New statement from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Shaykh Hībat Allah Akhūnd Zādah: “Message of Felicitation on the Occasion of ‘Īd al ‘Aḍḥā”

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, There is no God but Allah, Allah is the Greatest, All praise be to Allah.
All praise be to Allah. We praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We also seek His refuge from the evils of our inner selves and from our wicked deeds. Whoever is guided by Allah, there is none to mislead him and whoever is left by Allah in error, there will be none as guide for him (except Allah). I testify there is no god but Allah. Alone is He and has no associate and I testify that Mohammad is His Servant and Messenger, peace be upon him and his family and companions.

قال الله عزوجل:إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَرْتَابُوا وَجَاهَدُوا بِأَمْوَالِهِمْ وَأَنفُسِهِمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أُولَئِكَ هُمُ الصَّادِقُونَ. الحجرات ۱۵.

Allah Almighty says: Only those are the believers who have believed in Allah and His Messenger, and afterwards doubt not but strive with their wealth and their lives for the Cause of Allah. Those! They are the truthful. (Al-Hujuraat : 15).

To the entire Muslim Ummah and the Afghan Nation!
Asalamoalaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
(Peace, mercy and blessing of Allah be upon you all)
I extend my felicitation on this auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha and pray that Allah (SwT) accept all your worships, sacrifices and good deeds.
May Allah (SwT) bestow victory upon the Mujahidin and accept martyrdom of the martyrs, grant complete recovery to the wounded of Jihad, swift release of the imprisoned, immense patience and great rewards for the bereaved families and may Allah (SwT) facilitate an opportunity for the healthy upbringing of the orphans.

Afghan Mujahid Nation!
This year Eid-ul-Adha approaches us as our Jihadi struggle against the American occupation is on the threshold of victory due to the help of Allah Almighty. The infidel invading forces have lost all will of combat, their strategy has failed, advanced technology and military equipment rendered useless, sedition and corruption-sowing group defeated and the arrogant American generals have been compelled to bow to the Jihadic greatness of the Afghan nation…
قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَٰلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ (58) یونس.
Say: “In the Bounty of Allah, and His Mercy – therein let them rejoice”. That is better than what they amass. (Yunus : 58)

Therefore it is incumbent upon us to show our appreciation of Divine Help and Jihadi victories with further Jihadic efforts and services and with further rectification of our intentions and deeds in order to become even more deserving of Allah Almighty’s help and assistance because righteous actions produce firmness and steadfastness in Jihad. Combat is conducted with the blessing of righteous deeds, meaning righteous deeds are an integral part of combat and righteous deeds are a sign of sincerity before Jihadi battles.
وقال ابو الدرداء: انما تقاتلون باعمالکم ـ رواه البخاري. باب عمل صالح قبل القتال
Abu Darda (RA) narrates: Without a doubt, you fight with your (good) deeds (Reported by Bukhari in chapter: Righteous deeds before battle)

Respected Countrymen!
Bringing peace and security is from among the highest priorities of the Islamic Emirate, but peace will remain elusive during an occupation and neither is salvation possible without the establishment of an Islamic authority.
Our nation has given unprecedented sacrifices for the establishment of an Islamic system and independence of our homeland and under no circumstance is compromising on these lofty principles ever possible nor should anyone hope for such.
Seventeen years earlier when the American invaders were busy building an international alliance to occupy Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate urged them to adopt the path of dialogue and wise politics instead of war. However the American president chose ineptitude and entered a war that has come at a great cost for the American people.
This war that is has been called the longest, costliest and most futile war in American history, plunged the entire region and the world including Afghanistan into insecurity and chaos.
A war that has cost Americans loss of security, prestige and mental wellbeing globally and even inside America itself.
But the Islamic Emirate continues to call America towards understanding and sound logic instead of force and points them towards options that can guarantee the secession and end of this long war, and that lone option is to end the occupation of Afghanistan and nothing more.
The regime based in Kabul and forced upon the Afghan people at the expense of huge American military, financial and human loss has disappointed American officials and they have lost all trust in the regime due to corruption, incompetency, impotence and failure.
The leadership of this corrupt regime has been given to a figure who has spent all his time in power squabbling with officials of his government, battling his chief executive, battling his deputy, battling his cabinet and even battling his governors.
Now as the time for supposed elections process to decide future power has approached, it is marred by so much scandal and corruption that even the officials of this corrupt regime themselves believe its implementation to be impossible.
The Islamic Emirate – heading the resistance against occupiers in defense of their religion and homeland – has (all praise be to Allah) won on the battlefield militarily, possesses full control over the political and organizational structure of the resistance and has even managed to reassure its neighboring and regional countries.
To prove our claim it is enough to cite that the well-equipped American and NATO armies along with their entire military and technical might themselves admit that we have control over half of Afghanistan.
In presence of these distinctive characteristic of the Jihadi resistance, even if America were to end the occupation of Afghanistan today, tomorrow we would be ready to assure everyone including America about halting disorder, establishing security and with the Help of Allah (SwT), preventing any complications from taking root.

About negotiations process with America:
Since the ongoing war in Afghanistan is the birth-child of American occupation therefore we have and continue to insist on direct talks with America to bring it to an end.
But in order to avoid responsibility for this war, the Americans propose options other than constructive negotiations that are neither rational nor practical; rather it is these same propositions that prolong this war for America, make it costlier and nudge it towards failure.
Even now if they show readiness for direct dialogue with the Islamic Emirate by accepting the ground realities of Afghanistan, we will view it as a sound step by America.
Sincere, transparent and result-oriented negotiations are an important part of our policy. But negotiations must be sincere and productive free from any fraud and deception and must revolve around the core issue and not be used for propaganda or misleading the common thinking.
We reassure our people and all the Muslims that during negotiations, only those decisions will be satisfactory and acceptable to us that preserve our Islamic goals, sovereignty of our homeland and insure an end to the war.

About Military, Political and Social pressures by America:
It is an open reality that America has left no stone unturned over the past seventeen years to persecute the Afghans and prolong the war during their tyrannical occupation of Afghanistan.
But on top of that, they have currently launched efforts or laid the groundwork to try and weaken the resistance by creating corruption sowers and irresponsible armed groups, convening religious conferences under the name of Ulama (Islamic Scholars), deceiving some naïve people under the slogans of peace movements and forming factional, ethnic and regional based coalitions under the name of political parties to divide the people and the country.
While believing in the truthfulness of our Jihadi resistance, we are confident that these pressures are an indication of their military defeat and failure on many other levels and can never, with the Help of Allah (SwT), stop or negatively affect the just Jihadi path of the Afghan nation from reaching its destination.
Afghans have lived alongside each other as brothers for centuries, have lived as united Muslims and Afghans and have called Afghanistan our shared home. Protection of this home, protecting the unity of this home and preventing all open and secret plots is the duty of every Afghan so that Allah forbid, doors of further corruption are not opened following the end of occupation and do not become a cause for ills of our society. The Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate are committed to preventing corruption with the help of Allah (SwT) and through their own strength however the common people must fully support them and every wise individual of this nation must aid them.

About latest conferences in Kabul, Makkah and Jeddah:
In the series of religious pressure exerted by America and following the emergency conference in Kabul attended by Palace Scholars, I would like to mention a few points about the conference in Makkahtul Mukarramah and Jeddah cities of Saudi Arabia convened by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in which the religiously sanctioned Jihad of the Afghan nation against the American occupation was labelled a civil war amongst Afghans.
It is very unfortunate that a religious organization named Islamic Cooperation – an organization founded for the protection of the rights of the Muslims worldwide and the founders of which include Malik Faisal (may Allah have mercy on him) – would heedlessly and carelessly issue a statement at such a sensitive time of transgression and cruelty being carried out by the enemies against the Muslim Ummah, carrying a message of support for the transgressing infidel enemies of Islam instead of defending the rights of the oppressed Muslims.
I, with complete respect for the status of Islamic Scholars and appreciation for the services rendered by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation throughout recent history, consider the statement issued about the current Afghan Jihad in Kabul and about the obligation of Jihad against a transgressing enemy by the said conference as completely in conflict with clear-cut texts of the Holy Quran and as an insult against the said organization and its noble founders.
I ask the following questions from the gentlemen who issued the statements in the name of Ulama:
Do you have any knowledge about the invasion launched against the sanctified land of Afghanistan by the then American president Bush under the banner of a Crusade?
If you are unaware of this crusade (invasion) of Bush against Afghanistan and have issued a statement against the religiously sanctioned Jihad of the Afghan nation then this indicates your ignorance concerning the oppressed which nullifies your decision on religious and scientific grounds.
But if you are aware of this fact (American invasion of Afghanistan) and still consider the Jihadi resistance of the Afghans against the invaders as impermissible (Allah forbid) then how do you religiously and scientifically justify your ruling in light of these clear-cut Quranic texts?
(۱): وَقَاتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ وَلَا تَعْتَدُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ (۱۹۰) البقره.
And fight in the Way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors (Al-Baqarah: 190)

(۲): … فَمَنِ اعْتَدَىٰ عَلَيْكُمْ فَاعْتَدُوا عَلَيْهِ بِمِثْلِ مَا اعْتَدَىٰ عَلَيْكُمْ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الْمُتَّقِينَ (۱۹۴) البقرة.
…Then whoever transgresses the prohibition against you, you transgress likewise against him. And fear Allah, and know that Allah is with the Al-Muttaqun (pious) (Al-Baqarah: 194)

(۳): وَلَا تَرْكَنُوا إِلَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا فَتَمَسَّكُمُ النَّارُ وَمَا لَكُم مِّن دُونِ اللَّـ


هِ مِنْ أَوْلِيَاءَ ثُمَّ لَا تُنصَرُونَ ( ١١٣) هود
And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the Fire should touch you, and you have no protectors other than Allah, nor you would then be helped (Hud: 113)

Under what argument do you call the ongoing Jihad against the invaders in Afghanistan as an intra-Afghan war?
If your reasoning considers this an intra-Afghan war then how do you interpret the military command of American General Nicholson and the tens of thousands of warring soldiers fighting against this resistance?
I remind the gentlemen who issued these statements under the name of Ulama (Islamic scholars) that this rightful obligatory Jihad against warring infidels in Afghanistan is being led by the religiously sanctioned leadership of the Scholars of Truth. That America and NATO, with all their might and force, is incapable of fighting this Jihad, the fundamental reason behind it is the truthfulness of this Jihad, submission of Mujahideen to religious texts and commitment of Mujahideen to their implementation.
I understand that you are neither ignorant about this crusade (invasion) of Bush against Afghanistan nor do you hold beliefs contrary to Quranic texts but you have made these decisions due to material necessities. So fear Allah (SwT) and ask Him (SwT) to free you from these constraints that you may not be used as hired tools against clear-cut Quranic texts.
My counsel to the Saudi officials is that the people of Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan have strong religious and Islamic bonds, a bond which obligates the people and government of this Muslims country to aid the Afghans in repelling this infidel invasion. Therefore I advise the Saudi officials about hosting such conferences with a quote from the second Caliph of Islam, Hazrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him):
(نحن قوم أعزنا الله بالإسلام فإن ابتغينا العزة بغيره أذلنا الله).
We are a nation that Allah has honored through Islam, if we search for honor in other than Islam, Allah will disgrace us.
Hence true honor of Muslim lies in following Islamic commands, if they look for it through any other medium, Allah will disgrace them.
Many Saudi youth sacrificed themselves here due to their Islamic obligation during the previous Jihad against the Soviet invasion, mixing their pure blood with the blood of the Afghan martyrs, and that (sacrifice of those martyrs) should be enough of a reason for you to aid our Jihad!

Engagement of other nations in this American war:
This year America tasked the head of the Kabul administration to announce a set of proposals to the Islamic Emirate in the name of a peace process but militarily, America focused all its military might to battle it out with the Islamic Emirate to the extent that during the last NATO meeting in Brussels, it asked member states along with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to send troops to Afghanistan to fight against the Mujahideen.
We consider this request by NATO at the behest of America from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as a sign of their military defeat and failure. As Muslim countries, we point out to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar that America seeks to drag you into this futile war in order to transfer the negative military, economic, human affects to your developed countries. If the number one military force in the world (America) and the most advanced military alliance in the world (NATO) failed to achieve anything substantial in this war, what could your twenty and hundred troops possibly achieve?
So be vigilant of getting stuck in a quagmire which has entrapped America herself!

About welfare of Nation:
The Islamic Emirate considers the economic development, reconstruction, investment and other economic strategies as a fundamental aspect of life and welfare of upcoming livelihoods of our nation. The wealthy and educated strata of society hold a larger share of responsibility than other Afghans in regards to thinking about positive and constructive plans about the future of our country. This country will develop through your hands, this country will become your place of rest and prosperity, this country is our shared home and each one of us has a responsibility towards it.

To officials of Islamic Emirate:
As more areas of the country fall under the control of the Islamic Emirate, the larger the responsibility of Mujahideen becomes. All the military and civilian officials must become true models of Islamic governance, must observe all rights of the servants of Allah (SwT), must safeguard themselves from oppression, transgression and misbehavior, withhold the hands of the oppressor, and not hold back from any sacrifice in protecting the lives, wealth, honor and every other right of the Muslim nation.
In the end we again ask Allah (SwT) to bestow His mercy on the Islamic Ummah through His Grace. May Allah help the Muslims wherever they are facing oppression of the enemy, may Allah free the first Qibla of the Muslims from the grip of the Jews in the occupied Palestine and may He grant unity and harmony to the Muslims.
We pray to Allah that He (SwT) free Afghanistan from the American occupation, end the long tragedy of the valiant Afghan people through His Bounty, safeguard the Muslim Afghan nation from all enemy plots through their unity and bless them with an Islamic government on their own soil, of their own choice and choosing.
To end I call upon those people who have sacrificed (sacrificial animals) or are well-off to not forget the families of the martyrs, prisoners, poor and needy Muslims in these auspicious days. Lend them a helping hand so that they may also partake in these Eid festivities. It is with this hope that I once again extent my felicitation on these blessed days of Eid; Eid Mubarak and may your worships be accepted.
Wasalam
Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Amir-ul-Mumineen Sheikhul Hadith Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada
07/12/1439 Hijri Lunar
27/05/1397 Hijri Solar 18/08/2018 Gregorian

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