2
Mar
2019

Fatwa on Abhinandan

2nd March 2019
Mufti Tariq Masood (HA) on release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Youtube Video


Question: Imran Khan has released the captive pilot so quickly, is it the right decision? Because India will think that Pakistan got scared.

Response: This action has been taken by Imran Khan so ask him!

Please understand that it does not befit everyone to comment on every single issue. For example, I issue an opinion here that he (Imran Khan) should not have released the captive pilot or should have negotiated the release of (prisoners ) etc then people will praise me (for my opinion) but what knowledge do I have to comment on the matter?

I have no idea what their plans are. I do not know what their long term planning is to avoid war. A person is not necessarily afraid but due circumstances demand a particular action. Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) accepted conditions (for a peace treaty) at Hudaybia which apparently did not look rational or fair or just, was (Ma’azallah) Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) afraid? Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) had 1400 companions who had made a pledge on death, if they were afraid then they would not have made a pledge upon death.

However prudence demanded a truce and certain conditions.

I have no idea what are the thoughts and planning of PTI Government. The only way to comment on this (release of the captive pilot) is to sit with Government and discuss the issue with them in depth. Then to sit with those with an opposing opinion and listen to their point of view in depth. Then to analyse both opinions and issue an opinion (of ours).

Until then, we do not have a choice but to trust and appreciate the decision with the caveat that the decision has been taken after due diligence and consideration. It is not praiseworthy to knit pick and look for faults and deficiencies without reason in Islam. There has to be strong evidence to the contrary. There is strong evidence supporting the opposite opinion that perhaps our Government should have bargained for the release of prisoners of war (being held by India), this is a valid point. But why didn’t they opt for this option, we do not know. We do not have the full picture and the complete knowledge.

One of our teachers narrated told us something which is worth consideration. He said that when people get married they are congratulated. There is potential for divorce, there is potential for incompatibility, if you know the boy or the girl you may (strongly) feel that it is not the right decision (for them) but you still congratulate the couple. People disregard all (potential) eventualities and they say whatever could have happened has happened and lets congratulate the couple and given them best wishes.

If Imran Khan was consulting me and you and us and if he was roaming around asking everyone then we would have also given our opinion. But now, what is done is done! Why are you all getting stressed out about it?

Right or wrong, a decision has been taken with the best of intentions so let’s all be happy and go with that.

We gave a bath to the pilot, gave him (new) clothes, gave him (free) tea and…

Actually, I am getting memes on WhatsApp about a “mess bill” from PAF (Pakistan Air force) of a “Chai Bill” in return of a MIG…These are just memes for people to enjoy…

Take a chill pill! There is no prohibition by (Government) for being happy…

Yes, they should exert pressure and also negotiate the release of (prisoners). In fact, they should say that if we have displayed good behaviour then you should also reciprocate and this should be the focus of the Government.

What is done is done! When someone is married (and you didn’t think that it was the right choice) let it go…You can of course ask them to consult when the second (child) is getting married but let it go…

Mufti Tariq Masood
Darul-Iftaa
Jamiatur Rasheed, Karachi





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