August 28, 2009

New Zawahiri Video: The Main Battle is Now in Pakistan

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A new al Qaeda video featuring Ayman al-Zawahiri released today depicts the central fight in the global Salafi jihad as now being waged in Pakistan rather than in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Somalia.

It accuses Pakistan of being agents of the "Crusaders" and chastises Pakistanis for not backing the Taliban. Zawhiri makes the claim that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan isn't really Islamic.

The crux of the video seems to be to exhort Pakistanis to support al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The video may be evidence that recent U.S. strikes against high value targets in Pakistan have been working. These strikes have mostly targeted the Pakistani Taliban who are closely aligned with and supported by al Qaeda.


Banner announcing new Zawahiri video: The Path of Doom II

Earlier in the day I said that I was still skeptical about Pakistan's commitment to fighting the hardcore jihadis. I think I said my optimism glass was 10% full. Better make that 15%.

The password protected video is typical of an al Qaeda as Sahab production. Like many videos produced by al Qaeda's media wing, this one features English subtitles. Also, this is an actual video and not simply audio overlaid on a static image. Zawahiri can be seen throughout, except for brief interludes of narrative commentary and of prominent Taliban leaders killed in the conflict.

Al Fajr - al Qaeda's media distribution outlet - also released an English language transcript of the video. I have posted the entire transcript below.

Interestingly enough, the Global Islamic Media Front(GIMF) announced last week that they would distribute a new video featuring Osama bin Laden. That video has not yet emerged. In fact, it would be singularly unusual should the video ever come out given that GIMF started out as an independent al Qaeda support group.

In recent years GIMF has become the official distribution outlet of two al Qaeda affiliated groups -- one in Gaza and the other in Somalia -- but as far as I know they have never formalized their relationship with al Qaeda central the way al Furqaan media -- al Qaeda in Iraq's media wing -- did.

Any new bin Laden video should be an as Sahab production and distributed through al Fajr, not GIMF.

The GIMF announcement about an impending bin Laden video may have been either a hoax or a ploy. Unless bin Laden is in Somalia. Which is a possibility, but unlikely.

Full text of the video follows:

The Path of Doom Shaykh: Ayman Al-Zawahiri - may Allah protect him-
Sh’aban 1430

Verily, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to turn people away from the way of Allah. They will surely continue to spend it; but then shall it become a source of regret for them, and then shall they be overcome. And the disbelievers shall be gathered unto Hell. That Allah may separate the bad from the good, and put the bad one upon another, and heap them up altogether, and then cast them into Hell. These indeed are the losers. Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease, their past will be forgiven. But if they return, then the examples of those [punished] before them have already preceded. And fight them until there is no more fitnah [polytheism] and all religion is for Allah alone. But if they cease, then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do. And if they turn away, then know that Allah is your Maula – an excellent Maula, and an Excellent Helper. (8:36-40)

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In the name of Allah, and all praise is due to Allah, and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah and upon his family, companions and allies.
Muslim brothers everywhere: peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.

As for what comes after:
The Pakistan-Afghanistan border regions are witnessing at this time a Crusade led by the Pakistan Army and supervised and participated in by the neo-Crusaders.

The agents of the Crusaders in the Pakistan Army’s high command have called this operation “The Path of Salvation,” but it is in fact the path to their doom, Allah willing.

This operation aims to eliminate Jihadi forces in the tribal regions in Pakistan, at the same time as the forces of the NATO Alliance along with the traitors in the Afghan Army and units from the Pakistan Army dam the Pakistan-Afghan border.


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Commentary:

The fundamental concept of this plan was based on a violent preliminary bombing from air and land in collaboration with American spy drones in order to terrorize the inhabitants in a barbaric fashion and destroy the Mujahideen’s morale and weaken their defenses, following which the Pakistani forces would advance on three fronts in order to take over the key cities of Waziristan – Miran Shah, Razmak and Wana – after which they would make contact with each other and secure surrounding areas, then try to make a jump to the west, towards the Afghan border, in order to meet up with the forces of NATO and the treasonous Afghan Army, in an attempt to trap the Mujahideen between a rock and a hard place.

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However, this plan was born dead, by the Grace of Allah, as attacks, raids and ambushes against the Army’s convoys, bases and forts came in quick succession, and were accompanied by consecutive losses of supplies and equipment, and consequently the Army was unable to achieve any of its goals, by the Grace of Allah.

This plan was agreed to in Washington, and the commander of the Pakistan Army – Kayani – carried it with him to the headquarters of the NATO Alliance in Brussels for it to be approved, and it aims at its core to help American forces and their allies in Afghanistan and protect them from the expected defeat towards which the forces of the Islamic Emirate are pushing them through resolve, persistence and reliance on Allah.

That is, the plan aims to stab the Jihadi resolve in Afghanistan from behind, in order for the Crusader forces in Afghanistan to be safe from losses and be able to continue to impose direct American Crusader military influence on South Asia.
That’s why the designers of this plan called it “The Path of Salvation,” because they wanted it to be a way to save the Americans from their anticipated defeat – with Allah’s permission – in Afghanistan. However, it is turning – through Allah’s guidance and then the strikes of the Mujahideen – into “The Path of Doom” for the apostates in Pakistan and the Crusaders in Afghanistan.
Thus, the Pakistan Army is acting as a fundamental element of the Crusade against Islam and Muslims, and has become a tool in the hands of the global Crusade which is being used against its people and neighbors and the rest of the Muslim Ummah.

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The Martyr (As We See Him) Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi:
I want to deliver this message to the world on this occasion: this is a blind force, and these are agents – agents of America – and their behavior and actions are total confirmation of that. It is imperative to get rid of them: there is no other option. My very last message is that the Mujahideen – all of them – should struggle for the Islamic system in Pakistan and take revenge on my behalf from these rulers.

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In fact, and regrettably, the Indians are more jealous and more concerned for the safety of their country than the Pakistan Army is. The Indian Army hasn’t let American aircraft bomb the Indian people. The Indian Army hasn’t fought its own people on behalf of America. The Indian Army hasn’t cooperated with the Americans to create a regime hostile to India on its borders. And the Indian Army hasn’t permitted America to control and monitor its nuclear installations, nor has it arrested its nuclear scientists like the Pakistan Army did.
That’s why the Muslim Ummah in Pakistan must seriously ask itself: what is it that has brought it to this wretched situation? And what is the way out of it?
What has brought the Muslims in Pakistan to this wretched situation in which thieves have become rulers and mercenaries taking the Crusaders’ money have become leaders, are numerous factors which have accumulated over the years since the creation of Pakistan.

Among these factors is the lie which has been promoted which says that Pakistan is an Islamic government whose constitution and laws are in accordance with Islam. It is a colossal lie with no factual basis, and I have refuted it in a book entitled “The Morning and The Candle.”
The Pakistani government, which falsely claims to be an Islamic government which arose to defend the rights of the Muslims in the subcontinent, has never applied Islam in the more than 60 years since its establishment. And when Shari’ah was partially applied in the Swat Valley’s district courts, neither the Americans nor their agents in Islamabad could stand it, and they immediately waged a bloody war on Islam and Muslims in Swat to satisfy America, which wants an Islam which sings its praises and seeks its bribes: an Islam without Shari’ah, without enjoining of good and forbidding of evil, and without Jihad in Allah’s path.

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Speech During Gathering at Jamiah Hafsah, Islamabad:
Our country was created in the name of Islam, so why hasn’t Islam been established in it to this very day? When this country was created in the name of Islam, why are Muslims being humiliated in it? Why is its soil being constrained for Muslims? When this country was created for Islam, why are the flag-bearers of Islam being martyred here day after day? Why is nudity and immorality thriving in the country? When this country was created for Islam, why are the Mujahideen being dishonored here? When this country was created for Islam, why are the strongholds of Islam – the mosques and Madrassas – being demolished here?

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And among these factors is the inclining of many Muslims towards the worldly life, and the punishment for that is the unbelievers’ domination of the Muslims, as the Messenger of Allah, peace and prayers of Allah be upon him, said: “The nations will soon call to each other over you like diners call to each other over their dish.” Someone said, “Is that because of our scarcity in those days?” He replied, “On the contrary, you will be numerous in those days, but you will be scum like the scum of the floodwater, and Allah will remove fear of you from the chests of your enemy, and will place in your hearts al-Wahn [the weakness].” It was asked, “What is the weakness, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “Love of this life and a dislike for death.” (Abu Dawood)
And because of their love of this world and dislike of death, many Muslims have abandoned the obligation of enjoining good and forbidding evil when it comes to the Crusaders’ agents among Pakistan’s politicians and the mercenary leaders of its army. Consequently, they have been afflicted by the punishment which the Prophet (peace and prayers of Allah be upon him) warned of when he, peace and prayers of Allah be upon him, said, “By Him in Whose Hand is my soul, you must enjoin good and forbid evil or Allah will soon send upon you a punishment from Him, then you will pray to Him but your prayers will not be answered.” (at-Tirmidhi)

And he, peace and prayers of Allah be upon him, also said, “When the people see the wrongdoer and don’t [stop him from wrongdoing], Allah will soon afflict them all with a punishment.” (Abu Dawood)

And from these factors is the abandonment by many Muslims of the creed of allegiance to the Muslims and disowning of the unbelievers. The Truth (Blessed and Most High is He) says, “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them [for friendship] is of them. Verily Allah guides not a people unjust. You see how those in whose hearts is a disease run about among them, saying, ‘We fear lest a change of fortune bring us disaster.’ But it may be that Allah will give you victory, or a decision from Him, then they will regret the thoughts which they secretly harbored in their hearts. And those who believe will say, ‘Are these the men who swore their strongest oaths by Allah that they were with you?’ All that they do will be in vain, and they will become losers. O you who believe! If any from among you turn back from his faith, Allah will soon produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him; humble with the believers, mighty against the unbelievers, fighting in the way of Allah, and never fearing the blame of a blamer. That is the grace of Allah, which He bestows on whom He pleases. Allah is All Embracing, All Knowing. Your allies are Allah, His Messenger, and the believers, those who establish regular prayers and pay Zakat and bow [in worship]. As to those who ally themselves to Allah, His Messenger and the believers, then it is the party of Allah that is triumphant. O you who believe! Take not for friends and protectors those who take your religion for a mockery or sport, whether among those who received the Scripture before you, or among the unbelievers; and fear Allah, if you are [truly] believers.” (5:51-57)
Abandonment of loyalty to the believers and animosity to the unbelievers is the religion which America is seeking to spread among the Muslims, so that their religion turns into rituals with no impact on society which are practiced in the mosque and have no effect outside it.

So the Muslim Ummah in Pakistan must appreciate that America is waging against the Muslims a Crusade the likes of which the Muslim Ummah has never before seen, and that this campaign seeks to take control of Pakistan and divide it and transform it into statelets orbiting around American Crusader influence. The battle under way today in Swat and the tribal areas isn’t an internal Pakistani problem: no, it is one of the battlefields of the contemporary Crusade in which the Pakistan Army is fighting in order to help the Crusade and the Crusaders. And were the problem in Pakistan an internal one, neither America nor NATO would have bothered to spend one dollar on it or fire a single bullet in it. Here is Kashmir groaning under Indian repression and tyranny for more than 60 years, but the Crusader West hasn’t given it anything: in fact, it collaborates with India and strengthens and supports it with the latest weapons and technology.

The war in the tribal areas and Swat is an inseparable part of the Crusaders’ assault on the Muslims the length and breadth of the Islamic world. They want to eliminate the Mujahideen in the tribal areas so they can seek to smother the Jihad in Afghanistan, and they want to smother the Jihad in Afghanistan so that there doesn’t emerge in Central Asia a determined Muslim power which challenges global Crusader will and defends the rights of Muslims. This is the battle, briefly and plainly; and this is why anyone who supports the Americans and Pakistan Army – under any pretext, ploy or lie – is in fact standing with, backing and supporting the Crusaders against Islam and Muslims. This is the fact which every dedicated Muslim eager to see the victory of Islam and Muslims must disseminate. The Truth (Blessed and Most High is He) says, “Haven’t you seen those who take for friends a people with whom Allah is angry? They are neither of you nor of them, and they swear to falsehood knowingly. Allah has prepared for them a severe punishment. Evil is that which they used to do. They have made their oaths a shield for their falsehoods, and thereby they seek to turn men away from the path of Allah; for them therefore, will be a humiliating punishment. Neither their wealth nor their children will avail them at all against Allah. They are the inmates of the Fire wherein they will abide. On the day when Allah will raise them all together, they will swear to Him even as they now swear to you, and they will think that they have something to stand upon. Truly, it is they who are the liars. Satan has got the better of them, so he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah. They are the party of Satan. Truly, it is the party of Satan that will lose. Those who oppose Allah and His Messenger will be among those most humiliated. Allah has decreed: ‘It is I and My Messengers who must prevail,’ for Allah is Strong, Mighty. You shall not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day loving those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they be their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their clan. For such He has written faith in their hearts and strengthened them with a spirit from Himself. And He will admit them to Gardens beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein for eternity. Allah will be well pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the party of Allah. Truly, it is the party of Allah that will achieve success." (58:14-22)

And every soldier and officer participating in the assault on Waziristan must remember the severe threat the Quran contains for anyone who helps the unbelievers against the Muslims. The Truth (Blessed and Most High is He) says, “Verily, those whom the angels cause to die while they are wronging their own souls, [the angels] said [to them], ‘Where were you [i.e., with Muslims or Kuffaar]?’ They said, ‘We were weak and helpless in the land.’ [The angels] said, ‘Was not Allah's earth spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?’ It is these whose abode is Hell, and an evil destination it is.” (4:97) This verse came down concerning the oppressed Muslims of Makkah whom the unbelievers forced to go out with them to fight the Muslims in the Badr expedition.
As for how to get out of this predicament which Pakistan has gotten itself into, it is through Jihad, and there is no way other than Jihad.

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The Martyr (As We See Him) Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi:

I would like to give this message to the world: one should be firm on the Truth, and to bow down to [worldly] might is not the actual truth. The actual Truth is Allah, and to Allah we all return. Life and death are true. Man should live with honor. These people wanted me to bow down to them.

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The Messenger of Allah (peace and prayers of Allah be upon him) says, “If you buy and sell with al-‘Eenah [a form of usury] and grab the tails of the cows, and are satisfied with farming and abandon Jihad, Allah will inflict on you disgrace which He will not remove from you until you return to your religion.” (Abu Dawood)

Dear people of Pakistan: there is no honor for us except through Jihad.
People of Pakistan: beware of Allah’s threat to the one who stays behind during obligatory Jihad. The Truth (Blessed and Most High is He) says, “O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that, when you are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, you cling heavily to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life as compared with the hereafter. Unless you go forth, He will punish you with a painful punishment, and put others in your place. But Him you would not harm in the least, for Allah has power over all things.” (9:38-39)

And He (the Most Honorable) says, “And those who believe say, ‘Why is not a Surah revealed?’ But when a decisive Surah is revealed and fighting is mentioned therein, you see those in whose hearts is a disease, looking towards you with the look of one who is fainting on account of approaching death. So woe to them! [Their attitude should have been one of] obedience and calling people to good. And when the matter was resolved, it would have been better for them if they were true to Allah. Would you not then, if you are placed in authority, create disorder in the land and sever your ties of kinship?” (47:20-22)
And the Prophet, peace and prayers of Allah be upon him, says, “No people abandons Jihad without Allah giving them a general punishment.” (al-Tabarani)
People of Pakistan: back the Jihad and Mujahideen with your persons, wealth, opinion, expertise, information and prayers and by exhorting others to help them and preach their message.

O Allah, approve for this Ummah a righteous rule in which those who obey You are honored and those who disobey You are disgraced, and in which good is enjoined and evil forbidden.

O Allah, help Your slaves the Mujahideen, steady their feet, direct their fire, and grant them victory over Your enemy and theirs. O Allah, guide them to what You love and are pleased with, accept their righteous deeds, bring their hearts together, unite their ranks, lift their banner, set up their state and Caliphate, and give victory through them to Your religion, Your Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing slaves.

O Allah, annihilate the Americans and Jews and the hypocrites and apostates who help them. O Allah, we shield ourselves from them with You, and we seek refuge in You from their evil.

O Allah, give us dominance over them and make them, their wealth, their soldiers, and their materiel booty for the Muslims.

O Allah, whoever wants to do good to us and Islam and Muslims, then guide him to every good thing, and whoever wants to do evil to us and Islam and Muslims, then make his plotting his ruin, shove his evil cunning back in his face, disperse his power, destroy his unity, defeat his army, topple his banner and tear him apart in the worst way and make him a lesson for others.

O Allah, O Lord of the worlds, O Swiftest of Reckoners, O Rescuer of the weak and Aider of those who pray for aid and Helper of those who pray for help and Answerer of those who ask, O You who give victory to your allies and defeat your enemies, O Strong, O Almighty, O Avenger: these Americans, Jews and their aides, the army of Pakistan and Pakistan’s security organs, have harmed the Mujahideen and emigrants in their persons, families, children, wealth, honor, dignity and liberty. O Allah, take revenge on our behalf from them. O Allah, show us in them a day which heals the chests of your allies and lowers the heads of your enemies. O Allah, retaliate on behalf of us and the Muslims from them. O Allah, make their end one of loss and destruction. O Allah, destroy their riches and harden their hearts so that they don’t believe until they see the painful punishment.

O Allah, annihilate anyone who has hurt the Muslims, Mujahideen and emigrants or has helped anyone against them with his actions or words or has refrained from helping them although he is able to help them. O Allah, annihilate those ‘Ulema who have sold their religion to the Americans and their agents for the crumbs of this world. O Allah, annihilate the secularist politicians of hypocrisy who rush madly to earn the Crusaders’ pleasure. O Allah, annihilate the press and media of lies, fakery and deception, those who make their living by helping the Crusaders and slandering the Mujahideen. O Allah, annihilate the evil judges who contradict Your Shari’ah and oppose Your rules. O Allah, annihilate the organs of Crusader security and their aides who pursue the Muslims and Mujahideen, reveal their whereabouts, torture them and hand them over to their enemies. O Allah, we seek help in You against them, so help us, and we seek victory in You over them, so grant us victory, and we seek strength in You against them, so grant us strength, and we seek protection with You from them, so protect us, and we seek succor in You against them, so aid us. O Living, O Eternal, in Your mercy we seek succor: ready for us a swift conquest, a strong victory and a speedy liberation.

O Allah, we ask You by virtue of every good deed You have accepted from us, and we ask You by virtue of the blood of our martyrs, the suffering of our emigrants and the endurance of our kinfolk, our women and our children, and we ask You by virtue of that You are the One Who said in Your Book, and Your statement is truth: “And your Lord says, ‘Pray to Me; I will answer your prayer.’” (40:60) O Lord, we have prayed to You as You ordered us to do, so answer us as You promised.

He (Glorious is He) said, “How many large bands of godly men fought alongside [their] Prophet, but they never lost heart at what befell them in Allah's way, nor did they weaken nor give in. And Allah loves those who persevere. All that they said was, ‘Our Lord, forgive us our sins and our transgression; establish our feet firmly; and help us against the unbelieving people.’ And Allah gave them a reward in this world, and the excellent reward of the hereafter, for Allah loves those who do good.” (3:146-148)

And He (the Most Honorable) said, “Those who answered the call of Allah and the Messenger after they had received an injury - such of them as do good and act righteously shall have a great reward; Those to whom the people said, ‘The people are gathering against you, so fear them,’ but it [only] increased their faith, and they said, ‘For us Allah suffices, and He is the Best Guardian.’ So they returned with grace and favor from Allah, and no harm touched them. They followed the good pleasure of Allah, and Allah is of infinite bounty. That was only Satan frightening his friends, so fear them not but fear Me, if you are believers.” (3:172-175)

And our final prayer is that all praise is for Allah, Lord of the worlds, and may Allah send prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad and upon his family and all his companions. And may peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:45 AM | Comments |