Dr. Nasir Al-Jazairi (Halwaji Ammar), from Algeria. Killed defending against a Communist Offensive against Shokhdara, Afghanistan, in 1989. Written by Shaheed Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.
The Doctor of Hearts and Bodies, The Preacher of the Valley
“I think that the doctors will receive a heavy punishment on the Day of Judgement because of their absence from treating the wounded on the battlefield.”
His life long friend, Taqiudeen, was with him during his last moments in which he bid farewell to the world. They lived together in the Valley of Jihad (the Valley of Soofa in Afghanistan), and in the forest of lions. He graduated from high school and studied to be a laboratory technician. He then graduated from the Institute with his brother Abu Bashir Al-Jazairi. He worked in the Valley’s hospital, and became brilliant in his field of specialisation.
This seedling, which led a comfortable life in a sheltered environment, lived in the garden of Islamic dawah. It sprouted with the permission of its Lord, and ripened into the beautiful fruit with which Allah inspired the Islamic thinkers of this age. It touched the hands of youth and it guided them. And Sayyid Qutb – may Allah have Mercy on him – has a role in this which Allah prepared for him. His God-given talent flowed through his pen, fluently and eloquently. Allah granted Sayyid’s expressions beauty and magnificence, and his words encouraged this seedling throughout its life. Allah decreed for Sayyid to die in a tall, dignified manner, which blew life and soul into his words, and which penetrated the hearts of the children of the nation. This was also the case regarding the later Islamic writers who followed in his footsteps.
Nasir was raised on the tables of these thinkers, and in the corner of his house there was a small library filled with their books. In the depths was a special place for the books on Seerah (Biography of the Prophet SAWS), and thus the Seerah was the subject of the lectures which he delivered in the mosque’s study circles. He would comment on the events in the Seerah, and his explanation of them was such that his friends, such as Taqiudeen, would be full of admiration for him. Some brothers would display their admiration, to which Nasir would reply: “I seek Allah’s Forgiveness.”
To the Land of Jihad
Nasir left the Valley in 1985 and headed for the Land of Jihad, leaving behind him a big hollow. But who would be a more beautiful and suitable man to fill this hollow than his brother Ali? Upon Nasir’s arrival at the Land of Jihad, he worked as an assistant in his field of specialisation by the side of Dr. Salih Al-Libi. Then Nasir returned to Algeria and began frequenting the house of Dr. Salih’s family there, out of love and loyalty towards him.
Nasir returned to the Jihad for a second time, and he headed towards the Afghani valley of Soofa. There he began to devote himself to his work as a doctor, as there was a lack of doctors in Afghanistan at that time. After six months, Abul-Hassan Al-Madani assigned him to work in one of the hospitals, which pleased Nasir immensely. His joy increased upon the arrival of Taqiudeen and Jamaludeen, his beloved brothers. Jamaludeen was one of the youth whom Allah had guided through the efforts of Nasir. Nasir would say: “I don’t know at which I should be more delighted: working in the hospital of the Mujahideen, or the arrival of Taqiudeen and Jamaludeen.”
It was only for three days. The souls had not been quenched of thirst, nor did the reunion relieve their yearning to meet again:
” You returned to us, but our souls were not satisfied
Yearning for you. Nor did our eyes become dry.”
It was only for three days in which the teacher met his student, before the spinning mill of death seized the soul of Jamaludeen. This was in the same week in which Waseel – the Commander of the unit in Shokhdara – was martyred, leaving a deep sorrow in everyone’s souls. Nasir’s tongue would constantly remember him, not knowing that they would meet again after only a day or two, if Allah granted them both admission to Paradise, and their souls flew to the hearts of green birds.
The Promised Day came
The government troops headed for Shokhdara, and on the fourth day, the brothers prayed the dawn Fajr Prayer. As was their habit, they read the morning supplications followed by a portion of the Quran. Then, at 08:30 hrs, they received news of the troops’ arrival, so the Mujahideen rushed to the mountain peaks. As for Nasir, he headed for the Wudu (Ablution) area. Taqiudeen tried to hurry him, but Nasir insisted on completing his Wudu before climbing to the shelter of the mountains.
The mountains resounded with the cries of ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and ‘La illaha illallah!’, while the lions of Allah ensured that the enemy tasted the flames of the fire of this world before the flames of the Hellfire. The enemy began to retreat, defeated, taking with it its casualties of war. The shells of the Mujahideen had run out, so Nasir rushed with Taqiudeen to fetch some more. On the way to the ammunition store, while Taqiudeen was telling Nasir to move faster, a shell fell into the 1.5metre gap between the two of them. Taqiudeen turned his face away from the explosion and held his nose against the dust. After the dust settled, Taqiudeen turned back to look for Nasir. The shrapnel had penetrated his body, seriously wounding him. So Taqiudeen carried him to a cave and began to read Surah Yasin (Quran, Surah 36) over Nasir, while his veins gushed forth with pure, sinless blood.
Before Taqiudeen was able to finish reciting the Surah for the third time, Nasir’s soul ascended to its creator. It was witnessed and protested in favour of he who remained behind, who was searching the field but could find in it neither a preacher or a doctor, so he said – “With what will the scholars, preachers and doctors answer their Lord on the Day of Judgement concerning their absence from the Jihad in the way of Allah?”
Nasir had sent me a message, asking me to send them a doctor or even some medicine, as he said: “A Christian woman came to attend to the wounded Mujahideen, but where are the Muslims?”
Indeed, I heard the words of Abul-Junaid after returning from Faryab, where he saw the urgent need of doctors on the battlefield. He showed us a video of the legs of the wounded being cut by a wood-saw, and said: “This sawing is happening while the Mujahid is awake and conscious. You can perceive 10-20 people who died of pain while the doctor tried to saw their legs or hands.”
Abul-Junaid gave a message to the doctors about Jihad, while living through the crisis of their absence: “I think that the doctors will receive a heavy punishment on the Day of Judgement because of their absence from treating the wounded on the battlefield.”
Are the calls of the wounded heard by the tens of thousands of doctors in the Islamic world? You will find that some of these men in the government hospitals will not even work in their own countries without getting paid for every minute.
“It is only those who listen (to the Message of the Prophet Muhammad(SAWS), will respond (benefit from it), but as for the dead (disbelievers), Allah will raise them up, then to Him will they be returned (for their recompense).” [Quran 6:36]
And we hope that Allah – Glory be to Him and most Exalted is He – will accept the martyrdom of our brother NasIr and will gather us with him in the highest Paradise.