"Victory of the Lion's of the Islamic Maghreb;" al-Qadhafi is shown shaking hands with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and AQIM amir 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal (Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadoud/Wadud) is shown at the bottom right.
An English translation of the February 23 statement from Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is below. I wrote about the original Arabic statement HERE.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Al-Qaedah of the Islamic Maghreb
In Defense and Support of the Revolution of Our Fellow Free Muslims, the Progeny of Umar Al MukhtarAll praise be to Allah, who said in His Book:
)أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ نَصْرِهِمْ لَقَدِيرٌ(“Permission to fight (against disbelievers) is given to those (believers) who are fought against, because they have been wronged; and surely, Allah is Able to give them (believers) victory.” (Al-Hajj:39) And may peace and blessings be upon our leader, Muhammad, who said: “Indeed Allah grants respite to the unjust, until when the time comes to take him, He does so severely.” To proceed:
To our beloved and fellow Muslims in Libya:We are following, both with great joy and great pain, your honorable revolt against the Taghut of Libya, the modern Musailimah, who has made the progeny of Umar Mukhtar taste forty years of suppression, crime and humiliation. He transgressed in the land and spread much corruption, subjecting its people to all types of torture and slavery. As much as we are delighted with your blessed revolt and rise which is a clear indication of dawn and the end of this tyrant, we are deeply pained by the cowardly massacre and butchery carried out by the killer of the innocents, Gaddafi, against our fellow Muslim brethren who only demonstrated to end his tyranny, oppression and brutality, to demand their usurped rights and resources which he and his children and posse rampaged and pillaged. The continual massacres which the modern Musailimah is committing through the use of African mercenaries and fighter jets against the Libyan people clearly exposes that these ruling tawagheet are more than ready to kill Muslims and eradicate them to preserve their thrones. For how long have these murderers and criminals falsely accused the Mujahideen of killing innocents! Here in front of you, the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya has exposed their lies and proven to the entire world that they are the ones who kill innocents, and it is them who are violent, immoral and merciless in their murdering of children, women, and the youth with shilkas, missiles and mercenary bullets. We see these rapid and historical events taking place in Libya, and we wish to make note of the following points: 1. We send our condolences to the families of the martyrs who left their homes to act against evil and to overthrow this tyrannical Taghut. We ask our Lord and Protector to accept their sons, to grant them Firdaws, to reward them for this calamity and grant them something better in exchange, and to grant them patience and solace. 2. We announce our agreement with and support of the revolt in Libya in its rightful demands. We stress and remind our fellow Muslims in Libya that we are with you and will not desert you by Allah’s leave. We will spend whatever we have to help you. Your battle is the battle of every Muslim who loves Allah and His Messenger. We ourselves did not leave our homes except to defend you from these tyrants who have swallowed up your rights, usurped your resources, and have deprived you from the most basic requirements of an honorable living and the simplest form of freedom and humanity. 3. We call upon the Libyan Muslims to remain firm and patient, and we encourage them to continue their Jihad and revolt, and to do it more in order to overthrow this criminal. Whoever dies is a martyr, by Allah’s leave, and whoever remains alive will live honorably, all praise be to Allah. Let your motto be that of the Sheikh of the Mujahideen, Umar Al Mukhtar: “We will never surrender! We will either gain victory or die!” Remain patient, firm and motivated! Indeed victory is only be patient for a while.
To the heroes of Benghazi, the courageous of Darna, Baida, Tripoli, Tobruk, Ghat, and others…
To the free tribes of Al Warfalah, Al Zintan, Al Maqaraha, Misrata, the Tuareg and others…
(وَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ | بِنَصْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ يَنصُرُ مَن يَشَاءُ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ)“And on that Day, the believers (i.e. Muslims) will rejoice (at the victory given by Allah to the Romans against the Persians). With the help of Allah. He helps whom He wills, and He is the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.” (Rum: 4-5) 4. We call upon all the Muslim people to support their brothers in Libya in whatever way they can, especially the people of Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria, just as we call the scholars, preachers, the educated and the media to aid their Muslim brothers in Libya by supporting them in their time of hardship, to highlight their rightful cause, and to expose the continual crimes of Gaddafi and his violent gang. As for you O Musailimah of this Age! O’ you who wages war with Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and the Believers! O’ you whose hands drip with the blood of the best of youth from Bousaleem! Here is the pure blood in front of you today cursing you, besieging you and calling for revenge! Laa illaha ill-Allah! Gaddafi is the enemy of Allah! O’ sinful liar! O’ Cruel and base-born (of illegitimate birth)! Today the Sun has risen and exposed your true self and monstrosity. It has exposed in all clarity your shameless savagery, and that your time is up, by Allahs Leave.
O Beast of Libya! Libya Hates You!
Even the Lofty Minarets Curse you!
Whomsoever you buy off and Iblis’ soldiers by your side!
The weapons of the cursed Jews won’t benefit you!
No matter how many of the youth you kill!
No matter how many of the elderly you kill!
No matter how many widows you kill!
No matter how many of the hungry you kill!
The Masses have sworn to the witness that they will topple you!
Al-Qaidah of the Islamic Maghreb
Al-Andalus Media Foundation Wednesday, Rabi Al Awwal 20. 1432 H (23/3/11 CE)