Jihad an honour for Afghanistan: Sayyaf
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former jihadi leader Prof. Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Saturday claimed some circles were out to isolate mujahideen (freedom fighters), but they would not succeed in their nefarious designs.
The Islami Dawat party chief, also a renowned religious scholar, spoke of the anti-mujahideen forces in address to a gathering marking the third death anniversary of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul.
“Those who are trying to do away with mujahideen and have the dirty thought to push them to the wall would die with their wish unfulfilled like their fathers and grandfathers,” Sayyaf remarked.
Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated at his residence in Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district along with three members of the peace panel by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban emissary. He remained president from 1992 to 1996.
Calling Rabbani a preacher and mujahid (holy warrior), Sayyaf said those who fought against his rule during his presidency were rebels.
“I ask all of you who can hear my voice, tell me who was more strait-laced, more Muslim and great preacher and jihadi than Rabbani in the entire Muslim world? Those who came and waged an armed resistance against Rabbani, they are called rebels in Shariah,” Sayyaf said.
He quoted the holy Quran as saying that if one group of Muslims continued its rebellion and refused to accept God’s orders, “then fight them until they obey God’s orders.”
“I am not a mufti, I am just telling you what Allah and the Islamic Shariah says. Those who kill our troops, policemen, intelligence officials and jihadi leaders are infidels,” he ruled.
He said the armed opposition (Taliban) was not waging a jihad. “They call it jihad but, in fact, what they are doing is a betrayal of Islam, Islamic values and foundations.”
Sayyaf added the jihad against the Soviets was a real holy war and Afghanistan’s honour. Other countries benefitted from the jihad of Afghanistan’s people, but the heroes of jihad at home were being insulted.
“We don’t want to be the masters, but servants of this country. Our humility should not be considered our weakness. We are the servants of this nation. We have pardoned, our amnesty should not be interpreted as our weakness.”
“We want peace, brotherhood and an environment of friendship in our country. We are not supporters of war, we are supporters of peace.”
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