Ahead of pivotal European elections, rightist websites grow in influence.

The following post by Michael Birnbaum on March 6, for the Washington Post is a potent example, of the increasingly nationalist, populist direction that the Caucasian masses in Europe are willingly marching in. In step with their North American counterparts. The political elite on Sint Maarten will not take heed, the present course of developments in Europe and America will, force the politically progressive in the Caribbean including belatedly Sint Maarten, to unite out of a shared sense of mutual self-preservation.  To you Sint Maarteners who frequent this platform, read with an understanding and learn the salient potent lessons herein.

AMSTERDAM — On the brand-new political news website, the headlines could have been ripped from a speech by President Trump: Immigrants commit more crime, Syrian refugees are raping girls, and Muslim education is taking over the school system.

But the two-month-old Gatestone Europe website is based in the Netherlands; the contributors are Dutch. And their aim, their editor says, is to swing the debate ahead of European elections this year to deliver a tide of anti- immigrant leaders to office in the Netherlands, France, Germany and elsewhere.

Websites that focus on the perils of open borders, immigration and international alliances are expanding in scope and ambition in Europe, seeing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to harness the energy from Trump’s win to drive deep into a continent where traditional political parties are struggling. Some of the websites are registered in Russia. Others, like Gatestone Europe, are being supported by Americans with ties to Trump.

In the Netherlands, some online activists are backing a handful of anti-Muslim candidates, including the fiery Geert Wilders, who is running in a dead heat against the ruling party ahead of March 15 elections. In France, news blogs are spreading innuendo about the rivals of the anti-immigrant Marine Le Pen, who is the most popular presidential candidate in the lead-up to the election in April and May. And in Germany, some of the outlets have spread false stories about refugees raping people that were repeated by the Russian foreign minister. Fed by public anger about refugees, the Muslim-bashing Alternative for Germany party is poised to seize seats in Germany’s Parliament in September.

“There’s quite a lot of news, quite shocking, often with rape or violence and immigrants,” said Timon Dias, 29, who started Gate­stone Europe last month after several years of writing for a different anti-establishment website in the Netherlands. “We want people to learn what’s happening in Europe and vote accordingly, especially ahead of elections this year.”

Although many of the sites are small — the Amsterdam-based Gatestone Europe has only four writers, and no office — they do not need to be well established to score big on Facebook or Twitter. A spicy individual post can go viral with little regard for the history of the outlet.

It’s a crowbar in the system,” Dias said. “The main line is highly vigilant, highly critical about what the effects are of having a significant Muslim minority in the inner cities.”

The project is funded by the New York-based Gatestone Institute, which is chaired by former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, who was a finalist in Trump’s search for a new national security adviser. Contacted for comment, the Gatestone Institute made available one of its board members, retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who said that the organization is nonpartisan and that its aim is to “move the debate to the center.” Bolton did not reply to a request for comment.

As with other similar sites, many of Gatestone’s posts are based on true events, spun aggressively to feed the narrative that mainstream, pro-European Union politicians are selling out their countries to immigrants. The site does not support any one candidate in the Dutch elections, but the anti-E.U. leader of the small Forum for Democracy party, Thierry Baudet, is a contributor.

“We report the news to our readers in a directed way,” Dias said.

Although Wilders is likely to face trouble forming a coalition and Le Pen is forecast to lose the second round of France’s presidential election, both candidates have had success in shifting ­debate in their nations onto

more anti-immigrant, Euroskeptic ground. Far-right websites are often their megaphone.

In the Netherlands, similar news outlets have already made successful forays into Dutch political life.

A referendum last year on whether the Dutch government should ratify a trade deal with Ukraine was triggered by a far-right news site, GeenStijl.

The eventual rejection of the trade deal turned into an embarrassing defeat for the Dutch government, which was forced to backpedal on its commitment to Ukraine. Opponents of the trade deal, including GeenStijl, cited an opposition to E.U. expansion and a desire not to antagonize the Kremlin as reasons to vote it down.

Pro-Ukraine-deal campaigners say they suspect that the Kremlin put a finger on the scale by supporting activists and pro-Russian trolls online, although no link has been proved. The activists, including GeenStijl, deny any connection.

But even absent ties to Russia, the news sites demonstrated a powerful ability to disrupt the pro-E.U. agenda of the Dutch mainstream, creating a political headache for Dutch leaders and feeding Western disunity that coincides with Kremlin efforts.

“The Ukraine referendum has shown what kind of mayhem they can cause,” said Cas Mudde, a Dutch scholar of far-right movements at the University of Georgia. “What impressed a lot of people was their ability to mobilize people who were commenting on websites to go out and actually vote for a cause. People weren’t expecting that.”

Now GeenStijl’s political arm, GeenPeil — Dutch for “no poll” — has spun off into a political party and is contesting the parliamentary election on the promise to hold Dutch leaders accountable.

“Until my generation, everybody had a better life than their parents. That has stopped,” said Jan Dijkgraaf, 54, a former journalist who is now the leader of GeenPeil.

He said he did not consider himself a far-right politician, but he seized on immigration as a major focus for Dutch voters.

Dijkgraaf said he could understand if a mother of three needed temporary refuge from war. “But when there are boys of 25 with these kind of muscles, you have to think, are they really victims of a war, or do they have plans to get rich, or to do something like in Brussels or in Paris?”

The Ukraine referendum sparked a number of political parties, most of which have struggled to break through Wilders’s lock on anti-immigrant discourse in the Netherlands.

Wilders was using Twitter to spark outrage and publicity long before Trump turned to electoral politics. A tweet last month of a leading political opponent, Alexander Pechtold, Photoshopped into a pro-sharia demonstration in London dominated political coverage for days. Wilders later acknowledged that the photo was fake but said Pechtold had recently been to a similar demonstration.

“They don’t care about what is really true, what is a little true, or what is fake,” Pechtold said. “And that’s of course what we have seen in the United States.”

In the far-right Web universe, the faked picture caused no uproar.

“It’s a way of speaking to people,” said Bert Brussen, editor of ThePostOnline, another far-right website where headlines on recent articles have included “Iraqis on Trial for Gang Rape in Vienna” and “Massacre by Islamic terror was again prevented in Germany.”

“A lot of what Wilders says, it’s Internet language,” Brussen said. “The Internet makes them stronger, and they make the Internet stronger.”

In other countries with elections this year, far-right sites are also thriving, attracting the attention of some of the American outlets that helped propel Trump to victory. Last year, Breitbart News — whose former head, Stephen K. Bannon, is now Trump’s chief strategist — said that it would take the plunge into the French and German markets, although there is so far little sign that it is readying to open.

But anti-establishment activists in those countries may need little help.

In France, where far-right candidate Le Pen wants to take a hard line against Muslim immigration, hold a referendum on E.U. membership and embrace relations with the Kremlin, far-right news sites have taken aim at whichever candidate appears most likely to challenge her in the final round of the presidential election, due to be held May 7. (Le Pen is expected to win the first round.)

For months, that was center-right candidate François Fillon. More recently, a surge from the centrist Emmanuel Macron has drawn a volley of darts from ­rumor-mongering websites, some of them branches of Russian state media. Macron recently took on the rumors, joking that his apparent ability to have gay affairs puzzled his wife, who is usually by his side.

And in Germany and Austria, experts say roughly 30 German-language “alternative websites” are currently operating. Many have existed for years, but they have transformed into machines to undermine traditional politicians, especially since the start of Europe’s refugee crisis.

The majority of them, experts say, tend to have opaque ownership structures, making it difficult to ascertain who is behind them. They are almost universally pro-Russian in tone, and some of the German-language sites are operated from Russian servers, though direct links to the Russian government are hard to find.

“They publish stories with a true core, building their own atmosphere around this core, what we call ‘hybrid fake,’ ” said Andre Wolf, a spokesman for Mimikama, an Austria-based fact-checking website.

Many stories seem aimed at undermining German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bid for reelection on Sept. 24. But as a center-left challenger, Martin Schulz, rose in the polls in recent weeks, along surged a flurry of fake reports — including one by the website AnonymousNews.ru falsely claiming that his father once ran a Nazi concentration camp.

Across Europe, Dias said, the possibility of change is alive.

“People feel the epicness of the times they’re living in,” he said.

Michael Birnbaum is The Post’s Brussels bureau chief. He previously served as the bureau chief in Moscow and in Berlin, and was an education reporter.

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Research Training for Multi-Dimensional Poverty underway in the OECS.

Regional trainers develop skills to train others in research methodology

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 — Training seminars that build the capacity of public servants, and community representatives, in data collection on multidimensional poverty, are currently being held in select OECS Member States.

 

The OECS Commission, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Sub-regional Office for the OECS and Barbados, is conducting Training of Trainer Workshops in Participatory Action Research on multi-dimensional poverty.

 

The initiative, which forms part of the Multi-dimensional Approaches to Poverty Eradication Project (MDAPP), has successfully completed training in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and Antigua and Barbuda. Additional training sessions are scheduled to continue in Dominica and St. Lucia in the weeks to come.

 

UNDP Project Coordinator at the OECS Commission, Dr. Julie Xavier, said the MDAPP intends to leave each project country with trainers who will be equipped with the skills to train others in the implementation of this research methodology. Participants were targeted from various social service ministries, as well as Departments of Statistics.

 

Project Coordinator at Grenada National Organisation of Women (GNOW) Ms. Jacqueline Pascal said that, despite her years of experience in the field as a researcher, the training highlighted areas for development.

 

“I have experience in doing research, both qualitative and quantitative, as well as interviewing techniques at the highest level. This gives a person a bit of complacency [with regards to] their knowledge base but, coming here, I have realized that I was on a learning curve as far as research is concerned,” Pascal said.

One participant from St. Vincent and the Grenadines commended the comprehensive nature of the new approach stating that “participatory action research encourages community participation and ensures that some specific action comes out of the research.”

 

Overall, the project is aimed at promoting greater awareness of the multi-dimensional nature of poverty through the development of policies and programmes that move away from the traditional focus income or employment, and underscore the importance of other dimensions of holistic human development such as experiences in health, housing, education, and feelings of safety and security.

 

The MDAP project is sponsored by the Government of Chile through the Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AGCID).

New statement from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Zabīh Allah Mujāhid: “Remarks Concerning Trump’s Strategy”.

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Finally the American president Trump announced his strategy and has called for continued presence of occupying forces while labeling Afghanistan as a threat to America.

 

It seems America is not yet ready to end the longest war in its history. Instead of trying to understand ground realities, they still arrogantly believe in their force and might.

However the Afghans have been tested by the American forces over the past sixteen years. So long as a single American soldier remains in our homeland and American leaders continue treading the path of war, we shall also sustain our Jihad against them with lofty spirits, absolute determination, and additional firmness.

 

Freeing the land of Afghanistan from the American occupation is our religious obligation and national duty. We shall remain true to this duty so long as souls remain in our bodies.

America should have thought about withdrawing their troops from Afghanistan instead of continuing the war.

 

As Trump stated ‘Americans are weary of the long war in Afghanistan’, we shall cast further worry into them and force American officials to accept realities. The Afghan Mujahid nation is neither tired nor will it ever get tired in pursuit of winning their freedom and establishing an Islamic system. If America does not withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the day will not be far when Afghanistan shall transform into a graveyard for the American Empire and the American leaders can understand this concept.

 

Afghanistan is not a threat to anyone and neither has anyone been harmed from our soil. Baseless allegations and falling under the influence of propaganda by intelligence agencies is in itself the source of all misery and war.

 

Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid

 

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Even as Trump troubles Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Latest Islamic Jamaat unsheathes its Scimitar.

Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind.

 

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All praise is due to Allah Azza wa Jalla.

 

And blessings and peace be upon the Prophet who said: “There are two groups of my Ummah whom Allah will protect from the fire: a group who will conquer India and a group who will be with Issa ibn Maryam (peace be upon him)”.

Today we announce from the peaks of Pir Panchal that jihad e-Kashmir is free from the influence of all Taghooti (tyrannical)   agencies.  And a new jihadi Jamaat ul-Hindi has been formed.

The formation of Jamaat ul-Hindi will inshallah safe guard the jihad in Kashmir and with Allah’s help, we will take this jihad to the farthest corner of India, and this jihad, with Allah’s permission, will be the sour of victory in Kashmir and India.

Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hindi is not on any different manhaj other than a vow of the sons of the Ummah that truth will be victorious.

 

Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hindi is part of the same message that every mujahid of Kashmir has shed his blood and that message is: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammed is his Prophet”.

Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hindi will only work for the interests of Jihad.

We invite all the Muslims of Kashmir and the world for jihad against India, and hope that they will strengthen this jihad with their lives and money.

Mujahideen fighting for Allah in any part of the world are our brothers.

 

The following are the objectives given for the formation of the organization.

 

This Tandheem is based on calling towards Tawheed: (there is no God but Allah and Muhammed is his Prophet), rejection of polytheism and its people and disavowal of all its false idols.

This Tandheem is bound to the religion of al-el-Sunnah- wal Jamah in its Aqeedah and Manhaj , principles and corollaries, differences and commandments and issues.

This Tandheem is an independent Tandheem and all its decisions will be taken under the guidance of its Shura committee in accordance with the pious predecessors and the fatwas and guidance of righteous Ulema.

This Tandheem considers jihad fisabillah to be fard-ayn (obligatory) for the implementation of Sharia, and considers fighting apostates and infidels according to ones capabilities and capacity an act of righteousness.

Our jihad is not for nationhood or nationalism, nor is it for implementation of kufr resolutions of greater tawghut (tyrant), nor is it for the implementation of a plebiscite. Our jihad is not to seek liberation from one tyrant and merge with another; our jihad is loftier than this. We perform jihad so that Allah’s word will be established and that the religion will be for Allah alone (sovereign).

This Tandheem is not a regional Tandheem which stops at man-made borders, but every member of ahl-e-Sunnah with the Aqeedah of Tawheed can join this Tandheem; regardless of race or tribe.

This Tandheem considers guidance, patronage and following of the leaders of jihad. This Tandheem will put in its best efforts in accordance with the Shariah. And in cases of transgressions seeks forgiveness from Allah and Muslims.

This Tandheem apart from fighting against infidels and apostates, will also engage in proselytization and advice.

This Tandheem rejects every system of governance outside of Shariah.

Our targets are the Indian army, police and every person whether overtly or covertly involved in the oppression of Muslims I India and Kashmir.  Our  final call is all praises are due to Allah.

 

 

 

Trinidad Islamic State citizen Shane Crawford on UN terror list.

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In another monumental blunder, the corporate media in Trinidad is reporting once again on Shane Crawford, as a living person after they already claimed that he was killed in an airstrike in Syria.  If Crawford is alive the very real threat that he poses to the Caribbean cannot be stressed on enough, if he is dead he is already a beacon to likeminded Caribbean citizens to emulate. Read the latest on Crawford in the following.

 

 

 

 

 

Trinidadian Shane Crawford is on a United Nations Terrorism Sanctions List for, joining terrorists fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis).

 

The Office of the Attorney General in a statement yesterday stated that the UN Security Council had established a committee referred to as ISIL and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee which imposed sanctions against Crawford on August 18.

 

Crawford, who also goes by the name Abu Sa’d a Trinidadi, appeared in an ISIS recruitment video last year where he called on Muslims in Trinidad to commit acts of violence against “non-believers”.

 

Crawford, the release stated was listed following a proposal submitted by the T&T Government.

 

The AG, having obtained an order from the High Court of T&T on March 31, declared Crawford a listed entity and ordered that his funds be frozen pursuant to the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

 

In September 2015, there were no listings which reflected poorly in the 4th Round Mutual Evaluation of T&T by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.

 

The Attorney General confirmed that other applications under the Anti-Terrorism Act are currently before the courts and that further listings and other actions are under consideration.

 

The addition of Crawford to the ISIL & Al-Qaida Sanctions List is thus another significant step in T&T’s contribution to the fight against global terror,” the release stated.

 

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Abrogation and the Verse of the Sword: Countering Extremists’ Justification for Violence.

The following is Quranic exegesis and theological examination by Mahfuh Halimi, within the precept of abrogation, Halimi wrongfully identifies abrogation as a concept within Islamic doctrine. Abrogation is a principle and is fundamental to Islamic teaching. I examined the precept of al-Wala wal-Baraa, in a previous post of the same name click here to read more:  https://nazaritze.blogspot.com/2017/07/al-wala-wal-baraa.html

Read Halimi’s exegesis in the following, owing to the length of the exegesis I will extend the post till the end, in several parts this is PART 1:

Mahfuh Halimi

Muslim extremist groups and ideologues have distorted the original discussion among

scholars on the concept of abrogation and the Qurānic verse of the sword to legitimize

hostile relations with people of other faiths. Their misrepresentation has to be countered

by reaffirming that the verses of the Qur’ān advocating peace, tolerance, compassion

and forgiveness are never abrogated and are in fact, the basis for relations between

Muslims and non-Muslims.

 

Muslim extremists such as Muhammad„ Abdus Salam Faraj and the terrorist group, the so-called Islamic State (IS), have distorted the concept of abrogation, and the verse of the sword (hostilities towards polytheists) into a purportedly divinely mandated call for offensive global „jihad‟(warfare).

A 2012 study on „How Islamist Extremists Quote the Qur‟an‟ showed that there “is the near absence of the well-known „Verse of the Sword‟ from the extremist texts”.

However, in instances when Muslim extremists used the verse of the sword, they have argued that the verse abrogates more than one hundred other verses of the Qur‟ān that advise or advocate peace, co-existence, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness as the basis for relations between Muslims and other faiths.

This study examines how Muslim extremists have misapplied the theory of abrogation and the verse of the sword when the Qur‟ān does1 Jeffry R. Halverson, R. Bennett Furlow, and Steven R. Corman, “How Islamist Extremists Quote the Qur’an,” Centre for Strategic Communication, Arizona State University, Report No. 1202, 09 July2012.

They do not not even specify the verses that have been abrogated. Their claim that the verse of the sword abrogates numerous Qur‟ānic verses cannot be taken as conclusive, especially when the abrogated verses are those that direct Muslims to seek peace, exercise tolerance, and show compassion and forgiveness.

 

This study posits that Muslim extremists have made erroneous claims on the issue of abrogation by omitting the rich discussion on the subject among Islamic scholars and falsely presenting it as something consensual among the scholars when that is not the case.

There is an extensive body of literature on the issue of abrogation. Many scholars of the Sciences of the Qur‟ān (‘Ulūm al-Qur’ān), Sciences of the Prophetic Tradition (‘Ulūm al- Ḥadith) and Sciences of Islamic Jurisprudence (‘Ulūm al-Fiqh) have written to explain and define abrogation (Naskh).

 

There have also been numerous attempts to specify the abrogating (Nāsikh) and abrogated

(Mansūkh) Qur‟ānic verses. Sometimes, abrogation has been discussed in the literature as a methodology in resolving apparent contradictions between religious texts (Al Ta‘āruḍ bayna al adillah). There are, however, several requirements that must be satisfied before abrogation can be applied.

Although the literature has explained abrogation in the Qur‟ān, the Prophetic Traditions and Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh), there has been no attempt to relate these to violence and terrorism in the name of religion. Concerns about the opinions expressed by Muslim extremists on abrogation and „The Verse of the Sword‟ or„Āyat al sayf‟ came to the fore following the September 2001 attacks.

 

This is a part of my teaching series on Islamic theology specifically that which is used by jihadist’s and the clerics, who support and abet jihadist ideology within Islamic thought. Since the Caribbean specifically Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica, Aruba and some South American countries are now seeing their citizens represented in Iraq and Syria, as foreign fighters this post is examining the type of Quranic hadith that is used as a means of strengthening a Muslims resolve to act by physically partaking in terrorist attacks, in the name of the god of Islam Allah, at the behest of Quranic scripture, preached by what the West calls radical Islamic preachers. This post is really minuscule in the theological context of Islamism, what it does serve is an informative tool in establishing Quranic justification for jihadism.

 

 

HASSAN ANYABWILE FORMER JAMAAT AL-MUSLIMEEN LEADER SPEAKS.

“I have earned the right to speak because of my commitment to Islam and because of the blood that gushed forth from me because of speaking out and being critical.

“I speak on the authority of the four 357 magnum bullets from the gun that Mark Guerra gave to Quincy to shoot at me and my home and family.”

Here we are again, 27th of July, and not much has changed except the players.

Those who took up arms to apply corrective surgery to a sick society now have the same diseases as the society. Those whose intention was to change the outta-timing rhythm of society then are now playing mass (or the ass) and jumping in the same band.

That’s why I understand some reasons why Allah took us just to that point and not an inch further.

How did I come to understand this?

By looking at the behaviour of the Muslims who were involved in that militant action—this includes me—you see how the secrets of our hearts have been manifested.

Allah is most wise and knows what he knows before it occurs. He knew that to put power in the hands of a people with certain types of behaviour and lack of spirituality would only lead to dictatorship and destruction.

So I thank Allah that he has not inflicted on Trinidad and Tobago what we Muslims of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen have manifested.

This is my criticism of us, the leadership and membership of the Jamaat-al- Muslimeen.

I say this without fear or favour, I say this and include myself because I was part of that leadership, part of that Jamaat and I actively took part in attacking a wicked regime to check State terrorism.

I am not pointing any fingers at any group of persons that does not include me; I do not absolve myself because I am no better than anyone else.

So the entire Jamaat-al-Muslimeen, all of us, need to do Muhasabah, or self-criticism if the organisation is not to be relegated to the dustbin of history.

Its membership should stop being a herd of sheep, we who seem to be unaware that Mushurah (consultation) is frank and without fear. This is our political system, which is based not only on obedience and following the leader but also on supporting the leader by consultation and checking him in his excesses.

Didn’t Allah say in the Quran in referring to the true Muslim community “…those who carry out their affairs by mutual consultation…”?

I know that this assessment will not be greeted with approval by many, men and women, but it cannot be honestly challenged by anyone.

Others will say that I don’t have the right to criticise the JAM because I left it. My reply to such people is that I have as much right as anyone else in the history of the Jamaat.

If they are honest, no one can write me out of the history of the JAM (I am already seeing attempts to do just that); no one can blame me for the reasons that I left nor can anyone challenge my critique.

 

I earned that right by suffering the consequences of that assassination attempt which consigned me to a wheelchair and forever changed my life, affected my family and friends, not to mention affected me as a person.

But a long life is one that gives you time to amend, to change your ways and to make Tawbah (repent).

The only person who ever asked for my forgiveness was the shooter himself, Quincy; he sent a message to me from prison asking for my forgiveness.

As for my many friends who literally abandoned me, few have asked me for forgiveness or have reached out to help me or just to enquire how I was going. Those who have done so, I thank you.

But I carry no hate for anyone, even the main plotters who know themselves. So far, two have died and three remain in their arrogance and hostility. May they perish in that state if they don’t rectify themselves.

By their actions against me, they dishonoured themselves and opened a door of treachery that they are unable to close.

I ask Allah that the people and members of the Jamaat stop worshipping man; they must fear only Allah and seek his approval.

I wish the JAM success and I don’t want to see all that work, all that commitment and all those sacrifices disappear due to the arrogance of one or two families.

No 1 Mucurapo belongs to the members of the JAM and the Muslim Community, not to one family. Because men have paid with their lives to ensure that Muslims of African descent have a place to worship without being discriminated against.

A place to build families, to teach our children and to hand down a vibrant Islam that is relevant to the ills of this narco State, with its wicked legislators and evil social customs, a State devoid of justice for all, a State where inequality kills.

A place that will ensure a future for our youths who don’t have to run to Syria behind a false flag or be gunned down in a foolish war with Rasta City or at the hands of corrupt police officers.

We must create that space for the youths to train them to carry this Islamic Movement, not a political party, a place to make them the future leaders of Islam in a world pregnant with the signs of the Last Days.

If we don’t do that, then we have failed our youth, all of whom – not just the children of the leader – are important. Our help and support must embrace all the children of those who sacrificed to establish the JAM with all its faults and successes.

The future is in our hands; failure or success will be our doing and we cannot blame anyone else.

Peace and Bless!

New video message from The Islamic State: “Inside the Caliphate”.

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AL-ḤAYĀT MEDIA CENTER, on July 28, 2017, released an English language and Arabic language video, with English captions. The video featured two narrators and, a Caucasian American narrator and an Arabic speaking narrator, both of whom are fighters with the Islamic State. What follows is transcribed from the video in question entitled: Inside The Khilafah.

To the observant listener, the narrator says that the Amir of IS still alive, referencing him in the active present tense. IS mocked the Taliban for pretending Mullah Omar was still alive even when it was painfully obvious, that he was long dead, any Caliphate becomes illegitimate, if the Caliph is dead and a replacement is not announced. No one can give bayah, pledge allegiance to a dead man if their Caliph is truly dead IS would be obligated to announce his replacement under law (sharia).

The following is the transcribed video, video transcription by Wade Bailey, source Al-ḤAYĀT media center: “Despite the fierce and unrelenting campaign against the Islamic State may Allah preserve it. The State Wallamduillah, continues striving to carry out Allah’s order and to wage war on the Satatnic monetary system of the Tawagheet. Following the release of the gold dinar and silver dirham, the Islamic State is now rolling out the copper fez denomination of coins into the marketplace, to help facilitate smaller financial in a shari manner. The correlation between the new Islamic State coins has been set by the monetary committee, the value of the dinar corresponds to the market price of gold, while the value of one dirham is set, to the value of 100 fals. All goods and transactions must be priced and conducted using the new Islamic currency. This includes everyday goods as well as contracts, wages and services, including services provided by the Islamic State’s various departments. Wherever the Islamic State coins are available it is forbidden to deal with, the insidious banknotes that have no intrinsic value, and are printed at will by the Tawagheet. The subjects of Amir-ulmukhmineen are now cooperating and working closely, to ensure the successful implementation of the new Islamic currency. We ask Allah Azza wa-Jal, to bless this initiative and make us amongst the forerunners of those forbidding what is evil and enjoining that which is good.           

 

BAY’AH TO THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AN UNTOLD STORY OF AL-QAIDA’S MISTAKE By: Ahmed Al-Hamdan.

Translated by: Al Muwahideen Media

 

This is another post in the series of post’s concerning Baya and what it entails. This post deals with the Baya of ISI to Osama bin Laden.

In my personal opinion, I think Al-Qaeda made a mistake in the beginning by relying on only one source for visualizing the field of Iraq, and that was ‘The Islamic State of Iraq’. And the reason for that was that the person who was relaying the news to the central command in Khurasan was a companion of Shaykh Ayman Al Zawahiri, and he used to consider him as his younger sibling. The former judge in the Islamic State, Abu Sulayman, in his letter to the general command said that: “It is worth mentioning that the main reason for all this is the absence of Abu Hamza Al Muhajir from the field completely, and due to him being content with the reports that are sent to him, even though the ‘leaders’ and the commanders of the areas would declare that they would not send the correct information to the leadership (of the Islamic State of Iraq)”.  So, in the best of cases, the correct information would not reach this man (Abu Hamza Al Muhajir). And the correct information would not be sent to the general command in Khurasan. Al Qaeda, unfortunately, would depend on this testimony and would prefer it over the testimonies of other groups and rely on it without relying on the other groups due to reasons which have been mentioned just a while ago. And that led to a great deal of distortion in the information which in the end led to Al Qaeda giving their approval and calling to support a project which in fact was a great lie. We will give some examples of this wrong information and what was correct. Dr. Ayman Al Zhawahiri said: “The Islamic State of Iraq was established after an extensive consultation between the Mujahideen Council and the Sunni tribes, just like how Sheikh Abu Hamza Al Muhajir had informed us of, may Allah have mercy upon him. And he is one in whom and in whose truthfulness, we trust, due to us having spent a long time with him”.  So, is the news that Abu Hamza Al Muhajir gave to the leadership correct?

So, in the best of cases, the correct information would not reach this man (Abu Hamza Al Muhajir). And the correct information would not be sent to the general command in Khurasan. Al Qaeda, unfortunately, would depend on this testimony and would prefer it over the testimonies of other groups and rely on it without relying on the other groups due to reasons which have been mentioned just a while ago. And that led to a great deal of distortion in the information which in the end led to Al Qaeda giving their approval and calling to support a project which in fact was a great lie. We will give some examples of this wrong information and what was correct. Dr. Ayman Al Zhawahiri said: “The Islamic State of Iraq was established after an extensive consultation between the Mujahideen Council and the Sunni tribes, just like how Sheikh Abu Hamza Al Muhajir had informed us of, may Allah have mercy upon him. And he is one in whom and in whose truthfulness, we trust, due to us having spent a long time with him”.  So, is the news that Abu Hamza Al Muhajir gave to the leadership correct?

Was “The Islamic State” truly established after an extensive consultation between the different Jihadi groups and the Sunni tribes?! The judge in the Islamic State of Iraq answers that for us and he says: “The main reason for it is the announcement of the establishment of the state in this way. In fact the people think that the establishment of the state was after the Bay’ah (pledge of allegiance) that was given by the advisory council of the Mujahideen of Al Qaeda and by the chiefs of the tribes which the brother Abu Hamza Al Muhajir called as “Hilf al Muthayyebeen”, but the matter was not like that at all. Instead, the ones who gave their Bay’ah are the leaders of the groups like “Saraaya Al-Jihad, Saraya Al-Ghurabaa, Jaysh Ahl Al-Sunnah, Kataib Al-Ahwaal, Jaysh Al-Taaifah Al-Mansurah…”, and they are people who have no connection to the real Jihad in any way in the field. Rather, they are just names. So they gave their Bay’ah and made demands either in an indirect manner or by openly stating that they should get positions in this state which was going to be announced. And the matter took place like how they wanted. I swear by Allah Almighty about that based on my closeness to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. And the chiefs of the well-known tribes did not interfere (in this matter to give their views) – like how Abu Hamza had stated many times…!”6 And this issue has been confirmed by Shaykh ‘Abdullah Al’Iraqi, the leader of one of the groups present in the Mujahideen Council in Iraq in his personal testimony about how the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq was. And the funny thing about this testimony is the statement of this leader saying that “the so-called Islamic State of Iraq declared that my group pledged allegiance to them without taking my approval”!

So they gave their Bay’ah and made demands either in an indirect manner or by openly stating that they should get positions in this state which was going to be announced. And the matter took place like how they wanted. I swear by Allah Almighty about that based on my closeness to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. And the chiefs of the well-known tribes did not interfere (in this matter to give their views) – like how Abu Hamza had stated many times…!”6 And this issue has been confirmed by Shaykh ‘Abdullah Al’Iraqi, the leader of one of the groups present in the Mujahideen Council in Iraq in his personal testimony about how the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq was. And the funny thing about this testimony is the statement of this leader saying that “the so-called Islamic State of Iraq declared that my group pledged allegiance to them without taking my approval”!

So they gave their Bay’ah and made demands either in an indirect manner or by openly stating that they should get positions in this state which was going to be announced.5 And the matter took place like how they wanted. I swear by Allah Almighty about that based on my closeness to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. And the chiefs of the well-known tribes did not interfere (in this matter to give their views) – like how Abu Hamza had stated many times…!” And this issue has been confirmed by Shaykh ‘Abdullah Al’Iraqi, the leader of one of the groups present in the Mujahideen Council in Iraq in his personal testimony about how the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq was. And the funny thing about this testimony is the statement of this leader saying that “the so-called Islamic State of Iraq declared that my group pledged allegiance to them without taking my approval”!

Rather Abu ‘Abdullah Al-Mansoor,7 the leader of Jaysh Al-Mujahideen,8 even said that most of the major Jihadi groups did not hear about this announcement except from the media…!!!  But for the sake of argument let us say that the Shura Council of the Mujahideen consisting of 5 or 6 groups had accepted the announcement of the state… How can  groups decide to announce a state and ignore tens of other groups,10 those who in the Shareeah terms are known as Ahlu-Shawka (people of power), and without whose approval the issue of leadership cannot be decided? So, the pledge of allegiance must be given by the majority of the tribes and the Jihadi groups (the people of power and strength) to Abu Umar Al-Baghdadi for him to become the Imam (the leader). Ibn Taymiyyah says: “If we assume that Umar and those with him gave Bay’ah to him i.e. Abu Bakr but the rest of the companions refused to give him Bay’ah, then he would not have become an Imam by that. Indeed, he became an Imam only by the Bay’ah given by the majority of the companions who are the people of authority and strength”.

 

 

He also said “The leadership (Imamah) according to Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a is confirmed by the approval of the people of power for it. A man cannot become a leader (Imam) until he is approved by the people of power whose obedience to him would be what fulfills the purpose of the leadership. The purpose of the leadership will only be fulfilled through capability and authority. So, if he is given a pledge of allegiance through which power and authority are obtained, then he will become a leader”.12 He also said: “Uthman did not become a leader by the choice of some, but rather by all the people giving Bay’ah to him”.13 However as for the Islamic State of Iraq, most of the people of power from the tribes and groups withheld from giving them their Bay’ah. So, then this matter did not take place based on a council or an approval from the people of power from the Jihadi groups and the major Sunni tribes in the field! And so, this state was not established by the agreement of Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (decision makers) in Iraq. But then was it established by Taghallub (overpowering) and by taking control forcefully (which is the second exceptional way to gain authority) …?! Firstly: What does Taghallub mean? In Mu’jam Al ‘Arabi (Arabic dictionary) it says “When it is said that he has made ‘Taghallub’ over his enemy, it means he has subdued and overpowered his enemy. Due to that, it is said that the one who has been overpowered (subdued under Taghallub) is the one who cannot carry out what he wishes! And ‘Taghallub’ over a certain country means taking control over it by force”. It means if we say that the Islamic State of Iraq took control over many wide areas in Iraq by Taghallub (overpowering), this means that it has subdued all the groups, and these groups have become incapable of doing what they wish to do. However, the issue is not like that.

He also said: “Uthman did not become a leader by the choice of some, but rather by all the people giving Bay’ah to him”.13 However as for the Islamic State of Iraq, most of the people of power from the tribes and groups withheld from giving them their Bay’ah. So, then this matter did not take place based on a council or an approval from the people of power from the Jihadi groups and the major Sunni tribes in the field! And so, this state was not established by the agreement of Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (decision makers) in Iraq. But then was it established by Taghallub (overpowering) and by taking control forcefully (which is the second exceptional way to gain authority) …?! Firstly: What does Taghallub mean? In Mu’jam Al ‘Arabi (Arabic dictionary) it says “When it is said that he has made ‘Taghallub’ over his enemy, it means he has subdued and overpowered his enemy. Due to that, it is said that the one who has been overpowered (subdued under Taghallub) is the one who cannot carry out what he wishes! And ‘Taghallub’ over a certain country means taking control over it by force”. It means if we say that the Islamic State of Iraq took control over many wide areas in Iraq by Taghallub (overpowering), this means that it has subdued all the groups, and these groups have become incapable of doing what they wish to do. However, the issue is not like that.

However, the issue is not like that. Instead the groups during that time continued their military operations in an independent manner, and they did not submit to the Islamic State of Iraq. But let us for the sake of argument say that the State did Taghallub and they seized actual control. However, the previous judge of The Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Sulayman Al’Utaybi says: “Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir said in a very clear manner in his speech which was released recently that “We possess eighty percent of the territories of Salahuddin and Diyala, and as for Anbar, we are the ones taking the lead in it”. This statement was so strange that everyone who heard this would laugh except those who agreed with this way. And we most of the time could not find any shelter or home to spend the night – praise be to Allah whatever be the situation as this is Jihad and we ask Allah to accept our deeds. And our situation before declaring the State was stronger and more stable many times more than our situation now. But this is due to what our own hands have earned and due to us having neglected fulfilling the trust”.14 These words were repeated by this judge with some details. And when he went to Khurasan after he left from Iraq, his companion, al-Mu’tazz Billah, narrated his statement saying: “One of the funny stories is that Shaykh Abu Sulayman – may Allah have mercy upon him – said: “We were one day me and five ministers of the State, the minister of industry, the minister of fisheries, the minister of electricity, the minister of

11 He also said “The leadership (Imamah) according to Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a is confirmed by the approval of the people of power for it. A man cannot become a leader (Imam) until he is approved by the people of power whose obedience to him would be what fulfills the purpose of the leadership. The purpose of the leadership will only be fulfilled through capability and authority. So, if he is given a pledge of allegiance through which power and authority are obtained, then he will become a leader”.12 He also said: “Uthman did not become a leader by the choice of some, but rather by all the people giving Bay’ah to him”.13 However as for the Islamic State of Iraq, most of the people of power from the tribes and groups withheld from giving them their Bay’ah. So, then this matter did not take place based on a council or an approval from the people of power from the Jihadi groups and the major Sunni tribes in the field! And so, this state was not established by the agreement of Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (decision makers) in Iraq. But then was it established by Taghallub (overpowering) and by taking control forcefully (which is the second exceptional way to gain authority) …?! Firstly: What does Taghallub mean? In Mu’jam Al ‘Arabi (Arabic dictionary) it says “When it is said that he has made ‘Taghallub’ over his enemy, it means he has subdued and overpowered his enemy. Due to that, it is said that the one who has been overpowered (subdued under Taghallub) is the one who cannot carry out what he wishes! And ‘Taghallub’ over a certain country means taking control over it by force”. It means if we say that the Islamic State of Iraq took control over many wide areas in Iraq by Taghallub (overpowering), this means that it has subdued all the groups, and these groups have become incapable of doing what they wish to do. However, the issue is not like that. Instead the groups during that time continued their military operations in an independent manner, and they did not submit to the Islamic State of Iraq. But let us for the sake of argument say that the State did Taghallub and they seized actual control. However, the previous judge of The Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Sulayman Al’Utaybi says: “Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir said in a very clear manner in his speech which was released recently that “We possess eighty percent of the territories of Salahuddin and Diyala, and as for Anbar, we are the ones taking the lead in it”. This statement was so strange that everyone who heard this would laugh except those who agreed with this way. And we most of the time could not find any shelter or home to spend the night – praise be to Allah whatever be the situation as this is Jihad and we ask Allah to accept our deeds. And our situation before declaring the State was stronger and more stable many times more than our situation now. But this is due to what our own hands have earned and due to us having neglected fulfilling the trust”.14 These words were repeated by this judge with some details. And when he went to Khurasan after he left from Iraq, his companion, al-Mu’tazz Billah, narrated his statement saying: “One of the funny stories is that Shaykh Abu Sulayman – may Allah have mercy upon him – said: “We were one day me and five ministers of the State, the minister of industry, the minister of fisheries, the minister of electricity, the minister of

11 He also said “The leadership (Imamah) according to Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a is confirmed by the approval of the people of power for it. A man cannot become a leader (Imam) until he is approved by the people of power whose obedience to him would be what fulfills the purpose of the leadership. The purpose of the leadership will only be fulfilled through capability and authority. So, if he is given a pledge of allegiance through which power and authority are obtained, then he will become a leader”.12 He also said: “Uthman did not become a leader by the choice of some, but rather by all the people giving Bay’ah to him”.13 However as for the Islamic State of Iraq, most of the people of power from the tribes and groups withheld from giving them their Bay’ah. So, then this matter did not take place based on a council or an approval from the people of power from the Jihadi groups and the major Sunni tribes in the field! And so, this state was not established by the agreement of Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (decision makers) in Iraq. But then was it established by Taghallub (overpowering) and by taking control forcefully (which is the second exceptional way to gain authority) …?! Firstly: What does Taghallub mean? In Mu’jam Al ‘Arabi (Arabic dictionary) it says “When it is said that he has made ‘Taghallub’ over his enemy, it means he has subdued and overpowered his enemy. Due to that, it is said that the one who has been overpowered (subdued under Taghallub) is the one who cannot carry out what he wishes! And ‘Taghallub’ over a certain country means taking control over it by force”. It means if we say that the Islamic State of Iraq took control over many wide areas in Iraq by Taghallub (overpowering), this means that it has subdued all the groups, and these groups have become incapable of doing what they wish to do. However, the issue is not like that. Instead the groups during that time continued their military operations in an independent manner, and they did not submit to the Islamic State of Iraq. But let us for the sake of argument say that the State did Taghallub and they seized actual control. However, the previous judge of The Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Sulayman Al’Utaybi says: “Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir said in a very clear manner in his speech which was released recently that “We possess eighty percent of the territories of Salahuddin and Diyala, and as for Anbar, we are the ones taking the lead in it”. This statement was so strange that everyone who heard this would laugh except those who agreed with this way. And we most of the time could not find any shelter or home to spend the night – praise be to Allah whatever be the situation as this is Jihad and we ask Allah to accept our deeds. And our situation before declaring the State was stronger and more stable many times more than our situation now. But this is due to what our own hands have earned and due to us having neglected fulfilling the trust”.14 These words were repeated by this judge with some details. And when he went to Khurasan after he left from Iraq, his companion, al-Mu’tazz Billah, narrated his statement saying: “One of the funny stories is that Shaykh Abu Sulayman – may Allah have mercy upon him – said: “We were one day me and five ministers of the State, the minister of industry, the minister of fisheries, the minister of electricity, the minister of council, and there wasn’t even a house for us to sleep in” …! And he said, “During one of those days, we the ministers looked at each other; minister of such, and minister of such, and the general judge of the State”, and he said, “I swear by Allah sometimes we would sleep in the gardens and sometimes in the farms”!15 This matter has been agreed to even by the closest ally of the so called Islamic State of Iraq, which is the group Ansar Al-Islam. The bureau of Shariah and judiciary present in the group said to the leadership of the Islamic State of Iraq: “It is astonishing to see that your group is insisting on the obligation of giving Bay’ah to its leader as a Khilafah to mobilize and join under its banner and its slogans, even though obedience is only for the one who is known and has a firm and stable authority…!! Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, whose words you use as evidence, says about the validity of your Bay’ah: “The Prophet – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him – ordered to obey the leaders who are present and known, who have authority and are capable of ruling the people. And he did not order to obey the one who has no authority and no ability for anything…” 16 Thus ponder on this. And praise be to Allah for well-being”.17 This matter is confirmed on the tongues of their leaders. A member of the Shura Council, Abu ‘Ubaydah Al’Iraqi says: “I swear by Allah that their people did not leave the Muslims’ lands which they ruled by Allah’s law except with thousands of martyrs”.18 So, he is confirming that they left the areas which they controlled, and all of those areas went back to the hands of the enemy. Rather another member of the Shura Council in the Islamic State of Iraq says: “And so, began clearly a series of continuous retreats, and running away without attacking. And we started to run and run and run until we ended up in wild, lifeless deserts, and the apostates and the Americans began launching operations against us to eliminate us, and we lost the cities, and after that the villages. And then the desert became a dangerous sanctuary, and we moved away from the people and we found ourselves in the wilderness of the desert.”19 What is even more clear than all these is what Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani said confirming all the above: “Did we get defeated when we lost the cities in Iraq and spent the nights in the desert without any city or any land?”20 Adnani here is acknowledging that during a previous period they were in the desert without any city or land…! Thus, they ended up without power or actual control and they lost the cities, the villages and the lands. However, in this situation the ‘state’ would cease to exist even if they established their ‘state’ by overpowering because states cease to exist if they lose their authority. Turkī al-Bin’alī for example, when he narrated the statements of the Imams of Salaf regarding Tamkeen (stability), he commented on their words and said: “And this proves to you the importance of gaining capability and strength and power – as a basic rule – and linking that very closely to the issue of leadership and Khilafah, since the purpose is to gain stability even if it be partially over some of the Muslim lands.”21 So, when you are in the desert having no control over anything, then about what stability and leadership or governance are you talking about?! Then the situation stayed like this even after the establishment of Jabhat un Nusra, while what was known as the ‘Islamic State of Iraq’ was still without lands and territories, and they had no public presence! And if we say that Jabhat un Nusra is an extension of the Islamic State of Iraq, and that any expansion or control by Jabhat Nusra would necessarily be an indication confirming the stability of the Islamic State in Iraq, then we say that the control that Jabhat Nusra had was not specific to it, and it did not overpower or subjugate all other groups under its command. It did not overpower, but instead there was a joint management (by participation with other groups). Hence if there was no overpowering then it means there was no any presence for the Islamic State. We have already explained that the meaning of Taghallub is subjugation and not participation in management and ruling…! Moreover, the groups did not submit to and did not surrender to the courts of the Islamic state, even after their declaration of their ‘expansion to Shaam’. Rather they opened their own courts named as “Al-Hay’at Al-Shar’iyya”. In fact, this State could not get the groups to submit to their courts when disputes arose between them and the groups, but instead they resorted to joint courts! Abu Muhammad Al’Adnani says: “The Islamic State surrendered to the joint courts, and here are the examples:  The case of the killing of Abu ʿUbaydah Al-Binnishi and the case of the killing of Muhammad Faaris Al-Halabi from Ahraar – may Allah have mercy upon them both – and the judge Abu ʿAbdul-Malik was from their side.  The case of the checkpoint of Liwaa At-Tawheed who took the area from the State, and the judge Hassan was from their side.  The case of Liwaa At-Tawheed who killed two of the soldiers of the State, and the judge Hassan from their side.  A case with Jabhat Al-Jawlani; when they killed Atiyyah Al’Anzi, a religious official of the State.  Another joint court was formed with Jabhat Joulani in relation to the Islamic administration for services.  A court with Ahraar Suriya in the case of those accused of attempting to assassinate Abu Anas Al-ʿIraqi, and the judge Mahmud Abu Maalik was from their side.  So Adnani says that instead of the others submitting to their (Islamic State’s) courts they instead submitted to joint courts! Thus, the State could not force or make these groups submit to them to be judged by their courts in order to prove really that they (the Islamic State) are the ones who have overpowered them. Rather the Islamic State was forced to be judged along with them under the joint courts. So, whether the state declared their expansion or not, it will not change the reality that the State in Iraq (if it was really a State because it had in fact fallen and it had returned to be an organization when they lost their stability), their expansion under the name ‘State’does not change the reality that it was an expansion of an organization that expanded from Iraq to Shaam. Based on that if we assumed that this State actually has no relation with or was not subordinate to Al-Qaeda in Khorasan, then the defection of Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani at that time was not a revolt against the legitimate leader who rules the Muslim masses. Rather it was

The case of the checkpoint of Liwaa At-Tawheed who took the area from the State, and the judge Hassan was from their side.  The case of Liwaa At-Tawheed who killed two of the soldiers of the State, and the judge Hassan from their side.  A case with Jabhat Al-Jawlani; when they killed Atiyyah Al’Anzi, a religious official of the State.  Another joint court was formed with Jabhat Joulani in relation to the Islamic administration for services.  A court with Ahraar Suriya in the case of those accused of attempting to assassinate Abu Anas Al-ʿIraqi, and the judge Mahmud Abu Maalik was from their side.  So Adnani says that instead of the others submitting to their (Islamic State’s) courts they instead submitted to joint courts! Thus, the State could not force or make these groups submit to them to be judged by their courts in order to prove really that they (the Islamic State) are the ones who have overpowered them. Rather the Islamic State was forced to be judged along with them under the joint courts. So, whether the state declared their expansion or not, it will not change the reality that the State in Iraq (if it was really a State because it had in fact fallen and it had returned to be an organization when they lost their stability), their expansion under the name ‘State’does not change the reality that it was an expansion of an organization that expanded from Iraq to Shaam. Based on that if we assumed that this State actually has no relation with or was not subordinate to Al-Qaeda in Khorasan, then the defection of Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani at that time was not a revolt against the legitimate leader who rules the Muslim masses. Rather it was against a leader of a Jihadi group only. So, the specific Hadiths about leadership or public governance are not applicable on him to portray him as having revolted against the legitimate leader. So, the question here is regarding the declaration of a State in Shaam by Baghdadi’s group – Was this declaration after taking Bay’ah from the people of decision (Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd) and of power?! Or was it by overpowering?! It was neither by Shura (consultation) nor by the Bay’ah of the people of decision in Shaam. Rather it was done suddenly and even far away from Abu Muhammad Al Joulani and far away from the Shura Council of Jabhatun Nusrah despite them being the closest of people to the Islamic State! 24 Let alone the other major groups and tribes and the people of decision in the Shaam…! 25 And they stayed from April 2013 until the end of December 2013 while jointly sharing control with the other groups for managing the areas, and there was no overpowering or subjugating. Then at the beginning of 2014 the conflict exploded between them and the other groups, and they left Aleppo and Idlib and they took control over Ar-Raqqa and over areas from Al-Hasakah, and then after that over the province of Deir Al-Zour completely during the month of July 2014. So, it is only at this time they dominated by overpowering! Then they declared a Khilafa claiming it to be on the prophet’s methodology!! But was this Khilafah made after consultation? Abu Muhammad Al-‘Adnani answers for us and says: “How can you announce the Khilafah when the Ummah has not rallied behind you? For your authority is not accepted by the groups, factions, detachments, brigades, corps, banners, sects, parties, assemblies, councils, institutions, coordination teams, leagues, coalitions, armies, fronts, movements, and organizations.” Say to them, {But they will not cease to differ except whom your Lord has given mercy} [Hūd: 118-119]. They have never united on a single issue, nor will they ever unite on any issue except for those whom Allah has mercy upon.”  The reality is that using this verse as a proof arises from a great ignorance.

So, the question here is regarding the declaration of a State in Shaam by Baghdadi’s group – Was this declaration after taking Bay’ah from the people of decision (Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd) and of power?! Or was it by overpowering?! It was neither by Shura (consultation) nor by the Bay’ah of the people of decision in Shaam. Rather it was done suddenly and even far away from Abu Muhammad Al Joulani and far away from the Shura Council of Jabhatun Nusrah despite them being the closest of people to the Islamic State! 24 Let alone the other major groups and tribes and the people of decision in the Shaam…! 25 And they stayed from April 2013 until the end of December 2013 while jointly sharing control with the other groups for managing the areas, and there was no overpowering or subjugating. Then at the beginning of 2014 the conflict exploded between them and the other groups, and they left Aleppo and Idlib and they took control over Ar-Raqqa and over areas from Al-Hasakah, and then after that over the province of Deir Al-Zour completely during the month of July 2014. So, it is only at this time they dominated by overpowering! Then they declared a Khilafa claiming it to be on the prophet’s methodology!! But was this Khilafah made after consultation? Abu Muhammad Al-‘Adnani answers for us and says: “How can you announce the Khilafah when the Ummah has not rallied behind you? For your authority is not accepted by the groups, factions, detachments, brigades, corps, banners, sects, parties, assemblies, councils, institutions, coordination teams, leagues, coalitions, armies, fronts, movements, and organizations.” Say to them, {But they will not cease to differ except whom your Lord has given mercy} [Hūd: 118-119]. They have never united on a single issue, nor will they ever unite on any issue except for those whom Allah has mercy upon.”  The reality is that using this verse as a proof arises from a great ignorance.

The people of Tafseer (commentators of the Quran) whom Imam Tabari mentioned while explaining this verse said: “It is a disagreement over religions. The explanation is: And the people will keep disagreeing upon many different religions, between a Jew and a Christian, and a Magian, and so on. And those who said this also said: “Allah excluded those whom He had mercy upon, and they are the believers”. And others said, “Rather it means they will keep differing in their sustenance, this one being rich and the other being poor”. And others said, “They will differ in receiving forgiveness and mercy”. So, are the factions, the battalions, the detachments, the brigades and the parties are the Jews and Christians and Magians? And only those in the Islamic State are Muslims, for this verse to be applied on them? Secondly, assuming that the nature of humankind is to differ and disagree, what then is the duty towards this issue? Is it to deepen the differences and increase them?! Or is to strive to end them or lessen them as much as possible? Disagreement is evil, and Allah has warned us from it and He said: {And be not like those who became divided and disagreed after clear arguments had come to them, and these it is that shall have a grievous chastisement.} [Aal Imran: 105] Therefore, we should strive to bring closer the different views through consultation. Allah says praising the believers: {They conduct their affairs by mutual consultation} [Shura: 38]. If mankind differs and will not agree, then why did Allah order us to do consultation? Will Allah order us to do the impossible? And then Al’Adnani continued saying: “If they tell you: You have stepped over them by acting on your own judgment! Why didn’t you consult them and excuse them and try to win them over?” Say to them: The issue is much more urgent than that; {And I hastened to You, My Lord, so that You may be pleased} [Taha:84] Poem: We took it forcibly at the point of the sword We brought it back by overpowering and dominating”. He dodged the issue of Shura by giving reasons such

He dodged the issue of Shura by giving reasons such as:  The presence of disagreements and that the people will not agree on one leader! That the matter is too urgent, and so it would not be right to consult! And with that this ‘Khilafa which is on the prophetic methodology’ was not established based on Shura as per the confession of its official spokesman. Rather, it was established by overpowering, subjugating and by using force against all. And this overpowering and making the right to nominate a Khalifa exclusive to one group alone by excluding the Muslim public, is not a characteristic of a Khilafah which is upon the prophetic methodology. There is not a single one from the Khulafa Ar-Rashideen (the four righteous Khalifas) who were upon the prophetic methodology, who consulted his supporters only, without consulting the rest of the Muslims for appointing himself as a Khalifa! And none of the scholars made it a condition that everyone from the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (people of influence and decision) in the land should agree with you, and that he should not oppose you! And there is not a single Khalifa who said that ‘only those who support me are the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (people of influence and decision)’! As if the entire Ummah has no people of influence…! The other issue is the long Hadith in which the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Prophethood will last amongst you for as long as Allah wishes, then He will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be a Khilafah on the Prophetic methodology, and it will last for as long as Allah wishes it to be. Then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be an agonizing kingship (Mulkan Aadhan – ملكًا عاضًا ), and it will last as long as Allah wishes it to, then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be an oppressive kingship (Mulkan Jabariyan – ملكًا جبر يًا ), and it will last as long as Allah wishes it to be, then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up.

And this overpowering and making the right to nominate a Khalifa exclusive to one group alone by excluding the Muslim public, is not a characteristic of a Khilafah which is upon the prophetic methodology. There is not a single one from the Khulafa Ar-Rashideen (the four righteous Khalifas) who were upon the prophetic methodology, who consulted his supporters only, without consulting the rest of the Muslims for appointing himself as a Khalifa! And none of the scholars made it a condition that everyone from the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (people of influence and decision) in the land should agree with you, and that he should not oppose you! And there is not a single Khalifa who said that ‘only those who support me are the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (people of influence and decision)’! As if the entire Ummah has no people of influence…! The other issue is the long Hadith in which the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Prophethood will last amongst you for as long as Allah wishes, then He will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be a Khilafah on the Prophetic methodology, and it will last for as long as Allah wishes it to be. Then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be an agonizing kingship (Mulkan Aadhan – ملكًا عاضًا ), and it will last as long as Allah wishes it to, then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be an oppressive kingship (Mulkan Jabariyan – ملكًا جبر يًا ), and it will last as long as Allah wishes it to be, then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up.

And this overpowering and making the right to nominate a Khalifa exclusive to one group alone by excluding the Muslim public, is not a characteristic of a Khilafah which is upon the prophetic methodology. There is not a single one from the Khulafa Ar-Rashideen (the four righteous Khalifas) who were upon the prophetic methodology, who consulted his supporters only, without consulting the rest of the Muslims for appointing himself as a Khalifa! And none of the scholars made it a condition that everyone from the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (people of influence and decision) in the land should agree with you, and that he should not oppose you! And there is not a single Khalifa who said that ‘only those who support me are the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (people of influence and decision)’! As if the entire Ummah has no people of influence…! The other issue is the long Hadith in which the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Prophethood will last amongst you for as long as Allah wishes, then He will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be a Khilafah on the Prophetic methodology, and it will last for as long as Allah wishes it to be. Then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be an agonizing kingship (Mulkan Aadhan – ملكًا عاضًا ), and it will last as long as Allah wishes it to, then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be an oppressive kingship (Mulkan Jabariyan – ملكًا جبر يًا ), and it will last as long as Allah wishes it to be, then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up.

And this overpowering and making the right to nominate a Khalifa exclusive to one group alone by excluding the Muslim public, is not a characteristic of a Khilafah which is upon the prophetic methodology. There is not a single one from the Khulafa Ar-Rashideen (the four righteous Khalifas) who were upon the prophetic methodology, who consulted his supporters only, without consulting the rest of the Muslims for appointing himself as a Khalifa! And none of the scholars made it a condition that everyone from the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (people of influence and decision) in the land should agree with you, and that he should not oppose you! And there is not a single Khalifa who said that ‘only those who support me are the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd (people of influence and decision)’! As if the entire Ummah has no people of influence…! The other issue is the long Hadith in which the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Prophethood will last amongst you for as long as Allah wishes, then He will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be a Khilafah on the Prophetic methodology, and it will last for as long as Allah wishes it to be. Then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be an agonizing kingship (Mulkan Aadhan – ملكًا عاضًا ), and it will last as long as Allah wishes it to, then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. Then there will be an oppressive kingship (Mulkan Jabariyan – ملكًا جبر يًا ), and it will last as long as Allah wishes it to be, then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up.

 

Then there will be a Khilafah on the way of Prophet-hood.’ This proves that the Khilafah on the prophetic methodology will be after the oppressive dictatorial rule has been lifted and after it ends like how our prophet – صلى الله عليه وسلم said in the Hadith that: ‘Then there will be an oppressive rule ( ملكًا جبر يًا ), and it will last for as long as Allah wishes it to last, and then Allah will lift it up when He wishes to lift it up. THEN there will be a Khilafah on the Prophetic methodology.” Thus, the chronological order for the Khilafah which will be on the prophetic methodology will be AFTER the dictatorial oppressive regimes have ceased to exist. On the other hand, this Khilafah got announced while the oppressive dictatorial regimes are still in existence and before they have been brought down. And this is a clear opposition to the prophetic text, which says that the Khilafah will not be established until AFTER these regimes have ceased to exist. On the other hand, this so called Khilafa could not end the existence of even a single one of the regimes that is fighting it! So, they applied the prophetic text on themselves for the sake of propaganda and publicity only, nothing else. And they are not the people of Khilafah which is on the prophetic methodology which our prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم gave glad tidings of in the Hadith. So, what a great difference between the false dawn and the true dawn. In fact, the true dawn will come after the false dawn.  And I do not think that the situation of Baghdadi’s Khilafah is anything except what Professor Yasir Al Ahmadi has said: “Some people have the correct (religious) text with them, but they do not have the correct intentions, and so they try to apply the text in the wrong context, aiming for personal gain, and for things like that.” And finally, praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

On the other hand, this Khilafah got announced while the oppressive dictatorial regimes are still in existence and before they have been brought down. And this is a clear opposition to the prophetic text, which says that the Khilafah will not be established until AFTER these regimes have ceased to exist. On the other hand, this so called Khilafa could not end the existence of even a single one of the regimes that is fighting it! So, they applied the prophetic text on themselves for the sake of propaganda and publicity only, nothing else. And they are not the people of Khilafah which is on the prophetic methodology which our prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم gave glad tidings of in the Hadith. So, what a great difference between the false dawn and the true dawn. In fact, the true dawn will come after the false dawn.  And I do not think that the situation of Baghdadi’s Khilafah is anything except what Professor Yasir Al Ahmadi has said: “Some people have the correct (religious) text with them, but they do not have the correct intentions, and so they try to apply the text in the wrong context, aiming for personal gain, and for things like that.” And finally, praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

Thus, the chronological order for the Khilafah which will be on the prophetic methodology will be AFTER the dictatorial oppressive regimes have ceased to exist. On the other hand, this Khilafah got announced while the oppressive dictatorial regimes are still in existence and before they have been brought down. And this is a clear opposition to the prophetic text, which says that the Khilafah will not be established until AFTER these regimes have ceased to exist. On the other hand, this so called Khilafa could not end the existence of even a single one of the regimes that is fighting it! So, they applied the prophetic text on themselves for the sake of propaganda and publicity only, nothing else. And they are not the people of Khilafah which is on the prophetic methodology which our prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم gave glad tidings of in the Hadith. So, what a great difference between the false dawn and the true dawn. In fact, the true dawn will come after the false dawn.  And I do not think that the situation of Baghdadi’s Khilafah is anything except what Professor Yasir Al Ahmadi has said: “Some people have the correct (religious) text with them, but they do not have the correct intentions, and so they try to apply the text in the wrong context, aiming for personal gain, and for things like that.” And finally, praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

THEN there will be a Khilafah on the Prophetic methodology.” Thus, the chronological order for the Khilafah which will be on the prophetic methodology will be AFTER the dictatorial oppressive regimes have ceased to exist. On the other hand, this Khilafah got announced while the oppressive dictatorial regimes are still in existence and before they have been brought down. And this is a clear opposition to the prophetic text, which says that the Khilafah will not be established until AFTER these regimes have ceased to exist. On the other hand, this so called Khilafa could not end the existence of even a single one of the regimes that is fighting it! So, they applied the prophetic text on themselves for the sake of propaganda and publicity only, nothing else. And they are not the people of Khilafah which is on the prophetic methodology which our prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم gave glad tidings of in the Hadith. So, what a great difference between the false dawn and the true dawn. In fact, the true dawn will come after the false dawn.  And I do not think that the situation of Baghdadi’s Khilafah is anything except what Professor Yasir Al Ahmadi has said: “Some people have the correct (religious) text with them, but they do not have the correct intentions, and so they try to apply the text in the wrong context, aiming for personal gain, and for things like that.” And finally, praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

 

Agricultural Revolution underway in the OECS.

OECS Media Release

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017 — The Agriculture Sector in OECS Member States is on the brink of a new era in collaborative production for regional and international trade. A comprehensive grouping of regional agriculture stakeholders, which include Ministers, Manufacturers, Traders, representatives from the Bureau of Standards and the OECS Commission, are working together to ensure the success of the initiative.

 

The virtual OECS Agri-Export Working group began in June of 2016 and, only one year later, has seen many achievements due to the influence and reach of the agricultural stakeholders involved, paired with the technological nature of the ongoing online meeting, which facilitates speedy action and decision making.

 

Main achievements of the Agri-Export Initiative to date include:

 

three refrigerated boats traversing the OECS and the wider Caribbean with agricultural produce and livestock;

improvement of phytosanitary standards;

change in production packaging from bags to boxes;

forging new purchasing links with Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, the United States and Canada;

joint production to fulfill shipment quotas for international trade;

development of an app to connect producers, traders, supermarkets and hotels virtually;

identification of high value crops for each Member State with a view to increase production in these areas for regional and international trade; and

identification of designated Agriculture point persons in each OECS Member State to ensure quick implementation of projects and timely feedback.

Regional trade has been greatly facilitated with the service of the MV Sea Rambler, the MVC American Liberty and the Iron Cat, which export a range of fruits and vegetables from as far north as the British Virgin Islands to as far south as Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Minister for Agriculture in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Hon. Saboto Caesar, said that while regional trade is a priority as the OECS strives to lower its food import bill, it is also important that Member States aim to be self sufficient.

 

“At all costs, we should try not to import goods which can be produced on the island – whether from the OECS or extra regionally.”

 

“National agricultural platforms need to step up and produce more. We should aim for self sufficiency and collaborate to consolidate exports for extra regional trade,” Minister Caesar said.

Joint production for international markets is an area of great potential for regional integration and the continued development of OECS economies.

 

OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules, said that the extensive achievements that the working group was able to cover in the space of a year was not only testament to inter-regional collaboration but the strong desire of the group to fulfill the economic aspirations of the OECS farming community with new commercial opportunities via the shipping initiative.

 

“Agricultural prosperity remains paramount to the OECS, not only in terms of economic advancement and reducing the unacceptably high food import bill but ideally we want to move to a stage where we, as a region, can produce a marketable surplus for export markets,” Dr. Jules said.

Farmers in Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines recently worked together to fulfill a shipment quota of dasheen to the United States, an order which Minister Caesar said would not have been possible without collaboration.

 

Since the start of the initiative, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has shipped 3,325 50lb boxes of dasheen to the United States; and Dominica, on its first shipment, successfully exported a 20ft container comprising 425 50lb boxes of dasheen.

 

Opportunities to increase extra regional trade have also recently been strengthened by the B767 cargo aircraft service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines which offers 220,000 lbs of cargo space per week. The aircraft also services Grenada which, in addition to securing loaders for goods, plans to invest in refrigerated containers for cold storage.

 

Projections for agricultural production in the region are expected to show a marked increase as Member States prepare for smart production aimed at efficiency and competitiveness, and innovative stakeholder collaboration in the sub region continues.

The White European gatekeepers of the drug lords.

ROTTERDAM–A corrupt Customs officer working at the Rotterdam harbour was sentenced on Tuesday to 14 years in prison for clearing containers which contained cocaine from South America. Gerrit G. earned millions with his side-business, money that he spent on, amongst other things, luxurious vacations in Curaçao.

The proceeds of the corrupt handlings of the 56-year-old Customs officer were estimated at 3.5 million euros, and possibly much more, according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office which had demanded a maximum jail term of 16 years.

The suspect, who worked at the pre-arrival department, in 2014 and 2015 prevented the regular control of at least two containers that contained a total of 3,400 kilos cocaine by giving the green light. The Court suspected that this was just the tip of the iceberg and that in reality G. had allowed more cocaine transports to pass through the Rotterdam harbour.

According to the Court, G. was “merely led by the big money.” The Judge said G. not only damaged to the harbour’s image, but through his actions large amounts of hard drugs entered the Netherlands. “It was his task as Customs officer to protect the borders and it is ironically sad that instead he violated that security.”

The suspect received a 7.5 per cent share of the value of the coke transports. He lived in great luxury: authorities found a shopping bag in his home containing 1.1 million euros, he often flew business class to Curaçao where he also bought a US $200,000 yacht. To cover up his illegal activities, he set up a store for used consumer goods.

There were three other suspects in this case. Suspect Dennis van den B. was sentenced to ten years in prison for the import of large batches of cocaine from South-America, bribing the Customs officer G., money laundering, threatening and illegal weapon possession.

Two other suspects, René F. and André van der H. were sentenced to four and three years respectively for bribing the Customs officer. They were acquitted of the import of cocaine charges.