American Muslim Leader Sheikh Anwar Awlaki: ''The Battle of
Hearts and Minds''
11 January 2010
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
Author: Sheikh Anwar Awlaki
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most
All praise is to Allah and peace and blessings on
our Prophet Muhammad and his righteous companions and
Dear brothers and sisters
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
All praise is to Allah the Lord of the Worlds, we
ask Allah Almighty to accept all our efforts. We ask
Allah Almighty that he provides us with beneficial
As was announced that the topic of this lecture is
the "Battle of Hearts and Minds", and I started by,
reading to you a quote from a report from Rand
Institute in 2007 which states that:
"The struggle under way throughout much of
the Muslim world is essentially a war of ideas, its
outcome will determine the future direction of the
So there is the struggle of ideas going on, right
now, in the Muslim world.
And according to the Defense department, the US
Defense Department in its quadrennial defense review
"The United states is involved in a war that
is both a battle of arms and a battle of ideas. A
war in which, ultimate victory, will be achieved
only when extremist ideologies are discredited in
the eyes of their host populations and passive
So according to Rand and according to the Pentagon
and truth fully so, there is a struggle of ideas going
on in the Muslim world, but what is their position
regarding this internal affair, this affair that
concerns Muslims, this battle of ideas between those
who want to follow Islam as it was reveled to Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allah on him), they want to
follow Islam in its entirety and those who want to
pick and chose from Islam, they want to follow Islam
selectively. Now, this issue is not new with Muslims,
In every age, there are Ahl-Haq (people on the
Right Path - KC), and there are those who want to
deviate from the true path, through out our history
this was a struggle that Allah destined to remain and
it even existed among the believing nations before us.
For example, with Banu Israel (Children of
Israel - KC), there were those who held on to the
truth and then there were those whom Allah Almighty
said about in Quran: "They change the meanings of the words". (Surah
5. The Table, The Table Spread, 13).
So, they would take the words of the Bible and they
would change it. And some of that was done to please
the authorities of the time, because we know that Bani
Israel lived under various nations. For example they
lived under the Roman rule, and that time the Romans
were pagan. And they lived under the rules of the
kings of Babel, and they were pagans too. And
according to a story mentioned in Tafseer
(Explanation of the Quran - KC), that at a
particular time some of the Rabbis of Bani Israel gave
a Fatwa to the King of Babylon allowing him to have a
forbidden relationship, but they gave him such a fatwa
to please that king. So they changed the rule of Allah
the Almighty, in order to please a human being!
So this conflict of ideas, that is going on in the
Muslim world, what are these non-Muslims doing about
it! According to the US news and World report:
"Today Washington is fighting back after
repeated missteps since the 911 attacks, the US
government has embarked on a campaign of political
warfare unmatched, since the height of the cold war.
From military psychological operations teams and CIA
covert operatives to openly funded media and think
tanks, Washington is plowing tens of millions of
dollars into a campaign to influence not only Muslim
societies but Islam itself."
Now hear this again "The US is trying to change
Islam itself!!!". Without any shame, they are openly
stating that we have a desire not only to influence
the Muslim societies but we want to change the
religion itself! Probably at the time of Bani Israel
those Rabbis who were changing the book of Allah never
dared to say so openly! These, without even hiding it,
are saying that we want to change Islam, yes we do!
And then the article carries on to say that:
"In at least two dozen countries, Washington
has quietly funded Islamic radio and TV shows,
course work in Muslim schools, Muslim think tanks,
political workshops or other programs that promote
moderate Islam. Federal aid is going to restore
Mosques, publish Quran and even build Islamic
Well as we see here, they are trying to promote
this modern Islam, modern according to their
definition, and they are spending millions of dollars
to do so.
Bothers and sisters, when a Muslim, a true Muslim,
hears this, he hears that non-Muslims who have no
knowledge about the religion, who do not believe in
Allah Almighty who don't believe in Muhammad (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him) and don't take
Quran as the book of Allah, when a Muslim hears that
such a people, are openly claiming that we want to
change your religion, this should make any Muslim who
has any love of Allah Almighty angry!
How dare you?! And who are you?! To tell us what Islam
is and isn't. In fact we even find that President Bush
is standing in front of the microphone, teaching us
about Islam, giving us Khutbah (sermon - KC)
about Islam. In an address he gave in 2002, he
asserted, "Islam is a faith that brings comfort to
a billion people round the world and has made brothers
and sisters of every race it is a faith based upon
love not hate".
Now his statement is true, I mean that Islam is a
faith that brings comfort to people around the world
and it has made brothers and sisters of every race and
is a religion that is based upon love not hate. I mean
that the statement to some extent is right. But who is
Bush to tell us what Islam is and isn't? Who gave him
the authority, to speak for Islam?
And, praise is to Allah we found that some Muslims at
the time were happy and proud that Bush has spoken in
this way about Islam. But the issue shows the
arrogance and the condescending view that these
Kuffar (unbelievers - KC) have, they think that we
are in need of somebody to tell us what Islam is and
what it isn't. In fact, this condescending view didn't
go unnoticed even from some non-Muslim commentators.
One of them said, sarcastically that the
"Political leadership collectively appears to
have acquired an instant post graduate degree in
Islamic studies enabling them to lecture the
population concerning the true nature of Islam".
In another report by Rand, and by the way, Rand is
a sixteen hundred employee nonprofit organization that
provides analysis to the US Department of Defense. So
it is connected to the Pentagon and some how Rand
Cooperation has taken in liking, lately, on this issue
of "Battle of minds and hearts" and they have written
more than one publication on this topic. And I will,
during this talk, quote from some of their
In this report titled "Civil democratic Islam" by
Sheryl Bernard, she is a Jew married to an apostate,
it can't get any worse! Her husband is Zalmai Khaleel
Zad, the apostate if he ever was a Muslim, who held
some very high posts as you know in the US
administration. He was an ambassador to the UN at one
point, ambassador to Afghanistan, ambassador to Iraq,
so they are putting him in some pretty sensitive
So this Sheryl Bernard is his wife, she published
her report, for Rand titled "Civil Democratic Islam"
so from the title you can see what kind of Islam they
want! What kind of Islam they want to force upon us!
And by the way, they are willing to go to the extent
of sending their armies to enforce on us their
particular version of Islam that we are supposed to
follow. Brothers, praise is to Allah, Muslims should
stand up and unite against such arrogance!
Some of her recommendations, she said that, she is
talking about these moderate Muslims
"Publish and Distribute their works at
Before I go any further, who is the moderate
Muslim, according to them? Well, they have even
provided a list to define, who is a moderate Muslim
and who is not; you know they have pretty detailed
work! Let's see here who is the moderate Muslim
according to them.
"Characteristics of moderate Muslims"
this is from Rand publication
So a moderate Muslim is who believes in democracy
and believes in the democratic system.
Now, there are some Muslims who adopt democracy and
they say that Shura (Islamic government system. The
Shura Council is the council of elite Muslim scholars
that are consulted by the Emir in the matters of the
State - KC), the Islamic system of Shura, is
similar to democracy, so we could use the term
democracy as Muslims, in reality we believe in Shura,
but they say it is more appealing for the West, when
we talk about democracy, because they don't understand
the Islamic concept of Shura. I am quoting to you what
some Muslims believe and what some Muslims say. And
they believe that they could get the aid and the
assistance of the West to change the dictatorship that
exists in the Muslim world if they mark themselves as
people who want to bring in democracy and there is a
serious problem with that, because
1) Democracy isn't Islamic, democracy is a system
and Islam has brought us a completely different
system. And a few in reality, believe in the system of
the Islamic state and Shura, then say Shura call it
what it is and don't call it democracy. That's number
2) This trick is not going to pass on these people
at Rand because they have given a detailed definition
of what democracy do they expect from a moderate
3) So they say and I am quoting here "A
commitment to democracy as understood in the liberal
So don't tell me democracy, as I understand it from
Islamic point of view. No! That is not satisfactory!
What we want is a commitment to democracy as
understood in the western liberal tradition!
And they went further to say "Support for democracy
implies opposition to the concept of the Islamic
So a moderate Muslim, is a Muslim who believes in a
democratic system that is opposed to the Islamic
And then they say
"It follows from the above that for a group to
declare itself democratic, in the sense of favoring
elections as the vehicle for establishing government
as in the case of the present Egyptian Muslim
brotherhood is not enough."
2) The second characteristic of this
moderate Muslim is "acceptance of non-sectarian
sources of law"
Meaning you follow man made law willingly and
openly and they say here in the report "the
dividing line between moderate Muslims and radical
Islamist is whether Sharia should apply"
So to them any Muslim who wants Sharia (Laws
revealed by Allah) to apply, is an extremist and a
moderate Muslim is a Muslim willing to accept French
law or the British law or International law or call it
whatever, as long as it is manmade.
3) The third characteristic of a
moderate Muslim is "respect for the rights of women
and religious minorities"
Now we believe in rights of women and we believe in
rights of religious minorities, but not according to
their definition. According to their definition, if
there is an Islamic state that enforces hijab, that is
extremism. If it charges the Christians and Jews
jizyah (tax) they are extremists!
4) And then the fourth characteristic
of a moderate Muslim is "opposition to terrorism
and illegitimate violence"
So a Muslim who defends his lands, a Muslim who
refuses occupation, a Muslim who wants to live
according to Islamic rule, is an extremist. And the
moderate Muslim is a Muslim, who invites the US army
to come and invade his land, and is happy to follow
manmade laws and is a person who has no honor and
dignity to defend himself against aggression. This is
a moderate Muslim!
So from what you see, a moderate Muslim to them, is
in reality a non-Muslim! Because according to these
four definitions, the definitions that they gave, this
is Kufr this is not Islam! So from now on, I am not
going to call it a moderate Muslim but I think a more
appropriate term would be a "Rand Muslim".
Then they have a questionnaire, to hand over to a
Muslim for him to answer, and then they would
categorize him as being a moderate or being an
extremist, and praise be to Allah, you would not fail
to see the arrogance in all of this and the
condescending view they have of Muslims, here they are
testing our Aqidah (Belief, Imaan, Faith), they
are testing our faith and they are giving us the
The questionnaire is:
"Does the group or individual support or
condone violence, if it does not support or condone
violence now, has it supported it or condoned it in
So they are not going to even leave you alone if
you speak against violence now. If you have a history
of violence in the past then you are going to be held
responsible about that.
"Does it support democracy, and if so does
it define democracy broadly in terms of individual
"Does it support internationally
recognized human rights?"
"Does it make any exceptions? For example,
regarding freedom of religion"
So if you want to enforce the law of Riddah
(apostasy) then that's extremism!
"Does it believe that changing religions
is an individual right?"
So if a Muslim wants to become a Jew, if a Muslim
wants to become a Christian, if a Muslim wants to
worship a cow, or a monkey or a snake, they should
have the right to do so! If a Muslim who was guided to
the straight path and honored by becoming Muslim and
he knew Allah the Almighty and he followed Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allah be on him), if such a
person whom Allah Almighty has blessed, wants to
worship a cow after that, he should have the right to
"Does it believe that the state should
enforce the criminal law component of Sharia?"
So there should be no Hudood (Plural of Hadd,
legal limits that have punishments in the Islamic law)!
"Does it believe that the state should
believe the civil law component of Sharia?"
Regarding for example, marriage issues, polygamy.
"Or does it believe there should be non-Sharia
Praise is to Allah! What are we talking about here?
In a vegetable market buying potatoes and onions?!
What are you talking about non-Sharia options? No
country in the world, gives you options regarding law.
There is one law, regarding every issue. Here they
want us to have options, so you walk in to court and
you are handed out a multiple-choice question ‘Which
law do you want to follow'!!!
Allah Almighty says in this ayah
"But no, by thy Lord, they can have no real
faith until they make you judge in all disputes
between them and find in their souls no resistance
against your decisions but accept them with the
fullest conviction". (Surah 4. The Women, 65).
No Muslim is a Muslim, if he does not accept the
law of Allah Almighty. No Muslim, is a Muslim if he
refuses to accept the Sunnah of the Prophet of Allah
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
And then the questionnaire carries on
"Does it believe that numbers of religious
minorities should be entitled to the same rights as
Muslims? Does it believe that a member of religious
minority could hold high political office in a
Muslim majority country?"
And we answer no to that question; they cannot hold
high office because Allah Almighty
"O you who believe, take not into your intimacy,
those outside your ranks, they will not fail to
corrupt you, they only desire your ruin. Rank hatred
has already appeared from their mouths and what their
hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you
the signs if you have wisdom". (Surah 3. The Family of Imran, 118).
So this ayah does not allow us to take the Jews and
the Christians as bitanah, as advisors, or to put them
in high office.
The questionnaire carries on to state
"Does it believe that members of religious
minorities are entitled to build and run
institutions of their faith in Muslim majority
Now the Islamic law regarding that is they are
allowed to have their original Synagogues and Churches
but they are not allowed to build any new ones as
according to the codes regarding Ahl Az Zimmah
(People of the Book living in the Lands of).
"Does it accept any legal system based on
non-sectarian legal principles?"
So the whole thing is Kufr! That is what makes for
them a moderate Muslim!
We go back to the recommendations of this Sheryl
Bernard her first recommendation is,
Muslims under the Shariah "We should publish
and distribute the works of Rand Muslims at subsidized
This is to promote the falsehood!
Her next recommendation,
"Encourage them to write for mass
audiences and for the youth"
Because they recognize that the mass, the masses in
the Muslim world can discern the truth and they know
who speaks for them and who doesn't.
And they understand that the danger comes from the
youth because the youth are the ones who stand for al-Haq
(The truth). Ibrahim (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) was a youth, when he destroyed the idols.
And we know from the story of the cave in Surah
Kahf (Kahf meaning Cave, A chapter in the Quran),
that those men who went in to the cave were youth. And
we know from the Seerah (Life Story of the Prophet)
that the early followers of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) were youth. So now she
is encouraging the deviance of the youth!
Her next recommendation,
"Introduce their views into the curriculum
of the Islamic education"
And they have already taken some concrete steps in
that direction, they have ruined the curriculum in
many Muslim countries, entire sections were wiped out
and changed, any thing that talks about Jihad, talks
about Hudood, talks about the rules of Allah have been
taken out of the curriculum!
"Facilitate and encourage an awareness of
their pre and non-Islamic culture, in the media and
the curricula of relevant countries"
So for example lets revive the Pharoic
civilization. Let us talk about the Pharaohs and lets
present them in a positive light. And lets talk about
their civilization and their achievements and the
development that they achieved in those early days,
let that take place, instead of talking about the
Islamic civilization! And lets revive the local
culture of the societies before Islam! So lets talk
about pre-Islamic Arabia and Arabic nationalism! Lets
talk about the history of the Berber people in the
North Africa. And let us talk about the Raman and
Greek history of al-Sham (Syria). That's why we see
there is great attention given by archeologists to the
pre-Islamic history of the Middle East. They talk a
lot about Mesopotamia and about Egypt in the time of
We should be ware of this, and we should not have
any pride in our pre-Islamic history! It is all
Jahiliyyah (Ignorance) and it shouldn't even be
called a civilization because it is not! It is the
path to Jahannam (Hell fire) it is Zulumaat,
darkness upon darkness! And pharaoh is a symbol of
evil; he should not be presented in any positive
When Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him) passed with his army next to Diyar
Thamuud (A tribe from those that passed who were
destroyed by a punishment from Allah), the
dwellings of Thamuud, and some of the Sahabas
(Companions) wanted to go in, the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not allow them
to. Why? So that they should not be impressed with
what they see and he told them
"Do not enter into their dwellings except if
you going to weep and cry (to the faith that befell
It should be taken as a lesson. And when they drew
water out of the well in Thamuud, and they used it for
the dough for the bread, Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allah be upon him) told them to feed this dough to
their animals and not to eat from it themselves, and
not to drink from the well of the people of Thamuud.
This is to establish a barrier between us and these
Her next recommendation,
"Encourage the popularity and acceptance
So she wants to promote Tassawuf (Sufism)
not because of her love of Tassawuf itself, but
because of its position on Jihad (Fighting in the
way of Allah) in the path of Allah, because of its
non-violence, but would they promote for example the
Tassawuf of Umar al Mukhtar, or some of the other
movements that existed in North Africa or in the
And then under the title of Confront and oppose the
Fundamentalists she has a few recommendations,
"Reveal their linkages to illegal groups
"Publicize the consequences of their
Now, in war there are people who are gonna be
killed and some of them are innocent, that is the
nature of war, but Muslims, try their best, to avoid
killing innocents and there are strict rules that were
laid out by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him) regarding Jihad in the path of Allah. For
example, non-fighting women and elderly and the monks
should not be killed, trees and plants should not be
burnt and cut down etc.
What she is talking about here, is that we should
take the unintentional accidents that happen with the
Mujahideen (Holy Islamic fighters) in the path
of Allah, for example some innocent people will be
killed, and let us blow it out of proportion and make
a big deal out of it. And when the US army kills and
bombs entire residences and kills everybody inside it
women, children and elderly, keep that aside and not
talk about it, and forget about it, and if it becomes
revealed to the world then we will find an excuse!
However, if the Muslims in their fight in the path of
Allah commit a mistake or an unintentional accident
happened lets make a big deal out of it and blow it
out of proportion. And we see this happening all the
time, to the extent that now it is imprinted in the
minds of people, that Muslims are violent people who
have no regards what so ever, for the rights of
innocent human beings. Why? Because this is a fallacy
that has been spread by the Western media, this is the
agenda of the West; it is to put the Muslim in such a
light. But any descent human being, with the least
amount of intelligence, would be able to see, that it
is the US now who is killing innocents in Iraq, in
Afghanistan, in Somalia, and else where throwing bombs
indiscriminately in areas of Muslim population.
In the embargo that was placed on Iraq prior to the
war, more than one million have died, and now we have
an entire generation, of Iraqis who is living the
poverty caused by such an embargo, and the spread of
diseases that was brought by that embargo.
Her next recommendation,
"Avoid showing respect, or admiration, for
the violent feats of the fundamentalists, extremists
And then look at what she says,
"Caste them as disturbed, and cowardly not
as evil heroes"
Some times you would show respect for your enemy
because of a certain quality that he holds, for
example, the west could not hide their admiration for
Salahuddin, his chivalry his courage! Throughout
history we find that war has erupted between different
nations and peoples, nevertheless, the enemy would
show the other side some respect and some admiration.
In particular eras they would say, for example "Yes it
is true that these are our enemies but we need to
speak the word of truth, they are courageous". "Yes it
is true that these are our enemies but nevertheless,
they have a point" things like that.
According to Bernard, we are not supposed to show
such an admiration, we should never even caste them as
"evil heroes"! And then she specifically wanted them
to be presented or caste as disturbed, and cowardly.
And this "cowardly" thing, we have been hearing it
again and again. And I am amazed to see that some
Muslims, like parrots, are repeating this accusation,
and praise is to Allah, I fail to understand how, the
Israeli soldier wearing his bullet proof vest, and his
steel helmet, cowering behind the pile of sand bags
and still runs away from the stones thrown by
Palestinian children is courageous! While the
Palestinian children charging at the soldiers full
speed, armed with nothing but rocks and wearing
nothing but trousers and t-shirts are cowards! I fail
to understand that!
And the American "heroic" soldiers, fighting from
the comfort of their armored Bradlees and Strikers but
nevertheless boiling inside layers of bullet proof
gear in the boiling heat of the Iraqi summer, are
"courageous" while the Iraqi Mujahideen armed with
nothing but the light weapons of Guerilla war-fare are
And what I really fail to understand, is how can
the martyr, the Shaheed, who willingly and happily,
hands over his soul to Allah, who walks towards his
faith, with pleasure, and faces death with a smile,
what I fail to understand is how can you call such a
person a "coward"!
But that is what they have been called. And that is
what the parrots in the Muslim world have been
repeating, that these peoples are cowards.
And then she goes on to say,
"Encourage journalists to investigate,
issues of corruption, hypocrisy, and immorality, in
fundamentalist and terrorist circles"
Well she could have also said, lets fake up such
things against them, and take them to court and
sentence them to ridiculous sentences in jail for such
fake accusations! Imam Jameel Ameen in America was
sentenced to life, because he was accused of killing a
Humeidan at Turki, the head of al-Basheer
publications in Demver Colorado was sentenced to life,
because he was accused of raping his servant!
And we could go on and on with a list of people
whom the US government has faked against them false
accusations just to liquidate them, and to get them
out of the scene! Take for example, the story of
Captain Yee, the Imam at Guantanamo. Allah knows what
the reason was, even though he was a marine soldier,
and is an employee and is with the US government, some
how they didn't take a liking to him for one reason or
another. So they accused him in the beginning, of
espionage, of passing over classified information to
Syria! When that didn't hold up, praise is to Allah,
what they accused him with? Of pornographic material
on his laptop! And the crime is, that this laptop is
government owned property so how could he have
pornography on it! And they accused him of adultery,
and they tried to ruin his family, and then in the end
nothing held up so all of the charges against them
In this article by US news and world report, says
"but individual CIA stations overseas are
making some gusty and innovative moves, among them
pouring money in to neutralizing militant anta US
preachers and recruiters" And then they say, "If you
found out, that Mullah Omar, is on one street corner
doing this, you set up Mullah Bradley on the other
street corner to counter it".
Well, I wonder how many Mullah Bradlees they have
in the Muslim world now!
And then she says
"Encourage divisions amongst
Dear brothers and sisters we are not only victims,
of US military and political aggression, but we are
also victims of US lies!
They have been lying about our brothers, charging
them with false accusations, until they put hatred of
them in our hearts, and they have planted the seeds of
disunity amongst us!
And now she is stating openly that we want to
encourage divisions among fundamentalists!
Take for example, whenever an Islamic group tries
to enforce the law of Allah Almighty, how they try to
ruin their reputation! And unfortunately, this lie is
believed by many Muslims! Because they are victims of
this western media and US lies. We need to be aware!
We need to be careful. And we shouldn't rely on their
sources, when it comes to information about our Muslim
brethren! Take the information from valid sources.
Allah Almighty says
If a Fasiq -a corrupt Muslim! - Brings you
information fatabayyanu (Surah 49. The Dwellings,
verse 26- "O ye who believe! If a sinner comes to you
with any news, ascertain the truth...")-you need
to check- if this information is correct, what if the
source is not a Fasiq but a Kafir? So we need to be
very careful on what we hear!
For example, when the Taliban were ruling over
Afghanistan, you heard a lot of things about them,
there was a lot of lies about them in the media, this
is so the Ummah would hate them, it is to try to plant
the seeds of disunity among us. And when the Islamic
rule was applied in Somalia, what did they say about
them too? So Muslims, we need to be very careful.
We talked about some of the recommendations that
were in the Rand report and how to deal with this
issue of separating between the modernists or the Rand
Muslims, and the extremists or the real Muslims, true
And these efforts have been going on since 9/11,
not to say that there was nothing of this sort before,
but 9/11 gave it some more importance, and as I
mentioned to you from the US News and World report
"after repeated missteps since the 9/11
attacks, the US government has embarked on a
campaign of political warfare unmatched since the
height of the cold war".
So the emphasis on this issue of "The Battle of
Ideas" has been post 9/11.
So there is a good seven years now, of the US
putting its intelligence resources, financial
resources, human resources, into changing Islam, what
are the results?
Brothers and sisters, if the British Empire, the
greatest empire of its time, dominated the sea, the US
military, in contrast, dominates at every level- land,
sea, air and space!
The US spends more than the next 14 countries
combined, accounting for almost 50 % of global defense
spending. And the US also spends more on defense
research and development than the rest of world put
So the US, the strongest force of our time, whose
army is spanning the globe, is spending millions into
this effort nevertheless it still cannot defeat the
true Muslims and can still not win in this war of
In an article, in the Washington Post, Shibli
Talhami, a member of a White house appointed advisory
group and public diplomacy and Brookings institute
"its worst than failure. Failing means you
tried and didn't get better but at this point, three
years after September 11 you can say that there
wasn't even much of an attempt and today Arab and
Muslim attitudes towards the US and the degree of
distrust in the US are far worse than they were 3
years ago, Bin Laden is winning by default!"
So they are failing, and Miss Bernard and her
cronies at Rand and Pentagon should know that their
plan would fail because Allah is the best of planners!
And that the fundamentalists and extremists, whom they
despise, are not only going to win in Afghanistan and
Iraq, but they will continue their march, until they
drag your people, the Jews, out of the Holy Land and
plant their black banners on the roof tops of
Jerusalem. Their efforts are a failure and Allah
"surely those who disbelieve, spend their wealth
to hinder people away from the path of Allah, so they
shall spend it, and then it shall be to them an
intense regret, then, they shall be over come and
those who disbelieve, shall be driven together to
(Surah 8. The Spoils of War, 36)
They will spend millions of dollars, and it will be
fruitless! And then in the end they will lose, and
then after that they will be in Hell-Fire!
The results in the realm of ideas, is more
important brothers and sisters, it is more important
than the victories, of the Mujahideen in the
battlefields. It is more important to talk about the
methodology that they carry. Because when Allah
Almighty talked about the people of the Trench in
Surah al Burooj, they didn't win in the battlefield,
they lost, and they were killed. The king, dug for
them trenches and they were burnt alive. But because
they held on fast to the truth, because they were
steadfast, Allah Almighty said,
"That is the great victory".
So we should be more concerned, about what is in
the hearts and minds of Muslims rather than what
happens on the battlefield!
In this area, brothers and sister, praise is to
Allah, even though it is true, that many Muslims might
be deceived by this plan of the US, there were many
Muslims who were asleep before, are probably by now
they could be declared brain dead, but on the other
hand, it is amazing to see the revival, specially
among the youth. The clarity of thought and the
maturity of understanding that we find in some youth
today is amazing!
Specially, if you talk about some youth in the
West, who are second or third generation Muslims, they
are carrying on to clear understanding of Islam! It's
amazing to see that! It
"Allah Almighty brings life out of death"
These are living in the Den of the Lion, they are
subjected, they are the first line of defense in this
war of ideas and they are subjected to the brunt of
it! Nevertheless, they are holding on to the truth!
The understanding that they have, of their
responsibility as Muslims, and their willingness, to
fulfill these duties, their understanding of Wala'
and Bara' (Allegiance and acquittal), their
understanding of the importance of establishing the
rule of Allah on earth, and establishing the Islamic
Khilafah, all of this is amazing to see! How many
Muslims are waking up, from their sleep, and in other
areas other than the area of ideas and also including
the areas of hearts and minds, we find that, praise is
"If Allah Almighty wants a thing,
then he will provide for it the means".
We find that the US has fell into blunders that are
amazing! For example, this invasion, this American
invasion of Iraq, is a total disaster for the US.
A US foreign service officer, states that this
"series of outcomes makes Bush's invasion of Iraq a
fiasco without parallel in American foreign policy
since Vietnam, and the end is not in sight".
That's right! The end is not in sight! You have only
seen the beginning!
And we find out that now seven years after 9/11,
there are Muslims who are on Al Haq in Afghanistan,
there are Muslims who are on Al Haq in Iraq, there are
Muslims who are on Al Haq in Chechnya, there are
Muslims who are on Al Haq in Palestine, there are
Muslims who are on Al Haq in Somalia. That wasn't the
case prior to September 11; things are improving for
Bush's invasion of Iraq, what has it brought?!
It brought with it an establishment, of the new plies
of an Islamic state, an unintentional outcome, in fact
this is exactly what they wanted to prevent form
happening! Because of their mislead action, in fact,
it is a trap set by Allah Almighty, because America of
today is the Pharaoh of yesterday. And for every
Pharaoh their will be a Musa (Peace be upon
him)-Moses), and just as Pharaoh calculated his
steps and planned his moves, nevertheless, he would
commit fatal mistakes, because Allah Almighty wanted
to give Musa and the people of Bani Israel victory! We
are seeing the same thing happening today with
America, they have dug for themselves a hole and fell
into it, and they are unable to get out!
A recent event is the announcement of the
establishment of an Islamic State in Iraq, in Baghdad-
the capital of the longest serving Islamic Khilafah
(Caliphate), of the descendents of al Abbas, the
uncle of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him). We know that Baghdad was established by the
Abbasids- the Abbasid Khilafah, and they made Baghdad
their capitol, and it served as the capitol for few
centuries, a period of enlightenment and civilization
in the Muslim world. Baghdad at that time was the
greatest city in the World. So the announcement of the
establishment of an Islamic State in Iraq, in Baghdad,
the capital, of the Abbasid Khilafah, with the current
head of that state being a descendant, of Hussein
bin Ali (Descendant of Hussein bin Ali- refers to
descendant of the Prophet (peace be upon him)
carries a lot of importance.
It is a matter, which has either passed the West or
they are intentionally trying to ignore it.
Now whether this State survives to expand into the
next Muslim Khilafah or is destroyed by the immense
conspiracy against the rise of any Islamic State, I
believe this to be a monumental event. Now we are not
going to hang our hopes on anyone or anything, that's
not the way of Muslims. Because Muslims, generation
after generation, they come and go. I mean that the
fate of Islam didn't even depend on the life of the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him) passed away Abu Bakr as Siddiq (may Allah be
pleased with him) told the Muslims,
"If Muhammad (peace and blessings
of Allah be upon him) dies or is killed are you gonna
retreat back, are you going to leave your religion?"
(Surah 3. The Family of Imran, 144).
So now when I am talking about this Islamic state I
am saying that we don't know about its future, it
could expand or it could be crushed. However, the
declaration of it in it self, is an important event.
And many Muslims unfortunately are not aware, of the
importance of this event, whether it succeeds or not,
it represents a move of the idea, from the theoretical
realm to the real world. The idea of establishing the
Islamic rule and establishing Khilafah on earth, now
is not any more a talk, it is action! And it is a
reflection of the fact that this time, the Mujahideen
are not going to do the work and fight the fight only
to let some one else bear the fruit of their effort.
But that their intention is not only to drive out the
invaders from their lands just to have a hypocrite
filled in his place, but they posses, a project of an
Islamic state followed by the return of the system of
Brothers and sisters, we are inching forward to the
final stage of the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him)
"Finally it will be Khilafah on
the path of Prophet hood"
(Narrated by Numan Bin Basheer, Musnad Ahmad)
Now the Americans have been mum about this Islamic
state in Iraq. They have studied the concept of
Khilafah, and they realize the vitality of it, and
they realize the danger it poses to them and to their
imperial agenda. So if the majority of Muslims today
are deep asleep with their eyes shut and their ears
stuffed why turn their attention to it! Thus they are
trying their best to keep the news of it shut, even
though they are the with first hand knowledge of it,
due to the US military being in direct contact with
the forces of the State. In fact they are going as far
as claiming as the Head of this State as a fictitious
figure. Now the Islamic state in Iraq is stating that
they are fighting a combined force of a one million
strong nevertheless they are still holding firm.
This idea of Khilafah is picking up steam in the
West because now they see the danger of it; they see
that the Muslims are going towards that goal of
establishing the Islamic State again so we find out
that there is newfound interest in it. For some time
they forgot about that idea or they kept it on the
backburner but suddenly they are all talking about it.
For example, Bush he said in October 2005,
"the militants believe that controlling one
country will rally the Muslim masses enabling them
to overthrow all moderate governments in the region
and establish a radical Islamic Empire that spans
from Spain to Indonesia".
He even mentions Spain coz he knows about al-Andalus
And on September 5th 2006 he said,
"This caliphate would be a totalitarian
Islamic Empire encompassing all current and former
Muslim lands stretching from Europe to North Africa,
the Middle-East and South-East Asia" and then he
said "we know this because al-Qaeda has told us"
these are the words of Bush.
Donald Rumsfield said,
"Iraq would serve as the base of the new
Islamic Caliphate to extend throughout the
Middle-East and which would threaten the legitimate
governments in Europe and Africa and Asia. This is
their plan! They have said so! We make a terrible
mistake if we fail to listen and learn".
Tony Blair, he referred to the need to confront an
evil ideology that included
"the establishment of effectively Taliban
states and Sharia law in the Arab world in route to
the one Caliphate of all Muslim nations".
And finally we have statements form General David
Patrious, after this recent surge in US troops in
Iraq. He was trying to justify why we have demanded
more troops, he said
"it is to disrupt al-Qaeda in its ability to
conduct sensational attacks and to try to continue
that cycle of violence which they have been trying
to do all along. In addition, they are attempting to
try to establish a real al-Qaeda sanctuary in Iraq,
So now all these people are talking about, al-Khilafah
because they see it as a real threat, something that
is turning in from an idea to a reality!
So brothers and sisters, Yes, we should stand up
and defend our religion against this arrogant
Yes, we should stand up and declare the truth and
fight for the truth, but we should also be confident
that no matter what the enemies of Allah do, victory
is on the side of the Muslims. Because in the hadith
al Qudsi Allah Almighty says,
"Who ever takes, my Awliya', my friends as
enemies, then I will wage war against them" (Bukhari
:: Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 509).
America has taken the Awliya' of Allah as enemies;
therefore they will be fighting Allah Almighty. And
the result and outcome is known!
But how are we to counter that? Yes, the
religion of Allah will be victorious but we want to
have a part in that, we want to share in reward! We
don't want to be sitting on the sidelines and watching
If the US is openly stating unashamed that it is
bent on distorting Islam then it is our duty to step
up our efforts in defending our religion from this
distortion. We should, brothers and sisters,
present the Islamic point of view on the contested
issues, we should speak clearly and loudly about
our view concerning the Islamic State, our view
concerning the dominance and the rule of Allah
Almighty over the Land, our view concerning Khilafah.
We should speak out our view concerning democracy, and
how it is classified in Islam, as an un-Islamic
system! We should speak about the Islamic alternative
of Shura, and what it represents. We should talk about
our view concerning Hudood, the criminal law, in Islam
we should speak about issues such as polygamy, such as
women's rights such as human rights, where do we
stand, regarding these issues, what is our positions?
We should speak unapologetically and honestly about
these issues and make it clear for the Muslim masses
lest they are deceived by this agenda of the West.
We should be ware of anything American!
They are willing to use everything in their arsenal
for their ulterior motives! This article, US News and
World report states that "among the ideas using music,
comics, poetry, and the Internet to get across
America's view to the Arab world ". They can use
everything, so we need to be very careful!
If these people at Rand have said that they want to
discredit the true Muslims and want to suppress the
Haq that they posses and that they want to, as she
states over here, "encouraging journalists to
investigate issues of corruption hypocrisy and
immorality in fundamentalists and extremists circles"
and the Defense Department's quadrennial defense
review report, says that "we want to discredit the
It becomes our duty to promote the scholars and the
Da'es (preachers) who are speaking the truth!
If they want to discredit them then we want to promote
them. If they want to suppress the truth that they
speak, we want this truth to prevail we want it to
spread. And it becomes a duty on every Muslim because,
remember you are standing in front of a very
resourceful nation and it is heading a coalition of
other nations and Allah Almighty says
"Prepare for them"
So it is our duty just as they are intending to
change our religion and promote falsehood and to turn
us to Rand Muslims, we need to promote Al Haq.
We need to spread out the material of al-Haq.
Anything that promotes the truth we should promote it,
we should spread it out, and we should spend from our
wealth in this effort.
We should practice the Jihad of the word and
Jihad of wealth. The Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allah be upon him) says
"Wage jihad against the disbelievers with your
self, and with your wealth, and with your word"
And spreading Al Haq is a form, this Jihad in the
path of Allah.
And finally brothers and sisters,
We should develop the awareness of the Muslims
of their true identity. If they are trying to
attach us to our pre-Islamic past, we should spread
out information about our history, about who we are!
And we should also establish the concept of Ummah,
that we are part of an Ummah, and this needs to go
beyond the nation state and the nationalism that
exists in the world today or the tribalism that
existed in the world yesterday!
We should look at our selves' as one nation.
Different colors, different races, different
languages, but we are one Ummah and this should take
precedence to any other association that we have!
So brothers and sisters, we should not take it for
granted that since Allah Almighty is going to give
victory to the Ummah that we don't have to do our
part. NO, we should stand up and do our part if we
want to be part of the Ta'ifah-al-Mansurah, the Saved
sect the Firqah- an-Najiyah, because now the Bida'
(innovation) are not going to be spread by limited
resourced groups, but are going to be funded by the US
government and their allies. So now in this battle of
ideas and it is the responsibility of the people of
Haq, no matter how few they are, to present the truth
to the World!