'This is what Islam tells us to do': A rare glimpse inside a Saudi Arabian prison – where Isis terrorists are showered with perks and privileges

The Saudis are often accused of supporting Islamist radicals. In response, they insist they are more at risk from terror attacks than any other country. During a rare tour of the high-security Al-Hair facility, their ‘pragmatic and effective’ approach to rehabilitating terrorists is laid bare


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  1. The Holy Quran specifically states:
    It does not behove a Prophet that he should have captives until he engages in regular fighting in the land. If you take captives, except in regular fighting, you will be regarded as desiring the goods of this world, while ALLAH desires for you the Hereafter. And ALLAH is Mighty, Wise (8:68)
    This verse cuts at the root of not only slavery practice in years gone by but also demolishes any supposed justification of modern day hostage-taking and hijacking of innocent people not involved in actual combat.
    In his farewell address the Holy Prophet of Islam gave special instructions regarding good treatment which should be meted out to prisoners. The Holy Prophet said:

    O men, you still have in your possession some prisoners of war. I advise you, therefore, to feed them and to clothe them in the same way and style as you feed and clothe yourselves ….. To give them pain or trouble can never be tolerated.
    More specific commandments on the ethics of war and treatment of prisoners are contained in the fifth verse of the forty-seventh chapter of the Quran. This comprehensive verse can be paraphrased as follows:
    “When engaged in a regular battle, it should be fought bravely and relentlessly. War can be continued till peace and freedom of conscience are established. Prisoners are to be taken judiciously. Free men cannot be deprived of their liberty without a just and reasonable cause. When war is over, prisoners should be released as an act of favour or on taking ransom or by negotiating a mutual exchange.”

    In the history of Islam all these methods have been used for releasing prisoners. A novel method to get release was that the educated prisoners could teach reading and writing to those who were illiterate, in lieu of ransom.

    This verse further strikes at the roots of those who would justify modern day terrorism in the name and under the banner of Islam.

    Envoys are privileged people in the Islamic system. They enjoy full personal immunity. They are not subject to political ransom, no matter how worthy the cause may be, and to kidnap them is a heinous crime. They must not be killed, molested or maltreated. There are numerous instances from the Holy Prophet’s life which illustrate the application of these principles.

    Thus Islamic scriptural commandments and the precepts of the Holy Prophet of Islam concerning diplomatic immunity are free from ambiguities. In a nutshell, taking hostages and maltreating envoys and private citizens in any shape and form is totally foreign to the teachings and doctrines of Islam. In other words, the philosophy of Islam totally rejects terrorism.

  2. It is the result which counts. It is quite possible that this Saudi approach in fact is better than the ‘usual jails’, as the ‘usual jails’ are more ‘criminals factories’ or in this case ‘terrorist factories’. The Saudis show them here how life could be … luxury hotel style…

  3. I had noticed, one of my friends in company of few subordinates, returning from a study in France, had the wish to perform Umrah (lesser Hajj). They landed at Jeddah, got dressed ready for Umrah, went to Makkah.
    There at Makkah, my friend needed to exchange some travelers checks. The Arab clerk at the exchange was some nasty person. He tried to examine the TC’s very closely. My friend said to the clerk that he had just obtained these TC’s at Paris yesterday. That clerk became annoyed, called the Police and got a senior officer of a Muslim country arrested and sent to jail.
    that was only a preliminary aspect of that event. Now the life in jail for my innocent friend was as follows:
    1. There was no food or drink for two days.
    2. His subordinates were roaming around jail to see him but to no avail.
    3. No Vakil or legal guide was provided.
    4. No breath of fresh air.
    5. A Sikh internee provided half of his share of bread and drink to my friend.
    6. That Sikh sahib advised the subordinates not to come near jail. Instead they should go to embassy and report the matter.
    7. Embassy people came and got the innocent person released. They took my friend away from jail in their car.
    8. On the way, they reminded my friend about Umrah (because he was still in Ahram), that should they take him to perform his Umrah…???
    9. My friend was very annoyed and replied:
    “To hell with their Umrah. I will go and join the Israeli army and come back to fight with these foolish (Saudi) people….”

  4. What makes Abu Ghraib worse than the Saudi prison where the Umrah would have been pilgrim was kept?

  5. It is even more interesting that such inhumanity takes place in a country which is claimed to be ‘holy’ compared to the other one which is seen by their ‘holinesses’ as the bastion of iniquity.

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