Thursday, January 28, 2010

Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani, Humam (Hamam) al-Balawi: Nasheed Video (& Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi)

Dr. Humam (Hamam) al-Balawi, "Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani" (lower two photographs), the "Emigrant-Martyr/Self-sacrificer," shown with Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi (top), arguably the most influential living jihadi-Salafi religious scholar and ideologue. Al-Maqdisi lives in the industrial city of al-Zarqa near the Jordanian capital, 'Amman. Al-Balawi is described in this cyber mural as, "your harvest, O' Shaykh of Absolute Monotheism," the result of al-Maqdisi's radical activism.

Dr. Humam (Hamam) al-Balawi, a Jordanian doctor from a Palestinian refugee family from the northern Jordanian city of Irbid, killed seven operatives from the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a senior Jordanian intelligence officer, who was a member of the Jordanian ruling family, the Hashemites, on December 30 in a kamikaze bombing in Khost, Afghanistan. The operation was claimed by Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC), but al-Balawi's subsequently released (to Al-Jazeera) martyrdom video was produced by 'Umar Studio, the media outlet of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Indeed, al-Balawi was shown next to TTP's leader, Hakimullah Mehsud. Known by his nom de guerre Abu Dunajah al-Khurasani (al-Khorasani), al-Balawi was a well-known jihadi-takfiri editorialist, though no one knew his actual identity. After his death, he has been the subject of numerous jihadi media creations, including cyber posters and videos, and has been called the "hero of the sword and the pen."

The event was particularly embarrassing to the CIA and Jordan's government because al-Balawi had been thought to have been a double-agent informing on AQC. The fact that he was able to sneak away to film a martyrdom video will, sitting next to the leader of TTP, also reflected poorly on both institutions.

Below is a "martyrdom" nasheed video dedicated to al-Balawi produced by "al-Muraqib Media." A nasheed (plural: anasheed) is a religious, and here a political, themed song. Clips from his martyrdom video are included.

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