THE GOOD EXAMPLE OF ABŪ BASĪR AL-IFRĪQĪ

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All praise is due to Allah who made for our era of tribulations men with jealousy for Allah’s religion. They left the Dunyā for the Hereafter having certainty in the reward Allah prepared for those who kill His enemies. It is upon the one who treads the path of Islam and then jihād to know that this path could be long and that he is in need of provision to keep him firm and nourish his faith upon the path that will end with Jannah, inshā’allāh. This provision is the constant worship of Allah, recitation of His book, voluntary prayers, charity, dhikr of Allah, and seeking knowledge of the Qur’ān and Sunnah.

These traits were present in the Companions of our Prophet Muhammad (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam), as the scholar of the Salaf, al-Awzā’ī – who died while on rībāt near Beirut in the year 150 AH – said, “The Companions of the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) were upon five matters: sticking to the Jamā’ah, following the Sunnah, attending the masājid, reciting the Qur’ān, and performing jihād fī sabīlillāh” [Sharh Usūl I’tiqād Ahlis-Sunnah]. And these traits were present in the brother Abū Basīr (Amedy Coulibaly – rahimahullāh), as a close brother of his who recently performed hijrah to Shām explained in the following words…

HIS ENJOINING OF GOOD AND FORBIDING OF EVIL

{And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful} [Āl ‘Imrān: 104]. In his home, amongst his family, with the Muslims, on the street, if he saw an evil, he would not leave it be, rather – with wisdom and humility – he would enjoin good and forbid evil.

HIS DA’WAH

{And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims”} [41:33]. He called many people to Allah, especially when he was in prison. He met a man in prison who was originally Muslim but hated the religion and everything related to the religion, to the point that this man prevented his wife from wearing hijāb and would prevent his brother back home from learning Arabic. In prison, this man met the brother Abū Basīr and stayed with him for 2-3 months. After this period, he would pray all the prayers during their proper t ime, pray qiyāmul-layl every night, and recite the Qu’rān daily. He ordered his wife to wear hijāb and ordered her to sell the house that he had purchased with a usurious loan so as to get out of harām. This story is a story from the dozens of unexaggerated stories. Those who met the brother Abū Basīr will weep over his shahādah. He would also call the people whom he trusted to carry out the order of Allah by pledging allegiance to Amīrul-Mu’minīn Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī.
HIS DHIKR

Yahyā (‘alayhis-salām) said, “I order you with much dhikr of Allah. A parable of this is a man whom the enemy pursues, following his tracks until the man comes to a fortified fortress and finds shelter there. Similar to this is the condition of the slave, he is not saved from Shaytān except by dhikr” [Sahīh: Reported by at-Tirmidhī and others].

He would not leave the morning and evening dhikr, whether he was in the car, at home, or anywhere else. He would recite Qur’ān much. The best dhikr is the recitation of His words (subhānah) – the words He revealed to His Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam), as in the hadīth, “You do not return to Allah with something better than what left from Him” [Sahīh: Reported by al-Hākim].

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HIS FOLLOWING OF THE EVIDENCE

{Follow, [O mankind], what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not follow other than Him any allies. Little do you remember} [Al-A’rāf: 7].

The brother would not accept any matter without evidence. He would himself strive to verify any matter regardless of the person addressing it. If the proof came to him, he would immediately submit to the rule of Allah in accordance with the āyah, {The only statement of the believers when they are called to Allah and His Messenger to judge between them is that they say, “We hear and we obey.” And those are the successful} [AnNūr: 51].

How many are those who blindly follow the evil scholars, the deviant imāms, and the callers to the gates of Hellfire! They give precedence to these “scholarly” opinions over the words of Allah and the words of His Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam). But the truth is clear regarding tawhīd, and walā’ and barā’ – the millah (religion) of Ibrāhīm (‘alayhis-salām). The truth is also clear regarding hijrah from dārul-kufr to dārul-islām. The truth is also clear regarding bay’ah to the Khalīfah Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī (hafidhahullāh) and jihād against the Jews, the Christians, the Rāfidah, and the proponents of democracy. No one gives precedence to the words of a scholar over the orders that came from Allah and His Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) except those described by Allah’s statement, {They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah} [At-Tawbah: 31].

HIS THIRST FOR SEEKING KNOWLEDGE

Mu’āwiyah (radiyallāhu ‘anh) reported that the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whomever Allah wants good for, He grants him understanding of the religion” [Al-Bukhārī and Muslim]. He would ask many questions related to fiqhī rulings and would research issues himself. Allah gave him comprehension by which he was able to compare the different issues and derive the different shar’ī causes behind rulings. The brother was very intelligent in this regard.

HIS FASTING

He would fast Mondays and Thursdays in accordance with the hadīth reported by Abū Hurayrah (radiyallāhu ‘anh). Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Deeds are presented to Allah on Monday and Thursday, so I like that my deeds be presented while I am fasting” [Reported by at-Tirdmidhī].

HIS NIGHT PRAYER

He would pray qiyāmul-layl (the late night prayer) in accordance with Allah’s statement, {They arise from [their] beds; they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration} [As-Sajdah: 16].

HIS HARSHNESS AGAINST THE KĀFIRĪN AND HUMBLENESS TOWARDS THE BELIEVERS

{Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves} [AlFath: 29].

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Everyone who knew him loved him because of his good character and softness with the believers. If he felt he had wronged someone, he would apologize. He would sacrifice his right if he had the slightest doubt regarding the wealth of a Muslim. No one doubted his courage. He was a lion; his actions testify to this. He exhibited might against the kuffār.

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HIS GENEROSITY

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He would give a lot of charity to the poor, the sisters (the wives of imprisoned mujāhidīn), and the mujāhidīn. An example of this is that when he saw the harsh financial condition of the two mujāhid brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, he gave them several thousand euros so that they could purchase what they needed for the operation, after together coordinating the timings for their different operations. He gave much attention to supporting the sisters (the wives of imprisoned mujāhidīn). He could not tolerate seeing the masājid closed while the sisters were homeless. He would offer his wealth and home as solutions.

HIS JEALOUSY FOR THE RELIGION

Sa’d Ibn ‘Ubādah (radiyallāhu ‘anh) once said, “If I saw a man with my wife, I would strike him with the edge of my blade.” This reached Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam), so he said, “Are you surprised by Sa’d’s jealousy? I swear by Allah that I am more jealous than Sa’d and that Allah is more jealous than me. And because of Allah’s jealousy, He prohibited what is open and what is hidden of immoralities” [Al-Bukhārī and Muslim].

Abū Basīr would become very sad whenever he saw the religion of Islam or the Muslims violated. He wanted to change this evil. May Allah accept Him amongst the shuhadā’ and have mercy upon him.

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[Taken From Dabiq issue 7 Page 68-71]

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