Afghanistan continues to surprise us

In the articles in which I expressed my views after my visit to Afghanistan, I said: The Taliban, which seized power two and a half years ago and ousted the world's superpower after twenty years of fierce fighting, is ready to settle scores with the people. Didn't try. I added that this behavior reverses the image that the Western media has tried to create of the Taliban for years. I clearly saw the surprise these words caused in the responses I received to my articles.

There has been a perception about the Taliban for decades, and it was expected – according to this perception – that it would shed the blood of the Afghan people as soon as it came to power, as there would be bloodshed among the tribes living in that region. . Used to be easy.

At least it was expected to hold accountable the remnants of the former regime that had collaborated with the occupiers, who had caused the deaths of 400,000 people, and who could be subjected to genocide without trial.

In fact, the occupiers had planted this expectation in our minds, even before they left Afghanistan, and the image of people clinging to the wheels and wings of the last planes to leave the country remained in our memories, and others running after the plane in panic. Were staying.

For years, the occupiers have wanted to portray the Taliban with a brutal image similar to the terrorist organization ISIS, and everyone knows that the excessive and uncontrolled violence carried out by ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, and every One knows that they were his creation, the possessor himself.

Of course, the fact that not all revolutions or regime changes that occurred in the West or the East were in the books of the past without accountability contributed to setting expectations of bloodshed after the Taliban came to power.

“Beheading” was an inevitable part of any revolution; The French Revolution, the October Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, or the Iranian Revolution. People associated with the old regime always received the guillotine sentence with or without trial. I wish the matter had stopped at the borders of these people, because the revolutions were swallowing up their children as well.

But the truth of the matter is that these revolutions were nothing more than a change of power.

There is no real revolution against injustice in which one caste dominates another, one economic class dominates another, or one armed organization dominates another. If you want to see real revolution, look at the spiritual revolution of our Prophet Muhammad – God bless him and grant him peace – who transformed his enemies into friends and brothers, and friends into “companions”.

This is the real revolution. It is this attitude that extends its hand towards everyone and makes them brothers. He even guarantees life to his enemies if they refrain from harming him.

Taliban leaders believe that forgiving followers of the former regime and extending a hand to everyone is a natural part of following the Prophet's Sunnah, and they say: They consider this conduct to be a natural duty. Just as the Prophet did not take revenge when he conquered Mecca and forgave everyone, similarly he also did the same.

Mawlavi Muhammad Yacob, son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, who held the Defense Ministry in the government formed later, gave instructions to his commanders entering Kabul similar to those the Prophet had given to the Companions at the conquest of Mecca: “Whoever has his The door is closed and safe, whoever asks for forgiveness will be forgiven, and whoever asks for forgiveness will not be killed.” He doesn't resist with weapons, and he doesn't raid vacant houses.”

The Taliban followed these rules to the end, so the fear of killing and looting quickly disappeared from the hearts of the people and the expected mass exodus did not occur. If this were not the case, we would probably face ten times more irregular migrants than we have in Turkey.

The Taliban indeed provided a service to countries suffering from irregular migration, but they did not do so simply to stop people from immigrating. The only motivation that drives them is to follow the ethics of Islam and bring the Afghan people, who are conservative by nature, closer to Islam.

A general amnesty was declared, and officials of the old regime in the ministries and the army remained in their posts. That is, there was also no “dismissal from work” as we see when changing municipalities, and this significantly increased social sympathy for the Taliban.

Mawlawi Yacob has further increased our surprise by announcing that key leaders of the old regime – such as Ashraf Ghani, Hamid Karzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah – can live freely and peacefully in Kabul.

Anas Haqqani is the youngest son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, one of the most prominent names in the Afghan jihad against the Soviet Union and the United States. Anas is 28 years old, but he answers TRT World's questions with an intelligence you might not expect from someone his age. He cites advice given by Caliph Omar bin Abdulaziz to one of his governors, stating: “If your capacity calls you to oppress people, remember God's capacity over you.”

You would be surprised if you knew that four brothers of this Anas were killed by the Americans, and he was imprisoned for 5 years, including 4 years in solitary confinement, during which he was subjected to severe torture. But now he only thinks about peace, unity, freedom and development of Afghanistan. Every day he sees people who collaborated with the occupiers and the old regime that caused him so much suffering, and yet he has not the slightest feeling of revenge or hatred towards them.

Anas says, “What we endured was part of God's test upon us and if we remain on the right path, we will surely receive its reward. But if we make it personal, we will deviate from the path of Shariah “

The legendary experience of the Taliban, which no one wants to see in Afghanistan, is even greater heroism than driving the Americans out of the country.

Western philosophy discusses complex questions on topics like “tolerance, giving”, etc., but at the ground level its practices are clear: they are genocide, retribution, retribution and racism. As far as the Islamic world is concerned, its people present mythological practices of these great values ​​without getting into complex philosophy.

The examples are clear to anyone who cares to look.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of Al Jazeera.

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