Below is the translation of Mr Abdul Quader Mollah’s last letter to his wife Mrs Sanowara Jahan:
Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
My dear life partner, my beloved,
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah
Today the complete verdict has been published. As soon as the verdict reaches the jail, tonight or tomorrow, I will probably be moved to the execution ward. This is the rule.
This government’s term is coming to an end. So, in their final moments they may rush to carry out this heinous act quickly. I do not think that they will accept the review petition that has been filed. And even if they accept the review petition, they are unlikely to reverse the verdict – according to the matters of this world. If Allah the Exalted Himself intervened against their judgment, then it would be a different matter.
But according to the eternal rules of Allah, He does not always intervene in this manner. Many Prophets were unjustly killed by disbelievers. The noble companions of our noble Messenger (s), including female companions, were killed with extreme cruelty. Surely Allah exchanged those martyrs to grant victory to the truth, to Islam. There is no way to predict what Allah will do in my case.
Yesterday’s visit by Sujata Singh, India’s foreign secretary, to the Awami League did not just embolden them, but also squeezed Hussain Muhammad Ershad. And warned them of the potential of the Jamaat and allies to come to power. The fear and hatred against the Jamaat and allies is evident in the very blood of India. I have said from the very beginning that all the steps taken by the government against us were entirely calculated in India. Even if Awami League wants, they cannot back out of this. Because they have assumed power in exchange for surrendering sovereignty.
Many have raised questions about principles and laws. Given the outrageous manner in which all the Jamaat leaders, including myself, have been wrongly condemned, and the manner in which most of our nation’s media have helped the government, what need does the government have of principles and laws? When the judges themselves, intoxicated with killing, eagerly play the role of executioners to innocent people; then fair judicial process cannot be expected, at least not from them.
Yesterday, I read again verses 17-24 of Sura Tawba. In verse 19, jihad with one’s life and wealth has been given a higher honor even than taking care of the sacred Kaa ba and giving water to the pilgrims. Those who die fighting injustice, attempting to establish a just system given by Allah, attempting to establish Islam, have been promised a higher honor by Allah Himself. If Allah Himself wishes to seat me on an honorable throne in Jannah, then I must embrace such a death. Wrongful death at the hands of the oppressor confirmed ticket to Jannah.
Perhaps in 1966, the tyrant ruler of Egypt hanged Syed Qutb and Abdul Kader Awda and many others. I heard many speeches at training camps entitled “The Trial by Fire for the Islamic Movement”. On several occasions, I saw Professor Ghulam Azam point at his neck with his hand and say, “this rope can fall on this neck”. I also sometimes made a similar point in my speeches. Now if Allah decides to advance me and Islam while defeating the oppressors, then what harm can come of it? In explaining the honor of the martyr, our noble Messenger (s) expressed the desire to become a martyr and come back to life just so he could become a martyr again repeatedly. Those who become martyrs will have only the desire to come back to life only for the sake of becoming a martyr again. The words of Allah are true, the words of Muhammad (s) are true. No one who doubts this can have Iman.
If they implement their decision, they are unlikely to allow my funeral in Dhaka city. If it is possible arrange for my funeral in my village at the local masjid. If the people from districts on the other side of the Padma river want to join my funeral, let them come to our place. Please share the news with them.
I have already told you about my grave. Bury me at my mother’s feet. There should be no bidah of paving my grave or any jahil ceremony. To the extent possible give charity to the orphanage. Provide assistance to the families that have been damaged due to their participation in the Islamic movement. Especially give precedence to the poor families of those who became martyrs while protesting my arrest and my death sentence.
Make sure Hassan Mowdud finishes his studies and arrange for his marriage. The same for Nazneen.
Sweetheart, my beloved,
I have been unable to fulfill your rights and of our children properly. Please forgive me for this in the hopes that Allah might reward you. I have prayed especially for you that Allah reunite me with you when you have fulfilled the needs of the children and of the deen of Allah. Now I ask you to pray for me that Allah removes all the love in my heart for this world and fills my chest with love for Allah and the noble Messenger (s). If Allah wills, we shall meet at the entrance to Jannah.
Constantly advise our children to only eat halal. Be mindful of the fard and wajib, especially the prayers. Give the same advice to our relatives. Comfort my father as long as he lives.
Abdul Kadir Mollah