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Sunday 11th July 2010
New al-Qaeda Speech in Support of Awlaki
ALEXANDER MELEAGROU-HITCHENS

The Global Islamic Media Front, al-Qaeda's official media group, has recently released a translation of a speech in support of Anwar al-Awlaki.  Originally produced by al-Malahem media, which is the media wing of Yemen's al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), its target audience is Americans and the West.

The speech, which is delivered by a relatively unknown Sheikh called Abu Baseer Nasir al-Wuhaishi, is reproduced in full at the bottom of this post along with the audio clip from our Youtube channel.  Below is a short analysis of some of the more interesting sections of the speech.

Like Awlaki himself, this message is directed toward Americans, not the Arab world.  Al-Wuhaisi begins by criticising the decision to include Awlaki on the CIA kill or capture list:

With the likes of these decisions [to kill/capture Awlaki], Obama is leading you and forcing you to your own destruction, not serving the interests of your security. People from your own selves have lost it for you. These types of risky political moves help us to bring about your tragic end.

Like other al-Qaeda propaganda speeches that target Americans, this carries the message that al-Qaeda is merely responding to American atrocities against Muslims:

The only ones who hold the key to your security are the old women of Palestine, the children of Baghdad, the women of Kabul and the elderly of Mogadishu. Keep your fools at bay and we will stop attacking you. Stop your oppression and we will stop targeting you. How many times have our leaders told you this? Regretfully, they have only been received with neglect and even more rebellious transgressions from your leaders.

This type of propaganda has become a central part of al-Qaeda's messages to the West and it is also common for them to utilise concepts and terminology that, although often an anathema to their own ideology, will appeal to a Western audience.  Thus, al-Wuhaisi attempts to undermine core Western principles of fair trial and religious freedom:

A decision was made by the US administration to add the heroic Islamic Preacher who stood up for the truth, Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaqi, may Allah protect him, to their most wanted list, dead or alive. Despite the fact that this decision was based upon lies, errors and fabrications, it has revealed to us certain facts as well as the reality of how much the alleged freedom which the US claims is actually restricted, the complete silence of the American people, and the complete support of these stupid people who are and allow themselves to be led by these decisions which allow their own people to be pursued and assassinated, without them being charged with anything and without evidence.

[...]

the freedom of religion America boasts about has brought them great pain, so they have removed it from their dictionaries. They have silenced Islamic preachers, pursued after them and have made accusations against them. Any Muslim, in general, and any American, in specific, who has been restricted by these decisions of the Crusader American "War" Administration, they must migrate and join the Mujahidoon in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Somalia, the Islamic Maghreb, or the Arabian Peninsula. There he will find true freedom and security.

For more on al-Qaeda's rhetorical strategy see my recent post on American al-Qaeda propagandist, Adam Gadahn.

This GIMF production is the latest indication of Awlaki's flourishing relationship with al-Qaeda, and it should not be very long before they produce an entire series of new lectures by a man whose appeal to Western Muslims is an unprecedented phenomenon that we have yet to find an adequate response to.

Speech in Full:

An English Translation of Al-Malahem Media's Audio Release

"In Defense and Support of Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaqi"

- may Allah protect him -

By: Sheikh Abu Baseer Nasir Al-Wuhaishi

- may Allah protect him -

Rabi Al-Thani 1431

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

All praise be to Allah, the Lord of all that exists, the final victory will be for the Believers, and there is no act of aggression except against the oppressors. And may peace and blessings be upon our Trustworthy Messenger, and upon all his good and pure family and Companions. To proceed:

A decision was made by the US administration to add the heroic Islamic Preacher who stood up for the truth, Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaqi, may Allah protect him, to their most wanted list, dead or alive. Despite the fact that this decision was based upon lies, errors and fabrications, it has revealed to us certain facts as well as the reality of how much the alleged freedom which the US claims is actually restricted, the complete silence of the American people, and the complete support of these stupid people who are and allow themselves to be led by these decisions which allow their own people to be pursued and assassinated, without them being charged with anything and without evidence. A good example of this is Kamal Al-Derwaish, Abu Ahmed Al-Hijazi, may Allah have mercy on him, who was killed along with the martyred Sheikh, Abu Ali Al-Harithi, may Allah have mercy on him, whose blood has not yet dried. People still do not know why and how Al-Derwaish was killed, nor what crime he committed. Yet their leader who they themselves elected was not called to account for this crime.

With the likes of these decisions, Obama is leading you and forcing you to your own destruction, not serving the interests of your security. People from your own selves have lost it for you. These types of risky political moves help us to bring about your tragic end. Due to them, we reached the doorsteps of the White House before, and today the heroic Mujahid Umar Al-Farouq reached them as well. Your leaders are trying to play ignorant of the extent of their losses, calling the operation a failure. Tell us by your Lord, if this operation was a failure, then what is success? It must be one with catastrophic results! Indeed we still dwell in the losses of September 11th, and by it we measure our profit and loss.

[Poetry]

Whoever seeks to propose to the highest,

his wedding stage will be the tops of mountains.

Tell your people the truth, Obama, and don't hide the extent of the threat which they face. Expose the files which contain the investigation reports and the cells and plans which to this day are being made, as well as the various targets the Mujahidoon seek and are bent on attacking again.

Lie to them Obama! How many a time we have used your mistakes and lies to the demise of your own people? It is you yourselves who are are planning and bringing about your own inevitable downfall!

American people, Obama has no control over your security, for a person who does not have something cannot give it to others. The only thing Obama has is empty promises, and imaginary excuses and cheap justifications, not to mention pain killers to calm your nerves until he completes his term in the White House!

The only ones who hold the key to your security are the old women of Palestine, the children of Baghdad, the women of Kabul and the elderly of Mogadishu. Keep your fools at bay and we will stop attacking you. Stop your oppression and we will stop targeting you. How many times have our leaders told you this? Regretfully, they have only been received with neglect and even more rebellious transgressions from your leaders.

As for the latest decision regarding the Islamic preacher, Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaqi, its mere reiteration of the facts and it will not get you anywhere. This war will not end with the death or imprisonment of any one leader. It has been flaring for ten years in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though many of its leaders have been killed and imprisoned. This has not and will not end the war, for our point of contention is not as shallow as your leaders try to portray and fool you with.

Indeed the point of contention is a huge matter! It is a matter of freedom and justice for all humanity. It is about the defense of the religion, blood and resources of the Muslim Ummah. It is about repelling tyranny and freeing people from compulsion. It is about ending your reign of terror, even over your own people. It is not a war of individuals or leaders as you try to portray. It is a war of an oppressed nation against its nation of oppressors.

The leader which you support has killed many women, children, and elderly of the tribe of Awaliq from which the Sheikh himself hails. Who should really be brought to trial, Obama or the innocent? The wolf or its victims? The tyrant or the oppressed? The women and children of Awaliq or Obama?

As for the Sheikh and Islamic preacher, Anwar Al-Awlaqi, the likes of who we are proud to have in the Muslim Ummah, he has not been deserted nor will he be, Allah willing, for he is amongst the Muslim masses who are spiteful of the oppressive tyranny of America. They will never surrender him. They know well that surrendering him to the infidels constitutes disbelief and hypocrisy, and that deserting him is humiliation and shame.

Indeed their forefathers are those who sheltered and supported Allah's Messenger (r), and they will revive their glorious history of giving support and waging Jihad. We have witnessed these traits from the tribes of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula with our own eyes, reminding us of the great feats of their ancestors in the life of Allah's Messenger (r) and the noble Companions.

﴿وَالَّذِينَ آوَواْ وَّنَصَرُواْ أُولَـئِكَ هُمُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ حَقّاً لَّهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَرِزْقٌ كَرِيمٌ﴾

"...and those who gave (them) asylum and aid - these are the believers in truth, for them is forgiveness and Rizqun Karim (a generous provision i.e. Paradise)." (Al-Anfal: 74)

[Poetry]

If history has bore witness to Aws and Khazraj,

 Indeed there are more Aws and Khazraj coming out in Allah's Cause.

We have seen from them feats of chivalry, magnanimity of heroes and spending of wealth. Our ancestors have born witness to the Pashtun tribes and their relief of the troubled, hospitality to guests, support of the oppressed, and condolence of the injured in the days of conquest. This is enough of a proof, for only true men recognize true men.

It was indeed an honorable stance by the Awaliq (tribe) to reject this decision, and they promised to never surrender the Sheikh, promising to defend him and described him as a hero. This is not something new of the Awaliq, for they have a long history of support and Jihad, and today many of their members are Mujahidoon, are wanted, and have been martyred. From them is the martyr, Sheikh Muhammad Umair, may Allah have mercy on him, and the heroic Fahd Al-Quso', may Allah protect him.

The religious obligation upon the Mujahidoon of the Arabian Peninsula towards our heroic Sheikh is that we support and defend him as long as we live, and as long as there are only the two of us left. We say to him: by Allah's leave nothing will happen to you as long as our eyes blink and our heart beats, whether the American accusations prove to be true or not. It is the same for us, for Islamic Propagation, Jihad and defense of the Ummah was never a crime in our religion. The threats of America do not scare us even if they gathered the whole world against us.

[Poetry]

I will wash the shame which was brought to me with my sword,

and whatever Allah has willed for me will come to pass.

Do not worry about Sheikh Anwar, O Muslims, for he is in safe hands, and they will give their lives for him. They will not reach him, by Allah's Leave.

[Poetry]

By Allah none of them will never reach you,

until I am laid in the ground to rest.

Speak out with what you have without any hindrance,

and receive the good news of this and be happy.

We also say to our heroic Sheikh: the minute you reach any area under our control, you have reached a place of [safety,] support and defense, and our troops will provide for you your needs and what will please you, Allah willing. And any Islamic preacher who wishes to issue fatwas speaking out for the truth without being terrorized, suppressed and silenced, feeling secure in his religion and life, be sure that we will provide for them protection and a means to do so.

Dear Sheikh, our lifespan is limited, and only that which Allah has written will happen to us.

[Poetry]

The protection and care of Allah for his beloved servants suffices,

from multiple shields and high fortresses.

The protection of Allah of His beloved servants is sufficient.

﴿أليس الله بكافٍ عبده﴾

"Is not Allah Sufficient for His slave?" (Al-Zumar: 36)

Of course! If the entire world was to gather to harm you, they would only be able to do so with what Allah has written. The entire world has gathered against our beloved leader, may I be sacrificed for him, the Lion of Islam, Sheikh Usama bin Ladin. They have been pursuing him for over two decades, but they have not been able to reach him. Every time a new leader steps into office in the White House, he promises his people and lies to them saying that he will catch him dead or alive, but Allah protected him from them. One leader after another, but the Sheikh remains, lofty, a thorn in the side of America, and a lesson and motivation for the Believers.

In conclusion, the freedom of religion America boasts about has brought them great pain, so they have removed it from their dictionaries. They have silenced Islamic preachers, pursued after them and have made accusations against them. Any Muslim, in general, and any American, in specific, who has been restricted by these decisions of the Crusader American "War" Administration, they must migrate and join the Mujahidoon in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Somalia, the Islamic Maghreb, or the Arabian Peninsula. There he will find true freedom and security.

[Poetry]

Pack your tents from a land which is humiliated,

and stay away from humiliation, for indeed humiliation is something to avoid.

﴿وَمَن يُهَاجِرْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ يَجِدْ فِي الأَرْضِ مُرَاغَماً كَثِيراً وَسَعَةً﴾

"He who emigrates in the Cause of Allah, will find on earth many dwelling places and plenty to live by." (Al-Nisaa:100)

And all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.

 
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About Focus on Islamism

Focus on Islamism is a blog dedicated to analysing and exposing the modern ideological phenomenon known as Islamism.

Shiraz Maher is a writer and broadcaster.

Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens is a PhD student at King's College, London.  He has contributed to various online and printed publications including, The Daily Telegraph, Lebanon's Daily Star, Standpoint and NOWLebanon. 

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