“..Sister, I consider – and Allah knows – your brothers as part of an elite. They are chosen. Allah has chosen them. If Allah loves a slave, yes, He tests them. Why? So that they can prove themselves to Him. Oh Allah, yes we are worthy of being carriers of la ilaha illa Allah. Sometimes, however, we are simply not ready for it. So, in order for us to be ready, Allah breaks us, and then rebuilds us stronger. This, is a sunnah of Allah in His creation. An easy example that brothers may relate to is building muscle. How does it get done? You break the muscles first, then they get built stronger and larger. Likewise is the case with iman. Allah wants to break you brothers. So they can plead Him, ask Him, love Him, have hope in Him, yearn for His assistance and mercy, and long for His pleasure and Paradise. If everything was to go ahead as and how we, the ignorant oppressive slaves, want, we would become arrogant, cling onto the dunya and forget Allah’s right and authority over us. This is the condition of most of mankind. But some people, Allah chose, Allah looked into their hearts and said, ‘I love this slave. I love Him and want Him only for Me. I want him to ask Me. Think about Me. I want him to be from the inheritors of My Paradise!’ Your brothers are, inshallah, from these people. Why do I say this? Sister, because they are following in the footsteps of those whom Allah has chosen before. The best example of this is Yusuf ‘alayhi-salam. He spent 7 (some said 14 and 21) years in prison. But all Allah says about this experience is “And he spent a few years in prison.” No biggie. As though Allah is saying, ‘My slave, if you truly sold your soul for Me, I can do whatever I want with it.’ Prison is just one of those things. Prison is a test, and when Allah feels that we have passed the test, we will come out.
Sister, I, your brothers, any brothers are not in prison because of our charges. These are superficial, fake, reasons. We are in prison because of our sins, because of our own hands. Yes, we are all innocent of these charges, yes, it’s all based on flimsy evidence, and framing and mistaken identities and whatever else. That may all be true, but that is not why. We’re not innocent of backbiting, lying, slandering, looking at haram, hearing haram, touching haram, disobeying parents, missing salah, etc. Those are the real reasons we’re here, because we are all guilty of them. And when we improve and rectify our condition we’ll be out. So increase in your good deeds, read the Quran and implement it, don’t give in to laziness, and when you’re good enough, Allah will take you out. Whether that happens by a jury finding you not guilty, your charges getting dropped, the judge overturning a conviction – whatever, remember these are all ‘fakes’. The real reasons are mentioned above, and detailed in the Quran…”