Eulogy of Abu Khalid al-Suri by Shaykh Zawahiri حفظه الله تعالى

1. Attiyallah al-Libi talking about the importance of Muslim blood saying Allah prefers to see destruction of this Dunya over spilling Muslim blood.
2. Clips of Bin Laden and Zawahiri visiting al-Farouq Camp in Qandahar with Abu Khalid al-Suri present.
3. Attiyallah: “Let us sacrifice our groups and our organisations and our projects and that no Muslim’s blood is spilt unjustly.
4. Peace and Blessings on the Prophet and his Family. To all the Muslims everywhere, Salam alaykum. Today I congratulate and send condolences the Muslim Nation.
5. As for the congratulation, it is for the Martyrdom of Abu Khalid al-Suri and may we join him. As for the condolences it’s for this blind Fitnah that has befell on Sham.
6. And for this poor offender (suicide bomber) who was deceived, pushed for the sake of ignorance and Hawa and agression and greed for power.
7…and greed for power to kill a Shaykh of the Shuyokh of Jihad, who spent the prime of his youth a Mujahid, and a trainer, and a Muhajir and a spreader of the Truth.
8. And patient on imprisonment and he did not waver, nor back down despite the severity of what he was facing.
9. I knew him since the Jihad against the Russians and and knew him to be a companion of Abu Musab al-Suri, May God release him, until he (Abu Khalid) was captured in Pakistan.
10. The last message I received from him was before 10 years, before his arrest, and he supported me in a speech I wrote.
11. I said in it that victory was just a matter of patience, then he was arrested and the link between us was cut off.
12. Until the blessed Syrian revolution started, and the flag of Jihad was raised and the pursuit to establish the Islamic State.
13. The Islamic State that ruls by Shariah, spreads Justice, has Shura and will free Jerusalem and all the occupied Muslim lands and….
14….will help the oppressed and will get rid of foreign dependency. And will cleanse the Lands of he corruption.
15. Then Allah made it easy for us to establish contacts after he saved him from imprisonment by the Nusayri bathists. And he was for me and my brothers a good adviser.
16. And he (Abu Khalid) told me that he spent 7 years with with his teacher and companion Abu Musab al-Suri until they were separated. May God free Abu Musab.
17. And he told me that he saw in Sham the seeds of Fitnah (discord) that he witnessed in Peshawar. The Fitnah of ignorance and Hawa and injustice.
18. The one that allows blood to be spilt and rights be violated based on suspicions and hawa and greed.
19. Which reminds me of a funny yet sad story that happened to me in Peshawar where I met the beloved brother Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi.
20. I said to him: There’s a group out there that makes Takfir of me for not making Takfir of the afghan Mujahidin.
21. So he laughed and said: Don’t you you know they made Takfir of me for not making Takfir of you.
22. It’s this Jahl (ignorance) and Hawa and greed that did not even respect the sanctity of Uthman bin Affan.
23. And they did not care for the sanctity of Ali bin Abi Talib, so one of them stabbed him as he was praying the Morning prayer.
24. This Fitnah is what Abu Khalid saw and started warning about it – until God decreed that he would be one of its Martyrs.
25. And it is this Fitnah that does not care for any sanctity or old age or predescence or Jihad or Hijrah or patience in prison or steadfastness on the truth.
26. And this Fitnah needs all Muslims to repel it and that they form a public opinion against it….
27. And against anyone that does not accept Independent Sharia court, and I stress on “independent” …
28. As there is no lesson/example where the judges are chosen by opponents.
29. And it is a must on every Muslim and Mujahid to distance himself from anyone who refuses that.
30. And it’s on every Muslim and Mujahid to not get involved in the blood of the Mujahidin….
31. And he should refuse to blow up their headquarters and kill their Sheikhs, who tired all the criminals seeking ways to kill them.
32. so these extremist fools came and spilt Haram blood. And it’s a must on Muslims to not support those who blow up Mujahideen bases..
33. And sends car bombs to them and human bombs and that they should stop supporting them in any way.
34. And whoever falls in this sin should remember that he’s achieving something for the enemies of Islam which they could not have.
35. The killing of Abu Khalid al-Suri reminds of the murder of the two Shaykhs Mohammad al-Saed and al-Rajjaam on the hands of the GIA.
36. Which represented the moral death for that group which followed by its physical death.
37. And the ones responsible for that crime will not be hidden for they were preceded by the criminals of GIA who also denied killing them.
38. As for you Abu Khalid, we say Goodbye and ask God to accept your greying hair in Jihad, Hijrah and prison and the gives patience to your family.
39. And to your lovers and the supporters of Jihad who where shaken by your loss.
40. Zawahiri then praises Abu Khalid’s life in poetry until he was killed treacherously by ignorants.
41. He says Abu Khalid isn’t the only one as it happened to Ali and Otham as well.
42. He says they will only implement Shariah in Syria and to cleanse the lands of the Rawafid and Bathists, the protectors of Israel.
43. He attacks ISIS, and their greed for power and that they will violate sanctities and that their ancestors killed the Caliphate while  praying.
44. He says their descendants in Sham will be disappointed and That God is enough as a guider and protector/supporter.

Al-Hasan al-Basri رحمه الله تعالى

Dont leave istighfar:

A man once came to al-Hasan al-Basri and complained to him: “The sky does not shower us with rain.” He replied: “Seek Allah’s forgiveness (i.e. say أستغفر ألله).”

Then another person came to him and said, “I complain of poverty.” He replied: “Seek Allah’s forgiveness.”

Then another person came to him and complained, “My wife is barren; she cannot bear children.” He replied: “Seek Allah’s forgiveness.”

The people who were present, said to al-Hasan: “Everytime a person came to you complaining, you instructed them to seek Allah’s forgiveness?”

Al-Hasan al-Basri said, “Have you not read the statement of Allah? ‘I said “Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Truly He is Oft-Forgiving. He will send rain to you in abundance; increase you in wealth and children; grant you gardens and bestow on you rivers.”‘” [Nuh (71):10-12]

There are two things in the earth that give a person safety and security from the punishment of Allah. The first has been removed, whilst the second still remains. As for the first, it was the Messenger of Allah (صلي ألله عليه و سلم).

“Allah would not punish them while you were among them.” [al-Anfal (8):33]

As for the second, it is istighfar. “Allah would not punish them as long as they sought forgiveness.” [al-Anfal (8):33]

أستغفر ألله… أستغفر ألله… أستغفر ألله…

Do not ever leave istigfar

Biography of Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi (رحمه الله تعالى)

Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi (Ibrahim Bencheqroun), un vétéran du Jihad mort en Syrie | Jihad veteran killed in Syria
Ibrahim bin Shakaran ou Ibrahim Bencheqroun, durant les funérailles d’un des combattants d’Harakat Sham al-Islam à l’automne 2013.

Ibrahim bin Shakaran ou Ibrahim Bencheqroun, durant les funérailles d’un des combattants d’Harakat Sham al-Islam à l’automne 2013.

CHRONICLE ARTICLE – DETAILED STUDY – April 2, 2014, a new loyalist counter-attack, mainly engaged by local alawite militias from the coastal region under National Defense Forces (NDF) cover, wa launched on multiple attacks on the Tower 45, an antennas complex on the Jabal al-Nisr, north to Latakia. During clashes and mortars / artillery exchanges, an international jihad veteran, Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi, was reportedly killed. But who was Abu Ahmad ?

ARTICLE CHRONIQUE – ÉTUDE DETAILLEE – Le 2 avril 2014, un nouvel assaut loyaliste, principalement mené par des combattants alaouites de la région côtière sous la bannière des Forces Nationales de Défense, se fit par de nouvelles attaques pour reprendre la Tour 45, complexe d’antennes située sur un pic du Jabal al-Nisr, au nord de Lattaquié. Durant les violents combats et échanges de tirs d’artillerie, un vétéran du jihad international, Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi, aurait été tué. Mais qui était-il ?

A young moroccan toward the salafiyya jihadiyya | Un jeune marocain vers la salafiyya jihadiyya

Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi is not an unknown in the salafiyya jihadiyya. But before exploring his jihad career, and his last military involvements in Syria, with the local rebellion, it’s important to back in his youth in Morocco. His original name is Ibrahim bin Shakaran, better known in Morocco as Ibrahim Bencheqroun (or Benchekroun). He was born in August 4, 1979 in Casablanca. As its name confirms as much as his father link, he comes from family native from Fez. His dark skin an heritage from his maternal grandmother, who was from Mauritania. Little is known about his youth but the Moroccan and U.S. intelligence services noted he attended mainly Ein alShouq Mosque in Casablanca, where he entered gradually in the salafi current (Salafist) and jihadi (Jihadist). He studied in several schools, developing an excellent French language (1), including religious studies in particular during his stay in Afghanistan-Pakistan.

Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi n’est pas un inconnu dans le milieu de la salafiyya jihadiyya. Mais avant d’en venir à son parcours de jihadiste et notamment ses récents engagements en Syrie, aux côtés de la rébellion locale, il est d’abord important de rappeler les origines de cet homme dont le nom originel est Ibrahim bin Shakaran, mieux connu au Maroc comme Ibrahim Bencheqroun (ou Benchekroun). Il est né le 4 aout 1979 à Casablanca. Comme son nom le confirme autant que son père, il est issu d’une famille paternelle native de Fès. Son teint de peau sombre est quant à lui un héritage de sa grand-mère maternelle, qui était d’origine mauritanienne. Sa jeunesse est mal connue et cernée mais les services de renseignements marocains et étasuniens ont relevé qu’il fréquenta principalement la mosquée d’Ein alShouq de Casablanca, lieu où il se lia peu à peu au courant salafi (salafiste), puis jihadi (jihadiste). Il a étudié dans plusieurs écoles, développant une excellente maitrise du français (1), et notamment des études religieuses poussées durant son séjour en Afghanistan-Pakistan.

First steps in Afghanistan | L’Afghanistan et les premiers pas

While an Islamic state was set up as well as possible under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the young Ibrahim found a way in these countries (with Pakistan) to study better and to see his ideas installed in a place. He left Morocco in late 1999 to Pakistan, following some local sermons, before joining in November 2000 (2), the Afghanistan where Mullah Omar was the personality of importance with the Saudi Osama bin Laden and the Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, both founders of the organization al-Qaeda. The now named Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi passed through the most important fighting training centers. The best and famous, and for the best fighters, he could enter between January and May 2001, was the al Farouq training camp, led personally by Osama bin Laden and was especially held by a Syrian military, today engaged in Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.

Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi remained in Afghanistan with other Moroccans and foreign fighters, especially at the time of the terrible attacks of September 11, 2001 on the twin towers of the World Center Street, sparking the ire of the United States of America and the establishment of a coalition under UN mandate to make an intervention in Afghanistan.

Alors qu’un Etat Islamique se met en place tant bien que mal sous le régime des Talibans en Afghanistan, le jeune Ibrahim trouve là un moyen de mettre en pratique ses buts et idées. Il quitta le Maroc fin 1999 pour le Pakistan, à la suite d’écoutes de ce sermons, avant de rejoindre, en novembre 2000 (2), l’Afghanistan où le mollah Omar était la personnalité d’importance avec le saoudien Oussama Ben Laden et l’égyptien Aymann al-Zawahiri, tous deux fondateurs de l’organisation al-Qaïda. Celui qui devint alors clairement Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi passa par les plus importants centres de formation. L’incontournable, et pour les meilleurs des combattants, qu’il put connaître de janvier à mai 2001, fut le camp de formation d’al Farouq, dirigé en personne par Oussama Ben Laden et qui fut notamment tenu militairement par un syrien, aujourd’hui cadre chez le Jabhat al-Nusra.

Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi resta en Afghanistan avec d’autres marocains, notamment à l’époque des terribles attentats du 11 septembre 2001 sur les deux tours du World Street Center, déclenchant les foudres des Etats-Unis d’Amérique et la mise en place d’une coalition sous mandat de l’ONU.

Prison years, from Bagram to Guantanamo and Tanger, until the freedom | Les années de prison, de Bagram à Tanger en passant par Guantanamo, jusqu’à la la libération

The intervention of troops, mainly under NATO umbrella, created fightings which participated Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi before finally being forced to flee under the intervention bombings on the country. He decided, with some Talibans and Muhajireen (emigrants, foreign fighters), to go back in Pakistan via Waziristan. This is where he was arrested by the Pakistani police. But his capture has not occurred during fighting with the police. He was caught after a routine car accident while he and some others were on the road to Lahore. Pakistani authorities, allied of the United States, gave the man and his companions to U.S. forces in Afghanistan – Pakistan. He was quickly transferred, after the camps in Bagram and Kandahar, in May 2002 to the Guantanamo prison, used for fighters considered more radical by the United States of America. There, he was trapped was jailed under the number (ISN) : US9MO – 00587DP which he often recalled himself the number  » 587 « .

L’intervention des troupes, principalement celles de l’OTAN, engagea de nouveaux combats auxquels participa Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi avant d’être finalement contraint à fuir devant la poussée de l’intervention. Il décida, avec d’autres talibans et muhajireen (émigrés, combattants étrangers), de repasser au Pakistan via la Waziristan. C’est là qu’il fut arrêté par les forces de police pakistanaises. Mais sa capture n’a pas eu lieu lors de combats avec ces forces de l’ordre. Il a été pris à la suite d’un banal accident de voiture alors que lui et d’autres étaient sur la route de Lahore. Les autorités pakistanaises, alliées du gouvernement des Etats-Unis, donnèrent l’homme et ses compagnons aux forces américaines en Afghanistan. Il a été très vite transféré, après les camps de Bagram et Kandahar, en mai 2002, vers la prison alors utilisée pour les combattants considérés comme les plus radicaux par les Etats-Unis d’Amérique : à Guantanamo. Là, il fut emprisonné sous le matricule (ISN) : US9MO-00587DP dont il rappellera souvent ce numéro « 587″.
Document anciennement classé secret sur la détention d’Ibrahim Bencheqroun à Guantanamo (Cuba) entre 2002 et 2004.

Former secret classified documents on the moroccan detainee, Ibrahim bin Shakarann, in Guantanamo (Cuba), between 2002 and 2004. | Document anciennement classé secret sur la détention d’Ibrahim Bencheqroun à Guantanamo (Cuba) entre 2002 et 2004.

In July 31, 2004, after an agreement between the authorities of the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America, he was transferred to Morocco. He was released shortly after. But free, the man prepared a new journey. He was arrested in November 2005 (3) by the Moroccan authorities for participation in a « terrorism project. » There for several years, he was jailed in the country’s prisons : Salé, Khemissat, El Jadida and finally Tangier. At the end of this « prison tour », he was finally released again.

C’est le 31 juillet 2004, après un accord entre les autorités du royaume du Maroc et les Etats-Unis d’Amérique, qu’il fut transféré vers le Maroc. Il fut libéré quelques temps après. Mais à peine libre, l’homme prépara un nouveau voyage. Il fut arrêté en novembre 2005 (3) par les autorités marocaines pour participation à un « projet de terrorisme ». Là, pendant plusieurs années encore, il va connaître les prisons du pays. Les geôles de Salé, Khemissat, El Jadida et enfin celle de Tanger. C’est à la fin de ce périple pénitentiaire qu’il est finalement libéré une nouvelle fois.

Jihad in Syria and the birth of Harakat Sham al Islam | Le combat en Syrie et le groupe combattant Harakat Sham al-Islam

At the time of his post-release, things have changed in the Arab-Islamic world. And the « conventional » lands of jihad evolved to make way for so-called « Arab Spring » uprisings and the Libyan, Syrian and Malian conflicts. It’s the conflict in Syria that will attract the attention of dozens of Moroccan jihadiyya salafiyya. The arrival in Syria of Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi is poorly defined in the dates. Probably early 2013. He was finally « spotted » by several jihad specialists including Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi (4).

Dans le temps de son après-libération, les choses vont changer dans le monde arabo-islamique. Et les terres de jihad « conventionnelles » évoluèrent pour laisser place aux révoltes dites du « Printemps Arabe » puis aux conflits libyen, syrien et malien. C’est le conflit en Syrie qui va attirer l’attention de plusieurs dizaines de marocains de la salafiyya jihadiyya. L’arrivée en Syrie d’Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi est encore mal définie dans les dates. Très probablement dès le début de l’année 2013. Il est finalement « repéré » par plusieurs spécialistes du jihad et notamment par Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi (4).
Ibrahim Bencheqroun, Abu Ahmad al Muhajir (ou al Maghrebi), dans la région de Salma, durant l’offensive vers la côté de l’automne 2013.

Ibrahim Bencheqroun (Abu Ahmad al Muhajir / al Maghrebi) in the Salma region, during autumn offensive on the coast (2013) | Ibrahim Bencheqroun, Abu Ahmad al Muhajir (ou al Maghrebi), dans la région de Salma, durant l’offensive vers la côté de l’automne 2013.

The group established by Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir ( emigrant ) was Harakat Sham al-Islam, mainly based in northern Syria, and then received mainly native Maghreb fighters but mostly Moroccans, including other veterans from the international jihad, and some Ibrahim companions (5). Harakat Sham al-Islam became known at the end of summer 2013, at the start of a campaign (6) called « Battle for the Coast » or « Battle of the Descendants of Aisha, the Mother of the Believers » in response to chemical attacks in the eastern Ghouta. The rebellion then penetrated deep into the countryside of the mountains northeast of Latakia, taking several villages. The Abu Ahmad group made some success in these battles. Gradually, Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi extended his group in Aleppo governorate, with a highly influential role as engaged in battles for Kindi Hospital and the Central Prison at the end of 2013 and winter 2013-2014.

Man of dialogue and diplomat, he refused, in January 2014, to take sides in the bloody uprising of the Syrian rebellion against the so-called « Islamic State of Iraq and Sham » (ISIS) . He supported, in late January 2014, the peace initiative led by sheykh Moheisini, who he was close, but ISIS refused the content.

Le groupe que va fonder Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir (l’émigré), Harakat Sham al-Islam s’implanta dans le nord de la Syrie, et accueillit alors principalement des combattants natifs du Maghreb mais surtout des marocains, dont d’autres vétérans du jihad international, et certains compagnons de route d’Ibrahim (5). Harakat Sham al-Islam se fit connaître à la fin de l’été 2013, lors du lancement d’une première campagne (6) dite de la « Bataille de la Côte » ou « Bataille des Descendants d’Aïsha, la Mère des Croyants », en réponse aux attaques chimiques dans la Ghouta orientale. La rébellion pénétra alors profondément dans la campagne des montagnes au nord-est de Lattaquié, prenant plusieurs villages. Le groupe d’Abu Ahmad s’illustra dans ces batailles. Peu à peu, Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi étendit son groupe au gouvernorat d’Alep, avec une branche très influente engagée dans les batailles pour l’hôpital de Kindi et la prison centrale à la fin de l’année 2013 et durant l’hiver 2013-2014. Homme de dialogue et fin diplomate, il refusa, en janvier 2014, de prendre parti dans le sanglant soulèvement de la rébellion syrienne contre le goupe dit de « l’Etat islamique d’Irak et du Sham » (EIIS). Il soutint même, fin janvier 2014, l’initiative de paix du sheikh Moheisini, dont il était proche, mais dont l’EIIS refusa le contenu.
Rencontre, à la fin de l’automne 2013, entre le sheikh Moheisini et Abu Ahmad al Muhajir, dans la région de Salma (gouvernorat de Lattaquié).

Meeting, at the end of autumn 2013, between sheykh Muheysiny and Abu Ahmad al Muhajr, north to Latakia. | Rencontre, à la fin de l’automne 2013, entre le sheikh Moheisini et Abu Ahmad al Muhajir, dans la région de Salma (gouvernorat de Lattaquié).

Death on the battlefield and an immediate famous martyr for jihadis | Mort au front et déjà un martyr célèbre pour les jihadis

Launched in March 21, 2014 morning, a powerful offensive of the rebellion, from Turkey and Jabal al-Akrad and Jabal al-Turkman in Syria, took place in northern part of the Latakia governorate. The offensive was planned by several groups Including three main : syrian Ansar al-Sham (member of the Islamic Front, Jabhat al-Islamiyya), the syrian jihadis-majority, with some muhajireen, Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda for Bilad ash-Sham) and finally the predominantly foreigners group, Including Moroccan, Harakat Sham al-Islam, well-established already in the area, but integrating more and more syrians and other nationalities.

Lancée le 21 mars 2014 au matin, une puissante offensive de la rébellion, partie de Turquie et des Jabal al-Akrad et Jabal al-Turkman syriens, eut lieu au nord du gouvernorat de Lattaquié. L’offensive fut planifiée par plusieurs groupes combattants dont trois principaux : les syriens d’Ansar al-Sham (membre du Front Islamique, Jabhat al-Islamiyya), les jihadis à majorité syriens mais aussi des muhajireen du Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaïda pour le Bilad ash-Sham) et enfin le groupe majoritairement composé d’étrangers, et notamment marocains, Harakat Sham al-Islam, déjà bien implanté dans la région, mais qui accueille de plus en plus de syriens et d’autres nationalités.
Abu Ahmad al Maghrebi menant ses hommes au front dans la défense de la zone de la tour 45, au nord de Lataquié, dernière photographie vivante de l’homme au combat (avril 2014).

Last picture of Abu Ahmad al Maghrebi alive in clashes, defending Tower 45 positions, north to Latakia (April 2014). | Abu Ahmad al Maghrebi menant ses hommes au front dans la défense de la zone de la tour 45, au nord de Lataquié, dernière photographie vivante de l’homme au combat (avril 2014).

The fighting was an important success with heavy losses for the loyalist side, totally surprised by the campaign launched by the rebellion and called al-Anfal battle (the name of a sura). Kassab, Samra and several villages were taken by therebellion and Harakat Sham al-Islam became famous in taking the Jabal al-Nisr and especially the Tower 45. But loyalists reorganized to retake the area. This was the heart of bloody battles where Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi became more famous, to defend the area around the Tower 45. But he was reportedly killed by his wounds on April 2.

The same evening, jihadis networks have immediately expressed their respect for the jihad veteran, whose career has covered several years on two symbolic and important fronts, Afghanistan and Syria, for a man who has always claimed to have been fighter, mujahideen, never a « terrorist ».

Les combats furent un succès général avec de lourdes pertes pour les loyalistes totalement surpris par la campagne lancée par la rébellion et nommée al-Anfal (du nom d’une sourate). La ville de Kassab, celle de Samra et plusieurs villages dont Nab’ain furent pris par la rébellion et Harakat Sham al-Islam s’illustra dans la prise du Jabal al-Nisr et surtout de la Tour 45. Mais les loyalistes se réorganisèrent pour à reprendre la zone. C’est au cœur de ces combats sanglants que s’illustra Abu Ahmad al-Maghrebi, pour la défense de la zone de la Tour 45. Il succomba à ses blessures reçues le 2 avril. Le soir même, les réseaux jihadistes ont tout de suite fait part de leur respect pour ce vétéran du jihad, dont la carrière aura couvert plusieurs années sur deux fronts symboliques, l’Afghanistan et la Syrie, pour un homme qui a toujours clamé avoir été combattant, jamais un « terroriste ».