Written: Ameen Wardak
Observe briefly the life-conditions of a child who opened his eyes in 1339 AH in “Chah-e-Himmat” village of District Khakrez, Kandahar. Orphaned at the age of five his beloved father passed away. The young child was left in the slums of Khakrez to spend his days in loneliness. As the memories of his father burdened his heart, he decided to move on and settle in the district Dand, Kandahar for some time. Soon he realized that his provisions were insufficient even there. So he moved on to start living with his uncle Maulawi Jummuah in Rozgaan (Uruzgan) where he began his journey towards the Islamic Knowledge.
At the age of eighteen as he was near the end of Dora-e-Hadees (final year of study), Afghanistan came under Soviet Union’s invasion with the help of local communist puppets. The Mujahideen of Afghanistan started preparing for the battlefield to confront this onslaught. Among these valiant Mujahideen was Omar III, son of Maulawai Ghulaam Nabi. After fighting the soviet aggression for some time, Omar returned to his ancestral hometown, Kandahar. He launched countless attacks on the Russians and their communist puppets in the districts of Panjwayee, Maiwand and Zarhi under the leadership of a Jihadi organization Harkat-e-Inqilaab-e-Islami and gained fame as a brave Mujahideen commander. He was injured four times while fighting the Soviets and in the fourth incident, he sacrificed his right eye in the way of Allah.
After more than a decade of resistance, Communism was uprooted while the defeated Russians turned their tails and the control fell to the hands of Mujahideen. At this moment “Omar Mujahid” went to Sang-e-Hissaar (Zarhi district) to resume his journey towards religious knowledge. But in the meantime, mutual disagreements arose among the Mujahideen groups and the people who had recently defeated Russians were now at arms against each other. These futile battles and conflicts lead to chaos and a series of corruption in Treasury, theft, robberies and the usurpation of basic human rights began. When this anarchy reached its limits, Omar lost his patience. He compromised his religious studies in pursuit of eradicating this evil from its roots. Seeking “Fataawa” (religious verdicts) from scholars, Omar once again picked up arms against the wicked warlords. From this point in Kandahar, began a war between Good and Evil under the name of “Islaami Tehreek” (Islamic Movement) and a council of fifteen hundred scholars gave Omar the title of “Ameer ul Mumineen” – Leader of the Believers.
Their mission was to establish an Islamic government. They announced amnesty for all those who opposed them in this movement and advised them to seek Repentance. Even during the battles, they would disarm their rivals and set them free. The series of conquests continued until on the sixth of Meezan, 1375 AH the capital of Afghanistan – Kabul was liberated. But sadly, what they liberated was not the Kabul that existed before Soviet Invasion – Kabul had now turned into ruins.
However, the newly born Islamic Emirate was able to implement Shariah law in almost all parts of Afghanistan except a few areas. This system of Justice was soon destroyed as a result of American aggression when USA allied with forty four countries invaded Afghanistan on 15/06/1379 AH. The invaders used banned chemical weapons shamelessly on the poor Afghan nation. Some leaders were arrested and handed over to America by the puppets who had sold themselves in slavery. They were then thrown into the notorious dungeons of Cuba and many were locked behind bars in Bagraam which is fully controlled by America and no local Afghan was allowed inside.
In short, Mullah Omar once again reorganized his Mujahideen within two years of American havoc and began the decisive war against the American and its allied forces which was to continue for 14 years and beyond to teach them a crushing lesson that will be remembered by their generations.
Born in Khakrez, this fearless man was gifted with some individual qualities which are rare in others:
- Omar, personally used R.P.G in Jihad.
- He was extremely simple, polite and softhearted.
- He was God fearing and Noble.
- He considered self-praise a deficiency.
- He allowed everyone to meet him [although his associates considered it hazardous for him]. And Ameer-ul-Mumineen would seldom come in public. This decision proved truly fruitful especially when the West put a bounty of 10 million dollars for his head. After that he ceased coming out in public completely but continued to lead the command of Mujahideen from a small room in his mud house. He maintained his leadership in the light of divine instructions which paved way towards faster development in the Jihadi fronts.
- Night prayers were his favorite deeds.
- He wore modest clothes such that he could not be distinguished from his friends.
- He ate simple food.
- He slept on floor while his command was obeyed throughout Afghanistan.
- He was king but lived like a common man and dedicated his life for the cause of Allah.
- Saying ‘farewell’ to the pleasures of material world, he kept struggling to implement Islamic government.
- He was not a Sahabi (Companions of Muhammad SAW) but lived his life like a Sahabi.
- At the end, he did not let the Emirate to be inherited. An Emirate whose foundations were laid by him, he handed its leadership over to his deputy Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and did not let his son Maulawi Muhammad Yaqoub to become his successor.
- Being in control of such a huge territory, he did not leave any property, neither any share in government, nor any market or a shop.
Finally, shattering the hopes and desires of enemies; Omar III – following the footsteps of Hazrat Khalid ibn Waleed R.A – served in the field of Jihad for long until he returned his blessed soul to his Creator in his small mud house.
انالله و انااليه راجعون
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”.