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All praise be to the One who said: ﴾And if you are slain or die in the way of Allah, forgiveness and mercy
from Allah are far better than all they could amass﴿ [3: 157] May the peace and blessings be upon His Mes-
senger ‫ ,ﷺ‬who said: “I wish that I could be killed in the Path of Allah, then be raised again, then be killed, then be
rasied again, and then be killed.” And peace be upon his family and companions who spread the truth in their
justice, and guarded the religion with their lives, and spilt their blood for its supremacy. ﴾But they never lost
heart if they met with disaster in Allah's way, nor did they weaken (in will) nor give in﴿ [3: 146] And peace
be upon all those who followed their path, fighting jihad and showing patience like them until the Day of
Recompense.

On a historical day in the history of the magnificent ummah, in a situation not newfound for its heroes and
chivalrous men in its blessed past, and upon a prepared and paved way trekked by the best men in history,
the Shaykh, the mujahid, the Commander, the ascetic, the muhâjir, Abu Abdullah Usama bin Muhammad
bin Ladin, may Allah have mercy on him, in a situation of truth, proving his words with actions, his claim with
evidence, was killed, joining the caravan of the awed ummah, whose caravans have left one after another,
joined by great leaders, loyal soldiers, and noble knights who all refused to pay a cheap price for this reli-
gion, refusing to hand over its leadership and be humiliated by those over whom Allah has written humilia-
tion and wretchedness from those who have earned His wrath and the misguided.

He confronted them, his weapons against theirs with his, and his strength against theirs, and he accepted
the challenge of those who came out with their fancy equipment, machinery, weapons, aircrafts and
troops, all haughty and pompous. His determination did not weaken in front of them, nor was he sapped of
strength. Rather, he stood and confronted them face to face like a firm mountain, and continued to engage
them in a fierce battle, the likes of which he was already accustomed to a thousand others in its likes, after
which he excused himself and fulfilled the trust, receiving bullets of treachery and infidelity, submitting his
soul to its Creator, reciting:

           Whoever submits his noble soul to his Lord * to repel their falsehood, how can he be blamed?

…to end his enlightened life, a good news for the honor which he was seeking for many years, traveling
across earth in its search. He received it, sending the glad tidings when he faced it: Indeed it is martyrdom in
the sake of Allah.

﴾And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint; none
but persons of the greatest good fortune﴿ [41: 35]

The echoes of his words still ring across the horizons: “The happy ones are those whom Allah has chosen as a
martyr.” And his thinking was not one of the unable!

              Whoever fights in wars and thinks * he will not be harmed, has thought himself unable.

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    Congratulations, O' ummah of the martyrdom of its righteous son, Usama! After a life filled with striving
    and effort, determination and patience, inspiring and waging jihad, generosity and nobility, emigration and
    travel, sincerity and excellent stances, wisdom and tact, the worldly years of the Shaykh of jihad in this time
    has come to an end, so that his blood, his words, his stances and his final end become a spirit which will
    travel through the flesh of the coming generations of our Islamic ummah, one after another, learning from
    him that glory is not built from mere wishful thinking and hopes, that leadership is not about status and
    medals, that creed and principles are not mere rants and raves chanted by the tongue, that the religion is
    not defended and aided in one's spare time, deeds and speech, but rather that the path to honor, in this life
    and the next, is ready for those who wish to pay the price and bear its pains, that leadership in religion is not
    gained except by patience and certainty, and that a Muslim's capital investment is truthfulness, sincerity,
    purity and intention.

    Even if America has been able to kill Usama, this is not an embarrassment or shame. Do chivalrous men and
    heroes die in situations other than battles?

    Everything has an appointed term, but can the Amercans, through their media and their agents, their ma-
    chinery and armies, their intelligence and their various agencies, kill of what Shaykh Usama lived for and was
    killed for? Far be it! Far be it! Shaykh Usama did not build this organization to die with his death.

    ﴾Their intention is to extinguish Allah's light (by blowing) with their mouths: but Allah will complete (the
    revelation of) His light, even though the disbelievers may detest (it). It is He who has sent His Messenger
    with guidance and the religion of truth, that he may proclaim it over all religion, even though the pagans
    may detest (it)﴿ [61: 8-9].

    This verse will never cease to be an arrow, piercing the necks of these deaf and dumb who have no intellect.
    The religion of Allah, from which is jihad, will always remain to be, its creed carried by those with pure hearts,
    striving to be revived by those with pure hands, and seeking to be made supreme by bands of truthful men,
    unharmed by those who oppose them or abandon them until the Promise of Allah comes to be.

    Usama bin Ladin was not a prophet sent for the twentieth century. Rather, he was a Muslim man from this
    noble Muslim ummah who took the Book firmly with strength and sold this life for the next, striving as it de-
    serves. This is how we reckon him. So Allah elevated his status as much has he elevated Islam, gave him glory
    as much as he strove to glorify Islam, and terrified the nations of infidelity as much as he did not fear others
    except his Lord.



          ﴾And honor belongs to Allah, His Messenger and the believers, but the hypocrites know not﴿



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INSPIRE REACTIONS
              government & media responses


 “The al Qaeda leadership hasn’t been this excited since Sept. 10, 2001.”

In the fifth issue of Inspire magazine, a       Revolution.” […]                              Yemen and Libya – and especially the
slick Web-based publication, heavy on                                                         possibility that uprisings will break out
photographs and graphics that, unusu-           Al Qaeda has always recognized that the       in the Gulf countries, primarily Saudi
ally for a jihadist organ, is written in col-   greatest obstacles to jihadist progress in    Arabia – will open up new opportunities
loquial English, Awlaki hit back at CNN         the Middle East were what they call the       for jihad.
on Tuesday.                                     “apostate regimes,” the generally pro-                         [Memri]
                                                Western kings and authoritarian rulers
In an essay titled "The Tsunami of              who have kept a lid on violent extrem-        The United States faces "an unprece-
Change," Awlaki makes the uncontro-             ists like al Qaeda and other groups. As       dented range of threats," he said, men-
versial point that the regimes based on         these regimes totter and fall, the condi-     tioning the attempted air cargo bomb-
fear are ending in the Arab world be-           tions are being created for the kind of       ings last October to thwarted plots to
cause of the revolutions and protests           radical change the Islamists have been        detonate bombs at a Portland Christ-
from Egypt to Bahrain. But he goes on to        working towards for decades. […]              mas tree lighting ceremony and along
assert that, contrary to commentators                                                         Washington, D.C., subway lines.
such as CNN's Fareed Zakaria, who has           Overall, al Qaeda sees a positive progno-
said "the Arab revolts of 2011 represent        sis for regional jihadism. “It is our opin-   Much of that threat comes from indi-
a total repudiation of al Qaeda's found-        ion that the revolutions that are shaking     vidual radicalization fueled by the In-
ing ideology," rather the world should          the thrones of dictators are good for the     ternet. Al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and
"know very well that the opposite is the        Muslims, good for the [mujaheedin] and        Somalia aggressively target Westerners
case."                                          bad for the imperialists of the West and      for recruitment. Among the examples is
                  [CNN]                         their henchmen in the Muslim world,”          Inspire magazine, published by al-Qaida
                                                Mr. Ibrahim writes. “We are very optimis-     in the Arabian Peninsula. Each issue in-
It is a slick, graphics-heavy, irreverent       tic and have great expectations of what       cludes suggestions for "open source ji-
publication aimed at young Muslims at-          is to come.” The al Qaeda leadership          had" and step-by-step instructions for
tracted to the extremist cause; the latest      hasn’t been this excited since Sept. 10,      attacks.
issue includes an invitation to readers         2001.
to e-mail questions to Mr. Awlaki and a                  [The Washington Times]               "I know you can't take every site down,"
two-page primer on how to use an AK                                                           Wolf told Mueller. "But that magazine
automatic rifle.                                In a new article in the fifth issue of        is out there and it ought to be taken
                                                Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula             down."
Mr. Khan himself contributed to Inspire         (AQAP)'s English-language magazine,                    [Investigative Project]
an appeal to Egyptians not to stop after        Inspire, posted March 29, 2011 on jihad-
overthrowing Mr. Mubarak but to im-             ist forums, American-born Yemeni cleric       The fifth issue of Inspire, which is
pose religious rule.                            Anwar Al-Awlaki celebrated the fall of        thought to be produced by the al-Qaida
                                                Tunisian and Egyptian leaders Mubarak         affiliate, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Pen-
“The question now comes: what do you            and Ben 'Ali, and expressed optimism          insula, is slickly produced with colour
do if your government decides not to            regarding the future of the jihadist          graphics, pages of selected quotes from
rule by Shariah?” he asks, referring to Is-     movement. In the long run, he claimed,        western analysts and several pages of il-
lamic law. “Who does your loyalty go to?        unrest in the Arab world will enable the      lustrated instruction on how to strip and
The state or Allah?” [...]                      jihad movement to flourish, for several       clean an AK47 rifle.
         [The New York Times]                   reasons. First, the toppling of the rulers
                                                of Tunisia and Egypt has broken the bar-      "It is our opinion that the revolutions
President Obama’s advisers give him             rier of fear among the Arab masses, and       that are shaking the thrones of dictators
credit for energizing the Arab revolts          has demonstrated that it is possible to       are good for the Muslims, good for the
and saving the Libyan rebels. For al Qa-        bring down regimes. Second, the new           mujahideen and bad for the imperialists
eda’s leadership, this is all a gift from Al-   regimes in the Arab world will not be as      of the west and their henchmen in the
lah. Al Qaeda central’s views are detailed      oppressive as the old ones against jihad      Muslim world," reads an opening edito-
in the latest issue of their English-lan-       operatives and supporters; thus, the          rial.
guage propaganda magazine Inspire,              latter will be able to operate relatively                  [The Guardian]
which features a special section on “The        freely. Third, the spread of the unrest to

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 INSPIRE RESPONSES
             responding to inquiries


            E-MAILED QUESTION:               nized militaries.                             to a mere cultural adoption. There was
                                                                                           never a voice (until now) stating that
 As-Salâm `Alaykum,                          Anyone can revisit the events of the          the niqâb is "un-Islamic".
                                             Shi`a uprisings in Makkah in the 70’s to
 I want to know how do the mujahidin         see just what a frail yet extremely dan-      Those who argue on the side of the
 view the events in Bahrain? Do they         gerous Shi`a minority can do. This upris-     ĥijâb usually use the aĥâdîth concern-
 support the Shi’a Bahrani calls for more    ing was directly connected to Iran and        ing the covering of everything except
 freedoms?                                   its Shi`a scholars. One can only imagine      the hands and face; these aĥâdîth are
                                             what a well-organized, state-backed,          known to be demoted to the level of
 Shukran,                                    advanced Shi`a Râfidha authority can          đa`îf (weak). As for the side of niqâb,
 Jameel                                      do. Interestingly, even the tawâghît in       there is actually no disagreement that
                                             the Arabian Peninsula have recognized         the wives of the Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬covered
                                             this threat and are calling on America        their faces; the debate is what was
                                             to help them. This is partly why America      practiced by the women after them (i.e.,
 E-MAILED ANSWER:                            has taken such a strong stand against         is the niqâb likewise applicable to those
                                             Iran as their interests lay open.             other than the Prophet's ‫ ﷺ‬wives?).
 Wa `Alaykum as-Salâm,
                                                        E-MAILED QUESTION:                 Sometimes there is also misinterpre-
 We do not support the Shi`a in Bahrain                                                    tation in aĥâdîth due to erroneous
 nor do we believe that they are entirely    As-Salâm `Alaykum,                            translation. For example, in the aĥâdîth
 innocent from Iran. Indeed Iran has                                                       found in Şaĥîĥ al-Bukhari concerning
 made statements of condemnation             There is a lot of talk recently about the     the women who tore off their murûts (a
 against the tawâghît of Bahrain and         banning of niqâb in Europe and we're          piece of cloth) to cover their heads, one
 Saudi, in support of the Bahraini pro-      finding some of our Imam's defending          will find in some translations the word
 testers. This means that Iran’s interests   this decision of the tawâghît arguing         faces; this is incorrect as the word faces
 are conflicted with when they see the       that the niqâb is neither a farđ nor sun-     is nowhere to be found in the original
 Shi`a’s demands unmet. Furthermore,         nah, thus making it completely invalid        Arabic text.
 Iran has never condemned Yemen’s            in Islam. How do we respond to such?
 or Syria’s presidents, for example, for                                                   Shaykh Nasiruddin al-Albani's research
 taking physical action against the Sunni    Ibrahim                                       on this topic concluded that the niqâb
 protesters; this is because the Sunni                                                     is not wâjib but sunnah. However, it
 uprisings are not only less important in                                                  is widely agreed upon that wearing
 their eyes than the Shi`a uprising, but     E-MAILED ANSWER:                              the niqâb is more rewarding than the
 that the Shi`a protests open a potential                                                  headscarf as it covers more and is an
 door for Iran to have greater influence     Wa `Alaykum as-Salâm,                         emulation of the ummaĥât al-mu'minîn
 and/or special relationships with more                                                    (the mothers of the believers).
 Shi`a’s in a Sunni-majority region.         It is unfortunate to see some Imam's
                                             backing the racist decisions of the           There are plenty of scholarly works on
 With a fledging Iranian Shi`a support in    tawâghît against our sisters using            this subject and we urge the student
 Northern Yemen, East of Saudi Arabia,       unsubstantiated claims, as we shall           of knowledge to research both sides
 Lebanon, Iraq and now Bahrain, this         demonstrate. This is another subject by       of the argument before coming to an
 will only signal disaster for the ahl       itself and its ruling is clear to those who   educated judgment.
 as-sunnah in the region. This is not an     know about supporting the enemy
 attempt on our part to cause ‘sectarian     kuffâr against the Muslims in word and                 E-MAILED QUESTION:
 divisions’ for no reason. Rather we are     opinion.
 spelling the reality of the situation on                                                  Salâm,
 the ground. The Houthi’s have a direct      It is true that the issue of niqâb has
 connection to Iran as do Hezbullah          been a long-time debated topic, but           There are many Western analysts - such
 in Lebanon as do the governing Iraqi        there has always been some fundamen-          as Fareed Zakaria - asserting that the
 Shi`a leaders and gangs (like the Mehdi     tal agreements between the two dis-           protesters want jobs, better living
 Army). One similar trait amongst them       senting parties. This includes that the       conditions, justice etc. and not a global
 is that they all have their own orga-       niqâb is an Islamic practice as opposed       Caliphate. They thus conclude that

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al Qaeda is irrelevant to the Muslim
masses. What do you have to say?

Khalid



E-MAILED ANSWER:

Wa `Alaykum as-Salâm,

It is true that the protesters want jobs,
better living conditions, justice in all
spheres of life and the likes, as any
normal person living under tyrannical
rule would yearn for such. The ana-
lysts' misapprehension is in what the
shari`ah offers and what the people
want. Everything that the protesters
want is available in the shari`ah - from
freedom to a dependable economy.
Due to ignorance and misperceptions
about the shari`ah - such that it merely
focuses on capital punishments and de-
terrents - these analysts are unable to
see where the people meet and where
the shari`ah meets.

Further, the protesters have never
protested against the shari`ah nor
have shown displeasure with it. That's
because they know the shari`ah is Islam
and to reject shari`ah is to reject their
own religion.

Those who argue that the protests hurt
al Qaeda are quick to forget that the
protesters have their eyes on Palestine
just as we have our eyes on Palestine.
Does America have its eye on liberating
Palestine from the Jewish occupation?
Far from it. The call of the protesters
for democracy are in actuality calls
for basic rights and freedoms that the
shari`ah provides; it doesn't have much
to do with democracy per say. Now that
they have eliminated the ruling tyranni-
cal parties, the obstacles have become
less for the pavement to the path of
shari`ah. All in all, our shared interests
are much greater and momentous than
America's supposed claims that the
protests help them.




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Among the things that impose this           goals, and his presence in many spots,      c. Directing the Resistance fighters
operational method as a strategic           makes it harder for battle-fronts to        to areas of operation suitable for the
choice, are the conditions of imbalance     emerge, and it also makes it harder to      Individual Terrorism jihad.
of power between the Resistance and         establish centralized organizations.
the grand aggressor alliance of kuffâr,                                                 d. Directing the Resistance fighters to
apostates and hypocrites, and from          4. Decline of the idea of the Open          the most important targets which they
this:                                       Fronts and confronting the enemy            must target in Resistance operations
                                            from permanent positions, as a result       and jihad of small units.
1. The failure of the operational           of the enemy’s use of the strategy of
methods of the secret, hierarchical         decisive air attacks with devastating       e. Spreading the legal, political,
organizations, in light of the              rocket bombardments and air strikes,        military and other sciences and
international security campaign             directed by satellites which control the    knowledge that the mujahidun need
and the international and regional          ground; they even see what is beneath       in order to carry out Resistance
[counter-terrorism] co-ordination,          the ground, with the help of advanced       operations, without this being in a
which we have referred to above.            technology. This is a matter of fact,       direct way that leads to a series of
Furthermore, the need for an                which must be recognized, and upon          arrests in the networks, as happened
operational method, which makes             which the planning for confrontation        in the centralized organizations.
it impossible for those security            must be made based.
                                                                                        f. Instructing the youth in the armed
agencies to abort the Resistance cells
                                            The general principles for the theory       operational method, in building
by arresting [some of] their members,
                                            of individual jihadi action in the          the cells of the Resistance units as a
based on [information extracted
                                            Resistance Call from a practical            ‘system of action’ (nizâm al-`amal)
through] torture and interrogation [of
                                            perspective are:                            and not as ‘a secret organization for
other members].
                                                                                        action’ (tandhîm lil-`amal), as we will
2. Inability of the secret organizations    a. Spreading the culture of the             explain later in this section, and in
to incorporate all of the Islamic           Resistance and transforming it into an      the section devoted to the theories on
ummah’s youth who want to perform           organized strategic phenomenon, and         ‘security, organization, training and
the duty of jihad and Resistance            not merely a collection of responses.       preparation…’
by contributing with some kind of
                                            b. Spreading the ideology of the            g. Coordinating a method in which all
activity, without being required to
                                            Resistance, its program, its legal and      efforts are joined, in order to combine
commit themselves to membership
                                            political bases, and its operational        their result in a mechanism which
responsibilities of a centralized
                                            theories, so that they are available        confuses the enemy, exhausts him and
organization.
                                            for the Islamic ummah’s youth who           heightens the spirit of the Islamic
3. The presence of the enemy over a         strongly wish to participate in the jihad   Nation so that it joins the Resistance
wide area, the increased diversity of his   and Resistance.                             phenomenon.

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               Rushing to Paradise was your daily job,
               as soon as the morning Sun awoken you.
           You complained about the taste in your throat,
         it lacking life without the greeting of martyrdom.




He, may Allah have mercy upon
him, was a unique commander in
the army of Aden-Abyan. He had
the spirit of a lion. In the face of the
enemies of Allah, his presence was
that of a storm. Among his mujahidin
brothers, it was always a cheerful day.
His vast knowledge and experience of       and went to Syria and from there was       suffer greatly under the hands of his
guerilla warfare tactics, first aid, and   smuggled into Iraq. His bravery was        guards where he was severely beaten
security matters quickly made him          exemplary and he became a role model       and tortured.
valuable. His humbleness coupled with      and encouragement for his brothers
                                                                                      Abu Ali would wrestle with his
a sense of humor made him greatly          in the battlefield. He had interest in
                                                                                      brothers in jail and they say that up
loved by those around him. Due to          weapons and whenever the medium
                                                                                      to his release he was unbeaten. Abu
the responsibilities given to him,         and heavy weapons of the brothers
                                                                                      Hurairah al-Sana’ani – the military
he was always busy working for the         needed service, it was Abu Ali who
                                                                                      commander of al Qaeda in the
establishment of shari`ah against the      would do the job.
                                                                                      Arabian Peninsula – said, "I heard of
will of the apostates.
                                           Abu Ali was sent back to Yemen by          his wrestling skills and joked with the
He was Abu Ali al-Harithi. He came         the leadership of the mujahidin in         brothers and told them: 'He is just a
from Shabwa, an area where the             Iraq to carry on operations in Yemen.      walking barrel' and that 'if you just
mountains and deserts carve a man’s        He was arrested in Yemen and spent a       knew how to handle him, you would
honor.                                     few years in jail. He was firm with his    easily defeat him'." On hearing this
                                           guards and steadfast in his rejection of   Abu Ali thought that finally there
Abu Ali al-Harithi couldn’t sleep or       cooperation with investigators. He was     would be someone who could defeat
rest when he saw the American army         very kind with his brothers and would      him. So he avoided wrestling with Abu
rolling into Iraq. So he packed his bag    stand up for them which led him to         Hurairah for a long time until one day
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 he took him out to the desert where       battle and got a chance to fight.”   brothers would have to restrain him
 no one could see and challenged the                                            and hold him back against his will. He
                                           The enemy’s soldiers seek excuses
 brother to a wrestling match. Abu                                              had no fear of the enemy and eagerly
                                           to avoid fighting while the
 Hurairah said, “Within less than 10                                            wanted to die in the path of Allah.
                                           mujahidin are looking for excuses
 seconds, I was lying on the ground
                                           to join the fight.                   He got what he desired. While fighting
 defeated.”
                                                                                in Abyan, his vehicle was struck by
                                           Abu Ali had a very soft heart.
 Another story Abu Hurairah                                                     a missile from an American drone.
                                           Sometimes he would be talking
 mentioned about Abu Ali is that he                                             Nothing remained from him except
                                           to you about a situation where a
 did not allow him to participate in any                                        small pieces of flesh scattered around.
                                           brother suffered and went through
 military operations because he was                                             That was the death Abu Ali waited for.
                                           difficulties and suddenly he
 needed in his area. Abu Ali was very
                                           would start crying. He was very      May Allah have mercy on you and
 persistent in asking for permission to
                                           merciful towards his brothers        raise your status in Paradise, Abu Ali!
 fight and was very upset whenever his
                                           and his generosity was without
 requests were being turned down. One
                                           bounds. When he would receive
 day he was sent to Marib and arrived
                                           guests, you could feel how happy
 there when a military convoy was
                                           he would be and when his guest
 attacking the house of brother Aaidh
                                           would leave you could feel his
 al-Shabwani. Because it was a sudden
                                           sorrow. Sometimes brothers
 attack and was an emergency situation
                                           would see tears rolling down his
 that did not demand permission for
                                           cheeks when they were leaving his
 participation in the fight, Abu Ali
                                           house.
 took advantage of the situation and
 rushed into battle where he fought        Abu Ali was actually so brave that
 very hard and single handedly played      there were occasions were his
 an important role in the defeat of the
 convoy. Abu Hurairah said, “When he
 met me after battle, he was laughing
 and saying that even though you
 wouldn’t have wanted it and it was
 against your wishes, I did join the




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         mmar al-Wa’ili started out        launcher, mortar, or anti-aircraft        brothers asked him to rest until his
         on the path of jihad very early   machine gun was crying for help.          injury healed, but he refused. He was
         on in his life. His father was                                              losing his voice and his wound was
                                           He was given the responsibility of
a leader of the mujahidin in Yemen                                                   becoming infected and it could be seen
                                           weakening the enemy in the area
who was appointed by Shaykh Usama                                                    that it was getting worse. The brothers
                                           surrounding Zinjibar as a preparation
to open a training camp in the area of                                               told him that he must rest and seek
                                           for the storming of the city. He would
Saada. This was where the young boy                                                  medical assistance but he refused. A
                                           pound the enemy with mortars,
spent his early years. He traveled to                                                few days later while firing artillery
                                           shower them with machine gun fire,
Afghanistan as a young boy and spent                                                 shells on an advancing army column
                                           and slam them with RPGs, going out
years fighting and training with his                                                 coming out of Aden in the direction
                                           in four or five operations per day.
brothers.                                                                            of Zinjibar, an American drone fired a
                                           Ammar was an army on his own.
                                                                                     missile at him killing him along with
Ammar grew up around weapons               He singlehandedly broke apart the
                                                                                     his companion Abu Jafar al-Adeni.
and was considered by his brothers to      defenses of the government’s army and
be the best in using and maintaining       prepared the city for attack. He was      Ammar died young. But in the few
weapons. In the battlefield he was         active, persistent, courageous and kept   years he lived, he has done what others
a lion. He had no fear of death. He        a very good temper under the worst of     would do in decades.
would work the weapon he was               circumstances.
                                                                                     May Allah have mercy on Ammar
entrusted with until you would feel
                                           In the front line, Ammar was shot by      and forgive him and join him with the
that the hardened steel of the grenade
                                           a bullet that grazed his throat. The      martyrs.

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          e was Hassan al-Aqili.                  March forth in the path of Allah,   apostates attacked and destroyed
          Harsh against the kuffâr and              For the people of `aqîdah,        his house, even though nobody was
          apostates, humble with his               Raise the banner of tawĥîd,        home. Little did they know that Fawaz
 brothers. The role model of toughness,                   In every valley.            lived in jihad, never in a house - even
 robustness, fearlessness and bravery.                                                though he was married with three
 A man who never looked back in              He grew up in the harsh desert           adorable children.
 the face of bullets and tank shells. A      environment of Marib. After Amir Abu
 knight of the desert. A feared assassin.    Basir, may Allah preserve him, and       Around his brothers, he was like
 A one man army. A great risk taker.         his brothers broke out of prison from    anyone else. He was normal,
 A marked sniper. An embodiment              Sana’a in 2006, Fawaz soon joined the    humorous, brilliant and kindhearted.
 of Umar and Khalid, may Allah be            caravan of jihad and quickly became a    Respect for him went as far as
 pleased with them. Intelligent and          trustworthy transporter.                 the mountains in height. He was
 swift off of his feet. A man with a gaze                                             constantly busy, moving across the
 as dangerous as a lion’s. A backbone        He wasn’t just a transporter. He was a   entire country nearly every day,
 for the mujahidin leadership. A man in      passionate fighter. He was known for     giving support to the religion of
 preference of sacrifice over sitting. His   traveling with heavy ammunition, even    Allah. He never isolated himself from
 determination was made of iron and          by himself. In no time, the apostate     his brothers; he loved serving them,
 steel. Words can’t do justice to the man    Yemeni army feared him, adding him       pleasing them, and conversing with
 behind Fawaz al-Ma’ribi.                    to their honorable wanted list. Fawaz    them. He took great interest in them
                                             laughed at their wanted list like a      and by Allah, it showed. Those who
 How can we forget his lines of poetry:      lionhearted soldier. It meant nothing    barely knew him and got to meet him,
                                             to him but evidence that he has come     fell in love with him. His presence was
                                             closer to Allah, `Azza wa Jall. The      awe-inspiring.




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He was a person who loved reciting        “Why do you ask me such peculiar          When it came to his driving skills,
the kitâb of Allah. He would also never   questions Fawaz?” He said, “I swear by    there was no match. No other mujahid
go a day without praying two raka`ât      Allah, when you laugh, it brings me       driver came close to Fawaz. He
in the morning. I still remember that     happiness. Allah is my witness that I     was able to drive any vehicle at an
day when I was traveling with him         love you for His sake.” I almost wanted   exceptional speed with great balance
and asked him a question. I noticed       to cry. He was so sincere and loving to   in any environment and weather
he didn’t respond and looked at him       his brothers.                             condition. His sharp eyes were an
to see if he was paying attention.                                                  unbelievable blessing from Allah.
Instead, I found him in prayer. He        I remember one time when I sat in         Many of the mujahidin have attested
was praying while driving! I was          the backseat of a pickup truck while      to this. He was able to reach maximum
astonished and praised Allah that         he was resting in the passenger           speeds at night with the headlights
such men existed in the ranks of the      side. I just looked at him for a long     turned off and be able to make turns
mujahidin. Afterwards, upon finishing,    time and thought about the amount         without a problem, even though the
he apologized to me for not answering;    of ajr (reward) he was getting. I         person sitting next to him couldn’t
I stopped him and said that there was     quickly became jealous and told my        see a thing ahead of him. He was even
no need to apologize. This was one of     companion sitting next to me how I        able to do this when there was no
those small deeds that he would do on     wished to have ajr similar to this man.   moonlight, being absolute darkness.
a consistent bases; what an excellent     It was because he was not only fighting
example!                                  the enemies of Allah constantly and       When he would chill with the
                                          transporting ordinary mujahidin to        mujahidin, they would always
There were many times where we            operations and safe houses, but he        challenge him to a foot race. It was
would play, joke and wrestle with         was also transporting the leaders         because he was known to be one of the
each other. He was not just a friend      of jihad, and the people who have         fastest, if not the fastest man in AQAP.
but also like an older brother. He        remarkably important responsibilities.    In one of the races, I saw a brother
was a poet and loved to sing jihadi       None of these important people            who got quite a good head start on
anashîd. Sometimes when sitting           would have ever been able to fulfill      Fawaz. He's also known to be one of
with the brothers, he would do a          their duties for the jihad if it were     the fastest. Out of the blue, Fawaz flew
mock interview with me due to my          not for Fawaz transporting them to        passed him like an eagle. Everyone was
background of being an American. He       their destinations. In other words,       in disbelief.
would ask me comical questions in a       he was like a gear that kept the entire
serious manner such as, “How do you       movement rolling and alive. And           There was a time when I was thinking
laugh in English?” and “Why are so        although we have many mujahidin           about what kind of image to use for
many American’s as fat as whales?” He     that do work similar to his, an all-      the front cover of the fourth issue of
would make me laugh and laugh and         around person like Fawaz can never be     the Inspire Magazine. I couldn’t think
he too would laugh. I then asked him,     replaced.                                 of anything related to the main subject
                                                                                    until I looked at Fawaz’s face. He had

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 the eyes of a lion. The ferocious look in   Fawaz was injured in battle but it didn’t
 his eyes conveyed everything that the       bother him in the slightest. He said,
 mujahidin were. And just to make sure       “Follow me. Look at what we got!” He
 that I saw the same thing as everyone       grabbed his hand and they rushed to
 else, I asked everyone around me
 if that’s what they saw in his eyes.        None of these important
 Everyone agreed. When I told him of         people would have ever
 the idea, he laughed and complied.          been able to fulfill their
 He wanted to do whatever he could
 to help the cause of the da`wah and         duties for the jihad if
 jihad. I was very grateful for that.        it were not for Fawaz
                                             transporting them to
 Allah blessed him with numerous
 military operations; and in the
                                             their destinations. In
 battle for Abyan, he was always             other words, he was
 at the forefront. Not only was he           like a gear that kept the
 driving brothers to the frontline,          entire movement rolling
 but he himself took part in the
 most important operations that the
                                             and alive.
                                                                                         The image of Fawaz taken for the fourth issue
 mujahidin ever took part in. He was         the edge of a large sand dune. There he     of Inspire for Shaykh Anwar's fatwa.
 present in the battle of Ma’rib, the        saw a brand new armored vehicle that
 battle of Lawdar and the battle of          was heavily armed; it was now with the
                                                                                         mujahid who feared none told them
 Zinjibar just to name a few. One could      brothers. He was always in high spirits
                                                                                         his real name. They all looked at him
 write a book about the dozens of            about the successes of the mujahidin
                                                                                         with big eyes. They couldn’t believe
 operations he took part in within these     and the ghanîmah that Allah blesses
                                                                                         that one of the most wanted men in
 battles.                                    them with. He was the Amir of this
                                                                                         Yemen was right in front of them,
                                             operation and it was a successful one.
                                                                                         openly revealing his identity, showing
 A brother once told me that he had          The brother told me, "It was a pleasure
                                                                                         no fear.
 awoken to the sound of tank shells.         to stand next to such a man who took
 He rushed out immediately with other        me as his close friend."
 brothers and jumped into a vehicle.
 They drove until they successfully          There was a time when he drove in
 communicated with the mujahidin             the desert of Marib and came across
 by radio. They drove to them and            a tribal checkpoint. It’s rare to see
 when he exited the vehicle, he saw the      these. He was cautious and patient.
 walking shahîd, Fawaz al-Ma’ribi. He        He asked the men there what it was all
 walked towards him in excitement,           about. They said there were some tribal
 hugged and kissed him. He noticed his       problems. They asked him who he
 hand was bleeding and wrapped up;           was. Without any hesitation, this brave




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 It turned out that this entire tribe loved   slept. Upon awaking he said, “I swear      of the enemy, especially in such an
 him and highly respected him because         by Allah my beloved brothers! I just       immediate fashion. In fact this is
 of the reputation he earned throughout       witnessed a dream of jannah!” All          the second time in the history of the
 Yemen as being rough and brave for           of the brothers around him were            modern jihad in the Arabian Peninsula
 the sake of Allah. They invited him for      surprised. He then looked at his           where the enemy was beheaded in
 lunch and he accepted, even though           brothers strangely, as if he needed        revenge for killing a brother; the first
 they were total strangers to him. There      glasses. He then said, “I am going         instance was in revenge for Shaykh
 they expressed to him how much they          to be martyred,” as if coming to the       Yusuf bin Saleh al-‘Uyayri, may Allah
 admired him and the brothers of al           realization that death was looming. All    have mercy upon him.
 Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He           of the brothers looked at each other.
 thanked them, gave them da`wah to            They couldn’t lose such an important       So look my dear brothers! This is how
 jihad and returned to his vehicle to get     person! He was so great in their eyes      much the mujahidin loved Fawaz;
 back to his jihadi work.                     and hearts. “It’ll be okay,” said one of   the enemy of Allah that killed him
                                              the brothers.                              deserved punishment in this world and
 While in Zinjibar, the American’s                                                       we ask Allah that he receives a greater
 targeted him with their drone strike as      The operation began. The mujahidin         one in the next.
 he was driving. Their missile damaged        ravaged the checkpoint in no time,
 the vehicle, leaving Fawaz and his           killing everyone except one soldier.       The brothers then quickly rushed to
 brothers injured. They were taken to a       He ran somewhere and hid himself.          Fawaz’s lifeless body and saw him
 safe house, fixed up and within hours        He was a sniper. As Fawaz went to          smiling. They fell to the ground
 they rushed out with their weapons to        look for him as a lion looks for its       weeping, kissing his forehead. They
 help strengthen Allah’s religion.            prey, the sniper shot him in the neck.     thanked Allah for blessing the
                                              The bullet entered from the side of his    mujahidin with such a heavy-duty
 The story of his martyrdom was               neck and came out the back. He let         pillar. Thirty apostates were eliminated
 nothing short of incredible. If I could,     out a laugh and collapsed to the earth.    in this operation and large sums of
 I'd relate it to the entire world so that    The brothers quickly rushed to the         money and ghanîmah were seized by
 they can testify to the truth of Lâ ilâha    apostate. Then one of them took out a      the brothers.
 illallâh.                                    knife and severed his head.
                                                                                         Men soar to great levels in Allah’s eyes
 He and six other brothers were               Never in the history of the jihad          for their qualities of action as opposed
 about to do an operation on a large          in Yemen has anyone had so much            to inaction. So why do you continue
 checkpoint near Aden. He was the             respect that his brothers would - in       to rush to your homes and not to the
 Amir. Before the operation, Fawaz            revenge for him - sever the head           palaces of Paradise?




                           “ So whyandyou continue to rush to your
                             homes
                                   do
                                       not to the palaces of Paradise?
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How often is it when one feels down        most exceptional of situations, one
he goes up because of one man? When        would find him say or do something
you think your day is bad, his smile       that would make everyone laugh.
brightens your universe? When you
have nothing to say, he will make you      One time we were a large group
laugh till tears of enjoyment flow?        at one of the ansâr’s house. It was
How many companions exist as such          just after `Isha prayers. We were all
in this temporary world? He was the        sitting in one room, doing our own
brother that filled the gap of silence     thing when all of a sudden we felt
with happiness. Turned a frowning          an explosion that rocked the house
face into a gleaming light. Didn’t allow   like an earthquake. Everyone looked
sadness to be his companion. He was        up in panic, thinking that the roof
the influence to our hearts, Ali Saleh     would collapse. Simultaneously, by his
Farhan, may Allah have mercy upon          Bedouin natural reflexes, he swiftly
him.                                       took out his jambia (Yemeni dagger)
                                           and raised it above his head, screaming
From the tribe of al-Jalal, Ali grew up    out his own name: “Abu Ali!” And he
to become one of the major helping         just paused in that position for a few
hands to the people of paradise.           seconds.
He was looked up to and highly
                                           Suddenly everyone – who was in
trustworthy. He was hard working,
                                           complete terror and panic – looked
respected, a dâ`î to at-Tâ’ifah al-
                                           at him and then fell into hysterical
Mansûrah (The Victorious Group) and
                                           laughter. All of us then rushed out
greatly loved by all those around him.
                                           of the house to hide at a nearby
His unique quality was to constantly       base. We came to find out that the
make his brother’s smile and laugh.        American’s bombed a car using an
If a problem broke out, Ali Saleh          unmanned drone. What they thought
would always find something intensely      was that they were targeting one of
amusing to say to soothe the hearts.       the mujahidin but instead ended up
There was nothing that he hated more       killing the son of the Shaykh of the
than feelings of tension. Even in the      al-Jalal tribe. Afterwards when the




          HeTurned a frowningthat filled the gap of silence with happiness.
             was the brother
                               face into a gleaming light.

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 Amir made the call to return, I went       always playing a major part.               him. Then out of the blue, he said
 in the car that Ali Saleh was driving.                                                to everyone, “I swear by Allah my
 While transporting us, I found him         There was a time when the brothers         brothers! Jannah is ĥaqq!”
 singing nashîd’s at the top of his lungs   attacked the apostates and took large
 and cracking jokes with the brothers.      sums of ghanîmah from them. As             Then he laughed and left this world.
 We joked with him that he was going        they were speeding in the desert,
                                            the apostates chased them with a           Those around him made takbîr
 to fight the American missile with his
                                            military helicopter. They fired missiles   repeatedly, wept and kissed his
 jambia.
                                            and opened fire on the brothers            forehead.
 So even in the most difficult and          from a very close distance. Ali Saleh
                                                                                       When his body was returned to Marib
 extraordinary of times, one would          grabbed a PK and unloaded on
                                                                                       two days later, his brother heard the
 find a smile on his face. That’s because   them. Soon thereafter, the rest of the
                                                                                       news. He was in complete shock.
 he never feared death and was always       mujahidin followed by shooting at the
                                                                                       When he came to see Ali Saleh’s
 ready to greet it with a smile.            helicopter with their light weapons.
                                                                                       beautiful smile and fresh blood, he
                                            The helicopter returned to base. The
 His light side was full of gleam and                                                  became happy and said to those
                                            brothers later found out that they
 bliss. People wouldn’t get bored around                                               around him, “When I heard the news, I
                                            killed one and injured one in the
 him. One time he tried showing off                                                    was full of sadness. But as I see his face
                                            helicopter. None of the brothers were
 his poor English with the American                                                    now, I am extremely happy for him.”
                                            injured despite the severity of the
 brother, Samir Khan, while sitting with    attack from the helicopter.                Ali had a heart attached to the
 him. He grabbed a bottle that read
                                                                                       condition of his brothers. He filled the
 ‘KETCHUP’. So he pointed at it, tried      In the last moments of his life, Ali
                                                                                       air with serenity and joy. He left this
 to spell it out before reading aloud,      Saleh was hit in the chest by a sniper’s
                                                                                       temporary dunyâ not only fighting the
 “SHUTUP.” Samir fell in hysterical         bullet while fighting in Abyan. He
                                                                                       enemies of Allah, but also touching the
 laughter all the while Ali Saleh was       fell to the ground, repeating Lâ ilâha
                                                                                       hearts of the awliyâ’ (helpers) of Allah.
 happy to see his brother laugh.            illallâh. The brothers rushed to his
                                                                                       Ali Saleh, may Allah have mercy upon
                                            body and took him away. In the car, he
 With the enemies of Allah, he was                                                     him, was a presence that influenced
                                            kept repeating the kalimah shahâda'
 known to be from the harshest and                                                     the hearts of those around him, even
                                            while a Shaykh was overlooking
 bravest. In military operations, he was                                               in his death.




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       he fragrance of jannah                   him, ‘You have your whole life ahead       After some time, he went through the
       overwhelmed my thoughts                  of you! Why throw it away?!’ He            jihadi training camps; a place where
       when I met him for the first             left them honorably, walking out in        men’s faith are molded into iron and
time. Indeed, now the breezes of the            silence, placing his trust in his Lord.    steel. He was immediately recognized
gardens are in his favor, peacefully                                                       for his intelligence, and quick learning
brushing against his free wings.                No sooner than that, he started            skills. He was then selected to take
                                                searching for a way to make a living for   part in his first operation against the
A man dedicated to the religion of              himself. Simultaneously, he wanted to      murtadîn.
Allah; pious, devout, optimistic, a lover       join the caravan of jihad after hearing
of the kitâb of Allah, and intimately           about the successes of the mujahidin       He arrived along with his brothers
involved in asking Allah for shahâda’.          lions in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.    at the place of ambush at night.
                                                He searched to find the way, and Allah     They set themselves up and pointed
He was Abu Hatim (Sami al-Dali)                 opened it for him and his friends. He      their weapons at the road. They
from Hebrah, Sana’a. He attended a              left Sana’a to become a brick in the       remembered Allah and waited
college in Sana’a to study and within           wall of the army of Aden-Abyan. He         patiently. After a long time passed,
the first few days, he left it. His face full   became one of the early knights that       they realized that the enemy changed
of îmân said to me, “How do I answer            answered the call of jihad from Shaykh     his route. The brothers returned back
Allah regarding sitting with women!”            Abu Basir, may Allah preserve him, at      to base. When Abu Hatim told me
His parents wanted him to fulfill the           a youthful age of eighteen.                this event, we laughed together. It was
education curriculum, but Allah chose                                                      the qadr of Allah that he didn’t see
for him to fulfill his trust of Lâ ilâha                                                   fighting. But because of his sharp skills
illallâh. The people of dunyâ said to                                                      and intelligence, I was sure that he was
                                                                                           going to see fighting in the near future.




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 Abu Hatim and the mujahidin attack an apostate army base as seen left. Pictured right is Abu Hatim after completing a successful operation in
 Abyan against a checkpoint manned by the apostate Yemeni army. They killed all the soldiers and left the checkpoint aflame.


 I remember what the first days were              He would say it as if he was in great            I once had a dream where we were
 like when I met him. I was brand                 pain; as if he was in need of something          walking around a large beautiful
 new. I was taken into a large tent and           so great that his life depended on it.           house that belonged to me. We were
 met approximately ten brothers. They             I would even sometimes notice tears              very happy with it and as we entered,
 were all happy, smiling and laughing.            flowing from his eyes as he stared up.           the dream ended. I later found the
 Abu Hatim was amongst them. For                                                                   interpretation to be that we were
 some reason, I noticed him more than             Throughout the training camp, he                 planning on doing something together,
 I noticed anyone else. He appeared               was a helping hand. Shaykh Abu Basir             but it didn’t go through. It turned
 young, quiet and shy, but when called            would work with him closely on small             out that our skills required us to be
 upon, he had the voice of a confident            projects and depend on him. Abu                  in totally separate fields. This would
 commander.                                       Hatim was a hardworking, trustworthy             eventually require us to split.
                                                  brother. In his spare time, he would
 When the Amir of the camp assigned               either give company to his brothers or           I was called upon with Hatim to
 me to him, I was very pleased. When              tend to his soul with the recitation of          travel a far distance. We thus left
 Hatim trained me, I realized he was              Qur’an. He enjoyed laughing with the             immediately and experienced a
 an excellent and thorough coach.                 people of jannah in this world; may              journey of hardship and patience. In
 He was my first close friend in jihad.           Allah make him laugh with them in                each of those instances, I found Hatim
 Whenever I would meet him, I noticed             the next.                                        patient, praising Allah and laughing off
 that neither of us could hold back a                                                              the difficulty, as if he was brushing off
 big smile. Allah is my witness that I            After the American bombing                       dust from his shoulders.
 love him for His sake. We spent a lot            campaign in Yemen, I went with him
 of time discussing about life in jannah,         to Abyan. We stayed at a house along             Before we had split, he said to me, “In
 events in and around Yemen, and the              with many other mujahidin. I would               Shâ’ Allâh, I will see you in Jannah!” I
 Muslims in the West. We shared a                 spend time with him in the kitchen as            couldn’t believe it. We were going our
 small tent in the mountains when it              he was a good cook, as well as enjoy             separate ways for the sake of Islam.
 was the time to sleep. Often he would            conversations with him on the rooftop.           My closest companion was leaving me.
 lay there and stare into the stars and           We became very close and desired to              I hugged him with tears in my eyes
 repeat to me when raising his arms to            be martyred together. We even spoke              because I had a feeling it was my last
 the skies, “Oh Qa’qa! Jannah! Jannah!”           of doing operations in the city.                 meeting with him. It turned out to be
                                                                                                   just that.



               "Often he would lay there and stare into the stars and repeat
               to me when raising his arms to the skies, “Oh Qa’qa! Jannah!
               Jannah!” He would say it as if he was in great pain; as if he was in
               need of something so great that his life depended on it."



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           Before he would set out in any operation, he would raise his hands
           to the heavens and beg Allah for shahada’, crying endlessly.




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         early a year later, I saw him    the screen, “Hatim, I ask Allah that He   intention since it can be crushed in one
         appearing on one of our video    accepts you into al-Firdaws al-`Alâ,      way, but sprout out in another with
         productions entitled, “Rad al-   because you deserve it.”                  a different color. The fight to fixate
`Udwân” (Repulsion of Aggression).                                                  your nîyyah is a lifelong struggle. Glad
I was exhilarated to see my closest       He treaded mountains, walked across       tidings to the one who dies shahîd in
companion defending Islam in the          hot deserts, and crossed lakes, all for   its purest form!
land of îmân and ĥikmah. In the           the sake of strengthening tawĥîd in
footages that were not shown to the       the land. He was never interested in      Hatim was always involved in the
public, the camera captured Hatim as      gaining anything from this world; he      forefront against the apostates. He
camera-shy. When the brother with the     was distinctly focused on paradise.       desired doing a martyrdom operation
camera would come one way, Hatim                                                    against the apostates and was granted
                                          The greatest thing I’ve learned           it. In Hudaydah, he blew himself up
would look the other. If he was sitting
                                          from just examining Hatim is the          killing four apostates, thus ending a life
and the cameraman came by, he would
                                          importance of one’s nîyyah (intention).   in obedience to Allah, the Exalted.
cover his face and look down. This is
                                          Everything you do is multiplied by
exactly how I knew him to be. He was
                                          zero if the nîyyah is not sincerely for   He will be remembered for the
sincere and didn’t care about gaining
                                          Allah. Imam al-Soosi said: “Sincerity     sincerity in his du`â. Before he would
name or fame - even if it’s with a good
                                          is to lose the vision of sincerity in     set out in any operation, he would raise
intention. He only wanted shahâda’
                                          oneself.” Your intention can take you     his hands to the heavens and beg Allah
and to meet Allah with the smell of
                                          to stations that actions cannot. Hatim    for shahâda’, crying endlessly.
musk. I wanted to say to him through
                                          was a man that tried to kill the evil




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          bu Hashim al-Sana’ani. A man     from the start a martyrdom operation            He would spend a lot of his spare time
          of akhlâq who was from the       against the Houthî Shi’a, may Allah             reading the Qur’an during the day
          household of the Prophet ‫.ﷺ‬      curse them for cursing the Prophet’s            and night. As for his other hobbies, he
 Humorous with his companions on           ‫ ﷺ‬favorite companions. When he                  loved exercising, writing and recording
 the path of jihad. A memorizer of the     saw that two other brothers between             jihadi anâshîd, wrestling and playing
 Kitâb of Allah, a dâ`î to the religion    him were selected for the martyrdom             light pranks on his brothers. The
 of ĥaqq; kind-hearted to the believers,   operations, he was distressed. That             brothers loved his presence immensely.
 and strong against the allies of          night, we found him weeping and
 Shaytan. When I met him for the first     asking Allah for martyrdom.                     When he was posted to Abyan, he
 time, his face was full of smiles and                                                     was a ferocious fighter. He took part
 laughter. He loved accompanying his       His nashîd’s against the Houthiyîn              in many operations and killed many
 brothers, making them laugh. He was       were featured in our video production           apostates.
 always interested in finding out more     entitled, “You are granted victory O
                                           Ahl as-Sunnah!” His lines went as thus:         The night Fawaz al-Ma’ribi was killed,
 regarding the new brothers that would
                                                                                           Abu Hashim saw a dream of Fawaz
 join the mujahidin. He took interest in
                                             I prepared myself stating that I want to,     telling him that he will be after him
 their lives. He was either found busy
                                            depart to Allah and avenge for His rights      in three days. Three days later, Abu
 with his brothers or making dhikr.
                                                                                           Hashim was assigned to fight alongside
                                            Taking revenge for my religion from the,       the brothers in a major operation
 On ‘Eid, he led the brothers in
                                           Houthî who sold their religion for the dollar   against a military base. There, he
 happiness, telling them one funny
 story after another and treating them                                                     was killed and joined the caravan
                                           When in Sana’a, he took part in various
 to beautiful anâshîd that he prepared.                                                    of martyrs. Abu Hashim left a good
                                           operations with the brothers. He was
 He was always found entertaining his                                                      impression on the brothers in this
                                           an active fighter and quickly became
 brothers the most.                                                                        world and we ask Allah to accept him
                                           an expert in light and heavy weaponry.
                                                                                           amongst the highest in al-Firdaws al-
                                           When he was posted in Saada, he
 When he joined al Qaeda, he desired                                                       `Alâ.
                                           trained the brothers in weapons.




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 6- The religion of Ibrahim declares         was found (i.e., knowledge of the mes-          The millah of Ibrahim declares
 disassociation from the disbelievers:       sengers); it is not from the conditions         `adâwah (enmity) and baghdâ’a (ha-
                                             of establishing the evidence of Allah,          tred) towards the disbelievers, and al
 Al Qaeda is amongst the strongest Is-       the Exalted, that the Mudawi`în (i.e.,          Qaeda is exceptionally hostile towards
 lamic groups in relation with declaring     invitees to Islam) are aware of, rather         the Jews, Christians and the munâfiqîn
 its barâ’ah (disassociation) from the       it is their capability. Accordingly, when       as opposed to those who consider
 kuffâr, whether it is an original kâfir     the kuffâr turned away from listen-             them as disbelievers but conceal their
 or an apostate kâfir. And how aston-        ing to the Qur’an and from reflecting           `aqîdah on the pretext of their weak-
 ishing it is when someone proclaims         upon it, that action wasn’t preventing          ness. So it would be said to them: Why
 that man-made laws are kufr as well         the establishment of Allah’s evidence           do you conceal the renunciation of the
 as quoting the ijmâ` (consensus) of         against them. Also their turning                tawâghît using this evidence when you
 ahl as-sunnah which states that these       away from listening to what has been            are in a stage that is stronger than the
 laws are kufr, and in spite of this he      conveyed of the prophets or not read-           Makkan stage in which the Prophet ‫ﷺ‬
 does not make barâ’ah from its people       ing their history and what has been             called out with his da`wah publicly?
 regardless of the fact that these man-      passed on about them, doesn’t prevent           It is either that you could not bear the
 made laws are clearly found in the con-     the establishment of Allah’s evidence           tribulation – and that is a weakness –
 stitutions of these regimes to the extent   against them because the capability is          or that you are from those who claim
 of their availability by its page num-      indisputable.”                                  that there are maŞâliĥ (benefits to con-
 ber? Hence, how do you reject kufr but                                                      sider) and mafâsid (harms to avoid). If
 do not reject its people? Perhaps, you      After knowing that, look at the first           this is the case, then there is no benefit
 claim that the ĥujjah (evidences) have      article of the Kuwaiti law in its civil         in such maŞâliĥ and mafâsid that are
 not been established against them. So       legislation: “If a legislative article is not   contradictory to the millah of Ibrahim,
 are establishing the evidences found in     found – in their law – then a judge will        which he adopted, peace be upon him.
 the apparent or hidden cases? Shaykh        pass a judgment in accordance with              Unavoidably, there has to be a separa-
 Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, may              the `urf (custom). And if an `urf is not        tion between two matters:
 Allah have mercy upon him, said:            found, the judge will strenuously at-
 “And this is what he said about the         tempt to make a decision while seeking          a) The thing that has to be called out
 hidden cases.” And what is the mean-        direction from the rulings of Islamic           publicly by all means even if we were
 ing of establishing the evidences?          jurisprudence. Nevertheless, the deci-          in a stage of weakness1: it is to declare
 Listen to the words of Shaykh al-Islam      sion is to be in conformity with the            openly the essence of da`wah which
 in the establishment of evidences; he       reality of the country and its interests.”      is to testify to the oneness of Allah
 said, may Allah have mercy upon him,        Look to the book, “Kashf an-Niqâb               and to reject what is worshiped other
 in al-Rad `alâ al-Muntaqîyin (p. 99):       `an sharî`ah al-Ghâb.” Thus after all of        than Allah such as man-made laws,
 “The evidence from Allah by which           that, will you hesitate in making takfîr        1 Any weakness that is stronger than
 His messengers established is when the      on those who legislate and rule by              the stage of the three years of secrecy in
 capability of obtaining that knowledge      these laws?                                     Makkah.
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democracy, taking the kuffâr as allies,      the strong? And harboring man-made         see that in their program the adop-
protecting shirk and making barâ’ah to       laws and fighting the mujahidin and        tion of jihad was clear and then was
its people.                                  attempting to eliminate any wave that      abandoned gradually. Additionally if
                                             signifies jihad? Or is the issue about     we look into the manhaj of those who
b) The thing which has to be dealt           concealing the truth away from the         are called al-Surûrîyyah, they are from
with in secret are the meetings and          eyes of the people? If so, then there is   ahl as-sunnah who have studied these
gatherings and what necessitates the         neither power nor might except with        issues thus before a period of time. The
demands of secrecy, preparation and          Allah.                                     phenomenon of jihad was clear as were
individuals and other issues where the                                                  the rulings of the tawâghît (to them).
situation is similar. Al Qaeda follows       Al Qaeda declared war against the Jews
the millah of Ibrahim in declaring           and Christians and their murtadîn          Then after the events of Septem-
its barâ’ah from the tawâghît, and it        agents and made its plan clear to          ber 11th, the views of some of them
conceals its work in secrecy which the       restore the Islamic caliphate which ex-    changed. On the other hand, since al
situation requires; and who is hap-          tends from China in the East to Anda-      Qaeda began – even up until today, it
pier with the religion of Ibrahim: is        lusia in the West; indeed beyond that      says to the kuffâr: ﴾We have rejected
it al Qaeda or the ones who knew the         according to capability until the land     you, and there has appeared between
kufr of the tawâghît yet reconciled          of the kuffâr are conquered. So who-       us and you animosity and hatred for-
with them? What is apparent between          ever declares such is more deserving to    ever until you believe in Allah alone﴿
the people is that they say: “They           be from the millah of Ibrahim than the     [60: 4]. We ask Allah to keep us firm
(tawâghît) did not commit kufr and           representative of Ikhwân al-Muslimîn       on that, and whoever turns away from
are still upon Islam.” And when they         in Egypt when he stated to Obama           the path of jihad, Allah says: ﴾If you
are with those who are closest to them       – during his visit to Egypt – that the     do not go forth, He will punish you
they say: “These rulers did not show Is-     Ikhwân al-Muslimîn will consider the       with a painful punishment and will
lam nor concealed kufr,” meaning they        American interests if they are to rule.    replace you with another people, and
are openly kuffâr instead of munâfiqîn!                                                 you will not harm Him at all. And
                                             There is no apparent enmity like the       Allah is over all things competent﴿ [9:
Is the millah of Ibrahim the attacking       enmity of al Qaeda towards the kâfirîn.    39].
of Shaykh Usama bin Ladin or is it           Perhaps one might ask: from among
the declaration of disavowal from the        the Muslims, are there those who dis-      Therefore, know O Muslim: that bring-
disbelievers?                                play their enmity other than al Qaeda?     ing about the millah of Ibrahim in this
                                             We say: yes, but does this manifesta-      age is not achieved except with pay-
Al Qaeda has stated to the kâfirîn           tion of `adâwah and barâah from them       ing the highest costs, and settling the
whether they are original kuffâr or          reach to the levels of `adâwah and         soul to bear harm – and whoever is
murtadîn that ﴾We have rejected you﴿         barâ’ah of al Qaeda? The answer is no,     not confronted with harm, he will not
[60: 4] whereas many other Islamic           and the American enemy testifies that      clinch the millah of Ibrahim.
groups showed respect to the murtadîn        the harshest of those who act hostilely
or left that in the name of maŞâliĥ          towards them from among the Mus-           And know that there are some who
and mafâsid. Some of them don’t even         lims is al Qaeda. Obama proclaimed         deny this matter and would conceal
see that these murtadîn are in fact          that publicly in his last speech to the    the declaration of the millah of Ibra-
apostates; rather they see them as our       Muslims in Egypt. What’s more is that      him with the argument that they lack
rulers that have to be obeyed even with      from all the groups of the Muslims, the    the ability to change. We say to them
the acknowledgement of their alliance        murtadîn rulers are particularly hostile   that there are two matters:
with the mushrikîn which is the most         and fearful of al Qaeda, and the truth
intense form throughout Islamic his-         is testified by the enemy.                 a) Ability to declare.
tory. In spite of that, there are some Is-
lamic groups who believe that there are      The millah of our father Ibrahim,          b) Ability to change (the situation).
various rulers in a number of regions        peace be upon him, is to always            If we are able to make the declaration,
that rule by the shari`ah. Does ruling       demonstrate `adâwah and baghdâ’a           it becomes obligatory to declare it and
by shari`ah include allying with the         towards the kâfirîn until they believe     we should not connect this issue with
Jews and Christians? Does it include         in Allah alone. If we look into the        our ability to change because this is a
enforcing the ĥadd (capital punish-          manhaj of Ikhwân al-Muslimîn when          form of `ibâdah (worship) that is in-
ment) on the weak while excluding            they rose to restore the caliphate, we     dependent from the other as it is clear

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 from the millah of Ibrahim and also         authorized jurists go out for jihad; and     destroy the state of the tawâghît! And
 from the guidance that Muhammad             you must know that whoever takes             under the excuse that they don’t want
 ‫ ﷺ‬was sent with who declared barâ’ah        the method of jihad as a way by ac-          to empty the dwellings from those
 and rejection towards the kâfirîn as        tion, he will have knowledge about its       who make da`wah – as they claim –
 well as their worship despite his inabil-   rules that are not with a lot of people      that by doing so they contradict the
 ity to change (the situation) and stated    of knowledge from among those who            sunnan al-shar`îyyah that was in the
 that the ability to change will not come    have not been honored with this path         Makkan stage which was also sunnan
 except after that declaration.              of jihad. I have heard Shaykh Ibn            al-kûnîyyah. Look to the book Idârah
                                             ‘Uthayameen, may Allah have mercy            al-Tawaĥush, p. 98.
 Declaration itself has a cost which by      on him, mentioning his benefits from
 all means is paid by those who follow       Shaykh Usama in some of the scholarly        So know, may Allah protect you, that
 the example of the millah of Ibrahim.       issues in the path of jihad despite the      whoever wants victory, if he’s limited
 The case of Sumaya, may Allah be            difference between their knowledge           only to the side of gaining knowledge
 pleased with her, and her husband           in general. I was told by some of the        and tarbîyah (soul training), he will
 Yasir and others from among the com-        people of knowledge that after Shaykh        not attain it because he contradicted
 panions is not far from mentioning.         Usama followed the method of the             the way of force and repulsion which is
                                             mujahidin, Allah had opened the door         sunnan al-shar`îyyah as well as being
 7- Because they take into consider-         of knowledge and scholarship for him         sunnan al-kûnîyyah.
 ation the legitimate and universal          with relation to the rules of jihad; is-
 ways in accomplishing victory:              sues that he did not know of even if he      Also, those who want to establish the
                                             had experienced them beforehand.             Islamic state through the voting booths
 Indeed achieving victory through                                                         will not accomplish victory and the re-
 driving out the colonizer and apos-         Therefore, they – by the grace of Allah      ality is a clear evidence for that because
 tates and restoring the rule of Allah on    – are disciplined by the rules of jihad,     that action contradicts the universal
 earth, and fulfilling the purpose which     whether in times of war or peace or          way, so be aware.
 Allah sent the Qur’an with, as He says:     when it comes to spoils and safety. Er-
 ﴾Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O        ror might occur and it had occurred as       So why do we leave the prophetic
 Muhammad], the Book in truth so             we mentioned by some of the Şaĥâba.          method that is provided for us which is
 you may judge between the people﴿                                                        jihad? Perhaps one will say: “We leave
 [4: 105], to achieve all of that, there     As to their consideration of sunnan          it because we are weak.” We say: weak-
 has to be taking into consideration the     al-kûnîyyah: it is that the rise of the      ness is not a justification to leave the
 sunnan al-shar`îyyah (legitimate ways)      nations and their establishment does         prophetic cure, rather it is necessary to
 and sunnan al-kûnîyyah (universal           not take place except by force and by        search for the means to strengthen it
 ways), just as it is essential to have a    way of pushing others even to the ex-        because it is our tool to prevail; there
 ĥujjah with a declaration, and a sword      tent that democratic states were estab-      is no victory in taking other paths. So
 with a spear.                               lished after wars that nearly destroyed      whoever wants to judge by the Kitâb
                                             everything.                                  and Sunnah of His Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬as the
 As to their following of the sunnan                                                      only sovereign sources of authority,
 al-shar`îyyah: their jihad was estab-       Know that this sunnan al-kûnîyyah,           he has to inescapably follow these two
 lished based on the legitimate knowl-       which uses force, did not vanish as          instructions: ĥujjah and tibyân (expo-
 edge in view of its lawfulness, its mag-    even the Messenger of Allah ‫ ﷺ‬ad-            sition) along with the sword and spear;
 nitude and its stimulation in people’s      opted it; so he established his Islamic      the Qur’an that guides and a sword
 hearts. Consequently, they abided by        state in Madinah along with the armed        that supports. The Almighty Allah
 Allah’s commands through hastening          ones from amongst the muhâjirîn and          says: ﴾But sufficient is your Lord as a
 to jihad at a time when the callers of      anŞâr.                                       guide and a helper﴿ [25: 31]. Hence,
 despair and transgressors have in-                                                       if we are limited only to the side of
 creased. The Almighty Allah says: ﴾O        As for the method of non-violent             gaining knowledge and tarbîyah, then
 you who have believed, what is [the         groups that keep away from gathering         we would not be able to establish the
 matter] with you that, when you are         the armed anŞâr, they use the evidence       shari`ah because we would have con-
 told to go forth in the cause of Allah,     that it will incite the tyrannical regimes   tradicted the sunnan al-kûnîyyah that
 you adhere heavily to the earth? Are        against them which will then jeopar-         is also a sunnan al-shar`îyyah which is
 you satisfied with the life of this world   dize their earned means to establish         to take up force. However, if we follow
 rather than the Hereafter? But what is      their da`wah – as they claim! They also      the path of jihad without a ĥujjah and
 the enjoyment of worldly life com-          avoid hijrah to a land or territory or       tibyân, as a result we will be misled
 pared to the Hereafter except a [very]      even a mountain where the anŞâr are          into using force in the wrong place.
 little﴿ [9: 38].                            and where training for jihad is provid-      Thus it is essential to pursue the two
                                             ed and ensured; they avoid this so that      matters.
 That is why we see that judges and          they aren’t accused of attempting to
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                                        Why Acetone Peroxide?
 Ingredients
                                        Acetone Peroxide (AP) is a very popular explosive because it is easy to manufac-
                                        ture and its ingredients are widely available. To make Acetone Peroxide you need
 •	     H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide)
 •	     acetone
                                        H2O2, acetone, and sulfuric acid or hydrochloric acid.
 •	     sulfuric acid or hydrochloric
        acid                            What are its advantages?
                                        •	   Easy to make
                                        •	   Ingredients widely available
                                        What are its disadvantages?
     Important                          •	   Acetone peroxide volatilizes if left at room temperature. Therefore it should
               The sensitivity of            be used within a few days of manufacture.
               AP is such that
               making large quan-       •	   It's sensitive: AP is sensitive to friction, heat, flame, and impact. Caution
      tities of it is very risky.            should be used when dealing with acetone peroxide.
                                        •	   Should not be used as a main charge unless there is no other material avail-
                                             able.
                                        What are its characteristics?
 Remember                               •	   White crystals
             If your AP is ready,
             it should be used          •	   Insoluble in water but soluble in acetone.
             within days since
      delayal can lead to poor          •	   Can be detonated by a flame or a drop of sulfuric acid
      results.
                                        •	   Detonation velocity is 3700 - 5200 m/s
                                        •	   Primary explosive (primary explosives are used for detonating main charges)

                                        •	   Should be made in small amounts due to its sensitivity.


      Palestinian Istishâdiyîn
      Many of the martyrdom
      bombers in Palestine use
      acetone peroxide not as
      the primer but as the main
      charge for the explosion.




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A Little Science               Where do you find the ingredients?

                               a. For Hydrogen Peroxide:

                                         Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has many uses. It is sold over the counter in pharma-
                               cies and drug stores as an antiseptic for wounds. This is usually 3% concentration and
                               sometimes comes in 6%. H2O2 is also used as a bleach for hair and is thus found in every
                               hair salon and beauty shop. For hair bleach, it comes in any of the following concentra-
                               tions: 6%, 12% and 18%. H2O2 is available in higher concentrations but is more difficult
                               to get. Pure H2O2 is very volatile and is explosive. In the pure form it is used as rocket
                               fuel. In concentrations higher than 70%, H2O2 may be mixed with organic fuel such as
                               flour or black seed to make an explosive main charge.
                                         Sometimes the concentration percentage would not be listed on the bottle.
                               Instead it would be as volumes. This should not be confused with percentage. So for
                               example if it says that the hydrogen peroxide is 10 volume that doesn’t mean it is 10%
                               concentration. The volume refers to the amount of oxygen released from the H2O2. For
          Hydroponics is the   example 1ml of a 3% H2O2 concentration would release 10ml of oxygen and thus would
          process of grow-     be a 10 volume. See Table 1.0.
          ing plants in sand
                                         Other places where H2O2 may be found are pool supply shops where it is used as
  or liquid and adding the
  nutrients but without us-    a disinfectant and in hydroponic shops.
  ing soil.
                               b. For Acetone:

                                        Acetone is a clear volatile liquid with a strong odor. Because of its volatility
 H2O2       Volume             it should be kept in a closed container. Acetone is a strong solvent and is widely used
                               in industry. For example in the US, by volume, acetone is one of the most produced
   3%           10             industrial chemicals. It is available over the counter in beauty shops and hardware stores.
   6%           20             In beauty shops it is used as a nail polish remover. However, you would need to look at
   12%          40             the ingredients list to make sure that it includes acetone because other solvents could be
Table 1.0                      used such as acetates. Therefore if you do not find acetone listed and instead you find an
                               acetate such as N-Butyl Acetate, then you should look elsewhere. If the ingredients list
                               acetone, you would need to make an experiment to test if the nail polish remover is suit-
                               able to make acetone peroxide because some of the other ingredients may interfere with
                               the reaction.
   HINT
                               c. Others

                                         Sulfuric acid is available in low concentrations in car batteries. You may use new
                               or used battery water but the new has less contaminants in it. To concentrate, boil until
                               1/10 of the original volume. You should be left with high concentration sulfuric acid. It is
                               also available as a drain cleaner. Hydrochloric acid may be used as a substitute for sulfu-
                               ric acid. It is available as a drain cleaner and may be sold under the name muriatic acid.

                               A Little Science
                                     Sodium carbonate is called Soda ash and is available at grocery stores. It's used for cleaning. You
  Acetone is also widely             may substitute it with Sodium bicarbonate which is baking powder.
  available in hardware
  stores. In the US for ex-
  ample, it could be found
  at places such as Home
  Depot, Sears and Wal-Mart.
  Acetone is also available
  at paint shops since it is
  an important ingredient in
  many paints.


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     FIGURE 1.0
     All of the parts you will be                                      sodium carbonate solution
     required to have are shown.
     What is not shown here is
     that you can choose to have
     any kind of dropper for the
     experiment.                                                                                                                filter paper
                                                                                              acetone


                                                                                                           sulfuric acid
                                                                   sodium carbonate

                                                                                                                                    jug

 Remember                                                                                hydrogen peroxide
              To make sodium
                                                                                                            beaker
              carbonate solution,
            mix sodium carbon-                                          thermometer
                                      cold bath
      ate with water as shown in
      step 7.
                                                                                  pH paper

                                                                                       FIGURE 1.0
     Important                              Preparation:
                Make sure to
                wear your safety
                                                    The rule is to use 6 times as much the quantity of pure acetone with its equiva-
               gear that includes           lent pure H2O2. So if you are using 20ml 100% H2O2, you would add to it 120ml 100%
      gloves and goggles. If your           acetone. The acid is added to facilitate the reaction.
      hair is long, tie it back. If                 So for 3% H2O2: Use 50ml H2O2 + 9ml acetone + 10-20ml Sulfuric acid. See
      any of the chemicals get              Table 1.1 below for details.
      on your hands, make sure
      to wash it off immediately.           You will need a glass beaker, ice cold water (cold bath) and a thermometer.
      After you're done with
      the experiment, wash the              1. Add the needed amount of acetone according to the concentration of the H2O2 as
      entire area and the items                seen in Figure 1.1. Refer to Table 1.1 for the method of pouring.
      thoroughly.
                                            2. Pour H2O2 into a beaker.

       HINT




      For extra precaution, keep
      large chunks of ice in the
      cold bath so as to maintain
      the cold temperature.

                                                                   FIGURE 1.1                                              FIGURE 1.2

                                            Ingredients in ml 3% H202                        6% H202           18% H202 30% H202
     TABLE 1.1
     The rule is to use 6 times as
                                            H202                            50ml              50ml               50ml              50ml
     much the quantity of pure
     acetone with its equivalent
                                            Acetone                           9ml             18ml               54ml              90ml
     pure H2O2.
                                            Sulfuric acid*                10-20ml             20ml               20ml              20ml
                                           Table 1.1

                                           * The quantities above are for 98% sulfuric acid. If you are using a weaker concentration, increase the
                                           amount of acid. You may also substitute sulfuric acid for hydrochloric acid.
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                 FIGURE 1.3                                 FIGURE 1.4                                      FIGURE 1.5
                                   Remember
Important
                                             When working with the beaker in the cold bath, never keep your eyes off of the thermometer.
           Upon reaching
                                             Remember 40°C is the maximum.
           step 4, make sure
           to repeatedly move
 the bottom of the beaker
 in and around the cold wa-        3. Add sulfuric acid drop-by-drop from a dropper. In Figure 1.3, the sulfuric acid is
 ter. If you don't do it quick        being picked up from a glass and dropped into the beaker in Figure 1.4.
 enough, the particles will
 charge up and fly out.
                                   4. During the process of adding the acid, keep the thermometer inside the solution.
                                      The entire time, the beaker should remain in the cold bath. The temperature must
                                      be kept below 40°C. If the temperature does approach 40°C, move the beaker
Remember                              around in the cold bath until the temperature drops. See figure 1.5. You want to
          In Step 5, it's im-         stick to having the solution between 30°C and 40°C.
          portant to keep the
         mixture in water for      5. When the white crystals start forming, take it out of the cold bath. See Figure 1.6.
 as long as it takes until the
 white crystals start form-
 ing. It's okay to periodically
 take it out of the cold bath
 to see if they've formed
 or not.

A Little Science
          If you experience
          the charging of the
          particles, it will not
 explode the beaker since
 it's in water and water is
 what keeps the particles
 from touching each other,                                                      FIGURE 1.6
 thus causing a detonation.
                                   6. Prepare the filter in a cone shape. Then place it over the jug.

  HINT

                                         1                                 2                               3




 Folding the filter
 In this experiment, we
 used a regular filter. Any              4                                 5                               6
 large coffee filter would do.
 To make it useable for the
 experiment, follow these
 six easy steps.


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                    FIGURE 1.7                                      FIGURE 1.8                                         FIGURE 1.9

     FYI                                     7. Because sulfuric acid detonates acetone peroxide, the acid needs to be removed
                                                before the crystals are dried. So here we need to make sodium carbonate solution.
           In this experiment we                To do that, take two grams of sodium carbonate and place it in a plastic bottle.
           used 20ml of H2O2 (6%                Afterwards, pour 100ml of water and close the bottle tightly. Shake the bottle well
           concentrate), 7.2ml of               for a few seconds. Keep the bottle to the side until we reach step 11.
      acetone and 10ml of sulfuric
      acid just for experiment               8. Pour the acetone peroxide onto the coffee filter as seen in Figure 2.0.
      uses. Table 1.1 displays the
      amounts you will need to               9. After pouring the mixture into the filter, drop a pH paper into it.
      pour.
                                             Remember
                                                    If there is no glass funnel then you can place the filter over a glass container as shown in Fig-
                                                    ure 2.1. Spread the pouring of the mixture slowly so that it does not tear the filter. Same thing
                                                    when adding the sodium carbonate solution.
 FYI
          Figure 2.0
          We used here 2% sodium carbon-
          ate with 98% water; the percent-
      ages don’t have to be exact.




                  FIGURE 2.0                                                                  FIGURE 2.1
     A Little Science




             Figure 2.2
             The pH of a substance
             can be determined by
      dipping a strip of pH paper in
      it and comparing the resulting
      color to the scale provided.




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Profile Look




                                                                                        FIGURE 2.3

                                         10. Then add the sodium carbonate solution little by little. When the pH paper turns
  When Dr. Khateer was in Af-                into a neutral color (between 3-6 in Figure 2.2 on previous page), stop adding the
  ghanistan, he was a student                sodium carbonate solution.
  of Abu Khabbab al-Masri,
  may Allah have mercy upon              11. Collect the acetone peroxide crystals from the filter. In Figure 2.5, the waste is seep-
  him.                                       ing through the filter into the jug.
                                         12. Dry the crystals in sunlight. This completes the experiment.

Dr. Khateer's Advice
                                            Remember
- When testing this out for the first
time, use the same amounts that we                  When pouring the sodium solution, give the pH paper time to change color. It
used so that you can get yourself                   should go from red to orange.
familiarized with it. Afterwards, test
out higher concentrations based on
Table 1.1.
- You don't have to use a beaker; any
glass that has a number scale is fine.
- A glass dropper is better than
a plastic one. Always release the
chemicals little-by-little when using
the dropper. That's because not
doing so can cause the chemicals to
combust causing a big spill; this is
especially true when working with
sulfuric acid.
- If you fear an explosion or see
smoke or hear sounds while work-                                FIGURE 2.4                                     FIGURE 2.5
ing, immediately drop the beaker
into the cold bath. If it doesn't
suffice, pour the water inside. This
should be done swiftly.
- Depending on which country you
reside in, you might need to have
a small jug or bucket of hot water
(but not near boiling point). That's
because if your country has cold
weather, this will have an effect on
the solution. So for example, you will
have the beaker in the cold water
and notice that it's not going above
25°C. So you must place it in hot wa-
ter to allow the temperature to rise.                          FIGURE 2.6                                       FIGURE 2.7




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              Your martyrdom has shown us,                                    America will constantly be ailing,
            The correctness of our Rasûl’s course.                        For we have the Lord Who’s never failing.

           A three time wish of the last Prophet,                        Covering His light will squander ones noon,
          Has become your destiny of final profit.                         Like puffing the glow off of a full moon.

        Champions of tawĥÎd will forever contest,                           After Shaykh Usama pledged to Allah,
        Until the word of Allah is finally expressed.                      Are gallants restoring Islam's Peninsula.




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                 hen I was leaving an      martyrdom wouldn’t in any way,              of Indonesia to the African Sahara,
                 outing trip with the      shape or form limit our struggle to         his name was indistinguishable with
                 mujahidin, we came        manifest the shari`ah in the Muslim         honor, piety and jihad. His foes
                 across the news. All of   lands.                                      would be taken aback by the strength
a sudden, the world felt a bit empty.                                                  of his religious principles, evoking
Was it really his time? Did Allah really   Shaykh Usama, may Allah have mercy          memories of Salahuddin al-Ayyubi.
take the soul of the lion that shook the   upon him, was a revolutionary that          He established an Islamic movement
thrones of the tawâghît? It was hard       destroyed the barrier of fear between       that would have a long arm of justice
to absorb due to his iconic status of      the believers and kuffâr, showing us        all throughout the globe, giving errant
resistance against wrongdoing and          that îmân, yaqîn and tawakkul in            governments a piece of what they
American intervention.                     Allah can destroy the fortresses of kufr.   deserve.
                                           He stood up to America’s atrocities
The news brought us a mixed                like no other when the storm brewed         He was truly the hand that swung
sentiment of sadness, contentment          above the ummah. A light of hope at         the sledgehammer of jihad against
and aspiration. Sadness because            a time when the `ulema feared the           the enemies of Allah. They feared
we lost one of the greatest Islamic        thrones of dictators; revitalizing the      him like no other personality in
revolutionaries - if not, the greatest     purest form of tawĥîd in the chests of      history. He swayed and knocked
revolutionary - in modern times.           the believers, reminding them to never      down their financial idol, operational
Contentment because we knew that he        fear the creation.                          headquarters, military personnel, and
achieved what Prophet Muhammad                                                         established infrastructures. And even
‫ ﷺ‬always yearned for: shahâda’.            The impressive courage he showed            in his death, they still feared him as
Aspiration because we remembered           America made him a star in the              they are afraid of the repercussions of
our Prophet’s ‫ ﷺ‬guarantee that jihad       heavens such that residents of this         showing his body to the public due to
will resume till Judgment Day. It          planet would be able to see him from        the da`wah that his lifeless body might
therefore suggests that the Shaykh’s       where they stood. From the marshes          give to the world. He will forever
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 remain a poison in the bellies of the     Ţâi’fah al-ManŞûrah (The Victorious         Allah protected him from
 kuffâr and a dagger in the side of the    Group). He taught us these things           imprisonment and gifted him with
 munâfiqîn.                                and many others beside them. These          what the Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬vigorously
                                           teachings did not die with him, but         desired. He achieved what millions
 Shaykh Usama bin Ladin was an             they lived on. In fact these are the very   in the Islamic world itch for: meeting
 exemplar who taught the ummah             same teachings of our beloved Prophet       Allah with the fragrance of shahâda’.
 that victory is in the steadfastness of   ‫ ﷺ‬which Shaykh Usama merely
 principles and not always necessarily     revived. As long as Islam is alive, jihad   This contentment is obscure to the
 on the battlefield; a Muslim who          will so to remain alive.                    kuffâr and munâfiqîn because the
 leaves to his enemy’s side has left a                                                 whole concept of the afterlife is
 dazzling city for a barren desert. He             The mountains roughness,            nonexistent in their reasoning. The
 taught us that our sacrifices are to be            testified to his lion soul.        successful ones in this life are those
 sacred and not for the sake of worldly                                                who are resolute on Islam and die in
 gains; leaving our homes, families,                   The sky’s canopy,               that state whereas the losers are those
                                                  bore witness to his vast zeal.
 friends, and salaries are to be done to                                               who determine their life’s direction
 give victory to the greatest one-line               The earth’s pavement,             based on their whims and desires.
 declaration ever uttered by any human            attested to his humble steps.        ﴾And He is Allah, [the only deity]
 being: lâ ilâha illallâh. He taught us                                                in the heavens and the earth. He
 that hypocrisy is not only in word but               The believer’s hearts,           knows your secret and what you make
 also in deed; for how can we claim to           confirmed his îmân’s eruption.        public, and He knows that which you
 be Muslims and do nothing about our                                                   earn﴿ [6: 3].
 persecuted ummah when the Prophet                     Single-handedly,
 ‫ ﷺ‬said we are like one body? He                 dismaying America’s function.         Living in the States never made me
 taught us that taking the Qur’an as a                                                 think twice about the path I was
 companion and having unwavering           We miss him as there has been no            undertaking although many of the
 commitment to the sunnah of the           other mujahid leader in this century        mujahidin leaders were killed such
 Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬will give us the greatest       that has had the same fist in the face of   as Abu Layth al-Libi, Abu Khabbab
 shot of entering Paradise. He taught      immense oppression and injustice. His       al-Masri, Mullah Dadullah, Abu
 us that knowledge breeds humility         unwavering principles have spread,          Mus’ab az-Zarqawi and others. For me
 if controlled with a heart dampened       lighting the souls of millions across the   and all of those who follow the path
 in the remembrance of Allah. He           spectrum.                                   correctly, jihad is not for the sake of
 taught us that defending the honor of                                                 these commanders and leaders; rather
 the Prophet ‫ - ﷺ‬no matter what the        The event certainly brought                 it’s for the sake of Allah. I had always
 consequences - is one of the greatest     contentment along with it. This             hoped that it would be the same
 forms of sacrifice. Since jihad will      warrior’s goal in life was to die as a      for my beloved mujahidin brothers
 continue until the Day of Reckoning,      shahîd and Allah granted it to him!         around the world since the death of
 he taught us that our words and           We all wanted it to happen for him,         every mujahid leader is a mere test
 actions should always resemble at-        and hoped it would occur one day.           and trial for the believers; those who




                   “...leaving our homes, families, friends, and
                   salaries are to be done to give victory to the
                   greatest one-line declaration ever uttered by
                   any human being: lâ ilâha illallâh.”




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“His death will only bring them misery and it will be a curse for them until they leave our lands.”




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remain steadfast will be in delight.      any personality or object. The legacy                   bama came out with
                                          of the Shaykh had superbly spread                       ringing declarations;
When I witnessed the reactions of         from the mountain paths of Tora Bora                    among them, Shaykh
the mujahidin brothers around me, I       throughout the world, landing itself in                 Usama was not a shahÎd
realized it was the first time I’d ever   the hearts and minds of those in every     because of his rejection of democracy!
experienced such a colossal event with    continent. Today, there are thousands      This has to be the first time in history
them. My heart was cooled with what       of Muslims in the West alone who           that a kâfir leader has declared that a
I saw. I was in front of a people who     heeded his message and ache to follow      Muslim mujahid died rejecting shirk!
truly waged jihad to make the word        his path of jihad and shahâda’. He left
of Allah supreme. Their unshakeable       behind millions of Usama bin Ladin’s       Democracy to the Muslims is shirk
`aqîdah said aloud: “If you fought for    around the globe. And it really wasn’t     because, quite frankly, how can
Shaykh Usama, then know that Shaykh       his legacy per say that he left behind;    anyone vote on whether or not to
Usama is dead. But if you fought          rather, it was the legacy of the final     establish the law of Allah? Allah's
for Allah, then know that He’s Ever       Prophet Muhammad ‫ ﷺ‬which he                shari`ah is the sole valid law as He
Living.” One couldn’t be more proud       recovered. How can a Muslim, he            says: ﴾The rule is for Allah alone﴿ [12:
of what the ummah has produced of         would argue, claim to be practicing        67]. The principles of democracy are
the mujahidin lions.                      and completely overlook the authentic      laid upon what the majority desire.
                                          saying of the Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬in Şaĥîĥ           What if the majority are sinful and
We are determined to continue the         Muslim: “In the name of whom               vote against the shari`ah? Does that
fight until each one of us attains        Muhammad’s soul is in His hand, I          mean we abandon shari`ah for man-
shahâda’. The martyrdom of our            wish I could fight in the cause of Allah   made laws? Do Muslims globally
Shaykh will never halt us from            and then be killed and then fight and      even realize the insanity in doing so?
bursting into the gates of Paradise.      then be killed and then fight and then     Allah has made this clear in His Kitâb:
The kuffâr should realize that Islam      be killed.”                                ﴾And whosoever does not judge
is what burns in our souls and not                                                   by what Allah has revealed, such




                     “The legacy of the Shaykh had superbly spread from the
                     mountain paths of Tora Bora throughout the world, landing
                     itself in the hearts and minds of those in every continent.”




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 are the disbelievers﴿ [5: 44]. So by         any `ahd (covenant) with Israel; in          what Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib
 dropping the shari`ah, Allah says its        fact, it declares that jihad is farđ `ayn    tasted by traveling above the seven
 ruler becomes a kâfir. So is living in       (individually obligatory) there until its    skies into the heart of a gorgeous
 disobedience to an apostate ruler more       liberation. Would the UN or America          green bird that is to roam around the
 preferable to such Muslims?                  accept such a resolution?                    exquisite sceneries of jannah up until
                                                                                           the Last Hour.
 Muslims are required to reject the           So if the real intention is shari`ah, why
 modern day idol of democracy just            even bother using the flimsy cover of        We ask Allah to accept him as a shahîd
 as Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon            democracy when its end will be the           and to make his name remembered in
 him, rejected the idols of his time.         same as not using democracy's cover?         the history books as the lion who had
 Sure there may be some concepts of           Why not just start with an all-out           awoken the ummah out of concern
 democracy that are found in shari`ah         rejection of democracy like Ibrahim's        and love for it. Verily Allah accepts
 but the problem is that the umbrella         rejection of shirk? Is this not the millah   those whom He pleases and we ask
 of democracy says the law intended           of Ibrahim?                                  Allah to be counted amongst them.
 by the political party is not to be
 implemented if they lose the majority        America and her allies may celebrate
 vote. A myriad of political parties          a temporal victory here, but in reality
 and factions are completely useless to       they are worried sick behind closed
 Islam if none of them are intending          doors. The kuffâr
 the establishment of shari`ah. That          are now
 entails that if there is to be only one      expecting
 party that intends the shari`ah, they        attacks from
 are the only valid party in the eyes         us as well as
 of Islam; all other parties become           the Islamic
 supporters of kufr if they intend            ummah in
 secularism or man-made laws or a             general, and
 cocktail of shari`ah and other laws. If      they are well-
 that Islamic party loses, the shari`ah       aware that the
 loses to the shirk of man-made laws.         martyrdom of
 This is precisely where Islam clashes        Shaykh Usama
 with democracy. It is no different           is not going to go
 than voting on Allah's legitimacy in         unanswered. His
 law. Those who reject this notion, we        death will only bring
 challenge them on this point.                them misery and it will
                                              be a curse for them until
 So in essence, Islam is saying here:         they leave our lands.
 what's the point of setting up various
 political parties when only some of          Rather than incessant
 them intend to establish shari`ah? If it     weeping, we praised his
 is agreed upon by all political factions     martyrdom and saw it as a
 that the supreme rule will remain the        tremendous gift from Allah.
 shari`ah in all aspects of governance        Allah had protected him for
 and that no tainting can be done to it,      over a decade, allowing him to
 this is different. In reality, this hasn't   terrorize the kâfirîn around the
 occurred.                                    world, becoming a source of
                                              happiness and pride in the
 The other issue is that the international    hearts of Muslims. His end
 community wouldn't accept a shari`ah         was nowhere near loss; he
 based state in any case, even if the         was not captured, he didn’t
 majority accepts it seeing that it           die on his bed, nor did he
 indicates a foreign policy of da`wah         leave the religion. Instead
 and jihad and rejection of taking            Allah specifically selected his
 the kuffâr as awliyâ'. Take Egypt for        soul on that day - answering
 instance. The shari`ah does not permit       his humble du`â - to taste

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O my Muslim ummah: We are ob-                Kinânah knights (i.e., Egyptians) took        preserved you for this significant event
serving with you this great historical       with them a firebrand from Tunisia’s          so complete the march and do not
event. We are sharing with you the joy,      freemen to the liberation square.             become afraid of difficulties.
glad, and happiness. We rejoice as you       Consequently, a great revolution was
rejoice and we grieve as you grieve.         launched, and what kind of revolution            The march started towards the target
Therefore, be delighted with your            was that? It was a decisive revolution
                                                                                           And the freedman proceeded with firm will
victories. May Allah have mercy on           for the entire Egypt along with the
your martyrs, and may He heal your           whole ummah if it’s to hold firmly to            As for the free, if he started marching
wounded and release your captives.           the rope of its Lord all together. This
                                             revolution was not after foodstuff or          He neither tires easily nor ceases to move
       Days of glory have emerged            clothing; rather it’s after glory and
         upon Islam's followers
                                             honor. It is a revolution of sacrifice        Thus, he is not going to stop until the
                                             and giving. It lightened the cities and       pursued objectives are accomplished
        As rulers have disappeared
             from Arab lands                 villages around the Nile from one end         as well as the concluded expectations,
                                             to the other. At that point, glory pre-       by the will of the Almighty Allah. Your
     These days have brought an end          sented itself to the youth of Islam and       revolution is the pole of the erupted
      to thrones as news came to us          their souls longed for the time of their      war and it is the object of hope for
                                             grandfathers so they obtained it from         the ones who are hurt and wounded.
            In it there are signs            the liberation square in Cairo torching       As you have already given a sense of
      of glad tidings and guideposts         it in order to overcome the tyrannical        ease to the ummah, may Allah relieve
                                             regimes. They stood up in the face of         you from your sufferings. As you are
The ummah often pointed its attention        falsehood, upraised their fists against       achieving great expectations, may Al-
towards the victory of which its first       it, feared not its soldiers and entered       lah enable you to achieve your hopes.
indications have become visible from         into a covenant and indeed they pre-
the East. Then all of a sudden, the sun      served the covenant as determinations          The opportunity is knocking at your door
of revolution rose from the direction        were firm, forearms were supportive
of the West. The revolution has shined                                                       Despair is behind while hope is in front
                                             and the revolution was promising.
from Tunisia and the ummah went
along with it, so people’s faces were                                                      By blood, honor is restored as it was seized
                                             To those free revolutionaries in every
brighten while the rulers throats be-        land: hold fast to the reins of the first     For the lion dies in order to protect his den
came choked and the Jews were panic-         initiative, be cautious of dialogue since
stricken because of the approaching          there is no meeting in the middle way         How can the one who sacrifices the precious
promised moment. Hence with the              between the people of truth and the                       soul for his Lord
falling of the tyrant, the meanings of       people of deception; far be it from that
humiliation, subservience, fear and          and not at all!                                In an effort to push away bâţil be blamed?
abstention have also fallen. On the
other hand, the meanings of freedom,         Also remember that Allah bestowed             Thereupon O sons of my Muslim um-
glory, courage and fearlessness rose up      upon you such days that will reap             mah, ahead of you are serious cross-
so the winds of change breezed with          fruits at a later time. You are its knights   ways and a great and rare historical
the desire to liberate. As for Tunisia, it   and leaders and in your hands are its         opportunity to rise with the ummah
got the better of it and immediately the     rein and path. Indeed, the ummah had          and be liberated from slavery to the

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 desires of rulers, man-made laws as        rants while their sons are subjected to        revolution of awareness and correcting
 well as Western dominance. It is con-      killing. It is also to instruct the people     concepts in various fields, especially
 sidered to be a great sin and massive      who have brought down some of the              the fundamentals and its most im-
 ignorance that this opportunity is lost    ruler’s elements with the required steps       portant one is the first pillar of Islam.
 which the ummah had been waiting           in order to protect the revolution and         Hence among the best of what was
 for since long decades. Therefore, seize   achieve its objectives.                        written about that is the book entitled
 the opportunity to destroy the idols                                                      “Concepts that must be rectified” by
 and its sculptures and establish justice   Additionally, cooperation should be            Shaykh Muhammad Qutb.
 and îmân.                                  with those who have not yet started
                                            their revolutions with the view to             As to the fragility of awareness among
 On this occasion, I would like to          determine the appointed time and               many of the sons of the ummah, which
 remind the truthful ones that institut-    what is needed beforehand as delay-            was generated by erroneous education
 ing a body to present the views and        ing makes the opportunity subject to           that was propagated by the rulers for
 counselling for the Muslim people in       loss and rushing prematurely increases         long decades, is indeed the greatest
 each of the important pivots is wâjib      the number of victims. Although I              disaster. The other disasters that afflict
 (obligatory) and it is even more em-       assume that the winds of change will           the ummah are not but a fruit of its
 phasized on those vigilant ones who        spread over the entire Islamic world           bitter fruits. The culture of disgrace,
 had advised earlier of the necessity       – by Allah’s will – the youth should           humiliation, subservience, sanctifying
 to eradicate these oppressive regimes      prepare what is required and they              unrestricted obedience to the rulers is
 since the fact is that they are trusted    should not proceed with any matter             indeed worshiping other than Allah,
 and widely credible among the Muslim       before the consultation of the truthful        and giving up the most important
 masses. So they should start work-         people of experience, those who are            rights of religious and worldly ones to
 ing towards establishing this project,     far away from half-solutions and away          them and making values, principles
 to broadcast it without delay and it       from sweet talk to oppressors as it has        and individuals spin around their
 should be away from the dominance of       already been said:                             orbit. All of that causes the human
 the dictatorial rulers.                                                                   being to lose his humanity and makes
                                            Counselling comes before the courage of the    him run after the ruler and his desire
 Along with that is setting up an op-                      courageous
                                                                                           without a conscious or reflection thus
 erational room that is in touch with                                                      becoming a pawn. If people do well, he
 the developing events in order to work     It should be considered first and then brav-
                                                          ery comes second                 does so and if they do badly he does
 on equivalent lines that encompass all                                                    too, which makes him like a waste
 of the ummah’s requirements and to         My Muslim ummah: you have wit-                 product with which the ruler does as
 benefit from the proposals of the intel-   nessed before several decades many             he wishes. Those are the victims of
 ligent ones amongst the ummah. Also        revolutions which people rejoiced with         oppression and dictatorship in our
 making use of the qualified centers of     and then it didn’t take long before they       countries who were sent out by the
 investigations and taking advantage of     tasted its woes. However, the way to           rulers to shout with their names in
 those of understanding amongst the         protect the ummah and its revolutions          support and to be in their trench. The
 acquainted people. It is for the purpose   nowadays from misguidance and op-              rulers have made every effort so that
 of rescuing and delivering the people      pression is through advancing in the           people give up the most important
 who struggle to overthrow their ty-                                                       rights that Allah gave to them; they
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thus paralyzed the intellects of the um-     and are not going to go back until they        honorably with glory.”
mah and neglected its function in the        achieve the promises, by the will of the
important public affairs. They did so        Almighty Allah?                                           So support the truth
                                                                                                and do not care about anything else
through uniting the efforts of the state
institutions of religious organizations      Lastly, indeed the mighty oppression
                                                                                                 As saying the truth to the tyrant
and informative mass media to give           in our lands has reached to a major                     is glory and glad tidings
themselves the legitimacy and validity.      critical point and we have been linger-
Hence they performed magic on the            ing long before disproving or changing                 It is the way to this dunyâ,
people’s eyes, wishes and minds and          it. So whoever started doing so then let                and the way to the other
promoted the idolization of the ruler        him complete his action and Allah will
                                             support him. As for the ones who have               If you wish, you have the choice
and set it up falsely in the name of re-                                                            to die while being enslaved
ligion as well as in the name of loving      not yet started, then let him prepare
the homeland so that people have great       for this matter what it demands of him             Or if you wish, you have the choice
regard for it and to plant it in the souls   and reflect upon the authentic hadith                      to die as a freeman
so that elders sanctify it. Unfortunately,   that is narrated from the Messenger of
the young were not also saved from           Allah ‫ ﷺ‬as he said: “Never a Prophet           O Allah, grant success to those who
it; they are a trust in our necks since      had been sent before me by Allah               are managing the affairs in order to
they were born upon the fitrah (pure         towards his nation who had not among           support the cause of Your religion and
nature).                                     his people disciples and companions            endow them with a mighty success.
                                             who followed his ways and obeyed his           Bestow upon them patience, right-
However, they assassinated their fitrah      command. Then there came after them            ness and assurance. O Allah, decide
without conscience or mercy. So the          their successors who said whatever they        for this ummah a command of right
youth and elders grew older upon             did not practice, and practiced whatever       guidance; in it Your obedient people
that. As a result, the tyrants increased     they were not commanded to do. He              are honored and in it the sinful people
in tyranny and those deemed weak             who strove against them with his hand          are disgraced. With it, commanding
increased in weakness, so what are           was a believer. He who strove against          the good is enabled and forbidding the
you waiting for? Save yourself and           them with his tongue was a believer.           evil is also possible. Our Lord, give us
your children since the opportunity is       And he who strove against them with            in this world that which is good and in
available especially after the ummah’s       his heart was a believer and beyond that       the Hereafter that which is good and
youth endured the burden of revolu-          there is no îmân even to the extent of a       protect us from the punishment of the
tions and its casualties, endured the        mustard seed.” And he ‫ ﷺ‬said as well:          Fire. O Allah, strengthen our weak-
tyrant’s bullets and their pain. They        “The chief of martyrs on Judgment Day          ness, treat with kindness our inability,
paved the way with their sacrifices and      is Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib and also           plant firmly thereby our feet. O Allah,
built the bridge of freedom with their       a man who stood up against a tyranni-          deal with the chief of oppression, the
blood. They are youth who are in the         cal Imam [ruler] and then forbids him          local ones as well as the international
prime of their life; they have divorced      (from evil) and enjoins him (to good),         ones. Give us victory over the disbe-
this dunyâ of humiliation and subjuga-       but he (the ruler) kills him. So joy is his    lieving people and the last of our sup-
tion and vowed to either have honor          who went out with this great intention         plication is that all praises belongs to
or the grave; so will the rulers fully       because if he is killed then he is the chief   Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
understand that the people rose up           of martyrs and if he lives then he lives
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The Almighty Allah1 preordained              from dangers. Hence, the requirements      Therefore, jihad demands dedica-
upon his believing slaves the worship        of jihad and the necessities of the soul   tion, rising to lift its loads, bearing its
of jihad, and informed them that it is       are in most cases inconsistent as the      difficulty, and patience in perform-
hateful to them as He said: ﴾Fighting        Almighty said: ﴾O you who have be-         ing it. However, the soul declines that
has been enjoined upon you while it          lieved, what is [the matter] with you      and it lowers itself to the lowest level
is hateful to you﴿ [2: 216]. Thus, hard-     that, when you are told to go forth in     on earth, clinging to its adornments.
ship, illness, striving against the soul’s   the cause of Allah, you adhere heav-       It is busy with the enjoyment of this
desires, hunger, thirst, fear, suffering,    ily to the earth? Are you satisfied        worldly life and is also satisfied with it.
separation from family and dwelling;         with the life of this world rather than
all of these features that are attached      the Hereafter? But what is the enjoy-      Hence, in fighting there is death and
to this `ibâdah are in actuality part of     ment of worldly life compared to the       horror in front of the soul, and in this
it: ﴾And We will surely test you with        Hereafter except a [very] little﴿ [9:      present life, behind the soul there is
something of fear and hunger and a           38]. He, Glory be to Him, said: ﴾Say,      the offspring and fortune. So it is either
loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but     [O Muhammad], “If your fathers,            that the soul backslides to dunyâ or
give good tidings to the patient﴿ [2:        your sons, your brothers, your wives,      sets off to jihad, in spite of the good-
155] The Almighty said: ﴾It was not          your relatives, wealth which you have      ness that the soul is undertaking by
[proper] for the people of Madinah           obtained, commerce wherein you fear        following this step. However, the
and those surrounding them of the            decline, and dwellings with which          soul is fond of hastiness so it desires
Bedouins that they remain behind             you are pleased are more beloved to        everything in cash and does not accept
after [the departure of] the Messenger       you than Allah and His Messenger           anything on credit.
of Allah or that they prefer them-           and jihad in His cause, then wait until
                                                                                        1. It is either jihad or disgrace, so
selves over his self. That is because        Allah executes His command. And
                                                                                        choose!
they are not afflicted by thirst or fa-      Allah does not guide the defiantly
tigue or hunger in the cause of Allah,       disobedient people﴿ [9: 24]. And He        From this saying we learn the secret
nor do they tread on any ground that         said: ﴾Have you not seen those who         of our Prophet’s ‫ ﷺ‬words: “When you
enrages the disbelievers, nor do they        were told, “Restrain your hands [from      enter into a transaction, hold the tails
inflict upon an enemy any infliction         fighting] and establish prayer and give    of oxen, are pleased with agriculture,
but that it is registered for them as a      zakah”? But then when fighting was         and give up conducting jihad, Allah will
righteous deed. Indeed, Allah does           ordained for them, at once a party of      make disgrace prevail over you, and
not allow to be lost the reward of the       them feared men as they fear Allah         will not withdraw it until you return
doers of good﴿ [9: 120].                     or with [even] greater fear. They said,    to your [original] religion.”2 It can be
                                             “Our Lord, why have You decreed            understood from this hadith that jihad
Due to these features and others, jihad      upon us fighting? If only You had          should always be given priority, and
became hateful to the souls that are         postponed [it for] us for a short time.”   that it is not for anybody to transcend
use to inclining towards seeking safety,     Say, “The enjoyment of this world is       in leaving it through being busy with a
dependence on gentleness, content-           little, and the Hereafter is better for    matter from this present-life’s dealings.
ment with comfort and far-removed            he who fears Allah. And injustice will
1 The following is taken from the author's
                                                                                        However, if performing the `ibâdah
                                             not be done to you, [even] as much as      of jihad is possible along with being
book, "Jihad and the battle of misconcep-
                                             a thread [inside a date seed]﴿ [4: 77].
tions."                                                                                 2 Narrated by Abu Dawud.
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 engaged in farming, cultivation or       to your [original] religion’’ indicates     with the succession of generations that
 business, then that is different. Other- that abstaining and turning away from recognize neither a truth nor a reli-
 wise, the `ibâdah of jihad in which life jihad as well as relying and having         gion, a new generation arises on error
 remains, religion is saved and achieve- confidence in the dunyâ is in fact leav- and kufr. We seek refuge in Allah, and
 ments are protected is given prece-      ing off the religion and detaching from the best example for that is what took
 dence. Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali,        it and that’s enough as a sin and a clear place in Andalusia, which has become
 may Allah have mercy upon him, said: wrongdoing.”4                                   forgotten today. This all means that
 “And that is why the companions, may                                                 repelling the disbelievers and protect-
 Allah be pleased with them, disliked     It is not meant by leaving the religion     ing the lands and the religion of the
 engaging in
 the taxation         "Jihad demands dedication, rising to lift its loads, bearing its difficul-
 of farming           ty, and patience in performing it. However, the soul declines that and
 land because it it lowers itself to the lowest level on earth, clinging to its adornments."
 distracts from
 jihad.”3                                 – and Allah knows best – the type of        Muslims is not done except by jihad in
                                          kufr which takes one outside the fold       Allah’s way. Also the hadith shows that
 The shahîd, Imam Ibn an-Nuhas, may       of the religion as some might under-        the effort of the du`ât should be aimed
 Allah have mercy upon him, said          stand. I don’t think that anybody from at returning to the `ibâdah of jihad
 about the aforementioned hadith: “And amongst the people of knowledge                and inciting people to fulfill it. That is
 the meaning of the hadith is that if     would say concerning the Muslim             because jihad is the legitimate gateway
 people abandon jihad and engage in       who intently leaves jihad and relies        for matters to be righted and brought
 farming or such then the enemy will      on dunyâ that by doing so becomes a         back to their original condition so that
 consequently hold sway over them         disbeliever. But – and Allah knows best the religion is honored, kufr is dis-
 because of their lack of readiness and   – the comprehensive meaning is to de- honored, Islam is spread and shirk is
 preparation to confront overwhelm-       clare that abandonment of the `ibâdah restrained.
 ing times. It is also because of their   of jihad and occupying oneself with
 acceptance to the conditions which       the affairs of the dunyâ which diverts      Some of Imam Abu Abdullah al-
 they are in (i.e., luxuries, accommoda- one from it will consequently lead to        Halimi’s statements will be mentioned
 tions, conveniences). So Allah made      the dominance of the disbelieving ene- which emphasizes on this meaning.
 disgrace and humiliation prevail over    my which imposes its mastery over the For this reason, some scholars consid-
 them to the extent that they cannot      land of the Muslims. It also leads to the ered jihad as a pillar from the religion’s
 liberate themselves from that until      implementation of their blasphemous         pillars and it is deserving to be so as
 they return to what is obligatory upon   man-made rulings upon them along            Imam Ibn Qasim al-Hanbali, may Al-
 them of fighting the disbelievers, being with their fighting against the religion    lah have mercy upon him, said in his
 harsh upon them, establishing the reli- and its law out of envy, hatred and en-      compilation ‘Ala al-Rawd: “And some
 gion, supporting Islam and its people,   mity towards the truth and its people.      regarded it (jihad) as a sixth pillar for
 making Allah’s word the highest and      All of that will result in the publicity of the religion of Islam. That is why they
 demeaning disbelief and its people.      corruption, the spreading of kufr and       quoted it after the five pillars of Islam.”
                                          the weakening of the religion as well as
 And his sayings ‫" ﷺ‬until you return      its decline in the people’s hearts; and
 3 Al-Ĥukm al-Jadîrah bil Idhâ’ah: 14.      4 Mashâri’ al-Ashwâq: 106.
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                           A Question on takfîr
                                                                   Shaykh Abd al-Rahman Atiyatullah


                                    The following piece is taken from his short book en-
                                    titled, "Answers with regard to going forth, and the
                                    condition of the one who embarks upon takfîr."



                                                            Question:
                    There are conditions as well as preventions which scholars have mentioned with
                    regards to making a specific individual as a disbeliever. So is it necessary for the con-
                    ditions to be present and for the preventions to be absent in the individual through
                    inquiring him directly or is it enough to take by his general state? For example, in the
                    land of two sacred places, there are those who mock the religion in television series,
                    although they know tawĥîd and knew that this action of theirs is kufr. I do not think
                    that they are ignorant of that rule and others besides that. Therefore, are they judged
                    according to their general state or is it necessary to know it with verification?




 Answer:                                                           ing the fold of Islam and turned away from it – and we seek
                                                                   refuge in Allah from that – and so on. And from them is
 A specified individual is not judged with disbelief except if     the one who swears and mocks at Allah, His Messenger ‫,ﷺ‬
 we knew the existence of the confirming conditions of that        His religion and/or His verses. This is with the condition
 rule and also the absence of its preventers and this is known     that the swearing is clear and is not disagreed upon. But in
 by the scholars. With reference to common people and              regards to that which is probable at which it is asked: “Is
 those who have no access to knowledge, then they should           this considered to be swearing and mocking or not?” This
 refrain from rushing into making a disbeliever any one of         is left for the scholars. In general, caution in this section is
 whom their takfîr is an evidential and jurisprudential one.       regarded as an obligation otherwise the man is ruined. We
 This is instead the work of the people of knowledge. The          ask Allah for protection and soundness.
 layman who is not specialized in knowledge should say: “I
 do not know, ask the scholars,” as this is what he has to do      This topic is dangerous for even the scholars of the religion
 with his faith in the Almighty Allah, His religion and His        as they remain concerned with it and warn rushing into it
 messengers and with his inclusive disbelief in ţâghût.            without truth and necessity.

 On the contrary, there are situations where making the dis-       Regarding the ones you mentioned in the land of two sacred
 believers as kuffâr is equally known by the layman as well as     places who mocked the religion in their television series,
 the scholar such as the disbelief of the kuffâr aŞliyîn (origi-   the process of verifying what they said is for those who are
 nal disbelievers) who are not initially associated with Islam.    aware of their cases and know their matter from the people
 The same goes for the clear-cut apostate who declared leav-       of knowledge out there. And with Allah comes success.

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