The day after the attack, Muntasir Media, an unofficial Islamic State (IS) outlet, published a video on Telegram, “They Are of One Religion – And Islam Is the Target”. The video combines old IS and Western media footage with the headcam footage from Christchurch. Over the top of these images, the voice of IS’s leader, the “caliph” Ibrahim al-Badri (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi), is played, where he says in part: “If today [the crusaders] start oppressing Muslims with … jail in their lands, very soon you will see how they will be massacred and killed”. The narrator incites attacks in the West, saying: “We advise you to attack in churches or discotheques when they [the infidels] are drunk or in open places where there are many people or any place where there are many crusaders.” It concludes with suggestions how this might be done.
Al-Andalus Foundation For Media Productions, the propaganda outlet of Jama’at Qaedat al-Jihad in the Islamic Maghreb (or Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM) and Az-Zallaqa Foundation For Media Productions, the official outlet of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in West Africa, released a joint statement on 18 March:
Statement of Condolences and Incitement
Condolences for the Martyrdom of Vulnerable Worshipers in the New Zealand Attack And Urging the Muslim Youth to Target All who Incite to Kill Muslims.
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All praise is due to Allah, who said in His Descended Revelation: “The sacred month is for the sacred month, and for the prohibited things, there is the Law of Equality. Then whoever transgresses the prohibition against you, you transgress likewise against him. And fear Allah, and know that Allah is with pious.” [Al-Baqara 194]
And the Exalted said: “They ask you concerning fighting in the Sacred Months. Say ‘Fighting therein is a great (transgression) but a greater (transgression) with Allah is to prevent mankind from following the Way of Allah, to disbelieve in Him, to prevent access to Al-Masjid-Al-Haram (in Mecca), and to drive out its inhabitants, and fitna (strife) is worse than killing. And they will never cease fighting you until they turn you back from your religion. And whosoever of you turns back from his religion and dies as a disbeliever, then his deeds will be lost in this life and in the Hereafter, and they will be the dwellers of the Fire. They will abide therein forever.” [Al-Baqara 217]
And peace and prayers be upon he who was sent with the truth to the people, who said: “The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.” (Agreed upon)
We followed, just as the entire world followed, the painful images of the heinous crime committed by a group of racist Crusaders against our brothers the vulnerable worshipers, in two mosques in “Christchurch” city in “New Zealand,” which resulted – as of this writing of these lines – in the martyrdom of 51 vulnerable worshipers, and dozens of wounded, most of them critical. And we also followed the attack other Muslims in “London” and elsewhere.
The executors of the “Christchurch” crime made sure to highlight their Crusader hatred by writing dates, symbols, and names on their weapons, which they in no way can erase from their memory or ours, as well.
Truly, the conquest of “Constantinople,” the siege of Vienna, the conquest of the Balkans, the conquest of Sicily, the battle of az-Zallaqa, are historical events that remain and will continue to remain in the collective memory of the Romans in their doctrines, whether in the East or the West. This cowardly attack, which the sheikhs of the court, the trumpets of the sultans, and many defeatists attempted to portray as an isolated case, should not hide the fact of the criminality practiced by those countries, including New Zealand, involved in the Crusader invader alliance in Afghanistan. The criminality of the West against our Muslim people, rooted in history, is their continued occupation of our lands, on top of them the blessed al- Aqsa, occupied Palestine, Afghanistan, Mali, Syria, and other countries, and it is the crimes of genocide perpetrated by these Crusaders in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, occupied Palestine, Algeria, Mali, Somalia, Central Africa, and other Muslim countries. These will remain in our minds and we will never forget to take revenge for our martyrs from the Muslims, as long as we have a beating heart, Allah permitting.
The arrival by Trump to the seat of power in the Hubal of the era, America, and the rise of Crusader right-wing populist movements and their ascension to power in many Western countries, whether in Europe, America, or elsewhere, is a visible part of the mountain of Western hatred against the umma (community or nation) of Islam. It exposes a small part of the plots and policies of the governments of these countries, and whatever attempts are made by our own people to flatter them and portray them as an example of civilization and progress, these actions are too bright to be hidden and obscured.
We in Qaedat al-Jihad in the Islamic Maghreb confirm that such an attack will not pass without a response, Allah permitting, whether in the short-term or long. And we do not miss here to offer our condolences to the relatives of the martyrs, and give the most sincere calls for the quick recover of the wounded, asking Allah to place what they have suffered on the balance of their deeds, and also asking Him the Exalted to bless us to avenge them.
We also do not miss to advise our Muslim brothers residing in the West to seriously think of returning to the lands of Muslims, and even they had Immigrated to escape the oppression of our Arab and Islamic countries, the earth of Allah is vast and they settle in any land of Islam. We fear that what happened to their Muslim brothers centuries ago in Andalusia, Sicily, and elsewhere will happen to them. Truly the genocidal crime against the Bosnian Muslims by the hands of Serbian Crusaders was not that long ago! And We urge them not to be easy prey to the Crusaders, and to take caution, and to defend themselves against all those who seek to attack them and their mosques. It is an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, and the first to strike is the worse offender.
Additionally, we incite the ardent youth of the umma and its people to be lone wolves and not to consult anyone in targeting the heads of the Crusader far-Right, and in targeting all who congratulated this cowardly operation, whether on social media, satellite channels, or other forms of media. Make these activists and those who congratulated the cowardly operation the top of your targets and to be a lesson for others, as they are inciting for and calling to target our people, our children, and our women, and to kill them in cold blood.
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “No people abandon Jihad except that they are humiliated.” (Narrated by al-Tarbani) And PBUH said: “When you enter into the inah transaction, hold the tails of oxen, are pleased with agriculture, and give up conducting jihad (struggle in the way of Allah). Allah will make disgrace prevail over you, and will not withdraw it until you return to your original religion.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud)
May Allah pray on our Prophet Muhammad and his family and all his Companions. Our last supplication is that all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.
IS’s spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, gave a speech on 21 March, and made reference to the Christchurch attack:
O people, everyone saw the incident of the massacre at the two mosques in crusader New Zealand. We will reflect on that incident. One is not surprised when he sees the criminal murderers from the leaders of kufr [unbelief] and the governments of rida [apostasy] as they adorn the victims of the two mosques with crocodile tears. The traitorous representatives of the wretched tyrannical councils and organizations that have surrendered to their enemy compare the killing of those worshipers with the shari’a-compliant jihad that the sons of the State of Islam are undertaking to establish the religion and repel the aggression of the Safavids, the crusaders, and the murtadeen and turn them back from the Muslims’ lands. It is as if the allies of kufr in Iraq, Syria, Khorasan, and other Wilayat of the State of Islam, are striving intensely to fill the needs of the people, to teach them about their religion, to grant them resources and wealth, and drop flowers on their heads. As if they never once announced that the mosques no longer hold sanctity for them. We never heard grief or lamentation from these murtad representatives for their masters’ massacres. It is the exact opposite. They are the ones who initiate and point to the weaknesses of the Muslims, striving intently and creatively in this regard. Here is Baghuz in Syria today. The Muslims are still burned to death inside of it, harmed by shelling from known and unknown weapons of mass destruction. This is not a surprise, but what our Lord told us of in His book about the hate of the kuffar and their resentment of Muslims, to suffice and heal those who desire their rights and request guidance. What they have done to the Muslims throughout the ages and centuries is too much for a Muslim to differentiate. So pay no attention to their lies. This massacre in the two mosques is nothing is but a catastrophe among past and future catastrophes that will be followed by scenes of suffering from all who approach living among the mushrikeen. What they call for and claim in their promotion of rights and freedoms is a lie. Let the scene of killing in the two mosques be enough to awaken the supporters of the caliphate residing there, to seek vengeance and take revenge for their religion and the sons of their umma who are being slaughtered everywhere on Earth under the support and blessing of the nations of the cross and the governments of rida and subservience.
The 174th edition of Al-Naba, IS’s newsletter, published on 21 March, reprinted Abu Hassan’s speech referring to Christchurch (pp. 7-10) and the main editorial on page 3 was devoted to the attack, too. Al-Naba 174 condemns the “trivial” effort by Muslim leaders and activists to ensure that the mosque attacks were called “terrorism”. Even “worse” were those who tried to link condemnation of IS with condemnation of this attack, or believed the response to the attack would alter IS’s behaviour. Only the “ignorant” believe that “the Islamic State is waiting for such an attack on a Muslim mosque to incite its soldiers to kill the mushrikeen [polytheists, idolaters]”, says Al-Naba. “The jihad against the mushrikeen and their killing is obligatory, even if they are not insulting, and cannot harm, the Muslims”. The effort by Western Muslims to ensure that Western governments protect them was also denounced by IS, which reiterated its ideology that the West is at war with Islam and Muslims and only it can protect believers. IS presents its foreign “operations” (amaliyat) not only as deterrence and revenge against the West for the attacks upon IS—and the “collateral damage” the Coalition has done to the populations and cities IS used to rule—but as a means of “forcing [Western] governments to deter … their subjects from harming the Muslims in dar al-kufr (the lands of unbelief).”
Al-Qaeda “central” or the General Command released a statement on 23 March, which urged retaliatory terrorist attacks in the West, though said houses of worship should be avoided so as to demonstrate the moral superiority of (Al-Qaeda’s version of) Islam. The statement reiterated Al-Qaeda’s opposition to offensive sectarian attacks on Shi’is, invoking the guidelines laid down by Al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2013.