The Story Of The Mujahideen Of An Indonesian Descent
25 May 2013
THIS is the story of
the first day of our arrival in Lattakia, Syria.
Thursday (5/4/2013), at that time we met two Arab men.
The physical features of both men are different from
the Syrian Arab people in general. "Must
be fighters from other Arab countries," said
one of us.
When we wanted to
greet them both, the younger one of them greeted us
are you? Are you Indonesians?" he
asked in Indonesian.
Of course we were
shocked to find an Arab in a jihad land like this who
could speak in Indonesian. The Indonesian language
spoken with the accent typical of the Arabs sure
sounds funny, but very pleasing.
After getting to know
them both, only then we knew that they are fighters
from Yemen. Both of them came to Syria together with a
doctor named Abu
Abdillah. The elder one of them
introduced himself as Abu Utsman, while the younger
one is named Abu Hamzah.
According to his
story, Abu Utsman has four children, the oldest is 16
years old. This 45-year old man had been wandering the
various lands of jihad.
He had been conducting
jihad in Afghanistan, in the beginning of the American
invasion of the Islamic state of the Taliban. He also
had conducted jihad in Somalia and Bosnia. Before
coming to Syria, he had for certain years conducted
jihad helping his Muslim brothers in Chechnya against
the Atheists who snatched the honour of the Muslimahs
there and hunted their men.
The most difficult
arena of jihad, according to Abu Utsman, is Chechnya.
Why not? Every year, for almost five full months, the
land of Chechnya is soaked in snow.
Whereas the other
mujahid, Abu Hamzah, whose age is around 35-year old,
had helped his brothers in Afghanistan expelling the
American invaders. This father of one child turned out
to have an Indonesian blood in him, or of an Acehnese
descent to be exact.
"My mother is from
Indonesia, my father from Yemen," he
said. No wonder he can speak Indonesian.
"What about the
families of you both?" I
asked. They replied simultaneously, "They
have, with all sincerity, let us go to strive to help
our oppressed brothers and sisters. As for their
affairs, we leave it all to Allah, we put our tawakkal
to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. He is the best
For us, who have not
really been honed in the realm of jihad and
sacrifices, understanding thetawakkal as
conceived by these two Mujahideen, is very difficult.
But for the fighters in Syria, be they local or
foreigners from the neighbouring countries, the term "tawakkal" is
no longer a theory that is memorized and written,
instead it has become a belief that is rooted firmly
in the inner self.
When I asked, "Do
you guys miss your families?" Both
of them answered, "It
is humane, but the sufferings endured by our brothers
and sisters in this land of Sham, required us to be
separated from our beloved families."
Of Lattakia, Syria
Abu Utsman continued, "The
most difficult for the fighters is to make the Niyat
(intention) sincere." And
then Abu Hamzah continued, "Whereas
the the reward of jihad is very great, it is the
highest peak of ibaadah in Islam." And
then he recited some verses and hadiths related to the
grandness of jihad.
"May your presence
here be written as the ibaadah of ribath and jihad in
the sight of Allah," said
Abu Hamzah ending the dialogue with us after the maghrib prayer
in congregation. "Aamiin
ya Rabb," we