THE MOON IN AFGHANISTAN

Question

Eid in Afghanistan was on Sunday. It is reported that the moon was sighted in several provinces at the end of the 29th Ramadhaan. How could they have seen the moon when it was not even born?

Answer

If Eid was declared on the basis of Shar’i shahaadat, then confound the birth of the moon, and confound the theories of the atheists regarding the impossibility of sighting the moon before its alleged birth.

The determinant in the Shariah is the Shahaadat of Aadil witnesses. If the sighting was confirmed on the basis of the testimony of uprighteous Muslims who testified to having seen the hilaal, then it was Waajib to end Ramadhaan and to have Eid.

The theories of the astronomers and scientists have absolutely NO validity when in conflict with the Shariah. The ending and commencement of the Islamic months are not reliant on the theories and views of astronomers.

Assuming that instead of the moon, the people in Afghanistan saw some other similar planetary object which they mistook for the hilaal, even then their Eid was valid based on the Shahaadat of Aadil persons. It is essential to understand that secular and scientific theories and views which are in conflict with the Shariah are to be discarded. It is absolutely impermissible to scuttle the Ahkaam of the Shariah on the basis of the theories of scientists and astronomers. In fact, it is tantamount to kufr to abrogate any hukm of the Shariah on the basis of secular and scientific theories and concepts. Muslims nowadays are entrapped in the kufr of making the Shariah subservient to the theories of the atheists.

The following is an assessment by a Brother:

There is much consternation as to how Afghanistan sighted the moon for Eid. This is an example below of what people say:

“Afghanistan somehow declared the new moon and are celebrating Eid on Sunday!

Either they saw the waning crescent, Mercury or the planetary lineup that was happening around the same time, as well as the first solar eclipse of 2022.”

My understanding is they have done nothing wrong. When it is 29 days if they saw the moon, or what they thought was the moon, then they saw it. They followed the instructions of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam; they will get thawab, and there will be no case of their Eid not being accepted.

Since when did we need scientific substantiation for the simple command of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. If a sufficient number of them saw it, and they mistook what they saw, they followed the command of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, and Allah Ta’ala showed them what appeared to be the moon.

Isn’t this consternation simply a case of secularism and science polluting the brains of Muslims in to thinking science (in particular that of the kuffar) is needed as a supplement to the simple instructions of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam?

What about forefathers? If they mistook Mercury, the waning crescent, planetary line up, or any other theory to be the moon, does this mean these modernist Muslims regard our forefathers Eid and Ramadhan to have taken place on the wrong day?

Why is it Muslims cannot extricate themselves from their inferiority complex of needing science to back them up? Is not the word of an Aadil Muslim or Muslims sufficient?

We had this same issue with Covid. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said categorically without reservation or exception that there is no contagion. To then afford equal divinity to the science, people added in brackets: “There is no contagion” (except with the permission of Allah) so that they could then welcome the science of contagion, including warped concepts such as asymptomatic, paucisymptomatic & pre-symptomatic transmission. Allah knows how many methods of transmission “Muslims” subscribed to.

Whether it is moon sighting, or contagion, am I correct in my understanding that today Muslims, after years of secular indoctrination have afforded divinity and equality to science, on a par with the words of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. The next fitnah of the science of climate change has already started, and many more “Muslims” will lose their Imaan when it gains traction.”

(End of letter)

OUR COMMENT

Your understanding is 100% correct. Muslims have appointed the western kuffaar as leaders, hence Allah Ta’ala has made them our rulers. We can say with confidence: To Hell with what the astronomers and scientists say. The Hukm of the Shariah of Allah Ta’ala is the Final Word.

If the declaration of the hilaal sighting in Afghanistan was based on Shar’i testimony, their Eid was valid and fully substantiated by the Shariah regardless of the moon not having been born.

2 Shawwaal 1443 – 4 May 2022

The White Tears for Afghanistan’s Women

We see the War on Terror in Afghanistan conclude in a similar way to how it began, with plentiful white tears for the plight of Afghan women.
It makes sense, since before missiles are fired or bombs are dropped, war requires a hard sell to the public. We must construct, reinforce, and peddle the narrative to the public. This helps to ensure public opinion is controlled, resistance is problematised, and the parameters of debate are tightly regulated.

Western pledges to improve the conditions of Afghan women were one of the most prominent justifications for the intervention and subsequent military operations to defeat the Taliban. What else could unify, outrage, and indulge the Western white-saviour complex better than Afghan women who needed to be saved from their male counterparts?

The military industrial complex cry to “Save the women!” has the same rhetorical framing as “Support our troops” (or “Support our lads!” for a British parlance), rather than “Support the war”, which is what is really being asked.

Recent Wikileaks reports reveal how the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) constructed a PR “sell” of the war which revolved around saving Afghan women and girls.[1] It literally weaponised liberal feminism to invade, occupy, and make spectacular profits from one of the poorest countries in the world.

The Bush Administration wasted no time in framing the War on Terror as “also a fight for the rights and dignity of women”. Then First Lady Laura Bush openly and swiftly condemned the “severe repression” against women in Afghanistan. The UK Prime Minister’s wife, Cherie Blair, called for moves to “give back a voice” to Afghan women.

In the same breath that the War on Terror was declared, the barbaric treatment of Afghan women under Taliban rule was dramatically thrust into the Western public consciousness. The Western media machine struck narrative gold with the Taliban: these were hostile brown bearded men with turbans and ethnic clothing. They became a dangerous Other as the greatest nation on Earth faced a group who were uncivilised, clumsily handled weapons, failed to speak English, and were hostile to “the freedoms we cherish”.

In 2010, then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed to defend Afghan women’s rights. This was a huge part of liberal feminism – vowing to save the Afghan women, while bombing them. So began “white men saving brown women from brown men” in Afghanistan, as feminist scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak eloquently put it.[2]

Funnily, saving Afghan women and girls played out a lot like making them disappear off the face of the Earth altogether. Over 70,000 civilians were killed and countless injured in the US’s longest-running war, the majority of whom were women and children.[3]

Fast forward to 2021, and we are hearing something not too dissimilar. We have come full circle to see dangerous militarism cloaked in humanitarian and women’s rights language, where the same arguments made by Clinton have been recycled. “Western intervention is something million[s] are praying for right now”, tweeted anti-FGM campaigner Nimco Ali recently.[4] There is apparently now a feminist case for keeping Western troops in Afghanistan.

But why? “The imaginary future bloodshed of the Taliban has so much more potential weight in the coverage than the actual people who have been killed by the US in the last 20 years.”[5]

During these two decades of international intervention, troop-contributing nations paid lip service and cash toward women’s rights, but rarely provided the political capital needed to realise actual gains. Over time, the lip service and cash dwindled too. In 2011, the Washington Post reported on how efforts to support women’s rights were being stripped out of US programs. This article quoted an official who said, “All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.” US aid funding to Afghanistan fell from 16,748 million dollars in FY 2010 to 3,120 million dollars in FY 2021.[6]

The West’s intervention was framed as an act of benevolence, with many convinced by the characterisation of a liberatory US military combat. Afghan women were used as symbols and pawns in a hugely complex geopolitical context. This civilising mission by the US meant the diverse needs and interests of Afghan women were obscured and obfuscated, and native females were rendered incapable of defining and taking control of their own aspirations.

Kabul is not the entire country
The broad brushstrokes of lazy narratives prevent us from considering important, nuanced realities. Firstly, it is important to note that Kabul does not represent all of Afghanistan. The central government in Kabul never held sway over the majority of rural areas in the country. Furthermore, the much-lauded US-backed female empowerment of Afghan women largely consisted of a handful of the educated urban elite from professional families in the capital.

Instead of economic, social, and political empowerment, Afghan women in rural areas – where an estimated 76 percent of the country’s women live – continued to experience the devastation of bloody and intensifying fighting between government forces and local militias in the last 20 years.

The apparent gains for Afghan women have been distributed in a highly unequal manner, with the increases far greater for women in privileged urban areas. For many rural women, (particularly in Pashtun areas alongside other rural minority ethnic groups), daily life has not changed much from the 1996 Taliban era. This is despite the formal legal empowerment mechanisms currently in place. Since 9/11, and without any prodding from the Taliban, most Afghan women in rural areas are fully covered with the burqa.

The issues central to their lives did not revolve around the Western obsession of whether or how much they cover, but harsh realities much more foundational. The loss of husbands, brothers, and fathers due to the fighting not only generates complex psychological trauma, but also fundamentally jeopardizes their economic survival and ability to function in everyday life. Widows and their children are thus highly vulnerable to an array of debilitating disruptions due to the loss of male family members.

Interviews with Afghan women conducted in the autumn of 2019 and summer of 2020 revealed that peace and stability is an absolute priority for some rural women. This is even if the prospective peace deal is signed on the terms of the Taliban. This fundamental finding was confirmed in a recent International Crisis Group report. While rejecting a 1990s-like lockdown of women which was once imposed by the Taliban, many rural women acknowledge that in that period the Taliban also reduced the sexual predation and wanton robberies that debilitated their lives.[7]

Indeed, for those who commanded U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, it was in the mostly rural areas of Afghanistan where the administration of swift and equitable justice meant that the Taliban could compete with the Afghan government. The Taliban could not provide fresh water, electricity, or any civil services, but they could provide near-instantaneous shariah-based justice that sometimes served the best interests of both Afghan women and men by ending disputes and violence.

“Afghan women are incapable of helping themselves”
The post-colonial arrogance of Western attitudes routinely exposes itself. Proponents of this “school” deem it unthinkable that women in Afghanistan would not enthusiastically embrace the construct of liberal feminism and instantly seek to instil it into their own homes and societies. Instead, we witness the dehumanisation of native Afghan women as passive entities which need to be rescued by the West. It refuses to understand that Afghan women are not a monolithic group, and that many of them have long resisted both Taliban rule and Western intervention, opting for advocacy relevant to their cultural and political realities instead.

The irony is that there has been a lot of publicity for women’s rights through promoting a handful of elite women activists in recent years. Yet there has barely been any effort to build trust in communities by encouraging these conservative men to join the platform to support women’s rights. Likewise, proponents of this rights discourse not only fail to ensure that their approach is sensitive to the country’s religious and traditional values, but they ignore the complex cultural diversity of Afghanistan.

“The Ghani government wants to say they’re prioritizing women,” a female Afghan diplomat says, speaking on condition of anonymity during the NATO Summit in Brussels in July. “But they’re really not. Supporting women in Afghanistan is something people all over the world pay lip service to, but money and aid never get to them. It’s eaten by corruption, the monster of war.”[8] Transparency International ranked Afghanistan the fourth most corrupt country in the world, noting that corruption hampers humanitarian aid from reaching its rightful recipients.

As Rafia Zakaria – author, most recently, of Against White Feminism – argues, white feminists in the US decided from the outset that “war and occupation were essential to freeing Afghan women”,[9] no matter what those women themselves thought. Obviously, it requires a distinct level of imperial delusion to think that you can bomb and occupy women into accepting a form of freedom that they do not want to be subjected to. “In terms of current laws including the electoral law, elimination of violence against women law, etc., I disagree with using the Westernized word with it. These laws are purely the efforts of Afghans within civil society who made it happen through lots of lobbying and advocacy.

“The majority of Afghans do not consider women’s education a ‘Western value,’ but see improvements in women’s education as one of the biggest achievements of the past 10 years. Similarly, women’s participation in public life is not a new reality to Afghans. The fight for improved education and democracy is not a recent phenomenon funded by the West; in fact, it’s insulting to Afghans to suggest so. Afghans have struggled for their rights since the early 20th century.”[10]

This is a type of imperial hubris and exact embodiment of a brand of paternalistic and sexist condescension. It is skilfully used by the US to relentlessly lecture the Arab and Muslim world on gender equality and women’s rights. This arrogance rears its head with baffled headlines such as: “Despite the West’s efforts, Afghan youth cling onto ‘traditional ways’”.[11] Unfortunately, their hubris is so strong they are unable to grasp the resistance to the US’s transparently Orientalist civilising mission in Afghanistan.

What empowering Afghan women does not look like
The so-called female empowerment of Afghan women is characterised almost exclusively by dress, with the Western gaze imposing its ideal standards. Photographs of elite Afghan women in miniskirts in Kabul during the 1970s are circulated with a starry-eyed nostalgia of a “golden age” for the country. Western priorities for what Afghan women really need mirror this vision, in a revealing and spectacularly tone-deaf way.

The main interveners in a country shattered by decades of ongoing war seem to be wilfully ignorant that the fatal consequences of conflict – not native misogyny – are the biggest challenges to Afghanistan’s women and girls. Indeed, this applies to their men and boys too.

When asked why two-thirds of girls are still out of school at a NATO summit, then-President Ashraf Ghani largely blamed the numbers on ill-conceived and misguided Western aid efforts, which fail to acknowledge the realities on the ground.

“To get to the very nitty gritty, how many girls schools at the age of puberty have a toilet? That’s fundamental,” he said. “How many girl schools are three kilometres away? The issue here is that international experts were male-centric. They talked about gender, but their pamphlets were glossy and totally lacking content.”[12]

Government statistics from 2014 show that 80 percent of all cases of suicide are committed by women, making Afghanistan one of the few places in the world where such rates are higher among women. Psychologists attribute this anomaly to an endless cycle of domestic violence and poverty. The 2008 Global Rights survey found that nearly 90 percent of Afghan women have experienced domestic abuse.

“Women’s rights were supposed to be the success story of the 2001 invasion,” Naseri said. “But the legacy of war is still killing our women.”[13]

The only conception of female empowerment deemed acceptable was imposed externally through the values of liberal democracy. Any gains made for the progress of Afghan women are all attributed to the altruistic intervention of foreign powers, rather than the struggle and work of native Afghan women working within their own cultural context. That work, of course, also includes resistance to foreign occupation.

Twenty years and almost 3 trillion dollars later, the country is still in turmoil. In October, the U.N. said Afghan civilian deaths were the highest since 2014. From January to September 2018, at least 2,798 civilians were killed, and more than 5,000 others were injured. Gallup’s most recent survey of Afghans, conducted in July, revealed strikingly low levels of optimism: Afghans’ ratings of their own lives are lower than any other country in any previous year.[14]

What the selective outrage glosses over
The same people who feel upset about the fate of women in Afghanistan now would probably benefit from expanding their feelings of rage by considering other pressing issues as well. This includes learning about how the military industrial complex profiteered handsomely from an ongoing war, one that need not be ‘successful’, as long as it kept on going. The beneficiaries of the war made trillions; the biggest winners were not Afghan women but the arms firms, military contractors, mercenary firms, press barons, and politicians who will retire into the defence industries.

When it comes to Afghanistan itself, one must ask: where were the tears for Afghan women and girls when reports of Western war crimes were being suppressed? Reports of British soldiers killing children and proven cases of deaths in custody, beatings, torture, and sexual abuse of Afghan civilians are all extremely alarming incidents which have received little attention (let alone tears) thus far.[15]

Or consider when Australian Elite troops had 400 people witness prisoners, farmers, and civilians be killed, with even more egregious crimes committed, including:

– Junior soldiers were told to get their first kill by shooting prisoners, in a practice known as “blooding”.
– Weapons and other items were planted near Afghan bodies to dress them up as militants and cover up crimes.
– Additional incidents that constitute war crimes and fall under the rubric of “cruel treatment” were committed.[16]
Or how about when America punished the International Criminal Court for authorising an investigation of US forces for war crimes against civilians?[17]

Only when the rage and concern for Afghan civilians remains strong and consistent for all injustices – no matter who the perpetrators are – then the flowing liberal tears for Afghanistan’s people might be worth their salt.

Source: http://www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] https://twitter.com/North_Star88/status/1429408799450976263/photo/1

[2] https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dont-use-girls-as-justification-for-bombing-afghanistan-again/

[3] https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/costs/human/civilians/afghan

[4] https://twitter.com/NimkoAli?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

[5] https://theintercept.com/2021/08/19/afghanistan-taliban-defense-industry-media/

[6] https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/08/17/fragility-womens-rights-afghanistan

[7] https://www.crisisgroup.org/asia/south-asia/afghanistan/what-will-peace-talks-bode-afghan-women

[8] https://time.com/5472411/afghanistan-women-justice-war/

[9] https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/8/21/white-women-washing-the-uss-civilising-mission-in-afghanistan

[10] https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/world/asia/afghans-share-their-views-on-the-wests-influence.html

[11] https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/world/asia/despite-wests-efforts-afghan-youths-cling-to-traditional-ways.html?action=click&module=RelatedCoverage&pgtype=Article&region=Footer

[12] https://www.iwmf.org/reporting/were-all-handcuffed-in-this-country-why-afghanistan-is-still-the-worst-place-in-the-world-to-be-a-woman/

[13] https://time.com/5472411/afghanistan-women-justice-war/

[14] https://time.com/5472411/afghanistan-women-justice-war/

[15] https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/17/uk-government-and-military-covered-up-war-crimes-report

[16] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-54996581

[17] https://theconversation.com/us-punishes-international-criminal-court-for-investigating-potential-war-crimes-in-afghanistan-143886

FROM: islam21c.com

AFGHANISTAN THE GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES

“MANY SMALL GROUPS (‘RAG-TAG GROUPS’) HAD VANQUISHED LARGE ARMIES WITH THE PERMISSION OF ALLAH.”
(Al-Baqarah)
More than two decades ago the so-called superpowers of the world – the U.S.A. with its coalition of dozens of countries – invaded its Graveyard (Afghanistan). With its rodomontade stance it trumped that within a matter of days the “rag tag band of terrorists”, the Taliban, would be eliminated.

Today, after more than 20 years, having suffered thousands of casualties and squandering trillions of dollars in its futile attempt to wipe out the ‘rag tag band of terrorists’, the Taliban are riding on the crest of a wave.

The Taliban are on the move, striking the enemy on all fronts, and capturing scores of districts on their march to inflict the last nails in the coffin of defeat of the superpowers.

No one, but the true Mu’mineen, understands the Qur’aanic truth: “Aid is from only Allah, The Mighty.”

Along with their spiritual deficiencies and defective Tawakkul, the Taliban are still the best of today’s Ummah. It is for this reason that Allah Ta’ala has not abandoned them. Allah Ta’ala has sustained the Taliban and aided them to keep their heads high with honour. Allah Ta’ala did not allow them to be humiliated by the kuffaar as He, in His Wisdom, has brought humiliation and defeat on all other Muslim nations who have abandoned the Sunnah in their disgraceful emulation and bootlicking of the western kuffaar – the Yahood and Nasaara. Allah Azza Wa Jal has spared the Taliban from the defeat and disgrace which other segments of the Ummah are suffering at the hands of the kuffaar whose boots they are licking with relish.

The US with its coalition in the form of Nato are today fleeing from Afghanistan, abandoning the puppets whom they had installed as government. In their inordinate rush to vacate Afghanistan, the US and Nato are abandoning tens of millions of dollars of military equipment which is being captured by the Taliban.

Bagram airbase, most probably the largest of its kind, and planned by the US to be its lifelong foreign airbase, has been abandoned. The US has cleared out in haste in its flight from the Taliban.

At no stage in its Afghan trajectory of aggression and brutality, did the savage invaders of the superpowers enjoy peace. They laboured constantly under Taliban attack without respite. On land and in the mountains of Afghanistan, the forces of the superpowers could not match the Taliban. Despite the gross military inferiority of the Taliban, they inflicted heavy losses on the land forces of the superpowers who were able to brutalize and murder village folk from the air with their merciless bombardments. But on the land, the kuffaar soldiers despite all their military training and superiority of weaponry were always in defensive positions. It was the Taliban who staged the attacks while the kuffaar forces would brutalize unarmed men, women and children in remote villages. About these cowardly kuffaar forces, the Qur’aan Majeed says:

“All of them (with their coalitions) cannot fight you (O Mu’mineen!) except from inside fortified cities and from behind walls. You think that they are a united force whilst (in reality) their hearts are rent asunder. That is because they are people without understanding.”

They are cowards and morons!

WE LOVE THE TALIBAN! MAY ALLAH TA’ALA ALWAYS GUIDE AND PROTECT THEM.

FROM AL-HAQ BULLETIN #63

THE EARTH BELONGS TO ONLY ALLAH

“Musa said to his people: Seek help from Allah and have patience. Verily, the earth belongs to only Allah. He grants it to whomever He wills… … Soon will He destroy your enemy. Then He will establish you (as the rulers) in the land. (But then) He will watch how you acquit yourselves.” (Al-A’raaf, 128, 129)

After the defeat and expulsion of the Russian kuffaar from Afghanistan, followed the defeat of the other elements of fitnah and fasaad who were in anarchist control of the country. Allah Ta’ala had appointed the Taliban to eliminate the medley of warlords and the un-Islamic government which had assumed the reins of power. Allah Ta’ala had ushered the Taliban onto the stage of political power and allowed them to rule the country. The very first requisite of an Islamic government is the establishment of the Shariah. Thus, the Qur’aan Majeed states:

“When We grant them power in the land, they establish Salaat, pay (and establish the institution of) Zakaat. And, they command virtue and forbid evil, and the ultimate end of all affairs is for Allah.” (Al-Hajj, Aayat 41)

This is exactly what the Taliban had instituted. Five times daily the country would come to a standstill. Thousands of vehicles on all the roads throughout the country would come to a halt. Every Muslim had to perform Salaat. Roadblocks came into operation at Salaat times. The Musaajid could not cope with the thousands performing Salaat in Jamaat. Several Jamaats had to be conducted in most Musaajid. Alas! While Allah Ta’ala was watching the Taliban as is mentioned in the above Qur’aanic Aayat, they dismantled this beautiful system a year later, and on the advice of miscreant molvis of Pakistan became snug in the deception that there was no longer the need to enforce the observance of Salaat in the manner that had been instituted for a year. Thus, their first capital sin was to dismantle the system which they had introduced to establish regular Salaat with Jamaat in obedience to Allah’s Command. After this despicable failure, they began to slip from the Shariah by degrees. Due to deficiency in Taqwa and Tawakkul, their reliance was considerably placed on the evil, fussaaq, kuffaar Pakistani Intelligence Agency which has always been a dominant cog in the Afghan Jihad against Russia as well as against the U.S.A. Then at the behest of the Pakistani shayaateen, the Taliban engaged in overtures of odious oddities with the West to gain UN admission and even become part of the kufr Olympic games. But, their haraam overtures were humiliatingly rejected by the kuffaar. All along, Allah Ta’ala was watching this disgusting performance which had derailed the Taliban from Siraatul Mustaqeem. Then Allah Ta’ala sent His kuffaar ‘servants’ – the US with its coalition – to remove the Taliban from power. Everyone is aware of this recent history of Afghanistan in which the Taliban were displaced by Allah’s decree. It is of the Sunnah of Allah Azza Wa Jal to remove from power and to humiliate Muslims with kuffaar domination. In this regard the Qur’aan Majeed recounts the episodes of Bani Israaeel, the Muslim Ummah of bygone times:
“When the first of the two promises arrived, We sent against you Our servants who were powerful in warfare. Then they penetrated the homes, and that was a decree fulfilled. ……
And, when the second promise arrived (We sent them – the kuffaar against you) so that they disfigure your faces (brutalize nd torture you), and they entered, defiled and destroyed the Musjid (Musjidul Aqsa) as they had done aforetime, and they utterly destroyed whatever they overran.” (Bani Isaaeel, 6 and 7)
In like manner Allah Ta’ala despatched His kuffaar ‘servants’, the US with its coalition to remove the Taliban from power. But, at the same time, Allah Ta’ala did not allow these kuffaar to eliminate the Taliban. After all, in this era the Taliban are still the best segment of the Ummah. The vast majority of the Ummah today in addition to their disgusting fisq and fujoor, are in fact kuffaar themselves. They come within the purview of the Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Amr (Radhiyallahu anhu):
“The time will come when the people will assemble in their Musaajid and perform Salaat while not a single one of them will be a Mu’min.”
The fulfilment of this prediction is transpiring right in front of our eyes in this era of covid satanism. Allah Ta’ala has exposed all the Munaafiqeen masquerading as Muslims. Their fisq, fujoor and kufr have been laid bare for all to see. The Taliban appear to be on the verge of assuming power and control of the entire country. Allah Ta’ala will watch them. If there is a repeat performance of neglect – neglect of the Shariah – Allah Ta’ala will again remove them, and this time the removal may be a greater disaster. All Muslims should supplicate to Allah Ta’ala to guide and protect the Taliban. May Allah Ta’ala create the circumstances to enable them to break their ties with the evil Pakistani establishment. And this will be possible only if the Taliban focus on the very first requisite for success and victory, namely, Islaah of the nafs – Moral reformation. Minus this fundamental condition, there will only be failure, defeat and humiliation.

FROM AL-HAQ BULLETIN NUMBER 63

WILL THE TALIBAN FULFIL THEIR COVENANT WITH ALLAH TA’ALA?

This is the vital question which all sincere Muslims of the Sunnah are asking. Beyond the current auro of euphoria over the victory granted to the Taliban by Allah Azza Wa Jal, dark clouds of apprehension and trepidation are discerned. Those who are able to read between the lines – those who have some farsightedness, do discern the development of a culture of acquiescence and ingratiation to gain kuffaar recognition. In the wake of the resounding and lightning victory granted to the Taliban by Allah Ta’ala, there appears to be an ominous silence on the part of the Taliban regarding the establishment of the Shariah. While the kuffaar UN enemy of Islam has emphasized its abhorrence for the establishment of the Islamic Amaarate which was the manifesto of the Taliban since they had been displaced from power more than 20 years ago, the Taliban has neither rebutted the enemy nor proclaimed the establishment of the Shariah. While they speak of the formation of a government, they are silent about the Shariah. It is reported that the senior leader of the Taliban, Amir Khan Muttaqi, is in Kabul negotiating with the political ‘leadership including a former American puppet president, Hamid Karzai. The idea is to bring un-Islamic characters into the government. This will be a fatal flaw which will invite the Wrath of Allah Azza Wa Jal. The ‘friendly relations’ which the Taliban have created with the swine-eaters of China where millions of Muslims have been brutalized and still are being brutalized, are cause for consternation. Will the Taliban violate their covenant with Allah Ta’ala as was the standard practice of Bani Israaeel? It appears that the Taliban are turning their backs on Muslims who are being brutalized by the kuffaar. Let us make dua that Allah Ta’ala guides the Taliban and grants them the taufeeq to fulfil their covenant with Allah Ta’ala. Should they betray the Amaanat, Allah Ta’ala will swiftly once again remove them again from the scene. Insha-Allah, in a future article the Taliban shall be discussed in greater detail – their rise, their fall, their rise again and their many defects.

FROM AL-HAQ BUL #63

The man who sold me to the Americans gets a death penalty

Moazzam Begg shares his thoughts upon hearing the death sentence being handed down to Pervez Musharraf:

I can’t say I was excited when I read the news earlier this week that former Pakistani President and army General, Pervez Musharraf, was sentenced to death for high treason.

During my time as a prisoner of the US military in Guantanamo, I was told that I could be facing execution if I failed to co-operate. Although I’d neither been charged with a crime nor faced any prosecution, US interrogators told me that execution chambers were being built and that justice would be swift. Two decades later, not a single Guantanamo prisoner has been convicted for the 9/11 attacks.

When this news reached my family in Britain,[1] it had a devastating effect. My wife, who had given birth to my youngest child five months after I was detained, was almost paralysed with fear for days. My father, may Allāh have mercy on him, who had at one time been an ardent supporter of Musharraf, redoubled his efforts to fight for my release.

My father was the son of a captain in the British Indian Army who fought in World War II, later migrating to Pakistan after the partition of India. Our family tree goes right back to the period of the last Mughal emperor. It states: “Mirza Abdul Raheem Begg was an officer in the army of Aurangzeb.” In a sense, I was brought up with great respect for the army.

I had grown up loving Pakistan. I’d lived in Karachi, Sargodha, Lahore, and Peshawar. I’d traversed the breathtaking Karakoram Highway and travelled from the beautiful city of Muzaffarabad, witnessing the jaw-dropping magnificence of Gilgit and the Hunza Valley. But, I also saw the ugliest side of Pakistan and it was all under the rule of General Pervez Musharraf.

In the summer of 2001, I travelled with my family to Kabul to work on a project building a girls’ school in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Shortly before the US-led invasion, we evacuated and fled to Pakistan, taking up residence in Islamabad where we awaited the end of hostilities.

At midnight on 31st January, 2002, I was about to turn in for the night when the door-bell rang. When I opened the door, I didn’t realise it would be the last time I’d see my wife and children for the next three years.

The details of what happened next are well documented.[2] Suffice to say that I was shackled, hooded, abducted, and disappeared at gunpoint by Pakistani ISI and US CIA agents, taken to a secret prison where I was held for three weeks. I witnessed prisoners being beaten mercilessly.

The Pakistanis said they knew I’d done nothing wrong but they had “no choice” and that it was all because of American threats to “bomb Pakistan into the Stone Age” [3] if they didn’t cooperate – something Musharraf later confirmed.

But it wasn’t just the threats; money had something to do with it too. Shortly after my release from Guantanamo, I wrote Enemy Combatant. Not long after that, my publishers, Simon and Schuster, published Musharraf’s memoir, In the Line of Fire in which he responded to criticisms that Pakistan wasn’t doing enough to fight terrorism:

“Those who habitually accuse us of not doing enough in the war on terror should simply ask the CIA how much prize money it has paid to the government of Pakistan.” [4]

My family began ‘habeas’ proceedings in Pakistan on my behalf straight after I was taken. A judge even issued an order to the Ministry of Interior instructing me to be released or brought to court. It replied with a sworn statement that I was not in their custody. Of course I wasn’t; they had already handed me over to the Americans.

Around half of the 779 prisoners who were sent to Guantanamo were detained by Pakistan and were handed over to the US without any legal process. The procedure known as “extraordinary rendition” was a euphemism for abduction, false imprisonment, and torture, and Musharraf was happy to get paid for it. What he didn’t realise, however, was that he’d sealed a terrible fate for his country.

Pakistan allowed America the use of its airspace and soil to launch cruise missile and aerial strikes into Afghanistan killing thousands. It has led to the longest war in US history.

The war gave rise to the Pakistan Tehreek-eTaliban (PTT) and other groups which carried out attacks against the army as well as civilians in retaliation for military incursions and drone strikes in the tribal region. Tens of thousands were killed. As a result, Musharraf introduced emergency rule in which he seized power,[5] suspended the constitution and elections, arrested Supreme Court judges, and banned the media from publishing anything that criticised him or the military. These are some of the reasons why Musharraf was convicted for treason this week.

In my mind, however, Pervez Musharraf has yet to stand trial for what he did to people like Amina Masoud Janjua.[6] She has been fighting to locate her husband who disappeared in Pakistani military custody in 2005 and has not been heard of to date. Musharraf was also responsible for the fate of Aafia Siddiqui’s 5-year disappearance in 2003 in Pakistani custody only to resurface in Afghanistan facing dubious charges of attempted murder and a subsequent 86-year prison sentence in the US.

In 2010, I returned to Pakistan with Yvonne Ridley to make a film about the house I was kidnapped from. [7] We met with others who’d suffered a similar fate, including Amina and Aafia’s family. I recounted to the Pakistani press all of the abuses we’d suffered, from witnessing the desecration of the Quran to the violation of our bodies.[8] There was no escaping the role of Musharraf in all of this.

Pakistan’s former military leader will probably never return home to face his sentence, but there is a sense that Divine Justice is being carried out. I still remember the brothers’ prayers against him in the middle of the night, when nothing stirred except the sounds of crickets and the soft Caribbean breeze rubbing the barbed wired against the razor wire.

Maybe one day Musharraf will understand the power of that prayer and reflect on the words of the Noble Prophet who said:

واتق دعوة المظلوم فإنه ليس بينها وبين الله حجاب

“And fear the prayer of the oppressed for between it and Allah there is no barrier.”

Source: http://www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2979076.stm

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2zusq-BDbM

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/sep/22/pakistan.usa

[4] https://www.aljazeera.com/archive/2006/10/2008491459193557.html

[5] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-emergency/musharraf-imposes-emergency-rule-idUSCOL19928320071103?sp=true

[6] https://www.cage.ngo/amina-masood-janjua-leading-human-rights-campaigner-arrested-amid-police-violence-paki

[7] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYt48xR_Wpc

[8] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4535491.stm

AFTER 17 YEARS OF WAR, TOP U.S. COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN ADMITS TALIBAN CANNOT BE DEFEATED

Published time: 2 Nov, 2018 10:33 © Reuters / Mohammad Ismail
The Afghanistan war cannot be won militarily and peace will only be achieved through a political resolution with the Taliban, the newly-appointed American general in charge of US and NATO operations has conceded.
In his first interview since taking command of NATO’s Resolute Support mission in September, Gen. Austin Scott Miller provided NBC News with a surprisingly candid assessment of the seemingly never-ending conflict, which began with the US invasion of Afghanistan in October, 2001.
“This is not going to be won militarily. This is going to a political solution,” Miller said.
He mused that the Taliban is also tired of fighting and may be interested in starting to “work through the political piece” of the 17-year-old war.
But it’s not clear if the Taliban is open to negotiations. Last month, a top Taliban commander told RT, in a rare interview, that the group’s leaders had no desire to negotiate with the Americans.
Described for years as a stalemate, the conflict has been tipping in the Taliban’s favor in recent months. Even by US military estimates, the Afghan government controls or influences just over half of the country’s 407 districts – a record low since the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, began tracking district control in November 2015.
To make matters worse, casualties among Afghan government forces have skyrocketed in recent months. Afghan security forces suffered 1,000 fatalities in August and September, according to the Pentagon.
Miller’s desire for a political settlement was echoed earlier by the State Department, which said in August that the US was doing everything it could to facilitate peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
The new US commander has experienced the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan first-hand. In October, Miller survived a Taliban attack in Kandahar, which left a prominent Afghan warlord and local intelligence chief dead.
https://www.rt.com/usa/442939-miller-afghanistan-war-lost-taliban/

THE TALIBAN

THE TALIBAN
Q. Someone says that the Taliban have sold their souls to the U.S.A. Since they are now friends, the U.S. is preparing to leave Afghanistan. Is this correct? Please comment
A. The Taliban did not sell their souls. We are not aware of the current position on the ground. According to the latest report, the U.S. is not pulling out of Afghanistan.
Be that as it may. If the Taliban enter into some form of treaty with the U.S.A., it will not follow that they will be selling their souls. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahaabah also had entered into treaties with the mushrikeen and the Christians. Political circumstances dictate such peace treaties. The Shariah makes provision for treaties with the enemy.
Today, the Taliban are still the best of all groups despite their weaknesses. The Taliban have been fighting the world’s super powers for 18 years, and they are still upholding their Jihad. We make dua that Allah Ta’ala guides and protects them. May Allah Ta’ala grant them victory.
It should be understood that the Taliban are not the Sahaabah nor are they Auliya. They are, Alhamdulillah, good Muslims. They are not zindeeqs such as the vast majority of Muslims all over the world. Despite their shortcomings, they are still the best. Their beliefs are not corrupt. It is unreasonable and sinful to make gheebat about them, to slander them and to criticize them without justification. Those sitting in the comforts of their homes thousands of miles from the war zone of Afghanistan are in gross error for doling out opinions on the basis of press reports. Just make dua for them. May Allah Ta’ala grant them victory.

AFGHANISTAN DEFEAT FOR AMERICA

By Major Danny Sjursen

The U.S. military has been at war in Afghanistan for more than 17 years. There’s a prevailing maxim, both inside the armed forces and around the Beltway, that goes something like this:
“The U.S. can never be militarily defeated in any war,” certainly not by some third world country. Heck, I used to believe that myself. That’s why, in regard to Afghanistan, we’ve been told that while America could lose the war due to political factors (such as the lack of grit among “soft” liberals or defeatists), the military could never and will never lose on the battlefield.

That entire maxim is about to be turned on its head. Get ready, because we’re about to lose this war militarily.

Consider this: the U.S. military has advised, assisted, battled, and bombed in Afghanistan for 17-plus years. Ground troop levels have fluctuated from lows of some 10,000 to upwards of 100,000 servicemen and women. None of that has achieved more than a tie, a bloody stalemate. Now, in the 18th year of this conflict, the Kabul-Washington coalition’s military is outright losing.
Let’s begin with the broader measures. The Taliban controls or contests more districts—some 44 percent—than at any time since the 2001 invasion. Total combatant and civilian casualties are forecasted to top 20,000 this year—another dreadful broken record. What’s more, Afghan military casualties are frankly unsustainable: the Taliban are killing more than the government can recruit. The death rates are staggering, numbering 5,500 fatalities in 2015, 6,700 in 2016, and an estimate (the number is newly classified) of “about 10,000” in 2017. Well, some might ask, what about American airpower—can’t that help stem the Taliban tide? Hardly. In 2018, as security deteriorated and the Taliban made substantial gains, the U.S. actually dropped more bombs than in any other year of the war. It appears that nothing stands in the way of impending military defeat.

Then there are the very recent events on the ground—and these are telling. Insider attacks in which Afghan “allies” turn their guns on American advisors are back on the rise, most recently in an attack that wounded a U.S. Army general and threatened the top U.S. commander in the country. And while troop numbers are way down from the high in 2011, American troops deaths are rising. Over the Thanksgiving season alone, a U.S. Army Ranger was killed in a friendly fire incident and three other troopers died in a roadside bomb attack. And in what was perhaps only a (still disturbing) case of misunderstood optics, the top U.S. commander, General Miller, was filmed carrying his own M4 rifle around Afghanistan. That’s a long way from the days when then-General Petraeus (well protected by soldiers, of course) walked around the markets of Baghdad in a soft cap and without body armour.

More importantly, the Afghan army and police are getting hammered in larger and larger attacks and taking unsustainable casualties. Some 26 Afghan security forces were killed on Thanksgiving, 22 policemen died in an attack on Sunday, and on Tuesday 30 civilians were killed in Helmand province. And these were only the high-profile attacks, dwarfed by the countless other countrywide incidents. All this proves that no matter how hard the U.S. military worked, or how many years it committed to building an Afghan army in its own image, and no matter how much air and logistical support that army received, the Afghan Security Forces cannot win. The sooner Washington accepts this truth over the more comforting lie, the fewer of our adulated American soldiers will have to die. Who is honestly ready to be the last to die for a mistake, or at least a hopeless cause?
Now, admittedly, this author is asking for trouble—and fierce rebuttals—from both peers and superiors still serving on active duty. And that’s understandable.
The old maxim of military invincibility soothes these men, mollifies their sense of personal loss, whether of personal friends or years away from home, in wars to which they’ve now dedicated their entire adult lives. Questioning whether there even is a military solution in Afghanistan, or, more specifically, predicting a military defeat, serves only to upend their mental framework surrounding the war.
Still, sober strategy and basic honesty demands a true assessment of the military situation in America’s longest war. The Pentagon loves metrics, data, and stats. Well, as demonstrated daily on the ground in Afghanistan, all the security (read: military) metrics point towards impending defeat. At best, the Afghan army, with ample U.S. advisory detachments and air support, can hold on to the northernmost and westernmost provinces of the country, while a Taliban coalition overruns the south and east. This will be messy, ugly, and discomfiting for military and civilian leaders alike. But unless Washington is prepared to redeploy 100,000 soldiers to Afghanistan (again)—and still only manage a tie, by the way—it is also all but inevitable.
The United States military did all it was asked during more than 17 years of warfare in Afghanistan. It raided, it bombed, it built, it surged, it advised, it…everything. Still, none of that was sufficient. Enough Afghans either support the Taliban or hate the occupation, and managed, through assorted conventional and unconventional operations, to fight on the ground. And “on the ground” is all that really matters. This war may well have been ill-advised and unwinnable from the start.
There’s no shame in defeat. But there is shame, and perfidy, in avoiding or covering up the truth. It’s what the whole military-political establishment did after Vietnam, and, I fear, it’s what they’re doing again.
Maj. Danny Sjursen / The American Conservative Source : TruthDig – drilling beneath the headlines
Published – 01 Dec 2018

TALIBAN ATTACK KILLS 190

TALIBAN ATTACK KILLS 190 PUPPET’S MILITARY PERSONNEL

A Taliban attack in central Afghanistan 3 days ago, killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 100, amid government silence about one of the most deadly insurgent attacks in months.

Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training centre of the National Directorate for Security in Maidan Wardak province, west of the capital Kabul. At least two gunmen followed up, spraying the compound with gunfire before they were shot down.

“We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training centre, eight special commandoes are among the dead,” said a senior official in the defence ministry in Kabul, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Local officials also said that scores of troops and NDS personnel were killed in the attack but there was no official confirmation of the casualty toll, with officials ordered not to talk to media for fear of damaging morale.

“I have been told not to make the death toll figures public. It is frustrating to hide the facts,” said a senior interior ministry official in Kabul.

The complex attack on a highly secured base underlined the heavy pressure facing Afghan security forces as increasingly confident Taliban fighters have stepped up operations, even as diplomatic efforts to agree a peaceful settlement to the conflict have begun.

Taliban insurgents, fighting to drive out international forces from Afghanistan and reintroduce their version of strict Islamic law, claimed responsibility for the attack, which spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said killed 190 people.

The attack, the most serious against Afghan forces in months, occurred on the same day that Taliban representatives met Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, in Qatar.

Last week, Taliban fighters set off a car bomb outside a highly fortified compound killing at least five people and wounding more than 110 in the capital, Kabul but casualties from yesterday’s attack appear to have been far higher.

Sharif Hotak, a member of the provincial council in Maidan Wardak, said he saw the bodies of 35 members of the Afghan forces in the hospital.

“Many more were killed. Several bodies were transported to Kabul city and many injured were transferred to hospitals in Kabul,” said Hotak, adding that “the government was hiding the accurate casualty figures to prevent a further dip in morale of the Afghan forces.”

Yesterday’s attack caused the biggest casualty total suffered by Afghan forces since August 2018, when the Taliban overran central Ghazni province. That confrontation killed 150 Afghan security forces and 95 civilians dead, as well as hundreds of Taliban fighters, said officials then.

President Ashraf Ghani’s office said in a statement the “enemies of the country” had carried out the attack and had killed and wounded “a number of our beloved and honest sons”.

In recent years the Afghan government has stopped releasing detailed casualty figures but U.S. commanders have said repeatedly that the losses being suffered by Afghan forces are “unsustainable”. Last year Ghani said 28,000 Afghan police officers and soldiers had been killed since 2015.

The British embassy in Afghanistan said yesterday’s casualties were “a stark reminder of the sacrifice the Afghan security and defence forces make for their country”.

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