The History Of Jihad In Bosnia: A Piece Of The Story Of The Muslimahs’ Struggle Of Under The Brutality Of Crusades
Jamadi-Us-Sani 06, 1433 A.H, Saturday, April 28, 2012
The war imposed in Serbia (a continuation of the Crusade – ed.) had changed the face of Bosnia-Hezergovina. Jornia Toliba village, near the Sava river was devastated. The houses of the villagers transformed into charred debris. Only blackened branches remained of the trees which used to be green. Only Piles of scattered bricks are left of a Masjid. The Serbs only left alone a mimbar and board that reads “Muhammad, SAW”.
The Serb militias called “Chetniks” aimed the muzzles of their automatic weapons at the doors and windows of the Masjid when the jama’ahs were performing solat inside. The rattles of gunshots instantly barked out without a pause, overlapped with the bangs of the grenades. The Masjid soon after lost its shape. After that, the Chetniks looked through the rubbles for bodies of their victims, and then poured wine on the remains of the bodies that were no longer intact, and incised two intersecting lines (cross) on their bodies.
On the following day, the corpses of the victims of that barbarous massacre were collected and then put in the coffins by the Muslims who survived. A woman stood near those coffins while weeping. All the members of her family were inside the coffins. All vanished in one day. She herself survived, because when the incident took place, she was in another village.
How did to Serbian Chetniks recognize the Muslims, whereas they dressed the same way as the Serb ethnic? Easy. The Serb militias denuded the people whom they suspected. If the person clearly had circumcision, then he is Muslim. A method like this was used by them in Bilina. The people who were found to be circumsized would be killed by them. They incised two intersecting lines (cross) with knives on the bodies of the Muslims.
In a Masjid in Bilina, they picked two people from the jama’ah (group of worshipers) of the Masjid and tortured them. After that, they spewed bullets at the other jama’ah. On that day, 40,000 population of Bilina were immediately displaced.
In every area which the Serbs managed to seized, prison camps for young Muslimahs were set up. The honor of the Muslimahs were made halal in a condition of war like that.
Witnessing the massacre of her father, mother and siblings in front of her eyes was Madihah Hiyanutis, a Bosnian Muslimah aged 24, she had two siblings. Her female sibling was 22 years old, while the male was 15 years old. Madihah had already been engaged to her uncle’s son named Adib. What happened to this lady who was in the process of waiting for her wedding day?
At that time, her family had already shut the door of their house, because her father, an imam of a Masjid, told them so. Madihah’s father reminded them that the Chetnik group began directing their targets into areas which were the bases of Islam and they began killing every male, as well as arresting all of the women.
Madihah was at her neighbor’s house, when she suddenly heard the sounds of gunfire, followed by screams from the direction of her house. Her neighbors stopped Madihah from getting out of the house so as not to become a victim. The Serb militias had a list of names of the imam, ulama’s and teachers of religious schools. So the address of Madihah’s house was looked for. When the Chetniks found the house, they right away shot at the door of the house. They treated Madihah father heinously and with contempt without caring the screams from Madihah’s mother and siblings. At that time, Adib came to Madihah’s house. The Serb militias then arrested him and tied him together with Madihah’s father, mother and brother. After that they dragged Madihah’s sister out so that she could witness the fate that would befall her parents.
Those Chetniks poured wine on the body of that Masjid imam, and then incised two intersecting lines (cross) on his forehead, and eventually slaughtered him. They did the same heinous act to Adib, Madihah’s brother and finally her mother. All this was done in front of her sister’s eyes. The massacre could not prolong as the Muslim fighters soon came storming, so the Chetniks escaped.
The misfortunes as experienced by Madihah’s family were also experienced by thousands of other Muslim families, it’s just that the stories vary. Nuha Kamaluddin, a student of a higher institution in Sarajevo witnessed the detention of young women in Sarajevo and the terror in every corner of the city. In the ravaged capital of Bosnia, the Serbian National Party handed out flyers that read, "Return to the embrace of the Lord to avoid the sacred thing". What’s referred as “sacred thing” was the massacre.
Nuha Kamaluddin ran away from Sarajevo along with her mother by leaving her father and brother in the burning city. Nuha set off in the middle of the night together with other flocks of refugees. They travelled great distances through the high plains, with their backs laden with bags and luggages and suffused with worries about a sudden ambush by the Serb militias. A long journey, with flogging hunger and exhaustion, towards an expectation that was uncertain, was surely not an easy journey for the group which were made up of old people, women - in which some of them were pregnant, and children.
A few hours after they left Sarajevo, a woman who was pregnant suffered bleeding due to the unbearable exhaustion. She was immediately assisted by fellow evacuees from among the women, while her two children aged 5 and 3 years, added to the panic with their cries. A few hours later, the woman gave birth, and although she was still in the state of being very weak and exhausted, she must immediately proceed on with the journey along with the group, as delaying the journey for a long time was a big risk for the whole group. However, after only a few kilometres of continuing with the journey, she was not able to move her feet further. She died and was buried on the journey. The newborn that she had just given birth to and had only felt the warmth of the mother’s embrace for a few moments in the middle of the biting cold mountain air, cried non-stop. A woman tried to suckle the baby, but the tiny baby who was in a very weak condition refused. As a result, a few hours later the baby followed after the mother. Now the two children of the almarhumah (the deceased) remained, who wailed in their cluelessness.
In the end, with the remaining available strength, the flocks of refugees arrived in the city of Dirfanta which was controlled Muslim fighters. However, these people who had travelled a long journey in the cold, hunger and exhaustion, were greeted with the bombings by the Serbs. Many of them died, including one of the two children whose mother had just died.
The rest of the refugees who were still capable of making a move, moved on to leave Dirfanta. The child who had just been left alone by the dead mother and two siblings, survived, although with a wounded arm. He was then treated in the Salafushi Barud Hospital. Not only his arm was wounded, but he had lost his memories. Even if he recovered later, God knows where would he end up.
Some missionary organizations were willing to help and educate the displaced Bosnian children, but where were the fellow brothers in iman? Why was the Islamic world turning mute? Why were the helps, food and financial aids only coming from the private Islamic organizations? Why didn’t anyone get to the hospitals to help the Bosnian children from the injuries that they had suffered and help to save their aqeedah?
There were a lot of baffling questions. If real aid could not be immediately given, do’a must be continually offered for our brothers who were in the midst of launching the jihad, in prostration, in the morning and evening and at any time. They were now drawing up the ranks and always ready to confront the Serbs.
The doctors turned several houses that were no longer intact into makeshift hospitals. Our sisters, the Muslimahs, served as nurses, whether in the hospitals, or in the battlefields. Their shi’ar is the determination to get one of the two goods, VICTORY or DIE SHAHEED.
Copied from : The Book “Jihad in Bosnia (transl.)” by Muhammad Abdul Mun’im, Yayasan Al-Mukmin East Java publication, year 1992.
Translated and Submitted by a Mujahid