The Greatest Blessing & Reclaiming Our Honour

This was a talk delivered by Sheikh Mohammed Junaid Thorne in an Islamic centre in his early 2014 tour of Brisbane.
The video is below, followed by a summary of the talk.

• Allah created all creation, mankind, believers and disbelievers, and out of his Mercy Allah has given people different blessings and bounties: money, position, reputation, eyesight, hearing…all these are the different bounties of Allah. If one has more than others, it’s a source of pride: if you have a good body, money car etc. you are inclined to boast about it: these are sources of a superiority complex

• Allah has given all these bounties to everyone, both Muslim and kafir

• The most important bounty that can be bestowed upon a person however, is the blessing of Imaan: hence on the Day of Judgement, when those are sent to Jannah and Jahannam, it is THEN when people will realise the blessing of Imaan, they will say “Praise be to Allah who guided us to this Path…”

• So shouldn’t Imaan be the main thing we boast about, and be proud about it?

• The Sahabah were aware of the significance of this blessing, and took it upon themselves to spread it far and wide

• A lot of our brothers and sisters, despite being given the bounty of Islam, are ashamed of this tremendous Ni’mah… how many brothers change the name of Muhammad! Sisters instead of wearing Hijaab, we see all these types of fashions, tight clothes with Hijaab, which totally defeat the purpose of Hijaab, our brothers wearing the clothes of the disbelievers, wearing their slogans

• Most of us don’t recognise the bounty of being Muslim being born Muslim…look at reverts, and their energy and vigour, because they appreciate the Ni’mah, they knew the darkness they were in

• Let’s look at the Sahabah: Abdullah bin Maktum (RA), an old blind man, whom the Rasul (saw) was rebuked due to him in Surah ‘Abasa…after he accepted Islam, he put himself as a tool to spread Islam, he was one of the Muadhins during that time (second after Bilal (RA)). In one of the battles he was the flag bearer of Islam: in those times the fall of the flag was a symbol of defeat and therefore very crucial. So when this battle started, he asked to hold the banner. He was asked “Are you sure you are up for it?” He said, “I don’t deserve to be a holder of the Qur’an if Islam is to be defeated because of me.” This was a man who sought to implement the Qur’an in its fullest most holistic sense. How many of us today, people get the worst image of Islam because of their character? What’s worse, some of these people have Islamic knowledge, memorized Quran, but are full of arrogance

• Julaybib (RA) has a very unique story: he was an outcast, no one knew where he came from: he had no family or wealth…it was like he fell off a tree. One day he entered the Masjid & Rasulullah (saw) asked him “Do you want to get married?” He said “Yes, but who will marry me, I have no money, reputation, property or anything”. Rasulullah (saw) said, “Don’t worry, go to the house of such and such from the Ansaar & tell them Muhammad commands you to marry your daughter to me.” It was a very very noble house of the Ansar, not any house. He said, “O Rasulullah, how will they accept when they are such a high status, and I am no one?” Rasulullah (saw) said, “Don’t worry, just go.”
He knocked the door of the house and said, “I’m Julaybib, a messenger of the Rasul, who said…” The Ansaari asked him to give him a few days to think about it. So Julaybib came after a few days, and this time he could hear the man consult with his wife, who said “Only if it was someone else besides Julaybib; someone that we know, and has some something to vouch for him…” So they were about to turn him down, then the daughter came out “how can you turn down the messenger of the Messenger (saw)? Marry me to him.” And they were married. Someone from a high noble status, to someone that was nothing. This shows the criterion for the world is not the same for the Hereafter

• After one of the battes, I think Uhud, after the Quraysh had departed & the Muslims were in the battlefield looking for the missing and burying the dead, Nabi (saw) asked “do you miss anyone? Is anyone unaccounted for” Everyone mentioned a name, of a friend and loved one… but no one mentioned the name of Julaybib (RA). Because no one knows him. So Nabi (saw) tells them, “But I miss julaybib, go and search for him”. He was found amongst 7 mushrikin. So they brought him to Muhammad (saw), and he started to weep and mentioned “As for him, he is from me and I am from him.”
How did someone with nothing in this dunya reach such a high status with the heart of Rasulullah (saw)?

The criteria of this world is nothing for the success of the Akhira. You may be someone with the best position in this world, biggest bank account house, property, reputation… But does that guarantee you success after death, on the DOJ? No, it is ‘Amal that does. What you contribute to this Deen, guarantees you success in the Hereafter, and hence Nabi (saw) cried due to him, due to his sincerity

• ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) when he sent his armies to conquer Rome, he sent Abu ‘Ubaidah (RA) to al-Quds, and they managed to conquer it from the Christians alhamdulillah – and we ask Allah to conquer it again today from the Jews – they said we will only give it to you and sign the treaty if your Amir comes. So ‘Umar (RA) rode all the way, offered two Rak’ah in Masjid Al-Aqsa and met Abu ‘Ubaydah, and the army was set up in front of him, it was a huge army. It was a place very difficult to conquer as everyone coveted Al Quds. After this monumental victory, what did Umar say looking at the army? He didn’t get arrogant saying this is the unconquerable/invincible army. He gave gratitude to Allah (swt). He said, “We are a nation that Allah has granted Izzah through Islam.” The number of swords, horses, nuclear bombs was never the criteria… “So whenever we seek this glory through something else other than Islam, Allah (swt) will humiliate us.” If we seek victory through our military & logistical power, brains, technology, Allah will humiliate us… And this is what we see today, every country is boasting about its achievements: the result is the Muslims are being butchered, killed by their hundreds daily…why? Because the main factor is missing, being proud of Islam, practicing Islam properly… then he turned to Abu ‘Ubaydah (RA) – and this was after such an amazing achievement for Islam – and said, “What have we gave to Islam? What have we contributed?”
Abu ‘Ubaydah (RA) said, “Let’s go, and cry”. So they went and hid behind a tree to start crying. Nowadays we give some charity and then sit comfortably in our blankets thinking we’ve done enough.
Shouldn’t we be the ones crying ya Ikhwaan because we haven’t done anything?

• We all know what’s happening…you brothers are from Somalia, you know the situation, the crusaders coming and destroying the nation… yet we watch the TV, then change the channel and watch a movie, having shisha with friends

• We will be accountable… every one of us will be asked alone on the Day of Judgement, and will be asked, “What have you contributed to this Deen? Didn’t I give you wealth, physical power, the ability, the understanding of what was going on. You were aware of the situation… and yet you chose to sit at home doing nothing, or you to slander & backbite those who are putting their lives on the line for the sake of Allah ‘Azza-wajjal, protecting our honour and dignity.” Everyone of us will be asked.

• I ask Allah (AWJ) to make us of those who contribute to this Religion, and contribute to its ‘Izzah, with our lives, wealth and children and I ask Allah to grant us back Bayt al Maqdis and grant us a prayer there before we die, Ameen.

Q&A

Q: How do we memorize Qur’an?
A: It all starts from a small age: they say memorizing at a small age is like writing on stone…whilst memorising during old age is like writing on the sea.

Q: Who was supporting you in your journey of learning Islam?
A: I moved with my family there, my step-father got a job, my family was religious and took me to the Masjid. The Mashaykh sponsored me after staying with them for around 7 years, they saw I had the passion…it’s all tawfique from Allah (AWJ)

Our Youth & Our Glorious Past by Sheikh Mohammed Junaid Thorne

Sheikh Mohammed Junaid recently gave a talk in Sydney about the Muslim youth; their direction & aims & trying to inspire them through recounts of some amazing youth in the history of Islam.

This is a summary of the talk.

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• There is a story of a Christian Emperor who wanted to invade Al-Andalus. So he sent a spy on a reconnaissance mission to check the condition of the Muslims & what occupies them. The spy then came across a young Muslim boy who was crying, and so asked him why? The boy replied: I missed the target (practicing archery) and my enemy will not give me a second chance in war. The spy then related this to the King, and the King said we cannot invade them now. After a few years had passed, the King sent the spy again to the same place where he encountered another young boy crying. He asked him why he was doing so. The boy said, because a girl had not shown up for a date. The spy this time returned to the King rejoicing and telling him now is the time to invade the Muslims.

• Unfortunately this is the situation of our youth now

• Who is going to solve the problems of the Ummah? Is it 50 year-olds entrenched in a certain mentality? Will it be the UN or through peace talks and negotiating around the round table? Or will be the Muslim youth who are the spark and fuel of this Ummah?

• It is the youth who are the fuel of any nation: they are unstoppable… and this is what our enemies realised. Hence there are all these distractions to stop the youth returning back to the Quran and Sunnah. The Muslim youth these days have so much detailed knowledge about celebrities and sports stars… but ask them about Muslim heroes such as Muhammad bin Qasim, Saeed bin Zaid, Handhala Bin Amir, Asad Bin Al Forat, Muhammad Fatih, the best of people, how much do our youth know about these figures ?!

• To solve a problem, we need to first acknowledge that there is a problem, then determine the causes, and then come up with the solutions
• We acknowledge that we face a problem with Muslims being humiliated and degraded everywhere, tortured, imprisoned and killed and sisters being raped. The Muslim youth are not fulfilling their duties.

• It is true that the kuffar utilise all their resources to distract the Muslim youth….but is this excuse acceptable on the Day of Judgement? Everyone will meet Allah alone.

• One of the first questions to be asked on the Day of Judgement will be how we used our youth and spent it.

• In school or university, the biggest nightmare for a student is exams. If we knew all the answers 3 weeks beforehand, would we be stressed?

• So we know that one of the first things is 4 questions on the Day of Judgement *everyone* is asked…so we know those NOW, and can study them now…only a fool would fail the test knowing the questions !

• Let’s look at our shining bright history: Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas (RA) was 17 years old, & was the first one to shed blood for the sake of Islam.

• Arqam Bin Abi Al Arqam (RA) was 16 years old and was the first one to take the decision to host the Muslims, not fearing Quraish (equivalent of ASIO today), not fearing his house be raided, he be imprisoned, what people would say about him, etc. subhaan Allah! Probably younger than every single person in this sitting. He was from the tribe of Banu Makhzum, whose leader was Abu Jahl, yet he did not fear the consequences

• ‘Abdullah bin Abbas (RA) was EIGHT years old when Rasulullah (saw) made du’aa to increase his insight and knowledge. He was the most knowledge in this Ummah in Qur’an…when he was 13 years old ‘Umar (RA) took him as a consultant for the entire Ummah during his Khilafah! Keep in mind the Khilafah covered a *huge* area, spanning multiple continents, and the advice of a 13 year old boy was being sought for its operation

• Many of us reach the age of 18, 20 and feel we can’t sit with big people because we are too shy and feel they are far too knowledgeable, this shouldn’t be the case
• Zaid bin Thabit (RA) was 13 years old when he heard the kuffar were plotting to attack the Muslims. He jumped and grabbed his sword and went out following the ranks of the Muslims… and his sword was longer than him, subhaan Allah!
• He went out for Badr, and the Rasul (saw) denied his participation… he then went all the way to Medina crying, complaining to his Mother. What was his mother’s reaction? Was his mother rebuking him? “Why don’t you spend your time better, wasting your life?” She took him to Rasulullah and gave him to Rasulullah (saw)… Rasulullah (saw) recommended him to study Quran, Hadith & learn different languages. He consequently became the official translator of the Ummah at the age of 13!

• These were youth who learned at the University of Muhammad (saw), and this is the university we need to go back and learn from!

• Who were the two that killed the Fir’aun of this Ummah? Two boys at the age of 14, standing at the right and left of ‘Abdurrahman bin ‘Awf (RA), who made the courageous resolution to kill Abu Jahl. They marched at him like arrows and struck him with their swords and killed him. Who nowadays can have a similar stance to act upon those who curse and insult Rasulullah (saw)? If someone says a tiny thing against Ronaldo or Messi or their favourite team they will lose their head. But how much Gheerah do we possess for Islam & our Rasul (saw) & his Family & Companions?

• Mus’ab bin ‘Umayr (RA), one of the richest youth, whose mother had everything in life… he accepted Islam and he was locked up by his mother. She made an oath to not eat or drink till he renounced Islam. He said “Wallahi if you had 100 souls and died, I would not give up my religion.” She then realised he was a great man, and buckled down & relented. He was the first Ambassador of Islam who was sent to Medina, and he succeeded in his mission.

• These are the real shining role models we need to follow if we want to bring back our ‘Izz, glory and might.

• Let us now go through some of the problems that have led us to our situation:

1) Jahl: lack of Islamic upbringing.

There are three elements to education:
a) Home & parents
b) Masjid
c) School

These are the three places which contribute leading to the development of an individual. Unfortunately these days we don’t have many parents taking care of these…they give birth and throw their kids on the street…the Imaams just come and lead Salah with little concern for the youth, and teachers just care about their salaries, no one cares about raising or upbringing the youth !!
No one to teach our children the proper Aqīdah, about the Akhira, Paradise and Hellfire, preserving the Islamic identity.

2) Media influence: There is only complete rubbish on TV and the movie and music industry: very shallow with little to no substance, yet this is what many of our youth are attracted to. What then can we expect of their outlook & vista of life?

3) No role-models:
There is a saying: you cannot raise someone without a role model!
Do we treat our youth as mature adults and give them importance? We should instil in them a sense of dignity and importance. Why do we see gangs run by youth? Because they couldn’t find anyone that could make them feel part of society and the household.
Imitating the West in everything… even changing Muslim names to Kafir names.
How can we be victorious over our enemies, when we are imitating and following the footsteps of our enemies?
No nation will succeed over its enemies, until it pulls itself from them and distinguishes itself from them.

So what are the solutions?

1) To know the purpose of life, why Allah (swt) created us.

2) To understand and learn the proper and true Aqīdah, should be the first thing we instil in our children. All the ‘Ulema have agreed that the important thing is Aqīdah. When ones Aqīdah is in-tact, all the other factors will be in place. eg. of Abu Talib and how all what he did didn’t benefit him because he didn’t have true belief (Aqeedah).

3) To come back to the religion, and have a connection with the Masjid, where the Rahma, Sakinah is….yet people spend days and months without entering it

4) Choose friends wisely, “every person is on the Deen of his friends”

5) We should know our history, it is history what connects and links us to what was before. Imagine growing up without knowing we were the strongest force in the world… there were times at the Ummah we were in a worse situation, Mongols, Crusades. Victory doesn’t just come by sitting in the Masjid and making Du’aa

6) Always be optimistic… “If you help Allah, Allah will help you”, how do we help Allah? If you support the religion of Allah, then you will be given victory…
“Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah).” … We shouldn’t despair, the only people who despair of the mercy of Allah are the kuffar, and whom He led astray.

7) Be serious in All aspects of life: we need doctors, engineers, surgeons, we need to be successful in all aspects of life; the glorious period of the Muslims, they excelled in the different intellectual spheres. We are the ones that inspired Europe. If we don’t do it, then Allah will replace us with a generation that do, do it. I don’t recommend learning the laws of the kuffar (becoming a lawyer), but we need it, so we can defend the Muslim community.

8) Time management: Extremely important. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

9) Being active, going to the gym, the strong believer is more beloved than the weak one…we can’t expect victory without being like a sack of potatoes, we need Al Quwwah Al imaaniyah and physical strength also

10) We need to be aware of our surroundings: about different nations, technology, worldly astuteness of how the world operates; we can’t be blindfolded

I end by saying there is good in our youth, and every single Muslim…but we lack teaching and direction.
Wallahi if we had the teachers and leaders to guide the Ummah we would not be in the position we find ourselves in.

I see faces that can liberate Al Aqsa here in front of me, and I pray to Allah that he grant us a prayer there before we die… Ameen.

Context & Synopsis of the Situation in CAR & the Way Forward for the Muslims

What is really happening in the Central African Republic, and what can we do to help the Muslims there?

by Musa Cerantonio

Muslims in the CAR are facing indiscriminate mass murder

Muslims in the CAR are facing indiscriminate mass murder

Many of you will have read about the recent massacres being carried out by Christians against Muslims in the Central African Republic. Some of you might have shared the statuses with others, some maybe left a comment, others will have put some time aside to make du’a for the Muslims there. Besides making du’a which is one of the greatest things that a Muslim can do, I dare suggest that almost none would have done anything practical to help the Muslims there. The reason why is not too difficult to explain – It is because almost none of us know anything about what is going on, and even fewer have any idea what needs to be done to help the Muslims there.

Don’t believe me? Then honestly ask yourself the following questions –

Before you read about the events there, did you even know that a country named the Central African Republic existed?

Can you locate it on a map? (despite the fact that the country’s name practically gives away its location, I have found that most still cannot locate it)

What are the major languages of the CAR, and which are the influential tribes? To which tribes do the Muslims belong, and where are they mostly located? What percentage of the country is Muslim?

Who are the Séléka and who is Michel Djotodia?

If you could not answer all or even any of these questions do not feel bad, as most could not answer them simply because most who live outside Sub-Saharan Africa know very little about the area. Don’t be proud of this ignorance however as it is a large reason for why such wars and massacres take place in the region, because most of us simply lack concern for this part of the world, sometimes to the point that we act as if it does not exist. We as Muslims must be concerned for the Muslims of Sub-Saharan Africa and we must be doing our part to support them not just in times of fighting and hardship but also in times of peace. They are are brothers and sisters and they deserve our support just as much as any other Muslim, regardless of where they may be.

So how did this all begin? Why are Muslims being massacred in the CAR?
A complete and comprehensive answer to this would be quite long, so I will try to explain things concisely and as best as I can without going too far back in history.

The Central African Republic is located at a migration crossroads in the centre of Africa. Historically 3 major groups passed through it and settled, they were the Ubangis who came from the West of Africa, the Bantus who came from the South and the Sudanic who came from the Northern areas. Each of these groups formed their own smaller tribes and they settled in and around what is the modern-day CAR. Despite the early growth of Islam in the areas to the North (Chad, Sudan) and North-West (Nigeria, Niger) it was not up until the 1800′s that Islam fully entered into what is now the CAR. Initially Muslims entered as traders, and maintained a peaceful relationship with the locals, many of whom embraced Islam. However shortly afterwards groups from the north, primarily from Sudan and Chad began to raid the eastern part of the CAR and took most of the population as prisoners, many of whom were sold as slaves, quite often ending up on the West African coast to be sold to slave buyers from the USA. These raids had a lasting effect on the eastern part of the country, so much so that up until today the areas are almost entirely depopulated. These areas never recovered from the raids and as such have become land used by nomads from the North.

As the European powers began their scramble for Africa, trying to divide the continent for themselves to rule over and exploit, the ruler of Egypt and Sudan attempted to claim the areas of the CAR as part of his state. Considering that the CAR bordered South-Western Sudan, the claim was a credible one that could be backed up with Egyptian and Sudanese troops, however around this time the French had also laid claim to the area, and this lead to a conflict between the 2 nations. Egypt and Sudan was considerably weakened during the period due to heavy losses during the Mahdi Revolt and were unable to put up a strong fight, which meant that the French easily defeated them and claimed total control over the area. Thus began the history of European and Christian influence over the CAR. Throughout this period, much like the rest of Africa, CAR was exploited by French corporations and the French government. Slavery was kept in place by which workers were forced to work free of charge for the French. For a short period, the Western part of the CAR was ceded to Germany which had its colonial base to the West in Cameroon, however the area soon reverted back to French rule and the French maintained complete hegemony over the area up until 1960. In this time almost all of the Animists (Mushrikeen) were exposed to the French ways and many of them had adopted Christianity as well as the French language. The French however never maintained a strong rule over the North-Eastern areas, and thus the Muslim nomads of the area who spoke Arabic and maintained close ties with Chad and Sudan were able to remain quasi-independent, as well as the Christians and Mushrikeen of the area, many of whom began to spread into Southern Chad.

As the European powers began to withdraw from their colonies in Africa, new countries were being created and independence was being proclaimed. The Central African Republic officially came into existence in 1960 and thus began a new era that was free from direct European influence. The French however were sure to maintain a grip on the leaders of the nation, as they did in all of the countries which they ruled over. Just a week before elections for the CAR’s first government were to take place, the main candidate Barthélémy Boganda was killed in a plane crash, and the French quickly pushed one of his close associates, David Dacko to run for the leadership. His main rival, Abel Goumba was quickly arrested and thus Dacko easily claimed the leadership and established what was essentially a dictatorship within the next two years. He ran in the next election unopposed (since all opposition was officially banned) and he remained in power until January 1st 1966 when his cousin, General Bokassa overthrew him in a military coup. Bokassa proclaimed himself as the ‘Emperor’ and ‘President for Life’. His rule was heavily corrupt and soon enough the French invited his cousin Dacko to France to plan a coup against him. The French supported Dacko in overthrowing Bokassa, and in 1979 the French coup succeeded and Dacko was put back into power. However, two years later in 1981 yet another military-led coup took place, this time by General Kolingba, who managed to maintain close ties with the French, ensuring that he was able to stay in power without the French plotting against him. He banned almost all opposition to his rule and it was not until 1990 that popular opposition to his rule forced him to hold elections which he promptly lost to Ange-Félix Patassé who became the first democratically elected ruler of the CAR.

It was during the rule of Patassé that the foundations for what is taking place today were set. Patassé immediately began removing all of those who belonged to the tribe of the former ruler Kolingba from important posts. Kolingba’s tribe, the Yakoma were being punished for what Patassé saw as the crimes of Kolingba. Many mutinies began to take place among the Armed Forces of the CAR, complaining of tribal discrimination, unpaid wages and other grievances. The French who kept troops in the country for ‘peacekeeping’ were deployed to quell the mutinies, leading to increased tension and demands for Patassé to resign. Many of those opposed to the government began to rebel and take up arms against it, which led to a fear of a possible civil war. In December 1996 Patassé was forced to call upon the presidents of the neighbouring countries of Gabon, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali to help draw up a truce and peace plan between his government and the rebels opposed to it, the is culminated in the 1997 Bangui agreements, named after Bangui which is the capital city of the CAR and the city in which the agreements were signed by all parties. Initially a force of African peacekeepers were deployed in the CAR to ensure peace, however they were soon replaced by peacekeeping forces from the United Nations. The next election was held in 1999 and Patassé managed to remain in power, easily defeating his main rival Kolingba. In this time Patassé had forged close links with Colonel Qaddhafi of Libya, and Libya began to became a sgtrong base of support for the Patassé government. In 2001 a group of the military staged a coup against Patassé and stormed government buildings in Bangui, however the rebels were quickly defeated with the assistance of Libyan soldiers who came to support the Patassé government. After the coup attempt, efforts were made to destroy all rebels opposed to the government, and fighting continued around the country, any group suspected of being linked to the coup was attacked and imprisoned or killed. Patassé began to uncover information that one of his Generals, François Bozizé was planning to lead the rebels against him, and so he tried to arrest him but Bozizé managed to escape into Southern Chad with his troops before they could be caught. It was there that Bozizé waited for the right moment to attack, and it soon came in 2003.

Whilst Patassé was outside of the country attending meetings, Bozizé decided to strike and led his forces into the CAR and up to the capital of Bangui. Despite heavy resistance from the Army as well as the many Libyan troops sent to protect the government, Bozizé’s men were able to take power. His first acts were to incorporate all of the rebel groups into his new givernment, ensuring that he had a wide base of support from the people. In order to authenticate his rule, he had elections held in 2005 however Patassé was banned from running in them, and thus Bozizé easily won them. Bozizé made sure to make peace with the French, and they supported him against the former government supporters, some of whom had taken to fighting in a rebellion against him in what became known as the ‘Bush War’. Many other rebel groups joined in and the country soon began to spiral into yet another civil war. Bozizé asked the French for assistance in quelling the rebels, and they sent in fighter jets that bombed rebel positions. Elections were again held in 2011 which Bozizé won, however there were widespread claims of vote-rigging and corruption.

It is during this time of the Bush War that the Muslim groups begin to play a larger role. Up until that point, the Muslims in the North-East remained largely nomadic and played no rule in the politics of Bangui. However it did not mean that they were not interested in taking power, rather they were simply waiting for the right time to become involved. With the ongoing civil war in Sudan to its North and West, many of the Sudanese militia known as the Janjaweed were able to pass into the CAR and become involved in the rebellions taking place. Naturally they allied themselves with the Arabic speaking Muslims of the North-Eastern CAR, and they in turn allied themselves with the other Muslim groups spread throughout the area. The different rebel groups united under a banner known as the ‘Séléka’ which means coalition or alliance in the Sango language (Sango is the lingua franca of the CAR along with French). There were 5 main rebel groups that formed the Séléka, each of which was predominantly led by Muslims. They were -

The Union of Democratic Forces for Unity – Led by Michel Djotodia and General Damane Zakaria (both Muslims)

The Democratic Front of the Central African People – Led by Abdoulaye Miskine (Muslim)

The Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace – One faction led by Abdoulaye Issène and the other by Hassan Al-Habib (both Muslims)

The Patriotic Convention for Saving the Country – Led by General Mohamed-Moussa Dhaffane (Muslim)

These groups were augmented by the addition of the Chadian group the ‘Popular Front for Recovery’ led by the Chadian General Abdel Kader Baba-Laddé, who supported the Séléka.

The alliance came to be led by Michel Djotodia who like all of the others was from a Muslim from the North-Western area of the CAR. Like most of the other leaders, he was not a practicing Muslim, and he was most definitely not seeking to establish an Islamic State of any sort, rather the scope of his rebellion was one of seeking power and at most strengthening the oft-abandoned Muslim North-Western portion of the country, however the main aim was clearly simply one of seeking power. Djotodia was raised in a Muslim family, however he soon left the CAR to go and live in study in the Soviet Union where he remained for 10 years. Whilst in the Soviet Union he married a Russian woman and became fluent in the Russian language. Upon returning to the CAR he held various government positions in the Muslim dominated North-Eastern region of Vakaga which borders both Sudan and Chad. It was in this area that Djotodia grew up and as such learned the Arabic language due to it being one of the main languages of the area.

Despite being a Muslim and speaking Arabic, it has always been clear that Djotodia, as well as the rest of the Séléka leaders did not have any Islamist agenda at all, rather they sought power for themselves and it only happened that they happened to belong to Muslim tribes. The Imams of the Muslim majority areas quickly disassociated themselves from the Séléka, with one Imam from the Vakaga region claiming outright that Djotodia “Wanted nothing more than to be president.. He really wanted power.” It was because of this lack of an Islamic goal that the Imams and the religious Muslims did not support the Séléka, despite the fact that the Séléka were almost all Muslims by name. This phenomenon of ‘secular Muslims’ forming political alliances against the non- Muslims is not something unfamiliar, it has happened numerous times in the last century. One of the more famous examples of this were the Mǎ Group (马家军/Mǎ Jiājūn), who were a group of Chinese Muslim Generals all from the Mǎ family (Mǎ is the Chinese name for Muhammad) who allied with the Chinese Nationalists (Kuomintang) in the Chinese Civil War. Their aim was to seek power and were ruthless in doing so, at their peak controlling almost one third of all of China (predominantly the North-Eastern areas which were sparsely populated). The Mǎ group, like the Séléka were all Muslim by name, and in many ways helped to serve the financial interests of the Muslim Chinese, however were led by a want of power and not at all by an Islamic cause. The Mǎ group never ruled by Islam despite having power over large areas of China, they openly committed acts of kufr (such as worshiping the God of the Lake at the Kokonuur Lake Ceremony with the Kuomintang), and actually fought and suppressed the Islamists of China who spoke out against them.

The Séléka, much like the Mǎ Group began first taking over areas within the Muslim majority parts of the country. Djotodia’s group, the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UDFU) began the attack against the government by taking the city of Birao, the capital of the Vakaga region in the North-East. From there the Séléka forces marched towards the capital Bangui, in their path destroying any resistance that they met. Despite the presence of troops from Chad,Gabon, Cameroon, Angola, South Africa and Republic of Congo who were meant to act as a defence against the rebels, the Séléka managed to conquer almost all of the North-East and Central areas, and easily marched upon the capital by the end of March in 2013. Before entering Bangui, the Séléka rebels stopped their political ministers from preceding them into the city, knowing that if they did so then the ministers could quickly proclaim power and begin to cement power for themselves while ignoring their comrades who were doing the fighting. Eventually when the rebels saw that they had enough power to prevent this from happening they marched forth to take the capital. Bozizé did not stick around for long and quickly fled the country, leaving the Séléka to claim power which they immediately did, declaring Djotodia to be the new President of the CAR.

Upon taking power, Djotodia kept Nicolas Tiangaye as the Prime Minister, he had served as the Prime Minister to Bozizé and was widely liked by the CAR’s population. Djotodia had to manage on one hand pleasing the Séléka who had fought to put him in power, but at the same time not alienating the Christian/Animist majority who were suspicious of the new ‘Muslim’ ruler. Djotodia managed to have the leaders of the military and police support him as the new president, and so he set out to form a new government which would please all sides. Initially Djotodia placed only 9 members of the Séléka in the new government, however it was alleged that the 16 posts which were given to civil society activists were in fact all given to Séléka leaders masquerading as civil society activists. A further 8 posts were held by non-Séléka former opposition members, and only 1 post was given to a former ally of Bozizé. This perceived favouritism to Séléka members made the former opposition members protest and they refused to take part in the new government.

In order to please both sides Djotodia proposed to hold new elections after 3 years time, however this was refused by the former opposition as well as a group of African leaders who met in Chad, who demanded that instead elections be held within 18 months whilst the country was led by a transitional council. Djotodia reluctantly agreed to this timeline and arranged for an election to elect the leader of the transitional council, which he ended up being the only candidate for and thus remained as the leader of the CAR’s transitional government, however it was stipulated that he would not be able to run in the election to be held after 18 months, to which he agreed. These developments were beneficial for Djotodia and the Séléka ministers, but were not at all pleasing to the Séléka fighters who had put them into power. They wanted their share of the spoils of war, and so they continued to raid areas around the country and managed to raid and destroy almost 40 villages up until April 2013. Bozizé, the deposed president took advantage of this and declared that with French support he would seek to regain the presidency, in order to clean up the country from the Séléka rebels, suggesting that they were acting upon orders from Djotodia even though by that point it was clear that they were acting alone and in their own interests, not under command from Djotodia or his new government.

Djotodia saw that he faced a crisis if he continued to be linked to the Séléka fighters who continued their raids, and so he publicly proclaimed that the Séléka were to be disbanded, and that they must cease all operations in the country. This proclamation at least made it clear that he was no longer responsible for the Séléka, however what it did not change was the fact that it was him and his allies that had led the Séléka for so many years, and thus the public would continue to blame Djotodia for anything that the Séléka fighters did. As was expected, most of the Séléka fighters refused to accept the order of disbandment and continued their raids. This forced Djotodia to turn the CAR Armed Forces against them, which was seen as an act of great treachery by the Séléka, having their former leader declare war against them, rather than supporting them and paying them what they saw as their dues. Fighting increased drastically and by September almost 500,000 people had been displaced by the ongoing war. The Christian and Animist majority of the CAR held great resentment against the Séléka who were nominally Muslims, and as such they began to carry out reprisal attacks against Muslims, even if they were not part of Séléka. The violence between Muslims and Christians began to increase, and fighting between forces loyal to Bozizé and the Djotodia government also increased. The French government promised to immediately send more troops to stop the fighting (and of course to ensure that Bozizé or another suitable ally would be put into power), and the UN also announced that they would become involved on the ground.

Amidst the chaos that the country was descending into, Djotodia realised that he could not control the situation and agreed to attend a summit in Chad in January 2014 to solve the crisis. Both he and his Prime Minister announced their resignations, hoping that it would help to bring an end to the fighting. Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet was placed as the interim President and elections for a new leader took place almost immediately, with the mayor of Bangui, Catherine Samba-Panza being elected to lead the country. Her election was seen as a compromise as she was neither linked to Djotodia and the Séléka, nor to the opposition or Bozizé, she was essentially a neutral politician who all sides agreed to and approved of, hoping that she could help bring an end to the chaos and fighting. The UN also praised her appointment, and the French seem to accept her, not having voiced any opposition to her. Samba-Panza immediately called on all sides to lay down their weapons, and called for both the Séléka as well as the Christian militias who were known as the ‘anti-Balaka’ to stop the fighting. This call largely fell on deaf ears, and within a few days the Séléka resumed their fighting and reportedly killed 75 in a town in the South-West of the country. A day later anti-Séléka violence broke out, and within days widespread Muslim-Christian violence was occurring all over the West of the country. The anti-Balaka militiamen (Balaka means ‘machete’ in the Sango language, as the Muslim Séléka were known to carry machetes with them often) began to kill Muslims and mutilate their bodies, there were instances of burning Muslim bodies as well as reports of cannibalism. What began as reprisals against the Séléka quickly turned into an anti-Muslim massacre, targetting anybody who is a Muslim, regardless of their association or lack of association to Séléka. This massacre is continuing up until today as I write this piece, mosques are being attacked and there are reports of anti-Balaka groups destroying entire Muslim villages, forcing the Muslims to flee outside of the country.

So what is to happen from here?

One of the first things that we must understand is that although the conflict began as an entirely secular matter, carried out by forces with no religious goals, it has ended up turning into a religious conflict where Muslims are being targeted solely because they believe in Allah and follow the Prophet Muhammad. It may be true that if you ask the anti-Balaka fighters why they are fighting the Muslims, some will say that they want revenge on the Séléka, however their actions and even their statements betray this and show that they are in fact seeking revenge on the Séléka by targeting Muslims who had nothing to do with Séléka or Djotodia and in fact may have even been opposed to them. Right now regardless of what has happened in the past we are facing a disaster in the CAR. It is true that much of it was instigated by secularist Muslims, and we are seeing the whole world over how the follies of secularists end up affecting the Muslims and due to this we can no longer sit back and allow them to continue doing things for their own personal gains which will bring harm to the Muslim Ummah, whether it be in CAR, Bangladesh, Egypt or anywhere else. Therefore we must respond to the situation on different levels, one is how to deal with the defence of the Muslims, another is how to fight those fighting us, another is how to deal with the secularists, and lastly how we can gain the best out of the situation. All of these steps must be taken with a common goal in mind, and they are not independent of each other, because each step is related to the next and to only focus on one while ignoring the others is going to cause problems in the future.

Defence of the Muslims – This is the most urgent step that must be taken, as right now there are hordes of drug-crazed cannibalistic madmen who want to kill every Muslim that they encounter. If we do not defend the Muslims then surely blood will be spilled, honour will be taken away and we as an Ummah must not allow this to take place. The first step would be for the Muslims in the CAR to organise themselves into groups who can organise the safe passage of women and children towards safe areas, whether it be in the North-West or even in Chad. The men should organise themselves into fighting units with what they have to try and protect the Muslim’s lives and properties, so long as it is safe to do so. If not then they too should migrate to safer areas. The Séléka rebels MUST repent for their errors and should turn to Allah and pledge to fight for Islam and to defend the Ummah, they must use the same forces that they used to take the country to defend the Muslims that are suffering because of their mistakes. Regardless of if they do repent and change course or not, it is necessary for the Mujahideen and Islamists of the surrounding countries to come to the aid of the Muslims, this means especially the Muslims of Chad and Sudan should come, and without doubt among the men of Sudan are brave and strong Mujahideen who are experienced on the battlefields. They should plan to come not only to defend, but to remain and teach the people about Tawheed. They must strengthen the communities and cause the people to dedicate themselves to the establishment of an Islamic State. After Chad and Sudan, groups present in the surrounding countries should also send forth men, such as the Mujahideen of Nigeria, Southern Egypt, Niger, Mali and even the men of Al-Qa’idah in the Islamic Maghreb. If they all make a way through, at least the defence of the Muslims will be possible and the enemy may be deterred from harming them.

Responding to the CAR – The location of the CAR is significant as it lies on what is essentially the border of the Ummah. To its north are all Muslim lands, and to its south are all Christian and Animist lands. Whilst the majority of the CAR falls under Christian control, its North-East is a Muslim area and thus must remain a part of the Ummah and not be mixed with the land of kufr. It should be an aim of the Muslims to either try to retake the CAR, and this would involve regrouping and reorganising the Séléka under an Islamic banner, and then preparing for a defence against the surrounding countries. If this is not possible, and even I would suggest that we are not ready for that, then we should focus on at least maintaining that the North-East areas remain as Muslim areas under our own control, and this means that like in Mali, the Islamic groups must unite and form an Army that will defend the areas and ensure that it is recognised as a Muslim land. From there Muslims from Sudan, Chad etc. should be urged to migrate there and to assist in the establishment of an Islamic State, by which a power base may be formed that can in turn be used to attack the apostate regimes of their lands and to unite the Muslims of Central Africa into a single state. The goal of autonomy and independence from the Christians is something possible, but will no doubt lead to fighting with the kuffar and most likely (just like in Mali) a French invasion in order to stop the formation of an Islamic State. The aim of the kuffar would be to stop the Islamist movements and to bring a quick end to all fighting, for they know as well as we do that an unstable area is ripe for the growth of an Islamic State, so they would aim to repress the Muslims and to stop any moves towards this Islamic goal. If however it is decided to simply abandon the options of re-taking the CAR or forming an Islamic State in the North-West, then the risk of going back to the status quo of Muslims remaining a minority will be the worst option, and will leave us open to future attacks. If this option is pursued then in the last we must maintain a strong Army ready to respond to such attacks, and focus on education of the Muslims so at least when the time is right they may seek independence under an Islamic banner.

The Future for the Muslims of CAR – The Muslims have now seen what is a timeless truth, that the disbelievers will never accept them until they follow their religion, as Allah tells us in the Qur’an. They must be aware that neither the disbelievers of the CAR, nor the French, nor the UN are truly concerned for them. Whilst the liberals among them may pretend to want to see an end to the fighting, the reality is that they too will fight us when we raise the banner of Islam. They prefer to see the Muslims as docile, weak and inactive, unable to defend ourselves against their political, cultural and military hegemony. After the era of the Séléka there will be no forgiveness, the Muslims will be held with even more suspicion than in the past, and so we must be prepared to look to the wider Ummah to find the right way ahead. The Mujahideen of the surrounding areas must play a role in this, and so far some of them have stated that they are ready to enter the CAR to offer support to the Muslims, this is no doubt an encouraging thing to see. The Muslims of the CAR have shown that they are strong, indeed strong enough to take power of the country, this means that they are not so weak as to be forced to migrate to Chad where they will face even further problems from a secular regime, but that they should aim to forge an independent Islamic State in the Muslim areas of the country. This will be better for them to fight for as the one who fights for this fights in the Path of Allah, and if he dies he dies as a martyr and Paradise is his destination. To remain as they are at the moment is not an option as it will only lead to more slaughter in the future and more oppression. The Muslims of the CAR can turn this disaster into a great blessing and becom an example for the Ummah, but they will need our help, and the call is made to the Muslims of the surrounding areas, and then to the entire Ummah to contribute to them, to travel to them, to fight along side them, and to work together for the unity of the Muslims and the call for an Islamic State that will protect the Muslims.

I will leave you with the words of one of the anti-Balaka fighters who was speaking about the killing of a Muslim mayor – “It is good that he died, the man was a Muslim. We don’t want any of them to remain in this country… Even if he was a good man, he was a Muslim”

It is clear that there is only one choice for the Muslims, and that is the same choice that was made by the Prophet and the Sahabah, as well as Muslims throughout history – Do not live in the lands of Kufr, establish an Islamic State and then you will live with honour. The kuffar will never accept you, so do not rely on them or even live among them, rather aim for what Allah commands of us, the establishment of our own State which is based upon Tawheed.

Br. Safaa Allami, Imprisoned in Perth, of the Pearls of the Ummah

Allah (swt) says in the Qur-aan,
“And of mankind is he who would sell himself, seeking the Pleasure of Allah. And Allah is full of Kindness to (His) slaves.”
- Surah Al-Baqarah, 207

Meet brother Safaa Allami, one of the pearls of the Ummah, who is currently serving a nine-year sentence in a maximum security prison in Perth.

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One brother (Hussein) says,
“This is the most current photo we have of Safaa Allami, the brother that gave me da’wah and showed me the Noor of Islam when I was deep in Jahiliyyah, this was taken in Supreme Court in WA. May Allah hasten His Release. May Allah give him ajr for every good deed I commit, may Allah be pleased with Him and raise his rank on the day of Judgement, May Allah guide his family and his loved ones, may Allah keep him steadfast and be pleased with him always, Ameen.”

Another brother (Abdul-Mateen) gives a description of him,
“He is originally from a rafidah family in Iraq.
At a young age he read Kitab at-Tawheed cover to cover and came to Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jam3ah. He called himself Abdul Wahaab Al-Ghazzi and went around Perth telling all the Shi’a they are upon shirk. He quickly became the most hated to them but the most beloved to the sunni community.
He studied tafseer of the Qur’an and is like a walking hadith database.
He sat with me spending hours each day translating classical Tawheed works from Arabic to English for my benefit. I have never personally met a man with his level of taqwa. I have never heard him say a curse word and have never seen him commit any haram action. He never got angry except for the sake of Allah ‘azza wa jal and the kuffar would always tread carefully around him.
He was always at the Masjid for every prayer, he basically lived there.

I was with him at the Perth Masjid when he was arrested and he ended up copping a 9 year sentence. ASIO bugged his phone, car and the public phone near the masjid. He was under watch for terrorism for several years. When he was sentenced he didn’t even flinch and simply said “What can my enemies do to me?”
He became a nightmare for the prison authorities. They wouldn’t allow him any Islamic literature so he wrote notes and books from memory and taught others about tawheed. During my visits with him I met other Aboriginal converts who had come to the deen through his da3wah and ultimately the guidance of Allah ‘azza wa jal.
They put him in solitary confinement and eventually transferred him to another prison (even tho he was already in maximum security) because he was too much to handle. He prays Salah openly in the prison yard and when bikies tried to intimidate him he stood up to them like the fearless warrior he is. Ask br. Hussein for more details about his da3wah inside.

My words do not do justice and I what I said is not to praise him but rather to encourage and inspire us. There are some amazing brothers around so when you come across them make sure you benefit as much as possible in sha Allah.”

May Allah (swt) hasten his release & continue to keep him firm, & allow us the pleasure to enter Jannah with him. Ameen.

Qadr of Allah

By Musa Cerantonio

Last year I visited Italy in order to interact with and support the Muslim community there. I spent a few months visiting different cities in order to make links with various groups, imams and individuals. The trip had its ups and downs and I had many instances where I had to be patient for Allah’s sake, but as well I had some great times and also some unexpected experiences. I cannot refer these unexpected experiences as mere coincidences, nor can I go to the extreme of calling them miracles as this is something beyond our knowledge, however they were great events that caused me to be thankful to Allah and to place my trust in Him alone and to understand that whatever Allah has written for you shall surely come to pass.

One of the events which occurred was while I was travelling from Torino (Turin) to Milan. I had planned my journey around Italy hoping to meet a number of Imams in order to know them personally and to build a relationship in order to work together on some projects. I had met with all of those who I had wished to meet except for one Imam who was from the South of Italy. I knew that at that point I would not have time to make it to his city as I had been delayed in some of my trips and therefore would not get a chance to meet him, especially as I was in the North of Italy and a train journey to his city would take at least 15-20 hours. I was wondering about the best way to communicate with him without meeting with him face to face, as I had not spoken with him up until that point, since I had planned to meet him in his city of residence.

I boarded my train and prepared from another long journey back to Milan. I looked at my allocated seat number, and though the train was almost empty I still made sure to find the seat number that was on my ticket. I headed to the carriage, put my bags down and seated myself and began to read the du’a of travel (duʿā’ ar-rukūb). Once I finished I looked around and I saw that seated parallel to me only a few seats away was the very Imam I was thinking of! I greeted him with a big smile and told him of what just occurred and he smiled back and said to me “This is the Qadr of Allah, He had willed that we would meet and so nothing in the universe could prevent it from happening.” Al-Hamdulillah we spoke for many hours throughout the trip and I felt a tranquility and calmness at that time which I cannot describe, but it occurs when a person feels the Power and Mercy of Allah and is reminded that Allah is Powerful over all things.

I have had many similar experiences, some of which are even more amazing and more powerful, however this one experience came into my mind and I thought it would not be suitable that I keep it to myself, but rather I should share it hoping to strengthen the hearts of those who believe and to remind ourselves that our Lord is our Provider and our Protector, and that He will surely not allow us to become lost after He has guided us.

There these times when Allah allows us to meet those whom we had hoped to encounter for His sake, or there are times when 2 believers love one another for His sake and they wish to meet for His sake yet Allah has decreed that they would not meet in this world, and so we look forward to reuniting with those believers whom we loved for Allah’s sake in the Paradise that He has prepared for the Righteous.

One such meeting that I pray Allah will allow to occur is that of my brother in Islam Ahmad, the Mujāhid and the Shahīd God willing. The first time that I was blessed to visit the House of Allah and to perform the Ḥajj I had hoped to meet with approximately 10 brothers during my time there. All of the brothers were from Australia however we went with different Ḥajj groups and so we were placed in different parts and it was not easy to find each other especially as we were not using our mobile phones at the time. Despite the crowd of 5 million people I met 9 of them. One of them I saw in Masjid An-Nabawī after Jumuʿah prayer, another I saw when making wuḍū’ on the Day of ʿArafah, another I saw while we were making ṭawāf around the Kaʿbah. Each meeting was one that we had not planned, yet Allah had willed would occur.

I did not meet Ahmad however. He was the 10th person that I wished to meet, and though we had planned to meet at Ḥajj we did not get the chance. What I did not know at the time is that I would never again see Ahmad on this Earth. Our brother, may Allah have Mercy on him, had gone to Somalia to fight against the Ethiopian Crusaders who had just invaded. He did not say a word to us about it, this is why we were expecting to meet him in Makkah during the Ḥajj. He went and fought in the Path of Allah and died while fighting the enemy. As his soul was about to leave his body those who were present informed us that he looked up above him and said “I can see my place in Jannah”, and then he returned to the Mercy of Allah. May Allah accept him and enter him into His Jannah.

And so while Allah decreed for me to meet many through ways which I could never imagine, He had decreed that the meeting which I had planned with Ahmad would not occur in this world, and I hope and pray that He in His Wisdom has decreed that we would meet in a better place, raised upon pillars of Light in the company of those that we love and those who love Allah. I pray that if we meet that we will not be alone, but we will be with all of those who love us and we love them for the sake of the Almighty. I pray that Allah joins all of those that I love for His sake with the Prophets, and the Righteous and the Martyrs in the best of destinations, and with this I wish to let you all know that I love you all for the sake of Allah and that there are many of you who I wish to meet in this life, and I pray that if we do not get that chance that it is because Allah has saved for us a meeting in His Paradise.

Ka^bah Night

A Message from the Amīr of the Islamic State of Iraq & Sham (ISIS) – Abū Bakr Al-Baghdādī

A speech by the Amīr of the Islamic State of Iraq & Sham (ISIS) – Abū Bakr Al-Ḥusaynī Al-Qurashī Al-Baghdādī, may Allah protect him.

Translated by Musa Cerantonio

Verily all praise belongs to Allah, we praise Him and we seek His assistance and we ask Him for forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and from the evil of our actions.

Whomsoever Allah guides then none can lead him astray, and whomsoever Allah leads astray none can guide him. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone and He has no partners, and I bear witness that Muḥammad ﷺ is His servant and Messenger, may the Peace and Blessings of God be upon him and his family and companions.

As to what follows,

Verily it is from the Way of Allah and from His wisdom that the rows of the believers and the Mujāhidīn be mingled with those who are not of them and with the munāfiqīn (hypocrites). Allah will not leave this row of Muslims mixed with those hypocrites and pretenders who cloak themselves with an Islamic appearance, wearing the clothes of Īmān, for Allah has decreed for mankind the constant of tests and trials, Allah has said, “Allah would not leave the believers in the state that you are in until He separates the evil from the good” [3:179] and He said, “And We indeed tested those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars” [29:3]. So the row must be melted down so that the filth may be taken out from it, and be pressured so that the weak building blocks crumble, and the light be shone upon it to exposing the inner secrets and hidden thoughts.

It is so that the struggle between truth and falsehood will never cease and the constant of repelling one another will be set forth, which if ceased would cause a stop in business, and the prayers would stop and the masājid in which the name of Allah would be closed, and mischief would appear on the Earth,and so repelling one another and constant conflict and tests and trials and constant scrutiny shall exist, however the end is for the pious, and victory and success is for the truthful, patient believers. And verily the Mujāhidīn in the Path of Allah will never increase in trials except that they clarify and purify him, and he shall not increase in hardships except that they make him more determined and firm.

So be patient O Mujāhidīn of the Islamic State of Iraq and Ash-Shām, be patient and defend the borders and do not grieve over the betrayal of those close to you, nor over the pounding of the enemies, and do not be saddened by the fierce campaign against the State, for verily Allah will assist His army, and He shall defend those who believe. And do not be frightened by the defeat of some forces nor by the accusations and what the enemies of Islam have plotted and planned against you. For verily Allah knows the wicked from the righteous, and He knows the Mujāhid from the pretender, and He knows the truthful from the liar, and He knows the sincere from the hypocrite, so know therefore that the trial which is afflicting you in Ash-Shām is indeed a great benefit for you inshā’Allāh. This great hardship shall not remain for long, by the permission of Allah O sons of the State in Ash-Shām.

Verily Allah knows and also you know that the State did what it was able to do to stop this war which has been mounted by some of the combat battalions, and so Allah knows and you know that we did not want this war nor did we seek it or plan for it, because from what is apparent and from what it seems to us is that the ones who benefit most from it are the Nuṣayris and the Rāfiḍah. And the war has been forced upon us, and time over time we have tried to avoid it, and we seek to end it (the war) despite the obvious treachery and the blatant infringement against us, until those who had mislead themselves thought that the State was up for grabs and that they were able to do so, whilst being dragged into the lies and false claims of the media, so we had to fight this war even though it was against our wishes.

So once this is known O sons of the State, then place your trust in Allah, disavow yourselves from those around you and derive your power from His might and His sustenance, and fear Allah, for the best outcome will be yours if you fear Him. Do not oppress or betray, and we advise you to restrain from those who do, and who withdraw their weapons from you, from those who who fought against you from amongst the battalions, no matter how great their crime and sins were. Overcome yourselves with pardoning and forgiveness so that you may concentrate on the indecent enemy which is waiting actively to attack Ahlus-Sunnah. So if you put in all your efforts to stop this war, concentrate on the and Nuṣayriyyah and Rawāfiḍ, then if you lack in strength you will be pardoned by your Lord, so put your trust in Allah and seek help from Him, for He is sufficient for you. So get involved in this war, for you are with Allah’s Might a people ready for it, and be sure that it is good for you without any doubt, for it is of Allah’s plan for you – “And Allah Knows, while you know not.” [2:216]

So beware, beware of oppression! For whoever has oppressed and abused someone let them proceed hastily to restore peoples’ rights and repent. For verily we act instantly upon every act of oppression that is conveyed to us, and we are innocent before Allah from every oppression which comes from individuals of the State. And we command every soldier to react upon what reaches him of oppression. Allah does not bless the Mujāhid who commits an act of oppression and does not refute it. So repent much and ask for forgiveness and say often lā Ḥawla wa lā Quwwata illā billāh! (There is no Might nor Power except Allah)

This is a call to each and every Mujāhid fighting in the path of Allah from amongst the battalions and the groups in the land of Ash-Shām, be it a leader or a soldier, I remind you that this battle is the battle of the entire Ummah, and the ones being targeted are all of the Mujāhidīn. Know that this State is a gate for you, and if it is to be broken, it will only weaken us in front of our and your enemy. So let not a day come in which you might bite on your fingers from regret.

And we say to every one who erred and fought us, or was involved with those who fought the State from among the battalions, return your accounts, and repent to your Lord for verily you have taken us by surprise and you have stabbed us and all of our soldiers in the front lines as well as those defending the State treacherously in our backs.

So for you is Allah, and Allah only, for everyone is selling you, talking harshly against you, racing to climb upon your shoulders, nay, over your dead bodies. So know that sufficient for you is Allah, sufficient for you is Allah, the Nuṣayriyyah are shedding your blood, and disgracing your honour and demolishing your homes by claiming that they are fighting terrorism to protect you, the Jews and the Crusaders plot against Islam and plan against the Mujāhidīn and wage war upon them, acting as if they sympathise with you but in reality they are trading your blood and your case. And the tyrant rulers of the Muslim countries buy people’s trust, recruit the cowards and come up with followers claiming that they want to rescue you. The burglars, thieves and bandits steal your wealth and goods and suck your blood under your own name and the claim that they are only but supporting, defending and protecting you, so for you is Allah O family of ours in Ash-Shām, and congratulations if you are patient, for verily the Protector has looked after you. And as for us we can only say to you, “blood for blood, and destruction for destruction”. Verily we fight in the Path of Allah and we seek the pleasure of Allah, and we do not fear the blame of the blamers, we do not fear the blame of the blamers and we gave ourselves to assist you since your trials became severe. And we have spared no effort nor shall we spare any effort inshā’Allāh, and we will never cease being devoted to what we can do inshā’Allāh. So beware of allowing the deceitful media to affect you, as you will not find us inshā’Allāh except that we are the kindest of people to you, and the toughest of people against your enemies, for this is the reality of who we are, and sufficient for us is that Allah knows this.

Sufficient for us is that Allah knows that we did all we could with all sincerity and honesty to protect the Muslims, their honour and their blood. And then we are accused of calling our brothers in Ash-Shām as disbelievers, God forbid! Or that we allow their blood to be spilled, no by Allah!

Sufficient for us is that Allah knows that we were cautious for the security and safety of our family in Ash-Shām, and we are the only ones who bear the burden of fighting bandits and prosecuting the thieves and murderers, yet we are accused by them night and day that we are murderers of our own people in Ash-Shām and the ones responsible for their mass graves, lā Ḥawla wa lā Quwwata illā billāh!

Sufficient for us is that Allah knows that we never entered a town or a neighborhood or a street, except that the wealth, lives and honour of the Muslims were safe in it, and that the thieves, bandits and criminals fled from it, and we were yet accused of frightening the Muslims and that we allow for their sanctity to be taken.

Sufficient for us is that Allah knows that we did talk to the people and we did extend our hands to all of the groups, yet we are then accused of considering ourselves as the only Mujāhidīn and that we do not acknowledge the work of others. God forbid, it is not so!

Sufficient for us is that Allah knows that we never considered ourselves free of error, neither do we intend or insist upon it as we are accused of having done.

Sufficient for us is that Allah knows that we did not leave our families and homes and held our souls in our palms, considering it cheap in the path of Allah except that we did it to rule by Allah’s Law. Yet we are labelled night and day as tyrants who do not rule by the Law of Allah, and we seek refuge in Allah from such a thing!

Sufficient for us is that Allah knows that we are from the toughest of people upon the Rawāfiḍ and Nuṣayriyyah, and they themselves know this.

Sufficient for us is that Allah knows that on the night that we were betrayed and stabbed in our backs, we had armies the region of Al-Khayr, led by ʿUmar Ash-Shīshānī who was determined to liberate the entire region. And we had forces in Aleppo coming forth upon the western front as to liberate the whole of Aleppo, and another force from the eastern front ready to attack Kuwayres, and also from the western front ready to attack Sakanet Hanano and forces ready to be detached to attack the Nuṣayriyyah in the neighborhoods under their control. And Allah knows of the forces which was equipped in Idlib ready to attack 11 barriers of the Nuṣayriyyah to free Al-Deef Valley and that we had forces in the province of Hama ready to attack the Nuṣayriyyah.

Sufficient for us is that Allah knows all of this, as our soldiers also know that all this came to a halt the night that we were betrayed. And then we are accused of being agents of the Nuṣayriyah and the Rawāfiḍ! Sufficient for us is Allah, and He is the best Disposer of affairs. Sufficient for us is Allah, and He is the best Disposer of affairs. “Nothing is hidden from Him, in the Earth or in the Heavens” [3:5]

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said “There will come to the people years of treachery, when the liar will be regarded as honest, and the honest man will be regarded as a liar; the traitor will be regarded as faithful, and the faithful man will be regarded as a traitor.” [Sunan Ibn Mājah 4036]

As for Ahlus-Sunnah in Iraq, we say to them, now you see the reality of the Rāfiḍah by your own eyes, and you have finally raised your weapons against them, verily this is your chance, so do not lose it, for if you do, then your word will never be taken seriously. Also that your war with the Rāfiḍah is a war of ʿAqīdah, as was stated by the vindictive Safavid Nouri Al-Maliki, as he brazenly proclaimed, “That the battle with the Mujāhidīn is a holy battle, and that a battle against Ahlus-Sunnah is a battle of Kufr and Īmān.” He has told the truth in this instance though he is a constant liar. So gather around your sons the Mujāhidīn and declare to Allah sincerely that you have awoken today to be a defense for Ahlus-Sunnah against the Rāfiḍah, so do not let them approach you from behind.

O sons of the State in Iraq, O you who have been purified, filtered and polished by hardships May Allah be with you, you have proven that false allegations do not ruin your image nor do they have proof against you. Be the head of the war against the Safavids and stay firm in the front lines, stand in the face of this Rāfiḍī war and crawl to Baghdad and the South so that you may ignite the Rawāfiḍ in their homelands. And Woe to you if you betray your families and your tribes! Know that the eyes of Ahlus-Sunnah all over the world are watching you and that your brothers in Ash-Shām are watching. May Allah bless you.

And lastly…

This is a message that we address to America – You should know O protector of the cross, that the proxy war in Ash-Shām will not benefit you just as it has not benefited you in Iraq, and you shall soon be forced to be in direct confrontation by the permission of Allah, and the sons of Islam have been waiting for this day. “So wait; for indeed we along with you are waiting.” [9:52]

“Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us and forgive us and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.” [2:286]

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Statement by Abu Abadah Al Maghrebi, a Shari’i in the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS)

Source: the Statement in Arabic: http://justpaste.it/e5vd

The following is a statement by Abu Abadah Al Maghrebi, a Shari’i in the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham.
The following translation is a rough translation and some parts which are deemed irrelevant may be deleted due to the length (15 pages) of the statement.

“This is a statement I write to you from the blessed land of Al Sham and I have witnessed around me my brothers being killed and kidnapped after the fitna started. And it is true that this should be called a fitna, not because its reality is fighting between two Muslim groups, transgressing against another, as many may think – this is only a portion of the image as I will recall insha’Allah. But this is a fitna because in it the truth has mixed with falsehood, even with some of the sincere scholars, the transgressing killers have been described as mujahideen while the sincere Mujahideen are described as the transgressors. It is a fitna because ALLAH (swt) wills that the ranks of the Mujahideen be purified from the filth so that victory will come to those who deserve it. It is a Fitna since ALLAH (swt) willed that he purify the righteous from their mistakes so that they may return from them. It is a Fitna because ALLAH wants the sincere group to learn from its mistakes that it has committed, Then will the great victory be achieved. Many lies and deceptions have been spread that even the sincere and truthful may be deceived, thus I wanted to write this statement from the blessed land and I am a witness to the events happening around me…. The first message: To the advising Scholars and the sincere preachers… And namely the likes of Sheikh Sulayman Al Ulwan and Abu Muhammad Al Maqidisi And Abu Qatada Al Falistini (may ALLAH free them and raise their status)… Our beloved Sheikhs know that some want you to believe that what is happening today from the fighting (between groups) is a fitna between Mujahid groups, some transgressing against others, and that the cause of this infighting is because of mistakes that the Islamic state (ISIS) made, as a result of its extremism, so the brigades/groups reacted to the aggression of the Islamic State (ISIS) against them and thus the fighting began, and thereafter others joined the opportunity (to attack ISIS) for wordly gains, And as result the only solution was a call to ending the fighting between the mujahid brigades and agreeing to an Independent court. This is the image the media has tried to portray and they constantly recall that the fighting is between the Islamic State (ISIS) and Ahrar Al Sham and they even try to state that Jabhat AL Nusrah is a part of the equation (fighting). The reality is that this a pre-planned attack (on ISIS) prepared by the western and Arab regimes intelligence agencies. And this conflict was pushed by the evil scholars, the like of Arour and Shafi Al Ajmi and their likes, who have constantly lied about the mujahideen, along with the National coalition and the National Councils. This plan was carried out by the shabiha FSA, the criminal gangs, the Drug traders, and thieves. And the goal is to eliminate the Jihad in Al Sham and not only eliminating the Islamic State, and if they get what they want they will turn their attention towards Jabhat AL Nusrah and then every sincere group…. We say sadly, O our Sheikhs, even though you supported the MB during what they were faced with in Egypt, but their branch (MB) in Syria is a partner in these plots through their followers on the ground and in the National coalition and National councils. This is the reality of what has happened, this happened along with fighting between brigades in ISIS and Ahrar and the Islamic Front, as a result of rightful grievances both parties have and transgressions both sides committed. These grievances were not dealt with through their rightful means and they accumulated until it ignited and the Islamic Front was the one who began (to attack us). If their were mistakes and excesses committed by ISIS, this is the fighting (between ISIS and Ahrar (IF) which needs to be stopped and we need to find a solution to its causes and all sides are to blame for it. But this does not represent but a small amount of the fighting which is happening. The Other fighting and the majority of it (excluding ISIS and Ahrar (IF) is between Mujahideen and Sahwat, except that the media painted that the fighting is mainly between ISIS and Ahrar (& IF ) to deceive the sincere so they can aide in fighting ISIS and to tarnish its image, and this is what has happened sadly. Our beloved Sheikhs, the ones who declared war against us are ’Jaish Al Mujahideen’ and the ’Syrian revolution front’ led by the zindeeq Jamal Marouf and Amar Al Wawi, and ask the Syrians about them and don’t ask us! Ask even Faisal Al Qassim (druze) about their reality! Jamal Marouf (and his group) killed Sheikh Abu ABdelAziz Al Qatari, the leader of Jund al Aqsa, when he went to them to discuss a resolution and they shot at anyone who approached his dead body. As for the leader of Liwa Al Taweed in Al Bab, HajI fasl, ask the locals of his crimes… the flags raised on the HQ of ISIS were not Ahrar Al Sham banner but the banner of the SNC. Ask the muhajireen in Jabhat Al Nusrah how they were treated and were told we have orders to remove all muhajireen. Ask the people of the areas ISIS retreated from about the transgressions committed by the gangs in the FSA. Ask them about the houses of the Syrias whose homes were attacked and robbed under the accusation that they aided ISIS. Ask them about the children who were detained because they learned in the sharia courses of ISIS. Ask the people of Homs and the sincere brigades about the huge amount of weaponry that appeared after they complained that they were lacking weapons and did have enough, where were these weapons and why did they come out now? You should see the leaders of the Sahwat with the American officers that are now in the open which they couldn’t hide. If you don’t accept our testimony then ask Faisal Al Qassim and Abdelbarri Atwan, ask the analysts who have said it is a western plot to eliminate the mujahideen at the behest of the west, to pave the way for Geneva. Whats amazing is that many still pain the fighting as a fitna between Islamic Groups, where the killer and killed are both in Hell. Everyone knows that the reason the fighting occurred now is because of the heavy fighting the Mujahideen in Iraq are doing and the tribes and Mujahideen coming together, they feared the mujahideen strengthening…. They thought that they had won and rushed to reveal their reality and they began to call on Jabhat Al Nusrah to leave the ‘takfiri’ ideology and its connections to Al Qaeda and Al Zawahiri, infact the Zindiq Luay Al Miqdad, the spokesmen of the FSA, said “we wont leave Syria for the puppets of Zawahiri”. As for the Islamic Front, many of their soldiers are sincere and some of them refused to join the fight (against ISIS) after they saw the betrayal of their leaders, and some of them fought a battle of fitna, and some of them joined alongside the apostates and fought us. Many have made husn Al Than with the Front (Islamic Front) because they stated in their founding statement that they seek to implement the sharia. Some of these have forgotten that RabbanI and Sayyaf also pledge to implement the sharia, ask our Sheikhs about the military leader of this front, Zahran Alloush, whom everyone knows is connected with the Saudi Intelligencce, and his army is famous for their withdrawals that even Syrians themselves laugh at them. As for his Mufti “Kaka3”, he stated that Sheikh Maqidisi and Ulwan are from the Khawarij of this era. As for Hassan Abboud, the leader of Ahrar Al Sham, we will let the days prove whether he is honest or not, but know that he has visited Qatar twice and he travels openly in Turkey without anyone obstructing him…. The project of the Islamic front in its reality is a Saudi intelligence project, some entered known this (Saudi intell connections) and others entered with good hearts and intentions but they didn’t know and they were in need of financial assistance so they entered for the sake of mutual interests. And their interests have met, but against the Islamic state (ISIS). But it appears, O our Sheikhs, that some people will not believe until they come out and say we are puppets of the Saudi regime by their own mouths. O our sheikhs, some even have Husn Al Than even with FSA but as for the Islamic State they have Su’u AL Than (evil suspicions/thinking). Some O our sheikhs remember only our mistakes and grievances against us but forget the plots of the hypocrits, will you accept O our Sheikhs what Abu Bassir Al Tartousi said about us…Many may say that the reason for what happened was the mistakes of ISIS, its poor mashru3 (project), forcing its project on everyone, the extremism of some of its members, and its rejection of independent courts, and other reasons which many advisors have focused on, to the point where the people only know about the grievances against ‘Daesh’ but they don’t known about the plots of its enemies and the treachery of munificent. The answer is : as we accept the mistakes that have happened, but lets assume that ISIS did not exist, will their still not be mistakes, and they will justify what happened using these mistakes (against Jabhat Al Nusrah for example). If their was a Jihad without any mistakes, will the enemies of ALLAH not be able to carry out such operations, when will they know that the Plots are against the Jihad and not against ISIS alone….. We tried to avoid this fight and warned the groups even the non-Islamic ones that we don’t seek to fight with them, but their was no response because they r not interested in ‘their grievances’ but because they are paid killers and this is proven with certainty. Yes during this fighting mistakes were made and targets which shouldn’t have been targeted were attacked but this was in the minority of attacks…. Yes in the ranks of the Dawlah (ISIS) there are some soldiers whom have some sort of extremism and perhaps this extremism is even with some of the shar3yeen, but this is not from our manhaj or our politics and this is not our Aqidah, and this does not shape our decisions. Were not the Khawarij whom went out against Uthman and killed him, were they not in the army of Ali? Did they not fight against Al Zubayr, Talha, Aisha, in the battle of the camel – then Against Muawiya in Saffin, and inspite that he (Ali) was the one on truth from the two (muslims groups) fighting (even though he had Khawarij in his ranks?). Yes perhaps some will say that Sh Adnani was to harsh in his statement, but cant you find for us any excuse as we see them repeat the same project as the Islamic Party in Iraq? Yes, what happened between us and our brothers in Jabhat Al Nusrah happened, we believe oh our sheikhs that you did not receive the reality of exactly what happened. Don’t fear from the talk that we seek a bayah for a Khilafah and such talk, this is not what we think, even though we hope that the an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria will be the foundation of the future Khilafah. Be certain O our Sheikhs that the creed of the Islamic state is that of Ahlel Sunnah Wal Jama3ah and not that of the Khawarij…. Be certain O our Sheikhs that we view you and the leaders of the Jihad such as Sheikh Zawahiri, Sheikh Abu Baseer Al Wuhaishi, Sheikh Abd-Al Wadud, etc as protectors to the correct path and manhaj. If we see that the path of ISIS is different then we will not stay with them because we go with the truth wherever it is and not with men. And there are some Ijtihadat and specific details that we believe the one present knows more then the one not…….. Our Second message is to the leaders of the Mujahideen everywhere and Sheikh. Al Hakeem Dr. Aymen Al Zawahiri, by Allah oh our Sheikh we were hurt by the differences that occurred between us and you, be certain O our sheikh that your place with you is the same as it was, you are the father and hakeem….ignore the ignorance that some of the extremists and unknown may say about you, you know the status you have with us. May Allah forgive you, O brother Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Jawlani, you described the fighting as mainly a fitna, but you see the fighting which seeks to eleminate the jihad? Have you not heard of some of your compounds and soldiers were attacked simply for being muhajireen? Have you not seen the weapons that have appeared, that never appeared before except to fight the dawlah? Have you not heard the zindeeq Louy Al Miqdad (spokesmen of the FSA) threatening those he called “the puppets of Zawahiri”?? O beloved brother you have the right to denounce and declare your innocence from the fitna which occurred (fighting with Ahrar) which we do not love either, infact you can even denounce the politics of ISIS if you want, but be fair and aide your brothers against the dogs of the national coalition and the shabiha in the FSA who slander our religion! Don’t think only of the popular support and look at the example of the MB with this regard… they even left aside implementing the sharia to maintain their popular support yet the army did a coup against them and their ‘popular support’ didn’t help them. We were only seeking support even it was only against the national coalition at the very least, because we still see goodness in you, as well as your soldiers, and we are still awaiting this position, perhaps this will be soon. Our last message is to you oh soldiers of ISIS : I say these words from my heart, take this from a sincere advisor: We must know oh brothers that what has happened to us is from the makings of our own hands. Allah (swt) says “the misfortunes which befell you are from that which your own hands have created, and (Allah) forgives many”. Allah (swt) said to the believers after the battle of Uhud, “When a single disaster smites you, although you smote (your enemies) with one twice as great, you say: “From where does this come to us?” Say (to them), “It is from yourselves (because of your evil deeds).”….. We must oh brothers be certain that the bad which has befell us and the worst of people attacking us, its main reason is – from between us or between us and the people – through mistakes and oppression some of our soldiers have committed and we did not rush to return their rights. And we have rushed at times to make judgement and ruling on people based on mere assumptions, and some extremists may have entered our ranks, their was no escaping this bad which befell us until we fix our mistakes. Our first duty is to return the rights to their owners, and to examine every grievance against us and to ask Allah for forgiveness. And if we do this, then rejoice and await the victory from ALLAH. We must oh brothers separate between the two fights that are happening now, the first is Fitna fighting: This is the one between us and between Ahrar Al Sham or other Muslims as a result of grievances that happened from both sides which were not resolved, this fighting is not valid and is not allowed, and we must strive to stop it and to fix its root causes, and the one who is attacked should only respond against the attacker only. It is not allowed for anyone to make takfeer on Ahrar Al Sham or any group which claims to fight us based on grievances. Making takfeer on any group which fights us is closest to the thinking of the Kawarij and we reject this and their thinking. These groups are muslims and their blood is forbidden as long as they do not fall into one of the nullifiers of Islam which we have clear proof of, fighting with them is only to repel their transgressions only, and we must seek a way to end the fighting with them. Based on this, (we say) it is forbidden to attack their compounds with explosives and such attacks, and we declare our innocence from such attacks, except if we have proof that in their compounds are from the puppets and apostates (SMC, etc) and this must be with clear proof, so be aware and don’t fall into spilling forbidden blood. Furthermore it is forbidden to label and generalize all of the FSA as apostates, for example Colonel Riyad Al As3ad is from the FSA and we all know his fair position, and many from the ones fighting under the FSA are better then ones fighting under Islamic brigades. And some groups are only under the FSA banner by name only and they have good positions towards the mujahideen, so it is not allowed to make generalizations and judgments on names alone, so it is not allowed to say that those under the FSA are apostates or that the FSA is an apostate formation, this is from extremism, and labeling a group apostate needs certainty. ….. As for the ones who are fighting us, they don’t all fall into the ruling of apostates, from those who fight us are apostates, and from them are people following their desires and falling into great sin, and among them is the ignorant. Fighting with other Islamic Groups is not a fight against apostates, and the ones who say this have said the saying of the Khawarij, our fight with them is to prevent aggressors… Fighting against the Islamic state (ISIS) is not a nullifier of from Islam and doesn’t make one an apostate. This fighting (with Islamic groups) is a fight we don’t seek and we must avoid it and fix its root causes, but if they attack us then we will repell them. As for labeling others ‘Sahwat’ then know that this is not a ‘shari’I’ label which we base a shari’I ruling based on it (by labeling ones Sahwat doesn’t mean they are apostates). It is not allowed to label our brothes in Ahrar Al Sham ‘Sahwat’, infact it is not allowed to generalize and say all of the Islamic front are ‘sahwat’, this is from oppression and a mistake that we must avoid. And don’t think that Sheikh Adnani meant these groups when he used the word ‘Sahwat’ (in his recent video), this is from extremism that the Sheikh (Adnani) prevents from us. Know Oh brothers that unknown people who claim to support ISIS will come out and start to make takfeer on Jabhat Al Nusrah for not aiding ISIS, and such talk such as making takfeer on all Islamic groups in Syria. Such talk is falsehoiod, Beware, Beware of this extremism even if it comes from people who are known to have supported ISIS before. Don’t think that everyone who advises us or disagrees with us is an enemy, perhaps this advisor is better then many of our ‘supporters’. As Sheikh Abu Umar Al Baghdadi said “ don’t think we are always right, we too make mistakes, and this is unavoidable, the ones who aides us when we are upon falsehood is wrong, truth is not only with us alone”…. avoid and run away from everyone who ‘supports us’ and slanders sincere scholars such as Sheikh Ulwan, Sheikh Maqidisi, Sheikh Abu Qatada, and others who disagree with us………….. As for the apostates and hypocrits from the Sahwat then cleanse them as Sh Adnani said in his prideful speech. Beware oh Soldiers of the Islamic State from making your fight from defending Islam and its people to one of Asabiyah (fighting for a group only), don’t fight for Asabiyah…”