Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Islamic State's Services Department in Mosul and Ninawa Province

July 3, 2015 at 1:35 am


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The Islamic State One Year After The Caliphate Declaration

July 1, 2015  •  Huffington Post

As we pass the one-year anniversary since the announcement of ISIS's so-called "caliphate" demanding the allegiance of the world's Muslims and ultimately sovereignty over the entire world, much of the commentary has been far too ephemeral. The media has had a tendency to take whatever comes out immediately in the news -- such as the attack today in Sinai claimed by ISIS and its threat to Hamas in Gaza -- as indicative of long-term trends.

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Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Part II

June 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Following on from my post featuring the first lesson of the required reading Muqarrar fi al-Tawhid textbook for all Islamic State training camp recruits, below is my translation of the second lesson from that book.

The three principles

Which every Muslim and Muslim woman must learn.

Knowledge vs. ignorance: definitively realizing what something is.
Principles: plural of principle, and as a word: the foundation and basis of something.

As a technical term: that on which something else is based.

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"Our Shari'a"- Nasheed from Islamic State's Ajnad Media

June 29, 2015 at 10:05 pm

My translation below. One can listen to the nasheed here.

Our Shari'a is the minaret and model,
And a lamp-stand for the ayat [signs] and the perfection.
It is the truth that has made darkness die,
And thus has the exposed disbelief run away in its disgrace. [chorus]

It is a camp in which faith reigns supreme,
A camp in which error has become agitated.
The hudud of God have indeed been established in it.
Through this have equals demanded justice and obtained it.

The pillars of Shari'a cannot be shaken,
Evil may barely appear for it but does not grow.
Here is the abode of the Caliphate and excellence
The hump of its jihad is on high.

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Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Excerpt and Analysis

June 29, 2015 at 12:29 am

As mentioned in my previous post on Islamic State [IS] training camps and military divisions, the work Muqarrar fi al-Tawhid (Course/Stipulations in Tawhid [Monotheism]) is a book written by IS cleric Turki Binali- issued in the name of the Diwan al-Eftaa wa al-Buhuth that also deals with IS fatwas- and is the key textbook for Shari'a education for recruits to the training camps, who must memorize and understand the book. Below is a translation of the first lesson in the book. Note in particular the extensive quotation of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the founder of the Wahhabi trend in Islam, as well as the appeals to more classical theology and jurisprudence in the citations of the likes of Ibn al-Qayyim and Imam al-Ajurri.

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