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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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31/05/1396 Hijrji Solar 22/08/2017 Gregorian

 

 

 

Source: Telegram

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Shaam will submit to none except Allah.

 

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Translated into English by As-Sahab media.

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

In the name of Allah. All praise belongs to Allah alone and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, Companions, and those who follow them.

My dear Muslim brothers the world over,

May peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you.

To begin with, I would like to tell our beloved people in Shaam [the Levant] that your wounds are the wounds of the entire Ummah, and your pain is the pain of the entire Ummah. You are in our prayers at every moment, and we wish to sacrifice our souls for you. If anything stands in our way, it is the fact that we are engaged in fighting the same Crusader enemy which you are up against, though on a different front.

Our Muslim Ummah in Shaam, the land of Ribaat and Jihad: Know that the only reason you are being targeted is that you want Islam to rule over the land of Shaam, and the International Satanic Alliance will never accept this, and it will spare no effort to stop this Islamic tide.

Our dear people in Shaam: You must, therefore, prepare yourselves for a protracted war against the Crusaders and their Rafidhi and Nusairi allies. So remain steadfast, for verily victory comes with patience, ease with hardship, deliverance with affliction, and know that victory is often just a matter of timely perseverance. “So lose not heart, nor fall into despair, for you shall be victorious if you indeed are true Believers.” [Aal-e-Imran: 139]

You are those who have taken up the path of Jihad in the way of Allah to raise the flag of Islam and Jihad on the land of Shaam, and to liberate it from oppression, tyranny, and corruption. So do not backtrack. Know no wavering or compromise. Die honourably, but never accept a life of humiliation. Unite and close your ranks with your Muslim brothers and Mujahideen not just in Shaam, but the entire

 

world, for it is a single Crusader campaign being waged against Muslims the world over.

Our brothers in Shaam: Watch out for the progeny of Abu Righal, who wish to deceive you into buying the myth that only if you were to change your Jihad to an exclusively nationalist Syrian struggle, the leading international criminals would be pleased with you, for this goes against what the Quran has clearly explained: “Never will the Jews, nor the Christians be pleased with you, until you follow their creed.” [Al-Baqarah: 120]

My people and my brothers in Shaam: I would like to offer here a few words of advice as a reminder to you and myself.

First: We must constantly review our actions, and retract ourselves from everything which is capable of hindering victory. For we can never be better than the Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him), who were denied victory when they disobeyed. Critical reassessment and correction of mistakes is the first step in the path to victory.

Second: In my humble opinion, the strategy for Jihad in Shaam must focus on a guerilla war aimed at wearing down the enemy and bleeding it to death. This has been the weapon of choice of the oppressed against arrogant transgressors in every age. Do not occupy yourselves with holding on to territory, instead focus on destroying the morale of your enemy. Take the enemy to the point of abysmal despair by inflicting unrelenting blows and unbearable losses on its forces.

Third: The cause of Shaam is the cause of the entire Ummah. We must not present it as merely a cause of the people of Shaam, and then further narrow it down to a cause of Syrians alone, for this is precisely the enemy’s plan and his much sought after objective. The enemy seeks to transform the Jihad in Shaam from a cause of the Muslim Ummah to an exclusively nationalist Syrian cause, then turn the nationalist cause to an issue of specific regions and localities, and finally reduce this to an issue of a few cities, villages and neighborhoods.

 

It is incumbent upon us to confront this evil strategy by declaring that the Jihad in Shaam is the Jihad of the Muslim Ummah aimed at establishing the rule of Allah in the land of Allah. This must coincide with encouraging the entire Ummah to participate in the Jihad of Shaam with its sons, wealth, efforts, and energies. And let us not forget here that those who defended Shaam earlier in history were none other than the likes of Salahuddin, Qutz, Bebres, Muhammad bin Qalawoon, and the Ottoman Turks, NONE of whom were Syrians, but were Muslims and Mujahids before anything else.

We must not submit therefore to the dictations of the leading criminals, who seek to intimidate us with accusations of ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism’. These are the same forces that did not even spare Muhammad Mursi, in spite of the fact that he had given them all they had asked for. I ask Allah to give our people in Shaam steadfastness. May Allah bless them with His victory and support and guide them to take a common stance alongside their Mujahideen brethren the world over against a common united enemy.

And our last prayer is that all Praise belongs to Allah alone, the Lord of the Worlds, and may peace and blessings be upon our Master, Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

May peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you.

New statement from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: “Regarding The Latest U.S. Barbarity In Nangarhar Province”

April 17, 2017

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On 13 April 2017 at approximately 7:30 pm local time in Nangarhar’s Achin district, in the area of Mamund valley, American forces dropped – according to their statement – the largest non-nuclear bomb known as the ‘mother of all bombs’. This barbarity was followed with much fanfare with the Americans proudly boasting about it in the media thus showcasing the increasing barbarity of the foreign occupation.
The use and experimentation of such destructive weapons by foreign occupiers on our war-weary people and in every corner of our war-ravaged country is inexcusable. The Islamic Emirate condemns such barbarity in the strongest of terms and considers its perpetrators as war criminals. Such over-proportionate use of destruction poses long-term detriments for the environment and the development of our nation.
The repression of Daesh plots inside Afghanistan is the obligation of Afghans and not of foreigners. If the Americans fear for their security they should foil such plots at their own borders. The use of Daesh as a ploy to kill Afghans, bombard our lands, experiment novel weapons, and extend the illegitimate occupation is unacceptable. On the contrary, it is a historical wrong and a blatant aggression.
Through such actions the Americans hope to portray itself as a force against Daesh while at the same time giving this group visibility and legitimacy and therefore practically strengthening it. In recent months the Islamic Emirate carried out three separate operations against Daesh in Nangarhar yet every time the Mujahideen came close to completely eradicating this group, American aircraft would start bombarding the Mujahideen and forcing them to retreat.
The fact that the Americans claim that their presence in Afghanistan is limited only to a train and assist role while dropping 10 kiloton bombs on our lands only strengthens the voices of independence and Jihad in our land. Such barbarity illustrates that all freedom-loving Afghans ought to adopt a clear stance against the ongoing oppression of our country and no longer be fooled by American extenuations.
We believe that the use of heavy weaponry and destructive bombs in our country is not the answer to the current dilemma. Rather such irresponsible actions only light the flames of vengeance and show the ugly face of foreign occupation.
Zabihullah Mujahid
Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
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REGIONAL GUIDES TO LIFE AFTER ISLAMIC STATE.

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JOAS WAGEMAKERS

JORDAN

IF THE ISLAMIC STATE (IS) IS DEFEATED AS A TERRITORIAL ENTITY, THE MAIN ASPECT THAT SETS

IT APART FROM AL-QAEDA – ITS CLAIM TO BE A STATE WITH ACTUAL TERRITORY – WILL BE GONE.

THIS MEANS IS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO INVITE MUSLIMS TO JOIN ITS PROJECT IN SYRIA OR

IRAQ, BUT WILL BE FORCED TO RELY ON TERRORIST ATTACKS AROUND THE WORLD.

This shift in IS’s policies can already be seen, but is likely to increase as the

organisation loses more territory. From that point on, several scenarios

are possible. One scenario is that IS continues to operate as an alternative to al-Qaeda, with its local branches in countries such as Libya and Nigeria.

Given that both organisations will have roughly the same goals, they are likely to merge. Another scenario is that IS will dwindle and al-Qaeda will rise again.

Still another option is that they will continue to be rivals, with IS continuing to try to set up a state.

Any of these scenarios, and potentially others, are possible.

Given the tensions between al-Qaeda and IS and the inhibitions that some IS- supporters are likely to have had about IS’s increasingly violent policies, any future efforts to set up an Islamic state are likely to be slightly different.

There is a strong sentiment among many Jihadi-Salafi scholars and leaders that an Islamic state is a very good thing in principle, but that it should not be executed the way IS did it.

This analysis of the situation may result in more careful ways of going about

establishing an Islamic state the next time an opportunity arises.

In other words: for Jihadi-Salafi critics of IS, the collapse of the latter has the potential to be a major ‘I told you so’ moment.

In Jordan, there is the additional difficulty of intra-Jihadi-Salafi rivalry.

The two main Jihadi-Salafi scholars in the country (and probably in the

world) – Abu Qatada al-Filastini and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi – have been strongly against IS from the beginning.

A large number of Jihadi-Salafi activists, however, disagree with them and still have fresh memories of the rivalry between their local hero – Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi – and al-Maqdisi.

While they see the former as a brave fighter who was willing to walk the talk, the latter is seen by them as an armchair jihadi who, when push came to shove, was not willing to support the jihad in Iraq.

Moreover, al-Maqdisi often stressed the need to set up an Islamic state, rather than just engaging in attacks without lasting results.

When IS came along, it seemed that a sustained effort to do what al-Maqdisi had always wanted – setting up an Islamic state – was finally being made, yet al-Maqdisi again refused to support it because he saw IS as the epitome of the “extremist” policies that he had always rejected.

To some supporters of al-Zarqawi, this was proof that al-Maqdisi was hypocritical and not supportive of Jihadi- Salafism.

To al-Maqdisi himself, however, the fall of IS is likely to be seen as proof that he was right all along.

Due to the extent of support for both positions, neither of these narratives is going to become entirely dominant in Jordan, with both co-existing uneasily for some years to come.

Dr Wagemakers’ research, at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, concentrates on Salafi ideology and groups, especially in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories.

Speech International Conference on Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters.

Dutch AIVD Director of Intelligence Jack Twiss, 15 February 2017

Today I would like to tell you about a family that went to Syria. A mother and father, inspired by the proclamation of the ISIS caliphate. Perhaps they believe that it would be wonderful to raise their children in an Islamic utopia. They take their two children, close the door behind them, and leave.

After a long and arduous journey the family arrives in Syria. The father is immediately sent off to a training camp where he is trained in the use of weapons and combat.

After his training he is regularly sent to the front lines to fight. The mother and the two young children quickly find out that daily life with ISIS is tough. They find it hard to adjust to the bombing raids, to sharing a house with other families, to only a few hours of electricity a day. The mother finds herself pregnant and soon discovers that prenatal care is abominable. She wants to return to the Netherlands and she manages to convince her husband that they ought to flee. So, shortly before the father is sent to the front again they make their escape, cross the border into Turkey and eventually return to the Netherlands.

Upon their arrival the father and mother are arrested on suspicion of membership of a terrorist organization. The children are taken to live with relatives. The father and mother are interrogated separately and they categorically deny having been members of ISIS. After a month the public prosecution service decides to release them for lack of evidence.

The family returns to their old neighbourhood.

This is one example of some of the stories that I deal with as director of intelligence with the General intelligence and security service – the AIVD. At this point in our story the AIVD faces a dilemma: the mother and father are disillusioned, yes, but have they also renounced their jihadist beliefs? Or will they continue to support the jihad in Syria but now from the Netherlands?

These are the questions that one of the teams of my service sets out to answer. As an intelligence and security service we are able to, and allowed to do a lot. We have a range of investigatory powers at our disposal, such as observation, house searches, wire taps, all under strict conditions.

But we are no mind readers. People who have something to hide are often highly security-conscious, and they try to deceive us. For example, what is it exactly that two returnees are talking about when one of them asks the other: “when does the game start?” Does this mean they are going to a football match together, or is it an attack plot they are discussing? We hear remarks such as these every day, and for every remark we have to assess if it constitutes a threat or not.

Similarly, for the family of four I described just now we have to take great care to see if they constitute a risk. Then we decide if it is necessary to keep a close watch on these persons, or whether they can reintegrate into our society.

In our publication ‘Focus on Returnees’, published today, we describe the threat. All returnees are reviewed by the AIVD to assess their potential threat. One of the criteria we look at is the length of stay in the conflict zone. Nearly all returnees coming back now have spent at least a year in the conflict zone. Many of them have gained combat experience and are deeply integrated into jihadist networks. Which means that they pose potentially a greater threat than the earlier returnees that spent less time in the conflict zone.

The reason why someone decides to return to the Netherlands also plays a role. This is not always clear: medical problems, homesickness or pressure from relatives, but also a sense of disillusion with life in the caliphate could be important. Being disillusioned, however, does not mean that radical ideas and violence have been renounced. For the most part disappointment with life in the conflict zone does not mean that people turn their backs on jihadist ideology.

Where there is no information on why someone returned, or there are indications that the returnees have been allowed to leave by ISIS, the AIVD will take into account these returnees may have been sent back to Europe with a specific assignment.

While the experiences of life in the caliphate are certainly part of the assessment of

the potential threat of returnees, even more important are our up-to-date knowledge

of and insight into their behaviour, beliefs and intentions.

Let’s go back to our recently returned family of four. They were in the conflict zone only a couple of months. Their main motivation for returning was the dire quality of life in the caliphate. But what does that imply in terms of their jihadist intentions? The mother has turned her back on ISIS, but the father still appears to be radicalised and to support the jihad, only now he is in the Netherlands.

It is not necessary, nor feasible for us to monitor each and every returnee twentyfour- seven. Fortunately the AIVD partners with a whole chain of organizations that play a part where returnees are concerned.

We strive to share our information on foreign fighters with the public prosecution service so that they can start their criminal investigation at an early stage. Returnees will initially be arrested and where possible prosecuted.

Returnees that are released are taken on by the social services of the local authorities in their place of residence. Signals coming from these municipal agencies and organizations are of great value to the AIVD in assessing whether someone is still harbouring radical ideas. Because, as I mentioned before, we cannot monitor each and every returnee day and night. The police also keep a watchful eye: local police officers know the local situation, know who is friendly with whom and who the jihadist instigators are.

 

 

They are in a perfect position to pick up signals at a local level and if necessary inform us. The AIVD then has the difficult task to assess in time if someone presents an actual danger or not.

The AIVD expects the number of returning jihadist to increase little by little in the future. Together they constitute a group that requires the close attention of all of us, because they are ideologically hardened, because they have combat experience and because they have become a part of a jihadist network. The AIVD does not expect all Dutch foreign fighters to return to our country. Some of them will remain in the region, and some will be killed in action. We should take care not to focus too much on returnees alone. If we look at the most recent attacks in Berlin and Nice the perpetrators weren’t returnees that had been trained in Syria or Iraq. There are homegrown jihadists that pursue the fight in their own country, often inspired by ISIS’ propaganda. Some individuals are actively, incited and facilitated by ISIS to spring into action. So we have several different scenarios to deal with.

Today’s publication discusses the threat posed by returnees. Unfortunately it does not offer any ready-made answers. The case of the family of returnees I used as an example today, shows that what is needed is the long-term investment of different agencies and organizations. Hopefully our publication offers you help, insight and suggestions. In addition to this publication I would like to leave you with these three points.

(1) Returnees are not all alike. Threat assessment has been and always will be ‘made-to-measure’. (2) We should work together to remain alert regarding the group of future returnees. Only by cooperating can we resist the potential threat they pose.

(3) The jihadist threat is a complicated matter. Homegrown jihadists are inspired or incited on by ISIS, and the risk they pose is as great as that of returnees.

 

General Intelligence and Security Service Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. Says Antilleans in ISIS.

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The transformation of jihadism in the Netherlands Swarm dynamics and new strength.

 

 

Hard to count, hard to profile The true size of the jihadist movement in the Netherlands is difficult to assess. Not everyone openly propounds their ideology, it can sometimes be hard to distinguish between jihadists and non-violent Salafists and internet personalities may be misleading. One individual can assume multiple jihadist identities online, and some of those who espouse jihad on the internet shy away from it in real life. However, the AIVD estimates that there are several hundred core adherents in the Netherlands and a few thousand sympathisers. Moreover, the movement’s appeal to some is so strong that they evolve remarkably quickly from followers at home to hard-core fighters on the front line in Syria, where they are prepared to take part in atrocities such as summary executions, mass murder and the beheading of opponents.

It is impossible to present a standard profile of the “typical” Dutch jihadist, or of the “typical” Dutch fighter abroad. The movement’s members vary widely in age, ethnic origin, educational attainment, employment background and home situation. Although the majority are men, many are women. A large proportion are in their twenties or thirties, but plenty more are older or younger. Some are minors. Relatively speaking, Dutch Moroccans are overrepresented (the majority of those identified by the AIVD as Dutch fighters abroad are of Moroccan origin). But ethnic Dutch converts to Islam are also found in the ranks of the movement, as are people of Somali, Antillean, Afghan, Turkish and Kurdish origin. Some lack even a basic educational qualification; others are university students or graduates. Many are out of work and living on benefits, but others hold down a variety of jobs. Some come from radical families that share their jihadist ideology, others from secular or moderate homes.

The widely-held view that they tend to deradicalise once they marry and have children does not always hold true. Several of the fighters now in Syria are husbands and fathers, and some have even been joined there by their wives and children. That is in defiance of mainstream religious leaders, who stress that jihadist fighters are in breach of Islamic teachings in respect of family obligations – for example, a child’s duty to obey their parents and a parent’s responsibility for their children.