Love For Putri Munawwarah: Another Muslim Lady You Must Know - Meet A Hero

28 April 2010

By Bintu Shabran

Not many people knows the story about Putri Munawwarah. Putri Munawwarah is not a celebrity, but a Muslimah who tries to live in accordance with the Shari'ah of Islam, and tries to submit and be obedient to her husband, accompanying him till the end of his life. As is known, Putri Munawwarah is the Muslimah whose husband was killed at the hand of the Densus 88 during a raid in Mojosongo, Solo, Central Java. In the relentless shootings, Putri Munawwarah insisted to stay with her beloved husband, Susilo alias Adib, and a number of other suspects i.e.

Noordin M Top, Urwah and Aji. She was 5-months pregnant at that time. Her husband, Susilo alias Adib, protected and sheltered her in an extraordinary way till the end of his life. Though the satanic forces of the Densus 88 was hell-bent in finishing her off, Allah SWT protected her and her child. She was only shot in the buttock.

Putri Munawwarah gave birth on 20th December 2009 to a healthy baby boy she named Syuhada, or his full name, Muhammad Ahsanu Syuhada. They say the name was given by the boy's father, husband of Putri Munawwarah, Susilo alias Adib.

God knows what fate would befall this strong Mujahidah, along with her son. Putri Munawwarah does not know. What's certain is that the Terorrism Acts which often times ensnare and muzzle the Muslims, is surely waiting for its victims, including this determined lady. Is there any heart of the Muslims that feels struck by what Putri Munawwarah are experiencing?

Putri Munawwarah should be freed from all accusations which are baseless and without proofs, and as much as is proper the authorities should be held accountable for their acts which are clearly contrary to the Human Rights .

And to the Muslims wherever they are located, we ought to assist with any ability that we have, be it moral or material, minimally with do'a, because do'a is the weapon of the Muslims, after efforts.

Below is a rough English translation of an open letter dedicated to Putri (means Princess - ed) Munawwarah written by a caring Sister in Islam.

To My Sister, Putri Munawwarah... in the chamber favoured by Prophet Yusuf a.s, with the apple of her eye, Syuhada

قَالَ رَبِّ السِّجْنُ أَحَبُّ إِلَيَّ مِمَّا يَدْعُونَنِي إِلَيْهِ وَإِلا تَصْرِفْ عَنِّي كَيْدَهُنَّ أَصْبُ إِلَيْهِنَّ وَأَكُنْ مِنَ الْجَاهِلِينَ

Yusuf said: "He said: "O my Lord! the prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me: Unless Thou turn away their snare from me, I should (in my youthful folly) feel inclined towards them and join the ranks of the ignorant." (QS Yusuf:33)

Indeed, Allah makes the hell of Jahannam as the prison for the kafirs.

Subhanakallahumma wa bihamdika wa tabaarakasmuka wa ta’aalaa jadduka wa laa’ilaaha ghairuka.
(Glory be to You, O Allah. Most Praised are You and Most Magnificent are Your names, as well as Most High are Your honor, there is no Illah except You)

Rabbi ishrah lee sadree Wayassir lee amree Waohlul AAuqdatan min lisanee Yafqahoo qawlee.
(O my Lord expand me my breast, easy my task for me, and remove the impediment from my speech, so they may understand what I say)

This letter of mine begins by saying praises to Allah, the One who gives comforts and trials to His every slave. Because, all His takdeer for a believer is good, though sometimes it feels very heavy to be traversed.

Next, we beg forgiveness from Allah for the weakness of ourselves who are unable to help the oppressed sisters.

How is your condition, O Habibaty?
And how is the condition of Syuhada? Is he always in good condition in this tarbiyah jihadiyyah?

Ukhtiy Putri, whom we love
We are your brothers and sisters, who also feel the pain and suffering of the trials that you are feeling, Ukhtiy.

We understand that these of our words are not enough to illustrate how much we want to become parts of your bodies, in the times when you are feeling the pain.

We are only the Muslims and Muslimahs who have not felt the trial in the way you are feeling it, Ukhtiy.
Our words and do'a are surely not the same as the words, as well as the do'a from our brothers and sisters who are put on trials.

Not a few of our words are unable to leave an effect on the hearts of the readers and listeners.
Maybe because our hearts are not as close in proximity as the hearts of those who are being tried by their Robb.

Been wanting to write this letter earlier, Ukhtiy.

To substitute for our visit.

To substitute for the moral support in the time you are feeling alone, Ukhtiy.

عَنْ أَبِي وَائِلٍ, عَنْ عَبْدِ اللّهِ (بْنِ مَسْعُوْدٍ) قَالَ: جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَىَ رَسُولِ اللّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ: يَا رَسُولَ اللّهِ, كَيْفَ تَرَىَ فِي رَجُلٍ أَحَبّ قَوْماً وَلَمّا يَلْحَقْ بِهِمْ؟ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم َ: «الْمَرْءُ مَعَ مَنْ أَحَبّ». رواه مسلم

From Abu Wâ-il from ‘Abdullah (bin Mas’ud), he said: “a man came to Rasulullah while saying: ‘O Rasulullah! What is your opinion of a man who loves a people, whereas he has never met them (at all)?’. Rasulullah shallallâhu 'alaihi wa sallam said: 'one is together with the people that he loves.' (H.R.Muslim)


Forgive us, who have not visited you,
Doesn't mean that we we don't care about you,
We also love you, O Ukhtiy.
All these while, we could only keep up with the development of the news about you through Islamic websites, television and the media that we could accessed.

Sometimes we are looking for the friends who have succeeded in conducting a silaturrahim and visited you, so that we could know the story about you and your little Mujahid there.

Ukhtiy Putri...

Who are we compared to you?
What really happens is that we feel embarrassed as we are not able to do anything to free you, Ukhtiy.

Wish we could have a visit to your cell every day so that we could mutually advice each other in matters of goodness and taqwa, and mutually love each other, as well as mutually strengthen each other.

Ukhtiy Putri...

Indeed, the spoken words feel heavy and stiff in writing this letter.
To the extent that I had to perform solatul istikharah, asking from Allah for guidance in choosing the right dictions or words and so that presumably what I am writing for you here is also preferred by Allah for you, O my sister.

Ukhtiy Putri...

Who are we, compared to you?
Rejoice Ukhtiy, because you are the figure of a chosen female.
Just as Ummu 'Umarah , Ummu Sulaim, Ukhtiy Munfiatun, Marwa al Sherbini, Dzhanet Abdullayeva or Dr. Afia Siddiquiy who remain steadfast and istiqomah at the time when trials from Allah come by.

Understandably, it is the sunatullah for the character of the struggles in defending this Dien, that the strugglers of Dienul Islam and those who believe in Allah will always be facing various kinds of trials, pursuits, expulsion, arrests and killings by the enemies of Allah.

Ukhtiy Putri...

We understand if you are still remembering your husband,
For us, he is an extraordinary figure in protecting his family,
Why not, if till the end of his life, Akhi Adib struggled with all his strength to defend and protect Ukhtiy and Syuhada?

Whereas from Sa’id bin Zaid radhiyallah ‘anhu he said: Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “Whoever dies because of defending (protecting) his property he is shaheed. Whoever dies because of defending his family he is shaheed, whoever dies because of defending his religion then he's shaheed and whoever dies because of defending his blood he is shaheed.” (HR. Abu Dawud and Tirmidzi).

You must be proud and happy for it,
And maybe at times, your tears do fall every time you remember and miss him.

Ukhtiy Putri...

Don't be sad.. this parting is only for a fleeting moment, inshaAllah soon Allah will gather you in the eternal Jannah.

Rasulullah SAW had said, “A person (on Judgement Day) will be together with the people whom he loves, and you will be together with whom you love.” (HR Bukhari)

Also, don't be sad when there are those who scoff or laugh at you when you are crying or sad.

Allah says in surah al Muthaffiffin, "Indeed, those who committed crimes used to laugh at those who believed.... So Today (on the Judgement Day) those who believed are laughing at the disbelievers."

رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْراً وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

O our Lord, render patience upon our selves, and strengthen our conviction and help us against the the kafirs.

Ukhtiy Putri,

May Allah render patience too upon your self, strengthen your conviction, and fortify your resoluteness upon this Dienul Islam.

May Allah bestow complete blessings and forgiveness and His mercy to you, Ukhtiy.

As well as making you amongst the people who receive guidance because of your patience and obstinacy just as Allah bestows to those who say, "Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji'uun" when struck by adversities (QS Al Baqarah : 155-157). Aamiin

Alhamdulillah hamdan katsiyran thayyiban mubaarakan fiyhi.

(All praises belong to Allah, with praises that are much, good and full of blessings)

Your Sister,


- Ummu 'Umarah (A Sahabiyyah who in the battle of Uhud was wounded at 12 points on her body, and lost her arm during the battle of Yamamah)

- Ummu Sulaim (A Mujahidah who participated in the battle of Hunain)

- Ukhtiy Munfiatun (Wife of Noordin M Top who had also been imprisoned )

- Marwa al Sherbini (A Egyptian Muslimah, who is inshaAllah shaheed for struggling for the right of the Muslimah in wearing jilbab in Germany)

- Dzhanet Abdullayeva (Widow of a Mujahid of Chechnya)

- Dr. Afia Siddiqui (A Muslimah from Pakistan accused as shooting the FBI agents and military personnels of America at one of the police offices in Ghazni)




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