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The cover article in the latest issue of "Voice of Khorasan," the English-language jihadi magazine published by Al-Azaim Foundation, the publications arm of the Islamic State's Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), critiques a range of influential people, past and present, accusing them of betraying Islam and weakening the Islamic caliphate throughout the centuries by siding with the non-Islamic powers of the day. The objective of the article is to criticize Afghan Taliban leaders for cooperating with the United States.
An image accompanying the cover article
Titled "Today's Traitors Following In The Footsteps Of Yesterday's Traitors," the cover article argues that traitors have played a key role in ensuring that the image of Islam is reduced as limited to religious rituals while totally ignoring golden periods such as that of the first Islamic state established by Prophet Muhammad in Medina.
Among the names of those deemed to be traitors are: Ibn Al-Alaqami, an Abbasid-era minister who developed ties with Mongol king Halaku Khan and invited him to invade Baghdad; Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, who established the Republic of Turkey and abolished the Ottoman Caliphate; Hamid Karzai and Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, and Mullah Baradar, the current deputy emir of the Afghan Taliban.
Issue 18 of Voice of Khorasan is dated Rabi-us-Saani, 1444, according to the Hijri calendar, which corresponds to the lunar month beginning October 26, 2022.
Following is the text of the article:
"In The Islamic History, The Solid Institutions Of The Islamic Khilafah [Caliphate] Have Always Been Destroyed By The Traitors Who, For Meagre Worldly Gains, Traded Their Faith, Modesty, And Honor To The Elements Hostile To Islam"
"All praises are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, peace, and blessing be upon the faithful Messenger of Allah, upon his family and companions:
"In the Islamic history, the solid institutions of the Islamic Khilafah have always been destroyed by the traitors who, for meagre worldly gains, traded their faith, modesty, and honor to the elements hostile to Islam; and they always sold the majesty and beauty of the Islamic system, in addition to the modesty and honor of the mothers and sisters of the Muslims.
"These senseless and unscrupulous savages preferred the worldly life and desires of this world for a few days over the eternal blessing of the Hereafter, deserving of death and destruction forever. If these deviant ones had a little sense, they would never have done this; they tore down the flag of Islam, upheld the flag of disbelief, and handed over mujahideen to the enemies of Allah.
"They gave the authority of decision to the weak servants instead of Allah the exalted and devised man-made system with their poor and weak insight, setting aside the Islamic system and religious education, implementing secular education, thereby promoting vulgarity and obscenity in the society.
"Accordingly, they made the young generation of the Ummah turning into mercenaries of the West, as they forgot their past and became followers of the Western kufri [unbelief] system. As a result, the benefactors of the Ummah will be seen as evil and enemies of the so-called progress, education, and bright future.
"And the defenders of the real justice and fairness will be introduced as tyrant and as outsiders, and the blessed system of Islam will be shown as limited to a few actions, such as ablution, prayer, fasting, and pilgrimage, with the consideration that Islam is flawed in terms of global politics, as if they have forgotten the prophetic state of Medina, the golden age of the Khilafah, and the best reign of other Islamic rulers."
"Abbasid Khalifah Mu'tasim Ballah's Minister Ibn Al-Alaqami Secretly Established Relations With The Mongol King Halaku Khan, Who Destroyed Baghdad, Killing Millions Of Muslims, And Taking Thousands Of Muslim Chaste Women As Concubines"
"So, the political system of Islam will appear to them as an unimportant, inapplicable, and outdated system that does not meet the needs of the age, while scholasticism and democracy will appeared to be successful system and the only source of solving all the needs of the society, provided that the lessons of Khilafah and Imamah are received from the ignorant ones, who have graduated from Cambridge Oxford, Harvard, and other Western universities.
"To the contrary, the Islamic history has recorded all the attributes of these traitors of this Ummah in its pages, showing no mercy to the traitors. Look at the situation of Abu Raghal, the traitor who led the way to Abraha with a view to destroying the Kaaba, and from that time until now, people stone his grave [at the time of Hajj pilgrimage].
"In this way, Abbasid Khalifah Mu'tasim Ballah's minister Ibn al-Alaqami secretly established relations with the Mongol king Halaku Khan, who destroyed Baghdad, killing millions of Muslims, and taking thousands of Muslim chaste women as concubines, and Ibn al-Alaqami did all this for gaining position in a kufri system, but after the fall of Baghdad, the Mongol king treated him as a dog, giving him no privileges, and after a while, this traitor left the world with a humiliation to its fullest extent.
"Similarly, there were Abdullah Ibn Saba, the killer of scholars Ibn Abi Dawud al-Mu'tazila, the desecrator of the Kaaba, Abu Tahir al-Qarmati, and many other figures who tarnished the history of Islam in the name of Islam. But in the recent past, we have a long list of these traitors, including Shah Shujah, Amanullah Khan, Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, Hamid Karzai, Ashraf Ghani, Colonel Imam, Akhtar Mansoor, Mullah Baradar, and many others.
"And Allah the almighty has command our beloved prophet to stay away from these traitors, in his saying: '(Indeed, we have sent down the Book to you, O Prophet, in truth to judge between people by means of what Allah has shown you. So do not be an advocate for the deceitful. And seek Allah's forgiveness – indeed, Allah is all-forgiving, most merciful. Do not advocate for those who wrong themselves. Surely Allah does not like those who are deceitful, sinful. They try to hide their deception from people, but they can never hide it from Allah – in whose presence they plot by night what is displeasing to him. And Allah is fully aware of what they do)' – Chapter An-Nisa, Verses 105-108."
"The Taliban Introduce Themselves As The Part Of Ahlus Sunnah [Followers Of Muhammad And His Companions, Or Sunni Muslims], Show Their Goodwill To The People, And Plots Against The Khilafah"
"If we look at the collection of hadiths [sayings and deeds of Muhammad], it has mentioned the evil of betrayal and traitors, especially those people who have betrayed the Islamic system and Muslims, so the prophet has given them such a terrible punishment that it is hair-raising for a man, if he hears it.
"In Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim [it is] narrated the way the prophet treated the people of Uraina tribe who betrayed the Islamic system as: 'The Prophet ordered to cut off their hands and knees, brand their eyes with heated pieces of iron, and cauterize their cut hands and legs till they die.' If the mujahideen of the Islamic Khilafah [ISIS] treat the criminals of today like these, their supporters shout: 'We told you that they are Khawarij [Kharijites].' But our beloved prophet has also informed us about such traitors in the end time.
"It was narrated from Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah [Muhammad] said: 'There will come to the people years of treachery, when the liar will be regarded as honest, and the honest man will be regarded as liar; the traitor will be regarded as faithful, and the faithful man will be regarded as traitor; and the Ruwaibidah [base men in power] will decide matters.' It was said: 'Who are the Ruwaibidah?' He said: 'Vile and base men who control the affairs of the people' – (Sunan Ibn Majah: 4036).
"Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]! This is the case today, and the Taliban introduce themselves as the part of Ahlus Sunnah [those who follow Muhammad and his companions], show their goodwill to the people, and plots against the [ISIS-led] Khilafah. They befriend the military infidels, yet they claim themselves as the true believers and blame the mujahideen of the Islamic Khilafah, who fight the infidels of the world, as a project of infidels!
"They consider the invaders of Chechnya, Caucasus, Dagestan, and other parts of Russian territories to be their allies, and they are even proud of their friendship with communist China, the murderers of millions of Uyghur Muslims and the robbers of their honors.
"Yet they are considered to be the trustees of Islamic Ummah, while the mujahideen of the Islamic Khilafah, who are engaged in all-out war with all the infidels, are considered to be the traitors! They secretly hold meeting with the American intelligence operatives in Doha and call for a joint war against the mujahideen. In those meetings, they call them (mujahideen) terrorists and devise plans against them, purporting to be mujahidin sitting in the lap of the infidels."
"They Secretly Hold Meeting With The American Intelligence Operatives In Doha And Call For A Joint War Against The Mujahideen"
"May We Be Sacrificed For Sake Of The Honor Of The Prophet
"These Taliban, who call themselves supporters of the pure Islamic system, are walking on the path of the traitors, recording their names in the blacklist of the traitors of the history forever.
"Although the Taliban militias, following the blueprint devised by their U.S. masters, hide their blasphemous actions in the cloak of Islam with cunningness, they can't really hide their organizational transformation into the new form of democracy and other Western kufri systems. And in this attempt, they have been – unsuccessfully – trying to maintain a balance between maintaining friendship with the infidels and – at the same time – purporting themselves to be their enemies, presenting new examples of kufr and heresies on daily basis.
"As a part such activities, Dr. Naeem, acting head of the Taliban embassy in Qatar, attended the 99th birthday celebration of the secular state [of Turkey] founded by Kemal Ataturk, on the official invitation of the Turkish embassy. 'Surely to Allah we belong and to him we will all return.'
"However, they are even proud to hold meetings with the infidels and Tawagheet [tyrants], when they appear to be very modern and pragmatic politicians acknowledging the political demands of the age, and they are giving such blasphemous acts the name of wisdom, reconciliation process, and necessity of deen [religion]."
"The Taliban Do Not Call The Turkish Government A Murtad Anymore, Rather They Make Friendship With Them And Take Help From Them Against The Muslims, While Turkey Is A Committed Member Of NATO"
"But let's come to the fact that although they are celebrating the victory of Ataturk, a prominent scholar in the ranks of the Taliban, Abdul Sattar Saeed, said in his article about the First World War: 'Mustafa Kamal abolished the Ottoman Caliphate, withdrew the allied armies from the main areas of Turkey, and established a new Turkey based on secular principles.'
"Then he continues: 'Ataturk, who called Arabs and Islam one thing, started enmity with Islam due to his rivalry with the Arabs, created an unreligious government, banned the Arabic script and many Islamic rules, and converted the call to prayer from Arabic to Turkish.' So, the question is, has the same Ataturk turned out to be a righteous and good Muslim today, since the Taliban, establishing an 'Emirate of Embassies,' celebrate the secular and traitorous birthday of the state founded by Ataturk?
"But what is the difference between Ataturk, Ashraf Ghani, and [General Abdul Rashid] Dostum? Do they have enmity with one Taghut and celebrate the birthdays of other Taghuti states, while all of them are the traitors? What is the standard of friendship and enmity in their eyes then? Or is it nothing but their whims?
"Honorable Muslim brothers! For the recognition of the Taliban regime by the infidels, these reasons will be enough that they celebrate the birthdays of Tawagheet like Amanullah Khan and his [ideological] successor Atatürk, call them their leaders, and put flowers on their graves.
"The people of Afghanistan revolted against this Taghut (Amanullah Khan), forcing him to flee, and another Taghut (Ataturk) whom the Taliban called secular and irreligious until yesterday, but today friendship with his followers and sending their delegation to them have become justified for them! But Allah the exalted said: '(Still, it transpired so Allah may establish what he had destined – that those who were to perish and those who were to survive might do so after the truth had been made clear to both. Surely Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing).'
"The celebration of Ataturk's birthday by the Taliban was not the first and the last event, but it was the result of an obvious religious violation of the Taliban, which includes many other violations and kufri [unbelief] actions: their diplomatic relations with the murtad Turkish state and so on.
"The Taliban do not call the Turkish government a murtad anymore; rather they make friendship with them and take help from them against the Muslims, while Turkey is a committed member of NATO, but in reality, and you see them sometimes dancing with America and sometimes with Russia for its own secular interests."
"These Are Part Of The Greater Plan Devised By American Crusaders In Their Largest Intelligence Headquarters (Qatar) Outside Their Soil; And The Main Objective Of This Plan Is To Misguide The Muslim Ummah Step By Step At The Hands Of Taliban Heretics"
"And sometimes the Jews of Israel have embraced it, and sometimes it applauds the Iranian majoos [fire worshippers]. The same Turkey invaded Afghanistan, being part of the Crusader coalitions, when its hands used to be wet with the blood of the innocent Muslims for over 20 years, even though the Turkish state is being ruled by the murtad Brotherhood.
"But right after the sincere submission of the Taliban murtadeen [apostates] to their Americans masters in Doha, as part of their kufri agreement, led by Mullah Baradar and the delegation of other murtadeen, their relationship with the European communities, other western countries, and the Turkey have been strengthened.
"However, all of these are part of the greater plan devised by American Crusaders in their largest intelligence headquarters (Qatar) outside their soil. And the main objective of this plan is to misguide the Muslim Ummah step by step at the hands of Taliban heretics. And it is the same old game played by the Jews and Christians after the foundation of the first Islamic State in Medina, with the only change brought in the cast of the play."
 November 27, 2022. The original English of the article has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.
 This is a reference to a tribe called the Uraina from the territory that is today Al-Bahrain. It is said that some people from this tribe came to Medina, converted to Islam, and thereafter Muhammad sheltered and fed them. They had a disease in their stomachs, so Muhammad sent them to Al-Harra (near Medina) with a group of camels and ordered them to drink camels' urine and milk, and when they became well and fat, they apostatized from Islam and killed the prophet's shepherd and took the camels. As a revenge, Muhammad cut off their hands and feet and punctured their eyes.
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