Reflection On Aceh Jihad 2010 (Part III - Last Part): The
Mujahideen Should Unify With The Ummah
06 June 2010
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
The Mujahideen need to
formulate the map of contributions of the ummah
which is required for the establishment of Islam, in
order to make sure that all elements of the ummah
can play their roles according to interests and
abilities. Because, in the reality such as Indonesia
today (2010), it is unlikely that we can be imagining
that the entire Islamic ummah are supporting
jihad, let alone to go to the jihad arena.
Unless if the reality is like Iraq or Afghanistan,
when the kafir enemies are savagely attacking
the Islamic ummah, then as many cadres as
possible are required to come to the jihad arena. In a
situation like this, the most needed and effective
contribution is the picking up of weapons to expel the
kafir invaders as immediately as possible.
The map of contributions that we meant is, for
example, on how to answer the query of a Muslim
journalist; what kind of contribution could he give
for jihad and the establishment of Islam if he does
not plunge directly into the battlefield? As well as,
a similar query from the traders, teachers, farmers,
drivers, sailors, IT experts, engineers and all kind
of human professions and expertise.
Does inflaming jihad in Indonesia mean summoning them
all to abandon their professions and come in droves
towards the jihad arena? Once again, in the case of a
country with the size of Indonesia, where the total
population is more than 200 millions, and with the
absence of a “trigger” to ignite the fight, is that a
wise choice of method in the establishment of Islam
Or will there be tolerance for them to pursue their
professions but are still able to contribute for the
establishment of Islam? If the answer is yes, then
what they need is a map of contributions. They could
still work in each of their field, while giving
contributions in a chain of links that culminates in
jihad fie sabilillah. As far as I know, there
has never been a blueprint of the map of contribution
made, which covers the entire fields and expertise of
the Islamic ummah, at least in Indonesia.
The Islamic ummah in Indonesia have a number
of websites which are incessant in voicing out the
jihad theme and news, such as Arrahmah.com,
Muslimdaily.net, Eramuslim.com and others. The
Mujahideen do not need to provoke the admins of those
websites to leave their posts and go to the battle
hills. Because, the existence of those posts is very
vital in educating the ummah about jihad and
in advocating the Mujahideen from the cases that are
ever ready to ensnare them.
The same goes with the doctors, whether it be the
general practitioners or the specialists. Their
expertise needs to be maintained in each of their
workplace, to be used one day. The cadres of the
ummah who are engaging in the technical and
engineering field, let them develop in each of their
workplace, because jihad really needs their expertise
when the time comes one day.
In fact, the
da'wah bodies which are alive in the midst of the
ummah, with all their diversities and focuses
of attention, are also required to be maintained. For
example, the institution which focuses in eradicating
munkar (FPI), pursuing educations for Muslim
children (pesantrens and schools),
specialization in dealing with the deviated sects (LPPI),
specialization in fighting Liberalism and Pluralism
(INSIST: Adian Husaini and Co.), specialization in
fighting Shiah, specialization in fighting
Christianization (FAKTA, etc.) and all other elements
of the ummah which have the roles of guarding
the big house from the gnawing of the rats of
munkar and falsehood.
This paradigm is founded on the view that jihad is not
the medicine for every disease. Jihad is not like the
advertisement of a drink product: “whatever the
food, the drink is always Sosro- the Bottled Tea.”
To oppose the Shiah in Indonesia, it can't be
done by threatening them with weapons from the battle
hills. Because, they are like a chameleon, cleverly
infiltrating all lines of livelihood in the cities and
villages. They have the kind of aqeedah
called Taqiyah, i.e. the necessity of
appearing just like the enemies in order to defeat
them. The best and most effective way to disclose
their guise is by al-kitab, not by as-saif.
Exposing their evils is through 'ilm and
da'wah, not challenging them to gunfights,
whereas their own existence itself is hard to detect.
Wasn't Islam established on two mediums; al-kitab
al-hadiy and as-saif an-nasir (the
Kitab that functions as guidance provider, and
the sword that functions as helper). The kitab
symbolizes 'ilm and da'wah, while
the saif symbolizes jihad fie sabilillah.
Without the blend of both, the journey of Islam will
be imbalanced. If only featuring the kitab,
Islam will be abused by the enemies. If only featuring
the saif, Islam will appear fierce like a
gangster, thus people will be scared to approach it.
The region of Indonesia, with its Muslim majority, is
best to be made as the object of da'wah, not
the object of jihad yet. Not just any
da'wah, but the da'wah that supports the
journey of jihad. The ummah are guided so
that they are able to understand, practice and defend
Islam in the right way. If their expertise and
professions are well managed, the strength of the
ummah could be used to establish Islam in time,
when the momentum has arrived. Unfortunately, mankind
are always unable to subdue their true nature;
isti’jal (in hurry). Wanting to establish Islam
like a magician. Or at least wanting to achieve
results like the thugs; point the guns, all will be
Careful In Recruiting The Jihad Cadres
The jihad that is interpreted as fighting in the
battlefields, should choose the best cadres who have a
high level of security. Because, it had already been
repeated times that armed jihad was proclaimed in
Indonesia, but it always ended up in pitiful arrests.
We must always be careful and selective in choosing
the cadres who are prepared to conduct jihad with
weapons, because, the character of jihad is different
from the character of da'wah.
Not all people whose speeches are sweet in supporting
jihad are right to be invited to jihad in the
battlefield. The intelligence are swarming about, many
of whom looking very “salafi” and very “jihadi”.
It is too difficult to tell those who are really
truthful and safe to be invited for jihad from those
we are harming jihad instead.
The intelligence are working very seriously in order
to sabotage the ranks of the Mujahideen. We cannot
just rely on the cadres of jihad by looking at the
external appearances, but we must really feel safe and
very familiar with the persons who would become our
partners in jihad. Be careful with the questionable
jihad cadres i.e. those who are only enthusiastic in
talking about jihad, but are reluctant when invited to
talk about the correct ways of making wudhu'
as per the sunnah of the Prophet SAW, about
the subject of cleanliness (thaharah), and
the subject of uncleanliness. They are averse and not
enthusiastic in talking about the subject of
jilbab on their wives and children, the subject
of the school of choice for his children, the subject
of the Islamic home interior, the subject of crying
due to the fear of Allah, the subject of zuhd,
the subject of wara’ , the subject of
halal activities, the subject of riba,
the subject of ittiba’ to Rasulullah SAW and
Indonesia is not a place that is currently raging with
conflicts like Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia. In the
regions of conflict, carefulness that is too tight is
not really required in recruiting the cadres of jihad.
Anyone who have enough bravery to come to the
battlefield and who want to participate in jihad along
with the Mujahideen, should be received with open
But for a case like Indonesia, which is not a country
of conflict, we cannot instantly feel safe working
with the questionable cadres of jihad. Not all who
show their interest in the theme of jihad are suitable
to be invited to the jihad arena.
This is the character of jihad. Different from the
character of da'wah, which is very open.
Anyone could be invited to join in the ranks of
da'wah. It is compulsory upon us to explain to
anyone who enquires about Islam, we cannot refuse it.
In fact, even if those enquiring are from amongst the
intelligence who want to entrap a da’ie.
Anyone who are interested in da'wah and
spreading Islam, as long as their good faith is
observed, we must appreciate them.
Meanwhile, in jihad, the ranks of Mujahideen can (in
fact, must) refuse the munafiq who want to
participate in jihad, if they would apparently harm
the agenda of jihad. See Surah At-Tawbah
verse 83. But, when Rasulullah SAW was in Madinah, he
still appeared to be close and intimate with the
munafiq, because the life in Madinah was patterned in
da'wah. History mentioned that the leader of
the munafiq during the Prophet's time, named
Abdullah bin Ubay, could pray behind the Prophet SAW.
War, Not Battle
Jihad must be interpreted as a 'universal war', not a
'momentary clash'. Being mistaken in the perception of
jihad will produce confusion in realizing jihad.
In the English language there is the term 'war' and
the term 'battle'. 'War' is a long warfare between two
parties, while 'battle' is a short-term clash between
two armed groups. Or in other words, war is a series
of battles performed by two parties that are mutually
hostile to each other.
The fight between the Islamic ummah against
the kafir with all of their stooges is a long
fight and battle which is of a cross-generation in
nature. Due to that, its more accurate to be called
'war'. An enmity which involves the entire aspects of
life, all kinds of expertise and livelihood of
mankind. In fact, without the limit of time.
Both sides are using all capabilities and means in
order to defeat the opponent. There is rivalry in
patience on espionage. There is rivalry in cleverness
on sabotaging. There is rivalry in smartness on
fooling the enemies. There is rivalry in the strength
of the armies in arm fights. There is rivalry in the
advancement of technology. There is rivalry in the
strength of the economy. There is rivalry in the
strength of mental toughness. There is rivalry in the
solidness of the ranks. There is rivalry in the
sharpness of shooting (sharpbootings). The entire peak
of sciences and all of their magnificence are mixed
and blended as best as possible in order to produce
Jihad fie sabilillah—therefore—is more
accurate to be placed in the interpretation of 'war',
not 'battle'. Jihad is not how to hit and beat the
enemies in a short time but unable to sustain that
victory. If the measure is the ability to hit the
enemies in one of the combat sessions, that is not the
victory of jihad. The victory of jihad is when we are
able to triumph in a battle and we are able to sustain
that victory by the establishment of a power, because
the main purpose of jihad is to eliminate the barriers
that hinder the implementation of Islam at the state
With that, jihad also needs the proficiency in
politics, besides developing the strength of the
economy. There is an interesting reflection made by an
Afghan jihad figure who came from the Arab land. This
reflection was presented by Hazim Al-Madani in his
book, Hakadza Nara al-Jihad.
Below is the documentation by Hazim Al-Madani:
The final result from the combination of the Islamic
ummah's global jihad experiments: we are quite
successful in achieving figures on the military
success, but our achievement is nil in the field of
politics. I remember (Hazim Al-Madani said), one day
an Arab jihad personality in Afghanistan said: “We
were engrossed in the military battles, success was
forged on the sincere souls and we succeeded in
reviving the love for shaheed. But we were negligent
in thinking about power (politic), as we were not
embracing it wholeheartedly. We were still seeing
politic as a filthy thing. The result was that we were
successful in changing the direction of the wind of
victory with priceless sacrifices, until approaching
the last round when victory was ready to be reaped,
the enemies were unleashing their shots of “mercy” to
us – thus was the vocabulary they usually use – in
order to tame us.”
At that time, many people disagree with this
reflection, though many agreed as well. But, the
reality that later transpired proved the truth in what
this signalman pointed out. The entire world was
throwing out the Arab Mujahideen after the war against
Russia (Soviet Union at that time). The Mujahideen who
returned to their villages were “given mercy”
(read; arrested) by their own countries. Thus was the
documentation by Hazim Al-Madani.
However, it should be remembered that this kalimah
is not to justify the filthy politic, in the style of
the political parties in Indonesia. Not the dirty
politic exhibited by the worshippers of the dunya
by means of intermixing al-haqq with al-bathil,
covering the truth or reducing the value of the truth.
No, not at all! But what we meant is the politic that
we had read from the Prophet SAW's way of managing the
affairs of the ummah, whether in matters of
social, da'wah or jihad in the battlefield.
The politic that is a standard mechanism in upholding
the human civilization. If we neglect this globally
applicable standard mechanism, we will only go round
without end as we are not taking example from the
Prophet SAW and not following in the footsteps of his
sunnatullah: natural law of cause and effect.
Jihad can take a very long time, like the Crusader War
that took place for about 200 years. The Afghan jihad,
during its success in conquering the Soviet Union in
the 90's, becomes an invaluable lesson for us.
Apparently, after the Mujahideen were helped by Allah
in that they managed to expel Soviet Union, they
disputed amongst themselves and Afghanistan became
very weak and exhausted from the internal enmity.
Alhamdulillah, Allah rescued the result of that
long jihad in the form of the emergence of the
Taliban, which succeeded in unifying the ranks of the
Islamic Afghanistan into one saf (row),
before it was eventually disturbed by America with its
jargon, the “War on Terror”, in 2001.
Therefore, we must interpret jihad with 'war', not
'battle'. It is also differentiated in the Arabic
language. 'Battle' is called 'qital', 'harb'
or 'ma’rakah'. As for 'war', the term 'jihad'
is used. That is the reason why we do not find in Al-Qur’an
a terminology which is a combination of words formed
by 'qital' and 'amwal'. Meaning,
there is no “battle with properties”. The combination
of words available is the word 'jihad' with 'amwal',
in which its meaning is to conduct jihad with
properties. There are 9 verses which contain the
combination of the words 'jihad' and 'amwal',
whereas there is not even one verse which have the
combination of words 'qital' and 'amwal'.
This means, jihad is not solely a rivalry in arm
fights in the battlefield, because jihad can also be
done with properties. If jihad only means combat,
there would be no term of "jihad with properties".
Jihad is a war that is universal in characteristic,
covering every element of man's life. Covering
military, politic and economy. Therefore, make sure
the entire Islamic ummah know the map of
contribution in jihad in order to establish Islam.
Lest there would be potentials of the Islamic ummah
which are scattered and not threaded in a network
strand of global jihad in order to make Islam prevail
and bury the arrogance of the kafir with all
of their stooges.
The Mujahideen Should Unify With The
The Mujahideen are like the fish and the ummah
is its water. If the Mujahideen leave the ummah,
the ummah would also leave the Mujahidieen .
Both are mutually in need of each other in a balanced
way. Due to that, the relationship of the Mujahideen
with the ummah must be harmonious and
synergistic, not mutually disparaging each other, much
The Islamic ummah needs guidance in order to
understand Islam. They need to be given enlightenment
about how to defend and establish Islam. Their
contributions must be appreciated, not underestimated.
The Mujahideen need to tell clearly the meaning of
their struggles, by giving the feeling of security to
the Islamic ummah from the impacts that would
possibly come with the struggles. Sure, it cannot be
denied that bad worldly impacts would always accompany
every one of those struggles.
Hazim Al-Madani, in his book Hakadza Nara al-Jihad
reminded us about the importance of this issue. Just
for information, Hazim Al-Madani was one of the Afghan
jihad figures who had a close link with Al-Qaeda.
are what he wrote:
international world is fighting a war against us. If
there are those who do not take part in the coalition
to fight us, it is not because they are sympathizing
with us. But, more to because of their wish to obtain
a larger share from this ghanimah (we are all
ghanimah for them). Though the reality was as
such, they who do not join in the international
coalition have the potential to weave partnerships
with us. But the problem is, we must prioritize loyal
partners who are prepared to sacrifice for us, not the
partners who would one day betray us. And in brief,
the loyal partner is the Islamic ummah
I am stressing this
point with the availability of historical evidences
that support it. With these evidences I hope the sons
of this ummah, who are involved in the scene
of Islamic practices, are confident that the ummah
are standing behind them, defending them and repaying
their sacrifices with whatever they possess, without
ever leaving them to strive alone in the battlefield.
after the escape of the Soviet Union, at the time when
the supports from the Arab and Islamic governments
were stopped due to the intervention of America, when
the governments were not attracted to support the
Mujahideen to reap the fruits of victory, who were the
ones to extend assistance until the emergence of the
Taliban movement? Was it the government and their army
who helped the sons of this ummah? Wasn't it
the individuals in the Islamic ummah who
voluntarily set aside a part of their incomes to be
donated to the Mujahideen?
when the captivating jihad attraction against the
international coalition erupted, who were the ones to
extend relief aids to the Mujahideen that had made the
Americans running away helter skelter from there? Who
were the ones who carried out that jihad attraction?
Was it the government of Somalia with its army or was
it the sons of the Islamic ummah? Wasn't it
the elements in the Islamic ummah who were
willing to partially allocate from their income to be
contributed to the Mujahideen?
Bosnia, the time when it was raging
in civil wars, who were the ones to extend aids in
order to protect the Islamic ummah who had
become victims of massacres? Was it the government and
its army or was it the Islamic ummah through
its best sons? Who extended the economic aids? Wasn't
it the Islam ummah who set aside part of
their subsistence to be donated voluntarily?
Chechnya, which was twice hit by
waves of invasion by the Russian forces, at the time
when the world was in the grip of the American
hegemony. Who funded the Mujahideen in defending every
every inch of the ground in Chechnya? Was it the
government and their soldiers, or was it the Islam
ummah with all of their souls, bodies and
Palestine, along their series of
agony, and heroic story of the Intifadhah
resistance. All these become an example of how
sacrifices are currently being fulfilled by the
ummah and will always be fulfilled.
In fact, we do not know, if the material supports from
the Islamic ummah would reach the hands of
the Palestinian Mujahideen or they would be seized by
the Arab governments. It is clear here, who are
sacrificing and who are on the other hand, stopping
Yemen, who exploded the American
aircraft carrier, the USS Cole, until it was torn. It
is clear, it wasn't the Yemen armed forces, but the
elements in the Islamic ummah.
Who struck New York
and Washington on the fully blessed Tuesday in 2001?
Was it the governments and their armies, or was it the
Islamic ummah? They presented their best sons
and voluntarily gave away part of their subsistence
for jihad and the Mujahideen.
The map of the battle has been firmly locked. But not
between the West and the East, or the North and the
South. But between the bloc of kufr and the
bloc of iman. Like the two sides of a scale,
on one side are the kafirs with all of their
accomplices and outfits, while on the other side are
the Islamic ummah with all their supports and
It is clear, the Islamic ummah are occupying
one battle board, while the other is occupied by the
world kafir bloc. This fact is well
understood by the West and the rulers of the world.
Due to that, they are always carrying out systematic
efforts in order to separate us (Mujahideen) from the
Islamic ummah. Allah will always win, but
many of mankind are not confident with it. Indeed, the
ultimate reliance of the Mujahideen after Allah is on
the Islamic ummah, who are always longing for
the establishment of the laws of the Qur’an in their
lives until they meet Allah. Not relying on the
governments and their apparatuses in countries with
the Muslim majority, because their brain and abdominal
cavities have been clogged up with the obsessions
towards the dunya and the politics which are
of low taste.
The duty of the Mujahideen is to make the Islamic
ummah to come within their ranks, it is not
allowed to leave them even just for a short time
because it will be taken advantage of by the rulers
and the kufr laws." (end, quoted from
Hakadza Nara Al-Jihad).
May we be able to revive jihad in Indonesia and ensure
that Islam is liberated here. Ameen.
Wait for the next series in Wacana Jihad.
to all the jihad and da'wah enthusiasts out