The History Of Jihad In Bosnia: A Piece
Of The Story Of The Muslimahs' Struggle Of Under The
Brutality Of Crusades
05 June 2012
The war imposed in Serbia
(a continuation of the Crusade – ed.) had changed the
face of Bosnia-Hezergovina. Jornia Toliba village,
near the Sava river was devastated. The houses of the
villagers transformed into charred debris. Only
blackened branches remained of the trees which used to
be green. Only Piles of scattered bricks are left of a
Masjid. The Serbs only left alone a mimbar and
board that reads "Muhammad, SAW".
The Serb militias called "Chetniks" aimed the muzzles
of their automatic weapons at the doors and windows of
the Masjid when the jama'ahs were performing
solat inside. The rattles of gunshots instantly
barked out without a pause, overlapped with the bangs
of the grenades. The Masjid soon after lost its shape.
After that, the Chetniks looked through the rubbles
for bodies of their victims, and then poured wine on
the remains of the bodies that were no longer intact,
and incised two intersecting lines (cross) on their
On the following day, the corpses of the victims of
that barbarous massacre were collected and then put in
the coffins by the Muslims who survived. A woman stood
near those coffins while weeping. All the members of
her family were inside the coffins. All vanished in
one day. She herself survived, because when the
incident took place, she was in another village.
How did to Serbian Chetniks recognize the Muslims,
whereas they dressed the same way as the Serb ethnic?
Easy. The Serb militias denuded the people whom they
suspected. If the person clearly had circumcision,
then he is Muslim. A method like this was used by them
in Bilina. The people who were found to be circumsized
would be killed by them. They incised two intersecting
lines (cross) with knives on the bodies of the
In a Masjid in Bilina, they picked two people from the
jama'ah (group of worshipers) of the Masjid and
tortured them. After that, they spewed bullets at the
other jama'ah. On that day, 40,000 population
of Bilina were immediately displaced.
In every area which the Serbs managed to seized,
prison camps for young Muslimahs were set up. The
honor of the Muslimahs were made halal in a
condition of war like that.
Witnessing the massacre of
her father, mother and siblings in front of her eyes
was Madihah Hiyanutis, a Bosnian Muslimah aged 24, she
had two siblings. Her female sibling was 22 years old,
while the male was 15 years old. Madihah had already
been engaged to her uncle's son named Adib. What
happened to this lady who was in the process of
waiting for her wedding day?
At that time, her family had already shut the door of
their house, because her father, an imam of a
Masjid, told them so. Madihah's father reminded them
that the Chetnik group began directing their targets
into areas which were the bases of Islam and they
began killing every male, as well as arresting all of
Madihah was at her neighbor's house, when she suddenly
heard the sounds of gunfire, followed by screams from
the direction of her house. Her neighbors stopped
Madihah from getting out of the house so as not to
become a victim. The Serb militias had a list of names
of the imam, ulama's and teachers of
religious schools. So the address of Madihah's house
was looked for. When the Chetniks found the house,
they right away shot at the door of the house. They
treated Madihah father heinously and with contempt
without caring the screams from Madihah's mother and
siblings. At that time, Adib came to Madihah's house.
The Serb militias then arrested him and tied him
together with Madihah's father, mother and brother.
After that they dragged Madihah's sister out so that
she could witness the fate that would befall her
Those Chetniks poured wine on the body of that Masjid
imam, and then incised two intersecting lines
(cross) on his forehead, and eventually slaughtered
him. They did the same heinous act to Adib, Madihah's
brother and finally her mother. All this was done in
front of her sister's eyes. The massacre could not
prolong as the Muslim fighters soon came storming, so
the Chetniks escaped.
The misfortunes as experienced by Madihah's family
were also experienced by thousands of other Muslim
families, it's just that the stories vary. Nuha
Kamaluddin, a student of a higher institution in
Sarajevo witnessed the detention of young women in
Sarajevo and the terror in every corner of the city.
In the ravaged capital of Bosnia, the Serbian National
Party handed out flyers that read, "Return to the
embrace of the Lord to avoid the sacred thing".
What's referred as "sacred thing" was the massacre.
Nuha Kamaluddin ran away from Sarajevo along with her
mother by leaving her father and brother in the
burning city. Nuha set off in the middle of the night
together with other flocks of refugees. They travelled
great distances through the high plains, with their
backs laden with bags and luggages and suffused with
worries about a sudden ambush by the Serb militias. A
long journey, with flogging hunger and exhaustion,
towards an expectation that was uncertain, was surely
not an easy journey for the group which were made up
of old people, women - in which some of them were
pregnant, and children.
A few hours after they left Sarajevo, a woman who was
pregnant suffered bleeding due to the unbearable
exhaustion. She was immediately assisted by fellow
evacuees from among the women, while her two children
aged 5 and 3 years, added to the panic with their
cries. A few hours later, the woman gave birth, and
although she was still in the state of being very weak
and exhausted, she must immediately proceed on with
the journey along with the group, as delaying the
journey for a long time was a big risk for the whole
group. However, after only a few kilometres of
continuing with the journey, she was not able to move
her feet further. She died and was buried on the
journey. The newborn that she had just given birth to
and had only felt the warmth of the mother's embrace
for a few moments in the middle of the biting cold
mountain air, cried non-stop. A woman tried to suckle
the baby, but the tiny baby who was in a very weak
condition refused. As a result, a few hours later the
baby followed after the mother. Now the two children
of the almarhumah (the deceased) remained, who
wailed in their cluelessness.
In the end, with the remaining available strength, the
flocks of refugees arrived in the city of Dirfanta
which was controlled Muslim fighters. However, these
people who had travelled a long journey in the cold,
hunger and exhaustion, were greeted with the bombings
by the Serbs. Many of them died, including one of the
two children whose mother had just died.
The rest of the refugees who were still capable of
making a move, moved on to leave Dirfanta. The child
who had just been left alone by the dead mother and
two siblings, survived, although with a wounded arm.
He was then treated in the Salafushi Barud Hospital.
Not only his arm was wounded, but he had lost his
memories. Even if he recovered later, God knows where
would he end up.
Some missionary organizations were willing to help and
educate the displaced Bosnian children, but where were
the fellow brothers in iman? Why was the
Islamic world turning mute? Why were the helps, food
and financial aids only coming from the private
Islamic organizations? Why didn't anyone get to the
hospitals to help the Bosnian children from the
injuries that they had suffered and help to save their
There were a lot of baffling questions. If real aid
could not be immediately given, do'a must be
continually offered for our brothers who were in the
midst of launching the jihad, in prostration, in the
morning and evening and at any time. They were now
drawing up the ranks and always ready to confront the
The doctors turned several houses that were no longer
intact into makeshift hospitals. Our sisters, the
Muslimahs, served as nurses, whether in the hospitals,
or in the battlefields. Their shi'ar is the
determination to get one of the two goods, VICTORY or
from : The Book "Jihad in Bosnia (transl.)" by
Muhammad Abdul Mun'im, Yayasan Al-Mukmin East Java
publication, year 1992.