al-Jihad and Visa Violations

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Are Visas and Passports the Modern Equivalents of Covenant of Security? Some say that the visa is an Aqd Aman (Covenant of Security) from the visa-granting country to a Muslim entering it. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon a Muslim to counter its safe-conduct to him with a safe-conduct from him to it. If he interferes with the wealth of that country or its people’s lives, he is a perfidious betrayer who deserves Allah’s threatened punishment.

First off, visas are a recent issue with no textual provision in al-Qur’an, al-Sunnah, the consensus or any quotes by our previous Ulama. This is a matter of Ijtihad that has been discussed, researched and studied by many scholars as it is a new issue. So which scholar should the Muslim follow? This is like when a person falls sick and he looks for the most trustworthy and knowledgeable physician so that he can go to him, because he is most likely to give him the right treatment than anyone else.

The same things applies on Fiqh al-Jihad, you cannot seek such knowledge from those who live in Dar al-Kufr or in the laps of al-Tawaghit and never fired a single bullet for the cause of Allah, nor have they witnessed a single scene or episode on the battlefield. Fiqh al-Jihad should be taken from al-Mujahideen or those who on the battlefield. Imam ibn Taymiya said that both Imam Ahmad and ibn al-Mubarak used to say if you differ on an issue; seek the answer from al-Mujahideen in the front lines, as Allah (ﷻ) said:

“وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ”
“And those who strive for Us, We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed Allah is with the doers of good (69)” (Surat al-Ankabout)

This Aya is telling us that those who are struggling in the path of Allah will be guided. Many Ulama of al-Jihad have issued Fatwa that a visa should not be considered a security covenant. Among these Ulama are al-Shaykh Nasir al-Fahd, al-Shaykh Hamoud al-Oqla, al-Shaykh Hussayn Omar bin Mahfouz and al-Shaykh Abdullah al-Rushoud.

Then Muslims are not bound by the covenants of citizenship and visa that exist between them and nations of Dar al-Harb. It is the consensus of our Ulama that the property of the disbelievers in Dar al-Harb is Halal for the Muslims and is a legitimate target for al-Mujahideen. Again this is a matter of consensus so there is no need to elaborate further on this point. If one would research our classical books of al-Fiqh, one would find that out of the four Mazahib, the Hanafi School has covered such topics the most. This is probably because the Hanafi School was the official state Mazhab for the longest period in our history compared to other schools. It therefore covers issues relating to al-Jihad in more detail because the foreign policy of the Islamic state was al-Jihad in the path of Allah.

Even if we granted that a visa is a contract of “safety in return for safety”, this contract would be invalid because the real meaning of a covenant of security is protection of property and life, which means anyone who enters the West on a visa, this country should protect his property and life. Where is this alleged security if the Westerners give themselves the right to arrest any Muslim without examining his visa, residency permit, or passport. Here are some examples of this:

  1. The kidnapping of Abu Talal al-Ansari (Tal’at Fou’ad) from Croatia. Although he was carrying a Danish passport and an entry visa for Croatia, American intelligence kidnapped him and turned him over to Egypt, where no one knows his fate until now!
  2. The incident of Jama’at al-Jihad members who were deported from Albania and elsewhere. These brothers were deported from Albania to Egypt, where they were subjected to torture and imprisonment. Two of them were executed, Ahmad al-Najjar and Ahmad Isma’il, may Allah have mercy on them.
  3. The kidnapping of Shaykh Abu Hajir al-Iraqi. He was arrested a few days after he arrived in Germany with a formal visa. He had committed no violation of German laws. Indeed, the German judge told him frankly, “Your problem is with America, not with Germany!
  4. The kidnapping of Shaykh Abu Omar from Italy and his deportation to Egypt, where he was tortured, although he was carrying a valid visa and legal residence permit.

In all these incidents and innumerable others the victims were carrying valid passports, formal visas, and sound residence permits, but that did not protect them from deportation, torture, imprisonment, and murder. Where, then, is the visa’s safe-conduct?

Also, the Muslim, might be wanted by a Western country in a certain case without his knowledge. If he goes to the country’s embassy and applies for a visa, they might give it to him without informing him of anything; and, when he arrives at their airport or port, they will arrest him. If the visa were a safe-conduct, they could not do this to him. The story of Shaykh Muhammad al-Mu’ayad al-Yamani is well-known and famous. He was lured to Germany on the pretext that contributions for Hamas would be delivered to him. There he was arrested and deported to America, where he is still imprisoned. Also well-known is the story of Muhammad al-Nafi’ al-Sudani, who was lured to Germany by his treacherous in-law, the spy Jamal al-Fadl. There he was offered work as an FBI informant; when he refused, he was deported to America, where he is still imprisoned. The stories are endless.

Westerners do not think that the entry visa or political asylum prevents them from taking any measure of this kind. Indeed, they think that they are free to deal with those who live among them or enter their country, it is their right to issue any laws that restrict the freedom of such people without honouring, considering, or even imagining any contract of safe-conduct.

Subhanallah, if the Westerners give no consideration to a visa or to a passport, why should we give any consideration to it? Even if the visa were a contract of security and they were violating it, would we not be entitled to treat them in like manner? What is the matter with you? How do you judge?

Once again, if we grant that a visa is a safe-conduct for the sake of argument, does the Kefir’s grant of safe-conduct to the Muslim imply a grant of safe-conduct by the Muslim to the Kafir?

Imam ibn al-Qayyim said: “If treaty-holders wage war on those who are under al-Imam’s protection and care, they thereby become his enemies and no treaty remains between them and him; he may attack them by night in their homes without distinction and with no need to give them notice. He will give them notice only if he fears treachery by them; and if that comes to pass, they have abandoned his treaty”.

Ibn Humam al-Hanafi also said: “If the people of war who have Muslims living among them on safe-conduct attack agroup of Muslims, take their children captive, and pass with them by those Muslims living among them on safe-conduct, the Muslims have a duty to break their agreements and fight them, if they can. This is because they do not have control of their persons, and confirming their right to them would be an acquiescence in wrongdoing; to which thing they gave them no guarantee”.

Even if we grant that the visa is an Aman (promise of safety) from the issuing country, the peoples of Westerners have all broken their promise by virtue of what some of them have done and the others have consented to. Or they have not denied its legitimacy and have considered it as a constitutional action because the majority approved it. Thus, the promise of America’s allies in its war, such as the NATO alliance, has been broken.

As ibn al-Qayyim said in Zad al-Ma’ad: “His way (Prophet ﷺ) was that if he made peace with a people and some of them broke his covenant and treaty, and the remainder approved of them and consented to it, he attacked all of them. He treated them all as having reneged, as he did with Quraysh, al-Nadir, and the Banu Qaynuqa, and as he did with the people of Mecca. This was his procedure with people who had a treaty”. For this reason, ibn Taymiya issued a Fatwa that the Christians of the east should be attacked because they had helped the enemy of the Muslims fight them and had supplied them with money and weapons, although they themselves had not attacked us or waged war on us. He saw them as having broken their treaty in this way, exactly as Quraysh had broken its covenant with the Prophet (ﷺ) by helping the Banu Bakr to make war on his allies.

This is the state of the Westerners at this time. They have harmed Muslims. They have waged war on them and has occupied their countries in al-Sham, al-Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and Chechnya. They have stolen their oil and honoured those who have reviled their Prophet. They besieged the Muslims in al-Sham, bombed them and killed hundreds of thousands of them. Thus it has become the duty of Muslims to repel its harm and punish them.

Summary: If we assume for argument’s sake that a visa from from any crusader country is an Aman, this Aman is void for two reasons. First, no Aman protects the life of someone who wages war against Allah and His Prophet, harms Muslims, and insults their Prophet and religion. Second, Westerners violate the Aman every day.

Finally, it should be remembered that this is a disputed question, a matter of opinion, and individual judgment. Anyone comfortable with this opinion can make use of it, and anyone who is uncomfortable with it or does not find it congenial, let him look for other means whereby to struggle against the crusaders occupying the lands of al-Islam.

Knights of Lone Jihad

You are the knight who strikes the enemy’s heart, penetrating his armor, exposing his vulnerabilities. This unique heroic act can only be performed by you, with steadfast determination, unfaltering courage and rock-solid resolution. Few are selected by Allah for this purpose.

The Solo Jihad or lone wolf attacks that carried out by individuals is no new phenomenon or a new addition to our Deen, it was practiced during the time of the Prophet, ﷺ, and its historical roots back to al-Sahabi Abu Basir, and his well-known story when he formed the first guerilla group in Islam, and the great Sahabi Abu Jandal subsequently joined him. A testimony to this method is what happened at the end of the life of the Prophet, ﷺ, when al-Aswad al-Ansi apostatized in Yemen, seized power there. Then a blessed man put up resistance, carried out individual operational activity on his own initiative and assassinated al-Aswad al-Ansi, altered the balance of power, and consolidated Islam in Yemen. The Prophet, ﷺ, praised this act when Gabriel brought the good news of this decisive victory.

Throughout Islamic history, individual initiatives were repeated. During the Crusader wars, Many isolated units and groups of al-Mujahideen performed the solo Jihad duty, before the rise of the Zengid state, and then the Ayyubid state. In contemporary Arab history, a well-known story is when a single Mujahid was able to alter the balance of power, and to influence the course of a large colonization campaign. This happened when the heroic Mujahid, Sulayman al-Halabi,  fled from Aleppo to Jerusalem, where he asked one of the Ulama there to issue a Fatwa on killing Kleber, the commander of the French campaign in Egypt, whom Napoleon Bonaparte had appointed as his successor. He then went to Cairo, and there he killed him, and this was one of the reasons for the departure of the French campaign from Egypt. The only price of this victory was the achievement of Sulayman al-Halabi and his Shaykh, who issued the Fatwa, though Sulayman was executed in a villainous way, his head was transported to Paris, and it is still displayed in one of its museums, under the phrase “Head of the criminal Sulayman al-Halabi”. His blood is still debt on al-Ummah and the sanctity of his body is still calling, but his head is still a reminder of the heroes of Islam in a Paris museum.

Since the second Gulf War in 1990, tens of solo operations have taken place here and there, Ayman Hassan, 21-year-old, carried out a heroic operation on his own initiative against Israeli soldiers in Eilat, he killed and injured many of them. This operation required heavy and hard training since he had to leave his position on the Egyptian side of the border and penetrates about 15 kilometers into the Negev Desert carrying his automatic weapon in November 1990. The hero Sayyid Nusayr al-Masri killed the fanatic Zionist rabbi Meir Kahane in one of Manhattan’s hotels, who was one of the most hardline Jews towards the Muslims in Palestine and had a program for expelling all Palestinians from Palestine. As a result of Kahane’s assassination his group was dissolved and vanished. Also, the heroic knight Nidal Hassan killed and injured tens of Crusader soldiers who were preparing to transfer from Texas to Afghanistan to shed the blood of our women and children those who have committed no crime, except that they are Muslims. Shaykh Anwar al-Awlaki said about him:

Yes, Nidal Hassan is one of my students and I am honoured with that. I am honoured that the likes of Nidal Hassan are from my students. What he did was a heroic act and a great operation, and we ask Allah to solidify, protect and release him. And I support what he did, and I call everyone who belongs to al-Islam, who claims to belonging to al-Islam, while working in the American Army, to walk on the footsteps of Nidal Hassan. The righteous deeds cancel the wrongdoings. I also call upon Muslims to walk on his footsteps; to carry out al-Jihad either with words or wage al-Jihad with the hand, and the model that Nidal Hassan exemplified is a great model, and we ask Allah to make it an opening for many Muslims to walk his footsteps

In Jordan, a Jordanian soldier from the Border Guards boldly opened fire at a number of female Jewish students who were making movements that were mocking the Muslim prayer, and killed a number of them. In Egypt, the heroic soldier Sulayman Khatir opened fire, by independent decision, at a group of Jews who tried to infiltrate the Egyptian borders. In Beirut, al-Mujahideen climbed to the roof of a building and fired a number of RPG rockets at the Russian Embassy during one of the Russian campaigns against Chechnya. During the days of the Gulf War, an old Moroccan stabbed ten French tourists in Morocco, and the body of an Italian was found in the Emirates. In Egypt, a citizen delivered a letter to Hosni Mubarak, and then stabbed him with a knife then he was killed by the guards, and so on.

This way of al-Jihad should be the guidance for any Muslim who wants to participate in al-Jihad without costing him the hardship of traveling and making al-Hijra, or wants to pursue al-Jihad in secrecy alone or with a small cell of trustworthy people in his country, or anywhere while he pursues his everyday life in a natural way. This type of al-Jihad is fundamental for exhausting the enemy and causing him to collapse and withdraw, since it is the most way to repel states and topple governments, moreover it is arouse the spirit of al-Jihad in the believers’ hearts. Allah SWT said: “So fight for the cause of Allah; you are not held responsible except for yourself“, this Aya shows us that deterring the aggressor that has corrupted our Deen and life is not the responsibility of al-Mujahideen only, but it is the responsibility of each individual from this Ummah, each according to his own. And he who couldn’t connect with al-Mujahideen should put effort and mobilize —after depending on Allah— to carry his goal even if he was by himself.

In his 1600-page book, “The Call to Global Islamic Resistance“, Shaykh Abu Mus’ab al-Souri provides steps to fight al-Jihad without the need to attend a training camp. The breadth of this 1600-page manifesto is very wide, and topics range from the history of al-Ummah to autobiographical anecdotes about his role in al-Jihad. A significant portion of this book discusses in detail the most effective strategies for waging individual Jihad against the West. It is a fully comprehensive manual providing step by step instructions and advice on the types of “lone wolves” attacks and examining the best types of targets which “lone wolves” should attack and how they should claim credit for their attacks.

The core ideas of this book are presented in chapter 8, in particular section 4, “The Military Theory of the Global Islamic Resistance Call“, and the subsequent three sections. These sections provide a deep discernment and guidance on replacing the training camp with potential of the internet and focus on how every Muslim youth can prepare himself on his own from unskilled individual to special unit highly trained.

Oh brother, you have no excuse in front of Allah for avoid fighting al-Jihad. How can you enjoy life and comfort while your noble sisters are being raped and their honour is defiled in the prisons of the West’s puppets, how can you enjoy sitting idly while seeing deadly Crusader missiles hitting our women and children in front of your eyes. Don’t you know Allah’s words: “Kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush“, what will you answer your Lord on the Day of Judgment? If you cannot make Hijra; then take your weapon, learn war methods, get out to your enemy, he is just next door, it is either victory or martyrdom. You are living in a place where you can cause great harm to the enemy, the means of harming them are many, so seek assistance from Allah, and do not be weak and you will find a way.

Remember Shaykh al-Adnani words which deserve to be written in gold, or rather in the deepest room of every true believer’s heart:

Likewise, we renew our call to al-Muwahhideen in Europe and the disbelieving West and everywhere else, to target the Crusaders in their own lands and wherever they are found. We will argue, before Allah, against any Muslim who has the ability to shed a single drop of Crusader blood but does not do so, whether with an explosive device, a bullet, a knife, a car, a rock, or even a boot or a fist. Indeed, you saw what a single Muslim did with Canada and its parliament of shirk, and what our brothers in France, Australia, and Belgium did — may Allah have mercy upon them all and reward them with good on behalf of Islam. And there were many others who killed, ran others over, threatened, frightened, and terrorized people, to the extent that we saw the Crusader armies deployed on  the streets in Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, and other strongholds of the cross to  whom we promise – by Allah’s permission – a continuation of their state of alert, terror, fear, and  loss of security. And what lies ahead will be worse – with Allah’s permission – and more bitter, for you haven’t seen anything from us just yet

So will al-Ummah find those who would rescue her from the traitor rulers and the Crusader criminal West?

The Media War Upon The Islamic State


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:

  1. Media deviation
  2. Propaganda
  3. 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:

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.

Media blackout:

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.

Chinese whispers:

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.

Mocking:

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.

False blame:

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?

Promoting hypocrites:

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.

Psychological warfare:

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.