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An article in the latest issue of Al-Qaeda magazine "Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind" calls on Muslim military personnel, especially those in the U.S., to follow the example of Muhammad Al-Shamrani, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, who on December 6, 2019, while participating in a training program sponsored by the Pentagon, killed three men and injured eight in an attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida. The article also encourages readers to imitate Nidal Hasan, a former United States Army major who killed 13 people and injured more than 30 in an attack at Fort Hood near Killeen Texas on November 5, 2009.
The article, titled "Be a Shamrani," and written by retired Pakistani armed force officer Amir Saleem Khan, is addressed to Muslim military personnel. Khan narrates the story of a practicing Muslim officer who went to the U.S. for advanced studies and said that those who get a chance to go to the U.S. should kill Americans as they are oppressing Muslims around the world.
Khan says that the ideology of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is far more acceptable now than it had been in the past. The article is published in the Urdu-language jihadi magazine Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind ("The Voice of the Battle of India") dated Rabiul Awwal 1443 hijri, which corresponds roughly with October 2021. In the past, Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind was called Nawa-i-Afghan Jihad ("The Voice of Afghan Jihad"), before management of the magazine was taken over by Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).
"Above All I Hated The U.S. And That Has Increased Because Only A Year Ago The Americans Martyred Our Leader Osama Bin Laden"
The writer narrates the story of a Pakistani military officer who traveled to the United States for training:
"When I saw sir ji's [a title military officers use for their superiors] photos standing beside Hollywood and uploading them on social media I was reminded of the day when I saw him for the first time. I met him for the first time in the unit [i.e., military training unit] mosque. Except for the Imam and muazzen [the one who calls Muslims to prayer], boarding for all the high- and low-ranking officers and soldiers was [provided] inside the Unit [i.e., military campus] itself.
"Only those two [Imam and Muezzen] had to come from far away because there was no facility to house the imam and muazzen under the military regulations; and why would there be? When has there been a need for an imam and muazzen under the laws, which were made by the British and continue unchanged. Some [people] in the unit had taken on the responsibility of calling [the others to] and leading the morning prayer.
"That day I wanted to perform the call to prayer. Entering the mosque, I was surprised to see a young man busy at prayer. Usually, no one came to the mosque before the call for the prayer was made..."
The retired Pakistani military officer explains how that young man was among the officers who had come there for a long course and he was senior to him in rank. He was happy that he found at least one officer who was very religious and they became friends due to their religiosity.
He writes that later he learned that the officer had finished the course first in his class: "As a rule, the officer who gets first position goes to the U.S. for higher education. I was happy that Sir ji got first position but I was not happy about his going to the U.S. for further studies and training. I had interacted with some officers earlier who had gone to the U.S. and Europe for education. Such officers remain Pakistani only in name. And when they are such a Pakistani how could they be a [true] Muslim, you may imagine for yourself. And Sir ji was a religious person; I feared he also might change. Above all I hated the U.S. and that had increased because only a year ago the Americans had martyred our leader Osama bin Laden. It is oppression in my view to be trained by those who deserve to be killed!"
"Ten Years Have Passed Since The Martyrdom Of Sheikh Osama, But The Ideology That Sheikh Gave To Muslims, The Message He Propagated Remain Alive – Indeed, They Are More Popular Than They Were In The Past"
"I wished that Sir ji would not go and if he did go to the U.S. that he should carry out such a jihadi operation in the Unit, where he would receive training with other U.S. soldiers, that the heart of the Muslim ummah and the lovers of sheikh Osama bin Laden would be gladdened. I wished that Sir ji would see the U.S. with the eyes of Sheikh Osama, with the eyes of a self-respecting Muslim, who had the sensitivity of healing the sorrows of those oppressed people of the ummah, who are oppressed daily by the Americans or their supporters from East to West. I wished that Sir ji would not become American like other officers who become American after going there.
"Sir ji went to the U.S. and I was in contact with him on Facebook. I did not see his photo being taken there; perhaps, [I thought] he thought taking photos was a sin. But after some days, his pictures started getting uploaded to his Facebook profile. Sometimes he was photographed standing on the Hollywood hills in Los Angeles, other times while visiting Disney Land. I was sorrowful of Sir ji's condition and I did not get any chance to see him or contact him because the love for Sheikh Osama had entered into our hearts. I could not bear this condition of the military, and that is why I had to come to these wood dwellers, against whom sir ji or people like sir ji get trained to fight in various Islamic and non-Islamic countries.
"Ten years have passed since the martyrdom of Sheikh Osama. But the ideology that sheikh gave to the Muslims, the message he propagated are still alive, indeed, they are more popular than they were in the past and today even those people are ready to say labbaik [I am here at your service] to his call who earlier were standing squarely with the Americans.
"Be it the bashful youth from the land of Harmain [i.e., Mecca and Medina] Mohammed Saeed Shamrani, who made the U.S. Naval base a battlefield of his faith, or be it the Palestinian born American citizen Nidal Hasan, who pointed his gun toward the Americans while being in the U.S. military, all of them saw the U.S. with the eyes of Sheikh Osama, they saw the U.S. with the eyes of a bashful Muslim. I want to express that desire, which I could not say to Sir ji and that is to take the U.S. in the views of Koran, with the eyes of the Muslim mujahid, with the eyes of Sheikh Osama or as our brother, martyr Shamrani saw.
"Martyr Shamrani was a young officer in the Saudi air force. If seen militarily, it becomes clear that the tyrant Americans have taken the apparently safe peninsula of my prophet completely in their clutches. The presence of the U.S. aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, and frigates in greater number than in any other country, even more than the Saudi Arabian naval forces, is a matter of great concern."
"Believe It, Every Single Person Who Is In The U.S. For Any Military Campaign Is More Capable Of Doing Things Against The Americans As Is Desired By Allah – The Obligation Of Jihad Calls Him The Most To Wage It Against The U.S."
"That Red Sea, into which entry by European ships was forbidden during the period of Ottoman caliphate; Mecca is only a few kilometers away from its shore and the presence of the U.S. troops in such a great number should be a matter of great concern and sorrow for the whole Muslim ummah. This was the concern in the mind of Shamrani and this sorrow was rising in the heart of Shamrani as a twinge.
"Be the presence of the American base around the island in Bahrain, Qatar, or Djibouti or be it in Dammam [i.e., the location of King Fahd Air Base] within the Island, whether there remains any doubt that our Kaaba is not under the siege of the Crusaders. And which Crusaders? Those who handed our first Qibla the Jews with all mischief and today made it their capital; they are the Americans whose hands are stained with the blood of Muslims. Seeing the Americans carry out a genocide of the Muslims, directly in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, supporting the Hindus in Kashmir, backing the Jews in Palestine, backing the anti-religion rulers of Islamic countries, and then supporting the desecraters of religious practices and imprisoning our Muslim brothers and sisters; whether the list of these crimes is not enough that a soldier recruited in a Muslim country and calling himself a Muslim gets training from the Americans and becomes its partner ignoring [all above-mentioned] things. How could Mujahid Shamrani ignore that?"
Then Amir Saleem writes that there are many Muslim military and civilian personnel who are being trained in American institutions, where "unbelievers are also getting trained for that Great War against Muslims." He is surprised that how a Muslim could tolerate such things that his batch mates would one day bombard Muslim places and kill Muslim people.
He continues: "Believe it, every single person who is in the U.S. for any military campaign is more capable of doing things against the Americans as is desired by Allah. The obligation of jihad calls him the most to wage it against the U.S., but it is a matter of faith only. If you have faith you can do a lot. Yes, you can do that what martyr Shamrani did. You can soothe the hearts of the oppressed Muslim ummah. These tyrant American soldiers and their high-ranking officers walk around you. They are often intoxicated. Make your abode in paradise like martyr Shamrani by killing them and soothing the hearts of oppressed Muslim ummah; because it is the auspicious sayings of the true and tested last Messenger that one who kills an unbeliever will not be put (in hell fire) together [with him]!"