Wednesday, April 28, 2010

URDU: Islamic State of Iraq Statement Confirming "Martyrdom" of Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi & Abu Hamza al-Muhajir

"We Heed Your Call, O' Al-Aqsa (Mosque)....-Islamic State of Iraq"

An Urdu translation of the Islamic State of Iraq's (ISI) statement "to the Muslim nation" confirming the deaths ("martyrdom") of the "two commander, the two shaykhs," Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi and Abu Hamza al-Muhajir (Abu Ayyub al-Masri) was released yesterday by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet.

Background on the ISI, an umbrella for several of the most violent jihadi-insurgent groups operating in Iraq including Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI), can be found in my guest editorial, "The Death of a Caliph: Will the Reported Killings of the Islamic State of Iraq's Two Senior Leaders Spell Out the End of the Self-styled Jihadi State?", on Prof. Juan Cole's Informed Comment blog.

Al-Baghdadi was addressed as the "commander of the faithful" (amir al-mu'mineen), a title reserved historically by Sunni Muslims for the caliph, the legitimate head of an ideally unified Islamic state. He was, in effect, the proto-caliph for the Al-Qa'ida-brand transnational jihadi-takfiri state project in Iraq. Top Al-Qa'ida Central leaders, including its deputy commander and chief ideologue Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, addressed al-Baghdadi in this way. Al-Muhajir, an Egyptian, was the head of AQI as well as the "prime minister" and "minister of war" of the ISI. He succeeded AQI's founder, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, after the latter was killed in a United States airstrike in June 2006.

The original Arabic statement can be read, via a previous post, HERE. An English translation can be read, also via a previous post, HERE.

امیر المؤمنین شیخ ابو عمر البغدادی اور ان کے وزیرِ اعظم ابو حمزہ المہاجررحمہمااللہ کی شہادت کے سلسلے میں

اسلامی ریاست عراق کی وزارت ِ ادارہ جات شرعیہ کی جانب سے اُمّت اسلامیہ کے نام پیغام

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