Written by: Muhammad Rasool Bahadur
A lot of interesting words can be written about Ameer ul Mumineen (رحمہ اللہ) because from the historical point of view, he was such a great man who kept the flag of Islam high in a time when everyone was finding a refuge to hide. He added a glorious chapter in the history of Muslim Ummah and especially Afghanistan. Many writings are being authored about the personality of Ameer ul Mumineen encompassing amazing facts that leave a human mind marveled. Everyone is trying to write something that none other has written. Even if someone has already written something, they change its order and style. In my mind, there are two traits of Ameer Ul Mumineen which I feel are very significant among his qualities.
Defender of the fruits of Jihad:
No one has a difference of opinion about the fact that victories in Afghan Jihad are not only important for Afghanistan but they’re important for the Muslims of entire world. Because when some commanders fell to internal strife after the defeat of Russia, we witnessed that the great scholars from around the world actively participated to resolve peace between them. Some respected scholars and elders had to bear a lot of afflictions during this process, but they did not worry about all this and continued to work towards reconciliation. Such moves show that the unity in our ranks holds a great importance for them.
Therefore, an amazing unity was established at the time of Russian withdrawal, but unfortunately some shortsighted leaders did not keep Jihadi objectives in mind and followed the path chosen by their enemy while on the other hand, kuffaar are united against Muslims even with millions of differences.
We are well aware that the US helped Afghans against Russia and did not withhold any sort of support. However, when the matter reached to the point where Mujahideen started discussing the implementation of Islamic government, the enmity between the same infidels suddenly turned into friendship. Both these rivals – US and Russia – agreed on the fact that the path of establishing Islamic government in Afghanistan must he stopped.
When Russia was defeated, western thinkers had said: “Our temporary enemy is defeated but our eternal enemy has just awoken from slumber”. Meaning that the enmity of Russia and America is although temporary but the animosity with Islam is eternal and everlasting. Since Islamic System is unacceptable to both of them, they began their attacks against the Islamic System together.
The motive of both countries was to instigate infighting between Afghan Jihadi groups in such a way that would eradicate the glory of Jihad from the minds of people. Jihad was declared mischief by both Communist and Nationalist agents. Common masses were affected by this propaganda. Islamic Movements were depicted as failed organizations.
When the differences between groups rose to peak and life became difficult for masses, the Defender of the glorious Jihad arrived in the battlefield with his sword unsheathed. Candles of hope were lit and the fragrance of Jihad spread across the land. Those who sacrifice their lives for the sake of Islam were glorified. The heads that were severed for implementing Shariah in the path of Allah met eternal success. The men who sacrificed their youth for the Shariah of Muhammad SAW were looked at as valuable. They implemented the Islamic System and showed the whole world that this is what we sacrificed our lives for.
Continuation of Afghan History:
Due to internal conflicts and differences, the Afghan nation was on a point where historically, no possibility of peace could be expected. The enemy believed that these people would never reconcile now and their view was correct to some extent because Afghan’s could leave significant marks in the history only when they had united themselves. Otherwise, in the absence of unity and agreement, only the stories of Zardad Khel would be written.
The greatest challenge at that time on the lips of global media and the world was the partition of Afghanistan. Some people in Afghanistan even fancied ministries and other political positions that may be given to them through this process of partition. But in the middle of all this, one man raised the banner of Jihad that ruined all the wicked aims of enemies. All those who were making plans of partition disappeared in their armholes like rats. He protected the “Abdaali”geography such that the analysts ran towards Moscow, Washington and Istanbul. Every plot for this partition failed miserably and a historic unity was established in the country based on the foundation of Islamic ideology.
Today we can witness what relationship has united the Mujahideen in northern areas under the leadership of Islamic Emirate? How will we picture these scenes today when the Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate are spread across the dimensions and in mutual union?
Yes it was Ameer ul Mumineen Mullah Omar (ra) who was the heir of historic glories of Afghans, who neither tolerated the division of this country nor allowed its destruction. Some Western agents hit severe blows on this brotherhood of Muslim Nation but Ameer Ul Mumineen stood as a mountain in their path because he had foreseen the emerging danger which resulted in forming a historic movement of Afghan people. And he surfaced as an influential leader on the national as well as global level.
This is what makes us say that Ameer ul Mumineen was the successor of the glories of Afghan history.
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”.