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    To those who understand.. print this so you can read it if not today then soon. InshaAllah.

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    YAHYA SENYOR AL-JEDDAWI
    SHEIKH ABDULLAH AZZAM
    SHAFEEQ IBRAHIM
    ABU TAYYIB AL-MAGHRIBI
    DR. NASIR AL-JAZAIRI
    JAMALUDEEN AL-JAZAIRI
    YASEEN AL-JAZAIRI
    ABU ABDULLAH AL-MA'RIBI
    SHAMSUDEEN AL-AFGHANI
    ABU ASIM AS-SAN'AANI
    DR SALIH AL-LEEBEE
    ABU SAA'ID AL-JEDDAWI
    ABUL-MUNDHIR ASH-SHAREEF
    SURAQAH AL-ANDALUSI

    ABU ZUBAIR AL-MADANI
    ABUL-HARITH AL-BAHRAINI
    ABU SAHAR AL-HAILEE
    DAWOOD AL BRITAANI
    ABU MUSLIM AL-TURKI
    JAMALUDEEN AL-YEMENI
    ABU KHALID AL-QATARI
    ABU SAIF ASH-SHAHRANI
    ABU HAMAD AL-OTAIBI
    ABU MUAZ AL-QATARI
    ABU UMAR AL-HARBI
    ABU MUSA AL-ALMAANI
    SALMAN AL-FARSI
    AL-BATTAR AL-YEMENI
    ABU MUSLIM AL-IMARAATI
    ABUL-MUNDHIR AL-YEMENI
    ABU MUAZ AL-KUWAITI
    ABU THABIT AL-MUHAJIR
    ABU HAMMAM AN-NAJDI

    ABU BAKR AQEEDAH
    SHAMIL AT-TURKI
    ABU TALHA AL-JUNOOBI
    SAIFULLAH AT-TURKI
    KHALLAD AL-MADANI
    HUSSAIN AT-TURKI
    BILAL AL-QAISERI
    ABU THABIT AD-DAHEISHI
    MASOOD AL-BENIN
    ABU JA'FAR SHAHEED
    SHAFEEQ AT-TUWAIJIRI
    ABU MALIK ASH-SHAREEF
    ABU YAASIR ASH-NASHMI
    SHAHEEDAH HAWAA BARAYEV ASH-SHEESHANI
    KHUNKPASH ASH-SHEESHANI
    DR MAULADI ASH-SHEESHANI
    MAULADI ASH-SHEESHANI
    KHALEEL AS-SOORI
    ABU UBAIDAH AL-YEMENI
    ABUL-ABBAS AL-KUWAITI

    DIRAAR ASH-SHEESHANI

    DR. ABU MARYAM AL-MISRI

    ABU AADAM AL AMREEKI
    ABU ABDULLAH~ ABDUR-RAHMAN


    MARTYRS OF AFGHANISTAN

    YAHYA SENYOR AL-JEDDAWI

    Yahya Senyor from Jeddah, Arabian Peninsula. First shaheed from the Arabian Peninsula in the land of Afghanistan. Killed during an ambush by the Communist Forces near Jaji, Afghanistan, in 1985. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    "Abu Muadh and I smelled the blood of Yahya the Martyr from a distance of 500 metres, while he was in the car which took him to his final dwelling; to the earth which rejoiced at the addition of his chaste body, and which we hope will be a garden from the Gardens of Paradise..."

    "Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision." [Quran 3:169]
    These were the last words by which you bade farewell to the world, in a letter which was found in your pocket by the companion of your journey. It was he upon whom you pronounced your last breaths while your head rested on his chest.
    Muhammad Ameen, our spokesman, said to me, "Yahya wrote this letter on the last night he lived on this earth."
    Everything in your soul used to speak that you were the next to be a Martyr. There were your brothers who partook with you in the pains of the path of sacrifice, sweat and blood, under the shower of bullets and the thunder of cannons, to awaken an Ummah whose depths was filled by weakness and would only slumber at the foothold of every tyrannical oppressor. If it awoke, then with the strides of subservience it submitted to his regulations. How long did I swear to these people, O Yahya, that you would be a Martyr? They would say to you, "O Yahya, don't try and purify yourself too much," to which you would reply, "God forbid I purify myself (Allah is the One who will purify me)." They said that to you, but I sensed in my depths that you would be a Shaheed.
    It was the Night of Arafat, and the Russians had pounced on you from above and from below. Hearts had reached to the throats; you rose with your brothers for Suhoor to fast the Day of Arafat in the land of the battle, for if the fasting of Arafat expiates two years' sins, how great is fasting Arafat under lava sprinkled from the sky as if it was a shower of rain! This, no doubt, has a reward which is much greater, and in an authentic hadith, it is stated that whoever fasted a day for the sake of Allah, Allah will make the distance between him and the Fire the length of seventy trenches.
    So your brothers said to you, "O Yahya, let us eat Suhoor."
    You replied, "I am going to perform ablution." Then you clarified yourself, saying,
    "By Allah, I am not in a state of Janaba (ritual impurity), rather I am bathing to meet the Hoor which I saw in my dream. I have never seen a woman in my dream, but tonight she came to me with her clothes, her flirtatiousness, her beauty, her purity, and the blackness of her eyes - she is the Hoor!"
    The battle of Jaji ended, but you were not lucky, O Yahya, in attaining Martyrdom. Thus, your brothers began to joke with you, saying, "Where did the Hoor go, the one that you insisted would arrive?!"
    One of the Arab brothers told me, "Yahya stood at the graves of the three Arab Martyrs which lay at the peak of Jaji, and he started to address them saying, 'Soon I will be joining you, with the permission of Allah'."
    The 7th of Muharram 1405 (23 September 1985) arrived and on that day you had an appointment with Martyrdom, the Martyrdom which you had not refrained from asking for, day and night. It was at the hands of a group of Communist agents, who opened fire on you at the gates of Jaji, that you attained it and you sealed the sale (of your soul) - insha-Allah.

    O Yahya! Your fragrant blood began to flow and not a single person remained that touched your body or perfumed themselves with drops of your blood without the smell of musk filling their noses, and even everyone who attended your funeral (more than 100 people) began to wonder to themselves: 'Why have we never witnessed, nor smelled a scent in the whole of our lives, better or more fragrant than this one?'
    Abul Hassan Al-Maqdisi said to me, "Abu Muadh and I smelled the blood of Yahya the Martyr from a distance of 500 metres, while he was in the car which took him to his final dwelling; to the earth which rejoiced at the addition of his chaste body, and which we hope will be a garden from the Gardens of Paradise."
    Dr Ahmad said to me, "I met many of the martyrs, but I did not smell a better or more fragrant smell than this one."

    A drop of blood flowing from the body of Shaheed Yahya Senyor 24 hours after his martyrdom
    And Dr. Abu Muhammad said to me, "I entered the room in which Yahya's body was shrouded in the hospital three days after he was killed. The smell of musk diffused from all its corners!"
    And Abu Hamza said to me, "My wife approached me after my return from the funeral saying, 'Which perfume is this that I smell?'"
    You attained a solace, such that time could not strike its magnanimity, nor could it split its bond, or decrease its strength. You did not relent for a moment. You refused to let the Muslims' honour be violated, their support reduced or their victory be trampled on. You did not sit by patiently while the Muslims were being humiliated, nor did you stand by it, rather you advanced to Allah, composed, steadfast, relentless and unyielding.
    You used to favour Wardak (a province in Afghanistan) because you had toured it completely. There was not a camp where the Mujahideen resided, nor a gathering of theirs, that you did not enter and familiarize yourself with. You tried to fulfill their needs and desires, trying to remove from them the deficiencies of their lives, due to which you used to call yourself Abdur Rahman Abdul Kabeer Al-Wardaki [the one from Wardak].
    And thus, with the twinkling of an eye, Yahya passed to his Lord, and we pray that Allah delights him with a Faithful Seat beside the Throne of the Powerful Sovereign.
    Your days among us were not many, O twenty-year old! And your soul passed to its Lord, leaving behind deep-rooted glory, and an honourable mention. We ask Allah to increase you in happiness upon your entry into the World of the Angels.
    And we ask Allah - the Mighty and Majestic - to resurrect us amongst the blessed ones, and to grant us death as Martyrs, and to gather us in the presence of the Prophets, may Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon them. And we ask Allah - the Mighty and Majestic - to make us a substitute for you in goodness, and to enable your mother and your father and your brothers to understand that you are with your Creator, and we invoke Him to make you an intercessor for them on the Day of Judgement.
    In closing, we will repeat the verse from the Holy Qur'an:
    "Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision. They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve." [Quran 3:169-170]
    And Glory and Praise be to You. I bear witness that there is no God worthy of worship but You, I ask Your forgiveness, and I turn to You in repentance.
    Your brother Abu Muhammad:
    The Last Letter from Shaheed Yahya Senyor:
    The Muslim Mujahid knows his aim very well, and for that reason you will see him moving with an insight about his manner, and with firm strides, which know not retreat…he pays no attention to trials and punishments, rather he finds in them the object of his repose because they are in the Way of Allah: - and whoever treads the path of the Prophets does not ask himself whether he is walking on thorns or blades.
    The last letter which Shaheed Yahya wrote to his family is a bigger indication of the truth of what we have spoken about him; so listen to him when he says:
    'I am here…despite the airplanes, the tanks, and the shelling which continues day and night, and despite the intense cold and the hunger, I am in the peak of happiness and have peace of mind, because I feel that I am doing the most beloved of acts to Allah, and Allah does not waste the rewards of those who act. This Jihad is the only way that man can present to Allah acts which please Him and to return to this Ummah its full honour.'
    SHEIKH ABDULLAH AZZAM

    Dr. Sheikh Abdullah Yusuf Azzam. Palestinian. Assassinated on 24 November 1989 in Peshawar, Pakistan, Aged 48. 1st Hand Accounts.
    Time Magazine wrote about him that ' he was the reviver of Jihad in the 20th Century'. Abdullah Yusuf Azzam was born in the village of Ass-ba'ah Al-Hartiyeh, province of Jineen in the occupied sacred land of Palestine in 1941 CE. He was brought up in a humble house where he was taught Islam, and was fed with the love of Allah, His Messenger (SAW), those striving in the Way of Allah, the righteous people and the desire for the Hereafter.
    Abdullah Azzam was a distinguished kid who started propagating Islam at an early age. His peers knew him as a pious child. He showed signs of excellence at an early age. His teachers recognized this while he was still at elementary school.
    Sheikh Abdullah Azzam was known for his perseverance and serious nature ever since he was a small boy. He received his early elementary and secondary education in his village, and continued his education at the agricultural Khadorri College where he obtained a Diploma. Although he was the youngest of his colleagues, he was the cleverest and the smartest. After he graduated from Khadorri College, he worked as a teacher in a village called Adder in South Jordan. Later he joined Sharia College in Damascus University where he obtained a B.A. Degree in Shariah (Islamic Law) in 1966. After the Jews captured the West Bank in 1967, Sheikh Abdullah Azzam decided to migrate to Jordan, because he could not live under the Jews' occupation of Palestine. The sin of the Israeli tanks rolling into the West Bank without any resistance made him even more determined to migrate in order to learn the skills necessary to fight.
    In the late 1960's he joined the Jihad against the Israeli occupation of Palestine from Jordan. Soon after that, he went to Egypt and graduated with a Masters Degree in Shariah from the University of Al-Azhar. In 1970 and after Jihad came to a halt by forcing PLO forces out of Jordan, he assumed the position of teaching in the Jordanian University in Amman. In 1971 he was awarded a scholarship to Al-Azhar University in Cairo from which he obtained a Ph.D Degree in Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usool-ul-Fiqh) in 1973. During his stay in Egypt he came to know the family of Shaheed Sayyed Qutb.
    Sheikh Abdullah Azzam spent a long time participating in the Jihad in Palestine. However, matters there were not to his liking, for the people involved in the Jihad were far removed from Islam. He told of how these people used to spend the nights playing cards and listening to music, under the illusion that they were performing Jihad to liberate Palestine. Sheikh Abdullah Azzam mentioned that, out of the thousands in the camp he was in, the number of people who offered their Salah in congregation were so few that they could be counted on one hand. He tried to steer them towards Islam, but they resisted his attempts. One day he rhetorically asked one of the 'Mujahideen' what the religion behind the Palestinian revolution was, to which the man replied, quite clearly and bluntly,
    "This revolution has no religion behind it."
    This was the last straw. Sheikh Abdullah Azzam left Palestine, and went to Saudi Arabia to teach in the universities there.
    When Sheikh Azzam realised that only by means of an organised force would the Ummah ever be able to gain victory, then Jihad and the Gun became his pre-occupation and recreation. "Jihad and the rifle alone: no negotiations, no conferences and no dialogues," he would say. By practising what he was preaching, Sheikh Abdullah Azzam was one of the first Arabs to join the Afghan Jihad against the communist USSR
    In 1979, when he learned about the Afghan Jihad, he left his teaching position at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and went to Islamabad, Pakistan, in order to be able to participate in the Jihad. He moved to Pakistan to be close to the Afghan Jihad, and there he got to know the leaders of the Jihad. During the early time of his stay in Pakistan, he was appointed a lecturer in the International Islamic University in Islamabad. After a while he had to quit the University to devote his full time and energy to the Jihad in Afghanistan.
    In the early 1980's, Sheikh Abdullah Azzam came to experience the Jihad in Afghanistan. In this Jihad he found satisfaction of his longing and untold love to fight in the Path of Allah, just as Allah's Messenger (SAW) once said, "One hour spent fighting in the Path of Allah is worth more than seventy years spent in praying at home." [Authentic, At-Tirmithi and Al-Hakem].
    Inspired by this Hadith, Sheikh Abdullah Azzam immigrated with his family to Pakistan in order to be closer to the field of Jihad. Soon after, he then moved from Islamabad to Peshawar to be even closer to the field of Jihad and Martyrdom.
    In Peshawar, Sheikh Abdullah Azzam founded the Bait-ul-Ansar (Mujahideen Services Bureau with the aim of offering all possible assistance to the Afghani Jihad and the Mujahideen through establishing and managing projects that supported the cause. The Bureau also received and trained volunteers pouring into Pakistan to participate in Jihad and allocating them to the front lines.

    Unsurprisingly, this was not enough to satisfy Sheikh Azzam's burning desire for Jihad. That desire drove him finally to go to the front-line. On the battlefield, the Sheikh gracefully played his destined role in that generous epic of heroism.

    In Afghanistan he hardly ever settled in one place. He travelled throughout the country, visiting most of its provinces and states such as Lujer, Qandahar, Hindukush Heights, the Valley of Binjistr, Kabul and Jalalabad. These travels allowed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam to witness first hand the heroic deeds of these ordinary people, who had sacrificed all that they possessed -including their own lives - for the Supremacy of the Deen of Islam.

    In Peshawar, upon his return from these travels, Sheikh Azzam spoke about Jihad constantly. He prayed to restore the Unity among the divided Mujahideen commanders; called upon those who had not yet joined the fighting to take up arms and to follow him to the front before it would be too late.
    Abdullah Azzam was greatly influenced by the Jihad in Afghanistan and the Jihad was greatly influenced by him since he devoted his full time to its cause. He became the most prominent figure in the Afghani Jihad aside from the Afghan leaders. He spared no effort to promote the Afghan cause to the whole world, especially through the Muslim Ummah. He travelled all over the world, calling on Muslims to rally to the defence of their religion and lands. He wrote a number of books on Jihad, such as Join the Caravan and Defence of Muslim Lands. Moreover, he himself participated bodily in the Afghan Jihad, despite the fact that he was in his forties. He traversed Afghanistan, from north to south, east to west, in snow, through the mountains, in heat and in cold, riding donkeys and on foot. Young men with him used to tire from such exertions, but not Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    He changed the minds of Muslims about the Jihad in Afghanistan and presented the Jihad as an Islamic cause which concerned all Muslims around the world. Due to his efforts, the Afghani Jihad became universal in which Muslims from every part of the world participated. Soon, volunteer Islamic fighters began to travel to Afghanistan from the four corners of the Earth, to fulfil their obligation of Jihad and in defence of their oppressed Muslim brothers and sisters.

    The Sheikh's life revolved around a single goal, namely the establishment of Allah's Rule on earth, this being the clear responsibility of each and every Muslim. So in order to accomplish his life's noble mission of restoring the Khilafah, the Sheikh focused on Jihad (the armed struggle to establish Islam). He believed Jihad must be carried out until the Khilafah (Islamic Rule) is established so the light of Islam may shine on the whole world.

    Sheikh Abdullah Azzam made Jihad in every possible way, responding to the call of Allah:
    "Go forth, light and heavy, and strive with your selves and your wealth in the path of Allah. That is better for you, if only you knew." [Quran, 9:41]
    He reared his family also, in the same spirit, so that his wife, for example, engaged in orphan care and other humanitarian work in Afghanistan. He refused teaching positions at a number of universities, declaring that he would not quit Jihad until he was either martyred or assassinated. He used to reiterate that his ultimate goal was still to liberate Palestine. He was once quoted as saying,
    " Never shall I leave the Land of Jihad, except in three circumstances. Either I shall be killed in Afghanistan. Either I shall be killed in Peshawar. Or either I shall be handcuffed and expelled from Pakistan."
    Jihad in Afghanistan had made Abdullah Azzam the main pillar of the Jihad movement in the modern times. Through taking part in this Jihad, and through promoting and clarifying the obstacles which have been erected in the path of Jihad, he played a significant role in changing the minds of Muslims about Jihad and the need for it. He was a role model for the young generation that responded to the call of Jihad. He had a great appreciation for Jihad and the need for it. Once he said,
    " I feel that I am nine years old: seven-and-a-half years in the Afghan Jihad, one-and-a-half years in the Jihad in Palestine, and the rest of the years have no value."
    From his pulpit Sheikh Azzam was always reiterating his conviction that:
    "Jihad must not be abandoned until Allah (SWT) Alone is worshipped. Jihad continues until Allah's Word is raised high. Jihad until all the oppressed peoples are freed. Jihad to protect our dignity and restore our occupied lands. Jihad is the way of everlasting glory."
    History, as well as anyone who knew Sheikh Abdullah Azzam closely, all testify to his courage in speaking the truth, regardless of the consequences. He always bore in mind the command of Allah to: "Proclaim openly that which you were commanded, and turn away from the polytheists ( Mushrikeen)." [Quran, 15:94].

    On every occasion Sheikh Abdullah Azzam reminded all Muslims that,
    "Muslims cannot be defeated by others. We Muslims are not defeated by our enemies, but instead, we are defeated by our own selves."

    He was a fine example of Islamic manners, in his piety, his devotion to Allah and his modesty in all things. He would never adulate in his relations with others. Sheikh Azzam always listened to the youth, he was dignified and did not allow fear to have access to his brave heart. He practised continual fasting especially the alternate daily fasting routine of Prophet Dawud (SAW). He strongly counselled others to practice fasting on Mondays and Thursdays. The Sheikh was a man of uprightness, honesty and virtue, and was never heard to slander others or to talk unpleaasently about an individual Muslim.
    As the Jihad in Afghanistan went on, he was succeeding in uniting together all the various fighting groups in the Afghani Jihad. Naturally, such a pride to Islam caused great distress to the enemies of this religion, and they plotted to eliminate him. In 1989 CE, a lethal amount of TNT explosive was placed beneath the pulpit from which he delivered the sermon every Friday. It was such a formidable quantity that if it had exploded, it would have destroyed the mosque, together with everything and everybody in it. Hundreds of Muslims would have been killed, but Allah provided protection and the bomb did not explode.
    The enemies, determined to accomplish their ugly task, tried another plot in Peshawar, shortly after this in the same year When Allah (SWT) willed that Sheikh Abdullah Azzam should leave this world to be in His closest company (we hope that it is so), the Sheikh departed in a glorious manner. The day was Friday, 24 November 1989.
    The enemies of Allah planted three bombs on a road so narrow only a single car could travel on it. It was the road Sheikh Abdullah Azzam would use to drive to the Friday Prayer. That Friday, the Sheikh, together with two of his own sons, Ibrahim and Muhammad, and with one of the sons of the late Sheikh Tameem Adnani (another hero of the Afghan Jihad), drove along the road. The car stopped at the position of the first bomb, and the Sheikh alighted to walk the remainder of the way. The enemies, lying in wait, then exploded the bomb. A loud explosion and a great thundering were heard all over the city.
    People emerged from the mosque, and beheld a terrible scene. Only a small fragment of the car remained. The young son Ibrahim flew 100 metres into the air; the other two youths were thrown a similar distance away, and their remains were scattered among the trees and power lines. As for Sheikh Abdullah Azzam himself, his body was found resting against a wall, totally intact and not at all disfigured, except that some blood was seen issuing from his mouth.
    That fateful blast indeed ended the worldly journey of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam which had been spent well in struggling, striving and fighting in the Path of Allah (SWT). It also secured his more real and eternal life in the gardens of Paradise - we ask Allah that it is so -, that he will enjoy along with the illustrious company of "those on whom is the Grace of Allah, the Prophets, the Sincere ones, the Martyrs and the Righteous. The Best of company are they." [Quran, 4:69].
    It was in this way that this great hero and reformer of Islam departed from the arena of Jihad and from this world, never to return. He was buried in the Pabi Graveyard of the Shuhadaa' in Peshawar, where he joined hundreds of other Shuhadaa'. May Allah accept him as a martyr, and grant him the highest station in Paradise. The struggle which he stood for continues, despite the enemies of Islam. There is not a Land of Jihad today in the world, nor a Mujahid fighting in Allah's Way, who is not inspired by the life, teachings and works of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam (May Allah have Mercy on him).
    We ask Allah (SWT) to accept the deeds of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam and bring him to the Highest Part of Paradise. We ask Allah (SWT) to raise up for this Ummah more Sheikhs of this calibre, who take their knowledge to the battlefield rather than confining it in books.
    With this article, we record the events of Islamic history which took place in the ten years from 1979 to 1989, and continue to happen. As Sheikh Abdullah Azzam himself once said,
    " Indeed Islamic history is not written except with the blood of the Shuhadaa', except with the stories of the Shuhadaa' and except with the examples of the Shuhadaa'. "
    "They seek to extinguish the light of Allah by their mouths. But Allah refuses save to perfect His light, even if the disbelievers are averse. It is He who has sent His messenger with the guidance and the true religion, in order that He may make it prevail over all religions, even if the pagans are averse." [Quran, 9:32-33].




    SHAFEEQ IBRAHIM
    Shafeeq Al-Madani from Madinah Al-Munawarrah, Arabian Peninsula. Killed defending against a Communist offensive near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on 5 July 1989. Aged in his early twenties. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    "...I would have left you to be gathered by Allah from the stomachs of beasts and the throats of birds"
    "Woe be to his mother, he would start a war if he had the men"
    Thus the heroes of the battlefield were killed, one after another and the lands of Jalalabad swallowed one lion after another. The pain crushed Abu Abdullah Usama bin Ladin's heart. Whenever he bade farewell to another of his children, a new bomb fell on his heart, tearing another piece of it, and leaving him to writhe in agony. Before being able to tend his wounded heart, a new arrow would inflict more wounds, so he would scrape off the scabs of the previous wounds which had barely healed. With every traveller to Allah, his silent demeanour would seem to say,
    "Are all the afflictions with me, every one of them?
    Then how did you arrive from the crowd?
    I was wounded deeply, so there does not remain
    A place for the wounds of arrows or swords."
    Abu Zhahab was killed, so Abu Abdullah Usama said to me: "I never mourned a soul as I mourned the soul of Abu Zhahab." Khalid followed Abu Zhahab, at which Abu Abdullah Usama said: "Nobody was as precious to me as Khalid, then Abdul-Mannan and Abdur-Rahman Al-Misri."
    As for Jalalabad, there the hands of fate seized the body of Abu Tariq Al-Ma'ribi, then they seized the body of Abu Qutaybah, which provoked plentiful tears. Death then drew upon Shafeeq, and thus the separation of love was a test of the soul's patience. As for Shafeeq, say of him what you please - of courage, fearlessness, patience, and endurance - for he was one of the youngest men to come to the Jihad in Afghanistan.
    His Arrival into Afghanistan
    He came, the sixth of six students of a known scholar in Madinah Al-Munawarrah. Among these students were the Shuhadaa' (Martyrs) Abu Qutaybah and Khalid Al-Kurdi. They walked the thorny path of wearing shoes of insufferable thorns, and drinking the agonies of sorrow. I accompanied them on their journey for the first few days, and I would worry about them greatly, with the tenderness of their skin and the slenderness of their bodies. The matter at hand was above their captivity, and was a burden weighing heavily on their shoulders. All Praise be to Allah, the last thing one would imagine would be these men continuing their journey down this painful, bloody path, but they remained steadfast, and Allah granted them strength to persevere. These pillars of the towering building of Islam were lowered after a time, and we missed them dearly.
    Everyone has their excuses for abandoning the Jihad, but will they stand as justifications in front of Allah Ar-Rahman on the Day of Judgement? This is somewhat doubtful.
    At the Usama bin Zayd Training Camp
    Asadullah, the commander of Usama bin Zayd Training Camp, was an eminent personality to many of the Arab brothers who came to the Jihad, both for his courage, and the running of his camp. Shafeeq went to him, along with some of his Arab brothers. A Communist invasion of the camp took place during their stay there, and the enemy entered into the very room which Shafeeq was in. It was a shear miracle that saved Shafeeq and Abu Hanifah from the enemy: Allah ordained for them to live. The following day, the Mujahideen wanted to reclaim the camp from the hands of Kufr. Shafeeq was one of these lions who attacked the enemy, along with Jal-ar-Rahman. The camp was reclaimed and Jal-ar-Rahman was martyred. Shafeeq travelled between the Jadoodiyah camps in Pakhtia and Kunar, then his father came to Afghanistan to take him back to Madinah, which he succeeded in doing.
    I visited to Madinah, and there I saw Shafeeq, working in the Haram (Holy Mosque) of Madinah. He took me on a tour of the Haram, but he didn't stay long; he seemed restless. He would inevitably return to Afghanistan, by any means possible, and he did so after a little while. After a while, Abu Abdullah Usama finally went to the Jihad and began constructing his Lion's Den: a task which initially faced many problems and obstacles. He collaborated with two people, Shafeeq and one other. The Lion's Den began to grow, day by day, but the bitter cold of the winter frost was too much for the brothers who bore it during their first year in Afghanistan, so I would worry about them greatly.
    The Battle of the Lion's Den, Jaji, 1987
    Ramadhan 1987 CE (1407 AH), Allah decreed for this small Arab camp to face a vicious attack by both the Russians and Communists. Allah also decreed a victory for the Muslims, in which the Arab brothers played a major part - after that of Allahu (SWT).
    It is on the shoulders of these men that nations are built. Abul-Shaheed Al-Arhabi said:
    "I was in the battle. Everyone wanted to rest for a few moments because of the immense afflictions surrounding us, which were weighing down our souls. During this critical time, I saw Shafeeq with his slender body, carrying the mortars on his back to pitch in the direction of the enemy, so I said to myself: 'It is on the shoulders of these men that the Jihad is built,' after which I immediately corrected myself and said, 'Indeed, it is on the shoulders of these men that nations are built.'"
    Shafeeq Continues the Journey
    The journey continued, and the influx of Arab brothers increased, immediately after the Battle of the Lion's Den. Shafeeq continued to move from place to place, an anonymous soldier. Nobody spoke of him, and nobody knew him, except those who lived under the protection of Abu Abdullah. He worked in Khost, but when the volcanoes of Jalalabad erupted, he came to Jalalabad, and would only be seen in the foremost positions on which the hottest lines of fire fell. The men gradually began to fall, proudly, in this field of bravery, while Shafeeq continued his journey, awaiting his death. I did not find the verses of Abu Talib more befitting to an Arab martyr than Shafeeq:
    "Less distressed in calamities than an arrow,
    And quicker to advance than a dart
    The most honourable of the world's children, a lion you appear.
    Like a sword, slicing through disaster,
    Upholding the fighting all around,
    Every sword, handled like a member of the family."
    I had written lines for another Arab brother Shaheed, but when word reached me of Shafeeq's martyrdom, I thought: "Shafeeq is more worthy of these verses."
    The truth is that fear held no place in the lives of these youth who came to the Jihad as youngsters, grew up in the fire of hardship, and matured on the flames of its furnace. During his patrols, Shafeeq used to reach the positions close to the battlefield or a distance of 20m from Jalalabad so that he could listen to the speech of the soldiers. If poetry were spoken by one of their tongues, he would say:
    "Glory be to He who created me, what delight
    In what others regard as utmost pain
    Time is surprised at how I carry her tribulations,
    And at my body's patience with her shattering events."
    The Martyrdom: 3rd Dhul-Hijjah 1409 (5 July 1989)
    The Communists wanted to approach the centre of the Arab brothers, so they seized the opportunity of Eid, when the Afghani brothers departed from the camp to spend Eid with their families. The disbeliveers took advantage of this and sent three armoured tanks on the main highway toward Khush Kanbad and Kryzkabar. The Mujahideen prepared their anti-tank rockets to attack the Russians, but were puzzled at the appearance of the Russian tanks in the hills. One of the brothers thus went forth with a 82mm gun, but it failed to fire, so Shafeeq took a 75mm rocket launcher and fired a round of missiles at the tanks, destroying some of them. The Russian vehicles were many in number, however, and were swiftly approaching. Shafeeq thus ushered to the other brothers to retreat whilst he held them off together with one other brother. Therefore, only these two remained fighting the tanks by themselves. A few moments later, one tank fired a round that landed on Shafeeq and scattered his limbs throughout the air. The Arab brothers retreated and Abu Ubaidah raided the magazines to attack the Russians once more. One other brother was injured. The Arabs tried to carry him to shelter, but the tanks by this time were very close, so the injured brother asked the others to leave him and try to save themselves. They retreated once more, and the enemy entered their station. However, during their stay, the Mujahideen did not allow them to sleep for three months - unable to rest, nor be settled.
    Thus Shafeeq was torn, for Allah to gather him from the throats of birds and the stomachs of beasts. As the Prophet (SAWS) said upon the death of Hamzah bin Abdul-Mutallib:
    "If it weren't for Saffiyah's sadness, I would have left you to be gathered by Allah from the stomachs of beasts and the throats of birds."
    ABU TAYYIB AL-MAGHRIBI
    Abu Tayyib Al-Maghribi, from Morocco. Killed during a Communist Offensive against Shokhdara, Afghanistan, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    The Emigrant Caller to Islam
    From the splendour of the World he fled,
    From the temptations of America he came,
    With the bloom of youth, he was broken,
    And with its moistness this branch was squeezed.
    I met him at a conference in America in December 1988, and he began to follow me from place to place. Under the pretence of journalism, he was allowed to remain alone with me in the hotel, frequenting my room now and again. Thus, all Praise be to Allah, he clinged to me, not permitting my separation from him. When the end of the conference came within sight, he began to tempt me by offering me visits to his city of residence. He came to me with a group of youth from Arlington, who said to me: “Abu Tariq, the pilot, is in our city, and it is buzzing for Jihad like a beehive, and it is in our duty to visit it. It is close to Oklahoma, and you can travel there by car.” So I rode in the car of brother Mustafa Rajab, and I travelled with them to their city. The hours in which I met Abu Tariq after a long separation from him were passionate and emotional. He had participated in laying the foundations of the Service Bureau, and had taken the lead in the charitable journey, which the service bureau had embarked upon.
    Abu Tayyib decided to divorce the land of America thrice, never to return. I returned to Peshawar, and after a while Abu Tayyib followed me. I took him to Sada, and at this point the sound of Islamic Callers at work was still a thought in people's minds, but I advised him to make it a reality, and he was thus the first to be engaged in this activity. He wanted dearly to serve this religion, and Allah (SWT) bestowed upon him knowledge of Islamic education and culture. The radiance was noticeable on his face, the radiance of the spirit which penetrated his limbs, and the purity of his soul which shone through his forehead. And what is more beautiful radiance than that of awakening determination?
    Whenever the spirits of hawks awake,
    And move within the heart and souls,
    The youth see a resisting place for their determination in the orbits and the luminous horizon.
    You are the hawk, so build your nest and live,
    On the peaks of heights and on the mountain tops.
    In Ramadan
    In Ramadan, Dr. Hamzah returned from Kabul and told us of his need for Mujahid doctors, saying that he personally would be responsible for their schooling, and that they would be a group saved from the Hellfire. I spoke in the mosque about this precious need, and I hit a nerve in Abu Tayyib. Consequently, Dr. Hamzah was able to persuade him and send him to Kabul.
    On Eid-ul-Fitr, Abul-Hasan Al-Madani returned from Kabul and informed me of the arrival of some Arab brothers. He said that he noticed from amongst them a particular youth, who appeared sincere, and had some traits of leadership. So he trained him to be the Commander of one group, without ever having known him prior to his arrival in Kabul
    To Shokhdara
    He landed in Shokdara with Abu Ali Al-Maaliki, and decided to remain there. The battlefield grew more intense, and the quiet lull became into the vehement roar of the Mujahideen and the enemy aeroplanes, whose roar resounded night and day close to Kabul. The Mujahideen withdrew from At-Tiba where Abu Ali resided, after which nobody remained there except Abu Ali and five of his Arab brothers, such that if they also left, Kryzmyr would fall into the hands of Allah’s enemies. So they promised themselves not to leave the place, until their bodies were ripped open. The situation here also pleased Abu Tayyib, and he found his soul in the flames of love, and it was here that he saw, on the extent of his hope, a peaceful resting-place.
    His sense is apparent in many forms,
    Among men, sometimes like water, or a mirage.
    And his envier may call him a mad man,
    If the swords were to meet, but some minds are lame.
    The Account of Muhammad Al-Mushtaq, the best friend of Abu Tayyib
    After the Isha prayer on the evening of 29 June 1989, his friend and life-long companion, Muhammad Al-Mushtaq Al-Maghribi, came to me and asked me in wonder: “Did Abu Tayyib pass away?” I answered perplexed, “Who sent you here?” He replied, “An Algerian brother coming from Peshawar heard Taqi-ud-Din Al-Jazai’ree, who was returning from Shokhdara, talking about it.” So I said to him, "Ask Abul-Hasan al-Madani, he is in the control room.” He went to the control room and there was Muhammad Al-Mushtaq, in the dark of the night, unable to find an expression of grief other than tears which smothered his face. Through the tears he called to the soul of his brother, Abu Tayyib, who had accompanied him on the journey from Morocco to America to Sada. May Allah (SWT) have Mercy of his soul and may he unite us with him amongst the pious.
    And thus Abu Tayyib came to pass, and his peaceful death came only after he had proved himself as a falcon, an impassioned lion. With a flash he was gone, and we missed him being amongst us, after we achieved with his fighting what others didn’t achieve with their cries, shouting and speech.
    Muhammad Al-Mushtaq, his beloved brother and life-long friend wrote about him:
    Hasan Walafee - Abu Tayyib - was born in the city of Fez on 3 March 1964. He was a youth who was brought up from a very young age on the love and servitude of the Religion. He used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays, and he would stand between Allah’s (SWT) two Hands during the last third of the night. The Witr prayer would never bypass him, and Allah’s Book would never leave his side, whether or not he was travelling. He would always receive his daily guidance from the Quran, whatever the circumstance, and he was, may Allah have Mercy on him, constant in the recitation of the morning and evening remembrances. He would never sleep, except in a state of purification, nor would he sleep except after reading Surah Al-Mulk (Surah 67), however tired he was. Sometimes sleep would conquer him, so he would take a nap before completing the recitation, but he would always defeat his sleep by waking up and finishing the Surah.
    He was a valiant youth who had no fear for the enemy. Islam and its Call were his life; they would never tire him or bore him.
    We were together in high school, where he would always deliver lectures on Islam and answer the scepticism of the Communists and the apostates, be they students or teachers. After he went to University, he refused to enter into the discipline of Islamic Studies because he saw that most of the students were Muslim. Instead, he entered the disciplines of philosophy and psychology, because most of the students, if not less than 99% of them, were atheists. He was able to give them the message of Islam, and he became a thorn in their throats. He played an effective role in the department, from which some of his teachers began to harbour feelings of hatred towards him, and fail him in his exams. He used to lie in ambush for the Communists and atheists, so when he heard talk of one of their lectures, he followed them and stopped them delivering it.
    He was, may Allah have Mercy on him, a possessor of extensive knowledge on Islamic and modern literary culture, and he was particularly fond of the books of Muhammad and Syed Qutb, especially “In the Shade of the Quran.” He also used to like the books of Fathi Yakan Al-Harakeeya, and loved the books of the pious predecessors, such as Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn-ul Qayyim.
    He was, may Allah have Mercy upon him, an active member of the Islamic Movement, and it was unusual to find him in a situation other than service to the group, whether it was calling people to Islam or educating people’s hearts before their minds. He occupied a place in everybody’s hearts wherever he travelled or resided; everyone who met him loved him at first sight. He had early connections with the Moroccan “Al-Islah” magazine. He also wrote a long treatise on Afghanistan - past and present.
    He wrote a moving, emotional letter to his mother revealing how close he was to Allah - Glory be to Him and how Exalted is He! We regard him thus and do not praise anyone above Allah. This applies to his high command of expression and his links with Islamic Culture - the revolutionary books. So we hope that Allah will shelter him with His Mercy and will make him an intercessor for us and for his mother and for his family on the Day of Judgement. He is the All-Hearing, All-Near and all-Responding.
    DR. NASIR AL-JAZAIRI
    Dr. Nasir Al-Jazairi (Halwaji Ammar), from Algeria. Killed defending against a Communist Offensive against Shokhdara, Afghanistan, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    The Doctor of Hearts and Bodies, The Preacher of the Valley
    "I think that the doctors will receive a heavy punishment on the Day of Judgement because of their absence from treating the wounded on the battlefield."
    His life long friend, Taqiudeen, was with him during his last moments in which he bid farewell to the world. They lived together in the Valley of Jihad (the Valley of Soofa in Afghanistan), and in the forest of lions. He graduated from high school and studied to be a laboratory technician. He then graduated from the Institute with his brother Abu Bashir Al-Jazairi. He worked in the Valley's hospital, and became brilliant in his field of specialisation.
    This seedling, which led a comfortable life in a sheltered environment, lived in the garden of Islamic dawah. It sprouted with the permission of its Lord, and ripened into the beautiful fruit with which Allah inspired the Islamic thinkers of this age. It touched the hands of youth and it guided them. And Sayyid Qutb - may Allah have Mercy on him - has a role in this which Allah prepared for him. His God-given talent flowed through his pen, fluently and eloquently. Allah granted Sayyid's expressions beauty and magnificence, and his words encouraged this seedling throughout its life. Allah decreed for Sayyid to die in a tall, dignified manner, which blew life and soul into his words, and which penetrated the hearts of the children of the nation. This was also the case regarding the later Islamic writers who followed in his footsteps.
    Nasir was raised on the tables of these thinkers, and in the corner of his house there was a small library filled with their books. In the depths was a special place for the books on Seerah (Biography of the Prophet SAWS), and thus the Seerah was the subject of the lectures which he delivered in the mosque's study circles. He would comment on the events in the Seerah, and his explanation of them was such that his friends, such as Taqiudeen, would be full of admiration for him. Some brothers would display their admiration, to which Nasir would reply: "I seek Allah's Forgiveness."
    To the Land of Jihad
    Nasir left the Valley in 1985 and headed for the Land of Jihad, leaving behind him a big hollow. But who would be a more beautiful and suitable man to fill this hollow than his brother Ali? Upon Nasir's arrival at the Land of Jihad, he worked as an assistant in his field of specialisation by the side of Dr. Salih Al-Libi. Then Nasir returned to Algeria and began frequenting the house of Dr. Salih's family there, out of love and loyalty towards him.
    Nasir returned to the Jihad for a second time, and he headed towards the Afghani valley of Soofa. There he began to devote himself to his work as a doctor, as there was a lack of doctors in Afghanistan at that time. After six months, Abul-Hassan Al-Madani assigned him to work in one of the hospitals, which pleased Nasir immensely. His joy increased upon the arrival of Taqiudeen and Jamaludeen, his beloved brothers. Jamaludeen was one of the youth whom Allah had guided through the efforts of Nasir. Nasir would say: "I don't know at which I should be more delighted: working in the hospital of the Mujahideen, or the arrival of Taqiudeen and Jamaludeen."
    It was only for three days. The souls had not been quenched of thirst, nor did the reunion relieve their yearning to meet again:
    " You returned to us, but our souls were not satisfied
    Yearning for you. Nor did our eyes become dry."
    It was only for three days in which the teacher met his student, before the spinning mill of death seized the soul of Jamaludeen. This was in the same week in which Waseel - the Commander of the unit in Shokhdara - was martyred, leaving a deep sorrow in everyone's souls. Nasir's tongue would constantly remember him, not knowing that they would meet again after only a day or two, if Allah granted them both admission to Paradise, and their souls flew to the hearts of green birds.
    The Promised Day came
    The government troops headed for Shokhdara, and on the fourth day, the brothers prayed the dawn Fajr Prayer. As was their habit, they read the morning supplications followed by a portion of the Quran. Then, at 08:30 hrs, they received news of the troops' arrival, so the Mujahideen rushed to the mountain peaks. As for Nasir, he headed for the Wudu (Ablution) area. Taqiudeen tried to hurry him, but Nasir insisted on completing his Wudu before climbing to the shelter of the mountains.
    The mountains resounded with the cries of 'Allahu Akbar!' and 'La illaha illallah!', while the lions of Allah ensured that the enemy tasted the flames of the fire of this world before the flames of the Hellfire. The enemy began to retreat, defeated, taking with it its casualties of war. The shells of the Mujahideen had run out, so Nasir rushed with Taqiudeen to fetch some more. On the way to the ammunition store, while Taqiudeen was telling Nasir to move faster, a shell fell into the 1.5metre gap between the two of them. Taqiudeen turned his face away from the explosion and held his nose against the dust. After the dust settled, Taqiudeen turned back to look for Nasir. The shrapnel had penetrated his body, seriously wounding him. So Taqiudeen carried him to a cave and began to read Surah Yasin (Quran, Surah 36) over Nasir, while his veins gushed forth with pure, sinless blood.
    Before Taqiudeen was able to finish reciting the Surah for the third time, Nasir's soul ascended to its creator. It was witnessed and protested in favour of he who remained behind, who was searching the field but could find in it neither a preacher or a doctor, so he said - "With what will the scholars, preachers and doctors answer their Lord on the Day of Judgement concerning their absence from the Jihad in the way of Allah?"
    Nasir had sent me a message, asking me to send them a doctor or even some medicine, as he said: "A Christian woman came to attend to the wounded Mujahideen, but where are the Muslims?"
    Indeed, I heard the words of Abul-Junaid after returning from Faryab, where he saw the urgent need of doctors on the battlefield. He showed us a video of the legs of the wounded being cut by a wood-saw, and said: "This sawing is happening while the Mujahid is awake and conscious. You can perceive 10-20 people who died of pain while the doctor tried to saw their legs or hands."
    Abul-Junaid gave a message to the doctors about Jihad, while living through the crisis of their absence: "I think that the doctors will receive a heavy punishment on the Day of Judgement because of their absence from treating the wounded on the battlefield."
    Are the calls of the wounded heard by the tens of thousands of doctors in the Islamic world? You will find that some of these men in the government hospitals will not even work in their own countries without getting paid for every minute.
    "It is only those who listen (to the Message of the Prophet Muhammad(SAWS), will respond (benefit from it), but as for the dead (disbelievers), Allah will raise them up, then to Him will they be returned (for their recompense)." [Quran 6:36]
    And we hope that Allah - Glory be to Him and most Exalted is He - will accept the martyrdom of our brother NasIr and will gather us with him in the highest Paradise.
    JAMALUDEEN AL-JAZAIRI
    Jamaludeen Al-Jazairi (Rashid Al-Ghowli), from Algeria. Killed defending against a Communist Offensive against Shokhdara, Afghanistan, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    "I saw Rasheed in a dream eating out of the hands of the Hoor Al-Ain (Paradise Maidens)"
    From the Valley of Jihad in Soofa, came our martyr, Rasheed, and within this Valley he flourished. He rose and marched forth with his contemporaries in the Islamic Movement. If the Jihad was not its first and foremost agenda, there would be no justification for the existence and Call of this movement. And what would the mighty preachers talk about other than swords, arrows and spears?
    But where was Rasheed to get the plane ticket? He was convinced of the obligation of Jihad through the feats of the fighters in Afghanistan which he had heard, and through the stories of the Salaf's (Pious Muslim Predecessors) amazing bravery and character.
    The only option open to Rasheed, whether he liked it or not, was to leave his education and work, so that he could save the fruits of his honest labour and the sweat on his brow to buy a ticket. The fulfilment of his duty would only be complete with the ticket, so obtaining the ticket, in effect, became a duty itself. And if the Jihad would only be complete with his advancement to Afghanistan, the struggle to buy a ticket was now a Fard (obligation).
    He travelled from Algeria to Turkey to try again to attain a visa for Pakistan, but his request was rejected, so he lost hope in Turkey as a means of obtaining his visa. From Turkey, he travelled to Syria, and after much ado Allah ordained for him to obtain the visa there. Upon reaching Pakistan, he headed for the camp of Khalid bin Waleed, where he received military training, after which he travelled to Khost, then to Nangarhar and Jalalabad. There he was responsible for firing the heavy artillery. The Afghans loved him dearly, and the Afghani Commander entrusted him with tracking down fugitives. Thus, his repute spread like wildfire among Allah's enemies until there resided a fear of him in all their hearts
    One day, the roar of the cannons reached Rasheed's room, causing two of its walls to cave on top of him. He was afflicted with light wounds, so he went to have them treated in Shokhdara, accompanied by Taqiudeen. There, Jamaludeen had a passionate reunion with his teacher, Dr. Nasir Al-Jazairi, after a long absence from one another. They spent three days together, which passed like the blink of an eye. On the third day, the enemy tankards came to storm the locality in which the Arab brothers resided. Jamaludeen drew his weapon, and aimed a rocket grenade in the direction of an approaching armoured vehicle, and the 'Allahu Akbar!' chanted by the Arabs echoed throughout the clouds in the sky. The disbeliveers were defeated, and the victory chants could be heard from all directions. As the disbeliveers began to retreat, leaving behind their wounded, Taqiudeen went to collect some more shells. Upon his return, in the beautiful fragrance of victory, Taqiudeen asked about Jamaludeen and Uthman Al-Yemeni. The Afgans replied that they had ascended to the refuge of the mountain peaks, so Taqiudeen followed, that he may see them. All of a sudden, he heard the yell of an Afghani brother: "Shaheed! Shaheed!"
    Taqiudeen asked for an explanation of this strange cry, so the brother replied: "Two of the Arabs have been martyred." Taqiudeen proceeded to the location of the martyrdom, and there lay Jamaludeen, enshrouded. He had reached his Lord, and there he rested, leaving behind him sorrow in the depths of the hearts of those who loved him. The martyrs were carried to the Graveyard of the Martyrs, and Rasheed was buried by the side of Ahmad Al-Jazairi and the Commander, Waseel. These graves remain as permanent witness to the battle of Afghanistan being a Battle of Faith, and to the Arabs being a part of the history of modern Islamic Afghanistan. That the Arab brothers are righteous bricks who reserved their place in the castle of the Islamic Empire, which will be built in Kabul insha-Allah.
    Glad tidings from the tongue of Abu Muhammad al-Jazairi
    Abu Muhammad was injured with Rasheed by the same shell. He received shrapnel injuries to his head, and was thus moved to the hospital in Peshawar. He lost consciousness temporarily, due to the severity of his pains. After regaining conciousness he said: "I saw Rasheed in a dream eating out of the hands of the Hoor Al-Ain (Paradise Maidens)."
    YASEEN AL-JAZAIRI
    Yaseen Al-Jazairi (Abdur-Rab-un-Noor Hameed), from Algeria. Killed in a battle against Communist Forces in Shokhdara, Afghanistan, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    The one who fled from marriage in this Life, to marriage in the Next
    He came from the Valley of Soofa, and what a beautiful valley it was, throwing out of its jaws many of its children to be lions in the Jihad. He remained in the Jihad for a longer time than any of the other Algerian brothers. The martyr, Fawzi bin Ali, alone would suffice us from the Valley.
    An Islamic Family
    He was raised with his eyes opened to the blossoms of the Islamic Revival, whose fragrance spread to all sides of the world, and whose light comprised all the Islamic countries. He graduated from high school, and then worked in administration. His parents got him engaged to a girl, because they desired to gratify their eyes with the sight of a grandchild. The engagement took place and the preparations for the wedding began. A short while before the wedding Yaseen was flicking through a magazine on Jihad in the Land of Courage and Sacrifice - what could there be after this? The scholars rule that the fulfilment of a Fard Ain (Islamic Obligation upon every Muslim) does not require the permission of one's parents, so O soul! What excuse do you have inront of Allah after knowing this? Does marriage count as an excuse to abstain from the Jihad? Did not the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) marry, or desire to marry? Did this prevent them from presenting their souls to support this Religion? These questions were continuous and recurring; Yaseen's mind could not discard or abandon them. He became occupied with these thoughts, and could not forsake discovering the answer to these questions.
    He finally decided absolutely that he must buy a ticket to take him to the Jihad with the money he had saved for his wedding. As for marriage, perhaps it might be in Paradise with the Wide-Eyed Paradise Maidens. Did not Allah (SWT) say:
    "Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight, are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the people who are Al-Fasiqoon (the rebellious, disobedient) to Allah." [Quran 9:24]
    The Pakistani Visa
    Yaseen left Algeria, and began to search for a means of attaining an entry visa for Pakistan, so he travelled to Turkey. But he found that there were many difficulties in being granted a Pakistani Visa, due to world pressures - directed by the Jews - on Pakistan. The world would tremble with the fear of only defenceless Muslims. How would they feel if these people bore weapons, if Mujahideen launched an attack to destroy the enemies of Allah in their sleep. Then, the disbelievers would never sleep.
    Yaseen moved from Turkey to an Arab state. After a lot of effort, and when the hearts had reached to the throats, Allah facilitated the attainment of the visa for Yaseen. So Yaseen travelled to Pakistan and received his share of military training, but where to now? To the Afghan Valley of Soofa (the Valley of Shokhdara). Allah facilitated their stay there through one of the residents of the valley, Abu Ali Al-Maliki, and the brothers found a friendly atmosphere there. Abu Ali became a trustee for all of the leaders. It was as though the Afghans were guests and Abu Ali was the landlord.
    In Shokhdara
    Yaseen received a tank from the booty of one battle. He had previous knowledge of Russian tanks, and he began driving it and using it as a means of transport in the area. He would rush into battles, driving this tank and carrying a video camera to record the bomb blasts, other moving tanks and blazing buildings. After one full year in the Valley of Shokhdara, Yaseen found peace and joy in this valley, and now had relatives and friends there.
    In Kryzmyeer
    The number of Mujahideen in Kryzmeer (a province of Shokhdara) decreased due to the severity of killing. This was followed by thunder in the sky and the rumble of cannons, and the Russian minds were working overtime in devising ways to destroy and annihilate the Muslims.
    The Arab brothers refused to call the local residents to face their inevitable fate -surrender to the state- in case they struggled along and preferred death on the second line of defence for Kabul. Their slaughter intensified. The State knew the location of the Arabs, and that the distance between them could be measured in metres. Thus, the shells rarely missed their targets or strayed from their path.
    Taqiudeen said: "Yaseen and I witnessed the last battle. He filmed its flames and returned to the house to leave the camera there. As soon as he reached the house, a shell landed on it and claimed his leg. Abdul-Haq Al-Jaza'iri came and dressed the wounds from which blood was gushing forth. We brought the horse on which we wished to transport Yaseen to Jarieez, a journey which would last two nights. An hour after leaving Shokhdara, Yaseen's soul ascended to its Creator."
    Yaseen thus passed to the Lord of the Worlds. We hope that Allah - Glory be to Him and Most Exalted be He - will accept Yaseen among the righteous, and will marry him to the Wide-Eyed Paradise Maidens. And thus you left, O' Yaseen, after you had taught us a lot. You taught us that:
    "If you plunge into desired glory,
    Don't be content with what is this side of the stars,
    For the taste of death in a matter little,
    Is like the table of death in a matter large."
    ABU ABDULLAH AL-MA'RIBI
    Abu Abdullah Al-Ma'ribi (Saalim Umar Saalim Al-Haddad), from Yemen. Killed during battles against the Communist Forces in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    "I will carry my soul in my hand
    And I will throw it into the depths of death.
    Either it will be Life, which pleases the friend,
    Or Death, which angers the enemy."
    In one of the districts of Mar'ib in North Yemen, Saalim was born in a house of knowledge, religion and manners. His father was one of the distinguished Islamic Preachers in his area, but the hand of death seized him leaving behind 15 people in a family looking for someone to support them and give them a mouthful of food. They could only find Saalim, so he had to support them, take matters firmly into his own hands, and take the concerns of his brothers and his family on his shoulders.
    Saalim began, with his brother Abu Saalim, to work hard in raising these lives, whatever the stamp of hardship or the manner of severity. Saalim and his brother heard about the Jihad, so Abu Saalim came to Afghanistan. I became acquainted with him in Sada, and Allah decreed for him to take part in the Lion's Den Operation of Ramadan in the year 1987 (1407 AH). And Allah killed the leader of the militia in the area through the hands of Abu Saalim - so the Mujahideen thought when they saw his body.
    As for Saalim, Allah honoured him in the Jihad for the fist time in the year 1987, then he returned to Yemen. However, after his return his soul remained dependent on this healing balm which it had tasted. He and his brothers used to take turns in going for the Jihad, and this family had gained the despatch of four of its lions to this cause.
    In Sha'baan of the year 1989 (1409 AH), Saalim returned to the Jihad, where the spinning mill of the war in Jalalabad was grinding the nerves and the spirits of the brothers, where the superior spears would ensnare the swords. Abu Saalim came and threw himself between the jaws of death, and he used to say:
    "I will carry my soul in my hand
    And I will throw it into the depths of death.
    Either it will be Life, which pleases the friend,
    Or Death, which angers the enemy."
    He participated in the conquests of Farkand, the State of Zay, Qarnoosar and Sheenjar. Saalim sat in Qarnoosar behind the trigger of the DShK Heavy Machinegun, overlooking the 81st Division, which defended Jalalabad. The sky was ablaze with the heads of the nation, while the tankards of the enemy, and the bombs of their mortars, fired precipitatingly at the Arab brothers, showering on them a rain of missiles. All the while the Arabs repeated:
    "As though the skulls of heroes are in them,
    Their heads fall like pebbles in a place where pebbles are plenty,
    We rip upon the heads of the enemy,
    And we scythe their necks like blades of wet grass."
    The Dream
    Abu Salih Muthanna Al-Mar'ibi reported: On 22nd Shawwal, Saalim awoke from his sleep in laughter and with joy on apparent on his face. Then he seized me by the collar and said: "Rejoice, for I will be a martyr insha-Allah." I replied:
    "Insha-Allah, in Palestine." He said:
    "No, here in Afghanistan." I saw my father wrestling me in jest, and he was happy for me.
    The bomb arrived which allowed the Angel of Death to take with it the souls of Saalim and Abu Qutayba As-Sooree (the apprentice carpenter). So Saalim departed to Allah - All Praise be to Him and how Exalted be He - after leaving a deep sorrow in the hearts of his brothers, because he had been granted martyrdom - according to what they believed - before them. Everyone had prayed that he would pass away in this manner, and we hope that Allah will gather us with him in the highest Paradise.
    SHAMSUDEEN AL-AFGHANI
    Shamsudeen Al-Afghani, from Afghanistan. Killed defending against a Communist offensive near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on 5 July 1989. Aged 19. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    The Martyred Engineer
    I write about him here, even though I haven't written about the Afghan martyrs (due to the sheer number of them, and because my time does not allow for it). I wanted to write about the Afghani commanders because their history is a glimmer of hope for the Islamic nation, and because there is an example to be followed by all who want to break the chains of slavery and discard the shackles of humiliation.
    When writing about the martyrs, I was hoping to include the stories of only the Arab brothers, but I wrote about Safiullah Afdali because of my close relationship to him. I also wrote about Abdul-Fath, and now I find myself pushed to write about this martyr, as I heard plentiful praise and commendation of him from the mouths of the other brothers.
    Our martyr Shamsudeen was born in Darzab. His main concern was that of searching for an active frontline on which to fight, to end his life, and to meet his Lord. He left his family five years earlier, and he travelled around the various states in Afghanistan. He fell in love with the city of Shoolkar, the city in which resided the founder of the Jihad of Balath, Dhabeeh-ullah. There he became a shooter of heavy weaponry. He then left Shoolkar, searching for death once more. He arrived at Badakhshan, then headed for Takhar, ending up finally in Peshawar.
    In Peshawar, he was met by the group of Hamza bin Abdul-Muttalib, under the leadership of Abul-Junaid. He knew that Shamsudeen was a weapons engineer, and that he was able to fix the majority of weapons, so Abul-Junaid held on to this precious Mujahid. He asked Shamsudeen if he would like to accompany him to Faryab, where there existed an Islamic Institute (for military and Islamic education), so he joined the caravan. (He taught a complete class in Almar on military sciences and Islamic education.)
    He spoke the truth, whatever the circumstance, and he finally settled down into the Institute of Meymaneh, the most active front in Faryab, with Sayyid 'Alaaudeen. He had known of 'Alaaudeen's bravery and boldness, and his prejudice towards the enemies of Allah, and people sang of his gallantry and honour often. Thus, when Shamsudeen saw him, he fell in love with his character, and their souls met one another, as the Prophet (SAWS) said: "Souls are like armed soldiers; those that know one another, love one each other, and those who do not know one another will differ." The love only increased between these two brothers. 'Alaaudeen wanted to secure his brother Meymanah, so he offered him the chance of marriage, and he pestered him (with the help of another leader, Sayyid Nooran Akbar) continuously about it. Allah finally decreed the marriage of Shamsudeen to a local woman. Allah instilled in him a profound love of Jihad, which gripped his heart and soul. He loved the times when he would sit to his nightly companion (his weaponry), and mend it, or clean it, or try it out. He was an expert in mending all weapons.
    An Arab brother once said to him: "You have married the Jihad." Shams-ud-Deen replied: "They married me to a woman to spite me."
    The Farewell Journey
    They met the enemy in the Battle of Karwan Bashi. War broke out and the fighting was fierce, and the lurking lions emerged from their lair. It pleased the poet that he should sing their praises, saying:-
    If he became distressed, he placed his determination in front of his eyes.
    And put aside the mention of any results.
    He only consulted himself in his matter
    And he only accepted his sword for a companion.
    I will wash myself of shame, with the sword
    Winning only what Allah has decreed for me to win.
    My possessions look humble to me.
    If my right hand bends back while achieving my request.
    The people of Almunyah began to insert their fingernails and withdraw the souls of Shamsudeen and Ridwan (the Saudi) in this battle, and they passed on their way to Allah. We hope that He makes us, and them, attain the positions of those who preceded us.
    Shams-ud-Deen ascended to Allah when he was 19 years old.
    ABU ASIM AS-SAN'AANI
    Abu Asim As-San'aani (Adil Husni al-Wadi), from Yemen. Killed during battles against the Communist Forces in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    "Allah Alone is Sufficient for me, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs."
    It was the night of Monday, 3rd June 1989. Abu Asim ended his guard duty at Quba - one of the frontal positions belonging to the Mujahideen around the city of Jalalabad, where he spent most of his days in the Jihad. He prayed the morning prayer and slept in his trench.
    The roar of the artillery that night was strong, and continued throughout the night. A 120mm missile unexpectedly landed, exploding between the feet of Abu Asim, upon which his first words were, "Allah Alone is Sufficient for me, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs." Then he repeated the Shahaadah, and continued to repeat it until his soul ascended to its Creator, pleased with itself and pleasing unto Him, by the will of Allah.
    Adil Husni al-Wadi, known to his Mujahideen brothers as Abu Asim As-San'aani, was born in Yemen in 1970, to a noble and conservative family. He lived, drinking from the fountain of the Quran and its teachings, and striving to establish Islam in his self, his family, and his homeland. He perceived the world around him as being in darkness, with many of its inhabitants living unaware and forgetful, in a deluge of self-slavery, desire and Satanic influences.
    He turned here and there, searching for a ray of sun, a new light, and a noble identity. The dawn shined upon his heart and the correct path became obvious to him when he heard the caller cry "O Army of Allah! Ride, and wish for Allah!"
    Abu Asim bade farewell to his good family, his beloved and his friends and dressed in the clothes of Jihad, shouting in his loudest voice, "Here I am, at your service, O Land of Jihad!" He emigrated with his soul and his wealth, leaving everything behind, desiring honour, and asking Allah to equip him with victory and steadfastness. He was, may Allah have mercy with his soul, constant in remembering Allah and supplicating to Him, and constantly increasing in his obedience to Allah, with the hope of being granted martyrdom.
    In this manner, the martyr Abu Asim passed away, distinguished with this most honourable death. Indeed, distinguished in this most honourable life spent in the Path of Allah. Brother Abu Muhammad (from Yemen) and Brother Abu Antar (also from Yemen) mentioned that they smelt a beautiful smell emanating from his body after his martyrdom.
    "Think not of those who are killed in the way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision." [Quran 3:169]
    DR SALIH AL-LEEBEE
    Dr Salih Muhammad Al-Leebee, from Libya. Killed during battles against the Communist Forces in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    "...The treatment is prayer, then food, then medicine."
    I only met a few people who had such nobility and honour. He arrived from Britain, prompted by his vast hope for attaining martyrdom by which to enter Paradise whose width is that of the heavens and earth. He was studying paediatrics (children's medicine), but the longing for Paradise pulled him to the land of Glory and Jihad. He could no longer bear to see the traffic of the busy London streets nor the smoke of its factories. His ears could no longer bear to hear the surge of the Thames, or the ticking of Big Ben. He found a new love, that of Afghanistan, which seized his heart, so he tried to join it.
    He was born in 1951 in Benghazi, Libya. He attained a MBBS degree from the University of Qaaryounis in Benghazi.
    In Ghaznee
    He reached the land of Jihad and searched its field but did not find a single Arab doctor on the frontline. So he carried his gun in one hand, and his knife and first-aid kit in another. After enquiring further, Allah guided him to travel with the Mujahideen to Ghaznee, where he stayed for eight months, eating, drinking and sleeping with the Mujahideen, not thinking of wages nor searching for luxuries of the worldly life in London compared to the life of a Mujahid, where a meal consisted of bread and tea. As for dinner, it was Afghani broth, which had a thick layer of fat and none of the non-Afghans were safe from the possibility of severe diahorrea, which could sometimes be fatal.
    The Arriving Arabs
    The arrival of the first group of Arab Mujahideen to North Afghanistan - Abdullah Anas, Abu Asad and Muhammad Ameen - was a blessing amongst blessings. It took them 46 days to reach Balakh (Mazaar Shareef) after which Muhammad Ameen was on the brink of death, and the youth of Abdullah Anas had fallen. And Balakh was filled with the people wanting to see the Arabs they used to read about in books. How many old people whose hair had turned white, walked on snow for days, leaning on his walking stick with his right hand, while taking, by his left hand, his young or grandson, for this child to get the blessings of an Arab hand on his head.
    The Return from Ghaznee
    I met Dr. Saalih on his return from Ghaznee. Abdullah Anas had already returned from Mazar Shareef after he was appalled at the presence of French westerners in a hospital equipped with modern instruments. Abdullah Anas flew into a rage with the leader of the area, Muhammad Alam, and the judge of the area, Abdullah. Their answer was: "Until now, we have not seen an Arab before you, and those French people had arrived a few years ago. Why don't you bring an Arab Muslim doctor, or a non-Arab, so we can dispense with these people?"
    Abdullah Anas persisted in search for an Arab doctor, so Allah ordained to lead him to Dr. Saalih, another Egyptian doctor, so they headed for Balakh - the city of knowledge and scholars, famous in its history.
    The Arrival of Dr. Saalih
    Dr. Saalih arrived in Balakh and the French had reached into the depths of people's hearts. Not only did they treat them for their illnesses, but they also took presents and sweets to the patients, visited them at home, and gave them money.
    Upon the arrival of Dr. Saalih in Balakh, the French were alienated from the land. After the hearts used to open to allow these foreign doctors to enter into their depths, suddenly they were immediately discarded following a ruling by the judge Abdullah, which stated: "Treatment by the French is forbidden, as is mixing with them and sitting with them." Thus, in space of one day, Balakh had become hostile towards them. treatment by them was previously a necessity, and necessity are considered as such by their need, but there was no longer a need. The French felt this hostility and isolation, so they said to the leader of the province, "It appears you have no need for us."
    The reply was "Yes," so the French asked to take their instruments, to which the Mujahideen did not object, and said to the French: "Whatever you want to take, take it and leave the area." The French did so.
    The Miracle of Dr. Saalih
    A short time before Dr. Saalih's arrival, one of the Mujahideen had been affected with the shrapnel in his spine, which reached his spinal cord and paralysed him. He was shown to the French who said, "It is impossible for any doctor to cure this." But they uttered the word of disbelief, they said "Allah is unable to cure him." Glorified be He from the (great falsehood) that they say!
    Then this Mujahid was shown to Dr. Saalih, who said to me, "I found him to be broken, physically and emotionally. He became unable to leave the bed. He would urinate and empty his bowels on himself. So I said to him, 'It is simple, it is simple, if Allah wills. Our Lord will cure you.'" Dr. Saalih said, "I told him to uplift his broken spirit."
    Dr. Saalih began to treat him with medicine and prayer. It was only a short period of time before the Mujahid was restored to health, and rushed to the front line to continue his struggle on the path of goodness facing the enemies of Allah.
    The people of Balakh began to repeat:
    "A righteous (Saalih) friend has arrived. His name is Dr. Saalih."
    Two Years in Balakh
    Dr. Saalih has spent two years in Balakh. He was a very good father and educator to the Arab brothers. Sometimes, he could be found teaching them Quran, other times you would find him sheltering them around him like the hen does to its chicks. Thus the Arabs became very attached to the hospital and were unable to part from it. Their military work became focused on the area surrounding the hospital. It was there, on a hill top, that Marwaan Hadeed, the Syrian that we love, the Mujahid, passed away.
    His Arab brothers called him 'Abu Haatim' because of his generosity. He never saved any of his wages, he spent his money either buying things for his Arab brothers or things for the hospital. due to the shortage of medicine, he was forced to send us to Peshawar to ask for an advance on his salary for the next six months, so he could buy medicine for the hospital.
    Abbaas said: "I lived with him for six months and used to advise him to decrease some of his spending. To this he would reply, 'It is my trade between myself and my Lord.'"
    A Marriage Proposal
    It is known that Afghans are strict in letting their daughters marry non-Afghans, but with Dr. Saalih, it was they who offered their daughters to him in hope, for what they thought of his goodness and loyalty.
    The Return from Mazaar Shareef
    Dr. Saalih returned to Peshawar and stayed there for a while. The Battle of the Lion's Den took place in Ramadan 1407AH (1987), he participated in it and was wounded. You never hoped to see him in a place which was blazing with fire, but you always saw him there. The doctor's wounds were not serious. He was on the frontline of fire where the earth erupts with volcanoes and the sky showers the earth with burning lava.
    Neither the stallion, roaring on the day of the attack,
    Nor the angry tiger, nor the lion, nor the leopard,
    Are keener than him when he rushes to a battle which breeds heroes or kills them.
    How many did his hands kill?
    If death was delayed from its appointed time,
    He would love it, and would not be late for it.
    The Caravan of Takhaar
    We then chose him to accompany the caravan of Abu Ibraaheem to Takhaar. The caravan was the biggest one to have entered Afghanistan, and carried with it whatever one could imagine of appliances, medicine, and boots. It also contained twenty-one Arabs whom Abu Ibrahim had selected from various camps. The caravan also had another two doctors, Dr. Abu-Dardaa' Al-Misri and Dr. Muhammad Umar Al-Iraqi. Upon their arrival to Takhaar, they had a medical course for a group of Afghans and trained them as nurses. He only used to treat patients after taking from them their packet of cigarettes and made it a condition of his care.
    Dr. Saalih stayed in the hospital for 16 months, but he was searching for the fighting. He wanted death wherever he could find it.
    The Song of Dr. Saalih
    He always used to repeat the lines:
    "What do you want?
    I want a single people on the Qur'an,
    Who do not fear threats or promises,
    Who take the example of Usaama bin Zaid and Khalid bin Al-Waleed.
    It's only hope is to die as a martyr in the Way of Allah."

    The Return from Takhaar
    Dr. Saalih returned from Takhaar in Ramadhan 1409 Hijri, but did not rest or settle. The Battle of Jalalabad was fierce, and at its most intense period. He entered into it, both exercising his skill and satisfying his appetite, his love for fighting.
    "The noise of weapons pleases my ears,
    And the shedding of blood excites my soul,
    So how can I be patient against the plot of the envier,
    And how can I bear the plot of the enemy?"
    He stayed in Jalalabad amongst his brothers who had been swallowed by the land one after the other, till the number of martyrs equalled ninety, including many of the best soldiers in the Land of Tanjarhaar. Indeed, they were the cream of the nation, the best of its children - we consider them thus and we do not elevate anyone above Allah.
    Dr. Saalih's treatment
    He used to tell the patients that the treatment is prayer, then medicine, then food
    Martyrdom on 20 October 1989 (20 Safar 1410AH)
    Thus came the bomb which Allah decreed to mark the end of the journey. So it seized him along with another honourable brother, Ahmad Al-Mubarak As-Somali, and the life journey of the Arab Muslim doctor ended; the doctor who led the race to Afghanistan, since he was the first doctor to enter Afghanistan. The body which was dyed with blood reached Peshawar and the funeral walked in a dignified procession to Pabi where the graveyard of the martyrs lay. There, Dr. Saalih was buried between his martyred brothers, both Arab and Afghani.
    I mourn for you, not lying, the pain does not go,
    O' you, at whose meeting the eternal Hoor smile,
    If all of the wounds of my heart were healed,
    The wound caused by you, O Doctor, would not heal,
    When you were torn open, we crushed all of the victory,
    If only my people knew what we had crushed.

    ABU SAA'ID AL-JEDDAWI
    Abu Saa'id Al-Jeddawi (Ridwaan Khalifah), from Jeddah, Arabian Peninsula. Killed during an operation in North Afghanistan, 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.
    "From the Fields of Football to the Building of Nations"
    Allah thus decreed that the name of this martyr be the same as that of the Guardian of Paradise. Perhaps his soul had met Ridwaan in the gleaming of a river at the gate of Paradise, under the Green Dome from which their provision emerges from Paradise, every morning and evening. And what about you, O Ridwaan! You divorced the life of this world and turned your back on it. Why did you deprive your fans and your crowds of seeing you on the football field? And what about you, O Ridwaan! You shied away from football club tours to Europe and the West, so your worries would desert you.
    What kind of choice is this, that you sacrifice the nourishment and education of Europe, with its comforts and modern luxuries, for stale bread and bitter tea?
    O Ridwaan! Did you not need to think to wed any of the beautiful young ladies, to have as your life companion? Who will marry you, now that you forsook the football club? Now that you fled from this world and its people to search for death on the mountain peaks?
    Hopes and concerns have been lifted, and the soul has been cured and has fluttered in the search of the Hoor-ul-Ain, after being infatuated with the gazelles of mud, and women of this world.
    "If the ambitions of souls were high, the bodies would tire of their desires."
    Ridwaan was satiated with the delights of this world and the water of its seas, so he increased in nothing but thirst. It was as though he lived the last days of his life on the verses of Abu Nawaas:
    "I seized the same opportunities as sinners,
    And I chased freedom and pleasure wherever they were chased,
    And I reached what a man reaches in his youth,
    And the juice of all that is sins."
    He fled to Allah, and believed that there was no sanctuary from Allah except with Allah. He began taking an interest in Hadeeth, so much so that the brothers would call him 'the small Al-Albani'.' He fled from evil and everything associated with it, and he detested slander and backbiting. He fasted a lot, and this was witnessed by the members of the Unit of Hamzah bin Abdul-Muttalib. This unit headed towards Faaryaab, and won its soul by being anointed with the blood of Ridwaan.
    He had come to the Land of Jihad a year earlier, and he was trained upon his arrival. He then proceeded to Logar where Allah decreed for him to be a soldier, under the authority of Abul-Junaid, the Commander of the Unit of Hamzah bin Abdul-Muttalib. Ridwaan was despatched to Faaryaab (which is, on average, the furthest city from Peshawar in Afghanistan), but on the way he fell into the captivity of the Shiite tribe of Bamian, but Allah - Glory be to Him and how Exalted is He - ordained their eyes to be blinded to Ridwaan, not noticing that he was in fact a Saudi Arab. If this had not happened, they would have indeed bitten into him with their molars, and demanded a ransom in the sum of millions, as they had previously done to three Arab doctors in Wardak. They had taken them prisoner a year earlier, demanding millions in exchange for their release, despite the many similar promises of release in the past.
    Ridwaan was released and united with his beloved Abul-Junaid, after which he headed for the province of Qaysar. There he participated in an operation against the Russians, followed by Operation Fort Yalbeekee. Then he went to Andkhvoy, on the borders of Turkmenistan. This place had collapsed under Russian Imperialism, yet its fragrance still suggests the mood of the cities which were, once upon a time, filled with the sights and sounds of life.
    Khurasan:
    Turkmenistan was once a large province of Khurasan. Yaaqoon Al-Hamawee said of it,
    "As for the distinguishing marks of Khurasan, they are its knights, its chiefs and its notables."
    This country leaves an impression on the depths of saddened souls, because its civilisation mourns its past days:
    Turkmenistan joins Surkhus (he land of Al-Surkhussi, who authored 'Al-Mabsoot' ) with Bayhaq (the land of Al-Bayhaqi, the collector of hadith who authored 'Al-Sinan al-Kubraa' ). There is Marw, the metropolis of Khurasan (the land of Abdullah bin al-Mubaarak and Ahmad bin Hanbal ). And there is Amd (the land of Al-Amdi who authored 'Kittab al-Ahkam fi Usool al-Ahkam fi Ussol al-Fiqh'). And there is Abyord (the land of Abyordi, the writer of 'Muhammad bin Ahmad' in 507 AH). And there is Nisa (the land of Al-Nisaa'i, the collector of hadith who authored 'Al-Sinan'). And there is Jarjaan ( the land of Al-Jarjaani, the writer of grammar). And there is Zamakhshar ( the land of Al-Zamakhshari who authored 'Al-Kishaaf fit-Tafseer'). And from which land on earth has come more scholars than this land? This land, in which the traces of Islam has vanished and the purchase of the Quran has become forbidden, in as much as the presence of a Quran in a household is deemed a crime, subjecting the owner to a four-year prison sentence.
    Northern Afghanistan was also one of the provinces of Khurasan, but political tendencies tore it to pieces and the Bolshevik military dictatorship divided it into three sections:
    1) One section remained in Afghanistan and Hindu Kush and north of it, and joined Herat with all the provinces which are situated north of Kabul. Its most important cities are Herat, Balkh, Meymaneh, Taaloqaan, Faizabad, Baghlaan and Boolakhamri. The area of this site is 200 000 km2.
    2) The second section is lands of the Caucasus and the Turkmen (under the rule of Soviet Imperialism.) Its area is 450 000 km2.
    3) The third section is the province of Khurasan in Iran, and its area is 100 000 km2.
    Its population is 12 million:-
    i) 4.25 million are of Turkish origin, and they are the Turkmen, the Kryzmyrs, the Uzbeks and the Caucasians
    ii) 3.75 million are of Persian origin and they are the Tajiks in Afghanistan, and the inhabitants of the district of Mazendran in Iran.
    iii) 3.5 million are of mixed Turkish and Persian origin. They are the Pushtun in North Afghanistan.
    iv) 0.5 million are of Russian origin and they are the arbitrating Imperialists
    A Realised Hope
    The Arab brothers were eager to set foot on this Islamic land which had vanished behind the Red Iron railing since the beginning of this century. Allah thus ordained for them the fulfilment of this aspiration, so they entered into this land and returned rejoicing at the realisation of this desire they had.
    Allah ordained for Ridwaan to fall in the most honourable manner in this Land of Martyrs. Ridwaan was keen to participate in every battle, hoping that he may be one of the lucky martyrs. The day finally came in which the brothers engaged in a battle against Karwaan Bashi in Meymanah, the capital of Faaryaab. The combat intensified, and revolved around Allah's enemies. Allah's soldiers were victorious, and Ridwaan was shot in the chest - his own hope was finally realised. He passed onto Allah, after he transferred from playing with balls in the air, to throwing balls of fire on the enemy. And after his energy shifted from the field of football to the field of building and leading nations. Many of the brothers anticipated his martyrdom on the basis of his manners and deeds, which paved the way for this great honour.
    Glad Tidings
    I read a hadeeth which applied to Ridwaan and the likes of him, who return to Allah after a period of Jaahiliyah (pre-Islamic ignorance), who were afraid of the outcome of their sins, then escaped to Allah as fugitives from their sins and covetous of martyrdom.
    In this hadeeth, the Prophet - Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him - said:
    " Those killed in battle are three: 1) A believing man who strives with his soul and his wealth in the Path of Allah, such that if when he met the enemy, he fought them until he was killed. He is the tested martyr, in the tent of Allah under his Throne. The Prophets are not preferred over him, except by the virtue of their Prophethood. 2) The second is a man who feared himself from his sins and wrongdoings, so he strove with his self and his wealth in the Path of Allah, such that if he met the enemy, he fought them until he was killed. This is the purifier which removed his sins and wrongdoings. The sword erases sins. He was entered into Paradise by any of eight doors he so wished. 3) The third is the hypocrite who strove with his self and his wealth in the Path of Allah, such that when he met the enemy, he fought them until he was killed. This man is in the Hell Fire, as the sword does not erase hypocrisy."
    [Related by Ahmad, with a good chain. Authenticated by Ibn Hibban]
    ABUL-MUNDHIR ASH-SHAREEF
    Abul-Mundhir Ash-Shareef (Mansoor Al-Barakaati), from the Ahlul-Bait (Direct Descendants of the Prophet (SAWS)'s family), Makkah, Arabian Peninsula. Killed during a Communist mortar attack on Kandahar, South Afghanistan, Summer 1990. 1st Hand Account.
    "I love Allah! I love Allah! I love Allah!"
    "Never in my life have I seen one man love another man as much as I saw Abu Muhammad love Abul-Mundhir..." [Sheikh Abu Sulaiman]
    Born into a family who were direct descendants of the Prophet (SAWS), Abul-Mundhir grew up in Makkah with his five younger brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, he found bad company even in Makkah itself and began to drink alcohol within the Sacred City of Makkah. By the time he reached his late teens, both of his parents had passed away and he was left with the responsibility to bring up his five younger brothers and sisters, being the eldest of them all.
    In 1987, at the peak of the Afghan Jihad, one of his younger brothers left the house without Abul-Mundhir's permission and he travelled to Afghanistan to join his brothers in the Jihad there. When Abul-Mundhir found out, he was furious. He tried for several months in vain to get his brother to return, but it was no use. Having exhausted all other means, Abul-Mundhir was left with no choice but to travel to Afghanistan himself in order to bring his brother back personally. Full of anger, he travelled to Afghanistan in summer of 1987 with the intention of bringing his younger brother back home. However, Allah had willed another purpose for his visit to Afghanistan.
    The moment he crossed the Pak-Afghan border and entered Afghanistan, he felt his 'heart shake' as he himself later described. He experienced feelings of all types as he entered into Afghanistan, feelings that he was entering a divine and blessed place. Instead of searching for his brother, Abul-Mundhir decided that he may as well as get some military training whilst he was there and see for himself what all the uproar of Jihad was about. He thus travelled to Jalalabad and entered one of Usama bin Ladin's Jihad training camps. He stayed there for approximately two months.
    By the end of his training, his mind and heart and turned around 180 degrees. He was no longer interested in returning home himself, let alone search for his brother in order to send him home. As he left the training camp, he said to brothers with whom he had developed a close friendship:
    "From Afghanistan, lights will shine all over the World."
    After spending some time on the Front in Jalalabad, he travelled to the Southern city of Kandahar, where some of the most vicious fighting in the whole of Afghanistan was taking place, due to the vast open, barren areas around Kandahar, hardly containing any natural cover. He stayed in Kandahar, fighting the Russian Forces and displayed unbelievable feats of bravery and heroism.
    During one reconnaissance patrol, he ventured alone to the positions of the Russians in order to obtain intelligence about them. As he was approaching their positions, he came across a Russian post manned by six Russian soldiers and one Afghan Communist. Undeterred, Abul-Mundhir removed the safety catch from his assault rifle and quietly crept up to the post, without the enemy noticing. Once he was within five or xi metres of them, he opened fire on them. With the Help of Allah and his advantage of surprise, Abul-Mundhir was able to kill all seven of the enemy soldiers without receiving a single scratch. He gathered their weapons and walked back to the Mujahideen camp.
    It was similar feats to this, together with his lovable personality and incredible popularity amongst the Afghan Mujahideen, who would normally keep to themselves and not mix too much with the Arabs, that he was chosen to sit on the Mujahideen Command Council for the entire Kandahar region. It was only a matter of time before the Council, together with all the other Afghan and Foreign Mujahideen in Kandahar, decided who they wanted to be their leader. After all, who else could they choose for their leader, other than the direct descendant of the Prophet (SAWS), who was, at the same time, brave, wise, intelligent, lovable and an excellent leader? In late 1988, Abul-Mundhir was made Ameer of the entire Foreign Mujahideen forces in the Kandahar region.
    At that time in Kandahar, there was not a single man loved by as many people than Abul-Mundhir. Both the Afghan and the Foreign Mujahideen used to jokingly say to him:
    "You are the Mahdi! You are our Ameer and you are the Ameer-ul-Mumineen (Leader of the Believers) since you are from the Quraish Tribe and a direct descendant of the Prophet (SAWS)!"
    Abul-Mundhir would become angry at the brothers for saying that to him and he would seek forgiveness from Allah for them attributing something to him which he felt he was not worthy of. The Mujahideen also made many poems and songs about him to this effect and they would tease him with them. Whenever a successful operation would be carried out against the enemy, the Mujahideen would jokingly say to each other that Allah gave the Mujahideen success in the battle because of the presence of the Mahdi (i.e. Abul-Mundir) in their ranks. Abul-Mundhir would become very angry at such suggestions and would leave their company to sit by himself and seek forgiveness from Allah for what they were saying.
    And so, month after month passed and the Mujahideen witnessed victory after victory until the Soviet Red Army withdrew from Afghanistan in February 1989, defeated and humiliated. The Jihad continued against the Communists and was not much lighter than the Jihad against the Soviets, since the Communists were still being helped by Soviet weapons, officers and logistics. Abul-Mundhir remained with his brothers, patient under fierce aerial bombing attacks and harsh conditions.
    His Martyrdom
    Thus came the summer of 1990, by which time Abul-Mundhir had spent over two full years in Afghanistan of which one year was spent as the Ameer of the Mujahideen in Kandahar. Abu Muhammad, the beloved companion and best friend of Abul-Mundhir, describes what happened on that midsummer evening, just before Maghrib (sunset) time.
    "I was on a motorbike and had just returned to the Mujahideen base from the village nearby. I glanced in the distance and about 30m away I saw Abul-Mundhir sitting alone on a chair on the roof of a small stone house. The sun was about to set and the sky was filled with the reddish glow of Maghrib time. Abul-Mundhir was alone on the roof of the house and he was looking at the sky, making the remembrance of Allah. I looked at him and shouted to him, 'Abul-Mundhir!'.
    No sooner had I said that, that a 120mm mortar shell landed on the house and exploded. The force of the explosion knocked me off my motorbike and I fell to the floor. Once the dust and daze of the explosion had gone, I stopped worrying about myself, but immediately thought about Abul-Mundhir. I looked to the house and could only see rubble. All the brothers rushed to the house to see if Abul-Mundhir was OK. One of the brothers helped me to go there.
    We reached the house, and there, in the midst of the rubble, Abul-Mundhir was lying, loudly shouting 'Allahu-Akbar' and 'La ilaha illalah'. Large chunks of shrapnel had sheared open the side of his stomach and his inner body parts had spilt out. He was bleeding heavily. Immediately, the brothers rushed him to the Mujahideen ambulance and began the journey to Quetta, across the Pakistan border, where he could receive expert medical attention."
    One driver and two brothers accompanied Abul-Mundhir in the ambulance. One of these brothers was Julaybeeb, from Makkah, and the other one was Sheikh Abu Sulaiman, also from Makkah. Sheikh Abu Sulaiman describes the journey:
    "Night had fallen and the sky was dark by the time we joined the main road to the Pakistan border. The driver was driving without lights, since the enemy would almost certainly have bombed us had they seen us. Abul-Mundhir had lost a lot of blood. He was still conscious, but in a daze. He was saying to me:
    'O Abu Sulaiman! I love Allah! I love Allah! I love Allah! O Abu Sulaiman! I am fed up from this Worldly life! I want to go to Allah and rest once and for all, away from this World! O Abu Sulaiman! I really love Allah! I really love Allah!'
    I replied to him,
    'O Abul-Mundhir! What are you saying?! You are the Ameer of the Mujahideen! You have only received a slight injury. Soon we will be in Quetta, have your injury attended to and then you'll come back!'
    However, he kept on saying to me:
    'No, O Abu Sulaiman! I have had enough of this World and want to rest! Abu Sulaiman, I really love Allah! I really love Allah!'
    Saying this, he fell asleep. The journey was long and we had now been travelling for several hours into the night. A little distance before we reached the Afghan border town of Spin Boldak, I fell asleep but Julaybeeb remained awake."
    Julaybeeb describes what happened next:
    "Sheikh Abu Sulaiman was very tired and had dozed off to sleep. Abul-Mundhir was also asleep. A little while later, Abul-Mundhir suddenly opened his eyes. He stared into the distance, raised his right index finger and began to say 'La ilaha illalah Muhammadur-Rasoolullah', 'La ilaha illalah Muhammadur-Rasoolullah', 'La ilaha illalah Muhammadur-Rasoolullah'. After saying that three times, he closed his eyes and his pure, innocent soul (we hope from Allah but do not sanctify anyone above him) left his body to join the One he was impatient to meet.
    As that happened, I witnessed two things for which Allah is also Witness. The entire ambulance filled with a beautiful scent the likes of which I have never ever experienced before in my life. Secondly, I heard a sound inside the ambulance, similar to the sound of the humming of bees and the chirping of birds, even though we were in an ambulance in the middle of the Afghan desert, in the middle of the night."
    Sheikh Abu Sulaiman later commented that this sound was probably the remembrance being made by the Special Angels of Mercy who descend and personally witness the great ceremony of the Shaheed's soul leaving his body to join its Creator.
    The ambulance continued to the town of Spin Boldak, near the Pakistani border, where Abul-Mundhir was buried. Sheikh Abu Sulaiman himself placed Abul-Mundhir's body into his grave, where it remains to this day to be raised up infront of Allah on the Day of Judgement, from a blessed land; the land on which there fell the blood of caravans upon caravans of martyrs in order to bring life to the Muslim Ummah.
    Sheikh Abu Sulaiman and Julaybeeb returned to Kandahar with the sad news. This news hit the Mujahideen like a thunderbolt that devastated them. The Mujahideen began to weep at the loss of their dear friend, brother, leader, fighter, warrior, example, and direct descendant of the Prophet (SAWS). That day was not the day that only the Foreign Mujahideen wept, but it was also the day when hundreds of the Afghan Mujahideen, who rarely weep even when their parents die, wept at the departure of Abul-Mundhir from this World on his journey to the Eternal Paradise in the Company of His Beloved.

    SURAQAH AL-ANDALUSI
    (Azzam.Com Correspondent)

    "O Allah! Do not let me leave these mountains before you have granted me my martyrdom here!"

    Azzam.com correspondent Suraqah Al-Andalusi was martyred by an American cluster bomb in the Battle for Tora Bora, Eastern Afghanistan, on the night of Friday 29 Ramadan 1422AH (corresponding to 14 December 2001). He was 28 years old and left behind him a wife and two young children: a boy and a girl
    From His Brother
    As a child, Suraqah was a normal child. He went to a comprehensive school and achieved very high grades in his secondary education. His upbringing was nothing out of the ordinary; his parents attempted to protect his family from the corruption of society and taught their children the fundamentals of Islam.
    He grew up in an area where there were few Muslims, and none whatsoever at school. When he went to university, his thinking become broader. He met many Muslims who were engaged in Islamic work. This gave a new dimension to his life and he began to attend many study circles and partake in the Islamic work with the Islamic Union at his University. Whilst at university, he met numerous disparate groups and as time passed, he began to realise many of the flaws of each group. He could not find a single one that had the correct balance and gave everything its complete understanding. He felt many were very eloquent, but they lacked the actions which their words necessitated.
    One day, he came across an audio cassette called In The Hearts Of Green Birds. After hearing this cassette, he realised that this was the path that he had been searching for, for so long. This was shortly followed by various videos showing the Mujahideen from Bosnia. To him, it was as if he had found a long lost friend, from whom he could not depart. In the Hearts of Green Birds deeply moved him as it narrated the true stories of men who personified the message that they carried, men who were prepared to give up their most precious possession (life) in order to give victory to this Message.
    Then he came into contact with the works of the Mujadid (Reviver) Sheikh Abdullah Azzam. This was a scholar he deeply respected , as he was not a textbook scholar, but one who truly followed in the footsteps of the Prophets . His preaching was their preaching. He had an excellent character, always ready to sacrifice much and was tribulated by the people of falsehood.
    At University, Suraqah would give much dawah to his brothers on his own course and those around him. He would stay up sometimes late at night giving dawah. The brothers in his year - by the grace of Allah - began to practise and they would do many activities together, solidifying and building up a strong brotherhood between themselves.
    His was a good character and was very resolute when trying to accomplish anything. The Islamic scene had indeed been an eye opener for him and he was very grateful for the benefits he had gained from it, but many key issues still had not been answered. The issues which vex many a youth today constantly troubled him:
    How will true change occur to the Ummah?
    What is the way forward?
    Who are the true inheritors of the Prophets?
    What is the ruling upon the regimes that rule the Muslim lands?
    The more he researched , the more he saw clear contradictions in the thinking of many peoples and patent double standards in the methodology of many of the callers to Islam. A statement he always clung onto was that of the great Companion of the Prophet (SAWS), Abdullah bin Masood (RA): "The jama'ah (body of Muslims) is what agrees with the Truth, even if you are alone."
    Many of those who claimed scholarship were silent in front of unmistakable evil ; their silence justified by contortion of Islamic text. Suraqah adhered to his opinions, even if it cost him friends - as the words of Ibn Masood would reverberate in his head. He felt that the worldview of many of the Muslims had lost its true and comprehensive meanings.
    For instance, the meaning of the Shahadah - people would speak about this issue with respect to Tauheed, neglecting the first pillar of the Shahadah , which is to reject false deities. Suraqah felt that the main false deities of today are the man-made systems in the Muslim World (primarily democracy), that the pharaohs of today are their apostate regimes and that whoever preached this statement (La ilaha ilalallah) would surely descend upon himself the enmity of these false deities. Suraqah oft repeated the statement of Waraqah bin Nawfal to the Prophet (SAWS): "No one came with that which you came with except enmity was shown against them."
    The crux of his philosophy was based upon the statement of Imam Abu Bakr bin Ayyash:
    "Ahl-us-Sunnah die and memories of them are given life to, and Ahl-ul-Bidah die and memories of them die with them; because Ahl-us-Sunnah revive what the Prophet (SAWS) came with and so they have a portion of Allah's saying: 'And have We not raised high your fame.' [Quran 94:4] Ahl-ul-Bidah made it hard to revive what the Prophet (SAWS) came with so they had a portion of His saying: 'For he who hates you (O Muhammad) he will be cut off (from posterity and everything good in this world and the Hereafter)' [Quran 108:3]"
    Imam Ahmad famously stated at the time of his imprisonment, explaining his stance: "If a scholar practices tuqiyyah (concealing the truth that he believes) and the people are ignorant of the truth, when will the truth ever be manifest to them?"
    The more Suraqah read and heard about the Prophets and their struggle for La ilaha ilalallah; how the early generations and scholars like Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Malik , Ahmad bin Hanbal and Ibn Taymiyyah strived in this path, the more he came convinced that the path to be taken was the path of knowledge and Jihad hand in hand.
    Contemporary scholars and callers who had significant impact on his thinking included Syed Qutb, Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, Fizazee and Sheikh Abu Muhamad Al-Maqdisi. Everyone Suraqah would meet, from his relatives to his friends, he would call them to this great path, trying to the best of his abilities to convince the people of the truth of his call. Many a time what he was saying would be rejected; people would ridicule him saying things such as "What are you going to do, change the world? What has the path of Jihad changed and what have they achieved?"
    The debates and discussions he had would not be for personal victory, but borne out of his love for the Mujahideen. On one occasion, when he had a lengthy discussion with a close companion , his eyes filled with tears at how people simply brushed his ideas aside.
    Despite all this, he did not despair and he continued upon this path. He finally came to understand that to adhere to this path means that you are to be a stranger in this world. He read a book by Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi and was amazed by one of the Sheikh's arguments: "Two worlds exist: the apparent world and the world of the unseen. Actions done in the apparent world are rewarded in the world of the unseen despite sometimes no change being brought about in the apparent world." This statement quelled any of the remaining doubts in his heart about his chosen path.
    After completing university, he got married and Allah granted him two children - a boy and a girl. He also started a study circle in his community where he would to teach young brothers the fundamentals of Islam and the various milestones on the path.
    His wife said that he would up get up for Tahajjud (voluntary night prayers) and recite Surah At-Taubah, reflecting upon its verses, which continued to increase his determination and solidify his resolve. His children delighted him and whenever he saw them or played with them, he would always quote the statement of Allah "Al maalu wal banoona fitnah" (your Wealth and your Children are a trial for you). His character could best be described as saying that he was very patient and organised. If a job needed to be done, he would do it regardless of what sacrifices were required. Suraqah was very close to his parents; he would look after them and supplicate much for them.
    The year before his martyrdom, Suraqah decided to make Hajj, and up to this point, this was the trip that had the most impact on him. Suraqah used to say: "If anyone wonders why the Ummah is in this bad state, then Hajj will give you the answers." There he saw the ignorance of the Muslims: a people whose tongues were filled with expletives as if they were remembrance duas, and their failure to understand sharing and generosity when dealing with one another. He saw their innovations and Shirk when performing the Hajj. He saw outside the Sacred Mosque of Makkah, the interest-based banks in the very same land which 1400 years ago was purified from shirk by the first group of Muslims led by the Prophet (SAWS). His blood boiled at how this sacrifice, purchased for the Ummah by the sweat and blood of the Companions - had been affronted by the establishment of interest-based institutions everywhere. This consolidated his commitment to this path .
    His Contribution to the Work of Azzam.com
    Suraqah was part of the team that translated and typeset the script for the video The Martyrs of Bosnia. He was also part of the team that conducted interviews, translated and researched the material for the Jihad Lands section of Azzam.com, namely the lands of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, East Turkestan (China) and Central Asia. He translated an entire book on the Jihad in Central Asia by himself, written by a Mujahid in Afghanistan, even though Arabic was not his mother-tongue.

    From the Friend and Companion of Shaheed Suraqah:
    My dear brother, friend and companion, may Allah have mercy on him and accept his martyrdom, his life and departure from this world, reminds me of the words of Allah (SWT):
    "O you who believe what is the matter with you that when you are asked to march forward in the cause of Allah you cling heavily to the earth. Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? Little is the enjoyment of the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter, if only you knew." [Quran 9:38] and:
    "Do you really think that you will enter Paradise before Allah knows which of you who fought (in His Cause) and which of you are patient?" [Quran 3:142]
    The Journey into Afghanistan
    The first time I met Suraqah was when we were about to embark on our journey to enter Afghanistan. I can still recall the smile on his face as I approached him and greeted him with salams. He was a thin man, of medium height, fair complexion with bright, shining eyes that emanated sincerity. The noor (radiant shine) of his face and smile that day was something my heart will never forget. He was patient throughout the journey, remaining alert to any dangers and always looking out for the well-being of his brothers. At our first stop, I can remember asking him jokingly why he hadn't eating anything, to which he told me how bad his diarrhoea had been and that he didn't want to risk anything!
    He had been very patient despite not having any food for many hours, something that is very difficult on a long journey, but he didn't want to inconvenience anyone, so he bore his hunger in silence. I smiled because he was a new brother and I told him that his stomach problems were only going to get worse when we were inside! He smiled and gave me a determined look, almost as if he knew exactly what he was here for and that no sacrifice was to be too small for his Lord.
    En-route we stopped to pray Fajr. We had a short break and then set off again. After a while, we reached one of our pre-planned stops and all of us were to rest here before we were to be taken into Afghanistan. We had some food, of which he did eat a little and that made me smile. We had only rested an hour or so, before we were told that we could go in now, and as we were all keen, we agreed to this and set off once again. This was to be the more dangerous part of the journey and we all began to make remembrance of Allah and pray that we would reach our destination safely.
    I remember when we had finally crossed the border and I saw him with a big grin on his face. We had entered the one land where every Muslim and Mujahid felt safe, may Allah return that safety to the Muslims in Afghanistan. As our journey into Afghanistan continued, I can remember seeing that he had become a little more relaxed and even light hearted at times. All of us were happy that we had got through safely and I noticed how he was just continuously looking out of the window, admiring the scenery and perhaps thinking about the future this land would hold for him, his family and his religion.
    The First Stages of Struggle
    How wonderful the lands of Jihad are, in that those who have travelled, lived and been patient together with sincerity, whilst having left their families and materialistic life behind, become of the closest of companions and friends in this world.
    We had some preliminary work to do before Suraqah could go and get his training. There was a lot of research, meetings and translations that needed to be done and Allah had blessed him with many skills, all of which were vital to our task. This was the time that I would get to know him properly. During this time, one of our brothers fell very ill and had to return; the rest of the brothers went to those places they had come here for, which left him and I alone to do the work and this is how Allah had destined that we were to spend time together.
    Initially, we had been living in a place on the outskirts of the city, where we had a lot of work to do. However, progress was slow and I can remember how much of a testing time this was, since both of us wanted to be in the 'action', but we always exhorted each other to patience. Our typical day during this time was usually uneventful and we would sometimes remind each other of our times back in the West and all the things we used to get up to!
    One time we were speaking about families and I was telling him how difficult it always is to say goodbye to a tearful mother, not knowing whether you will meet her again in this life. He was silent for a while and then said, "No, brother, the bond between the wife and husband is a bond that is different than that of the mother and her son. It is something much stronger." I could sense that he felt a little sad when he said that, for he had told me that he had left his young wife and two young children behind, but I saw from the expression on his face that this was the sacrifice he was willing to give for the honour of this Deen (Islam).
    He would tell me how hard he had to work for the past year so that his family would have enough money when he left. He told me how he hated living in the West and how happy he was to be in this land of Islam. I would always see him reciting and memorising Quran. Once we were speaking about the Muslims in the West and he said: "What have we to do with the countries of the disbelievers? By Allah, it's like living haram (forbidden things) every day, from the morning you wake up until the night that you sleep in. I had so little time for my prayers, for reading the Book of Allah, for learning this Deen and now I am free to worship Him as he deserves to be worshipped."
    Throughout the times when we had nothing to do but be patient, I would see him reciting Quran or praying to his Lord. I saw in him a man who was determined to do something for this Ummah, a man with ambition for this Deen and true concern for the honour of this Ummah.
    He would tell me how much he longed to seriously learn this Deen and that he wanted to sit with a certain Sheikh in Afghanistan, and to become a serious student of knowledge. I would talk to him about all the plans we could have for the future and after meeting many important people, he told me how he wanted to migrate here with his family. He loved to see Islam being established in its entirety like he saw in Afghanistan and whenever he heard something of justice or good that had happened, his face would light up in happiness. I was amazed at how quickly he became attached to this place and the people, almost as if Allah had rewarded him for all his efforts of Dawah (Islamic propagation) and preparation when he was at home and that He had answered his supplications. Indeed Allah had chosen this as his final destination and brought his precious soul here to honour it with martyrdom in His Way.
    The Character of a Shaheed
    As the weeks went by, we had started to make some progress, but there was still a lot to do. There came a time where I became lazy in completing the tasks and I would take long breaks of rest due to illness. However, he would always continue from where I had left off and I remember waking up in the middle of the night and saw him typing away at the work. It was because of him that we met our deadlines and Allah Willing, the work he did will continue to inspire many in the future.

    There was an Afghani man who would come and give us food and he would spend a lot of time with him, since I wasn't always in the place we were staying in. This man was very poor and he would walk for hours on end just to get to the place where we were staying. Suraqah came to me one day and suggested that we should buy him a bicycle, so that he could be self sufficient in doing more work and feeding his family. It's as if he was genuinely concerned about this man, and this is from the many things that made Suraqah so special.
    I can remember how much of a task it was to get that bike back to the place we were staying! I remember how much he laughed when we both tried to sit on the bicycle, only to end up puncturing one of the wheels and we got so fed up and tired in the end that we stuffed it in a taxi! Suraqah kept saying that 'this is to help a good man' and I kept quiet and smiled.

    When we used to walk in the streets, we would have many poor children and old women coming to us and asking for money. I had become used to this, but it affected Suraqah in a big way. He couldn't help but give 10 rupees to every child he saw, and this happened on a number of occasions. I asked him as to why he didn't just ignore them, because it only fed their habit. He replied, "Every time I see these children, it reminds me of my own kids and I can't bear to see their faces so sad." It was almost as if he relived the memory of his own family through being generous to the people, may Allah have mercy on him.
    After meeting many of the Foreign Mujahideen, he had made the intention that he would bring his family here and live a life of a Mujahid. I remember how sometimes he regretted not bringing his family with him. He would always tell me about what he would say to his mother and father especially in trying to convince them to come here and help the Muslims through their skills. As soon as he had intended this, he spent a lot of his free time in writing letters to his wife and his brother. I can remember him smiling as he would write, perhaps this was his way of feeling there was still a physical connection between him and his family - such is the life of a Mujahid.
    I can remember that he wanted to get into the 'action' as soon as possible and go to the front-line, but I kept stressing how important this work was and that he should be patient. He was a little frustrated one day and said to me: "I'm not made for sitting around, I want to go where the action is, this is what my nature is…." I said to him: "Be patient my brother, your time will come.. .." He smiled and continued with his work in silence. I could feel how much he wanted to be free and be training and fighting with his brothers for the Sake of Allah. It was almost as if he had been waiting for this all his life and now that he was here, he didn't want to be delayed any longer.
    Our Final Moments
    We had to move to another city, for we had many people to meet and liase with. Suraqah was happy that we were on the move again and that his chance for being in the action was drawing near. I can remember the journey being a very difficult one and a brother with us had become very weak, dehydrated and couldn't stomach anything. Suraqah had studied basic first aid and medicine before, so he would very patiently make some re-hydration preparations for his brothers. Not once did I hear him complain throughout the journeys we had and I would always see him in deep thought and reflection. We would always try and pass the time by being light hearted and if provoked, he could always bring me to tears of laughter! May Allah bless me to join you dear friend so that we may laugh together in the highest of Paradise as we used to laugh in this life.
    After we arrived at the city, then, as my time was drawing to an end, it seemed as if Suraqah became more detached from talking and speaking like he used to. He had become very inspired by meeting all the people he had only ever heard about and I saw that he had become much more serious than before.
    Throughout the few weeks that we were in this new place, Suraqah started to become regular in Tahajjud (voluntary night prayers). I remember waking up in thirst one night and I saw him standing in prayer. He excelled in his memorisation of the Quran and I always found him attached to his personal copy of the Quran. I never saw him leave the remembrance supplications of the morning and the evening and he would be regular in reciting the Quran after the Fajr prayer. He had fasted a few days when we were in the previous city but it was here that he became more regular. The days here are very long and Suraqah wasn't used to fasting in these environments. I knew he had stomach problems, but still he continued to fast. There was one day where we were both fasting and it had been a very hot day. In the last hour before sunset, we were just lying on the floor, utterly exhausted, when he said to me, "Don't you know that the Salaf would cry on their deathbeds in that they wished they had fasted on those days that were long and difficult?" I can never forget the way he said that to me, may Allah accept all of his deeds.
    On another occasion, we had a small journey to undertake and I suggested that he didn't fast so that he wouldn't tire himself out so much. Suraqah looked at me and said, "It is through these extra deeds that Allah will raise our status and give us the victory, just like the Sahabah…I will not stop fasting." I thought a lot about what he had said and realised then that this was no ordinary man. It was statements and actions like this that I believe made him so special infront of Allah, for Allah only takes the best of believers as martyrs.
    The Dream
    One hot summer's night in August 2001, he woke me up in the middle of the night and said, "I had a strange dream tonight." I asked him about what he saw and he said, "I saw a tall structure that looked like the Eiffel Tower and it had been destroyed and there was a news broadcast saying how thousands of people had been killed." We joked about it and I told him to go back to sleep, but maybe he had seen what was to happen in the future, Allah knows best, for Allah bestows good dreams to those whom He loves.
    Two Companions Part
    The time had come for me to leave and Suraqah was to join his brothers in the action. I remember sitting with him a lot and he advised me to come back and give help and victory to the Muslims in this blessed land. We went to the market one day and he was looking for a gift for his wife and children. I remember him joking about how he wouldn't buy just any old clothes for his wife and that nothing was here that she would have liked! He smiled a lot that day. We walked by a shop and he saw some clothes for his son and he asked for the best quality and chose the best colour. He bought it and handed it to me and said, "I want you to get this to my kids, so that my wife and they know that I haven't forgotten them." I was taken aback by the way he said that and I can still remember the sad look on his face. I cheered him up and started joking about how we got ripped off in the market and how terrible his bargaining skills were!
    He asked me to get his letters to his brother, who he always spoke very highly of. I could see that they were close and I can remember him saying how much he wanted him to get married and come here to join him. He always spoke with such enthusiasm for he had many ambitions for his Deen and his family - may Allah rejoin them in the highest of Paradise.

    A few days went by and it was time for Suraqah to leave for the action. We sat and talked that morning and I advised him on things to do when he got there and what do in certain situations. He was so happy that day, for he was finally about to go where he had been longing for all his life. I felt happy for him but sad that we were to part company and that maybe I would never see him again.
    His transport came that morning and I embraced him. Since there was nothing more for me to say; I just smiled and asked him not to forget me in his prayers. He smiled back at me and sat in the jeep. I just stood there looking at him and I can remember feeling very sad and thinking as to whether I would see him again. I remember this moment as if it was yesterday and when I found out that Allah had taken him as a martyr, a day hasn't gone by that I haven't thought about my friend.

    He was from the sons of this Ummah, who fled from the deception of this materialistic life to the honour and light of Jihad. A patient warrior who lived his ambition for the victory of this Deen is how this Ummah will remember you, my dear friend. May Allah inspire many from the story of your sacrifice and may He join your family, loved ones and Companions with you in the highest of Paradise.
    The Battle for Tora Bora
    Thus began the latest Crusade against Islam and its people in October 2001. When the Taliban decided to leave the cities and withdraw to the mountains, Suraqah was amongst the brothers who withdrew to the lofty mountain range of Tora Bora, in Eastern Afghanistan. In November 2001, the American Crusaders attacked the positions of the Mujahideen in Tora Bora and there commenced some of the fiercest battles of the war to that date.
    The Tora Bora mountain range comprises of low foothills and high mountains. It was expected for the Americans to land at the lower foothills first. Therefore, the Commander of the Mujahideen gave the order for new and relatively inexperienced brothers to go to the higher mountains, leaving the experienced fighters at the bottom. Suraqah tried to persuade his Section Commander to allow him to stay at the bottom since he wanted to face the Americans when they arrived. However, he was denied permission and reluctantly made his way up to the higher mountains, in obedience of his leader.
    Throughout November 2001 in the month of Ramadan, 1422AH, the battle raged, with the Americans dropping bombs indiscriminately on the mountains such that there was no difference between the night and the day: there was fire on the ground and fire in the sky. Suraqah had with him a personal first-aid kit that he had brought with him. He was not a Doctor, but his contribution to the battle was more than what the Doctors of the Muslim Ummah contributed. Whenever he would hear on the radio that a brother Mujahid had been injured, Suraqah would take his first-aid kit and make the perilous journey to the site of the injured brother, dodging aerial bombs, bullets and mortars. No sooner had he tended to one injured brother that he would hear on the radio that another brother had been injured 2000ft lower. He would rush to tend to the new injury. Thus it was that he spent his battle going up and down the steep mountains of Tora Bora. At times when he would face the enemy, he would bravely face them and not shy away from a fight.
    The Dua of a Mujahid
    The Prophet (SAWS) said: "The Mujahid in the Path of Allah and the one who performs Hajj and the one who performs Umra, all are the guests of Allah! He called them and they answered. And they asked Him, and He shall grant them (what they ask for)!" [Saheeh, narrated by Ibn Majah and Ibn Hibban].
    Suraqah had been there for a few weeks now and the blessed last ten days of Ramadan had arrived. Whilst on the mountain during one night of the battle, a fellow Mujahid saw Suraqah alone, standing on the mountainside. He was in his camouflage clothes wearing his chest rig of magazines and his AK-47 rifle in his hands. Despite the sub-zero temperature and howling icy-cold winds, he was sweating as is normal during intense physical activity. All of a sudden he raised both of his hands straight up in the air and shouted at the top of his voice, "O Allah! Do not let me leave these mountains before you have granted me my martyrdom here!"
    The Martyrdom
    The night was the night of Friday, the 29th of Ramadan 1422AH and many of the Mujahideen there testified to the Lailatul-Qadr (Night of Power) that year having fallen on the 29th of Ramadan. The time was approximately 9pm and Suraqah was with a group of 20 Mujahideen who were making their way to another position, on the steep Tora Bora mountainside. Suddenly, the roar of an American fighter-bomber was heard above their heads, followed by the whines of the falling bombs: huge, solid, metal masses of falsehood. As the cluster bomb exploded into many small bomblets, the sound of explosions similar to that of fireworks was heard. One of these bomblets had the name of Suraqah on it and it was in this glorious manner that this lion and hero surrendered his innocent soul to his Lord, thereby irrigating with his pure blood the land of heroism, bravery, valour and Jihad. May Allah accept him amongst the ranks of the martyrs.
    Dreams Following His Martyrdom
    After Suraqah was martyred, his family and friends had numerous dreams. His wife saw a dream of a bird on a remote island. The bird's feathers were badly burnt and it was lying prone and immobile. Suddenly, in the distance, another bird flew towards the first bird, and eventually sat next to it. The first bird, which was burnt, then removed its external feathers and from it arose a bird with the most beautiful coloured feathers that she had ever seen. Both birds then rose up and flew away.
    His brother had a dream where he came up to someone and asked with great anxiety, "Where is my brother (Suraqah)?" The people then pointed to a distant mountain. He asked again, "Where is my brother?" and they gave the same response. Then he approached as close as he could get to the mountain and asked again. The people then pointed to a white mountain.
    His sister had a dream in which he visited her family. There was an immense amount of light shining from him and his size was so large that the people around him had to crane their necks in order to take a look at him.
    The Last Will and Final Testament of Suraqah Al-Andalusi
    Excerpts from Personal Message to Family:
    May Allah bear witness to my love for you, but Islam came to give the limits to this love. Allah says:
    "Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight … are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the people who are Al-Fasiqun (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah)." [Quran 9:24]
    Message to the Muslim Ummah:
    So we can see that our love of our family and other matters of the worldly life cannot be such that it is greater than our love for Allah and His Messenger and Jihad in His Path. If our excuse on the Day of Judgement for not answering the call of Jihad is family and loved ones, then we must see what Allah (SWT) warns us of in Surah Abasa:
    "Then, when there comes As-Saakhkhah (the Day of Resurrection's second blowing of Trumpet),
    That Day shall a man flee from his brother,
    And from his mother and his father,
    And from his wife and his children.
    Everyman, that Day, will have enough to make him careless of others."
    [Quran 80:33-37]
    So here is a grave warning to those who reject Allah's call, in favour of their loved ones and the other temptations of the worldly life (wealth, house, etc) All of these things will be of no avail on the Day of Recompense in serving as an excuse for leaving Allah's commandments.
    If we look around us at the reality of the Muslims we see a regretful state of total humiliation, with very few instances of dignity for the Muslims. The Muslims have generally, as an Ummah, abandoned the teachings of this Deen and Allah (SWT) has left us at the mercy of the forces of disbelief from the Crusaders, the cowardly Jews, arrogant atheists and evil apostates.

    Nothing embodies this more than the state of affairs in Palestine today. Allah (SWT) has placed this small nation of cowardly Jews over the necks of the Muslims. Allah (SWT) is most angry with these people "Al-magh doobee alayhim (those upon whom is Allah's anger)" [Quran 1:7] and He (SWT) says about them in Surah Al-Baqarah "And verily, you will find them (the Jews) the greediest of mankind for life and (even greedier) than those who - ascribe partners to Allah (and do not believe in Resurrection - Magians, pagans, and idolaters, etc.). Everyone of them wishes that he could be given a life of a thousand years. But the grant of such life will not save him even a little from (due) punishment. And Allah is All-Seer of what they do." [Quran 2:96]
    Yet these cowards have become lords of the Middle East and this is truly a sign of how far the Muslims have strayed off the Straight Path. We are currently observing the massacre and oppression of a Muslim people in the holy land of Palestine and the Ummah does nothing. The Ummah by its inaction seems to be saying to them: "Bury your children and your elders and all your dead, and here are a few dollars (to relieve our guilt) and be patient."
    Subhanallah! This is what has happened to the Ummah of Muhammad (SAWS) whom Allah (SWT) describes in the Holy Quran in Surah Ale Imran: "Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma'ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful." [Quran 3:104]
    The Caliphs in the past used to send out whole armies to avenge the honour of a single Muslim woman, but today the honour of the Muslim women is violated time and time again, and the Muslims are slaughtered and massacred in a most horrible manner, yet the Ummah does not move collectively. The reason is clear from the Islamic text. The Prophet (SAWS) said in an authentic hadith:
    "If you practised Tabaiya al Ainiya (i.e. selling goods to a person for a certain price and then buying them back from him for a far lesser price), followed the tails of cows, satisfied yourselves with agriculture, and abandoned Jihad, Allah will cover you with humiliation and will not remove it until you return to your religion." [Reported by Abu Dawud. Saheeh. Silsilah Al-Ahadith As-Saheehah No. 11]
    The Ummah has abandoned the principles of its religion, leaving the most beloved action to Allah (SWT): Jihad Fee Sabeelilah and therefore Allah (SWT) placed us at the mercy of the people of the Hell Fire.
    O Ummah of Muhammad awaken and fear your Lord, as He ought to be feared!
    What is even worse is that the small body of courageous Muslims who join the path of Jihad are labelled as extremists, rebels, bandits and terrorists by their own Muslim brethren. It is true grave mistakes have been committed in the path of Jihad by some people of Islam but this is true for many of the acts of worship of al-Islam. People commit Shirk whilst praying and performing Hajj (this Shirk being the most grave transgression in the eyes of Allah) yet our response to this is not to stop praying or performing Hajj, but to engage in these acts of worship which are the pillars of the religion and purify them from innovation and Shirk and invite the people to perform these acts of worship in the best way: the way of the Prophet (SAWS) and his blessed Companions.
    And likewise, with Jihad, which is the peak of the matter, how could we abandon Jihad when it was the way of the Prophet (SAWS) and his Companions? If we are to be true followers of the Prophet (SAWS) then we must also follow him in his Jihad. My Muslim brothers and sisters, do not have pessimism and despair and do not approach this path in the capitalist mindset. We too frequently hear Muslims (both scholars and ignorant) saying that this path has achieved nothing.
    Allah (SWT) says in Surah Ale Imran:
    "Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision. They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve." [Quran 3:169-170]
    It is clear from this verse, that the losers are not those who die in the Path of Allah but those who stay clear alive and criticise, because the martyr is "indeed alive finding sustenance with His Lord" these are the words of Allah (SWT) for the people of contemplation.
    Truly it is the people of desires who ignore these clear words. The victory will come from Allah (SWT) but upon us is to obey the commandments and join the path of Jihad and be patient upon this path. Patience, as some believe, is not to sit at home and do nothing in the face of clear transgression and Kufr Bawah (clear and manifest disbelief). This, in fact, is nothing more than cowardice and humiliation. Patience is to fight in the path of Allah, accepting martyrdom or victory.
    Unlike the previous nations whereby Allah (SWT) would destroy the transgressors by a storm of thunder and lightning (Thamud) or a furious wind (Aad) or other signs of the previous powers, the Muslims must fight the disbelievers, atheists, polytheists and apostates and Allah will punish them by our hands as Allah (SWT) says very clearly in Surah At-Taubah "Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people." [Quran 9:14]
    Those who doubt this path are well advised to read the speech of Allah to see how much emphasis is placed on this issue and how many times it is mentioned in the Quran. A study of the Biography of the Prophet (SAWS) reveals battle after battle to raise high the flag of Islam. The four rightly guided Caliphs and the later generations of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) continued this understanding.
    So let us see my sincere Muslim brothers and sisters what Allah (SWT) has prescribed for us if we are truly His slaves.

    Allah (Swt) says in Surah Al-Baqarah:
    "Jihad (fighting in Allah's Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know." [Quran 2:216]
    So here it is crystal clear - fighting is hated by Man but it has been prescribed for him i.e. obligated upon him by Allah (SWT.) It is interesting to note that the verb ordering the command to fight is the same used to order the believers to fast "Ku Te Ba" in verse 2:183 of the same Surah "O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun." [Quran 2:183], yet we see a great discrepancy between the implementation of these two rulings, and Allah is the source of all Help.
    Allah (SWT) says:
    "Will you not fight a people who have violated their oaths (pagans of Makkah) and intended to expel the Messenger, while they did attack you first? Do you fear them? Allah has more right that you should fear Him, if you are believers." [Quran 9:13]
    "Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people." [Quran 9:14]
    "Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." [Quran 9:29]
    "Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight … are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the people who are Al-Fasiqun (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah)." [Quran 9:24]
    "O you who believe (in Allah's Oneness and in His Messenger (Muhammad SAW)! Verily, the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, and in the Message of Muhammad SAW) are Najasun (impure). So let them not come near Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) after this year, and if you fear poverty, Allah will enrich you if He will, out of His Bounty. Surely, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise" [Quran 9:28]
    "Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day would not ask your leave to be exempted from fighting with their properties and their lives, and Allah is the All-Knower of Al-Muttaqun" [Quran 9:44]
    "It is only those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and whose hearts are in doubt that ask your leave (to be exempted from Jihad). So in their doubts they waver." [Quran 9:45]
    "And if they had intended to march out, certainly, they would have made some preparation for it, but Allah was averse to their being sent forth, so He made them lag behind, and it was said (to them), "Sit you among those who sit (at home)." [Quran 9:46]
    This is a clear warning to those who claim to have made the intention for this lonely, yet most beloved path in the sight of Allah (SWT):
    "O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the Cause of Allah (i.e. Jihad) you cling heavily to the earth? Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But little is the enjoyment of the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter." [Quran 9:38]
    "If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people, and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is Able to do all things." [Quran 9:39]
    "March forth, whether you are light (being healthy, young and wealthy) or heavy (being ill, old and poor), strive hard with your wealth and your lives in the Cause of Allah. This is better for you, if you but knew." [Quran 9:41]
    Finally I incite you with the magnificent verse from Surah At-Taubah:
    "Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed. It is a promise in truth, which is binding, on Him in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Quran. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain, which you have concluded. That is the supreme success." [Quran 9:111].
    The next verse goes on to describe more of the traits of this blessed group:
    "(The believers whose lives Allah has purchased are) those who repent to Allah (from polytheism and hypocrisy, etc.), who worship Him, who praise Him, who fast (or go out in Allah's Cause), who bow down (in prayer), who prostrate themselves (in prayer), who enjoin (people) for Al-Ma'ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all what Islam has ordained) and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism of all kinds and all that Islam has forbidden), and who observe the limits set by Allah (do all that Allah has ordained and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which Allah has forbidden). And give glad tidings to the believers." [Quran 9:112]
    Allah is striking a deal with the believers. It is a deal that does not exclude the poor because all mankind is in possession of a soul. Allah (SWT) wishes to purchase the lives of the believers and whatever wealth they can afford and He will give them the Paradise in return, on the condition that they fight in the way of Allah and they kill and are killed.
    O businessmen of the Ummah! Pay heed and do not lose out on the deal of your lifetimes. The Prophet (SAWS) said in an authentic hadith: "Whoever dies neither having fought (in Jihad), nor encouraging himself to do so, dies on a branch of hypocrisy." [Muslim and Abu Dawood]
    The Prophet (SAWS) said: "The souls of martyrs reside in the bodies of green birds that perch on chandeliers suspended from the Throne and fly about in Paradise wherever they please." [Ahmad and At-Tirmidhi]
    The Prophet (SAWS) said "Never will there combine in the nostril of a servant, the dust of the battle in the Way of Allah and the smoke of the Hell Fire." [Ahmad]
    The Prophet (SAWS) "He who gets his feet covered in dust (fighting) in the Way of Allah, the Hell Fire will be forbidden from touching those feet." [Bukhari]
    How then, after hearing all this honour and this great status could the Ummah turn its back on the path designed to protect Islam, the honour of the Muslims and to unfurl and raise high the banner of Islam over disbelief, polytheism and apostasy?
    O believers and pious ones! Fear your Lord as He ought to be feared and if you are sincere to your Lord then evaluate your lives and intentions in the light of these glorious verses from our Creator and the guidance of our beloved Muhammad (SAWS).
    Let us listen to the eloquent words of Imam Abdullah bin Al-Mubarak, the famous hadith scholar of Khurasaan who wrote to his devout ascetic friend Al-Fudayl bin Ayyadh (who was known as Abid Al-Haramain - the Worshipper of the Two Holy Mosques, because of the time he would spend in staying and worshipping there). The verse of poetry expressed Ibn Al-Mubarak's disapproval of Fudayl settling in the vicinity of Makkah and neglecting Jihad:
    "O Worshipper of the Two Holy Mosques!
    Had you witnessed us in the battlefield
    You would have known that, compared to our Jihad,
    Your worship is child's play.
    For every tear you have shed upon your cheek,
    We have shed in its place, blood upon our chests.
    You are playing with your worship,
    While worshippers offer your worship
    Mujahideen offer their blood and person (life)."
    So, from the words of a pious member of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) we move to the words of a contemporary scholar, who truly followed in the footsteps of Abdullah bin Al-Mubarak in being a scholar of action rather than just words. This Sheikh is Abdullah Azzam (may Allah have mercy on him) who said: "Islamic history is not written except with two lines: the black line which is the ink of the scholar and the red line which is the blood of the martyr."
    The words and statements of this scholar are further encouragement to today's Muslims, supplementing what has been quoted from the Quran and Sunnah and sayings of the Salaf. The pious Sheikh famously said:
    "When Allah chooses one of the brothers for martyrdom or takes the life of one of our beloved children, who have participated with us in this path, I cry for myself because these people have preceded us and this is a sign that we are not yet worthy for martyrdom. It is a clear proof that we are not yet suitable for this high rank. Allah (SWT) chose these people and I observed that these people shared common traits: good feelings towards the Muslims and awareness of what they say to their Muslim brothers and sisters. You would not find them wasting their time because their deeds occupied them; their faults busied them from the faults of the people, so congratulations for him who busied himself with his faults rather than the faults of other people."
    The Sheikh contributed enormously to the Jihad yet had great humbleness and modesty when assessing his own position. Later, Allah (SWT) blessed him with martyrdom he sought. Sheikh Abdullah Azzam also said regarding the martyrs
    "These people, O Lord, are your servants. They came out in your path seeking Your Pleasure and to give victory to the Deen and to raise Your banner and to honour Your Shariah and to give victory and assistance to Your beloved ones, so please O Lord do not disappoint them and please accept them and forgive them. They are emigrants. They left their homes and their wealth not because of poverty or because of need, but only to seek Your Pleasure."
    Sheikh Abdullah Azzam said: "It is with the likes of all these martyrs that nations are established, convictions are brought to life and ideologies are made victorious."
    Sheikh Abdullah Azzam also said: "'Do men think that they will be left alone on saying we believe and they will not be tested?'" [Quran 29:2]. A small group: they are the ones who carry convictions for this religion. An even smaller group from this group, are the ones who flee from this worldly life in order to act upon these convictions. And an even smaller group from this elite group, are the ones who sacrifice their souls and their blood in order to bring victory to these convictions and ambitions. So they are the cream of the cream of the cream."
    Sheikh Abdullah Azzam further said "It is not possible to reach glory except by traversing this Path. It is not possible for the structures of this Deen to be established, nor for its banner to be raised, nor for its vessel to be launched, except by traversing this Path. This Path is one: the Blessed Path of Jihad."
    Sheikh Abdullah Azzam also said: "Indeed, the manuscripts of history are not scribed except with the blood of these martyrs, except with the stories of these martyrs, except with the examples of these martyrs."
    These are the words which lit the burning fire in my heart, making me join the path of Jihad and to seek the honour of martyrdom (by the Will of Allah).
    And finally I warn the Muslim brothers and sisters to expel the Jews and Christians, atheists and their puppet apostates from our three occupied Holy sites.
    The Jews have taken Masjid Al-Aqsa from the Muslims and the impure Americans and their accomplices from the traitorous Ale Saud (Saudi Royal Family) walk the Holy Land. Allah (Swt) says in Surah At-Taubah:
    "O you who believe (in Allah's Oneness and in His Messenger (Muhammad SAW)! Verily, the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, and in the Message of Muhammad SAW) are Najasun (impure). So let them not come near Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) after this year, and if you fear poverty, Allah will enrich you if He will, out of His Bounty. Surely, Allah is All-knowing, All-Wise." [Quran 9:28]
    So it us upon us to liberate our Holy sites from the terrorist, occupying American forces and to purify Masjid Al-Aqsa from the filth of the Jews.
    O Muslim Ummah! Rise and answer the Call of your Lord, because Islam is dignity and honour. The Muslims have abandoned Jihad and therefore they have no dignity and honour.
    Disbelieve in the Taghoot (false deities other than Allah in its comprehensive meaning) as Allah (SWT) says in Surah Al-Baqarah:
    "There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghoot and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower." [Quran 2:256]
    I advise you to show enmity to the apostate rulers and their allies in the Muslim lands who have replaced the Shariah with evil man made laws, spreading corruption and glorifying oppression.
    Disbelieve in democracy for it is the way of the Shaytaan (Satan) and know that revival will come through the methodology of Knowledge, Military Preparation and Jihad. They are not stages but may all occur at the same time. And I warn you to be aware of the scholars at the gates of the apostate rulers - who bend over backwards to accommodate the disbelief and sin of our leaders. These scholars have strayed by going to the gates of the leaders thereby opposing the Salaf and have gone astray themselves and sent the people astray. Listen to the scholars who do not fear the blame of the blamers nor the sword of the oppressor.
    I ask my family and anyone who knew me to forgive me if I wronged them in anyway. I ask you to pray that Allah accepts my actions and removes pride from our actions and deeds.
    Finally I leave you with the words of the martyr Abdul-Wahab Al-Ghamidi who was killed in Afghanistan in the 1980's:
    "Most people choose the path of life as a way to death, but I have chosen death (martyrdom) as a path to life (in Paradise)."
    O Allah! Accept our actions and forgive our loved ones and us and enter us into the Paradise Most High.
    O Allah! Give victory to the Mujahideen and give them victory over their ownselves and aid them in abiding by your boundaries.
    O Allah! Liberate our Holy Lands and rid the invading occupiers from the apostate ruling regimes.
    O Allah! Grant us martyrdom.
    O Allah! We ask you for the Paradise.
    Farewell
    Thus we bid you farewell, O beloved brother and friend, with the words of the scholar whom you revered and whom we hope that you are together with, in the hearts of green birds that live in lanterns hanging from the Throne of the Most Merciful:
    Taken from the Words of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam:
    'And it might seem to the short-sighted eye and narrow mind, and to the individual besieged within the bounds of era and location, that it is a story that happened and finished. The mouth of death opened it mouth, swallowed these martyrs and passed them with its wheel that saves neither old nor young.
    However, the clear-sighted eye and the enlightened heart knows that these sacrifices are the provisions of future generations for distant civilisations to come. These stories, these sacrifices and these examples will remain as supercilious signposts upon the entire journey of this Deen, for he who wishes to make this journey from those wayfarers, or follow in the footsteps of this righteous elite.
    "All these are the ones whom Allah has guided, so follow their guidance…" [Quran 6:90]
    Indeed these exemplary individuals from the martyrs broke free from the shackles and fetters of this materialistic life to reach opulence and bliss, and they came to the land of Afghanistan, living in the mountains of Afghanistan, until Allah (SWT) honoured them with martyrdom.
    We ask Allah (SWT) to join us with them in the Highest Part of Paradise, with the Prophets, the Truthful, the Martyrs and the Righteous, and what an excellent company are those.


    MARTYRS OF BOSNIA
    ABU ZUBAIR AL-MADANI
    Abu Zubair Al-Madani. Madinah Al-Munawarrah. Killed during a military operation to defend Sarajevo Airport against the Serbs, in October 1992. Aged 24. 1st/ 2nd Hand Account.
    Born and brought up in Madinah, the love of Islam occupied his youth and he spent many years learning and spreading the Deen of ALLAH. A very popular brother in Madinah, he travelled to Afghanistan to join his brothers fighting in the Way of ALLAH. He was with them when Jaaji, Jalalabad and Kabul were captured.

    After the Conquest of Kabul he returned to Madinah and stayed there for a few months. He was blessed with a beautiful voice, and he used it to make his famous audio cassette about his brothers killed in Afghanistan. The name of this cassette was 'Qawaafil-us-Shuhadaa' (Caravans of Martyrs). He always used to speak and think about one thing, that was Martyrdom.
    Once he was asked, "Why do you hurry for Martyrdom, whereas you have not yet done much for Islam?" And he replied, "What did my brothers give for Islam, who were killed before me. Our souls are the most valuable things that we can give."
    In the summer of 1992 he heard about the oppression of his brothers and sisters in the Balkans and travelled with his brother from Madinah, Abul-Abbas, to Bosnia. Two months they stayed there until they fought in the defence of Sarajevo Airport. The fighting was severe and many fighters fled the battle field, except Abu Zubair and Abul-Abbas. Abu Zubair and Abul-Abbas stayed there and fought to defend Sarajevo Airport against the Egyptian United Nations until they fell down Shaheed.
    We ask ALLAH (SWT) to accept them from amongst the Shuhadaa and to enter them into the Paradise Most High amongst the Prophets, the martyrs, the pious and the truthful.
    ABUL-HARITH AL-BAHRAINI
    Abul-Harith Al-Bahraini, from Bahrain. Killed during an offensive operation against Serb Forces besieging Sarajevo, Bosnia, near the town of Visoko, on 29 December, 1992. Aged 23. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds. Real Video footage at the end of this page.

    How many are the people that seek fame and wealth today, and what of someone who has left all that in pursuit of Allah's Pleasure. Abul-Haarith was a famous football player in Bahrain. A lot of the youth today yearn to attain this level of fame. He left his football career behind him and went to Afghanistan to take part in the Jihad , seeking to die in the Path of Allah.
    He then went to participate in the Jihad in Bosnia. He had devoted his heart and his soul to the worship of Allah and he set a good example with his manners and manhood. He was always seen reading the Qur'an, serving his brothers or guarding the front lines.
    He was characterized by a smile that never left his face and a level of patience such that he never became angry at his brothers. He personified the saying of the Prophet, "A smile to your brother is a form of charity". He used to laugh much and make all his brothers laugh and enjoy themselves. A very popular brother, loved by both the Arabs and the Bosians, he used to sing jokingly with his brothers, "My beloved brother." He was always happy and jolly in the daytime, having a nice time with his brothers. However, in the night, his brothers used to hear him cry while he was praying. He used to put Kohl in his eyes.
    A few days before the operation, Abul-Haarith was seen to take great care of himself and he wore his best clothes as if he knew he had an appointment with the beautiful Women of Paradise. Before the Second Operation of Visoko against the Serbs, he put Kohl in his eyes and asked his brothers to do the same.
    When the battle had reached its most intense stage and the souls of the martyrs had been raised, Abul-Haarith found Abu Maryam spread on the ground, his soul having been raised. He kissed his forehead and said, "Oh Allah! Join us with him". He advanced towards the enemy from an area providing little cover and whilst he was crawling on the ground, Allah heard his prayer and he was hit by a sniper bullet thereby surrendering his soul to his Lord.
    The Mujahideen could not bury him due to the severity of the fighting and the widespread presence of snow. so they put his body in the trunk of a tree.
    ABU SAHAR AL-HAILEE
    Abu Sahar Al-Hailee, from Hail, Arabian Peninsula. Killed by Croatian Forces at a roadblock in Travnik, North Bosnia in 1993. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.

    A very brave and patient brother, he was once travelling through Travnik, North Bosnia, with a group of Mujahideen. They were stopped by Croatian Forces at a roadblock. Abu Sahar told his brothers to fight and not to give up. His brothers suggested that they should give up now as maybe they would be released later. While they were being held, the Croats saw that the Kalashnikov of Abu Sahar was on and ready to fire. They shot him five times while he was shouting "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah" We ask ALLAH (SWT) to accept him from amongst the Shuhadaa.
    DAWOOD AL BRITAANI
    Dawood, from Britain. Killed during a battle against Croatian Forces in Bosnia in 1993. Aged 29. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds
    Born and brought up as a Christian in Britain, he started his job in a Computer Company. One morning he came to work wearing Islamic dress. Upon being asked why he was wearing this dress he informed his work colleagues that he had converted to Islam. One week later he was fired from his job and went to Bosnia with two other brothers. Four months later, his brothers were returning to Britain for a few months and they asked him to come with them. He refused, saying, “What is there for me to do in the land of disbelievers?” He was a very calm and quiet brother, funny at the same time. He loved guarding his brothers on the mountain in snow and cold weather. A very fast learner of Islam and the Arabic language, he loved to keep all the Sunnahs of the Messenger of Allah (SAW). He used to sleep on his right-hand side in a crouched position, he used pray all night and fast most days.
    Commander Abul-Harith (RA) said about him, “All of us knew that Dawood would be the next Shaheed from amongst us, as he was getting higher and higher and higher in his Iman and Taqwa.” The night before the Operation, Dawood had a dream, in which he saw himself running in a place with large palaces on either side. He asked, “Who do these palaces belong to?” It was said to him, “These are the houses of the Shuhadaa.” He asked, “Where is the house of Abu Ibrahim?” (the Turkish brother from Britain who was shot dead by the French United Nations near Sarajevo Airport). The voice said to him, “The house of Abu Ibrahim is over there.” And so in the dream Dawood began to run towards the house of his friend, Abu Ibrahim, and then suddenly he fell down and woke from his sleep.
    The following morning there was a large operation against the Croats. During this operation, while he was running, he was killed by a single shot to the heart. He fell down and his body rolled down to the Croat bunkers below. After three months his body was returned to the Mujahideen. It was as new, it was bleeding and smelling of musk. His body was found crouched on its right-hand side, just how he used to lie down to sleep.
    ABU MUSLIM AL-TURKI
    Abu Muslim Al-Turki, from Britain. Killed during a battle against Croatian Forces in Bosnia in 1993. Aged 51. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.

    A Turkish brother who lived most of his life in Britain, but who lived the life of a disbeliever. He was married to a non-Muslim woman, and he did not used to pray nor did he used to practise any aspect of Islam. Then ALLAH (SWT) guided him to the Straight Path. Soon after, he heard about the situation in Bosnia, and he said to himself that I must go to Bosnia, I must repent to ALLAH and I must fight against the Serbs as maybe ALLAH will forgive me for all that I have done in the past.
    He came to Bosnia in the Autumn of 1992 and entered the Training Camp at Mehorich. He was the eldest one amongst the Mujahideen at that time. When the Mujahideen used to go running in the Training Camp, they were all given rifles except Abu Muslim, due to his old age and the difficulties he would have in carrying it. When one looked into his eyes, one would see the eyes of a sincere person, one that was honest to Allah (we hope so).
    In one operation against the Croats, the Ameer did not pick him due to his old age, and Abu Muslim began to cry, not weep but he began to wail like a baby until he forced the Ameer to let him take part in the operation.
    During the operation, he was shot in his arm, which shattered his bone and metal had to be placed in his arm for a period of six months. Abu Muslim used to exercise his arm a lot and after 45 days the doctor said that the metal could be removed from his arm. Everyone was surprised at how the metal could be removed after only 45 days. Before one of the large operations against the Croats, he saw a dream in which he saw the Messenger of Allah(SAWS), and so Abu Muslim began to kiss his feet. Then the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said to him, “Do not kiss my feet.” Then he began to kiss his hands, and the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said to him, “Do not kiss my hands.” Then the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) asked him, “What do you want Abu Muslim?”. Abu Muslim replied, “O Messenger of Allah, please make dua to Allah for me that tomorrow in the operation I am killed Shaheed.”
    Before the Operation, the Ameer, Commander Abul Harith (RA) was picking the brothers to take part in this operation. He refused to let Abu Muslim take part on the grounds that he was still injured and had not yet recovered. A brother who was present at that time said, “I swear to ALLAH that Abu Muslim cried and cried, like a baby, and said to the Ameer, 'Fear Allah! I will hold you responsible on the Day of Judgement if you do not include me in this operation." The Ameer told him not to shout and cry so loud, because maybe the enemy would hear him. Abu Muslim replied, “By ALLAH, if you do not put me in the operation Abul Harith, I will cry so loudly that the whole country will hear me!" Then he said to the Ameer, “Put me in the operation, even at the back as the last one in the operation." The Ameer said to him, “Are you sure? I will put you right at the back.” Abu Muslim replied, “Put me anywhere in the operation, right at the back, but include me in this operation.” And so Abu Muslim went out and took part in this operation, and even though he was right at the very back, the course of the fighting changed, so that the back became the front and the front became the back, and he was the second one killed in the operation by a bullet to his heart. His body was returned by the Croats after three months, along with his brother from England Dawood. It was smelling of musk and no change had come over his body. All of the brothers that were there witnessed that his body had become even more beautiful and white since the last time they saw it.
    One brother commented saying that out of all the martyrs bodies he had seen in Bosnia, none was more beautiful than the body of Abu Muslim.
    JAMALUDEEN AL-YEMENI
    Jamaludeen, from Yemen. Killed during a battle against Croatian Forces in Bosnia in 1993. Aged 19. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds

    A courageous young man, he had dreamed of his wife in Paradise and Paradise itself, whilst in the Jihad in Afghanistan. He came to Bosnia early in the War in 1992. He was very active in the service of his fellow Mujahideen, attending to their day-to-day needs.
    During an operation against the Croats, Jamaludeen’s Kalashnikov rifle jammed so with his pistol he killed two enemy soldiers. During the shelling which followed the victory of the Muslims, a mortar bomb landed next to him and killed him, blowing away half of his body. After the operation the Mujahideen went to collect the bodies of their brothers who had been killed. They found all of the bodies except the body of Jamaludeen. Three days went by and there was anxiety in the whole camp of the Mujahideen, as maybe the Croats had got the body of Jamaluddin and were mutilating it. This went on for three days and then, before the Fajr Prayer, the Ameer of the Mujahideen at that time, Wahiudeen Misree (RA) had a dream in which he saw himself speaking to Jamaluddin. He asked him,
    "Jamaludeen! Jamaludeen! Where is your body, we have been looking for it for three days.”
    Jamaludeen replied, “ALLAH is taking care of my body.”
    Wahiudeen asked him, “Where have you been Jamaludeen?”
    Jamaludeen replied, “I have been speaking with ALLAH (SWT)”
    “What did he you say to you.”, Wahiudeen asked him.
    Jamaludeen replied, “ALLAH (SWT) asked me, 'Why did you come to Bosnia, Jamaludeen?' and I said to him, 'O' ALLAH, I came here only to please you,', and then ALLAH (SWT) said to me, 'This day I forgive you all of your sins and you may go in Paradise wherever you please.'"
    Abu Uthman Al-Kuwaiti said about Jamaludeen:
    Our brother Jamaludeen (may Allah have Mercy on him) went to Afghanistan seeking martyrdom, but Allah chose him to be from amongst the martyrs in the Land of Bosnia. He was a well mannered, patient individual who was obedient to the commander of his group. He carried our his duties willingly, whether it was guard duty or fetching water for the brothers. Hours before his death he said to me “Abu Uthman, maybe we shall meet again in Paradise. I hope Allah chooses me to be a martyr”. We went into battle joking and laughing. Before the battle commenced Jamaludeen prayed a two rakah prayer and then supplicated to Allah. He said to me, “If we separate in this life, we will meet in the Hereafter Insha-Allah”.
    I expected to be in Jamaludeen's group, but I wasn’t. News of his death reached me and I was saddened, more for myself than for him because I was not from amongst those chosen by Allah for martyrdom. I saw him in a dream with two wings flying above the rivers in Paradise and picking from the Fruits of Paradise. Abu Talib was also in my dream and I called to him saying, “Oh my brother, look at Jamaludeen. Let us pray to Allah that we may join him because he has reached that what he always used to desire”.
    ABU KHALID AL-QATARI
    Abu Khalid Al-Qatari, from Qatar. Killed when ambushed by Croatian forces in Bosnia in 1993. Aged mid twenties. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.

    A member of the Qatar National Handball team, he came to Bosnia at the end of 1992. He used to love doing double guard duty shifts for 4 hours in the cold weather. He was a very humble and very pious brother. He was of black descent but brothers described his face like a glowing lamp because of the shine and Noor on his face. He had two large marks of prostration on his face due to prolonged prostration, as he used to pray all night long. Once he was asked,
    "When will you return back to your country, Abu Khalid?" And he replied,
    "I want to be Shaheed here." Abu Khalid once said to a brother,
    "Back in Qatar, I bought some fighting clothes to go and fight in Afghanistan, but my mother prevented me from going. But, insha-Allah, this time, with these same clothes, I will be killed in Bosnia."
    Before one operation against the Croats, as soon as he was picked by the Ameer, he said to the brother next to him,
    "Insha-Alllah, this time ALLAH will take me as Shaheed."
    As he was travelling in a car with five other brothers, of them Wahiudeen al-Misree, the Ameer of the Mujahideen (RA), they took a wrong turning and ventured 7km into enemy territory. The Croats shot at the car with anti-aircraft weapons and it blew 20 feet into the air. All of the five brothers got out and fought until they were killed. When their bodies were returned to the Mujahideen after two months, the brothers were able to identify four of them but they could not identify the body of Abu Khalid Al-Qatari. When the Bosnian army general said to them, "This is your last man.", they looked at the body and saw that this body was that of a white person with a white face, and they replied,
    "This is not our brother: our brother had black skin."
    Upon looking carefully at this body, they pulled down his shirt and noticed that from below the neck downwards, its skin was black. They pulled up his sleeve and they found that above the elbows it was black and below the elbows it was white. Then they pulled up his trousers, where they found that his feet were white but the skin above his ankles was black. One of the brothers commented on this, saying that as the Hadith of Rasoolullah (SAWS) goes about the signs of the believers on the Day of Resurrection, the marks of Wudu were shining white on the body of Abu Khalid al-Qatari. May ALLAH (SWT) accept him amongst the Shuhadaa'.
    ABU SAIF ASH-SHAHRANI & ABU HAMAD AL-OTAIBI
    Abu Saif Ash-Shahrani and Abu Hamad Al-Otaibi, Arabian Peninsula. Killed during a military operation to defend Byala-Bucha, a Muslim town near Travnik, Central Bosnia, against the Serbs, in 1993. Aged in their early twenties. 1st Hand Account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.
    " They loved each other in this World, and they shall love each other in the Next. "
    Abu Saif was a soldier in the Saudi Arabian Army. One day his mother was sitting at home and she saw the news on the television reporting the genocide of the Muslims in Bosnia. When she saw this she said to Abu Saif, "My son get up and go! Look what they are doing, they are raping our sisters and killing our brothers. My son get and go and I don't want to see you again!"
    Abu Saif travelled to Riyadh where he met his travelling companion, Abu Hamad Al-Otaibi. Together they travelled to Bosnia. They arrived at the camp of the Mujahideen on a Wednesday, after a long and difficult journey. By this time they had become very close friends. And all the Mujahideen soon came to know about the love between Abu Saif and Abu Hamad. They finished training and arrived in the front line village Biala-Bucha, on a Wednesday.
    During their first night on the frontier, Abu Khalid Al-Qataree (RA) describes what happened, "Abu Hamad came to me at One O'clock in the middle of the night, woke me up and said to me, 'Abu Khalid, wake up! One prayer in this night is better than this whole world and everything in it.' I got up and went to make Wudu. When I returned, I looked for Abu Hamad but could not find him, and then I entered a small room in the corner of the house where the weapons were kept. I entered this room and I saw Abu Hamad in prayer, crying, 'Allahumar - zukni - Shahadah, Allahumar - zukni - Shahadah, (O' ALLAH bless me with martyrdom! O' ALLAH bless me with martyrdom!)"
    Abu Hamad came to Bosnia despite a severe medical problem, that would cause him intense pain and keep him up at night. Some brothers even heard him crying and banging on the walls in the middle of the night. Abu Hamad always used to bring water from the wells for his brothers, whether it was his duty or not.
    One night the Serbs launched an attack on the village. So the Mujahideen went out to fight them. Abu Saif was in the front of the group and Abu Hamad was near the back. A 120mm shell came and landed near Abu Hamad. It took off his mouth and throat. Abu Hamad fell to the floor and raised his right index finger three times, keeping it up on the last time before ALLAH took his soul. All of the Mujahideen agreed not to tell Abu Saif that his friend Abu Hamad had been killed as he would surely be very sad and grief stricken upon hearing the news.
    When Abu Saif met the rest of the brothers after the explosion, he asked them where Abu Hamad was. The brothers replied to him that Abu Hamad had to return to the village, but he sent a PK machine gum for Abu Saif. Abu Saif was very happy and took the PK. In the operation, Abu Saif was at the front and he killed many Serbs with his PK before he was shot, with two bullets to the head and one to his heart. Abu Saif looked around for something in the sky for a few moments. The brothers were puzzled as to why he was doing this and then Abu Saif fell down into prostration, still holding Abu Hamad' s PK. He stayed in this position for a few seconds, saying, "ALLAHU AKBAR! ALLAHU AKBAR!" Someone tried to take his gun from his him, but he was holding it too tightly. He did not release his gun until his soul left his body.
    Abu Saif and Abu Hamad were buried together in one grave, on a Wednesday, just like the two companions who were killed Shaheed in a battle at the time of the Messenger of ALLAH (SAWS). Rasoolullah (SAWS) commented, saying, "They loved each other in this world and they shall love each other in the Next."
    ABU MUAZ AL-QATARI
    Abu Muaz, Abu Abdullah, Abu Salih from Qatar. Killed when ambushed in Bosnia in 1994. Aged mid twenties. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.

    Abu Muaz Al-Qatari was 21 years old and had memorised the entire Quran. He had much Islamic knowledge. A commander in Afghanistan and the son of a wealthy businessman in Qatar, he used to fast one day and not fast the next. He would pray all night long and walk through the villages inviting the people to Islam all day with his brothers Abu Salih and Abu Abdullah. Abu Muaz was a very loveable brother, liked by both the Arabs and the Bosnians. He was also captured by the Croats when he went the wrong way in Travnik, but was later released in the famous Prisoner Exchange of 1993.
    Once he was making his way to Sarajevo with his brothers, Abu Salih and Abu Abdullah Al-Qatari, when they met one Bosnian brother Abdullah Affandee. Abdullaah Affandee said to them, “I will come to Sarajevo with you.” And he went back and told his wife that he saw the three of them in a dream the night before and that all of them were Shaheed. While they were on their way to Sarajevo, they were met by one or two vehicles of Bosnian Communists. These vehicles were carrying heavy weapons and they began to fire at the car in which the brothers were travelling in. They continued firing for 15 minutes, during which none of the brothers returned fire because they were either killed or very badly injured. The Communists stopped firing after 15 minutes thinking that they had killed all of the brothers.
    However, when they stopped firing, Abu Muaz Al-Qatari opened the car door. He was critically injured but he began to shoot at the Communists, killing five of them and injuring four. The Communists were shocked at what he did and they remained still. When Abu Muaz’s ammunition finished, he was unable to replace his magazine due to the extent of his injuries. The Communists caught him and they killed him. He was killed on Friday morning at 11 o’clock and the smell of musk was emanating from his body. The wife of Abdullah Affandee said, “Two days these brothers spent in our house and they were very respectable, well-mannered people.” And so she had her husband buried with them.
    ABU UMAR AL-HARBI
    Abu Umar Al-Harbi, from Madinah Al-Munawarrah, Arabian Peninsula. Unit commander. Killed during Operation Miracle in Bosnia on 21 July 1995. Aged early twenties. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.

    Abu Umar Al Harbi came from Madinah Al-Munawarrah to the land of Jihad in Bosnia, after leaving a life of luxury and affluence behind him. Once he arrived at the Front-Line Base Camp, he never went back to the main city. Almost two years he spent at the Front-Line Base Camp, but he never ever wanted to return to the city where there were the worldly attractions, shops and restaurants. He spent all his time in the Camp or in the bunkers on the mountain-tops. Even when he wanted something from the city or from the headquarters, he would tell the brothers to get this from here, get this from his bag which he had in the store room there, or get this and that.
    Al-Harbi always used to make the brothers laugh and enjoy themselves. He would create a merry atmosphere wherever he went and thus, he was much loved and very popular amongst all the brothers. If one was to look at him, he would seem like a joker, but during the battles he was like a lion. Although he had a good sense of humour, he had a lot of feelings for the Muslims. When the massacre of the Muslims in Srebenica, 1995, took place, he was very upset, more than other brothers and it pained him a lot.
    In Operation Miracle, Harbi was made the commander of a special unit of six brothers. The task appointed to these brothers was to capture three Serb bunkers in the most dangerous terrain on the battlefield. The first Serb bunker in this location was at the top of a large open minefield, unscreened by any trees or bushes. There was only one avenue of approach to this bunker, and that was head on, from the front, as opposed to other bunkers that were usually shielded by trees or steep mounds of earth.
    The attack plan was for one brother to fire RPG rockets at the bunker from one side of the field and then the rest of the group would storm the bunker. As the brothers took their positions, a few minutes before the attack was scheduled to begin, the Serbs opened fire across the line, as if they knew that the Mujahideen were about to attack. All the brothers in this unit panicked and whilst, they were thinking about what to do, Al-Harbi began sprinting across the open field towards the Serb bunker, in the face of direct, oncoming fire. The rest of the brothers hesitated before running and shouted to him, 'Are there any mines?' He shouted back:
    'ALLAHU-AKBAR!" and carried on running. Upon seeing their leader run, the rest of the brothers began running towards the bunker as well. Al-Harbi reached the opening of the Serb bunker until he was at a distance of 2m from the two Serbs inside the bunker. He was firing straight at them and they were firing straight at him. Just as he killed one Serb, the other one shot Al-Harbi in his forehead, and he fell down shaheed.
    The next day, one of the brothers saw Al-Harbi in a dream. His face was extremely white and shining. The brother asked him:
    "What happened to you?"
    Al-Harbi replied, "The night before the attack, we were in the bunker on the mountain and I fell asleep. During this sleep, I experienced the state of janaba (impurity requiring a bath). When I woke up, I realised that there was no way that I could have a bath in the bunker up on the mountain. So I went into the Operation in a state of janaba."
    He knew that in this situation, one just makes tayammum (ablution with soil), prays and goes, because the Jihad is more important then to return from the mountains to have a bath. Furthermore, he was the Ameer of the whole group and for him to delay the Operation so that he could have a bath was out of the question. Al-Harbi carried on:
    "As I was at the Serb bunker, firing inside at them, I felt something tap me on my forehead and then, immediately, I felt two beings take me from beneath each arm and raise me straight up, very fast, into the sky. There, the Angels gave me a bath."
    This incident was similar to the incident at the time of the Prophet (SAWS) when his companion Hanzala, was shaheed on the day after his wedding night, before he had time to have a bath. The Prophet (SAWS) commented that the Angels bathed Hanzala.

    ABU MUSA AL-ALMAANI
    Abu Musa Al-Almaani, from Germany. The Cameraman of the Mujahideen in Bosnia. Killed during Operation Miracle, Bosnia, 21 July 1995. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.

    "I thought whether I should throw a grenade inside or put the camera inside..."
    He was born of Turkish parents in Germany but his parents did not have enough money to bring him up and so they sold him to an German family. He was brought up as a non-Muslim by a German family. He was a model student, a very well behaved child, and no one could tell he was different as he was very fair in skin colour.
    All of a sudden when he reached the age of 15 things began to go wrong for him. He began to get in trouble at school and became confused about his identity. He knew that there was something that was different about him and that he was not German.
    Once he had an argument with his German mother and she told him that "You are not my son." He went back and said "That statement, it reverberated in my mind and I went back and I asked my mum what does this mean and she refused to tell me, and after much persuasion she told me the whole story. She was still in touch with my Turkish parents, my real parents and I went to see them and began to live with them."
    So he lived with his Turkish parents and, after a number of years, at the age of 21 he decided to travel to Bosnia.
    Abu Musa had some experience in making video films and editing, and so in Bosnia they made him the cameraman. Therefore, along with his Kalashnikov he would carry his camera. He was witnessed in front of the attacks with his camera, fighting and even reaching the bunkers of the Serbs before the rest of the brothers. He would be standing on top of the bunkers of the Serbs and the Serbs would still be shooting. He said to a brother, that when he reached the bunker, "I thought whether I should throw a grenade inside or put the camera inside," and he choose to put the camera inside so that he could get the best possible pictures, mix the best possible film and send it back to the other Muslims that do not know anything about Jihad. Then, they could see the Jihad on their television sets and find out and learn about this obligation that the Muslim World had forgotten about.
    That was his intention: he wanted to make the best possible video tapes and so he was always in the front with his camera, fighting. In Operation Miracle, he was in a group of four Turkish brothers who made a vow to fight to the death. They were true to Allah so Allah was true to them.
    Many people who knew Abu Musa would descibe him as a comical character. A person might well consider Abu Musa and believe him to be less than bright but in fact Abu Musa was a highly intelligent person who has, insha-Allah, reached a high and magnificent rank with Allah (SWT).
    SALMAN AL-FARSI
    Salman Al-Farsi, from Tunisia. Killed in Operation Miracle, North Bosnia, on 21 July 1995. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.

    "There was no mistaking it, it was a strong perfume that cannot be compared to any of the perfumes of this world..."
    Salman Al-Farsi loved training. He loved to train, in the cause of Allah, so that he could be as strong in fighting as he could and do as much damage to Allah's enemies as possible. He always used to exert himself in training with this intention of damaging the enemies of Allah.
    Salman was a very large brother. He was a formidable sight because on his back he had strapped a massive sword at least the length of an arm, which could be seen resting above his broad shoulder. He used to wear a black scarf tied on his forehead, and he was just a formidable sight when one looked at him.
    Whenever Salman would talk, all he would talk about is Shahaadah and Jannah, (Martyrdom and Paradise). This is all he would ever talk about, nothing else would ever interest him apart from Martyrdom and the Paradise.
    A brother narrates,
    "...In the 2nd operation I recognised his chest rig as it was very distinctive being the only one with a sword strapped at the back. He'd been killed but they had not yet recovered his body so I didn't see him but I saw his chest rig. I and four other brothers with me picked it up and smelt it, and found it had a strong perfume. It was coming from his blood and all of us looked at each other in amazement.
    We had heard stories of this perfume and we had heard stories of other similar miracles, and we never doubted it but we never expected it. We were smelling this now in front of us and the two Bosnian army soldiers were there as well and they smelt it as well. There was no mistaking it, it was a strong perfume that cannot be compared to any of the perfumes of this world. It was beautiful and made us feel relaxed and comforted. Inshallah, this is a good sign for Salman that he is Shaheed, and it is a sign for the brothers who smelt this perfume, that this is the right path and to have patience on this path."
    AL-BATTAR AL-YEMENI
    Al-Battaar, from Yemen. Tank specialist. Killed during Operation Miracle on 21st July 1995. Aged mid-twenties. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds .

    Al-Battaar was in the Communist army of Yemen and they sent him to Cuba because he liked tanks. They sent him there to train in tanks. He learnt the ins and outs of tanks until he knew every thing about them. When he returned to Yemen, he became a good practising Muslim and, instead of returning to the Communist Army, he went to Afghanistan and fought there for some time. After that he returned to Yemen. When he heard about the Jihad in Bosnia, he travelled there. He had the opportunity to go and he took it. In Bosnia, he set about training all the brothers about tanks. He taught the brothers how to lie under a moving tank, in order to build their confidence whilst dealing with the Serb tanks on foot. His ultimate dream was to take a tank in the fighting as booty (ghanima) and use it against the enemy. He wanted to be the first one to capture a tank for the Mujahideen. In Operation Miracle the brothers caught a tank and they called him on the radio. He was injured in his hand at the start of the operation but, with his hand bandaged, he still went to the first-line at the top of the mountain, jumped in the tank and took it right from under the Serbs' noses. The Serbs were trying to destroy this tank, because they knew that even though they had lost it, they did not want the Mujahideen to take it.
    Battaar took the tank from right beneath the noses of the enemy, drove it out from there and took it back to the Mujahideen lines where it would be safe. After dropping off the tank, he returned to the battle. He did not go away, he did not rest but he went back with his injury back to the front line. While helping to remove an injured brother from an enemy bunker, Allah took him as shaheed when a mortar bomb exploded next to him.
    One brother who brought back the tank with Battaar described what happened when they reached the Mujahideen lines at the bottom of the mountain. They had miraculously taken a tank from the hands of the Serbs and were still alive, so this brother said,
    "O Bataar! We do not deserve martyrdom. We are not good enough to be shaheed."
    As this brother was injured as well, he decided to go back and have his injury tended to because he thought that the fighting and operation was now over. But Battaar said
    "No, I want to go back,"
    and he went back up to the top of the mountain. When they entered the bunker to rescue one of the injured brothers, a mortar bomb landed right inside the bunker and Battaar was killed four hours after he left his companion.

    ABU MUSLIM AL-IMARAATI
    Abu Muslim Al-Imaraati, from the United Arab Emirates. Field Commander of the Foreign Mujahideen Forces in Bosnia. Killed during Operation Miracle, North Bosnia, on 21 July 1995. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.

    "He did not see his son in this world, but insha-Allah, Allah will reunite him with his family in Paradise..."
    Abu Muslim was a very soft and gentle brother. But one summer, suddenly he changed. He became extremely fierce in his fighting and his courage. He became extremely brave and began going on reconnaissance missions by himself. He would bring back plastic bags full of mines that he had searched for and pulled out. When Abu Muslim heard about the Jihad in Bosnia his wife had just become pregnant. However, he chose to respond to the plight of the Bosnian Muslims and left for the Jihad in the obedience of Allah, taking with him only fond memories of his family and the hope to return when he could.
    "Your wealth and your children are only a trial whereas Allah with him is a great reward," [Quran 64:15]
    While he was in Bosnia, his son was born. After a few months he had still not seen his son and so Abu Muslim said to himself that after this operation he would go back and see his family. In the Operation, he and his group, Alhamdulillah, managed to capture a tank from the Serbs. After taking the tank they continued forward and Allah (SWT) took him as Shaheed.
    He did not see his son in this world, but insha-Allah, Allah will reunite him with his family in Paradise.
    ABUL-MUNDHIR AL-YEMENI
    Abul-Mundhir from Yemen. Killed during Operation Miracle, Bosnia, on 21 July 1995. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.
    "...the next minute I saw my self looking around in the Paradise."

    Abul-Mundhir was participating in one of the attack groups and he was killed by a shot to the head. A day after he was killed one brother saw him in a dream and asked him, "What happened to you?"
    Abul-Mundhir replied, "We were in a forest and there was a lot of firing coming at us and all our heads were down. I put my head up to see where the firing was coming from and to see where the bunker was, and then as I was looking around, the next minute I saw my self looking around in the Paradise."
    ABU MUAZ AL-KUWAITI
    Abu Muaz Al-Kuwaiti (Adil Al-Ghanim). Kuwait. Commander of the Foreign Volunteers. Killed during Operation Miracle, 21st July 1995: a military operation to recapture Muslim land occupied by the Serbs. Aged in his late twenties. 1st Hand Account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds . Audio recording of his voice and video footage of him in action available at the end of this page.
    The son of a Kuwaiti Governor and an Olympic athlete, holding national records for Kuwait, he went to Afghanistan to join his brothers and stayed there on and off for six years. Every few months, he would return to Kuwait in order to raise money and awareness about the Jihad in Afghanistan. He would stand up after the prayers in the Kuwaiti mosques and deliver speeches to the congregation reminding them of their duty to assist their brothers in Afghanistan. He arrived in Bosnia on 04 May 1994 and soon became the commander of the Foreign fighters, due to his previous military and organisational experience from Afghanistan. He was a very humble and pious brother. In Operation Miracle, July 1995, he was not placed in the attack group due to his senior rank and that made him very sad. After the operation was successful, Abu-Muaz went to the top of the mountain and began to organise the groups. He was then hit by a bullet to his upper leg and fell down Shaheed. Four days later one brother from Madinah Al-Munawarra, in Bosnia at the time, saw him in a dream where Abu-Muaz came back to the mosque of the Mujahideen in the Front-Line Base Camp.
    The brother narrates,
    " I saw Abu-Muaz meeting all the brothers and everyone was happy at seeing him. He had a bandage on his upper leg in the same place as he was shot .Now I became angry at how Abu-Muaz is here when he is supposed to be Shaheed? So I went up to him, shook his hand and asked him,
    'Abu-Muaz, why are you here? Are you Shaheed or not?'
    He turned away and did not want to say anything. Then, when no-one was looking, he began to make his way to the exit of the mosque. I knew he was going to try and leave, so I waited for him at the door of the mosque. He left the mosque and went outside. Then I saw a plate under him which began to lift him up into the sky. I then ran up to him, grabbed his leg and said,
    'Abu-Muaz! Please tell me what is happening! Why are you here? Are you Shaheed or not?'
    He replied, 'Yes, I am Shaheed.'
    I asked him, 'What is martyrdom like?'
    He replied, 'On the day of the operation a window opens in the sky from Paradise and all the Mujahideen that are going to be killed that day pass through this window straight into Paradise.'
    I then asked him, 'What does the actual martyrdom feel like?'
    He replied 'You do not feel a thing. As soon as you are killed, you see two beautiful blonde-haired girls who accompany you up to Paradise.'
    I asked him 'What is the Paradise like?'
    Abu-Muaz replied, 'It is not one Paradise but it is many Paradises!'
    I said, 'What about enjoyment and pleasures?'
    He replied, 'Every day and in every place.'
    Abu-Muaz then said, 'Now let me go.'
    So I said to Abu-Muaz, 'Just one last question. Can you tell me when I am going to be Shaheed?'
    Abu-Muaz said, 'I cannot tell you that.'
    So I asked him, 'Can you at least tell me by coming to me in a dream a few days before I am killed?' and Abu-Muaz said,
    'I will try. Now let me go.'
    A brother who knew Abu Muaz personally, narrates:
    "A very rich man from Kuwait but he still knew the obligation of Jihad. He spent six years in Afghanistan and after Afghanistan finished, he came to Bosnia. This brother used to speak very fast but when he spoke he used to give us Islamic lessons and news of what was going in Bosnia. And when he would speak, he would make you feel so good. Even if it was the worst news that he was giving you, it would make you feel so happy to hear it. Because of his good manners and his organisational skills, the brothers chose him to be the Commander of the Foreign Mujahideen section. A gift that Allah had given him was the tafseer (interpretation) of dreams. So the brothers would go to him and tell him their dreams and he would tell them what they meant. And very often they would come true with pinpoint accuracy. This brother would work night and day in the service of the Deen and the rest of the brothers. And in Operation Miracle, Allah took him as shaheed."
    Whilst he was alive, Abu Muaz once said jokingly, 'If I am killed, if Allah accepts me from the Shuhadaa', then take a picture of my face from the left and the right, so that the people can see whether this is an Arab or not!' He meant to say this as a joke to answer those people in the world who were denying the existence of Foreign Mujahideen in Bosnia. Abu Muaz's soul left his body with a clearly distinct smile on his face and video recordings were made of his face from all angles to prove to the people two things: (i) that this was a Foreign non-Bosnian fighter and (ii) it is true that some martyrs are actually found with smiles on their faces, after they have been killed.
    May Allah keep you smiling O Abu Muaz and bring you to the ranks of the Prophets together with your Mujahideen brothers that were killed before you. Ameen.
    "And we ask Allah (Glorified and Most High), with all His beautiful Names and all His highest Attributes, to grant us a clear conquest and help us with a clear victory, as He is All-Powerful over that. And I also ask Allah (Glorified and Most High) to accept the martyrs from amongst us, if there are any martyrs."
    "As for why we came to Bosnia-Hercegovina, we did not come here except for Jihad in the Way of Allah (Glorified and Most High), and to assist our Mujahideen brothers. And, further to that, the brothers with us in Bosnia-Hercegovina have not carried out any massacring and ethnic cleansing. And this is what we have made clear that we will help our brothers as one group: the group of our father Prophet Ibrahim, who was from the righteous and not from the Polytheists."
    ABU THABIT AL-MUHAJIR
    Abu Thabit Al Muhajir, from Egypt. Military commander and Ameer of the front line. Killed during Operation Badr Of Bosnia on 10th September 1995. Aged early thirties. 1st hand account. Present on In the Hearts of Green Birds.

    Abu Thabit was very experienced soldier in the Egyptian army. He spent six years in Afghanistan, training the brothers and fighting. He was a very experienced fighter. He came to Bosnia early in the war in 1992 and he was made the Ameer of the Front-Line, This brother was so tough and so brave that when he fought, he would not even duck from the bullets, that is how fearless he was. Even though he was the commander, he had such a strong character that everyone loved him as if he was their favourite friend. He used to make everybody feel as if he was their favourite friend and his character was such that when one looked at him, one would think that one is looking at a Companion of the Prophet (SAWS). In the first few minutes of Operation Badr, he was shot twice but he did not make a single noise in pain. He carried on fighting, until he was shot by a third bullet in his heart. Without making any expressions of pain, he turned around to the brothers behind him, smiled, and said: 'My brothers, I have been hit." then he closed his eyes, to be followed by his soul.
    ABU HAMMAM AN-NAJDI

    Abu Hammam An-Najdi. Saudi Arabia. Commander of the 'Lion's Den' Front-Line Base Camp. Killed during an ambush by the Croatian Military during peace-time whilst he was travelling with three other commanders from the Mujahideen Headquarters, Zenica, to the Lion's Den Camp, Zavidovic. Zepce, 14 December 1995. Aged 24. 1st Hand Account. Present on Under the Shades of Swords audio cassette. Photograph of him moments after he was martyred available at the end of this page.
    A university graduate from Saudi Arabia, educated and a good speaker of the English language, he entered Bosnia in the summer of 1994 together with Abu Ziyaad An-Najdi (RA). His good dealings with all the brothers and his way of making every brother seem special and important, gained him a lot of respect amongst all the Mujahideen and soon he was appointed the Commander of the Front-Line Base Camp.
    He worked very hard in the service of the brothers, trying his best to arrange the affairs of the Base to make things as easy for the brothers as he could. When someone saw him, they would not see a commander or an ameer, but rather they would see a friendly individual to whom they could go up to with their day-to-day problems and discuss them like friends. He was much loved for this unique quality of his. He was the commander who ordered a search party to go and look for Abu Mujahid Al-Brittani, the brother who was killed in Operation Badr of Bosnia.
    On the 14 December 1995, he was one of the five brothers who were ambushed by the Croats in Zepce. He was killed instantly by point-blank machine-gun shots to the head, to be martyred and join his four brothers who were killed with him. Abu Hammam and his friend, Abu Ziyaad, entered the land of Bosnia together, they left it together and we ask Allah (SWT) that they remain together in the Gardens of Eternity in the company of their Lord Most High.
    Photograph of Abu Hammam moments after he was martyred.



    MARTYRS OF CHECHNYA
    ABU BAKR AQEEDAH
    Abu Bakr Aqeedah. Egyptian. Field Commander of the Foreign Mujahideen in Chechnya. Killed during a military operation against the Russians in Dagestan, Russia, on 22 December 1997, Aged 36. 1st Hand Account.
    'One Leg is Better than Two.'

    On the 22nd of December 1997, the foreign Mujahideen in Chechnya under the command of Ibn-ul-Khattab led an attack on a Russian Army Base in Dagestan. This attack was successful, Praise be to Allah and claimed the life of one brother, who to the Mujahideen was widely loved and respected. The name of this brother was Abu Bakr Aqeedah. The following article details Abu Bakr's career in Jihad and how he was killed. May Allah accept him from amongst the Shuhadaa'.
    "But as for those who are killed in the Way of Allah, never will Allah allow their deeds to be lost." [Quran 47:4]
    Abu Bakr graduated from High School in Egypt, obtaining a very high mark, and was awarded a scholarship for further education. He then commenced a five-year Batchelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his studies, he became interested in working for Islam and met the likes of Dr. Sheikh Omar Abdur-Rahman, under whom he studied Islam for approximately two years. The oppressive Egyptian regime soon imprisoned him for a period sufficient to ban him from Egyptian Military Service (all Islamists are prohibited from participating in National Service in Egypt).
    After he graduated, in the late 1980s, he left for the Jihad in Afghanistan, at the age of 25. He stayed there fighting the enemy and defending Muslim land, gaining military experience to add to his technical expertise. One-and-a-half years later, he lost one of his legs below the knee, when he stepped on a mine during an operation in Jalalabad. One brother who was with him when he lost his leg, describes:
    "When the operation began against the Communists, we soon came under heavy fire and bombardment from the enemy forces. All of us had our heads down and we were not able to get up to even look, due to the severity of the firing. Abu Bakr, who was one of the senior commanders of the operation, then asked one of the brothers to go and get a mortar bomb. None of the brothers were able to go, so Abu Bakr went himself to get it. He returned after about half-an-hour with a mortar shell in his hand. He then asked the other brothers to load and fire it. When they asked him why he did not do it himself, he replied that he had been shot in his arm by a bullet that passed straight through the bone of his arm, when he went to get the shell. We asked him to go back to have his injury seen to, but he refused, preferring to continue fighting.
    Soon afterwards, with his rifle in one hand, Abu Bakr stepped on an anti-personnel mine, that severed his leg from below the knee. I carried him back from the Front-Line to the ambulance, and accompanied him to the hospital in Peshawar. By the time we arrived at the hospital some hours later, he had lost of a lot of blood and was exhausted. Sweat was coming out of his face like water, but he was not moaning or groaning: only mentioning Allah's name. I said to him, 'Be patient my brother. This is the way to Paradise.' He nodded his head and murmured, 'I know.'"

    After a temporary artificial leg was fitted to his body, he returned to Afghanistan and continued to fight and train the brothers there. He did not leave the Jihad after losing his leg, even though he now had legitimate excuse that many of us do not have, but the love of Jihad was now deeply ingrained in his heart and he wanted the rest of his body to reach where his leg had reached. Amongst other training camps, he was a military trainer in the camp of Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam (R.A.) for two years. Hundreds upon hundreds of Mujahideen received training under him. Soon after losing his leg, he was in the Central Mosque of Peshawar, to which Sheikh Abdullah Azzam was making his way to deliver the Friday sermon, before he was assassinated along the route.
    Some months later, he got married. He telephoned his family back in Egypt and told them of his desire to get married. His family searched, and found an Egyptian sister willing to marry him, so they sent her to Afghanistan to join him, bearing in mind that this was AFTER he had lost his leg. How many sisters would refuse a marriage proposal from a Mujahid, just because their hearts have become attached to the love of material things? So this sister arrived in Afghanistan, and they married there.
    Abu Bakr continued to fight in Afghanistan until the Soviets were expelled in 1989.When the Communists were defeated as well, he proceeded with Ibn-ul-Khattab and a handful of other brothers, to Tadjikistan, and fought there for some time. When activities in Tadjikistan subsided, he finally proceeded to Chechnya to join Ibn-ul-Khattab, who had arrived there a little earlier. Two years he stayed in Chechnya, participating in all the numerous military operations with Ibn-ul-Khattab, including those which earned Khattab the nickname, 'The Lion of Chechnya.'

    After the temporary peace deal was signed in Chechnya in the Autumn of 1996, Abu Bakr continued to learn and to train Mujahideen. Ibn-ul-Khattab offered to pay for Abu Bakr to travel to the West to have a quality artificial leg fitted, as his present one was now many years ago and giving him inconvenience. Abu Bakr, however, refused, saying that it was not worth spending the money of the Muslims on someone like him, when other people and other causes were more worthy of being spent upon.

    In the early hours of Monday morning, 22 December 1997, Abu Bakr Aqeedah participated in an attack on a Russian Army Base in Buinaksk, Dagestan with his artificial leg. During the initial stages of the attack, once the Mujahideen has gain control of the entire Russian Army Base, Abu Bakr Aqeedah was placing an electrical booby trap on one of the new Russian battle tanks. Whilst he was doing this, he was shot by a bullet in his back. Abu Bakr fell down onto the floor. However, despite being moments away from his soul leaving his body, Abu Bakr managed to struggle towards the circuit and complete it. His soul left his body and moments later, the tank on which he had set the circuit, exploded. So Abu Bakr was fighting the enemies of Allah until his very last moments. He was killed whilst he was facing the enemy, not fleeing from them. He was aged 36. He had attained the prize of Shahadah (martyrdom) after spending eleven years (one third of his life) in Jihad for the Pleasure of Allah. We ask Allah (SWT) to reward him for his efforts and to enter him into the highest part of His Paradise.

    If you ever met Abu Bakr, you would be impressed by his character immediately without even knowing who he was. His residence was simple and sparsely furnished, his manner was humble and he spoke dignified Arabic, not gutter slang, and was very hospitable.
    The aspect of this brother which was most impressive was his vast knowledge coupled with his humility. He was chosen out of ALL the Mujahideen in Afghanistan to write the sections on explosives in the famous Arabic nine-volume Afghanistan 'Encyclopaedia of Jihad'. He was once jokingly referred to as the 'most wanted and dangerous man in Chechnya' by commanders like Ibn-ul-Khattab, Shamil Basayev and Salman Raduyev. He lived in the same village, possibly next door, to Abu Talal Qasimi (an Egyptian Islamic scholar who was kidnapped by the Croats on route to Bosnia in 1995 and sent to Egypt, where he was probably tortured to death). As for his family, he had about 5-6 brothers, all of whom were either killed in Jihad or imprisoned by the tyrannical Egyptian regime.
    Even though Abu Bakr was known and regarded by the Mujahideen as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced commanders in the world, his skills and expertise did not leave with him. In addition to the Encyclopaedia of Jihad, Abu Bakr also completed a thesis on 'Operational Tactics and their Effectiveness' based on all the military operations undertaken by the foreign Mujahideen in Chechnya, a few weeks before he was killed. All his writings now circulate amongst Mujahideen commanders all over the world.
    His modesty was such that this little information was gleaned from hours of conversation, but mainly conversations with other Mujahideen. His name as Abu Bakr Aqeedah was unusual. When asked, "Why Aqeedah?", he replied, "Why 'Egyptian' or 'Syrian', etc? I am a Muslim first and foremost so I want to be known as Abu Bakr Aqeedah, not by any other name."

    It is difficult to write this article on Abu Bakr: mere words cannot describe him. Unless one actually sat with him, talked to him, asked him about his dreams, ate with him and lived with him, it is not possible to truly understand his character, or the significance of his loss to the Mujahideen all over the world, as a brother and a friend.
    Abu Bakr leaves behind him his wife and four young daughters in Chechnya. We ask Allah to make their life easy in this World and to join them with Abu Bakr in Paradise in the Hereafter.
    Indeed we sincerely ask Allah from the bottom of our hearts to accept Abu Bakr Aqeedah in Paradise as a Shaheed, to make him from the best of them, and that Allah grants us the steadfastness to continue the Jihad as Abu Bakr did.
    O' Allah! We know your promise that we will be raised up on the Day of Judgement with those whom we love, so on that Day, permit us to be raised up with the Shuhadaa' and the Mujahideen, and make Abu Bakr among them.
    O' Abu Bakr! We have not forgotten the cold, dark, rainy nights under enemy bombardment that you patiently endured in Afghanistan, whilst we were enjoying comfort in our homes.
    O' Abu Bakr! We have not forgotten the harsh Chechen winters that you passed without complaint, whilst we were relaxing in fully-heated dwellings.
    O' Abu Bakr! The land of Afghanistan has not forgotten those parts of it on which your blood was split when you were injured in Allah's Way, whilst many of us did not even spend a single drop of blood in the Land of Jihad.
    O' Abu Bakr! We have not forgotten the day when sweat was pouring down your face like water, hours after you had sold your leg to Allah, but you did not complain, knowing that this was the way to Paradise; whilst many of us did not even expend a single drop of sweat in the Land of Jihad.
    O' Abu Bakr! You have placed in the hearts of your brothers, a wound that will not be healed except by joining you.
    O' Abu Bakr! The eyes send their tears and the heart is full of grief, but we do not say anything except that which please our Lord. We ask Allah that we will meet you in Paradise, and that your life will serve as an inspiration for all Muslim youths, or any Muslim man who has blood in his veins, who wishes to leave the humiliation of living in servitude to the disbelievers, to a life of Servitude to Allah, who feels the humiliation of the Muslims throughout the world as one of a man who truly responded to the Call of Allah until he was true to Allah and Allah was true to him (we ask Allah that it is so). Ameen.
    "Those who answered the call of Allah and His Messenger even after injury had afflicted them, for those of them who did good deeds and were righteous, there is a great reward. Those unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, 'Verily, the people have gathered against you (a great army), so fear them.' But it only increased them in Faith and they said, 'Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs.'" [Quran 3:172-3]
    "Indeed those who have sacrificed the blood of their martyred brothers, THEY are the ones most worthy of ruling the Muslim lands. As for those who did not spend even one drop of their blood, nor did even one drop of sweat roll down their face, WHAT right do they have to rule the Muslim lands?"
    [Shaheed Dr Sheikh Abdullah Azzam]
    SHAMIL AT-TURKI
    Shamil (Afooq Qainar) from Istanbul, Turkey. Killed in Grozny, Chechnya, in November 1999. Aged 25. 1st hand account.
    With some Chechen ancestory, he deeply loved Chechnya and was more often alongside Chechens than Turks. He had also participated in the Chechen Jihad of 1999-96. With his good manners, polite attitude and modesty, he got along well with everyone. He also took part in the Dagestan Jihad in the Novalak Region where, notably, his group fought their way out of a Russian siege at a cost of 25 Shaheed.
    He was martyred in the second month of this War (November 1999) in Grozny.
    May Allah accept your efforts O Shamil to lift His Word High in the Caucasus and enter you into Paradise.
    ABU TALHA AL-JUNOOBI
    Abu Talha Al-Junoobi, from the Arabian Peninsula. Killed during a Mujahideen Offensive against Russian Forces in Deber-Yurt, Southern Chechnya, on 31 December 1999 (25 Ramadan 1420AH). Aged late twenties. 1st hand account.

    Your Achievement is Due to Allah, O Abu Talha......` as he confronts the tanks on foot`
    "Verily Allah is amazed at the man who plunges his bare hands in the enemy whilst his companions hesitate, and continues to fight without looking backing at his companions until he is killed." [Hadith Saheeh]
    The Mujahideen fortified their positions in Deber-Yurt, which is 15 km away from the city of Shatoi, and is considered to be a meaningful way to Georgia. After fortification of their positions, they began to wage attacks upon the Russian enemies from two directions. A fierce battle occurred with the enemies, in which two vehicles were destroyed along with whoever was in it.
    One of the brothers from the Foreign Mujahideen, Abu Talha al-Junoobi, made a record of his brave stance, as he faced a tank on foot, shot at it with a RPG rocket and destroyed the tank with whoever was in it. During his clash with the Forces, he was hit by a sniper bullet in his chest which killed him. He moved from the battlefield to the Eternal Gardens, Insha`Allah, so congratulations to him.
    SAIFULLAH AT-TURKI
    Saifullah (Abdul-Wahab Inan) from Maltya, Turkey. Killed during Guard Duty in Grozny, Chechnya, on 20 January 2000. Aged 26. 1st hand account.
    He was born into an Alawite family. Alhamdullilah Allah guided him to Islam through the efforts of Khalil Ibrahim Turk (also Shaheed in Chechnya) who was his fellow University student. Quiet and modest, he was known for being helpful and quick to obey orders. He came to Chechnya with the intention of migrating there as well as to fight in the Jihad.
    He was martyred when a mortar shell landed near him whilst on guard duty in Grozny.
    May Allah accept your martyrdom O Saifullah and bring you to the Company of the Sword of Allah after whom you named yourself.
    KHALLAD AL-MADANI
    Khallad, from Madinah Al-Munawarrah, Arabian Peninsula. Aged 28, married with one daughter. Killed in Chechnya in his sleep on the night of Wednesday 17 February 2000 when Russian aircraft bombed the house he was sleeping in. 1st hand account.

    From the City of the Prophet (SAWS) to the Company of the Prophet (SAWS) insha-Allah...
    This was your first Jihad and you arrived here at the beginning of the War in October 1999 with no training. Your inexperience did not deter you from participating through the entire defence of Serzen Yurt. Heavily outnumbered the Mujahideen fought here for two months against intense attacks from the Russians. During this period, including the entire month of Ramadan, you rarely left the Front and were always ready to do extra guard duty. Whilst not at the Front, you would usually be seen cleaning the room and cooking food for your brothers. You joked often with your room mates but never failed in your constant remembrance of Allah and recitation of the Quran.
    You had the best of manners and were thus the best of companions. In your Advice Letter to your brothers you declared your love for the sake of Allah for Abu Habeeb An-Najdi (now martyred), Abu Ubaidah (Yemen- now martyred), Abul-Abbas (Kuwait - now martyred) and Abu Ali al-Yemeni. Some weeks before their martyrdom, you saw a dream that Abul-Abbas would be shaheed (martyred). Abul-Abbas (Kuwait) likewise saw a dream that you, Khallad, would be Shaheed.
    When your Commander, Abu Jafar Al-Yemeni, asked for 20 Mujahideen from his group to go on a difficult mission, you volunteered knowing the hardships and dangers that you would face. It was during this mission that you were Shaheed.
    May Allah accept your Martyrdom O Khallad and join you with the brothers you loved, Abu Habeeb, Abu Ubaidah and Abul-Abbas. Your grew up in the City of the Messenger (SAW) and you love for him led you to follow in his footsteps and fight in the Way of Allah. May Allah bless you with an abode in the company of the Messenger (SAWS) in the Eternal Paradise Most High.
    Letter from Khallad Al-Madani to his fellow Mujahideen, to be read in the event of his martyrdom:

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficient.
    All Praise is due to Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficient. Allah is our Sustainer and the Bestower of Honour upon the Mujahideen. He chooses those with sincere belief for Shahaadah (martyrdom), Victory and Success. Although I have written these words, I do not feel that they shall be true for me and that I will destroy this letter after the Jihad. This is because Jihad is expensive, by Allah it is too expensive! Nevertheless I ask Allah to bless me with that even though I don't deserve it. My advice to the brothers is to make dua to Allah to accept my Shahaadah (martyrdom) and intention. I hope that all the brothers will forgive me for any mistakes that I made.
    Allah is my witness for my love for Abu Habeeb An-Najdi, Abul-Abbas (Kuwait), Abu Ubaidah (Yemen) and Abu Ali (Yemen).
    "They told us that we lost a Shaheed by his death,
    But in truth he has not died,
    He is content with Allah."
    So my brothers, I ask Allah to bring us Victory and the swift destruction of the Russians without great delay.
    May Allah reward you all with the best rewards,
    Khallad

    E-Mails of Support sent to the Family of Shaheed Khallad Al-Madani by Visitors to the qoqaz.net Web-Site

    My dear beloved family of Shaheed Khallad,

    Allah, our Sustainer has granted Khallad the highest levels of Jannah. Please do not grieve, he is in a much happier life that we could ever get in this world. But, as I write this letter, it is I that is grieving due to not taking part in the Jihad It is I that is grieving at not being in Jannah. It is I that is grieving to be a Shaheed.

    May Allah protect you all, faily of Khalld, and give you many children that follow the steps of the Sahabah, as Khallad had.

    Pray that my wife also becomes the wife of a Shaheed.
    Pray that my mother also becomes the mother of a Shaheed.
    Pray that my children also become the children of a Shaheed.

    Salamu Alaykum.
    [Brother AZ, London, 8 March 2000]

    To the wife and daughter of the Hero Khallad Al-Madani,

    My dear sister in Islam and the little princess of Khallad,

    From the bottom of my heart I make this dua for Khallad: May Allah accept Khallad as a martyr and keep him in the best company which is the company of Prophet Mohammad (S) and his Sahaba (RA). Inshallah, Allah (SWT) will give you, the little princess of Khallad and your husband the best reward in this world and hearafter for the struggle to raise the Word of Allah (SWT). You and rest of us know that Khallad is not dead, instead he is content with Allah (SWT) and enjoying the best reward from his Lord (SWT). May Allah (SWT) grant you, O' sister in Islam, patience and make your Iman stronger than before.

    May Allah (SWT) raise the little princess of Khallad as a true Mo'mina.
    May Allah (SWT) grant patience and strength to the families of all the Shuhada of the Jihad in Chechnya.
    O' Allah (SWT) I beg You, By the Grace of your Prophet Mohammed (S) please grant the quick victory like Battle of Badr, to your beloved Soilders in Chechnya and all around the world. And bring the Ummah back to Islam, Ameen. Ma'assalam.
    [Brother AP, 7 March 2000]

    oooooohhhhhhh..........
    Tears are flowing from my eyes,,,,,,,,

    How lucky you are to be a shaheed, but then I know it is not luck that made you a shaheed. How worthy you are ,for truly Allah chooses from the best of the best, and Allah is the all knowing. How I pray I be a shaheed and that Allah will bestow me this honour, but then talk is cheap, deed is what counts.

    To your family, I say Mabrook a thousand times.
    To your mother, I say what a privilege to have given birth to a shaheed.
    To your father, I say what an hounor to have your name carried on a shaheed.
    To your brothers and sisters, I say what a blessing to have had a role model of a true muslim among you. praise be to Allah the creator of all.

    [Sister from U.A.E, 8 March 2000]


    To the family of shaheed insha Allah of Khallad Al-Madani
    In the name of Allah the most Merciful the Most Beneficient

    May Allah (sub) bless the mother who bore this great mujahid and the other family members of the same. He by Allah (sub) 's Abundant Grace achieved his greatest wish. I also as a mother of a nine month old baby boy desire the same wish for my dear son and hope one day will grant me also the same though I know I do not deserve the same.
    I am sure the mother of shaheed insha Allah Khallad will now be thanking Allah for this great honour bestowed upon her beloved son. May Allah give us victory over the kuffar and bless us all by His Abundance.
    All praise and Glory be to Allah (sub)and may He Shower His Mercy upon our dear prophet SAW and his family and all the true Muslim Ummah. with prayers for the mujahid who expect the rewards from Allah(sub)
    [Sister NM, South Africa, 14 March 2000]

    I envy Khallad for what he had attained.
    You the parents, brothers, sisters and especially the wife and daughter are the luckiest ones. "Thinks not those who die for the sake of Allah dead. They are living and have their own provisions." Al-Quran !
    I pray to Allah to give me the same reward as that of brother Khallad. Ameen.
    [Brother MMS, USA, 14 March 2000]

    Dear Sister, peace by upon you, and may the Almighty inspire you with patience and acceptance.

    As I watched the pictures of Shaheed Khallad, I swear that the first thing I felt was envy. Yes, envy. I envied him for having found the courage and will to take the decision to join the Mujahedeen in Chechnya. Then, upon taking a closer look at his smiling, radiant face, I read peace, satisfaction, and hope. I imagined him, watching his place in heaven, lying under ground, and asking Allah (SWT) to speed Judgement Day...

    Sister, losing a dear one is always hard, but you have lost a husband, and insha'Allah won a place in heaven through the favors granted to the Shuhada by Allah (SWT). Pray for him, and for his brothers the Mujahedeen that Victory be granted to them soon. May Allah (SWT) send a destructive earthquake on Russia that would render Moscow similar to Sodom and Gomorrah, nothing but rumble. Sincerely,

    [Brother AB, Beirut, Lebanon, 8 March 2000]

    My tears are coming down my face while i am writing this letter may Allah except him as shaheed, i don't know how it explain my feeling but all i want to say that khallad did not die he is alive with are great prophet and his follower, and let not forget that our hero did is for Allah and he will be rewarded for what he did. May i be next to follow him.
    [9 March 2000]

    Dear Sisters (Mother, Wife & Daughter of Shaheed Khallad)
    Assalamalaikum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu,
    I am your sister in Islam & want to congratulate you O! Mother of shaheed for bearing a pious son who fought for the sake of Allah & embraced death for the sake of Allah. My love & sympathy is for the wife who lost her husband. I can feel your pain myself bieng a wife & mother. My heart & prayers are for your daughter who will grow up missing her loving father every step of her life but Allah will provide for her & give her Hasn for her Sabr. May Allah bless you all with His Mercy for He is the most Merciful of all
    [A Sister, 18 March 2000]

    Assalamu Alaikum Wa rahmatullah wabarakatuh wabaaad,
    May Allah the great of all, the almighty, the creator of the universe accept khallad's shahadah and we shall witness for him between the hands of the almighty on the judgement day that he was a buyer. Bought heaven with jihad in the sake of allah.

    We shall pray for him every time we pray for chechnya, mujahideen, muslims all over the worls and during all times. May allah accept him for what he was and bless his family and daughter FATIMAH for her great father. wassalamu alaikum brother in islam.
    [Brother, 10 March 2000]

    Assalamualaikum.

    To All family members of Br. Al-Shuhada' Khallad Al-Madani................ No other Wealth you have in this world better than having Khallad Al-Madani as a SHUHADA' in the way of Allah.

    May the blessing and forgiveness of Allah be with HIM and the whole family of him.

    Wassalam.

    [Your Brother in Islam, AH, Malaysia, 7 March 2000]

    Assalam-O-Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu O sister!
    May Allah bless you and your family.
    I congratulate you on your husbands shahadah, inshaAllah. I know that his going away maybe painful for you but inshaAllah he is in the best of the places awaiting you. May Allah bless you with peace and iman. Wassalam.
    [7 March 2000]

    To the family and friends of Khallad Al-Madani, Abu Habeeb An-Najdi , Abu Ubaidah, Abul-Abbas and Abu Ali al-Yemeni and to all those believers who have lost their loved once in this battle between justice and injustice and between right and wrong and light and darkness :

    May Allah reward you all with patience and imaan for losing your loved once.

    Please don't panic and cry for losing them as they are in a better place now insha-Allah where there is justice and happinness.

    Their courage to go and fight in the jihad is a lesson to every Muslim in the world. They are teaching us that when a Muslim is happy, all Muslims should be happy and if one Muslim is crying, we should all cry with him or her.

    How many Muslim women are raped and how many people are tortured in Chechnya now? Where are the Muslims? Do they all have feelings? It is sad and depressing to witness what is going on in Chechnya. No one is saying even a word against those who are committing genocide. Not even the so-called Muslim leaders. Shame on them and shame on every human who sees oppression and injustice and says and does nothing to stop it.
    [Brother ABQ, Toronto, Canada, 8 March 2000]

    To the family members of Shaheed brother Khallad.........

    Assalam O Alikum Wa RahmatUllah Wa Barakatoh. Dear brothers and sisters, Allah has promised Janna to his true believers who lay down their lives in His Cause.

    I would like to congratulate you on having Brother Khallad as a family member. May Allah Bestow upon you and him his blessings. And to you, our brothers and sisters in Chechnya...... Allah is always watching and protecting His true believers. Stand firm in the fight against the kuffars.

    The Truth has always prevailed. InshAllah, victory is near. May Allah Grant you Victory.

    [Brother SAG, USA, 8 March 2000]

    Praise be to Allah and his Messenger:

    I pray to Allah[SWT] To join you and your Daughter with Khallad in Jannatul Ferdos glad tiding my sister Allah has promised all mujahedeen Aljannah his body might be motionless but Allah[SWT] will inshallah give him a better spotless Newbody and inshallah you will see him in the sondos of green garment be patient and remember the wives of the Sahaba[RA] they used to joy in happiness for the martyrdom of their husbands in battle in this eid it is indeed eid for you and for khallad Allah O Akbar Allah O Akbar Allah O Akbar La Ellah Ella Allah Wa Allah Akbar Allah O Akbar Wa Lillahi Elhamd Allah Akbar Kabira Wa Alhamdulillahi Kathera Wa subhamn Allahi bokratan Wa Asellah Wa La Ellah ELla Allah Nasar Abdah Wa Azz Jundah Wa hazma All Ahzab Wahda La Ellah Ella ALLah. Sister Read Surat Yaseen and Albakara.

    [Your brother, O, New Zealand, 8 march 2000]

    In the Name of Allah The Beneficent The Merciful
    Dearest wife of our Shaheed, While I write this letter to you, I have my wife seated beside me and my nine month old daughter sleeping in the other room. I am from those who are praying to Allah regularly to accept me to be from the soldiers of Allah, fighting to uphold the truth and defend their oppressed brothers and be killed in this cause.

    May Blessings and peace be upon your righteous husband and on you all, his family. We ask Allah, The Lord of all creation to reward you completely for the worship / Jihad of our dearest brother Khallaad, who I love, for the sake of Allah. May you and his daughter be placed in his company in the highest of the Paradises. May Allah take special care of you and his daughter till you meet with Khallaad in Paradise, In sha Allah.

    Subhan Allah, I thank Allah again and again for making me from the Muslims and this spirit deep within me is revived when true examples such as Khallaad are presented in this day and age. To me they are the Sahabah of our age, amongst others. From Allah we are and to Allah we shall all return. May Allah increase the reward for you dearest sister and the reward of all those close to Khallaad, peace be upon him.

    [MA, Toronto, Canada, 8 March 2000]

    Assalam-U-Alaikum Warahmatul Lahi Wabarakatuhu Wamughfiratu Allahumma Salli alaa mohammadin zakarallahu be khairim in zakarani. Ameen!
    O Allah! shower Thy blessings on Muhammad let Allah bear well in mind one who remembered me. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihe rajeoon. Alla humma indaka ahtasibo museebate fa ajir ni feeha wa abdilni minha kharan. Ameen! Surely we are Allah's and to Him shall we return. O Allah! I beseech Thee for the reward of my hardship. Reward me and compensate me by substituting it with goodness.
    Ya wife of Beloved Muhajideen, Khallad Al-Madani, read these verses for the Prophet (S) himself these these exact words and Inshallah, By the will of Allah, Most high and supreme, Prophet Muhammad (S),your beloved husband, and you will be rewarded and will meet each other in Jannat and be companions of the Holy Prophet(S)!!!
    Inshallah we will be all close to Allah most high and be rewarded Jannat!!! Ameen Alhumdullilahiheerabilalameen
    [13 March 2000]

    To the family of my brother Shaheed Khallad Al-Madani,
    Assalaam Alaik um wa rahamatu Allah Wa Barakatu: Your son Khallad is one of the luckiest people on earth and what better than being a Shaheed who got killed the best kill in the name of ALLAh. Always remember that your son have accomplished the true goal of any human being should accomplish, and unlike any other dead people, my brother Khallad is actually alive in the best of Heavens and he is actually alive forever in the Jannat el-na3eem. I hope that many parents will raise their sons to be like your son, and I ask you to make du'a for me to join brother Khallad and the other lucky Shuhada'a.

    [Abu AM, Arabia, 7 March 2000]

    Assalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahe wa barakatu, my sister, the wife of our great hero br. Khallad, Such a great honor to be the wife of a hero, a lion of Allah ta'ala. I dreamed last night that I wanted to connect with the family of some shaheeds and I didn't know how. This morning, I read about your husband, may Allah accept him as a great marter, and let him inter the greatest level of Paradise, Aameen.
    I won't take much of your time, I don't know if you speak English. I am in California, US. I invite you to come, if you have a way to travel, and spend some time with us. I love you, and your courage to be such a great Mujahidah for the sake of Allah. With Sabr, the victory is sure to belong to Islam. Ma'assalam.
    [Sister R, 11 March 2000]

    To the family of Shaheed Khallad Al-Madani: As-salaa-mu-'alaikum warah-matullahi-wabarakatuh.

    We the Muslims of South Africa make dua that Shaheed Khallad Al-Madani will be amongst those in Jannatul Firdos whom Allah favours the most. We salute your family for being chosen for this great honour. May Allah bless you. Aameen

    [Brother AB, Durban, South Africa, 8 March 2000]

    To the family of Shaheed Khallad al Madani: Assalamu Alaikum Warhamatullahi Wabarakatu:

    Please accept my condolences. I raise my hand to Allah (SWT) to grant him Jannah and May He give you patience (Sabr) to bear this bereavement. Fi Amanillah.

    [7 March 2000]

    Alsalamu Alykum;

    May Allah reward your son paradise and accept him amongst the company of prophet Mohammed(pbuh) and his companions.

    May Allah give us the courage to fight in his cause, ameen.
    [Brother B, Arizona, USA, 7 March 2000]

    Assalâmu 'Alaykum Respected Sister/s in Islam; Respected Brother/s in Islam......
    I know it is not easy for you to have lost your brother, husband, father. He is a hero, fighting for what was right and just, I never got to meet him, I wish I would have met him. He seemed so happy in the camp with the Mujahideen, he was a very very brave father, husband, child. May Almighty ALLAH accept brother Khallad Al-Madani, may ALLAH laugh with brother Khallad Al-Madani.
    I know it is difficult for you but ALLAH'S help will be with you throughout. I never ever wrote to anyone like this before, it is the first. Please make me maaf for, in anyway hurting or insulting you if I did, it was not my intention. May Allâh Azza wa Jal save every Muslim from the problems that we are faced with from around the world. May Allah's guidance be with you and your family. Nothing can bring us together except our love for Al - Islam (Âmîn)
    [Brother FA, South Africa, 8 March 2000]

    Assalam o alaukum,
    I would like to congratulate Khallad Al-Madani Shaheed's family on having this brave man setting example of bravery and sacrifice. His devotion to Islam and his love for Allah was unparallel.
    May Allah bless his family with rewards in this world and hereafter. I could only dream of doing what he has done for Islam and Chechnya. I always remember to pray for Chechneya and Mujahids who are fighting against monstrous odds. May Allah bring victory to Muslims. Allah o Akbar.
    [Dr. ZN, USA, 11 March 2000]

    I pray that Allah (SWT) makes khallad's martydom an occasion for all of us ( the unresponsive and comatous so called muslims all over the word) to wake up and stand by the brothers under the snow in the mountains of chechnya.

    I hope the wake up call for all of us would not be the suur of israfil. salaam and sabiir.

    [Brother MZD, Elazig, Turkey, 8 March 2000]

    Salaamu Alikum wa rahamtu allah wa barakatu:
    I know I wanted to send you a message, but I haven't thought of how hard it is to translate my feelings into words. The brother has died in Allah's way, he had the courage, the fear , and the intention for Allah and only for Allah. He has reached a high level which I pray to Allah we all reach. To his family I wish I knew the mixed feelings in your hearts, but trust me happiness should over come the sadness for the loss. Think about what he has gained, strengthen your Eman and be patient for Dunya is not as long as it appears. I know I'm only giving your words,simple talk, but I pray to Allah for he can give you more. I pray to him to strengthen you, to help you , to guide you, and to bless you. Allahuma Ameen.
    [Your Sister, 21 March 2000]

    ASSALAMUALAIKUM.

    IT IS WITH PROFOUND GRIEF THAT WE FROM SRI LANKA HEARD OF THE MARTRDOM OF SHAHEED HUSSAIN TODAY ALONG WITH OTHER VALIANT MUJAHIDEENS OF CHECHNYA. INNAH LILLAHI WAHINNA ILLAI RAJIOON.

    THOUGH NO AMOUNT OF WORDS CAN CONSOLE YOU , ONE COULD STILL BE PROUD OF BEING A WIFE OF A TRUE SHAHEED.

    MAY ALLAH STRENGHTEN YOUR IMAN AND HELP COPE WITH THE LOSS OF YOUR BELOVED HUSBAND WHO HAS DONE A YEOMAN SERVICE TO THE CAUSE OF ISLAM IN THE BATTLE FRONTS OF CHECHNYA. HIS LOSS WILL BE FELT NOT ONLY BY YOU BUT BY THE MUSLIM WHOLE MUSLIM WORLD . HE DID WHAT NONE OF US WOULD HAVE DONE. BEING A PERSON COMING FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY HE SHOWED WHAT MUSLIM FRATERNITY IS ALL ABOUT , SURPASSING ALL MAN MADE BOUNDARIES BY SELFLESSLY SACRIFICING HIS LIFE IN A FAR AWAY LAND.

    PLEASE REST ASSURED THAT PRAYERS OF MY MUSLIM COLLEAGUES , FAMILY MEMBERS AND MINE IS WITH YOU AT A TIME OF GRIEF. WE PRAY THAT MAY ALMIGHTY ALLAH GRANT JANNATHUL FIRDOUSE TO SHAHEED HUSSAIN (ALI RIZA) ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE MUJAHIDEENS IN CHECHNYA WHO HAVE SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH. AMEEN.

    [Muslim Colleagues and Family Members of Brother MP, Sri Lanka, 8 March 2000]

    Assalam-u-alaikum.

    I congratulate Khallad's wife and his family on the martyrdom of our Hero Khallad,we pray to Allah to accept his Shahada and reward him with highest honour in Jannat-ul-Firdous.

    [Brother F, New Delhi, India, 8 March 2000]

    To the family of Beloved As Shaheed Khallad Al Madani,

    We congratulate you on the occasion of the gift of Shaheed to beloved brother Khallad. Allah choose those fortunate amongst us to be in the companions of the martyred in his true path. Thank you.

    [Brother SS, 8 March 2000]

    May the allmighty shower his choicest blessing on his kabur and fill his grave with nur and save him inshallah from the punishment of the grave and give him jannatul firdous. Also may the allmighty reward him for his love for the deen of Muhammed SAW and inshallah give him the reward of a true Martyr.

    Our hearts go out to the family on whom the allmighty give sabr and reward them for their peserverance and patience on this their great loss in this world but he has found his true place in the aakhiraa.

    May the allmighty ALLAH use us all for the defence of his deen and reward us all with Martyrdom. I remain your brother in islam. Salaams.

    [Brother MIE, South Africa, 8 March 2000]

    Bismi Allahi Rahmani Rahiem

    Dear Family of Khallad Almadani, I would be proud to have someone in my family like khallad. Unfortunately I haven't. So please be proud of him.

    Insa'allah Allah will accept him as saheed. Salaam.
    [Brother MM, 8 March 2000]

    Salaam Alikum.

    Our brother Khallad has achieved the status that very few from this generations of Muslims can dream (as Allah says in the Holy Qur'an).

    May Allah (SWT) join you all with him in paradise Insha'Allah. The heart is sadden and the eyes full of tears and the tongue recites Alhumdullilah.

    Your brother in Islam.
    [Brother ST, PE, Canada, 8 March 2000]

    Assalam-o-Alaikum,

    Dear Brothers & Sisters in Islam, I congragulate you on the Shahadah of Br. Khallad. May Allah (SWT) keep him in his paradise. Wassalam

    [Brother SI, 8 March 2000]

    May ALLAH TAALA grant your'll sabr and reward your'll in the hereafter for the sacrifice your have made but remember that a shaheed is never "dead".

    May the mujahideen achieve a swift victory against the barbarians. InshALLAH.Ameen
    [The brothers of Al-Badr, 8 March 2000]

    As-salaam Alaikum Wa Rahmat-u-Allahi Wa Barakatuhu

    I pray that Insha Allah, He will accept Br. Khallad in the highest levels of Jannah, and that his friend that he loved in this life are with him in the hereafter.

    May Allah give you patience and bless you. I hope that others who read about his martydom are encouraged and motivated to go for Jihad by it, so that he may continue to get reward for it Insha Allah. Wa Salaam.
    [Sister QAM, USA, 8 March 2000]

    We were touched to hear the news of Khalld's martyrdom, and we pray that Allah accepts from him.

    While I am sure you are proud of his great devotion and sacrifice to Allah, at the same time, you must be sad at his departure from this world. Perhaps it may help console you to remind yourselves that he is - inshaAllah - in a far better place than we can imagine, alive not dead, receiving sustenance before his Rabb. Try to keep patient and steadfast. May Allah help you all, especially the young daughter, and may she grow up to remember her father with pride, and to serve Islam with a similar spirit. And may you all be reunited with Khallad in the Highest Paradise. Aaameen.

    [Brother SL, USA, 8 March 2000]

    As-salaamu aleykum...
    Family of Br. Khallad Al-Madani, May Allah Almighty grant him Jannah, and give us courage to be Shaheed as well - those of us who are tied to the Dunya. Br. Khallad is not gone, he is alive in the serene custody of Allah Almighty. Please pray that the Ummah comes back to His Sunan. Salaam.
    [Brother SH, 8 March 2000]

    Congratulations and shukran to the brother for making the ultimate sacrifice for Islam.

    May his family have sobr with ALLAH. Because of unselfish and dedicated people like this, Islam will always be alive, no matter how hard the kufar tries to eliminate us. For ALLAH is with us and that is sufficent for us. INSHA-ALLAH because of his actions his family will join him in JANNAH.

    May there be many more of us like him, INSHA-ALLAH. WASSALAAM.
    [Brother M, South Africa, 9 March 2000]

    Congratulations my dear brothers and sisters of the family of the great Shaheed, he won his Shahadah and you won his Shafaah...may Allah "SWT" bless his little daughter and the rest of his honored family...his martyrdom as well as his fellow martyrs' will lead to the glorious victory of Chechnya and to the whole Islamic nation to wake up from its long sleep and fight its way to the leadership of the whole world once again EN SHA'A ALLAH.
    [9 March 2000]

    Bism ellah alrahman alrahim; to the family of alshaheed khallad; to all the mojahdeen, there is no words that can express how i feel rigt now.

    K khallad like any mojahid had reached the top level of iymman the mojahedeen are the winners of this ommah so congratulation for the shahhadah of khallad .

    PLEASE make duaa for the loosers like my self to devorce this donia and joine the caravan of alshohadaa. I am sorry to write this letter in english since i do not have an arabic software. barak allaho feekom waa askan allah Khallad fasseh jannatehe.

    [Brother AH, 9 March 2000]

    Asalamwalaikum
    Truly Allah will accept his sacrifice and dedication. Indeed he was among the bravest and thus got the best of rewards. May Allahaccept his martydom and grant patience and tranquility to his family. May Allah bless them all and accept their duaa an ours. It truly is an honour to have read abut khalid and others like him, may Allah forgive us all for our weaknesses and Grant the mujahideen quick victory over the enemies of Islam and a humilihating defeat to the Russians and the partys. Ameen. Wasalaam
    [Brother YM, 9 March 2000]

    Assalamualuikum,
    We thank Allah S.W.T for making us muslims, now and untill we are called to Him.Selawat and salams to our prophet Muhammad S.A.W. and to the tabi'in and tabi'in of tabi'in.
    The Ummatic tradition lives. Brother Shaheed Khallad Al-madani is a shining example of that latent and expressed strength /power of that at-tarbiah al-islamiah al-asliah tradition. Let it be Known to the world that the likes of Shaheed Khallad sends clear message to those plotting against the muslims that the Ummah will respond, and Allah S.W.T will be our Sustainer and Decider of victory.
    It gives me great pleasure and strength to read about this news. May Allah rewards us all with the same commitment, Inshallah.
    [Brother WY, Malaysia, 9 March 2000]

    My dear Friends!
    Khallad Al-Madani gave the very best he had,his life,when he was fighting against the russian empire of the evil!
    Surely his parents,his sisters and brothers are very sad now because he left us! But I tell you: Your tears are my tears and your tears are the tears of all people who believe in the allmighty god/Allah!
    May Allah give him a place in heaven,where he can live in peace,freedom and joy!
    [RZ, Germany, 9 March 2000]

    Salam Alakum,
    I have just been informed of the martyrdom of Khaled Al-Madani,
    ALHAMDULLIAH this brave young man has completed his life in this dunia... and passed! Remember always that he is happy and living with ALLAH(swt). I can't speak for everyone but I can say for myself that people like Al-Madani are what drive Islam and keep it alive. I will pray, and make du'aa for all the Mujaheeden in Chechnya and All over the world! Jazakum Allah Ou bekhair!
    Keep strong, and Remember Allah and the fact that dunia is only temporary ... the afterlife is forever. May Allah give you the strength, guidance, and forgiveness
    [Canadian Muslima, 9 March 2000]

    Assalamu alaikum
    Dear family i ask allah [swt] to accept our brother , your son in the highest rank in heaven with the profets and the companions.
    I congratulate you and him of this great honor that allah bestowed on him and i ask allah to make us worthy of this great honor and open up the to all muslims in this world the road to heaven by fighting for the sake of allah.wassalamu alaikum
    [AAR, USA, 9 March 2000]

    Allahu Alkbar Allahu Akbar,
    How lucky you are (sister) to be related to a martyr. May Allah (SWT) accept his true intention and bless us into his abode. How lucky to have lived in the land of the Rasul SAW, I feel soo sick of myself for not doing enough in deen.
    [Sister in Islam, 10 March 2000]

    To the family of Khallad, Shaheed Salam alaykoum
    Please be sure that his life is now wonderful insh Allah. I will pray Allah and make du'a for him and I hope that He will give him the Paradise.
    Salam alaykoum.
    [JS, France, 10 March 2000]

    May Allah Subhan o tala accept khallad's shahad and grant him the company of sahabah.

    My sincere prayers are that Allah grant sabr (patience) to hs family and friends. And compensate with better things.
    [Brother S, India, 10 March 2000]

    ASSALLAM-ALAIKUM,
    I hope by the Grace of Allah you are all in a fine state of health and iman, it is surely a blessing from Allah, that your son whom you loved dearly is shaheed inshallah.
    I congratulate you as a brother in islam for this great victory your son has gained.
    May Allah grant you all patience and steadfastness,and also the rest of the ummah.please remember us all in your duaas,and may Allah bless your family.
    wassallam-alaikum
    [Brother AA, 13 March 2000]

    I wept for Shaheed Khallad and made du'a for him.
    May Allah protect his family and open the hearts of the rest of Muslims to show MEANINGFUL sympathy to the cause of Chechnya.
    [Brother MS, 13 March 2000]

    May Allah give him and other shahids best reward "They are not dead but alive, Bul ahya aeenda rabbehim"
    [From lots of Muslim brothers of Toronto, Canada, 13 March 2000]

    Assalaamualaikum. Allahu Akbar brother Khallad is shaheed.
    To Allah we seek guidance and strength and put us all in sabar and Taqwa. Wassalam.
    [Brother AR, Brunei, Darussalam, 16 March 2000]

    Inshallah Allah Give him place in Jannah and give sabr (patience) to his family ameen, this is good example for us to read this type of mujahideen biography and apply to our life and built the aqirath.
    [Brother MS, 17 March 2000]

    We dont need to say may khalid madni rest in peace because as we are told they are shaheed are promised more then that the cause were at jihad for would inshallah come as they all who been shaheed in jihad had thougt of it to be shria law is very soon to imposed all over inshallah may god bless there families and give them patience till the day of judgment when they will khalid madni had chosen the best
    [Brother SA, 17 March 2000]

    May Allah the Almighty accept your shadah and reward you the company of prophets , Salaheen and Shuhadhaa , and mercy , peace and tolerance to his wife , daughter , parents and all concerned - Ameen.
    With all the best wishes & high regards.
    [Brother ZAB, 21 March 2000]

    May Allah grant you the saber and the understanding for his Shaeed Khallad Al-Madani May Allah Take as like Him as well. The highest form of death . Ameen
    May Allah give victory the the Chechnyan people and free Muslims all over the World Ameen REGARDS.
    [Brother AK, South Africa, 21 March 2000]

    IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST BENEFICIENT.
    DEAR ,BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF KHALLAD .. MABROOK ALAIKUM , ISHTESHAD KHALLAD .WE PRAY TO ALLAH TO ACCEPT OUR BROTHER KHALLAD'S SHAHADA AND MAKE HIM IN THE COMPANY OF MOHAMMED (PBUH),AND SAHABA EKARAAM.. AMIN, NOW OUR BROTHER KHALLAD IS IN THE COMPANY OF THOSE WHOM ALLAH WILL ASK TO DO INTERCESSION FOR 70 PERSONS TO BRING THEM OUT OF HELL,(JAHANNAM) INSHALLAH.
    DEAR FAMILY MEMBERS OF KHALLAD AND HIS NEAR ONES I ASK YOU TO PRAY TO ALLAH TO INCLUDE ME ALSO IN THE COMPANY OF MUJAHIDEEN AND MAKE THIS BROTHER OF YOURS ABDUL RAHMAN ALI AIDEED TO GET SHAHADA IN THE WAY OF ALLAH.. ASK ALLAH FOR ANY THING AND HAVE PATIENT. YOUR BROTHER.
    [Brother ARA, 23 March 2000]

    HUSSAIN AT-TURKI
    Hussain (Ali Riza Baizan) from Bursa, Turkey. Killed during the Mujahideen Withdrawal from Grozny, Chechnya, in February 2000. Aged 31. 1st hand account.
    Hussain (Ali Riza Baizan), 31 years old from Bursa, Turkey. Married with one son who was born whilst he was in Chechnya. Hussain was killed before he saw his son.
    An experienced Mujahid who fought alongside Khattab in the first Chechen Jihad (1994-96). You were well-liked by Khattab for whom you were a cameraman. However, you were forced to return home before the conclusion of the war due to family difficulties. You subsequently went to Afghanistan to train for two months.
    Although materially poor, you were always helping brothers to go on Jihad. Your love for Allah led you to write poems on Islam and Jihad. You returned to Chechnya upon hearing the call of Jihad a second time and, despite difficulties, you were successful in entering Chechnya for the second time. Whilst in Chechnya, you again became a cameraman on the Front and accompanied the Mujahideen to Grozny. You always prayed for Shahaadah (martyrdom) and this was granted to you during the withdrawal from Grozny.
    Whilst you were in Chechnya, your first son was born. You were, of course, delighted at the news but you still prayed to Allah for Shahaadah rather than return home to see your first born.
    May Allah accept your martyrdom O Hussain and bring you to the Company you longed to meet. Your yearning for Allah and the Paradise prevented you from returning home to see your first born. May Allah join your wife and son with you in the Highest Paradise, in the company of the Prophets, the Martyrs, the Pious and the Truthful. What an excellent company are they!
    "And whosoever obeys Allah, all those will be in the Company on those whom Allah has favoured, from amongst the Prophets, the Truthful, the Martyrs and the Pious. And what an excellent company are they!" [Quran 4:69]

    E-Mails of Support sent to Wife of Shaheed Hussain Turk by Visitors to the qoqaz.net Web-Site

    How are you my dear sister in Islam? I ask ALLAH SWT to be with you now and always. What can I tell you my sister? You are a very lucky woman MASHAA ALLAH SWT LA QUWATA ILLA BILLAH SWT. I dont know what to say that is good enough. I congratulate you on your husband's Shahadah. I know that it is not easy for a woman to become a widow, but you are not a widow. You are imra'at ash-Shaheed (wife of a shaheed). And what position is better than this position, my sister? You are following the footsteps of your Sahabiyat sisters.
    You INSHAA ALLAH SWT are following the footsteps of your sister Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr (RA). Her husband, Az-zubair, was a cousin of the Prophet (SAWS) Az-Zubair (RA) was a strong Mujahid and Muslim, but they had some troubles, so she told her father, Abu Bakr (RA), and his reply was: "My daughter, have sabr for if a woman has a righteous husband and he dies and she does not marry after him, they will be brought together again in Paradise."
    So have faith in ALLAH SWT. If you are true to HIM SWT, HE SWT Will be True to you. Your husband has INSHAA ALLAH SWT paved the way to Al-Firdous, right under the Throne of ALLAH SWT. He has INSHAA ALLAH SWT paved the way for not only himself, but also for you my sister and your son and any other children you may have. Your husband and people like him have shown us the meaning of life. they have shown us what Iman is. They have shown us that we are on this earth for a purpose. So have patience my sister. We here can only dream of being in your place right now. We are confined by the dunya and its disgusting amusement. We have not been given the honor of living our lives for the reason we were created. Your husband was among those few men who care about the situation confronting our ummah.
    These Mujahideen, they are our pride, they are our hope, our light in this dark world. All the Mujahideen, they are our brothers, remembrance of their blood and their souls bring tears to our eyes. When a Mujahid is killed, we feel as though the world has just lost a person, a person whose equivalent we will never know. But the Messenger of ALLAH SWT, (SAW) says regarding the Shaheed, that no one would like to return to the Earth except the Shaheed. The Shaheed asks ALLAH SWT to return his soul to his body once again so he may be killed again to feel that dignity (of dying for the Sake of ALLAH SWT)."
    When I look at the pictures of the Mujahideen and the Shuhadaa, I feel something special inside, something I cannot say in words. When we look at the pictures of these Shuhadaa, we see faces full of nur (light) INSHAA ALLAH SWT. I see hope, I see INSHA ALLAH SWT - yes - JUNDUR-RAHMAN 3AZZA WA JAL (Soldiers of the Most Gracious). I SEE THEM FEW AND POOR AND I CAN SEE THEM INSHAA ALLAH SWT VICTORIOUS. Your husband, my sister, is one of the few from the few from the few who has given the best he can to the Lord of the Worlds. READING THE NEWS, THE STORIES, THE BIOGRAPHIES, THEY GIVE ME HOPE INSIDE. THEY GIVE ME HOPE THAT ONE DAY INSHAA ALLAH SWT ALLAH SWT WILL GIVE US THE MERCY OF LEAVING THIS NIFAQ AND KUFR.
    I think that ALLAH SWT CHOOSES the best of the humans to go and protect the Muslims. I think ALLAH SWT chooses the very best, the "cream" of the ummah to go and represent HIS SWT RELIGION. WALLAHU SWT A3LAM.
    I hope that ALLAH SWT accepts us all from the SHUHADAA and that HE SWT ALLOWS US TO TASTE THE HALAWA, THE SWEETNESS OF THE IMAN AND TAQWA AND GETTING HURT FOR ALLAH'S SWT SAKE. And to you my sister, ya habibat qalbi, ya habibati FILLAH SWT, I don't know what to say to you. We will INSHAA ALLAH SWT remember you in our duaas. You, my sister, have showed us the meaning of being a wife, a muslimah. Congratulations to you. congratulations INSHAA ALLAH SWT, to you and every other wife of a Mujahid and/or Shaheed. YOU ARE INSHAA ALLAH SWT AMONG THE LUCKIEST WOMEN OF THE EARTH. MAY ALLAH SWT MAKE US SISTERS WORTHY ENOUGH TO LIVE THE LIVES WHICH YOU ARE LIVING - away from the dunya - away from the ikhtilat and the nifaq and the batil. MAKE DUAA3A FOR US SO ALLAH SWT MAY ALLOW US TO LIVE SUCH LIVES, TO LIVE LIKE THE SAHABIYAT INSHAA ALLAH SWT. AMEEN.
    Your husband was valuable to all of us, even though we did not know him, but congratulations O Sister. Rejoice, for he is not dead. he will never die INSHAA ALLAH SWT. he is sitting beside the Throne of ALLAH SWT and flying in Paradise. The Prophet, (SAWS), said (narrated by Abu-Huraira (RA): "I would have loved to be martyred in Allah's cause and then made alive, and then martyred and then made alive, and then again martyred in His cause." Your husband has, INSHAA ALLAH SWT been raised to the level of the Prophets Peace be Upon Them. your son did not know his father, but for every Mujahid that is killed, his son grows up to be a Mujahid INSHAA ALLAH SWT. Be like Asmaa bint Abi Bakr (MAY ALLAH SWT BE PLEASED With her). She said to her son Abdullah (Rahimah ULLAH SWT) when he was going to go for Jihad: "If however you think that you are right and that you are standing up for the Truth, then persevere and fight on as your companions who were killed under your flag had shown perseverance. If however you desire the world, what a miserable wretch you are. You would have destroyed yourself and you would have destroyed your men." After some encouragement he said to her:
    "What a blessed mother! Blessed be your noble qualities! I have come to you at this hour to hear what I have heard. God knows that I have not weakened or despaired. He is witness over me that I have not stood up for what I have out of love for this world and its attractions but only out of anger for the sake of God. His limits have been transgressed. Here am I, going to what is pleasing to you. So if I am killed, do not grieve for me and commend me to God."
    "I shall grieve for you," said the ageing but resolute Asmaa, "only if you are killed in a vain and unjust cause. Praise be to God who has made you act according to what He likes and according fo what I like. Come close to me, my son, that I may smell and feel your body for this might be the last meeting with you." Abdullah knelt before her. She hugged him and smothered his head, his face and his neck with kisses. He said, "My mother, don't deprive me of your dada (prayer)." Raising her hands to heaven, she prayed:
    "O Lord, have mercy on his staying up for long hours and his loud crying in the darkness of the night while people slept . . . "O Lord, have mercy on his hunger and his thirst on his journeys from Madinah and Makkah while he fasted . . . "O Lord, bless his righteousness to his mother and his father . . . "O Lord, I commend him to Your cause and I am pleased with whatever You decree for him. And grant me for his sake the reward of those who are patient and who persevere."
    So I have hope that you will INSHAA ALLAH SWT raise this son of yours on the Jihad and the Shahadah, and if you don't meet each other in this world, for you will surely, my sister, INSHAA ALLAH SWT meet them in the Eternal Gardens. Your struggles have given me hope, hope that INSHAA ALLAH SWT I will be there and feel the Halawa which you my brothers and sisters are feeling. YA UKHWATI, BE HAPPY, YOU HAVE LEFT THE DUNYA. BE HAPPY THAT INSHAA ALLAH SWT ALLAH SWT HAS CHOSEN YOU OUT OF THE 1 BILLION MUSLIMS TO BE HIS SWT SOLDIERS INSHAA ALLAH SWT. BE HAPPY SWT. AND WE THANK ALLAH SWT THAT OUT OF THE SO MANY WHO SAY THEY CARE BUT DO NOTHING, THERE ARE ACTUALLY PEOPLE WHO TAKE ACTION. FAJAZAKUM ALLAH SWT KHAIRAN WA ATAMANNA LAKUM WA LANA 3AYSH AS-SU3ADAA, WA MAWYT ASH-SHUHADAA, WA MARAFAQAT AL-AMBIYAA WA SALLALAHU 3ALA SAYIDINA MUHAMMAD WA 3ALA AALIHI WA SAHBIHI WA SALAM. (please make du3a for me my sister, please for me and the other sisters who can only dream of being where you are)
    ASSALAMU ALAIKUM WA RAHMATULLAHI WA BARAKATUH
    [Your sister, UM, Canada, 24 Feb 2000]

    Dear sister in Islam, Assalaam Alaikum
    My parents, my whole family have been praying for you since we read the news of brother Hussein's martyrdom on the qoqaz website. Hussain has done so much for all his brothers and sisters world wide, we can never thank him enough. He fought and was martyred so that all Muslims could live in peace, safe from the tyranny of the enemies of Islam. You in supporting him in his jihad have also earned a reward from Allah. It's brothers and sisters like Hussein and you who have woken up sleeping Muslims of today. Our hearts cry for you when we pray for you after every namaaz, and we pray to Allah to shower His mercy and compassion on you and to join you with brother Hussein in the blessed ranks of paradise. We pray for ther noble parents of both of you for bringing you up as good Muslims, and we pray to Allah to reward the sacrifices of our mujahideen brothers and sisters and their families with a swift victory over our enemies in the east and west. We pray to Allah the Most Compassionate and Merciful to lessen your grief insha Allah and to take you under His protection. You are not alone. You are always in our thoughts and every namaaz. Wassalaam, your brothers and sisters.
    [Abdur Rasheed, Bilquees, Masoud, Zareena, Manzar, Hasan, Husna, Habeebah, and Maryam, Sydney, Australia, 21 Feb 2000]

    Dear sister In Islam, Dear baby of a Shaheed,
    Assalamu Alikum Wa Rahmatu Allah Wa Barakatoh,
    I am really very proud of your husband, and even though I rarely cry, but I am crying was crying of happness when I read about him. Yes I am happy for him and I wish that one day I will join the way he choosen. I am happy for him because when I read about him I remembered the story of one of the Sahaba of rassoulu Allah. s.a.a.w. The name of that Sahabi was HANZALA. He joined Jihad the next morning of his marriage and was Shaheed. Rassoulu Allah s.a.a.w told Sahaba that he saw angels washing HANZALA after he was killed. May Allah s.w.t. make your husband in the group of the Sahaba and Shuhada and make me and all muslim brothers join them Ameen. Your brother in Islam
    [Abu Ubaidah, 25 Feb 2000]

    Assalaamu'Alaikum WaRahmatullahi WaBarkaatuh WaJanataHalaalahu WaJahanamaHaraamahu Dear Wife of Shaheed Hussain Turk ...
    All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds ... Blessed is HE to have made you the wife of such a wonderful slave of Allah ... Brother Hussain has achieved what thousands, and I, have wanted to achieve with our lives ...
    May Allah give you patience to endure this short life ...
    May Allah bless you and your son in this life and the hereafter ...
    May Allah have mercy on your soul for all it has endured ...
    May Allah strengthen your heart with even more Iman like the Iman of the Prophet's wives ...
    May Allah reward you with a Paradise likened to none other for your understanding of the importance of sending your husband for Jihad ...
    May Allah sanctify your sacrifice and give an equal reward of the Shuahdaa and raise you on the Day of Judgement with your beloved husband who will be raised with the Shuhadaa ... ameen ... Ameen ... AMEEN!!! Thuma AMEEN Yaa Rubul Alameen!!! Your Brother in ISLAM ...
    [Brother IH, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 25 Feb 2000]

    Assalamu 'alaikum my dear sister in Islam,
    Congratulations on two great blessings that are bestowed on you by Almighty Allah. First, on the birth of your son, second, on the shahaadat of your beloved husband. May Allah bless you and your son and may Allah grant the highest level of Jannah (paradise) to your husband. With Allah's help and mercy, your son will be a light for the Islamic Ummah, InshaAllah. And he will be a dear servant of Allah (sw) just like your shaheed husband has been. May Allah shower His blessings on both of you. May He make difficult times pass by with ease and may He bring joy, happiness, peace and happiness for you both, in this life and in the next, Aameen!
    Sister..., I am a female, 25, and have two little kids. If I can be of any help to you, in whatever ways, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be honored. Please take care of yourself and your son. My love and du'a to the little one. Wassalam,
    [Sister SH, Toronto, Canada, 26 Feb 2000]

    May you be rewarded for your steadfastness in losing your husband. You have lost him in this life to one day meet with him in the hereafter inshallah. I am a University student in the United States. I wish to let you know that brothers and sisters here around the country see the foreign mujahideen as the most beautiful people of our Ummah. They are the Ansar, the helpers, who have traveled to Chechnya for only one purpose, for the pleasure of their Lord. We pray that Allah(SWT) brings victory to these mujahideen for we are afraid that this deen may fail to be worshipped if these mujahideen are not victorious in this life also. They are the shining examples of Muslims today and inshallah one today my children will talk about Khattab, Basaev, and Husein, and the others as we do about the sahabe of the Prophet (SAWS). May Allah reward you and your family and be happy, for Hussein inshallah is.
    [Brother AK, USA, 24 Feb 2000]

    As-salaaam aleikum wa rahmatullah dear sister in Islam , my name is Abdul-Jabbar and I'm a 23-year old student from Holland.
    Your husband is a hero for young men like me , and we will allways honour our shuhadaa (martyrs) and remember their names in our du'aas. If you need any financial support , then please , don't feel ashamed to let me know how I can send you money. My e-mail-addres is ***** May Allah give you all the sabr you need. Was-salaam aleikum ,
    [Brother Abdul-Jabbar, Netherlands, 25 Feb 2000]

    My dearest sister, I read about your husbands martyrdom on the qoqaz.net website. May Allah give you and your family patience and may He strengthen your imans. May Allah admitt him into the highest levels of Jannah. You are lucky, Insha Allah you will be in Jannah with him, and you will be better that all the Hoorayn. May Allah guide your son to grow up to be a good and strong Muslim. Insha Allah, I will remember you in my prayers. Wa Salaam.
    [Sister QAM, Washington, USA, 24 Feb 2000]

    I pray that you will meet my Brother Hussain in Paradise along with your son. There is nothing greater in this world than dying in that manner. Please pray for him to be accepted among those in the highest levels of Paradise and with my wife and daughter, it is my intention to be a Shaheed in that land or wherever Allah chooses. May Allah be with you at all times.
    [Brother MS, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, 24 Feb 2000]

    May Allah bless and keep safe you and your son, the child of your marriage to Hussain (Ali Riza Baizan).
    I have few words for you dear sister and Mother .. but I want to tell you how blessed your child's father was to fight in Jihad and to be taken to Paradise, where he will see with his own eyes, the Love of this Universe. I am also a camera person and it saddened me to see your husband's "eye" taken from our world because it was thru' his eyes that we could see the bravery of the Mujaheeden and their efforts for Islam. Thru' his eyes we could see the Truth.
    May you rejoice that your beloved husband and your son's father is now with our Creator. Your sister in Islam who made her Shahada on January 17, 2000, and took the name given to her by Chechens...
    [Sister Maryam, USA, 24 Feb 2000]

    Dear Sister, assalam aleikum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.
    Congratulations, Oh dear Sister, on the martyrdom (shahada) of your hero husband. He is insha'Allah right now enjoying the Firdaws Al A'ala, specially created for the Prophets, the Shouhada, and the privileged... I know that the loss of a husband, a brother, a father, or a son is sometimes too much to bear, but Shaheed Hussain is lucky, so lucky...
    May Allah (SWT) grant us, poor deprived muslims, this great honour and privilege. Patience, dear Sister, and insha'Allah the Almighty will reunite you with one of the people favored by Allah (SWT).
    [Brother AB, Beirut, Lebanon, 24 Feb 2000]

    "To Allah we belong and to him we return." May Allah bless you and your son May Allah join you all together in the REAL life, in eternal bliss... AMEEN!"
    Allah knows what's best for us
    So why should we complain
    We always want the sunshine
    But He knows there must be rain
    We always want the laughter
    And the merriment of cheer
    But our hearts will lose their tenderness
    If we never shed a tear.
    Allah tests us often
    With suffering and with sorrow
    He tests us not to punish us
    But to help us meet tomorrow
    For growing trees are strengthened
    If they withstand the storm
    And the sharp cut of the chisel
    Gave the marble grace and form
    Allah tests us often
    And for every pain He gives to us
    Provided we're patient
    Is followed by rich gain
    So whenever we are down
    And whenever we feel that everything is going wrong
    It is just Allah's way To make our spirit strong
    [IYV, USA, 25 Feb 2000]

    TO WIFE OF SHAHEED HUSSAIN TURK:
    Praise be to Allah and peace and blessing on his Messnger, Muhammad PBUH: To Allah we belong and to Him we will return. There no might or strength but from Allah.
    Congratulations to you and to all who are close to our Shaheed Hussain. The biggest favor Allah has given the human beings, particularly the believers of them after His guidance, is the fact that this life is very short. However, in this short life InSahAllah we are your servants. This is an honor and favor from your husband and you to us. I pray to Allah to enable me to meet your expectations in terms of care and of help and I seek your prayer as such. If I shed a tear on my brother it is for missing his valuable company as I know he is in the best of happiness now. May Allah enable me to reach his ultimate generousity and gain like him the honor of shahadah. We will be looking for you and your news and will be watching his son grow with his head above the skies and follow his great father's path. Allah bless you all. Assalamualaikum.
    [Brother FJ, California, USA, 25 Feb 2000]

    Dear sister in Islam, May Allah (swt) protect you and your child, have mercy upon you, give you patience and keep you firm upon al-islaam.
    Words cannot describe what you must feel, but you are blessed, inshallah the father of your son was a shaheed, there can be no greater blessing than that. Take care of your son, teach him Islaam, and make duaa that he becomes a light and guide for the muslims. May Allah (swt) reward you with good and have mercy upon you. wasalamu alaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuh
    [Brother AM, USA, 25 Feb 2000]

    Please be patient during this difficult period. But, be happy that your beloved husband is shaheed who fought for the cause of Islam. May Allah place him among all the shuhadah. Wassalam.
    [Brother A, Malaysia, 25 Feb 2000]

    May ALLAH (SWT) reward your husband with the best of the best in Heaven and give you and your family the straight path to heaven and the greatest son born on the face of the earth and Heaven. I hope you and your family can endeavor these hard times and know that the hard time is for us in this world but his place is the greatest place that you could ask for. Just know that he is watching you and your family with the smile and with the help of ALLAH (SWT) will protect you and your family. The person that made him a Shaheed, will be killed and punished in earth and Hell over and over again. MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU AND ALL THE MOJAHEDEEN.
    [Brother K, Iran, 25 Feb 2000]

    Sister, I am writing from India. Know that the whole Ummah is today indebted to you and your family.
    Do not despair, but pray that your husband's good deeds are repaid manifold on the Supreme Day of Judgement. I pray that your son grows up to be a great asset of the Ummah and your support to please you. Insha Allah I too will get a chance to fulfill the task I plan to undertake for Allah's Cause. Your humble brother,
    [Brother YS, India, 25 Feb 2000]

    Assalamu Alaikum my dearest sister,
    Congratulations! MashAllah, you are very blessed to be among the wives of a martyr. May Allah(subhana wa'tala) shower your family with His blessings and mercy and give you patience and strength in this matter. walaikum assalam warahmatullah,
    [Sister HC, USA, 25 Feb 2000]

    Just to drop a congratulation message to the wife of Shaheed Hussain Turk and his son.
    To me, you have achieved success in this world; though it cannot see by our sences. Do remember that Shaheed Hussin is actually not dead but his somewhere in the other world that we could not see. InshaAllah, Allah will reward you with Paradise. Salam
    [Brother MS, Malaysia, 26 Feb 2000]

    Dear Sister, May Allah taala, give you patience during your time of stress.
    Remember the dua that Rasoolillah (saaws) told Um Salamah upon the death of her husband 'Allahum ujurni fee museebati wa akhlaqli khairun minha'. Oh Allah carry me out of my problems and make for me better than it. It may not seem possible now, but in sha Allah by Allah's mercy, it will happen soon.
    May He make your son a joy to your heart and a salve for your pain. May He make your son a straight and strong muslim. Ameen. Wassalam,
    [Sister JUN, Canada, 25 Feb 2000]

    I make dua'a to Allah SWT that HE may give you tranquility of heart and betterment in this world as well as the hereafter, Ameen.
    My dear sister... it is an honour for me to write to the wife of a Shaheed... who gave his life in the cause of Allah. InshaaAllah we will all try to follow the footsteps of your husband. Indeed, life and death is in the hands of Allah SWT... and we all have to return to him one day. But the path your husband chose is a path blessed by Allah SWT. The loss of such a beloved person must be painful. May Allah SWT ease your sadness, Ameen.
    In moments like these we must hold on to the rope of Allah and have Sabr. Allah SWT loves us so much... In times of need... like this one, we should raise our hands to Him SWT and make dua'a. Allah SWT listens to our dua'a. InshaaAllah you will find satisfaction in this. Once again, I invoke Allah SWT to bless you with betterment and to include you and your son, along with your husband, among the people of paradise, Ameen. Wassalaamu `Aleikum Wa RaHmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu
    [Brother KK, USA, 25 Feb 2000]

    Ms Shaheed I am sorry for your loss.
    I've read with great interest about the jihad in chechnya and the most recent atrocities committed by the Russians. Your husband will live for ever in the hearts of the people who's cause he gave his life for. He is truly a great man !!!
    [Mr MJ, USA, 25 Feb 2000]

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
    My dear sister, I am 28 yrs old and have children alhamdulillah. I pray to Allah that He gives you much sabr and strength. May your husband be granted al Firdaws and may Allah ArRahman ArRaheem bestow much mercy on you. May you patiently await your reward from Al 'Ala and may your destination also be al Firdaws. May your son be inspired by your father to uphold the truth of Islam . May Allah give you the best in this world and in the akhira. May the angels say ameen to all these du'as. Ameen
    [Sister UA, Canada, 26 Feb 2000]

    BILAL AL-QAISERI
    Bilal Al-Qaiseri (Uthman Karkush) from Qaiseri, Turkey. Killed during the Mujahideen Withdrawal from Grozny, Chechnya, in February 2000. Aged 23. 1st hand account.
    Bilal fought for six months in Bosnia during 1995 from where he unsuccessfully attempted travel to Chechnya. He was engaged at the time so he returned to Turkey initially to get married but travelled on to Ogadeen, East Africa, instead. It was when he returned from there that he finally did get married. He went to fight for the Jihad in Kosova but returned after a month when the fighting ceased. He came to Chechnya in August 1999 where he participated in the Dagestan Operations in Botlikh. After the Mujahideen withdrew, he was going to return to Turkey when Russia invaded Chechnya. He participated in the fighting in Argun and, subsequently, Grozny. Before and throughout Ramadan he cooked for the Mujahideen in his group. During the fighting he was distinguished for his bravery.
    After seeing a dream in which he was married, he made his intention to marry a Chechen, but Shahaadah was destined for him instead.
    He was severely injured during the withdrawal from Grozny in the village of Katyr Yurt where his room received a direct hit from Russian Grad Artillery. He was later Shaheed from his injuries in the village of Shami Yurt.
    May Allah accept your martyrdom O Bilal and marry you to the 72 Paradise Maidens as you saw in your dream.
    ABU THABIT AD-DAHEISHI
    Abu Thabit Ad-Daheishi (Sheikh Salih bin Muhammad Ad-Daheishi) from Riyadh, Arabian Peninsula. Killed during a devastating Mujahideen ambush on Russian Forces in Chechnya, in March 2000. Aged 30. 1st hand account.
    "And gone is the Knight, the Herald, the Teacher..."

    “If my father comes back from Chechnya, he is going to give me one Riyal so that I can donate it to the Mujahideen in Chechnya...”
    I know not which of your qualities had a more profound impact upon me; Was it your silence and your serenity or your austerity and your humility? Was it your courage and selflessness or your worship and your goodness? Was it your sacrifice and your self-accountability or your reflection and kindness? Truly, these qualities made of you a unique personality that was loved and respected. These qualities made of you one of the select few, the martyrs, for in you did many see the signs of a chosen one, for indeed martyrs are among the few who are chosen, and we do not prejudge the decisions of Allah Most High, for it is He who chooses and accepts the martyrs, and only to Him are they known.
    I still remember the day you approached me, venting your anger about the withdrawal of the Mujahideen ahead of a Serb flanking manoeuvre in Kosovo; you were angry and stressed that Jihad demands steadfastness and sacrifice. I told myself, such words would only come from a man of courage who would never withdraw from the face of danger.
    You made your way through the fields of sacrifice, from Afghanistan to Bangladesh, to Albania to Chechnya. You sought the glory of martyrdom, and we ask Allah to grant martyrdom to your noble spirit. Those who knew of Abu Thabit would ask if he was still alive, for in him they all had seen the signs of a martyr, and all knew of his eagerness to fight and die for Allah.
    Sheikh Abu Umar described you as the proof of the Prophet’s (SAWS) Hadith: “The best life is that of a man who snatches the reins of his horse and rushes to (the source of) any sound or disturbance assuming there is a war (for the sake of Allah).”
    Two weeks before you met your Creator, Sheikh Abu Umar had a vision of you; in his dream he saw you digging your grave with your own hands; Sheikh Abu Umar interpreted this as the inevitability of your martyrdom, so did another of your brothers who had the same vision. When his time came, the Mujahideen had just captured an enemy post and were advancing towards another post. Abu Thabit was in the assault force and asked his commander, Abu Ja’far to hasten the attack on the enemy post. Commander Abu Ja’far encouraged Abu Thabit to be patient. During the preparations for the assault, Abu Thabit raised his hands in supplication to Allah. As he prayed to his Lord, a missile exploded between Abu Thabit and a brother Mujahid, Abdus-Samad of Tajikistan, killing both of them.
    What dua did Abu Thabit make to Allah in those final moments?
    Surely he must have asked Allah for Martyrdom, and Allah granted his wish, just as He granted the wish of the great Companion of the Prophet (SAWS), Abdullah bin Jahsh, who prayed just before the Battle of Uhud, and implored his Lord for Martyrdom with the following words: “O Allah, send to me (on the field of battle) a powerful man who is great in strength and ferocity, make me fight him for Your sake, and allow me to be killed by him for Your sake. Allow him to cut my nose and to sever my ear, so that on the Day of Judgment you will ask me: In what circumstances did you lose your nose and ear? And I will reply, I lost them when fighting for You O Allah.” All Praise be to Allah who granted the wish of the great companion, and may Allah grant the wish of our brother Abu Thabit as well.
    Abu Thabit was not alone in his great desire for martyrdom that day. Another brother, Jabir, prayed before the attack on the enemy post and said “O Allah, allow us to conquer this post, and make me the first to be martyred in this attack.” True to his supplication, Allah answered the prayers of brother Jabir; victory was for the Mujahideen, and Jabir was the first one of his brothers who earned martyrdom in that attack.
    Is it true Abu Thabit that you will not return to us?
    Your wife shared the hardships that you endured in the different countries where Jihad was waged, so why did you leave on your own? And what of your eldest son Thabit who is following in your footsteps - why did you not wait for him? What of your daughter, Sumayya, and your son who was only two days old, and whom you saw only once, when you left? Abu Thabit, you will be missed, not only by your family, but by Muslims across the world; you will be missed in Bangladesh, you will be missed in Albania, you will be missed in Kosovo and you will be missed in Chechnya.
    Abu Thabit was an example of the Muslim who knows that this life is of little consequence in its worldly details. He also knew that Jihad for the sake of Allah, and fighting to support Muslims who are oppressed was the highest form of worship in Islam, and one of the most valuable actions in this life. True to his sincerity, Abu Thabit was courageous and fearless; We remember the day when a Russian plane was shot down, the pilot ejected and was parachuting to the ground – Abu Thabit left behind his weapon and hastened to be the first to capture the enemy pilot.
    The people who knew Abu Thabit best were his family and friends; They sent us letters that helped shed light on his unique qualities and with the desire to fulfill our duty to him and to understand his example, we have formulated this brief history of Abu Thabit’s 30 year life and his unique qualities:
    General Background: Abu Thabit was born in the year 1391 of the Hijra calendar (1970), he was the eldest son to his parents, and graduated from the College of Islamic Jurisprudence in Riyadh in the year 1413 (1993). He was married to his cousin and has three children: Thabit (four years old) Sumayya (three years old) and Muhammad (four months old).
    Upbringing and qualities: His mother says: “Since he was young, he was humble in his dress and in his diet. He never asked anything from anyone, not even his parents or his wife. He was quick to serve his mother and never refused any of her requests. He was well liked and no one had ever complained about him, for he never cursed anyone and never fought with anyone ever since he was young. He cared for his family, and eagerly fulfilled the obligation of visiting his relatives on a regular basis.”

    Abu Thabit’s qualities:

    - He was careful to remove un-Islamic items from his home.
    - He was generous and never saved any money.
    - He was courageous and never feared anything since his youth.
    - He was loved by all; anyone who saw him loved him and mentioned him in a positive manner. When he was martyred, large numbers of people, including Islamic scholars and students, rushed to his home to pay their respects to his family and to congratulate them of his martyrdom. This had a tremendous impact on the family and helped raise the spirits of his parents and family members.

    - He was pious and avoided all things deemed unlawful as well as issues that were suspect of being unlawful.
    - He was proud of Islam and would feel great pain and sorrow whenever he heard of Muslims suffering in different parts of the world.
    - His mother said: “For years, he talked about the glory of martyrdom and about the high status of the martyrs.”
    - After graduating in 1413, he chose to become a teacher in the border town of Ar'ar (Northern part of the Arabian Peninsula) He remained there for two years and was heavily involved in spreading the word of Allah. This effort made him well liked by the people of the town. He then moved to Riyadh and worked for one year before choosing to resign of his own free will in order to commit himself to a life of Jihad, promulgation of Islam and humanitarian work.

    - He was careful not to boast about his actions to anyone, including his closest family members, who all testified to this effect.
    - He completely avoided gatherings where time was wasted in worldly leisure and silliness.
    - He never argued about things that were well known and that required no further discussion.
    - He was meticulous about knowing everything there was to Jihad, and always affirmed the fact that Jihad was not matched by any action in this world.
    - He paid complete attention to studying Islam and regularly attended the majalis (gatherings of the scholars and students of Islam), including the majlis of Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz, may Allah have mercy upon him.
    - A brother from Kosova (a doctor) who is studying Islam described Abu Thabit’s attention to Islamic knowledge in the following way: “ We never saw anyone like him. He would never sleep and would eat very little. We would work together in Kosova, people would get tired, but he would not. If he did get tired, he would sleep for a very short while and then continue to work. He cared greatly for the weak and the oppressed and called me 10 days before his martyrdom asking me to fulfill a few requests that were personal to him in this regard.”
    - One of the Islamic scholars who knew him said: “ I swear by Allah that I have never seen anyone like him. By Allah, he is one of those whom Allah has described in the Holy Quran as:
    “Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah [i.e. gone for Jihad in the path of Allah] of them some have fulfilled their obligations (they have become martyred) and some of them are still waiting, but they have never changed in the least. " [Quran 33:23]
    - The Sheikh also said: “ He used to perform Jihad with the knowledge of Islam, and knew who deserved to be fought.”
    - His mother also described him as never leaving prayers in the depths of the night (Tahajjud) She explained that although his sleep was deep at first, he initially used an alarm clock to wake up, and then no longer needed the device as his sleep became less and less.
    - He did not like staying up late and preferred to sleep early, and rarely slept after Fajr (early morning) prayers.
    - He never hurt anyone, never slandered anyone and never raised his voice at anyone
    His work:

    - He first went to Afghanistan in Ramadan, 1411 (1991) He remained there for six months and took a leave of absence from college during that time.
    - His mother says: “During his stay in Afghanistan, he did not contact us and we only received one letter from him.”
    - He then went to Albania and remained there for four months.
    - His next journey for the sake of Allah was to Bangladesh where he stayed for 10 months.
    - He returned to Albania with his wife and children..
    - And then returned to Bangladesh once again with his family. During these trips, he was involved in relief efforts for Muslims who were suffering from war and hardships.
    - He travelled to Chechnya on several occasions.
    - His final journey to Chechnya was in Rajab, 1420 (1999) He left his home after having taken a purification bath and wore his best clothes as if he was going to celebrate a particular occasion. Indeed, only two days earlier, his youngest son Muhammad was born. Abu Thabit would see Muhammad only once.

    - He was known for his efficiency; on several occasions, he successfully completed difficult tasks in a short period of time and with considerable ease and effectiveness. - He was kind with his children, may Allah protect them. Ironically, his son Thabit would often ask: “ Why is my father the only one who went to Chechnya?” He would also say: “If my father comes back from Chechnya, he is going to give me one Riyal so that I can donate it to the Mujahideen in Chechnya.”
    Likewise, the stance of Abu Thabit’s parents and his wife are equally inspirational; his father says: “ All praise be to Allah who honoured me with his (Abu Thabit’s) martyrdom.”
    He also says: “ I hope that all of my sons will be martyred, for whoever knows Allah will greet such news (martyrdom of one’s own children) in stride.” and “ I never told him, not even for one day, not to go to Jihad and never asked him why are you going and for what purpose.”
    The father continued: “ My son received what he wanted and what he hoped for.”
    - Abu Thabit’s mother praised Allah and recalled: “ I have always wanted my children to fight Jihad for the sake of Allah. I encourage the mothers of all martyrs to be patient and self-accounting.”

    - Abu Thabit’s wife has been exemplary in her patience and her perseverance. She shared with him his travels, and joined in his Jihad by supporting him on every step of the way, and by never complaining or whining about the difficulties they faced together.

    - Brother Salih, Abu Thabit, was an institution on his own. His life and death were wonderful and imprinted their effects on all those around him. His martyrdom was a great lesson for his family and his close companions who greeted his passing with patience and reflection on one hand, and with pride and joy on the other. Numerous sincere messages of support and condolences have flowed from across the Arabian Peninsula and other parts of the world to Abu Thabit’s family. This solidarity has helped dry the tears of his family and has reminded them of the high status that their martyr occupied in life and of the lofty position he now enjoys.
    Statement made by Abu Thabit’s father:

    I received the news of my son’s martyrdom in the way any Muslim father who has confidence in Allah’s promise that those who are patient will be rewarded. I pray to Allah that He accept my son the way He described the martyrs in the Quran:
    " Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. No, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision. They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed uopn them of His Bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve. They rejoice in a Grace and a Bounty from Allah and that Allah will not waste the reward of the believers. Those who answered (the call of) Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad - Peace be upon him) after being wounded; for those of them who did good deeds and feared Allah, there is a great reward. " [Quran 3:169-172]
    In this verse there is a great promise; I ask Allah to strengthen the Iman of every Muslim until they all understand the importance of rushing to Jihad and sacrificing personally, financially and in every other way, to reach the lofty goal of martyrdom. What could be better than eternal life with great rewards? Does this not warrant initiative and effort? Truly this is the reward that Allah grants to the good members of His creation, and it requires strength of faith and sincerity with Allah for one to earn such a reward.
    I ask Allah to give glory and victory to the Muslims, and to accept Salih’s martyrdom as means for raising my stature with my Lord. I also ask Allah to grant me martyrdom and to make my children and grandchildren good Muslims and that all of our family earn their place in paradise by the intercession of our martyred son. We belong to Allah and to Him we will return. O Salih, our tears are many for you, and we ask Allah to reunite us with you in the best of abodes.
    All Praise be to Allah and may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Final Prophet, Muhammad.

    May Allah have mercy upon Abu Thabit, and may he unite us in Paradise in the shadow of Allah’s Divine Throne. We ask all of the friends and acquaintances of Abu Thabit to inform us about more of his unique qualities and characteristics that we may remember him as an example for the new generations of Muslims around the world.
    MASOOD AL-BENIN
    Masood Al-Benin, Qoqaz.net Correspondent from London, UK. Aged 27, married with one daughter. Killed in Chechnya whilst trying to escape into Georgia for treatment on an injured leg, on 12 April 2000. 1st hand account.

    "Masood Al-Benin: Born in France, Lived in London and Buried in Chechnya "

    The following article details a first hand account story of the Qoqaz.net correspondent, Masood, killed on 12 April 2000. May Allah accept him from amongst the Shuhadaa.
    Our dear beloved brother, Masood was a personification of the verse:
    "O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion (Islam), Allah will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allah, and never afraid of the blame of the blamers. That is the grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower." [Quran 5:54]

    Born and brought up in France by non-Muslim parents, his mother was a blue-eyed native French woman, his father a tall African man from Benin. Following his graduation in Mechanical Engineering, he travelled to London where he continued his studies with a Master's degree in Business Studies. It was to be during his Masters degree that Allah opened his heart to Islam. He had a great keenness to learn and play an active role in Islamic related work. He was known for his Islamic dress, which rapidly became his trademark, even at his place of work.
    Upon hearing a lecture on the importance of Jihad and subsequently meeting ex-Mujahideen veterans, Masood had become surprisingly alarmed of how the Muslims had neglected the duty of Jihad, during a period in which Muslims were being slaughtered in large numbers across the globe. And so in a small way, he attempted to redress the balance, and made an intention to travel to Afghanistan (with his brother Mu'adh), whereby he could undergo military training.
    Mu'adh recalls Masood saying:
    "Every Muslim considers himself as balanced BUT the balance is set according to the Prophet (SAWS), so if the Prophet (SAWS) has participated in (military) Jihad 27 times in his life and we have not even done this action once, how then can we say we are balanced and that we follow the way of the Prophet (SAWS)?"
    A week prior to Masood's departure to the land of Afghanistan, he met his brother Abu Azzam. Abu Azzam had made arrangements to travel to Chechnya via a corridor made possible due to a lull in the fighting (during the 1994-1996 conflict). Soon after learning about Abu Azzam's plans, Masood and Mu'adh altered their travel arrangements to accompany Abu Azzam to the land of Chechnya. Prior to the group's departure, Abu Azzam recalls Masood's comments with reference to the Masters degree in Business Studies, which he had recently completed:
    "I have spent the last year or so studying business, but now I am going to commence my business career by performing business with Allah, Insha-Allah! For Allah says in the Quran: O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a business commerce that will save you from a painful torment? That you believe in Allah and His Messenger and that you strive hard and fight in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That will be better for you, if you but knew! [Quran 61:10-11]"
    Our brother had accepted Islam for less than a year prior to the completion of his ambition to travel to fight in the Way of Allah, which he realized by migrating to Chechnya. Before the brothers left for Chechnya they decided to sit together and practise the Sunnah of choosing kunya's (nicknames) for one another. The kunya Masood (meaning to be happy) was unanimously chosen for the brother as he was always seen to be making his brothers smile, even when they were in the worst of moods.
    Masood did not like brothers calling him Al-Britaani, or Al-Fransi (the Briton, the Frenchman); Abu Azzam recalls Masood's words:
    "When we do anything in life it should be according to the Quran and Sunnah, not according to the laws or ways of the disbelievers. Just because I have a European passport, it doesn't mean I am from this country. As the Prophet (SAWS) said that "You are from the tribe of your father" so I will call myself Masood Al-Benin. "
    The group arrived in Chechnya as the (1994-1996) conflict was drawing to an end. Despite the end of the (1994-1996) Jihad, much work remained to be completed in Chechnya - primarily in the field of Da'wa (Islamic education), establishing Shariah courts and military training. After completing a number of specialised military training courses, Masood was assigned a role in the Da'wa camp which involved the use of his IT skills to setup and maintain a computer lab and to teach IT skills to the brothers. Of the thirty Shariah courts that were formed up until 1998, Masood had setup a computer for each one of them, hence documenting every legal case that would come through.
    In the ensuing few months, Masood's companion - Mu'adh - decided to leave Chechnya. Shortly after, Abu Azzam and Masood also decided to return home together. Literally one hour prior to their expected departure, Sheikh Abu Umar (the Sheikh of the Foreign Mujahideen in Chechnya) learnt of Masood's anticipated departure, he came to him and advised him to remain with the brothers as his knowledge of IT was an essential commodity to the Mujahideen. Abu Azzam comments on Masood's response:
    " When Sheikh Abu Umar came to Masood and told him to stay, I can still recall Masood's face lighting up into a big smile, as he had never really wanted to return to the corrupt land of the disbelievers."
    For the following years Masood remained in Chechnya, his memorisation of Quran and fluency in Arabic and his Iman increased. He had continuously played an active and vital role for the Mujahideen. Upon reaching an adequate level in spoken Arabic, Masood refused to converse with the Arab brothers in English and French. Instead he would state that English and French are languages that are primarily used by the disbelievers and have less blessing than the language of the Quran and of the inhabitants of Paradise.
    The fruits of his works and patience culminated in a mighty reward: his presence during the commencement of the fiercest fighting in the history of the foreign Mujahideen. After the conclusion of each military operation, Masood's duties included video editing, adding titles, etc. to the footage of the operations. The videos edited by Masood are currently in circulation all over the world (Masood edited video footage can be seen on the Qoqaz websites).
    Our Mujahid brother Abu Adil says about him: "Masha'Allah, all the brothers knew him to be an excellent brother in character, the effort he put in for the video and his conduct in battle. (Brothers witnessed him killing many Russians during his last operation). Alhamdullilah Allah had elevated him by bringing him from the streets of France and London to be shaheed in the land of Jihad alongside the Mujahideen and as a Mujahid."
    During the Duba Yurt operations of January and February 2000; Masood was injured in his right leg by a mortar: Due to the severity of Masood's injuries and that of four other brothers (compounded by the lack of Muslim doctors willing to go to the lands of Jihad) it was necessary to transport the brothers out of Chechnya to seek specialised medical attention. It was to be during this journey that our dear brothers including Masood obtained that which they had yearned, sacrificed and hoped for - Martyrdom in the Path of Allah. The injured brothers were transported in a truck. They consisted of Masood, two other foreign Mujahideen (one Bosnian and one Algerian brother) and two Chechens. The truck was stopped near Shatoi at a Russian checkpoint; the bribed Russian colonel that had been supervising their passage out and two brothers were seized from the cabin. The remaining three injured brothers at the rear of the truck, including Masood, preferred to die fighting than to fall into the hands of the cowards. Despite already being seriously injured, they opened fire and mowed down numerous OMON troops before being killed themselves by a hail of frenzied Russian fire.
    And so, it was decreed by Allah that the final business transaction performed by our Business Studies postgraduate was to be his most profitable (Insha'Allah!) - trading his soul with Allah, as Allah informs us:
    "Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be Paradise. They fight in Allah's cause, so they kill and are killed. It is a contract (promise) in truth which is binding on him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Quran. And who is truer to his Covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success." [Quran 9:111]

    Second account of Masood Al-Benin From Fellow Mujahid Abu Adil Currently in Chechnya:
    The following is an additional account charting the period after Abu Azzam left until Masood's martyrdom:
    He was a an intelligent and very perceptive brother coupled with a humorous but strong character. He was respected by all who knew him here.
    His life was a spiritual, intellectual and a physical adventure. Of Afro-European parentage, his inquisitive character and desire for the truth took him to London where Allah cloaked him with Islam and from there to to the distant land of Chechnya where he was blessed with martyrdom.
    He was a very good friend for whom I had a lot of respect. I saw him in war as a noble Mujahid and subsequently in hospital as someone with a great deal of patience. We didn't see as much of each other as I would have wished, but Alhamdulillah I and everyone else only have the best memories of him. I went to see him during his treatment whenever I could and conversation with him always being such a pleasant experience- from discussing the latest developments in the war and the importance of Jihad to the dishes that were being served that day.
    During this Jihad he was assigned to the battalion of Shaheed Abdus Samad (May Allah have Mercy on him): a battalion in whom all the main commanders are now Shaheed. He participated in the Dagestan operations and subsequently engaged on the Duba Yurt front with Abdus Samad's Battalion.
    A few days after returning from the successful Argun Operations in mid-January he was being given a lift to his post when he heard an operation was imminent to take the peaks over looking Duba Yurt from the Russians. Although the attack groups did not belong to Masood's battalion he immediately volunteered to fill up a shortfall. During this operation he was assigned the command of a small group to ambush the Russian reinforcements to the peaks once the operation commenced. This he did successfully whilst displaying great coolness and bravery.
    One of the Mujahideen with him recalled how when a column of Russians approached their position he did not allow the group to open fire until the leading elements of the column started to peer through the bushes behind which Masood's group was stationed! The resulting close quarters ambush was devastatingly effective. During the subsequent fight, Masood left the safety of his position to chase the fleeing Russians! The operation was an overall success during which the Mujahideen took 2 of the 3 main posts on the mountain. Although uninjured on the day of the operation, the following day, whilst on guard duty, he received a deep flesh wound from a mortar.
    Masha'Allah he bore his subsequent suffering with great patience. Whenever I went to see him, I could see his frustration in being away from the front line. Again he bore this with patience.
    During the evacuation of Shatoi it soon became apparent what a dire position we were in and how difficult the journey would be. I could see he was concerned and he told me that he would always be keeping his Makarov (Pistol side arm) to defend himself as a last resort. The last time I saw him was in Zoni the evening we pulled out. He was being driven away in the back of a Toyota pick-up. The decision had been taken that the immobile injured would not be able to withstand the rigours of the journey and they would be hidden until they could be smuggled out.
    Strangely enough I saw him in a dream last week whilst sleeping in the forest after Fajr. The dream was as if I was awake when I saw Masood arrive in the camp. I was extremely surprised and then immediately taken aback with his appearance- very youthful, fair coloured with straight longish full black hair. I rushed to meet him and exclaimed that we all thought that he had been killed. He was smiling and said no and that he was fine. He then showed me a healed wound on his arm which is strange as his injury was in the leg. Anyway, at this point I was just delighted to see him and we hugged and then he gave me a detailed account of his journey. I then remember intending to go and see Commander Khattab and ask him why another Commander had brought us the false news when I awoke!
    Another close perspective of Masood is from Abu Qutaiba Al-Makki, his neighbour and friend in Chechnya for 3 years:
    "From the first time I saw him I was affected by him and his bearing. In truth I have not seen anyone like him who worked so hard for the pleasure for Allah in publicising the cause of the Mujahideen. He often worked throughout the nights for the pleasure of the service of Allah to inform the Muslims of the world about the state of affairs with respect to Dawah and Jihad in Chechnya He was known to work throughout nights, tackling difficult tasks with perseverance and determination. So much so that he would deprive himself of his family more than others. He currently leaves a wife expecting a baby shortly."
    I knew him to be sincere and simple in his lifestyle. His clothes were functional and he mended rather than replaced them whenever possible. His house reflected this simplicity with bare furnishing despite him having the means to obtain whatever he wanted. I saw in him someone for whom the materialism of this world held no value.
    He fasted regularly on Mondays and Thursdays according to the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAWS) and prayed during the night. Always helping and advising brothers according to the sunnah and to his experience. His house was bare reflecting his character. He had the means to obtain these items but he had no desire to have anything unnecessary. If you sat in his company then his conversation would inevitably dwell on Islam and matters relating to Islam. When I sat with him, I always perceived him as someone who knew what he wanted (martyrdom and Paradise).
    His character was principled and frank. This was coupled with a great deal of patience which was evident in long and hard work in the studio and his long stay in hospital prior to his martyrdom. In this respect he distinguished himself with his patience.
    He loved that good happen amongst others and was generous with whatever he had.
    He turned his back on the West and what it had to offer him. The luxury, women, alcohol and then his acceptance of Islam followed by him being blessed with Shahaadah. All through the Grace of Allah.
    My advice, to all the Muslims of the world, that we should follow the path of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), his companions and the pious predecessors. After them, Masood is amongst the rare examples of Muslims of our age who held fast to this path. We too insha-Allah will strive to follow the path that he took.
    My advice to the Muslims is that a person should not be afraid of his soul. A person can always contribute in the spheres of training, dawah, teaching, fighting, organisation, logistics and the many others. Jihad is far more besides the act of fighting on the front line. Masood al-Benin (May Allah have Mercy on him) demonstrated this. He came to the land of Jihad with nothing to offer us but patience and Imaan in Allah Most High. Here, with no assistance, he mastered the Arabic language. This was followed by him learning to recite the Quran and extensive training in the Mujahideen Kavkaz Institute for Training. Typically, he excelled in all he did. During advanced warfare courses he distinguished himself for his intelligence.
    His intelligence and perseverance in the Way of Allah were again evident when he mastered the operations of computers as applied to a Video editing studio. Starting with no knowledge he gained proficiency using only manuals. In his contribution to Islam, he spent countless hours struggling to learn computing with no help or assistance. As with everything else that he undertook, he excelled in this and had soon produced a video of the Mujahideen in Chechnya. He then went on to produce Videos of the Mujahideen which are now seen all over the world.
    Masood has gone leaving us only his memory. However, like everything, that too will no doubt fade with the passage of time. What remains eternal are but his deeds and account with Allah. He leaves a wife expecting a baby shortly Insha-Allah.

    Abu Adil
    02 May 2000, Chechnya

    E-Mails of Support sent to the Friends of Shaheed Masood Al-Benin by Visitors to the Qoqaz.net Web-Site

    Assalamu-alaikum.
    My Dear brother and friend, you will be missed.
    We ask that Allah accepts you from amongst the Shuhadaa and makes us from amongst those who join you.
    Until then, we bid you farewell, with a tearful smile.
    [Brothers, UK, 23 April 2000]

    Bismi Allahi ar-Rahmani ar-Rahim as-Salamu 'alaykum WA rahmatu Allahi WA barakatuh,
    From the depths of the unbeliever's land he found the light of Islam, and from the bitterness of cold war he found the struggle of Jihad.
    Alhamdulillah, Brother Masood has been granted the gift of all gifts. Allah chose him for martyrdom and insha'allah Brother Masood is on his way to the highest levels of paradise. It is from Allah that we come and it is to him we will all return.
    Insha'allah, we will all be able to return to Allah in the way that brother Masood went, through the path of the shaheed.
    Brother Masood, you will be surely missed by your entire ummah, but insha'allah your transaction with Allah has been complete.
    Wassalaamu alaykum Warrahamatallahi Wabarakatuhu
    [Brother GM, 23 April 2000]

    Dearest brothers and sisters in islam, assalaam-o-aleikum.
    Learning about our mujahid brothers in Islam puts us to shame due to our own ineptitude but brings tears of pride to our eyes due to their bravery and strength of faith.
    May Allah (swt) bless them and their families and allow us to learn from their example. Aameen.
    Love and gratitude.
    [The M Family, San Francisco, California, 24 April 2000]

    You seem that you passed, but you are not.

    You seem that you've gone but you still with us.

    Your words and you legacy still remain.

    You fulfilled your duty and may Allah reward you with the best rewards Insha, Allah

    [Brother AW, USA, 24 April 2000]

    O Brother Masood: What a great hero .. your story has touched my heart.

    May Allah SWT accept you among the Prophets, Siddiqeen, and shaheeds (martyrs) in the Paradise and make your story a strong aspiration for all of us .. Muslims .. aameen.

    [Brother AS, Saudi Arabia, 24 April 2000]

    Congratulations on becoming shaheed...at least some of us have the fortitude to fight in the way of Allah.
    You will forever live in our hearts and our minds...the video's you put together are a testament to you and your devotion to Allah and jihad...

    May Allah bless you.
    [Brother AA, Vancouver, B.C.,Canada, 23 April 2000]

    To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.
    May Allah accept the Shahadah of brother Masood and the other 2 Mujahideen who gave their lives for the cause of Allah (SWT).
    O' brother Masood and rest of the Shuhada of Chechnya and other parts of the world, your reward from Allah (SWT) can never be compared with the temporary comfort of life that we have in US or Europe or any other part of the world.
    May Allah (SWT) show the guidance to all the Muslims specially those who are living in Europe and US that the life of a Shaheed is infinite number of times better than the life we are enjoying in the West.
    I pray to Allah (SWT) to give me and rest of my Muslims brothers and sisters courage to use our lives for the cause of Allah(SWT) not only by writing e-mails but by spending our wealth and health. Ameen. Ma'assalam.
    [Brother AP, 23 April 2000]

    What a business transaction you have made. Hope everyone is as profitable in business as you are and every one is as wise as you are.
    May Allah grant me and all other muslim brothers the chance and taufeeq to do such transaction in which the word of loss does not exist.

    May Allah make you and others with you the companion of the Companions. (Ameen)
    [Brother S, 23 April 2000]

    Assalamu'alaikum.
    Great Business, Alhamdullillah that this brother continued his business beyond the end ..
    Insha Allah. I can not help but smile at the end of this business accounting ... from the Streets of London .. to .. the day he died fighting for the Glory of Allah and Islam. amin Alhamdullillah .. a hero of courage and inspiriation !!
    And my question of myself must be .. and what business, in what way can I serve the Lord ? and I am grateful to Almighty God for brother Masood Al-Benin's exemplary example and for the opportunity to ask myself this important question that each of us needs to ask as this brother did. And look what he did !! the best of business .. jihad !!
    And I am told by a Chechen brother of one of his friends who also died in Chechnya .. a man who was an orphan in his life (but no one is an orphan in Islam) and whose voice was full of Nur .. and so these shaheed brothers .. leave us with Noor and the Love of Islam .. good examples .. for me and all of us.
    [Sister M of Canada, 23 April 2000]

    Assalaamu'alaikum,
    Verily, from Him we came from, and from Him do we return to.
    But you depart in a very noble way. the noblest of the nobels.
    You shall be missed and so will the other shaheeds. We will continue to make dua for all the Muslims of the world especially you the Mujahideen.

    Salaam.
    [Brother H, Singapore, 24 April 2000]

    Asalaam Alaikum!!!
    I congratulate the Shahadah, and the new house of brother Masood Al-Benin in the paradise.
    May Allah (SWT) reward him in the highest level of paradise. brother Masood is not death he is alive and his spirit is still fighting the kofar with his mujahideen brothers.
    To Allah we belong and to him we return.
    [Brother WA, California, USA, 23 April 2000]

    Assalamu Alaikum.
    Contragulations to the family and friends of brother Masood for gaining the shuhadah.
    May Allah, the most high accept him amongst the most successful. The Muslim world needs to learn from this kind of sacrifice, which is the most ultimate in any sense.
    May Allah help all Muslims in the world to face the reality and therefore turning back to the Islamic path. My heart is full of joy and inspiraration. The best news for a Muslim is the news of shuhadah, the ultimate achievement.
    [Brother AR, London, UK, 23 April 2000]

    As salamu alykum.
    Thank you brother for the inspiring story.
    [Brother MA, 23 April 2000]

    May Allah accept your commerce with HIM, The Al-Mighty by giving you Jannah in returned. Allahu Akbar.
    [Brother, 23 April 2000]

    Massood, Alive in Paradise with Hoor Al-Ayne , inshalla

    Alhamdulillah wa-salat wa-salam Ala-Rasulillah. "min Al-Mumeneen Rijal, Sadaqu Ma Ahadullaha Alih, minhum man Qada nahbah, wa minhum man yantazir wama Badalu Tabdila"
    Alahuma Aqfir lahu wa arhamhu, wa adkhilhu Jannatulkhuld, wa abdilhu, ahlan khair min-Ahlihi, wa Daran khair Min Darihi.
    Allahuma la Tahrimna Ajrahum, wala taftina Badahum, waqfir Lana wa Lahum, wa Ajmana Bihim fi Aljinnan ma Al-Hour wa Al-Wildan, fi qair Daraa Mudirah, wala fitnah Mudilah, Allahuma Zaina Bizinatil- Emaan wa-ajalna Hudat Mahdeyeen La-Daleen wala Mudeleen,
    Allahuma Arzuqnah Tijaratan Lan Taboor, wa Arzuqna Husn Al- Alkhatimah, ya Aziz ya Qafar, Ameen Allahuma Ameen -Ikhwani fillah, la tabkhalu alina min dawatkum lana bi-Husn Alkhtimah.
    Ameen wa sali-Allahuma wa salim Ala saidna Muhamad wa ala alihi wa sahbih wa salim, wa akhir Dawana, Anilhamdulillah Rabil-Alameen Akhukum fillah.
    [Brother Abu ZA, Canada, 23 April 2000]

    As Selamu aleikum brothers, here is an email of support for our brother Abu Masood Al-Benin:

    Bismillahirrahmanirrahiem As Selamu Aleikum Wa Rahmetullahi Wa Berekatuhu,
    We ask ALLAH (SWT) to accept our brother Abu Masood Al-Benin amongst the Shuhadaa and to enter him into the Paradise Most High amongst the Prophets, the martyrs, the pious and the truthful.
    To Allah we seek guidance and strength and put us all in Sabr and Taqwa.

    Wa Aleikum As Selam Wa Rahmetullahi Wa Berekatuhu

    [Qoqaz Germany, 24 April 2000]

    Asalamualaikum,
    It brings a humbleness to the heart when reading of brother Masoods' life jouney. May Allah accept his martyrdom. May Allah increase us in Emaan and guide us to what is better for us insha'Allah. Salam.
    [Brother, 24 April 2000]

    Dear Brothers, Assalamualaikum,
    May Allah accept our brother Shaheed Masood Al-Benin to Al-Jannah, and bring blssings upon him.
    I wish all the Mujahidin strength, and will continue to make dua for them.
    [Brother form Holland, 24 April 2000]

    Asalaama Aleykum, my dear brothers, sisters and all relative and freinds of brother Masoud Al-Benini,
    I am sending here my condolence to you.Although I am very far away from Chechnya my heart and thoughts are in Chechnian mountains, Insha Allaah one day i will be with you. I pray my brother Al-Benini will rest in pradise insha allaah.
    Asalaama Aleykum Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
    [Brother, 24 April 2000]

    I have been constantly browsing qoqaz.net. I greatly admire the efforts of all the brothers and sisters who are daringly fighting for the cause of Muslim Ummah.
    I sincerely hope and pray that May Allah (SWT) accept brother Masood's martydom and place him in Jannah (Amin).
    May Allah (SWT) bless all the brothers and sisters at Chechnian front (Amin). Best Regards.
    [Brother S, 24 April 2000]

    To my my dear brother Masood, May Allah accept your shaheed, Insha'Allah
    [Brother SAI, Denmar, 24 April 2000]

    E-mails of Support Added 30 April 2000:
    Alslam alikom all brothers in Jihad,
    There is no words can be said more than congratulation to brother MASOOD the man who found the truth and sacrifice his life for the path of Allah and I am sure that we will not miss his participating in jihad by making Duaa to Allah to give victory for the Mojahdeen in their fight against the power of evil on this world.
    And after all Allah chose those who really deserve his reward like brother MASOOD and his companion and hope Allah allow us to join them in His paradise .

    AMIN.

    [Brother AS, Egypt, 25 April 2000]

    Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
    I read the profile on Massod (may Allah have mercy on him and reward him the loftiest place in Paradise). My heart weeps but I am proud that the Muslim Ummah still has such brave and lion-hearted soldiers of Allah who indeed have traded their lives and wealth with Allah for a much bigger and eternal reward in the hereafter, insha Allah.
    May Allah bless his soul and all other lions of Allah whose bravery has left a lasting mark on the hearts of all Muslims.
    Wassalamu Alaikum;
    [Brother AZ, Pakistan, 25 April 2000]

    All praises are due to Allah.
    After reading the story of brother Massod, the praises of Allah came to heart. SubhanAllah , how Allah guided him to Islam and in ts short time of being muslim he achieved InshaAllah the ultimate pleasure of Allah...the death of a shuhadah.
    I pray Allah accepts brother Masood and all the matryrs as shaheeds in Allahs cause.
    I pray Allah makes me amongst those who die and live for the pleasure of Allah, really , i cannot express in words, the impact of the life of this brother in mine...all by just reading..blessed are those who knew him.

    [Sister M.A, Wales, UK, 26 April 2000]

    As-salamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah.
    Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet said, "Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the earth, except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives (from Allah)."
    [Brother H, 26 April 2000]

    Assalamu-alaikum.
    My dear beloved brother, you will be missed on this dunya, but have gone to a better place.We ask Allah to accept you you from amongst the Shuhadaa.

    Until we meet again in the next life,

    Salaam OH brother Masood.

    [Brother E, South Africa, 26 April 2000]

    Allah u akbar allah u akbar allah u akbar asalam o 'alaykom wa rahmato alahee wa barakato,
    I would to tell all the friends and relatives of our shaheed ( congratualtions ) for being a friend or a relative of a shaheed, every day my heart breaks for the muslims in our world today, the only thing that keeps our heads up is the jihad in chechnya, and the brave mujahideen.
    May god bless him the shahada, and for all of you who read this message please just devote 5 minutes of your time each day to pray for the mujahideen, and for us the young men of the islamic nation to go to the land of jihad ( chechnya ) and gain the most expensive thing in the world AL-SHAHADA.
    [Brother R, 26 April 2000]

    AS-SALAMU ALAYKUM

    My brother Masood Al-Benin, before you informed us on the mujahideen, maintaining in fact the angels INSHAALLAH to inform ALLAH that you with fact the war for ALLAH (jihad).

    This time it is you the mujahideen and is you who is martyr ELHAMDULLAH.

    MASHAALLAH MY BROTHER.
    [Brother J, 26 April 2000]

    Masha Allah, Alhamdulilah.
    All these are in Allah Ta'ala's hand, He is All in All what ever He wants to do Does. He chose Masood for His bounty and Blessings.
    Ya Allah, increase Masood's status in Jannah and Keep his parents and siblings on right path and bestow like Masood's encouragement to my and other Muslims children, Ameen.
    Wassalam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu !!
    [Sister UA, 26 April 2000]

    May Allah s.w.t give brother masood alfardos, and all other brothers who been given this wonderfull exit and may he send many more brothers from the u.k to fill the places that are left.
    [Brother MK, UK, 27 April 2000]

    Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu...
    O my Dear Brother Masood Al-Benin, may Allah(swt) accept you from amongst the Shuhadaa. How fortunate this brother was, being involved in Jihad soon after embracing Islaam and also "Trading his sole with Allah(swt)" in the Name of Allah(swt).
    May Allah(swt) also give us the great honour of doing Jihad and thus becoming a Shaheed (inshaallah) just like you and the many other Shuhadaa who fought in the name of Allah(swt).
    [Brother VC, 27 April 2000]

    Salam Alaikum,
    Congratulations to our Umma's Hero Masood Al-Benin.
    You had the true faith to follow the steps of our prophet (pbuh) while many in other countries don't. You have won the great prize of all times. May Allah make us all among the winners, inshaAllah.
    [Brothers, Texas, USA, 27 April 2000]

    Certainly, all praise is due to God. I bear witness that nothing has the right to be worshipped but Him, He is One without partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him) is His slave and messenger. Peace be upon you and the mercy of God and His blessings;
    My dear brother, being a revert to this Way of Life, your story touched me -- only God knows how much. My heart broke reading your story and thinking of how long I've been Muslim and how little I've done. I pray for the brothers there to beseech God that he make it possible for me to die with honor and dignity as you have, in His path.
    My prayer is for God to accept from us and from you. May God reward you with good.
    Glory be to You, O God, and to You is the praise. I bear witness that nothing deserves to be worshipped except You. I seek Your forgiveness and I turn in repentance to You.
    Your brother in this Way of Life,
    [Brother AS Al-Amreekee, 27 April 2000]

    Assalamu-alaikum.
    May Allah accepts you from amongst the Shuhadaa.
    Inshallah.
    [Brother KL, Malaysia, 28 April 2000]

    We the Muslims from Kuwait Congratulate our Brother Masood Al-Benin, in achieving the highest of the rewards from Allah...
    May the Al-Mighty Allah take him along with his colleagues, our Mujahideen brothers, to the company of the "Mukarrameen"... Aameen....
    Inshallah we will also one day join our brothers in Chechnya..may Allah show us the way...... A group of well wishers from Kuwait.....We monitor every single message through your sites...... May Allah reward you all for providing us these valuable informations..... as the whole media has been supporting Putin the looser...
    Our Salaams to all our Beloved Mujahideens...
    [Brothers, Kuwait, 28 April 2000]

    Salaam alikum my brothers !
    May Allah shower his blessings on all my brothers who are shaheed and those who are Mujahid and still fighting.
    Reading about my dear brother Masood Al-Benin inspired only greater love for him and all of you brothers who are out there in the land of the unbelievers giving their most precious possession - their lives in the sake of Allah in exchange for the most unimaginable victory - Allah and his prophet's love and Jannah.
    I am humbled by you magnificent Muslims who have shown to every Muslim, every non-Muslim and every Munafik (Hypocrite) and every soft bellied, world loving, shameless, effeminate, worthless leader of any "Islamic" country, how a Muslim should live and how a Muslim should die. To these "Muslim" leaders I ask, have you a lease on life from Allah ? do you think you will never die ? or do you think there is no God ? early or late you will meet the end of your days, and on your last breath when you reflect on all that you have done on this earth will you be able to undo anything or be forgiven for it ? do you seriously think that your position, your money, your power and your powerful friends can save you from the fires that Allah has prepared for you ? That my useless "Muslim" leader will be the day of the most incredible regret. The regret you will die with, will live with you for ever and each moment in hell that regret will eat you and chew at you - and yet death will never come.
    My pathetic prayers for all that they are worth are all for you. May Allah keep you all safe and healthy may your Imaan (Faith) and your unity remain stronger than steel which none can break. May Allah be with you. Masalaam,
    [Brother TN, NY, USA, 28 April 2000]

    Mashallah.
    I wish that all of the brothers and sisters in the world could read this and realize all of the beautiful things that brother Masood had realized: living everyday the way all of the disbelievers live is not really living, it is death. Real life starts when you are blessed with the gift of Shahadah from Allah -swt.
    I pray that our brothers follow in the foot steps of our shuhada like brother Masood, who followed in the footsteps of the prophet-peace be upon him.
    Wasallam.
    [Your Sister in Islam, Chicago, USA, 29 April 2000]


    E-mails of Support Added 17 May 2000:

    Assalamu-alaikum,
    I pray for all the brave selfless fighters like brother Massood Al-Benin who give their lives for Allah. The torch they have lit will be handed over from hand to hand until victory is achieved. They have contributed to the victory in the most effective way.
    [Brother MG, UK, 01 May 2000]

    Salam alaykum Warahmatu Allah wa Barakatahu
    May Allah (swt) reward the Jihad fi Sabili Allah of Brother Masood and all the other shuhada with the highest level of Paradise; May Allah's Nour/Light shine on them and from them. La Illaha illa Allah.
    Allahu Akbar. May Allah swt defeat the Russian Terrorists and Alcoholists.Allahuma give victory to those who fight for Allah's Name and Sake. Inna Allah 'ala kuli shayin Qadir....................
    [Brother HB, NL, 02 May 2000]

    Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un
    O brother Masood ,you have done what i haven't,you have shown to all our Muslim brothers around the world, the real meaning of Muslim brotherhood. My tears of happiness flows down cos you are on your way to Jannah and my tears of frustration for not being there with all the Mujahideen. I've been praying hard all the time for Allah to granted me the passage to be with all of you my brothers. To endure the same plight that you all been through, to share the food that you all had, to pray and fight the war side by side with all of you and to die in the name of ALLAH the almighty. O' Allah please show me the passage that you have shown to my brother Masood. Ameen!
    [Brother M, Singapore, 03 May 2000]

    Assalamu'alaikum,
    My dear brother Masood,
    O Allah ar-Rahman ar-Rahiim...please accept my dear brother among the Prophet (SAW) and the shaheeds in the highest levels of paradise, Insya Allah. Your courage cannot be compared with anyone of us... You died fighting for the sake of Allah and for His Deen.... the way we want to and dream to... Congratulations... to you and all other shuhadaa... From Allah we came from... To Allah we return... Wassalamu'alaikum,
    [Brother I, Indonesia, 03 May 2000]

    assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
    May Allah increase you all in faith, unite you on the truth, and join you with your brother Masood as soon as possible. May Allah protect you all from ever falling into the hands of the enemies and spare you their barbarism. I ask you to please pray that my husband and I will be strong and fearless enough to live your lives in the near future insha Allah. Please keep us in your du3a'.
    Jazakum Allahu khairan,
    w'assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
    [Sister RA, California, 05 May 2000]

    Assalam Allaikum !
    I read about Masood Al-Benin. He was a great person. It's so nice to see that there still are people like him who will do anything for the sake of God. I am proud to be a Muslim but I always feel like before I die, I must do something for which I be known, something that I can take to Allah and say, here I did something in my life. I didn't just waste my life. Masood Al-Benin was a hero. He did his job. His family must and should be proud of him because I am sure Allah and the Prophets are proud of him. I just wanted to drop some lines to support the family and friends. I dont know what else to say other than, people who die for the Sake of Allah, they are the best and luckiest people who get to die like that. Not everyone is as lucky as them.
    [Sister K, USA, 07 May 2000]

    Assalamu alaykum,
    The news about the brother, Masood al Benini was a pleasant news to hear. He would not live to taste the [insha Allah] victory over the Russians. May Allah accept his [insha Allah] matyrdom. As my previous dua, may Allah SWT accept his shaheed and have his soul in a green bird of Jannah. Indeed, he as departed from this world in the most noble way.
    By the Will of Allah SWT, I had a brief period of time with him. But I benefited a lot from him; he was a translator between two groups that could not communicate through a common medium. When the war broke out, I guessed he was in the Jihad land, I sent a mail (dated 21 Feb 2000) to qoqaz.com to wish support to the Mujahideen and the brother.
    The news recalled memories about him. To keep it short, he was as already descibed by brothers here - simple, diligent and humorous. His death is still a loss as his skills are rare among the Mujahideen and he was a diligent da’wa worker. Guns and ilm were at his disposal. His efforts and contributions to Jihad and Islam (after reverted to Islam) should serve as a ‘wake-up call’ to the born Muslims that contend with their Muslim names; but do nothing to uphold Islam.
    May Allah SWT give me strength to remember the Mujahideen in my dua through the day. O Allah! Help Islam and Muslims. O Allah! Help Muslims and Mujahideen in Caucasus. O Allah! Give me means to be in Jihad. Oh Allah! Help me from shirk and nifaq.
    [Brother IAAA, SE Asia, 08 May 2000]

    His story has left me speechless. May Allah reward Brother Massod Al Jannah. He is an example for the Muslims who live in the west
    [Brother A, Melbourne, Australia, 10 May 2000]

    That story about Masood was the best story I have ever heard in my life!!!!!!!! It touched my heart so much that it made me cry. "May Allah accept him from amongst the Shuhadaa." I am very happy that Allah gave him a chance to convert to Islam. Allhumduallah. I am going to forward this email to everyone I know. Inshallah, Allah gives him the Janah.
    salaam u alaykuim wa rahmitallah
    [Brother RA, USA, 09 May 2000]

    Bismillahirrahmanirrahiem
    As Selamu Aleikum Wa Rahmetullahi Wa Berekatuhu
    We ask ALLAH (SWT) to accept our brother Abu Masood Al-Benin amongst the Shuhadaa and to enter him into the Paradise Most High amongst the Prophets, the martyrs, the pious and the truthful. To Allah we seek guidance and strength and put us all in Sabr and Taqwa.
    Wa Aleikum As Selam Wa Rahmetullahi Wa Berekatuhu
    [Qoqaz Germany, 14 May 2000]

    ABU JA'FAR SHAHEED
    Imagine the person of Shaheed Abu Ja'far - a ferocious commander, whose bravery would make lions look meek, whose very name struck terror into the enemy, who knew no retreat and no defeat, and who, in his life, had become a legend of courage throughout Chechnya … what would he look like? Imagine! Do you see a well-built, tall, and muscular man with a loud commanding voice? If you do, know that you are dead wrong! If looks can be deceiving, that was surely the case with Shaheed Commander Abu Ja'far Al-Yamani. Like the nephew of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the "Door of knowledge", the "Lion of Allah", Ali bin Abu Taalib, Commander Abu Ja'far was short-statured; like the blessed companion of the Prophet, the great scholar and mujahid, Abdullah bin Mas'ud, he was slender of figure; and like the great General, the conqueror of Shaam, "The Ameen of the Ummah", Abu Ubayda bin Jarrah, he took nothing of the comforts of the dunya, and was so humble that people, upon meeting him, couldn't believe that he was the legendary figure they had heard about. Not only did Abu Ja'far have some physical resemblance to these men, he also took their other qualities: indomitable courage and intelligence, a great love for religious knowledge, and an exemplary character. Such was Shaheed Commander Abu Ja'far Al-Yamani - reminding us of the verse of the Qur'an:
    "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and falling prostrate (in worship), seeking bounty from Allah and (His) acceptance…" [48:29]
    We pray that Allah accepts Abu Ja'far's martyrdom and places him in the company of the prophets, the noble companions, and the other martyrs in the highest levels of Paradise (aameen).
    A source of destruction, a symbol of terror
    For Russians that surely was Abu Ja'far.
    If you were to see him, a short, slender man
    But within him was power, the strength of Eeman.
    This power did surface during his attack
    The faith and the courage that Russians did lack
    He was good at business, the best deal he chose,
    He sold all his comfort, desires, and rose…
    Up high to the level where he also sold.
    His soul to His Lord, more worthy than gold…
    More worthy than all on the earth and within,
    So Allah was generous and bought it from him.
    O Abu Ja'far, courageous commander!
    Your soul is now free to roam and to wander.
    May Allah Have Mercy and shower His Love,
    On you, in high stations of Heaven above.

    Personal and Family Background:
    Abu Ja'far was from Yemen, the land honored by the prophet (s). He was born around the year 1380(H) and grew up in Al-Ta'if in Saudi Arabia. He later moved to Yemen, and subsequently went to Jihad. The lion-hearted Abu Ja'far was so short statured that when he stood amongst the Mujahideen, he barely reached their shoulders. He had a wheatish complexion with an unmistakable beard. He was very calm, quiet, extremely shy, and was seen constantly smiling. When he laughed, his voice didn't rise. Along with these qualities, he was a very serious and practical man.
    We knew him as a man who loved Jihad - his heart filled with a burning desire to serve his religion. By Allah's Grace, he was not the only one in his family to have this zeal. Allah blessed him with a noble sister, who played a key role in his participation in Jihad.

    His Special Sister:
    His sister was the one who paid for all his expenses related to Jihad. She sold all of her jewelry and paid for his preparation and trip from her money. Can we find similar women nowadays? Can we find such men? Abu Ja'far asked one of his poet brothers to write a poem thanking his sister. The poet symbolized Abu Ja'far talking to his sister and saying [paraphrased into English from the original Arabic version]:
    Some feelings expressed, more have I in store,
    For you, they're like perfumes and roses so pure.
    I wonder, my sister, so gracious, so shy.
    Will I ever see you? With tears in my eye…
    I tell you that I will forget you not ever,
    The love that I have for you, end it will never.
    To you do I owe this chance and this blessing,
    To serve The AlMighty, through your offering.
    You won my respect, when it was only you,
    Who did what none else was willing to do.
    Through your sacrifice am I here today,
    So count on my help, for a difficult day.
    You pushed my heart and my soul for Jihad,
    You did fulfil your role for Jihad.
    You kept your promise, so firm and strong,
    May Allah protect you from all that is wrong!
    O Fatima, if I don't see you again,
    Don't cry, do not worry, do not feel pain.
    For with the Will of the One in Control,
    We will meet in Paradise - that is our goal!
    Commander Abu Ja'far had married and it was very important to him that his wife earned Arabic. He demanded that she would speak to him in no language other than Arabic. Once she prepared some food and forgot and said the word "eat" in Russian. He got upset, refused to eat, and left the house for sometime. She thus learned Arabic extremely well. This was because of such carefulness on his behalf - may Allah have mercy upon him.

    Islamic Knowledge:
    Abu Ja'far had memorized the Quran in his early days and studied some Islamic jurisprudence. One of his teachers was Shaikh Muqbil (Rahimahullah). However, his heavy involvement in the constant fighting took up most of his time, causing him to forget some of the Qur'an. Commander Abul-Waleed says "He told me that he planned to re-memorize it during the following Ramadan because he had forgotten the majority of it. And he did memorize half of it during Ramadan, 1421(h)."
    Religious education was extremely important to Abu Ja'far. In some cases, he gave religious advice to other Mujahideen. Before he embarked on any journey for battle, he reminded his troops of Allah and the great rewards waiting for them. He himself usually got very moved by his words. He always spoke greatly of his Mujahideen brothers and remembered their sacrifice in the sake of Allah.

    Military Training:
    Abu Ja'far had learned and perfected the use of the Haon. During the first Chechen war, when he was in the Khattab battalion, he was given the responsibility of using this rocket launcher. During the second war, he truly mastered it and slaughtered many Russians using it.
    Along with religious knowledge, he considered military training to be extremely important. Thus, when the first war ended, he took on the responsibility of leading the training camp. He used to ask the educated Mujahideen to give lectures and lessons. If they were late, or if they excused themselves, he would get angry with them and used to say "Allah has entrusted you with spreading your knowledge, so do so." When the second war started, the Khattab unit got bigger, thus, the unit was broken into smaller units and new commanders were appointed. Abu Ja'far was recognized by his brothers for being the best in behaviour, patience, and command, and after the martyrdom of commander Hakeem, he was appointed as commander of a unit. Eventually, Abu Ja'far became a member of the Mujahideen Military Command Council.

    An Excellent Teacher:
    Abu Ja'far was a great teacher. He would regularly inspect his unit, which primarily consisted of Arabs, Chechens, and Azerbaijans. If he would find remains of sugar on the ground, he would punish the guilty unit by not issuing them sugar for sometime. Similarly, if he would find breadcrumbs, he would say "How can you waste food when there are brothers who can't find anything to eat?"
    He used to train the young men to command. He would meet with them and take their opinions, even in the case of the very new Mujahideen with no experience. Pointing at the map, he would ask "If we find the Russians here, should we attack from over there? How should we plan the attack?" He encouraged others to speak their ideas then discuss them. He would assign some to go out to gather intelligence and others to execute a mini-operation.
    He always simplified problems and he would assign a responsibility in a simple way. He would say "You go with such and such group, you do so and so, and if you find the Russians, you kill them and Allahu-Akbar". That was his style. His soldiers used to be surprised with how simple he made things and as a result, they learnt to be good commanders. He would assign responsibilities; one would be responsible for rations (which is one of the most difficult ones), another would be responsible for ammunition, a third for something else. His unit seemed like a bee hive in efficiency even though he would not spend a lot of time with the Mujahideen in his unit because of his other responsibilities such as strategic planning and commanders' meetings.

    The Abu Ja'far Unit - Unit of the Courageous Martyrs:
    Soon after its establishment, Abu Ja'far's unit became famous for bravery. The majority of the young Arabs desired his unit. Whenever there were changes, they always asked Allah to be put in Abu Ja'far's unit. The majority of the Arab martyrs came from his unit. One of his soldiers had a dream once that Abu Ja'far was driving a bus along the airport strip in Argun with his unit in the bus. Abu Ja'far started driving fast, and eventually, the bus took off heading towards heaven. We ask Allah to accept them all. At the time of this dream, the following Mujahideen were in his Argun unit and eventually earned martyrdom:
    Abdullah (Al-Quds, Palestine)
    Abu Habib Al-Qosaimy
    Abul-Munthir (United Arab Imarets)
    Abu Ubaidah (Yemen)
    Abu Huthaifah (Egypt)
    Abu Hamzah (Yemen)
    Abu Malik (Yemen)
    Ibad (Najd, Saudi Arabia)
    Ikrimah (Syria)
    Abu Abdul-Aziz (Yemen)
    A few others in the group who were later martyred
    Insha-Allah:
    Abu Saeed Al-Sharqi
    Abu Dujanah (Yemen)
    Abu Hafs (Egypt)
    Al-Muthanna Al-Qosaimy
    Abu Sumaiah (Najd, Saudi Arabia)
    Abu Dhur (Ta'if, Saudi Arabia)
    Abu Asim (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

    The Kind-Hearted Shepherd:
    Abu Ja'far was very kind and gentle with the Mujahideen - especially with those poor and weak Mujahideen who came from Uzbekistan. Relatively speaking, the Arab and Chechen Mujahideen have support and help from people in their home countries. As for the Uzbeks, they had no support from their home country. Once an Uzbek Mujahid eanted to marry, so he went to Abu Ja'far, who solicited help from other commanders and was able to assist him and buy him new clothes.
    Abu Ja'far's caring and kindness was also evidenced during the withdrawal operation from Grozny. His unit was assigned to meet and support the withdrawing Mujahideen in some of the villages. Abu Ja'far was found running around non-stop serving them, as the majority of the Mujahideen were sick and they were all exhausted. That first day, he did not sleep at all, until it was 10:00 the next day. He even nursed the Mujahideens' feet which had gotten very swollen from the walking. One Mujahid says "Once during the winter, we had a very tough day and couldn't get to sleep until around 10:00pm. Everyone was exhausted. I happened to wake up around 12:30 and found Abu Ja'far talking to Khattab. The discussion went on for a long time. Khattab wanted Ja'far to wake up his unit and move. Ja'far said "That is fine but the men need to rest a little more." Khattab would then say, "They have rested enough," but Ja'far kept insisting "They are extremely tired and need some more rest". When Khattab left, I saw Ja'far lie down to sleep. Being unable to sleep, he got up after a short while, made Wudu, prayed two Rak'ahs, then started the car and went to get a head start on next day's preparation for his unit.
    Abu Ja'far truly cared for the Mujahideen, never forgetting anyone's need. Once, a Mujahid needed boots. After a while, Abu Ja'far brought him a pair and did not forget. Once I asked him for a special rifle. About three weeks later, and after I had forgotten, he received a batch of new weapons and was handing them out. He called me and gave me what I wanted.
    Abu Ja'far was very selfless and always placed others before himself. He made sure others ate before him and others had clothes before he did. Once the command issued new uniforms and he was one of the last ones who got his. Once we had to stay in the forests during the rainy season. The forests are at their worst during this time. The rain pours heavily, making the round muddy and slippery, and not to mention, a fire cannot be started either. Once the command gave out comfortable waterproof tents. They were wonderful to sleep in. They felt as comfortable as a hotel room. The Mujahideen entered the tents filling them up to the point where there was no place left for Abu Ja'far. Even though he was the commander, instead of asking his men to make room for him, he went to a nearby area with a couple of other Mujahideen and attached plastic tarp to tree limbs and slept. His selflessness is reminiscent of the noble companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him, who are praised by Allah for such acts as follows:
    "…They prefer them (their brothers in faith) over their own persons, even though they, themselves, may be in need. And whoever is saved from his own avarice, such are they who are successful." [59:9]

    Humble and Respectful:
    Another exemplary quality of Abu Ja'far was his humility. Being a commander, he himself deserved to be honoured, but he always honoured and praised others instead. This was most notable in the case of those who had been his commanders. At different times, he had been commanded by Khattab, Hakeem (may Allah have mercy upon him), Yakoob, and Abul-Waleed. When one of his commanders visited the base, Ja'far would always walk behind them and if a Mujahid came and asked for anything -- even a bullet-- he would tell him, ask the commander (meaning the higher-ranking visitor). Even if he would be in the middle of talking and directing his troops and if a commander of a higher rank would walk in, he would stop talking and take a step back as if he were a common soldier.
    His would not take credit for his achievements. He would plan and command an operation, but when asked to give the details, he would say "The brothers planned and did so and so".
    When our talk was on honor, the subject respect. Your example, O Ja'far, we'd always select.
    The Mujahideen who knew him all agreed that he never directly asked anyone to do anything for him. He could be surrounded with other Mujahideen yet when he needed a glass of water, he would get up and get it himself. And despite all of the responsibilities and demands of his position, he always took care of his own business, even during the battles and in the forests. For example, despite his high rank and busy schedule, he always washed his own clothes. Not only did he not order, but he never even allowed anyone to do his washing for him.
    Another one of Allah's gifts to him was an amazing sixth sense. Once he woke up from sleep worried. He contacted the Mujahideen intelligence and found out that there was a Russian advance. Another time, the same thing happened but he was much more worried. He then learned there was also an advance and some Mujahideen were wounded.

    The Lion-Hearted Leopard:
    Abu Ja'far was amazingly bold and courageous. Once, Sheikh Abu Umar Had remarked,
    "In my opinion, this man should not be given command because I fear that he is too bold". He also used to say about Abu Ja'far, "The flames of the battles he leads are very hot".
    He had terrorized the Russians and instilled a great fear in their hearts. Once on the Sergen-Yurt front, the Mujahideen intercepted the Russians' transmissions and heard them saying: "We have soldiers along the Sergen-Yurt front, and … and … and they are being confronted by a unit in the mountains that we estimate to be 25,000, commanded by General Ja'far". At that time, Abu Ja'far's unit was less than 140 Mujahideen. So much was his reputation for bravery and courage, that when some Chechen civilians met him for the first time and noticed his small stature, they couldn't believe what they saw and jokingly questioned "YOU are General Ja'far?"
    Due to his courageousness, members of his unit reported never feeling afraid during an attack in which Abu Ja'far was also present. One Mujahid tells the following story:
    "He did not know the term "withdraw" and if we absolutely had to do so, he would be the absolute last one. During the battle of Eid (documented in Russian Hell in 2000), he was in the operation of Argun and I was in his unit when we were preparing an ambush along
    the Gudremes road. The ambush started at 7:45 am when a convoy consisting of 10 armoured vehicles and a BTR arrived. At that point, Abu Ja'far gave the order to begin. By Allah's grace, our shots hit the vehicles head on and burnt all of them. The Russians sent reinforcements consisting of one armoured vehicle and about 15 soldiers. My brother Imad and myself engaged the reinforcements. When Abu Ja'far heard the shooting, he came running and said "Allow me to join you and get some reward". He joined us in shooting them while about half his body was showing to the enemy. For about two hours, he kept on moving from one fox hall to another assisting the Mujahideen and killing off the remaining Russians. Allah blessed us with killing the majority of them and wounding others. More Russian reinforcements arrived. This time, it was three vehicles and about 45 soldiers. We engaged them from 10:00am until about 2:30pm. Abu Ja'far was consistently in the front and only came back to take some grenades from others and move forward to toss them at the Russians. Allah blessed us with a strong showing that day and we kept on killing them until we heard them yelling "Mommy" and "Help". After it was over, Abu Ja'far left the fox hall to kill off the injured and put them out of their worldly misery - only to be met with more after death. At that point, we could not believe what we saw. More reinforcements arrived, consisting of more than twenty six tanks, BMP's, and URALs full of soldiers. When we saw them, our voices raised with ALLAHU-AKBAR and LA ILAHA ILLA ALLAH. We really felt that our hearts reached our throats as Allah described in the Quraan. None of us thought that we would survive that surprise attack. A brother next to me said "What do we do?" I responded, "Remember Allah and ask Him to bestow steadfastness upon you". Another brother came and asked the same thing adding that the majority of the brothers have already left and that we should do the same. I said "We don't move until we get the command from the commander". For a while, I wasn't sure what to do. I left my fox hall and found Abu Ja'far saying to the brothers "Have fear of Allah and be steadfast". They came back. As for Abu Ja'far, he was running around in the battlefield and managed to burn 10 vehicles using some of their own diesel. Eventually, I withdrew with an injured brother. Four brothers stayed with Abu Ja'far and he was the last to leave the battlefield."

    Beloved to the Believers:
    "Indeed, those who believe and do good deeds, the Beneficent will appoint for them, love." [Qur'an, 19:96]
    The Mujahideen under his command, as well as the Chechens all really loved Abu Ja'far, to the point where his name had become a household name in the country. Once he was among six Mujahideen in the forest and fell into a Russian ambush. A Mujahid of his unit, Abul-Muthanna, was fatally shot. Such was his love for Abu Ja'far, that, even on his
    'death-bed', lying in a pool of his own blood, he was heard saying "Oh Allah, protect Abu Ja'far".

    One of the Mujahideen reports the following incident:
    "One night, I mistakenly left my unit and subsequently got lost. I kept going from one village to the next looking for my unit and trying to avoid the people. I met an elderly woman and finally decided to ask her. I started talking to her in very broken Russian. Her son appeared and realized that I was an Arab Mujahid. He asked me which unit I belonged to? I answered: Ja'far. His face lit up with happiness and he insisted on carrying my rifle for me and was very generous with me. He asked me about Ja'far and I told him he was injured at the time. He was very moved and I could see genuine sadness on his face. He did not leave me until he took me back to the Mujahideen."
    Abu Ja'far had not only left the life of worldly ease and comfort for Jihad, he also took his full share of the reward of being injured and suffering hardships in the path of Allah. He got very sick a number of times and was wounded on several other occasions. Abu Ja'far was once shot in his right wrist (during the ambush in which Abul Muthanna was martyred), which hurt him for a while, especially when he ate. On another occasion, he was shot in his left arm, and on a third, he was shot in his back.
    Finally, Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta'ala released Abu Ja'far from this worldly prison, and took him insha'Allah as a martyr into the folds of His Infinite Mercy. He joined the caravans of martyrs on Saturday 2/18/1422 (H). On that fateful day, he had left with
    the engineers to plant some landmines along a road commonly used by the Russians. While planting one of them, it exploded, killing him and Abu Bakr (Turkey) and a third Chechen Mujahid. We ask Allah to accept them all as martyrs in the highest place in Paradise (aameen).
    The kind-hearted Shepherd
    Lion-hearted Leopard,
    Through his acts a preacher,
    A truly great teacher,
    Beloved Commander,
    Beloved, no wonder!
    Never of himself,
    Always thinking of others.
    Running here and there,
    Busy serving his brothers.
    Fulfilling their needs,
    And amassing good deeds,
    His own status he raised,
    Like those Allah has praised.
    Not surprising indeed,
    Allah chose him Shaheed.
    From this prison released.
    With him Allah be pleased!
    The kind-hearted Shepherd,
    Lion-hearted Leopard,
    Whose name did cast terror,
    Within those in error.
    Instilled in them fear,
    Whether far or near.
    He knew no retreat
    And never defeat.
    Him no one could scare,
    They could not even dare.
    Like a solid rock, wall.
    He was for them all.
    Remembering Allah,
    Holding on to His rope.
    A legend of courage,
    A beacon of hope.
    Not surprising indeed,
    Allah chose him Shaheed.
    From this prison released.
    With him Allah be pleased!
    SHAFEEQ AT-TUWAIJIRI
    Shafeeq (Ayub At-Tuwaijiri), from the Arabian Peninsula. Killed during an ambush by Russian Forces in Chechnya, in May 2000. Aged 18. 1st hand account.
    " The Young Man, the Wise Muslim, the Mujahid Martyr. "
    He was less than 18 years old when he first came to Chechnya. He arrived to join the Mujahideen at a time when the Jihad in the Caucasus most needed determined Muslims like him to fight and sacrifice for Allah, Islam and the Muslims.
    He grew up close to the religion of Allah; he never went through ‘a youthful phase’ marred by transgression and was known not to have strayed from the path of Shariah. He was one of those who the Prophet (SAWS), described as: “Allah looks with pleasure upon young men who do not (succumb) to youthful passions and childlike behavior.” Among Shafeeq’s exemplary qualities were his pure intentions, unrestricted goodness and excellence in character; we consider him as such and do not sanctify anyone other than Allah Most High.
    Shafeeq closely followed the developments surrounding every corner of the Ummah. His heart bled whenever he learned of the massacre of Muslims. He hated, for the sake of Allah, the unbelievers who committed merciless crimes against the Muslims, and he was upset by the fact that Muslims failed to rush in support of their beleaguered brothers around the world.
    As part of his care for the Ummah, Shafeeq eagerly followed the news of the Mujahideen through video and audio tapes. His infatuation with Jihad and his desire to sacrifice for Allah eventually prompted him to leave behind all worldly comforts and to join the Mujahideen in Chechnya. For several months, he prepared himself physically and mentally for Jihad; he often spoke to his parents about his desire to join the Mujahideen, and finally, he joined the martyred brother Abdur-Rahman Al-Sulaib (Abu Yaasir Al-Nashmi) and travelled to Chechnya.
    Despite suffering from chronic asthma, Shafeeq distinguished himself on the battlefield. He traveled with the Mujahideen from village to village, and fought with them in many battles. His exploits were heroic and his sword was severe upon the unbelievers.
    A Date With Martyrdom:
    The Mujahideen remain active and mobile throughout all of their operations. This means Mujahideen units are always on the move, from town to town, from village to village and from mountain to mountain.
    During one of these operations, Shafeeq was a member in a 10-man unit of Mujahideen. The unit stopped at a certain village and remained there for several days. Towards the end of their stay, Russian forces attacked the village. Shafeeq and his unit conducted a logical withdrawal from the village in order not to present themselves as easy targets to the hordes of Russian tanks and aircraft.
    During their withdrawal, the 10 Mujahideen fell into an ambush set by Russian forces. A firefight ensued and the three of the Mujahideen were killed. Among them were the Chechen commander of the unit, another Chechen Mujahid and Shafeeq. The remaining Mujahideen broke through the ambush and returned to Mujahideen bases. May Allah accept our brother Shafeeq, the young lion, as a Martyr in the highest levels of Paradise.
    Shafeeq’s will was to have his Salam and greetings presented to his father, mother and family members. He also willed that we make Dua for him and all of the Mujahideen.
    May Allah Most Merciful grant Shafeeq and all of the Martyrs of the Ummah a lofty position in the shade of His Glorious Throne and may He hasten the victory of His warriors over His enemies.
    ABU MALIK ASH-SHAREEF
    Abu Malik Ash-Shareef (Ibrahim bin Muhammad Al-Qahtani), from Ahlul-Bait (Direct Descendants of the Prophet (SAWS)'s family), Makkah, Arabian Peninsula. Killed leading a Mujahideen attack against Russian Forces in Serzhen-Yurt, Southern Chechnya, on 28 June 2000. 1st hand account.

    Biography:
    From Makkah, of Ahlul-Bait and Hafidh-ul Quran. He was very modest, had excellent manners, a very pleasant personality and a dignified bearing. Around the camp, he would often be seen waking the brothers for Fajr prayers, cooking the bread or heading out on reconnaisance. He was shaheed fighting a Russian attack in Serzen Yurt. When killed he was leading the attack against the Russians.
    Story taken from the Diary of a Foreign Mujahid on www.qoqaz.net:
    The next day, soon after Fajr, word went round that we were decamping and going to move. This was the last morning of my tentmate Abu Malik Ash-Shareef. That morning he did all the work of packing up our tent and soon we were ready to move.
    The whole forest had been pretty much been constantly bombed for the last few days and it was that morning that Abu Asim Al-Jeddawi (Arabian Peninsula) was killed with shrapnel to the head. Brothers all around the area were having contacts with Russians and news came in from Abu Bakr that he had encountered a Russian team which had gone into the adjoining valley after some fighting. In this incident, two Russians (and a tracking sniffer dog) were killed and it was here that Abu Saad Al-Kandahari (Arabian Peninsula) was instantly shaheed soon followed by Abu Saeed Ash-Shimali (Arabian Peninsula) from a bullet wound to the head.
    The time and place of one's death is written. As we descended into the valley, Abu Malik was at the front and setting the pace at a jog. He shouldn't even have been with us as only brothers with Pistoniks were told to go. However looking back, it's as if Abu Malik was late for an appointment and was rushing to be on time! As the pace slowed in the undergrowth, Abu Malik was sometimes 15-20m ahead on his own and he was the first one to spot them. Off the trails it is often difficult to see more than a few metres and so it was then that there were three of us in rough line advancing and firing occaionally. I was on the right, Abu Malik in the middle and Abu Rawda on the left with some 10m separating us.
    I saw a trail in the leaves which led even further to the right. As I advanced, I saw a magazine followed some 20m or so by a ruck sack. We had made a great deal of noise and the Russians had been surprised by the speed of our advance, so they had fled leaving their belongings behind! Anyway, there was a fallen tree on the edge of a sharp decline to a stream below which I approached after a bit of firing. Then, just as I peered over it, a single pistol shot came whistling through the trunk over my head. Subhanallah- it was the Russians and this one had fired just a fraction too soon. As I fell to the ground a grenade was lobbed, hit the tree and fell back on their side though only 2m away! The nearest Russian who had fired the pistol was no more than a few metres away and insha-Allah was injured by the his own grenade. I lobbed some grenades in their direction and during the ensuing fire fight.
    It was immediately after this that I heard groaning to my left down near the stream. I thought at the time it was a Russian and so did nothing more than to dig in and prepared for more of the above. As the brothers called out to each other I learned that Abu Malik had descended down to the stream and had been injured. Only some hours later when the Russians had fled did we go down and I realised that it had been Abu Malik that had been groaning. He was lying shaheed in the stream, bullet wound to the abdomen. He had been in an incredibly dangerous place, an open stream with thick undergrowth on either side, and had been shot in the side of his chest. The Russians had also taken his weapon.
    So now, about a week later, my dear friend Abu Malik (may Allah have Mercy on him) is no longer with us; joining the many martyrs of this war. Some brothers are given martyrdom but when I think of Abu Malik and how he rushed forward that afternoon, it is as if he embraced martyrdom. One of the finest brothers that I knew here, from Ahlul-Bait (Direct Descendents of the Prophet (SAWS) and a hafidh of the Quran (memorised the whole Quran), he was very modest, had excellent manners, a very pleasant personality and a dignified bearing. Around the camp, he would often be seen waking the brothers for Fajr prayers, cooking the bread or heading out on reconnaisance. His will is translated below.

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    Will of Abu Malik al-Yemeni (Ibrahim bin Mohammed al-Qahtani)

    In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
    All the praises and thanks are to Allah, the Lord of Creation, and peace upon Muhammad, his family, his companions and those who will follow their path sincerely until the Day of Recompense.
    This is my will. The will and advice of a poor supplicant for the Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah, Ibrahim bin Muhammad Al-Qahtani, to my brother Mujahideen.
    Fear Allah and renew your intention for Allah in all your deeds; and beware of your Nafs (self), for surely the Nafs desires what is in this world; but what is with Allah is better and everlasting. Be patient because Allah is with those who are patient- and the reward of the patient ones will be without account. Beware of haste whenever you are in hard and straightened circumstances as the relief of Allah will be close.
    I will say no more. However forgive me and make dua and ask forgiveness for me so perhaps Allah will accept me. Allah knows that I love you all for the sake of Allah. May Allah reward you for this.
    I ask Allah to gather us all in the Paradise of Allah with the Messengers, the Believers and the Martyrs. (translators note: May Allah reward you for this Abu Malik).
    Your brother,
    Abu Malik Ash-Shareef
    ABU YAASIR ASH-NASHMI
    Abu Yaasir An-Nashmi (Abdur-Rahman As-Sulaib), from the Arabian Peninsula. Killed by a Russian sniper bullet en route to Argun, Chechnya, in Summer 2000.
    Translator's note: It was the habit of the Prophet [SAWS] and his companions [may Allah be pleased with them] to give each other nicknames. A friend would call or refer to his brother by a code/nickname, which he believed described a facet of the other person's personality.
    For us today, assigning these names not only follows and revives this honourable habit of our forefathers, but also serves a realistic purpose for the Mujahideen to avoid persecution if and when they travel away from the land of Jihad. Upon martyrdom, we announce both the actual name, and the nickname of the martyr because he/she will then be at a place where he/she no longer has to fear persecution.
    We believe that all our brothers and sisters who participated in this Jihad with us paid the ultimate price to be classified as martyrs. However, we acknowledge that Allah is the One who Alone Knows with certainty, and so we refrain from raising any of His Creation above the level He has set for them. We ask Allah, Most High, to enter them all into Al-Firdaus, the highest level of Paradise.
    The adjective 'An-Nashmi,' translated from the language of the people of Najd, means, "The one who exhausts himself in helping others." No other description can fit this shaheed more aptly.
    Abu Yaasir An-Nashmi was an extremely active young man, very simple and humble, easy-going, obedient, and very gentle towards his brothers. His movements always resembled those of a man who is looking for something very precious. In truth, he was searching for Shahaadah [Martyrdom]. He had previously sought martyrdom in Bosnia, but it had eluded him there, for Allah, Most High, kept him in this world for a battle with yet another tyrant, in a land he had probably not even heard about at that time.
    Abu Yaasir had gone to Bosnia like a man thirsty to defend Islam and its honour, which was and is still being raped in the land of the so-called 'democratic' countries of Europe. He left for Bosnia on the very same day which Allah , Most High, chose to Grant him a son. Abu Yaasir named this son 'Jihad.'
    During his tenure in Bosnia, he used to repeatedly recite the following verses of poetry:
    "Here we are O Islam of the honourable.
    We are here in defence of all that is sacred.
    Here we are!
    Let us create for your glory stairs made of our skulls.
    Here we are! Here we are! Here we are!"
    He returned from Bosnia broken-hearted because he had not achieved martyrdom there. But his return was also characterized by additional energy to work in serving his religion.
    He could be seen working like a bee in a warehouse, serving the poor and need, carrying everything himself and declining offers of help from others. He could also be found overseeing the school in which young children memorized the Qur'aan. He would participate in every activity he could lay his hands on. And despite all these activities, in which he immersed himself, the flame of Jihad continued to burn in his heart. He was always searching for a place where he could worship his Creator with Jihad.
    When he heard about Chechnya, he did not rest until he gathered the information which he needed. As part of his training, he would take his son's back-pack, fill it up with sand and run with it for a few kilometers a day. He would ask everyone about the road to Chechnya and tried to obtain directions as to how to get there.
    Eventually, he could think of nothing else. His heart and mind, consumed by thoughts of jihad and martyrdom, he finally found the way and the means to reach his destination. He was very happy when he left. He traversed across the mountains in the middle of the winter when the temperature hits -50 degrees celsius.
    He took part in heated battles in which everyone saw, felt, and smelled death around the corner. He would travel from one active front to the next. He didn't view this as a war; he didn't see them as being 'fronts.' Rather, he saw this only as a marketplace in which to do business with a guarantee to succeed.
    One summer's day, en route to Argun, a single bullet hit him and took him to the Everlasting Paradise - Insha-Allah.
    Abu Yaasir departed from this world leaving behind seven children, the eldest of whom was 10 and the youngest 3.
    Allah will Provide for them, if He so Wills.
    SHAHEEDAH HAWAA BARAYEV ASH-SHEESHANI
    Hawaa Barayev , from Chechnya. Killed as she drove and detonated a car laden with explosives into the heart of a Russian Special Forces Officers' buillding in Alkhan-Kala, Chechnya, on Friday 09 June 2000. 1st hand account.
    “I know what I am doing; Paradise has a price and I hope this will be the price for Paradise.”
    Hawaa Barayev, The Sword of the Hijab.
    Sister Hawaa’ Barayev Launched Martyrdom Attack That Destroyed Russian Military Building
    To all Muslims!
    To all those who failed to fulfill their duties to their brothers and sisters in Chechnya,
    To all those who waste their time with worldly exploits while Muslims are slaughtered in Chechnya and other parts of the world…
    Take heed of the message issued by a young Muslim woman who wore the Hijab and was not even 20 years old, whose final words were: “I know what I am doing; Paradise has a price and I hope this will be the price for Paradise.”
    Moments later, sister Hawaa’ Barayev drove a car laden with explosives through the streets of Alkhan Kala and into a building that was used by the leadership of Russian Special Forces in Chechnya. Russian troops unleashed a hail of fire in an attempt to stop sister Hawaa’, but Allah had chosen to give victory to her and to her message. She drove the car through the gates and into the centre of the building. The explosives detonated ripping through the structure and causing heavy damage.
    After the dust settled, 27 Russian soldiers, many of them senior Special Forces officers, lay dead. The building used by the Russian Special Forces was severely damaged, and a Russian army of 270,000 Russians watched helplessly as a female warrior of Allah drove a knife through the heart of the leadership of Russia’s ‘elite’ forces. The massive damage to the building and the hundreds of panicky Russian soldiers who surrounded the structure after the attack belied official statements that only few soldiers were killed or wounded in the attack.
    Sister Hawaa’s sacrifice for the sake of Allah and the Muslims is a warning to the unbelievers not only in Chechnya, but across the world, that the people of Allah will no longer accept the tyranny of infidels. It is a warning to all those who think they can commit crimes against Muslim women and children without being accountable for such crimes; Hawaa’ Barayev taught the enemies of Allah that they will be held accountable and will be hunted down by the soldiers of Allah; Hawaa’ Barayev taught the enemies of Allah that the Ummah of Islam still has, and will always have, mothers who give birth to Mujahideen, men and women, who will defend the faith and honour of Muslims everywhere.
    Will those Muslims who are sitting in the comfort of their homes learn the lessons taught to the world by Hawaa’ Barayev; will you follow in her example of unquestioning faith and heroic selflessness? Will you support your brothers and sisters in Chechnya with your strength, political and financial? Will you at least remember your brothers and sisters in Chechnya in your prayers?
    This operation has added a new dimension to the guerilla war that the Mujahideen are undertaking as part of their effort to exterminate the presence of Russian forces in Chechnya. May Allah increase the number and scope of such operations, and may He grant His Infinite Mercy to our beloved sister and martyr of the Ummah, Hawaa, for truly is He the Most Gracious and Most Merciful, and we do not sanctify anyone above Him.
    Shortly after news of the operation spread, Field Commander Ramadan Ahmadov commented: “The men of Chechnya who are sitting at home and doing nothing can no longer look at the faces of their women any more; may Allah have mercy on sister Hawaa’.”
    Hawaa’ Barayev is the first woman to launch such a martyrdom operation in Chechnya. She is not the first woman martyr in Chechnya, for there have been many of our sisters who have died at the hands of the Russian cowards. However, sister Hawaa’ has set a precedent with her actions; not only has she followed in the footsteps of her elder cousin, the brilliant field commander, Arbi Barayev, she has also reinforced the determination of the Mujahideen to live, fight and die for the sake of Allah Most High.
    May Allah grant His Victory to the Mujahideen in Chechnya, and may He reserve for them a lofty position in the highest levels of Paradise and in the shade of His Glorious Throne. May one of these Mujahideen be our sister and martyr of this Ummah and may her words be embedded in the hearts of Muslims everywhere:
    “I know what I am doing; Paradise has a price and I hope this will be the price for Paradise.”
    Hawaa’ Barayev, The Sword of the Hijab.

    E-Mails of Support sent to the Family of Shaheedah Hawaa Barayev by Visitors to the qoqaz.net Web-Site

    Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
    Ma Sha Allah!
    And who said that sisters cannot fight for the defense of their deen? May Allah (swt) reward Sister Hawaa' with the highest levels in Paradise (aameen).
    She is an example, not just for other Muslim women, but men as well.
    Wassalam alaikum
    [Sister ABS, Pakistan, 10 June 2000]

    Dear fellow Muslims of Chechnya With that single act of selfless martyrdom extreme terror will have been cast into the highest leadership of russia and the war will be significantly shortened. May Allah (SWT) inspire and guide your thoughts and actions for it is not you that make the decisions but Allah(SWT) who guides you to think in the best way possible for your victory. Remember do not ignore your dreams as it is in this state that full inspiration is received. God willing although it was a difficult action on all your parts in the long run its full significance will be seen. Your Muslim colleague Pakistani Muslim 10/6/2000

    Assalammualaikum, When I read the news of Martyrdom Attack by Sister Hawaa’ Barayev, I cried and speechless. Keep on fighting my dear brothers and sisters. My heart is with you and I will always pray for your victory. Brother NS
    KHUNKPASH ASH-SHEESHANI
    Khunkpash Ash-Sheeshani, from Chechnya. Bodyguard of Field Commander Khattab. Killed in Southern Chechnya, in June 2000. 1st hand account.

    "Shaheed Khunkpash, a bodyguard of Khattab, killed during an ambush by a hail of automatic fire."
    Excerpt from Diary of Foreign Mujahid:
    By the most circuitous of events I ended up a day later with Khattab, Abu Umar An-Najdi along with Field Commanders Abul-Waleed and Abu Jafar. This was a village perched on the edge of the plains. We had only been there a few hours when we heard that a Russian column was making its way into the area. As they started to take positions around the village it became clear that they were sealing off the village for a house to house search (a very common event in Chechnya). The next night we (a group of about nine) went *** until the Russians moved on.
    So followed another five surreal and memorable days. The first day was OK with the Russians on the nearby road. That night we saw flares from posts all around us giving us an idea of how many Russians were there. The next morning one of the brothers saw a column of troops on the path near us and we decided to move a 100m or so into the forest as we expected them to only do only a superficial search in ***. We had been there for some 20 minutes fairly relaxed when one of the Chechen brothers called Khunkpash, (a bodyguard of Khattab) decided to go and have a look in the place where we had previously been. He had barely left when there were bursts of automatic fire very close by. This was so close that some of the brothers darted away leaving their belongings! We regrouped further in the woods and managed to contact Khunkpash via the Wireless. He had just told us that the Russians were almost upon us when we heard another burst of automatic fire and heard Khunkpash cry out.
    DR MAULADI ASH-SHEESHANI
    Dr. Mauladi Ash-Sheeshani, from Chechnya. Doctor of the Mujahideen in Chechnya. Killed during a Russian missile attack in Chechnya, in June 2000. 1st hand account.

    "Shaheed Dr. Mauladi Ash-Sheeshani, the doctor of the Mujahideen, killed during a Russian missile attack."
    Excerpt from Diary of Foreign Mujahid:
    "Another fortnight of travel and I was again in a village. This time there was a conference of Commanders including Shamil Basayev and Khattab. Three days ago, literally minutes after I left the house, it received a direct hit from a missile followed by a pounding by Oregon rockets. Dr. Mauladi (he treated Masood Al-Benin) and another brother had one of his arteries cut and bled to death."
    Biography:
    The only doctor who was with the Mujahideen throughout the war. Masha'allah he worked tirelessly through the most active periods of the war to treat the mujahideen injured. The medical resources he had were always meagre and woefully insufficient. Working in basements and through intense bombing Dr. Mawladi alhamdullilah treated hundreds of mujahideen.
    He remained with the mujahideen in Shatoi and then through the difficult march and fighting during the escape from Shatoi.
    Always in good humour and a comfort to his patients he will be remembered by the many mujahids he treated.
    It was he who treated Field Commander Shamil Basayev following the loss of his leg.
    The Mujahid Dr. Mauladi was killed after succumbing to injuries incurred from a missile attack.
    MAULADI ASH-SHEESHANI
    Mauladi Ash-Sheeshani , from Chechnya. Killed as he drove and detonated a truck laden with explosives into the heart of a Russian Army barracks in Urus Martan, Chechnya, on Sunday 02 July 2000. 1st hand account.

    "Mauladi Ash-Sheshaani sacrificed his soul to teach the Russians a lesson: that there are hundreds more willing to do what he did."
    Excerpt from 03 July 2000 qoqaz.net news:
    On Sunday night, Russian forces arrested and violated several Chechen women from different villages. The enemy also arrested 15 young men aged 13-15 and sent them to join thousands of other Chechens in concentration camps. The Mujahideen responded by launching five martyrdom-operations and several massive attacks against the largest concentrations of Russian Desant, OMON, military intelligence and military police units in the cities of Urus Martan, Gudermes, Kurcheloy, Argun and Novi Grozny. Mujahideen sources confirm that at least 1,500 Russian soldiers were killed in a single hour as a result of these attacks
    Biography:

    Alhamdullilah I knew him well and can say that I knew him to be a very fine brother.I know I say this all the time but he was also amongst the best. A mujahid from the first war (lost his leg), fluent speaker of Arabic and knowledgable in Quran and Hadith.
    He came to the fighting in Serzen Yurt in the midst of winter with hardly any winter clothing. This didn't stop him from going to the front almost everyday and was almost immediately commanding a detachment of mujahideen.
    When under bombardement or enemy fire he was one of those who refused to take cover or shelter. Despite his physical handicap, he bore the difficulties when escaping from Shatoi with great patience. Masha'allah he was a man of many virtues, the kind of which one rarely meets.
    He sacrificed his soul to teach the Russians a lesson: that there are hundreds more willing to do what he did.
    KHALEEL AS-SOORI
    Khaleel As-Soori, from Turkey. Killed during a reconnaissance mission against Russian Forces in Chechnya, in July 2000. Aged 23. 1st hand account.
    "Born into a Nusairi family, accepted Islam, turned out by his family and earned the honour of martyrdom."
    Excerpt from Diary of a Foreign Mujahid on www.qoqaz.net:
    Finally, but far from least, there is Khaleel As-Soori from Hatay in Turkey. Of the three shuhadaa he was my closest friend and hence the one I know most about. He was also perhaps the loneliest in terms of personal family which is why the Muslims should know the passing of a very fine Muslim and Mujahid insha-Allah. He was shaheed aged only 23 and yet was blessed with an eventful and insha-Allah, fruitful life.
    Born into a Nusairi family, in the face of great difficulties Alhamdullilah Allah guided him to Islam and brought him to the Chechen Jihad for martyrdom.
    He entered Islam whilst ironically serving as a conscript in the Turkish Army- a bastion of Kuffar. For Khaleel, entering Islam brought many difficulties from his people whom he knew would never accept him. Despite this he tried to advise his family and fiancé gently through letters and during his visits home. They in turn tried their best to make him return to their deviant beliefs. In this they tried to intimidate him using every emotional, physical and cultural threat that they could muster. Alhamdullilah he held fast to the sunnah and refused to give in to the great pressure that his family and community were exerting on him. It soon became clear to them that he would not be dissuaded and they proceeded to do what they had threatened.
    His fiancé, whom he was very fond of, broke off their engagement. His father turned him out of his home and told him that he would not be allowed back until he returned to the ways of his forefathers. Khaleel was not dissuaded from this and left his home town of Antakiya and went to Istanbul. An expensive city, he had to work many long hours as a waiter to support himself. In his spare time he strove to learn about true Islam through study circles.
    So this was the life of Khaleel until the outbreak of the Chechen Jihad about a year ago. He knew little of the country and even less about the Mujahideen here; however he was fully aware of the importance of Jihad in Islam and his obligation to defend the honour and property of the Muslims in Chechnya. Again obstacles appeared in his path. The teacher of his study circle did not agree with his wish to participate in Jihad and advised him to stay and continue to learn about Islam.
    Again Khaleel was not to be dissuaded, even when the teacher threatened to expel him from the circle- a nonsensical threat which reveals much about the teacher. Again for the second time Khaleel placed his belief in Allah above the demands of the world and walked away from the group of people whom he had come to know and who had taught him much of what he knew about Islam.
    Upon arriving in Chechnya he joined Field Commander Abul-Waleed's battalion, which at that time was stationed in Grozny. However he soon moved to Abu Jihad Al-Afghani's group which at the time was in the brunt of the fighting so he could be nearer the front line. He fought there throughout the siege of Grozny and bore the hardships of the withdrawal from Grozny and then the subsequent escape from Shatoi with complete equanimity.
    He participated in many operations and was always keen to be where the fighting was. Despite the difficulties of the Mujahideen he was determined to stay and fight until the last Russian had left Chechen soil.
    As a person he had a very pleasant and friendly personality. Even during the hardest times he was in always in an upbeat mood and confident in Allah's help. Amongst the Mujahideen he helped others whenever and as much as he could and otherwise would be found reciting the Quran. In a land where life is fraught with hardship and danger he was amongst the most resilient and courageous.
    Khaleel was shaheed several days ago deep in the Caucasus mountains during a dangerous reconnaissance mission.
    May Allah accept his shahaadah as he knows best Khaleel's sincerity and the sacrifices Khaleel made for the Sake of Allah.
    ABU UBAIDAH AL-YEMENI
    Abu Ubaidah Al-Yemeni (Zaki Muhammad Uthman), from Yemen. Killed as he was driving an injured Mujahid for medical assistance in Southern Chechnya, on Monday 15 February 2000. Aged 26, married. 1st hand account.

    Abu Ubaidah was Shaheed on 15 February 2000 defending the town of Khartoni, in South Chechnya, against an attempt by the Russians to storm the Mujahideen defences.
    Previously Abu Ubaidah had fought in the Jihad in Bosnia in 1995. His name there was Abu Ayman Al-Yemeni and he participated in Operation Miracle (21 July 1995) and Operation Badr of Bosnia (10 September 1995) with the 'Kateebah' Foreign Mujahideen Regiment. Returning to Yemen after the end of the War, he went to study with some scholars of Islamic knowledge. He remained a student with them until August 1999 when he heard about the Jihad being fought in Dagestan. This presented him with another opportunity to fulfil his desire to be Shaheed and he immediately left Yemen with Abu Dujanah Al-Yemeni (also Shaheed whilst fighting alongside Abu Ubaidah in Serzen-Yurt, December 1999).
    Arriving in Chechnya just before the Russian Invasion, he was made a junior Commander under Abu Jafar Al-Yemeni (Batallion Commander- Group Khattab). With this group he fought against the Russians on the River Terek and subsequently played a prominent role in the defence of the Mujahideen Base in Serzen-Yurt. Here he commanded perhaps the most dangerous post facing the Russians and Many mujahideen under his command were Shaheed defending it, including Abu Dujanah Al-Yemeni (his travelling companion from Yemen). For two months, the Mujahideen in Serzen Yurt repulsed continuous infantry attacks whilst under intense artillery and air attacks. During this time he rarely left the base for more than a few days rest as all the Mujahideen were permitted to do so. This was despite the Mujahideen Base being less than a kilometre away and thus frequently bombed and fired upon.
    After pulling out of Serzen Yurt undefeated, his battalion was assigned to the defence of Khartoni. Less than a fortnight after they arrived, the Russians launched a sudden attack against his position using tanks and BMP's. After a day of fierce fighting during which three other Mujahideen were killed (Abul-Abbas Al-Kuwaiti, Mujahid Sheeshani and Jawhar Sheeshani) the enemy were repulsed with heavy losses. During the Russian retreat, Zaki was driving an injured brother to the infirmary when his vehicle was fired upon, fatally wounding him in the neck. He became Shaheed less than an hour afterwards.
    Zaki was meticulous about following the Quran and Sunnah. Liked by all, excellent in manners, he will be remembered for a long time by all who knew him. He frequently expressed a wish to his close friend Abul-Harith, of not returning from Chechnya and Alhamdullilah, his wish was fulfilled.
    May Allah reward you O Abu Ubaidah for the blood, sweat, toil and struggle you endured solely for His Pleasure. Indeed you were blessed, from a blessed Land. May Allah bring you into the Paradise which you yearned for.
    Narrated Ibn Umar, the Prophet (SAWS) said, "O Allah! Bless our Sham (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine) and our Yemen."
    ABUL-ABBAS AL-KUWAITI
    Abul-Abbas Al-Kuwaiti (Salem Al-Ajmi), from Kuwait. Killed fighting Russian Forces in Chechnya, on Monday 15 February 2000, whilst facing the enemy and not fleeing. Aged 23.

    All Praises are due to Allah and peace and salutations be upon our Prophet, Muhammad [SAWS].
    What can we say about the many martyrs, who have sacrificed their lives so that the Deen of Allah, Most High, may reign supreme in this world? We believe them insha-Allah, to be amongst the ranks of those whom Allah, Most High, Describes in the Quran as having "Honoured the covenant they established with Allah."
    As is the case with all martyrs, it is difficult to do justice to the story of the noble life of Abul-Abbas Al-Kuwaiti…for indeed we will run out of words and our pens will dry up, before these men, women and children can be given the due they deserve. So although, it is almost impossible to adequately put into words the story of such a man, we will continue to share a few words about his life, so that insha-Allah, the dead hearts of the Muslim Ummah, may be illuminated upon hearing about the eternally alive hearts of these martyrs.
    Abul-Abbas Al-Kuwaiti possessed many noble qualities, and honourable characteristics. Indeed it is rare to find young men such as him, in this world.
    Throughout the time during which I had the honour of knowing him, I found him to be someone who epitomized righteousness: he was always seeking knowledge, enforcing and encouraging virtue, and forbidding evil, and he loved his believing brothers immensely.
    He rushed to Chechnya at the tender age of twenty-three, accompanied by a few of his brothers. Alhamdulillah, barely two and a half months had passed, and Allah, Most High, called him to join the caravan of martyrs. We ask Allah to enter him into the highest levels of paradise along with the Prophets, other martyrs, and the truthful and righteous ones.
    Abul-Abbas served as an example of patience, amidst the hardships of Jihad. He would spend long hours in his trench, fighting the enemy face to face during frigid blizzards. By the time he returned, his uniform would be covered in mud as if he had been rolling in it for many hours. He exercised patience in the face of these difficulties, patiently awaiting his reward from Allah.
    During his last days in this world, he did not leave the front line. He remained there with his dear friend Khallad Al-Madani, who joined Abul-Abbas in the caravan of martyrs only two days later.
    Khallad had missed Abul-Abbas tremendously, and had longed to be in his company again, and Allah, Most High, did not keep them apart for long.
    The Martyrdom of Abul-Abbas Al-Kuwaiti
    Abul-Abbas had held on to the village of Sers-Yurt along with barely a hundred other Mujahideen for over two months. Using their machine guns, this small brave group, warded off more than 5000 Russian soldiers, who were armed with all types of heavy weapons, tanks, and fighter jets.
    During this time, Allah, Glorious and Most High, exposed the weak state of the Russian enemy. For in spite of their astonishing numbers, they failed miserably in deterring the no more than 12 Mujahideen who were on the front line. It was only after the Russians decided to surround the village and cut off all supplies from the civilians that the Mujahideen finally left.
    Their commander Abu Ja'far Al-Yemani, decided to establish the frontline in the area of Khatni. After the lines were set up and preparations made, the enemy advanced towards this area, and a heated battle ensued.
    The Mujahideen including Abul-Abbas Al-Kuwaiti, heard the sounds of war from their near-by camp. Abul-Abbas rushed off to the battleground, seeking martyrdom. As I write this, I can imagine them saying:
    "Rushing to Allah without anything in hand except
    Blessed deeds and righteousness
    Waiting.... for everything is bound to end except
    Patience, piety, and righteousness."
    The Mujahideen reached their bunkers within a short space of time, and Abul-Abbas was the first to do so. By the time he reached for his weapon (PK machine gun) and prepared it, the enemy armoured-vehicles were already firing at his post. Despite the horrific sight of these machines, he refused to take cover. Instead, he kept his head up, and kept on going, until his moment of glory arrived, and his heart's desire was finally fulfilled.
    An MBB projectile entered his forehead and exited from the back of his head. He fell down in bravery and honour. He then pointed his finger to the sky, saying "La Ilaha Illa Allah" (There is no Lord except Allah), thereafter departing for the eternal life.
    One of the great signs pointing to the martyrdom of Abu Abbas, was a dream which his mother had a few days later, in which she saw him in Jannah- above him was the Throne of the All Merciful.
    So long Abu Abbas. Although yes, your departure was bitter for us, because it means we will not see you again in this life. Yet, it was sweet too, because Allah, Most High, Honoured you with the best and the greatest death - the death of a martyr. We believe you to be as such and we expect the best from our Creator for you.
    May Allah have mercy on you Abu Abbas. And may he join us with you in the everlasting paradise.
    If we can no longer be together in this life then we seek joy in the fact that Allah will join us in the afterlife, if He so Wills. And that is sufficient for us.
    "Naeem bin Hamar (RA) narrates that a person asked the Prophet (SAWS), 'Which martyr is the most superior?' The Prophet (SAWS) replied, 'Those who are in the rows of battle and do not turn their faces until they are killed. They will roam around in the highest rooms in Paradise and their Lord will laugh at them (out of happiness). This is an indication that, when Allah laughs at somebody due to His Pleasure, there is no accounting of his deeds on the Day of Judgement."[Ahmad]
    By: Abu Umar Al-Kuwaiti

    MARTYRS OF PALESTINE
    DIRAAR ASH-SHEESHANI
    Diraar Isa Musa Ash-Sheeshani, from Chechnya. Killed during an operation against Israeli Forces in Palestine, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.

    Diraar without a Khalid
    "Indeed there is no dignity except in Jihad..."
    He was born in Al-Azraq, a village in the desert of Jordan. His eyes opened and his soul rose in pride of the desert whilst his spirit exited with the freedom expressed by the expanse of the desert.
    Indeed, Islam was cradled in the desert
    For every Muslim to become a lion.
    He was raised by his father to have self-respect and pride. He would relate to me stories from his childhood which told of a haughty character, which rejected humiliation and refused obsequiousness.
    He always remembered in his heart that he belonged to the Caucasus. His forefathers had emigrated from there and they had fought alongside the Sheikh Shaamil Ad-Dagestani. He dreamt of exacting revenge on those who had driven hundreds of thousands of the children of the Caucasus into Siberian exile, and left them to die of hunger and cold.
    I was told by some of these people that their forefathers were driven into exile in the days of Stalin, and were left with no food., which resulted in them eating their own children who had died before them. Russia had in fact known that these people were fierce warriors and would not have surrendered to their enemy easily, so one Russian general, perhaps Pavlov, had said: "The war against Sheikh Shaamil has incurred upon us a great loss, a number which would have sufficed to conquer all the lands which fall between Egypt and Japan."
    The dreams to regain the original glory and the lost honour filled Diraar's mind constantly. Perhaps his father had named him Diraar after Diraar bin Al-Azwar, the hero of the Syrian conquests at the time of Khalid bin Waleed (RA).
    In the Military College
    Diraar attended the Military College in the Jordanian Army, hoping it would be the path through which he could realise his ambitions and fulfil his aims. He graduated as an officer of engineering and began his service in the army. He was known for his modest behaviour and conduct, and began to lead groups of Chechen men on the tenets of Islam and following the Guidance of the Chosen Prophet (SAWS).
    The First Meeting
    The first time I came to know of him was through a letter sent to me by some of his dear friends in Peshawar. Through them, I learned of his ambitions and hopes. He planned on attacking Moscow, as a warning to the Russians. I felt the depth of his passion, and he used to talk to me of things close to what I imagined, as though he was repeating:
    When you risk your life and aim for an honour,
    Don't be content with what is beneath the stars,
    For the taste of death in a lowly affair,
    Is as the taste of death in an honourable affair.
    Cowards see cowardliness as resoluteness
    And that is the deceit of the lowly nature.
    Divorcing the World
    Diraar had spent 14 years in the Jordanian Army, after which he heard news of the Afghan Jihad. He became sure that this was the correct route. At that point he was a Major in the Army, and had one year left before his retirement. He tried to be patient and complete this year, but how could he stay? When he came to the Jihad, I said to him, "Couldn't you have waited one year and retired?" Diraar replied, "One year is a long time." Yes, it is true that one year is a long time to wait for a body to be united with its soul, a soul that had already preceded it to the mountains of the Hindu Kush.
    He Divorced the World and Feared the Afflictions
    Diraar tried to bring his wife with him to the Jihad, but she refused, so he left her to her worldly life and came alone to the Jihad. He worked in the field of training other brothers, and in the Military College with Sheikh Sayyaaf, whom he was indeed full of admiration, love, and respect for. When quoting Sayyaf, Diraar used to say: "The Ameer-ul-Mu'mineen (Leader of the Believers) said..." Diraar also worked in the "Al-Bunyaan" and the "Mirror of Jihad" magazines, and was quoted on film saying "There is no dignity, except in the Jihad." He participated in some battles as a consultant to Sheikh Sayyaf. He also conducted research on the theory of Jihad and military affairs, which he could practically apply in the Land of Honour and Glory.
    In short, he was concerned with the problem, and proud of this religion. He composed songs and poems about Salahudeen, the Battles of Qaadisiyyah and Hitteen, and would recite them during training, and would teach them to the brothers: "He reaches the clouds in his pride and touches the sky in his arrogance and haughtiness."
    I used to say to him: "It would be better if you lowered your ambitions, how you fly in the skies of your hopes and dreams, so that you may become closer to reality than to your dreams."
    But it was as if the tongue of reality was more eloquent than the speech of words, repeating:
    Glory be to the One who created me,
    How it is pleased in what others perceive as the depths of pain.
    Diraar's Return to Jordan
    Diraar returned, with me thinking that he was disappointed with his journey and was too bored with it to continue it. But he was planning something different, for the heart of a lion, around which the wings wrap, cannot settle in a quiet, comfortable and interesting life. It is impossible for boiling water to become ice while the temperature around it is still very hot.
    An Imaginary Operation
    News reached us of an operation which resembles fiction. Diraar broke through the borders of Palestine to hide from a group of Jewish soldiers on their round of duty. When he attacked them, a battle broke out, in which he was martyred. He ascended to his Lord, his shining forehead raised as a proof to everyone. He passed away, and thus explained the noble saying of the Prophet (SAWS) in the world of reality,
    "The best of people is a man who begins, on the reigns of his horse, to fly on its back. Wherever he hears a scream or a cry of fear he flies towards it, seeking death wherever it is." [Saheeh]
    Alone, no friend in every country
    When the purpose grows greater, the helpers grow lean.
    We pray to Allaah to accept him as a martyr and join us with him in the highest Firdaus. Ameen.

    MARTYRS OF PHILLIPINES
    DR. ABU MARYAM AL-MISRI
    Dr Abu Maryam, from Egypt. Medical Doctor. Killed during a two-man operation against a Phillipines Army Base in South Phillipines, in April 1997. Aged late-twenties. 1st hand account.
    "..but, by Allah, I yearn for Allah and the Paradise, more."
    Dr. Abu Maryam was a medical doctor from Egypt, who was a student of Islamic knowledge at the same time. He was married and had a young daughter by the name of Maryam, hence his name, Abu Maryam. Leaving his wife and daughter behind in Egypt, Abu Maryam came to the land of Jihad in the South of the Philippines and stayed there for two years to help the Muslims in their defence against oppression by the Philippines Governments.
    The best way to describe Abu Maryam was a man who was few in words but plentiful in actions. He would teach Islamic knowledge to all the Mujahideen. At the same time, he would attend to the injured and sick. And at the same time, he would go to the front-lines and fight in the Way of Allah. Thus, he tried to attain the good from all directions and means.
    And then there was his struggle and fatigue in hostile terrain in the hot, tropical weather of the Philippines. Despite this, he would be fasting on most days. His lips were constantly occupied in the remembrance of Allah. His hands were constantly filled with the Book of Allah. This was his concern, this was his pastime.
    During Abu Maryam's stay in the Philippines, a rather unfortunate incident took place. The Philippines Government Army, under the direct command of the Commander-in-Chief of the Philippines Government Forces in the South of the Philippines, launched a massive artillery barrage against the hospital of the Mujahideen. They shelled it with mortars, artillery and rockets. The damage done by this attack was severe: the whole hospital was destroyed, 22 Muslims were killed (amongst them injured Mujahideen and civilian women and children) and scores were injured. This was an act of war crime. Even in war, it is forbidden to attack hospitals, civilian or military. Abu Maryam was in the region when the attack took place and he tried his best to help the injured people from what remained of the hospital. Abu Maryam was very upset at what had happened.
    That same evening, the Commander-in-Chief appeared on National Television and proudly announced, "Today, we have successfully destroyed a terrorist base. No civilians were killed and no hospitals were hit." When Abu Maryam saw this General on television, a very strange ambition entered his heart, an ambition so strange that it could only be aspired by one who had sold his soul to Allah, not in an ordinary transaction, but in a magnificent transaction.
    That same evening, Abu Maryam began to ask about that General, his location, the whereabouts of his base and his headquarters. Weeks and weeks passed, and Abu Maryam continued to gather information about that General. With every piece of information he collected, he would take a camera, his weapon and some food, and would go out for days on end to carry out reconnaissance of those locations. He photographed the territories, bases and buildings of that General. He done this together with one other brother, Azzam, from the city of Taif, near Makkah, in the Arabian Peninsula.
    A few months later, Abu Maryam decided that the time was now right for the disbelievers to pay for the Muslim blood that they had unlawfully spilt. Abu Maryam Al-Misri and Azzam At-Taifee took some weapons and supplies and head off towards their goal. A third Filipino Mujahid accompanied them, with the intention of only showing them the way, not to partake in any fighting. Their target: the Military Headquarters of the Philippines Government Army in the whole of the South Philippines, also the base of the Commander-in-Chief. This base was located in the centre of the capital of the South Philippines, next to the main International Airport of that region. It housed a force of 2000 Government soldiers.
    Abu Maryam, Azzam and the Filipino brother reached the base. The Filipino brother took up a position well outside the base, from where he could see everything that was happening inside the base. Meanwhile, Abu Maryam and Azzam headed off towards the entrance of the base. The first thing they did was to kill the sentries on the gates. Then they entered the base, killing reinforcing groups of soldiers, with hand grenades and automatic fire. This firefight went on for a few minutes until the Army soldiers were either killed or they fled. After this, Azzam took up a covering position on the outer boundary of the base and Abu Maryam entered the main part of the base, ALONE.
    As soon as he entered, he fought his way through to the building at the centre of the base, which housed the officers and the administration. He entered this building, killing three officers who attacked him. After killing these officers, Abu Maryam ran out of the building and began making his way towards the outer boundary to meet Azzam Taifee. Between the two of them, Abu Maryam and Azzam had now held back the entire base, with its force of 2000 soldiers, for thirty minutes. The foot soldiers fled the battleground, to be replaced by tanks and armoured fighting vehicles from all directions. These vehicles began to fire at the two brothers with everything in their armoury. During this assault, Azzam took a direct hit by a tank round and went to meet his Lord (we hope).
    Unaware that Azzam had fallen, Abu Maryam continued fighting and he single-handedly held up the entire base for another thirty minutes. He successfully destroyed an ammunition store and carried on killing the enemy soldiers one by one. Those who witnessed this scene said that Abu Maryam was, by now, laughing loudly. Fighting vehicles were now attacking Abu Maryam from all directions as the infantrymen had fled the arena. Finally, he was hit by a burst of heavy machine-gun fire from the top of one tank and one of the large calibre bullets went through his head, sending Abu Maryam to join his brother Azzam in the Company of their Lord Most High (we ask Allah that it is so).
    Seconds had not passed when a beautiful perfumed scent filled the atmosphere around the bodies of Abu Maryam and Azzam. All those present amongst the Muslims and the disbelievers smelt this scent. The next day, thousands of Muslims gathered from the nearby villages to bury their two heroes. All those witness at the procession bore witness to the continuing perfumed scent, which remained in the graveyard even after the two brothers had been buried. One Muslim tore a piece of blood-stained clothing from the bodies of one of the brothers to show it to the Muslims. It was still smelling of perfume.
    Later on that day, an official statement was released by the Philippines Government: in the attack on the Military Base on the previous day, 11 soldiers had been killed (including three senior-ranking officers) and dozens more had been injured. All of this had been carried out by two brothers, who were poor to their Lord, with the Permission of their Lord:
    "How often a small group overcame a large force by Allah's Permission." [Surah Baqarah(2), Verse 249]
    I recall one day during the days I spent with Abu Maryam, that I went to the river to wash up. I saw Abu Maryam there, standing beside the flowing river, with a photograph in his hand. The photograph was that of his daughter, Maryam, who he had not seen for two years, and he was standing there looking at this photograph. I asked him,
    "Do you not miss your daughter, Abu Maryam?"
    Upon hearing my question, Abu Maryam began to weep, and he replied, with tears in his eyes:
    "Yes, I yearn for my daughter, but, by Allah, I yearn for Allah and the Paradise, more."

    MARTYRS OF KASHMIR
    ABU AADAM AL AMREEKI
    All praise is for Allah the lord of all the worlds. And may the peace and prayers be upon the messenger of Allah and all those who follow his way until the last day. Amma ba’d:

    I decided to write this as some sort of reminder for myself and my brothers and sisters. If we see the present day examples of people following the way of our salaf in word and action it will only strengthen us to continue striving and causes us to see the high stations of Allah’s beloved as not being unattainable and out of reach.

    “All I want is shahadah in Kashmir. I dont want to be famous and well known.”

    Those were the words of Abu Adam Jibreel al Amrikeeas we walked around the center in muridke Pakistan. As we strolled around the giant masjid and school and looked at the horses at the horse stable we talked of the difficulties in training and jihad in general. Abu Adam was only nineteen years of age when he went to the killing fields of occupied Kashmir.

    Born into a considerably wealthy family in Atlanta Georgia, Abu Adam had always excelled in most of his activities as a child. He used to go with his family to Ebenezer Baptist church, the church of Dr. Martin Luther King jr. He was known even before he accepted Islam to be a kind and caring person. He would always try to excel at everything he did. Allah in his infinite mercy saw something good in Abu Adam , so he had placed in his heart a desire to seek the truth as he was not completely satisfied with Christianity as a religion. He used to gather and read books on Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and other religions around the world. It was after his search for the truth that Allah the most high expanded his heart and guided him to Islam wal hamdulillah.

    Abu Adam was known to frequent the west end masjid in Atlanta, the masjid of the now incarcerated Imaam Jamil al-Amin, may Allah free him. He was known to keep to himself and read a lot. At this time he was still keeping dreadlocks as he was new to Islam and didn’t know about its phrohibition. After graduating high school he left Atlanta to go college in Durham north Carolina about four hours away. It would be in Durham that he would gain a more detailed understanding of Islam and the reality of the situations faced in many of the Muslim lands.

    Indeed Allah the most high had blessed Abu Adam with good companionship in Durham that he benefited from very much. It was with them that he learned the aqeedah of the Muslims in detail and it was with them that learned the sunnah. It was in this enviroment that Abu Adam began to read about the affairs of the Muslims in places such as Bosnia, Burma, Kashmir, and Chechyna. He became very concerned about the oppression of his brothers and sisters and wanted to do something about it. It was at this crucial juncture of Abu Adam’s development that he left college and began to prepare for the journey that most never think about- much less prepare for- jihad.

    The burning desire to wage jihad against the enemies of Allah soon overtook Abu Adam and thus he began a program of training to prepare himself for the extremely difficult battle conditions. Perhaps we may pay heed and take benefit from his program.

    The Preparation :

    Abu Adam began to spend more and more time in the masjid. He would increase in his voluntary prayers and fasting. He began to read the Qur'an daily and memorize supplications of the prophet (saw) for every occasion. He also began to lengthen his salah and try to build up his khushuu’ (submissiveness and humilty). Abu Adam even cut back on food and drink and his amount of sleep so as to get himself ready for the hardships of jihad. He realised that jihad is directly connected to the tarbiyah (spiritual cultivation) of the person.

    The preparation of Abu Adam for jihad was not relegated to the spiritual side alone. He also undertook physical preparation in the form of running, exercise and military tactics. He went one day to an army surplus store and bought a pair of danners. For those of you who do not know, danners are very heavy and very tough military and hunting boots that feel like a ton when worn. Abu Adam would run only in these boots, and he would refuse to wear running shoes. It was reported that he used to tie a long rope around his waist with a cinder block tied to the end – running in this manner for conditioning.

    Allah had also blessed Abu Adam with brothers in his area with prior military experience. He benifited greatly from one who was a former U.S. army ranger, the rangers being a group of elite forces in the U.S. army. After months of spiritual and physical training he was ready. In November of 1997, he went to Kashmir.

    Commando Training :

    Abu Adam began his training in Ramadan of 1997 with the mujahideen of lashkar taiba. Lashkar taiba are the mujahideen of ahl us sunnah in Kashmir and are the most feared warriors in the occupied valley. He chose to train at the hardest time of the year – mid winter.

    I firmly believe that the more difficulties you go through in training, the more barakah your training will have. The mujaahid will go through things in the course of training that purify him as the gold is purified by the fire. He will sometimes go through things that cause him to say,

    “Ya Allah ! you know that this is for you alone and I only go through this extreme difficulty for your sake. If you do not help me I will not be able to continue!”

    In order for you to grasp the intense hardships and trials that those like Abu Adam must go through you must understand the following facts:

    1. Kashmir is situated in the hindu kush mountain range, the tallest mountains in the world.

    2. the training camp is in a 12,000 foot mountain. The city that it overlooks is 14,000 feet above sea level. That would place the brothers at 26,000 feet above sea level. So can imagine how difficult it is to do basic exercise there, much less marching throughout the mountains.

    3. Kashmir has some of the coldest winters around with snow in the mountains reaching twenty feet deep or more.

    4. training consists mostly of marching In the night and day with a 35 pound backpack. This is for preparing the mujaahid for occupied Kashmir. Infiltration takes about seven nights of climbing as well as crossing through heavily guarded points with trip wires and booby traps.

    5. the occupied valley is by far more difficult and intense than the ‘small mountains’ of azad- or free Kashmir. In occupied Kashmir, the average mountain is between twelve-to seventeen thousand feet high.

    Abu Adam opted for the intense training in winter while at the same time fasting. Abu Adam was known to carry extra weight and march on no matter what. He trained and remembered the promise of Allah,

    “if you help Allah , Allah will help you and make your feet firm”:

    He would always try harder and make frequent dua’a to Allah for firmness on the path of jihad. He would fast in the day while running miles in the cold kashmiri mountain paths. He would train in military tactics while having numbed limbs from the intense cold of winter. He would continue to shout ‘Allahu akbar’ even while his throat was dry and parched for lack of water due to his fast. He would climb through the beautiful snow covered kashmiri mountains even while his body lacked nutrients because of his fasting. He would break his fast on dirty brown colored water taken from a running stream and he would eat the lentils that always gave him digestive and stomach problems. And it was he that would march out in the dark cold night with his mujahideen brothers from 8:00 pm until the time of fajr salah.

    Surely in training- a day is made to feel like a complete year. So after what seemed like 124 years or more aptly four months, Abu Adam successfully completed the lashkar taiba commando-training course. Abu Adam did not leave the training camp unscathed however. He had received frostbite on the extremities of his feet due to the intense cold. Even after springtime, the tips of his toes were still numb. He had also contracted a serious stomach illness that caused him to lose a lot of strength. When I asked him about that he replied,

    “I’m going in regardless in sha allah. I didn’t go this far to stop now.”

    I always admired his determination. After a few weeks of recovery and rest, Abu Adam received the news that he was long waiting for. The amir told him, “pack your bags. Your going to jammuu to launch!” Abu Adam was shining from happiness and delight,

    “I’m finally getting a chance to go and do jihad fee sabeelillah !”

    After two and a half weeks I met back up with Abu Adam at the launching sector to prepare to infiltrate with him into the occupied valley. We were only waiting for our slot to carefully infiltrate the occupied valley of Kashmir to strike down and destroy the enemies of Allah, the vile hindus and Sikhs from the Indian army. This sometimes long waiting period is perhaps the most frustrating part of jihad, it is sometimes referred to as ribaat. It is at this point that a person must guard his thoughts and occupy his time before he goes to battle.

    His Character and Manners:

    Abu Adam was quiet even if he was talking loud. He had a very simple and soft way about him. He never acted rude or argued licentiously with anyone. In the early mornings after the fajr salah, he would run for about a mile and a half with his backpack filled with 50 pounds worth of bricks and stones. He would climb up and down a tall water tower with the same backpack on. After his workout, he would return to the base and take a shower, eat breakfast with the brothers and them proceed to the small masjid we had and memorize the Qur'an and selected dua’as from the book ‘hisn ulMuslim ’.

    Our brother was in my view, a true zaahid (one who abstains from the glitter of this worldly life) he was always giving sadaqah to those in need from his brothers. He was always to be seen wearing a black and white checkered ghutrah (scarf) wrapped around his head. I saw a picture of him in America after he became Muslim and he had the same scarf around his head. I remember him as being the one that always reminded us of Allah and the last day. One day there were some brothers sitting and talking vain talk, may Allah forgive them. When they began their vain talk Abu Adam stood up immediately and said to all of the brothers,

    “You guys are killing my imaan with this talk. Fear Allah!”

    Abu Adam was always keen on praying in the last third of the night. May Allah have mercy upon him, I don’t recall him ever missing the tahajjud, - not even once. One of the interesting occourences that show us the virtue of Abu Adam (nahsabuhu kadhaalika wa la nuzzakee ala allahi ahadan) was when we departed to test our weapons. We went to a far off area to test our weapons before the infiltration. Due to this we all sensed that our time was close. We were test firing the mounted grenade launcher on our kalashnikovs (ak-47 assualt rifle). We were firing old grenades that had been in storage for quite a long time. One brother shot the grenade and it simply shot out and landed about 3 feet in front of us (we were in one big crowd). After we had all dashed to take cover from the expected explosion that was only 3 feet away from us, Abu Adam looked up at me and said,

    “We ran and didn’t even remember Allah! What’s up with us?”

    I was totally amazed at his perception of things. When being around him one always wanted to do jihad and dhikr of Allah (at least myself) may Allah join us all together with the shushed’. ameen.

    I recall that when all of us were sleeping after dhuhur salah, I woke up and proceded to go outside for some fresh air. I walked outside only to see Abu Adam practicing his firing stances and maneuvers with his ak-47 in the hot sun. I said to myself, “subhaanallah ! when does he stop ?” may Allah the most high grant us determination like Abu Adam , ameen.

    And I will never forget when he was still suffering from his stomach illness, we all decided together to practice the sunnah of our beloved prophet (saw) by performing cupping or in Arabic ‘hijaamah’. One of our brothers there, abu yahya, an arab who was a 48 year old veteran of Afghanistan, performed the hijaamah on Abu Adam s two shoulder blades. After the hijaamah, Abu Adam recovered from his illness one hundred percent wal hamdulillah !

    The Launching:

    It was around July 5th that our group of ten brothers received what it was waiting for : the news of its launching into the occupied valley. After two days of preperation, the weapons were test fired, cleaned, and sighted. The equipment and gear were distributed. The magazines were loaded and the imaan was as high as ever awaiting the chance to please allah. It was time to wage jihad and secure some expensive real estate in the jannah. And as always, Abu Adam demanded that he carry more gear and ammo than anyone else in the group. Allahu akbar !!!

    Unfourtunately, some of us were separated from Abu Adam and his group due to external factors, so at this launching point would be the last time I would see my brother Abu Adam, may allah have mercy upon him. Indeed, he was crying from happiness and at the same time, realizing that this is the last time we will see him for a long while.

    Abu yahya said about him,

    “When we were infiltrating in the pitch black darkness of the cloudy kashmiri border area he (Abu Adam ) was always at the front of the group – never lagging at all. When we stoped for ten minutes of rest he sat next to me and looked to the heavens and sighed, “al hamdu lillah”. i then asked him , “What is it that makes you say that right now ?” to which he replied,

    “All of my life I wanted a piece (a gun) and some grenades and a blade (knife) and now I have my piece (a makarov 9mm pistol) and my rifle (ak-47 ) and I have my grenades and my blade. And its all fee sabeelillah.”

    After five days of night movement and infiltration, Abu Adam with the rest of the brother’s successfully entered into the occupied valley of Kashmir. It was there that Abu Adam would take an active part in laying ambushes and carrying out raid against the Indian oppressors. After two and a half months of guerilla jihad, Abu Adam finally achieved that which he strove for in sha allah : ash-shahadah fee sabeelillah.

    Abu Adam and his team of brothers launched a bloody raid on an army post in the Doda sector in the jammuu region. Reports indicate that out of the thirty four Indian soldiers killed in the action, Abu Adam was responsible for killing seventeen. Allahu akbar !

    It was at the exact time of his shahadah (in sha allah) that I had a dream in which I saw Abu Adam at the launching sector base. He had returned from fighting. His hair had grown out and there was fresh blood on his clothes. He was shining in happiness to see me. I then asked him, “How was it ?” to which he replied,

    “It was hard but worth it.”

    After this dream, I received news that my good friend, Abu Adam – had beaten me to our respective goal – ash-shahadah fee sabeelillah. (in sha allah)

    I remember him saying to me once, “I want to get shot in the chest so that my soul doesn’t leave immediately and I can prostrate to Allah on the battlefield before my soul leaves my body.”

    I cant help but wonder if he got his last wish or not. Abu Adam Jibreel al Amrikee never did drugs before Islam and when he left this dunya he was still a virgin, something that is very rare for an American youth. His news eventually reached his non-Muslim family in Atlanta. And it was after hearing this news that his older sister, Lisa took shahadah and entered into the fold of Islam. May Allah make her like her brother. Ameen

    “ And do not think those killed in the way of Allah as being dead. Nay they are alive with their lord being provided for” (aal-imraan)
    ABU ABDULLAH ~ (ABDUR RAHMAN)
    Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah, (i.e. they have gone out for jihad and showed not their backs to the disbelievers) of them some have fulfilled their obligations (have been martyred) and some of them are still waiting, but they have never changed in the least. (Al-Ahzab:23)

    I would like to share some news with all my Muslim brothers and sisters. The news is of the martyrdom (shahaada) of our brother Abu Abdullah al-Britanee.

    Abu Abdullah was martyred in the valleys of Kashmir on February 20th 2001, whilst fighting against the oppressive Indian army. Abu Abdullah was born in December 1976 in Britain to parents of Pakistani origin. At the age of 3 he went to Pakistan to live, with his family. Some ten years later, he and his family would return to live in London again. He came to London and lived a life of ignorance towards the deen of Islam. Like much of the youth in Britain, he was involved in fruitless activities.

    One day his mother announced her desire to go for hajj, and wanted Abdullah to accompany her on the trip. Out of his love for his mother (despite the fact he was not practising) he agreed, knowing that his agreement meant that he would now have to change his ways, to that of a true Muslim.

    After Hajj, he came back a completely changed person. He came back and started learning the way of Ahlul-sunnah., despite having family of an innovational. With his excellent manners, innocent character, he gave dawa to all his immediate and non-immediate family members This resulted in the creation of a good Islamic environment inside his home and amongst his friends.

    In 1997 a brother introduced a cassette of the Shuhuda of Bosnia to Abu Abdullah, which changed his outlook on life. He was introduced to, Jihad, a concept that was not readily talked about or taught in those days. It was then that Abu Abdullah made it his objective to leave his home and defend the Muslims. However Bosnia was over, Chechnya had obtained independence from the Russians, and Palestine was a very difficult location to go and fight. All these factors indicated only one destination, his motherland, Pakistan (Kashmir). Whilst in London he made every effort to educate himself about the situation of Muslims in Kashmir by travelling to all parts of Britain, speaking to Kashmir’s Mujahideen. The more he learned, the more determined to go he became. His mum once commented on how he would go into the position of sujood (prostration) and spend a long time there, as he believed in the hadith of the messenger (saw) hadith that a slave of Allah is closest to his Lord when in the humble position of sajood.

    The time had finally come for Abu Abdullah to part from his family and wealth, and go and live the life of a Mujahid. He left his loved ones and joined a group of people he had only ever heard about. Although his travels, in the UK, had resulted in meetings with ex-kashmiri mujahideen, who would give him sincere advice, he really didn’t know what to expect. Abu Abdullah left his home not knowing much, except he was to strive for Allah’s pleasure at any cost.

    Abu Abdullah left his home that summer for Pakistan, equipped with insufficient kit. He had been advised to take basic military equipment, which was to prove inadequate for the rough and treacherous mountains of Kashmir. Despite the hardships suffered during the early days, Abu Abdullah continued to train hard. Due to his good understanding of the Pakistani culture and language he had never disclosed to the other mujahideen training with him that he was not one of them - that he was a foreigner, thus he was never given special treatment.

    He remained in the training camp until he completed the basic course successfully. After which he was transferred to the special guerrilla warfare course, lasting for three months. By the decree of Allah (swt) Abu Abdullah started the course but soon sustained an injury, which would not allow him to continue. The injury resulted in a premature end to Abu Abdullah’s Jihad, leaving him no option but to return home. However this was not the end of his efforts for Allah’s sake.

    When arriving in the UK he brought his love and experiences of Jihad back with him. He made every effort to increase awareness of the atrocities committed by the tyrant Indian soldiers on the Muslims. He talked to people and distributed material, working to support himself and his family. In the meantime, Abu Abdullah’s brother went to the land of Kashmir and trained, he also got involved in military action against the Indian army. During the operation he was wounded and no longer able to continue on the front line. Eventually, he returned home to his family.

    No sooner had his brother returned Abdullah was preparing to leave once again for Kashmir. On his brother’s return, Abu Abdullah felt grieved at the severity of the wounds inflicted by the Indian army, and later he made it known how he felt - he had to avenge his brother’s wounds.

    After having finally obtained permission from his parents, Abu Abdullah once again left for the land of Jihad in February 2000. He arrived in Pakistan and spent time with his sister and her young children. He would often pray his salah in the local mosques, where he would meet lots of other brothers.

    One brother recalls meeting Abu Abdullah; “I used to meet him in Kasr Mosque. He was a very handsome and fit young man, I thought to myself that such a fit youth should be with the Mujahideen. I introduced myself to him and after a few days I invited him to join the Jihad. He smiled and said, “I have already completed the first leg of my training and am waiting to do the second leg. I always saw him longing to be martyred. He used to ask each of his companions to make Du’a for him.”

    After spending time in his hometown, he left to be reunited with the mujahideen in the high mountainous valleys of Kashmir. There, he was instructed to have patience and do dawa work until the special training course started in June. Abu Abdullah stayed with the mujahideen, had patience and did as he was ordered by his ameer. During this time he would travel to all parts of Pakistan inviting people to Islam and introducing the concept of Jihad. He had not left his home for any other reason but to fight, and die a Shaheed in the path of Allah, but his Ameer was asking him otherwise. Abu Abdullah understood the importance of complying with the Ameer’s order, as he had learnt the lessons from the battle of Uhud well.

    Eventually the time to part from dawa duties had come, and the training course was to begin. He was taken to a secret camp, where he was to spend three months. These were to be very hard and testing times for Abu Abdullah. The training was physically tough and extremely harsh, with no exceptions made for Abu Abdullah. The other mujahideen were the selected few who had just completed their guerrilla course, so were in extremely fit condition, whereas Abu Abdullah had spent the last few months on dawa duties and light exercise. The difference was clearly evident. Abu Abdullah narrated to a brother later that he was sad at how his physical condition was inferior to the other mujahideen and they made him aware of it. By the grace of Allah swt he finally completed the course and returned to his home in Pakistan, waiting for his turn to enter Occupied Kashmir.

    By the end of the summer, and at the end of Abu Abdullah’s training, two very close cousins of his were getting married in London. They invited him to attend the weddings and then return to what he was doing. In the kindest possible manner Abu Abdullah explained on how important it was for him to stay and not to return to the land of Kuffar. He said his emaan would weaken and he would have to start over again. With his sister also leaving Pakistan, Abu Abdullah was alone. Abu Abdullah spent this time bettering himself and others around him. He would often visit relatives in distant places giving them dawa and explaining the importance of Jihad. His actions along with his good character made him extremely loved amongst all the people he met.

    Nearing the end of 2000 one of Abu Abdullah’s training partners had been granted martyrdom in Kashmir. This was to increase Abu Abdullah’s determination to enter and fight in the land of Kashmir. He returned to the camp and applied extreme pressure on the commander of the mujahideen to allow him to enter Kashmir. Finally he was granted permission in February 2001.

    After hearing that her son had been granted permission, Umm Abi Abdullah departed for Pakistan to spend a few precious days with her son. On arrival of his mother he said there was no need for her to come, it would only weaken his emaan. By this he meant that his love for his mother was so great he might be deterred from going. As time was drawing closer Abu Abdullah’s cousin in London had a dream of how he would be shaheed. She saw that there was a mountainous area with a large green field and in the middle lay Abu Abdullah and his brother. Abu Abdullah’s brother lay there with a serious wound to his foot (as he had suffered the year before) and Abu Abdullah lay there Shaheed. Abu Abdullah left his hometown with his mother, to a town closer to the border. Where he bade farewell to the most beloved person to him, his mother. A few days later he phoned his mother and said “the jeep is ready and I am going now inshallah”. His mother recalls how he had extreme joy in his voice. He said he was leaving with the foreign brothers that he had met earlier in the camps.

    Inside Occupied Kashmir:

    On the 19th of February 2001 at 12pm when the group of 14 Mujahideen were trekking through a thick mountainous jungle, aiming to meet the ameer of the area who would allocate them their tasks.

    As the group advanced up the mountain they felt the presence of the Indian army. The ameer consulted with the brothers and decided to take an alternative route, only to find the Indian forces were manning this route as well. The brothers realised that they were surrounded and that the enemy was encroaching from all sides. Army Patrols were searching viciously to remove any mujahideen presence from the area.

    On the ameer’s orders the Brothers then started retreating to the place they had camped the night before. During this tactical retreat they were spotted by an Indian patrol party, who then started a savage pursuit of the brothers.

    With complete confidence, the ameer decided that all the brothers would take up positions and fight, rather then run further down the mountain and weaken their chance of defending themselves.

    "Give yourselves up! We know you have been brain washed and we will not harm you", shouted out an officer from the ranks of the Indian army. The brothers refused. On sight of the Indian officer, the ameer Abu Bilal shot the officer dead. This was an indication for the rest of the brothers to start their engagement with the enemy of Allah.

    Both sides were exchanging heavy fire; the brothers were greatly outnumbered, and surrounded from all sides.

    The Indian forces, too fearful of losing their own lives, were content with firing indiscriminately from a distance; they also resorted to the use of long distance grenades (mortars). The Mujahideen were using their ammunition sensibly and effectively as they had been trained to do so; firing only at sight and at short distance targets.

    One of the brothers, Abu Omar, was firing the PK (heavy machine gun), he was positioned a few meters behind Abu Abdullah. He recounted the last moments of Abu Abdullah saying, " I saw Abu Abdullah cease in activity in the midst of the Engagement, approach me and then asked me for forgiveness". Abu Omer completely astonished, said “brother you have not done any wrong to me there is no need for forgiveness, just carry on firing”. On the persistence of Abu Abdullah, Abu Omar said, "I forgive you Abu Abdullah". Abu Omar said then I asked for forgiveness from him. Upon this momentary exchange of forgiveness requests, Abu Abdullah was content and then changed his position and took cover behind a tree besides a slope.

    Abu Abbas Yemeni who was positioned adjacent to Abu Omar was shot in the head, reciting the shahada he fell into Abu Omar’s lap. Abu Abdullah on seeing this got up to help. As soon as he got up an Indian soldier, who was positioned at the rear with a heavy machine gun, sprayed him with bullets on his back and shoulder. As soon as he got shot Abu Abdullah shouted La illah illal ah hu… he then stumbled to the ground and down the slope reciting “Muhammad ur rasool al- allah”, in an ever fainting voice. Then all was quiet, Abu Abdullah had reached the last stages of his journey to Jannah, ready to meet his Lord.

    And so ended a chapter of a short but dedicated life to freeing the Muslims from oppression and raising the word of Allah to be the highest, and defending its people and it's lands.

    “And say not of those who are killed in the way of Allah “They are dead”. Nay they are living but you perceive (it) not” (al-Baqarah 154)

    Abu Abdullah obtained his objective in life, he strove and struggled for the elevated status of a Shaheed, we ask Allah (swt) to accept his efforts and his sacrifices. And to unite him with the Prophets, the pious, the Shaheed and his family in Jannat-ul Firdous.

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    Statement from Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin
    August 23, 2003: Washington, D.C.


    In the name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

    Let there arise out of you
    A band of people
    Inviting to all that is good,
    Enjoining what is right,
    And forbidding what is wrong:
    They are the ones
    To attain felicity.
    (Quran 3:104)



    I greet you today from a Georgia State Prison where I am held in 23-hour
    lockdown. Forty years ago, today, at the age of 19, I stood on the platform steps
    here in Washington, D.C., and heard the loud cries of freedom and hope for a
    changed nation. Today we are here with louder cries as a reminder that the
    dispossessed still are the dispossessed. Justice and law march to two different
    drummers, two totally different conversations. But, I am reminded that
    “freedom is not free.” The rights that you thought you had will now be taken away.
    I am reminded of a quote from a former governor of Louisiana, Huey P. Long.
    He was asked, Will fascism come to America. He replied, Yes, but it will
    be called patriotism." Shepherds may change, but sheep will always remain
    the same.

    Justice is a master virtue; no light matter, no civil rights issue, just
    truth and falsehood. Ours is the struggle of man through the ages. Know that the
    uniqueness of our struggle is in its cause and purpose. It brings strength to
    the weak; it is the struggle whereby truth smashes the brains out of
    falsehood, where right triumphs over wrong. There is nothing wrong with being right,
    and there is nothing bad about being good. Blessed are those who struggle.
    Oppression is worse than the grave. It is better to die for a noble cause,
    than to live and die a slave.
    .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
    نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
    دولة الإسلامية باقية





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      Nourul Islam Baber Shaheed


      His melodious voice echoes in my ears whenever anyone mentions Baber. Many a times he could be seen in the valleys of Afghanistan cheerfully singing Jihadic nasheeds. Today although he is not amongst us, those of us who knew him will always remember him. Even the Ameer used to become tearful when Baber was mentioned.
      This brave, young and courageous brother was born in India, but before reaching the truth he had strayed many times. While he could often be seen roaming about the market place there was also a time when he was a rising star in the Indian film industry. His voice echoed all over the airwaves in India and his pics began to appear in the newspapers and magazines. But Baber's pure soul couldn't stand this filthy environment for long until he was able to free himself from its clutches.
      In the words of Baber " I, a lost traveller reached my destination in the jihad of Afghanistan." There were times when this cheerful brother would suddenly become silent and address a fellow mujahid thus "Brother there is only one way to compensate for Baber's sins and that is shahadah in the path of Allah."
      Many a times he would inform his friends of the pain that dwelled in his heart when he saw that the Hindus wanted to convert the Babrey Masjid into a temple. He would often say " I can't bear to see this Masjid being deserted. Inshaallah I will train myself for this task. I will fight every infidel heading for Babrey Masjid."
      It was on the 22 of Shabaan ???? that he arrived at the central office of Harkatul-Mujahideen. Soon he was sent to the training centre from where he emerged as a courageous and fearless commando. He would go to the enemy's den and bring back a detailed report on them. Then he was appointed to be the Ameer of the Ragbely centre. However this true mujahid was always in search of shahadah. He had made a will that after his martyrdom he should be buried in Afghanistan and not taken elsewhere. During his six months on the front-line he proved to be a very successful and brave commander.
      At last the time had arrived which Baber had been eagerly waiting for. In the operation against the Russians which Baber himself was commanding, while walking on the front-line he stepped on a land mine which brought his worldly life to an end. This brave and fearless mujahid who had been brought up in India was no longer amongst us.
      Now Baber had willed that he be buried in Afghanistan but those in charge were unaware of this. After the janazah salah the brothers in charge decided that his body be taken to Meeranshah for burial. Accordingly his body was loaded onto a donkey ready to be transported to Pakistan, but strangely the donkey refused to move. At this the brothers were perplexed when suddenly one of the brothers remembered the will of the shaheed. Eventually Baber was buried in the grave which he, a few days prior had prepared with his own hands.
      A few weeks/months later a Pakistani brother saw a dream in which Baber was singing a beautiful nasheed in his melodious voice. The brother said to him "I thought you had passed away" Baber replied "When did I die? I am alive." And indeed shahadah is the real life.
      O Allah we ask you to accept his shahadah and give us the tawfiq to follow in his footsteps. Ameen
      By Moulana Masood Azhar
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        takaballah minhum

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          http://www.informationclearinghouse....rticle4173.htm


          Bring it on!
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          نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
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              Muslims should know the historical figures of islam more than they know the soccer/futbol players
              .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
              نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
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                Re: Profiles of Ash Shuhadaa

                reviving a thread!
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                  Re: Profiles of Ash Shuhadaa

                  Jazakallahkhair for that bro.Very nice reminder of some of our noble brothers May i ask who collected all the info and put it together?
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                    Re: Profiles of Ash Shuhadaa

                    It was on Azzam many years ago.
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                      Re: Profiles of Ash Shuhadaa

                      Allahu Akbar.
                      Hello, Bye.
                      |In Pursuit of Allaah's Pleasure|

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                        Re: Profiles of Ash Shuhadaa

                        Originally posted by AbuMubarak
                        Muslims should know the historical figures of islam more than they know the soccer/futbol players
                        You are so right brother Mubarak.
                        BarakAllahu Feeq for sharing that ibn ul ibn adam.
                        Ya Ayuhan Nassu Itakullahu In Kuntum Mu'mineen

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                          Re: Profiles of Ash Shuhadaa

                          *bump*
                          Hello, Bye.
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                            Re: Profiles of Ash Shuhadaa

                            Worth a reminder for the muslims
                            .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
                            نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
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                              Re: Profiles of Ash Shuhadaa

                              Bumping this VERY old thread as a Ramadhan reminder.
                              First they came for the 'Terrorists', and I did not speak out.
                              Then they came for the fundraisers, and I did not speak out.
                              Next they came for the ulama, and I did not speak out.
                              And then they came for me.

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