Could al-Zawahiri’s messages to the Egyptian people after their relatively peaceful overthrow of the Mubarak regime mark a sign that that al Qaeda is feeling marginalized?
(Courtesy of the NEFA Foundation)
”In the name of Allah, and praise Allah, and prayer and peace upon the messenger of Allah and upon his family and companions and followers, and thereafter:”
“Muslim brothers everywhere, peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings.”
“The past episode, I discussed one part to answer the first question, which is: what is this reality? And today, I will finish, with the help of Allah, talking about the reality in Egypt. But before I go forth in explaining the present, I would like to step outside the focus of this message—message of hope and glad tidings for our people in Egypt—to discuss an important and dangerous subject, which is the honor [and protection] of Muslims’ blood, which the prophet, prayer and peace upon him, mentioned [Hadith].“
“There are some operations that are being attributed to the Mujahideen truthfully or falsely, which include attacking the Muslims in their mosques, markets or their gatherings. I say: regardless of the truthfulness…of attributing these operation to the Mujahideen, my brothers and I in Qaida’t al-Jihad disown, by Allah, these operations and condemn them, whether those who commit them the Mujahideen or others.”
“And Amir of Believers Mulla Muhammad Omar Mujahid—may Allah protect him—has previously discussed this matter, and also Sheikh Usama bin Laden—may Allah protect him—discussed it, and also it was discussed by Sheikh Atteyatullah, and Sheikh Abu Yehya al-Liby, may Allah protect him, and I also discussed this matter previously. And Sheikh Usama bin Laden—may Allah protect him—ordered me again to emphasize this matter.”