Maulana Samiul Haq is a personality which needs no introduction. He is the Chancellor of Jamia Haqqania, Akhora Khattak. He is known in two different ways. In Pakistan, Afghanistan and in some other parts of the Muslim world he is considered a respected personality who belongs to a noble family which founded an institution to educate people about Islam. According to these people his teachings played an important role in defining Islamic belief, law and education in the modern era. The Maulana educated many of the Taliban leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His religious influence stretches to Central Asia and the Caucasus. But in the West and other European countries he is considered a controversial personality because of being the head of a seminary which is known for producing many Taliban leaders including Mullah Omar and also for its role in supporting the Taliban.

The Maulana became a more relevant person when the Taliban established their government in war torn Afghanistan in 1995 and maintained law and order. The Americans didn’t like the Taliban government because their vested interest could not be gained in their government. So the US started a campaign to defame and end that government. They launched a media war and propagated them as uneducated, uncivilized, and cruel to women and children and would take Afghanistan back to the Stone Age. They also portrayed Taliban as terrorist who want to spread Islam by force. In this campaign Darnl Uloom Haqqania was held responsible because of Talibans’ association with it and its media trail also started in 1997 with a surge of journalists from across the globe focusing on the madrassah and particularly its chancellor. This focus sustained its momentum up till 2004. During all these years the Maulana talked extensively on local and foreign media and explained the perspective which the Western media always ignored. In this book he has explained all those ignored aspects.

The book consists of seven chapters explaining different things in details. The first chapter is based on information about Darnl Uloom Haqqania, the history of the institution, curriculum, resources and status of the institution in the eye of Islamic Umma. The second chapter provides an insight on Taliban, their rule in Afghanistan, the Afghan political landscape, Mullah Muhammad Omar and Sheikh Osama bin Laden, the factors leading to the rise of Taliban and their rule in Afghanistan. The third chapter deals with the author’s understanding of the objectives of the US and the West and the allegations against Taliban and Pakistan. This also provides an overview of his understanding of Pak-US and Afghan-US relations.

The fourth chapter is about Maulana’s personal life, his role as a religious and political leader, the sacrifices of his family, the services rendered as an advocate of Islam.

The fifth chapter describes the events leading up to the peace talks between the government of Pakistan and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and the role of Maulana as the head of the committee nominated for talks by the Pakistani Taliban. The sixth chapter deals with misconceptions about Islam, Jihad, rights of women and other topics that the West tends to twist for their vested interest. The last chapter provides information on the theoretical aspects of Islam enabling a non-Muslim to understand the religion and encourages one to learn more about Islam.

The book provides a fresh perspective on the events that happened between 1997 and 2004 and also touches upon the recent failed attempt of talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. It is an interesting study which is part biography, part 9/11 history of Taliban in Afghanistan and part explanation of some Islamic principles. In this book the Maulana has tried to remove misunderstandings, misconceptions and doubts created through Western propaganda against Islam and the Muslims.