Islamic Deconstruction of Zawahiri Eid Speech
Here are the most salient points -- deconstructed -- from Zawahiri's Eid speech. This is a post I had much fun, and much disgust, writing. I encourage you to pay close attention to the Quranic counter-analysis.
The greeting is limited to "brothers" and to "Muslims." Sounds like my fictional hardliner cousin who also limits his salutations. This greeting is interesting because Zawahiri will conclude his lecture with a message to Muslim women.
I would like to congratulate you twice: the first congratulation is on the occasion of blessed Eid al-Adha, and I ask Allah to accept your sacrifices and righteous deeds. And I ask Him to accept the pilgrims' Hajj, Sa'y, Tawaaf, and other acts of devotion.the Hajj, of which America has deprived the Mujahideen and noble ones confronting its brutal Zionist Crusade.
And the second congratulation is on the defeat of the Americans and their Crusader allies in Afghanistan and Iraq, and I ask Allah that we see the same thing soon in Palestine, Allah willing.that defeat which the Americans, British and their allies only admited to after the blows rained down on their heads one after the other, after they had plugged their ears to the voice of reason and morality.
"The torture of the captives" speaks for itself; violative of every single Islamic norm. Tell me, if you can torture captives -- and as you say later international law is bunk -- then why can't Americans torture you at Guantanao? And if they can torture you, then why are you complaining about Guantanamo (as you do later) and trying to free them? I thought torture was legitimate, Ayman.
Somewhat interesting is the usage of the "Emigrants" and "Helpers" dichotomy which invokes Zawahiri as a sort of Prophetic figure. The Emigrants and Helpers were the two groups of Muslims that surrounded the Prophet Muhammad. Is Zawahiri rending himself the equivalent of Muhammad? It sure does suggest it, doesn't it? It gets more blatant later.
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What is curious here is the term "secular constitutions." Is al-Qaeda ok with "Islamic constitutions?" If so, would it withhold from violence in a state with such a constitution where it didn't have power? I think we know the answer.
The juxtaposition of "congratulate Eid" with a list of horrors was quite interesting. It is ironic, sardonic even. "Happy Eid; I think you suck." Some say I am arrogant.
Surah Tawba, quoted out of context. Not only that, but the Arabic word translated "infidelity" in Arabic, is, kufr (denial of the truth). I was not aware that one became a kafir by virtue of disagreeing with Zawahiri's "Muslims."
In short, keep fighting.
Once again, limitating the "party of Allah" to those who agree with Zawahiri. Here I thought it was Zawahiri speaking, not Allah or His apostle.
Assertion that belief in "Allah alone" requires choosing the methods that Zawahiri prefers. By the way, he leaves out the part in verse 4 where Abraham prays for forgiveness; good one, you selective quoting mullah.
As I recall, the mujahideen now become al-Qaeda took quite a few gifts from the Americans. Mullah Muhammad Omar's people met with the U.S. until 1999. Nevermind the fact that Hizbollah was created by the Israelis. It must be that neither Omar or Nasrullah got fat that makes them OK.
I am curious: who exactly is he talking to? Is he talking to Hamas? Some other group? If he's talking to Hamas, that is a problem, because the constitution which Hamas upholds, in Article 13, affirms international law. I thought Zawahiri said that one shouldn't be a slave to international law. Does this mean that Hamas are kafir?
Finally, verse 9:33 refers to "polytheists" or in Muhammad Asad's translation "to those who ascribe divinity to one other than God." I thought he was talking about Mahmoud Abbas - a professed Muslim - and Dahlan - a professed Muslim. Isn't that just a bit inconsistent. Oh, sorry, back to
Alright, well, the constitution of Palestine is an "Islamic Constitution." [Look it up]. So Allah's word is already highest. Why are you still extolling fighting?
I just read verse 21:92 in Arabic. I do not think God is talking about the Muslim "ummah" here. I believe He is talking about "Mankind." [In fact, that is how the Allamah Nooruddin Quran understands it as well]. I deduce this from the fact that all the verses preceding 21:92 relate to all the various Prophets preceding Muhammad: 91, Mary, Jesus; 90, JOhn; 89: Zackariah; 87-88, Jonah; 85_86, Ismail, Enoch, Ezekiel; 83-84, Job; 78-82, Solomon (a Jew); 76-77, Noah. There is no mention of Muhammad in this whole series of verses. I can't accept therefore that the word "ummah" in verse 92 refers to the Muslim nation. It is a reference to all humanity.
I also congratulate the Muslims in Iraq, who have lifted the head of the Muslim Ummah high with their heroic Jihadi confrontation with the Crusader invaders and their allies, the traitorous religion-traders. And I send my congratulations to the Emir of the Islamic State of Iraq, the Mujahid Shaykh Abu Umar al-Baghdadi and all groups of the champion Mujahideen engaged in Jihad in defense of Iraq of the Caliphate. And I call them to unite and be as one in accordance with the command of Allah, the Most High and Glorious, and His Messenger, peace be upon him.
Iraq is now a Sunni Emirate? Is that why Sadr is running the show? I think this passage goes back to my thesis that Saddam was hung in front of Sadrites on the eve of this tape in order to de-legitimize Al-Qaeda's claims over Iraq.
Yo, dumb molvi. You cannot be a "commander of the faithful" without a state. You cannot own a latrine in a cave and call it an Islamic State and then be declared "commander of the faithful." I think what is really scandalous is the Taliban book of rules which has so far killed 300 teachers at various schools.
How can the Kashmiri jihadists liberate their jihad from the military intelligence when it was the military intelligence which created their jihad in the first place? Come on now, I know my ISI history.
Anyway, he prattles on for a while longer, congratulating Somalis, Chechens, the Guantanamo prisoners, and the Egyptian dissidents. Finally, he gets to the most interesting part of the diatribe. He quotes al-Mutannabi, one of the greatest of all Arabic poets:
I find the reference to al-Mutannabi fascinating for a number of reasons. First of all, al-Mutannabi was so named because he claimed to be a Prophet. Second of all, al-Mutannabi was a ridiculously capable of satirist. If anything, his entire career is about trying to assert freedom of speech -- something Zawahiri certainly doesn't believe in. He was killed because he insulted the chief of a tribe. Zawahiri is citing to a semi-libertine, lecherous, poet? And he can retain Islamic authority? Sometimes Muslims really piss me off because they do not scream hypocrisy when it stares them right in the face. Finally, al-Mutannabi was a total egomaniac - if he were alive today, you might say he would love showing up on 15 to 20 minute long videos saying random things just so his mug could be visible. And they say al-Mutannabi was the great egomaniac.
Finally, even though he didn't open with a greeting to the sisters, he goes on and sends them a message:
And I congratulate every Muslimah observant of her Hijab and chastity in the face of the fierce Crusade against the Hijab, which exposes their immorality, decline and degeneration. And she should know that the Hijab, symbol of her modesty and purity, tears them apart inside, because it exposes the depravity of their civilization. And I remind her that by holding fast to her Hijab and Deen, she is a soldier in the battle of Islam against the Zionist Crusade and its helpers, the traitorous idol-kings.
Here I thought hijabis wore the hijab to be recognized as Muslim and as a form of worship to God. My bad. Even assuming this is not the case, I wasn't aware that women could be soldiers in Islam. They can't get full testimonial rights in Zawahiri's state but they can die for him. Justice, yeah right.
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