Letter From Ustadz Abu Bakar Ba'asyir: Densus 88 Are Enemies Of Allah And His Rasul

30 December 2010

By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun

In the last few days, a number of media reported that Ustadz Abu Bakar Ba'asyir had sent a letter addressed to several institutions, particularly the police. There are many responses to the letter and most are putting Ustadz Abu into a corner, whereas he is only conveying Al-Haq in accordance with Al-Qur'an and Sunnah. The following are the contents of his letter dedicated to a number of institutions in this country.

To the slaves of Allah:

1. Mr. Head of the Supreme Court

2. Mr. Attorney General

3. Mr. Chief of Police

4. Mr. Chief of Densus 88

By the permission of Allah SWT, I am conveying a tadzkirah (reminder and advice) through this letter to all of you (Misters) for the sake of our salvation especially in the akhira later.

It is compulsory upon me to convey this tadzkirah after seeing the grave violations against the law of Allah and the sunnah of His Rasul, which are terribly committed by the Densus 88.

The violations against the law of Allah and His Rasul are: Accusing the ibaadah of I'dad (preparation of physical and mental strength, as well as utilizing weapons for the protection of the State / Islam) which is commanded by Allah and His Rasul and was done in Aceh, as an act of terror and those doing are accused as terrorists.

I'dad is the practice of preparing the mental and physical strength to the best of our ability in order to terrify the enemies of Allah and the enemies of the Muslims, so that they would not disturb Islam, since the character of the kafir / enemies of Allah is that, they are not pleased (ridha) when the shari'a of Allah and His Rasul are practised by the Muslim individuals, as well as society, and they are forcing the Muslims to follow their ideology / religion.

Allah says: (Al-Baqarah:120)

"Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with you unless you follow their millah / religion."

Besides that, when they are able, they are also continuously fighting against the Muslims to be coerced to become murtad. This is explained by Allah SWT in His verse: (Al-Baqarah : 217)

"…Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can…"

This nature of the enmity of the kafir against the Muslims must be confronted with the mental and physical preparation so that they will be terrified, to the point that they do not dare to disturb Islam and the Muslims. Therefore, this commandment of i'dad - preparing the mental and physical strength - is explained by Allah SWT. To terrify them, then the i'dad to defend Islam / the State which Allah is pleased with, by doing training, is prescribed by Allah SWT and His Rasul.

Allah commanded i'dad in His verse: (Al-Anfal : 60)

"Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know..."

What is meant by "strength" in the above verse was explained by Rasulullah SAW as "shooting skills", so its meaning is "firepower" such as explained in the following narration:

Narrated from Salabah bin Amir RA, he said : I have heard Rasulullah SAW said while he was on the mimbar: "Prepare to confront them the strength according to your capability. Know that what is meant by strength is the throwing (shooting/archery), know that what is meant by strength is the throwing, know that what is meant by strength is the throwing." (HR. Muslim).

In putting into practice this commandment of Allah SWT, Rasulullah SAW encouraged and praised the people who practice weaponry, such as that when he saw people practising archery, he said:

"Throw/shoot O Bani Ismail because indeed your ancestors are excellent archers." (HR. Bukhari)

And in order to emphasize the importance of weapons training, he SAW said:

"Whoever have done weapons training and then abandon it, he is not from our group or he has done transgression." (HR. Muslim and Ibnu Majah)

The above saying of Rasulullah SAW shows that he was giving encouragement to his ummah to do training mentally and physically. This shows that to train for mental and physical strength is prescribed.

The objective of the weapons training in Aceh, was to obey the commandment of Allah and His Rasul in surah Al-Anfal 60, due to that the said training was an act of worship (ibaadah) because the attribute of the believers is that they have an absolute obedience towards the commandment of Allah and His Rasul, not arguing, and doing it according to their ability.

Allah SWT says: (An-Nur :51)

"The answer of the Believers, when summoned to Allah and His Messenger, in order that He may judge between them, is no other than this: they say, "We hear and we obey": it is such as these that will attain felicity."

Therefore, I and all of you (Misters), if we claim to be believers, we must obey this command for i'dad when we have the ability, we cannot argue. This command for i'dad has the same degree in terms of its dictum as the command for solat, sawm, zakat, hajj, etc.

So it is clear that the i'dad that was practised in Aceh is a noble deed which, insha Allah will attain the pleasure of Allah SWT, so we appreciate it and we don't degrade it with the allegation of terror. But the ibadaah of i'dad in Aceh which was to obey the commandment of Allah and His Rasul was heckled and insulted by the Densus 88. Its practice is accused as terror, and those who practise it are accused as terrorists, attacked and arrested in a sadistic way.

Therefore, it is clear that insulting the ibaadah of i'dad which was practised in Aceh means insulting Allah, insulting His commandment (Al-Anfal : 60), insulting Rasul and insulting his sunnah about this i'dad. This means that the Densus 88 are insulting Allah, His Shari'a and they are insulting Rasulullah and his sunnah.

In a indirect way, the Densus 88 are accusing Allah SWT of creating the shari'a of terror and Rasulullah SAW of encouraging the shari'a of terror. (Most Pure is Allah and His Rasul from this accusation and humiliation). The actions of the Densus 88 in this regard are the same as the insults made by the kafir America on Allah, His Shari'a, His Rasul and his sunnah by attempting to burn the Qur'an.

Therefore, it is clear that with this munkar attitude, the Densus 88 has become the enemies of Allah, the enemies of His Rasul and the enemies of the Muslims, whether they are aware of it or not.

Therefore, for the sake of the safety in the akhira later, I am advising you (Misters) to rectify the munkar deeds of the Densus 88 which are inviting the wrath of Allah. You (Misters), as the leaders, will be asked for accountability in the akhira later. So, I am advising you to remove the accusation of terrorists from those who are practising the ibaadah of i'dad and treat them according to the stipulation of the Shari'a as specified in the Qur'an and sunnah.

It is true that they are considered as violating the prohibition of possessing weapons without permits. But this regulation is contrary to the shari'a of Allah and the sunnah of the Prophet regarding i'dad. So this regulation is batil and must be changed. What should be banned are those who possess and do weapons training for crimes (robbery, etc.), but if for obeying the commandment of Allah and His Rasul, it should be given leeway, though with supervision, because in Islam there are conditions when men can make rules/laws but it cannot be antonymous to the law of Allah and His Rasul.

I am delivering this tadzkirah simply with the intention of:

1. So that I have a reason before Allah to disclaim liability in the akhira later, because I am seeing the insult made by the Densus 88 on the sharia of i'dad, thus I am reminding with the hope that they want to repent and have taqwa (fear Allah). Allah says : (Al-Araf : 164).

"When some of them said: 'Why do you preach to a people whom Allah will destroy or visit with a terrible punishment?'- said the preachers: 'To discharge our duty to your Lord, and perchance they may fear Him.'"

2. When this tadzkirah of mine is ridiculed and they continue to insult and hinder the practice of the sharia of i'dad until Allah is angry and sending down adzab/calamity on them, may I be saved by Allah from His adzab, as I have already tried to remind them to the best of my ability.

Allah says: (Al-Araf : 165).

"When they disregarded the warnings that had been given them, We rescued those who forbade Evil; but We visited the wrong-doers with a grievous punishment because they were given to transgression."

Oo Allah... give guidance to the leaders of this country for they do not know...Ameen.

Oo Allah ...witness (Allahummashhad) I have already reminded according to my ability,..Ameen.


Jakarta, 24 Dzulqo'idah 1431 H.
30 November 2010.

Al Fakir Ilallah,
From a slave of Allah who always hope for His ridha (pleasure).

Abu Bakar Ba'asyir

Copies to the slaves of Allah:

Mr. Minister of Religious Dept.
Mr. Chairman of Majelis Ulama of Indonesia (MUI).
Mr. Chariman of Tribunal Constitution.
Mr. Chairman of MPR (Assembly Speaker).
Mr. Chairman of DPR (Indonesian Legislative Assembly).
Mr. Chairman of TPM (Team of Muslim Lawyers).



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