A pamphlet titled: ?The Way to Jihad, How the Nation Can Reach It, and What is the Understanding of the Way,? written by Yusuf al-Ayiri, a top al-Qaeda ideologist and chief propagandist killed in Saudi Arabia in May 2003, and distributed by the Global Islamic Media Front across several jihadist forums, entreats Muslims to find the path to join jihad on the battlefield. The document does not delineate a physical process by which a prospective mujahid may travel to jihad; rather, it explains a religious motivation and necessity of jihad that should convince a Muslim to seek his own path to wherever the battlefield lies, be it as the guide points out, in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kashmir, Indonesia, Eritrea, Philippines, or Iraq.
Ayiri defines jihad today as the ?monster which keeps the Jews and the crusaders on their toes… the giant which threatens the world and its culture and peace,? and a Muslim must traverse a hazardous path to reach the battlefield of jihad. He explains that though many Muslim are ?convinced that jihad is a shari?a must,? they do not enter the battlefield and instead choose the ?practical? answer to the question of how to go to jihad, which is to remain home and muse about the possibilities rather that join. This is a dangerous prospect Ayiri points out, as Muslims will be considered a ?dead people.?
According to the pamphlet, the success of the Muslim Nation and ?reward? that Allah will provide to a successful mujahid, whereby success is victory in battle or martyrdom, should be ample motivation for a Muslim to join the jihad on the battlefield. Ayiri lists the current areas of jihad, and provides a list of each of their bordering countries, stating that is is ?not impossible that one who cares about jihad finds one of these ways.? Further, Ayiri explains that if one million Muslims try to reach the ?jihad fields,? then at least one hundred thousand will successfully arrive.
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