The Khalīfah Ibrāhīm al-Qurashī (hafidhahullāh) said when describing the harsh state of affairs before his first address to the Ummah, after the shahādah of Abū ‘Umar al-Baghdādī (rahimahullāh), “This came at a grave moment during the peak of hardships and difficulties, the harshest of tremors and crises, the forefront of which was the killing of the greatest leaders and symbols of jihād, those who lit the path for us by their efforts, contribution, and sacrifices, by their blood, skulls, and corpses … Amongst them was the shahīd of Islam – as we consider him – the imām and sayyid of his era, Abū ‘Abdillāh Usāmah Ibn Lādin, the pride of the Ummah and the crown of its new era” [Wa Ya’ballāhu illā An Yutimma Nūrah – And Allah Refuses but to Perfect His Light].
The official spokesman of the Khilāfah, Shaykh Abū Muhammad al-‘Adnānī (hafidhahullāh), said, “Rest assured, O soldiers of the Islamic State, for we – by Allah’s permission – will carry on upon the manhaj of the imām Shaykh Usāmah, the amīr of the istishhādīyīn Abū Mus’ab az-Zarqāwī, the founder of the State Abū ‘Umar al-Baghdādī, and its war minister Abū Hamzah al-Muhājir. We will never alter nor change until we taste what they tasted” [This Was Never Our Manhaj nor Will It Ever Be].
Despite these words clearly describing the good opinion that the Islamic State leadership has of the reviver of the era and crusher of the Americans, the man equal to an ummah, Shaykh Usāmah Ibn Lādin (rahimahullāh), some of those blinded by partisanship attributed the opposite to the Islamic State. They did so by distorting the article titled “Al-Qā’idah of Waziristan – A Testimony from Within” (click here to read) according to their hizbī whims, although its contributor, the muhājir from Waziristan, Abū Jarīr ash-Shamālī was explicit in that his criticism of al-Qā’idah referred to adh-Dhawāhirī’s reverting of the Tandhīm to former mistakes that had been corrected by Shaykh Usāmah (rahimahullāh). Thus, adhDhawāhirī had abandoned the pure heritage left by Shaykh Usāmah (rahimahullāh) for the Muslim Ummah when he was martyred.
For a detailed refutation of the hizbiyyīn and their devious distortions of the aforementioned article, refer to an online article by Abū Maysarah ash-Shāmī titled “Mubāhalah over the Deception of the Ruwaybidāt.” (click here to read)
[Taken From Dabiq issue 7 page 25]