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‘Occupy Wall Street’ – Reactions and Support in the Arab and Muslim World, Part IX: Hizb-e-Islami Chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar: Occupy Wall Street Movement Inspired by Afghan Jihad; ‘The Uprising in Europe and the United States is the Effect of Afghan Jihad on International Level’
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In a message on Eid al-Adha, Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has said that this year’s uprisings in the Middle Eastern countries and the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests in Europe and the U.S. are inspired by the Afghan jihad. Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice, was celebrated from November 7 to 9 in South Asian countries. Following is the message, as translated from the Pashtu-language Pakistani daily Wrazpanra Wahdat:
“The Successful Resistance of Mujahideen has Eliminated the Liar U.S.’s Grandeur; It has Also Sensitized Nations on Uprising and Rebellion against the Puppet Governments in Their Colonized Countries”
“In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful
“And he who puts his trust in Allah – He is sufficient for him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. For everything has Allah appointed a measure. (Al-Talaq: 3)
“Dear countrymen, brothers and sisters,
“Assalam-o-Alaikum! [Peace be upon you]
“I congratulate you on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I pray before Allah Almighty to get our country free from the clutches of others and save our innocent and suppressed nation from the ongoing painful situation of fighting and insecurity; to bestow us with the honor of celebrating the next Eids in an independent Afghanistan, with green banner of Islam flying high in every nook and corner of the country, with all the occupying force having pulled out from the country, with wars having ended permanently and a pious government whose officials are real Muslims, God fearing and merciful, in power.
“Brothers and sisters,
“Taking opportunity of this occasion, I have some reservations on key issues in the country.
“*All praise belongs to Allah. The resistance of Muslim mujahideen against the Crusade forces are about to enter the final phase of success. The American invaders are facing defeat and are in a situation to withdraw.
“The rude NATO military forces have realized their defeat and see themselves unable to continue and win the war. Some of them have unilaterally decided to pull out their troops from Afghanistan next year, while the others also feel themselves forced to take such a decision and follow them.
“*The Afghan war has got the Western countries to face with political, collective, economic, and such other big problems which they are unable to resolve. On the one hand they are facing severe economic crisis, while on the other hand they are facing serious opposition against the continuation of war.
“It is difficult for them to continue the war in Afghanistan amidst growing opposition and massive protests [by the Occupy Wall Street movement], opposing capitalist system in United States, Britain, Spain and France.”
“Mosques Also Played a Big Role in the Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Libya; The Effects of [Sermons on] Fridays were Also Very Prominent…; Like Tunisia, People will Also Support an Islamic Party in Egypt”
“*The successful resistance of mujahideen has eliminated the liar U.S.’s grandeur. It has also sensitized nations on uprising and rebellion against the puppet governments in their colonized countries. They have also toppled the mean and merciless dictators like Hosni Mubarak and Zainul Abedin and reignited the courage of rebellion and uprising in their nations.
“We can say with full confidence that the latest spring in Africa and the Arab world and the uprising in Europe and the United States is the effect of Afghan jihad on international level and all these revolutions have gotten inspiration from our momin [faithful] mujahideen and their historic resistance.
“The leaders of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia admit that the Afghan jihad and mujahideen have a great role in these uprisings, and it has created the growing feeling of jihad and resistance among their nations. Mosques also played a big role in the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Libya. The effects of [sermons on] Fridays were also very prominent.
“The figures that are committed to Islamic slogans are already shining in the ranks of the protesters. We can say with confidence that like Tunisia, people will also support an Islamic party in Egypt. The power will fall into the hands of mujahideen in Libya and pro-West would be kicked out from the scene. They can only do something only under the wings of foreign forces’ aircraft.”
“This Spring [in the Middle East] is the Spring of the Revival of the Glory and Greatness of the Muslim Ummah”
“Besides this, their effects in the incidents will not be equal to any things. You can see in Afghanistan that all the country-selling groups, communists, pro-West groups, nation-selling nationalists, cruel infidels, Shura-e-Nizar [group opposed Hizb-e-Islami and the Taliban], and pro-Shi’ite groups are afraid of the NATO forces’ withdrawal and emphasis that these forces should further stay and continue their active military presence and war until an unspecified date.
“*Collective movements are like the wind which emerges from an area, spread to a wide distance, move slowly here, gain speed a few furlongs away, cause rains in the next areas, result in snowfall and hails in another and become storm and hit everything… The effect of Afghan jihad is similar to that.
“*Hope that this sacred spring of uprising will push the old and most dangerous enemy of Islam and humanity to meet with the same fate faced by the former Soviet Union. This spring is the spring of the revival of the glory and greatness of the Muslim Ummah.”