Sunday, April 25, 2010
Embedded below is a new essay written by Abu Yahya al-Libi, Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) "mufti," its chief religious jurist and preacher. It is entitled, "(Banu) Qurayza and America: A Hotbed of Treachery and Source of Evil" and references the Arab Jewish tribe that betrayed the Muslims of Medina during the Battle of Khandaq (the Trench) in 627 C.E. when it looked like the pagan Meccans would win, despite having signed a treaty to support the Muslims in case of attack by the Meccans. Abu Yahya's refers to "defeatists" among the Muslims today as modern day "Qurayza," and he says that their attitude is counterproductive to the goals of the "true Muslims", which in his mind are those who support AQC.
After Khandaq, the Medinan Muslims under the leadership of the Prophet Muhammad defeated the Banu Qurayza in battle. He allowed a man severely wounded in the battle, Sa'd ibn Mu'adh, to decide the punishment of the Banu Qurayza for breaking the treaty and siding with the Meccans. Ibn Mu'adh decided that the Qurayza males would be executed and several hundred of them (estimates by historians put the number at between 400-1,000) were. The women and children were sold into slavery, a common practice during this historical period in many parts of the world. Some modern writers, including many anti-Muslim polemicists, have argued this "proves" the Prophet was anti-Semitic, though the Banu Qurayza, according to most historians of early Islam and the extant sources were not killed for being Jews. Rather, they were killed, these historians argue and these sources say, because they committed an act of treason by breaking their treaty with the Prophet and siding with the attacking Meccans.
One group of Muslims that Abu Yahya singles out are the mystics (Sufis), of whom he writes: "One type of worship should not be sacrificed for another, let alone be confined to one aspect, something which is closer to the worship’s total cancellation than its fulfillment. An example of this is the Sufis who turned the religion into living in darkness, mentioning of Allah, continuous clicks of rosary beads night and day, and long and arduous daily spiritual routines which can hardly be completed. This is coupled with de-pending on others for their sustenance, begging from people, disgracing themselves, thinking themselves to be depending upon Allah and devoting all their time to worship, something they feel consists of nothing other than solely what they are involved in. They see carrying out other duties to be hardness of the heart, unimportant frivolities, and impediments in attaining the highest ranks of closeness to Allah. See how at cer-tain times, when the enemies were swallowing one Islamic land after another, spreading sin and corruption on earth, killing, plundering and desecrating honor, many of these “devout worshippers” remained devoting themselves to the “greater Jihad” of fighting their desires and evil whisperings, chasing after the most minute of its desirous hints, and purifying atom-worths of its impurities. These things prevented them from perform-ing the “smaller Jihad”, which was fighting off the traunsgressors, and thus they entered the caves of monk-hood which they introduced, something not prescribed for them in religion, but rather leading them to leave its fold."
He also argues that the Banu Qurayza incident "proves" that modern day "true Muslims" (those few who support AQC) can execute all prisoners of war and not only those believed to pose a threat. Abu Yahya seems to be writing in reference to recent statements by mainstream Sunni Muslim scholars against AQC and its formulation of militaristic jihad (struggle), such as the fatwa of Tahir ul-Quadri and a conference in Turkey that reinterpreted a famous fatwa (juridical opinion) of the medieval Hanbali Sunni jurist Ahmad Taqi al-Din ibn Taymiyya that is often cited, out of historical context, by jihadi-takfiris.
Abu Yahya's essay was released simultaneously in English and Arabic. Both versions are embedded below. The essay was distributed by the Al-Fajr Center, a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet that distributes multimedia material from AQC, Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
Abu Yahya..قريظة وأمريكا..مرتع غدر ومنبع شر ENGLISH
The Arabic version can be viewed, via my Scribd account, HERE.