Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sixth Installment of Al-Qa'ida Central's Deputy Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri's Series on Egypt

Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, has just released the sixth installment of its deputy leader (possible new leader) Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's series "A Message of Hope and Glad Tidings for Our People in Egypt." The new installment, entitled the "Battle of the Mus'haf," (معـــركــــة المصـحــــف) an Arabic word meaning "book" or "written volume" but often used for the Qur'an. Once again, AQC and al-Zawahiri attempt to tie themselves to the legacy of the late Malcolm X, as the deputy AQC leader did in a 2009 message about the election of U.S. president Barack Obama.

Unlike part 5 but like parts 1 to 4 al-Zawahiri does not appear on film. Footage is included of Malcolm X and current events. The deputy AQC leader also discusses Libya, though his focus is on Egypt. Al-Zawahiri's bottom line is that, as he says, "Islam is both a religion and a state [set of guidelines for governance.]" He is also particularly critical of the Sunni 'ulama of Al-Azhar seminary, who are employees of the Egyptian state. To show that he is not entirely without feelings, al-Zawahiri defends his brother Muhammad, who is imprisoned in Egypt as well as other imprisoned religious scholars and preachers.

He praises the "revolutionary youth" for refusing to meet the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, due to her government's "political hypocrisy" after supporting Mubarak until the last moment. Al-Zawahiri urges the Egyptian people to support "their brothers in Gaza" and ends with supportive words for the people of Syria, who he calls "the lions of Bilad al-Sham," (a historical name for Greater Syria) mentioning the Syrian cities of Dar'a and Hama by name.

A copy of the release may be downloaded via these non-militant URLs:

The password to unpack the file is: JkfJJk1WsqfNcxjhhgpPnd

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