Prisoners For Whom No One Weeps!

        And al-Imam al-Buwayti, the friend of ash-Shaafi’ee, was imprisoned, and a shackle was put around his neck, and iron around his legs. And he used to say, “I will die in these chains of mine until a people will come and know that I have died in this state, a nation who died in chains.”

Shaykh Abdul-Aziz bin Nasir al-Jaleel


O you prisoners in Filasteen and Cuba! From the mujahideen and ulemaa and duaat, secluded in the prisons of oppression and despotism, suffering pain and ache, enduring the gloating of the enemies and the anguish of loved ones… O Allah! Make their hearts firm upon Your Religion, and raise their levels in Your Paradise.


 But you [prisoners] are assured that the prisoner is pleased with his imprisonment, and the captive is pleased with his captivity. And you strove against yourselves and your enemies for the sake of Allah ta’aala, and you repressed your desires for the pleasure of Allah. And Allah says:

 {But as for him who feared standing before his Lord, and restrained himself from impure evil desires, and lusts. Verily, Paradise will be his abode.} [an-Nazi’at : 40-41]

 And whoever Allah decrees good for will [surely] incur it.

So O assembly of the free and noble! Remember the statement of al-Imam Malik bin Anas,

“Do not envy anyone who has not been afflicted for this affair [Islam] with a trial.”

And remember that your foremost predecessors were tried with this [i.e. imprisonment]. Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, “Passed through three khulafaa’ [1], whose authority stretched from the east of the earth to its west, and with them were the philosophical scholars and the military commanders and the ministers and messengers and governors and administrators, the amount of which can only be counted by Allah. So some of them [sought to affect him] with imprisonment, and others with threats of death and other [threats], and others with enticement with leadership and what Allah wills of money, and others with beatings, and some of them with expulsion and exile; and he was let down in this by all the people of the earth, even his friends amongst the scholars and the righteous and the pious. And despite that, he did not give them a word of what they asked for, and he did not turn back on what he came with from the Book and the Sunnah.” [2]


And al-Buwayti would, while he was in captivity, make ghusl every Friday and perfume himself and wash his garments, and then go out to the door of the prison when he heard the call, and the jailer would send him back. Al-Buwayti would then say, “O Allah! I have answered your call and they prevented me.”

And al-Buwayti wrote to al-Dhahli, “I ask you to inform our brothers from ahlul-hadeeth about my state, so perhaps Allah will save me through their supplications. I am shackled and I am unable to perform the obligatory acts of tahaarah and salaah.” So the people clamored in their crying and supplicating for him.

As-Subki said, “Look at this scholar- rahimahullah- he was not sorry for anything except for the performance of the obligatory deeds, and he was not affected by the shackles or by the prison. May Allah be pleased with him and reward his patience with good” [3].


And when Ali ibn Jahm was imprisoned, he composed beautiful lines of poetry. From them:



They said you have been imprisoned, so I said [it] will not harm me *** my imprisonment. And what sword does not become sheathed?
And the sun, if it is not covered from *** your eyes, the star would never shine. And the full moon, the eclipse finds it, then [again] become clear *** its days, as if it has become new. And imprisonment, if it is not due to [the commission of] a low act *** in the time, then how excellent is the loved place

And Shaykhul-Islam ibn Taymiyyah, rahimahullah, was imprisoned- seven times- and his [treatment in] prison was worse and more deplorable than the imprisonment of the Christians, as he said in his debates with his opponents on the matter of the fundamental creed of the Muslims, “The Christians have a pleasant imprisonment, in it they associate partners with Allah and in it they take the prisons as churches. If only our imprisonment was like that of the Christians and the idol worshippers! No, for them is dignity, and for us is shame. And for what sin were my brothers in religion imprisoned, except lies and slander?” [4]

And despite all this, Ibnul Qayyim related the situation of his shaikh in the prison of al-Qal’ah in Damascus, so he said, “He [Ibn Taymiyyah] would say about his imprisonment in al-Qal’ah, ‘If it was granted to them that this entire prison be filled with gold, it would not be a just [expression] of my gratitude for this blessing.’ Or he said, ‘I would not have repaid them for the good caused to me by them.’ And Allah knows, I have not seen anyone more pleased with life than he, and if we became fearful or if we began to have negative thoughts or if we felt the earth had become constricted, we would go to him and see him and listen to his words, and all of that would leave, and we would transform to a state of relief and strength and certainty” [5].

And it is obligatory upon us vis-à-vis our brothers, the prisoners, that we strive in demanding their release and that we espouse their case and their affair, and that we strive to free them with ransom and encourage [the people] in this and in supplication and qunoot for them. And Allah has described his pious slaves with his words:

{And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to the Miskin (poor), the orphan, and the captive} [al-Insan : 8]

And the Abbasid khalifah al-Muttaqi-billah paid a napkin that was said to belong to Isa, alayhissalaam, to the king of the Romans in exchange for the release of a large number of Muslim prisoners, as the fuqahaa’ have decreed [to be obligatory] [6]


And some of the scholars of al-Andalus concerned themselves with the collection of donations for the purpose of releasing the Muslim prisoners imprisoned directly after the battles that took place between them and the Christians. So Abu Abdullah al-Hajaam [d. 614h] addressed the people in the mosque of Ishbeeliyah about the redemption of the prisoners, and the people hastened to that, many of them even took off some of what they had on of clothing  [7].

And Shaykhul-Islam ibn Taymiyyah demanded the release of the Muslim prisoners from the Christian king Qubras, pursuing in his message to him the way of encouragement on the one hand, and the way of threatening and warning him on the other. And when Shaykhul-Islam was able to release al-Hafidh al-Mizzi from captivity, he freed him with his hands and he said, “It is obligatory on the relative to free his relative from captivity” [8].

And he said, “If we take [their] their soldier prisoner for the purpose of setting free those they imprisoned from us, this transaction is permissible” [9].

O Allah! Rescue the oppressed Muslims everywhere. Oh Allah tighten Your Severity on the enemies of Islam, and afflict them with barren years like the years of Yusuf. Ameen



[1] the three khulafaa’ were al-Ma’mun, al-Mu’tasim, and al-Waathiq
[2] Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa 12/439
[3] as-Subki’s Tabaqaat 2/164-165
[4] Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa 3/254
[5] al-Mustadrak ‘ala Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa 1/154
[6] Ibn al-Jawzi’s al-Muntadham 14/27
[7] Muhammad Abi Khayl’s Juhood Ulemaa al-Andalus fee as-Siraa’ ma’ an-Nasaaraa
[8] al-Mustadrak ‘ala Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa 5/62
[9] al-Mustadrak ‘ala Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa 3/241



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3 responses to “Prisoners For Whom No One Weeps!

  1. you know when you read about the prisoners, it feels like we are the prisoners and they are the free ones. freed by their iman in Allah, by their yaqeen and by their hope for victory


  2. Ironic how they are imprisoned but worship Allah freely and we are free but are shackled by our sins.


  3. istiqaamah

    May Allah reward the shuyukh that remind us in times of fitan that this is the sunnah of Allah, and you will not find in the sunnah of Allah a replacement or change.


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