‘Quiz a Muslim’ – Too late to ask about the Taliban

Posted on November 17, 2015

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Abdurraheem Green was one of the panelists at the ‘Quiz a Muslim’ event in Bedford last week. I wonder if he would have been happy to take questions about his views on the Taliban.

In 2001 Green said that Muslims who spoke out against the Taliban were committing a major sin and should not side with non-Muslims:

Another major sin, and it is more than a major sin because these things I am mentioning now are actually acts of kufr and I’m just selecting some, there are many others. In fact, like I said you will find that there is hardly a thing that Allah has prohibited except you find the Muslims doing it. The one thing I thought is worth mentioning, in fact I will say it is important to mention it brothers and sisters especially in this time, is the action of supporting the disbelievers against the Muslims. Supporting the disbelievers against the Muslims is in fact kufr, it is disbelief. This is something that has been clearly stated by Allah (SWT) in the Quran, that to aid the unbelievers against the believers is an act of kufr, of disbelief.

Some brothers and sisters may say ‘Subhanallah what’s this got to do with us? How do we support the kuffar against the Muslims?’ Brothers and sisters you can support the kuffar against the Muslims even by a word. It doesn’t mean that you say ‘Don’t worry you can use my country for airbases’ only. That’s not the only way you can support the kuffar against the Muslims. Not only that you say ‘Don’t worry, we’ll fight with you oh America and Britain and we will fight with you against the Muslims’. Yes this an act of kufr to help the kuffar against the Muslims but even brothers and sisters by a word, even by a word. Even by some statement that you can make. For example, slandering and attacking the Muslims unjustly, such as you find many Muslims have done this about the Taliban. Slandering them and attacking them and reviling them based upon news that has come from the disbelieving media, helping the kuffar against the Muslims. This I have to warn you could be an act of kufr brothers and sisters that could take you out of Islam. Subhanallah. In some way or another, even by a word, even maybe by a sign. I say this brothers and sisters because this is something unfortunately the Muslims have completely neglected and failed to comprehend this fundamental point of our belief and our religion, that our alliance and our allegiance is to the believers.

In 2007 Green congratulated the Taliban for trying their best and getting a bit of order going in the ‘stan:

When we Muslims, we look back to our history…we should say to ourselves look, when we followed our religion, when we implemented the shariah, when we implemented Islam, and it was the same shariah then, they say ‘Oh the Taliban, oh the such and such they’re implementing the shariah’, in the times when Islam was producing the greatest scientists in the world, when scientists, Muslim scientists were discovering optics, when they were discovering the secrets of medicine, when algebra was being invented, when they discussed theories of gravity and atomism, the same shariah was being implemented.

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The Taliban spread law and order. Of course there were some miscarriages of justice. Of course there were some things that were not alright. At the end of the day they were young men. Many of them never saw a mother, or a sister or a father, all they had was their school. They didn’t know the tenderness of the mother. They didn’t know the compassion of the mother, so they never learnt respect for other human beings in some ways. They knew some of the laws of the shariah but they were very harsh. But then that’s the way of youth. They were harsh in some of the things they did, there’s no doubt about that. But they were doing their best and they established law and order in Afghanistan.”

In 2011 a dissenter in the audience asked (via a note) about the antics of the Taliban. Green was not at all impressed and suggested that only a non-Muslim would be slandering the Taliban. Green went on to give a ‘good on ya’ to the lads for destroying the Buddhas of Bamiyan, slated non-Muslims once again, and complained that gay sex was back in town now that the Taliban had been given the boot:

“I think to accuse the Taliban of dictatorship and tyranny is, first of all a statement, unless this person has personal experience of the Taliban, if what you are saying is based upon information that has come to you from the kuffar media then, again, brothers and sisters, look how sick we are. Look how sad we are.

Destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Taliban

In fact another person asked a similar question about Osama Bin Laden. A very good question, similar question. It is not permissible for us to make a judgement about our Muslim brothers based upon what the kuffar tell us. Allah (SWT) warned us in the Quran that we should be careful if any fasiq comes to us with some news. This is a Muslim who is a fasiq. How about if a kafir comes to us, whose purpose and intention is to divide us and make us hate one another, and to cause disunity amongst our ranks? Brothers and sisters we should not form opinions about Muslims based upon what information comes in the deceptive, lying, distorting media of the kuffar. Last night I was watching a documentary about a man who went to see the Buddhas, you know the Buddhas, they blew them up, the Taliban blew them up, Alhamdulillah [Praise be to Allah]. So, he went to see them (Taliban). Subhanallah, it was amazing. This is during the time of the Taliban. This man was a correspondent in Afghanistan during the war.

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I read an article written by a scholar from Pakistan who went into Afghanistan in the time of the Taliban. And I started crying when I read this article, the way he was praising the Taliban, how they had closed down and prevented people from committing so many acts of shirk and kufr and innovation, how there was peace, and the many beneficial things they have done. Subhanallah. And I thought how that has all now gone from Afghanistan and it has returned to the state that it was before the Taliban came – homosexuality, killing, murdering, insecurity – this is the condition of Afghanistan before and after the Taliban. So, brothers and sisters, please, if you want to form an opinion about your Muslim brother or your Muslim sister, first of all we’re not supposed to listen to slander and backbiting. Even if another Muslim comes and tells you something about a Muslim, you shouldn’t listen to it. But how about if some kafir tells you? Is that what we base our opinions on? Subhanallah.

What would Abdurraheem Green have to say about the Taliban in 2015?

Quiz a Muslim might have been a good opportunity to find out.

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