In the Shade of Soorah At-Tawbah (018)

The meaning of “Adhaan”:

{“And (this is an) Adhaan (Proclamation) from Allaah and His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to mankind on the Day of the Greatest Hajj, that indeed Allaah is Free from the Mushrikeen and so is His Rasool…”}

The واو in this Aayah is isti’naafiyyah, i.e. it signals the commencement of a new sentence.

Once, Abul Aswad ad-Du’ali passed by a man who was reciting Qur’aan, and he recited this Aayah:

وَأَذَانٌ مِّنَ اللهِ وَرَسُوْلِهِ إِلَى النَّاسِ يَوْمَ الحَجِّ الأَكْبَرِ أَنَّ اللهَ بَرِيْءٌ مِّنَ الْمُشْرِكِيْنَ وَرَسُوْلُهُ

However, this man recited the Aayah as وَرَسُوْلِهِ, and that changes the meaning entirely. The Aayah means:

{“And (this is an) Adhaan (Proclamation) from Allaah and His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to mankind on the Day of the Greatest Hajj, that indeed Allaah is Free from the Mushrikeen and so is His Rasool…”}

But the way that this man was reading the Aayah changed the meaning to: “Allaah is Free from the Mushrikeen and from His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم).” Hence, Imaam Abul Aswad ad-Du’ali became furious and said: “Allaah forbid that He declares Himself Free from His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم)!”

He then went to al-Hajjaaj and informed him of this, so al-Hajjaaj ordered that the diacritical marks (fat’hah, kasrah, dhammah, or zabar/zer/pesh, and tanween, tashdeed, etc.) be added to the Qur’aan, and so this is an eternal virtue of al-Hajjaaj, even though the `Ulamaa differed regarding him. Some of them declared him to be a kaafir, others declared him to be a faasiq and others declared him to be a faajir.

Once, a man came to Imaam ash-Sha`bi and said, “O Imaam!” He is saying this to Imaam `Aamir ash-Sha`bi.

“O Imaam! I have taken an oath that if Hajjaaj is not in the Fire (of Jahannam), then my wife is divorced. Is my wife divorced?” Imaam ash-Sha`bi said to him, “O my nephew!” Or: “O my brother, go (home) and enjoy yourself with your wife, for she is not divorced. If Hajjaaj is in Jannah, then no one will enter the Fire (of Jahannam).”

So, he believed that Hajjaaj died as a kaafir. Others, though, believed that he died as a faasiq (a flagrant transgressor, but still a Muslim).

It is narrated from Hadhrat `Umar ibn `Abdil `Azeez رضي الله عنه وأرضاه that he was once giving the Khutbah on the Mimbar, and he began weeping under his beard was soaked with tears and he fell unconscious. When he awoke, he said, “O people! I saw (in a dream) that Qiyaamah was taking place, and the Scale (for the weighing of deeds) was set up, and the Bridge was placed (over Jahannam), and a tall, thin man was brought, and a very light reckoning was taken with him, and thereafter he was taken to the right side. I asked, “Who is this?” They said, “Abu Bakr.” Thereafter, a tall man was brought, and a very light reckoning was taken with him, after which he too was taken to the right side. I asked, “Who is this?” They said, “`Umar.” A third man was then brought and a very light reckoning was taken of him, and thereafter he too was taken to the right side.”

Hadhrat `Umar ibn `Abdil `Azeez did not mention the name of this person, but they said: “Perhaps it was `Umar ibn `Abdil `Azeez himself.”

Continuing, he said: “Then Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم arrived and a tent was erected for him, and he along with (Hadhrat) `Ali رضي الله عنه and (Hadhrat) Mu`aawiyah رضي الله عنه then entered it. Thereafter, (Hadhrat) `Ali رضي الله عنه came out and he was smiling, saying: “He judged in my favour.” (Hadhrat) Mu`aawiyah رضي الله عنه also came out, smiling, and said, “He forgave me.”

Continuing, Hadhrat `Umar ibn `Abdil `Azeez said: “I then passed by a rotten, stinking carcass. I said, “Woe to you! Who are you?” He said, “I am al-Hajjaaj ibn Yusuf.” I asked, “What did Allaah do with you?” He said, “Allaah killed me once, in the Fire (of Jahannam) for every man I had killed, but for Sa`eed ibn Jubair, He killed me 70 times over in the Fire (of Jahannam).”

In the Shade of Soorah At-Tawbah (017)

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

{“(This is a) Proclamation from Allaah and His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to mankind on the Day of Al-Hajj Al-Akbar, that indeed Allaah is free from the Mushrikeen, and so is His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم). If you repent (from kufr and accept Islaam), it will be best for you. (However,) If you turn away (from Islaam) then know that you can never escape from Allaah. And give the kuffaar the good news of a painful punishment (in both worlds).

(The above applied to all the Mushrikeen tribes) Except those Mushrikeen with whom you have a treaty (up to a specified term,) who have not let you down in the least (have not broken any conditions of the treaty), nor have they assisted any others against you. So fulfil their treaty with them for their stipulated term (the term specified in the treaty). Indeed, Allaah loves the Muttaqeen (those who adopt Taqwaa).

(Referring to those Mushrikeen who had broken the treaty they made with the Muslims, Allaah says) When the Sacred Months have passed, then fight the Mushrikeen wherever you may find them. Seize them, besiege them (surround their strongholds until they surrender) and lay in ambush for them at every opportunity (and place possible). (However,) If they repent (from kufr by accepting Islaam), establish Salaah and pay Zakaah, then leave their path free (do not harm them). Indeed, Allaah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.“}

[Soorah At-Tawbah, 9:3-5]

{“(This is a) Adhaan (Proclamation) from Allaah and His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم)…”}

The word “adhaan” means to inform and to announce. That is why the Adhaan of Salaah was named as such: because it announces the entry of the time of Salaah.

{“(This is a) Proclamation from Allaah and His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to mankind…”}

Meaning, both the Muslims and the Mushrikeen.

{“(This is a) Proclamation from Allaah and His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to mankind on the Day of Al-Hajj Al-Akbar that indeed Allaah is free from the Mushrikeen, and so is His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم)…}

There are various views (among the Mufassireen) regarding which day is Al-Hajj Al-Akbar. The strongest of these views are two:

1) It is the Day of `Arafah (9th of Dhul Hijjah). This was narrated from Hadhrat `Umar رضي الله عنه, Hadhrat `Uthmaan رضي الله عنه, Hadhrat ibn `Abbaas رضي الله عنه, Imaam Taawoos and Imaam Mujaahid, and it is the Madh-hab of Imaam Abu Haneefah رحمة الله عليه. It is also the view of Imaam ash-Shaafi`ee حرحمة الله عليه.

2) It is narrated from Hadhrat `Ali رضي الله عنه, Hadhrat ibn `Abbaas رضي الله عنه as well (as a second view of his), Hadhrat ibn Mas`ood رضي الله عنه, Hadhrat ibn Abi Awfaa رضي الله عنه and Hadhrat al-Mugheerah ibn Shu`bah رضي الله عنه that it is Yowm-un-Nahr (the 10th of Dhul Hijjah). This view was chosen by at-Tabari.

Imaam Abu Daawud narrates from Hadhrat ibn `Umar رضي الله عنهما that on the Day of Nahr (10th of Dhul Hijjah), Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم stood up and asked, “What day is this?” They said, “Yowm-un-Nahr (The Day of Slaughtering).”

This was the day of Al-Hajj Al-Akbar. No naked person would perform Tawaaf of the Ka`bah. The Day of Al-Hajj Al-Akbar is Yowm-un-Nahr (the 10th of Dhul Hijjah).

The reality is that the view which states that it is Yowm-un-Nahr is the strongest view, and Allaah knows best. This is because most of the actions of Hajj are carried out on Yowm-un-Nahr. Wuqoof-e-`Arafah is also on Yowm-un-Nahr (the 10th of Dhul Hijjah). So, whosoever stands at `Arafah on the night of Eid has carried out this rukn (pillar of Hajj), i.e. even if a person didn’t stand at `Arafah during the day, but only went to stand there at night, then still it is valid.

Furthermore, Wuqoof-e-Muzdalifah is also on Yowm-un-Nahr. Rami (pelting) of the Jamaraat is also on Yowm-un-Nahr. Slaughtering of the animals is also on Yowm-un-Nahr. Shaving of the head is also on Yowm-un-Nahr. The changing out of ihraam into one’s normal clothes is also on Yowm-un-Nahr. Tawaaf-ul-Ifaadhah, and Sa`i after Tawaaf-ul-Ifaadhah – for a person who is performing Hajj-e-Tamattu` – is also on Yowm-un-Nahr.

So, most of the actions of Hajj take place on Yowm-un-Nahr, and that is why it is called Yowmul Hajjil Akbar (The Day of the Greatest Hajj).

In the Shade of Soorah At-Tawbah (016)

The head of the University of Damascus was a Nusayri. He was even higher regarded by the Nusayris in his land than Hafez al-Assad was. This (group of youngsters) went into his library, killed him and left. The case then developed until the incident of the artillery school happened.

`Adnaan `Uqlah who was one of the students of the Shaikh along with Ibraaheem al-Yusuf, arrived the same day. This Ibraaheem al-Yusuf used to be an officer inside the artillery school. At another time, In Shaa Allaah, during the Tafseer of Soorah At-Tawbah, we will explain to you in detail some examples of these scenes that moved generations.

Indeed, the Da`wah is not aided except by the likes of such scenes (of sacrifice). It cannot live except upon the criterion of trials. These scenes (of sacrifice) that are lit by the fire of trials, they are the ones that form the solid foundation and base through which this Deen is aided, and which becomes the millstone in directing the major nations.

In the Shade of Soorah At-Tawbah (015)

With (Shaikh Marwaan) was his newly married wife with whom he had not had any relations. He said to her, “I do not wish to consummate (the marriage) with you, because I feel that I will soon be leaving, so instead, remain as a virgin.”

Yes, he got married but did not consummate the marriage. At this time, he was between the ages of 35 and 40, or even older than that. However, he had been involved in difficulties from the age of 20, between the prison and the courtroom. He had no time to propose and marry. Do you get married here? Do not get married.

One of his students had gone out to the shop to buy beans for them for breakfast. The cars (of the security police) had not yet arrived. This student returned and found six cars parked outside (the apartment). He tried to enter the building but they blocked him. This youth stood (before them), carrying a shoe knife. The people of Hama always carry a knife in their back pockets. The car, with six of the security police, was next to him. He reached his hand back, took hold of the knife and drew it. A shoe knife is extremely sharp. He slaughtered all six of them and then fled.

The sirens began wailing throughout Damascus and the police cars were out (looking for him). He was running, and they caught up to him. He managed to jump off a wall that was three or four metres high and escaped from them. He then slipped out of the country and made it to Jordan.

We return to Shaikh Marwaan:

Cars began surrounding the building, and they called out over the loud speaker: “O people of the building! Come out! There is an Iraqi spy whom we intend to arrest.”

At the time, there were some differences between Syria and Iraq. Shaikh Marwaan picked up a loud speaker of his own, like the one used when calling out the Adhaan, and he said: “O men of the security police! O police! O you who are surrounding the house! We warn you that you have a quarter hour to leave. If you do not, we will commence fighting you.”

They waited for a quarter hour (it is necessary to issue a warning before starting the fight), and after the quarter hour had passed, they began throwing down on them the grenades, firing at them with machine guns and so on. Those on the ground contacted the police headquarters, calling for backup. A total of 1,000 policemen now gathered (outside the apartment). He (Shaikh Marwaan) had only one person with him, along with his wife with whom he had not consummated the marriage. With them also was the wife of this guest who was with (Shaikh Marwaan): the one who (had gone out to the shop) and had come back with the breakfast, but they (the police) took it from him. They wanted to storm the building, so they went down the stairs with TNT. They came with helicopters and landed atop the building. However, who of them would dare to storm (the building)? 1,000 of them versus two men.

By Zhuhr time, the ammunition had been depleted. From Zhuhr until `Asr, not a single one (from the police) were able to storm the apartment. They were fighting from below and he was fighting from above. By `Asr time, they finally managed to storm the apartment. The ammunition had been depleted. That was the excuse of Shaikh Marwaan. Both of his hands were injured, so he had bandaged them. He came down with his head held high. They took him along with those who were with him, including his wife. The news reached Hafez al-Assad. He went mad and killed many of them. He said, “I want to resolve this issue with him myself.” He went to (Shaikh Marwaan) himself. He said to him, “O Marwaan, let us open a new page. Allaah has pardoned that which has passed. We will not take you to account for anything, on one condition: leave the weapons.” He said, “I will agree on one condition: that you assist me in establishing an Islaamic State in Syria.” Hafez al-Assad gathered himself and left.

The soldiers gathered. There was a military gathering. Naji Jamil was head of the air force. Mustafa Talas was present as well. Many high-ranking Nusayri officers were present. They brought in Shaikh Marwaan. Shaikh Marwaan sat down and looked at them: Naji Jamil and Mustafa Talas, who attributed themselves to Ahlus Sunnah. He looked at them, and he recognised Naji Jamil and Mustafa Talas, so he said to them, “Woe to you, O dog! O Naji Jamil, do you think that we will leave you alive? I have given wasiyyat to the youth that they start off (the killings) with you and Mustafa Talas, because it was on the backs of you dogs that these Nusayris were able to lower us and violate our honour! As for you, O Nusayri officers: I have given wasiyyat to the youth that they kill 5,000 of you!”

Naji Jamil said, “Take this madman out of here! Get him away from me!”

After that, they brought his family. They took his wife into an adjacent room and tried to violate her honour, whilst he (Shaikh Marwaan) was tied up. His soul became constricted.

The bearing of hardships and seeing the perpetrators, is a (bitter) diet that causes the bodies to wither.”

A person such as this, with a soul that is proud and free: for him to see his honour being attempted to be violated, whilst he cannot do anything, tied up, caused him to almost wither away until he weighed no more than 45kg. He used to weigh over 100kg. He was a giant, tall and well-built man. Eventually, he passed away in jail. We do not know if they hastened his death (by poisoning him, etc.) or if he died (without that). At the end, his veins could not even accept glucose.

After he died, they sent word to his family, saying: “Come and fetch him.” His father asked, “Did you kill him?” They said, “No.”

His family buried him in a maqbarah (graveyard) in Damascus, and we heard that 200 soldiers had to guard his qabr out of year that the youth would dig up his body and carry out demonstrations in Damascus.

After this, the flag was picked up by one of the youngsters who had trained with us in Palestine. His name is `Abdus Sattaar az-Za`eem. A youngster, like how the Turkish saying goes, “His hand is on his leg.” Small – a dentist who weighs 50kg. He began assassinating the leaders one after another, he and some other youth. They would target this Nusayri officer today and that Nusayri officer tomorrow. They would go to the house (of the target), press the doorbell, and when (the Nusayri) would answer the door, they would kill him and walk on.

In the Shade of Soorah At-Tawbah (014)

Shaikh Marwaan returned. He was a man who never knew rest. He was like a time-bomb waiting to go off, its detonator raised. He was really a unique person.

In the year 1973, they announced that they would be bringing out a new constitution, and in it they erased Syria as being an “Islaamic State”. This was the very first thing they removed from the constitution. Hence, the khutabaa stood up as did Shaikh Marwaan Hadeed, and he said, “Who will give bay`ah `alal mawt (allegiance and vow to fight to the death) here in the Masjid?”

When Shaikh Marwaan started speaking, people began slipping out of the Masjid one after another, because it was dangerous even just to hear him. It was dangerous even just to hear his speech. The Mashaayikh came out one after another. One of them, in his zeal, pulled out his gun and started firing in the Masjid. I heard the cassette recording. Yes, and I know the one who had fired the shots: he was from Hama. The people of Hama are exactly like the Afghans. The name of these people, “Hamawiyyah”, is derived from al-Hamyu, which means heat. These people are Bedouins who don’t play, just like the Afghans.

After (Shaikh Marwaan) went into hiding, he went to Damascus and sat in an apartment. He began gathering weapons – Allaahu Akbar. This was a personality that never knew rest or fear. He began gathering grenades and machine guns. No sooner would he hear that there is a grenade available somewhere in Damascus, but he’d send one of the youth out to go and buy it. The (security police) were out looking for him. Yaa Salaam, during this period of time, I passed by the University of Damascus. I wanted to present my certificate from the University. I had taken lessons in Sharee`ah in Damascus, but I did my Masters and PhD in Al-Azhar Ash-Shareef.

While I was standing in the university, one of the youth who was a student of his came to me and said, “Do you want to see Shaikh Marwaan?” I went with him and entered (the room wherein he was). I looked at his face and saw that this is not someone from the people of this Dunyaa – never ever. His face had an amazing shine and purity. Noor was emanating (from him). The very first thing he said to me – he knew me from the days in Palestine, for he had come with us – was, “O Abu Muhammad! Do you not yearn for Jannah?

Those were the very last words I ever heard from him.

The police were searching for him, and what was he doing? Gathering weapons with the intention of taking revenge from the Nusayris and from the senior officers.

One day, the mukhaabaraat uncovered his apartment, so they surrounded it after Salaatul Fajr. Shaikh Marwaan had performed Fajr along with two of his students…

In the Shade of Soorah At-Tawbah (013)

Allaah Ta`aalaa decreed that Shaikh Marwaan would live on, hence they took him to the court. The court was merely a façade for the Baathists to pretend that they are people of justice. They gave permission for some foreign journalists to be present as well.

The judges presiding over the case were Mustafa Talas and Salah Jadid. Mustafa Talas is currently the Minister of Defence in Syria, and Salah Jadid was the then most virulent Nusayri living in the land. He said (to Marwaan Hadeed), “Why have you picked up weapons and rebelled against the state?”

Shaikh Marwaan responded: “There is a Nusayri dog by the name of Salah Jadid…”

He is saying this to Salah Jadid.

“…There is a Nusayri dog by the name of Salah Jadid, and another dog attributed to Ahlus Sunnah, whose name is Mustafa Talas. They want to slaughter Islaam in this land, but we refuse to allow Islaam to be touched whilst we are still alive.”

Hearing this, the Revolutionary Guards sprung up to kill him in the court itself. However, the police protected Shaikh Marwaan on account of the fact that the foreign journalists were present, so that the world doesn’t say: “He was killed in court!”

The (two of them) said to him, “You are an agent!” He said, “I am an agent of Allaah `Azza wa Jall. As for the real agent, then it is the president of your organisation: Michel Aflaq who took 79,000 gineh from `Abdun Naasir.”

They said to him, “You people say that Muhammad al-Haamid is with you, but he detests you.”

He responded:

{“If they turn away (from the Deen and from you), then say: “Allaah is Sufficient for me. There is no Ilaah but Him. Upon Him I place my trust, and He is the Rabb of the Great `Arsh.“}

[Soorah At-Tawbah, 9:129]

The case (against him) was strong: they ruled that he be executed along with a group of youngsters, and another group was declared innocent. Those who were declared innocent began weeping, whereas those who were sentenced to death were smiling. The foreign journalists were amazed at this: why are these ones crying, despite being declared innocent, and why are those ones laughing (despite being sentenced to death)? They said (to these journalists), “We have been granted Jannah, whereas those (who have been declared innocent) have been deprived of Jannah.”

They were then taken to prison where they awaited their execution.

Shaikh Marwaan said to me: “I never lived any days in my life more delightful to my heart and pleasant to my soul than those days wherein I and the youth were awaiting execution.”

It was possibly during this period of time that Shaikh Marwaan wrote those words which the youth always repeat:

الروح ستشرق من غدها      وستلقى الله بموعدها

The Rooh will shine tomorrow, and will meet Allaah at the appointment.”

These are the words of Marwaan Hadeed.

The Shaikh of the Mashaayikh of Hama, Shaikh Muhammad al-Haamid went to Amin al-Hafiz, and Amin al-Hafiz was the president of the republic, and Amin al-Hafiz was also from Hama.

He (Muhammad al-Haamid) asked him, “What do you intend to do to Marwaan Hadeed?”

He replied, “We have sentenced him to death.”

He said, “Are you saying this in your right mind? Do you think that Hama will keep quiet if you execute Marwaan Hadeed? You will face endless problems!”

He said to him: “What should we do, in your opinion, Yaa Shaikh?”

He said, “My view is that you release him and pardon him.”

He said, “You yourself go and release him.”

Shaikh Marwaan رحمه الله narrated to me: “So Shaikh Muhammad al-Haamid came and said, “O my sons, come along!”

He was the Shaikh of all of them and they all loved him.

They said to him, “To where?”

He said, “The state has pardoned you.”

Shaikh Marwaan said: “We said to him: “May Allaah forgive you. You have deprived us of Jannah!”

In the Shade of Soorah At-Tawbah (012)

I have never heard of a court case more powerful than this one! A youngster!

Kaarim al-Anaadhooli was executed, but his words continue to echo in our ears. I was many, many times more affected by Kaarim al-Anaadhooli than I was by all of the Shuyookh of Al-Azhar, even though I myself am an Azhari Shaikh!

Who were you more affected by: all of the Mashaayikh on earth, or Khaalid al-Islaambooli? This is because Islaam is not aided except through such scenes (of sacrifice). O my brothers! It is not aided except through sacrifices. It is not aided by philosophy, beating around the bush, deception and tawriyah.

I laugh at the mukhaabaraat (security police). Jamaa`at-ut-Takfeer wal-Hijrah: those who call themselves “Jamaa`atul Muslimeen”. These people, in the course of one year, gathered a large group of the Egyptian youth. Through what? Through their bravery and clarity. This Shukri Mustafaa, their leader, is a strange man. I disagree with him in his views and ideology, and some of those (views) are contrary to the Sharee`ah, but despite this, he enchants the hearts. No youngster sits with him except that he begins to follow him. A man from the mukhaabaraat (security police) will go to one of these youngsters, and, in the beginning of the reign of Sadat, the mukhaabaraat were still that generation that were brought up by `Abdun Naasir; the generation (of mukhaabaraat) that become fat through drinking the blood of people. This generation (was still in power). A man from these mukhaabaraat would go one a youngster from the organisation of Shukri and say to him, “What is your opinion on socialism? What is your opinion on these laws (enacted in the land)?” (The youngster would) say: “What are you asking me about socialism? It’s kufr. Rather, ask me what is my opinion of Anwar Sadat himself. I will make it easier for you: Anwar Sadat is a kaafir. Whoever is with him is a kaafir. Whoever follows him is a kaafir. Whoever loves him is a kaafir. Whoever doesn’t do takfeer of him is a kaafir.”

From the get go, he would remove the burden from this man of the mukhaabaraat through this methodology. Despite the fact that he (Shukri Mustafaa) placed a lot of burdens on them, he continued to attract many of the youth to them.

May Allaah have mercy on Shaikh Marwaan Hadeed! He had been studying in Egypt. At the Summit Conference, he wrote a letter to them: “It is obligatory upon you to rule by Islaam. You do such-and-such and you do such-and-such.” He wrote his name, address and apartment (number) on it and sent it to `Abdun Naasir and all of those who attended the conference. `Abdun Naasir said to the mukhaabaraat: “Keep an eye on him.”

There would continuously be a man from the mukhaabaraat with him, never leaving him, except when he would go into his apartment to sleep. May Allaah have mercy on Marwan Hadeed! Yaa Salaam! This man influenced a great number of people.

When it comes to (boarding) a bus in Egypt, you first need to learn to jump high before learning how to land. It’s common that side that six or seven people will be by the door from outside – not inside – holding onto the door. 66 policemen would board the bus, one after another. Shaikh Marwaan would prepare himself until the man (from the mukhaabaraat) would enter. He would prepare himself to enter, so he would go to the bus, but sometimes the man from the mukhaabaraat would hold fast (onto the doorway) so that Shaikh Marwaan is unable to grab on (to board the bus), so he would grab the hand of this man from the mukhaabaraat and pull him down, saying to him, “Take the second bus!” They would board the bus, so (Shaikh Marwaan) would say to the conductor: “Here’s a qirsh for me and here’s another qirsh for that informant over there.” (The man from the mukhaabaraat) would turn red in the face with anger. (Marwaan) would say to him, “Yaa akhi, I just want to pay on your behalf. You don’t want me to pay on your behalf?”

He wanted to return to Syria but the man from the mukhaabaraat was with him. He chose Jumu`ah as the day to return. It was decided that he would go and get his exit visa. However, he didn’t go to them and he didn’t take any exit visa. Instead, he went to the Masjid and the man followed him. That man would wait at the door of his apartment from dawn until midnight, never leaving him. (Shaikh Marwaan) entered the Masjid and that man caught up with him. Shaikh Marwaan made his niyyat (for Salaah) after the informant entered the Masjid. When the informant had also made his niyyat (for Salaah, i.e. Tahiyyatul Masjid), Shaikh Marwaan did salaam (ended his Salaah), left and took a car. He had reached an agreement with one of the brothers that he would meet him at the airport with his bag. He entered, so they said, “There is no Masjid here.” He said, “I am a musaafir (traveller) and I haven’t performed Salaah.” They said to him, “Carry on.”

Yaa Salaam, in the year ’46, when the announcement was made in Damascus that: “I believe in Ba`thism as a lord which has no partner, and in Arab nationalism as a religion that has no second.”

The Ba`thists and Nusayris began boasting about how they are opposing Islaam. In Hama, a teacher spoke against Islaam, so one of the youngsters stood up and hit him. Other youngsters then stood up and also began beating (this teacher) until they killed him in the classroom. A policeman then came and killed that youngster. Shaikh Marwaan wanted qisaas to be carried out against that policeman. They said, “No, a life for a life.” He said, “No, the youngster was a Muslim whereas that teacher was a kaafir. His blood may be shed with impunity. As for the Muslim, it is our duty to take (revenge) for his blood.” The state refused. He said, “Fine.” He gathered the youngsters who were around him. Near the door of his house was a Masjid wherein some youth would always go (at night) to sleep, and he used to do tarbiyat of them. He went to Masjid-us-Sultaan and gathered them, and each of them carried a bomb and a pistol. Some of the youth were still in high school. They began rising up against the state, openly proclaiming (their rejection) of the state and so on. Tanks came to Masjid-us-Sultaan and began firing at it. The youngsters were on top of the Minaarah, and the Minaarah fell down along with them. (The tanks) brought the Masjid to the ground on top of them.

Wallaahi, one of the people who were in Hama (at the time) narrated to me – a trustworthy person, and Allaah knows best – that, “Some days later, we began clearing away the rubble that was covering these youngsters. They had died beneath it, yet we heard (the sounds of) tasbeeh coming from under the dust. We could hear tasbeeh and takbeer from beneath the dust (and the rubble).”