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Thursday, November 13th, 2014: a new audio message by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State is published via several twitter accounts.
- Jihad is an obligation for every Muslim
- The Islamic State will fight till the last man
- The US led coalition war on the Islamic State (the ‘crusade’) is a failure, soon ‘The Jews and Crusaders’ will be forced to send ground forces. al-Baghdadi refers to the recent decision of President Obama to send in another 1 500 troops in support, which points out the audio-message was very recently recorded.
- ‘The march of the Mujahidin will continue until they reach Rome …’ Hereby al-Baghdadi refers to what can be seen as the symbolic capital of the ‘Crusader-empire’, the seat of Christendom.
- al-Baghdadi mentions the recent pledges of allegiance from Yemen, Egypt, Algeria and Libya. He explicitly accepts all new pledges of allegiance and names these countries new provinces of the Islamic State (note: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis from Egypt already started calling themselves Sinai Province)
- Perhaps the most significant part is where he openly threatens Saudi-Arabia. First the Mujahidin must clear the Arabic Peninsula of all Shi’a, then with the Al-Sa’ud family and their soldiers and in the end the ‘Crusader-forces’.
- al-Baghdadi adresses the Mujahidin in Yemen, calling upon them to ‘be harsh against the Houthi rafidah, for they are kuffar apostates’.
- He adresses the Mujahidin in the Maghreb, calling upon them to take the land back from the secularists.
- He demands his organisation to further recruit fighters and ‘erupt volcanoes of Jihad everywhere’
This audio statement was published on November 4th, 2014
Translation (as published on Twitter dd November 11th, 2014) :
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem
Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family and those associated to him, furthermore:
Al-Manarat al- Bayda’ Foundation is pleased to present to you this exclusive interview with Sheikh Al-Fateh Abu Mohammed Joulani (May Allah protect him) the leader of Jabhat al Nusrah and will centre around the latest developments in the field of Shaam, as well as suspicions and accusations that have arisen against Jabhat al Nusrah in the recent period. We ask Allah to bless it, and benefit us and the Muslims through it, and we are pleased at the outset with our meeting to welcome Sheikh Fateh, Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu, our Sheikh,welcome to you as a guest of Manarat al-Baydaa’.
Sheikh Abu Muhammed al Joulani
Wa alaykum salaam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu, welcome.
What is the situation in the fields of Shaam at present?
Sheikh Abu Muhammed al Joulani:
Bismillah, and praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family and companions and those associated with him, furthermore:
The field of Sham today, has passed through several challenges.
Firstly, the International Coalition and its allies in the region as well as its allies inside Sham. The International alliance has been joined by approximately 60 countries, as well as funded with 500 billion dollars.
This number of states and funds exceeded the international coalition that gathered during the Gulf War in 91, that consisted of approximately 32 countries, and was funded with 100 billion dollars.
If anything, it indicates that this alliance has gathered for something beyond the issue of Jama’h Dawla and Jabhat al Nusrah and what is being said about the militant groups. That is because the international coalition has bigger goals and objectives in the region. The region is one of extreme sensitivity because (of a few factors): its proximity to Israel; the threat that is created from within the vicinity of Sham against the European regions the gathering of a large number of European Muhajireen (immigrants) in the region; as well as the attempt to try to keep the Asad Regime because he is a pawn, which the international regime depends on in the region. In general this refers to the Nusayri group in Shaam.
This, of course, requires substantial efforts in a complex arena such as Sham and would require major capabilities and huge amounts of finance, to impose a situation that would restore the situation to its former condition, before the beginning of the Jihad in Shaam. So the factions which are allied to the international coalition will be supported, as they say, and as they do now.
Some factions have started sending a multitude of people for training and arming. Supplies of arms and ammunition enter every day, to support these factions, so that they may be the hands of the Americans and the West in the lands of Syria.
This will then result in pressure being put on the liberated areas, and the international coalition will then wipe out the Mujahideen in the liberated areas and replace them with the factions allied with them that receive support at this time.
John Allen, a commissioner charged by the United States to lead this coalition, has said in recent days, that (the coalition) will train the ‘moderate factions’, as they call them, and they are those working for, or allied to them. And this is the most true declaration. They will arm and train them to eliminate Jabhat al Nusrah and Jam’ah Dawlah, which is the stated goal. But of course they will also target all of the Islamic factions as well, or all factions that do not submit to Western policy that will be imposed on the region. So this will be carried out in all liberated territories where armed and Jihadi groups are fighting and have influence and prominence.
As for other areas where armed groups are present but the regime have the upperhand, such as Damascus, Homs, Hama, Latakia, Tartus and Qalamun- the regime will try to regain control
of these areas. And exploit the weakness that is caused in the liberated territories, where Jihadis are prominent.
Then after that, if things sucessfully proceed as such, they will announce a stop or the end of the war, which will be similar the Dayton Agreement that occurred in Bosnia. They will think about creating the same agreement in Syria and end the war. They will then combine the governments – the Regime and the Interim Government – and the Regime will effectively have sovereignity because by their assumption, it is more capable and more competent in controlling the country, having had experience administrating it for more than forty years, especially because of the weak and repeated failures to establish an interim government and its inability to carry out some of its functions and duties in this region.
So the area is in the midst of these challenges, and faces internal conflict as well. There is the challenge of opposing ideologies between some of the Sunni groups and the groups that have adopted an extremist methodology and between the groups that adopt one of complacency. In a general view, the region of Shaam is facing these dangerous threats, and perhaps they will evolve.
I should not forget to mention, the Regime also has allies that have joined this war, some have a direct involvement and others provide logistical support, as well as supplies and ammunition , arms, expertise, or actual participation.
Whoever has joined the Regime in its fight against the Sunnis in Syria, are part of the challenges that must be faced by the people of Sham in addition to what was mentioned previously.
Iran supports the Regime, it is armed by Russia, China provides logistical support and the Rawaafidh militias – that are called the Shia’- have also assembled around it (the regime). But this has decreased somewhat after the recent events that took place in Iraq and the victories that have been made there, because the most malicious of them was not Hezbollah but the Rawaafidh militia which had been present in the region. The most henious of killings committed, were at the hands of these people, and Hezbollah is no less than them,but may be regarded as second-class in front of those other militias that are heading (the fight) and is a danger that has to be faced, and the people of Shaam should prepare to face all these challenges mentioned.
In short, we see that the world has been split into two halves and most countries of the world agree that the Jihad in Shaam should be stopped, despite the differences between them, they all shall agree on a specific aspect. Not forgetting as well, there is a sensitivity that reached its peak with the arrival of the Mujahideen to the border between them and Israel. This no doubt, incites fear within Isreal, which is a state that all contending parties are seeking to protect. It also places fear within those who have created alliances in the fight to take control of the entire region. (If we say America and Russia)
We are able to say regarding the area of Shaam; the black and white have gathered against it, various nations of Kufr (disbelief) have gathered against it.
More than three years has passed since the establishment of Jabhat al Nusrah. Through all the challenges faced in these three years that you have mentioned, what standing has Jabhat al Nusra taken today in the area of Shaam, both on the military level and on the level of management of liberated areas?
Firstly when discussing the military aspect and what role Jabhat al Nusra has played in the region, there is no doubt that it is a prominent one against the Regime. Because the basis of the battle was between the Sunnis and the ruling regime of Bashar al-Assad. During the three years Jabhat al Nusrah has had a significant impact in weakening the Regime’s strength, as well as liberating a lot of areas and cities, which was controlled by the Assad regime.
If we begin gradually, I will discuss the recent months and not the past. The past is fillled (with incidences) and the time is insufficient to mention everything that Jabhat al Nusrah has carried out. But in recent months, Praise be to Allah, with regards to the South, such as Dera’, Jabhat al Nusra had a prominent impact and was accompanied by many of the factions as well, in liberating Reef Quneitra almost completely which began in Tulool al Humr and ending in Tal al Haarah, as well as the breaking of the siege of the city of Nawa and other cities that were besieged because of the presence of the Regime in these areas, and some of the roads that were used to send missiles and bombs (of the regime) were cut off.
Then if we turn to Damascus, Praise be to Allah, Jabhat al Nusrah is present in Eastern Ghouta as well as in Southern Damascus both of which are beseiged. Jabhat al Nusra has had a prominent imapct in Eastern Ghouta during the recent operation that took place there,
including lifting the siege on the Mujahideen trapped in the town of Maliha and operations that took place in the vicinity of the Air Force Intelligence in Harasta also recently.
In Qalamoon it is well known that Hezbollah attacked our people in Syria and the battle had to be taken into Lebanon as well as the areas in the south and surrounding areas where it has a presence.
We targeted their sensitive sites and took the battle to where Hezbollah resides in Lebanon, so it may know the seriousness of its intervention in Syrian affairs, and of its standing as an ally to the regime of Bashar against the Sunnis in Syria.
This has achieved very significant positive results. Jabhat al Nusrah, By the Praise of Allah, is in the forefront of the defense of the Sunnis inside Qalamun as well as other areas of Lebanon. And it is not hidden from anyone that Sheikh Abu Malik Shaami is the one leading Jabhat al Nusrah there, May Allah reward him with goodness. Many great positive outcomes resulted from the recent events that took place, when Hezbollah was pressured through the capture of Lebanese soldiers during operations, that resulted in greater positive outcomes.
Simple movements carried out by our brotheres there, revealed the falsity of the Lebanese army and showed that it is a tool used in the hands of Hezbollah, and exposed the extent of the deep hatred of Hezbollah,especially in its assault against the Sunnis in Lebanon,in Tripoli, or even in the camps. The camps that compelled people to come to Lebanon, where the poor, elderly, children and patients came to take refuge in, and after having reached these camps, they were then burnt (by Hezbollah). And he (Hasan Nasrallah) has tasted the bitterness of what he has done in these camps through the blessed operation in Brital.
And our brothers in Qalamoon are hiding a lot of suprises up their sleeves, and the true battle in Lebanon has not yet begun, and the coming (battles) by the Permission of Allah will be more disastrous and bitter for Hezbollah. Perhaps Hassan Nasrallah will bite his fingers out of regret for what he has done to the Sunnis in Syria in the coming days, Inshallah.
In the Beloved Homs, Homs of the martyrs, that has sacrificed what it has in the the face of the Regime, the recent tactical retreat that took place recently is not hidden, as well as the recent massacres carried out by the Assad Regime in El Waer and their besiegement on our people there. Jabhat al Nusrah carried out a number of operations targeting the Shabihah on their own ground in Al Zahraa and other areas. And we ask Allah to assist us in breaking the seiges in Homs, Ghouta, Southern Damascus and all other besieged areas in the coming months by the Permission of Allah.
In Hama, Praise be to Allah, Jabhat al Nusrah had the greatest impact alongside some factions in the liberation of the city of Khan Shaykhun and ‘Hajiz al Khazanaat’, which is a number of large barricades and vast areas of land that are being controlled by the Regime. And also have stopped the advance of the Regime in Morek in recent months.
In Aleppo, Praise be to Allah, Jabhat al Nusrah is found on several fronts,and have also carried out heroic operations recently, with the participation of some of the factions of Mujahideen, in order to repel the offensive of the Regime in Handarat and its surrounds.
And also we are in Ribaat (stationed) on numerous fronts whether it be Ramouseh or Khan Tuman.
In Latakia, it is no secret to anyone that Jabhat al Nusrah is controlling a number of the lines of Ribaat on the Doreen front and others, also repelling any possible attack through which the Regime can advance.
In the East, there is no doubt and it is not hidden, after the war that took place between Jabhat al Nusrah and Jamaa’h Dawla, Jabhat al Nusrah began moving into other areas a few months ago.
In Idlib, Praise be to Allah, the last operation carried out was inside the city of Idlib, which was the storming of the Government buliding of the Air defence force which was carried out by heroes from the Inghamasiyeen (martyrdom seekers) that stormed into the city of Idlib, and were able to cut off the road between Latakia and Idlib, specifically ‘Tal Al-Mastumah’ that had been difficult to take over. Praise be to Allah the brothers in Jabhat al Nusrah began liberating it while the brothers carried out the attack inside the city of Idlib. But some things held back the brothers from completeing their mission in the city of Idlib, because of problems that arose between us and some factions in other parts of Idlib like Jabl Zawiyah for example.
What happened in Jabal Zawiyah? We heard of an outbreak of heavy fighting between you and several factions alongside you against Jamal Ma’rouf and his group, what was the cause of this fighting that happened?
In short, what happened is, Jamal Ma’rouf transgressed against our people there, in the cities of Bara and Kansafarah, he has a large number of thieves and highway robbers (amongst him).
They transgressed against our people there, as well as against our men in Jabhat al Nusrah, and has tasted a share of his enmity toward us after repeated attacks of this man and his group on our people in Idlib, and against Jabhat al Nusrah and some other factions,
of course, the fighting as rumored, was not only between Jabhat al Nusra and the Syria Revolutionaries Front, but there were two brigades of Suqoor al Sham and two brigades of Ahraar al Shaam and Jund al-Aqsa and also ordinary people from Jabl Zawiyah present as well. Which shows that it was like a revolution by the people against the leader of this gang. These factions saw repeated transgressions from this gang against our people in Idlib, and we took a decision that Syria Revolutionaries Front (SRF) should be anulled, specifically in the northern regions, because most of the trasngressions were carried out by them in these regions. They changed from being a faction opposing the regime into a gang transgressing against this one and that one. Removing them became necessary.
We do not deny that there are among the SRF in the north, some factions, affiliates, brigades and battalions that are desirous to fight the Regime and do not abandon their fronts against the Regime. And they are of course not included, nor held accountable for crimes commmited by Jamal Ma’rouf and those with him.
I add to this that most of the factions in the north, have been asking us to prohibit the presence of Jamaal Ma’rouf and his gang. This request was not from those who are hostile towards him (Jamaal Ma’rouf) but from his allies. In fact even from some of the factions that issued statements of denouncement and condemnation (of fighting) and who called for reconciliation, and for the matter to be taken to an Islamic Court and so on. This was in the media, but on the ground, were demanding that we end its existence and continue in this campaign to end it fully.
And some of them said that we are compelled to take this position in the media because of American pressure, Subhanallah!
Of course, it is no secret that some of the existing factions here met in Turkey, and they are those that the West term as ‘the moderate opposition’, and they (The West) throw arms and ammunition at them, and ready them to be their hands in the region. And the most prominent of such factions is Jamal Ma’rouf, who naturally tried to scare some of the factions (into believing) that Jabhat al Nusrah will carry on in their campaign until they wipe out everyone. We do not want to turn the field into another internal conflict which then benefits the Regime or the International Coallition, which is the intent of many of the parties that do not want good for the region. But we have the right to stand in the face of all those who bring evil to the people of Shaam or transgress against our followers or Jabhat al Nusrah. This is considered Baghy (transgression) that is Waajib (compulsory) on us to defend ourselves as well as our people against.
Jamal Ma’rouf claims that Jabal Zawiyah was liberated before the forming of Jabhat al Nusrah, how do you respond to this point?
Subhanallah, everyone knows that Jabhat al Nusrah carried out operations in Jabal Zawiyah while the regime had control over it. These operations resulted in the retreat of the Regime from Jabal Zawiyah. I mention, for example, the operation in Haajiz Bilyoon, (which is not the only one), where there was approximately more than 100 troops of the Regime,that was targeted, by the favour of Allah Jabhat al Nusrah turned it to dust. After that as well was the operation in Hajiz Bara which is near to Deir Sunbul which is the stronghold of this this man (Jamal Ma’rouf), there is a Haajiz (barricade) near to Deir Sunbul and it is in Haajiz Babila, and I think that either he heard the echoes of the targeting of this Hajiz (barricade ) or he avoided passing near it, until he reached his stronghold, which is Deir Sunbul, as is Ma’mal Luwees. Not to mention the dozens of operations in Hama and in the vicinity of Jabal Zawiyah which forced the Regime to retreat to other areas. I do not deny that our people in Jabal Zawiyah had a prominent role in many operations, like the one in Kafr Nabl that he participated in at the time. And it would be correct to call him a ‘revolutionist’, then he entered into the maze of politics. He was then promoted by Bandar bin Sultan, then was lured by the Saudi Intelligence, then by the American and Western Intelligence. He caused these perils and the condition he is now in by himself. Had he remained as he was, a revolutionist fighting to defend his people against the Regime, he would not have been in this situation.
At any time, if Jamaal Ma’rouf or others openly repents and cuts all ties with outside (forces), ties that work with the Americans or Saudi Intelligence or any Intelligence affiliated to other countries, and repents openly and returns to his family and people, he then would be a brother to us, who we will defend, and will defend us, who we shall seek assistance from, and he shall seek assistance from us in truth and goodness. But with the condition that we work under the banner of La ilaha illallah (There is no God Worthy of Worship besides Allah). To rule by the Sharia’h (Islaamic Law) of Allah, and to establish the rule of Islam on this earth. Not to carry out the agendas of the West in our country.
Now after what happened with Jamaal Ma’rouf many of the other factions fear the same fate, and fear that Jabhat al Nusrah will seek war with the rest of the factions. Would you not think that this fear is logical, especially after the recent events?
As I mentioned to you that this man (Jamal Ma’rouf) is trying to instil fear into these factions regarding this matter. As I have stated, we stand in the face of all those who intend evil against the people of Shaam or against those who transgress against Jabhat al Nusrah, or those trying to be the tools of the West in the region to oppose the Sharia’h of Islam from being established on this land.
And what do you advise those factions and battalions that are exploited by the West to achieve its goals in the lands of Sham ?
The problem is that some of these factions think that they are manipulating the Americans and shall take their ammunition, weapons and money, and then leave them and their affairs. Or they think that they will not succumb to the pressure that shall be placed, or which is now being placed on them. This is a fantasy. These groups are not a new type of jihadi and non-jihadi groups, that have stood to battle trasngression or opression against the Ummah for one hundred years. Every group that place their hands in the hands of the West, or in the hands of the enemies for this reason, become tools for this objective, and after the end of their mission, they shall cast them as they have those before them. Which gives us certainty that these groups are being used by the West to achieve their own interests. And have not come to support the Syrian people or come in the service of the people of Shaam nor to raise the banner of La ilaha illallah (There is no God worthy of Worship besides Allah).
The West is an old and new enemy to us. We can never gain any benifit with them in this time and era, because there is a clash of ideologies. The secular system seeks to establish secular and democratic states – as they claim, and we seek to establish an Islamic State guided by the methodology of the Prophet (S.A.W).
It is rumored that you were allied to Jamaal Ma’rouf during his fighting with Jama’h Dawlah, and gave passage to his arms and convoys. What is the truth of this information? And what standards have you set in your alliances with other groups and factions of the FSA and others?
Subnallah! This is a great lie that was spread by our opponents. From the principles that that Jabhat al Nusrah was founded upon is that we do not fight by ‘choice’ alongside any suspicious group. And by ‘choice’ I mean in an offensive operation where there is an option to fight alongside certain groups or not. However, in the case of sudden defensive operations, there is no choice. For example the sudden advance of the Regime in an area that we have control over and all the people come out to fight, this is considered simultaneous fighting.
Alot of rumours were spread about us regarding the incident that took place at Atmeh. The only thing to be said is this area is accessible to all, and there were a large number of factions (present), along with Jama’h Dawlah, who had influence there. Convoys of arms and ammunition would enter (this area), and they knew where it would go as well as the consequences thereof. Then when the unrest and fighting began between Jama’h Dawlah and other factions, Jabhat al Nusrah at the time took a stance of a mediator or neutral party and began to protect the families of the Muhajireen who were besieged or being put under pressure in which ever areas. There was a gathering there and the brothers there made Ijtihaad and decided that they do not want to join this gathering that was happening there, and enter into a new fight with these factions at a time where the war was at its severest and very intense. And they made Ijtihaad and saw that we are weak in other areas that some of these groups have influence in, any clashes that we engage in will weaken us in other areas, and they (the other factions) will take vengence against our brothers in other areas. As for me I did not know this until after it happened, and it was not as was said, that I am the one that commanded this myself. When I heard of it, I commanded that no weapon should pass at this time to any person as much as we can prevent. And I add something else, the area of Atmeh is filled with displaced people in the roads, streets, places and surrounds. Any clashes there will cause great harm while these (displaced people) are in the ranks of people there.
This is at a military level, but what about the level of management of areas liberated by Jabhat al Nusra, Jabhat al nusrah had joined the Sharia’h Boards in most liberated areas, but recently pulled out and set up Judiciary Courts (Darul Qadha) in most regions where it is present. There was alot of divided opinions around this step, with some supporting and others oppposing it, where some even said that you have retreated from the frontlines and areas of Ribaat, and have left to reap the the fruits of the Jihad of others, so why have you left these Sharia’h Boards?
Firstly the Sharia’h Boards was an old idea after we liberated some of the areas, there was a void that needed to be filled. There were disputes between people, and the battle between us and the regime had become a long one, so who would fill the void needed in these disputes. So we had a council with some of the brothers in the surroundings to discuss the way forward in this matter? Many proposals were given, one of which was to establish Shari’ah Boards, in conjunction with some of the other factions, in which we would rule by the Shari’ah of Allah Aza wa Jal, between us and the people. Taking into account that we are in Dar ul Harb (place of war), while considering the different rulings that apply in Dar ul Harb. And this was at the beginning of the liberation and the withdrawal of the regime to some areas and us to other areas. From the outset our concern was to rule by the Sharia’h and to impose the authority of Allah Aza wa Jal on the land. From the outset we openly called for this principle, without any ambiguity, shame or anything else. These Shari’ah Boards were set up in conjunction with some of the surrounding factions. But repercussions of events, as well as the many opinions given, as to how an Islaamic government would be reached as well as how a governing structure would be formed (had an effect). The factions included (in the Sharia’h baord) had different opinions and each began viewing the Shariah Board through their own perspective. Some saw it as a means to rule by the Sharia’h, and that is correct. Others viewed it as a political front to win the favour of some people, so he would include or exlude whoever he wishes. Some thought there were certain weaknesses in it, and sought to lead it to seek assisstance with coalitions and non-coalitions. We became disputing parties in one place, and in some aspects caused harm to the Sharia’h Board. We found that some of the factions participating, were not serious in the adoption of this project, in fact some declared that the objective was not to rule by the Sharia’h.
Not to mention the military pressure and barrel bombings, in the city of Aleppo especially, forced large numbers of residents to flee the city of Aleppo towards the rural areas. Sharia’h boards and councils of government must be in places where people exist not places without them. Through all considerations and standards it was ruled that the Sharia’h Board had lost the essence of which it was set up for, and was no longer able to complete the set objective. It was decided that a substitute would be created with more stringent rules than those put in place in the Sharia’h Board, that would assist in the continuity of the project, not for it to be ended half way through. It is necessary that those joining us in these Judiciary courts agree with us on the goals and the means to reach these goals.
Of course, this at least leads to the success of the intent of the Judiciary Courts and the establishment of the Shari’ah in the Land of Shaam and in the free areas.
We cannot leave this void open for anyone to come and fill, there are unions of lawyers and others trying to establish secular laws and we can not afford to leave this void for these (people). It is necessary that we fill the void and prevent these people from governing the people through these secular laws. So the idea of establishing the Judiciary Courts was born, and we presented it to some of the factions. Some of whom agreed to join us and some were happy to join but would not play a major role, or would not bind themselves to the duties created within the Judiciary Courts.
Jabhat al Nusrah is carrying out the bulk of the project of the Judiciary Courts. Along with us, are some factions that are either supporting us, or participate to a small extent.
To prevent any conflict between us and the Shariah Boards, we did not establish the Judiciary Courts in areas that they (the Shari’ah Boards) are present. In fact we created the Judiciary Courts in areas that we have wide control over, in fact in places that we almost control completely, so that no issues arise between us and the Shari’ah Boards.
What is the role played by the Judiciary (Darul Qadha) at this time?
The judiciary passes judgement between the people in conflicts, and all of this is done by the Sharia’h of Allah (Aza wa Jal). Inshallah, in the coming days, we shall call people like Manarat al Baydaa’, for a tour of the judiciary house. To convey to the people the important role played by this Judiciary. And the people have accepted it in abundance, Praise be to Allah they are taking their cases to the courts and the rights are returned to its people. And as we promised the people, the first ones to be judged by the courts are the people of Jabhat al Nusrah, if any person has a right over us (to be fulfilled) we give it to them through the Judiciary, by the permission of Allah.
It has been said that you retreated from some fronts and points to Ribaat is to establish these Judiciary courts,and to loose your control in areas that you are present. What is the reality of this issue?
This has never happened in this manner, during times where we are hard pressed like the lack of numbers etc, we give preference to fighting off the attacker before this (the courts). Even the soldiers that are carrying out the tasks of the police or the Hisbah in the Judiciary courts, when a big operation occurs and we are in need of, or lack numbers, we send these brothers to fight at these fronts as well. In fact, even some of the Judges take part in the fighting. So this has caused no weakening to the fronts at all.
Among the accusations that is constantly leveled against is the marginalising of the Muhajireen (immigrants) and not taking advantage of the cadres and abilities that have come to you from all over, what is the role of the Muhajireen in Jabhat al Nusrah?
Subhanallah, we have been accused unjustly in this matter, and a great harm fell upoun Jabhat al Nusrah regarding this aspect, especially after the controversy that has arisen between us and Jama’h Dawlah. Knowing that we were the first to grant permission for the admittance of Muhajireen, and to provide places (to stay) for them, arming and overseeing their training, and transferring them to the frontlines, and allowed them to partcipate in the fighting.
We believe that a Jihaadi group must have Muhajireen amoung them, it is what gives them the quality of a nation, and distances the description of just being a country or region in fighting. This is an important principle, and one that is from the Sunnah and necessary for us to protect. Before the dispute between us and Jama’h Dawlah, approximately 70 % of the leaders of Jabhat al Nusrah were Muhajireen. Then after the dispute the ratio diminished to 40% of the leaders being from the Muhajireen.
As for the soldiers, they make up approximately 30% to 35% of the entire number of Jabhat al Nusrah. This is a normal ratio for a Jihadi group in such circumstances. We are always striving to recieve Muhajireen and we invite them to come forth to the Land of Shaam. We take responsibility for their safety and will share whatever we own with them Inshallah Ta’alah.
In conclusion, We sincerely give our thanks and and appreciation to Sheikh Fateh for allowing us the opportunity of this meeting , May Allah reward you with the best (of rewards) our Sheikh, until our next meeting we entrust you to Allah, Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
Welcome, and May Allah reward you with the best (of rewards), Wa ‘alaykum salaam warahmatullah.
Written by Sheikh Abu Turki bin Mubarek al-Benali
Published on Justpaste.it on November 1st 2014
al-hamdu lillah, the one who gives guidance, and salatu’ wa salam alal sadiq al amin, and his family and companions, as for what follows:
The likes of Sheikh Mujahid Abu Muhammad Adnani, may Allah preserve him, does not need a an
explanation or definition, as the the people of ilm say:
“The well-known does not need to become known!”
Despite this, recent times bear testimony to much of the abuses and infringement the icons of the nation and its’ prominent individuals face, the heroes of the Millat (The straight path turned to) and its’ horsemen. We heard the uneducated and refuted Hani al-Sibai, attacking our sheikh with fabrications, forgery, and vile adjectives, degradation from every angle. And, As the Arabs say:
“Repeated again and again, it comes forth as true!”
So, I desired to propagate a brief explanation, a brief statement, to Faris and Sanan, Tunis and it’s people, and to enrage the enemies!
Muslim narrated in his Saheeh from Ibn Sirin, rahimu’Allah, that he said:
“They did not ask us for a valid chain of narration, when they sowed the fitnah (discord),they said, we have seen your men narrate, and we narrated as we understood ahlus-Sunnah wa jam’ah to narrate hadith, and to the people of innovation their hadith is not taken.”
The Demand for Knowledge
The sheikh grew up with the love of mosques and with attending them frequently in his youth, and his hobby was reading upon reading from when he was a young boy. This was to the extent that when his family desired to buy him gifts he was more impressed with stories and brochure that conveyed knowledge and he held them with passion with a preference to them over toys! Something stood out about him from the norm from a young age, as he was reading whatever he could lay his hands on, including books on language and the principles of language, amongst others.
Then the Qur’an passed from his throat, may Allah preserve him, as he began qira’ with those who recited the Qur’an. He memorized the Qur’an as a young man, may Allah preserve him, and became proficient in its’ recitation in less than a year!
The insatiable sheikh, may Allah preserve him, began to expand his reading —o al-Uloom al- Shari’a -; he began books on tafsir, and fell in love with “Tafsir ibn Kathir,” which he read repeatedly.He then moved on to “In the Shadow of the Qur’an,” and on to “In the Shadows of the Shadows.” He then began the writing and studying of al-hadith, with the most important being the two sahihs “Bukhari wa Muslim” and as he was fluctuating between them, he also read the books of fiqh. Our leader has a passion for books by Imam Shawqani, rahimu’Allah, especially “Na’eel al Aw’tuar” and books on the fiqh of jihad, which he read, — for example — “Mash’ra al-Shawaq” more than three times! This is beside the books of sira and history which held great importance for him, especially “Al-Bidayah wal Nihayah” which he read six times, and the study of the written Arabic language. And literature is endless, art is art.
He went on to read Sheikh Jal’s book of adab known as “Al-Bayan wal Tabi’een” and “Laqad al-Faree” amongst others. He read the collections of the speech of the Arabs and their sharh, alongside memorizing much of their poetry, and I believe it was the musta’har of the court of Mutanabi that said about al-mutanabi:
“I don’t know what I’m seeing, but it is as if I am seeing the Arabs in al-jahiliyyah and in Islam!”
And as a dars “Al-Ajrumiyyah” and after it “Qet’uar al-Nadee” and then “Al-Fayee’atu ibn Malik” and their explanations. He pursued “The Tongue of the Arabs” and saw multiple perspectives.
It is accredited to the people of ilm that they are upon the guidance of those guided by guides. The weight, worth, of each man is the good which he has wrought and the ignorant are to the people of ilm enemies.
His Prominent Sheyookh
The sheikh drew from the ilm of books, as well as deriving it from the breasts of men, he studied under a number of sheyookh in al-Sham. As the conditions of Syria were insecure due to the severe grip of the tyrants, the sheikh, hafidhu’Allah, and his peers met privately to receive and administor lessons on a regular basis for several years. It was from these conditions that Allah, the exalted, caused the sheikh to travel to Iraq to complete his search for knowledge and to prompt the sheyookh there for knowledge. Among the most prominent of whom he benefited from: Sheikh Abu Anas al-Shami, rahimu’Allah, the sheikh and his family took full advantage of him and his knowledge.
The sheikh said in two verses of poetry:
The Lion of Iraq, Abu Anas “He forgot the hardship and was in ease. He was a sea of
knowledge, in war an engineer, and in hadith.”
In the ink of hadith, and in politics, few surpass the sheikh Abu Maysara. The strange thing, rahimu’Allah, is that were the companions of the sheikh in captivity or freedom, they benefited from him. And the sheikh, in captivity or freedom, benefited from them.
Amir al-Mu’umineen, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, hafidhu’Allah, upon hearing Adnani recite the entire Qur’an from memory, said:
“I have never seen such memorization, except to save ones’ life!”
Do not take ilm except through the bastions of ilm.
“Through knowledge we live and with the soul we thrive.”
Those who are jahil offer their councils but they have strayed from guidance and are blind.
Some of His Writings
There was a time where the sheikh, hafidhu’Allah, was accused of being narrow and they continue to accuse him of so, yet most of what he wrote is complex versified poetry! Among the most prominent of what he wrote and weaved that is from versified poetry:
Matn in the Fiqh of Jihad and Associated Principles.
Manthoom in the Fiqh of Jihad, prior to the Americans taking him into captivity.
Golden Chain in the Deeds of the Heart, a series of versified poems relating to the actions of the heart and related matters. (A recitation of it can be founded here, albiet not by al-Adnani himself https://ia902508.us.archive.org/0/items/ajnad_32/ajnad.mp3 ).
A System of The Memorization, a series of versified poems in assisting the memorization of the book of Allah, the exalted, and related issues.
Poem in Remembrance of the Second Batlle of Fallujah, which exceeds more than two hundred verses.
A Poem entitled: “Al-Qaid’ee,” a poem in response to the critics of the first honorary Qaida.
Lessons and Teaching
The sheikh, hafidhu’Allah, cared especially for the education and teaching of the mujahideen in the cause of Allah, until a day came where fourteen lessons were given by day and night. His efforts were dedicated to the study of shari’a in general, the teaching of aqeedah, Qur’an, the language (Arabic), and the fiqh of jihad.
The mutoon (summarized texts) studied most for aqeedah were,
Al Usool-al Thalata. (The Three Fundamental Principles)
Al Qawaa’id al Arba’ah. (The Four Rules)
Sharoot wa’ Nawaqid La Ilaha il Allah. (The Conditions and Nullifiers of La Ilaha il Allah)
He was also interested in teaching the matters of faith and disbelief in regard to these serious pathways.
The Qur’an; Halaqat were held to correct recitation, halaqat for recitation, and the sheikh was keen onteaching those who do not know how to read or write more than others.
As for the language (Arabic), it was taught upon the following matn (summarized text),
The sheikh, hafidhu’Allah, has a special method of teaching the six forms of nahw, taken from some of those he benefited from.
In the Fiqh of Jihad, he taught: Kitab fe’ Fiqh al-Jihad wa’ Masalat, Al-Umda fe’ Adad al-Adat, Amongst other books and texts.
His Most Important Positions
The sheikh, hafidhu’Allah, entered work in jihad organizations from the beginning of the two-thousanth year by the Gregorian calendar. He swore allegiance to sheikh Zarqawi, rahimu’Allah, in Syria with thirty-five others, and set off to prepare for the start of fighting the Nusayri regime before the Americans entered Iraq and traveled to it. Then left sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Lebnani, rahimu’Allah, to Iraq. With the blessing of Allah, he is still struggling in Iraq and Sham since then, and the most important positions the sheikh has had:
Instructor, in the early days at, camp al-Tawhid wa’al Jihad.
Amir at the inauguration of Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, may Allah have mercy upon him.
Instructor at Camp Al-Jazeera.
Unsurpassed Shari’ in Western Anbar.
Head Official spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq.
Head Official Spokesman of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
Head Official Spokesman of the Islamic state — Dawlat al-khilafah.
Some Difficulties and Tribulations
The road through al-Tawhid wa’al Jihad was fraught with afflictions and triblations, it was not safe from breakage or amputation or squeezing difficulty! However, the victor is the one proven with patience, and it has been said:
“If the beginning is incineration, the ending is not brightness!”
Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, hafidhu’Allah, was not but one of sons of this road and suffered what Allah wrote for him to suffer, and to Allah is his account.
It so happened to him that, He was summoned by the Nusayri state security agency repeatedly from early on in his youth and was interrogated. He was arrested three times by the Nusayris on the pretext of preaching jihad, once in Abu-Kamal on his way into Iraq for the first time. He was jailed for months and was let go for refusing to disclose information, despite the injuries sustained due to torture.
He was imprisoned by the Americans twice, and was once jailed for nearly six years. He was put in a tent with Zarqawi and other prominent individuals who knew the first line of fighters with Zarqawi, rahimu’Allah.
Some Situations in His Life
Here are some chosen examples of the sheikh’s, hafidhu’Allah, academic life, dawah, and influential positions in jihad:
In an early halaqah for recitation of the Qur’an, it occurred in the heart of the sheikh that he would be the best reciter from among his peers, as he had a hobby of reciting. When it came his turn, it happened that his recitation touched the heart of the older sheikh (the teacher). Sheikh Adnani insisted upon the mastery of the Qur’an, recitation of it, memorization, and he was soaring above his peers.
“…And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed — then it is those who
are the disbelievers.” – [al-Maida: 44]
The sheikh prompted one of his peers, as the ayah shook him to his depths, for knowledge, “What are the sources of the Constitution of Syria?”
He (his peer) replied (that it is secular),
Then the sheikh said: “What of the legislative branch?”, “What is the judicial authority of the executive branch?”
The peer answered him as he had learned in school, the shaikh said, “O’, so our entire government are kufar!”
So then his friend said to him: “As salamu alaikum!” and he ran away! Such was the principle of the sheikh on such matters. (Immediate obedience to the words of Allah upon hearing them.)
On one occasion, which he was summoned by the by the Nusayri intelligence service early in his youth, a taghout soldier said to him:
“Why do you grow the beard?”
The Sheikh replied: “Because I read several ahadeeth about Prophet, salAllahu alaiyhu wa ala alaiyhu wa sahbihi salam, in urging it,”
A taghout soldier said: “Were these ahadith disclosed only to you, then?”
They also confronted him about the shortening of the thawb (to sunnah length above the ankles), and then a taghout soldier said to him: “You did not move your finger in the ta’shahud,”
The sheikh would only move it occasionally, and he replied by saying that he abides by the Prophet, salAllahu alaiyhu wa ala alaiyhi wa sahbihi salam,
Then a taghout soldier said, “The problem is that you are like this during the night,” and he made the indiciation of a finger of tawheed, “and during the day so” and he made the indication of a finger comitting zina! The sheikh said, “The one who performs jihad does not feel such vile desires!”
He went out one day, in Iraq, accompanied by three of the brothers to Akmen’oa. He was uncovered by apostates and was chased for a nearly eight-kilometer drived, it even happened that an accident occurred because of the intense speed. They were chased by two groups, and the sheikh went down, followed by Abu Bakr al-Kuwaiti, behind a rock. They clashed with the apostates from nine o’clock AM to the twelfth hour, and they were upheaved a distance of three kilometers in the desert during this engagement. Then they descended into a valley. The apostates withdrew after they told the Americans a small group of millitant terrorists were in the valley, so the Americans came with tanks and six aircrafts.
The Americans began by firing two missiles, killing Abu Bakr al-Kuwaiti directly in front of the eyes of the sheikh. The sheikh suffered serious injury, but had not lost his weapon, and continued fighting and getting wounded until he became tired, bloody, and out of ammunition. The groups left during the afternoon, the fourth quarter of the day, and praise to Allah is before and after.
Some Subtleties in His Life
From the blessings of Allah on the sheikh during his career in the search of knowledge, dawah, and Jihad, is that,
He memorized Suratul Maida in its’ entirety in just one day.
He first began working in jihad with thirteen others, and the modern independance of the Muslim land ison their hands.
The early amir, whilst Adnani was under his command, Sheikh Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, rahimu’Allah, saidwhen consulted by sheikh Adnani at the time: “It will be for this man the whole affair (of jihad)!”
He was the last to withdraw from the city of Fallujah in the second battle of Fallujah with sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, Abu Ghaidyah, Abu Rabee’a, Abu Ja’far al-Maqdisi, and Abu Asim al-Jordani.
He spent much of his life in rabat, and during so, he would have competitive games between himself and sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, rahimu’Allah, competing with lines of poetry!
From his privileged status is that the sheikh, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, rahimu’Allah, of whom none knows his status but Allah, the amir of the martyrs, said: “Do not consult me on matters, just brief me.” (He trusted Adnani so much that he allowed him to make executive decisions independently.)
From his hands graduated a large number of students who have taken prominent positions in the Islamic State, including the narrator, Sheikh Manaf, Allah’s mercy upon him.
He was the first to develop a comprehensive program for prisoners that covered all aspects; shari’a,physical strength, and military tactics. This was taught to all youngsters in all areas.
These are some of the news in the introduction to the ballista of the Islamic state, the mujahid Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, hafidhu’Allah. We did not rely on heresy, he says, he said, but what we knew originally and what we have a valid chain of narration for.
“ …we did not testify except to what we knew. And we were not witnesses of the unseen” – [Yusuf: 81]
We ask Allah to prolong the life of the sheikh, to purify his deeds, to make straight his words, and to prove him to be upon truth until his time on this earth is finished.
And the last of our call is alhamdulilahi rabbil ‘alameen, and may salat and salam be upon His prophets and messengers.
New Iraq map dd November 1 by @arabthomness