Posts Tagged ‘Zarqawi’

Maqdisi Response To Abu Rumman Article

Posted: 15th December 2008 by Will McCants in Jordan
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Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi has released a statement on his website,, in which he responds to the questions of one of his followers about the Abu Rumman article I referenced yesterday.  Maqdisi denies being a revisionist but he is also clear that he is not an extremist and that he is trying to regain control […]

Maqdisi’s High-Wire Act

Posted: 14th December 2008 by Will McCants in Jordan
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On December 4, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi–Zarqawi’s former mentor and one of the world’s most influential Jihadi ideologues–spoke briefly to the al-Ansar Paltalk chat group.  In his brief remarks, Maqdisi appears to distance himself from the Jihadi revisionists: For you and me I prescribe the fear of God, working for the sake of this religion, and […]

Maqdisi Composes Elegy for Zarqawi

Posted: 25th September 2008 by Will McCants in AQ in Iraq, AQ Leadership, Poetry
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Zarqawi’s spiritual mentor, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, composed an elegy for his deceased disciple soon after his death.  Although the two fell out over Zarqawi’s brutal tactics in Iraq, Maqdisi still has a soft spot for him.  The elegy, “The Dove Cried and the Swords Wept,” is recited by Maqdisi and has been released online for […]

Zarqawi’s Sad Day Song

Posted: 20th June 2008 by Will McCants in AQ Leadership
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According to a member of Ekhlaas, whenever Zarqawi was feeling down, he would say to one of the brothers, “Let me hear the hymn, ‘Forgive me, my grief has overflowed.’”  He would listen to the hymn and his eyes would fill with tears. Here’s the hymn and here are some of the lyrics (Arabic).