The principles of al-Aqida are those which Allah has commanded Muslims to believe in, as mentioned in this Aya:
“The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers” And they say, “We hear and we obey, [we seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return [of all] (285)“ Surat al-Baqara
This is a summary of what Islamic State believes and worship Allah with from the most important areas of the religion. It was written down by al-Shaykh al-Mujahid, Abu Omar al-Hussayni al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi, the Emir of the Islamic State of Iraq, because people have made many fabrications against the Islamic State and its Aqida, Manhaj (methodology), and basis of its Da’wa. However some texts are kept unrestricted and upon their apparent meanings without interpretation so that it would be more effective in repelling those who were being addressed, of those whose crutch is seeking out concessions and points of exit that cause the destroying sins to become belittled, the seeker of truth who is fair is able to become familiar with Islamic State’ Aqida from official statements.
Indeed, the people have made many false accusations which were unfounded and were blatant lies about our Aqida. They accused us of making Takfir on all Muslims in general, and they accused us of justifying the blood and properties of Muslims, and they accused us of forcing the people to join the State using the sword (violence). To address these statements, this is our explanation to deny their accusations, so that there is no longer any reason for them to spread lies and doubt about us.
First, we consider destroying and removing all signs of idolism and forbidding its means compulsory, for Imam Muslim has narrated in his Sahih that Abu al-Hayyaj al-Ossdi said: “Ali has been said to me, remember that I will be sending you as the Prophet, ﷺ, has sent me, “Do not leave the sculptures unless you destroy it, and do not leave the graves to be worshiped and glorified unless you destroy it”.
Second, we believe that al-Rafida are idolaters and apostasy, they are abstainers from a lot of Islam monuments.
Third, we consider magician as a disbeliever and apostate and that killing him is compulsory, and his repentance is not accepted in al-Dunya after we apprehend him, for it is reported from Omar, may Allah be pleased with him, that he wrote: “Kill every sorcerer and sorceress”, Bujala ibn Abda, a sub-narrator, said: “Then we killed three sorceresses”, also al-Tirmizi narrated from Jundub al-Azdi that the Prophet, ﷺ, said: “The prescribed penalty set for a magician is a blow with the sword”, it is also authentically reported from Hafsa, may Allah be pleased with her, that she ordered a maid of hers to be killed because she did sorcery on her.
Fourth, we do not accuse a Muslim who is pray, facing our Qibla in disbelief because of his sins, such as adultery, drinking wine and stealing, as long as he does not claim it is permitted for him to be doing so. Our belief in faith is the middle path, between Khawarij who are have Ghuluw (excessive in the matters of religion) and between Ahlu al-Irjaa who are separate faith from actions.. And those who profess al-Shahadatayn (Testimony of Faith) and reveal to us his Islam, and do not perform any act that takes them out of the fold of Islam, will be treated as we treat the Muslims and his inner self will be left to Allah. Also we belief that there are two types of Kufr (infidelity), namely: Kufr Asghar (the minor disbelief) and Kufr Akbar (the major disbelief), and judging who commit it is based on believing, saying or acting. Saying someone is Kafir (disbeliever) or saying that he will stay in Hell for ever is based on proving Kufr conditions and the inability to prove else.
Fifth, it is compulsive to seek Allah’s judgment in disputes by pleading to religious courts and searching for them in case of not knowing where they are at, as for the resorting to man-made laws, tribal laws or others, negates one’s Islam and leads to infidelity for Allah Almighty said:
“And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, then it is those who are the disbelievers” (Surat al-Ma’ida, from 44)
Sixth, we believe in humbling ourselves before the Prophet, ﷺ, and that it is forbidden to ignore His words, and whoever insults the Prophet, ﷺ, or those who have earned the highest of degrees and the noblest of positions, such four rightly-guided caliphs, al-Sahaba or any member of His household, becomes a Kafir and an apostate for it constitutes Kufr and apostasy from Islam for Allah Almighty said:
“Indeed, We have sent you as a witness and a bringer of good tidings and a warner (8) That you [people] may believe in Allah and His Messenger and honour him and respect the Prophet and exalt Allah morning and afternoon (9)“ Surat al-Fath
And He, Almighty, has described al-Sahaba as:
“Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and prostrating [in prayer], seeking bounty from Allah and [His] pleasure. Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration. That is their description in the Torah. And their description in the Gospel is as a plant which produces its offshoots and strengthens them so they grow firm and stand upon their stalks, delighting the sowers, so that Allah may enrage by them the disbelievers. Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds among them forgiveness and a great reward (29)” Surat al-Fath
Seventh, we believe that despite the differences in its flags and parties such as: Nationalism, Patriotism, Communism and Ba’athism is a clear disbelief, it constitutes apostasy from Islam and disbelief in Allah and in His religion. Based on that, we consider everyone who participated in the political process, i.e. al-Mutlaq party, Dulaymi party, al-Hashimi party and others is a disbeliever, because this process changes Allah’s religion and let the enemies of Allah, i.e. crusaders, al-Rawafid and other apostates control Muslims. Allah said in those who changed something of His religion to please idolaters:
“And indeed do the devils inspire their allies to dispute with you, and if you were to obey them, in one matter only, indeed, you would be polytheists (121)“ Surat al-An’am
We also consider the Islamic party methods, a disbelief and renegade methods, because such methods do not differ from the rest of disbelief and renegade methods (of other parties), i.e. al-Ja’fari’s and Allawi’s parties. Based on that, we consider their leaders as disbelievers, there is no difference for us between a participant in the government and a branch (of the Islamic party) leader, but we do not consider its members as disbelievers, as long as the legitimate confutation was not clarified to them.
Eighth, we consider anyone who helps the occupation and its supporters in any kind of help such as clothes, food, medicine, etc, which can help it and strengthen it as a disbelief and renegade and by doing that, he becomes a target to us.
Ninth, we consider al-Jihad for the sake of Allah as compulsory on everyone, since the fall of Andalusia to free Muslims’ land with every good or bad doer. And the largest sin after disbelieving in Allah is the prohibition of al-Jihad for the sake of Allah when it is compulsory. ibn Hazm said: “And there is no greater sin after disbelieving but the prohibition of al-Jihad against disbelievers and giving them Muslims’ women, because of the lewdness of a Muslim man whom others should not be accounted for his acts”.
Tenth, we believe that countries if were ruled by man-made laws and Islam rules come second, then those countries are Dar al-Kufr, this does not mean that their people are disbelievers. And because the rules that control all Muslims’ land today are idol’s rules, we consider the presidents of those countries and their armies as disbelievers and renegades and fighting them is more compulsory than fighting the crusade occupation. So be warned that we will fight any invasion troops invading the State of Islam of Iraq, even if they were named by an Arabic or Islamic names and we advise them to be not scapegoat for occupation, as it is suggested, to solve the crusade occupation problem in Iraq.
Eleventh, we consider fighting police and army of the state of idol and renegade, and anything that comes from it, i.e. petroleum security compulsory, and that demolishing any building if we see that the idol will use it as a camp is also compulsory.
Twelfth, we consider people of the Scripture and Sabians in the State of Islam today as war people, no honour for them, because they had broken their oath in different ways, so if they want to be safe and secure then they have to renew their oath with the State of Islam according to Omar’s (ibn al-Khattab) treaty that they have refused.
Thirteenth, we consider the members of other Jihadi groups in Iraq as our brothers and we don’t accuse them in disbelief or immorality, but they are disobedient because they didn’t do the today’s duty, which is unite under one banner.
Fourteenth, we are not committed to any agreement done with the occupation, and we consider it as null and we warn the occupation from doing any agreement secretly or in public without permission of the Islamic State.
Fifteenth, we consider respecting truthful scholars who do what they say compulsory, and we defend them and put ourselves before them to protect them. And we also expose those who follow idol or compromise with it on anything in Allah’s religion.
Sixteenth, we know the right of those who preceded us in al-Jihad, respect them and protect their families and money.
Seventeenth, we consider freeing Muslims’ prisoners and women from disbelievers either by invasion or ransom compulsory, for the Prophet, ﷺ, said: “Free the prisoner”, and also we consider helping their families and martyrs families compulsory, for the Prophet, ﷺ, said: “He who prepares a Ghazi (Mujahid), going in Allah’s cause, is given a reward equal to that of a Ghazi, and he who helped his family is a Ghazi”.
Eighteenth, we consider learning Islam for the Ummah is compulsory even if it meant losing some of this life fortune, and we consider any science that is needed by the Ummah as compulsory, and anything else is religiously neutral as long as it does not exceed limits of our religion.
Nineteenth, we consider anything promotes abomination, i.e. satellite as forbidden. And we consider woman covering her face and be pure and virtue compulsory for Allah said:
“Verily, those who like that immorality should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you know not (19)” Surat al-Nour