Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, Who created us Muslims and blessed us with Jihad on His straight path! Peace and blessings be to Prophet Muhammad, his family, his disciples and all of those who follow the straight way till the Day of Judgment! And then:
The reason why we have gone astray is that we have abandoned the Jihad on the way of Allah. When a Muslim comes out to Jihad and becomes a Mujahid on the way of Allah, he attains victory over those who were talking him out of it.
They speak our language and claim to be Muslims; they attack by using all sorts of "proofs" in order to dissuade the believers from Jihad on the way of Allah or distort its purpose. This is what Allah says about such people:
"If they had come out with you, they would not have added to your (strength) but only (made for) disorder, hurrying to and fro in your midst and sowing sedition among you, and there would have been some among you who would have listened to them. But Allah knoweth well those who do wrong."
(Holy Quran, 9:47)
This can be happening under the guise of Islamic and Sharia terminology and coming from Muslim scholars, who will be telling you: "Now it's not the time for Jihad on the way of Allah!"
Allah says: "and there would have been some among you who would have listened to them".
Why? Because of the status of these people! They are the leaders in their societies, they are the learned ones. They are the people who can speak eloquently. They are diverting the Muslims from Jihad on the way of Allah, and they are the Munafiqun (hypocrites)! Any Muslim who diverts from Jihad on the way of Allah is a Munafiq, because this is what this ayat (verse) says about the hypocrites.
Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"Verily, I am afraid that the imams will appear in my community, who will delude. If they are stricken by a sword, he will not rise until the Day of Resurrection. And his Hour shall not come until those remained alive join the Mushrikin (polytheists), and until a part of them worships the idols... Nevertheless, in all times in my community there will be the group of people, who will cling to the truth and win the victory, and they will not be harmed by those who left them without support, until the behest of Almighty and Blessed Allah comes."
(Reported by Abu Daud (4202), Ibn Majah (3952), Ahmad 5/278 and 284 by Sauban; the authentic Hadith).
A Muslim who became a Mujahid (a warrior) has disobeyed these people to please Allah! And there status does not matter to him. He is not touched by their eloquence! He is doing what Allah wants from him, and this is enough for him. Allah Akbar! (God is Great!)
Today some scholars are not only failing to prompt the Muslims, but on the contrary, they are diverting them from Jihad on the way of Allah. So, a man capable of defeating the Munafiqun has won a very serious and important victory!
Allah addressed the Sahabs (disciples) in this ayat: "...and there would have been some among you who would have listened to them". Apparently, not because the Sahabs had no Faith (Iman)! But because of the status of the dissuaders, who hide the truth of what they have in their hearts.
But Allah rescued the Sahabs and not allowed those people to come out to Jihad along with them. Had they come out, they would have spread disorder and confusion (Fitna). Because these people are extremely dangerous, Allah warned the Sahabs, the best men after Prophet (pbuh):
"Those who were left behind (in the Tabuk expedition) rejoiced in their inaction behind the back of the Messenger of Allah. They hated to strive and fight, with their goods and their persons, in the cause of Allah. They said, "Go not forth in the heat." Say, "The fire of Hell is fiercer in heat." If only they could understand!
(Holy Quran, 9:81)
If a Mujahid won a victory over himself, then he won the victory over Satan and those who dissuaded him from Jihad on the way of Allah, and this is a great victory!!!
"Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure."
(Holy Quran, 61:4)
Today many assert that Mujahideen are in delusion, and they, the ones holed up, are supposedly on the straight path. But Allah says in the Quran:
"O you who believe! whoever from among you turns back from his religion, then Allah will bring a people, He shall love them and they shall love Him, lowly before the believers, mighty against the unbelievers, they shall strive hard in Allah's way and shall not fear the censure of any censurer; this is Allah's Face, He gives it to whom He pleases, and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing."
(Holy Quran, 5:54)
Allah loves them. Subhanallah! And they love Allah!
They are lowly before the believers. What does it mean? It means that they are concerned about the believers, they love the believers, they are concerned what will happen to the Muslims all around the world! Those who are willing to come to help when they hear that Muslims are being oppressed and treated outrageously are the ones humble before the believers. They are willing to sacrifice their lives and their property for them for the sake of Allah.
On the other hand, we can see the people who claim to be Muslims, but they possess quite opposite qualities. We can see how they are criticizing the Muslims and attacking them by word and deed, they are ready to unite with kuffar (infidels) to fight Muslims for their mercantile purposes.
Mighty against the unbelievers. They are tough towards the kuffar. They are ready to oppose the oppression by Kuffar for the sake of exalting the word of Allah, by slaying and being slain.
They shall strive hard in Allah's way! And these are the ones who are on the way of Allah, on the straight way! And then Allah says about them: "...and they shall not fear the censure of any censurer".
The Munafiqun (hypocrites) will be accusing them with any possible forms and methods, they will be humiliating the believers by slandering and making up repulsive nicknames and labels, by calumniating and thinking up all sorts of denigrating stories, and will even be using Islamic terminology (auzubillah) when trying to divert them.
But indeed, these brothers are not bothered with what is said about them! They are not bothered with dissatisfaction of the traitors! They are only seeking to please Allah, Holy and Great He is!
If Allah is pleased with it, we will be doing it! And Kuffar and Munafiqun will never win this war because they are fighting against Awliya of Allah. Allah declared the war on those who are enemies with His Awliya (friends)!
Allah Akbar! (God is Great!)
Department of Monitoring,