Sheikh Usamah Bin Ladin, The 'Lion of Islam' With a Tender Heart
Rajab 05, 1433 A.H, Sunday, May 27, 2012
His Tender Heart
America and its minions surely consider this one man as the greatest, most wanted kingpin of the ‘terrorists’ of all time. To pursue this figure of man with skinny body, the U.S. have to spend billions of dollars and in an 'unmanly' manner, storm Afghanistan all out.
Obvious, ‘unmanly’ under the pretext of 'war on terror', America invited its allies under the banner of NATO to storm as they like the Daulah Islam (Islamic State) which was under the administration of the Mujahids of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, for protecting a ‘terrorist’ named Usamah bin Ladin.
Amazing, as admitted by NATO's warlord, American General Stanley McChrystal, the 'ganging up' action by the allied forces turned out to be far from victory.
We also see, how some Muslims themselves assess the figure of Usamah bin Ladin. Among those who profess as salafi (salafi maz’um), they, without hesitation, ferociously reviled that Usamah bin Ladin is conducting fie sabilish shaithan. Abdul Muhsin Al Abbad when asked; “Is Usamah bin Ladin a Mujahid?” he answered:
كيف مجاهد؟! نعم هو مجاهد في سبيل الشيطان. أسامة بن لادن جلب شراً عظيماً على المسلمين ولا شك أن ذهابه فيه راحة لهم, يرتاح الناس بذهابه
“How could he be called a Mujahid? Na’am, he is
a Mujahid in the path of shaithan. Usamah bin Ladin has brought a great
catastrophe for the Muslims. There is no doubt that his death brings tranquility
to the Muslims. The human race became more peaceful with his departure,”
In fact even Aidh Al Qarni, an ulama' who is known through his book, laa tahzan, which touches the heart, is so blunt in denying the martyrdom (shaheed death) of Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin to the extent that he denounces him by saying that he is upon the manhaj takfiir wa tafjiir (likes to declare others kafir and bomb).
However, among the Muslims, there are certainly still ulama's who are able to see the figure of Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin through their basirah, seeing him objectively and defending him. Sheikh Abdullah Al Jibrin -rahimahullah- when asked whether Sheikh Usamah belongs to the people who do mischief as charged by Sheikh bin Baz? So he answered softly:
الشيخ ابن باز لم يقل ذلك وإنما قيلت عليه ، والشيخ ابن باز لن يقول هذه المقالة ولا يقولها مسلم ، فأسامة رجل جاهد في سبيل الله قديماً وكان له جهود في بلاد الأفغان ، وفقه الله ونصره ونصر به ، ولايزال قائما بالجهاد ، وكونه يكفّر فهذا من اجتهاده ، حيث انه يكفر بعض الدول التي يلاحظ عليها بعض الأشياء، فلا يقال انه بهذا يصير من المفسدين في الأرض أو نحو ذلك .
“Sheikh bin Baz never said that, it is just an
utterance that is accused on him (as if it was him who said that). It is not
possible for Sheikh bin Baz to say things like that and it is not proper for a
Muslim to say that..!!!
Usamah bin Ladin is someone who is conducting jihad in Allah's cause since long ago and he has given his earnestness in his jihad in Afghanistan. May Allah bestow taufiq on him, help him and make Islam triumphant through him. He, to this day, still continues the jihad."
As for him declaring (the rulers of Muslim countries) kafir, that is a part of his ijtihad, where he declares kafir (tajfir) some countries which he has carefully observed and he found out many things (which relates with that kufr). However, it could not necessarily be said that due to this (ijtihad), he is then called as someone who does damages on earth or various other similar phrases.” Thus was the fatwa of Sheikh Abdullah Al Jibrin.
Among the Muslims, there are also those who are being diffident by saying that, though not agreeing with Sheikh Usamah, yet he is still a Mujahid.
As for the International Mujahideen, this man who was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 10th March 1957, is a pioneering Mujahid and Mujaddid. In around 1979, after completing his study in Civil Engineering at the University of King Abdul Aziz, Jeddah, he began his jihad works of expelling the Communist Soviet Union from the soil of Afghanistan. Not only with property, he also sold his soul to Allah to conduct jihad.
He left the luxury in his country of origin, Saudi Arabia, heading for the barren valleys on the slopes of the mountains of Afghanistan. He did not waste his abundant wealth, he used it to finance the camps to facilitate the Mujahideens from various countries to conduct i’dad, and jihad at the same time.
Biidznillah, the struggles of the Mujahideen then received the help from Allah. The Soviet Union thus withdrew its forces and the last withdrawal took place on 2nd February 1989.
The Soviet Union announced that all of their troops had been withdrawn from Afghanistan on 15th February 1989. The Soviets had to leave the soil of Afghanistan by bringing back defeats, not just defeats but the Communist country which was a super power in its time also suffered terrible losses, in fact even its prosperity was shaken off, as a result it split into smaller countries.
Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin had a chance to return to his country, Saudi Arabia. Although briefly received as a hero, he eventually faced a bitter reality when his critical attitude towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at that time resulted in the revocation of his citizenship and hence he became a wanted person.
During the Gulf War at that time, the Saudi king also preferred to join forces with America to protect the country rather than being defended by the Arab Mujahideen, the alumnus of Afghanistan led by Usamah bin Ladin.
In the book, Taujihat Manhajiyah vol. III, compiled by Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin, it mentions what king Fahd bin Abdul Aziiz had said in his khutbah on 18/1/1411 H, that was when the open colonization of the country of Haramain started, at that time he said:
“…O my brothers, it is a very unfortunate event – the attacks on Kuwait – carried out by Iraq, led to the assembly of the great forces on the borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And in facing this bitter reality and departing from the Kingdom's determination to save its territory and to maintain the important elements of life and its economy… The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is stating its intention to join the Arab forces who have become its brothers and friends, where the Government of America has joined, as was done by the Government of United Kingdom and other countries on the basis of friendly relations established between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and those countries."
Sheikh Usamah was not able to keep silent, when looking at Al Haramain now colonized by the thaghut America, the same goes with Al Aqsa which is in the grips of the Jews. He thus issued a fatwa and jihad against America.
In the book, Aqsaamul Ilmi Alladzi Huwa Fardhu 'Ain, which was compiled by Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin, he declared war against America for its wide range of oppressions and colonizations, especially in the case of Al Haramain and Al Aqsa.
“O our brothers, the Muslims all over the world! Indeed your brothers in the countries of Haramain and Palestine have asked for your help, and demanded your shares in the jihad that they have inflamed against their enemies and your enemies from among the people of Israel and America, with various means of attacks that could drive them out from the holy lands of Islam in a state of defeated and humiliated. All of that is in accordance with your ability. Allah Ta'ala says:
وَإِنِ اسْتَنْصَرُوْكُمْ فِي الدِّيْنِ فَعَلَيْكُمُ النَّصْرُ
“And if they seek help of you
for the religion, then you must help.” (QS. Al Anfaal : 72).
So O soldiers of Allah, come forward! The time has come to attack, so attack, know that your unity and your mutual assistance for the sake of liberating the sanctity of Islam is a right step to unite the ummah under the banner of the kalimah of tawheed.”
Of course, the consequence of this appeal was the making of the price of Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin's head as high as 25 millions US Dollar. He became the number one wanted man for the thaghut America and its stooges all over the world.
Sudan had become his place of berth for a while, but it was very unfortunate, it turned out that the leader of that country was more afraid of America than Allah Ta’ala. Sheikh Usamah then made hijrah to Afghanistan again and gave bai'at to the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Mullah Muhammad Umar.
This is the bitter reality of his struggle, but with the permission of Allah, with the limited strength and the Mujahids, they remained firm upon the jihad fie sabilillah.
What’s interesting on the personality of Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin was his calm character and the softness of his heart, that he was a person who easily cry. He was not a person who had a loud voice and talked fiery, but was still firm in his attitude.
We could see that attitude from the various videos that were distributed in the cyberworld. The Mujahideen who ever met him acknowledge his polite attitude and the tenderness of his heart.
Sheikh Ayman Azh Zhawahiri (Amir of Tanzhim Al Qaidah, the successsor of Sheikh Usamah) in his khutbah video published by As Sahab with the title, Ayyamu Ma’al Imam, told how Sheikh Usamah ever asked him about his self who often shed his tear.
“Ash-Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin was known to easily shed his tear or cry. One day he asked for my opinion, he said to me, “Some ikhwah said, ‘Sometimes you speak, then your tears drop first. If only you (can) hold back (the tears) a little.’
And then he asked me, “What's your opinion?”
I said, “O Sheikh, this is a rahmah (grace) that Allah places in your heart. This is a gift from Allah Subhaanahu wa ta’aala that He bestows to you.” Sheikh Ayman said in the video.
Subhanallah, also in that video, Sheikh Ayman related how Sheikh Usamah cried when there was a Palestinian boy in a protest who demanded the promise made by Sheikh Usamah.
Actually, the story disclosed by Sheikh Ayman can be found in full in the kitab, Ushaqul Huur Ila Biladil Afrah, which was compiled by Sheikh Salih Al Hami (Abu Qudamah). The book which has 878 pages and published on 7th March 2007 (29 Safar 1429 H) contains a chapter entitled, Qissatun Abkat Al Qaid Ash Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin hatta Aghma ‘Alaih (The Story of the Cry of A leader, Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin Until He Passed Out ), here's the story.
“I have seen this story circulated in one of the jihadi forums, but I don 't remember who initiated it. Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullah wa barakatuh, here is a story that made Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin cry.
One day he was preparing the jihad programs and studying the layouts, suddenly a young man thrusted a laptop towards him and said, “O Sheikh! We want to show something to you.”
He said: “Show it to us.” However as usual, he had a strange feeling with something new and the expression of his face started to change. So the young man spoke, and everybody was silent, listening to what the youth was saying. And when the youth took and began preparing his laptop, the face of Sheikh Usamah changed even more, until the laptop was really ready to be used.
The youth ‘clicked’ on a video file and increased the volume. Apparently the first image that came up in the video was that of a small boy.
The anger of a child was reflected in the video, which would touch the heart of every Mu'min. The little boy was wearing a kafayeh, typical of Palestinians, and holding a picture of Bin Ladin, he was pointing at that picture and said in a hard voice while weeping that made the heart feel sliced, “Where is your promise O Usamah?”
And then he repeated it: “Where is your promise O Usamah?” Thus Usamah also cried and sobs could be heard like the cry of a person who has lost something most beloved by his heart, and then we comforted him.
And he said in a loud voice, “What do you want Usamah to do, indeed the world is congregating to capture him.”
He continued to repeat it until his beard became wet from the tears, then we comforted him and we also cried with him until the assembly changed into an assembly of lamentation, like a mother lamenting in pain as her only child is gone.
Hence we got angry with the ikhwan who provided the film just now, and we reproached him for what he did to Sheikh Usamah. Not long after that the Sheikh fainted, then he was taken to his house.
He continued to cry and fell ill for three days. Every time he woke up, he always remembered the picture of the little boy who cried, then he cried again and the sobs of his cry could be heard.
The person who told this said: “Indeed, we do not remember this story except like the story of Umar who was ill because of a single sentence or attitude that affected him.” Wallahu a’lam.
The person who told this story was one of the companions of Usamah bin Ladin who accompanied him in the cave of Tora Bora. Behold how good and soft the hearts of Usamah was. How many people who are shaheed and the lions who hope from Allah has he presented, to get his reward and their rewards. He was truly a commander and a hero. Allah exalts him, so there are people who envy and make people hate him.
Behold how good the commander and the father of the shuhada's is. This is Usamah, so who are you O thaghut if you assemble all human beings.” The story ends here.
Sheikh Ayman suspected, the promise that was uttered by Sheikh Usamah which got him to cry, was his very famous remarks:
ألي إخواننا في فلسطين نقول لهم: إن دماء أبنائكم هي دماء أبنائنا وأن دمائكم دمائنا فالدم الدم والهدم الهدم ونشهد الله العظيم أننا لن نخذلكم حتى يتم النصر أو نذوق مما ذاق منه حمزة بن عبد المطلب رضي َ الله عنه
“To our brothers in Palestine, we say to you, 'Indeed, the blood of your sons is the blood of our sons, and, indeed, your blood is our blood, as blood is blood, and destruction is destruction. And we testify before Allah the Magnificent that we will not abandon you until victory is achieved or we taste what Hamza bin Abdulmutallib tasted, may Allah be pleased with him.”
From the nobleness of his attitude, it's no wonder if Ash Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam -rahimahullah- praised him much through his remark which was compiled in the book, Fi zhilali Suratit Taubah:
وفي هذه المناسبة نرجو الله عز وجل أن يحفظ أخانا أبا عبد الله أسامة بن لادن, فهذا الرجل ما تفتحت عيناي على رجل مثله في الأرض أبدا
“And on this occasion we
ask Allaah Ta’ala to protect our brother, Abu Abdullah Usamah Bin Ladin; it's
this man, both my eyes never saw a man such as this throughout the world.”
However, now matter how noble and great Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin was, he's still an ordinary human being. Allah Ta’ala apparently loves him more, tanzhim Qa’idatul jihad thus confirmed the martyrdom of Sheikh Usamah on Sunday, 1st May 2011.
Just like the incident of the martyrdom of Imam Hasan Al Bana, the people of America were cheering, they took to the streets to express their joy on the death of Usamah bin Ladin.
Indeed, this euphoria of the American is a clear proof of their hatred against the Mujahideen, especially Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin. Therefore there was nothing wrong with the fatwa of Sheikh Usamah that he once delivered when interviewed by Taisir Ulwani, a television reporter of Al Jazeera, on 21st October 2001.
“We are doing jihad for the interests of His religion. We hope that Allah accepts our deeds and your deeds.
As for the Muslims, I say to them: They must believe in the help of Allah SWT. And they should answer the commandments of Allah SWT and the commands of His Rasul SAW, to conduct jihad against the international kufr. Because by Allah, the lucky people on this day are those who are chosen by Allah to die shaheed.
The lucky people are those given the chance to stand under the banner of Muhammad SAW, under the banner of Islam, to fight against the international Crusaders. Let any man come forward to kill the Jews and the Americans. Because indeed, killing them is among the foremost obligations and the greatest ibaadah.
And they should always remember the teachings of the Prophet SAW. He SAW had said to Ibnu ‘Abbas RA who was still young:
يَا غُلاَمُ إِنِّي أُعَلِّمُكَ كَلِمَاتٍ، اِحْفَظِ اللهَ يَحْفَظْكَ اِحْفَظِ اللهَ تَجِدْهُ تُجَاهَكَ، إِذَا سَأَلْتَ فَاسْأَلِ اللهَ وَإِذَا اسْتَعَنْتَ فَاسْتَعِنْ بِاللهِ وَاعْلَمْ أَنَّ اْلأُمَّةَ لَوِ اجْتَمَعَتْ عَلَى أَنْ يَنْفَعُوْكَ، لَمْ يَنْفَعُوْكَ إِلاَّ بِشَيْءٍ قَدْ كَتَبَهُ اللهُ لَكَ، وَلَوِ اجْتَمَعُوْا عَلىَ أَنْ يَضُرُّوْكَ، لَمْ يَضُرُّوْكَ بِشَيْءٍ إِلاَّ قَدْ كَتَبَهُ اللهُ عَلَيْكَ، رُفِعَتِ اْلأَقْلاَمُ وَجَفَّتِ الصُّحُفُ
“Young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice] : Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask of Allah; if you seek help, seek help of Allah. Know that if the Nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with anything, they would harm you only with something Allah had already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.”
So let you not discuss with anyone to kill the American people. Walk with the permission of Allah, and remember His promise to you, to make you side by side with the best Prophet (Muhammad) SAW,” explained Sheikh Usamah in that interview.
Though the death of Sheikh Usamah was a blow to the Mujahideen, but the jihad struggle of the ‘Lion of Islam’ of this century does not stop with his death, as written in the jihad forum, Al Ansar, in order to rekindle the spirit of jihad;
من كان يعبد اسامة فان اسامة قد مات ومن كان يجاهد لله فان الله حي لايموت
Usamah, Usamah has died and whosoever is doing jihad in Allah's cause, then
surely Allah is alive and will not die."
The attitude of the Mujahideen who continue to maintain this spirit of jihad was also contained in the release by Al Fajr Media when confirming the martyrdom of Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin.
“If the light of Islam and Jihad can be extinguished with the killing or the death of an individual, surely the light would have disappeared since the day of the death of the leader of mankind, Muhammad SAW, when many Arabs became murtad then, or surely its pages would have been closed since the day Amirul Mu'minin Umar was soaked in blood on his mihrab, Utsman in front of his mushaf and Ali im the street -may Allah be pleased with them all-.
How many… and how many Commanders have been walking upon their guidance, who have filled the Earth with their conquest and their jihad, whether it be in the Eastern part or the West. The light of truth will never be extinguished with their death or the turning back of their followers after their death.
On the contrary, with their death, they are getting angrier against their enemies and will continue to conduct retaliatory actions, and the Banner of Truth is in their hands while they are chanting the verses of their Lord:
مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ فَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ قَضَى نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَنْتَظِرُ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلا
“Among the believers are men
true to what they promised Allah . Among them is he who has fulfilled his vow
[to the death], and among them is he who awaits [his chance]. And they did not
alter [the terms of their commitment] by any alteration.” (QS. Al-Ahzab :
May Allah Ta'ala continue to produce generations like Usamah bin Ladin, who conduct jihad with their wealth, souls and words.