Our troops had captured a strong and heavy built enemy officer. The boys had surrounded him and were insisting that he says, “Death to Saddam”. But the officer resisted and remained silent. So then, some of the boys started hitting him.
At that moment, Haj Ahmed appeared.
He shouted, “What is happening?” Upon hearing the loud voice of Haj Ahmed, everyone became silent. One of the boys came forward and said, “We told him to curse Saddam, but he wouldn’t, so I slapped him in the face…”
Before he could finish his sentence, Hajj Ahmed gave him a slap and said, “Who do you think you are? Where in Islam is it allowed to beat a prisoner?” He then addressed the others and said, “Whenever a prisoner is captured by the soldiers of Islam, he is to be treated the same way your brother in religion is treated. By no means are you allowed to mistreat a prisoner of war”.
He then instructed two soldiers to take the prisoner away from the front line.
This was a story from the life of Shahid Ahmad Motawassiliyan… A humble and hardworking commander …. who dedicated his life in Allah’s service, and died on His path.