Monday, November 16, 2009

Ansar al-Islam's Ruling on the Upcoming 2010 Iraqi National Elections

Ansar al-Islam (AI, "Partisans of Islam"), an Islamist (Muslim political) insurgent group based primarily north of Baghdad, released a lengthy essay outlining its leadership's views about the upcoming Iraqi national elections (after a quick skim of the "introductory" text of the post in which the document links were embedded, my sense is that AI essentially rejects their legitimacy) on November 13. AI was founded in Iraqi Kurdistan by Mullah Krekar (Faraj Ahmad Najmuddin), an Iraqi Kurd, in late 2001, reportedly with financial and logistical support from al-Qa'ida Central. The group drew on members of the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan, a party opposed to the secular socialism of Iraqi Kurdistan's dominant political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.

Mullah Krekar (right) & 'Abdullah 'Azzam, a prominent Palestinian religious scholar who was an active fundraiser and ideologue for the 1980s jihad in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union.

Shortly after the American and British-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, AI was targeted by the U.S. air force and militiamen (Peshmerga) of the KDP and PUK, and its members were uprooted from their bases in northern Iraq. In late 2003, Krekar was replaced as AI leader by Abu 'Abdullah al-Shafi'i. Krekar was in exile in Norway and then under house arrest. AI maintained a strong presence near the border of Iraqi Kurdistan with the rest of Iraq, near the cities of Kirkuk and Mosul. In 2003, a large segment of its members formed a "new" group, Ansar al-Sunnah (AS, "Partisans of Tradition"). AS and several other small insurgent groups reformed as AI in the autumn of 2007. Although its origins were in the Iraqi Kurdish Islamist movement, AI currently is believed to have both Iraqi Kurdish and Arab members. It was and remains one of the largest and most potent of the insurgent groups operating in Iraq. It did not join the "Islamic State of Iraq" when that umbrella organization was founded in October 2006.

Ansar al-Islam released the second issue of its series "Men of Sincerity: Martyrs of Kirkuk" on October 23, 2009.

The Arabic notes about the statement are below, as is a link to the PDF of the complete ruling.

رسالة في بيان وحكم الانتخابات العراقية لعام 2010

Message of the Statement & Ruling of the Iraqi Elections for the Year 2010

إن الحمد لله نحمده ونستعينه ونستهديه ونستغفره ونتوب اليه، ونعوذ بالله من شرور انفسنا ومن سيئات اعمالنا، من يهده الله فهو المهتد ومن يضلل فلن تجد له ولياً مرشدا، واشهد ان لا إله الا الله وحده لاشريك له واشهد ان محمدا عبده ورسوله، اللهم صل على محمد وعلى آل محمد،كما صليت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد، وبارك على محمد وعلى آل محمد،كما باركت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد ... وبعد

فإن خير الكلام كلام الله وخير الهدي هدي محمد- صلى الله عليه وسلم –وشر الأمور محدثاتها وكل
محدثة بدعة وكل بدعة ضلالة وكل ضلالة في النار.إنّ الإمامة العادلة المستندة لشريعة النبي محمد بن عبد الله، خاتم النبيين، صلى الله عليه وسلم، والمُعتمِدة المشروعية، والمنطلقة من مبادئ الحق، والتي كان انعقادها شرعياً لحاكمٍ مسلمٍ مجمعٍ على إسلامه، ولحكمٍ خالص للشريعة الإسلامية لتطبيق التحاكم لشرع الله، وتنفيذ أحكام الشريعة. هي الأصل الشرعي المعتبر به في دين الإسلام للحاكمية ولرد الحيف عن المظلومين ومنع الظلم الذي يعاني منه الناس اليوم الناجم عن شرك الإلوهية وشرك الحاكمية

Statement of the Rule of the 2010 Iraqi Elections (Nov. 13)

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