Questioner: Ok, there is another question about our brothers in Bosnia …
Shaykh Al-Albāny: Yes.
Questioner: I heard that you said to some brothers who had wanted to go there to fight in the cause of Allāh with their lives: fight against yourselves (i.e. purify yourselves)
Shaykh Al-Albāny: Yes, that’s true.
Questioner: This means that you don’t advise (people) to go there (for jihād)?
Shaykh Al-Albāny: That’s true.
Questioner: Well don’t you think that people there are in need of help?
Shaykh Al-Albāny: How can I not think so? Yet is help achieved by putting more lives of Muslims to death in vain? Where is the preparation with which we have been commanded in the Noble Qur’ān?
Questioner: What if there is a benefit?
Shaykh Al-Albāny: If you believe that there is a benefit, then it (jihād) is compulsory. Do you believe so?
Shaykh Al-Albāny: On what basis?
Questioner: There are weak Muslims…
Shaykh Al-Albāny: Please brother, don’t tell me about the status quo; tell me what the benefit is.
Questioner: The benefit is helping them and (unclear speech) …
Shaykh Al-Albāny: May Allāh guide you! Helping them requires (the intervention) of the States not individuals. The situation needs organized army that are trained in using weapons. It needs tanks, aircrafts, etc. What individual means are you talking about? If we sent one thousand people from here and there, they would be easy targets of (the enemy) fire. What could these people do in the face of the tanks and destructive weapons (of the enemy)?
Shaykh Al-Albāny: Glory be to Allāh! I am surprised at how the youth do not look at these issues except in a very limited way. I asked you if there were a benefit. You said, “Yes.” What is this benefit? They are weak! May Allah guide you, Abu Suhaib! As if I did not know that they are weak and that they are few in number and under-armed compared to the Serbs first and their allies second and particularly the Americans who have destroyed everything. Don’t you know these facts?
Shaykh Al-Albāny: How can you say that there is a benefit? Is there a benefit in destroying Muslims in vain and that’s exactly what happened in Afghanistan? Do you think that jihād in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be any stronger than in Afghanistan?
Shaykh Al-Albāny: What was the result there? Uh? The result was that we reaped bitter melon (i.e. we suffered defeat) …
Shaykh Al-Albāny: … and we brought destruction upon ourselves because we opposed the religious teachings in many, many details, the most apparent of which, as the bad end results showed, was (differing and split). (Allāh says): ﴿
And be you not of Al-Mushrikun (polytheists, idolaters, disbelievers in the oneness of Allah). Of those who split up their religion and became sects, each sect rejoicing in that which is with it. (30: 31-32)
Seven parties fighting against one party and that is the Communist party. The Communist party, which is a kafir party, vs three Muslim parties. How could this happen? Therefore, don’t forget, even though you live far away from us, the principle that the beginning should be with tasfia wat-tarbia (i.e. purification and education) …
Shaykh Al-Albāny: … and then remember the saying of Allāh (Azzawa Jal):
And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.(42:30)
And we ask Allāh (Azzawa Jal) to grant victory to our Muslims brother in all Muslim land.
Yes unfortunately as our Lord says in the Nobel Qur’ān:
That was the Way of Allāh in the case of those who passed away of old, and you will not find any change in the Way of Allāh. (33:62)
And no turning off will you find in the Sunnah of Allāh. (35:43)
Verily, Allāh will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves. But when Allāh wills a people’s punishment, there can be no turning back of it, and they will find besides Allāh no protector. (13:11)
Therefore, if we want to defend a nation from among the Islamic nations we must first and foremost defend Islam in our very home countries. Yet we don’t defend Islam in our countries and that’s why we have been inflicted by calamities in our home countries, and this is something we feel sorry about and we ask Allāh (Azzawa Jal) to grant Muslims His True Promise:
Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allāh Islāmic Monotheism) in this world’s life ... (40:51)
“There will not cease to be a group of my Ummah, victorious upon truth and not harmed by those who oppose them until the Hour is established.” Maybe this is enough for you.
Questioner: May Allāh reward you with good, shaykh.
Shaykh Al-Albāny: The same to you, by Allāh’s will. Let me hear your voice soon.
The Arabic version of the Audio – youtube.com/watch?v=uWSfdWJSTTo
Translated Into English By Abu Ilyas Abdulali Jourari Al-Maghrebi
Al-Binaa Publishing | Durham NC
Posted with Permission. You can Read the Orginal PDF here