In Pashtu-Language Book, Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) Accuses Afghan Taliban Of Imitating Democracy In Violation Of Shari'a: 'Election Is A Blasphemous Process And It Is The Foundation Of The Democratic System, Built Against The Islamic System'

January 31, 2024

In a Pashtu-language book, the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) accuses the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) of imitating the practices of apostate leaders such as the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and "unbeliever" powers, such the United States and the United Nations. It says that Taliban leaders celebrated Erdoğan's electoral victory despite elections and democracy constituting unbelief according to shari'a.

The 51-page book, titled, "Imitators Of The Republic," is prepared by The Al-Azaim Media Foundation, a media outlet linked to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), which defines itself as a supporting entity for the Islamic State (ISIS). The book is dated Jamadi-us-Saani 1445, in the Hijri calendar, which corresponds with the lunar month beginning December 14, 2023. A PDF copy of the book was released on a website that publishes ISIS-related materials.

"This [Afghan Taliban] Militia Of The International Unbeliever Community And The United Nations Calls [Its System Of Governance] An Islamic System, Yet It Accepts Democracy"

The book argues that when the Taliban militias traded their faith in the U.S. military base in Qatar, they also accelerated their efforts to formally join "the nation of unbelievers [i.e., the United Nations]" and accepted all the blasphemous terms of membership of "the unbeliever nation [i.e., the United States]," and almost all the senior Taliban officials said that they had accepted all the U.N. conditions. It contends that the Taliban militias have started imitating their "unbeliever bosses" in everything, trying to present practical examples of democratic traditions and rules. The text adds that whatever the Taliban's bosses (i.e., the U.S. and other non-Muslim powers) do, the Taliban does the same, notably congratulating the democratically elected leaders on their successes in elections. The unidentified author of the book says the Taliban celebrate the protection of territorial borders, praise secularism and democracy, and lay flowers on the graves of secular leaders, all of which are forbidden by shari'a.

The book points out that the Taliban officials commemorate the deaths of leaders according to the traditions of secularism, stand and listen respectfully to music on the pretext that they are national anthems, offer condolences to other Taghuti ("tyrannical," i.e., non-Muslim)  leaders of the American "slave states." If there are other errors, the Taliban do not care about them, it says, adding that the Taliban officials pretend to resemble their unbeliever bosses, by doing such things as such as walking on red carpets, cutting ribbons, and taking selfies.

The author mentions hadiths (traditions of Muhammad) to say that such practices resemble those of Jews and Christians. Expressing antisemitic views, he argues that the Taliban leaders have also followed Jewish ways of eating, sitting, walking, and other aspects of life.

The text states: "On the stages where the apostates of the Republic used to say blasphemous words together with the apostates of Turkey, and preached the religion of democracy to each other, today in the same positions and at the same table, the Taliban militants are carrying out the same old mission with the same apostate Turks." The book adds: "If the apostates of the Republic used to celebrate the anniversary of friendship with the apostates of Turkey, and greeted each other, the Taliban also celebrate the same anniversary with their apostate Turkish brothers. They also participate in the anniversary of the United Nations and are proud of it."

The strangest thing is that while they present themselves to the people as enemies of democracy, the book states, they themselves advocate democracy and pray for the acceptance of martyrdom for those who were killed in defense of the blasphemous democracy: "On the one hand, this militia of the international unbeliever community and the United Nations calls [its system of governance] an Islamic system. Yet on the other hand, it also accepts democracy. They have made a pickle of the system that includes Republic, communism, democracy, and Islam; and they have made a Taliban Akhundism system of this mixture," the book contends. By "Akhundism," the author means the ideas of the Afghan Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Hibbatullah Akhund.

"Despite The Fact That The Election Is A Blasphemous Process... Some Hypocritical Muslim Ikhwani [Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen In Egypt] Apostates And Taliban Apostates Prayed For The Success Of This Blasphemous Process And Celebrated" Electoral Victories

"Elections are a blasphemous process, and are the foundation of the democratic system built against the Islamic system," the book contends.

"Despite the fact that the elections are a blasphemous process, and the republic is blasphemous, some hypocritical Muslim Ikhwani [i.e., members of the Muslim Brotherhood] apostates, and Taliban apostates prayed for the success of this blasphemous process and celebrated" electoral victories, the author of the book writes, noting that the Taliban leaders of Afghanistan supported Erdoğan, who invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia ,alongside the "NATO Crusaders."

The text continues, stating that Taliban militants should know that the victory of Erdoğan and others like him who rule the Islamic world is the victory of adultery, usury, homosexuality, democracy, unbelief, atheism, and irreligion. The author adds that similarities with unbelievers, apostates, and other polytheists, and imitating their actions and cultures, are all forbidden.

Major portions of the book narrate the practices that were prevalent during the "Republican government era [i.e., 2001-2021]" in Afghanistan, pointing out that the Taliban rulers are currently following the same practices, in opposition to shari'a: "The leaders, who were trained in the ISI [the Inter-Services Intelligence of the Pakistani military] training school, and then [gained] experience in the halls of Qatar, celebrate the death of their leaders in the manner of their Rawafidh [pejorative term for Shi'ites] and Western bosses. And as the Jews celebrate, they also celebrate like them. Some time ago they commemorated the sixth anniversary of the death of Mullah Mansour [Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the second emir of the Afghan Taliban] who was a special agent of the ISI," the book observes.

During the Doha negotiations, the power of Kabul was given to the Taliban on the condition that they accept all democratic principles and follow them, the book notes, adding that whatever style and method the apostates of the Republic used, the Taliban have copied the same method. It says the Taliban imitate the apostates of the Republic very well. The book singles out the flowers that former President Hamid Karzai placed on the grave of the secular former king of Afghanistan, Ghazi Amanullah Khan. In contradiction to shari'a, the same practice is now carried out by Mullah Yaqoob Mujahid, the defense minister, the book notes.

Just as the officials of the republic, such as "apostate former chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah," stood with respect for the national anthem, the Taliban officials also stand with "great respect for this music," the author notes, and adds that Dr. Mohammad Naeem Wardak, the head of the Afghan Embassy in Qatar, also engages in such a practice.

The book contends that the Taliban leaders shed tears for the death of the emir of Kuwait, a non-NATO ally of the U.S., and called his death a great loss: "The evil emir of Kuwait was the one who fueled the war machine of the global infidel coalition, including the United States." The book observes emphasizes that the Taliban also celebrated the victory of President Erdoğan and congratulated him on his democratic victory. The author adds that what is going on in Palestine now, with the support of the United States, is done using military equipment that is running on the Kuwaiti emir's oil. Yet, the book notes, Mullah Hibbatullah Akhundzada is sad about his death.

Source:, January 14, 2024.

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