NOTE: To view issue number fifty-six of the Ṭālibān’s magazine al-Ṣomūd see here. You can also see other translations from issue fifty-six:
- “A Brief Glance At The Jihadist Situation In Paktīkā Province”
- “The Afghān Jihād Is The Reason For The World’s Salvation And Especially The Islamic World”
Rabi-us-Sani 04, 1432 A.H, Thursday, March 10, 2011
By Abu Said Rashed
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, Lord of Creation, Who gave strength to His soldiers, supported His servants and defeated the Confederates Alone, prayers and blessings be upon his Messenger Muhammad, the Laughing Warrior, and upon his Household and Companions, and those who follow his example until the Day of Judgment.
31 years ago, on the 6 Jadi 1385 Hejrah-e Shamsi, as is it is known among the Afghans, corresponding to 8 Safar 1400 AH, Soviet Communist forces invaded the beloved land of Afghanistan, and thousands of soldiers came from high and low in the dark of night, and the killing, desolation and destruction began. That night of unjust aggression, the night of tyranny and oppression lasted ten years. Through the grace of Allah, His aid and support, however, and through the sacrifices, determination and faith of the people and one and a half million martyrs, and through the support of the Ummah, the Red forces were forced to leave Afghanistan and indeed liberated from the grip of their aggression, tyranny and assault (on) both Islamic and non-Islamic states which were under the weight of Communism for years. The Afghans with the help of their Lord destroyed that Empire; the Red empire and great Communist state.
Allah, through the blessing of the Jihad and sacrifices of the Afghans, erased the Soviet Union from the face of the earth and eliminated them from the world; the Warsaw pact.
“Such were the populations We destroyed when they committed iniquities; but We fixed an appointed time for their destruction.” (al-Kahf 59).
But we say, (unfortunately) that Afghanistan with its enormous sacrifices – one and a half million martyrs, millions of wounded, and bereaved mothers and widows – is still being burned by the fire of unjust external aggression, incoming tyranny, dark and gloomy night and a black and gloomy situation.
The injustice and aggression began ten years ago on 20 Rajab 1422 AH, corresponding to 15 Mizan 1407 Hejrah-e Shamsi, with the aggression of the NATO alliance under the leadership of America. More than 150,000 soldiers came aided by all the countries of the world, or almost all of them, and attacked the land of the Afghans, a land of which has been appointed: “It is the quiver (Kanana) of Allah, if he is angry with a people he fires from it at them”.
Thousands of Afghans have been killed since that night of aggression until today. Thousands live under continuous torture and punishment in the prisons of the Occupation inside and outside the country. Other men and women have been impacted by weapons of mass destruction filled with gunpowder and gases dangerous to the public as well as beasts and animals and the barbarism remains.
We are the children of conquering warriors and we do not pay heed to these calamities if Allah is content and do not mind any of our struggles if they are for Allah and the liberation of the homeland. We adhere to the eternal and ancient covenant:
“Allah hath purchased of the Believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the Garden (of Paradise): they fight in His Cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in Truth, through the Law, the Gospel and the Qur’an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.” (al-Tauba: 111)
To us, there is no difference between the Russians and the Americans. Each of them has occupied our country and shed our blood, destroyed our civilization, corrupted our culture and our Religion. The first, turned away and fled and the second is in the dark, trying to reach their vile goal. They will not win, Allah Almighty willing.
There is no difference: if yesterday, Russia occupied Afghanistan with its soldiers under the name of the Warsaw Pact, today America occupies it in the name of the NATO alliance. If yesterday, Russia described the battalions of liberation and Jihad and all the Mujahideen as evil, America – stamped with murder and destruction – likewise describes its unjust and evil occupation as fighting terrorism, its intervention in others countries’ affairs as building civilization and restoring woman’s rights, its obliteration of the economy as opium eradication and the sabotage of minds and ideas as education and culture.
Just as Russia yesterday tried to devour the freedom of the Afghans and hitch their government to the Kremlin palace, today America wants to swallow the freedom of the Afghans and tie their fate and their future in the hands of the White House and the notables of London and Brussels. The Royal palace – Kabul – above it used to fly a Soviet flag imputed to belong to Afghanistan. Likewise, today an American flag waves above it and is attributed to the Afghans.
Just as Russia yesterday did not consider the presence of its forces and its occupation as injustice, tyranny and aggression; America and its allies today term the presence of 150,000 soldiers as friendship and their barbaric deeds as resistance and war conducted in the interest of the country.
Yesterday, men in Afghan uniforms stood in rank with Russia were given the appellations of loyal and honest. Likewise, the indecent, treacherous, vile and wicked gang obscure from the eyes of all the wicked deeds of the occupation soldiers – random bombing; complete destruction; killing of civilians; changing and destroying culture and education; spreading prostitution; plunder; sowing fear; violating traditional Afghan and Islamic sanctities and painting those crimes as deeds done to benefit the country.
But Russia and the Warsaw pact were not able, yesterday, to fight the Afghan people and their brothers and, praise be to Allah for this, (they) did not succeed in their goals, the most important of which were: making the faithful Afghan people true communists and making Afghanistan a country belonging to the great Soviet Union. The Russians faced an historical and abominable defeat while resorting to all kinds of terrorist acts, destruction and punishment. Those forces that had rushed to swallow up Afghanistan went back; crawled away, folded up and indeed fled. Today, through the aid and grace of Allah, and the determination of the people, and the cooperation of their brothers, America has been unable to vie with this proud people. Nine years after American and NATO forces entered Afghanistan none of the goals which they wanted to achieve are achieved. Indeed, the situation becomes worse day after day. Their goals were achieving security, destroying the forces of the Islamic Emirate, establishing an Afghan army fashioned in the American and Crusader mold and capable of controlling matters and fighting the Mujahideen in the country, holding free and fair democratic elections and then withdrawing. This was to be accomplished within a year at most.
But years have passed with none of this having been achieved. Rather, unrest has increased, and the forces of the Islamic Emirate grow stronger day by day while NATO soldiers are falling dead and injured. These circumstances have placed the governments of those countries participating in those forces in a dilemma before their peoples. Demands for the withdrawal of those forces increase day by day. In Canada, Germany, the United States of America itself and Great Britain public cries are raised inside and outside parliaments demanding an end to the war and the withdrawal of forces from there, because it has become futile, confusing and consuming minds and driving some insane.
More than one fact and confession confirms that Afghanistan is the critical predicament into which the NATO alliance and the American people themselves, who are unable to do anything with NATO or without it, have fallen.
It has been revealed to all that America is standing on the brink of an abyss and will fall to ruin; destruction and death; its strength shaken; its plan weak and confused; its pride and arrogance collapsed and broken.
“But your Lord is Most Forgiving, full of Marcy. If He were to call them (at once) to account for what they have earned, then surely He would have hastened their Punishment: but they have their appointed time, beyond which they will find no refuge.” (al-Kahf: 58). All praise is due to Allah.
When we recall the 6th of Jadi, its calamity, terror, its trials, misfortune, and when we condemn those who made this calamitous day and send our greetings and blessings to those who sacrificed for the sake of saving the country from the claws of the red lobster, we see that the 15th of Mizan is the calamitous follow-up in the unfortunate chain of 6th of Jadi. We wish that America and the NATO alliance are resisted to the same extent as Russia and the Warsaw Pact, in order to save the world from its evil and the evil of those in it. This is up to Allah Almighty.
So death, death to the transgressors of the 6th of Jaddi, and 15th of Mizan. Evil befall them and those who follow their model. Glory be to Allah and to his Messenger and to the patient Mujahideen believers. Allah is Most High and the Greatest!
Translated From The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan: Al-Somood Magazine Issue #56
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan