Monday, January 31, 2011

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Statement Praises Demonstrators' Steadfastness, Calls for Vigilence against Plotters





The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimoun) has issued a statement today, "Statement from the Muslim Brotherhood concerning the Egyptian People's Continuation of the Blessed Uprising's (Intifada) until January 31, 2011," the country's people for continuing to demonstrate for their rights. It warns against being fooled by false offers that are designed only to bring an end to the demonstrations so the regime of the autocratic president, Hosni Mubarak, can be re-entrenched. What is needed, the statement says, is a radical change in the existing Egyptian political system. The "young men and women" who have participated in the demonstrations are singled out for praise. The statement prays that God protects the Egyptian people against those who are attempting to fool them (the Mubarak regime) and calls for the people's steadfastness and patience.

The Ikhwan issued a statement, signed by its supreme guide Muhammad al-Badi'a, on January 29th calling for a complete change in the Egyptian political system.

It issued a statement supporting the popular demonstrations on January 25th.

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بيان من الإخوان المسلمين بشأن الانتفاضة المباركة المستمرة للشعب المصري حتى يوم الإثنين 31/1/2011م

إن الإخوان المسلمين- وهم في وسط الحركة الشعبية المباركة التي هبَّ الشعب المصري بها للتغيير السلمي للنظام- يعلنون رفضهم التام لتشكيل الحكومة الجديدة التي تعد التفافًا على إرادة الشعب، ويدعون الشعب إلى الاستمرار في فعالياته، وأن يتحرك في مسيرات حاشدة في جميع أنحاء القطر المصري، حتى يترك هذا النظام كله السلطة برئيسه وحزبه ووزرائه وبرلمانه، ويهيبون بالشعب العظيم أن يتحلى بالصبر والمصابرة. وإذا كان النظام لا يزال مصرًّا على عناده ومحاولاته الالتفاف على هذه الانتفاضة المباركة من أجل إجهاضها؛ فلا بد من اليقظة والحذر، وعدم الانخداع بهذه العروض الماكرة، ولا بد أن ندرك جميعًا أننا بهذه العزيمة القوية بإذن الله التي لا يتطرق إليها ضعف ولا وهن وعدم الانصراف حتى تحقيق التغيير الجذري للنظام بكل أركانه وأشخاصه وسياساته؛ هو السبيل الوحيد للوصول إلى كل هذه الأهداف. ويؤكد الإخوان المسلمون على جميع القوى السياسية والوطنية والشباب العظيم والشابَّات العظيمات الذين فجروا هذه الانتفاضة أن يتمسكوا بالوحدة والتناصر والالتحام وتقديم المطالب الشعبية العليا على المطالب والشعارات الخاصة.

كما يقدِّر الإخوان الموقف الجليل للجيش المصري العظيم الذي وقف مع شعبه، باعتباره جزءًا منه ومن بين أبنائه ليحقق له الأمن، ويحافظ على المرافق الحيوية ومؤسسات الدولة والممتلكات العامة والخاصة، وإننا على ثقة أنه سيظل منحازًا إلى الشعب الذي يضفي الشرعية على أي شخص أو برلمان أو وزارة، وأنه لن يستجيب إلى محاولات النظام استخدامه ضد أهله وإخوانه وشعبه، ونحن نثق كل الثقة في رجاله، وأنه لن يكون إلا نصيرًا لشعبه. وقى الله مصر مكر الماكرين وكيد الكائدين، ونصر الله شعبها الصابر العظيم في تحقيق أهدافه.. وسيعلم الذين ظلموا أي منقلب ينقلبون.

الإخوان المسلمون القاهرة 27 من صفر 1432هـ الموافق 31 من يناير 2011م.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My New Piece at Foreign Policy Magazine's AFPAK Channel on Death of Al-Qa'ida Central's German Spokesman Bekkay Harrach

I have a new article at Foreign Policy magazine's AFPAK Channel, "Al-Qaeda Loses a Key Media Presence," about the confirmed death of Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) German spokesman, Bekkay Harrach (بكاي حراش ). The young German of Moroccan descent was reportedly killed leading an attack by members of AQC and two of its key regional allies, Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), against the United States military base in Bagram, Afghanistan last year. Rumors of his death surfaced last autumn but were never confirmed by the U.S., NATO, or AQC.

"Bekkay Harrach, the German spokesman for Al Qaeda Central (AQC), was confirmed dead in an attack on the U.S. air base at Bagram in a statement released last week by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The German-Moroccan was usually referred to by the jihadi nom de guerre Abu Talha al-Almani (The German). Rumors of his death surfaced last autumn but were never confirmed by either NATO or AQC.

Born to a Moroccan family that immigrated to Germany when he was a child, Harrach starred in several German-language AQC propaganda films and audio tapes. Harrach is believed to have traveled to Afghanistan or Pakistan in 2007 where he eventually joined AQC, and it is suspected (but has not been confirmed) that his travel was facilitated by recruitment networks active in Germany. A relatively large number of Germans, including many of Turkish descent, have traveled to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions, and joined in significant numbers two militant Uzbek groups operating in the region, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and an offshoot, the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU)."

Read the rest at AFPAK CHANNEL...
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My previous AFPAK Channel article, "Al-Qaeda's Media Plays Follow the Leader," was published on October 25, 2010 HERE.

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Statement Praises Demonstrators & Army, Calls for Repeal of State of Emergency, & for Formation of Transitional Government

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimoun) has issued a statement today signed by its supreme guide, Muhammad al-Badi'a, praising demonstrators for their courage and the Egyptian army for defending the people and the country's institutions and heritage. The statement appeals to Egyptian youth to continue defending the country's heritage, like the Egyptian Museum, and private property. Condolences to the families of the "martyrs" killed in clashes with Egyptian security forces were also issued.

On the political end, the statement calls for:

*The abolition of the state of emergency, which President Hosni Mubarak's government has had in place since coming to power in 1981.

*New national elections that are really democratic and regulated by the law

*Immediate release of all political prisoners

*Formation of a transitional national government by consensus

*Establishment of a fact-finding commission to investigate the use of violence by government security forces against demonstrators

*Maintenance of a peaceful uprising for freedom and democracy

Several days ago the Ikhwan released a statement supporting popular demonstrations that began on January 25.

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بيان من الإخوان المسلمين بشأن الانتفاضة المباركة للشعب المصري "29 يناير 2011م

إن الإخوان المسلمين "وهم جزء أصيل من الشعب المصري الكريم" يتقدمون بخالص التحية والتقدير لشباب مصر وشعبها الحر في طول البلاد وعرضها على انتفاضهتم السلمية المباركة، وعلى الدور الوطني والأداء المشرف في حماية المؤسسات والممتلكات العامة والخاصة.


ويؤكد الإخوان المسلمون الدعوةَ إلى الاستمرار في ذلك، ويتقدمون مع جموع الشعب بالتحية إلى جيش مصر صاحب التاريخ الوطني المُشرِّف الذي يمتلك بالتأكيد رؤيةً إستراتيجيةً للحفاظ على أمن مصر وحماية مكتسبات الشعب وتحقيق مطالبه العادلة.

ويؤكد الإخوان المسلمون أن ما حدث هو ثورة تلقائية سلمية وطنية ترفض الظلم وتطالب بالحرية والإصلاح الشامل، وأن الذين يقومون بتخريب المحال والاعتداء على الممتلكات العامة والخاصة هم شركاء الجهاز الأمني من البلطجية الذين سبق أن استعان بهم الأمن في قمع الشعب وتزوير إردته في الانتخابات.


ويؤكد الإخوان المسلمون أن الشاب الوطني الحر هم الذين تصدوا بأجسادهم لحماية المؤسسات والممتلكات من هذا العدوان الهمجي في ظلِّ غيابٍ كاملٍ لأجهزة الأمن، التي تفرَّغت للبطش بهم، بل وقتلهم، ونسيت مهمتها الأساسية.


ويناشدون شباب الأمةَ الاستمرار في حماية مؤسسات الدولة والممتلكات العامة والخاصة مهما كانت التضحيات.


والإخوان المسلمون إذْ يتقدمون بخالص العزاء لأسر الشهداء، ويدعون الله أن يتقبَّلهم في الشهداء، ويمنُّ بالشفاء العاجل على المصابين؛ فإنهم يعلنون أنهم مع هذا الشعب الكريم حتى تتحقق مطالب الشعب الأساسية التي اتفقت عليها جموع الشعب وسائر القوى الوطنية والشعبية، وعلى رأسها:


1- إلغاء حالة الطوارئ فورًا ودون إبطاء.


2- حل مجلسي الشعب والشورى المزورَينِ، والدعوة إلى انتخابات جديدة تحت إشراف قضائي كامل.


3- الإفراج الفوري عن جميع المعتقلين والمسجونين السياسيين.

4- الإعلان عن تشكيل حكومة وطنية انتقالية من غير الحزب الوطني تتولى إجراء الانتخابات النزيهة ونقل السلطة بشكلٍ سلمي.


5- تشكيل لجنة وطنية للتحقيق وتقصي الحقائق في وقائع استخدام العنف والقتل غير المبرر ضد المتظاهرين، والذي تسبب في عشرات القتلى ومئات الجرحى وآلاف المعتقلين.


ونحن مصرون على الاستمرار في هذه الانتفاضة السلمية حتى تتحقق مطالب الشعب العادلة كاملةً غير منقوصة قبل أن يحصل ما لا نتمناه لوطننا الحبيب، وقد آن لليل أن ينجلي، وللقيد أن ينكسر.. والله نسأل أن يحفظ مصرنا وشعبها من كل مكروهٍ وسوء.

التوقيع
أ د. محمد بديع
المرشد العام للإخوان المسلمين
القاهرة: 25 من صفر 1432هـ الموافق 29 من يناير 20011م

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Fifth Guest Piece on Prof. Juan Cole's Informed Comment Blog: "Hezbollah's Double Standards: Iran, Tunisia, & Popular Protest"

I'm excited to write that today I have a fifth guest piece on Informed Comment, the widely-read blog of Prof. Juan Cole of the University of Michigan's Department of History, who is a noted expert on the modern Middle East and South Asia, with a specialty in Shi'i Islam. The essay is entitled: "Hezbollah's Double Standards: Iran, Tunisia, & Popular Protest." My main point is that Hizbullah (Hezbollah, Hizballah), like all other actors, is usually motivated by self-interest.
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My first guest piece, "The Islamic State of Iraq’s Positions on Iraqi National Elections: The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State," can be read HERE.

My second guest piece, "The Death of a Caliph: Will the Reported Killings of the Islamic State of Iraq's Two Senior Leaders Spell the End of the Self-styled Jihadi State?", can be read HERE.

My third guest piece, "From 'Martyrdom' Videos to Jihadi Journalism in Somalia," can be read HERE.

My fourth guest piece, "HAMAS' Rhetoric as Spoiler," can be read HERE.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Statement in Support of Popular Demonstrations against the Mubarak Regime

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimoun) has issued a statement in support of the massive popular demonstrations that broke out on January 25th against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. The statement supports the demonstrations and calls on the government to comply with the demands of its people. The statement was issued with the support of Muhammad Badi'a, the Egyptian Ikhwan's supreme guide. It is entitled, "Statement from the Muslim Brotherhood concerning the Events of January 25, 2011 and their Aftermath."
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ENGLISH:

Egypt is undergoing important events where the Egyptian people started a movement in Cairo and other cities in the country expressing their anger and denouncing the practices and violations by the system.

Their movements were peaceful and effective with the youth spreading everywhere. All called for the next stage to prioritize reform, stability, freedom and democracy without which stability cannot be achieved in Egypt.

The MB, who is participating in these events, is expressing their appreciation of the efforts of the Egyptian people. They also offer condolences to the families of both the citizens and police officials killed during these events. They also wish the injured a speedy recovery.

The MB stresses the following:

- The peaceful and civilized movement of the Egyptian people, which started on January 25, must continue against the corruption, oppression and injustices until its demands of legitimate reform are achieved, the dissolving of the rigged-parliament, and the holding of free and fair elections under full judicial supervision.

- The regime in Egypt must comply with the wills of the people and conduct the required reforms, abandon the policy of intransigence and oppose the demands of the people, take serious, immediate and effective measures to achieve the required reform in all fields, stop harming protestors and release all those detained in these events and the ones before.

- The MB is an Islamic collective organization, and its members belong to the Egyptian society; they share their happiness and sadness and call on all citizens of Muslims and non-Muslims to cooperate in the good, to achieve justice, to lay the foundations of the right and to put the interest of the nation before the personal interest. They call on all to unite against injustices and corruption, effectively and peacefully without causing any damage to any public and private properties.

They stress on the importance of the cooperation between all political and partisan forces to maintain a unified national stance

The Muslim Brotherhood
26 January 2011


بيان من الإخوان المسلمين حول أحداث يوم 25 يناير 2011م وتداعياتها
[26/01/2011][20:57 مكة المكرمة]

تعيش مصر الآن وسط العالم العربي والإسلامي أحداثًا كبيرةً ومهمةً؛ حيث تحرك الشعب المصري في القاهرة وفي مدن أخرى كثيرة للإعلان عن استنكاره وغضبه من ممارسات وتجاوزات النظام القائم، وقد كانت الحركة سلميةً وجادَّةً وفعالةً، وكان الشباب يتصدَّرون المشهد، وأعلن الجميع- وبكل وضوح وبإرادة حاسمة- ما يجب أن يكون في المرحلة المقبلة؛ من إصلاح واستقرار، وحرية وديمقراطية، لا تستقر بدونها الأوضاع في مصر.


والإخوان المسلمون- وهم يعيشون مع كل أبناء مصر هذه الأجواء ويشاركون في هذه الأحداث ويؤكدون مطالب الأمة- يتوجَّهون بالتحية والتقدير للشعب المصري على هذه الحركة الإيجابية السلمية المباركة، ويتقدمون بخالص العزاء لأسر الشهداء من المواطنين ورجال الشرطة الذين سقطوا في هذه الأحداث، ويدعون الله لهم بالقبول والمغفرة، ويدعون الله للمصابين بالشفاء العاجل.


ويؤكدون ما يلي:


1- أن حركة الشعب المصري التي بدأت يوم 25 يناير وكانت سلميةً وناضجةً ومتحضِّرةً؛ يجب أن تستمر هكذا ضد الفساد والقهر والظلم؛ حتى تتحقَّق مطالبه الإصلاحية المشروعة، وعلى رأسها حل مجلس الشعب المزور، وإجراء انتخابات حرة ونزيهة، وتحت إشراف قضائي كامل.


2- يجب على النظام في مصر أن ينزل على إرادة الناس ويسارع بإجراء الإصلاحات المطلوبة، وأن يتخلَّى عن سياسة العناد والتصدي لمطالب الشعب المشروعة، وأن يتخذ إجراءاتٍ فوريةً وجادَّةً وفاعلةً لتحقيق الإصلاح المنشود في كل المجالات، وألا يتعرض للمتظاهرين بسوء وأن يفرج فورًا عن كل المعتقلين في هذه الأحداث وما قبلها.

3- أن الإخوان المسلمين هيئة إسلامية جامعة، وأن أبناءها جميعًا من نسيج المجتمع المصري يشاركونه دائمًا أفراحه وأتراحه ويعيشون همومه، ويدعون أنفسهم وأبناءهم وإخوانهم في الوطن من المسلمين وغير المسلمين إلى التعاون على البر والتقوى، وإلى العمل على تحقيق العدل، وإلى إرساء قواعد الحق وتقديم مصلحة الأمة على كل المصالح الفردية والفئوية، ويهيبون في هذه الظروف بالجميع أن يكونوا على قلب رجل واحد، ضد الظلم والجور والفساد والتزوير، وبسلمية وجدية وواقعية، دون إضرار بالمؤسسات أو الممتلكات العامة والخاصة، ويصبرون على ذلك حتى تتحقَّق مطالب الشعب المشروعة.


ضرورة أن تتعاون جميع القوى السياسية والحزبية وتتوافق دائمًا على موقف وطني موحَّد في حركتها وريادتها وإدارتها للحركة الشعبية القائمة الآن؛ حتى يكونوا دائمًا عند ظن جماهير الشعب بهم ويتم تحقيق المطالب الشعبية جميعها.


الإخوان المسلمون

القاهرة في: 22 من صفر 1432هـ 26 من يناير 2011م

Lebanon's Hizbullah Condemns Moscow Airport Bombing, Issues Condolences to Russian People

Hizbullah's secretary-general, al-Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah

The Lebanese Twelver Shi'i political party Hizbullah (Hezbollah, Hizballah) has issued a statement condemning Monday's kamikaze (suicide) bombing in Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. The text is below without edits. The party also issued its condolences to the Russian people.
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تقدم بالتعزية من القيادة الروسية ومن عموم أفراد الشعب الروسي

يدين حزب الله وبشدة حادث الاعتداء الغاشم الذي حصل في مطار مدينة موسكو وراح ضحيته عشرات المدنيين، ويعتبر أن هذا العمل هو إجرام مجاني لا يمكن إلا رفضه والتنديد به وبمرتكبيه. وبالمناسبة فإن حزب الله يتقدم من القيادة الروسية ومن عموم أفراد الشعب الروسي ومن العائلات المفجوعة بأحر التعازي والمواساة. صدر عن العلاقات الدولية في حزب الله البيان التالي:

Hizbullah Vehemently Condemns Attack on Moscow Airport

Hizbullah International Relations issued the following statement:

Hizbullah vehemently condemns the attack that took place on the Moscow airport (Russia) where tens of victims fell in the attack.

Hizbullah considers this act as criminal which should be rejected, and whose perpetrators should be condemned and prosecuted.

On this occasion, Hizbullah offers its warmest condolences to the Russian leadership as well as to the Russian people, particularly the inflicted families who lost their beloved.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

IN PICTURES: Lebanon's Hizbullah Marks Arba'in, Forty-day Commemoration of Imam Husayn's Martyrdom

The Lebanese Twelver Shi'i party Hizbullah (Hezbollah, Hizballah) is marking the forty-day commemoration of the "martyrdom" of the third Shi'i Imam, Husayn bin 'Ali, in battle against the numerically superior army of the Umayyad caliph Yazid I in 680 C.E. As part of its commemoration the party has produced cyber graphic art, seen in this post.


The party's artwork for 'Ashura for this year can be seen in a PREVIOUS POST.


New Audio Message from Usama bin Laden to France



Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) AL-Sahab Media Foundation has released the short audio message from its leader, Usama bin Laden (Osama bin Ladin), that was aired on Al-Jazeera Arabic satellite TV yesterday. The AQC leader says that the release of French nationals held hostage by AQC's North African affiliate, Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), depends on French withdrawal from Afghanistan and changes in French policies toward Muslims around the world. AQIM's branch in the northwest Sahel (Mali, Niger, Mauritania) has carried out a number of high-profile kidnappings of Europeans over the past two years and has reportedly been successful in extorting substantial ransoms for some of them. Several hostages have been killed, either by AQIM or during rescue attempts.

Bin Laden last released an audio tape aimed at the French in late October 2010.
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The audio message can be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs:

http://sharebee.com/a00102ad

http://multiupload.com/ER027ORKSW

http://www.rapidspread.com/file.jsp?id=lfu8xkigka

The password to unpack the file is: IKh52FRTgubnSXR

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Confirms the Death of Bekkay Harrach, German Member of Al-Qa'ida Central, in 2010 Afghanistan Attack

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an Uzbek jihadi-takfiri group founded in Uzbekistan but currently, and for many years, based in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has confirmed in a German statement issued today that Bekkay "Abu Talha al-Almani (The German)" Harrach, a German-Moroccan member of Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC; Qaeda, Qaida), was killed during an attack on the United States military base in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2010. Rumors of his death emerged last year. Harrach was featured in a number of AQC videos speaking in German.

According to the IMU statement, entitled "A New Year in Waziristan," Harrach, who is called the "Hafiz-martyr" (a hafiz is someone who has memorized the Qur'an), was killed leading a major joint attack by 20 members of AQC, the IMU, and the Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (Taliban Movement of Pakistan; TTP) against the U.S. military base at Bagram, Afghanistan.

Besides confirming Harrach's death the IMU statement is important because it provides further evidence of the working relationship between the group, AQC, and the TTP. In September 2010 the IMU released a video confirming the death of its former leader, Tahir Yuldashev (also called Muhammad Tahir Farouq), which included footage of its new and current leader, the young Abu Usman Adil (Osman Odil), meeting with TTP leaders Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rahman (Rehman) Mehsud. The participation of TTP members in an attack in Afghanistan is also significant.

Cyber jihadi-takfiri graphic designers used images of Harrach from his AQC videos in artwork promising attacks on Germany, which I wrote about briefly HERE.
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The IMU's new statement is, for the time being, available for download via this NON-militant URL from a free file-sharing web site (uploaded by the group):

http://depositfiles.com/files/dyedbmtq9

Sunday, January 16, 2011

4th Issue of "Inspire" Magazine from Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula

UPDATE (September 27, 2011): New 7th issue of INSPIRE has just been released.

UPDATE (July 19, 2011):
Images and non-militant download links for the just-released sixth issue of Inspire HERE.

UPDATE (March 29, 2011): Analysis & non-militant URL download links for the just-released fifth issue of Inspire
HERE .

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Malahem (Epics) Media Foundation, has released the fourth issue of its English-language Inspire magazine. The magazine is believed to be edited by American Samir Khan. The inaugural issue was released in July, the second issue on October 11, and the third issue on November 20. Comments, particularly on the Shi'i-related material, to follow.
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PDFs from NON-militant sites can be downloaded via:

http://sharebee.com/df566366

http://www.rapidspread.com/file.jsp?id=z5sbkusq7b

http://www.rapidspread.com/file.jsp?id=u1pfzp2c7l

The password to unpack the file is: H03jHKJhsduhdfTBCVMNWIhdsjh3d

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Cyber Jihadi-Takfiri Response to Tunisia's Political Turmoil & Zayn al-'Abidin ben Ali's Flight

A cyber jihadi-takfiri response to Tunisia's political turmoil and the flight of its autocratic president, Zayn al-'Abidin ben 'Ali today. Click on the image to enlarge.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

IN PICTURES: Target: Twelver Shi'i Polemicist Yasir al-Habib

"It is a requirement for the soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq to slaughter one of the Rafidah dogs, one of the children of mu'tah (temporary marriage) and disbelief..." Mut'ah is approximately translated as "temporary marriage" and is a practice unique to Twelver Shi'i Muslims. Essentially, it permits a man and woman to have a relationship akin to dating, with licit sexual relations, that is recognized as legal in Twelver Shi'i law. "Rafidah" (plural: Rawafid) is an Arabic term that literally means "rejectionist" or "one who rejects" but is used as a derogatory term for Shi'i Muslims by some Sunni Muslims.

A recent topic of cyber jihadi-takfiri web art has been the controversial Twelver Shi'i polemicist Yasir al-Habib (Yasser Habeeb), a Kuwaiti living in Britain. He is infamous for publicly insulting 'Aisha and other companions of the Prophet Muhammad who are revered by Sunnis but condemned by Shi'is for not supporting 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet's cousin and son-in-law, in his failed claim to be the Prophet's successor. Al-Habib has also slandered Twelver Shi'i scholars with whom he disagrees, including the late Lebanese grand ayatullah Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah. Al-Habib accuses some of the Prophet's companions of "assassinating him." His inflammatory statements have led to the Kuwaiti government banning "sectarian gatherings" in a bid to tame rising Sunni-Shi'i tensions in the country.

Al-Habib practices a form of the Shi'i practice of tabarru' ("disassociation" or, in some practices, cursing) of those individuals believed to be (or have been) against 'Ali ibn Abi Talib and other Shi'i Imams and holy figures. It is not dissimilar to the Sunni-Salafi concept of al-wala' min al mu-'mineen wa'l bara' 'an al-kafirin (loyalty to the believers and disavowal of the unbelievers). He is a controversial figure among Twelver Shi'is too. The practice of tabarru' has been debated among Twelver jurists for centuries, including during the Safavid period in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

In September 2010 the small Gaza-based jihadi-takfiri group Jama'at al-Tawhid wa'l Jihad fi Bayt al-Maqdis (Group of Absolute Monotheism and Struggle in Jerusalem, literally "the Holy House" and generally Palestine).

Al-Habib, who speaks with a lazy drawl that often is scarcely above a loud whisper, issues video-taped polemics via his Al-Minbar (The Pulpit) Media in both Arabic and English.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

IN PICTURES: Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula: Part 2

AQAP leaders with one major omission: the group's amir (senior leader), Nasir "Abu Basir" al-Wihayshi (also transliterated as "al-Wahayshi" & "al-Wuhayshi"). Pictured from left: Fahd al-Qus'o (al-Quso), a wanted suspect in the 2000 attack on the USS Cole destroyer in the port of Aden; senior military commander Qasim al-Raymi (sometimes transliterated as "al-Rimi"), also known as Abu Hurayrah al-San'ani; field commander and former Guantanamo Bay inmate 'Uthman al-Ghamdi; and the radical American Muslim preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi (also transliterated as "al-'Awlaki" & "al-'Aulaqi").

Part 2 of "In Pictures: Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula" (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida)

See Part 1 HERE.

Poster featuring the AQAP "martyrs" highlighted in a video produced by the group's media wing, the Al-Malahem (Epics) Media Foundation, and released on July 21, 2010.



Anwar al-'Awlaqi in Russian


Anwar al-'Awlaqi


Highlighting AQAP attacks on Yemeni government targets in the province of Abyan


"In the Yemen of Faith...We are deterring aggression"...Pictured at the top right is AQAP amir Nasir al-Wihayshi


'Abdullah Hasan al-'Asiri, the young Saudi who attempted to assassinate the Saudi deputy minister of the interior, Prince Muhammad bin Nayyif, in August 2009.