This audio message published on April 17 2014 must be the most important yet released by ISIS regarding the continuous strife with al-Qaeda in general and Jabhat an-Nusra in particular.
“This was never our manhaj and never will be”
Al-Furqan Media Foundation presents – A speech by Shaykh Abū Muḥammad Al-ʿAdnānī Ash-Shāmī, the official spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq and Ash-Shām (may Allah protect him)
This is not our methodology, nor will it ever be
[ما كان هذا منهجنا ولن يكون]
All praise is to Allah, the Mighty, the Strong, and may blessings and peace be upon the one sent with the sword as a mercy to the worlds
As to what follows
Allah the Almighty said, “O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed in defence and fear Allah that you may be successful.” [3:200]
We have seen from among those walking upon the path of Jihad many different conditions. Some walked a little, but did not remain once a turn met him in the beginning of the road, and so he sat down upon the appearance first hardship. Of them are those who walked to the middle of the road and then did not continue on persevering due to harm and the likelihood of difficulties, and so he remained and stayed aside. And yet among them are those who arrived at the ends of the path and then lost patience and turned around. All of these share the same judgment of the one who did not walk upon this path, not even a single step, and among them are ones who Shayṭān has seduced with desire or suspicion. So he deviates and is misled in his mission, and he thinks that he has done well. Also among them is the one whom Allah led astray upon knowledge. Few are the ones who walk upon the path of Jihad and are patient and persevere until they meet Allah sincere upon what Allah had promised them, pious, neither changing nor altering in their way.
There was for us in the Jihad in Iraq many signs and lessons. We read the Qur’ān and so we see it walking ahead of us upon the Earth, and we live it as a reality every day, every hour, every moment, and none understands the Qur’ān like the Mujāhid, nor does any know the religion like the Mujāhid.
Allah favoured us and opened for us the door to Jihad in Iraq, and so the Muhājirīn (emigrants) raced to come and they flocked from all sides, and thus the flag of Tawḥīd was raised, and the market of Jihad was established, and a small group of Muhājirīn and the Anṣār (supporters) engaged the mightiest force known by history with outdated equipment, with bare chests, confident of Allah’s victory, determined to establish the Law of Allah. Their bodies in Iraq, their souls in the imprisoned city of Makkah, their hearts in Bayt Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem), and their eyes upon Rome.
So the war intensified, the flame was fueled, the steadfast became firm in their way, those who would collapse began to fall and Allah gave victory to the Mujāhidīn. The forearm was strengthened, the dream began to grow, and the Mujāhidīn in Iraq were of the most careful of people upon the jamā’ah and the unity of the Muslims. Shaykh Abū Muṣʿab Az-Zarqāwī hastened in giving the bay’ah (pledging allegiance) to Shaykh Usāmah, may Allah have Mercy upon them both, in an effort to unite the word of the Muslims, to enrage the disbelievers and to raise the morale of the Mujāhidīn. It was a blessed bay’ah, many similar pledges of allegiance followed it in many of the regions. The believers rejoiced, the worries of the Mujāhidīn were raised from them, the dream became closer, fighting intensified, the battles heated up, the rows began to be differentiated, the disgraced became disgraced, the deviated began to deviate, the astray began to go astray, the Mujāhidīn became steadfast and Allah granted them victory and the Mujāhidīn Shura Council was founded. It was only a matter of months until Allah enabled them to do so, and they then declared the Islamic State, they declared it with a high resonance and the dream became a reality. The Mujahidin came out from the restrictiveness of the organisations to the emancipation of the State. The Amīr of the State and the Muhājir minister may Allah have mercy on them both, announced the dissolution of Al-Qāʿidah in Mesopotamia (Iraq), thus ceasing to exist. Terror filled the hearts of the people of disbelief and they began to plot against the young State night and day. They gathered all of their shares and threw them in all of their paths, yet it survived by the favour of Allah alone. Nothing was known of its leaders but clarity of vision and honesty in their speech, lucidity of their flag and purity in their manhaj (methodology). They did not seek favour by flattering nor did they seek favour by attempting to please anyone on account of their religion, not at all! Never upon Allah did they fear the blame of the blamers.
The battle is becoming fiercer day by day, and the State is becoming more powerful and solid, praise be to God. The Muhājirīn and the Anṣār gather under its flag, the disputation of the tribes, continuing upon the path of the Khilāfah. Steadfast and firm, the battle intensified and the state began to expand. The enemies and the opponents of the State began to shoot together from the one bow, in addition to the people of heresy, the evildoers and the criminals. Yet the State remained throughout all of it, protecting the ones who preceded them from the Mujāhidīn in their virtue and in their status, not preceding them in their speech, nor opposing their command or their opinions, protecting the unity of the ranks of the Muslims and respecting those who preceded it from the people of favour and Jihad.
Yes, we respected and revered, and were protective of the jamā’ah, and we remained upon this patiently, despite what we heard and saw from the affairs of that which we hated. So we were patient and persevered, publishing that which was good and covering that which was shameful, until we began to see a deviation. We remained patient and we tried to make excuses for the people of favour who preceded us, however the matter grew and the deviation became clear.
Verily we and what we deny in regards to our matter – are like the bull when presented to the bearer of the sword
Or like the one who is dragged by her family – a young virgin in her ninth year of age
We were protecting it yet it was torn – and big was the tearing for the one who sews patches
The leaders of Al-Qāʿidah deviated from the right manhaj, we say this as sadness overwhelms us and bitterness fills our hearts. We say it with complete regret, and how much we would have loved to not say it, but we have taken it upon ourselves that we must say the truth and to not fear the blame of the blamer. Indeed the changing and the altering has become clear and blatant, verily Al-Qāʿidah today is no longer the Qā’idah of Jihad, and so it is not the base of Jihad, the one praising it is of the lowest, and the tyrants flirt with it, and the deviants and the misguided attempt to woo it.
It is not the base of Jihad the one that entrenches itself among the ranks of the ṣaḥawāt and the secularists, the ones who just yesterday were against it yet today are pleased with it, and they fight against the Mujāhidīn with their fatāwā (legal verdicts).
Verily Al-Qāʿidah today has ceased to be the base of Jihad, rather its leadership has become an axe supporting the destruction of the project of the Islamic State and the coming Khilāfah.
They have altered the manhaj, they became suspicious, they accepted the bay’ah of the dissidents, they split the ranks of the Mujāhidīn, they began war against the Islamic State which was established upon the blood and skulls of the Monotheists, the State which the leaders of Jihad all praised and supported, and beheld its legitimacy year after year, secretly and openly, and even those who fight against it today. It reached the point that they would create poems praising its Amīr and its soldiers, recognising its favours and acknowledging the recent past, that every Muslim had a debt upon their necks to it. What has changed? The Amīr is the same Amīr, the leadership is the same leadership, the soldiers are the same soldiers and the manhaj is the same manhaj! So what has changed to cause the leadership of Al-Qāʿidah to cause us grief, and to label us as the descendants of Ibn Muljim, and to label us as Khawārij?! Fear Allah regarding your selves! Fear Allah regarding the Mujāhidīn! What is your evidence for this that you incite people against them, you cause their blood to flow, you work for the destruction of their State and standing in its way! Tell us, by your Lord, what is your evidence?! Verily these charges are made without evidence, never will it save you before Allah, for you shall be asked about every drop of blood that flows from the Muhājirīn and the Anṣār because of you. Have you forgotten that you shall soon stand before Allah? And yet your enemies are the Muhājirīn and the Anṣār?! And that they will cling to your necks saying, “O Lord, verily these are the ones who accused us of being Khawārij, and they incited the Muslims against us, they killed the monotheist Mujāhidīn in their fatāwā, the ones who dedicated their souls to the victory of Your Religion, and they poured their blood to exalt Your Word, and they gave their dismembered bodies for the establishment of Your Law.
O Lord, verily they in their actions caused the Mujāhidīn to become weakened, and they made the disbelievers glee over their misfortune, they strengthened them against them and they increased the suffering of the oppressed Muslims.
O Lord, verily they sat in a city far away, they did not see with their own eyes nor did they hear with their own ears, they accused us of their unsubstantiated accusations without any proof or authorisation.
O Lord, verily they split the ranks of the Mujāhidīn in every land
O Lord, they themselves do an action yet accuse others of it
O Lord, verily they consider our blood lawful to be spilled and they allow it to be spilled and they kill us, then if we leave them they destroy us, and if we defend ourselves and we respond to them they cry before the media and they label us as Khawārij
O Lord, ask them why they did not weep for Shaykh Abu Abdul-‘Aziz may Allah have Mercy upon him, why did they not incite against his murderer or demand his blood to be spilled, or that he perish in old age transferred between the squares and the prisons? is it because it is certain that the State did not kill him?! And would they have been silent if it were not known who his killer was? Or do they accuse the State?
O Lord, ask them why did they not revile in such terms the killers of the monotheists in Sinai? Why do they not incite the people against their killers? And why they praise their tyrants and pray for them?!
O Lord, verily they do not differentiate between the Mujāhidīn, the ṣaḥawāt and the criminal highway robbers. They gathered them all together and they called them ‘the Ummah’, they labelled them as Mujāhidīn and they blessed them, supported them and assisted them, thus delaying the Jihad by decades.
O Muslims! O Mujāhidīn! We have endured oppression and remained patient so that the symbols would not fall and so the people would not be trialed in their religion. We have been patient and endured for the sake of unifying the ranks, however we found no way available to do so, no way whatsoever! For Al-Qāʿidah has deviated, it has altered and changed.
The difference between the State and Al-Qāʿidah is not over any specific individual, nor is it about giving Bay’ah to any specific individual. The difference with them is not on fighting the ṣaḥawāt (awakening councils) who supported previously what they are upon in Iraq; but the matter is a matter of crooked Religion and deviated Manhaj, a Manhaj which has replaced declaring the Religion of Ibrāhim, disbelieving in the Ṭāghūt (tyrant) and declaring innocence from his supporters and their Jihad; a Manhaj which believes in pacifism and runs after majorities, a Manhaj which is shy from mentioning Jihad and declaring Tawḥīd, and replaces it with – revolution, popularity, uprising striving, struggle, republicanism, secularism, and that the filthy Rāfiḍah polytheists are only but accused and they should be preached to, not fought!
Al-Qāʿidah now runs after the bandwagon of the majority and calls them as ‘the Ummah’; and softens in their stance at the expense of the religion, and the Ṭāghūt of the Ikhwān (Muslim Brotherhood), the one who fights the Mujāhidīn, the one who rules without the Law of The Most Merciful, prayers are made for him and sympathised with, described as being a hope for the Ummah, a hero of its heroes, and we know not which Ummah they are talking about, nor which bitter reaping they await!
And now the Christians have become warriors, the people of idols from the Hindus and Sikhs and others have become ‘partners of the nation’ and it is necessary to live with them in peace, tranquility and mildness. By Allah, no! Never a day was this the Manhaj of the State and never will it be! It is not for the State to follow the people; If they are to do good, then good shall be done, and if they are to do evil then so it shall be done. The Manhaj of the State will remain: disbelieving in the Ṭāghūt, declaring innocence from him and his supporters and fighting them with swords and spearheads, and with conclusive argumentation and evidence. So whoever agrees with it, it welcomes them, and whoever differs with it, it will give him no concern even if he were to call himself ‘the Ummah’, even if it were left alone in a tent and the world is in another tent.
O Muslims, this is our Manhaj which we will not deviate from by the will of Allah, even if Al-Qāʿidah were to fight us upon it, even if we were eradicated and not but one man was left upon it. And O you Mujāhidīn, O you Mujāhidīn, it was asked of the Islamic State to return to Iraq, behind the covers of Sykes-Picot. They have not ceased in beautifying this request in their correspondence, up until three months ago, they threatened and bargained for this return to happen, until it insisted upon obeying its Lord, the orders of its Prophet and what the early leaders of Jihad agreed upon. Then is it that its Manhaj become a Khārijī Ḥarūrī manhaj! No, even worse! It is said that it lies upon people, is hypocritical in its stances and that it uses taqiyyah. They searched for an excuse to openly declare war upon it, so they made the accusation of killing one man the door to destroying the project and burying alive the dream which thousands of Muwaḥḥidīn have migrated for, and in which its path thousand of souls and pure, kind lives have been given generously. So is this from the Book or the Sunnah? Is it from reason or wisdom? Or what is beyond these conspiracies is far beyond that? And the Manhaj has changed and been altered! So choose O Mujāhidīn, whose hand are you going to take? And from among whose ranks shall you be?
O Allah we seek refuge in You from becoming weaker after having been united
So be assured O soldiers of the Islamic State, for we are by Allah’s Will progressing upon the Manhaj of the Imām Shaykh Usāmah, and the Amīr of the martyrdom seekers Abū Muṣʿab Az-Zarqāwī, and the founder of the state Abū ʿUmar Al-Baghdādī, and its Minister of war Abū Ḥamzah Al-Muhājir. We will never, by the Will of Allah, never alter our commitment, nor change it, until we taste what they tasted.
We are progressing upon the path of Khilāfah, nothing will harm us by the Will of Allah, for we will bring it to a return by Allah’s Will, and return its tower, return its glory, by our blood, skulls, dead bodies! So do not alter your commitment, nor change it. The Muhājirīn will continue to come in groups to the Islamic State, even if they were bind in chains, made unconscious in prisons, never will suspicion come between them and the Islamic State, not a Ṭāghūt will stop them nor will they be in obscurity by one who is misguided. Their Lord will bring them out, their Lord will guide them, and sufficient is your Lord as a Guide and Helper.
O Allah if this State is a State of the Khawārij then break its back, kill its leaders, forgo its banner and guide its soldiers to the truth.
O Allah if is an Islamic State, ruling by Your Book and the Sunnah of Your Prophet, fighting Your enemies, then keep it firm, honour it and grant it victory, and establish it upon the earth, and make it as the Khilāfah upon the Way of Prophethood. So say Āmīn O Muslims.
O Allah, deal with all of those who split the ranks of the Mujāhidīn, and who divided the word of the Muslims, pleased the disbelievers, enraged the believers and delayed the Jihad by many years.
O Allah expose their secrets and hidden intentions, and send upon them Your Anger and Your Curse and show us in them the Miracles of Your Power and Might. Say Āmīn O Muslims