Salaam 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullah,
Thought I'd share something I found.
It's by a sister who goes by Umm Saad, she apparently spent much time with the Mujaahideen in 'Iraq and this is an article by her exposing their carefulness in battle and their will to not even harm a single non-civilian.
By Umm Saad
[/font]Once a new member joined the group of Al Qaeda organization at the beginning of the American occupation when they required one more member to complete the shortage of men in order to carry out an operation
That group was an elite group that worked silently, efficiently and expertly. Their number did not exceed 9 but they were 9 human lions led by a defiant Lion, who I can not describe, for my words might fall short in describing his greatness. Can I describe his adherence, or his bravery or his generosity or his liberality or his mental insight or his excessive intelligence?
And we exalt none over Allaah Ta'aala.
I had parted with that man (Amir), perhaps for several years, and when I met him again and came to know that he is from the pure men of Al Qaeda I said in myself- Woe to you America! What will happen to you if such are the men of Al Qaeda?
I do not know the mental abilities of “Muhammad Atta”, except what is revealed of his cleverness through the September attacks, but I think this Amir, exceeded the intelligence of Muhammad Atta by, say for, a 100 times.
So you can imagine how enormously clever this man was!
And I am not exaggerating.
I will not prolong in his description for the subject here is to describe an incident that took place before me.
I was amazed at it, just as you will be, I suppose.
And when you will compare between what I say, and what the enemies are portraying about the Al Qaeda’s ethics in war.
That group decided to perform an assassination operation on one of the Top officials working in the interior ministry at the beginning of its setup after the occupation. The plan was that the brothers would spread around the house of the puppet and over one of the bridges, close to his house that was guarded by some of his private guards. The (zero hour) hour of attack was when the puppet would attempt to come out of his house.
[font="Century Gothic"]That man had been watched and kept under surveillance for more than a month so the timings were very accurate. The group was in its base revising the plan of the attack and reminding each member of his duty and the Amir was trying to reply to the questions that might be have occurred to the brothers, especially that new member for who this was the very first operation. And because he wanted to follow them when he came to know that they are an organization and that they are adherent and well planned.
The Amir was engrossed in explaining the plan and reminding the group of what elevates its determination.
The new member was very excited and he wanted to express some of his (many) questions as is the case with most of the new members in any place, and his first question was directly against the plan.
“Why should we wait for that puppet instead of attacking him? Why don’t we enter into his house and get rid of him inside the house after a quick raid operation killing his companions?”
The Amir kept quiet for a while as if trying to absorb the outburst of that new member in working with them, then he said to him,
“We cannot raid into the house fearing the presence of unveiled women, and from fear of seeing what we are not supposed to from the women of the house. And we would not like to disobey Allah when we have come out to obey Him.”
The new member was amazed at the reply, for he was not used to the idea of a project being limited with what would hinder the application of steps to accomplish the goals.
Is it possible for a group that is attempting an assassination operation with all the difficulty and risk it involves to increase the difficulty of the operation by trying to implement Islamic laws?!
The member did not think that there was a group that adhered to such strict Islamic thinking or tried to implement the Islamic limits that the group had taken as established rules in the details of its operation, no matter how small it is!
After he grasped this answer with difficulty, he murmured a little and them came up with a new question saying,
“As long as we know when that puppet is going to come out, why don’t we plant a roadside bomb at his doorstep and finish the matter?”
The Amir said, “We have done that before, but the Shiite neighbors would discover the bomb and inform about it.”
The new member replied in less haste, “Then, let’s blow up the road itself for they deserve to die because they help this man and because they are Shiites.”
And perhaps because he knew what the answer would be he jumped to another question
“Lets suppose that one of the passersby recognizes one of us, what should we do? Can we kill him in order to protect the secrecy of our identities?”
At that time the man was thunderstruck with the answer he received
The Amir said,
“Who has permitted you the blood of that man?”
“We have come out in the way of Allah and our safety is preferable over the safety of the general.”
The Amir was amazed at the answer and said,
“If you bring to me (Islaamic) legal evidence that permits the killing of that man for this reason then I will permit you to kill him.”
The man became silent for a while as if telling that I do not have a legal evidence and then said,
“Then what should the person who has been found out do?”
The Amir said,
“If one of the group member, supposes that he has been found out by one of the passersby, then he is supposed to leave his house and the area in which he is and discover another area where he can hide himself and is not found out.”
The new member said,
“I should leave my house and leave him?”
The Amir said,
In the plan the position of the new member had been specified on the bridge which was a little aloof from the rest of the group and was a little risky as to falling in captivity.
So he returned to asking another question after being shocked by the previous answer.
“What if one of us is surrounded by the police and we fall in their hands during the operation?”
The Amir said,
“We will not leave the member get arrested and we will defend him and release him no matter what it takes.”
At that time the new member was satisfied, and he went out with the group enthusiastically after he felt for the first time that he is doing Jihad according to the Islamic Shari’ah and its ethics and not according to the Shari’ah of “Ba’ath” or “National” or the “goal justifies the action” that is followed by most of the Iraqis.
I swear by Allah that what I have related is the truth and it happened before my eyes, with some alteration in the words.
I would not make this promise had I not suspected some of the people to say “These are mere rumors.”
And if I try to tell you the behavior of some of the Arab Mujahideen who fought and died because of it, then you will be amazed all the more.
Yes there are some mistakes, and there is no group that doesn’t do mistakes, except if it is doing nothing!
But we are very much astonished when the enemies attempt to make
The rare happenings a general event,
And individual mistakes a methodology,
And from the decrees, a way of dealing.
And then there are people who believe them.
And they know that we are not fighting them except with this religion and with its Shar’iah and ethics.
See my dear brothers, May Allah guide us.
If we spread through the media or by ourselves, such instances of the manners of the Mujahideen in War, will there remain any one who would admeasure the Mujahideen or abandon or criticize them.
It is a battle of hearts; if we win the hearts of our enemies then we might occupy their lands without battles!!!