Charles at LGF has alerted us to a new warning from Al-Qaeda that differs from their many ballyhood but ultimately empty warnings issued since 9/11 in one significant detail: in several places, including a Yahoo group, Muslims are being ordered to leave New York and Los Angeles.
Says a message in the Yahoo group:
this is the last call for muslims in newyork,the east side, and LA to start leaving.
the mojahideen are now ready to teach the US a lesson it will never
Now, we may hope that this message is just one in a series of empty threats, although it's intriguing in its parallels to the preposterous charges by hysterical Muslims -- like New Jersey's poet laureate Amiri Baraka -- that Jews were warned not to show up for work at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Most likely it's as hollow as Osama's post-9/11 warning that soon planes would be "falling out of the skies" in large numbers. (After all, Muslims are to flee, but for how long? If I stayed away a week and then got blown up in an explosion on the 8th day after the warning, I'd have a bone to pick with the local jihadists).
But of particular interest here also is an earlier message in the same group, celebrating the attacks on American troops in Iraq and quoting the Qur'an copiously:
Dear brothers in Islam, As Salaamu' Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi.
Today in Baghdad we saw the strength of the brothers in jihad . O Allah accept into paradise the brothers who do their honor as martyrs for sake of jihad.
O you who believe! Seek help in patience and prayer. Truly! Allah is with the steadfast.(Quran.2: 153) How many a little company hath overcome a mighty host by Allah's leave! Allah is with the as-sabirun."(Qur-an.2: 249 ) And recite the Quran in the early dawn. Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed. And in some parts of the night offer the prayer with it (recitation of Quran), as an additional prayer (Tahajjud). We send down (stage by stage) in the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss.(Quran17 :78-82)
So, recite you of the Quran as much as may be easy for you. He knows that
there will be some some among you sick, others travelling through the land,
seeking of Allah's Bounty, yet others fighting in Allah's Cause. (Quran 73:20)
Suggested Du'a (prayers)
Say: "O my Lord! let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me). And say: "Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish."(Quran 17:80-81) ALLAH is sufficient for us ! Most Excellent is He in Whom we trust! (Quran3 :173) Fight in the way of Allah, and know that Allah is Hearer, Knower. (Quran.2: 244)
"Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance, make our foothold sure, and give us help against the disbelieving folk. (Quran2 : 250) Our Lord! Forgive us for our sins and our transgressions, make our foothold sure, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk.(Quran3 :147) Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget, or miss the mark! Our Lord! Lay not on us such a burden as Thou didst lay on those before us! Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear! Pardon us, absolve us and have mercy on us, Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. (Quran 2:286) . . .
"Do Jihad against the disbelievers with your hands and tongues." for
Allah suffereth not the reward to be lost of those who do good.(At-Tauba.120)
Qur'an quote after Qur'an quote, including many about fighting against "the disbelieving folk." This is how jihadists recruit Muslims: by portraying their struggle as the Muslim's duty. And yet just today I saw someone claiming that jihad movements around the world actually have "nothing to do with religion."