Below is a translation, by a cyber jihadi-takfiri, of a short section of Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC; Qaeda, Qaida) deputy leader Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's second edition of his book and memoir, Knights Under the Prophet's Banner (Fursan tahta Rayat al-Nabi). It is run without edits.
A message to the agents of the Jews in Islamabad
by Dr. Aymen Al-Zawahiri
(O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily God guideth not a people unjust) 51 Surah Al Ma'idah
With the advent of 1995 there was horizon was a features a new storm began of the storms of persecution, and we got an advice from one of our honorable brothers in captivity: if you were forced to stop then make the end of the stage a big operation.
Thus we decided to strike two strikes in an equally matched time, the first in Pakistan against the American embassy and the second in Egypt against the Jews.
I assigned for the operation in Pakistan the martyred hero brother – as we expect him to be – Abu Khalid Tariq Anwar, and Tariq Anwar is from the truthful that I have known, and from the most who took the religion seriously, and from the most spending, giving, and devoting, and from the most patient in the calamities, hardships and misfortunes, who was ascetic in the world prissy about it, I have known him closely for years, and I didn't find him tired in any day from serving his brothers, he was to me like a small brother, and I used to frequently to entrust him to take care of my family in my absence, and he was martyred with them in Gardez in to two air raids that targeted insistently the house that they were sheltering in it. Thus the Americans killed 18 Muslims from men, women and children, may Allah have a wide mercy on them.
When I assigned him I knew that I have assigned the matter for the right one, and my rule was to provide from him the financial support, while the preparation of the matter from the beginning to the end I was sure that I have kept it in honest trustful hand.
A group of honorable brothers were elected to participate with him in this jihadi campaign, the preparation took from him about a year of patience, perseverance, and digging with his nails in the rock, he nearly reached to edge of despair, and when he decided to return Allah opened on him from where he didn't know or take account. (And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily God is with those who do right) 69 Surah Al 'Ankabut
The two executing brothers were from the best pitiful, unseen brothers, the first executing brother who exploded the iron gates of the embassy with an explosive suitcase that he was carrying, he was caricaturized with being deep modesty, and patience during the most anguish situation, he was always in the service of his brothers, he never left the anyone prepare food or drink, he hardly left the kitchen or let anyone enter it.
And the second brother was from the patient during the harsh situation that we passed through, who was anxious for martyrdom in the sake for Allah, and he used cry for his eagerness to it, I remember one day that he came to me and he was stoke with sadness asking me to arrange for him a Martyrdom act, so I told him: Why are you asking me? I have nothing for you, go to Allah Malik Al-Mulk and ask Him to give you that. And indeed Allah facilitated to him that matter after a while.
Our primary target in Islamabad was to strike the American embassy, but if that wasn't possible, to strike an American target in Pakistan, then if that wasn't possible, to strike a Western embassy that is well known for its historical enmity of the Muslims, and if it that wasn't possible, to strike the Egyptian embassy.
Therefore we decided that the respond will be directed on a target that hurts this malignant alliance.
But after the intensive and detailed reconnaissance we found the bombing the American embassy was over the capabilities of the assigned group, and an American target in Islamabad was inspected, and we found that it had a very few number of American employers, and that the causalities mostly will be to the Pakistanis.
We also found that striking a Western embassy too was over the capabilities of the assigned group. That’s how we decided to strike the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad, which wasn't only managing the persecuting campaign for the Arabs in Pakistan, but also was doing a dangerous spying role against the Arab Mujahedeen, in addition to what was discovered by the Pakistani security services in the destroyed embassy building from documents the revealed an Indian - Egyptian cooperation in the field of espionage.
Since after the campaign of persecuting the Arab mujahedeen in Pakistan, the Egyptian government began to bully in Pakistan, based on the support that is given to them by the United States with its strong influence on the Pakistani government, because the relation of the Egyptian government – from the fifties – was bad with the Pakistani government because of the position of the Egyptian government that supports India in the issue of Kashmir, and the Egyptian government consideration – from the era of Abdul Nasser – that Kashmir is an internal Indian issue.
The Egyptian government began to persecute what remained from the Arabs and especially the Egyptians in Pakistan, and it has reached to the deportation of one of the students who was a legal resident from the Islamic university in Islamabad, then arresting two Egyptians who have the Pakistani nationality for marrying from Pakistanis, and the surrender of the Pakistani government reached that it handed over those two brothers to the Egyptian government during the judiciary review for their remedy, without regard to the Pakistani constitution or law.
Also the widening of the Egyptian government for its hostile campaign against the mujahedeen in Egypt and moving the battle to abroad must to have a respond.
Before the bombing the executing group sent informing us that it could strike both the American and Egyptian together if we could arrange an additional amount of money, but we had given what was with us, and couldn't arrange any more. So the group focused on blowing the Egyptian embassy, and the ruins of the embassy was a message with a clear eloquent meaning .
Note: this is an edited version from the fifth chapter of the second edition of the book "Knights Under the Banner of the Prophet" for Dr. Aymen Alzawahiri, published by As-sahab Medai, 2010. (pages 114 – 116) – Arabian poetry and quotations of Ibn Ulqaeem were omitted for reasons relating to translation -
1 . For more details about the bombing of the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad you could see my letter (Healing the hearts of believers, A letter about some of the meanings of jihad in the Islamabad operation).