Yemen: Muhib al-Rahman on the life of Abu Hafs al-Masri- Muhannad Ghallab, killed in US drone strike

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the name of Allah the Most Beneficient Most Merciful


Biography of the martyr: Abu Hafs al-Masri- Muhannad Ghallab

Allah accept him.

Compiled by your brother: Muhib al-Rahman

I have no idea how to begin or how do I go about compiling these memories that raise a pain in my heart.
I have known him since he stepped foot onto the Arabian Peninsula and I was with him personally just an hour before his martyrdom.
My beloved brother Abu Hafs- Abu Mu’aath…
By Allah, even if I had to compile many long pages, that would not be enough to describe your virtue, but I will try to compile a few of them.

  • My brother, the Mujahid and Muhajir not only in himself, but along with his family and his wealth.
  • Known as Abu Hafs al-Masri, Amr bin Abd Al-Wahhab al-Barmawy.
  • Born in Cairo in the year 1979.
  • He traveled with his family to Bilad al-Haramain (land of the two sanctuaries) when he was very little. He stayed there until the age of about six, then retured with his family back to Egypt.
  • His mother passed away when he was eleven years old, he then lived with his father and brothers.
  • He studied the various grades until he graduated in The Faculty of Arts and Media.
  • Thereafter he worked as the chairman of the Economic Section for a newspaper company, he then left them to serve in the Middle Eastern News Agency as a trainee until he became a master in that field.
  • In the year 2004 he married, it was not even three months after his marriage that he was swallowed into the prison of the Tawagheet during the same year 2004, where he remained imprisoned for up to three years.
  • He was then released, only to live a life longing for the land of Jihad. He could not conform with nor was he pleased with the current life, because the love of Jihad had possessed his heart .
  • The revolution began in Egypt and he would exert all his effort into raising awareness on the importance of Shari’ah (Islamic) law, and its obligatory standing in the religion, and preaching to people the importance of Jihad in the way of Allah.
  • He was not satisfied with what he had gained through preaching so he began his journey to the land of Jihad, and Allah opened up for him the way to join the Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula.
  • I met him when he first set foot into the Arabian Peninsula, along with his close companion: the martyr Abu Mos’ab al-Masri (may Allah accept him).
  • At that time certain areas were prominently dominated by Ansar al-Shariah.
  • He greeted me and smiled, than he said you are so and so, and I replied:
  • “Yes, and you are the Media journalist.”
  • Abu Hafs smiled, nodded his head and replied shyly “Yes”.
  • At that time he was wounded in his shoulder.
  • Thereafter we used to meet at work and I noticed that he was very keen and his interest was in getting the message accross to as many people as possible.
  • He was dedicated and spared no effort in striving to spread the message and inform people on a large scale.
  • He also had a great interest in comminuting with the media and journalists, corresponding with them to clarify things and make matters clear on the affairs of the Mujahideen, and spreading their message.
  • He had memorised the Noble Quran during his period in prison, he was a student of knowledge, knowledgeable in many fields and fluent in English and Spanish.
  • He would inform and raise awareness amongst his brothers about the importance of media work and he was keen on giving them courses in that field.
  • He loved to make the hearts of the brothers happy and bring them peace and contentment. He possesed a great amount of brotherly love and just by looking into his face you would be over run by his compassion!
  • It was his habit that when someone was bored he would entertain them, when any of the brothers were worried he would come up to them and console them.
  • He would always tell me that he wants to implement a martyrdom operation and he would tell me: “Talk to the Shaykh about it”,
  • So I would answer him and say:
  • “The work that you are doing is indeed very great”…
  • May Allah have mercy on him…
  • Whoever met Abu Mu’aath, would pick up that he possessed a noble quality which Allah mentions of the believers:
  • “Humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers”.
  • After the recent conquest in Hadhramaut he would repeatedly say to me: “We seek refuge in Allah that we may become fascinated and allured by this world”.
  • He would continuously remind the brothers about this matter.
  • Despite the huge amount of work that he had, that did not hold him up from being a good father and a role model to his children, teaching them virtue and noble qualities.
  • He raised them up with Deen (religion) and noble character, pure in deeds, actions, speech and the qualities that were obvious to notice in himself.
  • I came to him an hour before the strike to bring him some papers that he had requested, at that time he was standing in prayer, I looked at him from afar and marveled at the amount of humility and reverence he possessed in his prayer…!

These are just a very little bit that I have mentioned, although his virtues and memories are far too many to compile…

My dear brother, indeed we consider you as a martyr, a man who was determined, who did not give up nor weaken in his pursuit.

Oh Allah, indeed I have loved my brother Abu Mu’aath for your sake, he was my companion during the trying times and a faithful friend to me…

O Allah, like you have bought us together in this world, unite us under the shade of your Throne in the hereafter on “thrones facing each other”. (Quran)

O Allah, grant him the highest stage in Paradise, with the Prophets, the truthful ones, the martyrs and the righteous.

O Allah, relieve us of our difficulties and grant us something better in return…

Allahumma Ameen!

Written by your brother:
Muhib al-Rahman


Soldier of Tandeem Qaedat al-Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula.



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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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