"An old Chechen woman inspired Khattab to fight for the Chechens" said Mansour Al-Suwailem, elder brother of the leading Chechen fighter Khattab, who was assassinated by Russians.
Mansour shed light on several aspects of Khattab's personal life in an interview with Arab News. Khattab's real name was Samir Saleh Abdullah Al-Suwailem. “There were two differing reports on how his brother was killed”, said al-Suwailem. According to one report, he died five minutes after opening a poisoned letter given to him by a trusted aide. The second report says that he was poisoned at a private party held about a month earlier.
Samir, who was born in Arar, a northern border city in Saudi Arabia in 1969, a brilliant student who scored 94 percent in the secondary school examination.
Unlike other family members, he used to evince more interest in Islamic periodicals and tapes. He was very much impressed by the history of the second Caliph Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) and therefore accepted the title Khattab. He joined a technical training conducted by Aramco. He planned to continue his studies in the
Mansour explained how Samir conceived the idea of going to
While he was making inquiries on how to reach
Somehow or other, he managed to reach
It was about this time that he met an old Chechen woman who stressed the need for jihad against the Russians. She told him confidently: "We want them to quit our and so that we can return to Islam''
When asked how she would help in a jihad against Russians, her reply was that she possessed only a jacket and she would donate it for the cause of Allah.
Suwailam said his brother sobbed until "his beard became wet with his tears", the meeting was a turning point in his life. Khhattab's actions were based on strong principles drawn from the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet. The objective of jihad is to the establishment of the religion of Allah, there is no negotiation with the enemy, the fight should not end until the enemy's threat was totally removed, jihad does not depend on the life of a leader, leadership does not mean comfortable position, and unity is the most important requisite for fighting against
“Samir was seeking martyrdom for the past 14 years”, Mansour said. “He failed to achieve it in
Samir was married to a Dagistani woman and had three children.
by Mowaffaq Al-Nowaiser (AN)
Note: He was martyred on the night of March 19-20, 2002Lihat juga:
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