The previous post examined the issue of disputes within the media department (Media Diwan) of the Islamic State, as a group of dissenters in the Media Diwan submitted a letter of complaints in April-May 2018 to the Delegated Committee about the then media department head Abu Hakeem al-Urduni and his supporters. The complaints focused on the alleged 'extremist' tendencies of Abu Hakeem and his associates. In the end though, the dissenters were not heeded by the Delegated Committee. Instead, they were arrested and made to choose between returning to media work and joining the military forces of the Islamic State. They chose the latter option.
This post is a follow-up to that letter of complaints, which was leaked by Mu'assasat al-Turath al-Ilmi (Knowledge Heritage Foundation). The foundation released on 25 December- preceded by some advertising hype on the same day- another document on the same topic. This time, the document is a letter written by a body called the 'Council of 'Ilm' ('Council of Knowledge') to the Islamic State's leadership during the same time period. But whereas the document covered in the previous post provided a basic narrative account of the disputes occurring within the media department, this letter by the Council of 'Ilm focuses more on theological objections to the positions of Abu Hakeem al-Urduni and his allies.
According to Mu'assasat al-Turath al-Ilmi, the Council of 'Ilm was established within the Islamic State after the dissolution of the Maktab al-Buhuth wa al-Dirasat ('Research and Studies Office'). However, the Council of 'Ilm has since ceased to exist. Significantly, we have for the first time a definite answer to the question of what has become of the Islamic State's research and fatwa-issuing department: namely, it no longer exists. In this light, the activities of a group like Mu'assasat al-Turath al-Ilmi become more understandable. With the research and fatwa-issuing office gone and many scholars revered by the foundation now dead, Mu'assasat al-Turath al-Ilmi understandably feels that the literature produced has to be preserved for future generations, while hoping that 'extremist' influence in the Islamic State can be overturned.
The letter by the Council of 'Ilm makes a number of assertions regarding the alleged extremism of Abu Hakeem al-Urduni and his associates. For instance, the letter describes them as supporters of the assertion that takfir (declaring a non-Muslim to be a disbeliever) is a part of the 'principle of the religion.' This assertion is deemed highly controversial and was featured in the May 2017 statement by the Islamic State's Delegated Committee (the higher governing body in the Islamic State). Scholars within the Islamic State who criticized that May 2017 statement took issue with the assertion that takfir is from the principle of religion. The statement was subsequently retracted and in an official audio series for Islamic State radio, the organization retreated from the idea of takfir as a part of the principle of the religion. However, the letter alleges that Abu Hakeem and his associates incited against that audio series.
A central argument of the letter's attack on Abu Hakeem al-Urduni and his associates is that they are ignoramuses in Islamic theology and unqualified to engage in issues of takfir and doctrine. Indeed, Abu Hakeem al-Urduni and his associates accuse Imam al-Nawawi of promoting a false doctrine in the form of tawassul through a just person, particularly in praying for rain. For context, tawassul is in the broadest sense seeking closeness to God. There are different forms of tawassul and certainly some types of tawassul would be deemed unacceptable. For example, one could not pray to other deities and people in the hope of attaining closeness to God, as that would be compromising Islamic monotheism. A different type of tawassul would be in the form of saying e.g. 'God grant us rain by virtue of the just nature/pious deeds of Your servant X here.' In fact, as the authors of this letter against Abu Hakeem al-Urduni et al. assert, such a form of tawassul is regarded as acceptable or even desirable in light of the precedents in the hadith literature and views of scholars.
The whole point of expounding this central argument is to show that Abu Hakeem al-Urduni and his associates are extremist ignoramuses who pretend to be knowledgeable of the religion. The letter's recommendation is that the Islamic State leadership must come down severely on Abu Hakeem al-Urduni and his allies, as they speak falsehoods against the religion of God and incite against the true scholars of the Islamic State. Here too the Council of 'Ilm invokes Islamic precedents to justify its recommendations. In the council's view, these 'extremists' do not merit serious debate on a scholarly level.
Some other notes of interest in the letter include an assertion that Abu Hakeem and his associates are behind the Telegram channel Wa Harridh al-Mu'mineen ('And Rouse The Believers'), which is well-known as one of the two 'extremist' channels in the online divisions among the Islamic State and its supporters. The two 'extremist' channels, in short, believe that the Islamic State severely erred by retracting the May 2017 statement. We also learn of an instance of disturbances on the ground caused by the ideological divisions within the Islamic State, as there was an apparent extremist uprising in the al-Kashma area of Deir az-Zor province in eastern Syria.
As with the previous leaked document, Mu'assasat al-Turath al-Ilmi provides its own extensive notes on this letter to provide context for the reader. Those notes are marked by the foundation with 'publisher' in square brackets, to distinguish from the letter writers' citations of Islamic literature to back up their arguments against Abu Hakeem al-Urduni et al.
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Message of the 'Council of 'Ilm' on the State of the Extremists in the Media Diwan
Praise be to God alone and prayers and peace be upon the one after whom there is no prophet, his family and companions, and whoso follows them with ihsan and fears God alone.
As for what follows:[i]
We commend God Almighty to you, besides Whom there is no other deity, and we ask the Ealted to grant you success for that in which there is good for His religion and the group of Muslims, and to make His religion and the Sunna of His Messenger (SAWS) victorious through you.
Our dear sheikh:
Recently news reached us of what happened in the Media Diwan regarding a disagreement between most of the workers in it on the one hand and the amir of the Media Diwan Abu Hakeem al-Urduni,[ii] Abu Saleh al-Iraqi,[iii] Talha Mulla Hussein,[iv] Abu Bakr al-Ghareeb[v] and others on the other hand.
For a strong disagreement exploded between the amir of the Media Diwan and those with him on the one hand as opposed to around 40 brothers working in the Media Diwan on the other, at the head of whom are Abu Muhammad al-Qatari,[vi] Abu Anas al-Faransi,[vii] Abu Jihad al-Shishani[viii] and Abu Sumayya al-Masri.[ix] And the direct cause of this disagreement is embodied in the opposition of Abu Muhammad al-Qatari and all those with him to the fact that one of the releases included an expression from which takfir of the Muslim peoples in general can be understood, and the amir of the Media Diwan rejected adding to that expression what might affirm that it is particular to those who have fallen into the idolatry of democracy and elections, and that coincides with the rejection by the Media Diwan that one of the releases should include one of the excerpts from the broadcast series[x] that Idha'at al-Bayan broadcast.
And through our tracking of what is occurring in the Media Diwan and our hearing the witness testimonies of some of the members of the Council of 'Ilm[xi] and what has reached us from what is happening in the Media Diwan, and our review of the questions directed by the amir of the Media Diwan and those with him to the Council of 'Ilm about the broadcast series, we have ascertained a picture of the most important reasons for what is happening in the Media Diwan. We summarize these reasons as follows:
1. The absence of appropriate Shari'i oversight of what the Media Diwan issues and the policies it adopts, and the fact that the amir of the Media Diwan and those with him have escaped from Shari'i oversight and accounting, and they reject and are hostile to the students of 'Ilm in the Islamic State.
2. The workers in the Media Diwan feel that Abu Hakeem and those with him represent an extension of the extremists who declared takfir on the Islamic State and fled to the abode of kufr, from the likes of Abu Ahmad al-Faransi,[xii] Abu Maram al-Jaza'iri,[xiii] Abu Hudhaifa al-Tunisi[xiv] and Abu Zayd al-Iraqi,[xv] especially as Abu Hakeem resented the display of Abu Ahmad al-Faransi in one of the released that spoke about those who relapse,[xvi] and as Abu Bakr al-Ghareeb is still loyal to and respectful of these people as came in some of the witness testimonies.
And they show malicious joy whenever one of the mashaykh to whom the state of Abu Hakeem al-Urduni has been revealed is killed: from Sheikh Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Tamimi[xvii] to Sheikh Abu Raghad al-Da'jani[xviii] and those with him[xix]: may God accept them all.
And the deputy of Abu Hakeem[xx] said to some of those working in the Media Diwan after the wali of al-Baraka[xxi] and the brothers with him were killed: that there was a black cloud covering the Media Diwan and it had now dispersed, and he had more money than the Diwan needed that he would spend on a barbecue on the occasion of the killing of the brothers.
3. The statement by the amir of the Media Diwan and those with him that they still assert that 'takfir is of the principle of the religion.' And they still assert the statement for distribution by the 'Delegated Committee' no. h8-t-31 whose implementation was cancelled by the statement for distribution of the 'Delegated Committee' no. 'kh/752 on date 24 Dhu al-Hijja 1438 AH. And they still incite against the audio series they were ordered to broadcast on Idha'at al-Bayan.
And Abu Hakeem said that a group of Murj'ites had seized control of the Dawla [Islamic State], and that the Amir al-Mu'mineen was in concordance with them so that they would not revolt against him. And the Media Diwan broadcast a video entitled 'The Sahwat of Petraeus[xxii] and the Manhaj Penetration Plan,'[xxiii] in order to attack the brothers to whom the Amir al-Mu'mineen entrusted the carrying out of some of the reforms in the Dawla.
And the one called Talha Mulla Hussein gave a sermon in one of the mosques on one of the Fridays, and he stated in his sermon that one must not charge with innovation the one who asserts the cancelled statement, and the audio series contained manhaj violations, and that he would give a series entitled the 'Path of Ibrahim' in which he would make clear the manhaj mistakes that the audio series contained, and that was a short while before the revolt of the extremists and their fighters against the Dawla in the al-Kashma area, and Sheikh Abu Raghad al-Da'jani- may God accept him- issued an order banning him from giving sermons, teaching and being an imam in the mosques.
4. The amir of the Media Diwan and those with him engage in some issues of takfir, in particular takfir and charging with innovation of some of the 'ulama, like al-Nawawi and Ibn Qudama al-Maqdisi, and al-Hafiz Ibn Hajer al-'Asqalani, and they have a list of names of dozens of scholars of the Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama'a for whom they have looked for lapses and slips, and they have applied charges of innovation and takfir to them. Let it be known that they do not have the Shari'i qualifications to engage in these issues.
5. Both Talha Mulla Hussein and Abu Saleh al-Iraqi engage in the role of oversight and verification from the Shari'i realm for what is issued from the Media Diwan, despite their lack of qualifications for this work.
6. Abu Hakeem and those with him exploit the Media Diwan in spreading their particular conceptions, and bringing down rulings of apostasy and takfir on some of the foundations supporting the Islamic State, and some of the groups, despite their lack of qualifications to apply these rulings to individuals, and it is what has led to the lack of their making clear the points of apostasy that have been realized in those they have declared takfir on, and the lack of issuing of a fatwa or regulated Shari'i statement in the ruling on those groups or foundations.
7. The workers in the media feel a decline in the level of media work, and absence of Shari'i directive for this Diwan, and that Abu Hakeem and those with him are transgressing the Shari'i boundaries, as the Media Diwan has been exploited by Abu Hakeem and those with him to spread extremism in takfir and incite security cases against the students of 'Ilm in the Islamic State and attack, slander and spread false rumours against them.
And we have learnt recently that Abu Hakeem and those with him are still inciting security cases against the students of 'Ilm who oppose them, just as they have also set up a page on Telegram called 'And Rouse The Believers.' And that channel aims to attack the students of 'Ilm in the Islamic State through spreading their names and shortcomings, and it leaks some of the documents particular to the Media Diwan that are concerned with assessing the Shari'i officials in the Islamic State.
And it has been proven that Abu Hakeem al-Urduni, Talha Mulla Hussein, Abu Saleh al-Iraqi and those with them are not qualified to engage in issues of takfir and doctrine, and this has appeared clearly in what the two sheikhs Abu Muhammad al-Masri[xxiv] and Abu Ya'qub al-Maqdisi[xxv] have attested, as well as through questions that Abu Hakeem and those with him sent to the Council of 'Ilm concerning the audio series, for:
1. The two sheikhs Abu Muhammad al-Masri and Abu Ya'qub al-Maqdisi testifies against Talha Mulla Hussein that he asserted that al-Nawawi fell into greater idolatry, as he implemented a denied hadith related from Ibn Mas'oud (may God be pleased with him) about the issue of the animal that gets lost, and that was in an audio-recorded session in the attendance of the amir and mashayakh of the Delegated Committee, and attended by Sheikh Abu Ahmad al-Iraqi- may God accept him- the amir of the Security Diwan at that time, and attended by Abu Hakeem al-Urduni, Abu Saleh al-Iraqi and Abu Islam al-Halabi,[xxvi] and with them Abu Dujana al-Masri,[xxvii] who is wanted for arrest as he participated with the extremists in the killing of the security brother Abu Dujana al-Faransi.[xxviii]
And it was made clear to them in that council that the thing by which they declared takfir on al-Nawawi was also asserted- and its likeness was asserted- by a group of the Imams, like Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, Ibn Abi Shiba, al-Tabarani, Ibn al-Sini, al-Baihaqi, the Sheikh of Islam Ibn Taymiyya and his student Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn Maflah al-Hanbali, Ibn al-Mubrid al-Hanbali, Ibn al-Jazari Sahib al-Qara'at and al-Shawkani. And a number of the Imams of the Najdi da'wa asserted that it is closeness to God Almighty if by it is meant following the command of the Prophet (SAWS).
Sheikh Abu Ya'qub al-Maqdisi expounded on this issue in a message he called 'Al-Iljam li-Man Kaffara 'Ulama al-Islam.'[xxix] And it is attached with this letter.
2. Abu Hakeem al-Urduni and those with him sent a group of questions to the Council of 'Ilm about the audio series, and after we reviewed those questions, it became clear to us that they are questions of stubbornness and intended to raise doubt, not questions of inquiry and seeking evidence, and those questions revealed the extent of ignorance of its writers on the simplest matters of creed, and they revealed their hostility to the manhaj of the Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama'a, and their concoction of accusations against the 'ulama of the Muslims.
Indeed the writers of those questions ruled that one of the types of legitimate tawassul that the Companions by their consensus practised was 'a false doctrine.' Note that the assertion of its desirability is established on the authority of Omar and Mu'awiya (may God be pleased with them both) in the attendance of the companions and transmitted by a number of the Imams of the 'ulama, like the Sheikh of Islam Ibn Taymiyya, Ibn Maflah, Sheikh Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Abd al-Wahhab, and Sheikh Hamid bin Nasir bin Mu'ammar (may God have mercy on them).
Abu Hakeem and those with him said in the context their opposition to warding off takfir from the 'ulama of the Muslims: "And among the false creeds of al-Nawawi that are before the Muslims is his assertion: 'It is desirable if there is among them a man well known for justice that they should pray for rain through him and say: Oh God, we pray for rain and plead to You through Your servant so-and-so [al-adhkar]!'" End quote.
We have said: it has been established on the authority of Anas bin Malik (may God be pleased with him): that Omar bin al-Khattab (may God be pleased with him), when there was drought, would pray for rain through al-Abbas bin Abd al-Mutallab. For he said: 'Oh God, we have sought tawassul towards You through our Prophet that You should provide us with rain, and I seek tawassul towards You through the uncle of our Prophet, so provide us with rain.' He said: 'So they were given rain."[xxx]
And it has been established on the authority of Salim bin Aamer al-Khaba'iri: that the sky gave no rain, so Mu'awiya bin Abi Sufyan and the people of Damascus came out seeking rain, fso when Mu'awiya sat on the pulpit he said: Where is Yazid bin al-Aswad al-Jarashi?' So the people called him, so he got past the people, and Mu'awiya ordered him so he ascended the pulpit and sat on his legs. So Mu'awiya said: 'Oh God, we plead to You today through our best and most preferable. Oh God, we plead to You through Yazid bin al-Aswad al-Jarashi. Oh Yazid, raise your two hands to God.' So Yazid raised his two hands, and the people raised their hands, and soon enough a cloud arose in the west as though it were a shield and wind blew for it, so we were provided with rain such that the people could hardly reach their homes.'[xxxi]
The Sheikh of Islam Ibn Taymiyya (may God have mercy on him) said: 'And likewise Mu'awiya bin Abi Sufyan- when the people in al-Sham suffered from drought- he prayed for rain through Yazid bin al-Aswad al-Jarashi, for he said: 'Oh God, we plead and seek tawassul through our best, oh Yazid raise your hands.' So he raised his hands, and he prayed for the people until they were given rain, and for this the 'ulama said: 'It is desirable that one can pray for rain through the people of religion and justice, and if they are from the people of the house of the Messenger of God (SAWS), it is better."[xxxii]
And he (may God have mercy on him) said: 'Omar and the Muslims sought tawassul through the prayer of al-Abbas, and they asked God Almighty with the prayer of al-Abbas, for they all pleaded, and al-Abbas was not the only one who prayed for them. But the tawassul was through his pious deed and the tawassul through his pleading: both of them being with the prayer of the one making tawassul and his question, and not being without that. So these are four types, all of them legitimate, with no one from the people of knowledge and faith disputing any of them.'[xxxiii]
He (may God have mercy on him) also said: 'And they were ordered- that is, the Imams- in praying for rain that they should do so through the people of justice, especially relatives of the Prophet (SAWS), as the Companions did.'[xxxiv]
And Ibn Muflah al-Hanbali (may God have mercy on him) said: 'It is desirable to pray for rain through the one whose justice has been apparent, because he is nearer to response, and Omar prayed for rain through al-Abbas, and Mu'awiya through Yazid bin al-Aswad, and al-Dahhak bin Qays prayed for rain through him again- the author mentioned it- and al-Samiri and Sahib (al-Talkhis) said: There is no problem with tawassul in praying for rain through the sheikhs and pious 'ulama. And he said in al-Mudhhab: And it is permitted to pray for rain to God through a just man, and it was said: it is desirable.'[xxxv]
And Sheikh Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Abd al-Wahhab (may God have mercy on him) said: 'So this that Omar (may God be pleased with him) mentioned is tawassul from them through the prayer and pleading of the Prophet (SAWS) in his life, and thus he sought tawassul after him through al-Abbas, and Mu'awiya sought tawassl through the prayer of Yazid bin al-Aswad, and this is what the jurists have mentioned in the book of praying for rain. And they have said: 'It is desirable to pray for rain through the just eople, and if they are among the relatives of the Messenger of God (SAWS) it is preferable."[xxxvi]
And Sheikh Ahmad bin Nasir bin Mu'ammar (may God have mercy on him) said: 'Tawassul through the prayer of the just in praying for rain and other things is legitimate, as the Companions did it when they sought tawassul through al-Abbas and Yazid bin al-Aswad.'[xxxvii]
And the writers of those questions attributed a number of sayings to al-Nawawi. Note that on the most superficial review it becomes clear that al-Nawawi was merely transmitting those sayings, and also he has precise words on some of what they attributed to him from what they imagined to be idolatry. Those words make clear that al-Nawawi is the opposite of what they accuse him of. There are other things besides that from hostility against the 'ulama and the brothers who wrote the series, which this letter cannot display and refute.
Thus: it has been established in our view that Abu Hakeem and those with him are ignoramuses who feign erudition, and inciters of fitna, and the Imam or whoso represents him must bring harsh punishment upon them, for their transgression against the religion of God Almighty, and their speaking falsehoods against God Almighty without knowledge, and their war that they are waging against the students of 'Ilm in the Islamic State.
Imam Abu Bakr al-Khilal transmitted from his sheikhs in Baghdad, that they said: 'And it is not necessary for the people of knowledge and awareness of God that they should respond to an ignoramus whenever makes a pronouncement in his ignorance, debate with him and reason with him and thank him for his offense, and engage with him in the sea of his errors. And had Omar bin al-Khattab wanted to debate Sabigh and gather for him the Companions of the Messenger of God (SAWS) to debate him and reason with him and make clear the proof to him, he would have done so. But he suppressed his ignorance, hurt his strike, banished him in his skin, and left him choking in his saliva, his heart cut off in grief among the backs of the people, expelled, denied, dispersed, not spoken to and no one sitting with him, and not healed by proof and consideration, but rather he left him choking on his spit, and did not let him swallow his salvia, and he barred the people from talking to him and sitting with him.'[xxxviii]
And Imam al-Aruji (may God have mercy on him) said: 'The Imam of the Muslims and his amirs in every land, if there spreads successfully in the land the madhhab of a man of the people of arbitrary whims (from those who have shown it), then he [the Imam/his amirs] must punish that person severely.
So whoso of them deserves that he [the authority] kill him, he should kill him, and whoso deserves that he strike him and imprison him and have him maltreated, he should do so to him. And whoso deserves that he banish him, he should banish him, and warn the people against him.'[xxxix]
And the Sheikh of Islam Ibn Taymiyya (may God have mercy on him) said: 'If the truth is open, the Muslims know it. And some of the innovators have wanted to call to their innovation, so it is necessary to bar them from that, so if he is abandoned and reprimanded- as the Amir al-Mu'mineen Omar bin al-Khattab (may God be pleased with him) did with Sabigh bin Asal al-Tamimi, and as the Muslims did to him- or if he is killed, as the Muslims did to al-Ja'ad bin Dirham and Khaylan al-Qadari and others besides them, that is the interest, contrary to if he is left to preach while he does not accept the truth, whether out of his whim, or for the corruption of his realization. So there is nothing in his address except an act of evil corruption and harm to him and the Muslims.'[xl]
And in what follows we convey what has been established from al-Faruq Amir al-Mu'mineen Omar bin al-Khattab (may God be pleased with him) in his dealing with one of those who feign erudition and follow the imitator, stirring up fitnas. May our leaders and amirs in the Islamic State follow his example.
On the authority of al-Sa'ib bin Yazid (may God be pleased with him): that he said: 'Word was brought to Omar bin al-Khattab. They said: oh Amir al-Mu'mineen, we have found a man asking about the interpretation of the Qur'an. So he said: oh God, give me the better over him. While Omar was one day sitting and feeding the people, a man came to him wearing robes and a turban, so he fed him. Then when he was done, he said: oh Amir al-Mu'mineen: Wa al-Dhariyat Dharwan f-al-Hamilat wiqran (al-Dhariyat 1-2). Omar said: You are the man? So he leaned towards him and uncovered his arms, then he did not cease flogging him until his turban fell.
Then he said: 'By the One in whose hand the life of Omar is, had I found you shaven I would have struck your head. Get him dressed in his clothing, and bear him until you bring him to his land. Then let him rise as a preacher, then let him say: Sabigh desired knowledge and was mistaken.' So he remained lowly among his people until he died, and he was the master of his people.'[xli]
And on the authority of al-Qasim bin Muhammad: that he said: 'I heard a man asking Abdullah bin Abbas about al-Anfal, so Ibn Abbas said: 'The horse is from the loot, and the dispossession is from the loot.' He said: then he returned to inquire him. So Ibn Abbas also said that, then the man said: 'Al-Anfal that God spoke of in His Book: what are they?' al-Qasim said: So he continued asking him until he almost obstructed him. So Ibn Abbas said: 'Do you know what is like this man? The likeness is Sabigh whom Omar bin al-Khattab struck."[xlii]
And on the authority of Abu Othman al-Nahdi (may God have mercy on him): 'A man was of the Bani Yarbu' and he was called Sabigh. He asked Omar bin al-Khattab (may God be pleased with him) about al-Dhariyat and al-Nazi'at and al-Mursalat or about one of them. So Omar said to him: 'Remove your head covering.' So he removed his head covering and behold, he had abundant hair. He said: 'Had I found you shaven, I would have struck that in which your two eyes are.' Then he said: then he wrote to the people of Basra not to sit with him. Or he said: 'He wrote to us that we should not sit with him.' He said: 'So were he to sit with us and we were 100 in number, we would separate from him."[xliii]
And Imam Abu Bakr al-Khilal transmitted from his sheikhs in Baghdad that they said: 'So thus is the ruling on all who commence on something in God's religion that God did not permit for him: that he [the authority] should inform that he is on innovation and error, warn against him and forbid talking to him and sitting with him. So seek the guidance of knowledge, and seek the encouragement of the 'ulama and accept their advice, and know that the ignorant will remain fine so long as he finds a knowledgeable person who suppresses his ignorance, and restores him to the right word and deeds if God blesses him with acceptance.
But if the ignorant one speaks in his ignorance, and the people lack the knowledgeable one to refute him with his knowledge, leave has been taken of them. And our Lord the Merciful is he One whose help is to be sought over what they describe.'[xliv]
This is so, and in God is success and from Him is support. And God's peace and blessings be upon His servant and Messenger Muhammad, and his family, companions and whoso follows them with ihsan till the Day of Judgement. And much salutations be upon them.
Mu'asssasat al-Turath al-'Ilmi
1440 AH- 2018 CE
[i] This is a message from the 'Council of 'Ilm' in Wilayat al-Baraka affiliated with the Islamic State to the trustees of the matter on date 11 Sha'aban 1439 AH. And we have placed a title in clarification as it was sent without a title [publisher].
[ii] Previously amir of the Media Diwan, and he is one of the extremists [publisher].
[iii] Security official of the Media Diwan, and he is one of the extremists [publisher].
[iv] Member of the 'Listening and Verification Committee' in Idha'at al-Bayan, and he is one of the extremists [publisher].
[v] The Jordanian who at that time was an official of the 'Supporting Media Committee' and a member of the 'Media Tracking Committee' affiliated with the Media Diwan. And he is close to Abu Hakeem al-Urduni and one of the extremists [publisher].
[vi] Previously official of the 'Media Tracking Committee' affiliated with the Media Diwan [publisher].
[vii] Previously official of the 'French Team' affiliated with the Media Diwan [publisher].
[viii] Previously official of the 'Languages Team' affiliated with the Media Diwan [publisher].
[ix] Previously official of the 'Production of the Media Offices and Oversight over Them' affiliated with the Media Diwan [publisher].
[x] i.e. 'The Knowledge Series in Affirming Manhaj Issues' and it is six audio sessions broadcast over Idha'at al-Bayan radio affiliated with the Islamic State in the voice of his eminence the mujahid sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Masri- may God accept him- on date Dhu al-Hijja 1438 AH, September 2017 CE. And the foundation published its appendix that was forbidden to be broadcast, representing three sessions on date 23 Shawwal 1439 AH- 7 July 2018 CE [publisher].
[xi] A council established after the cancellation of the 'Maktab al-Buhuth wa al-Dirasat' to include those of the masses of the soldiers opposed to the cancellation of the office, and his eminence the mujahid sheikh Abu Hafs al-Hamdani- may God accept him- was entrusted to administer it, and it was quickly cancelled just as the 'Maktab al-Buhuth' was cancelled before, without the reasons being made clear [publisher].
[xii] Previously a member of the 'Manhaj Committee' affiliated with the Delegated Committee and he is one of the extremists [publisher].
[xiii] Previously a member of the 'Manhaj Committee' affiliated with the Delegated Committee, and he is one of the extremists [publisher].
[xiv] Previously a judge of 'real estate' in Wilayat al-Raqqa and he is one of the extremists [publisher].
[xv] Previously amir of the 'Manhaj Committee' affiliated with the Delegated Committee, and he is one of the extremists [publisher].
[xvi] That is, the visual release entitled with the noble verse: 'And you will not harm Him at all.' Issued by the media office for Wilayat al-Khayr affiliated with the Islamic State, on date Jumada al-Awla 1439 AH [publisher].
[xvii] Previously the wali of Wilayat al-Raqqa and then a member of the Delegated Committee [publisher].
[xviii] Previously the general Shari'i official for WIlayat al-Baraka affiliated with the Islamic State [publisher].
[xix] i.e. The bombing in which Abu al-Waleed al-Sinawi (previously the wali of Wilayat al-Baraka), Abu Raghad al-Da'jani (previously the general Shari'i official for Wilayat al-Baraka) and more than 30 brothers among amirs of battalions and sectors- may God accept them all- were killed during a meeting they had on Thursday 4 Sha'aban 1439 AH/19 April 2018 CE [publisher].
[xx] Abu Abdullah al-Australi: previously the deputy amir of the Media Diwan and its current amir, and he is one of the extremists [publisher].
[xxi] Abu al-Waleed al-Sinawi: previously the wali of Wilayat al-Baraka affiliated with the Islamic State [publisher].
[xxii] David Petraeus: previously commander of CENTCOM in the American army and previously director of the CIA [publisher].
[xxiii] The video was placed within the daily reports that are distributed to the Diwans and soldiers, and the one responsible for making the reports is Abu Dujana al-Masri [publisher].
[xxiv] Previously a member of the 'Delegated Committee' [publisher].
[xxv] Previously amir of the 'Maktab al-Buhuth wa al-Dirasat' [publisher].
[xxvi] A member of the 'Listening and Verification Committee' in the Idha'at al-Bayan, and he is one of the extremists [publisher].
[xxvii] One of the extremists, entrusted with preparing the portfolio of daily reports in the Media Diwan. He was killed in one of the assaults on a group affiliated with the extremists [publisher].
[xxviii] A security official, entrusted with tracking cells of extremists and Khawarij, and verification in the Media Diwan portfolio [publisher].
[xxix] Published through 'Mu'assasat al-Turath al-Ilmi' on Tuesday 18 Jumada al-Akhir 1439 AH- 6 March 2018 CE [publisher].
[xxx] Brought out by al-Bukhari in his Sahih collection (2/27) no. 1010.
[xxxi] Brought out by al-Lalaka'i in 'Sharh Itiqad Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama'a' (9/215/151) in an authentic chain of transmission.
[xxxii] Majmu' al-Fatawa (1/314-315), (27/86).
[xxxiii] Ibid. (1/310).
[xxxiv] Majmu' al-Fatawa (27/154).
[xxxv] Al-Mabdi' fi Sharh al-Muqni' (2/206).
[xxxvi] Al-Dorar Al-Sunniya (10/254).
[xxxvii] Ibid. (11/71).
[xxxviii] Al-Sunna by al-Khilal (1/223).
[xxxix] Al-Shari'a (5/2554).
[xl] Dir' Ta'arudh al-'Aql wa al-Naql (7/172,173).
[xli] Brought out by Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal in Fada'il al-Sahaba (1/446) no. 717, in an authentic chain of transmission.
[xlii] Brought out by Imam Malik in his Mawti' (3/647) no. 1655, in an authentic chain of transmission.
[xliii] Brought out by al-Harwi in 'Dham al-Kalam wa Ahlihi' (4/7) no. 719, in an authentic chain of transmission.
[xliv] Al-Sunna by al-Khilal (1/228).