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Today Al-Qaeda has become a great power, attracting the interests of young Muslims to join and fight alongside them. This movement which has become global and moved very secretly, continues to terrify every Nation, and people who harbor hatred against the revival of Islam will surely exist in accordance with the promise of Allah SWT and the prediction of Rasulullah SAW concerning the end times.
From the mountains of Afghanistan to the exotic continent of Africa, Al-Qaeda has established itself, breaking the concentration of America with resistance all over the world. When the Americans were focused with their Crusader war project in Afghanistan and Iraq, Al-Qaeda executed attacks at the hearts of cities around the world and the regions that became the puppets of the Crusader-Zionist America.
With their global jihad ideology, Al-Qaeda is never too late in responding to the every cry of the oppressed Muslims, the children whose happiness are snatched and the dejected Muslimahs whose honour are insulted. They are present, there in the midst of the Muslims to defend and fight for the rights of the oppressed. It is with this ideology of global jihad too that Al-Qaeda have brought together the hearts that were once disunited due to fanaticism towards own group, ethnicity and mazhab. They are united by a sense of longing for the establishment of the Khilafah Islamiyah and Shaheed in struggling for the pure and noble Dien of Allah. There is no more divider between them, because the common interest is everything.
With a sincere and genuine struggle, it makes the ummah, who are yearning for the revival of Islam, wonder how to join this movement full of barokah (blessings) and support it with all the capabilities that they have. This answer is actually very easy for the people who are honest to the iman (faith) and 'ilm (cognition) that they believe in.
Al-Qaeda is a movement that was born amid the people of Ahlus Sunnah wal jama’ah, so their ideology is an ideology of the people of Ahlus Sunnah wal jama’ah, not any other, placing the ulama's in a position according to their portion and make Al-Qur’an and Sunnah as as a reference in the improvement of the self, society and the world.
In da'wah, calling towards tawheed is the main goal of Al-Qaeda. Inviting to the worship of Allah SWT alone and leaving the concepts that are damaging to the aqeedah of the Muslims which today are named with beautiful names but are heading toward kufr. Therefore, Al-Qaeda very strongly opposes the concepts that are not sourced from Al-Qur’an and Sunnah such as democracy, communism and all that are derived from these two ideas which basically are plunging mankind into destructions.
In the activities of struggling for Islam, Al-Qaeda makes jihad as a most effective means in restoring the light of Islam once again, not through diplomacy with the kafirs who have oppressed the Muslims or by jumping into the valley of dishonor of the parliaments using the manhaj of democracy which gives illusions to its followers.
Al-Qaeda makes jihad as a medium in grabbing back the glory of Islam that has become dim because today the kafirs have obviously imported their mushrik and kafir religion by use of military force, so there is no other choice except to pick up weapons in order to defend the honor of the Muslims. This had been delivered by Sheikh Usamah bin Ladin – Hafidzahullah- in the fatwa he conveyed through the Taujih Manhajiyyah:
“My message to you all, is specifically to rekindle the spirit of jihad and continue the encouragement to conduct jihad, for the purpose of obstructing the great conspiracy which had been planned and developed to confront our ummah specifically, and we have seen some of its phenomenon clearly.”
That's the reason why Al-Qaeda makes Jihad as the method in struggling and of course there are more important reasons i.e. to revive the lost and forgotten obligation of the Muslims, jihad fie sabilillah. Jihad is not an empty words without meaning, jihad has become a word that made Islam in power for many centuries which had caused the kafir and munafiq to try to distort and make bad the callers and activists of jihad who affiliated with Al-Qaeda (the one and only jama’ah that makes jihad as the instrument), with bad nicknames like what know and feel to this day.
So for the Muslims, where ever they are, who want to join Al-Qaeda and become a part of them, they must fulfill the above conditions and criteria, namely having a true tawheed and leaving all objects of worship and concepts that are incompatible with the revelations of Allah SWT and the Sunnah of our noble Prophet, Muhammad SAW.
And subsequently support every jihad activity that defends the honor of the Muslims which had been seized by the kafir and support the jihad that aims at establishing the kalimah of Allah SWT, so that only Allah is worshiped on this earth. The supports could be in the form of physical forces, materials, oral or written words, in fact the most important of all is do'a.
For those who do not agree with what is done by Al-Qaeda, then let them search with an honest heart in Al-Quran and the Sunnah and compare with what is done by Al-Qaeda today. And silence is better than criticizing something we have no knowledge of (due to not receiving guidance).
That's a bit about Al-Qaeda known to this writer, this writer tries to be equitable in seeing the phenomenon of Al-Qaeda and it doesn't have to mean that the writer is claiming to be a part of the blessed organization of Al-Qaeda, very far is this writer from them whose nature is described by Allah SWT as follows:
"O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble towards the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive (conduct jihad) in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing." (Q.S. Al-Maidah :54)