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Jihad or Resistance – An Examination of the Exchanging Terms from Islamic Law for Secular, Western Terms by Abu Yehia al-Libi
By SITE Institute
December 27, 2005

An article titled: ?Jihad or Resistance? and alleged to have been written by Abu Yehia al-Libi, was recently distributed amongst jihadist forums. The article expresses al-Libi?s opinions of the ?danger? in using Western terminology such as ?resistance? in exchange for ?sufficient unequivocal concepts? from the Qur?an, like jihad. Al-Libi believes that the manipulation of Islamic terminology seeks to quell the ?distortions? of these words, as resistance is used to describe the actions by mujahideen in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine; however, he states that doing as such provides a cipher through which Islamic law may be twisted and damaged.

Al-Libi emphasizes the danger in using ?Western? words such as ?resistance?, claiming that it signifies UN resolutions and Western concepts. Further, he avers: ?We will fully preserve our Islamic identity and be aware of slipping, through terms, into distorted concepts, views and ideologies?.

Abu Yehia al-Libi escaped from the U.S. prison in Bagram, Afghanistan, the main prison for Taliban and al-Qaeda suspects in Afghanistan, in July 2005, with three other detainees.

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


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