WILĀYAT KHURĀSĀN AND THE BAY’AT FROM QAWQAZ

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This month, a number of mujāhid groups in Khurāsān announced their bay’ah to AmīrulMu’minīn Ibrāhīm Ibn ‘Awwād al-Qurashī after gathering and holding consultations to fulfill the requirements for the expansion, as instructed to do so by the Khalīfah.

After declaring their bay’ah, the mujāhidīn publicly displayed their execution of a murtadd soldier belonging to the Pakistani army, an act that serves to highlight the stark contrast between the ‘aqīdah of the Islamic State – the ‘aqīdah of Ahlus-Sunnah – and that of some jihād claimants who see nothing wrong with making du’ā’ for the tawāghīt waging war against the Muslims. The declaration of this Pakistani soldier’s riddah and his subsequent execution are both matters that these jihād claimants would deem extremely problematic given their deviant and feeble stance towards the Pakistani army, which is precisely what has led them to soften their “jihād” against the Pakistani tāghūt, allowing him to just walk in and capture entire areas of Waziristan. A similar scenario occurred in Yemen when the local branch of al-Qā’idah, deeming it incorrect to make takfīr of the Rāfidī Houthis on an individual level, allowed their softened stance on matters of īmān and kufr to get in the way of properly defending the lives and lands of the Muslims. The result? Yemen’s largest city was blitzed by the Houthis and captured in one fell swoop, placing the lives of countless Muslims under the authority of a people whose religion it is to slander and abuse the wives and companions of Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Ironic that these jihād claimants were previously reluctant to make takfīr of the filthy Rāfidah, knowing that these same Rāfidah do not hesitate to make takfīr of Rasūlullāh’s companions (radiyallāhu ‘anhum).

Thus, the mujāhidīn of Khurāsān resolved to stand with the Islamic State in its efforts to raise high the statement of Allah (ta’ālā) under the banner of the unified Khilāfah and not the banners of divided emirates and disparate parties. The declaration of bay’ah included numerous groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan located in the following regions:

Afghanistan: Nuristan, Kunar, Kandahar, Khost, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Wardak, Helmand, Kunduz, Logar, and Nangarhar, as well as others.

Pakistan: Khyber Region (including Peshawar, Swat, Maidan, Marwat, Kuki Khel, Tor Dara, Dir, Hangu, and others), Bajaur, Orakzai, Kurram, and Waziristan, as well as others.

The consultations saw the nomination of Hāfidh Sa’īd Khān for the position of Wālī of Khurāsān, who then went on to lead all those present in pledging bay’ah to Khalīfah Ibrāhīm al-Qurashī. This was followed by an announcement from the Islamic State officially declaring its expansion to Khurāsān and its recognition as a new wilāyah.

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The spokesman Shaykh Abū Muhammad al‘Adnānī said, “And in spite of the ongoing crusade, the gathering of those near and far
against the Islamic State, and the war waged against it by those both close and distant, we bring the mujāhidīn the good news of the Islamic State’s expansion to Khurāsān. Indeed, the mujāhidīn from amongst the soldiers of the Khilāfah have fulfilled the conditions and met the requirements for the declaration of Wilāyat Khurāsān. They have announced their bay’ah to Amīrul-Mu’minīn (may Allah preserve him) Khalīfah Ibrāhīm, and he has accepted it and appointed the noble Shaykh Hāfidh Sa’īd Khān (may Allah preserve him) as the Wālī of Wilāyat Khurāsān, and appointed as his deputy the noble Shaykh ‘Abdur-Ra’ūf Khādim Abū Talhah (may Allah preserve him)” [Say, “Die In Your Rage!”].

Shaykh al-‘Adnānī’s mention of the conditions and requirements for this declaration is a reference to the process that must be followed by the jamā’āt of any distant region in order to officially be recognized as a wilāyah of the Islamic State. This process includes documenting their bay’āt, unifying the jamā’āt who have given bay’ah, holding consultations to nominate a wālī and members for the regional shūrā assembly, planning a strategy to achieve consolidation in their region for the Khilāfah so as to implement the Sharī’ah, and presenting all this to the Islamic State leadership for approval. The policy of the Islamic State is known; it calls the Muslims in every corner of the world to give bay’ah to the Khalīfah, and does not reject the bay’ah of any Muslim group or individual. Furthermore, it does not give any person or group permission to announce a wilāyah or present themselves as officials representing the Islamic State leadership until the aforementioned process has concluded. This same process is currently underway for the region of Qawqāz, as well as other regions whose announcements of expansion will – bi idhnillāh – bring further joy to the Muslims, as was the case with Wilāyat Khurāsān and the wilāyāt announced before it.

Through their bay’ah to the Khalīfah, the mujāhidīn of Khurāsān hastened to fulfill their duty of clinging to the Jamā’ah of the Muslims and their Imām. In doing so, they were faced with hostility from the fitnah-makers in the region, who began fighting them earlier when they first declared their loyalty to Amīrul-Mu’minīn as individual factions before gathering together to form the wilāyah. These fitnah-makers began fabricating lies about them and inciting the ignorant masses against them, as occurred before in both Iraq and Shām. They claimed that the Islamic State was a takfīrī, foreign entity that opposed their fiqhī madhhab.

The soldiers of the Khilāfah in Khurāsān, however, were not alone in being denounced, rejected, and slandered by the fitnah-makers. The same occurred with the mujāhidīn of Qawqāz when they recently announced their bay’ah to Amīrul-Mu’minīn; they were criticized by those in Qawqāz blinded by their fear of losing leadership and power [An example of this power-hungry criticism is a bayān recently released by these same fitnah-makers and endorsed by signatories who claimed that establishing Islamic states and emirates is a complete waste of time and effort as long as America is powerful! Thereby, the signatories nullified their own support for the former emirates in Chechnya and Afghanistan… They also contradicted both Shaykh Usāmah and Shaykh ‘Atiyyah (rahimahumallāh) – to whom they attributed this flawed notion – knowing that both of them, on numerous occasions, had publicly called the Muslims and mujāhidīn of Iraq to give bay’ah to the Islamic State. Worse yet, the signatories forgot that Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) established his state – by relying upon Allah alone – while surrounded by the mushrikīn of the Arabian Peninsula and the superpowers of the time: the Roman Empire and the Persian Empire!]. These individuals preferred to remain upon division and disunity, rather than closing ranks and strengthening the Jamā’ah of the Muslims and their Imām thereby preserving and even multiplying their own strength, courage, and capabilities in the process.

{And do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart} [Al-Anfāl: 46].

The bay’ah of the Qawqāzī mujāhidīn – like that of the Khurāsānī mujāhidīn – was something that had been long-awaited by many within their own ranks. Many of them had long been supportive of the Islamic State and were waiting on their leadership to give bay’ah once the Khilāfah had been announced. When they saw, however, that their leadership had no intention of giving bay’ah, they resolved to fulfill this obligation themselves without fearing the blame of any critics.

{O you who have believed, upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves. Those who have gone astray will not harm you when you have been guided} [Al-Mā’idah: 105].

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As such, the majority of the mujāhid divisions in both Dagestan (including Rabbanikala, Tabasaran, the Southern Region, Lezgistan, Babayurt, Khasavyurt, Shamil Kaminsk, Kizlyar, and others) and Chechnya (Nokhchicho) declared their bay’ah, along with a number of other mujāhid divisions located across other regions of Qawqāz.

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As the news of bay’āt continue to pour in from around the world, the unity of the Muslims upon the truth is further consolidated and the camp of kufr and nifāq is further weakened. Indeed, there are words that were spoken by the mujāhidīn of Libya upon announcing their bay’ah to the Khalīfah that are worthy of being written in gold. They stated, “We pledged allegiance because there is no cure for differing other than the Khilāfah. Likewise, we call every Muslim towards this good, for indeed, it is even more infuriating for the enemies of Allah. By Allah, our rallying under one leader is harder on the enemies of Allah than a thousand victories on the battlefield.” The lessons to be noted here are that, firstly, there is no solution – neither shar’ī nor qadarī – to the problem of multiple banners except for all groups to unite behind a Qurashī man who openly declares his īmān in Allah and his rejection of tāghūt, and wages jihād to raise high the word of Allah. Secondly, such unity is more terrifying for the kuffār than for the Muslims to achieve countless, successive victories on the battlefield against their enemy while still remaining divided amongst themselves. Such Muslims remain blameworthy for their insistence on division and disunity even if they uphold the correct ‘aqīdah, and this division and disunity will only harm those who insist on their factionalism, whereas those who cling to the Jamā’ah will continue to grow stronger.

With the announcement of new wilāyāt in various regions of the world, the mujāhidīn gain further momentum in their war against the armies of kufr, but this momentum is also met with tribulations that test their firmness, resolve, and sincerity. Indeed, it would be foolish to think that one’s enemies would simply sit back and watch indifferently as such developments continued to occur. Rather, the crusaders could only be expected to intensify their efforts to stop the Islamic State’s expansion, and this would only mean an increase in their transgression against Islam and the Muslims, and a heightened level of aggression in their attempts to curb the successes of the mujāhidīn. As such, Shaykh Abū Muhammad al-‘Adnānī called on the soldiers of Wilāyat Khurāsān to brace themselves for a fierce storm.

“We call upon all the soldiers of the Islamic State who are in Khurāsān to listen to and obey the Wālī, Hāfidh Sa’īd Khān, and his deputy (may Allah preserve them both), and to prepare for the great tribulations they will face. The factions will assemble against you and the rifles and bayonets will multiply against you. But you are up to it, with Allah’s permission” [Say, “Die In Your Rage!”].

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The mujāhidīn of Khurāsān are up to it. The mujāhidīn of Qawqāz are up to it. The mujāhidīn of Iraq, Shām, Sinai, the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, Libya, and Algeria are up to it. The mujāhidīn walking in the midst of the crusaders – in their homelands and on their streets – are up to it. Allah has soldiers in every land who are up to it, ready to fight and terrorize the crusaders wherever they find them in defense of their Khilāfah.

With specific regards to the soldiers of Allah present in the lands of kufr, the Islamic State took the occasion to renew its call to attack, kill, and terrorize the crusaders on their own streets and in their own homes.

Shaykh Abū Muhammad al‘Adnānī said,

“Likewise, we renew our call to the muwahhidīn in Europe and the disbelieving West and everywhere else, to target the crusaders in their own lands and wherever they are found. We will argue, before Allah, against any Muslim who has the ability to shed a single drop of crusader blood but does not do so, whether with an explosive device, a bullet, a knife, a car, a rock, or even a boot or a fist. Indeed, you saw what a single Muslim did with Canada and its parliament of shirk, and what our brothers in France, Australia, and Belgium did – may Allah have mercy upon them all and reward them with good on behalf of Islam. And there were many others who killed, ran others over, threatened, frightened, and terrorized people, to the extent that we saw the crusader armies deployed on the streets in Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, and other strongholds of the cross to whom we promise – by Allah’s permission – a continuation of their state of alert, terror, fear, and loss of security. And what lies ahead will be worse – with Allah’s permission – and more bitter, for you haven’t seen anything from us just yet” [Say, “Die In Your Rage!”].

[Taken From Dabiq issue 7 page 33-36]

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