Statement from the Taliban: “Announcing the Death of the Leader of the Faithful Mullah Omar”

By Aaron Y. Zelin
Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:50 AM

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

إن الحمد لله؛ نحمده، ونستعينه، ونستغفره، ونتوب إليه، ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا، من يهده الله؛ فلا مضل له، ومن يضلل؛ فلا هادي له. ونشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، ونشهد أن محمداً عبده ورسوله، صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وأصحابه وسلم تسليماًکثیرا.

وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَنْ تَمُوتَ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ الله كِتَابًا مُّؤَجَّلاً وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الدُّنْيَا نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الآخِرَةِ نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا وَسَنَجْزِي الشَّاكِرِينَ۱۴۵وَكَأَيِّن مِّن نَّبِيٍّ قَاتَلَ مَعَهُ رِبِّيُّونَ كَثِيرٌ فَمَا وَهَنُواْ لِمَا أَصَابَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ وَمَا ضَعُفُواْ وَمَا اسْتَكَانُواْ وَاللّهُ يُحِبُّ الصَّابِرِينَ۱۴۶وَمَا كَانَ قَوْلَهُمْ إِلاَّ أَن قَالُواْ ربَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ ۱۴۷ آل عمران.

(Translation) 145. And no person can ever die except by Allah’s Leave and at an appointed term. And whoever desires a reward in (this) world, We shall give him of it; and whoever desires a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give him thereof. And We shall reward the grateful. 146. And many a Prophet (i.e. many from amongst the Prophets) fought (in Allah’s Cause) and along with him (fought) large bands of religious learned men. But they never lost heart for that which did befall them in Allah’s Way, nor did they weaken nor degrade themselves. And Allah loves As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.). 147. And they said nothing but: “Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk.” (Surah Al-Imran)

Death is certain. It is part of our faith that except for the Almighty Allah all living beings will taste death. Even the most beloved being to Allah Almighty, the leader of both Universes, the Prophet Muhammad Peace be Upon Him, tasted the bitterness of death and passed away from this World.

In light of this reality the Leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the family of Amir ul Mumineen Mulla Muhammad Omar Mujahid May Allah have mercy on him announce that the founder and leader of Islamic Emirate, as a result of an illness, handed his spirit over to the taker of souls and passed away from this temporary world towards the everlasting one,surely to Allah we belong and to Him we must return And May Allah SWT have boundless mercy on him.

Mulla Muhammad Omar Mujahid May Allah have mercy on him was an esteemed and sincere leader of the Islamic Ummah, who raised the fallen flag of Islam under the most difficult of circumstances. Under the name of Islamic Emirate, he founded a complete government within the framework of Islamic politics and in full compliance with the laws of Islam. Through him, Allah Almighty graced not only Afghanistan but the entire Ummah with an Islamic government and portrayed to the world the true meaning of Islamic sovereignty.

These few lines might not be sufficient to testify to his achievements, so therefore we turn to the issue at hand, which is that the esteemed Amir ul Mumineen May Allah have mercy on him has passed away from this world. Under these circumstances it is our duty to steer this Islamic Emirate, left behind to us as a trust, in the same direction as he had done. To remain as committed to Shariah as he had done. To remain as sincere and steadfast as he had done. To be as ready to sacrifice it all for the right path, to keep promises, trusting in Allah, patient, steadfast, and fearful of Allah as he had been so that Allah Almighty similarly helps us sustain this heavy burden and reach our destination as well as enables us to hold our heads high both in this world and hereafter.

The deceased Mullah Muhammad Omar Mujahid may Allah have mercy on himwho, despite the military might and intelligence tracking of America and all her allies, continued to live in Afghanistan and in the previous fourteen years never for a single day did he leave Afghanistan to visit Pakistan or another country. From his place he led the affairs of Islamic Emirate and there are ample proofs and witnesses to testify to his historic perseverance. Some time ago he became ill which intensified in the last two weeks before he passed away from this world.

While the esteemed Amir ul Mumineen May Allah have mercy on him was bodily a single person yet he encapsulated an entire movement, a philosophy, and the bearer of an ideal. If anyone wants to please his soul and show proof of their loyalty to him, then they should show loyalty to his inheritance which is the Islamic Emirate. Under the present circumstances, it is our individual duty as Muslims to work towards establishing an Islamic system by assisting, unifying, expanding and ultimately enabling the success of the Islamic Emirate. The foundations of this joint home must be solidified and the strengthening of our ranks is the only way to ensure we achieve the objectives of our people and the Mujahideen.

The deceased Amir ul Mumineen May Allah have mercy on him founded and strengthened this movement in such a way that it is based upon strong foundations, sincere and prudent colleagues, and supported by solid formations. Therefore the Mujahideen and all Muslims should be rest assured that, with the help of Allah Almighty, the leaders and members of Islamic Emirate will steer this caravan with the help of Allah and backing of Muslims towards its destination which was the deceased Amir ul Mumineen’s lasting wish, and nothing is hard for Allah.

The leadership of the Islamic Emirate, the Leadership Council, and the family of the deceased Amir ul Mumineen have agreed that for the following three days (from 14th Shawwal 1436) in all the lands, scholars, clerics, national and Jihadi figures – on behalf of the leaders of the Islamic Emirate, Mujahideen and all the nation – should pray for the soul of the deceased Amir ul Mumineen and offer Quranic recitations, prayers and condolences and pray for the forgiveness of the deceased and the steadfastness and success of the Islamic Emirate.

Finally we would like to recall that Mullah Muhammad Omar’s maternal brother – Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund – and his eldest son – Maulawi Muhammad Yaqoob – specifically ask all Muslims that if during the rule of the Islamic Emirate, under the leadership of the deceased Mullah Muhammad Omar, they were deprived of any rights then they should forgive him and always remember him in their prayers. We consider the entire Muslim Ummah, and especially the Mujahid nation of Afghanistan as our partners in this great calamity and ask Allah Almighty to give us all patience and consolation.


Leadership Council of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and family of the esteemed Mullah Muhammad Omar Mujahid

14th Shawwal 1436 Hijri Lunar

08th Assad 1394 Hijri Solar

30th July 2015 Gregorian