Jabhat Fath as-Sham ~ Last Video Message of Abū Muhammad al-Jūlānī as Leader Of Jabhat an-Nusra
23 August 2016
By Fath Al Sham
After a previous release by al-Manāra al-Baydā which laid the basis for Jabhat
an-Nusra to cut its ties with al-Qaeda, now Abū Muhammad al-Jūlānī, general
leader of the al-Qaeda affiliate changes the name of Jabhat an-Nusra.
This YouTube video (temporary link) was released by Orient News (subtitled in
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all and may the peace and blessing of
Allah be upon His Messenger, Muhammad, his family and his companions. As for
what is to follow, to my fellow Muslims everywhere, to the honorable people of
Syria: Assalam alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.
We would like to thank our brothers, the commanders of Al Qaeda in general,
Dr. Sheikh Ayman al Zawahiri and his vice [deputy], Sheikh Ahmad Hasan Abu al
Khayr especially, may Allah protect them. We thank them for their stance,
whereby they gave priority to the interests of the people of Al Sham, their
Jihad, their revolution, as well as their proper assessment of the general
benefits [of] the Jihad. This noble stance will be recorded in the annals of
history. Their blessed leadership has, and shall continue to be, an exemplar
of putting the needs of the community and their higher interests before the
interest of any individual group. They have practically implemented the words
of Sheikh Osama bin Laden (may Allah have mercy on him), when he said, ''The
interests of the Ummah take precedence over the interest of any state; the
interests of the state take precedence over the interest of any Jama'ah
(group); the interests of the Jama'ah (group) take precedence over any
We, or the central command of Jabhat Al-Nusrah, in accordance with the general
guidelines and directives of the aforementioned leadership, our obligations in
serving the people of Al-Sham and their Jihad, lightening the weight upon the
shoulders of the people, without compromising or sacrificing our solid
beliefs, or laxity in the necessity of the continuity of the Jihad of Al Sham,
which we will continue protecting, using all Islamically legitimate means
which assist in the attainment of these objectives or ends in the achievement
of these lofty goals as we strive to bridge the gaps between the groups of
Mujahideen and ourselves, we hope to form a unified body, whose basis is Al
Shura [consultation], uniting the masses of the people of Al Sham, liberating
their lands, giving victory to their faith and upholding their testimony of
faith, fulfilling the requests of the people of Al Sham to expose the
deceptions of the international community, the leaders being the US and
Russia, in their relentless bombardment and displacement of the Muslim masses
of Al Sham under the pretense of targeting Jabhat al Nusrah, an al Qaeda
For the aforementioned reasons, we declare the complete cancellation of all
operations under the name of Jabhat Al Nusrah, and the formation of a new
group operating under the name ''Jabhat Fath Al Sham,'' noting that this new
organization has no affiliation to any external entity.
This new organization aims to fulfill the following:
 – To work toward establishing the religion of Allah (swt), having His
shari'ah (law) as legislation, establish justice amongst all people.
2 – Strive toward unity with all groups, in order to unify the ranks of the
Mujahideen and liberate the land of Al Sham from the rule of the tyrant [Bashar
al Assad] and his allies. Allah (swt) said [Koranic verse]: ''And hold onto
the rope of Allah all of you together and do not be disunited.''
3 – Protect the Jihad of Al Sham and assure its continuity, utilizing all
Islamically legitimate means to do so.
4 – Strive to serve the Muslims, attending to their daily needs and ease their
hardship in every possible way.
5 – Ensure security, stability and honorable life for the general masses.
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all.
Your brother, Abu Muhammad al Julani.