The message of felicitation of esteemed Amir-ul-momineen Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor on the eve of Eid-ul-Odha published on 22 September 2015. It was reflected in international and local media of our beloved country and numbers of commentators expressed their comments and analysis. In fact, it was a comprehensive message in view of current situation of the country. It contain important issues like Jihad, peace, education, politics, establishment of Sharia-based government, respect of people, independence and sovereignty of the country. All the mention topics in its essence have the room to be further discussed and explored.
But the issue of people’s honor and human dignity is very important, noteworthy and apparently mentioned in the message. The message says that Islamic Emirate is not only a Jihadic political movement but a system intending to bring about reawakening and character refinement among our Muslim people and live up to their expectations regarding multi-faceted progress including education, economical development, social prosperity and a civilized modern life. The message further says that “Afghanistan is a shared home of all Afghans and there must be a close rapport, coordination and cooperation among all ethnicities and among talents from the modern and religious educations sectors”. So, this home could be built through affection, unity and coordination.
The second subject matter of people’s honor is associated with faith and ideas of the people and it is at the top of the list of important issues. The implementation of Islamic Sharia and divine laws is the legitimate demand of our people and Afghans are striving for it according to their capacities. They have always stepped into the battlefield for the obtainment of this great ambition and by the grace of Almighty Allah, they have given crushing blows to every tyrant and invader. Whoever had tried to harm the faith of Afghan nation, they are not only defeated but have faced humiliation and disgrace in the world. Communists coup d’état and Russian invasion is a good example in hand. The recent message plainly explains the issue and has given satisfaction to the people regarding the establishment of Islamic system. “We have right to defend our faith and land…. And to form an Islamic system, an Afghan inclusive Islamic system where all people have their legitimate rights secured…………”
Another aspect of people’s honor is the protection of life, wealth and dignity of people. Establishment of peaceful environment for Afghans and defending their rights are the important aspects of the issue of people’s honor. The message emphasizes time and again on this issue. In one part of the message strict instruction has given to the Mujahideen for prevention of civilians casualties. “The Mujahideen should be fully careful not to shed blood of innocent people during operations. The Islamic Emirate has the responsibility to protect its people and I as Amir of the Islamic Emirate, will never allow any harm and jeopardy to be done to the life and property of the people as a result of negligence and incaution”. In another part of the message, people’s honor has been mentioned as the main objective of Jihad and prime responsibility of Mujahideen. “Mujahideen brothers should wage Jihad solely with the intention of raising the word of Allah (working for the cause of Allah) and for prosperity and service of the oppressed countrymen and consider the protection of life, property and humane dignity of the people as their Sharia-required and moral obligation and have a conduct full of affection, kindness and sympathy with people”.
Another aspect of people’s honor is the involvement of people in decision-making regarding important issues of the country. It is obvious like a broad day light that religious scholars, tribal elders, influentials and other scholars have important rule in security and development of the country and maintaining unity among Afghans. Whoever has not paid attention to the opinions of their people and has not listened to the advices of people, they have destroyed themselves as well as their country. Therefore, the message emphases; “Mujahideen should resolve their problems and those of the common Muslims in consultation and understanding with reverend religious scholars, tribal leaders and infuentials from among the people. Behave with them like a servant not like a ruler.”
Similarly, the message considers the educated class and national businessmen of the country as the builders of the country. Their talents should be honored and wealth should be protected and opportunities should be given to them for their services and activities. On the other hand, the esteemed leader considers public installations as national assets of the people which should be protected from any kind of attacks and harm. The activities of Self-less charity organization (NGOs) has welcomed for the benefit and prosperity of people. There are some other important points incorporated in the message for the well-being and development of afghan nation and it would convince readers by going through the whole message.
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”.