al-Shaykh al-Mujahid, Abu Muhammad al-Lubnani

Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Lubnani, Mustafa Ramadan, one of the founders of Jama’at al-Tawheed wal-Jihad,. He was from Majdal Anjar and having five children, his roots back to Diyar Bakr in Turky while his mother was from Aleppo. He was always spoke quietly, politely, and with great precision, once you see him, you feel like you have known that person for a long time even though you have never met before.

He was also memorizing al-Qur’an and practicing its meanings, once he heard a Fatwa saying al-Jihad is an individual obligation, he went forth for the sake of Allah to the Land of Khurasan where he participated in the battles of Jalalabad with Arab Mujahideen. Then after discord among the Afghani fictions began to surface, he returned back to his native country to lend his Jihadi skills on-and-off to help rebuild his home country. By then he began to be harassed by the government so he left for Denmark, where he had let his beard grow, dressed like an Afghan Mujahid and kept his wife’s Niqab. There he established contacts with al-Mujahideen across Europe, and eventually joined a Turkmen chapter of Ansar al-Islam, a small Kurdish Sunni organization with roots in northern Iraq. After his return to his own country, he formed alongside his friend Abu Aysha al-Lubnani, who fought in Afghanistan and Chechnya, a Jihadi group. Shortly after he was arrested for financing terrorism for 8-months. After his release he returned to establish another Jihadi group in Majdal Anjar.

Following the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he traveled to Iraq with one of his brothers, Fadi Abu al-Dardaa, to explore the situation in Iraq if it can be permitted to engage in a correct Jihad without nationalism, patriotism or secularism flags. When they were there on the ground, they sowed the seeds of al-Jihad in the Land of al-Rafidayn alongside with al-Shaykh Abu Raghd al-Jazrawi, by forming Rawa Camp (later it became the starting point of al-Jihad in Iraq), where he became the chief commander and Shaykh Abu Raghd the military commander of the camp. Later he retuned to Lebanon to bring his eldest son, Muhammad (Abu Suhayil), and engage him in al-Jihad for the sake of Allah, but shortly after his arrival to Iraq he got his Shahada in crusader airstrike upon al-Farouq cam in Rawa.

After while two spies were discovered who called in an airstrike on al-Farouq camp, which led to the martyrdom of his son, Muhammad, his friend, Abu al-Dardaa, and the commander of the camp, Abu Raghd. Since then he became known as “Abu al-Shahid”. First thing Shaykh al-Lubnani did was behead one of those spies while the other one killed himself by taking deadly poison. His reputation spread throughout Iraq and preceded him to Shaykh Abu Mus’ad al-Zarqawi as a fearless Mujahid who organized many martyrdom operations. Within a year he became a military commander of Jama’at al-Tawheed wal-Jihad and a close companion to al-Shaykh al-Zarqawi. His activities including western area, al-Fallujah, Baghdad and al-Mosul with the commander of Baghdad, Manaf al-Rawi, he was behind the recruitment of al-Mujahideen smuggling them into the Land of al-Rafidayn (Iraq), he was amongst the early people who Shaykh al-Adnani met when he arrived to Iraq. Haifa Street in downtown Baghdad was a remarkable experience to witness his courage, his resolution-armband fortitude.

He played a role in a number of major operations, including killing a convoy of CIA officers and US troops in an ambush in al-Amiriya bridge on Baghdad Airport Road, and capturing three Americans and a British in al-Mansour district of Baghdad. He attained his Shahada in clashes with American forces in September 2004 during Abu Ghreib battle along with Shaykh Abu Anas al-Shami, a few months after his son martyrdom, may Allah accept him and grand him al-Firdaws al-A’la, Ameen.