Myth Of The Heroic National Resistance In Iraq: The
9 March 2010
By Abd-al Khaliq al-Muhajir
The war in Iraq, right
from the very start, was based upon a series of myths.
There was of course the myth that Saddam had amassed a
vast quantity of Weapons of Mass Destruction, which he
might deploy, at any moment, against freedom-loving
There was the myth that Saddam was somehow involved
with the events of September 11th, that he was close
to, and might possibly be sheltering, the senior
leadership of the al-Qaida organisation.
Then there was the myth that said the Americans would
be welcomed into Iraq as liberators, that the Iraqi
people would welcome them with flowers and candy...
One by one these myths have been exposed, and the
majority of the people of the world, with the
exception of a few 'extremists', no longer believe
But one myth has never went away. In fact, it has
thrived over the years, and today is just as strong as
ever. It is a myth that is repeated again and again
and again, everywhere!
You hear it from journalists, from some members of the
Iraqi government, from well-meaning, left-leaning
non-Muslims in Europe and elsewhere, and from many
Muslims the world over.
To the Believer, the fact that this myth is not the
truth is the most obvious thing in the world, as Allah
(s.w.t.) says in Surah al-Isra:
And say: "Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood
perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to
Yet to the non-Believer it remains stubbornly hidden,
as Allah (s.w.t.) says in Surah Ya-sin:
"The Word is proved true against the greater
part of them: for they do not believe. We have put
yokes round their necks right up to their chins, so
that their heads are forced up (and they cannot see)"
It is the myth that says America is facing two
distinct enemies in Iraq: the first of which are the
evil al-Qaida terrorists, who senselessly slaughter as
many people as possible, and the second of which are
the heroic 'national resistance', who only target the
This myth continues to shape how many Muslims view the
war in Iraq, and thus there is a great need to refute
it once and for all.
In order to expose the myth we need to examine it
closely, to see what foundation it is built upon.
When we look closely we see that this myth has at
least three smaller myths which exist within the
larger over-all myth, and form the foundation upon
which it is supported.
These three smaller myths are as follows:
1.) The myth that the 'national
resistance' are a liberation movement:
This first myth helps people contextualise what they
see on the nightly news, helps them rationalise the
violence they see in Iraq as being essentially the
same struggle that is taking place in many other parts
of the world.
In their minds, the Iraqi people are fighting off a
foreign invader, a colonial oppressor, the Iraqi
'national resistance' is no different from ETA in
Spain, the IRA in Northern Ireland, perhaps even the
ANC in apartheid-era South Africa.
And to be fair, many of the ordinary fighters who
originally joined groups like the Islamic Army in
Iraq, JAAMI and Jaish al-Naqshbandiya very likely did
see themselves as struggling to overthrow a foreign
invader, and thereby 'free' their people.
They probably didn't realise that 'freeing' their
people meant replacing a foreign occupier with a
domestic one: essentially returning the Ba'ath party
(or their secular Shiite equivalent) to power.
This would mean the 'freedom' for women to walk around
as scantily-clan as they liked, but they would most
definitely not have the freedom to wear Hijab, let
The men would have the 'freedom' to buy alcohol, or
the company of a prostitute, on any street corner in
Iraq, but they would most definitely not have the
freedom to follow the Sunnah and grow a beard, instead
of the ubiquitous Iraqi moustache.
Men and women would be free to name their children
Muhammad or Fatima, but you would face scrutiny from
the security forces and risk eventual imprisonment,
torture and possible execution should you do anything
'extreme' like try and pray your five daily prayers in
The leaders of the 'national resistance' in Iraq are
fighting only for the return of a secular
dictatorship, an Arab republic that is happy to have
trade relations with the West, but one which is a
fierce enemy of Islam and the Muslims.
They are fighting to recreate a society where a
privileged few with the right tribal links will live
in luxury, while the rest of Iraq suffers in poverty,
where instead of learning about their religion the
education system will be built around glorifying the
socialist system and the men who run it.
Whereas the Mujahideen of the Islamic State of Iraq
are fighting for much loftier goals: to make the word
of Allah the most high, to implement Islamic law
throughout Iraq, to create a country where each person
would be judged on their piety, knowledge and
steadfastness, and not on the tribe they belonged to,
or the town or village they were born in.
2.) The myth that the 'national
resistance' are not sectarian:
The greatest myth about the 'national resistance' is
that they are fighting for 'all Iraqis', and do not
differentiate between Sunni and Shiite, Arab or Kurd.
These are the same people who killed 180,000 Kurds
(most of them Sunnis) in Operation Anfal in 1988,
because they spoke the wrong language, or had the
wrong skin colour!
The killed a similar number of southerners in 1991,
burying thousands alive and committing the most
unimaginable atrocities against entire villages.
These are the people who for decades implemented a
massive program to 'Arabize' the north of Iraq,
hundreds of thousands of Arabs were moved from central
Iraq into Kurdish villages in the north (which were
promptly re-branded with Arabic names), while the
'lucky' Kurds were permitted to flee into homelessness
and hunger instead of being killed.
These are the people who drained the marshes of
southern Iraq - making the hundreds of thousands of
Iraqis whose homes and livelihoods depended on the
marshes into internal refugees virtually overnight!
The men who make up the leadership of the 'national
resistance' despise everyone who is non-Arab, be they
Persians, Kurds or Turkmen. If returned to power they
would doubtlessly continue Saddam's policy of 'Arabizing'
the north of Iraq, and essentially choking off the
lifeblood of the south of the country.
Do you really believe these people would baulk at
setting off parked car-bombs in Shiite or Kurdish
They are the ones who benefit from sectarian strife,
as more and more Iraqis long for a return to the
'stability' of the Ba'athist regime.
These men hate everyone who is not from the same tribe
as them, or even people from the wrong branch of their
Whereas the Mujahideen from the Islamic State of
Iraq, who have opened their homes to immigrant
brothers who spoke every language imaginable, who have
had every shade of skin colour possible, are accused
of being xenophobic! They are the ones who have
welcomed brothers from every corner of the globe with
open arms, and yet they are condemned as mindless
The Mujahideen are the ones who recite, from Surah al-Hujurat:
"The Believers are but a single Brotherhood"
And the ones who believe Allah (s.w.t.) when He says
in Surah al-Hujurat:
"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair)
of a male and a female, and made you into nations and
tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may
despise (each other)" (49.13)
3.) The myth that the 'national resistance' don't
Of course many of the worst atrocities in Iraq can be
traced back to the Iranian and American intelligence
networks, or to mercenary groups like Blackwater. But
in the rare instance that the blame for these crimes
cannot be attached to a foreign power, the blame is
invariably put (by the American military and their
mercenary media) squarely at the feet of the
Mujahideen from the Islamic State of Iraq.
But if we consider the facts, we see this simply
cannot be true!
As previously mentioned, the men from the 'national
resistance' were Saddam's henchmen, whose hands are
covered with the blood of hundreds of thousands of
Iraqi Kurds, as well as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi
Shiites. And that is without mentioning the many
hundreds of thousands of Iranians killed during the
Their goals are purely secular, they do not believe in
Allah, his Messenger, the Day of Judgement, Heaven or
As far as they are concerned, religion is just "the
opiate of the masses".
Whereas the Mujahideen from the Islamic State of
Iraq fight for Islam alone. The believe in Allah, all
his Messengers (peace be upon them), his Books, and
the Last Day, where they will be asked about
everything they did.
They believe the Qur'an is the literal word of Allah (s.w.t.),
and they believe that it says in Surah al-Maidah:
"...If any one slew a person - unless it be for
murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it
would be as if he slew the whole of mankind: and if
any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the
life of the whole of mankind" (5.32)
They Believe that, as Allah (s.w.t.) says in Surah
az-Zalzalah, they will be held to account for the most
minor infractions imaginable:
"On that Day will men proceed in companies
sorted out, to be shown the Deeds that they had done.
Then shall anyone who has done an atom's weight of
good, see it! And anyone who has done an atom's weight
of evil, shall see it!" (99: 06-08)
So is it likely that knowing all this, they would set
about intentionally slaughtering women and children in
Those atrocities are the actions of men who care only
for this world, and deny that a 'Hereafter' even
They believe that as long as they are not held to
account for their actions in this world, then they had
gotten away with their crimes against the Iraqi
What an unpleasant surprise awaits them on the Day of
Judgement, as Allah says in Surah al-Mutaffifin:
"Further, it will be said to them: 'This is the
(reality) which ye rejected as false!'" (83.17)
How they will beg and plead on the Day of Judgement!
They will be the ones Allah (s.w.t.) mentions in Surah
al-Furqan, who will cry out:
"O my Lord! Truly my people took this Qur'an for
just foolish nonsense!" (25.30)
The great irony of all this is of course the fact that
the Americans ARE facing two enemies in Iraq today!
One of their enemies consists of a bunch of murderous
thugs, who should be condemned by all people, and
especially all Muslims, everywhere.
Their other enemy consists a small band of noble,
dedicated warriors standing up against the greatest
forces for evil in the world today, these are people
who should be praised and supported by all people, and
especially all Muslims, the world over!
It's just that up until now, thanks to a massive
propaganda campaign from numerous sources, many people
have the two groups confused, and condemn the pious
Believers for crimes they have not committed, while at
the same time praising the reprehensible Renegades!