A Video Montage – March Forth Whether Light or Heavy

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the name of Allah the MostMerciful the MostCompassionate

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Ansar al-Khilafah Presents:

A Video Realization of the Statement by The Khalifah of The Muslims

أبي بكر الحسيني القرشي البغدادي حفظه الله
Abu Bakr Al-Husayni Al-Qurashi Al-Baghdadi May Allah Protect him

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(انْفِرُوا خِفَافًا وَثِقَالا)
March Forth Whether Light or Heavy

Published by Al Furqān Foundation for Media Production & Translated to English by Al Hayāt Media Center

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Who is Sheykhul Mujahid Abū Muhannad As-Sweidāwi?

This is a translation of a brief biography of one of the Islamic state leaders that was recently martyred – Abu Muhannad As-Sweidāwi. The Islamic state named the ongoing battles in Anbār after him. These were the battles through which Allah enabled the Islamic State conquer the city of Ramadi on 16th May 2015.

#غزوة_أبي_مهند_السويداوي

NOTE: This article was being spread in twitter and was translated by us to deliver the message to the English speaking supporters of The Khilafah. Also the article has been edited abit to give a wider picture.

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[An image of Sheikh Abū Muhannad As-Sweidawi]

Abū Muhannad As-Sweidāwi (Also known as Haji Dawūd or Abū Abdisalām) was among the leaders of Islamic state and one of its pillars. He was a practicing scholar and a highly experienced military man.

He was appointed to administer some of the important centers in the Islamic State; he was the governor of Al Anbār towards the end of his life and was the fuel of its battles.

He was among the closest people to Sheikh Abū Mus’ab Az-Zarqāwi and Abū Abdurahmān Al Bilāwi (May Allah accept them all). [Al Bilāwi was the architect of the recent victories of the Islamic state in Iraq i.e. the 2014 victories in Anbaar,Mosul(Nainawa), Salahudeen and Kirkuk. The Islamic State official spokesman Abu Muhammad Al Adnani eulogized him in the audio statement “Whatever good that befalls you, is from Allah”]. As-Sweydawi and Bilawi were friends both in childhood and in Jihad.

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[An image of Sheikh Abū Abdurahmān Al Bīlāwi]

As-Sweidāwi was determined in his matters never compromising on the religion of Allah, harsh against the enemies of Allah. Humbleness and kindness is what we saw in him; he used to be soft with his soldiers and was held in high esteem among them. He liked the Muhajireen so much and was patient with their shortcomings.

I heard that he witnessed the first and the second battles of Fallujah. He was very brave and an ideal leader. He would advance with his soldiers during the battles and would inspire them hence strengthening their determination. He planed the epic battles in Al Anbaar and participated in them. He also planned the Abu Ghuraib prison break and Allah opened it through his hands. Mere words are insufficient to describe the status of such men.

He got martyred by a crusader airstrike after many years of combating the enemies of Allah. May Allah have mercy on you O noble shaykh.

مِّنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ فَمِنْهُم مَّن قَضَىٰ نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَنتَظِرُ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلًا

Of the believers are men who are true to the covenant which they made with Allah: so of them is he who accomplished his vow, and of them is he who yet waits, and they have not changed in the least. [Suratul Ahzāb 23]

Click here to get to the original Arabic document.[Last accessed on 21/May/2015]

March Forth Whether Light or Heavy – by the Khalīfah of the Muslims

An Address from the Khalīfah of the Muslims, Ibrāhīm Ibn ‘Awwād al-Husaynī al-Qurashī (Hafidhahullāh)

Indeed, all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek His aid, and ask for His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evils of our souls and the wickedness of our deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides, then none can misguide him; and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, then none can guide him. I testify that there is no god but Allah alone, who has no partner, and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. As for what follows:

Allah (the Mighty and Majestic) said, {Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you} [Al-Baqarah: 216].

And He (the Mighty and Majestic) said, {So let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. And he who fights in the cause of Allah and is killed or achieves victory – We will bestow upon him a great reward} [An-Nisā’: 74].

And He (the Mighty and Majestic) said, {O you who have believed, what is [the matter] with you that, when you are told to go forth in the cause of Allah, you adhere heavily to the earth? Are you satisfied with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But what is the enjoyment of worldly life compared to the Hereafter except a [very] little. If you do not go forth, He will punish you with a painful punishment and will replace you with another people, and you will not harm Him at all. And Allah is over all things competent} [At-Tawbah: 38-39].

 

And He (the Glorified) said, {And those who are killed in the cause of Allah – never will He waste their deeds. He will guide them and amend their condition, and admit them to Paradise, which He has made known to them} [Muhammad: 4-6].

O Muslims! O you who are pleased with Allah as your Lord, and with Islam as your religion, and with Muhammad (peace be upon him) as your prophet and messenger… O you who testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Messenger of Allah… Speech will not benefit you without action, for there is no faith without action.

So whoever says, “Allah is my Lord,” it is incumbent upon him – if he is truthful – to obey Allah (the Mighty and Majestic) who enjoined fighting, meaning that He made it obligatory upon those who believe in Him, and commanded the performance of jihād for His cause, and promised reward for those who obey His command, and threatened those who disobey Him.

And whoever says, “My prophet is Muhammad (peace be upon him),” it is incumbent upon him – if he is truthful in his claim – to follow his example (peace be upon him). And he is the one who said, “By He in whose hand is Muhammad’s soul, if it were not that I would be placing hardship on the Muslims, I would never stay behind when a detachment departs to fight for the cause of Allah. But I do not find any means so that they can accompany me, nor are they pleased with staying behind when I depart. And by He in whose hand is Muhammad’s soul, I would love to fight for the cause of Allah and be killed, and then fight for the cause of Allah and be killed again, and then fight for the cause of Allah and be killed again.”

So where are you O Muslim in relation to the command of your Lord, who commanded you to fast in one verse, and commanded you with jihād and fighting in dozens of verses? Where are you in relation to your Prophet (peace be upon him), whom you claim to emulate, and who spent his whole life (peace be upon him) as a mujāhid for the cause of Allah, fighting His enemies? His lateral incisor tooth was broken in battle, his forehead was wounded, two rings from his chainmail cut his cheeks, his helmet was broken on his head, and blood ran down his face. May my father, my mother, I, and all of mankind be sacrificed for him.

O Muslim! O you who claims to love Allah (the Mighty and Majestic), and claims to love His Prophet (peace be upon him)… If you are truthful in your claim, then obey your beloved and fight for the cause of Allah, and emulate your beloved (peace be upon him), and do not die except as a mujāhid for the cause of Allah. {Alif, Lām, Mīm. Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars. Or do those who do evil deeds think they can surpass Us? Evil is what they judge. Whoever should hope for the meeting with Allah – indeed, the term decreed by Allah is coming. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing. And whoever strives only strives for [the benefit of] himself. Indeed, Allah is free from need of the creation} [Al-‘Ankabūt: 1-6]. {Go forth, whether light or heavy, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the cause of Allah. That is better for you, if you only knew} [At-Tawbah: 41].

O Muslims! Indeed, Allah’s way (the Blessed and Exalted) is for the conflict between truth and falsehood to continue until the establishment of the Hour. {And you will not find in the way of Allah any change} [Al-Ahzāb: 62].

And indeed, Allah (the Glorified) tested His slaves with this conflict in order to distinguish the wicked from the good, the liar from the truthful one, and the believer from the hypocrite. {And We will surely test you until We make evident those who strive among you [for the cause of Allah] and the patient, and We will test your affairs} [Muhammad: 31].

Indeed, your Lord has made jihād for the cause of Allah obligatory upon you and has commanded you to fight His enemies so that He may forgive your sins, raise you in rank, take from among you martyrs, purify the believers, and destroy the disbelievers. Otherwise, He Himself (the Glorified) is capable of prevailing over them. But it is in order to test you. {And these days [of varying conditions] We alternate among the people so that Allah may make evident those who believe and [may] take to Himself from among you martyrs – and Allah does not like the wrongdoers – and that Allah may purify the believers [through trials] and destroy the disbelievers. Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while Allah has not yet made evident those of you who fight in His cause and made evident those who are steadfast?} [Āl ‘Imrān: 140-142].

O Muslims! Whoever thinks that it is within his capacity to conciliate with the Jews, Christians, and other disbelievers, and for them to conciliate with him, such that he coexists with them and they coexist with him while he is upon his religion and upon tawhīd (monotheism), then he has belied the explicit statement of his Lord (the Mighty and Majestic), who says, {And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion} [Al-Baqarah: 120]. {And they will continue to fight you until they turn you back from your religion if they are able} [Al-Baqarah: 217]. {Neither those who disbelieve from the People of the Book nor the polytheists wish that any good should be sent down to you from your Lord. But Allah selects for His mercy whom He wills, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty} [Al-Baqarah: 105].

So this is the condition of the disbelievers in dealing with the Muslims until the establishment of the Hour. {And you will never find in the way of Allah any alteration} [Fātir: 43].

Indeed, fighting the disbelievers, hijrah (emigration), and jihād will remain until the establishment of the Hour. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Hijrah will not cease [to exist] until repentance ceases [to be accepted], and repentance will not cease [to be accepted] until the sun rises from the West.” He (peace be upon him) also said, “Goodness – reward and booty – will be in the forelocks of horses until the Day of Judgment.” He (peace be upon him) also said, “There will not cease to exist a group from my nation fighting upon the truth, manifest until the Day of Judgment. Then, Jesus son of Mary will descend, and their leader will say, ‘Come and lead us in prayer.’ So he will say, ‘No. You are leaders over one another as an honor from Allah for this nation.’”

O Muslims! Do not think the war that we are waging is the Islamic State’s war alone. Rather, it is the Muslims’ war altogether. It is the war of every Muslim in every place, and the Islamic State is merely the spearhead in this war. It is but the war of the people of faith against the people of disbelief, so march forth to your war O Muslims. March forth everywhere, for it is an obligation upon every Muslim who is accountable before Allah. And whoever stays behind or flees, Allah (the Mighty and Majestic) will be angry with him and will punish him with a painful torment. {O you who have believed, when you meet those who disbelieve advancing [for battle], do not turn to them your backs [in flight]. And whoever turns his back to them on such a day, unless swerving [as a strategy] for war or joining [another] company, has certainly returned with anger [upon him] from Allah, and his refuge is Hell – and wretched is the destination} [Al-Anfāl: 15-16]. {If you do not go forth, He will punish you with a painful punishment and will replace you with another people, and you will not harm Him at all} [At-Tawbah: 39]. {And whoever strives only strives for [the benefit of] himself. Indeed, Allah is free from need of the creation} [Al-‘Ankabūt: 6].

So there is no excuse for any Muslim who is capable of performing hijrah to the Islamic State, or capable of carrying a weapon where he is, for Allah (the Blessed and Exalted) has commanded him with hijrah and jihād, and has made fighting obligatory upon him.

And we call upon every Muslim in every place to perform hijrah to the Islamic State or fight in his land wherever that may be. And do not think that we are calling upon you to march forth out of weakness or incapability, for we are strong by Allah’s bounty, strong by Allah, strong by our faith in Him, our seeking of His aid, our seeking refuge with Him, our reliance upon Him alone without any partners, and our good expectation of Him. This is because the battle is one between the allies of the Merciful and the allies of Satan, and so Allah (the Mighty and Majestic) will support His soldiers, grant His slaves authority, and preserve His religion, even if the days alternate between victory and loss, even if war is competition, and even if wounds afflict both parties. We do not call upon you O Muslim out of weakness or inability. We call upon you out of advice for you, love for you, and compassion for you. We remind you and call you so that you do not attain Allah’s anger, torment, and punishment, and so that you do not lose this good that the mujāhidīn for Allah’s cause obtain. This good of the worldly life and Hereafter entails the expiation of sins, obtainment of good deeds, raising of ranks, getting closer to Allah (the Mighty and Majestic), and accompanying the Prophets, the truthful, the martyrs, and the righteous. We call upon you so that you leave the life of humiliation, disgrace, degradation, subordination, loss, emptiness, and poverty, to a life of honor, respect, leadership, richness, and another matter that you love – victory from Allah and an imminent conquest.

O Muslims, Islam was never for a day the religion of peace. Islam is the religion of war. Your Prophet (peace be upon him) was dispatched with the sword as a mercy to the creation. He was ordered with war until Allah is worshipped alone. He (peace be upon him) said to the polytheists of his people, “I came to you with slaughter.” He fought both the Arabs and non-Arabs in all their various colors. He himself left to fight and took part in dozens of battles. He never for a day grew tired of war. He (peace be upon him) passed away during the period he was preparing the expedition of Usāmah (may Allah be pleased with him). And from his last instructions – peace be upon him – was, “Dispatch the expedition of Usāmah.”

His companions after him and their followers carried on similarly. They did not soften and abandon war, until they possessed the Earth, conquered the East and the West, the nations submitted to them, and the lands yielded to them, by the edge of the sword. And similarly, this will remain the condition of those who follow them until the Day of Recompense. Our Prophet (peace be upon him) has informed us of the Malāhim (bloody battles) near the end of time. He gave us good tidings and promised us that we would be victorious in these battles. He is the truthful and trustworthy, peace be upon him. And here we are today seeing the signs of those Malāhim and we feel the winds of victory within them.

And if the Crusaders today claim to avoid the Muslim public and to confine themselves to targeting the armed amongst them, then soon you will see them targeting every Muslim everywhere. And if the Crusaders today have begun to bother the Muslims who continue to live in the lands of the cross by monitoring them, arresting them, and questioning them, then soon they will begin to displace them and take them away either dead, imprisoned, or homeless. They will not leave anyone amongst them except one who apostatizes from his religion and follows theirs. And you will remember what I now say to you, and I entrust my affair to Allah.

O Muslims, the Jews, the Christians, and the rest of the disbelievers will not approve of you nor abandon waging war against you until you follow their religion and apostatize from yours. This is the word of your Lord (the Mighty and Majestic) and the tidings of your Prophet, the truthful and trustworthy, peace be upon him. America and its allies from amongst the Jews, Crusaders, Rāfidah (Shiites), secularists, atheists, and apostates claim that their coalition and war is to aid the weak and oppressed, help the poor, relieve the afflicted, liberate the enslaved, defend the innocent and peaceful, and prevent the shedding of their blood. They also claim to be in the camp of truth, good, and justice, waging war against falsehood, evil, and oppression, alongside the Muslims! Rather, they claim to defend Islam and the Muslims! Indeed, they lie. And Allah spoke the truth and His Messenger (peace be upon him) spoke the truth.

O Muslims, the apostate tyrannical rulers who rule your lands in the lands of the Two Holy Sanctuaries (Mecca and Medina), Yemen, Shām (the Levant), Iraq, Egypt, North Africa, Khorasan, the Caucasus, the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, and elsewhere, are the allies of the Jews and Crusaders. Rather, they are their slaves, servants, and guard dogs, and nothing else. The armies that they prepare and arm and which the Jews and Crusaders train are only to crush you, weaken you, enslave you to the Jews and Crusaders, turn you away from your religion and the path of Allah, plunder the goods of your lands, and rob you of your wealth. This reality has become as obvious as the sun in the middle of the day. No one denies this except for one whose light Allah has obliterated, whose foresight Allah has blinded, and whose heart Allah has sealed.

Where are the jets of the Arabian Peninsula’s rulers towards the Jews who desecrate the destination of our Messenger’s Isrā’ (al-Quds), peace be upon him, and who afflict the people of Palestine from amongst the Muslims with the worst of torment? Where is the support of Āl Salūl and their allies for a million of the weak Muslims who are all without exception being exterminated in Burma? Where is their chivalry towards the barrel bombs of the Nusayriyyah and their cannons, which demolish the Muslims’ homes upon the heads of their dwellers from amongst the women, the children, and the weak in Aleppo, Idlib, Hama, Homs, Damascus, and elsewhere. Where is the jealousy of the Arabian Peninsula’s rulers towards the noble women who are raped daily in Shām, Iraq, and the various lands of the Muslims? Where is the relief of the rulers of Mecca and Medina for the Muslims in China and the Muslims in India against whom the Hindus commit the worst of crimes daily, including murder, burning, rape, severing of joints, looting, plundering, and imprisonment? Where is their relief for them in Indonesia, the Caucasus, Africa, Khorasan, and everywhere else? The Arabian Peninsula’s rulers have been exposed and disgraced and have lost their supposed “legitimacy.” Their treachery has become clear even to the laymen of the Muslims. And their reality thereby became apparent. So their masters from amongst the Jews and Crusaders had no more use for them. And so their masters began to replace them with the Safawī (Safavid) Rāfidah and the Kurdish atheists.

When Āl Salūl realized their masters’ abandonment of them, their disposal of them like tattered shoes, and their replacement of them, they launched their supposed war against the Rāfidah of Yemen. And it is not a storm of resolve, rather it is the kick of a dying person, by Allah’s permission, as he struggles during his last breaths.

Āl Salūl, the slaves of the Crusaders and allies of the Jews, do not wish that any good should be sent down to the Muslims from their Lord. They remained for decades not caring about the tragedies of the Muslims all over the world generally, and in Palestine particularly. Thereafter, they remained for years allied with the Rāfidah of Iraq in a war against Ahlus-Sunnah (the Sunnis). Thereafter, they remained observing the barrel bombs of death and destruction in Shām for years, enjoying and taking delight in the scenes of Muslims being killed, imprisoned, slaughtered, and burned, and their honor raped, their wealth plundered, and their homes destroyed, all at the hands of the Nusayriyyah.

Today they claim to defend Ahlus-Sunnah in Yemen against the Rāfidah! Rather, they have lied, failed, and lost. Their war is nothing but an attempt to prove themselves once again to their masters from amongst the Jews and Crusaders. It is nothing but a desperate attempt to turn the Muslims away from the Islamic State whose voice is high everywhere and whose reality has become clear to all the Muslims and therefore the Muslims began to gradually rally around it. Their storm is nothing but a storm of delusion after the fire of the Rāfidah scorched their thrones and after the Rāfidah’s march reached the people of the Arabian Peninsula, a matter that will lead thereafter to the Muslim public in the Arabian Peninsula rallying around the Islamic State since it defends them against the Rāfidah. This is what frightens Āl Salūl and the rulers of the Arabian Peninsula and makes their thrones tremble.

This is the secret of their supposed “storm,” which, by Allah’s permission, will be their imminent end, for Āl Salūl and the rulers of the Arabian Peninsula are not people of war nor do they have the patience for it. Rather, they are people of luxury and extravagance, people of intoxication, prostitution, dances, and feasts. They have become accustomed to the defense of the Jews and Crusaders for them and their hearts have drunk humiliation, disgrace, and subservience.

O Muslims everywhere, has the time not come for you to realize the truth of the conflict and that it is between disbelief and faith? See on which front the rulers of your lands stand and to which camp they belong. Has the time not come O Ahlus-Sunnah for you to know that you alone are the targets? This war is only against you and against your religion. Has the time not come for you to return to your religion and your jihād and thereby bring back your glory, honor, rights, and leadership? Has the time not come for you to know that there is no might nor honor nor safety nor rights for you except in the shade of the Caliphate?

And what saddens us and eats at our souls is to see some of the women, children, and families of Ahlus-Sunnah seeking refuge in the areas controlled by the Rāfidah and Kurdish atheists in Iraq. They stand at their doors, humiliated, disgraced, and displaced in the lands. And there is no might nor strength except by Allah. Those who carry the blame for the displacement of these Muslims and their humiliation are the evil scholars from the supporters of the apostate tyrants, the callers at the gates of Hellfire, those who confuse those poor people and portray the Islamic State to them as being the cause of evil and the source of hardships. They say, “If not for them, you would live in safety, extravagance, luxury, and peace.” They portray the Crusaders, Rāfidah, atheists, and apostates to them as being people of good, justice, mercy, and compassion, and that they are the peaceful defenders of Ahlus-Sunnah! There is no doubt that these are the years of deception.

O Ahlus-Sunnah in Iraq, and specifically our people in al-Anbār, be certain that our hearts are broken on account of your leaving of your homes and your lands, and your seeking of shelter in the territory of the Rāfidah and the Kurdish atheists, and your being forced to wander the lands. And even if some of your relatives are apostates waging war against the religion of Allah and allied with the Rāfidah and the Crusaders, then we don’t hold you accountable for their crimes. So return to your lands, and remain in your homes, and seek shelter – after first seeking shelter with Allah – with your people in the Islamic State, for you will find therein, by Allah’s permission, a warm embrace and a safe refuge. For you are our people. We defend you, your honor, and your wealth. We want you to be mighty and noble, we want you to be safe and secure, and we want your salvation from Hellfire.

So seek shelter – after Allah – with the Islamic State. What do you wait for after the truth has become clearer than the day and after the spiteful Rāfidah exposed their reality? Here they are today slaughtering everyone considered from Ahlus-Sunnah in Baghdad and elsewhere. No one was saved from them, even their allies, supporters, aids, tails, and dogs from the apostates who had once belonged to Ahlus-Sunnah, those in the Sahwah, army, police, and elsewhere, those whom the evil scholars confused into fleeing the implementation of Allah’s law in the territory of the Islamic State. So they became homeless, humiliated, fearful, and worrisome of the Rāfidah’s cruelty, whereas the Muslims live in the territory of the Islamic State with might and honor, secure by Allah’s bounty alone, with a life of comfort, going about the affairs of their business, livelihood, and trade, enjoying the grace of living under the rule of their Lord’s law, and all praise and grace is Allah’s. Therefore, O Muslims, seek shelter – after Allah – with the Islamic State.

We direct a renewed call towards those who remained in the ranks of the Rāfidah and the Crusaders in the army, police, and Sahwah so that they repent to Allah and abandon their support of the disbelievers against the Muslims, and so that Allah accepts their repentance and forgives them and they are thereby saved from Hellfire. Rush towards repentance for its gate will not be closed until the sun rises from the West. Repent so that you might save your Hereafter before it is too late, for you have lost the worldly life, so do not lose with it your Hereafter for the sake of someone else’s worldly life. Repent before the hands of the mujāhidīn reach you, for there will be no repentance for you thereafter, and you will lose both the worldly life and Hereafter. Repent, turn back, and return to your people. Repent and you will find them merciful towards you. Your repentance is more beloved to us than killing you or expelling you. Repent for we do not call you out of weakness. Rather, we call you while our swords are at a distance of two bow lengths or nearer from your necks. If you repent, you will not find from us anything except good and kindness.

O soldiers of the Islamic State, be firm, for you are upon the truth. Seek help through patience, for victory comes with patience and triumph is for those who are patient. Be patient, because the Crusaders are bleeding to death, the Rāfidah are faltering, and the Jews are horrified and in dread. Your enemies have become weaker than they were yesterday – by Allah’s grace – and are growing weaker and weaker, and all praise be to Allah. You have become mighty by Allah’s grace. We say this without boasting. You are growing stronger and stronger by Allah’s grace. So be patient, for it is one of two good outcomes, and it is just one soul, so sacrifice it cheaply for Allah’s cause. {Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’ān. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment} [At-Tawbah: 111].

I will not conclude without commending the brave lions of creed, the soldiers of the Caliphate, those in Baghdad, in its north and south, who are holding onto hot coals, who are firmer than stone, those who humiliate the Rāfidah in their strongholds and their major fortresses every day. How good you are! How good you are! We consider one of you equal to a thousand. If the Muslims are heedless of the greatness of your actions and the terror you inflict, then enough for you is Allah. Indeed, nothing is hidden in the earth nor in the heaven from Allah (the Exalted).

And I commend the valiant men of tawhīd, the heroes of Islam, the brave mujāhidīn from the muhājirīn and the ansār in the defiant region of Baiji, the fortress of Ahlus-Sunnah in the north, and the mujāhidīn in the defiant region of Kirkuk who contest the coalition of disbelieving nations against the Muslims and who proved that the boots of the Islamic State today are from the heaviest of boots and its voice is from the loudest of voices. They have presented their blood and corpses as an evidence for that, and they offered their souls cheaply to defend Islam and its people. They made the Jews and the Crusaders in America, Europe, Australia, and Canada sleep with rage filling their hearts, powerlessness burdening their backs, and fear pounding their beds. How good you are! How good you are! You have proven that the Muslims will not be defeated as long as they hold firm to the Book and the sword with which our Prophet (peace be upon him) was dispatched. Be firm, may I be sacrificed for you. Be firm, because your assaults on the Rāfidah and their allies in Iraq not only make the Crusaders bleed and strengthen the pillars of the Caliphate, but will make the Nusayriyyah in Shām and the Houthis in Yemen collapse.

And I commend the lions of walā’ and barā’ (allegiance and enmity for Allah’s sake), the predators of al-Anbār who demolished the strongholds of the apostates, who made them swallow cups of humiliation and bitterness, who scattered them and expelled them, and who snatched al-Anbār from the eyes of the apostates and the throats of the Rāfidah, in spite of America and its allies. How good you are! How good you are! You have taught a lesson to the world that to Allah belongs all honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers. Be firm. How good you are! Your next engagement by Allah’s permission, will be Baghdad and Karbala.

And I commend the lions of the Caliphate, the muwahhidīn (monotheists) of the Sinai Peninsula, the mighty and defiant who disbelieved in pacifism and treaded the path of honor, dignity, and manhood. They refused humiliation and subservience and offered their blood and lives for their religion. How good you are! How good you are! We consider you to be amongst those whom the Master (the Mighty and Majestic) described by saying, {men who are true to what they promised Allah} [Al-Ahzāb: 23]; we consider you such and Allah is your judge. We ask Allah (the Glorified) to allow us to see you in al-Quds very soon. It is a sufficient deed for you with Allah that you have pounded the beds of the Jews with terror.

And I commend the lions of the Caliphate in Raqqah, Mosul, Aleppo, Dijlah, al-Furāt, al-Jazīrah, al-Barakah, al-Khayr, Homs, and Hama. How good you are, O heroes of Islam! How good you are! You are recording the Malāhim and restoring the glories of Islam. Be patient and firm, and be cautious, for the enemies of Allah are mobilizing, thundering, increasing, and threatening the people of Mosul. We believe that their mobilization will be for Raqqah and Aleppo before Mosul. So be cautious.

And I commend the lions of the Caliphate in Damascus and Diyala, the patient, the firm, the warriors. How good you are! How good you are! A nation with people like you can never be defeated.

And I commend the soldiers of the Caliphate, the valiant heroes of Libya, Algeria, and Tunisia. How good you are. Be firm and be patient, for the final outcome is for you, with Allah’s permission.

And I commend the mujāhidīn from the soldiers of the Islamic State in Khorasan and West Africa. We congratulate them on their pledge of allegiance, and we ask Allah to make them firm and grant them victories and consolidation. How good they are!

And I commend the soldiers of the Caliphate in Yemen. We congratulate them on their advance and look forward to seeing more from them. How good they are!

I will not forget to mention the captives in the prisons of the apostate tyrants everywhere. I say to them: We have never forgotten you for a day and we will never forget you, by Allah’s permission. We will not hold back any strength or spare any effort or miss any opportunity, until we free the last one of you, with Allah’s permission. So be patient and firm. I mention in particular the seekers of knowledge in the prisons of Āl Salūl. May Allah humiliate Āl Salūl and their supporters.

O Revealer of the Book, O He who is swift to account, O Allah, defeat the parties, defeat them and make them tremble. O Allah, deal with America and its allies from the Jews, the Crusaders, the Rāfidah, the apostates, and the atheists. Our Lord, obliterate their wealth and harden their hearts so that they do not believe until they see the painful torment. Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess committed in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people. And the last of our call is: Praise be to Allah, Lord of the creation.

Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs issue (43) – Mu’adh and Mu’awwaidh, the sons of Afra’(May Allah accept them)

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“And the Hūrul’iin sent this shaheed a lock of her hair while he was still in this world”

This was published by The Islamic State of Iraq (which has now become the Khilafah) on the 24th of April 2010 via its official Media wing AL FURQAN.

The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace be upon him, spoke truly saying: “Indeed the mill of Islam will keep turning.” He also said, “Islam begun as something strange and it will revert to being strange as it begun. Therefore, give glad tidings to the strangers.” It is a supremely clear and sharp truth: It would be possible for Islam to endure unless we proceed from the same point from which the noblest of the creation, the prophet of al-Malhama wal rahma, launched (his message). Not only that, but we must move through the same adversities that he did in the (fight for) truth and justice, and the rest of the Ummah must bear what the first Muslims endured at the time of the conquests.

Signs of these conquests had emerged a long time ago when the Ummah of Islam began to bring forth its treasures and repented of its misdeeds. So the character of the Muslim began to shine in the most radiant image and beautiful garb, as if it had been hidden away until the day it would march in the wedding procession. In the struggle and contest between truth and falsehood, it seemed at first as if (the Muslims) would lose in this country (Iraq) as elsewhere. The wolves of Rome and barbarian Persia rushed down on them like a raging torrent. They went very far in this contest, so that their followers danced intoxicated with happiness, drinking joyfully from their wine cups. Meanwhile, the eyes of the Muwahideen wept, and their tears and prayers increased. But they knew they had wagered on their Islamic knights because Allah had told them of the end that awaited them: “My servants, the righteous shall inherit the Earth.” [Al-Anbiyaa’ 105]

Then in a sudden moment of history, all fell quiet and silence prevailed. The Persian infidels and their followers threw away their wine cups – or rather the cups dropped from their hands – and the throats of their singers were petrified as joy, smiles and hope became fixed on the faces and lips of those muwahideen. The chants of the Believers sang out and cries of Allahu Akbar rose louder and louder. All were shocked by the knights of Islam who were now on an equal footing with the infidels. Just as recently all were again dazzled when the chants of jihad announced the birth of the long-awaited Islamic State in the Land of the Two Rivers.

The kafir and the envious one were astounded and every monotheist muslim was overjoyed. The steeds of Allah became strong and swift. In the ups and downs of this race and contest, two young men, who had just reached maturity, advanced to the contest and raced the knights as if to say: “To Thee, our Lord, we hastened to please.” They were Muhammad and Ahmad, the sons of Tayba.

Or, as they were called by Abdul Faqir and others: Mu’adh and Mu’awwaidh,  the sons of Afra’. Islam has kept turning, yet it must resemble the past of our salaf ancestors. Similar incidents have emerged Subhan Allah; in its size, shape and symbols and only the colors have changed with the passage of time.

So what is the story of those two men or youths?

Their story is in fact of early manhood, dedication, chivalry, bravery, character and of course  a gift and a present. No other young men like them did what I will relate.

Yes, they were Muhammad and Ahmad, the sons of Tayba, two blood brothers from a pure womb, descended from the Lion of the Messenger of Allah, Khalid bin al-Walid, may Allah be pleased with him. Indeed, “He who resembles his father does no wrong.” The youths learned the meaning of jihad, until morality and ethics crystallized in their behavior. They were indeed the most excellent of youth in their manners and calmness, obedient to their father, dutiful servants to their mother. They were all that could be described as a model for their age. Suddenly they began to press (their parents) about a martyrdom operation but met with a flat refusal. “You are not yet old enough.” The days became heavy  for the two brothers. Muhammad had reached puberty when he was captured by the apostates. They tortured and beat him, cursed and reviled him and he said “By Allah, I will go out and conduct a martyrdom operation against you.” Those who were detained with him tried with difficulty to silence him because they feared for him.

Muhammad was released after a prisoner exchange that was arranged by his father, the heroic Mujahid “Abu Muhammad”, and why not. He was one of the pillars and knights of the Islamic State. Muhammad left prison joyful for the gift of freedom. He thanked Allah and then his father, saying: “My father, this is through the grace of Allah, and I must thank him well. The best way to thank Him would be to sacrifice myself. I cannot return to prison after Allah has rescued me from it. I will therefore conduct a martyrdom operation against the apostates.”

But his young brother Ahmad insisted on doing this before him. He had been registered in the battalion of martyrs and had been waiting for his turn for more than two months. A competition began between the two brothers. Crying and weeping, the amazing young Ahmad turned to Allah. He slept but little during the nights, hoping to attain acceptance and grace, yearning to please his Lord and His sight, and to sit in the company of his prophet, prayer and peace be upon him. He sought forgiveness for sins he had not committed and for disobedience he had not done. He had just reached maturity (14 and a half years old) when the amazing Ahmad turn to Allah praying and weeping as if the young man bore a mountain of sins.

The boy began to see signs of Allah’s mercy that strengthened his heart and made his parents weep. Every day he saw Paradise and its virgins in his dreams. Moreover, he saw the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace be upon him. He would then wake and describe the Messenger of Allah to his father, as if you were reading his description in one of the books of the Salaf. One day he described him in front of one of his father’s brothers saying “The Messenger of Allah had grey hair.” The man said, “Ahmad, the Messenger of Allah did not have much grey hair When he died he had only between 13 and 19 white hairs.” So he fell asleep that night disappointed because as his uncle had said, the man he saw was not the Messenger of Allah. So Allah’s Messenger came to him again in his sleep and placed his head on Ahmad’s lap and Ahmad began counting the gray hairs of Allah’s Messenger while he slept. When he awoke he hurried to his father and said, “By Allah, father, today I counted the gray hairs of the Messenger of Allah, and I found 21 white hairs.” Subhan Allah! This is how the Messenger of Allah was usually described. How could a youth like Ahmad know this precisely about the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace be upon him!

One night in a dream, a maiden came to him that made hearts leap and made the mind fly from the head. He said to her, “Every time I see you, I tell my mother about I see you, I tell my mother about you but she does not believe. Will you not give me some proof that you are real to show my mother?” So she took a lock of her hair and gave it to him and he placed it in his pocket. In the morning, his mother asked him, “What did you dream about Ahmad?” He said, “A lock of hair”. He rushed to his pocket but he didn’t find it. His heart was broken and he was deeply saddened. He told his mother what happened in his dream and she soothed him and felt pity for him.

The next night he saw the same maiden and said “You gave me a lock of hair but I couldn’t find it.” So she took a lock of her hair and in a gesture that made the heart leap, she breathed on it and it flew away. Ahmad wanted to snatch it but she said to him, “Leave it. You will find it, Allah willing, in the Mushaf in surah al-Kahf.”

Ahmad awoke and as usual his mother asked him what he has dreamed. He said “The Mushaf, The Mushaf.” His mother took a copy to him and his father, and he said “The lock of hair is in Surah al-Kahf.” He opened his Quran and found the lock between the pages of Surah al-Kahf. His mother looked upon it and amazement filled her heart, and his father was astounded.

So he took the Quran and went with it to the brother who was responsible for matters of shari‘ah in the district. He told him the tale until he reached the story of the lock and said “Here is the lock of hair if you do not believe me.” He opened the Quran to show it to him but suddenly and without warning, a gust came up and blew the lock away before the sheikh could see it.

When his father related to us the dream, we were astounded until he arrived at the story of the wind and the lock of hair. An eminent man among us said “Subhan Allah do you know why the wind took the lock of hair belonging to your son’s bride? It is not permitted for your friend to see it but it is permissible for you. For you cannot uncover the veil of your son’s bride. Allah prevented her hair from being seen by someone who is not a mahram.”

Ahmad gave an amazing description of paradise as he saw it in his sleep. He described entering a house shaped like a golden pearl with a door. A voice told him: “Enter, Ahmad.” And he said, “How do I enter?” The voice said, “Say ‘In the name of Allah’ and enter.” Ahmad touched the dome of the house and entered. He said “Every time I wanted to enter or exit I would place my hand at any place and a door would be opened there.” And he said “Father, I saw wonders in paradise. I saw two rivers of milk and wine. But what was amazing was that they had no shores. But they flowed along the surface of the Earth and did not flow right or left.” And he said, “ Whenever food was brought to us in paradise, it was birds. When we ate them, the flesh of the fowl would call back the bones and then the feathers and the birds would fly off again.”

The most amazing story the lad has ever told, was that one day he saw a glorious sight, in which he saw an image of Allah’s throne and he certainly (and I and his father both know this) knows nothing of these matters. Yet, Ahmad described the throne after he had flown to it with Sheikh Abu Mus‘ab (al-Zarqawi) and brother Yahya Abu al-Hasan al-Shar’I, whose tale was told in a previous edition of biographies of the martyrs. As proof of the veracity of his tale, a fourth brother was with them whose kunya was Abu Ahmad. Neither the boy nor his father, nor the people close to them knew his real name. But the youth saw him accompanying them under his real name. When his father told Abu Ahmad this dream, the man was astonished and said, “Subhan Allah! I ask you by Allah did you know my name before?” His father replied “By Allah, and there is no god but He, I did not know it.” His son also swore that and all knew that the dream was true Allah willing.

Ahmad saw himself and those with him flying and with each of them were twelve maidens, and he said “We flew until we reached one of the pillars of Allah’s throne yet we had not reached the end of it. Then we were told ‘fly to the other pillar’.and we flew a long distance.” He said “we estimated the time at six hours but we did not tire. Then we were told to fly upward. So we flew for a long time until we reached a great sapphire with writing on it. The first one to read the writing was Sheikh Abu Musab who, as soon as he read it, fainted. Thus whoever read the words fainted. So I am waiting and I do not know what is written or what has happened to them until my turn came. What was written upon it was ‘Thorne of the Merciful’. When I finished reading it, I fainted. Then a maiden came and awakened me and those with me and told us to fly upward.”

I will excuse myself for continuing from here. One such as I must not exceed his boundaries in relating this dream. I am afraid that I am exceeding my limits, and the brothers must pardon me and pray to Allah to raise Ahmad’s degree.

We come to 27th Ramadhan 1428. Muhammad, slight of build but great in confidence, drove a truck filled with explosives into one of the dens of the apostates in an area not previously struck by bombs or a martyrdom operation. In the blink of an eye he turned an apostate police station into rubble, and Allah destroyed the apostates in that place. Hours later, the heroic Ahmad drove to another building and den of the apostates. He shouted Allahu Akbar and harvested more than 26 apostates. Allah is the most great and glory be to Allah!

We only say to their mother Taiba: be patient and anticipate your reward and recompense from Allah. I learned that she had requested to carry out another martyrdom operation but the men in charge did not consent to her request, because women are forbidden from doing so except in extremely critical situations and the men are incapable of carrying out the deed.

For Taiba and in condolence to her, I wrote down some of my feelings. I do not claim that they are poetry. I said:

Mother of the Martyr

Greetings to the chaste Taiba ~ How honourable and patient she is

She my eyes weep with her generosity ~ She prepared the soul of her son and made him good

Seeking Allah’s most abundant reward ~ begging for ever-lasting life in Heaven

She loved her young one but recalling that in failing to depart; he would be afflicted

So she said “My son flutter to heaven ~ That is your home and its absence is a calamity

Make haste my son to the lofty heavens ~ I will follow you, for life is an affliction

Honor thy father and let him not see you in perdition ~ Pray devoutly to your Lord and you shall be answered”

The young one set as the shining sun ~ They said “Fairwell, we know Paradise is your desire”

 

To close my story, this question remains: Were Muhammad and Ahmad, the sons of Taiba, and their brothers killed for a false and blind cause as some allege?

Are such as Muhammad and Ahmad to be considered as suicides condemned to Hell, as the scholars of the sultans and devils claim?

Will their blood be shed in vain and will Allah debase it and degrade those who after them carry the banner of Jihad?

To close my article, I beseech Allah not to deny me the reward of the young boys Muhammad and Ahmad. It came to my ears that they were so happy that I was teaching them Quran one day. I pray to Allah not to disappoint their belief in me, their uncle, and not to weaken me after them. Gather me with them “In an Assembly of Truth in the presence of Sovereign Omnipotent.”

Penned by

Abu Isma‘il al-Muhajir

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THE OBLIGATION OF APPOINTING A KHALIFAH & THE FORBIDDANCE OF DELAYING SUCH

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INTRODUCTION:
The chatter in the social media and in the streets about the legitimacy of the Khilafah that was declared by ISIS on June 2014 has grown. Some of those who dont know much about the shari’ah knowledge have fallen prey to the doubts raised by the so called “jihadi scholars’ ” in disapproving the Khilafah. Ansar Al Khilafah Media will be releasing a series of treatises insha’Allah that will try to explain the legitimacy of the Khilafah and refute the doubts raised by these people from a shar’i point of view perhaps some sincere Muslims might see the truth and embrace it. This is the reason we have chosen to clarify these issues and named our series after verse 164 in Suratul ‘Araf;

وَإِذْ قَالَتْ أُمَّةٌ مِّنْهُمْ لِمَ تَعِظُونَ قَوْمًا اللَّهُ مُهْلِكُهُمْ أَوْ مُعَذِّبُهُمْ عَذَابًا شَدِيدًا قَالُوا مَعْذِرَةً إِلَىٰ رَبِّكُمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ

And when a community among them said, “Why do you advise [or warn] a people whom Allah is [about] to destroy or to punish with a severe punishment?” they [the advisors] said, “To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him.”

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The First of the treatises from the series;

“To be free from blame before your Lord, and perhaps they may fear Him” [Al A‘raf: 164]

 
THE OBLIGATION OF APPOINTING A KHALIFAH & THE FORBIDDANCE OF DELAYING SUCH

Praise be to Allah, the Mighty and Strong. And may peace and blessings be upon the one sent with the sword as a mercy to all creation. As for what follows:

It is necessary to understand that the ummah should have a Khalifah that unites their word and defends them from the enemy. If the ummah has no leader, the shariah of Allah will cease to exist and injustice and promiscuity will prevail.

Imam Ghazali said “The intelligent person won’t dispute the fact that the creation would be destroyed from their differences in opinions, wishes and ranks were they to be left to act on their personal opinions with no leadership to be obeyed that brings together their different opinions. And this is a disease that has no cure except by a powerful obeyed leader that brings them together under one opinion. So it has become clear that leadership is necessary for the proper organization of the worldly affairs. And the organization of the worldly affairs is necessary for the organization of the deen and the organization of the deen is necessary for achieving triumph in the hereafter. And that is the exact essence of the Prophets. So the obligation of appointing an Imam (leader) has been from the necessities of the shari’ah that can’t be abandoned in any way” [Al Iqtisaad fii Al-‘Itiqaad page 128]

How true are the these lines of poetry by Ibn Mubarak:

Allah by the Sultan(leader) protects adversities from the deen,
and by him our worldly life flourishes,
Had there been no leaders,
the roads wouldn’t have been safe for us
and the weak would have become prey for the strong

 
The authentic hadeeths of The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) clearly show the obligation of appointing and giving bay‘ah to a leader:

It was related by ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both) that The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Whoever dies without being bound by the oath of allegiance (bayah), dies the death of the time of ignorance(jahiliyah)” [Sahih Muslim] [NOTE: The words of Rausullah (ﷺ) ; “the death of the time of ignorance(jahiliyah)” refer only to the baya’ah to the general Imam i.e. the khalifah not the minor/specific bay’ahs like the bay’ah given to the leader of a fighting group or a jama’ah of a specific place. Also refraining or postponing giving bay’ah to the Khalifah isn’t allowed. The minor bay’ah won’t suffice for the one who claims that he cannot give bay’ah to the Khalifah because he is already in a bay’ah to a jama’ah or a fighting group as this bay’ah(minor bay’ah) cannot substitute the bay’ah to the Khalifah.]

Also the famous hadeeth whereby Abu Sa’eed Al Khudhri(May Allah be pleased with him) narrates from the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) that he said; “When three persons set out on a journey, they should appoint one of them as their leader.” [Abu Dawud]

And the hadeeth of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar(May Allah be pleased with them both) that The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said; “It is not permissible for three persons to be in a land of wilderness without appointing one of them as their leader” [Ahmad and At-Tabarani in Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabir]

These hadeeths show that, it is even more obligatory for a bigger jama’ah(of more than three people) to have a leader.

Sheykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah (rh) said “And if Allah has made an obligation upon the least of groups (i.e. a group of 3 people as it came in the hadeeth) to appoint one of them as a leader, then, this is an indication that it is compulsory on any group that is more than that” [Al Hisbah fil Al Islam page 9]

Furthermore, several prominent ‘ulamaa of the ummah have narrated ijama’(consensus) on the obligation of appointing an Imam.

Imam An Nawawi (rh )said “The ‘ulamaa have unanimously agreed that it is compulsory upon the Muslims to appoint a Khalifah” [Commentary of Imam An-Nawawi on Sahih Muslim 120/205]

Sheykh Muhammad ibn Umar ibn Mubarak Al Humeyri (Bahraq) said: “Know that the belief of Ahlu Sunnah is that the appointment of an Imam is an obligation upon the ummah due to the unanimous agreement (ijma’) of the sahaba (RA) after the passing of Rasulullah (ﷺ) whereby they agreed upon avoidance of the presence of a khalifah-less period. Abubakar(RA) said in his khutbah in Saqifat Bani Sa‘adah among the muhajireen and Ansar “Verily Muhammad has died and it is inevitable for this deen to have an Imam that stands for it.” So everyone immediately accepted his words and none of them said that he is not in need of that, rather they gathered in consensus upon his leadership” [Hadaiqul Anwar page 397]

So we have known from the hadeeths and the ijama’ of the ummah, that it is obligatory upon the Muslims in all places and all times to appoint a khalifah. And whoever claims that the appointment of an Imam is not wajib(an obligation) in our time, has indeed forged a lie against Allah because he has claimed that the shariah has approved of disunity.

Therefore, If a certain group declares Khilafah after fulfilling all the conditions, then it is compulsory on all muslims to join them in that khilafah.

HASTENING TOWARDS CHOSING A KHALIFAH

We have seen that it is obligatory to appoint an Imam. We should also know that it is not allowed to postpone this appointment due its importance and the dangers that can arise in its postponement. The sahaba understood this fact, and that is why they rushed to the appointment of an Imam, something that made them delay the burial of the prophet (ﷺ).

Imam An-Nawawi said “They(i.e. The sahabah) only delayed the burial of the Rasul (ﷺ) from Monday day to Tuesday night because they were occupied with the issue of the bayah so that they may have an Imam whose opinion and command they would follow should they dispute on his burial rites(i.e. shrouding, washing and burrying) so as to avoid arguments and disagreements. And this was the most important thing and Allah knows best.” [Commentary of Imam An-Nawawi on Sahih Muslim 7/36]

ImamAl Ghazali said “It is seen from the first generation that, the sahabah rushed to appoint an Imam and pledge bayah after the death of the Prophet (ﷺ), and they believed that it is an obligation binding upon them and a right that should be fulfilled immediately, and they avoided its postponement which made them delay preparing the prophet (ﷺ) for burial since they were busy with the appointment of an Imam; all these because they knew that, should there be a moment in which they have no leader that unites them under one opinion and they face a problem, and they differ in the mode of solving it; the system would be messed up, the unity would rive and the laws (ahkaam) would terminate. It’s because of this that they prioritized rushing towards appointing a leader and they did not occupy themselves during this time with anything else other than that” [Fadhaih Al-Batiniyah page 171]

If Rasulullah (ﷺ) who was the best of the creation, and the one most worthy of fulfilling his rights, the sahaba saw it fit to procrastinate his burial so as not to delay the appointment of the khalifah, would it then be logical for one to claim that it is permissible to postpone the obligation of appointing a khalifah or that choosing a Khalifah isn’t wajib and that it is a mere sunnah?! Infact the action of the sahabah clearly shows that it is wajib to rush towards appointing a khalifah and that this obligation should be prioritized over all other religious and worldly affairs.

Thus, the Islamic State in Iraq and Shaam(ISIS) could not delay the establishment of The Khilafah after they attained all the prerequisites. They went forth and declared the Khilafah hence lifting off the burden of sin from all the Muslims in the world. The statement of the declaration of the Khilafah included the following words:

“Therefore, the shūrā (consultation) council of the Islamic State studied this matter after the Islamic State – by Allah’s grace – gained the essentials necessary for khilāfah, which the Muslims are sinful for if they do not try to establish. In light of the fact that the Islamic State has no shar’ī (legal) constraint or excuse that can justify delaying or neglecting the establishment of the khilāfah such that it would not be sinful, the Islamic State – represented by ahlul-halli-wal-‘aqd (its people of authority), consisting of its senior figures, leaders, and the shūrā council – resolved to announce the establishment of the Islamic khilāfah, the appointment of a khalīfah for the Muslims, and the pledge of allegiance to the shaykh (sheikh), the mujāhid, the scholar who practices what he preaches, the worshipper, the leader, the warrior, the reviver, descendent from the family of the Prophet, the slave of Allah, Ibrāhīm Ibn ‘Awwād Ibn Ibrāhīm Ibn ‘Alī Ibn Muhammad al-Badrī al-Hāshimī al-Husaynī al-Qurashī by lineage, as-Sāmurrā’ī by birth and upbringing, al-Baghdādī by residence and scholarship. And he has accepted the bay’ah (pledge of allegiance). Thus, he is the imam and khalīfah for the Muslims everywhere.” [The official spokesman of The Islamic State – Sheykh Abu Muhammad Al ‘Adnani during the declaration of the Khilafah, on 29th June 2014 “This is the promise of Allah”]

The khalifah may Allah protect him further emphasized upon this in his first video khutbah after the declaration of the khilafah:

“Indeed your brothers the mujahidin, were blessed with victory by Allah tabaraka wa ta’ala and were blessed with consolidation after long years of jihad, patience, and fighting the enemies of Allah. Allah guided them and strengthened them to establish this goal. Therefore they rushed to announce the Khilafah and appoint an Imam. This is an obligation upon the Muslims – an obligation which was abandoned for centuries, and disappeared off the face of the Earth. So many Muslims were ignorant of it and are sinful for abandoning it. It is always obligatory upon them to establish it. So now they have established it, to Allah is all praise and from Him are all blessings.” [The Khalifah Ibrahim (Sheykh Abubakar Al Baghdadi) during his Friday Khutbah in the grand Masjid of Mosul in 6th of Ramadhan 1435H]

Unfortunately, some of the jihadi claimants of our time, have turned a blind eye to the aforementioned Nusus, ijma’ and the fiqh of the Sahaba and have preffered to go by their defeatist principles that have no baisis in the religion. The following is an excerpt from one of the statements released by these defeatists; “And as it is well known from the opinions of the Jihadi leaders of our time like the shahid sheikh Usamah bin Ladin(RH), the Mujahid Sheykh Ayman Adh-Dhawahiri(HA) and the sheikh ‘Attiyatullah Al-Libi(RH) and others and from the conclusion of their long experience in Jihad, that the establishment of Emirates(Imarat), and Islamic States within the global kufr system headed by America is a sort of a joke as long as the global leader of kufr(America) has not crumbled and stopped interfering with Muslim Lands.All these apply to establishing Islamic states, what about establishing the Khilafah?” [Statement on the recent incidents in Caucusus and advice to the Mujahdeen in Caucusus published on 28th January 2015]. This statement was directed at the Mujahideen in Caucusus that wanted to give bay’ah to the Khalifah of the Muslims. Among those that signed this statement was the jabhat An-Nusrah clown Abu Maria al Qahtani, Sheykh Harith An-Nadhari and Sheykh Ibrahim Rubeishy of Al Qaidah in the Arabian peninsula(May Allah forgive their sins both), the spiteful Tariq AbdulHalim and Muheysini of Jabhat An-Nusrah.

Their claim that the jihadi leaders of our time regarded the establishment of an Islamic emirate as joke is actually a pure slander to confuse the layman. Below are the statements of the sheikhs they claimed to have deemed the establishments of jama‘ahs to be a “sort of a joke” and more. All of them were under the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to begin with, and also endorsed other such emirates in other parts of the Muslim world and specifically the Islamic state in Iraq.

Sheykh Usamah bin Ladin said:

“Therefore, the effort to establish the greater jamaah of the Muslims becomes an obligation upon individual Muslims and Mujahideen by pledging obedience to the group most practicing the truth and characterized by it. Allah the Exalted said; “O you who believe! Fear Allah and be with the truthful.” (At-Tawbah 119)

[The Way to Foil Conspiracies on Iraq and the Islamic State – an audio statement by Shaykh Usamah Bin Laden – issued by As- Sahab Media on December 29 2007 ]

Sheykh Abu Yahya Al Libi said:

“The fact is, I consider the venturing of our brothers, the mujahideen in Iraq, to declare the setting up of the Islamic State to be pure God-given Success and to be part of the guidance which Allah has guaranteed for His worshippers The Mujahideen in His statement “And as for those who strive for us, we will surely guide them to Our ways.” (‘Anqaboot 69)

[As-Sahab’s Second Interview with Shaykh abu Yahya Al-Libi – released on September 9 2007] 

Sheykh ‘Atiyatullah Al Libi said:

“This state (The Islamic state in iraq) will be inshā’allah the nucleus for the great Islamic state and the righteous khilāfah upon the prophetic methodology.”

[Kalīmāt fī Nusrat Dawlat al-‘Iraq al-Islāmiyyah – Words in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq]

 

Sheykh Ayman Adh-Dhawahiri said:

“Qaida Al-Jihad Organisation in Mesopotamia has merged – by the Grace of Allah – with other Jihadi groups in the Islamic State of Iraq (May Allah Protect it), which is a legitimate emirate based on a proper legal methodology and which was founded through Shura and received the pledge of allegiance of most of the Mujahideen and tribes in Iraq. [A Review of Events – As-Sahab Media’s Fourth Interview with Sheykh Ayman Al-Dhawaahiri in Dhul Qa’dah 1428]

He also said;

“The brothers’ reason for declaring the State (Islamic State of Iraq), and we think it was rational, was that they wanted to save Iraq from the fate which the Afghan Jihad met after the fall of Kabul.”

[In “Advice of One Concerned” – issued by As-Sahab on July 6 2007]

He also said:

“Then, when Allah honoured him with martyrdom(reffering to Sheykh Abu Mus’ab Az-Zarqawi), as we see it, he was succeeded by his companion on the path of Jihad and Tawheed, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, may Allah protect him, who strove with his honourable, sincere brothers, as we see them, to establish the Islamic State of Iraq, and it was good news for the Muslims, as they moved one step closer to the outskirts of Bayt al-Maqdis and the establishment of al-Khilafa, with Allah’s permission

[In “Advice of One Concerned” issued by as-Sahab on July 6 2007]

So we have seen the stance of the jihadi leaders of our time as regards the issue of forming an Islamic state. They were happy about such jama‘ahs and actually encouraged their formation. Never have we seen them saying that formation of an Islamic state with America still being the super power is a sort of a joke. Sadly forging such lies has become the strategy of these partisans may Allah save the ummah from their deceit.

The Islamic Facade

by Al Ghareeb

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

“The West has understood the game. They won’t send anyone whose name is William or Benjamin. They’ll send people named Ahmed and Mohammed and Abdullah. The American soldier is expensive, so they will use people from among us — and this is the truth of the battle, they will use you — in the fight against us” – Abu Ayman al-Iraqi

It was the beginning of spring in 2014. A commander in the Syrian Revolutionary Front named Mohamed Zaatar decided to call his enemy from his living room couch in the Turkish city of Antakya. A former antique smuggler, Zaatar had taken up arms when the Syrian uprising began, and now commanded a militia notorious for looting, kidnapping, extortion, highway robbery and indiscriminate shelling of liberated areas. The enemy he phoned did not belong to the Syrian regime. It was Abu Ayman al-Iraqi, a veteran commander in the Islamic State which by then still was the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. “We are fighting a war against terror,” Zataar proudly told the reporter from Buzzfeed who would transcribe the conversation between the two.

“Remember my words, they [the West] will use you, and they will unite you with Bashar’s army, and with an interim government, and they will promise you seats in parliament, and such things — the same as they did with the Sunnis in Iraq. The West will sell you cheap. They sold your grandfathers and our grandfathers. And for hundreds of years the West has been controlling us, and they keep these tyrants over our heads. As if it were us who committed the al-Houla massacre, or did the chemical weapons attack, or raped the women in Bashar’s prisons. You forgot about Bashar, and now you came to fight us in earnest, and in the end, you and the [Alawites] will hug each other. You serve this project without knowing. Your army and Bashar’s army will unify to ‘counter terrorism’ — which is us,” Abu Ayman told Zaatar.[1]

The Syrian uprising that later turned in to an armed conflict between forces loyal to the Assad-family regime and those seeking to oust it, as most other matters in international affairs, divided the international community into two camps. While the Assad family have been able rely on Iran, her allies and Shiite militias for support, the opposition on their part has to rely on the group so eloquently described as “the friends of Syria”. This includes the U.S., the U.K., France, the KSA, Qatar and Turkey.[2] However, four years into this conflict, any observer would say: with friends like these, who needs enemies? Puppets, proxies or allies of the U.S., these friends may have a stated policy of regime change, but the resources devoted to the cause would suggest something different.[3]

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                   [The Friends of Syria]

Without the context it is nearly impossible to understand anything, much less, international relations. If viewed as a single revolution turned uprising, in a vacuum, independent of other factors besides tyranny and a fight for democracy, for what is mistakenly referred to as freedom, the Syrian struggle might appear in one light. But if viewed as something with deeper roots, longer history, the struggle is no longer between the farmers and dentists on one side and the Assad regime on the other. It is no longer between the Zionists and the Majoos, between the West and the East. The struggle is instead between Iman and Kufr. The struggle dates back to the days of the Prophet (ﷺ), and it was not a fight for freedom as it is understood in western terms. It was to raise the word of Allah ﷻ and it still is.

Shaykh Abu Mus’ab az-Zarqawi (رحمة الله عليه) said, “We do not perform jihad here for a fistful of dirt or an illusory border drawn up by Sykes and Picot. Similarly, we do not perform jihad for a Western taghut to take the place of an Arab taghut. Rather our jihad is loftier and more superior. We perform jihad so that Allah’s word becomes supreme and that the religion becomes completely for Allah. {And fight them until there is no fitnah and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah} [Al-Anfāl: 39]. Everyone who opposes this goal or stands in the path of this goal is an enemy for us and a target for our swords, whatever his name may be and whatever his lineage may be. We have a religion that Allah revealed to be a scale and a judge. Its statement is decisive and its judgment is not amusement. It is the kinship between us and the people, for our scales – by Allah’s grace – are divine, our laws are Quranic, and our judgments are upon the prophetic tradition. The American Muslim is our beloved brother. And the kafir Arab is our despised enemy even if we and he were to have shared the same womb.“[4]

After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, our land was carved into pieces and we were given new identities, a new ruler and a new constitution. The consequence of which was of course the removal of Shariah, the rule of Allah ﷻ. The piece of land they named Syria can thus be ruled by anyone but a Muslim. The constitution could be anything but upon the rule of Allah ﷻ. A negotiated settlement between two non-Muslim proxies, an American and a Safawi, is even better. Why not let them fight each other on Muslim land, massacring Muslims in the process? After the war, we could have a mock trial in The Hague and pretend like nothing ever happened. Why live in the past? Move on. Did you see a KFC opened around the corner? Here, have a Pepsi.

Having withstood a 40-year ideological war waged by the Alawites, Islam however played a big role in the Syrian uprising from an early stage. Even the criminals that would come to hide their activities behind the banner of the Syrian revolution would at least pretend to want a future Syria with “some component of Shariah”. So we would have to audition rebels with Islamic banners but pragmatic mindsets in search for new proxies.

For this reason “the friends of Syria” empowered those advocating “jihad only in Syria” against “global jihadists”. In doing so, the Islamic Front (IF) could market itself in the region as a group willing to take up the battle against “extremism”, thus becoming acceptable in the political process. Whether formed for this purpose or not, the IF appears to at least have understood the dynamics very well, allowing the overtly secular elements disproportionate influence and attention. The merger of the seven brigades that led to the formation of the IF, announced on 22 November 2013, included groups from across the Islamist spectrum, from those who had called for a moderate state with a foundation of Islamic law, to those who called for a state built upon Shariah, yet it was their kosher rhetoric that somehow triumphed.[5]

In addition, while the Islamic State (then the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) and Jabhat an-Nusrah (then still Jabhat an-Nusrah but without the three villages in Idlib) continued to seize territory, it appears that the military chief of the Islamic Front, Zahran Alloush, earned his MBA-degree. Having turned mergers into a fine art, Zahran has also been rumored to sell both weapons and territory to the Assad regime.[6] Moreover, he appears to have understood the importance of public relations as well. When he didn’t read speeches out of his Hello Kitty notebook, he appeared in more than one “unintentional” photo-shoot on the frontlines.[7][8] A Murji palace scholar for the Saudi government as a father is the icing on the cake.[9]

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           [Zahran Alloush riding his motorcycle in Qalamoun, looking very important]

So, what would a future state in which the IF had a say in look like? At its most extreme, it appears to follow the model of the Muslim Brotherhood, combining democracy and foreign relations with Islamism, as indicated by secret documents seized by the Islamic State during a raid on Ahrar ash-Sham’s headquarters in Raqqah. Note, Ahrar ash-Sham is the constituent group within the IF with most Islamic tendencies. The documents, which were deemed top secret general guidelines for the organization, stated that a political committee was responsible for maintaining political relations both domestically and internationally. It also stated the need for ambassadors abroad to study their public image and perhaps most importantly – the need for political and financial support from foreign governments and organizations.[10]

Of course such financial support comes at a cost and there is much to indicate that the rebels’ war on the Islamic State was in fact pre-planned and that the U.S. and the KSA had involved the Islamic Front in this plan. The war on the Islamic state also empowered the pragmatic elements within the IF with other factions appearing to have been marginalized or defected. In addition, the loss suffered by the founding brigades forced the front to relax some of the strict conditions required from prospective member brigades. The joining of the Northern Storm Brigade for instance would have changed the composition of the IF and even altered the center of the Islamist-spectrum.[11]

On May 17th, a “Revolutionary Covenant”, signed by the IF and Jaish al-Mujahideen amongst others, was released.[12] The same Jaish al-Mujahideen that months earlier stated that they believed in Shariah that did not enforce the Hijab.[13]

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            [The revolutionary covenant]

The covenant was allegedly aimed at “unifying the efforts and joining forces within a common framework that serves the interests of the Syrian people” with signatories confirming their commitment to the detailed pledges. The group pledged that the revolutionary work would be “derived from our authentic religion, staying away from fundamentalism and radicalism.” In a plea to build foreign relations, the covenant emphasized fair trials in the future with no acts of retaliation. “The Syrian revolution is a revolution based on morals and values with the objective of achieving freedom, justice and security to the entire Syrian society with its diverse multi-ethnical and multi-sectarian social fabric,” they claimed. Furthermore, the groups pledged to fight the Syrian regime, its allies, and “all those who carry out aggression against our people and excommunicate them (apostasy), such as the Islamic State.” The perhaps most important part of the statement was however the segment reassuring foreign countries that all “military actions would be limited to Syrian territories.”[14]

But the Islamic Front is the gift that keeps on giving. So when disbelievers celebrated Christmas day, on 25th December 2014, a new coalition, the Levant Front was announced in Aleppo. It consisted of the Islamic Front, Jaish al-Mujahideen, the Nur ad-Din Zinki-Movement, the Fastaqim Kama Umirt movement, the Authenticity and Development Front, and the Hazm Movement.[15] In case you haven’t followed the Syrian conflict, this list reads like the who’s who of western proxies. The Hazm movement was an offshoot of the Syrian Revolutionary Front and has since been disbanded with the majority of its former fighters joining other groups within the Levant Front.[16] The Nur ad-Din Zinki Movement, as the Fastaqim Kama Umirt movement, is a former Jaish al-Mujahideen outfit, led by Tawfiq Shahabuddin, the first rebel leader to officially support the coalition against the Islamic State, even going so far as to ask the coalition for arms to fight the Islamic State alongside them.[17][18]

And the fun does not stop there. Who’s leading this fine group of people? Abdelaziz Salamah, a man that in an Al-Jazeera report asked the West for “weapons to fight the Islamic State just as they help the Peshmerga and the YPG militia.”[19] He is also a leader within the Islamic Front, commanding Liwa at-Tawheed in Aleppo.[20] The same Liwa at-Tawheed which, during the January 2014 blitz on the Islamic State, raped wives and daughters of Islamic State fighters.[21] The same Liwa at-Tawheed that killed an Islamic State leader wanted by the US, flaunted his killing in a public statement hours before calling for a truce and then kept his wife in captivity for 8 months before handing her over to the Islamic State as part of the Turkey-Islamic State prisoner swap in September last year.[22] The same Liwa at-Tawheed which is part of the Euphrates Volcano operation room together with the YPG militia and several FSA factions which in September 2014 declared intentions to cleanse Northern Syria of the Islamic State in a bid for coalition support.[23] Yes, that same banner of monotheism.

In addition, most of these factions are members of the nationalist Syrian Revolutionary Command Council. All these factions receive supposedly “unconditional” aid from either the Gulf regimes, the CIA, the Syrian National Coalition, or the Free Syrian Army (FSA) Supreme Military Council while “not belonging” to any of them. In February 2015, the new front agreed with the Kurdish Autonomous Democratic Administration and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) – the armed branch of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – to implement the Shariah in ‘Afrin![24] Lovely, isn’t it? A pick and mix buffet or better yet, a potluck, as a consitution. I’ll bring Shariah, you can bring democracy, the Marxist Kurds can bring communism.

In a conference held by “the Revolutionary Forces of Aleppo” in Turkey on 1st March 2015, the head of the political and media department of the Levant Front, Zakariya Malahifji, went even further:

“The Levant Front is a faction that represents Syria and the Syrian people. It considers Syria to be for all the Syrians. Liberating the Syrian nation and the Syrian people from the Iranian occupation and toppling Asad’s regime are our main goals to end oppression and establish the nation of freedom. … We consider the Syrian national identity to be the identity of all the components of the Syrian people: Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Circassians, Assyrians, and Syriac peoples, as well as all the other religious components. … Syria as it exists now with its internationally recognized geographic borders is a nation for all the Syrian people. The front refuses the division or formation of Syria according to any factional, political, or partisan agenda or ambition. … The Levant Front presents thanks to the brothers and friends of the Syrian people, foremost of which are Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, as well as all the other countries. It also asks them to take a resolute stance to save the Syrian people from the Iranian occupation, the Iranian gangs, and the crimes of the regime.”[25]

A little more than a year after the phone call between Abu Ayman Al-Iraqi and Mohammed Zaatar, the Syrian Revolutionary Front is now merely a shadow of its former self, having discovered the magnitude of the leap from a gang to a militia.[26] However the proxy war in Syria is still very much alive.

While the Levant Front quietly dissolved as a unified military entity on April 14, the constituent groups agreed to maintain cooperation as independent actors. The move is believed to signal a wider renegotiation of rebel coordination in Aleppo province with the possible support and encouragement of regional actors such as Turkey. In fact, the dissolution occurred amidst ongoing negotiations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, mediated by Qatar to conduct joint military action to oust the Assad regime. At the same time, Zahran Alloush was reportedly in Turkey along with other unidentified Syrian rebel leaders to engage in a series of meetings that may be related to this ongoing exploration of options for military intervention in Syria. The U.S. would of course be engaged quietly in these negotiations as well.[27]

Allah ﷻ says in the Quran:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ الطَّاغُوتِ فَقَاتِلُوا أَوْلِيَاءَ الشَّيْطَانِ ۖ إِنَّ كَيْدَ الشَّيْطَانِ كَانَ ضَعِيفًا

“Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah , and those who disbelieve fight in the cause of Taghut. So fight against the allies of Satan. Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak.”[28]

Before ending the conversation with his foe, Abu Ayman added a few words that offer insight into the future of the so called rebel infighting quite well. Since Zataar and his colleagues took their orders from the U.S. and its allies, Abu Ayman reasoned, “You will kill us and we will kill you. We have no other options — either you cleanse us or we cleanse you, because the decision is not yours.”[29]

NOTES:

1. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/a-late-night-phone-call-between-one-of-syrias-top-extremists#.bjOjeK9R9

2. http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=57241

3. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/09/us-syria-crisis-hezbollah-insight-idUSBREA3815C20140409

4. Al-Mawqif  ash-Shar’ī  min  Hukūmat Karazay al-‘Irāq

5. http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/11/06/saudi-arabias-shadow-war/, http://iswsyria.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-power-move-by-syrias-rebel-forces.html, http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=50831, https://sulaymaanalalwaan.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/clarification-with-regards-to-the-video-released-about-isis/

6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5hWkPOwTA8,

https:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBepNC4vB8Y&feature=youtu.be, pic.twitter.com/4TvzkuOhzY

7. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2681445/The-moment-Syrian-rebel-leader-delivers-rousing-battle-cry-Islamist-militants-pink-Hello-Kitty-notebook.html

8. https://twitter.com/farhanhariri79/status/506448449244381185

9. http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/biggest-powerful-militia-leaders-syria/

10. https://justpaste.it/kfjd

11. http://mu3awiyah.tumblr.com/post/114945598876/syria-infighting-and-a-negotiated-settlement, http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Mar-05/249284-northern-storm-joins-tawhid-brigade.ashx

12. http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/islamic-fronts-new-covenant-is-a-step-in-the-right-direction

13. http://www.latimes_com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-islamic-front-20140630-story.html#page=1,

http://www.bbc_co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27687018,

https://imgur.com/r/syriancivilwar/mSmpcLf

14. https://pietervanostaeyen.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/islamic-front-revolutionary-covenant/

15. http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=57605

16. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/syrian-fighter-group-that-got-us-missiles-dissolves-after-major-defeat/2015/03/01/286fa934-c048-11e4-a188-8e4971d37a8d_story.html

17. http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=55275

18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-7Tsk-SC6c

19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo_djbW9ans&feature=youtu.be&t=1m27s

20. http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=57605

21. https://twitter.com/abo7rb_3/status/585657094008922113

22. https://twitter.com/Watcherone/status/429955478278262784,

https://twitter.com/Ms_zero00/status/427509610589995008,

23. https://twitter.com/m2t1n000sada92/status/513433886773510145

http://iswsyria.blogspot.com/2014/09/ypg-and-rebel-forces-challenge-isis-in.html,

http://aranews.net/2014/09/ypg-fsa-form-joint-military-chamber-combat-isis-syria/,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abjSkn_hcYY

24. https://twitter.com/sham_front/status/563424390034259969

25. https://t.co/nxMn3mwyNN

26. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-rise-and-ugly-fall-of-a-moderate-syrian-rebel-offers-lessons-for-the-west/2015/01/04/3889db38-80da-4974-b1ef-1886f4183624_story.html

27. https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zvMh40WNc1o/VTbRuSSGYhI/AAAAAAAADDA/6LrxGpUWmJw/s1600/SYR%2BSITREP%2BMap_21%2BAPR%2B2015_HIGH-01.png

28. Surat An-Nisā’ (The Women), verse 76

29. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/a-late-night-phone-call-between-one-of-syrias-top-extremists#.bjOjeK9R9

A Detailed Report in English – Wilaayat Raqqa Thrives Under The Islamic Khilafah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Wilayat Raqqa Thrives Under The Islamic Khilafah

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Location, Area, Population and Economy

Wilayat Raqqa located north of Sham, it covers an area of ​​21 thousand square kilometers, on the banks of the Euphrates River, located in the middle of the States of Khilafah in Syria, bordered to the west by Wilayat Hallab(Aleppo), to east by Wilayat Barakah, and to the south by Wilayat Al Khayr.

The estimated number of the poppulation in the  Wilayah is about two million people, where the population tripled after the control of the Mujahideen of the Islamic State, due to the migration from the Dar al-Kufr to Dar al-Islam.

The economy of Wilayat Raqqa mainly depends on agriculture,as a source of income. The agriculture depends on irrigation system due to the extension of the Euphrates River in large areas of the territory of the Wilayah, which make Wilayat Raqqa a strategic area, including being an important transportation node, which helped to strengthen the commercial traffic.

HISTORY

Raqqa city was founded in 335 by immigration in the Byzantine era and was named in the beginning, ” Kallinikos “, and has become an important economic and military center during the Khilafah of Abu Bakr Asidiq(May Allah be pleased with him).

Raqqa was among the cities that was conqured by Islamic armies, it had been subjected to the rule of the Khalifs and the Umayyad caliphs, until it reached its golden age in the era of the Abbasid khalif Harun al-Rashid, who took it as his capital, and made it a scientific and cultural center

Then came the invasion of the Mongols who displaced and massacred people. Then The capital was taken back to, Baghdad – The Abbasid Capital, with the burning and destruction, and later Raqqa was in ruins & empty of population for many years.

The beginning of the year 1380AH is considered to be the period in which Raqqa began to return to life gradually until it reached to what it is today.

PROSPERITY

After years of suffering injustices by the Nusayris and their associates, The Islamic State had no choice but to send help and assist their brothers & sisters in Syria..And it was not long by the grace of Allah before the Islamic State took control of the City & fulfiled the rights of its people & brightern it with the Law of Allah.

With the Declaration of The Khilafah Islamiyyah, and the pledge of allegiance to Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurashi (may Allah protect him) – The Khalifa of the Muslims and the Commander of the Faithful – , Wilayat Raqqa has become the stronghold of the Mujahideen and a delight in the eyes of the Muslims.

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The state is divided into four main Sectors:

The City Sector

The Eastern Sector

The Western Sector

The Nortern Sector

THE CITY SECTOR

It is the center of the Wilayah,and most densely populated among the sectors. The Euphrates River passes through it,In it are a number of markets among them The Quwatli Market which is one of the oldest market, and Tel Abyad Street the – most crowded street of the Wilayah. Photo report on the booming markets in Raqqa City

Among the most prominent landmarks in this sector are The Gate of Baghdad, the Walls of Ancient Rafiqa(Raqqa) both archaeological remains dating back to hundreds of years and The Bridge of Rasheed.

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                   The Gate of Baghdad

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                      The Rasheed Bridge

THE WESTERN SECTOR

Of the most prominent cities and regions that make up this sector are Tabqa City,Mansurah area,Al-Jarniya and Al-yamama

The main source of electric power is The Euphrates Dam and Rasheed Dam Photo Report on Rasheed Dam

This sector depends on irrigated agriculture from the Euphrates River, also famous for its beautiful landscape & scenic view of lakes. Among the attractive places are Ancient Ja’bar Castle which is located in the Lake of Euphrates & Ancient Rusafa Castle

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                      Lake of Euphrates

THE EASTERN SECTOR

Among the main cities in it are (Akershi & Subkhah), with industrial bussiness areas.

One of its features areas is Buzalin which is an extinct volcano area.

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                   Mount Munkhar West

THE NORTHERN SECTOR

It is the most extended sector in the Wilayah, in it people are active with pastrolism and agriculture which has Ain A’rus as its source of irrigation.

Within it is the Tel Abyad, Sharkrak, Hazimah, Saluk & Ain Issa area.

Photo Report on Life in Tel Abyad under Khilafah

Photo report on Life in Salook under Khilafah

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                              Ain A’rus

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                        vast grazing area

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                Blessed agriculture areas

ARMY OF THE WILAYAH

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It Consists of several battalions comprising thousands of Mujahideen from different military disciplines, assigned for attacking the enemy and defensive duty.

Allah has blessed & enabled the army of the wilayah in the previous months to capture & control many strongholds of the Nudayri army, among them The Division 17, Brigade 93 & Tabqa Military Airport, He laso enabled them later to expel the apostate PKK from large areas in the northern sector.

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FRONTLINE OF THE WILAYAH

Consist of approximately 100km of ribaat lines.

1) The Ayn Al-Islam Frontline

2) Frontline against Nusayri armies in the south of wilayah

3) Frontline in the North-East of the Wilayah against the PKK

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ADMINISTRATION & BEREAUCRACY

This is concerned with the organization of administrative matters, with offices spread all over the cities and villages of the Wilayah.

Among the Departments are :

THE TRIBES & PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

It is a department that fixes up enmities and restores harmony between the tribes in the Wilayah & solve problems if any.

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THE PUBLIC SERVICE DEPARTMENT

This is the deparment that is responsible for all types of public services in the Wilayah. Among them are: delivery of water to the Muslim homes, repairing of electrical networks & the works of road maintenance such as paving & decorating the streets & roads in the Wilayah.

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THE ZAKAT DEPARTMENT

This department deals with the collection of zakat from agricultural crops, shops and livestock, and distributing it to the beneficiaries.

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THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Police Department provides security across the state, through the establishment of checkpoints and conducts day and night patrols, hunting thieves and solves simple disputes. It also includes the traffic police who regulate the traffic, and conduct driving tests on a regular basis.

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THE AGRICULTURE & IRRIGATION DEPARTMENT

This department Supervises the work of the mills, furnaces etc. It also buys wheat from the farmers and distributes the flour on the furnace in order to provide baking materials.

This department also supervises the work of the dams and irrigation streams, it has set up several irrigation projects aimed at providing water to the largest possible area of the ​​agricultural land.

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THE PUBLIC SECURITY DEPARTMENT

This department is responsible for securing the Muslims’ life, Allah has blessed & enabled its soldiers to detect a number of cells and spies of the Nusayri regime or intelligence services from different countries.

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

This Department is responsible for the conduct of the educational process in the Wilayah, It has opened more than 15 schools that teach the Muslim children religious education and secular sciences, and has also opened several religious institutes, walhamdulillah.

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THE HISBAH DEPARTMENT

It is the Department that enjoins the good and forbids the evil in the Wilayah, people are encouraged to pray the salah and pay the zakat,etc., and are forbiden the smoking of cannabis, theft and drinking wine, etc…and this department includes the Control and Inspection Office, this Office looks for  the sources of evil, it monitors the shops from selling damaged material and looks for fraudulent individuals and others..

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THE DAAWAH, WAQAF(DONATION) & MOSQUE DEPARTMENT

The Soldiers of Khilafah are assigned the task of calling to Allah with wisdom and good preaching, where they bulid up da’waah tents or mobile caravan in which lessons and competitions are held. The department also is entrusted with the taking care of the Mosques and reconstuction missions.

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THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT

This department is responsible for the management of hospitals that provide medical services to the Muslims. It is responsible to also monitor pharmacies and the drugs they sell to the Muslims. This department has also established Medical School.

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THE JUDICIARY COURT & PUBLIC COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT

Under this department come several Sharia courts, which solve disputes between opponents and crimes related matters.This department also judges between the soldiers of the Khilafah and the ordinary people if there arrises a problem between them.

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THE MEDIA DEPARTMENT

It is the external & an important front of the Wilayah, working to transfer the course of events and keep up military developments and the means to provide media coverage of the activities of other government departments. It has established 15 informational points which distributes media material in different places, working to deliver various information of different types of visual release and publish the daily news.

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Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds

The Information Office of Wilayat Raqqa

Don’t forget them in your dua

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah

Why I Left Jabhat An-Nusrah – Part 1

See also: Part 2,Part 3,Part 4,Part 5,Part 6

THEIR NIFAQ

By Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani (From the Islamic State video “Message Of A Mujaahid” released by Al I’itisām Media on 3rd October 2014 )

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Many times I have been asked about my story and the reasons why I left JN(Jabhat An-Nusrah), and contemplating over the reasons, I decided it was best I wrote an article detailing my reasons.

I left JN in April after joining them in January 2014. During this time period, I saw many things which clearly were not traits of a Mujaahid who fights for the return of the Sharia nor were they traits of a group I would wish to fight under.

There are a few reasons why I left JN, among them was their nifaq, their fear of being labelled as extremists, their cowardice in fighting batil, their illogical stances, the arrogance of some of their amirs, the ignorance from their top Amir and spokesman (“Shaykh” Sulayman AlMuhajir), their lack of Al-Walaa Wal-Baraa, and the fact that they were not implementing the Shariah.

These are seven reasons which I can remember at this current time. There are many incidents which I can narrate, but they fit into these seven broad categories. Some incidents overlapping into more than one category.

As Muslims, we know that every claim is nothing more than empty words without weight, unless backed up by proof. So now I will go through each of these seven points giving evidence to back up my claims. And unlike majority of the Dawlah-haters, I will only narrate what I saw with my own eyes, or heard with my own ears.

1) Their Nifaaq:

Prior to coming to Sham, I was not aware of most of the political affairs happening inside Sham. This was due to me trying to keep a low profile away from the MI5. So once I arrived in Sham, I had a fresh mind, free of all external influences from second-hand sources. All my research was done while in Sham, speaking to people and seeing things with my own eyes.

During my stay with Jabhat An-Nusrah in Atmah, I had a questioning tongue, always enquiring into the in-fighting, trying to get to the bottom of things, questioning things which didn’t seem logical, and asking further questions over obscure matters.

One thing which really struck me was why Jabhat An-Nusrah was not coming to the aid of their brothers in Dawlah. I asked many brothers why they were not coming to the aid of Dawlah, and most of them responded by saying that the Amirs do not give permission for it. This was very ironical to hear from people who came sham to “help the oppressed”. Innamal muslimoon al-ikhwa, the Muslims are but brothers. And it was known by all, that Dawlah were fighting for nothing but the return of the Sharia and FSA were fighting for democracy. A battle of imaan vs kufr.

Because most of the brothers were giving the excuse of their Amirs not giving permission, I asked some of the Amirs this same question. And again, their response was the same, “Our top/higher Amirs are not giving permission.” A few even said how this was not their fight! A clear act of hypocrisy. So if FSA attack us, we will fight them, but if they attack our brothers from Dawlah, we will not fight them as “it’s not our fight”?! That doesn’t make sense, irrespective of how much “hikmah” you want to use. And where is the “fitnah” in a fight between iman and kufr? Is this not the reason why we came Sham? Is this not the reason jihad was justified? To fight off kufr and its supporters?

This caused me a lot of annoyance and quite a lot of brothers left JN due to this. Many fought alongside their brothers from Dawlah, defending them as a true Muslim should. Realising that our jihad is not for a banner or a group, but for Islam and the Muslims. Indeed those who’s niyyah was clean and had clear untainted foresight, left JN to defend Dawlah from FSA, a group fighting for the return of democracy.

And this hypocritical stance of JN was something we all knew was going to backfire on them. If they stood and watched as their brothers of tawheed were being ambushed and killed by FSA, then a day would come when FSA would also turn their backs on JN. And indeed such predictions occured only a few months down the line.

Finally, to add a word of justice, I would like to say that some JN safe-houses sheltered a few Dawlah fighters. Three were sheltered in the safe-house I was staying in. However, this act is not sufficient, nor does it justify staying out of the fight. A true brother comes to the aid, standing between you and the common enemy, not sitting far away in the back opening his back door letting you in if you survive the vicious onslaught.

Even if you wish to be arrogant and say this is sufficient, then i remind you that;

(A) this was only done by a few number of JN Amirs (I personally only know of one, who was an Egyptian Amir by the name of Abu Ja’far and heard of about 2 others),

(B) this was not the stance of Jawlani, the Amir of JN, and

(C), on occasions, these Dawlah brothers were only given a limited number of days to stay before they were asked to leave. Real friendly isnt it?

So this was one reason why I left JN, their nifaq. Refusing to fight FSA because it was “not our fight” even though it was a fight of the people of democracy vs the people of Shariah. Where is this in relation to the verse “The believing men and women are awliyaa’ of one another.” [9:71]?

Their actions contradicting the verses about brotherhood, and their excuses contradicting the verses which encourage one to fight jihad.

In part two I will explain my second reason for leaving JN, that being, their fear of being labelled extremists and their separation from Islamic courts and judging people with it.

Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani (Kik: shaykh.anwar)

Al-Bab, Sham.

23/05/1436 (Corresponding to 14/03/15)

Why I Left Jabhat An-Nusrah – Part 2

See also: Part 1,Part 3,Part 4,Part 5,Part 6

Their Fear Of Being Labelled Extremists, And Their Eradication Of A Dawlah Shariah Court

By Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani (From the Islamic State video “Message Of A Mujaahid” released by Al I’itisām Media on 3rd October 2014)

As I have explained in my articles on “niyyah”, our primary purpose for fighting jihad is to raise the Word of Allaah to the highest. The Word of Allaah being the Shariah. So if this is our intention, then we would have no issues with the law courts (Al-Mahkamah) that anyone establishes as long as they are in accordance to the Islamic teachings (i.e, that which judges purely on the Quran and Sunnah). This hold true when there are many groups fighting for its return.

During my time in Jabhat, I was stationed in Atmah, a small town where my battalion (Al-Kateebah) was based and where my training camp also was. Prior to joining the training camp, I used to always walk past a huge building painted black and white, with the testimony of faith (لا اله إلا الله) written in huge text on its gates and the verse about judging based on the laws of Allaah written around the building. A building that stood out with awe, that gave you a sense of honor whenever your eyes gazed upon it.

Enquiring into this building, I was told that it was the law court of Dawlah before they were driven out of Idlib by FSA(Free Syrian Army). And even though Dawlah had left, the remnants of tawheed still stood high in this town. Nobody saw it, but he would be stood in awe. Just its presence caused a sense of fear in one’s heart, increasing one’s Iman and showing you, that this is what we came here to establish.

As Sayyid Qutb mentioned in his book, “Fi Dhilaal Al-Quraan” while expounding upon Sūrah Anfaal, that we fight jihad in order to remove the tyrany and replace it with the Shariah. This being the essence of Jihaad. The equation is not complete if we only remove the tyrant, the system must be replaced with the Shariah.

So always seeing this building reminded me of my intentions and reasons for Jihaad; to establish the Law of Allaah on earth and to judge mankind with it, and nothing else.

After my training camp was completed (end of February/beginning of March), I walked down the path going back to the safe-house (Al-Maqar) where my battalion was based. As I walked near the law court that Dawlah had left behind, I realised it had been erased. The testimony of faith (لا اله إلا الله) had been painted over, the verses of the Quraan had been erased, and the building no longer had its purpose.

The symbol of Tawheed and the fruit of Jihaad had been eradicated from the town. This was very shocking to see. So being as I was, someone who always asked questions, I enquired about this, and I was told it was removed because it was no longer in use!

Jabhat had another Law court somewhere (which I never managed to find!) and they gave the option to the people of Syria to either be judged by the Shariah or to be left alone, judged based on the previous laws of the country.

Likewise, the Huhood of Allaah were not being carried out. Why? “Because the people have lived in jaahilihyah for over 50 years, and they are ignorant of the Shariah so we cannot impose it on them.”?!

So what is the solution, O Amirs of Jabhat? “We must teach the people the Deen first.” So when are we going to do this, O Amirs of Jabhat? And no answer.

No da’wah was given to the public and the remnants of the Shariah were erased. So me and a few brothers spoke to our Amir who was not so keen on the idea of giving Dawah (which was the solution of the problem according to Jabhat anyway). So then we decided to speak to Abu Sulayman Misri (the Amir of the town, who was hardly seen in the town!).

Again, a cold shoulder reply. They said that Dawah was needed to be given to the people before we could judge them according to the Shariah, yet they were not so keen to give Dawah. Strange indeed. Innovated principles with illogical stances.

So the fruits of Jabhat’s jihad and struggle was nothing more than removing the tyrant and leaving the local population to live like sheep, not judging them by the Shariah nor giving them the necessary knowledge or religious upbringing. The Shariah and the law courts was something that the locals saw as extreme, a far-fetched interpretation of the Quraan, not fit for the ‘modern’ world. As long as we believe in the existence of Allaah we are Muslims, and Salaah was something that just made a Muslim even more religious. This was the state of affairs that the Amirs of Jabhat were happy with.

Leave them be, as we need to win the hearts of the people. We are not like those ‘extremists’ in Dawlah who enforce the Shariah upon you and we will allow you to live like scattered sheep.

This is not the fruit of jihad, nor a group who understands the true purpose of Jihad.

So the second reason I left was because of this. The eradication of a Dawlah Law court for no reason other than the fear of being labelled extremists, and allowing the population to live as they pleased, without giving them the necessary Islamic upbringing through da’wah.

In part three I will expound upon the third reason why I left Jabhat, and it is linked very much to this point. That being, their total lack of concern for the Shariah and not prohibiting the evil they saw.

Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani (Kik: shaykh.anwar)

Al-Bab, Sham.

29/05/1436 (Correspondong to 20/03/2015)