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This is a reminder again to attract your attention towards some people who are more beloved to ALLAH than us and are being tested by him, I wonder how many have taken action since reading this last time.
It has been narrated by Saeed through his chain from Hibban bin Jabalah, that the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said: “Indeed it is obligatory upon the Muslims to free their captives or to pay their ransoms.”
Ibn Qudamah Al-Hanbali said (Al-Mughni 9/228):
It is obligatory to pay the ransom money for the Muslim prisoners, if it is possible.
This was also said by Umar bin Abdul-Aziz, Imam Malik and Ishaq. It has been narrated from Ibn Zubair that he asked Al-Hassan bin Ali about freeing the prisoners. Al-Hassan replied: “It is obligatory upon the entire Earth on which he was fighting.”
Sheikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said (Al-Fatawa 28/635):
Freeing the prisoners is one of the greatest compulsory deeds and spending ransom money and other means towards that, is one of the greatest ways to come close to Allah.
Abu Dawud mentions the hadith narrated by Abu Talha Al-Ansari and Jabir Bin Abdullah, that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “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”.
By the blessing of ALLAH azzawajal we all are living in the comforts of our home we can go where we want and do what we like but there are people who are our dear brothers and sisters that are imprisoned and are alone sitting in between 4 closed walls and they have no one to talk to they are seperated from their families and kids and at times abused and tortured or killed.
Abu Musa reported the Messenger of ALLAH(S.A.S.) saying “A believer is like a brick for another believer, the one supporting the other. The Prophet then clasped his hands with the fingers interlaced (while saying that).” (Bukhâri 3 /626 and Muslim 4/6257)
The Messenger of ALLAH(S.A.S) said that we are a single body, if one part feels suffering the whole body is restless.
Is not the Muslim the brother of a Muslim? "...he does not forsake him, nor despise him."
So don’t wait and go grab your pen or the keyboard and let them know that you care about them. I will make a list of points here in all the possible ways you can help them whether you are brother or sister.
1) Raise your hands towards the heaven and make dua and dua and dua, do not under esitmate the power of the dua especially the dua of the oppressed, beg ALLAH and plead him and ponder upon the situation of the prisoner while making dua of how they are feeling in the 4 closed walls which would make you cry and humble yourself.
some of the best times to make dua are
i) Right after the completion of Fard salah
ii) third part of the night
iii) During your prostration
iv) Between asr and maghrib on Jummah
v) Between Adhan and Iqama.
And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. [Quran 2:186]
Is not He (better than your gods) Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him, and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations? Is there any ilah (god) with Allah? Little is that you remember! [Quran 27:62]
Here are some duas that might help inshALLAH.
i) ALLAHumma fukka qayda asrana wa asral-muslimeen (O ALLAH! Break free the shackles of our prisoners and the prisoners of the Muslims)
ii) ALLAHumma innahum fi hajatin 'ajilatin ila rahamatik fa anzil alayhim rahamatika Ya Rahmanu, Ya Raheem (O ALLAH! They are in urgent need of Your Mercies. so send upon them Your Mercies. O Most Merciful, O Most Kind)
iii) ALLAHumma man adhahum fa adhihi, wa man adahum fa adihi (O ALLAH! Whoever has harmed them, then harm him)
Also if you can use the specific names of prisoners in the dua to help them
Abu Hamdun had a scroll on which was written the names of 300 of his close friends, and he used to supplicate for them – one by one – every single night. One night, he went to sleep without doing so. So, in his sleep, he heard a voice saying: “O Abu Hamdun, why did you not light your lamps this evening?” So, he woke up, and lit his lamp, and began supplicating for each and every name on the list until he completed it.”
(Narrated Abu Abdullah bin Al-Khattab)
2) Write a mail to the prisoners as I have said already how much it means to a prisoner to get a letter from someone who cares for him so please do write,
Here is the list of prisoners with their addresses (Make sure you also write the Prisoner ID Number/DetNumber on the envelope)
UK prisoners list http://www.helptheprisoners.org/prisoners/uklist.pdf
US Prisoners List http://www.helptheprisoners.org/prisoners/usalist.pdf
Europe Prisoners List http://www.helptheprisoners.org/prisoners/europelist.pdf
Others countries http://www.helptheprisoners.org/index.php?cat=prisoners
You can also email the prisoners there is a website which allows emailing only for UK prisoners and they charge a small amount please check it out here http://www.emailaprisoner.com/
People outside US who wants to send a mail to prisoners in US brothers please email to email@example.com and sisters email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure you abide by the following guidelines while writing the mail:
i) please do not talk politics because the mail might not reach the prisoner or it might even put the prisoner in difficult situation.
ii) Please do not talk to the prisoner about his or her case in the mail
iii) you can probably search for Quranic ayats regarding patience and steadfastness and use those ayah whichever one is applicable.
3) Be concerned with the situation of the prisoners and let others know about them, you can check the news regarding the prisoners from these websites
http://www.qassam.ps/prisoners.html (For Palestinian prisoners)
and there are many other websites.
4) If you know of any families of the prisoners , please try to go visit them and also encourage you wives to visit the wives of the prisoners and take your kids to play with their kids so they you minimize the phsychological effect the kids have due to their missing father or mother and also help them financially.
5) Help the prisoners families financially with whatever you can inshaALLAH.
6) The last but not the least but the most important thing and the highest priority is to join the Mujahideen and defend the Ummah .
[Quran 4:75] And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose cry is: "Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help!"
After posting all these possible ways to help the prisoners I don’t think myself and you have any excuse from helping the prisoners.
And do not postpone or procrastinate “DAYS GONE WILL NEVER RETURN” and you don’t want to be jealous seeing the reward that ALLAH gives to the oppressed on hereafter, here is the chance to reap the benefits and get high rewards.