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A Jihad Story from 1995 - where is the US angst?
Abu Umar Al Harbi came from Madinah Al-Munawarrah to the land of Jihad in Bosnia, after leaving a life of luxury and affluence behind him. Once he arrived at the Front-Line Base Camp, he never went back to the main city. Almost two years he spent at the Front-Line Base Camp, but he never ever wanted to return to the city where there were the worldly attractions, shops and restaurants. He spent all his time in the Camp or in the bunkers on the mountain-tops. Even when he wanted something from the city or from the headquarters, he would tell the brothers to get this from here, get this from his bag which he had in the store room there, or get this and that.|
Al-Harbi always used to make the brothers laugh and enjoy themselves. He would create a merry atmosphere wherever he went and thus, he was much loved and very popular amongst all the brothers. If one was to look at him, he would seem like a joker, but during the battles he was like a lion. Although he had a good sense of humour, he had a lot of feelings for the Muslims. When the massacre of the Muslims in Srebenica, 1995, took place, he was very upset, more than other brothers and it pained him a lot.
In Operation Miracle, Harbi was made the commander of a special unit of six brothers. The task appointed to these brothers was to capture three Serb bunkers in the most dangerous terrain on the battlefield. The first Serb bunker in this location was at the top of a large open minefield, unscreened by any trees or bushes. There was only one avenue of approach to this bunker, and that was head on, from the front, as opposed to other bunkers that were usually shielded by trees or steep mounds of earth.
The attack plan was for one brother to fire RPG rockets at the bunker from one side of the field and then the rest of the group would storm the bunker. As the brothers took their positions, a few minutes before the attack was scheduled to begin, the Serbs opened fire across the line, as if they knew that the Mujahideen were about to attack. All the brothers in this unit panicked and whilst, they were thinking about what to do, Al-Harbi began sprinting across the open field towards the Serb bunker, in the face of direct, oncoming fire. The rest of the brothers hesitated before running and shouted to him, 'Are there any mines?' He shouted back:
'ALLAHU-AKBAR!" and carried on running. Upon seeing their leader run, the rest of the brothers began running towards the bunker as well. Al-Harbi reached the opening of the Serb bunker until he was at a distance of 2m from the two Serbs inside the bunker. He was firing straight at them and they were firing straight at him. Just as he killed one Serb, the other one shot Al-Harbi in his forehead, and he fell down shaheed.
The next day, one of the brothers saw Al-Harbi in a dream. His face was extremely white and shining. The brother asked him:
"What happened to you?"
Al-Harbi replied, "The night before the attack, we were in the bunker on the mountain and I fell asleep. During this sleep, I experienced the state of janaba (impurity requiring a bath). When I woke up, I realised that there was no way that I could have a bath in the bunker up on the mountain. So I went into the Operation in a state of janaba."
He knew that in this situation, one just makes tayammum (ablution with soil), prays and goes, because the Jihad is more important then to return from the mountains to have a bath. Furthermore, he was the Ameer of the whole group and for him to delay the Operation so that he could have a bath was out of the question. Al-Harbi carried on:
"As I was at the Serb bunker, firing inside at them, I felt something tap me on my forehead and then, immediately, I felt two beings take me from beneath each arm and raise me straight up, very fast, into the sky. There, the Angels gave me a bath."
This incident was similar to the incident at the time of the Prophet (SAWS) when his companion Hanzala, was shaheed on the day after his wedding night, before he had time to have a bath. The Prophet (SAWS) commented that the Angels bathed Hanzala.