Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi (FA) on taking Fatawa from Scholars whilst in Prison – Allahu Akbar!

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Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi (FA) on taking Fatawa from Scholars whilst in Prison – Allahu Akbar!

Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi in his book “Waqafât Ma’ Thamarât al-Jihâd” – 1428H/2007CE, in Chapter Seven: “The Prison is (both) Gardens and Fire”digressed into the topic of ‘retractions’-

The prison is a trial; it either bears fruit, ruins (a person) or clouds (their mind)

“This is a phrase which we, the graduates of prison – as some like to label us – repeat and it is a phrase which became affirmed by what we have witnessed in the prisons. And due to that, it describes the reality of the prison and its differing effects upon those who enter it, live within its dungeons and within its grasp and who live within its cells and who experience its various torments.’

“So the prisoner is lacking in his capacity, due to the strong assumption that he would be placed under coercion or compulsion. And due to that, it is not allowed for us to place full responsibility upon him regarding his statements until he is released from captivity and confinement and can then clarify his statements willingly without any pressure or compulsion. And that is even more appropriate regarding the Shaykhs of the Jihâdî movements, due to the ferocity of the enmity of the Tawâghît towards them and the severity of their pressure upon them. As it is elementary knowledge that the severity of their enmity towards the one who waves his swords in their faces or incites (others) upon that, is not like their enmity towards anyone else.’

“And due to that, we have advised those who visited us seeking our advice regarding what has come from the Shaykh al-Khudhayr, the Shaykh al-Fahd and their likes from the Shaykhs, to never be fooled by what has come from them including Fatâwa or retractions while in prison firstly, and secondly, to take their time (before rushing to judgment) and to not extend their tongues regarding the honour of those Shaykhs, as well as to supplicate for them that Allâh saves them from the plots of the Tawâghît and to take their time (before rushing to judgment), until Allâh releases them.’

“And due to that, we withheld our tongues regarding the leaders of Al-Jamâ’ah al-Islâmiyyah in Egypt when they released what they did from retractions while in prison, under the titles of ‘Revisions’. And we still, to this day, withhold our discussion regarding those of them who remain in prison and we preserve for them their past Da’wah and Jihâd and trials for Allâh’s sake, contrary to those who were released or who were on the outside to begin with. Because we were upset by some of them clinging heavily to the Earth, along with what was attributed to them from turning back. We were also extremely upset by their attacks against our Mujâhidîn brothers from Al-Qâ’idah and their hastening to disavow themselves from them. Also their calling them to repent from what they were performing from Jihâdî operations, as if they had performed a condemned action and falsehood –justifying their insults against them, based upon the claims that they were killing Muslims and targeting Makkah and those performing the lesser pilgrimage (‘Umrah).’

“(This came from) information which was declared by the disbelieving governments and propagated in their filthy media. This, despite the fact that they, themselves had experienced the lies of these (same) governments and their media and had previously been branded by their fire. Otherwise, how could any intelligent Muslim believe that the Mujâhidîn of Al-Qâ’idah and their likes from the Mujâhidîn could possibly (deliberately) target Muslims, whether they were in Riyadh, Jeddah or elsewhere, much less target those performing the lesser pilgrimage (‘Umrah) in the sacred city of Makkah. Unless they count the agents of the CIA and the FBI which the Peninsula of the Muslims has been filled with. Or if they mean by ‘those performing ‘Umrah’, the Tawâghît who perform ‘Umrah in order to take pictures, which can spread amongst their people and to place restrictions upon the Muslims in their acts of worship. And I apologize to the reader for digressing here and I return to what we were discussing…”

[Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi – Waqafât Ma’ Thamarât al-Jihâd, Pg. 22-23 – 1428H/2007CE]


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