Al-Qaeda’s General Command released a statement on 29 June 2020 through its As-Sahab Media, entitled, “A Message For The Oppressed Masses In The West”, which seeks to capitalise on the recent unrest in the United States by offering Islam as the solution to racial divisions. Al-Qaeda, of course, diagnoses the root cause of America’s problems in its greed “Jewish overlords”, an antisemitic conspiracy theory that is common to most jihadists. The text of this message is reproduced below.
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From the Al-Qaeda Organization to the oppressed masses who have risen up in revolt in America and the rest of the Western World: May peace be upon those who follow the Guidance.
We, like the rest of the world, witnessed the horrendous torture and suffering that George Floyd experienced at the hands of his arrogant killers before he breathed his last. His heartless killers did not even bat an eyelash as they suffocated George to death, unremorsefully breaking the hearts of millions across the world. With your brave protests against the racist supremacists occupying the White House, you, the masses in the Western World, have defiantly responded to George Floyd’s last pleas of help: “I cannot breathe”. It is a matter of great satisfaction for us that the oppressed in your part of the world have risen in revolt to emphatically reject injustice and racial discrimination.
Our noble Religion aims to liberate man from the slavery of man and make him a servant and worshipper of God alone. It neither accepts from its followers compromises with the oppressor nor peaceful submission to his oppression.
Breaking the shackles of slavery and liberating the oppressed is indeed the path of the Prophets and Messengers. The Prophet Musa (Moses, peace be upon him) stood up to the tyrant to bring an end to the misery of his people and lead them to a life of freedom and dignity. The Prophet Eesa [Jesus], peace be upon him, followed in his footsteps by revolting against the corrupt religious establishment of his age so as to restore to the Divine Message its purity and clarity. Muhammad, peace be upon him, perfected this blessed journey by taking this Message beyond the narrow confines of race, color, and language. He (peace be upon him) called mankind—not a particular race or nation—to the Truth, making the Divine call transcend all artificial barriers and become, as it ought to be, truly global in its scope.
It is from this lofty standpoint that we—as part of humanity that has for too long endured the oppression of a merciless, inhumane Western ruling elite—call upon you to persist in your defiance. The state of our nation today is no different from that of Jesus Christ, the son of Mary (Eesa, the son of Maryam, peace be upon them) when he was faced with the enmity of the Jews on one side and the Romans on the other. The despotic global hegemony of the United States is as clear as the day. Much like the Roman Empire before it, the United States today boasts of being the icon of freedom and civilization, all the while subjugating and killing poor, impoverished Christians, the helpers of Jesus (peace be upon him). History has yet to forget that pagan Empire of Evil which, for the sake of protecting its imperial interests, crucified Jesus (peace be upon him) on the orders of the religious establishment of the age and their Jewish overlords. Today, the United States of America has assumed the same role, though on a global scale. It appropriates the lands, resources, and wealth of downtrodden masses across the world. It deprives them of their freedom, liberties, and livelihood. Worse still, it attempts to distort their creed, faith, values, culture, history—in short their very identity—and reshape them in its own rotten mould, all for the sake of safeguarding its imperial capitalist interests.
Perhaps the heavy-handed treatment and repression that you are unfortunately experiencing today is the price of your deafening silence on the crimes and injustice of the leadership in your countries. And as you sow, so shall you reap. This oppression and despotism will not end until you force your governments to respect their limits or until you bring about a revolution and overthrow the existing order so as to establish one based on justice. If you fail to do so, wait for the Divine law of substitution to come into play, for this is how Allah punishes those who fail to live up to their duty.
It is mentioned in the Bible of Mathews, “Jesus said to them, ‘Have you ever read in the Scriptures: The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in your eyes. Therefore, I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed’.” [Mathews: Chap 21: 42-43]
This is exactly how the Romans declined. Within a span of just two centuries, the Holy Land in which Jesus Christ (Eesa, peace be upon him) had lived and preached was inherited by the followers of the Leader of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad (peace be upon him). And thus Islam came to these lands as a tremendous victory for our Master, Jesus (Eesa) peace be upon him. It was the Islamic nation that liberated much of the known world then from oppression and spread justice and mercy in the lands that became part of its dominion. It was Islam that affirmed the truth of the message of the Christ (our master, Eesa or Jesus, peace be upon him) and made his greatness known to the world. It was the Quran that testified to the purity of his truthful mother and her innocence in the face of the campaign of vilification orchestrated by the Jews. It is noteworthy that the Quran specifically mentions the high station of the companions and followers of Jesus (peace be upon him) and extols their virtues.
Islam is the concluding chapter of the universal Divine message conveyed by a long series of Messengers and Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus (may peace be upon them all). It was Islam that demonstrated to the world that the enemies of Jesus (peace be upon him) were the real enemies of freedom and sublime values, specifically the Jews who rejected him and incited the Romans against him, as well as those who falsely attributed themselves to Jesus, such as Saul the Jew, better known as Paul.
The Glorious Lord says, “Say to those who disbelieve that if they desist, all that is past shall be forgiven; and if they revert to their wrongdoing, let them remember what happened to the like of them in times gone by.” Our Islamic Nation is the most obedient of nations to God and the strongest in its belief in justice, freedom, and revolution against oppression in all its forms . It is in this context that we invite you to enter into eternal peace by embracing Islam, the Religion of the Prophet foretold by Jesus Christ (peace be upon him). God, the Glorious, says in His Holy Book, “And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, when he said, ‘O’ children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah sent to you, confirming the Law which came before me and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.’ But when he came to them with clear proofs, they said, ‘This is clear sorcery’ .”
Islam guarantees man a life of freedom and dignity. It does not differentiate between black and white, for all of mankind are equal in the sight of God. Allah (glory be to Him) says, “O’ mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily the most honourable of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is All-Knowing, All-Aware.”
We believe that the majority of the American people believe in the existence of the Almighty God. This is why we wish for them the best of both worlds by entering into the fold of Islam, the Religion of all the Messengers and Prophets, the Religion of Monotheism. It is by following this Divine path alone that a nation may attain success in this world and deliverance in the Hereafter. “Say, O’ People of the Book (the earlier revelations)! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, lords and patrons other than Allah.’ If then they turn back, say: Bear witness that we are Muslims (those who have surrendered to God’s will).”
We would like to reiterate our call for an all-out revolt against the rulers occupying the White House and the white supremacists whose agenda they promote. The only concern of this class is the protection of their vested interests and the enslavement of downtrodden masses across the world, including the poor and impoverished in America. Within the United States, they ruthlessly appropriate the wealth and resources of the neglected peripheral states so as to enrich a narrow class of capitalists and financiers that holds the reins of the global economy.
Our fight against America is aimed at bringing an end to injustice and oppression. It is similar to your reaction against those who killed George Floyd today or massacred his forefathers in the past. Hating injustice and defending oneself is an intrinsic part of human nature. Our Islamic Ummah has for decades suffered from the tyranny imposed by your rulers and the despots propped up by them. We have endured the killing of our women and children, the theft of our wealth and resources, and the defilement of our Holy places at your hands. Know that calling you to Islam and defending the oppressed, whether in our society or yours, is part of the sublime teachings of our noble Religion. There is no contradiction between this call and our fight against the oppressors. Our Religion, which commands us to help the oppressed, also demands from us that we must unrelentingly fight the oppressors. The Glorious Lord says, “Permission to fight is given to those because they have been wronged; and God is indeed able to give them victory. Those who have been driven from their homes unjustly only because they said: ‘Our Sustainer is God!’.
For, if God had not enabled people to defend themselves against one another, monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques wherein God’s Name is abundantly extolled would assuredly have been pulled down. Verily, God most certainly helps those who help His cause. Verily, God is Powerful, Almighty.” And He says, “And how could you refuse to fight in the cause of God and of the utterly helpless men, women and children whose cry is, ‘Our Lord! Rescue us from those town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us, out of Your Grace, a protector, and raise for us, out of Your grace, a defender.’ Those who believe fight in the way of God, and those who disbelieve fight in the way of Satan. Fight therefore against the friends of Satan, surely the strategy of Satan is weak.”
To conclude, it is our profound desire that you, and indeed all of mankind, may succeed in attaining the pleasure of the Glorious Lord and thereby enter the Paradise that He has prepared for His pious believers who uphold justice and morality. We pray to Allah that the sun of Islam—the sun of justice, freedom and peace—rises in its full glory to fill the world with its light. And our last prayer is that all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.