UPDATE 2: Here is an English translation of the original Arabic statement:
Praise be to Allah, Lord of all worlds, Confounder of the infidels, and prayers and peace be upon the Master of Messengers, the Imam of the patient, his family and companions. And thereafter:
The Crusader media sources have been reporting with great joy the news of the arrest of our esteemed brother Abu Hafes al-Maghrebi, may Allah release him from captivity – the administrator of the Arabic Ansar al-Mujahideen forum. According to the enemy, by the arrest of our brother, may Allah make him steadfast, they have been able to mute the voice of one of the platforms of Truth. However, when they realized that this is not the case, they attacked the network’s server.
This is the way for those who want to support Truth and its people; trial and tribulation; difficulty and hardship. O Lord, make us steadfast in what is right until we meet You.
We have a position concerning the pleasure taken by the Crusaders at the arrest of the brother (because of the great damage of the Jihadist Media – from those in charge and the rank-and-file – against the Crusaders and their supporters, you find them rejoicing at and celebrating the arrest of the media brother; there is now no difference in their joy between the arrest of a Mujahid brother and a brother supporting via Jihadist Media).
This stance, Allah permitting, will motivate the Ansar to stand out, to be creative, and to continue. How beautiful it is to infuriate the enemies of Allah.
We would like to let the Ansar know the cause that led to the arrest of our brother Abu Hafes, may Allah release him from captivity. Some brothers were arrested while on their way to battle and among them were some who knew the brother by name and appearance. They had been arrested months before our brother was arrested, may Allah release him from captivity.
We are pleased to inform the Ansar that the network is fine, praise be to Allah, that it promises you it will bring distinguished media material, as it normally does, with permission from Allah, that brother Abu Hafes doesn’t have any of the forum’s information, and that his username doesn’t have any permissions, and that was the case months before the brother’s arrest. We ask Allah to release him.
As for our message to Crusader Spain and those who help it among the intelligence dogs in Morocco and Jordan and the like, know that you, by way of these actions of yours, have opened a door on yourselves that will not be shut except with the return of al-Andalus to the land of Islam once again and the implementation of Allah’s rule on the apostates and their helpers. Should our hands fail to reach you and cut off your rotten heads, then our supplication will not miss you, for Allah is our Master and He has promised to answer the prayers of those who call upon Him.
Our Ansar brothers and sisters, it is the right of our brother Abu Hafes and other imprisoned brothers like him, such as the esteemed Sheikh Muhtasib (Abu Musab, the general administrator of the al-Hesbah network) – that we do not forget them in our prayers, for they are among those who have participated with us in our work in the media field and we owe it to them. So increase your prayers for them especially during these blessed days and seek the times of response.
O Lord, ease the heart of our brother Abu Hafes and his brothers.
O Lord, make our brother Abu Hafes and his brothers steadfast.
O Lord, expedite their release from imprisonment.
O Lord, Amen.
O Lord, Amen.
Your brothers in the administration of the Ansar al-Mujahidin Network
UPDATE: Check out this interesting overview of the recent events regarding the Arabic Anṣār al-Mujāhidīn Forum from Aaron Weisburd over at the Internet Haganah.
NOTE: On August 27, 2010, Facal Errai (Abū Ḥafṣ), of Moroccan origin, was arrested in the Alicante town of Poble Nou de Benitatxell in Spain. Following his arrest, the Arabic Anṣār al-Mujāhidīn Forum completely shut down and one could not gain access to the website except when one looked at a cached version of it. Today, though, other administrators activated the forum again. Below is a safe pdf link of their statement explaining what occurred.
Statement from the administrators of the Ansar al-Mujahidin Arabic Forum – “Clarification of the news on the arrest of Brother Abu Hafs”