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Al-Azaim Foundation, the official media of the Islamic State in Khurasan Province (ISKP), has released the latest issue of its English-language monthly magazine "Voice of Khurasan," which 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.
The magazine's coverpage
The 20-page magazine, Issue Three corresponding to the month of Ramadan 1443 in the Hijri calendar, roughly corresponding with April 2022, also has a foreword citating 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."
An article titled "Ramadan – The Blessed Month Of Conquests And Worship" declares the fasting month of Ramadan to be "a month of jihad, conquests, and victories" while stressing the importance of piety, prayer, and fasting. It quotes a saying of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, according to which a man came to him and asked: "Instruct me as to such a deed as equals jihad (in reward)." To this, Muhammad replied, "I do not find such a deed..."
The article quotes former ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as saying: "And there is no deed in this virtuous month or in any other month better than jihad in the path of Allah. So, take advantage of this opportunity and walk the path of your righteous predecessors. Support the religion of Allah through jihad in the path of Allah. Go forth, O Mujahideen, in the path of Allah." It notes that the Battle of Badr, the first major battle in Islamic history, was fought during Ramadan.
Another key article, titled "What Is The Call Of The Islamic State," seeks to explain ISIS's objectives. It says: "The most important goal of the Islamic State, may Allah aid it, is to spread tawheed [Islamic monotheism] and to work by it, demolish shirk [idolatry] and destroy it." It says: "It has fought against all types of shirk, starting from the shirk of worship, the shirk in the obedience, and others. It has worked on the spread of Tawheed and called for it, demolished shirk and made takfir [declaring a Muslim to be an unbeliever] of the mushrikeen [idolaters], carried out jihad against them, and rule-based on the shari'a of Allah."
It criticizes the Sahwat (awakening i.e., Sunni militias and tribes opposed to ISIS) and dubs the Islamic Emirate (the Afghan Taliban organization) as an idol, stating: "The disagreement of the enemies toward the [Islamic] State is based on Tawheed, for it has been fought by the Sahwat, the Jews of Jihad, the idol Emirate of the Taliban, and the Tawagheet [tyrants] only because of Tawheed."
The article's focus is on inviting Muslims to follow the manhaj ("methodology") adopted by the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere. "So, O Muslim, this is the call of the Islamic State. This is its manhaj. And here is its jihad and fighting against its enemies to know the reality of this call. O Allah, honor Islam and give victory to the Islamic State," it states.
One of the magazine's key articles, titled "The Crusade War," explains the meaning of jihad in word and deed in all aspects of life.
Source: Telegram, April 6, 2022. The original English of the quoted text has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.