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Why Muslims must not pay ransom to kidnappers, bandits – Cleric


Professor Ibrahim Maqari

The deputy chief Imam of the National Mosque, Abuja, Professor Ibrahim Maqari, has encouraged Muslims to stand firm and not pay ransoms when abducted.

According to the Muslim cleric, Islam does not permit Muslims to pay money as ransom to enemies they are at war with.

In a manner of speaking, Maqari emphasised that Muslims should desist from paying ransoms so that their abductors will be denied the opportunity to sustain their evil campaign, boosting their arsenal and starve.

According to Dateline, Professor Maqari made the comment while speaking at this year’s Ramadan tafsir at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He said:

“Since Allah (SWT) has forbidden the payment of money to an enemy who is at war with you, in order not to empower them to continue to fight you, then contributing money as ransom for the release of kidnapped persons, is haram (prohibited).”

Quoting a Hadith (prophetic tradition), Prof. Maqari narrated the story of a man who approached Prophet Muhammad, asking him what to do if someone tried to rob him of his money and the Prophet told him to resist the person.

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The man then asked the Prophet ‘what if the person fights me, and the Prophet told him to fight back.’

“What if I kill him,” he asked, and the Prophet said, “He goes to hellfire.” He asked again, “What if he kills me?” and the prophet said, “you enter paradise.”

The Hadith, the deputy chief Imam emphasised, upholds the impermissibility of giving ransom to kidnappers.

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He also explained that Islam’s code for discouraging criminality provides that material demands imposed as conditions by criminals are to be ignored, no matter what havoc the criminals threaten to unleash if the demands are not met.

Refusing to meet the demands of kidnappers would inevitably turn them into losers who wasted their money to feed the captive, wasted their bullets in killing them and wasted their time, he asserted.

“But he (the criminal) has been made aware that the money is never going to be paid and the one who is killed (the victim) is going to paradise,” he said.

Maqari said applying the Islamic provisions can effectively address the challenges of kidnapping currently affecting the society.

“But as long as people will continue to give ransom to secure the release of their loved ones, the recipients of the money will continue to use it to acquire more arms that they will use to perpetrate their atrocity and promote it as a business,” he advised.

He noted that another implication of submitting to kidnappers’ demands is that the vice will grow and thus make it hard for security agents to handle.

“So the best way of stopping it is for the criminal to know that if he kidnaps someone, he can choose to chop his body into pieces,” but he will not get what he wants.

He, therefore, advised Muslims that getting killed by kidnappers is a sure way of going to paradise.

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