al-Shaykh Abu Qaswara al-Maghribi, Muhammad Moumou, was also known as Abu Sara, the Commander of the North and one of its great knights (operational chief in al-Mosul). He was born in 1965 in Fez, Morocco and began his journey of al-Jihad in Afghanistan, where he was known as Talha al-Maghribi. Everyone knew him as one who loved all those with the correct Aqida even if he were miserly or cowardly, and hating those who had incorrect Aqida, even if he were generous and courageous. He threw away his Swedish citizenship in the dustbin, its glittering crumbs something which many run after. He did not incline to his European wife, or his five children as beautiful as the full moon, rather he parted with them though he loved them much. They had no news of him, and he had not seen his children for three years, only until he moved them from Dar al-Kufr to a place in which he believed them to be closer to their Lord. Shaykh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi eulogized him in an offical statement, “Eulogy For The Martyr”, released by al-Furqan Foundation. He moved to Belgium then Sweden in 1980.
Moroccan government accused him of the 2003 Casablanca bombings, while Spain government accused him of the 2004 Madrid train bombings. He was arrested in Copenhagen, Denmark, and sent back to Sweden. In 2004 he made Hijra to Iraq, and before that he was in Iran, then he went back to Sweden, where he was responsible for AQI external networks, which focused on the importation of al-Mujahideen from abroad. In 2006 he returned to Iraq. He got his Shahada in October 2008, may Allah accept him in al-Firdaws al-A’la. Ameen.