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    Assalam Alaikum,

    I posted this poem before, but here's a backround to it:

    Background of a poem
    This poem was written a few years ago by a brother, and when he was asked for his reasoning, intent, and background for the poem, here is what he replied with. The explanations are in purple:

    I cannot remember what the exact ayaah the Imaam was reading, but this was some years ago during Taraaweeh, and some memories came into my mind and tears to my eyes when I thought of the mujahid Hasan standing on that tower as the arrows continued to pierce him one after another. ANd to think, these filthy Kuffar, who have no honor, no dignity, no manners, they don't even know who their fathers are...they call the most honorable men on the face of this Earth as terrorists and criminals? Men, who do not seek any payment or compensation for thier selfless duties, men whose mothers were honorable women and whose fathers also honorably known...subhanallah these kuffar are dumb.


    People look at him, not knowing him for who he really is.
    His true soul invisible to all but Allah.
    His deeds known to none but the One above.

    By night when all have gone home
    Does he clean the toilets and scrub the floors of the Masaajid.

    [This was written with reference to a bro who was shaheed in Bosnaa. The reference is given in the tape "In the Hearts of Green Birds", but I do not recall the brother being mentioned by name. The exact reference is: "...And this one brother,..he’d wake up in the middle of the night, and not just to make Tahajjud like some other brothers, MashaAllah a lot of the brothers made Tahajjud. But he wakes up in the middle of the night to clean the toilets and to fix and clean the masjid, so that no one can see him doing these things, so that he can be sure that his Deen is for Allah only, that no one can see him..." so I worte that line above as a reference to the Shuhadaa. The Rasulallah [saws] said that the mahr [dowry] for the Huur el'3ayn was keeping the Houses of Allah clean.]

    By day does he work for his family with his hands
    Halal money to feed Halal to the little mouths

    [This was written to reflect the fact that the mujahideen, and the shuhadaa' as well, are real men, with families; wives, parents and children to take care of. When I say "with his hands" I meant two things:

    1) That the Rasulallah [saws] said the best type of income is that which is earned by the hands. I don't know if he was referring to physical labor work, or something else.

    2) That he uses his own hands to earn the living, he does not stoop to beg; even - IF - he has to do a job which might be considered "lowly" in the eyes of society, such as a garbage-truck driver, in the sight of Allah this job is still halaal and Allah puts barakah into it. As opposed to other high paying jobs which might involve haraam, such as interest, even though such a job might have great value in the eyes of society, like a senior bank manager or computer programmer or an engineer, pilot etc.]

    Never does a person come to him and not go away in smiles.
    Gentle and loving is he to the children as they run towards him
    Screaming in delight.

    [This was written as reference to a kind, gentle nature, reminiscent of the Rasulaallah [saws]. And also how the brothers at Azzam, when they were making the Hearts of Green Birds tape, they said that one common characteristic amongst the Shuhadaa was that: "...But something that they all had in common and that’s that they had sincerity to Allah and they did not have any grudge against any Muslims, anywhere..." So I wrote that line to reflect the general kind nature of the mujahideen...which in contrast, the media paints as fanatical, hateful terrorists...subhanallah.]

    He shares the silence of the Fuqaraa'
    And is no stranger to the troubles of the Yateem.

    [The Fuqaraa are the poor people who do not beg, nor do they let their poverty be known.]

    Unbeknownst to him, Allah said:
    "I love my servant."
    And thereupon Jibrael called out to the mukhluqaat:
    "Love him"
    And the mukhluqaat loves him.
    Little does he know.

    [This was based on the Hadith-Qudsi, if I remember correctly, whereby when Allah loves a servant of His, then He announces it to the angels, and they announce it to all the Creation.]

    He held tightly to his Deen when it was
    Like a piece of shining gold.
    He held it even tighter when it became
    Like a piece of burning hot coal.

    [This is like when, there was a time when Islam was advancing rapidly and everyone wanted to be a Muslim or at least be favorable towards Islam, so the Deen was something desirable and valuable, like a piece of gold. But the mu'mineen do not let go of their deen when it is put to the test, when people call them fanatics or terrorists, etc, criticize groups like Taliban and mujahideen etc., and so the Deen becomes something which might cause pain to the Muslim, meaning he might endure suffering because of his attachement to the Deen, so it is something almost dangerous and painful, like a piece of hot burning coal, yet the mu'min will hold it even tighter.]

    At night does he fight sleep
    And arises from his warm bed
    In the midst of Tahajjud in tears
    Does he call out unto hi Lord:
    "Allahummar zukhni Shahadah!"

    [This was also in reference to the dua for Shahaadah that the mujahideen make.]

    Defender of the Nisaa'
    Protector of the oppressed
    Supporter of the weak
    Al-Imad alDeen

    [This is a refutation flung at the kuffar and munafiqeen, who accused the mujahideen, like the Taliban, of oppressing women or trampling upon the weak. Imad alDeen means Pillar of the Faith, visualizing a strong pillar of solid steel or rock, unshakeable and a source of strength and stabilty to what it supports.]

    Guardian of the Quran
    His heart has no space for nifaaq or riyaa
    Jealousy or hate
    He knows no hate or bias against any Believer anywhere.

    He was present at Badr
    Felling the Unbelieving criminals
    Alongside the Rasulallah (saws)

    At Uhud he stood his ground on the mountain
    Raining arrows of death down on Khalid's charge.

    [This was reference to those Sahabaa who did not leave the mountain and continued defending the mountain pass until they were killed.]

    He was there at Mutah when the Three Commanders fell one by one
    'Till Saifullah led the Believers back to safety

    [This was in reference to the Three Commanders who fell one after another, and the Sahabaa who were encircled by the Romans at Mu'tah.]

    He was there right next to his brother Al'Barra
    In the Garden of Death as they fought the Liar's army
    To open the gates of that bloody oasis.

    [Al'Barra ibn Malik was the blood brother of Anas ibn Malik, the hadith narrator. Al'Barra ibn Malik was better known for his steadfastness on the battlefields. When the Sahabaa were fighting against Musaylamah al-Kadhdhaab at the battle of Yamaamah, the Liar's army enclosed themselves inside a large, fortressed garden. They locked the gates and then began shooting arrows down on the army of the Sahabaa who were massed outside. Al'Barra had the idea that he would step onto a shield, and then the Sahabaa would hoist the shield up on their spears [forming a sort of platform] and thus Al'Barra would be high enough to climb over the walls, jump down and unlock the gates, all the while fighting off the apostate soldiers. He succeeded in unlocking the gates, and the Sahabaa and mujahideen rushed in, fought, and killed the Liar. In that battle alone, over 4,000 Huffaz were killed. It was this battle, and the killing of so many Huffaz, which was one of the reasons which prompted the Sahaaba to proceed to write down and preserve the Qur'an in written form.]

    He was there with Sa'd as they crossed the river
    To face the Persians across the vast expanse.
    His heart was firm as the horses tread above the water.
    Saying nothing but "Husbunallahu waNa'mal Wakeel"

    [This was when Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas was appointed to lead the force of mujahideen to Qadisiyyah in order to engage and crush the Persians along the north eastern border. They reached one river where they could find no boats or bridges and no means of conveyance to cross the river. Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas thereby proceeded to enter the river on his horse, proclaiming "Hasbunallah..." and the other Sahabaa followed suit. It was a miracle by the power of Allah; the horses crossed over the flowing water, and their hooves did not even touch the water. Many of the Persians watching from the other side of the river became frightened and ran away, yelling "Diwaan! Diwaan!", meaning "[Here come the] madmen! Madmen!", because they thought the Sahabaa were some supernatural force to be able to commit such a feat.]

    He was there as Commander Tariq ordered the boats to be burned
    Fighting the Disbelieving Goths fearlessly
    And marched past the Pyrenees to establish the banner of Islam.

    [Since writing this, I have come across another book which quite sufficiently proves that it is a false notion that Commander Tariq "burned the boats". Legend has it that 17-year Commander Tariq, after him and his force crossed the strait, from North Africa into what is now southernmost Spain / Rock of Gibraltar, it is said that he turned around and ordered the boats to be burned. So his men asked what he was doing and he replied that form now on there was either victory or shahaadat; and there was no question of returning to the lands they came from; that they must attain victory and settle this land with Muslims. This is a really widespread myth, even Shk. Mubarakfuri, who wrote a well-known book of Seerah, included this account of Tariq burning the boats in his book of the History of Islam. The book which I came across is entitled "Landmarks of Jihad" written in the 1970's by Lt. Col M. M. Qureshi of the Pakistani Army. It is a very, very detailed book, written mostly from a purely military point of view but also Islamic. In it, he argues that the reason why tariq could not have possibly burned the boats was because the boats he did have were on loan to him, and the capacity of these boats was not enough to transport his men all across at once, so several trips had to be made. Even ater that, the boats could not have been burned because in that region, timber is very scarce, so building more boats would have proved difficult. But Allah knows best. However I have not made the correction - yet - in this poem]

    He was the first in the smoky pack as Bin Qasim and the others poured down
    The mountain slopes, racing towards death with a smile on his face

    [Muhammad bin Qasim was a 19 year old Muslim commander who was appointed to lead the muslim forces eastward past Persia and into what is now present day Afghanistan-Pakistan-India area. They made several key conquests. Muhammad bin Qasim was eventually recalled to Baghdad under the orders of the new administration that came after the tyrant Hujjaj bin Yusuf, and then bin Qasim was executed, for the simple reason that he had been appointed by the previous administration (Hujjaj), which the present administration didnt like.]

    He avenged his slain brethren at Hittin
    For what the savage heathens did in 1099
    And was there when Salahuddin opened the gates of Al-Quds.

    [Hitteen was a major battle against the Cruaders in which the Crusaders were badly defeated]

    Truly he was there on that rock
    In the Valley of Ayn Jalut, yelling
    "Wa Islamah! Wa Islamah! Ya Shababbul Islam!!"
    As the Mameluke army smashed their way through the Mongol waves.

    [The battle of Ayn Jalut took place around the 1280's if I remember correctly. The Mongols had advanced from the east all the way up to Baghdad and beyond, and had killed the Khalifah Mustasim-Billah, and it was a period of general anarchy and chaos. The Mongols sent four messengers to Cairo to meet with commander SayfudDeen Qutuz, with the basic threat that the Mongol hordes would soon be arriving and any resistance would be futile. Qutuz responded by executing all four messengers, and hung up their corpses in public in Cairo. This action lifted the morale of the Muslims on one hand, and put down the morale of the Mongols spies and informants on the other. Qutuz then prepared the Muslims for the oncoming confrontation. His army marched east until they met the Mongols at the valley of Ayn Jalut, which is in present-day Jordan. the battle was very decisive, and at one point when the tide was turning against the Muslims, at that point commander Qutuz climbed up on a rock and took off his helmet and cried Wa Islamah! [O Islam] and continued lashing out at the Mongols with his sword, felling them left and right. When the mujahideen turned to see their commander on that rock, still fighting amongst a sea of enemies, their spirit returned and they pushed forward and the Mongols were defeated. This battle marked the turning point; the Mongols lost their nerve and began to steadily retreat across the Middle East, pursued by the victorious Muslims, at one point, the Mameluke commander Baybar and his forces pursued the Mongols for 300 miles straight. The Mameluke were a class of warrior-slaves in muslim Egyptian society, and after this victory, they were prominent in restoring Muslim control of the Middle East / North Africa region.]

    He was amongst the first to march out when the Muslimah was dishonored
    She cried "Ya Mu'tasim where are you?!"
    And soon the Greek city of Amouriah too, came under Muslim rule.

    [In the Greek city of Ammoria, a Muslim bussinesswoman [or something] was dishonored in public by some Greek men. She cried out loudly "Ya Mu3'tasima' where are you?!" Meaning she was crying out, asking the khalifah how is it that a Muslimah is being dishonored; and what are you going to do about it? The men laughed at her, thinking she was mad, and that the khalifah was hundreds of miles away in Baghdad so how could he possibly hear her? However some people did hear her, who were traveling to the Muslim lands anyways, and they took her complaint to Mu3'tasima' [do not confuse with Mustasim'billah]. When Mu3'tasima heard about the inicident he became angry and sent a letter to the governor of the city, saying that if he did not hand over the criminals responsible, then the Muslims would marh out with an army so huge that the front of the army would be in Ammouriah while the rear was still leaving Baghdad. The governor scoffed at the threat and disregarded it - thereby Mu3'tasima remained true to his word, sent the army, and conquered the city, and annexed the city and surrounding lands to Muslim control.]

    Aye, he was the one amongst the ghostly Jaanissar
    As they raced up the tower alongside his mujahid brother Hasan Ulu Badi
    Knowing that at the top they would meet their end under a killer rain of arrows
    But he raised Al'Liwaa high after Hasan fell; his perfumed blood still marks the spot
    And Sultan Fatih entered the city as the Victorious one.

    [This is in reference to Sultan "Fateh" Muhammad, who led the Ottoman army that conquered Constantinople. The Rasulallah [saws], 800 years earlier, had remarked that the army that conquered Constantinople would be a blessed army, and its Ameer would be a blessed Ameer. From the time of the Sahabaa to about 200 years afterwards, many armies besieged Constantinople in order to acheive this high distinction but they did not succeed. Finally it was Sultan Muhammad who succeeded. During the final assault on the fortified city of Constantinople, one mujahid, by the name of Hasan Ulu Badi, saw a break in the walls which was poorly defended. He raced towards it with the black flag in his hands. He got through and then him and about 30 other mujahideen raced up a tower, killing any Crusaders that got in the way. When he got to the top, he raised high the flag and shouted the takbeer and the shahadah [La ilaha illallah...]. The Byzantines and the Muslims both saw him. The Muslims became very encouraged when they saw their own banner flying high above the walls of the city. The Byzantines on the other hand couldn't stand it and every single archer in range of the tower sent up volley after volley of arrows, in order to shoot Hasan down, because the sight of the flag was demoralizing to the Crusaders. Hasan remained standing as the arrows continued to slice into him and blood began to flow. After he grew weak from loss of blood, he passed the flag to another mujahid and himself lay down, shaheed. The next mujahid was also similarly shot down by the arrows, all the time proclaiming the takbeer so as to encourage the mujahideen onwards. Then he too was killed, and another mujahid took the flag, and he too was killed, and so on, until all 30 mujahideen at the top of the tower had been shaheed while ensuring that the flag was still raised. By the time the last mujahid on the tower had sold his life to Allah 3zza wa'jall, the mujahideen had succeeded in over-running the Crusader defenses and Sultan Muhamamd entered the city as Sultan "Fateh" Muhammad.]

    He was present at Jaaji, Jalalabad, and Kabul
    as the vodka drinking Russian khinzeer were thrown out of Afghanistan,
    and Allah's Sakinah descended from above.

    [The battles and operations of Jaaji, Jalalabad and Kabul were some of the many major victories for the mujahideen in Afghanistan.]

    He was there alongside his brother Zubayr al-Madani
    as they fought in defense of Sarajevo airport
    He stood firmly as the fighting grew fierce
    While others fled.

    [ash-Shaheed Abu Zubayr al-Madani and another brother fought in Bosnia at the Sarajevo airport. The fighting was extremely fierce and many parties had fled the fighting. Both were killed shaheed, insha'allah.]

    He rode with the shababb ul-Islam to detonate the Crusader army at Khobar
    To clear al-Jazirah, true to the command of the Rasul (saws) as he lay on his deathbed
    Indeed, Shababbul-Jannah, and not cowards as the Kuffar accuse.

    [This is in reference to the youth who blew up the Crusader barracks at Khobar, in Saudi'. The Rasulallah [saws] had issued an irrevocable, standing order on his deathbed 1400 years ago, to clear al-Jazirah or the mushrikeen and ensure that the Arabian Peninsula was for Islam only. The kuffar accused these youth of cowardice, but I ask: What cowardice?]

    When his brother Jibrael Abu-Adam from Atlanta
    Fell on the streets of Kashmir, he was there to avenge him
    Sending a deadly force of lead bullets back at the filthy Hindu dogs.

    [This is in reference to ash-Shaheed Jibrael Abu Adham. he was an African American who reverted to Islam at the age of 17. When he found out about Kashmir he made up his mind that he would go there to defend the Muslims. In Atlanta, once could see him often sweeping the floors of the masjid. He went to Kashmir and fought and was killed, just prior to his 19th birthday. We ask Allah to accept him from amongst the Shuhadaa.]

    He went to Groznyy once again to teach the Russian pigs
    What it means to mess with the best.
    You tangle with the Mujahideen and off you go to that eternal-burning place

    [This is in reference to the Battle for Groznyy during the first Sheeshaani jihad. There were approximately 10,000 well-equipped Federal troops in Groznyy, and they were surrounded and decimated by a much lighter force of about 2,500 mujahideen.]

    He held down the Kuffar as his brother Abu Maryam went to slay that Philippine dog.
    Laughing his way through the blizzard of bullets, crying Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar.

    [This is in reference to ash-Shaheed Abu Maryam, who was killed in the Phillippines. The Phillippine Army attacked a Muslim civillian area including hospitals and other buildings. Later that same day, a Phillippine army general appeared on TV saying that they had struck at a "terrorist" base and that no hospitals, schools, etc. had been targeted. When Abu Maryam saw this liar on TV he became very angry for the sake of God, and resolved to undertake an operation to execute this liar. Several months later, him and one other mujahid bro, they enetered a Phlippiine Army base. Abu Maryam went on inside teh base while the other bro took up a position near the front of the base. Allah's aid was with Abu Maryam as he continued, alone, throughout the base, killing soldiers and commanders, until he reached the office of thegeneral who had ordered the murderous strike. The general had heard so much shooting that he thought the base was under a massive attack and he attempted to escape through the window, but Abu Maryam executed him for his crimes before he was able to escape. Then he turned and began making his way back out, killing even more soldiers, single-handedly by the grace of God, until finally, as Allah had decreed in Qadr, a tank shell came ripping through the air and hit him, killing him. We ask Allah to accept him from amongst the Shuhadaa'. Abu Maryam had a young daughter which he longed to see but, we ask that Allah will reunite him with his wife and daughter in Jannatul-Firdaus.]

    He'll return to Philistine once again, that Ancient Land
    Running to the Gate of Ludd,
    To see none other than Ibn Maryam slay that Yahuudi Liar.

    [This is in reference to when Isaa Ibne Maryam will return to lead the fight and will kill Dajjal at Baab-e-Ludd.]

    For each bullet he takes, he sends back dozen more.
    With each kafir that he slays, he knows that
    Another one of the Believing women will not be humiliated
    Another one of his Muslim brothers will not be shot in front of his little ones.

    Allah decides which bullet has his name on it
    He feels it not at is goes deep into his flesh
    As he falls, with that joyous smile on his face

    "La Ilaha Ilallah muhammad arRasulallah! Allahu Akbar!
    Look in the sky! Look what I can see! Allahu Akbar!"

    [This was in reference to when some of the shuhadaa in Bosnia, Sheeshaan, Afghanistan and other lands, after they have been shot in battle but just before the angels take their souls, some of them look into the sky and they can see Jannah opening up for them, and at the sight of its beauty, they exclaim "Look in the sky..."]

    Even before the first drop of that fresh blood falls
    Allah with His Mercy wipes the slate clean
    The angels bearing his soul straight to Al-Firdaus

    [This was in reference to the Shuhadaa; their sins are forgiven by Allah even before the first drop of blood reached the ground.]

    His soul, like the inside of green birds,
    Glides around the 'Arsh as it pleases.

    On that big Day, when his blood, still fresh
    Smelling as sweet as the musk of Jannah,
    Will flow from his wounds, badges of honor
    That none will fail to recognize the warrior

    [This is in reference to Yaumul Qiyaamah, when the Shuhadaa, when they come bearing their weapons on their backs, and their wounds will still be fresh with the scent of their blood sweeter than musk, and all of humanity which will be assembled on that Day, even Prophet Musa [as], will be required to split and make a path, in order to allow the Shuhadaa access to go through, and then they will take their places on pulpits of light located under the Throne of God. They will not be subjected to any questioning on that Day, nor will they feel any of the fear, dread, or anxiety that will be so prevalent on that Day. They will sit calmly and watch the proceedings.]

    On that Day, when he shall have no fear nor shall he grieve
    A Day on which the Book in his Right hand shall be heavy
    As the angels send their salutations
    On the Day when the Hur al'Ayn give him the sweet drink
    From Al-Kauthar with their own soft hands,
    laughing and bursting with pleasure

    [On that Day he shall have no reason to fear or grieve, because he had stayed true to the commands of God. the final Book of Judgment for him will be handed to him in his Right hand by the angels; this is an indication, a confirmation that he has indeed acheived the greatest success, and that is, entry to Paradise. This is in contrast to those people who shall recieve their Book of Judgement in their left hand from the behind, which is confirmation of their entry into Hell.]

    Indeed, this and more is what he bargained for
    As he sold the World for that which was better.
    And on this day verily does he receive his Rank

    "…the Prophets, the Siddiqûn, the Martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!"
    [Quran 4 : 69]

    Who is he?
    He is the fighting spirit of Iman that is in all Mujahideen
    He was, and is present, inside the hearts of all the Shuhadaa.