"My father, who is 84/85 years old who is technically blind, said to me, "Son, I would prefer to see you die in prison and that you are keeping to your principles and what you believe in - rather than for you to sell your soul and to be rejected by yourself first and foremost and of course by your Lord."
As a father myself, it is difficult for me to imagine telling my son that I would happily see him die in prison rather than compromise on his principles. Such is the household that raised Shaykh Ali that in their time of great difficulty, the advice that was given was to be true to yourself and never compromise on who you are and what you believe.
Allah SWT says in Surah al-Asr,
"By Time. Indeed the whole of mankind is at loss. Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and those who enjoin truth and enjoin patience."
The family of Shaykh Ali embodied this Surah in their response to their difficulty and it is their example that we should follow in the way we respond to the tests that the War on Terror gives us.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi ra'jioon - we pray that Allah SWT gives Shaykh Ali and his family patience in this time and grants Mahdi al-Tamimi the highest stages of jannah.