At last, the head of the international American super power, Donald J. Trump, admitted that Taliban are a though people whom the United States has been fighting for nineteen years. Trump used the term ‘tough’ which is synonymous with strong, durable, resilient, determined, unbreakable, rugged and resolute. All these words are used for things that are indestructible, are able to resist and remain under all pressure and comes out victorious in every battle of survival.
The Taliban managed to fight-off one of the greatest storms in human history. NATO backed with regional and international countries used all military, intelligence and media tools at their disposal to attack Taliban, launched kill or capture rewards programs and paid billions to armies of writers, journalists and intellectuals to defame them but the saying of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) proved truthful in favor of the Taliban:
وَلَوْ اجْتَمَعُوا عَلَى أَنْ يَضُرُّوكَ بِشَيْءٍ لَمْ يَضُرُّوكَ إِلَّا بِشَيْءٍ قَدْ كَتَبَهُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ رُفِعَتْ الْأَقْلَامُ وَجَفَّتْ الصُّحُفُ
If the entire world was to gather in order to cause you harm, they shall only touch you with harm that is preordained for you by Almighty Allah. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried…
It seems that the elimination of Taliban was not ordained by Almighty Allah hence the world was exhausted yet the Taliban remained and all people of the world ultimately accepted the approach of dialogue over conflict.
But the question arises about the secret of Taliban power and determination? How can a group armed with very basic weaponry force the world to accept their resilience and toughness?? Everyone could give a possible answer based on their philosophical inclination but I believe there are only two factors that played a major role.
Almighty Allah says in verse 62 of Chapter Anfal:
هُوَ الَّذِي أَيَّدَكَ بِنَصْرِهِ وَبِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ
It is He who supported you (Muhammad) with His help and with the believers.
This blessed verse specifies the secret behind the success and triumph of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as the Help of Allah and support of the believers… without a doubt the true followers of the Prophet (PBUH) and his Prophetic methodology will be aided by Allah with these same means.
In light of the above analysis, one can confidently say that the secret to the perseverance and strength of the Taliban lies in those two factors – Help of Allah Almighty and support of the believing nation. The Taliban neither fought the American with modern missiles and weapons of another country nor did they have the political backing of a powerful bloc. Rather they relied solely on the Divine Help of Allah which fortified their spirits and blessed their weapons with incredible effectiveness all the while the believing Afghan nation supported them with all their meager means, absolute sincerity and display of valor and transformed them into an impregnable fortress in the face of an international onslaught.
If the Taliban want to continue to ride the waves of success and triumph in the future stages, they must maintain the Help of Allah and support of its people in order to remain though and unbreakable.