You are on page 1of 88

I advised you, my beloved brother, in my lifetime

And this is my final advice from my grave

Presented To
Presented By

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 1

Date

26/10/2013 23:56:43

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 2

26/10/2013 23:56:44

The Last Testament of

Imam Abdessalam Yassine


Translated from the Arabic
by the Editorial Board
of Justice and Spirituality Publishing

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 3

New Britain, PA, USA 2014

26/10/2013 23:56:44

2014 by Justice and Spirituality Publishing


All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced,
in any form or by any means, without prior written permission
from the publisher.
Printed in China
Published by Justice and Spirituality Publishing
P.O. Box 5189
New Britain, PA 18901
U.S.A.
Web site: www.JSpublishing.net
ISBN 978-0-9675795-5-9
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 2013953181
Printed on acid-free paper

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 4

26/10/2013 23:56:45

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 5

26/10/2013 23:56:45

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most


Merciful
May God shower His mercy, peace and blessings
upon our Master Muammad, his family, his
companions, his brothers and his party

The Last Testament


of Imam Abdessalam Yassine
The ultimate goal of my testament is that
believing men and women should hear it recorded
in my voice or read a transcript of it and invoke
mercy upon me as I rest in my grave, a prisoner
of my sins and hopeful of the mercy of my
Lord. That is the foremost aim. May God have
mercy on those servants who call on Him with
a humble heart, praying for one whose deeds

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 6

6 6

26/10/2013 23:56:46

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 7

26/10/2013 23:56:47

are cut off except for those three things that may
be hoped for.1 Perhaps God will cause the benefit
of your prayers to reach us, may God reward you.
The second aim is that someone may
remember and take heed of the essence of that
which we called to when we were among the
residents of the material world, passing on to
the eternal. It is a testament so that people may
remember and pray, such that those elements that
connected us in life may be rejoined and the virtue
of visiting and loving one another for the sake of
God may be realized across time. The connection
is not restricted by the barrier of death.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 8

TN: Ab Hurayra, may God be pleased


with him, reported that the Prophet, may
God bless him and grant him peace, said,
When the son of Adam dies his deeds are
cut off except for three: charity of continuous benefit, beneficial knowledge he left
behind, or a righteous child who prays for
him. Narrated by Muslim.
8 8

26/10/2013 23:56:48

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 9

26/10/2013 23:56:49

Al-Bukhr, Muslim, Ab Dwd, atTirmidh, an-Nas and Mlik in the Muwaa all
narrate on the authority of our master Abdullh
b. Umar, may God be pleased with him, that the
Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant
him peace, said, It is not appropriate that a Muslim
who has something to give as a bequest should sleep
for two nights in row without having a written
testament.
Indeed, I have multiple things to bequeath
and advise for those who hear and understand,
and I hope that its echo will reach open ears and
receptive hearts, by the permission of our Lord,
the Guardian, the Praiseworthy.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 10

10 10

26/10/2013 23:56:50

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 11

11

26/10/2013 23:56:52

An echo that will be conveyed onward,


God willing, by the generations of Justice and
Spirituality (al-adl wal-isn) until the Day of
Judgment, in order that they may bear witness on
the Day that witnesses stand forth that Abdessalam
Yassine is a servant in utter need of the forgiveness
of his Lord, who admits his sins and bears witness
that there is none worthy of worship other than God,
the One, the Self-Sufficient who neither begets nor
was begotten and to Whom there is no likeness,
and that our master Muammad is His servant and
His Messenger, who He sent with guidance and
the religion of Truth in order that He may make
it prevail over all religion beginning as an open
appeal and a comprehensive proof for all creation
and then reaching fruition as an awe-inspiring
khilfa built on the method of Prophethood.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 12

12 12

26/10/2013 23:56:52

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 13

13

26/10/2013 23:56:54

He further bears witness that the angels are


a purified creation from among the creations of
God, and that the Book that God sent down is true,
having reached us free of any distortion may
God reward the Companions who preserved and
conveyed this book with the help of God such that
the words of our Lord reached us between the two
covers of the muaf.
He further bears witness that the Messengers
of God, may God bless them and grant them
peace, conveyed the messages of their Lord until
the certainty of death reached them, and that
their leader and seal is the beloved of God, His
Prophet and Messenger Muammad, may God
bless him and grant him peace, our intercessor
with God on the day of the great terror when
people stand before the Lord of the Worlds.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 14

14 14

26/10/2013 23:56:55

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 15

15

26/10/2013 23:56:56

He further bears witness that Gods measuring


out of all events is true not a single atom in
existence moves without the permission of the
All-Wise, the Well-Acquainted.
He further bears witness that the Resurrection
after death is true, the Gathering is true, the
Balance is true, the Bridge over Hell is true, the
Garden is true, the Fire is true, the Final Hour is
coming without a doubt and God will resurrect
those in the graves.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 16

16 16

26/10/2013 23:56:57

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 17

17

26/10/2013 23:56:58

After that, I advise the one who hears or reads


my words with that which God advised the human
being. The Creator of the human being advised
him to treat his parents well since his mother
carried him, nursed him and raised him with
tenderness and since both his mother and father
took responsibility for him as a fetus and infant
when he had no strength or ability of his own, and
then through the various stages of his life.
God advised kindness and excellent
treatment towards parents, especially in their old
age when they are weak and in need of a tender
hand, a sympathetic heart and beautiful treatment
springing from fidelity and love.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 18

18 18

26/10/2013 23:56:59

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 19

19

26/10/2013 23:57:01

I advise that which God advised His righteous


servants and Messengers, Noah, Muammad,
Abraham, Moses and Jesus, peace and blessings
be upon them namely that the religion be
established and that its adherents remain united
as we read in Srat ash-Shr. Indeed, shr, or
mutual consultation in public and private affairs,
as well as in governance, is from the essence of the
religion. We, the umma of Islam, are even more
responsible for fulfilling all that God advised His
beloved chosen servants for their ummas insofar
as we are the umma that has inherited Gods
message and has been appointed as witnesses over
mankind.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 20

20 20

26/10/2013 23:57:02

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 21

21

26/10/2013 23:57:03

I advise with all that God advised His


believing servants in Srat al-Anm (The
Chapter of Livestock), in order that the believers
be distinguished from the polytheists and that God
may know who will come to the aid of His religion
and His Messengers and who forsakes them. On
this basis He will reward those who obey and
disgrace those who are ungrateful and disobedient.
These are four pieces of advice so that we
may understand deeply and be among the righteous
monotheistic believers: that we not ascribe partners
to God by worshipping material or mental idols,
that we treat our parents kindly, that we not kill
our children out of fear of poverty one of the
worst manifestations of such killing is to allow
the sources of misguidance and corruption to pick
them off in front of our eyes

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 22

22 22

26/10/2013 23:57:04

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 23

23

26/10/2013 23:57:06

and that we not approach shameful deeds whether


they be open or secret.2 If we approach such things
by our own will, or if we sit idly by in the face
of those oppressive forces who would erase our
culture and corrupt our morals then we have fallen
into the quagmire of shameful deeds. And do
not take any life, which God has made sacred,
except by just right Killing the very humanity
of the human being and convincing him that he
is merely an evolved animal who has no meaning
to his existence other than grazing like an animal,
entertainment and meaningless action are the
worst forms of taking the life that God has made
sacred this wreaks havoc on the human being,
his soul and his rights.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 24

TN: All of these prohibitions are


mentioned in Quran 6:151.

24 24

26/10/2013 23:57:06

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 25

25

26/10/2013 23:57:08

I convey the following four pieces of advice


from Srat al-Anm, reminding of that which God
reminded anyone willing to take heed: that we not
approach the property of the orphan except in the
best manner, that we give full, just balance, that we
be just and unbiased where the truth is concerned
and that we fulfill Gods covenant. (Quran 6:152)
All of that should be understood in its generality
with respect to individual character and private
practice of religion, and understood according to
its specific limits with respect to communal and
political action.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 26

26 26

26/10/2013 23:57:09

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 27

27

26/10/2013 23:57:10

I advise with the mother of all divine


injunctions in Srat al-Anm, which came
to us in a single verse and is directed to us, the
believers, perchance we may be among the Godconscious. This injunction is following the straight
path the path of God to Whom belongs all that
is in the heavens and the earth and to Whom all
matters return and to Whom we will return after
death. This mother of all injunctions warns us
against following those paths that would divide
us or remove us from the expansive path of God.
I advise with the advice of Abraham, peace be
upon him, whose religion we have been ordered to
follow: He advised his sons that they not stray from
the religion that God had chosen for them and that
they not die except in a state of submission to God.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 28

28 28

26/10/2013 23:57:11

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 29

29

26/10/2013 23:57:12

Abrahams grandson Jacob gave the same advice,


upon him and our Prophet and all the Prophets
and righteous servants of God be the purest peace.
This is the natural, inborn, easy religion that
is renewed, beautified and completed with the
message of the best of the children of Adam, our
master Muammad ibn Abdullh, may the peace
and blessings of God be upon him.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 30

I further advise with that which


our master Muammad, may God bless
him and grant him peace, advised in his
Farewell Pilgrimage, in the last period
of his life in this passingworld, when he
enjoined on his noble Companions, his
exalted family and his umma until the Day
of Judgment that we not return to disbelief
after him by striking one anothers necks,

30 30

26/10/2013 23:57:13

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 31

31

26/10/2013 23:57:15

and that we beware of the False Messiah (adDajjl), and that we refrain from shedding the
blood or usurping the property of Muslims since
they are forbidden, and that we protect the honor of
Muslims. That was his advice may my father and
mother be sacrificed for him and he called God
and those present to bear witness to his testament.
This testament has been conveyed to us and we
have been admonished and warned so there is
none among us who is not counted among those
who heard, whether we obey or disobey, take heed
or turn away.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 32

32 32

26/10/2013 23:57:15

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 33

33

26/10/2013 23:57:17

I advise with that which the Messenger of


God, may God bless him and grant him peace,
advised when he was on his death-bed: the
prayer and that which our right hands possess.
Prayer, prayer! And in that which our right hand
possess we should not transgress Gods law or
the testament of His Messenger. Slavery was
an institution that existed when polytheism
faced faith with equal military preparation. The
people of faith then had the message of God
and they conveyed it by calling others to it and
defended its homeland through military strength.
In our time and in the future conveying this
message is still a weighty responsibility upon
our shoulders, and every age has its own system
organizing warfare and peace. We should struggle
to defend our religion and possess the means of
strength so that we can maximize our resources
and our right hand can have some meaning.3

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 34

TN: This sentence means that Muslim countries should strive to free themselves from economic and military
dependence on other powers as a prerequisite to being able to defend their
interests on a global stage.
34 34

26/10/2013 23:57:18

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 35

35

26/10/2013 23:57:19

I advise with that which the Messenger of


God, may God bless him and grant him peace,
advised as death approached during his last
moments in the world. He advised good treatment
of women and we have been ordered to take this
responsibility seriously, especially with respect to
our wives and daughters. He emphasized in his
last testament that which he had taught before
that the best of us are those who treat their wives
best. And he left the example of his own beautiful
conduct towards his wives, the Mothers of the
believers, may God be pleased with them.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 36

36 36

26/10/2013 23:57:20

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 37

37

26/10/2013 23:57:22

I advise of the prayer that it be established


in a congregation in the mosque, carefully
fulfilling the prerequisite of purification in
full awareness of the sunna of the Messenger
of God, may God bless him and grant him
peace, in movements, stillness, prayer times
and all else related to the manner of his prayer.
The prayer! The prayer! The prayer! It is the
pillar of the religion and the support that holds it
in place.
Establishing the prayer is the
supplication that our father Abraham
made for himself and his descendants:
My Lord, make me and my descendants
among those who establish the prayer.
Our Lord! And accept my supplication.
(Quran 14:40)

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 38

38 38

26/10/2013 23:57:22

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 39

39

26/10/2013 23:57:24

I advise those who hear and understand to


listen attentively and be eager to act every time
they hear the appeal, O you who believe They
should be ready to obey commands patiently and
restrain themselves from prohibitions.
I advise everyone whose aspiration has been
awakened that their utmost goal should be the
Countenance of God, for any lesser goal is liable
to veil them from God. Seeking rewards and the
Garden is certainly part of the shara, but longing
for the Countenance of God and striving to gain His
pleasure by engaging in those things that bring us
near to Him is the ultimate aim of lofty aspirations.
This is with the condition of consistent, tireless
action and a perpetually renewed intention.
I advise that justice (al-adl) is the
inseparable counterpart of isn in the book
of our Lord and in the name of our school.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 40

40 40

26/10/2013 23:57:25

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 41

41

26/10/2013 23:57:26

So the continual jihd to establish a just state in


our umma should not distract us from an intensive
jihd to reach the ranks of spiritual excellence and
closeness to God. Isn is that you worship God
as if you can see Him, and there is no entry to this
path without righteous companionship (uba)
that opens closed doors and guides you into the
world of light and subtle meanings of the heart.
For this reason, I advise of righteous
companionship and building a community
(as-uba wal-jama), and of righteous
companionship within that community (as-uba
f al-jama). I advise of righteous companionship
and building a community, and of righteous
companionship within that community. I advise
of righteous companionship and building a
community, and of righteous companionship
within that community.4

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 42

TN: In his recorded reading of


this testament, Imam Yassine repeated this phrase three times with
great emphasis.
42 42

26/10/2013 23:57:27

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 43

43

26/10/2013 23:57:29

In earlier times, a single Shaykh with an


enlightened heart would take the hand of an
aspiring spiritual wayfarer in the path on an
individual basis. For the future of our dawa we
hope that God, the Light of the heavens and the
earth, will pour His mercy upon his individual
awliy and inspire them to cooperate in
righteousness and God-consciousness in guiding
creation through righteous companionship that
brings hearts together. There is no harm if the
love of Zayd for Amr is more than his love for
Khlid.5 Our hope from the Sovereign Bestower
is that righteous companionship and community
(as-uba wa al-jama) will be as inseparable as
justice and isn. The magnetism of one immersed
in the spiritual world of light should not overcome
the shara which orders, and take counsel with
one another in a fair manner. (Quran 65:6)

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 44

TN: In other words, not everyone within the


community has to love the same person with
equal intensity. It is acceptable for different
people within the community to incline more to
some of its righteous members than others as
long as a spirit of love and brotherhood is preserved amongst all and the procedures for decision-making and implementation are respected.
44 44

26/10/2013 23:57:29

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 45

45

26/10/2013 23:57:31

I advise my beloved brothers that they should


pray to our Lord that He hold together the unity
of righteous companionship and community (asuba wal-jama) just as He holds the heavens
and the earth from passing away.
I advise my beloved brothers and sisters from
the Justice and Spirituality Association that they
should pray to our Lord that He hold together the
unity of righteous companionship and community
just as He holds the heavens and the earth from
passing away.
I advise my beloved brothers and sisters in
the Justice and Spirituality Association that they
should pray to our Lord that He hold together the
unity of righteous companionship and community
just as He holds the heavens and the earth from
passing away.6

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 46

TN: Imm Yassine also repeated and


emphasized this phrase three times
with very slight differences.

46 46

26/10/2013 23:57:32

47

26/10/2013 23:57:33

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 47

I advise of remembrance of God in public and


in private, and I advise of all the specific forms
of remembrance that are explained in detail under
the attribute of remembrance (adh-dhikr) in my
writings.
I advise of sincerity and of being amongst
the sincere, exercising patience in this company,
carrying the loads it entails and bearing faults
and mistakes with forbearance. For patient
companionship with the sincere is no light matter.
Whoever claims that he is sincere and then stops
in his path when the first signs of an uphill climb
appear to him has proven his claim to be empty.
I advise of ascending and overcoming the
steep climb, as God has advised of this.7 Otherwise,
low-lying, easy lands are a grazing pasture for
others. Be people of high aspirations, my brothers
and sisters!

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 48

TN: But he [the human being]


would not try to ascend the steep
climb. (Quran 90:11)

48 48

26/10/2013 23:57:34

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 49

49

26/10/2013 23:57:35

I advise of sacrificing from ones wealth,


voluntary charity and great concern for giving
the zakt and putting it to use in the appropriate
manner. Zakt is an obligation from God for every
individual who has the minimum amount of wealth
and property required for it. It is a system to close
the holes of poverty and need in a just state.
I advise of seeking knowledge knowledge
which guarantees the felicity of each individual in
the Hereafter and knowledge of those sciences and
disciplines that guarantee strength for the umma.
Intellects capable of organization, production and
creativity are necessary in gaining this strength
before strong hands and well-spent wealth.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 50

50 50

26/10/2013 23:57:36

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 51

51

26/10/2013 23:57:38

I advise of righteous deeds, beginning from


the righteousness of obligatory and voluntary
worship that bring believing men and women close
to God and then moving on to the strenuous efforts
necessary to unify the umma step by step. This is
to be undertaken by far-sighted men and women
who are patient in the face of the trials they go
through in this path until the edifice of the khilfa
built on the method of Prophethood is raised. This
is what the Messenger whose words are divinely
inspired promised us, giving the glad tidings of
the future of Islam concerning which there is no
doubt, just as the Final Hour, the Resurrection, the
Gathering, the Garden and the Fire are realities
regarding which there is no doubt.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 52

52 52

26/10/2013 23:57:39

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 53

53

26/10/2013 23:57:40

I advise of the beautiful comportment of


Islam that manifests in the character, appearance
and reputation of believing men and women. We
should be distinguished as people whose noble
comportment and sublime concerns transcend
the lowly concerns and degraded character of
others, just as they transcend their media, their
entertainment and their aimless action. We seek
refuge in God from the evil whisperer who
whispers in the hearts of people and jinn and then
retreats.
I advise of being deliberate in our actions
so that we may be led with wisdom, and of
moderation so that our direction may be sound,

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 54

54 54

26/10/2013 23:57:41

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 55

55

26/10/2013 23:57:43

and of jihd in the path of God the jihd of


the strong who do not aggress and of the gentle
who are not weak. I advise of deliberateness,
moderation and jihd in a world that is shaken
by various types of divine trials that God uses to
sort out the good from the evil at the individual
and communal levels. God makes Truth supreme
whenever and however He wills. And He grants
victory to whomever He wills, however He wills,
whenever He wills.
We take rest on a bed of patience beneath the
drops that fall from the spout of Gods decree, as
the Master Abd al-Qdir al-Jln said, may God
sanctify his secret.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 56

56 56

26/10/2013 23:57:44

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 57

57

26/10/2013 23:57:46

This is the last of what God has eased as a


testament. It was written on the 25th night of Dh
al-ijja in the year 1422 at roughly 3:30 AM, the
time of Gods bounty and answered prayers in the
last third of the night, when our Lord manifests
Himself in the most generous bestowal. Let us
move on to du ar-rbia8 and donating the
reward of reading the Qurn as a gift to those for
whom we pray. I advise of du ar-rbia let
nothing hold us back from it or busy us from it.
8

TN: Du ar-rbia or the supplication of spiritual bond,


is a daily supplication that aims to strengthen the bonds of
love between the Muslims of the past, present and future.
It is a supplication in which one prays to God for His beloved Messenger Muammad (God bless him and grant
him peace), the former prophets (peace be upon them),
the previous generations of the righteous, the angels,
ones parents and family, ones brothers and sisters in Islam in the present day, and even for future
generations. Its primary purpose is to establish
a strong spiritual bond and lasting relationship with the role models whom one
prays for, and to follow their example
in the hope of being counted amongst
them in the presence of God.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 58

58 58

26/10/2013 23:57:47

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 59

59

26/10/2013 23:57:48

Do not forget us in your prayers, may God reward


you generously. I leave your faith and the seal of
your deeds in the care of God. May the peace,
mercy and blessings of God be upon you.
O God, send your blessings upon the Prophet
Muammad, his wives, the Mothers of the believers,
his descendants and the people of his house, just
as you have sent blessings upon the family of
Abraham in all the Worlds, indeed You are Majestic
and Praiseworthy. O God, fill our hearts with love
of You, love of Your Messenger Muammad, may
God bless him and grant him peace, love of the
chosen ones amongst Your Messengers, Prophets
and saints, especially the noble Companions, who
struggled, were patient, emigrated and supported
Your cause, and especially the purified People of
the Prophets House, the chosen amongst
the last people created by God. All praise
is due to God, Lord of the Worlds.

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 60

60 60

26/10/2013 23:57:49

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 61

61

26/10/2013 23:57:51

Following the above is a testament in the


form of poetry that I composed recently. Its verse
speaks to a part of the soul that prose cannot reach.
I advised you, my beloved brother, in my lifetime
And this is my final advice from my grave
Daughter of my soul, sister in struggle
I present to you a garment of silk brocade
I present to all the essence of wisdom from a lifetime passed
In which hardship was suffered and success was gained
The final advice of one laid to rest
A person forgotten in the darkness of his grave

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 62

62 62

26/10/2013 23:57:51

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 63

63

26/10/2013 23:57:53

The Lord of People will remain as a witness


Watching over all who adopt it or leave it aside
O my companions, has there come to you
Or have you remembered or forgotten?
Mention of the race to a resting place
Near to God in holiness sublime
If you dont find provision
And an intimate companion close to the source of Light
Your heart will be confused
By empty and worthless debates
Do you prefer, my friend, the scorch of estrangement
Or the gift of an intimate companion?
What a loss if the soul reaches the throat
And you have not attained the presence of intimacy?

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 64

64 64

26/10/2013 23:57:54

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 65

65

26/10/2013 23:57:55

And you have not attained the station of spiritual maturity


So you die while your heart is full of darkness
When Zayd, Amr and Dad are all brought to their graves
Along with all those who passed before
And you come to the grave in darkness
And pass further into the night of constriction and detainment
And in the scene of Resurrection how great your regret
Over your commerce that has left you utterly bankrupt!
It will be said, Here, take your record!
You will be sent forth to felicity or to torment
Life passed by in heedlessness
The soul was not purified nor did it follow right guidance
The poor man was duped into purchasing
The diversions of lifes pleasures for the most valuable price

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 66

66 66

26/10/2013 23:57:56

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 67

67

26/10/2013 23:57:57

Another poor heedless woman failed to expend


Any of the vanity of fine clothing
Or to spend of the jewelry of which she is proud
Or of precious gems and diamonds
Youth passed with its ease
And now life gives way to grey and old age
As if the supple branches of youth never flourished
And the water of your youth never gushed forth
One tree is brought to life by a wind from the east
And dances as one passing the night in celebration
And your tree, young lady, has withered
As if its branches never bent with the wind
A cheek once clothed with the pink hue of youth
Turns pale and gray in old age

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 68

68 68

26/10/2013 23:57:58

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 69

69

26/10/2013 23:58:00

The wide eyes of youth once sparkled


And shone like the gentle glow of a flower
And here they are in the twilight of life
Fading into the darkness of night
Your hair is now a mix of grey and black, my grandmother
So you may expose it or cover it as you wish
Only yesterday your braids were adorned
With henna in the darkness of nights celebration
But today the grey of old age is apparent
Like white flowers dotting an empty landscape
My sister, do not be alarmed at the approach
Of a warner of the departure from the prison of life
Rush towards the Garden
As the believing women strive, and do not be in loss

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 70

70 70

26/10/2013 23:58:00

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 71

71

26/10/2013 23:58:02

Arise and ride forward on the aspirations of the righteous


Aspiring to the holiest abode
Stand tall in the lofty heights
And do not surrender or retreat
And you, my brother, descendant of the proud
Emerge from the dark of night into the light
Stand up and call to God,
Let nothing divert your determination lest you be among
the cowards
Purify yourself, my brother
For you have no chance of survival amongst the filthy
Approach God in the company of those
Whose pure raiment is not defiled
Let your companions be people of isn
Accompany them well and do no harm

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 72

72 72

26/10/2013 23:58:03

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 73

73

26/10/2013 23:58:04

If you should follow their steps


They are your guide to the holiest of all goals
Their caravan strives towards God
So love them and you will be saved from loss
You will gain with them the good pleasure of God
And from their enlightened hearts you will gain light
And from remembrance, your provision in every gathering
Partake of their pure drink!
In the extensive shade of the angels wings
Who surround your gathering, you will find peace
If some people clamor in winding valleys
And they are nourished by the confusion of the corrupt
Then rush to that place where the sweet-smelling calm
Of the most precious of breaths is diffused

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 74

74 74

26/10/2013 23:58:05

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 75

75

26/10/2013 23:58:07

The perfume of those who pray and remember God


And the musk of mosques and their devotees
With those who sacrifice, extend your helping hand
To those sunken in misery
With those who know, expend your effort to arrive at the truth
And study with them yet again
With those who work, roll up the sleeves of your efforts
Do not be grieved or lose hope
With the women who work you will be
A model of goodness for multitudes to follow
Purify your comportment from blind, aimless following
And from the empty deeds of a shameless fool gone to waste
O sister, God has clothed you
With the veil of modesty so do not be saddened

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 76

76 76

26/10/2013 23:58:07

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 77

77

26/10/2013 23:58:09

Do not be enticed by the adornment of a woman


Who is chewed up by others teeth for their pleasure
Indeed, snakes full of deadly poisons
Are adorned in beautiful patterns and smooth to the touch!
With the patient proceed deliberately and moderately
And do not be one who perpetuates the slumber
of the heedless
If the forbearance of one who struggles
Is not joined tightly with determination it will wane
Seek the way of the Prophet and renew
The signposts of the religion that have faded away
Follow the companions, the predecessors and the righteous
And hold them always as your model
They are my example in life
My aid and my protection

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 78

78 78

26/10/2013 23:58:10

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 79

79

26/10/2013 23:58:11

In struggle be a wise companion


Be gentle and merciful and be not adverse
With the Muslims be merciful
And be gentle in your relations with all
Proclaim the truth openly
With wise and gentle speech
If enemies should transgress against you be as a lion
They will return humbled and hanging their heads
Your struggle is two-fold: be firm without wavering
As the man of strength must be
And then call people forth
From the ruin of total ignorance
Call them and guide them to Light
From the darkness of the night

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 80

80 80

26/10/2013 23:58:12

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 81

81

26/10/2013 23:58:13

Draw near to God by fulfilling His obligations


And through extra deeds approach Him and despair not
From non-existence you were brought forth to eternity
So that you may be tested in the world of madness
So be not in doubt regarding the meeting
With God in a resting place of delight
Prepare earnestly for the day of your exposition
When the records of each soul will be displayed
Here is a bride brought in her procession
To the Gardens of eternity, but another wrought evil
So she is resurrected in a single line
With obstinate deniers and the defiled

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 82

82 82

26/10/2013 23:58:14

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 83

83

26/10/2013 23:58:15

Another rose to the heights of perfection


Swaying with those who sway in delight
And yet another ascended to a station of Truth
He fulfilled his trust and did not breach it
Send Your blessings my Lord, on the chosen one
Of the most blessed and precious essence
And upon the family and companions the guardians
of the sanctuary
May the peace of our sincere assembly rest

Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of honor


and might. Peace be upon the messengers, and all
praise is due to God, the Lord of the Worlds.
Completed at 5:00 AM exactly, shortly before
dawn on Wednesday the
28th of Dh al-ijja, 1422
(March 13, 2002).

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 84

84 84

26/10/2013 23:58:16

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 85

85

26/10/2013 23:58:18

By the Same Author

Translated in English:

1. Memorandum To Him Who Is Concerned (Translation


from the French of an open letter to Moroccos new
king, Mohamed VI), 1999
2. Winning the Modern World for Islam (Translation
from the French), 2000
3. The Muslim Mind on Trial: Divine Revelation versus
Secular Rationalism, 2003
4. Day and Night Schedule of the Believer (A book in
Arabic and English), 2007

In Arabic:

1. Islam between the Appeal and the State, 1972


2. Tomorrow Islam!, 1973
3. Islam or the Flood (An Open Letter to the Late King
of Morocco), 1974
4. Dialogue with our Westernized Elite (Translation from
the French), 1980
5. Centennial Royal Epistle in the Balance
of Islam, 1980
6. The Prophetic Method [al-Minhj an-Nabaw], 1982
7. Islam and the Challenge of Marxism-Leninism, 1987
8. Men of God (1st in the seriesAl-Isn), 1988
9. Preliminary Remarks on Methodology, 1989
10. Islam and the Challenge of Secular Nationalism, 1989
11. Reflections on Islamic Jurisprudence and History, 1989
12. Spiritual Gems (A Collection of Poems), 1992
13. The Muslim Mind on Trial: Divine Revelation versus
Secular Rationalism, 1994

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 86

86 86

26/10/2013 23:58:18

14. A Dialogue with Honorable Democrats, 1994


15. A Letter of Reminder (1st in the seriesRasil AlIsn), 1995
16. On the Economy, 1995
17. A Letter to Students and to all Muslims (2nd in the
seriesRasil Al-Isn), 1995
18. The Muslim Woman: Journey into the Light, 1996
19. Shrand Democracy, 1996
20. Poetic Exhortations (3rd in the series Rasil Al-Isn),
1996
21. Dialogue of the Past and the Future, 1997
22. Dialogue with a Berber Friend, 1997
23. Spirituality [Al-Isn] V1, 1998
24. How Shall We Renew Our Faith, How Do We Advise
For the sake of God And His Messenger? (1st in the
series Lessons on the Prophetic Method), 1998
25. Al-Firaand the Remedial Treatment of Prophecy
for Hearts, 1998 (2nd in the series Lessons on the
Prophetic Method), 1998
26. Spirituality [Al-Isn] V2, 1999
27. Memorandum To Whom It May Concern
(Translation from the French of an open letter to
Moroccos new king, Mohamed VI), 1999
28. Cultivating a Sound Heart (3rd in the series Lessons
on the Prophetic Method), 1999
29. Braving the Obstacles (4th in the series Lessons on the
Prophetic Method), 1999
30. Justice: Islamists and Governance, 2000
31. A Harvest of Poems (A Collection of Poems), 2000

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 87

87 87

26/10/2013 23:58:19

32. Winning the Modern World for Islam (Translation


from the French), 2000
33. The Scholarly Treatise, 2001
34. Caliphate and Monarchy, 2001
35. Exemplary Men of Uprising and Reform, 2001
36. Day and Night Schedule of the Believer, 2002
37. The Price (5th in the series Lessons on the Prophetic
Method), 2004
38. Gods Custom, 2005
39. Preliminary Steps towards the Future of Islam, 2005
40. Leadership of the Umma, 2009
41. The Qurn and Prophecy, 2010

In French:
1.
2.
3.
4.

The Islamic Method of Revolution, 1980


Toward a Dialogue with our Westernized Elite, 1980
Winning the Modern World for Islam, 1998
Memorandum To Him Who Is Concerned (An open
letter to Moroccos new king, Mohamed VI), 1999

Translated in German:

1. Memorandum To Him Who Is Concerned (Translation


from the French of an open letter to Moroccos new
king, Mohamed VI), 1999
2. Winning the Modern World for Islam (Translation
from the French), 2000

Translated in Turkish:
1.
2.
3.
4.

The Prophetic Method [al-Minhj an-Nabaw], 2012


Gods Custom, 2012
Caliphate and Monarchy, 2012
Exemplary Men of Uprising and Reform, 2012

The_Last_Testament_2013october23.indd 88

88 88

26/10/2013 23:58:19