OF THE MUSLIM LANDS
First Obligation After Iman
Ruling of Fighting in Palestine and Afghanistan
has been made clear in the previous chapter that if the Kuffar
infringe upon a hand span of Muslim land, jihad becomes Fard
Ayn for its people and for those near by. If they fail to repel
the Kuffar due to lack of resources or due to indolence, then
the Fara'id of jihad spreads to those behind, and carries on
spreading in this process, until the jihad is Fard Ayn upon
the whole earth from the East to the West.
this condition, no permission is required from, the husband
for the wife, the parent for the child, the creditor for the
The sin is suspended on the necks of all the Muslims as long
as any hand span of land that was Islamic is in the hands of
The sin is measured according to one's authority or capabilities.
The sin for the Ulama, Leaders, and Da'i, who are well known
in their communities, is greater than for the ordinary civilian.
The sin upon this present generation, for not advancing towards
Afghanistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Kashmir, Lebanon, Chad,
Eritria, etc, is greater than the sin inherited from the loss
of the lands which have previously fallen into the possession
of the Kuffar. We have to concentrate our efforts on Afghanistan
and Palestine now, because they have become our foremost problems.
Moreover, our occupying enemies are very deceptive and execute
programs to extend their power in these regions. If we were
to resolve this dilemma we would resolve a great deal of complications.
Their protection is the protection for the whole area.
can, from among the Arabs, fight jihad in Palestine, then he
must start there. And, if he is not capable, then he must set
out for Afghanistan. For the rest of the Muslims, I believe
they should start their jihad in Afghanistan. It is our opinion
that we should begin with Afghanistan before Palestine, not
because Afghanistan is more important than Palestine, not at
all, Palestine is the foremost Islamic problem. It is the heart
of the Islamic world, and it is a blessed land but, there are
some reasons which make Afghanistan the starting point.
The battles in Afghanistan are still raging and have reached
a level of intensity, the like of which have not been witnessed
in the mountain ranges of Hindu Kush, nor in recent Islamic
The Islamic flag being raised in Afghanistan is clear: and the
aim is clear, "to make Allah's words uppermost". The
second article in the constitution of Itihad Islamy consisting
of Afghani Mujahideen is: "The goal of this unification
is to bring forth an Islamic state in Afghanistan." And
in the third article it states: "Our goal is taken from
the words of the Exalted: "...the command (or the judgement)
is for none but Allah... "
(Surah Yusuf:Verse 40). The
rule is solely for the Lord of the Worlds.
The Islamists have been the first to take control of the battles
in Afghanistan. Those who lead the jihad in Afghanistan are
the sons of the Islamic movement, the Ulama and Hafiz of Qur'an.
While, in Palestine the leadership has been appropriated by
a variety of people, of them sincere Muslims, communists, nationalists
and modernists Muslims. Together they have hoisted the banner
of a secular state.
The situation in Afghanistan is still in the hands of the mujahideen.
They continue to refuse help from any Kaffir country , while
Palestine depends completely on the Soviet Union, who withheld
their help in Palestine's time of dire need. They were left
to face their predicament by themselves in front of the world
conspiracy. The situation has become a game in the hands of
the great powers. Gambling with the land, the people and the
'Ard of Palestine, pursuing them even into the Arab states,
until their military power is exhausted.
There are more than 3000 kms of open border in Afghanistan and
regions of tribes not under political influence. This forms
a protective shield for mujahideen. However, in Palestine the
situation is entirely different. The borders are closed, their
hands are bound, the eyes of the authorities spy from all sides
for anyone who attempts to infiltrate its borders to kill the
said in Al Umm 4/177: "If there is a situation of different
enemies, one is more threatening and more frightening than the
others, the Imam engages the more frightening and threatening.
This is acceptable, even if his home is further away."
The reason being, Insha Allah, in this manner you prove that
you are not afraid, and make an example for the others. This
decision is because of necessity, being that what is permitted
in times of necessity is not permitted in other times. This
happened in the time of the Messenger of Allah (saw) when he
heard that Harith Abi Dirar was gathering his forces to fight
him. He (saw) attacked him, though there was an enemy closer
to him. Also, when he was informed that Khalid Bin Abi Sufian
Ibn Shuh had gathered a force, he sent Ibn Annis who killed
him, thus engaging him though there were closer enemies.
The people of Afghanistan are renowned for their strength and
pride. It seems as if the Glorified and Exalted prepared the
mountains and the land there especially for jihad.
it been a near gain (booty in front of them) and an easy journey,
they would have followed you, but the distance (Tabuk expedition)
was long for them, and they would swear by Allah, "If we
only could; we would certainly have come forth with you. II
They destroy their own selves, and Allah knows that they
are liars." (Surah at Tauba:Verse 42).
of Abdullah Azzam and Introduction
Defence of the Muslims Lands
The Ruling of Fighting in Palestine and Afghanistan
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Fard Ayn and Fard Kifaya
of Acknowledgement and Translators Note