The issue that I raise is that his family have received written notice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of intent to confiscate the family home. It has become apparent that there is a clause in the Terrorism Act 2000 which states that anyone who is convicted under the terrorism act may have their property forfeited. Ironically, we have never heard this clause ever being implemented before but for some reason the Manchester police have asked the CPS to submit an application to the courts to confiscate the home in which the family still live. This is nothing more than collective punishment for the entire family including an eight years old daughter and baby granddaughter, all of whom will be made homeless. Further, if the CPS is successful in taking away the Farooqi family’s home, this would undoubtedly set a precedent for such oppression to be inflicted on others. We might even see such acts extended to other crimes so that if someone were to be convicted of another crime such as theft, their families would also be made homeless. We know that collective punishment could have been extended to the families of the rioters when it was suggested that the families of the rioters should be evicted. This is grossly unfair as the families of the rioters had committed no crime.
The conviction of Munir Farooqi and his co-defendants has left an extremely sour taste in the mouths of Muslims in the UK. The manner in which the police conducted themselves in this operation will inevitably have set community relations back decades. The trust that has been lost will be very difficult to regain.
“The believers, men and women, are auliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another; they enjoin good and forbid from evil; they establish prayers, and give the zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”
“A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfil his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection.”
“Whoever is present while a Muslim is humiliated before him, and is able to assist him [and yet does not], Allah will humiliate him before all of creation on the Day of Judgment.”
And in another narration,
“No man forsakes a Muslim when his rights are being violated or his honour is being belittled except that Allah will forsake him at a place in which he would love to have His help. And no man helps a Muslim at a time when his honour is being belittled or his rights violated except that Allah will help him at a place in which he loves to have His help.”
“The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love and affection is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.”
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