Praise be to Allah. Prayers and Salutations be upon our master, the Messenger of Allah PBUH, his family, and his companions.
Dear brothers and sisters in Libya,
An era of oppression, subjugation, and anarchy that lasted for over forty years has just ended, an era during which Libya was ruled by a rogue and eccentric man who swung between belief and disbelief, faith and deviation; exerting oppression, committing murder, and repressing people.
To you the Libyan people, we extend our congratulations, not for the death of a person, as death is not an occasion for jubilation or gloating, but for the end of a dark chapter in the history of this great nation. Yes indeed, the honorable and honest soldiers are most worthy of our congratulations.
The era of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya has ended with the death of its founder Muammar al-Gaddafi. His reign was based not on the book of Allah Almighty, but on the Green Book, and it was established not on the foundations of the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah PBUH, but on the principles of socialism.
As a new era is dawning in Libya, the question today is about the future of Libya away from the covetousness of the West and the control of IMF. Can the Libyan people cast away the consequences of NATO’s support and Western military intervention and build a sovereign state that is not subservient to the American and French foreign policies in the region? This is what we hope.
Another challenging question is whether the rebels can exercise restraint and stay calm and return to their homes to allow the enforcing of the law in the land instead of anarchy. We have been hearing terrible stories about the demolition of shrines of saints and the digging of their graves by fanatic and extremist groups who are also part of the rebel force. We strongly condemn these deplorable actions and urge the members of The National Transitional Council of Libya (NTC) to take the necessary steps to protect the mosques, shrines, and graveyards from being desecrated. We also urge the NTC to prosecute the perpetrators of such offenses.
In closing, we again extend our congratulations to the Libyan people, but express our concern at the news we’ve been hearing and what the coming days and weeks might bring if this problem is not addressed promptly. This revolution should not allow fanatics to destroy this country’s religious heritage, which is based on the Malikite school of Islamic law, the Ash’arite doctrine in theology, and the Sufi tradition, a heritage that follows in the footsteps of righteous predecessors of our ummah.
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