In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

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, and those who follow his footsteps and cling to his Sunnah until the Day of Reckoning.

Allah the Almighty says: And when the believers saw Al-Ahzab (the Confederates), they said: “This is what Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad ) had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad ) had spoken the truth, and it only added to their faith and to their submissiveness (to Allah) – (Al-Ahzab: 22)


Honorable Muslims, believing countrymen and Mujahideen

May peace and blessing of Allah be upon you all!

First of all, I would like to extent my felicitation to you all on this auspicious day of Eid-ul-Fitr and wish you a blessed Eid! May Allah (SwT) accept in His Sight your fasting, worship and all good deeds, Ameen!

I also congratulate you all on the latest Jihadi conquests in these joyous days of Eid-ul-Fitr. Following the launch of Al-Khandaq Operations, the Mujahideen have liberated many district centers and vast areas around the country. All praise belong to Allah, Allah (SwT) blessed the Mujahideen with steadfastness and perseverance in the face of all enemy offensives and defeated the ruthless and murderous strategy of the American invaders. May Allah (SwT) accept in His Sight the struggles, sacrifices and martyrdom of martyrs of the believing nation and Mujahideen, may He (SwT) grant the wounded a swift recovery and may He (SwT) bring about the means for the rescue and freedom of the imprisoned Mujahideen, Ameen O Lord of the Worlds!

My Muslim Brothers and Sisters!

Our Jihad against the occupation follows and conforms will all the principles of our religious, intellectual and humanitarian laws. The summary of our outlook is that our Muslim nation reserves the right to live a free life under the shade of an Islamic government that adheres to their Islamic ideology. But the arrogant Idol of today (America and her allies) seek to force their own ideology upon us, retain our country as a military garrison through the means of occupation and usurp our most fundamental right of life (freedom). The American invaders have not desisted from any brutality and severity in pursuit of subduing our nation. They bomb our villages, cities, mosques, madrassas and other events, murder innocent civilians, forcibly displace them and torment thousands of Afghans through unimaginable torture in prisons. And they have afforded themselves judiciary exemption as well so that they may not be held accountable to anyone. On top of this, they want to spread new provocations, immorality, discrimination and conflicts in the country, loot our precious mineral wealth, create new armed groups for their own colonial goals and seek to use our homeland as a rival post against our neighbors and the entire region in general. If the American invaders were given the opportunity to succeed in implementing this dangerous policy then the entire region and specifically our own country and people would be embroiled in such misery and hostilities that all pathways of salvation would be lost.

The only path to rescuing ourselves from all these calamities is for all American and other occupying forces to leave our country and for an independent, Islamic, intra-Afghan government to take root. Our Jihad began for this exact purpose and in conjunction to our armed Jihad, we have kept the doors of understanding and negotiations open to reach this objective and appointed the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate as the exclusive avenue of activity in this regard.

If the American officials truly believe in a peaceful end to the Afghan imbroglio then they must directly present themselves to the negotiation table so that this tragedy (invasion) – the destructive effects of which mainly harm the American and Afghan people – can be resolved through talks. The biggest mistake on part of the American officials is that they approach every problem with stubbornness but force cannot yield results in every case.

We as a Muslim nation reserve the right to force the invaders out of our homeland through every means necessary. If our Jihad against the British and Soviets was deemed legitimate yesterday then our Jihad against the American occupation is similarly lawful and legitimate. There is no logical reason to reject the occupation of yesterday and accept the occupation of today.

My message specifically to the Ulama (religious scholars) of Afghanistan is that America and her allies have been defeated in nearly every aspect of this war therefore they are currently seeking to use the name of Ulama (scholars) for their vested interests. They want to stain the unblemished reputation and history of scholars and damage the honorable status that occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of our people. Hence the noble scholars must remain vigilant and (Allah forbid) do not give them the luxury of misusing your participation in international conferences to divert attention from the occupation of an Islamic land and distort sacred Jihad derived from the texts of Quran and Hadith as civil war.

Afghan Mujahid Nation!

Since the occupying enemy is facing defeat in every battlefront against you, it has therefore kept propaganda war alive against the Mujahideen through their media. They sometimes label the Mujahideen as terrorists and at others attribute our rightful struggle to foreign parties however the constant reality remains that Mujahideen are your own brothers and sons and the protectors of your religion and land. No matter what the enemy media continues to propagate, the reality must be crystal clear as you remain witnesses to everything. Do not believe what the media says rather rely on your own intellect and acumen. The Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate only want that your lives are radiant with the commands of the Holy Quran and you are provided with quality education, Shariah based system, freedom, dignity, honor, peaceful life and the future generations rescued from the damning effects of the disbelieving occupation. We consider both religious and modern sciences essential for the success of Afghans and Afghan society. With the help of Allah (SwT), we have established exemplary peace in areas under our control and have taken steps for the ease, education and progress of the people with all available means at our disposal. And we also assure our nation about a bright future for our country accompanied by peace and prosperity, Allah willing.

In order that our country becomes self-sustainable, job opportunities increase, local economy strengthens and avenues of earning a halal (lawful) living multiply, we invite all our wealthy countrymen and brethren businessmen to promote agriculture and livestock farming and build factories throughout Afghanistan, specifically in areas under Mujahideen control and in return, the Islamic Emirate shall aid you in every endeavor.

The Islamic Emirate treats the matter of civilian casualties as a serious and fundamental issue. We reassure our nation that we have done our utmost in its prevention and will continue to do so in the future.

Taking the life of an innocent human being is the gravest sin in Islam after disbelief, and no person of Iman (faith) would ever willfully commit such an evil. Our Mujahideen – who have chosen the harsh life Jihad for the pleasure of Allah (SwT) – will never deliberately perpetrate a crime that draws the deep displeasure of Allah Almighty. The reality of the matter remains that nearly all civilian tragedies are deliberately carried out by the invaders or by groups that work under the shadow of occupation and are created and funded to weaken and defame the Jihadic struggle. Therefore the people should remain vigilant and ponder deeply over the nature and modality of events and not lend any attention to enemy propaganda.

Our message to all the soldiers, civilian and military personnel working with the enemy is that you are the sons of this land and all your parents and predecessors were Muslims and the followers of Quran and Islam. There is no legal basis for you to fight your own Mujahid nation under the command of the most ardent enemies (invaders) of our religion Islam and Quran who have occupied our land and are committing atrocities against our people. Our only contention with you is on this point. If you abandon aiding the invaders, you are our brothers. Mujahideen – just as they daily welcome soldiers leaving enemy ranks throughout the country and look after and medically tend to prisoners of war – will also assure protection of your life and property. Hence you must also begin taking steps for the salvation of your worldly and eternal life. Peel away from the ranks of the invaders before losing your lives in the service of the Americans.

The transfer of US embassy to the city of Baitul Muqaddas (Jerusalem) is a move that only serves to further expose the absolute hatred of American officials towards Islam, the Islamic Ummah (nation) and Islamic sanctities. We condemn this action in the strongest of terms, consider the issue of the first Qibla (Al Aqsa mosque) of Muslims as an issue of the entire Islamic Ummah and believe that the city of Baitul Muqaddas will continue to remain an integral part of the Islamic world.

My final message directed towards the Mujahideen and local leaders is that you must conduct your responsibilities – whether military or civilian – with complete passion and sincerity.

All areas of the country where Mujahideen administration is active is a crucial test for the Mujahideen of whether or not you will establish Islamic Justice and help the nation in accordance with your slogans and claims.

All of us are held responsible in the Sight of Allah (SwT) because each one of us will be answerable for our own duties and conduct towards subjects under our jurisdiction. Allah (SwT) is Al-Khabeer (The Acquainted) and nothing escapes His knowledge. Our dealings must purely be for Allah (SwT) and should serve the creation of Allah (SwT) purely for His (SwT) sake in the most beautiful fashion possible. Like courteous manners, lenient behavior, humility and softness towards the people should be adopted as our main traits.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told Ma’az ibn Jabbal (may Allah be pleased with him):

إتق الله حيثما كنت, إتبع السيئة الحسنة تمحها و خالق الناس بخلق حسن. رواه ترمذي وقال حدیث حسن

Fear Allah wherever you may be. Do good after every bad to erase it, and deal with people in a courteous manner – Tirmidhi and classified as Hassan

All those in authority should view service and giving due rights to their subjects as their responsibility. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said:

كلكم راع وكلكم مسئول عن رعيته، فالإمام راع وهو مسئول عن رعيته، والرجل راع في أهله وهو مسئول عن رعيته – رواه البخاری، و مسلم

Each one of you is a shepherd and responsible for his flock. Imam (leader) is a shepherd and will be asked about his subjects. A man is a shepherd of his family and will be asked about his subjects. (Bukhari and Muslim)

To end, I once again extend my felicitation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and call on all the Mujahideen and common people to not forget about their poor neighbors, the orphans, widows, needy Muslims and families of prisoners during the celebration of Eid. Extend a helping hand towards them so that they may also participate in Eid and not feel excluded from these festivities.

Peace be on you all

Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan


Sheik-ul-Hadith Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada (may Allah protect him)

27th Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 1439 Hijri Lunar

22/03/1397 Hijri Solar                       12/06/2018 Gregorian




In the name of Allah, most Compassionate, most Merciful

In order that our countrymen participate in Eid prayers and other festivities with complete confidence during the joyous days of Eid, the Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate must strictly comply with the following directives:

1 – All Mujahideen are directed to cease all offensive operations against the domestic opposition forces during the first, second and third day of Eid however if Mujahideen are attacked, they must defend with their utmost capability.

2 – Foreign occupiers are excluded from the above order. Continue your operations against them and target them wherever and whenever you find an opportunity.

3 – The Military Commission officials and provincial governors should mark inmates in their prisons and send findings to the leadership office about those who are able to find guarantors that they will not rejoin the enemy ranks and fight against the Mujahideen so that the leader may decide about their release.

4 – All the inmates present in the prisons of the Islamic Emirate – be they criminal or political – should be provided with facilities for Eid celebrations and be given meetings with their families and loved ones if possibilities arise.

5 – The Mujahideen should not participate in civilian congregations where there could be a danger of airstrikes so that our inhumane enemy will not be able to use it as an excuse for their blind bombardments and civilian tragedies.


Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

24/09/1439 Hijri Lunar

19/03/1397 Hijri Solar                    90/06/2018 Gregorian



In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

Praise be to Allah, the All Strong and the All-Mighty. Surely, Strong is His Grip and Strong His Rope (religion), speedy is His victory. He does what He intends. We praise Him as He is praised by the gratefuls and ask for His forgiveness as the sinners do ask His forgiveness and for His bountiful blessing. We testify that Mohammad is His Servant and Messenger, peace and blessing be upon him and on his descendants and companions and his followers until the Day of Resurrection.

Allah, the Almighty says:

“Let him that hopes to meet his Lord do what is right and associate none as partner in the worship of his Lord.” (Chapter 18, Verse 110)


The Muslim and Mujahid People of Afghanistan and all Islamic Ummah!

Asalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh

(Peace, mercy and blessing of Allah be upon you)

I would like to, first of all, extend you my felicitation on the occasion of the auspicious Eid-ul-Adha, and wish you a blessed Eid. May Allah (SwT) accept in His Sight all your worships and sacrifices – in soul or equipment, the Hajj (pilgrimage) of those who have been able to perform it and the toil, struggle and dedication of all Mujahideen who happen to be serving in any field against the Falsehood, especially, may Allah (SwT) accept the martyrdom of the martyrs, bestow earlier recovery on the injured and procure swift release of the prisoners. Ameen.

My Respectful Countrymen!

The Eid of Offerings reminds us the story of Abraham, the Arch-prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) and his son Ishmael (peace be upon him), drawing our attention to this very hard fact that a Muslim’s steadfastness to remain committed to his principles is not an easy task. The path of Allah entails trials, tribulations and sufferings. We believe the more trials become severe, the more victory and help of Allah (SwT) come closer. Allah (SwT) says:

“When the true believers saw the Confederates, they said: This is what Allah and His Apostle have promised us: surely, Allah and His Apostle had spoken the truth. And this only increased their faith and submission.”

(Chapter 33, Verse 22)

We also believe that Allah (SwT) doesn’t waste an iota of deeds and sufferings of anyone who did it sincerely or went through it self-lessly for the sake of Allah (SwT) as Allah (SwT) says:

“He was not to make your faith fruitless.” (Chapter 2, Verse 143)

Allah, the Almighty will reward them forever good deed on the Day of Judgment. The reward is increased to 10 and 700 times or increased beyond calculation.

Allah, the Almighty says:

“Whosoever brings a good deed shall have ten (times) the like of it; and whosoever brings evil deed, shall be punished only for it. None shall be wronged.” (Chapter 6, Verse 160)

Allah, the Almighty (further) says:

“The likeness of those who give their wealth for the cause of Allah is as the likeness of a grain of corn which brings forth seven ears, each bearing a hundred grains. Allah multiplies to whom He wills; He is Munificent and All-knowing.” (Chapter 2, Verse 261)

As the rewards (in the world to come) have been mentioned in the above verses, in the same manner, Allah (SwT) bestows exaltation and success in this world as well. As such, we are assuring our oppressed people that with the blessing and help of Allah (SwT), the time has reached for obtainment of the results of our sacrifices, with our country having an independent,  Afghan-inclusive and prosperous Islamic system. Our enemies are trying to smash the hope of our people regarding the future, creating baseless apprehensions that anarchy and chaotic situation will prevail in Afghanistan, should the invaders leave and that discrimination based on ethnicity and religion shall sprout up; the Taliban will form a government of monopoly of power or (they claim) Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate will try to take revenge on their internal opponents. The people should realize that these elements who spread such misinformation are, in fact, the invader’s recruited preachers who are trying to make our countrymen come around to the very view that continuation of the occupation is a necessity. But currently as we have administration over more than half of the country, we have practically proved that we are not harboring any intention to take revenge on any one. Neither, we have any discriminatory conduct nor we want to have monopoly of power. We believe an inclusive and representative system that stands for aspirations of the people is the one in which all strata and ethnicities of a society see their participation.

The main obstacle in the way of peace is the occupation. Peaceful solution of the Afghan issue is the main pillar of the policy of the Islamic Emirate, should the occupation come to an end. To this end, the political office has been tasked to find a peaceful solution.

We urge the regional governments and those of the Islamic world to know our policy and position before announcing any unilateral stance or leveling accusation (against us) and don’t view us from the angle of our enemy. The Islamic Emirate doesn’t have any intention to harm anyone.

We also would like to say that the same applies to those governments of the world who, because of wrong impression, view our presence in Afghanistan as being a danger for them, we want to tell them that our policy is based on this basic principles:

“There is neither harm (in Islamic rules) nor a (Muslim) should commit a harmful act.”

Therefore, the world should remain assured that the Islamic Emirate has no ill intention against any one. Similarly, all the countrymen and public of the world should know this unimpeachable fact that the Islamic Emirate has thwarted growth of very horrendous dogmas; prevented unfathomable gruesome incidents and contributed to security and stability of the whole region. Currently, life, property and honor of people are safe in areas under the control of the Islamic Emirate and every effort is being made to ensure no harm is posed to the neighboring countries and the world from these areas.

I am deeply upset over the terrible situation in the Islamic world, particularly, the relentlessly resentful developments in the Middle East. I urge all Muslims – both rulers and people – to try their utmost to end their mutual differences and defend the oppressed; try to resolve their issues through mutual understanding, so our enemies shall not be able to extend their hands in order to harm us.

I would like to mention that we want a free, independent and progressive Afghanistan. As for as this is concerned, I call on our people not to wait for the foreigners (to build) because their (claim of) building is limited merely to slogans.

Therefore, the Afghans should gird up their loins to work for reconstruction and development of their country and spend their financial and manpower inside the country, particularly, the brothers of the business community should make investment in the country to end the unemployment and save our countrymen from turning to dangerous immigration, hard work and deviation.

If the businessmen are afraid from kidnappers and the usurpers in cities, they may build plants and factories and make investment in different sectors in areas under our administration as well as work for expansion of agriculture. The Islamic Emirate not only encourages them entirely but supports every measure that shall benefit our people and country.

We have set up an exclusive commission tasked with monitoring and protecting projects of roads, bridges, water dams, educational institutions, health centers, production factories and every kind of projects of infrastructure in every part of the country.

We call on NGOs that are intending to carry out works of pubic benefits while observing the rules of the Islamic Emirate, to help in health, educational, agricultural and other social sectors in areas under the administration of the Islamic Emirate. I direct all Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate to pave the way for works intended for public welfare and prosperity and consider it your responsibility to provide cooperation for (their) activity and security because welfare and prosperity of people is one of the main goals of our Jihad.

We say to those soldiers who are standing in the ranks and files of the enemy that the way you have chosen is no more than spoiling of your life in this world and the world to come. You are fighting against your believing people under the command of the invaders. If you lose your life in this way, your death is a waste and if you are alive and still bent on continuing, then the load of your sins become heavier with the passage of each moment.

The devious slogans of defense of the country and protection of borders are aimed at deceiving you because those who train or equip you do not care about the defense of the country and its borders. So have mercy on yourselves and believe that the Islamic Emirate wants only good for you. We are not against your persons. Rather we are against your deeds.

I call on the educated strata and the notables of the country to consider the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate as your brothers for their being representative of your pure aspirations and as freedom-fighters. Socialize with them and draw their attentions to their responsibilities and give them good advice of scholarly and national nature. Our land will surely liberate with the help of Allah (SwT). The future belongs to you and to these freedom-fighters. Insha Allah.

The help of Allah (SwT) lies in piety and in implementation of the sacred Sharia. We should fully pay attention to the implementation of Sharia and abide by it; should perform prayers regularly and, if possible, to perform them in congregation; should not remain ignorant of supplication and the remembrance of Allah (SwT); keep company of religious scholars and pious people and listen to their good advice and act upon them. Should respect and honor the families of martyrs and never ignore them and render them every kind of assistance. Give priority to the treatment of the injured and must keep ourselves well-informed about the situation of prisoners and try to solve their problems and remain in touch with their families and help them to solve their problems. Similarly, should pay attention to the problems of the orphans and the handicapped; consolidate harmony, unity, love and fraternity among yourselves and strictly avoid discord, differences, discriminatory conduct and ethnical, geographical and lingual discrimination.

Grant duty and responsibility on the basis of merit and talent not on the basis of friendship and nepotism.

My Mujahid Brothers,

Behave with the prisoners that you hold in the best manner and don’t keep them in detention without the order of courts. Make arrangement for their education and moral training; obey your superiors in affairs of Sharia and have a good conduct with Mujahideen under your command as you have conduct with your own children. Use them for a target that you shall use your children. They are amazingly pure (dedicated) Mujahideen. Allah forbid, alas if they are used for illegitimate targets or any valueless target. Pay attention to their education and training and moral refinement and to their rights as well as to the implementation of Sharia; to education and training in the liberated areas. Carry out the work of promotion of virtues and prevention of vices through wisdom and good sermon and start it from applying it to yourselves in the beginning. Respect orders of courts and pay attention to their implementation and try to remain obedient to the courts and to the people’s rights and try hard to prevent civilian casualties and comprehensively cooperate with the DPCC (Department of Prevention of Civilian Casualties) in the cause of civilian casualties prevention.

To end, I call on all countrymen, particularly, the wealthy people to offer a share of their festivities of Eid to the miserable countrymen, the families of the martyrs and prisoners and extend them a hand of help.

Peace be on you all

Sheikh-ul-Hadith Maolavi Hibatullah Akhundzada

Leader of the Islamic Emirate

The Amir-ul-Momineen



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 (peace be upon him) is his Servant and Messenger.


Allah, the Almighty says:

Permission (to take up arms) is hereby given to those who are fought against because they have been oppressed. (Chapter: 22, Verse: 39)


To the Believing People of Afghanistan and all the Islamic Ummah:

Asalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh

(Peace, mercy and blessing of Allah be upon you)

First of all, I would like to extend my heart-felt felicitation to you all on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-fitr and pray to the Almighty Allah to accept in His Sight your worships, fastings, prayers, charities and all good deeds that you have performed in the holy month of Ramadan.


(My) Afghan Mujahid Nation!

We are celebrating Eid-ul-fitr of the current year in a time that our beloved country is under occupation and the dedicated sons of our people – the undaunted Mujahideen – are stationed at the strongholds of the defense and sacrifice for obtainment of complete independence of the country and establishment of an Islamic system. It is no secret that the current war has been started by the invaders in the first place. They are the ones who came to Afghanistan from far-flung areas of the world for occupation of the country and for toppling of an Islamic regime. The Islamic Emirate has been forced to resort to war for the defense of Islamic rituals, its people and the country. As such, it still has been continuing the Jihad. Therefore, to end or extend the war, it is a task lying on the shoulders of the self-same invading entities. Those who attacked Afghanistan under the name of maintaining security have themselves destabilized the whole region. The more they insist on maintaining the presence of their forces here or want surge of their forces, the more the regional sensitive against them will intensify. This will lead to instability of the entire region including Afghanistan.

Americans should understand that continuation of war in Afghanistan, upsurge of bombardment, the killing of the miserable Afghans, the use of mother of bombs in order to scare their political rivals and to test new weapons, the creation of armed groups against Mujahideen under different names, their funding and publicity in order to defame and weaken the Jihadist resistance, incitement of ethnical, geographical and lingual conflicts among the Afghans or the stoking up of other seditions will never usher in success for them. The Afghans are not a people to kowtow to someone. Don’t ignore our history! The last 16 years which you wasted on prolonging the meaningless war, accruing futile expenditures and tarnishing your military and political status can be sufficient enough for you. You lost a great number of your soldiers; martyred and handicapped the Afghans; destroyed their houses and other infrastructures and turned Afghanistan into virtual ruins. If you think that you may break our determination with your military presence and surge of troops, you are making a mistake! This is not the solution of the issue to continue your occupation on the request of the inept Administration of Kabul. Contrarily, it is rationale to change your belligerent policy by understanding the realities. The fate of Afghanistan and all relevant issues here belong to the Afghans. The honor-loving Afghans don’t succumb to pressure of any one, nor do they accept the directives of others in the affairs of their country. Independence of the country and Islamic system is dear and important to them more than their own selves. You would have learnt a lesson from your decade and a half long presence in the land of the Afghans! It is more appropriate that you make no more mistakes to extend your occupation.

Whenever your illegitimate occupation of Afghanistan comes to an end, the Islamic Emirate has a comprehensive policy to maintain constructive and good relations with you and the world including the neighbors as per the principles. Here, I would like to mention the (well-known) policy of the Islamic Emirate that we don’t want to intervene in the internal affairs of others and nor allow others to intervene in our internal affairs. Likewise, we don’t permit others to use the soil of Afghanistan against anyone.

(My) Muslim Mujahid Nation!

Jihad against invaders is a Divine obligation. It doesn’t have to do with one’s personal interests, nor can it be changed with a change in personal views of someone. Jihad is not an ambiguous chapter among the Sharia rules and the Islamic history that it can be started and stopped merely on the basis of personal ruling of a person. Throughout the Islamic history, the fruit of the sacred jihad has not been obtained under the domination and command of unbelievers. Neither corrupt rulers have ever implemented the rules of the religion nor is the establishment of Islamic system possible under the shadow of the air force of the invaders.

The Americans have imposed on our nation those figures who are neither committed to their religion nor the interests of the people. They are only protectors of the interests of the Americans. We have seen that these stooge figures are ready on the behest of America to tip Afghanistan against its neighbors and the region and solely make it a scapegoat of the American interests. If the status quo persists, they are even ready to usher in the factional fighting of the 1990s and disintegrate our historical country into various parts by once again flaring up ethnical, geographical and lingual prejudices among our united people. The recent developments of Kabul speak volume for the sedition of the foreign-linked instigators. The Islamic Emirate, as a protecting force of the Sharia-based and national interests of the country, condemns all subversive activities among the brother ethnicities under the name of ethnicity, language, geography, religion and faction and considers them a subversive effort, being a part of the pre-planned conspiracies of the defeated enemy in Afghanistan. Therefore Islamic Emirate fully tries to stymie them.


(My) Afghan Mujahid People!

The legitimate defensive Jihad of the Afghan people against the foreign occupation gains strength with the passage of each day with the help of the Almighty Allah, your support, the unprecedented sincerity and sacrifices of the Mujahideen, the successful diplomacy of the Islamic Emirate and the discipline. The mainstream entities of the world admit its effectiveness, legitimacy and success. This has made the invading enemy worried and flabbergasted. That is why they have resorted to launching baseless propaganda against the Islamic Emirate, attributing our achievements to others. However, in this respect, we assure our Mujahid people and the world that in order to drive away an invader, the Islamic Emirate will not allow anyone else to intervene in Afghanistan. The sole factor of our success lies in the national support of the Afghan people against all invaders.

The Islamic Emirate is grateful to all those who acknowledge the legitimacy of the lawful defensive resistance of the Afghan Mujahid people and urges them that by using their global influence, compel the Americans to put an end to the occupation of Afghanistan. By accepting the legitimate demands of the Afghan Mujahid people, the Americans themselves should resolve the issue through diplomatic means instead of confrontation with the Jihadic resistance. The occupation is the main obstacle in the way of peace. The solution of the Afghan issue through peaceful means is part and parcel of the policy of the Islamic Emirate, should the occupation come to an end. The Political Office has been given the task to find a peaceful solution.

Peace, genuine security and prosperity of the countrymen under the shadow of Islamic system are our fundamental goals. We are committed to economic, educational and comprehensive development of our people with firm determination. The Islamic Emirate welcomes all processes of rehabilitation and considers support and protection of all kind of (rehabilitation and construction) activities in the light of its principles and bye-laws as an obligation. The Mujahideen should continue with paving the way for religious and modern education and rehabilitation work as per the demand of the people.

Our Message for the World is:

Make efforts to eradicate the sufferings of the miserable people in the world, particularly, in the Middle East; don’t leave defenseless and oppressed people to American and Israeli atrocities. Similarly, we are deeply upset (saddened) by the recent row between Qatar and a number of other Arab countries. We urge the brotherly Arab countries to resolve their internal issues, whatever they are, through understanding so that their people will remain safe from harms and their countries from others’ interventions.

To the Mujahid Brothers Stationed in the Strongholds of Jihad and Sacrifices:

You must be happy and should express gratitude that the Almighty Allah has chosen you in this critical time for protection of His religion and people. Jihad in the way of the religion and in the way of defense of the Muslims is one of the best deeds that the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) has called it the Peak of Islam. So don’t pay attention to the propaganda and interpretation and idle talk of the enemy regarding the current jihad. Sufficient is for you the elucidation given by the Book of Allah (SWT) and the Prophet of Allah (SWT) regarding Jihad. But you must be careful, though the Jihad is the best deed but still it carries with it high risks. God forbid, if you violate others rights during Jihad or harass innocent human beings or harm the life, property or status of the common people, then you will become a hated and despised person, deserving punishment in this world and the world to come. So pay close attention to your conduct and behavior and prevent your colleagues from any unlawful conduct.

Bear in mind prevention of civilian casualties when you make plan of Jihadic operation as well as during its implementation. Those operations that lead to the loss of life and property of people are not acceptable to us. Desist from carrying out such operations because harming life and property of people is against the rules of Sharia and the policy of the Islamic Emirate.

Keep your resolve and fortitude ever high. Your best planning, firm determination and sacrifices have, with the help of the Almighty Allah, plunged the invaders and their supporters into jittery, foiling their conspiracies, rendering waves of their propaganda ineffective and futile. This status quo requires us to ever more focus on refining our intention and deed; to keep the unity of our files and ranks; to obey your superiors and always keep in mind the accountability and retribution of Allah, the Almighty; adapt evermore leniency in your conduct with the Creation of God. The brutal conduct of the enemy with the believing people and the miserable prisoners of war should never provoke you to resort to a retaliatory conduct but behave well with the prisoners of war of the enemy as based by the conduct of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

The Heads of Jihadi files and ranks should remain alert as to the conspiracies of the enemy and abrupt attacks; take caution in the usage of devices that can be under surveillance, insouciance with your own lives and the lives of Mujahideen do harm the Jihadic files and ranks and accrue responsibility in the world to come.

I urge all the countrymen, the honorable religious scholars, academics, the influentials, the grass- root and political personalities, writers, professional cadres, teachers of the new generation and all those who have sympathy with this miserable people and the ruined country to become one voice against the Americans – the key factor behind the war.

To end, I call on all countrymen to let your miserable brothers and sisters, whether they are orphans or from the families of the martyrs and the prisoners or other miserable people – to have sustained share in your festivities specially, in these auspicious days and nights of Eid-ul-fitr and extend them a hand of help as you can. Peace be on you.

 هذا و أسأل الله تعالی أن يمنّ علی جميع المسلمين بالخير و العزّ و العافية، إنه سميع قدير و بالإجابة جدير، و صلّی الله وسلّم علی نبيّه أفضل الصلاة والتسليم. والسلام عليکم ورحمة الله و برکاته.



Shiekh-ul-Hadith, Maulavi Hibatullah Akhundzada

Leader of the Islamic Emirate

27th Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 1438 Hijri Lunar

01/04/1396 Hijri Solar                    23/06/2017 Gregorian




Tree plantation plays an important role in environmental protection, economic development and beautification of earth. Allah Almighty has interconnected the lives of human beings with plants. Plants live off soil while humans and animals off plants. If agriculture of plants and plantation of trees are eradicated, life itself would be put in peril, Allah Almighty says:

وَهُوَ الَّذِيَ أَنزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاء مَاء فَأَخْرَجْنَا بِهِ نَبَاتَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ فَأَخْرَجْنَا مِنْهُ خَضِرًا نُّخْرِجُ مِنْهُ حَبًّا مُّتَرَاكِبًا وَمِنَ النَّخْلِ مِن طَلْعِهَا قِنْوَانٌ دَانِيَةٌ وَجَنَّاتٍ مِّنْ أَعْنَابٍ وَالزَّيْتُونَ وَالرُّمَّانَ مُشْتَبِهًا وَغَيْرَ مُتَشَابِهٍ انظُرُواْ إِلِى ثَمَرِهِ إِذَا أَثْمَرَ وَيَنْعِهِ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكُمْ لآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ [۹۹سورة الأنعام].

It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe. [Al-An’am; 99]

Earth is the greatest bounty of Allah Almighty. Allah Almighty has not created human beings on this earth in vain rather He has elevated them above many creations, given them the great blessing of reasoning and thought and tasked them with construction and development of earth. Our food, shelter, medicine and other vital needs are derived from plants and trees. That is why many verses of the Holy Quran turn the attention of human beings towards the value of trees and plants. Allah Almighty says:

وَآيَةٌ لَهُمُ الْأَرْضُ الْمَيْتَةُ أَحْيَيْنَاهَا وَأَخْرَجْنَا مِنْهَا حَبًّا فَمِنْهُ يَأْكُلُونَ . وَجَعَلْنَا فِيهَا جَنَّاتٍ مِنْ نَخِيلٍ وَأَعْنَابٍ وَفَجَّرْنَا فِيهَا مِنَ الْعُيُونِ. لِيَأْكُلُوا مِنْ ثَمَرِهِ وَمَا عَمِلَتْهُ أَيْدِيهِمْ أَفَلَا يَشْكُرُون.

And a sign for them is the dead land. We gave it life, and We brought forth from it grains, so that they eat thereof. And We have made therein gardens of date-palms and grapes, and We have caused springs of water to gush forth therein. So that they may eat of the fruit thereof, and their hands made it not. Will they not, then, give thanks?

Tree plantation is considered one of the greatest good deeds in Islam and is labeled Saddaqa Jarriya (continuous charity). The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad Mustafa (peace and blessings be upon him) has practically and orally encouraged us towards tree plantation and land development.

عن أَنَسٍ رضي الله عنه، قَالَ، قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: مَا مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ يَغْرِسُ غَرْسًا أَوْ يَزْرَعُ زَرْعًا فَيَأْكُلُ مِنْهُ طَيْرٌ أَوْ إِنْسَانٌ أَوْ بَهِيمَةٌ إِلاَّ كَانَ لَهُ بِهِ صَدَقَةٌ “متفق علي”

It is reported by Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: When a Muslim plants a tree or grows something, and from it birds or animals or humans eat, then it shall be counted from him as charity.

If we delve deep into Ahadith (Prophetic Traditions), we will realize the emphasis placed upon trees and plantation in Islam and the great good and reward it entails for a Muslim who plants a fruit tree. Hence planting trees and agriculture are considered actions which hold both worldly good and benefit as well as immense rewards in the hereafter.

The Islamic Emirate – just as it is actively engaged in a struggle against foreign invaders and their hirelings for the attainment of true peace and security – works within the limits of its resources for the prosperity, economic welfare, development and self-reliance of its beloved countrymen.

Therefore as spring approaches, it calls on its Mujahideen and every individual of its devout nation to plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of earth and for the benefit of Almighty Allah’s creations.

They must understand that with tree plantation, they would be following the practical footsteps of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) and showing appreciation for the blessing of Allah Almighty by developing the earth and protecting the environment.

The Mujahideen and beloved countrymen must join hands in tree plantation and not hold back any effort in this regard.

Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Amirul Mumineen Sheikhul Hadith Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

1438/5/29ه ق

1395/12/8 ه ش

2017/2/26 م




الحمد لله رب العالمين والعاقبة للمتقين والصلاة والسلام على اشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين وعلى آله واصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه وسار على نهجه اجمعين وبعد!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

(مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجالٌ صَدَقُوا ما عاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ فَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ قَضى‏ نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَنْتَظِرُ وَما بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلًا 23 لِيَجْزِيَ اللَّهُ الصَّادِقِينَ بِصِدْقِهِمْ وَيُعَذِّبَ الْمُنَافِقِينَ إِن شَاء أَوْ يَتُوبَ عَلَيْهِمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كانَ غَفُوراً رَحِيماً 24) الاحزاب

Translation: In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

(Among the believers are men who have been true to the covenant they had made with ALLAH. Some of them have fulfilled their vow, and there are others who wait, and they have not changed in the least.
That ALLAH may reward the truthful for their truth, and punish the hypocrites if HE so please, or turn to them in mercy. Verily, ALLAH is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.)

Afghanistan has been the graveyard for foreign invaders. It is the symbol of honor, valor and glories. It is the dwelling of heroes and epoch-makers. And it is the learning center for Jihad, martyrdom and sacrifices.

Besides the epoch-making Conquerors and Mujahidin – great scholars, Muslim Jurists, Mohaddisin (i.e. well-versed scholars in the traditions of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him) and Mufassirin (exegetical writers of the Holy Quran) of this country have rendered historical services in the field of education.

If on one hand, Mehmood of Ghazni, Shihabuddin of Ghore and Ahmad Shah Abdali have ruled on the Indian sub-continent and have emancipated the Muslim masses of the area from tyrannies; then on the other hand, Legists, Muhaddisin and Mufassirin like Imam Abu Da’ud of Sajistan, Sheikh Mohammad s/o Mohammd s/o Bakr of Khulm, Imam Abu Laise of Smarqand and Imam Ibn Hubban of Bust have candled various parts of the Muslim world with their narratives and knowledge.

Families of brilliant-stars in Islamic Jurisprudence and other fields of knowledge have migrated from Kabul, Helmond, Herat, Balkh and various other parts of Afghanistan and have settled in the Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah and Damascus, the renowned seats of Islamic Caliphate; by rendering historical services in the fields of Islamic Jurisprudence, traditions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and the exegetical writings of the Holy Quran.

‘Imam Abu Hanifa’ (blessings be upon him), one of the four greatest Muslim Jurists, followed in the Muslim world, and ‘Mak-hool Shami’ (blessings be upon him), a renowned scholar and narrator of the traditions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), actually belonged to Afghanistan.

These well-versed scholars established great seats of Islamic studies and learnings inside Afghanistan, in which, hundreds of thousands scholars were educated and trained for guiding and serving the Muslim masses throughout the history.

This sequence of learning and teaching has been incessant inside Afghanistan from its inauguration in 202 Hijri era (nearly 817 A.D) till today.

This process has played a vital role in reviving and promoting religious studies in Afghanistan, by training competent scholars in the fields of Islamic jurisprudence, narrations of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), exegesis of the Holy Quran, balaghat (i.e. figures of speech), rhetoric and grammar (both syntax and conjugation).

The distinctive features of the scholars qualified from this system of Afghanistan are that besides religious studies, they are practically trained by their faithful teachers to defend their creed and country in the times of need. The role of these jihadi scholars is inestimable and more prominent than anyone in all those historical fighting which are fought by Afghan freedom fighters against the infidel forces either inside or outside the country.

For instance, the historical conquest of major part of Indian sub-continent by Mahmood of Ghazni in 388 Hijri era (997 A.D) was undertaken under the direction and guidance of Ulema (i.e. religious scholars).

During the reign of ‘Sultan Shahabuddin Ghori’ on the Indian sub-continent in 559 Hijri era (=1163 A.D), these religious scholars were holding high ranking posts in the government setup.

In 1160 Hijri era (=1746 A.D), when ‘Ahmad Shah Abdali’, the great ruler of Afghanistan, sent forces to help the Indian Muslims, the motive behind it was the Jihadi inspirations and guidance of the then revered Indian scholars.

In 1255 Hijri era (= 1838 A.D), the responsibility of those Mujahidin who were resisting against the English invasion of Afghanistan were bore by the Jihadi scholars of that time.

In 1978 A.D, after a despicable coup of internal communist elements instigated by Russians, which resulted in the devastative invasion of the then Soviet Union over Afghanistan in 1979, the command and guidance of Afghan Mujahid masses were also in the hands of the scholars. And, in the recent past, the foundation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was also laid down by these scholars, which was first headed by the late ‘Amir-ul-Mominin’ Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid (may his soul rest in peace) and then ‘the martyred ‘Amir-ul-Mominin’ Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor’ (may his soul rest in peace). After these two pious and courageous leaders, now the responsibility of leading the Islamic Emirate is given to the well-known and well-versed scholar of the country, Sheikh Moulavi Hibatullah Akhunzada’ (may Allah safeguard him). In the following lines, his introduction and biography is shared with the esteemed readers.

His birth and early growth:

Sheikh Moulavi Hibatullah Akhunza (son of Sheikh Moulavi Mohammad Khan and the grandson of Moulana Khudai Raheem) was born in a pious and highly learned family in ‘Nakhuni’ village of ‘Panjwai’ district in ‘Kandahar’ province on Thursday 19th October 1967 (Rajab 15, 1387 Hijri era). He completed his first learning stage under the scholarly auspices and patronage of his father in his own area.

His Family:

The scholarly family of ‘Sheikh Sahib’ is well-known for learning, dignity and piety for ages.

The actual dwelling place of this family was ‘Takhta-Pul’ district of ‘Kandahar’ province, who later shifted to ‘Pajwai’ district of the same province. The honorable ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’ was born in ‘Nakhuni’ village of this newly adopted dwelling place by his family.

His father ‘Sheikh Moulavi Mohammad Khan’ was a famous and eminent legist and highly learned figure among his contemporary scholars enjoying a distinguished social and educational credibility. He, as a religious scholar, had a prominent role in educating and guiding the local people towards the right path. He was a teacher, a preacher and a reformer in his area, where he had prepared and trained numerous pupils to serve and defend the sacred religion.

On Thursday 27th April 1978, when the local communists, headed by ‘Noor Mohammad Taraki’, seized power in Kabul in a military coup, ‘Sheikh Moulavi Mohammad Khan’ was one of the foremost valiant Jihadi scholars who rose and resisted against the communists and their infidel regime. The local Muslim masses, who had already been under the deep influence and inspiration of ‘Sheikh Moulavi Mohammad Khan’, strongly supported him and largely participated in his Jihadi struggle.

Consequently, this move was regarded as a threat and challenge for the infidel communists and their illegitimate rule; therefore, they planned to eliminate the real instigator of this Jihadi uprising.

The security forces of the then infidel government, raided the house and madrassa of ‘Sheikh Sahib’ to arrest him, but he was saved by the grace of Almighty Allah; then he migrated to ‘Rague’ (i.e. the desert) area of ‘Kandahar’ province, where he launched practical struggle against the communist regime in collaboration with other Mujahidin, devoted for this cause.

With the expansion and gradual success of Jihadi resistance, ‘Sheikh Moulavi Mohammad Khan’ returned to populated areas and sustained his Jihadi and educational services till the end of his life.

After the death of his father and due to the increased atrocities of the then Soviet invaders, ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’ had to abandon his abode and village like hundreds of thousands of other countrymen and migrated to the neighboring Pakistan, and settled in the refugees camp of ‘Jungle Pir Alizai’ in the border province of ‘Baluchistan’, by accepting all the obstacles and inconveniences of life like all other refugees, for the sake of liberating his beloved homeland and establishing an Islamic sovereign rule there.

His religious education:

‘Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’ was the second one among the male descendants of his father who received his early education locally from his own father. He learnt recitation of the Holy Quran, grammar and literature of Arabic language, rhetoric and Islamic Jurisprudence from his revered and scholarly father.

After completing his early and intermediate education, he left for the well-known regional madrassas and educational institutions for getting higher studies. There, he completed all the essential and customary studies, and in 1411 Hijri era (1991 A.D) completed his final year in Traditions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) from celebrated and distinguished regional scholars ‘Moulavi Mohammad Jan Agha Sahib’ and ‘Moulavi Habibullah Sahib’. In this way, he accomplished his higher Islamic studies and was awarded accordingly.

His Jihadi and Political struggle:

When ‘Sheikh Sahib’ was near the completion of his studies, armed resistance against the then Soviet invasion was at its peak. It was a time when every Afghan, especially the youth belonging to religious and scholarly families were quite eager to participate in different Jihadi fronts for fighting against the then foreign invaders and their internal communist puppets.

‘Sheikh Hibatullah Sahib’ a descendant of a learned and pious family, was more enthusiastic than anyone else to fight against the Soviet invaders and their internal communist puppets, both on ideological as well as Jihadi fronts. Even, during his studies, he had a schedule to spend time on various fronts with Mujahidin.

During the annual holidays of madrassas, he used to join the group of a well-known Jihadi commander ‘Mullah Haji Mohammad Akhund’ in ‘Kandahar’ province for practical Jihadi struggle against the then Soviet invaders and their internal stooge communist forces.

The Jihadi group of ‘Mullah Haji Mohammad Akhund’ was famous throughout the south-western zone of Afghanistan, in which, prominent Taliban leaders like the martyred Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor (may his soul rest in peace) and the deputy ministerial head of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ‘Alhaj Mullah Mohammad Hasan’ and several other key figures had served and fought against the Soviet invaders.

In the early phase of Jihad against the Soviet invasion, this Jihadi front was linked with ‘Harkat-i-Inqilab-i-Islami’ (i.e. Islamic Revolutionary Movement – one of the seven major Jihadi groups formed by Mujahidin) headed by late ‘Moulavi Mohammad Nabi Mohammadi’. Later, it was annexed and supported by ‘Hizb-i-Islamic’ party under the leadership of late ‘Moulavi Mohammad Younus Khalis’.

‘Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’ was one of the prominent members of this Jihadi front who was known and respected among all other Mujahidin for his Jihadi status and learning prestige. He had participated in joint military and Jihadi operations with both previous leaders of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, (i.e. late Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid and the martyred Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor) and was also wounded in one of those operations.

Though ‘Sheikh Sahib’ spent most of his time in Jihadi activities and training and educating other Mujahidin, but he managed various Jihadi groups known as ‘roommates’ in the south-western zone of the country, particularly in ‘Kandahar’ province.

Even during practical participation in various Jihadi fronts, Sheikh Sahib’s main concentration was on the ideological training and awareness of Mujahidin against the infidels and other misled or astray factions; because the atheist communists and their foreign Soviet supports had not only invaded the territory of our beloved homeland, rather they had launched a widespread anti-religious propaganda to mislead our pious Muslim masses; and on many occasions, defying ideological invasion becomes even more essential and difficult as compared to military invasion.

This was the main reason, that both in war front as well as inside madrassa, ‘Sheikh Sahib’ was deeply focused on the mental and ideological training and vigilance of Mujahidin, thus playing a magnificent and key role in this regard.

His distinction in teaching religious studies:

‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah Akhunzada’ has been excellent and well-versed in teaching religious studies especially Islamic jurisprudence, exegesis of the Holy Quran and Traditions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

After completing his studies in 1411 Hijri era (1991 A.D), besides all other Jihadi and administrative activities, he has been constantly teaching these subjects and has imparted knowledge to numerous students who came to seek it.

He has been entitled as ‘Sheikh’ which means that he is well-versed in teaching ‘As-sihah as-sitta’ [i.e. the six most trustworthy and authentic collections of the Traditions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him)].

His chain of narrators, on which Traditions are based, un-interruptedly reaches to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) via ‘Sheikh-ul-Hadith Moulavi Mohammad Jan Agha Sahib’ and ‘Sheikh-ul-Hadith Moulavi Habibullah Sahib’.

His founding role in the Islamic Movement of Taliban:

After the withdrawal of the then Soviet invaders from Afghanistan and the collapse of communist regime, unfortunately inter-factional fighting erupted in various parts of the country. But ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah Akhunzada’, like other pious and sincere Mujahidin of his group, took no part in these factional fighting, and resumed their educational and reformation activities.

Though ‘Kandahar’ province was a boiling center of these factional fighting and several local commanders were involved in it, but ‘Sheikh Sahib’, as a teacher and director of a Jihadi front, resumed his actual task of teaching and guiding the people to the right path.

When the Islamic Movement of Taliban was founded under the leadership of late ‘Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid (may his soul rest in peace)’ against factional fighting and anarchy, ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah Akhunzada’, from the very beginning, shouldered the founder of this movement as a devoted and sincere Jihadi companion.

With the rapid advance of the Islamic Movement of Taliban in south-western zone of the country and with the revival of administration there, military courts were also restored in ‘Kandahar’ province.

In these courts, prominent and skilled figures on the national level were designated, and ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah’ was one of them, as he was known to the leadership of this movement for his high learning, keen legal perception and piety even in previous Jihadi-era.

His appointment as head of the military court:

In 1996, when Kabul, the capital city, came under the control of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah’ was appointed as the head/director of military court in Kabul by a special decree of late Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid (may his soul rest in peace).

Having disciplined these courts and achieved necessary reforms inside Kabul city, he was appointed as head/director of military court in the eastern zone of the country.

After the revival of military court in the eastern zone, especially in ‘Nangarhar’ province, and actively serving there for two years, he came back to Kabul as directed by late Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid, and served there as the head of military court till the end.

Why as in-charge of the military court?

One of the distinguishing features of the Islamic Emirate was the implementation of law and order and the restoration of peace inside the country, which was an undeniable fact even confessed by the enemies of the Islamic Emirate. Besides other reforms, the implementation of ‘Hudud’ (i.e. the prescribed punishments) had specific role in the restoration of peace and stability in a war-stricken country.

In the beginning, heads of all organs including admin, security and judiciary were inexperienced and the security situation was fragile, but it was only due to the implementation of those ‘prescribed punishments’ which restored peace and stability in a country ravaged by war and anarchy for nearly two decades.

The execution of Sharia law can only guarantee the restoration of peace and stability, if it is implemented according to the true spirit of Islamic rules and regulations. Therefore, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate was deeply concerned in appointing efficient and skilled people as the head of courts and judiciary, who should be qualified and well-informed about the purpose and philosophy of Sharia law in the implementation of ‘prescribed punishments’ in the light of the Holy Quran, Traditions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), and the Islamic jurisprudence.

‘Sharia courts’ were responsible for the supervision and implementation of the ‘prescribed punishments’; whereas military courts were responsible for checking and controlling military and security forces of the Islamic Emirate in various Jihadi fronts.

So it was quite essential to appoint someone as head of the military courts who has been talented with professional skills and discerning power in judging and executing rules of Sharia Law.

On the other hand, two criteria are indispensable for appointing someone on crucial executive posts, one is his Jihadi record and the second is knowledge.

‘Sheikh Hibatullah Sahib’, as admitted and confirmed by his professional colleagues, was endowed with both these qualities; therefore, he was appointed by the late Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid (may his soul rest in peace) for the crucial and sensitive task of the military courts.

 There were some considerations and expediencies in this selection of late Amir-ul-Mominin (may his soul rest in peace) which are specified as under:

  • Military court was the most crucial organ in the capital city Kabul which was designated with the implementation of ‘prescribed punishments’.
  • On one hand, the execution of ‘prescribed punishments’ was essential for the restoration of peace and reformation of society; on the other hand, the learning, legal perception and precision of the executor was equally essential.
  • Similarly, besides the above talents, the executor should be a considerate and a sympathetic person.

Late Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid (may his soul rest in peace) had already discerned these potentials in ‘Sheikh Sahib’, therefore, he was designated for this vital post. Before the implementation of ‘Qisas’ (i.e. retaliatory punishment) by judges and professionals of military court, ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Sahib’ personally used to ask the heirs of the murdered for remittance and forgiveness for the murderer by reminding them teachings of the Holy Quran and sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) related to clemency for the murderer.

In this process, he used to ask the elders and white-bearded people present on the occasion to assist him in convincing the heirs of the murdered person by interceding them on behalf of the murdered for mercy and forgiveness.

He used to ask the heirs of the murdered person not as an authority, but as a religious scholar and dignitary to pardon the murderer. In most cases, due to his constant efforts, the people who were indicted for retaliatory punishments, were pardoned by the heirs of the murdered person; thus finding a new chance of life.

Similarly, in criminal cases, whenever a decision was taken by related judges, ‘Sheikh Sahib’ used to leave no stone unturned by analyzing the rules and regulations of Islamic jurisprudence and taking full advantage from the concessions given therein. He used to pave for closing down the execution of such punishments by using the well-known rule which says that retaliatory punishments are annulled for suspicions.

The above description shows that ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Sahib’ has played his role quite successfully and faithfully as a vigilant, careful, self-controlled, sympathetic and compassionate in-charge, in the implementation of Sharia rules and regulations, in one of the most authorized judicial organ of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Even today, having these talents and potentials, he is faithful and committed to accomplish the sacred objectives of Jihad by following and executing rules and regulations of Islamic Sharia Law.

His vital role in re-launching Jihad against the foreign invasion:

In 2001, when Afghanistan was invaded by American invaders, collaborated by their western allied coalition forces, and the leadership of the Islamic Emirate resumed the organization and co-ordination of Mujahidin after a short tactical interval; ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’, supported and accompanied by other responsible people, played an effective and leading role in the revival and organization of Jihad against the new foreign invaders.

In the beginning, due to strict surveillance and tracing of American invading forces, it was nearly impossible to carry out any Jihadi activity, but ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Sahib’ untiringly worked hard along-with some other heroic scholars and dignitaries at that critical and challenging stage in gathering and organizing Mujahidin to stand once again in front of the new tyrants and brutal invaders.

Late ‘Sheikh Ghulam Haider’, ‘martyred Sheikh Abdul Salam’ and ‘honorable Sheikh Abdul Hakeem (may Allah protect him)’ were the main and heroic figures who worked indefatigably with ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’ to invite and unite the Muslim masses of our country to resist and fight against the infidel crusade invaders. Due to his deep learning, ‘Sheikh Sahib’ was quite successful in inviting and convincing the people in the light of Quranic teachings and sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) by telling them that defending our creed and country is one of the foremost obligations which cannot be avoided.

Convincing and bringing together the empty handed and war-wearied people to confront and fight against the coalition of crusaders headed by brutal American invaders and armed with sophisticated weapons and modern technology, was not an easy task.

Though the heroic Afghan people fought bravely against the former Soviet invaders; nearly one and a half million were martyred; seven millions became refugees; and millions more were incarcerated, wounded and crippled; but unfortunately, due to the resentments among some group leaders which gradually resulted in inter-factional fighting, all these sacrifices went in-vain; thus making the Muslim Afghan masses deeply frustrated and disappointed.

But it was the courage and determination of ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’ and his devoted colleagues who untiringly worked hard and persuaded the Afghan people through their constant efforts, scholarly speeches and logical arguments which inspired a new courage and enthusiasm among the wearied and frustrated Afghan masses to confront and resist against the international infidel alliance headed by American invaders.

During this resistance process, the Muslim Afghan masses proved that even though they are exhausted and empty handed, but they can and they will fight and participate in Jihad against the new foreign invaders as they are confident and assured that the eventual triumph will be theirs, as promised by Almighty Allah.

Actually it was the courage and strong determination of brave leaders like ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’ and his faithful colleagues that encouraged and inspired Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate and the Muslim masses of our country; which resulted in a humiliating and embarrassing defeat for American super power and NATO – the greatest military alliance of crusade forces in the world.

In the last fifteen years of this successful resistance and Jihadi struggle against the foreign invaders, ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’ has served in various organs of the Islamic Emirate, like ‘Invitation and Guidance’ commission and the general directorate of court of cassation, etc.

As deputy head of the Islamic Emirate:

In 2015, when the passing away of late Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid was revealed and the martyred Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor (may their souls rest in peace) was announced as the new Amir (head) of the Islamic Emirate, then ‘Sheikh Hibatullah Sahib’ was appointed as the deputy head.

The martyred Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor was bestowed with an extraordinary sense of discerning the capable and talented people. He knew all the key figures working in different organs and ranks of the Islamic Emirate and had designated them in posts corresponding to their skills and proficiencies.

‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah Akhunzada’ was one of those dignitaries whose learning and working abilities and his popularity among all ranks of Mujahidin was realized by the martyred Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor (may his soul rest in peace). Therefore, in the new setup, ‘Sheikh Sahib’ was appointed as the deputy head of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, for taking maximum advantage from his academic and administrative skills.

This appointment was quite accurate and successful, because it largely helped the martyred Amir-ul-Mominin to keep all admins and field Mujahidin united and saved them from disintegration.

‘Sheikh Sahib’ worked actively as the deputy head of the Islamic Emirate for complete ten months. In the meantime, threats and pressures of the wicked American invaders and their supporters were intensified against the leadership of the Islamic Emirate.

After formally announcing the passing away of the founding leader of the Islamic Emirate, a few persons did not agree with the appointment of the new leader. At that time, it ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah’ who played a significant and constructive role in convincing the differing elements and keeping all of them integrated.

At that historical juncture, ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah Akhunzada’ left no stone unturned to keep Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate united. For this purpose, he held several meetings with renowned scholars, national figures and Jihadi commanders, in which, he was concentrated on the benefits and strength of unity under one leadership.

These efforts proved successful, and Mujahidin were saved from division as they remained united under the leadership of the martyred Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor (may his soul rest in peace). All key figures and field commanders of Mujahidin unanimously supported the new Amir and pledges of allegiance and an oath of fighting against the savage American invaders and their foreign allied and internal mercenary forces, were received from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.

As the new head and Amir-ul-Mominin of the Islamic Emirate:

On Saturday 21st May 2016, when ‘Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor’ (may his soul rest in peace) was martyred in a drone strike of the American invaders, ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah Akhunzada’ was appointed as the new head (Amir) with the unanimous consent of all members of the leading council of the Islamic Emirate; while ‘Khalifa Sahib Sirajuddin Haqqani’ and ‘Moulvi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid (son of late Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid)’ were appointed as the deputy leaders of the Islamic Emirate.

The appointment of ‘Sheikh Sahib’ as the new leader of the Islamic Emirate is one of the main causes and assurances for sustaining the ongoing Jihad against the savage American invaders and their allied forces, by keeping all ranks of Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate united under one command and control.

Though some members of the leading council of the Islamic Emirate were enjoying widespread military and political influence and popularity, but none of them opposed the appointment of ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah Akhunzada’ as the new leader, due to his educational and Jihadi distinctions, and thus unanimously accepted and approved his appointment. Actually, his appointment as the new leader was one of the key elements in preserving the unity of Mujahidin and thus promoting the ongoing cause of Jihad inside Afghanistan.

‘Sheikh Sahib’ is bestowed with some distinguished potentials; therefore, he is deeply respected and loved by all members of the Islamic Emirate, whatever their ranks and designations are. He is well-reputed and trustworthy for all of them. He has been gifted by Allah Almighty with the unique talent of attraction and keeping all Mujahidin and responsible people together.

His religious and ideological perceptions:

Like all other prestigious scholars of Afghanistan, ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah Akhunzada’ is a devoted religious scholar and belongs to ‘Hanafi’ school of legislation (one of the four most popular schools of legislation prevailing in the Muslim world) and is the follower of Quran and Sunnah.

He is against all ideological, factional and linguistic discriminations among the Muslims. He is against all heresy and superstitions in religion. According to his perception, the success of the Muslim masses is in their unity and their internal differences and divisions are the main causes of their adversities.

He is deeply interested in reading ‘Sirat’ (i.e. biography) of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Jihadi achievements. In 1999, after performing the ‘Hajj’ (i.e. the Pilgrimage), he was quite enthusiastic to visit ‘Mount Uhad’ in the holy city of ‘Madina’, where our Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) was injured during the historical battle of ‘Uhad’. The burial place of ‘Hazrat Hamza (may Allah be pleased with him)’, the beloved and heroic uncle of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), was also the site of his deep interest.

His characteristic distinctions in daily life:

‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah Akhunzada’ is bestowed with some distinctive qualities, for which, he is considered one of the most popular and revered personalities among all members and Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate.

As mentioned earlier, during the appointment process of the martyred ‘Amir-ul-Mominin Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor (may his soul rest in peace), ‘Sheikh Sahib Hibatullah’ played a magnificent and historical role in the unification of all members and Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate. In his own appointment, all dignitaries and field commanders of Mujahidin, unanimously gave their oath of allegiance, without any exception, to ‘Sheikh Sahib’; which proves that he has been the symbol of unity on all critical occasions.

For the last ten years, ‘Sheikh Sahib’ has been constantly teaching the Holy Quran and the Traditions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him); therefore, he has educated and trained numerous scholars throughout the country. In other words, we can say that numerous scholars are his pupils and followers. Due to his eloquence, he has been quite popular and deeply respected among all his pupils.

He is quite determined and is decisive and resolute in the implementation of decisions, taken after sufficient deliberation.

In the meetings, he mostly remains silent and listens more, but when he speaks, his words are impressive and full of wisdom.

Though he is in his fifties, he is still deeply inclined and interested in training Mujahidin and preparing them for the lofty cause of Jihad.

Serenity, dignity of manner and sympathy are the main distinctions of his dignified personality.

His daily life is simple and free from all ceremonies. No sign of luxury or lavishness can be seen in his eating, drinking, clothing and living style.

In meeting and interaction, one finds him like a compassionate elder brother or just like a kind teacher.

He is very keen in Jihadi activities, and for the time being, instead of reading and teaching, most of his time is spent in organizing and coordinating these activities.

May Almighty Allah safeguard him!!!

May he succeed in all his lofty aspirations!!!

Managment and Research, History Department of Commission for Cultural Affairs

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