Important Advice on the Issue of Terrorism In These Troubling Times


الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد


Shaikh Ahmad bin Yahyaa An-Najmee (rahimahullaah) said:


“Indeed, the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) used to prohibit treachery and betrayal, and would command with truthfulness, modesty and faithfulness.

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) therefore made treachery forbidden, and forbade breach of faith which is utilized by the terrorists, just as he forbade the killing of women and children and the elderly who cannot fight – nor do they fight. He forbade the killing of these ones, and forbade causing corruption.


As for that which the terrorists carry out in these times, those that wear explosive belts or they drive explosive laden cars, and so if they find a group of people; the wearer blows himself up or blows up his car as well as himself. This is an affair which is built upon breach of faith (betrayal), and Islaam is far removed from it in every sense of remoteness, and does not concede to it at all.


That which is carried out now from the suicide attacks in Britain – or other that it from the countries, then it is conducted and planned by the renegade Khawaarij, the people of Takfeer. Those that were dispraised by the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in his saying:


((At the end of time there will appear a people, young in age and foolish in thought. They will speak with the best of words amongst the creation, they will pass through Islaam just as the arrow goes through the game, their faith will not go beyond their throats. So wherever you come across them, then kill them, for indeed, in killing them is a reward for the one who kills them; on the Day of Resurrection.))[1]


Upon this basis, it is known therefore that Islaam is free from such recklessly violent; rash modes of behaviour, and that it condemns its perpetrator – and disapproves of their actions.”[2]


Islaam has Laid Down Noble Regulations in Conducting Ourselves With Non-Muslims 


Shaikh Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said:


“Islaam is not a religion of betrayal, nor is it a religion of treachery and aggression in order to deter the disbelievers from entering into Islaam, however; if they saw this good conduct from the Muslims, then this will be an incentive for them to enter into Islaam and so realize the just nature of Islaam. Allaah has prohibited aggression against the disbelievers, He, The Glorified and Most High, said:

وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَىٰ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا اعْدِلُوا هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَىٰ

((And do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; it is nearer to Taqwa [piety])) (Al-Maa-idah: 8)


Therefore if there is a dispute between a disbeliever and a Muslim in front of a judge, the judge should not be prejudiced with the Muslim if the true right is with the disbeliever, rather he should give the ruling in his favour against that of the Muslim

وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ 

((And do not let the hatred of a people prevent you…))


What religion is this which has these virtuous characteristics?! And this is its conduct with the people?! This is an immense religion. If its people knew its rulings and implemented them, then there would transpire a great characteristic for this religion – just as had been during the era of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).


I recall a story which took place during the era of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) from his conduct with the disbelievers, Thumaamah bin Uthaal – the head of the people of Al-Yamaamah was brought to him as a disbeliever, he was taken captive by a (military) detachment of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) whilst he was on his way intending to make the ‘Umrah. So they took him as a captive and came with him to Al-Madeenah and he was still a disbeliever, the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) had him tied to a pillar inside the Mosque[3] and so every time the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) would pass him by he would say:

((What is with you?))[4]


And he would respond with: ‘good O Muhammad; if you want money, then take money, and if you pardon, then you pardon one who is thankful.’


So he (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) would repeat that upon him and every time he would pass by him he would say:

((What is with you?))


And he would respond to him with this same answer. In the end he (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

((Release Thumaamah))


So they released him whereupon Thumaamah went to a date palm close to the mosque and performed the ablution there and cleansed (himself) and then came to the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) and said: ‘I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, and I bear witness that you are the Messenger of Allaah, by Allaah, there was not a person upon the face of the earth more hated to me than you, nor was there a face upon the face of the earth more hated to me than yours, there was no religion on the face of the earth more hated to me than your religion. Now, by Allaah, O Messenger of Allaah you are indeed the most beloved of people to me, and your religion is the most beloved of religions to me.’[5]

The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) dealt with him in a fine conduct, because he was in the custody of the Muslims and a captive with them – and so he did not show harm to him. Hence that was the reason for his Islaam (i.e. in his acceptance of it), that was also the reason why Thumaamah went on to impose a blockade upon the people of Makkah, since they used to stock the grain supply from Al-Yamaamah, so once Thumaamah accepted Islaam, he prevented the people of Makkah from importing the grains from Al-Yamaamah.

This is the result of the kind treatment of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) with this captive.”[6]


There is No Room for Silence and Complacency Over the Perpetrators of Terror & Acts of Criminality


Shaikh Ahmad An-Najmee (rahimahullaah) said:


“It is permissible to cooperate with the disbelievers who are not in a state of warfare against those that conduct terrorist attacks, whether they be from the Muslims or the disbelievers. As silence regarding them brings about harm upon Islaam and the Muslims, so it will be assumed that Islaam is a religion of terror and a religion of corruption and a religion of treachery and betrayal. Whilst Islaam is free from all of this.”[7]


Shaikh Ahmad said likewise:


“Indeed, silence over the one that schemes evil for the Muslims and desires to cause them to stumble from time to time, is the greatest betrayal of the Muslims.”[8]



[1] Reported by Al-Bukhaaree (no.4770)

[2] Taken with some abridgement from an audio lecture delivered by the Shaikh entitled: As-Salafiyyoon Bari’oon minal A’maal al-Irhaabiyyah.

[3] Ibn Hishaam mentioned in his Seerah that the companions were unaware of who he was when they brought him to the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), so when he was brought before him, the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ((Do you know who you have captured? This is Thumaamah bin Uthaal Al-Hanafee, show him excellence during his captivity.)) Then he (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) returned to his family and said: ((gather together whatever you have from food and send it to him.)) (See: Seerah An-Nabi vol 4 p.315)

[4] The meaning of this is explained by Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr (rahimahullaah) who said: “Meaning: what is it that has settled in your mind over that which I should do with you? So he responded with his thinking good and so he said: ‘With me is good O Muhammad.’ Meaning: because you are not from those that oppress, rather – from those who pardon and show fine conduct.” (See: Fathul Baaree vol 8 p.109-110)

[5] Reported by Al-Bukhaaree (no.4372)

[6] Ahkaam At-Ta’aamul Ma’ah Ghair Al-Muslimeen p.21-23

[7] Al-Fataawa al-Jaliyah ‘An Al-Manaahij ad-Da’wiyyah vol 2 p.57

[8] Al-Mawrid al-‘Adhb az-Zullaal p.36

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