Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What Extremists are Saying: 1/03/2007

On 23 December, a jihadist website posted many links to a 51-minute video released by Al-Sahab Media Productions, an underground media organization specialized in producing Al-Qa'ida audio and video tapes. The video contains a speech by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qa'ida's second-in-command, entitled "Realities of the Conflict Between Islam and Unbelief" and is dated December 2006. The poster also posts other links to the text of the speech in Arabic and a translation of the speech in English in word and PDF formats. The links to the video contain high quality, medium quality, and low quality formats in different sizes.

The English translation follows:

Realities of the Conflict Between Islam and Unbelief

Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri

As-Sahab Media

Dhu Qa'dah 1427 AH / December 2006 CE transcript

In the Name of Allah, and all praise is due to Allah, and may peace and prayers be on the Messenger of Allah and on his family, companions and allies.

Muslim brothers everywhere: peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.

A number of critical events in our Islamic world are passing us these days, and I deem it important for us to emphasize a number of their fundamental characteristics, in view of the importance of educating the Ummah in the facts of the conflict between Islam and infidelity, from both a legal as well as factual point of view.

The first thing that I wish to talk about is the passing of 89 years since the Balfour Declaration, in which someone who didn't own the Holy Land of Palestine gave it to someone who didn't deserve it... That historical event which we must not allow to pass from memory, and which we must transmit from generation to generation, in order that we be aware of the extent of the animosity of Britain and the Crusader West in general to the Muslim Ummah... The animosity of Britain to Islam which stretches over centuries: isn't it the one who used to occupy most Islamic lands? Isn't it the one who moved Abd al-Aziz Al Sa'ud and al-Husayn ibn Ali to stab the Ottoman state in its back? And isn't it the one who handed over to the Jews one of the holiest places of Islam? And today in Palestine, conspiracies to abort the Jihad and surround the Mujahideen are being hatched by the same forces which created Israel and with the cooperation of their agents among our people.

I repeat to you, my brothers, that we must be conscious of the legal and factual realities of this conflict, lest the treacherous leadership deceive us and we get lost in the market of political bargaining.


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