[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]
‘And Allah suffices in battle for the Mu’mineen. Verily, He is Most Powerful and Mighty.’ (Aayat 25, Ahzaab)
‘If you (O Mu’mineen!) adopt Sabr and Taqwa, then NEVER ever will their plot harm you in the least bit.’ (Aayat 120, Aal-e-Imraan)
‘If Allah aids you, there will be none to defeat you. And if he withholds aid from you, then who is ther besides him to help you?’ (Aayat 160, Aal-e-Imraan)
‘It is He (Allah) Who protects you against the people your enemies.’ (Aayat 67, Al-Maaidah)
Allah Ta’ala has bestowed to you, O Taliban! Victory on the Battlefield. Allah Ta’ala has allowed you to humiliate and vanquish your enemies, the enemies of Islam, the so-called superpowers of the world. Despite there fearsome military arsenal and their coalition of 50 countries, the enemies have miserably failed to defeat the ‘Rag-Tag’ Army of Allah Ta’ala Who announces in the Qur’aan:
“Hark! The Army of Allah will be victorious.”
Despite the Taliban’s Imaani and Amali (practical) deficiencies, Allah Ta’ala has sustained them for these past 11 long years. Allah Ta’ala did not allow the American enemy to rout and destroy the Taliban. The considerable length of time – 11 years – to achieve the victory is due to the lack of the requisite degree of Taqwa. Success and victory are commensurate with the degree of Taqwa. The Qur’aan clarifying this fact, states:
“Allah has promised those among you who have Imaan and practise virtuous deeds, that most assuredly He will establish them (grant them sovereignty) on earth just as He had established those before them…..” (Aayat 55, An-Noor)
A Mu’min, according to the Hadith, does not fall in the same hole twice. Once bitten twice shy. But, the naivety of the Taliban is indeed lamentable. During their first stint of sovereignty when they ruled Afghanistan, the U.S. had wooed them; sent a special plane to take them for negotiations to America. The U.S. had instructed all its Arab surrogate states to host and pamper the Taliban. All of this was part of the American conspiracy to transform Afghanistan into another surrogate state such as Saudi Arabia for achieving its strategic goals and establishing its hegemony.
The Taliban blundered by becoming forgetful of Allah Ta’ala and forgetful of the object ive of Hukoomat (governance). They had forgotten that Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan:
“If We grant them political power on earth, they establish Salaat, pay Zakaat, command virtue and prohibit evil. And, the ultimate result of all affairs is for Allah (to decide).” (Aayat 41, Al-Hajj)
The Taliban had become neglectful of the mission for which Allah Ta’ala had granted them sovereignty in Afghanistan. It is this neglectful attitude which had induced the Taliban to abandon their initial diligence in the matter of establishing Salaat. The initial law enforcing Salaat on the entire population was forgotten, and the wonderful system which the Taliban had initially introduced to ensure that the entire country comes to a standstill at Salaat times – five times daily – to enable Salaat to be performed with jamaat in all the Musaajid of the land, was sadly abandoned.
Along with the abandonment of this fundamental obligation, the Taliban began casting long, lustful gazes at the kuffaar world for recognition. They pursued this satanic effort to the degree of moral depravity by begging to be admitted to the immoral kufr Olympic games, but they were ignominiously debarred from participation. It was indeed a shockingly lamentable step for an Islamic government who proclaimed the rule of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, to crave for Olympic games admission. In the light of the Qur’aanic prohibition to look askance at the kuffaar for recognition, the Taliban’s conduct was deplorable. Says the Qur’aan Majeed:
“Do not drag your eyes (casting long gazes of desire) at the glitter of the world which We have granted to the various groups among them (i.e. the kuffaar). The purpose is so that We involve them in trials in this (glitter of the world). The Rizq of your Rabb is best and enduring.” (Aayat 131, Taahaa)
The Taliban appear to be suffering a lapse in this regard. They are becoming entrapped in the same snare – the crave for international recognition which had constrained them to compromise Deeni principles to gain the pleasure of the western world. Allah Ta’ala then snatched away sovereignty from them. They had forgotten Him and began believing that for their worldly success they are in need of the recognition of the kuffaar and fussaaq international community. They had either forgotten or had attached no significance to the Qur’aanic aayat:
“Verily, the earth belongs to Allah. He grants its sovereignty to whomever from His servants He wishes. And, the ultimate victory is for the Muttaqeen.” (Aayat 128, Al-A’raaf)
The Qur’aan commands the Mu’mineen to say:
“O King of Sovereignty! You grant sovereignty to whomever You wish, and you snatch away sovereignty (political power) from whomever You wish. You grant honour to whomever You wish and you humiliate whomever You wish.” (Aayat 26, Aal-e-Imraan)
In the backdrop of these explicit Qur’aanic declarations, why do the Taliban now, on the threshold of political power, look askance at the kuffaar for recognition? Neither France nor Japan nor the entire world put together will be able to recognize the Taliban if Allah Ta’ala selects disgrace and defeat for them. All the battlefield victories achieved by the Taliban were not the products of recognition by the international community nor of the internet propaganda war in which the Taliban is now participating. Neither France nor Japan nor any one of the so-called Muslim states had rallied to aid the Taliban in their hour and years of need.
On the contrary, the entire international community including all the so-called Muslim states without any exception had joined the U.S. coalition in the bid to crush and obliterate the Taliban. Muslim support for the U.S. in its campaign to obliterate the Taliban was so solid that the Saudi regime had even banned the Imaams in the Haramain from making Dua for the Mujahideen. But, when America was participating and fully supporting the Afghan Jihad against the Soviet Union, the Imaams of the Haramain were offering long and stirring supplications during the Jumuah Khutbah for the victory of the Mujahideen.
The Mujahideen were given royal treatment in Saudi Arabia and in all the Arab lands. But when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan the tables were turned. The Taliban were reduced to a forlorn and helpless group lost in a state of near hopelessness. They became pariahs, despised and hounded. Depicting this forlorn state of the Mu’mineen, the Qur’aan Majeed states:
“Remember the time when you were few (in number) and weak on earth. You feared that the people (the U.S. with its coalition) would annihilate you. Then Allah granted you succour, and He aided you with His help, and He fed you with wholesome food so that you be grateful.”
Looking askance at France, Japan and the western world for recognition is not being grateful to Allah Ta’ala. All of these states were and are still the enemies of Islam. They had publicly vowed to annihilate the Taliban. The Taliban had initially feared such annihilation as is mentioned in the above aayat. Then Allah Ta’ala from the Ghaib aided and sustained them. Now, instead of displaying greater gratitude to Allah Ta’ala and reverting more to the Sunnah, they woo the very kuffaar enemies who were part of the invading U.S. coalition of aggressors. This attitude does not bode well for the Taliban.
It was the Battlefield Victory of Badr which had propelled the ‘rag-tap’ group of Sahaabah onto the world stage, and it is the Battlefield victory granted by Allah Ta’ala to the Taliban, which has projected them from their former forlorn and ‘disgraceful’ state of weakness to the present crest of the wave which they are riding. Reminding the Sahaabah of their former state of abject weakness and disgrace, the Qur’aan states:
“Verily, Allah aided you at Badr when you were a disgraceful lot (i.e. in the eyes of the kuffaar). Therefore, fear Allah so that you may be grateful.” (Aayat 123, Aal-e-Imraan)
The Taliban should understand that it is not the internet propaganda which has brought them to this juncture where they are riding on top of the crest of a wave. It was not publicity shows at kuffaar conferences which have given them the current wave of respect and dominance. Allah Ta’ala had bestowed His mercy and honour to them purely via the Battlefield of Jihad.
The Jihad on the Battlefield was not won and can never be won by internet and website propaganda. And, no amount of U.S. dissemination of falsehood did or can adversely affect the Battlefield successes which Allah Ta’ala bestows to the Mujahideen. The War has been won on the Battlefield of Jihad, not on the stupid propaganda websites to which the Taliban are now directing greater attention than to the mission of Da’wat and Tableegh which is the primary obligation of the Islamic state.
Allah Ta’ala had shaded the Taliban in His Canopy of Rahmat when the world considered them a disgraceful band of bandits and terrorists. He has propelled them to the stage of dominance and honour. But, now they are seemingly missing the Pathway – forgetting Allah Azza Wa Jal. The crave for international recognition brings in its wake a dastardly compromise of the Truth and sacrifice of Deeni principles.
When attending the conferences of the kuffaar and fussaaq Muslims, the Taliban who are supposed to be the Standard Bearers of Islam, are constrained to mingle with females, submit to photography, participate in the haraam food, listen to the monotonous stupidities dinned into the ears by the morons of the conference, etc. There is no prevalence of Taliban writ at these shaitaani conferences. It is the writ of the kuffaar to which the Taliban have to submit since they participate as underdogs.
Whilst they are lions on the Battlefields of Jihad, they are mice at the conferences, condescending to the ways and etiquettes of the kuffaar and fussaaq. This our Naseehat is also a warning to the Taliban to beware of the snares of shaitaan who is conspiring to turn the Battlefield victories into defeats on other fronts.
“What! Do you search for honour by them? Verily, all honour belongs to only Allah.”
(Aayat 139, An-Nisaa’)
Instead of looking at the enemies and having false hopes on them, the Qur’aan advises the Taliban:
“Say: Sufficient for me is Allah. On Allah should the Mutawakkileen repose their tawakkul.”
(Aayat 38, Az-Zumar)