In the time of war, it is only natural for the enemy to spread propaganda and thereby justify aggression against its foes. The confrontation between the camp of al-Iman and the camp of al-Kufr has become very intense. Many people have been killed or wounded and many lands have been ravaged. But the war has not only extended to guns, tanks and planes. The propaganda machine in this time of war is also very busy fighting a psychological war, adopted by the international intelligence and political organizations that do not want al-Shari’a to be implemented. They have spread many lies, distortions and character assassinations, seeking to affect the public opinion and to implant an image in the minds of the people to help them in their military objectives. They target to mislead the masses in order to achieve their objectives.
Those groups and organizations target to mislead the Muslim masses that support al-Mujahideen and divert them away from them. They know that because their objectives are not accepted by the Muslims, they have to distort the reality and use satanic tricks to dazzle people with their words.
The media techniques of misleading the masses is established on three foundations:
- Media deviation
- Psychological warfare
The camps of al-Kufr have adopted these three foundations as their media policies of distortion to make people stand with them or to turn away from al-Mujahideen.
Distortion of the media means to transfer the information, diverting from the truth and fabricating events, realities or perspectives, taking words and events out of context to whisper and play with the minds of the masses. This is known as al-Tahrif in al-Qur’an, meaning to take something out of the correct track. Allah says,
“أَفَتَطْمَعُونَ أَن يُؤْمِنُواْ لَكُمْ وَقَدْ كَانَ فَرِيقٌ مِّنْهُمْ يَسْمَعُونَ كَلاَمَ اللّهِ ثُمَّ يُحَرِّفُونَهُ مِن بَعْدِ مَا عَقَلُوهُ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ”
“Do you, then, hope that they would believe in what you are preaching, while many of them used to hear the words of Allah and then distort the Torah after they had understood it while they were knowing?” (Surat al-Baqara, 75)
Allah informed us that they changed the truth, the same way that the media today take the words of Muslim leaders, Mujahideen and Ulama and take them out of context, portraying them with a completely opposite meaning.
Another way they distort with the media is by ignoring and hiding the information, making it difficult for people to access the information. Sometimes they do not want to admit casualties, and that is why you find many cases of several operations by al-Mujahideen and news of this coming out of the battlefield or even their videos and evidence of it, yet you do not find any news about it in the mainstream media, as if it never happened., the mass twitter suspension is the perfect example of it.
Doubt upon the strength of al-Mujahideen:
Whenever they do or are forced to report any news of al-Mujahideen, they always give the impression that there is doubt or ignorance about al-Mujahideen. They will use words such as “so-called” or “alleged” or “apparently”. For example, they will say the “so-called fighters” or “so-called leader al-Adnani” and so forth, as if to give the impression that they do not really exist or that they are insignificant. They imply that there is something suspicious or false about the sources of al-Mujahideen or any news of their successes or strengths. A typical example of that is the Western media and their half-truths and outright lies in their coverage of the situation in Kobane.
Exaggeration of Western strength:
At the same time they always attempt to give the impression that their own efforts and strengths are superior and impenetrable in an inflated manner and the under estimation of out weakness. They will continuously speak about the advance technology and weaponry, even if they are not real or ineffective. They imply that their weapons can destroy everything from the soldiers to the mountains, though there is nothing like this. They wish to spread fear in the hearts of their enemies.
They will name their operations with big names and highlight them publicly, “Operation Eagle” and similar things. They will declare that they will use these heavy handed tactics and use heavy weapons to strike fear and to provoke the enemy to see if they will react or pre-empt that in any way, this also allows them to gather information and intelligence about their enemy.
Sometimes they will use certain terms or information in order to provoke the curiosity of the people and incite them to enquire and investigate a story which is completely false in the first place, i.e. the announcement of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the natural curiosity of the people will help to spread and exaggerate the propaganda for them.
Repeating the news:
They will also use the tactic of repeating the same lie over and over again, repeating it every day and even several times a day. They will return to the same lie on every occasion to give the impression that they have discovered more evidence or that new events strengthens the case of their previous lie, so that the news will stick in the minds of the people and makes them feel as though it must be true.
They will always speak about al-Mujahideen in a mocking and belittling way, calling them names, belittling their beliefs, their efforts and claims, attempting to embarrass and expose/fabricate faults in their character, beliefs and call.
The enemy sometimes engages in operations and heinous acts of violence, usually against women and children, and then blame it on al-Mujahideen, taking advantage of and reinforcing the false image in the minds of the people and inciting division and new enemies against al-Mujahideen.
Everyone knows that it is forbidden in Islam to deliberately kill and target women (non-fighters) and children, so how could al-Mujahideen, who are mature and practising Muslims, be ignorant of this Islamic ruling?
They also like to spread the news, comments and information from groups and organizations that look like al-Mujahideen in their skin, language, religions but those who support the agenda of the government.
They utilise those people who support them and hold grudges against al-Mujahideen, spreading their words, elevating them in the eyes of the people and giving them status, reference and reputation and promoting them as leaders of the community to give the impression that the masses are against al-Mujahideen and only a small minority of people support them.
They will allow these groups and organizations to fabricate and spread lies under the guise of exercising freedom of speech, but this allows the media to spread these lies or bolster their own while appearing to be neutral and independent.
Good cop and bad cop:
They will utilize these methods in a very systematic and planned way, sometimes attacking harshly and fiercely, sometimes without any reason or cause. Other times they will pretend to defend Islam against the others, while putting forward the defence using distorted ideas about Islam. For example they will say” “Islam is not barbaric or violent at all, in fact those Mujahideen have hijacked Islam which is really peace and rejects violence and Jihad”, Abu Kerry al-Amriki Style.
For the psychological weapon able to destroy the will to resist, it is just as lethal, they are trying to shake the confidence of al-Mujahideen, the Muslims and the supporters of al-Mujahideen, to make them feel as though they are not capable of handling the situation or that they are wasting their time, to mislead the masses and dissuade them from supporting them.
Victory is always for Islam:
Their war is against Islam and all Muslims who believe in bringing back Islam as a way of life. This is why they fight this psychological war against all Muslims wherever they are in the earth. They clash with the Muslims everywhere and they think that they will reach some victory.
However with the help of Allah, they will be defeated and destroyed and they will not leave the Muslim lands peacefully or with any satisfaction. They will leave with insecurity and concern and leaving behind most of what they hoped to achieve. In fact al-Mujahideen have succeeded in striking fear in the hearts of the armies and in the hearts of their own home countries that they hope to return to. Allah says,
“وَمَا أَنتُم بِمُعْجِزِينَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاء وَمَا لَكُم مِّن دُونِ اللَّهِ مِن وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ”
“And never, not upon the earth or in the heaven, can you [hope to] elude Him. And you have not other than Allah any protector or any helper” (Surat al-Ankabout, 22)
So they cannot escape with their crimes, and there are no tanks in the earth or jets in the heavens that can protect them from the punishment of Allah. That is why, whenever they are defeated badly, they increase their media propaganda and distortion against al-Mujahideen.
Attributing victories to other causes:
When they suffer losses, they attribute the victories of al-Mujahideen to other causes or people, claiming that it is another false resistance group and puppet regimes or even blaming friendly fire, the weather and technical difficulties for the loss of tanks, helicopters, planes and battles.
But the reality is that those Islamic State’s Wilayats all over the world in Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Yemen, Khurasan and other places are a huge victory against the West, and it is a duty upon us to support them.
It is about time that we realised that our brothers need our help. And that help is not always by money or bodies, sometimes it is by our tongues and words, helping them, standing by them, praying for them and refuting the distortions against them.