This book was writeen when the meaning of Jihad was freedon - not Terrorism -- Egyption Book Review Oct 2001
From the Publisher
May Allah use this book to explain to the people the issue of Jihad today, which many Islamic scholars today have failed to explain. May Allah bring benefit by means of this book, and grant us all the courage and ability to respond to His Call. May He grant success and victory to all those who fight in His Way in all corners of the World.
This book was wriiten when the word Jihad was effectively being progated by the West and especially America. Not only did America partly finance the Mujahideen in Afghanistan , they trained and armed them.
The West encouraged Muslims from all over the world to fight the Jihad against the Russians.
This book from the Islamic point of view gives all the Quranic and Prophetic evidence in regards to Jihad, its merits and its rewards.
About the Author
Abdullah Azzam was a distinguished child who started propagating Islam from an early age. His peers knew him as a pious child. He showed signs of excellence during his youth. His teachers recognized this while he was still at elementary school.
Sheikh Abdullah Azzam was known for his perseverance and serious nature ever since he was a small boy. He received his early elementary and secondary education in his village, and continued his education at the agricultural Khadorri College, where he obtained a Diploma. Despite being the youngest of his colleagues, he was the most intelligent and the smartest. After he graduated from Khadorri College, he worked as a teacher in a village called Adder in South Jordan. Later he joined the Shariah College in Damascus University where he obtained a B.A. Degree in Shariah (Islamic Law) in 1966. After the Jews captured the West Bank in 1967, Sheikh Abdullah Azzam decided to migrate to Jordan, because he could not live under the Jewish occupation of Palestine. The sin of the Israeli tanks rolling into the West Bank unmet by any resistance increased his determination to migrate in order to learn the skills necessary to fight.
In the late 1960s he joined the Jihad against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, from Jordan. Soon after that, he went to Egypt and graduated with a Masters Degree in Shariah from the University of Al-Azhar. In 1970, after the Jihad came to a halt by forcing the PLO forces out of Jordan, he began to lecture in the Jordanian University of Amman. In 1971, he was awarded a scholarship to the Al-Azhar University in Cairo from which he obtained a PhD Degree in the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usool-ul-Fiqh) in 1973. During his stay in Egypt he came to know the family of Shaheed Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966)
He later in the 1980's joined the Jihad in Afghanistan, he was assasinated in November 1989 by a car bomb
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Jihad in Afghanistan has made Abdullah Azzam the main pillar of the Jihad movement in the modern times. Through taking part in this Jihad, and through promoting and clarifying the obstacles which have been erected in the path of Jihad, he played a significant role in changing the minds of Muslims about Jihad and the need for it. He was a role model for the young generation that responded to the Call of Jihad. He had a great appreciation for Jihad and the need for it. Once he said,
I feel that I am nine years old: seven-and-a-half years in the Afghan Jihad, one-and-a-half years in the Jihad in Palestine, and the rest of the years have no value.
From his pulpit Sheikh Azzam was always reiterating his conviction that
Jihad must not be abandoned until Allah (SWT) Alone is worshipped. Jihad continues until Allahs Word is raised high. Jihad until all the oppressed peoples are freed. Jihad to protect our dignity and restore our occupied lands. Jihad is the way of everlasting glory.
History, as well as anyone who knew Sheikh Abdullah Azzam closely, all testify to his courage in speaking the truth, regardless of the consequences.
On every occasion Sheikh Abdullah Azzam reminded all Muslims that,
Muslims can never be defeated by others. We Muslims are not defeated by our enemies, but instead, we are defeated by our own selves.
He was a fine example of Islamic manners, in his piety, his devotion to Allah and his modesty in all things. He would never adulate in his relations with others. Sheikh Azzam always listened to the youth, he was dignified and did not allow fear to penetrate his brave heart. He practised continual fasting, especially the alternate daily fasting routine of Prophet Dawud (SAWS). He strongly counselled others to practise fasting on Mondays and Thursdays. The Sheikh was a man of uprightness, honesty and virtue, and was never heard to slander others or to talk unpleasantly about an individual Muslim.
Once a group of disgruntled Muslims sitting in Peshawar declared him to be a kafir (disbeliever), who was squandering the wealth of the Muslims. When this news reached Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, rather than go and argue with them, he sent them some gifts. Despite these gifts, some of them continued to abuse and slander him whilst Sheikh Abdullah Azzam continued to send gifts to them. Many years on, when they realised their mistake, they would say about him:
By Allah, we never saw anyone like Sheikh Abdullah Azzam. He would continue to send money to us even though we were swearing at him and abusing him.