بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Br. Tarek’s Sentencing Statement – a powerful speech, mashaa’Allah!
For those unaware, the brother has a beautiful blog from which many Muslims continue to benefit from, click here. In my blogging experience of 3+ years, I’ve seen his blog oft-quoted and shared due to the high quality and very beneficial posts in it. In addition to that, he has his ‘Quran and You’ Series which I believe he wrote it post-imprisonment, not entirely sure. So much to learn from his steadfastness. He has started a legacy of justice, began an awakening of its kind by the Mercy of Allah SWT and what could be more noble than this? Allahu Akbar! The parents of Br. Tarek must be proud of their son! It is almost as if Allah SWT has made publicly known the strength of this brother. The brother’s words are a testimony to the level of his Eeman. May Allah SWT protect him and grant him the strength of His Beloved Slaves. Ameen.
Those who have been set free by Allah SWT can never ever be imprisoned. We should not feel grief by feeling powerless. But rather we should rejoice that the One who has Ultimate Power has selected our brother for inshaa’Allah a higher status near Him. This brother is a modern day role model and his life a lesson for us, for the brothers, mothers, fathers, sisters, daughters. Jannah is expensive and sometimes we may have to sacrifice our hearts in it’s Pursuit. Whether it’s a personal sacrifice or a sacrifice in the form of a loved one. May Allah SWT protect us, forgive us and make us strong! ameen…
وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ
Inna-lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji-oon.
أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ
وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ ۖ فَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ الْكَاذِبِينَ
أَمْ حَسِبَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ السَّيِّئَاتِ أَن يَسْبِقُونَا ۚ سَاءَ مَا يَحْكُمُونَ
مَن كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاءَ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّ أَجَلَ اللَّهِ لَآتٍ ۚ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested.
And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allâh will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allâh knows all that before putting them to test).
Or think those who do evil deeds that they can outstrip Us (i.e. escape Our Punishment)? Evil is that which they judge!
Whoever hopes for the Meeting with Allâh, then Allâh’s Term is surely coming. and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.
[Surat’l Ankaboot, 29:1-5]
I pray that the brother above and all other brothers/sisters in such trials are resurrected amongst the Siddiqeen, the Truthful ones. May Allah SWT grant their families, their relatives, friends and all those concerned about them with serenity and Rida with His Decree. May Allah SWT protect our loved ones from the Shayateen and make us overcome them whether their evil lies within us or outside of us.
And Allah SWT knows best.