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Beneficial advice for the last ten nights and for the night of Laylatul Qadr – Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi

Beneficial advice for the last ten nights and for the night of Laylatul Qadr

By Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi


The night will begin after the sun sets, so pay heed to that and gather your heart and your limbs at the time of the Azaan of Maghrib and do not let any time pass by without paying attention.

There is no action (accepted) without intention

Make the intention for the food of your Iftar and for your sleep during day or night to be “to strengthen yourself for righteous actions and for supplications”, so that you may hope to get rewarded for your sleep and for waking up..!

Be keen to not let an hour pass by without making Dua or Zikr or Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness):

If you have been able to do that then do so, and remember what Sufyan Thawri said about Laylatul Qadr that “Making Dua (supplication) during that night is more beloved to me than Salah (prayer)”.

Be keen to say the Dua:

اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعفُ عني

“Oh Allah you are one who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me”.

And “Afw” (pardoning) is greater than just forgiving sins.

The Hadeeth even if it is said to be Marfoo’ (not directly reported from the Prophet), it has been reported directly from Ayisha, the mother of the believers, and it is quite possible that she heard it directly from the Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

Be keen to not let a single night out of the last ten nights pass by you without doing Zikr of Allah.

And know that the best Zikr is that which is linked to #Tawheed.

Bukhari and Muslim reported from Abu Huraira – may Allah be pleased with him – that the messenger of Allah – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him – said “The one who says

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

(There is none who deserves worship and obedience except Allah, He has no partners, and to Him alone belongs the entire kingdom, and He alone deserves praise, and He is capable of everything) – one hundred times a day will have a reward equivalent to that of freeing ten slaves, one hundred good deeds will be written for him, one hundred bad deeds will be erased from his record, and it will be protection for him from the Shaytan for that day until evening comes. No one would have done anything better than what he did except the one who has done this more than he did.”

And the Hadith does not make it a condition that this statement should be said repeatedly in a continuous manner one hundred times to achieve this benefit, rather what is apparent is that this matter is flexible, and if you divide this number hundred at different times in your night, you will still have gained a lot of goodness.

And regarding the reward of freeing slaves that is mentioned in this Hadith, Ibn Rajab says “Implementing the statement of #Tawheed leads to freeing slaves, and freeing slaves leads to freedom from hell fire, as has been confirmed in the Saheeh that the one who says it one hundred times will have the reward equivalent to freeing ten slaves”.

Be keen to not let a single night out of the ten nights pass by you without you doing Istighfaar (asking for forgiveness).

And know that the best supplication of Istighfaar and its chief is that which is linked to #Tawheed.

The chief supplication for seeking forgiveness (Istighfaar) is

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِي لا إِلهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ ، خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ ، وَأَنَا عَلى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِ مَا صَنَعْتُ ، أَبْوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ ، وَأَبُوءُ بَذَنْبِي ،فَاغْفِرْ لِي ، فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

(‘O Allah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshiped and obeyed except You, You created me and I am Your servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise [to honor it] as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favor upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sins except You.’)

And also from amongst the best supplication of Istighfaar is to say:

أسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ العَظِيمَ الَّذِي لاَ إلَهَ إلاَّ هُوَ، الحَيُّ القَيُّومُ، وَأتُوبُ إلَيهِ

(I seek forgiveness of Allah other than whom none deserves worship and obedience except Him, the self-subsisting and I turn repentant to Him)

What matters when doing acts of worship is the presence of the heart and to break down with humbleness and humility in front of Allah, and to acknowledge in front of Him of not having fulfilled the duty, and then lengthen the supplication while in Sujood (prostration).

“Prostrate and draw near to Allah” (96:19)

Do not forget your wounded Ummah in the various parts of the earth, and do not forget the Muslim prisoners and the Mujahideen in the path of Allah while you make your Dua.

There should be faith and hope for the reward:

In the Hadith “The one who stands in prayer during the Laylatul Qadr out of faith and by having hopes, all his past sins will be forgiven”.

The meaning of “out of faith” is “to believe in Allah and to believe in His promise and in the greatness of His reward and in the benefit of standing in prayer about which the Prophet – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him – has informed of”.

And the meaning of “by having hopes” is “to have hopes in the reward that is with Allah the Exalted, and not for the sake of showing off or for fame or for anything other than the face of Allah”.

Tawheed – First And Always

The Last Ten Nights – Utilise Them

Ibn al Jawzi says:

“When a horse sees that it is reaching the end of the racetrack, it exerts its maximum efforts to win in the race. So do not let the horse be more intelligent than you..!”

Indeed actions are judged based on how they end…

So if you have not welcomed Ramadan excellently, you can still bid it farewell excellently..!!

Ibn Taymiyyah – may Allah have mercy upon him – says:

“What really counts is how good has been the ending, and not how bad was the beginning”..!!

And Hasan Al Basri says:

“Do very well in what is remaining and you will be forgiven for what happened in the past, so utilise what is remaining, as you do not know when will the mercy of Allah descend upon you”.

(From Abu Usama Ash-Shaami)


Battles of Ramadan (3) – The battle of Jaji

Shaykh Usamah gathered a group of Arabs scattered here and there during the anti Soviet Jihad period in the Jaji region. And there occurred a battle in that area against 200 members of the Soviet Special Forces, which means they were the strongest of all the Soviet military forces..!

The Soviets who had defeated Germany and ended the legend of the Third Reich, and who had all of Europe and America in fear! They met face to face with the Arabs in the Jaji region..!

The battle lasted for almost 3 weeks from the 26th of Ramadan to 17 of Shawwal.

Shaykh Usama said “We had only medium size machine guns against the huge arsenal of the Soviet special forces. And we started the action on the 26th and we began to strike them while they would strike us back. And with all the strikes by planes, mortars and rocket launchers they did not even leave us a single rocket launcher or cannon without attacking by it.”

The strategy of the Russians was to carry out heavy bombardment to make the Arabs engaged with their injured ones, and then to surround them and capture them all. To thwart this plan, 10 secondary school students from the Land of the two holy places – as Shaykh Usama said – went out to face the 200 men..!

Shaykh Usama says “Allah is a witness that not one of them wavered due to the extent of the tranquility that descended upon them, and not one of them retreated nor uttered a word seeking retreat. Rather, all of them took his weapon and remembered Allah.

And we fought the Kuffar outside in the middle between the two camps. A battle took place which was so intense that there was only a gap of one-tenth of a second between each shell being fired such that I could speak only two words if anyone wanted to talk to me between two firings. Allah is a witness that I did not think that me or any of the brothers would be saved.

The trench was bombed with a mortar about one meter away from me while I was in the trench. Allah is a witness that I slept despite the intensity of the bombings by mortars and aircrafts, and I slept because of the tranquility which enfolded the brothers, thanks to Allah the Exalted.

Nine Mujahideen came down from behind into the forest to put cover on the Russian commandos. Nine brothers went down amidst 200…! Who is the one who kept them firm and removed from their hearts fear of those Kuffar? It is Allah the most high. So they entered amidst the Russians. I tried to contact them and they did not respond and we lost contact with them, and this increased our anxiety greatly as we did not know whether they have been captured or dead or alive. And shortly before noon or about noon, the secondary school students who did not study in military colleges contacted us. If this is what is needed then what did they do?

They contacted us: “Do you hear us….? Answer…”

I said “yes, I hear you”.

He said “I give you glad tidings by the grace of Allah, we have now killed the Russian commandos and they lay dead under our feet.”

Secondary school students treading upon the Kuffar and the strongest power within the Russian army….! Yes, it is because Imaan (faith) had reverence in their hearts and their actions proved them truthful, and this is what Imaan is.

– Refer to the following lectures of Shaykh Usama – ‘Lessons and insights in Afghanistan’, ‘The Lion’s den of the Arab Ansar in Afghanistan’, ‘The battle of Ramadan’, and ‘Imaan and Jihad’.

Lessons from this story:

It is that these states magnify themselves so that their enemies would feel themselves weak. But part of Imaan becoming complete is that fear should not be of the enemies, regardless of how powerful they really are, but fear should only be of Allah. Allah says in the Quran speaking to the companions: “Do you fear them? Allah has greater right that you fear Him, if you are believers”. (Tawbah:13) So when fear of men was removed from their hearts, the companions were able to destroy the two most powerful empires of the world, the Roman and the Persian empires, despite there being no match at all materially between them and those empires..!!

– By Ahmed Al Hamdan

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The confused and lying ‘Mujahid’ youth

One of the most saddening things that is happening these days is the emergence and spread of what is known as ‘Abu Shibr’ which is a title which is given to one who only has a ‘Shibr’ (a small amount) of knowledge. This is used to refer to a person who initially seeks knowledge but when he gains only a very little amount of knowledge, he begins to think that he has learned everything and would attack even the teacher from whom he learns, by going against him and speaking about issues which he is not qualified to speak about. We have seen this issue happening during the days when ISIS was at its peak and when many thought that they have reached at a stage where no other Islamic group has reached before, which then led to the emergence of a lot of “cheerleaders” for that group, who would speak on grave and critical issues despite having no knowledge or at the least very little knowledge. But today after ISIS has been collapsing, we are now seeing this problem of “Abu Shibr” popping up once again but this time from a different angle, and that is from the supporters (or to be precise “cheerleaders”) of HTS, may Allah protect it from being deviated.

To make matters clear, there have been disputes between the Arab brothers in the social media regarding two trends within HTS, one trend which believes in the continuity of Jihad until Allah’s word is made supreme, and between another trend which has been described as the trend of the “Mumayyi’ah” or those who dilute and water down the religion and seek to compromise with the Tawagheet and please them. And since there are two conflicting trends within HTS then one would definitely try to overcome and prevail over the other. Unfortunately it is presently not clear as to who is in dominance, but one thing that is clear is that the “Mumayyi’ah” group (who dilute the religion) certainly has a “lobby” who are trying to gain control of HTS. This is a dangerous situation because previously this is how ISIS became deviated after the Islamic State of Iraq came under the authority of a “lobby” of former Iraqi Ba’athists who gained control of the group after the death of its former leaders such as Sheikh Abu Mus’ab Zarqawi and those who were with him, and then this “lobby” took it in a direction where we saw a lot of crimes which were formerly committed by the Ba’athists now being committed under the name of Islam. Similarly this is how Ahrar Shaam also became deviated into a dangerous path after their former leaders got killed altogether which then led to this group coming under the authority of those who took it down a path which its former leaders would caution against. And hence because of this reason and the change in the leadership of HTS and their organization, several scholars asked HTS to clarify some of their stances in order to know where HTS is heading towards, and in order for the ambiguity to be removed, so that as scholars they may fulfill their trust given to them by Allah who has commanded that it is their duty to clarify matters to the people. But despite repeated requests, many incidents took place within the group HTS which made matters more worrying to them such as the recent statement of one of the leading deputies in HTS named Husam Atrush who said that they should give up fighting as it is no use to fight anymore, and that we must agree to surrender the cities to a transitional government, which would mean that they would have to hand over the cities to be under the control of the Tawagheet.

These and other similar statements made matters more worrying especially to those who have seen how the Jihad in the past in various countries after many years of fighting finally fell into the trap of the Tawagheet who destroyed the fruits of Jihad. And because of these problems within HTS, Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi was asked by some brothers within HTS about leaving the group due to the problems within, and he replied saying that the supporters of Sharia should increase their number and not leave HTS when they see that their abandonment of the most effective group in Shaam will lead to the “Mumayyi’ah” or the corrupt ones who dilute the religion to gain control over the group. So instead of leaving, Sheikh Maqdisi directed them to remain within HTS and to fight against deviation and not let the deviants take control of it. And as a warning to those in authority within HTS he also announced that until they clarify their stances, he will not obligate the youth to join them. Despite this announcement from him, he still directed the youth to strengthen the call for Shareeah from within the group, and not abandon the group leaving it to be hijacked by the Mumayyi’ah.

However, many “Abu Shibr”s, those with very little knowledge about whom we just spoke above, came popping up alongwith many cheerleaders who began to attack Sheikh al Maqdisi for asking for clarification, or for objecting to some of their actions. These were the same people who previously used to exploit the name of Sheikh al Maqdisi and would seek to come close to him to gain recognition, or recommendation from him or for other aims, but when the Sheikh turned against them they began to show the same perverted behavior and actions that were seen from ISIS back in those days, when Sheikh al-Maqdisi turned against ISIS and criticized them. These people began lying, slandering, and backbiting him and began questioning his credibility as a scholar just like how ISIS would do so by discrediting every scholar who would oppose them and describe him to be “deviated” from his path.

To give such an example of one of those cheerleaders, recently an enthusiast who used to write articles and statements and give his analysis on some groups of Mujahideen and defend some of them, wrote an article entitled “The confused Mujahid youth”, in which he wrote about the “contradictions” of Sheikh Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi who offered his condolences at the death of one of his students whom he personally knew and who some years back joined ISIS, and with whom the Sheikh used to communicate and advise against the deviance of ISIS and whom the Sheikh used to warn against from following their reckless manner of Takfeer. On top of that Sheikh Maqdisi had even issued his famous Fatawa in which he prohibited to join ISIS and instead called the members of ISIS to leave their group and join Jabhatun Nusra who he said was closer to the truth at that time. However, due to a lot of mistrusts and disagreements, some still remained in ISIS including this particular student of his, namely Turki Bin’ali. And when the dispute between ISIS and others got bigger, some of the stances of Turki Bin’ali also got worse and more controversial. However, despite all what was said about him, Turki Bin’ali was known to fight against many of the extremists within ISIS despite himself falling into similar mistakes. But a few days back he got killed in a US air strike and Sheikh Al Maqdisi expressed his condolences and asked Allah to forgive him despite this particular student of his attacking him in some of his statements.

But the problem now is that when the enthusiast who wrote his article entitled “The confused Mujahid youth”, he said “The scholars who have been refuting ISIS are now beginning to praise them.” In this statement he is saying that these scholars are beginning to praise “them” ie. ISIS. This is an outright lie. Because praising an individual within a group or giving condolence over his death does not mean that he has praised the “group” he was in. One may praise a member of a group while strongly opposing that group and similarly one may condemn an individual within a group while praising and supporting that group. But him praising or condemning a particular individual in a group does not mean that this is his view towards the entire group. This is a basic matter that any fair person can see through. And the one who is not able to differentiate between expressing condolences over the death of an “individual” whom he knew personally and between praising the group he was in, such a person should not write articles or make statements when he is not able to make such a simple basic differentiation. Because this would prove that he either is incapable of reading things properly or else, he is just lying outright in line with his cheerleading group.

And secondly, Sheikh al-Maqdisi says while giving his condolences to this student of his that “This (statement of condolence) does not at all in any way mean that we support him for his insults against the scholars and leaders of Jihad, or that we support him in his mistakes or the mistakes of his group, as this is a matter that I have several times spoken about, and condemned and denounced”.

And Sheikh Maqdisi even spoke about how Turki Bin’ali got dismissed from his post at the end due to him refuting many extremists within the group ISIS. So here the Sheikh is pointing out the mistakes of ISIS and their extremism by them dismissing Turki Bin’ali for refuting a lot of their extremism, which means Sheikh Maqdisi is still condemning ISIS for their extremism..!

Despite this it is surprising to see a person twisting his words and saying that he is praising them after refuting them..! We wonder at how people read a clear statement and then twist it and lie by saying the opposite of it..!!!

He continued and said “The increasingly softening stance of these scholars towards ISIS while they become harsher against the Mujahideen each day does not predict anything good”. This is a statement that shows that the one who wrote this either does not have an idea of what these scholars are pointing out, or he is lying again. These scholars did not permit leaving HTS to join ISIS. So what more can be a bigger lie than saying that they are becoming “increasingly harsher against the Mujahideen”? Or does he think that only the lobby of “Mumayyi’ah” within HTS whom these scholars criticize due to their inconsistency, lies, and deception, are the only Mujahideen in his views? If so, then what will he say about several Mujahideen within HTS itself who refer to these scholars and take their opinion, and who are supported by them..?

He further says, that these scholars “forbidding to fight a defensive Jihaad in the ranks of Hay’at Tahrir Shaam in Syria while allowing to fight a defensive Jihaad in the ranks of ISIS in Iraq is very confusing for the Mujahid youth to say the least”. This is another clear and blatant lie by him, and this is a very shameful level of lying to which even many non-Muslim analysts would not stoop into. These scholars on top of them Sheikh al-Maqdisi who he is apparently referring to in these lines has repeatedly mentioned again and again that those sincere Mujahideen in HTS must not leave HTS to allow it to be hijacked by those who would not mind surrendering to the Tawagheet or deviate the group to make it work as the Tawagheet wishes. Despite this being made repeatedly clear it is surprising to see how a writer who claims to be defending the Mujahideen can lie about them openly. Nevertheless, enthusiasts and cheerleaders are not concerned about anything more than raising their voices as loud as they can. So it would not be a surprise if you find them unable to see through very simple matters.

He then writes another statement entitled “Equals in death and condolences” and says regarding Sheikh Maqdisi giving his condolences for the death of his student that “The one who pays his condolences for Turki Ben’ali because he was killed by US airstrikes despite him being key member of a deviant group, but refrains from paying his condolences for Zahran Aloush despite him being key member of a deviant group, clearly contradicts himself.”

Unfortunately, he does not know what it means to contradict oneself. To contradict oneself means to have two opposite stances for the SAME SITUATION. But was the case and situation of Turki Bin’ali and Zahran Alloush the same? Sheikh Maqdisi explains this and says “What I believe is that Sheikh Turki Bin’ali, may Allah have mercy on him, acted based on his conviction which in his view was in line with the evidences from the Shareeah, and he did not act for the sake of desires, as is the case of lot of religious instructors of the factions today especially those that are being funded by the Tawagheet”. And further, Sheikh Maqdisi says that he believes that Turki Bin’ali “did not write a single word in support of a funding Taghut or to please any of the disbelievers”. He further says that “No matter whatever one says about Sheikh Turki Bin’ali or about him defending his group or its mistakes WHICH I HAVE CONDEMNED AND STILL CONDEMN, nevertheless it is enough (as a virtue) for him that he did not argue on behalf of Kufr at all nor did he use his pen or tarnish it to beautify any Taghut that rules by other than the Shareeah of Allah. And because of that, he is in my view without any doubt better in status and knowledge than a lot of those who hold titles and is better than lot of religious instructors of factions that are funded by the Tawagheet and who justify the operation of the Cross (Euphrates) Shield and who argue on behalf of the Tawagheet”.

So Sheikh Maqdisi explains how Turki Bin’ali never wrote a single word in favour of Kufr or in defence of the Tawagheet. But was this the case of Zahran Alloush, who led the group known as Jayshul Islam which is known to be a proxy of one of the most hypocrite regimes in the world, namely Saudi Arabia? Moreover Zahran Alloush and his aides in their interview even said that they would rule according to what the people desire, which means they do not have problem with implementing democracy or what the funding Tawagheet would be pleased with.

So are these two situations namely that of Turki and Zahran the same? Rather both of them have opposite stances and hence Sheikh Maqdisi believed Turki to be much better than those who work alongside the Taghut such as Zahran Alloush.

So where then is the contradictory stance of the Sheikh…?

In fact it is the opposite. It is those who GAVE CONDOLENCES for the death of Zahran Alloush who are now seen to be contradictory.

This is because what is indeed contradictory is that those who call for “Jihad of the Ummah” and call for accommodating within their movement all those who are corrupt whether in their ideology or methodology and do not mind if those who speak favourably on behalf of the Taghut take leadership or influential positions, these people gave their condolences for key members of deviant groups such as Zahran Alloush and those who were killed in the Euphrates Shield operation against the Muslims. But despite these killed being from deviant groups, they did not give condolences for the likes of Adnani and Turki Bin’ali even though they call for “Jihad of the Ummah” claiming to accommodate people of different ideologies.

So it is those who gave condolence for Zahran Alloush but then refused to give condolence for Adnani or Turki Bin’ali, it is they who are contradictory in their claims of “Jihad of the Ummah”. How is it that they mentioned one deviant but ignored the other…?

To conclude, this response has not been written to target the writer of the article, may Allah guide him. Rather like we said at the beginning this is a response to those cheerleaders and enthusiasts whose main concern is to raise their voice in support of their favorite group and who would attack those giving them advice, or those who give them warning signals in order to wake them up so that they may not be taken for a ride by a “lobby” of corrupt diluters within this group. These cheerleaders and enthusiasts do not like anyone waking them up from their dreams to look at the reality and to correct the mistakes so that Allah would grant them His support and victory like He did during the early days of Jabhatun Nusrah when they were much more successful and were taking over many lands when they were under the guidance and watch of their leaders in Khurasan with whom they had their Bay’ah.

In other words, the problem today is not just with “the confused Mujahid youth” which was the title of the article that he wrote. But the real problem today is with the confused and “lying” youth..!!


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Will the translator be rewarded for translating religious materials into the language of his people?

Shaykh Abu Qatada: Translating religious statements and essential information for the common Muslims is a religiously ordained matter and it is similar to making Tafseer (explanation) of the speech of Allah to the one who does not know it. Allah has said: “We did not send a Messenger except with the language of his people”, and this will not happen except by all the Muslims learning the Arabic language or by translating the Arabic materials about religion, knowledge, history and events into the different languages spoken by the people. The least we can say regarding its general ruling is that it is Wajib (obligatory) or that it will be according to the subject of information and its scales in the Shariah. Due to this, the one who conveys the truth into the language of his people is amongst those who spread the Shariah and the religion to them.

As for the claim that the people do not interact with these translations then this is from the deceptions of Iblis and from the plots of the Shaytan and from his manipulations. The truth, even if it is followed by only a few, it will be made victorious by these few. What is necessary for a person is to convey the message to the people, and it is not necessary for him to question them or test them. And if the Prophets were to act based on the claim that the people are not interested in their preaching, then the call towards Allah would have stopped.

And let them remember the Prophet’s saying that “If Allah guides a single person through you it is better for you than red camels”.


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Shaam – A Trust Upon Your Necks

By Shaykh Ayman al Zawahiri, may Allah protect him

(My Muslim brother, Allah says “Cooperate in righteousness and piety”. So whoever finds goodness in this statement, then let him strive and spread it as much as possible and translate it into every language. And may Allah reward you).

(Poetry at the beginning of the statement):

No! The darkness will not prolong.

Our religion will not be oppressed.

We are a brave generation.

We have amongst us Umar.

No….! No….! No…!

(Sheikh Ayman says the following while talking amidst the Mujahideen in the Kabul battlefront during the beginning of the modern crusade):

“Who is the one who has put this firmness in heart of this believer? This is the support being given to these soldiers, and it is from Allah, glory be to Him, High is He. We are fighting against them by this religion and by this blood. So my brothers, my advice for me and for you, is that we stay firm on this path. And the forces of the disbelievers, the hypocrites, and those who misguide will gather together in order to push us away from this path, even if it be a little bit. So let us be cautious. If we move away from this path, then we will lose this bounty from Allah. And as we have said, showing gratitude for this bounty will result in an increase in obedience, and an increase in firmness in the path of Jihad. And we ask Allah to make us firm on this path, and to heal our hearts with regards to these criminals, and to take our souls while He is pleased with us. I say this and ask Allah for forgiveness for me and for you”.

The statement begins:

In the Name of Allah, all praise belongs to Allah, and may peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah and on his family and on his companions and on whoever follows him.

Muslim brothers in every place, may the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.

To Proceed:

This talk of mine to you is about the recent Riyadh conference. However I will begin by thanking my brothers, the Mujahideen of Islam everywhere who are striving to release the male and female Muslim prisoners.

I am here making special mention of my noble brothers, the lions of Islam in Sham of Ribaat and those who are close to the Bait ul Maqdis (the Holy mosque in Palestine) in the dear and honourable Jabhat an Nusrah, who strived to free the male and female Muslim prisoners from the hands of the Lebanese government.

May Allah reward them with good in this world and the Hereafter. They have indeed healed the hearts of the believers and made them delighted. I ask Allah to place this action in their scales of goodness on the day of the Judgement.

My dear brothers, this blessed deal was a victory from Allah. You have freed the male and female prisoners and you provided the Muhajireen with supplies, medicine and treatment, and you proved that you are the ones protecting your Ummah and that you are anxious to lift the sufferings and oppression from it and that you are defending its sanctities. May Allah reward you with the best reward.

My dear brothers in the honourable and dignified Jabahat an Nusrah, indeed you have set forth a noble example for the Mujahideen everywhere. So continue upon this blessed path, and strive to increase in obedience, and avoid disobedience and sins. And be keen to unite the rows of Jihad around the word of Tawheed, as unity is the gate to victory. And open your hearts to everyone who seeks good from amongst the ranks of the extremists and Takfeeris.

My Muslim brothers and Mujahideen, all of us have seen the news of the recent Riyadh conference which was followed by Saudi Arabia announcing the establishment of an alliance to fight against what they call terrorism to serve the American interests. And both these are no more than two episodes in the series of Saudi attempts and their dirty examples in diverting the path of Jihad everywhere and in Sham in particular, away from its straight path, and to drown it in the quagmire of nationalist state, and to convert it into a failed uprising, completely in the same way in which they did with the uprisings and revolts which they called as the Arab Spring.

And so I advise my Mujahideen brothers in Sham of Ribaat and Jihad to be cautious of this filthy government, and not to forget its black history in the service of the enemies of Islam.

Abdul Aziz Aal Saud was the one who signed the treaty of Uqair with Britian in the Year 1915 while it was fighting in the first World War against the Uthmani State, and they both agreed in it that Britian would protect Ibn Saud in turn for him agreeing to not enter into treaties or covenants with any foreign government other than Britain. And the first target by this treaty was the Uthmani state.

And when the great uprising occurred in Palestine in the year 1936, Abdul Aziz Aal Saud sent his two sons to calm down those who were carrying out the uprising, and he along with King Ghazi and Ameer Abdullah, issued the famous statement which said the following:

“It has caused us a lot of pain to see the prevailing situation in Palestine, and we in agreement with our brothers the Arab kings and Ameer Abdullah, we call you to abide in peace in order to prevent shedding of blood by relying on the good intention of our friend the British government, and its announced desire for justice to prevail. And be confident that we will continue striving to help you.”

And this is how the Palestinians got deceived and the revolution came to an end.

And by the end of the second world war, Abdul Aziz Aal Saud met Roosevelt in the year 1945 to transfer his alliance from Britain to America. So he would hand over to them the wealth of the Arabian Peninsula and the right to exploit its land and its atmosphere in return for America guaranteeing that the leadership of the Arabian Peninsula will remain with the children of Abdul Aziz.

Then the series of betrayals continued. And when the Afghan Jihad against the Russians reached near to victory, the Saudis joined with Pakistan to form a government of the Mujahideen under the leadership of Mojaddedi, who is America’s agent today in Kabul.

Then the Saudi government planned to kill Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin in Pakistan and so he made Hijrah from there to Sudan.

Then the Saudi government put pressure on Sudan for the expulsion of Shaykh Usamah and his brothers from there. And when he came under the hospitality of Shaykh Yunus Khalis in Jalalabad, the Saudis demanded him to expel Shaykh Usamah. And they continued demanding the Islamic Emirate to expel Shaykh Usamah and his brothers, or to surrender them to America. And the matter reached to the extent that Turki Al Faisal even came to Kandahar to demand from Mulla Umar to surrender Usamah bin Ladin, may Allah have mercy upon him, and his brothers. But Mulla Umar kicked him out and made him hear harsh words.

And when the civil war occurred in Sudan, the Saudis supplied John Garang with weapons. And in the south Yemen they supplied the Communists with weapons.

And Fahad and then Abdullah put forth their two filthy initiatives, both of which revolved around granting Israel the right to takeover what it had seized before the year 1967.

And it was from Saudi Arabia that the Crusader planes took off which devastated Iraq and Afghanistan and which is today devastating Sham and Iraq.

And when the revolution of the Arab people took place, the Saudi rulers gave shelter to Zayn ul Aabideen ibn Ali, and they conspired to give the leadership to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is the representative of the ousted one in place of this ousted one. And they supported Sisi in his coup against the Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood).

And until today the Saudis are continuing to undertake this filthy role against Jihad and the Mujahideen. And today the Saudis are striving in Sham to cause conflict between the Mujahideen and to repeat its same filthy role which was carried out in Afghanistan, with hopes that it will split the Jihadi ranks, so that it can hand over Sham to the likes of Mojaddedi and Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Sisi and Baji Caid Essebsi, in order to serve the interests of America and to protect the security of Israel.

So oh Mujahid of Sham, right in front of you are the experiences which are teaching you, and history is informing you. The Saudi rulers will not seek anything other than the destruction of Sham, the protection of the Israel’s security, and the abortion of any attempt to establish an Islamic government in Sham. So be cautious of them, and be cautious of their plots and their conferences.

And no one can offer to them and to America more than what Morsi offered. And despite that they overthrew him. So take a lesson from this, oh you who can see!

Indeed the Saudi rulers will not give you freedom, or dignity or honour, because one cannot give what one himself does not posses.

The Saudi rulers today and their likes are the instruments of the Crusader West for establishing a secularist nationalist state subject to international law in our Islamic and Arab world. And so it is necessary for every Mujahid today to be cautious of terms like “civil state” and “pluralism” and those similar to it, by which the secularists intend certain set of meanings which will lead to discarding the religion and judging based on the whims of the people and seeking to make the standards of pleasure and profits as a reference for judgement in the contemporary world.

My Mujahideen brothers in Sham and in every place, the noble Quran has specified the goal of Jihad by Allah’s statement, high is He:

“And fight them until there is no more Fitna and the religion for Allah prevails completely.”

And the Prophet may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, defined it by his saying: “Whoever fights for the Word of Allah to become the highest, then he is in the path of Allah”. (Bukhari and Muslim)

So our Jihad and our efforts should be for the sake of establishing the Muslim state, in which the highest authority is for the Shariah, which does not recognize the nationalist borders nor the differences based upon nationality, and which believes the Islamic lands to be one single entity, and in the brotherhood of the believers.

And because of this, the Muhajireen in Sham and in any Jihadi front cannot be described as foreigners, rather they are the brothers of faith and of Aqeedah (beliefs), who have sacrificed with their blood to give victory to the religion of Allah. And hence, the talk about expelling them from Shaam or from any Islamic land is a clear open violation of the rules of Islam. How can this be so when the Prophet may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, described Shaam as “the believers’ own land”. (Narrated by Ahmed and Ibn Hibban, and authenticated by Al Arnaoot)

My Mujahid brother in Shaam and in every land of Islam, beware then beware, then beware again that you sacrifice yourself, your wealth, your Hijrah (migration) and you forsake your homeland and your family, and you spend several years of your life in prisons, and then the fruits of these great sacrifices get reaped by a group of secularist scums due to the bargaining of the politicians and their abandonment of the principles of Aqeedah and Sharee’ah, and the same tragedy gets repeated in which we have been for more than a century, as if we have not learnt from the tragedy and from the miserable end of what they called as the ‘Arab Spring’.

O lions of Islam in Sham the land of Ribat and Jihad from every faction of the Mujahdeen, from every land of Islam, indeed Shaam is a trust upon your necks. So purify it from the Nusayris, the secularists and the Safavid Raafidhis, and defend it against the Crusader campaigns, and do not leave it to the extremist Takfiris, those who made Takfeer on the leaders of Al Qaeda, and lied and claimed that the Houthis did not find any Muwahhid (monotheist) who opposed them, and who offended the armies of the Islamic Emirate and described them to be agents of ISI (Pakistani Intelligence) and made Takfeer on most of the Mujahideen in Sham.

They are those who fled from being judged under the Sharee’ah when most of the Mujahideen in Shaam accepted it, and despite their fleeing from being judged under the Sharee’ah, they went on to criticise the beliefs of the Mujahideen who have spent their lives in defense of the rule of the Sharee’ah.

So can these people be trusted to rule by the Sharee’ah?

Then they declared a Khilafah through the Bay’ah (pledge of allegiance) of unknown people, in an unknown area, on an unknown date, to a man who is not worthy of being given Bay’ah. Rather he himself is under a Bay’ah to the Islamic Emirate. And the news was conveyed by one whose narrations cannot be accepted due to the magnitude of his lies and insults. So ponder as to how compounded are these evils that have been committed one above the other!

And they claim to be upon the footsteps of their predecessors despite them contradicting Sheikh Usama bin Laden, may Allah have mercy upon him, he who declared that his Bay’ah to Ameerul Mu’mineen Mullah Muhammad Umar was Bay’athul Uzmah (the greater Bay’ah to a Khalifa), and he used to call the Muslims to also give Bay’ah to him. And they also contradicted Sheikh Abu Hamzah al Muhajir, may Allah have mercy upon him, who considered that anyone who abandons the Bay’ah to Ameerul Mu’mineen Mullah Muhammed Umar after acknowledging it has committed a major sin which is worse than adultery and drinking alcohol. And he used to consider his Bay’ah to Mullah Muhammad Umar as Bay’ah for Khilafah, as I will clarify with proofs, if Allah wills. And in his speeches that were distributed, he used to address Mullah Muhammad Umar by him saying, “To our Wali al Amr (our leader of our affairs) Mullah Muhammad Umar”.

Then the madness for Takfeer and excessive extremism led them to slander the pure and chaste wives of the Mujahideen of Jabhat al Nusrah and others, and accused them of being adulteresses. And prior to that they had insulted Al Qaeda saying that it is like an adulteress who is claiming to be chaste. This is the level to which they have stooped, and that is the swamp that they are scooping from.

So is this the Khilafah that is based on the Prophetic method?

And as I have mentioned before, the killing of Sheikh Abu Khalid al-Suri, may Allah have mercy upon him, reminds me of the killing of the two Sheikhs Muhammad al Sa’eed and and Abdur Razzaaq al Rajaam and their brothers in Algeria. And just as the killing of these two Sheikhs and their brothers would demonstrate the psychological defeat which was followed by the physical defeat for the GIA group in Algeria, similarly I consider the killing of Abu Khalid al Suri, may Allah have mercy upon him, as demonstrating the psychological defeat of his killers, which is normally followed by the physical defeat. So may Allah have mercy upon you Oh Abu Khalid.

Enjoy your sleep for the legions after you **** Have given The Lord (their) forearms and throats

They have taken an oath that they shall not see in your Shaam *** Except the Sharee’ah from which light radiates

And they have made a promise to wash with their blood *** their lands and cleanse it completely

(And to cleanse) Sham the land of Ribaat from the Rawaafidh for verily they are *** the ally of the invaders throughout ages and stages

And (to cleanse it) from the Baathists, the envoys of those shedding our blood ***turning it into rivers and seas in every region

And (to cleanse it) from the guardians of the borders of Israel, indeed *** she (Israel) had become pleased with their father Hafiz as her guard

And (to cleanse it) from those striving for positions of power for which *** they violated the sanctities openly and in all wickedness

Their predecessors killed the third Khalifa *** while he was reciting the book peacefully with great patience

They stabbed Abul Hassan (Ali ra), the Imam while he was praying***with such a thrust that covered the sun and the full moon

Their grandchildren shall perish in the land of Shaam*** And enough is your Lord as a guide and a helper


If Allah wills.

The killing of Abu Khalid al Suri, may Allah have mercy upon him, has revealed one of the faces of the wickedness of the modern Takfeeri extremists, but between them and the first Khawarij there are differences:

The first Khawarij would announce and be proud of what they were upon, and Abdur Rahmaan ibn Muljim, when he struck our master Ali ibn Abi Talib – may Allah be pleased with him – with the sword, he cried “There is no judgement except for Allah, not for you Ali and not for your companions”. As for these (ISIS) they kill and assassinate and then they would not find within themselves the courage of the earlier Khawarij because they are cowards who are not able to announce what they do, so that their true face does not get exposed. So the murderers of Abu Khalid al Suri – may Allah have mercy upon him – are cowards. They incite other misguided people to kill, however they keep their own actions a secret.

In addition to this difference which came to light with the killing of Abu Khalid al Suri, there are however other differences:

The earlier Khawarij considered lying to be Kufr. But as for the modern extremist Takfeeris, lying is their habit, and their leaders do not feel ashamed to lie, even if it be against themselves –  One of them admits to something and then after that he denies it without any shame in front of the public. And the first Khawarij used to consider the breaking of Bay’ah to be an act of Kufr, but as for the modern extremist Takfeeris, they consider jumping from one Bay’ah to another Bay’ah to be political ingenuity in their desperate quest for power.

The first Khawarij used to make Takfeer for sins. As for the modern extremist Takfeeris, they make Takfeer by fabricating lies and slander, even for (acts of) obedience.

The Takfeer of the earlier Khawarij was an ideological one. But as for the modern extremist Takfeeris, their Takfeer is political and an opportunistic one that seeks benefits. And the one who agrees with them or in whom they find benefit in being affiliated with, they praise him, rather they repeatedly ask him to mention them and praise them, in order to gain status amongst the people by means of that. And the one who opposes them, they lie about him and slander him and make Takfeer on him, following the path of Takfeer for (justifying) explosion, elimination and tyranny.

And similarly, the magazine “Dabiq” reminds me of the book “Hidaayatu Rabbil Aalameen” (Guidance of the Lord of the worlds) by Abu Abdur Rahmaan Ameen, and this is a sign of their downfall. And the bomb explosion in Masjid Areeha, after its liberation, and killing those inside it who were fasting, reminds me of Al Khulaifi and those with him killing the worshippers in Masjid al Ansar as Sunnah in Umm Darmaan, and after that their attack on the guesthouse of Shaykh Usamah bin Laadin, may Allah have mercy upon him, in Khartoum.

And when Al Khulaifi was asked for the reason why he attacked Masjid Ansar as Sunnah, he said it was a temple of the Mushrikeen. And when he was asked why he attacked the guesthouse of Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin, he replied that he was the one who was misguiding the people the most, and so he thought to begin with him. And in Peshwar the extremists made Takfeer on me because I did not make Takfeer on the Afghan Mujahideen. Then they made Takfeer on Shaykh Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi – may Allah protect him – because he did not make Takfeer on me..!

These people used to claim that they were upon the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah and that they do not make Takfeer for sins, just like the claims of Baghdadi’s group who are claiming that they are upon the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah. However they make Takfeer on the people by fabricating and by lying and for actions which are not Kufr, rather even for acts of obedience and for adherence to the Book and to the Sunnah. For example they made Takfeer on Abu Sa’d al Hadrami – may Allah have mercy upon him – because he took Bay’ah for Jihad from the FSA (Free Syrian Army). And they made Takfeer on me and claimed that I follow the majority and that I do not make Kufr bi Taghut (disbelieve in the Taghut), because I supported the revolutions of the oppressed ones and I spoke gently to Muhammad Musri, the one who is imprisoned, following the guidance of the Book and the Sunnah in giving Dawah.

And the real reason for this slander was that I opposed their desires in order to protect the blood of the Muslims.

I had mingled with various kinds and types of Takfeeris in Egypt, and I even refuted them by a hand written treatise in the 1970’s. They exploit the enthusiasm of the youth who reject evil and deviation from Islam and so, many sincere ones seeking the truth join them.

And this is a glad tiding. And through observation, it becomes clear that most of those who join them would leave them after a while. In fact many of those who left them have become the ones who would be the most firm upon the Manhaj of Ahlus Sunnah, and eager for protecting the sanctities of the Muslims after their previous experiences.

And this pushes us to continue preaching to them and to clarify the truth to them, and to expose the falsehood of their media. And no matter how flashy their media becomes and how much falsehood comes from it, it will not be able to change the reality of the situation. And the truth will remain as truth and lie will remain as lie, and loyalty as loyalty and treachery as treachery.

My brothers, the Mujahideen of Islam in Shaam of Ribaat and Jihad, indeed the contemporary satanic alliance which includes the Rafidhah, the Safavids, the Nusairis, the secularists, and the Crusaders from the west and the east are waiting for misfortunes to come to you. And they will seek to split the ranks of the Mujahideen and cause them to attack each other, and then attack them all together. So hold tight to your Aqeedah beliefs and have trust in your Lord and rely – after Him the glorious- upon yourselves and your Ummah. And be cautious of the brokers of the West (i.e. the Arab rulers) who are shopkeepers who have made the Gulf states into shops that sell kerosene, who are making you wish for crumbs, in order for you to abandon your beliefs and to disassociate from your brothers. Allah has kept you firm and granted you success and protected you from their plots. So seek help from Allah and be patient, for you are the hope of the Ummah in this age. And so, do not disappoint their hopes in you for they have had enough disasters with the mad extremist Takfeeris, those who sacrifice the sanctities of the Muslims and their unity and their blood for satisfying the lusts of those in power.

The brokers of the West will try to confine you to the prison of patriotism and nationalism, which was imposed upon us after the fall of the Khilafah. So beware of them inciting you in a gradual manner. You are the vanguards of the Muslim Ummah and its battalion advancing towards Al Aqsa, by the will of Allah.

And your strength, after the strength of Allah, glory be to Him Most High – is in your Muslim nation. So fight alongside them the battle to liberate Shaam, and then the battle to conquer the holy land (Palestine), by the will of Allah.

My Mujahideen brothers in Shaam, indeed Shaam is a trust upon your necks. So do not surrender it to the secularists or to the Safavid Rafidhis or to the Nusairis or to the extremist Takfeeris. And do not halt your Jihad until there arises an Islamic State and the Shariah dominates, and the banner of Jihad rises in it, and you become the vanguard of the Ummah advancing towards Bayt al Maqdis by the will of Allah.

And we end our call saying “all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of all that exists”. And may the blessings of Allah be upon our master Muhammad and on his family and companions.

And may peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.