regarding the Taliban
By Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahmān
Question: What are the ways
in which all the Muslims - everyone according to his own situation - can
help their Muslim brethren in Afghanistan?
Answer: In the Name of
Allāh the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
All praise is due to Allāh, whose Seizure
is severe, who does as He wishes. May salutations be upon our Prophet
Muhammad who said,
"I was sent along with the
hour as a bringer of glad tidings and as a warner. My provision has been
put under the shade of my spear. Humiliation and belittlement have been
made for those who oppose my command. Whoever imitates a people is from
There is no doubt, that America's
declaration of war upon the Taliban government of Afghanistan is [an act
of] oppression and transgression. It is a crusade against Islām, as the
President of the United States of America has [himself] been quoted [as
saying]. The Nation-States in the Muslim World's lack of assistance to
them in this critical situation is a major tragedy, let alone helping the
infidels against them, which is taking them as allies. The Most High says,
"O You who believe, do not take the Jews and the
Christians as allies. They are allies of each other. If any of you takes
them as allies, then he is one of them. Indeed Allāh does not guide the
Because of this verse, the scholars have regarded helping the disbelievers
against the Muslims as one of those things which invalidate one's Islām.
It is obligatory upon the Muslims to aid
their oppressed brothers against the oppressive infidels. The Messenger of
Allāh - sallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam - said,
"The Muslim is his fellow Muslim's brother. He does
not oppress him and he does not surrender him." [However],
killing a "mu'āhid"
(one who has a pact with the Muslims), or a "musta'min" (one who
has been granted security by the Muslims in their lands), is not [a
legitimate way] of assisting the Muslims, nor is it
Jihād in the
path of Allāh. No aggression is to be shown against them. Such
[aggression] is from the greatest of sins. The Most High says,
"If you fear treachery from a people, throw back
[their covenant] to them, [so as to be] on equal terms. Indeed, Allāh does
not love the treacherous"
(Al-Anfāl:58). It has been related in authentic
ahadīth that the
Prophet - sallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam - said,
"He who kills a mu'āhid will
not smell the fragrance of paradise"
It is well known that the Taliban
Governments first crime - as far as the United States are concerned - is
that they did not submit to their leadership, that they did not abide by
the laws of the United Nations, which are referred to as "International
Law" that gives the United States the right to veto a decision. Whoever
goes outside these regulations undergoes sanctions, which every nation is
obliged to abide by. This is the most perfect form of domineering and
It is obligatory upon the Muslims to take
on the [necessary] means of [attaining] honour, which Allāh has made for
his believing servants. The Most High says,
"And to Allāh belongs the honour, and to his
Messenger, and to the believers, but the Hypocrites do not know."
The only reason for the humiliation of the Muslims, and their
following of their enemies is that they have turned away from their
religion, the weakness of their
īmān, and their
disunity, to the extent that they left
Jihād in the path of Allāh.
The Prophet - sallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam - said,
"When you deal with
'īnah (a very subtle usurious transaction), and become satisfied with
agriculture, and leave Jihād in the path of Allāh, He will send
humiliation upon you, and he will not remove it from you until you return
to your religion."
This Coalition against the Taliban
government along with its weakness, its hardships, and the hardships of
the Afghan people is a disaster, which makes obligatory assisting them and
extending to them the hand of help. At the very least, one should pray for
them, and perform "Qunūt"
prayer in order to lift the disaster, the effects and harms of which are
not restricted to them alone.
We ask Allāh that He aids His Religion,
that He raises His Cause, that He unites the Muslims upon the Truth, that
He disunites the infidels, and that He ruins them completely. Indeed He is
Ever-Strong, Ever Powerful. He his capable of all things. May salutations
be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions.
Dictated by 'Abdur-Rahmān bin Nāsir
Written : 20/7/1422H