ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi aka. Caliph Ibrahim. Photo courtesy of: The Independent
The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has made his first official public appearance, ordering Muslims to obey him after declaring himself the head of an Islamic caliphate.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was seen leading prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mosul in the video, believed to have been taken on Friday.
The elusive leader has previously been pictured in few photographs and was thought to have gone into hiding.
According to AFP, he told worshippers at the mosque: “I am the wali (leader) who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me.
“If you see that I am wrong, advise me and put me on the right track, and obey me as long as I obey God in you.”
The mosque was packed with men of all ages – some in traditional dress, some wearing football shirts and tracksuit bottoms.
Video courtesy of: Francois Gatete
Video Translation (English):
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Especially Merciful. Merciful, al-Furqan presents, The Khutbah and group salah in the great masjid in the city of Mosul, the 6th of Rama’dhan, 1435
Baghdadi: May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you all. Then the call to prayer goes off, he uses a siwak (toothbrush)
Opening to khutbah, inna alhamdullilahi etc. with associated Qur’an. Opening ends, “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous”
Allah, the exalted, said “The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it;”
O Muslims! The one who ages to see Rama’dhan has been given a great ni’ma. (Blessing.) And a great bounty from Allah, the Exalted.
It is a month which beginning is mercy. And it’s middle is forgiveness. And it’s end is preservation from the hellfire. A month in which if one fasts with conviction and expectation of forgiveness, he will be forgiven. On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, the messenger of Allah, may his peace and blessings be upon him, said: “The one who fasts rama’dhan with conviction and expectation of forgiveness, his sins are forgiven. And the one who withstands rama’dhan with expectation and conviction of forgiveness, his sins will be forgiven.”
A month that brings the opening of the doors of eternal paradise and the shutting of the doors of the hellfire. And the jailing of the devils. A month therein is a night which is superior to one thousand nights. Whoever has made it impermissible upon himself (not doing it) has made the entirety of khair (good) impermissible upon himself.
(Quran) “The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn”
A month in it is being divorced. Divorced from the hellfire. And this is true of each of its’ nights. A month that stood in it the chase of jihad. And the messenger of Allah, may peace and blessings be upon him, said: (Prophetic narration about jihad)
So take advantage of this noble month, O worshipper of Allah! Fight therein etc. O Muslims! Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, created us to single Him out in monotheism, and to establish His all encompassing way of life (deen/Islam). He, the exalted said:
(Quran) “I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship me”
And Allah likes us to kill his enemies, and make jihad in his sake
He, the Exalted said:
(Quran) “Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you”
And He, the Exalted, said
(Quran) “And fight them until there is no fitnah and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah . And if they cease – then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do.”
O people! The religion of Allah, be just in it, stand up for it, and affirm it’s truthfulness, and do not stray from what Allah has given usBe firm with the shari’a of Allah, and the reference to it, and apply and accept of hudud (Islamic punishments).
(Quran) “We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice. And We sent down iron, wherein is great military might and benefits for the people, and so that Allah may make evident those who support Him and His messengers unseen. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.”
And this is the application of the religion of Allah. And this is the Book that gives guidance, and the sword that delivers swift victories (he’s referring to Surat al-Fath)
And your brothers the mujahideen, indeed did Allah, blessed and exalted, give them victories and conquests which came after many years of hardship and patience. And they were firm against the enemies of Allah, and He made them powerful in the land until the declaration of the Caliphate and choice of an imam. And this is a matter obligatory upon all muslims. It is Waajib! (highest level of obligation) And it must be applied upon the earth entirely. Yet most of the people are ignorant.
(A bit on those who reestablished caliphate) And they established it, all glory and thanks is to Allah. And if you have forfeited this huge blessing, if you have forfeited this heavy burden, turn away from that, and you will have forfeited the blessing in you. I’ve been tested by Allah in my election as caliph. It’s a heavy burden. I’m no better than you. Advise me when I err and follow me if I succeed. And assist me against the tawagheet.
And I give you an glad tidings from what Allah has promised to the believers who worship Him:
(Quran) “Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those are the defiantly disobedient.”
And His promise:
(Quran) “So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.”
(couple more Qur’anic ayat about victories)
And He said:
(Quran) “And to Allah belongs [all] honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.”
These are the promises of Allah. And if you are pleased with the promises of Allah, fear Him and have taqwa (righteousness/God-consciousness)
Fear Allah in every blessing and in every situation. And spread the truth. And be firm upon it. And spread it upon those you love and those you hate.
And if you are pleased with the promise of Allah, then make jihad in his sake! And call the believers to this, and have patience in the times of doubt. If you knew what was in the jihad, from the ajr (reward), karama (generous blessing), raising in rank, the honor in this life and the next, none of you would stray from the path of jihad!
(Quran) “Believe in Allah and His Messenger and strive in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That is best for you, if you should know. He will forgive for you your sins and admit you to gardens beneath which rivers flow and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence. That is the great attainment.”
And that which you love, victory from Allah, and an conquest, is close!
End of khutbah, I ask Allah to forgive us and you, etc.
Praise be to Allah in truth.May the peace and blessings be upon the messenger of Allah, his friends, companions, family etc. La ilaha il Allah, wahdahu la shareeka lah.
I bear witness that none is worthy of worship except Allah, with none in association, who gave victory to His army.
O worshipers of Allah! Apply your religion and act upon it. And fear Allah Who bestows upon you honor in this life and the hereafter. If you are given hardship, fear Allah. If you are bestowed with rizq (pre-determined wealth), then fear Allah. And if you are given a life full of blessings fear Allah, and make jihad in his sake. We ask Allah, the Great, the Lord of the great Throne, to make your words united. And to repair what is between you, and to give you guidance as towards what He loves and is pleased with.
O Allah, give honor to Islam and the Muslims.
O Allah, give Islam victory over the disbelief and the disbelievers, and give victory to the mujahideen, in the East of this earth and it’s West
(Supplications about making them firm and successful.)
(Normal supplications about protection from hypocrisy and accepted deeds and forgiveness, etc.)
And the last of our call is, all glory and thanks is to the Nourisher of all things. And may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad.
And stand for salah.
**The last few minutes of the video are the sheikh reciting Qur’an.**
Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities, has been under Isis control since June and the terrorist group now controls an area larger than Great Britain, straddling Iraq and Syria.
Isis wants to be known just as the “Islamic State” and claims Baghdadi as the only legitimate successor to the Prophet Mohammed.
He became head of al-Qa’ida in Iraq in 2010 after its former leaders were killed in an attack by US and Iraqi troops and is believed to be well-educated, with degrees in Islamic Studies.
The Iraqi army has failed to slow the advance of Isis from northern Iraq, prompting the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to shake up the security forces.
The chief of the army’s ground forces and head of the federal police were removed from their posts on Saturday but no replacements have been named.
Iraqi soldiers in the city of Mosul and across much of the country’s north melted away in the face of the Isis, leaving Shia volunteers to attempt to defend their towns.
The Prime Minister has already retired several senior army figures and vowed to bring the full weight of military law, including the execution of deserters, on anyone found to have fled battles.
Isis extremists have destroyed at least 10 ancient shrines and Shia mosques in territory they have seized in northern Iraq, according images posted online and witnesses.
The death toll of the group’s bloody campaign cannot be counted but atrocities including summary killings, beheadings, crucifixions and massacres have been reported.
The movement ascribes violently to Sunni Islam and considers Shias heretics, and the veneration of saints apostasy.