The Culture of Martyrdom

By Shaykh Anwar al Awlaki, may Allah have mercy upon him

The tree of martyrdom in the Arabian Peninsula has ripened. And now is the time for harvest. And so Allah the glorious has taken martyrs from amongst these men. From these are Shaikh Abdullah Al Mihdaar (may Allah have mercy on him), and Shaikh Muhammad Umair Al Kilvee (may Allah have mercy on him) and the virtuous brother Abu Saalih Muhammad Al Kaazimy and others. Allah the glorious, has taken them as martyrs.

Those who do not see by this view, they see them to be as those who have made losses. They do not know that they (the martyrs) are the ones who have made gains in this trade, because this is a trade with Allah the glorious.
When Allah the glorious chooses a person as a martyr, it is an honour for that person, and a favour from Allah the glorious. It is not a loss. It is never ever a loss. Therefore the people should learn the culture of martyrdom, that this martyrdom is a favour and a grace from Allah the glorious, and it is not a loss.

The tribes should never view these men who have been killed as losers. Rather it is a gain and an honor for them.They should feel honoured by the list of martyrs that they have offered, with every tribe being proud of this… “So and so tribe has offered such and such a number of martyrs, so and so tribe has offered such and such number of martyrs…” in this way.

In the time of the Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) they used to boast and take pride in how much more they would offer to Islam. They would not boast nor take pride in worldly matters. Competition is not for the worldly matters. Competing and hastening is not for the worldly matters. “So for this let the competitors compete.” (Surah Al Mutaffifin, v.26)- for the matters of the hereafter, and not for the worldly matters. So Allah the glorious has honoured the Mujahideen on this earth by choosing from amongst them to be martyrs, and for them to be from the first of these batches whose martyrdom will take place at the hands of the crusader campaign. As for martyrdom, it is continuous, as we have mentioned, it is still in season. But this new campaign which is spearheaded by America directly, this is the first set…

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