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The Fifth Issue of al-Jama’a, a Periodic Magazine Devoted to Issues of the Algerian Jihad by the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC)
By SITE Institute
November 1, 2005

The fifth issue of ?Al-Jama?a,? a periodic magazine devoted to issues of the Algerian jihad by the Salafist Group for Call and Combat was distributed amongst jihadist forums in mid-October 2005. In this particular issue, 59-pages in length, the GSPC focuses upon the Algerian referendum, the ?Treaty for Peace and National Reconciliation,? and presents condemnatory articles from the group?s emir, Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, and other pieces that both find ?loopholes? in the treaty, and warn that to vote in the referendum is tantamount to joining the ?War on Islam?.

Introducing the magazine is an editorial that blesses its readers on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, and notes two ?opposing phenomena? since the preceding years as it relates to jihad. A recurring theme throughout this issue, the editorial focuses upon a dichotomy between those Muslims who embrace jihad during Ramadan, the mujahideen, and those who are merely content with abstaining from food and kneeling for nightly prayer. The author stresses that ?[Allah] has commanded us to fight,? and seeks to motivate Muslims to join the mujahideen. Another article, ?Obstacles in the Way of Jihad,? describes at seven-page length the lamentable status of jihad and common excuses employed by Muslims to refrain from battle. Predicating arguments on Islamic precedent and Qur?anic passages, the author sets out to portray rejections of certain excuses.

Other articles, such as ?When the Wolf turns into a Lamb,? represent the crux of this issue, as the author argues against the Algerian government?s reconciliation plan. In particular, he posits that the government is disguising itself as pro-Islamic to deceive the mujahideen; however, he states this attempt will never ?extinguish the light of Allah and to obliterate the practice of Jihad.? Further cites a statement from Ayman al-Zawahiri?s book, ?Knights Under the Prophet?s Banner?: ?If I die as a martyr defending Islam, my son Mohammed will revenge. But if I become a politician challenging governments about partial solutions, what will motivate my son to carry my weapon which I sold in the bargaining market? The resistance before all, is a Shari?a duty."

A speech by the Emir of the group, Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, dated September 27 is also published in the magazine and titled, ?No Peace Without Islam,?. In addition, Abdul Wadud is also featured in an interview presented later in the issue. In both pieces he condemns the reconciliation plan, explicating his position on the subject, and entreats Algerian Muslims to abstain from voting. The treaty is deemed as ?bargaining? aimed to weaken to the mujahideen, and Wadud places the issue in the global context, stating: ?this vote will take place after the breaking out of the global war between the people of Islam and the people of the cross?.

A detailed summary of the magazine and translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.

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