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An article in the latest issue of the Islamic State's English-language monthly magazine "Voice of Khurasan" criticizes the West's policy to win the hearts and minds of Muslims and tells Muslims: "Jihad against the Crusaders and their allies is the best way to deter them."
The magazine's latest issue, Issue Three, which was released for the month of Ramadan 1443 according to the Hijri calendar, which corresponds roughly with April 2022, is published by Al-Azaim Foundation, the official media of the Islamic State's Khurasan Province.
A screenshot of the article.
The 20-page issue includes a series of articles, including one on the importance of jihad in the fasting month of Ramadan as well as a key article on what it calls the West's "Crusade War" against Islam. It also has a foreword citation from a speech by slain ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani, a poster on pledging allegiance to the new ISIS leader, and an article titled "What Is The Call Of The Islamic State."
Following is the text of the article titled "The Crusade War:"
"The Crusaders Of The West Understood The Importance Of Battle For The Hearts And Minds And Hasten[ed] To Prepare To Advance For Confrontation In This Front"
"War comes in many forms and targets different aspects of humans. A war can be fought militarily targeting physical self or it can be fought ideologically targeting intellect. As much importance the physical clashes hold, ideological confrontations also matter, if not more. The physical battle can be lost even before it starts if people, in our case Muslims, are defeated or at the least trapped in the battle for the hearts and minds. Muslims today are in a complete battle against Crusaders and their allies which is fought militarily and intellectually.
"The Crusaders of the West understood the importance of battle for the hearts and minds and hasten[ed] to prepare to advance for confrontation in this front by opening their research centers, colleges, and other forms of institutions. They funded thousands of people in the name of research for this alone and bought people who wear cloaks of Muslims.
"Think tanks such as 'RAND Corporation' has written about these more than a decade ago by outlining a framework that Crusader America should follow, which groups they should target to work hand in hand toward this intellectual Crusade. For this intellectual battle they suggested to recruit from groups like secularists and modernists in Muslim societies who are seemingly Muslims by being born to Muslim parents or any other way and spread their filthy ideas using these agents.
"The goals of this ideological battle are to try and counter the true Islamic ideology which Crusaders claim as 'radical and dogmatic interpretations of Islam,' and make sons of Islam follow the wishy-washy version of Islam that is against jihad, [and oppose] full implementation of shari'a and its religious punishments. They make these things look unjust and say clashes with what they call human rights not knowing the fact that these things actually guarantee the rights of others in societies.
"For instance, if we look at the 'Islamic' countries we can see their curriculum being changed to make [changes] till verses of jihad are even being removed to make it moderate and more acceptable to the West. One example of this is what's happening in Saudi Arabia. They changed their curriculum and are operating against jihad and true Islamic ideology under the name of counterterrorism center in Riyadh under the watchful eyes of Crusader America."
"The Prophet... Said: 'Do Jihad Against The Mushrikeen [Idolators] With Your Wealth, Souls, And Tongues'"; "Jihad Is Not Limited To Fighting Physically"
"Another goal of this [Western] battle for the hearts and minds is to remove Al-Wala Wal Bara (loyalty and disavowal for the sake of Allah) from the hearts of Muslims. Removing this foundation of the religion from the hearts of Muslims or lacking in this aspect will destroy our identity as Muslims and generation by generation make us turn away from the religion. Also, with this removed or Muslims compromising in this will in turn make it easier to spread other religions in the name of interfaith.
"The Prophet... said: 'Do jihad against the mushrikeen [idolators] with your wealth, souls, and tongues' – narrated by Abu Dawud. Jihad against the Crusaders and their allies is the best way to deter them. Jihad is not limited to fighting physically and fighting with tongues are as important as fighting physically. In this age, social media warfare holds the utmost importance as the media and social media personalities are enchanting the eyes of the people. Fighting in this field needs to be done in order to incite the believers and save other Muslims from the negative impact of the enchanting battle for hearts and minds.
"One thing Muslims should be aware of is the [Western] battle for hearts and minds not only targets one aspect, but it targets many aspects such as aqeedah [creed] of the Muslims, matters of fiqh [jurisprudence], our dress code, and even how we live in our daily lives. So, to defend ourselves against this we have to strictly follow the guidance of the Koran and the best example left for us by the Prophet.... This has to be based upon the understanding of the scholars of haqq [Truth].
The magazine's coverpage
"Another way to defend from this intellectual Crusade is to follow the jama'ah [congregation]. The Satan and his allies attack the lone Muslim more than the whole group and is easier to be led astray as there will be no one to clarify his doubts and counter weak plots and expose it.
"In closing we remind the words of Shaykh Anwar Al-Awlaqi: 'The result in the realm of ideas is more important brothers and sisters; it is more important than the victories of the mujahideen in the battlefields. It is more important to talk about the methodology that they carry. Because when Allah almighty talked about the people of the Trench in [Koran's chapter] Surah Al-Burooj, they didn't win in the battlefield, they lost, and they were killed. The king dug for them trenches and they were burnt alive. But because they held fast on to the truth because they were steadfast, Allah almighty said: That is the great victory. So, we should be more concerned about what is in the hearts and minds of Muslims rather than what happens on the battlefield!'
"And what is the better reassurance for Muslims than the words of Allah when he said, 'Verily, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder (men) from the path of Allah, and so will they continue to spend it, but in the end, it will become an anguish for them. Then they will be overcome. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto Hell' – Al-Anfal:36)."
Source: Telegram, April 6, 2022. The original English of the quoted text has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.