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SITE Publications
Translation of Excerpts from Zarqawi's Audio Message on Democracy
By SITE Institute
January 23, 2005

The Department of Information of Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn [The Base of The Jihad in The Country of Two Rivers - Iraq] Presents An [Audio] Message by Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - May Allâh Protect him -

The Title of the message is:

?So that you verify the path of the criminals - Democracy"


A 48 minute 23 second purportedly new audio by the Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was posted to the internet late on January 22, 2005, by the Group?s official spokesperson Abu Maysara al-Iraqi. The speaker, alleged to be al-Zarqawi, heavily attacks democracy and attempts to demonstrate to Muslims the extent of its contradiction with Islam. He discloses that ?four million Rafidis [Shiites] were brought in from Iran, in order to participate in the elections, and achieve their goal of controlling the majority of the seats in the pagan council. By that, they would be able to form a government of the majority that controls the main strategic security and economic sectors?. He further expresses his fear of al-Rafida [Shia] taking advantage of being in control and converting Baghdad and other regions into their blaspheming denomination, and says that ?although Baghdad had been ruled for long years by apostate rulers who made its people suffer, however, it has never been Rafidiyyah?.He calls upon Muslims to read the Qur?an again and to take note ?of the rancor and criminality that have been and still are practiced against Islam and Muslims?. Finally, he warns that the nominees for the elections and those who call to help and support will be judged the same way blasphemers are treated.


Following is a partial translation of the message excluding religious stories:


?Thanks to Allâh. We ask for His help and forgiveness. And we seek Allâh?s protection from the evil of our souls. He who has found Allâh?s guidance cannot be misled, and he who has been misled cannot be guided to righteousness. I testify that there is no other Allâh but Allâh Alone, and that He has no other partner; and I testify that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.? [Religious quotes and stories are told about those who believe in God and His Prophet; about the Jihad being a concretization of the Tawhid, and neglecting it proves the untruthfulness of the faith of Muslims. Allâh commanded to follow the Prophet, and to carry on the Jihad for the sake of Allâh, for the truth of the Jihad lies in working to accomplish what Allâh likes - Faith and good deeds - and to push away what he does not like - blasphemy, immorality, and insubordination].


…? If the Muslims offered to the Jihad for the sake of Allâh, a small portion of what they giving for the sake of the Taghout [Idol - anything worshipped other than God], their status would change for the better, and they would have a better image, different from their image of humiliation, weakness, and slavery to the Tawagheet [plural of Taghout]. What would it be like if these people heard the truth of the Jihad in Iraq? For, thanks to Allâh, the plans of the Jihad are progressing in the Country of Two Rivers, and its fruit [result] has started to appear and it is good; it has deprived the Infidels in the region of their sleep, so they prepared themselves, used their slyness, and brought their rancor and tyranny onto the good soil of Fallujah. What have the occupying Americans and their al-Rafida [Shia] and other allies gained from their invasion of and aggression against the safe land of Islam? Their scandals and lies were disclosed to the entire world, and their claims and pretexts to establish stability and safety through the apostate Iraqi Government fell apart. They are currently totally focused on realizing the biggest American lie - the so-called democracy; for Americans have tampered with the minds of several people with the lie of civilized democracy, creating an illusion for them that their happiness and prosperity depend on this manmade and modern path. The American Administration of blasphemy justified its war against Iraq and Afghanistan by it being the protector of democracy in the world, and its first sponsor; and Allawi?s Government was formed in Iraq for that purpose, the purpose of creating a cover and deluding the minds of Iraqis and of the world, in order to create the illusion that the United States [Government] is serious about establishing an independent and democratic Iraqi country. By that, it achieves its Crusader goals in the region, of making way for the Great State of Israel, and conceals its ambitions and intentions towards the richness and fortunes of Iraq. The greatest characteristic, clarity and purity of which Islam made sure to preserve, is the specific characteristic of this religion and its acceptance as it was revealed by His commands, limits, and laws, far from deformation, twisting, excessiveness and waste. This was confirmed in many Qur?anic verses, and in the Prophetic speeches.? [Religious quotes about following what Allâh Has revealed]…


… ?Democracy has come to tell us that the people are the judges and the references, and the ones who take the final decision in matters. The truth is that the judgment of the people is irreversible; they are the rulers and the references. Their will is sacred, their choice is binding, their opinions come before anything else and are respected; their judgment is based on wisdom and justice, and through them, whoever is raised rises, and whoever is brought down goes down. What is allowed by the people is allowed and what is denied is forbidden, and what concurs with the law and the system is what counts. Anything else has no sanctity, value, or weight, even if it were a wise religion given by the Lord of the Worlds. This law that empowers the people to govern the other people, is the essence of the democratic regime, around which all matters revolve; otherwise it ceases to exist. This is the religion of democracy that is praised out loud all day long, the decision is that of its thinkers decision-makers, and those who call for it.? This is what we have witnessed, and following are some principles of democracy:


[Summarized]


  1. Democracy is based on the principle that the power comes from the people, including the legislative power… which means that the legislator is man, not Allâh. This is blasphemy in itself as it contradicts the principles of the Tawhid.


  1. Democracy is based on the freedom of belief and religion, that allows a person to choose any religion or faith he wants, whenever he wants… which leads to worshipping other than Allâh, and the judgment of that is death.


  1. Conflicts are brought before the people in order for them to issue judgment and solve them.


  1. Democracy is based on the freedom of speech, whatever form it might have, even if it were insulting of the religion.


  1. Democracy is based on the separation between the state and the religion, which contradicts the principles of Islam that is a religion and a Law.


  1. Democracy is based on political parties and groups, regardless of their ideology and ethical background. This is an acknowledgment of the legitimacy of blaspheming parties, and an acceptance of their existence and their diffusion of blasphemy, which contradicts the laws of Islam.


  1. Democracy is based on seeking opinion of the majority. Even if that opinion was corrupt, it takes effect and becomes indisputable. This contradicts the principles of Islam that goes by fixed laws, and does not leave room for mistakes.


[End of summarized translation]


… ?O Muslims! Do not make peace with those who call for democracy, for they do make peace with you unless you give up your religion, and obey them in their hypocritical democratic path, especially if they were the stronger party in the battle. If one day, you think that you can win their approval without becoming one of them, you are mistaken. You must read the Qur?an all over, go through its history, and you will read pages of rancor and criminality that have been and still are practiced against Islam and Muslims.


So Muslims of Iraq! How could you accept that the Crusaders enemy and his followers control your blood, and your money with a law other than the pure law of Allâh, and with a religion other than His righteous religion…

You must be aware of the enemy?s plan of implementing the claimed democracy on you, for they only want it, in order to remove what is left of the good in you, and they perfected it in setting the hypocritical trap that aims at the prevail of al-Rafida [Shiites] on the rule in Iraq. Four million Rafidis [Shiites] were brought in from Iran, in order to participate in the elections, and achieve their goal of controlling the majority of the seats in the pagan council. By that, they would be able to form a government of the majority that controls the main strategic security and economic sectors. And under the slogan of preserving the safety of the people, advancement towards democracy, and extermination of al-Baath party and of the saboteurs and terrorists, al-Rafida will start to settle the differences in the ideology by exterminating the prominent figures and groups of al-Sunnah - Scholars, proselytizers, and people of experience. This will take place simultaneously with an immense propaganda that will embellish their wrong, and conceal their truth; what is hidden in their chests is greater. Afterwards, they will start diffusing their hypocritical denomination among the people, with money and metal [weapons], temptation and fear; through their control, they will benefit from the resources of the Muslims. If their project goes through, it will only be a matter of a few years before Baghdad and most of the regions of al-Sunnah turn Shiite. After that will come the fall and defeat of many of the false scholars who claimed to be people of science, and twisted the aqeeda [ideology] in the chests of the people, and created the illusion that al-Rafida are brothers of ours and deserve our love. Has religion been corrupted by anyone other than the kings, evil rabbis and priests?

Alas! Should Baghdad one day become Rafidiyyah [Shiite]! For although Baghdad had been ruled for long years by apostate rulers who made its people suffer, however, it has never been Rafidiyyah. Here is Baghdad, with blackness starting to rise over it, one day after another; and the signs of paganism and polytheism becoming apparent in it. The voices of al-Rafida are heard mornings and evenings cursing the companions of our Prophet - prayer and peace upon him - and cursing our mothers, the wives of our Prophet.? [Religious stories and more complaints about al-Rafida and the Crusaders]…


… ?For these and other reasons, we have declared this fierce war against this hypocritical path, and have shown those who are standing behind this wrong ideology and losing path. Everyone who tries to help establish this plan is a supporter of it and of its creators; he will be judged by the same judgment of those who call for it. The nominees for the elections are calling for deity and divinity, and those who will elect them, will have taken them as their lords instead of Allâh. They will receive the same judgment of blasphemers and deviators from Islam.


O Allâh! I have delivered the message! O Allâh! Be my Witness!

O Allâh! I have delivered the message! O Allâh! Be my Witness!

O Allâh! I have delivered the message! O Allâh! Be my Witness!


Thanks to Allâh, Lord of the Worlds.?





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