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On April 24, 2021, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) published two articles on its official website, paying tribute to the late Taliban founder and leader Mullah Mohammad Omar to mark the eighth anniversary of his death.
One of the articles is written by Anas Haqqani, a key Taliban commander freed by the Afghan government at the behest of the U.S. and brought to Doha, Qatar, where the U.S. and the Taliban signed an agreement on February 29, 2020. The second article is written by Muhammad Jalal, a frequent Taliban writer. The text of both articles is given below.
Mullah Mohammad Omar (1960-2013) was the leader of the Taliban mujahideen who took power in Kabul amid growing lawlessness in 1996 and ruled until the U.S. invasion in 2001. Pakistan, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, which had granted diplomatic recognition to the government led by Mullah Omar, withdrew their diplomatic recognition.
In the ensuing War on Terror led by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, most of Mullah Omar's mujahideen fled and thousands of those who chose to fight were killed. Mullah Omar's location was unknown for years. The Islamic Emirate, which he headed, did not disclose even his death for several years.
Following is the text of Anas Haqqani's article:
"For Thirteen Years, He Led The Struggle And Jihad... From A Mud House Against the Armed Forces Of The World Powers Such As NATO And Their Allied Countries"
"Today, the 4th day of the second month of year 1400 of Solar Hijri calendar marks the 8th anniversary of the passing of the proud and legendary leader of Afghans, Emir-ul-Momineen Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid. Eight years ago, the late Emir-ul-Momineen gave his soul to our lord the almighty in a mud house at the time of afternoon in Seyuri district of southern Zabul province.
"Mullah Sahib [honorific] was indeed the Emir-ul-Momineen of the 21st century. Allah almighty had given him special piety, spirituality, and reliance on Allah. For thirteen years, he led the struggle and jihad with firm faith from a mud house against the armed forces of the world powers such as NATO and their allied countries.
"Only those who, like Mullah Sahib, have a special commitment and relationship with their lord and are willing to sacrifice all of their possessions, including themselves, their families, and their children, can lead as such. The late Mullah Sahib responded to human technology of the 21st century with his extraordinary spirituality, faith, and piety. He did not bow down to the world powers and left his religious, national status, and greatness to history to be embroidered in gold. Mullah Sahib left the lessons of struggle, selflessness, and compassion to future generations. Centuries will pass, historians will get tired of writing about Mullah Sahib's noble deeds, yet his deeds will not fade away. Mullah Sahib's compassion, affection and loyalty are not only an admiration for every Muslim, but also valuable for every freedom seeking and loving human being.
Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of Haqqani Network
"On the occasion of the death anniversary of Mullah Sahib (may Allah have mercy on him), I would like to share with readers a memory of my father, the late Alhaj Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani [the founder of Haqqani Network] about Mullah Sahib.
"My late father told us the story of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid that he liked several characteristics in the personality of late Mullah Sahib and told us that they were his favorite. One of those characteristics was valor. He told us that he was a man of valor.
"One of the main reasons he swore allegiance to him was the valor of Mullah Sahib and that 'I pledged my allegiance to him due to the very reason.' He told us that, 'during the first moments of the American invasion [in 2001]. In the dark skies of Kabul, the invaders were flying their B52 bombers and were bombing innocent civilians in Kabul. Kabul was being evacuated. Cabinet members initially gathered in Logar and then in Gardez to decide what to do.'"
"[After 9/11] He Ordered Everyone To Fight Till The Last Moment And That No One Should Lay Down Their Arms And Do Not Retreat From Jihad, This Is The Best Duty"
"My father told us that, 'My insistence was to leave Kabul. If we leave Kabul, we will have to put up our lines in Charasiab and confront them. But the opinion of some of the friends was that resistance would be futile. We had long arguments and discussion. I didn't accept what they said, and I told them that is this your opinion or is it the order of Emir-ul-Momineen. They told me that it's their opinion. I told them that as long as there [I] do not receive any instructions from Emir-ul-Momineen, I will not accept what your suggestions. The matter was referred to Mullah Sahib and it was decided that Mullah Sahib would enter the main communication line in the afternoon and give you the final order. All officials should stand ready.'
"He [Jalaluddin Haqqani] continued with 'I had told myself at the time that Mullah Sahib! I swore allegiance to you because of your valor and courage, and today is the day to test your resolve. All of us were waiting for Mullah Sahib to enter the communication radio and give the final order. When Mullah Sahib entered the main radio, there were other voices, probably opponents. Mullah Sahib then entered another channel of the radio. After praising the almighty Allah, he ordered everyone to fight till the last moment and that no one should lay down their arms and do not retreat from jihad, this is the best duty.'
"My father laughed at this and added: 'I thanked Allah and renewed my commitment to my lord that Mullah Sahib was my leader and will continue to be so in future. I am always proud of your fearless courage.' It was a memory of my father about the late Emir-ul-Momineen (may Allah have mercy on him) at a historical moment of our country. Until the last moment of his life, my father's advice to everyone was to obey the late Mullah Sahib until he leaves the path of jihad and struggle.
"May Allah the almighty illuminate the graves of both his proud servants. Even in the most difficult of moments, they did not utter a word of weakness. There were the symbols of valor. The feet of many people slipped, they got deceived that they are up against technology, and that they are at war with a superpower that cannot be defeated. But today, thanks to this jihad, the same superpower is interacting with us in a way that it did not during our official government [1996-2001]. These were the words of the true leader which became true. It was his faith, zeal and piety that foretold these days. At that time, Mullah Sahib's words were not acceptable to many but today many have agreed. May Allah have mercy on him."
"He Revived A Forgotten Tradition Of The Muslim Ummah (Islamic Emirate) In Which We Have The Islamic Sovereignty And Islamic System"
Following is the text of Muhammad Jalal's article:
"Today is the 8th anniversary of the passing of the founder of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Emir-ul-Momineen Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid (may Allah have mercy on him). Eight years ago, he gave his soul in a remote rural area of our beloved country and left this world for the hereafter at time when he led a resistance against the global coalition of invaders. He was the leader of thousands of fighters and millions of common Afghans. He passed in simplicity in a mud house when his men had large swaths liberated from the invaders. He was the formidable leader of the freedom fighters of Afghanistan.
"The life and struggles of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid has many facets, his individual and social life has many features and different chapters, all of them worth mentioning yet cannot be explained here in a few pages. But here we will focus on one point to try and understand what have we gained and learned from the struggles of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid. The struggles of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid made the path easy for us in order to follow the footsteps of our forefathers.
"His rule, governance, social behavior, and way of thinking brought back the memories of good times in the history of Islam and our beloved country. People say and it is well-known among many that a pious man cannot involve himself in politics because it entails deceit, lies, and cruelty; but with his practical politics, he turned this false notion upside down. He conducted politics with its main pillars being justice, honesty, and integrity.
"He revived a forgotten tradition of the Muslim Ummah (Islamic Emirate) in which we have the Islamic sovereignty and Islamic system in which the religion of Allah and his law is the main source for ruling. He revived shari'a in Afghanistan which was as per the aspiration of all Afghans. During his rule many prominent religious scholars of the world acknowledged and said that we read about the Islamic system in theory (we had read in books) but we had not seen the Islamic system in practice."
"Today The Followers Of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid ... Are Following His Footsteps And Carrying On His Noble Mission For The Supremacy Of Islam"
"Praise be to Allah, we now saw the system in practice too. His struggles showed us that everything should be in the light of religious guidelines, our religion should be above all and should dictate politics, business, social affairs, and all individual and social affairs of the community and personal life. The secular and communist-minded elements of Afghanistan used to say that the religious-minded class of the society cannot do politics and their only area of activity should be restricted to the mosque. The mullah [cleric] can only talk about worship and has no right to say anything when it comes to the political situation and affairs of the country.
"This talk of the secular class even affected some religious-minded people. Some still think that religion and politics cannot go together. But the politics of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid proved in practice that the religious minded class can pursue a political path which will become exemplary for everyone. He followed diplomatic policy based on mutual respect with the neighbors, the region and the world in the most difficult situations and he preserved both religious and national interests of Afghanistan.
"The life and struggles of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid (may Allah have mercy on him) showed and proved to all that in addition to being the imam of the mosque, the mullah can also be an active diplomat in the office, a competent commander in the field, a preacher on the pulpit, a renowned writer, poet and orator in literature and journalism, a just businessman in business and a dedicated servant and protector of religion, country, and people.
"Today the followers of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid (may Allah have mercy on him) are following his footsteps and carrying on his noble mission for the supremacy of Islam, peace, stability, and prosperity of our country; and they will not rest until it is fulfilled and Afghans get for what their leader and everyone offered so much sacrifices for – an Islamic system and freedom of Afghanistan."
Source: AlemarahEnglish.net (Afghanistan), April 24, 2021. The original English of the article has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.