Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Martyrdom" Nasheed Dedicated to Islamic State of Iraq Leaders Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi & Abu Hamza al-Muhajir

Postmortem Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi (top left), with other eminent transnational jihadi-takfiri "martyrs" (from bottom left): Shamil Basayev (Chechnya), Khattab (Chechnya), Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi (Iraq), and Shaykh 'Abd al-Latif Musa/Abu'l Nur al-Maqdisi (Gaza). The inclusion of Musa is particularly interesting to me, since the group he was spiritual leader for, Jund Ansar Allah (Soldiers of God's Partisans), was not publicly endorsed by Al-Qa'ida Central and its allies.

I have written previously about the important of anasheed (religious or politically-themed songs) as "soundtracks" to the media productions of many political groups, both religious and secular. I have focused on the use of anasheed (singular: nasheed) by religious-nationalist and transnational jihadi-takfiri groups. On video-sharing web sites such as YouTube, users often create visual montages set to anasheed to create short films, of sorts. A diverse selection of links to previous posts about anasheed and their use, and uploaded examples, can be found HERE.

The nasheed video below was dedicated by the creator-uploaded to Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi and Abu Hamza al-Muhajir (Abu Ayyub al-Masri), the two senior leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), an umbrella organization for several of the most violent jihadi insurgent groups operating in that country, the largest being Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI). Al-Baghdadi was the proto-caliph and addressed as the jihadi-takfiri "commander of the faithful" (amir al-mu'mineen), a title reserved historically by Sunni Muslims for the head of an ideally unified Islamic state (caliphate). Al-Muhajir was head of AQI, as well as the "prime minister" and "minister of war" of the ISI. Background on both, as well as the ISI, 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.

Abu Hamza al-Muhajir

Both were killed in a U.S. air strike on April 19 near the city of Tikrit. They have been eulogized by almost all of the major jihadi-takfiri groups including Al-Qa'ida Central, various Palestine-based groups, Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb, the Somali jihadi-insurgent group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab), the major Iraqi insurgent group Jama'at Ansar al-Islam (Group of Islam's Partisans), and the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus.

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