and be amongst the best successors so that you can be amongst the best predecessors.
The second letter to the families of the prisoners, to the families of the heroes, to the families of those who raised our heads… you should know that your sons were not imprisoned because of giving into lowly desires, nor due to a crime that people would hide away from in shame. Rather, the whole World is proud of your sons, they were not taken except from the highest peaks of this religion, defending the honour of the Muslims. This rank should delight you and this honour deserves your congratulations and that your eyes should be soothed at the sight of these heroes.
And the third letter to our brothers…to our beloved ones…to those with whom we share their pain and we sense their affliction… to our brothers who have been captured…O heroes of Islam…patience, perseverance and steadfastness! O to you who remain lofty at a time of disgrace, I send to you these following lines of poetry to lift your spirits, let them speak on behalf of you, O Knights of Honour:
To my beloved brothers whose enemies captured them in the land of Afghanistan, some of whom were sent to Cuba and others to the prisons of Pakistan. To all of them, I send these words of determination and defiance. And whosoever is truthful with Allah, then Allah will not disappoint his opinion!!
I will live with honour my friends
And I will always pulverise the people of hypocrisy
I will continue on my path towards glory
Even if the enemies cut my hands and legs
I will continue towards martyrdom in firmness
For I and Death are in a race
And my passing away will not end the War against Disbelief
For the Religion of Allah is protected and everlasting
So O those who know me, do not say
Why did you lead yourself to strangulation?
For I am a believer with high ambitions
And I am not pleased with humiliation or disgrace
And my ultimate goal is pleasing my Lord
And achieving Success in the topmost of my goals
And my highest wish is to continue towards Eternity
For I long for the Paradise Maidens
So O my Father if you could see my state
And they have placed shackles upon my shoulders
And they have bound my hands with the steel of oppression
And they have bowed my head like an invalid
And they have removed my clothing for no sin
And they have marched me whilst tears were in my eyes
And the whips of treachery have exacted from me
So I became prey beneath the feet of the predator
And you saw me whilst the blood of my face
Was flowing with the hands of skillful politicians
So do not be sad, O my father, for I
Seek protection with my Creator since to him belongs my end
And what can the enemies do?
Since Allah is for Islam a Preserver
So if they spilt my blood everyday
And they placed barriers between me and my brothers
And if they made my life hell
And the universe became black like eternal darkness
And if they prevented the air from reaching my nose
And if they placed my veins on the noose
And if they poured flames of molten brass
Upon my body like cool water to my skin
Then they will never reach, O my father,
To my heart and they will never bend my determination
I will remain defiant, for my provision is my Book,
And the words of the Chosen Prophet, in them is my inspiration
I will remain, my father, an impregnable fortress
I will remain lofty in the sky of glory
And soon I will revive the days that have passed, into the memories of
Salahudeen and the rest of the lions
And soon will come a day in which will feel misery
The tyrants and the heads of hypocrisy
The people taste worry through desires
And some of them will burn by fire
But I live pure of heart
I taste, through my dignity, the sweetest of tastes
O Muslims! After this long exposition, I summarise to you in point form and I advise you all:
1. Keep alive the plight of the prisoners in the media, shed some light on it and expose American politics towards the Muslims.
2. Contact institutions and organisations that are concerned about human rights, to intervene and lighten the torture that the Mujahid prisoners are undergoing.
3. Put pressure on governments demanding them to extract information about the prisoners and to return them to their countries.
4. Form a body of sincere lawyers to give weight to the issue both in their own countries and abroad.
O Allah, the Living, the Everlasting!
O Allah, release the Muslim captives!
O Allah, release the Muslim captives!
O Allah, release our prisoners and the rest of the Muslim prisoners!
O Allah, release our prisoners in Palestine! And in Kashmir! And in the Philippines! And in Cuba!
O Allah, hasten to them a solution to their plight!
O Allah, hasten to them a solution to their plight!
O Allah, hasten to them a solution to their plight!
O Allah, end their captivity!
O Allah, end their captivity!
O Allah, have Mercy on their weak!
O Allah, have Mercy on their weak!
O Allah, make their hearts firm!
O Allah, bond Iman to their hearts!
O Allah, bond Iman to their hearts!
O Allah, bless them with steadfastness!
O Allah, bless them with steadfastness!
O Allah, make them firm, O Living, O Everlasting One!
O Allah, make them firm, O Living, O Everlasting One!
O Allah, have Mercy on their weak! And strengthen their broken ones!
O Allah, unleash Your Might against Your enemies!
O Allah, unleash Your Might against them!
O Allah, unleash Your Might against them!
O Allah, curse them a Mighty Curse!
O Allah, show us in them the wonders of Your Power!
O Allah, upon You is the fate of the hypocrites and traitors!
O Allah, let them not establish a banner! And let them not achieve their goals! And make them for those that come after them, a lesson and a sign!
O Allah, help the Muslims in every land!
O Allah, guide this Ummah towards righteousness!
And towards Your Obedience!
And away from disobedience of You!
And to enjoin the good! And to forbid the evil!
O Glorious One, Full of Honour!
O Allah, protect our homelands and our dwellings!
And reform the leaders amongst us! O Great All Forgiving One!
Glory be to Your Lord, the Lord of Honour above what they ascribe to Him… and peace be upon the Messengers… and Praise be to the Lord of the Worlds. And Peace and Blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad.
Sufficient for us is Allah… March 12, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in General, Imaan, Islam, Qur'an, Reflections.
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And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision,
Rejoicing in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His bounty, and they receive good tidings about those [to be martyred] after them who have not yet joined them – that there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.
They receive good tidings of favor from Allah and bounty and [of the fact] that Allah does not allow the reward of believers to be lost –
Those [believers] who responded to Allah and the Messenger after injury had struck them. For those who did good among them and feared Allah is a great reward –
Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah , and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs
Surah Ale Imran, 3:169-173
Woe to you… March 10, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in General, Heart Softners, Hereafter, Imaan, Islam, Qur'an, Reflections.
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Woe to you, and woe!
Then woe to you, and woe!
Does man think that he will be left neglected?
Surah Qiyamah, 75:34-36
Pile up your good deeds, sort out your intentions… March 6, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in General, Islam.
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I forget to form the intention when doing most deeds. What should I do?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Intention (niyyah) is an important matter, as it is the spirit of deeds through which deeds become valid, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Actions are but by intentions and each person will have but that which he intended.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1) and Muslim (1907).
The intention turns permissible deeds into acts or worship, hence we should pay attention to it and make it for the sake of Allaah, free from any element of showing off.
It should be noted that intentions are of two types:
1 – Obligatory intention, without which an act of worship is not valid, such as the intention in doing wudoo’, praying, paying zakaah, fasting and doing Hajj. This intention is something that no one can do without. If a person does wudoo’ to pray, touch the Mus-haf or in order to be pure (taahir), he has formed the intention. Intending to pray or intending to remove impurity is forming the intention when doing wudoo’.
When a man stands to pray, knowing that this is Zuhr prayer, for example, and he intends to offer the prayer and gets up to do it it, then he has formed the intention. It is not essential – and in fact it is not prescribed – to say out loud, “I intend to pray Zuhr prayer” etc, as some people do. This was not narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and the place for the intention is in the heart.
Similarly, if a person decides at night that he will fast on the following day, then he has formed the intention of fasting. In fact, his eating sahoor shows that he is intending to fast.
It is difficult for a person to forget to form the intention in such cases.
2 – The second type of intention is that which is mustahabb in order to attain reward. This is what some people forget, which is to keep the intention in mind when doing permissible things, so that they will be acts of worship, such as eating, drinking and sleeping with the intention of strengthening oneself to do acts of worship, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “You will never spend anything that you spend for the sake of Allaah, but you will be rewarded for it, even the morsel of food that you put in your wife’s mouth.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (56).
Mu’aadh (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I sleep and I get up (to pray at night), and I seek reward for my sleep as I seek reward for my getting up. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (4088).
He (may Allaah be pleased with him) sought reward for his sleep just as he sought reward for his getting up to pray at night, because he intended by sleeping to gain strength to do acts of worship.
Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar said in al-Fath: What this means is that he sought reward by resting just as he sought reward by striving, because if the intention in resting is to enable one to do acts of worship, one attains reward. End quote.
What helps to keep this intention in mind is deliberating, thinking and not being hasty. So you should think about what you are intending to do, take stock of yourself before acting, think about whether it is halaal or haraam, then look at your intention: what do you want from this? Every time you take stock of yourself and think before acting, this will remind you about forming the intention, until it becomes second nature and a habit that you adopt, so that you will not enter or exit, eat or drink, give or withhold, without having an intention in doing so, thus most of your time will become times of worship.
We ask Allaah to help us and you to do that.
And Allaah knows best.
Ten Useless Matters March 2, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in Hereafter, Ibn al Qayyim, Imaan, Islam.
By Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah
There are ten useless matters:
- Knowledge that is not acted on
- The deed that has neither sincerity nor is based on following the righteous examples of others
- Money that is hoarded, as the owner neither enjoys it during this life nor obtains any reward for it in the Hereafter
- The heart that is empty of love and longing for Allah, and of seeking closeness to Him
- A body that does not obey and serve Allah
- Loving Allah without following His orders or seeking His pleasure
- Time that is not spent in expiating sins or seizing opportunities to do good
- A mind that thinks about useless matters
- Serving those who do not bring you close to Allah, nor benefit you in your life
- Hoping and fearing whoever is under the authority of Allah and in His hand; while he cannot bring any benefit or harm to himself, nor death, nor life; nor can he resurrect himself.
However the greater of these matters are wasting the heart and wasting time. Wasting the heart is done by preferring this worldly life over the Hereafter, and wasting time is done by having incessant hope. Destruction occurs by following one’s desires and having incessant hope, while all goodness is found in following the right path and preparing oneself to meet Allah.
How strange it is that when a servant of Allah has a [worldly] problem, he seeks help of Allah, but he never asks Allah to cure his heart before it dies of ignorance, neglect, fulfilling one’s desires and being involved in innovations. Indeed, when the heart dies, he will never feel the significance or impact of his sins.