“We think you should prevent the authority (rulers) who ignited the fire of the boycott on their brothers in Qatar unjustly and out of hatred from their injustice and aggression. But for you to collude with them and justify their injustice, and philosophize their aggression, this is contrary to what Allah and His Messenger has commanded.”
The head of Qatari Islamic Judges has challenged the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia for compromising his faith and betraying the pristine Islamic knowledge of justice, fairness and universal Islamic Brotherhood with a debased Fatwa that supports freezing of diplomatic ties between the two Islamic nations.
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh had declared in a fatwa that the decisions taken by the Saudi kingdom against Qatar are beneficial to Muslims and Qataris as well.
The Saudi Mufti said, “Saudi Arabia is an Islamic country that provides and does well.” He continued, saying that “the recent decisions taken by the Kingdom and a number of countries against Qatar are procedural matters that benefit the Muslims and benefit the future of the Qataris themselves as well…, it is beneficial to all.”
Following his Fatwa, Anwar El-Badawi, a Qatari Islamic judge, wrote a letter to the Mufti pointing out to him that what he said is contradictory to the Qur’an, the Sunnah (Prophetic traditions) and the general consensus of Muslim jurists.
He then asked all Muslim Nations to work together to resolve the conflict between Qatar and the other Gulf countries.
El-Badawi said this blockade does not represent the real image or define the qualities of a Muslim nation or a Muslim individual.
He also pointed that the decision resulted in prohibiting Qatari people from entering the Grand Mosque of Mecca and many mixed-citizenship couples are now facing separation.
He said in his letter: “Did you know that the people of Qatar were banned from the Grand Mosque because of the blockade? What good comes from this? Did you know that a young Saudi was prevented from the funeral of his father because of your Fatwa? Did you know that Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini wives were forced to leave their Qatari husbands and children because of your fatwa?”
The Islamic Judge also stated that God has prohibited breaking up relationships between individual Muslims. As He said in his Holy Book: “So would you perhaps, if you turned away, cause corruption on earth and sever your [ties of] relationship?”
Anwar Al-Badawi added that the Mufti’s fatwa cultivated hatred of the homeland and the rulers in the hearts of people. He expressed his hope that every Islamic Qadi or Mufti will be a reason for reunification and facilitate the removal of the dispute, and create a reconciliation between these Arab nations.
Saudi Arabia, alongside with Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Lybia, Yemen and the Maldives all announced June 4 that they were severing their ties with Qatar. This decision was taken after Qatar was accused of financially backing radical Islamist groups.
Below is the full text of Sheikh Anwar El-Badawi’s Letter
Message of the Grand Mufti of Qatar- Sheikh Anwar Albadawi to the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia- Sheikh Abdul Azeez bn Abdullah Aal As-Sheikh
Your Eminence, the Grand Mufti ..
You have issued a fatwa (religious verdict) that what Saudi Arabia did regarding the siege and boycott of the State of Qatar is good for its people, and you recommended at the end of the fatwa on adherence to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger- peace be upon him.
Where do we find in the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him) that the Muslim should boycott his Muslim brother and besieged him from land, air and sea and that would be in his interest?
Here is the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger which you have recommended to be followed. And would you help us with a verse from it as evidence on what you said? And here are the books of hadith … would you come up with an hadith – even the weak or fabricated one- referring to your fatwa stance?
As for that, your Eminence have not based on any verse of the Book of Allah or the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah- peace be upon him .. From where then did you come up with this fatwa? Or that you wish a crisis in such a dangerous matter like this? Did revelation came to your Eminence from the heaven? Or did you see a vision in a dream .. then passed the fatwa? Or it is obedience to the leadership without discussion or dialogue?
O Grand Mufti ..
Is the act of boycott against the people of Qatar not an act of breaking family ties, which Allah and His Messenger has ordered to be joined and forbade breaking it?!
Because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) narrated from his Lord in the hadith of al-Qudsi. Allah says:
“Rahim (family ties) is a word derived from Allah’s special quality, Ar Rahman (The Compassionate One). And Allah says: ‘I shall keep connection with him who maintains you and sever connection with him who severs you.’” (Bukhari)).
Has Allah not strongly warned against breaking of family ties? Allah says:
“So would you perhaps, if you turned away, cause corruption on earth and sever your [ties of] relationship?” (47:22).
Your Eminence, do you know, that the boycott against the people of Qatar have caused separation between husband and wife, father and son, mother and children? By Allah, what is good about this?
Your Eminence, do you know, that the people of Qatar have been banned from the Grand Mosque because of the boycott? What good is in this? Do you know, the Grand Mufti that a young Saudi was prevented from the funeral of his father and making solat on him because of your Fatwa? Do you know that Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini mothers were forced to leave their husbands and Qatari children because of your Fatwa?
Do you know that the worry, the grief, sadness, and distress have engulfed more than eleven thousand husbands and wives in addition to their children, their relatives and friends because of your fatwa? Do you know that the cries of children, the cries of infants, and the crying of relatives when separated from the fruits of their hearts, all to your credit? What good is in that?
Is your Eminence aware that all of these people would become hateful to the Shari’a and its people, hostile to the society and its system, and the government?
You are planting hatred of their country and leaders in their heart, and then you ask where did the terrorism come from? We wish that you be a reason for reunification, and for removal of dispute, and reconciliation between blood brothers.
We would like you to be honest counsel to the authority, as ordered by Allah and His Messenger peace be upon him.
We wished that you prevent the rulers from injustice when they go wrong, according to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who said:
“Support your brother when he is unjust or wronged.” They said: “We know how to help him when he is wronged, how could we help him when he is the unjust? He said: “To turn him away from his injustice”.
We think you should prevent the authority (rulers) who ignited the fire of the boycott on their brothers in Qatar unjustly and out of hatred from their injustice and aggression. But for you to collude with them and justify their injustice, and philosophize their aggression, this is contrary to what Allah and His Messenger has commanded.
Didn’t you read the words of Allah:
“The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy?”
Did you not read in the Book of Allah: “And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression?”
Where do you place the boycott of a Muslims nation, and a close neighbor, in the month of mercy? In righteousness and piety?! Or in sin and transgression?
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt?
Has Sharia not made it forbidden that a brother breaks tie with his brother beyond three days, this turning away, and that turning away, and the better of both is he who begins with the greeting of peace?
Is it not one of the characteristics of the Muslims to be (merciful among themselves), or is boycott a type of mercy?
Is it not of the characteristics of Muslims- “…but give [them] preference over themselves, even though they are in privation.”?
Why have you shied away from these clear and bright evidences as you produce your fatwa?
We ask you, O Grand Mufti and all the Islamic Ummah, to turn away from your fatwas that are contrary to the Qur’an, the Sunnah and the consensus, and to work on bringing together and removing the causes of schism between brothers, in compliance with the word of Allah:
“And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.”
I ask Allah to guide us to do good and good work, and to help you for the good of the nation.