Teachings From The Kandahar Mosque
from The Ignored Puzzle Pieces of Knowledge
This is a made up story that revisits the fight between America and the Taliban/al-Qaaâ€™idah in Afghanistan, as if this event happened 50-100 years ago. Iâ€™m not entirely sure about the source, but that doesnâ€™t matter here. The truth of the matter is that 50-100 years from now, our children who will be reading our stories about the sacrifices that we made to bring back the glory of Islam will be so powerful that it literally moves you to tears when you think about it. The following story reflects that.
Teachings From The Kandahar Mosque
After the asr prayer, one of the Mullaâ€™s who had routinely taught at the Jamiâ€™ Masjid in Kandahar sat down with his back leaning on the wall at one of the corners of the masjid. Then, dozens of youths were seen racing towards him and they all sat down around him. After seeing all his students sat down with discipline, the Mulla began to speak while showing a book that he had brought: â€œI am bringing the â€œHistory Of Kandaharâ€ book, and today we are going to read the story of a Mujahid named Usamah.â€
Then , he passed the book to one of his students who sat nearest to him while asking the student to read the book and let his voice be heard by all of the fellow students. The man accepted the book politely and enthusiastically. He looked very pleased receiving the task from the Mulla. Then, he began to open the index of the book and chose the title written as â€œThe Story Of Usamah bin Ladinâ€™s Arrival to Afghanistan And His Struggle Along With Amirul Mukmineen Mulla Muhammad Umar Mujahidâ€. Then he began reading the Basmallah and praised Allah SWT. And he continued by reading the book audibly:
â€œIn the month of Muharram in 1417 H, Usamah arrived in the land of Kandahar. His arrival was instigated by his eviction from his people due to his firmness in refusing to join in worshipping an idol named America. He resolved to fight America but he did not receive a good response from his people except for just a few of them, and also a few others hailing from other countries who were willing to join himâ€¦ but they were all strangers and weak, they did not have any power to defend themselves.
Then, Usamah approached the leaders of every Arab tribe, asking them to help him and give him assurance for a secure living place, for him and his followers to prepare themselves in fighting the idol named America.
One day, he heard that an Islamic Shariâ€™ah law was going to be implemented in Sudan. Therefore, he sent an envoy to meet the â€œKingâ€ in order to get assurance for secure living place for him and his followers.
Mr. King said, â€œOur door is always open and our land belongs to anyoneâ€¦ please come as an honored guestâ€¦ bury your wealth here and if you please, join us in our Jihad (fighting the rebels of Sudan led by John Garang).â€
Usamah was very happy hearing the response and soon he made preparations to do â€œhijrahâ€ to Sudan. Then, he lived there and established various Muâ€™askar (camps) and trained the Mujahideen along with the fighters of Mr. King, and they were happy there for a moment while building up the countryâ€¦ roads were repaired, markets were renovated, and the country became more prosperous.
One day, the idol: America, barked out at Mr. King and said, â€œExpel them from your countryâ€. Mr. King answeredâ€¦ â€œYes Sir! Your royal command we do esteemed highly, for the sake of seeking your pleasureâ€. Mr. King went back to Usamah and said to him: â€œGet out of our countryâ€¦!!!â€ Usamah replied, â€œDidnâ€™t we tie an agreement to do Jihad together?â€ Mr. King replied, â€œYesâ€¦ but itâ€™s Jihad against John Garang and not America.â€ Usamah answered, â€œI have been intending to destroy it and its allies for a long timeâ€. Mr. King replied, â€œWe do not have the strengthâ€¦ please get out of our country.â€
The Mulla indicated to his student, who was so absorbed in his reading, to stop for a while because he wanted to give a little explanation, the Mulla said:
â€œIn the case of Usamah, Sudan was obviously more scared of America than Allah SWT, and at that time Sudan was in a confusion for a while as it had to let go of Usamahâ€™s wealth which had been deposited so much for the commerce of the country, but the fear of the King of Sudan towards America was apparently bigger than the concern for his citizens itself, to the extent that Mr. King chose to expel Usamah for the sake of Mr. Idolâ€™s pleasure, even though America was still not pleased with the King of Sudan as Mr. King refused to step down and be replaced by John Garang.â€ Then, the Mulla said, â€œNowâ€¦ continue your reading, son!â€
The youth who was immersed in the explanation by the Mulla was startled and he quickly tried to find the last line that he had readâ€¦ then, he continued his reading, â€œUsamah had to find the people who would be willing to assure and help him in destroying Mr. Idol. Then, he heard that the Islamic Shaâ€™riah law was again implemented in Kandahar by a community who called themselves the Taliban. They were led by a courageous man named Mulla Muhammad Umar Mujahid who was entitled as an Amir. Then, Usamah sent an envoy to him.
The Amir of the Taliban said: â€œLetâ€™s pick up weaponsâ€¦ and fight the rebels and the thieves in our countriesâ€
Usamah replied: â€œOur aim is to destroy Mr. Idolâ€
The Amir answered: â€œAllahu Akbarâ€¦ destroying idols is our hobbyâ€
Usamah said: â€œNot merely a hobbyâ€¦ but for the sake of Jihad Fie Sabilillahâ€
The Amir replied: â€œWe are of course the men of Jihad and we were the children who were born along with the whistles of the bullets. The war is like a mother that suckled and fed usâ€
Usamah said: â€œWould you be willing to accompany me in fighting the Crusader forces?â€
The Amir replied: â€œFight and make peace with whomever you want, communicate with whomever you wish, take as many as you want from our properties, we will certainly be patient in the fight and we will be bold to move forward, even if you invite us to wade the oceans and cross the continents to fight Mr. Idol, of a surety we will bear it together with youâ€
Usamah said: â€œBut you will all be shot with arrows by the entire Arab people and the Romans from the same bowâ€
The Amir replied: â€œHave faith, all those would never happen except if the Creator allows it to happenâ€
Usamah said: â€œBut Mr. Idol will come and pay the various tribes to finish you offâ€
The Amir answered: â€œAllah is our protectorâ€¦ whereas they do not have any protectorâ€
Usamah was still not confident, and thus he said: â€œDo you know that Mr. Idol possesses a huge fighting force and a very sharp sword? They will come and invade your countryâ€
The Amir answered: â€œYes, we know, but we would not speak the words spoken by the people of Moses AS to their Prophet, â€œGo thou, and thy Lord, and fight ye two, while we sit here (and watch).â€ Indeed, O Usamah we will shield you from the right and left, from the front and your behind, with the hope that Allah may show to you what makes your heart happy, indeed this country has never been invaded by any army, they will surely run away helter skelterâ€¦ except for the forces of Qutaibahâ€
Usamah said: â€œMankind would never have anything to do with you and all the populations of the world will forsake youâ€
The Amir said: â€œEnough for us is the existence of Allah, and if He wills, He would unite us with the dwellers of Firdaus in Heavenâ€
Usamah said: â€œThey would boycott you and let you starveâ€
The Amir replied: â€œIndeed Allah is the Best Sustainer and the Possessor of the Ultimate Powerâ€
Usamah said: â€œThey would only want to capture meâ€
The Amir said: â€œCalm downâ€¦ they would never touch you as long as our eyes are still awakeâ€
Usamah said: â€œWould you all protect me as you protect your children and wives?â€
The Amir replied: â€œYes, by Allah, in fact we would let them out from our houses so that you could live in our houses. Blood should be paid by blood, the same goes with destructions. Hit the idol and donâ€™t forget to utter the Basmallah, hit itâ€¦!!! We would sacrifice our children and mothers, hit and take shelter behind us, let our necks be strangled as long as your neck is safe. Continue your beatings, may the Rabbul Jabbar be with usâ€
Suddenly, the youth stopped reading as he heard the sobs from the Mulla. He was surprised to see the Mulla covering his face with the turban and his body was shaken as he withheld himself from sobbing while continually shouting the takbeer, all of the youths were silent without a word.
The Mulla started to wipe his eyes which had been filled with tears, and then said, â€œI have read a lot of history books, but I have never come across a people who are more truthful than them when helping someone in the time of need, except for the people of Aus and Khazraj, the Ansar who helped Rasulullah SAW.
â€œLook at their graves by the hillside in the mountains of Tora Bora, Shahikot, Kandahar and Kabulâ€¦ as testimonies that they were indeed brave peopleâ€¦ I have heard that the Crusader forces had managed to capture one of themâ€¦ then he was offered so that he would tell the whereabouts of Usamah who was in hidingâ€¦ with the reward that he would be freed and given huge sums of moneyâ€¦ but he answered, â€œBy Allah, if Usamah is hiding under my foot, I would never lift it up to show him to youâ€â€. Then, the Mulla began to sob againâ€¦ and this time it was getting louderâ€¦ apparently the Mulla could not continue his teaching session againâ€¦ he got up to leave the circles as he kept on cryingâ€¦.