The American political policy changes and it reverses its positions without its allies and friends knowing it or understanding it. This is not the problem but the problem is that the American classification and categorisation comes every time randomly whereby the one who had been its foe until yesterday becomes its friend today and its ally till yesterday becomes its enemy today without a clear reason, but perhaps they may have declared friendship of one who they never regarded a friend, or the help of someone they never helped him with any thing, and they may at times have fought the one who is still carrying their weapons in his arms and his food still in his stomach whereas they befriended one who fought America and the Americans are still bleeding from it, and all of this wherein there is no fixed stability in the American politics. The most important of these are the following.
1) Guarding the security of Israel and getting it to surpass it militarily above all the Arab and Islamic nations.
2) Guarantee a flow of petrol and take control of the strategic passes.
3) Not permit the establishment of a real Islamic country in any place.
In Afghanistan the American position turned around after the Soviets left defeated and disgraced. Its position changed to investing in the political vacuum that was created by the divisions of the various factions and their fighting over the worldly benefits. The neighbours began to divide amongst themselves the patrons of the warring factions as well as competing with the others. Russia drew the remnants of the Communists and Iran drew the Rafidi Shia. India strove to prevent any Pakistani control while China combated the Indian plans and feared the pouring over of the fervour for Jihad amongst its oppressed Muslim population. But Pakistan had the biggest opportunity to get the lion's share due to the religious, tribal and economical ties while it was striving to earn American patroness and its business association.
And truly so, the American companies raced to study the economical feasibility for the region and found that the opportunities were dramatic - be that in the independent Republics to which the Jews and the Americans raced to open them just like the European adventures to discover America, or be that with the petrol in the Caspian sea which follows the Gulf petroleum in its importance, and an opportunity to the new colonialists to recap the memoirs of their ancestors to do with the 'Silk route' - the old rout - for the trade caravans between the East and the West. And the Americans and the Pakistanis found the only hindrance was in the lack of stability in Afghanistan through which all routes have to pass.
Thereby, the Pakistanis were able to convince their friends that they had a solution. The solution was the Afghan students of knowledge who were studying in Pakistan for they had the qualities that made them suitable to bring security and stability. Everyone loved them and their hands were clean from the bloodstains of their masses and indeed some of them were able to bring peace and security in their provinces - and amongst them Mulla Muhammad Omar! The other provinces rushed to join them and enter under him and benefit from his awe and success in controlling the highway robbery. Besides this, they were according to the intelligence agencies, the last ones capable of establishing an organised political movement - let alone rule a country independently.
This is how America, Pakistan and the Gulf countries - which were investing in it - supported the establishment of the Government of Taliban whose good image and praiseworthy marks swept across the country and it didn't necessarily happen as a result of its strength nor help from others. Except that the matter which the Pakistanis were not alert to - nor those beyond it - was that the miracles of Afghanistan were not over nor its surprises finished. Thus they were taken aback on seeing that Taliban were not a bunch of Dervishes on whose name the religion could be used and exploited and a country established with empty slogans while in reality it remains a means to realising their own ambitions!
It is true that the students did not deal in politics due to their previous residence in a foreign land and due to their education being limited to the fields of Sharia and heritage but nevertheless their honest religious practice, their presence in a politically open environment and their tribal - and not factional - affinities as well as the broad support of the masses for them, all of these made them independent in their views and establish their government according to the way they believe in and not what others dictate to them. This is how it was.
So it is not true what the Western Media keeps repeating that Taliban is a creation of America and the magic turned against the magician. But the truth is that the Americans want an American Islam whereas these established an Islam true according to their beliefs (aqeedah) and Jurisprudence (madhhab), and it is from here that the two paths separated. One thing that is certain is that the success of Taliban was one of the character above anything else, and they returned to the Muslims some of the hope that the factions there had destroyed, and they rekindled in the Ummah the idea of establishing a country based on the Aqeeda (religious beliefs) - a country that observes the texts of the Quran, the Sunna and the scholars of Jurisprudence (Fiqh) as opposed to the crooked contemporary ways and the bendable International Law.
As for what is related to terrorism, all the just people would be in agreement that the Government of Taliban is the one that wiped it off and brought peace and security even to the corners of the country as it did in wiping off many of the sources of mischief including the plantation of Drugs.
As for the lies of the Western Media about the oppression of the women and drug trafficking, they were absurd and regarded so by the Muslims and they actually produced the opposite effects - let alone the other issue of forbidding the missionary activity by the Christians and the issue of demolishing the statues.
In fact, the scholars who visited Afghanistan for inspection of the affair of the demolishing of the statues stated clearly that what they saw was actually the opposite of what they heard and that they were the scapegoats of the Western Media distortion and they alerted the Muslims of that.
As for the other problem that actually became the source of all problems (!) - i.e. giving refuge to Terrorists - it is not possible for any one who looks at it with justice and fairness to do any thing but adopt the Islamic position of Taliban, which at the same time is the humane position and the correct position politically with regards to those left behind from the Arab Mujahideen.
After all what is their sin in raising the terrorists - as it is claimed - while the Taliban actually came after their coming together, formation and arrival to the country and Taliban were removed from their (i.e. the so called terrorists) ways and ideas. While the Taliban came the so called terrorists had been shunned by the factions, disclaimed of and their noble contributions denied, whereas the Taliban did well toward them and toward the Islamic World and the whole world at large from two perspectives:
1) Its living up to the values of returning a favour with niceness to those who supported the factions by their wealth and their lives until when the factions had been established in the country, they (i.e. the factions) deserted those who had helped them. They left them between the two jaws of horrific nippers - the first of these two: their governments awaiting their return to make them taste a variety of tortures and to hurl them to the pits of dungeons along with their brothers from before, and the second of the two: the fatal poverty and homelessness in the refuge camps in North Pakistan where many of them stayed for years after years, suffering from heat and freezing cold and having nothing to eat except digging out from the rubbish! And which rubbish? Not the rubbish thrown out by the wealthy in the Arabian Gulf but the rubbish of the dislodged Afghan immigrants and the poor Pakistanis.
As for the Taliban standing by the right of granting and maintaining the protection - except to make it void for a reason that is valid according to Sharia - this is a gesture that ought to be thanked for, although necessity does have its own rulings.
Their situation reminded us of the position of King AbdulAziz with regards to the submission of the rebel leader, Rasheed Aali Kelani to Britain when he sought refuge with the King. His relations with Britain were on the decline due to the new relations between the King and America. He refused to hand him over arguing that it is what the noble Arab character and value dictates. America did not disapprove of that then.
2) The way they regulated those of them who remained behind in Afghanistan: after the situation had been chaotic during the days of the factions and the country was truly set to convert to an incubation centre for the sprouting up of extremists of all types, there upon came the Taliban to open for them Mosques and study circles so they can learn and teach and the government of Taliban came to an understanding with the relevant governments about their affairs that they do not permit any action against them and it conveyed to them that this was the condition it set on them and if it were proven that they breached these condition then it would either bring them to court or hand them over to their governments!
We all heard and read statement after statements from the head of the al-Qaida organization that he will never target the Arabian Peninsula with anything at all and that he is not against the government of his country nor does he want to disrupt the peace there. These statements and the like of it spread and reached everywhere and some of the Western newspapers published them and these statements played a role in calming down the youth in Yemen and the Gulf countries after having been the first pick for their operations that they may have been planning. All of this was from the fruits of the Taliban, but all that it received in return for this was injustice and accusations that it is harbouring terrorists and giving them shelter!!
Are we saying all this to defend Taliban?
And what do those who defend Taliban have to hope for, particularly these days?!
In fact, we say this in defence of the truth and reality and to let the world know the extent of America's haughtiness and its spite for all that has anything to do with the real Islam and to let it be known the injustice and wrongdoing which compels the moderate amongst the Muslims - but even the unaware and heedless - to become extreme in his judgement against America and declare his enmity for it. And to let the Arab governments know that there is no escape for it from any of its crisis except by returning to the Book of Allah (i.e. the Quran) and the Sunna of His Messenger (s.a.w) and the way of the Righteous Caliphs, and by opening the door to Dawah and the cultivation of the Youth in an Islamic way that is balanced and based on Iman. And to let it be known to those doing the Dawah in this country and others besides it that having patience with these youth and embracing them with niceness in behaviour towards them and seeking to understand their positions is the right solution and the real way forward towards refining and cultivating them - and not the way of attacking and defaming them from the pulpits and regurgitating whatever the enemies of Allah say about them.
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