THE BAY’AH AND THE REALITY OF THE CONFLICT

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Penned by: Abū Maysarah Ash-Shāmi

Background:
This article was published on 31st March 2014 by ‘Ubwa Laseqa. The author who is a well known writter on these topics and an expert in them covers the topic in great detail. This is what he had to say about this article in a recently published article in which he was adressing Al Shabaab.

NB: I had a good perception of Hani sibai when I wrote this old article(reffering to this bay’ah article), I was uniformed about his reality. It became clear to me later that he is one of the heads of Tajahhum and misguidance who don’t support except for his prestige and thoughts.

In The Name of Allah The Beneficent The Merciful

All praise is due to Allah the Greatest and the Most High, and may the peace and blessings be upon the cheerful avid fighter (Rasūli Allah) and upon his noble and pure household.

To proceed:

The respected shaykh Hāni Sibā’i the director of Al-Maqreze center for historical studies talked about the disagreement between the Islamic State and Jabhat Al-Nusrah. So the brother thought that the basis of this problem lies in the misconceptions (surrounding) the Bay’ah and the organizational relationship between the Islamic State and Tanthīm Al-Qā’idah. And this is far from the reality because the disagreement – after being only methodological, extended to a battle between truth and falsehood, that’s why it is important to understand some issues:

Firstly, Verily the Islamic State has an establishment on the ground, implemented and judged (between people and itself) with Shari’ah. Its governance stretches from Raqqa to Al-Barakah and large and complete pieces of land in Halab, Hims, Al-Anbār, Ninawah, Salāhuddīn, Diyāla, Kirkūk and other places. They established the prayers in this places and Hududs (prescribed punishments) and courthouses and Hisbah (commanding the good and forbidding the evil) agencies. We see the opposite if we look at the governance of the sahawāt and their ally Jawlāni. Their joint Sharī’ah board has neither knowledge nor power, it is corrupt and it corrupts because they included in the legislations the extreme Sūfis, Murji’ah, the Ikhwānis and the criminals (even the ex-regime tāghūt judges). Their slogan is: “No Sharī’ah during war” and they misinterpret with their desires the sentence: “No punishments (Hudūd) in Dār Al-Harb (the land of war. i.e lands ruled by manmade laws)”. For two years, they controlled some large and stable “liberated” areas, but we didn’t see any Hisbah or Hudud (punishments), except on the imprisoned soldiers of the Islamic State. And then we see the Jahiliyah statements like the one made by “Jaysh Al-Mujāhidīn” allies of Jawlāni saying that Hijāb is a personal freedom.

Secondly, Jawlāni’s group made its first priority fighting the IS, so they put in first, fighting the IS instead of fighting Hay’at Al-Arkān (General Staff Command Building of the Syrian armed forces) and the bandits, so they truly became: Murji’ah with the pagan coalition (SNC) and Aāl Salūl (Saudi), and Khawārij with the Islamic State.

Thirdly, Abū Abdūllāh Ash-Shāmi issued a fatwa based on lies, and he immediately made fighting the Islamic State compulsory because it’s a Tā’efah Muntani’ah (a refraining sect) from Hākimiyah (seeking judgement in Qurān & Sunnah) and labeled them as more extremist than the khawārij (while he contradicted in the description of the Hākimiyah which they refrained from), so he was similar to Ibrahīm Al-Salqīni and Adnān Al-‘Ar’oor.

So now the disagreement developed into an ongoing war between the Islamic State who have empowerment on earth (in one front) and the groups in the Jarba and Aāl Saud coalitions and the followers of Jawlāni (in the other front), so they lined up in one rank in order to achieve their goal by coordinating it on all levels. All praise is due to Allah who guided the defectors from Jawlāni to give their testimonies about the conspiracies. 

Thus, the misconceptions surrounding the Bay’ah have no traces on the ground, because the defectors from Jawlāni front preform Hijra in dozens to The Islamic State territory even if the misconceptions (surrounding Bay’ah) weren’t clarified. It is because they saw the deviation in manhaj in this group (Jabhat An-Nusrah). Also the threats by Jawlāni, the Fatwa of As-Shāmi and their denial of the favors and the goodness they, in the past used to acknowledge, encouraged them (the defectors) to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.

So the reality is different from what was imagined by the brother, because the muhājirīn and ansār do not obey someone who commands them to join a coalition with the secularists, salūli’s, Jahmī’s and criminals, nor do they obey the one who deviated in his manhaj, disobeyed his amīr (Abū Bakr Al- Baghdādi) and helped against him those whom there is no dispute in their kufr, even if the order(of obedience) was to come from all the ‘wise men’ of the world.

In order to refute the “Bay’ah” misconception by Allah’s Will, I shall convey the words of Dr. Aymān Al-Zawāhiri himself, with a short commentary, and from Allah we seek assistance.

Firstly, the minister (of war) Abū Hamzah Al-Muhājir may Allah have mercy on him dissolved the Al-Qāeda branch in the land of the two rivers (Iraq) without consulting his amīr Shaykh Usāma ibn Lāden (may Allah have mercy on him) in Khurassān. And this is something which cannot be denied by Dr. Ayman. So the minister (Abū Hamza) hastened with the declaration because the matter couldn’t be delayed neither according to the Shari’ah nor the situation, and shaykh Usāma recognized the legitimacy of the State because it is not permissible to postpone its establishment.

Appointing the Imām becomes an immediate duty upon ability,

Dr. Ayman said:

“The establishment of the Islamic state or emirate is a religious duty and a realistic necessity. This cannot be delayed for the lack of the best circumstances for electing the ruler. Otherwise, those who spread mischief and the enemies of Islam will seize the country, security will be lost, sanctities will be violated, and tumults will take place. The fruits of jihad in Afghanistan would have been lost had the Islamic Emirate not been established. This could also lead to the loss of these fruits in Iraq, especially since all the internal and external atmospheres in the two countries are prepared and are available for igniting infighting unless a legal and enabled authority was established to foil these conspiracies.”

“[In Iraq] previously the brothers made successive efforts to unify the ranks of the mujahidin first in the Mujahidin Shura Council then the Hilf (Alliance of) Al-Mutayyibin (the honourables), and then in the pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq by most of the jihadist groups, which pursue the right methodology and the mujahid and steadfast tribes, the brothers mentioned this in detail. Therefore, it would be unnecessary to repeat it. The best proof of this is the heroic steadfastness of the blessed state on whose rock the military campaigns, seditions, and conspiracies founder.” [‘Second Round of The Open Interview’ (Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh ) with al-Zawahiri, 2008]

So the establishment of an Islamic State is obligatory, that’s why Dr. Zawāhiri explained in his answers in Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh:

“The need for the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) and the religious and practical (shar’iyah) justifications for its establishment, particularly as such a need is to a great extent connected with a practical view of the field of struggle (battlefield). Our brothers in the Islamic State of Iraq are pioneers in that field. The brothers in Afghanistan have known a number of ISI’s notables at close hand, and they contacted them in various cases. They found in them nobility, a generosity of spirit, and a perspicuous view of the changing reality and storming events which they experienced and which hardened them. The best proof of their perspicuous vision is the enormous achievement they accomplished with Allah’s help, whereby they foiled the US and Iranian plans in the region, an achievement they began by digging their nails into the rock, in circumstances shrouded in defeat, despair, and being overwhelmed by the US invasion and Iranian coalition. They undoubtedly know their field better than anyone else. As for their fairness and truthfulness, all my brothers who lived with them testify to their truthfulness, honesty, renouncement of worldly pleasures, sound views, and good morals.”  [‘Second Round of The Open Interview’ (Al-Liqā Al- Maftūh ) with al-Zawahiri, 2008]

So Abū Hamzah dissolved Tanthīm Al-Qāeda in the land of the two rivers (Iraq) while saying:

“I tell the venerable Shaykh, the brave hero, the Qurayshi Hashemite, who is of a Husayni origin, the commander of the faithful, Abu Umar al‐ Baghdadi: I pledge allegiance to you, to hear and obey, during difficulty and ease, wether in pleasant or unpleasant situations, and even against our preference and this is a promise not to dispute for power with the leader, and to say the truth wherever we are, and not to fear the criticism of anyone in the cause of Allah. And I announce the integration of all the formations that we have established, including the Mujahideen Shura Council, on behalf of my brothers in the council, under the authority of the Islamic State of Iraq.” [“There is no judgment but that of Allah” speech]

And this was confirmed by Dr. Ayman with his saying:

“There is nothing in Iraq today called al-Qaida, for al-Qaida organization in Mesopotamia (Iraq) has merged by the blessing of Allah with the other groups and Jihadi factions in the Islamic State of Iraq, may Allah protect it, and it is a Shar’i (legal) Emirate upon the correct manhaj, and it was established with Shurah and got the pledged of allegiance of majority of the Mujahideen and tribes of Iraq” [Fourth meeting with As-Sahāb Media]

And the Islamic State is truly established not just imaginary, Dr. Ayman said:

“And not that long ago, the Mujahideen established a government in Peshawar – outside Afghanistan, and everyone was happy about it, supported it and blessed it, and nobody condemned it, and many of those who are now condemning the Islamic State in Iraq, with their claim that “it doesn’t have enough power” actually supported the government of Peshawar at the time. And today, the Islamic State in Iraq is established in Iraq, and the Mujahideen are celebrating it in the streets, people are demonstrating to show their support in many cities and villages in Iraq, and mosques in Baghdad are openly showing allegiance to it. And even with all that, those people still say it doesn’t have enough power! The reason is that at the time, the circumstances were pleasing to Washington – but today Washington’s interest is at stake.” [Nasīhatu Mushfaq]
And he also said:

“I send my greetings and those of my brothers to our brothers, the Mujahideen in Iraq. And I congratulate them on the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq, and encourage the Islamic Ummah to back this young, fledgling state, for it – Allah permitting – is the gateway to the liberation of Palestine and the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate. And I also encourage all my Mujahid brothers in Iraq to join this blessed caravan to rescue Iraq of the Caliphate from the schemes of the Crusaders and their agents, the traitorous religion-traders, and to ruin what the beggar Abdul Aziz al-Hakim conspired about in Washington with his master, the defender of the defeated cross.” [The Realities of the Conflict between Islam and Kufr]

And he also said:

“The ISI’s banner and creed are one of the purest banners and creeds in Iraq. It has established an Islamic state that resorts to shari’ah only. It also declares that affiliation with Islam and loyalty to faith are above all other affiliations and loyalties, something in whose mud many movements that are affiliated with Islam are drowned in. It is a state that advocates and seeks and spares no effort to restore the awaited caliphate state. It also incites Muslims on this issue [‘Second Round of Open Interview’]

And major empowerment isn’t a condition for establishing an Islamic State, Dr. Ayman said:

“The so-called Hamas government in Gaza and Ramallah has been established and we didn’t hear those who condemn the Islamic State in Iraq, nobody said it’s not legitimate or lacks power. The half government in Ramallah and the other half in Gaza can’t even meet with each other! And the prime minister can only move if the Israeli army gives him permission! And many of their ministers and deputies have been arrested and imprisoned by Israel, but did we hear anyone say they aren’t legitimate or they lack power? Hamas even had to let down two thirds of its seats and abandon four fifths of Palestine and give authority to Mahmud Abbas to negotiate in the name of the Palestinians, but we didn’t hear those people condemning it or saying it lacks power!

And the Islamic State in Iraq – with the blessing and permission of Allah – has much more territorial control, soldiers and supporters than the so-called government of Hamas, its leaders can move freely, they threaten America, and America recognizes its danger. They defend every Muslim cause, from Grozny to Sebta and Melillia, they promised to free the Muslim prisoners, especially the symbol of Daawa and Jihad, Sh. Omar Abdurrahman, and they even launch campaigns against America in his name! And even with all that you consider it lacking power?

And on the other side, you have the Hamas leaders who declare themselves innocent from the Mujahideen, they even said in Moscow in a visit, that the Chechnya conflict is a “Russian interior problem”! And every day Hamas and Fatah fight and kill each other, and they justify it, then Arab regimes come to mediate between them! While the Islamic State in Iraq announced it only fights the spies and the traitors, and it declared itself innocent from those who spill unlawful blood, its leaders are ready to be judged and punished if they fall into any legal (Shar’i) crime, and even with all that, there are still media campaigns filled with lies against them, and you still believe them? What is this contradiction?

The reality is, the Hamas game where it goes concession after concession, is something the Zionists and Crusaders want, and the Arab regimes provide everything for it, while the establishment of the Islamic State in Iraq is an Islamic project of Jihad, being fought by the Zionists and the Crusaders – and hence by the Arab regimes as well.” [Nasīhatu Mushfaq]

And also it’s not a condition for the state to be free from mistakes, Dr. Ayman said:

“The Islamic Emirate is declared once it applies Islamic Law (Sharia) in the territories under its control, even if it makes mistakes, and Allah knows best” [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]

And retreating from some areas into the desert doesn’t mean they became a fighting organization after being a legitimate State. Also when the Arabian Peninsula fell out of the governance of As- Siddīq (Abū Bakr ra), that didn’t mean his State wasn’t legitimate. Likewise according to him, The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, their Statehood didn’t end because they retreated into the mountains.

Dr. Ayman said:

“Ask those who cast doubt on the enablement of the ISI and its control of land: Can anyone deny that the blessed state controls, at least, one square kilometer of the land of Iraq? If the answer is yes, and it is so, praise be to Allah, then why do you deny it the right to establish an Islamic state on the land it controls? What area did the state in Madina al Munawarah control before the raid of the confederates (ghazwatul Ahzāb)? And how was the situation in it during the raid of the confederates? The Qur’ān describes this and says:
“Behold! They came on you from above you and from below you, and behold, the eyes became dim and the hearts gaped up to the throats, and you imagined various (vain) thoughts about Allah. In that situation were the Believers tried: they were shaken as by a tremendous shaking. And behold! The Hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease (even) say: “(Allah) and His Messenger promised us nothing but delusion!” Behold! A party among them said: “You men of Yathrib! you cannot stand (the attack)! Therefore go back!” And a band of them ask for leave of the Prophet, saying, “Truly our houses are bare and exposed,” though they were not exposed they intended nothing but to run away.” [Al-Ahzab 33 verses 10-13] Almighty Allah then says: “You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah. When the Believers saw the Confederate forces, they said: “This is what Allah and his Messenger had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger told us what was true.” And it only added to their faith and their zeal in obedience. Among the Believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah. Of them some have completed their vow (to the extreme), and some (still) wait: but they have never changed (their determination) in the least: That Allah may reward the men of Truth for their Truth, and punish the Hypocrites if that be His Will, or turn to them in Mercy: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. And Allah turned back the Unbelievers for (all) their fury: no advantage did they gain; and enough is Allah for the believers in their fight. And Allah is full of Strength, able to enforce His Will. And those of the People of the Book who aided them – Allah did take them down from their strongholds and cast terror into their hearts, (So that) some you slew, and some you made prisoners. And He made you heirs of their lands, their houses, and their goods, and of a land which you had not frequented (before). And Allah has power over all things.” [ Al-Ahzab 33 verses 21-27]  Are these not Qur’ānic facts?” [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]

And he also said:

“About those who object to the Islamic State by saying that it is not fully consolidated, Sh. Usama says about them: “Whoever ponders upon how the first state of Islam has been during Uhud and Al-Ahzab when everyone was terrified, and when the Arabian Peninsula almost turned apostate after the death of the messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, would know that absolute consolidation is not a precondition for vowing allegiance to the imam or the establishment of the Islamic State.” [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]

And Shaykh Usāma ibn Lāden said:

“The fall of the State doesn’t mean everything has ended, and doesn’t mean that the Jama’a of the Muslims and their Imam has ended” [As-Sabīl li ihbāt Al-Mū’āmarāt]

Also Abū Bakr Al-Husainī Al-Baghdādi received the Bay’ah as an Amīr of the believers in the Islamic State of Irāq, he didn’t receive the Bay’ah as amīr of an organization. We can read the following in a statement by Shūrah council of the Islamic State in Irāq:

“The Shura Council has taken its time for all the past period, meeting the ministers of the State, its amirs, Ahl al-Hal wa al-Aqd, people of authority and opinion, and we can send glad tidings to the Islamic Ummah, especially its Mujahidin vanguard, especially the shaykhs of the ummah and the leaders of jihad everwhere that the opinions have all agreed upon the allegiance to the Shaykh, the Mujahid, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Hussayni al-Qurashi as Commander of the Faithful (Amir al- Mumineen) in the Islamic State in Iraq, and appointing the Shaykh Mujahid Abu Abdullah al- Hussayni al-Qurashi as his minister and second in command. Those two respectable Shuyukh are people of abundant knowledge and pioneers in da’wah and Jihad for the sake of Allah, we consider them such and Allah will be their judge” [Bayān Majlis Shūra Dawlat Al-‘Irāq Al-Islāmiyyah]

This was also confirmed by the official spokesman of the Islamic State Abū Muhammad Al-‘Adnāni As-Shāmi in Ramadan 1434 H when he said:

“And when we lost our Amir Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, Allah blessed us with better than him insha’Allah – we consider him such and Allah will be his judge – our Emir Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Qurashi al-Baghdadi, Amir al-Mumineen may Allah protect him and guide his footsteps. Likewise is his deputy Abi Abdillah Al-hasany Al-Qurashy Al-Baghdadi hafidahullah. And if we lost our minister of war, the lion Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, he had raised men and left behind him crashing jungle lions, then here is Abu Sulayman An-Nasir Li Dinillah in the battle field, so gald tidings and don’t worry, the Islamic State is staying by the permission of Allah, despite the anger of the hateful” [The Islamic State will stay – inna Dawlat Al-Islām Bāqiyah]

Instead of opposing this description (Amīr of the believers in the Islamic State) he (Dr. Ayman) confirmed it by reciting this poem:

In the land of two rivers (Iraq), It (JN) is supported by batallions***

And by an Islamic State that assaults and roars***

To her, daily in Iraq are new incidents (fightings) ***

In the sea of deaths, the deaths being like valley openings [i.e. many] ***

The soldiers of Abubakr have confronted apostasy***

Triggered by the dollar, inciting and gathering it***

So it’s a duty upon the Islamic State to expand and to destroy the borders drawn by Sykes-Picot, not to isolate itself within it. And it is upon the Muslims to support it not to wage war against it. And from the most important forms of support is pledging allegiance to it.

Dr. Ayman said:

“I also plead to the Muslim Nation to support the mujahideen in Iraq and especially the Islamic State of Iraq, as this is the shortest way to change the bitter situation in the heart of the Islamic World, and heading towards Bayt al-Maqdis and breaking the boundaries and borders the corrupt tyrants had placed between us and our brothers everywhere.” 

“And, we will [always] be incapable of stopping the crimes in Palestine, and in others besides it in the Islamic places, if we don’t break these boundaries… or else, we will just be satisfied with protesting, shouting, giving speeches and lectures every time the Crusader Zionist enemy stands against us and our brothers with a new massacre, and just return to our homes broken, miserable and incapable.”

“And today, Allah granted us this rare opportunity that, in the beloved Iraq, jihad has risen free of governments and regime chains, and a united Mujahid Islamic state was founded. It destroyed the American crusader plan in the heart of the Islamic World, and is burning to head towards al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestine.” So, let us support this blessed jihad in the Iraq of the Caliphate, and let us support this patient young country and to not back away from this obligation and that responsibility as Allah will bring down on us His punishment and discontent…”  [6 Years after the Aggression on Iraq]

He also said:

“I remind the brothers of what Sh. Usama – may Allah protect him – said in his latest speech:

“If [America] and its agents are defeated in Iraq with the permission of Allah, there won’t be much before the caravan of the Mujahideen starts its road, in successive convoys going from Baghdad to Anbar, Mosul, Diyala and Salaheddin, until Hittin (a historic battle) comes back to us with the permission of Allah” [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]

He also said:

“The Islamic State in Iraq and our Mujahideen brothers will not feel at ease until they destroy the borders between them and Bayt al-Maqdis, and unite with their brothers there and fight the Zionist Jews, and save the Aqsa Mosque with the permission of Allah.” [6 Years after the Aggression on Iraq]

He also said:

“And I remind them of the enlightening words of the martyr of Islam as we consider him, Shaykh Abdullah Azzam, when he said: “Truth doesn’t care about geographical borders, and doesn’t limit itself to limits delimited by geographers. Truth transcends untainted human mind, telling it; how can you say that so and so issue is true on this side of the mountain and false on the other, or true on one border of the river, and false on the other” [Arba’ūna ‘āman ‘ala suqūt Al-Qūds]

He also said:

“and I ask Allah subhanah that He gives victory to the Islamic State in Iraq and firmness to its leader Abu Umar al-Baghdadi may Allah protect him, and to give ground to this State so that it gathers all the Mujahideen and Muslim brothers in Iraq, so that an Jihadi Islamic State emerges in the Iraq of Khilafah that sets its eyes towards Jerusalem and move forth to establish the Caliphate State that was fallen by the crusaders and allies” [Duroos wa ‘ibar wa ahdāth ‘ithām]

He also said:

“This Islamic Emirate which is waging Jihad and performing Ribat, and also the Islamic State in Iraq, must be supported by fighting in its ranks, and supporting it with money, experience and information. The Muslims should first repent from their betrayal of Taliban before and should know that Allah will ask them about their betrayal” [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]

He also said:

“The ISI has now developed from the level of the Mujahidin’s Shurah at the time of the martyrdom of Abu-Mus’ab al-Zarqawi Rahimahullah, and that is because of Allah’s guidance. The ISI today is waging a ferocious war on several fronts against the Crusaders, apostates, and Iran’s agents. Therefore the Muslim ummah bears a great responsibility in supporting them so that they will foil the plans of the Americans and the Iranians, and consolidate the state of Islam in the heart of the Muslim World, and so as to support the move of the mujahidin in Iraqi toward the environs of Jerusalem, so that the mujahidin will meet there, both those from outside of the blessed Palestine and those from inside it, to herald the elimination of Israel, Allah willing” [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]
So it’s not appropriate to say; The Islamic State is legitimate in Iraq but not in Shām, because the land of Shām is a neighbouring country.

Dr. Ayman said:

“So why don’t you, O people of Pakistan, join with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan? It is a Shar’i (legal) Emirate governing Most of Afghanistan, and it’s fighting a Crusader enemy of Islam, it rules with Sharia over its lands, so why don’t you unite with it and support it? […] Unite with the Islamic Emirate that Muslims have pledged allegiance to in the East and the West!” [Tawhīd Al-Kalimah Hawla Kalimat At-Tawhīd]

This is a State and not an army, and it’s not allowed according to the Shari’ah to appoint two Imāms in two neighbouring countries. So the one who affirms to the legitimacy of the State in Irāq and also sees the legitimacy of a neighbouring upcoming state which hasn’t been established, giving away its matter to “the people of Syria”, making a difference between the 2 states because of fabricated borders, has indeed acknowledged the borders drawn by Sykes-Picot even if it was partial. And there is no one infallible other than Rasūli Allah ,ﷺ

Dr. Ayman said:

“And the third difference (between the Islamic state and the nationalist state) is that the Islamic state sees itself responsible for all Islamic lands, as scholars have said: Muslim lands are considered one single entity, while the nationalist state only sees itself within its borders” [Tawhīd Al-Kalimah Hawla Kalimat At-Tawhīd]

And he also said:

“The sixth goal: Working to establish a Caliphate that doesn’t recognize nationalist states nor the borders that the invaders have established, but implements a Caliphate upon the Prophetic methodology, believes in the unity of all Muslim lands and the brotherhood between all Muslims, erases the borders, and strives to propagate justice and Shura and liberation of all Muslim lands” [Wathīqat Nusrat Al-Islām]

So the organizations are obliged to give Bay’ah to the State, not the opposite. So whoever demands the State to exit (Shām) is actually demanding its partial dissolution.

Dr. Ayman said:

“The State is a step in establishing the Caliphate, which is more superior than organizations. So the organizations should pledge allegiance to the States, and not the opposite. And the Amir al- Mumineen Abu Umar al-Baghdadi – may Allah protect him – is among the leaders of the Muslims and the Mujahideen today, we ask Allah to give him firmness and victory.” [2nd meeting with Sahab Media]

And he also said:

“And I tell them (the other Mujahideen in Iraq): The Islamic State in Iraq is your State, your Emirate and your government, who are you going to unite with if you don’t unite with them? Rush towards goodness with them and heal our hearts and give us the glad tiding that we’ve been waiting for.” [4th meeting with As-Sahāb Media]

Dr. Ayman was never Amīrul Mu’minīn for Islamic State of Iraq neither was Shaykh Usāma ibn Lāden may Allah have mercy on him, rather they had a bay’ah to Imām Mullah Muhammad ‘Umar, the amīr of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. Mullah ‘Umar has never been Amīrul Mu’minīn of the Islamic State in Iraq, so how can someone say that Dr. Ayman has the same power (might/abilities) as the amīr of the believers?

Dr. Ayman said:

“The ISI(Islamic State of Iraq) and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and add to them the Islamic Emirate in Caucasus, are Islamic emirates that are not under the control of one ruler. We hope that the caliphate state will be established soon to unite them with all Muslims. Shaykh Usama Bin Ladin, may Allah watch over him, is just a soldiers of the leader of the faithful, Mulla Muhammad Omar, may God watch over him. All those you have mentioned support each other and cooperate with each other in support of Islam and jihad. [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]

And he also said:

“Mulla Muhammad Omar – may Allah protect him – is the Amir/Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the Mujahideen that joined it, and Sh. Usama bin Laden – may Allah protect him – is one of his soldiers” [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]

And he also said:

“We renew the pledge of allegiance to Amir al-Mumineen Mulla Muhammad Omar Mujahid – may Allah protect him – obedience and hearing, in matters we like and dislike, to wage Jihad in the path of Allah, and establish Sharia, and protect the oppressed.” [Watarrajala Al-Fāris Al-Nabīl]

And he also said:

“And those who claim that we claim for ourselves the Caliphate over all Muslims, how can he forget that we pledged allegiance to Mulla Muhammad Omar Mujahid – may Allah protect him – the Amir of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan?” [Al-Imān Yasra’ Al-Istikbār]

As for the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, it is not working for expanding outside its current borders, it assured the nations of the world and its neighboring countries they won’t intervene in their affairs and not be any form of danger to them (except for those who fight them in Afghanistan). This was also acknowledged by their official and famous announcements, which were refuted by some scholars and students of Islamic knowledge. Among them:

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) wants good relations and mutual interactions with the world, particularly, with the Islamic world and the neighbors in the light of Islamic rules, national interests, mutual respect and joint cooperation. The Islamic Emirate does not intend to interfere in the internal affairs of others nor allows others to interfere in its internal affairs. The Islamic Emirate assures the entire world that it will not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against any one and makes it clear that it respects all international laws and principles in the light of its Islamic rules and national interests. […]

The media of the enemy portrays us as if we wanted war with our neighbors, but the reality is that International laws don’t permit such actions. The ongoing Imperialist war against so-called terror is actually a war against human values, justice and peace […] I urge Islamic countries, powerful neighboring countries and world organizations to play a positive role” [1433H Eid Message from the IEA, and you find the same things in other statements]

It is not possible to expand outside the borders drawn by Sykes-Picot except by fighting the brown and the black(i.e. all people)

And Dr. Ayman did not name himself an Imām for a State or organization, so how can someone say that he has power over the amīr of the believers in the Islamic State in Irāq?

Dr. Ayman said:

“We want an Islamic Caliphate in which the Ummah freely chooses its leader, and pledges allegiance to him upon Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet peace be upon him, and obey him as long as he obeys Allah. If that happens, then we are with him. If Muslims on any part of earth establish the rule of Islam and choose an Imam, then that choice will be also our choice, because we aren’t here for power.

That’s why we tell the people of Sham: we are not here to take away your right to choose who will rule over you. Rather, if you establish the rule of Islam and choose someone to rule over you with Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet peace be upon him, then your choice is our choice.” [Al-Imān Yasra’ Al-Istikbār]

The specific pledge of fighting – suppose it happened, and was legally valid with such innovated manner- it isn’t higher in authority or more committed to the ruling than the pledge of allegiance made by the Shūra council, the commanders, leaders and judges to Abū Bakr Al-Baghdādi as an amīr for the believers in the Islamic State. So it cannot reduce his powers in the State politics, then how can they avoid him from doing the obliged? And from the greatest of obligations is the expansion of the Islamic State to the entire world.

Dr. Ayman said:

“The martyr of Islam, Sh. Abdullah Azzam may Allah have mercy on him said: “The allegiance is always upon goodness, because we always pledge to do good, and it is not permissible to pledge allegiance for bad actions and filth, like those who pledge allegiance then are asked to do actions that anger Allah like spying on people or uncover the ‘awra (hidden defects) of people.” until he said: “And it is not permissible for someone to use his allegiance to force him to not do good that is prescribed in the quran and sunnah, like waging Jihad in the path of Allah – because in that case it becomes an allegiance in bad actions, and there is no obedience to the creation in disobedience to the Creator.” [Nasīhatu Mushfiq]

That’s why they (IS) concluded that implementing what came in the letter would be disobedience to the Creator, like it can be heard in “Bāqiya wa Tatamadad” by Amīr of the believers and the audio message: “Fadharhum wama Yaftarūn” by the official spokesman, even if the writer perceived it as an order or ruling, especially since the risāla is directed to a State Amīr from an Amīr of an organization who acknowledged the legitimacy of this State for 7 years before Jawlāni defected and split the ranks. So the risāla surprised them by rulings which indicate that Dr. Ayman doesn’t see the legitimacy of the state, and the relationship between them wasn’t built on this foundation. I copied some of his sayings that contradict what it stated, that’s why there was so much gossip and increase in questions and assumptions that they were almost sure he will reject the bay’ah of the disobedient ones, rather Jawlāni and his friends were surprised when their Bay’ah was accepted!

I ask the reader to give a moment so I can narrate some events;

When the Islamic State in Irāq & Shām was announced, and Jawlāni came out openly splitting (the ranks) and disobeying the command (when he himself used to consider Abū Bakr Al-Baghdādi an Imām for a legitimate State, and he presented himself as his representative in Shām). The soldiers defected from him and the Jabhah didn’t have any traces left in most of the wilāyat, jawlani asked to meet the Shūra council of the Islamic State. The meeting took place in the end of (Islamic month) Jumada II and Jawlāni offered to return back to the obedience of his amīr, with some conditions attached:

The name “Jabhat Al-Nosrah” has to stay as a representative of the islamic State in Shām, adding a phrase that shows they really follow the State.

■ The rāyah (flag) of “Jabhat Al-Nosrah” has to stay on the centers on its side, the rāyah of the Islamic State.

■ He must have the command and the opinion in matters concerning wilāyāt of Ash-Shām.

The Islamic State rejected his requests, so he accepted to return to obedience without conditions – due to the collapse of his front -, so he promised to visit the centers and the fronts by himself in order to tell the leaders and soldiers that he returned to the obedience and that he’s a soldier of the Islamic State until the misconceptions are finished and the fitnah between the soldiers is stopped. Before doing this he asked to delay the matter for a couple of days so that he could meet with all the close ones who approved of his defection and he can give them the news (out of respect for one another because they were used to doing that). He went but he disappeared because of the intense pressure that he encountered from those, so he sat in Al-Qalamoun region desperately, until the letter reached him from the Dr. through a media person who accompanies him. He read the letter and couldn’t believe it saying: “I was so surprised by the content that I forgot to make sujood thanking Allah”

When Jawlāni showed the letter to those who were close to him, they doubted the authenticity because they knew about the sayings of Dr. Ayman concerning the State’s legitimacy and its obliged expansion before the events of Shām happened. Also they knew he praised ‘al-nusra’ front and since it was part of the dawla and not vice versa. So Jawlāni was forced to add footnotes to the letter with the phrase; “Markaz Al-Fajr” and he spread it on the internet and leaked a copy to Al-Jazīrah media channel. This was the first time in the history of Jihād that a personal letter directed to the leaders of Jihād was spread on satellite TV; he did all this in order to refute those who doubted the authenticity of the letter. Note that “Markaz Al-Fajr” has nothing to do with the private writings and letters of Dr. Ayman, and he started spreading passages from the letter to his private circle (of friends) and his soldiers through the mobile phone.

And these events were witnessed by some members of the State’s Shūra council and some of the people close to Jawlāni (members of ‘JN’ Shūra). One of them even left them when he saw the hypocrisy. The facts of the “return of Jawlāni to the Islamic State” meeting were restricted in detail in the notebook Mahdat Ijtimā’. But Jawlāni took away the notebook after the end of the meeting saying that he wanted a copy, before he went hiding with the mentioned notebook. And for this event there are witnesses, all of them are alive all praise due to Allah.

So the reality which was hidden from many and in Allah we seek refuge is, this letter published on 13th of Rajab (Risālat Al-Hukm mina Al-Zawāhiri) was the cause for splitting the ranks and gave live to the name Jabhat Al-Nusrah after it was ended and collapsed after Shaykh Al-Baghdādi revoked its authority.

So let’s go back to the misconception(s) surrounding Bay’ah….
Those who disagree with the Islamic State aren’t infallible even if they were pioneers in knowledge and Jihād, Dr. Ayman said:

“Sh. Hamid al-Ali, and Sh. Abu Baseer al-Tartusi, they have all our respect and consideration, and we saw in them firm and strong stances in supporting the jihad and the Mujahideen, we ask Allah to reward them for it. As for their opposition to the Islamic State in Iraq, nobody is exempt from mistakes, and when there’s disagreement we solve it with evidence and research, until we find the truth and give victory to Islam” [First interview with Sahab Media]

And the Islamic State according to Dr. Ayman was legal and Bāqiya (remaining) just before the announcement of expansion to Bilād As-Shām. Dr. Ayman said:

“Those who defended Islam, Jihad and Ahl al-Sunna in Iraq are the noble Mujahideen, the Islamic State in Iraq being the foremost of them, and it is still, with Allah’s blessing, firm and did not change its aqeeda and did not retract still clinging to the foundations of Islam despite the filthy war against it.
The noble Mujahideen, and the Islamic State of Iraq at the foremost, are owed debts by every free honorable Muslim in Iraq. If it wasn’t for them, the destiny of Sunnis in Iraq would be like the one of the Sunnis in Iran, at the hands of Ismail the Safavid.

The noble Mujahideen, and the Islamic State of Iraq at the foremost, are owed debts by every free honorable Muslim, as they are the solid rock on which the American agenda in the region was crushed, the project to divide Iraq then Saudi Arabia and Egypt. And those who saved the Ummah from this devilish American plot are the Mujahidin of Iraq, and at the forefront, the Islamic State of Iraq, may Allah reward them.

Those noble Mujahidin, and the Islamic Stat of Iraq at the foremost, have presented a lot of sacrifices, so many that you can’t even count them: thousands of martyrs, much more in injured, prisoners, handicapped, widows, orphans, refugees, exiled for the sake of Allah, they presented all that despite the huge media campaign was against them, from America and from Arab regimes – and everybody knows from where they are sponsored.  And even with the misguiding campaign by many of the head-covered bearded guys (shekhs) especially in the gulf countries  , the noble Mujahideen and the ISI at the foremost, never abandoned their mission and kept protecting the sanctity of the Muslims, not because they wanted a worldly benefit but because they wanted the pleasure  of Allah. And here they are today, firm and proud like a mountain, going from victory to victory and from conquest to conquest.” [Tawhīd Al-Kalimah Hawla Kalimat At-Tawhīd]

Destroying the State and undermining it will only be in the benefit of the tawāgīt, Dr. Ayman said:

“And so, I ask those who doubt the Islamic State in Iraq, in whose interest is the destruction of the Islamic State that was established after all this time spent waiting for it?” [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]

Therefore, it is a sign of ungratefulness for the blessings and not fulfiling the debts; the removal of the Islamic State from shām, to accept the pledge of the rebellious and the disobedient ones, to ignore the islamic State’s virtues and blowing up their mistakes, and threatening them with a war in Iraq, describing the State as Hurūriyah (khawarij), extremist and comparing it with the morals of the rawāfidh, or ruling on the state that it is a Tā’efatu Mumtan’iah (refraining sect) with force from seeking Judgement in Quran and Sunnah with more extremism than the early khawārij, and that the individual ruling on every single individual among the Islamic state is that of the group.

Both Imāms Abū Umar Al-Husayni Al-Baghdādi and Abū Hamzah Al-Muhājir promised that the state will remain and expand until it infiltrates the borders and conquers (back) Bayt Al-Maqdis, the Arabian Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, Andalusia and Rome. And they took an oath on this.  

I swear on The One who took them as shuhada , we will not rest until we honor their oath and fulfill their promise with Allah’s Help and Power, as a gratitude for them and for their blood, and Allah is a witness for what we say. We will never bring to realization the dream of the Jews & Christians who want to see the State’s dissolution, even if it will only be a single centimeter of earth.

In conclusion, Dr Ayman said:

“I ask the dear brother to review the speech of Sh. Usama completely, he responded to many of the allegations and rumors about the Islamic State of Iraq, may Allah give it victory.” [Al-Liqā Al- Maftūh 2nd episode]

And he also said:

“I ask the dear brother to review the speech of Sh. Usama in which he talked positively about the Islamic State in Iraq, and about those who pledged allegiance to it, and asked the Muslims of Iraq to unite around it.” [Al-Liqā Al-Maftūh 2nd episode]

Link to speech entitled: “The Way to Foil the Conspiracies” by Mujaddid Shaykh Usāma ibn Lāden Allah accept him:  

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After all this I say: If there was a consultation and supportive relationship – even if supposedly some called it (this relationship) ‘Allegiance’ out of humbleness and mistakenly – And there is no one infallible other than the messenger of Allah ﷺ they didn’t meant to bring down the Islamic State as a Legit State, and Dr. Ayman didn’t mean to claim the position of amīr of the believers for it [Dawlah], and this is clear and abundant in the official speeches, statements and the official releases of the dawlah and the Dr. [and I quoted some of his words]. So Dawla still remains a State, and its amīr remains the amīr of the believers, and Dr. Ayman remains the amīr of an organization. And he distances himself from being an amīr of a State usually emphasizing the Bay’ah he has on his neck for Mullah Umar the amīr of the Emirate of Afghanistan.

So how can the relationship between the State and the organization affect the power of the amīr of the believers in the Islamic State?, even if some supposedly called it ‘bay’ah’ whoever he may be especially when we witnessed the dangerous methodological disagreements, and the leadership of the tanthīm (alqaeda) followed the media magicians in every turn they made, and they commanded them (IS) to withdraw  from the frontlines in Shām, and the Islamic State was  fought together with everyone it from Muhājirīn to Ansār, while the kūfār, murtadīn and their tawagīt enjoyed it, and from Allah we seek help.

As for the claim of seeking judgment with Dr. Ayman, this misconception was refuted by Shaykh Al-Adnāni and asked the opponents for a mubāhala (envying the curse of Allah upon the liar).

I say: How can Dr. Ayman judge between the State, and some one, two or three men while he will benefit from accepting Jawlāni’s pledge? among the conditions of a judge is, that his senses should be fine so he can distinguish between the liar and the truthful by seeing the face of the individual and hearing his voice. It also needs repeating the same questions two or three times for the prosecutor, the defendant and the witnesses for him to compare their answers. 

So how is it possible for Dr. Ayman to see the face of the leaders and the disobedient and hear their voices so he can accept the testimony of the truthful one and reject the claims of the liar while he is in Khūrassān? And how is he going to ask them and compare their answers when most of the correspondence between Khūrassān and Shām needs two months in most cases?

The reason why the State wrote a letter to Dr. Ayman, was to hurry him in rejecting the Bay’ah from the disobedient, they didn’t do that because they sought judgement from him as a Judge.

So this issue and some others were the reason for Abū Abdullāh As-Shāmi to issue his verdict on the State; that the State is refraining from seeking judgment in Qurān & Sunnah with force.

Finally I say: For the one who wants to know how a jihadi group that fights for Allah’s Sake turns into a group that fights for the Sake of the taghūt (like some groups in Syria), let him read the history. Let him know that the love of the person for prestige, money and leadership will become pride, pride will become jealousy, jealousy will become arrogance, arrogance will become hatred, and hatred enmity, and enmity will become dispute with the opponent, and dispute happens by hiding tawhīd, and displaying shirk, avoiding the muwahidīn and flattering the mushrikīn in the first place. After that is the blatant kūfr and a war in the end, due to the following of desires/lusts and holding on to the misconceptions, unless Allah protects His servant due to His Mercy. 

From Allah we seek help, in Him we put our trust, there is no power and nor strength except with Him, Allah Alone is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs for us.

All praise due to Allah

Penned by: Abū Maysarah Ash-Shāmi May Allah forgive him

SAY TO THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, “YOU WILL BE OVERCOME”

An Address by the Official Spokesman of the Islamic State The Mujāhid Shaykh Abū Muhammad al-‘Adnānī ash-Shāmī (HA)
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The English Translation was done by Al Hayat Media Center

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

All  praise  is  due  to  Allah,  the  Strong  and  Mighty.  And  may  blessings  and  peace  be  upon  the one  sent  with  the  sword as  a  mercy  to all  the  worlds. As  for  what  follows:

Allah  (ta’ālā)  said,  {Say  to  those  who  disbelieve,  “You  will  be  overcome  and  gathered  together to  Hell,  and  wretched  is  the  resting  place.”  Already  there  has  been  for  you  a  sign  in  the  two armies  which  met  –  one  fighting  in  the  cause  of  Allah  and  another  of  disbelievers.  They  saw them  to  be  twice  their  own  number  by  their  eyesight.  But  Allah  supports  with  His  victory whom  He  wills. Indeed in  that  is  a  lesson  for  those  of  vision} [Āl  ‘Imrān: 12-13].

O crusaders,  Rāfidah,  secularists,  apostates,  Jews,  and  kuffār  in  general…  ally  with  each  other against  the  Muslims  as  much  as  you  will.  Ally  with  each  other,  rush  madly,  plot,  scheme,  and assemble.  Indeed,  you  will  be  overcome  and  gathered  in  Hellfire.  O  crusaders,  you  will  be overcome.  O  Rāfidah,  you  will  be  overcome.  O  apostates,  you  will  be  overcome.  O  Jews,  you will  be  overcome.  This  is  the  established  way  of  Allah  with  those  before  you,  as  occurred  to the  followers  of  Fir’awn,  the  people  of  Nūh,  and  the  people  of  Hūd.  You  will  be  defeated  just like  in  Badr,  al-Ahzāb,  and  Khaybar.  You  will  be  defeated  just  like  in  al-Yamāmah  and  alYarmūk.  You  will  be  defeated  just  like  in  al-Qādisiyyah  and  Nahāwand.  You  will  be  defeated just  like  in  Hittīn  and  ‘Ayn  Jālūt.  O  kuffār,  you  will  be  defeated  altogether.  Do  not  forget  that ar-Raqqah,  al-Fallūjah,  and  Mosul  were  not  long  ago.  Nor  were  Tadmur  and  ar-Ramādī  long ago.

O Russia,  by  Allah’s  permission,  you  will  be  defeated.  O  America,  you  will  be  defeated.  You will  assemble  yourselves,  your  army,  and  your  allies  for  Hellfire,  and  what  a  horrible  abode  it is.

America  thinks  it  will  overpower  the  mujāhidīn.  How  despicable  America  and  its  allies  are. Know,  O  America,  that  the  Islamic  State  today  is  not  as  you  think  and  not  as  you  wish.  Its truthful  leaders  and  soldiers  have  refused  to  please  anyone  by  angering  Allah.  They  hope  for nothing  save  His  forgiveness  and  pleasure.  For  this  reason,  they  never  humbled  themselves  at the  expense  of  their  religion.  They  never  feared  anyone  except  their  Lord.  They  sought  His aid,  called  upon  Him,  sought  refuge  with  Him,  and  relied  upon  Him  alone;  He  has  no partners.  They  are  certain  of  His  aid  for  them.  For  this  reason,  they  have  disbelieved  in  the idols,  the  so-called  “symbols,”  “scholars,”  and  “ideologues,”  throwing  their  contradictory statements  against  the  wall  without  any  concern.  They  did  not  compromise  with  the  “popular support”  at  the  expense  of  their  religion,  because  the  “popular  support”  is  scum.  For  this reason,  the  Islamic  State  advances  upon  a  clear  path  with  a  white  destination.  It  is  a  path drawn  out  by  the  leaders  of  the  Islamic  State  with  their  own  corpses  and  skulls.  They  lit  the path  with  their  blood.  By  Allah’s  permission,  those  after  them  will  not  diverge.  Whoever  joins the  ranks  of  the  Islamic  State  is  attracted  by  that  light.  He  is  kept  firm  by  a  methodology treaded  by  the  leaders  of  the  Islamic  State  and  carried  in  the  hearts  of  its  soldiers.  This  was so  until  that  methodology  became  a  safety  by  which  anyone  who  might  attempt  to  take leadership  while  lacking  such  methodology,  then  the  soldiers  of  the  Islamic  State  would  reject him, abandon  him, and replace  him, whoever  he  might  be.

Therefore,  know,  O  America,  that  the  banner  of  the  Islamic  State  is  now  carried  by  a  whole new  generation.  By  Allah’s  permission,  it  will  be  followed  by  further  generations.  So  have  glad tidings  of  what  hurts  you,  O  America,  for  the  Islamic  State  today  by  Allah’s  grace  is  stronger than  any  day  before. It  continues  to  move  from  strength  towards  further  strength.  And  all praise  is  due  to  Allah.  Whereas  America  and  its  allies  today  are  weaker  than  ever  before, moving  from  a  condition  of  weakness  to conditions  of  further  weakness.

Indeed,  America  today  is  weak,  rather  powerless.  Due  to  its  weakness  and  powerlessness,  it calls  for  the  help  of  Australia  in  the  war  against  the  Islamic  State.  It  begs  Turkey.  It  begs Russia. It  appeases  Iran. It  says  without  reservation  that  it  is  prepared to ally  with  Shaytān.

So  listen  and  understand,  O  America,  with  every  day  that  passes  of  your  war  against  the mujāhidīn,  we  gain  strength  and  you  weaken.  The  battle  carries  on,  by  Allah’s  grace,  as  we have  planned.  We  dragged  you  into  two  wars  in  Khurāsān  and  Iraq,  by  which  you  forgot  the terrors  of  Vietnam.  This  is  a  third  war  expanding  to  Shām.  In  it,  by  Allah’s  permission,  will be  your  end,  destruction,  and  elimination.  If  you  want  the  least  of  losses,  then  you  must  pay jizyah  to us  and submit.

Yet,  the  foolish  mule  Obama  thought  that  it  was  in  his  power  to  conclude  the  war  by  the  air and  through  the  slavish  proxies,  agents,  and  sahwāt.  He  thereby  prolonged  the  war  as  we wished.  He  should  have  rushed  and  not  wasted  time  in  trying  out  “solutions.”  The  fool  made a  ground invasion  the  final  option. And he  will  always  be  a  failure, as  there  are  no solutions.

O  America,  you  will  come  to  the  ground,  very  soon.  Undoubtedly,  therein  will  be  your destruction  and  end.  Obama  will  then  remain  an  example  for  America  like  the  clown  of  the Rāfidah, Nouri. America  will  then  curse  Obama  as  long  as  its  remnants  exist.

Yes  America,  you  will  be  surprised.  The  Islamic  State  today  is  unlike  you  expect  and  opposite to  what  you  desire.  Yes  America,  you  will  be  defeated  and  taste  great  calamity.  The  best  proof is  Bījī,  al-Anbār,  Tadmur,  and  al-Khayr.  America  utilized  all  its  power  to  take  Bījī  and  hold onto  its  oil  refinery.  And  after  eight  months  of  a  constant  and  severe  battle,  it  was  defeated  in Bījī  and  expelled  with  humiliation.  It  haughtily  lied  and  claimed  to  have  taken  it  dozens  of times.  But  America  was  humiliated  in  Bījī  and  unable  to  protect  its  refinery.  By  Allah’s  grace, we  took  Bījī  with  force  in  spite  of  America  and its  allies.

America  claimed  that  the  Islamic  State  had  become  weak,  on  the  defense,  unable  to  expand, on  the  run,  and  withdrawing.  Then  Allah  blessed  us  with  ar-Ramādī  and  we  took  it  in  spite  of America.  We  also  expanded  to  as-Sukhnah,  Tadmur,  and  al-Qaryatayn.  Thereby  the  lies  of America  became  evident  to  the  eyes.  The  legend  of  the  uncrushable  America  was  crushed.  Its powerlessness  and weakness  became  clear.

The  biggest  “victory”  America  is  able  to  achieve  against  the  mujāhidīn  today  is  to  expel  them from  a  neighborhood  here  or  a  village  there  or  kill  a  Muslim  man.  It  rejoiced  and  rushed  with hubris  upon  killing  the  Shaykh  Abul-Mu’tazz  al-Qurashī,  may  Allah  have  mercy  on  him.  It deluded itself  into believing  such  was  a  great  victory.

May  Allah  have  mercy  upon  you,  Abul-Mu’tazz.  You  are  not  but  a  man  from  the  Muslims. We  did  not  eulogize  him,  nor  will  I  eulogize  him,  because  we  consider  that  he  did  not  die,  as he  had  raised  generations  and  left  behind  him  brave  men,  upon  whose  hands  America  awaits what  will  ruin  it.

I  will  not  eulogize  him,  because  he  has  achieved  what  he  had  hoped  for.  He  was  killed,  may Allah  have  mercy  on  him,  while  he  had  no  hope  in  this  world  except  to  be  killed  without changing  his  commitment.  His  supplication  for  this  became  often  during  his  last  days.  Rather those  around  him  say  that  in  his  last  days  he  did  not  care  for  precautions,  as  if  he  saw  his  time coming.  He,  may  Allah  have  mercy  on  him,  did  not  hope  for  death  and  supplicate  Allah  for  it because  of  despair  or  discontent,  nor  because  of  worry,  weakness,  or  fatigue.  Rather,  it  was his  longing  to  meet  his  Lord,  then  his  yearning  to  be  amongst  those  who  preceded  him  on  his path.

I  will  not  eulogize  him,  because  America  and  its  allies  rejoiced  at  his  death  while  their  agents and  dogs  gloated.  They  rejoiced  and  gloated  at  the  killing  of  a  man  from  the  Muslims  whose only  dream  in  this  Dunyā  was  to  be  killed  for  the  sake  of  Allah.  Abul-Mu’tazz,  may  Allah have  mercy  on  him,  used  to  say  while  grabbing  hold  of  his  gray  beard  and  tugging  it,  “By Allah,  you  will  be  dyed  with  blood.  By  Allah,  you  will  be  dyed  with  blood.”  And  Allah answered  his  supplication,  actualizing  his  vow.  I  saw  his  beard  dyed  with  his  blood.  So  why should I eulogize  him?

I  will  not  eulogize  him.  If  the  eyes  are  filled  with  tears,  saddened  by  the  loss  of  the  dear  and precious  Abul-Mu’tazz,  then  the  hearts  have  gotten  used  to  sufferings  so  they  no  longer  are concerned.

[Poetry:]
The  heart  was  struck  by  pains  until  my  heart  became  covered by  a  layer  of  arrows.
Thereafter  whenever  arrows  struck  me, the  arrows  would break  upon  older  arrows.
The  pains  became  nothing, so I don’t  worry  about  them, as  I don’t  benefit  from  concern.

I  will  not  eulogize  Abul-Mu’tazz,  but  instead  I  will  ask  Allah  (ta’ālā)  to  accept  him  alive amongst  the  martyrs,  grant  him  residence  in  Paradise  amongst  the  truthful  and  the  prophets, keep  us  firm  after  him  upon  this  path,  make  our  end  good,  and  make  us  experience  a  more severe  martyrdom.

So  do  not  rejoice,  O  America.  You  will  continue  to  assemble  your  forces  and  that  of  your crusader  allies  until  you  step  into  the  arena  of  Dābiq,  wherein  you  will  be  crushed  and defeated. This  is  the  promise  of  Allah; indeed Allah  does  not  fail  in  His  promise.

Abū  Hurayrah  (radiyallāhu  ‘anh)  reported  that  Allah’s  Messenger  (sallallāhu  ‘alayhi  wa sallam)  said,  “The  Hour  will  not  be  established  until  the  Romans  land  at  al-A’māq  or  Dābiq. Then  an  army  from  al-Madīnah  of  the  best  people  on  the  earth  at  that  time  will  leave  for them.  When  they  line  up  in  ranks  the  Romans  will  say,  ‘Leave  us  with  those  who  enslaved some  of  us  so  that  we  can  fight  them.’  The  Muslims  will  say,  ‘Nay,  by  Allah,  we  will  not abandon  our  brothers  to  you.’  So  they  will  fight  them.  Then  one  third  of  them  will  flee;  Allah will  never  forgive  them.  One  third  of  them  will  be  killed;  they  will  be  the  best  martyrs  with Allah.  And  one  third  will  conquer  them;  they  will  never  be  afflicted  with  tribulation.  Then they  will  conquer Constantinople”  [Sahīh  Muslim].

Yes,  this  is  the  promise  of  Allah.  You  will  come  down  to  the  ground,  O  crusaders,  and  we  are waiting  for  you.

As  for  you,  O  factions  of  apostasy  and  treachery,  O  factions  of  disgrace  everywhere,  O  scum. Is  it  not  time  you  learn  a  lesson  from  your  predecessors  from  amongst  the  factions  all  the  long years  in  Iraq?  Did  you  not  benefit  from  the  lessons  you  were  taught  in  Shām?  Therefore, listen  O  fronts,  movements,  and  organizations.  Listen  O  brigades,  battalions,  armies,  groups, and  assemblies.  Listen  O  parties  and  factions.  Listen  O  clans  and  tribes.  Listen  all  people. Listen  and understand.

Indeed,  Islam  is  above  everything  and  nothing  may  be  over  it.  Its  people  were  never weaklings.  Our  Lord  taught  us  that  all  power  and  honor  is  His,  that  the  believers  are  the superior,  and  that  the  kuffār  are  the  humiliated.  Our  relationship  is  with  Allah,  so  we  do  not take  a  step  except  with  proof  from  Allah.  Say  about  us  what  you  desire.  It  does  not  matter  to us. As  it  is  said, “I am  soaked, so why  should I worry  of  getting  wet?”

So  defame  and  disparage  us.  Call  out  and  lie  against  us.  This  will  not  benefit  you.  By  Allah’s permission,  you  will  be  humiliated.  You  will  not  harm  us,  but  only  annoy  us.  And  Allah  will prove  our  innocence.  We  will  carry  on.  We  will  not  look  back,  nor  will  we  care.  Do  what  you please  to  do.  Ally  with  each  other,  assemble,  and  plot.  Mobilize  your  forces.  You  will  not succeed.  You  will  not  achieve  victory.  By  Allah’s  permission,  you  will  be  overpowered  and defeated.  We  will  not  be  frightened,  as  Allah  is  sufficient  for  us.  We  will  carry  on,  never quitting  nor  caring.

I  then  say  to  the  leaders  of  the  factions,  groups,  parties,  divisions,  and  organizations  that  wage war  against  the  Khilāfah  while  claiming  that  they  work  to  revive  the  khilāfah.  To  them  and those  like  them  I  say,  by  Allah’s  permission,  we  will  carry  on  upon  our  path.  It  is  the  Khilāfah. If   you  wish,  then  repent,  join  its  ranks,  and  support  it,  for  it  is  the  Khilāfah.  We  established  it in  spite  of  America  and  America’s  allies  while  fighting  against  the  tawāghīt  of  the  earth.  We will  carry  on  by  the  order  of  our  Lord  to  raise  its  tower  and  revive  its  glory,  even  if  such  does not  please  you.  We  will  carry  on  doing  what  we  please  in  accordance  with  the  law  of  our Lord.  So  if  the  guidelines  of  your  fools  –  I  mean  your  “wise”  men  –  are  unable  to  deter  us and  turn  us  back,  then  if  you  like,  seek  refuge  with  the  Security  Council  or  United  Nations, maybe  they  could  issue  a  resolution  condemning  us.  Or  seek  the  aid  of  the  crusader  coalition or  any  tāghūt  or  the  Rāfidah  or  the  Nusayriyyah  or  the  devils.  Maybe  they  will  send  you  air support  or  ground  reinforcements.  And  if  such  does  not  please  you,  then  ram  your  heads against  the  mountains  and  annihilate  them,  or  farm  the  ocean  surface  or  if  you  wish  you  can drink  the  seas.  Or  if  this  does  not  please  you,  O  miserable  ones,  then  seek  a  tunnel  into  the earth  core  or  a  stairway  into  the  sky.  And  if  that  does  not  please  you,  then  die  in  your  rage. We  will  do  as  we  please  whenever  we  wish,  for  we  do  not  have  after  the  Qur’ān  and  the Sunnah  any  red  lines.  The  laws  of  the  other  nations  are  beneath  our  feet.  Yes,  we  will  never be  scared  by  the  armies  of  the  Arabs  and  non-Arabs.  We  will  pronounce  takfīr  upon  anyone who the  law  of  Allah  pronounces  takfīr  upon.

We  will  carry  on,  by  Allah’s  permission.  We  will  continue  with  our  explosions  and  destruction regardless  of  how  much  the  claimants  and  fools  lie  against  us,  even  if  these  fools  are  falsely called “scholars”  and “wise  men.”  They  can  lie  and fabricate  as  much  as  they  wish.

[Poetry:]
We call  to tawhīd all  our  lives, at  every  moment, secretly  and openly.
We wage  a  fierce  war  with  our  mouths  and hands  against  filthy  shirk  and its  people.
We also wage  war  against  all  filthy  heresies, destroying  them, in  defense  of  the  religion.
This  is  our  path  and methodology, so why  are  you lurking  for  us  in  ambush?

Many  of  our  brothers  have  asked  us  to  respond  to  the  series  and  the  episodes  of  lies  and fabrications  that  have  filled  the  horizons.  So  we  say  with  pity  in  response,  while  seeking  the aid of  Allah:

[Poetry:]
The  senility  of  an  old man  is  never  followed by  wisdom.
Whereas  wisdom  follows  the  childishness  of  a  youth.
I was  silent  to the  fool  so he  thought  I was  unable  to respond!

A  person  who  pledges  allegiance  to  a  dead  man  and  calls  the  Ummah  to  pledge  allegiance  to a  dead man, does  such  a  person  deserve  a  response?

We  will  divide  the  groups  and  break  the  ranks  of  the  organizations.  Yes,  because  there  is  no place  for  groups  after  the  revival  of  the  Jamā’ah  (the  Khilāfah).  So  away  with  the organizations.  We  will  fight  the  movements,  assemblies,  and  fronts.  We  will  tear  apart  the battalions,  the  brigades,  and  armies,  until,  by  Allah’s  permission,  we  bring  an  end  to  the factions,  for  nothing  weakens  the  Muslims  and  delays  victory  except  the  factions.  Yes,  and  we will  liberate  the  “liberated”  places,  because  if  they  are  not  ruled  by  the  law  of  Allah,  then they  have  not  been  liberated.

Return  to  your  guidance,  O  Muslims.  Return  to  your  guidance.  It  is  the  Khilāfah.  It  is  your honor. It  is  your  glory. It  is  your  victory.

And  to  the  soldiers  of  the  factions,  we  say:  You  have  heard  our  message  to  your  leaders,  so listen  and  understand  what  I  say.  By  Allah’s  permission,  we  are  coming  to  you.  And  by  Allah, we  feel  pity  for  you.  So  take  these  words  from  us  and  understand  them.  If  you  do  not  find them  to be  true, then  leave  them.

We know  that  your  intentions,  goals,  and  conditions  are  various.  Some  of  you  fight  us  because of  our  religion,  as  you  don’t  want  an  Islamic  state,  out  of  dislike  for  the  law  of  Allah,  in support  of  the  tawāghīt,  and  being  content  with  manmade  laws.  These  are  a  small  selection of  you.  Many  of  you  fight  us  despite  claiming  to  want  implementation  of  the  law  of  Allah. But  they  have  deviated  and  not  found  the  correct  path.  Some  of  you  fight  us  thinking  we  are a  barbaric  enemy  against  the  Muslims.  Others  fight  for  the  sake  of  the  Dunyā  or  a  salary from  the  factions.  Others  fight  out  of  pride  and  bravery.  And  others  have  other  various  forms of  intentions  and evil.

But  know  that  we  do  not  differentiate  between  these  intents  and  goals  and  that  our  ruling upon  you  after  overpowering  you  is  one:  a  bullet  splitting  the  head  or  a  sharp  knife  inside  the neck.

O you  who  fights  us  because  of  our  religion,  by  Allah,  you  will  be  defeated.  If  you  want  safety, then  either  run  away  or  repent  before  we  overpower  you.  O  you  who  fights  us  claiming  we  are a  barbaric  enemy  against  the  Muslims,  stop  fighting,  for  we  did  not  march  and  sacrifice  our souls  for  wealth  or  a  perishing  worldly  life.  Rest  yourself  and  find  comfort.  We,  by  Allah,  did not  march  for  your  wealth  nor  your  property.  And  O  you  who  fights  us  while  claiming  to  have a  goal  of  implementing  the  law  of  Allah,  do  you  not  know  that  we  rule  by  the  law  of  Allah? Do  you  not  see  Islam  is  supreme  in  every  hand  span  of  the  Islamic  State  and  that  the  religion is  upheld?  So  know  that  by  your  fight  against  the  mujāhidīn  you  have  become  an  enemy  and opponent  to  the  law  of  Allah.  And  if  the  verdicts  of  the  donkeys  and  mules  of  “knowledge” have  deluded  you,  then  I  will  direct  you  towards  a  matter  that  if  you  comprehend  you  will know  the  truth.  Reflect  over  the  individuals  who  leave  the  factions  and  join  the  ranks  of  the Khilāfah  every  day.  You  will  find  them  to  be  the  best  and  noblest  of  people.  Reflect  especially over  those  who  abandoned  your  faction.  Then  ask  yourself,  why  did  the  best  individuals  from the  factions  join  the  ranks  of  the  Islamic  State?  If  you  say  that  they  deviated  according  to  the claim  of  those  who  are  called  “ideologues”  and  “major  scholars,”  then  say  to  them  all,  by Allah,  if  the  factions  and  organizations  were  upon  truth,  they  would  not  have  split  up  these individuals  only  for  them  to  be  united  upon  deviance  under  the  Islamic  State.  Rather,  these individuals  only  gathered  upon  truth.  Rather,  by  Allah,  if  they  were  mujāhidīn  they  would never  be  divided  by  truth  and  united  upon  deviance,  for  the  mujāhidīn  cannot  gather  upon deviance.

So  reflect  upon  this  then  ask  yourself  also,  why  is  the  case  not  the  opposite  if  the  Islamic  State is  upon  falsehood?  Why  do  its  best  soldiers  not  abandon  them  to  join  the  factions?  You  will f ind  the  answer  in  the  hadīth  of  Abū  Sufyān  with  Heraclius.  And  thousands  from  the  faction f ighters  have  joined  us  from  Aleppo  alone  after  your  war  was  launched.  And  to  comfort yourself  and  remove  doubt  from  your  heart,  call  those  who  joined  the  Islamic  State  from  your faction  and  ask  them  about  the  reality  of  the  Islamic  State.  Where  is  it  in  regards  to  the accusations  of  its  opponents  and enemies?

So  O  you  who  fights  to  implement  the  law  of  Allah,  join  the  Jamā’ah  if  you  are  truthful,  and abandon  the  factions,  for  they  have  become  the  greatest  obstacle  in  front  of  victory  for  the mujāhidīn  and glory  for  the  Muslims. By  Allah’s  permission, we  will  remove  this  obstacle.

By  Allah’s  permission,  O  soldiers  of  the  factions,  we  are  coming  to  wherever  you  might  be even  if  after  some  time.  We  did  not  come  for  you,  so  do  not  stand  in  the  face  of  the mujāhidīn.  Whoever  throws  his  weapons  aside  and  repents  is  safe.  Whoever  sits  in  the  masjid and  repents  is  safe.  Whoever  enters  his  home,  closes  his  door,  and  repents,  is  safe.  Whoever from  the  factions  and  brigades  abandons  the  war  against  us  and  repents  is  safe.  They  are  safe concerning  their  lives  and  wealth  despite  the  severity  of  their  former  enmity  towards  the mujāhidīn  and  despite  the  amount  of  transgression  they’d  committed  before.  O  Allah,  we have  conveyed, so witness.

O Muslims,  is  it  not  the  time  to  realize  that  the  Khilāfah  is  your  only  salvation  and  that  the rulers  of  your  lands  are  followers  and  slaves  of  the  Jews  and  crusaders?  They  do  not  make  a decision  except  after  receiving  orders.  They  do  not  tread  a  path  except  for  their  sake.  If  you did  not  realize  this  from  the  wars  of  Iraq  and  Afghanistan  yesterday,  then  look  at  the  exposer, the  battlefield of  Shām.

The  cause  of  your  weakness,  O  Muslims,  was  the  collapse  of  the  Khilāfah  and  your  straying thereafter.  Yes,  O  Muslims,  the  collapse  of  the  Khilāfah  was  your  illness,  and  its  revival  is  your cure.  So  gather  around  it  and  seek  shelter  with  it  after  Allah.  Throw  away  the  factions, groups, and organizations. If  you do so, then  it  is  your  cure. If  you refuse, it  is  your  illness.

O  Muslims,  if  you  wish  for  security,  then  there  is  no  security  except  in  the  shade  of  the Islamic  State,  which  defends  you,  deters  those  who  transgress  against  you,  and  protects  your sanctuaries,  and  preserves  your  wealth  and  honor.  O  Muslims,  if  you  want  the  law  of  Allah, then  the  law  of  Allah  is  not  implemented  except  in  the  shade  of  the  Islamic  State.  The  law  of Allah  will  not  be  established  except  by  iron  and  fire,  by  stabbing,  wounding,  and  fighting  the kuffār  day  and  night.  The  law  of  Allah  will  not  be  established  except  upon  the  skulls,  corpses, and blood of  the  mujāhidīn, the  truthful  and sincere  muwahhidīn.

A  clumsy  fool  he  is  who  thinks  that  America  and  its  allies  wage  war  in  defense  of  the  weak and  oppressed  or  for  the  sake  of  relief,  not  as  a  war  against  Islam  and  the  Muslims.  A  clumsy fool  he  is  who  thinks  that  the  law  of  Allah  will  be  established  by  agreements  with  America and  its  allies  or  with  the  approval  of  the  kāfir  nations  or  through  their  resolutions.  The  law  of Allah  will  not  be  established  except  in  spite  of  all  the  nations  of  kufr.  The  law  of  Allah  will not  be  established  except  by  battling  all  the  armies  of  kufr  and  breaking  them  and  defeating them. A  clumsy  fool  he  is  who thinks  that  the  Muslims  are  powerless  or  weak.

Rather,  O  Muslims,  you  are  strong,  very  strong,  as  long  as  you  establish  your  religion,  practice your  tawhīd,  turn  to  your  Lord,  rely  upon  Him,  seek  His  aid,  and  supplicate  Him;  He  is  alone without  partners.  {Is  not  Allah  sufficient  for  His  servant?  And  yet,  they  threaten  you  with those  they  worship  other  than  Him}  [Az-Zumar:  36].  {Is  not  Allah  Exalted  in  Might  and Owner  of  Retribution?} [Az-Zumar: 37].

How  strange  it  is  that  a  believer  recites  these  verses  and  yet  is  scared,  humiliated,  or  hurt?  O Muslims,  you  are  strong  whereas  America,  its  allies,  Russia,  and  all  the  nations  of  kufr  are weak  in  front  of  the  mujāhidīn.  Did  not  your  Lord  (‘azza  wa  jall)  say,  {So  fight  against  the allies  of  Shaytān.  Indeed,  the  plot  of  Shaytān  has  ever  been  weak}  [An-Nisā’:  76].  Did  your Lord  (‘azza  wa  jall)  not  promise  you  to  defeat  them  and  grant  you  victory  over  them  if  you f ight  against  them?  {Fight  them;  Allah  will  punish  them  by  your  hands  and  will  disgrace  them and  give  you  victory  over  them  and  satisfy  the  breasts  of  a  believing  people}  [At-Tawbah: 14]. So  how  very  strange  it  is  for  a  believer  to  recite  these  verses  and  yet  become  weak, cowardly,  or  soft.  How  strange  it  is  for  someone  to  believe  in  these  verses  yet  accept humiliation  or  compromise.  How  strange  it  is  for  someone  to  believe  in  these  verses  yet  flatter the  kuffār  or  conciliate  with  them.

How  strange  it  is  for  you  O  Muslims,  why  are  you  afraid?  Is  not  the  Lord  of  Might  with  you? Did  He  not  tell  you  that  honor  is  for  Allah,  His  Messenger,  and  the  believers,  but  that  the hypocrites  do  not  know?  Did  He  not  tell  you  that  you  were  supreme?  Do  you  not  read?  Do you  not  believe?  O  Muslims,  He  who  drowned  Fir’awn,  destroyed  ‘Ād  and  Thamūd,  and vanquished  the  parties,  will  vanquish  Russia,  America,  and  its  allies,  and  will  make  them  taste from  the  worst  punishment  upon  the  hands  of  the  mujāhidīn.  This  is  the  promise  of  Allah  as long  as  you  are  fighting  for  His  cause.  So  march  forth,  whether  light  or  heavy,  and  respond  to the  caller  of  Allah.

O you  who  abandoned  the  land  of  jihād,  turning  your  back  and  fleeing  to  the  lands  of  kufr, where  will  you  flee  from  Allah  on  the  Day  of  Gathering?  Have  you  taken  the  kuffār  as  allies instead  of  the  believers?  Or  have  you  sought  honor  with  the  despicable,  humiliated  people? {Do  they  seek  with  them  honor?  But  indeed,  honor  belongs  to  Allah  entirely}  [An-Nisā’: 139].  By  Allah,  a  Muslim  does  not  live  in  the  lands  of  kufr  except  in  humiliation,  lowliness, and  degradation.  By  Allah,  there  is  no  security,  honor,  or  dignity  for  the  Muslims  if  they  are not  fit  for  war  and are  not  attached to their  weapons.

What  is  the  matter  with  you,  O  youth  of  Islam?  Didn’t  your  grandfathers  rule  the  Dunyā  and reign  over  the  people?  Didn’t  the  kings  of  the  Dunyā  humble  themselves  before  them,  and didn’t  the  lands  yield  to  them?  And  did  they  prevail,  attain  glory,  and  rule  except  through jihād?

Therefore,  O  Muslim  youth,  join  the  caravan  of  the  mujāhidīn,  for  if  you  do  so  you  will  be the  honored,  dignified  kings  of  the  earth  who  rule  the  Dunyā.  And  if  you  refuse,  you  will  be the  humiliated, miserable, contemptible  losers.

{O  you  who  have  believed,  respond  to  Allah  and  to  the  Messenger  when  he  calls  you  to  that which  gives  you  life.  And  know  that  Allah  intervenes  between  a  man  and  his  heart  and  that  to Him  you  will  be  gathered.  And  fear  a  trial  that  will  not  strike  those  who  have  wronged  among you exclusively, and know  that  Allah  is  severe  in  penalty} [Al-Anfāl: 24-25].

O our  people  in  the  lands  of  al-Haramayn,  O  grandsons  of  Sa’d  and  al-‘Alā’,  O  grandsons  of Majza’ah  and  al-Barā’,  how  long  will  you  continue  to  tolerate  the  rule  of  the  miserable,  kāfir tawāghīt  of  Āl  Salūl?  How  long  will  the  sorcerers  in  the  committee  of  senior  agents  and hypocrites  continue  to  deceive  you?  Here  you  see  the  pagan  Russians  assaulting  the  lands  of Shām,  the  stronghold  of  the  believers,  and  their  church  has  declared  it  a  holy  war  against  the Muslims. So where  are  the  fatāwā  of  the  committee  of  senior  devils?

Did  they  not  previously  call  on  you  to  march  forth  and  wage  jihād  against  the  Russians  in Afghanistan?  Or  were  those  fatāwā  issued  by  their  masters,  the  Americans?  Weren’t  the Muslims’  numbers  in  Khurāsān  sufficient? Or  is  it  that  the  people  of  Shām  are  fiercer  in strength  than  the  Afghans  are? What  is  the  matter  with  you,  O  Muslims?  Is  it  that  in  every case  you  do  not  reason?  What  is  the  matter  with  you  –  how  do  you  judge?  What  is  the  matter with  you  –  will  you  not  listen?  Will  you  not  see?  Do  you  not  hear  the  cries  of  the  weakened Muslims  in  Shām  and  see  their  condition,  with  the  enemies  having  viciously  mobilized  against them?  Has  the  Dunyā  blinded  your  eyes  and  have  your  base  desires  blocked  your  hearing,  or is  walā’ and barā’ dead?

Or  do  you  await  a  fatwā  from  the  devil,  the  one  who  is  blind  in  both  eyesight  and  foresight, the  muftī  of  the  Americans?

No!  The  palace  scholars  have  indeed  bewitched  you,  so  you’ve  fallen  into  tribulation,  and have  been  drugged,  so  awaken  and  rise  up,  O  sons  of  al-Haramayn.  It  is  only  by  your  hands that  the  scales  will  turn,  for  the  disease  has  come  from  your  midst,  and  with  you  is  the  cure. Rise  up  against  Āl  Salūl  and  their  committee  of  agents  so  that  the  Americans  and  their  allies swiftly  collapse,  for  it  is  from  your  lands  that  they  set  out,  and  by  your  oil  that  they  are f inanced,  and  by  the  fatāwā  of  your  devils  that  the  Muslims  are  forsaken,  handed  over,  driven out, and butchered.

So  rise,  O  sons  of  al-Haramayn.  You  will  have  no  excuse  on  the  Day  of  Judgment.  We  call  on you  to  march  forth,  we  call  on  you  for  your  support,  and  you  will  have  no  excuse  if  you remain  behind.  And  we  disassociate  ourselves  before  Allah  from  the  desertion  of  those  who forsake  us  and  incline  towards  being  tame  and  living  a  pleasant  life.  Sa’d  and  ‘Abdul-‘Azīz al-‘Ayyāsh  are  sufficient  for  us  as  a  proof  against  you. How  good they  were!

[Poetry:]
They  were  two lions  whose  claws  were  bloodied when  rushing  to answer  a  call  for  help.
They  were  two seas  of  relief  in  an  era  of  ferocious  transgressions.

They  excelled,  fulfilled  their  obligations,  and  stuck  to  their  words.  It  is  sufficient  for  them  as  a store  of  good  deeds  with  Allah  what  they’ve  placed  in  the  hearts  of  the  Muslims  of  delight, happiness,  and  joy  through  their  daring  deed,  and  what  they’ve  brought  to  the  kuffār  of humiliation, terror, rage, fury, and ruin.

They  are  from  us  and  we  are  from  them.  We  ask  Allah  to  elevate  their  ranks  in  Paradise. Indeed, what  they  have  done  is  more  beloved to us  than  dozens  of  car  bombs.

[Poetry:]
They  were  two lions  who would not  humble  themselves, and whose  sanctuary  would not  be targeted.
Or  they  were  like  two long  spears  visible  to everyone  in  the  middle  of  the  sky.
They  prevailed with  little  effort; their  dew  spread generously  like  a  flood.

Yes,  by  Allah,  their  dew  spread  generously  like  a  flood.  So  rise  and  follow  their  example,  O son  of  al-Haramayn.  Rise!  If  you  lack  a  weapon,  you  do  not  lack  a  rope  and  a  knife.  And before  you are  the  soldiers  of  the  tāghūt. Go forth, for  either  you prevail  or  you die.

[Poetry:]
The  seekers  of  merit  are  companions  of  death, whereas  the  desire  for  long  life  is  the  passion of  the  soul.
If  this  life  is  not  honorable, why  should one  yearn  for  a  long  life? Indeed, the  fear  of  death  is  bitter  like  its  taste.
The  fear  a  youth  has  is  a  sharp sword over  his head.
If  you recognize  life  in  death, you will  find the  taste  of  death  sweet  when  you taste  it.

So  rush  forth,  O  youth  of  Islam  in  every  place.  Rush  forth  to  jihād  against  the  Russians  and the  Americans,  for  it  is  the  crusaders’  war  on  the  Muslims,  the  war  of  the  mushrikīn  and atheists  against  the  believers.  {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  O  soldiers  of  the  Islamic  State,  take  some  words  from  us.  Do  not  fear  for  the  Khilāfah, for  indeed  Allah  (subhānahū  wa  ta’ālā)  will  safeguard  it  and  will  direct  for  its  sake  those  who will  maintain  it,  but  fear  only  for  your  souls.  Take  yourselves  to  account,  repent,  and  return  to your  Lord.

Beware,  O  mujāhid.  Do  not  let  your  condition  on  the  Day  of  Judgment  be  like  the  condition of  those  about  whom  Allah  said,  {The  hypocrites  will  call  to  the  believers,  “Were  we  not  with you?”  They  will  say,  “Yes,  but  you  afflicted  yourselves  and  awaited  misfortune  for  us  and doubted,  and  wishful  thinking  deluded  you  until  there  came  the  command  of  Allah.  And  the deceiver  deceived  you  concerning  Allah”}  [Al-Hadīd:  14].  Let  not  anyone  of  you  think  that he  will  be  saved  by  simply  carrying  a  weapon  and  joining  the  ranks  of  the  mujāhidīn.  Allah (ta’ālā)  said,  {Among  you  are  some  who  desire  this  world,  and  among  you  are  some  who desire  the  Hereafter} [Āli ‘Imrān: 152].

A  man  came  to  the  Prophet  (sallallāhu  ‘alayhi  wa  sallam)  and  said,  “O  Messenger  of  Allah,  a man  may  fight  out  of  bravery,  zeal,  or  to  show  off,  so  which  of  these  is  fighting  for  the  cause of  Allah?”  So  he  (sallallāhu  ‘alayhi  wa  sallam)  said,  “Whoever  fights  so  that  the  word  of  Allah becomes  supreme  is  fighting  for  the  cause  of  Allah.”  Likewise,  it  was  mentioned  before  the Prophet  (sallallāhu  ‘alayhi  wa  sallam)  that  so-and-so  was  killed  as  a  martyr.  So  he  (sallallāhu ‘alayhi  wa  sallam)  said,  “No!  I  saw  him  in  the  Hellfire  wearing  a  cloak  he  had  stolen  from  the war  booty.”  Likewise,  the  Prophet  (sallallāhu  ‘alayhi  wa  sallam)  said,  “There  are  two  types  of f ighting.  As  for  he  who  seeks  the  face  of  Allah,  obeys  the  leader,  donates  something  precious to  him,  supports  his  comrade,  and  avoids  corruption,  then  he  is  rewarded  both  in  sleep  and  in wakefulness.  And  as  for  he  who  fights  for  the  sake  of  pride,  fame,  and  to  show  off,  and disobeys  the  leader  and  spreads  corruption  in  the  land,  he  will  not  return  with  the  rewards needed  to  offset  these  sins.”  Look  at  the  many  deviants,  the  misguided,  the  fallen,  and  the relapsed.  And  do  not  fear  for  the  Khilāfah.  Indeed,  Allah  (‘azza  wa  jall)  will  safeguard  His religion  and protect  His  slaves.

And  indeed,  since  the  Islamic  State’s  initial  establishment  more  than  ten  years  ago  up  until today,  there  has  come  upon  it  of  trials,  adversities,  difficulties,  and  tremors  what  would devastate  the  mountains,  including  the  loss  of  its  leaders,  the  continuous  deaths,  the  many who  were  imprisoned,  and  the  loss  of  lives,  property,  and  wealth.  And  it  endured,  by  the grace  of  Allah  alone,  from  one  difficulty  to  another,  and  from  one  agony  to  another,  and  from one  trial  and  adversity  to  another.  And  no  calamity  afflicts  the  State  except  that  the  one  who’s informed  of  it  says,  “It  will  be  destroyed.”  And  it  isn’t  long  before  it  settles,  and  Allah  alone knows  how  it  settles,  but  that  a  calamity  befalls  it,  so  the  one  who’s  informed  of  it  says,  “The calamity  won’t  end.”  Then  Allah  removes  it,  and  the  next  one  comes,  so  we  say,  “This  is  the one.  This  is  the  one.”  And  so  on.  So  no  calamity  descends  except  that  the  relief  from  it  comes from  where  we  never  expected.  We  do  not  lose  a  commander,  nor  is  one  of  our  leaders  killed except  that  Allah  facilitates  for  his  place  to  be  taken  by  one  who  is  good  in  leadership  and continues  the  journey,  to  the  extent  that  we  are  surprised  at  how  well  he  performs,  his tremendous  bravery,  his  great  level  of  mastery  in  what  he  does,  and  that  he  is  more  painful and  infuriating  for  the  enemies  of  Allah  than  the  one  before  him,  even  though  we  had previously  thought  that  we  would  not  find  someone  that  could  take  his  place.  So  all  praise  be to  Allah  who  fulfilled  His  promise,  gave  victory  to  His  army,  and  who  alone  established  this Khilāfah.

So  rejoice  O  soldiers  of  the  Khilāfah,  for  your  state  –  inshā’allāh  –  will  remain  until  the  Day of  Judgment,  because  it  is  Allah  (subhānahū  wa  ta’ālā)  who  looks  after  it,  administers  its affairs,  supports,  and  protects  it.  So  fear  for  yourselves  and  don’t  fear  for  it.  Do  not  commit injustice,  do  not  commit  betrayal,  do  not  be  cowards,  do  not  lag  or  grow  weak.  Flee  from  the ignoble  Dunyā.  Flee  to  the  Lord  of  all  creation.  {Know  that  the  life  of  this  world  is  but amusement  and  diversion  and  adornment  and  boasting  to  one  another  and  competition  in increase  of  wealth  and  children  –  like  the  example  of  a  rain  whose  resulting  plant  growth pleases  the  tillers;  then  it  dries  and  you  see  it  turned  yellow;  then  it  becomes  scattered  debris. And  in  the  Hereafter  is  severe  punishment  and  forgiveness  from  Allah  and  approval.  And what  is  the  worldly  life  except  the  enjoyment  of  delusion} [Al-Hadīd: 20].

O sons  of  the  Islamic  State,  indeed  the  battle  has  not  yet  intensified,  and  what’s  coming  will be  worse  and  more  bitter.  So  sharpen  your  determination,  and  attack,  for  glory  stands  before you.

[Poetry:]
And he  who seeks  what  we  seek  of  glory  and loftiness, life  and death  become  equal  for  him.

So  abandon  the  Dunyā  and  seek  greatness.  Reconcile,  and  forgive  one  another.  Cooperate and  do  not  dispute.  And  strive  to  be  where  Allah  loves  for  you  to  be,  in  the  frontier  areas,  not in  your  homes  and  bedrooms;  on  frontier  guard  duty,  not  in  the  markets  and  palaces; disheveled  and  covered  in  dust,  covered  in  blood  and  struck  down,  not  sitting  in  comfort  and leisure.  So  realize  the  great  position  that  you  are  in,  understand  the  greatness  of  the  trust  that you are  bearing, and perceive  the  enormity  of  the  matter  and the  significance  of  the  affair.

[Poetry:]
My Lord, in  my  chest  is  the  pulse  of  a  loving  slave,
And indeed I return  to You and fear  You.
And in  the  land there  are  terrors  surging  and tribulations,
Roaming  about, and in  the  midst  of  all  that, tears  are  being  shed.
Blood is  pouring  forth  and victims  are  scattered about,
Tremors  and earthquakes  are  raging  madly  around us.
The  whole  world fell  upon  us, and there  came,
Multitudes  advancing  one  after  another  in  the  lands.
As  if  they  were  rushing  for  a  bowl  that  belonged to them,
So their  multitudes  and factions  made  a  commotion  over  it.
My Lord, the  base  desires  of  my  Ummah  have  torn
Its  strength; and whims  and ornaments  have  covered it.
Its  steps  in  the  darkness  are  guided by  one  who is  astray,
And it  is  pushed into the  midst  of  dark  storms  by  a  deviant  person. And in  every  land, there  is  one  trial  after  another,
And a  day  of  sullen  evil  and eclipsing  terror.
Events  pass  by  us  even  to the  extent  that  it’s  as  if  they  are
Stories  from  a  book, and tales  from  the  past.
My Lord, who will  aid the  Muslims  while  they  have  fallen  asleep,
And the  āyāt  and masāhif  have  not  awoken  them.
My Lord, aid us  and pour  light  amidst  us,
Upon  hearts  for  which  the  way  out  has  become  constricted.
And reconcile  the  hearts  that  have  been  divided by  spite
And perhaps  reconciliation  may  one  day  bring  together  opponents.
And grant  us  conviction  in  our  hearts  so that  perhaps  we  may
Rush  to our  battlefields  and gain  the  higher  ground.
And send down  upon  us  mercy  that  will  cleanse  us
From  what  worries  us  of  sins  we  have  committed.
And guide  us  to repentance  that  by  which  perhaps
An  instrument-playing  person  diverted from  the  matter  will  awaken. So that  large  armies  of  us  would gush  forth  onto the  battlefield,
Filling  them  with  sympathizers  and men  looking  for  arms  to carry.
And we  would carry  our  Lord’s  message  to the  Dunyā,
And would fight  and make  peace  based on  it, while  upon  guidance,
And remain  by  it  one  row, as  if  its  soldiers,
Were  the  foundation  of  a  building; their  ranks  comprised of  scholars  and warriors.
So that  You would send down  victory  and mercy, O  my  Lord,
When  the  determination  of  those  stationed in  the  battlefields  is  true.