Yesterday I gave a lecture at the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in Ladbroke Grove organized by cageprisoners. It was not well attended, and most of those who did come were sisters. My lecture was to remind the Muslims of our duty to help our brothers and sisters, but I ended up being reminded myself!
What is happening is atrocious. Muslims are being arrested for no fair or reasonable cause. They faced being taken and separated from their families, often kidnapped and "arrested" in the most brutal manner. In some cases no one knows to where they are taken. The US policy of extraordinary rendition means that they are flown to countries such as Jordan, Morocco or Egypt, where they are subject to brutal torture. Others have ended up in Guantanamo.
I want you to imagine that all of this is happening to you. Picture yourself in those circumstance. Bound, hooded, chained, gagged, beaten, immobile in one position unable to move, drink, eat, or go to the toilet.
No courts, no hearing, no chance to plead your case. Imagine the heartache and suffering of your family. Maybe they don't even know where you are?
Justice and human rights UK/US style. By in Him in who's hands are our souls, it makes you realise why there is a Hell.
"Shall We treat those who believe and do good as those who spread corruption in the earth; or shall We treat the pious as the wicked?"
Surah Saad 38:28
Now what hopes would you have from your Muslim brothers and sisters? What would be your expectations be of them? Would you not wish the everyone of them was working tirelessly for your release, writing to their MP's, raising awareness about your plight and plight of those with you, harassing the media, embarrassing these hypocritical governments?
Maybe you won't have to imagine. Maybe it will one day be you. May Allah protect us. How can we sit complacent while our Muslim brothers and sisters suffer? Are we not one brotherhood? Did not the Prophet saws tell us:
"I swear by Him in who's hands is my life, you cannot be a true believer until you love for your brother what you love for yourself."
"The connection between Muslims is like the bricks of a building, one part strengthens the other."
and that we are a single body, if one part feels suffering the whole body is restless. Is not the Muslim the brother of a Muslim?
"...he does not forsake him, nor despise him."
Is is not paradise to which we aspire, and hope and yearn for? But how will reach paradise without being believers?
"You will not enter paradise until you believe and you will not believe until you love one another."
Do you see how the Prophet linked belief in Allah with love for His slaves. What love is it, what faith is it, if we are not moved to action?
Al Hassan bin Ali was asked about the obligation of freeing the Muslim prisoners, he replied:
"It is obligatory upon the entire earth on which he was fighting."
The Prophet (saws) said:
"Indeed, it obligatory upon the Muslims to free the Muslim captives with goodness."
Be mindful of Allah, remember that our life is short and our meeting with Him, the Magnificent, is soon, and the day of Judgment is hard day, and the Hell a terrible destination and the Paradise a worthy goal!
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