Asymmetric Jihad: Iqomatuddien (Establishment Of Religion)
01 March 2011
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
We were born and raised in the
sphere of struggle. Also grappling with the great
ambition of achieving victory, in the name of the
establishment of the Shari'ah of Allah. So he becomes
the only Dzat that is worshipped. No other
dzat becomes His ally. But when we spread out
the battle map suddenly the feeling of inferiority and
the lack of self confidence appeared. Can the enemy
that is already so well established and strong be
I do not want to first talk about the intervention
from "heaven", that the promise of Nubuwat (prophethood)
is surely true, it is a fixed price of iman.
That is the transcendent sphere. I want to talk about
our rationality as human beings. Created with all
kinds of advantages and shortcomings all at once. It
is natural that the feeling of inferiority later
appears like that. Seeing the strong enemy forces,
economic system, social culture… as if all aspects of
life are already in their tight handgrip.
However, the inferiority is never-ending if we always
think of the pattern of a symmetrical struggle. There
are 100 of the enemies, there also have to be 100 of
us. They who have have such a number of combat
aircrafts, missiles and advanced weapons, must also be
faced with equal weapons in the same number. Yeah..
where is the end? The friends at HTI (Hizbut Tahrir
Indonesia) may answer it with the concept of
Thalabun Nusrah. Yeah, those who have power must
be prolestyzed with da'wah so that they would
want to carry out iqomatuddien (establishment
However, Abu Mush'ab As-Suri have another concept, he
may be able to answer the question, "If all are about
symmetry, when it's going to end?" There is one
pattern of resistance that is asymmetrical. For
example: Who does not know the air force superiority
of America. Even the smallest black ants that enter
the Pentagon can be detected by their radar, so it was
said. But all that superiority was totally paralyzed
on 11th September 2001. Enough by capitalizing on
rough and minimal equipments, then directing
commercial aircraft which carried passengers to attack
the targets. In fact, it could even change history!
That's one example of an asymmetrical resistance.
Exploiting the loopholes of the opponent's weaknesses,
to then pass on the curve and cut in the crease.
Initially, I just approximate how it relates with the
concept of asymmetry. It seems like a simplification.
Everything can be handled only with a short-cut,
without the need to build adequate strength
exhaustively. So I remember the path chosen by some
friends i.e. "the main thing is jihad,
amaliyat and die shaheed. Fullstop!" Then,
what do we want after achieving victory if we also do
not think of the concept of "development"?
"Oh, no!" my friend said in an evening
discussion. According to him, the concept of asymmetry
precisely needs excellent labour forces. Champions in
every field of specialization. It's not as simple.
Therefore, its preparations must be mature and
serious. Well, those individuals who were to be
groomed are champions for sure. I paused long enough
and contemplated. Ok, ok… didn't Sergey Glazunov, who
got rewarded hundreds of millions of rupiah
from Google due to finding the weakness of Google
Chrome, have to first mess up that application?
Meaning, it will not be possible to know the
weaknesses of a system if we do not understand well in
advance the A-Z of that system.
I remembered Mohammad Atta, one of the "champions" of
911 (purposely used that quotation marks, in case
there are people who are not too happy with his choice
of amaliyat :)). It was said that he is a well
educated man in the field of aviation. So for a great
action, it turned out that it also need a great
capital. An asymmetry, even if it seems like cutting
corners, needs a process that is not easy, because
what's needed are special winners. Will the jihad
movements in Indonesia have a vision to be the crater
of candradimuka (a fabled crater from which
infants immediately emerge as strong, trained and
agile adults) which gives birth to those champions?