Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
AlHamduliLlah Rabb Al-Aalameen.
Peace and prayers be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and all of his Companions.
To the noble brother, Shaykh Mahmud, may Allah protect him.
As-Salam alaykum waRahmatuLlah waBarakatuH.
I hope you receive this message of mine while you, your family, children, and all of the brothers are in good health, and closest and most obedient to Allah Almighty.
I begin this message with condolences for myself and you on the death of our dear brother Shaykh Sa’id, Allah rest his soul.
May the Almighty honour him with what He desires, accept him as one of the martyrs, and count his forbearance and steadfastness among his good deeds.
Allah bless him, as he spent nearly three decades in the theatre of Jihad, aiding the Religion of Allah.
I also offer condolences on the deaths of our noble brothers Abu Umar Al-Baghdadi and Abu Hamzah Al-Muhajir and those who waged Jihad with them until they died.
We ask Allah Almighty to compensate us for our hardship and bring some good from it for us.
May He accept them among the martyrs and let them dwell in Jannah, for He is most capable of that.
We seek Allah’s Protection and Guidance for all the Mujahideen.
In keeping with the words of the Prophet on forbearance, and to fulfill our duties regardless of the hardship faced, I begin my words with you on Jihad activities in general.
First, I wish to inform you that you have been appointed successor to the departed Shaykh Sa’id for a period of two years from the date on which you receive this letter.
I ask Almighty Allah to help you carry out this responsibility well, and augment your success, forbearance, piety and good character.
If the leader possesses such qualities his followers will benefit all the more so.
As you well know, the best people are the ones most agreed on by the people.
The key attributes that bring people together and preserve their staying behind their leader are his kindness, forgiveness, sense of fairness, patience, and good rapport with him, as well as showing care for them and not tax them beyond their ability.
What must always be in the forefront of our mind is:
Managing people at such times calls for even greater wisdom, kindness, forgiveness, patience and deliberation, and is a complex task by most standards.
However, to begin again talking about Jihad activities:
We are now in a new phase of assessing Jihad activities and developing them beyond what they were in the past in two areas, military activity and media releases.
Our work in these two areas is broad and sweeping, encompassing the headquarters and regional areas.
I put before you some ideas in my mind that time has enabled me to do, so we can brainstorm and improve on them.
Plus, I present a document that was attached to your letter under the name “attachment for Shaykh Mahmud”, which contained some of what I had sent to Shaykh Sa’id, Allah rest his soul, about this new stage.
Regarding military activities:
The conditions grew more critical after the attacks on New York and Washington.
Plus the Crusader campaign against Afghanistan filled Muslims with sympathy toward their fellow Mujahideen.
It became crystal clear that the Mujahideen are the vanguard and standard-bearers of the Islamic community in fighting the Crusader-Zionist alliance that has caused the people to endure various forms of pain and degradation.
One indication of that is the wide-scale spread of Jihadi ideology, especially on the Internet, and the tremendous number of young people who frequent the Jihadi websites.
Those are a major achievement for Jihad, through the Grace Of Allah, despite our enemies and their efforts.
On the other hand, after the war expanded and the Mujahideen spread out into many regions, some of the brothers became totally absorbed in fighting our local enemies, and more mistakes have been made due to miscalculations by the brothers planning the operations or something that arises before it is carried out.
That is in addition to some who have expanded the “barricade argument” [on validity or not to kill Muslims used as human shields by the enemy].
This has resulted in the killing of Muslims.
(We ask Allah to have Mercy on them, pardon them, and compensate their family).
– To be continued.