Hasan Al Walafi ( Also known as ABU TAYYIB AL-MAGHRIBI)
Abu Tayyib Al-Maghribi, from Morocco. Killed during a Communist Offensive against Shokhdara, Afghanistan, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.
I met him at a conference in America in December 1988, and he began to follow me from place to place. Under the pretence of journalism, he was allowed to remain alone with me in the hotel, frequenting my room now and again. Thus, all Praise be to Allah, he clinged to me, not permitting my separation from him. Hasan decided to divorce the land of America thrice, never to return. I returned to Peshawar, and after a while Hasan followed me. I took him to Sada, and at this point the sound of Islamic Callers at work was still a thought in people’s minds, but I advised him to make it a reality, and he was thus the first to be engaged in this activity. He wanted dearly to serve this religion, and Allah (SWT) bestowed upon him knowledge of Islamic education and culture. The radiance was noticeable on his face, the radiance of the spirit which penetrated his limbs, and the purity of his soul which shone through his forehead. And what is more beautiful radiance than that of awakening determination?
Whenever the spirits of hawks awake,
And move within the heart and souls,
The youth see a resisting place for their determination in the orbits and the luminous horizon.
You are the hawk, so build your nest and live,
On the peaks of heights and on the mountain tops.
In Ramadan, Dr. Hamzah returned from Kabul and told us of his need for Mujahid doctors, saying that he personally would be responsible for their schooling, and that they would be a group saved from the Hellfire. I spoke in the mosque about this precious need, and I hit a nerve in Hasan . Consequently, Dr. Hamzah was able to persuade him and send him to Kabul.
On Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the Mujahideen Ameers returned from Kabul and informed me of the arrival of some Arab brothers. He said that he noticed from amongst them a particular youth, who appeared sincere, and had some traits of leadership. So he trained him to be the Commander of one group, without ever having known him prior to his arrival in Kabul
He landed in Shokdara with Abu Ali Al-Maaliki, and decided to remain there. The battlefield grew more intense, and the quiet lull became into the vehement roar of the Mujahideen and the enemy aeroplanes, whose roar resounded night and day close to Kabul. The Mujahideen withdrew from At-Tiba where Abu Ali resided, after which nobody remained there except Abu Ali and five of his Arab brothers, such that if they also left, Kryzmyr would fall into the hands of Allah’s enemies. So they promised themselves not to leave the place, until their bodies were ripped open. The situation here also pleased Hasan, and he found his soul in the flames of love, and it was here that he saw, on the extent of his hope, a peaceful resting-place.
The Account of Muhammad Al-Mushtaq, the best friend of Hasan Al Walafi: Abu Tayyib.
After the Isha prayer on the evening of 29 June 1989, his friend and life-long companion, Muhammad Al-Mushtaq Al-Maghribi, came to me and asked me in wonder: “Did Abu Tayyib (Hasan)pass away?” I answered perplexed, “Who sent you here?” He replied, “An Algerian brother coming from Peshawar heard Taqi-ud-Din Al-Jazai’ree, who was returning from Shokhdara, talking about it.” So I said to him, “Ask Abul-Hasan al-Madani, he is in the control room.” He went to the control room and there was Muhammad Al-Mushtaq, in the dark of the night, unable to find an expression of grief other than tears which smothered his face. Through the tears he called to the soul of his brother, Abu Tayyib, who had accompanied him on the journey from Morocco to America to Sada. May Allah (SWT) have Mercy of his soul and may he unite us with him amongst the pious.
And thus Abu Tayyib came to pass, and his peaceful death came only after he had proved himself as a falcon, an impassioned lion. With a flash he was gone, and we missed him being amongst us, after we achieved with his fighting what others didn’t achieve with their cries, shouting and speech.
Muhammad Al-Mushtaq, his beloved brother and life-long friend wrote about him:
Hasan Walafee – Abu Tayyib – was born in the city of Fez on 3 March 1964. He was a youth who was brought up from a very young age on the love and servitude of the Religion. He used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays, and he would stand between Allah’s (SWT) two Hands during the last third of the night. The Witr prayer would never bypass him, and Allah’s Book would never leave his side, whether or not he was travelling. He would always receive his daily guidance from the Quran, whatever the circumstance, and he was, may Allah have Mercy on him, constant in the recitation of the morning and evening remembrances. He would never sleep, except in a state of purification, nor would he sleep except after reading Surah Al-Mulk (Surah 67), however tired he was. Sometimes sleep would conquer him, so he would take a nap before completing the recitation, but he would always defeat his sleep by waking up and finishing the Surah.
He was a valiant youth who had no fear for the enemy. Islam and its Call were his life; they would never tire him or bore him.
We were together in high school, where he would always deliver lectures on Islam and answer the scepticism of the Communists and the apostates, be they students or teachers. After he went to University, he refused to enter into the discipline of Islamic Studies because he saw that most of the students were Muslim. Instead, he entered the disciplines of philosophy and psychology, because most of the students, if not less than 99% of them, were atheists. He was able to give them the message of Islam, and he became a thorn in their throats. He played an effective role in the department, from which some of his teachers began to harbour feelings of hatred towards him, and fail him in his exams. He used to lie in ambush for the Communists and atheists, so when he heard talk of one of their lectures, he followed them and stopped them delivering it.
He was, may Allah have Mercy on him, a possessor of extensive knowledge on Islamic and modern literary culture, and he was particularly fond of the books of Muhammad and Syed Qutb, especially “In the Shade of the Quran.” He also used to like the books of Fathi Yakan Al-Harakeeya, and loved the books of the pious predecessors, such as Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn-ul Qayyim.
He was, may Allah have Mercy upon him, an active member of the Islamic Movement, and it was unusual to find him in a situation other than service to the group, whether it was calling people to Islam or educating people’s hearts before their minds. He occupied a place in everybody’s hearts wherever he travelled or resided; everyone who met him loved him at first sight. He had early connections with the Moroccan “Al-Islah” magazine. He also wrote a long treatise on Afghanistan – past and present.
He wrote a moving, emotional letter to his mother revealing how close he was to Allah – Glory be to Him and how Exalted is He! We regard him thus and do not praise anyone above Allah. This applies to his high command of expression and his links with Islamic Culture – the revolutionary books. So we hope that Allah will shelter him with His Mercy and will make him an intercessor for us and for his mother and for his family on the day of Qiyamah- Ameen.