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Who are the Taliban?


In December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and began to raze Afghanistan to the ground, creating millions of refugees, orphans, widows and cripples. Afghanistan's Jihad against Communism and foreign occupation began under the banner of Islam. It was on the basis of the teachings of Islam that a small, ill-equipped nation succeeded in defeating a Superpower who seemed well-positioned to dominate the world. As students of Islamic teachings, the Taleban played a paramount role in mobilizing, planning, and directing the holy Jihad. This role was not new to the Afghan history. In the past, whenever a foreign power invaded Afghanistan and threatened freedom and independence of the Afghans, the Islamic Students (called Talaba) left their schools or Madrassahs to fight at the head of the Afghan armies. In spite of the tremendous hardships, the Taleban and other devout Muslims of Afghanistan continued their holy war of spiritual salvation and national freedom until the Soviet Union withdrew its forces in defeat on 15 February 1989.


If this was not enough for the country, another three years of war against the Soviet-backed Communists continued from February 1989 until the Conquest of Kabul in December 1992, when the puppet Communist regime installed by the Soviets collapsed and the prospects of the establishment of an Islamic, peace-seeking government in Kabul appeared on the horizon.


The struggle for the faith, freedom, and dignity of the Afghan people lasted over 14 years. During these trying and painful years, over two million Afghans were massacred and slaughtered by the evil forces of the Red Army, tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children became permanently maimed and disabled, thousands of the faithful and intellectuals were made victims of mass-executions, several thousands were sent to prisons, tortured, buried or burned alive. Whole villages were destroyed to the ground or burned to ashes. The economy of the country was ruined. As a result of the atheist policies of the Communist regime, Afghanistan became a graveyard of the faithful; honesty and morality were forced out of people's lives; and Afghan culture, education, and mass media were put in the service of promoting Communist ideology and philosophy.


With the Soviets gone in disgrace, and their puppets defeated, the Taleban perceived their task accomplished, and soon returned back in large numbers to their Madrassahs, to take up their search for knowledge and spiritual advancement. The period described above that lasted from 1979 to the end of 1992, can be called the First Phase of the Taliban's mission in serving their faith, their people, and their country.


Whilst the Afghan people were finally looking for peace after fourteen years of War, the various 'Mujahideen' leaders were looking for power. Fighting broke out amongst the various 'Mujahideen' groups, who had once fought the Soviets and Communists together, and the evil intentions and ulterior motives of some of these commanders surfaced. Commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar began to fight the 'President' of the new 'Islamic Emirate', Mujaddidi, and his Commander Rashid Dostum on one hand, then Mr. Burhanuddin Rabbani and Commander Ahmad Shah Masood on the other. During the next four years after the Conquest of Kabul from the Communists in 1992, 80% of Kabul was destroyed and thousands of innocent Muslims lost their lives. Muslim donors and volunteers who helped the Jihad against the Soviets and the Communists withdrew from the country, disheartened and in disgust at 'Muslims' killing 'Muslims'.


The enemies of Islam further took advantage of the situation and began to funnel arms and supplies to the opposing sides. Iran pushed the Shiite Hizbe-Wahdat to the battlefield, whilst Russia and Uzbekistan supported the Communist Commander Rashid Dostum. India, on the other hand, provided technical and financial assistance to Rabbani and his commander, Masood.


The blazes of the brutal and unforgiving war did not, indeed could not, remain confined to the city of Kabul. Soon it spread throughout the country in one shape or another. Because warlords and other irresponsible people were in possession of heavy and light weaponry, looting posts and checkpoints were erected within cities and along national highways by brigands, robbers, and bandits. These posts were used to rob innocent people who had to use the roads, and to extort illegal and arbitrary taxes from the travelers. These checkpoints were also used to detain young boys and beautiful women for sexual misuse and rape. During the course of this brutality, lawlessness, and war that lasted for four years, over 50,000 Afghans were killed and thousands of others were crippled, kidnaped, raped, and tortured.


After the Communists were defeated, the people of Afghanistan, tired of almost 14 years war and suffering, expected their political leaders to resolve their differences in a civil and Islamic way, and use their authority and energy for the reconstruction of the destroyed land. The people of Afghanistan rightfully expected that those leaders fulfil the promise they had made to them, and to the world, regarding restoring peace, security, and liberty that were destroyed by the evil forces of Communism. The people of Afghanistan hoped that those who claimed their leadership succeed in establishing a true Islamic Emirate capable of restoring justice and equality in the country.


Unfortunately, all these expectations, aspirations, and hopes were shattered, because those who took the reigns of power, after Communism was defeated, failed to set aside their differences and act in a humane, compassionate way. Realising the grand failure of their leaders, Afghans began to question the legitimacy and efficiency of the new Emirate.


The suffering took diabolic proportions. It seemed that all doors of hope were closed and the end of the spiral of violence and war was not in sight. Ordinary people began to raise their voices. Those who were victims of atrocities committed by the warlords turned their attention to those who first issued the Fatwa (religious verdict) of Jihad against the Soviets and Communists, i.e., the religious scholars, and those who led them in the prosecution of this order, i.e., the Taliban. The people began to ask: "Why our religious scholars and students, who preach justice and peace, do not do something to save us from this injustice and war?" This was an expectation and a question that could not be left unanswered by those who believe in God and whose purpose in Life is to serve His Will.


In response to this desperate plea directed to them by the innocent and suffering people of Afghanistan, the Taliban once again stood to their feet, closed their books, and came out of their Madrassah classrooms to begin the second phase of their holy Jihad against evil and corruption. The rise of the Taliban was accompanied by a Fatwa issued by the Islamic scholars of Afghanistan, confirming the legitimacy of their uprising against corruption and vice. In this way the new movement was called The Taliban Islamic Movement of Afghanistan. The paramount purpose of this movement was to stop the war of national annihilation and to liberate the people of Afghanistan from the yoke of oppression and despotism imposed upon them by the forces of evil and arrogance.


One of the first steps taken by the Taliban to put an end to the oppression in their own country took place in the Spring of 1994. A local commander in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar had kidnapped two teenage girls, shaved their heads and taken them to a military camp where they were repeatedly raped. When the local townsfolk came to Mullah Muhammad Umar to seek his assistance, he enlisted some 30 Tullab (students of Islamic Knowledge) and attacked the base. They freed the girls and hanged the commander from the barrel of a tank amidst the cheers of roaring crowds.


"We were fighting against Muslims who had gone wrong. How could we remain quiet when we could see crimes being committed against women and the poor?" Mullah Umar was to say later.


A few months later, two commanders confronted each other, also in Kandahar, in a dispute over a young boy whom both men wanted to use for homosexual sex. In the battle that ensued, many civilians were killed. Mullah Umar's group freed the boy and public appeals started coming in for the Taliban to help out in other local disputes. Mullah Umar had emerged as a 'Robin Hood' figure, helping the poor against the rapacious commanders. His love in the hearts of the people grew because he asked no reward or credit from those he helped, only demanding that they follow him to establish Shariah in the land.


Within the first two years of its existence, the Taliban Movement succeeded in eliminating the large number of looting posts or checkpoints that had made life for citizens of the country painful and intolerable. During the same period, the Taliban were able to disarm irresponsible individuals and groups and, thus, restore peace and security in more than 80 percent of the Afghan territory. After the Taleban succeeded in driving the corrupt forces of Rabani and his Military Commander, Masood, from Kabul in September 1996, they were able to establish a central administration in the capital, run by people of good faith and intention. This was the first administration in almost 20 years that was truly interested in the well-being of the citizens and trying hard to make life for them easier. Those who ran this administration were chosen on the basis of their loyalty and concern for the people, irrespective of their race, language or ethnicity.


Thus, when the Taliban Islamic Movement took the reign of political power in Kabul on 27 September 1996, and formed the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the city was in shambles, the treasury was empty, the administration was crippled, the infrastructure was ruined, and city services, such as health care, sanitation, water, electricity, telephone, and transportation were almost non-existent. Opportunities for productive and gainful employment did not exist, food and grain were in short supply, hyperinflation was out of control, and economic dependency among families was widespread. In simple words, for the overwhelming number of people who were not in one way or another attached to the regime of Mr. Rabbani, or to his self-styled commanders, life was brutish, difficult, and extremely painful. The Taliban, from the very first day of their rise, were determined to put an end to this dismal situation. Thus, after taking Kabul, they began the difficult task of rehabilitating Kabul and the rest of the country. In the pursuance of this noble objective with the Help of Allah The Almighty, they have succeeded in bringing about a number of drastic changes to Afghanistan, some of which are mentioned in the rest of this treatise.


Official Taliban Web Site www.taleban.com
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The Taliban and Shariah


Since the arrival of Islam to the two sides of the Hindukush mountains over 1300 years ago, Afghanistan has always been, and will always remain, an Islamic country. Except for the relatively short but bloody period of the Communist reign in the 20th Century, the political regime of the country has been based on the teachings of Islamic Shariah. Islam always provided the fundamental legal code or the set of laws upon which the political, economic and the judicial systems of the country were founded. During this century, these laws twice underwent some modifications: Once during the time of King Amanullah in 1921 and for a second time during the reign of the former King Mohammad Zaher Shah in 1964.


Every country of the world has its own legal system. Legal systems develop in their respective societies over long periods of time and in accordance to the special needs and conditions prevailing in those societies. One cannot import legal systems into a country the way one imports cars or radio sets. Except for the fourteen years of the Communist rule, the legal system that existed in Afghanistan rested on the Islamic Shariah. This system had become part of the people's lives. Its rules and principles are known to all devout Muslims and are derived from the teachings of Noble Quran and the Sunnah of the Messenger, Muhammad (SAWS).


After liberating Kabul in September 1996, the Taliban Islamic Movement declared all non-Islamic laws and regulations, passed and practised during the Communist regime, invalid, and reintroduced the Islamic Shariah in their place. They founded the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and re-introduced Shariah as the legal system of the country. This choice of the legal system was based on the expressed will of the people of Afghanistan, who fought and suffered for fourteen years for the purpose of restoring the rule of Shariah in their country. In this way, the Islamic Laws applied by the Taliban Movement in Afghanistan are in no way something new or strange to the people of Afghanistan. This system has existed, and been practised, in the country for 1300 years and has been fully integrated in the Afghan code of personal and social behaviour.


By enforcing the Islamic Law, the Taliban have won the full support of the people and succeeded to restore peace and security in all areas under their control. Through the implementation of Shariah rules, the Taliban have been able to restore and protect human rights and dignity, including the rights and dignity of women. These rights were systematically violated by the Communist regime and by the warlords who replaced it. By restoring the Islamic Shariah, the Taliban have been able not only to provide their countrymen and countrywomen with the needed security and peace, rather they have also succeeded to create a safe and secure atmosphere for foreign visitors and relief workers.


A working judicial system has been put into place in the areas under the Taliban Administration, which, as of December 2000, comprises over 95% of Afghanistan. Life, property, children, personal rights, and dignity of people in these areas that one could aptly call "the liberated areas," are protected in the framework of the Islamic Shariah, regardless of race, language, tribe, or regional origin of the persons involved. Property rights of individuals and legal entities enjoy full protection in the Islamic courts. Properties taken away by force or deception from people by the previous administration or by individuals are returned to their original owners. Checkpoints and looting posts erected by self-styled administrators and commanders have been eliminated from roads and highways. Roads have been opened for free movement of persons and goods.


By restoring security, and applying the uniform rules of the Islamic Shariah, for the first time since April 1978, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is providing equal protection and justice for all. As a result of the introduction of Shariah, arbitrariness in resolution of disputes, nepotism, discrimination on the basis of tribal, linguistic, religious orientation, or regional affiliation have been eliminated. Individual property rights have been restored, confiscation of private property by Emirate, or by those attached to it, have been stopped. Freedom of engaging in legal economic activities and freedom of movement have been guaranteed.


The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan adheres to the principle of a representative government based on the teachings of the Islamic Shariah. Government in Islam is open to all groups living in the Islamic society, irrespective of their race, language, region, ethnicity, tribal affiliation, and religious orientation within the Islamic faith. Discrimination by government and in government on any pretext is strictly prohibited in Islam. Government posts in an Islamic society are to be given to those who are the most virtuous members of the society. Leaders of an Islamic Emirate serve as role models and set examples. Thus, these leaders are chosen on the basis of their merits and virtues, not on the basis of their party or other kinds of affiliations.


Members of the current interim Administration in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan have been chosen by the Ulema of the country. These members represent all ethnic, religious and Jihadi groups who have struggled to free Afghanistan from the tyranny of atheism and fascism. When circumstances change and an appropriate environment more conducive to political dialogue is created, the Taliban will take further steps towards solidifying the representational foundations of the Islamic Emirate.

 

The Taliban and Women


The treatment of women in Afghanistan is a subject that the Western Media and Feminists have concentrated their ideological warfare efforts on. They have based their 'reports' and analyses on a number of interviews with Communist women, whose idea of 'freedom' is similar to the freedom given to women in the West, i.e. that all women should make all parts of their bodies available to men to view and use; that in order to be good you must look good (thus creating an inferioriety complex and problems such as Anorexia eating disorders in young women who cannot accept that they do not look like beautiful models) and the use of naked and half-naked women to sell everything from cars to toilet paper. It is important to look at the policies of the Taliban as regards women and the facts in the country itself, as reported by independent journalists.


The following information has been taken from the official Taliban Administration web-site at www.taleban.com.

 

Women's Life Conditions Presently and Under Rabbani Regime


The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is fully committed to the social, cultural and economic development of women. The government has been able to protect the honor, life and property of Afghan women. Contrary to the situation under the Rabbani regime, women can now be outside their houses safely without the fear of being kidnaped, raped or looted. They no longer fear conditions that were common during the Rabbani regime. According to amnesty international reports of 1992-95, women in Afghanistan bore the brunt of the atrocities by the Rabbani regime and other armed factions. Irresponsible commanders and gunmen not only violated the honor of women by raping them but mutilated women's bodies and in many cases, cut their breasts etc. Similarly, common was murder, torture and execution of our people by the armed factions. Due to the intolerable atrocities, the Taleban Islamic Movement emerged to deliver the defenseless Afghan people from the cruel hands of the warlords. One should ask oneself, is women's freedom to be raped with their breasts cut, or is it to freely live their lives without fear of even comments being made at them.


The former regime that did not serve the country had employed women in a number of sectors without any real need. Some of them were used just for the sexual entertainment of the bureaucracy. Due to the ineffective and immoral institutions, they have temporarily been relieved of their duties. The government pays them their salaries regularly. But women whose work is really needed, are still working in the health, education and security sectors. As conditions in the country improve, so will, doubtlessly, job opportunities for women.



Restoration of Women's Safety, Dignity and Freedom


Being highly concerned about the well-being of its female citizens, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, soon introduced measures to put a stop to the miserable living conditions under which the women lived in Kabul. After the communists took over in Kabul, they began to exploit women for the purpose of advancing their political and social agendas. In spite of war condition in the country and with no work in the offices, the communist regime forced a large number of women to attend government offices only for their amusement.


The Islamic Emirate decided to pay the salaries of these women at their homes, so that they could stay home and take care of their families and children. The purpose of this policy is to help revive the Afghan family and household, as the foundation of the Afghan society, a foundation that was intentionally destroyed by the communist regime.


The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is determined to provide educational and employment opportunities for the women of Afghanistan, as soon as the security and financial circumstances under which the Islamic Emirate operates allow such a step to be taken. In the meantime, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will try to acquire the resources and build the facilities that would make the separate education of women possible.


Observance of Islamic Hejab or the Veil


The enforcement of the code of Islamic Hejab by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is fully consistent with the Islamic beliefs of Afghans and the traditions of the Afghan society. Wearing a veil is common among women all over Afghanistan. Islam and Afghan tradition attach the greatest importance to the honor and safety of women in the society.


To comply with the Islamic code of Hejab, as well as to reduce the degree of threat to the personal safety of women, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is asking the women to observe the Islamic Hejab, and cover their faces in public. This is a measure that is undertaken for the simple reason of protecting the honor, dignity, and personal safety of the women in Afghanistan.


Women's Education in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan



Based on the holy teachings of Islam, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers education as the pillar of a healthy and prosperous individual and social life. The Islamic Emirate is determined to provide educational opportunities for all Afghans irrespective of gender, race, tribe, language, or regional affiliations.


The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers education to be obligatory equally for men and women according to the tenets of Islam. This is a clear verdict of our religion. However, currently the country is in shambles, its economic structure destroyed and education facilities turned to rubble like much else in the country. Afghanistan requires appropriate foreign assistance to rebuild every aspect of educational institutions. The present war situation imposed and fueled by foreign powers diverts from Afghanistan's already meager national resources that would be better allocated to opening more schools. Larger and more centrally-run schools in urban areas present the greatest challenge. Secondly, the Afghans do not trust the communist-style curriculum. We have to restore the trust of the common people in government-run education. We also need to compile a new curriculum that will answer to the needs of our society. Thirdly, the war has created a huge brain drain in all sectors including education. In order to successfully tackle restoration of educational, economic, political and social institutions, the government wants to attract Afghan professionals and intellectuals living abroad. We want them to take part in the reconstruction of their country. Without their full participation in the rehabilitation and development efforts, the Islamic Emirate will not be able to tackle these issues successfully.


The conditions today for the implementation of a sound, effective, and Islamic educational program for the women of Afghanistan are nonexistent. Over ninety percent of school buildings have been ruined by the war.


Qualified teachers have left the country. School books are full of communist propaganda and indoctrination material. Because of past abuses of the educational system for the purpose of propagating atheist ideology and ideas, the great majority of Afghan fathers and mothers have lost faith in schools and secular education. Last but not least, in spite of its deep desire to activate the schooling system in the country, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been facing great difficulties in securing the financial and physical resources needed to provide security for the schools, reconstruct school buildings, print new books, acquire the necessary materials and pay for qualified and dependable teachers.


The limited amount of resources at the disposal of the Islamic Emirate are being used to finance a war that has been imposed on Afghanistan by the brazen and open intervention of countries such as Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan and India. Intervention by these countries, and the resulting terrorist activities launched against the innocent men and women of Afghanistan by groups affiliated to these countries, have made the task of providing security for schools and public buildings, particularly girl's schools, extremely difficult.

 

Currently Operating Girls' Schools


Despite the limited economic resources of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to fund educational institutes, universities in Qandahar, Kabul and Nangrahar provinces are operating as usual. Several NGOs have been allowed to fund schools in Afghanistan, besides the schools funded by the government.


Contrary to reports about girls education in the press, the figures obtained from the education sector in Afghanistan, reveal that girls education in rural Afghanistan is increasing. According to a survey conducted by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), almost 80 per cent of the girls schools located in rural areas under the administration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan are operating in full swing. Ms. Pia Karlsson, education advisor at the Education Technical Support Unit (ETSU) of SCA, said in a recent interview published by the Frontier Post, a Peshawar based English daily that only in Ghazni province, where the Islamic Emirate under the leadership of TIMA has control for the last two years, approximately 85 per cent of the girls are still in schools. Ms. Karlsson says, "The picture outside the cities is totally different."


The SCA which has been supporting elementary education in Afghanistan since 1984, currently supports 422 boys schools, 125 girls schools and 897 mixed schools (co-education) in the forms of primary schools and home schools. During the survey, she concentrated on 100 SCA supported girls schools in the nine provinces: Kabul, Kunar, Laghman, Ningarhar, Ghzani, Logar, Paktika, Paktya and Wardak. All these provinces are under the administration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. According to the survey, female attendance was at 94 per cent and of the 7834 girls enrolled, 7341 were found present.


More significantly, at least 170 female teachers were found teaching in these schools. Similarly, in Kunduz province, 122 schools are operating with 390 female teachers teaching at the schools. The Islamic Emirate is ready to open girls and boys schools with appropriate foreign assistance.


Female Health Sector


Health facilities for women have increased 200% during Taleban administration. Prior to the Taleban Islamic Movement's taking control of Kabul, there were 350 beds in all hospitals in Kabul. Currently, there are more than 950 beds for women in exclusive women's hospitals. Some hospitals which have specifically been allocated to women include Rabia Balkhi Hospital, Malali Hospital, Khair Khana Hospital, Indira Gandhi Child Health Hospital, Atta Turk Hospital, Kuwait Red Crescent Hospital, Contagious Disease Hospital and T.B. Hospital. Moreover, there are 32 mother and child health clinics. In addition to this, women receive treatment at ICRC and the Sandy Gal Orthopaedic Centers. In all these hospitals and clinics, women work as doctors and nurses to provide health services to female patients.


Please also read Canadian Physician describes Healthcare in Afghanistan and American Journalists set the story straight on Afghanistan for further independent refutations on the ill treatment of women in Afghanistan.

 


The Taliban and Usama bin Ladin

"Our stand on this issue, as with any, is based on Islamic Law, and we call on all to abide by the Shariah. There is no possibility of us changing our position on this."

[Mullah Muhammad Omar, Ameer-ul-Mumineen of Afghanistan and leader of Taliban]


One of the primary reasons for the current World isolation and UN sanctions on Afghanistan is their refusal to hand over Usama bin Ladin to America to stand 'trial' for crimes that he has not committed.


The issue of Usama bin Ladin and the refusal of the Taliban to hand him over to America despite isolation and sanctions from the whole World is a proof of their sincerity to uphold the Islamic Shariah whether the enemies of Islam like it or dislike it. Under the Islamic Shariah, it is forbidden for a Muslim to hand over another Muslim to a kafir (disbeliever) whatever the reason and whatever the circumstances. Handing over a Muslim to a kafir is equivalent to taking sides with disbelievers against Muslims, which is one of the ten things that nullify a person's Islam and make him into an apostate.


Therefore, even if the strategic interests of the Taliban lie in handing over Usama bin Ladin to America, they are bound by both the Islamic Shariah and their Aqeedah (Islamic creed) and cannot do this as it amounts to a transgression in the principles they stand for and are calling the people to. A country implementing Shariah is supposed to be a safe-haven for any Muslim in the World fleeing from oppression or persecution for his religion. The Saudi Arabian Government 'revoked' the Saudi nationality of Usama bin Ladin in 1994 and thus he became a refugee in Sudan. Two years later, he was expelled from Sudan and became a refugee in Afghanistan. What type of Shariah is it that fails to protect the lives and well-beings of Muslim refugees from their enemies? Why did Usama bin Ladin go to Afghanistan? Because that was the only country in the World where he could be safe from the persecution he was facing for his religion.


And which nation is it that has labelled Usama bin Ladin a terrorist and a criminal for allegedly causing the deaths of a few dozen Americans?


Is it the same nation that was the only nation in history to use atomic weapons in anger, when it dropped two nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, killing over 220,000 Japanese? Weren't those people human beings as well? Or do Japanese not count as human beings like Americans do?


Is it the same nation that 'mistakenly' dropped a laser-guided bomb on an Iraqi refugee shelter killing over 2000 Muslim women and children, 'mistaking' it for an Iraqi Command and Control Centre? Were these people not human beings?


Is it the same racist nation that, not so long ago, oppressed black people for decades, such that there were 'whites-only' and 'blacks-only' sections on public buses? The same nation whose foundations were built on racism,oppressing a people because of their skin colour?


Is it the same nation that has imposed over ten years of sanctions on Muslim babies and children in Iraq, killing over ONE MILLION innocent babies due to lack of medicine and nutrition?


Is it the same nation that built and supported a terrorist state, by the name of Israel, and continues to send it billions of dollars of its taxpayer's money every year, to commit genocide of children under 16 and women?


Does this hypocrite nation have the right to call anyone a terrorist just because they condemn its unjust practices?


It is very clear to any intelligent individual, Muslim or not, that it is not possible to plan and execute bombings of embassies and ships sitting in a barren country thousands of miles away with no telephone lines, broken highways and where most of the population gets its electricity from diesel generators. Since Usama bin Ladin is the only Muslim brave enough to speak out against American Zionist oppression, he is the most convenient person to point the finger of blame at whenever anything happens to any American or Jew anywhere. Do the those fighting Islam not understand that when they oppress the followers of the World's second largest religion, a religion with over 1.2 billion adherents, they will make millions of enemies, and that someone somewhere is going to do something about it, which will cause loss of life to their own soldiers and citizens.


Usama bin Ladin has repeatedly denied involvement in the 1998 twin-Embassy bombings the more recent bombing of the USS Cole warship. It is incumbent upon every Muslim to take his word for that. Furthermore, to show the hypocrisy of the Zionist American Goverment and to prove to the World that they wish to make peace and resolve matters, the Taliban have repeatedly asked for America to provide them with evidence that Usama bin Ladin was responsible for these acts so that they can put him on trial in Afghanistan if need be (it is out of the question in the Islamic Shariah to extradite him to stand trial by disbelievers, under man-made laws).


The Afghans are a warrior Muslim nation that have survived colonialism for centuries. More recently, they withstood a decade of conventional and chemical attacks by the Soviet Red Army. Still, this did not turn them away from their religion and their principles. Does the World really think that some minor economic sanctions here and there, together with some inconvenience, will bend the Afghans to compromise? The Taliban leadership are unlike tyrants like Saddam Hussain, who continues to enjoy designer suits from Paris whilst his people die under sanctions. Rather, they live on the bare necessities themselves (in the footsteps of the Prophet (SAWS) and his noble companions) and live on much the same that their people live on.


Perhaps the statement of 28 July 2000 by Mullah Muhammad Umar, Ameer-ul-Mumineen of Afghanistan can clear the matter if there are still doubts in the hearts of the Muslims and non-Muslims


Taliban chief rules out change in Osama policy


ISLAMABAD (NNI): Taliban supreme leader Mullah Muhammad Omar has ruled out any change in Taliban policy about Osama bin Laden, saying expulsion of the Saudi millionaire will tantamount to leaving a pillar of our religion.


"Our stand on this issue, as with any, is based on Islamic law, and we call on all to abide by the Shariah. There is no possibility of us changing our position on this," Mullah Omar said in first issue of Taliban magazine The Islamic Emirate.


"But we remain open to try Osama or any other individual under Shariah if sufficient evidence is brought to warrant a trial. Therefore, it is for the accusers to back up their claims," the Taliban chief said.


He said extraditing Osama bin Laden, who made Jihad against the Communists for the duration of their occupation of Afghanistan, is tantamount to leaving a pillar of Islam. "We see as the only possible means of resolving the problem, a conference that would be comprised of Islamic scholars from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and a third country, which would decide the issue in accordance with Shariah," he proposed.


Asked if Afghan soil is being used for training terrorists Mullah Omar said,


"There are no terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, and we do not permit any individual or organization to use our soil as a base of operations against any country." He said his government wants security and stability for all nations of the world, adding the Islamic Emirate assures the international community that it will not allow Afghan soil to be made a base for any terrorist action against anyone.


Questioned whether he foresee future American strikes, and if America struck again, how would the IEA respond, he said Taliban dont expect the American government to repeat such illegal actions, actions that violate all international norms of conduct, as well as the charter of the UN. "But if America were to decide to attack again, then that would be their loss. It is our advice to them to consider the consequences of their actions."


Asked about his reaction to the threats being made by the Russians, Mullah Omar said there is no apparent purpose in Russia attacking Afghanistan, adding the threats seem to be rather weak. "What seems evident is that Russia wants to curry favor with the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia (by backing them in their fight against "extremism"), and towards that end. Vladimir Putin is making use of American propaganda against Afghanistan. If that is their real goal, as we believe, then it is unlikely that they will carry out their threats."


"Of course, in the unlikely event of an attack on Afghanistan, we will not hesitate to defend ourselves," he said and warned the countries that border Afghanistan not to allow their soil to be utilized as a base for any activities against the Islamic Emirate. "As for the relationship between America and Russia, it is clear that the two powers have combined to form an anti-Afghan alliance."


Asked as why Taliban government recognize Chechnya, he said, "Extending recognition to Chechnya was our Islamic obligation. We are not sorry for what we have done, because we took that step based on what the Shariah requires from us, and its not for the Muslim to apologize for acting on his religious duty. Our recognition of Chechnya is compulsory under Islamic Law." He said Taliban provide the Chechens with moral and political support only. "In our current situation, we are not able to do anything more than that, as Afghanistan is herself faced with internal and external problems."


Questioned that UN and most of the countries of the world do not recognize the Taliban regime even though it controls 90 percent of Afghanistan, Mullah Omar said that according to the UN's own 'rules' Taliban fulfil all the prerequisites for international diplomatic recognition and membership in the United Nations. "We would like a just, balanced relationship with the international community. However, their refusal to work with us does not change the fact that the Islamic Emirate is blessed with a strong, proud people who will not fail us, who will stand by us at every turn".


Asked about the UN sanctions, he said sanctions are nothing new to the Muslim nation. "We believe that we are on the path of truth and that Allah will make victorious." He said the economic curbs that have been set upon Afghanistan by the Security Council are illegal and unjustified, and stem from the American Government's undue influence on the Council's decisions. "These restrictions serve only to further harm the oppressed people of Afghanistan, who have been victimized by 20 years of continuous conflict."

 

American Journalists Set the Story Straight on Afghanistan
Taken from official Taleban Web-Site
http://www.taleban.com


In a break with the status quo, a number of American journalists have begun to speak about Afghanistan in an open and unbiased manner. The journalists, most of whom have made extended visits to the country, are refuting the misinformation that is regularly spread by the international media. They include Mike Hoover, a producer for the CBS television network, and Cindy Law, a freelance female reporter who recently took a month-long trip to Afghanistan. Both are working on documentary films and gave interviews to the Voice of America's Pashto language service.


Hoover has been fascinated with Afghanistan for years and made frequent visits there during the Jihad against the Soviets, described his dismay when the factional fighting began in Kabul after the collapse of the Communist regime. Then, when the Taliban took power and peace was restored, the Western press quickly turned against Afghanistan and the smear campaign against the Taliban started. Hoover started to find out more, but, as he said:


"I could never find anything where the Taliban tell us what their thoughts are and what they are really doing. It was just other people talking about them without them ever speaking out. After talking to a couple of people who were over there and had exactly the opposite opinion of the Taliban, it seemed to me that it might be good for CBS to go over there to see for itself, to hear from Taliban about who they are and what they are trying to do, and to observe whether their goals are implemented or are just political talk."


The journalists says that before going to Afghanistan, he half-suspected that the reports that permeate the Western media might be true. But those suspicions were forgotten upon his arrival on Afghan soil. The first thing that he noticed and was surprised by was that there were no weapons and no armed men.


Hoover spent a month in the country, traveling from Kandahar to Kabul. He refuted the Western image of the Taliban as being ignorant. He saw them as being fully aware of both Afghan and world politics.


"When you speak to them on any subject, you realize how bright these guys are. It was surprising, you would learn that the guy you were talking to was only 26 years old when you thought you were talking to someone with the wisdom of a fifty year-old. I was very impressed." Hoover added.


He said that all those that he met there during his trip, whether young or old, were extremely happy about the security situation.


"People were happy that there was security, that there was no rocketing, that there was safety, that you didn't have any worries about crime as you did before."


When asked about the Taliban's harshness, he said, "On certain things, the Taliban are very strict...I think it is fair. If you commit a crime, you will be punished for it. The punishment is, in my view, fair and swift."


Hoover was surprised by the fact that there is no formality, no red tape in Afghanistan-any one can see the ministers to hand in his petition or idea, and it will be acted upon swiftly. He said that the ministers that he saw didn't even look like ministers. They were dressed in the same way as the average person, and some even wore old clothes and well-worn shoes.


One thing that Hoover saw everywhere and was bothered by was the poverty and hardship, which has been compounded by UN sanctions. He deplored the twisted logic of the sanctions, saying:


"They destroyed their own country fighting the Soviets. They fought bravely. And now, instead of helping them or at least leaving them alone to rebuild, the world is imposing sanctions on them."


Hoover said that he hopes that other journalists and officials travel to Afghanistan with open minds to see the reality and analyze the situation themselves. People must not let themselves be deceived by biased second-hand information, he stated. If the truth was revealed, he said, then he is certain that the sanctions will be dropped and that, instead of confrontation with the Taliban, the world would help them. Hoover's comments are echoed by Law, who said that she had heard all sorts of things about Afghanistan, especially about the Taliban's treatment of women, so she decided go to the country to see for herself. Law spent more than a week in Kandahar and three weeks in Kabul, speaking to women from all walks of life, including female doctors and nurses. She said that while they had many concerns, the burqa (veil) was not one of them.


"Their major concerns, I would have to say, were the sanctions and war. All Afghans pleaded for the United States and the United Nations to end the sanctions and help rebuild their country. They also asked for medical, food, and financial aid."


Afghan women told Law that their first need, after economic assistance, is education for their children. In regards to female education, Law said that she saw some school for girls in homes, especially in Kandahar, and girls studying in mosques. "Taliban officials assured Law that once the war is over, they would turn their attention to the many issues facing the nation, including women's education and employment. She said that she saw work already beginning on some girl's schools in Kandahar."


Scoffing at the misconception held by many that Afghan women are prisoners in their homes, Law stated, "There are many women working in the hospitals and health care, and they comprise most of the women that I talked to. And I saw women walking around in the markets."


Law said that the world must realize that Afghanistan has been devastated by two decades of war, and that its infrastructure has been destroyed. She added that the international concern about the plight of Afghan women is to be appreciated, but "I think the best way to help the women of Afghanistan is to encourage the removal of sanctions. They are hurting the Afghan people, especially the women. And more humanitarian aid should be provided- medical, economic, etc."


Other American media outlets are also challenging the propaganda campaign that is being waged against the Islamic Emirate. The San Jose (California) Mercury, a daily newspaper, published comments made by a female Muslim student leader, Sara Azad, who said:


"The fact is, women in Afghanistan are now protected and their rights are guaranteed. Because no right comes before the right to life, and today they have that right."


Azad added that she receives letters from her grandmother in Afghanistan, who writes that Afghan women have never felt safer than they do now.

 

Canadian Physician Describes Healthcare in Afghanistan

In response to the rumours being circulated around on the Internet that the Taliban Islamic Movement is oppressing women in Afghanistan:


I never respond to the recipients of forwarded messages like this but I feel professionally compelled to address this one. The message does not produce any evidence to support the allegations made in it. There are no information sources quoted and yet more than 350 people have e-signed this document.


I am a Canadian-trained family physician. I recently returned from a medical/fact finding mission to tour the hospitals and cities of Jalalabad and Kabul in Afghanistan to get a first hand perspective of the social and health care problems there. I stayed with an Ottawa, Canada based NGO in Kabul who helped me tour the health care facilities and cities. I personally witnessed the situation in the hospitals and cities and conducted two clinics in Kabul.


Here is a summary of my observations.


1. There is an entire hospital dedicated to the complete care of women in Kabul. It is called the Womens Gyne and Maternity Hospital of Kabul.Another hospital, the Indira Gandhi Childrens hospital also takes care of women. It, like all hospitals in Afghanistan, suffers from severe medication and supply shortages. I saw doctors in emergency wards using their bare hands to stitch up wounds. Surgeons at the children's hospital see 2-3 cases a day of young children with bowel obstructions caused by severe intestinal worm infestations. This is completely preventable through improved hygiene. Health care is equally dismal for all Afghans - male AND female.


2. There is a high incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases (I saw my first case of tetanus/"lock jaw" in Jalalabad).


3. Doctors (both male and female) are leaving Afghanistan in large numbers as the monthly salary of a doctor is only 6000 Afghan Rupees (about $15CDN). Nurses make only 3000 rupees (about CDN$7.50) monthly while janitors make only 2000 rupees.


4. Most Afghans cannot even afford to buy the prescriptions the doctors write for them and their children. Many go out into the street, holding their prescriptions and begging people to give them money to buy the medications for their children.


5. The 400-bed children's hospital has a diesel powered heating system which is operational, but they cannot afford to run it in winter as fuel costs 15000 Afghan rupees (about CDN$30 per hour) to run it. Temperatures can dip to -15 deg celsius or colder.


6. There are schools in Laghman province which teach women employable skills such as sewing, and weaving. Other schools run by western NGOs were closed by the Taliban because they refused to segregate males/females or operate under the rules of Islam. There are many girl schools operating in Afghanistan.


7. With regards to daily life, I saw countless women walking freely in the markets alone or with their children, unaccompanied by any male escort. Many were even wearing high heel shoes. None were being stoned or beaten.


8. I saw many women who were not wearing the burqa (head and body covering with a net opening over the face) but were wearing colourful head scarves that would also cover their mouths and upper body. They were not beaten or stoned.


9. I did not see any windows that were painted to prevent women from being seen. Afghan homes are not built the same as western homes. Almost all Afghani homes are surrounded by a tall external mud/straw wall which provides the ultimate privacy to homes and families. Afghans are very private people and do not like others looking in on them, especially women.


10. There is great poverty in Afghanistan and I saw many suffering men,women and children. Families are selling their household belongings (furniture, clothes, utensils, cooking pots) to help them buy food for their families. Once they can't sell anything more, they are forced to beg in the streets.


11. While there were many people forced to beg in Afghanistan, one must remember that begging is not a problem restricted to Afghanistan.


12. Kidnappings, rapes, prostitution, robberies, and murders committed by bandits and dacoits were rampant in Afghanistan in the years after the Russians retreated. When the Taliban took control, all 41 brothels in Kabul were closed and the bandits fled to neighboring countries for refuge (i.e.,Pakistan, Iran). Afghans now freely travel even at night.


13. The Taliban have instituted strict Islamic shariah in Afghanistan. They have closed cinemas, prohibited the photography in any form of live people, banned gambling, prostitution, etc. They "enforce" morality on their people.


14.The UN confirms severe drought conditions for Afghanistan for the next two years. Rivers that run turbines to generate electricity are almost dried out. As a result, electricity is only available for 5-6 hours during the day.


15.The Afghan infrastructure is almost completely destroyed from war. There are almost no jobs. Only now are some of the major roads linking the major cities being repaired.


The Afghan people gave 1.8 million lives to gain their freedom to their land and religion from the Russians. The suffering is indeed great. The Taliban may not be the most perfect government around but we must not ignore the needs of the Afghan people, particularly the many widows and children. Messages like the one below not only help to propogate false information but can also hurt the innocent people it is trying to help (e.g., through further UN sanctions and restrictions.)


I challenge everyone who has signed this list to go to Afghanistan themselves, just as I did. See for yourself whether the allegations in the message below are true or not. See the magnitude of the poverty and the suffering which is partly being caused by messages like the one below which is being conveniently p! ropogated through the internet. Try to open your mind to the "big picture" and only after seeing the hard facts and evidence,deecide whether you should support this petition.


Let's try to use our energies to help those who are suffering the most -i.e., the widows and orphans. I am working with Health and Education Projects International, based in Ottawa, Canada which is running a number of projects for women and children. In the next few weeks I will be helping to set up the following projects with them:


A) Physician/Nurse income supplementation fund - to help retain existing health care staff (believe it or not, the main objective is $10 per month per physician which can make a big difference).


B) Regular shipments of primary care medications and supplies and equipment to be sent every 6 months through an agreement to be negotiated with the Canadian military. To be sent to the Jalabad Public Hospital and the Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital in Kabul.


C) Regular shipments of donated shoes, sweaters, blankets and sleeping bags (as Kabul gets very cold in winter and heating is extremely expensive)


D) A fund to help hospitals purchase adequate cleaning supplies and hire cleaning staff.


E) A fund to purchase milk cows to help feed the needy.


I welcome anyone to contact me regarding questions or requests for documentation and/or video footage. And, oh yes, please copy and forward this message to as many people as possible.


Raza M. Khan, BSc, MD, CCFP.
Family Physician.

 

.S. - Russian Crusade Against Afghanistan
Release Date: December 4, 2000


[Eric Margolis is a syndicated foreign affairs columnist and broadcaster, and author of the just released War at the Top of the World - The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Tibet which was reviewed in The Economist, May 13, 2000]


NEW YORK -- The United States and Russia may soon launch a joint military assault against Islamic militant, Osama Bin Laden, and against the leadership of Taliban, Afghanistan's de facto ruling movement.


Such an attack would probably include US Delta Force and Navy Seals, who would join up with Russia's elite Spetsnaz and Alpha commandos in Tajikistan, the Central Asian state where Russia has military bases and 25,000 troops.


The combined forces would be lifted by helicopters, and backed by air support, deep into neighboring Afghanistan to attack Bin Laden's fortified base in the Hindu Kush mountains.


How well such a raid would succeed remains in question: US special forces have had a dismal record of fiascos over the past quarter century. Russia's special forces, though more capable than similar American units, experienced some success but also many failures in the Afghan War. Assassinating irksome Third Worlders is the specialty of Britain's very able and very deadly SAS (Special Air Service) commandos.


In such an attack, the US would also launch cruise missile attacks, and Russia air strikes, would pound Afghan government installations and communications to punish Taliban.


The United States blames Bin Laden for the 1998 bombing of US embassies in East Africa, and the October bombing of destroyer `USS Cole' in Yemen. Washington accuses the shadowy Saudi, who fought the Soviets in Afghanistan, of masterminding world anti-American terrorism. Bin Laden tops the FBI's `Ten Most Wanted' list with a US $5 million price on his head.


Russia accuses Bin Laden and Taliban of aiding resistance forces in Chechnya, whose forgotten people continue to battle Russian colonial rule. Moscow also fears Taliban threatens the Russian - backed communist dictators - or `Red Sultans' - of Central Asia. Russia is determined to avenge its defeat in Afghanistan, and regain control of this vast, resource-rich region.


Washington recently joined the `Shanghai Five,' an unofficial pact between Russia, China, and three Central Asian states to combat `Islamic terrorism' - meaning the region's anti-communist Islamic independence movements. The US agreed to share intelligence with them and provide some funding for the crusade against Islamic insurgents.


The Clinton Administration's anti-Muslim alliance with Russia is strategically wrong and morally disgraceful. Leading human rights groups are condemning Russia for war crimes and mass murder in Chechnya, widespread torture, rape, looting, collective punishment, and operating concentration camps. Russia has killed some 140,000 Chechen civilians to date and covered that nation with millions of anti-personnel mines.


America has no business colluding with the perpetrator of these crimes, nor with China's brutal repression of Sinkiang Muslims, nor aiding pro-Moscow police states in Central Asia. All of Washington's new `friends' in the anti-Islamic crusade are major violators of human rights.


America has a better case against Bin Laden, who proclaimed jihad, or holy struggle, to `liberate Arabia and Palestine from American rule.' He may have been behind the terrorist bombings in East Africa; perhaps, too, of the `USS Cole.' But Washington has to date shown no real proof, only leaks and claims by dubious `anti-terrorism experts.'


Old comrades from the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan who know Bin Laden, tell me the US has blown him out of all proportion into a mythical caricature, the latest of long list of Muslim bogeymen beginning with the 19th-Cerntury `Mad Mullah.' Bin Laden's alleged attacks may have actually been done by other Saudi extremists of the Wahabi sect.


Afghanistan's Taliban refuses Washington's demands to hand over Bin Laden, a hero to many Muslims, until the US shows proof of his crimes , which it has not. When Bin Laden and other mujihadin battled heroically against the Russians in Afghanistan, the US hailed them as `freedom fighters.' But when these `jihadis' called for liberation of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf from US domination, they were branded `Islamic terrorists.' In 1998, the Clinton Administration showered cruise missiles on guerilla camps in Afghanistan and an innocuous drug plant in Sudan, killing over 100 civilians and fighters.


The US engineered a punishing Iraq-style embargo of war-ravaged Afghanistan at a time when many of its 18 million people are starving and homeless. Though Taliban controls 95% of the country, the US refuses to recognize or aid the Islamic regime. Washington and the US media have launched a fierce propaganda campaign against Taliban, accusing it of encouraging the opium trade, harboring `terrorists,' and abusing women. The woman's issue has resonated loudly in the west, particularly on college campuses.


All the women's groups now shrilly lamenting that Afghan women must go veiled were silent when the Soviets slaughtered close to 2 million Afghans - half women --from 1979-1989; silent about 500,000 Afghans maimed by Soviet mines since then; silent about thousands of women raped during the post-war anarchy before Taliban restored internal order.


Taliban is battling the opposition Northern Alliance in the northeast corner of Afghanistan bordering Tajikistan. The Alliance commander, Ahmad Massoud, is a long-time collaborator with the Russians. His cornered forces are being increasingly aided by Russian arms, pilots, artillery, air support, as well as covert help from Iran, India and, likely, the US - all of them fueling the decade-old Afghan civil war.


The Clinton Administration, which shamefully financed Russia's massacre of the Muslim Chechen, is now actually helping Russia re-enter Afghanistan, an act of dazzling geopolitical folly that will endanger Pakistan and further convince the Muslim world that the United States is its sworn enemy. American money now pays for the killing of Palestinians in the Mideast, the slaughter of the Chechen, the death of 500,000 Iraqi children (UN figures, not mine), and now the punishment of ravaged Afghanistan - all this under the banner of a war against terrorism.


Instead of trying to overthrow Taliban, which will surely pave the way for a second Russian occupation of Afghanistan, the US and its allies should recognize Taliban as the legitimate Afghan government, and work with Kabul to curtail the opium trade, which is currently beyond anyone's control in a nation that is starving and desperate.


The west may not like the fierce Taliban, but it is the legitimate government of Afghanistan and the only power holding that nation together. Taliban is also the only force blocking Russia's plans to restore its former rule in Central Asia, and to reoccupy strategic Afghanistan.

 

What Can You Do?

Another winter approaches the Muslims in Chechnya and yet there is no end in sight. Whilst the Russians continue to bomb the civilian population and expel them from their homes, the International Community ensures that it is very difficult for monetary and material assistance to reach the Muslims inside Chechnya. Aid has been reaching the refugees in neighbouring countries such as Georgia, Ingueshetia and Azerbaijan due to the efforts of large Muslim aid organisations. However, the Russians, with the assistance of certain Western governments, have been confiscating and stealing much of this aid so that it fails to enter Chechnya, for fear that some of this will reach the families of the Mujahideen. To date, our sources inform us that over $3million donated by Muslims around the World has been confiscated by the Russians and blocked from reaching the Muslims inside Chechnya.


How has so much money been confiscated by the enemies of Allah?


As an example, two methods have been employed by the International Community to prevent money from reaching Chechnya:


(a) Employment of 'agents' to collect money for Chechnya, the Muslims there and the Mujahideen


The enemies of Allah, amongst them the Zionists, understand that it is impossible to discourage Muslims from donating tremendous sums of money to their suffering Muslim brothers and sisters around the World. However, what they are able to do is to collect this money and prevent it from reaching its destination. This is done through the use of official and unofficial 'agents' amongst the Muslim communities around the World who go round collecting donations for current 'hot' conflicts that are stirring the emotions of the Muslims.


Since no Muslim aid organisation has been able to send significant assistance inside Chechnya itself (their help has been reaching refugees in neighbouring countries though), many 'official' Chechen Government spokespersons have been frequenting mosques and Islamic centres in rich Muslim communities around the World such as the U.S., Canada, UK and South Africa. We have found it necessary at this stage to expose these people and what they are actually doing. Hypocrisy, dissension and problems are not something to be surprised by, since they were present at the time of the Prophet (SAWS), his Companions after him and 1400 years of Islamic history is rife with evidence of such problems. Therefore, as Muslims, we should look at and tackle these problems in a mature manner rather than feeling emotionally disheartened or backing out altogether.


There are two main groups fighting the Russians in Chechnya: the Mujahideen and the Chechen nationalists.

 

The Mujahideen (Islamic Army of the Caucasus)


The Mujahideen comprise Chechen and non-Chechen Muslim volunteers (from Arab countries, Turkey and Central Asian republics) who are fighting the Russians for Islam and no other reason. The evidence that they are practising Muslims fighting for Islam is reflected in their news items (attributing all successes to Allah), statements they issue, future plans for Chechnya and their individual practice of the religion and their appearances. They have been at the forefront of the victories that Allah has granted the Mujahideen in this second war, to this day. Once Allah grants them victory, they will insha-Allah establish Islamic Shariah rule in Chechnya as they had started to do in the period 1996-9 between the two wars, when 30 Shariah courts were functioning all over Chechnya and more were slowly being implemented. Their key personalities are Movladi Udogov (former Chechen Foreign Minister), Field Commander Shamil Basayev, Field Commander Khattab, Field Commanders Ramadan Ahmadov and Arbi Barayev and Sheikh Abu Umar Muhammad Al-Saif. Their web-sites are the Arabic www.qoqaz.com (and associated mirrors in foreign languages) and the Russian www.kavkaz.org.


Since the World recognises the threat posed by this group, they have been waging an information warfare campaign against them labelling them as Wahabis, extremists, terrorists and not representative of the views of the Chechen people. They have also ensured that it is very difficult, if not impossible, for funds and donations to this group to be collected in public. Therefore, you will not find 'official' spokespersons representing this group touring the World giving speeches and collecting donations for them. Their donations usually reach them by Muslims giving their money privately to individuals who are known and trusted to represent this group of Mujahideen in Chechnya, who have a history in this kind of work and who are trusted to convey the funds to their destination. There are no fiery speeches, no presentations and no glossy leaflets. These individuals exist primarily in the Arabian Gulf countries, some communities in Turkey and, to a lesser extent, some Western European countries including the UK and France. Therefore, anyone who has contacts which enable him/her to send donations directly to this group is assisting a worthy Islamic cause, though the number of these individuals is few and it is likely that only small portions of the Muslim communities will be able to give donations to these individuals.


Narrated Abu Musa (May Allah be pleased with him): A man came to the Prophet (SAWS) and asked, "One man fights for war booty, another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off. Which of them fights for the Sake of Allah?" The Prophet (SAWS) said: "He who fights so that Allah's Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior, then he is the only one who fights for the Sake of Allah." [Related by Bukhari]



Chechen Nationalists (www.chechengovernment.com under the leadership of President Aslan Mashkadov)


The Chechen nationalists comprise loose, disorganised groups of Chechen fighters who are fighting the Russians for nationalistic and secular reasons which have nothing to do with Islam. They are hardly represented on the battlefield and rarely score any victories against the Russians. The evidence for this is reflected in the statements, constitutions and articles on their official web-site at www.chechengovernment.com. Once the War is over, they hope to establish secular law in Chechnya. If anyone does not believe this, they can read their constitution on their web-site for themselves. Furthermore, their 'officials' display no Islamic appearance at the very least. This same group of people tried their best to prevent Islamic Shariah being implemented in Chechnya during the Inter-War period. This web-site was opened by secular nationalists as a reaction to the publicity being attracted by the Mujahideen web-sites. Their key personalities are President Aslan Mashkadov, Colonel Umar Sugaipov, Foreign Minister Ilyas Ahmadov, the Nohcy Centre in Tblisi, Georgia and other individuals listed on their web-site.


The World recognises that this group agrees with the long-term aims of the United Nations and the other enemies of Islam, and is a useful countermeasure for the efforts of the Mujahideen. Therefore, they portray their web-site as being the official web-site of Chechnya and representative of the Chechen struggle. They portray their officials as official representatives of the Chechen struggle and allow them to open offices wherever they please and grant them visas to wherever they please. Consequently, they have made it very easy for donations and funds to reach this group of people. One can find these 'official' spokespersons touring mosques and Islamic centres around the World, clean-shaven, dressed in suits and ties and accompanied by female non-Muslim translators and secretaries (Colonel Umar Sugaipov was touring Islamic centres in the UK in 1999-2000 accompanied by a French non-Muslim woman as his secretary). One needs to ask oneself, how is it that one group of people is prevented from publicly collecting money for 'Jihad' and another group of people is granted offices, visas and speeches in order to do so? Sadly, they have been able to collect millions and millions of dollars in order to establish secular law with the assistance of the United Nations, in Chechnya. Any Muslim individual, mosque, centre or organisation that donates even a penny to such individuals is not doing anything to assist the Jihad or Mujahideen in Chechnya in any way. This money will be used by people, some of whom do not even pray 5-times a day, to establish a secular law which has nothing to do with Islam. Therefore, any Muslims who continues to assist and donate to this people, with knowledge, will be held accountable before Allah on the Day of Judgement.


"And give not to the foolish your wealth which Allah has made a means of support to you..." [Quran 4:5]


By leaving this channel open and encouraging Muslims to donate to these individuals, the Russians and the UN are able to fulfil their aim of preventing the money of sincere Muslims from reaching Muslims fighting for Shariah, in any country of the World.


(b) Prevention by force of funds reaching inside Chechnya


Understanding that despite their first method above, the Zionists and enemies of Islam realise that some money will still reach the sincere individuals in these countries. Therefore, they need to physically prevent this money from reaching its destination. A number of methods are used to ensure this: blocking of bank accounts and transfers, disruption of travel of individuals carrying donations, threatening surveillance of donation-collectors and physical confiscation at borders and airports.

 


What then is the solution and where should we donate our money seeing that it is difficult for our money to reach inside Chechnya?


We realise that there is no point raising a problem if an alternative is not presented to it. We are now in the blessed month of Ramadan, during a time which many Muslims donate generously to Islamic causes around the World. Since 1996, we are grateful to Allah then to our brothers and sisters around the World for trusting us and trusting the news and information that we disseminate. Therefore, we urge the Muslims once again to trust our judgement and donate their money where it is most required this Winter. We have two recommendations this Winter: one to individuals and the second to mosques, centres and organisations.


"O you who believe! Spend out of that which we have provided for you, before a Day comes when there will be no bargaining, no friendship, nor intercession..."
[Quran 2:254]


"The example of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is like a grain of corn that grows seven ears, each of which contains a hundred grains. Allah multiplies for whoever he wishes. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His Creatures' needs and All-Knowing." [Quran 2:261]


"And spend in charity from that which we have provided you, before death comes to one of you and he says: 'My Lord! If only You would give me respite for a little while (i.e. return to the Worldly Life), then I will surely give Sadaqah (charity) and be among the righteous.' And Allah grants respite to none when his appointed time (of death) has come. And Allah is All-Aware of all that you do."
[Quran 63:10-11]

 

 

Where should I donate this Winter if I am an individual?


If you are an individual that just wishes to donate some of their money to a worthy Islamic cause this winter, then we suggest that you lend assistance to your brothers and sisters in Palestine, the blessed land of the Third Holiest Mosque of the Muslims after Makkah and Madinah, where Zionists are massacring the Muslims with US assistance. There are a number of large Muslim relief organisations that are working to distribute aid in Palestine. However, the two that we have selected are the oldest ones in the region and most trusted to convey assistance to those suffering in Palestine: these are Interpal (www.interpal.org) and Islamic Relief (/www.islamic-relief.org.uk or www.irw.org). These organisations are established relief organisations headquartered in the UK with offices in many countries. They have been working for many years, long before Azzam Publications. You are able to give your donations to them by credit-card over the telephone or direct bank transfer and your donations are tax-deductible. They will provide you with full receipts. The accounts of this organisations are published annually and donors are able to see the fruits of their donations.



Where should I donate this Winter if I have an influential position with a mosque, Islamic centre or organisation?


Due to the emergency situation in Afghanistan and the imminent joint U.S./Russian Chemical strike expected there, we urge the Muslim organisations around the World to directly convey their donations and monetary assistance to the the Islamic Taliban Government in Afghanistan. This may come as a surprise to many Muslims, especially due to the negative publicity and information warfare campaign being fiercely waged against the Taliban. For this reason, we have published a small treatise on the Taliban, their background, aims and a small FAQS regarding their treatment of women, education and terrorism, which can be found on www.azzam.com or by clicking here.


We strongly encourage all the Muslims to read this small treatise to understand our reasoning behind why the Taliban are most in need of our assistance at this time, even more than the Muslims in Chechnya and Palestine. Furthermore, one should understand a cause before donating to it. For anyone who is unable to read this treatise at this present time, here is a short list of reasons why we recommend organisations (and individuals who are able to) to send their donations to the Taliban:


(a) Due to negative publicity and a media blackout, the Muslims have forgotten Afghanistan, the only land out of all the Muslim lands in the World, in which Allah chose to revive Jihad in the 20th Century.


(b) The Taliban are at the stage now, where the Mujahideen in Chechnya will be, insha-Allah, once they have defeated and expelled the Russians. They have control of over 95% of Afghanistan, their constitution is Islamic Shariah and they have successfully been implementing Shariah in the provinces they control, since 1994. Law and order has been returned to Afghanistan and there is political stability there for the first time after 15 years of war.


(c) The leadership of the Taliban have a history in Jihad, many of whom are still disabled as a result of fighting in Allah's Cause. They are Islamic scholars and live simple lives, following in the footsteps of the Prophet (SAWS) and his Caliphs after him.


(d) The Taliban was the only Muslim government in the World to openly display their support for their brothers and sisters in Chechnya. They pledged to support them in any way that they could, even though they themselves had very little to offer. They displayed this support in the face of opposition from Russia and the U.S./U.N.


(e) The Taliban is the only Muslim government in the World that has refused to bow down to pressure from the enemies of Allah, despite sanctions, negative publicity, isolation and military strikes.

 

(f) Muslims are facing calamities around the World: Palestine, Chechnya, Kashmir, Phillipines, Indonesia, etc. However, the calamity that will reduce all of these to nothing is if the only group of Muslims to stand up and implement Shariah in the face of opposition, since the 1924 destruction of the last Islamic Khilafah, falls to pieces due to the lack of support from the Muslims around the World. The Zionists have made their country, Israel, from nothing into a major World power in a little over 50 years. Every Zionist individual and company in the World donates to Israel. Likewise, wealthy Hindu businessmen and companies donate annually to support the killing of Muslims by Hindus in Kashmir. Are not the Muslims around the World able to join their hands together and build their first Islamic State in Afghanistan?


The method of sending donations that we recommend is one that is simple and 100% guaranteed to directly reach their intended destination.


1) Collect funds and donations for Afghanistan throughout Ramadan, through Friday Prayer collections, mosque announcements and appeals and organisational campaigns.


(a) Muslim communities, organisations, mosques and centres should collect money for the people of Afghanistan through appeals, collections and fundraising events. It is advisable to hold the appeals in the name of the people of Afghanistan rather than the Taliban, since the enemies of Islam will try to prevent fundraising for the Taliban in the future.


(b) All the money collected should be converted into US$ in cash and deposited with two or three wealthy, trustworthy and respected members of the community or organisation.


(c) At the end of each month, depending on the amount of the money, two or three of the same trustworthy members or elders of the community should travel to Karachi, Pakistan with the money in US$ in cash. If a large amount of money is involved, it is probably advisable to send one or two trustworthy, young, strong, fit Muslims with the delegation for protection of the money and the delegation. The delegation should carry an official letter on the letterhead of the organisation or centre, giving the full names of the members of the delegation and that they are carrying donations for the suffering people of Afghanistan. Sample text for such a letter is found below:


"To Whom it May Concern:

We would like to introduce our official delegation from the Islamic Centre of South Arlington who are carrying monetary assistance for the suffering people of Afghanistan. The members of this delegation are listed below:

1. Abdullah Muhammad Saeed, American Passport Holder
2. Ishaq Mansoor Al-Katib, American Passport Holder
3. Muhammad Abdur-Rasheed, Canadian Passport Holder

They are carrying a quantity of cash donations which have been collected by the Muslim community of South Arlington and are to help the suffering people of Afghanistan. We request all those whom it may concern to allow the bearers of this letter to pass freely without let or hindrance and to provide them such assistance and protection as may be necessary.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself at any time for any further information in this regard.

We thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation.

Yours sincerely

[Signed]

Chairman of the Islamic Centre of South Arlington, USA"


This letter should only be produced upon request by authorities of any country. You should not unnecessarily go round flashing this letter to everyone indicating that you are carrying large amounts of cash.


UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MUST ANY OF THE MONEY BE HANDED OVER TO ANY OFFICIAL OF ANY AIRPORT OR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, EVEN FOR A FEW SECONDS. IF THERE IS A MAJOR PROBLEM, SAY THAT YOU WILL RETURN BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY WITH THE MONEY BUT THAT YOU WILL NOT HAND OVER THE MONEY TO ANYONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, EXCEPT ITS INTENDED RECIPIENTS. IF THEY OFFER TO KEEP THE MONEY SAFELY FOR YOU UNTIL YOU DEPART, REFUSE AND INSIST TO STAY WITH THE MONEY, EVEN IF IT MEANS STAYING IN THE AIRPORT UNTIL THE NEXT FLIGHT.


(d) Once safely in Karachi, Pakistan, the money should be handed over to the Official Taliban Consul-General, Mullah Rahmatullah, at the Taliban Consulate in Karachi, together with a copy of your official letter from your organisation. The contact details of the Taliban Consulate in Karachi are given below:


Mullah Rahmatullah Kakayzada Khybanay Shamsheer
Consul-General
Consulate of the Taliban Islamic Movement of Afghanistan
Karachi Defence Housing Association (D.H.A.)
Bungalow No. 33
Street No. 27
District 11, Phase V (five)
Karachi
PAKISTAN
Tel: 00-92-21-585 1128 (585 1128 inside Karachi)


If you have problems contacting the Taliban Consulate in Karachi, you may also call the Taliban Embassy in Islamabad, Tel: 051-282 4505/6 (inside Pakistan)

 

It may be necessary to go to the Consulate first in person with your official introductory letter and make an appointment with the Consul-General first. It is better not to make this appointment over the telephone since the enemies of Islam will try everything possible to prevent financial help from reaching the Taliban. However, there is no harm in ringing the Consulate from your country, before travelling, to ensure that the Consul-General will be in Karachi at the dates you wish to travel in. If you do call, it is better to call from a public call centre and not give your name or the name of your centre over the telephone. You can inform the Consulate staff that your request is urgent since you have come from abroad. Once you meet the Consul, hand over the money to him in cash and he will issue you with an official receipt from the Taliban Islamic Movement of Afghanistan in whatever name you wish. In this meeting, you will also have the opportunity to request anything specific you would like the money to be used for (if possible), ask questions about their current needs and perhaps arrange a visit into Afghanistan if you have time.


UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU HAND OVER THE MONEY TO ANYONE AT THE
CONSULATE OTHER THAN THE CONSUL-GENERAL, MULLAH RAHMATULLAH.


Although, there is no minimum amount to the donation that you can give, since the Consul-General will also be busy with other things, it is advisable that you wait until your donation reaches at least $20,000 before travelling to Pakistan.


(e) Once you have received your official receipt, you can take it back to your country and display a colour photocopy of it (not the original) in the organisation or mosque noticeboard as proof to the donors that you have conveyed their money to its intended recipients.


With the method we have described above, you can convey your donations directly to their intended recipients, without having to go through middle-men or third parties. Therefore, you and the members of your community can be assured that their money has been personally handed over to its intended recipients by members of their own community that they know and trust.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Taliban


1. What does the word Taliban mean?
2. Who is the leader of the Taliban?
3. Who chose Mullah Umar to be the leader of the Taliban?
4. Who gave him the title 'Ameer-ul-Mumineen' (Leader of the Believers) when this term is normally only used to mean the Khaleef (Caliph) of all Muslims over the World?
5. How long have the Taliban been around? Why did we only hear of them in the last few years?
6. What sect of Islam are the Taliban from?
7. I heard that the Taliban have a deviant 'Aqeedah' (Islamic Creed) and that they allow grave-worshipping and Bid'ah (innovative) practices to take place freely in Afghanistan. Is this true?
8. Have the Taliban shut down Madrassahs and institutes run by Arabs following the Hanbali school of thought (e.g. from the Arabian Gulf countries) because the Taliban say that they are 'Wahabis'?
9. Who are the Taliban fighting in the North of the country?
10. If the Taliban are so firm upon Shariah, why are they fighting Muslims when it is forbidden and a major sin for Muslims to fight Muslims?
11. It is clear to everyone that the United Nations is an organisation founded on Kufr (disbelief) and secular, man-made laws. Why are the Taliban so adamant on seeking U.N. membership if they wish to do everything according to Shariah?
12. Why are the Taliban oppressing women by shutting down all girls' schools, denying healthcare to women and forcing women to stay at home?
13. Why does the Taliban permit terrorist training camps in Afghanistan?
14. Is the Taliban backed by the CIA?
15. Why should we help the Taliban?
16. How can we help the Taliban?



1. What does the word Taliban mean?


The word Talib in Arabic comes from the Arabic root 'ta la ba', which means 'to search for', 'to seek' or 'to procure'. In Islamic terminology, Talib means student of Islamic knowledge. Taliban is a plural variation of Talib, and thus means 'students of Islamic knowledge'.



2. Who is the leader of the Taliban?


The leader of the Taliban Islamic Movement and the Ameer-ul-Mumineen (Leader of the Believers) of Afghanistan is Sheikh Muhammad Umar (also known as Mullah Muhammad Umar or just Mullah Umar). Mullah Umar was born around 1959 and he studied Islamic knowledge from a young age. In the 80's and 90's he participated in the Jihad against the Soviets, during which he was seriously wounded several times, losing his right eye. One account of how he lost his eye says that during a battle, his eye was hit by shrapnel and began to hang half-way out of his socket. Seeing that there was nothing he could to save it, he pulled it out with his own hands, wiping the blood on the walls of a mosque, and continued fighting. His knowledge, piety and wisdom are unquestionable. Those who have had the honour to meet him describe him as a pious individual, upon whose sight one's Iman (faith) in Allah is increased. He never utters a sentence without mentioning Allah's name in it. Hearts automatically love him at first sight. Despite being the leader of millions of people, he eats simple food and sleeps on the floor. He refuses to live a life of luxury, preferring instead to live the simple lives that the Prophet (SAWS) and his Rightly-Guided Caliphs lived 14 centuries ago. For this and other reasons, many Muslims describe him as reminding them of the Sahabah, the Noble Companions of the Prophet (SAWS). He once said to a Pakistani journalist, Rahimullah Yusufzai:


"We took up arms to achieve the aims of the Afghan Jihad and save our people from further suffering at the hands of the so-called Mujahideen. We had complete faith in Allah the Almighty. We never forgot that. He can bless us with victory or plunge us into defeat."



3. Who chose Mullah Umar to be the leader of the Taliban?


In Islam, leadership is a responsibility, not a fame-giving position of power. The leader of a group of practising Muslims is chosen by the people because he is the best amongst them in his piety, justice, knowledge, action, wisdom, bravery and understanding amongst other qualities. Mullah Umar was thus chosen by the leading Islamic scholars of Afghanistan to be the leader of the Taliban. He did not go round canvassing votes and support for this position.




4. Who gave him the title Ameer-ul-Mumineen (Leader of the Believers) when this term is normally only used to mean the Khaleef (Caliph) of all Muslims over the World?


Again, this title was given to Mullah Umar by the leading scholars of Afghanistan. Ameer-ul-Mumineen was a title given to the Rightly-Guided Caliphs after the death of the Prophet (SAWS), such as Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali and Umar bin Abdul-Aziz. However, in this case, it only means the leader of the believers in Afghanistan. Mullah Umar has never claimed to be the Khaleef of the Muslims all over the World and nor have the leading scholars of Afghanistan claimed that he is. Therefore, he is only the Ameer-ul-Mumineen in Afghanistan and was given this title as an Islamic title as opposed to President, Prime Minister, King or Emperor. After all, the leader of a country trying to implement Shariah would not be called anything other than this.


5. How long have the Taliban been around? Why did we only hear of them in the last few years?


The founders of the Taliban have a history of Islamic work in Afghanistan since even before the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. During the war, they participated in the Jihad against the Soviets for several years and many were injured or disabled during this period. Once the Soviets withdrew and the Communists were defeated, these scholars and students of knowledge went back to learning and teaching Islam in the Madrassahs (Islamic schools). They re-emerged on the scene in 1994 when they began to establish law and order in Afghanistan, under the title of the 'Taliban'. Therefore, the Taliban are not people who are new to Afghanistan, although this title is only a few years old.



6. What sect of Islam are the Taliban from?


The Taliban are Sunni Muslims who follow the established Islamic school of thought of Imam Abu Hanifah, which is the predominant school of thought in the region.



7. I heard that the Taliban have a deviant 'Aqeedah' (Islamic Creed) and that they allow grave-worshipping and Bid'ah (innovative) practices to take place freely in Afghanistan. Is this true?


Every Muslim country in the World from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia has practices involving Bid'ah and Shirk (polytheism). Afghanistan is no exception. Yes, there are people in Afghanistan who participate in these activities of Bid'ah and sometimes, Shirk. However, it is necessary for one to firstly look at the leading scholars of that country, and then the majority of the people. For example, 20% of the population of Saudi Arabia is Shia, but the leading scholars of Saudi Arabia have nothing to do with this. The leadership of the Taliban, which comprises leading scholars of Afghanistan, do not agree with, endorse or encourage these Bid'ah and Shirk practices. However, one must understand that it takes time to cleanse a society and people of Bid'ah and Shirk: it does not happen overnight. With regards to the same example above, scholars in Saudi Arabia have been teaching Tawheed for several decades yet they have still not managed to cleanse Saudi Arabia of Bid'ah and Shirk. Therefore, how are the Taliban expected to do this in a matter of a few years, especially when they have many other problems to do with and without the support of the Muslims around the World?



8. Have the Taliban shut down Madrassahs and institutes run by Arabs following the Hanbali school of thought (e.g. from the Arabian Gulf countries) because the Taliban say that they are Wahabis?


At the time that Taliban came to power, there were many Islamic institutes in Afghanistan representing various schools of thought. Some of these were run with sincere agendas, whilst others were exported by Governments as hidden political agendas. When the Taliban came to power, they held a narrow-minded, strict interpretation of the Hanafi school of thought, as is predominant in Afghanistan. Therefore, they proceeded to close most of these institutes that were run by foreigners. As time went on, and the influx of Foreign Mujahideen from different countries who supported and helped the Taliban, increased, the Taliban leadership became more relaxed and accomodating in their attitude. This change in attitude did not come about with container-loads of glossy leaflets, books and part/time callers to Islam spending a few days in Afghanistan, then leaving. Rather, it came about by the influence of people who settled in Afghanistan, lived with the people, supported them and helped them, even though the living conditions there were difficult. This is similar to the early Muhajireen (emigrants) that the Prophet (SAWS) sent to Madinah, such as Musab bin Umair, in order to teach the people and prepare the foundations for the Islamic State, so that when the Prophet (SAWS) finally declared Madinah to be the Islamic State, the people accepted it wholeheartedly and supported it. To say that the Taliban are against the Hanbali or other schools of thought is wrong, because there have been some large Shariah institutes in Afghanistan opened during the last few years, which have teachers from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, Egypt and other Muslim countries. The majority of the students in these institutes are Afghans and the institutes run with the full support of the Taliban. One must build up a trust with an isolated people, before teaching them something that they do not know. This trust takes time, effort and sacrifice.



9. Who are the Taliban fighting in the North of the country?


The Taliban are fighting a group of people, some of whom are Muslims and some of whom are Communists, known as the Northern Alliance. Their leader is Burhanuddin Rabbani (currently in exile in Tajikistan) and their military commander is General Ahmad Shah Masood.


10. If the Taliban are so firm upon Shariah, why are they fighting Muslims when it is forbidden and a major sin for Muslims to fight Muslims?


Allah says in the Quran:


"And if two parties from the believers fight amongst themselves, then make peace between the two. And if one of the two parties rebels against the other, then FIGHT the party that is rebellious until the order of Allah does come to pass..." [Quran 49:9].


Therefore, sanction is given to fight rebellious Muslims if they stand in the way of making peace and establishing Shariah. It is true that Ahmad Shah Masood was a great commander against the Soviets, and scholars like Sheikh Abdullah Azzam spoke highly of him during that period. Once the Communists were defeated, he changed and became thirsty for power, whatever the cost. The sincere Mujahideen groups joined the Taliban without firing a single bullet once they knew that the Taliban were not power-hungry, but only intent on establishing Shariah in the land, the reason for which the Jihad was waged in the first place. However, others like Rabbani and Masood rebelled and could not accept the fact that someone other than them could lead the country. Therefore they rebelled and began to fight the Taliban.


It is no secret that Russia, India, Israel, France and the U.S. have been and are still supporting Ahmad Shah Masood with advisors, money and weapons. Some of these foreign advisors have even been captured by the Taliban in recent years. The enemies of Islam know that it is not possible to fight the Taliban directly at the expense of the anger of the Muslim World. Therefore, they are fighting the Taliban through Ahmad Shah Masood, then creating propaganda amongst the Muslims that it is a civil war of Muslim versus Muslim, so the Taliban are not sincere Muslims. The recent one-sided arms embargo against the Taliban is proof of this hypocritical and biased attitude. If the enemies of Islam were really sincere for peace in the region then they would impose an arms embargo on both sides. However, this action of theirs in itself is proof of their double-standards and their real intentions in Afghanistan: to prevent the establishment of a righteous Islamic State in Afghanistan.


Islam allows Muslims to be fought by other Muslims if they stand as an obstacle in the establishment of the Shariah. As for those on the rebellious sides who are killed fighting because they were ignorant and thought they were fighting for the Truth, or forced to fight by their commanders, then they will raised up according to their intentions.



11. It is clear to everyone that the United Nations is an organisation founded on Kufr (disbelief) and secular, man-made laws. Why are the Taliban so adamant on seeking U.N. membership if they wish to do everything according to Shariah?


It is true that the United Nations Charter is founded on secular, man-made laws. The Taliban leadership understand this and they do not hold these secular laws as part of their religious beliefs. However, they feel that they should be given membership of the United Nations for two principal reasons: (i) For strategic political benefit in the interest of Afghanistan and (ii) To prove the hypocrisy of the U.N. in refusing membership to the Taliban despite them satisfying the U.N. 'requirements' for membership. In our opinion, we disagree with this stance that the Taliban have taken as regards the U.N. because the United Nations will never act in the interests of the Muslims of Afghanistan, regardless of whether membership is granted to the Taliban or not. We believe that it is in the interests of the Muslims of Afghanistan for the Taliban to stay away from the United Nations. Nevertheless, this should not be an issue that causes the Muslims to abandon the Taliban and their efforts to implement Shariah.


If the Taliban believed in the secular ideals of the United Nations as part of their religious beliefs and a methodology to implement Shariah in Afghanistan, then this is an act of Shirk, and the Taliban leadership would thus become apostates by this act. However, according to their (mistaken) political analysis, they consider this to be in the interests of the Muslims of Afghanistan. A strategic decision concerning current affairs does not classify its holders as deviant or anti-Islamic on that basis alone, even if the decision is wrong. What does classify a Government as anti-Islamic is a number of things such as the constitution of the Government and the laws it is committed to uphold. Therefore, despite the fact that it is wrong for the Taliban to seek U.N. membership, this should not prevent the Muslim Ummah from supporting and helping them. Rather, once the Taliban see the support of the Muslims, they will consider it unnecessary to seek any assistance from the U.N. in the first place. We ask Allah to change the hearts of the Taliban leadership so they cease seeking U.N. recognition.



12. Why are the Taliban oppressing women by shutting down all girls' schools, denying healthcare to women and forcing women to stay at home?


This is one of the biggest lies circulating about the Taliban. Please read our section on Taliban and Women and the reports by the American journalists and the Canadian physician about this. At the time Taliban came to power, most of the educated elite of Afghanistan were, and still are, Communists. This includes the female teachers. For this reason, the Taliban shut down those schools (for both boys and girls) which were teaching a secular, Communist-based education, by Communist teachers. There is not much point trying to build an Islamic society and a country based on Shariah if the teachers are teaching the young boys and girls, secular, Communist values, such as feminist concepts, sexual freedom and atheism. There are many girls' schools functioning in Afghanistan which are run by practising Muslim teachers. Some of these schools have been founded and established by practising Muslim teachers (both men and women) from the West. These schools teach arts, languages and sciences in an Islamic environment. The Muslims around the World are in a position to change this situation if practising Muslim teachers emigrate to Afghanistan and establish schools for the children. To sit back and make criticising comments instead of going there and helping does not really help the situation.


Likewise, it is a lie that women are denied healthcare in Afghanistan and that they are confined to their homes. Anyone can travel through the major cities in Afghanistan and they will see women freely roaming the streets and markets, accompanied and unaccompanied by male relatives. They are, however, covered Islamically, as would be required in an Islamic country anyway. If any Muslim considers Hijab as oppression for women, then perhaps they need to go back and study their religion from the basics.



13. Why does the Taliban permit terrorist training camps in Afghanistan?


There are no terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. Military training is an Islamic obligation, mandatory upon every sane, Muslim male who has the means to travel and obtain this training, as Allah says in the Quran:


"And prepare against them what you can, of power..." [Quran 8:60].


Terrorism is acts of violence and terror committed against innocent people in order to reach a political objective. Islam permits self-defence and protection against oppression, but it does not permit terrorism as defined by the West. Islam does not permit the harming of innocent, non-combatant civilians who are not fighting the Muslims or driving the Muslims out of their homes or supporting those who fight or drive the Muslims out of their homes. Islam does not teach a 'turn the other cheek' attitude unlike Christianity. If there are camps in Afghanistan where Muslims can obtain military training, then there is nothing wrong with that according to the Shariah. However, if there are camps that turn Muslims into terrorists, then the Shariah does not permit that. It is interesting to note another double-standard adopted by the West as regards Taliban. Israel only operates dozens of such military training camps for both Israeli and non-Israeli Jews under the Kibbutz scheme. All Israelis and all non-Israeli Jews are entitled to free military training in these camps. Rather, it is encouraged for Jews to go to Israel and obtain this training. Western countries do not mind Jews travelling to Israel to obtain military training, but object to Muslims travelling to countries like Afghanistan to learn a part of their religion, and military training is part of Islam, whether we like it or not, and we cannot do anything about it.



14. Is the Taliban backed by the CIA?


We think it is sufficient to let the current political situation as regards the Taliban answer this question. If the Taliban was backed by the CIA, they would have handed over Usama bin Ladin to America a long time ago. Their refusal to do this, despite sanctions, pressure and isolation is proof of their sincere background



15. Why should we help the Taliban?


Because the Taliban is the only Muslim government in the World whose constitution is based on Shariah, and who is actually trying to act on this constitution. Due to this, the Taliban is the only Muslim country in that has been isolated from the World. After a few hundred thousand of their people died in the Second World War, the Jews created their own, little state, Israel, in 1948. Today, in a little over 50 years, they have made Israel into one of the most powerful countries in the World, and certainly the most powerful nation in the Middle East. The Israeli Armed Forces are amongst the best-trained in the World. Israeli technology puts Western technology to shame. Almst every Israeli and every Jew around the World contributes a percentage of their income or profits to the Israeli Government, in addition to their skills, expertise and knowledge. That is what has made Israel into what it is today. Jews do not exceed perhaps 20 million or so in the whole World, but their combined and collective efforts have made their state from nothing into something in just over half a century. Are not one billion Muslims around the World, with all their shops, businesses, companies, high incomes, education, degrees, skills, expertise, knowledge and investments, able to turn Afghanistan into a major Islamic power in a matter of decades?

 

16. How can we help the Taliban?


For a detailed reply, please read our section on What you can do to help the Taliban. In short, anyone who has established or runs a shop, company, mosque or school knows the amount of money, time, effort and sacrifice that goes into it if one wants to do it properly. In the same token, will not establishing and running a country require much more money, time, effort and sacrifice? The Taliban today need educated, practising Muslims to emigrate to Afghanistan and help set up the infrastructure of the country: doctors, dentists, engineers, teachers, Islamic scholars, I.T. consultants, economists, etc. They also need wealthy Muslims who can invest in the country and create employment for the local people through factories, mills, mines, companies, stores etc.