Propagating, Publicising and informing on JihaadMufti Khubaib SahibDuring the training and education of the members, the emphasis should not only be on their spiritual enhancement but it should also be on the enhancement of their mental agility and brightness.
There are certain groups in the Ummah, who put all the emphasis on the spiritual enhancement, they rigorously pursue the sittings of the ZikrulLah and the Muraaqebah, but sadly their minds become void of the longing for the greatness of Islam and the concern for the protection of Muslims. They consider it as a sin even to talk about the problems facing the Muslims and they regard the practical establishment of Islam as a waste of time.
To them slaughtering of the inner devil is vital, but they regard the slaughtering of the enemies of Allah Ta`ala, disdainful. This limited and narrow approach to the Religious teachings and practices, turn them away from other essential and important Teachings of Islam.
As a result of such perceptions and practices, they cut themselves off from other Islamic collective responsibilities and they loose the heat of the passion and the enthusiasm for the ascendancy of the Islamic struggle. They become disinterested with the world events around them and they neither strive to remove the oppressive rulers, or to snatch the freedom from the hands of the Kuffaar. Eventually they become totally cut off from the real world and become so distant from the actual commandments of Allah Ta`ala and his Rasool SallalLahu-alayhi Wasallam that ‘NaoozhubilLah’ they declare it to be a sin, to engage in the virtuous religious activities and deeds of the Jihaad and the establishment of Allah’s supremacy upon the earth.
On the other end, there exist a section of the Ummah, who do posses high ideals and involvement in the problems they are facing, but for whom the enhancement of spirituality is an anathema, ‘NaoozhubilLah’ the people of this section are vocal in addressing the Muslim’s problems, well versed in their observance of the political tides and are fully rehearsed in the Islamic revolutionary slogans. But with all these ideals and philosophies, with all their rhetoric and political awareness, their souls have never tasted the sweetness of Islam. Nor they ever in their whole lives consider for even a second, the Islamic beliefs and practices.
All their lip service, the beating of the drums loudly in public for Islam, is nothing but a ruse to achieve their own goals, positions and power. They could devote lengthy periods to prepare their speeches against the government, but could not move a muscle to attend the five times Salaah.
They visit the Masjid to rally support, but like a thief they disappear from the scene as soon as the robbery is committed. For them spiritualism, ethical and moral practices of Islam are an alien concept. They have beliefs in their prowess and abilities, but they have forgotten their Creator, for whose obedience only, they were created.
This assessment is not based on exaggeration, but as a matter of fact the presence of these two distinct groups can be observed in the present Islamic societies of the world.
In order to avoid the defects and shortcomings of these two groups and their perceptions and practices, the Jihaad organisations ought to prepare their training and educational structure in such a way, that it would include not only the spiritual awakening and practices, but also the individual political and organisational acumen and abilities and it would be able to produce passionate hearts and intelligent minds both at the same time. It would be able to enhance the mental capabilities, as well humility and humbleness before Allah Ta`ala.
It would be able to provide the affective methods of solving the international problems and it would also prepare the participants for the greatest sacrifice in the cause of Islam. This type of structure would bring forth, such a calibre of people whose words would sink in immediately to the hearts of the listeners yet it would be totally free from any vile and disgusting self-interest and craving for power.
During the process of devising such a training and educational system, one should bear in mind that proper and beneficial intellect depends totally upon the virtuous heart and soul and the virtuous heart and soul depends upon the wise manifestation of the Islamic beliefs and thoughts.
This balanced approach, this best of both worlds’ system, will produce a crop of the Mujahideen, that would be as brave as tigers during the day and would be as humble as doves during the night, their humility and devotion to Allah Ta`ala is at its peak during the nights. They would meet the challenge of the enemies in every field and would counter any logistic manoeuvre of the enemy. Yet they will be equipped to beseech and beg for Allah’s Help and the victory which Allah Ta`ala has promised them. They would be prepared to chop off the hands of oppression against Muslims anywhere in the world and they would perform their task diligently and to the best of their abilities, yet they will never forget to raise their hands for prayers to their Creator.
Refraining from criticism:
It is natural to be passionate, while dealing with the matters relating to the Jihaad. But sometimes it boils over and leads to unfair and unjustified criticism of colleagues and other departments, such behaviour is counter productive and harmful to the Jihaad.
It is true that in the past much unfairness was directed toward the people engaged in the propagation, information and publication of the Jihaad. The work of this department was not as appreciated as it deserves. But such an unsuccessful approach is the thing of the past now. Now by the grace of Allah Ta`ala, all those concerted attempts to suppress the Jihaad have vaporised into thin air and a large number of people have come to the fore who understand the Jihaad in its entire complexity and are well capable of presenting the Jihaad sincerely, intelligently, passionately and effectively, so that the Muslim Ummah could have a better and well deserved understanding of the Jihaad.
The virtues of the Jihaad are in such abundance that the need for any competition between the departments is nonexistent.
The speakers and authors on the topic of the Jihaad, should bear in mind that the Jihaad is the protector of not only the entire aspect of the Deen, but also the protector of the Islamic etiquette’s. The Jihaad not only safeguards the fundamental acts of worship, such as the Daily Salaah or the Hajj, but it also safeguards the Aadab. The Jihaad is the means of establishing the supremacy of Allah’s Deen in every corner of Allah’s earth. Therefore the Jihaad ought not to be presented in such a manner which would belittle the effort of any participant or insult any section of the Jihaad.
AlhamdulilLah, up until now the Mujahideen have successfully observed these etiquettes, but as the Movements expand and new personnel will be taken on board, the danger of some encroachment in this area could not be overlooked. To portray the importance of one section against the other in such a manner that might create ill-feelings and tensions between the various sections which caused untold harm to many a large organisation in the past and caused divisions among their leaders, therefore I request to you all, by all means, present the Jihaad to the world as much as possible, at as many places as possible and present it as boldly as you can, deliver it so effectively that the darkness of ignorance disappears and deliver the case for the Jihaad with such irrefutable arguments and evidences that it will shatter the flimsy clouds of doubts and misrepresentation. Express the importance of the Jihaad in clear, simple and precise tone and in such a language that could be understood by everyone. Present the Jihaad with such passion and commitment that it will send waves of shudder in the spines of Anti-Jihaad lobbyists. But these speeches, lectures, briefings and articles ought to be totally free from any insult to any sections of the Deen. The importance of the centres of Islamic learning, religious shrines and places of sanctity and the work of Tableegh ought not to be affected. The value of the Revered Sunnah and the Nawafil are not reduced and the active participants in any branch of the Deen ought not to be devalued.
Here I feel it necessary to explain, that by entering into the arena of defamation and accusation of any religious establishment or organisation, rebounds and inflicts damage and harm to those who have instigated such policies. Such evidence abounds in the pages of history. On the other hand our Salaf ul Saliheen who have raised the anthem of the Jihaad at the far flung corners of the world, because they refrained from criticism and abuse, so Allah Ta`ala had accepted their efforts and bestowed upon them the success. Their opponents of were left agape and could not find any excuse to point an accusing finger towards them. Therefore it is extremely important for the Mujahideen and the Deen to understand that the various sections of the religion are similar to the various organs of the human body, and any damage inflicted upon one organ of the body will inevitably affect the whole body. Similarly any damage inflicted upon one section will harm the whole body of the religion.
We pray to Allah Ta`ala that all the various sections of Islam (may it be the centres of learning, or the Masajid, or the shrines and the places of sanctity or the Tableeghi Jama’at) will accept and adopt the above mentioned practice. If there is full co-operation among these four sections, then with the blessings of Allah Ta`ala, Allah’s commandments will be established upon the earth and the dawn of such a Khilafah might appear on the horizon, the glad tidings of which Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-alayhi Wasallam has given to us.
Authenticity of the Source Materials and References.
Care should be taken in the speeches and writings concerning the Jihaad and only the virtues based on the Holy Quraan and the Revered Sunnah are to be stated. All the references ought to be watertight and authentic.
The Jihaad is an obligation whose virtues are abundantly stated in the Holy Quraan and the Revered Sunnah. Yet a thorough and painstaking research must be carried out before any narration, quotation and event, in order to refute any false accusations of the non-Muslim, vehement opponent of the Jihaad and to eliminate any attack upon the Jihaad through this door.
AlhamdulilLah as the Jihaad is expanding speedily and countless people are joining the Jihaad daily, a considerable number of these new participants are not qualified ‘Ulema, in such a case it is important to keep a watchful eye that their propagation do not contain any weak of forged Ahadeeth, or any myth, or untrue story, in their statements. In order to eliminate any such false proclamation by the unlearned that “the Jihaad is practised since the days of Hadhrat Aadam Alayhis-Salaam”. To prevent any such terrible incidents ever happening, every effort should be made that the meaning and elucidation of the verses of the Holy Quraan are quoted from the most reliable books of Tafseer and the source references of the Revered Sunnah ought to be blameless. To use any fabricated and untrustworthy references and quotations is an act of straying from the right path of the Deen, which is forbidden. It runs totally against the aim and objective of the Jihaad which is the protection of the religion.
AlhamdulilLah, in our experience the Mujahideen until now have been immune to such a heinous crime, but they ought to prepare a preventative plan for any such incidents ever being committed.
In this direction I would suggest that those who are unqualified in the Learning of the Deen, but do sincerely want to propagate the Jihaad, ought to be given the opportunity to learn by heart
In addition to the points mentioned in part 1, the Department of Propagation & Information should take note of the following points as well:
1. Their speeches, statements and writing should not be in the aggressive style and format.
2. They should not interfere in the minor differences of the Ummah.
3. They should provide a comprehensive introduction of all the Islamic Movements in the world.
4. They should practice moderation in their praise and in their condemnation of personalities.
5. They should avoid such styles and formats, that might turn a section of the Ummah against the Mujahideen.
6. They should refrain from any criticism and downgrading of the holy pious ancestors.
7. The introduction of their organisation should be presented minimally and carefully, while their aims and objectives should be presented openly and widely. 8. They should propagate piety along with the propagation of the Jihaad. Without piety, the Jihaad would be an empty shell.
9. Their speeches and writing should be constructed in a simple and clear format, so every lay member of the Muslim community could understand them.
10. The deliberations and findings of our honoured predecessors should be strictly observed and they should not engage in any new research of their own. As the need for the deed is more important for the Ummah and new deliberations and findings are very rarely required. Any effort in new deliberations and findings would cause arguments and dissensions, which the organisation could not afford.
The Training Principles.
One of the important tasks for the Department of Propagation & Information is to prepare the material for the training of their members specially and for all the Muslims generally, with the aim of strengthening their beliefs and adherence to the principals and objectives of the Jihaad Movements.
In this regard a compulsory course should be devised for the members of the organisation and no one should be exempted. This course should be taught and instructed with full vigour so that it becomes a part and parcel of the participants’ personality. This course could have many facets according to the different circumstances and times.
The following is a draft of this course as a guide for those who will be responsible for devising it:
1. Tafseer of the Surah Al Anfaal and the Surah Al Braa’t.
2. Compilation of the forty Ahadeeth with their meanings and explanations.
3. Concise but complete Islamic history.
4. Compilation of the true events and the deeds of the Jihaad of the honoured Sahabah RadhialLahu-`anhu and the pious predecessors.
5. Islamic theology.
6. Compilation of the Revered Sunnah of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-alayhi Wasallam in every sphere of the Muslim’s life. And the compilation of the prayers of Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-alayhi Wasallam.
7. Islamic morality and ethics.
8. Atlas of the present day world, the details of all the Islamic and the non-Islamic countries, their boundaries, geography, population and religions and any further necessary information.
9. A brief introduction of the present day Jihaad Movements.
10. Introduction of the great Muslim personalities of the near past and the present.
For such a course, existing books could be selected or new books could be compiled. This course includes all the subjects which are essential for every rank and file member of the Jihaad Movements.
Apart from this general course, there should be a special course compiled by the Department of Propagation & Information, for the training centres for the Mujahideen, for the various Departments, for the launching camps and for the battle front. In addition to the compilation of these courses there should be provision made for the enforcement of these courses.
These special courses should include from the learning of the Holy Quraan by heart, to the military strategy. The Daily Five Prayers in congregation, the special night prayers of Tahajjud, the early morning recital of the Holy Quraan, the collective performance of the Zikr, and the physical training, ought to be enforced in every office and camp.