Today is 9th September 2011. Exactly ten years ago in Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Massoud was murdered and a light of promise died with him. Two days after that, on 11th September 2001, the Twin Towers in New York was attacked.
Before he died he visited the West to warn it of the impending danger and violent attacks from the likes of the al Qaeda. When he did that, to the malevolent forces of hubris, Massoud has signed his own death warrant.
In the early hours of the morning before he was assassinated by Muslim bandits, he spent some time with his old friends reading passages from a book of poetry of the eminent Persian poet Hafez Sharizi. Massoud spoke Persian, Pashtu, Urdu, Hindi and French. It is an old Pashtun custom, whereby the reader would randomly open a page from the book, recite the verse then to be discussed by the small circle of friends. A few hours later he surrendered his physical body to fate and his soul departed this earth to return to the Lord.
If you have not, you may wish to read "Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir Chapter 1 - Prose of Ramadhan Part 6"
May God light his soul with the light of Muhammad Habibullah!
wa min Allah at-taufiq.