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The Therapy Sessions
Monday, September 08, 2003

Why We Must Win

Amir Taheri: The Future of Iraq and The Arabian Peninsula After The Fall of Baghdad

Yussuf al-Ayyeri, was one of Bin Laden’s closest associates. A Saudi citizen, Al-Ayyeri, also known under the nom de guerre of Abu Muhammad, was killed in a gun-battle with security forces in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, last June.

Before his death, he wrote a book that is now being published for Al Qaeda:

What Al Ayyeri sees now is a “clean battlefield” in which Islam faces a new form of unbelief.

This, he labels: “secularist democracy”.

Al Ayyeri asserts that this new threat is “far more dangerous to Islam” than all its predecessors combined.

The reasons, he explains in a whole chapter, must be sought in democracy’s “seductive capacities.” This form of “unbelief” persuades the people that they are in charge of their destiny and that, using their collective reasoning, they can shape policies and pass laws as they see fit. That leads them into ignoring the “unalterable laws” promulgated by God for the whole of mankind, and codified in the Islamic Shariah ( jurisprudence) until the end of time.

The goal of democracy, according to Al Ayyeri, is to “make Muslims love this world, forget the next world, and abandon Jihad.” If established in any Muslim country for a reasonably long time, democracy could lead to economic prosperity which, in turn, would make Muslims “reluctant to die in martyrdom” in defence of their faith.

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