FAITH

Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists/Khawarij, Murderers And Killers In A Wrong Way, By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In The Name Of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servants and Messenger.

To proceeds:

Dear Servants of Allah! As you know, the female students of the Government Girls Secondary Technical College Daphi, Yobe State, who were abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists last month were Alhamdulillah released. Though five of them were reported to have died and one still in captivity.

Thanks be to Almighty Allah for their release. I, on behalf of the congregations of our Mosques rejoices with the schoolgirls, their parents, their relations, the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army, all the security agents and the entirety of Nigerians for the early return of the girls. But I pray that they were released without paying any ransom to the terrorists.

We indeed have every reason to make some sigh of relief with this uncommon and happy development. May the remaining one, Leah Sheribu, be speedily returned and reunited with her families. And May Allah the Almighty have mercy to the lives of the departed ones, and to make Jannatul Firdaws be their last abode. May the nightmarish incidence of their abduction and their release never be repeated again in the country. Ameen.

Respected Brothers and Sisters! Let everyone know that, if it is true as has being widely speculated, the Nigerian government enters into a negotiations with the terrorists/khawarij on the basis of paying ransom to them, wallahi it will be weakness, incompetence and failure of the government.

For example, if the terrorists laid down their arms first, adopted peaceful path and put forward demands in the form of dialogue, it was responsibility of the government to listen to them.

Rightful demands should be accepted from them while unjustified ones should be rejected.

Conducting negotiations with the terrorists/khawarij before breaking their back was wrong, and was not in accordance with the Noble Quran and Sunnah. But unfortunately our leaders and our politicians did not adopt this approach prescribed by the Noble Quran and Sunnah because of their selfish and political interests.

If this kind wrong negotiations with the terrorists/khawarij were to be held, why had the kidnappers, thieves, robbers, killers and all the remaining criminals been put behind the bars and why were they being prosecuted in the courts of law? Dialogue should also be conducted with them, adding that the entire legal and judicial system should be done away with them and all issues should be settled through dialogue. It was all right to hold dialogue but there should be proper time and manner of holding it.

The power of terrorists, extremists, khawarij, kidnappers, robbers, cattle-rustlers, armed bandits, aggressors and rebels should be broken first, compelling them to accept the writ of the state, adopt peaceful path and resort to talks by laying down arms.

The terrorists/khawarij had occupied parts of the country and created state within the state. They had killed thousands of innocent people including personnel of security forces and still continued on the killing spree. The people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states had been struggling for many years with the dead bodies of their near and dear ones killed by the terrorists.

Then as to what was the crime of these people and what they were being punished for? Public places, Mosques, Churches, religious leaders and security forces were being attacked with abandon and the people were being slaughtered mercilessly. There was no doubt about the fact that the terrorists wanted to get their demands accepted through use of brute force and power. The government’s decision to hold talks in these circumstances reflected weak point of view and lack of firm resolve.

Therefore, we made it clear that those who insisted on the option of talks with the terrorists were in fact protecting them and supporting their philosophy and ideology. Those who indulged in terrorist acts were no martyrs, rather they were cowards, miscreants and mischief makers who worked on the agenda of their financiers. These terrorists wanted to undermine the nuclear status of this country. They are own their own. They are not working for or on behalf of Islam and the Muslims.

And there was a particular segment of the Ulama’ in Nigeria who did not take a clear stance on terrorists by being silent or by making confused statements and shifted the entire blame on the international communities. New issues were raised in a manner that the real problem and questions about conduct of the terrorists were left behind. The purpose behind this deliberate campaign was to keep the nation confused.

There was no denying the importance of talks in principle but it was the question of how and when and from position of strength or weakness. The people had been divided along the ideological lines and confusion was created in this manner. We should neither be slave to the international communities nor should we go to war with them, we should not compromise upon our independence and sovereignty. Some religious figures collected dollars and euros wrongly in the name of preaching. Wallahi, as long as wrong foreign money continued to flow into Nigeria, as long as government pay ransom to terrorists, terrorism would continue. Wal iyazu billah.

My respected people! Boko Haram are khawarij, the dogs of hellfire!!! There can be no wrong negotiations with such murderers and killers. If you can remember, the government did dialogue with them years back and signed the agreement, but the agreement did not go anywhere. They continued with their acts of terrorism. They can only be crushed, by force.

If there is anyone within their ranks who want to do Tauba, who want to repent, then they must openly declare that Nigeria is legitimate state and fighting against Nigeria is Haram!!! Only then, there can be any talks for giving them exit. If they continue to declare Nigeria as illegitimate state and consider killing of Nigerians as “Halal”, then there can be no talks with terrorists/khawarij.

I warn the leaders of Nigeria, I warn the politicians, for making any surrender against these animals. Talks can be done with human, NOT with “dogs of hellfire”!!! Keep this Ruling of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in front of you when you talk about the terrorists/khawarij of Boko Haram.

The Messenger of Allah said:

“…If I live to see them (khawarij/terrorists) I will kill them like the killing of (the people of Aad).” [Bukhari and Muslim]

And unless we eliminate those underlying conditions that allow Boko Haram enjoy local support, the future will augur very badly. When our elites consider leaving our people in ignorance, in poverty and in disease as an official policy and elevate corruption to a status surpassing all good virtues, we ask for Boko Haram and Boko Haram we shall get.

For now, for any meaningful development or rehabilitation to thrive, we have to win the war to preserve the peace. We have to up our game. Our capabilities should keep pace with Boko Haram dynamism. Negotiating with terrorists may bring temporary lull and short-term political benefits but risk emboldening them in the long-run, setting a dangerous precedent.

Nations do not buy peace through appeasement but through sacrifice. Boko Haram’s jihadist utopia is incompatible with true Islam and the realities of our 21st century. They cannot be reconciled by any stretch of compromise. Boko Haram and its terror allies know only one language – defeat. We have to do whatever it takes to defeat Boko Haram and their murderous ideology that fuels it, even as its consequences will continue to echo long after it is militarily extinguished.

Respected Brothers and Sisters! Let me quote my brother, Professor Farooq A. Kperogi who said:

“After the usual, predictable protestations from government officials to the effect that no ransom had been paid to the terrorists to secure the release of the girls, Sahara Reporters disclosed on Wednesday that five million euros had been paid to the Al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram. “But a source who also participated in the negotiations with Boko Haram that led to release of over 80 Chibok girls in 2017 told Sahara Reporters that the federal government not only made the ransom payment of five million euros to the insurgents,” the paper wrote, adding that government “also exchanged some Boko Haram prisoners in return for the Dapchi girls.”

It’s easy to dismiss this as speculative or even made-up, but examples from the immediate past should give us cause for pause. For instance, the government had denied paying any money to the Abubakar Shekau faction of Boko Haram for the release of 80 Chibok girls, but Wall Street Journal’s explosive and exhaustive report of December 24, 2017 proved beyond all shadows of doubt that “Nigeria paid a secret ransom of €3 million to free some of the kidnapped schoolgirls.”

Three million euros adds up to nearly 1.5 billion naira. In another case, the BBC reported that the government paid a hefty ransom to Boko Haram. “The ransom was €2m. Boko Haram asked for euros. They chose the suspects and gave us the list of girls who would be freed,” BBC quoted a source as confiding in them. It’s pointless recounting all the numerous credible revelations of ransom payments to Boko Haram by the government because it was the subject of my column two weeks ago, but the point being made is that Boko Haram is now better financed by the Nigerian government than our military is.

And, as sure as tomorrow’s date, the terrorist group will continue to use the war chest handed to them by our government to unleash more terror, abduct more girls, and earn more money. It has become a profitable racket. While it’s hard to make the case that money shouldn’t be paid to secure the release scared, innocent girls, it’s also good to remember that the money paid to secure the release of some girls will be used to abduct other girls and inflict harm on others. So ransom payment isn’t a sustainable strategy. Any country that purchases its peace will perpetually be indebted to war.

But more than that, Boko Haram is now winning the ideational war. For instance, reports said that when members of the group returned the Dapchi girls, they stayed for a bit and preached against girl-child education. They told the girls to never go to school again or risk abduction. In a region that desperately needs education, especially girl-child education, we’ve been set back by probably five decades.

No responsible parents will send their daughters to school again. The girls’ life is infinitely more important than their education. Similarly, Boko Haram is clearly now being unwittingly lionized, deodorized, decriminalized, and mainstreamed by the government. The photos and videos shared by the Daily Nigerian online newspaper of jubilant crowds cheering Boko Haram terrorists in Dapchi while the group freely hoists its flag is disconcerting. The terrorist group isn’t just being financed by the Buhari government through handsome ransom payments; it is also being unintentionally glamorized.

There is no bigger recruitment tool for the group than this. It’s a loud message that crime does pay.” [See Daily Trust Newspaper of Saturday, March 24, 2018]

* Below is the Right Way To Debate and Dialogue With the Terrorists/Khawarij

Ibn Abbas narrated that:

“When the Haruriyyah, the Khawarij, the terrorists rebelled in the time of Khalifah Ali Bin Abi Talib, they isolated themselves in a place. There were 6000 of them and they were united in rebelling against  Ali’s government. Continuously people would come to Ali and say, “Oh Leader of  the Believers, verily these people are rebelling against you.” He  would reply, “Leave them, verily I will not fight them until they fight us and that is what they will do.” So when it came to that day, I came to Ali before the noon prayer and I said to him, “Oh Leader of the Believers, delay the prayer until it is cooler perhaps I will speak to these people.”

He said: “Verily, I fear for you.” I said, “Never! I used to be known as a man of good manners, I never harmed anyone.” He gave me permission to go. So, I put on a very nice garment, the best of what one could get from Yemen and I combed my hair. Then, I visited them at midday while they were eating. I had entered upon a people, the likes of whom I had never seen with regards to their exertion in worship. Their foreheads were wounded due to their (constant) prostration (in prayer) and their hands had become rough like camel’s feet, wearing recently washed, untidy shirts with very high raised clothing and with tired and worn out faces [due to not caring for themselves].

So, I greeted them and they said,  “Welcome, oh son of Abbas! And what is this cloak you are  wearing?” I asked, “What deficiency do you see from me? Indeed, I saw the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) dressed in the best of what you can find in Yemeni clothing, then I recited this verse to them:

“Say, “Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah which He has produced for His servants and the good things of provision?” [Quran, 7: 32]

Then they asked: “What has brought you here?” I told them, “I have come to you from amongst the Companions of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) – the Muhajirun and the Ansar and from the son of the uncle of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) (Ali Bin Abi Talib), who is his son-in-law. And upon them descended the Quran; they are more knowledgeable about it than you and there is not one of them (the Companions) amongst you. I have come to convey to you what they say, and to convey to them what you say.” A group amongst them said, “Do not debate with the Quraysh because verily Allah, the Almighty says:

“Nay! But they are a quarrelsome people.” [Quran, 43: 58]

Then a group of them turned towards me and two or three of them  said: “Verily, we will speak to him.” So I said: “Come forward, what is the grudge you have against the Companions of the Allah’s Messenger and your leader, the son of his uncle (Ali Bin Abi Talib)?” They answered: “Three points.” I asked: “And what are they?” They said: “One of the points is that he (Khalifah Ali Bin Abi Talib) had men judge in a matter of Allah while Allah says:

“The judgment is for none but Allah.” [Quran, 6: 57 and Quran, 12: 40,  67]

“What have men got to do with the judgment?” I said: “This is one point.” They said: “As for the second point, then he fought people and he did not take captives nor did he take the war booty (Ghanimah). If they were disbelievers, then their captives are permissible for us and if they were believers then their captives are neither permissible to take nor was it allowed to fight them (in the first place).” I said: “This is the second point, and what is the third point?” Or he said something similar. They said: “He removed the title of ‘Leader of the Believers’ (Amir al-Mu’minin) from his name, and if he is not the ‘Leader of the Believers’ then he is the ‘Leader of the Disbelievers’ (Amir al-Kafirin).” I asked: “Do you have any points other than these?” They  replied: “These are sufficient for us.” I said to them: “Do you understand that if I read to you from the book of Allah the Almighty and from the Sunnah of His Prophet (Peace be upon him) that which refutes what you say, will you then return (back)?” They said: “Yes.” I said: “As for your statement that Ali had men judge in a matter that was for Allah; then I will read to you from the book of Allah, where Allah has delegated His judgment to men regarding the eighth of a quarter of a dirham. Allah the Most High commanded the people to judge in this matter. Do you not understand the saying of Allah the Almighty:

“Oh you who believe, do not kill the game while you are in a state of  Ihram, and whosoever of you kills it intentionally, then the penalty is an offering equivalent to the one he killed, as judged by two just men among you.” [Quran, 5: 95]

And it is from the judgment of Allah that He delegated men to judge  in this matter. If Allah willed, He could have judged in this matter but  He allowed men to judge. I ask you by Allah, is it better that men judge in something regarding reconciliation in disputes and in preventing bloodshed or regarding the hunting of a rabbit? They said: “Of course, this is better.” And regarding a woman and her husband Allah says:

“If you fear a breach between the husband and wife, appoint two  arbitrators: one from his family and the other from hers.” [Quran, 4: 35]

Is not men judging in reconciling disputes and in the prevention of  bloodshed better than men judging regarding the private parts of a  woman? Have we finished with this point? They replied: “Yes.” I said: “As for your statement, ‘He fought but did not take captives and did  not take war booty,’ then would you take your mother (in Islam),  Aisha, as a captive, making her permissible for yourselves for that  which you make permissible from other than her while she is your  mother? If you say, ‘We make permissible from her that which we  make permissible from other than her,’ then you have committed  disbelief. And if you say, “She is not our mother,” then you have also  committed disbelief. Allah the Most High said:

“The Prophet is closer to the believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers.” [Quran, 33: 6]

And so you are between the two ill judgments. So, which of them do you want to take? Have we finished with this point? They replied: “Yes.” As for Khalifah Ali removing the title of ‘Leader of Believers’, then I will give you something that will please you; verily, the Prophet of Allah contracted an agreement with the Mushrikin (the disbelievers of Quraysh) on the Day of Sulh Hudaybiyyah, and the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said to Ali: “Write, oh Ali: This is what Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, agrees with. They, the Mushrikin, said, ‘If we knew you to be the Messenger of Allah, we would not have fought you.’ So the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: “Oh Allah, indeed You know that I am Your Messenger.”

Erase it, Ali, and write: This is what Muhammad Ibn Abdullah agrees upon. “I swear by Allah that the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) is better than Ali and even he erased his own name, and erasing his name does not erase his Prophethood.” Have we finished with this point? They said: “Yes.” So 2,000 of them came back while the rest (4,000) of them rebelled and fought, based upon their misguidance, and the Companions of the Prophet, Muhajirun and Ansar fought them.”

[Narrated by al-Darimi in his Sunan and Bahshal in Tarikh Wasit. This narration is reported on the authority of Amr Ibn Salmah and  authenticated by al-Albani in al-Silsilah as-Sahihah, vol. 5 page 12-13. There are other narrations of this story. It has been narrated by Abdullah Ibn Ahmad in Zawa’id al-Zuhud, page 428, and by Abu Nu’aim in Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 4 page 380-381. Also recorded by al-?abrani in al-Kabir, vol. 9 page 125-126 and by Abdul-Razzaq in al-Mussannaf, no. 5409.  Al-Haythami narrated it in Mu’jam al-Zawa’id, vol. 1 page 181.

As for the narration of Abdul-Razzaq and al-Tabrani, it has been authenticated by al-Haythami in Mu’jam al-Zawa’id, vol. 1 page 181. The narration of Abu Nu’aim in al-Hilyat was reported on the authority of Abu Za’rah. Recorded by Abdul-Razzaq in his book al-Mussannaf no. 18678, Musnad Ahmad vol. 1 page 243, al-Mustadrak of Imam al-Hakim vol. 2 page 150152, Ibn Abdul-Barr in his book Jami’ Bayanil Ilm wa fadlihi, vol. 2 page 962-964/1834 and  others. This story has many other narrations in al-Kabir and Munazzarat a’immah as-Salaf, page 8991, and some of them were authenticated by al-Haythami]

Dear Brothers and Sisters! This is the right way of debating with the terrorists/khawarij. Show them that they are on the wrong way. They must surrender to the state or else you fight and kill them. You cannot negotiate with them like they have power or any authority.

Allah the Most High said:

“And if two parties or groups among the believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them both, but if one of them rebels against the other, then fight you (all) against the one that which rebels till it complies with the Command of Allah; then if it complies, then make reconciliation between them justly, and be equitable. Verily! Allah loves those who are equitable.” [Quran, 49: 9]

Imam Al-Ajuri said:

“Neither the scholars of old nor of these times, ever differed about the Khawarij (terrorists). They regarded them as an evil people who were disobedient to Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, and His Messenger, even though they prayed, fasted and exerted themselves in worship, and all of this was of no benefit to them, even though they were apparent in enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, and that did not benefit them because they were a people who interpret the Quran upon their desires.” [See Kitabush-Shari’ah by Imam al-Ajuri; Chapter: Rebuking the Khawarij and their evil Madhhab, and the permissibility of killing them, and the reward for killing them and the one killed by them, vol.1 page 325]

 Ali Bin Abi Talib – Allah be pleased with him – said:

“Do not be with the sinner (fajir), for he will beautify to you the things he does, and he will want you to be like him; and he will beautify to you the worst of his practices; and his entrance upon you and leaving from your company will cause ignominy and discredit [of you]. And do not accompany the fool (ahmaq), for he will exhaust himself [to help you] but will not benefit you, and he may want to benefit you but end up harming you; his silence is better than his speaking, his distance is better than his closeness, and him dying is better than him living. And do not accompany the liar, for life will not benefit you with him, he will tell others what you say, and tell you what others say; and if you speak the truth, it will not be believed.” [Abu Bakr Al-Daynuri, in Al-Mujalasah wa Jawahiril Ilm no. 1379]

* The Khawarij/Terrorists come with beautiful preaching but evil deeds

Anas Ibn Malik reported that:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: There will be division and sectarianism in my nation and the Khawarij (terrorists) will come with beautiful words and evil deeds. They will recite the Quran but it will not pass beyond their throats. They will leave the religion as an arrow leaves its target and they will not return to it as the arrow does not return to its bow. They are the worst of the creation. Blessed are those who fight them and are killed by them. They call to the Book of Allah but they have nothing to do with it. Whoever fights them is better to Allah than them.” [Sunan Abi Dawud]

And Imam Ibn Kathir said:

“If the Khawarij ever gained power, they would corrupt the entire earth, Iraq, and Syria. They would not leave alone a boy or a girl or a man or a woman, for in their view the people have become so corrupt that they cannot be reformed except by mass killing.” [See al-Bidaya wal-Nihaya, vol. 10 page 584]

Allah knows best.

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our Noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Your Brother:

Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reach via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

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