Murder in Paris

Habib Ali al-Jifri’s words on the Paris Tragedy

Some people are trying to justify the heinous crimes in Paris yesterday by saying that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ did not prevent the execution of some who insulted and abused him, like Ka’ab ibn Ashraf.

Let us be clear: the messenger of Allah ﷺ never ordered the killing of person simply because they insulted him. Ka’ab ibn Ashraf and the limited number of others who were executed were preparing to fight the nascent Muslim community and were inciting and provoking people to war. The order for their executions came to prevent a larger loss of life through the war that was being called for.

Let us also be reminded that the majority of the people that the Prophet ﷺ addressed on the day Makka was recaptured, when he said: “Go, for you are free”, were people who had previously insulted and abused him and accused him of the most heinous things, yet he pardoned them and let them free on the very day he won victory over them.

As for the real issue here: enough lying in the name of gaining revenge for the Prophet! The attackers claimed they were avenging the Prophet ﷺ but the cartoons were published in 2006. However, last week the magazine published a cartoon of Al-Baghdadi. Do those criminals think we are that naive to believe them when they said they killed the staff at the magazine for the sake of the Prophet? Beside being more offensive to the message of the Prophet ﷺ than the cartoons published by the magazine, the acts perpetrated yesterday will lead society to affirm the ‘truth’ of the cartoons. We seek Allah’s refuge from that.

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On the Passing of Habib Abd al-Qadir bin Ahmad as-Saqqaf

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raa-jioon, To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.

One of the greatest scholars and spiritual leaders of our time, Habib Abd al-Qadir bin Ahmad as-Saqqaf, passed away in Mecca on April 4th 2010/19th Rabiuth-Thani, at the age of 100 Hijri years. His funeral prayer was held the same night in Masjid al Haram, and he is buried in Jannat al-Mu’la, the same graveyard in which the Mother of the Believers Khadija r.a. is buried.

May Allah illuminate his grave and unite him with His Beloved in the highest levels of Jannah. May the Ummah continue to benefit from his knowledge and guidance throughout the ages.

The last few verses of Surah al-Fajr come to mind,

“(It will be said to the pious): “O (you) the one in (complete) rest and satisfaction! Come back to your Lord, Well-pleased (yourself) and well-pleasing unto Him! Enter you, then, among My honoured slaves, And enter you My Paradise!”

Surah 89 al-Fajr, Verses 27-30

Please recite Al-Faatiha as a gift for his soul.

Yahya Rhodus on his passing.

I first heard of Habib Abd al-Qadir 4 years ago, and the story which my husband told me about him has remained with me as an amazing example of how important it is not to break hearts, or even hurt another person’s feelings. Sheikh Yahya also mentions the story in the video above.

Habib Abd al-Qadir attended a wedding once, and he was delayed there until it had ended, so the host walked outside to his car with him. The host helped him into the car and closed the door, and remained for some time chatting. When he had departed, Habib Abd al-Qadir asked his student, Habib Ali al-Jifry (who was in the car with him), to open the car door because his hand was stuck in it, i.e. the host had closed the door on Habib Abd al-Qadir’s hand. Habib Ali quickly opened it, and asked why he hadn’t said anything. He replied by saying that if he had said something the man would have felt terrible and never forgiven himself; so he endured the pain in order to spare this man’s feelings. I think that incident actually caused some permanent damage to Habib Abd al-Qadir’s fingers, may Allah shower mercy on his soul.

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