“Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.” — Qu’ran 9:29
The green birds reference below is from this hadith:
It has been narrated on the authority of Masruq Who said: We asked ‘Abdullah about the Qur’anic verse:” Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, they are alive, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord..” (iii. 169). He said: We asked the meaning of the verse (from the Holy Prophet) who said: The souls of the martyrs live in the bodies of green birds who have their nests in chandeliers hung from the throne of the Almighty. They eat the fruits of Paradise from wherever they like and then nestle in these chandeliers. Once their Lord cast a glance at them and said: Do ye want anything? They said: What more shall we desire? We eat the fruit of Paradise from wherever we like. Their Lord asked them the same question thrice. When they saw that they will continue to be asked and not left (without answering the question). they said: O Lord, we wish that Thou mayest return our souls to our bodies so that we may be slain in Thy way once again. When He (Allah) saw that they had no need, they were left (to their joy in heaven). — Muslim 4651
Given the Daily Mail’s track record, there is no certainty that this is the full text, but it is revealing enough in any case.
“Adebolajo’s Note: Woolwich Suspect Handed Letter To Witness,” from the Daily Mail (scroll down), November 29:
Before Adebolajo, 28, and his accomplice Michael Adebowale, 22, right, were gunned down by armed officers, jurors were told he passed a handwritten note to a bystander.
It read: ‘To my beloved children know that to fight Allah’s enemies is an obligation. The proofs of which are so numerous that but a handful of any of them cuts out the bewitching tongues of the Munafiqeen [hypocrites].
‘Do not spend your days in endless dispute with the cowardly and foolish if it means it will delay you meeting Allah’s enemies on the battlefield.
‘Sometimes the cowardly and foolish could be those dearest to you so be prepared to turn away from them.
‘When you set out on this path do not look left or right.
‘Seek Shaheedala [martyrdom] oh my sons so that you might be raised together and if its Allah’s decree that you are not to be in the hearts of green birds.
‘Then be ready for to enter the University of Joosuf. Sijn. Be patient there and be firm there and inshallah you will meet your Lord with him pleased with you.
‘Verily Allah is with those who are patient.
‘If I live beyond this day and you find me talking other than this then know that perhaps Allah has left me to stray.
‘If you find yourself curious as to why carnage is reaching your own towns then know its simply retaliation for your oppression in our towns.
‘Many of your people are aristocrats that directly benefit from invasion of our lands without material loss.
‘Whereas the average Joe Bloggs working class man loses his sons when they are killed by our brothers.
‘When the heat of battle reaches YOUR local street its unlikely that any of your so called politicians will be at risk or caught in the crossfire so I suggest you remove them.
‘Remove them and replace them with people who will secure your safety by the immediate withdrawal from the affairs of the Muslims.
‘Muslims will trade with you on fair terms but understand that the days of your international armed robbery is drawing to a close.
‘To humble yourselves willingly is better for you.
‘May Allah guide your nation to the truth’.