Sunday, December 1, 2013

Omar Mukhtar : A Modern Ideal

 The ideal and model for any Muslim is beloved Prophet (PBUH).

Then there are those servants of Allah (SWT) who emulate this ideal in the best possible manner in various times.

For modern times this ideal for yours truly is Omar Mukhtar of Libya.
Just have a look at the proceedings of the trial after his capture.
Omar Mukhtar, Emir of the Mujahideen of Libya, headed jihad against Italian invaders in the 1920-1930s. He was 70 years old, when he received a severe wound, and was taken prisoner by the invaders.
A dialogue in an infidels' court in 1931, between the "judge" and Omar Mukhtar:

- Did you fight against the Italian state?
Omar: Yes
- Did you encourage people to fight against Italy?
Omar: Yes
- Are you aware of penalty for what you did?
Omar: Yes
- For how many years did you fight against Italy?
Omar: For 20 years already
- Do you regret of what you have done?
Omar: No
- Do you realize that you will be executed?
Omar: Yes
The judge remarked:
- It's a dismal end for a man like you.

Hearing these words, Omar Mukhtar replied:

- On the contrary, it is the best way to end my life!

The judge then wanted to acquit him and deport him from the country if he appeals to Mujahideen in a statement to stop the Jihad. Then Omar Mukhtar said his famous words:

- My forefinger that admits in every prayer that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah cannot write a word of falsehood, we do not surrender, we win or die!