August 16, 2010: Two innocent brothers, Mujeeb Butt and Mughees Butt, were brutally attacked and murdered by a lynch mob in Sialkot, Pakistan. It wasn’t the severity of the attack that brought worldwide attention – and believe me, it was severe! It wasn’t the fact that these two boys were INNOCENT of any crime. It wasn’t even the fact that these boys were still so young and in their teens.
It was the fact that the brothers were viciously turned upon by a local Pakistani mob – ordinary people, not mobsters – in BROAD DAYLIGHT, in front of a crowd of SPECTATORS, who DID NOTHING to stop the attack, which included Police Officers, who had the power to stop this but DID NOTHING. The attack didn’t end there. The angry mob, not satisfied with spilling the blood of these two beautiful brothers and hafiz of Qur’an, hung them upside down, for all to see.
WARNING: the video below is disturbing to say the least and contains some graphic footage of violence and inhuman behaviour.
It pains me to see this. It pains me to see how low people have gone. It pains me because my brothers have been taken away in such a vicious and callous way. And it pains me because this is not restricted to Pakistan. Inna Lillahi wa-inna ilayhi Raajiaaoon. To Allah we belong and unto Him is our return.
Those who did it – GUILTY!
The brothers were apparently accused of theft and of being ‘Daakoos’. This was obviously not true and their innocence emerged afterwards. Why did they not stop to verify this? Why didn’t anyone do this? What’s the point of discovering innocence after you have dealt out such a ferocious and barbaric attack and sentenced two innocents to death? How can you call youngsters ‘Daakoos’?? These aren’t men who have taken the lives of these brothers. They’re not even animals – animals don’t act like this! They are beneath the animals, the lowest of existence.
Did you forget that we are in the month of Ramadan? You have spilled blood – innocent blood – in the holy month of Ramadan. Is there no shame in Pakistan? Is there no shame amonsgt the people? We already know that the blood of our Muslim brothers and sisters is worthless to the non-Muslims. Have we now made the blood of our Muslim brothers and sisters cheap amongst ourselves? How will you make up for this? On the Day of Judgement, the heaviest of days, what will you say when Mujeeb and Mughees are in front of you, asking for what crime were they killed?
Turn yourselves in and ask Allah for Mercy!
Those who watched and did nothing but could have done something – GUILTY!
There were over 100 witnesses – over ONE HUNDRED!! They just stood there and watched. None came to Mujeeb’s or Mughees’ aid. Not a one! What is the matter with you! Have you no shame? Have you no decency? Have you no Fear of Allah? Even if you were standing there, thinking to yourself “what crime has been committed?”, you will have known that this lynching was wrong!
There was no crime committed and there is no crime in Islam that calls for this kind of action. How can you live with yourselves having been part of this?
There is only one word that comes to mind that sums up the actions of those who stood by and did nothing – EVIL!
It has long been widely known of the corruption of the Police – this incident is a testament to that. I have nothing more to say about the Police at this time because of how disgusted I am feeling by all of this.
“Believing men and believing women are protecting friends of one another; they enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong…” [Surah Taubah, v71]
For those who watched – be ashamed! Do something to help the family and make up for what you have done.
The Government of Pakistan – GUILTY!
The world knows you to be corrupt. The world knows you have acted slowly in this. The world knows not to expect you to look after your people but to look after yourselves, the way you have sold the blood of previous brothers and sisters in Islam, for a measly, worldly price. Beware! Fear Allah! He Sees and Knows All of what you do and you cannot escape Him!
Govern the country with the Command of Allah – if you do not, then woe to you! It’s no wonder that the country is being struck with calamity after calamity and it’s people, like Mujeeb and Mughees, being inflicted with inhumanity like this.
The rest of us who watch from the comfort of our homes and do nothing – GUILTY!
It is wrong for us not to be stirred by the atrocities committed all over world and all over the Muslim world, against Muslims. When the cruelty comes, when oppression begins, when the evil-dwellers torture and murder your brothers and sisters, they do not ask which Madhhab you are following. They do not ask whether you are sunni or shia. They do not ask whether you started Ramadan on one day or the next. They do not measure the length of your beard nor do they care for the way you wear your hijaab. Mujeeb and Mughees Butt were asked nothing.
DO NOT stay sitting in your homes, watching the TV, getting incensed for a few minutes, then carrying on with your lives, having done nothing to help. This is not how we Muslims are meant to be. We are not this weak.
We have been Commanded by Allah to enjoin the right and forbid the wrong. In this, we have been commanded by Allah to do three things, when we see something wrong being committed:
Abu Sa”id al-Khudri, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) had said: “Whoever amongst you sees anything objectionable, let him CHANGE IT WITH HIS HAND, if he is not able, then WITH HIS TONGUE, and if he is not even able to do so, then WITH HIS HEART, and the latter is the weakest form of faith.” [Sahih Muslim]
With Mujeeb and Mughees, let the family know that you are with them, support them – they have suffered a great loss! And protect them, and others, from such atrocities. Protect your Muslim brothers and sisters, wherever they are in the world!
In places like the UK we are fortunate to be in a position to know so much that is happening all over the world. Use that information – DO something! Help your Muslim brothers and sisters, whether it is to support families in times of need, or other forms of help. DON’T just sit there and wait for someone to tell you to do something. None of us are exempt from acting when we hear or see something that’s going on in the world. We need to stop thinking of ourselves as innocent bystanders, whether we are there or in our homes.
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