Monday, April 26, 2010

The Premier Jihadi-Salafi Shaykh, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Eulogizes Islamic State of Iraq Leaders Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi & Abu Hamza al-Muhajir

"May God protect the Shaykh, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi"; Iraq and Jordan (where al-Maqdisi lives) are shown in the bottom left-hand corner.

Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, arguably the most influential jihadi-Salafi religious scholar alive, has penned a eulogy for Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi and Abu Hamza al-Muhajir (Abu Ayyub al-Masri), the two senior leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) who were killed on April 18 by United States and Iraqi forces near Tikrit, Iraq. The ISI is an umbrella organization for several of the most violent jihadi-takfiri groups operating in the country, the largest of them being Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI). Al-Baghdadi was the proto-caliph (head of a unified Islamic state) of the ISI, addressed by top jihadi-takfiri leaders, including Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, as the "amir al-mu'mineen" (commander of the faithful), a term historically reserved by Sunni Muslims for the caliph. Al-Muhajir was the head of AQI as well as the "prime minister" and "minister of war" of the ISI.

Al-Maqdisi is a prolific writer and a much admired jihadi-takfiri ideologue. He has been attacked by the most radical faction within the transnational jihadi-takfiri movement following his criticisms of his former student, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, founder of AQI, for his group's attacks on Iraqi civilians and Shi'i Muslims. Although al-Maqdisi does not believe Shi'is are Muslims, he disagreed with al-Zarqawi's attacks on them.

Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi..Eulogy for Baghdadi & Muhajir (April 26)
Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, "When the Best of Us Leaves to Return to the Lord"

Another jihadi-Salafi scholar, Abu Humam Bakr bin 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Athari, has also written a eulogy of al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir. It can be read, via my Scribd account, HERE.

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