In today’s installment, Sayyid Imam issues another mubahala, this time concerning the publication of his Compendium. You’ll have to look at Zawahiri’s Exoneration to really understand what Sayyid Imam is reacting to, but in short he believes that Zawahiri plagarized his book. There’s also some pointed barbs about Zawahiri’s hunger for media attention. Imam connects the two lines of attack by saying that Zawahiri is largely talentless and instead relies on the hard work of others to attract the limelight. Doubtless some of Jihadica’s readers know the type.
I am writing this book to warn people, especially the youth, who are being led by deviant ideas and fiery sermons to their doom. These ideas and sermons have no avail and achieve nothing on the groud. They are just media noise.
Bin Laden has used Zawahiri to do his dirty work, which is distorting religion to justify Bin Laden’s ideas.
Zawahiri’s goal is leadership of the umma and his method is propaganda.
Zawahiri has explained how he will achieve his goal: The Islamic mujahid movement must claim to be fighting to free the three Islamic holy places–the Kaaba, the Mosque of the Prophet, and the Aqsa Mosque.
Zawahiri has also said in Knights that in order to mobilize the masses, they must have leaders they can trust and a clear enemy.
Zawahiri presents himself and his companions as the mujahid vanguard of the umma and as symbols of popular resistance to the Zionist Crusader campaign (Exoneration, page 74 and 199). These people don’t protect Islam and Muslims; they are willing to sacrifice everything to achieve their goals.
Early on, in the court trials of 1981 [following the Sadat assassination], Zawahiri recognized the power of the media to produce fame and stardom. Despite his marginal role in the events that led to those trials, he repeatedly spoke to the media in court, which led to an increase of his fame and shifted attention away from his testimony against his brothers.
Zawahiri has always stood on the shoulders of others to increase his own fame. For example, he stole my book and his group presented it as their own. I had left them the manuscript of my book, The Compendium, so they could study it. Even though I said in the introduction that none of it should be cut, they cut a lot of it anyway. He destroyed the book but blamed others for doing it as usual. He even told a brother in London that it was my original book.
Here is my third mubahala: I swear I alone wrote the book in 1993 after I had broken my connection with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Zawahiri says the name `Abd al-Qadir b. `Abd al-`Aziz [Sayyid Imam’s pen name] stands for the name of the group. That is a lie; I wrote this name. Finally, I was not requested to write the work nor did I receive payment for it. May God curse me if I am lying and curse Zawahiri if he is lying.
Zawahiri criticizes me for criticizing mujahids while they are fighting. Such considerations never hindered the Prophet from criticizing the mujahids for erroneous actions or beliefs.
Further examples of Zawahiri’s hunger for fame:
When the media didn’t mention his name after the Sidqi assassination attempt, Zawahiri let them know by fax. But he put the responsibility for the decision on the EIJ’s Shura Council.
Zawahiri is not manly because he continues to run and never fights; rather, he encourages others to fight in his stead.
Even though Zawahiri had the Egyptian Islamic Jihad stop their fighting in Egypt in 1995, he severely criticized the Islamic Group when it renounced violence in 1997 because it stopped the violence that he trades upon.
After he left Sudan, Zawahiri wrote articles for the Mujahidun and al-Ansar journals encouraging the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria to fight. He did this to get a piece of the media attention so he would have a role to play if the group came to power. When they fell into disrepute, he backed away from them to save his own reputation.
To get more fame, Zawahiri joined al-Qaeda in June of 2001. Only eight people from Egyptian Islamic Jihad went with him. The Egyptian Islamic Jihad did not approve of working with Bin Laden, as is evident in their statements (see al-Hayat 1-24-2000, p.5).
Document (Arabic): 11-30-08-al-masry-al-youm-denudation-part-11