Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi Wabarakath,
In the recent years we've seen more and more of our Brothers and Sisters imprisoned and put in Jail. Majority of them were innocent and those who were accused - were accused wrongly.
What is sad is - among these People, even our Scholars and People of knowledge are imprisoned and the World stays silent, including the Muslim World. The reason this is disastarous especially for the Muslim Ummah because knowledge of the deen is of extreme importance. It is incumbent upon Muslims to seek ilm. If the spreading of ilm stops and decreases, ignorance will be widespread.
The disappearance of Islamic knowledge is considered one of the signs of the coming of day of judgment. Although there is still knowledge present now alhamdulilah, it is decreasing among the people.
"Allah will not retract this knowledge by a withdrawal, [suddenly] withdrawing it from people's hearts, but He will retract knowledge by retracting the scholars, until, when He has left no scholar, people will take ignorant leaders, who will be asked, and will pronounce verdicts without knowledge, thus going astray and leading others astray." [Bukhari, Muslim]
Alot of our Ummah is suffering, in place like Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Chechyna, Bosnia and in other parts of the World. Especially in prisons like Guantanamo - famous for it's horrendous and inhumane activities.
A lot of our Brothers and Sisters in the West who dare to speak out against the Kuffar are targetted and sadly enough, even in 'Muslim Countries' the governments who've bowed down and been pressurised by the West go ahead and imprison their own People for speaking out.
I was very depressed when i'd heard that Brother Ali Al-Timimi had been unjustly sentenced to life in prison. Althought i'd never been physically present in any of his conferences or lectures, i would listen to them online.
Here is his last speech before leaving for prison:
May Allah subhanna wa ta'ala free him from the prisons of the oppressors. Ameen.
May Allah subhanna wa ta'ala give him the highest level in Paradise. Ameen.
Shaykh Ali Al timimi is/was not the only one put in prison. Imam Anwar Al Awlaki and others too were put under prison. And we've all heard of the Seventeen innocent men convicted for 'alleged' terrorist plots.
And they had no fault except that they believed in Allâh, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise! (8)
For more information on Muslim prisoners put in Jail go to: http://www.cageprisoners.com and http://www.forthesakeofallah.blogspot.com
Allah subhanna wa ta'ala says about those who put the Muslims under torture:
إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ فَتَنُواْ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنَـٰتِ ثُمَّ لَمۡ يَتُوبُواْ فَلَهُمۡ عَذَابُ جَهَنَّمَ وَلَهُمۡ عَذَابُ ٱلۡحَرِيقِ٠
Verily, those who put into trial the believing men and believing women (by torturing them and burning them), and then do not turn in repentance, (to Allâh), then they will have the torment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the burning Fire. (10)
It is about time the Muslim Ummah woke up. We need to unite and speak out. We need to help our Brothers and Sisters in Islam and the Mujahideen. The Muslim Ummah is under attack physically and mentally and we need to stand up and defend ourselves and our Brothers and Sisters. It is obligatory upon the Muslim Ummah to free the Muslim Prisoners.
Sheikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said (Al-Fatawa 28/635): Freeing the prisoners is one of the greatest compulsory deeds and spending ransom money and other means towards that, is one of the greatest ways to come close to Allah.
Allah subhanna wa ta'ala says in the Qur'an:
I'd like to end this post with what Shaykh Al-Islam said about being imprisoned and what Ali Al-Timimi repeats in his last Khutbah and subhanallah, it really touched me.
"What can my enemies do to me?
My Paradise is in my heart, it's with me wherever I go.
To imprison me is to provide me with seclusion,
To kill me is to make me a Martyr
and to send me into exile is to send me out in the Path of Allah."
- Ibn Taymiyyah rahimullah [Early Century Scholar]