Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, has released a short audio message from its deputy amir (leader), Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, entitled, "Who Will Defend 'Alamah 'Aafia Siddiqui?" Siddiqui, a Pakistani-American scientist, was recently convicted for attempted murder and association with militant extremist groups in Pakistan. "'Alamah" in Arabic means "scientist." Pashto, Urdu, and Persian (Farsi) versions of the message were also released with voice-overs. The Persian speaker seems to be a native Urdu speaker, based on his accent in pronouncing Persian.
In late September, Al-Sahab released a video of an attack on a Pakistani military position, which it dubbed the "Battle of 'Aafia Siddiqui." Omar Hammami, the American field commander in the Somali jihadi-insurgent group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth), recorded a (bad) rap nasheed (themed song) dedicated to her. Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan leaders, such as amir Hakimullah Mehsud, have vowed support for her, as did Dr. Humam al-Balawi, the Jordanian double agent who killed himself, seven United States Central Intelligence Agency officers, and a Jordanian intelligence officer on December 30 inside the U.S. military base in Khost, Afghanistan.
The English translation of al-Zawahiri's message, produced by a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet, the Global Islamic Media Front, is below without edits:
In the Name of Allah. All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, and upon all his family, companions and those who follow him.
My dear Muslim brothers everywhere: As-Salamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barkatuhu
An American court has sentenced our sister Afia Siddiqui for more than eighty years of jail time. I have two comments on this issue. One for America, and another for the Muslims of Pakistan
As for my message for America, I say: pronounce any judgement you wish, for you are only pronouncing it on yourself. Act as unjustly as you will, for you are only acting unjustly against yourselves. Transgress, for you only transgress against your own selves, By the Lord of the heavens and the earth, we will fight you until the Day of Judgement or you stop your crimes. Imprison who you will, kill who you will, bomb who you will, and act as pompously as you will, for indeed the Muslim Ummah is following your every bomb, every killing, and every act of annihilation.
One transgression deserves one in its like.
“And fight in the Way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors. And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah is worse than killing. And fight not with them at Al-Masjid-Al-Haram (the sanctuary at Makkah), unless they (first) fight you there. But if they attack you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. But if they cease, then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah) and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (Alone). But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers)” (Al-Baqarah: 190-193)
As for my letter to the Muslims of Pakistan, I will say only a few words, for indeed its time for action. Your government and the leaders of your army have made you into an people without honor without sanctitiy, without pride, rather without any worth. America and its Crusader allies occupy your country, kill your people, destroy you villages, and imprison your women. Is there any humiliation worse than this? Is there any insult greater than this? O free people of Pakistan. O noble ones! O truthful ones! O jealous and protection people! O Soldiers of Allah!
The path is clear now. Whoever seeks to free Afia Siddiqui and take revenge from those who have transgressed against her and upon every other Muslim woman, let them join the Mujahideen and help them, for there is no honor or nobility without Jihad.
“Let those (believers) who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter fight in the Cause of Allah, and whoso fights in the Cause of Allah, and is killed or gets victory, We shall bestow on him a great reward. And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allah, and for those weak, ill-treated and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: "Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help." Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (Satan). So fight you against the friends of Shaitan (Satan). Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitan (Satan).” (An- Nisaa: 74-76)
This is a sufficient reminder for those who have any shame and jealousy in theirhearts, and there is no good in speaking without action.
And our final prayer is that all praise be to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.
And may peace and blessings be upon our leader Muhammad, and upon all his family
As-Salamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh