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Full text of "39 Ways to Serve and Participate"

Muhammad bin Ahmad as-Salim 

('Isaal-'Awshin) 

19/5/1424 H 



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At-Tibvj<MA Publications 



39 Ways 

to Serve and Participate 
in Jihad 



Translated by: 
At-Tibyan Publications 



Introduction 5 

1. Make Your Intention for Jihad 7 

2. Truthfully Ask Allah for Martyrdom 9 

3. Go for Jihad Yourself 11 

4. Make Jihad With Your Wealth 13 

5. Help Prepare the Fighter Who Is Going For Jihad 14 

6. Take Care of the Family Left Behind By the Fighter 15 

7. Provide for the Families of the Martyrs 16 

8. Providing for the Families of the Injured and Imprisoned 17 

9. Collect Funds for the Mujahidin 18 

10. Pay Zakah to Them 20 

11. Cooperate In Treating the Wounded 22 

12. Praise the Mujahidin and Mention Their Accounts and Call the People to 
Follow In Their Footsteps 22 

13. Encourage the Mujahidin and Incite Them to Continue 23 

14. Speak Out For the Mujahidin and Defend Them 24 

15. Expose the Hypocrites and Traitors 26 

16. Call and Incite the People to Jihad 28 

17. Advise the Muslims and the Mujahidin 28 

18. Hide the Secrets of the Mujahidin that the Enemy Can Benefit From 29 

19. Supplicate For Them 30 

20. The Supplication of Distress (Qunut an-Nawazil) 31 

21. Follow and Spread the News of the Jihad 33 

22. Participate in Spreading Their Releases of Books and Publications 34 

23. Issue Fatawa That Aide Them 35 

24. Stay Connected With the Scholars and Preachers and Inform Them of the 
Situation of the Mujahidin 36 

25. Become Physically Fit 37 

26. Train With Weapons and Learn How To Shoot 39 

27. Learn to Swim and Ride Horses 40 

28. Learn First-Aid 41 

29. Learn the Fiqh of Jihad 41 

30. Giving Shelter to the Mujahidin and Honoring Them 42 

31. Have Enmity Towards the Disbelievers and Hate Them 42 

32. Expend Effort to Free Our Captives 43 

33. Spread the News About the Captives and Be Concerned With their Affairs . 44 

34. Electronic Jihad 45 

35. Stand in Oppostion to the Disbelievers 45 

36. Raise Your Children to Love Jihad and Its People 46 

37. Abandon Luxury 47 

38. Boycott the Goods of the Enemy 49 

39. Do Not Hire Workers from the War Wagers (Harbiyyin) 53 

Conclusion 54 

At-Tibyan Publications Releases 61 



Introduction 

All Praise is for Allah who has obligated Jihad upon his servants, and has 
promised them firm establishment on Earth and dominance over the people of 
disbelief. And may Prayers and Peace be upon the best of His servants, the one 
who truly struggled in the Path of Allah until he achieved that which was 
certain (death). May Allah send Prayers and Peace upon him and his 
household and his fine and pure Companions. 

As for what follows: 

My noble brothers: the times in which we live are times of tribulation and 
estrangement for Islam that history has not witnessed before, where strangeness 
has become the norm and tribulation has become widespread, and where the 
entire Earth has become a stage for this conflict and for the expulsion of those 
who are firm upon their Din and hold onto it and defend it with their tongues 
and weapons. . . therefore, the entire world has announced its war on terrorism - 
or, rather, on Jihad - and its opposition to it and its various forms from being 
utilized by the Muslims. 

So, Islam attacked from a single bow, and the nations of disbelief and their 
helpers from every corner of the Earth gathered against at-Ta'ifah al-Mansurah 1 
that took upon its shoulders this war against disbelief and the disbelievers - a 
clear and intense war void of any rest or mercy - until the Command of Allah 
arrives while they are upon that, and they will not be harmed by those who 
betray them from the treacherous or defeated Muslims or those who have 
drowned in the mud of this lowly worldly life. And they will not be harmed by 
those who oppose them from the groups of disbelief and the gangs of apostates 
and deniers, or from the misguided innovators. And there is no doubt that Jihad 
today is from the most virtuous of means of gaining nearness to Allah. In fact, it 
is an obligation that Allah has obligated upon us, and there is nothing more 
obligatory upon the Muslims after having belief in Allah than Jihad and repelling 
the invader who has occupied the lands of the Muslims. 

If you turned towards Islam in a land * You would find it to be like a bird whose wings 

have been cut off 

Jihad today is the Ummah's only choice, as the enemy today has occupied the 
lands of the Muslims - one by one - as Allah the Exalted said: "... And they will 
never cease fighting you until they cause you to turn back from your Din, if they 
are able to do so... 



The Aided Group. 



So, the Muslims today are left with no choice but that of Jihad and the language 
of weaponry. 

Tell me, by your Lord: an invading enemy who has occupied lands, violated 
honor, made orphans out of children and widows out of women, has begun to 
strike at Islam in every valley. . . after all of this, is there a doubt that the only way 
to come to an understanding with this enemy is through the language of force 
and revenge? 

So, iron is not to be fought except with iron, and force is not to be met except 
with force... 

And it has been established for us in the Qur'an and the Sunnah - and reality 
bears witness to this and confirms it - that negotiations and peace do not bring 
back upon those who seek them anything except clear loss and dismal failure, 
and an increase in servitude to other than Allah and submission to the 
transgressors. You are warned of those who seek them in the name of the 
Muslims from the treacherous rulers who are not from us and whom we are not 
from them. Rather, they are an archenemy to us, as through them, the 
disbelievers have toyed with us, and through their plans and deceptions, our 
rights have been taken and usurped. 

How can it be otherwise while Allah has said in His Book and has informed that 
they have started the war with us for one specific goal, and that is : "... until they 
cause you to turn back from your Din if they are able to... 1" 

There is no solution except for the greatest Jihad * World peace no longer satisfies us, 

There is no peace for the enemy. This is a legislation * and belief in every Muslim heart. 

From this standpoint, and since Jihad is the choice of the Ummah and the 
necessary and ordained obligation, I decided - after consulting one of the 
brothers - to write about some steps that everyone can take to serve the Jihad and 
its people, and to energize the train of Jihad that is moving quickly despite the 
overwhelming arrogance of the transgressors. 

And we have titled this document: 

'39 Ways to Serve and Participate in the Jihad' 

. . .asking Allah for guidance and assistance and firmness, and to Ordain for it 
acceptance and benefit for the people. 

Written by: 

Muhammad bin Ahmad as-Salim ('Isa al-Awshin) - 19/5/1424 H 



1. Make Your Intention for Jihad 

Having the inner intention to fight - the true inner intention which leads to one 
seeking to answer the call of Jihad whenever the caller calls: "Saddle up, O chavalry 
of Allah!" and to make the person promise himself that he would jump forth to 
join the fight and go forth if he is called to go forth and if his aid is sought from 
his brothers, in accordance with the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): 
" ...and if you are called to go forth, then go forth." 

And if the person intends with himself to go fight, and he misses the chance to 
go or he is not able to do so, then he becomes pained by this, as Allah says 
regarding the Ash'ariyyin - the Companions who were unable to find 
preparation for themselves to go fight: 

"Nor is there blame on those who came to you to be provided with mounts, when 

you said: "I can find no mounts for you, " they turned back with their eyes 

overflowing with tears of grief that they could not find anything to spend. " 2 

So, this is from the perfection of having the true intention to fight, and the grief 
and regret that the person feels out of what he missed of fighting in the Path of 
Allah. 

As for the one who says, when the path is closed to him or he is unable to go 
fight: "Praise be to Allah who has saved me from possessing the necessities for 
Jihad," then this is one who hates fighting and does not seek it; he is like the 
hypocrites who hate to fight and do not march forth except while they hate to do 
so. And if they march forth, they discourage the army and run away when the 
battle begins. And what a clear difference - by Allah - between the one who 
weeps out of the grief of missing out on fighting and Jihad, and the one who 
hides his happiness and joy that he has found an excuse or reason for himself not 
to fight, and Allah knows all that which is hidden and all that the hearts 
conceal... 

And having the intention with one's self to go fight removes a characteristic of 
hypocrisy from a person, as is shown in 'Sahih Muslim' from the hadith of Abu 
Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be 
upon him) said: "Whoever dies without having fought (in the Path of Allah), or 
does not have the intention to fight, then he dies upon a branch of hypocrisy." 

2 At-Tawbah; 92 



Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said: 

"And as for the minor hypocrisy (nifaq), then it is hypocrisy in actions and what 
is related. For example, the person lies if he speaks, or breaks his promise if he 
makes it, or is treacherous if he is trusted with something, or is foul-mouthed if 
he is at odds with someone. . . and included in this is avoiding Jihad, for it is from 
the characteristics of the hypocrites (Munafiqiri). The Prophet (peace be upon 
him) said: "Whoever dies without having fought (in the Path of Allah), or does 
not have the intention to fight, then he dies upon a branch of hypocrisy." And 
Allah revealed the chapter of 'Bard' ah' (at-Tawbah) that is also known as 'The 
Exposer' (al-Fadihah), because it exposed the hypocrites. So, Allah clarified in this 
chapter the situation of the hypocrites and described them in it with 
cowardliness and abandonment of Jihad, and He described them as being stingy 
to spend in the Path of Allah and coveting their wealth, and these are two 
dangerous diseases: cowardliness and stinginess. Allah said: 

"... Verily, the believers are those who have believed in Allah and His Messenger 

and do not doubt after that, and struggled with their wealth and lives in the 

Path of Allah. Those! They are they truthful. " 3 

So, he has limited the believers to those who believe and make Jihad. And Allah 
said: 



"Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day would never ask you to be 

exempted from fighting with their wealth and their lives in the Path of Allah, 

and Allah is the All-Knower of those who are pious. It is only those who do not 

believe in Allah and the Last Day and whose hearts are in doubt that ask for you 

to exempt them, so in their doubts they waver. " 4 

So, Allah is informing us that the believer would never ask the Messenger to 
exempt him from Jihad, but the ones who ask him for this are those who do not 



3 Al-Hujurat; 15 

4 At-Tawbah; 44-45 



believe. So, how would it be for the one who abandons it (Jihad) without asking 
the Prophet's permission?" 5 

So, be warned and be warned, my Muslim brother, from being like the 
hypocrites or dying upon a branch of hypocrisy. And as for the one who 
admonishes the Mujahidin or the one who leaves for Jihad with various forms of 
blame - one time saying he is too impatient, and another time blaming him for 
not seeking advice - then we say to him: 

O you who have admonished our youth from Jihad *Hold back your slander and rejection 

Is the one blameworthy who desires the Gardens and their essence * And is constantly 

traveling the path of the Companions 

Is the one blameworthy who has abandoned this life and its emptiness * And with heated 

determination went and marched forth? 

Is the one blameworthy who submitted his life for Allah * Seeking with it the Firdaws - 

the best of destinations! 

So relieve the Jihad and its people from your admonishment * Be warned of the 
description of hypocrisy, be warned... 

Whoever does not fight or intend to fight * And dies, dies a terrible death. . . 

Verily, Jihad is the way to our honor * And by leaving it we are humiliated and live a 

lowly life. 



2. Truthfully Ask Allah for Martyrdom 

. . .asking Allah for martyrdom with truthfulness and sincerity and insistence, 
because whoever truthfully asks Allah for martyrdom is given the status of the 
martyrs by Allah - even if he dies on his bed - as is in 'Sahih Muslim' from Anas 
bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him), that he said that the Messenger of 
Allah (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever seeks martyrdom while he is 
truthful in that, then he is given it even if he does not achieve it," and in 
another narration: "...Allah gives him the status of the martyrs even if he dies 
on his bed." 



1 Majmu' al-Fatawa; 28/436 



Shaykh 'Abdullah Azzam (may Allah have mercy on him) said: "And the 
meaning of the two ahddith is that if he asks Allah for martyrdom with 
truthfulness, he is given the reward of the martyrs even if he is on his bed. . .' 

Shaykh Abdullah Azzam also said: "...but, the truthfulness in asking for 
martyrdom implies that one makes the proper preparation: 



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"... and if they had intended to march out, they would have made some 

preparation for it... " 6 

As for ten years passing by of the Jihad in Afghanistan, while the way to get there 
is safe and certain and the borders are open, but he does not make it to 
Peshawar? As for him, then we ask Allah to forgive him if he thinks that he is 
truthful in seeking martyrdom. Do you not see that Bedouin that said to the 
Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): "Shall I follow you and be stricken here 
- and he pointed to his neck - so that I would enter Paradise?" So the Bedouin 
was later stricken where he had pointed, so the Prophet (peace be upon him) 
said: "He was truthful to Allah, so Allah was truthful to him."" 

And the true pursuit of martyrdom is that which causes one to fly towards any 
sound of commotion or action, as opposed to being one who delays and is slow 
to aid this Din and march forth when the caller calls. Rather, his tongue repeats: 

My Lord, with Your help, the souls are in Gardens * So spill, my Deity, my blood in 

Jihad, 

As my sins have overpowered me and the have none * Other than martyrdom to wipe 

them out. 

My Lord, my Lord! Martyrdom is what I seek * So answer my request with Your Virtue, 

O Generous! 

So, make sure to be truthful with Allah and to be insistent with Him that He 
gives you martyrdom in His Path - facing the enemy and not turning away from 
him - and solidify your determination to make Jihad, and know that the one who 
asks Allah for martyrdom with truthfulness is one who seeks it wherever it may 
be, searches it out, and is on a constant lookout for it; he is not one who goes and 
sleeps until it is brought to him. 

You hope for success, but do not tread its path * Verily, ships do not float on dry ground. 



' At-Tawbah; 46 

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3. Go for Jihad Yourself 

. . .going for Jihad in the Path of Allah with one's self, and not being lazy and 
delaying from this with any excuse, because to be pleased with sitting behind 
from Jihad is to be pleased with the life of this World over the Hereafter. 

And Jihad in the Path of Allah with one's self is from the greatest and most 
virtuous of ways of gaining nearness to Allah - the Exalted - and its virtue is not 
hidden from anyone. 

And its virtue is mentioned in the Qur'an and the Sunnah; there is enough 
mention of the virtue of the one who makes Jihad with his self and the virtue of 
the martyr and martyrdom to make this document longer than intended. In the 
Qur'an, there are over seventy verses regarding Jihad, and in the Sunnah, the 
scholars of Hadith put together separate chapters regarding Jihad, its rulings and 
virtues in their writings. 

And when the word 'Jihad' is mentioned, it refers to qital 7 , as Ibn Rushd said: 
". . .and when the word 'Jihad' is mentioned, it means physically fighting the 
disbelievers with the sword until they submit or give the Jizyah by their hands 
while they are in a state of humiliation. . . " 

So, it is not for anyone to generalize this word to include striving against the soul 
(Jihad an-Nafs) or by the tongue or pen, or calling to Allah (Da'wah). It is true that 
these actions are actions of piety and obedience to Allah, but they are not 
intended by the word Jihad in the texts of Islamic law except when it is specified 
to mean these things. 

And Jihad is from the best of righteous actions: 

It was said to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) "Who are the best of 
the people?" So he (peace be upon him) said: "A believer who makes Jihad in 
the Path of Allah with his wealth and his self." So, they said: "Then who?" He 
(peace be upon him) said: "A believer in a mountain pass who fears Allah and 
protects the people from his harm." 8 

And he (peace be upon him) said: "Verily, in Paradise there are one hundred 
levels that Allah has prepared for the Mujahidin in His Path; between each 
level is the distance like that which is between the Heaven and the Earth, so if 
you ask Allah, ask Him for the Firdaws, for it is the highest and uppermost 



7 Fighting. 

8 Narrated by al-Bukhari. 

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part of Paradise, and above it is the Throne of the Most Merciful, and from it 
gush forth the rivers of Paradise." 9 

And he (peace be upon him) said: "No servant gets his feet covered in dust in 
the Path of Allah except that Allah forbids him from the Fire." 10 

And he (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever fights in the Path of Allah aboard a 
she-camel, then Paradise is obligatory for him. And whoever asks Allah to 
allow him to be killed in His Path from his own will and truthfully and then 
dies or is killed, then he has the reward of a martyr. And whoever is injured in 
the Path of Allah or is stricken with a calamity, then it will appear on the Day 
of Resurrection as bright as could be; its color will be that of saffron and its 
scent will be that of musk. And whoever has a sore that bleeds or oozes in the 
Path of Allah, then he will have the distinctive mark of the martyrs." 11 

Know that the best of actions * Is Jihad against the people of disbelief and misguidance, 

And it is the most beloved to my Kind Lord * As was narrated al-Bukhari 

And verily, Allah has prepared in the Gardens * For its people hundreds of levels, 

What is between them in distance is like what is * Between the Earths and the Heaven. 

And whoever covers his feet with dust in Jihad * Will be protected by my Lord from the 

crushing punishment, 

And whoever fights from aboard a she-camel * Asa shield or a rear-guard in the midst of 

battle 

Has obligated upon himself the reward and prize of Paradise * And there is none to thank 

for that except Allah. 

And the best life is that in a secluded mountain pass * Or under the shade of the sword 

and arrows, 

And with Jihad, the enemy is terrorized * And with the spearheads the banner is raised. 

And in Jihad is the essence of virtue * And none abandon it who have sound logic. 

The one who sits back without a legitimate excuse is not equal * To the one who marches 

forth to answer the call of danger, 



9 Narrated by al-Bukhari. 

10 Sahlh al-Jami'; # 5419. 



1 ' Narrated by Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i, Ahmad, and it is in Sahih al-Jami; # 6292. 

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Or a worshipper who fasts the length of the day * And spends the night standing in 

prayer. 

With this elevation and preference * The texts of remembrance and recitation have come, 

And there is no choice for the servant after this * Other than submission without 

wavering or doubt, 

And the banner of Jihad will go forth from wherever you stand * So stick to it 

And seek happiness by joining the fighting and combat * And you will achieve reward 

and success. 

And do not be deterred by the words of the discouragers * Or a deceiving worshipper or 

scholar. 

And remember the admonition of the blessed scholar (Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak) 
* To al-Fudayl (Ibn 'Iyad), and you will come to know the extent of what is sensible. 



4. Make Jihad With Your Wealth 

Jihad with one's wealth is to spend it in the Path of Allah on the Jihad and the 
Mujahidin and every thing that they would need it for. 

Shaykh Yusuf al-'Uyayri said: 

"So, Jihad with one's wealth is often repeated in the verses of Jihad in the Qur'an, 
and it is mentioned before Jihad with one's self. However, this does not in any 
way mean that it (Jihad of wealth) is of a higher degree! Rather, it is mentioned 
like this because Jihad with wealth is the type that the entire Ummah can be 
addressed regarding, since sufficiency in men occurs when a number of men 
from the Ummah march forth. However, there is not sufficient wealth for the 
Mujahidin unless the entire Ummah takes this responsibility and pumps its wealth 
to the Mujahidin, who are considered the nerve of the Jihad. So, the section of 
society that is instructed to make Jihad with its wealth is much larger than the 
section that is instructed to make Jihad with their lives. Therefore, Jihad with 
wealth is mentioned first in the verses of Jihad in consideration of the vastness of 
the section of the Ummah being addressed (of men and women, youth and 
elderly, young and old), and Allah knows best. 

And Jihad with one's wealth does not require a large amount of money to be 
spent from the believer. Rather, he spends what he can use as an excuse in front 
of Allah - the Exalted - because the goal of Jihad with wealth - if it becomes Fard 



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' Ayn 12 - is to relieve yourself of the obligation that has been hung around your 
neck and to pay what you believe will free you from responsibility with Allah - 
the Exalted - even if it is a small amount, as the Messenger of Allah (peace be 
upon him) said: "One dirhatn exceeded one hundred thousand dirhatns (in 
reward)." So, he (peace be upon him) was asked: "O Messenger of Allah! And 
how can this be?" He (peace be upon him) said: "A man who had two dirhatns 
took one of them and gave it in charity, and another man who had much 
wealth took one hundred thousand dirhatns from the vastness of his wealth 
and gave them in charity." 13 

So - by Allah - charity is not accepted based on its amount, but rather, it is 
accepted based on its state, as the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was 
asked: "Which charity is the best?" He (peace be upon him) said: "That which 
comes from the effort of one who has little." 14 - meaning: charity from a man 
who does not own much and is in dire need of his wealth. 

So, fear Allah and give what you are able to give; not just once, but dedicate a 
regular portion of your income to the Jihad, in consideration of the fact that the 
war is ongoing and the Mujahidin are in need of money." 



5. Help Prepare the Fighter Who Is Going For Jihad 

And from the forms of Jihad in the Path of Allah and serving the Mujahidin is to 
prepare the fighters going out for Jihad. And the virtue of this has been 
mentioned in a number of authentic ahddith of the Prophet (peace be upon him): 

"Whoever prepares a fighter going out in the Path of Allah has, in fact, fought. 
And whoever takes good care of the family left behind by the fighter in the 
Path of Allah has, in fact, fought." 15 

"Whoever prepared a fighter going out in the Path of Allah will have the same 
reward as him (the fighter) without the reward of the fighter being decreased 
at all." 16 

And this is a great opportunity for a man if he is excused in not marching forth 
(such as the blind, the lame, etc.), because he has the chance to prepare one who 
will fight in the Path of Allah and receive the reward of his fighting. And there is 
no doubt that this is a mighty gate from the gates of good and righteousness and 



2 Individual obligation. 

Narrated by Ahmad and an-Nasa'i. 
4 Narrated by Ahmad and Abu Dawud. 

Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim. 

Narrated by Ibn Majah, and it is authentic. 



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is the best thing that one's charity and Zakah can go to. In addition, it falls under 
the category of being 'In the Path of Allah' (Ft Sabilillah) . 

And it is also an opportunity for the woman that is not able to go out in the Path 
of Allah, because it is within her ability to prepare the fighters using her wealth, 
jewelry, and whatever else she can find to have a share of this great reward. 
Women played a great role in the early days of Islam as well as during various 
other time periods, and we can not fail to mention here what was done by the 
sister of the heroic martyred commander Abu Ja'far al-Yemeni (may Allah have 
Mercy upon him), as was mentioned in his biography on the Qoqaz.com website: 
she sold all of her gold and prepared him with the wealth that she gained from 
that. 

So where are the likes of such women? Rather, where are the men? 

Likewise, there is an opportunity in this for the one who is unable to give his 
own wealth, because he can prepare a fighter by collecting money from others in 
order to give to them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "The one who 
facilitates a good act being performed is like the one who performed it." 



6. Take Care of the Family Left Behind By the Fighter 

. . . and looking after their needs and affairs, in order to complete the hadith 
mentioned in the previous method, the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon 
him): " ...and whoever takes good care of the family left behind by the fighter 
in the Path of Allah has, in fact, fought." 

And from what has been narrated regarding the virtue of his noble and lofty 
action is the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): "Whoever of you takes 
good care of the family of the one who goes out (for Jihad), then he has half of 
his reward." 17 

Looking after the family of the fighter, watching over them, protecting them and 
fulfilling their needs is from the rights of the fighter over those sitting behind 
who reside in the same land as his family, as is mentioned in the hadith of the 
Prophet (peace be upon him) that he said: "The wives of the Mujahidin are as 
forbidden to those who sit behind as their own mothers are to them, and there 
is no man from those who sit behind who is trusted to take care of the family 
of a Mujahid and betrays that trust except that he (the Mujahid) will be 
brought on the Day of Resurrection and it will be said to him: 'He has betrayed 
you regarding your family, so take what you wish from his good deeds, 1 so he 



Narrated by Muslim and Abu Dawud. 

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will take from his deeds what he wishes. So, what do you think (will remain 
of his good deeds after that)?" 18 

And the warning has been made clear regarding the one who does not fight, or 
prepare a fighter, or take good care of the family left behind by the fighter. So, if 
the Muslim does not fulfill one of these three affairs during the time of fighting, 
then he becomes deserving of the punishment of Allah, as was narrated from the 
Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): "Whoever does not fight, or prepare a 
fighter, or take good care of the family left behind by a fighter, then Allah will 
strike him with a disaster before the Day of Resurrection." 19 

Shaykh Abu Basir said: "So, it is not allowed for the believer to be other than one 
of these three: either he is a fighter in the Path of Allah, or he takes good care of 
the family left behind by the fighter, or he prepares a fighter to go out in the Path 
of Allah, and if he is not one of these, then let him await a disaster to come his 
way - none knowing the extent and nature of this disaster except Allah - before 
the Day of Resurrection!" 



7. Provide for the Families of the Martyrs 

. . . and assisting their widows and attending to their children and relatives. 

So, O you who seek to serve the Jihad and those who have performed Jihad 
instead of you: provide for the families of the martyrs and exert your utmost 
effort in doing so, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) went to the household of 
Ja'far bin Abi Talib when he was informed of his martyrdom in the Battle of 
Mu'tah, and said to his own family: "Prepare some food for the family of Ja'far, 
for an affair has come to them which is keeping them occupied." 20 

And Ibn Kathir mentions the story of the Prophet (peace be upon him) with the 
children of Ja'far with the hadith narrated by Ahmad, that Asma' bint 'Umays 
said: "When Ja'far and his companions were killed, the Messenger of Allah 
(peace be upon him) entered upon me while I was tanning some leathers, and I 
had kneaded some dough and had bathed my son and rubbed them and cleaned 
them (the leathers). So, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "Give 
me Ja'f ar's children." So, I gave them to him and he smelt them and his eyes 
became moist (with tears). So, I said: "O Messenger of Allah, may my father and 
mother be sacrificed for you! What makes you weep? Have you received some 
news regarding Ja'far and his companions?" He (peace be upon him) said: "Yes, 



18 Narrated by Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and an-Nasa'i. 

19 Narrated by Abu Dawud, and it is authentic. 

20 Narrated by Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi. 

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they were killed today." So, I got up and screamed and ran to the women, so the 
Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said to his family: "Do not ignore the 
family of Ja'f ar. Prepare some food for them, as they are preoccupied with the 
affair of their relative." 

So, let us take Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) as a good example for us, 
and let us look after the families of the martyrs and their widows and children by 
providing for them and assisting them. His children are to be assisted and 
protected from every bad and evil thing; his wife is to be married off to a suitable 
provider if she wishes to remarry, for the wife of Ja'far, Asma' bint 'Umays, who 
was mentioned earlier, married Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with 
him) after her prescribed period had passed. 

So, all of these are from the rights of the martyrs upon us, and they are easy 
actions that contain great reward with Allah. 

This martyr has sacrificed his life and soul for the sake of serving this Din and to 
raise the Word of Allah, so the least we could do is to provide for his family and 
wife children in his absence. It might be that Allah will forgive our faults and 
allow us to catch up to the caravans of martyrs. . . 



8. Providing for the Families of the Injured and Imprisoned 

And from the methods that we can utilize in our service of the Jihad and the 
Mujahidin is to provide for the families of the prisoners and injured among them, 
because they are not present to do so themselves and their families are in need of 
help, so they are not to be left alone. Rather, there it is obligatory to provide for 
them and to see to their affairs, as their situation is like the situation of the 
families of the fighters and the martyrs. 

Special care should be given to the families and relatives of prisoners, as their 
agony over their imprisoned son is far greater, and their grief and desire to know 
his fate is renewed every time they remember him, so it is necessary to remind 
them to be patient and endure, and that we are with them in their crisis. 

And what is noticed is that when the wives of some of the imprisoned brothers 
face the pressures of the society around them, they are teased by some of the 
fools who mock their husbands and exploit their situations, and there is no doubt 
that this is done by one who has no character or manners. Therefore, there is no 
option but to stand by the wives of our imprisoned brothers as providers and 
protectors and supporters and encouragers to patience. 



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And Allah will assist the servant as long as the servant is in assistance of his 
brother. 



9. Collect Funds for the Mujahidin 

There is no doubt that money is the lifeline of Jihad, and from what is of greatest 
benefit to the Jihad and the Mujahidin is for a group of the Ummah - or the entire 
Ummah - to collect funds and send them to the people of the frontlines, and the 
impact of this on the Jihad is not hidden from anyone. This is what has the 
disbelievers all over the world in a state of bewilderment, as they have attempted 
to dry up the resources of the Mujahidin and have put pressure on those who 
cooperate with them. Despite this, the Mujahidin continue upon their path, as 
"...they will not be harmed by those who oppose them or betray them." 

And when the Jihad movement calls for and incites others to spend on it, this 
does not mean that it is a charity organization that passes around donation boxes 
to people in order to collect funds from any and everybody, because it is a 
movement that depends firstly on itself (after Allah). When it accepts the 
donations of the good-doers, it accepts before that their sympathies and 
consciences that carry the concerns of the Da'wah and answer the call of Jihad. So, 
it does not lower itself to compromises that stain its beliefs and scar its struggle. 
By doing so, it is also following the example of the Messenger of Allah (peace be 
upon him) in his incitement of his companions to spend in the Path of Allah and 
prepare the fighters with these blessed donations. 

And a fine example of this collective fulfillment of responsibility and faith-based 
cooperation is demonstrated in the competition between the believers in 
preparing for all of the battles of the Prophet (peace be upon him), most notably 
that of Tabuk, in which the Muslims rushed forth and gave their wealth and 
charity, and the noblest of men and women participated in this. 

And what is better than for the Mujahidin to raise the sons of Islam upon the 
revival of Islamic unity by way of giving their wealth freely and aiding and 
sacrificing for their fellow Muslims just as they raise them to give their lives 
freely and compete in doing that on the battlefield in order to raise the Word of 
Allah? 

Verily, this is the true upbringing; upbringing upon the manners of goodness 
and the characteristics of righteousness. And no Muslim who has experienced 
this comprehensive Jihadi upbringing will be too stingy to spend even the last bit 
of wealth that he has saved up, and he will not hesitate in answering the plea of 
his brother Mujdhid to aid and assist him: 



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O my brother in Islam, verily righteousness is something * That will bring joy to you 

upon the Resurrection. 

So, exert yourself in what is good and compete in sacrifice * For on the Day of judgement, 

Allah will reward you. 

Shaykh Yusuf al-'Uyayri (may Allah have Mercy upon him) said: "And the one 
who has no income or wealth to spend should instead now gather funds from 
the people who do possess wealth from the women, children, from the specific as 
well as the general. And whoever is unable to gather funds, it is at least within 
his ability to incite others to Jihad with their wealth and to request from the 
Muslims not to be stingy with their wealth if it is asked of them." 

And there are various methods in collecting money for the Mujahidin which 
cannot all be mentioned here, but what is important is for you to have complete 
determination to collect donations. If this is your true concern and obsession, 
then you will find yourself coming up with countless and unlimited ways in 
which to do this, and you will pass through every obstacle left in your way by 
the helpers of the Cross and the enemies of the Mujahidin from among our own 
people as well as the Crusaders themselves. 

I do not care if my path becomes filled with * Burdens and barriers. 

Then, it is for us to know with certainty that this affair is one that is obligatory 
and is a right of your brothers upon you, and the favor is not from you in this 
affair. Rather, the favor is from Allah - the Exalted - and He is the One who is to 
be thanked for guiding you and allowed you to serve the people of the frontlines. 
How many people has He prevented from this blessing, and how few has He 
chosen for it? So, O Allah! Make us from the few. . . 

And let us remember the saying of Allah - the Exalted: 

mm 

"Behold! You are those who are called to spend in the Path of Allah, yet among 

you are some who are stingy. And whoever is stingy, it is only at the expense of 

his ownself. But Allah is Rich, and you are poor. And if you turn away, He will 

exchange you for some other people, and they will not be like you. " 21 



21 Muhammad; 38 

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And let us put in front of our eyes the words of our beloved Muhammad (peace 
be upon him): "The one who facilitates a good act being performed is like the 
one who performed it," and the hadith: "O Allah! Compensate the one who 
spends freely, and bring annihilation upon the one who is stingy." 



10. Pay Zakah to Them 

The Zakah is a right of Allah upon our wealth, and from those who are most in 
need of it today are the Mujahidin. They are also the ones most deserving of it 
since they are truly "in the Path of Allah," poor, travelers, etc. 

Shaykh Abdullah Azzam (may Allah have Mercy on him) said: "Ibn Taymiyyah 
was asked regarding there being a shortage of money for feeding the hungry as 
well as for the Jihad which would be hindered without it, so he said: "We put 
preference on the Jihad even if the hungry die, just as in the issue of human 
shields (in which the disbelievers are to be attacked despite the fact that they are 
using Muslim human shields, and that those Muslims might unintentionally be 
killed as a result of this attack), and this issue is more deserving of (us preferring 
to continue the Jihad despite the deaths of some Muslims). This is because in the 
case of the human shields, we are killing them by our actions, while in this case 
(of preventing them from the Zakah), they are dying by an act of Allah."" 

Al-Qurtubi said: "The scholars have agreed that if a necessity descends upon the 
Muslims after the Zakah has been paid, then it is obligatory upon them to direct 
their wealth to that need." 

And Malik said: "It is obligatory upon the people to spend to ransom their 
prisoners - even if this drains all of their wealth - and there is agreement on this." 

Shaykh Abdullah Azzam (may Allah have Mercy on him) said: "And the 
preservers of the Din are given preference over the preservers of the lives (of the 
Muslims), and the preservers of the lives are given preference over the preservers 
of the wealth. The wealth of the wealthy is not more valuable than the blood of 
the Mujahidin, so let the wealthy pay attention to the ruling of Allah regarding 
their wealth! The Jihad is in utmost need, and the religion and lands of the 
Muslims are exposed to potential destruction, and the wealthy are drowning in 
their desires. And if the wealthy abstained for one day from their desires, and 
held their hands back from ravaging their wealth in useless things, and instead 
directed it to the Mujahidin - who are dying from cold, and whose feet are being 
amputated from frostbite, and who cannot find any provisions from which to 
support themselves or to prevent their blood from being spilt - I say: if the 
wealthy paid to the Afghan Mujahidin the amount that they spend in just one 



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day, then their wealth would cause - by the Permission of Allah - a drastic move 
towards victory in the Jihad." 

So, it is an obligation to pay the Zakdh to the Mujdhidin as it is a right of Allah 
upon our wealth, and it was stated by Shaykh Muhammad bin 'Uthaymin (may 
Allah have Mercy on him) and Shaykh Abdullah bin Jibrin (may Allah preserve 
him): "It is allowed to pay the Zakdh early in some situations if there is in this a 
benefit for the Mujdhidin and the oppressed Muslims in the lands of Jihad." 

And there is no doubt that if only one fourth of the Zakdh were to be spent on the 
Jihad and the Mujdhidin then we would see great results, and this would suffice 
the Mujdhidin in every corner of the globe. And if you mention to some people 
the spending and sacrifice of the Rdfidah of their wealth for the sake of their 
belief, you would receive the following two replies: 

1) that they have a state to support them, and 

2) that they give the Khumus 22 to their leaders. 

And I say, in response: we do not await a state for Ahlus-Sunnah to fund its Jihad, 
or one fifth of the wealth of the people. Rather, we just ask for one fourth of the 
Zakdh so that it could be used to unimaginably crushing effect. And ask yourself: 
how much of your Zakdh has been spent to build Islamic centers in various 
countries of the World while the newly born Islamic State of the Taliban was in 
need of the Muslims to spend on it - but to no effect - to the point that when 
Amir ul-Mu'minin al-Mulld Muhammad 'Umar came to know of the situation of 
the Mujdhidin in Grozny and he asked the caretaker of the Bayt al-Mdl 23 of the 
Muslims how much was available, he was told that the state only possessed 
$300,000. So, he told the caretaker to give one third of it to the Mujdhidin in 
Chechnya!! 

Look! A complete Muslim state whose stored wealth consisted of only $300,000 
while the Zakdh of the Muslims was being thrown here and there, spent uselessly 
in other than its proper place! Rather, when the recent Crusade began against 
Afghanistan, the treasury of the Islamic State consisted of only $70,000!! 

O Allah! How surprising Ahlus-Sunnah are! Even their Zakdh that they spend 
from their wealth is not being put in its proper place! 

And Allah is the source of assistance, and upon Him is all reliance. 



One fifth of wealth attained in war 

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The treasury. 

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11. Cooperate In Treating the Wounded 

... and this is done by cooperating to purchase medicine and treatments for them 
or paying for their treatment or paying the salary of the doctor. And there is no 
doubt that those injured constitute a great number of the Mujdhidin, so when 
they are provided with the means to be treated, then this is a great service to 
them, and is a expected from the following types of people: 

• Doctors and pharmacists that have some insight and experience in 
treating the wounded 

• Those who live in or near the areas where fighting is taking place; these 
are able to do what cannot be done by other than them, since they are able 
to travel to the location of those injured and provide treatment 

• Those who have the injured travel to them from another land must 
provide the necessary services and pay off all related bills. 

And likewise, this is general to all who are able to spend on the Mujdhidin, 
whereas they should spend on their injured and wounded. 



12. Praise the Mujahidin and Mention Their Accounts and 
Call the People to Follow In Their Footsteps 

And from the methods of serving the Jihad and the Mujdhidin is to praise the 
Mujdhidin and to raise one's head with them and to boast about their actions and 
mention their stories and what occurs to them of miracles and victories against 
the enemies of this Din. So, with this, the hearts are given life and incline towards 
the honor and glory of the past. What the Mujdhidin have given of their noble 
blood, pure limbs, and clean and purified souls drain the pens of ink: 

Every day, there are caravans for the Gardens * Martyrs that the All-Knower is pleased 

with, 

What can I say in describing what they did? * The speech is mute and the pens have 

dried. 

And in mentioning their stories, there is a call for the people to follow in their 
footsteps by which they walked upon the methodology of the Prophet 
Muhammad (peace be upon him). And what is better than for you to make the 
examples of the Ummah to be the Mujdhidin who give their lives in order to raise 
the banner of this Din, instead of them being those lost in temptation or heedless 
among the pleasures of this life? 



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The Ummah should know that the history of Jihad and the Mujdhidin and the 
martyrs is not an individual disconnected piece. Rather, it is a continuous series 
within the history of this persistently noble Ummah that was started by 
Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his noble Companions and those that 
followed in their footsteps until today. 

The one who joins the caravan of the Mujdhidin is not a stranger from the true 
Islam that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) came with; rather, he is 
traversing his path. And the one who asks why the scholars of today do not go 
out for Jihad and do not fight in the Path of Allah, then we say to him: the 
example is Muhammad (peace be upon him), not those who incline towards the 
life of this world and busy themselves with it, no matter what name or label is 
ascribed to him: 



They said: "Is there one who' s footsteps you can follow *From the scholars or recitors 



?" 



I said: " The Prophet Muhammad and his Companions * With their Jihad, they remained 

persistent. 

Verily, my example is Von al-Walid and Mus'ab * And Von az-Zubayr and the rest of the 

Ansdr." 

They said: " Your path is scattered with hardships * So, why do you seek a life of danger?" 

I said: "Hardship is the description of the path to our Gardens * As for pleasure, then this 

is the description of the path to the Fire." 

So, it is a must to call the people and the Ummah to take the Mujdhidin as 
examples in life so that the Ummah can return to its past glories, as the latter part 
of this Ummah will not be rectified except by that which rectified its earlier part. 



13. Encourage the Mujahidin and Incite Them to Continue 

There is no doubt that an increase in the number of traitors and deniers have an 
effect on the morale of the Mujdhidin, even though this will not halt them on their 
path due to the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): "...they will not be 
harmed by those who oppose or betray them." However, it is necessary to 
encourage the Mujdhidin and to stand by them and back them up and to show 
them that we are with them against their enemies wherever they may be. 
Likewise, we must encourage them to continue their Jihad and to be patient upon 
it despite what troubles and turmoils they may face. 



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So, this is from the greatest forms of moral support that we can present to the 
Mujdhidin, and it may be that Allah might have Mercy on us because of it. 

These days, the need has increased of the Mujdhidin for those who will 
strengthen their resolve, since there has been an increase in the number of 
deceivers and those who mix truth with falsehood, and there is no might nor 
power except with Allah, the High and Mighty. The Prophet (peace be upon 
him) spoke the truth when he said: "There will come after you days in which 
the patience of the good-doer will bring about the reward of fifty of you 
(Companions), since you have around you those who encourage you to do 
good, and they will not find around them those who will encourage them to do 
good." 

So, let us be from those who encourage the Mujdhidin: 

You have no horses or wealth to give * So, let the tongue assist if the situation does not. 



14. Speak Out For the Mujahidin and Defend Them 

It has been narrated by at-Tirmidhi from Abu ad-Darda' (may Allah be pleased 
with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever defends the 
honor of his brother, Allah will turn the Fire from his face on the Day of 
Resurrection," and this is from the rights of the Mujdhidin upon the rest of the 

Ummah. 

We should be extremely cautious of attacking the honor of the Mujdhidin and 
publicizing that which will harm their image, and delving deeply into looking 
for their faults and mistakes and exposing them. Rather, what is obligatory upon 
us in this situation and in these times is to stand by them, defend their honor, 
cover their mistakes, and to have enmity towards those who desire to harm them 
or publish what will harm them. Here, I wish to encourage my brothers to 
boycott the newspaper 'ash-Sharq al-AwsaV and all newspapers similar to it, 
because it exerts itself in following the plans of the Jewish-Crusader alliance by 
sowing divisions between the Ummah and the Mujdhidin and cutting up their 
ranks, and publishing lies about them, and works to kill the morale of the 
Ummah. So, it is an evil newspaper - both in its origin and in its methodology - 
and I believe that it is not permissible to work for it or for any publishing 
company that fights against Allah, His Messenger, and the believers. And we 
should know that our role with our Mujdhidin brothers is illustrated in the saying 
of Allah - the Exalted: 



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"Awd tfeose if /jo came after them say: "Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren 

who have preceded us in Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against 

those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most 

Merciful. " 2i 

Shaykh Yusuf al-'Uyayri (may Allah have Mercy upon him) said: "And from the 
forms of Jihad with one's tongue is to expose the reality of this Crusader war that 
is being launched against Islam and to defend the honor of the Mujahidin, and 
this occurs between a specific man and his family, as well as between the general 
people in their meeting places, mosques, workplaces, and schools. So, every 
Muslim is obliged to strive with his tongue as much as he is able, and Jihad with 
the tongue does not have conditions. Rather, it is an obligation to speak and 
clarify to the people every word that one sees will contribute to exposing and 
embarrassing the Crusaders or defending the Mujahidin, and Allah knows best." 

And he (may Allah have Mercy upon him) said: "As for those who are pleased 
with remaining silent, then Allah - the Exalted - says to him and his likes: 

"And if you turn away, then He will exchange you for another group of people, 

and they will not be like you. " 25 



And Allah - the Glorified and Exalted - has promised the one who remains silent 
in times such as these with what has been reported by Abu Dawud and Ahmad 
from Jabir bin Abdillah and Abu Talhah bin Sahl al-Ansari (may Allah be 
pleased with them both) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: 
"There is no Muslim who betrays another Muslim in a situation in which his 
honor is being violated or his status belittled except that Allah - Mighty and 
Majestic - will betray him in a situation in which he likes to be assisted. And 
there is no Muslim who assists his Muslim brother in a situation in which his 
status is being belittled or his honor violated except that Allah will assist him 
in a situation in which he likes to be helped."" 

And today, we are in a time in which those who insult the Mujahidin and belittle 
them and mock them from among the hypocrites and apostates, as well as those 
who ascribe themselves to Islamic knowledge - and Islamic knowledge is free of 
them - are many. 



24 Al-Hashr; 10 

25 Muhammad; 38 



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And what must be known here is that the honor of the Jihad and the Mujdhidin 
today is more sacred than that of many scholars - those who do not miss any 
chance to turn the people away from Jihad, and here, two points must be 
addressed: 

1 - Defending the Jihad and the Mujdhidin contains a great benefit which 
has preference over the interest of this scholar who has in any way labeled 
the Mujdhidin negatively, regardless of why he claims to have done so, 
and answering him is a necessary obligation - even if takes away from the 
status of this scholar who has invited blame upon himself with his tongue. 

2 - There have been ahddith narrated that there will come a time in which 
the scholars and the recitors will mock the Jihad, such as what was 
reported by an-Nasa'i in his 'Sunan' from Salamah bin Nufayl (may Allah 
be pleased with him) that he said: "I was sitting with the Messenger of 
Allah (peace be upon him), so a man said: "O Messenger of Allah! The 
people have set aside their horses and put down their weapons and said 
that there is no more Jihad as the war has come to an end." So, the 
Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) put his face up to his and said: 
"They have lied! Now! Now, the fighting has arrived, and there will 
never cease to be a group from my Ummah fighting upon the truth, and 
Allah will shake the hearts of people for them and will provide for 
them from what (those people) own, until the Hour is established and 
the Promise of Allah comes, and there is good in the forelocks of horses 
until the Day of Resurrection." 

Also, Ibn Asakir narrated from Zayd bin Aslam from his father that the 
Messenger (peace be upon him) said: "Jihad will remain sweet and green 
as long as rain falls from the sky, and there will come a time upon the 
people in which the recitors from them will say: "This is not the time for 
Jihad." So, whoever lives to see that time, then this is the best time for 
Jihad." He (peace be upon him) was asked: "O Messenger of Allah! Will 
there be people who actually say this?" He (peace be upon him) said: "Yes, 
those who have been cursed by Allah, the Angels, and all of the 
people." 



15. Expose the Hypocrites and Traitors 

This is obligatory and follows defense of the Mujdhidin against those who attack 
them and their methodology, but here it should be said that the Noble Qur'dn 
has specifically exposed the hypocrites who betrayed the Jihad and attempted to 
put obstacles and barriers in the path of the Mujdhidin, except that they are the 
greatest enemy. And in our present times, there are many descendants of 

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'Abdullah bin 'Ubayy bin Abi Salul, and their statements strongly resemble those 
of the Imam of Nifdq, Ibn Salul. So, there is no option but to expose them and their 
plans, following the example of the Noble Qur'dn. 

And from the most despicable of what these hypocrites and their likes have 
fallen into today is that they have equated the Mujahidin in the Path of Allah with 
the Khawdrij and stated that the ahddith reported from the Prophet (peace be upon 
him) apply to them, not knowing that they are closer to being Khawdrij, since 
these leaders of hypocrisy and their likes from amongst the traitors "...recite the 
Qur'dn, but it does not come past their throats," and they have allegiances to the 
apostates and the worshippers of the Cross and idols instead of to the Mujahidin 
and the people of Islam. 

So, Glory be to You, my Lord; indeed this is a great fabrication! 

And how in need are we today of the recitors of 'at-Tawbah' to expose the 
hypocrites of our times for us without compromise or hesitance. . . 

And there has not ceased to be for this religion - thanks to Allah - truthful 
scholars who speak the truth even if that would lead to some hardship; they leap 
forward to defend the Din and the Sunnah of the leader of the Messengers (peace 
be upon him), and from the most famous of them in our times are: Shaykh 'All al- 
Khudayr and Shaykh Nasir al-Fahd (may Allah hasten their release), as well as 
Shaykh Yusuf al-'Uyayrl (may Allah have Mercy upon him). These and others 
were - in truth - strong rocks that smashed through the traitors and deniers, and 
there is still a group of the people of knowledge and virtue who clarify to the 
people what has been thrown over their eyes regarding the affairs of their 
religion and the plans of the enemies of this belief, as well as those who serve 
them from amongst the traitors (whether they do this with a good intention or a 
bad one). 

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "There will always be those 
who will protect this knowledge from the deviants; they protect it from the 
exaggerations of the extremists, the (false) ascriptions of the deniers, and the 
interpretations of the ignorant." 

So, from the methods of serving the Jihad and the Mujahidin is to expose these 
hypocrites and their hidden plans in both public and private gatherings - and to 
not be hesitant in doing this - because they are the extended arms of imperialism 
and Westernization; they forbid the Ummah from arming itself, and they consider 
it at fault if it turns to fighting, and they call the people to live their lives in 
submission and humiliation; they are pleased with the life of this World and 
place their trust in it, and the Devil has beautified their actions for them, and 
there is no might nor power except from Allah. 



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And from the most important of methods in doing this is to exert effort in 
publishing and distributing the books of the scholars mentioned above, as they 
contain ample clarification. 



16. Call and Incite the People to Jihad 

And this is from the most important methods available to the one who cannot 
make Jihad himself; it is upon him to incite others, due to the saying of Allah - 
the Exalted: 

"So fight in the Path of Allah; you are not held responsible except for yourself 

and incite the believers... " 26 

"O Prophet! Incite the believers to fight!" 27 

So, it is an obligation upon the one who is able to make Jihad, the one who is 
unable to make Jihad, and every Muslim to incite his brothers to fight the 
disbelievers. We are in a time where we are most in need of direct application of 
these verses and in this is a great reward, as the Messenger of Allah (peace be 
upon him) said: "The one who facilitates a good act being performed is like the 
one who performed it." 



17. Advise the Muslims and the Mujahidin 

. . . and this can be implemented in innumerable ways, including informing and 
warning the Muslims of the plans and strategies of the disbelievers, as is 
mentioned in the saying of Allah: 

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26 An-Nisa'; 84 

27 Al-Anfal; 65 



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"And there came a man running, from the farthest end of the city. He said: "O 

Musal Verily, the chiefs are taking counsel together about you to kill you, so 

escape.Truly, I am to you of those who give sincere advice. " " 28 

So, in this verse, there is a warning between the believers of what the disbelievers 
are planning, and advice to the Mujdhid in order to assist him in being hidden 
from his enemy, and you should help in this as much as you are able if this is 
needed of you. Also included in this method is to provide the Muslims with all 
they would need of information and insight in order to help them fight their 
enemy while simultaneously hiding the secrets of the Muslims. 

It was said by Shaykh ul-Isldm Ibn Taymiyyah regarding the Jihad against the 
apostates: "... and it is obligatory upon every Muslim to fulfill this as much as he 
is able, so it is not allowed for anyone to conceal what he knows of information 
and secrets (of the enemy). Rather, he is to spread and announce what he knows 
so that the Muslims would know the reality of their situation. And it is not 
allowed for anyone to help them to remain among the troops that are being used 
to fight, nor is it allowed to remain silent from establishing upon them what 
Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) have ordered or to prevent this, as 
this is from the mightiest doors of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil and 
Jihad in the Path of Allah, and Allah - the Exalted - has said to His Prophet 
(peace be upon him): 

"O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and hypocrites, and be harsh against 

them... " w 

. . .and these (apostates) are not excluded from being disbelievers and 
hypocrites." 30 



18. Hide the Secrets of the Mujahidin that the Enemy Can 
Benefit From 

So, it is obligatory to conceal the secrets of the Mujahidin so that the enemies from 
the disbelievers and hypocrites do not benefit from them. And it is a must that 
the affairs of the Mujahidin - as well as preserving them, striving to protect them, 
and the avoidance of putting them in any danger - be a constant concern for us 



28 Al-Qasas; 20 

29 At-Tahrim; 9 

30 Majmu' al-Fatawa; 35/159. 

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in order that we fulfill the meaning of the word 'brotherhood,' and that we have 
some evidence to back up our claim of love for Jihad and the Mujdhidin. 
The people of knowledge have said: "It is absolutely forbidden to betray these 
Mujdhidin, stand against them, tarnish their image, assist anyone against them, 
blow their cover, spread their pictures (on behalf of the authorities), spy on them, 
etc. And whoever does this, then in reality, he is assisting the Americans - who 
are exerting all their efforts in arresting them - and helping them reach their 
goals that they have otherwise failed to reach. So, be warned - brother Muslim - 
of being an aider of the Crusaders against the Mujdhidin, and everyone who has 
done this in any way has transgressed and oppressed, and cooperated upon sin 
and transgression, and Allah - the Exalted - has said: 

"... and do not cooperate upon sin and transgression. " 31 

And the Prophet (peace be upon him) has said: "Assist your brother whether he 
is the oppressor or the oppressed." 

And it is established in the 'Sahih' that Hammam bin al-Harith (may Allah have 
Mercy upon him) said: "A man used to convey the talk of the people to the ruler. 
We were sitting in the mosque one day, so the people said: "This man is from 
those who convey the talk of the people to the ruler." The man came and sat with 
us, so Hudhayfah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "I heard the Prophet 
(peace be upon him) say: "The one who spreads the talk of others will not enter 
Paradise."" 



19. Supplicate For Them 

And from the methods of aiding and participating and serving the Mujdhidin is 
to supplicate for them in secret that Allah gives the victory over their enemies 
and that He keep their feet firm and that He ruins their enemies, as well as 
supplication for the release of their prisoners, for the health and healing of their 
injured, for the acceptance and forgiveness of their martyrs, for the preservation 
and protection of their leadership, for the safety and upbringing of their sons, 
and for them to constantly be gathered upon the word of truth. 

And let the person choose the times most notable for his supplication to be 
answered, and here we will touch on some important matters regarding the issue 
of supplication for the Mujdhidin: 



31 Al-Ma'idah; 2 

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That you supplicate for them with a humble heart, and that you do not 
simply supplicate for them off of the tip of your tongue, since Allah does 
not accept the du'd' of the servant who is not mindful of Him; 
That you supplicate during the times of response, and remind the people 
of this. Some ways of doing this include text messages, as well as to 
remind one's household; 

That the person supplicates for everything that he sees fit, and that he 
supplicates according to current events so that he does not simply make 
the same du'd' over and over again and become bored from the lack of 
response. And here, we must emphasize that the du'd' is to be made while 
the person is certain of a response, and that he not become impatient and 
say: "I supplicated, and was no response came." 



20. The Supplication of Distress (Qunut an-Nawazil) 

And because of the importance of this issue, and because of it being a sunnah 
from the sunnahs of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and because of those who 
wish to erase this sunnah from existence, I present the subject of qunut by itself. 
Otherwise, it is directly related to what is above regarding du'd' for the 
Mujdhidin. 

And these days, some try to downplay this sunnah in one of two ways: 

First: that they say that this issue requires the permission of the ruler. And with 
this, the qunut becomes a doubtful matter to partake in, except if there were some 
political interest in doing so, where supplication is made against the Russian 
enemy, for example, and it is not against the American! 

And who is this ruler of today whose permission we should hope and wait for? 
The one who extended to the Crusaders help and assistance? Or the one who 
congratulated the Russian president on his success in the elections at a time 
where he was in the middle of his brutal massacre of the Muslims in Grozny? 

Shaykh Hamud bin 'Uqla' (may Allah have Mercy upon him) said: "Today, we 
know the differences in the desires of the rulers and their inclinations. So, to tie 
the qunut an-nawdzil to them makes the affairs of the Muslims submissive to the 
politics and best interests of the rulers. And you see in today's reality the 
treachery of many of the rulers, and their failure to assist the Muslims in their 
calamities; rather, they fight against the ones who assist the affairs of the Jihad 
and the Mujdhidinl So, how can we expect these to permit the qunut for them 
unless it is in accordance with their best interests and desires?" 



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It should also be mentioned that this condition (the permission of the ruler) is not 
to be considered, as there is no evidence for it, as is mentioned in the fatwd of 
Shaykh Hamud bin 'Uqla'. 

Second: that if we were to make qunut for every calamity, then we will never 
cease making qunut for one calamity except that another one takes its place, and 
this might continue without any pause! And these people can be answered by 
the fact that it is legislated for us to make qunut for every calamity, whether they 
keep coming or cease to do so, as this is a sunnah of our Prophet (peace be upon 
him). 

Shaykh ul-Isldm Ibn Taymiyyah says: " . . .and the qunut is from the sunnahs of 
necessity - not of regular habit - as it is established that he (peace be upon him) 
stopped doing it when the need for it was no longer there, and then returned to 
doing it when the need returned." 32 

And here, we present to you a section of Shaykh Hamud' s treatise regarding 

qunut an-nawazil: 

" ... and it has been written by Ibn al-Qayyim in his book on prayer that Abu 
Thawr said to Abu 'Abdillah Ahmad bin Hambal: "What do you say regarding 
the qunut in the Fajr prayer?" So, Abu 'Abdillah said: "Verily, the qunut should 
only be performed during a calamity." So, Abu Thawr said to him: "And what 
calamity is greater than this calamity in which we are in?" So, Ahmad bin 
Hambal said to him: "If it is like this, then perform the qunut." 

And today, we say: how numerous are the calamities of the Muslims today? So, 
how can there be restrictions placed on the issue of qunut while Allah says that 
the believers are allies of one another? All of this, knowing full well that the 
qunut has great purposes that differ from simply supplicating for them in 
prostration or during the khutbahs, etc., since from among its purposes is moral 
cooperation and preserving concern with the affairs of the Muslims, and 
displaying sympathy and assistance to them, and with this, the Mujahidin 
become strengthened, and this can be seen and felt. We have heard many of the 
Mujahidin say that they become happy with the du'd' of their Muslim brothers for 
them if it is made openly in the qunut; rather, they constantly request this from 
us. Ibn Hajar says: "And it is apparent to me that the wisdom in making the 
qunut an-nawazil in the position of standing upright as opposed to the prostration 
is that the followers participate with the imam in supplication and ta'min (saying 
"Amin"). Because of this, it is agreed upon that it is to be done openly." 33 And the 
qunut is a type of victory against the enemy, and it is authentically reported from 



32 Majmu al-Fatawa; 22/368. 

33 Fath al-Bari; chapter on Qunut. 



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'All bin Abi Talib that when he made qunut during his battles, he would say: 
"Verily, we have been aided against our enemy." 

Rather, there are those from the people of knowledge who have spoken of the 
obligation of qunut an-nawdzil, and said that it is the action of the Imams, as Ibn 
'Abdil-Barr reports in ' al-Istidhkdr' [6/202] on the authority of Yahya bin Sa'id, 
that he used to say: "It is obligatory to make du'd' (i.e., qunut) if the armies clash 
in the land of the enemy, and such was the actions of the Imams."" 



21. Follow and Spread the News of the Jihad 

And there is no doubt that there is a reward in following the news of the 
Mujahidin if this is done out of love and concern for Jihad, where the person is 
happy when they (the Mujahidin) are happy, and he is saddened when they are 
saddened. As for he who considers it sufficient to do this - if the news is good, 
then he is with the Mujahidin, and if the news is bad, then he considers it a 
blessing from Allah that he was not present to witness the events firsthand - then 
this person is as Shaykh Abu 'Umar Muhammad as-Sayf (may Allah have Mercy 
upon him) said: "And verily, to avoid assisting and participating in Jihad, and 
considering it sufficient to follow the news of the Mujahidin from afar by way of 
the various media outlets (audio, video, and written), then this is from the 
characteristics of the hypocrites whom Allah - the Exalted - says regarding them: 



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"... And if the Confederates should come again, they (the hypocrites) would wish 

that they were in the deserts among the Bedouins, seeking news about you from 

a far place; and if they happen to be among you, they would not fight but 

little. " 34 

. . .meaning: instead of facing the disbelieving confederates who are targeting the 
Muslims in Madinah, the hypocrites wish that they were far away from the 
location of the battle and instead settled among the Bedouins asking about the 
news of the Mujahidin and the battle from afar. So, there is no way for this 
Ummah to prepare for this Crusade except by truthfully returning to its religion 
and fulfilling the transaction that Allah made with His believing servants, where 
He - the Blessed and Exalted - said: 



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"Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties in 
exchange for Paradise. They fight in Allah's Cause, so they kill and are killed. It 

is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Torah, the Gospel and the 

Qur'dn. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain 

which you have concluded, and that is the supreme success. " 35 

Therefore, it is necessary to spread the news and messages of the Mujahidin 
between the Muslims because of the benefits contained in that, including: 

• Reviving the feeling amongst the Ummah that we are as one body, that if 
one part of it is pained, then the other parts of it come to its attention and 
aid; 

• To break the news blockage placed on the Ummah, where the enemies 
have taken control of the major media outlets and do not broadcast except 
what they desire. So, to broadcast the news of the Mujahidin provides a 
grassroots media base for them; 

• So that the Ummah would be awakened and realize that the path to glory 
and honor is through Jihad and martyrdom. 



22. Participate in Spreading Their Releases of Books and 
Publications 

. . . and this is related to the previous method of spreading their news and 
distributing it between the Muslims. So, it is necessary for you to think of 
spreading everything related to the Jihad and that which incites and calls to it in 
order to aid its people, and to make use of the various methods of doing so. For 
example, collecting heroic accounts involving sacrifice and bravery, Xerox- 
copying them, and distributing them amongst the people and on the Internet; 
also, collecting the letters of the prisoners in Guantanamo and taking the best of 
them and spread them between the people so that they may increase in their 
sympathy for them. Likewise, everyone should try to prepare some media 
project regarding the Mujahidin and their affairs, and here I will mention a 
situation of one of the virtuous sisters who took it upon herself to collect the 
latest news from Chechnya. She collected the latest interviews with Shamil 



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Basayev and Khattab, and she collected some poems and stories and statements, 
then she put them all into a single volume and distributed them between the 
people. 

And if you are incapable of releasing something yourself, then it is upon you to 
spread any thing related to the Mujdhidin, of publications, books, etc. in order to 
serve the Jihad and the Mujdhidin. 



23. Issue Fatawa That Aide Them 

And this is an obligation and right upon the scholars, since it is their role to 
guide the Ummah to stand by the Mujdhidin and aide them with their lives and 
their wealth and their supplication. And it is an obligation upon the students of 
knowledge and the preachers to guide the Ummah to this mighty obligation, just 
as it is obligatory upon those close to the people of knowledge - whether they be 
their students or relatives - to encourage them and strengthen their resolve to 
say what will lead to the assistance of their Mujdhidin brothers. When the scholar 
does this, he will see an immediate and amazing effect, as in the case of the 
Shaykh of the Mujdhidin of our times, Hamud bin 'Uqla' (may Allah have Mercy 
upon him). Not a single calamity would befall the Muslims or the Mujdhidin 
except that you would see him taking a strong and uncompromising stance 
regarding it, and in doing so, he would not fear any of the creation. Rather, from 
the memories that one has of him is that he passed by an old cannon one time 
rusting on a farm, and said: "If the Mujdhidin can in any way benefit from this, 
then I will send it to them." 

May Allah shower His Mercy upon him, as the Shaykh used to issue fatawa with a 
soul burning for Islam and the Muslims, and it is narrated in the biography of the 

Shaykh: 

"The Shaykh (may Allah have Mercy upon him) used to live the past of the 
Muslims, as well as their present and future. He used to follow the news and sit 
for long hours doing so, and from his resolve in doing so is that he would use the 
radio himself and find out which stations carried the news (as the Shaykh was 
blind, and had to do this without being able to see the numbers on the radio). In 
fact, he would often snatch the radio from those sitting next to him if they were 
unable to find the news stations and turn the dial to find them himself, and he 
used to be able to determine the importance of specific news broadcasts because 
of his acquaintance with which announcer would broadcast what bit of news. 
And the news on the Internet would be read to him on a daily basis, where he 
would sit for at least one or two hours listening to it being read to him without 
being bored or restless. 



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So, with all of his concern, you would find all of the situations of the Muslims 
known to him, and all of the latest news having been received by him, so it was 
not for the one who would visit him except that he would ask the Shaykh about 
the latest events, to which the Shaykh would inform him and give him his own 
analysis and conclusion. 

And with all of this awareness of current events, the Shaykh (may Allah have 
Mercy upon him) was also well-acquainted with history, past events, wars, 
politics, as well as the major figures of politics - both living and dead - and their 
histories and stances. So, he was able to tie events and personalities in with their 
historical context. Because of this, the Muslims had a great blessing in the Shaykh 
(may Allah have Mercy upon him), with his combination of mountainous 
knowledge (of the Din) and deep understanding of current affairs. 

And his concern with the affairs of the Muslims was ongoing up until minutes 
before his death, as he used to speak constantly about the events of Afghanistan 
and the Taliban government and the latest news of the Mujdhidin, and in shcC- 
Alldh, he had a good ending. 

And when some of the scholars and students of knowledge were in prison, he 
would not leave a single moment without asking about them, and he would 
constantly supplicate for them that they would remain firm upon the truth and 
have patience, so may Allah reward him the best of rewards. 



24. Stay Connected With the Scholars and Preachers and 
Inform Them of the Situation of the Mujahidin 

And this is because the enemy is determined to stifle the Muslims and wipe out 
their emotional unity by way of pushing their heads into the sand and keeping 
the general Muslim population preoccupied with silly matters, so the scholars - 
if they wake up - will in turn wake the people up, and if they remain in slumber, 
then the people will likewise remain in slumber. The general population is 
usually with the scholars, at least in the matters relating to the religion, at the 
head of which is Jihad and assistance of the Mujdhidin, and the Ummah did not 
remain firm in the past when it was attacked by the Crusaders and the Tatars 
except because of the scholars and men that leaped forth to the Jihad and 
gathered under the banner of Jihad. 

So, this is Shaykh ul-Isldm Ibn Taymiyyah, inciting the people to fight, standing at 
the side of the Muslim army in front of the Tatars, keeping the Ummah firm with 
his famous statement: "By Allah, you will be victorious!" So, they said to him: 



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"Say "in shd' -Allah' !" He replied: "I say "in shd'-Alldh' out of confirmation, not as a 
wishful comment." Likewise, Ibn Qudamah stood by Salah ud-Din al-Ayyubi 
during his battles, etc. . . 

So, because of this, it is obligatory to closely stick to the scholars and keep them 
informed of the affairs of the Mujahidin so that they stand by the Jihad and incite 
others to it. So, just as falsehood and its people can confuse them with doubts 
regarding the Jihad and warn them against the people associated with the Jihad, 
so we must reverse this trend and stay close to them and remind them of their 
obligation in regards to the Mujahidin and their rights. It may be that Allah will 
bring back the likes of Shaykhs 'Abdullah ' Azzam and Hamud bin 'Uqla', may 
Allah have Mercy upon them both. 

And the truthful scholars are those who stand truthfully with the Mujahidin and 
carry the pains of their stand and their speaking of the truth, whether that be in 
the form of imprisonment or death, and the killing of Shaykh Yusuf al-'Uyayri is 
not far from us. 



25. Become Physically Fit 

There is no choice for the one who intends or desires to participate in Jihad except 
to see to his physical fitness which will help him were he to go out for Jihad in the 
Path of Allah, since it is a necessity for the Mujdhid. So, he must get himself used 
to walking, jogging and running long distances so that his physical fitness would 
be at a proper level that would allow him to march forth as soon as the call is 
made. . . so that he would not be a burden and a weight on his brothers, making 
them carry him, etc., and it has actually happened in Bosnia (among other places) 
that some of the brothers fell into captivity because of a lack of physical fitness. 

Shaykh Yusuf al-'Uyayri (may Allah have Mercy upon him) said: 

"Indeed, the physical fitness of the Mujdhid, his ability to run long distances, 
carry heavy loads and exert a lot of bodily effort for extended periods of time is 
the primary factor that determines his usefulness on the battlefield. A Mujdhid 
can be skilled in the use of weapons, but due to his lack of physical fitness, he is 
unable to determine the proper position to fire his weapon from, or to scale a 
wall in order to find a better position to shoot from, etc. This can all happen due 
to a lack of physical fitness, and the Mujdhid that has the luxury of a high level 
physical fitness is able to carry out all of the tasks required of him in the best 
manner possible, even if he is not an expert in the use of weapons. This is 
because he is able to maneuver and position himself in the best manner to shoot, 
and he is able to do all of this in the quickest and lightest manner possible, as 
tiredness and fatigue do not overtake him and occupy his thoughts and affect his 

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speed. Because of this, we can conclude that physical fitness is an essential asset 
to the Mujdhid, especially in the case of street-fighting." 

And in our times in which we live today, we see that all of the Jihads in the world 
today take place in the form of guerilla warfare and street-fighting. And this 
requires a high level of physical fitness, so do not be - my brother - a burden on 
other than you, and start - from now - to acquire this required level of physical 
fitness. 

Do not belittle the issue of physical fitness - my brother - and know that the 
reward for it is great if it is sought with a sincere intention, and you intend with 
it to prepare yourself for Jihad in the Path of Allah, and the strong believer is 
more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, and from strength is physical and 
bodily strength. The Shaykh, the Mujdhid Yusuf al-'Uyayri says: "The level of 
physical fitness that is required of the Mujdhid consists of him being able to do 
the following: 

• Jog for 10 kilometers (about 6.2 miles) without stopping, and this should 
take him no more than 70 minutes in the worst of cases 

• Run a distance of 3 kilometers (roughly 2 miles) in about 13.5 minutes 

• Run for a distance of 100 meters with only 12-15 seconds of rest 

• Walk a long distance - without stopping once - for at least 10 hours 

• Carry a load of 20 kilograms (around 44 pounds) for at least 4 hours 
straight 

• Perform at least 70 pushups in one shot without stopping (one can start by 
performing 10 pushups at once, then increasing the number by 3 everyday 
until eventually reaching 70) 

• Perform 100 situps in one shot without stopping (one can start by 
performing 10 situps at once, then increasing the number by 3 everyday 
until eventually reaching 70) 

• Crawl using his arms for a distance of 50 meters in 70 seconds at most 

• Perform the Fartlik run (an exercise that combines walking, speed- 
walking, jogging and running, and it is as follows: the Mujdhid begins by 
walking normally for 2 minutes, then he walks quickly for 2 minutes, then 
he jogs for 2 minutes, then he runs for 2 minutes, then he runs fast for a 
distance of 100 meters, then he returns to walking, and so on and so forth 
until he does this 10 times non-stop) 

And normal walking differs from quick walking, which differs from jogging, 
which differs from running. Normal walking is known to all, while quick 
walking is that one walks at a greater speed while making sure not to raise his 
feet from the ground for a greater amount of time than he would while walking 
normally. As for jogging, then this is that one covers a distance of 1 kilometer 
(roughly 0.6 miles) in less than 5.5 minutes. As for running, then it is that one 
covers a distance of 1 kilometer in less than 4.5 minutes. 



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This level of physical fitness can be achieved by the Mujdhid in one month if he 
exerts great effort, with the condition that he advances gradually and does not 
damage his muscles or expose them to tearing. For example, if one begins at the 
start of the month by jogging for 15 minutes, and increased this time by 2 
minutes every day, then this would mean that in a month's time, he would be 
able to jog for an entire hour without stopping (assuming that the number of 
days in the month in which he exercises would be 20 if the exercise program was 
5 days a week). Likewise, if he begins with 10 pushups at the start of the month 
and increases the number by 3 everyday, then this means that he would be able 
to perform 70 pushups nonstop in the space of one month. So, advancing 
gradually and continuously has a great effect on one's fitness level. Also, during 
one's physical program, there must be some strength training included to 
strengthen and tone one's muscles, and the Mujdhid must concentrate specifically 
on those types of weight training that can be performed without heavy exercise 
equipment, so that he can continue his physical program in any location. Exercise 
equipment has the effect of making one's body inactive if he is away from them 
for a long period of time. The best type of exercises are those that can be 
performed easily and rely on the body's own strength." 



26. Train With Weapons and Learn How To Shoot 

Learning how to shoot and train with weapons by either reading about them, or 
in an active manner, because a man might be able to actually train with live 
ammunition, or with weapons without ammunition, or he might simply be able 
to read a manual with pictures; every place has its limitations as to this. . . 



And Allah - the Mighty and Exalted - said: 



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"And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war to 
threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy. "^ 

And it has been reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he said: 
"Verily, the strength is in shooting! Verily, the strength is in shooting! Verily, 
the strength is in shooting!" 37 

So, do not belittle this great individual obligation upon every mature and sound- 
minded Muslim! 



36 Al-Anfal; 60 

37 Narrated by Muslim. 

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Ibn Taymiyyah said: "It is obligatory to prepare for Jihad by preparing one's 
strength and steeds of war when he is unable to fight, because what is necessary 
to fulfill an obligation itself becomes an obligation." 38 

So, learn how to shoot and become acquainted with weapons, for this is the path 
to all honor and success! 

And what is strange is the sight of those whose hair becomes white (out of fear) 
as soon as they see any weapon! 

O Ummah, over the passing of time, you have forgotten the look of weapons *Do not cry 

over a life and do not call for uprightness 

And how strange is a man who desires to inflict injury upon the enemy and to 
fight against him on the battlefield while he does not even know how to hold a 
weapon!! And there is no doubt that everyone who is able to learn how to shoot 
a weapon and does not do so that he is a sinner due to his lack of fulfilling the 
obligation that Allah has placed upon him. And what is even more amazing is 
the thought of those people who have expended their energies and time in 
learning about the affairs of this World and how to increase their comfort in it, 
and they abstain from learning how to shoot weapons with the reality that the 
enemy is at their doors and has invaded our lands, and Allah is the source of 
assistance. 



27. Learn to Swim and Ride Horses 

'Umar bin al-Khattab wrote to those in Sham: "Teach your children how to swim 
and to ride horses." 

Learning to swim and ride horses benefits the Mujdhid in the long run because 
swimming is from the greatest means of strengthening the body, and riding 
horses never will cease to be a necessity in any time or place, especially in the 
lands of Jihad and fighting. This is confirmed by the hadith of the Prophet (peace 
be upon him) that is recorded by al-Bukhari: "There is good in the forelocks of 
horses until the Day of Resurrection." So, horses have always been - and 
always will be - used in Jihad, whether that be in Afghanistan, Chechnya, or 
'Iraq. 



Majmu al-Fatawa; 28/355. 

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So, whoever desires to partake in Jihad and is able to do so, then it is upon him to 
learn to swim and to ride horses, since these are from the things that will benefit 
him in his Jihad. 



28. Learn First- Aid 

And from the methods of participating in and serving the Jihad and the Mujahidin 
is to learn First Aid, which is greatly needed by the Mujahidin, such as attending 
to broken bones, treating wounds and poison exposure, applying tourniquets to 
muscles and veins, etc. These are all skills that are needed by the Mujahidin, so 
this is useful knowledge that is greatly needed in the lands of Jihad, and it is easy 
and safe to learn. 



29. Learn the Fiqh of Jihad 

And from the methods of serving the Jihad and the Mujahidin is to learn the fiqh 
of Jihad and to study the rulings of it, and this will benefit the Mujahidin on the 
frontlines, as the presence of those who will teach them the affairs of their 
religion is something that is greatly needed by those on the frontlines. Likewise, 
this person would be of benefit in speaking out in defense of the Jihad and the 
Mujahidin from the attacks of the hypocrites, and whoever does something upon 
knowledge is not like the one who does something without knowledge. 

Here is the example of Shaykh Yusuf al-'Uyayri, who benefited the Jihad with his 
knowledge and stood up for the Mujahidin, so he was - in truth - a smashing 
force against which the horns of those who would insult the Jihad would break, 
whether they did this out of good or bad intentions. 

And included in learning the fiqh of Jihad is reading anything that could increase 
in one's knowledge of Jihad and its methodology, and would clarify any doubts 
that exist surrounding it. And this can be established by reading the books that 
were written by the people of knowledge in this area, examples of which include 
books by 'Abdullah 'Azzam, Yusuf al-'Uyayri, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Abu 
Qatadah al-Filistini, 'Abdil Qadir ibn 'Abdil 'Aziz, Sulayman al-'Ulwan, 'All al- 
Khudayr, Nasir al-Fahd, 'Abdil 'Aziz al-Jarbu', Abu Jandal al-Azdi, etc. 



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30. Giving Shelter to the Mujahidin and Honoring Them 

Allah says: 

"Verily, those who believed, and emigrated and strove hard and fought with 

their property and their lives in the Path of Allah - as well as those who gave 

asylum and help - these are allies of one another." 719 

The Mujahidin are constantly exposed to harm and affliction. Rather, they are 
even expelled and made into fugitives by the enemy and their servants and 
slaves. Therefore, it becomes necessary to assist them and give them shelter and 
make them comfortable and secure, and it is necessary to honor them and fulfill 
their rights as guests without being annoyed at doing this, just as the Chechens 
did with the Mujahidin who went to help them of the Arabs and other than them; 
they made their homes a resting place for them despite the fact that the Russian 
enemy would have demolished such homes and killed its male and female 
inhabitants had they discovered that this was taking place. This was also done by 
the Afghans after Kabul fell to the Americans, where they were shining examples 
in honoring the Mujahidin and helping them to make their way out of 
Afghanistan, despite the fact the American presence and authority in the area, 
and the lack of mercy from the Northern Alliance forces that were helping them. 
However, despite this, a number of the Afghans fulfilled the rights of the 
Mujahidin by offering them shelter and hiding them from the enemy, even 
though many of them paid a heavy price for this. These are the principles that we 
must implant in ourselves and be willing to pay a heavy price for them, while 
keeping in mind the great reward from Allah - the Generous - as it is said: 

Enthusiasm will come in accordance with the strength of its people * And nobility will 
come in accordance with the strength of its people 



31. Have Enmity Towards the Disbelievers and Hate Them 

This issue - even though it is one related to a belief that is engrained in the hearts 
of the believers - is in and of itself a form of supporting the Mujahidin if one 
follows up on it and increases in it. The one who makes himself an enemy to the 



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disbelievers is certainly from those who are Mujdhid allies of Allah who cause 
them to taste pain and injury. 



32. Expend Effort to Free Our Captives 

And this is from the obligations and Islamic rights that must be fulfilled in 
regards to the Muslim prisoners. 

And "Islam has commanded the freeing of its captives from the hands of its 
enemies. So, if a Muslim falls captive into the hands of the enemy, then it 
becomes an obligation upon the Muslims to expend all available means and 
efforts to free them, even if that means fighting. If the Muslims are unable to 
fight, then they must pay a ransom for them, since the Prophet (peace be upon 
him) said: "Free the prisoner, feed the hungry, and visit the sick." 40 

It has also been reported by al-Bukhari that Abu Juhayfah (may Allah be pleased 
with him) said: "I said to 'All: "Do you have any revelation other than what is in 
the Book of Allah?" He said: "By Allah, I do not know of it except that it is 
understanding that Allah gives a man of the Qur'dn, and what is written in these 
pages." So, I said: "And what is written in those pages?" He said: "Free the 
captives, and do not kill a Muslim for a disbeliever."" 

And Ibn 'Abbas reported that 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: 

"Every captive who is in the hands of the disbelievers, then the ransom to free him will be 
paid from the treasury of the Muslims."* 1 Ibn Abi Shaybah also reported that 'Umar 
said: "For me to rescue a Muslim from the hands of the disbelievers is more beloved to me 
than the entire Arabian Peninsula."* 2 

And many of the Muslim rulers of the past have shown amazing heroism in 
freeing the captives and repelling the hands of the oppressors from them, such as 
al-Hakam bin Hisham, the leader of Muslim Spain. When he heard that a Muslim 
woman was taken as a slave and called out to him personally to save her, he 
gathered his army and prepared them and went out to the lands of the 
Europeans in the year 196 H, and proceeded to slaughter them in their lands, 
conquered many fortresses, and caused great destruction in the process of 
rescuing her. He also killed many of their men and enslaved their women, 
collected tremendous amounts of war booty, and then turned to the part of the 
country where this woman was being held, until she was finally freed. He then 
returned to Cordova victorious. 



40 Narrated by al-Bukhari. 

41 Narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah in his 'Musannaf; 6/497. 

42 Musannaf; 6/496. 



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And when al-Mansur bin Abi 'Amir returned from one of his battles in Northern 
Spain, a Muslim woman met him at the gates of Cordova and said to him: "My 
son is being held captive by the Christians! You must free him!" So, al-Mansur 
did not enter Cordova; rather, he returned with his army to where he had just 
come from and went to free this captive. 

And the history of the truthful Muslims is filled with such great stories. Verily, 
this is truthfulness and righteousness and sincerity. These were the rulers who 
would work for their people even if at the expense of their throne, and would 
live through the pains of their people, and would be distressed by whatever 
would distress their nation and people. So, for the likes of this should the 
workers work, and for this should the competitors compete. 

And the freeing of our captives is from the clearest of Islamic issues, and the 
evidences for this are widespread and well-known, and the scholars are agreed 
upon it, and the Muslims have consensus upon it." 

[Quoted from Sulayman al-'Ulwan's 'America and the Captives'] 



33. Spread the News About the Captives and Be Concerned 
With their Affairs 

The Mujdhidin who are on the frontlines can find those who will pay attention to 
them, as they are out in the open among other people with their actions and 
words, and with their attacks against the enemy. As for the captives who fall into 
the hands of the disbelievers, then little mention is made of them after they are 
captured, and the one who is concerned with trying to gain their freedom might 
not find anyone who is similarly concerned with their affairs. And how many of 
the Mujdhidin who are in the prisons of the Arab and non-Arab oppressors who 
have nobody to cry for them or to follow their affairs? 

So, from the most notable of methods in serving the Jihad and the Mujdhidin is to 
strive to spread any news regarding these prisoners, and to try to raise 
awareness of their cause everywhere until the moment that they are freed, and 
this is the least that we can do for the Muslim prisoners. 



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34. Electronic Jihad 

And this terminology has emerged between those who seek to assist the Jihad on 
the Internet, and this is a blessed field which contains much benefit, such as 
following and spreading of news between the people, in addition to a chance to 
defend and stand up for the Mujdhidin and spread their ideas and their requests 
to the people. This effort can be divided into two major parts: discussion boards 
and hacking methods. 

As for the discussion boards, then a group of brothers should get together and 
assign each other from the well-known discussion boards to register in and post 
messages that fall into the following categories: 

• Inciting to Jihad and mentioning its virtues, especially in our times 

• Defending the Mujdhidin and protecting their honor from any who speak 
ill of the 

• Awakening the idea of Jihad in the minds of the masses 

• Putting out researches and knowledge-based articles related to Jihad 

• Going after those who oppose Jihad from amongst the modernists and 
apostates, and exposing their faults 

So, the brothers should spread these messages throughout each discussion board 
on a daily basis so that each subject is posted, and then the other brothers can 
respond to the postings on each board in order to keep it at the top of each 
forum. 

As for the hacking methods, then this is what is truly deserving of the term 
"electronic Jihad," since the term carries the meaning of force; to strike and to 
attack. So, whoever is given knowledge in this field, then he should not be stingy 
with it in regards to using it to serve the Jihad. He should concentrate his efforts 
on destroying any American websites, as well as any sites that are anti-Jihad and 
Mujdhidin, Jewish websites, modernist and secular websites. 

And to whoever does not have knowledge regarding this art, then it is upon him 
to learn it with a sincere and good intention, as this is a form of attacking the 
enemy. Let us make Jihad even if it is by way of the Internet. 



35. Stand in Oppostion to the Disbelievers 

Whoever mixes with the disbelievers for a legitimate reason, then it is upon him 
to express his opposition the disbelievers' harming and fighting the Muslims as 

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much as he is able to do that, just as Nu'aym bin Mas'ud did during the battle of 
the Confederates, and with the Jews of Bani Quraydhah on the day of the Trench, 
and just as a believer from the people of Fir' awn did, regarding which Allah said: 



"And a believing man of Fir' awn's family - who hid his faith - said: "Would you 
kill a man because he says: "My Lord is Alldh?""" i3 

And opposing the disbelievers necessitates not aiding them in any way, shape, or 
form against the Muslims, because the one who does so can have his action 
interpretated as disbelief according the the saying of Allah: 



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36. Raise Your Children to Love Jihad and Its People 

One's family and children are the preparation for the future and are themselves 
the future generation, so it is a must to raise one's family and children upon the 
love of Jihad and the Mujdhidin, and the concepts of martyrdom and sacrifice for 
the Religion of Allah, so that when they finally desires to go out in the Path of 
Allah, you would be of those who cooperated with them upon obedience. 

And from the additional benefits of this is that it makes the family ready and 
willing to serve the Mujdhidin and to shelter the fugitives from amongst them. 

And from the additional benefits of this is that it one's sons will carry on the Jihad 
even after he himself has left this life. 

'Abdullah bin az-Zubayr's father, az-Zubayr bin al-'Awwam, would bring him 
along to witness battles from an early age, and he would help tend to the injured 
Mujdhidin. So, when he came of age, he became who he was: a man of bravery 
and courage. Likewise, whoever is brought up upon something, he grows up to 
become it. 

And from the methods of raising one's children and family upon Jihad are: 



43 Ghafir; 28 

44 Al-Ma idah; 51 



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Teaching them the biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the 

stories of the battles that he took part in 

Teaching them of the heroic feats of the Companions and the Tdbi'in that 

are authentically reported in the books of history 

Bringing to them tapes (both video and audio) of Jihad and the Mujahidin 

so that they would increase in their love of Jihad and attachment to the 

Mujahidin 

Telling them the stories from the news and the lives of the Mujahidin - 

both past and present 

Listening to tapes that admonish and speak of issues related to Jihad and 

martyrdom, as well as the virtue of martyrdom 

Naming one's children after the past and present heroes of Jihad 



37. Abandon Luxury 

And from the things that assist one in making Jihad and serving its people is to 
abandon luxury and comfort, and the chasing after the pleasures of this World, 
as 'Abdullah ' Azzam said: "Luxury is the enemy of Jihad." 

And luxury has its effects that are noticed sooner or later, such as hardness of the 
heart, arrogance, running after the Worldly matters and loving them, and hating 
death. This all leads to sitting back from Jihad; rather, it leads to abandoning the 
truth; rather, it leads to leading others to abandon it as well! 

And luxury and relaxation in this World is not mentioned in the Qur'dn except in 
a negative manner: 



"And We did not send a warner to a township except those who were given 
worldly wealth and luxuries among them said: "We believe not in the Message 

with which you have been sent. " 45 



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"And similarly, We sent not a warner before you to any town but the luxurious 

ones among them said: "We found our fathers following a certain way and 

religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps. "" 46 



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"Those who did wrong pursued the enjoyment of good things of this worldly life, 

and were wrongdoers. " 47 

"Verily, before that, they indulged in luxury."* 8 

And look in the following verses as well: [al-Isra'; 16], [al-Ambiya'; 13], and [al- 
Mu'minun; 33,64]. So, these are eight verses that mention luxury, and not once is 
it mentioned in them except in a blameworthy manner. 

And let not anyone reading this think that we are belittling the importance of 
wealth, as wealth is the sustainer of life (after Allah) and is the lifeline of war, 
and this has been discussed previously in the second chapter about spending 
your wealth in the Path of Allah. 

However, we warn against excessiveness in spending money and luxury, 
especially for those who are active in the arena of Jihad because of the negative 
effects that we have seen of this with our own eyes, such as some being led to 
complete abandonment of the issue of Jihad, and instead chasing after this World. 
Allah says: 

"O you who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the 
remembrance of Allah. And whosoever does that, then they are the losers." i9 



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"And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial and that 
surely with Allah is a mighty reward." 50 

Ibn Khaldun has included many beneficial sections in his 'Muqaddimah' showing 
the negative effects of luxury and wealth and how they lead to the destruction of 



47 Hud; 116 

48 Al-Waqi'ah; 45 

49 Al-Munafiqun; 9 

50 Al-Anfal; 28 

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nations, and how the bad character that is a result of that also leads to defeat at 
the hands of the enemy. 



38. Boycott the Goods of the Enemy 

And it is sufficient for us to present here the fatwd of Shaykh Hamud bin 'Uqla' 
ash-Shu'aybi (may Allah have Mercy on him), where he said: 

"All Praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and may peace and blessings 
be upon the noblest of Prophets and Messengers, our Prophet, Muhammad, and 
upon his Household and Companions. 

As for what follows: 

Allah says: 

"Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who believe with him are 

stern against the disbelievers." 51 

And Allah - the Exalted - said, in describing the believers: 

"... stern against the disbelievers; they strive in the Path of Allah and do not fear 

the blame of the blatners." 52 

And the Exalted says, in regards to fighting the disbelievers: 

"... capture them and besiege them, and prepare for them each and every 

ambush... " 53 

And the Exalted says: 



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52 Al-Ma'idah; 54 

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" nor do they take any step to raise the anger of disbelievers nor inflict any 
injury upon an enemy but is written to their credit as a deed of 

righteousness . . . " 54 

Verily, every time and era has its respective weapons of warfare and Jihad that 
are used against the enemy, and the Muslims have always used such various 
weapons for Jihad against their enemies, intending to defeat them and weaken 
them. Ash-Shawkani said: "Allah has commanded us to kill the disbelievers and 
did not specify the exact manner in which to do so, and He did not say that we 
would be taken to account unless we did it in such-and-such a manner in 
exclusion to such-and-such a manner." 55 And this is in agreement with the 
generality of the saying of Allah, the Exalted: "... capture them and besiege them, 
and prepare for them each and every ambush... " 56 And from the methods of Jihad 
that the Messenger (peace be upon him) used against his enemies with the goal 
of weakening them is the method of economic sanctions, which today is also 
known as an economic boycott. 

And from the examples of the Prophet (peace be upon him) using this method 
are as follows: 

1 - The activities of the first Jihad movement, and the fact that the first 
expeditions to be sent forth by the Messenger (peace be upon him) and the 
first battles that he led were meant to threaten the trading paths of the 
Quraysh to Syria (in the north) and to Yemen (in the south), and they were 
essentially a severe blow to the economy of Makkah that were meant to 
weaken it financially. 

2 - The story of the siege of the Jews of Banu an-Nadir, and it is 
mentioned in 'Sahih Muslim'. When they violated their pact, the Messenger 
of Allah (peace be upon him) laid siege to them and cut down and burned 
up their date-palm trees. So, they sent to him saying that they would leave 
that piece of land. So, he defeated them by way of economic warfare, and 
on this occasion, Allah - the Exalted - revealed the verse: 



54 At-Tawbah; 120 

55 As-Sayl al-Jirar'; 4/534 



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"Whatever you cut down of the palm-trees or left standing on their stems, 
it was by Leave of Allah, and in order that He might disgrace the 

sinners." 57 

So, laying siege to them and destroying their crops - which were the 
lifelines of the power of their economy - was from the greatest of methods 
of applying pressure to them and defeating them and expelling them from 
Madinah. 

3 - The story of the siege of at-Ta'if after the conquering of Makkah, and 
the basis of this story is mentioned by al-Bukhari in the 'Book of 
Expeditions/ and Muslim in the 'Book of Jihad/ and Ibn al-Qayyim 
explained the story in detail in 'Zad al-Ma'ad,' and Ibn Sa'ad mentioned it 
in his 'Tabaqdt' [2/158], where he said: ". . .so, the Messenger of Allah 
(peace be upon him), and commanded that the crops of Thaqif be cut and 
burned, so the Muslims proceeded to cut them all." Ibn al-Qayyim 
mentions, from the benefits of this: "And in it is the permissibility of 
cutting the crops of the disbelievers if this will lead to their weakness and 
injury." 

4 - The story of the economic boycott of the Companion Thumamah bin 
Athal al-Hanafi (may Allah be Pleased with him), and this story has been 
narrated in the books of history and biographies, as was mentioned by Ibn 
Ishaq in his 'Sir ah,' Ibn al-Qayyim in 'Zad al-Ma'ad,' al-Bukhari in the 
'Book of Expeditions/ and Muslim in the 'Book of jihad.' His story took 
place before the conquering of Makkah, when he entered into Islam and 
proceeded to Makkah for 'Umrah. After his 'Umrah, he announced his 
economic boycott of Quraysh, saying: "No, by Allah! I will not give you 
from al-Yamamah a single grain of wheat until the Messenger of Allah 
(peace be upon him) allows me to do so!" Then, he went out to al- 
Yamamah and prevented his people from taking anything to Makkah so 
that it would not reach Quraysh. The Messenger (peace be upon him) 
approved of this economic siege, and this is from the virtues of this 
Companion (may Allah be Pleased with him). 

All of these events and those that are similar to them are basically legislation 
from the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) of a basic principle from the 
principles of fighting the disbelievers in every time and place. 



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And this affair today is in the hands of the Islamic populations to make Jihad 
with. Allah says: 

"...fear Allah as much as you are able... " 58 

. . .and this is from the beneficial forms of Jihad that all of the people can take part 
in, since the others have abandoned fighting the disbelievers themselves. Because 
of this, we encourage our Muslim brothers to fight the Americans and the British 
and the Jews, and to use the weapon of economic boycott which will weaken 
their economies. 

And if the Muslim masses do not have the power or ability to engage in armed 
Jihad against them, then the least they could do is to boycott them economically, 
as well as their companies and interests. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: 
"Strive against the disbelievers with your wealth, your hands, and your 
tongues." 59 

Likewise, I encourage our Muslim brothers to be patient and continuous in this 
Jihad, as Allah - the Exalted - says: 



"O you who believe! Endure and be more patient, and guard your territory... " 60 

. . .and to not become bored or lazy, as victory comes with patience, and they 
should exert all efforts in boycotting American, British, and Jewish companies 
and interests in a strong, forceful, and comprehensive manner. Allah - the 
Exalted - says: 

"And co-operate upon righteousness and piety... " 61 

And we have previously touched upon - and Praise be to Allah - the effects of a 
massive boycott on the American, British, and Jewish economies. And America 
and Britain are behind the fight against Jihad in every part of the World, and they 
are behind the aid to the Zionists in Palestine, and they are behind the 
international economic sanctions against the Taliban's Islamic State in 
Afghanistan (translator's note: obviously, this fatwd was given before the events 
of 9/11), and they are the ones who are behind the assistance to the Russians in 



At-Taghabun; 16 

59 Narrated by Ahmad and Abu Dawud, on the authority of Anas. 

60 Al 'Imran; 200 

61 Al-Maidah; 2 

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Chechnya, and the Christians against our Mujdhidin brothers in the Philippines 
and Indonesia and Kashmir, and other than them. And they are behind the effort 
to weaken the Jihad and the Muslims, and they are behind the economic 
sanctions against the Muslim people of 'Iraq, as well as the daily airstrikes that 
have been pounding it oppressively for over ten years, putting aside the state of 
its rulers (translator's note: once again, an obvious reference to events in the 
past). 

And they have actualized and confirmed the saying of Allah - the Exalted: 

"And the Jews and Christians will not be pleased with you until you follow 

their religion." 61 

O Allah! Do away with the Americans, the British, the Jews, as well as their 
helpers and servants! O Allah! Bring your wrath upon them, and make give them 
years of distress as was done with the people of Yusuf. 

And may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon your Prophet Muhammad, 
and his Household and Companions, dmin." 

[Dictated by the noble Shaykh Hamud bin 'Uqla' ash-Shu'aybi; 11/28/1421] 



39. Do Not Hire Workers from the War Wagers (Harbiyyin) 

[Note: this is more applicable to the system currently in place in the Gulf 
countries, as opposed to Western countries] 

And this can be a follow-up to the economic boycott, and consists of not hiring 
workers and servants from those counties that are at war with Islam. 

So, for example, you would not hire a Hindu since the Hindus are fighting 
against our brothers in Kashmir, and you would not hire a Filippino Christian 
since they are fighting our brothers in the Southern Philippines, and so on and so 
forth. Generally speaking, we say: there is no need to use these disbelieving 
sinners. A man can limit those workers that he hires to those who are Muslims, 
as this is enough and better, so that the money that he pays to these servants 
does not become used to fight against the Muslims. 

This is a clear and obvious concept, as Allah says: 



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''And indeed a slave who believes is better than a polytheist who is free, even 

though he pleases you." 63 



Conclusion 

I would like to conclude this document by mentioning some of the threats related 
to abandoning Jihad that have been mentioned by Shaykh 'Abdil 'Aziz al-Jalil 
(may Allah preserve him) in his book 'at-Tarbiyah al-Jihddiyyah': 

The Danger of Abandoning Jihad in the Path of Allah: 

"After we have clarified in the introduction regarding the virtues of Jihad and its 
fruits in this World and the next, it should then be easy for us in this conclusion 
to speak about the dangers of abandoning Jihad and preparation for it, and what 
results from that of evils and harms and bad endings in this World and the next. 

The scholars have always considered the abandonment of Jihad to be from the 
greatest of sins. Ibn Hajar al-Haythami said: "The 391 st and 392 nd major sins: 
abandoning Jihad when it has become an individual obligation; when the enemy 
has entered into the lands of Islam, or took a Muslim as a prisoner that is capable 
of being rescued from them, or if the people abandon Jihad altogether, or if the 
people of the outskirts of the Islamic state abandon fortifying the frontlines, 
leaving them open to the attacks of the disbelievers." 64 And because of this, the 
abandonment of Jihad and preparation for it is considered a sign of hypocrisy, as 
the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever dies without 
fighting, or at least having the intention to fight, then he dies upon a branch of 
hypocrisy." 

And Allah has counted it from amongst the manifestations of lack of belief in the 
Hereafter, or weakness in certainty in it. He says: 



63 Al-Baqarah; 221 
4 Az-Zawajir min Iqtiraf al-Kaba'ir; 2/163 



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"Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day would not ask your leave to be 

exempted from fighting with their wealth and their lives, and Allah is the All- 
Knower of the pious. It is only those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day 

and whose hearts are in doubt that ask you to exempt them, so in their doubts 
they waver. And if they had intended to march out, certainly, they would have 
made some preparation for it, but Allah was averse to their being sent forth, so 

He made them lag behind, and it was said: "Sit you among those who sit."" 65 

And we can summarize the dangers and bad endings resulting from abandoning 
of Jihad as follows: 

1 - The abandoning of Jihad is a major sin, as we previously explained, since it 
consists of exposing one to the anger of Allah - the Mighty and Exalted - and His 
punishment in this World and the next. 

Allah says: 

"If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will 
replace you by another people, and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is 

Able to do all things." 66 






65 At-Tawbah; 44 

66 At-Tawbah; 39 



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"Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the 

wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the 

dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, 

and striving hard and fighting in His Path, then wait until Allah brings about 

His Decision. Truly, Allah has given you victory on many battlefields, and on 

the Day ofHunayn when you rejoiced at your great number but it did not avail 

you and the earth, vast as it is, was straitened for you, then you turned back in 

flight. Then Allah sent down tranquility upon His Messenger and on the 

believers, and sent down forces which you did not see, and punished the 

disbelievers. This is the recompense of disbelievers." 67 

And Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have Mercy upon him) describes those who 
neglect the obligation of commanding the good and forbidding the evil and Jihad 
in the Path of Allah as those who are lowest in their religious commitment, and 
the worst sinners in the Sight of Allah - the Exalted - as he says: "As for Jihad, 
and commanding the good and forbidding the evil, and being true to Allah and 
His Messenger and His servants, and giving victory and aid to Allah and His 
Messenger and His Religion and Book, then these are obligations that do not 
even occur to them, let alone be desired or implemented by them. And the lowest 
in people of religious commitment, and the worst of them in the Sight of Allah 
are those who abandon these obligations, even if they abstain from every single 
one of the worldly pleasures. And you see very few of them having their faces 
turn red because of the limits of Allah being violated, or exerting their effort in 
aiding His religion. The situation of the major sinners is better with Allah than 
these." 68 

Therefore, abandoning Jihad in the Path of Allah is a reason for destruction in this 
World and the next. And this is the correct understanding of Allah's saying: 



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"And spend in the Path of Allah and do not throw yourselves into 

destruction." 69 

Ibn Kathir said: "A man from the Muhdjirtn who was fighting in Constantinople 
went forth into the ranks of the enemy until he was killed, so the people said: 
"He threw himself into destruction!" So, Abu Ayyub al-Ansari said: "We are 
more knowledgeable about his verse. It was revealed concerning us, when we 
were with the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), and we witnessed with 

67 At-Tawbah; 24-26 

68 Uddat as-Sabirin; p. 121 

69 Al-Baqarah; 195 



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him many battles and helped him achieve victory, so when Islam became 
widespread and established, we - the Ansdr - gathered and said: "Allah has 
honored us with the companionship of His Prophet (peace be upon him), and his 
victory, and Islam has become widespread and its people have increased, and 
the fighting has stopped. So, let us return to our wives and children and stay 
with them." So, this verse was revealed." So, their destruction lied in their 
staying with their families and wealth, and abandoning of Jihad." 70 

Likewise, in the abandonment of Jihad is a weakening of the belief of alliance and 
enmity (Wald' and Bard'), and this is because - as we have previously mentioned 
- this belief of alliance and enmity is closely linked with the commanding of 
good and the forbidding of evil and Jihad in the Path of Allah - the Mighty and 
Exalted. So, whenever the servant holds back from Jihad, his belief of alliance and 
enmity also weakens, and this is enough of a danger. 

2 - By abandoning Jihad, polytheism and oppression become widespread, and 
disbelief and its people become powerful, and people begin to enslave 
themselves to one another, and it is no secret what this leads to of distress and 
great corruption between the people, as Allah says: 



"And if Allah did not check one set of people by means of another, the Earth 
would indeed be full of mischief But Allah is full of Bounty to the Worlds." 71 

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"For had it not been that Allah checks one set of people by means of another, 

monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques wherein the Name of Allah is 

mentioned much would surely have been pulled down. Verily, Allah will help 

those who help His Cause. Truly, Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty." 72 

So, were it not for the fact that Allah repels the disbelievers by way of the Jihad of 
the believers, then the disbelievers - with their oppression - would have gained 

70 Tafsir Ibn Kathir; 1/228 

71 Al-Baqarah; 251 

72 Al-Hajj; 40 

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dominance over the believers, and if the disbelievers gain dominance, then they 
would force the people to become enslaved to them instead of Allah - the 
Glorified and Exalted, and if the people worship anyone other than Allah, then 
their entire lives would become ruined, since life is not set straight unless it is 
lived out according to the methodology drawn out by Allah, and that is the 
methodology that establishes servitude to Allah. By this, lofty manners and 
virtuous and praiseworthy characteristics are actualized by mankind, as the One 
who drew out the methodology is Allah, the One who Created life and those that 
are alive, the One who is Knowledgeable of what is in their interests. On the 
other hand, if a disbeliever gains dominance in the land and legislates for the 
people out of his own whims, then he does not have knowledge of all things, and 
is not protected from faults and desires, and does not know what exactly is in the 
best interests of humanity. So, he goes about randomly, corrupting life, as is the 
case today, and a look at the reality in which the disbeliever has dominance in 
the land is enough to illustrate this fact for us, and were it not for the Muslims' 
abandonment of the Jihad that Allah commanded then the lives of the people 
would be much better, as they would be ruled by the Shan' ah of Allah. Because 
of this, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) legislated that Jihad is to be 
carried out even under the banner of a sinful leader who does not reach the level 
of being a disbeliever, because for the Muslims to be ruled over by a sinner is 
better for them than to be ruled by a disbeliever using a law other than that 
which Allah has revealed, as the ruling by other than what Allah revealed is the 
reason for the corruption that is on the Earth. 

3 - The abandonment of Jihad is a reason for humiliation and disgrace, as the 
Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "If you abandon Jihad, and hold onto the 
tails of the cattle, and engage in usury, then Allah will place a humiliation 
upon your necks that he will not remove from you until you repent to Allah 
and return to what you were upon." 73 

This is something that is being witnessed in our times, as the disbelievers have 
occupied the lands of the Muslims, and the Muslims have lived in subjugation - 
the disbelievers eat up their resources, interfere in their affairs, and dominate 
them with all types of humiliation and disgrace - and this is for no reason except 
that the laws of Allah have been thrown behind our backs and we have 
abandoned ruling by his Shari'ah, which includes the obligation of Jihad. 

And the disbelievers will not return to the Muslims their rights and think back 
on what they have been doing, or hold back their evil from us by simple 
speeches and soft talk. Rather, what strikes frightens them and forces them to 
halt their attacks against the Muslims and their lands is Jihad in the Path of Allah 
- the Exalted - which contains disgrace for disbelief and its people, and might 
and honor for the Muslims. 



Narrated by Ahmad, and it is authentic. 

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And this is a reality that has been witnessed by history, as there has never been a 
land that the banner of Jihad has risen over except that the Muslims experienced 
honor in that place, and the enemies of Allah from the disbelievers would 
experience terror at the sounds of the Mujahidin yelling "Alla.hu Akbarl" 

Al-Mawdudi (may Allah have Mercy upon him) said: "So, if this Ummah realizes 
the need to repel this evil to protect itself, and it sacrifices its relaxation, luxury, 
wealth, personal desires, soul, and everything that is dear to it for the sake of 
this, then there is no way that it could ever become a weak and oppressed nation, 
and there is no way for any power - no matter who it might be - to take away 
from its honor and nobility. It is a must for this noble Ummah to lower its head to 
the truth, and to prefer death over lowering its head to falsehood, and if it does 
not have the power to raise the word of the truth and to assist it, then it must at 
least work to preserve the truth in any way that it can, and this is the lowest 
degree of honor that it can keep for itself." 74 

Sayyid Qutb (may Allah have Mercy upon him) said: "And as for those who fear 
punishment and pain and martyrdom and a loss of life and children and wealth 
if they were to go out and make Jihad in the Path of Allah, it is upon them to 
reflect upon the worldly sacrifices that they have made for other than Allah, in 
terms of their lives and wealth and children, and above that, their character and 
honor... Verily, the sacrifices that are required for Jihad in the Path of Allah in the 
face of the tyrants of this Earth are much less than those worldly sacrifices that 
are made for other than Allah. Worst of all, these worldly sacrifices result in 
nothing but humiliation and sin and disgrace!" 75 

4 - By abandoning Jihad, you let great benefits of this World and the next slip 
away, such as the great reward that Allah has prepared for the Mujahidin and 
martyrdom in the Hereafter. Also, you forsake a life of honor in this World that 
is established upon the Shari'ah of Allah - the Mighty and Exalted - and 
martyrdom and war booty and a faith-filled upbringing that cannot be attained 
except in the shade of Jihad and fighting against the enemies of Allah. 

5 - Abandoning Jihad leads to enmity and division between the Muslims, and 
this is something that has been witnessed, as there is not a single era in which the 
Ummah has abandoned Jihad in the Path of Allah except that it became 
preoccupied with itself, and the Muslims turned their weapons to the chests of 
their brothers and became busy with fighting each other. 

Another observation in regards to our current state of affairs, and what has 
resulted from cessation of Allah's Shari'ah being applied - including Jihad: you 
would see how the Muslims have legislated for themselves division and 
partisanship and differences between themselves, such that they are preoccupied 



74 Sharf at al-Islam fi al-Jihad; p. 34 

75 Fi Dhilal al-Qur'an; 4/1941 



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with each other, and this is not a result of anything except deviation from the 
true methodology and the cessation of the application of this mighty act of 
worship and what resulted of the domination of the disbelievers in the Muslim 
lands and their lighting the fires of division and dissention between them, and 
this is the way of Allah - the Mighty and Exalted - in regards to all who turn 
their backs on his Law, and forget a major part of what was sent down to them, 
as Allah - the Exalted - said: 

"And from those who call themselves Christians, We took their covenant, but 

they have abandoned a major part of the Message that was sent to them. So, We 

planted amongst them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection, and Allah 

will inform them of what they used to do." 76 



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O Allah, teach us what will benefit us, and benefit us with what we learn. 

O Allah, allow us to recognize the truth and follow it, and allow us to 
recognize falsehood and avoid it. 

And give us honor with Jihad, and join us with the caravan of martyrs, and use 

us in your obedience and Pleasure. 

And our final prayer is that all Praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, 

and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, 

and his Household and Companions. 

Atnin. 

Written by: 

Muhammad bin Ahmad as-Salim 

Riyadh 



76 Al-Ma'idah; 14 



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