Below is a translation of a message from Abu Osama al-Masri of Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Reflecting the new alignment with the Islamic State, the message concludes by quoting an Islamic State nasheed: “Lions of the Conflict,” which could be heard for example in the al-Hayat Media video from the Islamic State featuring the English language testimony of fighters in the group, including British ones.
Fursan al-Balagh: Jihadi media outlet disseminating the speech
“Indeed those who have reverted to disbelief after guidance had been made clear to them, Satan has enticed them and prolonged hope for them. That is because they have said to those who detested what God revealed: We will obey you in some of the matter. And God knows what they conceal” (Qur’an 47:25-6).
To the families of the soldiers in particular, and to the Muslims of Egypt in general:
I see you wondering/asking: Why do we kill your sons conscripted into the Egyptian army?
This is our response to your wondering/asking:
We have killed them because they are the soldiers of tyranny [taghut: associated w/ idolatry]. The Almighty has said: “Those who believe fight in the path of God. Those who disbelieve fight in the path of tyranny. So fight Satan’s allies: indeed Satan’s strategem is weak”- Qur’an 4:76.
We have killed them because they are in the rank of the one who sympathizes with the Jews and Christians. The Almighty has said: “Whosoever takes charge of them from among you, he is one of them. God does not guide the people of oppression”- Qur’an 5:51. For they were the first helper for the Jews in besieging our people in Gaza, putting the stranglehold on them, protecting the Jews, and preventing the mujahideen from fighting them.
We have killed them because they have stood in the rank of the one who has rejected the Shari’a of the Lord of the Worlds, and granted ruling authority to laws of the moment instead of the ruling authority of God Almighty. The Almighty has said: “So is it the rule of jahiliya [pre-Islamic ignorance] they desire? And who is better in judgment than God for the people certain in faith?”- Qur’an 5:50.
We have fought them because God has ordered us to fight them. The Almighty has said: “Oh you who believe, fight those who come at you from among the kuffar [disbelievers] and they will find strength in you. And know that God is with the pious”- Qur’an 9:123.
We have fought them as a remedy for the chests of the believers and to remove the wrath of their hearts. The Almighty has said: “Fight them. God will torment them at your hands, degrade them, give you victory over them, and heal the hearts of the believing people”- Qur’an 9:14.
We have killed them because they are waging war on everything from Islam and killing its people.
Perhaps you will say: “[We are] oppressed and resentful of that, and we respond to you from the book of the Almighty:
The Exalted has said: “And they said: Our lord, verily we have obeyed our masters and superiors and yet they have led us astray from the path” (Qur’an 33:67). And the Exalted has said: “And when they argue in the fire, the weak will say to those who have been arrogant: ‘We were only your followers. Will you not relieve us of a share of the fire?’ Those who have been arrogant will say: ‘We are all in it. Indeed God has judged among His servants.’- Qur’an 40:47-8.”
We have killed them because they have destroyed and burned mosques. The Almighty has said: “And who is more oppressive than the one who has prevented the name of God from being mentioned in His mosques and has strived to destroy them? It has not been for them to enter the mosques except in fear of disgrace for themselves in this world and a great torment in the Hereafter.”- Qur’an 2:133.
We have killed them because they have made the Muslims homeless, displaced them by force, killed and tortured the innocents. They have destroyed homes and shops, swept away agricultural holdings and put a stranglehold on the livelihood of the people. The Almighty has said: “Indeed the portion for those who wage war on God and His Messenger and sow corruption in the land is that they will be killed, crucified, have hands and feet on either side, or driven from the land. That is their portion in this world, and a great torment for them in the Hereafter”- Qur’an 5:33.
All of the aforementioned has been done by your sons on the order of their leaders. And it’s well known that the leaders won’t be able to do anything without them, so they are the pick-ax and the striking hand to implement these crimes.
So we say to the families of the soldiers:
Come to Sinai to see with your own eyes what your sons have done, and hear from the families of Sinai and not from the lying, immoral media. And the families of Sinai will defend their honour and their wealth. [As is said] in the hadith: ‘Whosoever is killed with his wealth is a martyr’.
So, oh families of the soldiers, advice for you, from those giving advice seeking the best for you and their leader. Indeed we fear for you the torment of a great day. Bring your sons out of the ranks of the apostate army- the collaborator of the Jews and Christians- and prevent them from entering into it, and if they enter into it, tell them to leave. Warn them of the killing in this world and the fire in the Hereafter.
And by God, we will not leave alone all who stand in the rank of this apostate army waging war on God and His Messenger and sowing corruption in the land, continuing to fight them until God judges between us and them with righteousness on the Day of Judgment.
All who have been warned, have been warned.
“So you will recall what I say to you and I entrust my affair to God. Indeed God is knowing of His servants”- Qur’an 40:44.
And lastly we call for thanks to God the Lord of the Worlds.
To conclude, a nasheed:
“We are seekers of excellence, we are the horsemen of life.
We are the men dear in our world until death.
We will strive to do battle on all fronts.”