Shaykh Abu Muhammad Al Adnani Al Shami

Al Furqan releases Sh. Abu Muhamamd Al Adnani Al Shami’s statement entitled “Peacefulness is Whose Religion?” – Here r sum key points. (pt1) Al Adnani’ statement is directed at “All Sunnis but those primarily in Egypt, Inciting them to fight for the sake of ALLAH” (pt2) Adnani cites the “Arab Spring, where the ppl went out for freedom and dignity”-but the armies attacked ppl who only cameout w/bare chests(pt3) Adnani: “know that our problem is not the ruling govts, But the polytheistic man-made laws. Their is no different between the rulers if we..(pt4) Dnt change the laws. Their is no difference between Mubarak, Mu’ammer, and Bin Ali with Mursi, Abdel-jalil, and Al Ghanoushi, they are.. (pt5) ..All tyrants ruling by the same laws, even if the previous were a harsher fitna”. Adnani making clear the view of the MB! (pt6) Sh. AD: “Their calls of ‘peacefulness’ are going to the recycling bin of History… they dont give rights and prevent wrongdoing” (pt7) Sh. AD makes it clear that fighting for the sake of ALLAH (swt) is the only way and that those who call Only for protests and elections.. (prt 8) ..came w/something new which is not the actions of the Salaf (predecessors).He asks the rhetorical Quest “Peacefulness is whose religion”(pt8) Making a point with many Hadiths/Ayat that fighting and not ‘peaceful protests’ or ‘elections’ is the only way to establish an Islamic state(pt9) SH. AD: He calls on the necessity of making takfeer of the Armies of Taghout, primarily the army of Egypt (b4 and After), As well as (pt10) the armies of Tunisia nd Libya. He states that they are the protectors of Secularism and the tyrants and man-made laws, claiming this is(pt11) clear in the Sharia And NOT extremism or extreme takfeer, but clear in the sharia. He claims the Egyptian Army is not there only to fight(pt11) The religion of ALLAH (swt) and the Sharia, nd 2 protect the coptics and Israel. An Army which burns down the mosques and the Quran (pt12) He asks “will any knowledgeable person claim, you can-not fight this Army?Even if he still views them as a Muslim army”! Quotes Ibn Taymiya(pt13) He quotes Ibn Taymiya who made takfeer of the Tartars, because they ruled by man-made laws, Ibn taymiya said of those who joined the (pt14) armies of the tartars, “the ruling on them (the soldiers of the tartar) is the ruling of the Tartars”. He asks “how can the Salaf make(pt15) ..Takfeer of the preventors of Zakah.. but not those who joined the enemies in Fighting Muslims?”. BIG ONES – on the ‘reality of the MB'(pt16) Sh. AD, states that the Conflict in egypt is not one of the MB vs. the secularists but the monotheists/ Mujahideen against the seculars (pt17) He states: MB are a secular party with only an Islamic cover. At times the worst, a “party which worships seats(in power) and the parliaments (pt18) SH. AD:”they will die striving for the sake of Democracy and will not do so 4 the sake of ALLAH” – Quotes MB leader in egypt protests, who (pt18) stated, “Dont Go back, die 4 the sake of democracy”. He states that if they could kneel to satan for power in government, they would do so! (pt19) Sh. AD: claims the MB changes based on its circumstances. Lashes at MB and Nur party (whom he calls the party of darkness), for agreeing to (pt20) Man made laws stating,”that the right to rule and make laws is for the People (not ALLAH), and we represent the people in people/shura council”(pt21) Mocks MB/Nur claims that by such means ‘they will bring sharia’, and claiming they can-not implement sharia now and will delay it! (pt22) Lashes them 4 allowing riba (interest-dealings), Alcohol, and un-covered women. Asks MB: did your giving in to them prevent them from you? Advice: 1) Give up “peaceful calls” in Iraq and Egypt 2) Wage Jihad 3) Calls on Army members to make repentance and defect 4) Calls on MB and other hizb (al Nur) to repent and give up on ‘religion of democracy’ Advice to syrian fighters: “make good intentions… .. And beware of unclear banners,as not every fighter is a Mujahid and not everyone killed is a Martyr.Their is no difference between one who…..fight under a green, red, or black banner. As their is no difference between an Old or a new army if the actions and intentions are not pure…Dont make your uprising, for the sake of removing a leader or removing a regime, but make it implementing the sharia not under a false banner, Quotes prophet saying “whoever dies for Assabiya (nationalism, tribalism, etc) dies a death of Ignorance”…”

Sayyid Qutb: Brother, you are free behind these gates

Sayyid Qutb: Brother, you are free behind these gates
Let me share a post that a dear friend posted on social media:

There are so many innocent fellow Muslims imprisoned for their Islamic views and stance globally (e.g Bangladesh, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE).  I wish we could hear what they are thinking. I just came across a poem that Sayyid Qutb wrote when he was in prison. I get emotional listening to it, knowing that a man of such high intellect was allowed to be hanged by the Egyptians.

أخــي أنت حــرٌ وراء السـدود
أخــي أنت حـــرٌ بتلك القيود
My brother, you are free behind these gates.
My brother, you are free within these chains.
إذا كـنـت بالله مستعـصـــما
فمــــاذا يضيرك كيـد العبيـد
For if upon Allah you do rely,
The intrigues of his slaves can bring no pains.
أخــــي ستبيد جيوش الظـلام
ويشــــرق في الكون فجر جديد
My brother, the armies of darkness will be extinguished.
And a new dawn will shine in the universe.
فــأطلق لروحــك إشراقــها
تـرى الفـجر يرمـقـنا من بعـيد
So then ignite your soul with it’s rays.
See the dawn consume us from afar

أخــــي قد أصابك سهـم ذليل
وغـــدرا رمـاك ذراعٌ كـليـل
My brother, you have been hit by a lowly arrow
And the blunted arm shot treacherously at you
ستُبترُ يــومـا فصـبـر جـميل
ولم يَـدْمَ بعـدُ عريـنُ الأســود
It will be severed one day, So be excellent in patience
And no longer is there the den of the lions
أخـي قد سرت مـن يديـك الدماء
أبت أن تُشـــلّ بقيـد الإمــاء
My brother, blood flowed from your hands
They refused to be paralyzed by the fetters of slave girls
ستـرفعُ قُــربـانهـا للسمــاء
مـخـضـبة بدمـاء الخـلــود
They will raise their sacrifice to the heavens
Stained with the blood of the undying
أخـي هل تُـراك سئـمـت الكفاح
وألقـيت عن كاهـليك الســلاح
My brother, it appears you have given up the fight
and cast off the weapons
فمن للضحـأيـا يواسـي الجـراح
ويرفـع رايـاتها مـن جـديــد
so who will console the wounded victims
and raise up the flag anew.
أخـي هـل سمـعت أنـين التراب
تـدُكّ حَصـاه جيـوشُ الخــراب
My brother, did you hear the moaning of the soil
The armies of destruction tramples its pebbles
تُـمَـزقُ أحشـاءه بالحـــراب
وتصـفـعـهُ وهو صلـب عنيـد
Its entrails are torn by spears
And slap it, and it is solid, stubborn
أخـي إنـني اليـوم صـلب المراس
أدُك صخـور الجبـال الـــرواس
My brother, verily this day I am strong in my resolve
I could dig through the root of the mountains
غـدا سأشـيح بفـأس الخــلاص
رءوس الأفــاعي إلى أن تـبــيد
Tomorrow I will chop with my axe and finish
the heads of the snakes into oblivion
أخـي إن ذرفـت علـىّ الدمـوع
وبللّـت قـبري بهـا في خشــوع
My brother, if you shed a tear for me
and moisten my grave with sincerity
فأوقد لهـم من رفـاتي الشمــوع
وسـيروا بهـا نحـو مجـد تلــيد
then kindle a light from my remains
and tread a path to the glorious revival
أخـي إن نمُـتْ نـلـقَ أحـبابـنا
فــروْضـاتُ ربي أعــدت لـنا
My brother, if we die we will meet our beloved ones
then we will have gardens that our Lord has prepared for us
وأطـيـارُها رفـرفـت حـولـنا
فـطوبى لـنا في ديـار الخـلــود
and the birds will fly around us therein
and we will have eternal dwellings
أخــي إنـني ما سـئمت الكفاح
ولا أنـا أقـيـت عـني السـلاح
My brother, verily I did not tire of the fight
And I did not cast off the weapons
وإن طـوقتـني جيـوشُ الظــلام
فإني عـلى ثـقـة … بالصـبـاح
And if the armies of darkness surround me
then I have confidence in the morn
وإني عـلى ثقـة مـن طـريقــي
إلى الله رب السـنـا والشــروق
And I am confident in my path
To God the Lord of Sublimity and Radiance
فإن عـافـني السَّـوقُ أو عَـقّـنِي
فـإني أمـين لعـهـدي الوثـيـق
If the vulgars loathed me or they are ungrateful to me
Then I am honest to my solid promise
أخــي أخــذوك عـلى إثـرنا
وفـوج على إثر فـجـرٍ جـديـد
My brother, they took you following us
And a new throng follows another throng
فـإن أنـــا مُـتّ فـإني شـهيد
وأنت ستمـضي بـنـصر مجـيـد
Then if I die, I have become a martyr
and you are on your way to a glorious victory
قـد اختـارنا الله ف دعــــوته
وإنا سـنـمـضي عـلى سُـنـته
God has chosen us in His call
And we continue in His tradition
فـمــنا الـذين قــضوا نحبهم
ومـنا الحـفـيـظ عـلى ذِمـتـه
There are those among us who died
And there are those among us who are the protectors of His covenant
أخـي فامـض لا تلتـفـت للوراء
طريقـك قد خـضبته الدمـــاء
My brother, proceed and do not turn back
Your road has been stained by blood
ولا تـلـتـفت هـهنا أو هـنـاك
ولا تـتـطلع لـغـيـر السـمـاء
And do not turn around here or there
And do not look at anything except to the heavens
فـلسـنا بطـير مهـيض الجنـاح
ولن نستـذل .. ولن نسـتـبـاح
We are not birds whose wings are broken
We shall not be humiliated and we shall not be violated
وإنـي لأسمـع صـوت الدمــاء
قـويا ينـادي الكـفـاحَ الكفـاح
And I hear the Voice of Blood
Calling powerfully: fight, fight
سـأثـــأرُ لكـن لـربٍ وديـن
وأمـضي عـلى سـنـتي في يقـين
I will revenge, but my revenge will be for a Lord and a religion
And I will proceed in my manner of certitude
فـإما إلى النـصـر فـوق الأنـام
وإمـا إلى الله في الـخــالـديـن
Either to victory over the world
Or to God among the eternal inhabitants

The Best Arrows

I received the latest issue of Time magazine today. There is a photograph on the sixth page titled ‘The Protector.’ The caption of the photograph reads: ‘An Egyptian woman stands in the path of a military bulldozer as it bears down on a wounded man near the Raba’a al-Adawiya mosque during deadly skirmishes in eastern Cairo on Aug. 14.’ I would not do it justice to describe it in words, but under the caption, it’s indicated that you can view the photo at lightbox.time.com. Please have the photo displayed before you while reading this article.

This photo could’ve been taken in Syria, Palestine, or Iraq. But it was taken in Egypt, and when I came across it, I was reminded of Egypt’s past. Egypt has been credited with much throughout its history. Many of those qualities came and went. But one remains. The great scholar Ibn ‘Aqil once said: “If you want to assess the value of Islam in the hearts of the people of the times, do not look to their crowding of the entrances of mosques or their shouting to answer the call to Hajj. Rather, look to their confronting the enemies of the Shari’ah.”

The Muslims being gassed, shot, and burned to death by secularists today in the streets and mosques of Cairo, Alexandria, and elsewhere are being targeted for just one reason: Islam. And what is happening is not but the latest in a series of events stretching far back into Egyptian history, which is replete with the stories of men and women whose lives revolved around guarding Islam and confronting its enemies. History gives context, and now is as good a time as ever to reach into it and highlight some relevant milestones along the path.
As the ‘protector’ in the photograph is an Egyptian woman, we likewise begin with an Egyptian woman – one who lived thousands of years ago:

* “O Allah! If you know that I believe in You and Your Messenger, do not let this kafir harm me!” These were the words with which Sarah supplicated as she stood in the captivity of a pagan Egyptian king who had taken her from her husband, Prophet Ibrahim. When he stepped forth to grab her, he suddenly went into a seizure. He became so terrified that he not only released her, but also gave her a female servant as a parting gift – an Egyptian woman named Hajar. Hajar eventually gave birth to Isma’il. Ibrahim took Hajar and Isma’il to a then uninhabited Makkah, and left them. As he turned to talk away, Hajar called out to him: “Where are you going, leaving us in this valley with nobody and nothing?” He kept walking, without responding. She then asked: “Did Allah command you to do this?” He responded: “Yes.” Hajar, alone with her son in a strange, desolate land far from her home in Egypt, gave a most amazing response that few today could sincerely give: “Then Allah will never abandon us.” Shortly thereafter, Jibril appeared and confirmed this to her: “Do not fear abandonment. There will be a House of Allah here that this boy will build with his father, and Allah does not abandon His people.” Indeed, Ibrahim returned years later to join Isma’il in building the Ka’bah in whose direction we now pray five times daily. This Egyptian woman is thus the ancestral mother of all the ‘Adnani Arabs, including the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon them all).

* Generations later, a Prophet found himself detained in the depths of an Egyptian prison. Yusuf one day turned to his fellow inmates and explained to them in a clear, calm, and reasonable style: {“I have renounced the way of those who don’t believe in Allah and deny the Hereafter, and I follow the way of my forefathers – Ibrahim, Ishaq, and Ya’qub. It is not for us to associate any with Allah. This is from Allah’s grace upon us and mankind, but most people are ungrateful. My fellow prisoners! Are multiple masters better, or Allah – the One and Mighty? Those you submit to besides Him are merely names fabricated by you and your fathers, without any authorization from Allah. Indeed, all rule is for Allah. He has commanded that you submit to none but Him. This is the right way, but most people are unaware.”} (12:37-40) The core of Islam was thus summarized in what is the sole Qur’anic depiction of da’wah in prison.

* Generations later, in the eastern Egyptian deserts of Sinai, another Prophet found himself standing at the sacred valley of Tuwa. Allah was speaking directly to Musa, sending him on a mission to confront the greatest taghut of the times, Fir’awn. Musa admitted to his Lord that he was afraid (20:45), but Allah reassured him that he had nothing to fear. He went to Fir’awn, spoke to his face, delivered the message clearly (7:103-105, 20:47-56, and 26:10-28), then secretly led the Muslims out of slavery and out of Egypt. When they reached the dead-end at the seacoast and saw Fir’awn’s army closing in on them, Musa’s companions fearfully exclaimed: “We are going to be overtaken!” (26:61) Notice how Musa had developed, as it was now him doing the reassuring: “No! Rather, my Lord is definitely with me and will guide me.” Sure enough, the sea miraculously split before their eyes, and Musa led them through. Fir’awn and his military tried to follow them through the sea, but were instead drowned into an eternity in Hellfire. Musa finally made it safely across the sea, back to the Sinai (where, ironically, 700 American soldiers are currently based).

* Generations later, one of Hajar’s Arab descendents (peace be upon him) turned to his Companions and said: “You will conquer Egypt.” This is an authentic hadith of the Prophet, in which he then said: “When you conquer it, treat its people well, as they have a right of protection and kinship.” The kinship here is the ancestral tie to Egypt through Hajar. Egypt was at the time a province of the eastern wing of the Roman Empire. A decade later, ‘Amr bin al-’As showed up and brought it under the khilafah of ‘Umar. The jizyah was paid, and the very first mosque on the African mainland was built near Cairo, at the apex of the triangle formed by the Nile Delta. Egypt soon became one of the strongest centers of Islamic knowledge – a hub for scholars and worshippers. ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amir was the Companion who had the most influence on Egypt in terms of knowledge, and Egyptians loved him and learned much of the Sunnah from him. It also became one of the most favored bases for the Mujahidin of the Salaf. The great Imam al-A’raj (the close companion of Abu Hurayrah) said: “The best coastline at which to perform Ribat is that of Alexandria,” and Sufyan bin ‘Uyaynah once said regarding Alexandria: “It is the quiver of Allah in which He places His best arrows.”

* Generations later, Egypt found itself in the grip of the pagan Fatimid dynasty. It was none other than Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi who came in from Syria to put an end to their rule, returning Egypt to the fold of the khilafah. It returned to being a center of knowledge for the Muslim world – for example, Ibn Kathir mentions that Salah ad-Din himself once travelled from his home in Cairo all the way to Alexandria to visit the scholars there and study with them the ‘Muwatta” of Imam Malik. It also returned to being a base for the Mujahidin – it was from Egypt that Salah ad-Din set out with his army for a series of expeditions against the Crusaders, which he began by shattering their forces at Hittin (ironically, on the 4th of July, 1187), continued by retaking the cities of Acre, Tyre, Beirut, Sidon, Nazareth, Nablus, and Ashqelon (all within a three month period), and ended by dealing them the ultimate blow: taking back Jerusalem after they’d occupied it for 88 years. Egypt was now considered the champion of the Muslim world against the Crusaders.

* When Richard the Lionheart set out for the third Crusade three years later (1190), he considered capturing Egypt in order to break Muslim power before trying to retake Jerusalem. By the time of the fifth Crusade (1217), this became official strategy. King Andrew departed from Hungary and set out for Egypt at the head of a coalition which included French, German, and Italian Crusaders. They landed at the city of Dimyat, and faced a Muslim force that was so weak that, according to Ibn Kathir, “they at times even offered to return Jerusalem to the Crusaders, as well as all of the coastal cities that Salah ad-Din had taken back, in exchange for their withdrawal from Dimyat. The Crusaders refused to do this. Allah then Willed for their supplies to run out. Supply ships were sent to replenish them, but these ships were overtaken by the forces of the water (i.e. the Nile’s floods), which then flooded Dimyat from every side. The Crusaders lost control of their own forces, and the Muslims laid siege to them until they squeezed them to the tightest parts of the city. At that point, they were inclined to unconditionally surrender.” Had they agreed to the initial offer, the Crusaders might have gotten Jerusalem. But in the end, they were kicked out of Egypt and returned to Europe with nothing.

* Thirty years later (1249), the French again headed towards Egypt for the sixth Crusade. Again, they arrived at and quickly took Dimyat, followed by the nearby city of al-Mansurah. And again, the tables would soon turn against them. Ibn Kathir wrote that “on Wednesday, the third of Muharram, the great commander Turanshah shattered the Crusaders at the frontlines of Dimyat, and killed 30,000 of them. Some say he killed 100,000. They also acquired plenty of war spoils, thanks to Allah.” He then mentioned a striking detail: “Those who were taken prisoner included the French king and his brother” – Louis IX! King Louis was detained at the Dar Ibn Luqman prison in al-Mansurah. Chains were put on his legs, and he was held until he was able to pay a hefty ransom. Only then was he allowed to leave Egypt and return to France in humiliation. Louis was traumatized by this defeat even twenty years later, when he set out from France for yet another Crusade (1270). But this, too, would end in failure. Soon after he landed at the northern coast of Africa, a plague spread through his army which killed him.

* While Egypt was being invaded by Crusaders from the West, it was simultaneously facing an even more brutal threat from the East. The Mongols were at this time in the middle of expanding what was to become the biggest land empire in history, and they were the most savage conquerors in history. The specialty of the Mongols was siege warfare. Ibn Kathir said that “they killed so many Muslims and non-Muslims, in so many lands – old and young – that they cannot be ennumerated. In general, they wouldn’t enter a land except that they killed every fighter and man in it, and many of its women and children. They plundered what they needed, and burned what they didn’t need. They would even pile up the silk that they couldn’t carry with them and set fire to it, watching as it went up in flames. They would ruin homes, and would burn whatever they couldn’t ruin by other means. They would burn mosques more than anything else – may Allah curse them – and they would use Muslims they had taken prisoner as soldiers and human shields with which to besiege others. If these fighters proved unskilled, they would kill them.”

He then quoted another historian, Ibn al-Athir, who actually lived to see what the Mongols had done and wrote about it at great length: “These Mongols did things not heard of in the past or the present. Imagine, a group emerging from the outskirts of China, and it doesn’t even take a year for some of them to reach the borders of Armenia from one side, and they cross over Iraq by way of Hamdhan. By Allah, surely those who come after us will see such events recorded in history and will refuse to believe them, and couldn’t be blamed for this. Whoever denies it should look to the fact that I and every historian of this era have written the same details at a time in which everyone knows what happened.” He also said: “One would not be exaggerating to say that since the creation of Adam until now, the world has not been afflicted with their likes… These people did not leave anyone – they killed men, women, and children. They cut open the bellies of pregnant women and killed the fetuses inside.”

He then went on for a number of pages detailing their takeover of territory all the way from northeast China to the western borders of Syria. Look, for example, at how Genghis Khan entered the city of Marw (Merv, Turkmenistan): “The Mongols then headed for Marw with Genghis Khan. Nearly 200,000 fighters consisting of Arabs and others were camped around it to defend it. They fought fiercely until the Muslims were beaten.” They then “laid siege to the city for five days, and gave its governor a false promise of safety. When he came out, they betrayed him and the people of the city. They killed them, plundered them, enslaved them, and subjected them to various forms of torture. All in all, they killed 700,000 human beings in a single day.”

He described that “people were utterly terrified of them, to the point that if just one of them entered a part of a city and faced a hundred men, not a single one would step forward to face him. He would then proceed to kill these men, one by one, until he had killed them all, and none of them would raise a finger to defend himself. He would then plunder the entire area by himself. One of their women even dressed up as a man, entered a home, and killed everyone in the home by herself.”

They had so completely destroyed everything in their path that it was said that a horseman could ride long distances behind them and not stumble over anything. As we know, this path of destruction soon reached Baghdad. Baghdad was significant because it was at the time the capital of the Islamic state, and the seat of the khilafah. Ibn Kathir said: “People differed over how many Muslims they killed in Baghdad. Some said 800,000. Others said 1,800,000. Others said the number of killed reached two million.” In any case, once they entered, the Mongols went on killing in Baghdad for forty straight days. Ibn Kathir again: “At the end of those forty days, Baghdad was nothing more than ruins. Nobody, except for the rare exception, was seen walking anywhere. Dead bodies were piled up in the streets like small hills. Rain began to fall on them, and the bodies began to rot. The stench of rotting corpses began to permeate the city, to the point that the air itself was affected. A severe plague then emerged and spread, and the foul air made its way to Syria. Many people died due to this air.” The dead included Shaykh Muhi ad-Din Yusuf, son of the great scholar Ibn al-Jawzi. But more significantly, the khalifah al-Musta’sim had been executed by the Mongol leader Hulako. For the first time in the history of the Ummah, it had no khalifah.

The Mongols wanted to continue westward. So, they built bridges to cross the Euphrates River and made their way to the gates of Aleppo, Syria. Ibn Kathir described that “they laid siege to it for seven days, then gave its people a promise of security. They betrayed that promise, conquered the city, and killed so many of its people that none knows the numbers except Allah. They plundered their wealth, enslaved their women and children, and did to them almost exactly what they had done to the people of Baghdad.”

Here, Ibn Kathir mentioned that an individual by the name of Sayf ad-Din Qutuz once had a dream. Qutuz said: “I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) in a dream, and he said to me: “You will rule the lands of Egypt, and you will break the Mongols.” Qutuz had this dream when he was only a child. Indeed, when he grew into a man, he found himself ruling Egypt at the time the Mongols were right next door laying waste to Syria. Upon learning that their next intended stop was Egypt, he decided to go to them before they came to him. So, he gathered his troops in Egypt and set out for Syria to face the Mongols and teach them a lesson. On Friday, the 25th of Ramadan, Sayf ad-Din Qutuz confronted them at a place in Syria called ‘Ayn Jalut. The fighting was extreme and intense. Qutuz was so brave that, as Ibn Kathir described, even when his horse was killed, he remained standing on foot in the middle of the battlefield. The other commanders later asked him: “Why didn’t you just take someone else’s horse? If the enemy saw you, you would’ve been killed, and Islam would have perished because of you!” He replied: “As for me, I would’ve gone straight to Paradise. As for Islam, it has a Lord Who will never abandon it.” Qutuz and his army then began to “chase the Mongols, killing them everywhere. They followed them into Aleppo, and some of them fled Damascus. This occurred on Sunday, the 27th of Ramadan, on the morning of the victory at ‘Ayn Jalut that they had glad tidings of. The Muslims of Damascus began chasing the Mongols, killing and capturing them, reclaiming their wealth, and freeing those they had taken captive.” The battle was over, and the Mongols were expelled from Syria.
After Sayf ad-Din Qutuz had put a stop to the Mongol expansion into the Muslim world, he turned around and headed back to Egypt.

* Over five hundred years later, the French were back, this time headed by Napoleon Bonaparte. From those who headed the fight to liberate Egypt from Napoleon’s grasp was the governor of Alexandria, Muhammad Kurayyim. But he was eventually captured by the French and taken to a prison in Cairo. A ransom was demanded for him that was so high that it was impossible to pay. Napoleon then had him executed.

* While occupying Egypt, Napoleon had built a prison: the notorious Liman Turah. A little over a century and a half later, a frail, middle-aged man found himself in the depths of this prison. His body still scarred from the abuse by his torturers, the man sat up in his cell and began to write. The words which flowed from his pen over the following decade sitting in that prison changed the world outside its concrete walls, continued to do so through the following decades, and still do so today. That man was Sayyid Qutb…

* The Friday 10/9/1434 (8/16/2013) edition of ‘al-Quds al-’Arabi’ contains an article by Hibah Zakariyya titled ‘Cries of Joy Elevate Upon Claiming the Victims of Rab’iah al-’Adawiyyah.’ The article begins as follows: “The road between Rabi’ah al-’Adawiyyah and the al-Iman Mosque – which has become a morgue for roughly 350 bodies – is not very long. The families of the victims walked it to claim the bodies of their sons. The road told some of the details of the bloody story, as cigarette butts lay scattered among spent ammunition from weapons that included automatic rifles. When the families gathered at the entrance of the mosque/morgue, one saw a variety of faces and heard a variety of accents – from Egypt’s far south to its far north. But they were all joined by the same pain: the pain of losing a loved one, whether a son, daughter, brother, or husband.” The article then mentions four stories of Muslims who were killed by the secularists:

“…From the stories of this group which most affect those who hear it is the story of Umm ‘Abd ar-Rahman, who let out a cry of joy upon seeing the body of her son, and kept repeating: “He was supposed to get married tomorrow! But we express joy for him today.”” The article then details that her son’s full name was ‘Abd ar-Rahman Muhammad as-Sayyid, was 22 years old, and was to have his wedding the next day. His mother continued: “My son got his hair cut for his wedding, and when I asked him why he was doing it so early, he replied: “O mother! I want to be ready for the wedding.” When I pulled back his shroud to look at his face, I saw the beautiful face of a groom who was prepared to meet the Hur al-’Ayn.”” His mother continued describing ‘Abd ar-Rahman, saying that “he had memorized the entire Qur’an. He would break his fast at home each night in Ramadan – and had fasted the six days of Shawwal – then he we would go to the Nahdah Square or Rabi’ah. In his last phone call to me, he said: “Tell Dad that I’m on the way home. Don’t lie to him and tell him that I’m already home just to reassure him.”” Finally, she described how she learned that he had been killed: “My friend’s son – who was also the friend of ‘Abd ar-Rahman – was killed there. So, I posted the news on Facebook. Suddenly, people began posting responses informing me that my son had also been killed.””

The article then shifts to another: “With her simple black village clothes, she frantically searched the bodies laid out on the floor of the mosque, while repeating in her village accent: “Where are you, ‘Imad? Where did you go, my son? Where did you go and leave me all alone?” She is the mother of the 15-year-old child ‘Imad Hamdi, from the province of Fayyum (southwest of Cairo). She was unable to identify which body was her son’s due to the dozens of bodies that had been burned beyond recognition.” The article continued: “Between her screams, she said: “He was camped out at Rabi’ah Square for the past month. He was the one supporting the family after I had separated from his father. In our last phone conversation, he said: “Take 100 pounds ($16) from the money I have saved up and spend it on the family.”” ‘Imad’s mother was finally able to identify her son’s body with much difficulty, as most of it had been charred. As she pointed him out, she described him as possessing beautiful manners and a sense of responsibility, and as being the one responsible for spending on the family.

As for Mahmud Muhammad ‘Abbas, his sister Su’ad spoke of him between contained sobs, while congratulating his young wife: “Mahmud graduated from law school in 2011, and worked for a real estate firm. His wedding was on ”Id, but I express my joy for him today because he will meet the Hur al-’Ayn.”” She then described how she learned that he had been killed: “I called him on the phone, as I always did. I found a voice answering the phone, saying “The owner of this phone has been martyred.” He had just sent us a text message two hours earlier saying that he was safe, except that a bullet had hit him in the head.”” She continued: “My father died two months ago, but I feel like an orphan only now,” adding that her brother wanted to become a martyr after the events of the Republican Guard (soon after the coup), and that this feeling only intensified after several of his friends had become martyred at al-Minassah the previous month, in which many of the demonstrators at Rabi’ah al-’Adawiyyah were killed.”

Finally, the article describes Ahmad Jum’ah, “a 34-year-old husband, and father of two daughters – one-month-old Hafsah and two-year-old ‘A’ishah. He had gone to Rabi’ah the previous morning. His father said that he had found a picture of him on the Internet in which he was carrying a baby girl to safety to protect her from the gunfire, and another picture of him after he was martyred in which he had been shot. In none of these pictures had he been disfigured or burned. But when he went to claim his body at the al-Iman Mosque, he found the body partially burned.” The article ends with his father describing his son: “Ahmad never caused anyone to be angry with him. He was the one who would wash the bodies of the dead in our town.”

For thousands of years, the land of Egypt has hosted such people, and it will continue to do so until the end of time. This is not mere speculation. Rather, in a lengthy hadith detailing the signs of the Hour reported in ‘Sahih Muslim,’ the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) described that when ‘Isa bin Maryam returns at the end of time, Allah will send forth Ya’juj and Ma’juj. And He will tell ‘Isa exactly where he should situate himself: “I have brought forth slaves of Mine against whom nobody can fight. So, gather My worshippers and take them to Mt. Sinai.”
Written by: Tariq Mehanna Monday 12th of Shawwal 1434 (19th of August 2013) Terre Haute CMU

Mujahid’s fitness training

    Asalamu ‘Aleiykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu

    Shaykh Yusuf al-‘Uyayr (may Allah have Mercy upon him) said:

    “Indeed, the physical fitness of the Mujahid, his ability to run long distances, carry heavy loads and exert a lot of bodily effort for extended periods of time is the primary factor that determines his usefulness on the battlefield. A Mujahid can be skilled in the use of weapons, but due to his lack of physical fitness, he is unable to determine the proper position to fire his weapon from, or to scale a wall in order to find a better position to shoot from, etc. This can all happen due to a lack of physical fitness, and the Mujahid that has the luxury of a high level physical fitness is able to carry out all of the tasks required of him in the best manner possible, even if he is not an expert in the use of weapons. This is because he is able to maneuver and position himself in the best manner to shoot, and he is able to do all of this in the quickest and lightest manner possible, as tiredness and fatigue do not overtake him and occupy his thoughts and affect his speed. Because of this, we can conclude that physical fitness is an essential asset to the Mujahid, especially in the case of street-fighting.”
    And in our times in which we live today, we see that all of the Jihads in the world today take place in the form of guerilla warfare and street-fighting. And this requires a high level of physical fitness, so do not be my brother a burden on other than you, and start from now to acquire this required level of physical fitness.

    Do not belittle the issue of physical fitness my brother and know that the reward for it is great if it is sought with a sincere intention, and you intend with it to prepare yourself for Jihad in the Path of Allah, and the strong believer is more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, and from strength is physical and bodily strength.
    The Shaykh, the Mujahid Ysuf al-‘Uyayr says: “The level of physical fitness that is required of the Mujahid consists of him being able to do the following:

    Jog for 10 kilometers (about 6.2 miles) without stopping, and this should take him no more than 70 minutes in the worst of cases
    Run a distance of 3 kilometers (roughly 2 miles) in about 13.5 minutes
    Run for a distance of 100 meters with only 12-15 seconds of rest
    Walk a long distance without stopping once for at least 10 hours
    Carry a load of 20 kilograms (around 44 pounds) for at least 4 hours straight
    Perform at least 70 pushups in one shot without stopping (one can start by performing 10 pushups at once, then increasing the number by 3 everyday until eventually reaching 70)
    Perform 100 situps in one shot without stopping (one can start by performing 10 situps at once, then increasing the number by 3 everyday until eventually reaching 70)
    Crawl using his arms for a distance of 50 meters in 70 seconds at most
    Perform the Fartlik run (an exercise that combines walking, speedwalking, jogging and running, and it is as follows: the Mujahid begins by walking normally for 2 minutes, then he walks quickly for 2 minutes, then he jogs for 2 minutes, then he runs for 2 minutes, then he runs fast for a distance of 100 meters, then he returns to walking, and so on and so forth until he does this 10 times non-stop) And normal walking differs from quick walking, which differs from jogging, which differs from running. Normal walking is known to all, while quick walking is that one walks at a greater speed while making sure not to raise his feet from the ground for a greater amount of time than he would while walking normally. As for jogging, then this is that one covers a distance of 1 kilometer (roughly 0.6 miles) in less than 5.5 minutes. As for running, then it is that one covers a distance of 1 kilometer in less than 4.5 minutes.

    This level of physical fitness can be achieved by the Mujahid in one month if he exerts great effort, with the condition that he advances gradually and does not damage his muscles or expose them to tearing. For example, if one begins at the start of the month by jogging for 15 minutes, and increased this time by 2 minutes every day, then this would mean that in a month’s time, he would be able to jog for an entire hour without stopping (assuming that the number of days in the month in which he exercises would be 20 if the exercise program was 5 days a week). Likewise, if he begins with 10 pushups at the start of the month and increases the number by 3 everyday, then this means that he would be able to perform 70 pushups nonstop in the space of one month. So, advancing gradually and continuously has a great effect on one’s fitness level. Also, during one’s physical program, there must be some strength training included to strengthen and tone one’s muscles, and the Mujahid must concentrate specifically on those types of weight training that can be performed without heavy exercise equipment, so that he can continue his physical program in any location. Exercise equipment has the effect of making one’s body inactive if he is away from them for a long period of time. The best type of exercises are those that can be performed easily and rely on the body’s own strength.”

Egypt

From Br. Musa regarding Egypt

The situation in Egypt is before each of our eyes even if we are physically far from what is taking place. We see what is happening via social media and news broadcasts and no doubt each of us will be disturbed by what we see. However, we must not let emotions dictate our beliefs and methodology, we must understand what is taking place from a pure Islamic point of view, analysing the call behind each group and then understanding who is upon Truth and who is not.

The first group is that led by Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi which comprises of the Egyptian Army, Police, secularists and various political groups is clearly a group of tyranny who are enemies of Allah and the Islamic State. Their call is one of alliance with the kuffar, a nominal ascription to the kufr of Democracy and a belief that killing Muslims to protect their power is justified. They do not call for Islamic Law and instead pledge to reinstate something similar to the tyranny of Mubarak. They have attacked the Mujahideen in Sinai and have made their stance clear and known to the people. They openly declare their enmity to Islam, to Islamic Law and to the Believers.

The group that is calling for the reinstatement of Muhammad Mursy is comprised primarily of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan Al-Muslimun) as well as consisting of various smaller political groups. The slogan of their group has been Sharʿiyyah [شرعية] which means ‘Legitimacy’. They have argued that Mursy is the legitimate leader of Egypt and thus must be reinstated and the coup against him must be undone. It must be noted that their call is for Sharʿiyyah and not Sharīʿah (Islamic Law), something which Mursy never instated during his short rule, instead ruling by a mixture of Islamic laws as well as non-Islamic laws (the fact that alcohol was legal throughout his entire period as PM of Egypt is just one example of this). The claim that Mursy is somehow legitimate despite not ruling by Islamic Law is therefore erroneous. Their claim that Mursy is legitimate is based upon the fact that he won the Democratic election that took place and therefore is the legitimate ruler of Egypt. This is a claim which constitutes disbelief as it uses Democracy as the basis of legitimacy rather than the Religion of Allah. Mursy was never legitimate and was in his acts of legislation barely different from Mubarak. He might have claimed to be an Islamist and even posed as one, however his actions and belief (such as the belief in the legitimacy of Democracy) made him illegitimate.

Whilst many of those protesting alongside the pro-Mursy supporters may sincerely be pro-Islam and want Sharīʿah for Egypt, their support for Mursy and the claim that he is legitimate shows that they lack a clear understanding of who he and his party really are as well as an Islamic naivety.

These 2 groups then can be classified as both being illegitimate and both being un-Islamic. Their descriptions can be described as such –

The first group are like the maghḍūbi ʿalayhim [those upon whom is Allah’s wrath] and the second group are like the ḍāllīn [those who are astray]. The first group are clear enemies of Islam, they openly declare their opposition to Islamic Law and know that they are breaking Allah’s commandments. They attack those who stand up for Islam and try to kill the sincere servants of Allah. The second group are closer in their words to the Truth yet their ignorance makes them misguided and they end up contravening the very principles which they claim to stand for. In reality the 2 groups abandon the Law of Allah in favour of a claim to adherence to Democracy. As such neither group are upon the Truth and neither group should be supported.

What then should those in Egypt as well as the Muslims in general do and who should they support? The answer is that their allegiance should be to Islam, the establishment of an Islamic State that rules by Allah’s Law and to support those that are working sincerely for this. Within Egypt there are Mujahideen upon the Truth though they are a minority, and in the world as a whole the righteous believers are many and they are gaining numerous victories which give us hope and pride as Muslims.

If I were in Egypt now I would not be sitting in Tahrir or Rabaa squares, rather I would be trying to group together those with the right methodology to stand up and take power as best as we could or else to look outside Egypt to invite the Mujahideen to enter and clean up the apostates and tyrants. I believe that the Mujahideen of Libya, Sudan and other nearby countries should unite with those in Egypt and carry out a combined assault upon Sisi’s group and those supporting him in Egyptian Army in order to finish them off and lead a state that is ready to rule by Allah’s Law and to be a shining light for the Ummah as it was in the past.
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Rehan Rafi
you cant blame it on any one , everyone is in a different mess .
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Hesham Habib
May Alllah preserve you ya sheikh…
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Mu’az Zulkarnain Al Jalingowy
Democracy is a scam and it will scatter sooner or later. May Allah preserve and protect you Brother Musa I really love this frankness !
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Shon Aboulmaty
Ameen
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Ahmed El.Sheikh
who the hell you think you are to call anyone “enemies of Allah and the Islamic State or Kuffar” do you know any of them personally, did you open their hearts to check their faith…your post shows complete ignorance of what’s the real situation in Egypt in addition to the teaching of Islam itself.
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Ibrahim Ibido
Allah knows best. Our Lord guide us to the straight path.
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Nadim Ahmad Al-Muhajir
May Allah protect our brother Musa Cerantonio
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يوسف صادق
I totally agree with that
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Asrar Nazir
I read this brother.. i was too down and shocked .. felt little peace..
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Abdellah Boudami
As salâmu ‘alaykum,

Very clear, may Allah rewards you.
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Hafsa Muhammed
JazakAllaha khair Brother Musa, this clears a lot of things.
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Ramadhani Sultan
Democracy,secularismand militancy rule supported by US those are kuffar, they are enemy of Allah, curse them, filthy people-coup
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Woozie Gaafar
well, brother musa for your information, i’m egyptian, and i’m one of those people who voted for mursi, i thought he would give nasr and Izza to muslims and implement true islam, and if you take the time to read my comment, if the pro CC and his followers are clearly a group of tyranny who are enemies of Allah and the islamic state, then certainly the so called muslim brotherhood are not the allies of Allah and they did not implement the Islamic sharia when they were in Authority when Allah has given them the chance. so they are far from being Allah’s Allies. i honestly can not believe what these so called muslims are doing, getting to the streets destroying everything, shouting and yelling and cripple traffics. and throwing stones at innocent civillians properties and churchs and places of worship and do about everything that the prophet muhammed pbuh prohibited us to do. and i do appreciate when someone tries to group together people with the right methodology, and i wish it was that easy, but right now no one is sure of anything anymore, every body claims that they have the truth on their sides, and if you do not follow them they will accuse you of treason and betrayal, so. i guess best thing to do now is to take the prophet’s advice when he warned us about fitna and tribulation and staying home, only agree with what is trusted and what is islamic, and not to listen to what may lead us astray or conflict with the teachings of islam untill the fitna perish
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Abu-Umar Abdullaah
On playing politics and falling on its face ikhwanis have made mistakes I totoly agree. However to go as far as making takfeer. I distence myself from your ppenion and your view. And my learned brother do tell people that you are not a shaykh. Correct me and any one and restrain from takfir.
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Wasim Dhada
Ahmad, so do you think that what Sisi is solders are doing is correct?
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Hamd Ibn Ateeq
brother please do make such clearification time to time. for many muslims are confused. i can see someone commenting that egypt needs FEA like syrian FSA. he doesnt know that they are democratic rebels who want baillot boxes
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Waleed Mohamed
Masha’ Allah Tabarak Allah, this is what I have been saying all along. You took the words right out of my mouth.
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Omar Islam
They need ‘FREE EGYPTIAN ARMY’ in Egypt.
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Mujahid Mohammad
I respectfully admire your struggle brother Musa, May Allaah(SWT) reward you with the best Allaah (SWT) has. May Allah (SWT) give Sabar e Azeem to the victicms of oppression around the world and give victory to Islam and Muslimeen and Admit us into Jannah.. Ameen ye Rabbal Aalameen.
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Asif Adnan
Jazakallah, brother Musa.

We need Mujahideen in the land of the Nile. Clear & simple.
Mujahideen & Kalashnikovs.
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Gabriel Cosnier
As salamu `alaykum,

The “salafiyyah” in Sinai has already pledged alliegence to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and published this morning a very promising communiqué, signing it “the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham”, meaning that the Sykes-Picot borders are no longer valid in the whole Sham area. If the commandment of the Islamic State responds positively to this pledge, and sends reinforcements (plus Libya, Sudan, and others) things might become very challenging for the forces of Disbelief in the region.
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Lofty Mountain
It’s time for the ummah to learn from past mistakes. How could Algeria be forgotten? What about the election of Hamas in Palestine? Democracy is the product of man and verily man is prone to error. The only democracy acceptable to the tawagheet is one that brings a pro-american leader. As for Islam, democracy is NEVER acceptable. Our way is the bullet not the ballot. I pray that Egypt is the final straw for the ummah. Read the seerah and learn how the Prophet (sala Allahu 3laihi wa sallam) established an Islamic state in Madinah. Read about the likes of Khalid ibn Waleed (radhi Allahu 3nhu) and how the Islamic state was expanded throughout the world. We have a clear precedent so there should be no confusion. Join the caravan and give aid to all the mujahideen who fight to establish al-khilafah or die shaheed trying in sha Allah.

Rasul Allah (sala Allahu 3laihi wa sallam) said: “A believer does not allow himself to be stung twice from one (and the same) hole.” [Bukhari]
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