By:Mufti Khubaib Sahib

Now we would like to divert the attention of the Mujahideen to some of the organisational matters, the implementation of which are vital for the Jihaad organisations and any apathy towards these policies would be disadvantageous. Nowadays, two types of administrative systems are in operation. The first type of system is, the administrative system of religious political groups. This system is mostly based upon prevailing democratic concepts. Many principles, rules and terminology, used by them are the same as used by the political parties.

For example, members of the same party fight each other for the position in the party. They campaign against each other. For the election to higher positions certain compromises are stitched up, permanent organisational structures are demolished and many a temporary structure are created. The head of the organisation and the office holders are appointed for a specified period and after the designated period, they have to engage in the electoral process again, resulting in the loss of continuity and long-term policy commitments. Such regular elections bring the untried and inexperienced people to office. The winner by the majority vote system, results in creating a permanent faction within the party who have lost the election.

This opposition grouping within the party are constantly in search of the opportunity to topple the electoral winning side, or to put their loyalists in the position of influence at every opportunity. Due to such a system operated by Islamic political parties, every party is split into many wings and many lobbying factions. Occasionally one wing or the faction of the party gains enough power and support, to form a separate party, or to establish a separate independent faction. Our aim is not the criticism of this system, because those sincere, honest and wise people who have devised this system and are operating it, are definitely perceiving it as an advantageous system, that is why they are maintaining this system.

Some religious groups have adopted a unique system. Such as the Tableegh Jama’at, the biggest, the most popular and highly active group of the Muslim Ummah. In their system, except for the position of the Ameer no other position exists. For the selection of the Ameer, neither any election is held nor any lobbying is carried out. In this Jama’at the only method of canvassing and propagation is by word of mouth. No advertisements or literature is produced. The decision of the Ameer is final. He is not bound by the advice or consultation and he is appointed for life, and so on. It is not possible for the Jihaad Movements to adopt either of these two systems in their entirety. As the nature and circumstances of the Jihaad organisations differ considerably from them. The political party system cannot be adopted in its entirety, because such constant internal and external political activities of pure political nature is impossible for the Mujahideen for the following reasons.

Firstly because their activities and circumstances are totally different.

Secondly because the political activist operate from their homes or in their localities and the most strenuous activities they bear on their shoulders is the general election campaigns, or the activities of organising marches and rallies. In-spite of these many activities they have enough time on their hands, to hold internal elections.

Thirdly because, regular changes to the leaderships of the party and the dissolvement of the committees and the recreation of new bodies and other similar activities are the tools of their trade and provide the practical training to advance their careers in the political arena.

In contrast to the above mentioned activities, the Mujahideen’s first and foremost task is to fight the enemy. To establish the supply route to the Mujahideen in the theatre of war. To procure weapons and other essential resources. To gather intelligence and learn the enemies moves in advance. To take all the necessary steps to protect the fighting units. To deal with the wounded and the Martyrs. To deal with the difficult situations of victory and defeat. To train the Mujahideen. To arrange the transportation of the Mujahideen to the war zone. To collect the crippling financial resources for the Jihaad. In short such a multitude of duties are impossible to carry out from a home base environment. The Mujahideen have to devote their whole lives to the deed of the Jihaad ,as a result they are away from home for a considerable period of time. Thus to engage in the political system would be detrimental to their duties and would curtail the vital task of the Jihaad.

The other important drawback in adopting the system of political parties would be the inevitable creation of factions and lobbies which would result in shattering the unity of the Jihaad organisations. It is worth remembering that the Jihaad is an obligation and a compulsory act of worship, as are the Five Daily Prayers, and in the act of worship no division is permitted. No jockeying for power is allowed, winners and losers do not exist. While all these unwanted digressionary activities are the part and parcel of the political system. Allah Forbid, if the Jihaad Movements are ever tempted to consider such a political system for their organisation! Such a system would tantamount to entering the minefields of political compromises, levelling of accusations upon each other, scheming for the downfall of the opponents, these efforts would be a waste of scarce and precious resources, while Allah’s brave soldiers would be dying with hunger and thirst and the true spirit of the Jihaad and its fighting capabilities would be destroyed. When politics enters into the Jihaad then the Jihaad will not remain the Jihaad. The military objectives will succumb to political expediencies, and the weapons would become the tools for political supremacy. In short this system is a lethal poison for the Jihaad and the Jihaad organisations. In the light of the above facts, the Mujahideen must exercise extreme caution and alertness. They ought not to give any consideration to the prevailing political system, because if the current political system could have been beneficial and advantageous for the Muslims and a threat to the Kuffar, then in every zone of the Jihaad, the enemy of Islam would not have proposed to the Mujahideen, to abandon their guns and solve the conflict by political means and to enter into the negotiation to resolve the problem. The enemy’s countless offers for the adoption of the political process and their insistence for abandoning the armed struggle has confirmed our analysis beyond all doubts and put the seal of approval to our theory that in the confrontation with the enemies of Islam the prevailing undiluted political system will never ever be advantageous to Islam and the Muslims.

The enemy’s countless offers for the adoption of the political process and their insistence for abandoning the armed struggle has confirmed our analysis beyond all doubts and put the seal of approval to our theory that in the confrontation with the enemies of Islam the prevailing undiluted political system will never ever be advantageous to Islam and the Muslims. The constant requests to give up the armed struggle have also proved that the Jihaad, breaks the backs of the enemies and their resolutions bite the dust because of the Jihaad. Therefore they tempt us to their oft-repeated formula of political solution, in order to vanquish us. Remember! The Victory of Allah descends upon the fields of the Jihaad, while on the negotiating table, the enemies gain the upper hand by using the tactics of plotting, cunning and treachery they transform their defeat into victory. Negotiations should only be entered when they are backed by force, as it is abundantly clear that negotiating from the weakness is an act of suicide.

The Mujahideen’s organisations ought not to forget the important fact, while drafting their constitution, or formulating their organisational policies, that they are committed to such a war, in which they will only be successful when they are free from infighting and disunity. The minimum requirement for such a success is that all the individuals within each organisation should act as a single entity.

The Mujahideen ought not to forget that their enemy possesses all the cunning and knifing. They ought to remember as well that all the Kuffar governments have put aside their major differences, in order to fight the Mujahideen as a united force. Therefore the Mujahideen must avoid the divisions and disunity among themselves. Failing to do so will result in chaos, the loss of awe and fear from the heart of the enemy.

Therefore the Mujahideen ought to devise such a constitution, and formulate such rules and regulations that would be totally free from the internal bloodletting and divisions, which are inherent in the present day political system, or at least, they ought to adopt a system that would minimise the threat of internal conflicts and infighting.

The Mujahideen’s criteria for the appointments to responsible positions ought to be, devotion to Allah, honesty, sincerity, enthusiasm for sacrifice, un-tiring effort, and the disinterest from materialism. Positions and the holding of high offices should never become an attraction or a temptation to them, which would open the floodgate of mutual dissension.

The selection of the office bearers ought to be made with the consultation of the pious, the wise and the responsible people, and not by election. The appointments ought to be made upon the criteria of the abilities and the sacrifices.

During the process of preparing the constitution, every article of the constitution ought to be based upon the fact that the Jihaad is an act of worship and thus obedience and sacrifice ought to be the cornerstone of their constitution. The Mujahideen ought not to be argumentative, stubborn, and wilful like the political activists. They ought to be obedient and imbued with the attribute of sacrifice.

In this conjecture one important point ought to be remembered, that great care needs to be exercised by the Jihaad organisations in the process of recruitment and appointment. There is no doubt that the Jihaad is for all the Muslims and every Muslim ought to have a right to participate in the Jihaad Movements. But the Mujahideen ought to avoid for the time being, the general conscription policy for the Jihaad. These are two separate issues. One is the participation in the Jihaad. The other is the membership of the Jihaad Movements.

As far as the participation in the Jihaad is concerned, it should be based upon as much latitude as can be permissible, and after fulfilling some reasonable and necessary conditions, every volunteer could be granted the opportunity of participation in the Jihaad at various levels.

But the membership of the Jihaad organisations should be controlled. People with prevailing political bent and the seekers of fame and fortune ought not to be placed in any sensitive position or appointed to important offices.

Presently the popularity of the Jihaad is increasing by leaps and bounds and Insha’Allah, it has a great scope of further expansion in the future. Therefore some insincere and corrupt people will sneak through into the ranks of the Mujahideen and will try to spread their prevailing political poisonous ideologies to the Jihaad. Such elements could disturb the Mujahideen’s peace of mind which is the gift of Allah to them, in order to help them face the enemy and build the bound of trust amongst them, but these poisonous influences would divert the Mujahideen from their principle objectives and would turn their attention to useless activities and their precious abilities and time would be spent in trying to calm their angry colleagues and their valuable energies would be wasted in the merry-go-round of the power politics and the jockeying for positions, instead of inflicting losses to the enemy. Therefore only those people ought to be considered for the offices of the Jihaad Movements, who have observed death from a close quarter in the battlefield and whose dislike for worldly pleasure is as strong as the distaste for pork and who are imbued to the hilt with the quality of the Taqwa and sacrifice and for whom giving up the office for the participation in the theatre of war is not a disgrace, but a great honour.

By the grace of Allah, such people are available in great numbers, but due to their honest nature they have not been valued highly and they are ignored, while politically astute people, with their false display of activeness and the artful presentation of their negligible skills are entering into the ranks of the Mujahideen and are able to occupy the high offices and causing incalculable damage to the mission of the Jihaad.

When political activists declare their desires to work with the Mujahideen, then they should be put through a rigorous training schedule. They should be drilled thoroughly. It should be made crystal clear to them that while the Muslim Ummah is suffering persecution and unspeakable suffering, then it is not permissible for any Muslim to think of his own interests. These are the times for sacrifices and for giving, but not for taking. It is neither the time nor the place for any materialistic pursuit, but only for the sacrifice of the life itself.

When such passions are fully accepted and understood and when the passion for sacrificing their lives in the path of Allah, takes hold of them and when the distaste for the trivial self-interest becomes predominant then and only then they ought to be permitted to utilise all their old and new faculties for the benefit of Islam and the Muslims.

As for the system practised in the Tableegh Jama’at. It is also not possible for the Jihaad organisations to adopt it in its entirety. The Jihaad Movements have to use every available means to fight the powerful and well organised enemy. This is totally in line with the commandments of Allah . Allah has commanded us, “to gather all the means available to us against the enemies”. These resources, include the use of mass information and propagation. The Mujahideen needs the broadcasting and publication channels. The inertia of the Ummah, concerning the Jihaad need to be broken. For such a task, a massive campaign for the Jihaad has to be launched. Meetings and assemblies have to be arranged. Posters need to be placed at every advantageous points. Leaflets need to be distributed regularly. Booklets need to be published. Recorded cassettes need to be provided. And all these resources ought to be utilised as much as possible. The wars of today are much less won in the battlefields than through the mass media. Thus it is essential for the Mujahideen to use these vital resources within the perimeter of the Revered Sharee`ah. The organisation of the Jihaad has many compartments and sections and every section is important and sensitive, therefore the smooth and affective running of these sections depends upon the appointment of various officials.

The Jihaad Movements, unlike the Tableegh Jama’at, cannot be alienated from the national political events nor with the national political development. They have to keep a watchful eye on the national political activities and the changing patterns of the policies. Occasionally, in the interest of Islam and the Muslims, they have to intervene effectively in the national politics, but keeping it to a minimum. In the light of these two facts, (unsuitability of the political system and the structure of the Tableegh Jama’at) the Jihaad Movements, after a careful and thorough study of the two systems, ought to devise such a constitution, that will serve the affairs and the interests of the Jihaad effectively.

This constitution will take into account on the one hand, the amplitude of the political system, the need for departmental divisions, the observation of the national and international political map of the world, and the affective utilisation of the means of mass media, and on the other hand, the purely religious and devotional spirit, the obedience without any qualms, the structure of routing out unrequired dissension and selfishness and the constant hard work of the Tableegh Jama’at. Such a constitution or fundamental policy should not be confined to words only, but it should be made an integral part of the leader’s and the members’ thoughts and deeds. Insha-Allah, this will produce those results, which the Muslim Ummah needs desperately.