Reflection On Aceh Jihad 2010 (Part II): Busy In Blaming
22 April 2010
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
A Reflection On Aceh Jihad 2010: Conspiracy, Neo-Murji'ah,
Wasath (The Middle Path) Mazhab
The following is an analysis featured
in the blog, 'elhakimi', which is a continuation of
May it be useful and able to remove the doubt of the
ummah regarding the urgency of jihad, Insha Allah!
Busy In Blaming The
When the Islamic ummah receive attacks from
the enemies, there are still many who are busy blaming
the enemies. America is made as a target of
revilement. America is evil, the government of SBY is
arrogant and etc. These are all true, there is nothing
wrong with the expressions.
The problem is, this attitude tends to make us
accustomed to covering our weakness and failures by
scapegoating other parties. Blaming the enemies who
are cleverer. Whereas, the genuine errors depend on
the weakness of the Islamic ummah themselves.
As an illustration, the soccer team of Indonesia is
having a match against the soccer team of Brazil. If
defeated in the match, Indonesia could not blame
Brazil. Because, it is natural that the one and only
task of the Brazil players in the match is to beat
Indonesia, just as Indonesia's highest obsession in
the match is to defeat Brazil. When defeated, every
soccer team would surely be busy in fixing its squad,
not blaming the cleverness of the opponets or blaming
the referee. The attitude of always blaming the
enemies is a stupidity which will be laughed at by the
world. A childish sentimentality.
Unfortunately, a lot of Muslims are always busy
blaming the Densus 88, the police and government –
whoever the president is. Those apparatuses are paid
to defend the ideology of Nationalism, Democracy and
the non-Shari'ah law. How could we be in the
imagination that they would give love and mercy to the
Mujahideen who are 'paid' by Allah to defend the
Tawheed, the Islamic ummah and the
Shari'ah law. The two camps are having opposing
ideologies. Victory or defeat will defend wholly on
the mechanisms of the struggle, without having to
whine so that the enemies will soften their
resistance. We can only busy ourselves in lamenting
over our internal weakness, evaluating our mistakes
and rectifying whatever had been mistaken.
Why are the Islam ummah easily invaded by
America? Why could the Mujahideen, who should have
been strong, be easily furled by the Densus 88?
The paradigm has to be reversed. Not blaming the
Densus 88, the government of SBY, Israel or America.
But blaming one's own; what has been wrong that the
Mujahideen could be finished that easily? What
mistaken strategy had been used that caused them to be
defeated ? What had been ignored? and so on.
As for blaming the Densus 88 as a strategy to weaken
the Densus 88 in front of the ummah, this
could be justified. Because, by weakening the image of
the Densus 88 in the eyes of the ummah, the
support for the Densus will lessen. With that, the
ummah could be invited to support the Mujahideen,
not supporting the Densus 88.
So from here, the Islamic ummah should be
busy in evaluating what had been done by the Acehnese
Mujahideen. It needs to combed strand by strand, so
that in the future it would become a group of lessons
to be used for reflections. If we were to do the same
thing, what needs to be improved.
So, stop blaming the enemies, but blame one's self
(the self of the Islamic ummah where we are a
part of it together) .
The Yardstick of
Muhasabah: The Sustainability Of Jihad and The
Victory of Islam
We, before doing a muhasabah, must agree on
the yardstick that would be used. Because, choosing
the wrong yardstick would make a defeat seen as
For example, if we use to die shaheed as the
yardstick, then the Aceh jihad 2010 is considered
successful enough. Successful in what? In presenting
the shuhada's! Because, the fact is, there
had been reasonably many who fell as shuhada's
(kama nahsabuhu wala nuzakki 'alallah ahadan).
If the yardstick is the ability to kill the enemies,
the Aceh jihad could also be considered as quite
successful because for the first time it could reverse
the facts: normally the Densus 88 and their stooges
are in the position of the killers, but now they could
be made in the position of the killed. And the number
is also fantastic! Kompas reported that 5
If the yard stick is the arrest by the Densus 88, the
Aceh jihad is also relatively “successful”. Because it
presented cadres of jihad in a number that is quite
high, as occupants of “Prodeo hotel” (prodeo = free
i.e. local term for prison – ed). And their arrest was
also relatively easy.
If the ability to emulate Al-Qaeda in the style of its
propaganda, the Aceh jihad was also quite successful.
They were able to record their propaganda with a
beautiful background; the forest and its dense hills.
Its call was also clear; inviting the Islamic
ummah to unite with them in the forest. Only a
little difference from Al-Qaeda, they did it by
undervaluing da'wah and the social
development of the ummah conducted by the
elements in the ummah themselves. They carry
off anything else except jihad. THE MAIN THING IS
It seemed that Al-Qaeda has become the most important
inspiration. This could not be avoided, because
anybody who discusses about jihad, cannot neglect the
phenomenon of Al-Qaeda which is getting more global
with the expansion of the internet. Al-Qaeda has
become a dream model for all activities obsessed with
jihad. Available on the internet, its messages are
very potent in the “black-white” style and burning the
adrenalin of the young people. They do not need to
climb the hill sides. Their adrenalin are already
burning just by sitting down in front of the internet.
All of these, according to yours truly, are not the
yardsticks for the success of the Aceh jihad. Though,
generally, we must appreciate the jihad that they had
proclaimed. There is no do'a from us to them
except all their 'amal ibaadah are accepted
by Allah. And there is no choice in the reaction for
us, except to become the cadres who would one day
continue their jihad, of course without repeating
their “mistakes” after doing some evaluations. But
continuing doesn't mean it has to be in Aceh or other
Indonesia territories. The continuing that we mean is
the continuing of its jihad, not its Aceh, let alone
the "mistakes”. Meaning, we must become the chain
links and network of the global jihad of the Islamic
ummah, after they had, before us, ascertained
themselves as one of the rings that makes up the chain
of the global jihad.
Therefore, the yardstick for the success must be
agreed by us upon the sustainability of its
jihad, the support from the Islamic
ummah and the ability to
weaken the enemies till they are defeated. If
the Aceh jihad 2010 could be furled by the enemies
only in a matter of weeks, it means that we must do
some evaluations, what was wrong. If the Islamic
ummah do not support and feel called to join the
caravans of jihad, it means that there is something
that needs to be improved (next time better). If the
Aceh jihad 2010 was incapable of weakening the
enemies, let alone defeat them, it means that there is
something that requires serious preparations in order
to defeat them.
True, we are not burdened by Allah with the obligation
of defeating the enemies, but it cannot be denied that
the Shari'ah of jihad is the best tool that
Allah provides for us to defeat the enemies. But if
its best weapon alone cannot be used , then how else
can we defeat the enemies?
Its basic theory is; JIHAD SURELY RESULTS IN
VICTORY IF DONE RIGHT. When the result is
defeat, it means that we must have the courage to
evaluate it gracefully. It might be that, this
experiment happens repeatedly and we keep on doing the
evaluations in order to achieve the greatest goal: to
produce victory. Abu Mus'ab As-Sury exemplified, by
writing a reflection on the Syrian jihad, and then a
more extensive reflection in his book "Da'wah
muqawamah". This book contains reflections on the
global jihad, evaluations on its shortcomings and how
the forward strategies are, in order to ensure that
jihad would produce victory.
Jihad; Objective or
One of the stiff debates that is spreading amongst the
jihad activists is; is jihad seen as a means to
achieve victory or an objective and the last terminal
from a series of servitudes to Allah? Though this
debate does not stick out to the surface in the form
of oral dispute, but it is reflected in the choice of
The “means” mazhab will place jihad parallel
with other ibaadahs. Every ibaadah
is framed by the maqashid shari'ah which suit
its character. Solat is framed by the
objective of the union in the ritual of vertical
submission. Sawm is framed by the objective
of restraining the carnal desires and the personal
sincerity to Allah. Zakat is framed by the
objective of social solidarity in matters of wealth
and the removal of the selfish mentality. Nahi
munkar is framed by the objective of the
eradication of munkar within the Islamic
ummah. Meanwhile, jihad is framed by the
objective of personal sacrifices in defending Allah
and defeating the enemies of Allah.
Jihad is an ibadah. But in its
implementation, it is not merely based on the
objective of performing that ibaadah per se.
There are a number of requirements in performing it,
there are rules that come with it. It is not simply a
matter of - “as long as the command of Allah called
jihad is accomplished”.
This is the same as the ibaadah of nahi
munkar. Not simply doing the nahi munkar
per se. If the nahi munkar is predicted to
cause greater munkar, then the nahi
munkar cannot be carried out.
The followers of the “means” mazhab are
inclined to prepare jihad by conducting da'wah,
the development of the community, social services,
educations and etc. They do not annihilate the role of
da'wah as another tool in establishing Islam.
Its position is parallel, because the dependability of
the ummah upon da'wah is no less
than the dependabilityof the ummah upon
jihad. Both have to be done simultaneously, none is to
be favored over another. It is this paradigm that must
be used in viewing the ibaadah called jihad.
Meanwhile, for the followers of the “objective”
mazhab, their actions are only focused on the
implementation of their jihad as a fardhu 'ain
duty. They neglect the little jobs which have the
roles of supporting the sustainability of jihad. They
want all the Muslim to come in their multitude and
accept their call, go to the forest and mountains in
Aceh and join them. They are leaving its da'wah,
pesantrens, social institutions and
everything else that does not have the portrait of
Whereas, jihad requires the support of da'wah,
the funds, journalistic, communication and technology
experts and other kind of expertises. It requires the
continuity of the human resources that will carry the
burden of this jihad. How could jihad continue if the
Mujahid-supplying machines are abandoned such as the
pesantrens, madrassas, Majelis
taklim (non-formal Dieniyyah educational
institutions) and their like?
A strong effect that came out from the Aceh jihad was
the making of jihad as the objective, not the means to
achieve the victory of Islam. When jihad becomes the
objective, then a Mujahid would neglect the little
supports that would influence the success of jihad.
For example, da'wah, the supports from the
surrounding communities, the support of the mass media
The focal points are just how to conduct jihad and
invite the Islamic ummah to conduct jihad,
though the invitation becomes so absurd (blurred) in
the eyes of the Islamic ummah who do not
understand anything about the discourse of jihad. They
are listening to the invitation like a blowing wind
that passes by, because they do not understand the
purpose of the invitation.
For example, if there are those who welcome the calls,
they would still be in difficulties in finding the
committees. They are clueless with the address of the
secretariats. They still do not know, whether it
requires some kind of test in order to participate?
They do not know the location of the hills, they also
do not know, who the enemies are. This is what we mean
In the eyes of the Islamic ummah, jihad
against the Densus 88 is something that is difficult
to understand. They would say; Islam against Islam.
It's natural, as the majority of the members of the
Densus 88 are surely Muslim, according to the total
number of the Islamic ummah who are the
majority in this country.
These problems need da'wah. Moreover, how
would jihad gain big support if da'wah is
neglected? Da'wah was such undermined in the
message released by the Aceh Mujahideen. As if they
are living in another planet and are only busy with
their own world. In medical terms this is called
To be continued...