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Tawheed is the Lifeboat – No one would disregard it except he who is destroyed!


By Shaykh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi, may Allah preserve him 

Tawheed has milestones some of which have become obscure for a lot of people, and they have diluted its most trustworthy handhold to such an extent that many of them have committed what nullifies it, and they have consented to various forms of Shirk and worshipped the Tawagheet. Some of them are ‘Qubooris’ (Quboor means graves) who worship graves and stones, and a lot of them are ‘Qusooris’ (Qusoor means palaces) who worship the modern day palaces. And they have allied with the Mushriks.

There is nothing strange about this as the Prophet – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him – has said “The Hour will not be established until tribes from my nation join the Mushrikeen and until tribes from my nation worship idols”.

He – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him – clarified in this Hadith that just as Tawheed is invalidated by worshipping idols, it is also invalidated by joining with the Mushrikeen, leaning towards them, allying with them and supporting them against the Muslims.

And from it one can learn that one of most important obligations of Tawheed is to denounce Shirk and also to denounce its people who do it.

In fact Allah gave precedence to denouncing the Mushrikeen before denouncing Shirk itself. He, the Most High, says “There has been a great example for you in Ibrahim and those with him when they said to their people “We disassociate from you and from that which you worship besides Allah. We reject you.” (60:4)

So ponder as to how He has given precedence to denouncing the Mushrikeen over and above denouncing what they worship.

It is because a lot of people may denounce the false deities but will not denounce their worshippers. Rather they would ally with them, support them and argue on their behalf and on behalf of their pagan ideologies and their secular doctrines. Hence, they would not have fulfilled the obligatory rules of Tawheed.

And if you have gone through the Quran you will find that this precedence has been made repeatedly. And its repetition indicates its importance.

And from that is also what Allah said about Ibrahim that he said “I turn away from you and from that which you invoke besides Allah, and I will invoke my Lord. I expect that I will not be unhappy in my invocation to my Lord.” (19:47) 

So ponder as to how He gave precedence to turning away from them over and above turning away from that which they invoked besides Allah.

And when Ibrahim severely reprimanded his people and he described their thoughts and intellect as foolish and denounced them, he first expressed his disgust at them before expressing it at their idols, and he said “Woe to you and to all what you worship besides Allah! Do you not have sense?” (21:67)

And similarly were the youth, the people of the cave who said: “And when you turn away from them and from that which they worship besides Allah, then seek refuge in the cave, and your Lord will extend His mercy for you, and provide for you ease in your matters.” (18:16)

So ponder as to how turning away from their people were given precedence over turning away from what they worshipped.

This precedence and its repetition in the Quran is to establish and confirm the importance of denouncing the Mushrikeen and to turn away from allying with them and to abandon supporting them.

And that is due to the people’s negligence in it, as you will see most of the people even if they denounce Shirk and idol worship, you will find them to be allies of the Mushrikeen and as loved ones and supporters..! And if you ponder over the situation of the people of our times you will find that the most widespread nullifiers of Islam are – allying with the Mushrikeen and not denouncing them, and helping and supporting them against the Muslims.

So if you call them towards Tawheed and to denounce Shirk and setting up rivals to Allah, they will scream and shout at you saying “Are we Mushrikeen?! Do you see us worshipping idols?! Or prostrating to them?!”

They don’t realise that supporting the worshippers of idols and Tawaagheet and helping them against the Muslims is one of the nullifiers of Tawheed just like worshipping idols, and that one leaves the religion sometimes by this, and sometimes by that, and sometimes by both of them or by other nullifiers!

But the calamity of the people of our times is that they have accurate detailed knowledge of the worldly affairs and of technological developments and they spend long hours in learning them while they don’t spend even a tenth of a tenth of that time for learning the purpose for which they were created which needs to be fulfilled, and that is Tawheed and its statement “Laa ilaaha illallah” (None deserves obedience and worship except Allah), and they do not pay attention to and are not cautious about its most dangerous nullifiers..!

As the Most High has said “But most of the people do not know. They know something superficial of the worldly life, but of the Hereafter they are negligent” (30:7)

Hence many people for example do not know that legislation with Allah for which He has granted no permission as per the man-made constitutions, or accepting this legislation, is a major Shirk (a major act of associating partner to Allah) which is a nullifier of Tawheed just like how worshipping idols is a nullifier of Tawheed. And so you find many Muslims taking part in it and setting up representatives for them who take part in it on their behalf without the least objection. In fact there are those ascribed to knowledge who beautify it, permit it, argue in favour of it and its people, and they severely condemn the one who warns against this modern Shirk or who denounces its people and their ways, and they describe him as being extreme and describe his warnings as being from the way of the Khawaarij!

And many people have been misguided by the scholars of the rulers and they made them think that man-made laws do not contradict the Shari’ah..! And that implementing those laws does not contradict Tawheed, but that they are just an act disobedience that would probably reach the level of a minor act of Kufr!

And from them are those who know that man-made laws contradict the Sharee’ah! But he does not have a sufficient portion of Tawheed that would prevent him from allying with the people implementing man-made laws and from helping them, and he does not have the most firm handhold of Tawheed that would stop him from supporting the Mushrikeen of the man-made laws and the armies of the constitutions against those who demand the Sharee’ah and who are its supporters.

And from them are those who have been taught by the Murjiah of our times and the Jahmiyyah of this age that the Taghoot only refers to the
Satan (the devil), idols, magicians and fortunetellers. As for the ruler, then no matter how much he transgresses, oppresses, crosses the limits, adopts secularism, legislates and judges by other than what Allah sent down, he still is not a Taghoot, but rather he is a Taloot (who was a righteous Muslim ruler)..!

So they did not realise that amongst the rulers and legislators there are Taghoots who are far more worse and are filthier than idols, magicians and fortunetellers…!

And due to that many of them entered the religion of the Tawaagheet (plural of Taghut) and they worshipped them by following them in their legislation of what was not permitted by Allah, and they supported them and did not reject them. And they did not disassociate themselves from supporting them and worshipping them, but rather they became a readied army for them, and guards protecting their Shirk and their loyal servants..!

And some of them have restricted worship to mean bowing, prostrating and rituals etc., and they did not know that obeying someone when he permits what Allah forbade or forbids what Allah permitted, or legislates what Allah did not permit, that it is worship. And thus they committed Shirk in worship.

Imam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab said in Kitab ul Tawheed, ”Chapter: Those who obey scholars and leaders when they forbid what Allah permitted and permit what Allah forbade, they have taken them as lords” that:

‘Adi ibn Haatim narrated that he heard the Prophet – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him – recite this Ayah “They took their rabbis and priests as lords besides Allah” (9:31).

‘Adi said to him:” We don’t worship them”.

He (the Prophet) said “Is it not that they forbid what Allah permitted and you forbid it, and they permit what Allah forbade and you permit it?”

He said,” Yes”.

He replied “That is worship of them”.

All those who fell into all this fell into it due to turning away from learning the meaning of “Laa ilaaha illallah” (none deserves obedience and worship except Allah) and the knowledge of Tawheed which is the right of Allah upon the slaves, so that they may implement it, and single Him out in worship, and not associate anything as partners to Him.

The evil scholars and the preachers of misguidance supported them and incited them to turn away from this, who beautified Shirk and argued on behalf of its people and the Tawagheet, and made them abstain from Tawheed and from learning it by claiming that all the people are Muwahideen following Tawheed and that they do not need the call of Tawheed or to learn it!

This is despite Allah wanting us to drown our lives completely, rather even our death in Tawheed  and to denounce Shirk and setting up of rivals to Allah just as He the Most Sublime has said “Say, “Indeed, as for me, my Lord has guided me on to a straight way, a right religion, the way of Ibrahim who adopted it in exclusive devotion to Allah, and he was not of those who associated others with Allah in His divinity. Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the whole universe. No partner has He. And this I have been commanded, and I am the foremost of those who submit themselves (to Allah)” (6:161-163)


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The Fire..!

Written by: Shaykh Naser Ibn Hamad Al Fahd

The Shaykh Jareh sat down and fixed his turban and turned to one of his students who surrounded him as if birds were sitting on their heads and he said:

“How far did we get in yesterday’s lesson, oh son?”

“We reached the quote of the author: “The congregation is what agrees with truth, even if you were alone”.

“Yes, yes, and I said to you: That truth is what our blessed congregation is upon, and the one who differs with us has deviated from the congregation, and has innovated in religion, and has contradicted the path of the believers, and…”

And suddenly….

They heard a hard knocking on the door…

The Shaykh interrupted his speech, and turned to one of his students who had rushed to the door and opened it…

And there was a man with unkempt hair and a blackened face yelling:

Oh Shaykh…Oh Shaykh…the house of  ‘Adil is on fire…!”

The Shaykh did no more than turn his head, while sitting, towards the source of the sound, and said :

“What has that got to do with me?”

“We want help from you and from your students…”

“Do you want from me to rectify the damage ‘Adil has done due to his neglect?”

“Oh Shaykh…The house is full of women and children..!”

“He is the reason, this is the result of his neglect…”

He nodded towards the one who opened the door and the door was closed on the face of that man, and he returned to his gathering. The Shaykh continued his lecture and said:

“Know, oh children, that the one who speaks about our blessed congregation is a misguided man, an innovator, evil.”

One of the students asked:

“Even if he was from the Sunnah?”

“How so? You don’t understand until now? How can one speak about our blessed congregation and be from the Sunnah? He is an innovator, rather he is more evil than the innovators because he misleads the people more…”

His speech was interrupted by another knock on the door which was fiercer than before…

One of the students rushed and opened the door, it was the same man and he yelled:

“Oh Shaykh…The fire has reached the house of Saleh…”

“Saleh…You mean that innovator…?”

“Oh Shaykh …rush to save those who are in his house, and then advise him…”

He nodded his head and said:

“This is the quick punishment from Allah for that innovator.”

He nodded to the one who opened the door and the door was closed.

The Shaykh continued, saying:

“Look at the quick punishment for this evil innovator, he conceals himself behind the Sunnah, but Allah exposed him when he spoke about our blessed congregation, Then the punishment was increased for him and his house got burnt.”

One of the students said: “O Shaykh, but I know Saleh… and I have never seen any innovation from him…!”

“This is because you have not yet mastered the science of “Jarh Wa Ta’deel” (the science of criticizing and evaluating men), This is what makes me say that the one who hides behind the Sunnah is more dangerous than the innovator who makes his innovation public. I saw this man repeatedly in the masijd and he never turned to me nor greeted me and he turns away from me..”

“Is this an innovation?”

“Yes, yes, if he was from our blessed congregation he would have greeted me..!”

For the third time a fierce knocking interrupted his speech. When the door was opened the same man yelled:

“Oh Shaykh…The fire has reached the masjid.”

The Shaykh turned to him, then said:

“I thought so, because the masjid had innovators praying in it, You have burdened us, oh man, do not come to us another time.”

“Oh Shaykh…The Masjid..!”

“Even if it was a masjid…The first reason is ‘Adil and he will bear the sin..”

He nodded to the one who opened the door and it was closed.

The Shaykh continued:

“Look at the ill omen of innovation, there is no power or strength except in Allah…even the masjid was not saved.”

“Oh Shaykh… Why do we not help them to stop the fire from the masjid..?”

The Shaykh cleared his throat, and then said:

“Oh son…the ones extinguishing the fire are a mix of people, among them the innovators, and sinners, and our congregation is clean from them, And if we joined them then that ill omen might harm us as well.”

Then he turned to one of his students and said:

“Read, may Allah bless you.”

And before he began reading…a fierce voice frightened them..

They all rushed racing – and with them their Shaykh – towards the door..

And as soon as they opened it and exited…

The wall of their house collapsed…

And flames of fire broke out from every side. 

Translated by : Al Muwahideen Media

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.




Battles of Ramadan (2) The battle of shaqhab

Imam Ibn Kathir spoke about this battle in his book “Al Bidaaya Wa Nihaaya” and focused a lot on the role of his Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah in it.

The confidence Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah had for achieving victory was great and he would swear saying that we will be victorious while the people would ask him to say “if Allah wills”. So he would reply “It will definitely happen. It does not need to be said “if Allah wills”.

– This is how the religious guides must be because no matter how great the size of his enemy, he must incite the people and plant the seed of hope and certainty in them, because as Abdullah al Adam said “The (real) loss is the loss of the fighting spirit”.

Ibn Taymiyyah went to Hama and informed them that the Egyptian and Syrian armies had made their decision and had agreed to fight, and so he asked them to also join. And the people of Hama agreed to join these armies.

– Likewise the role of the religious guides should be to unify the ranks, and not to split them, as the Tartars did not distinguish between an Egyptian, or a Syrian, or a Sunni or an innovator.

The people differed about the fight against the Tartars as to which category does the fight fall under (as categorized by the religion), and Shaykh ul Islam clarified and resolved the matter early.

So enlightening the people about what kind of fighting it is will remove the unclarity, and if this matter is not clarified and resolved there will remain doubts and a lot of worry about the legitimacy of the battle and its validity which will have a negative effect on the army’s unity and stability.

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “If you see me alongside the Tartars with a Mushaf (Quran) on my head, then kill me”.

– And here he is further clarifying by putting extra emphasis on the legitimacy of the battle. He wanted to totally remove any doubt and concern. So he said if you see me in the ranks of the Tartars then do not hesitate to kill me…! So be certain that you are upon the truth and I would be upon falsehood (if I join the ranks of the Tartars)…! And that the truth will not become falsehood and falsehood will not become the truth if I join the Tartars and be with them…! Here the Shaykh is telling them to follow the truth and not him as a person.

The Shaykh went out of the castle to attend the fighting and the people said to him “you have prevented us from leaving and here you are fleeing the country!!!” The Shaykh ul Islam did not reply to them but soon when he returned with the victorious army the people rejoiced at him and prayed for him and congratulated him for the good that Allah made possible at his hands.

– Likewise every reformer and his actions will be looked at with suspicion by the people a lot, so he should not pay attention to that but rather let his actions be an answer to them..! It was actions which changed the view of the people about Ibn Taymiyyah.

Ibn Taymiyyah also issued a Fatwa for the Mujahideen to break their fast during the days in Ramadan so that they would be strong before the fight, and he applied his Fatwa in practice. He went around meeting the soldiers and the leaders while eating, and so the people ate along with him.

– This shows how important it is for the one who gives the Fatwa to be the first one to act upon it himself so that the people will feel reassured. Otherwise they will say “If what you are saying is the truth then why don’t you act upon it?” And by that they will lose faith in the one who gives Fatwa and will spread doubts about him. So by him acting on his Fatwa, it firstly will leave the opponents no way to attack him, and secondly it will reassure the supporters and will make them trust in him.

(Refer to the book “Al Bidaaya Wa Nihaaya” (The beginning and the end) by Ibn Kathir (16/23)

– By Ahmed Al Hamdan


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