The Life of the Maldivian Martyr, Abu Nuh (rahimahullah)
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Indeed in remembering the lives of the Prophets, the truthful ones, the martyrs and the righteous, faith in ones heart is strengthened and made firm.
Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullah mentions in Madarij al-Salikin that Junayd rahimahullah said: “Stories are an army from the armies of Allah by which He strengthens the hearts of the ones desiring Him.” Then he recited:
وَكُلًّا نَّقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ أَنبَاءِ الرُّسُلِ مَا نُثَبِّتُ بِهِ فُؤَادَكَ
Meaning: “And each [story] We relate to you from the news of the messengers is that by which We make firm your heart.”
[End of His words – Madarij al-Salikin]
Hence we understood that remembering the lives of the righteous is a source of mercy from Allah and a strengthening of our own faith. But if such stories are not given their due rights and remain only on the tongues and ears, they will be erased from their memories and forgotten by the passing of time. So may Allah make us of those who hear and receive benefit.
Today, with the help of Allah, we shall be mentioning some of the highlights from the life of our brother from the Maldives, the Shaheed, the Mujahid and Muhajir, Abu Nuh rahimahullah, the Mujahid who worked hard to serve the Jihad with his self and his tongue, the one who sacrificed his soul and all that he had such that he became a role model for those who came after him. He was a man whose equals are rare. He was a man whom one would enjoy his company with his unique presence. With his actions he proved his sincerity. He left his family and all that was precious to him for the sake of Allah in spite of his love to them, firmly confident in the promise of Allah to replace what was left for His sake with that which is better. He was blessed in his life and he was blessed after his passing, as hundreds have been given life by his blood which he sincerely let flow for the sake of Allah, scaring the enemies and delighting the hearts of a believing people. He was from the free men who were not servitude to anyone save Allah. He surpassed us with his intentions and good work thus in turn was granted martyrdom ahead of us and it was upon us to bid farewell rather than being bidden farewell as actions and Iman elevate men to different degrees and Allah selects only the best from his slaves to be martyrs. The man we are talking about is Abu Nuh, the Muhajir and Mujahid who was martyred in Ariha, Idlib of Syria on 25th May 2014 in a confrontation between the Mujahidin and the regime forces. We will begin with the words of his wife after his martyrdom:
“I am proud of my husband. He was a loyal husband, a great father and a righteous son. His entire family is proud and happy for him for we cannot even imagine the provisions Allah swt will provide for him.
Leaving us and all he had in this world was the toughest choice he made but still he sacrificed this worldly life for his Akhira. He was supportive all throughout his life, a guard always on duty looking out for his family. He proved to us that he is not just a smart mouth who only had words to fight with, but he showed us with his actions that he meant everything he said.
We all love him for the sake of Allah…He left us in the care of Allah swt and who else can take better care of us than our Creator.
May Allah accept from him and grant him the highest ranks of Jannah. Amin” [End of her words]
Life Prior to Syria
Before coming to Syria, I lived with the brother in a certain Middle Eastern country for a while. I always noticed him to be different from most other people. He used to strictly fast every Monday and Thursday without falling short. In addition to that, he used to order the good and forbid the evil. One day, a young brother of about 15 years of age called his friend a Kafir over some issue they argued about. And Abu Nuh was the first one to rebuke and censure him. Abu Nuh then stressed to the young brother the dangers of such words, for the brother was overcome by his emotions and young age. That was Abu Nuh in forbidding the evil and commanding the good. And he was not from those who commanded the good while forgetting themselves. A brother informed me that in the Maldives, Abu Nuh was not able to stay in one job for long because if anything from that job turns out to be an obstacle infront of him and his religion, he would prefer the love of Allah and leave the job even if that job offered him satisfying pay. Also another brother informed me that while Abu Nuh lived in the Maldives, he would always be searching for a path way to head out to the field of Jihad and that this brother always knew that he was from those who were sincerely seeking Jihad unlike some others who only pay some lip service to it. He said that Abu Nuh would even do hard labor work inorder to collect money so that he could travel to join the Mujahidin. He was truthful with Allah and Allah gave him what he sought after. That is how we consider and Allah knows best.
After his stay in this said country, he decided to leave to join the Jihad in Syria and I followed behind him. At that time, Abu Nuh’s wife who was in Maldives was set to give birth to his second child within a few weeks, yet Abu Nuh was not able to refuse the doorway to Jihad which opened up for him after he worked so hard to find it. Rather Abu Nuh preferred the love of Allah above the love of his soon expected baby, in compliance with the words of Allah:
قُلْ إِن كَانَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَأَبْنَاؤُكُمْ وَإِخْوَانُكُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ وَعَشِيرَتُكُمْ وَأَمْوَالٌ اقْتَرَفْتُمُوهَا وَتِجَارَةٌ تَخْشَوْنَ كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَاكِنُ تَرْضَوْنَهَا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْكُم مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَجِهَادٍ فِي سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّصُوا حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَ اللَّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ
Meaning: “Say, [O Muhammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.”
And he was definitely not from those who sought permission to stay with their families when the Jihad became a Fard Ayn. Allah said about such people:
وَإِذَا أُنزِلَتْ سُورَةٌ أَنْ آمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَجَاهِدُوا مَعَ رَسُولِهِ اسْتَأْذَنَكَ أُولُو الطَّوْلِ مِنْهُمْ وَقَالُوا ذَرْنَا نَكُن مَّعَ الْقَاعِدِينَ
Meaning: “And when a surah was revealed [enjoining them] to believe in Allah and to fight with His Messenger, those of wealth among them asked your permission [to stay back] and said, “Leave us to be with them who sit [at home ie; women].””
And thus, he left everything for the sake of Allah and exited his house to face an entirely new stage of his life full of hardships and trials. The day we were travelling towards the airport of the country we were in, it was a day of huge political crisis and it was becoming very dangerous to travel with a beard to the extent we were threatened by thugs on the roads a few times that day and some of our company asked that each of us shave off our beards on the road. But Abu Nuh rahimahullah refused this and said that we go ahead and that nothing will happen if Allah was to protect us. So we did and Allah saved us from every harm and danger. Then we reached the airport and were able to leave the country we used to live in. Then we entered Syria after a short stay in a transit country and this was the beginning of Abu Nuh’s Jihadi life in search of martyrdom.
In Syria, we found Abu Nuh to be very accurate at shooting targets and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said [translated] “Indeed, power is in shooting. Indeed, power is in shooting. Indeed, power is in shooting.” Muslim
In Syria, Abu Nuh received the glad tidings of his new born baby for whom he slaughtered two sheep and this is a good example of how keen he was in fulfilling the rights of his family.
Abu Nuh used to frequently go to Ribat and always desired the battlefields. He was injured twice before being injured a third time which was on the day of his Martyrdom. His first injury was in one of his legs near the kneecap where a piece of shrapnel entered from one side and left from the other side and he bore this trial with patience and I knew from him that he was very longing to return back to the arena of Ribat again.
As for his second injury, it was about a month before his martyrdom. I was sitting next to him when several small shrapnel pieces entered his other leg right above his knee but he remained sitting for a while saying “It is just a small injury, I am not going back” but then he left after a while due to excessive bleeding and this points out his courage and bravery and how he used to hold on as much as he could bear.
Bukhari and Muslim reported:
Abu Hurairah narrated: The Messenger of Allah said: “Anyone who is injured in the path of Allah – and Allah knows who is injured in His sake – will come on the Day of Judgment with his injury bleeding. The color is that of blood and the smell is that of musk!”
The Media Jihad
It is worthy to mention that his Jihadi works are not restricted to the battlefield only. Rather he used to work in the Jihadi media. Being the poet he was, he used to write lots of Jihadi poems and poems of general Islamic nature such as a poem which he wrote as a reply to an atheist who was annoying him online. It was a beautiful poem written in the Maldivian language which he got sung by another brother and is available online by the name “Ilhaad” [Meaning: Atheism.] In addition to that, one of the first things he did in Syria was recording a poem by his voice which was a letter he wanted to send to his mother informing her of some of the fundamentals of the Islamic belief and that a son who went out for the sake of Allah is not lost. This is also available on the internet by the name “Loabiva Mamma ah” [Meaning: To my beloved mother.] We were present in the time of the recording and it was very emotional as the brother Abu Nuh was struggling to sing it due to being overcome by tears while addressing his beloved mother and anyone who listens to the audio will find what we have said to be true. Furthermore, he has many other poems which he sang and some have been released while the others are waiting to be released, and another countless number of poems are written in his notebook without having been sung.
Moreover, he used to be keen in trying to get the interviews of the scholars of Jihad and one of them has been released by our media with the title “Faridatul Jihad” where Sheikh Abu Abdullah al-Suri (president of the Shar’i council of Kafarrumat) answered some questions. And in his last days, he was busy planning more media activities in order to raise awareness about the serious significance of the Jihad. And we ask Allah to record them in his scale of righteous deeds for his intention.
In addition, I would like to note that the news of his martyrdom has been a great influence on the Da’wah. This is possible, it did happen in the past and its happening today as well.It is narrated authentic that Haram bin Milhan was stabbed and while dying, he said: “By the Lord of the Ka’ba I have succeeded.” And it is also narrated that the man who killed him later on kept asking the question “how has he succeeded, while I killed him” and this led him to embrace Islam.
The point of benefit here is that it was the patience, steadfastness and the love towards martyrdom which Haram bin Milhan expressed which then became a great Da’wah tool which led to the Islam of his killer.
Hence when the news and the stories of the martyrdom of our brothers (Abu Nuh and Abu Turab) and how they were patient and steadfast seeking martyrdom until they attained reaches the ears of the people, life is given to the dead souls. The love for Islam and Jihad becomes enlivened in their hearts. And this we have seen by the numerous Jihad influenced statements which many brothers have been saying in the past few days after they heard the martyrdom of our brothers. And by this we saw a revival of the Jihadi spirit in the community these brothers belonged to and we ask Allah to reward them greatly. Indeed, they gave life to their words by their blood and these words then became alive amongst the people which in turn gave them life and took them out of the dead darkness which they were drowning in.
His Devoutness in worship
As for Abu Nuh’s devotion to Allah, then I saw that he used to fast every Monday and Thursday unless he was taking a medicine because of his injuries. And he used to be in a constant state of wudu to the extent if he was to break his wudu even in a cold winter night, he would renew his wudu with the freezing cold water which was available. And not only that, he would be in a constant state of wudu even while he was injured and unable to walk by himself. And he used to stand up to pray every night and he would cry and weep much and this was noticed by many of the brothers. I would pretend to be sleeping under my blanket and I would hear him crying and weeping in Sajda on his mattress which was next to mine. One brother said that it was very unlikely to find Abu Nuh praying any Fajr prayer except that he would be crying much in it. Moreover, he would pray the night prayer even while he was injured and unable to pray standing. At night time he would ask one brother to leave a small bucket of water next to his bed so that he could make wudu on the bed and there he would pray sitting on his bed. He used to advice his brothers in private reminding them of Allah and no one would be left unaffected by his words. He was mindful in spending his money and would not spend it in useless matters and this is reflected from his wasiyyat (will) that after his death, his money should be spent on matters of Jihad and never on a useless matter. Every night before sleeping, he would read something through his phone which I was not able to find out what it was. Had I known that I would have had to write these lines about his life, I would have strove harder to find out what that was.
On top of all this, the brothers found that in his last days he was more consistent in his worship than before.
He used to strongly desire a high status in paradise. One day some of the brothers were expressing how they wish to be martyred before their friends and Abu Nuh said: “I do not actually mind whether I am martyred first or last as long as I get a higher status than all of you” and everyone laughed.
He used to rectify himself frequently and correct his mistakes. He would purify his heart from any sense of hatred towards his brothers except a hatred he had for the sake of Allah. Rather he was from the most forbearing of brothers and would forgive and overlook any harm done to him by another and this I noticed was of an amazing level. Even if he was upset, he would always manage to smile back and cheer up his brothers.
Abu Nuh and the innovators
He used to hate the innovators with a furious hatred. Among the examples is his hatred towards the Jama’at of al-Baqdadi whom he was willing to fight against to ward off their oppression upon the people of Islam. In his last days, he was talking to one of his brothers about finding a way to reach Deir al-Zour so that he could fight those extreme Khawarij whose oppression our brothers of Sunnah there were facing on a daily basis. It should be noted here that the Jama’at of al-Baqdadi is a group that refused every peace initiative proposed by the independent scholars, the Mujahidin and the Muslims in general. Rather they are a group of Bughat (transgressors) whose transgression upon the Muslims must be repelled and fought against until they return to the command of Allah. At the same time they are a group that refrains from any arbitration to any independent Shar’i court or independent judges from the reputable students of knowledge, hence they are a Taifat al-Mumtania (preventive group) with force and might refraining from arbitration to the independent Shar’i courts. Hence they are worthy to be fought against as a group according to the Shariah of Allah. But in accordance with Shar’i politics, our leaders do not allow fighting them except in defense. And we should note here that Abu Nuh was not from those who hesitated in taking this decision, but rather he researched and questioned about the Fatawa of the scholars before coming to his decision.
Abu Nuh’s despise of the innovators was not restricted to the extreme Takfiris only. Rather his hatred is general on every deviant. He used to greatly hate the modern day Ikhwanis, the neo-Murjia (the false claimants of Salafiyya) as well.
Dreams of Glad Tidings
Abu Nuh and many of his brothers saw various beautiful dreams about him, however I have forgotten many of them now. But I will mention a few Insha Allah. Before doing so, I would like to note here that dreams are not legislative and one should not determine who is upon the truth based on certain dreams seen, rather the truth is determined by the Quran and the Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf and the one who follows that path, is upon the truth. As for dreams, they are only glad tidings for the one who is upon that correct path. As for the one who is upon a path other than that, then dreams are nothing. Now let us mention here some of the dreams of Abu Nuh seen by himself or by his friends about him.
During our first months in Syria, one of our brothers saw a dream where Abu Nuh had carried out a martyrdom operation and was martyred in the process. So the brother who saw the dream went along with another brother to see the face of Abu Nuh and they found his face to be very bright and radiant. Then they saw the graveyard where Abu Nuh was buried hence one of the brothers said Salam to Abu Nuh and he replied back from his grave. So the one who was seeing the dream also said Salam to him and he replied back again from the grave and said: “This is the real life, I am in so much delight. So wage Jihad sincerely for the sake of Allah and hurry up to this world I am in.” [End of dream]
And one dream which Abu Nuh himself saw was that he and Abu Talha al-Suri was bitten by a spider. Abu Nuh was bitten on his leg. Then he flew in the air fighting the disbelievers and killed many of them with his gun and then he got martyred. And he saw the faces of the disbelievers he killed and they were very ugly and black in color. But Abu Nuh’s face was in a very bright white color and he asked one Kafir: “are you dead?” to which the Kafir replied: “I am dead and so are you.” But Abu Nuh’s face was very bright and in white color whereas the Kafir was dark with black color. And Abu Nuh saw that his beard was shorter than what it was before. [End of dream]
Abu Nuh said about this dream (in real life) that after he saw it, him and Abu Talha were injured in the same battle with Abu Nuh being injured in the leg which may have indicated the spider bite which they both received in the dream. And then after a few days Abu Nuh burnt half of his beard by accident. Then he said: “The two things seen in the dream have come true (spider bite and beard shortening), so I think maybe the next will be my martyrdom.” And not a month passed after that before he was martyred. And the three mentioned happenings occurred in the length of one month and he was martyred with a short beard and a leg which had just recovered.
Another dream Abu Nuh saw was that he was fighting the disbelievers and he was inside a building. Then a missile landed on the building and he fell on his right side saying “laa ilaaha illallah” and he was martyred. [End of dream] And this was very similar to what happened in reality as what we knew of him last was that he was inside a building fighting the disbelievers and now the building is on the ground due to the constant bombing with Abu Nuh inside it.
And one dream he saw when he was in Maldives was that he went to “Saudi Arabia” and saw the people there as monkeys and then he went to another place where there were walls with Islamic graffiti painted on it. He was very happy and satisfied being at that place. Then he walked the path that this place provided until he went to a beautiful place and saw huge gates and near them were handsome men with long beards. [End of his words]
When he came to Syria in real life, he pointed at the walls in Syria and said that they are the walls he saw in his dream. It is possible that that path in the dream was the path of Jihad he takes in Syria until he reaches Paradise.
Also in another dream he saw that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was arriving so he rushed to meet him and saw the people crowding at an area other than where he was going. So he went to see what it was about and found out that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was in their midst, hence he squeezed himself in and shook hands with the Prophet. Abu Nuh then tried to say something but he made a mistake and said something else to which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam laughed. Then Abu Nuh asked the Prophet to make dua for him and he asked Allah to forgive Abu Nuh. Next thing was that Abu Nuh saw a light emanating from both his legs near his knees. [End of his words] One brother told Abu Nuh that this might refer to the two injuries he received on both his legs near his knees and that it was a source of forgiveness for him. Abu Nuh saw this dream while he was still in the Maldives.
In another dream, Abu Nuh saw a group of lions and then he saw himself fighting (an enemy) alongside the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. [End of his words]
And one day after his martyrdom, Abu Nuh’s four year old son woke up and asked his mother: “Dad is now sleeping in the sky, right?” The child was unaware of his martyrdom at the time he asked this and later explained that he saw in a dream that his father was sleeping in the sky.
Add to that, after his martyrdom, his mother saw a dream where she was in a barren land along with members of the family. In the middle of the land, there was a huge pit and Abu Nuh came out from it. His cousin was holding his hand lifting him up. Then Abu Nuh’s wife standing there asked him: “how did you come here?” to which he replied: “by hanging onto something.” Then she asked: “what for?” then he smiled and replied something which indicated his love towards his wife. At that time, Abu Nuh’s mom went running to him and tried to hug him to which Abu Nuh replied: “mother, I am very untidy right now having been soaked in blood. I am going now.” [End of dream]
His mother comments to the dream that Abu Nuh saw himself untidy but he was all in white color actually. His clothing, long beard, hair and all, they were all in white color. And she also adds that Abu Nuh had a “naughty smile” in the dream.
And many were the dreams seen about Abu Nuh which I have forgotten which I have forgotten most of now due to the passing of time but in my first months of Syria, I used to think that Abu Nuh may well be the first one to be martyred from our group due to the numerous beautiful dreams seen about him being martyred ever since we entered Syria.
In Search of a Martyrdom Operation
A month or so previous to his martyrdom, Abu Nuh along with another brother had travelled to meet Sheikh Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir hafidahullah (member of the Shar’i council of Jabhat al-Nusra) asking for intercession in regards to the martyrdom operation he registered his name for. He was asking the Sheikh to hasten its date. The Sheikh Abu Sulayman did tweet about this after the martyrdom of the brother saying: “He came to me a few days ago rahimahullah asking to intercede for a martyrdom operation he signed up for. He sought and Shahadat (martyrdom) came.”
And on the day of the martyrdom attack of Abu Turab the Maldivian, which was also the day Abu Nuh was martyred, Abu Nuh was said to have been arguing with Abu Turab saying: “I registered my name before you for the martyrdom operation and it is not fair that you got it before me.” And there it was that both of them were martyred on the same day with the difference of only a few hours.
The Sought After Martyrdom
It was Sunday 25th of May 2014, just after the break of Dawn the four martyrdom operations shook the Earth one after the other and the explosions echoed throughout the entire area and beyond. Abu Turab was martyred fasting. Following the operations was the Iqtiham (storming into the enemy) which Abu Nuh participated in. It was early morning and they were without breakfast. They entered fighting the disbelievers fiercely in very close range capturing building after building from their hands.
Abu Nuh was said to have fought the disbelievers with courage and bravery. In one instance, he threw himself to the ground with the disbelievers very close to him and started spray shooting them with his AK47. He also grabbed the bullets of a dead disbeliever and shared them with his brothers. The battle in general was a dangerous encounter according the brothers who came back safely after the operation.
Abu Nuh and some of his brothers entered a building. They captured it and exited to go capture the next one. But because of the confusion natural during battle it went unnoticed for hours that Abu Nuh did not exit that building. It was announced infront of the building that anyone inside should come out immediately which was met with no response. Hours passed and the brothers knew he was indeed missing but the building was no more. All the buildings near the area were demolished due to the constant bombardment. Abu Nuh was martyred. Martyred attesting what he said right before the battle: “I will not come back after today. I do not wish to be martyred while on guard duty, rather I wish to be martyred while storming into the enemy at the front line.”
This is what we have been able to gather of this great man to whom no justice is done by such valueless words and no one is free from mistakes. Water which reaches a great amount is not harmed by a small amount of dirt that falls in it. Great men are not harmed by minor mistakes. We ask Allah to admit Abu Nuh and all of the other martyrs to the highest levels of Paradise and not deprive us of the favor he favored them with. Indeed our beloved brother beat us in attaining martyrdom and we ask Allah to include him in the foremost people who are the closest to Allah. And we ask Allah to grant us martyrdom sincerely fighting for His sake looking forward and not turning back, upon the Aqida and Manhaj of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam free from innovation and shirk.
Written by: Abu Dujanah al-Maaldifi
on account of what he saw and knew of Abu Nuh
01 June 2014
Bilad al-Sham Media (Maldivians in Syria)