On May 21st, 2016, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was dealt a supposed death blow as it lost a second Amir in a single year, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor (may Allah have mercy on him) in a drone strike close to the Afghan-Pak border region.
With the news grabbing headlines around the globe, the media began a concerted propaganda campaign with the hopes of demoralizing the Mujahidin, shattering their confidence, splitting their ranks and cultivating anarchy in their ranks in this extremely sensitive juncture.
In this time of great grief and uncertainty, the Lord Almighty blessed the leadership and Mujahidin of Islamic Emirate with extraordinary fortitude, poise and decision making strength. The leadership immediately seized reins in this moment of grief and with a swift stroke, healed the hearts of the believers by declaring the esteemed Sheikh ul Hadith Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada as the new Commander of the Faithful.
This declaration began a seamless process of Mujahidin commanders and ordinary soldiers sending their pledges of allegiance without showing any reservation or hesitation, giving strength to the already united Emirate and dashing the dreams of the sly opportune enemy.
The internal unity of the Emirate also shed light on the extent of deep roots that this movement has among the population in hamlets, villages and cities throughout the country. Ceremonies of allegiances and prayers for the soul of the martyred Amir ul Mumineen began being held in all the provinces and despite warnings of repercussions by the surrogate regime, the people even showed their love for the Emirate in areas under the control of the enemy.
The immediate appointment of a new Amir following the martyrdom of the previous Amir ul Mumineen (RA), the countrywide allegiance process, the pledges by Mujahidin in unison, the show of support by the nation and return of the Emirate to its former status within a few short days are things that prove and give us glad tidings that the Islamic Emirate is not a weak vulnerable movement that is easily shaken or breaks into factions following the death of its leaders.
No never, rather it is as a strong tree with deep roots touching the hearts of the entire Muslim Ummah, is watered with streams of blood shed by thousands of sincere believers and is given victory and upheld by the Lord Almighty such that no winds fashioned by the enemy could ever bend or uproot it.
Yes, the Islamic Emirate is a light of Truth and Shariah that has kept lit in the middle of thunder and sandstorms, becoming thorn in the eyes of the enemies and manifestation of the verse of the Glorious Quran “They intend to put out the Light of Allah with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it). [Surah As-Saff, verse 8).
Being tested twice in a single year and passing this colossal exam with flying colors testify that the Emirate has deep strength, solid foundations, ideologically motivated personnel, astute valiant leadership and broad backing of the nation. On top of above worldly factors, the Emirate is a high quality Jihadi system which is blessed by Allah Almighty with His divine help as a result of which this group has always succeeded against enemy traps, plots and historical trials.