The Islamic State’s (IS) spokesman, Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, gave his second speech on 27 January 2020. The speech was entitled, “Allah Destroyed Everything Over Them, and for the Kafireen is Something Comparable”, by IS’s official English translation. The title is drawn from the Qur’an, the Surah of Muhammad (47), verse 10. The verse can be rendered as, “God Destroyed Them Completely, and a Similar Fate Awaits the Disbelievers”. Below is a copy of the transcript of Abu Hamza’s speech, with some editions for transliteration and translation, and some interesting sections highlighted in bold.
Much of the speech was standard fare from IS: there was a potted history of the movement, the claim to be “remaining” despite the American attacks upon it (an old theme), the vow of revenge on the PKK forces that collaborated with the Americans to take down the caliphate, and a ration of sectarian abuse for the Iraqi Shi’is and the Iranians, as well as some mocking of them now that the Americans have started retaliating militarily against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), notably by killing the leader of its Quds Force Qassem Sulaymani and Jamal al-Ibrahimi (Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis), the head of al-Hashd al-Shabi, the Shi’a militia conglomerate in Iraq that is dominated by IRGC. The U.S. worked with the Hashd and other Iranian assets against IS in Iraq.
As always, the most intense fury for was reserved for Sunnis who have not submitted to IS’s cause. On the one side, Abu Hamza reiterates IS’s root-and-branch hatred for the Muslim Brotherhood in Iraq and the Syrian rebel groups; nothing is down for them except annihilation. On the other side is the tribes, the field of competition for IS and its Sunni rivals, and the key to IS’s endurance. Abu Hamza warns that the spying by some tribesmen for various anti-IS governments is known about, and then offers the usual mix of threats and inducements.
Where the speech was unusual for IS was in its focus on Israel, not generally a central issue for IS, but the suggestion Abu Hamza made here was that IS’s jihad was an attempt to create a staging ground on its way to eliminating the Jewish state. That said, the attacks on the Palestinian Islamists, HAMAS specifically, for being ideologically deviant, militarily ineffective, and dependent on the heretical Iranians, were more usual. Likewise the denunciation of Donald Trump’s “deal of the century”—IS had been unhappy about the Jerusalem Embassy move, too. The other notable aspect was Abu Hamza singling out of IS’s branch in Afghanistan for encouragement.
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Indeed, all praise belongs to God. We praise Him, seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with God from the evils of ourselves and from the consequences of our evil deeds. Whoever God guides, no one can misguide him; and whoever God leaves to stray, no one can guide him. I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except God, alone with no equal to Him; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger.
As for what follows:
God said: “They wish to extinguish the light of God through their words. But God will perfect His light, even though the disbelievers hate it. He it is who has sent His messenger with the guidance and the deen [religion] of Truth to make it victorious over all other ways, even though the mushrikeen [idolaters, polytheists] hate it” [Al-Saf: 8-9].
Indeed, God (glorified is He and sanctified are His names) mentioned that the kafireen [unbelievers’] desire to put out His light this is what they sought through their continuous military and media campaigns against the muwahideen [monotheists]. A comprehensive war on all spectrums; all for the sake of extinguishing the light of God with their mouths after it had spread its mercy and shone a light of guidance for the muwahideen. For this purpose they utilized their media stations and purchased the evil beards and turbans from the scholars of the tawaghit and supporters of vice to cast on the Islamic State the worst of deficiencies and charges to distort its reality, its creed, and its jihad for the sake of God in defence of the deen and milla [religion]. They strove to disparage its leaders and its soldiers who sacrificed their blood and scattered their bodies for that cause and to raise His word. And despite all their campaigns, the light of God continues to flare, and the jihad of the muwahideen has not stopped from continuing onward, by His bounty
Thus we say to the protectors of the Cross, America, and her allies from the Arab and non-Arab rulers: Verily, you experienced the war of the Islamic State when fighting was centred in Iraq, in the alleys of Falluja, Ramadi, the north and south of Baghdad, Diyala, Salahuddin, and Mosul. You repeatedly alleged and announced eliminating it. You become surprised after every announcement the expansion of operations of its soldiers, by the bounty of God. The Crusaders celebrated their entry into Iraq, and the taghut of America, Bush, appeared on top of his aircraft carrier declaring “Mission Accomplished” to his followers, rejoicing in what they assumed was an easy war with his soldiers departing from it in just a few months. But the futile loser [George W. Bush] did not know that the difficult mission of his army had not yet begun.
Then he was awakened from his stupor by the explosions of martyrdom-seekers storming his army’s military bases and alerted to the horrific horror of the snarling of IEDs that tore apart his armoured vehicles and equipment, killing and maiming those inside. The scenes of coffins returning to America and military funerals in its various states became a daily event. The American economy began bleeding heavily to cover the increasingly rising costs of a war that seemed endless and hadn’t experienced before. Getting out of it, even if it meant defeat, became a dream for America and its rulers.
Then the stage of the leader of martyrdom-seekers, Shaykh al-Mujahid Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [real name: Ahmad al-Khalayla] (may God accept him), and his brothers became a nightmare for America and her apostate tails, with their operations escalating day after day. They fought the mushrikeen collectively so that there remained no fitna [strife] on the land and the Deen was all for God. The fighting was not undertaken for the sake of land or nationalism or to rule by other than what God revealed. Likewise, it fought all the factions warring against Islam and its people from the Christians, Rawafid [Shi’i] mushrikeen, and the apostates who falsely claimed to belong to Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama’a [Sunni Islam]. All in order to actualize the command of the Lord: “And fight the mushrikeen collectively as they fight you collectively” [At-Tawbah: 36]. This at a time when many tried to restrict the fighting against the Crusaders, while the apostate regime remained sowing corruption in the land with its army and police force, and the Deen remaining for other than God and the people continuing to judge by other than what God revealed. This is what He made successful for His mujahideen slaves in establishing and consolidating in the minds of people in a short time, because they made it a practical reality, not merely a claim with the tongue. Rather, they fought anyone who stood in the way of ruling by the law of God. And to God, before and after, belongs all grace.
Thus, the stage of Shaykh al-Zarqawi (may God accept him) gave life to the obligation of jihad. It clarified the correct methodology and the mujahideen were raised upon it, striving to establish an Islamic state to reach the conquering of Jerusalem, with the permission of God, as Shaykh al-Zarqawi said in one of his speeches: “We fight in Iraq, and our eyes are on Jerusalem.” Thereafter, God enabled for His muwahideen slaves the first step in the establishment of the Islamic State, the founding of Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen [The Consultation Council of the Holy Warriors]. After a period of afflicting the Crusaders and apostates, the Crusaders rejoiced in the announcement of the killing of Shaykh al-Zarqawi (may God accept him), the leader of the mujahideen in Iraq. They promoted the event as if it were the end of jihad, marked the breakup of the mujahideen, and was the beginning of a new stage in which the Crusaders would achieve all that they couldn’t in the years past. God exposed their lies and thwarted their efforts; and He assisted His muwahideen slaves to select Shaykh al-Mujahid Abu Hamza al-Muhajir [real name: Abdul Munim al-Badawi] (may God accept him) based upon the will of his predecessor, Shaykh al-Zarqawi (may God accept him) to complete their jihad, solidify their ranks, and to escalate their operations against the mushrikeen and murtadeen [apostates].
Then Hilf al-Mutayabeen [The Alliance of the Scented Ones] was announced, and the mujahideen found the conditions suitable to establish a State of Islam, ruling by the law of God in the land He empowered them in. This was in obedience to their Lord and to cut the way in front of those lying in wait for jihad and its people. Those who were planning and financing a project to establish an autonomous region similar to Kurdistan that the apostate Kurds and secularists rule over. In a similar fashion, undermining the loyal Sahwat factions to their project supported by the Gulf states and formulated through the verdicts of the scholars of apostasy. Likewise, it barred the Brotherhood of Mischief-Makers, Democrats, and Apostates, at the head of which was “Hizb al-Islami [al-Iraqi]” [the Iraqi Islamic Party, the Muslim Brotherhood party in Iraq], in conjunction with the signs of America’s obvious defeat and eagerness to escape the fire of Iraq by any means. Thus, the Islamic State of Iraq was declared, with Shaykh al-Mujahid Abu Umar al-Husayni al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi [real name: Hamid al-Zawi] (may God accept him) chosen as its leader.
The Crusaders awoke to a new nightmare. Their dream of a quiet withdrawal and announcing they achieved their stated goals from invading Iraq dashed due to the presence of the Islamic State. It extended its influence over various areas and intended to establish the Deen in the remaining others; and it remained focused upon Jerusalem and the way to reach it. The operations of the muwahideen quickly escalated, by God’s favour alone, and the vehicles of the occupying Crusaders were scattered in the streets and the remains of their soldiers hung on bridges, until the Lord enabled His muwahideen slaves control over swathes of land in Iraq. They became the masters therein, attacking and roaming, with their enemies having to recede into their fortified bases with their movement difficult. They did not enter into them except frightened and terrified.
In addition, God granted His muwahideen slaves success in enabling them to clarify the ruling of the shirk [idolatry, polytheism] of democracy and began targeting the election centres and voters. Similarly, verily, the issue of al-wala wal-bara [association with believers, dissociation from heresy] became clear, and to God belongs all praise. It became especially clear particularly in the case of Islam claimants that joined the disbelieving factions and supported the kafireen against the Muslimeen, as was the condition of those affiliated with the disbelieving army, the security and intelligence services, and the loyal police forces of the tawaghit and their Crusader masters. Like them were the factions of the Sahwat whom the mujahideen declared takfir [excommunication] of and of their members, explaining their ruling to the Muslimeen. They fought them until they repented from their kufr in God, the Mighty.
The rage of the people of falsehood to this activity of the muwahideen reached the level where they sought to discredit them and accuse them of extremism and being from the Khawarij. They tried their utmost to restrict the fighting to the Crusaders. Thus, they called whoever refrained from fighting the apostates from the Rawafid and claimants of Ahl al-Sunna with the title “al-muqawama al-shareefa” [“the honourable resistance”], which knows nothing of honour except the name. It was nothing but an insult to the muwahideen, [suggesting] that their fight against the apostates was dishonourable. May God destroy them; how wretched are they!
At this juncture, the Crusaders and their apostate followers worked on an urgent plan to eliminate the Islamic state by removing the hand of its soldiers from the land and pursing to kill its leaders. Thus the spent billions to finance the Sahwat project, pulled thousands of soldiers from Afghanistan to seize control of the land, and used the intelligence services of their tawaghit allies to enlist the factions who rejoiced in the invitation to support the mushrikeen against the Muslimeen. The trial of the Sahwat was harsh on the Islamic State of Iraq and its soldiers, with the killing and imprisoning of many mujahideen, forcing those who survived it to incline to the deserts and valleys, [and this carried on] until the ordeal reached its climax with the killing of shaykhayn: Amir al-Mu’mineen [the Commander of the Faithful or Prince of the Believers] Abu Umar al-Baghdadi and his War Minister, Shaykh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir (may God accept them both).
The Crusaders and apostates celebrated once again with their claim of eliminating the State of Islam; but the joy of the celebrations did not last long. They were afflicted with the gallant leader, demolisher of walls, Amir al-Mu’minin Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi [real name: Ibrahim al-Badri] (may God accept him). He quickly jump-started the operations of the mujahideen in Iraq, by the grace of God. Losses mounted among the ranks of the Crusaders and apostates from the Rafida and Sahwat, leading to the Crusaders declaring the failure of their dreams of eliminating the muwahideen by withdrawing from Iraq. They ran with tails of disappointment and defeat, licking their deep wounds that struck their country, army, and economy after their failed adventure in Iraq.
Then God facilitated the Islamic State to announce the stage of Hadm al-Aswar [“Breaking the Walls” or “Demolishing the Walls”] to release the Muslim prisoners in Iraq and support their weak brothers in Sham [Syria], extending the arena of jihad within it. Thereafter, the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham was declared, and the battle front against the apostates expanded. It was another step closer to Jerusalem. God granted His muwahideen slaves the realization of one of their greatest hopes and most important goals of their jihad. While at the same time, the Crusaders continued to lie, underestimating the Islamic State and its strength. They assumed it was not able to restore control over the land once more, comforting themselves that they had eliminated it by transferring the Sahwat experiment [or experience, tajreeba] to Syria. They celebrated with their allies from al-Sahwat al-Sham [the Syrian Awakening, i.e. U.S.-backed Syrian rebels], may God destroy them, the expulsion of the mujahideen from some areas in the northern and western parts of Sham, failing to realize that what happened was from the planning of God. The mujahideen were then able to cleanse the eastern region, Aleppo, Homs, and other areas from the Sahwat of shame and dollars. They achieved empowerment within to establish the Deen of God and to rule in accordance to His law. The Islamic State became an undeniable reality on the ground. The distress of the disbelievers magnified due to what God opened for His muwahideen slaves in Iraq and Sham. Then the borders of Sykes-Picot were broken and the restoration of the Islamic caliphate was declared, inaugurating a caliph for the Muslims. Muslims from various lands swore bay’a [an oath of allegiance] to him and the mujahideen from the east and west joined its caravan, declaring their bay’a to Amir al-Mu’mineen and Khalifa al-Muslimeen [the Caliph of the Muslims], Shaykh al-Mujahid Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi (may God accept him). The jama’a of the Muslims became a reality, and Dar al-Islam [the Abode of Islam] became a land of migration for the people of Islam.
The followers of Millatu Ibrahim [the religion of Abraham] did not fail to do their utmost to demolish the biggest fitna of the modern era, represented by democracy and secularism. Thus, they clarified its ruling and the ruling of those who believe in it, whether that is through a belief, a saying, or an action. It [democracy] is a religion of kufr; and whoever believes in it by creed, saying, or action is an ignoble kafir to God, the Mighty. They warned the people from participating in it through the elections, candidacies, or referendums based on their infidel laws and constitutions. They followed their words with action by targeting the temples of that pagan religion, represented by the elections and nomination centres. All this was in a clear progression over the previous years. It began with calling and clarifying, accumulating the swords and spears, while the apostate claimants of Islam continued to beautify the shirk of democracy and the people of delusion and misguidance strove to legitimize its tawaghit and their mushrikeen worshipers, seeking to wage war on the muwahideen and uproot the state of the Muslims.
The descendants of Iblis could do nothing except gather their plots and crowds in a Crusader alliance. They found no way to battle the Islamic State except by pouring their hatred in the form of molten lava over the Muslims in Iraq and Syria. Thus, they destroyed their cites, killed and maimed thousands, until the epics of Ramadi, Mosul, Sirte, and Al-Baghuz took place. After which they declared their victory over the Islamic State, without celebrating their alleged victory for too long. As they know with certainty their claims of eliminating it are belied, just as they were from before. How [could they claim victory] and its soldiers remain in various lands, with some of them maintaining empowerment within, by the bounty of God, while the affliction upon the kafireen and apostates has not ceased for an hour?
After their recent announcement of the killing of Amir al-Mu’mineen and Khalifa al-Muslimeen, Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi (may God accept him), many kafireen, murtadeen, and munafiqun [hypocrites] thought it the actual end of the Islamic State, while the transgressing Crusaders declared that it is not so based on their long experience in dealing with the Islamic State. They were assured that the word “baqiya” [remaining or enduring] was not a mere slogan the muwahideen used to provoke their disbelieving enemies. But rather, it is an expression based on a firm methodology among the soldiers of the caliphate that prompts them to preserve what their preceding brothers left behind, completing what they started, and recovering what they lost. Striving to achieve all what they sought to accomplish in their lives, by the permission of God, from giving victory to the Deen, uniting the word of the Muslims, and the protection of their precious jewels from the aggressors.
Thus, be assured, O religions of kufr, that the Islamic State, by the command of God, is baqiya.
Baqiya, over your noses.
Baqiya, despite your plots and crowds.
Baqiya, despite your equipment and iron.
Baqiya, a dagger in your chests.
Baqiya, a terror in your hearts.
Baqiya, a gleaming sword over your necks.
Baqiya, soon your tongues will repeat it, by the permission of God, as did the Rawafid captives before you.
We are today but beginning a new stage in our struggle with you; and the sights of the soldiers of the caliphate everywhere have not departed from Jerusalem. In the days ahead, with the permission of God ,you will witness what will pain you and make you forget the horrors you saw in the time of the previous leaders, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (may God accept them all). Our jihad will continue processing forward by His permission, for the noble and defiant shaykh has come to you: Amir al-Mu’mineen and Khalifa al-Muslimeen, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, may God protect him and guide his footsteps upon the truth. We ask Him that He cause you to suffer at his hands a painful torment and a severe retribution and punishment. He and his mujahideen brothers in all the wilayat, have pledged to begin a new phase: to fight the Jews and restore what was taken from the Muslims, which will only be returned by a guiding Book and a supporting sword, open Jerusalem, and hand the banner to Muhammad ibn Abdallah al-Mahdi, inshallah.
Thus, O soldiers of the caliphate everywhere, and in particular those of you in the beloved Sinai and the blessed Syria: before you are the Jewish settlements and markets; turn them into testing grounds for your weapons, your chemical missiles, and so on.
To the Muslims in Palestine and all other lands: be the spearhead in the fight against the Jews. Thwart their plots such as “The Deal of the Century”. Do not pay any attention to HAMAS of apostasy, the personnel, and those like them from the factions of shame—the dogs of Iran and its poor, humiliated slaves. Those we have known nothing from but mere chants, condemnations, and denunciations. Wading into the swamps of apostasy and depravity, having mercy upon everyone who died and perished from the leaders of Magians [lit. Zoroastrians, i.e. Iranians], who tormented Ahl al-Sunna severely, like the apostate Safavid, Qassem Sulaymani, may God curse him and those who support him.
Likewise, we call upon you to join the soldiers of the caliphate. They are those who seek to remove the barriers and blockades that prevent them from battling the Jews. And those who, by the permission of God, have determined to destroy the armies and topple the thrones that the Crusaders have built as a fortress and hindrance for the children of Israel, and incite their brothers everywhere to go after the Jews and slaughter them inside and outside of Palestine in order to kill them wherever you find them to disperse those behind them and to sow terror in their hearts until their shirk with God Almighty is purified from Jerusalem and its land becomes Dar al-Islam once more. And that is not difficult for God.
Therefore, O tawaghit of America, O worshipers of the Cross: occupy yourselves with something other than claiming to have eliminated the Islamic State.
And we say to the dog of Rome, Trump: the two dogs who ruled America before you, Bush and Obama, also claimed and declared they had defeated the Islamic State a number of previous times. Or do you have no shame? You all have been declaring and claiming for fifteen years the elimination of the muwahideen. Your war with the Islamic State was restricted in Iraq, but today, by the grace of God, it has extended to the east and west of the globe, to Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sinai, Libya, Somalia, Khurasan [Afghanistan], Pakistan, India, the Caucuses, West and Central Africa, Tunis, and Algeria. Indeed, you were plotting, and God plots; and God is the best of plotters. Or did you not think that our jihad and continuation was with God, the Mighty and Wise?
O God, do not leave us to ourselves for even a blinking of an eye, plan and open for us. Verily, indeed, we absolve to You our power and strength to seek refuge in Your power and strength, O Lord of creation.
If in your estimation you believe you have concluded a battle and the mujahideen have retreated, then know that the matter, all of it, is in hands of God, the Mighty. Far removed is it that He would grant victory to you over His believing slaves. However, He tests His slaves to distinguish the truthful from the liar in jihad for Him. This is the tradition of God, the Mighty, in relation to His creation. God said: “And certainly, we shall test you with something of fear, hunger, and loss of wealth, lives, and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient” [Al-Baqarah: 155].
And He stated: “Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe,’ and will not be tested? We, indeed, tested those before them; and God will certainly make evident those who are truthful and those are liars” [Al-Ankabut: 2-3].
And He said: “And We will, verily, try you till We know who from among you are patient mujahideen; and We will test your pronouncements” [Muhammad: 31].
Thus, O idiot of Rome: O you who exploited the media with your dog, honouring and praising him without mentioning your soldiers and their participation, in clear evidence that the soldiers among you are more despicable than dogs and have no consideration. Die in your rage. Your dreams and wishes to eliminate the Islamic State is nothing but a mirage. It will continue to remain, by the permission of God, raising the fluttering black banner. For indeed, the end is for the mutaqeen [virtuous, pious], and humiliation and loss for the kafireen.
God said: “Have they not travelled through the earth and seen what the end was of those before them? God destroyed them completely, and its similarity awaits the disbelievers. That is because God is the protector of those who believe, while the disbelievers have no protector” [Muhammad: 10-11].
O lions of the caliphate and flag bearers in every place: we congratulate you on your bay’a to Amir al-Mu’mineen and Khalifa al-Muslimeen, Shaykh al-Mujahid Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi (may God protect him). Strive in your endeavours and seek Paradise, as we have only come out for the two best outcomes: a martyrdom pleasing to the Lofty Lord or a great conquest that gathers the Muslims and guides the astray.
We have not forgotten to congratulate the supporters of the caliphate and their media foundations with their bay’a, gathering around the jama’a of the Muslims and its leader, fending off the campaigns of distortion from the evil turbans and beards of the intelligence agencies, may God destroy them. May God reward you all on our behalf with goodness. There is no misconception that they brought, except that you refuted it and shackled the mouths of the misguided who rejoiced in the killing of shaykhayn (may God accept them both) at the hands of heretic kafireen.
We congratulate the soldiers of the caliphate on their campaign to take revenge of the killing of the two noble shaykhayn, Shaykh Amir al-Mu’mineen, Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi and Shaykh Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir (may God accept them both). We advise you to double your efforts and intensify your strikes. Draw up targets, light up the roads with IEDs, tighten the devices, spread out the snipers, and employ silencers to silence breaths. Turn the joy of the disbelievers into funerals. Lie in wait for them behind each and every ambush. Wage attack after attack. Hit them hard, demoralize them, and make their lives miserable. Turn their day into darkness and their night into destruction. Raid them as they sleep. There is no goodness in a life governed by those hostile apostates. Rub their noses in the dirt. Open upon them your raids and operations through a thousand doors. Draw close to the Honourable Lord through their blood and body parts. Burn their hearts as they burned the homes of the Muslims over their heads. We counsel you to remain patient and firm upon this path, bearing the harms that come with it.
We address our brothers in Wilayat Khorasan specifically: endure and be patient; guard your posts, and fear God, so that you may be successful. Know (may God keep you steadfast) that what you are facing is nothing but the tradition of God concerning His believing slaves, just as it is His tradition concerning the Prophets and Messengers. God said: “Or do you think you will enter Paradise without such [trials] as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said: ‘When is the help of God [coming]?’ Verily, indeed, God’s help is near” [Al-Baqarah: 214].
As for you, O Rawafid: O filthy stepping stones, do you think the war with you has ended after you claimed to have eliminated the muwahideen in Iraq? In front of you, by the permission of God is a long, heavy bill. You are sure of the honesty of what we tell you based on yesterday. The war has entered a new stage, and the resolve of muwahideen, with the permission of God, has not ended. Does the victor of a battle have to launch campaign after campaign with to get to victory? What is this victory of which you speak? Rest assured that your weapons which set the battle yesterday your guardians and planes will today no longer be of any benefit against us, with the permission of God. We do not say that we are on the outskirts of your cities, but rather, we say we are on the outskirts of your beds. Feel your necks and wear your shrouds before you sleep. Know your place and value before you speak. Here is America today, the one under whose planes you fought and with her military support yesterday, now targeting and liquidating your filthy leaders. What are you going to do?
God said: “They do not fight against you altogether except in fortified townships or from behind walls. Their enmity among themselves is severe. You would think they were united, but their hearts are divided. That is because they are a people who understand not. They are like their close predecessors; they tasted the evil result of their affair, and [in the Hereafter, there is] for them a painful punishment” [Al-Hashr: 14-15].
Your response was nothing but smashing the windows of the Crusader American Embassy in Baghdad, in the manner of your slaves, the miscreant, apostate HAMAS movement and Hizbullat with the Jews: hollow statements and declarations. Do you have the capacity to expel the Crusader American forces from Iraq like you announced? Is it for despicable slaves like yourselves the ability to expel their Crusader masters? This is something you cannot do, nor are capable of doing. Rather, that is from the actions of the companions of firm footing, those whose actions precede their speech: the soldiers of the Islamic State. Those who forced America to withdraw a decade ago, by the grace of God. Those who made your army, by His bounty retreat from the areas of Ahl al-Sunna in their underwear, fearing to confront them. The long account is still ongoing. Whoever is following the harvest of the soldiers of the caliphate in the Iraq province after the conclusion of the Battle of Mosul, where it was claimed the muwahideen were eliminated, to this day knows what we mean by a war of attrition.
It is the same message we send to the male mulahada [atheist] Kurds [i.e. SDF/PKK]: America’s hunting dogs and slaves. You did not advance a handspan except after it was burned by the planes of the Crusaders over the heads of the muwahideen. Indeed, today, the planes have left your war with us, and you now beg America to not withdraw, fearing the confrontation with the muwahideen face-to-face. You will pay multiple times more for what you have done to the lands of the Muslims, by the permission of God. It will not benefit you to return to the arms of the apostate Nusayriyya [Alawis, i.e. the Asad regime] or the coalition with criminal Russia. By God, we have not forgotten, nor will we ever forget, to exact retribution for the Muslims. What you are witnessing in terms of daily operations liquidating your leaders and soldiers is nothing but drops of a flood. The account has yet to begin, so do not rush your fate in the coming days, by the permission of God.
As for our message to some of the tribes and personnel, whose involvement have been proven in assisting the army and police force of the apostate governments and parties, either by fighting the muwahideen or by providing information about the muwahideen and their chaste women, we say to them: do you think your vileness and espionage will pass with no reckoning? Or are you, in your stupor and blindness, unconcerned with your punishment? In front of you is a long bill, and you know good and well that the soldiers of the caliphate do not sleep upon injustice, by the permission of God, sooner or later [we will come to you]. You are more keen on life than others, so what is the matter with you that you wage war on us? Why are you standing in our line of fire? Save yourselves before it is too late. For the loser is the one who wants to try what has be tested before and sells his akhira [afterlife] for the dunya [temporal world] of another. The happy one takes a warning from others besides himself. Thus, beware of supporting the tawaghit, and the parties and factions of apostasy. Do not any of you think or delude themselves that we are far away from you, or that we will not know about your evil actions if he attempts to harm us or stands in our way. Know that the list of your names reaches us from the good people among you who are keen upon their deen and akhira. You do not know at which hour the silencers of the muwahideen will strike you, so wake from your slumber and your dreams and keep your sons away from the paths of apostasy. Repent to your Lord.
God said: “Then for him who transgressed all bounds and preferred the life of this world, verily, his abode will be the Fire. But as for him who feared standing before his Lord and restrained himself from desires and whims, verily, Paradise will be his abode” [An-Nazi’at: 37-41].
Thus, whoever fears God within himself and corrects his intentions, backs away from whims, and displays to us his good action and intentions, he will only find us as his brothers. He will only hear and see from us good. But whoever insists on harming the Muslims, by God, there is nothing for him with us except what is unrelenting and sharp, making out of the filthy blood rivers. Contemplate your actions and recede from your evil.
As for our statement to whomever apostates from you then repents at the hands of the muwahideen, then apostates once more, they have nothing with us except the cutting off of heads and the silencing of souls as a just recompense. Or did you think that repentance is unconditional and that you can return and leave as you please? No, by God, your tricks are over.
God said: “Verily, those who disbelieved after their iman and then went on increasing in their disbelief never will their repentance be accepted. And they are those who are astray” [Al-Imran: 90].
And He said: “Verily, those who believe, then disbelieve, then believe (again), and (again) disbelieve, and go on increasing in disbelief; God will not forgive them, nor guide them on the way. Give the munafiqun the tidings that there is for them a painful punishment” [An-Nisa: 137-138].
As for our message to the imprisoned men and women, we say to them: Know (may God keep you firm) that we have not forgotten about you or overlooked you for a day. Know that despite what you are going through from the trials and tribulations, verily, God eases [the situation] for whom He wills of His slaves. So, renew your intention and correct your inner self and fly to Him. Know that your brothers are striving to release you and will spare no effort in this, with the permission of God. Be patient and considerate. Be wary of despairing of the mercy of God. For indeed, the affair of the believer is always good.
The Messenger of God said: “How amazing is the case of the believer. His affair is always good; and that is the case for no one except the believer. If prosperity reaches him, he is grateful [to God], and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is good for him.” Consider the reward and have patience upon the trials, as there is no tribulation except that after it is comfort and ease, by the permission of God. Fill your time with the remembrance of the Noble Lord and increase in seeking forgiveness throughout the day and night.
As for our message to the generality of Muslims in all the regions, we say to them: Do not slack to give support to your deen and brothers. Seek to migrate to the provinces of the Islamic State and join its military camps and become ahl al-thaghur [people of the front-lines]. Do not being among those who stay behind. Join the closest province to you, and be assured that the end is for the mutaqeen, with the permission of God. Be proud of jihad against your enemy.
God said: “Fighting is ordained for you though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. God knows and you do not know” [Al-Baqarah: 216]. Ibn Abbas (radiyallahu anhuma [may God be pleased with him]) stated: “God guarantees for whomever follows the Qur’an that they would not go astray in this dunya and will not be wretched in the akhira”. Then he recited: “So whoever follows My guidance will not go astray, nor will he be distressed.” This, and we ask God, the Supreme and Mighty, to grant you guidance and success.
In closing, we urge the soldiers of the caliphate, the lions of Islam, to disavow those around them and their own power and increase in pronouncing “la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah al-adhim” [there is neither might nor power except through God]. Be cautious not to be hit with conceit and vanity in any action, no matter how much effort you make. There is no victory and conquest except by the command of God, the Revered and Bestower. Increase in voluntary acts of worship and actions of obedience that draw you closer to God. Adhere to seeking forgiveness, tasbih, tahlil, and takbir. Recite the Qur’an and reflect over its ayat [verses] and meanings. We recommend you abandon al-qal, w’al-niz’a, w’al-akhtilaf [gossip, quarrels/disputes, and differences].
God Almighty said: “Obey God and His messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient. Verily, God is with the patient” [Al-Anfal: 46]. Stay away from and avoid vain speech. God said: “Successful indeed are the believers. Those who, in their salah, are attentive and submissive; those who turn away from vain speech” [Al-Muminun: 1-3].
“Our Lord! Do not punish us if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Do not place upon us a burden like that which you laid on those before us. Our Lord! Do not place a burden upon us that we can not bear. Pardon us and grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us. You are our Protector, thus support us against the disbelieving people” [Al-Baqarah: 286].
“And God is predominant over His affairs, but most people do not know” [Yusuf: 21].
And all praise belongs to God, the Lord of creation.