From the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
The dead live by their words, and what their fingertips have written. They live by the truth of their words and the steadfastness of their attitudes despite the demise of their bodies and the ascension of their souls. The words written by their hands will endure and revive and awaken hope after they have sacrificed themselves, their wealth, their blood and their worldly life for the sake for what they wrote, (which emanated) from their firm values and deep seated principles in the cause of the Deen. On that day, although they are dead, Islam and the Muslims shall triumph through them. The people of faith will be glorified and the people of shirk and idolatry will be humiliated and life will be honorable and dignified. Their blood and their sacrifices are the fuel and the fire that will eliminate injustice and take away sorrow and pain. Justice will prevail and the oppressed will be victorious. The prisons will be emptied and the oppressed set free. Their will not be any loss of rights and justice will spread.
When the living are dead, although their bodies are still walking on the earth, they have no life. Their hearts are dead because they exist only for their own whims, comforts and desires. They have collected the wages of their employment, the wages given for their sermons and fatwas, for their war against Islam and the defenders of the Deen. They were weak and the price was cheap: a few dirhams or fame mixed with the blood of the noble and the free. They fall before the Lord of all creation in their councils and on their satellite networks while they are drowning in loss from the soles of their feet to the crowns of the heads. They remove (people from Islam), mislead them and make them jahili. From their own mouths all who oppose them are foolish-minded or young. They speak of the good qualities of those who destroy the Deen, the evil rulers who are the kuffars agents while maintaining silence of their wicked deeds and the tools used in their work of destruction. This is no surprise when they themselves are the slaves of these corrupt leaders. And the people of truth and conviction are people of deviation and clear error.
When the cowardly has left the land forsaken….only discredit and conflict will be sought when they are the ones who speak of the condition of the Ummah and the state of the Muslims. Islam and the Muslims will be humiliated and life will be one of injustice and abuse.
Countries will be occupied and the Quran defiled. That which is sacred will be destroyed, the pure maidens will be raped and honor will be ravaged in order to revive from death upon the skulls of the innocent, the blood of the noble and the deaths of the guiltless. At their hands will come the day in which Islam will be washed away as a garment is washed away and neither fasting nor charity; nor piety will be understood. But they will meet a poor fate and come to an evil end for what they have done to the Ummah, for the blood they have spilled with their fatwas, for their silence about the truth and for the assistance they have given to falsehood. Yet, they will think that they have done well:
“Is he then, to whom the evil of his conduct is made alluring, so that he looks upon it as good…”
Sayyid Qutb was one that it was believed that his words would be lost and erased from hearts and minds of the believers. Yet, his words have endured as if they were carved in rock and stone. The words of those who attempted to destroy his honor and his writings have died, even though they were seduced by his writings and his books. Allah has exposed them, disgraced them. They are dead even though they are still alive, while Sayyid Qutb lives even though he is dead.
Sayyid Qutb paid the price of his words with his own blood. As for those who received their wages for their speeches, books and articles criticizing Sayyid, and those who stole his words and collected their salaries from the publishing houses, or promoted themselves and earned a reputation on the satellite networks by criticizing him:
Sayyid Qutb is living even though he has died and they are dead even though some of them are still living.
Many of the sons of this Da’wa lived, and their words lived with them, when they revived among people the glory of the Deen, and it was accepted and resonated. The righteous and the truthful gathered about them and on that day purity was not mingled with the defects of this world and it was not polluted with disturbances caused by whims or desires or phony fatwas of favoritism. The words of truth and sincerity were strenghth for the faithful. They lived and their words lived as sources of light and guidance, and the people of piety and faith followed in their footsteps.
Suddenly this affection declined and receded and was taken by death. Perhaps someone will rescue or pay attention to it. Suddenly it becomes nothing more than a memory forgotten after they chose the life of this world over the life of the hereafter after they chose to live by principles and ideas of the West, the logic of the minds of those who disbelieve in Allah. They had changed their paths and turned their ideologies and ideas upside down. They shed their values and principles and the secularists gathered around them. They became the companions of the secularists and the liberals and, by their words, became secularists themselves. So the righteous and true abandoned them. None remain in their presence except some of the misled, the seduced, the secularists, the liberals and the democrats. So they have died while they are still alive. Their fatwas are circulated by the soldiers of the marines, by the vulgar, the men of surrender. the treacherous and the people of defeat. They meet on the satellite networks and criticize those whose field is the arena of Jihad and martyrdom. The birds of a feather flock together.
Ahmed Ibn Hanbal (Imam of the Ahlus Sunnah) has died and yet what he wrote lives on. His words have been redeemed and his body was flogged, imprisoned and tortured by the executioners yet his memory lives on.
Ibn Abu Dawud and those with him died after they spent their lives in the palace living on the screams and pain of Ibn Hanbal while they themselves dwelt in comfort. Their ideas and beliefs died with them and they have no worth except begging, injustice, subjugation to slavery and love of passions. How can such a worth bear any remnant of the truth? Ibn Abu Dawud died imprisoned inside his own paralyzed body which for four years did not possess the power to move.
As for Ibn Taymiyya, his memory is immortal until today and maybe even until Allah inherits the earth and those upon it. He composed his message of Astightaha, but the people of innovation and whim were not impressed, as is indeed the case with them always and everywhere. So Ali bin Yaqub al-Bakari attacked him. Ibn Taymiyya then declared him kaffir and demanded his death. But the rulers joined forces and incited the people them against (al-Bakari). He was reviled, cursed and imprisoned. They went to great lengths to harm him until they gathered with a mob against him. They struck him harm until he was exposed and fled. When the earth pressed around him he could find none but Ibn Taymiyya, in whose house he hid. Allah has exalted the memory of Ibn Taymiyya and his message lives on. His enemies have died and their ideas have died with them.
These men sacrificed for the sake of their words and their writings. They did not eat by them and they did not beg through the ink of their books. They avoided the uncertain and forbidden areas. They did not find their nourishment in the efforts of others or from harming or slandering them. They did not accept the pleasures of this world. They threw all of that behind them, as opposed to their opponents who – because they cursed, reviled and criticized the people of truth, faith and Jihad. They chose this life and favored the people of falsehood, error and deviation and are now lost and cursed and forgotten.