Shaykh Husayn bin Mahmud: This is al-Qa’idah September 10, 2009Posted by admin in : Jihad, Knowledge, True Shuyookh , trackback
I am posting this article here because we need more open minded articles that give more exposure to people, ideologues and groups that usually don’t have much exposure due to the media efforts to defame them.
In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
” This is Al-Qaeda (1) “
Thanks be to God: the Determiner of fates, the Creator of tall and heavy mountains, He who restores life and ends it, the Living, the Permanent, with all His majesty. May perfection, prayers, and peace upon the teacher of people, the one who is satisfied with all of destiny with its good and bad.
” Before I begin discussing the title, I would like to remind the people about a certain pillar of Islam. He was a continuation of the predecessors, and an expert of the age. Perhaps these words will move a heart and excite a soul in such a way that the chest will open and pray for the mercy and forgiveness of the Shaykh of Muslims, Abdullah bin Abd-al-Rahman al-Jibrin (may God grant him mercy and rest his soul). Many youths do not know the extent of the nation`s loss in this great cleric. In the recent past, if something happened, Muslims would say: `Let us await the opinion of the two shaykhs, Ibn-Baz and Ibn-Uthaimayn.` When Ibn-Baz died, they would say: `Let us await what Ibn-Jibrin will say.` The massive calamity that has befallen the nation is that there are no clerics today to refer to in this way. He who has mingled with religious circles knows the dangers (and benefits) of gathering the words of the nation and uniting it. The loss of Shaykh Ibn-Jibrin (may God rest his soul) is a loss of a piece of the religious structure, not just an expert. I do not think that Al Sa`ud (the Saudi Royal Family) were comfortable after the death of this great cleric. Shaykh Ibn-Uthaimayn and Shaykh Ibn-Jibrin were feared the most. The rest of their peers did not carry the same weight in religious circles. Shaykh Ibn-Baz (may God rest his soul) was more lenient than his two brothers. They did not fear him like they feared the others. Sultan Bin Abd-al-Aziz used to deliberately insult Shaykh Bin-Baz and keep him waiting at his door for long periods of time. The shaykh (may God rest his soul) only went to him about the needs of Muslims. He was patient (may God rest his soul). If one said that the last cleric and shaykh in the (Arabian) Peninsula who told the truth and only feared God has died, he would be saying the truth. Today the ruler is happy on his throne. Today the hypocrites and apostates are happy and breathing a sigh of relief. Today Muslims are mourning. Muslims today must be honest in their prayers to God. They should ask the Almighty, using His great names and attributes, to compensate the nation with a divine cleric who speaks the truth, whatever it might be, to the face to anyone, and only fear God in this. O God, have mercy on Shaykh Ibn-Jibrin. Forgive him and reward him with the best reward for a cleric of the nation of your prophet (prayers and peace of God be upon him). “Back to the topic:
“This is a simple article (perhaps small) but correct in meaning. It shows the reality of the nation`s condition today, the truth about what the rulers are calling for, and the truth about what is wanted from the sons of this nation. These rulers have exhausted all efforts and abilities in order to kill what is left of religion in the hearts of the public. They have used the media and other means to remove all the pride, eliminate all the manhood, and mutate what is left of the brain to create a subservient generation that lives on the margins and is sustained by scraps. This is a generation that we cannot say knows virtue or rejects vice. It is a generation that denies virtue and pursues vice. The rulers today are preparing the nation for a scheme that was devised in the dark: the Christian occupation of Muslim countries, once again. It is an occupation in the full meaning of the word: of hearts, minds, desires, countries, subjects, chastity, and wealth. This is not possible as long as religion is still in the soul and people promote virtue and reject vice. It will not be possible while the sword of jihad is still raised and not sheathed. Those who see this rabid campaign against religion and morals in the media, the curricula in the schools, and the monitoring of the clerics of Shari`ah, know the goals of these rulers and those who are behind them quite clearly.
“It has been ten years since the eighth Crusade against Islam. It is the war that the people of jihad have fought, headed by the mujahidin of Afghanistan. Despite this, there are still questions regarding the truth about Al-Qaeda and its ideology. Is it an independent organization, or is it under some umbrella group? Many brothers have written me asking for an article about the creed of Al-Qaeda. After all this time, all that has been said, and all the actions and sacrifices, how can people still not know the truth about the people of jihad in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Arabian Peninsula, Somalia, the Arab Maghreb and Chechnya? There are many sensitive questions about this matter, and what is here is meant to be read by everyone so that they can now know the clear, hidden but announced, truth. May the reader forgive us if we do not do well in presenting the concepts, for the most difficult thing to do is to make clear what is already clear.
” The Truth About the Term `Al-Qaeda` “During the first Afghan jihad against the Christian Soviets, the mujahidin descended on Afghanistan from everywhere. The natural destination was the `Services Office` established by Shaykh Abdullah Azzam (may God rest his soul), or the `Bayt al-Ansar (House of the Supporters)` later established by Shaykh Usama (Bin Ladin). This House would receive the youths, take their personal information, monitor their phases of development in the training centers, and then record the names of the fronts they were fighting jihad in. Because of the high number of volunteers, a separate department was created to preserve and organize these records and oversee the `Bayt al-Ansar` and the training camps. The youths agreed to call this process (Bayt al-ansar, the training centers, and the record-keeping) Al-Qaeda because this agency was the first place the mujahidin went to. This naming was not an anythinf new, for it was similar to the military base of any regular army. It differed in that it was the base of a mujahid Islamic army in the age of hesitation and non-participation in jihad. In the Medina of the time of the messenger of God (prayers and peace of God be upon him) and that of the the two shaykhs, as well as during part of the rule of Uthman (may God bless them all), there was a base from which the Muslims would launch to conquer the earth. The Arab mujahidin in Afghanistan were called the `Al-Ansar,` the `mujahidin,` or the `muhajirun` (immigrants). The term `Al-Qaeda` did not exist until the conquest of Kabul. Perhaps the Americans found some Bayt al-Ansar records, or pehaps some spies told them about Al-Qaeda, whereupon they took this name and made it famous. This is the origin of the word `Al-Qaeda,` which was used by the US media to divert people away from the truth that these people are in fact mujahidin for the sake of God (and so separate them from the rest of the nation). The Arab and international media quickly followed suit.
” The Creed and Ideology of Al-Qaeda “Talking about the creed and ideology of Al-Qaeda is to talk about Islam itself. A lot of people are not able to understand this simple and easy truth. Some might reject this truth or find it strange, because it is so simple. For ten years the enemy media has portrayed a dark, mysterious Al-Qaeda. It has tried, with all its magic, to widen the gulf between Islam and the mu jahidin. The truth is, the media has succeeded in mutating Muslims` ideas of Islam. It has told the people: `Al-Qaeda goes against these mutated ideas.` The media has ruined the great pillars and foundations of religion (the notion of jihad, the creed of loyalty and disavowal, and the truth of belief and monotheism). Jihad has become a source for discord and has been made harmful to the nation and its interests. They marginalized jihad after they severed many of its proofs. There is no jihad today except in Palestine, and no jihad in Palestine except with the approval of the `legitimate Palestinian leadership` Fatah (and Fatah is under the command of the Jews). So in reality, there is no jihad in Palestine except with the approval of the Jews. Anyone who goes against this is a deviant, extremist terrorist who does not know the meaning of legitimate jihad.
“As for the creed of loyalty and disavowal, it has been transformed from a religious to nationalist creed. Loyalty and disavowal are now tied to nationality and ethnicity. Loyalty to God Almighty has become loyalty to rulers and governments. Armies only know their kings or presidents, and when the ruler or government changes, so does their loyalty. People are loyal to the country, whether the government is Muslim or infidel. What is even stranger is the loyalty of many Muslim youths, who should be guiding humanity. Instead they play on soccer teams, many of which are in the lands of infidels. They go sports tournaments where they love, hate, go fanatical. You find many youths proudly pinning up pictures of Christian soccer players in their rooms and on their chests. They wear shirts with the names of those infidels, and then go into houses of God to pray with these shirts on. Many of these shirts have the symbols of these European clubs, which include crosses. What calamity is greater than Muslim youths willingly carrying crosses on their chests? If we could see how much these governments in our countries spend to market these games in newspapers and magazines and broadcast them on the screens, we would realize the magnitude of their conspiracies against the future of Islam. This is at a time when many Muslims are dying of thirst and hunger in refugee camps across the world.
“As for belief and monotheism, it is embarrassing. True belief has been separated from the heart, and you only find wicked `Irja` (Muslim school of thought where punishment and reward are only in the afterlife and a proclamation of faith is sufficient, deeds notwithstanding). Deeds are no longer part of faith. No matter what a person does and how many acts of non-belief he commits, he is still a Muslim as long as he proclaims `There is no god but God.` I wish people would have been satisfied with just this, but they have gone even further and canceled the laws of God. They set up constitutions and laws that go against His commands, and followed the priests and turbaned rabbis who allow what is forbidden and forbid what is allowed. The forefathers used to say that he who withholds bread has become an apostate, and he who allows a drop of alcohol has become an apostate. They have allowed usury, promiscuity, alcohol, gambling, non-belief, polytheism, support of God`s enemies, enmity to the supporters of God, and rule by other than what God has sent. They have forbidden adherence to the commands of Islam, the call to God, support for the people of Islam, and fighting and inciting jihad for the sake of God. He who wants proof of this, let them grab a musical instrument in any Arab country and play, in public, whatever they want, day and night, and no one will stand in their way. However, if he holds a Koran or a book about the Hadith and reads in one of God`s homes, you will find intelligence agents gathering around him like flies and taking him for interrogation and questioning. He will be tortured, threatened, and violently warned against going back to such a dangerous thing.
“Recently, slogans have spread among Muslims that show the extent of the conspiracy against Islam. Among th ese slogans are: freedom of religion, the brotherhood of humanity, and equality in rights and responsibilities among the people. The call to these slogans is led by Arab rules, headed by the betrayer of the Two Holy Mosques (Saudi King) Abdullah bin Abd-al-Aziz. If we give him the benefit of the doubt, we might say that he is just an Arab who does not know the truth of these slogans. But what about those who know and do not reject? `Liberty, fraternity, and equality` are old Masonic slogans that infiltrated Europe in order to take Jews from their bitter condition to the very top of the Christian countries (who used to prefer the Devil to these brothers of monkeys). Overnight, Jews became the victims of historical and religious persecution. They won the friendship and sympathy of Christians and rode on their backs, the way donkeys are ridden, and then proceeded to control their economy, media, and governments.
“Al-Qaeda for some means `extremist Islam,` `fundamentalist Islam,` `violent Islam,` the `Islam of bombs and terrorism,` the `anti-democratic Islam,` the `personal freedom-taking Islam,` the `Islam that cannot coexist with the other,` and the `dark, shadowy, rigid Islam.` Why? Because it went against the notions of peace, brotherhood, justice, equality, peaceful coexistence, national interests, inter-religious dialogue and civilization. It wanted to return Muslims to their previous state of loyalty to religion and disavowal of infidels and polytheists. But then again, these wretched notions are not suitable for the twenty first century. If we look at the origins of these statements and know the goals behind them, we realize the magnitude of the trickery and wickedness that many Muslims have fallen victim to. Here is Barack Obama, the Christian, saying that he is willing to hold talks with the `non-extremist` elements of the Taliban. As for the extremists, those who sever hands and stone people, they cannot be talked to. Extremists to them are those who uphold religious punishments, do not allow prostitution, vice, promiscuity, or proselytizing. A look at the report by the Rand Corporation and other institutions makes clear the truth of these terms used by Western and Arab media. Any research into Al-Qaeda literature will yield nothing. There is no written creed for Al-Qaeda or any recorded ideology. There are only personal efforts in some theological issues (upon which the mujahidin rely) from Muslim clerics across the world. Not writing down an ideology or creed is not the result of inability or ignorance, it is wisdom, for the true ideology of every Muslim is written and protected by God. There is no need to write out a separate ideology. Many previous clerics have already written about correct Muslim ideology and the ideology of the mujahidin. Based on this, it is evident that Al-Qaeda is not a group in the normal sense of the word. It is part of the general Muslim nation. No one can separate it from the body of the nation. The media, governments, and wicked clerics have tried to call the mujahidin all kinds of names in order to separate them from the body of the nation. They have called them `terrorists,` `a deviant sect,` `zealots,` `the people of bombings and destruction,` `the people of violence`, `secessionists,` `the people of takfir,` and other names that have been shattered on the rigid rock of truth (with the grace and blessings of God). The ideology of Al-Qaeda is the Koran, and then Sunnah. It is built according to the understanding of the nation`s forefathers. This is the Islam we know. The creed of Al-Qaeda is what is in the Koran and the correct Sunnah according to the understanding of the forefathers of the nation. This is the creed that we believe in. Unlike other groups, Al-Qaeda does not have an ideologue. There is the Koran, Sunnah and certain clerics who strive to understand this wide spectrum of texts. Clerics and seekers of knowledge use the writings of the nation`s clerics (old and new) without regard to the cleric`s theological affiliations, country, or group allegiance s. As for the people of innovation, they are not considered at all. When something is proved by religious evidence, it becomes an ideology and creed of Al-Qaeda.
“Some people affiliate Al-Qaeda to Wahhabism, and this is a great mistake. Many mujahidin brothers do not know Muhammad bin Abd-al-Wahab. They follow Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Abd-al-Mutalib al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the messenger of God (prayers and peace of God ber upon him). Some people link Al-Qaeda to Salafism. It is like the above if they mean Salafism in its narrow context. If they mean that they follow the forefathers of this nation (the prophet (prayers and peace of God be upon him), the companions, and the followers), then this is correct, and he who is not like this is has no part in Islam. Some ignorant people affiliate Al-Qaeda to Shaykh Sayyid Qutb or Abu al-A`la al-Mawdudi and claim that Al-Qaeda is a continuation of the Egyptian jihadist group. These are incorrect assumptions. They seek to link Al-Qaeda to this person or that group so they can try to base it on the thinking of that person or group. They cannot and will not be able to do this, for the men of Al-Qaeda are wiser than they think. Sayid Qutb and Al-Mawdudi are among the good clerics of the nation, but they are human. They can be right, but they also make mistakes. The errors of these two men are drenched in the sea of their good deeds. Al-Qaeda takes from them what conforms to the truth (and this is a lot) and leaves what goes against it (like the rest of the clerics of the nation). The proof of this is that Sayid Qutb (may God rest his soul) came mostly from the Al-Ash`ari ideolody, while Al-Qaeda leaders are Sunnis. Al-Mawdudi believes in defensive jihad only, and this is known by the mujahidin to be false.
“Perhaps the clear difference between Al-Qaeda and other Muslims is that Al-Qaeda has announced its rejection of political enforcement. This is heart of the difference between Al-Qaeda members and other Muslims. By political enforcement we mean surrender to reality. When someone says that the state of the Jews (which is incorrectly and falsely called Israel) is a reality and that we must recognize it, you will find Al-Qaeda rejecting this political enforcement and announcing a revolution against this decrepit reality. They do not recognize it and work, with all their strength, to change it. When someone says that the nation is destined to have these traitors (the rulers) stifle it, change God`s laws, support the infidels, spread vice, steal the abilities of Muslims, and violate the honor of Muslim women, then the elements of Al-Qaeda will announce their complete rejection of this and work to change it. When some people say that Muslims cannot stand up to the US, the West, Russia, and their soldiers, Al-Qaida will shout at the top of their voice: `How oft, by Allah`s will, hath a small force vanquished a big one? Allah is with those who steadfastly persevere` (Partial Koranic verse, Al-Baqarah, 2:249). They do not stop like other people do, with mere talk, they carry arms to announce to the world the truth of this religious fact. Al-Qaeda is a revolution against this upside down reality. It is a total rejection of political enforcement. Its is a real victory for religious truths. It is an incitement for jihad for the sake of God with words, life, wealth, and the heart. It is a renunciation of everything that contradicts religious truth and divine promises.
“A researcher will not see, anywhere in the Muslim world, the truth of the Islamic creed of brotherhood as it is with Al-Qaeda. Here they are in Khurasan (Afghanistan) with their diverse citizenships and nationalities and with their different looks and ethnicities: the Adnani, the Qurashi, Hashimi, Qahtani Yemeni, Shami, Egyptian, Iraqi, Maghribi, Mashriqi…the northerner, the southerner, the black, the white, and the yellow. They have all pledged obedience to a Khurasani man. This is the Islamic relationship and political realization about the nature of religious obedience. It puts the intere sts of Islam before personal interests. It re-ignites how the first generation was like in cancelling anything that is not Islamic. This is the truth that is manifested in them and that is not present anywhere else. There you will find those who have pledged allegiance to people not from his country only hesitantly and without total acceptance. This is human nature in the absence of religious emotions. This is like friend of Musaylamah, who said: `The liar of Rabi`a is better for us than a harmful honest man.` If the religious feeling is gone, deviant philosophies appear, and this is what is prevalent in the world today. The people have, however, chosen a man who is honest in his call, faithful in his deeds…a mujahid for the sake of God. He sells his soul and world for his afterlife (we consider him so, but we do not presume over God). They have given him their spirits and hearts, as if they are saying: `The honest man of the Afghans is better for us than the lies of the Arabs.`
“The greatest and most visible beliefs that characterize the members of Al-Qaeda is that they are certain, without a doubt, of God`s promise. This certainty is nearly absent from most people of Islam, even most clerics. The men of Al-Qaeda are certain of God`s victory, just like people are certain that there is a dawn after night. The reason for this is God Almighty`s saying in his book: `Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause), for verily Allah is full of strength, exalted in might, (able to enforce His will)` (Koranic verse, Al-Hajj, 22:40). God has mentioned the conditions for this victory in the verse that follows it. God Almighty said: `(They are) those who, if we establish them in the land, establish regular prayer and give regular charity, enjoin the right and forbid wrong. With Allah rests the end (and decision) of (all) affairs) (Koranic verse, Al-Hajj, 22:41). Al-Zajaj wrote: `Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause).` Al-Sa`di (may God rest his soul) wrote in interpreting the verse: `He then mentioned the signs to those who will be made victorious and how they are identified. He who claims to support God and support his religion and does not have these characteristics is a liar. He said: `(They are) those who, if we establish them in the land…` Meaning, we gave it to them and made them its undisputed authority. `Establish regular prayer…` In its set times, with its conditions on Friday and in groups. `Give regular charity…` That they must personally give it to those who deserve it. `Enjoin the right…` And this includes the definition of what is right religiously and logically `Forbid wrong…` Meaning every wrong that is known, religiously and logically.`
“We assume and swear by the one and only God that the people of Islam will be victorious because they have been promised victory on account of the conditions they met during the rule of the Islamic Emirate. If the majority of the people of the earth gathered against them (and most people on earth are gathered against them now) they will not be defeated (God willing) because God is with them. He has promised them victory on account of the conditions they met when they controlled the land. The entire world testifies that they established prayers and that the mosques were filled with worshippers. They gave charity to the people who deserved it. They enjoined the right, forced people to adhere to the teachings of Islam, and implemented God`s law. They forbade what is wrong: theft, the violation of honor, and the trafficking of drugs. They demolished the Buddhist idols which were guarded for centuries by the Rejectionist (Shiite) Isma`ilis (sect). They shouted to the entire world: `And say: Truth has (now) arrived, and falsehood perished, for falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish` (Koranic verse, Al-Isra, 17:81). He who is like this will be victorious. This promise is from God, and is one of the greatest reasons the mujahidin are steadfast at the time when some fall and others stand in the middle of the road. A brother told me that he and his brothers complained to a senior cleric at the beginning of the US invasion of Afghanistan about the defeat of the Islamic Emirate and the loss of its state. This great cleric replied to them and said: `By the one and only God, time will not end before you see the US fall because of these Afghans. God gave them the land and they established prayer, gave charity, promoted virtue, and forbade vice. God will make those who support him victorious. God will make those who support him victorious. God will make those who support him victorious. Be patient and steadfast and support them. You might hate something while God has a lot of good in it.` His words (may God protect him) ended this way. These are the blessings of god, which He gives to whomever He wishes.
“Written by Husayn Bin Mahmud
“14 Sha`ban 1430 hijri (5 August 2009)