[This article was published in the 21st issue of Nida'ul Islam
magazine (), December-January 1997-1998]

PRISONS: The Dwelling of Our Scholars

So that our Ummah does not forget these mighty heros... and so that the sheikhs and scholars can be decorated with the attributes of the hard working devout scholars... So that their story will speak for them as upholders of Truth, we offer this report..

Sheikh Abu Talal Al-Qasimy, Infatuated With the Pen and the Spear
Mohammad Masood: Pakistan's Mujahid Scholar
The Mujahid Sheikh Safar Al-Hawaly
The Mujahid Sheikh Salman Al'Awdah
Torture in the Saudi Prisons - As Related by a Muslim Prisoner

Mohammad Masood:
Pakistan's Mujahid Scholar

Mohammad Masood Azhar was born in 1968 in the province of Bahawalpur in a religious and knowledgeable household. His father was the Headmaster of the Government School in Bahawalpur.

Mohammad Masood Azhar showed signs of excellence from an early age, thus his father decided to admit him into the well known Islamic University of Biinnori Town.

Mohammad Masood Azhar studied there in the presence of great Scholars such as Mufti Ahmadur Rahman (a well known figure of Pakistan), and Mufti Wali Hassan (Grand Mufti of Pakistan).

He was well known in the Madrasah for taking first position in class and in competitions. Whilst still a student he was offered a place in Karachi to lead Jumu'ah Prayers. The people were amazed to listen to an influential speaker at such a young age.

He was offered a place to teach in the same university by the principal. He accepted the offer to lecture in Arabic to foreign students.

This took place subsequently as the famous Jihad of Afghanistan was taking place. One of the leaders of Harakatul Ansar had come to invite the Principal to visit Afghanistan. The Principal, Mufti Ahmadur Rahman, suggested that Moulana Masood Azhar should also participate in the training course of Jihad which he did upon the invitation of Commander Akhtar.

The trip changed the aim of his life and he made a firm intention that he would spread the teachings of Jihad throughout the whole world just like any other obligation of Islam.

The committee of Harakatul Ansar subsequently decided to appoint him as Head of the Department of Da'wah. He started by editing a magazine in the name of "Sada'e Mujahidin" in Urdu and "Sawte Kashmir" in Arabic. His daily routine developed into teaching at the University until Asr and thereafter he used to work in the field of Jihad until late at night.

Moulana is by nature a kind and modest person. He had eagerly waited to take part in the front line of Jihad and the time finally arrived...

During his participation in the front line, he was injured in the left leg by the Russians. He stayed in hospital for 20 days.

Moulana Masood Azhar's voice reached all four provinces of Pakistan, from Karachi to Kagan. When he spoke upon the topic of Jihad or Shahadah it seemed as if he had cast magic upon the listeners.

Within a short period Moulana was renowned as an International speaker on Jihad, conveying the message of Jihad to Africa, Europe and the Arabian Peninsula. The fiery talks and the beautiful manner in which they were delivered inspired many; thousands of people who have participated in Jihad after listening to his speeches. This reminds us of the verse of Qur'an revealed unto His Messenger Muhammad (s.a.w.):

"Then fight (O Muhammad s.a.w.) in the Cause of Allah, you are not tasked except for yourself, and incite the believers (to fight along with you), it may be that Allah will restrain the evil might of the disbelievers. And Allah is Stronger in Might and Stronger in punishing." [4: 84]

By 1994, he had written pamphlets and many books about the topic of Jihad.

Sadly on the 10th of February 1994 Moulana was taken captive by the Indian army whilst travelling from Srinagar to Islamabad.

He is currently imprisoned without charge or trail, following in the footsteps of Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal and other great Scholars of the Deen. He is subjected to continuous punishment; day and night he is tortured by the Najas Mushrik Hindus. The punishment is so severe yet still the only response heard from his mouth is "Allahu Akbar". The Indian army iron his back, they beat him with metal bars, they humiliate him by forcing him to drink urine and they electrocute him. But Allah says in Qur'an:

"Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trails) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along them said 'When (will come) the Help of Allah?' Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!"

The Truth cannot be taken away from him as the world witnessed in an interview in which he said, "O Hindus! Do not think that the Mujahideen are weak, if you will shoot one bullet, the Mujahideen will answer with a rocket launcher." (Extract from 'Indian Today' Magazine)

The capture of Commander Masood Azhar will not end his mission, if we continue to propagate the work of Jihad. As Allah tells us in the Qur'an...

"And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles etc) to threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allah does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly" [8: 60].

We request every Muslim Brother and Sister to make dua' for the safe release of Moulana Mohammad Masood Azhar, and remind ourselves of the obligation upon each and every Muslim regarding Jihad!

Taken from the Foreword in
the book "The Virtues of Jihad"
by Mawlana Masood Azhar

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