AQAP Media: “Notice of the Martyrdom of the Mujāhid Shaykh Ibrāhīm bin Sulaymān ar-Rubaysh”

On April 14, 2015, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released the news one of its leaders was killed in a US drone strike. The man involved was Shaykh Ibrāhīm bin Sulaymān ar-Rubaysh, AQAP’s Mufti

This is the official announcement of his death.

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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Statement Number 94

25 Jumada Al-Akhir 1436H

 

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

  “Notice of the Martyrdom of the Mujahid Sheikh Ibrahim bin Sulaiman Ar-Rubaish”

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All praise is to Allah the Rabb of the worlds and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his Sahabah.

Amma Ba’d:

Allah said in His Noble Book: “From among those who acknowledge are men who fulfilled their pledge to Allah. Thus, some of them died, while some are still waiting; but they never altered in the least.”

With hearts content with the Decree of Allah and submitting to His Ruling and Justice,

we bring to our Ummah in the East and West of the earth and especially our people in Al-Qassim, the news of the martyrdom of a knight from among our knights: The Murabit, the patient and ascetic Mujahid worshipper Sheikh Ibrahim bin Sulaiman Ar-Rubaish, may Allah have mercy with him. This after a hateful Crusader airstrike that killed him along with a number of his brothers the night of Monday, day twenty-four of the month Jumada Ath-thani after he spent approximately two decades of his live as a Mujahid in the Cause of Allah striking America and its agents. The beginning was in Afghanistan where he fought with his Mujahidin brothers against the Crusader campaign. He was among the heroes of Tora Bora. In his trip of Jihad his terror and danger was severe until Allah tested him with imprisonment in Guantanamo where he stayed for several years; it was a stage of preparation and break of a Mujahid. Then after Allah released him it didn’t take long before he joined the caravan of his Mujahidin brothers in the Arabian Peninsula where he was among them the good example and unique model that waged Jihad with his hands, fought with his weapon and battled with the Blessing of Allah. He refused to be anywhere else than in the first rows striking the enemies of Allah, leading the brigades of the youth – which made the zeal of the youth rise to the level of his zeal, making them look down at their courage compared to his courage – and being an excellent example with regard to bravery and courage while advancing towards Martyrdom.

Besides military and field work he – may Allah have Mercy with him – was the constructing, reforming, advising, leading and teaching Da’iyah; he brought to mind the rank of truthful people of knowledge that Allah entrusts with knowledge and who fulfill the trust and don’t submit to the pressure or power of the authority. His fear of Allah made him refuse to be among those who distort the knowledge and confuse people for the benefit of a party, group or organization. He with his advices and reforms was a pillar from among the pillars of the Jihad of the Arabian Peninsula who used to prevent the march of Jihad from deviating to extremism or negligence; likewise, he used to draw the road map and the wise plan for those who would come after him and like this people of knowledge should be and this is the real value of knowledge and scholars.

Sheikh Ibrahim Ar-Rubaish – may Allah have Mercy with him – taught us how emigration in the Cause of Allah should be, how Jihad should be, how Da’wa should be, what the role of people of knowledge is, how reforming and constructing should be, how proclaiming the truth and being outspoken in giving advice should be. So in his way let the people of knowledge tread and his footsteps let the walkers follow. Here are his blood and remains shouting and screaming to the people of knowledge and Da’iyahs to come forth to the fields of sacrifice and waging Jihad; come forth to the field of education and Da’wa; come to where the planting bears fruit, to where the buildings are raised and where the high towers of the Religion are being erected. Come to where you sanctify knowledge and manufacture examples for your Ummah.

O truthful Mujahidin in the East and West of the earth; this is a symbol from among your symbols and a Sheikh from among your Sheikhs that went to Allah today after a long march in which he didn’t change or alter and in which he didn’t flatter. He was not deceived by the pleasures and adornments of this world nor did the delusiveness of Fitan make him incline. He went to Allah to encourage you to have more bravery in this battle and to affirm you that that the truth of our call is with the Martyrdom of our leaders and that the truthful carrier of knowledge is at the frontlines and always the saying of our leader and Messenger of Allah – may Peace and Blessings be upon him – lightens the hardship: “I would love to fight for the Cause of Allah and get martyred, then fight and get martyred, then fight and get martyred” [Sahih Muslim].

O Mujahidin if the Religion were to be defeated or ended because of the death of a man it would have been defeated and ended the day the Messenger of Allah – may Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family

members and Sahabah – died. If the matter was related to men, this Religion would have been ended since the sunrise of Islam, but it is the Religion and Command of Allah, He guarantees Its protection, so do not be weak and do not grieve, for you are the superior, let your slogan be the Word of Allah: “How many prophets had a large number of devotees fighting with him. They did not waver by

what afflicted them for the cause of Allah, nor did they become weak, nor did they become discouraged;

and Allah loves the steadfast ones.” “Their saying was nothing but: “Our Rabb, forgive us our sins and our shortcomings in our responsibility, and make firm our foothold, and grant us victory over the disbelieving people.” [Ali Imran 146-147].

O Allah accept Sheikh Ibrahim Ar-Rubaish and his brothers among the Martyrs, O Allah raise their position and cover them with Your Vast Mercy, O Allah compensate us and the Ummah of Islam with good instead of them, for you have the Power to do so.

And all praise is to Allah the Rabb of the worlds

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

25 Jumada Al-Akhir 1436H – 14 April 2015C

Belgian Fighters in Syria and Iraq ~ April 2015

A new statistical update on Belgian fighters in Syria and Iraq

The maximum number of Belgians who at one point were active in Syria or Iraq has climbed to 482.

Of these 482 we identified 147 by name and surname. Another 92 individuals are only known by their kunya or nom de guerre. 

Around ten percent of the Belgians (41 to be precisely) are women.

The ages of 165 Belgian fighters varry between 14 and 69; the average age is 25,5.

Origins in Belgium: Of 231 individuals we know where they originated from, as shown in next graph (in alphabetical order):

Group affiliations:

  • Belgium 77 individuals can be linked to Sharia4Belgium, the most important group in Belgium contributing to the high number of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq.
    4 are linked to Shaykh Bassam al-Ayashi’s former network Centre Islamique Belge
    At least one was a former member of the Groupe Islamique Combattant Marocain (GICM)
    We know of at least two individuals who are fighting in pro-regime ranks
  • Syria At least 89 individuals are affiliated with The Islamic State (ISIS). Most remarkably at least 19 of them are/were members of the Lybian branch Katibat al-Battar al-Libi
    Another 15 (most likely much more) are fighting in the ranks of Jabhat an-Nusra
    Another 14 are linked to other rebel groups, the majority of them joined Suqur as-Sham
  • Returned: At least 51 individuals have already returned to Belgium, yet this number might be doubled according to official government sources.
  • Killed:
    At least 56 Belgians have been killed thus far in Syria and Iraq. Most of them in combat, at least one of them conducted a suicide operation
  • A List of Belgians fighters killed in Syria and Iraq (in random order): 
    1. Abd ar-Rahman al-Ayashi (aka Abu Hajjar), 38, Idlib, Suqur as-Sham
    2. Abdalgabar Hamdaoui, 34. Jabhat an-Nusra
    3. Abdel Monaïm Lachiri (aka Abu Sara), 33, Aleppo, ISIS
    4. Abu al-Bara’ al-Jaza’iri, Saraqib
    5. Abu Ali al-Baljiki, Idlib
    6. Ahmed Dihaj (aka Abu Atiq), 32, Sharia4Belgium, Jabhat an-Nusra. One of the accused on the Sharia4Belgium trial. Left Belgium in April or May 2013, killed September 2013
    7. Anonymous, 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. Left Belgium on December 7, 2012. Killed February 2014. One of the accused on the Sharia4Belgium trial.
    12. Hamdi Mahmoud Saad, 32, Latakkia
    13. Houssien Elouassaki (aka Abu Fallujah), 22, Vilvoorde, Sharia4Belgium. Killed in Aleppo province September 2013. One of the accused on the Sharia4Belgium trial.
    14. Isma’il Amghroud, 22, Maaseik, killed June 2013
    15. Khalid Bali (aka Abu Hamza), 17, Antwerpen, Deir ez-Zor, Sharia4Belgium, ISIS, killed May 2014.
    16. Mohammed Bali (aka Abu Hudayfa), 24, Antwerp, Sharia4Belgium, ISIS, killed in Hama. One of the accused on the Sharia4Belgium trial.
    17. Noureddine Abouallal (aka Abu Mujahid), 23, Antwerp, Sharia4Belgium, killed in July 2013. One of the accused on the Sharia4Belgium trial.
    18. Raphael Gendron (aka Abdurauf Abu Marwa), 38, Brussels, Suqur as-Sham, Idlib, killed in April 2013
    19. Sean Pidgeon, Left Belgium in November 2012, killed in March 2013.
    20. Tarik Taketloune, Vilvoorde, 19, Sharia4Belgium, brother returned to Belgium and free under conditions, wife still in Syria, killed in May 2013. One of the accused on the Sharia4Belgium trial.
    21. Anonymous, known as Younis Asad Rahman (aka Asad ar-Rahman al-Baljiki), Latakkia, killed in August 2013
    22. Saïd El Morabit (aka Abu Muthanna al-Baljiki), 27, Sharia4Belgium, ISIS, killed in March 2014. One of the accused on the Sharia4Belgium trial.
    23. Abu ‘Umar, ISIS, Brussels
    24. Rustam Gelayev (son of Chechen warlord Ruslan Gelayev), Aleppo, killed in August 2012
    25. Nabil Azahaf (aka Abu Sayyaf), 21, Brussels, Sharia4Belgium, ISIS, killed in May 2014. One of the accused on the Sharia4Belgium trial.
    26. Anonymous, known as Abu Dujana al-Mali, Brussels, ISIS, ar-Raqqa, killed in March 2014
    27. Karim Azzam (aka Abou Azzam), 23, Brussels, killed in April 2014
    28. Anonymous, known as Abu Salma Al-Belgiki, Deir ez-Zor province, killed in August 2013
    29. Anonymous, known as Abu Handalah, killed in Aleppo
    30. Anonymous, killed in clashes with tribal fighters on July 30th 2014 in al-Keshkeyyi, Deir ez-Zor province
    31. Iliass Azaouaj, 23, Brussels, killed by The Islamic State for alledged betrayal. Raqqa, August 2014
    32. Abu Jihad al-Baljiki, further unknown, killed on August 31st in a regime counter-attack defending the Deir ez-Zor military airport.
    33. Abu Mohsen at-Tunisi, further unknown, killed on August 31st in a regime counter-attack defending the Deir ez-Zor military airport.
    34. One of the Bakkouy brothers from Genk. Killed late September 2014.
    35. Abu Yahya al-Beljiki, reported killed on October 15, 2014.
    36. Ilyass Boughalab, killed in March 2014, Shariah4Belgium, ISIS. One of the accused on the Sharia4Belgium trial.
    37. Abū ‘Umar al-Beljīkī, of Saudi origin, killed in Latakia province in the beginning of October 2014, Jabhat an-Nusra
    38. Khalid Hachti Bernan aka Abu Qa’Qa, ISIS memeber from Virton, reported dead in May 2014
    39. Abu Muhammad al-Baljiki, unknown ISIS fighter, killed in Deir ez-Zor mid October 2014
    40. Oufae Sarrar, aka Umm Jarrah, Sharia4Belgium, ISIS, wife of Ilyass Boughalab, killed end 2013. First known Belgian women killed
    41. Abu Sulayman al-Baljiki al-Maghribi, unknown ISIS fighter, killed in Kobanê mid November 2014
    42. Sabri Refla, AKA Abu Turab, 19, Vilvoorde, left on August 12 2013 and killed in December 2013
    43. Yassine El Karouni, AKA Abu Osama, 23, Dutch origin, killed in May 2014
    44. Zakaria El Bouzaidi, Laken (Brussels), friend of Sean Pidegeon, killed in September 2014
    45. Anonymous, AKA Abu Yahya al-Belgiki, killed in October 2014
    46. Anonymous, AKA Abu Adnan al-Belgiki, Algerian origin, originaly affiliated with Jabhat an-Nusra, turned to ISIS late 2013, killed in September 2014
    47. Anonymous, AKA Abu Said al-Belgiki, killed in Dier ez-Zor in December 2014
    48. Soufiane Amghar, AKA Abu Khalid al-Belgiki, one of the killed ISIS members in Verviers on January 15 2015
    49. Kahlid Ben Larbi, AKA Abu Zubayr al-Belgiki, one of the killed ISIS members in Verviers on January 15 2015
    50. Haddad, no more details, from Molenbeek (Brussels), brother of Verviers plot suspect Abdelmounaim Haddad, killed in Syria
    51. Hamza Kharbache, from Molenbeek (Brussels), brother of Younes Kharbache, killed in Aleppo province, February 2014
    52. Younes Kharbache, from Molenbeek (Brussels), brother of Hamza, killed in Damascus province, August 2013
    53. Anonymous, AKA Abu Bakr al-Belgiki (IS), committed a suicide attack in Ramadi, Iraq, March 11, 2015
    54. Mesut Cankarturan, AKA Abu Abdullah al-Belgiki (IS), killed March 25, 2015 in Deir ez-Zor
    55. Anonymous, AKA Abu Taymiyya al-Belgiki (IS)
    56. Anonymous, AKA Abū ‘Abd Allah al-Belgiki (IS), performed a suicide op on the Irāqī-Jordanian border on April 24, 2015

Audio Message from Abu Muhammad al-Julani ~ Victory from God and Conquest is Close

Released by Jabhat an-Nusra’s media channel al-Manara al-Bayda on April 1, 2015

Audio, Arabic transcript and English translation

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Audio:

Arabic Transcript:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

مُؤسَّسَة التَّحَايَا
قِسْمُ التَّفْرِيغِ وَالنَّشْرِ

تفريغ الكلمة الصوتية:

نصرٌ من الله وفتحٌ قريب

للشيخ الفاتح: أبي محمد الجولاني

 

{أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا هَلْ أَدُلُّكُمْ عَلَى تِجَارَةٍ تُنْجِيكُمْ مِنْ عَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ * تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَتُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنْفُسِكُمْ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ * يَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَيُدْخِلْكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ وَمَسَاكِنَ طَيِّبَةً فِي جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ ذَلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ * وَأُخْرَى تُحِبُّونَهَا نَصْرٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ}.

الحمد لله الذي نصر عبده، وأعزَّ جنده، وهزم الأحزاب وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده، وعلى آله وصحبه، وبعد:-

قال الحق -جل في علاه-: {وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَى لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا}.


نبارك للأمة الإسلامية النصر العظيم الذي تحقق على يد أبنائها المجاهدين في مدينة إدلب العز، كما نبارك للمجاهدين حسن اجتماعهم وانضباطهم وإدارتهم للغزوة المباركة، ونُثمِّن ونُقدِّر جهود جميع من شارك من العسكريين قادةً وجندًا، والإداريين والإعلاميين والمراكز الطبية، والقائمين على معامل التصنيع، ونترحم على من قضى نَحْبه من الشهداء في هذه الغزوة، ونخص بالذكر الشيخ أبا جميل قطب، وأبا عبدالله النجدي، وأبا البراء وأبا حفص المصريَيْن، وأبا الوفاء الأنصاري، وباقي الذين فدوا أمتهم بدمهم، ونسأل الله لهم القبول، ونبشرهم أن دماءهم ما ذهبت سدى ولن تذهب -بإذن الله-.


يُقرِّب حُبُّ الموتِ آجالنا لنا *** وتكرهه آجالهم فتطولُ


كما نُحيي موقف أهلنا في مدينة إدلب ووقفتهم مع أبنائهم المجاهدين واستقبالهم الحافل لهم، ونعدهم أنهم لن يجدوا من أبنائهم إلا حسن الخلق وطيب المعشر، وسينعمون -بإذن الله- بعدل شريعة الله التي تحفظ دينهم ودماءهم وأعراضهم وأموالهم، وتصون عزتهم وكرامتهم، وتضع حدًا للظالم والباغي والمعتدي عليهم، وتسهر على آمنهم، وتبسط الشورى، وتسعى في حق الفقير والمسكين، وتعدل كل العدل بينهم.

أيها المسلمون، إن ريح النصر التي هبَّت على أرض الشام تُثبت للجميع أن السعي خلف الغرب ودول الإقليم لتحقيق النصر لهو سعيٌ خلف السراب، فإن النصر وعز الإسلام لن يعود على أيدي القتلة المجرمين، كما ولن يعود على أيدي عملاء الغرب الذين ما فتئوا يطعنوننا بظهورنا؛ ليحضَوْا برضى الأمريكان، وإنما النصر يتنزل باتباع أمر الله -عز وجل-، والْتفاف المسلمين حول المجاهدين الصادقين، فالمجاهدون الصادقون هم قاعدة الأمة الصلبة التي ﻻ تلين وﻻ تستكين -بإذن الله-.


وإن النصر ليتنزل باجتماع أهل السنة فإنهم إن اجتمعوا توثق اجتماعهم فصاروا كالبنيان المرصوص ونسوا ما كان بينهم من ضغائن وتآلفت القلوب وتوحدت الكلمة.

والنصر الذي رزقنا الله إياه في مدينة إدلب ينبغي الحفاظ عليه، فمهمة الحفاظ على النصر أشد صعوبة من تحقيق النصر، وإن الأعداء والمتربصين بنا يراهنون على خلافنا وسوء تدبيرنا وفشلنا بعد النصر؛ ولذلك ﻻ بد من الانتباه لهذا الأمر جيدًا، وﻻ بد من دفع أسباب الفرقة والخلاف والزلل بعد النصر؛ لتكتمل فرحة المسلمين.

ولذلك، فإننا كجبهة النصرة نؤكد على عدم حرصنا على حكم المدينة أو الاستئثار به دون غيرنا، وإنما حرصنا أن تكون المدينة بأيدٍ أمينة يحققون فيها العدل ويسحقون الظلم ويحكمون بشرع الله ويبسطون الشورى، فإن الشورى خيرُ نظامِ حُكمٍ أمرنا الله به، فالشورى عصمة الرأي يتدافع الناس بها حتى يهديهم الله لأصوب الرأي وأحسنه.

كما أننا نشير إلى ضرورة الحفاظ على الممتلكات والخدمات والمرافق العامة وإبقائها مسخرة لخدمة المسلمين، وينبغي دعوة الموظفين للعودة إلى أعمالهم في القطاعات الخدمية كالصحة والكهرباء والمياه والمخابز والاتصالات وعمال النظافة.


كما يجب الاستفادة من الكوادر والطاقات البشرية الموجودة داخل المدينة، وإنزال الناس منازلهم مع الأخذ بعين الاعتبار أن أهل إدلب هم أهلنا لهم علينا حق الأُخوَّة والنصرة، وأن تُشكَّل لجنة إشراف من قِبَل الفصائل تنظر حالهم وتلبي احتياجاتهم فيما يعينهم على أداء واجبهم على أكمل وجه ومحاسبتهم إذا ما قصروا حيال ذلك.

ونؤكد على أهمية الإسراع في إنشاء محكمة شرعية تقضي بين الناس وتفضُّ الخصومات وتفصل بينهم في النزاعات، وعلى عامة الناس أن يرفعوا شكواهم ومظالمهم إليها حتى وإن كانت حقوقٌ مضى عليها عشرات السنين، فالحق ﻻ يسقط بالتقادم.

وندعوا فصائل جيش الفتح أﻻ ينفض جمعهم وأن يبقى بأسهم شديد على عدوهم، رحماء بينهم، وأن يجمعوا قوتهم لنصرة الإسلام والمسلمين ويسيروا على بركة الله، فاستمروا يا جنود الإسلام في دحر عدوكم، فإن لكم أهلًا محاصرين في دمشق وريفها وحمص وحلب ينتظرون نجدتكم فلا تخذلوهم.

ونقول لأهلنا المحاصرين والمهجَّرين: اصبروا أيها الأحبة، فقد حوصر وجاع من هو خيرٌ منا جميعًا، محمد ﷺ وصحبه، لقد حوصروا في شعب بني هاشم ثلاث سنين حتى ما يكاد أحدهم يجد طعامًا يأكله وهم خير البرية!


وقد هاجر المسلمون قاصدين الحبشة؛ فرارًا من تعذيب وتنكيل قريش بهم، وقد ﻻقى أهل الإسلام الأمرَّين في مجالدتهم لكفار قريش، ثم ما كان إلا أن عمَّ الإسلام الدنيا ودانت له أمم عظامٌ في الأرض، فالله أراد رفعة القوم فامتحنهم واختبر صبرهم، ولئن -والله- صبرتم في حربكم هذه لينصرنكم الله ولتعودن بيضة الإسلام وعزهُ ومجدهُ، فإن الشعوب المسلمة ترقب صبركم وثباتكم؛ لأن نصركم هو تحولٌ تاريخي لصالح الإسلام والمسلمين.


وإن خارت قواكم وعضتكم سنون الحرب فلَعَمري لتذوقن ذلًا ﻻ تطيقونه! ولينزلن بكم من البأس أشد مما أنتم فيه الآن، فما ذل قوم جاهدوا وصبروا على جهادهم وانتصروا من الظالم وتحرروا من عبوديته، فإنما النصر صبر ساعة.

وإن أناسًا نفث الشيطان في مناخرهم وأخذتهم وساوس المصالحات فما علمنا بين الحق والباطل إﻻ الباطل، والحق ﻻ يتنازل قدر أصبع إﻻ فَقٓد كَوْنه حقَّا، فهذه المحن تُخرج معادن الناس، تخرج ما فيها من خير وشر، فلا بد من مواصلة الطريق والصبر على لأْوائهِ، فما هي إﻻ ساعة صبر وترون الحصار فُك عنكم، وعاد المهجرون من مهجرهم، وسعِد الأطفال وعادت البسمة لليتامى والأرامل والثكالى، وكُسر قيد السجناء، وتحررت الشام من ربقة الطغاة الظلمة إلى عز الدنيا والآخرة -بإذن الله-.

يا جنود الإسلام، إني لكم ناصح فاستمعوا: إن الله قد ابتعثنا للجهاد في سبيل الله، وقد أبقى فينا كتابه الذي فيه هدى اللهُ رسولَه فإن تمسكتم به هُديتم لما هُدي له، فنحن ندافع عن دين المسلمين ودمائهم وأعراضهم وأموالهم، ونعدل بينهم وننشر بينهم كل فضيلة وندفع عنهم كل رذيلة، نأمر بالمعروف وننهى عن المنكر، فلا ينبغي التفريط في شيء من هذه الضرورات فهي مقصد جهادنا.


وإن قومًا حملوا هذه الأمانة العظيمة ﻻ بد أن تتجسد بهم مكارم الأخلاق التي بُعث النبي ﷺ ليتممها من صدقٍ وإيفاءٍ بعهد ووعد وأمان، قوم حُلَّتهم المروءة والنخوة، يبرون آباءهم وﻻ ينهرونهم، ويختارون الخير لأزواجهم وأبنائهم فإن “خيركم خيركم لأهله”.


واعلموا أن للحرب أخلاقًا من تمسك بها انتصر، وإن حسن الخلق من الإسلام في السلم والحرب، وقد خاب من كسب الحرب وخسر الخلق، فالحرب ﻻ تبيح شيئًا من سيء الأخلاق كالكذب والغدر والخيانة، ولو استباحها العدو.


وإن الفحش ليس بقوة، والعفة ليست ضعفًا، وإنما نحن دعاة هداة، ولسنا طغاة أو جُباة.

وإن خير النصر ما كان قليل الكلفة، فليست الغاية أن ندفع بالمسلمين إلى الهلكة، وليست مهمة المجاهدين أن يبطشوا جبارين في الأرض، فإنهم إن غلبوا بذلك البطش والجبروت فلا يدخل الناس في دعوتهم وتحت سلطانهم إﻻ على غصةٍ في النفوس وحقدٍ في القلوب، فلا يستقيموا لهم أبدًا، وإنما خرجنا بدعوة الإسلام والجهاد لنخرج العباد من ضيق الدنيا إلى سعة الدنيا والآخرة.


وإن الله مطلع على قلوبنا فلا ينصرنا إلا بصدق نياتنا، فليست هيبة المجاهدين والأمراء في ترويع الناس! ولكن في تأمينهم وكف الظالم وأخذ الحق للضعيف فيَهاب القوي ويأمن الضعيف، ويومها يلتف الناس حول المجاهدين بدلًا من أن يلتفوا عليهم، ويحفظون قوة المجاهدين لحفظ أنفسهم بهم، وبغير هذا فضياع العامة والمجاهدين على السواء، فإن المغرور من غرَّه عمله فمَنَّ به على قومه فضاع أجره {قَوْلٌ مَعْرُوفٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ صَدَقَةٍ يَتْبَعُهَا أَذًى وَاللَّهُ غَنِيٌّ حَلِيمٌ}

وإن حسن المقال ورفع الشعار دون الفعال لا يرضي الله ثم المسلمين، فبينة المُدَّعي عمله، ولا يسلم مدَّعٍ ادَّعى أنه على خير إلا ويبتليه الله فيعمل، فيَصدُق دعواه أو يَكذِبها.


وﻻ نشق عن صدور الناس لنرى ما فيها، وﻻ نزكي أنفسنا على غيرنا فالناس من آدم وآدم من تراب، وﻻ نحكم على الناس بغير حجة ظاهرة.


ولم يكتب الله العصمة لأحد بعد الأنبياء، فقد يخطئ من يخطئ مع صدق نيته، فمن الناس من يقول حقًا وهو يبغي باطلًا! فلا نحيد عن الحق لاتهامنا لمن قاله، فنحن أوْلَى بالحق “والحكمة ضالة المؤمن أنَّى وجدها فهو أحق بها”.


وإن الناس يظلمون المجاهدين إن ظنوا بهم العصمة، فإن أخطأ قوم من المجاهدين تلقَّف الطاعنون ذلك منهم ليطعنوا في الدين والجهاد نفسه.

يا أيها المجاهدون، إن الله أيدكم بالقوة والبأس؛ ليخشاكم القوي الظالم، فينبغي أن يكون لكم من رقة القلب ما يرجوه الضعيف ويركن إليه المسكين، وإن سلاحكم الذي حملتموه إنما ملَّككم الله إياه لنصرة المظلوم والوقوف بوجه الظالم، فمن استخدمه في غير موضعه خاب وخسر في الدنيا والآخرة.


وحذارِ -يا جنود المسلمين- من خصومة ﻻ تهنؤون فيها بنصر وﻻ ترضون فيها بهزيمة فهي ﻻ شك عبث وانشغال عن الحق، فترفَّعوا عنها.

ويا أمراء المجاهدين، ﻻ يقتصرن عملكم على خطة الحرب وتدبير الكتائب والسرايا والقتال، ثم إذا انتهى القتال انتهى عملكم! وإنما للناس عليكم حق، حقٌ للمهجرين والمشردين والجرحى والأرامل واليتامى والثكالى والجياع، فاسعوا في تدبير حاجات الناس وشؤونهم قدر استطاعتكم، وخالطوا المنكوبين فتشعروا بمآسيهم، فبئس من ولي أمرًا من شؤون المسلمين ثم اقتصر عمله على ما كان في زمان وﻻيته غير آبِهٍ فيما يؤول من بعده، فإننا اليوم نمهد لعز الإسلام ومجده وتشييد صرحه؛ ليبقى في عهدنا وعهد من بعدنا راسخًا قويًا إلى ما شاء الله.


وﻻ ينشغلن قائدٌ وقت الحرب بمن سيحكم بعد النصر، فإن الملك لله يؤتيه من يشاء {قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَنْ تَشَاءُ وَتَنْزِعُ الْمُلْكَ مِمَّنْ تَشَاءُ وَتُعِزُّ مَنْ تَشَاءُ وَتُذِلُّ مَنْ تَشَاءُ بِيَدِكَ الْخَيْرُ إِنَّكَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ}

واذكروا ضعفكم يا جنود الإسلام، {وَاذْكُرُوا إِذْ أَنْتُمْ قَلِيلٌ مُسْتَضْعَفُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ تَخَافُونَ أَنْ يَتَخَطَّفَكُمُ النَّاسُ فَآَوَاكُمْ وَأَيَّدَكُمْ بِنَصْرِهِ وَرَزَقَكُمْ مِنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ}.


فتأملوا يا جنود الإسلام، وأنتم قبل أعوام قليلة ﻻ يأمن أحدكم على نفسه الخطر، وﻻ يملك ما يدفع به عن نفسه، وها أنتم اليوم وبعد سنين قليلة قد أصبحتم قوة ﻻ يُستهان بها، ومنَّ الله عليكم بالفتح والنصر وتهاوَت أمامكم صروح العدو وقصوره وثكناته، فهذا فضل الله وحده، فأديموا ذكر الله وذكر نعمته وفضله عليكم، وربوا أنفسكم على التواضع والتذلل لله، واسألوا الله الإخلاص والقبول {وَلَقَدْ نَصَرَكُمُ اللَّهُ بِبَدْرٍ وَأَنْتُمْ أَذِلَّةٌ فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ}

وآخر دعوانا أن الحمد لله رب العالمين، والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته.

English Translation:

In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful

Al-Manara al-Bayda presents a speech by the Sheikh, al-Fatih, Abu Muhammad al-Joulani, may Allah protect him, entitled “Victory from Allah, and a near conquest”

“Oh you who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment? That you believe in Allah and his Messenger and that you strive hard and fight in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That will be better for you, if you but know! He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwellings in the Gardens of ‘Adn, that is indeed the great success. And (he will give you) another (blessing) which you love – victory from Allah and a near conquest, and give glad tidings to the believers. (as-Saff 61:10-13)

All praise is to Allah, the one who gave victory to his servant, and honored his soldiers, and defeated the confederates singlehandedly, and may peace and blessings be upon the one after whom there is no Prophet, and upon his family and his companions. To proceed…

The Truth (Allah), in his superior majesty said; “Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that he will certainly grant them succession in the earth, as he granted it to those before them, and that he will grant them the authority to practice their religion. And he will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they worship me and do not associate anything (in worship) with me. (an-Nur 24:55)

We congratulate the Islamic Nation for the great victory achieved at the hands of her sons, the mujahideen, in the honorable city of Idlib. Likewise, we congratulate the mujahideen for their great unification, discipline and organization of this blessed battle. We value and appreciate all who participated. Militarily, from among the commanders and soldiers, administrators, reporters, medical centers and factory workers. We ask Allah to have mercy upon those martyred in this battle, and we mention specifically the Sheikh Abu Jameel Qutb, Abu Abdullah an-Najdi, Abu al-Bara and Abu Hafs the two Egyptians and Abu al-Wafa al-Ansari. As well as the rest of those who defended this (Islamic) Nation with their blood and we ask Allah, the Mighty and Majestic to accept from them, and we give them good tidings that their blood was not spilled in vain, and will not be, by the permission of Allah.

“Our love of death brings our appointed time closer to us, and they (the disbelievers) hate their appointed time (of death) so there lives become long“ (poetry)

As we salute the actions of our family in the city of Idlib and their standing by their sons the mujahideen and their profuse reception of the mujahideen. And we promise them that they will not see from their sons except the best manners and good social relations, and they will be delighted by Allahs permission with the justice of Allah’s Sharia’. That which protects their religion, their blood, their sanctities, and their wealth. That which protects their honor and dignity, and restricts the oppressor and those who transgress against them. That which watches over their security and establishes consultation and strives for the rights of the poor, and establishes justice between them.

Oh you muslims! Verily, the wind of victory that has blown on the Levant proves for all that striving behind the west and the surrounding nations to give them victory is striving behind a mirage. For verily, victory and the honor of Islam will not return by the hands of criminal murderers as it will not return by the hands of the clients of the west. Those who have not failed to stab us in the back in order to gain the pleasure of the Americans. Rather, victory only descends by following the command of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, and the gathering of the muslims around the truthful mujahideen. The truthful mujahideen, they are the strong foundation of the (Islamic) Nation, that which does not weaken or surrender, by the permission of Allah.

Verily, victory descends with the unification of the people of Sunnah, for verily, if they unite they will become strong, like a fortified building, and will forget what was previously between them of malice, and the hearts will unite upon “There is no object worthy of worship except Allah”

The victory that Allah bestowed upon us in the city of Idlib must be preserved. The mission of preserving what has been gained through victory is much harder than achieving victory.

For verily our enemies and those who lie in wait for us are gambling over our disagreements, problems that occur in organization, and waiting for us to fail after being victorious.

As such, this matter must be carefully considered, and any causes of separation, disagreement and error must be repelled after victory to ensure the happiness of the muslims.

As such, we as Jabhat an-Nusra confirm it is not our goal to rule or monopolize the city with the exclusion of others. Rather, our concern is for the city to be in trustworthy hands who establish therein justice, crush oppression, rule with the rule of Allah and establish consultation.

For truly consultation is the best system. A ruling Allah has ordained for us. Consultation is the surest opinion, protecting the people until Allah guides them to the best and most correct opinion.

As we point to the importance of preserving the positions and public services and their maintenance for the benefit of the muslims. Additionally, those employed in the public service sector such as health services, electricity, water, bakeries, communications and cleaning services should be called to return to their positions and continue their work.

Advantage should be taken of the executives and work force inside the city, and people should be treated according to their positions with the consideration that the people of Idlib are our family who have the right of brotherhood and support.

A supervisory committee should be formed by the different groups to assess the condition of those workers and carry out their requirements in what will help them in conducting their duties to the best of their ability, and take them into account if they fall short in that.

We stress the importance of establishing a Sharia’ court as quick as possible to judge between the people to solve any disagreements between them.

It is upon all civilians to raise their complaints and mistreatment to this court even if these are rights from decades before, because rights do not fade with the passing of time.

We call the groups of “Jaish al-Fath” not to disband after being united and to remain harsh against their enemies and merciful amongst themselves, gathering their strength to support Islam and the muslims and keep moving forward with the blessings of Allah.

Remain constant oh soldiers of Islam, in vanquishing your enemies! For verily, your families are besieged in Damascus, her countryside and in Homs and Aleppo. They are waiting for your help so do not forsake them.

And we say to our families from amongst those besieged and those displaced, have patience oh beloved ones! For verily, those better than us were also besieged and hungered, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and his companions.

They were besieged in the valley of Bani Hashim for 3 years until one of them could barely find food to eat, and they are the best of creation. And the muslims emigrated to al-Habasha (Ethiopia), fleeing from the punishment that the people of Quraysh inflicted upon them.

The people of Islam suffered through bitterness in their battle with the disbelievers of Quraysh. Then Islam spread throughout the world and the most powerful nations submitted to Islam. Allah wanted to raise this people so he tested them and their patience. Therefore, if you are patient in this war I swear by Allah that Allah will grant you victory and you will restore the honor and glory of Islam.

Verily, the muslim people are watching for your patience and steadfastness because your victory is a historical change for the benefit of Islam and the muslims. However, if you lose strength and despair at the years of war, then I swear by my life you will taste unbearable humiliation and you will be faced with hardship harsher than what you are facing now. However, there is no humiliation for a people who wage Jihad, and are patient in performing their Jihad, and strive to gain victory over the oppressor and free themselves from his subjection.

For verily, the victory comes with patience. For among the people are those who Satan mislead and who were mislead by the whisperings of conciliations (with the Regime). For what we have known from between truth and falsehood is naught but falsehood. The truth does not compromise in the slightest except that it ceases to be truth. These ordeals reveal the nature of people, what they possess of good and evil. We must remain steadfast on this path and have patience through the hardships of jihad, for it is only an hour of patience before you will see the siege being lifted, the emigrants returning from their places of emigration, the happiness of children, the smiles on the faces of the oprhans, widows and those bereaved, the breaking of the chains of the prisoners, and the Levant will be freed from the noose of the tyrants to the honor of this life and the hereafter, with Allah’s will.

Oh soldiers of Islam! I am to you an advisor so listen! Verily, Allah has sent us to perform jihad in his path and his book has remained with us, that which Allah guided his Prophet through, so if you hold firmly to it you will be guided as the Prophet was.

Thus, we defend the religion of the muslims, and their blood, their sanctities and their wealth. We exact justice between them and spread between them every virtue, and defend them from every vice. We command the good and forbid the evil. We cannot be negligent in any of these necessities because these are the aims of our jihad.

For the people who carry this heavy trust, they must embody the most noble character, that which the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was sent to complete, from truthfulness to keeping promises and covenants. A people dressed in magnanimity, who honor their parents and do not disrespect them, and choose the best for their wives and children, because verily, the best of you is he who is best to his family.

Know that war has an appropriate character, he who grasps firmly to it will be victorious, and that good character is constant in Islam in time of peace and time of war, and he has failed who wins the war but loses his good character. War does not allow anything of bad character such as lying, treachery and betrayal, even if the enemy sees this as permissible.

Verily, filth is not strength and virtue is not weakness. We are only callers to guidance and we are not oppressors or tax collectors. Verily, the greatest victory is that which comes at the least expense, for our goal is not to send the muslims to their destruction, and it is not the goal of the mujahideen to be harsh or arrogant toward the muslims in the land. If they were to achieve victory with such harshness and arrogance then the muslims would not accept their call to guidance or enter under their authority except unwillingly and with spiteful hearts and then they (the mujahideen) would never be successful.

Verily, we have only come out to call to Islam and to wage jihad, to remove the servants from the constraint of this life to the vastness of this life and the hereafter. Verily, Allah is looking at our hearts and so he will not give us victory except if our intentions are sincere. And so, reverence of the mujahideen and the leaders (of jihad) cannot be achieved due to peoples fear of them, but rather by providing them with security and protecting them from oppression. By restoring the rights of the weak, so the strong will be afraid (to commit oppression) and the weak will be secure. Subsequently, the people will gather around the mujahideen rather than against them, and they will protect the strength of the mujahideen in order to enjoy their protection. Without this, both the mujahideen and civilians will be lost.

Verily, the deceived one is whose deeds have deceived him so he sees them as a favor to his people, so his reward was lost.

“Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury, and Allah is free of need and Forbearing (al-Baqarah 2:263)

Good speech and the raising of banners without action is not pleasing to Allah or to the muslims. Thus, the caller is known by his deeds, and no caller will be left to call that he is upon good except that Allah will test him, so his actions will either prove or disprove the truthfulness of his call. We do not open the hearts of the people to see what they contain and we do not commend ourselves above others. Mankind is from Adam and Adam is from dust. We do not judge the people without clear evidence. Allah did not decree infallibility for anyone after the Prophets and so there are those who make mistakes although their intentions are pure, and there are those who speak the truth but desire falsehood, and we would not be deviating from the truth if we accuse the one who speaks such.

We are more deserving of the truth and wisdom is the aim of the believer wherever he finds it he is more deserving of it. The people have wronged the mujahideen if they thought them infallible, and if some from among the mujahideen made mistakes, the slanderers gather around this to slander the religion and the jihad itself.

Oh you mujahideen! Verily, Allah supports you with strength and might that you may frighten the strong oppressor, so you should have soft hearts in which the weak find shelter and the poor can lean upon. Verily, the weapons which you have carried, only Allah has granted you them to support the oppressed and to stand in the face of the oppressor, so who uses them for other gains has failed and lost both this life and the hereafter. So be weary oh muslim soldiers, of disagreement that will not allow you to enjoy your victories, and not allow you to be pleased during defeats, because these disagreements are without doubt futile and a distraction from the truth so remain above them. And oh you Leaders of the mujahideen! Do not restrict your work to the frontlines and organizing the battalions and fighting, then if the fighting ends your work ends. Verily, the people have a right upon you. The right of the emigrants, the homeless, the wounded, the widows, orphans, bereaved and the hungry. Strive to help the people with their needs to the best of your ability. Spend time with those afflicted with troubles that you may feel their misery, for how awful is the one entrusted with the affairs of the muslims who does not think forward beyond his time of service and doesn’t care about the future. So we today are paving the way for the honor of Islam and its glory, and erecting its tower to remain through our era and the era of those after us, firm and strong toward what Allah wills. And let not a leader be concerned during the time of war about who will rule after the victory, because sovereignty belongs to Allah and he bestows it upon whom he wills.

“Say oh Allah, Owner of Sovereignty, you give sovereignty to whom you will and you take sovereignty away from whom you will. You honor whom you will and you humble whom you will. In your hand is all good. Indeed, you have power over all things. (al-Imran 3:26)

Therefore, remember your weakness oh soldiers of Islam!

“And remember when you were few and oppressed in the land, fearing that people might abduct you, but he sheltered you, supported you with his victory and provided you with good things that you might be grateful” (al-Anfal 8:26)

Contemplate oh soldiers of Islam! Before a few short years when none of you could protect himself from harm nor possessed the means to defend himself, and here you are today after a few short years! You have become a force that cannot be underestimated, and Allah has blessed you with conquest and victory. The towers, mansions and barracks of your opponents have fallen before you! That is the grace of Allah alone, so remain constant in the remembrance of Allah. Remember his blessings and grace upon you, nourish yourselves on humbleness before Allah, and ask Allah for sincerity and acceptance.

“And Allah has already made you victorious at the Battle of Badr while you were few in number, so Fear Allah that perhaps you may be grateful”

And our last prayer is all praise to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and may the peace, blessings and mercy of Allah be upon you