The good doctor reminds the believers of their duty to fight in the cause of Allah. From the AP:
CAIRO, Egypt – Osama bin Laden’s deputy, in a new tape that surfaced Sunday, urged all Muslims to take up arms and said their refusal to join the fight against “the Cross and Zionism” was a “malignant illness” that would only lead to the defeat of militant Islam.
Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri said the global Islamic community had “no hope for victory” until all Muslims signed on to the Al Qaeda-led jihad.
“As long as this malignant illness continues to survive within us, there is no hope for victory and there can only be more defeats, tragedies, disasters and betrayals,” al-Zawahri said.
His fiery comments appeared in a 48 minute tape entitled Impediments to Jihad. The video portion of the tape was a still photo of a white-turbaned al-Zawahri with English subtitles running under it. The audio on the tape appeared to be his voice speaking Arabic.
The tape was believed to have been made at about the same time as a Sept. 19 video attributed to al-Zawahri, according to Ben Venzke, chief executive of Intelcenter, a U.S. government contractor that obtained the tape.
It was impossible to immediately verify the authenticity of the tape. IntelCenter declined to say how it obtained the recording, citing confidentiality agreements with the U.S. government.
But Venzke said it was produced by al-Sahab Media Production House, a purported Al Qaeda media organization, and expanded on al-Zawahri’s Sept. 19 message, which gave increased prominence to the Taliban.
“This latest one even goes beyond that with al-Zawahri pledging allegiance to the Taliban,” he said. “The whole thing is an address to Muslims, saying armed jihad and struggle is the only way and that they have to suffer to do it.“
Which is in accordance with Sura 2:216:
“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”
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