Those Killed By Bandits and Kidnappers Will Go To ‘Heaven’ Direct — Islamic Cleric
Professor Ibrahim Maqari, an Islamic cleric and deputy chief Imam of Abuja’s National Mosque, has claimed that Islam forbids Muslims from paying money as ransom to enemies with whom they are at war.
Professor Maqari made the remark, according to Dateline, at this year’s Ramadan tafsir in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
He explained that kidnappers could not be given a ransom because it would deprive them of funds they could use to improve their arsenal and continue their evil campaign.
Since Allah (SWT) forbids paying money to an enemy at war with you in order to prevent them from continuing to fight you, paying money as a ransom for the release of abducted people is haram (prohibited),” he explained.
Mr Maqari told the story of a man who approached Prophet Muhammad and asked him what he should do if someone tried to rob him of his money. The Prophet told him to resist the person, according to a Hadith (prophetic tradition).
“What if the person fights me?” the man asked, and the Prophet advised him to fight back.
He asked, “What if I kill him?” The Prophet replied, “He goes to hellfire.” “What if he kills me?” he asked again. “You have entered paradise,” the prophet said.
The deputy chief Imam emphasized that paying ransom to kidnappers is forbidden by the Hadith.
He also clarified that material demands placed as requirements by criminals are to be ignored, regardless of the havoc the criminals threaten to wreak if the demands are not met, according to Islam’s code for deterring criminality.
He said that refusing to meet the demands of kidnappers would eventually turn them into losers who would waste their money feeding the captives, their bullets killing them, and their time.
But he (the criminal) has been told that the money will never be charged, and that the person who is killed (the victim) will go to heaven,” he said.
According to Maqari, implementing Islamic provisions will effectively solve the existing societal problems of kidnapping.
“However, as long as people continue to pay ransom to secure the release of their loved ones, the money will be used to purchase more weapons, which will be used to perpetrate their atrocity and encourage it as a business,” he advised.
He also pointed out that agreeing to kidnappers’ demands has the effect of increasing the vice and making it difficult for security agents to deal with.
“The only way to avoid it is for the perpetrator to understand that if he kidnaps someone, he has the choice of having his body chopped into pieces,” but he will not get what he wants.
As a result, he told Muslims that being kidnapped and killed is a sure way to enter paradise.
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