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Battles of Ramadan (2) The battle of shaqhab

Imam Ibn Kathir spoke about this battle in his book “Al Bidaaya Wa Nihaaya” and focused a lot on the role of his Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah in it.

The confidence Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah had for achieving victory was great and he would swear saying that we will be victorious while the people would ask him to say “if Allah wills”. So he would reply “It will definitely happen. It does not need to be said “if Allah wills”.

– This is how the religious guides must be because no matter how great the size of his enemy, he must incite the people and plant the seed of hope and certainty in them, because as Abdullah al Adam said “The (real) loss is the loss of the fighting spirit”.

Ibn Taymiyyah went to Hama and informed them that the Egyptian and Syrian armies had made their decision and had agreed to fight, and so he asked them to also join. And the people of Hama agreed to join these armies.

– Likewise the role of the religious guides should be to unify the ranks, and not to split them, as the Tartars did not distinguish between an Egyptian, or a Syrian, or a Sunni or an innovator.

The people differed about the fight against the Tartars as to which category does the fight fall under (as categorized by the religion), and Shaykh ul Islam clarified and resolved the matter early.

So enlightening the people about what kind of fighting it is will remove the unclarity, and if this matter is not clarified and resolved there will remain doubts and a lot of worry about the legitimacy of the battle and its validity which will have a negative effect on the army’s unity and stability.

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “If you see me alongside the Tartars with a Mushaf (Quran) on my head, then kill me”.

– And here he is further clarifying by putting extra emphasis on the legitimacy of the battle. He wanted to totally remove any doubt and concern. So he said if you see me in the ranks of the Tartars then do not hesitate to kill me…! So be certain that you are upon the truth and I would be upon falsehood (if I join the ranks of the Tartars)…! And that the truth will not become falsehood and falsehood will not become the truth if I join the Tartars and be with them…! Here the Shaykh is telling them to follow the truth and not him as a person.

The Shaykh went out of the castle to attend the fighting and the people said to him “you have prevented us from leaving and here you are fleeing the country!!!” The Shaykh ul Islam did not reply to them but soon when he returned with the victorious army the people rejoiced at him and prayed for him and congratulated him for the good that Allah made possible at his hands.

– Likewise every reformer and his actions will be looked at with suspicion by the people a lot, so he should not pay attention to that but rather let his actions be an answer to them..! It was actions which changed the view of the people about Ibn Taymiyyah.

Ibn Taymiyyah also issued a Fatwa for the Mujahideen to break their fast during the days in Ramadan so that they would be strong before the fight, and he applied his Fatwa in practice. He went around meeting the soldiers and the leaders while eating, and so the people ate along with him.

– This shows how important it is for the one who gives the Fatwa to be the first one to act upon it himself so that the people will feel reassured. Otherwise they will say “If what you are saying is the truth then why don’t you act upon it?” And by that they will lose faith in the one who gives Fatwa and will spread doubts about him. So by him acting on his Fatwa, it firstly will leave the opponents no way to attack him, and secondly it will reassure the supporters and will make them trust in him.

(Refer to the book “Al Bidaaya Wa Nihaaya” (The beginning and the end) by Ibn Kathir (16/23)

– By Ahmed Al Hamdan


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Battles of Ramadan (1)

After the Mongols invaded the Muslim world the cities fell easily because the Muslims had lost their desire to fight due to the brutality of the Mongols in their killing and destruction, and so they reached a state of despair and they said that the Mongols were Gog and Magog who were to come out at the end of times. In fact, Imam Ibn al Atheer, before he died, wrote about the state of the nation and its collapse in the face of the Mongols saying:

“For many years I remained not wanting to mention this incident due to its enormity and I hated to mention it. I would put one foot forward towards that while the other foot would lag behind, because who is there for whom it would be easy to write the announcement of the death of Islam and of the Muslims? And who is the one for whom it would be easy to mention that? I wish, if only my mother had not given birth to me and if only I had died before this incident happening and I had become something forgotten and in oblivion”.

The Mongols were able to overthrow the Abbasid Caliphate and so the Muslims for the first time ever were without a Caliphate..!

Then they took control over Shaam, and there did not remain any authority for the Muslims except in Egypt which became the last fortress of the Muslims…!

The leader in Egypt was the hope, after Allah the Almighty, for the Muslims. All the Islamic regions had fallen (Central Asia, Khurasan, Iraq, Shaam) and only Egypt remained, after which the rest of the provinces would fall in succession.

The leader of Egypt, who at that time was the hero Qutuz, was in a very difficult position. The Mongols sent to him a message threatening him and telling him to surrender or he will face the fate of those who preceded him. So he killed the messengers of the Mongols and suspended their heads on the walls of the palaces.

Then when Qutuz prepared his army he said a statement to the leaders of the Muslims: “Oh leaders of the Muslims, there was a time when you would eat from the treasury of the Muslims and you hated Jihad. Here I am going forward, and whoever wants let him follow me, and whoever wants to remain behind then the sin of the Muslim women (falling into the hands of the enemy) will be on his neck”.

So he created zeal within the souls of the leaders and they all got prepared, not a single person remained behind. And the two armies met each other in a fateful battle, a battle which history immortalized and commemorated, a battle which the Muslims will never ever forget.

The battle of Ayn Jaloot (an area near Gaza now) began, and the ranks got engaged in the fight. The Muslims in Egypt prayed and pleaded in humiliation to Allah. It was either Islam or Kufr..!

The battle got fierce and the fight intensified. Qutuz who was present in the battle, got down from his horse and shouted at the top of his voice “Waa Islamaah..! Waa Islamaah..!” (Oh Islam, Oh Islam), and then he prostrated on the ground and put his face on the soil pleading earnestly to Allah and supplicating saying “Oh Allah, give victory to Islam”.

Then the miracle happened and victory finally descended and the Islamic nation breathed a sigh of relief. The Mongols got shattered and smashed. The battle turned to be most fierce and the Muslims tried not to capture a single Mongol soldier. And so they killed them all and not a single person amongst them remained alive…!

– “Al Bidaaya Wa Nihaaya” (The beginning and the end) by Ibn Kathir (13/220)

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Tawheed is the Foundation of all Foundations – By Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi

Tawheed is the Foundation of all Foundations

Whoever neglects the foundations will be prevented from reaching the destination


By the noble Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi

May Allah keep him steadfast


Translated by Al Muwahideen Media


Due to the importance of Tawheed, and because for us it comes first and always, we return once more to focus our attention at the terrible annoyance felt by some due to us following the model of our Prophet ﷺ by us frequently talking about Tawheed while they say that the Ummah already believes in Tawheed and is not in a need for the call towards Tawheed!

No doubt, such inconsistent speech is one of the things that clearly confirm the need for many of the preachers and fighters to study Tawheed, and to understand it and to know what are the actions of Shirk and of ascribing partners to divinity, that nullify it, especially the modern forms of Shirk that have spread amongst individuals and groups today.

And no one will belittle the importance of it except two kinds of people:

The first: The one who is ignorant of the reality of Tawheed and the great position it holds in the religion of Islam.

The second: The one who is ignorant of the reality around. He does not know the situation of the people and of the groups, and what modern forms of Shirk that contradict Tawheed are being spread amongst them!

As for the reality of Tawheed and the great status that it holds in the religion of Islam, it is what we are frequently speaking about. We have spoken about it repeatedly time after time and we still do so.

Tawheed is the foundation of the foundations in the religion of Islam, and is its deep-rooted fundament without which the structure of Islam cannot be erected. Without it no deed is accepted, neither worship, nor ritual, nor preaching, nor Jihad nor anything else!

Allah The Exalted said regarding the Prophets, the best of mankind: “That is the guidance of Allah, with which He guides whom He wills of His servants, and if they had committed Shirk, their deeds would have been rendered worthless”. (Al An’aam 6:88)

Likewise, Allah the Exalted said regarding those who performed deeds without Tawheed: “We will look at whatever deeds they have done, and will make them as scattered particles of dust“. (Al Furqan 25.23)

Without Tawheed you will not attain salvation, and you cannot attain the pleasure of the Lord and His Paradise. It (Tawheed) is Al-‘Urwat ul-Wuthqah (the most trusty handhold that will never break) with which Allah linked salvation to. Thus, He, glory be to Him said: “There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break“. (Al-Baqarah 2.256)

As for the reality today, one can ascertain that many people are either nullifiers of Tawheed or diluting it, or are ignorant of Al-‘Urwat ul-Wuthqah, or unstable in it, or deviating towards either extremism or negligence, if he ponders about:

– The palace scholars who have gone astray and led others astray and entered into the religion of the Taghut and called the people to enter into it, and waged war on all those who went against it (the Taghut) and classified them as Khawarij and as terrorists, and after classifying them as such they made it obligatory to wage war against them and to arrest them and to exterminate them!

– And it will be enough for him if he looks at the situation of the groups of Irja’, the Madkhalis, the Jāmiya and their likes, as to how they have entered into the religion of the Tawaghīt by joining their hands with them and by giving them their hearts, thus becoming their readied soldiers and loyal spies. It reached the point where many of them became more sincere and more useful to the Taghut in securing his throne even more than his military, army, security and intelligence agencies. The soldiers and the army of the Taghut strike with the sword of the Taghut and his authority, and they force the people to submit to his laws. On the other hand the palace scholars strike with the sword of what they claimed to be ‘Shari’a’ and make the people submit to it, and they call them to enter into the religion of the Taghut, by using evidences from the two divine revelations (Quran and Sunnah) which they have distorted and with the statements of the Salaf which they apply in a wrong context! The people then submit to them and follow them in the name of the Shari’a. Thus, they have blackened the face of the Shari’a by them going astray and leading others astray..!

– It will be enough for him if he considers the situation of the groups that have not understood from Tawheed that which will prevent them from entering the modern day domes of idolatry, and its towers, and its polytheistic parliaments. They did not understand from Tawheed that which will prevent them from making their followers gods who legislate.

Allah the Exalted said, “Are diverse lords better or Allah, the One, the Prevailing? Those whom you serve beside Him are merely names that you and your fathers have fabricated, without Allah sending down any sanction for them. All authority to judge rests only with Allah. He has commanded that you serve none but Him. This is the Right Way of life, though most people are altogether unaware”. (Yusuf 2.39-40)

Many people have been deluded by them by following them, supporting them and voting for them to participate in this modern day idolatry…!

– Let him ponder on the situation of many of those affiliated to Islam, whether individuals or factions, how they have not understood from Tawheed that which will prevent them from supporting the Tawaghīt, and from protecting their laws and supporting the Kuffār of the east and the west against the best Mujāhidīn who are striving to establish the Shari’a and to implement Allah’s Tawheed in His legislation over man.

You see those with long beards and those who are affiliated to Da’wah who join the Taghut army and secularist soldiers, that they have become pleased to be the soldiers of the (Kufr) laws, and their intelligence and their detectives and their security forces. They have not understood from Allah’s Tawheed that which will prevent them from that, in spite of the fact that it is from the clearest nullifiers of Tawheed for those who understand it.

– Let him ponder on the situation of many of the Sheikhs and students of knowledge who argue on behalf of the secular Tawaghīt and those who rule by other than what Allah has revealed, who have not understood from Tawheed nor its Al-‘Urwat ul-Wuthqah that which will prevent them from justifying for the rulers who rule by other than what Allah has revealed, and from facilitating his crimes and making it easy, by claiming that it is Kufr Dūna Kufr (a minor Kufr that does not take one out of the fold of Islam)! Thus, they made the crimes of the Tawaghīt who compete against Allah by legislating laws which Allah has not permitted, who have become guards for Kufr, and allies of the Kuffar, and enemies of the Muslims, who want other than Allah to be a judge and other than His religion as a path. They treated all these and even more, as a mere sin that does not remove its perpetrator from the religion of Islam!

So by that they have resembled the Jews who turned away from ruling by the revealed law and from following His judgment, by regarding this sin as insignificant. Allah the Exalted said, “Have you not seen those who have been given a portion of the Scripture? They are being invited to the Book of Allah to settle their dispute, while a party of them turns away in aversion. That is because they say: “The Fire shall not touch us but for a limited number of days.” The false beliefs which they have forged have deluded them in their faith”. (Aal ‘Imran 3.23-24)

The Jews regarded their worship of the calf as “kufr dūna kufr”, and they claimed that they will not enter the fire except for a limited number of forty days which is according to the number of days they had worshipped the calf. By that, they made light many acts of Kufr and Shirk, which emboldened them to finally turn away from Allah’s laws.

These ‘Khawaalif’ (it can mean either successors of the Jews or those who are corrupt, or those who stayed away from Jihad against the Tawagheet) who have not understood Tawheed, claimed that the one who follows other than Allah’s legislation – that in which he and the worshipper of the calf are equal – they regarded their Shirk as ‘kufr dūna kufr’. For these people Tawheed does not prevent them from giving allegiance and support and dominance to such a person against the Muslims!

The one who observes the situation of these, and those, and their likes, and observes the situation of those who argue with us over these issues which must be the “a,b,c…” of Tawheed for the followers of Islam, will know the dire necessity and importance of speaking about Tawheed, and the importance of stressing on the call towards Tawheed repeatedly and the need for the Ummah to understand it and to know what contradicts it from the modern forms of Shirk that many people have entered into in groups and as individuals!

No one will be surprised by our words as we have stated above, nor will anyone who understands Tawheed and knows the situation today and looks at it carefully and understands the modern forms of Shirk, condemn our words.

May Allah have mercy on our Sheikh Ibn Taymiyyah who said, “This Shirk has still not ceased to increase until it now filled every part of the earth, and the Ghurabaa (the strangers) have still not ceased to condemn it, but they are very few and they are not listened to nor obeyed”.

Oh Allah! Make us from amongst the Ghurabaa (the strangers), who hold firmly to their Tawheed, and who call to it, fight for it, and who warn from Shirk and its people, and disassociate themselves from that until we meet You.

All praise is to Allah, the Lord of all that exists. May prayers and peace be upon the noblest of creation and the leader of the Prophets and Messengers.

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Is it necessary to have good relations with strong countries for Jihad to exist and continue?

Question to Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi

Assalalamualikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakatuhu

Our Shaykh…. May Allah protect you and bless you.

Some people and factions are saying that it is not possible for Jihad to exist and continue without having good relations with some big countries like Turkey and Qatar. Is this opinion based on the reality or is it a deficiency in Al Walaa wal Baraa and in reliance upon Allah?

Shaykh Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi:

Praise be to Allah.

In fact what is correct is that Jihad will not exist and continue with good relations with these countries or their likes. These states are part of the organisation of the United Nations and like others they are committed to the United Nations charter and its conventions on terrorism and its classification of its groups. No sane person will believe that these states or their counterparts can open the doors for having good relations with Jihadists who are classified internationally or by the Americans as terrorists. Yes there may be some amenable relations when some countries are forced to deal with these groups due to the power of these groups or when those countries need to negotiate for their nationals or such things which normally happen due to those regimes being put under pressure, and so it can be said that such negotiations do not contradict al Walaa wal Baraa. But I do not consider it possible to have good and permanent relations without contradicting al Walaa wal Baraa.
I would consider it to be possible if the question was about a truce, or making peace with each other, or to avoid a clash with these countries for the interests of the Mujahideen, and the common Muslims and the refugees. This is permissible and is from the Islamic politics and giving priorities in war and Jihad.

As for good relations between these states and the factions or the Jihadi groups, then I do not see that in reality today without it breaching al Walaa wal Baraa.

And Allah knows best.
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
شيخنا…الله يحفظك و يبارك فيك

يقول بعض الناس والفصائل أنه لا يمكن للجهاد أن يقوم أو يستمر بدون علاقات طيبة مع دول كبرى مثل تركيا وقطر فهل هذا الرأي مبني عل الواقعية أو هو خلل في الولاء والبراء والتوكل على الله؟
الشيخ المقدسي:
الحمد لله

بل الصواب أنه لا يقوم الجهاد أويستمر بعلاقات طيبة❗️مع هذه الدول أو مثلها؛
فهذه الدول ضمن منظومة الأمم المتحدة؛ وهي كغيرها ملتزمة بمواثيق الأمم المتحدة واتفاقياتها حول الارهاب وتصنيفاتها لجماعاته؛ ولا يوجد عاقل يصدق أن هذه الدول أو مثيلاتها يمكن أن تفتح علاقات طيبة مع جهاديين يصنفون دولياً أو أمريكيا كإرهابيين
نعم قد توجد علاقات ندية حين تضطر بعض الدول لأن تخضع للتعامل مع الجماعات لقوة هذه الجماعات أو حاجة تلك الدول للتفاوض على رعاياها أو نحوه مما يجري عادة من منطق لي ذراع بعض الأنظمة فيمكن أن يقال أن مثل هذا التفاوض لا ينافي الولاء والبراء.
أما أن تقوم علاقات طيبة ودائمة فلا أتخيل ذلك دون أن يخل بالولاء والبراء.
يمكن أن أتخيله لو كان السؤال عن هدنة أو موادعة أو تجنب صدام مع هذه الدول أو نحوها؛لمصالح المجاهدين وعموم المسلمين واللاجئين؛فهذا جائز وهو من السياسة الشرعية وترتيب الأولويات في الحرب والجهاد.
أما علاقات طيبة بين مثل هذه الدول وفصائل أو جماعات جهادية فلا أتصوره في واقع اليوم إلا مخلا في الولاء والبراء
والله أعلم


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