A Candle in the Dark

masters of victory

From the Village of Jibshit came out a man with a firm courageous position, a man that devoted his life for the sake of Jihad, Resistance, Land, Nation, and Islam. He was a man that held the meanings of moral and support and used them to revive people, and a man that always uttered the words of bravery, audacity and perseverance.

That man was assassinated by the filthy hands of the enemy, yet his precious blood did not go in vein. His Martyrdom was a memorable victory, for he was a flame glowing in the path of the Islamic Resistance, and he was the brightest color of dignity and honor.

He is the great leader Sheikh Ragheb Harb, the most eloquent of words, and the most luminous of positions.

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In loving memory of his Martyrdom, Moqawama.org had a special interview with his son Ragheb Harb Junior, who was born 6 months after Sheikh Ragheb’s Martyrdom.

Speaking of Sheikh Ragheb Harb’s character, Ragheb Jr. said his father was a leader; he held the main characteristics of a leader that made him unique in society. “My Father dealt with people as if they were his own family, he was a leader and a loving father to everyone.” he said.

He noted that his father was known for his fidelity for Islam, adding a quote from his father, “There is no better tomorrow without Islam.”

Ragheb continued that his father sacrificed his own self, family, money, time and efforts for the sake of Islam. He tried his best to help people and raise them to be part of a high, educated, knowledgeable Islamic society. “I’m sure my father’s ultimate joy was when he dedicated his blood for the sake of his goal, and that was the noblest thing ever”, Ragheb added. 

Ragheb2Being a leader in Hizbullah makes it hard to live a normal life, meaning that at many times, the leader may have to be away for a while. Ragheb Jr. considered he was privileged, for his father’s path despite the sacrifices, was an honor.

He said there is a huge difference between a person sitting at home and caring less about his responsibilities and a person away from home and holding not only his responsibilities but that of a whole Islamic nation. “Even though he was away, my family knew he had a sacred aspiration, and so they were all patient for the sake of his goal”, Ragheb said. “My father hardly came home, especially during the “Israeli” occupation, but mother took his place, and filled in the gaps. She was his Jihad companion.” he added.

As for Ragheb’s personal relationship with his father, he said that even though he didn’t have the chance to meet him in person, he learned from his father through the stories told by his siblings. “While he was at home, father used to play with my siblings, tell them jokes, and he was always concerned about their academic results. Even though he had a lot to do outside yet these things never controlled his thoughts at home. He used to preach in a funny way.” Ragheb added that his father’s basic request was for them to sustain their religion.
 

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Ragheb was influenced by his father psychologically and personally, he said that with no doubt he felt that his father was a blessing sent from God, and that he was affected by his superb and decent characteristics. “His imprints and breath where left everywhere”, he added.

Receiving Sheikh Ragheb’s martyrdom was a shock to the family. Ragheb Jr. said that his father had always sought after martyrdom, but his assassination was a shock to the family. “It was a Friday night, father came back home from the Mosque and sat down for awhile, and afterwards he said he was going to see the neighbors. After a couple of hours, my parents heard people echoing “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar”. They didn’t know what was going on, not until they heard someone saying: “Sheikh Ragheb was killed”, It was the hardest news ever, for it wasn’t familiar yet.” he said.

Sheikh Ragheb had a great influence on Ragheb Jr.’s life. He said: “Father was a source of pride and dignity; he taught me the true meaning of anticipation and perseverance”. He added that his father’s path is with no doubt the right path leading to happiness in this life and the afterlife.”

 

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Speaking of the imprints of the Martyrs in our lives, Ragheb said that the Martyrs are following the path of Imam Hussein (pbuh), the path of Imam Ali (pbuh), the path of Imam Hassan (pbuh) and Ashura’a. Islam is immortal and continues to grow due to their valuable blood.

Ragheb continued:” All our accomplishments are due to what the blood of the Martyrs reaped throughout history. Our time isn’t any different than the previous times, for the blood of the precious Martyrs, are still pouring on Islam. It is the light of God on earth and God’s light is sealed.” Ragheb said that the imprints of the martyrs are countless; we’ll get to know their value as we grow older.

Ragheb ended by sending a message to his father saying: “Oh Father if you had the chance to ask about this world, you’d ask about Islam, the resistance, the Mujahideen, the oppressed, the land and your sons. As for Islam it is the Light that will never be turned off. As for the resistance, it is the beacon that was fueled by your blood and the blood of all the Martyrs, and its fire will remain so that it burns the bigotry of the enemy.

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As for the Mujahideen, they have never changed their determination and they never will, they will continue this path as it was drawn.

 

As for the tyrannized; they will remain our first priority until God gives permission for their savior to appear. As for the land it will remain precious and dear with the Jihad, strong with our fists, green with our pouring blood. As for us your children, if God wants, we’ll keep on following your dear path under the banner of Imam Khamenai and Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah until we reach what you reached.”

Source: al-Ahed news 

16-02-2010 | 09:59

Um Yasser and Sayyed … A Unique Martyrdom

It was a dream from the book of the resistance. Almost like a passerby who left behind his basic will for future generations to follow and preserve. The martyred Secretary General of Hizbullah, Sayyed Abbas al-Musawi, stood tall, leaving behind glory, pride, and dignity for history to remember.

Um Yasser and Sayyed ... A Unique Martyrdom

He was one of the lights among resistance fighters and fire to its enemies. He consciously acknowledged his responsibilities toward his faith, worldly affairs and country. Palestine is a chapter from Sayyed’s story. But an attempt to count all the luminous points of Sayyed’s life would be a never-ending affair.

His cousin and the brother of his wife, Sayyed Hani al-Musawi, recalls some of these points during an interview with the Al Ahed website.

He was his childhood friend. The friendship got stronger due to the bond of intermarriage. With much nostalgia, Sayyed Hani speaks about the [former] Secretary-General.

“Many things have contributed to making him a great leader. He was bold in his stances, brave in expressing his opinion, and in addition to all that he was adamant in reaching his goals as well as attached to the ultimate goal; Palestine,” said Sayyed Hani.

The loving friend talked about Sayyed’s attachment to “martyr Sayyed Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, who loved and appreciated the young man after finding him conscious and thirsty to learn about religion and its provisions, and thirsty for knowledge.”

“After graduating from a Hawza (a religious seminary) in Tyre, Sayyed Abbas moved to Iraq to continue his studies under Sayyed Sadr in accordance with the latter’s wishes. Sayyed Sadr saw in Sayyed Abbas a distinctive character. So he treated him in a special way, getting closer, and opening up all the doors of his knowledge,” Sayyed Hani adds.

He continues by touching on Sayyed Abbas’s visits to Lebanon, throughout that period.

“He used to come on religious occasions like the month of Muharram and Ramadan in order to preach. Back then, knowledge or religious sciences were not widespread among the people. The son of the Bekaa region, who lived through its hardships, had a special place among the people. He was their good example. He contributed to educating the ‘private groups’ that took his place preaching during his absence,” Sayyed Hani explains.

“Sayyed Abbas would return home from time to time to take in the facial features of the people he loved, and desired this to be part of his future, which would be filled with sacrifice and giving and grow to love life,” he continues.

According to Sayyed Hani, his dear friend “was diligent in his work. He did not give in to fatigue easily. As for his car, it was his second home in which he used to sleep during his journeys from the south to the Bekaa Valley or the north or Syria. He was always on the move accompanied by the motto of giving. He devoted his youth for the Palestinian cause. With every minute of his life, he pursued it and raised its banner among the public.”

Sayyed Hani does not forget the leader’s companion on this path; a lady that Sayyed Hani was more closely attached to than his own brothers.

She was the “family darling, good hearted, and the most beautiful girl in form and substance.

And because men of purity are for women of purity, God brought together Siham al- Musawi and Sayyed Abbas. The engagement took place in the presence of a number of scholars. Since that time, Sayyed was never alone in his travels. His cousin, Siham al- Musawi, accompanied him to Iraq. She became Mrs. Um Yasser after their wedding, and she was fourteen years old.”

According to Um Yasser’s brother, the relationship between both martyrs was pure. “I’ve never seen them happier,” Sayyed Hani recalls. He remembers the sacrifices and dedication of his sister with her husband, who was always away. “She used to take his place and assume full responsibility. She was content. He never heard her complain about the harsh conditions or her husband’s risky work. Instead she endowed her life to his jihad to get nearer to God.”

To talk about Um Yasser is a never-ending affair. She was the one that “proved her awareness and competence while in the company of Sayyed. She was the watchful eye and the hand that arranged his affairs. Sayyed reciprocated the respect and appreciated her patience. He was supportive of her, which enabled Um Yasser – despite all the responsibilities – to build the Sayyeda Zahra (AS) Hawza for women as well as the Hawza of Imam Al Montathar for men which Sayyed Abbas al- Musawi founded when he was forced to return from Iraq.”

Both Hawzas [religious schools] had a significant impact on the revival of the pillars of religion in the Bekaa Valley. The city of Baalbek saw the rise of religion and jihad. Which later expanded into several other areas of Lebanon.

“One day I expressed my concern to Sayyed Abbas al-Musawi over the people’s growing despair and the deteriorating situation. Despite my pessimism, he responded with reassuring words and confidence in God saying, ‘the turban and martyrdom will be victorious'” Sayyed Hani added, “He felt that his martyrdom would be an awakening point for the masses. In fact, Sayyed al- Musawi’s martyrdom formed a revolt against injustice.”

The eye of the enemy was watching the [former] Secretary-General of Hizbullah.


“We used to joke with him saying, ‘if you sold yourself to God, do not subject your companions to danger. He would always answer us that he was doing what he must and leaves the rest to God Almighty,” Sayyed Hani said.

The [former] Secretary-General, who was elected to his post in May 1991, was sensitive towards the oppressed and the resistance fighters. After his election, he stressed that this choice “is an obligation and not an honor.”

He was always worried that the position would take him away from feeling the worries of the resistance fighters. Soon Sayyed’s wish and constant intuition that Um Yasser would be his companion in achieving his dream came true. That dream, which he repeated with his melodious voice as he raised his hands to the sky, “I ask you to bless me with a pure martyrdom, I chose for myself in expiation for my sin; a unique martyrdom where my body disintegrates.”

God Almighty heard and answered Sayyed’s call.

Al-Ahed News

Sayyed Nasrallah Promises Israelis with Game Changing Surprises!

February 16, 2017

Sayyed Nasrallah speaking in the ceremony held in commemoration of Hezbollah martyred leaders

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah threatened the Israeli enemy with game-changing surprises should it launch any stupid war against Lebanon.

In a televised speech marking the Martyred Leaders Anniversary on Thursday, Sayyed Nasrallah vowed that Hezbollah was preparing for the worst adding that the resistance’s deterrence capabilities and steadfastness of its people are stopping the Israeli enemy from launching any war since 2006 victory.

“We’re proud that the Zionist entity had put us on the top of their list of threats this year. Iran came second and the Palestinian resistance third. But it’s shameful that they didn’t consider any Arab regime as a threat,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that since July 2006 war we were faced by threats of an Israeli war against Lebanon but the Israelis refrained from taking any action since then.

The S.G. reassured Lebanese that any possibility of a future Israeli war is low, especially after some people believed that a US president like Trump would encourage Israelis to attack Lebanon.

“There’re always political pretexts for a war against us, and an Arab cover is found today more than it was in 2006. The matter is that the Israeli is not sure of its victory in any future war and doesn’t need any US or Arab permission, meaning that the resistance has the required defenses and support from our people to deter it,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

The July 2006 war, he said, has made Israelis skeptical about any decisive win, adding that all of the Israeli rhetoric about possible future war on Lebanon is part of a “psychological war.” “Our guarantee is our strength and steadfastness which are preventing the Israeli from any adventure.”

Concerning the Ammonia threat, Hezbollah’s S.G. warned the Israelis that Hezbollah can reach Ammonia tanks anywhere. “The Israelis hurried to empty out its Ammonia container [in the northern occupied city of Haifa] of its toxic content after our threat to target it, but I tell them that we’ll target it wherever it’s taken to,” His eminence said, advising the Israelis to “not only evacuate the Ammonia tank from Haifa, but also dismantle the Dimona nuclear plant” from Negev.

“The Israelis believe that we are serious with our threats and capabilities and that our actions speak,” Sayyed Nasrallah noted.

Questioning the Zionist guts to send ground troops into Lebanon in any future war, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “Aerial war alone cannot decide the fate of the battle and cannot achieve victory. Had it not been for the Syrian army’s fighting on the ground in Syria, it would not have been able to achieve decisive victory.”

His eminence reminded the Israelis of 2006 War when they thought they had enough intelligence about Hezbollah’s ammunitions and targets but were astonished with what happened back then. “In 2006 you had intelligence of our ammunition but you were astonished with what you saw after figuring out that you didn’t have enough information,” He said, promising them with surprises that would change the course of any war.

“Circumstances have changed today and the resistance won’t stand in its place to protect itself,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Concerning the Palestinian cause, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed that these days “we are witnessing the final chapters of liquidizing the Palestinian cause and the Arab regimes are quick to normalize ties with the Israeli enemy.”

He added that some Arab representative in Cairo were upset with the Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s speech at the Arab league. “Some Arabs were upset by President Michel Aoun when he tackled the Palestinian cause and the resistance and when he told them that the enemy has transformed the war into an Arab-Arab war.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said that in the meeting between Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump, the latter dropped the US commitment to the two-state solution, which signaled the end to any ‘peaceful negotiations’ between Palestinians and Israelis. “Where is the Arabs’ position and their response to the aggressions of the Zionist enemy,” His eminence wondered, but the Arab answer, he said, is with more killings in more killings in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria, and with more conspiracies against Iran.

“Circumstances are going to change, nothing remains as it is, there are schemes in the region that will be foiled and in the midst of conspiracies a resistance generation is to be born and achieve decisive victory,” Sayyed Nasrallah promised.

On Bahrain, Hezbollah’s secretary general pointed that Bahrain today is a country occupied by the Saudi forces which is killing and slaughtering the Bahraini people, adding that the decision to execute the three Bahraini youth was a Saudi order. “All those who bet that Bahrainis would be exhausted shall review what happened in the past days and be reassured that the solution is rather in listening to their rightful demands.”

Tackling the Yemeni conflict, Sayyed Nasrallah said the Israeli was a partner in the aggression against Yemen in addition to the US and Emirati support but added that the “steadfastness of the Yemenis is a myth, the crisis started two years ago with the hope it would take them only weeks to finish it but they were mistaken.” He said Saudi Arabia are bringing mercenaries from some countries to fight a proxy war in its war against Yemen, but the Yemenis are steadfast and firm in their resistance.

“The people who say ‘Humiliation, how remote’ as their motto won’t be defeated,” His eminence assured.

Sayyed Nasrallah held Saudi Arabia responsible for the blood being shed in some Arab countries. “Saudi Arabia created ISIL and it bears the responsibility of hundreds of thousands of martyrs who were killed in Iraq, Syria, Sinai and other places.” But He reassured that as “we gained victory in 2000 and in the July war, we are now approaching victory over the American-Saudi-Israeli project called ISIL.”

Hezbollah martyred leaders ceremony

Hezbollah martyred leaders ceremony

His eminence began his speech with saluting participators in the ceremony entitled “Masters of Victory” that was held in the hometowns of the martyred leaders in Jibsheet (the hometown of Martyr Sheikh Ragheb Harb), Nabisheet (the hometown of Martyr Sayyed Abbas Al-Mousawi) and Teir Dibba (the hometown of Martyr Leader Haj Imad Moughniyeh).

He paid tribute to Imam Ruhollah Khomeini on the anniversary of the Islamic revolution’s victory which “fulfilled the prophets’ dreams.”

“We insist on commemorating this occasion on the same day (February 16) since 30 years, in order for our generations to take those elite leaders as their role models and establishers of today’s victories,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that all people should hail those leaders who were the basis for our stability and victory, “they are indeed the Masters of our Victory.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also saluted the Lebanese army soldiers and the resistance Mujahideen who are “defending our country and borders in such a cold weather.”

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Al-Bab: Syrian Army honors civilians who helped behind enemy lines

Syrian Arab Army paid tribute to fallen residents of Al-Bab countryside who helped them in the fight against the Islamic State of Irak and al-Sham (ISIS), behind the enemy lines.

These civilians were in direct contact with the SAA command center and used to work as spies within ISIS-held territory, giving information and gathering coordinates for air and artillery strikes.

The group was discovered and killed by ISIS militants while they were trying to escape; the Syrian Armed Forces retrieved their bodies two days ago, helding a funeral to mourn them.

The ceremony was headed by Jamil Hassan, chief of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate, and Suheil Al-Hassan, main commander of Tiger Forces.

Once Upon a Time…There Was a Martyr Martyrs Do Not Die! They All Have One Thing in Common… Martyrdom! Hajj ’Alaa 125’ Example

Once Upon a Time…There Was a Martyr

Local Editor*

Tanks and military vehicles were all over the roads, and the soldiers watched the entire place. It was a crossing point where people waited for days to get “assent” to reach their towns or the capital (Beirut).

He got off his car and walked steadily to the investigation chamber. His eyes glowed with fury. The “Israeli” investigator examined his face and the photograph posted onto his identity card. In an ineptly accented language, the investigator asked him whether he had been in Saudi Arabia. “Yes,” he briefly answered. That was enough to exclude his name from the list of “terrorists’”. Having clinched his fist, he could hardly avoid punching the investigator in the face. He walked back to his car as soon as he was allowed to leave.

The driver he sat beside didn’t bother to stop speaking about politics, the current security situation, the high living cost, and anything that would eventually blame him for coming back to his homeland. How could one enjoying this golden chance waste it by returning to a country manipulated by war? But he kept quiet all the way, staring at the roads, most of which had been turned into mounds and checkpoints… Hardly could he breathe in any air… Even the tree leaves of the orchards along the seashore of Sour city (Tyr) resembled captives beyond bars…

Could that be the South?! Was it the beautiful city of Sour any longer?! Then why did shell smoke mask away sunlight?! Where were the little yellow flowers sprouting all over the town?! And what about the wild flowers with the scent of earth which inspired souls?! Besides, where were the kids sneaking to the roads to play ball?! Behind which curtained window had freedom hidden?!

It was hard for the car to cross all of those roads. The situation was too throbbing; agony grew wilder every time he reached a new town…

He reached his town, where he walked with his heavy suitcase in hand. While his family eagerly waited for him, he was anticipating the moment he would meet his father… For a while, he anticipated his father’s eyes blaming him for returning home… He had been enjoying a productive job in Saudi Arabia, and his family did need such an income, especially in that harsh time of war. Actually, that war left no room for good but rooted poverty wherever the “Israeli” tanks went…
“I could not stay there,” he said to his father in a soft voice, “It is hard to be away from home when occupation forces strike… Imagine that I needed “assent” to get home… But I promise you, dad, I promise I’m going to send those soldiers to hell…” His father patted his shoulder and held his arm tight, “I’ve been waiting for you…”
The smell of the bread his mother was baking at dawn woke him up. He prayed and went out to sit near her. He began to fuel the saj (traditional bread oven) fire with short wood sticks. The low crackle of fire pleased him, and the smell was so lively…
When he met his friends, they said they were headed by His Eminence Sheikh Ragheb Harb at every Friday prayers. His friends added the Sheikh’s sermons overwhelmed the Zionists…

As his friends retold some of Sheikh Ragheb Harb’s statements, he was impassioned… He adored the Sheikh even before seeing him… Wouldn’t that be the case sometimes?

Hardly could he wait for Friday… He got ready early and started the pickup, transporting fresh vegetables he would sell at his father’s shop, just like every day. Two friends sat in the front, while the others sat at the back…
Fast he set off to Jibshit… But wait a minute! He slowed down and got off his pickup truck, getting closer to a sign reading Hebrew letters… He looked at his friends, “What the heck is this?!”

“It’s the town’s name,” one of them said, “The enemy has replaced the Arab signs with Hebrew ones so that the soldiers would find their way…”
Hearing so, he grabbed the sign pole and shook it forcefully until he uprooted it. Then he placed it in his pickup. Breathing out loud, he told his friend, “Well, we do not want the “Israeli” soldiers to find their way…”

All along the way, he kept getting off his pickup, uprooting signs, and placing them in the pickup trunk. Now the trunk was full of signs!
Having reached Jibshit, he met Sheikh Ragheb Harb… It was one of the happiest moments of that dark-skinned young man’s life. He heard the Sheikh saying, “Martyrs’ blood is received by Allah, and whatever Allah receives grows plenty.” Now all he could see were daisies spread above martyrs’ bodies…

Every morning his pickup truck transported vegetables, under which were firearms that the Resistance fighters would be expecting to get… As he drove through “the Bus region”, he could neither accept having to wait at the “Israeli” checkpoint nor seeing the headquarters of the “Israeli” military “governor”… Just like he uprooted the signs, he uprooted that headquarters… And his blood wrote the name of the southern towns, “Welcome to Deir Qanoun an-Nahr…”

This story “Keep in Mind, I’m an Arab” is dedicated to the Self-Sacrifice Martyrs’ Prince Ahmad Jaafar Qasir.

*Written by Nisreen Idriss on behalf of the martyrs association–obtained and translated by moqawama.org 

Martyrs Do Not Die! Hajj ’Alaa 125’ Example

 

Zeinab Daher

[And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, “They are dead.” Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not.] – Holy Quran, Surat al-Baqarah, verse 154.

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As you enter his house, you have to notice how simple, humble and cozy it is. The house where Hajj Hatem Adib Hmedeh, better known as Alaa 125, raises his small family, sends you positive vibes due to the amicable atmosphere spread over its simple details.

Although the family is used to his absence [because he spends almost all his time at work, in the forefronts of the battlefield], they enjoy a unique relationship that is based on respect, love, appreciation and modesty.

Martyrs Do Not Die! Hajj

The down-to-earth leader, who represents a model to all those who got to know him, favored resistance to having a very well paid job abroad as soon as he graduated with a degree in telecommunication engineering.

In this regard, his wife Mrs. Mariam Fakhreddine told us that as soon as he graduated in 1994, he was offered a job in his domain with a net monthly salary of 3000$, which he strictly rejected, as he finds the duty to resist the occupier at the first level of his priorities.

The man who loves and encourages education, also mastered in electronic engineering, and then continued studies in physics.

Martyrs Do Not Die! Hajj

As much as he is dedicated to his job, Hajj Alaa devotes all his emotions to the family he belongs to. His wife stressed that whenever he can, he calls, asks about their needs, and expresses how much he misses and loves his two kids, namely his beloved Fatima.

Hajj Hatem Hmedeh does not care for any detail regarding the materialistic life. He can manage to live with any situation, no matter what simplicities or difficulties life would bring.

The pious man, his wife describes him, performs his religious duties with all the devotion of a real worshipper. His relationship with Allah almighty is way more important than the life people live.

The most important among his deeds is to fulfill all divine duties. He considers that when a person does not make any behavior that angers Allah, then he would have never made any single deed that harms his worshippers.

The husband supported his partner during her hard times of either failing or successful pregnancies. He was pleased whether Allah wanted to gift him with his daughter and son, or whether two previous pregnancies were destined to death.

When he comes home, he benefits from the time to give his wife a break from taking care of the children. He takes it upon himself to take care for them, teach them their lessons, take them out, play with them and compensate them with the short times he can spend there.

The father doesn’t kiss his beloved 11 years old Fatima but on her hands. However, he lets his 8 years old Ali acquire much of his characteristics. Ali, his mom says, looks very like his dad. Referring to his behavior more than the physical shape, Mrs. Mariam stresses that he takes care of his sister as if a man is doing so.

Martyrs Do Not Die! Hajj

When Ali learned that his father is martyred, he told everybody who was at their home not to cry: “Don’t bother him, my father doesn’t like to hear someone crying.”

When she was 8 years old, Fatima sent her father a flower with a person she knew could deliver it. Three days later, the caring father called her: “Thank you my sweetheart, your flower has been delivered.” Some three years later, the flower was still saved very well with the loving father. When he was martyred, it was found among his belongings.

Martyrs Do Not Die! Hajj

Other than his military suit, Hajj Alaa just owns three shirts, a couple of trousers and a pair of shoes. “My military suit is my clothes,” the martyr always says.

Whenever a problem happens to be, Martyr Leader Hajj Hatem Hmedeh depends on the divine intervention that facilitates solving it. His every time comment is that Allah hears and sees everything: “I am with you both, I hear and I see,” Holy Quran, surat Taha, verse 46.

However, he so much believes in the sensed tangible evidence rather than a group of words said without any proof. His famous word, his wife says: “Words are illusions, truth is numbers.”

Martyrs Do Not Die! Hajj

Whether among his family members, companions or all the people who loved his soul, the martyred leader will ever be living in the minds, hearts, souls and entire lives of the people whom he admired, and who loved him truly in return.

Note: The verbs in this article describing the martyr’s personality have been written in the simple present tense because as the title said “martyrs do not die”, Hajj Alaa’s deeds will never stop taking place because the soul will ever be more effective than the body.

Source: Al-Ahed News

11-11-2016 | 10:41

They All Have One Thing in Common… Martyrdom!

Fatima Haydar

To thee who has endowed himself to God leaving behind this mundane world and those who grovel over it… you surely have obeyed Allah and his holy messenger [PBUH]…

In the memory of all the brave martyrs of the Islamic Resistance who had fallen for the sake of True Islam… May you always be remembered… I dedicate this to you…

Kassem Shamkha and Alaa Nejmeh are two of many who were joined together by the same cause: repelling the Takfiri enemy and safeguarding our borders against any usurper.

Martyrs Kassem Shamkha and Alaa Nejmeh

At first glance, the two appear to have nothing in common given the 5-year age difference. But upon unearthing details about their lives, one comes to the conclusion that they are not that different after all!

It is the drive of martyrdom that pushes our youth to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their countries and for whatever is holy and sacred.

However, it is not easy for any parent, sibling or friend to lose a loved one. But what consoles them is the fact that their beloved was fighting for their protection and well-being as well as fulfilling God’s will:

{Among the Believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah: of them some have completed their vow [to the extreme], and some [still] wait: but they have never changed [their determination] in the least} – the Holy Quran: Surat Al-Ahzaab, Verse 23.

Martyr Kassem Shamkha

Not less than a week ago, a professional 19-year-old Lebanese footballer lost his life fighting against terrorist Takfiri forces in Aleppo province.

Kassem Shamkha was born in the southern Lebanese village of Burj Qallawiyah in 1997 and grew up in Burj al-Barajneh, a neighborhood in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

The late midfielder previously played for al-Ahed Sport Club, which competes in Lebanon’s top soccer division – the Lebanese Premier League.

When asked about Shamkha, al-Ahed football club Secretary General Mohammad Assi said that the late midfielder “was a talented player with huge potential for the club and for Lebanon, but he chose the route of ‘jihad’.”

Martyrs Kassem Shamkha

“He will go down in history in the club’s records, because he was a hero on the football field just like on the battlefield in defense of the homeland,” Assi added.

Martyr Kassem Shamkha will never be forgotten by his peers and coaches in his football club.

“With great pride and honor, al-Ahed football club announces the beloved, proud martyr Kassem Shamkha was martyred while defending our nation [and] our land from the terrorists Takfiri tide. Congratulations on fulfilling your wish, Kassem,” the footballer’s club said in a message posted on their official Facebook page.

Italian page on Martyr Kassem Shamkha

The young midfielder was also praised by the Italian Mondo Ultra website that wrote: “the Lebanese footballer Kassem Shamkha lost his life in Syria’s Aleppo front. He favored to fight voluntarily with his peers in Hizbullah instead of thinking about his career… Glory to him!”

The Italian website made no mistake when it used the word “voluntarily” since Kassem, who comes from a relatively wealthy family, was hailed with tempting offers of stardom abroad.

“As his football skills grew, I offered him to travel abroad and tryout for a number of Spanish clubs with whom I am bound by friendship and a mutual relationship,” Kassem’s older brother, Samir said.

Martyr Kassem Shamkha

He went on to say that Kassem refused the whole thing “just because he loves to live in Lebanon and defend our homeland.”

“I’ve always taken pictures with him as my inner feeling was telling me that one day, Kassem will leave us… Though, I refused to believe it!” Samir sighed.

The stadiums will miss you dear Kassem… you were always there for your team, cheering with all your heart… a passionate supporter and a motivator for the Yellow Team!

Martyr Kassem Shakha cheering

From the soccer fields to the fields of society and social media… Alaa Nejmeh, the 24 year-old Facebook activist, scout leader, amateur actor and graphic designer was martyred battling the Takfiri terrorists.

Alaa was born in the southern village of Adloun on January 8th, 1992 and grew up in al-Kharayeb, another southern city.

Martyr Alaa grew up as an orphan and soon became the father to his 3 brothers and sister.

Martyr Alaa Nejmeh

Although orphaned, Alaa was not broken hearted. On the contrary, he had a big loving heart filled with love for life and hope.

Alaa was popular and loved among his community. “He has a village of friends,” one of his closest friends described the martyr.

The young man fancied photography and designing in addition to acting and directing.

Martyr Alaa Nejmeh

With his handsome looks and attractive smile, Alaa would have been a “big shot” someday had he picked this path.

But, he, who has been nurtured by a family that strongly believes in the concept of Resistance, chose the afterlife through Jihad leaving behind the avaricious materialistic life and its temptations.

At times, he received various job offers from the Iranian TV industry, but he rejected them all for the sake of the Resistance and martyrdom.

The conservative but up-to-date martyr encouraged the use of social media such as Facebook. He was also among the forerunners of “soft war”.

He used his computer skills to photoshop images of his fellow martyrs and post them on “Ascension of Martyrs” Facebook page that he created in their honor.

Members of al-Mahdi Scouts during Martyr Alaa Nejmeh's funeral procession

Alaa was a scout leader at al-Mahdi Scouts who enjoyed working with and instructing children. Apart from being a father to his siblings, he fathered the children of his martyred companions and attend to their needs.

Recently, after his departure, social networking sites poured with condolences and solaces with some congratulating the heroism of Alaa. While others, recalled moments with the martyrs and their friends.

Mother of Martyr Alaa Nejmeh

His mother, dressed in white – as he asked her shall he becomes a martyr – held a framed photograph of Alaa, bode him farewell and accompanied him to his last resting place.

Indeed, we come from dust and to dust we shall return, but {Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord} – the Holy Quran: Surat Al Imraan, Verse 169.

We weep the heartache of separation…

Sleep tight O’ hero…

We promise to be as you desired us to be…

We will be where we should be…

Blessed be the martyrs…

Source: Al-Ahed News

12-11-2016 | 14:40

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October 23, 2016

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech Sunday in which he spoke about the unpublished characteristics and tasks of resistance commander Hatem Hmede – Hajj Alaa – who was martyred in Aleppo one week ago.

Speaking Before a crowd of consolers who gathered in Qmatiyeh, the hometown of Hajj Alaa, Sayyed Nasrallah also tackled the Lebanese developments and assured that Loyalty to the Resistance Parliamentary bloc will be joining the Presidential elections session and will be voting for President Michel Aoun.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that Hajj Alaa began his resistance journey in the scouts while he was a devoted father in parallel. He studied electrical engineering in the Arabic University to join the resistance ranks immediately after completing it.

He added that Hajj Alaa was an air defense commander during July 2006 war, and has been in the battlefield defending Lebanon, Biqaa, Hermel, and Baalbeck since the Syrian crisis emerged.

Despite holding major and central tasks being one of the major and first leaders of the battle, Hajj Alaa chose to be in the battlefield, fighting among the resistance fighters and eliminating the threat on the Lebanese borders.

He was one of the major leaders of Qalamoun battle and he helped put end to booby-trapping cars which took place there.
On this point, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the security we are living in now is not the outcome of agreements or mere prayers, but rather the outcome of the blood and sacrifices of the resistance and Army martyrs.

His eminence noted that Hajj Alaa was close to achieving a great victory in Aleppo before his martyrdom, after the battle there intensified due to the large number of militants that was dispatched into Syria through the Turkish borders. Moreover, he pointed out that the battle there is decisive as it will have military, field, strategic, and political repercussions.

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that Hezbollah went to Syria only after studying the threat of the terrorist groups there.

“It was not a battle for toppling the regime, but rather a battle that aimed at imposing demographic changes in the region… ISIL and Al-Nosra wanted to eliminate certain groups that have been in the region for centuries, not just the minorities, but even the Sunnis and anyone who opposed their project,” he said.

His eminence referred to the Yemen war, stating that “over 20 million people are besieged in Yemen and hundreds of martyrs fell lately in a funeral there and no one did anything about it… This is a war that has no rules… The entire world condemns ISIL and acknowledges its terrorism, and then Hilary Clinton confirms that Saudi Arabia and other countries back and fund ISIL, but does anyone prosecute that country which backs ISIL?”

Furthermore, he referred to the Mosul battle in Iraq and indicated that “Iraqis from various sects fought in it to liberate it from ISIL, and dozens or even hundreds were martyred on daily bases and after attaining victory, Turkey announced that Mosul was a Turkish territory and it wanted it back”.

After considering that Turkey would be doing the same after the battle in Aleppo is over, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that “unfortunately all this is happening under one name: Mohammad (PBUH)”.

“All this terrorism is happening under the name of Mohammad (pbuh)… this is the name on the center of their black flag, and this is not spontaneous it is rather planned because they want to throw this name, which shined with glory into this world, they want to throw it in the blackness and darkness of ISIL,” he said.

His eminence concluded this part of his speech by reassuring that Hezbollah will stay in Syria until it triumphs and everyone who bets on its defeat will lose hope.

Moving on to the Lebanese internal file, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that after Future Party Leader Saad Hariri named General Michel Aoun for presidency, the elections can take place on time. He also noted that “despite President Hariri’s escalating speech against us, we will stay positive and everything could be solved through dialogue… all we aim for is achieving presidential elections and keeping this country secure and coherent.”

Hezbollah secretary general stressed that “no one wants corruption or civil war and referring such words to Amal movement is not true and Amal movement denied it.”

He further emphasized that the relationship between Hezbollah and Amal was far too strong and deep to be influenced by such fabrications.

In conclusion, his eminence stated that the entire Loyalty to the Resistance Parliamentary bloc will attend the coming parliamentary session and will elect General Michel Aoun for presidency and that will be in agreement with Amal movement.

As he reassured Hezbollah’s faithfulness and loyalty to all its allies, Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the resistance would not impose anything on its allies, and it respects their different approaches.

He further addressed the Free Patriotic Movement supporters saying: “As a faithful friend, I ask you not to be dragged into incitements especially on social media and don’t respond to attempts to disfigure the relationship between us.”

Source: Al-Manar Website

 

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Hezbollah Bids Farewell to Martyrs Hmede, Aff

October 18, 2016

Funeral of Martyrs Hmede and Affe

Funeral of Martyrs Hmede and Affe

Hezbollah and crowds bade on Tuesday farewell to two of his martyrs, commander Hatem Hmede and mujahid Jalal Affe, in Beirut’s Dahiyeh where they were laid to rest in Rawdat Shahidayn cemetery.

Commander Hmede and mujahid Affe embraced martyrdom while fighting the terrorist groups in Syria.

Hezbollah official Sheikh Mohammad Yazbek led the funeral prayers and the martyrs’ corpses were greeted by a number of the Resistance fighters who stressed their determination to follow their path.

Head of Hezbollah executive council Sayyed Hashem Safieddine delivered a speech in which he stressed the Resistance’s determination to pursue achieving victories despite all sacrifices.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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