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.
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
1395/12/8 ه ش
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
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
Allah is the Greatest; Allah is the Greatest; Allah is the Greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. All praise be to Allah.
Praise be to Allah Who favored us with the blessing of faith and Islam as He sent down on us the best of His books and sent us the best of His prophets and legislated for us the best of His religious law. All praises be to Allah. All the good is in His Hand and all affairs return to Him. He creates whatsoever He wills and chooses. We have not the choice. All the glory is to Allah as well as all the praises in this world and the world to come. His is the decision and you all return to Him.
I testify that there is no god but Allah. Alone is He and has no associate. I testify that Mohammed (pbuh) is His Servant and Messenger. He conveyed the Message and fulfilled the obligation and preached the Ummah and fought in the cause of Allah as it is due. May peace and blessing be on him and His descendents, the good and the pure ones and on his companions and followers and all those who duly followed him until the doomsday. After this, I would like to say:
Allah, the Almighty says:
“Therefore pray to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him)”. (Chapter:108, Verse:2)
(My) Believing countrymen, brothers and sisters-in-faith in every corner of the world.
Asalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh,
While wishing you (good) health, happiness and prosperity, I would like to extend you my felicitation on the occasion of the auspicious Eid-ul-Adha. May Allah (SwT) accept in His Sight all your worships, sacrificial offerings, charities and all deeds that you have done for the pleasure of Allah (SwT). In addition to the felicitation of the auspicious Eid-ul- Adha, I would like to congratulate the Mujahid people, particularly, the Mujahideen of the Way of Truth on the recent victories which the Almighty Allah has bestowed on the formations of Jihad because of His special blessing and the help and the sacrifices of the Mujahideen and the help of the people, notwithstanding the use of heavy force by the enemy; the influx of foreign troops and the bombardment of different bombers. Still many districts and areas have been cleared from the enemy in different provinces of the country. Praise be to Allah, the white flag of the Islamic Emirate is fluttering there.
(My) Mujahid Brothers,
At the first years of the occupation, our obligation was to combat against the enemy but now as we have control over many areas of the country, it is the time that we should reap the fruit of the 15 years-long jihad and implement objectives of jihad which are: implementation of the Divine Sharia on the land of Allah; to establish justice; maintain stability and security; to protect frontiers and defend life, property, honor and all other God-given rights of the countrymen.
The officials of the Military Commission, governors, the personnel of the judicial courts, members of the provincial commissions, the district administrators and commanders of (armed) units and all personnel of civilian commissions should pay exclusive attention to the maintenance of security and justice, implementation of Sharia, efficient governance, promotion of religious and modern education and other works of public utility like roads, bridges, health affairs, drinking water, agriculture and trade and other public works. Stop those who harm these places of public utility so that (our) believing people may lead a bright, happy, sufficient and prosperous life under the shadow of the sovereignty of Sharia and take a breath of relief in an atmosphere of peace.
For Mujahideen in order to succeed in this big trial, they should specifically pay attention to these points:
–Make your intention purely for Allah and for the cause of Allah (SwT);
–All should adorn themselves with the ornaments of piety, both the juniors and the seniors;
–keep on praising Allah (SwT) that He enabled you to perform the sacred obligation of Jihad;
–Do justice and do favor;
–Desist from pride, vanity conceit, wrong-doing and treason and keep away from any bias based on ethnicity, geography, language and clique;
–The criterion for privilege should be only piety and commitment;
–Create an atmosphere of confidence and brotherhood among yourselves and avoid from acts leading to distrust among you;
–The Mujahid brothers should not abandon the obligation of promotion of virtue and prevention of vice. Conduct your prayers in congregation and desist from committing treason in Baitulmal ( public treasury);
–Assume sponsorship of the families and children of martyrs and prisoners in the best manners that can be;
–Never forget the Sharia-based way of conduct of your demised, beloved and kind leaders, Amir-ul-momineen Mullah Mohammed Omar Mujahid (may Allah bless him) and Martyr Amir-ul-monineen Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansoor (may Allah bless him) and meticulously adhere to their ways. Deem it as (your) religious service and a high goal to serve people and provide prosperity and comfort to them because removing trouble of people is the most beloved act in the sight of the holy prophet of Allah (peace be upon him).
Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people. The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger. That I walk with a brother regarding a need is more beloved to me than that I seclude myself in this mosque in Medina for a month”.
The Mujahid brothers should exclusively focus on purging their ranks and files. Do not let unscrupulous, notorious, self-indulgent, and money-grubbing and immoral persons remain in your ranks — those who misbehave with people. This is in order the people may not face harassment. Mujahideen should maintain interaction with honorable religious and spiritual leaders, tribal influential and pious men of insight; seek their views and advice and benefit from their experiences. In addition to military training, train Mujahideen how to well behave with people, prevent civilian casualties, maintain justice and win hearts and minds of people; instruct them from time to time about people’s rights and dignity. Mujahideen should behave well with those who leave the (ranks of the) corrupt Kabul Administration or are detained.
I instruct Mujahideen brothers to perform the duty of Call and Guidance, focus on alluring those who are in the ranks of the enemy, in addition to carrying out (your) Jihadic operations. For this purpose, the Mujahideen, the personnel of the Call and Guidance Commission, the personnel of the Cultural and Media Affairs, men of letters and learning should fully pay attention to (the work of) awareness and allurement; and besides the training of Mujahideen and the emerging generation, disseminate messages for those who are in the ranks of the enemy so that they understand the veracity and success of the ranks of jihad and become aware of their Islamic and valorous history and know the ills of subjugation and perceive that further remaining in the ranks of the invaders is but a harmful and destructive act.
We are grateful to all those beneficent people in every corner of the world who have helped the Islamic Emirate or trust this Jihadic formation, all those honorable religious scholars and writers who have affirmed and supported our cause or shared with us their best views or showed their sympathy with us or expressed their condolence during the demise of Amir-ul-momineen Mullah Mohammed Omer Mujahid (may Allah bless him) and Amir-ul-momineen Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor (may Allah bless him). I ask the Almighty Allah to fully reward them for their honesty.
Availing myself of this opportunity of the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, I call on all Afghans who work in the military and civilian sectors of the foreign invaders to ponder over their stance for a moment and figure out for themselves that the invasion of Afghanistan by America and her Allies is part and parcel of the global war of non-believers against the Islamic Ummah. Its aim is to dismantle real Islamic systems and help its trained surrogates to reach the corridors of power; to spread anti-Islamic laws, thoughts, and dogmas and cus toms in this Islamic land. Therefore, they should deeply think over their jeopardizing position of their being in the ranks of the invaders. Their support to the invading non-believers is undoubtedly in contradiction with the command of the Almighty Allah and His prophet (peace be upon him). The Almighty Allah says:
“Let those who disobey His orders, beware, lest some grief or painful punishment befall them”.(Chapter: 24, Verse:63)
Our message to Islamic countries and all freedom-loving people of the world is that our struggle is not an illegitimate struggle, nor it is a rebellion for unlawful objectives nor a mere expression of emotions without any pillar of Islamic ruling. Contrarily, our country has been invaded and an anti-Islamic, subservient and surrogate regime has been imposed on us by dent of tanks, artilleries bomber aircrafts against the wishes of our religion and independence-loving and independent thought-loving people. The Islamic system and independence of our country is our human and religious rights. The Islamic countries and the freedom-loving people of the world should support our just cause as per their obligation and perform their due responsibility by supporting our oppressed people.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been continuing
د هیواد د وتلي او منلي جهادي او علمي شخصیت مرحوم مولوي محمد یونس خالص بابا رحمه الله زوی او ځای ناستې محترم مولوي انوارالحق مجاهد صاحب د اسلاميامارت له زعیم عالیقدر امیرالمؤمنین شیخ الحدیث مولوي هبة الله اخندزاده حفظه الله سره خپل بیعت اعلان کړ، نوموړي ژمنه وکړه چې د شریعت په چوکاټ کې به په ټولو امورو کې د عالیقدر امیرالمؤمنین پوره پوره اطاعت کوي دمحترم مجاهد صاحب دبیعت لیکلی متن لاندي لوستلی او لیدلی شئ
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
الحمدلله وکفی وسلام علی عباده الذین اصطفی
څرنګه چې د مجاهدینو د صف وحدت الهي حکم دی لکه چې فرمایي: ان الله یحب الذین یقاتلون فی سبیله صفا کانهم بنیان مرصوص) د همدغه الهي ارشاد د تطبیق په غرض زموږ عالیقدر والد صاحب مولوي محمد یونس خالص بابا رحمه الله موږ ته توصیه کړې وه چې د عالیقدر امیرالمومنین ملا محمد عمر مجاهد رحمه الله ملا تړ او تایید به کوئ موږ په هغه اساس د اسلاميامارت د موجوده عالیقدر امیرالمومنین فضیلة الشیخ هبة الله حفظه الله سره د کفر او الحاد په مقابل کې د جهاد بیعت تجدید وو او د اسلامي شریعت په چوکاټ کې به د نوموړي مکمل اطاعت کوو ان شاء الله، الله تعالی دي دوي ته د(اشداء علی الکفار رحماء بینهم) د حکم سره سم د جهادي صف د وحدت د ساتلو توفیق ورکړي
والله علی ما اقول وکیل
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
الحمدلله الذی امرالمسلمین بالاتحاد والصلاة والسلام علی حبیبه وعلی اله و اصحابه اجمعین امابعد:
پرون دوشنبه د۱۴۳۷ هـق کال د ذالقعدې د میاشتي په ۵ نیټه د اسلامي امارت لوړ رتبه مسئولینو،علماء کرامو، دمرحوم امیرالمؤمنین ملا محمدعمرمجاهد رحمه الله دکورنۍ غړو او د حاجي ملا بازمحمد حارث ملګرو او نماینده ګانو په یوه ګډه غونډه کې تر مفصلو خبرو وروسته په دې خبره ټینګار وکړ چي ټول به په ګډه د اسلامي امارت مقدس صف متحد او قوي ساتو.
کوښښ به کو چي هر چا ته د مقدس شریعت په رڼا کې خپل حقوق ورسیږي او ټولي پریکړي به مو د اسلامي اصولو په رڼا کې وي، د یادي غونډي په پای کې حاجي ملا بازمحمد حارث چي تر دي مخکي یې د ملا محمد رسول اخند د مرستیال په حیث کار کاوه د خپلو ټولو ملګرو او متعلیقینو په شمول همدارنګه داسلامي امارت په واکمني کې نظامي قومندان د ارزګان و لایت دچورې والسوالۍ اوسیدونکی ملا اخترمحمد اخند هم د خپلو ملګرو په استازیتوب د اسلامي امارت له زعیم امیرالمؤمنین شیخ الحدیث مولوي هبت الله اخند زاده صاحب سره بیعت اعلان کړ او د مقدس شریعت په رڼاکې یې دکامل اطاعت وعده وکړه غونډه د الحاج مولوي احمد رباني صاحب په د عاسره پای ته ورسیده .
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