An Open Letter to the Mother of a Mujahid…
All praises due to Allah and peace and blessings be upon prophet Muhammad. This is an open letter to Christianne Boudreau, mother of the Canadian mujahid brother Damian Clairmont, written by one of his close associates. We ask Allah The Exalted to guide her to Islam…
Peace be upon those who follow the guidance!
Dear mother of a Mujahid,
Perhaps you are wondering what has caused a complete stranger to reach-out to you by writing an open letter…In fact, I am writing this letter to give you the glad tiding for the martyrdom of your beloved son Damian Clairmont. You may be wondering what has caused Damian to take the path he had chosen for himself. Maybe you are asking yourself what could you have done as a mother to prevent such “catastrophe” from happening within your family. You may be wondering what is causing young Canadians like Damian Clairmont and others to become “radicalized” into “Islamic extremism” and end up dead in some unknown land in a different part of the world. Well, I will try my best in this letter to shine some light on all those points and give you the narrative from our side…
Respected mother, I would like to begin by inviting you to the beautiful religion of Islam, the only true path of salvation and happiness in this life and the hereafter. Contrary to what the mainstream western media falsely propagates (and it does so in a very subtle manner), the core of the message of Islam is not about warfare or terrorism. Rather, the central message of Islam revolves around the noble concept of worship of Allah, the one true Lord of the heavens and the earth, alone without associating any partner to Him and follow the message revealed to all of the prophets, and in particular, the teachings of the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Allah says, “And We have not sent you (O Muhammad ) except as a mercy for the all of creation” (21:107). Indeed, Islam is a religion of peace and mercy for nothing can bring the true inner-peace of the soul without fulfilling the spiritual compartment of the heart through an abundant remembrance of Allah alone. Islam teaches us to invite others to our faith with wisdom and beautiful preaching and uphold justice in every situation. Allah says, “Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly. Allah only forbids you from those who fight you because of religion and expel you from your homes and aid in your expulsion – that you make allies of them. And whoever makes allies of them, then it is those who are the wrongdoers.” (60: 8-9)
Dear mother, perhaps you are reading this letter on your smart-phone or on your laptop. Imagine if someone claimed that the phone that you are holding in your hands or the laptop that you are using have come into existence haphazardly over a period of billions and billions of years by parts and particles bumping randomly onto each other through unguided natural processes! I am sure no sane person will believe in this supposition. Well, then how can we believe that the very human brains that have designed those high-tech gadgets, the complex human bodies, and the heavens and the earth have all come into existence in such perfect designs through random natural processes without a creator or a designer behind them? Allah says, “Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for the people of understanding. Those who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and reflect upon the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this in vain; exalted are You; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” (3: 190-191)
As Muslims, we only worship the Creator of the heavens and earth alone and we reject the worship of creations in any shape or form. We do not worship Jesus or any other prophets of Allah. And if only people were to use their sense a bit they would come to realize that a true righteous and devout man like Jesus will never call others to worship him instead of worshiping Allah alone. Allah says, “It is not conceivable for a human that Allah should give him the Scripture and authority and prophet-hood and then he would say to the people, “Be worshipers of me instead of Allah ,” but [instead, he would say], “Be devout to the Lord because of what you have taught of the Scripture and because of what you have studied.” (3:78-79)
Dear mother, from scientists all the way to Playboy magazine models, women from all facets of Western society are accepting Islam on a daily basis. That is because they have realized how Islam honours women with modesty and self-respect while giving her the full freedom to worship Allah in an independent manner. In Islam, a woman is treated like a precious pearl that is to be protected and respected for her own rights. She is not enslaved by the society to become pressurized to reduce her self-worth to nothing more than a collection of “seductive body-parts” as women are treated and portrayed in the decadent Western societies unfortunately. Rather, a Muslim woman is respected in the society as a mother, a sister, a wife or a daughter. Contrary to the baseless claim that Islam restricts women from seeking education, some of the greatest scholars of Islam throughout the history have been women like Fatimah Al-Samarqandiyah and many others. They pursued the sacred path of knowledge without compromising in their sense of modesty and devotion to Allah for the true knowledge is a form of light that only takes people closer to Allah and guides them towards the eternal bliss of hereafter.
Dear mother, Islam teaches us to respect and honour our parents and treat them with utmost kindness. And I remember how brother Damian used to go visit the family every Sunday and try his best to maintain the ties of kinship even though he felt uncomfortable at times because of the non-Islamic environment present on those family gatherings but he remained patient nonetheless. Allah says, “And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: ‘My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.” (17:23-24)
Dear mother, if it was not for the command of our Lord to stand-up for justice and to defend the oppressed, none of our brothers including Damian would have ever separated themselves from their beloved parents. But the command of the Lord takes precedence over everyone and everything else.
Allah says, “Say, if your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and Jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.” (9:24)
Dear mother, let the whole world believe whatever they wish to believe, but you know very well deep in your heart just as much as I do how intelligent and talented brother Damian was as a person. Do you honestly think that he would fall for something fictitious and be willing to even sacrifice his life for it if indeed Islam wasn’t the truth? Therefore, I would urge you in a very humble manner to study Islam for yourself with an open heart and see whether it is the truth or not. The greatest mistake people in the West make is presuming Islam is just another man-made religion like Christianity. In reality, Islam is the only true religion of Allah that has the power to fulfill the true human needs in all the various aspects of human life including theology, spirituality, and politics. Therefore, I invite you to study the Qur’an by yourself and attend any of the mosques in the city of Calgary in this blessed month of Ramadhan where you can listen to the noble Qur’an being recited in a heart-touching melodious tone or hours every night in the Tarawih prayers (a special night prayer performed in congregation during the month of Ramadhan)…
Also, I would strongly suggest that you visit the 8th and 8th Musallah in downtown, Calgary in particular which was like a second home for Damian where he would spent most of his time reciting Qur’an or reading Islamic books. There is a sisters-only section for the ladies in the Musallah where you can meet Muslim women who would be more than willing to share the beautiful message of Islam with you. Although most people in the community may be reluctant to speak about Damian’s case with you due to the constant illegal harassment that Muslim community faces from CSIS agents, they would nevertheless be very happy to include you in their growing Muslim community. And despite continuous attempts by authorities to infiltrate mosques across Canada, the Muslim communities in Calgary and elsewhere continue to welcome new members to our faith with open arms as our religion teaches us to spread the message of truth everywhere.
Beloved mother, we are indeed saddened by seeing your pain and sorrow at the death of your beloved son Damian and the lack of support you received from both the Muslim community and the Canadian public in general. But just imagine for a second that Damian was born in a deformed and mutated state and died within few minutes of his birth instead of living a healthy life for 22 years… Unfortunately, this is the case with many of our sisters in Fallujah in Iraq where they are giving birth to deformed, mutated babies due to the radiation effects of the bombs that were dropped by the coalition forces who supposedly invaded their land under the disguise of “Operation Enduring Freedom”! (1) What is their fault other than that they proclaim the faith of Islam? What makes their blood any cheaper than the blood of Damian Clairmont or any other Canadian for that matter? We hope a loving, compassionate mother like yourself would feel the pain of the countless other mothers in our lands who are constantly suffering from the tyranny of the modern global crusade onslaught on our faith.
Dear mother, perhaps you have been told by the media that we were just de-franchised youths who lacked some sort of social identity. Or perhaps you were told that we are simply youth with “impressionable minds” who became “brainwashed” by some unknown radical preacher in Calgary. However, if one was only to look at the reality of what is happening in an objective manner, one would soon realize who are truly being brainwashed by the society and the media. As a matter of fact, the mainstream corporate media, which is an integral part of the corrupt global capitalist system, is not driven by any set of moral values or principles and is only interested in sound-bites and “selling points” that would maximize its profits.
Dear mother, did you ever ask yourself how can a noble man like Damian Clairmont who left his family, his homeland, and all the luxuries of the world available at his fingertips in order to support and defend innocent victims in Syria be demonized in the mainstream media as “barbaric extremist” and “cold-blooded murderer” whereas the returnees of the invading Canadian forces from Afghanistan, known for their direct complicity in torturing and sexually assaulting innocent Afghan detainees within the Canadian bases, (2) are welcomed back as “brave men and women in uniform” and celebrated on a “National Day of Honour”? (3)
Seriously, “National Day of Honour”?! Has the Canadian army lost all its manhood and self-dignity or is it that it has been so long since they have taken part in any real combat since the World War II that they even forgot the definition of victory and defeat? How can the return of a defeated army that has been forced into a humiliating retreat due to the strong resistance shown by our blessed brothers of Taliban in the Helmand province of Afghanistan be considered a “Day of Honour”? In reality, for people with any understanding of the present political and military situation, it was nothing but a “National Day of Humiliation” for the Canadian government. But again, that would probably be too hard to admit publicly to the Canadian population…for nations often behave just like human beings who are reluctant to acknowledge their mistakes openly even if they are as clear as the sun at high noon!
When Canada invaded Afghanistan as part of the NATO-coalition forces in early 2002, supposedly in an attempt to “combat terrorism” and promote “democratic values” among the Afghans by bombarding them with cluster-bombs, there were virtually no Taliban present in the country at that time. And now after losing hundreds of soldiers, wounding thousands of others, and wasting billions of dollars of tax-payers’ money, what has been the net achievement of the Canadian army in the last 12 years in terms of “combating terrorism”? Absolutely nothing! Twelve years later, Taliban is not only fighting back but getting emboldened day by day as the US and her allies are looking for any flimsy excuses to retreat one after another…
Dear mother, have you ever asked yourself that how come it is perfectly acceptable and legal for hundreds of Jewish Canadian citizens to leave Canada in order to join a foreign military entity called IDF (Israel Defense Forces) and “defend” an illegal apartheid state from the “aggressions” of “dangerous” little Palestinian children by mercilessly beating them to the point of unconsciousness (4)…and yet it is completely unacceptable and must be perceived as “threat to national security” when people like Damian and others leave Canada to take up arms in order to defend helpless Syrian mothers along with their innocent children against a notorious tyrant that relentlessly uses barrel bombs and chemical weapons to slaughter them? (5)
We ask the wise men and women of Canada to raise public awareness on such issues of blatant unfairness and expose the double-standard of their wretched Zionist prime minister who feels no shame in giving “unequivocal support” for the continuous crimes of Israel (6). For history has told us that justice and rights are only preserved when people actually fight for them and the well-known cases of injustices done to brother Maher Arar and others and have long shown that the Canadian government is no stranger to torture and extra-judicial renditions and government agencies are never to be trusted with their hypocritical claims of human rights and equality of citizens. (7)And the face-saving apology of the Harper government to brother Maher Arar and his family doesn’t really mean much when the same illegal policies of “comprehensive cooperation” between US and Canadian intelligences remain at place as clearly shown by the recent “Snowden revelations”. (8) As Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him) once said, “Anytime you beg another man to set you free, you will never be free. Freedom is something that you have to do for yourself”. Hence, we have decided to take it upon ourselves to fight back against this global system of oppression by replacing it with justice and rights given by Islam…
Dear mother, if only people were to reflect on the nature of the conflict with an unbiased mind, one would quickly realize who are the ones committing acts of aggressions and transgressions and who are truly fighting a defensive war. In fact, one only needs to look at the terrible condition of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, etc. and then look at the treatment received by the released American soldier who was taken as a prisoner by our Mujahideen brothers in Afghanistan and the Indian nurses recently released by our Mujahideen brothers in Iraq. (9) It should become crystal clear to anyone seeking the truth which camp truly believes in rights and human dignity and which camp hypocritically sheds crocodile tears over “human rights violations” while violating every concept of humanity in their actual practices. (10)
Dear mother, how can we sit back and relax at home when innocent men, women, and children are pleading for our help? Indeed, we are waging a global war against all the tyrants of the world that continue to boast about their sadistic oppression of innocent civilians by torturing them, sexually humiliating them, and killing them under the darkness of underground prison cells while we take pride in risking our lives to defend and to rescue those oppressed souls and treating our prisoners of war with mercy and respecting their human dignity. Allah says, “Indeed, those who have tortured the believing men and believing women and then have not repented will have the punishment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the Burning Fire.” (85:10) And our leader assures us by saying: “Verily, the best place for your blood to be spilled is on the path to liberate the Muslim prisoners imprisoned behind the walls of the tyrants.” and we have pledged our allegiance to listen and obey as long as he continues to command us with goodness…
Hence, our brothers in Syria and Iraq are struggling their utmost best to liberate all the prisons in the region (including the very Sednaya prison in Syria where the beloved brother Maher Arar was brutally tortured for months) where innocent men, women, and children are awaiting for our arrival for their rescue and continuously praying for our victory. Allah says, “And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, “Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?” (4:75). We ask Allah to accept our humble efforts and to relieve all Muslim prisoners from the shackles of the disbelieving tyrants. By Allah, we will continue to terrify those tyrant regimes and fight their soldiers until the last drop of our blood remains in our bodies. And let the oppressors be warned that what they have seen so far of our “atrocities” is simply a “sneak preview” of the actual movie that is yet to begin!
Dear mother, we are fighting to free mankind from the worship of creations to the worship of the Lord of creations, from the narrowness of this wordily life to the vastness of the hereafter, and from the oppression of the man-made laws and religions to the justice of Islam. We are fighting a global battle to establish the Khilafah (Islamic Caliphate) that will bring justice on earth and you should indeed be rejoiced and feel proud by the fact that the blood of your noble son has been used to water the blessed newly-planted tree of this global Islamic Caliphate. The prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Verily Allah has shown me the east and the west of the earth and the authority of my community shall reach to whatever was shown to me of it.” (Sahih Muslim) Thus, it is only a matter of time that the whole earth will experience the beauty and justice of this Khilafah system by the will of Allah.
Dear mother, know that we are only fighting to please Allah alone and seeking rewards from Him in the afterlife. We are not fighting for this worldly life for we have left behind the opportunities of worldly pleasures available to us in the West by seeking the pleasures of the hereafter. We are fighting for the promised paradise beneath which rivers flow. We are fighting to meet our beautiful wives in Paradise. We are fighting to achieve the pleasure and the forgiveness from our Lord. Allah says, “Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and children, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return. Say, “Shall I inform you of [something] better than that? For those who fear Allah will be paradisewith their Lord beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and purified wives, and approval from Allah . And Allah is watchful over [His] servants -Those who say, “Our Lord, indeed we have believed, so forgive us our sins and protect us from the punishment of the Fire, The patient, the truthful, the obedient, those who spend [in the way of Allah ], and those who seek forgiveness before dawn.”(3: 14-17)
Dear mother, this is exactly how we have become “brainwashed” into “Islamic radicalism”…by simply reading the Qur’an with an open heart and then watching the news of global events happening in front of our very eyes. Indeed, by the mercy and grace of Allah, our brains have been washed-off from all forms of paganism and the selfish love of this world. So this is our path that we have chosen for ourselves based on our own accord and understanding. We do not have any hidden agendas and we are honest and straight-forward with friends and foes. So whoever wants to be happy and appreciate our decisions, let him do so. And whoever wants to get angry, let him get angry and die in his rage for we do not fear the blame of the blamers…
In the end, I pray that Allah opens your heart to Islam so that you may live a life of honour and dignity and die as a Muslim and join your beloved son Damian in paradise (we ask Allah to accept his martyrdom). And I pray that Allah brings forth more soldiers of justice and nobility like brother Damian Clairmont to give victory to Islam and Muslims over the nation of disbelievers. Peace and blessings be upon prophet Muhammad.
-Abu Dujana al-Muhajir