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Some people follow the myth that Afghan Jihad owes its victory to US aid and weaponry. This is far from reality. Sometimes back I read Artyom Borovik’s experiences in Afghanistan during the War and his conversations with deserting Soviet soldiers and media men of his time. A couple of quotes to blow the myth;

Peter Arnett, Moscow correspondent of CNN, who travelled along the dukhis (Russian slang for Mujahideen) said:

“It’s one more uncommon war. The rebels don’t even have radios to send out information about themselves. Many of them were armed with ancient weapons: bolt-action Enfield rifles and rusty copies of the Kalashnikov.” (p.67)

Mikhola Movchan, a Soviet soldier who deserted, went to Sayyaf’s men and later found his way to USA said:

“They were armed with only ancient augers that went back to the time of the British invasion. In 1983 they had no other weapons. Can you imagine using flint augers against tanks, helicopters, and bombers? This is the truth.” (p.176)

Artyom Borovik, The Hidden War: A True Story of War in Afghanistan, Faber and  Faber Ltd. London 2001

Artyom Borovik was a prominent Russian investigative journalist. In 1987 he began working with Ogonyok (The Flame), the leading magazine of the glasnost years.

Book was originally published in 1990 in USSR by International Relations Publishing House.

It was solely the great spirit of Jihad the razed to dust the arrogance of the Red Bear and Alhamdulillah same spirit is now knocking down the The Devil.

Last thirty years prove Jihad is the ultimate power no matter how averse to it are the disbelievers and heretics!

Indeed Allah knows the best!

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Some people  tend to question the scholarship of the earliest scholars of the Ummah for the lack of written treatises coming down from them. Some tend to put to doubt their knowledge when they do not find explicit evidences for their legal opinions in well known books of Hadith compiled many years after their deaths.

In response to such notions Shaykhul Islam Imam Ibn Taymiyya argues;

ثُمَّ لَوْ فُرِضَ انْحِصَارُ حَدِيثِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فيها, فَلَيْسَ كُلُّ مَا فِي الْكُتُبِ يَعْلَمُهُ الْعَالِمُ, وَلَا يَكَادُ ذَلِكَ يَحْصُلُ لِأَحَدِ, بَلْ قَدْ يَكُونُ عِنْدَ الرَّجُلِ الدَّوَاوِينُ الْكَثِيرَةُ وَهُوَ لَا يُحِيطُ بِمَا فِيهَا.  بَلْ الَّذِينَ كَانُوا قَبْلَ جَمْعِ هَذِهِ الدَّوَاوِينِ كانوا أَعْلَمَ بِالسُّنَّةِ مِنْ الْمُتَأَخِّرِينَ بِكَثِيرِ؛ لِأَنَّ كَثِيرًا مِمَّا بَلَغَهُمْ وَصَحَّ عِنْدَهُمْ قَدْ لَا يَبْلُغُنَا إلَّا عَنْ مَجْهُولٍ؛ أَوْ بِإِسْنَادِ مُنْقَطِعٍ؛ أَوْ لَا يَبْلُغُنَا بِالْكُلِّيَّةِ, فَكَانَتْ دَوَاوِينُهُمْ صُدُورَهُمْ الَّتِي تَحْوِي أَضْعَافَ مَا فِي الدَّوَاوِينِ, وَهَذَا أَمْرٌ لَا يَشُكُّ فِيهِ مَنْ عَلِمَ الْقَضِيَّةَ

“If we were believe that the all the Ahadith of the Messenger of Allah (saaw)  were confined to books, then no scholar knows all that is written in books and nor is it possible for anyone to know all. Instead, at times a person has many books with him but does not know all which it contains. In fact, those who came before the compilation of these books were much more knowledgeable than those that came after-wards. This is due to many Ahadith were authentic in there time but reached to us through an unknown narrator, or with a broken change, or did not reach us at all. Their books were their hearts which contained many folds more than what is contained in these [present] books. And this is something that a person with some understanding of the matter has not the slightest doubt.” (Raf’a al-Malam an al-Aimma al-‘Alaam p.17-18)

Indeed Allah knows the best!

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We find this narration on some forums;

On the authority of Zaid bin Aslam Al-Adawi (RA) from his father (RA), the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Jihad will always feel sweet and beautiful as long as rain still falls from the sky. Yet there will come upon mankind an era, when at that time, the people who understand the Qur’an (scholars) from amongst them say, ‘This era is not the time of jihad.’ Whoever encounters those days, then let him know that those are the best times for Jihad.” The Companions asked: “O Messenger of Allah (SAWS), will anyone really say that?” He (SAWS) replied: “Yes, he upon whom is the curse of Allah, His Angels and all of mankind.” [Ibn Asakir transmitted it. (Mashari- ul-Ashwaq by Ibn Nuhaas, Vol. 1, P. 110)]

Its status:

With the particular wording quoted and with complete chain it is found in Sunan Al-Waridah fil Fitan by Al-Dani Hadith 373 (Makteb Al-Shamela ed.)

Wording as found in Al-Dani’s book;

لا يزال الجهاد حلوا أخضر ما قطر القطر من السماء ، وسيأتي على الناس زمان يقول فيه قراء منهم : ليس هذا زمان جهاد ، فمن أدرك ذلك الزمان فنعم زمان الجهاد » قالوا : يا رسول الله ، واحد يقول ذلك ؟ فقال : « نعم ، من عليه لعنة الله والملائكة والناس أجمعين

In its edition with research published by Darul Aasimah p. 751 Hadith 371 the researcher Dr. Razaullah b. Muhammad b. Idris Mubarakpuri  writes, “This is Mursal and in it (means its chain) is Abdul Rahman bin Zaid bin Aslam and he is Da’if.”

In Ibn Asaakir’s Tarikh Damishq (43/347) it is different except the initial words and is narrated with a different chain from Anas (RA).

As found in Ibn Asaakir’s Tarikh Damishq;

لا يزال الجهاد حلوا خضرا ما امطرت السماء وأنبتت الأرض وسينشو نشو  من قبل المشرق يقولون لا جهاد ولا رباط أولئك هم وقود النار بل رباط يوم في سبيل الله خير من عتق ألف رقبة ومن صدقة أهل الأرض جميعا

Hafiz Suyuti quotes the same in Jami’ Al-Kabir Hadith 1818 and says;

ابن عساكر وضعفه عن أنس

‘Ibn Asaakir [narrated it] and its weak from Anas.’

Same is written in Kanzul Ummal Hadith 10742.

Perhaps the above detail is the reason narration is not found in Tahdhib of the Imam Ibn Nuhas’ book Mashari- ul-Ashwaq ilaa Masaari’-ul-Ushaaq by Dr. Salaah Abdul Fattah Al-Khalidi

Note: Its only about status of a narration. There are countless narrations about the greatness of Jihad and in condemnation of those who refrain from it.

And Indeed Allah knows the best!

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