Abu Yahya al-Libi: Al-Qaeda's Theological Enforcer

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  1. Daniel

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    Abu Yahya al-Libi: Al-Qaeda's Theological Enforcer - Part 1

    By Michael Scheuer

    In the rising generation of post-9/11 al-Qaeda leaders, Abu Yahya al-Libi seems to be assuming the unique position of insurgent-theologian. Since escaping from U.S. detention at Bagram air base in Afghanistan in July 2005—with three other al-Qaeda fighters, one of whom, Faruq al-Iraqi, has since died in combat in Iraq—al-Libi has become a frequent contributor to al-Qaeda journals and Islamist websites, and he has been the central figure in several lengthy videos produced by al-Qaeda's media production arm, as-Sahab [1]. Little information is available about al-Libi beyond his record as an insurgent, the fact that he was imprisoned by both Pakistani and U.S. authorities and his own claim to have studied Islamic law, history and jurisprudence "for years among excellent and great scholars" who were in the field with al-Qaeda and other Islamist insurgent groups [2]. In video presentations, al-Libi is never far from the weaponry of the mujahideen. In the background, there are often AK-47s, machine guns and RPG launchers, or footage of mujahideen training on shoulder-fired missiles or actually participating in combat [3]. Al-Libi's subject, not surprisingly, is the necessity for contemporary Muslims to wage a relentless jihad against the United States, Israel and apostate Arab regimes, particularly Saudi Arabia. Unlike al-Qaeda military commander Sayf al-Adl and Osama bin Laden himself, however, al-Libi offers no tactical military advice or instructions on how to stymie the U.S. military's use of airpower through dispersal and entrenching. Rather, al-Libi is something of an attack dog who engages those whom the Islamists deem to be enemies of the concept of jihad—especially those who are Muslim enemies—on the basis of theology and the expectations of God and the Prophet Mohammad.


    To date, al-Libi's main targets have been Hamas; the worldwide Islamic clerical and scholarly establishment; the Shiites and their faith; and the government of Saudi Arabia. This article will discuss al-Libi's handling of the first two targets, and a subsequent piece will cover the latter two.

    Al-Libi has used Hamas on several occasions to demonstrate that Western-style democratic elections are detrimental to Islam in two ways. First, the elections themselves are un-Islamic because they amount to the creation and subsequent worship of a secular "idol," which is the "polytheistic legislative council" in which the will of the people governs, rather than the word of God [4]. Second, after winning the Palestinian elections, the Hamas leaders began to speak in words that "sickened" the mujahideen and made "it hard for people to distinguish between [Hamas'] language and that of other non-Islamic Palestinian organizations such as Fatah and the Popular Front" [5]. Damning Hamas for abandoning "the methodology of jihad in the battlefields," al-Libi scathingly asked, "So, where is your religion, O leaders of Hamas, [you have gone] from the case of implementing the Sharia [to seeing] all the Sharia which you slaughtered with your own hands when you agreed to follow the infidel religion of democracy, which is founded on the basis of the rule and sovereignty of the people" [6]. Al-Libi also has made an effort to drive a wedge between Hamas and its military wing—the "pure young men" and "lions" of Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades—by claiming that its political leaders ensured that its "activities were frozen once…[they] walked into the legislative dome." Al-Libi urged Hamas fighters to ignore their leaders and continue military operations so as to "renew your glory and show us the enemy's towers collapsing" [7].

    In the first half of 2007, Abu Yahya has focused his critiques on Islamic scholars who are lukewarm in supporting, or who fail to endorse, the al-Qaeda-led defensive jihad. Too many scholars, al-Libi claims, have "disowned the mujahideen, repudiated their actions and dedicated their pulpits and mouths to slandering the mujahideen." Al-Libi is direct in admitting that the mujahideen have made theological mistakes and errors in judgment on the battlefield, but adds that it is the scholars, not the insurgents, who are to blame because the former "are negligent and absent from [the mujahideen's] midst" [8]. He warns the scholars that they are at great risk of losing the respect, honor and obedience that they have historically received from believers by claiming that young Muslims have a "choice" about joining the jihad.

    Joining the jihad is not optional but mandatory on all youth, al-Libi writes, and scholars "have degraded it by adding this ugly word to it and saying (and what a terrible thing they say) 'the choice of jihad' or the 'choice of resistance,' thus dirtying [the jihad's] face and fiddling with its meaning. Jihad is a prescribed, obligatory devotion made compulsory by the Lord, He who sent down the book from above the seven heavens" [9]. Seeking to shame the scholars whom bin Laden describes as the "clerics of the king," al-Libi insists that the scholars do what is essential for the success of the jihad: they must join it in the field. "So, rush and go forth to [the mujahideen]," Abu Yahya writes. "If you are remiss, who will lead the way…if you delay, who will step forward. O scholars of Islam: the battle awaits you, and the fields of jihad, preparation and strength await you and look forward to you. And by Allah, you will find nothing in them but respect, honor and pride from your devoted sons, the mujahideen" [10]. The scholar's model for action, al-Libi explains, should be the late-Taliban scholar-commander Mullah Dadullah, whose loss of a leg exempted him from mandatory participation in the jihad, but who died fighting the U.S.-led coalition because he was determined to "limp my way to heaven" [11].

    Therefore, Abu Yahya is emerging as a more pointed and acerbic complement to the comments made by Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden; indeed, by seeking to divide Hamas leaders from their military wing, he has done something bin Laden and al-Zawahiri have not. While both of the latter have strongly criticized the un-Islamic tendencies of Hamas and many of the scholars who are in the pay of Arab governments, al-Libi has gone much farther and has been more scabrous in both his comments and his effective wielding of the hammer of shame, a tool which retains enormous influence in an Islamic civilization where the idea that a man must maintain his honor unbesmirched is still relevant. When al-Libi's commentary on Shiite Muslims and the Saudi regime is examined, it will be clear that on these two issues al-Libi again is much franker and more direct than bin Laden and al-Zawahiri, perhaps giving the West a better look at the core of al-Qaeda's beliefs on those issues.

    Michael Scheuer served as the Chief of the bin Laden Unit at the CIA's Counterterrorist Center from 1996 to 1999. He is now a Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation.


    1. Abu Yahya al-Libi, "Combat Not Compromise," http://www.mohajaroon.com, November 3, 2006.
    2. "Interview with Abu Yahya al-Libi," http://www.tajdeed.org, June 21, 2006.
    3. Each of these martial ingredients can be found in the video presentation, "Abu Yahya al-Libi Calling for Jihad," al-Meer Forums, July 28, 2006.
    4. Abu Yahya al-Libi, "Hamas has Dug its Own Grave," Islamic Renewal Organization, February 1, 2007.
    5. Ibid.
    6. Abu Yahya al-Libi, "Palestine: Warning Call and Caution Cry," al-Fajr Media Center, April 30, 2007.
    7. Abu Yahya al-Libi, "Hamas has Dug its Own Grave," Islamic Renewal Organization, February 1, 2007.
    8. "Interview with Abu Yahya al-Libi," http://www.tajdeed.org, June 21, 2006.
    9. Abu Yahya al-Libi, "To the Army of Difficulty in Somalia," as-Sahab Productions, February 2007.
    10. Ibid.
    11. Abu Yahya al-Libi, "Mullah Dadullah: I Pray I Limp My Way to Heaven," Global News Network, http://www.w-n-n.com, June 6, 2007.

    Posted By: Jamestown
  2. Die for Allah

    Die for Allah TIOCFAIDH AR LA

    May Allah subhanu wa ta ala preserve the respected Shaykh AAAmeeeen.
  3. al-omari

    al-omari Well-Known Member

    It would be interesting to know what ulama and shuyookh he studied with.

    I remember reading an article on the website of Ja'maat al-Muqaatilah, the main Islamic group which confronted Qaddafi and his regime in Libya, that some of them visited Shaykh Hmood ash-Shu'aybee(rahimahullah) in Buraydah at his farm. He gave them tazkiyah and made du'a for them. He also warned them that the muhkabaraat were watching him and keeping track of his movements. It also mentioned another aalim in Saudi Arabia who praised the group but didn't reveal his name because he requested them not to do so.

    I remember reading an article several years ago where there was an interview with the criminal Qaddafi where he said that the first thing that America should do in its "War on Terror" is bomb the maqar of hay'at kibaar al-ulama in Riyadh!
  4. musa al-Hanafi

    musa al-Hanafi New Member

    how do i start a thread???
    i broke the secured lock on the rubbish book called "Who's for Iraaq?" so that i can copy and paste from it to expose their book with commentry and evidences against their claims!
    i wish to start a thread so i can work at exposing this SICK and TWISTED book full of lies, deception, distortion and madness!
  5. AbuOmar

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    Before Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libby's arrest, he was studying in a Madrassa or an Islamic institute in Karachi. He was also previously member of a Libyan group.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2007
  6. Daniel

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    Yahya Al-Libi In Video Message On Red Mosque Conflict: "Among the Most Prominent Martyrs"

    On July 31, 2007, Al-Sahab posted a 21-minute video message by Yahya Al-Libi titled "Among the Most Prominent Martyrs." Al-Libi dedicates his message to the recent Red Mosque conflict between mujahideen and the Pakistani security forces.

    In the video, Al-Libi praises the mujahideen and their leader, Sheikh Abdul Rashid Ghazi,for not yielding to the government's pressure. He describes the mujahideen deaths as a just martyrdom, saying that by sacrificing themselves they had defended Islam, revealed the tyrannical nature of the Pakistani regime, and prevented it from "corrupting Islam" and subjecting Pakistan to the influence of "the worshippers of the cross."

    Al-Libi ends his message by urging Pakistanis to follow this example: "The Truth will not be established by begging; rights will not be regained by self-abnegation; oppression will not be lifted by petitions, but rather by earnest resolve, unwavering zeal, serious action, and sustained sacrifice..."

    Source: http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=subjects&Area=iwmp&ID=SP167307
  7. MosDef

    MosDef Member

    That puts to end the AQ "deep divide" stories hey... alhamdulillah
  8. alghayb

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    Here is part 2: Abu Yahya al-Libi: Al-Qaeda's Theological Enforcer - Part 2

    Here is an interesting article and video on Abu Yahya al-Libi:

    His other speeches are:

    Taliban Videos Vol. 5 - Abu Yahya al-Libi's Eid al-Fitr Sermon 2005
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 35 - Abu Yahya al-Libi on 11 May 2006
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 31 - Abu Yahya al-Libi on 17 Jun. 2006 (English Subtitles)
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 42 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: Light & Fire in Eulogizing the Martyr Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (English Subtitles)
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 47 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: Jihadi Poems
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 49 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: Combat, Not Compromise (English Subtitles)
    Feb 1 2007 - al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 58 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: And the Crusade Continues... The AIDs Children in Libya (English Subtitles)
    Feb 8 2007 - al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 59 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: The Adha Holiday Sermon 1427H
    Mar 22 2007 - al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 65 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: Iraq: Between Indications of Victory and Conspiratorial Intrigues (English Subtitles)
    Mar 25 2007 - al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 66 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: To the Army of Difficulty in Somalia (English Subtitles)
    Apr 30 2007 - al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 73 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: Palestine, an Alarming Scream and a Warning Cry
    May 30 2007 - al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 79 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: The Tawheed of Saud... and the True Tawheed (English Subtitles) ()
    June 6 2007 - al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 82 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: Elegy for Mullah Dadullah (Eulogy for Taliban Commander Mullah Dadullah)
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 89 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: The Masters of the Martyrs (Of the Masters of Martyrs) - July 31 2007
    Sep 9 2007 - al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 97 - Abu Yahya al-Libi: Dots on the Letters (English Subtitles) [As-Sahab Second Interview with Shaykh abu Yahia Al-Libi]
    Nov 7 2007 - al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 110: Abu Yahya al-Libi: The Closing Statement for the Religious Training that was Held at One of the Mujahideen Centers (Final Session of the Shari’a Course Held at a Mujahideen Center)
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 116: Abu Yahya al-Libi: Going Forth
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 119: Abu Yahya al-Libi: An Eid al-Adha Speech
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 123: Abu Yahya al-Libi: The Companion
    al-Qaeda Videos Vol. 125: Abu Yahya al-Libi: I am Not a Deceiver, Nor Will I Allow Someone to Deceive Me
    Dec 18 2007 - Trumpet of War - Video
    Feb 11, 2008 - Selected Notifications Of Jihad - Transcript
    Apr 19 2008 - [Eid al-Adha 1428] Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge - Video
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2008
  9. alghayb

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  10. Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari

    Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari <A HREF="showthread.php?t=70991"></A>

    "Theological Enforcer" is gibberish, senseless journalist newspeak.
  11. alghayb

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    This is an interesting current event. Here I believe is the Arabic transcript. Can anyone put this into English please?

    Arabic transcript
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    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  14. el-khalifa

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    ameen ya rebb

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