And I affirm to our people and brothers, the dear Yemeni people that we are with them in their uprising against injustice, tyranny, corruption, and dependency. We are with them in their rejection of the regime that is subservient to the United States, which turned Yemen into a colony for the US Crusader forces that kill there whomever they please, arrest whomever they please, interrogate whomever they please, and take for their own whatever they please. The pure blood that was shed in Change Square and elsewhere will not go to waste, God willing. This blood was shed on orders from the United States, which is striving to preserve the corrupt regime that is beholden to it out of fear of the Islamic transformation in a Yemen of belief and wisdom that has been liberated from the great criminals. Be steadfast, O people of Yemen, O people of support, pride, honor, sacrifice, and experience, for you are engaged in the battle of the ummah on one of its most important fronts. We are with you in the same battle, so be steadfast and patient, for the support of God is near, by His will and aid.
The second message is to the Muslim ummah in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Algeria, and Jordan: The mujahidin are with you, and they support you in your rage and uprisings and intifadahs. They are fighting with you in the same battle against the United States in its Crusader campaign and against its proxies. Every victory for the mujahidin gives strength and support to you for reform and change toward the victory of the ummah over dependency, tyranny, and corruption.
The third message is for the Muslim ummah everywhere: The United States is staggering, thanks be to God, under the strikes of the mujahidin. Act, rise up, and resist the United States and its supporters with your tongues, your hands, and your money. Shatter the bonds of fear and concern for the worldly life. Do not fear the enemies of Islam. Listen to the words of God Almighty: "Do ye fear them? Nay, it is Allah Whom ye should more justly fear, if ye believe!" [partial Koranic verse, Al-Tawbah, 9:13]
Our final supplication is praise be to God, the Lord of all creation. Prayers and peace be upon our master Muhammad, his household, and his companions. May the prayers, mercy, and blessings of God be upon you.
[The audio ends with a caption of a saying by Caliph Umar Bin-al-Khattab that reads: "We are a people, whom God honored with Islam, and thus we will never seek honor with anything other than Islam." Another caption at the bottom of the screen reads: "Al-Sahab Establishment for Media Production - 1432, (corresponding to 2011)"]
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[Description of Source: Ansar al-Mujahidin Network in Arabic -- Relatively new Salafi-jihadist web forum with a focus on global jihad, online since 2008; site correspondents reliably post Al-Qa'ida and affiliate messaging; URL: www.as-ansar.com/vb]
Egypt: Report Discloses Telephone Bugging Operations By Former Inteior Minister
[Unattributed report: "al-Adili bugs the telephones of leading figures of the MB Group, his collegues, ministers, governors, the prosecutor general and opposition figures."]
The al-Ahram website quoted sources which it did not disclose as saying that former Interior Minister, Maj Gen Habib al-Adili, had instructed that telephone bugging should be under his immediate supervision and that he used to request the communications sector to provide him with the names of cabinet ministers, politicians, governors, and businessmen, to determine their activities without the knowledge of any official at the security services.
Modern devises were used in the bugging operations costing well over EGYP 50 million in the absence of the law and under the pretext of protection of national security.
The sources said that among the figures who were bugged were former MB General Guide Muhammad Mahdi Akif, incumbent MB General Guide Muhammad Badi, Dr Isam al-Uryan, Dr Muhammad Mursi, and Dr Sa'd al-Katatni of the MB Group.
They also included Prosecutor General Abd-al-Majid Mahmud, former Justice Minister Mamduh Mar'I, Arab League Secretary General Amr Musa, Dr Muhammad ElBaradei, Hamadayn Sibahi, and Ayman Nur.
The figures whose telephones were bugged also included a number of former ministers such as Faruq Husni, Anas al-Fiqqi, Ahmad al-Mughrabi, Zuhayr Jaranah, Ahmad Abu-al-Ghayt, Muhammad Ibrahim Sulayman, former Interior Minister Maj Gen Hasan al-Alfi, and several former and incumbent officials of the interior ministry.
The figures bugged also included Karam Zuhdi, Najih Ibrahim, Isam Darbalah, Hamdi Abd-al-Rahman, Safwat Abd-al-Ghani and a long list of businessmen, movie actors and actresses, political activists, opposition and political party figures, presenters of satellite channel programs, jurists, lawyers, and former and incumbent judges.
The figures whose telephones were bugged also included a number of governors, including Alexandria Governor Maj Gen Adil Labib, former Kafr al-Shaykh Governor Maj Gen Salah Salamah, and Asyut Governor Maj Gen Nabil al-Arabi.
The competent authorities are currently destroying all the recordings because they violated the law and because they involved personal matters. Moreover, there was no need to keep them. Another reason for destroying these recordings was to forestall the leak of any of these recordings to someone else. However, all recordings pertaining to the issues of terrorism and national security were kept.
[Description of Source: Cairo Egyptwindow in Arabic-- One of the oldest Muslim Brotherhood (MB) sites, it provides information on the latest MB-related developments in Egypt and the biographies of MB leaders; covers Islamic international affairs and other religious topics; publishes some original material, including news reports, analytical pieces, and religious articles by prominent MB members; also carries news items from various mainstream sources like Al-Jazirah, Al-Arabiyah, Al-Misriyun, Masrawy, Al-Wafd, IslamOnline, and Agence France Press; URL: http://www.egyptwindow.net]
Shari'ah Committee Member on 'Role' of Muslims in Post-Mubarak Egypt
GMP20110224405002 Minbar al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in Arabic 23 Feb 11
[Q and A with Shaykh Abu-al-Walid al-Maqdisi, Shari'ah Committee Member: "What is our role now as Muslims in Egypt after the resignation of its tyrant?"-- posted directly to the Minbar al-Tawhid wal-Jihad website.]
Peace be upon you.
What is our role now as Muslims in Egypt after the resignation of its tyrant?
Questioner: Amma Al-Jabbar
Responder: The Minbar Shari'ah Committee
May the peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you. In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate...Positive outcomes are only for the devout. Transgression is only against the tyrants and the arrogant. There is no power or strength without God, the Great, the Highest. May the prayers of God be upon His messenger, who was sent as a mercy to the world, and upon his family, friends, companions and followers.
There is no doubt that the pharaonic tyrant who suffocated the people of Egypt for thirty years, wasted the country's resources and its generations, trashed its values and morals, and ruined its faith and honor, also spread injustice. He pushed away any attempts by the people to reform the system, which has yielded rampant corruption, destruction, immorality and rottenness. For decades, his short-sightedness only evidenced his great oversight and negligence. This tyrant represents a long chain of dictators who have suffocated this ummah ever since the time of Muhammad Ali and his children. His short-sightedness proved the extent of his corrupt regime, which is impossible to radically reform in the direction desired by God or by the people who seek to be lifted from injustice. That is because injustice cannot be eliminated without the dominance of shari'ah and people's prayers to God, Lord of the Worlds. Therefore, one cannot blame the people revolting against the tyrants of the age. They seek to have an honorable life, quench their thirst, save themselves from loss and hunger, limit the extreme corruption permeating the institutions of the state, and free themselves from the constraints of injustice.
But the true blame, which is not really being addressed by the majority of people, lies in not seeking radical change at the roots of the system. Such radical change guarantees people true security and peace. It restores their lost honor and pride. It offers opportunities in life and and possibilities to accumulate wealth without humiliation and dishonor. God said: "Let them adore the Lord of this house, who provides them with food against hunger, and with security against fear (of danger)," [Koranic verse, Quraysh, 106:3-4]. He also said: "If the people of the towns had but believed and feared Allah, we should indeed have opened out to them (all kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth," [partial Koranic verse, Al-A'raf, 7:96]. He further said: "If only they had stood fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed happiness from every side," [partial Koranic verse, Al-Ma'idah, 5:66]. God also said: "Such is the admonition given to him who believes in Allah and the Last Day. And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out," [partial Koranic verse, Al-Talaq, 65:2]. He also said: "(It teacheth) that ye should worship none but Allah. (Say): Verily I am (sent) unto you from Him to warn and to bring glad tidings (and to preach thus). Seek ye the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance, that He may grant you enjoyment, good (and true), for a term appointed, and bestow His abounding grace on all who abound in merit! But if ye turn away, then I fear for you the penalty of a great day," [Koranic verse, Hud, 11:2-3]. In addition to that, God said: "Ask forgiveness from your Lord, for He is Oft-Forgiving. He will send rain to you in abundance, give you increase in wealth and sons, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers (of flowing water)," [partial Koranic verse, Nuh, 71:10-12]. God also said: "And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him (in repentance). He will send you the skies pouring abundant rain, and add strength to your strength, so turn ye not back in sin!" [Koranic verse, Hud, 71:52]
Abu-Hurayrah reported that the prophet, peace be upon him, said: "Establishing the laws of God on earth is better for people than thirty or forty days of rain." This was also reported by Ahmad, Al-Nisa'i, and Ibn-Majah. Abu-Hurayrah also reported that the prophet, peace be upon him, said: "Your esteemed Lord says: If my worshipers obey me, I will send rain to them at night, shine the sun on them in the day, and I wouldn't let them hear the sound of thunder," ([Hadith] reported by Ahmad). Fear, security, blessings and wealth, then, are all in the hands of God the Great. Achieving the desired peace and asking for decent earnings cannot come to pass without worshiping God the Great and making others do the same for God, Lord of the Worlds. Worshiping God the Great is the only means to find safety from hunger and honest ways to make a decent living. Making people worship God and establishing the shari'ah is the only way to spread peace and security and dissipate fear over religion, self, money and honor. Controlling evil, limiting corruption, weakening tyrants, and strengthening the weak and those who are fearful is a desired demand for every person who is sane and wise. It is a divine quest to eradicate evil, cleanse the earth from corruption, force the arrogant tyrants to relinquish power, lift humiliation from the Muslims, push people to launch jihad against the aggressors, and spread justice and religion. Such a divine quest is also rooted in faith, and therefore should be called for with force while pushing people toward it with wisdom and kind preaching. God said: "And (we also saved) Abraham. Behold, he said to his people, serve Allah and fear Him. That will be best for you, if ye understand! For ye do worship idols besides Allah, and ye invent falsehood. The things that ye worship besides Allah have no power to give you sustenance. Then seek ye sustenance from Allah. Serve Him and be grateful to Him. To Him will be your return," [Koranic verse, Al-Ankabut, 29: 16-17].
It is disappointing to witness the absence of true monotheists in the situations that define the destiny of peoples. There is a huge and obvious absence of proper Islamic action in these ongoing events due to the suppression practiced by tyrants, past and present. Therefore, our duty is to initiate participation in these current events. This is a rare and unparalleled opportunity that will not happen again. The path requires the unification of monotheists so they can lead and direct their groups, instead of the other way around. It is important that they seize this opportunity before it is too late, instead of waiting to see events unfolding before their eyes as spectators. This cannot be done without an organized group effort. This may be too hard to accomplish on a large scale, but there are small numbers of students and the youths who can make it happen. They can lead hundreds of people in the near future. For that to happen, however, they should properly prepare themselves and coordinate well with each other. This can also happen in line with the efforts of dedicated Muslims in regions like the Sinai and Upper Egypt. Those groups can be so well-organized militarily that in the future they could be capable of shaking up a tyrant regime in its entirety, particularly if they seized rare opportunities such as loose security, which can allow for these operations to take hold.
I call on Egyptian shaykhs who are dedicated and jealous [of their religion] to wake up from their deep sleep and lead the youths into action. They should take advantage of their uprising and public revolt so that both movements can coalesce into a wide public revolution, instead of being a sectarian uprising. It is not in the favor of monotheist brothers to continue to follow and watch TV and the internet without having any significant role to play in the course of events. This is not what is hoped from them, since they represent the hope of the coming ummah. People need to feel their presence, expect their good deeds, and anticipate and watch their actions. So do not disappoint the hopes of the ummah in you. Indeed, this mission might be hard to initiate in the beginning, but God, the Almighty, can make it happen if one is working hard to support His religion. God can pave the way and dissolve all obstacles, but you must first overcome this obstacle. And what is that obstacle? It involves your intention to initiate action, take the first step, and seize a convenient opportunity. After that, God will reward you with his conquests. I ask God to prepare for our people in Egypt a good outcome that supports those who obey God and humiliates those who do not-- an outcome that allows them to propagate virtue and prevent vice. May God be there to support his weakened worshipers. May God bring His anger and hate on them. May God unleash His wrath on the non-believers and tyrants and never enable them to have power over monotheist worshipers. May the prayers and peace of God be upon His worshiper and messenger, and upon his family and companions. Our last supplication is thanks be to God, Lord of the Worlds. --Shaykh Abu-al-Walid al-Maqdisi, Shari'ah Committee Member
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[Description of Source: Minbar al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in Arabic -- Large repository of radical Salafi religious material; serves as official website for Jordanian Salafi cleric Abu-Muhammad al-Maqdisi, who was once the religious mentor to deceased Al-Qa'ida in Iraq leader Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi; URL: www.tawhed.ws]
Hani Al-Siba'i Claims 'Detained Islamists on Hunger Strike in Egyptian Prisons'
GMP20110308103004 Shumukh al-Islam Network in Arabic 04 Mar 11
[Statement attributed to Dr Hani al-Siba'i, the Director of Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies; dated 3 March: "More Than 60 Islamist Detainees Went on a Hunger Strike in Al-Aqrab Prison" -- "Murasil Markaz al-Maqrizi," user number 8344, posted the statement.]
Statement Number 18 in 1432, Corresponding to 2011
More Than 60 Islamist Detainees Went on a Hunger Strike in Al-Aqrab Prison
Written by Dr Hani al-Siba'i
[Al-Siba'i's e-mail address is posted here.]
The Director of Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies
Al-Maqrizi Center has received a statement on 28 Rabi al-Awwal, corresponding to 3 March 2011. The statement confirms that more than 60 Islamists, in Al-Aqrab Prison in Turah area, have gone on a hunger strike until they are released. Al-Maqrizi Center has learned that all those who have gone on a hunger strike are detained according to the infamous emergency law. They are not accused of any charges, and most of them have got several release decisions from the Egyptian courts of appeal. However, the abhorred emergency law granted the State Security Service the rights not to execute the judicial verdicts and circumvent them. Revoking the emergency law has been the main demand of the Egyptian revolution that toppled the head of the regime, the ousted tyrant Husni Mubarak.
Al-Maqrizi Center has learned that many of the detainees, who have gone on a hunger strike, suffer from chronic diseases and their health and psychological conditions are in constant deterioration because of the deliberate carelessness by the prison's administration.
These are the names of the brothers; next to each name you will find the name of the governorate and the date of admission, if known:
The Names of Detainees on a Hunger Strike at the Al-Aqrab Maximum-Security Prison, in Turah:
Al-Maqrizi Center emphasizes that according to what we had mentioned in previous statements; the Egyptian revolution has been abducted. The most important demand of the people have been to dissolve the State Security Service, to indict its officers and secret agents, to revoke the emergency law and its subsequent procedures and trials, to revoke the military courts, and to revoke retroactively the verdicts issued by them.
We also call upon the organizations concerned with human rights to intervene quickly to save those detainees, who have gone on a hunger strike in the Al-Aqrab Prison. We demand their immediate release along with those who were sentenced with exceptional or military verdicts under the former regime, and the indictment of those who are responsible for the continued detention of those Islamists.
Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies,
28 Rabi al-Awwal 1432,
3 March 2011.
[A link to the official website of Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies is provided here.]
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Egypt Said Deploys Troops, Tanks in Northern Sinai 'in Coordination With Israel'
GMP20110814740005 Tel Aviv Haaretz.com in English 1257 GMT 14 Aug 11
[Report by Anshel Pfeffer: "Egypt Deploys Thousands of Troops and Tanks in Sinai, in Coordination With Israel"]
Egypt, in coordination with Israel, has deployed its military in the northern Sinai Peninsula in order to gain control over the anarchy that has taken hold of the region, a senior Israeli defense official said on Sunday.
Egyptian troops escorted by tanks entered the Sinai Peninsula region on Friday in an attempt to put an end to the anarchy that has erupted there since the fall of the Mubarak regime.
The aim of the operation was to halt Bedouin control of the northern Sinai area, which allows for the transfer of weapons to the Gaza Strip through underground tunnels.
The Israeli government approved the operation, which places Egyptian infantry, armored vehicles, and tanks in Sinai in contravention with the 1978 Camp David Accords.
This is the second time Israel has approved an Egyptian operation in Sinai in recent months.
Meanwhile, foreign media reported Sunday that a senior Israeli defense official came to Cairo on Saturday to discuss the situation on the Egypt-Israel border, as well as the abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit held by Hamas in Gaza.
In July, five people were killed when dozens of gunmen tried to storm a police station in al-Arish. The gunmen and hundreds more, reported to be Islamists, were wearing black and carrying black flags reading "There is no God but God."
Egypt's military has detained 15 people suspected of involvement in clashes between gunmen and police in northern Sinai, including 10 Palestinians.
Following the attack flyers were distributed in the peninsula, threatening more attacks on police. The flyers were signed "Al-Qaida in Sinai."
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