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American-Yemeni Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki: "A Message to Those in the Field of Media"

02 March 2011

By Ahmed Abdullah

The Global Islamic Media Front has released the English translation of Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki's new audio message entitled "A Message to Those in the Field of Media" in which he addresses journalists and others in the media to carry out their obligation to expose the truth of America and its lackeys, taking the example of several who did and ended up in prison. He focuses on the journalists Abdul Elah Haidar Shayi who was the most recent journalist to be arrested due to his exclusive coverage of Al-Qaedah in the Arabian Peninsula and its leaders.

We have provided links to Download, Watch Online and also the Transcript to read online. May Allah reward Sheikh Anwar and GIMF, and also guide sincere Muslim journalists to stand for the truth in the face of the pressures of the US and their lackeys. 

Global Islamic Media Front Language and Translation Department presents An English Translation of an Audio Message By Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki entitled… 

A Message to Those in the Field of Media

Transcript 

All praise is due to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the leader of the Prophets and Messengers, and upon all his family and companions until the Day of Recompense. To proceed:

Allah Most High says:

( ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَاكَ عَلَىٰ شَرِيعَةٍ مِنَ الْأَمْرِ فَاتَّبِعْهَا وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ) 

"Then We have put you on a (plain) way of (Our) commandment. So follow you that, and follow not the desires of those who know not." [45:18] 

Indeed America is the Empire of Lusts, and under the pretext of freedom, it has propagated all sorts of crime, sin, and oppositions to proper and upright human tendencies. 

America and the West guarantee the freedom to express whatever kufr and depravity one desires. They allow everything, except the truth which exposes their true face. 

America's public display of depravity at the highest levels, such as the president of America himself signing a new law allowing for the presence of homosexuals in the armed forces exposes the level of degeneracy these people have reached who embody all the shades and meanings of kufr and deviancy which the Prophets and Messengers were sent to demolish. There is no freedom of expression for those who expose the crimes of America and its agents. America and its lackeys legitimatize their rule by propagating a huge deception called "freedom", "democracy", and "human rights", while these mantras are nothing other than a veil to take control over the resources of the world, to oppress people, and to usurp their rights. 

Those who work in the media and journalists who try to expose the true facts to people, who try to expose the true face of America and their lackeys, are tested and tried. Sa'eed Aali Za'eer was imprisoned due to his exposition of the Saudi regime. Tayseer Allouni and Sami al-Haj were imprisoned due to the exposition of America's crimes in Afghanistan, and now in Yemen, a freelance reporter, Abdul Elah Haidar Shayi is imprisoned due his exposition of America's crimes in Yemen. America bombarded Abyan and Shabwah, and then the Yemeni government claimed responsibility for it. It was Abdul Elah who first exposed this conspiracy between America and the Yemeni government against the people of Yemen. The journalist Abdul Elah publicly declared this to be the reason behind his arrest in the case proceedings. Abdul Elah Haidar Shayi was the voice of truth in a turbulent sea crashing with the waves of fabrications and secrets. Abdul Elah was bombarded with false accusations to cover the true reasons behind his arrest. 

They see to hide the truth and silence. The candle which was lit by Abdul Elah in the enforced darkness of the politicized and controlled Arab media will not be extinguished by Allah's leave. The internet has become an open world filled with all sorts of information. It contains knowledge and information, but also sin and transgression. All these things are available and open. However, standing up for the truth is still fought and blocked. Not only that, but America struggles to block a website like Wikileaks, for merely quoting the truth about some events of the US war in Iraq and dialogues between American politicians and their lackeys around the world. 

Indeed the crime of the Yemeni government in co-conspiring with America to bomb the people of Yemen should never be forgotten. The sincere in the field of media must carry on the work of Abdul Elah and continue on the path which he uncovered. The truth of this conspiracy must reach every household. Those in the field of media all around the Islamic world must stop being floor mats for America and tools for the propagation their colonialist plans. 

Tayseer Allouni, Sami Al-Haj, and Abul Elah Haidar are examples of journalists with principles. Those in the field of media will be asked by Allah about what they present to the people. Their role in forming mindsets is well-known. The greatest similarity between American today and the Pharaoh of yesterday continues to become manifest. [Allah quotes] Pharaoh as saying: 

( وَقَالَ فِرْعَوْنُ ذَرُونِي أَقْتُلْ مُوسَىٰ وَلْيَدْعُ رَبَّهُ ۖ إِنِّي أَخَافُ أَنْ يُبَدِّلَ دِينَكُمْ أَوْ أَنْ يُظْهِرَ فِي الْأَرْضِ الْفَسَادَ ) 

Pharaoh said: ‘(Leave me to kill Moses), and let him call his Lord! I fear that he may change your religion, or that he may cause mischief to appear in the land!' [40:26] 

Today, America calls whoever exposes their depravity "terrorists". The canned and prepared accusations in the pockets of America's bandolier is ready to be fired at anyone who opposes it, whether Muslim or otherwise. Homaidan Al Turki who supervised an Islamic Publication company in America was falsely accused of immoral crimes which he is currently living out for a term of twenty-nine years. And today, the owner of Wikileaks has been accused of the same, to distract and swerve him from his work of leaking the inner secrets of the rotten White House. 

Abdul Elah fulfilled his journalistic obligation, and all journalists, both here and elsewhere, as well as the tribe of Abdul Elah and the people of Yemen in general, must fulfill their obligation to support and defend him. Indeed we encourage Abdul Elah Shayi and all sincere Muslim journalists to seek help in Allah and not to shy away. We remind them of the saying of Allah, the Most High: 

( وَقُلْ جَاءَ الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ ۚ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا ) 

And say: ‘The Truth has come and falsehood has vanished. Surely falseness is ever bound to vanish.' [17:81] 

May peace and blessing be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions.

 

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