Defence of the Muslim Lands: Acknowledgements and Notes

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Defence of the Muslim Lands
By: Sheikh Abdullah Azzam (Shaheed)
Biography of Abdullah Azzam and Introduction
The First Obligation After Iman
The Ruling of Fighting in Palestine and Afghanistan
Fard Ayn and Fard Kifaya
Important Questions
Final Word
Letters of Acknowledgement and Translators Note

Letter from Sheikh Mohammed Najeeb al Mu'ti[edit]

All praise be to Allah and may His peace and blessings be upon His messenger, upon his family, companions and whoever follows him.

Jihad in Allah's cause is to achieve martyrdom, about which Allah has given the good news of their election with His blessed words:

"...and that He may take martyrs from among you" [Surah al Imran:Verse 140]

It is a progression from one abode to another. From a problematic, deceptive and unjust life to a life of happiness and pleasure.

On this topic the generous, the mujahid, the courageous, the wise, Dr. Abdullah Azzam has written calling to Jihad. Explaining and showing the right agenda providing sufficient evidence from Tafseer, Hadith and Fiqh. Revising and discussing with proofs, causing throat swelling distress in the opposition and a splinter in the eyes of the cowards and hypocrites. I say on this topic a few words of Da'wah to the path from which there are no other paths, in this critical moment, to remove the cancer from the Ummah and to defend the faith. It is the whole point of this life, that it is lived in the path of Allah and His Prophet and His Book. That His Ummah may be raised and honoured and perpetuated., The believer fights jihad for Allah that: if he falls he learns and if he is injured he is forgiven for his sins, if he is exiled he is a traveller, if he is imprisoned it is time for him for worship, ifhe lives he will become a leader, if he dies he is a martyr and for him is good and more.

And peace be upon the ones who listen to the call and respond (and if you are called to march forward, march forward.) with the mercy and blessing of Allah.

Mohammed Najeeb al Mu'ti'

Servant of the Sunnah with the most original chain Author of Takmilatu al Majmua Sharhul Muhathab Member of the Egyptian Writers Union

Letter from Sheikh Saeed Hawa[edit]

After hearing this letter from Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Azzam, I consider this Fatwa to be the truth and to it I call the people.

Saeed Hawa

Letter from Sheikh Umar Sayyaf[edit]

All praise be to Allah and may his blessings be upon Mohammed (saw), his family, companions and whoever follows him.

and what follows:

This great Fatwa and its advises in the rules of Jihad and of when Jihad becomes Fard Ayn was showed to me by my brother in Islam, the Sheikh, the righteous the truthful, the mujahid, Dr. Abdullah Azzam. I read all ofit and saw it to be the correct view, the truth from which there can be no divergence, and that there is no room for anyone who has an atom of Iman in his heart but to accept these evidences from the Book of Allah, the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw), and the consensus of the Ulama. I say, it must be propagated, haste carried out in marching forward and fulfilling this Fard without hesitation, otherwise one would fall into the description given by Allah:

"...But when a decisive Surah (explaining and ordering things) is sent down, and fighting (Jihad-holy war) is mentioned (i.e. ordained) therein, you will see those in whose hearts is a disease (of hypocrisy) looking at you with a look of one fainting to death". [Surah Mohammed:Verse 20]

May Allah reward the Sheikh, the servant of Allah for his intention and his enlightenment.

May Allah help us to follow His good pleasure, the truth that jihad now is Fard Ayn and that there is no excuse for anybody.

Umar Sayyaf

Grand Chair of the Ulama Sana Yemen.

Letter from Sheikh Abdullah Nassah al Waan[edit]

All praise be to the Lord of the Worlds, and may His peace and blessings be upon Mohammed (saw), upon his family and companions who carried the flag of Jihad throughout the world. And, on those who invite to the truth and on the callers to good until the Last Day.

The Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Azzam, may Allah protect him, showed me what he had written about the rules of Jihad today pertaining to Afghanistan, Palestine and other countries of the Muslims. I say, and with Allah's help:

Wherever he went he declared this Fatwa, quoting from the Mathhabs and the predecessors, what is correct and true, that any Islamic country occupied by the unbelievers, as decided by the people of understanding, fighting becomes Fard Ayn upon its people. Consequently, the wife will go forward without the permission of her husband, and the child without the permission of its parents. Furthermore, Jihad will remain Fard Ayn upon every country close by until sufficient forces are attained to liberate the Muslim countries from the grip of the unbelievers. If the unbelievers are not beaten back, then, the Fard Ayn of Jihad spreads in the shape of a circle. The nearest to the next in nearness. Until, the Jihad has become Fard Ayn upon the whole earth, the destruction of the enemy and their complete expulsion from the Muslim land.

Now in this time we find many Muslims in all Muslim countries, lazy, ill equipped and idle. So in truth, for Afghanistan and Palestine as well as other countries of the Muslims, Jihad has today become Fard Ayn on everyone until sufficient manpower and money are collected. Therefore, it is incumbent upon every Muslim today, capable of carrying a weapon, to march forward to Jihad to aid their Muslim brothers in Afghanistan and in every place in need, even though his or her parents do not permit it, until sufficient forces are attained and Allah knows best.

Your brother,

Abdullah Nassah al Waan

University of King Fahd Abdul Aziz Jeddah

Translators Note[edit]

All translations of Qur'anic text taken from: The Noble Qur'an: A summarised Version of At-Tabari, AI Qurtubi and Ibn Kathir with comments from Sahih al Bukhari. Summarised in One Volume. Translation by Dr. Mohammed Taqi-ud-Oin AI-Hilali and Dr. Mohammed Muhsin Khan. Maktaba Dar-us-Salam: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1993.

Hadith References:[edit]

.Sahih al lamia al Saghir 2828

.Silsilah al Hadith as Sahih 554

.Majmua al Fatawa 28/157

.Reported by Abu Oaud and Bukhari in "AI Tarikh" see Sahih al lamia 3603 Sahih al lamia 3739

.Sahih al lamia as Saghir 1874

.Silsilah al Ahadith as Sahih 958

.Haashiyat Bin Aabideen 3/238

.Hashiyat Ash Shouruni and Ibn al Qasim in Tahfa al Mahtaj ala al Minhaj 9/213

.From al Ikhtiyaraat al Fuqaha by Ibn Taymia followed by Fatawa al Kubra 4/608

.Hashiyat Ibn Aabidin 3/238

.Bida'y as Sanaiy 7/72

.AI Bahr ar Raa'iq by Ibn Najim 5/191

.Fath aI Qadir by Ibn Hammam 5/191

.Hashiyat ad Oussuqi 2/174

.Nihayat al Mahtaj 8/58

.AI Mughni 8/354

.AI Fatawa al Kubra 4/608

.Mukhtasir Ibn Kathir 2/144

.AI lamia li Ahkam aI Qur'an 8/150

.lamia Ii Ahkam aI Qur'an 8/150

.AI Qurtubi 2/253

.Fath al Bari 6/30

.lamia al Ahkam 8/150

.Hashiyat ibn Abidin 5/383, Zila'i 6/110, Muwahib al laleeI6/323, Tafa aI Majtaj 4/124, al Inna' 4/290, ar Rawda al Bahi 2/371, al Bahr az Zukhar 6/268 and Taj aI Arus Sahih aI lamia as Saghir 6321

.Ahkam aI Qur'an by lassas 1/2402

.See al Fatha al Rabbani. Tarteeb Masnad al Imam Ahmad ash Shaybani by Ahmad Abdur Rahman al Banal 8/128

.AI Mughni by Ibn Qadamah 8/345

.See al Mahsool by ar Rasi and Tahqiq by Dr. Taha labiraj section 2 of 31

.AI Fatawa al Kubra 4/607

.See Fath al Bari 6/105

.Fath al Bari 6/106 verified by Ibn Haban and it is Sahih and devalued by al Hafiz in AI Fath, he said it was hasan or sahih

.Fath al Bari 6/106

.Narrated by Ibn Maja, at Tabarani, al Bahiqi, Sahih al Hakim, acknowledged by ath Thahabi, and al Hafiz said its chain of narration is hasan, see al Fath al Rabbani 10/95

.Mukhtassir Muslim 1075

.Narrated by al Hakim and al Bahiqi and it is Sahih. See Sahih al lamia as Sahih 1088

.Sahih al Jamia as Saghir 4305

.Sahih al Jamia as Saghir 4305

.Sahih al Jamia as Saghir 4359

.Silsilah al Ahadith as Sahih 10

.Silsilah al Ahadith as Sahih 11

.Silsilah al Ahadith as Sahih 12

.AI Fatawa al Kubra 4/608

.AI Fatawa al Kubra 4/608

.AI Qurtubi 2/242

.AI Qurtubi 2/242

.AI Fatawa al Kubra 4/608

.Sahih al lamia as Saghir 3967

.Sahih al lamia as Saghir 7397

.Nayl al Autar 8/37

.See Fath al 'Ali al Malik by Sheikh 'Alish 1/390

.Abu Daud and Ahmad and Sahih al Hakim and agreed upon by ath Thahabi. See Fath ar Rabbani 14/45

.AI Fath ar Rabbani 14/8

.Nayl al Autar 7/128

.Nayl al Autar 8/44

.Sharaha Kitab as Sir Faqara 201

.Ahkam al Qur'an by lassas

.AI Maduna 2/40

.AI Qurtubi 8/100

.Nihayat al Mahtaj 8/58 and Takmila al Majmua 19/28

.AI Mughni 8/414

.Hashiyat Ibn Abidin 3/239

.I'alaas Sinan 12/8

.Reported by Muslim / AI Fath ar Rabbani 14/1

.AI Qurtubi 8/39

.Hashiyat Aah Sharawai and Ibn al Qasim upon Tahfa al Mahtaj 9/306

.AI Qurtubi 8/39

.AI Fuayid: 113-114


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