Q. While I was delivering furniture in Lenasia, I noticed a young girl aged 12 or 13 and her small brother riding bicycles in the street. A group of boys approached her and started kicking her bicycle. It was clear that she knew them from school, etc. One boy from the group said to her: ‘I’ll rape you.” I then jumped off the back of the truck and went for them all. The boy (a Muslim) said that he was joking. I hit him with the baton I keep with me. I made the others bend down and gave them six of the best like we used to get when we were small. I took down all their details. They were collecting money for their school. I called their parents and also took them to the police station and laid a charge of attempted rape. They could not be charged, but the child protection unit was sent to the school to interview them, etc. I turned my attention to the girl and asked her where her dad and mum were. She said that her dad was away in Jamaa’t for four months and her mother was working. Her eldest sister was indoors when this incident happened. I would really love to bring this episode to the attention of the elders of the Jamaa’t in Johannesburg. This brother should be blacklisted for prostituting his wife and his daughter while he goes on a holiday/picnic. Please comment.
A. Alhamdulillah, you reacted correctly. May Allah Ta’ala reward you for your Deeni concern. Parents are the primary cause for the destruction of their children’s morals. This father/husband is indeed shameless and a good-for-nothing fellow. He deludes himself with his four-months outing or camping/picnicking as you describe it. In the circumstances it was undoubtedly haraam for the girl’s father to go out with the Jamaa’t for four months thereby exposing his daughter to the immoral wolves which prowl around. Furthermore, this man is a spineless creature for allowing his wife into the streets to earn a living while he camps and picnics. The Waajib duty of the father is to work, earn and support his family while the mother has to remain at home taking care of the children. The Jamaa’t elders should be more circumspect when they enlist prospective participants, especially when the absence from home entails long periods and absence from the country. A man should not go for any journey if he is unable to make adequate Shar’i arrangements for his wife and children or for any other of his dependents such as parents, etc. What type of tabligh is it which requires a man to leave the shop in his wife’s care while he is away? He casts his wife into the cauldron of zina by such haraam action. Nowadays, we find an inversion of roles, hence everything nowadays is inverted and upside down. Even the chickens are killed upside down. The father of this girl is a Dayyooth. Instead of working for the bread of his family, he wanders around, shirking his Waajib duties and sponging on his wife. He should drown himself in shame. You should inform the elders of the Tabligh Jamaa’t of this rotten episode.