LOOTING INSPIRED BY HUNGER
BEWARE OF ZULM!
It has come to our notice that looting for food is increasingly happening in Port Elizabeth. Some miscreant armed youngsters in our community have taken it upon themselves to go out and defend the shopkeepers against the looters.
We warn all of them to desist from this ZULM (oppression). In the circumstances created by the government it is HARAAM to hurt any of the people who are ‘looting’ for food. All of you have much to eat. You are enjoying luxury food thrice a day despite the haraam lockdown. The ‘looters’ are driven by HUNGER. You don’t know what hunger is, hence you act stupidly to show off your cowardly ‘prowess’ because you have guns.
In the current circumstances you are ZAALIMEEN destined for Jahannam defending crooked shopkeepers against poverty-stricken people driven by HUNGER to loot food. Your zulm will not go unpunished.
Don’t interfere with the looting of the masses. The HUNGER justifies what they are doing. Even according to the Shariah, it is permissible to take by force food, if driven by starvation. Allah Ta’ala will break your backs and necks if you add to the ZULM and hardship which the poor are currently suffering as a consequence of the immoral lockdown which highlights the gross and obscene insensitivity of the authorities, the bourgeois. The current unrest due to hunger is the consequence of the insipience of the authorities whose lack of understanding the state on the ground of the teeming millions of poverty-stricken people is mind boggling.
The government created the lockdown which has spawned HUNGER in its aftermath. It is the obligation of the government to step in, provide food for the suffering masses whose suffering has been multiplied manifold. What is to be expected when the poor are by law prevented to work and earn food for their families?
ALL THOSE WHO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH US MUST ABSTAIN FROM THIS ZULM. IT IS HARAAM TO JOIN ANY GROUP PERPETRATING THE HARAAM ZULM. STAY AT HOME. JOIN OUR FEEDING SCHEME. LET THE LOOTING TAKE ITS COURSE. THE GOVERNMENT MUST ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY. IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S DUTY, NOT YOUR OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS.
The business-people who feel threatened should demand that the government sends the army to protect their property. The government has deployed the army which is supposed to maintain law and order. The job of the police and army is not to only ensure that our Mosques are closed and that we do not worship in our Mosques. While the security apparatus is adept in criminalizing prayers and worship in the Mosques, it demonstrates impotency in their primary duty of maintaining law and order.
We warn our Muslim youth not to satanically justify their misdemeanours on the basis of the stance we had adopted during the 1990 riots in the Northern Areas. The analogy is fallacious and satanic. In 1990 the riots were not the effect of HUNGER. The riots were the handiwork of sinister political anarchists. We then had the duty of defending ourselves against the evil of the marauding rioters. Today the scenario is totally different. The PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY WHILE YOU ENJOY AMPLE DELICIOUS FOOD SNUGLY IN YOUR HOMES. So beware! Do not compare your ZULM with our 1990 justified stance. You will not escape Allah’s apprehension for ZULM. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“…..The Curse of the oppressed – Allah lifts it above the clouds and the Portals of the Heaven are opened up for it, and Rabb says: “Assuredly, I shall aid you even if it is after some time.”
Assist in our feeding scheme, NOT in the ZULM shaitaaniyat (satanism) in which you derive nafsaani pleasure. May Allah Ta’ala guide you and save you all from ZULM.
Mujlisul Ulama of S.A.
21 Sha’baan 1441 – 15 April 2020