Zawahiri to Muslims: avenge bin Laden

2011-08-15 21:21

Dubai - Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to target the United States and avenge the killing of his predecessor Osama bin Laden, the SITE Intelligence Group reported on Monday.

SITE, quoting a video posted on jihadist online forums, said the new head of al-Qaeda asking Muslims to "pursue" the United States over the killing of bin Laden.

"America today is staggering... Follow it where you know it is, follow it to cut what remains of its corruption," said Zawahiri in the 12-minute video addressed to "Muslim brothers everywhere".

"Pursue America, which killed the 'Imam of the Mujahideen' and threw his body into the sea, and then captured his women and sons," he said about bin Laden who was killed in a covert US raid in Pakistan on May 2.

Zawahiri, who took over as head of al-Qaeda after the killing, also called on Muslims to wage an "intellectual" battle by using modern means of communications.

"The Muslim movement in general and the jihadi movement in particular should wage the battle of intellectual argument just as much as the battle of weapons," he said.

He also called for the implementation of Islamic shari'ah law as a source of legislation in Tunisia and Egypt, where mass protests in both countries have toppled their autocratic rulers early this year.

Now Washington's most wanted man, Zawahiri was jailed for three years in Egypt for militancy and was implicated in the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981, and a 1997 massacre of tourists in Luxor.

Like bin Laden, he has been in hiding since the United States declared its war on terror after the September 11 2001 attacks.

  • slg - 2011-08-15 22:29

    The guy doesn't have it, and he's a massively divisive figure in the organization itself. Thankfully, on both counts.

  • zaatheist - 2011-08-16 04:32

    Really! You guys need an excuse to go out and murder more innocent people to please allah sky daddy?

  • Bush Lair - 2011-08-16 08:11

    The USA has killed more people that Al-Qaeda. The USA is still killing innocent people through out the world, so Al-Qaeda is justified to fight the US corruption and double standards.

  • Jorg - 2011-08-16 09:17

    .Extremism is like racism, EVIL...a war waged in the name of gOD is not what brings about spiritual evolution in anyone, tolerance love and respect are all powerful..Mr Zawahiri.Mr Obama..what do your bibles.. say on these topics....dont you know that an eye for an eye...makes the whole world blind..

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 09:27

      To be fair, why are you using the Bible in an article that does not refer to Christianity?

  • Morne Naude - 2011-08-16 10:12

    Take him out, hunt him down!

  • Stirer - 2011-08-16 10:20

    Any true Muslim is a man of tolerance and a man of peace. Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri are terrorists, criminals, murderers and con men trying to justify their deeds under the cloak of religion. All true Muslims would treat al-Qaeda and it's calls with contempt. This is not to justify America's deeds - but at the same time does not justify what these insane men do.

      chez - 2011-08-16 12:12

      You are so right. Just look at our wonderful cricket player Hashim Amla. Can you imagine him wanting anyone dead? He is a true man to his religion and a great advert for genuine Muslim beliefs.

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-16 10:22

    ban all religions! they are the root of all evils.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 10:24

      Starting with humanism... which btw IS a religion as per its own manifesto. Atheism is one too but followers choose not to admit this :-)

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 10:39

      Matt: Your lack of info is shocking. Atheism is NOT a religion. Atheists deny the relevance of religion. What you so glibly are calling atheists should probably be referred to as satanists, or whatever is not Christian.

      mbube - 2011-08-16 10:40

      @Matt. Yes and not collecting stamps is a hobby.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 10:55

      @ Daaivark - my apologies for having a brain. OK - questions to an atheist, asked with all respect: * In denying the existence of a deity, do you BELIEVE in there being no God, or KNOW there is no God? (by knowing, you'd have to know absolutely everything there is in order to rule out a lack of absolute knowledge that there is no God - otherwise the belief/denial is religious belief) * Not applicable in all cases; but is the denial of a deity based on reproducable knowledge; upon one's hatred of a particular religion (or all); or because they know deep-down that one is correct but it requires a radical lifestyle change? * Not applicable in all cases, but why is it that particular humanists/atheists get enjoyment out of mocking people of various religions - why do they seem to flock to online forums to spout religious hatred? Why is that so important to them? * If an atheist denies there is a God, who is in control then? If you must reject religious absolutes, then who holds the absolutes? Are there actually any absolutes? (to help you along, the Humanist Manifesto will tell you the answer) Feel free to answer, though you surely know that the answers will just prove my point :-) Greetings, A former atheist PS - Daaivark, don't be silly, Satanists believe in God/Jesus too - they just worship Satan instead...

      Scrutineer - 2011-08-16 10:56

      What do atheists do? They try to convert theistic people from believing in God to not believing in God. Sounds like a belief system to me. They seem to be targeting Christians especially. The real neutral people are called ... Agnostics.

      Scrutineer - 2011-08-16 11:05

      Matt, it's funny how atheists like Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins believe in aliens. How can a person believe in extraterrestrial life, but at the same time denies the existence of a God? It just doesn't add up.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 11:22

      @ Scrutineer - yup! Even if there is an article on here that has nothing to do with religion, and someone comments while using the word "God" - instantly there are people flocking to tell that person how there is no God and how bad religions are. Such religious zeal isn't even seen in most religious people... I've even seen this happen no articles about ID books! Why the need to mock someone, mock a group of people? The worst case on News24 I ever saw was an article about the kidnap and murder of a man, but because he was a pastor, certain atheist commentators (including 1 on this article) used it to mock religion. How disgusting!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 11:24

      @ Scrutineer - glad you also noticed they seem to specifically aim for Christians. Occasionally they'll rip into others, but most of the time it's aimed at just one belief... it's said that a lot of people who reject God do so because they know deep-down it's true, but that would go against whatever they're doing with their lives. There's no logical or rational reason to deny the existence of a God...

      mbube - 2011-08-16 11:39

      @Matt 1.) No convincing evidence has ever been delivered for the existence of a god. I assume you take the same stance in the case for the tooth fairy and the flying spaghetti monster for the exact same reason. But there could be one. In the same way that their could also be a celestial teapot orbiting the earth. 2.) Lack of evidence. The existence of a god has little to do with religion btw. If people can prove that there is a god. They still have all their work ahead of them proving it is the god of any particular religion. 3.) Because that is what religion deserves, ridicule. If you want to be a serf to man made dogma, be my guest. But keep it for yourself. Don't come fly into buildings, don't teach rubbish to my kids and don't think you have special privileges or that your views cannot be ridiculed. Since at best they are funny, at worst they are down right dangerous. 4.) Who is control? Do you want to live in North Korea? Do you want to be a slave? Good for you, but count me out. I want no part in that. I will partake in the continued discussion of what is good, what is noble and what is beautiful. And I need no divine permission to do so.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 12:48

      @ Mbube: 1.) No convincing evidence has ever been delivered for the existence of a god. I'm not going to ask you for evidence of a God; what I asked was, do you KNOW there isn't a God or do you BELIEVE there isn't one. If you KNOW, then you can give us evidence showing that there cannot possibly be one. Otherwise, it's a BELIEF. 2.) Lack of evidence Define evidence. Belief in or denial of a God is just that, belief. For me, I see logical evidence all around me of a Creator God, but it boils down to belief. At least a believer doesn't take something that HAS been proven wrong, impossible, fraudulent and claim it to be an unquestionable fact... 3.) religion down right dangerous I can agree with organised religion having dangers. Christianity is not dangerous at all. I put my faith in God, in Jesus our saviour and read the Bible. It's dangerous to put your trust in clergy. But bud, lack of religion is FAR more dangerous. USSR, China, Kampuchea, Cuba... even what is happening now in the UK. I'm from there and KNOW how society can become like that. Take away God and watch the horror show. 4.) Who is control? Do you want to live in North Korea? Do you want to be a slave? Good for you, but count me out. I want no part in that. I will partake in the continued discussion of what is good, what is noble and what is beautiful. And I need no divine permission to do so. As long as the ANC says you can. If you live in SA and there's no God, then THEY must be God. Think about it!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:00

      @ Mbube - sorry, was limited by space... OK to elaborate on my ANC point. So there are rules from God, which many countries have in their legal system directly because the rules came from God, just like SA does btw. So now, say there is no God. Where are the moral rules from? Who is in charge? Who determines the absolutes if there's no God to? Do you (as Humanists believe)? Do I? Does Ayman al-Zawahiri? How ironic that atheists seek religious freedom from God, yet the result is that there has to be a next-best thing to serve; something to enforce and uphold moral absolutes. And the highest beings on earth, if there is no God, would be the UN, then regional governments. Your government will say "jump" and if you don't, you can go to jail. So when you ask "must I live in North Korea" - no, but you live in South Africa. Or you could emigrate elsewhere. You'll still be a subject of something. If (in SA) the ANC claims that you must pay taxes, you cannot say "la la you don't exist" if you object. If the ANC decides that you are required to murder a friend, you can argue all you want but that's the highest being in SA if there is no God. If there is no God, then the ANC becomes "God" in SA and you can't escape it. After all, we as humans are subject to moral absolutes. You could deny this, as Berkeley University does (and failed miserably). Not having moral absolutes results in total anarchy. EG if you decided it's right to kill someone, where are the absolutes to say it's wrong

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:12

      @ Mbume - just to go back to: 1.) No convincing evidence has ever been delivered for the existence of a god. Besides you deviating from the one key point "atheism is a religion", I won't ask for proof of God from an atheist for the same reason that it's dumb to ask a Creationist to prove the mythical Oort Cloud doesn't exist. I could deliver plenty of points that point towards a Creator God and within the frame the Bible gives, but 1) I'm not in the mood for that debate today ;-) and 2) you wouldn't accept it anyway. But still, why should I... the general rule throughout humanity is that if there is only 1 theory about anything, it is "true" unless proven otherwise impossible. To date the KJV Bible has never been proven wrong (newer translations, definitely, I'll even point them out for you, eg Rev 22:16 vs Isa 14:12, but again that's another debate). So, there is a Bible for X-thousand years considered "it", so new theories should be able to prove the impossibility of the other - nothing can so far. Also, the majority of the world believes in A God (which one... yet another debate), so as much as media would have us believe otherwise, atheism/agnosticism/humanism is VERY much a minority group. The burden of proof is for these modern ideas/minorities to prove the majority wrong... and as "majority rules", why should the majority have to convince a minority of anything really... Good luck + respect ;-)

  • Bianca - 2011-08-16 12:57

    Good on you Matt... God Bless!! Regards Team Jesus

      Messenger - 2011-08-16 13:05

      Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. – James 1:2-3

  • think - 2011-08-17 23:12

    use your brains there is no such thing as al-qaeda, and why does "site " always find these videos and postings. Why would you as site inform the whole world on what zawhari supposedly said.If site didnt advertise these postings than no person muslim or other would receive these messages to attack america,use your brains people and dont be sheep

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