Brief Messages To A Victorious Nation
Do Not Be Divided
By Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri (May Allah protect him)
In the name of Allah, all praise belongs to Allah, and may prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah and upon his family and companions and those who follow him.
Dear Muslim brothers in every place, may peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.
There is no doubt that uniting the Muslim Ummah against its enemies is a religious obligation. He, the one who is true, has said:
“Verily, Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in rows (straightened) as if they were a solid structure.” (60:4)
And for the sake of uniting this Ummah against its enemies who have united against it, the Mujahideen with the foremost being Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin, may Allah have mercy upon him, gathered their efforts and they realized that the unity of the Ummah is in being united to wage Jihad against the Hubal (an idol) of this age, America.
And as an essential step to unite the Ummah, Shaykh Usamah gave Bay’ah to the Islamic Emirate and he called the Muslims to likewise give Bay’ah to it.
This is the Emirate which was praised by the symbols of Da’wah and Jihad in this age, like Shaykh Hamoud al Uqla, may Allah have mercy upon him, and the two Shaykhs, Sulayman Al Ulwaan and Ali Al Khudayr, may Allah hasten their release, and Shaykh Abu Hafs al Qaaid and Shaykh Abu Mus’ab al Zarqawi and Shaykh Abu Hamza al Muhajir and the Shaykhs Abu Layth and Athiyatullah and Abu Yaya Al Libbi, and Shaykh Nasr al Wuhayshi and Shaykh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr and Shaykh Abu Muhammad al Turkistani, may Allah have mercy upon them all, and Shaykh Abu Qatada al Filistini and Shaykh Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi and Shaykh Hani As Sibai and Shaykh Tariq Abdul Haleem and other honourable leaders and scholars besides them .
These and others did not praise this Emirate and promote it out of desire or dread, rather it is to testify to the truth and to strive to unite the ranks of the Muslim Ummah against its enemies.
And it was this Emirate which commanded the good and forbade the evil and judged by the Shariah and gave refuge to the Muhajireen and to the weak, and smashed the idols and confronted the arrogant Crusade campaign.
So I call my Muslim and Mujahideen brothers in general and specifically in Afghanistan to rally around this firm patient Mujahid Emirate and to not respond to calls to split the ranks of the Mujahideen, the main beneficiaries of which are the enemies of Islam.
And from among these who are trying to split the ranks of the Mujahideen, is the group led by Ibrahim al Badri (ie. Abu Bakr Baghdadi) who have become worse than the Khawaarij. They did not become content by just making Takfeer on the Muslims and the Mujahideen for actions which do not invalidate their Islam, rather they have made Takfeer on them for actions which are actually righteous actions. They have made Takfeer on the brother, the martyr – as we see him – Abu Sa’d al Hadrami, may Allah have mercy upon him, because he took Bay’ah from the Free Syrian Army for Jihad..! And they have made Takfeer on the leaders of Al-Qaeda, because they sometimes use soft words in Da’wah..! They have become worse than the Khawarij by avoiding Shariah courts and by resorting to lies and slander and by breaking covenants.
They have announced that everyone who fights them – even if one is striving to apply the laws of the Shariah – he is still a Kafir and his wife is an adulteress, as if they are Prophets that whoever fights them would be disbelievers.
And even though we have repeatedly criticised them, they have not, until this day, presented a single faultless evidence for the Takfeer on Al-Qaeda. And here we are today asking them and asking Ibrahim Al Badri for an official statement in which they mention their clear established documented evidence for making Takfeer on us.
And even though we have repeatedly criticised them, they have not mentioned who are these few unknown people whose Bay’ah made Ibrahim al Badri a Khalifa, as per his claims. So here we are today asking them and asking Ibrahim al Badri to mention to us the names, history and the description of those who gave him the so called Bay’ah, and in specific those who were in Saddam’s army, and to be even more specific – those of them who were in the intelligence service of Saddam. And based on what right has he granted them authority over the necks of the Muslims?
My Muslim and Mujahideen brothers everywhere, and specifically in Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate has withstood through its leaders and officials and soldiers, in the face of the haughty Crusade campaign against Afghanistan for more than 14 years. And then after all these huge sacrifices, these modern Khawarij has come along to make Takfeer on them and to describe them as puppets of the intelligence agencies…!! Do puppets of intelligence agencies get bombarded by American planes?!! Do the puppets of the intelligence agencies force the Crusaders to leave?! And do the puppets of the intelligence agencies fight the apostate government and liberate Afghanistan from their corruption?
So I warn everyone who has given Bay’ah to Ibrahim al Badri – after knowing his crimes – that he is a helper to him in this.
And he is helping him in fleeing from the Shariah court, and he is helping him in making Takfeer on the Muslims, and he is helping him in splitting the ranks of the Mujahideen while they are facing a fierce Crusader onslaught. And he is helping him in making false allegations against them and in accusing their women of adultery. And he is helping him in fighting against those who are striving to apply the laws of the Shariah, and in threatening to kill them if they do not submit to him. He is helping him in all of his crimes.
So let him prepare to answer for this on a day in which his opponents will be the Mujahideen and the Muhajireen and those who are guarding the frontiers.
And our final supplication is that all praise is due to Allah the lord of all that exists. And may peace and blessings of Allah be upon our master Muhammad and upon his family and his companions.
May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah upon you.