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The Hereafter is for the pious, and there is no enmity save toward the unjust. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship save Allah alone, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Slave and Messenger.
May Allah bless him, his pure Household, his noble Companions, and all those who follow them in goodness up to the day of Judgement. I am pleased to present this translation of the martyred Shaykh "Abdullah "Azzam's "Join The Caravan" Ilhaq bil-qawafilah to our English- speaking brothers and sisters. The Shaykh has done an excellent job of informing Muslims about jihad, the topic which is so much misunderstood and neglected today.
The book focuses on Afghanistan, but most of what is mentioned is applicable to jihad in general. He spent the early part of his life in Palestine, participating in the jihad there. However, matters there were not to his liking, for the people involved in jihad were far removed from Islam.
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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. Shaykh "Abdullah 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 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.
Shaykh "Abdullah left Palestine, and went to Saudi Arabia to teach in the universities there. When he learned about the Afghan jihad, he left his teaching position at King "Abdul-" Aziz University and went to Islamabad, Pakistan, in order to be able to participate in the jihad.
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. Moreover, he himself participated bodily in the Afghan jihad, despite the fact that he was in his sixties.
He traversed Afghanistan, from north to south, east and west, in snow, through the mountains, in heat and in cold, riding donkeys and on foot.
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Young men with him used to tire from such exertions, but not Shaykh "Abdullah. No other Arab has worked for the Afghan jihad in such a manner. At an age of more than sixty years, he performed jihad in every way possible, truly 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. 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.
Naturally, such a pride to Islam caused great distress to the enemies of this religion, and they plotted to eliminate him. 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. They planted three bombs on a road so narrow only a single car could travel on it.
It was the road Shaykh "Abdullah would use to drive to the Friday prayer. That Friday, theShaykh, together with two of his sons, Ibrahim and Muhammad, along with one of the sons of the late Shaykh Tamim "Adnani another hero of the Afghan jihad , drove along the road. The car stopped at the position of the first bomb, and the Shaykh 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.
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Only a small fragment of the car remained; the young son Ibrahim flew meters 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 Shaykh "Abdullah 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.
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. May Allah accept him as a martyr, and grant him the highest station in Paradise.
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The struggle, which he stood for, continues, despite the enemies of Islam. 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. Yet, the fighting in Afghanistan continues, as those who are striving to raise Allah's word battle against others whose motives were not purely Islamic.
Doubtless, the struggle must continue until truth emerges distinct from falsehood, and the true Mujahideen attain triumph and defeat the Communists and other enemies of Islam who are trying to destroy the fruit of the Afghan jihad. It is particularly important for Muslims to acquaint themselves with the true state of affairs in Afghanistan before making unjustified, rash statements and accusations.
Let us remind ourselves of the folly of speaking without being properly informed. May He grant success and victory to all those who strive in His way the world over. This is a small treatise that I wrote for those who are pining away for jihad and who hope for martyrdom in its way.
I have concluded with a synopsis and observations. We hope that Allah will being benefit by it, and will reform us and reform others by means of us, surely He is the Hearer, the Nearby, the Answerer of Prayers.
I intend the book as a reply to many letters which I receive asking for advice about coming to Afghanistan. So come to Gardens of Eden, for they are Your original abode and therein are camping grounds; But we are captives of the enemy, so can we then return to our home countries and give up?
It did not pass through my mind while I was writing this treatise that it might bring about such a great revolution, so that our numbers would increase close to tenfold. Nor did it cross my mind that there are latent capabilities lying beneath the heaps of practices which are lethal to perception and intuition. These aptitudes have the ability to respond to the true call bursting forth from the depths of hearts wounded by the condition of the Muslims. We have become conscious, in the course of our profound experiment in Afghanistan over a time-span of 7 years and some, that this Ummah is prolific and that it has not become barren of outstanding eras nor of delivery of men.
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We have seen that the land of Islam is still fertile; giving its produce at all times by its Lord's leave, whenever the plantations find a person of insight to serve as a trustworthy administrator. This Ummah only lacks exemplars to lead the journey sincerely, who are well acquainted with mobilizing an exploration, and who give priority to the commissioning of leadership. In proportion to the determined ones comes determination, And in proportion to noble people come noble deeds.
In the eye of the little ones, the small misfortune appears tremendous, And diminished in the eye of the mighty are great distresses.
We have already seen lofty examples of new blossoms, which Allah has steered until they ripened in the kiln of the battlefield, and became matured by its heat. We found most of these people to be from among those of modest upbringing, good-heart, and healthy character. We have seen that much education, with the accompanying suppression of deeds brings about a cold heart, slackened determination and a greed for life, which argues, unfeelingly and feebly against evidence by way of barren disputation.
The wise instructor should look down upon hysteria, recklessness, faltering from seeing evil, losing aim due to anger over the women who have been raped, and feelings of jealous torment on seeing such profound events; all this is rashness.
It is possible for Islam to obtain many benefits from the school of the Afghan Jihad. It is also possible for loftier models, people with mature Page 3 abilities and wiser, more mindful propagators to come to the land of jihad.
Thousands of such people could bring about a tremendous revolution in the reality of Afghanistan, and in the inhabited regions thereafter. Those thousands may change history. We do not deny that a large number of arrivals, with simple thinking, shallow Islamic juristic knowledge drawn from diverse founts and different pedagogic schools, and disparity in levels of age and knowledge, has brought about a kind of convulsion in education. It has cast a great burden upon our shoulders.
But what could we possibly do when so few mature people are coming, and the journey has incapacitated some of the sincere people of insight?
We have tried to face the problem in its actual proportion, and to call to it anybody who cares to listen while bearing witness to the truth.
However, none have come to us other than simple youths, who were therefore our raw material. Of course, it was necessary to work on them so that they could make their contribution and participate with their fortune in this noble, blessed activity. Mature propagators are still the talk of the hour in the Islamic jihad of Afghanistan, and the subject of pressing necessity and glaring need. There are still many solutions to problems in the hands of those who are not occupying the roles they should.
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Perhaps I am more conscious than others of the abundant good in this place, which is veiled from those who are absent, and the great success which so many of the arrivals have attained. The encouraging word of our Lord to theMujahideen suffices us translated : "Those of the believers who sit back, except for those who are incapacitated, are not equal with those who strive in the way of Allah with their wealth and their selves.
Allah has granted a higher rank to those who strive with their possessions and selves, over those who sit back. And to all of them has Allah promised good. But Allah has favored the Mujahideen with a tremendous reward, by levels from Him, and with forgiveness and mercy, over those who sit back.
Which of mankind is most excellent? The difference between two consecutive levels is like that between earth and sky.
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If, in this way, we achieve success, it is from Allah, and should we miss Page 4 it, it is because of Satan and ourselves. It suffices us that we have striven sincerely and called attention, with insight, to the terror of the situation.
And we hope that Allah will provide us with sincerity and steadfastness and that He will accept our deeds from us, and bring us our end in martyrdom. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our selves and from our bad deeds. Whomever Allah guides none can lead astray, and whomever He leaves to stray, none can guide him aright. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah alone, Who has no partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. Oh Allah!
There is nothing easy except that which You make easy, and you make difficult things easy when You will. Anybody who looks into the state of the Muslims today will find that their greatest misfortune is their abandonment of Jihad " Because of that, the tyrants have gained dominance over the Muslims in every aspect and in every land. The reason for this is that the Disbelievers only stand in awe of fighting.
Surely, Allah will subdue the might of the Disbelievers, and Allah is mightier in power and severer in exemplary punishment.
In order that the Disbelievers do not dominate. Due to the scarcity of men.