Analysis, Side Feature, South Asia

May the Eyes of Cowards Never Sleep

Five three-star generals, including spymaster Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, are due to retire on Monday, informed sources told Dawn on 30 September.  Besides Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Mukhtar, the others retiring on Oct 1 are Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Nazir Ahmad Butt, Commander of Army’s Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) Lt Gen Mian Mohammad Hilal Hussain, Military Secretary at the General Headquarters (GHQ) Lt Gen Ghayur Mehmood and Inspector General of Training and Evaluation, GHQ, Lt Gen Hidayatur Rehman.


The generals and senior officers of the Islamic world including those of the most trained and courageous army, the Pakistani army, are eager to hear the news of the retirement of generals. However, it is as if it were the news of the retirement of a football player or a cricket player, rather than the retirement of a gallant warrior, after decades of fighting enemies and mushrikeen occupiers of the Muslim lands and violators of the sanctities of Islam and Muslims.

The reason for the deterioration of the situation of the armies of the Islamic world is the absence of the correct military doctrine within them. The doctrine of the army in Islam was based on the protection of the sanctity of Muslims in the world, the liberation of the Islamic lands from the occupiers, and reigning in those who dare to dishonour the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, defend all the oppressed, Muslims or non-Muslims, and open up lands to the Dawah of guidance and light, raising the banner of Tawheed as dominant over all other banners. After this was the esteemed military doctrine of the armies of Muslims, it then was replaced with the doctrine of the protection of thrones of the oppressive agent rulers and to fill the pockets of these generals with the privileges and wealth, including substantial retirement benefits including pension and plots, such that these generals can choose to live in one of the Western countries, enjoying the rest of their lives in luxury with the money of the Ummah they took free of charge.

It was better for these generals not to retire before they achieved what the Ummah had entrusted them with and spent generously upon them from the right of their families. So that their food and drink is halal, it was obligatory for them to support the Deen of the great Islamic Ummah by granting Nussrah to the sincere workers from Hizb ut Tahrir in the project of the Khilafah (Caliphate) on the Method of Prophethood. Then and only then, they would be entitled to retire in comfort, with honor for their great deeds. Yet, as for the generals today, an officer rises in promotions until he becomes a general without fighting for the sake of Allah or granting support to those who are in need of it. Their retirement is like that of a retired soccer player or field athlete, where they are honored in sports stadiums and not in military bases, on sports shoes and not on tanks and planes.

The true general Khalid Bin Walid (sra) said when he was on his death bed, لقد شهدت مئة زحف أو زهاءها، وما في جسدي موضع شبر إلا وفيه ضربة بسيف أو رمية بسهم أو طعنة برمح، وها أنا ذا أموت على فراشي، حتف أنفي، كما يموت البعير فلا نامت أعين الجبناء “I have fought in so many battles seeking martyrdom that there is no spot in my body left without a scar or a wound made by a spear or sword. And yet here I am, dying on my bed like an old camel. May the eyes of the cowards never rest”.


Bilal Al-Muhajer – Pakistan