As, I write this I feel as though I am going to be sick. It is a feeling I have gotten used to over the days since the Judge residing over my orphan boy deemed that he is a thief and is to have his hand cut off next Saturday.
It all started when I sent my orphan to his universities headmaster to ask for an extension in paying this years tuition. Upon realizing that we would not be able to pay this years tuition; I wrote my orphan a letter in which he shared with his universities headmaster saying:
“Our word is true and our bond. Without our reputation we have nothing save Allaah. Ask him to help ease our burden by being lenient with you and looking the other way in regards to this debt to allow us more time to get the money. That as a family we are all passionate about learning the deen and spreading it’s beauty and truth. We are counting on you to learn more of it and to teach us what we have yet to know and understand. Without knowledge of the Quran and the Sunnah this life is not worth living and is indeed a dire and horrible place to reside. We love Allaah and His Messenger (may the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon him) so very much. Please do not take you out of school on account of low funds as it will be like taking more then three students out of the school as you are a source of good for many.”
Upon reading this the headmaster readily agreed to help my son. He decided that instead of granting the extension we asked for he would give a loan. My orphan took the money loaned to him and paid this years tuition to the university. The headmaster and my orphan made contracts that the boy and us would pay the headmaster back the tuition money within a month or two.
When the time came by to pay him back we could not find the funds.
The headmaster called the police on my orphan and after a ten day extension my orphan was arrested for not paying. Two days ago a judge ruled over him declaring he is an adult at 18 yrs. That this is a crime of stealing whereby if he does not pay the $4, 219.00 United States dollars he will have his hand chopped off.
This is not a crime of stealing and never was. Please headmaster. Please Judge. Please spare my orphan’s hand and see reason. The boy is innocent and a good student at the university. We are trying to come up with the money so hard. Please. I love Islam and if my orphan was guilty By Allah (swt) I would not say a word against his hand getting cut off nor would I disapprove. He is not a thief but innocent in this matter and we are but poor in these worldly matters at this time.
Please pray for us that a way will be made for us out of all of our debt Ya Hayyul Qayoom. To Allah we submit ourselves to and repent to alone. We run various websites that call to Allaah (swt) from the United States feel free to contact us at these sites listed below.
*All names have been kept anonymous to protect the identities except for the guardians per my wishes.
I have had an epiphany recently. It has dawned on me why we are at such a loss. There are those of us who are not careful as to who and what we are taking our knowledge from.
Most important thing for a person to seek is knowledge. In Qur’an Allah (swt) does not say to The Messenger (sws) to increase in anything except knowledge. Allah tells the Prophet (sws) to supplicate to me.
“Oh my Lord increase me in knowledge” (Quran 20:144)
Hadith: Jadid (good) Due to this lack of care in learning our deen from the best sources possible we are seeing a lot of watered down, un-authenticated knowledge that is seeping it’s way into everything like a tired meme that does not know when it is time to quit.
Seeking knowledge from students of knowledge Question: There are some students of knowledge who are keen to attend lessons given by (other) students of knowledge without giving importance to attending the lessons of the scholars who have managed to gather (knowledge) that which the students of knowledge have not. So what is your guidance (in this matter), your excellency, and may Allaah protect and preserve you?
Response:That which I am of the opinion of is that it is befitting for a person to seek knowledge from a mature (fully-qualified) scholar. This is because some students of knowledge put themselves forward to teach, and they understand an issue from amongst (many) issues, either in (the field of) hadeeth, or fiqh or ‘aqeedah completely and revise it, so if an amateur student of knowledge was to hear him, he would assume that this student of knowledge is from amongst the major scholars. However, if he was to divert as little as a fingertip away from the topic which he has fully grasped and revised, then you will find he does not (really) have any knowledge.
So because of this, it is obligatory upon the amateur student of knowledge to seek knowledge at the hands of scholars who are known to be authoritative because of their knowledge, trustworthiness and (practicing their) religion.