The Islamic State : About the Prophetic Methodology

The last video release by the Islamic State on the first day of ‘Eid al-Fitr at first looked like just another propaganda movie. The “usual” videos made up of about 80% of the already uploaded material.

We witness battle, drive-by shootings, the massive destruction of Shi’a tombs and / or mosques, da’wah meetings and at the very end, when you least suspect it mass executions. A whole caravan was led to their execution place, shot in the head and dumped in the river

I summarized on Twitter :
In short: battle, parades, drive by shootings, destruction of Shi’a tombs and above all executions Last 2 minutes made me think of Khmer Rouge

Another tweet referring to the matter by @Mario_Greenly :
The killing fields of the Islamic State in Iraq


Video: (very graphic)

Source: all official Islamic State Twitter accounts shared this. All videos were deleted. Aaron Zelin’s archive however is as accurate as ever. See here

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Belgian Fighters in Syria ~ July 2014


After the last update of our database of Belgian fighters in Syria we reached a total of 399 Belgians who have been involved in the Syrian War (see here). New intensive research pointed out there were some individuals mentioned double in our database. Despite the fact we have identified 20 new cases, we will have to correct our number to a total of 385. The main reason for this significantly lower number is that individuals who used several kunya’s have now been fully identified. The number of killed Belgians has risen to 31 in total. The number of those returned had to be adjusted to 27 (official numbers however of the Belgian government speak of at least 70 who have returned).

Group affiliation & current Location:

At least 60 of the Belgians who are or have been in Syria are in some way affiliated to Sharia4Belgium. Of these at least 28 have proven ties with the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS). One still fights in the ranks of Jabhat an-Nusra and one, who has arrived on May 2nd 2014, claims to be affiliated with Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa’l-Ansar. It must be pointed out however still more of the unidentified are most likely fighting in the ranks of these last two groups.

In total at least 50 Belgians are affiliated with the Islamic State, 8 are linked to Jabhat an-Nusra, one with Kata’ib Al Muhajireen Fi Ard Sham, the previously mentioned one with Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa’l-Ansar, one is linked to Liwa Shuhada Idlib, one is affiliated with Faylaq as-Sham and 10 are linked to Suqur as-Sham.

For the first time we also found a Belgian fighting on the side of the regime. One guy from Mazée (Namur) is openly proud about fighting in the ranks of Bashar al-Assad’s army.

Origins & Identities:

Of the 383 Belgians fighting in Syria, 20 of them females, 113 have been identified fully and an additional 38 are known by one or more kunya’s (nom de guerre).

As for their origins; the previous trend continuosly builds up:

  1. Brussels : 54
  2. Antwerp : 46
  3. Vilvoorde : 25
  4. Mechelen stable at a maximum of 14; only one person identified by kunya
  5. 10 people originate from smaller towns or cities.

It still remains remarkable most of the known Belgian fighters stem from Flanders and especially the axis Antwerp – Brussels. As noted in the previous update the amount of Walloon fighters stays remarkably low (updated to three, including the pro-regime fighter)

We know the ages of about 100 of them, varying between 13 (Younes Abaaoud) and 65 (Shaykh Bassam al-Ayashi). The average age of the Belgian fighters is about 24,5 years old.


As far as our open source intelligence gathering allowed us, we were able to locate 73 Belgians in Syria. Some of them over the course of due time moved to ar-Raqqa as they became affiliated with the Islamic State.

Original count:

  1. Aleppo : 35
  2. Idlib : 12
  3. ar-Raqqa : 9 (most of them recently arrived)
  4. Homs : 7
  5. Damascus : 5
  6. Latakkia : 3
  7. Deir ez-Zor: 1
  8. Saraqib : 1

Updated count:

  1. Aleppo : 2 (but most likely more based on recent field-research by Montasser AlDe’meh)
  2. Idlib : 4
  3. ar-Raqqa : 20
  4. Homs : 0
  5. Damascus : 4
  6. Latakkia : 0 (all of them killed in action)
  7. Deir ez-Zor : 0 (killed in action)
  8. Saraqib : 0 (killed in action)

The Belgian “Convoy of Martyrs”:

(in random order)

  1. Abd ar-Rahman al-Ayashi, 38, Idlib, Suqur as-Sham
  2. Abdalgabar Hamdaoui, 34, Sharia4Belgium
  3. Abdel Monaïm Lachiri (aka Abu Sara), 33, Aleppo, ISIS
  4. Abu al-Bara’ al-Jaza’iri, N/A
  5. Abu Ali al-Baljiki, Idlib
  6. Ahmed Dihaj (aka Abu Atiq), 32, Sharia4Belgium, Jabhat an-Nusra
  7. Ahmed Stevenberg, Lattakia
  8. Anonymous (Vilvoorde)
  9. Anonymous (Vilvoorde)
  10. Anonymous (Brussels)
  11. Faysal Yamoun (aka Abu Faris al-Maghribi), 30, Antwerp, Sharia4Belgium, Jabhat an-Nusra
  12. Hamdi Mahmoud Saad, 32, Latakkia
  13. Houssien Elouassaki (aka Abu Fallujah), 22, Vilvoorde, Aleppo, Sharia4Belgium
  14. Isma’il Amghroud, 22, Maaseik
  15. Khalid Bali (aka Abu Hamza), 17, Antwerpen, Deir ez-Zor, Sharia4Belgium, ISIS
  16. Mohammed Bali (aka Abu Hudayfa), 24, Antwerp, Homs, Sharia4Belgium, ISIS
  17. Noureddine Abouallal (aka Abu Mujahid), 23, Antwerp, Sharia4Belgium
  18. Raphael Gendron (aka Abdurauf Abu Marwa), 38, Brussels, Idlib
  19. Sean Pidgeon, killed early 2013
  20. Tarik Taketloune, Vilvoorde, 19, Sharia4Belgium, killed May 2013
  21. Younis Asad Rahman (aka Asad ar-Rahman al-Baljiki), Latakkia, August 2013
  22. Abu Dujana, ISIS, Latakkia
  23. Anonymous, ISIS (Brussels)
  24. Abu ‘Umar, ISIS (Brussels)
  25. Rustam Gelayev (son of Chechen warlord Ruslan Gelayev), August 2012
  26. Nabil Azahaf (aka Abu Sayyaf), 21, Brussels, Sharia4Belgium, May 2014
  27. Anonymous, known as Abu Dujana Al Mali, ar-Raqqa, March 2014
  28. Karim Azzam, 23, Brussels, April 2014
  29. Abu Salma Al-Belgiki, killed in Deir ez-Zor province in August 2013
  30. Anonymous, known as Abu Handalah, killed in Alppo
  31. Anonymous, killed in clashes with tribal fighters on July 30th  (see here for details)
  32. Iliass Azaouaj, 23, Brussels, killed by The Islamic State for alledged betrayal. (source)


Updated: August 2nd 2014

Updated: August 21st 2014

al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb ~ The Year of Jam’a – The Hope of the Umma

After the proclamation of the Islamic State / Caliphate by the Islamic State in Iraq ad as-Shām reactions by opposing al-Qaeda branches were to be expected. Here is the official reaction by al-Qaeda in the Maghreb:





In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

***The Year of Jama’ah … The Hope of the Ummah***

Praise be to Allah, who said in His Holy Book: “And do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (Al-Anfal, 46). Peace and prayers be upon he who was sent as a mercy upon mankind, who said: “Allah’s Hand is with the Jama’ah” (Ibn ‘Abbas), and on his pure family and his companions and those who followed them cheerfully to the Day of Judgment… And henceforth:

We begin this statement by congratulating our Muslim brothers everywhere on the holy month of Ramadan, praying to Allah to make it a victorious month for the Muslims and for this month to lessen the agonies of the Muslims and heal their wounds. We ask You O Allah to grant victory to the Mujahideen and to free the captured and imprisoned, amen.

We followed and did not overlook the recent incidents in Sham and why would we not do that since Sham is the land of the believers and the angels of the Gracious have spread their wings over it, and on its land the Muslim epics will take place.

We remained silent all this time not because of our inability to speak, nor a lack to be upfront, but we feared that our words will add fuel to the inflamed fire, as many who lie in wait for the Jihad of the Muslims in Sham have done, and many added flames to the fire of fitna, and there is no power but from Allah. We feared that the enemies of Allah would take advantage of our words and distort them against a group of the Mujahideen, as we hoped that the rift would mend and the ordeal would ease. We were not content with hope and silence, but we secretly tried to mend the situation with the help of other Jihadi groups, believing that conflict among the Mujahideen should be resolved secretly away from the eyes and ears of the lurking media enemies. Allah allowed incidents to accelerate and we were not successful as Allah commanded before and after.

Today, while standing in front of the most serious of these incidents, it became necessary to stipulate our position, record our words, and advise our Ummah and our brothers, and we seek help and steadfastness from Allah, may His glory be glorified.

We heard as the Mujahideen and Muslims have heard the words of the official spokesman of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham announcing the restoration of the Caliphate and pledging allegiance to Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a Caliph to the Muslims. With such an announcement, we say:

First: The establishment of the Caliphate based on the prophetic platform which governs by the law of Allah in Muslims and unifies their word and preserves their noble deeds, is the effort of every truthful Mujahid and every organizations and Jihadi group that is known for their speaking the truth and the validity of their approach, and sacrificed and continues to sacrifice the soul and blood, and spends money for that cause.

Second: It is obvious to all Muslims and Jihad organizations with a truthful approach that such an announcement (about the Caliphate) cannot come without Shura, in accordance with the command of Allah the Glorious to His believing slaves: “Those who conduct their affairs with Shura” (Ash-Shura, 38). And He said to His Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him: “and consult them in affairs” (Al-Imran, 159). We speak before everyone when we say that when the signs of fitna appeared in Sham, the brothers in the Dawla brought to our attention what happened, and we thank them for this and their trusting us.

So how today when the affliction and issues greater do they make such an announcement without the advice of the leaders of the Mujahideen, whose honesty has been proven and who have advised their Ummah and pursued the establishment of Khilafat-e-Rashida.

O our brothers in the Islamic State what is your position on the command of the Taliban and their Emir Mullah Muhammad Umar, may Allah protect him, who sacrifice his state for a group of Muhajireen, including the founder of the Islamic State in Iraq, Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, may Allah have mercy on him? What is your position on Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, who hardly gave a speech without commending your heroism in Iraq, even though you disagreed with him recently? What is your position on the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus? What is your position on the leaders of al-Qaeda branches in other areas and others from the Mujahideen?

This, let alone the scholars and callers, the people of truthfulness who proved thier dedication to Islam and called for the establishment of the Caliphate, and did not settle for the tyrants who rule with positive law in loyalty to the enemies of their Ummah. Most notable are the Lion of Tawhid Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Sheikh Abu Qatada al-Falastini, Mujahid Sheikh Abu al-Walid al-Gazzi, the renewing Sheikh Suleiman al-‘Alwan, who spent so many years in prison because of his support for Jihad in Iraq. The matter is greater than to be bounded by jurisprudential or political differences, for it is the Caliphate which all Muslims desire, the devoted and the wicked.

Fourth: In light of the new reality, we call upon those responsible ones, scholars and emirs, especially Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Sheikh Abu al-Walid al-Gazzi, Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Mulla Muhammad Umar, Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, Sheikh Nasir al-Wuhaishi, Sheikh Abu al-Zubair, Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Julani, among other scholars and Mujahideen commanders to agree on one statement, mend the flow inside the unified house away from media so they can achieve the purity of Islam and unity of Muslims and to prevent bloodshed.

Fifth: We clearly declare that we will be at the forefront to abide by what they decide. As we await this honorable decision, we reiterate that we still pledge allegiance to our Sheikh and Emir Ayman al-Zawahiri, as our allegiance to him is firm and we do not see a reason to disaffirm it as it is an allegiance to Jihad to liberate Muslim lands and affirm Islamic Shariah law in it and bring back the Caliphate that is based on prophetic principles.

Sixth: We put our position in front of the scholars of our Ummah, head by the leading sheikhs of the Mujahideen and their references, to state their opinion very clearly on this calamity, and to make right our position if they see it to be distorted. Truth is our demand. This is the right time to mend the rift and direct the Mujahideen.

And we cannot fail in this regard to direct the following messages:

We call upon all the Jihadi groups fighting with the Dawla, head by our brothers in Jabhat al-Nusra, to stop their incitement against it, and to commit to the orders of Sheikh Ayman, may Allah protect him, as we call on our brothers in the Islamic State to commit to them. All this is to prepare the reconciliation between them, as a truthful believer does not rejoice for the fighting among the Mujahideen, and none finds joy in it but the malevolent enemy or envious hypocrite.

We hope the Jihad groups contribute to this endeavor and refer it to the scholars in order to collect the word of the Mujahideen and make the lurking enemy miss the opportunity.

We remind all the Jihadi media outlets that any announcement or position that does not come from al-Andalus Media Foundation does not represent al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, as we point out the need to verify and investigate the credibility of the carrier.

Finally: We emphasize that the Islamic Caliphate is our demand, and we strive for that through our Jihad and our fight against the enemies of the Ummah who are conspiring night and day to prevent its establishment, and want the Caliphate based on the prophetic platform and based on Shura, and that strives to unite Muslims and preserve their blood. We also emphasize that there is still time to mend the issues in this announcement, through involving the symbols of knowledge and Jihad in this decision and taking their opinion, as they are the first to be described as the people of resolution and agreement.

O Allah! Conclude for this Ummah the righteous matter that glorifies the people who obey You and humiliates the people who disobey you!

O Allah! Unify the ranks of the Muslims and disappoint the enemies who lie in wait for them and overturn the plotting of the hypocrites and the rumor-sowers!

Our last prayer is praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

Al-Andalus Foundation for Media Production

6 Ramadan 1435H, Corresponding: 4 July 2014M

“And Be Not Like Her who Undoes the Thread which She has Spun, After it has Become Strong” ~ By Shaykh Abū Muhammad al-Maqdisī

A new message by Jihādī idiologist Abū Muhammad al-Maqdisī regarding the Islamic State / Caliphate.


“And Be Not Like Her who Undoes the Thread which She has Spun, After it has Become Strong” (An-Nahl, 92) – 13 Ramadan 1435H

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

All praise be to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah. And henceforth…

The Caliphate and the Imamate are among the important positions and great matters for the people of Islam, which the faithful of the people of Islam continue to aspire to restore and establish, and their anticipation of these affected them until a group rose out of haste to establish the Caliphate and install a Caliph. They made the Imam already established on the people of Islam, a man with no authority nor dominion, who sought refuge in London, and they called upon people to pledge allegiance to him and made those who did not pledge allegiance to him sinners… and others narrowed the issue by claiming to be guides for others. Without a doubt this depicts a search for a rightly-guided Caliph whose leadership people would accept.

These attempts and their like were and still come in service of one person, and they have no place in reality among the Muslims. Instead, he is named and elected by his people and group, and he is not the choice of the actual responsible people in the Ummah, its divine scholars, who would always fade and recede without the Muslims being hit with despair or distortion of this great position in their chests…

But a group comes with predominantly extremist rhetoric, and an exclusionary approach in dealing with opposition, and has no consideration for the scholars of the Ummah and its prominent figures, and for it to claim its desire to implement the Shariah upon the Ummah, while it does not accept to be judged by it in disputes of blood and money of others! So it overcomes some aspects of the lands of the Muslims, and before it holds matters firmly, and people and the virtuous scholars agree upon it even in those lands, it declares the obligation to pledge to its Caliph that it named upon the Muslims all over the world, and the obligation upon the Muslims to emigrate to him, and it considers those who do not sinners… until it was necessary for fatwas such as that of Imam Malik about the invalidity of compelled divorce and the pledge of allegiance. I have received questions from women whose husbands gave them the choice between pledging to this Caliph or divorce. I said: Pledge if you hate divorce. This the pledge to something hated and it is not obligatory. The words of Imam Ahmed are known regarding the coercion of a woman by her husband even if it is correct if her husband threatens her with divorce… I categorize such questions and fatwas for the intransigence of the intransigent and their restriction upon the Muslims and intimidating them with the sword and branding them as sinners and infidels, and they exceed this by threatening women with divorce…

More serious than this divorce, and this is what called me to write these words, is what they made as a consequence of divorce among the members of the Mujahideen and their groups and leaders, and what they will spread of chaos in the ranks and destabilization of their structure, when their official spokesman said: “The message to the factions and groups all over the face of the earth, the Mujahideen, and those who work to support the religion of Allah, and raise the slogans of Islam, and to the leaders and emirs, we say: Fear Allah in yourselves, fear Allah in your Jihad… By Allah, we find no Shariah excuse for you in delaying to support this Dawla.” And he said: “As for you, the soldiers of the factions and organizations, understand that after this empowerment and the establishment of the caliphate, the legitimacy of your groups and organizations is invalidated, and it is impermissible for any of you who believes in Allah to sleep and not have bear loyalty to the Caliph.”

Therefore, reflect on how they invalidate the Jihad of the Mujahideen and incite to follow the followed, and put students over sheikhs… What is this conspiracy to fragment the ranks of the Mujahideen and undermine and weaken their structures…

We say to our brothers, the preachers and the Mujahideen all over the world: Listen to the words of Allah and His appeal, and strike against the wall that which violates them…

Allah the Exalted said: “O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the messenger, and make not vain your deeds!” (Muhammad, 33) And the Exalted said: “And be not like her who undoes the thread which she has spun, after it has become strong.” (An-Nahl, 92)

So rally around your leaders, your heads, and your senior figures, and do not be weakened by the calls of those who fragment the ranks of the Muslims, those who see that there is no truth today but with them, and all who are not with them are the enemy…

They have even used and still used – I do not know if it is deliberate or by mistake or nonsense – in achieving the pillars of this heinous plot against this blessed group in particular and against the people of Islam in general… putting on the dress of a genuine Islamic project! And thus a segment of the children of this Ummah were deceived by them, and I do not doubt the sincerity of many of them and their fervor for Islam, but I question the wisdom of their minds and the accuracy of their understanding and knowledge… It is no secret to them that due to the intransigence of the leaders of this organization and their superficiality, haste, and short-sightedness, and their refusal to be guided by the guidance of the scholars, on whose writings they were raised and they are still studying, probably because of their penetration by deviants and extremists or others, that this plot was carried out and is still carried out against the people of this current in many ways, including:

- Eliminating those who oppose them from the veterans of the Mujahideen and those who are relied upon to reap the fruits of Jihad in Syria so that all that remains in the field is the stubborn and the ignorant, or the foolish and the inane.

The atmosphere is clear for you, so make it white and yellow *** and destroy what you wish to destroy

- Taking down the symbols of the jihadi current and its scholars because they did not get caught up with the choices of this organization and did not support its intransigence, its transgressions, and its deviations.

- Corrupting the compass of the current, dispersing the circle of its conflict with the tyrants, and moving the rifle from the chests of the enemies of the Ummah to the chests of its children from the sincere mujahideen or the Muslims in general, citing various excuses and generalizations they are not allowed to make.

- Distracting the people and diverting their attention from the Islamic project and burning any potential popular support and deterring any of the supporters across the Ummah from this current due to their bad practices and their application on the ground, and the ill-dealings with the people in their various strata and religions.

- Distorting the project of the Caliphate and the Islamic State in the chests of the people with their practices, their intransigence, and their extremism and bloodshed. This could deter the people from this project for a period a time after the failure of their experiment that is replete with drawbacks, transgressions, and violations.

- They exceeded all this with their aforementioned declaration: They work to fragment the ranks of those who strive for this religion, and the Mujahideen, and sabotage their groups that strive for the religion of Allah and pit their followers against their emirs, and their students against their sheikhs!

Have you ever seen fruits more ominous than these for this current and its children, than the call for building the Caliphate?! Does building the caliphate in a spot of the earth require taking down Da’wa and Jihad in all the other areas by fragmenting and scattering the jihadi groups and pitting them against their Sheikhs in the various battlefields?!

It is another conspiracy against this blessed current and its sincere groups. In summary: Either you are with us or we sow division in your ranks and strive to fragment them. It is the method used by the anarchists in our country when they impose themselves upon others, and during games you see them say, “either I play or I will ruin your game,” meaning, either they impose themselves and accept a primary player, or they will sabotage the game. These are morals apt for children of the streets and are not worthy of those who are part of Da’wa and Jihad… So What then if the choice that these people impose, either to preside over the game and directing it according to their whims, ignorance, and intransigence, or they will sabotage and corrupt it!?? Or in other words: Them or the flood.

The face is that this is the most dangerous part of their most recent declaration. As I said before, it does not harm me if they declared the Caliphate in Sham or in Iraq or in London!!

But the harmful matter is what have those people arranged and what did they arrange in terms of effects and acts based on this declaration??

We are not the enemies of the Caliphate, but we are from among the best of its supporters and preachers and those who strive to establish it and seek to restore it. However, the Caliphate is legitimate to preserve the essence of the Muslims and put their fragments back together, and not fragment or split their ranks. Thus is the Imam, as told by the Chosen Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him: “They fight behind him and they are protected by him.” (Narrated by Muslim) It is Paradise and protection of the Muslims from all evil, not a call or invitation to evil…

The Caliphate should be a haven and safe place for every Muslim… not a threat and a matter that intimidates and brings worry to the minds…

They abrogated their first pledge of allegiance to their leaders and rebelled against their emirs, and they transgressed against their senior figures when they declared the first state, and when they declared the second they shed protected blood and refused to be judged by the Shariah. Therefore, it is our right to ask: What will they do after the declaration of the Caliphate??

The most dangerous thing they have done so far call to fragment the Muslims and strive to split the ranks of their Jihadi and Da’wai groups, after they had split the Muslims in general betwen those who are with them and those who are against them. They did not show mercy to the weak among them, and did not excuse those who aligned with other than them from the groups in Syria. Instead, all who opposed them was either a backstabber who contradicted the pledge to them, or a Salooli, a Suroori, or Sahawati or supporter the Sahawat or lover of the Sahawat, or is seen or walks or goes with the Sahawat and so on… and they would kill those who did not pledge, and they were blamed for threatening to kidnap the wives of those who are against them!! This has not yet been proven to us, but if it were true then we would have with them quite an issue, may Allah defend the Muslim women from the evil of every aggressor and oppressor.

They know today when they call to disband the groups in order to pledge to them and to them, that there are superficial people in most of the groups, and most of those who listen to them are from this rank and from the ranks of the extremists, as well… and those whose enthusiasm and extremism dominates their wisdom, thought, and insight, their ignorance exceeds their knowledge. They build their hopes and manage the fuel of their battles upon those due to the separation from them of the scholars, the sages, and the people of understanding…

And then there is the fact of their call to abrogate the pledge of allegiance of the groups to break the jihadi current fragment their groups, and split their ranks. This makes us look to what is behind the masks and not take their path with the naïveté and superficiality of the masses… If the situation before declaring the Caliphate was: either you are with us or against us, how will they be after…?

The Caliphate should be a haven for the Muslims and their lost paradise that they seek, so do not make it hellfire upon them and increase their frustration…

It is the dream of the Muslims that they are trying to achieve, so do not maim this beautiful dream with your bullets that split open the heads of those who oppose you, and spill what is inside!! Instead, achieve it, if you wish, while having mercy for the Muslims and supporting the oppressed. You are mortal as others are mortal, so keep the good thought and not the mutilation, and contribution to the construction, which will be the pillars of the rightly-guided Islamic Caliphate, and not the intransigent, transgressing, and unjust one. Contribute to reuniting the people of Islam and their groups, and not fragmenting them. Contribute to supporting the oppressed and removing from them the hardships and not increase them. Contribute to preserving the blood of the Muslims, not spilling it…

Imams Ahmed, Muslims, and al-Nisa’i reported that Abu Huraira said: “Whoso attacks my Ummah killing the righteous and the wicked of them, sparing not even those staunch in faith and fulfilling not his promise made with those who have been given a pledge of security – he has nothing to do with me and I have nothing to do with him.”

The Caliph Sulaiman bin Abdul Malik said to the Follower Salamah bin Dinar al-Madani, the ascetic: O Abu Hazim, what do you say in what we are in? [Salamah] said: Would you pardon me [from this question], O Emir al-Mu’mineen? [The Caliph] said: But as an advice, give it to me.

[Salamah] said: Your fathers established rule over the people in this matter, taking it by force of the sword without consulting nor meeting with the people, and killing in a heinous fasion, then they departed. So if you were feeling what they said and what was said to them. So a man among the sitting ones said: How regretful is what you said!

Abu Hazim said: You lied. Allah the Exalted had the covenant upon the scholars to set it forth.

Yes, by Allah: They departed, so if you were feeling what they said and what was said to them…

And if thy Lord created for ants *** Their wings they would have retreated

Every person has limits *** And the end of him is when he crosses it

In the Hadith of Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased him, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said: “An Imam is a shield for them. They fight behind him and they are protected by him.”

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was and remains to be the Imam of not only the Muslims, but the world, and his Imamate was not to separate the Muslims and fragment them, but to unify them; and it was not to fill the heads of the protected with bullets or to split them with swords to empty what is inside them, but to preserve those heads and what is in them, and develop them, and elevate them to the highest of stations and raise them above their meager options. Even the fighting factions that were unable to give allegiance to the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, or to enter under his political

territory, like the gathering of Abu Baseer at the time of the Treaty of Hudaybah, and also those working against al-Aswad al-Ansi after his revolt against the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in Yemen, he did not call any of their jihad void or their Hijrah mandatory while leaving the lands of work and jihad. They were not declared as sinners or threatened or exiled or their group dissolved; instead they were left alone and working until they were able to emerge victorious and catch up to Dar al-Islam.

This is the case in the time of the Caliphate. The Caliphate was never a position that works to invalidate the Jihad of the Mujahideen or to fragment them or call upon them to turn against their seniors, leaders, and scholars in the lands that were outside of or left the fold of the Caliphate. Instead, the likes of those scholars would call to remain steadfast on their method and support them from the Caliphate. They were sponsored and not asked to leave the fields of Jihad and dissolve their groups, and those who did not do so were not called sinners. History has glorified and recorded the steadfastness of such groups from the people of Islam with the leaders and scholars in lands who left the fold of the Caliphate and its rule and pledge, and entered under the rule of the Ubayyads, Tatars, or Crusaders…

Therefore, we warn the Muslim public and particular ones among them from responding to the call of fragmenting the ranks, destabilizing the structure, and scattering the Mujahideen. We call upon them to remain unaffected by this psychological, moral, and physical terror that is being spread by the advocates of fragmentation and to remain steadfast on their promise, and around their leaders, gathered and prevalent on the truth, unharmed by those who oppose them and from those who disappointed them, until the order of Allah arrives.

I conclude with these warnings:

- The Imam of Haramayn said in his book Ghiyaath al-Umam fi al-Tiyath al-Zulm):

“If the era is void of an Imam, and lacks the presence of a wise, intelligent and able Sultan, the matters turn over to the hands of scholars, and it is mandatory upon the creation in spite of the differences in their status, to return to their scholars and take all their matters and concerns to them. If they do this, they have been rightly-guided. The scholars will then turn into caretakers of people. If they cannot agree upon one, every area should follow their scholars, and if there are many scholars in one area, the most knowledgeable among them should be followed”.

This is the weakest point of those who declared the Caliphate today. Not even one scholar from the divine scholars supported them or trusted them or aligned with them, from the scholars attributed to them in creed, thought, and method… Let the people think of this, and let the reasonable person think of it well: Why did those people lose the trust of the scholars from whose letters and ooks they studied and learned, until they abandoned them and no one supported them?!! They are scholars who do not fear the blame of anyone other than Allah… there must be an answer.

- The Caliphate cannot achieved by Da’wa and the name, nor by intentions or want, but by the actual application on the ground. When Omar named Abu Bakr the Caliph, he did not become the Caliph just because of this announcement; he did not become the actual Caliph until the Sahaba pledged allegiance to him and he firmed up his position unchallenged… Every Emir who is not given loyalty by the Muslims and the best of the people of knowledge from the divine scholars is the emir of his group or his emirate, but not Emir al-Mu’mineen in general or the Caliph of the Muslims, and it is not right to call sinners those who do not pledge allegiance or travel to him. The fact that the outstanding scholars who are trustworthy have not flocked to give their allegiance shows that the one named and his group are not their point of trust with regards to religion and the world.

- It is necessary to state that if there was no other group on the fronts, then the knowledge of these scholars would have forced them to support the emir of this group because they are required to put the most ideal emir at the lead. So there is no doubt that these are better than the tyrants and the apostate rulers. However, as the front is filled with fighting factions and groups who rival and are on equal footing with this group in power and strength, and better in methodology and leadership, then the worse should not put about the better…

- Lastly, we do not accept for ourselves to be from those who do not engage in anything except words with Jama’at al-Dawla, and we do not like our enemies to feel pleased when we speak, or that they think that we are on their side, that is in truth not against Jama’at al-Dawla, but against the project of the Islamic State and the Islamic Caliphate. We do not like these people to be pleased with what we write, for it is not for them that we write, and we seek refuge in Allah that there must be any connection or understanding between us. What we are writing and saying is due to the trust of knowledge and Da’wa, and telling the statement of truth and supporting the truth and its people. Other than that we do not care who is pleased with our saying or who is angered, and who is happy or whose throat narrows on it. If we sought the approval of the people and put fame and glory in what we write and say, we would have ridden the wave of the Dawla and they would have raised us above their heads or even above the clouds, but we have decided to ride the wave of truth no matter how difficult it is. We shall not step back from it or leave it, even if they put us below the earth, or fill our heads with bullets and empty their contents.

However, the dilemma is that Jama’at al-Dawla and its chiefs and spokesmen attack us every day, which obliges us to respond to them; otherwise we would have left ourselves to statements and their confirmation, as the war is not declared on Jama’at al-Dawla, from my side at least. Instead, it is truth that I support and speak of when there is need, and it is not permissible to delay the statement when it is needed. They are the ones who compel us to this and we can no longer remain silent.

O Allah, we ask You for guidance, rightness, determination, and a good conclusion. May Allah pray on and have peace on our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and his companions, all of them.

Written by Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi

13 Ramadan 1435H

A Clarification Regarding the Alleged Announcement of an Emirate by Jabhat an-Nusra

In reaction of the leaked audio-message in which Jabhat an-Nusra allegedly announced their own Emirate in Syria; it didn’t take too long before Jabhat an-Nusra reacted officialy on this rumour. Below is their official reaction published via their official account on Twitter:



بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

بيان توضيحي حول ما أشيع عن
إعلان جبهة النصرة لإمارة إسلامية

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه، وبعد:

1-إنَّ مشروع جبهة النصرة من أول يوم أُسست فيه هو إعادة سلطان الله إلى أرضه وتحكيم شريعته.
2-إننا نسعى لإقامة إمارة إسلامية وفق السُنن الشرعية المعتبرة ولم نعلن عن إقامتها بعد، وفي اليوم الذي يوافقنا فيه المجاهدون الصادقون والعلماء الربانيون سنعلن عنها بإذن الله.
3-إننا نسعى لتحكيم الشريعة من خلال إقامة دور للقضاء ومراكز حفظ الأمن وتقديم الخدمات العامة للمسلمين في غضون عشرة أيام بديلا عن الهيئات الشرعية السابقة.
4- لن نسمح لأحد أن يقطف ثمار الجهاد ويقيم مشاريع علمانية أو غيرها من المشاريع التي تقام على دماء وتضحيات المجاهدين.
5- لن تتهاون جبهة النصرة مع المجموعات المفسدة في المناطق المحررة بالاتفاق مع الفصائل الصادقة.
6- رص الصفوف ضد الأخطار التي تهدد الساحة سواء من قبل النظام النصيري أو جماعة الخوارج الغلاة.

{ وَاللهُ غَالِبٌ عَلَى أَمْرِهِ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ }

(( جَبْهَةُ النُّصْرَة ))
|| مؤسسة المنارة البيضاء للإنتاج الإعلامي ||

لا تنسونا من صالح دعائكم

والحمد لله ربِّ العالمين

تاريخ نشر البيان: يوم السبت14 من رمضان 1435 للهجرة، الموافق 12/ 7/ 2014


All Praise is due to Allah, and may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet of Allah, his family, companions and those who follow him. As for what is to come…

1. From the first day of its establishment, Jabhat Al-Nusrah had set its mission to restore the dominion of Allah on the earth and establish His Shari’ah.

2. We, in Jabhat Al-Nusrah, strive to establish an Islamic Emirate according to the regarded Islamic Sunnan. We have not announced the establishment of and Emirate, yet. When the time comes and the sincere Mujahidoon and the pious scholars agree with our stance, we will announce this Emirate, by the Will of Allah.

3. We strive to rule by Shari’ah by establishing Islamic Courts, Security Offices and offering general services to the Muslims within the next ten days. This project will replace the previous project of Al-Hay’aat Al-Shari’eeyah.

4. We will not allow anyone to pick the fruits of this Jihad and establish a secular scheme, or any other scheme, which takes advantage of the sacrifices of the Mujahideen and is established on their blood.

5. Jabhat Al-Nusrah will not hesitate to deal [militarily] with the corrupt groups in the liberated areas. This will be done by cooperation with the sincere groups [Mujahideen].

6. Jabhat Al-Nusrah is determined to unify ranks to face the dangers which threaten the Jihadi front [in Al-Shaam], whether these threats are from the Nusayri Regime or from the group of Khawarij and ghulaat (extremists).

“And Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know.”

(Qur’an 12:21)

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All Praise is due to Allah, Lord of all

Date of Publication: Saturday, 14th Ramadan 1435 Hijri

13th July, 2014

This is Some of What I Have and Not All of It – By Shaykh Abū Muhammad al-Maqdisī

After the Islamic State announced its Caliphate on the first day of Ramadan 1435 (Sunday June 29th 2014) it was to be expected that Shaykh Abū Muhammad al-Maqdisī, one of the most influential Jihadist ideologues, recently released from a Jordanian prison would react on it.

This text was published on his website just a few days after the Caliphate was re-established by the Islamic State:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

All praise be to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah.

To proceed,

These are some of the points and observations that I wished to write down in this Blessed Month (Ramadan), the month of the Qur’an. We ask Allah to grant us the blessing to be able to distinguish between right and wrong, and to use us in support of the truth, unafraid of any enemy or affected by contradictions. May Allah guide us and all our brothers to the right path. (Ameen!)

First: Due to the flow of visitors, I heard much in the past two weeks. I was unable to read much and I still have a lot to read, but from the little that I have read, every side was eager to attain victory for the faction (party, group) to which they pledged allegiance. They worked hard to show its evidence, data, and arguments, and many of it has no juristic (fiqh or shar’i) basis. Much of it was given to me and I looked at it prior to my release from prison. I will not dismiss completely what was presented to me as I see no usefulness in it. Either affirm the truth or admit that you were wrong.

Second: In the parties I heard from there are certainly wise and virtuous people. Both parties have those who seek righteousness and desire its success, and they do not wish for evil but reject it, even if it comes from those with whom they are allied. I was pleased with them and decided to continue to communicate them and they strengthened my assemblies. Such people are counted upon for reform and closing the rifts. And in those parties are also fanatics and on whom the saying applies: “the fanatic does not distinguish”. They did not provide much use to the assemblies, but enflamed issues and they must learn to listen and understand.

Third: Moral pressure was exerted on me to retract that statement that I [previously] issued after a productive and lengthy communication between the parties involved in either the reconciliation or the arbitration that was refused by the State’s (ISIS) group. A large number of people claim that the statement is null or will be voided. None of it was issued by me (promises of recantation) and I did not promise anyone of it [in retracting the statement].

What I have said in front of them and still say: The statement and its author are not flawless. [The statement] came about as a result of fruitful communication between all those involved especially those who refused the previous initiatives and who refused to resort to legal (Shariah) arbitration. Some of them claim that I only listened to one side only.

[Yet] in my prison cell, I had a supporter of the State (ISIS) who used to call weekly about Syria and often provide us with pro-State (ISIS) news. I received State (ISIS) news, reports, and writings that are pro-State (ISIS), as I also looked at the State’s scholars’ response to such news. The replies are saved to keep-off those who doubt it. I reiterate that if I appear unjust to one side in my statement or deviated from the truth, then I will immediately and without hesitation retract it as truth is my guide and it is easily followed as I am not committed or biased to either side.

Regarding the statement, its issuance was borne from those who refused to go down to the judgment of Allah, and in it I advised to stand by the side of those who arbitrate with the Shariah of Allah. That does not mean that the party in which we called to stand aside is infallible or that we recommend them with an absolute recommendation, but the matter is as Sheikh al-Islam (ibn Taymiyyah) said: “Pure justice in everything is impossible, by knowledge and work, but the ideal is idealized.” Fatwas (10/99)

Fourth: I still repeat that fairness is the suit of the honourable, and the honourable are few among the contesting parties and their supporters in all the countries. The result of this lack of fairness by many among the prominent ones in the media and the muftis of the contesting parties is that negative phenomena have spread among the youth of the current in many of the countries. They found bad examples and follow them in swearing, lacking manners, having mistrust, and lacking in polite dialogue.

Before my release, I heard about abuses by some of the media spokesmen and jurists of both contesting sects, and I relayed some of this and rejected it. After my release from prison I read about abuses and abasement from people who do not deserve to describe the Mujahideen or jurists in such a way. If they had described street people instead of jurists it would have been better. They accused the offenders as being bastards, sons of whores, and other obscene and vulgar language, and uttered other than that of lies, falsehood, and slander – and this is not worthy of those who issue the signature of Allah and give fatawa in the religion of Allah – to inciting for the spilling of protected (Muslim) blood and devaluing it (the blood and lives of the Muslims).

They became bad examples for youth of this current all-over the world and not only in the Syrian field; affliction overran them, lack of manners spread among them, as well as insults towards young and old, and scholars and educators. The assault even spread to offenders among the Muslims, and their blood and souls were made permissible. Sufficient for us is Allah and (He is) the best Disposer of affairs from these mistakes that they spread among the public and the villainous among the people.

We are surprised by anything that comes from the like of those jurists, muftis, and spokesmen who are characterized by such base morals and daring against the blood of the Muslims! Therefore, we disavow their falsehood and we demand their officials from all the parties be concerned for the religion of Allah, the purity of this current, and the character of its people and the affair of Jihad and the Mujahideen. We demand that they exclude them and keep them away from positions of directing and giving speeches, for everyday they repel from this religion with their contradictory speeches, and they flee from its correct method with their crooked method, and they deform its honourable morals with their base “ethics”.

Whoever seeks the interest of Jihad must exclude the low ones, the misguiding ones, those who incite to shed the blood of the Muslims, who spread bad morals and obscenities among the Muslim youth. Instead, make them guiding advocates who are merciful with the Muslims, who adhere to the ethics of the Prophethood and follow its guidance in the Ummah and know how to address all the people.

Fifth: Some good people conveyed to me that some people in Sham, in an attempt to influence me to retreat from the statement, saying that blood was shed because of it, or at the time of its issuance, a bombing was dedicated to me under name of “Millat Ibrahim” (a famous book authored by the Shaykh) from parties hostile of the State organization (ISIS).

This is intimidating talk and pressure as much as possible to obtain greater portions of concessions, and it is a technique which might be useful in negotiation or buying and selling, but it is not useful in arguing, convincing, or fulfilling truth and aborting falsehood. Therefore, it is not beneficial to use it in this aspect. The complaint is lacking credibility, because the statement did not incite to shed blood of a Muslim, nor did it not mention a call to kill or fight.

Rather, all the efforts exerted over the past eight months resulted in this statement, which was for the sake of stopping the bloodshed and keeping the rifles from being directed at the chests of the Muslims and the Mujahideen; and for the sake of stopping the negligence of others among the Muslims or objecting to perform their rights; and for the sake of stopping from devaluing their blood and money, under pretexts of interests of the State (here he means both the interests of the true Islamic State and also the organisation ISIS), building the (Islamic) State, etc, as if everyone else (other than ISIS) does not want to build an (Islamic) State or empower the Shariah of Allah.

In any case, whoever refused the arbitration will be the one to bear the responsibility for the ongoing bloodshed, just as whoever embarked in shedding it (initiating the fighting to begin with) will bear it from all the parties. On my part, I praise Allah, He who saved me from shedding one drop of Muslim blood. I ask Him the Almighty, [for me] not to be a cause, not even with a single letter or half a word in that. I say that those who apply pressure in such these techniques: “I am not a man who heeds the sound of hatred”.

I say: To whoever dedicated any operation to me that shed the blood of a Muslim from any party of the parties: “Nay it is ye who rejoice in your gift!” [Al-Naml, 36] Dedicate to me if you like, but obey my advice and respond to my calls to stop the bloodshed and accept arbitration, reform, and straightforwardness on the guidance of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in Da’wa and Jihad. This is what we demand of you to dedicate it to us if you love us or love to delight our eyes.

Our eyes cannot be delighted with the shedding of Muslim blood from any party that is within the circle of Islam even if they were disobedient. We do not give permission to fight any Muslim at all but to push away the assailant, and it is known that pushing away the assailant does not mean killing specifically, but to push away first, and what cannot be pushed by the tongue or hand then it is not permitted to push by weapon, because the origin is the sanctity of the Muslim blood and his money and honour.

Sixth: I was asked about the victories of the State organization (ISIS) in Iraq, so I said: There is no believer that does not rejoice for the victories of Muslims, no matter their condition, (over those who) their description is as Rawafidh and apostates. The fear is for the consequences of these victories and how the Sunnis and the other Da’wa or Jihadi groups and all the Muslims in the liberated areas will be treated? And against whom the heavy weapons will be used that were taken as spoils from Iraq and sent to Syria? This is my question and my concern. We are afraid of the answers on the ground, because we do not trust the minds that hold these weapons for many reasons.

Seventh: In the morning today I was asked: Do you know about the writings of someone about the Caliphate and his saying that its empowerment is not a requirement!

I said: I did not know about it, but the writing is read by its title, and the announcement of their naming their organization the Caliphate must be soon.

Then he said: And what is your opinion if they (ISIS) announce that (Caliphate)?

I said: The name and its announcement do not bother me and I will not waste my time refuting what someone blackened in his writings, because all of us wish for the return of the Caliphate, the breaking of borders, the raising of banners of Tawhid, and the dropping of the banners of denouncement. No one hates that but a hypocrite. The wise lesson is through matching the names with the facts and its existence and to apply it truly and, indeed, on the actual land. Whoever rushes something before its due time will be punished by being deprived from it.

But what concerns me the most is what those people will require for this announcement and the name in which they developed it from an organisation (AQ in Iraq the ISI), to the State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), and then to a general Caliphate (IS). Will this Caliphate be a safe haven for every vulnerable one, and a shelter for every Muslim? Or will this name be considered a sword hanging over those who disagree from among the Muslims? Will it write-off all the emirates that preceded their announced state? And will they abort with it all the groups that do Jihad in the Cause of Allah in all different fields before them?

The brothers in the Caucasus have already announced their blessed emirate and did not require that all the Muslims everywhere comply, and neither did they shed inviolable blood for the sake of a name. What then is the destiny of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus to those people after declaring aloud the name of the Caliphate?

The Taliban announced an Islamic Emirate before them, as well, and its Emir, (Amir al-Mu’maneen) Mullah Omar, may Allah preserve him, is still fighting the enemies, he with his soldiers. They did not require the shedding of inviolable blood or untangling a complex knot in the name of the emirate, which was truly founded on the land for years. So what is the destiny of this emirate to those who speak in the name of the Caliphate today and announced it?

What is the destiny of all the active Muslim groups, those whose members pledged allegiance in Iraq and Sham and all-over the land? And what is the destiny of their blood to those who speak in the name of the Caliphate today and have yet to stop threatening those who offend them among the Muslims by tearing apart their bodies with bullets?

These are the important questions that I have that require answers.

And here we are, before the day is over, al-Adnani shouts out the expected questions. He was like we have expected. We did not do him injustice.

O Allah, have mercy and grace on the Muslims, O Lord of the Worlds. Distance evil and malice away from them. (Ameen!)

I conclude with a warning to those who wade in the blood of Muslims, whoever they are: Do not think that with your loud voices you will silence the voice of truth, or that with your threats, your shouts, your lack of manners, and your aggression that you will silence our bearing witness to the truth. No, a thousand times no… We will stay loyal guardians for this religion, protectors who stand on guard for these groups, defending them from those who tamper and do wrong, from the slander of the fanatic and the intransigent and others who maim… Either you reform yourselves, repent, and keep away from the blood of the Muslims and distorting this religion, or we will strike upon you with words like swords, striking with evidence the livers of mounts and moving with its sayings the riders.

You and others know that we will not be silent in prison or behind bars, and we will not be silent after escaping the jaws of the jailer. By Allah, He who raised the sky without pillars, we will not leave anyone to tamper with this religion and devalue the blood of the Muslims, even if they accuse us of hostility, distortion, and lies, and slander everyone near and far… We warn you about distorting the religion of Allah and corrupting and staining with the blood of the Muslims and the Mujahideen. Be pious and always speak the truth.

For every event there is a Hadith, and for every situation there is a saying.

I say: This is some of what I have and not all of It… I put it forward in this Blessed Month (Ramadan), recalling the Hadith of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him: “Whoever does not give up lies and false conduct, Allah has no need that he should give up his food and drink.”

It was said that Abu Mas’ud, may Allah be please with him, had asked: How do you welcome the month of Ramadan? He said: “None of us would dare to welcome the crescent [moon] and in his heart with malice on his Muslim brother.”

Fourth of Ramadan, 1435 (July 2014) from the Hijrah of al-Mustafa, Peace and Blessings be Upon Him


Islamic State ~ Message To the Mujāhidīn and the Islamic Ummah In the Month Of Ramadān

رسالة إلى المجاهدين والأمة الإسلامية في شهررمضان لمولانا أمير المؤمنين أبي بكر الحسيني القرشي البغدادي


An expected audio-message by ISIS proclaimed Caliph Ibrahim, Abu Bakr al-Hussayni al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi, after the Islamic Caliphate was restored (on June 29th) by the Islamic State in Iraq and as-Sham (ISIS), now known as the Islamic State (IS).


“Message To the Mujāhidīn and the Islamic Ummah In the Month Of Ramadān”
Translation [pdf]