From Lebanon to Afghanistan, Sayyed Abbas: the Leader, the Fighter, the Martyr

History of the Islamic Resistance of Lebanon
proves that great leaders of Hezbollah had spared
nothing for the sake of their cause. Neither did they
save their time nor their money, sons and souls.
Examples are many, and sacrifices are much more.
The most prominent were Sheikh Ragheb Harb, the
late Secretary General Sayyed Abbas al-Musawi,
the military chief Hajj Imad Moughnieh, the military
leader Hajj Hassan al-Laqqis and several others.
“We cherish these models and we are proud of
them, because we seek either victory or
martyrdom,” Yasser, the older son of Sayyed
Musawi, said in an interview with Al-Manar
“It is unfair that such leaders would die in bed and
not in the battlefield and confrontation,” he added.
Born in 1952, Sayyed Musawi was raised in a
conservative family where he was taught the
importance of the Arab causes, and the Palestinian
cause at the forefront.
When he became teen, he chose to specialize in
religious studies and subscribed for that purpose at
the Hawza of Imam Musa al-Sadr in the
Lebanese southern city of Tyre. At the age of 16, he
wore the cleric dress and travelled to Iraq to be the
student of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammad Baqir
al-Sadr, an influential cleric, philosopher, political
leader, and founder of the Da’wa Party of Iraq, who
was killed later by the tyrant Saddam Hussein.
Sayyed Abbas spent nine years studying theology in
the Najaf Hawza, and returned to Lebanon in 1978
to serve his community, and established the Hawza
of Imam Mahdi (as) in the eastern city of Baalbe. In
1979, he founded the Gathering of Muslim Scholars
as a first attempt to unite the different Muslim sects
in Lebanon.

Following the victory of Islamic Revolution of Iran in
1979, and blessed by the great Iranian leader Imam
Ruhollah al-Khomeini, Sayyed Musawi launched
the armed resistance against the Zionist invasion to
Lebanon in 1982 as the enemy troops reached
Beirut city.
His eminence not only dedicated his time and
stayed in the Lebanese capital in order to plan for
military operations against the Zionist aggression,
but also intensified the operations in the occupied
territories of Beirut and down to the villages and the
cities in the south.
Furthermore, Sayyed Abbas used to read incidents
differently. He was enjoying a high capacity of
analyzing matters based on his strong faith. He who
accompanied Sayyed Musawi quoted him as
saying that the future would be for the Resistance,
while arrogance would be defeated, “but it is only a
matter of time.”
His eminence was among the first prominent figures
who warned Muslims of the Takfiri ideology, which
“only serves the Zionist enemy since it is achieving
the enemy’s goals of dividing our nation.”
Yasser told Al-Manar website that “Sayyed Abbas
had developed social and personal relationships
with a lot of Sunni Muslim figures, such as Sheikh
Fathi Yakan, Sheikh Maher Hammoud, Sheikh Saeed
Shaaban and many others, even with those who do
not agree today with Hezbollah.”
“He was keen to build relations with Sunni leaders,
under the title of “Resistance is for all and belongs
to all honest people”, he said, pointing out that
“Sayyed Abbas was keen to involve people within
the resistance combat groups, including Al-Fajr
group that participated in abducting a Zionist
military vehicle.”
Moreover, Sayyed Abbas’ visits to Pakistan and
Afghanistan were also aiming to unite the nation’s
efforts to face the world arrogance. He wanted the
nation to remain coherent in face of seditions
plotted by the enemy. He tried to spread awareness
about the concept that the strife would harm
everyone and would spare no one, and that the
resistance is the school that everyone should learn
and benefit from.

After electing him as a secretary-general of
Hezbollah in May 1991, Sayyed Abbas provided
services for the resistance community, and started
to follow up its daily life. He was keen to visit the
popular neighborhoods to witness their needs and