Heroes- Part 5

ABU SAA’ID AL-JEDDAWI Abu Saa’id Al-Jeddawi (Ridwaan Khalifah), from Jeddah, Arabian Peninsula. Killed during an operation in North Afghanistan, 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam. “From the Fields of Football to the Building of Nations”

ImageAllah thus decreed that the name of this martyr be the same as that of the Guardian of Paradise. Perhaps his soul had met Ridwaan in the gleaming of a river at the gate of Paradise, under the Green Dome from which their provision emerges from Paradise, every morning and evening. And what about you, O Ridwaan! You divorced the life of this world and turned your back on it. Why did you deprive your fans and your crowds of seeing you on the football field? And what about you, O Ridwaan! You shied away from football club tours to Europe and the West, so your worries would desert you.  What kind of choice is this, that you sacrifice the nourishment and education of Europe, with its comforts and modern luxuries, for stale bread and bitter tea?  O Ridwaan! Did you not need to think to wed any of the beautiful young ladies, to have as your life companion? Who will marry you, now that you forsook the football club? Now that you fled from this world and its people to search for death on the mountain peaks?  Hopes and concerns have been lifted, and the soul has been cured and has fluttered in the search of the Hoor-ul-Ain, after being infatuated with the gazelles of mud, and women of this world.  “If the ambitions of souls were high, the bodies would tire of their desires.”  Ridwaan was satiated with the delights of this world and the water of its seas, so he increased in nothing but thirst. It was as though he lived the last days of his life on the verses of Abu Nawaas:  “I seized the same opportunities as sinners,  And I chased freedom and pleasure wherever they were chased,  And I reached what a man reaches in his youth,  And the juice of all that is sins.”  He fled to Allah, and believed that there was no sanctuary from Allah except with Allah. He began taking an interest in Hadeeth, so much so that the brothers would call him ‘the small Al-Albani’.’ He fled from evil and everything associated with it, and he detested slander and backbiting. He fasted a lot, and this was witnessed by the members of the Unit of Hamzah bin Abdul-Muttalib. This unit headed towards Faaryaab, and won its soul by being anointed with the blood of Ridwaan.  He had come to the Land of Jihad a year earlier, and he was trained upon his arrival. He then proceeded to Logar where Allah decreed for him to be a soldier, under the authority of Abul-Junaid, the Commander of the Unit of Hamzah bin Abdul-Muttalib. Ridwaan was despatched to Faaryaab (which is, on average, the furthest city from Peshawar in Afghanistan), but on the way he fell into the captivity of the Shiite tribe of Bamian, but Allah – Glory be to Him and how Exalted is He – ordained their eyes to be blinded to Ridwaan, not noticing that he was in fact a Saudi Arab. If this had not happened, they would have indeed bitten into him with their molars, and demanded a ransom in the sum of millions, as they had previously done to three Arab doctors in Wardak. They had taken them prisoner a year earlier, demanding millions in exchange for their release, despite the many similar promises of release in the past.  Ridwaan was released and united with his beloved Abul-Junaid, after which he headed for the province of Qaysar. There he participated in an operation against the Russians, followed by Operation Fort Yalbeekee. Then he went to Andkhvoy, on the borders of Turkmenistan. This place had collapsed under Russian Imperialism, yet its fragrance still suggests the mood of the cities which were, once upon a time, filled with the sights and sounds of life.  Khurasan:  Turkmenistan was once a large province of Khurasan. Yaaqoon Al-Hamawee said of it,  “As for the distinguishing marks of Khurasan, they are its knights, its chiefs and its notables.”  This country leaves an impression on the depths of saddened souls, because its civilisation mourns its past days:  Turkmenistan joins Surkhus (he land of Al-Surkhussi, who authored ‘Al-Mabsoot’ ) with Bayhaq (the land of Al-Bayhaqi, the collector of hadith who authored ‘Al-Sinan al-Kubraa’ ). There is Marw, the metropolis of Khurasan (the land of Abdullah bin al-Mubaarak and Ahmad bin Hanbal ). And there is Amd (the land of Al-Amdi who authored ‘Kittab al-Ahkam fi Usool al-Ahkam fi Ussol al-Fiqh’). And there is Abyord (the land of Abyordi, the writer of ‘Muhammad bin Ahmad’ in 507 AH). And there is Nisa (the land of Al-Nisaa’i, the collector of hadith who authored ‘Al-Sinan’). And there is Jarjaan ( the land of Al-Jarjaani, the writer of grammar). And there is Zamakhshar ( the land of Al-Zamakhshari who authored ‘Al-Kishaaf fit-Tafseer’). And from which land on earth has come more scholars than this land? This land, in which the traces of Islam has vanished and the purchase of the Quran has become forbidden, in as much as the presence of a Quran in a household is deemed a crime, subjecting the owner to a four-year prison sentence.  Northern Afghanistan was also one of the provinces of Khurasan, but political tendencies tore it to pieces and the Bolshevik military dictatorship divided it into three sections:  1) One section remained in Afghanistan and Hindu Kush and north of it, and joined Herat with all the provinces which are situated north of Kabul. Its most important cities are Herat, Balkh, Meymaneh, Taaloqaan, Faizabad, Baghlaan and Boolakhamri. The area of this site is 200 000 km2.  2) The second section is lands of the Caucasus and the Turkmen (under the rule of Soviet Imperialism.) Its area is 450 000 km2.  3) The third section is the province of Khurasan in Iran, and its area is 100 000 km2.  Its population is 12 million:-  i) 4.25 million are of Turkish origin, and they are the Turkmen, the Kryzmyrs, the Uzbeks and the Caucasians ii) 3.75 million are of Persian origin and they are the Tajiks in Afghanistan, and the inhabitants of the district of Mazendran in Iran. iii) 3.5 million are of mixed Turkish and Persian origin. They are the Pushtun in North Afghanistan. iv) 0.5 million are of Russian origin and they are the arbitrating Imperialists  A Realised Hope  The Arab brothers were eager to set foot on this Islamic land which had vanished behind the Red Iron railing since the beginning of this century. Allah thus ordained for them the fulfilment of this aspiration, so they entered into this land and returned rejoicing at the realisation of this desire they had.  Allah ordained for Ridwaan to fall in the most honourable manner in this Land of Martyrs. Ridwaan was keen to participate in every battle, hoping that he may be one of the lucky martyrs. The day finally came in which the brothers engaged in a battle against Karwaan Bashi in Meymanah, the capital of Faaryaab. The combat intensified, and revolved around Allah’s enemies. Allah’s soldiers were victorious, and Ridwaan was shot in the chest – his own hope was finally realised. He passed onto Allah, after he transferred from playing with balls in the air, to throwing balls of fire on the enemy. And after his energy shifted from the field of football to the field of building and leading nations. Many of the brothers anticipated his martyrdom on the basis of his manners and deeds, which paved the way for this great honour.  Glad Tidings  I read a hadeeth which applied to Ridwaan and the likes of him, who return to Allah after a period of Jaahiliyah (pre-Islamic ignorance), who were afraid of the outcome of their sins, then escaped to Allah as fugitives from their sins and covetous of martyrdom.  In this hadeeth, the Prophet – Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him – said:  ” Those killed in battle are three: 1) A believing man who strives with his soul and his wealth in the Path of Allah, such that if when he met the enemy, he fought them until he was killed. He is the tested martyr, in the tent of Allah under his Throne. The Prophets are not preferred over him, except by the virtue of their Prophethood. 2) The second is a man who feared himself from his sins and wrongdoings, so he strove with his self and his wealth in the Path of Allah, such that if he met the enemy, he fought them until he was killed. This is the purifier which removed his sins and wrongdoings. The sword erases sins. He was entered into Paradise by any of eight doors he so wished. 3) The third is the hypocrite who strove with his self and his wealth in the Path of Allah, such that when he met the enemy, he fought them until he was killed. This man is in the Hell Fire, as the sword does not erase hypocrisy.”  [Related by Ahmad, with a good chain. Authenticated by Ibn Hibban]

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