Jihad, Understanding Jihad (The Mujahid's Guide) / Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Now we would like to divert the attention of the Mujahideen to some of the organisational matters, the implementation of which are vital for the Jihad organisations and any apathy towards these policies would be disadvantageous. Nowadays, two types of administrative systems are in operation. The first type of system is, the administrative system of religious political groups. This system is mostly based upon prevailing democratic concepts. Many principles, rules and terminology, used by them are the same as used by the political parties.

For example, members of the same party fight each other for the position in the party. They campaign against each other. For the election to higher positions certain compromises are stitched up, permanent organisational structures are demolished and many a temporary structure are created. The head of the organisation and the office holders are appointed for a specified period and after the designated period, they have to engage in the electoral process again, resulting in the loss of continuity and long-term policy commitments. Such regular elections bring the untried and inexperienced people to office. The winner by the majority vote system, results in creating a permanent faction within the party who have lost the election.

This opposition grouping within the party are constantly in search of the opportunity to topple the electoral winning side, or to put their loyalists in the position of influence at every opportunity. Due to such a system operated by Islamic political parties, every party is split into many wings and many lobbying factions. Occasionally one wing or the faction of the party gains enough power and support, to form a separate party, or to establish a separate independent faction. Our aim is not the criticism of this system, because those sincere, honest and wise people who have devised this system and are operating it, are definitely perceiving it as an advantageous system, that is why they are maintaining this system.

Some religious groups have adopted a unique system. Such as the Tableeghi Jama’at, the biggest, the most popular and highly active group of the Muslim Ummah. In their system, except for the position of the Ameer no other position exists. For the selection of the Ameer, neither any election is held nor any lobbying is carried out. In this Jama’at the only method of canvassing and propagation is by word of mouth. No advertisements or literature is produced. The decision of the Ameer is final. He is not bound by the advice or consultation and he is appointed for life, and so on. It is not possible for the Jihad Movements to adopt either of these two systems in their entirety. As the nature and circumstances of the Jihad organisations differ considerably from them. The political party system cannot be adopted in its entirety, because such constant internal and external political activities of pure political nature is impossible for the Mujahideen for the following reasons.

Firstly because their activities and circumstances are totally different. Secondly because the political activist operate from their homes or in their localities and the most strenuous activities they bear on their shoulders is the general election campaigns, or the activities of organising marches and rallies. Inspite of these many activities they have enough time on their hands, to hold internal elections.

Thirdly because, regular changes to the leaderships of the party and the dissolvement of the committees and the recreation of new bodies and other similar activities are the tools of their trade and provide the practical training to advance their careers in the political arena.

In contrast to the above mentioned activities, the Mujahideen’s first and foremost task is to fight the enemy. To establish the supply route to the Mujahideen in the theatre of war. To procure weapons and other essential resources. To gather intelligence and learn the enemies moves in advance. To take all the necessary steps to protect the fighting units. To deal with the wounded and the Martyrs. To deal with the difficult situations of victory and defeat. To train the Mujahideen. To arrange the transportation of the Mujahideen to the war zone. To collect the crippling financial resources for the Jihad. In short such a multitude of duties are impossible to carry out from a home base environment. The Mujahideen have to devote their whole lives to the deed of the Jihad ,as a result they are away from home for a considerable period of time. Thus to engage in the political system would be detrimental to their duties and would curtail the vital task of the Jihad.

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