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A Lecture by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: “They Are Not Hurt by Those Who Abandon Them”
By SITE Institute
October 11, 2005

Another lecture in a series purportedly orated by the Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was recently disseminated amongst jihadist forums. This 51:32 minute lecture, titled: ?They Are Not Hurt by Those Who Abandon Them,? condemns those contemporary Islamic movements which do not use ?terms of the Shari?a? in their rhetoric, and elaborates on specific terminology which he sees as sullying Shari?a and Islam. Further, Zarqawi speaks about the meaning of jihad, which he feels has been distorted by Muslims shameful of its purpose, ?[d]ue to use of such concepts, the fight of Islam against its oppressors became associated with groups who have nothing to do with Jihad such as the Irish Army, the Popular Communist Front and others.?

Zarqawi argues that Shari?a terms are ?emptied of their content and meaning? as such terms as ?innocent? and ?civilians? are used to replace ?infidels,? for example. This distortion ?damages the understanding of this religion by the listeners and damaged their worship of Allah….? Providing another example, Zarqawi states that there is no distinction between a civilian and a soldier in Islam, but only between a Muslim and an infidel. According to the lecture, the blood of a Muslim is ?inviolable,? and that of an infidel is ?allowed, no matter what he does or where he is.? He continues to dwell on the concept of infidels, explaining that people on earth are divided into three groups: Muslims, people who have made peace with Islam or a ?truce? with its people, and the remainder of people on earth - the infidels - who are to be considered ?a fighting infidel who has no inviolability at all.?

The Arabic audio clip, summary of the lecture, and a translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.

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