O our honourable people in Ain Al-Hilwa... O Muslim Youth who are protective of their Deen
We call you, rather we are reaching out to the Deen, dignity, and protection in you, for your blood and the blood of the Muslims which is shed over the land in Ain Al-Hilwa.
We implore you for the sake of Allah to listen, and open your hearts before your ears...
We call those amongst you who carried out the shootings which injured, killed, and terrorised people in Rajab, the sacred month of Allah, which is sanctified even by the Arabs in their Days of Ignorance, so what about you, the Muslims!!
Narrated in Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said in his Farewell pilgrimage:
إن الزمان قد استدار كهيئته يوم خلق الله السماوات والأرض، السنة اثنا عشر شهرًا منها أربعة حرم، ثلاثة متواليات: ذو القعدة، وذو الحجة، والمحرم، ورجب مُضر الذي بين جمادى وشعبان
"O People! Time has gone back to how it was at the time Allah created the Heavens and the Earth. A year has twelve months, four of which are sacred, three consecutive, Thul-Qi'dah, Thul-Hijjah, Muharram, and Rajab of Mudhar (tribe that adhered to its sacredness), which comes between Jumaadaa and Sha'baan."
We are not here to explain the rules of permissibility and prohibition of fighting in the sacred month, but we are reminding you that there are days of Allah when committing a sin is grave for the wrongdoer, let alone the murderer who terrorises people, children and the needy! And we remind you of the saying of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in the hadeeth (agreed upon):
سِبَابُ المُسْلِم فُسُوقٌ وَقِتالُهُ كُفْرٌ
"Insulting a Muslim is a crime and fighting him is Kufr"
The Prophet's صلى الله عليه وسلم description of fighting between Muslims as Kufr, is an indication of the gravity of the sin to Allah Azza Wa Jal.
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم even confirmed the prohibition of striking fear or terrorising a Muslim. He صلى الله عليه وسلم prohibited petrifying the Muslims by any means. Once the Sahaba (ra) were travelling with the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, they stopped to rest, one man went to sleep, some men then took a rope that belonged to him, one of them passed the rope on the body of the sleeping man, he sprung in fright. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم then said:
لا يحل لمسلم أن يُروع مسلمًا
"It is not permissible for a Muslim to terrorise a Muslim."
This is regarding the one who passed a rope over his sleeping brother's body, then how is the case for the one who fires shots and missiles?
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم even prohibited pointing a weapon at a Muslim. He صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
من أشار إلى أخيه بحديدة فإن الملائكة تلعنه، حتى وإن كان أخاه لأبيه وأمه
"Whosoever points a piece of iron towards his brother, he shall be cursed by the Angles, even if he was his paternal and maternal brother"
This is a warning from pointing any harmful tool, that could lead to killing, like the knife and other sharp tools, even in jest, how is the case then for the one who points his gun at a Muslim's face? Even more the one who shoots, and is serious in killing him?!
While An-Nasa'i narrated, that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
إذا أشار المسلم على أخيه المسلم بالسلاح فهما على جرف جهنم، فإذا قتله خرّا جميعاً فيها
"If a Muslim points a weapon at his Muslim brother then they are both standing at the edge of a cliff above the hellfire, if he kills him they will both fall in it."
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم also ordered taking precaution and heed and to stay away from all that can lead and cause harm to Muslims. Bukhari and Muslim Narrated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
إذا مر أحدكم في مجلس أو سوق وبيده نبل فليأخذ بنصالها، ثم ليأخذ بنصالها، أن يصيب أحداً من المسلمين منها بشىء
"Whosoever passes by a gathering or the market while holding a dart, and then let him cover its blades...then let him cover its blades, so that it does not harm the Muslins in any way."
Let alone the one who fires shots aiming to kill and terrorise Muslims even inside their homes, and roams around with his weapon, missiles, and bullets in the markets targeting the chests of Muslims??!!
Instead of reflecting on the historical significance of this month like the Israa' and Mi'raj of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, those who commit such acts, and recall them on the way your Prophet (alaihi wasslam) and his incidents as mentioned above in order to revive them. Instead of remembering the entrance of Salahudin to Al-Quds to conquer it - while they are the sons of Al-Quds- in this month as conquerors steering their actions in the right direction. And instead of remembering the destruction of the Muslim's state, the Khilafah, and the blow to Islam in its ruling system that took place in this month too, that they not plunge their weapons in the face of prohibited blood and direct them towards the correct target under the shade of the rule of Islam towards the Kaffir colonialist West... Instead of all this, they face one another with weapons, callously regarding the terrorising of Muslims and shedding their blood and their sacred months... but until when?
We still continue to reach out to whatever is left of the Deen in your hearts... to stop and account yourselves and remember Allah سبحانه وتعالى to return to your senses before it's too late making you regretful, and you meet Allah سبحانه وتعالى with your weapons dripping with prohibited blood. Then what will you do with "La ilaha ila Allah" which is professed by all your people? What will you do with it when you are standing before Allah, who accounts for every atom, Subhanahu?
To our people in Ain Al-Hilwa, we say, stop the oppressors, and express your rejection to this futility, do not accept to be firewood for the disputant's projects in Ain Al-Hilwa for Lebanese and regional agenda, so that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم warning does not befalls us:
إذَا رَأَيْتَ أُمَّتِي تَهَابُ الظَّالِمَ أَنْ تَقُولَ لَهُ أَنْتَ ظَالِمٌ فَقَدْ تُوُدِّعَ مِنْهُمْ
"If you see my Ummah afraid to account the oppressor then they are ruined." (Narrated by Ahmad in his Musnad)
Yesterday and today's demonstration by the best among you, your youth, and sons is part of this expression of your rejection to the widespread killing and fighting, and a support and steadfastness for the sincere and protective amongst your sons to stop the oppressor and his oppression. Rather to make the oppressor and his master to think a thousand times over before carrying out their oppression and grievances...
This is for the sake of Allah who guides to the correct path.
Hizb ut Tahrir Wilayah Lebanon
16 Rajab 1435 AH