Last month, the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued an audio speech via al-Furqan Media. The speech contained many predictable themes that have emerged in the group's discourse in response to its losses, such as the assurance that victory comes in the end. Baghdadi also boasted of the group's continued operations in various places around the world, and called for the acceptance of the repentance of the one who repents before power is gained over him. He also drew attention to the plight of the Muslim women who came out of formerly Islamic State-held areas and are now in camps controlled by the group's enemies.
Abu Eisa al-Masri was once a member of the Islamic State and is a leading intellectual figure in the dissident movement that emerged inside the group and has now defected from it in opposition to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his loyalists. He wrote an essay in response to Baghdadi's speech, quoting excerpts from it followed by his comments.
Among the most important points of Masri's response:
- God's promises of eventual victory and tamkin (enablement) do not apply to Baghdadi and his ilk, who are grossly immoral oppressors.
- One cannot trust in God to disregard one's sins without due repentance and transformation of acts. That is only wishful thinking.
- Baghdadi makes grandiose and false claims about leading a real Caliphate, as well as falsely portraying his group as the victorious sect of which the Prophet spoke.
- Baghdadi's calls to accept repentance from those who repent before power is gained over them and to be gentle with the Muslim masses are hypocritical in light of the repentance policies that were implemented in Iraq and the operations that Islamic State fighters pursue, such as blowing up IEDs with little regard for the consequences or whether members of the Muslim masses get killed.
- None of the operations Baghdadi boasts about in various countries recently have done a thing for the plight of the Muslim women held in camps such as al-Hawl.
- Baghdadi's highlighting of the plight of the Muslim women is mere crocodile tears. There were previous opportunities to help them before they were taken prisoner and after. Baghdadi in truth was the first to abandon them to their terrible fate.
Interestingly, I note that Masri highlights an apparent prisoner swap deal proposed at the time when the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was working to recapture the Gharaneej area in Deir az-Zor. He also says there negotiations between the 'PKK' (SDF) and the Islamic State that included SDF cars helping to provide a safe exit for women and children from the besieged areas under Islamic State control. He says though that the SDF stipulated no publicising of the agreement in the media, but the Islamic State annulled the agreement by publicising the agreement in the media. It seems to me that Masri is referencing an alleged agreement that leaked in February 2019 regarding the Baghuz area. See here for more details.
Below is a full translation of the text, including Masri's reference notes that go with the main text.
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Comments on Baghdadi's recent speech: 'And say, act.'
Praise be to God who has said: 'Oh you who have believed, do not betray God and the Messenger and betray your trusts knowingly' (al-Anfal 27). And He who has said: 'And they knowingly swear on falsehood' (al-Majadala: 14). And He who has said: 'And among the people are those whose speech may please you in this worldly life, and he makes God bear witness to what is in his heart, but he is the fiercest of adversaries. And when he turns away, he strives in the land to sow corruption in it and destroy crops and animals. And God does not love corruption. And when it is said to him: fear God. Pride takes hold of him in the sin so his reckoning is Hellfire and evil it is as a resting place' (al-Baqara 204-206). And prayers and peace be upon al-Sadiq al-Masduq al-Amin who said: 'Three people God will not address on the Day of Judgement, vouch for or look at, and for them is a painful torment: a sheikh who commits zina, a king who lies, and an arrogant poor man.'[i][ii]
And he who said: 'The sign of the hypocrite is three: if he speaks, he lies. If he promises, he goes back on it, and if he is entrusted with something, he betrays.'[iii]
As for what follows:
I listened to the recent speech of al-Baghdadi entitled: 'And say: do.'[iv] And I have some comments I would like to document, in advice to all whom Baghdadi's speech reaches and are deceived by him until this day of ours.
His words: 'A promise that is not relinquished or changed. God has decreed it and outlined it in the Mother of the Book for whoso believes in Him and His Messengers and thus is of the successful part of God: they have conquest, victory and predominance in this world and the Hereafter, a set fate, and contracted matter.'
Then as usual he invoked the tidings the Prophet (SAWS) gave to this Ummah with victory and tamkin and predominance and elevation and supremacy.
What caught my attention here: the man brings these texts upon his group, and neglects what restricts them and makes clear the things meant in these tidings.
God Almighty has said: 'And God has promised those of you who have believed and done just deeds to make them successor in the land just as He made successors of those before you, and He will enable for them their religion with which He has been pleased for them. And He will indeed replace their fear with security: those who worship Me and do not associate anything with Me as partner in idolatry. And whoso disbelieves after that, those people are the gravely immoral ones' (al-Nur 55).
And the Exalted has said: 'But the allies of God, there is no fear upon them and they are not sad: those who have believed and have been pious, for them is good tidings in this worldly life and the Hereafter. There is no alteration of the words of God. That is the great attainment' (Yunis 62-64).
So here are conditions that must be available in the people whom God promises with victory and at the head of them: faith, just deed and piety. And these people are the allies of God to whom He gives good tidings in this worldly life and the Hereafter. So if the people are not of the believers they do not have these good tidings, and if they have not done just deeds they are not entitled to these good tidings, and if they do not piously fear what angers their Lord (Almighty and Exalted is He), they are not of the people of these good tidings.
And al-Baghdadi and his retinue are a people who declare takfir on the Muslims, and spill their blood without right, and distort principles, and are not subject to the law of God. So they are a gravely immoral people, oppressing, innovating and going astray. And they are not believers to deserve the good tidings. But rather their affair is like the affair of those like them from the gravely immoral of the Muslims.
Then they have done bad deeds, and have not done good deeds: for their prisons have been filled with those they kill, torture, beat and tie to conjectures, suspicions and delusional accusations. And the sacrosanct blood has flown in many areas in which there has been the control of influence of Baghdadi and his retinue.
So these people are gravely immoral and doing bad deeds, and they are not believers who do just deeds, and they are not of the pious allies of God, so therefore the promises of God in victory and tamkin are not for the likes of them.
And God Almighty has said: 'And We wrote in the Psalms after mention that the land is inherited by my just servants' (al-'Anbiya 105). And the Exalted has said: 'The land belongs to God. He makes to inherit it whoso He wills from His servants and the outcome is for the pious' (al-'Araf 128).
And al-Baghdadi and his group are not of the just or pious, but rather they are an oppressive peple who speak sacrosanct blood and they are not of the people of this good tidings in victory and tamkin.
And God Almighty has said: 'He has said: perhaps your Lord will destroy Your enemy and make you successor in the land and He will look at how you act' (al-'Araf 129). And the Exalted has said: 'Then We have made you successors in the land after them so We may see how you act' (Yunis 14).
So God Almighty granted victory to Baghdadi and his retinue over their enemy and made them inherit the land of which they took hold as they willed, so the Exalted could see how they should act. But there was only ungratefulness for the blessing on the part of this people, as well as oppressing the servants of God, arrogance in the land without right, spreading errors, innovations and ideas of takfir that deviate from the straight path of the Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama'a, and spilling sacrosanct blood. This is so despite other matters that are commendable for them from establishing the courts and calling for matters of good.
Oh people, I document this comment here so that the doubt should not come to anyone's heart regarding the promises of God Almighty: and that is when he hears Baghdadi citing these texts, then does not find for this group except abandonment and retreat, so perhaps doubt and scepticism have infiltrated into his heart regarding the words of God Almighty and His Messenger (SAWS). And this should remove and push away those doubts as the people should know that these promises are meant for a people besides Baghdadi, his group and whoso follows them.
And likewise I document this comment in the hope that the one God wants to save of the followers of Baghdadi should beware of his cords and snares. For perhaps he has been deceived by the faulty citing of these texts and pins his hopes on Baghdadi's group on the basis of these divine promises that Baghdadi and his retinue fawn about when they have no share of them.
Second comment with his speech:
'However long it takes, however complicated matters get, however inverted the causes get, there is no path for forsaking and quietening down and there is no place for doubt and suspicions.'
And his words: 'However inverted the causes get.'
As though the man here is speaking about the material causes, but he has neglected the Shari'i causes that God Almighty has placed as a path connecting to His satisfaction and the realization of His promises in this world and the Hereafter. And they are: faith and just deed. For if the man has all the causes of this world, but is neglectful in realizing the Shari'i causes, he is inevitably forsaken. God Almighty has said: 'If God supports you there is no one who can overcome you and if He forsakes you who is there to support you after Him. Upon God do the believers rely' (Al Imran 160).
And God's support for the servant can only be by the servant's support for God. God Almighty has said: 'Oh you who have believed, if you support God He will support you and plant firm Your feet' (Muhammad 7). So if the servant does not support his Lord by being subject to His command and doing what He has obliged, and avoiding what He has forbidden, he will not be victorious.
And his words: 'And there is no place for doubt and suspicions.'
When we say to Baghdadi and his retinue you are not suited to lead this Ummah and your terrible deeds do not make you suited to attain the promises of God, we are not stirring up distrust in God or doubting His promises, but rather we are certain that the man and his retinue are not entitled to them. Indeed we deem our Lord (Almighty and Exalted is He) to be above being pleased and desiring to grant tamkin to the likes of these criminals over the necks of His Muslim servants, unless our Lord (Almighty and Exalted is He) wishes to punish the people for their sins, and so he places in authority over them the likes of these oppressive tyrants, not because He loves them and is pleased with their manahij and crimes, but rather He has wanted from placing them in authority over the people to inflict a punishment and torment on His part. We ask God for Sufficiency.
God Almighty has said: 'Say: He is capable of sending upon you a torment from above you' (al-An'am 65).
Ibn Jarir al-Tabari and Ibn Abi Hatim (may God have mercy on them both) narrated on the authority of Ibn Abbas (may God be pleased with him): that he said on this verse: 'Say: He is capable of sending upon you a torment from above you.' As for the torment from above you: bad leaders. And on the authority of Ibn Abbas (may God be pleased with him) also said: 'Torment from above you.' Meaning: your amirs.[v]
And al-Baghdadi himself spoke the truth in this recent speech when he said: 'For victory and healing of the heart and supremacy of the religion and its people in this world, God has not entrusted us with witnessing it, and He has not made it a necessary condition to accept work or a guide to soundness and corruption. And this is from the mercy of God for this Ummah. Indeed the Exalted has ordered us to undertake what He has imposed upon us, being sincere to Him in the religion, following and not innovating, and fulfilling that. For we have not been created except for a great matter[...].'
I say: if you follow and do not innovate, and you fulfil the obligations of God upon you, we wish for you to be entitled to these divine promises. But the connection of the promises with badness in deed is not to be considered promoting sound trust in God, but rather it is to be considered as a kind of delusion and false desires that almost bring down the one who harbours them if God does not put him in order with His blessing and mercy.
And realizing the satisfaction of God Almighty is not in desire, but rather in faith and just deed and piety, and whoso does bad deeds, desires will only make him more deluded, and he will be compensated for his sowing corruption, and the sunan of God are not partial to anyone. God Almighty has said: 'It is not in your desires or the desires of the people of the Book. Whosoever does wrong will be compensated for it and he will not find a protector or helper for himself besides God' (al-Nisa' 123).
And here are very precious words by Ibn al-Qayyim (may God have mercy on him) on the distinction between trust and delusion. Perhaps it is good to quote it. He (may God have mercy on him) said:
'So consider this matter, and consider the strength of need for it, and how there gathers in the heart of the servant his certainty that he will meet God, and that God hears and sees his place, and knows his secret and open matters, and no hidden aspect of his affair is hidden from him, and he is placed before Him, and asked about all he has done, and he is established on His angers, defying His commands and obstructing His rights. Despite this he trusts in Him. And is this not but of deception of the souls and deception of wishful thoughts?
Abu Umama bin Sahl bin Hanif said: I and Arwa bin al-Zubair came upon A'isha (may God be pleased with her), so she said: If only you had seen the Messenger of God (SAWS) in his illness, and I had six or seven dinars, for the Messenger of God (SAWS) ordered me to distribute them. But the pain of the Messenger of God (SAWS) preoccupied me until God healed him. Then he asked me about them and said: 'What did you do? Did you distribute the six dinars?' I said: No by God, your pain preoccupied me. So he summoned for them, and placed them in his palm. Then he said: 'What is the thought of the Prophet of God if he were to meet God and this is with him?' And in another expression: 'What would Muhammad think of his Lord if he were to encounter God and this is with him?'
So by God what do the people of great sins and wrongs think of God when they meet him and the grievances of the servants are with them? For if their words benefit them: we have put our trust in You: indeed You will not torment an oppressor or grossly immoral one, for the servant can do as he wishes, and can commit everything God has forbidden, and he can trust in God, for the fire will not touch him.
So Subhanullah! Deception should not take hold of the servant. And Ibrahim said to his people: 'Is it the falsehood of deities other than God you desire? So what is your thought of the Lord of the Worlds?' (al-Saafat 86-87). That is: what do you think He will do to you when you meet Him and you have worshipped others besides Him?
And the one who ponders this matter as he should will know that trusting in God is the very same goodness of deeds, for the servant is made to do good deeds by his thinking that his Lord will reward him for his deeds and reward him for them and accept them from him. For what bears him to such deeds is trust, so whenever there is trust, there is goodness of deed. Otherwise, trust with following arbitrary whim is a deficiency, as in the hadith of al-Tirmidhi and the chain of authority is from a hadith of Shadad bin Aws on the authority of the Prophet (SAWS) who said: 'The smart one is the one who subjects himself and works for what is after death. The weak one is the one who makes his soul follow its arbitrary whims and engages in wishful thinking about God.'[vi]
So in sum trust is to be in combination with the causes of salvation. As for combining it with the reasons for perishing, there should not arise ihsan of thought.
For if it is said: actually that should arise, and the reliance on trust should be the wideness of God's forgiveness, mercy, pardoning and generosity, and that His mercy has preceded His anger, and that He has no use for punishment, and pardoning does not harm Him.
It should be said: that is the case, and God is above that and more exalted, nobler, more generous and more merciful. But comes in its appropriate place. For the Exalted is characterized with wisdom, might, revenge, intensity of power and punishing the one who deserves punishment. For if the basis of trust were merely His characteristics and names, the pious and immoral and the believer and disbeliever and His ally and enemy would share in that. But the criminal should not be benefited by His names and characteristics when he has incurred His anger and range, and has been exposed to His curse and has fallen into things He has prohibited and has violated His taboos.
Rather, trust should benefit the one who repents, is regretful and renounces, and replaces evil deed with good deed, and undertakes good and obedience for the rest of his life, then he can trust, for this is trust, whereas the first is deception, and God is the One whose help is to be sought.
And do not reckon this section to be long, for the need for it is great for everyone who distinguishes between trust in God and the deception of wishful thinking regarding Him. God Almighty has said: 'Those who have believed and who have migrated and waged jihad in God's path, those people seek God's mercy, and God is forgiving, merciful' (al-Baqara 218). So he has made these people the people of request, and not the people of falsehood and the grossly immoral.
The Almighty has said: 'Then your Lord for those who have migrated after they fell into fitnas, then waged jihad and have been patient: indeed your Lord after that is forgiving and merciful' (al-Nahl 110). So the Exalted has conveyed that He after these things is forgiving and merciful to the one who does them, so the knowledgeable one places the request in its places and the deceived ignorant one places it in places besides where it should be.'[vii]
So al-Baghdadi and his retinue and the likes of them of the tyrannical oppressors- people of falsehood and gravely immoral: if they assert trust despite their doing bad deeds and their establishment on their transgression of God's boundaries, we say to them: this is mere deception and false wishful thinking, and has nothing to do with trust. And God is the One whose help is to be sought.
Third comment with his words:
'So this is the remedy of the heart if the misfortunes ravage it, and disasters bleed him: disavowal of the dirt of the soul, and its illnesses, and polishing what afflicts it and then turns it away from proceeding to its Lord, and admitting the fault, and seeking forgiveness from the Mighty, the Forgiving.'
Yes the man has spoken the truth. We must acknowledge our sins, and seek God's forgiveness for them, and Baghdadi must start with himself and his retinue, by acknowledging their sins, and seeking God's forgiveness and returning to the Sunna and being loyal to every Muslim on the face of the Earth whom they declared takfir on without right, and redressing the grievances in blood and wealth. God Almighty has said: 'Oh you who have believed: why do you say what you do not do? Great a sin it is in God's eyes that you say what you do not do' (al-Saff 2-3). And the Exalted has said: 'Do you command the people to piety and you forget yourselves? And you recite the Book. Will you not be reasonable?' (al-Baqara 44).
Oh Baghdadi's ilk, you must know that seeking forgiveness is not just in a word that is said, but it is rather a serious word requiring great matters that must arise in the heart of the one seeking forgiveness as well as his tongue and limbs.
Fourth comment with his words:
'This is the state of the Caliphate- by the grace and blessing of God- the competition of the nations.'
I say: perhaps the man has wanted to mock the Islamic Ummah with this word! But I will remind him of the words of the Prophet (SAWS): 'I am a leader in a house in the outskirt of Paradise,[viii] for the one who abandons the dispute even if he is in the right, and in a household in the middle of Paradise for the one who abandons lying even if he is jesting, and in a household in the highest of Paradise for the one of good ethics.'[ix]
And on the authority of Ubaid bin Umair, he said: I heard a man saying to Ibn Omar: Did you not hear the Messenger of God (SAWS) saying: 'Indeed I jest, and I do not say but the truth?' He said: Yes.[x]
And on the authority of Abu Huraira: he said: they said: oh Messenger of God, you are playing with us. He said: 'I only say truth.'[xi]
That foolish playing about is repeated by him in his speech when he says: 'Half a decade has passed and its most lowly and wretched enemy has drawn back, acknowledging and admitting its remaining and the truth of its expansion.'
And he repeats it in his words: 'Half a decade has passed and the delegations of honest mujahideen monotheists are still being accepted in pledging allegiance...'
And like it another playing about in which he says: 'So from the land of the clash and the refuge of heroes in Khorasan, to the base of the knights and the abode of the Caliphate in Iraq and al-Sham, to the Yemen of faith and wisdom, to the Somalia of pride and defiance, to the land of lances and leaders of war in west and central Africa, to the land of people of determination and the lions of wars in East Asia and North Africa (proud Tunisia and Libya), and other wilayas of the Islamic State: praise be to God for how He has prioritised His servants- the soldiers of the Caliphate- in blessings, and what great blessing of steadfastness on His religion there is, and waging jihad against the alliances of disbelief, and repelling their aggression from the land of the Muslims.'
And another more foolish playing about! In which he says: 'So this expansion and spreading by which the Lord has granted conquest to the Islamic State: is merely a test and trial, for there must be proficiency of the deed...'
Fifth comment with his words:
'So the Islamic State has remained along, pioneering and leading the side of the conflict, at the forefront of the ranks, inflicting damage on the enemy, unconcerned with death.'
I say: this is clearly diminishing the work of everyone who wages jihad in God's path against the enemies of God and is not in Baghdadi's group, and it is as though the man does not consider jihad in the path of God to be Shari'i jihad unless under his erroneous banner. How could it be otherwise? The man rules that all who bear arms in the world and are not under allegiance to him are apostates.
God Almighty has said: 'And do not belittle people for their things (al-Araf 85, Hawd 85, al-Sha'ara' 183). And the Almighty and Exalted has said: 'Do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just, for it is nearer to piety' (al-Ma'ida 8). And the One whose affair is exalted has said: 'He raised the Heaven and placed the balance so you should not transgress in the balance. And establish the weight with justice and do not reduce the balance' (al-Rahman 7-9).
Sixth comment with his words:
'Half a decade has passed and it has not been harmed by the one who has contravened it or the one who has forsaken it.'
I say: these words were spoken by the Prophet (SAWS) about the victorious sect: that they are not harmed by the one who has contravened them or forsaken them. And the man at this point continues upon what the 'Dawla' has been accustomed to claim in that it alone is the victorious sect and the matter is not in wishful thinking or assertion or slogans, but rather they must establish before God and then the Ummah that they are a people of Sunna originally, let alone claiming for themselves exclusivity to this noble name: 'the victorious sect.'[xii]
Seventh comment with his words:
'What must be noted is that these united expeditions are the first of their kind in the history of the modern jihad after they were recently the habit of the mujahideen on the land of Iraq before the expansion and announcement of the Caliphate, and this is the grace of God granted to whoso He wills of His servants, and it is merely a guarantee of success and making the path right from the Exalted.
And we indeed reckon with certainty that they are the fruit of the blessing of clinging together and coming together as a group that we have been commanded to do, and this is the very same victory, for from an expedition of revenge for the people of al-Sham that struck in eight states and in more than eighty regions of them, as the total of the operations during four days alone was ninety-two operations- and praise be to God- and they were of set time with defined targets.
And it was not long after this expedition that the sons of the Caliphate followed it up with the expedition of attrition that also struck in eleven states, and the number of operations in it tallied up to sixty-one operations during three days only.
Then the brave jesters followed it up with the second united blessed attrition expedition on the eleventh of Dhu al-Hijja at the end of the last year of the bygone month (that is, in 1440 AH), for it struck- by the praise of God- in ten wilayas, as its grand total reached: 152 operations in ten days alone.'
I say: all these heroic deeds that Baghdadi brags about and through which he strikes the hearing of the people, there was not one operation against the camps of humiliation and degradation in eastern Syria in which our sisters are suffering under the imprisonment of the atheists. So what do we benefit from striking a church here, or striking an amusement centre there, and our sisters are being shaken with the wind of humiliation and subjugation and hunger and temptations in 'al-Hawl' and 'Ein Issa' and other places besides them?! Apologies oh women of the Muslims: the man who urged you to make hijra to his land and the regions of his authority has fled from you as the first of those fleeing, and cannot free you now for he is busy with the heavy burdens of the Caliphate, and tracking the affairs of the vast wilayas, so he has instead of you work more important than you in his view!
And where oh forsaken one is this jihadi work that has had no precedent in the history of the modern jihad?! Perhaps you are responsible for the strike on the 'Pentagon' and the towers of the 'World Trade Centre' and we do not realize it!
Indeed perhaps I am not exaggerating if I say: the modern jihad has not inflicted a worse, more bitter, uglier and more abominable catastrophe than the one this group has inflicted, represented in the thousands of women, children and families that are suffering under the imprisonment of the atheists.
The man drew attention to important matters and cases the first of which when he said: 'Calling people and the masses of the Ahl al-Sunna in particular, and being gentle with them.'
And here I have a question for the soldiers of Baghdadi in the so-called 'security wilayas': if your amir is looking out for the Muslim masses in this manner, and calls on you to be gentle with them and call to them and educate them, why do you kidnap the Muslims and impose ransom upon them?! Where are the hearing and obeying?
If your sheikh is looking out for the Muslim masses in this way and calling you to teach them and educate them, why do you blow up IEDs whatever the results, and whatever victims there might be in the ranks of the Muslim masses?! Where are the hearing and obeying?! If your amir has advised and ordered you to teach the Muslim masses the matter of their religion, how do you turn that into testing the people in their creeds, for if they do not agree with you in your false creed you kill them and steal their wealth?! Where are the hearing and obeying?!
Or is that the man is showing to the media a good flashing face, and on the ground he unleashes his dogs murdering the Muslims and stealing their wealth?!
Ninth comment with his words:
'As for the second issue, it is acceptance of the repentance of the one who repents, so accept the repentance of the one who comes before power is gained over him.'
I say: here I find lying, hypocrisy, dissimulation and deception in matters as clear as the Sun in broad daylight. For if the man orders to accept the repentance of the one who repents before power is gained over him, who is the one who spilt the blood of those from whom repentance was sought in Iraq?![xiii] Was it not you?! Who is the one who declared takfir on them and made their blood and wealth fair game after their repentance?! Was it not you?! Subhanullah, subhanullah, subhanullah. To God are affairs in creation, oh man. Make up some other lie, for God has exposed you over the heads of people, and has shown your treachery and betrayal, and you still say until today: accept the repentance of the one who repents?! Oh man, enough with your lying and deception. Lying does not suit your age or grey hair. How can lying be permitted from a man who claims the Imamate of the Muslims?
Baghdadi warned against oppression, and made clear its evil consequence, and this is true and correct, but he still drones about an old matter in which he begins and repeats: and it is that oppression is present in his soldiers, but he does not have oversight over it, and he has no relation with it, and perhaps the grievances do not reach him, so he is not able to remove them. And that is in his words: 'And we repent to God of every act of oppression that occurs and is not removed.'
And this by the Lord of the Ka'aba is a lie, for how many are the acts of oppression into which he and his retinue fell, and how many are the acts of oppression into which the amnis and amirs fell in blood, wealth and honour! And they were referred to the leadership, and you could not find the one who would hear and remove the oppression.
Eleventh in light of Baghdadi's feigned lamentation for the women of the Muslims in the prisons:
The prisoners, as usual, only find from Baghdadi counsel and words in every address of his, and this has no impact on the final outcome on the ground of reality, and it is as though it is his monotonous cliché in his addresses. As for in reality, he has many other interests.
Yes, he orders to free the female prisoners in the addresses, but in reality he does not even spare them one round or one dollar that could be a cause in freeing a group of them.
Yes, Baghdadi feigns lamentation today as is his usual for the sisters and female prisoners, and many opportunities occurred to correct the crisis before they were taken prisoner or to ransom them with money after they were taken prisoner, but the leadership is not concerned with the prisoners in the slightest, but it is the media display, so the picture and address must be perfect.
The leadership of the 'Dawla' group was offered a prisoner swap deal with the 'PKK' and the payment of financial sums in exchange for releasing contingents that were taken prisoner from the women of the Muslims for the first time when they left in the days of 'Gharaneej,' but the traitor oppressive leadership rejected the offer, or rather did not respond to it at all.
Negotiations occurred between the 'Dawla' and the 'PKK,' among its clauses: getting out the women and children from the besieged land of the 'Dawla' accompanied by cars of the 'PKK' until they should go out from areas controlled by the 'PKK' and other clauses: but the atheists imposed the condition that the agreement should not be published in the media, but the 'Dawla' annulled the agreement and published the clauses in the media.
Baghdadi and his retinue until this day of ours have much wealth by which they can free the female prisoners or at least a group of them, or at least bear the costs of feeding them, but Baghdadi does not send one fils to the camps despite that being possible, and until this day of ours every woman has been able to secure a specific sum of money she pays to the smugglers and gets out by God's grace from the camps, so where is Baghdadi?!
The widows for whom Baghdad feigns lamentation in the media were starving of hunger in the days of the siege in the areas of his control, and the warehouses of food were filled with all that was fine and good. Indeed the warehouses now lie under the hands of the atheists and the widows and orphans do not receive from it what could meet their basic needs.
And I do not find a more eloquent response to Baghdadi than what he said in this recent speech of his:
'How can life be pleasant to a Muslim, and the women of the Muslims are suffering in the camps of dispersal and the prisons of humiliation, under the coercion of the Crusaders and their followers of the Safavid Rafidites and the criminal atheists and the apostate Tawagheet in different parts of the world.
And they do not receive from those who assert and claim to bear the causes of the Ummah anything except disavowal, derisive insults, attacks, distortions and incitement against them!
Surely God's curse is upon the one than who the foundations of Christianization and the preachers of the cross have been faster in providing large sums of aid and more bold in providing benefits.'
Yes, God's curse is on the one than who the foundations of Christianization have been faster and more beneficial for the female prisoners. God's curse is on the one who is miserly with the wealth of the Muslims in freeing their prisoners. God's curse is on the one who claims the Imamate of the Muslims and there is no good from him for the female prisoners except feigning of lamentation in the media. God's curse is on the amirs who have fled and abandoned the honour of the Muslims to be plunder for the atheists. God's curse is on the amirs who spend the wealth of the Muslims rigt and left without one ounce of it reaching the women of the Muslims in the camps.
Then he says with all audacity: 'And God has not forgotten and your brothers will not forget to take revenge for you.'
How can Baghdadi say these words when he and his retinue have been the first to flee, turning back from supporting the weak of the men, women and children who cannot devise a means for themselves and cannot find a way?!
Yes, he flees in the forefront of those fleeing, then he says by God we have not forgotten you, abandoning the oppressed and leaving them to find humiliation and degradation under the coercion of the atheists. Then he says: we have not forgotten you. And he swears by God upon that.
I ask God Almighty to plant us firm on His religion, and cure us of the lying, deception, betrayal, hypocrisy and bad ethics. He is trustee of that and capable of it.
And praise be to God the Lord of the Worlds, and God's blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.
Written by Abu Eisa al-Masri
Monday 24 Muharram 1441 AH.
1441 AH/2019 CE
Mu'assasat al-Turath al-'Ilmi.
[i] Al-'A'il: al-faqir (al-Nihaya fi Ghareeb al-Hadith wa al-Athar) by Ibn al-Atheer (3/330).
[ii] Brought out by Muslim (1/72) no. 107 from the hadith of Abu Huraira (may God be pleased with him).
[iii] Muttafiq alayhi: brought out by al-Bukhari (1/16) no. 33 ad Muslim (1/56) no. 59 from the hadith of Abu Huraira (may God be pleased with him).
[iv] The audio speech: 'And say: do' issued by 'Mu'assasat al-Furqan for Media Production' on date Monday 17 Muharram 1441 AH (16 September 2019 CE).
[v] See: 'Tafsir al-Qur'an al-Adhim' (Ibn Kathir's Tafsir)- t: salama (3/276).
[vi] Brought out by al-Tirmidhi in 'Jami'ihi' (4/264) no. 2459. And he said: 'A sound hadith.'
[vii] 'al-Jawab al-Kafi li-man Yas'al 'an al-Dawa' al-Shafi' (al-Da' wa al-Dawa') by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawzia (pp. 26-28)
[viii] Ana za'im fi bayt fi rabdhi l-Janna: what is around it going outside of it, resembling the buildings that are around the cities and under the citadels ('al-Nihaya fi Ghareeb al-Hadith wa al-Athar' by Ibn al-Atheer 2/185).
[ix] Brought out by Abu Dawud in 'Sunanihi' (4/400) no. 4800 (and the expression is his) and al-Tabarani in 'al-Kabir' (8/98) no. 7488 and (8/186) no. 7770 and in 'al-Awsat' (5/68) no. 4693 and al-Baihaqi in 'Sunanihi al-Kabir' (10/249) no. 21237 from the hadith of Abu Umama (may God be pleased with him).
[x] Brought out by al-Tabarani in 'al-Kabir' (12/391) no. 1344 (and the expression is his) and in 'al-Awsat' (1/298) no. 995 and (7/32) no. 6764 and (7/219) no. 7322. And in 'al-Saghir' (2/59) no. 779.
[xi] Brought out by al-Tirmidhi in 'Jami'ihi' (3/529) no. 1990 (and the expression is his), and in 'al-Shama'il' (1/139 no. 237 and Ahmad in 'Musnadihi' (2/1782) no. 8597 and (2/1831) no. 8844, and al-Tabarani in 'al-Awsat' (8/305) no. 8706, and al-Baihaqi in 'Sunanihi al-Kabir' (10/248) no. 2123 and (10/248) no. 21235. Al-Tirmidhi said in 'Jami'ihi': 'A sound hadith.' And al-Haithami said in 'Mujamma' al-Zawa'id wa Manba' al-Fawa'id' (9/17): 'And its isnad is sound.'
[xii] I have- by the grace of God- a response to the false claim of the 'Dawla' group that they are the victorious sect that will hopefully be published soon, if God wills.
[xiii] See: 'Massacre of those seeking repentance' by the author first printing: 'Mu'assasat al-Turath al-'Ilmi' Dhu al-Q'ida 1440 AH (July 2019 CE).