Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Sheikh Saqr Abdul Qader al-Shuwaitir is arrested in Yemen

The following is a translation from Arabic.


Press Statement

Political security in the Ab province
Sheikh Saqr Abdul Qader al-Shuwaitir is arrested

On Saturday 7th April, 2007 C.E security officials in civilian attires raided the al-Nahdhah School in the province of Ab and detained Mr. Saqr Abdul Qader Abdullah al-Shuwaitir, aged 35, married and father of 4 children, who is a teacher in the same school. He has been arrested without a warrant from either a court or the provincial authorities. His only ‘crime’ is that he distributed leaflets criticising the treacherous Riyadh Conference where the traitors of this Ummah had gathered in Riyadh on 28th & 29th March, 2007. The leaflet was titled “America holds the Arab Summit in Riyadh! It aims to deal a fatal blow to the issues of the Muslims especially the Palestinian issue.” wherein it called upon the Muslims: “Oh Muslims America had succeeded in the Beirut Summit in 2002 under the name of the Arab Peace Initiative by making the Arab rulers erase from their dictionary the occupied Palestine of 1948, and today she succeeded in the Riyadh Summit by adding to the Arab rulers the Palestinian authority and its governments with its two wings, the secular and the Islamic, by erasing as well the occupied Palestine 1948 through the acceptance of the resolutions of the Arab Summit in Riyadh, led by the Arab Peace Initiative.”

Oh Muslims! The rulers of this Ummah are the curse upon it. They have time and again cheated the Ummah and were it not for this ayah of the book of Allah we would not have issued any statement on the occasion of their conference:

وَإِذْ قَالَتْ أُمَّةٌ مِنْهُمْ لِمَ تَعِظُونَ قَوْمًا اللَّهُ مُهْلِكُهُمْ أَوْ مُعَذِّبُهُمْ عَذَابًا شَدِيدًا قَالُوا مَعْذِرَةً إِلَى رَبِّكُمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ

“And when a community among them said: "Why do you preach to a people whom Allâh is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?" (The preachers) said: "In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allâh), and perhaps they may fear Allâh." [TMQ Al-‘Araaf: 164]
We seek pardon of Allah (swt), May the sleeping among us wake up with this or the treacherous be shocked:

يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا لاَ تَخُونُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ وَتَخُونُوا أَمَانَاتِكُمْ وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

“O you who believe! Betray not Allâh and His Messenger, nor betray knowingly your Amânât (things entrusted to you, and all the duties which Allâh has ordained for you)” [TMQ Al-Anfal: 27]

It may be worth mentioning that Mr. Saqr was arrested and remained in custody for two weeks and was released on 9th April, 2007 without any charges or court ruling.

Oh the People of Yemen!
The repressive agencies of the government infringe upon the honour of people will not escape the punishment of Allah (swt) and shall certainly incur the wrath of the Ummah and will have to account for their misdeeds to the sincere Muslims sooner or later. The authorities do not seem to learn from the current events in Yemen and other Islamic lands.

وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنقَلَبٍ يَنقَلِبُونَ

“And those who wrong will come to know by what overturning they will be overturned” [TMQ: ash-Shu’ara:227]

The Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Yemen

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