An American Born Shaheed (Martyr), Abu Adam Jibreel
The inspiring story of a martyr in Kashmir.
Posted: 26 Safar 1422, 20 May 2001
I decided to write this as a reminder for myself and my brothers and sisters. If we see
the present day examples of people following the way of our salaf in word and action it
will only strengthen us to continue striving and cause us to see the lofty and high
stations of Allah's beloved as not being unattainable and out of reach.
"All I want is shahadah in Kashmir. I don't want to be famous or well known."
Those were the words of Abu Adam Jibreel al Amreekee as we walked around the center in
Muridke, Pakistan. As we strolled around the giant masjid and school and looked at the
horses at the horse stable we talked of the difficulties in training and jihad in general.
Abu Adam was only nineteen years of age when he went to the killing fields of occupied
Born into a considerably wealthy family in Atlanta Georgia, Abu Adam had always
excelled in most of his activities as a child. He used to go with his family to Ebenezer
Baptist church, the church of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was known even before he
accepted Islam to be a kind and caring person.
He would always try to excel at everything he did. At the age of sixteen, he even
skydived. Allah in his infinite mercy saw something good in Abu Adam, so he had placed in
his heart a desire to seek the truth as he was not completely satisfied with Christianity
as a religion. He used to gather and read books on Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and other
religions around the world. It was after his search for the truth that Allah the most High
expanded his heart and guided him to Islam, Alhamdulillah.
Born into a considerably wealthy family in
Atlanta Georgia, he first accepted Islam and then he accepted Shahadah.
Abu Adam was known to frequent the west end masjid in Atlanta, the masjid of Imam Jamil
al-Amin, who is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit (even after the real assailant
has now admitted guilt) and may Allah free him. He was known to keep to himself and read a
lot. At this time he was still keeping dreadlocks as he was new to Islam and didn't know
about its prohibition.
After graduating high school he left Atlanta to go to college in Durham, North Carolina
about four hours away. It would be in Durham that he would gain a more detailed
understanding of Islam and the reality of the situations faced in many of the Muslim
Indeed Allah the most High had blessed Abu Adam with good companionship in Durham that
he benefited from very much. It was with them that he learned the aqeedah of the Muslims
in detail and it was with them that he learned the sunnah.
It was in this environment that Abu Adam began to read about the affairs of Muslims in
places such as Bosnia, Burma, Kashmir, and Chechyna. He became very concerned about the
oppression of his brothers and sisters and wanted to do something about it. It was at this
crucial juncture of Abu Adam's development that he dropped out of college and began to
prepare for the journey that most never think about- much less prepare for: Jihad.
The burning desire to wage jihad against the enemies of Allah soon overtook Abu Adam
and thus he began a program of training to prepare himself for the extremely difficult
battle conditions. Perhaps we may pay heed and take benefit from his program.
Abu Adam began to spend more and more time in the masjid. He would increase in his
voluntary prayers and fasting. He began to read the Qur'an daily and memorize
supplications of the Prophet for every occasion. He
also began to lengthen his Salat and tried to build up his khushuu' (submissiveness and
humility). Abu Adam even cut back on food and drinks and his amount of sleep so as to get
himself ready for the hardships of jihad. May Allah have mercy on Abu Adam. He realized
that jihad is directly connected to the tarbiyah (spiritual cultivation) of the person.
The preparation of Abu Adam for jihad was not relegated to the spiritual side alone. He
also undertook physical preparation in the form of running, exercise and military tactics.
He went one day to an army surplus store and bought a pair of danners. For those of you
who do not know, danners are very heavy and very tough military and hunting boots that
feel like a ton when worn. Abu Adam would run only in these boots, and he would refuse to
wear running shoes. It was reported that he used to tie a long rope around his waist with
a cinder block tied to the end running in this manner for conditioning.
Allah had also blessed Abu Adam with brothers in his area with prior military
experience. He benefited greatly from one who was a former U.S. army ranger, the rangers
being a group of elite forces in the U.S. army. After months of spiritual and physical
training he was ready. In November of 1997 he went to Kashmir.
Abu Adam began his training in Ramadan of 1997 with the mujahideen of Lashkar Taiba. He
chose to train at the hardest time of the year mid winter.
I firmly believe that the more difficulties you go through in training, the more
barakah your training will have. The mujahid will go through things in the course of
training that purify him as the gold is purified by the fire. He will sometimes go through
things that cause him to say, "Ya Allah! You know that this is for You alone and I
only go through this extreme difficulty for Your sake. If You do not help me I will not be
able to continue!"
Oh Muslims, in order for you to grasp the intense hardships and trials that those like
Abu Adam must go through you must understand the following facts:
- Kashmir is situated in the Hindu Kush mountain range, the tallest mountains in the
- The training camp is in a 12,000 foot mountain. The city that it overlooks is 14,000
feet above sea level. That would place the brothers at 26,000 feet above sea level. So one
can imagine how difficult it is to do basic exercise there (due to lack of oxygen), much
less marching throughout the mountains.
- Kashmir has some of the coldest winters around with snow in the mountains reaching
twenty feet deep or more.
- Training consists mostly of marching in the night and day with a 35 pound backpack. This
is for preparing the mujaahid for occupied Kashmir. Infiltration takes about seven nights
of climbing as well as crossing through heavily guarded points with trip wires and booby
- The occupied valley is by far more difficult and intense than the small mountains of
Azad--or free Kashmir. In occupied Kashmir, the average mountain is between twelve to
seventeen thousand feet high.
Abu Adam opted for the intense training in winter while at the same time fasting. Abu
Adam was known to carry extra weight and march on no matter what. He trained and
remembered the promise of Allah, "If you help Allah, Allah will help you and make
your feet firm." He would always try harder and make frequent du'a to Allah for
firmness on the path of jihad. He would fast in the day while running miles in the cold
Kashmiri mountain paths. He would train in military tactics while having numbed limbs from
the intense cold of winter. He would continue to shout Allah Akbar even while his throat
was dry and parched for lack of water due to his fast. He would climb through the
beautiful snow covered Kashmiri mountains even while his body lacked nutrients because of
his fasting. He would break his fast on dirty brown colored water taken from a running
stream and he would eat the lentils that always gave him digestive and stomach problems.
And it was he that would march out in the dark cold night with his mujahideen brothers
from 8:00 pm until the time of fajr Salat while the rest of the Muslims slept in their
cozy warm beds and forgetting that they will perhaps be in need of people like Abu Adam,
like the Kashmiri people.
He went one day to an army surplus store and
bought a pair of danners. He would run only in those boots, and he would refuse to wear
Surely in training, a day is made to feel like a complete year. So after what seemed
like 124 years or more aptly four months, Abu Adam successfully completed the Lashkar
Taiba commando-training course. Abu Adam did not leave the training camp unscathed
however. He had received frostbite on the extremities of his feet due to the intense cold.
Even after springtime, the tips of his toes were still numb. He had also contracted a
serious stomach illness that caused him to lose a lot of strength.
When I asked him about that he replied, "I'm going in regardless Insha Allah. I
didn't go this far to stop now." I always admired his determination. After a few
weeks of recovery and rest, Abu Adam received the news that he was long waiting for. The
Amir told him, "Pack your bags, you are going to Jammuu to launch! Abu Adam was
shining from happiness and delight, "I'm finally getting a chance to go and do jihad
After two and a half weeks I met back up with Abu Adam at the launching sector to
prepare to infiltrate with him into the occupied valley. We were only waiting for our slot
to carefully infiltrate the occupied valley of Kashmir to strike down and destroy the
enemies of Allah, the vile Hindus and Sikhs from the Indian army. This sometimes long
waiting period is perhaps the most frustrating part of jihad, it is sometimes referred to
as ribaat. It is at this point that a person must guard his thoughts and occupy his time
before he goes to battle.
His Character and Manners
Abu Adam was quiet. He had a very simple and soft way about him. He never acted rude or
argued licentiously with anyone.
In the early mornings after the fajr Salat, he would run for about a mile and a half
with his backpack filled with 50 pounds worth of bricks and stones. He would climb up and
down a tall water tower with the same backpack on. After his workout, he would return to
the base and take a shower, eat breakfast with the brothers and then proceed to the small
masjid we had and memorize the Qur'an and selected dua'as from the book Hisn ul Muslim.
Our brother was in my view, a true zaahid (one who abstains from the glitter of this
worldly life). He was always giving sadaqah to those in need. He was always to be seen
wearing a black and white checkered ghutrah (scarf) wrapped around his head. I saw a
picture of him in America after he became Muslim and he had the same scarf around his
head. I remember him as being the one that always reminded us of Allah and the last day.
One day there were some brothers sitting and talking vain talk, may Allah forgive them.
When they began their vain talk Abu Adam stood up immediately and said to all of the
brothers, "You guys are killing my imaan with this talk. Fear Allah!"
Abu Adam was always keen on praying in the last third of the night. May Allah have
mercy upon him, I don't recall him ever missing the tahajjud, - not even once. One of the
interesting occurrences that show us the virtue of Abu Adam (nahsabuhu kadhaalika wa la
nuzzakee ala Allahi ahadan) was when we departed to test our weapons. We went to a far off
area to test our weapons before the infiltration. Due to this we all sensed that our time
was close. We were test firing the mounted grenade launcher on our kalashnikovs (AK-47
We were firing old grenades that had been in storage for quite a long time. One brother
shot the grenade and it simply shot out and landed about 3 feet in front of us (we were in
one big crowd). After we had all dashed to take cover from the expected explosion that was
only 3 feet away from us (it was a dud and never blew Al-hamdulillah) Abu Adam looked up
at me and said, "We ran and didn't even remember Allah! What's up with us?"
I was totally amazed at his perception of things. When being around him one always
wanted to do jihad and dhikr of Allah (at least myself), may Allah join us all together
with the shuhadaa ameen.
I recall that when all of us were sleeping after dhuhur Salat, I woke up and proceeded
to go outside for some fresh air. I walked outside only to see Abu Adam practicing his
firing stances and maneuvers with his AK-47 in the hot sun. I said to myself,
"Subhaanallah! When does he stop?" May Allah the most high grant us
determination like Abu Adam, ameen.
And I will never forget when he was still suffering from his stomach illness (and
stomach problems in that part of the world are dangerous). We all decided together to
practice the sunnah of our beloved Prophet by performing cupping or
in Arabic hijaamah. One of our brothers there, Abu Yahya an Arab who was a 48 year old
veteran of Afghanistan performed the hijaamah on Abu Adam's two shoulder blades. After the
hijaamah, Abu Adam recovered from his illness one hundred percent al-hamdulillah!
It was around July 5th that our group of ten brothers received what it was waiting for:
the news of its launching into the occupied valley. After two days of preparation, the
weapons were test fired, cleaned, and sighted. The equipment and gear were distributed.
The magazines were loaded and the imaan was as high as ever awaiting the chance to please
Allah. It was time to wage jihad and secure some expensive real-estate in the jannah. And
as always, Abu Adam demanded that he carried more gear and ammo than anyone else in the
group. Allahu Akbar!!!
Unfortunately, some of us were separated from Abu Adam and his group due to external
factors, so at this launching point would be the last time I would see my brother Abu Adam
may Allah have mercy upon him. Indeed, he was crying from happiness and at the same time,
realizing that this is the last time we will see him for a long while.
Abu Yahya said about him, "When we were infiltrating in the pitch black darkness
of the cloudy Kashmiri border area he (Abu Adam) was always at the front of the group
never lagging at all. When we stopped for ten minutes of rest he sat next to me and looked
to the heavens and sighed, 'Al-hamdulillah'. I then asked him, 'What is it that makes you
say that right now?' to which he replied, 'All of my life I wanted a piece (American slang
for a gun) and some grenades and a blade (knife) and now I have my piece (a Makarov 9mm
pistol) and my rifle (AK-47 ) and I have my grenades and my blade. And its all
After five days of night movement and infiltration, Abu Adam with the rest of the
brothers successfully entered into the occupied valley of Kashmir. It was there that Abu
Adam would take an active part in laying ambushes and carrying out raid against the Indian
oppressors. After two and a half months of guerilla jihad, Abu Adam finally achieved that
which he strove for Insha-Allah: ash-shahadah (martyrdom) fee sabeelillah.
Abu Adam and his team of brothers launched a bloody raid on an army post in the Doda
sector in the Jammuu region. Reports indicate that out of the thirty four Indians killed
in the action, Abu Adam was responsible for killing seventeen. Allahu Akbar!
It was at the exact time of his shahadah (Insha-Allah) that I had a dream in which I
saw Abu Adam at the launching sector base. He had returned from fighting. His hair had
grown out and there was fresh blood on his clothes. He was shining in happiness to see me.
I then asked him, "How was it?" to which he replied, "it was hard but worth
After this dream, I received news that my good friend, Abu Adam had beaten me to our
respective goal ash-shahadah fee sabeelillah. (Insha-Allah) I remember him saying to me
once, "I want to get shot in the chest so that my soul doesn't leave immediately and
I can prostrate to Allah on the battlefield before my soul leaves my body."
I cannot help but wonder if he got his last wish or not.
Abu Adam Jibreel al Amreekee never did drugs before Islam and when he left this dunya
he was still pure, something that is very rare for an American youth.
His news eventually reached his non-Muslim family in Atlanta. And it was after hearing
this news that his older sister, Lisa took shahadah and entered into the fold of Islam.
May Allah make her like her brother. Ameen. "And do not think those killed in the way
of Allah as being dead. Nay they are alive with their Lord being provided for."