By Umm on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 07:39 am: Edit Sayyad Al-Falastini Sayyad al-Falistini, South London. Mujaahideen headquarters, Sjenica (Zenitza). Tuesday 12 December 1995, aged 18. 'uwaddi'ukum bi dam'aatil uyooni' I bid you farewell with tears in my eyes  Born in Britain, he migrated at an early age with his family to Saudi Arabia. After spending most of his youth there, he returned to Britain when he was 12. A very intelligent and physically fit young boy, Sayyad enjoyed making his friends laugh and playing practical jokes on them. He was of Palestinian origin, so there was a background of realizing the importance of jihaad in his family. Sayyad's first desire in going to Bosnia for jihaad was when he was only 16, after hearing an inspiring Friday sermon by a young brother who had fought there. Unfortunately, this did not bear any fruit. After being selected as the leader of the Islamic Society at his college and becoming a fully practicing Muslim, Sayyad again became interested in partaking in jihaad somewhere around the world. He set about saving his money from a part-time job from which he would give some of his earnings to his family, and the rest he would save for his jihaad. He refused to take even a penny from donated funds, insisting that it all came from his own pocket. In the summer of 1995, after months of patience and preparation - and the full support of his mother - Sayyad finally left England and travelled to Bosnia. The two brothers who took him to the Coach station in London noticed an unusually sad expression in Sayyad's otherwise smiling face. Upon being pressed why he was sad, he mentioned his sorrow at leaving his mother. It seemed that he would he was going to see her again in this life. Sayyad spent some time at the training camp where he learnt many things before moving on to the frontline base camp. From there he would go on his 3 day guard-duty shifts up on the mountain. Sayyad was blessed to take part in Operation Badr of Bosnia , in which he was chosen to be in the 2nd-line attacking group. As the Summer drew to a close many brothers left Bosnia to return to their respective countries, including some of Sayyad's friends from England. His language skills in both Arabic and Bosnian gained him much popularity amongst all of the foreign and Bosnian brothers. A much-loved brother, he was ready to serve the jihaad to the best of his ability and he was always training himself and giving suggestions on different ways on attacking the enemy. By now, 3 months had passed since Sayyad had left England and he was now ever-determined to stay in the land of Jihaad until he was either killed or Allah gave the Mujaahideen victory over His enemies. Brothers around Sayyad spoke of the high level of his determination and how he was very sure of what he wanted. The winter came, accompanied by the harsh Balkan snowfall. Sayyad was using this time to learn and practice his religion and as time went by, brothers noticed that his character had begun to change. After the Dayton Peace accord was signed  - which was done in order to fault the victory of the Mujaahideen in Bosnia, the war seemed as if it was coming to an end. Sayyad was very upset at how events had turned, as he wanted the war to continue until the whole of Bosnia was taken by the Mujaahideen. In the first few days of December 1995, he was once sitting with a group of brothers who were making each other laugh. Sayyad broke-out into tears and angrily said to the brothers: "Why are we all laughing? Look at the disbelievers. They think first and plan and they are laughing because they have their own state. But look at us, the Muslims! We do not even have a state yet, but we continue to laugh." Other brothers told how Sayyad had begun to pray all night long and that he would not stop reciting the Qur'aan. A few days later he telephoned his mother to send him some money, as he intended on visiting home for a short period. On Sunday 10 December 1995 he telephoned his mother again and told her not to send the money, as he would not be needing it. As Sayyad went higher and higher in his worship, Allah subhaanahu wa ta'Ala took Sayyad to be the fifth British Mujaahid martyred in the land of Bosnia. On the afternoon of Tuesday 12 December 1995 in the Mujaahideen headquarters in Sjenica (Zenitza) - just before sunset - a van full of explosives detonated beside Sayyad, sending him flying over a number of metres. He was killed almost instantly after the blast, whilst he was true to his Lord. One brother who was near Sayyad when the explosion took place describes him and how he was killed:  "Sayyad was a very cheerful... brother, and you could feel the truthfulness breathing from him in times when we were talking. One time when we were talking about attacking the enemy in their territory, I saw his face lit up like a shining light and he was talking about martyrdom in the Cause of Allah... In the last days when he was learning, those days he was sitting and reading the books of the Sunnah and whenever he learnt a new Sunnah he would implement it. He loved to train in the Cause of Allah, and he would train hard, so he could be more effective in his fighting against the enemies of Allah. Because of his friendly character, he was much loved amongst the Bosnians... Even though he could not speak much of the Bosnian language, he was well-accepted amongst the Bosnians. Rasoolullah [SAW] said that whoever wished for martyrdom with truthfulness, Allah will give it to him, even though he die in his bed. In the Base-camp of the Mujaahideen - none of the brothers liked to stay in the base-camp. It was too far away from the enemies of Allah for any, to see any action, so none of the brothers liked to stay there. They all liked to be in the frontline. But Sayyad, Allah saw that he was truthful and He gave him his martyrdom in the base camp when there was an unexpected explosion. And the only person to be killed in this explosion was Sayyad, as he was only 5 metres away... His body flew a distance of 30 metres and he died shortly afterwards. May Allah have mercy on his soul. The explosion was of such a severe extent that it damaged much of the area around, and there were other brothers who were within 10 metres of the same explosion, but by the qadr of Allah, by the will of Allah, those brothers didn't even take a scratch. And Sayyad, by Allah's choice, was taken as a martyr and the others left Insha Allah to fight another day. But had the explosion been at another time, it would have taken a serious number of brothers. But it was a sign from the signs of Allah that Shahaadah or martyrdom is not something that is reached easily but has to be asked for with truthfulness and worked for. And it can reach you, it can be given to you, wherever you are. And for Sayyad it's a sign that he will be, that Allah will accept his martyrdom. Right in the base camp, far away form the frontlines. Insha Allah, may Allah have mercy on him" The night before Sayyad was killed, his mother - who was in London at the time - saw a dream, in which she saw a beautiful house in the sky. A voice said to her, "This is your house. You started building it 20 years ago, and this day you have completed it." She did not understand what this dream meant. The next day, a brother telephoned from Bosnia, informing her that her son had been killed and had joined the caravan of martyrs, leaving the land of Bosnia. Sayyad was killed 2 days before his 19th birthday, and, adding on the months of pregnancy to his age in the Islamic calendar, it completes a period of 20 years. Therefore, the house in the dream was interpreted as being a house in Paradise that had started to be built by Sayyad's mother on the day that he was born, and completed when Sayyad was martyred. Two weeks later, she saw another dream in which she saw a green bird with camouflaged-color feathers flying around, which then came down and kissed her on her cheek. Sayyad was killed wearing his distinct camouflage suit that he had bought from England, and we hope that his soul rests in the hearts of green birds which fly around the throne of Allah, as mentioned by the Messenger (SAW) in the authentic hadith. Sayyad was a brother who made Jihaad with his wealth and his life, giving every penny of his wealth for the pleasure of Allah, and eventually, giving every drop of his blood for Him. We ask Allah subhanaahu wa ta'Ala to accept Sayyad from the martyrs. To make him an example for the millions of youth in the West, who have chosen this life in preference for the hereafter. To make his mother an example of for all the women in the world who prevent their sons in partaking in the Jihaad and to join him with his mother in palaces at the highest part of the Paradise. Sayyad was buried in the graveyard of the martyrs of Operations Miracle and Badr next to Mu'taz  and his burial was witnessed by over 300 of the cream of the foreign Mujaahideen fighters in Bosnia. We can only say to Sayyad what the Messenger (SAW) said, when his son Ibraheem died: "The eyes send their tears, and the heart is full of grief, but we do not say anything except that which pleases our Lord." Indeed O Sayyad, we are saddened by your departure from us. "fa ilam naltaqee fil ardhi yawman wa faraqa baynana ka'sa manoonee, famaw'iduna ghadan fee daari khuldin,"  "So if we do not meet again in the world today, and the painful cup of death has separated between us, then our appointment tomorrow is in the land of eternity." Source: "Under The Shade of Swords" by Azzam Publications. Transcribed by As-Sabeel Agency. Footnotes by As-Sabeel Agency  From the nasheed Wadaa' (listen here, read translation here)  The biggest operation organised by the Ansaar [foreign] Mujaahideen in Bosnia in which they captured Mount Paljenik from the Serbs in just 4 minutes. The Mujaahideen killed hundreds of Serbs and took many of them prisoner them, whilst liberating a number of villages from Serb occupation.  Signed on December 14, 1995. One of the terms stipulated by the heads of kufr was the expulsion of the Ansaar Mujaahideen from the land of Bosnia, however the Bosnian people did not want them to go.  This part of the tape was very unclear, thus we were unable to transcribe every word.  Al-Mu'tazu bi'llah. He was the Egyptian commander of the Ansaar Mujaahideen who was martyred in Operation Badr.  From the nasheed Wadaa' (Farewell) Listen to nasheed and read translation By FatimahBintYaqub on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 03:03 pm: Edit Absolutely wonderful MASHALLAH By qwe on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 12:46 am: Edit sister umm, salaam please could you post more stories from the tapes? they really do soften the heart and inspire weak ppl like myself with hope and the will to do what little good we can jzk. By Umm on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 04:26 pm: Edit Salaam, Qwe, I got the story on here by copying it from the as-sabeel.com site, which is down. There are a number of biographies of shuhadaa' from the tape "In the Hearts of Green Birds" available on the Net. However, regarding the 2nd tape "Under the Shade of Swords", I have only seen the above story on the Net. I will try and listen again to the stories of the brothers listed and post some here. Give me a few days insha'Allah, and I will add the biography of Sheikh Anwar Sha'ban rahimahullah from the tape. wa-salaam, Umm. By Umm on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 11:30 am: Edit Salaam, Alhamdulillah I had some free time when the children were asleep, so was able to type-up the story of Shaykh Anwar Sha’ban. I have added it as a new thread. wa-salaam, Umm.