Anti-Democracy

Al-Dabiq, ISIS magazine, July 2014

Author
Name of Author
Al-Dabiq
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“From amongst the polluted ideologies that have afflicted people the entire world over throughout the course of the tyranny carried out by the forces of kufr [unbelief], is the notion that the people can choose whether to follow the truth or embark upon falsehood. This ideology teaches that no one has the right, regardless of whom he may be, to impose any creed or set of morals on anyone else even if that creed or set of morals is the truth revealed by Allah.

“Until we return to the correct state of Islamic affairs, it’s upon us all to work together to eradicate the principle of ‘free choice,’ and to not deceive the people in an attempt to seek their pleasure… Rather, we must confront them with the fact that they’ve turned away from the religion [Islam], while we hold onto it… and that we’re completely ready to stand in the face of anyone who attempts to divert us from our commitment to making the religion of Allah triumphant over all other religions, and that we will continue to fight the people of deviation and misguidance until we die trying to make the religion triumphant.”Aaron Y. Zelin, “al-Ḥayāt Media Center presents a new issue of the Islamic State’s magazine: ‘Dābiq #2,’” Jihadology, July 27, 2014, http://jihadology.net/2014/07/27/al-%E1%B8%A5ayat-media-center-presents-a-new-issue-of-the-islamic-states-magazine-dabiq-2.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS leader, July 2014

Name of Author
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
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“[L]isten, O ummah [community] of Islam. Listen and comprehend. Stand up and rise. For the time has come for you to free yourself from the shackles of weakness, and stand in the face of tyranny, against the treacherous rulers—the agents of the crusaders and the atheists, and the guards of the [J]ews. O ummah of Islam, indeed the world today has been divided into two camps and two trenches, with no third camp present: The camp of Islam and faith, and the camp of kufr (disbelief) and hypocrisy—the camp of the Muslims and the mujahidin everywhere, and the camp of the [J]ews, the crusaders, their allies, and with them the rest of the nations and religions of kufr, all being led by America and Russia, and being mobilized by the [J]ews.”Aaron Y. Zelin, ““al-Furqān Media presents a new audio message from the Islamic State’s Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī: ‘Message To the Mujāhidīn and the Islamic Ummah In the Month Of Ramaḍān,’ Jihadology, last modified July 1, 2014,http://jihadology.net/2014/07/01/al-furqan-media-presents-a-new-audio-message-from-the-islamic-states-abu-bakr-al-%E1%B8%A5ussayni-al-qurayshi-al-baghdadi-message-to-the-mujahidin-and-the-islamic-ummah-in-the-month-of-rama.

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Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, ISIS spokesman, declaring an Islamic caliphate, June 29, 2014

Name of Author
Abu Muhammad al-Adnani
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“By Allah, if you disbelieve in democracy, secularism, nationalism, as well as all the other garbage and ideas from the west, and rush to your religion and creed, then by Allah, you will own the earth, and the east and west will submit to you. This is the promise of Allah to you.”“ISIS Declares Islamic Caliphate, Appoints Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi As 'Caliph', Declares All Muslims Must Pledge Allegiance To Him,” The Middle East Media Research Institute, June 30, 2014, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/8049.htm.

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Abu Moussa, ISIS press officer, June 2014

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Name of Author
Abu Moussa
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“I say to America that the Islamic State has been established. And we will not stop.  Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”“The Islamic State (Part 1),” VICE News, August 13, 2014, https://news.vice.com/video/the-islamic-state-part-1.

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Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, ISIS leader, April 2013

Name of Author
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
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“As for you our people in beloved Al-Sham… since you have experienced dictatorship and injustice for long years so beware from replacing these years of injustice by the injustice of democracy and the people of Iraq have preceded to it and it [has] been implemented in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya so look at their condition and what [has] become of them and beware that you be stung from the hole which the Muslims in those countries have been stung…do not make democracy the cost for the thousands who were killed from you, do not make democracy the cost for the carnage that are under the ruins of the homes that were demolished over the women, children and elderly…beware O’ people of Al-Sham from corruption, and from corruption is to be ruled by man-made laws after all these sacrifices…”Aaron Y. Zelin, “‘al-Furqān Media presents a new audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq’s Shaykh Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī: ‘Announcement of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām,’” Jihadology, last modified October 28, 2013, http://jihadology.net/2013/04/09/al-furqan-media-presents-a-new-audio-message-from-the-islamic-state-of-iraqs-shaykh-abu-bakr-al-%E1%B8%A5ussayni-al-qurayshi-al-baghdadi-announcement-of-the-islamic-state-of-iraq-an.

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Adil al-Abab, Former Chief Religious Cleric, Winter 2010

Name of Author
Adil al-Abab
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“So now when we look at the state of the Americans and Europeans, we see that they are in a state of war with us because of their participation in elections that choose governments that wage war against Muslims. They are in a state of war with us because their governments kill our brothers in Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq. These governments fight those who want to establish shari‘ah law. Thus we target them because they are disbelievers and because of their war against us. They are in a state of war with us and they are not in a state of covenant since their governments have not seized their aggression against Muslims. We cannot call them ahl adh-dhimma (people of dhimma) because they do not fulfill the requirements of the dhimma status (rights of residence for non-Muslims under sharia law, when jizya tax is paid). Based on what is mentioned above, it is legitimate to target the people of the West and we have no doubts about its legitimacy.” “Q&A with Shaykh Adil al-Abbab,” Inspire Magazine 4 (2010): 21.

Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General, September 23, 2014

Date
Sep. 23, 3014
Name of Author
Hassan Nasrallah
Body

“America, is in our view, the mother of terrorism and the origin of terrorism.”“Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah Opposes US-Led Action in Syria,” Reuters, September 23, 2014, accessed October 28, 2014, http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Hezbollah-leader-Nasrallah-opposes-US-led-action-in-Syria-376245.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, July 2014

Date
Jul. 2014
Name of Author
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Body

“Muslims today possess boots that will trample the idol of nationalism and destroy the idol of democracy.” Aaron Y. Zelin, “‘al-Furqān Media presents a new audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq’s Shaykh Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī: ‘Announcement of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām,’” Jihadology, last modified October 28, 2013, http://jihadology.net/2013/04/09/al-furqan-media-presents-a-new-audio-message-from-the-islamic-state-of-iraqs-shaykh-abu-bakr-al-%E1%B8%A5ussayni-al-qurayshi-al-baghdadi-announcement-of-the-islamic-state-of-iraq-an; “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The man who would be caliph,” The Week, September 13, 2014, http://theweek.com/article/index/267920/abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-the-man-who-would-be-caliph.

Rhetoric Category

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, April 2014

Date
Apr. 2014
Name of Author
Abu Muhammad al-Adnani
Body

“And so [Sunni Muslims] in Iraq, verily you should know the truth, and it is that there is no coexistence or peace with the Rawāfiḍ. You have seen the truth of this matter in the squares of Hawijah, in the mosques of Baʿqūbah, in the market places of Mosul and Samarrā', in the villages of Laṭīfiyyah, in the neighbourhoods of Buhriz, Ramādī and Fallūjah, and what follows is more disastrous and more bitter. It is time that you be aware that the polytheist Rāfiḍah are the most evil to tread upon this earth, more evil than the Jews and the Crusaders. It is time that you disbelieve in democracy which will not bring better than what it has brought upon you in the past lean years. It will bring nothing upon you but shame and disgrace. It is time for you to know that democracy is nothing but a tool and method by which the Ṭawāghīt (tyrants) are empowered and by which they wage war upon the Religion of Allah. It is time that you reject your treacherous politicians, who have only been working for their own personal and private benefits, the ones who through voting for them, you gained nothing but humiliation, degradation and oppression.” Aaron Y. Zelin, “al-Furqān Media presents a new audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām’s Shaykh Abū Muḥammad al ‘Adnānī al-Shāmī: ‘He Will Surely Establish For Them [Therein] Their Religion Which He Has Preferred For Them,’” Jihadology, last modified April 19, 2014, http://jihadology.net/2014/04/03/al-furqan-media-presents-a-new-audio-message-from-the-islamic-state-of-iraq-and-al-shams-shaykh-abu-mu%E1%B8%A5ammad-al-adnani-al-shami-he-will-surely-establish-for-them-therein.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, January 2014

Date
Jan. 2014
Name of Author
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Body

“This is a message to America. Beware you protector of the ‘Cross’ that the war by delegation won’t help you in Sham, as it didn’t in Iraq, and soon you will be in full confrontation, forced by the Will of Allah, and that the sons of Islam have prepared themselves for that day.” Aaron Y. Zelin, “‘al-Furqān Media presents a new audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq’s Shaykh Abū Bakr al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī al-Baghdādī: ‘Announcement of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām,’” Jihadology, last modified October 28, 2013, http://jihadology.net/2013/04/09/al-furqan-media-presents-a-new-audio-message-from-the-islamic-state-of-iraqs-shaykh-abu-bakr-al-%E1%B8%A5ussayni-al-qurayshi-al-baghdadi-announcement-of-the-islamic-state-of-iraq-an.

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