Featured article; Bangladesh on the Brink by sheikh Abu Talha
We express our heart felt condolences to the people of Bangladesh for the loss of an inspirational leader, and at the same time our joy that Allah the Almighty has blessed him with a beautiful end; to be slain as a martyr (if Allah wills) at the hands of the enemies of Islam for his defence of Islam and Muslims in Bangladesh. The Muslim Ummah and the world at large are inspired by this man’s final statement to his family from the gallows, a statement that will echo throughout the history of Bangladesh;
I have been your guardian. If this government kills me unjustly, then that will be a death of martyrdom. After my martyrdom, Allah the Almighty will be your guardian. He is the best of guardians. So you have no reason to worry.
I am totally innocent. They are killing me only because of my involvement with the Islamic movement. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a death of martyrdom. Whoever is blessed with martyrdom by Allah is indeed a fortunate person. If I receive the martyrdom then that will be the greatest achievement of my life. Every single drop of my blood will speed up the advance of the Islamic movement and will cause the destruction of the oppressor. I am not worried about myself. I am concerned about the future of the country and the Islamic movement. To the best of my knowledge, I have never done anything wrong. I have dedicated my whole life to the Islamic movement for the salvation my people of Bangladesh. I have never bowed down to injustice, and will never do so in the future. It is out of question to seek forgiveness/clemency to any worldly person. Allah is the owner of the life. Only Allah will decide how I would die. My death will not happen according to the decision of any other person. The time and the manner of my death will happen only according the decision of Allah. So, I will accept the decision from Allah happily.
You must observe patience. Only through patience and tolerance you will achieve the victory promised by Allah. Not this world, but the hereafter is my goal. I request to the countrymen for prayers for the acceptance of my martyrdom by Allah. I give the countrymen my Salam.”
Indeed his execution was scheduled for two days ago, but the authorities were delayed in carrying out their evil plot, and Allah decreed that He take the soul of this servant of his on the eve of Jumu’ah, one of the most blessed times of the week.
It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
There is no Muslim who during the day of Friday or the night of Friday but Allah will protect him from the trial of the grave. [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1074]
We ask Allah to accept this man from among the shuhadaa and use his martyrdom as a catalyst to speed up the rate of revival of Justice and Peace in Bangladesh, which he fought and died for.
We remember the quote of Sayyid Qutb rahimahullah,
Shaheed is the person who bears witness that Allah’s law is more precious to him than his own life.
Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom’s Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari’ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.