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A Comment Regarding What Has Been Mentioned In The Article Of Sheikh Atoun (Abu Abdullah Shaami) Regarding Communication – Response by Al-Qaeda

A Comment Regarding What Has Been Mentioned In The Article Of Sheikh Atoun (Abu Abdullah Shaami) Regarding Communication

Response by Al-Qaeda

Translated by Al Muwahideen Media

All praise be to Allah. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His messenger and on all of his family and his followers.

As for what follows,

While the arena of Shaam is passing through critical events, Sheikh Atoun brought out a lengthy post in private chat rooms. However we did not pay attention to that due to many reasons which we do not want to elaborate here. But since he has published them officially in his public channel then we cannot remain silent about it because it is a matter that is related to the character and trustworthiness of the system of Al Qaeda.

Sheikh Atoun wrote “There is a problem in the way of communication itself as there are some messengers who would open the letters and send copies of them and retain them. They are grave matters as it is not permissible for this messenger to open the letter as he has been entrusted with it, and so if he opens it then he has betrayed the trust whoever it may be. Similarly it is also not permissible for him to send copies of them to other than those who are addressed in those letters. And it is also not permissible for him to retain any copy of it after he comes to know that it has reached its destination. And this problem is an old one about which we have previously cautioned against during the days of dispute with the Khawarij, but it was not solved”.

In compliance with the statement of Allah glory be to Him “Oh you who believe, fear Allah and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)”. (Tawbah:119), we say, while support comes from Allah:

  • Indeed being entrusted with letters is a serious matter, and similarly making accusations of betrayal is also a serious matter. “O you who believe! Betray not Allah and His Messenger, nor betray knowingly your Amanat (things entrusted to you, and all the duties which Allah has ordained for you). (Anfaal:27). And fulfilling one’s trusts in words and deeds is what I advise myself and my brothers with.
  • Sheikh Ayman Al Zawahiri – may Allah protect him – used to make it as his habit to expand his Shura (advisory council) and he would send some of the letters which he would write to the fronts, or some parts of them to various places in order to consult with them, amongst whom are the Sheikhs inside and outside of Shaam. In fact he would even send to some of the scholars and knowledgeable people who are not even linked in any organizational manner to the group. The Sheikh – may Allah have mercy on him – has pointed this out saying that as long as he has not mentioned that the letter is a private one then the one to whom it has been sent may consult with whomever he wants regarding it in order to seek the truth and for good advice. And this is what happened with the letters which Sheikh Atoun mentioned in his message, and there was no violation as we have been falsely accused of. We seek help from Allah alone.
  • In regards to some of these letters, the person in charge of correspondence has been informed by the brothers in Jabhatun Nusrah that they have received the letters and that he had delayed in taking it and sending it to the concerned ones. And we informed the brother who is in charge of communication in Jabhatun Nusrah that he has been late in receiving the letter despite having been notified of its dispatch.
  • Regarding his statement about the letters being leaked during the days of dispute with the Khawarij, I do not know which letter has been leaked from our side. Perhaps Sheikh Atoun would remember that they themselves leaked the letter which was written regarding the verdict on the problem of Baghdadi’s group, and then the brothers in Jabhatun Nusrah apologized at that time for having leaked it. Then the same thing happened with the audio message regarding the same matter, despite me severely warning the brothers to whom it has been sent that it should not come out in the media.
  • The second incident is what happened with the statement of Sheikh Azzam Amriki, may Allah have mercy on him. First of all, this material is for the media and it is not a letter for work. And all have their own specific means for communication. Secondly, the statement was not leaked but it was send to be publicized. And at that time the Fitna of Baghdadi was at its peak and the brothers who used to support and volunteer for the task of distribution got divided into two groups like all the other sections – a group that supported Baghdadi and a group that remained with the brothers. And the second group wanted to consult us regarding publishing the statement but the first group because of the dispute decided to spread it, and they erased the logo of As-Sahab Media by covering it with another one. The point is that the speech was sent by As-Sahab to be published in the media and there was no leak whatsoever. And in fact As-Sahab at that time clarified in a statement mentioning what happened regarding the statement.
  • By the grace of Allah, for a number of years we were entrusted with the task of communication with all the branches and with all the sections and we have neither betrayed the trust nor have we gone beyond what we have been authorized with. And it is sad that the brothers in the communication department are being accused of betrayal while amongst them there are those whose beard turned grey by spending several years in Jihad in the path of Allah. And Allah alone is sufficient for us and He is the best guardian.


Sheikh Ayman had sent a message to Sheikh Joulani several months ago informing him that the one in charge of external communication can be contacted almost daily. And that was to improve the speed of communication with them. From here it becomes clear to the ones asking about the reason for the speed at which information is reaching and is being responded to. And despite that there was not a single letter or response that reached me from them in which they responded to the letter of the Sheikh which is more than seven months old.

As for the rest of what has been mentioned in the article, I leave it to those concerned with it.

Oh Allah, forgive us and our brothers. And take us by our hand to support your religion and to raise its flag high.

And our final supplication is that all praise belongs to Allah the Lord of all that exists.


Communication Department

External Communication Officer

Abu Abdullah

Thursday, 11 Rabeeul Awwal 1439 H.


Translated by

Al Muwahideen Media

For PDF: Click here Response to Atoun 1


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

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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