Article from Musa Farhad via Islamic Emirate
Since the birth of their Islamic movement, the Taliban have faced a great number of challenges in their 22 year long struggle. Out of these, the greatest were two. The first being when in 2001 the crusader alliance under the leadership of USA attacked Afghanistan and pushed the Islamic Emirate to back foot consequently scattering and dispersing the Taliban. It was at this time, when the local and international analysts and media representatives thought that the Taliban have been eliminated from the face of the earth and there is no chance for them to consolidate together again.
The second big challenge came when the Mujahideen received news of the demise of Ameer ul Mumineen Mullah Muhammad Umar. Like previously, this time also it was assumed that the boat of Islamic Emirate is sinking and there is no power to save them now.
If we analyze on realistic grounds, both these two situations were so sensitive and critical that people’s fears were indeed actually did hold a lot of weight and the Taliban should not have existed anymore.
But the question remains, how did the Taliban manage to resurface after this first challenge and how did they manage to organize their ranks again after the second one. The credit for this goes mostly to the influential personality of Ameer ul Mumineen r.a., his political foresight, his loyalty to religion and nation, steadfastness on the path of truth, strong courage in the face of challenges and his honor and protective jealousy for his faith which held the Mujahideen together and prevented differences from arising. He organized the Mujahideen once again and strengthened the ranks of Mujahideen like “Bunyaanum Marsoos” (A strong solid wall) in such a way that their sacrifices brought an unforgettable historic defeat to the enemies of Islam. While he himself gave his life in the dry Rocky Mountains to his Beloved – who bestows Life – and left the world desiring for martyrdom like Khalid bin Waleed R.A.
Ameer ul Mumineen spent his entire life fighting in the path of Allah but his desire to be a martyr could not be fulfilled. He left the world with his name carved in the history among those who spent their lives standing firm against the enemies, sacrificing for the freedom of their nation. Thus, he added a new chapter to the pages of history like Ghaznavi, Abdali and Mirwais Khan. May Allah reward him with the highest place in Jannat ul Firdaus and continue bestowing his heirs and Mujahideen and his successor with his blessings and influence. Ameen
The second time when Taliban faced a great difficulty was when suddenly they found themselves standing before the tragic news of the demise of their leader and the loss of the spiritual leadership of their beloved guide forever. Benefiting from this situation the satanic international media did not leave a single stone unturned in their venomous propaganda and even succeeded to a small extent in capturing the minds of some Muslims. Seeing these circumstances, all the Mujahideen, the selfless warriors of Mullah Umar Mujahid r.a demonstrated great wisdom and political foresight by unconditionally selecting a new Ameer, thereby filling a great vacuum and putting an end to the upcoming trials and confusion. The person selected as the successor to Ameer ul Mumineen was none other than the one who was most trusted by Ameer ul Mumineen himself in his life and had chosen him as his deputy. This way, the phase of bayah (allegiance) for every person whether elite or common and the Mujahid started.
The death of Ameer ul Mumineen was confirmed by the Leadership Council of Taliban a few weeks before and a day later, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor was selected as the new Ameer. Some individuals after this announcement raised their voices in opposition to this decision and after a secret meeting they announced their opposition on the western media. They said:
- The selection has been done in haste
- Secondly their opinion has not been sought after in this selection
- Thirdly, the majority was not present at the time of selection
In short, their demands clarify that they seek to hold a meeting again for the selection of the new Ameer. Let us discuss briefly as to what extent their objections are valid and how much of a solution is possible for them.
- Concerning the first objection i-e the selection was done in haste, the respectable and esteemed Ulama say that it should have been done even more quickly since this is a very important matter in Islam. When an Ameer is demoted or passes away then the second Ameer should be selected as quickly as possible because the absence of Ameer affects the administrative affairs of the Muslims as well as their Jihadi endeavors. This was precisely the reason why the Sahaba R.A. rushed towards choosing a new Ameer even before the burial of RasoolAllah S.A.W.
- Now, with regards to their second objection i.e. that their opinion was not sought after in this decision. According to my information, utmost effort was made that every member of the Leadership Council, the Ulama and the People of Intellect should be invited and this was accomplished to a great extent. Only a minority who were too far or those who’s circumstances hindered their way were unable to participate.
- The third objection was that the majority were not present during the selection process. In my opinion the situation was totally the opposite. If we count every person from both sides then certainly the number of people present in the meeting would become a long list while those who were not present would not even go up to a dozen. Especially those who are not the part of Shura would almost be none in the latter.
Also another important matter to consider is that even if we assume that their objection that the majority was not consulted and the consent of all the Mujahideen and masses should have been sought in this decision as legitimate, the answer lies in the fact that in such difficult and critical situations it is not practically possible for everyone to agree on a single opinion. The only option is that a public referendum is done in which people can either accept or reject the new Ameer. But then, even this was done with a lot of efficiency and the opinion of all Mujahideen was sought and one after the other all of them supported and gave bayah (allegiance) to the new Ameer. The governors of 34 provinces, their 34 deputies, their military and national commanders for 34 provinces, 350 district leaders, dozens of battlefield commanders and several Mujahideen commanders, many national and jihadi leaders, the students of universities and colleges, thousands of students of Madrasahs and different movements and common folk declared their support and bayah to the new Ameer. All these people are people of influence and authority and each one of them is representing several rather thousands of people. No one has forced them to give their bayah but instead they have made their pledges independently with their freewill.
So, in our opinion, the objections of the opposition do not hold much weight. And the issue has been resolved even better than they anticipated. If the objections like these continue to go on even after this, then obviously people will start doubting the intentions of those who object and might think that maybe the real reason behind their opposition is to get hold of authority. Or maybe they are in disagreement due to some racial grudge or that they are working on the orders of some foreign secret agencies. We hope that their objections are with intentions for improvement and not because of malice because objections based on malice do not result in anything but failure and humiliation.
The second important thing is that the opinion of the family and close companions of Ameer ul Mumineen, like the chairman of the political office Tayyab Agha, is also only to the extent of reservation and they have resorted to keeping out of this matter. According to my knowledge the Leadership Council with the help of Ulema is giving utmost attention to this matter since any objections from the family of Ameer ul Mumineen can cause worry to the Mujahideen precisely because the Mujahideen as well as the common masses hold a lot of regard for Ameer ul Mumineen, his son and his family. Their unhappiness with the matter does not please any Mujahid. Similarly, his close companions who have exerted great efforts for the sake of the system of Shariah in extremely hard conditions are praise-worthy. Therefore, based on all the information I have, the new Ameer and Leadership Council are working endlessly to resolve this issue so that their objections can be removed by convincing them through the way of Shariah.
The above mentioned writing does not mean at all that the new Ameer or the members of Shura who have chosen him have never committed any mistake and neither do they think of themselves infallible because Allah S.W.T has said:
فَلَا تُزَكُّوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنِ اتَّقَى 32: النجم
They are also human and they can make mistakes and maybe they also could have made better decisions on some matters. But this does not mean that they do not review their decisions or consult in their matters and consequently pave way for hatred to spawn in others which God forbid could result in causing disunity in the ranks of Jihad. However, their decisions so far have demonstrated great political foresight and they have fought like men in these challenging times with great courage. They are working hard sincerely for the consolidation of the ranks of Jihad. Hence none of us should doubt the intentions of those who have objections, neither the new Ameer, until we see a clear matter against Shariah. Otherwise we would render ourselves worthy of the torment of Allah SWT.
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”.