by Jonathan Azaziah
Hajjeh Amina Salameh (R.A.) Umm Imad Mughniyeh. The Matriarch of Mouqawamah. The Mother of Victories and Mother of Martyrs. From her womb, emerged an undefeated nation. Through her hands, the greatest moujahideen since the time of Rasoulallah (S.A.W.W.) were nurtured, raised and sculpted into the architects of triumph; the builders of buildings that rest on a foundation of eternal freedom. Through her words, a special soul, Hajj Redwan (R.A.), was inspired to be the champion Islam required and constructed the School of Fighting used by the Lebanese Islamic Resistance of Hizbullah to this day and hated by the enemies of humanity across the globe. It began with Hajjeh Amina. No woman in the whole of the Ummah apart from Sayyeda Zeenat Zakzaky has sacrificed more in the fight against Zio-Imperialism. Early yesterday, she was finally called home by ALLAH (SWT) to be with her sons and her grandson in a palace in the Akhira so awe-inspiring that very few in all of Islamic history, male or female, revolutionary or aesthetic, can claim a station as high. She was 80 years old.
On March 8th, 1985, the CIA, MI6 and Mossad in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, took a run at Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah (R.A.), detonating almost half a ton of dynamite outside of an apartment building in Beirut’s Bir al-Abed. While Sayyed Fadlallah survived, more than 200 innocents were hurt and 80 others were martyred. Among them was Hajj Imad’s younger brother Jihad Fayez Mughniyeh (R.A.), a bodyguard of the legendary scholar and an officer with Hizbullah. Fadlallah was only lightly wounded in the Empire’s assassination attempt because Shahid Jihad got him to safety. Subhan’ALLAH. Fast forward to December 21st, 1994, also in Beirut’s Bir al-Abed. Five collaborators on the payroll of the Mossad, two Palestinians, Ahmad Hallaq and his wife Hanan Yassin Hallaq, and three Lebanese, Wafiq Nasser, Toufiq Nasser and Suheil Homsi, planted 120 pounds of IOF military-grade explosives in a gray Volkswagen van outside out of a plumbing and tile warehouse. The blast killed three innocents in the vicinity and the warehouse owner: Fouad Mughniyeh (R.A.), Hajj Imad’s other younger brother. He was targeted by ‘Israel’ because of his role in the increase of attacks on Zionist and SLA positions throughout the Jnoub. They couldn’t thwart him and his men on the battlefield so they cowardly slaughtered him with a car bomb.
Hajj Redwan (R.A.) of course was martyred by ‘Israel’ on February 12th, 2008 in the Kfar Sousa area of Damascus. When the news came through, it’s said that Umm Imad (R.A.) screamed louder than when she gave birth to him and began to cry uncontrollably as if the Litani River was flowing from her eyes. After a few moments of agonizing hysteria, she pulled herself together like she did when Jihad and Fouad were martyred. She said a few prayers with her husband, Hajj Fayez (R.A.), and told herself, “If the world sees me crying, that will make Imad’s killers happier.” And Jihad Mughniyeh aka Ibn Redwan aka Jawad (R.A.), Umm Imad’s grandson, achieved martyrdom on January 18th, 2015 when the usurping ‘Israeli’ entity murdered him, five other Hizbullahi moujahideen, including Commander Muhammad “Abou Issa” Issa (R.A.), and IRGC General Muhammad Ali Allahdadi (R.A.), with an air raid on Syria’s Quneitra where they were fulfilling Hajj Redwan’s plans of establishing a liberationist infrastructure in the Golan. Hajjeh Amina even outlived her husband, who was peacefully called up by Malak al-Mawt (A.S.) last December.
Three sons and a grandson. Countless cries and innumerable sleepless nights. More pain than any regular human being is capable of bearing. Endless strength and unmatched steadfastness. The patience not of one saint but a hundred saints. A knowledge that allowed her to go toe to toe with any scholar from any school of thought–she was known for recounting the lives of all the Imams of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) from their births to their martyrdoms with exceptional precision. A faith of such vastness it could take up all of space and it was this faith that allowed her to communicate with her martyred children through dreams as if she had been touched by the Eternal Life Prophet Al-Khidr (A.S.) himself. The Lady Zaynab (A.S.) of our time in speech and deed if there ever was one.
And a soul under the protection of ALLAH (SWT), Who delivered her sons in their struggles with the highest honors because He (SWT) loved them as much as He (SWT) loved her. Hajjeh Amina liked to remind us that the martyrs are very much alive. As the Mother of the Shouhada, she too is very much with us. So mourning her simply isn’t necessary. She’s not gone… She’s gone home. She is with her beloveds. Jihad, Fouad, Imad and Ibn Redwan. Let us celebrate. A festival and a half for the kind of woman, the kind of Muslim, the kind of Shi’a and the kind of revolutionary who only comes once a millennia. Don’t just rest in serenity o’ Umm Mouqawamah. Rest in power. Rest in resilience. Rest in magnificence. And rest… In glory.