Maulvi Mohammad Yoqoob Mujahid (Taliban’s defense minister) responded to reports that the U.S. planned to station 2,000 troops at Kabul’s U.S. Embassy. He presented what he thought was a tit-for-tat. According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the diplomat said: “If America wants to send 2,000 English [i.e. American] troops in Afghanistan, then we also need 2,000 Fidayeh Force in Washington.” It will almost look like Congress, only bigger.
MEMRI explained that “fidayeen” is another term used for suicide bombers by jihadi groups. The Badri 313 unit, which is also known as the ‘victorious’ force or ‘Fateh Force’, is an ’emirate’ (Islamic Emirate] that includes a martyrdom force. Badri 313 is named for the Ghazwa-e-Badr. This was the first Islamic battle under the leadership of Islam’s founder Muhammad. 313 Muslims defeated thousands of non-Muslim tribesmen.
Biden’s disgraceful withdrawal from Afghanistan has only reinforced the idea that a small group of true believers can defeat a vastly larger opposition force. Like jihadis all over the globe, the Taliban are encouraged by the apparent weakness of the Biden administration and view their struggle as the latest manifestation of the ongoing struggle between Muslim believers, and unbelievers, who want to destroy the only true religion.
Suicide bombing can also be justified in Islamic doctrine. It is based on the Qur’an, which states: “Indeed Allah has bought from believers their lives, their wealth, and because the garden will become theirs, they’ll fight in the path of Allah and kill and be killed. It is a promise in the Torah, the Gospel, and Qur’an that binds him.” (9:111).
The Torah and Gospel do not contain any reference to the idea of paradise being guaranteed to anyone who kills for God or is killed in doing so. However, it is crucial that we understand that Allah’s promise is binding. The Qur’an contains no other unambiguous promise of paradise and a number of horrifying descriptions of hellfire tortures that are reserved for hypocrites and unbelievers whose good deeds exceed their good ones on Allah’s grand scales. Qur’an 21:47). However, the suicide bomber doesn’t need to be worried about his bad deeds. A place in paradise is assured to him if he kills or is killed.
Maulvi Mohammad Mujahid knows all of this and has threatened to place jihad suicide bombers in Washington. According to MEMRI, he is a “graduate from an Islamic seminary, Karachi, Pakistan”.
Are there really 2,000 suicide bombers who will show up at Kabul’s Afghan Embassy? It’s highly unlikely, given that human nature is universally the same and people tend to love life more than death. Without being indoctrinated for a long time, the idea of joyfully accepting death is unlikely to take root in a person’s mind, even if there are promises of paradise.
However, Maulvi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid’s threat is notable for many reasons. The first is the fact that he even issued it. The Taliban and other enemies around the globe are convinced that America has been defeated. They see America as a paper tiger who can be attacked without fear after our unfortunate exit from Afghanistan. They don’t fear Joe Biden, and they don’t believe he will be an obstacle to their plans. This is most likely true. We are only beginning to see the effects of the Biden administration’s inciting of the most evil forces on the planet.
Maulvi Mohammed Yaqoob Mujahid’s threat to al-Qaeda, as well foreign policy experts, is another reason they should carefully consider. It shows that, despite all the claims to the contrary the Taliban and other groups like it are based their actions entirely upon Islamic texts and teachings and not a twisted or hijacked version. The Taliban and other terrorist groups could also find support and possibly even co-workers among Muslims from outside Afghanistan. Although the Biden administration has spent a lot of resources on hunting for white supremacists, it would be wise to devote a little more time and attention to this real threat. It is unlikely that the administration will use this threat to propagandize, as it does not have any propaganda value.