Sialkot murders: Justice needs to prevail

Posted: October 10, 2010 in Standing up against Wrongdoings
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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

October 10th, 2010: It’s now almost two months since the horrific scenes of two brothers, Mujeeb and Mughees Butt, being viciously attacked, beaten, killed and then strung up for all to see. This was all done by the public in the town of Sialkot, Pakistan. The scene was appalling with these two innocent brothers being set upon by an angry mob, relentless in dishing out their ‘local justice’ only to find that their actions were completely unjustified and they had killed the wrong people!

At the time, politicians and well-known figures in Pakistan pledged to bring those who had done this to justice. Bearing in mind that this was captured on camera, why has it taken so long to bring people to trial and convict them?

WARNING: the video below is disturbing to say the least and contains some graphic footage of violence and inhuman behaviour.

This website gives a history of the story behind the Sialkot murders:

On top of that, what is being done about the many bystanders who watched on as the two brothers were mercilessly murdered in front of their eyes? These people have also been caught on camera. They are just as guilty as those who murdered the brothers. They stood by and did nothing but they DID have the power to intervene, to stop the atrocity, to interrupt the brutal attacks. How could anyone in their right mind stand there and do nothing?


Justice will not have been served if it does not extend to these bystanders – they should have done something to stop this wrong!

I will remind you of the story of Prophet Ibrahim (alaihi asalaam) who was tied to a bonfire when he stood up against the people and their idols and their tyrant king, Nimrud (Nimrod). Ibrahim had smashed their idols, with an axe, except one. He left the axe besides this remaining idol. When the people found out they questioned Ibrahim, asking him if he had done it. He said to ask the remaining idol.

“So he broke them to pieces, (all) except the biggest of them, that they might turn to it.
“They said, ‘Who has done this to our gods? He must indeed be one of the Zalimum (wrong-doers).’
“They said, “We heard a young man talking against them, who is called Ibrahim.’
“They said, ‘Then bring him before the eyes of the people, that they may testify.’
“They said, ‘Are you the one who has done this to our gods, O Ibrahim?’
“Ibrahim said, ‘Nay, this one, the biggest of them did it. Ask them if they can speak.’
“So they turned to themselves and said, ‘Verily, you are the Zalimum.’
“Then they turned to themselves and said, ‘Indeed you (Ibrahim) know well that these (idols) speak not!’
“Ibrahim said, ‘Do you then worship besides Allah things that can neither profit you, nor harm you?’
“Fie upon you, and upon that which you worship besides Allah! Have you then no sense?’
“They said, ‘burn him and help your gods, if you will be doing.’
“We (Allah) Said, ‘O fire! be you coolness and safety for Ibrahim!”
[Qur’an Surah 21: Al-Anbiya, verses 58 to 69]

It is explained in Tafsir Ibn-Kathir (ie. explanation of the Qur’an by Ibn Kathir) that the people gathered together a huge amount of wood. As-Suddi said, “If a woman was sick, she would make a vow that if she recovered she would bring wood to burn Ibrahim (alaihi salaam). Then they made a hole in the ground and set it aflame, and it burned with huge sparks and immense flames. There had never been a fire like it. They put Ibrahim (alaihi salaam) into a catapult, at the suggestion of a nomadic Kurdish man from Persia. And they threw Ibrahim (alaihi salaam) onto the fire.

Even though Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) Commanded the fire to be cool and not harm Ibrahim (alaihi salaam), this did not excuse those around him from acting and trying to help. Qatadah said: “On that day there was no creature that did not try to extinguish the fire for Ibrahim, except for the gecko.” The animals knew that what was happening was wrong and tried to extinguish the fire. They didn’t just stand and watch. These are animals – what are we doing as humans? We just stand by and watch, whether it is watching the TV from the comfort of our homes, or those who stood in the streets and watched the murder of the brothers in Sialkot.

“Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by hating it and feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith” (Narrated by Muslim, Book of Imaan, Chapter 20, Hadith No. 49)

Everyone should be ashamed of themselves and those who did nothing, need to repent and make amends somehow, replacing their bad deeds with good ones.

May Allah Grant sabr on the family of the brothers and Grant them justice in this world and the hereafter.

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