New statement and video messages from Anṣār al-Yatīm: “A Helping Hand From the Mujāhidīn in Khurāsān”



In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, the All-Mighty, the All-Praiseworthy, who brought us the joy of victory, and may the prayers and peace of Allah be upon the righteous imam, our Prophet Muhammad, and on his family and companions.

Our dear Muslim Ummah:

We are presenting to our generous Ummah the work of an important charitable group, “Ansar ul-Yateem – A Helping Hand From the Mujahideen in Khurasan”.

Ansar ul-Yateem is an community-based charitable organization that aims to bring relief, support, and development to the victims of drone attacks in the tribal areas of Khurasan, and orphans, widows, and bereaved in particular. Created in 2011, the organization was founded by Commander Adnan Rasheed, may Allah preserve him, while imprisoned, along with three other mujahideen brothers – may Allah have mercy on them – who were executed by the murtad Pakistani government, may Allah curse it. Note that Commander Adnan Rasheed and over ten other brothers, most of them Mujahideen in Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, managed to escape from Mardan CID Prison in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. May Allah free all of our captive brothers and sisters.

For more than five years, Ansar ul-Yateem has saved the lives of hundreds of orphans and widows in Khurasan.

As the blessed month of Ramadan is approaching, a month of giving and generosity more than any other, please remember those afflicted by the constant strikes in these tribal areas, from your poor, displaced, orphaned and bereaved brothers and sisters, who need all the help the Muslims can provide.
“Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Al-Baqara, 274)

We ask all our beloved brothers and sisters to help with donations for the Muslims orphaned and widowed by the daily airstrikes by the kuffar in Khurasan.

O Allah, have mercy on our martyrs!
O Allah, free our captive Muslim brothers and sisters!
O Allah, grant victory to our Mujahideen brothers everywhere!
O Allah, guide the shots of our Mujahideen brothers!
O Allah, support the Mujahideen and the weak with security!

Your brothers in

Ansar ul-Yateem

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New release from the Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān: “The Year in Review 2015”


Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān — “The Year in Review 2015”



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New video message from Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān: “The Real Story of the PAF Base Badaber Attack”




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New video message from Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān: “Hanging an ISI Official in Waziristan Agency”




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New statement from the Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān: “On the Occasion of a Blessed ‘Īd al ‘Aḍḥā”


الحمداللہ وحدہ والصلوۃ والسلام علی من لا نبی بعدہ !


خوشی کے اس پر موقع پرمیری طرف سےپوری امت مسلمہ اور خاص طور پر پاکستان سمیت دنیا بھر میں کفراور انکے اتحادیوں سے برسرپیکار مجاہدین کو دل کی گہرائیوں سے عید مبارک ۔ میں چند باتیں امت مسلمہ اور خصوصاً پاکستان میں بسنے والے مسلمانو نام کہنا چاہتا ہوں۔

ہم سب کو چاہئے کہ عید کی خوشی میں غریب،نادار، اور مظلوم مسلمانوں کو بھی اپنے ساتھ برابر شریک کریں ،اور پاکستان سمیت دنیا بھر میں کفراور ان کے ایجنٹ حکومتوں کے ظلم سے ہجرت کرنے والے مسلمانوں کو خصوصی طور یاد رکھیں،اور ان سب کے ساتھ بھر پور تعاون ہماری اولین ترجیح ہونی چاہئے۔ اور جو لوگ دنیا بھر میں اللہ کے دین کی خاطر بے گھر ہوئے یا قید ہوئے یا ان پر دوسری مصیبتیں آئیں ان کو خوش ہونا چاہئے کہ اللہ تعالیٰ نے اپنے دین کی خاطر ان کا انتخاب کیا،

الحمداللہ ہم اسلام کے لئے فرنٹ لائن کا کردار ادا کررہیں اورجو لوگ ہمارے خلاف ہیں وہ کفر کا فرنٹ لائن ہیں اور پاکستانی فوج اور حکومت بارہا اس کا اقرار کرچکے ہیں،ہم اللہ تعالیٰ اور اسکے دین اسلام کے ایجنٹ ہیں جبکہ ہمارے خلاف لڑنے والے کفر اور ان کے دین (جمہوریت) کے ایجنٹ ہیں،جس کے بارے میں بھی آپ سب نے سنا ہوگا کہ پاکستان دہشت گردی کے خلاف جنگ میں امریکہ اور دیگردنیائے کفر کے بڑے بڑے ملکوں کا بڑا یار ہے۔

تو اب پاکستان میں بسنے والے تمام مسلمان اور خصوصاً علماء،طلباء اور تمام  حکومتی و غیر حکومتی ادراوں میں کام کرنے والے جوانوں کو یہ ٖفیصلہ کرنا ہے کہ کیا وہ اسلام کے ایجنٹ بنناپسند کریں گے یا کفر اور ان کے دین جمہوریت کے ایجنٹ ۔

اور ایک بات اور جو تمام مسلمان اور خاص طور پر مجاہدین کے لئے ضروری ہے وہ یہ کہ اپنی زندگی کا مقصد صرف اللہ کی رضا پر مرکوز کریں اور میڈیا نے جھوٹ اور افوہوں کا جو طوفان کھڑا کیا ہے اس پر کان نہ دھریں ،اپنے صفوں میں اتفاق واتحاد برقرار رکھیں ،ہم کامیابی سے اپنی منزل کی طرف بڑھ رہے ہیں،اور ہمارا دشمن بوکھلاہٹ کے مارے ظلم اور جھوٹ پر اتر آیا ہے اور یہ سلسلہ بھی جلد ہی ختم ہونے والا ہے انشاء اللہ

اور آخر میں حکومت پاکستان کے اعلیٰ سطح سے لیکر ایک ادنیٰ ملازم تک کو میرا یہ پیغام ہے کہ کفر کی نوکری اور غلامی کو چھوڑنے اور توبہ کرنے میں تمھاری بھلائی ہے کیوں اسلامی نظام کی راہ رکاوٹ بنے ہوئے ہو اگر تمیں کفر کی نوکری میں جھنم جانا اتنا ہی پسند ہے تو اللہ کی قسم ہمیں بھی اللہ کے دین کی خاطر جنت جانا ہزارہا درجہ زیادہ پسند ہے، ہمارے اور تمھارے درمیان جنگ ہی فیصلہ کرنے والی ہے تاکہ یا تم ختم ہو جاؤ یا ہم۔۔۔ یعنی شریعت یا شہادت۔


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New video message from Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān’s Khalīfah ‘Umar Manṣūr: “Besides the Martyr Sa’d”




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‘Umar Studio presents a new video message from Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān: “Independence Celebrations? The Horrific History of Pakistan: The Secrets Have Been Unveiled”




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Jihadology Podcast: The Emergence of the Islamic State in AfPak with Don Rassler (Part 2)

This episode features part 2 of Aaron’s conversation with Don Rassler. If you haven’t heard part 1 you can find it here. This two part series is based on Don’s article, “Situating the Emergence of the Islamic State of Khorasan,” in the CTC Sentinel. This episode covers a variety of topics related to the Islamic State in the AfPak region, including:

  • Important events since Don’s article came out in March
  • The relevance of the Afghan Taliban to younger generations
  • How the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan plays into this situation
  • Al Qaeda’s relevance to, and role in, the region
  • How the presence of the Islamic State could affect the Afghan peace process

This episode also features our #SocialMedia segment, covering postings from July 11th to July 22nd.


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‘Umar Studio presents a new statement from the Teḥrīk-ī-Ṭālibān Pākistān’s Faḍl Allah al-Khurāsānī: “A Message to the Muslim Nation On the Occasion of ‘Īd al-Fiṭr”


بسم اللہ الرحمان الرحیم

الحمد اللہ وحدہ واصلاۃ والسلام علی من لانبی بعدہ امابعد!

ہماری طرف سے امت مسلمہ اور خصوصاً پاکستان کے مسلمانوں کودل کی گہرائیوں سے عید مبارک ،اللہ تعالیٰ سے دعاہے کہ ہم سب مسلمانوں کے روزے،تراویح،اذکار و تلاوت،قتال فی سبیل اللہ سمیت تمام اعمال قبول فرمائے امین،

پاکستان کے جہا د اور شریعت پسند مسلمانو آج اس خوشی کے موقع پر پاکستان کے نظرئے کے اصل محافظ (طالبان مجاہدین) اور انکے ساتھ تعاون کرنے والوں کا شکریہ ادا کرتے ہیں اور یقیناً ہم خاص طور پر اللہ کی زمین پر اللہ کا نظام لانے کے لئے اپنی جانوں کے نذرانے پیش کرنے والے شہداءکو خراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہیں ہم انھیں اور ان کے مشن کو ہر گزفراموش نہیں کریں گے،اور اسی خاطر دشمن کی قید میں بے پناہ ظلم سہنے والے مجاہدین اور عام مسلمان بھائیوں ،بہنوں اور ان کے گھرانوں کو بھی خصوصی طور پر یا د کرتے ہیں اور ان کی قربانیوں کو سلام پیش کرتے ہیں جن کے دم سے یہ کاروان جہاد کفر کے اس تندوتیز طوفان میں رواں دواں ہے۔

اوراے نوجوانان امت! خوشی کے اس خاص موقع پر ہم آپکو یاد دلانا چاہتے ہیں کہ اس دین کی پاسبانی آپ کے ذمہ ہے ،اور اے علمائے امت اور نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے وارثو !امت مسلمہ کی بیداری آپکے ذمہ ہے اپکی زبان اور قلم شرعی نظام کی بہاریں لانے میں اہم کردار ادا کرسکتےہیں۔

ہم اس موقع پر حق پرست میڈیا والوں کا بھی شکریہ ادا کرتے ہیں اور ان کا اجر تو اللہ کے ذمہ ہے،اوروہ میڈیا والے جو روزانہ مسلمانوں کو تکلیف پہنچانے کے لئے جھوٹی خبریں پھیلاتے ہیں باز آجائیں۔

امت مسلمہ کو خوش ہونا چاہئے کہ آج طالبان جہاد کے لئے ایسے منظم ہو چکے ہیں کہ اس سے پہلے کبھی نہ تھے،آج مجاہدین متحد ہیں ،مجاہدین کا عمل ثابت کردے گا کہ آئی ایس پی آر اور میڈ یا نےہمیشہ جھوٹ ہی کہا۔

آخرمیں تمام سیکیورٹی اداروں ،امن کے نام پر بنے کفر کے اتحادی لشکروں اور سیاست دانوں کوپیغام دیتے ہیں کہ شریعت یا جمہوریت میں کسی ایک کا انتخاب کریں توبہ کرنے والوں کے ساتھ ضرور تعاون کریں گے،کیونکہ اللہ کی رٹ ہم نے تسلیم کی ہے اور آپکوبھی تسلیم کرنا ہوگااب صرف شریعت ہوگی یا شہادت۔


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GUEST POST: TTP Says That Baghdadi’s Caliphate Is Not Islamic—But Is Anyone Listening?

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TTP Says That Baghdadi’s Caliphate Is Not Islamic—But Is Anyone Listening? 

By Dur-e-Aden

On June 15, 2015, the Taliban in Pakistan released a 66 page document in Urdu detailing why Baghdadi’s caliphate is not Islamic. While organized in the form of an academic paper, with a central thesis and scholarly citations, the document itself is hastily written and is an exercise in repetition. Nevertheless, it gives a glimpse into the strategic thinking of TTP, and indicates that they feel threatened enough by Baghdadi to release this statement.

The introductory paragraphs discuss the time of the Prophet, and contrasts Baghdadi’s actions against it. For example, when the Prophet was militarily weak in Mecca, he did not break any idols in the Kaaba since this would have opened up a war on multiple fronts. Moreover, he did not kill those hypocrites who claimed to be Muslims but were actually enemies of Islam, as people would have accused him of killing his friends and starting a civil war. In short, he was a pragmatic military strategist, and doing so didn’t entail that he was giving in to the kuffar (infidels). Today, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan see themselves as following this path by only fighting the occupying forces, while both Hanafi and Salafi Muslims reside on this land. However, ISIS’s actions against other Muslims, especially in the Nangahar province, from the Taliban’s perspective is benefitting the enemies of Islam.

The document then lists 24 reasons laced with religious references, both from the Islamic history of different caliphates, as well as the opinions of various Salafi and non-Salafi scholars. The central theme is that a caliph cannot be appointed without the consensus of the majority of the Umma. In the case of Baghdadi, neither the majority of the Muslim Umma, nor the majority of the Jihadi Umma, have pledged allegiance to him. The document lists examples of people such as Mullah Omar, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Mohammad al-Maqdisi, Abdollah Mohsini, Abu Qatada al-Falasteeni, as well as emirs of Al-Shabaab, AQAP, and South-east Asian militant groups, whose lack of support has rendered his caliphate to be invalid. Finally, even if Baghdadi claims to be elected by a Shura of representatives, how can a caliph that is supposed to be the leader of Muslims worldwide be selected only by a regional Shura?

The document goes on to discuss certain responsibilities of a caliph that Baghdadi is not equipped to carry out. For example, a caliph is supposed to defend all Muslims and create conditions where they can live in peace.  However, considering that Baghdadi himself is in involved in war, how can he protect Muslims worldwide, from Xinjiang to Morocco, who are embroiled in different conflicts? Furthermore, a caliph has to be involved in the day to day affairs of his people such as resolving disputes, collecting zakat from the rich to give to the poor, and making people follow Sharia. Baghdadi on the other hand, can’t even appear in public. While talking about these issues, the document refers to a Prophet’s saying, which states that “Both me (the Prophet) and God curse him who forcefully imposes his rule without the consent of the Muslims.”

The final part of the document challenges specific interpretations of ISIS with regards to the primary Islamic sources. TTP argue that all the “misguided” sects throughout history have quoted the texts to justify their ideological positions. For example, Mu’tazila believe that Quran is a created book because God says in the Quran that “God created everything.” Similarly, Barelvis claim that Prophet is present everywhere because Quran mentions, “And among you is his Messenger.” However, the TTP argues, these interpretations are still wrong. Therefore, when Baghdadi quotes the hadith which urges Muslims to pledge allegiance to their caliph or they would die in ignorance, it does not refer to his caliphate. It only refers to the caliphate of a specific Imam who is appointed according to Sharia, and whose appointment fulfills all the conditions of the bayah. As we (the TTP) have shown, that is not the case.

But is this document going to be effective in persuading people to not join ISIS? It is very unlikely. As both Graeme Wood and Hassan Hassan have argued, one of the important characteristics of ISIS’s ideology is that it is anti-clerical. Hence, going against centuries of established Islamic traditions, and directly to the text of Quran and the Hadith gives them a certain purity. As a result, when others claim that ISIS is not Islamic, they are not only immune to this messaging, but actually enjoy it. ISIS refers to the Prophet’s hadith which states that during the end of times, there will be 73 sects of Muslims, and only one of them will be the true one. Seeing so many other Muslim sects united against them actually proves their point. Therefore, when it comes to the new generation of jihadists, even those in Afghanistan and Pakistan can get motivated by ISIS’s peculiar religious ideology, accompanied by a winning narrative, illusions of grandeur, and a promise to be part of an historical project.

However, because Pakistan in particular has a plethora of jihadist groups, their core members are unlikely to shift their allegiance to ISIS, especially if they have fought for a particular cause for a long time (e.g. against India, against Coalition forces in Afghanistan, against Pakistani state etc.), and that cause has become central to their identity. Being part of a coherent organizational structure increases the likelihood that those members are clearheaded of what their short term goals are, and being part of a worldwide caliphate doesn’t appear near the top of their lists.

Finally, while this is true that some of the defectors from these established groups, such as the TTP itself, have pledged allegiance to ISIS; it should be noted that those members defected at a time when they were dissatisfied with their positions in the existing organization, and the organization was going through infighting. In other words, there might be an underlying opportunistic motivation for their defection, as opposed to an ideological one. Not to mention that Taliban comes from a Deobandi tradition within Islam, which is distinctive from the Salafist background of ISIS. This can spell good and bad news for ISIS. The good news is that they have helped ISIS in establishing a presence in the Af-Pak region. The bad news is that opportunistic fighters are more likely to accelerate the divisions within ISIS’s ranks as well, as they compete for money and power (the reasons that they left their previous organizations for). Moreover, they are more likely to neglect or disobey ISIS’s orders over the long run, especially if the ideological commitment to ISIS’s cause is absent.

Therefore for now, as far as this document goes, TTP might be preaching to an already convinced audience.

Dur-e-Aden is a PhD student at University of Toronto where her research focuses on rebel recruitment within Islamist insurgent organizations. She holds a MA in Political Science from University of British Columbia, and tweets @aden1990.