by Jonathan Azaziah
Happy Divine Victory Day to my beautiful, brave, brilliant, blistering and blazing Lebanese brethren, the most triumphant people in the entire Islamicate! And more sincere wishes on this blessed occasion to all of the Moustazafeen (oppressed ones) worldwide. Because truly, Hizbullah’s thrashing of the usurping Zionist entity over 34 days in the 2006 July War was a victory for all peoples of all types and all stripes. There were battles that were legendary (Wadi al-Hujeir and Bint Jbeil). There were martyred heroes who were larger than life–so large in fact that their spirits still and will forever tower over the world’s mightiest trees and buildings combined and multiplied (Khaled “Prince of the Battlefield” Bazzi [R.A.] and Ali “Bilal” Saleh [R.A.] to name a couple). And there was a leader whose razor blade wit, booming truthful promises and unforgettable smile shook the enemy in biblical fashion and changed the course of history (Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah).
On the 12th anniversary of this monumental moment, in which Hizbullah saved the world from the neocons’ dystopian “New Middle East” project I find it imperative to remember and celebrate the Men of God who made the Divine Victory possible… Only to find themselves martyred in a new phase of battle just 7 years later against the illegitimate ‘Israeli’ regime’s Takfiri Goy Golem in Syria and Iraq. And not merely a new phase of battle but a new phase of victory with it. Verily, their triumph in protection of their homeland in the summer of 2006 enabled and strengthened them in ways that they weren’t even aware of themselves until the time came that Malak al-Mawt (A.S.) called them to join the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.), Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) and all the Shouhada (R.A.) To call them legends would be understating it so vastly that it borders on insulting. So we’ll just let their Nour-filled faces, angel-like auras and stories of dauntlessness do the talking instead.
Muhammad Fouad Rabah (R.A.) was one of Hizbullah’s first commanders to achieve martyrdom in Syria. From the town of Al-Labweh in Baalbek, where he was ultimately laid to rest, Commander Rabah was known for his jovial demeanor no matter how fierce a battle was and he played a critical role gathering intelligence against the ‘Israeli’ invaders in the 2006 July War. He would leave the physical plane during a firefight with the Takfiris on May 19th, 2013 in Al-Qusayr–the sight of Hizbullah’s first victory on Syrian soil and a game-changer that set the Resistance Axis on a permanent, no-looking-back path to liberate Bilad al-Sham from terrorism. He was one of the architects of that success.
Known as Al-Hajj Abou Moustafa as well as the “ageless moujahid”, Commander Hamza Ibrahim Haidar (R.A.) was a stoic and Godwary individual who was present on numerous fronts during the 2006 aggression, including the pivotal struggle in Bint Jbeil. Upon his arrival in Syria, he had an immediate impact, formulating the strategy for liberating the vital border town of Tal Kallakh and then leading the offensive that achieved it. He was martyred on June 29th, 2013 in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood of Homs in a vicious fight with Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists. Al-Hajj Abou Moustafa’s spirit would still be felt years after his martyrdom due to his personal training of the Imam Reza (A.S.) Force which has helped free parts of Homs, Hama, Damascus and led the way in the lifting of the siege of Nubl and Al-Zahra. Commander Haidar was buried in his hometown of Kafrdan in Baalbek-Hermel.
Commander Ali Abbas Houri-Mahdi (R.A.), also from the Baalbek town of Al-Labweh, was martyred on March 15th, 2014 in the midst of helping his brothers and the Syrian Arab Army liberate the ultra-strategic Qalamoun Mountains from Takfiri goons. The path to victory was paved with his noble blood. Houri-Mahdi was known for recounting the events of Ashoura whilst in combat to inspire his fellow moujahideen, routinely saying that the life of Imam Hussein (A.S.) was all they needed to look to for the confirmation that they’d prevail over evil. During the Zio-Tumor’s assault on Lebanon 12 years ago, he was a young fighter who proved he was wise beyond his years by keeping missiles flowing into Zionist settlements during the massive and murderous ‘Israeli’ air campaign.
Fawzi Muhammad Ayyoub aka Abou Abbas (R.A.)! What a man! What a moujahid! What a life! From the quiet farming town of Ain Qana in South Lebanon, the epic story of this tremendous Hizbullah Commander is one that reduces the best spy novels and military thrillers to dust. Fallaciously labeled a “specially designated global terrorist” and one of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” by the two-faced, hypocritical, Takfiri-terrorist-supporting American ZOG, Abou Abbas bounced around from Romania to Canada’s Toronto, Michigan’s Dearborn back to a plethora of other European locations, campaigning for the Palestinian cause and the Islamic Revolution before winding up back home in Lebanon. He was one of Hajj Imad Mughniyeh’s (R.A.) top lieutenants and was a key figure in Saraya al-Ridwan before it was even named as such. What separates him from many others however is his time in occupied Palestine. He cunningly and magnificently bypassed the Zionist occupation’s screening process to then lead the arms smuggling operation that brought top-grade weaponry to the Palestinian Resistance during the Second Intifada.
He personally trained moujahideen from Islamic Jihad and the Qassam Brigades of Hamas as well as Fedayeen from the PFLP. He killed several IOF colonizers during the battle of Jenin. The program employed to liberate Gaza of Jewish supremacist colonies was concocted by Abou Abbas. He would eventually be arrested by the ‘Israeli’ occupation and sadistically tortured nearly every other day in the enemy’s dungeons before he was freed in a prison exchange. But the abuse he endured at the hands of the filthy Zio-Tumor didn’t break him. After all, this was a man who survived the Judaic entity’s assault that killed Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s son Hadi (R.A.) in September 1997 and was back out on the trail to avenge his leader’s boy the very moment that he healed. He was all over the place during the July War, helping wherever he needed to help and telling the younger fighters at his side to keep their hearts beating for Palestine, as every action that they took and every martyr that they would bury was for the liberation of the Holy Land from this shaytanic enemy. “The ‘Israelis’ were weak in their spirit,” he would tell them, and then he’d wow them with his true tales about his resistance activity in Al-Quds, Ramallah, Jenin, Al-Khalil, Al-Jalil and elsewhere. He was as inspiring as he was lionhearted.
Abou Abbas used to say, “I want my life to end the way that Imam Moussa al-Kazim’s (A.S.) did. It was from him that I learned to control my anger. I want to be a fighter and a servant of ALLAH (SWT) and when He says that I’m finished, I want to be a martyr. All I prayed for during my detention other than the liberation of Palestine was martyrdom.” In his pursuit of martyrdom, the moment that Hizbullah’s Secretary-General gave the directive to enter Syria in defense of the Syrian state’s sovereignty and the Resistance Axis as a whole, Commander Ayyoub RAN across the Lebanese-Syrian border to join the fight. He was badly wounded during the struggle for Al-Qusayr but yet again, as soon as his body was patched up, he was back in the thick of the fight. He fought in the Old City of Homs, Hama and Qalamoun before his life came to an end in Aleppo. He sacrificed his life for the unit he was leading — which included Hizbullah moujahideen and Syrian NDF fighters he trained — when he dove on a bomb planted by the Zio-NATO-GCC-backed FSA. Godwary and passionate, the day of Fawzi Muhammad Ayyoub’s martyrdom was… Subhan’ALLAH… May 25th, 2014–Resistance and Liberation Day, 14 years on the dot that Lebanon was freed from Zionism. I can’t think of a more fitting day or a more fitting end for one of the greatest warriors to ever wear the sanctified Yellow and Green of the Party of ALLAH (SWT).
Ibrahim Muhammad al-Hajj (R.A.) doesn’t need any introduction. A founding member of the Lebanese Islamic Resistance and a close personal friend of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Sheikh Na’im Qassem, and Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, he was the main figure other than the aforesaid Khaled Bazzi (R.A.) in the abduction operation that saw two ‘Israeli’ occupiers captured and eight others sent to the hellfire just before the July War began. After he was buried in his hometown of Qilya in the Bekaa Valley, Al-Manar and other Hizbullah media platforms bellowed that his lifetime of resistance “pained” the Zionists and no doubt that this very agony burns in their chests to this moment. Commander Ibrahim was Hizbullah’s first martyr in Iraq in the struggle against ISIS. A trainer of many moujahideen in Lebanon, Syria and Mesopotamia, he succumbed to his wounds inflicted by Daeshi thugs on July 31st, 2014.
From the hallowed ground of Arab Salim in Nabatiyeh where some of the most tremendous battles ever between Hizbullah and the ‘Israel’ usurpers were fought, Muhammad “Abou Issa” Issa (R.A.) was a special kind of resistor. A first generation moujahid who joined the Mouqawamah at the tender age of 15, he would rise up in the ranks to become a Commander that would then guide the second generation to triumphing over the artificial Jewish “state” in 2000 and then again in 2006. By the time he was martyred by the cowardly Zionist filth alongside five of his fellow Hizbullahis (R.A.) and IRGC Brigadier General Muhammad Ali Allahdadi (R.A.) in Quneitra on January 18th, 2015, he was leading Hizbullah’s liberationist operations in the occupied Golan Heights and training a third generation of warriors for the future final battle.
The half-Syrian, half-Lebanese Abou Issa adored the mountains, trees, flowers and streams of his native Jnoub and despised Zion with all of his being for bringing so much destruction to it. This is what drove him to hunt down the occupiers wherever they were. He not only defended Bilad al-Sham but also spent a significant time in Iraq, waging a shadow war against Mossad as well as training the young Iraqi Shi’a who would fight off the British invaders in Basra. Commander Issa loved the Resistance more than anything in the world. So much so that even his wife, Safa, a committed Mouqawamist herself, was more than aware of this truth and loved him even more because of it.
Hassan Hussein al-Hajj (R.A.), known as Hajj Maher and Abou Muhammad al-Iqleem, was a giant. With Hizbullah since he was just 17, Commander Hajj Maher was described by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as a “pillar” of ALLAH’s (SWT) Party and a man with zero life outside of his Jihadi duty. The Sayyed of Sayyeds also noted that Abou Muhammad al-Iqleem was of such devoutly religious and selfless character that “there was no Hassan Hussein al-Hajj”; he never spoke of himself nor any of his achievements, wounds, sacrifices or even his sincere love of martyrdom. He was Mouqawamist Silence incarnate–a Mouqawamist Silence that the enemy never saw coming. For years, ‘Israel’ tried to assassinate him in Lebanon and throughout the region but failed in all its endeavors. Sayyed Abou Hadi further said that he took special care of his parents and orphans around South Lebanon.
Commander al-Hajj came to be known as a master of the terrain, studying every inch of the valleys, mountains and tunnels that the Lebanese Islamic Resistance would utilize to mask its movements in the battle against the Zio-Tumor. Hizbullah Executive Council head Sayyed Hashem Safieddine said that he wasn’t just an official, nor just a director, nor just an operations chief but a leader of pure quality and an example for all his beloved moujahideen. One of the first Hizbullahis to ride into Syria, Abou Muhammad al-Iqleem had a “permanent presence on all fronts” according to Nasrallah. He contributed to the victories in ’93, ’96, ’00, ’06, ’13 (Al-Qusayr and Tal Kallakh), ’14 (Qalamoun) and was on the way to a new triumph in Idlib when he achieved martyrdom confronting Jabhat al-Nusra directly on October 11th, 2015. He was buried with great honors in his hometown of Al-Luwaizeh at the foot of the Iqleem al-Tuffah Mountains.
On February 27th, 2016, Ali Ahmad Fayyad (R.A.), known as Hajj Alaa Bosnia, was martyred in Khanasser while trying to free the mega-vital town from ISIS. Commander Fayyad’s heroic sacrifice would indeed help liberate the Takfiri-occupied region and it was his strategy that led to the restoration of the entire Aleppo countryside to Syrian government control. This victory set the stage for the retaking of Aleppo City and its historic Citadel from Zion’s Wahhabi proxies a little less than 10 months later. Liwa Al-Quds, the pro-Syria Palestinian militia that had a heavy hand in Halab’s houriyeh, was trained by Hajj Alaa Bosnia. Truly, he lived the kind of life that action stars and comic book heroes couldn’t even dream of. What he achieved in Syria wasn’t even the tip of the iceberg. Sayyed Nasrallah said that Commander Fayyad “raised generations of Resistance”. Buried in his hometown of Ansar between Nabatiyeh and Sour, he was a battlefield man through and through. He entered into the Mouqawamah as a soldier, spent his life as a soldier and ultimately would achieve martyrdom as a soldier.
From reconnaissance to ambushes, capturing operations to directing martyrdom missions, there was no aspect of the Resistance that he wasn’t involved in. He even prepared to become an istishhadi himself as a means of inflicting maximum casualties on the ‘Israeli’ enemy just before the 2000 Victory then retrieving the bodies of the occupiers for bargaining chips in prisoner exchanges. Alongside Hajj Imad Mughniyeh (R.A.), he built up Hizbullah’s deterrence capabilities and founded its special forces group, known today as Saraya al-Ridwan. He was also one of the architects of the Divine Victory. His nom de guerre comes from his time on Bosnian soil in which he led a Hizbullah contingent that defended Bosnian Muslims from NATO invaders and CIA-backed death squads of all sorts. Commander Fayyad was also key in helping Iraq start the rollback of Daesh–a task he accomplished with his good friend Qassem Suleimani, the angelic Commander of the IRGC Quds Force. The wins in Diyala and the outskirts of Baghdad as well as the protection of Imam Hassan al-Askari’s shrine (A.S.) all bear Hajj Alaa Bosnia’s fingerprints. To use Sayyed Abou Hadi’s word, he was one of the “pioneer” Commanders who went to Syria, and even after being wounded badly during his first tour against the Takfiris, he couldn’t wait to return. Which he did.. And spent every waking minute there until ALLAH (SWT) took him to the Essence.
What can really be said about “Sayyed Zulfiqar” Hajj Moustafa Badreddine (R.A.) except that the man was everything? His rank within the Mouqawamah of which he helped found, guide, train, lead and protect can only be compared to that of Hajj Imad Mughniyeh (R.A.), his beloved sister Saada’s husband and his best friend. He designed Hizbullah’s hybrid warfare doctrine with Mughniyeh and had a hand in every single triumph the Resistance ever achieved–big or small, Lebanese or regional. Sayyed Zulfiqar was martyred on May 13th, 2016 by Zionist-backed Takfiri terrorists in Damascus where he was leading the liberationist struggle. The Syrian capital today, both the city and its countryside, are free largely thanks to Badreddine. The Syrian-Lebanese border is cleansed of terrorism because of him. As is Aleppo, where NDF fighters and Syrian Arab Army units schooled in counter-insurgency by Hajj Moustafa now safeguard Syria’s second city and economic hub. Fallujah and the Baghdad Belt too. The Mouqawamist infrastructure in the occupied Golan Heights led by Iraqi Islamic Resistance group Harakat Hizbullah al-Nujaba? The work of Sayyed Zulfiqar.
He was the genius intellect that plotted the history-shifting success in ’96 and was a foundational hand in bringing about the Divine Victory. Hajj Moustafa was dear to the Palestinian Resistance and worked closely with Commander Fawzi Ayyoub (R.A.) to find unique ways to deliver arms to the oppressed people of Palestine throughout the Second Intifada. His presence can be felt as far as Iran where he helped IRGC commandos battle off Takfiri terrorists on the Iraqi-Iranian border and separatist elements backed by the Mossad in Balochistan. He even assisted the Iranian nation — yet again alongside Hajj Imad — during the Imposed War waged by the Saddam regime. Sayyed Zulfiqar was a Muhammadi-Husseini transnational trailblazer, the likes of which the universe will never lay eyes on ever again. Born in Mount Lebanon’s Al-Ghobeiry, today he rests in Rawdat al-Shahidayn. Without a doubt, the brightest of the Ornaments Adorning Us.
Adib Hatem “Hajj Alaa” Hamada (R.A.), Deputy Commander of Hizbullah’s Saraya al-Ridwan, was martyred on October 17th, 2016 in a brutal battle for Aleppo’s 1070 Housing Project that the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists had turned into a miltary base with ‘Israeli’ and Turkish assistance. Looking upon Hajj Alaa, you see the Nour of a true lover of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) and a deep kindness. But you wouldn’t know it from his performance on the battlefield where he fought with the ferocity of a dozen lions. He was renowned among his fellow moujahideen for his love of Ashoura and had been the mastermind behind revamping security measures in Dahiyeh so the Husseini processions could continue to go off massively and strongly without a hitch. Graduating from Beirut Arab University with a degree in electrical engineering, Hajj Alaa referred to his brothers-in-arms as his “beloveds” and was as close to them as his own blood relations. The pinnacle of modesty, he hated this dounya and longed for the Akhira, reminding those under his command often that the promises of eternal paradise in the Holy Qur’an were what awaited those who stood up for the oppressed and defied tyrants. He commanded Saraya al-Ridwan in Al-Qusayr and showed just how humble he was by making food for the moujahideen during lulls in fighting. He never ate even a single morsel before all of his brothers had eaten first. The Syrian Arab Army soldiers who fought with him described him as a “First Class General”.
Qalamoun was where Hajj Alaa really left his mark. Verily, Liberator Of The Qalamoun Mountain Range should be his official title. The ancient Aramaic-speaking town of Maaloula, Deir Atiyah, Qarra, Jarajeer, Rankous and Zabadani were all freed from Takfiri terror under his leadership. So was Yabroud, the most colossal battle of them all in this key region. And Commander Hamada personally supervised the dismantlement and subsequent destruction of the the bomb-making factories that the Takfiris built (again, with ‘Israeli’ and Turkish intelligence assistance) for producing explosives used against civilians in Damascus and across Lebanon. Never rattled and always smiling, the native of Al-Ghobeiry had a 20-year history of battling the usurping Zionist entity, including right on the Lebanese-Palestinian border. He was tasked with equipping Hizbullah’s cadres with heavy weapons during the 2006 July War and preparing them for potentially imminent offensive warfare–hence why he shook the Wahhabi terrorists so starkly in Syria. Thus it cannot merely be assumed but categorically stated that when the battle begins for Al-Jalil and all of occupied Palestine… Commander Hamada will be right there with his men. Just as he has always been.
Hizbullah Commander Abdul Hamid Mahmoud Sharri (R.A.), known as Abou Mahdi, was martyred on June 4th, 2017 after sustaining terrible injures in the battle against ISIS in the Qayrawan area of western Ninewa. He had previously been present in Syria’s Homs where he helped the Syrian Arab Army and Hizbullah liberate the ancient city of Palmyra. He was the senior Lebanese Islamic Resistance advisor to the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) and was well-recognized among Iraqis for being close to both IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani — who personally trained Abou Mahdi when he was still a young fighter — and PMU chief Abou Mahdi al-Muhandis. His body was recovered from the MossadDaeshis in a daring rescue by Kata’ib Hizbullah and Harakat Hizbullah al-Nujaba then flown from Najaf to Beirut before being transported to the Jnoub for burial. A son of Khirbet Selm in South Lebanon, which sits 630 meters above sea level, he had abyssal knowledge of ambushes and stealth operations. This served him well as he operated as a camouflage specialist during the 2006 July War, helping moujahideen launch missiles on ‘Israeli’ positions unhindered and undetected for all 34 days of the battle. The rocketry of the Resistance that struck dozens of Zionist settlements and kibbutzes all bore the signature of Commander Sharri. He longed for martyrdom so he could finally sit with Imam Hussein (A.S.) and is said to have called out “Ya Aba Abdallah (A.S.)!” just prior to taking his last breath.
Ali Hadi al-Ashiq (R.A.) was only 44 years old at the time of his martyrdom on October 4th, 2017 at the hands of Empire Judaica’s ISIS proxies on the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway but he looked like a man who had walked through a thousand wars for a thousand years. Indeed, Al-Hajj Abbas, as he was known to his brothers in the Mouqawamah and his partners in the Syrian Arab Army, was renowned for his seemingly endless military wisdom and forever-unmoved demeanor–no matter how monstrous the firefight. He was among the first Hizbullah Commanders to be sent to Syria and participated prominently in the first victory in Al-Qusayr as well as the raging battles to secure the Lebanese-Syrian border and cut off the Takfiris’ supply lines. Commander Ashiq was a tour-de-force in the trenches against the Zionist enemy both before the 2000 Triumph and during the July War. A skilled sniper, he is said to have taken out over a dozen Zionist officers himself over the 34 days of carnage.
Deir Ezzor though is what he shall be remembered for most of all. Working side by side with the irreplaceable Syrian Republican Guard Major General Issam Zahreddine (R.A.), who would achieve martyrdom just 12 days after him, he was essentially the Tarba Tiger’s right-hand man in lifting ISIS’s savage 3-year siege on the oil-rich Syrian city. The synergy between ALLAH’s (SWT) Party and the SAA with Zahreddine and Ashiq at the helm was a thing of remarkable beauty. Because of their erudite battlefield stratagems, the dominoes that they set in motion were too strong for ‘Israel’ and its tools to stop. The following month after their martyrdoms, Deir Ezzor was completely liberated from terrorism. Assuredly, Al-Hajj Abbas embodied the repeated Qur’anic reminders that the martyrs are not dead but alive and receiving sustenance from ALLAH (SWT).
Twelve Hizbullah Commanders. Twelve. Like the Twelve Imams of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) who they all served. These men spent their lives at war. Now they’ll spend eternal life in the deepest and sweetest peace. The Divine Victory that they all contributed to will indeed stand the test of time and is in fact already standing–and it’s taller than Qurnat as-Sawda in Jabel al-Makmel. Numerous Resistance Axis officials and well-informed Mouqawamist analysts (including Mouqawamah Music) have repeatedly said that the destabilization of Syria is merely the continuation of the July War. After being thoroughly trounced in 2006, ‘Israel’ decided to triple its cowardice and recreate the SLA with a Takfiri twist, hoping that this would cripple Syria, Lebanon and Iraq too. Instead, the same Jihadi Generals who beat the living daylights out of the criminal Halakhic-Talmudic “state” during the 34-Day War returned to secure victory again. Only not just for Lebanon this time but our whole region and the Palestinian cause itself.
They might have given their lives in the process, but the Divine Victory remains intact and more prosperous than ever because of their sacrifices. As Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in his commemoration speech for Abou Muhammad al-Iqleem’s (R.A.) martyrdom, “This Resistance strengthens when its leaders are alive and becomes more determined when they ascend as martyrs. They are unknown on Earth… But they are well-known in the Sky.” And in the Heavens is where they indubitably are. May we have the honor and privilege of meeting them there when we depart this plane. Happy Divine Victory Day once again to Lebanon, the unbreakable Lebanese people, the planet’s most downtrodden no matter where they fight and especially… to all the aforementioned Gentleman of the Battlefield; these personifications of Imam Hussein (A.S.); these Golden Crowns of Nabi Muhammad’s (S.A.W.W.) Sunnah; these Titans of Anti-Parasitism; these Gemstones of Islam; these Comets of Courage; these Meteorites of Mouqawamah. The world continues to spin on its axis here and now because of you.