Maysar al-Jiburi (Abu Mariya al-Qahtani), on Twitter as @alghreeb, is an Iraqi and long-time operative of the Islamic State (IS), who was sent into Syria to set up IS’s secret wing, Jabhat al-Nusra, in 2011. After al-Nusra split with IS and became al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, Maysar remained with al-Nusra and was its deputy until the summer of 2014, when the Deir Ezzor branch of al-Nusra that Maysar led was destroyed as IS poured resources captured in Mosul over the border. Since then, Maysar has been—with Saleh al-Hamawi, another member of the advance party that founded al-Nusra—a kind of dissident, formally expelled from al-Nusra, and more recently has set to work spreading his influence in the Turkish-occupied zone of northern Syria, notably through the Ahrar al-Sharqiya group. With the various moves to rebrand and restructure al-Qaeda in Syria under the banner of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Maysar has been drawn back into the fold to a degree.
Maysar has now released an essay, “Exposing the Backstabbers Within the Ranks,” condemning Jaysh al-Islam for its attacks on HTS in the East Ghouta area of Damascus beginning on 28 April. Intra-insurgent fighting in the besieged enclave a year ago allowed the coalition of states and militias supporting the Bashar al-Assad regime to considerably shrink the enclave and put it on the path to almost certain defeat. Maysar lays particular blame on Samir al-Kaka (Abu Abdurrahman al-Kaka; sometimes transliterated al-Kaakeh), a senior cleric of JAI, for issuing rulings licensing this conduct and compares JAI to IS. Maysar also asks, rhetorically, where the condemnations of JAI are from bodies like the Syrian Islamic Council, given how strongly they responded in January when al-Nusra attacked rebel factions as it laid the groundwork for the HTS merger. Masyar’s essay is reproduced below.
“What is happening in Eastern Ghouta reminds me of the division of kingdoms in Al-Andalus. What is wrong with these minds? May Allah forbid any establishment for such sick souls. They are fighting among each other while the regime is actually progressing. Transgression and treachery are verdicts passed by the jurist Abu Abdurrahman al-Kaka which cannot be denied by those who claim neutrality and fairness. Kaka is the first one who held the view of transgression and overpowerment (taghalub), and every drop of blood which is spilled in Ghouta is on the shoulders of Kaka and the Jahmiyyah sect. This Kaka is the head of turmoil (fitna) who incites towards infighting and the spilling of blood.
So I advise the soldiers of Jaysh al-Islam not to listen to this innovator who does not fear Allah concerning the blood of Muslims. I call upon all the honourable people in Eastern Ghouta and outside Ghouta to intervene to end the ongoing infighting in Ghouta. And persisting on infighting works only in the benefit of the regime. Fear Allah concerning the blood of Muslims. Fear Allah concerning the honour of Muslims.
A couple of years ago I showed that the methodology of Kaka is the methodology of the extremist postponer sect (Murji’ah). So the extremist cannot exploit my statements, before we knew them and their rotten methodology we knew the methodology of the extremist postponers, and we exposed them years ago and we entered prison because of our call to the methodology of Ahl al-Sunna, we ask Allah to accept it and hold us firm.
Kaka is seeking to fulfill the role of the Madkhali sect in Syria so be aware, o soldiers of Jaysh al-Islam, from listening to him, who has Ali al-Halabi as his Shaykh, who forbade killing the Jews (in Israel). Kaka is on the methodology of the Khawarij in killing the mujahideen.
However, when the transgression of Jaysh al-Islam became clear we did not hear the sound of those who cracked our heads with their statements and verdicts. Or are these verdicts political? Is the transgression of Jaysh al-Islam allowed and the transgression of others forbidden according to your verdicts?
The most dangerous innovation is legalizing the blood of your opponent from the Muslims. And you will find this innovation in the extremist postponers and the extremist takfiris (ex-communicators), their presence among the mujahideen is a danger for the jihadi arena. Oh Allah cleans the jihadi arena from the heresy of those who legalize the blood of Muslims.
The extremists if you disagree with their rotten methodology they will describe you with apostasy and (religious) dilution. And the extremist postponers if you disagree with their rotten methodology they will describe you as Khawarij.
The Sunnis know their doctrine no matter how much the deviation of the postponers and the bloodthirstiness of the Khawarij increases. Like Allah said, “Between the defecation and blood (of cattle), We produce, for your drink, milk, pure and pleasant to those who drink it.”
Every faction which shows goodness we thank them and if they show oppression and transgression we reject it. And this is what we owe to Allah. So what Jaysh al-Islam has done today from transgression and treachery, and those who call to this action should be exposed, and most prominently the head of turmoil Kaka. The basis for the emergence of the Hiftaris are the Madkhalis, what they have done in Libya is not hidden for the sane minded. And what was done by Hizb al-Nur in Egypt from their alliance with Sisi against the Muslim Brotherhood is a disgrace on the methodology of the postponers. And the view of Kaka and those who carry his thoughts is not less in repugnancy than what we have mentioned.
May Allah have mercy upon Zahran Alloush and may Allah accept him; he was eagerly seeking to expel Kaka from Eastern Ghouta because he knew that if he stayed in Eastern Ghouta he would be a reason for infighting. We are not even safe from the backstabbing of the extremists while the extremist postponers already began to backstab us, as they are Khawarij against the mujahideen. And I say against Kaka, like we have exposed the methodology of the Khawarij and the extremists, we announce your glad tidings for we will not leave you and your likes to live in the blood of Muslims. May Allah bless the one said that every heresy coupled with the sword becomes the methodology of the Khawarij.
Jaysh al-Islam published an audio recording in which I talked at the start of the campaign against ISIS in Ghouta (claiming that I was talking about Jabhat al-Nusra). While knowing that I published a similar recording a year ago on Telegram in which I lashed the methodology of Kaka and the methodology of the extremist, and I called them by their names and I refuted the deviant Kaka the day he said that Jabhat al-Nusra are Khawarij. So a year ago I lashed him with audio recordings and I exposed his lies and deceit. I criticized his rotten methodology and I criticized the methodology of the extremist. And I say that I did find anyone to be a bigger liar than ISIS except Kaka and his gang. And I have audio recordings of Shaykh Zahran Aloush and some brothers who recognize the deviance of Kaka, but we are not of those people who sink to this level of cheap methods. It is enough for Jaysh al-Islam to listen to the published audio recording in which he called upon assassinating and liquidating the mujahideen and the verdicts by Kaka of killing your opponents.
I say to Kaka, Jabhat al-Nusra at that time cleansed itself from the extremists and some were killed by the brothers after they were proven to be from ISIS. But Jaysh al-Islam as long as they keep referring to the godfather Kaka who gives verdicts to security personal to kill the mujahideen and students of knowledge then the rope of lies remains short. And many groups have emerged from the heretics but their end remained demise.
I advise the wise ones from Jaysh al-Islam if they are present not to follow the deviant Kaka and their chief negotiator who made the Russians guarantors. And I remind the soldier from Jaysh al-Islam about the audio recording that was leaked with the destructive verdict of Kaka to kill the mujahideen, and Jaysh al-Islam until this day did not proof anything which contradicts this.
And the exposing land of Syria is still exposing the people of heresy and desire, for all the branches of the Khawarij have been exposed in it, and most notably ISIS and at the opposite end the extremist postponers. And some of the pious predecessors of the Ummah have counted the postponers with the Khawarij. Kaka who toys with the blood of the mujahideen; what is the difference between him and ISIS when it comes to the legalization of Mujahid blood?
Hiftar did not have any presence were it not for the Madkhalis behind him, and we say that behind every Hiftar lies a head from the heads of the postponers. When the Americans entered Iraq the criminal Abu Dhalam came out and supported the Americans and entered the people into disbelief in waves. Then the lowly Hizb al-Nur appeared in Egypt and they supported the secularist apostate Sisi against the Muslim Brotherhood with the excuse that they were Khawarij. And this is the custom of the extremist postponers.
If the wise men of Syria do not understand the situation in Eastern Ghouta then the matter could spread to other territories. For the stupidity of the leadership of Jaysh al-Islam will push the arena to a dreadful situation and the only beneficiary will be the regime and the Rawafid. Jaysh al-Islam is committing field assassinations and these are the methods of the bastards of ISIS, so what Jaysh al-Islam is committing of transgression and criminality must be exposed. And to the scholars who have cracked our heads with their political statements with which they designated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham as ISIS. Why do you not take a legal position against the crimes and transgression of Jaysh al-Islam? Where are you now? Aren’t the ones who are killed by the army of Kaka not your own people? Where is the Syrian Islamic Council!?
And would that which is done by Kaka and his soldiers been possible if it weren’t for your political verdicts which you have published against the soldiers of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham based on the positions of their opponents? Is the judge who judges with ignorance not one of the judges of Hellfire? For ignorance about the reality is like ignorance about the shari’a. Where are you now when it comes to the crimes of the army of Kaka? As Allah said “Woe unto those who give unequal measure!”
They hastened to pass verdicts which allows receiving assistance from the disbelievers against their transgressing Muslim brothers (ISIS) relying on weak statements, which is criminal to implement in our current reality. But we did not hear any statement which condemns the crimes of the army of Kaka who bomb the cities with heavy weaponry and assassinate and execute prisoners. Where are your minds? What is the difference between what Kaka and his soldiers are doing and what Al-Baghdadi and his soldiers did when it comes to spilling blood? For they are two sides of the same coin.
Jaysh al-Islam is a bigger liar than ISIS and permits lying against their opponents, seeking dominance and authority over the territories in Ghouta with the excuse of fighting the Khawarij. And the fool Kaka knows that the postponers are the Khawarij. The army of Kaka fought against ISIS and today they are doing everything ISIS did. They legalize the blood and legalize lying against their opponents.
The hyenas of Jaysh al-Islam are committing one of the most heinous acts and on top of them the fool Kaka in whom the qualities of the most treacherous sects are combined. As he took from the Rawafid lying and fabricating, until he became the story teller of Ghouta, he took the valiance of the Khawarij, and the vileness of the extremist postponers, and the insolence of the Hashashi Ismailis. Kaka lives in the furore of his lusts and he think that he has reached what he craves, and this is the situation of hyenas. But there is a hindrance between them and what they desire. The one who thinks that the hyenas of Kaka will only fight against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham is delusional, as they are trying to impose a reality which makes them the first responders to the signed documents of Astana. So the masks have fallen.
I say to my mujahid brothers in Ghouta, Syria spits out the filth as your Ghouta spit out the Khawarij of al-Baghdadi, and the arrogant army of the Kaka will follow them, so be patient. Jaysh al-Islam has already fallen morally so it will also fall materially, because the fall of principles is followed by the fall of its owners. Your group will disappear and Islam will remain and expand.
I cannot bear to hear the slogan of fairness anymore from some, because it reminds me of the slogan of the extremist when they say that fairness is the garment of the honourable while they dwell in one valley and fairness lives in another valley.
The extremist are happy with what is happening in Eastern Ghouta, they are saying, “We told you so.” But the extremist forgot that their crooked methodology and the crooked methodology of Kaka does not enter any arena except that it corrupts and ruins it.
The one who exposed the Khawarij of al-Baghdadi should also expose the Khawarij of Kaka and they should not measure with two standards. Kaka the storyteller of Douma, who has no sense nor does he know honesty, comes out and speaks as if he is Yusuf ibn Tashfin (who united the Muslims and brought an end to the division in Al-Andalus). While the storyteller forgets that his factions and all other factions will disappear and that what he and his army are doing only benefit the regime.
The storyteller of Douma speaks about the Khawarij while he is wearing their heresy legalizing the blood of his opponents, rather he even started to suppress the demonstrations. And the storyteller of Douma forget that demonstrations toppled Bashar [al-Assad] and expelled him from Ghouta the day when his scholars still perceived Bashar as the legitimate Muslim ruler and they forbade any revolt against him.
When the army of Kaka starts to surprise the demonstrations it becomes clear to you that Kaka did not learn anything from the previous lessons which the regime and his henchmen experienced as they failed in this experience. Did Kaka not witness the demonstrations in Ghouta which expelled his legitimate Muslim ruler Bashar from these territories the day when the extremist postponers were saying that is was not allowed to revolt against the legitimate Muslim ruler Bashar.
The extremist postponers say that is not allowed to revolt against Sisi because he is a Muslim ruler, while they stood with Sisi when he turned against the government of [Muhammad] Morsi because the deceitful Hizb al-Nur see the Muslim Brotherhood as Khawarij, so it is allowed for them to ally with a disbeliever against the Khawarij. This is from the jurisprudence of the extremist postponers.
The extremist postponers are like the Jahmiyyah sect when it concerns the Islamic judgment over an disbelieving ruler as they present him with obedience, but they are revolting Khawarij against the mujahideen and the Muslim rulers. This is the religion of the postponers and this is their doctrine. The deceitful Hizb al-Nur is a symbol for extremist postponers who stood with the apostate Sisi against the Muslim Brotherhood with the excuse that they are Khawarij. And the Madkhalis in Libya are a symbol when they stood with Hiftar.
And the scholars of Kaka see Shaykh Salman al-Awda and Shaykh Safar al-Hawali as Khawarij so it is not strange that Kaka judges the mujahideen as Khawarij. The army of Kaka is calling upon other factions to stay neutral so that they can eat them one by one like he wanted to ban Ahraar Syria in Ghouta previously and failed at that time. And today the people of Ghouta will not listen to the sweet talks of Kaka because the people know that the army of Kaka is a bigger liar than ISIS.
The demonstrations in Ghouta places the army of Kaka in a tight spot especially after their exhaustion during this ongoing battle, and this is proven by the fact that Kaka and his army seek to keep the other factions neutral but the factions know that Kaka and his leadership are liars. Jaysh al-Islam talking about the issue of assassinations reminds me of the state media channel Dunya, no one believes the army of Kaka anymore.
I say to the deviant Kaka, I have met Shaykh Zahran Alloush before the fight against the Khawarij and he appeared in a video and talked but I will disclose this trust. I talked with him more than once and told Shaykh Zahran Aloush that the doctrine of Kaka is corrupt and he should be removed from any decree and his methodology should be expelled, and Kaka knows this himself. After Shaykh Zahran Alloush entered the north I sat with him and there was no fight between us and ISIS at that time, and I have advised Shaykh Zahran Alloush to remove Kaka because he is from the extremist postponers and he has the behaviour of infiltrators. However, Kaka wants to convince us that we used to have good suspicions about him and his methodology.
May Allah forgive Shaykh Abu Abdulaziz al-Qatari for leaving extremists to run Jund al-Aqsa and may Allah forgive Shaykh Zahran Alloush for not expelling Kaka from Jaysh al-Islam and those who hold his Jahmiyyah views. To my brothers, the soldiers of Jaysh al-Islam, be aware that you do not believe the storyteller Kaka and follow him and kill your Mujahid brother with the excuse that he is from the Khawarij. This will not hold in front of Allah. The assault of Jaysh al-Islam is because they seek dominance but Kaka is painting it with the dye of his deviant methodology.
I said it before and I am still saying it, the one who says that Jaysh al-Islam is an army of apostasy is a liar and oppressor, and the one who says that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham are Khawarij is a liar and oppressor. And I am still saying it. The extremists in Salafism are of categories: the ones who see you as an apostate if you oppose them, the ones who see you as from the Khawarij or extremist if you oppose them, and the ones who are extremist in obedience even if they witnessed apostasy from the ruler they would say it is obligatory to obey him. There are many categories of them, and Allah’s help is sought.
I did not find any sect more despicable than the ones who attribute themselves to Salafism, like the Madkhali Salafis, and the Salafism of Hizb al-Nur, and the Salafism of ISIS, and the Salafism of blind obedience to the rulers. These sects specialize in lying and slander, and I testify against them that the state media of channel Dunya does not reach the tenth of their lies and slanders. Rather there are those amongst them for whom the Rand Corporation has testified. Rather they are even bigger liars than Al-Arabiyah.
The hatred of some against Hay’at Tahrir shaam and especially against Shaykh Al-Joulani made them support the transgression of Jaysh al-Islam, and I say to them your hatred against individuals must not push you to support transgression and criminality and pass political verdicts. Like the calf of Al-Baghdadi and Zuwaybiry (the GIA in Algeria) fell, likewise the calf of Kaka will fall and his companion, the foolish negotiator with his shameless face, the godfather of Astana. Wait and I am waiting with you.
Today Eastern Ghouta is paying the price for the deviant methodologies which sought and still seeks dominance and covers its lusts with theological legitimacy. If only our brothers in Jaysh al-Islam announced that they wanted to overpower the others in Ghouta (to bring about unity) rather than labeling others as extremist and making Takfir on them.
Do not make Syria a racetrack for your methodology, and do not make your faction an agenda for the enemies against your religion; killing a group and welcoming another group, while in the end they still do not trust you. My advice to Jaysh al-Islam and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and the rest of the factions: My beloved ones remember that all of these organizations will cease to exist one day and remember these words of mine when you are going to your Lord and you will be held accountable for every word and deed. All the armed factions from the people of the Qiblah, know that the winner of these battles between you is still a loser. And Allah’s help and assistance is sought.
It is interesting that Shaykh Al-Maqdisi is describing me as a diluter and others are saying that Abu Mariyah has deviated and became a postponer. And the brother Kaka may Allah guide him is describing me as an extremist and says that I returned to the methodology of the Khawarij. And I say may Allah guide me and you all to what you love and please.
I have exceeded in my criticism against Shaykh Al-Maqdisi previously and today in my criticism against the brother Kaka. Perhaps my offensive methods will make the brother Kaka more aggressive against me but I have advised him in secret multiple times. And just to be fair, he listened to me and I advised him to avoid infighting and to contain the young people in Ghouta from all factions. But today it has reached the stage of brutality against my Mujahid brothers, and I advise him to rethink his views. And I say to him, what you are calling to is rejected theologically and rationally. The situation in Ghouta is not able to bear overpowerment which exhausts all parties while the regime is the only winner.
Everyone who is killed from any party in Eastern Ghouta is a loss for the Sunnis, so it is unfair to let the sons of the Sunnis be fuel for a battle which is not waged to seek the pleasure of Allah. Fear Allah oh Jaysh al-Islam and stop your transgression! When Jaysh al-Islam was attacked a year ago we rejected this and we strived day and night to stop the killing there but the memory of these people is weak.”